Happy Marathon Monday! I have a few friends running Boston today, so I’ll be geeking out on the computer while I work, tracking their progress and wishing them the best as they tackle the journey from Hopkinton to Boston.
I have a *long* way to go, but I hope to someday race a marathon, qualify (it will probably take several marathons and training cycles), and run Boston. With how the past 6 months have been, at this point I just want to complete a race ending in “-arathon” this year.
I had a busy week of life, and I ran a few miles too. I have ZERO races on the calendar, and I like it that way. It’s nice to rebuild my mileage without any pressure to be ready to run a certain distance or pace on a specific date. Since I’m not training, I can run as long or as little as I want each day, within reason of course. I can also shift my schedule around to attend group runs and volunteer.
|Monday||5.6 miles + 30 min. Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday||60 min. BodyPump + 5.1 miles including 8 x 400m.|
Monday’s run was an easy sightseeing run around downtown Charleston with Steve, Richie, Stevie, Emilie, and one of Stevie’s friends. I’ve been running with them for almost four years now and love our sightseeing runs. Downtown Charleston is a beautiful place, and we always hit some fun landmarks on these runs. Plus, it’s a great way to shake out the legs after a Saturday race.
On Wednesday, I lifted then did a track workout that afternoon. It was my first track workout in TWO MONTHS, and I felt very out of shape. Still, I’ll take feeling out of shape over feeling pain from an injury. We had our usual crew back so it was fun to run with friends, several of whom are working hard to come back from injuries and get off the #TeamJanky roster.
On Thursday, I participated in the group run for MJ at Blue Sky Endurance in Mt. Pleasant. MJ is the daughter of my friend and training partner, Brent Munsell. MJ has a rare condition called AHC (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood). Donations were welcome and Blue Sky Endurance donated a portion of sales on Thursday to AHC research. You can’t beat running for a good cause and supporting friends, the weather was perfect, and we had a large crowd at the run.
Best of all, the event exceeded the fundraising goals by several hundred dollars.
I was off Friday, so I took a field trip to run on the Greenway and tried a new bakery downtown after my run. I’m thinking of dedicating some runs as destination runs and trying a new coffee shop or restaurant on each one- seems like a good way to go through my list of places to try, run some new routes, and enjoy a treat (relatively) guilt-free.
On Saturday, I volunteered at the inaugural Kiawah Kids Triathlon. I’ve volunteered for tons of road races, but this was my first time volunteering for a triathlon. The triathlon sold out with 250 kids, and we had a big crowd of volunteers from Summerville Tri Club.
The triathlon was open to kids ages 3-14, so we had everything from tykes in floaties and training wheels to preteen Junior Olympic hopefuls with tri bikes and tri suits. All of the kids seemed nice and aside from a few tears (inevitable for this many kids), everyone had a great attitude and good sportsmanship. The kids got medals, snacks, and everyone finished as a triathlete.
On Sunday, I ran with the Hampton Park group, and it was my longest run since February (pre Peroneal Tendonitis). Missing runs because of injuries is hard, but you also miss seeing training partners and friends, and I feel like that’s even harder. I ran at a comfortable pace and enjoyed the conversation and a beautiful day, even if it was a bit warm. I didn’t really look at my watch and focused on getting the run done, even if it was shorter and slower than my long runs used to be. With all the injuries, just running is a victory sometimes.
After running, we all went over to a friend’s house for breakfast and drinks. It was great to be back with everyone and celebrate Easter.
I hope everyone had a great week and long weekend, and best wishes for the week ahead!