Sunday, May 11, 2014

BK Half: 1 week to go!


Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 2M Easy

Wednesday: NTC- Shape + Sweat

Thursday: Cat Hill Repeats

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10K

I took it easy last week because I was trying to recover from the half, but the goal is to get faster, so off to work I went this week. Tuesday, Pam and I took it easy since she is just getting back into running. It was pretty much a 2 mile stroll, but hey at least we were out there. We also took a detour to visit the Alice in Wonderland Statue, which I had never been to. 


I knew I couldn't skimp on the strength training, so I gave the Nike Training Club app another chance. This time, I took all the workouts, slow and deliberate trying to make sure I did them correctly. Who cares how many I can get done in a minute? As long as I'm being consistent. It's safe to safe, I did not experience insane DOMS . . . yet :) I will say, I'm a little frustrated with the workout programs. Once you "start" a program, you can't go back and do a workout from the previous week. I know that it's a specific 4 week program, but I'd rather do them on my own time. I believe you used to be able to pick your own workouts, but with the upgrade Nike changed it. I'm sure I can figure something else out, but I just need to play around in it. 

Thursday night, I continued on my workout streak and did hill repeats- but here's the kicker. I ran the whole time, including down the hill. I usually walk down them, but Pam told me I need to work the muscles. No matter how slow I go, as long as it looks like running that's ok. And I did it! Luckily, I didn't have my Garmin with me to freak me out about pace. It was crazy and I felt like a bad ass afterwards. 

Which got me thinking about when was the last time I felt like a bad ass after a workout? It's been a minute. Last year this time I was training for the Dumbo Challenge.
 I trained my butt off for that challenge and I feel like I wasted my training season. H
onestly, I didn't need to train that hard to frolic around Disneyland for 2 days with friends. I say that because it was really too hot that weekend to do much more, which I don't regret in the least! After Dumbo, I started marathon training again and the main goal was to finish strong; I was too scared to race anything because I couldn't afford to get hurt. Lesson learned: Do not train specifically for a runDisney event. Make sure you have a race you can actually race, either right before or right after. Luckily, this training is specifically to get a 10k PR, even if the "training" includes lots of half marathons. 

I took my long run easy this morning. Funny how less crowded the sidewalk is at 8AM vs. 1PM- RIP midday long runs. It was a perfect temperature in the shade and the sun reminded me these cool mornings are going to be few and far between as well pretty soon. But I will take it. Fingers crossed it stays cool for next weekend. 

New street art is always makes me happy. 

I'm really excited about the Brooklyn Half. I've been wanting to run it for years and can't believe I actually get to do it this year! Thanks to the New Balance sponsorship, there are tons of fun events happening and I can't wait to be involved. Stay tuned! 

17 comments:

  1. good luck in the Brooklyn Half! You'll do great!

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  2. Good luck!! I ran Brooklyn last year and it was hot and humid so I hope that it is cooler weather for you! You'll rock it!!

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  3. I'm amused that you'd never been to the Alice in Wonderland statue before. I've been to NYC exactly one time, for less than 30 hours, and I have a picture of me at that statue. LOL

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    1. haha, nice! In my defense, it's off the beaten path and I seriously would've never known that's where it was since I'm always on the west side.

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  4. I'm glad you're excited about Brooklyn! The closer it gets, the more terrified I am of it lol

    But way to kick ass and take names with your training! A new PR is there for you! :)

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    1. Don't be terrified! Are you running? We should try to say hello!

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    2. I'll be there! And I will be "running" lol. We should def try and say hello!

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  5. Brooklyn Half sounds awesome. I always love your pictures from your runs. You get to see cool stuff.

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    1. You should come and run one year. You'll love it!

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  6. That Alice in Wonderland statue was the first thing I took a picture of when I visited central Park for the first time.

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  7. I'm pretty sure I need to run the Brooklyn Half one of these times. I can't wait to hear about it. And seriously - you are inspiring to step up my strength training. Or you know, stop thinking about it and actually try to do something.

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    1. You definitely need to come in town for the BK Half and I'm glad I'm inspiring. At least my DOMS are not in vain. haha!

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