Greetings from GLORIOUS Nantucket. I’m definitely LOVING that I took this extra day and get to spend it in one of my favorite places in the world! BF and I got up at a disgustingly early hour (3:xx AM!?) and made the trek to Hyannis. In attempts to get three full days on island (we’re leaving Sunday early early to beat traffic fingers crossed) we got on the earliest ferry they had and made our way to paradise : ) Nothing but sunny skies and beach days in the five day forecast!
Since it’s Thursday, I am linking up with Amanda and I decided no better way to start off a July, than to reflect on June’s running! Oh and throw in a bit of a race re-cap because those are always fun!
Running in June:
Total Miles: 153.2 miles – probably one of the lowest milages I’ve had in a while.
Average Pace: 8’06”
Number of Races: 1 (Fairfield Half Marathon)
Overall Thoughts: This month was really tough on me – emotionally and physically. I spent a lot of time battling my body and finally caved and ended up taking two, almost three full weeks off running. I wanted to take a step back in preparation for NYCM training, but I also didn’t plan on such low milage at easy paces. As you can read here, my goals for June fell a bit short.
Running in July:
Total Miles: I should hit at least 220. My training plan starts out extremely conservatively to further encourage me taking a step back. This week is my lowest milage week with 35 miles. I am looking to hit a high of 50 miles a week this month.
Average Pace: looking to keep most my paces relaxed and focusing on building back up my endurance. I have scheduled in three tempo runs, which I would like to do on tired legs (i.e. run short in the morning before a tempo run in the afternoon)
Number of Races: No races planned. I am thinking of incorporating some shorter races into my long runs on the weekend. I plan on doing my long runs on Saturdays, and hopefully ending them fast with some of the Westport Road Runners races.
Goals for July: Just like June, I’m looking to get my milage consistent again. I am happy that I took the time off my body needed, and while I am still not 100%, I am happy that I am able to complete my runs again. I would also like to continue doing at least one plyo workout a week, one day of weight specific cross training, and one day of cardio cross training. I would like to get back to SoulCycle for an active rest/cross training day, but may save my money for the higher milage week.
Now, onto my race recap.
Like I mentioned in Monday’s post, I ended up running the Fairfield Half on Sunday. I was originally signed up to pace the 1:40 group, but due to my lack of running, I no longer felt comfortable pacing. I would have felt so guilty not ensuring getting the group in under their goal time. This ended up being a great decision since Saturday morning I went to do a quick shakeout run and made it approximately 0.17 miles before I had to immediately stop and walk back to my apartment. So going into Sunday I felt less than confident.
When I woke up on Sunday morning it was absolutely pouring. Talk about some Boston PTSD. But in comparison to years in the past, I would take cloudy and rainy over the blazing sun and humidity any day. BF and I got up, got ready, picked up our city friends from the train and made our way to Fairfield.
By the time we got there, the rain had tapered off, and I wore my chic garbage bag to the start line in hopes of staying warm and dry. We headed to the start – which by the way I love that they separate men and women(!) – and got ready to go.
And this is where the morning started off on the wrong foot. I run with music. Not necessarily on the whole time, but I like the option. It’s a safety blanket to me. More of like “hey, no matter what, even if this race blows and you’re walking for the next four hours, at least you’ll have some tunes to listen to!” But nope, not today! For whatever reason, Spotify decided to give me a big middle finger and not work. Not to mention I never synced my iTunes with it so I was S.O.L.
ANYWAYS… Once we started I remained as conservative as possible. 1. I figured I might as well run slow so that way if I did need to stop, I wouldn’t have a long way to walk back and 2. I have found that when I am experiencing a flare, the faster I run, the more irritated my GI gets.
I hit the first mile at about 6:59 and felt relatively comfortable. I continued on, hitting the second mile a little quicker at 6:52. I know these paces seem on the faster side, but pre-flare I was trained to run a half with an average of 6:57. I’ll get back there…
The lack of music (or option of) made me concerned that I would not be able to keep a positive attitude during the race. In retrospect, it allowed me to listen to my body, regulate my breathing, and focus on my form. Probably a major reason why I was able to finish this race.
My stomach felt “ok” for the first four miles. My parents house is situated on the course right at the Mile 5 marker. I had told my mom there was a 50/50 chance I’d see her, hug her, and either casually walk down the driveway and call it quits or dart into the house and use the bathroom. To my genuine surprise, I didn’t have to do either. It was a great pick me up to see my family (and crazy dog) and I pushed on. But… at mile 6, I needed to stop.
I pulled off the course a little after mile 6…. and then again mile 8… and mile 9. Once we were looping back towards Fairfield beach, my stomach seemed to get a bit of relief.
I finished the race in 1:37:07 which I was okay with. I was 20th in my age group and 209th overall, which I was kind of surprised with. In all honesty, the race went a lot better than expected. So I have that to be really happy and grateful for. My legs felt great, but my cardiovascular fitness is pretty subpar at the moment. I was not sore after, which was a big surprise since the course is pretty hilly. I attribute that to a lot of pilates and yoga.
In case anyone wonders, I do not fuel for halfs. I also do not eat before them. As we know, I have a pretty sensitive stomach and I typically am able to run for 90 minutes without a need for fuel. It’s just how my body is trained.
My splits for the race are as follows:
Mile 1: 6’59”
Mile 2: 6’52”
Mile 3: 7’06”
Mile 4: 7’04”
Mile 5: 7’10”
Mile 6: 7’50”
Mile 7: 7’13”
Mile 8: 7’54”
Mile 9: 8’00”
Mile 10: 7’37”
Mile 11: 7’20”
Mile 12: 7’13”
Mile 13: 6’59”
We can clearly see where I needed to stop. Haha. The race was a lot of fun and honestly, I approached it as a training run. I never stopped my watch, nor did I stare at it while I was running. Running naked (without music and without paying attention to pace) was pretty liberating. Is that weird??
It was my longest run since Boston and I am beyond excited to start incorporating long runs back into my weekend routine. Since this is my first week of NYCM training, I have 10 miles as my long run. Here’s to getting back after it and making 13 miles seem like a short run! Oh how marathon training turns us all a little crazy…
Enough of my ramblings… And sorry not sorry I stole my race photos. All I have to say about those is WOOF.
I hope you are all having a fabulous Thursday and enjoy the holiday weekend!
What was the last race you ran?
If you usually run with music, do you panic like me if your iPod decides not to work? Sometimes I’ll race without music or just turn it on when I start to hit the wall, but I like the option. I cannot stand when technology fails me!
What’s the most exciting thing you’re doing over the long weekend?!