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Half Marathon Training

by Alaina on April 16, 2011 · 17 comments

I think I’m all caught up now! If you missed my last posts, they are: Texas, love this coffee house, dinner at Back Bay Social Club, and concierge event and lunch. Smile

Another thing that’s been keeping me busy is my half marathon training! It’s less than two months to the Run to Remember half marathon and although I think my running is still going well, I haven’t really been dedicated to the tempo runs and intervals. The last week of March and beginning of April was spent getting ready to go to Texas, spending time in Texas, and then getting myself back from vacation. Since coming home, I haven’t been to the YMCA. In fact, I’ve forgotten the combination to my lock! And of course, I scratched it off the back of the lock and I didn’t write it down anywhere. Hmm…That ever happen to you? Maybe I should just buy a new lock.

Since my Texas trip, I’ve logged a total of 7 running workouts on Daily Mile. I’ve done some strength and yoga, but I don’t usually log those. Of the runs, I’ve done two long runs (7 miles and 8 miles) and a few shorter runs for speed. My 7 mile run was on the hotel treadmill because it was just too hot to run outside in Dallas. I have to admit, the run was tough. I had my music with me and David running next to me, but the miles just took so long. I averaged about 10 minute miles. The 8 mile run this past Thursday was A-MAZING! I ran along the Charles River at 7:30 in the morning and the sun was shining with just a slight breeze. I ran it strong the whole way and ran it at about 9:45 minute miles. Smile 

My training days have also been out of whack compared to the Hal Higdon guide I was planning on following. With my crazy schedule, it’s sometimes hard to keep a running schedule too. But I definitely do my best to at least get my long runs in and cross train adequately too.

Alright, enough with the running! On Thursday, I had the day off and I headed to Portsmouth to have lunch with my cousin, Angie, who’s birthday is next week. We went to the Portsmouth Brewery for lunch. The service was a little spotty. It was evident when the server longingly looked outside and said he wished he was out there. We didn’t see him too much throughout the meal, so we’re wondering if he actually did go outside!

portsmouth brewery

For lunch, I had the veggie burger with provolone cheese and sautéed onions. It was really good! I had it with a side of chips and salsa.

veggie burger 

I was actually really impressed with their menu. In addition to the veggie burger, they had tofu and tempeh on the menu. I want to go back to try their extensive beer list too. Winking smile

Later that day, I was invited by the GBCA and Panorama magazine to try out the new Boston Olive Oil Company on Newbury Street for a tasting. There were a few other concierge there as well and we had free rein of the store to try any combinations of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. I tried an espresso with lemon, fig with mushroom and sage, pumpkin spice, coconut, pomegranate and their basic olive oils.




For the olive oils, we were instructed to hold the paper cup in our hands, rotate to warm it up, sniff it, then slurp it like your momma always told you not too. Out of the three (frantoio verde robusto, mission, arbequina) that we tried, the mission was the smoothest, with the other two having a distinct peppery aftertaste to it. I can’t wait to come back to the store to pick up some pomegranate, fig and coconut. And you can do a tasting anytime you like, although they recommend that if you don’t plan on buying anything to keep the tasting to a minimum. But it’s a very fun evening, especially if you get a group together to go.

This weekend is the Boston Marathon!! It’s been crazy busy at the hotel and I look forward to recapping the weekend for you all next week!

Will you be in Boston this weekend?

Portsmouth Brewery is located at 56 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH. Boston Olive Oil Company is located at 262 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle April 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

The Boston Olive Oil Company reminds me of LeRoux Kitchen in Maine. I’ve got to give this place a visit!

I’ll be in town this weekend (obviously) and hoping the rain will stop soon for my race this morning!


2 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 17, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’m excited to see your Boston Marathon recap!

I’m obviously no expert, but I think you’ll be fine with your 1/2 marathon. To me, those running schedules are just a guide — I think you have a good attitude and as long as you run when you can and you push yourself, you’ll do fine! To me, running is more mental than physical, so as long as your head is in it, you’ll be ok!


3 Ameena April 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I don’t know much about marathons but I agree with previous commenters that the guides are just that…guides! IT sounds like you are doing a great job in any case!!

As far as the lock goes…I’ve had to buy so many! But then I realized that I just need to keep my codes the same every time. :)


4 Alaina April 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Ameena! I may just buy a lock that comes with a key. I have too many codes to remember. :-)


5 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

You will still rock your race! I haven’t been following a plan but I feel pretty prepared for my race in two weeks. At first, I was going to make my own plan, and then I was going to follow Hal Higdon’s, but in the end, I decided I would just take it day by day.


6 Alaina April 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Thank you! Day by day seems to be what’s working for me. I’m so excited for this race. :-) I do feel good about.


7 Simply Life April 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I’ll be running that half-marathon as well!


8 Alaina April 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Very cool! I know a few bloggers that are running it too. Maybe we can meet up! Have you ran it before?


9 Sara April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Your half-marathon training sounds exactly the way mine is going! I’ve been skimping on the speed work due to a pretty hectic schedule, and my 7 mile run was infinitely harder than my 8 mile run! I keep rearranging my (well, Hal’s) training plan to fit my schedule – it’s definitely undergone some tweaks, so it’s nice to know that someone else out there is having a similar experience.

Portsmouth Brewery is amazing! Their beer is fantastic, definitely worth a second trip!

Best of luck to you as you continue training! I can’t believe the Run to Remember is suddenly less than 2 months from now!


10 Alaina April 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I know it! I’m getting really excited though. I think it’s going to be a fun race. :-)


11 pawsitivelife April 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Eeek, your training reminds me that I should remember to incorporate speed and interval training for my marathon. Im good at the long distances but anything else is out of my comfort zone. The brewery looks sooo good, so glad summer beer season is coming!


12 Jen April 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I’m really happy to hear that your half marathon training is going well…and I’m also a little jealous! I’m itching to train for something! Huge props to you for getting those tough speed workouts in. They are a mental challenge!

Love the olive oil tasting. How cool!!!


13 Alaina April 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I am happy with the way it’s been going considering my work situation. I’m getting the itch to sign up for more half marathons this year. This will be the year of the half. Once David is home, we might tackle another marathon together. :-)


14 MelissaNibbles April 19, 2011 at 5:15 am

It sounds like you’re doing the best you can with the training and making it fit your lifestyle. As long as your consistent, I wouldn’t worry about straying from the plan.

I love Portsmouth, NH. I’ll have to check out that restaurant on my next trip. Great meeting you in person finally yesterday!


15 Alaina April 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’m anxious to go back and try their beer. Maybe we can go up together! :-)


16 Matt April 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I think Boston has the best food ever.


17 Alaina April 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Definitely. It’s so diverse here, I love it! Although too many restaurants are getting into small plates. It’s getting overbearing. If I want small plates, I’ll go tapas. :-)


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