Sunday Runday: Week of 2/27 (Boston Training Week #11)


Monday, 2/27:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did:

AM: A cold 6.37 miles in 1:03:05 (9:54 pace) before work. Legs felt dead! :O

PM: 4.52 miles in 39:37 (8:46 pace) with Moira (!) after work! Legs felt less dead. 😛

90 minutes of Bikram! Really feel like I’m improving in my form/flexibility/headspace, and honestly my muscles feel GREAT!

10.89 miles total


Tuesday, 2/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 4 x 1.5 miles in 10:45-11:00 with 800 recovery (Goal = 3:12-317 marathon)

What I Did: I would have preferred to do this workout on the track because I find it easier for me to focus and run faster paces there, but the local college’s track doesn’t open until 6AM, and because I’ve been having issues with pacing, I figured I better get some practice off the track/treadmill sooner rather than later as Boston is quickly approaching! I have to run through downtown Albany to get to the bike path that I run on for workouts, and it can get a little sketchy sometimes, especially in the dark. It’s not my favorite, but I think it’s definitely worth being more on guard for a little bit until more runners are up and at it to keep me company on the bike path rather than retreating to the treadmill. Struggled with pacing at first (shocker), but I think I got down to a good pace towards the end:

2.52 mile warm-up down to the bike path

4 x 1.5 miles with 800 recovery:

11:19 (7:40 + 3:39; 7:33 pace)

10:56 (7:11 + 3:45; 7:17 pace)-interestingly, this was my 1.5 mile time trial time before my high school freshman season of cross country!

10:50 (7:10 + 3:40; 7:13 pace)

10:28 (6:56 + 3:32; 6:59 pace)

2.5ish mile cool-down (I’m too lazy to count up all the laps/splits right now…)

12.46 miles total

Guy at the Donut Shop: Do you have special plans for these donuts? Me: Why, yes. Yes I do. 😂 – Wasn't going to be able to see @pj28mont for his 30th (!) birthday today because I'm at the hospital all day (#somuchbusy here on inpatient psychiatry today!) and then on call at the psychiatric crisis unit from 5-11 tonight, so made a pit stop on my cool-down home to @ciderbellyofficial and delivered these tasty treats to the law school before Phil's 8AM class! Seeing each other everyday with our school/work schedules can be challenging, but we can usually make it work, even if it's just studying in neighboring cubicles or a quick donut handoff! 📚🍩🤝❤️ ••• Day 72/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: 4 x 1.5 mile strength workout along the bike path started off kinda slow-ish (tryna get a handle on this pacing business!) but hit my goal paces (10:45-11:00) for the final 3 sets: 11:19, 10:56, 10:50, 10:28.

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Wednesday, 3/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga class that was more flow than flexibility, but whatcha gonna do.

Day 73/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: When your flexibility hot yoga class has a substitute teacher and it ends up being more strength work and less stretching than you anticipated. And then you get frustrated that you're frustrated about that (and because you're being a lazypants!) because, ya know, that's not the point of yoga. 🤦🏻‍♀️😥😂 – Rest day of sleeping in, reflecting and praying on this first day of Lent, inpatient psychiatry rounds, my first time seeing electroconvulsive therapy, listening to a nurse practitioner student's presentation on the role of ketamine in treating major depressive disorder, role playing motivational interviewing with another student and psychologist, my own doctor's appointment, some errand running, and finally yoga before dinner, some studying, and settling down this evening. 🌪🌪🌪 – Unfortunately, didn't make it to church to receive ashes (#badcatholic), but in my defense, Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and today was crazy busy! ☹️ However, I am trying to pray more this Lent by participating in a 40/40/40 prayer challenge: praying for 40 intentions for 40 people over the 40 days of Lent. If there's something on your heart that I can pray for, please submit it (with your name or anonymously) on the Google Doc linked in my profile!

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Thursday, 3/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 9 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Ugh. This day/workout/life! Got out of work really late, had a friend who was going to pace me bail on me last minute, and it was already dark by the time I headed out. At the start of my tempo, my watch was not in the mood and was telling me I was running a “blazing” 9 minute pace when I knew I was running at least a minute and a half faster. I was already on edge because I was nervous about my first 9 mile tempo, so I decided to go try the workout at the gym rather than bust myself to be confused about pacing the whole time and then feel badly about how I was running “slower” than I was supposed to go. So, essentially, did a 6 mile warm-up, 9 mile tempo in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace, suckaaaaaas), and quick 1 mile cool-down home for 16.01 miles total, i.e. too much for a rando Thursday!

Day 74/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: This week has been really meh for a variety of reasons, and for my OWN mental health, I really needed a good workout today. My tolerance for nonsense was pretty much at zero, so when my watch started acting up from the start of my dark #temporun outside, I got pissed, ran home, threw on the @oiselle crop top singlet that I've been mustering up the courage to rock (slash patiently waiting to wear when abs magically appear, whichever comes first 💁🏻) for an extra bit of confidence, marched myself to the gym, and made that tempo run mine. 😈 9 miles in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace) and a whopping (and unexpected) 16 miles total. Got a bunch of confused looks and one "You go girl!" in response to repping the #sportsbrasquad, but really, I was beyond the point of caring. And it was liberating. 🏃🏻‍♀️💪 #strongnotskinny

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Friday, 3/3: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Got out of work hella late again and had dinner plans, so only had time to get 3.62 miles in, but because of the way Thursday’s run went, I didn’t sweat it like I usually would. Crazy winds!

Saturday, 3/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 8.26 miles easy (but faster than my usual easy pace!), partly by myself, and partly with Erin, Allison, and others from their running team in some brutal wind and cold. Probably could have/should have run a little farther, but this week is a down mileage week anyway, so I’m not stressing.

Sunday, 3/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 6.58 miles in 1:03:46 (9:41 pace) with Phil. Could have (should have?) run farther, but I was getting hungry on our run!

Total Weekly Mileage = 57.82 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 575.68 miles

Down 8ish miles from last week-I’m not sure if that was too much of a jump down (should have probably been closer to 5), but does 3 miles really make that much of a difference? My guess = probably not.


Sunday Runday: Week of 2/20 (Boston Training Week #10)


Monday, 2/20:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Pre-work 8.08 miles (1:24:47; 10:29 pace) felt like death. I thought about turning back home a million and one times…and talked myself out of it a million and one times! 😛 Also got in 90 minutes of Bikram after work and my muscles feel awesome!

Tuesday, 2/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 6 x 1 mile with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did:

AM: 3.20 miles in 32:12 (10:03 pace); Legs felt a MILLION times better than yesterday, but still a little dead. Contemplated what would happen if I was totally burned out with Boston in 8 weeks. :O

PM: Strength Workout

1.48 mile warm-up

6 x 1 mile on the track at UAlbany. There was still some ice/snow on the track so I spent a lot of my 24 laps on the track weaving in and out of lanes, but for some reason, my watch would record a mile split on my final straightaway each time, i.e. before I hit four laps. I’m not really sure which times are correct, but I’m going to go with the slower ones so I don’t get too cocky, but here are my times for future record, in the following format: time at 4 laps (mile split on watch):

7:08 (7:03)

6:56 (6:40)

6:57 (6:38)

6:56 (6:45)

6:58 (6:40)

6:51 (6:39)

1ish mile cool-down

10.38 miles total

My body felt good, but the conditions weren’t ideal and my stomach really began to bother me towards the end.

13.58 miles total for the day

Wednesday, 2/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga class. #holytightmuscles!

Thursday, 2/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.71 mile warm-up

8 mile tempo in 58:26 (7:18 pace; 7:51, 7:32, 7:18, 7:06, 7:19, 7:10, 7:12, 6:55)

2.52 mile cool-down

13.24 miles total

Friday, 2/24: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.05 miles with Luke at the Pine Bush (1:01:18; 8:41 pace)

Saturday, 2/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Moved my long run up a day early so I could run in Saratoga, a place I’ve wanted to run for a while with Fiona! Did my first 6.5ish by myself before Fiona met up for 10 more followed by brunch to make for such a lovely day! 17.07 miles total in 2:21:34 (8:17 pace; 8:36, 8:03, 8:00, 8:07, 7:59, 8:15, 8:46, 8:18, 8:14, 8:32, 8:19, 8:13, 8:14, 8:41, 8:40, 8:08, 7:49). My legs felt awesome towards the start, so much so that I had to force myself to more consciously control my stride at 8 minute pace, but I fizzled a bit for miles 14 and 15. I’ve gotta get a better handle on nutrition the night before and during runs. My last minute Powerbar Gels I grabbed from the depths of my pantry were definitelyyyy expired… 😛

Sunday, 2/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 16 miles)

What I Did: 7 miles in 1:07:07 (9:35 pace) at Hampton Manor Town Park…which I do not recommend for running. I went to flexibility hot yoga class after at a different location than I usually do and because I was headed to East Greenbush anyway, I thought I’d check out a spot that was recommended by the local newspaper for running. I made it work with running out on the main road and then getting some killer hills in, but I won’t probably go there again.

"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled or rifled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom you may not have known even existed."-BKS Iyengar ••• Day 70/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not a yogi by any means, but I've really enjoyed the classes I've been going to this week and wish I usually had this much time to focus on stretching, reflection, and self-care. Also, substitute running for yoga, and the quote works beautifully! 7 windy, snow flurrying shake-out miles with some hills + flexibility hot yoga class. 66 miles total this week. 🙆🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🌪

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Total Weekly Mileage = 66.02 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 517.86 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/13 (Boston Training Week #9)


Monday, 2/13:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6 miles, mostly on the treadmill. Ugh.

Day 57/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Was daydreaming of frolicking in the snow my entire run on the #dreadmill. Also spent the whole 4.5 miles (6 miles total with a snowy warm-up and cool-down to and from the gym) toggling between a simulated run through New Zealand, two different running podcasts, attempts at watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on my phone, one of my fave Aly & AJ CDs circa 2007, and Say Yes to the Dress reruns. AND I was STILL bored out of my mind. We just got hit with a tooooon of snow this weekend, so looks like it's going to be a long week of running inside. 😐 Still, I'm happy to be able to run and work towards my goals each day! 🏃🏻‍♀️ Anyone else got any other good games to play on the treadmill? 😏

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Tuesday, 2/14:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 3 x 1600 in 6:20-6:30 with 600 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: 3 x mile in 6:27, 6:23, 6:15 on the treadmill with 800 recovery. 9 miles total.

Wednesday, 2/15:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Swam! And didn’t get ear plugs stuck in my ears again!

Thursday, 2/16:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Was not into today’s run in the slightest. I clawed and fought for it, but really need to adjust my mindset when it comes to tempo runs in general. I’ve been running them WAY too fast, and it’s really hurting me mentally. 😦

8 mile tempo in 58:10 (7:16 pace; 7:11, 7:13, 7:19, 7:15, 7:18, 7:18, 7:18, 7:13). 12.56 miles total.

Day 60/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: I like to keep this Instagram a positive space, but I run by "Fat One" spray painted on the sidewalk at least once a day and I absolutely HATE it. – Dying on my #hansonsmarathonmethod #temporun, I found my mind overflowing with negative self-talk. I can blame poorly thought out nutrition, lack of sleep, and a terrible playlist, but ultimately it comes down to being more realistic about my goals. Just because I CAN run 7-8 miles at sub 7 minute pace doesn't mean I can run a marathon (or half-marathon!) or should attempt to do weekly tempo runs at that same pace. Reevaluating how to set myself up for success on these scary tempo runs in the coming weeks and giving myself some serious pep talks before I attempt some hard workouts again next week. Like, "Fat One" to "FaSt One"! 😉🏃🏻‍♀️💨 – 8 miles in 58:10 (7:16 pace) with short breaks at miles 4 and 6 // 11.5 miles total

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Friday, 2/17: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Triple workout today! :O I love our Psychiatry schedule! 😛

#1: 6 miles in 1:02:08 (10:21 pace)

#2: 4.06 miles in 38:12 (9:25) pace, mostly because I wanted to take the new GoPro out for a spin. 😀

#3: 60 minute Bikram Hot Yoga Class. Thank God it was cut down from its usual 90 minutes-I don’t think I could have lasted another half hour!

10.06 miles total

Saturday, 2/18:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 8.03 miles at the Pine Bush in 1:23:36 (10:25 pace), which is actually a lot faster than I would have thought given those melty snowy conditions!

Sunday, 2/19:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 12.65 miles in 1:55:08 (9:06 pace) from Colonie Center to the Crossings to Siena and back! Was so happy to be running somewhere different than just around my neighborhood in Albany!

Total Weekly Mileage = 57.15 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 451.84 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/16 (Boston Training Week #5)


Monday, 1/16:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 7.58 miles in 1:16:07 (10:02 pace). My legs felt totally trashed after yesterday’s run, so I was surprised that I wanted to get out there today (except our loooong work day that felt like SUCH a Monday makes it less surprising).

Tuesday, 1/17:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 4 x 1200 in 4:42-4:50 (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Didn’t feel as strong as I wish I could on this run, but in retrospect my paces were pretty good: 6:08-6:25!

1.8 mile warm-up

4 x 0.75 miles with 0.25 miles rest on treadmill: 4:49, 4:45, 4:37, 4:36 (skipped last 0.25 rest because I was readyyyy to get off that darn treadmill!)

2.53 mile cool-down

8.08 miles total

Wednesday, 1/18:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: OFF

Thursday, 1/19:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.15 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:27 (6:55 pace; 7:07, 7:06, 7:03, 6:56, 6:53, 6:50, 6:28)

3.41 mile cool-down

12.56 miles total

Friday, 1/20: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6.18 miles in 1:03:58 (10:21 pace). Friday runs are always the toughest after a long week of hard runs! Got out a little late due to an emergency c-section, but what a way to end the OB portion of this rotation!

Saturday, 1/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 10.07 miles in 1:27:52 (8:43 pace). Got in 4ish miles on my own, then did the last 6 with Fiona (@adktrigirl), which was the first time meeting her! Ran substantially faster with her than on my own (was rocking the 9:30-10 minute pace, then ran 8:18, 8:24, 8:24, 8:06, 8:06, 8:02 with Fiona LOL), but legs felt okay!

Sunday, 1/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Got ditched by my friend Luke and re-planned to run with Phil who also ditched me for more sleep, so did this one solo! Whenever I run by myself, I’m pretty sure I just default to a slower pace: 8.50 miles in 1:23:46 (9:51 pace).

Total Weekly Mileage = 52.89 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 236 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/9 (Boston Training Week #4)


Monday, 1/9:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: My foot had been bothering me so I took Monday off. I’ve had similar pain in the past and attributed it to my icky bunions, but I figured a day or two off at this point won’t do me any harm.

Tuesday, 1/10:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 5 x 1k in 3:54-4:00 with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Took Tuesday off, too, and went to get an x-ray at the ortho urgent care. Luckily no stress fractures or even signs of previous damage! So, looks like it was just my bunions. :O

Wednesday, 1/11:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: 5.23 miles with Phil in 47:32 (9:06 pace) with a little more confidence in my foot.

Thursday, 1/12:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 6 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: 7.03 miles (1:04:01; 9:07 pace) easy in an attempt to get back into it again.

Friday, 1/13:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: Moved my tempo day to Friday after a weird first half of the week:

2 mile warm-up

6 mile tempo in 42:09 (7:02 pace) on the treadmill: 7:27, 7:15, 7:10, 6:59, 6:51, 6:23

3 mile cool down

11 miles total

Saturday, 1/14:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.53 miles nice and slow (1:19:22; 10:32 pace) before day trip to Long Island for Tracy’s surprise bridal shower.

Sunday, 1/15:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 12 miles)

What I Did: 15.07 miles in 2:03:41 (8:12 pace!) at the HMRRC Winter Series with some banginggggg negative splits: 8:34, 8:36, 8:48, 8:36, 8:28, 8:16, 8:16, 8:15, 8:29, 8:21, 8:01, 7:42, 7:52, 7:39, 7:15

Total Weekly Mileage = 45.86 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 183.11 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 9/19

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I’m finally starting to feel good (i.e. not like I’m going to throw up) after a couple weeks of being sick and recovering from that awful bout of food poisoning! These are exciting times, people. Feeling pretty encouraged by my race on Saturday and excited for half-marathon #2 of the fall in two weeks!

Here’s what last week looked like:

Monday, 9/19: Well, first, I found out I was accepted into Boston! #woo! After my first day of Peds Genetics clinic, celebrated with a meh 8.25 miles with Moira. For whatever reason, we just haven’t been feeling it lately.

🤗🤗🤗 #boston2017!

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Tuesday, 9/20: First workout in a long time, and it didn’t go so badly! 2 mile warm-up + 7 mile tempo on the treadmill (49:26; 7:04 pace) + 1 mile cool-down = 10 miles total. This was mentally really hard for me. I dreaded it all day and went into this workout anxious and afraid that I wouldn’t deliver. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well to prove to myself that Saturday’s upcoming race will go okay, which just stressed me out more! Still, in retrospect it wasn’t a bad workout. Sometimes you need to meet yourself where you are because you can’t change your circumstances.

Wednesday, 9/21: 9.25 miles with Moira at the end of her 20 miler! Girl finished her run out like a boss. I, on the other hand, fizzled because I was too freaking hungry halfway through. Like. What. My stomach just gets so sensitive sometimes and when I know there’s not going to be much time for digestion, I get scared of not having a good run…and then I don’t eat and have a bad run.

Thursday, 9/22: A slow 6.5 miles was exactly what my body needed. It’s been a long week running-wise, and it’s “taper”-ish time for the race on Saturday! Although Moira and I have been saying that you can’t really taper if you never really worked up to training all out to begin with…hehe

Friday, 9/23: My legs weren’t feeling as fresh as I wanted them to the day before a race, so shuffled a sloooooow 3 miles at legit 10-11 minute pace. I’m a big proponent of higher mileage over speed. The speed eventually comes with lots of miles!


Saturday, 9/24: Hogsback Half-Marathon Day! 1.5 mile WU + 13.1 mile race (PR of 1:34:07!) + 1.5 mile CD = 16 miles total for the day.

Sunday, 9/25: Off!

Total = 53 miles


Sunday Runday: Week of 8/22

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Such a hectic last week of my surgery rotation, but I still got some decent runs in most days! I haven’t been as rigid in my fall half-marathon training as I was training for the marathon last spring, but I think my (perhaps too) prolonged weeks of base-building (mostly just running an hour 6-7 days week) are actually paying off. I’m doing a sort of modified Hanson’s Half-Marathon Method, focusing more on speed work rather than strength work in the later weeks because I’d like to run a decent 5K this fall. I’m also trying to do longer tempo runs (the book only goes up to 7 miles at race pace) to give myself some more self-confidence going into my race.

If I continue to be diligent with my tempo runs and speed work each week, I think a decent half-marathon (maybe even 5K?!) PR may be on the horizon come October! I dare not utter my short-term and dream goals, but the more I run, the less and less scary those fast times seem and the more and more I get excited to continue to work towards them!

Here’s a rundown (ha, pun intended!) of last week:

Monday, 8/22: 6.25 miles in 57:34 (9:12 pace)

Tuesday, 8/23: 2.5 mile WU + 12 x 400 with 400 rest in 1:37, 1:34, 1:33, 1:31, 1:30, 1:29, 1:29, 1:28, 1:28, 1:27, 1:23 + 1 mile CD = 9.5 miles 

Each interval, it felt like my body just couldn’t move any faster, but it really came together on those last few! I was really proud of my mental strength during this one. Not so impressed with the local college’s men’s soccer team who liked to roam out into lane 1 while looking up at the clouds, totally unaware that I would absolutely ram into them if they continued to hog the public track…

Wednesday, 8/24: 9.5 miles in 1:30ish with Moira getting lost on the new Rail Trail! We also took, perhaps, the sketchiest route to get there, but at least now we know. 😛

Thursday, 8/25: Off (aka study my butt off for the Shelf exam!)

Friday, 8/26: 2.5 mile WU + 8 mile tempo  in 55:25 (average = 6:52 (!!!); 7:08, 7:04, 7:03, 6:57, 6:53, 6:49, 6:39, 6:18) on the treadmill + 2 mile CD outside = 12.5 miles

I was so proud of this workout! When it’s really hot out, it’s nearly impossible for me to move my body at the pace I want it to, so I’ve been doing my tempos on the treadmill. And by tempos, I mean the only two runs resembling tempo runs I’ve done over the last two weeks (last week was 7 miles at 7:03 pace!). And by last two weeks, I really mean over the last 5 months. It’s definitely a lot easier to hop on a treadmill and just run at the pace you set it to, but I’ve been pretty surprised at my fitness level. Hopefully it bodes well for my impending race! A good playlist doesn’t hurt either. 😀

Saturday, 8/27: Off (planned on sleeping in to recover from the 4:30-5:30AM wake-up calls during Surgery, but when you start your day at 11AM, it’s like the day is already over! Spent the day doing laundry, cleaning, and reorganizing my life! Totally ran out of time to run, but perhaps it wasn’t a bad thing because my mileage ended up being decently high this week).

Sunday, 8/28: Thacher Park Trail Running Festival Half-Marathon in 1:52:43 (8:35 pace)

This sneaky way of trying to get my long run in with other people ended up being really kind of stressful. The event is an excellent one, offering races of all distances: 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, and 50K, and the Albany Running Exchange always puts on a fun event. I should have known that it would have been a hilly race given the fact that, uh, it was at Thacher Park, and that I would have been alone most of the time given the previous years’ numbers, which was totally fine-ish…until I rolled my ankle around mile 10. I couldn’t walk at first and legit didn’t know what to do, but eventually was able to hobble along. Another runner passed me, not saying a word despite my obvious limping, but when I began running and passed him, he said, “Way to make a comeback!” :O  In the words of an adolescent JoJo, dude, you know, you’re just too little too late. I was hoping for 8:30 pace, but given the ankle fiasco, I happily accepted my second place female certificate-thing for an average 8:37 clip. Slash my friend picked it up for me and I didn’t actually accept it because I had to duck out early for a haircut. Oops.

I love getting lost in the woods when trail running, but every time something like this happens, I get really nervous about running in general, especially on the trails. Still, that’s not stopping me from going to the ARE’s last trail run of the summer next Thursday! Mostly because there’s a BBQ, and I like food a little too much.

Total = 51 miles (over only 5 days of running! How did that happen?!)