This Runner's Trials
13Aug/142

Belmar Chase 5k race recap

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This past Saturday, I ran the Belmar Chase 5k!

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As I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t run this race all out. I kept thinking this race was on Sunday when it was really on Saturday. I ran 12 miles on Friday, and I usually never run the day before a race. I also ran a route that’s historically aggravated my IT band, so I was not feeling my best on Saturday morning.

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This is yesterday – check out what I did to my IT band when I was foam rolling on Friday. #pro

There was no way I could PR, and I was pretty tired so I didn’t even think I could run the 3.1 miles as fast as my speed workout a few days earlier.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized this could be a good thing. My big goal right now is NYCM. I’m trying to stick to the training plan as closely as possible because I’ve never run a marathon well. My recent challenge has been to try to run my easy runs at an “easy” pace – so I didn’t really think it was a great idea to run a 5k all out on fatigued, tight legs when I already completed my speedwork for the week.

I met up with Ashley – and her mom and sweet baby Jennie! – before the race and we decided to run together.

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It was so much fun chatting with her! It was also a welcome distraction. A certain baby girl did not want to nurse right before the race so I was in a bit of pain. Plus, I’m not used to running at 8:30 a.m. Even though it was a cool morning, I forgot how hard it is to run in direct sunlight. It was hot and I didn’t wear a hat!

Still, the 3.1 miles flew by and I loved running along the beach. I miss NJ so much and made a mental note to do more races around here the next time I’m visiting.

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Cutest spectators ever – they were both wearing cupcake shirts!

Our finish time was 26:45, which I was really pleased with. The Belmar Chase was a flat, fast course and a well-organized race. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a 5k PR!

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11Aug/148

NYCM training: week 4

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Another week of training down! It’s crazy that I’m 1/4 of the way through NYCM training – granted it was the easiest fourth.

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Long runs are only going to get way longer from here.

This is the first week that I’ve felt exhausted, but I think it has more to do with someone’s 4-month sleep regression than marathon training. Trying to run the morning after nursing someone 3-6x overnight is no joke! I have no idea how I ran so well after having Wyatt. None.

Anyway, here’s how this week was supposed to look:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
5mi easy OFF 6x 800m at 7:30 pace 12mi OFF 5k race 4mi

 

And here’s what really happened:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
6x 800m at 7:00 pace (6mi) 4mi untimed OFF 4.25mi at 8:10 pace 12mi at 9:03 pace 5k race in 26:45 45min spin class + lifting

Mileage: 29.35

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I had to switch around a lot of workouts. I’m still in NJ and Jeff was here through Tuesday and wanted to do a couple of training runs with me.

  • Monday was my first track workout in a couple of years. It felt great! I meant to run the repeats closer to a 7:10 pace, but naturally fell between 6:55-7:05 for all of them.
  • I could not do my long run on Thursday. I was just way too tired so I had to push it back a day. If my baby doesn’t start sleeping better soon, marathon training is not going to go well.
  • When I pushed my long run back to Friday, I foolishly thought my 5k was Sunday – and didn’t remember it was on Saturday until mile 8 of my long run. Oops! So, Saturday’s 5k was not an all out race. I was tired, my IT band was tight, and running at 8:30 am is way hotter than 6:00 am even on a cool day. It was actually a great run, though, because it was at the beach and because I got to run with Ashley!
  • I was craving some cross-training so I went to my parents’ gym on Sunday. The spinning class was noting like the classes I take at my beloved Pushpointe, but it still felt really great to spin again. I miss it so much and am glad I’ve added it to this round of marathon training.

I have a feeling I’m going to make some tweaks to this week’s workouts, too. But that seems to be the name of the game with me and training!

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8Aug/147

A break in routine

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After a long car ride (you can guess which of my children slept and which screamed most of the way), we made it to NJ last weekend.

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And even though you don’t truly get a vacation when your kids tag along, the break in routine has been so, so nice – especially because we’re staying with the best grandparents around.

I’m spending these two weeks lounging on chasing a crazy toddler around the beach…

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eating my favorite foods…

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and running in my favorite spots.

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There really is no place like “home”.

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