Boston Training weeks 5 & 6

This weather has really been putting a damper on my training. Snow, snow, and more snow. Oh, and ice. BLACK ice that sneaks up on you. Definitely has not been ideal for running. I have to say that if I wasn’t training for the NYC half-marathon and the Boston Marathon I would definitely be choosing to sleep over getting out of bed at 5:15am to go for a run. But, I am supposed to run a half-marathon in a month and marathon in two months so therefore, my alarm wins.

Yes, this is beautiful, but I'm seriously over the snow. Go away already!

Yes, this is beautiful, but I’m seriously over the snow. Go away already!

Week 5:

Monday (1/27): Easy run, 6 miles

Tuesday (1/28): Yet another hill workout- 6 x Harlem hills (3 big, 3 small). Big- 2:43, 2:41, 2:41; Small- 1:16, 1:15, 1:13. 10.5 miles total.

Wednesday (1/29): 7.5 miles in the morning, 3 miles with UWS lulu run club in the evening. 10.5 miles total.

Thursday (1/30): CPTC tempo-6.2 miles starting at the statue going up the west side, twice around the Harlem hills, back through 102nd street cut off and down the west side back to the statue. First 3.1 at half-marathon pace and the second 3.1 at 10 mile pace. I only did half the workout (up the west side around the Harlem hill and through the 102nd street cutoff) because I was racing the Gridiron 4-miler 3 days later. My paces were 7:09, 6:59, 6:55 and my total mileage was 9.5 miles.

Friday (1/31): Rest Day!

Saturday (2/1): Easy run, 10.4 miles. I ran a few miles early with some CPTC teammates then had the privilege of leading the Juice Press run club for the upper west side location because the usual lovely leaders Gia and Kristen were running the Miami half marathon. It’s a great group and you get a free juice or smoothie after you finish your run. If you haven’t been yet, you should definitely give it a try!

Did you know there are 4 different Juice Press run club locations? 2 uptown and 2 downtown.

Did you know there are 4 different Juice Press run club locations? 2 uptown and 2 downtown.

Sunday (2/2): 2 mile warm up, Gridiron 4-miler (26:59~6:44 average pace), 10.5 miles after the race, 16.5 miles total. My plan was to get to 18 for the day, but I really struggled with the miles post race so I stopped early. My legs were tired and my stomach wasn’t feeling great, but I’m thankful to my friend Grace for keeping me company. I wouldn’t have made it through those miles without her!

Total weekly mileage: 63.5 miles

Week 6:

Monday (2/3): Easy run, 6 miles

Tuesday (2/4): 6 x cat hill~1:43, 1:46, 1:43, 1:46, 1:47, 1:40, 8.25 miles. It was snowy and the roads were slippery so I focused on effort, not pace and still got a good workout in.

Wednesday (2/5): It was hailing/snowing this day and I wasn’t feeling well so I took an unplanned rest day.

Thursday (2/6): Was feeling worse than the day before so I reluctantly skipped my workout and took another unplanned rest day.

Friday (2/7): 8.05 miles

Saturday (2/8): Long run, 19 miles (7:59 average pace). I was pleasantly surprised by this run considering I was getting over being sick.

Juice Generation's amazing greens bowl made into a smoothie was an awesome treat post long run.

Juice Generation’s amazing greens bowl made into a smoothie was an awesome treat post long run.

Sunday (2/9): Recovery run, 9.25 miles

Total weekly mileage: 50 miles

Do you get out of bed to run when it snows or do you hit the snooze button?

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