Friday night, Sourabh and I caught up on a few TV shows that we'd missed during the week since we both had evening commitments almost all week. I brought home some cheese, crusty Italian bread, and hard cider for us to enjoy as the snow came down. I was in bed before midnight and it was fabulous.
Then I ran my 9 mile long run on Saturday afternoon, after reading plenty of tweets from runners who had scouted out Central Park and found that the main loop was dry and safe for running.
The park was so crowded! It seemed like every New Yorker had ventured out of their home to check out the foot of snow that this weekend's blizzard dropped on the city (I refuse to call it Nemo because that's just what the Weather Channel named it, not the actual National Weather Service).
While it got pretty cold and windy near the end, I had a smile on my face for most of the 9 miles. The park was a winter wonderland and children were sledding down hills and building snowmen everywhere.
I've been feeling very mentally strong on my runs the past few weeks and that continued yesterday. It used to be, I had to fight my mind on every mile, desperately trying to keep myself in the game. Yet somehow the distances have seemed quite manageable and the miles seemed to tick by relatively quickly. Hoping this continues over the next five weeks!
I took my first Refine Method class in almost two months on Sunday and it was totally kickass, in the best possible way. I came home and made pancakes with shredded apple, maple syrup, and cinnamon to top it off -- so freaking good.
Then, after four slightly brutal miles at race pace on the treadmill (tired legs = hard runs), I baked spaghetti squash for the first time. Oh my gosh, you guys, it was so good. I'd never made it because I was intimidated for some reason. Huge mistake. Do yourself a favor and check out Michelle's guide to making spaghetti squash!
Weekly Workout Recap
I wrote last week that I was recommitting to strength training by purchasing a 10-pack of Refine Method classes using their student package (10 classes for $150). I plan on using one per week for 10 weeks and making my other strength training session either my session with my trainer (once every two weeks) or a workout on my own.
Biggest fail was yoga. It didn't happen. I wish I could find an inexpensive yoga studio that I loved close to me with convenient class times (the holy grail of yoga studios, if you will). My favorite place to practice in NYC is Strala Yoga and I love their Relax download, but I'm not great at using exercise DVD's and Strala is quite far from me so neither happen very often.
Monday: (1) Personal training session focusing on running muscles with exercises like step-ups, hamstring curls, walking lunges, etc., and (2) 3 miles on the treadmill at 9:30 pace, last 1/2 mile at 8:30.
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: 2.5 miles on the AlterG Treadmill at Finish Line then 2 miles through Central Park to complete the planned 4.5 miles for the day.
Thursday: (1) 8x400 speed work on treadmill set at 0.5% incline. Warmed up for .25 and recovered in between each interval for .25 at 10:00. Ran each interval at 8:00 and the last one at 7:00 to give myself an endorphin burst to finish the workout. (2) Abs by April core work after speed work.
Friday: Rest day. I'm experimenting with two rest days each week and doubling up more frequently so that I'm rarely running more than two days in a row while still getting 7 workouts in. Expect a post on that after I've had more time to try it out!
Saturday: Long run - 9 miles through Central Park at an average 9:43 pace. Ran over Harlem Hills, down the East side of the loop (with a 1/2 mile around the Great Lawn thrown in), crossed at the 72nd St Transverse and ran down the West bottom loop up Cat Hill and along the East side of the loop then over the 106th St Transverse (and back over the transverse, twice, to get the mileage up to 9 miles).
Splits showed that I started out too fast, I think, and probably should have fueled around mile 5. Wind picked up in last two miles and I felt extremely fatigued. (1) 9:24 - Harlem Hills (2) 9:31 (3) 9:48 (4) 10:00 - crowded around Great Lawn (5) 9:48 (6) 10:07 - Cat Hill (7) 9:29 (8) 9:33 (9) 9:54.
Total Mileage = 24.5 miles
This Week's Goals
Like I wrote above, I am not happy with the lack of yoga in my life. Going to recommit myself to yoga by making it my goal not to do a full yoga class but just to do 15 minutes of yoga (something like my yoga flow for runners) as often as I can throughout the week.
I think I don't make yoga a priority because I don't think of it as an essential part of my training, but if I want to stay healthy through the next few months of training, I'm going to have to make yoga a key component of each week.
(As a reminder, easy pace for me is 9:30-10:00 and race pace is 8:50-9:00.)
So here are my training goals for this week:
• 1 long run (10 miles at easy pace)
• 2 strength workouts
• 3 short runs (3 miles and 4.5 miles at easy pace, and 5 miles at race pace)
• 40-minute tempo run
• 1 spin class
• practice yoga consistently and any stretches I get from Finish Line
What are your goals this week? Do you have a hard time fitting any parts of your training plan in?