L: Dreaming of Summer Running

Only 11 days until the Brooklyn Half Marathon!! I think it’s finally starting to sink in… until this point, the race has seemed so far away. Now I’m in Week #11 of training and the runs areΒ starting to get a little shorter…

After a little set back last week, I picked up with my speed workout on Saturday then rested Sunday. Monday morning I adventured to Massapequa Preserve for my 90 minute long run; it was so nice outside and early in the morning the park was so peaceful. Unfortunately, I have no idea of my distance or pace because I forgot my Garmin 😦 But the run felt good and I practiced eating my Gu and drinking water on the go- every second is going to count next week.

Heading out on another running adventure today, I went down to Jones Beach to run on the boardwalk for my speed workout. Last week, my speed workout changed to 6 x 2 minutes at my half pace (or faster) with 1 minute of recovery in between. It’s definitely challenging, but I know I’m pushing myself to run faster than race pace. Knowing I can push myself to go a little faster is calming my lingering race day nerves.

The boardwalk is a great place to run or walk and I’ll often go for a run in the morning before plopping my beach chair in the sand. During the week this is a great place to go, but avoid it in the summer on the weekends since the beach is usually pretty crowded. You can ride your bike along the boardwalk, too! Running from Field 6 down to the far end of Field 1 is 2 miles and there are mile markers along the way. Today I did an out and back run with a mile warm up and cool down. The south wind was really blowing on the first half of my run, but it carried me all the way back.

Speedy Thoughts from My Speed Workout

  1. Oh hello, sir. Starting your Garmin, too… and you’re gone.
  2. This wind is not making for a good swell today. Or for running west.
  3. Hi Garmin man! I’m running right behind you. I hope I’m not creepy. We’re going the same pace…
  4. I literally cannot wait to just lay on the beach. How many weeks until Memorial Day?
  5. I have to stop looking at the ground. The boardwalk is making me dizzy.
  6. These guys are riding longboards… I should try that. But would I ride the same way as I snowboard? Why does it seem awkward?
  7. Keep running. Get to the pencil.
  8. Sprint. Just sprint it out.
  9. 3..2..1.. Yes! Done! Only 4 more runs to go…
  10. What should I have for lunch?

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Who else is getting excited for Brooklyn?! Are you guys running any other races in May?

Keep running,
Louise

L: Adventures to Hempstead Lake

Another Tuesday, another adventure! Today I traveled to Hempstead Lake State Park. Nestled between Peninsula Blvd and the Southern State Parkway is this sweet park with picnic tables, a playground, and a trail surrounding the lake. I decided to adventure around here to get away from the traffic while I ran.

There’s a 3 mile loop around the biggest area of the lake. This trail is not paved and was a bit muddy from yesterday’s rain- but I was the only person out there on this chilly, spring day. Be aware that the path is a bit uneven and may have recently been walked by the local equestrian center (I looked down for most of my run). But when I did look up, there was a beautiful view of the lake without a cloud in the sky.

Today’s training run consisted of race pace pickups. My plan was to run between 4.5- 5 miles with 6 x 3 minutes at my goal pace (9:10) or faster. As my training has progressed, my recovery time between pickups is down to two and a half minutes. My warmup mile was steady at 9:30 then I based my pickups off of effort- only looking at my watch for the time. It felt great minus my nagging right calf! After I cooled down, I took some time to look at the scenery πŸ™‚

I took a page out of Pam’s book and did a jumping picture to celebrate my 9:07 average pace πŸ™‚ I haven’t mastered it like she has, but I’ll practice. Do you guys have a “signature” race picture? Mine is biting my medal like the Olympic athletes!

Catch ya on the flip side,
Louise

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L: A Hill Named “Norm”

As a South Shore girl, it is hard to find hills to run! Since last week’s training run at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve, I have been excited to go back. It’s really a beautiful view from the top of this former dump- literally. Within the park, you can easily find a parking space then head over to the gravel path and start on your journey. There are several routes to the top of the hill and you can find a map just before you are greeted by goats. Yeah, I said goats. This park is home to a lot of wildlife including at least a dozen mountain goats who have their own little habitat!

The fastest route to the top is also the steepest route to the top- keep that in mind when starting your run or walk! Last week I went for it and was like Oh. That escalated quickly. This week I ventured to the right which gives a nice scenic view and has a more gradual incline. This was much more ideal for my warmup mile! The best part of β€œNorm,” as I’ve casually nicknamed the park, is the view from the top. It is worth the uphill adventure. From here you can see several south shore landmarks such as the Jones Beach pencil and Theater. Even further east you can see the pencil out at Robert Moses. Looking west is the New York City skyline (best seen on a clear day- last week was hazy) and other buildings of Queens and Nassau can be seen gazing north.

Oh did you want to hear about today’s running? Today was a 4 miler with 6×2 hill repeats. And as I’ve progressed along, there was only 1 minute of active rest in between the 2 sets. 1 mile warm up followed by the same repeats as last week. Definitely pushed myself to run up the hill strong. At the top, I jogged it out and stretched, but before cooling down and running downhill, I took a few scenic pictures for you! Enjoy!