Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 14

Sunday 8/17

(An actually scheduled) rest (and packing) day!!

P.S. Pheona and I are moving!! ūüôā

Monday 8/18

rest

Tuesday 8/19

5 mi…post beer brewery tour…in massive August NJ heat. Yup, this is how we do things here…

Wednesday 8/20

rest
And hanging out with my adorable Buddy at work…

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My Buddy!

Shhhh….don’t tell!

Thursday 8/21

MOVING DAY!!

i.e. The 9 mi my calender tells me that I was scheduled to do + a total body lifting day. (All in more massive NJ heat and humidity)

The good news is that we are all moved in without any casualties ūüôā

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All moved in!! (And already using the countertops as a launching pad for the fire escape window…)

The bad news are (yes, plural) that a) we still have to clean at the old place and that may take the better part of our natural lives (although we only have until midnight on Saturday :-/) and b) we have no electricity here until Monday (although this does a good job motivating a….)!! ūüėģ

Friday 8/22

rest

Everything hurts….

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Moving is hard.

Saturday 8/23

a most nasty 17.6 mi @ 9:50/mi

So apparently Thursday took as much / more out of me than I realized and this morning was rough. You know that feeling at the end of a long run where each part of your body is independently ready to mutiny and then (as luck would have it) the strength of the sum of the parts is greater than each part individually? Weeellllll, someone felt that from sep #1 today all the way through the bitter end of the 17.6 miles. It was cool and overcast and kind of clammy out (thank god) and I had a very patient, kind, considerate running buddy to help me endure (thank god) but MY. GOD. was it a rough one!

AND THEN, it was off to the old apt to clean!! ūüė¶ I’m absolutely sure that I was moving at a geriatric pace as the old roomie offered to help clean more than his share after witnessing my futile attempts at the scuzzy freezer and microwave. Thank the lord for empathy/pity!!

Then finally, home for a nap to recharge for rooftop Spanish tapas and sangria to wrap up a most exhausting week!

Total:  22.6 miles 

So not the most miles for week #14 (not even really a respectable number of miles for week #14 but…) but considering the move and the cutback week (no run scheduled on Sunday) I’m not going to get my undies in a bunch about it (if I could find my undies in all of these boxes I’m still surrounded by, but never mind…) The 17.6 were ugly but they got done, this is the most important part. Nothing major hurts now (I guess that is probably the most important part) and barring catastrophe I’ll be able to both start and finish the marathon later this month. So, another low mileage week = not good. BUT, getting the long run in during an extra busy-life week and nothing hurting in an unreasonable way = very good. ūüôā

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 13

Sunday 8/10
15.5 evening mi @9:50

Although this¬†really¬†should have been done on Saturday, the miles got in and I have to be happy about that. Overall it felt good. Another warm day, but we set out late afternoon/early evening (late enough for it to get pretty dark for the last 3 mi or so :-/), Camelbak’ed it and lived to tell the story ūüôā

Monday 8/11
Rest

Tuesday 8/12
6 mi @ 9:25

Warm but it felt good to turn the legs over after Sunday.

Wednesday 8/13
Rest

Thursday 8/14
7 mi @ 9:08

Cool and wonderful evening miles. It’s incredible what a few degrees will do to your legs and lungs and everything else!

Friday 8/15
Rest

Saturday 8/16
12.5 mi @ 8:53

I don’t know what the hell I was thinking! Well, wait, I kind of do. It was early and cool and beautiful out and I decided to see what stupid fast cutback run I could crank out. And there you have it. Never mind that I proceeded to shuffle around the rest of the day like an elderly person wondering when my decision-making privileges were going to be officially revoked.

Total:  41 miles
Thank god! My first “normal” week in ages! And for the most part I didn’t feel terrible. ūüôā Ironically this is supposed to be a cutback week, but I’ve supplemented in enough of those over the last month that it’s a damn good this week did have some reasonable numbers up next to it. Now the trick will be to build on this for the final few long weeks!

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 12

Sunday 8/3
7 early miles (and 2 shy of what should have been 9 :-/

Lunch:
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Followed by a final push to get this fellowship out in some sort of form that has a reasonable (at or above the 5% payline…) chance of being accepted

Monday 8/4
F32 marathon…

Tuesday 8/5
6 (HOT…but never mind) celebratory miles after handing all F32 documents over to MaryBeth (at 3:30 am…but again, never mind…)

Wednesday 8/6
R & R ūüôā

Thursday 8/7
A busy day…life stuff…working stuff..being a twin stuff…

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…but not running stuff ūüė¶

Friday 8/8
BBQ picnic dinner with friends — that counts for something on this, right? :-/

Saturday 8/9
9 miles

Today was the perfect day to get out and to the long run, but it didn’t happen. It just did not happen. No one’s fault but my own, and obviously a dumb decision from the get-go, but that’s what happened. I didn’t get moving until mid morning (last night’s BBQ … or rather the adult beverages served at last night’s BBQ … may or may not have had something to do with this) and by then it was warm. Really warm, too warm to run 15 miles. So, by mid-afternoon I was able to guilt myself into doing 9. Better than nothing, and a lesson learned! Hopefully…

Total:  22 miles
Yikes! Is someone training for a marathon? Because it sure doesn’t look like it!! After the tune I sung last week! ūüė¶ We are now coming up to the critical weeks where one way or another runs just have to get done and recovery days have to be spaced in there correctly to avoid injury. If I don’t change something…and fast…I’m afraid I’m going to be paying for it!!

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 11

Sunday 7/27
Rest and recovery from what was a fantastic party ūüôā

And get back home way too late considering the amount of writing left to do on the F32 fellowship resubmission :-/

But not without some flashy new stitches…

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Thanks Dr. A ūüôā

Monday 7/28
Writing and more writing and Dr. Pantelis’ PhD defense!
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Tuesday 7/29
A repeat of the above. The week is not getting off to a great start ūüė¶

Wednesday 7/30
5 mi (@ god knows what pace) crammed in to the day by the hairs on my chin…or something like that…

Thursday 7/31
8 mi break from writing — a nice change of pace from just sitting on the ass and writing (although I’m again, not quite sure what it actually was :-/

Friday 8/1
rest (and write)

Saturday 8/2
An early 15 miles to get it out of the way and get on with the day. Not the best I’ve ever felt but there are too many other things going on right now to really have time to care (namely the F32 fellowship resubmission :-/)

Total: 28 miles
Ouch! Bad Dr. Trot! Unfortunately, this has become more and more the theme for this training cycle! Reflecting back on my first marathon, I was running 5 days a week instead of 4 and I missed only 3 training runs all season,¬†all season!¬†I also spent quite a bit of time (i.e. my two off days each week) at (my wonderful) chiropractor as well, so I don’t know that this is 100% a good thing, but it makes me feel increasingly shitty as I miss run after run this season :-/ Next week Dr. Trot…next week…

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 10

Sunday 7/20
8 miles @ 9:40/mi

Monday 7/21
rest

Tuesday 7/22
5 miles @ 8:40/mi

Wednesday 7/23
rest ūüôā

Thursday 7/24
8 miles @ 8:56/mi

Friday 7/25
Princeton to Boston miles for the KrakSmad wedding of the summer!

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We wear fancy tshirts to fancy weddings.

Saturday 7/26
14 beautiful Boston morning miles @ 9:01/mile

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The Commons

+ Brunch…

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Hmmmmm ūüôā

+ Newbury Street Shopping
+ Wedding festivities of the summer forever at the Boston Public Library…

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Outside

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Inside

with my hottest wedding dates…

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Date Dr. Annebelle

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Date A x

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Ok, not my dates exactly, but they had to be included...

And only one mysterious injury…

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No idea. None.

Total: 35 miles
Not such a bad week. Miles felt good overall and don’t mind me patting my own back for getting the old ass out of bed at 6 am on vacation Saturday for a solo 14 mile run. Never mind that it was through The Commons, Cambridge, and along the river (complete with a google map on the cell phone that displayed public water fountains!!! on a beautiful morning and just join in the patting…

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 9

Sunday 7/13

6.7 mi @ 9:13/mi

Another¬†HOT¬†day and late start ūüė¶ The goal was 7 today but I elected to err on the side of staying alive and cut it short by 0.3. The good news is that aside from being generally irritated and a little dehydrated, everything (shins, knees, etc…) felt more or less ok.

Monday 7/14

rest ūüôā

This was needed.

Tuesday 7/15

rest

Ohoh! So I know that I can’t let myself fall into the “but I’m so busy today and it’s not¬†that¬†nice out…I’ll just get the miles in tomorrow instead” mindset, bbbuuuttt…¬†I was just so busy today and it wasn’t that nice outside, so I will just get the miles in tomorrow instead. :-/

Wednesday 7/16

5.4 mi @8:24/mile

This actually felt really good. I went out a little faster than I had any business going out, but what’s a girl to do when it’s finally <500F and 500% humidity outside? Never mind that I was going¬†downhill! ( What smarter thing to do than start a run going quickly downhill ?!?!:-)¬†70F, 50% humidity and a modest decline never felt so good! Positive splits be damned.

Thursday 7/17

7 mi @ 8:38/mile

This¬†also¬†felt reasonably good, considering 1) yesterday’s “speedy” run and 2) the fact that the temperature and humidity are again joining forces and engaging in operation Drown Dr. Trot.¬†

Friday 7/18

8 mi @ 9:05/mile

With big weekend plans on the horizon I decided one of the two 8 mile weekend runs had to be done today. So, off we went after work…

Considering that this was¬†the third run in a row¬†on legs that haven’t been subject to that kind of “abuse” in a while, all went very well. The heat, humidity and hills all tried to get the best of me, but I wouldn’t have any of it. Well, maybe just a little…

Saturday 7/19

cross training and refueling…

…in DC with¬†Dr. Allison and Sir Jack!
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Today’s regime included:

    1. Walking through old town Alexandria
    2. Shopping
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Anthropology’s absolute finest.

    1. Ice cream eating
    2. Swimming in a two-story pool with a current!
    3. Pho ūüôā

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Total:  27 miles

Overall this week felt good although I definitely needed the cut back. Now I don’t like¬†needing¬†this so early in the season, but as long as it does the trick and the next weeks go well, I’m not going to think too much of it.

Considering that work is insane, it’s hot and humid outside and each weekend somehow gets overbooked before I know it, over the next few weeks I really have to be good about making a point to:

  1. Get the miles in — oddly, I wedding dances and mall-walking don’t seem to count
  2. Eat/drink right — ice cream and beer are apparently not the same as veggies and water ūüėģ
  3. Stay off my feet for more than the 4 hrs (not a type-o…and a perfectly valid excuse for being grouchy at basically whoever I want to be grouchy at) I’ve been¬†sleeping each night

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 8

Sunday 7/6
7 early WARM miles @ 9:08/mile
followed by a belated but wonderful 4th of July Weekend Picnic…

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A patriotic picnic ūüôā

and less wonderful 4th of July Weekend Picnic burn lines…

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Ouch! ūüė¶

Monday 7/7
rest

Tuesday 7/8
5 miles

Wednesday 7/9
rest ūüôā

Thursday 7/10
7 miles

Friday 7/11
A drunken celebratory evening in honor of Dr. Marvin being back in Somerville (aka Little Manhattan — per one delusional, yet entertaining, little cab driver) and all of us not being “there”…

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Two and a half gophers and a photobomber!

Due to the unfortunate timing of this picture (or the unfortunate timing of the numerous glasses of whiskey prior to this picture) our t-shirts are unreadable ūüė¶ For your information “I may live in New Jersey, but I’m always in Minnesota Country.”

Saturday 7/12
13 messy miles @ 9:25/mile (see above)
This is what one gets when there is:
a) Too. Much. Whiskey.
b) Not. Enough. Sleep.
c) 80F by 8 am
d) Time sensitive work to do on the weekend
e) Locks on the G damn building that perpetually change/do/do not work with our assigned keys/group mates that are always at work but have apparently started going to yoga from 9:30-11:30 every Saturday

Let’s just say that I was glad to be done, alive and optimistic that people had occupied themselves with alternative sources of entertainment for the morning.

Total: 32 miles
Aside from making a few questionable delicious decisions and the oppressive NJ heat/humidity, the week wasn’t half bad. This just needs to continue for another 10 weeks or so…with massive milage increases…no pressure!

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