One week til the Mountains2Beach half – my goal race for the year. And then it’s downhill to our wedding! I’m feeling ok about the race, but not hopeful that this will finally be my sub-2 hour race.
This is due, in large part, to a loss of motivation. For various stupid reasons I skipped some long runs during this training cycle, and while my shorter runs have felt great and speedy, I’m not sure I can maintain for 13 (point freaking one) miles. One of the skipped long runs was last weekend, and that was for a good reason: Fiancé and I had a little getaway to Avila Beach!
My dad gave us a bunch of gift certificates for our birthdays last fall, and we finally carved out some time to use them. We made our way up the coast stopping in Santa Barbara for breakfast.
Then stopped at a winery not too far out of town for some really great pinot noir tastings.
Spotted in the parking lot at Laetitia Winery:
We still had some time before we could check in, so we stopped for lunch.
We got an oceanfront room at the Inn at Avila Beach, and it was stunning.
Then headed out for another drink.
Then dinner, which was fantastic (and also out on the patio overlooking the water).
We danced the night away to an 80s cover band, so the next morning was not an early one. But we got to enjoy coffee overlooking the water.
Then grabbed more coffee and a cinnamon roll the size of my head.
Finally, before heading out of town, we stopped and spent an hour in these amazing mineral spring hot tubs – you get your own two-person sized tub up on a hillside, and it feels like there’s no one around for miles. So relaxing.
It was a much-needed getaway from work and life, and we are so grateful to my dad for the opportunity!
But then it was back to reality, and training. Sunday was lost due to a 6-mile hike (the distance was my fault, I got us a bit lost) and being tired from the trip. So I had to get in at least one double-digit run during the week. I managed 10 miles on Wednesday, but it felt really hard. I somehow managed a 9:04 pace, but I left everything out there. Yesterday, however, I got in 8 miles and felt pretty good! 8:48 average pace, and I wasn’t dying at the end.
So, I am still going for my sub-2 half next Sunday, but my B goal is just to PR. After that, I have no races on the books at all – I know the months leading up to October will fly by, so I’m letting myself take it easy and do wedding stuff. = ) (Who knew, this girl who had never even seen the inside of a Michael’s now owns embossing powder and is a regular Etsy stalker… and I’m actually having fun with it? If anyone finds the old Hilary, please send her home.)
Anyone else racing next weekend? Or have fun holiday weekend plans?
What’s your favorite place to get away to for a night?