Weekly Workouts and Updates 6/6-6/13

My weekly workouts and updates showcase the first week of the marathon training plan that Laura created for me. Because she tailors the training plan to each runner’s individual needs, I won’t go into the very specific details, but I will be sharing the general plan as I embark on my journey to the starting line. I’ll start there today, and then get to a few other scenes from the week and weekend.

 

 

Belvedere Castle Central Park

 

 

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Me and My Blog

My blog is a wonderful outlet for sharing my running journey and new recipes, but can’t totally reflect my reality. I love running, and I am so excited to be kicking off my five months of training for the New York City Marathon in November. I enjoy creating new allergy free recipes, and only hope that I have time this summer to spend some time experimenting in the kitchen. Yet running and cooking together take only a couple of hours out of my day, and as for the rest of what I’m doing, I’m doing it as Alyssa, not as Renaissance Runner Girl. So where does that leave me and my blog? Right now, it has me thinking about where I personally leave off and the blogger begins, where the two overlap, and what I want the focus of this blog to be.

 

 

At Disney's Boardwalk

 

 

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Weekly Workouts and Updates 5/30-6/6

Today marks the official start of my five-month New York City Marathon training plan. It’s hard to believe this time has arrived, and I’m both excited and a little nervous to get to work. I’ll start with my weekly workouts for this week and then share a little about what I’m expecting in the months of running to come!

 

 

Central Park reservoir sunrise

 

 

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Weekly Workouts and Updates 5/16-5/23

Sitting down to write this, it feels like forever since I’ve done a weekly workouts recap. It has been a few weeks, and that’s because I came down with a bad cold the last day of our trip to Maine and took about a week off, just getting back into it this past week. My mileage is slowly climbing upward, and I am looking forward to beginning marathon training in June. Let’s get to the weekly workouts, and I’ll share a few scenes from the weekend as well!

 

 

Central Park reservoir sunrise

 

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Running the Portland Eastern Promenade

I tend to keep running while I’m on vacation, because I enjoy it, it’s a nice way to start the day, and you can even use your run to explore a city (like I did in London last summer). While I was on vacation in Maine, I didn’t go for a long run, but I did enjoy a 5ish mile run each morning I was in Portland, kick-starting my appetite for eating all the burgers and cookies, sampling the ice cream spots, and enjoying my first dinner at the amazing Fore Street restaurant. There was no better way to greet the morning in this port city than coming down the hill from our B&B in the West End, running the Portland Eastern Promenade along the waterfront, and looping back uphill for a nice cool-down stroll. After stopping at the bakery for a breakfast cookie of course…

 

 

Portland Waterfront

 

 

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My First Marathon Training Plan

Ever since I finished my 9+1 last November and received my guaranteed entry to the New York City Marathon for this year, I’ve had people asking me how I was going to approach my training. It’s no secret that I’ve never followed a training plan before. I’m not particularly fond of doing things just because someone else is telling me to (“because I said so” is probably my least favorite response to “why”?) and even though I considered trying to stick to something for my first half, when I was able to do it after figuring it out for myself I simply carried on that way. Yet the marathon is different. To successfully cross the finish line I need to get advice from those who have been there before and use a training plan so that I stay on track. I think I’ve now settled on my first marathon training plan, but getting there was definitely a process.

 

 

Cloudsurfers

 

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Weekly Recap and the MORE Women’s Half Marathon

Yesterday, I ran my third half marathon of 2016 at the MORE Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park. I’ll share my weekly workouts and then get to the race recap and other scenes from the weekend. Actually, first I’m going to show you all this beautiful creature I spotted on my walk home from work on Tuesday, because puppies are priorities. But after that!

 

 

Samoyed near Central Park

 

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Racing For Fun

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about running and racing for fun. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, when I first started running, I made a promise to myself that I would not ever let it become just another competitive activity. I took every activity I tried very seriously when I was a kid, and running was going to be something I did just for me, to have fun, get outside in the fresh air, and get away from the craziness of life in law school. And then, about six months after I started running, I entered my first 10K race.

 

 

NYC Half Marathon Three Years

 

 

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Weekly Workouts and Updates 4/4-4/11

Another Monday, another round of my weekly workouts and updates. This week featured a few of my regular work morning runs in Central Park, along with a couple of weekend jaunts in some new-to-me running territory, the boardwalk in the beach town where my boyfriend grew up. I’ll do a quick rundown of those before getting to the rest of the weekend events!

 

 

Bradley Beach

 

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Scotland Run 10K Race Recap

Happy Monday! I’m checking in with my usual weekly workouts post, along with a Scotland Run 10K race recap since that took place on Saturday. It wasn’t the “highlight” of my running, considering the light rain that fell throughout the race, but then again, it seemed appropriate for a Scotland-themed event. I was just happy we had a few days with sunny skies and warm breezes this week before the crazy weather kicked in again.

 

 

Central Park daffodils blooming

 

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