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Wedding Bells & Bridges Run

August 2, 2011

I spent this past weekend at home in NJ, as my cousin Kelly got married on Friday night (well really, she’s my step-grandmother’s niece, but we grew up like cousins. And it’s easier to say). It was such a beautiful wedding, at a gorgeous chateau, with fantastic food and dancing fun!

Pleasantdale Chateau

Cousins and the Newlyweds!

Me, Mom and Sister---family Christmas Card?

Dan & Me

If one day, I can afford a wedding that nice πŸ˜‰ I’d love to have something like she did. Unfortunately, thunderstorms 10 minutes prior to the ceremony moved things indoors, but the evening was picture perfect!

Since my sister flew home from CA for the wedding, we spend the rest of our little 3-day weekend relaxing, shopping (of course), and eating. It was a nice, relaxing break.

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On the running front, thanks for the comments on last week’s post regarding my marathon training plans! I like hearing how others structure their plans (or non-plans!) as there is certainly no ‘one plan fits all’ approach when it comes to training. Last year, I got to the starting line fit and healthy; here’s to hoping this year’s slightly adjusted schedule will do the same (but in even better shape!)

Last week, I logged my first 40(.5) mile week of training! I purposely front-loaded my miles to allow for some flexibility to take off while I was home for the weekend. One of the (many) reasons I like to allow for some flexibility in my marathon training plan!

  • Sun: 7.75 miles
  • Mon: 6 easy
  • Tues: 6 miles easy (7:48 pace)
  • Weds: 12 miles in Riverside & Central Park, finishing at the office. Felt strong, especially at end! (7:32 pace)
  • Thurs: CPTC workout (2x2mile at 10K pace- 13:01 and 13:15; 6:30/6:35 pace) This one was tough to maintain, probably should have backed off the pace closer to 6:40. 9 total for day.
  • Fri: OFF
  • Sat: OFF

I was especially proud of last week’s long run! I started off with about 2.5 miles in Riverside Park before heading over to Central Park to hit the Bridle Path and ultimately finish up at my office since I had an early morning client meeting. I eased into the pace gradually, starting around 8:00/mile and ending closer to 7:15/mile once I got into a groove to average 7:32 pace. Though it’s early in the training cycle, those kind of ‘I feel awesome‘ runs haven’t been coming as frequently as I’d like, so I’ll take them when I can get them.

This week I’ll aim to hit around 45 miles, which should be doable given I am running the NYRR Team Championships 5 Mile Race this weekend. While I am certainly not trained to run a 5 mile race at the moment, I’ll use it as my workout for the week and enjoy some QT with the CPTC team. Because waking up at 7am, racing 5 miles, and hanging out with sweaty runners is my idea of weekend fun πŸ™‚

Since I am racing, I figured I’d shift up my long run this week to this morning instead of tomorrow or later in the week. Instead of sleeping in longer when Dan’s alarm went off this morning (at 5:15…not a happy camper), I got up and got ready to run. By the time he dropped me off at work and I got ready to run, the sun was shining and I was ready to hit the road.

I logged a total of 12.5 miles from my office in Midtown East, down the East River running path, over the Brooklyn Bridge, back over the Manhattan Bridge, and back up the East River path. There was nothing special about the pace or the way I felt, but I loved taking in the views and atmosphere. A welcome change from my loops in Central Park!

Source: nycgovparks.org

This run was a jog (hehe) down memory lane for me. The summer before my Senior year of college, I lived in the NYU dorms down on Water Street (which are now high-rise luxury apartments). While I hated living in the neighborhood in general, I loved all the close running options: you could go along the waterfront, around the Seaport, through Battery Park City, and of course- over the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. I tried to do at least one bridge run per week, especially in the mornings before tourists and bikers took over the walkway. There is just something so serene about climbing the slope of the bridge, overlooking the city, and zooming down the other side. Was a fresh start to my morning!

….And now I am ready for a day of total rest tomorrow πŸ™‚

I know it’s Tuesday night, but what was the highlight of your weekend? What is your favorite long-lost running route, one you haven’t run in a while but would love to return to? Kelly’s wedding was the highlight of my weekend! The bridges run definitely tops the list of favorite long-lost routes, though this one trail run we used to do at Valley Forge back at Villanova might be my all-time favorite route.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2011 10:52 pm

    Love the dress you wore to the wedding – gorgeous!

    Weekend highlight was the first double-digit run of marathon training! And the non-stop eating which followed it πŸ™‚

  2. August 2, 2011 11:14 pm

    Weekend highlight = hanging out by pool, doing nothing.

    I don’t have any “long lost” running routes, yet! I’m still using the same ones as when I started running 2.5 yrs ago. I do like the WSH from Chelsea Piers to Battery Park City as that was the first 5 mile run I ever did and the first time it sort of “clicked” that I could actually get a hang of this running thing.

    Also, racing the NYRR 5 miler…using it as a workout as well. Hope to see you after!!! And good luck!

    Oh and ps: I lived in water street my sr year…wish I had been running then since so many good routes from there!

  3. August 2, 2011 11:22 pm

    The wedding looked beautiful!! I think rain is supposed to be good luck πŸ˜‰

    The highlight of my weekend was running the Queens Half Marathon and reaching a PR!

    My favorite long run starts on the East River around 23rd street and loops around past the Staten Island Ferry, along Battery City Park and onto the West Side highway/river path. That path has been kind of tough in the hot sun though, so I’ve recently started running in Central Park and I love that too! You can keep doing loops and make them different every time.

  4. August 3, 2011 7:27 am

    You looked so pretty at the wedding! Love that dress.

    Looking forward to reading about many more “I feel awesome” runs as you go through training. And hope to be out running with you again soon!

  5. August 3, 2011 7:56 am

    Love your dress! And so glad you’re feelin’ good so far with training. I’d have to say my favorite running route is a combo of Riverside Park and Central Park. Though I really need to branch out more and maybe get a bridges run in sometime soon!

  6. August 3, 2011 8:32 am

    Summer weddings are so fun! That chalet looks like a sweet location πŸ™‚ Nice job cracking 40 miles last week, especially with such a busy weekend.

  7. August 3, 2011 11:17 am

    The wedding and your dress look gorgeous!

    The highlight of my weekend was definitely feeling awesome on my last 20+ mile run and then relaxing for the rest of the weekend πŸ™‚

    I love running the bridges. I work right nearby and used to run there more when I started running but now I find myself going more to Central Park. It is always nice to go back and run them tho!

  8. August 3, 2011 1:19 pm

    Weekend higlight… I have two very different ones… #1 – Atlantic City for the NKOTBSB concert with friends… had an awesome time! #2 – Sesame Place with the kids on Sunday, also an awesome time.. different kind of awesome, clearly. πŸ˜‰

  9. August 8, 2011 11:16 pm

    I’m way behind on blogs….can’t you tell??

    The wedding looks beautiful! I love the little bush “maze.”

    I love running getting out of a running rut and heading to a new location like a bridges run…fun way to mix up a run!

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