Race Recaps · Running

South Shore Half Recap

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope your week is off to a great start.  I had such a wonderful weekend filled with races, birthday parties, and lounging.  My dear friend Ali turned 30 over the weekend, so we celebrated with an amazing Dance of the Decades party.  Soooo fun!  Definitely feel like I need more dancing and dress up in my life.

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I’m playing the role of 1950s housewife!

After a late night of fun Dean and I woke up bright and early (thank you daylight savings for the extra hour of sleep) to run the South Shore Half Marathon.  As part of my goal to hit 30 halfs by my 30th birthday, I wanted to get a few of these races in for November.  And even though we have a lot of events going on most weekends we always make time for a run 🙂

So I got ready in my new Oiselle Spandos! #obsessed

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Ate my oatmeal prepared by Dean!

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And we made our way to Hanover Mall!  Since Dean had just finished a cyclocross race the day before (a post on this coming soon) we both were saying “let’s just jog this one…” Well if you know me you know that I LOVE to race.  I get amped up with the people and being amidst great runners and I just cannot phone it in.  I realize that this is not always a good thing (i.e. listening to your body when you need a break to prevent injury), but if I am feeling good I like to push it.

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Getting to the start was super easy!  I had picked up our bibs the day before, so we just parked the car at the mall and hopped on a shuttle school bus to the start by Norwell High School.  Once we were in the corral it was time for some selfies…which Dean endures.  I love that the guy in front of us was planning a friend selfie too!

Of course we started off at a sub-8min/mile pace even though I was like “Dean, let’s ease into it.”  But Dean was feeling ok in spite of a sore foot, so we just went with it haha.  The first few miles felt pretty challenging because we were just warming up, but then we settled into a good pace.  I’m a great uphill runner, but Dean blasts through the downhills and I had to work hard to keep up.

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About 7 or 8 miles in we saw the leader sprinting past us on the out-and-back portion way ahead of the others.  In fact, we didn’t see any women in the front pack, so Dean thought we should try to push it and see if I could get in the top female group.  At this point I was kinda dying.  I haven’t really done any speedwork since MCM and we only slept about 6 hours after a night of drinking and dancing.  But, I just kept thinking if I can stick with Dean who knows.

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After a few brutal hills around mile 10 we were in the last 5k and slowing passing the few women in front of us.  I saw another Oiselle lady out there just as we were coming to the 12 mile mark who was totally killing it!  (I felt bad passing her at first, but we later chatted after the race 🙂

Thank heavens mile 13 was a nice long downhill to the finish.  We race it in with a final time of 1:38:08!  Good enough for 11th female overall and 1st in my age group!

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Here are the splits!

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The post race party included some awesome medals and a beer of course!

Race Rating:

Overall Experience: 4/5

Race Swag: 4/5
*Great medal and cute long sleeve.  The hats also looked great, but we didn’t sign up early enough.

Race Logistics: 4/5

Spectators: 5/5

After the race we popped home to shower, walk Lola, and then went out for breakfast!  My favorite part of racing besides running is planning my meals after hahaha.  We went to Deluxs Station Diner in Newton, which I had totally forgot about!  It is set in an old train station and has fantastic brunch!  Dean got a veggie omlette and I had an egg, goat, cheese, and spinach sandwich.  We also split some sweet potato pancakes, which were AMAZING!

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After breakfast we went over to Wegmans to shop and finally take a stab at meal planning.  I make a whole chicken and was very pleased with my chef skills!

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The rest of the evening included movie watching, puppy snuggles, and some relaxing.  Perfect way to end a packed weekend!

Hope all of you had a great weekend as well!

Meg

Running

My Favorite Cross-Training

Happy Hump Day!

I hope your week is going well and you have some fun plans for St. Patty’s Day.  In an effort to earn my future-planned Guinnesses, I got my butt out of bed to complete a short run this morning.  I almost slept in and then realized I literally just posted about motivation for morning workouts….so I got moving 🙂

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The best part of finishing a morning workout is coming home to my snuggly friend.  Lola is definitely not a morning person!

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Wednesday is also the day I teach spin!
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I became a certified Spinning Instructor last May after losing two of my favorite teachers at my gym.  I love the high-energy, team environment of spin classes and have found it to be great for cross-training.

I try to make my classes a mix of hills, sprints, and other intervals such as jumps or taps.  Spinning is great for runners because it works so many of your leg muscles, but removes the pressure on your joints that comes with pounding the pavement.

If you have not tried spinning as part of your cross-training I would definitely recommend it!

Other cross-training favorites of mine include…

  • Rowing (my goals was to get up to a 10k, which I finally did while working through my foot injury)
  • Strength training (look for running-specific workouts such as this one from Runner’s World)
  • Yoga (I do not make it to yoga enough, but it is great for flexibility)

If you are like me and rely on great music to power through workouts, feel free to follow me on Spotify and you can listen to all my spin playlists!

Have a great night!