This was a whirlwind week- literally.
With Hurricane Irma threatening the South Carolina coast, everyone was nervous this week. Clay and I spent time thinking about evacuations, taking pictures of valuables, and tracking and planning for a major hurricane. We live inland, but Irma’s impact would be huge. We said we’d make a call on evacuating closer to the projected landfall- which on Tuesday and Wednesday was headed straight for Charleston.
The forecast shifted on Friday, and we stayed in town. However, my thoughts are with those in the Caribbean and Florida who are affected by Irma- it’s a strong and powerful storm.
Friday morning, I woke up to texts and Facebook messages. At first, I thought it was hurricane related- maybe the storm turned again and was headed toward Charleston? It hadn’t, but the news wasn’t good- Our very close friend Cindy was killed in a car accident involving an 18-wheeler. Cindy (pictured in the red) was going to visit her mom in the hospital, where her mom was recovering from surgery. The accident happened near Columbia.
Cindy was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, and we shared so many good times at races, brunch, coffee, and Charleston Riverdogs games. The news didn’t hit me right away, but I was very upset and it’s still hard to believe. Clay was working from home, so thankfully he was there with me for lots of hugs and dealing with my tears.
I’ll write more about Cindy this week. I’m still trying to process it, but as a writer (by hobby and by profession), it helps to put feelings into words.
|Wednesday||30 min. yoga + 6.2 miles track|
|Friday||7.75 miles, including 25 min. tempo|
On Monday, I volunteered at the Labor Day 5K on Daniel Island. I helped with packet pick up and enjoyed cheering on my friends who ran. The temperatures were a little better, but it was still very warm in the sun. I was glad to be helping and not racing.
I was registered for the 911 Heroes Run 5K that Saturday, so I ran a few easy miles around Daniel Island and loved seeing the patriotic decorations for that 5K. The light poles had signs with the names of different first responders on them, as well as American flags. Today is the anniversary of 9-11, and I hope you’re thinking of those lives lost that day. I certainly did on the run.
On Wednesday, I did a track workout with the crew. The temperatures were in the 80s, but the humidity and high dew points were still around. I ran 5 x 1000m repeats and met my pace goals. A few weeks ago, I figured out how to use the lap buttons on my Garmin, which is basically a huge running breakthrough for me. The past few months have been riddled with injuries and bad races, but at least my splits now upload correctly.
Since everyone was preparing for Hurricane Irma, we had a smaller crowd and didn’t go out anywhere after the run.
Thursday morning, the governor talked about potentially reversing all the lanes of I-26 out of Charleston and ordering evacuations. For this reason, the 911 Heroes Run was postponed. I hope the race will be rescheduled, but the organizers have to work with Daniel Island and the first responders to set a new date. As you can imagine, the first responders and the city have been busy lately with hurricane preparations, so we don’t have a date yet.
I was looking forward to the race but support and agree with the decision. At the time, the National Guard was activated, and it would be crazy to use manpower and resources to shut down streets for a race when they might be needed for evacuations and hurricane relief. I saw some complaints on Facebook but feel like most people understood.
On Thursday night, I hung out with Charleston Beer Runners at Triangle Char-N-Bar and talked about football, food and beverages, upcoming runs, and life. The hurricane was weakening, and even though the race was postponed, life was good (Thanks Charleston Beer Runners for the pic).
Needless to say, Friday and Saturday were tough. I carried on, but Saturday’s long run on the bridge was especially hard. It was weird not seeing Cindy running the bridge and us going out to Cooper River Coffee Roasters after the run. I ran into a friend at the top of the bridge. She was taking a break from doing repeats, and we spent 10 minutes at the top of the Cooper River Bridge hugging and sharing memories and thoughts of Cindy.
Sometimes running is about mile splits and bridge repeats. Sometimes it’s about hugs, memories, and having a shoulder to cry on at the top of a bridge.
Sunday, I ran an easy 8 miles around Downtown Charleston with Melissa C. Most churches were cancelled (not Church of the Sunday Long Run!), the colleges were evacuated, and no tourists were in town- so downtown was basically deserted of cars. We saw a lot of people out walking, running, biking, and walking their dogs, as well as a lot of police. The run was a little windy, but fun, and I’m glad we got the run in and that I could see and chat with the OnShore Recreation-ers. I skipped brunch to come home and eat leftovers and rest.
I hope everyone has a good week and enjoys some cooler Fall weather!