BK Half Training: Week 5

What I did (Week 5: April 20 – April 26, 2015)

Monday - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps

This was a transition day, and I didn't have time to make it to my old gym. I just did a quick workout at home. Something is better than nothing, right?

Tuesday - Ran 3 miles

Morton and I were so happy to go for our first run at the new apartment. We are such a quick jog from Prospect Park, which is amazing. I love running around the park because it's a great break from nature AND I don't have to wait for cars at stoplights every 5 steps. 

Wednesday - Back & Biceps 

This was my first workout at the new gym. The weight room, honestly, is laughable. They don't have a squat rack or a bench. They don't have cable rows. It's almost like a hotel gym weight room. But they do have yoga classes, which I plan to attend, and they have an indoor track! I mean... look at this place! It's in an old armory. So pretty. 

armory-ymcs

Thursday - Ran 4 miles

Another park run with Mert-bert (Morton). He pooped 3 times, but we still enjoyed the run.

Friday - Moving Stuff

I know, I know. It's not really a workout, but it kind of is. Our lease is up on May 1, so this was our last weekend to be able to finish up everything at the old apartment. You gotta do what you gotta do. 

Saturday - Ran 11 miles (PR pace!)

I am so incredibly proud of myself for this run. I've never run 11 miles at this pace in my life -- averaged out at 7:52!!

It's kind of funny to compare the weather for this run to last week's long run. We're talking like a 30 degree difference! Classic NYC spring, right? One day it's shorts weather, the next day, you're debating wearing two pairs of pants layered. 

I ran all of my run around Prospect Park, and I honestly didn't mind the laps. The first couple miles I was following this girl who was helping me to keep pace. I don't know her, and I probably won't ever see her again, but I just wanna thank her for pushing me. My first two miles were at around a 7:30 pace. 

She and I parted ways, and I tried to keep the momentum. I was listening to a Rich Roll podcast that had Robin Arzon as a guest host. She was talking about living out your passion and doing awesome stuff. It was very motivating to me, and I pushed harder. 

By the time I hit the 6 mile mark still at a sub-8 minute pace, I decided I was going to push to keep that pace. I felt confident that I could. 

I got a new running buddy at mile 7 -- a man pushing a stroller. He was an interesting fella. He would push the stroller out far in front of him, completely letting go, and then catch up to it and push again. He did this for miles. I wonder if his child was having fun or if she was afraid. Regardless, he helped me to keep pace. 

He parted ways at a park exit and I kept on. The hills were HARD. It's just one hill, but I did 3 laps, so I had to mentally and physically push myself up that hill 3 times. I felt a little bit self conscious about how loud my breathing was on that hill each time, but again, I would probably never see any of these people again. 

As I was approaching the end of my run, I saw my friend Christy! I almost gave her an encouraging butt slap as I passed her, but I refrained just in case I was wrong about thinking that it was her from behind. 

I finished strong. Finished my last mile at a 7:45 pace. I felt like such a champion. 

Sunday - Total Rest Day

We moved the last stuff from our old apartment, and left a pile of "FREE STUFF" in our lobby. But other than that, I just tried to relax as much as I could. 

Question of the Day:

  • How do you feel when you break a PR?