According to the calendar, Fall is here. To me, it’s still way too hot for pumpkin spice lattes, Uggs, leggings, and the latest iPhone.
By the time Charleston weather cools down enough for me to crave hot coffee, the pumpkin spice latte will be gone from Starbucks and replaced with gingerbread and mint drinks for winter.
This week, I ran lots of quality miles, some easy days, and the Carolina Children’s Charity 5K. Running had its ups and downs like everything else, except South Carolina temperatures, which always seem to be up. Based on what I’ve read on other blogs and friends’ race recaps from this weekend, summer has overstayed its welcome just about everywhere.
|Monday||7.7 miles (2 x 2 miles @ mid tempo pace) + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||8 miles (2 x 1200m, 4 x 800m) + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||6.3 including Carolina Children’s Charity 5K (24:04)|
|Sunday||12 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
On Monday, I did a tempo workout on the treadmill because I had a busy day of work. The last few weeks at work have been busy but hello, job security. I also did some PT/strength exercises.
Tuesday’s run included the Charleston Running Club’s monthly traveling group run. This month, we ran the West Ashley Greenway for three miles. The runs rotate between different areas of town, so the club doesn’t expect people to make every single one, but it’s a nice change of scenery when I can make it out.
After the run, we had dinner at Triangle Char-N-Bar. It’s one of my favorite restaurants, and they have a great Taco Tuesday deal and happy hour ($3 tacos and $3 margaritas). Triangle took great care of us with our own private area.
On Wednesday, I did PT/strength that morning and went to the track that evening. Unfortunately, the middle school football games are at 6:30 PM now, and we have to find a new place to run on Wednesday nights until the season ends. The people at the gate gave me an extremely hard time and basically told me I was a liar when I asked about the time change. I ended up going to Planet Fitness and treadmilling my workout. I’ll move the group runs to a neighborhood for the next four weeks, but also find somewhere else to run my own speed workouts.
On Saturday, I ran the Carolina Children’s Charity 5K Partial Trail Run (this seems like a very long name for a short race). The course was tough, and there was nothing “partial” about the 5K. My guess is it was called that because part of the course was also paved bike path. I went in with the goal to finish smiling and injury-free, and I succeeded at both. I’ll write more about it later this week.
Sunday’s long run with OnShore Recreation was a good one. I ran a few miles before and after the run to log 12 miles total. We had a big crowd and recovery beverages afterwards. I love my “Church of the Sunday Long Run” crew and logging miles with them each week.
I skipped brunch after to buy groceries, then Clay and I went to Waffle House because I wanted one last Blueberry Waffle before they go away at the end of the month. Clay went to Charlotte Friday and got home Sunday morning.
You know you’re a no-frills couple when you can spend quality time together eating in a diner rather than fancy meals or dates all the time.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and if you’re somewhere with cooler temperatures, enjoy a pumpkin spice latte for me.