Happy Monday everyone!
I had a great week. After spending six weeks rebuilding my mileage from a peroneal tendonitis layoff, this was my third week back to training. I don’t have any goal races in mind and just want to survive the summer and complete a race ending in “-arathon” this year. Half marathons count.
The best part of injury comebacks is seeing your fitness improve from week to week. It’s like beginner’s gains all over again.
|Monday||30 min. strength + 7.7 miles (bridge)|
|Tuesday||8 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||30 min. strength + 5.7 miles (track)|
|Saturday||9 miles, including Run for Your Mother 5K/Omega 5K|
|Sunday||10 miles + 60 min. yoga|
Monday’s run was a huge confidence booster for me. I met up with Steve, Stevie, Emilie, Dave, and one of Stevie’s friends to run the bridge. We ran from Downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant and back. I’ve run on the bridge a few times lately, and I ran the Cooper River Bridge Run, but Monday was my first time running the bridge out and back since November. Maybe this run helped me make peace with my string of injuries- who knows?
On Wednesday, we ran our usual track workout. I ran 5 x 800m in the outer lanes of the track. Since my peroneal tendonitis is in my left foot, I try to be careful with very sharp turns and keep the workouts in Lane 8 or 9. This adds a little distance, but I’m okay with that. It was 90 degrees but we had a big crowd.
I ran again Thursday morning, then volunteered at Race the Landing #2 that evening. I ran Race the Landing #1 but decided not to do the series because I want to run different races this year. I don’t want to run back-to-back races every Thursday night and Saturday morning, and I was planning to race on Saturday morning.
I volunteered by helping with the kids run and taking pictures. A lot of my friends ran so it was great to get pictures for them, open water bottles at the finish, and hand out medals. This race series is the best, and we even had an ice cream truck.
Saturday morning, I did two 5Ks, both as workouts. First, I ran a small 5K race, the Run For Your Mother. It drizzled rain the whole time, and I finished in 23:07. During the race, a police officer directed me the wrong way, and I logged 3.26 miles. I ran a 7:06 pace, so I was on track for my first sub-22 5K post-injury. The organizer was very nice and apologized for the officer and extra distance, but it didn’t affect the race placing so it was okay.
Next up, I ran the Omega fun run. This was a very simple run and only $10 with the proceeds benefitting a boys camp. It poured rain, and I ran off the adrenaline from Run For Your Mother. The course was a loop, and according to my Garmin, my time was 21:50. Funny that I ran sub-22 in rain, after another 5K, in a fun run, and on top of a heavy training week.
To celebrate, Clay and I went out to Marina Variety Store and Restaurant for dinner. I had the Captain Holcombe’s Crunchy Flounder with sides of roasted root veggies and squash. Clay had the soft shell crab po boy sandwich. My dinner was amazing, but I’m not sure either of us are fans of soft shell crab. I should probably give up my Charleston card after saying that (I feel like gave up my Southern card long ago since I don’t drink sweet tea or eat barbeque and I prefer Dunkin over Krispy Kreme).
The view at the Marina Variety Store Restaurant was also quite amazing. I love the restaurant and how the tourists haven’t discovered it. The view, food, and prices beat California Dreaming.
Sunday, I ran with the OnShore Recreation crew for a long run. I ran the 8 mile loop with Jason and Allison, who was visiting Charleston to find a place to relocate for her internship at MUSC. We had a lot of fun showing her the sights of Charleston on the run and telling her about all the local races and group runs. The miles ticked by pretty fast!