It is Monday and it is leap day, and it’s quite possible I might the only one who didn’t care or notice that it was leap day. The only thing I had to date today was my lunch to put in the refrigerator at work, so I guess my possible excitement ended at 7:15 this morning. Ah, well.
One of the things I found most interesting about my “get to know my readers” post was how many people commented on their interest in how I balance running and my work schedule. Some people said things like, “How you do so much with your schedule,” which I find to be kind of funny because I feel like I’m never doing enough. Although I’m not exactly aiming for high mileage right now, it’s hard to even build to numbers I’d like to see while running four days per week. (Five if my weekend schedule works out, as it did this week! However, that means that there’s another week where I most likely only ran three days.) I don’t do anything on the days that I work, so like most everything else in my life, my “balance” is really all or nothing. I have many internal debates over whether this is actual balance or not, but for my life and work schedule, it is what it is.
So in the meantime, here’s the rundown (so punny!) from last week:
Monday, 2/22 – 10.03 miles in 1:17:32, avg pace of 7:44
A cut back long run that I described a little more in detail here. I worked the weekend, so I did my long run on Monday. This run felt amazing and gave me confidence that fast Susan will make a return one of these days.
In the early evening, I headed to Pure Barre for a class – probably not the best idea post-long run, but it wasn’t THAT long of a long run, and it’s good for a stretch. It was a hard, hard class – we used resistance bands on both our legs and arms while it was attached to the bar, so it turned the lower body sections into a full body workout. I was shaking like crazy.
Tuesday, 2/23 – 5.15 miles in 43:13, avg pace of 8:24
I planned to wake up early and run since it was supposed to start raining at noonish, but in true Susan fashion, I didn’t wake up on time. I signed up for a TRX class at Moving Strength, which was so awesome. This was the second class I’ve taken there – I love the studio. It’s tiny, so classes are small. This is exacerbated by the fact that I take classes at off peak times, but only having two people in the class really ups the ante. It’s a total body workout, and some of the moves are so hard.
The rain seemed to hold off, so I immediately headed out for a recovery-isn run. I wore my heart rate monitor to keep me honest, and my average heart rate was 158 – not too shabby! Considering I often push it even on easy runs.
Wednesday, 2/24 – Work
It was a cold, misty day, so I didn’t even CitiBike to/from works. No worries, I still got in 13,000 steps, so I wasn’t sitting around all day.
Thursday, 2/25 – 6.13 miles in 49:36, avg pace of 8:05
Abbe asked me to help pace her to some 7:50-8 minute miles, and I happily obliged! It was a beautiful day to run – shorts weather in February is always amazing. We ran up and around Harlem Hill, which certainly didn’t help with trying to keep pace. I tried to stay a step or two ahead of Abbe to help push her and tried to chat on the uphills in particular. An amazing day, for sure!
After the run, I headed to Uplift for a Sculpt class. I’ve really enjoyed the Sculpt classes for their synthesis of yoga moves and weights. I used heavier weights this week, and I was definitely feeling it. It was also a challenging classes with lots of tricep work and a variety of squats. Maybe it was the weights, maybe it was residual fatigue from TRX earlier this week, but I was tired when this was over!
Friday, 2/26 – Work
Hooray work! At least I got to CitiBike to work.
Saturday, 2/27 – 5.05 miles in 40:47, avg pace of 8:04
I went out with some coworkers after work on Friday, so I wasn’t the most pleased when my alarm went off in the morning. (Thank goodness we stopped for pizza at 10pm or else this would have gone poorly.) Some coffee and Nuun and life was good again. My legs were definitely sluggish to start – 8:24 mile – but I warmed up and ended with a 7:28 mile, so all is right with the world.
It seems productive to me to run to a class I’m going to take – not sure how other people feel about me showing up a little sweaty, but oh well. I ran to Anya for an aerial fundamentals class. I took one a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it – something totally different than what I’m used to. The class was basically the same as the first one, so it was a good review and fun to feel more confident in being upside down. I’d love to try one of their aerial yoga or pilates classes – I don’t know how it will go unless I try!
Sunday, 2/28 – 14.03 miles in 1:56:29, avg pace of 8:18
Team long run! I met up with some of the Battalion – Abbe, Jim, Ed, Baker, Noah, and Jack. I left a little later than planned, so I ran opposite the team until I ran into them. I saw Baker and Noah first – they were flying and therefore running faster than I should be for a long run. (7-7:30’s.) I found Abbe and Jim shortly thereafter and turned around to join them. We did a loop of Central Park (so many people out running!) and then Abbe, Baker, and I headed over to Randall’s Island to mix it up a bit. For those unfamiliar, there’s a footbridge to Randall’s Island from the East River on 103rd St – it’s a short but tough bridge to get over, but awesome on the other side. Once we got to Randall’s Island, it as a little stop and go due to exploring, but it was really fun! I haven’t been over there in years. It’s like a little escape from the city. It’s mainly parks, playgrounds, ball fields, and some government buildings (including the FDNY Fire Academy). And of course some gorgeous views.
We ran on a trail under a bridge, which was pretty cool, and the path headed to the Bronx! We took a quick trip into the Bronx to say we were there and continued on. After a couple miles of exploring, we put our heads down (into the wind, which was rough) and headed back to the bridge. Those miles were a little tough – later in the run and into the wind. It was in the 50’s, so the temperature was kind of warm. I had considered taking my hand held with me, but I didn’t want to carry it, and water fountains are on for a refill anyway. I also didn’t bring any chews with me – 14 miles is about my limit for going without fuel, and I could definitely feel it near the end. Luckily once we got back to the bridge, we only had two miles to go. Easy peasy.
We grabbed some coffee and sat on the bench outside the coffee shop once we were done. It was an amazing Sunday long run.
For the week, I hit 40 miles! This was only made possible by the fact that I had two long runs within the Monday-Sunday schedule. Waiting for the day when 40 miles per week is the usual. I did some foam rolling last night before I passed out watching the Oscars. My hip/groin is a little cranky, but I have a few days off coming up (compliments of work), so that should even itself out.
Do you like to stick to your regular running routes for long runs, or do you like to explore? Sometimes I just like to put my head down, zone out, and GO, but it’s fun to mix it up and see new places.