Week 3 of MCM training came and went. We have had a trip back to visit my family planned for a while and this was the week to kick it off. I’ve been a bit nervous because a) I was driving from the DC area to Boston and then on to NH with the two boys and no Mr Cupcake (he wasn’t able to get off from work) and b) because I’m notorious for throwing exercise on the back burner during travel. But first, I had to get through a 500 mile drive with the boys who had never driven longer than 2 hours in a car before. And here is how the week went!
Monday–worked nights on Sunday night so I slept half of my day away while the boys hung out with a sitter. I was supposed to do my tempo run this day but it didn’t happen because I still had a lot of packing to do.
Tuesday— the drive from VA to Boston. Like I said, I was so nervous driving with the boys. I wasn’t so much worried about the older one, but the 2 1/2 year old….my mom flew down on Tuesday morning and we picked her up in Baltimore and started our drive up! The boys did AMAZING! I’m still in shock. There was not one whine, cry or meltdown the entire time!! I had brought the IPads all charged up, lots of coloring books, crayons, etc. We stopped for a potty break in Delaware, lunch in NJ, another potty break in Connecticut and then ended up in Boston! A great drive and I am indebted to my mom who made this drive so much easier! The boys and their headphones….
Wednesday— 4 Miles…..So, I had been worrying about not getting my runs in. We were staying with some good friends and to be honest, I didn’t want to take any of our short amount of time away to run, but I knew I needed to get it in. And I also didn’t want to ASK my friend to babysit so I could go run (it seemed a bit selfish, especially with our limited time). It rained ALL day long so we took the kids out in the morning and came back so the little guy could nap. Come to find out, my friend had a treadmill in the basement! SCORE!! I got to do my speedwork after all!! I did 4 x 800’s with a 1 mile warm up and a 1/2 mile cool down. I was supposed to do my repeats at a 3:41 pace. Let’s see how I did….3:14, 3:47, 3:55, 3:49. Went out crazy fast on the first one and then clearly realized it was too fast. Not quite on target, but super close, so I’ll take it!
And I’m pretty sure I haven’t sweat like this in a LONG time!
Thursday–Spent the day on the beach in Marblehead, MA. I was tempted to find where Shalane’s parents lived, but figured it may be to stalker like So I refrained. It was Mini Cupcake #2’s first time to the ocean and he was PETRIFIED! He was so scared of the waves, so he stuck to the sand and the wading pools.
That evening we got to go out on our friend’s boat and have dinner. It was such a beautiful day. I had forgotten how much I missed the ocean!
Friday— We left our friends in Marblehead and headed to Boston for the day. We met up with my mom and sister and my two neices. I lived in Boston for so many years and am embarrased that I never played tourist when I was there. So that’s what we did. We hit up the USS Constitution and the Swan Boats in the Public Garden!
Saturday— We set up camp at my sister’s house in NH and just hung out all day. I was tempted to go for a tempo run since I had missed it at the beginning of the week but I was worried about having my legs too tired for my long run the next day. No workout for me In the evening Mr Cupcake flew into town and joined us to take my parents out to dinner. They were celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary! Such an amazing accomplishment and they have been such wonderful roll models. It was hard to not drink a lot of wine in celebration but I had 15 miles on tap the next day!
Sunday–15 miles! Finally, my long run. I got the chance to run with my sister for the first time EVER!! She is training to run the Marine Corp Marathon also, so it was really cool to be able to share a long run together (even though she only did 10). We ran an awesome trail that went from Derry, NH to Salem, NH.
The entire trail was tree covered which was awesome (despite it not being hot OR sunny). It was the perfect running weather….thank you Polar Vortex!
I ran the first 2.8 miles by myself and then met my sister a little further down the trail. She only had 10 miles on her schedule. And yes, this was our first run together EVER!! Did I mention that?
Part of the trail turned into gravel and was even single track. Luckily it wasn’t too long because it wasn’t just gravel it was a lot of loose rocks and I was petrified I was going to twist my ankle.
This was a great 15 mile run. I felt great with the exception of a tight hip flexor that I had to stop and stretch a few times, but it really felt good! My garmin decided not to work….i’m thinking that there may have been too much tree cover? It kept telling me that I was running a 7 min/mi which was definitely not the case. Run stats: 15 miles, 2:22, 9:28 min/mi
Total weekly mileage: 19 miles
I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get any other workouts in. I had made a pact with myself that I was actually going to stick with it for this trip. I packed my PiYo DVD’s and never broke them out unfortunately……But , the circumstances at my friends house and having the boys by myself didn’t really work out in my favor. This coming week is a different story though. We have a lot less on our plates, we are staying with my sister, and I have my parents to help watch the boys. So this week….it’s ON!
How do you deal with working out on vacation? Do you blow it off or stick with it?
Ever been on vacation with your kids and no help?
Who else had beautiful running weather this week??
Who is training for a marathon right now? How is YOUR training going?