Happy Monday everyone! I’m another week closer to the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, and training went well this week. I did some workouts, ran a race, went to an art show, and went out on a date with Clay.
Before we get to that, the Awkward Yeti is my favorite online comic, and one of last week’s posts was perfect for the weekly rundown blog post.
Since the knee injury, and really all year, my goal is to just have fun with running, writing, and life and enjoy the process in everything. Funny thing is, now that I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself and just rolled with life, things have gone really well!
|Monday||6.4 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||7.8 miles, including HMP tempo|
|Wednesday||6 miles, including 4 x 800m|
|Thursday||6.3 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||30 min. yoga|
|Saturday||7.4 miles including Charlie Post 5K (21:23) + 60 min. yoga|
Clay was sick with a head cold last weekend, so on Sunday night, I slept in the guest bedroom. I woke up with a sore neck and achy. At least I don’t need full movement of my head and neck to run, right? Thankfully, no trash trucks were out and I only encountered one crazy construction worker driver.
On Tuesday, I ran on the treadmill at lunch, and that afternoon, I went to Lululemon to get my free gear from the 40K/80K Strava Challenge. From logging my runs on Strava, I snagged a new tech shirt and speed shorts. Since I have a mortgage and Roth IRA, I run in $10 shorts from the Nike outlet and tech shirts from the discount bin at race expos. I met up with Eryn at the store and we’re pretty stoked to try out the Lululemon gear.
Wednesday night was track night and the weather was perfect with temperatures in the 60s and low humidity. I wore my speedy shoes (New Balance Fresh Foam Zante) and was stoked to get one last workout in before the Charlie Post Classic 5K.
We had a good crowd at track, with both newcomers and old faces, and everyone had someone pushing them to run their best. Larry was there coaching, offering advice, and cheering. We miss a few of our runners who are dealing with injuries or other struggles right now.
I decided to run 800s and intended to run 6, but stopped after 4 and ran easy the rest of the time. I hit all my paces, but my stomach started hurting- in fact, it hurt the rest of the night. I tried a new protein bar that afternoon, and when I looked at the wrapper after the fact, I saw that it contained sugar alcohols. I will stick to other snacks from now on if I’m running in the evening.
On Thursday I ran early in the day, then headed to James Island that evening for Austin’s art show. The art show was held at the Costa Williams dentist office, which seemed odd at first, but is really a cool idea. The dentist office was super nice (it looked like it belonged in a magazine), and with all the foot traffic from patients, it’s a great place to display and sell art. Austin’s art featured a lot of animal prints and bright colors, and she’s very talented.
It was great catching up with friends when we weren’t all sweaty from running, and we enjoyed the wine and sushi. The sushi chef was rolling the sushi fresh on site!
On Saturday, I ran the Charlie Post Classic 5K with a couple of my training partners, and it went really well! Brent and Theresa set new PRs- Brent placed in his age group and Theresa broke a 5K PR that was several years old. Melissa and Dan ran another consistent (consistently fast) 5K under 20 minutes.
Thanks to Charleston Half Marathon recovery, Tuesday’s tempo, and Wednesday’s track, my legs didn’t want to race today. I ran my fastest 5K post-injury, and coming off a hard week of training, I’ll take it.
After the race I had a delicious veggie burrito that the race provided (so good!) then headed to a 12:15 class at Soul Yoga and Wellness. It’s a donation, all levels class and having it on a Saturday after a race is convenient. A different lady taught and she broke down the anatomy and benefits of each pose. I’ve enjoyed all the classes I’ve taken at the studio.
On Sunday, I did a few miles before meeting up with the Hampton Park group for a long run. I started out running with the group of faster runners (who were all taking it VERY easy) and ended up running with them for much of the 8 miles. I was close to 13 when I finished, so tacked on 4/10 of a mile to make it a 13 mile and half marathon day.
I came home from the run and Clay was home from Columbia (he was there all weekend), so we made up for lost time with a little date. We went to Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island, and I had the black bean veggie burger and he had the burger of the day.
It’s kind of a drive just for burgers, but it’s fun to say we ate at one of the area’s most popular restaurants. We also went grocery shopping and did some more things to get ready for the week like yard stuff and meal prep.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and warm 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.