To Vermont!

Oh, hi! It’s been a while and I will be playing catch up over the next few days/weeks. It seems as though work, wedding planning and attempting to have a life outside of said things and training is quite tough. So, the blog has gone to the wayside. Time to back it up to the week I went to Vermont with my dear friend Abby.

Monday:

  • PLAN- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength
  • ACTUAL- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength

Tuesday:

  • PLAN- 5 mile endurance pace hilly run 
  • ACTUAL- 5 miles 

My watch was acting up and I messed up the time/mileage. It was hot, humid and hilly and I had to stop and catch my breath a couple of times. Adjusting to the heat is so hard.

Wednesday:

  • PLAN- 5 mile endurance pace hilly run
  • ACTUAL- 5 miles @ 8:33 avg pace

National Running Day! Rich and I ran to meet up with the group from the Atlanta Track Club and some of our Team in Training friends. It was great seeing so many people out early in the morning and getting to run with some of my favorite people.IMG_1423 IMG_1426That night, after a delayed flight, I made it to Vermont!!

Thursday:

  • PLAN- 25 min upper body strength
  • ACTUAL- 25 min upper body strength

I got up and did this at the hotel gym before exploring Burlington with Abby. We had a great breakfast, went shopping, walked along the water, and I had my first (maple) creemee. We just call it soft serve or yogurt down south, but to me, the name is quite hilarious.IMG_1441 IMG_1440 IMG_1463 IMG_1442We also hit up Magic Hat and Fiddlehead before driving to Middlebury for dinner and then to finally to Woodstock to our amazing Airbnb.

IMG_1472 IMG_1470 IMG_1471Friday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

We spent the day exploring more of Vermont. One thing I love about traveling with Abby is that she is a super tourist like myself. We. Did. It. ALL.

We drove a little over an hour away to Waterbury, VT. We did the Ben and Jerry’s tour, Prohibition Pig Brewery, Cabot tasting, Champlain Chocolates, the Von Trapp Brewery and lodge (which was terrible, btw, don’t ever waste your time), and a little shopping in between. We drove back to Woodstock, hit downtown for a little more shopping and then went to dinner at the Worthy Kitchen.IMG_1478 IMG_7085 IMG_7089 IMG_1483Saturday:

  • PLAN- 20 min pre-race prep run 
  • ACTUAL- 2.27 miles easy run

Abby joined me on the run and I honestly felt pretty rough. I figured it was due to the food and tired legs and possible the air/elevation? We had breakfast and then went on a 3ish mile hike to see the top of Woodstock.IMG_1493 IMG_1496We did a little shopping, visited Quechee Gorge and then rested that afternoon. That night, we went to the town hall, which is now a movie theater, and saw the only movie they were showing. Such a cute little town. The only complaint I could have would be the food options- it was basically super high end or sandwiches- so we ended up with sandwiches for lunch and dinner on Saturday.

IMG_1502 IMG_1506 IMG_1508 IMG_1509Sunday:

  • PLAN- Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon
  • ACTUAL- 13.1 in 1:40:42

The race itself was gorgeous, but my mind and legs wanted no part of this race. This was one of the toughest 1/2 marathons I’ve done in a while, and I 100% know it was because I wasn’t recovered from the marathon and had no business doing a race so soon. BUT, I had signed up for this race in December, before I even decided on Bayshore so I didn’t want to lost out. My plan all along was to run by feel- no goal race here- and that’s exactly what I did (recap to come soon).IMG_1526We grabbed breakfast and headed out of town pretty quickly so we could make it back to Middlebury for a trip to Otter Creek Brewery and Woodchuck Hard Cider and then back to Burlington for one stop at the Danforth Pewter shop.IMG_1542 IMG_1534 IMG_1540I told you we did it ALL. We didn’t make it back to ATL until almost midnight, thanks to more delayed flights from Delta.

Total Miles for the Week: 25.37

I have to say, Vermont was a pretty amazing state to visit. It tops the list of really great racecations. All the food and beer were not at all FODMAP friendly, but it was worth the cheating for a bit. Abby and I had a great trip- if I can’t travel with Rich- I will always go with her since she will be a tourist-nerd like myself (we live off of yelp and tripadvisor).

Did you run with a group on National Running Day? Do you have a friend that you love to travel with? Do you try to do everything you can when you travel or like a lot of down time? If you do marathons, how much time do you take off post-big race? 

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  • Vermont is on my running bucket list. I’ve only driven through it briefly so a longer stay is necessary. Way to rock it despite your post-marathon fatigue!

  • This made me miss New England! I think we’re going to Maine on our vacation this year, so I’ll get a little dose of New England at least.

  • Ooooh, I love maple Creamees. I’m so glad (and jealous) you had one. It sounds like you hit all the prime locations. My mom is from Burlington, so we had many family vacations in the area. It’s beautiful in the summer. Great trip!

  • I’ve gotta say, I wish I had done more when I went to Vermont. I’m most sad that I missed the Ben & Jerry’s tour :(

    Looks like a great trip though!

  • This trip looked like so much fun and I loved seeing all these pics here and on Instagram. Can’t wait to go on one of your half marathon road trips with you one of these days. And great job at the race. xo

  • Have you ever added up the costs of Racing the States – travel, accommodations, race entry, etc.? I used to read a blog of a girl who was doing a marathon in every state and she actually wrote a post on how to save money doing it (and she did complete it within 3 years – stud). Also, I have a real-life friend who is an amazing masters runner who contacts the race director and gives him/her her race resume and tells her story of racing the states and sometimes she gets a free entry or free hotel. Something maybe to try if the race is small enough.

  • Looks like such a fun trip! I love to check things out when I’m somewhere new and explore everything there is to do or local food/drink favorites (assuming there is more to do than in LR!). After a marathon, I take a week off of running, but may do the elliptical, some yoga, or some strengthening exercises.

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