R-U-N 5k.

First up, week 6 of Newport Liberty Half training:

week 6 newport half training

R-U-N 5k Recap:

Do you know how much I hate 5Ks? I hate 5Ks.

dopey challenge 5k

^Not that 5K. That 5K was full of awesomeness. But racing 5Ks (as opposed to just running them for fun), for me, is miserable.

I signed up for NYRR’s new R-U-N 5K a few weeks back for a variety of reasons:

  • My solemate was running
  • It’s good timing with my Newport training
  • My coach recommended it
  • It’d be the start of my 29th birthday weekend

I was antsy and nervous the entire day leading up to the race (the race was on a Thursday night in Central Park so I had the whole day at work to worry about it). Everyone kept saying things along the lines of, “but it’s just a 5K!” and “it’ll be over quick!” and I kept having to explain that I would rather run a marathon than race a 5K. I’m much more equipped for long distance.

racing tweet

5Ks hurt. It’s not that marathons don’t hurt because they do… but 5Ks hurt in a different way. 5Ks hurt in a “this is the worst sport ever and why did I think this was a good idea and OMG am I ever going to be able to breathe again and I want to throw up but don’t know that I have the energy” way.

Anywho, Jess and I ran a 15 minute warm-up and then got in the corrals.

My instructions (and actual execution) were the following:

r-u-n- 5k race

25:39 (8:16) is a solid PR for me (down from 26:37 in the 2013 Dash to the Finish Line 5K). It’s also a new best pace with NYRR.

So yea, by the numbers, this was a good race for me. But don’t for a second think that I wasn’t miserable the entire time. Actually, when I saw my handsome dude right after crossing the finish, the first words out of my mouth were, “that was miserable.” #thingsdistancerunnerssay

We walked to baggage and waited for my solemate (who also set a PR and new best NYRR pace!) so we could take our  usual race-day picture:

nyrr RUN 5k

I followed the new PR with some pizza and an early bedtime before my long run in the morning. Birthday weekend was off to a great start :-)

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Who else hates 5Ks? Just me? Bueller?

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Active rest is the best… in summer.

First up, workouts from week 5 of Newport Half training:

week 5 newport half training

Summertime “resting”:

active rest

When incorporating rest into training, most people do some combination of “active” and “passive” rest (like the above photo in which I am relaxing on my pizza but also participating in the sport of water gunning).

active vs passive rest

(Remember when I wrote about the benefits of resting? No? Well, here you go.)

I realized this past weekend that my rest days this summer have almost always been active rest days while my rest days over the winter are almost always passive rest days. I hate being cold so my motivation to do much of anything besides binge watch Netflix is low in the winter months. I’m hoping that with the upstate house this winter, I’ll have more motivation to stay active since I’ll be in close proximity to ice skating, skiing, snowtubing, and all other sorts of fun winter activities. Who wants to learn how to ski or ice skate in my backyard? #completelyserious #justbuymepizza

I’ve always enjoyed rest days and I definitely think I’ve been rocking the active rest days this summer.

summer active rest activities

Is there any question why summer is my favorite season? Don’t you dare say anything along the lines of, “but if you’re cold you can always put layers on…” Especially if you’re a dude.

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I’ve got a 5K this week so stay tuned for a post about how much I hate 5Ks

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Summer love… and hate.

First up, workouts from week 4 of Newport Half training:

week 4 newport half training

Summer:

summer weekends

LOVING:

  • WEEKENDS UPSTATE
    • I have spent every weekend in… jeez I can’t even remember… at my upstate house. One weekend we had 18 people (slept 14) and 4 dogs over. Almost every waking hour is spent in a bathing suit, BBQs are had, fruity fun beers are drank, and my tan lines are out of this world. Can life get any better? I submit that it cannot.
  • FRIDAYS OFF
    • Part of the reason my weekends have been so damn awesome is that my office participates in summer Fridays. This means I work slightly longer hours Monday-Thursday and get every Friday off without having to take a vacation day. #baller
  • STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
    • I knew I would like SUPing. Hell, that’s why I bought 2 SUPs before ever having been on one… but I seriously had no idea that I would love it as much as I do. I find it so peaceful and was surprised to learn that I find it more relaxing than kayaking. One of my house guests last weekend, unfortunately for him (very fortunately for those of us who got to watch and laugh), did not find SUPing all that easy and fell off no less than 8x. I had real tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard. Luckily, the water was warm and refreshing :-)

HATING:

  • SUNDAY NIGHTS
    • The downside of having the most amazing weekends is that the Sunday night blues hits even harder than ever before. I’ve taken a couple Mondays off this summer (got another one coming up in August!) so that definitely helps but damn, the blues are real, folks.
  • FINISHING WEEKNIGHT RUNS LATE
    • The downside to summer hours is that I get home later and therefore am starting my runs later than usual. As my weeknight runs begin to increase in distance, I’m getting home even later. This means that my schedule is all out of whack and I’m not eating dinner until 8:30 or later (usually the time I’m already having a post-dinner snack). As someone who goes to bed early (because I’m already up early so no, morning runs are not an option), I feel really rushed at the end of the night. My normal routine is the only reason I’m looking forward to my normal work hours again.
  • MOSQUITO BITES
    • WTF mosquitos?! Leave me alone. I have maybe 5 bites on my ankles (yes, I sprayed myself with bug spray… it either didn’t work, I smell too damn sweet, or I waited too long to spritz myself) and they itch so damn bad that they have kept me awake every night this week. Sunday night around 2am I actually ran my feet under cold water and scrubbed with the loofah before applying more Caladryl lotion. What a pain.

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Play along: what are you loving/hating this summer?

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Runner Survey

First up, workouts from week 3 of Newport Half training:

half marathon training week 3

Yea, I know, I knowwww, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Honestly, for the last few weeks I’ve been questioning whether I wanted to continue keeping up with this blog so I figured I’d give it a break for a while and see what happened… and then this past weekend I got a number of e-mails from people saying they found me when searching for Dopey Challenge reviews and training insight and it gave me some motivation.

The truth is, life is just so damn good right now that I find myself with little free time/motivation to write. That being said, the plan for now is to continue posting but probably less frequently while summer/training/life is in full swing.

For now, here are some scenes from the past few weeks:

photo collage catch up

Runner Survey:

Who doesn’t love a survey? Go ahead and play along too.

1.  Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

  • Beach… I think. Or mountain. Wait – is there a risk of wildlife attacks on the mountain trail? Because that would make this question easier. I did go hiking this weekend and found myself saying “I could run this” on numerous occasions.

2.  If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

  • Blue. Blue is the name, right?

3.  If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

  • Tank top and a sports bra. Anyone else only decide to do laundry when they run out of sports bras? More importantly, DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF THE ETERNAL BACK SPORTS BRA TANLINE?!?

4.  Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

  • Depends. I thrive on a plan and it makes me happy to know what I have/want to do that day. On the flip side, it’s nice when I’m not training for something specifically and I can switch up my schedule based on weather and fun things that may come up during the week.

5.  Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

  • Start with the uphill, end on the downhill. Unfortunately, my apartment sits on the top of a hill and no matter which direction I run in, I end on an uphill. Gross.

6.  When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

  • Spin. Soulcycle, specifically. Emily L, to be even more specific. She’s the best. #girlcrush

7.  What is your preference—>  Out and back, point to point or loop runs?

  • Out and back when I’m running from home, point-to-point or loop for races.

8.  If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a…

  • Pair of shoes that were fitted specifically to you. Don’t mess around with this stuff, people.

9.  Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

  • Do pigeons count?

10.  Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

11.  If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

  • Pizza. The answer is always pizza. Okay, green grapes too.

12.  Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

  • Shorts. Can’t mess with the shorts and compression socks combo!

13.  At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

  • It depends. I’ve had it take up to an hour before I settle in to my run. Sometimes I never hit that sweet spot where I feel “ready to go.”

14.  What do you do with your key when you run?

  • In my SpiBelt or shorts.

15.  If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?

  • 2014 NYC Marathon because I knew I was going to PR throughout the race and I was just so happy and proud the entire time. Plus, I had a cheer squad at the finish line. (2015 Disney Marathon would have to be a close second)

16.  What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

  • Hmmm. Mile repeats. Yuck.

17.  What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

  • Having to complete the running log for my coach. I wish I had something a little less blah than that but the past few weeks have been hot and humid and it’s really the only thing getting me out there at the moment. Otherwise, I’d be in Soulcycle every night.

18.  When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

  • I leave right from my door. I’m lucky that I’m in close proximity to 2 great running spots in NYC. Plus, I haven’t driven a car in over 2 years so that’s not an option. I have, on occasion, subway’ed to a run… but it’s not preferable.

19.  When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

  • I’ve actually never run in sunglasses so I don’t really know. I’m more of a hat/visor person when it’s sunny out.

20.  When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

  • Right now, it’d probably be having to admit to my coach that I quit when completing my training log. As it gets closer to race day, I’m hoping to be a little more self-motivated, but at the moment race day feels far away and it’s hot and sticky and the AC’d Soulcycle studio would feel sooo nice.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their July and staying cool in the summer heat :-)

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