Welcome to another week of living and running in Charleston, where we commonly experience all four seasons in one week!
I don’t like cold weather and am fortunate to live in an area where we don’t get much of it, but sometimes we have a random 24 hours of winter. I’m not worried about milk or bread if we have a thousand year snowstorm, but with the upcoming Myrtle Beach (Half) Marathon and Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, my long run is a high priority.
|Monday||7.75 miles (HMP Tempo)|
|Tuesday||7.3 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||60 min. yoga + 6.15 miles (track)|
|Friday||12.1 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||60 min. yoga|
|Sunday||8 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
Not a whole lot to say about Monday and Tuesday- both were treadmilled runs. I was off work on Monday so it was nice to have a long weekend and short work week. Clay cooked teriyaki salmon and honey roasted sweet potatoes on Monday night, so we skipped yoga in favor of dinner and Netflix. My phone died completely so I wasn’t able to take pictures of our dinner, but it was delicious.
On Wednesday, I did an early yoga class, then headed to Summerville for a track workout and post-workout party at Dan’s house. I had a new phone by this time, and Jon got to take the first picture of the group with the new phone.
My workout was 6 x 800m, and I did a very short standing rest in between the 800m repeats instead of jogging like I usually do. I ran the repeats faster, but my legs certainly hated me after the workout because I’m used to cruising my intervals. Larry the Legend was out there to coach, time, and encourage, and we had some new faces. After the workout, a bunch of us headed to Dan’s house to grill and drink and it was a really fun night.
Thursday’s run was easy and recovery paced. I ran with a group and we just all ran together and talked about race plans.
My new shoes, the Brooks Launch 3, came in the mail Thursday. I wore the Brooks Launch 2 and got over 600 miles out of them, so it’s a great shoe for the $100 price point. 600 miles is a lot for a shoe, but they weren’t giving me problems so I kept wearing them. With a brand-new pair, the decision to retire the old shoes was pretty easy.
With the threat of cold rain on Saturday, I did my long run on Friday. I know it’s important to run in all conditions if you plan to race, but I had the flexibility to move the run and it was nice to start the weekend without the long run hanging over my head. Saturday was cold, wet (sleet!), and windy, which is perfect yoga weather.
After yoga, Clay and I went to Community Pizza House. Most Charleston Restaurant Week specials aren’t really deals, but Community Pizza House was great. We ate lunch for under $30 and had leftovers, plus the food and service were outstanding. I wish the beets in the salad were a little softer, but that was my only issue. I’ve heard beets are good for endurance athletes so I was happy to see a beet salad on the menu.
With the Charleston Marathon races this Saturday, I will happily recommend Community Pizza House as a great place to carb-load, especially since it’s close to where Friday’s expo in North Charleston.
On Sunday, I woke up in time to brave the elements with the Hampton Park crew. Tom and I ran 8 miles and had a great conversation. The run was 28 degrees, but the coldest part was waiting on Rocky to take a picture before we started.
Once we got running, it wasn’t bad. I even drank some hot chocolate to warm up when I got home.
Overall, I had a pretty solid week. It feels like my knee issues are finally behind me, and I’m excited to continue training for my Spring half marathons!