So, who has a Thanksgiving leftover hangover this Monday morning? *Raises hand*
Like most years, we spent Thanksgiving with Clay’s family, where I ran a turkey trot and we all enjoyed a delicious meal and each other’s company. Clay’s parents went on the same cruise we did a few weeks ago, but we hadn’t visited the rest of his family (or the Florence SC area) in awhile. It was neat visiting the area that used to be “home”.
This week, I resumed “training” and counted the Turkey Trot as a workout since it was midweek. I ran a halfway decent weekly mileage, but I didn’t feel particularly good during any run. I’m not sure if I haven’t recovered from the Lexington Half Marathon, the two illnesses I had before that race, or if I’m coming down with something new?
When you run six days a week, you’re bound to have one run that feels off, but I didn’t feel “on” all week. I’m not going to plan ANY workouts and just do what I feel like until I feel better. Trying to train when I’m tired and achy isn’t serving my body or making me a better runner, and races and runs will be there when I feel healthier.
|Monday||60 min. elliptical + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||5.3 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||7.4 miles including Hartsville YMCA Turkey Trot 5K (22:40)|
|Saturday||11.1 miles (Bridge, Brews, and Brunch) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||8 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
None of my runs this week were impressive, but I ran six times. Tuesday and Wednesday were easing back into running as my calf strain recovered. On Tuesday, I saw a PT, who seemed to think the calf pain was a strain that was on its way out, so I wore a calf sleeve for my runs until Sunday, when I felt good enough to take it off.
I also went to the Charleston Running Club social at LGs by the Creek on Tuesday night, but didn’t run.
I jumped into the Hartsville YMCA Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday morning. Since I wasn’t sure how my calf would feel, I didn’t register until the morning of the race. I woke up feeling “just okay” and decided to run because Thanksgiving *is* the biggest running and racing day of the year, and I wanted to be a part of that. Plus, I wanted to hang out and run with some local friends who I don’t get to see or run with very often.
I wasn’t ready for the hills or curves in this 5K, and my time was pretty sad, but I was thankful that I’m not too injured to run and I got to see old friends and meet some new friends (human friends, not just inflatable turkeys).
We came back to Charleston just in time for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the Cyber Weekend of online shopping. I didn’t do much shopping besides going to The Foot Store (one of our local running stores) and the new Southern Living store in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center. I did buy some Christmas presents at Southern Living, and I had to take a picture of their gorgeous tree.
On Saturday, I ran with the Charleston Beer Runners in the monthly Bridge, Brews, and Brunch run. CBR runs a short run every Thursday night, and one Saturday each month, has a longer run to a brunch restaurant/bar. I was excited to finally be able to run one, but had a crazy experience getting started. I planned to meet at Tradesman Brewing Company to run over the bridge with Dan before meeting the group. The route was a 10K, so we wanted to start at the destination to add on miles for a long run.
I had to detour for a road closure and got lost on the way to the brewery. Driving down King Street, I saw a car with a 26.2 running sticker on the back and figured the driver was a Charleston Beer Runner heading to the brewery. I followed that car, which went to the wrong brewery (Edmund’s Oast). Turns out, the driver wasn’t there to run but was a marathon runner going to a brewery- NOT someone doing the run. Oops.
I ended up meeting Dan and some others at Hampton Park and we ran 5.2 miles before meeting with the rest of CBR to run to Tradesman. I felt like poop but it was nice to run a long run with others and hang out afterwards.
On Sunday, I ran with OnShore Recreation, and ended up running a little faster than I hoped- so once again, I finished pooped. I came home to drink a smoothie, decorate for Christmas, and go to yoga. Sunday was a pretty good way to recover from the crazy holiday weekend and get rejuvenated before a busy week of work.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and that training (or tapering for Kiawah) are going better for you than for me!