Training: Down Week and half marathon
We all need a rest week. It’s a week easier said than done but one of the most important weeks for training. From Sunday-Saturday was mine. I fully rested Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Coming off Killington trail 25k, I knew I needed it. Secondly, I ran the Boothbay half marathon just 8 days later which is a relatively high injury risk due to lack of time. More about that in a bit.
|Monday:||Rest+ ART with Dr. Craig of Dr. Kemonosh|
|Tuesday:||Easy 30 minutes|
|Thursday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Saturday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Sunday:||Boothbay Half Marathon+ 7 mile for a total of 20 miles|
I’ve posted about ART and getting Graston before. Usually, when I’m in the thick of training for something but my good friend Dr. Craig was able to fit me into an appointment (I’m not sponsored and pay full price like everyone else…they do take some insurances if you’re local though).
Boothbay Half: (1:29.50)
Typically I go down and run the RnR half marathon in my hometown of Virginia Beach, but this year my husband and I decided to go to Maine. I don’t know how long we will live on the east coast for, maybe several years maybe not, and Maine has always been on my bucket list. (He gets to fly to Bangor on occasion). So we decided to drive up to Maine while stopping in Massachusetts and New Hampshire too.
The Boothbay Harborfest Half Marathon was a no-frills race. It was $55, and they didn’t close down roads plus there were parts on trail. The race director says at the start of the race: “Not sure if this is mentioned on the course map but there are parts on trail so please watch out for loose rock.” I was not expecting that at all! There weren’t t-shirts but I was surprised to see medals!
I didn’t know how I would recover if we would even get to Maine, but I did want to get a good gauge of my fitness. I knew of the race, but didn’t really make any commitment to thinking of running until just a few days out. The course itself is very hilly and I found it to be the hardest half marathon I’ve done. It was almost never flat.
I am extremely pleased with the race and I finished with another 7 miles to make it 20 miles of hills, a distance on terrain I never get where I live in NJ. (There are sections of NJ that are hilly but they are further away).
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I ran a 1:30 half today and couldn’t be more proud. . It was the hardest 13.1 for many reasons. 😵The elevation. 😵the random trails the race director announced with a min before the start. 😵no Gatorade on course (and I rely on it in this weather). 😵 They didn’t close the roads. . But it was $55 and they even gave out a medal (no T-shirt though). Ha…thanks Maine for the memories. . My first (mostly) road race since June so it was nice to get a good base of where my fitness is.
The week was what I needed both mentally and physically. The recovery in the middle kept me from not hurting myself. I do believe if I jumped right back into training, I would have injured myself. A lesson it’s taken me a few injuries and years to learn.
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Questions for you:
Have you ever been to Maine?
What did you do over Labor Day?