The weather has kept me in NYC for the week instead of Boston-suburb-bound, as is my usual weekly trek these days. While home, I'm trying to take advantage of not having to eat three meals a day in a restaurant, and having the opportunity to work around my own schedule, which means the chance to build in some workouts and cook some nutritious meals.
|Have you ever seen such a sadly stocked produce section? Sandy's impact on Whole Foods.|
After AliontheRun sweetly answered my first ever tweet [excluding the 2 I sent out for a discount on my Amex at some point in time] to inform me that the parks were still off limits*** due to the storm, and my friend who lives by the WSH told me "There were cops at every riverside entrance" I decided to take my butt and my Halloween playlist to the gym.
After hopping around the living room like an idiot to Tracy Anderson's Dance cardio workout yesterday I wasn't sure how much my calves would hold up for any sort of prolonged workout, so I decided to give mile repeats a short test drive. They're one of those standard workouts that so many running gurus recommend but I've always been too chicken or weak to try.
I began my workout with a 10:00 min / mile "warm-up." I use quotation marks because there was a point in time when 10:00 min / mile would have totally been an easy warm up for me, but that time is not now. Granted, I've been getting a bit more comfortable in the mid to high 9s lately, but not so much so that I'd say 10 is "nothing." Next I did a mile at 9:05, which I guess would be an ideal 1/2 marathon pace for me someday. I followed the mile with a half mile recovery at 10:00 and then one more full mile at 9:05. In total that hashed out to 3 miles at 28:08.
It's no secret that eventually running a sub 2 hour marathon is light years away from being a possibility for me [if ever] given that doing just 2, disjointed miles at that pace was so tough for me, but I guess you've got to start somewhere. Similarly, I'm pretty sure that true mile repeats involve more than just 2 repeats, and likely less than a half mile of recovery, but again, I'm starting by doing what I can and hoping that even the "wrong" way will help. Here's hoping!
On a pluckier note, James and I are hosting a "We're Not Running the Marathon Tomorrow!" party this Saturday night. More on that later, but for now, here's some shots of the pumpkin I carved in preparation for the party. Maybe I should quit my day job....
|Too bad the pumpkin doesn't seem to want to make it until the party...|
|Hey Nike! Wanna send me a coupon or something for the free advertising my awesome pumpkin's giving you?|
***Note: I now know that the NYC Parks Department is where to find such information.