Monday, July 20, 2015

Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon Training: Boilermaker Recovery week 1

All along, my goal for Boilermaker was for it to put me in a good spot from fall training. In 2013, I PRed at the 5k, 10k, and 15k. Winter came and I never made an attempt a new half PR. I didn't run any half marathons in 2014 due to my obsession with climbing the high peaks. Now I'm back on the running train and hopeful to get back to the pace I ran way back in 2010. So this week started my training for the Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon.


Monday
I was a bit tired from Boilermaker but did the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.  I had planned to go to ballet again, but decided to head down to my sisters place in Long Island instead.

Tuesday: 3 miles @ 10:53
I woke up at 5:30am for no real reason but decided to do 30 day shred again and then headed out for 3 slow hot and humid miles. The smart coach plan has me going at a slower pace, which I don't know how it will play out but give. My tired legs from boilermaker and the 5 hour drive to LI. I happily obligated.

Wednesday: 6 miles @ 11:27
This week was a planned recovery week for me so instead of doing a tempo run I went out for 6 miles. I didn't go out until both my niece and nephew were napping so it was noon and miserable temperature wise. I shuffled along through the town of Amagansett before floating in the pool.

Thursday: 19 mile bike ride
I had brought my road bike down and wanted to make it worth bringing.  Plus my niece had been sick all week and I wanted to get out of my families hair. I decided to bike the 9 miles to Montauk for breakfast and coffee. It was a tougher ride than I expected and it didn't help that I didn't eat prior to starting.  The wind was so strong that I had peddle downhill just to get to 12mph. I enjoyed hanging out in Montauk for a while before making the ride back. Thankfully the wind was better and it wasn't nearly as much of a struggle. 





Friday: 1 mile run 
The plan was to be 2 miles. Since I had been 3 houses from the beach all week and hadn't been, I decided to go for a run on the beach. The first mile was hard. Sand is awful. I decided to walk back but then got lost and couldn't find my way back to the house. I was so angry at myself. I've been on trail less mountains and navigated just fine but couldn't find the walkway up. I gave up after wandering for an hour and cut through a neighborhood back to the main road.



Saturday: 10 miles @11:38
I woke up early, ate breakfast and went to back to bed before finally pulling myself together to head over to SUNY to run.  My legs felt tired and I decided that I would walk the first minute of each mile.  I know that I didn't have to do that physically but mentally I did.  My splits were fairly even and aside from being hot, sweaty and thirsty I finished the 10 miles feeling good. I am curious to see how the smart coach paces prepare me to run nearly 2 minutes faster on race day but I am no expect. Given my current pace I know I have a lot of work to do for a PR, but I'm ready for the challenge

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