Another week of following the Road Racing for Serious Runners 5K plan, another week of (not so) secretly wanting to quit said 5K plan.
It takes a lot of humility to admit that I’m not in the same shape I was in April 2016 when I ran the 20:53 at the Green and Lean 5K, or when I ran the 1:38:14 surprise at the Charleston Half Marathon in January. I may not like where I am as a runner, but it’s reality and everyone starts somewhere.
I really like David Roche’s articles in Trail Runner magazine. I saw his tweet after a rough Wednesday workout and it gave me a slight glimmer of hope. Maybe once my legs are a bit rested and the temperature is slightly cooler, I can run a race I’m proud of.
|Monday||30 min. strength + 7.6 miles|
|Wednesday||60 min. yoga + 6.6 miles, including 6 x 600m and 8 x 100m|
|Thursday||Rest Day is the Best Day|
|Friday||7.7 miles, including 5 mile tempo (treadmill)|
On Monday, I strength trained that morning, then met Steve and Allison for a run in Downtown Charleston. Allison just moved here from Chicago, so we gave her a grand tour of downtown and ran the inclines/declines of six parking garages. We didn’t push the pace, the humidity was lower, we had a breeze, and the view at the tops of the garages is always nice. It was a great run.
Tuesday, I ran the bike path and the construction zone where I live. Somehow, the construction and demolition stirred up a lot of bugs, so I ran through a swarm of gnats. There’s not much you can do because you don’t realize you’ve run through them until you already have. I wore the gnats for the rest of the run and arrived home sweaty, smelly, and gnatty.
Those black specs on my face, chest, and white tank top are all dead gnats. Distance running is far from pretty. If you want glamorous, do pageants instead.
On Wednesday, I headed to the track with the group. Last week, Jason was the only guy, and he missed the picture, so the men showed up in full force and outnumbered us ladies. I ran 6 x 600m with 200m jogs in between, followed by 8 x 100m. I think everyone else ran 400m repeats.
During our workout, a car drove by super slowly, and a group of people inside it yelled “Run Forrest Run” from the car in unison. It was obviously planned because everyone speeds on the road by the school. We laughed about it, because it’s funny that people get a kick out of doing that. None of us know who it was, but Forrest Gump is older than the kids who yelled it, and I’d be surprised if they’ve even seen that movie.
On Thursday, I rested from Wednesday’s workout. I had a busy day, with a dentist appointment, shopping (Dillard’s had an additional 40% off clearance- score), and volunteering at the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K. I worked the preregistration table and it was good to hang out with and cheer for so many friends without actually having to run. You do work hard and work up a sweat when volunteering, though…
Friday, I did a 5 mile tempo run on the treadmill. The book’s plan called for an 8K or 10K race, but those are rare enough in coastal South Carolina even when it’s not 90+ degrees, much less in July. I zoned out and got it done, and ran around half marathon pace. It reminded me of the workouts I did when I was following the Hansons Half Marathon Plan last year and how much I miss those workouts (I think I will go back to that…). Either way, the tempo run gave me a bit of much-needed confidence.
On Saturday, I did a long run over the bridge and back with Emily. The sun stayed under, and the clouds made the run bearable, even if we had a headwind going DOWN the Cooper River Bridge. It made the downhill feel more like flat running. I went to a going away party for Michelle at Holy City Brewery that afternoon. She’s moving to NY and I will certainly miss seeing here at local races and group runs.
I also headed to The Junction Kitchen and Provisions with Cindy, Amy, Melissa, and Kevin, where we ate brunch and took selfies to commemorate it.
Sunday’s run was abnormally cool. This whole summer has been mild in Charleston, but on Sunday morning, we had temperatures in the 70s and little humidity (I think the humidity was in the 70s). It didn’t feel like Charleston- even in the winter, we have high humidity.
I met up with the Hampton Park group and ran 8 miles around downtown. I enjoyed the conversations and temperatures and didn’t rush the run- besides, my legs were pretty torched from Friday’s tempo run. BUT it was nice finishing an 8 mile run and feeling like I could run more, rather than wishing the run would end ASAP because of the conditions.
As for the rest of Sunday, Clay and I went to brunch and chilled out around the house, making a Costco run and getting ready for the start of a super busy work week. I hope everyone has a great one!