The theme of my weekend has definitely been taking it easy.
I did a bootcamp on Thursday night, which left me (immediately) dirty and (longterm) sore.
I now know that I am incapable of scaling up the walls of rock in Central Park, no matter how many times I hurl my body at them. And that girly pushups are not okay in a bootcamp setting.
I followed up this little adventure by volunteering at the Queens Half Marathon on Saturday, a feat that required getting up at 3:45 in the morning to trek to Flushing Meadows. Making the underground transfer at 42nd Street, I finally identified with whoever put these signs on the ceiling beams.
Volunteering was a fantastic experience though. Yes, it was an early morning and a hot day, but it was incredibly inspiring to watch hundreds upon hundreds of people cross the finish line. And to give them a bagel and say congratulations. Bravo to all who ran it. You guys rock.
I was pretty much a zombie for the rest of the day yesterday and spent a lot of time lounging on a picnic blanket in Central Park, but after 10 hours of sleep last night I was ready to rock a run this morning. My training plan called for 6 miles, although I felt I could do more. But in the spirit of taking it easy for the weekend, I stuck to the plan.
Mile 1 — 8:49
Mile 2 — 8:34
Mile 3 — 8:50
Mile 4 — 9:08
Mile 5 — 8:41
Mile 6 — 8:37
All 6 in 52:39, an average 8:46 mile. Not bad! I think the two rest days and extra sleep really helped.
Post-run, Daniel and I met our friends John and Tasha at the Brooklyn Flea, where I could not pass up a chocolate-dipped frozen banana with crushed almonds and sea salt. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds.
A few hours meandering around the market in the hot sun and I am beat. Good thing we have movie tickets for tonight. And a thermos full of beer. Mwah ha ha.
So how’d my half marathon training go for this week?
|3 miles + Strength||4 miles speed||Strength||XT||4 miles tempo||6 miles||Rest/Yoga||17 miles|
|Rest day||3 miles speed workout||3 miles – 26:40||3 miles – 27:08 + Bootcamp||Rest||Rest||6 miles – 52:39||15 miles|
I didn’t pack in quite as many miles as I’d hoped, and I definitely should have done a better job of spacing out my rest days. I took Monday off because we’d just returned from Philly and I needed sleep, and I ran Thursday instead of Friday because my friends from my building were running that day and I wanted to join in. I had grand plans to run after volunteering yesterday, but my body and mind were so tired that there was no way I could run on 4 hours of sleep. So it is what it is. I’m not too concerned about it. They were all good runs, and sleep, friends, and frozen bananas are way more important than being rigid about a table I made in Microsoft Word.
Off to continue taking it easy in an air conditioned movie theater. Happy end of the weekend, friends.