Another week is over, and I’m not sad to see it go.
It was a tough week all around for me. I hoped to go to Myrtle Beach for the weekend to run the 5K for fun and cheer for some friends running the half and full, but my travel plans changed. I had an entry from deferring the half last year (missed due to injury), but thankfully hadn’t re-registered and stayed home. With hotel prices, gas, traveling alone, bills, and not even being able to push the pace in the run thanks to Grumpy Glute, I didn’t see the point.
Of course, I saw all the social media posts from the weekend. Between Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Palmetto Bluff, and a few races in NC- I think I was the only person who didn’t run a race. Even when I was training, I wasn’t fast but love races because of the social atmosphere and togetherness. Races are about being with others, not beating others. Well, unless you’re ahead of me in the actual run and I’m able to pass you, in which case I will- and after the race I will congratulate you and thank you for pushing me to run my best.
Aside from that, I spent much of the week stressed about bills, money, and work. I probably ran more than I should have, and I didn’t feel great on my runs, but they helped me deal with the stress. On a happy note, the scale finally dropped one pound. So there’s that.
|Monday||7 miles + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Wednesday||35 min. elliptical + 5.6 miles|
|Thursday||5.1 miles + 60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||15 min. elliptical|
My week started off with an easy neighborhood run that morning and BodyPump that evening. The gym had a table of free samples of protein so I grabbed some on my way out for some GAINZ. This hobbyjogger’s gotta get SWOLE for some 5Ks!
On Tuesday, I ran and got a sports massage. Massages feel so good and I really love my massage therapist, Cindy at Old Village Massage. If you’re an injured athlete in the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant area, she’s the one to see. She also does cupping which is helpful for so many injuries.
On Wednesday, I did some easy ellipticalling (mostly backwards) and glute bridges, then ran that night at track practice. I “just run” around the track, but at least I’m with friends and in the pictures, which makes me happy. As I mentioned, the worst part of not running is the loneliness and seeing running pictures and you’re not in them.
Thursday’s run felt like poop. I don’t know if I ran too fast at track, but it was a real struggle shuffle. I hoped to run a little longer than I did, but any run beats no run. I went to BodyPump that night and took out my frustrations by increasing the weight on the shoulder track.
On Friday, I worked all day. I guess that’s one positive thing about not racing, I got to work an entire day, write documentation, test help systems, and take my mind off of life. I just needed a drink and a hug. I managed to shower and drive to a fashion show event at Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant and talked to some friends, drank a glass of wine, and got a few hugs.
Saturday’s run was crazy. I ran the Cooper River Bridge, which was under a “high wind advisory”. I don’t check the weather before I run (I try to run in it all), so I didn’t know that until I was already finished. The wind blew me into the guard rail twice, and I almost fell twice- once because the wind was at my back on a downhill. Some runs build endurance and some runs build speed- but this run built toughness.
Afterwards, I went back to Fleet Feet to do some shopping. Clay and I also went out to lunch at MOD Pizza. They have a build-your-own-salad option and it was really good- you could add as many veggies as you wanted for one price.
On Sunday, I did an easy run with the group. I ran alone the entire time, but it was nice to be in the picture and see people before and after. It was still windy, but not nearly as bad as Saturday, thankfully. I did some grocery shopping and other house stuff to round out the week.
I hope everyone has a great week!