Throughout the summer and fall of 2013 and 2014, I did weekly training recaps as I trained for the Thunder Road and Marine Corps Marathons. After getting in the habit, I typically continued to do weekly workout recaps. But then I fell out of the habit, and it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of those. Today, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’ for their Weekly Wrap link up, to recap my week of running at the beach. How fitting that the badge for this link up is a bird flying over the ocean!
I recently shared that my little sister has decided to train for the Hokie Half Marathon, and that we are going to run together in September. Since we are both at the beach, we have been doing our training together, which has been fun! Monday was supposed to be a cross training day, but it was our first day on the beach so we mostly just relaxed. We did take a slow walk on the sand looking for beach glass, though.
Tuesday morning was our first running day. My little sister and I headed out in the morning for a 4 mile run, with our matching handheld water bottles. We are staying in a campground, so we ran up to the campground entrance and turned onto the main road, which has a nice little path along it.
Wednesday morning we headed out for a 3 mile run together. My calves and shins were feeling very sore from walking around in flip flops since arriving at the beach on Sunday. I don’t normally wear flip flops at home. It was also very muggy and humid for this run, but we got it done.
Thursday morning I ended up running solo because my little sister’s shin was bothering her. I got in 4 miles, which included a little trip down into a beach town area (about a mile down the road from our campground) and a fast finish back through the campground.
Friday was a rest day and then it was time for a long run on Saturday morning. My little sister and I ran 9 miles together, which was the longest she has ever run! We got started just after sunrise.
The weather was relatively cool early on, and we had a great run together. For me, it was one of those runs where you feel like you could run forever. I also really enjoyed being along for the ride as R conquered a new personal distance record.
My dad rode along on his bike during our run, and refilled our water bottles halfway. By 8 AM it was getting pretty hot out there! We got it done, though. Nine miles in the books and one step closer to the Hokie Half Marathon.
I pretty much do all of my running on the roads and paths surrounding the campground while we are at the beach. I’m not a big fan of actually running on the beach, although occasionally I will do my last half mile out there. My favorite thing about being at the beach and running is walking in the ocean barefoot afterward. It feels so good!
We’ve got a few more days here, so I’ll be getting in a bit more running before it’s time to head home. Hopefully I can convince someone to play soccer or Frisbee with me on the beach, because I haven’t done either of those yet!
What type of exercise routine do you follow when you’re on vacation?