You know you live in Charleston when your workouts are influenced more by Mother Nature than your goal races or training plan. By Tuesday, everyone had missed a run, ride, or class. Clay was stuck in Mt. Pleasant until 7 Tuesday night and couldn’t get home due to flooding and also wrecks on the bridge.
Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous (for May in Charleston) from Thursday on and made for some great runs!
Aside from that, my coworker and senior writer, who I worked with for almost 9 years, retired this week. She was one of the other remote employees at my company and a big contributor to my growth as a technical writer. I knew this was coming for a few months, but it was really sad to see her go and know that I won’t be able to go to her with my questions and other life chatter next week.
I was a little stressed out this week, so I ran more than usual to help with that- so much that I hit my second highest weekly mileage so far this year. The last time I ran this many miles in a week, I ended up injured the next week so hopefully that doesn’t happen this time!
|Monday||30 min. strength + 7.4 miles|
|Wednesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals) + 60 min. yoga|
|Sunday||8 miles + 60 min. yoga|
On Monday, I was excited to run the bridge with the group that afternoon. Before leaving, it was thundering out here and sprinkling rain, and we had thunderstorm watches. I hit Planet Fitness instead, where I ran 7.4 miles on the treadmill with a janky TV. It didn’t even storm, and the rain wasn’t hard at all. I hate when I move my workout indoors due to forecasted thunderstorms and the storms don’t happen.
I was determined to run outdoors on Tuesday. The humidity was 94%, and I had a little dry spot on my shirt when I finished. The pictures of dry spots on my clothing after a run won’t last much longer.
I tried out a new pair of shoes on my run, the Mizuno Wave Sky. Typically, I run in performance neutral shoes but as I increase my mileage (and run tough surfaces like the Cooper River Bridge), I was excited to try a premium cushioned shoe. The Wave Sky are definitely more plush than my other shoes but work well for easy days and recovery runs. Once I run in them more, I’ll review them in a future post.
Wednesday was another crazy weather day. I ended up treadmilling my usual track workout at lunch because of the chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday night, and because I wanted to go to yoga after missing Tuesday’s class. Yoga was so tough- it wasn’t advertised as a heated class but the studio was super warm and I was drenched in sweat. It was cooler outside than in the yoga studio, so I probably missed our last cool track workout until September or likely October.
Thursday was a gorgeous day. I was planning to rest, but with the beautiful weather, I switched my days around because it was 73 degrees and 50% humidity on my run. 50% humidity may as well be ZERO humidity. I wish I could bottle up that weather and save it for the dog days of July and August, because it certainly didn’t feel like a typical Charleston day in May.
Friday was a rest day, which means Rest Day Brags. Clay and I went to Bluerose Cafe and “recovered” from our workouts with a brownie sundae. Good stuff.
Saturday was cooler, so my planned 8 miler turned into a long run, then on Sunday, Emily and I ran the OnShore group and she ran some extra. After the group run, we made our obligatory post-run Starbucks trip. I had a free drink on my card, so I got a mocha frappucino light with extra espresso. It’s kinda weird to get frappes when you’re in your 30s, but when I have a freebie, I like to splurge on something I can’t make myself at home (I also got the largest size).
We also hit up the Piccolo Spoleto festival and checked out all the art in Marion Square. I can’t afford to purchase art, but it’s fun to walk around and see the different paintings. Lots of local artists were there, and Marion Square has a Sunday Farmer’s Market during the summer. It’s a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon downtown without necessarily spending a fortune.
I hope everyone has a great Memorial Holiday and upcoming week!