Monday, July 13, 2015

Belmar 5 Recap & Lots of Cross Training

Good morning! Nice weekends sure go fast, don't they?

I ran the Belmar 5 on Saturday morning - a 5 mile run around the beach town of Belmar, NJ. I had heard so many good things about this race. My mom even ran it way back before I was born! And it definitely was a great race. I'm not sure if it was the location or the fun people racing along with me (probably a bit of both!), but I enjoyed everything about this race (except the heat) and plan to do it every summer.

My only race day mistake (besides the 3 glasses of wine the night before) was parking very far away from the start. I figured I would get a spot on a side street far enough away that I didn't have to fight with people for parking. It took me a solid 20 minutes to walk to the start, which leads me to believe the distance was over a mile (I didn't check). Walking to the start was fine, but coming back from a hard race was not so great. Lesson learned.

Not a bad view for a race start... 


There were 2500 people racing! 


It was way too hot to attempt any sort of speed work, so I just ran at 9:15-9:30 paces. I even walked through the last two water stations at miles 3 and 4. If I'm going to end up in the hospital from racing, it will be during a marathon :)

Finished! 


After the race, I went and hung out with my favorites. A weekend spent with B is a really great weekend... 


On Sunday, I was up way too early for a Sunday (hello, 6:15 am), so I did what any rational person would do and went to the gym. Apparently no one else was up as early... 


56 minutes on the Spin bike (my goal is almost always 20 miles, so that's why I alternate between 50 and 57 minutes most weeks), followed by some strength training. My legs were sore after my hard run on Saturday, but Spinning flushed them right out. I'm enjoying cross training more than full recovery days right now... 


I went down to the beach for almost all of Sunday afternoon. It's funny, I was never a serious beach person as a kid, but as I got older, I just love it. Maybe because I lived away from it for a period of time, so now I appreciate it more? I could have stayed there forever. 


After the beach, I hung out at my parents' pool for a tad and even got in a little swim workout. I forgot how amazing swimming is for your body. There's no impact! My dad snapped this pic of me once I was done swimming laps around the pool. Life is pretty great over here... 


TimeHop reminded me of this run a couple of years ago. I actually forgot I was running long runs at a sub 9/minute pace. There's always more to the story though. I was about 30 pounds lighter than I am right now and super unhealthy. It's obviously easier to run faster when you're carrying less weight. I was starting to train for the 2013 Marine Corp Marathon and stopped per my Doctor's advice since I was underweight. So while the goal is definitely to get back to running this pace, I'm doing it the healthy way this time around! 


Have a great week, everyone! 

How were your runs/races this weekend? 

Favorite cross training exercise? I love Spin, but I should start swimming more too. 

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