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DE Beach Trip + Parks Half Marathon Recap!

 

Monday: 7m easy 9:50/pace

Tuesday: 8m interval (3 x 1m repeats 6:40, 6:37, 6:35), Crossfit

I broke my phone a week back and a lot has had me on the go, so i’m a little behind in uploading pictures and sitting down to blog. Forgive me? Good, cause a lot happened. Two weekends ago I drove out to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for a friend’s bachelorette party. It was a super low key, relaxing girls night. Just the way I like it.

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Seriously such a pleasant quick trip. Sarah got married on September 18th and I was so happy to spend time with her family!

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Sarah & Kristin

The following day the beach was beautiful. The weather was perfect, the water was green and blue and we spotted dolphins on our walk down the sand.

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As much as I wanted to stay at the beach all afternoon, being a runner called for an early trek back home to pick up my bib for the Parks Half Marathon race the next day. I ran it last year and it’s one of my favorites. As long as I live here I will run this race. It is so fun, so coordinated and the swag is killer with a Brooks long sleeved shirt and a finisher’s blanket!

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The race start is 15 minutes from my house making the morning of the race super easy. I ate my normal meal: pb & banana, coffee, water + Nuun, and a Honey Stinger Waffle during the drive to the start. I actually had time to use the port-o-potty twice and got a quick warm up in. Compared to the last several races, this was a big deal!

The weather was warm and humid (73 degrees & 75% humidity)- if you’ve been following any blogs from the DC/Baltimore area the summer humidity has not let up! It feels like we’re living in Florida. It’s getting annoying. ¬†Annnyyyway… my goal for this race was to run 7:20/pace however, with the warm weather, I naturally fell into a 7:30-7:40/pace instead (about 20 seconds off my goal marathon pace) which felt generally easy.

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I love running the Parks Half because it runs along several trails I’m on often. It’s familiar, i know every crack and divot, every turn and hill, so i knew where to push and where to slow down. I had a huge mental advantage with this race.

The physical advantage had to do with the marathon training plan I’m on. Hansons is not joking when they talk about cumulative fatigue and how you will learn to run on tired legs. Training for an ultra and then heading straight into this program, I can’t remember what it feels like to run on fresh, rested legs. It sounds bad, but I love it. I love knowing I can run through fatigue and run well at that. I keep envisioning the last 10 miles of the marathon and I know this is what will make the difference when the general fatigue sets in.

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This race was so much fun and worked like a long tempo which i was more than happy with. I crossed the uphill finish with a time of 1:40:22, grabbed a coffee from Panera and made my way back home.

2016 Parks Half Marathon - Photo by Dan Reichmann, MCRRC

2016 Parks Half Marathon – Photo by Dan Reichmann, MCRRC

I took my bib number 2612 as a sign that i’ll have a good marathon in Philly since it looks like 26.2 ūüôā

Last Week

Monday: 6m easy 10:00/pace

Tuesday: 9m intervals (6 x 800s), Crossfit (also did 3 x 800s)

Wednesday: 7.8m easy 9:40/p

Thursday: Crossfit

Friday: 5m 7:30/pace Ragnar Relay

Saturday: 9.1m 8:15/p Ragnar, 7m 12:00/p Ragnar

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 43.9

Do you have a favorite local race?

What’s the best race swag you’ve received?

 


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Parks Half Marathon Recap!

Monday: Rest

I love training races! They are horrible because you go in un-tapered, un-rested, un-prepared and un-expectant of anything spectacular.. sounds awful, but running a race during a training cycle helps prepare you for the physical & mental demands of racing hard. And the big reason to race before your ‘A’ race is to see where your current fitness is! I recover quickly from halfs, so i wanted to squeeze one in before the big day (NOV 7th!) to practice racing.

The most recent half I ran was for fun during an injury period (Delaware 1/2). The last real time I raced a half was almost a year ago in Philly¬†with a PR of 1:39:25. Considering that was a flat course and the Parks 1/2 was a hilly course, I feel i’m in similar shape that I was last year, which is a great thing & a huge boost!

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I still have 7 weeks of solid training before tapering, so as long as I stay healthy I should be able to PR come November. Now, I really want that sub 1:30 time. However, after sunday’s race, I think a sub 1:35 is much more attainable. Not gonna sell myself short, I’m still aiming for the stars, but staying healthy & consistent is priority #1. Always!

On to the recap! I looooove small races. The field was 2,700 on familiar trail systems and the start line was 8 miles from my house. Can’t beat that. (Or the sweet Brooks long sleeved tech shirt). It’s an inexpensive entry fee (i think i paid $65 and that was the late entry), with a ton of cool swag, and the volunteers and people in charge were super friendly and easy to find.

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shirt, headband, wine stopper medal!

Getting back from vacation kept my mind off of the race until the morning of–I honestly didn’t have a measure on how I should run the race. Last year I focused on the marathon, this spring it was the 5k, and an unexpected injury. I just started adding in speed work about 3 weeks ago..plus I just took a vacation where I only ran twice! What kind of pace does that equate to? No idea. I thought a 7:30-7:45 pace would be difficult, yet conservative, so I wouldn’t hit a wall. If I hit 7:30s I could potentially PR, if it was closer to 7:40s it would be a solid effort I could be extremely proud of. That was my game plan. Do something to be proud of and figure out how much work is left for November.

During the race itself, i didn’t have a lot of inner dialogue going. I was focused. That would be the best word for the race. Focus. I think I had 2 negative, oh-my-god-i’m-dying, thoughts, and each time it happened I focused on the time 1:30 & plastered a probably insane looking smile on my face, which ended up working and eliminated the negative thoughts like a charm.

2015 Parks Half Marathon - Photo by Alex Reichmann, MCRRC

2015 Parks Half Marathon – Photo by Alex Reichmann, MCRRC

For almost the entire 2nd half of the race I followed 3 dudes in front of me who were running similar paces . They don’t know it, but they helped me when the hurt set in. I wish I could thank them, but I lost them after I crossed the finish. All I can say is, it feels fucking awesome running with the boys.

The last 4 miles were hard. I worked HARD for those last 4. I usually walk a little towards the end of these races and lose a lot of time, so I only let myself stop at water stations. I finished as the 38th women with 1:40:02 (7:38/pace) and 12/175 for my age group.¬†I felt generally good the whole race and my mental game is getting stronger than it’s ever been.

And this picture is for my runner friend Emmeline, who always thinks my race pics are beautiful. This is what it looks like to sprint down the chute. Emmeline, you are welcome.

2015 Parks Half Marathon - Photo by Dan Reichmann, MCRRC

2015 Parks Half Marathon – Photo by Dan Reichmann, MCRRC

The finishing chute was short & sweet: medals, cups of water, winter head bands & a tent to check your official finishing time. Mama Lucia’s provided a huge breakfast–eggs, potatoes, bagels, pizza, fruit… too much food for me after a hard run. I grabbed a watermelon slice and some water and headed back home so I could shower and get brunch with Cameron.

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We ate at brunch at Matchbox and I got eggs benedict with potatoes.. so good!

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Then, as per usual, we did something fun in the evening—> Death Cab for Cutie concert!

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I’m so excited to see how the next 7 weeks of training unfolds, time to grind it out!

Sept 7th-13th

Monday: 10m long 8:45/pace

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 6m Goal 1/2 Marathon Pace workout (2m warmup, 3 GMP @ 6:58/pace, 1m cool down)

Thursday: 20 minTRX upper body

Friday: 7m interval (10 x 400s @ 6:15/pace)

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Parks Half 13.1 race 7:38/pace

Total Miles: 35.1 (seems high, only because I pushed my 10mile long run to monday!)