Happy new year! I can’t believe it’s 2016 already. Where does the time go? My good friend Jackie and her husband Brian came up to visit from NJ on Thursday for New Years. Jordan and I brought them to Thacher so Brian could try fat biking with Jordan. It finally snowed and the trails were covered in snow/ice!
Jackie and I just walked to the hang glider cliff while the guys rode the mountain bikes. It was really quiet there with not many people on the trail. We only saw one other guy trail running. We chatted with him for a little bit when we stopped at the lookout, but it got cold pretty quick, so we headed back.
The sun started to go down–the clouds had this pretty glow. I love that!
It was nice to spend new years eve outside, even if it was just a short hike! We didn’t get too crazy that evening. We played some games and had a few drinks. Very low-key!
Hangover Half Marathon
The next day I was planning on running my third Hangover Half Marathon. Organized by the HMRRC, one of our local running clubs, the Hangover Half is a no-frills race on New Years Day that starts at SUNY Albany. I had zero goals, as usual. It turned out to be a pretty decent run for me. I finished in 2:15:35, about a 10:10 per mile pace. Not bad, considering my last long run was only 9 miles. And with that, my marathon training cycle officially began!
Can’t say I missed the endless State Office Campus loops though.
Shipyard Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge Goals
It’s been awhile since I’ve set goals for myself. But this time I have some I want to stick to for this training cycle.
- Clean up my eating and drink less alcohol
- Weight train 2x per week (either with Bootcamp or Kinetix classes at my gym)
- Speedwork or hill workout 1x per week
- Yoga 1x per week
Don’t forget, if you plan on signing up for any of the Maine Coast Races, use my code JenM for $5 off you registration fee!
Friday afternoon after class I flew to DC with my friend Meg for the Marine Corps Marathon. Meg had originally planned to run the marathon with me as her first (she got in via the lottery) but got injured over the summer and couldn’t run the full marathon, so she opted to run the 10K instead. We were ready for a fun race weekend in DC!
Saturday morning after an awesome breakfast buffet at our hotel in Alexandria, we rode the metro to the race expo in DC. Our metro stop was right across from our hotel and that was magnificent. There was a huge line to get into the expo as soon as we stepped out of the metro station. The expo was gigantic and the most amazing race expo I have ever been to.
We spent about 2 hours wandering around and looking at everything, watching the Marine Corps Band and even getting our photos taken with some cute marines. 😉
Thanks, for your service, Marines!
We picked up our race bibs and shirts (they were fleece-lined mock turtlenecks!) and got some official race merch as well. Brooks had an entire store there full of MCM gear. It was quite awesome. I also picked up my shirt from the charity team I was running for, Team Azalea. I decided this would be my race-day shirt, along with a star spangled headband I got at there, too.
We spent the rest of the day exploring DC near the National Mall and the Washington Monument.
We went to dinner Saturday night at a pizza place in Alexandria, Pizza Paradiso. It was a short shuttle ride from the hotel. We also walked around the area a little bit to check things out since neither one of us had ever been here before!
Pre-race carrot cake cupcake!
Once we got back to the hotel, it was time to get our race gear together. We were pumped!
Next up: running a marathon.
To be continued….
Saturday marked the 100 year celebration of John Boyd Thacher State Park. Ever since I was a little kid I have been coming here to walk the Indian Ladder Trail, and it’s still one of my favorite places to get outside in the Capital Region.
I love going to Thacher for nature walks, trail running, fun trail racing, and even snowshoeing.
With one of the best views in the area, this place can’t be beat.
This is why I ran the 10K on Saturday. As part of the Centennial Celebration, the Albany Running Exchange put on some trail races: a 5K, a 10K, and even a marathon and a 50K!
The 10K course was a loop that goes along part of the Long Path, a trail that I had never run on there before. I love running new trails and it was nice to see other parts of the park.
There were even two great lookout spots during the race.
The 10K was Kristin‘s first trail race! We spent the whole race chatting away and it made the miles fly by. Thankfully both of us stayed upright the whole time. I heard there were a few nasty falls during the day. I have been there before and its not fun! We finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes.
Overall, I really enjoyed the course for this race! Maybe I’ll even find myself running the marathon here in the future.
I really wish I was doing the Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon again this year at Thacher, but it falls on the same day as the Marine Corps Marathon! Speaking of marathon, if you were wondering: yes, I’m still training! Sunday (the day after the 10K) I ran my first 20 miler of my training plan! It went very well and I’m really excited to spend October 26th running around Washington DC for 26.2 miles.
Sunday was my first “long run longer than a half marathon” for this marathon training cycle! At 9 am I went out for a 16 mile run, the longest I’ve run since May 26, 2013. The run went pretty well, despite being muggy out. I ran on some back roads near my house and it was gorgeous. There were numerous gardens, rolling hills and farms to see.
I was planning on doing two 8 mile loops with a stop at my house, but then decided against it because there was a slight chance I might not want to go back out after coming home. So I packed a Camelbak with 50oz of water and a Gu and off I went. The run took a little over three hours because the route I chose wasn’t exactly flat.
I did see some interesting things on my run, including some white geese running through the woods, a deer, and this cute little guy chained up in someone’s driveway.
I was losing energy by the end of my run, mostly because it was really hot and I ran out of water on the last mile. I also should have brought more calories, since one Gu wasn’t enough for that long of a run. Marathon training finally feels real, and I am very excited to run 26.2 again in October.
Well, its finally here! The week of my second marathon. I didn’t log as nearly as many miles as I had wanted during this training cycle, but there’s nothing to do now but run the race!
Last week’s schedule
3 mi complete
3 mi actual: 60 min hot flexibility flow yoga class
Workforce Team Challenge 3.5 mi race complete!
Rest actual: ~13 mi cycling commute to work
8 mi actual: 8.9 mi
Saturday’s final long run went really well. I did my hilly loop for more hill practice. I have two short runs scheduled for this week, lots of rest, and lots of (healthy) carb eating planned. I’m planning on resting my foot a good three days before the marathon, just so I know it will be good for the race.
Workout schedule for this week
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 3 mi
Wednesday – 4 mi + hot flexibility flow yoga
Thursday – Rest, possibly biking to work
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Pre-race yoga session
Sunday – VERMONT CITY MARATHON!!!!