My final vacation run.. Boo! After waking up and sipping on 2 cups of coffee, I hit the streets. It was breezy and a nice temperature for running. I decided early on I wanted to keep this run slower and just enjoy my surroundings. I had to slow myself down! I was running 9 minute miles and wanted to bring it down closer to 9:30 pace. I ran down the boardwalk and past the lake again but ended up with the faster overall pace. It’s so amazing to me that I ran leisurely not trying to push and was close to an 8 something minute mile! I love progress!! I think daily hills is really helping!
I finished 3 miles in 27:20 with an average pace of 9:06.
I didn’t sleep very well last night so around 5 am I decided if I was still up at 530 I was going to walk over to the beach to catch the sunrise. I was still awake…. I grabbed a hoodie, blanket and camera and walked across the street to the sand. It was gorgeous and made me wish I had this opportunity more often.
I felt so happy and awake sitting there starting my day. A coffee and some company would have been nice as well.
I walked back to the house shortly after the sun rose and managed another hour or two of sleep.
When I did finally get up I had 2 cups of joe then set out for 3 miles.
I planned to leisurely run down to the boardwalk and back. When I glanced down at my watch I was running under 9 minute miles and I was really pleased. Thankfully it was cooler out then yesterday which made it easier.
I finished my run in 25: 30 which is an 8:30 average pace.
Vacation running is the best! It’s so nice to change up the scenery it’s also pretty awesome being a block from the beach and running across the street and you’re on the sand.
I looked up the temperature before I stepped outside, it said 77 so I figured it would be cooler out. Wrong! A beach 77 is way different from a shady woods 77. It was boiling hot the first step I took.
I ran out a little over a mile on the sand then hoped on the boardwalk.
Not a bad kickoff to the second week of training! I’m looking forward to the rest of my beach runs this week!
This morning before work I did my first long run of training. I usually do this on Saturday but I wont be able to so I knocked it out early
I woke up early to hook up to my caffeine IV aka my keurig.
I FORCED myself to eat a banana before I took off. I was not hungry AT ALL but I knew I would need something in my stomach.
Thankfully it was still COOL out when I left. Somewhere in the 60′s. Unfortunately I woke up really tight and sore despite my stretching and foam rolling last night so I started out with pretty heavy legs and my first mile ended up being my slowest mile.
I ran my usual 8 mile add on route. The sun was out but it wasn’t beating down on me just yet.
I listened to my audio book, which is a solo long run favorite of mine. I am currently listening to “4th of July” by James Patterson… beach “read”?
at 3 miles I ate a GU chomp and a few sports beans. At mile 6 I had planned to eat a fig newton in attempts to add some real food into my fueling. Apparently I dropped it or left it at home though so I just ended up eating some more sports beans. I also sipped from my camelbak the whole time.
My legs did eventually loosen up a bit.
I finished 8 miles in 1:18:46 with an average pace of 9:50
Wednesday are ALWAYS rest days for me and I really like it that way… HOWEVER, I am changing around my whole weeks training as I am super busy on friday and I leave for vacation on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to run on vacation and I WILL but I would like to just relax on the beach and sleep in my first 2 days there sooo i’m packing in the miles before hand.
Today I took on 3 miles again. My legs were sore’s and heavy from yesterday ROCKIN RUN so I just kinda let me body go at whatever pace. I didn’t look down at my watch until the 1 mile mark and realized I was going faster then I thought for how I felt. I was maintaining a standard for me of about 9.5 min miles.
It was crazy hot today and I needed to get my run in earlier then later as thunderstorms are predicted to roll in soon so I braved the heat and humidity and did the damn thing. I sweat my tooshy off, I hope literally!
I finished 3 miles in 28:40 with an average pace of 9:33
I need to get Saturdays long run in tomorrow before work, so tonight I need to spend some time stretching and foam rolling!
Happy Hump Day!
Every once in a while I eat a bunch of yummy and mostly photogenic food in one day. Saturday was one of those days.
Lunch: Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich from whole foods, which always rocks my world.
Dinner: Tortilla filled with black beans, guacamole, fresh salsa and plain chobani with a side of chips and queso.
Snack: multiple scoops of cookies and cream deliciousness.
all in all, it was a delicious day.
Quick game: If you could choose 3 foods to live off of what would they be.
Currently this is no problem for me… BREAD, CHEESE and ICE CREAM.
Today I ran a 3 mile PR!!!! ahhhh i’m still riding my little high
I went out to run some speed intervals in the heat of the afternoon.
I just never stopped the speed part, I WENT HARD!
The first mile was actually very attainable, I was breathing ok, I wasn’t grunting .. YET. I ran the first 2 mile in about a 7:37 average. Which is the fastest I have EVER run 2 miles. The last mile had some hills so I jogged up the hills but gave it my all on the flatter parts.
I made A LOT of noise so I was happy to have the road to myself.
I even spit on myself.
It was NOT easy but I WANTED IT!
I finished in 23:33 and I wanted to die, I thought I was actually going to fall over and die. I didn’t..
SEVEN FIFTY ONE AVERAGE PACE.
Make every run count, right?
Today I began training for my second marathon. Coincidentally ill be running the same marathon as my first, The Philadelphia Marathon but this time I’m going into it a bit smarter then last year.
I will be following the same training plan as last year. Hal Higdon’s Novice 2. I will also be flipping all Mondays and Wednesday to fit my work schedule.
I finished in 47:29 with an average pace of 9:29
I am READY for Day 2!
Fresh Fruit ( in this case, watermelon, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry)
Fill with coconut water