Monday, August 12, 2013

The Weekend

First of all, thanks for the comments on my blog post last Thursday about how running has been a little bit of a struggle for me lately. I can't take a break, marathon training and all, but I am looking forward to some fun runs and races coming up!

Now on to our weekend!

This Saturday, our long run was scheduled at 16 miles. Given that running hasn't been going well, and our 13 miler didn't go well at all for me the previous week, I was a little nervous about it. Mike and I actually did something we never do, we started our long run right from our house. Crazy, I know! We like to drive to different places to run, it helps us see things we normally wouldn't see, but since we were doing a lot of other things this weekend I didn't feel like going anywhere far.

I was able to make a relatively hilly route, in prep for the MDI Marathon, and I am happy to say that it went pretty well! Mike and I ran together for about half of it and then I let him go a little bit ahead of me. I only had one really bad mile, mile 14, and the overall pace was only a little bit off from where I would have wanted it to be. I do think that I am going to try energy chews on the run again because energy gels aren't working for me anymore. We'll see!

We spent the rest of the day at our friends' house hanging out with lots of other running friends.

 A triathlon and a lighthouse, perfect combo!

On Sunday, Mike and I volunteered at our second race of the year and our first triathlon of the year. We drove to Sodus Point, a little less than an hour away from our house, where we were bike marshals for the Sodus Point Triathlon.

The race was on the smaller side, there was only a sprint option and there were probably 200 people total racing, so it took about an hour for all the triathletes to go through our station on the bike course.

 Mike at our post, waiting for the triathletes to arrive

We finished out the day with our own 40 mile ride. We dropped our bikes off earlier in the week for tune-ups and my bike felt so much better! I had been having some issues with the front brake rubbing my tire and I could definitely feel the difference yesterday. I even held above 16 mph for the 40 miles!

We finished out the weekend by going over to Amber and Greg's and hanging out with some of their neighborhood friends. 

All in all it was a great weekend with some hard training, relaxing, volunteering and hanging out with friends!

10 comments:

  1. Glad your 16 miler went well and nice speed for your bike ride! Sounds like a fun weekend:)

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  2. Sounds like an awesome weekend! Glad your run went well girl!

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  3. Talk about some hard training! Way to go..

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  4. I'm glad your 16 miler went so well. I'm glad to see you're marathon training after your half ironman. That's my plan as well, so I'll continue looking to you for inspiration and thoughts. I have a feeling that transitioning from tri training to just longer running will have a similar effect on my mental state.

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  5. Those running slumps come, especially when you've been training non stop and haven't had much of an 'off-season'... when you have your next cut back week, I would recommend really cutting back your mileage and intensity to allow your body to recover and adapt so you'll be able to jump back in stronger again!
    Great workouts this weekend!

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  6. Wow crazy tough training, but a beautiful place to relax too. What a great balance.

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  7. 16 miles and a 40 mile ride? You are awesome, Jamie!

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  8. Glad to hear the 16-miler went well! Also, re: taking gels on the bike. I took one during my race on Saturday and had the hardest time getting it down; I may switch to solids too.

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  9. Great weekend of workouts! You totally deserved the relaxation! :)

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  10. Sounds like a great weekend. Way to give back as well.

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