I woke up in NH early Sunday morning, and the gorgeous, cool weather along with this view lured me outside in no time.
My goal was to warm up for 2 miles, run 3 at marathon pace and cool down for 2 more miles.
My legs had other plans, because as I ran down a the scenic main road along the water and into Portsmouth they felt peppy and ready for more. So I turned the run into more of a tempo/progression run, ending at around 10K pace. Here’s how it went down:
- Mile 1 – 8:52/mile
- Mile 2 – 9:30/mile (I got momentarily lost…)
- Mile 3 – 8:26/mile
- Mile 4 – 8:21/mile
- Mile 5 – 7:57/mile
- Mile 6 – 7:51/mile
- Mile 7 – 8:39/mile
Total – 7 miles in 59:42.
I was super pleased with this one and felt better than ever. One note though – really bright sunny runs have really been bothering my eyes lately and I need to get some running sunglasses ASAP. Any suggestions?
After the run I enjoyed breakfast in my room, packed from the day before (you know you’re a planner when…).
And coffee on my little balcony (why can’t I have one of these in NYC?).
Then it was back to Boston to hang with the sister and get ready for a dinner party at a sprawling Brookline estate.
My sister is a great cook and planned the meal herself. Here she is working away, sectioning a grapefruit.
All dishes were Giada De Laurentiis (click on the names for links to the recipes!)
SO GOOD! My sister is awesome.
I can’t not mention our delicious dessert as well. An ice cream sandwich cake. That’s right. Layers and layers of ice cream sandwich goodness, prepared by Julie.
Here’s how you make it:
Layer ice cream sandwiches at the bottom of a pan (like bricks!). Add one layer of hot fudge, followed by another layer of ice cream sandwiches. Top with Cool Whip.
It was bananas amazing – thanks, Julie!
After dinner there was a lot of laughing and fun had, but exhaustion from the weekend hit me like a ton of bricks. The group headed to a nearby pub and I went back to the sister’s apartment for some shut-eye.
I regretted this decision – I hate missing fun go down and not spending time with friends and sister. This is when I have to tell myself to scale the marathon training intensity back a smidge. I know sleep is important (and that 9 hours was great), but so is life and enjoying it to the fullest!
Monday was a much-needed rest day as I headed back home to NYC and readied myself for the start of the fall semester (ahhh!) for my graduate nutrition program.
Question: How do you balance training and life?
Question: What’s your to dinner party dish?