October is here- even if it doesn’t feel like it. This weekend felt like a sauna in Charleston, and it’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner, tempting us with candy. I’m personally fond of peanut butter M&Ms…
The weather impacted my running and racing plans this weekend big time. I ran the Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K and was several minutes off my goal. I try not to worry about weather too much because everyone runs in the same conditions and on the same course, and everyone’s times were slower than usual and what we would be capable of on a nice day.
Hopefully this heat wave ends soon and it starts to feel more like Fall!
|Monday||7 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||8.1 miles (treadmill “mile repeats”)|
|Wednesday||7.4 miles + Sports Massage|
|Thursday||4.5 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||60 min. yoga|
|Saturday||8.5 miles including Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K (47:54)|
The week started pretty good, with a group run with friends on Monday, some treadmill intervals on Tuesday, and a sports massage on Wednesday. Besides that, the HVAC people installed our new upstairs AC unit on Wednesday, which I was grateful for because the heat came back big time.
Not that it ever “cooled off” in Charleston- it was just… less hot.
Since I wasn’t sure what time the HVAC people would be done, I didn’t plan a group run on Wednesday and most of us decided to do the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run instead. Melissa and I met up to run a few miles at Sawmill Branch before heading to Zest Grill for the pub run. Somehow, we got lost on the pub run and ended up running four miles instead of three, but thankfully we figured out how to get back before it got too dark.
As you can see, we had a big crowd for the Pub Run! The middle school football teams are using track, and I miss those workouts, but fun runs are nice sometimes too.
Thursday and Friday were easy days with a short run and yoga, and on Saturday, I headed to the Isle of Palms for the 10K. As soon as I stepped out of my home at 6:30, I knew it would be a rough day. It felt like a sauna, and the temperature was already in the upper 70s. At race time, it was 78 degrees, 100% humidity, dew point of 75, and sunny. It felt more like August than October.
I’m not proud of my finish time, but I am proud that I went to the run, stayed with the 10K instead of dropping to the 5K, and didn’t throw up off the side of the connector. I’ll write more about the race later this week.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a great recovery from the race. I woke up sick in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday. I spent some time in the bathroom, got a little more sleep, then headed out for a long run with the group. If the bar had been open at our start time of 9 AM, we would have probably all headed there instead. Many of us stayed together, running and taking frequent water breaks and walking when we needed to.
My long run started out okay, but I felt sick near the end and was wishing for a gel, electrolytes, or something. I did eat a post-run gel, then we headed to Moe’s Crosstown Tavern for brunch. I had a delicious salad, quiche, and cheese grits… and managed to eat the salad and some of the hot food. I spent the afternoon resting and drinking Nuun.
As for next week, I plan to recover from my 10K, get a few runs and a workout in, and hope the weather cools down soon. Running in August weather is hard enough in August, let alone October. I hope everyone has a great week!