I know, I promised to post more over the last week and haven’t followed through. It’s turned into one of those months when doing less has been the answer. I’m posting most regularly on Instagram, if you’re looking for more frequent updates. Last weekend was one of the best I’ve had in awhile. It reached 80 degrees on Saturday, so I went on a short run, treated myself to a Lulu shopping spree (bought this and this), got a blowout, and headed to Williamsburg for a blog shoot and a few drinks. On Sunday, I slept in, ran my 12-miler, played cards in Central Park with Meaghan, then grabbed dinner before turning in early. Can my entire summer be like this, please?
Speaking of Lululemon, the SeaWheeze Half Marathon registration fee includes a pair of training shorts with an exclusive print each year. While the shorts won’t arrive until sometime in May, Lulu shared a sneak peek of the science-inspired prints in an email last week. I actually like the men’s print more than the women’s, but I think it will be nice to have a pair of Speed Shorts that match any color top. Getting excited for August!
But I have two races to run before Vancouver. Pittsburgh is in less than two weeks! The 12-miler I ran on Sunday was my peak run for this race. Coach Jess had me run Miles 1-9 at a Level 5 (easy pace), Miles 10-11 at a Level 8 (moderate pace), and Mile 12 as fast as I could (without injuring myself). I felt great for the first 8 miles through Central Park and to the West Side Highway. However, I made the mistake of waiting to take gels or drink enough water. At this point, I stopped and drank almost a whole bottle. The last four miles felt great. I ran Mile 12 in a series of 4×400 meters (fast, faster, fast, faster) to mentally get through it. While I chose to take more of a relaxed approach to this training cycle, I still put the work in and feel confident about the race. Crossing my fingers for great weather and a new PR in my hometown. After the race, I’m hoping to have my mom do a guest post about her experience running her first half marathon ever at 50+. Hi, Mom!
I leave for Pittsburgh next Thursday and will be there through Monday evening. I’m excited to catch up with family and friends, plus eat a lot of Italian food and baked goods. I’m also looking forward to the rest of May. I’m a NYC Fit Week Ambassador, which benefits She’s the First. You can buy tickets to participating classes here (May 11-17). I also can’t wait to watch a bunch of friends run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 16. The race finishes at Coney Island. It will be my first time visiting!
This Week’s Plan of Attack