It’s Monday. It’s July. It’s hot. Nothing new under the sun- but the sun sure is bright.
Last week, I left my comfort zone behind and ran a 50 mile week. For me, that’s more of a mental accomplishment than physical because I usually log 46-49 miles a week so it’s just another mile or two, literally. I haven’t run a weekly mileage starting with a 5 at all in 2017, so I thought it was a neat goal for the week.
I also ran the last Race the Landing 5K. I used this race as a workout, with the goals of finishing with a smile and eating ice cream. I accomplished both goals, and I’ll recap the race later this week.
|Monday||9 miles including 15 x 100m|
|Tuesday||7.55 miles (treadmill)|
|Wednesday||60 min. yoga + 6.2 miles|
|Thursday||7.1 miles including Race the Landing 5K (22:22)|
|Friday||60 min. yoga|
On Monday afternoon, we had a bad thunderstorm. The power flickered at my home just as I was about to log off the computer. Unfortunately, it ruined my work laptop’s docking station and a monitor, which meant I was down to a single monitor for work all week. At first, I figured I was kissing productivity goodbye for the week. But… I got a lot of work despite only having one monitor- only because I printed things out.
The lightening also knocked out the red lights on my road, so when I left the house to run with the group, I decided to turn around, drive home, and run the neighborhood instead. I ran easy miles, followed by the 12 x 100m workout that the Road Racing for Serious Runners 5K plan called for this week, and some more easy miles.
On Wednesday, we had track night and a goodbye party for John, who is moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Everyone ran their workouts (our group is BYOW- Bring Your Own Workout), then we headed to Icehouse for drinks and food. Since it was John’s last night, we let him take the group selfie. It’s a funny selfie because Mike is covered up completely by John’s head and it looks like Charlie (Mike’s daughter) is floating in mid-air.
The final 5K of the Race the Landing series was Thursday night. It wasn’t my fastest time, but that’s okay because I’m deep in training for next month’s Race for the Ark (and did not rest or take it easy prior to the race). I was happy to run, receive a finisher’s medal, earn an age group coaster award, and make memories with friends.
Shawanna visited from Columbia and set a new course record (18:07!!), and Noah Moore Runs Real Estate group sponsored free ice cream for all runners. You can’t beat a run with friends and ice cream at the finish. If you’re jealous of Charleston races and want to be a part of them, contact Noah about moving down here. You can even use Lucey Mortgage Corporation, who sponsored the ice cream truck earlier this summer, for your financial needs.
On Saturday, Emily and I ran the bridge for a long run. It was hot and muggy, and traffic lights and crazy drivers made us stop a bit. Thankfully, Chris from Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant and Catherine from Blue Sky Endurance had water stops out, which were a big help with the hot temperatures.
I’m a huge advocate of supporting your local running and triathlon stores is because they give back to the community. A large chain running store probably wouldn’t have water and Nuun for runners doing Saturday morning long runs on the bridge or to Sullivan’s Island.
We ran just over 11 miles and hit Cooper River Coffee Roasters, where we ran into Cindy and Ed and chatted over delicious cold brew.
On Sunday, I ran with the OnShore Recreation Group (plus one extra mile to make it to 50), then had some brunch and ate a bit more ice cream that evening. Because copious amounts of cookies and cream are the only way to make it through summer running.
Have a great week, everyone!