Training Changes and the GAC

I officially completed my first half marathon! And I do say first because I definitely want to continue with longer distance races. I will post a full recap tomorrow but today it’s all about training schedule changes.

twin lobster half marathon

Now that the JCC Triathlon by the Sea and the Twin Lobster Half Marathon in the books, I am going to concentrate on training for my next big race…The Great Adventure Challenge! I love this race but it is HARD! Every year I say I am going to make more of an effort to train and every year summer creeps up and I find myself coming into race day fit but not trained.

The GAC is like a triathlon in that it has three events but very different from a traditional triathlon. The first event is a 2.5 mile kayak on a calm lake. I could probably swim this faster than I can kayak it because my kayak skills are not awesome. I’ve done this race 3 times in the past and have finished almost dead last in the kayak each time. Whomp whomp.

On thing I want to work on to help in my kayaking is upper body strength. I am not sure what my plan for this is yet but I’m thinking incorporating BodyPump into my weekly routine.

The second leg of the GAC is a 16+ mile, mostly off road mountain bike. This is my favorite part of the race! I have only mountain biked 3 times in my life, the three times I’ve done this race. To train for this I suppose I should mountain bike more. Anyone want to join me? SL? Anyone?

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(Source: The Bridgton News. Yes, the newspaper interview me about the race NBD, HUGE DEAL)

The last leg on this race feels like you are climbing up a mountain…oh wait, you are. The “run” portion of this race is a hike up Shawnee Peak, a ski mountain. Most people hike (walk) up the mountain then run down. By this point I am always exhausted but knowing it’s the last leg helps. And you cant beat the views…

shawnee

(Full Disclosure: Photo taken by SL on a training hike, not on race day – hence the posed nature. I am not as composed during the race – see previous picture.)

I love that you can hike this mountain on your own before race day to get a feel for it. I hope to get out there at least once and go on plenty more hikes pre-race to get my hiking legs ready for race day.

With all of that said, here is my plan for this week:

Monday – REST, I am still super sore from yesterday.

Tuesday – Swim, pretty sure I’ll still be sore so this seems like a good option

Wednesday – Short, slow run Maybe 3 miles just to start moving my legs again

Thursday – Spin

Friday – Swim

Saturday – Beach yoga with Mugsy and Michele! I am so exited for this!

Sunday – Play it by ear!

Hope everyone has a lovely Monday!

 

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Happy Memorial Day

Welcome to the unofficial start of summer! Memorial day symbolizes that the long, cold winter is finally over and for those of us is New England this is a long awaited day. SL and I are heading to the beach for a little bit this morning then going to a house warming/BBQ at our friends’ new house. A nice little day.

The weekend started with a long run on Saturday morning with Mugsy. I have grown to long these long runs not just because I love hanging out with my friend but also because I have come to really enjoy longer distance runs. Who knew!

I am hoping that Mugs and I continue to meet up for longer run on weekends when we are both around. She been an awesome training buddy and has always been an awesome friend.

I was nervous about 10 miles because it would be a new PDR for me but Mugs and I both rocked our final long run on our training schedule. Here are my splits:

  • Mile 1 – 8:41
  • Mile 2 – 8:52
  • Mile 3 – 9:13
  • Mile 4 – 9:22
  • Mile 5 – 9:27
  • Mile 6 – 9:32
  • Mile 7 – 9:47
  • Mile 8 – 9:42 (negative split!)
  • Mile 9 – 9:43
  • Mile 10 – 9:51

I was pretty happy that all of my miles were under ten minutes. If I could keep this type of pace for the whole half marathon I would be ecstatic.

I can’t believe this is the final week of training before my first half marathon!! I plan on sticking to my training schedule to a tee. I feel like I am ready for the race and will be tapering this week with shorter runs.

Monday (today!): Rest. I am still a bit sore from Saturday’s long run

Tuesday: 4 mile run

Wednesday: 3 mile run or Spin

Thursday: 2 mile run

Friday: Rest, swim

Saturday: Rest and get my head in the game!

Sunday: Twin Lobster Half Marathon!

I’d love to find time for yoga this week but I’m busy almost every night after work with friends. Still riding that engagement high!!