First of all for the Labor Day weekend Emir and I both took off Friday and Tuesday in addition to our 3 day weekend since the kids school was closed. We decided to spend 5 days at our condo in Wildwood. An end of the unofficial summer vacation. Of course being on vacation is never a reason for us to not run. Heck, we plan our vacations around running. Lucky for us, my sister decided to come down for a few days as well. She agreed to watch the kids for us Saturday morning so we could run together AGAIN, second week in a row!!! Then comes Saturday morning. We set the alarm for 5:30 so we could be out by 6:30. Right around 6:30 as we were about to head out, all hell breaks loose. Una starts screaming which of course wakes up Niko. He's crying because he doesn't want us to go run and also he's upset because he's so afraid that we will make him go back to sleep. Have I told you how much this kid hates to sleep!?!! AHHH!! I felt terrible! I didn't want Cindy to have to deal with this. But being the awesome sister and aunt that she is, she laid on the sofa with Una with a bottle and got Niko to lay on the sofa with his tablet resting watching a cartoon. Una finished her bottle and I took her to put her back to bed that's when she threw up all over the place. Emir and I were freaking out, "you just go!" "No you just go!" Thank goodness for Cindy, she intervened and said "let's clean this up and then you are both going!" And that's what happened. The run itself was a 16 miler. We ran down the boardwalk to the sea wall to Ocean Drive. We ran to about the middle of Stone Harbor and then back. It was a fairly tough run. It was hotter than expected also due to the fact we left about 45 minutes later than planned and it was humid. It didn't feel great but I've definitely felt worse. Emir says he doesn't like running at the shore because he finds it boring. I on the other hand love it. Just having the view of the ocean, the beach and the bay is very relaxing and makes me happy. As I have said I'm a total beach bum.
|Us on our beach in Wildwood, NJ|
Sunday we should have done a 4 miler however we opted to switch that run to Monday in lieu of extra sleep. Una woke us up at 3 AM with a fever. Of course we were out of baby Tylenol so off I went to the CVS open 24 hours. It was rather interesting being a sober person observing the people out and about at 3 AM ;-)
Niko at Morey's Piers
Monday and Tuesday were morning 4 milers at the shore. It was pretty humid both days and Emir and I had to take turns going out. They felt pretty hard. Sunday we were at the amusement park with the kids for almost 6 hours until about 11 PM and Monday we climbed the Cape May lighthouse which was 217 steps in a sweatbox. I think our legs were feeling it.
The lighthouse in Cape May
Smaller trail near our house
Thursday and Friday Emir did his runs in the morning before work while I took the kids to school then I did mine after work. Thursday was 8 miles and Friday was 4 miles. The 4 miler we switched to Friday instead of one of the days over the weekend because I had to work both days of the weekend and we both needed to get in a 14 miler as well. By Friday's run, I was definitely feeling pretty tired!!
Niko and Una at Forbidden Drive Trail
It's felt like a tough week and a half or so of training. Maybe all the switching around didn't work out so well as far as then we ran a lot of days in a row and this week was supposed to be a down week! But I feel like doing that is way better than skipping a bunch of runs. Also 5 days of "vacation" at the beach, I wouldn't call relaxing or restful. Don't get me wrong, we had a great time! But not much rest is going on with a 4 year old and 16 month old. We definitely did way more activities and were busier than an average weekend which while tons of fun took it's toll. Of course Emir is already worrying away about the rest of training. Starting this week, it's all up weeks through our 50K race October 6th. Our next several weekends are as follows: 18 miler, 20 miler, 20 & 10 miler and then the 50K. I'm sure it's going to be hard and I'm going to feel like I want to die at times but in the end I know it will be worth it and honestly even when I feel like I want to die, I'm still so happy to be running.
I could have used more of this!!