Never forget: You have a 100% success rate at surviving hard days.
With Tropical Storm Irma, a trip to urgent care, another postponed race, mourning Cindy, and a janky right glute, this past week was a crazy one. You take life a day at a time and get by with a little help from your friends.
|Monday||Rest Day – Tropical Storm Irma|
|Tuesday||8 miles (6 at long tempo pace) + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||6.3 miles (track) + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||7.1 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||Rest Day + Sports Massage|
|Saturday||12.1 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||8 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
On Monday, Tropical Storm Irma dumped rain, winds, and tornado warnings on Charleston. Gyms, yoga studios, and businesses were closed. We had a small window that morning without any tropical storm conditions, but I overslept until 9 AM. My body obviously needed sleep more than it needed a run, so I didn’t stress about it.
Clay and I went to Waffle House for lunch (note that Waffle House is less than a mile from our home and the tropical storm conditions were not terrible at the time). Since the power was flickering, we had to order off the Waffle House “limited menu”. We tipped really well because the servers and cooks were rockstars during the storm.
Downtown Charleston took a rough hit, but fortunately our home had no damage, and all the businesses (even downtown) were up and running by Wednesday. The trail race I was supposed to run was postponed because the trail was flooded, full of limbs, and wouldn’t be ready by Saturday. I was bummed, especially since the 911 Heroes Run last Saturday was also postponed, but if the worst I experience from Irma is another postponed race, I am very lucky.
Tuesday evening, Clay went to BJJ and hurt his knee. He cooked dinner that night and walked around the house and up the stairs, and we thought it was typical post-workout hurt. On Wednesday, he woke up and could hardly walk, so we headed to urgent care. Clay got a brace for his knee, an ace bandage, and medicine. Nothing was broken or torn, and he is doing much better now- just had to take the week off BJJ.
The trip to urgent care, combined with still being upset about Cindy’s death and the heat, made my Wednesday night track workout tough. The workout was mile repeats (3 x 1600, 400m jog recovery), which is hard enough without any outside stress.
The first mile repeat wasn’t so bad, but the second one was slower and tougher. I forgot to press the lap key when I paused my watch, so during the last mile repeat, I saw my watch was not working. I wanted to stop in the last mile repeat and make it 2 x 800m instead (which is still a great workout), but I powered through it. The last one was the slowest, but not giving up was a victory.
I’ve had some tightness and aches in my right glute lately, so I did the ITBS Rehab Routine after some of my runs this week. Even if you don’t have ITBS, it’s a good stretching and strengthening routine for runners, and I’d rather do prehab than rehab. I don’t have much going for me lately with race times (when I get to run a race), but I want to still be able to say “At least I’m not injured” after all these crummy race finishes. I also got a much needed sports massage.
On Saturday, I ran a long run on the bridge. I saw a few other runners I knew, but a lot of the regular bridge runners were running races. I considered a few, but decided not to since I’d already done a tempo run and a mile repeat workout. I’m going through race withdrawals, but maybe the temperatures will drop by the time I race again.
Sunday, I ran 8 miles with the OnShore Recreation group. I ran with Brent and Skylar, and it was hard to believe that the streets we ran on were flooded on Monday! We saw a few signs of Irma, like furniture sitting by the road and debri waiting to be picked up. It was pretty warm, so we took some water breaks and chatted the whole time. It’s always good to share a run with friends, because the memories you make are what this sport’s all about (thanks Skylar for the photo!).
I hope everyone has a great week!