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.
- PLAN- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength
- ACTUAL- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength
- 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.
- 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. That night, after a delayed flight, I made it to Vermont!!
- 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. We also hit up Magic Hat and Fiddlehead before driving to Middlebury for dinner and then to finally to Woodstock to our amazing Airbnb.
- 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. Saturday:
- 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. We 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.
- 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).We 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. I 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?