Approximately a year ago, Beer Geek realized that his brother lived in the “path of totality” for the eclipse. He immediately made plans for us to visit South Carolina for a weekend. I, on the other hand, did not even have the eclipse on my mental radar until he informed me that I couldn’t run a Ragnar this weekend because I’d be in South Carolina. Umm, ok.
So, marathon training had to flex to fit around our travel schedule. This lead me to plan my 15 mile long run on Friday because I didn’t want to run a long run in a place I didn’t know and there was no way I could get one in before we left at 5:30am on Saturday.
Friday morning dawned hot and humid. This became the theme for my next few runs. In fact, I would have never have run 16 miles (yeah, we misjudged the distance) on Friday if I hadn’t been traveling this weekend. It was awful. Awful. The only high points were spending 3+ hours with my training partner, a yummy smoothie at the end, and a sports massage to work out the kinks. There was a lot more walking than I’d ever like to do, I was wringing sweat out of my skirt, and I ended up with a bit of chafing that had me screaming in the shower. But we got it done, despite 3 miles of walking and a feels like temperature of 1-5*.
After a surprisingly easy drive down 95 south, I got out of the car and could barely move. Ouch. But, since we have our priorities straight, we immediately headed out to a couple of breweries.
This may have resulted in me getting up a bit later than I planned on Sunday. Remember how awful the weather was for my run Friday? Well, South Carolina took it up a notch.
After I survived my very bad, no good, hellishly humid run, we again headed out to the brew pubs.
Monday morning, I did not even pretend I was going to have a good run. I just headed out for an easy 3 miles (and managed a 4th very slow mile.) Then it was time to shower and wait for the eclipse.
Which, in keeping with the theme of #fail for the weekend, was completely covered by clouds while a thunderstorm raged. On the bright (or actually not bright at all) side, because we were in the path of totality, it got completely dark and the street lights came on. It was actually really cool and amazing how suddenly the light changed to dark and back again. Beer Geek may already be discussing where we’ll be in 2024 LOL.
This was our last trip for the summer and I’m happy to be back home in my normal routine. It’s time to get back on track with marathon training – I just need the heat to end! Ragnar DC is coming up soon and the kids go back to school in two weeks. It’s been an incredible summer, but I’m ready for a little boring for a while.
How’s your summer going? Are you deep in training for fall races or have you just been running for fun this summer?
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