Happy Monday everyone! It’s hard to believe that Halloween is almost here. It’s still ridiculously hot in Charleston, but we had one Fall-like day this week. Progress is progress.
Both the Gamecocks and Tigers were on BYE weeks this week, so I took a BYE week from running a race and focused on training hard instead with lots of quality runs- along with lots of fun with friends and even cake.
|Monday||8 miles (treadmill intervals) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||6.4 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||8 miles including 40 min. mid-tempo pace (treadmill)|
|Friday||60 min. yoga|
Nothing much to report about Monday’s run. It was the Monday after the Avondale 5K, and I normally take it easy the day after the race, but since it was super hot (and supposed to be the last record-breaking hot day), I ran some treadmill intervals.
Tuesday was gorgeous! I ran the Cooper River Bridge and saw a few people I knew out there. I also saw a lot of people wearing coats, long sleeves, tights, and other clothing items that no one in Charleston has any business owning. The temperatures were cool enough to opt for short sleeves instead of a tank top.
We still don’t have track access on Wednesdays thanks to middle school football, so a group of us met to run a route we call “The Spider”, which consists of four streets with uphill sections. We run those four streets twice, since spiders have eight legs, and it’s about as close as you can get to hills in Summerville.
We had a nice crowd, including Vanessa and Kat who missed the picture but still had a great workout. We started at 6, and it was getting dark after we finished- soon we’ll need lights and reflective clothing for runs.
I treadmilled again on Thursday, mostly out of convenience with a few work meetings and obligations that day.
Eryn, the fearless leader, made a delicious cake for the occasion. The cake was a chocolate espresso porter cake (made with Kona coffee & Palmetto Espresso Porter), decorated with chocolate and bourbon buttercream frosting, and a salted caramel drizzle.
I don’t run the Thursday runs often, but being in Charleston Beer Runners means a lot to me, and the “birthday party” is especially symbolic. Last year, Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina on my birthday. The hurricane mostly missed Charleston, but flooded the area where we were evacuated to, so Clay and I ended up coming home early from the evacuation (our home had power and his parents didn’t have power for five days). The devastation in rural South Carolina was rather overlooked by the press.
Needless to say, I didn’t have any cake ON my birthday last year, since stores were closed and we were in the dark all day.
That Thursday after the hurricane, I was still pretty upset after talking to my mom and finding out they were still out of power and were going to a Red Cross charity for hot meals. I cried so much on the phone and when I got off the phone. To cheer up, I went to Charleston Beer Runners, who happened to have a birthday cake that night.
It’s neat to celebrate your birthday close to the founding of one of our running groups, and it’s a rather large group (group photo courtesy of CBR Facebook).
I went to a new-to-me yoga class hosted by some ladies going through a teacher training. The first 20 minutes of the class was dancing (more like Zumba than yoga), but the last half of the class was fine- more stretching and recovery based. The instructors themselves did a good job, but it wasn’t the style of yoga I wanted to recover from hard workouts. Thankfully the schedule will be back to normal starting next week for my regular Friday Flow class.
On Saturday I did a long run on the bridge, along with an extra repeat on the steep side to add some mileage. The weather was beautiful and perfect for racing, but all of the races in Charleston seem to be NEXT weekend! It was great to see some friends running the bridge and get a quality long run in. I’m hoping the hills make me a stronger runner in the flat races.
After running, I ran some errands and got a burrito from my favorite food truck, Dashi. I’m dashing for Dashi and will run for shrimp burritos!
On Sunday, I ran with the Hampton Park group and hung out afterwards for some stretching. I had a big week, so I tried to hold back with the pace (which is hard at a group run). It was humid but the miles went by pretty quickly chatting with everyone about upcoming races.
I hope we can all finish them injury-free, meeting our goals, and with big smiles.