The last few weeks have been pretty busy with life and training. Life has been quite fun, but training and running, not so much.
I ran the Race for the Ark 5K on Saturday and did not meet any goal I set. I was a ball of nerves and anxiety before the race, and my legs and lungs just didn’t want to go. I put too much pressure on myself in the race since it’s the first 5K of the summer and fairly competitive.
It’s tough to train all summer and run a 5K in the same pace you ran in May and June. Thinking positively, I didn’t get injured and I didn’t get any slower. I still believe my fastest times are ahead of me- even if it takes me longer to get there.
|Wednesday||30 min. yoga + 5.5 miles (track)|
|Friday||30 min. yoga|
|Saturday||7.1 miles, including Race for the Ark 5K (21:58)|
|Sunday||12.4 miles, including Summerville Tri Club Relay|
On Monday, I took the day off work and ran 7.2 miles around the neighborhood instead of my usual bridge run. I didn’t want to brave traffic or wake up early to run the bridge, and I skipped lifting because of Saturday’s 5K.
I went to the eclipse viewing party at the Joe Riley Park with Cindy, Ed, and Amy T. Our view of the eclipse wasn’t the greatest due to clouds and storms in the distance, but we all had glasses and got to see it. The storms hit the neighborhood where I live right as the eclipse was entering totality, so Clay and all my neighbors didn’t see as much as we did in downtown Charleston.
Afterwards, we stuck around for the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game and it was a fun day in general.
I ran a short run in the neighborhood on Tuesday and did the same on Thursday. When you’re used to running 6-8 miles, a 4-5 mile run feels incredibly short.
On Wednesday, I did a yoga video at lunch, and I ran a track workout with friends that evening. I ran 8 x 200m, followed by 8 x 100m. With the upcoming race, I wanted to run a short, intense, workout.
After our run, we went to Icehouse to drink recovery beverages, eat, and celebrate Theresa’s birthday. We celebrated on Saturday night but we wanted to celebrate again because birthday months are real life. Icehouse has great salads, sandwiches, and has become one of our favorite places to go out.
On Thursday, I volunteered at the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K by working at the race registration/walk up/t-shirt table. The trails were a little wet and muddy, but fortunately the rain and storms stopped about an hour before the race, and the temperatures even cooled down a little for the runners.
After the race, the runners and volunteers went out to Wasabi on Daniel Island for an after party and I tried some delicious sushi. I don’t go out for sushi nearly enough and it was great.
On Friday, I did some gentle yoga before Saturday’s Race for the Ark 5K. Race for the Ark is one of my favorite 5Ks in the Charleston area and is the largest and most competitive race in Summerville. The 5K didn’t go how I hoped, and while 21:58 isn’t a bad 5K time, I know I’m capable of faster and was pretty upset after the race.
I love running races for the camaraderie and using them to push myself, but I want to enjoy training and trust that the times will come instead of obsessing so much over the numbers. If racing isn’t fun, why bother?
On Sunday, I did the Summerville Tri Club’s “Tall Bill Triathlon”. Each year, the Tri Club hosts a mock triathlon for those training for Ironman events. The mock tri started last year when people’s training called for tune-up races that we don’t have in this area, which prompted the club to host one. You can’t beat a club that CREATES a race to help others train and meet their goals.
It’s only fitting for a Tiny Terror to participate in an event directed by Tall Bill (it was named after him since he lives in the area, secured the pool for us, and served as race director). Solo participants could do an Olympic or Half Ironman distance. I was on a relay time with Jenn, our swimmer, and Theresa, our cyclist. We all had the same idea that this was for FUN, so I used it as my long run. The run distance was basically the 10K course twice, so it was a 20K instead of a half marathon, but we were fine with that since this served as training and was not timed, certified, or sanctioned.
I had an AMAZING time at the mock triathlon relay. Best of all, I finished smiling, proud, and surrounded by friends, which means so much more than times and records.
Here’s to recovery, finding the joy, and falling back in love with the process.