Last week was truly amazing. I went to Nantucket on vacation. Since first going there in the summer of 2005, I’ve never once gone for a run. I’ve always favored lazy mornings of babies, and coffee with friends on the patio, over running. This is the first summer where I laced up my New Balance not only once but twice.
My first run took me just over 2 miles down Surfside Road to Surfside Beach. I’ve never been a big fan of an out and back but when it’s on a bike path filled with runners and cyclists and ends at a beach you really can’t go wrong.
The second run was my 12 mile long run which again took me to one of Nantucket’s beautiful, peaceful beaches. I only wish every long run could include a beach. It was incredible to escape the heat and humidity of New York City and run around the island with a beautiful breeze and gorgeous views of nature.
In fact, during my long run, I saw 11 bunnies (really teeny, cute ones), 2 swans and a deer. Not to mention two ponds and a beach at mile 7.
It was one of the most amazing, peaceful, outstanding long runs I’ve had in a long time. I can’t believe I’ve never run there before.
Monday: yoga + TRX
Tuesday: 5 miles (speedwork: 4x800s…I think I’m starting to love these)
Wednesday: Rest (travel day) unless you count a little frisbee on the beach as cross training
Thursday: 6 easy miles (again missed my 2nd strength workout because of vacation)
*To prepare for Saturday’s long run I ate lobster and drank wine. I highly recommend this long run preparation method!*
Saturday: 12 miles (plus a walk on the beach collecting shells, frolicking in the ocean and a little more frisbee on the beach)
Sunday: A little bicycle riding (on a real bicycle and not a spin bike), 2.2 mile walk to the beach and 2.2 mile run/walk back with family friends (way better than a recovery run)
Total Mileage: 23 miles (without Sunday’s miles)
I wish I never had to leave…..
Week 2 of training marked the last week in my comfort zone. Next week’s long run is 14 miles and will be my first run longer than a half marathon (well I’ve technically run 13.4 miles; we really overran the course at the Brooklyn Half Marathon). My long run went great this week and left me feeling like I could keep going. I’m definitely way more excited than nervous for the week ahead. I thought I would be extremely freaked out by the prospect of running 14 miles, but I literally can’t wait!
Do you run while on vacation?
Do you get more excited or nervous to run a distance farther than you have before?
If you live on the East Coast, how are you dealing with this ridiculous heat wave?