Happy Monday and happy Solar Eclipse day! Here in Charleston, we are directly in the path and get total coverage. I took today off work to have a 3-day weekend and just enjoy the day. The eclipse is big business here with tourists coming to watch (and visit the Holy City) and we even saw a NASA trailer on our Sunday morning group run downtown.
Clay is working from home and we have had our NASA approved eclipse glasses for about a week now, but a lot of locals have been scrambling to get them.
As far as the running week goes, it wasn’t perfect, but I’m healthy and hopeful for the Fall. Staying positive – and well hydrated- are the only ways to survive summer running in the South.
|Monday||30 min. strength + 7 miles (bridge)|
|Wednesday||45 min. yoga + 5.4 miles (track)|
|Friday||7.9 miles, including 40 min. tempo|
Monday was the usual morning strength workout and evening bridge run. I ran with Allison and Emilie, and the miles went by quickly.
Tuesday’s run was around the neighborhood, and while it was warm out, the sky was overcast for the first five miles. A golf cart tried to mow me down on the bike path, and I saw a neighbor out riding her horse. This is what happens when you live in what was once a rural area that is now suburbia- you see everything from golf carts to horses.
On Wednesday, I did yoga at home, then headed to track that afternoon to do a workout of 8 x 200m and 12 x 100m. Jason and Bruce were nice enough to wait for me to cool down and finish so that I wouldn’t be alone. I didn’t want to keep them waiting, so I cut my 100s short and only ran six.
I should probably start earlier next time to get all the repeats in, but looking back, I don’t regret cutting the workout short. Sometimes you shorten a run, and that’s okay. Any miles are better than none. When it cools down, I’ll have days when I run longer than planned and it evens out.
We were under a heat advisory on Wednesday, which made the workout tough. All of us ended up cutting our runs short because of the heat or just being tired from other activities that week. The temperature in my car read 98 degrees after track, with a “feels like” of 105. With no shade and heat radiating off the surface, I’m convinced the SHS track is the hottest place in Charleston.
I took Thursday off to recover, then ran a 40 minute treadmill tempo on Friday. I guess I wanted to make up for cutting Wednesday’s run short, but I felt good and went a few more minutes than normal. I’ve starting running tempo runs at goal pace like I did last year when I followed the Hansons Half Marathon Plan. I feel like it made me a stronger runner at every distance. I do my tempo runs indoors because I can’t imagine LT efforts when it’s 100 out and because I can watch trashy TV.
I got a sports massage Friday evening, and while it hurt so good, I didn’t do a great job of recovering from the massage OR the tempo run. I don’t think I drank enough water or ate enough protein, and Saturday’s long run was tough. I took a few breaks during the run and even took a nap that afternoon.
Emily, Cindy, and I went out for coffee after the run, so that was fun. I love the cold brew at Cooper River Coffee Roasters and it’s a great place to recover from a Saturday morning bridge run.
Saturday evening, I went to Summerville for Theresa’s 35th birthday party. We ate kabobs and cake and hung out at her pool. It was a big birthday because she moved up in age groups.
Since Saturday’s run was tough, I took it easy on Sunday. I ran the group run’s 8 mile route at an easier than usual pace to recover AND to rest up for this weekend’s Race for the Ark 5K. I skipped brunch to buy some groceries and come home and eat leftovers.
I hope everyone has a great week!