Super busy, wonderful week

A wonderful week with friends, both running and non, as their summer & work travels brought them through the city. A whirlwind of many late nights, but wouldn’t trade it for a second.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down:

Home sweet home

  • Never miss a Monday: two running weeks in a row, Kim, you’re rubbing off on me! Six miles after work and while I’m not one to complain about summer exiting stage right, but it’s heading toward dark too early to do six solo miles after work. The path is populated and lit, but considering I jumped sky high at a car backfire on the loop back, these will need to start earlier or come to an end. The run itself felt great. SiS lemon tablet, no gels or chews. Hungry toward the end but that was a factor of no afternoon snack due to meetings.
  • Tuesday: a 23K step “rest” day as Darlene and I walked from the Little Red Lighthouse to the 79th St. Boat Basin.

I really wanted to upload the bouncing live version, but a .mov won’t work

  • Wednesday: run group with a post-run birthday party for one of the coaches. The workout was a repeat of the lactate threshold one, although 2x 20m this time. I had my watch and for the latter portion, a partner. Overall pace was 11:09, which I was happy with. I’ve known this since our office run group, but a partner/pacer is a huge help for me. Also, a help, not being hungry post-run so the cake wasn’t tempting.

Friends <3 Pattern <3

is a friends selfie a friendsfie?

  • Thursday: I am so glad Darlene’s work travel brings her here so we can get together so often. This was a year to the day from when we first met. We walked to meet up with Elizabeth – have I mentioned lately how many great people SkirtStports has introduced me to? – for a chat by the water and then we headed off on a short sunset walk/run. A beautiful evening.
  • Friday: Giants game and a trip up the river to Katonah to see a friend for our annual lunch date. Late late night which was poor planning ahead of long run, but life goes on.

Friends and former colleagues

isn’t Fred every runner’s friend?

  • Saturday: 14 miles! Summer Streets down and back and then a loop of Central Park up to the 102nd Street transverse. I have to say, this felt good. It wasn’t too sunny so for the second week in a row I could ditch the hat. I prefer the Buff, but really can’t wait until my hair is long enough for a ponytail. It was faster than my first fourteen miler, but that was also a factor of some wonky GPS in midtown as I did not run a sub10 minute mile at the eight mile mark. I went out ahead of the group as I knew I’d be doing this solo anyway and had plans to meet my college roommate and her kids in Westchester. The group passed me as we entered Central Park. Three podcasts: Marathon Training Academy’s Ask The Coach + Road Trip, Running Rogue’s NYC Marathon Race Planning, and MTA’s Running Outside the Comfort Zone with Susan Lacke, which I’d started in Stowe. Podcasts are the best for a long run and Aftershokz allowed me to hear Rachel call my name when she spotted me. I loved SummerStreets for the Nuun stations and the samples they handed out which allowed me to flavor my water when I refilled in Central Park. It was super humid, but manageable. I bought the belt that Kim recommended last week and although I used my disposable bottle more, it was good for Nuun sample storage. Also took two (orange, lemon lime SiS gels. Day finished with spending time with my godson and his sister and then dinner with friends. I so needed a nap.
  • Sunday: off running, but Yankee game will mean steps.

Week’s mileage: 26.46

Total in marathon training: 167.11

Plan for the Week:

  • Monday: run?
  • Tuesday: off
  • Wednesday: rogue
  • Thursday: off/cross
  • Friday: off
  • Saturday: 16!!

36 comments to this article

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 20:03 - Reply

      I think given your city you might have enjoyed the score better than I did . LOL. Was still a fun game with the kids.
      Thank you!

  1. Liz Dexter

    on August 18, 2019 at 13:54 - Reply

    What a super week. And FOURTEEN MILES! That’s a brilliant milestone, very well done!! What a good idea to go out earlier than the group but then be in touch with them as they caught you up – I’ve done that before and it does give you a good moment.

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 20:08 - Reply

      The first section was a 4+ mile out and back so I saw them on my return, which was also a nice gauge of how far ahead I was. They must have caught a few lights as I’d predicted they’d pass me sooner. I’m very curious what they pick for our 16 next week, we’ve worn out the “leave the store and go south” routes in the last few. Thank you!

  2. kookyrunner

    on August 18, 2019 at 14:08 - Reply

    What a fun and busy week for you! So glad that you get to meet up with Darlene often. I’m looking forward to meeting her in a few weeks at the Surftown Half Marathon.

    Awesome that your 14 miler felt good yesterday! Way to battle that icky dew point and humidity. Have fun at today’s Yankees game!

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 20:33 - Reply

      Me too – spoiled by her work schedule. Would be awesome if you were down one of the times she is. Enjoy Surftown
      The score wasn’t fun , but the game was

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy

    on August 18, 2019 at 14:51 - Reply

    You are doing great with your marathon training! I can’t say that 14 miles ever felt good!

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun this week. And steps!

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 20:38 - Reply

      Lots of steps, loads of fun. Glad for a quiet evening in tonight
      14 (or 13. whatever in my various Halfs) never really felt good before either. Mostly weather

      • Chocolaterunsjudy

        on August 19, 2019 at 11:39 - Reply

        Um, all weekend this weekend up here the weather was just horribly. Incredibly hot & humid. I was definitely happy to only run 7 miles and even considered cutting that short!

        • cari

          on August 21, 2019 at 10:35 - Reply

          That happened here just after I finished. I couldn’t have done 14 in the weather we’ve had since

          • Chocolaterunsjudy

            on August 22, 2019 at 10:27 - Reply

            Let’s just say I know that you could do it in that weather if you had to (having run 18 miles in hot, humid conditions — and 17, and 15 . . .

            Hopefully you won’t have to. And it’s unlikely your marathon will be hot & humid, but stranger things have happened. I will definitely put out some good weather vibes for you & Darlene (and all the rest).

            • cari

              on August 25, 2019 at 20:23 - Reply

              One of the guys in our run group had his first in May — while I don’t love summer running, I think training through the cool winter/spring and a summer-ish marathon would be worse, prep wise.
              Thank you!

              • Chocolaterunsjudy

                on August 28, 2019 at 10:18 - Reply

                Well, I have trained in winter for down south halfs. You make your plans & then you just make it work (and then I typed worse, freudian slip?).

                • Cari

                  on September 1, 2019 at 21:13 - Reply

                  Yeah that’s the *fun* of the February Florida run

  4. Deborah Brooks

    on August 18, 2019 at 15:14 - Reply

    You did have a fun filled week of friends and miles. Nice job on your 14 miler! That must feel great. I have never run more than 14 miles myself (yet?) Thanks for linking up!

    • cari

      on August 22, 2019 at 10:21 - Reply

      Yet indeed. That was me until 3 weeks ago. Still crazy to think I’ve run more than half marathon distance twice in the last three weeks. Never thought I’d do that

  5. Kim at Running on the Fly

    on August 18, 2019 at 15:27 - Reply

    Great job on the 14-miler!! I did 14 miles yesterday as well 😉 It’s great that you and Darlene can hook up so often.

    • cari

      on August 19, 2019 at 18:12 - Reply

      It’s so awesome to know folks are out there all over putting in the same miles at the same time. We’re going to kick ass

  6. Wendy

    on August 18, 2019 at 21:02 - Reply

    Nice week and how fun that you get to see Darlene. I bet she talks your ear off! Don’t ask me how I know…

    So you’re a Yankees fan…..hope you had fun at the game!

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 22:24 - Reply

      Yankees & Giants. I was your “enemy” Friday night if you’re also a Bears fan 🙂

  7. Zenaida Arroyo

    on August 18, 2019 at 21:04 - Reply

    Great job on your 14 miler!! Which Nuun samples did you get? Do you like them? The lakefront has a few water stations put out by a running store and they always have Nuun and plain water for the runners. Love that they do that.

    • cari

      on August 18, 2019 at 22:23 - Reply

      lemon lime and strawberry lemonade. They also had ginger lime, which I knew I didn’t like so I didn’t take. This was the last of the three SummerStreets so the Nuun staff encouraged us to take 2 per person. Nice because I can leave them in my belt as they’re single wrapped in the event I forget my tube of them
      They also had water tables, which was helpful to destickify my hands from a gel overflow.
      Some of the larger run groups have water stations – luckily they’re also usually willing to share

      • Zenaida Arroyo

        on August 19, 2019 at 07:41 - Reply

        That is a good idea to have in your belt just in case. Once I was out running and there were several coolers but with locks around them so one could open them and get water. Some groups just have water specifically for their people. 🙂

        • cari

          on August 19, 2019 at 16:46 - Reply

          Same here – usually the smaller ones where they’ve allocated them against runners out. Others have full jugs they’re happy for people to tap

  8. Coco

    on August 19, 2019 at 14:30 - Reply

    You did have a great week! I love when I can meet up with friends when I travel. Some day I’ll stay over in NYC!

    • cari

      on August 19, 2019 at 16:48 - Reply

      and/or I’ll make it back to DC for a non whirlwind

  9. Marcia

    on August 20, 2019 at 06:23 - Reply

    Great (busy and fun) week for you! How nice to be able to meet up with Darlene. I feel you on the growing darkness. I can do away with the stickiness off summer but I do love the daylight. Good on you for skipping the birthday cake and yay for 14!

    • cari

      on August 22, 2019 at 11:05 - Reply

      Yes, I’d take the summer hours with fall temps. Fall is usually less humid here than spring.
      All cake should be offered post-run when it’s not remotely tempting

  10. Darlene

    on August 20, 2019 at 06:42 - Reply

    14. Whoa. Hopefully I can follow your lead this week. So humid here.

    So fun to see you often. Have to take advantage because things will slow down on NYC travel.

    • cari

      on August 22, 2019 at 11:48 - Reply

      We enjoy it while it lasts

  11. vitatrain4life

    on August 20, 2019 at 12:57 - Reply

    Great work on that long run…and this heat and humidity has not been doing us any favors so nicely done! And I’ve often made late night plans on long run days and regret it 🙂 I make it though but try not to do it again!! Hope you’re having a good week of training this week!

    • cari

      on August 22, 2019 at 11:52 - Reply

      Yeah, I will not be repeating that late night or long day plans. Only issue on the horizon is GIants game post-20m, but I’ll manage it somehow

  12. Laurie

    on August 21, 2019 at 22:35 - Reply

    That birthday cake looks so yummy! Love those excuses to eat cake! 🙂 Way to go on your long run. You are inspiring me to up my mileage. I need to start kicking it up!

    • cari

      on August 22, 2019 at 11:56 - Reply

      When is your next big race?

  13. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    on August 23, 2019 at 21:22 - Reply

    You had a great week! I love that you get to see blog and SkirtSports friends you’ve made online in real life. That’s a fun part of blogging, isn’t it?

    • cari

      on August 25, 2019 at 20:24 - Reply

      Yes! We get to know one another way better than just via social

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