Happy Monday everyone! It was another warm, beautiful training week here in the South, as if we needed a reminder of why 48 people per day move to the Charleston area. It’s still a little warmer than I’d like, but it beats the alternative of oppressing humidity and heat.
I ran a lot of miles this week, but weekly mileage doesn’t tell the whole story. The Charleston half marathon kicked my tail and some of these miles were HARD! Even on the easy days, my body didn’t always want to get out of the door. Fortunately, I felt better at the end of the week.
|Tuesday||7.2 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||5 miles, including Fleet Feet Pub Run|
|Thursday||7.8 miles, including HMP tempo|
|Friday||60 min. yoga|
|Saturday||10.6 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||7.4 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
On Monday morning, I felt like I was run over by a bus- the disgust bus. I ran easy, but I was fatigued and mentally tired from being “on” for 13.1 miles. Not only was I recovering from the Charleston Half Marathon, I was also recovering from my longest run since October. I tried to make sure I got lots of fruits and vegetables, took L-Glutamine, and slept a lot.
I planned to run Tuesday morning before work but ended up sleeping up until 15 minutes before I had to be at work. Good thing I work at home, but my body needed that 10 hours of sleep.
Wednesday I went to the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run, which rotates to a different bar or restaurant each month. We ran around the neighborhoods off Old Trolley Rd. and on the Sawmill Branch Trail. I ran around a neighborhood to get some extra miles in before the run, but I took it easy and enjoyed the lower humidity.
I did a tempo run on Thursday, on the treadmillat Planet Fitness. I still felt like poop but made it through the run by focusing on the fact that Friday was a rest day. Donald Trump was on the TV news, as if feeling like death on the treadmill isn’t bad enough. Emanuel AME Church was also in the news, so I ended up leaving the gym feeling like crying. Other runners talk about taper crazies; I guess I had the recovery crazies.
On Friday, I went to a really awesome myofascial release flow yoga class at Soul Yoga and Wellness. We spent the first half of the class basically rolling out our muscles on myofascial release balls- just what I needed.
The second half of the class was spent doing various yoga poses with the block. If you’ve ever thought using a block made a pose easier, or that not using a block in yoga makes you a hardcore yogi, this class dispelled those myths. The blocks completely changed how some of the poses felt for me. It was a great class and way to not get out of the “pre-hab” we runners needed.
Saturday was long run and coffee day. Recovering from the half, I told myself I’d do an 8 mile run if I felt like poop, 10 miles if I felt okay, and 12 miles if I felt good. The rain held off and the Fleet Feet/Summerville Family YMCA training program was out on the trail, along with many other runners, so that was a big boost.
I logged 10.6 miles with some faster miles wedged in the middle as a faster tempo run. All of us started out the first two miles together, so it was good to run with everyone. Success is never a solo effort.
Afterwards, we went to Cuppa Manna for coffee and smoothies. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I enjoy our post-run coffee dates and chats. There’s a running group in Downtown Charleston where the members are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, and they run around Colonial Lake, then go out for breakfast or coffee. Whether it’s Downtown Charleston, Downtown Summerville, or wherever I live, I hope I’m still running and going out with friends years from now.
We had a thunderstorm on Sunday morning, so I hit the treadmill instead of running outside. Since I missed running the bridge, I did an incline workout and watched Food Network. I’m pretty sure Food Network and ESPN are the most popular channels at Planet Fitness.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.