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East Hamptons, NY 2014

Date and time: September, 2014, 8:30 am

Location: East Hampton, NY.

The Hamptons, NY

The Hamptons, NY

Starting and ending at the school with a (more or less) out and back loop east along the coast.

Weather: Warm and still. ~75ish by the halfway point and sunny through the middle portion (like starting immediately after you vocalize that “this sun vs. shade situations is going to totally make or break my run today.” Oops.) And (apparently) a beautiful day for some cheer team members to survive a brief detour off course…

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Must have been rough…

 

Threads and treads: Asics tank and running skirt, swirls Pro Compression marathon socks, my favorite had-too-many-miles-on-them-a-while-ago (oops #2) Mizuno Wave Elixers.

Field: Mostly east coasters with a handful of out-of-towners in for the run and a fall weekend in the Hamptons. A smaller race with ~2500 5k runners, ~2500 half marathoners and ~500 running the full. The vast majority (read: all) of the field appeared to be long-time recreational runners and everyone was super friendly.

Support: There were 18-20 water stations or so with one Gu fueling station (that this genius missed). More water stations during the mid/end/entire/sunny part of the course would have been appreciated…but I’m afraid that is more of a personal issue as 20ish stops in 26 miles is more than reasonable.

Pre-race Expo: This was a very quaint and low-key expo. It was at held at the school gym (also the location of the race start and finish) and was basically a dozen or so folding tables around the perimeter of the gym servicing all three race distances (packet, t-shirt, bag and stocking cap…yup…that’s right…stocking cap…pickup, maps, pasta dinner (which we opted not to participate in), a (very few) vendors, etc…) Small, but suitable considering the number of entrance and the entrance $$.

Race start: The race started at 8:30 am from the school in (what I think is) the center of the East Hamptons. The marathoners and half marathoners went out first and then the 5k began shortly after. It was a very mellow start, there were a reasonable number of port-a-potties and I was lucky enough to find a lone one-off to the side with no real line, so that made everything look just a little bit more rosy me 🙂 It was about 60F starting out, so arm warmers were nice to have, but not much more was necessary.

The Run: The run began by leaving the school and winding ~10 miles through the wooded, rolling hills of East Hampton, near the southern coast and out to the Eastern tip of the island. The middle ~6 miles were flat, but sunny and HOT (at least for this wuss). The final ~10 miles were back inland to the school, weaving around to get all 26.2 miles in.

I got to enjoy the first 6 miles or so with both Jen (who had an awesome first half marathon) and Martin (who had a perfect first full marathon). This was great. Jen split off with the other halfers at their mid-point leaving Martin and I to brave the warm, sunny, midsection of our course by ourselves.

The plan was to run 9:05 min/miles, a 4 hr finishing time. The idea was that if things slowed down for a few miles, there wouldn’t be THAT much catch up to do but that hopefully the pace would be ok and there would even be fuel in the tank for ramping it up at the end. Right. And in this case, right = wrong. At least for me.

By about that 10 mile mark, coming out of the rolling wooded area, I built up the never/concern to voice that “holding this pace is going to strongly depend on how much of this course is shaded. If I lose these trees, the wheels are coming off.”

And then we lost the shade.

I held on through the half way point and that was it. I was getting dizzy and metal-mouthed and I needed to slow down. (Hell, I wanted to lay down with a beer, but I don’t think that would have gone over so well with the rest of the crew.) I slowed down my pace to whatever felt ok and started walking not only through the water stops but also for a few (hundred) meters after/before. I fell into a little group of women (spaced out over ~1/4 mile or so) that seemed to have the same plan as me. This was nice. There was pink t-shirt pacing/pulling me up ahead, and tape-girl behind, who had to stay behind.

Meanwhile, in Martin land, things were going great. Someone managed to hold on to those 9:05, kick it up a notch at the end for the perfect sub-4 hr finishing time for his first marathon.

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Ass hole. Just kidding…mostly… 😉

I survived the second half of those hot middle miles, rather enjoyed the shaded rolling hills and the opportunity to drip sweat all over

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chit-chat with my cheer team every time I ran into their smiling faces along the course now that I had no hope of running any particular time. I was still quite irritated by the 3 or 4 course fake-outs where it seemed like we might be heading back into town for the finish only to be going out to an unshaded stretch along the coast for another mile or two instead.

The 25 mile mark did finally come, and then the 26 mile mark, and then the school after a final 0.2 miles and one final cheer team encounter 🙂

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Note: being a small, small-town race, the course was not closed to traffic. Not a huge deal, but something to be aware of such that you’re not surprised when you encounter these:

And a dog in a crate.

Post-Run: I was the last one of our crew to finish :-/ (thanks for sticking it out with me guys!!) so shortly after I arrived we snagged some group photos,

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a post-race message (the first one I’ve ever gotten, and god it felt great) and headed home for showers, an AMAZING lunch spread and some solid RnR for the rest of the day. We rented a little abode not far from the start using AirBnB and I would absolutely, 110% recommend doing this. We had amazing digs

Secured private entrance

secured private entrance

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living and dining

rooftop patio

rooftop patio

that were super convenient and reasonably priced with a most excellent hostess.

Executive summary: Small, low-key, friendly, pretty. Not the fastest course I’ve ever done, but certainly not the slowest — and not at all unreasonable as long as you aren’t delusional about running above your fitness 😉
Beautiful.

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 9

Sunday 7/13

6.7 mi @ 9:13/mi

Another HOT day and late start 😦 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 🙂

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 🙂

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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 😮
  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 🙂

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

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Ouch! 😦

Monday 7/7
rest

Tuesday 7/8
5 miles

Wednesday 7/9
rest 🙂

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 😦 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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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 2

Sunday 5/25
Recovery from Saturday night day

Monday 5/26
7 warm, informative, evening miles
Lessons learned:
1) No running on the tow path with out glasses in the summer
2) No running at night without glasses in the summer
3) No running after a rain without glasses in the summer
4) A gazillion little bugs feel good in neither the eyes nor the lungs

Tuesday 5/27
3 afternoon miles — without glasses.
Lessons learned:
4) No running in the afternoon without glasses in the summer
5) Dr. Trot is an idiot

Wednesday 5/28
rest

Thursday 5/29
CA travel day with Penelope 🙂 via EWR 😦

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Happy Reunion!

(+ futile 2 mile walk to and from the Tiger Card and transportation offices in hopes of getting my new ID card and parking pass given my new appointment extension through January…which is apparently NOT in the system yet. 😦

Friday 5/30
5 morning miles down to the bay and back
It was a cool morning — requiring long sleeves for the first few miles (thank you California! :-/ The run was nice, through residential areas and on a slow but steady decline all the way out to the bay. Good thing it took me ~2.5 miles to finally warm up so I could handle the climb home!

This was followed by refueling with a most excellent brunch at Squat and Gobble

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Veggie Crepe @ Squat and Gobble

and then a trip to the SF Zoo for some QT as a butterfly!
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Who needs to trot when you can fly instead?!?!

Saturday 5/31
More refuling?

With salads and beers 🙂
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This counts, right?

Total: 15 miles
Not exactly high milage, but this was just the way it had to be this week. Low milage and a lot of good RnR and delicious refueling 🙂

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The Hamptons!!

It has been decided! The 2014 CEMS Marathon Team will be running The Hampton’s Marathon this year!! The race is on Saturday (is this a little odd, or is it just me?), September 27th. Both full and 1/2 marathon distances, as well as a 5k, are offered all at the same time. I’m hoping our team will have “competators” 😉 in each event.

Per usual, the major focus of this year’s marathon will be:
1. The very best team uniforms

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The costume awesomeness of 2013

2. Excellent pre-race eats

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Numnumnumnum....

3. A weekend of QT + R&R with an eclectic pack of nerds 🙂

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Before...

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and after.

One additional aim, IMHO, ought to be for the group to acquire ZERO broken legs during this year’s marathon. Dr. Samia….

Aside from the above, my goals for this year will be largely dictated by the kind of training that my bitch of a lovely job and summer travel plans allow. If I can get a solid 18 weeks x 4 runs/week training season in, I would love to see that pesky 3:xx that so narrowly evaded me by 1:40 last fall. If not, well, then aside from hopefully having a summer of wonderful wedding and vacation and house-guest memories, and a paper or two in the works, I’ll enjoy hobbling running the 26.2 with whoever is willing to wait for me.

The off season has (of course) been less consistent than I would have liked but I did get in some nice track, interval, Vibram and tempo work outs in. I have to use my imagination (or be a-okay with lying) if I want to claim there were many any long runs (>10 miles), but I trust that those will come now with the beautiful weather and seasonal allergies. 🙂

This year’s training plan will be very similar what I followed last year. I much prefer the 4 day/week schedule, with a few more miles on each day and an extra rest day each week, to the more traditional 5 day/week regime. The rough goal will be as follows:

1. THE LONG RUN – the most important run of the week. I’ll try to get this out of the way on Saturday mornings and cover 8-21 miles. For those of you how know me (read: know about my issues with being able to hydrate properly on hot summer long runs) will be excited to know that my H2O struggles may be a thing of the past! You can address your thank-yous to this pretty little birthday gift I received last fall…

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Camelbaked!

Don’t worry, I will find plenty of other bonehead struggles legitimate grievances to share with you along the way 🙂

2. The recovery run. 5-12 miles to work the consequences of Saturday out of my legs. Happy Sunday 🙂

3. The Tuesday Tempo run. 3-7 miles at faster than race pace to give the legs a rude awakening little reminder of what it feels like to turn over at a reasonable pace.

4. The middle distance weekday run. 5-12 miles at a comfortable pace to keep up the fitness level and keep down the jeans size.

The core strength training that I’d hoped to be super diligent about this off season has unfortunately been less than a top priority 😦 Naughty Dr. Trot. Reflecting on the situation, it is a bit odd, even to me. I know core strength is important, I know my abs and back and arms and pecs could/should be stronger, and I know it doesn’t take that much time to crank out a few “lifts” at the end of each work out. But somehow it is still a hell of a lot easier said than done. Why is that? (Dr. Trot = L.A.Z.Y. is the best that I’ve got thus far.) Regardless, these NEED to become a regular part of my training this season.

Alrighty then! Long story short, I think that’s it for now! Overall it’s pretty simple, eh? We shall see!

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