first boardwalk run of season & workout recap


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I took my long run down to the Long Beach boardwalk yesterday morning, leaving you wondering what the heck happened to the 10 mile race I said I would be running today.

long beach boardwalk

I made the decision to not run the 10 mile race this morning — let me explain:

I originally thought this 10 mile race was tomorrow, not today. Today my son has not one, but two Bar Mitzvah parties to attend.

While yes, I still could have made my way to the 8:00 am race start down at the beach, rushed back to shower at my parents’ house (where my son would have needed to stay overnight so that I could run this race) and then proceeded to schlep back towards the beach to get him to where the first party is located followed by picking him up a few hours later, going home and then schlepping back out to get him to the next party, the logistics just seemed overly exhausting and really not worth it when I can run 10 miles anywhere, at any time.

What really sealed the deal was my son’s interest in getting tickets for last night’s Mets game. The Mets were honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team so when I checked the weather forecast and it was calling for a beautiful night, I got us tickets for the game and completely nixed this morning’s race idea in the process.

It’s important to remember that while races are fun and challenging, you can make any run right outside your door fun and challenging while still living your life and enjoying what else there is to do. Besides, it’s rare my son allows me to be seen with him in public so I take what I can get.

I didn’t plan to run at the beach yesterday morning but when I woke up, it was so gorgeous outside that I figured why not go down to the boardwalk? I had more time and flexibility yesterday so it sort of gave me my first taste of summer fix that I would have gotten had I run the race this morning.

workout recap including running, Pure Barre and yoga

Monday – 7 Miles & Pure Barre

After my run (average pace 8:58), I did the Full Body workout from the Pure Barre Tone in 10 Series. On the days that I only do one Pure Barre Tone in 10 workout, the full body workout is the best choice since it targets every area – core, arms, thighs, seat, abs – all in just 10 minutes.

Tuesday – 8 Miles

It was drizzling when I started my run which turned into a full on downpour of rain. I wasn’t sure if I was stepping in puddles or if what I felt was simply my wet socks in my shoes.

I started out running the countdown fartlek workout Laura gave me in my half marathon training plan but after a few miles, I stopped timing the intervals because I did not want to take my phone out of my pocket due to the heavier rain. It was still a great run though!


Wednesday – 40 Minutes Running & Pure Barre

40 minutes easy running which was I think around 4.30 miles followed by the Pure Barre Mile High Series DVD #1.

Thursday – 10 Miles

I did not plan to run 10 miles but after completing my new 8 mile tempo interval workout, I just kept the cool down going.

MapMyRun’s new way of showing splits once you hit 10 miles doesn’t give you a good read on how well I ran this tempo interval workout! The splits display your overall average pace at each mile mark rather than your pace per mile.


Friday – 30 Minutes Running & Pure Barre

I wanted to run longer but I didn’t want to overdo myself with a long run on the schedule for tomorrow. A little over 3 miles before heading home for Pure Barre Studio Series DVD #3.

Pure Barre

Saturday – 13 Boardwalk Miles!

If I was thinking about acclimating myself to running in the warmer weather, running long on the boardwalk certainly threw me right in. I headed down to the beach early but gosh it was already super bright and warm! I wore my sun visor, stopped for water multiple times from the water fountains and really soaked in the start of summer.

long beach boardwalk

I do think I would have struggled a bit had I run the race today though since it’s been a really sudden weather switch here in New York going from cool temps to true summer weather.

With no shade at the beach and early morning temperatures already in the 70’s, it’s quite an adjustment if you are running. My overall average pace was 9:10. Even with the water stops, I was impressed with my time – I felt slower than that, especially towards the end but no complaints – it was such a nice, refreshing summer run!

long beach boardwalk running

Sunday – No Running

Lately I like to do the Pure Barre Pure Results online workout Sunday mornings because I don’t feel as rushed for time as I do during the week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, especially if you are off tomorrow!

Post of Interest:

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Review

8 Mile Tempo Interval Workout

Adjusting To Warm Weather Running

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Is it suddenly hot where you live? How is it affecting you running-wise?

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  1. says

    Yep we were definitely thrown right into summer running weather! I did a 5k yesterday which was such a struggle in the heat. But I knew if I ran on my own it would be tough anyway! Today I ran on a trail near my parent’s so the parts that were shaded felt great. I am so happy to be off tomorrow! I feel like I already got alot done this weekend so I am excited to relax a bit. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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  2. says

    It’s always an adjustment when the weather changes drastically like that. Nothing wrong with opting out of the race, especially when you more than made up for it with that 13 miler. YAS. Nice job. You’re lucky to have all those water fountains!!!
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    • says

      one of the main reasons I like to run the boardwalk is for the many water fountains AND new bathrooms, lots of bathrooms! they renovated big time after hurricane sandy a few years ago destroyed the whole boardwalk.

  3. says

    Ugh I am really feeling the heat, but the humidity was what killed me yesterday on my run. I was planning for 10 miles, and didn’t bring water with me. I ended up calling my dad to pick me up at 8 miles because I felt so dehydrated. I have the day off today, so I’m probably going to do some yoga or something else pretty low-key. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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