This Runner's Trials

Belmar Chase 5k race recap

Posted by runnerstrials

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

photo 3 (24)

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.


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.

photo 1 (41)

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.

photo 2 (41)

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!

Tagged as: , 2 Comments

NYCM training: week 4

Posted by runnerstrials

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.

photo 3 (23)

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

photo 1 (40)

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!

Tagged as: , 8 Comments

A break in routine

Posted by runnerstrials

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.


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…


photo 1 (39)photo 5 (5)

photo 3 (22)photo 4 (12)

eating my favorite foods…

photo 4 (13)cookies

and running in my favorite spots.


There really is no place like “home”.

Tagged as: 7 Comments