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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 11

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

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 🙂

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 😦

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 🙂

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 🙂

+ 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 7

Sunday 6/29
rest (in royal beer drinking and World Cup watching fashion)

Monday 6/30
rest

Tuesday 7/1
4 mi

Wednesday 7/2
rest

Thursday 7/3
7 mi

Friday 7/4
rest

Saturday 7/5
12 mi – warm fragmented over 3 legs (sections of running…not the 2 normal ones that connect my feet to my ass + 1 extrea…as impressive as that would have been…) between time points

Considering my apathy for running when I started bright and early at 6:45 am, all went well. I gathered my motivation as the miles clicked by (realizing that I would actually rather be running than back in the lab) and got it done.

Afterwards it was a lovely afternoon of napping on the porch with a kitty cat and checking football scores 🙂 Sadly there are no pictures of this 😦

Total: 33 miles
A whopping 33 miles is at least double digits and includes a long run. This is the last week of delinquency that can be allowed. From here on out runs will be completed as they are supposed to be, the long run in particular and someone (Dr. Trot) is going to regain something resembling mid-marathon-training-season fitness before all is totally los!

 

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 6

Sunday 6/22
200 very hungover, but very worth it, miles back to Princeton.

Monday 6/23
rest

Tuesday 6/24
4 miles — with the not-so-simple-goal of surviving them per the glutenous weekend

Wednesday 6/25
rest

Thursday 6/26
7 miles — not super fast but feeling much better today 🙂

aaannnddd…Kitty City construction…
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…for and ungrateful Princess Pheona 😦
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Friday 6/27
rest

Saturday 6/28
rest

Total: 11 miles
sssoooo…yeah.
11 whole miles for the 6th week of marathon training. While there is really no good excuse for this…I do have a VERY VERY good excuse for this. I am currently not going to elaborate however. You can look forward to this at a later date 🙂

 

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 5

Consider this your first of two ridiculously delayed Hamptons Marathon training updates. The first order of business is for Dr. Trot to wrap her little brain around how life so often gets so totally out of control?!?!
I suppose the answer to that question isn’t all that difficult, eh? It starts with the fact that Mon-Fri are packed with more “normal” work than a reasonable human being can handle and then Sat-Sun are packed with more “postdoc” work than a reasonable human blablabla…. And then you try to squeeze a few miles in here and there, and then a few more, and then god-forbid you have a friend or two, and then the rest of your life starts screaming at you… Summer times is best/worst for this. Work is exciting, but way to GD much, running is lovely but time consuming and oh my poor, neglected, yes still so understanding friends… :-/

Sunday 6/15
A warm afternoon 6 mi @ 8:37/mi
It felt good to turn the legs over and was a pleasant recovery from Saturday’s rough long run.

Monday 6/16
rest

Tuesday 6/17
Another warm ~ 4 mi @ 8:19/mi
I was practically moving at the speed of light today! Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday 6/18
6 mi @ a comfy, non-Garmin-Day pace

Thursday 6/19
rest
(rest = drive up to CT for Dr. Annebelle’s wedding weekend! 😀

Friday 6/20
4 lovely morning miles in CT with the bride-to-be @ who cares min/mi
+ a mad dash first around the hotel room, and then back and forth between cars, around the house, up and down the street and then up and down and through the ditch in search of a purse, a wallet, two credit cards and a driver’s license who apparently do not prefer traveling via Beetle-rooftop. :-/
In the end, Dr. Trot: 1, sissy (yet important…as is ironically so often the case…but never mind…) plastic cards: 0. 🙂

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I got-em back!

Saturday 6/21
rest
rest = brunch, hair and make-up done, catered lunch, etc…

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A very fancy Dr. T

rest = rest today…until the party started :-/ And then rest = WEDDING!! 😀,
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pictures, more great food, doube triple dessert, a lot of whiskey, singing, dancing, dancing, dancing, and dancing…
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rest fueling and cross training day 🙂

Total: 20 miles
Not a particularly great milage week but a damn good life week so I’ll take it. It’s not every weekend that you get to celebrate one of your favorite partners in crime tying the knot with one of her favorite partners in crime on an absolutely beautiful day (looking absolutely beautiful herself…of course)

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 4

Sunday 6/8
rest/recovery (never mind from what 😉

Monday 6/9
5 after work miles in light rain 🙂

warm evening, light drizzle and high humidity

At the risk of sounding totally nuts, this was fantastic! The smells were great, the sweat glands were going and the rain felt super refreshing. Not a run I’d recommend prior to being seen out in public afterwards, but it was fun 🙂

Tuesday 6/10
4 after work miles

warm and humid

Not the best run of the last few weeks, but also not the worst (thank god). It’ll definitely be nice to have a rest day tomorrow!

Wednesday 6/11

rest — this was good, the legs were starting to feel a bit fatigued :-/

+ The Bachelorette 🙂

Thursday 6/12
6 after work miles — soooooooo did not feel like going out today. Work has been exhausting lately and I (brainlessly) effed up the one experiment I was doing today. So, by 7 pm I was feeling like I may as well just stayed in bed and was in a serious hurry to get back there and forget that the day ever happened.

Thank goodness I didn’t let myself actually do this! Instead, I suited up in fresh (Shocking! I know!) flashy purple running attire, my favorite purple compression socks, mapped a new route and headed out the door. It’s amazing what a little variety can do for your mood out on the trail and even more amazing what a few miles can do for you mood once you’re safe and sound (and stinking to high heaven) back home! I felt sooooooo much better after these 6 measly miles. Even after many years of running I’m still amazed what difference a few miles can make. I think the take home message is that next time things start going wrong I ought to immediately abandon ship and hit the trail! Right?

Friday 6/13
rest day

Saturday 6/14

11 ugly, warm, humid, morning miles to work and back

I’m not sure what the hell happened this morning but the hours from 7-9 were brutal! You know how you start off and things just don’t quite feel right, your legs are heavy and things don’t want to synchronize and you just think to yourself “stick it out…it’ll get better…give it a half a mile…it’ll get better…give it another half a mile…it’ll get better…” Well, I was doing this until it was more like “give it another half a mile and it will be over!” Things just did not want to cooperate. I was stiff and a little sore (the muscles AND some joints AND…I really don’t want to admit this…the shins) and heavy feeling. BOOOOO 😦

By the end, by all of 9 am, I was sooooo warm! I had sweat completely through everything I was wearing! When I checked the temp and humidity I was SHOCKED to see that it was only 72F and 70% humidity. I was absolutely convinced that there should be an extra 1 out in front of both of those numbers. I guess the one nice part about this was that the perceived heat and humidity also translated into (perceived if nothing else) that fresh, warm summer smell that you get of dirt and grass and flowers etc… shortly after a rain (it is always not long “after a rain” here…) This was the first run of the season in a real summer smelling morning (shame on me, I know…) and that part actually did bring a smile to my face (in between many a scowl and without causing my language – colored to match my most fantastic outfit (see below) – to miss so much as one beat).

Which actually allows me to transition nicely into my saving grace of the day. What kept me moving (besides my 10:30 date with Miss K…but never mind) was my genious decision to debut this year’s CEMS Marathon Team’s uniform! 🙂 I’m actually being totally serious here. There is something about wearing a brand new outfit that makes anything just a little bit more bearable. (There is also something about being dressed like a highlighter box explosion while running through your small town that motivates you not to stop and ask someone for a ride home.)

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Sweaty highlighters love popsickles too.

A second saving grace was knowing I had (however freezer-burned it may have been) a lime-sickle waiting for me back home if I survived to claim it. SO SO GOOD.

Total: 25 miles

This week was kinda rough. Work was tiring and running was a bit of a chore 😦 Not good. Not to be repeated next week. Next weekend is already my first long run cutback which I (unfortunatley) feel that I need. :-/ This means that I need to be doing a better job of hydrating and fueling and resting. That will be the mission for this week. Get the miles in feeling GOOD and make use of the cutback so the following weeks will be a building of QUALITY higher milage.

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 1

Sunday 5/18
4 mi

Monday 5/19
nada

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Unless you count snuggling with Penelope...which I suppose I do.

Tuesday 5/20
3 morning miles — cool outside and very nice
pushups and crunches — damn lucky to have made it in there

Wednesday 5/21
Crazy work day 1/3 for the week

Thursday 5/22
Crazy work day 2/3 for the week
5 evening miles — warm and humid but nice

Friday 5/23
Crazy work day 3/3 for the week + The Bachelorette viewing in the evening (no judging…)

Saturday 5/24
5 pre-bachelorette party (mismatched and rushed and slightly lost for a mile or so) miles

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Proof of survival.

And then a big night of
mischief making…

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Plotting over bottles of Don.

eating…

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Before...

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...and after.

and drinking…
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and singing and dancing…

(of which there is conveniently no photographic evidence)

and fireworks!!

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Safety first...

yay Dr. AnneBelle 🙂

(And of course recovery breakfast at Penn station…

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Y.U.M. 🙂

Total: 17 miles
Not such a high milage week, but that’s the way Week #1 should be. The miles felt good and the off days did too. 😉 As the temps and miles ramp up hopefully all will keep feeling this way!

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