Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon

Back in the fall I signed up for my 5th marathon, the Maine Coast Marathon, as well as the half marathon, in the same weekend. After months of slacking on training (I only did two back to back long runs, I was supposed to do them every other week), I wasn’t sure I was up for the 39.3 challenge. My goal for the weekend was to run the half marathon on Saturday conservatively to save energy for the next day, have fun, and to feel good. I wanted to finish the half and then evaluate for Sunday. I didn’t tell many people I was running both races because my head was full of doubts that I could run both back to back.

Friday rolled around and it was time for Jordan and I to drive to Kennebunk, Maine. I had never been to Maine was was super excited to check out the Maine Coast. (Turns out, I love Maine.)

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We stayed right in Kennebunk, a short drive to the coast and to the marathon start/finish area. The half began in Biddeford at the University of New England campus, about a 20 minute drive from our motel.  A few of my good friends were running the half marathon, so it was loads of fun to hang out in Maine with them.

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The day turned out to be much warmer than expected. Thankfully I opted for the ARE tank top! The sun was beating down during the entire race.

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I took it slow and enjoyed the scenic views, making sure to walk the hills (there weren’t that many), and to drink at each water station to stay properly hydrated. My goal was to finish feeling strong because I’d have to run double the distance the following day. One thing was for sure, the views during the half marathon were incredible!

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Despite the warm temperature, I felt great the whole race. My legs felt fresh. I was feeling good! I finished the half in 2:25:04, just over an 11 minute mile. Okay. I felt good and decided to at least start the marathon the next day.

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Jordan got to take his road bike out and ride some of the course–he found me near the end to cheer me on! The medal we got was awesome-a mermaid with a bottle opener.

Even though it was a hot race and not everyone hit their goals, we still had fun out there.

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The race provided runners with 1 slice of pizza and two Shipyard beers! It was kind of early when we finished, so we didn’t have our beers, but we had plans to visit some Maine breweries later on.

After we showered, we drove to Portland. We first stopped at Bissell Brothers, followed by Allagash Brewing.

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Free beer tasting, anyone? They were so good!

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Portland was such a cool town. We loved it! I can’t wait to go back and explore more.

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So, Day 1 of Maine Coast Marathon weekend was complete. Next up: the full marathon! Stay tuned…

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Pub Run at Wolff’s Biergarten

Last night was the first of Fleet Feet’s pub run series! We met at Wolff’s Biergarten in downtown Albany for a four mile run from Broadway up to Lark, down Madison Avenue and back down to Wollf’s.

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When I got there, a rep from On Swiss Performance Running Shoes told me I could demo some running shoes in exchange for a free beer after the run. Sign me up! I got to demo the Cloudflier, a lightweight stability shoe with some cushioning.

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I loved the colors and the reflective stripes on them! The were also nice and wide in the toe box, which made them very comfy. However, by the end of the run I did notice some pressure on the bottoms of my feet, so ultimately I don’t think they had enough cushioning for me in the forefoot. They sell these shoes at Fleet Feet if anyone is interested in trying them out, too!

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//photo from Fleet Feet Albany’s Facebook page!//

After the run, we all gathered at Wollf’s for a drink. It was a lot of fun! Next week, the run starts at Brown’s in Troy, which I will be gladly attending also!

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New Years Fun and the Hangover Half Marathon

Happy new year! I can’t believe it’s 2016 already. Where does the time go? My good friend Jackie and her husband Brian came up to visit from NJ on Thursday for New Years. Jordan and I brought them to Thacher so Brian could try fat biking with Jordan. It finally snowed and the trails were covered in snow/ice!

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Jackie and I just walked to the hang glider cliff while the guys rode the mountain bikes. It was really quiet there with not many people on the trail. We only saw one other guy trail running. We chatted with him for a little bit when we stopped at the lookout, but it got cold pretty quick, so we headed back.

IMG_0641The sun started to go down–the clouds had this pretty glow. I love that!

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It was nice to spend new years eve outside, even if it was just a short hike! We didn’t get too crazy that evening. We played some games and had a few drinks. Very low-key!

Hangover Half Marathon

The next day I was planning on running my third Hangover Half Marathon. Organized by the HMRRC, one of our local running clubs, the Hangover Half is a no-frills race on New Years Day that starts at SUNY Albany. I had zero goals, as usual. It turned out to be a pretty decent run for me. I finished in 2:15:35, about a 10:10 per mile pace. Not bad, considering my last long run was only 9 miles. And with that, my marathon training cycle officially began!

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Can’t say I missed the endless State Office Campus loops though.

Shipyard Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge Goals

It’s been awhile since I’ve set goals for myself. But this time I have some I want to stick to for this training cycle.

  • Clean up my eating and drink less alcohol
  • Weight train 2x per week (either with Bootcamp or Kinetix classes at my gym)
  • Speedwork or hill workout 1x per week
  • Yoga 1x per week

Don’t forget, if you plan on signing up for any of the Maine Coast Races, use my code JenM for $5 off you registration fee!

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2015 Troy Turkey Trot 10K

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! This year, I made a pie for my family’s Thanksgiving get-together. It was a maple-pumpkin with a streusel topping and it came out fantastic! It was my first time making a pumpkin pie and I’ll definitely keep this recipe around for next year.

Before festivities began, I got up early to get ready for the Turkey Trot 10K! Since I’m living in Troy again, it was a must-do! For my warm up, I ran to the start where I waited to run into friends. After wandering around for about 15 minutes, I got in the 10 minute mile corral and  finally spotted Kathleen. We chatted for about 5 minutes before the race started.

I had no big plans for it, just to run and hoping to come in under an hour! With a first mile clocking in at 10 minutes, and feeling good, I decided to race and keep my pace under a 10 minute mile. I felt great despite running 6 miles with the ARE on Wednesday night at SUNY.

Running the 10K has its benefits: it starts at 8:00 so you are done early and can get ready for Thanksgiving earlier and it’s a lot less crowded than the 5K!



I love the race analysis feature on Strava.

TTTGood to know that my Garmin watch is pretty accurate–it was only 9 seconds off from my actual race time.

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Immediately after crossing the finish line I spotted the friends that I was looking for at the start! Everyone had a great race! It was awesome.

Next up: the Hot Chocolate 5K in Northampton!

After the Turkey Trot I headed home to get ready for Thanksgiving! Jordan, his mom and I all went to my parents for an early dinner -my parents like to do the Thanksgiving Lunch! And everyone loved my pie!

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2015 After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon

Sunday I ran the After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon for the second time! I raved about this race last year due to the gorgeous scenery and this year it did not disappoint! We had chilly weather because it was a little breezy but once I started running, I was fine.

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This race is held at Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve and runs through the Shawangunk Ridgeline. Beautiful!

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The course also loops around Lake Awosting and Lake Minnewaska.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 8.17.47 AMI think the race ran in the opposite direction this time. The first half went up the mountain. Yikes. There was a total elevation gain of 1,012′ — and after a few months off from serious hiking I could tell because it was a struggle.

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Last year my time was 2:43:15–this year I finished in 2:34:12–still one of my slowest races, but my goal was to just have fun and enjoy the views.

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{A view from the beginning of the race–one of the many!}

I love this park, I’m planning on coming back here to mountain bike and snowshoe!

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