Two Things Tuesday

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ONE: Marathon training has officially begun! As of this morning, in fact! Yes, I’ve been running consistently, but I just decided today at 6am that I should probably, like, follow a plan or something. What race am I training for? The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in the Capital Region of Upstate, NY — yes, the same (and only) 26.2 mile course I’ve run twice before. Hey, if it ain’t broke…right?
IMG_8395I’ve had two great experiences and love the course and running in early October, and it’s important to me to run a race at home so that my parents & loved ones can be there, so this has become my favorite race. I’ve done the half twice (2011 & 2012) and the full twice thus far (2013 & 2015), forced to defer 2014 due to an injury, and I’m excited to train for this full again. I like the structure and accountability a training plan offers me, even if I don’t always stick to it unwaveringly, and I’m hoping the next 13 weeks take me on a journey of self that challenges & stretches me in all sorts of ways.

I’ve chosen to follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 Marathon Training plan, which is the same one I (loosely) used last time. No complaints with it and I adjust as needed.

TWO: Dave Matthew Band — in concert, this coming Saturday night. So, so stoked for this outdoor summer concert at my favorite (and most-frequented) concert venue, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). I’ve seen dozens of concerts & ballets here throughout my life, but DMB has always been the front-runner — this will be my 10th time seeing them in concert since I became a huge fan in my early teens. An outdoor show on a golden evening in Saratoga, NY, where the music couldn’t be any more summer-perfect and the atmosphere is one of overwhelming joy and revelry just to be alive in that moment…those are some of my favorite memories of growing up Upstate, and I can’t wait to relive that again this weekend!

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Dave selling out SPAC!

What’s something you’re looking forward to this week?
Anyone following a plan/training for a fall marathon?

Marathon Training Begins (eee!) & Weekly Workouts: 6/7-6/13

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are these weekly workout posts boring anyone, or am i good to continue with these? plz let me know if these are snoozers! i just like the idea of holding myself accountable to seeing my runs/workouts all laid out before me, and anyway, isn’t this what we healthy living bloggers do??

so, before i lay out my week, let’s talk something else that’s on my mind:

Marathon Training

yep, it’s true — my training for my October marathon (please pray i stay uninjured and able to run this year!) “officially” started this week, as i decided yesterday to follow an 18-week Hal Higdon plan and lo and behold, that starts me this week! i chose the Intermediate I plan, which has me running 5 days a week, but i’m definitely planning to listen to my body and see how i feel and cut down to 4 days some weeks if need be. i know my legs get tired from over training and my main priority is not getting hurt this time around, so i’m staying open to modifications, both on the number of days i run and the mileage for certain days. i’m going to try to stick to the long run mileage on weekends, though, as i know those are crucial.

along with choosing a plan to follow, i made another big decision yesterday:

i’m giving up drinking for the summer.

i want to be the healthiest, fittest, soundest, most grounded version of myself throughout my training and just in general, and this feels like the right move for me right now. i have a list of reasons i want to go drink-free this summer, and training and my health are at the top of that list. i’m actually excited for this process now that i’ve made the decision to stick to it (minus a glass of wine here or there for a wedding or other celebration), and i’m looking forward to tracking my progress and seeing how i feel throughout the next couple of months.

sooo, yeah. i figure if i can give up alcohol during the summer in NYC, anything is achievable. 🙂

Weekly Workouts
Sunday, 6/7: 6-7 mile run along the Hudson River at sunset, with a dancing break thrown in!
Monday, 6/8: rest. i ran a lot over the weekend and met friends at a sailboat bar after work instead…marking my last drinks for a while! at least i chose a great spot. 🙂
Tuesday, 6/9: 3 mile run (per my new plan!) along the river path last night, followed by a long stretch session and 10 mins (broken up) of planks
Wednesday, 6/10 (t0day): 5 mile run at 6am along the river
Thursday, 6/11: 3 miles on plan, and i plan to add some abs/strength training in
Friday, 6/12: rest from running, so i’ll do a morning strength session at my gym and probably a walk after work
Saturday: 6/13: going to my first Soul Cycle class (woot!) at 10am with a whole mess of friends as the kick-off to my birthday celebrations. i am supposed to run 5 miles that day, but i’m going to push it down to 2-3 and just run down to class in the morning.

tell me, spinners, what can i expect from Soul Cycle? do you love it? i’m afraid my legs are going to be so tired from all the running that i’ll be sort of just coasting and jamming out to the tunes. 🙂
best workout/anticipated workout of your week?
anyone want to come running with me?! i’ll sing for you!!

Two Things Tuesday

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ONE: half marathon training.
since my marathon this past October didn’t happen, i actually haven’t run a race since last May, which is a heckuva long time. now that i have one on the docket for March, i decided to add a little structure to my mostly-haphazard running schedule and use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon training plan.

i chose this one because i’ve loosely used some of his plans before and they make sense to me, and since i have a solid mileage base/cardio comfort level and only 6 weeks left til my race, i’m confident i can stick to this one and get these miles done. it’s rather nice to have the plan as a guide, considering that left to my own devices, i’ll run too many 5-6 milers a week, do very little speed work, and pray i get a few long runs in.

unfortunately it was reallllly cold and slushy and messy and gross out here this morning, so today’s schedule 4 miles had to be done on a treadmill. considering my difficulty in getting up early enough to workout the past few weeks, i was just glad to have them done before 7am! and i’m super thankful the treadmills in my apartment gym have fans. i haaaaate fanless machines.

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TWO: travel. because my little wanderlust gypsy itchy-footed heart hates to stay still for too long, i’m off again tomorrow evening for what i already know will be an absolutely amazing, long girls’ weekend, the highlight of which will be celebrating our best friend’s birthday in two sunshiney, beautiful places:

Boca Raton

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anddddd South Beach, Miami!

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this is our second annual “go to these cities to celebrate Al’s bday” trip, and i know this one will be just as fantabulous — if not better — than last year’s, because another crazycool girl is joining us this year for the Miami portion, and we are staying at some gorgeous resorts…so yeah. i’m super ridiculously excited to get out of the cold for a long weekend and head south!

not sure just how much blogging i’ll do while i’m away, but i’ll be thinking of you all as i’m lying by the pool with some sort of delicious cucumbery drink in my hand…if my memory serves me correctly. 🙂

Where’s the last place you traveled? Where’re you going next?
Anyone love Miami? Where are your fave places to go out/eat there?