Changing Gears

Changing gears? Has Megan become a cyclist or something? Hah, nope, I’m referring to a bit of a change in my half-marathon training. The (not so) big announcement that I referred to last week is this – in addition to the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon on September 18, I’m also signed up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 20. Same city, similar courses, but the November race will give me an extra 2 months to work on my sub-1:30 goal in case things don’t pan out in September.

I’m still planning on racing the Rock and Roll Half, but given my current fitness level and workout times, a 1:32-1:33 finish is more likely than 1:29-1:30. Maybe I’ll feel awesome on race day and will run a PR….but it’s also possible that I won’t. And so, I want to give myself another chance at the race distance this fall. Stay tuned for how I plan on training for this…I’m still working that out. In any event, I’ll probably take at least 3-4 days off completely after the September race so that I don’t end up burned out by November.

I did plenty of good eating and running this weekend. On Saturday, I met up with fellow CPTC’ers Lindsay and Alex for 12+ miles down Park Avenue and across the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. It took me awhile for my legs to get movin’, but after about mile 5 I settled into a groove and most of our miles were faster than 8:30 pace. I’m trying to be more focused when it comes to pace – unless I’m doing a recovery run, I should be running closer to 8:00/8:30 pace vs. 9:00 pace. Meeting up with speedy friends always helps!

It also helps to be well fueled for a long run. I did my part by hydrating with a bottle of red wine on Friday evening. I limited myself to 1.5 glasses…it took strength. Friday evening’s wine and food were from a little French bistro in the West Village called Camaje. We also got 50% off the bill (thanks ScoutMob!). I am going to base all of my food decisions based on discounts from now on. 91% serious about that.

So yes, a smooth petit syrah to begin…

Followed up by the Abigail Salad (mesclun, nectarine, radish, goat cheese).

Hot crab dip and bruschetta (split with the man-friend).

and smoked macaroni and cheese!!!

We also unearthed a Gilt Group deal for the Soft Serve Fruit Company (it was technically expired, but I sweet-talked the manager into accepting the certificate at face value…).

Look at how big the portions are – yay! This stuff is gluten and dairy free and made from only 3 ingredients – fruit, water, and a lil bit of sugar. I chose the “crunchy-salty” sundae which was banana soft serve, hot peanut butter, chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces. I don’t remember what man-friend got, but it definitely wasn’t as good as mine

😉

Yes, I was definitely well-fueled for that 12-miler.

After Saturday’s run, I only had an hour to eat, shower, dress, and pack for a wedding in New Jersey. I was really worried I was going to forget something vital (shoes?!) or miss the train, but luckily man-friend and I arrived in one piece. And the wedding was a lot of fun! Does dancing count as cross-training? I think I might need to add it to my training log.

Sunday, however, was definitely considered a hungover recovery run. AR was also a wedding attendee, so we braved the wet and wild roads of New Jersey for an easy, rainy 6-miler on Sunday morning.

This is what we were doing 8 hours prior to our run….it was slightly more enjoyable.

With some rainy miles and a long NJ Transit ride behind me, I was more than ready for some hearty brunch (continental hotel breakfasts never quite deliver). Man-friend and I checked out another ScoutMob deal spot – The Cupping Room – and it didn’t disappoint.

Umm, check out his ridic eggs benedict with avocado, melted cheese, and smoked salmon. I was a little jealous.

But my avocado, jarlsberg, and sprouts sandwich on homemade foccacia wasn’t too shabby. I think they put an entire avocado on this sandwich. And the handcut frech fries were perfect for soaking up the remnants of my hangover!

Alright blog friends, I’m off to begin the packing/moving process (omg omg omg). I’m not sure when I will re-emerge. Maybe Thursday. Possibly next week. Please don’t forget about me. I promise to be back!

Unless a heavy box falls on me.

  • AR

    Three cheers for slow, hilly, post drinking runs in the pouring rain! Saved my ass. I hit up a Sonic on the way home – not nearly as pretty as what you had. But perfect for a hangover. <3

    Also, I keep getting tempted to register for Philly. You reminded me of this yet again.

  • Anonymous

    do it!!!!! we can eat cheesesteak afterward for teh iron.

  • H-woman

    That meal looks delicious!

    I love your friend’s dress! Do you know where she got it?

    =)

  • Dancing definitely counts as cross training! I’ve been wanting to try the soft serve fruit company – looks pretty good! Maybe a little bit healthier than 16 Handles? ha!

    I think having a back up plan is a great idea – it’ll take pressure off the Sept race, knowing that you have another shot and, sometimes, that works the best for me (taking the pressure off).

  • AR

    Muse made the dress, I found it at Lord and Taylor. I think Macys and Nordstrom carry them as well. They run a bit small!

  • H-woman

    I can’t find it online anywhere! =(

  • Page

    Sweet! With both of those races in the bag, if one doesn’t go as planned, you have the other one to knock out of the park. You’ll get that sub-1:30!

    Good luck moving!

  • Alexandra F

    One of my colleagues just recommended The Cupping Room to me and seeing those pictures I know why… Yummm!
    Good luck with moving!

  • YUM, all of that food makes my mouth water! I love living in Toronto for its cuisine diversity, but your posts always make me wish I could live in NYC for a bit too because it always seems like you have the best food adventures. 🙂 New running scenery wouldn’t be so bad either. 😉

    Happy packing and good luck with your move!

  • Ali

    I may be considering the November Philly Half…

    Also, you looked beautiful at the wedding. It’s weird seeing runner friends in “real clothes.”

  • OMG you’re packing! That means your move is real. Sad face.

    I think your racing plan sounds great! It’s always good to have a back-up plan, and I have no doubt you’ll PR in at least one of those races. I’ve been to the soft serve fruit Co. but had NO idea they made delicious sundaes like that. Yum. And yesss, let’s run tomorrow morning!

  • Allie @ fitness class fanatic

    Dancing is most definitely to be counted as cross training!!! Happy packing!

  • Woohoo!! Philly half – awesome. But you’re seriously making me question my training as well!!! getting nervious/anxious/excited. I’m definitely amping up the speed workouts this next month. Only a month???? yikes.
    Good luck packing – it’s never any fun but just grin and bear it and soon you’ll be all settled.
    And all that food looks amazing, especially the crab dip – yum!

  • the November half marathon sounds like a great idea- I bet a few more weeks of training will help everything come together! As much as I love cross country, I am a little bummed to have to postpone taking down the 1:30 mark (it should have happened already darn it! that’s what I get for running one half in the last two years.)

    but what I REALLY wanted to say was that I was AT Concannon the weekend before last. Friend got married and they had the pre-wedding picnic there (I’m from the East Bay, so it’s about a 35-40 min drive from where my parents live). I had their Syrah (2007 or 2008, not sure) and then some other Forest Hill label that I think was w/their grapes. The Syrah was just okay. I mean, it was good, just that there was nothing really distinctive or unexpected about it. But I think the consensus was that the Petit Sirah was a bit better, so I wonder what you thought of it.

  • RunTheLongRoad

    I’m running both of those races too.  RnR will be a “fun run” as it’s a week post-marathon for me but I’m hoping to PR at the Philly Half.  I actually prefer the Philly Half to the RnR…better course, better spectators, better weather.  

  • Anonymous

    hooray! i’m glad to hear of other runners doing this race. and you’re right about the weather – September in Philly could still turn out quite warm…

  • Anonymous

    i’m definitely not an expert, but i can say that i liked this wine. it was fruity and peppery and went well with my smoked mac and cheese 🙂 i also don’t think it was that expensive, maybe $30? not bad for restaurant mark-up!

  • I think this is a great idea. And, hello, tons of people do this. It’s called a contingency plan. Like bringing a second blouse out if you’re wearing white to a spaghetti dinner. Anyway! Couldn’t talk myself into coughing up $100 for the half, but I could be convinced to roadtrip down to the Ciudad of brotherly love for some spectating XTREME.

    This comment was apparently written by a syntactically impaired 12-year-old boy. 

  • Anonymous

    yeahh!! you, AR, and i could have a sleepover party ala Ramada Inn Flemington.

  • Anonymous

    yeahh!! you, AR, and i could have a sleepover party ala Ramada Inn Flemington.

  • of course dancing counts!!!  omg to that smoked mac and cheese! seriously yummy fuel!

  • Corey @ runner’s cookie

    Yay for weddings and dancing, running and good food! Sounds like the perfect weekend. I like your back-up half marathon plan – that must take a lot of the pressure off. I think it’s always good to shoot to run my very best but also be realistic with myself, thinking about where I’m at in my training and how that should translate to race time. I bet you will be more than ready to tweak some things and PR in November if it doesn’t happen in Sept!
    p.s. you + man friend look so very cute together 🙂

  • Having another race is a great idea! Nothing wrong with having a back-up. And, even if everything goes right and you run an awesome sub-1:30 race at RnR, whose to say you can’t go even faster in November? 🙂 At the very least, having 2 races to shoot for takes some of the pressure off.

    And I think I have the opposite problem with my runs. I probably do most of them too fast – so recovery runs aren’t really run at a “recovery” pace. Part of this is because I run alone most of the time, so don’t have someone else to remind me to run at a conversational pace…and another part of it is that there’s this huge part of me that just loves running sub-8’s. It’s stupid and probably not doing my training any good, but it’s so second nature now that I just naturally go out faster. …which I think can lead to tough, miserable runs like my 17-miler last weekend. Anyway, sometimes I just get so annoyed with stressing about what pace I SHOULD be running at any given time that I need a break to run whatever pace my body feels like. I think it’s good to be conscious of it, but sometimes you just need a break from all that feedback and the programmed runs, you know?

    Sorry for going off on a long tangent…  Good luck packing and with the move!! I hope it all goes smoothly!

  • Having another race is a great idea! Nothing wrong with having a back-up. And, even if everything goes right and you run an awesome sub-1:30 race at RnR, whose to say you can’t go even faster in November? 🙂 At the very least, having 2 races to shoot for takes some of the pressure off.

    And I think I have the opposite problem with my runs. I probably do most of them too fast – so recovery runs aren’t really run at a “recovery” pace. Part of this is because I run alone most of the time, so don’t have someone else to remind me to run at a conversational pace…and another part of it is that there’s this huge part of me that just loves running sub-8’s. It’s stupid and probably not doing my training any good, but it’s so second nature now that I just naturally go out faster. …which I think can lead to tough, miserable runs like my 17-miler last weekend. Anyway, sometimes I just get so annoyed with stressing about what pace I SHOULD be running at any given time that I need a break to run whatever pace my body feels like. I think it’s good to be conscious of it, but sometimes you just need a break from all that feedback and the programmed runs, you know?

    Sorry for going off on a long tangent…  Good luck packing and with the move!! I hope it all goes smoothly!

  • JEL-LUS of yer AR shenanigans.

    Good luck with the move!  I want to come visit and see the new place! 🙂

  • GOOD LUCK MOVING, lady! love scoutmob. let’s hit up brooklyn scoutspots soon!

  • AR

    Now I REALLY want to register!