Weekly Rundown: July 31–August 6

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.

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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.

TWW

Monday 30 min. strength + 7 miles
Tuesday 9 miles
Wednesday 45 min. yoga + 6.3 miles
Thursday No workout.
Friday 7.85 miles, including 5 mile tempo
Saturday 11.15 miles
Sunday 8 miles including 12 x 100m
Total 49.3 miles

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?

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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.

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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.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link and with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC.

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19 Responses to Weekly Rundown: July 31–August 6

  1. Wow – so inspiring! I can’t wait to get back into running!
    Also that brunch looks delicious.

  2. Woohoo – great week. I was thinking about you because I was reading Travel & Leisure’s Best Awards and Charleston racked up a bunch of them – best U.S. city, best U.S. city hotel, food, etc. I haven’t’ visited SC in years – I really need to change that!

  3. I feel like usually out here there are way more women runners than men runners. How often are you outnumbered by men? Is it just at track that this happens or all the time?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It really depends on who shows up at track. Our crowd varies because most people have kids and kids have stuff going on with school and activities. One night a few weeks ago, Jason was the only guy there. I wish we could grow the crowd in general. You’d think more people would be into track workouts and getting faster for Fall races…

  4. The weather around me also took an unseasonable break and has me looking forward to the cooler fall weather! Having a brunch like that to look forward to after my long runs might actually motivate me to get through my long runs – yum! Thanks for linking up (and inspiring me to get out there a bit more!).

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I was really looking forward to it (and hungry during the whole run, which isn’t fun when you have 8 miles to do). Besides quiche they have excellent pancakes as well!

  5. Elizabeth C. says:

    That’s a very solid week! It was definitely a treat to have a short break from the humidity last week. It sounds like it gave you a nice confidence boost too. I admire that you do strength training so regularly!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks- I get to the gym each week for strength training. It’s not making me faster and obviously, I’ve still gotten injured. Maybe it’s doing something? I do a bunch of single leg stuff.

  6. HoHo Runs says:

    A nice week! I know you enjoyed the break from the typical summer weather. Why would a dog owner want to walk their dogs on a bridge? It seems like a park, with plenty of grass, would be the correct choice. I’m a big fan of quiche and that one looks delicious!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I’m not sure why a dog owner would want to walk their dog in the bike lane of a bridge, especially since there’s a sign prohibiting dogs on the paths. Plus, there’s no water and the temperatures are hot. It’s just dangerous. We have a LOT of dog parks around here and this is a dog-friendly place to live.

  7. sarahdudek80 says:

    Hooray for less humidity. That is always a nice change. Another great week for you and some more delicious looking food too.

  8. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    Glad you got to enjoy some cooler weather! I bike to work and use a very narrow bike lane and am always afraid of people walking in the bike lane (I’ve seen them occasionally) because there’s really nowhere for me to go and I’d hit them. Unfortunately, some people just treat bike lanes as an alternative to the sidewalk.

  9. I LOVE quiche! I know it’s not grain free but ohhh well! That one looks delicious! I would never think of going to a pub for brunch because I’d be worried about it being greasy. Maybe we’ll try that! I wish the cooler weather had stuck around! It’s so humid out again!

  10. I’m glad you had some weather that made you happy! When I read that tweet, I was like what is CFB?! Haha. I don’t know if college football is super big around here (aside from Penn State), but it seems huge in the south!

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