Weekly Wrap – August 10 to 16

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?

13 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap – August 10 to 16”

  1. How great that you can train with your sister for your half marathon! I wish my sister lived closer, but we have run races together and it is always fun! Looks like you had a great running week! Nice that you can soak your feet in the ocean after a run by the beach!

    1. We live about 4 hours apart, so it was really nice to get to do some training together while we were on vacation together! We haven’t ever run a race together, and I’m really looking forward to it next month!

  2. Unless I’m on a racecation, I normally relax on vacation. I’ll build it in to my training schedule so I’m not crunched for time later on.

  3. Apparently you’re another person I’m in sync with because I did 9 miles this weekend, too, and also felt like I could go on & on. It ain’t always like that!

    I LOVE running on the beach. Rarely get the opportunity, but I do it down where the sand is packed & I do it barefoot. Heaven.

    1. Very cool! Runs like that make it all worth it 🙂 Also so cool that you run on the beach barefoot. I see people doing that and I wish I could, but it just doesn’t work for me.

  4. I love to run when we are at the beach, but not on the sand. It’s too soft and fluffy. I like running by the quaint cottages and along the main beach road, anywhere I can catch the breeze. I can almost see the humidity in a couple of those pictures. I hope someone will play Frisbee! We like that and tossing the football too. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Thanks so much for linking up with us today!

    1. It’s always nice to check out some new scenery, especially with an ocean breeze! I never ended up playing Frisbee, but I did rope my little sister into a game of soccer on the beach one evening 🙂

  5. Oh Meagan!I love the beach and your staying in a campground! How awesome is that! One of the things I like about being on vacation is the fact that it is a different place to run and the beach is great! I don’t actually run on the beach either but a sidewalk or beach road is great! A few weeks ago I was at the beach and got in 5 miles and I rarely say this but that was about the easiest 5 miles I’ve ever done! My mind was contentiously entertained by the water or by beach houses, and businesses til I didn’t even realize I had almost finished! Have fun camping at the beach and thanks so much for linking up with us this week!

    1. We love having our camper and being able to stay in a campground at the beach, plus it’s easy to have the dogs travel with us! Sounds like the beach makes for good running for the both of us!

  6. Loved running with you this week! That 9 miles was a great run and time flew by! That last mile was tough but we did it 🙂 So excited that the next time we will be running together, it will be in the Hokie Half!!

  7. How cool that you got to run with your sister on her first nine-miler. I haven’t been on any training runs with Daniel while he trains for the Parks Half, but I can’t wait to run it with him, his first half, on September 13th!

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