My summer/fall race plans!

Oh hey long lost friends! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to drum up the motivation to write, but I think July is my month to get back on my game in lots of ways–running, training, and blogging. I’ve been easing back into a steady running schedule over the past few weeks, trying to run 3-4 times per week with one longer run and one speed session. This kind of schedule works really well for me when I’m not marathon training, especially because it allows lots of space for yoga and hiking. I’m feeling the itch to kick it up a notch, though, so without further ado… here are my summer/fall race plans!


  • VERTS Sasquatch Sprint Trail Race July 8th: This will be my first official trail race and I’m stoked! It’s really just for fun and to have something to get me back into racing mode. J and I are doing this one together, too, which is awesome.
  • Beach to Beacon 10k August 4th: Total bucket list alert right here!! One of my Oiselle friends lucked into a bib for this notoriously hard-to-get-into race and I happened to be able to snap it up from her. It’s an iconic New England race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson and I’m thrilled to have the chance to run it. Plus, it’ll be my first 10k since 2014 so it’ll be an adventure seeing what I can do at that distance.
  • My wedding Sunday 9/10! Saturday 9/9 we’re holding an easy wedding 5k so I’m counting it on here. Pretty big deal, I’d say 🙂
  • Fall Classic 5k September 18th: I had to throw a 5k into my plans, so this will be a little post-wedding treat (ha). I have raced this course twice, so this will be an effort to PR. I’m hoping that actually training for shorter/speedier stuff will give me a boost in my time. I would love to break 20 minutes in the 5k at some point, so we’ll see how this one goes.
  • Tufts Women’s 10k October 9th: My aforementioned last 10k in 2014 was this race, and it’s still one of my faves! The course is fast and I adore racing against other women.
  • NH Seacoast Half Marathon November 12th: This will be my goal race of the cycle–I’ve got my eyes on the prize for a big half marathon PR. This race checks all my boxes–small, scenic, and not too far away. Plus, this will be J’s first half!

So! There it is–one race a month from now until November. I think it’ll be a nice mix of different distances and big goal races mixed in with “just for fun” races. Given how all over the place this schedule is, I chose to have Coach Laura write me a custom training plan instead of writing one myself. I’m still a little overwhelmed with school (one more course left!!) and wedding planning, so having someone I trust write me a plan made the most sense for me right now. I also have trouble planning out speedwork for myself, so I’m hopeful that having a couple of harder workouts built in every week will help me get ready to push my paces for some big PRs in the shorter distances.

Happy almost fourth, everyone! We’ll be up in Maine through Monday and then back in Boston for the fireworks on Tuesday. Here’s hoping for great weather!!

Running naked, and what’s next

Moonrise running!

I definitely am making my way out of a little bit of a post-marathon running slump. The post-race blues are definitely a real deal thing! I think the darker/cooler weather conditions have really just been killing my inclination to get out there–so I’m strategically planning out my next few months of running and racing to get back on my game, and maybe to even start thinking about another fall marathon next year…

In the meantime, my biggest goal for the past few weeks has been to rediscover running just for the sake of running. I’ve made a conscious  decision to run naked. And no, this doesn’t mean running without clothes! Come on you guys, Boston is chilly! It means trying to run without tracking technology–no GPS watches or tracking apps allowed. I’m even trying not to pre-plan my routes, which is totally out of my comfort zone. I have to say, it has been really nice just to go with the flow without worrying about splits, fueling, or pacing strategies.

That’s Megan in the middle. Hi Megan!

So, what’s next? A while back I signed up for my first Ragnar race with some of my friends and colleagues. While the race isn’t until May, I know the winter months can fly by. I’m guessing some of the longer legs are going to fall to me, so I want to be prepared to anchor my fantastic team! Also big ups to my girl Megan who is running the Boston Marathon and captaining our team–get it, girl 🙂

Since May is still a little far in the future, my pal Maura and I signed up for the Hyannis Half Marathon in late February (apparently running on the Cape is my new thing??) We actually were going to run this race as a marathon relay last year but it got snowed out, so fingers crossed for a slightly less crazy winter this year. Looking good so far, and I’m definitely looking forward to some longer days and less running in the dark. Can’t complain too much, though–on Saturday I went out for my first “long run” since the marathon and I saw some splits with 7’s in the front of them… who knew?? Does anyone else find they’re much speedier when they aren’t running are often, or is it just me?7 mile run

Happy trails, happy belated Chanukah, and merry merry Xmas!