Hope you all had a great weekend and that it was spent with your loved ones! It was bitterly cold up here in Boston, and I spent most of it indoors, but it was a special weekend!
My handsome dinner date:
At a great restaurant (Boston peeps, check out Bar Boulud if you haven’t already!), topped off with a delicious, unique dessert:
More delicious food and family time out in the ‘burbs:
Followed by more delectable desserts:
And hugs with my favorite puppy Rio and sis:
And to balance the wine, desserts, and relaxation, I ran my final long run of the training cycle on a local indoor track. My training plan called for 16 miles, and given the sub-zero conditions outside, I decided to take it to the track instead of a treadmill. The track was 200m in length, so this amounted to a daunting 128 laps. It was hard to imagine completing this, and I only started convincing myself that I could about five miles in!
How I got through this run:
- There were many distractions at the track, including other runners, field hockey players in the center (I played in middle school and HS, so it brought back some fun memories!), and hurdlers. These were new stimuli compared to what I would have seen on a treadmill or even outside on my usual running loop, so they kept things interesting.
- I tried to focus on my form throughout the run, particularly my arms, shoulders, and stride.
- I kept visualizing my upcoming race and that put a smile on my face!
- I listened to a newly-created playlist full of some motivating tunes, as well as a variety of great podcasts, including my old favorites: Running on OM, Runner’s Connect Run to the Top, and No Meat Athlete. I am really digging Julia Hanlon’s latest interviews on ROO- I’ve mentioned before, but check her out!
- My incredible boyfriend came to the track with me for extra motivation- can’t underestimate how much this helped get me through the miles!
Additional track pointers I followed:
- Every couple of miles, I switched directions in order to avoid potential injuries caused by repetitious track running (driving asymmetry encourages injuries!).
- Every 8 laps (1 mile), I made a check on a piece of paper I left on the bleachers, making it much easier for me to keep track of my miles!
- I placed my water bottle and fuel (honey stingers/GU) within an arms reach on the bleachers for convenience.
- In order to avoid collisions with other runners, I generally stuck to the same lane throughout the run.
It was so incredible to finish that run, and I am even more excited to tackle my race and the week ahead! I have some fun plans this week as well as a few training runs before heading out of town for the next weekend! What do you have going on this week?
How was your Valentine’s day weekend? Did you do anything special with your significant other/family/friends?
Have you run a long run on a track? Any tips that got you through the run?
Did you race/run/workout this weekend? How did it go on this winter weekend?