It’s Monday morning, I ran 49.1 miles last week, and my body feels like garbage.
(And no, I didn’t think about running one mile during the football portion of the Super Bowl just to reach an arbitrary number like 50 for my weekly mileage.)
Last week was a big week of training with no races. My body screamed at me that it’s time to take a few weeks off the mental battle of road racing. My mortgage payment, phone bills, and credit card statement agreed.
I budget for my races and use discount codes, but I had a lot of expenses in January, including a new phone, two new pairs of running shoes, and we have some big purchases to make for our house in the coming months.
I have a 2017 goal of trying 2-3 “new-to-me” restaurants each month and reviewing them on Yelp, so I’ve been planning long runs around different coffee shops while training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon and Savannah Women’s Half Marathon. I spend a few bucks at the restaurant but overall, I come out cheaper and don’t miss shirts that fit like tents, overly competitive thoughts, and some of the egos that come out at local races.
|Monday||6 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||7.4 miles + 60 min. deep stretch yoga|
|Wednesday||6.7 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||7.9 miles (treadmill tempo)|
|Sunday||8 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
Tired from Saturday’s Charlie Post Classic 5K and Sunday’s long run, I opted for a “sightseeing run” with friends in downtown Charleston. I love my city and our downtown loop route, especially in the winter. The route takes us by Market Street, Colonial Lake, The Battery, Waterfront Park, and Rainbow Row. If you’re local and want a refreshing run, this route is for you, and if any of you non-locals ever come to visit and want to run together, we’ll run this route.
On Tuesday, I intended to get up early and run the Cooper River Bridge. Oh, the best laid plans. I slept until 8 AM then ran later that day before yoga. Clay and I had reservations for a fancy restaurant downtown and cancelled them because he wanted to go to kickboxing and I wanted to go to yoga. He cooked at home (shrimp pasta) and it was delicious.
Wednesday was track night, and I set out to do 6 x 800m repeats since I had no Saturday race plans. I was a little chilly leaving track, but it was a gorgeous night to run. You can’t beat a run in tank tops and short sleeves on the last day of January. If six more weeks of winter means six more weeks of this, I’ll take it.
I opted to take Thursday off because my right glute was a bit sore and I wanted to do a tempo run on Friday. I did PT exercises and went out to Faculty Lounge with Charleston Beer Runners. They ran to the bar, I drove to the bar. It was my first time at Faculty Lounge, which is a members-only bar and I would’ve never discovered it if not for Charleston Beer Runners.
Friday’s tempo run went well and pain-free. I’ve toyed with the idea of adding an easy run on some of my run-free days but I think strength and stretching on those days will probably benefit my body more than an easy run, at least for right now.
Saturday was group long run, and all of us logged some serious miles- everyone who showed up ran 8-20 miles. The temperature wasn’t too bad but the headwind was intense on our way back down the trail. We didn’t see as many runners out and for the last 3 miles, all four of us (Bronwen, Melissa, Theresa, and I) were basically heads down, getting it done, dreaming of coffee.
We hit Charleston Bagel Company after the run. It’s located on Main Street in Summerville (not Charleston). They have quite the selection of lattes and coffee drinks and I had the vanilla latte and a drip coffee with hints of chocolate. We will definitely be returning after future long runs.
Saturday afternoon, Clay and I went out to lunch at Big Billy’s Burger Joint and went shopping for new shoes for him and for couches. We’ve decided to spend part of our tax return on new living room furniture, so we headed to Costco to check some out. It’s so hard to buy things like furniture or mattresses because you can’t get a good feel for how comfortable they are in stores.
I didn’t feel so hot on Saturday evening on Sunday morning. I didn’t drink enough water after Saturday’s long run, so I was a bit dehydrated and also congested from running straight into the headwind. Copious amounts of coffee doesn’t do much for hydration.
I ran 8 miles with the Hampton Park group on Sunday morning, then hit up the grocery store- which I don’t recommend on Super Bowl Sunday. Thankfully I got out alive and home to recover and rest for BodyFlow and the big game. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
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.