It’s Monday, Labor Day in the US, and the start of a new week. If you’re off work, enjoy it and spend some quality time with family and friends. Cookouts, time on the water (beaches, lakes, rivers), football, and sleeping in is the way to go!
I want to thank everyone for their comments on last week’s training and the Race for the Ark 5K recap. Although I was disappointed in the finish time, I had a FUN time hanging out with friends and supporting the charity. I did run under 22 minutes, which is faster than any other 5K I’ve raced in awhile, and I’m not injured.
Not meeting your goals isn’t the worst thing in the world. You recover, reassess, and try again. If you’re an athlete, it’s not like you were going to completely give up on the sport after the race or competition- you were going to set a new goal and work toward that anyway.
Around Christmas in 2013, I set a goal to run a 10K in under 45 minutes. Over the years, I had a bad race, an injury, a missed race due to flooding, and quite a few good races that came up short. Finally, in March 2016, I ran a 44:41 at the Cooper River Bridge Run. It took over two years, and most people would’ve quit pursuing that goal. It’s okay to give up if a goal no longer fits your desires- but I wanted that sub-45. When that hard-earned 10K PR finally happened, it was even more special.
As for now, I trust that my fastest times are ahead. We have a lot to look forward to this Fall- football season, lots of great races in the area, cooler temperatures, Halloween, and Clay and I are going on a vacation later this year.
|Monday||30 min. Yin Yoga for Busy People + 60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday||30 min. strength + 6.2 miles (track)|
|Friday||8.1 miles including 5 miles @ mid-tempo pace|
After Saturday’s race and Sunday’s mock tri relay, my legs were toast. It rained on Monday, so I skipped running and opted to cross train on the Arc Trainer instead. I needed a glorified easy day and didn’t trust myself to run easy on the treadmill. Some ladies were on the machines next to me and talked loudly the entire time, reminding me why I hate going to the gym in the afternoons.
On Wednesday, we did a track workout. I had a breakthrough track workout- after almost two years of owning my Garmin watch, I finally figured out how to use the lap key to track my intervals, recoveries, and splits. I didn’t miss any splits, hit the key by mistake, or forget to restart.
My workout was a reverse ladder (1200/1000/800/600/400/200), and it was nice seeing the exact paces after online and knowing it went well. Most of us are training for one of the Kiawah races in December, so we had a nice crowd at track.
I took Thursday off to recover from Wednesday’s workout and go to the Aqua Terrace rooftop bar with Charleston Beer Runners. I didn’t run to the bar, but it was my first time at Aqua Terrace, which is on the third floor of the Charleston Marriott. We ran there to watch the fireworks at the Charleston Riverdogs game, but thanks to a thunderstorm, we saw nature’s fireworks instead.
If you want to find new running routes or bars and restaurants in Charleston, Charleston Beer Runners is the group for you. I would’ve never discovered Aqua Terrace- or a lot of places downtown, without them. The drink specials were great too. Erin, Paul, Maranda, and I were the last people to leave the bar!
On Saturday, I ran my usual long run route over the Cooper River Bridge and back. It was a slightly cooler day, and I saw a few familiar faces even though many of the bridge running regulars were MIA. I didn’t see as many walkers or cyclists as usual, either.
After the run, I came home, showered, and changed, and Clay and I went out to lunch before coming home to watch college football. Our team, the South Carolina Gamecocks, played NC State and it was a nailbiter! We won the game, but NC State is a great team and I’m sure they will do well this season too.
Compression socks and Gamecocks = best way to recover on a Saturday in the Fall!
On Sunday, I ran with OnShore Recreation from Hampton Park. The usual organizers were out of town so we had a small crowd and stayed close together. We had a few new faces, and it’s always fun to show new Charleston residents around the city on a run. I ran with Brent and kept the pace relatively easy to recover from Saturday’s long run, but we had lower temperatures and humidity so that was nice.
Have a great week, everyone!