This Runner's Trials
18Aug/147

NYCM training: week 5

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I had another great week of training for NYCM. No doubt because I’m still in NJ and have been running some beautiful (and flat! routes.

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I felt so much stronger this week than last week. Hadley isn’t past her 4 month sleep regression, but is only getting up 1-2 times per night so I feel much more rested. Plus, the weather has been amazing. It was 55 degrees the morning of my long run! It felt heavenly.

Here’s how this week’s workouts were supposed to look:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
5mi easy OFF 5mi tempo w/3 at 7:55 OFF 14mi OFF spin

And what really went down:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
5mi at 8:45 7x 800m at 6:52 pace (7mi total) OFF 4mi at 8:43 pace 14mi at 9:07 pace OFF 45min spin class + lifting

Mileage: 30 miles <--- first time cracking 30 since December 2012!

Some notes:

  • I messed up when I made my training plan and only included 3 days of running instead of 4 this week – oops! That was a total accident.
  • I am loving 800m repeats. Seriously loving them. So, I decided to do them again this week instead of a tempo run while I still have access to a track.
  • I’m proud of my easy run pace. I’m still allowing myself to negative split these runs but I’m also challenging myself to never drop below an 8:30 pace. So far, so good!
  • My long run went so, so well. I tried a new route and felt strong the entire way. This is honestly the first run over a half marathon where I finished feeling like I could run a few more miles. I’m taking that as a good sign!

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Fingers crossed I have a repeat performance on my 15-miler (!) this week.

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15Aug/144

Rock & Read 5k giveaway

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I have a fun giveaway for my fellow Charlotte-area friends this morning: who wants to run the Rock n Read 5k?

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The Rock n Read 5k run/walk, 1-mile fun run, and kids’ dash will be held in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte on Saturday, September 6. This 5k is unique because it offers live music along every mile of the course – hence the “rock” part of the name! At the finish line, there’s also more live music plus plenty of food and adult beverages.

The race benefits the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. The goal is to raise $25,000 for the library’s books and materials budget. I absolutely love the cause because I take my kids to the library’s (free!) programs all of the time.

I’m going to run the 5k and Wyatt is going to do the kids’ dash – I’m so excited! I actually ran this race back in 2011 when I was pregnant with him so it’s nice to come full circle.

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If you want to register for the Rock n Read 5k, you can do so here. The organizers of the race are also giving away a free entry to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me why you’d love to run the race! The giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 21, 2014. I’ll announce the winner next Friday. Good luck!

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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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