Weird week, take two.
I was feeling strong after last weekend’s escapades, but when I went to the gym Tuesday (planned off day Monday), my legs had nothing and my ankle was bizarrely sore. So after a mile warmup jog-there was no running to speak of-I did a 5K row. Rowing has always been my favorite cross training activity and I was thrilled that Blink really did replace them after they broke. The ones at E. 54th are the fancy new ones with wifi, so it’s not to need to photo & input a 16 digit validation code. For a while I’d gotten good at getting under 30m but this one was nearly 32m as I was fiddling with my headset. I love the Aftershokz, but they’re more fiddly than my cheapos.
Thursday I was back to the gym and I went PR chasing. I knew I wouldn’t set one, and didn’t, but I was trying to figure out the math to see what I’d need to run to get that elusive 32:14. I really can’t math and run, but this one felt good. 5.6 for 2.53 miles, then 5.8 until 2.88 then 6.2 and 6.4 to close out. Although the 6.4 winded me, the overall workout didn’t, which means it’s probably time to try 5.7. 5.7 will probably get me a treadmill PR, but I wonder if I’d have the oomph to do a flying sprint in case it’s close. We’ll see. It’s definitely a goal to work toward.
Speaking of goals to work toward, the Brooklyn Half is less than a month away and this week marked a bundle of nerves. Last long run was Cherry Blossom and this week marked my last opportunity to try to hit double digits due to upcoming travel, although I think I’m good for a 10K each upcoming weekend. Due to some poor planning, I didn’t have my usual late afternoon window available to me, and I wasn’t at all sure I’d have time to get in a long run. I really need to get back to weekend morning runs with summer coming. June will help with that since I have a race every weekend.
So I headed out on a beautiful spring afternoon without a plan beyond 9ish and knowing my legs aren’t ready for 2x West Side/Cat Hill. Yep, still haven’t touched the Harlem Hills since January. I took an odd route, heading from the road to the bridle path around the reservoir at about 2.2 miles because it was warmer than I realized out and I wanted the 4 fountains after coming through the west side rollers. Yes, I was carrying my water bottle but I seem to default to water fountains. That ~1.6 mile lap helped me put off Cat Hill longer. Procrastination much? When I finally hit it, it went better than I expected. That mile was nothing to write home about, but I kept everything below 12 before pausing the watch to take in some gorgeous flowers near the Fred Lebow statue.
I was not so lucky on the final two miles which got me home via the park to get to the 9 miles. It was only way I was going to get the miles in & get home in time to meet my cleaner. This type of run never ends well because I’m virtually guaranteed to hit every light. Yep. At least it featured a fun sign, but I like TRexes! I got my long run in and I think my legs are ready for Brooklyn even if they’re not ready for the hills.
Six of this was actually reflected in last week’s recap, but it explains too why my quads are absolutely shot and the stairs when headed out for sushi were not pretty. A lower volume week is exactly what my knees ordered.
I was glad the only thing on Sunday’s calendar was a 5K charity walk (I ran it last year, this year was all walking) and a book in the park. Mental health days win. Alas Mother Nature is confused, and I was indeed wearing a fleece-lined coat through most of the day. PS: 100% glad I made the decision to get transition lenses.
Overall a good week. Travel is going to impact the next two, but running clothes in the suitcase.