Well, this was a bit of an interesting week in training due to my work trip/offsite meeting in Montauk. Here’s how things went:
Monday: I was up and running before 5 am to fit in 6 miles before my uber picked me up to head to the airport. I flew into LGA; the drive from the airport to our hotel (Guerney’s on Star Island in Montauk) was about 3 hours. We arrived in time to check-in and shower quick before the welcome dinner.
Tuesday: I was up early early and running again by about 5 am. I didn’t really know where to run and I didn’t have a car, so I just ran from the resort down Old West Lake Road to the Montauk Highway, where I was on the shoulder of the Montauk Highway. The traffic wasn’t that bad early in the morning though, so I never felt unsafe.
I did see TONS of deer on my run; I think I counted 10 different sightings.
To be honest, Montauk reminded me a lot of northern Minnesota or Wisconsin. I was expecting more of a Nantucket vibe and it was much more ‘cabin-y’ than that.
I covered 8.5 miles with some speed mixed in there.
After a long day of meetings, we had a delicious dinner at Scarpetta’s .
Wednesday: Another 8.5 mile run, but this time, I ran towards the lighthouse.
It would have been 11 miles round trip to run all the way to the lighthouse. Unfortunately I didn’t have that kind of time before work!
I ran as far as Montauk Point:
At Montauk Point, there was a short hike to an overlook, but the warning sign for the ticks (including the Lone Star Tick!) convinced me not to take the trail.
After my run, we had optional activities on the agenda, so I chose Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lake Montauk. The water was very calm and not too physically challenging, but nice to get out on the water.
After another day of meetings, we had a catamaran cruise to dinner at Duryea’s, which was great.
Thursday: I was happy to connect with a coworker who had also been running every morning. She said she usually runs around 9 min/miles, which was perfect! We covered 6 miles together.
Our last dinner in Montauk was at the Surf Lodge, a very hipster hangout.
It was a fun trip, though as an introvert, I was pretty tired after a week of socializing.
Thank goodness for running for keeping me sane!
Friday: I landed in Minneapolis around 3 pm and went out for a quick 5 mile run.
Saturday: 13.5 miles at an 8:50 min/mile average. I had a few sets of 2 miles at goal marathon pace in there and felt pretty good despite the heat!
After the run, we had brunch at Hai Hai and then checked out the Bauhaus Brew Lab’s 5 year anniversary party. Good times.
Sunday: Dustin and I were up early for another 5.5 mile run before heading to a solidcore class together. Great little Sunday morning of fitness over here at the Benson’s!
Summary: 53 miles of running, 1 strength class (solidcore).
I was proud of myself for getting up every day while traveling and getting in all of my miles. It definitely took some willpower and dedication. A lot of people stayed out to experience the nightlife of Montauk, but I would head back to bed after the dinners each night to be able to get up early to run. Staying on track can be challenging on trips like this, but this is who I am, and this is my priority.
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What a super fun, but busy, week for you! I love that you were able to get in so many runs while away on your business trip. It’s always a challenge to fit in fitness while on the road but you did an excellent job.
Thanks Kim! It was a fun trip.
What a great location for a meeting
I miss GUerney’s day passes, but that whole area is amazing and , as you discovered, lends itself to running. Glad you were able to incorporate it.
How fun that you are familiar with Guerney’s! Did you do day passes at the beach one? We were at the Guerney’s on Star Island.
Your dedication to getting up early to run is so impressive! Looks like a beautiful area. Nice miles for the week!
Way to go with your priorities…we runners get it!! My mom is always “scolding” me for all of my running (and my mileage is pretty low/moderate in comparison to others), but it’s what I enjoy. EEK…I would have turned back and not ventured into a tick-infested area either.
Yes runners get it 🙂 it’s my hobby- it’s more than exercise!
I have never been to Montauk but I always hear it’s a great place to visit.Always impressed with your super early long runs. I also enjoyed some SUP this weekend I love it!
I’ve been to the Hamptons, but I’ve always wanted to go to Montauk since I was a little girl. One of my favorite books was Harriet the Spy and she vacationed there…hence this midwestern girl’s interest. LOL. Dork, right? Looks like such a beautiful and fun place to visit! Glad you got all your runs in.
Montauk felt a little more cabin/northern Minnesota like than I expected!
Sounds like a great place for a conference! I like how you went to different places for dinner each night. Great going on those morning runs. I’m the same way on business trips. I may miss some of the late night “networking” but I’m much more able to pay attention to the meetings the next day. 😉
superb week of running especially with being away for work! these days, like you, I’d probably also head back to bed while my colleagues were out partying. I’m known as the resident bore anyway since I hardly even drink at work dinners or celebrations! fine with me, running is more important especially when I’m training !
At first I thought Mantauk was the place where Steven Avery (Making a Murderer) was from, but then I realized it’s different!
Ah Manitowoc in Wisconsin! Pretty different than Montauk 🙂
Amazing amount of miles on a work trip! Yeah, the ticks in these parts can be pretty bad. Mostly we don’t let that stop us, though.Of course you have to be prepared for it!
I envy you being able to run near the ocean, even if it had to be early before work! It’s always so calming.
The lone star tick was new to me- the disease you can get where you can’t eat red meat is so strange!
Great week of mileage, especially while in a new place! I live in CT and have never been to Montauk. I’m also the introvert who would prioritize running over drinking and staying out late – LOL! Glad you got all the sights of the island AND all your running in for a solid week of training!
Introverts unite 🙂 The whole week of socializing was exhausting but thank goodness for solo runs to recharge.
I’m jealous of your week! Sounds super fun!
It was fun!
Wow! What a great running week. You get some high mileage in for sure. I have always wanted to try stand up paddleboarding. It looks like a lot of fun!
Well done you for sticking to your priorities. Nice you got to run with a colleague that one day, too.
Looks like a great place for a work trip. I love stand up paddle boarding and have been enjoying some SUP yoga sessions this summer.