Hi all! I’ve been MIA because of a few different projects and because I was in Myrtle Beach for the past 10 days. Now I’m back in NJ and feeling that post-vacation sadness
I seriously love Myrtle Beach, and Dan and I have been going every summer for the past few years (minus one summer I believe). He is convinced of moving there but we’ll see if that ever actually happens haha.
I did run while on vacation and stuck to my marathon training plan, so that’s a definite win! The downside is some days I was S-L-O-W because of the heat and humidity (we’re talking like 13-14 miles per minute) but what can you do. Thankfully those were my “easy” days so I didn’t care much. Plus, it was just as hot if not hotter (and more humid) here in NJ, so no matter what, I wouldn’t have escaped it.
This picture was from my first day of running and I was absolutely drenched. Was not acclimated to the heat at all yet. I ran inside in their fitness center before going outside which was a good idea because I don’t think I would have been able to do 6 miles total outside.
I loved my little running route from the resort, and one day I stumbled upon these beautiful, oceanfront mansions. A plot of land was listed for sale for 2 million so I don’t even want to know what a house costs I would do my usual shady route and then end with stretching by the beach:
Before I get more into my marathon training can we talk about jet-skiing for a second?
Dan and I did a 3 hour jet-ski tour that took us out to the ocean to see dolphins (pretty cool). It was my first time driving a jet ski alone and I was terrified. The tour group would be waaaaaay ahead of me and would have to wait for me…one couple asked Dan if my jet ski had engine troubles LOL. So embarrassing.
But no joke, I was so scared. I couldn’t get the hang of going over the wakes of other boats on the waterway, and then once we got into the ocean it was even scarier. The guide had to come back and be like “You need to go at least 20 and you’ll have more control.” Again, LOL.
I was SO tense throughout, gripping that thing for dear life with my arms and legs, that the next day I could barely move because my muscles and lower back were so sore. I think next time I’d prefer to rent a jet ski on my own so I can go my own pace rather than trying to stay with a group
Marathon Training So Far
We are already in week 5!! Can’t believe it. My mom and I are doing the NYRR Long Training Run in Central Park this Saturday (anyone else?) and running 12-13 miles. She leaves for Paraguay this Sunday so next week I need to run 14 miles alone…anyone need a long run buddy??!
We’ve been following Dr. Jason Karp’s plan from his Running a Marathon For Dummies book (which is very informative btw). I love…well, love and hate, the tempo runs. Tempo runs are my weakness, and we’ve been doing a lot of tempo paced runs and mile repeats at tempo pace, which is exactly what I need to get better at. I can do track workouts and 400 repeats no problem, but running a set pace that is challenging for a continous amount of miles is so hard for me.
While in Myrtle Beach, I did 2.5 miles (with 2 mile warm-up and 1 mile cool down), and my goal for next week is to get 3 miles. Jason and I also talked about how time based vs. mile based training might work better for me, but I’ll write more about that next week.
I’m feeling strong so far, and despite not having a CRAZY base, having at least a base of 15-20 miles per week has really helped me. I want this NYC Marathon to be a great experience, and to hopefully PR. I don’t want it to be like Chicago, where I was majorly struggling due to heat and held my mom back.
Starting next week I will do weekly recaps again of my training so I can connect with more runners – I love reading everyone’s weekly recaps and feeling like we’re all in this together
Who else has started their marathon training?
I never do long runs alone so I’m kinda scared for next week…what are your long run tips to not get bored or get through it?
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