Biking the carriage roads in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park has 45 miles of carriage roads built in the early half of the 1900s by the Rockefeller family. (Well you know, they paid for it.)

The Rockefellers wanted to create a car-free way to enjoy Mount Desert Island. Today, these dirt and gravel packed paths are used for biking, running and walking (though as the name implies, horses were once more prominent). The carriage roads sounded a lot like to me like the bridle path in Central Park, and for some reason, I assumed they would be largely without incline.

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Hiking in Acadia: Beehive Trail, Gorge Path Trail and The Great Head Trail

Last weekend, Matt and I took a little “mini moon” to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, Maine. We originally planned this trip for July 4th weekend in 2016, but Matt ended up needing emergency kidney stone surgery that very weekend. (Don’t worry; he is fine!)

see, totally fine.

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All the workouts: Marathon Training Week 3, Us versus the Humidity

Happy Sunday!

Thanks for your marathon advice last week on Facebook and elsewhere!  I’m three weeks into marathon training, so you know, just 15 more to go. So far I am loving it. Life is getting very busy and these runs serve as a sanity check that I don’t know that I would otherwise take. The weather – for anyone reading outside the eastern seaboard – has been brutal. Hot, humid and just a sweaty mess. I downloaded the AccuWeather app last month so we could check the weather for our wedding weekend from a 10th source and now I get bright orange HEAT ADVISORY alerts three times a day.

Like everyone else, I probably should drink more water before/during/after runs but please add that to the list next to stretching of easy advice I’m not taking.

Here’s what went down last week:

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First marathon advice (from experienced marathoners)

Training for your first marathon is a big undertaking; I know, I’m doing it now. I’ve asked some of my friends with a marathon or two (or five) under their belts to share wisdom borne from past experience. Here’s what I learned:

TRAINING

Nutrition

“SALT SALT SALT. I can’t emphasize this enough. I literally ate salt packets when it was really hot. Each time you do a water break have a salt break also. I found that JUST drinking Gatorade didn’t cut it.” -Steph G, 3-time marathoner

“Gatorade is key on any run longer than 12 miles.” -Aman S, marathoner

“Though one should keep to a nutrition plan that they’ve set for themselves and not change too much (and practice it on your 20 milers!!!) I did find eating the bananas given out on the course really helpful! they don’t upset your stomach and you can eat them easily while running.” – Camilla G, 2-time marathoner

Marine Corps Marathon 2013

Karen V after the Marine Corps marathon 2013

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All the workouts: Marathon Training Week 2 + working out with your dog

Good morning, pals!

Week 2 of marathon training got derailed a bit. I had a busy week and I wasn’t able follow the plan that I shared. But life happens and I did what I could running-wise. It’s still early in the training game, so hopefully it won’t make much of a difference.

Monday: nothing

Tuesday: 3-mile run

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