Last week finally made me feel like I was training for a marathon—in a good way. With the craziness of the holidays behind me, I felt like I fell back into more of a workout rhythm and regained the focus that had scattered between Costa Rica and New Year’s. And with several weeks of training behind me, I’ve now started making pace a consideration during my shorter training runs. With the long runs, to be completely honest, my goal is still just to survive (LOL). I’ve run 12 miles three times in my entire life, so on Monday, I didn’t stress over how long it took me, I just focused on finishing. With the shorter runs though, I’m now seeing mid-range distances that I’ve done before, so I’m making it a goal to improve on my time and push the pace a bit.
MONDAY | 12-mile Run
I’ve been dealing with Raynaud’s Syndrome since high school, so you’d think I would have been better prepared for this 12-mile run in 20-degree weather. Nope. I made the really bad decision to wear thin gloves thinking that my body temperature would be high enough to keep my circulation in check, and paid for it. Luckily I was fine the first 10 miles and it wasn’t until the final stretch that my hands started to freak out on me. Lesson learned–I’m wearing heated ski mittens next time it’s below freezing on a run day.
Circulation issues aside, I can’t believe I was able to build up to 12 miles so quickly. I pretty much went from zero to half marathon in a month. Whaaat? The run was slow, but I did it!
TUESDAY | Yoga
I did this 40-minute power flow from the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. I’ve been sticking to at-home yoga lately, but just saw YogaWorks in the Back Bay has a Gilt deal running so I’ll probably buy a discounted package and start going there again. I love the instructors at that studio and it’s the next block over from Btone so it’s really convenient.
WEDNESDAY | 6-mile Run
I went back through the RunKeeper app (I have it synced to my GPS watch so that all my runs are stored in there) to see my stats for the 6-mile run I completed a couple weeks ago: 55 min 44 sec with an average pace of 8 min 43 sec. For the first time since I began marathon training, I set a pace goal for this run, wanting to improve on that previous time. Success!
THURSDAY | Strength Training (Btone)
This workout almost didn’t happen. I got really sucked into blog work and next thing you know, I look up at the clock at it’s 5PM. I typically don’t like working out in the evenings, but I needed to move and am so glad I took the walk to the studio and did a class.
FRIDAY | HIIT + Yoga
Sometimes I get so focused on creating new workouts for the blog that I forget about the archives of routines I’ve already published. I decided to revisit an old workout and did this 20-minute bodyweight tabata workout. You replace the rest intervals with an isometric hold so it’s super challenging (especially the mountain climbers and push ups–WOOF). I’ve been trying to improve my triceps push ups (push up with your hands in close to your body rather than wide) so this forced some great practice. Afterwards I did this 30-minute Yoga with Adriene YouTube that focuses on stretching. It’s a gentler practice than the one I did on Tuesday.
SATURDAY | Strength Training (Btone) + 3-mile Run with Hill Repeats
Talk about a productive Saturday! I did a Btone class in the morning and as I was walking home, stopped at the Nike store to get a much-needed new pair of running shoes (more on those later on in the post). Feeling ambitious and wanting to test out the new kicks, I went for a 3-mile run from my apartment to the North End and then did some hill repeats on Charter St. Google Streetview doesn’t do this hill justice. From Commercial Street up to the graveyard on Charter Street is a short but steep hill. Just walking up it will leave you out of breath. I did 3x repeats, running up and jogging down three times in a row, resting and then repeating the set a total of three times. The plan was to then run home to Back Bay but f**k that noise. I took the T home like the dedicated athletic warrior that I am.
SUNDAY | Rest
This was not an active rest day. It was a sit-on-the-couch-and-binge-watch-Netflix kind of rest day. And I loved it! I did do a little foam rolling during my 11th episode of Sons of Anarchy though … if that’s at all redeeming. 😉
Week 4 Summary
- Rich Roll Podcast | Thanks to a recommendation from my BFF, I’ve started listening to the Rich Roll podcast, which I highly recommend. He’s an alcoholic-turned-ultra-marathoner and has equally inspiring guests on his show. I’ve only listened to a few but my favorites so far are the ones with Kahlil Rafati. Kahlil went from being homeless on the streets of LA addicted to heroin and cocaine, in and out of jail, battling psychosis, to completely turning his life around, now owning a popular chain of organic juice and smoothie bars. I could have listened to him talk all day! My 6-mile run on Wednesday flew by because I was so engrossed in the interview. Kahlil also just came out with a book, I Forgot to Die, which I’ll 100% be reading.
- New sneakers | I’ve been running in the Nike Free 3.0 for several years now, but it’s not meant for distance running. There isn’t much cushioning to it, so distances beyond 5-6 miles can be hard on the feet. I’ve known this for a while, but stuck with the Free 3.0 because I have ZERO achilles tendonitis flare ups with this sneaker (hallelujah!), and haven’t done much distance running. But my trusty Frees have holes in the toes and are giving me achy feet so it was time to upgrade. I went with the Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 because they still have the lightweight feel of the Free but with the added sole support I need for long distances. Nike gives you 30 days to try them out, so I’m going to see how the ol’ tendonitis is after a couple weeks. If I don’t have any problems, they’ll be a keeper!
What’s Not Working
- My current cold-weather hand gear | I mean clearly. Look at that picture of my hand up above!!! Not ok. Last year for Christmas my dad got me battery-powered heated gloves for snowmobiling and I’m going to dig them out the of the closest for cold runs.
- The RunKeeper app’s voice | Does the RunKeeper audio cue voice haunt anyone else’s dreams or am I just losing my mind? She over-pronounces everything to the point where I’m not sure if I’m listening to a fitness app or Rosetta Stone. SssssICKs poinnnt ZEE-ro miiii-ULS. Bitch, spit it out, I’m trying to listen to my damn podcast.
On that note, I don’t think it’d be a bad idea for me to incorporate more yoga into my week. Being zen clearly does not come naturally haha.
Any podcast recommendations for me? (I’m obsessed)
Anyone else run in the Nike Zoom Pegasus? Thoughts? Other sneaker recommendations for someone who likes the barefoot feel but needs some cushioning?
You can donate to my marathon fundraiser benefiting the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired here. I’m giving away awesome prizes over the course of the next few months as a thank you to donors! Next one is coming up Monday.