We had an unseasonable drop in the temperatures and humidity this week, which made running and life bearable. Aside from the rain on Friday, I was REALLY spoiled by the weather in Charleston this week.
Our cool mornings came a day or so after Mr. College Football’s, but I was still grateful for the renewed confidence in my workouts and training. Plus, it was just fun to be outside. Charleston is a beautiful place with beaches, bridges, and downtown streets to walk, and the cooler weather let everyone enjoy them instead of suffering in sweltering heat.
|Monday||30 min. strength + 7 miles|
|Wednesday||45 min. yoga + 6.3 miles|
|Friday||7.85 miles, including 5 mile tempo|
|Sunday||8 miles including 12 x 100m|
Monday started out with 30 minutes of strength training at Planet Fitness and ended with a 7 mile bridge run with Steve, Stevie, and Allison. I was planning on running some sprints after the bridge run because the temperatures were cooler and the humidity was low. Allison really pushed me with the pace, and it was already one of my faster runs this summer- so I ended up just going home and skipping the sprints.
Tuesday was also quite cool! I ran 9 miles and called it a day. It’s amazing how much the cooler temperatures helped because I finally got through the planned mileage for one of Pfitz’s mid-week long runs.
On Wednesday, I planned to go to yoga but the HVAC man was coming, so I decided to stay home in case traffic was bad and I couldn’t get home before he came. I’m glad I skipped because he came 1/2 hour early. I did a 45 minute yoga video during my lunch break.
Wednesday evening, I hit the track for my speed workout, 5 x 1000m repeats. We really need more ladies at our track workouts because I was clearly outnumbered. Where my girls at?
Kendall, Sam, and I started the workout and Jon came along a few minutes later, so we got an after picture as well. Once again, the temperatures were cooler and humidity was lower, so I actually hit my paces. I’m sure the weather will heat up again soon, and I will be back to my usual even slower paces, so I enjoyed it while it lasted.
I woke up to pouring rain on Friday. With afternoon plans to visit my mom, I had to run that morning (and not risk another day off), so treadmill it was. Even the drive to the gym was rough, so it was a smart decision. I ran about five miles at half marathon pace.
On Saturday, Emily and I ran 11 miles. My legs felt like bricks for the first mile and going up the bridge, but we had cloudy skies and a breeze that made the temperatures pleasant. Someone was walking two basset hounds in the bike lane of the Cooper River Bridge, which made me super angry and sad for the dogs. Dogs are prohibited on the bridge, and walking and running in the bike lane is dangerous for anyone. A cyclist could have been coming downhill and easily hit the dogs, because leashes are short, the lanes are narrow, and cyclists are fast.
We hit Cooper River Coffee Roasters after our run, and the cold brew with caramel syrup was delicious. They have the best cold brew in town, and Paulette is super sweet.
On Sunday, I ran 8 miles with the group and finally did my 100s toward the end of my run! It was sunny for a change (not a good change), and I had to space my strides out to avoid traffic, but I was glad to get a little turnover in my legs. After the run, we hit Moe’s Crosstown Tavern for bRUNch, where I had a really delicious spinach, red pepper, and goat cheese quiche, along with Mike’s Hard Lemonade. It was a great run and recovery.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!