Training: Down Week and half marathon

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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
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Easy 60 minutes
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday: Boothbay Half Marathon+ 7 mile for a total of 20 miles


The easy runs were just that, easy.  They were uneventful, and the humidity made it tough to get any sort of speed.  I was happy to plan a rest day last week because the weather was so hot.
I took water with me for the 60-minute runs, and I’m glad I did. I was never a NUUN fan until this year, but I find if I add twice the amount suggested, they taste ok…just don’t do that with the caffeine ones ha!

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!

Boothbay harborfest half marathon

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).


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.

Posts from the Week:

 Underarmour Killington 25k Race Recap

Underarmour Horizon BPF Trail Running Shoe Review

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to Maine?

What did you do over Labor Day? 


  1. My parents live 2.5 hours north of Bangor… in presque isle. I love racing in Maine and often joke I do more there than in NY. I’m doing the Maine sea to summit series this year :)…. this Labor Day we went camping at Nicks Lake. I don’t want to go back to work. I feel like an old school teacher since my birthday was Saturday. I haven’t raced in a while but will soon….

  2. I ran a half in Maine once and it was the hardest half I’ve ever run – mountainous, gravel, humid – I ran a 1:36, I think, and it was FULL ON EFFORT. I think it took me two weeks to recover.

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