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Wedding Bells & Bridges Run

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (9 Comments)

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 ;) 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 :)

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 :)

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.