On Saturday morning I took advantage of the last bit of cool weather we’ll be having for a while (hello, 99 degrees!) and ran ~15 miles. It was a great – one of those runs when I just didn’t want to stop – and I got some good thinking (and not thinking) done.
The beach soon followed and was equally blissful – the freezing cold water felt great on my tired legs and I think actually prevented some of the usual post-long run soreness. Nice!
Then I was treated to a homecooked, delicious dinner by an awesome amateur chef (i.e., Darby). We had:
Watermelon and feta salad with arugula, tomatoes and mint
Roasted corn on the cob
And grilled swordfish marinated in pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, and other delicious things I can’t remember
All was amazing – thanks Darb!
I was in charge of dessert, and slim pickins’ at Food Emporium limited my creativity a bit, but we enjoyed Edy’s Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with Smucker’s Sugar Free Hot Fudge.
Oh, delicous. Perfect end to a relaxing day.
Kelly and Darby’s day(s) of fun (that’s what I’m calling it – if you get the Friends reference then you are awesome) continued on Sunday with another trip to the beach. Before we headed out, I managed to squeeze in an easy 5 miles on the bridle path in Central Park before it got too hot.
We had an interesting time 🙂
While we did leave the island of Manhattan for the beach, I have to say I really like sticking around the city during holiday weekends. Both of our ‘hoods (UES/UWS) have be SO quiet and just lovely.
Instead of sweating through enjoying the fireworks with many tourists the masses, a movie in the extravagantly chilly (and for once, empty) Lincoln Sq. Theater sounded like a much better option. Knight and Day was weird, yet entertaining (definitely in the “wait ’till it comes out on DVD/on demand” category).
After some good sleep, I got out on Monday morning fairly early at around 7:00 a.m. for ~6.2 slow, hot, sweaty miles. I think slow miles will be the theme for this week, as NYC is facing 95+ degree temps until Friday (GAH!).
In the past three days I’ve run about 26.2 miles, the exact distance I hope to run on November 7 (NYC Marathon woo!), which is a great way to begin my “official” training.
I hate following plans (kind of like I hate following recipes when cooking), so right now I’m just plotting out my long runs (three 20 milers, some 18s, 16s, etc.) and will fill the rest with some speedwork and a mid-week longer run when I feel like it. By training this way, I hope I can listen to my body more when it tells me it needs a rest or an easy day. Because the bottom line, like I’ve said before, is to actually get to the starting line healthy and un-injured (please, oh running Gods, help me out here!) 🙂 I’m SO excited to finally get down to business.
Question: What’s your favorite way to relax?
Question: Do you like following training plans? (marathon, half marathon, 10K, etc.)