My husband came up with a fantastic idea for my last weekend of summer vacay: go to the beach for the day, but get there really early so we could run. It was music to my ears! Of course, actually getting up out of bed before dawn so we could drive an hour to the shore was easier said than done. But we both pushed through the exhaustion and arrived at the beach in record time. It was quite gorgeous when we set out.
The beach we went to was the same one where the New Jersey Marathon took place in early May. This gave us an advantage, because between the two of us, we knew the roads pretty well. I mapped out a five mile route that kept us along the water for the most part. There was a nice cool breeze when we started, and though the sun was out, it was pretty awesome running on the boardwalk. In addition to the regular Saturday morning runners, there were two road races going on, so we made sure to stay out of the way of anyone wearing a bib. Here's a pic my husband took of me reliving the marathon course.
After five miles, I was ready for a water break, but my husband suggested we tack on a bit more. I had mixed feelings about this, but who am I to turn down mileage. We ended up with 5.6 miles for the day along with big smiles on our faces. It's hard to see, but we're pretty happy with our effort in this picture (plus we knew it was iced coffee time!)
The rest of the day was blissful. We soaked in the rays (wearing spf 60, of course) and enjoyed the shops and restaurants on the shore. We even dined at the same lunch spot from the marathon (though this time I could enjoy a bloody mary ;)) All in all, a pefect day with my favorite person!
Other than that out of town run, there was a (solo) 6.25 miler on Friday. And this week, much to my dismay, New York has decided to grace us with another heat wave. In addition, I've rejoined the working world, so my running has taken a turn for the worse. Last night my husband and I did an evening run (3 miles) and even though the sun was long gone, some parts felt like running in a sauna. I enjoyed the company but not the choking furnace-like conditions. When will summer end!?!! Today I was pretty worn out from the drastic change from doing whatever I please all day to organized thinking and relentless meetings (in a/c-less rooms). Since temps were well into the 90s, it was all I could do to drag myself down to the gym tonight for some cross training and lifting. After this (literally) hellish summer, I am eagerly awaiting fall and hoping that the cooler weather will help alleviate my suffering mileage.