A weekend away

The very first friend I made in college is getting married in a few weeks. As nervous freshman preparing to run on our school’s cross-country team, we teamed up for a run during orientation week. That first fall solidified our friendship – we spent many afternoons and weekends going to practice, scarfing down post-run meals at the dining hall, and spending all weekend traveling for meets. The friendship and the running defined my first semester of college – it’s what comes to mind when I picture Fall 2003. And while my running buddy left the team after that first season, we remained friends throughout all of college. And that’s something I’m particularly happy about. I’ve met many people through running, but you know a friendship is special when you can sustain it when circumstances change.

I spent this past weekend in CT and Boston participating in the bachelorette activities. I’m running a race next weekend, so while I’d like to say that I slept well, ate healthy foods, hydrated with water, and got in some good mileage…I didn’t do any of those things. I drank a lot of wine, ate much pizza, ran 2 miles on Saturday, and slept maybe 6 hours a night. But I’m okay with that. I have the rest of the week to focus on race day prep. There is a time for being a runner and there is a time for being a friend and this weekend’s focus was the latter.

Highlights of the weekend –

I ziplined (the bride-to-be is adventurous!):

Drank a lot (A LOT) of delicious sangria:

Fueled with cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno goodness:

Devoured some PG-13 rated desserts….

Ate a delicious curried chicken salad sandwich from a cafe I loved as an undergrad:

 

Note to self: Re-create this ASAP!

And when I returned to the city last night, I slept for eight glorious hours (8!). I hope to keep that up for the remainder of the week. I’m also picking up some CSA vegetables on Tuesday and am already brainstorming some healthy, race-week worthy dinners.

Here’s how last week’s training panned out:

Mon, Sept 5 – 15 miles total including ~6  miles @ tempo pace

Tues, Sept 6 – 5.75 miles easy

Wed, Sept 7 – 7.25 miles easy

Thurs, Sept 8 – 2 mi shake out run in a.m., 9 miles p.m. including 6 mile tempo (7:41, 7:35, 7:30, 7:05, 6:58, 6:55)

Fri, Sept 9 – 9 miles veryyyyyy easy (run-commute)

Sat, Sept 10 – 2 mile Alumni Run at Wesleyan University

Sun, Sept 11 – 3 miles in Medford, MA

Total: 53 miles, about on target although major lolz to Saturday’s 2-miler…I definitely planned on more than that…

Race Week: I’m not going in to full taper mode for this race. Sure, I’ll get some extra sleep and scale back on the mileage, but I’ll probably still run 6 days this week. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good read on my fitness level and while I’m not going to say 1:30 is out of the question (miracles happen!), I’m more likely in 1:32-1:34 shape right now. And I’m okay with that. I’m still excited to toe the line in Philly, to see what I can do. This training cycling wasn’t perfect (is a training cycle ever perfect??), but I’m proud of the work I’ve put in so far. No matter what happens on Sunday, I plan on running as hard as I can and learning from the race experience. If I can string together another two months of training, like the previous two, I think I’ll be in really sick shape for the Philly half in November.

And oh yeah, one more thing on the horizon – Boston 2012. Assuming my registration goes through (I’ve already submitted an application), I’m doing it. More on that next time…

What’s your go-to party dish? I’ve been thinking about those cheesy, bacon wrapped jalapenos for the past 48 hours!

  • My go-to party dish is chips and salsa, purchased, obviously — or anything else that you can purchase. Damn, I need to learn to cook.

    I LOVE curried chicken salad!!! I need to find a recipe and learn to make it.

  • Nancy Dickison

    Megan,
      How do you run 15 miles on a weekday?  I have never run over 10 on a workday. I struggle with the  high mileage during the week due to the working 5 days/week/trying to cook most of my meals/ having a life balance. By the way, I love your blog and have been following it for over a year. Good job on all of your races and fabulous kitchen creations.

  • Good luck in Philly this weekend and congrats on being able to register for Boston on the first day!! Speedy! Most likely registration will close before I can register but I will probably come up to cheer this year and Boston 2013 for me 🙂

  • Sarah-Mae Pyndus

    YAY Boston! I submit my registration first thing Wednesday morning and am nervous that I won’t make it through this new process again!
    Also, I don’t have a go-to party dish, I always end up making recipes I’ve previously made and loved, but I always change up my dishes depending on the type of event/people!

  • Sarah-Mae Pyndus

    YAY Boston! I submit my registration first thing Wednesday morning and am nervous that I won’t make it through this new process again!
    Also, I don’t have a go-to party dish, I always end up making recipes I’ve previously made and loved, but I always change up my dishes depending on the type of event/people!

  • Sarah-Mae Pyndus

    Nancy, she may not be working on Mondays! For instance, I’m a shift worker who does a 5 on, 5 off cycle – meaning a lot of time for long runs on my 5 days off!

  • Sarah-Mae Pyndus

    Nancy, she may not be working on Mondays! For instance, I’m a shift worker who does a 5 on, 5 off cycle – meaning a lot of time for long runs on my 5 days off!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    It looks like you had a faboulous weekend- good luck for your race! 

  • I think that Monday was labor day.

  • Congrats on decided to do Boston! I did it last year and it was an incredible experience. 

  • So weird to see that you ran in Medford. I run in Medford all the time! (I live in the next town over.)

  • want the cheese jalapeño thingys! and the other thingys! hardy har har.

    looks like a fun weekend, and worth any little bit of training sacrifice. you’ll rock philly next week i’m sure. afterward, or late night, be sure to get a cocktail or two from franklin & mortgage investment co. (awesome bar). and of course bassett’s ice cream. the best!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe your race is this weekend already! That’s so crazy. Your training has been going really well though, friend! I think you’ll kick some ass at this race AND your next half in a few months. Congrats on Boston! I am already excited to cheer for you from my post at mile 24.

    I’m boring, and usually like boatloads of hummus with multiple vehicles at parties 🙂 

  • I love the bride to be…ziplining?  Awesome!

    I can’t believe how your race crept up on us too!  While you don’t think you can hit your original goal time (sub-1:30 is FLYING!), I still think you’ll do awesome with your training…who knows what might happen?

  • Ali

    Ahhh your race is THIS WEEKEND! So crazy. I think you’re going to be amazing and I will throw you one heck of a party whenever you hit that sub-1:30 goal, whether it’s this weekend or in November.

    And if you need spectators in Boston, I’m your girl. Seriously. I will be awesome at it.

  • Super psyched! Glad you had fun in Boston (my 2nd favorite city!) – Super awesome you are planning on running Boston! It’s the best!
    Looking forward to this weekend.You’ll do great. I’m excited.

    My pre-race prep is making me a bit nervous because I’ve been sleeping like crap (hotels…) but am heading home tonight finally. 

    I’ll shoot you an email to coordinate a pre/post run meet up??

  • Katekirk

    Chocolate pecker cupcakes with blue pubes. Your friend is in for an exciting marriage! 

  • Yay!  Good luck with your race next weekend, and of course with Boston training if all goes well with registration.  What do you think of the new registration process this year?  I’ll be back in Boston in just a few short weeks, so I’ll be running through Medford and Somerville and all those good spots again.  Luckily it’s fall so I won’t even miss my northern California weather too much 🙂

  • hope you get through with registration! and good call about celebrating with friends over obsessing over training. life is too short 🙂

  • I have always wanted to go ziplining! It looks so awesome.

    Good luck this weekend!! I can’t believe your race is here already. I bet you will do awesome and I can’t wait to hear how it goes. Whether it’s 1:30 or not, I know you have a speedy half in you!

  • Corey @ runner’s cookie

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! I would love to try ziplining – though maybe not right before my wedding, in case anything happened 🙂
    I’m excited you and Lindsay are doing Boston next year!! Can’t wait to cheer you on (and finally meet you!)

  • Anonymous

    i can’t believe the race is in 4 days! ahhh. the man-friend and i were thinking about going to Mercato for pre-race Italian, do you have any other recommendations?

  • Anonymous

    i just peeped at the Bassett’s website…omg. i am going there post-race!

  • Anonymous

    i ran the New Haven 20k last monday (labor day), so it was a higher mileage day than most. the most i usually run on a workday is 10-12 and that’s usually part of a Thursday night tempo workout with my running club. it’s definitely tough to fit it all in, but i don’t have kids or a husband, so that makes it easier!

  • Anonymous

    i plan on making giant vats of curried chicken salad. i’ll share.