BK Half Training: Week 3

Before we start talking about training, can we talk about how nuts it is that I have officially been living in NYC for a year?! April 8 last year, I hopped on a one-way flight to NYC to start a new adventure here. 


One year later, I still find a lot of things about NYC to be really challenging (like trying to find an affordable apartment when you have a 60+ lb dog), but it's starting to feel more like home -- more normal. We've built incredible community here, and while that is not the same as having our actual family here, it really helps to have close friends who are nearby. 

We just signed a lease on a new apartment in a new neighborhood and I'm immensely excited about it (more details on that to come). This week is crazy moving week. We're packing our stuff up and trying to do the best job to clean our apartment so that we can get our full deposit back. 

I'm really thankful for our time here so far. We've learned and grown a lot. And I'm excited to see what this next year of city life has in store for us!

What I did (Week 2: April 6 – April 12, 2015)

Monday - 3 mile run

I took Morton for an easy 3-miler on Monday. I didn't track my pace, but I would guess that it was between 8:30 - 9:00 miles. 

Tuesday - REST

I felt like I was getting sick (again) this week, and I tried to push through it, but Tuesday was just not going to happen. I was too congested to do cardio and was too sneezy/coughy to feel right about going to the gym. So I just rested.

Wednesday - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps

I used the dumbbells we have at home and my own body weight to do a chest, shoulders, triceps workout on Wednesday. I still wasn't feeling well enough to go into the gym, so this was the next best thing.

Thursday - 2 miles of sprint intervals + Back & Biceps

Treadmill.... Oh how much dislike I have for that thing. When I run on the treadmill, it feels like I run slower and it takes me much longer to run even a short distance. I'm just not a treadmill girl. I went to the gym during lunch and did a short sprint workout, alternating between sprinting and jogging. After work, I went back to the gym for a resistance workout. 

Friday - Shoulders & Abs

I ended up doing this workout at home as well, because we were looking at apartments right after work (so glad that search is over). This was another bodyweight/dumbbells workout. 

Saturday - 9 mile run

Saturday morning, Matt had an appointment with one of his advisors for school, so I did my long run while he was in Manhattan. 

Like last week, most of my run was around the outside of Prospect Park. It was super crowded because it was seriously the perfect day for being outside. I did a lot of weaving in between old couples holding hands and strollers.

I'm feeling pretty confident that I will be able to achieve my goal of maintaining an 8-minute pace for the half marathon in May. 

After the run, I met Matt in Manhattan and we took a stroll in Central Park. While in the park, we got a call from a homeowner (our new landlord), about coming to see an apartment. We hopped on the train and headed over to the place that will be our new home. 

We walked home from South Slope, through Prospect Park, grabbing organic smoothies on the way. It was such a lovely day. 

All in all, I took 35,000 steps on Saturday (a PR for me).

Sunday - Yoga

My right knee was killing me from the amount of walking/running that I did on Saturday. I took it really easy with a 20-minute restorative yoga class on Yogaglo.com. 

How was your week? What are you looking forward to this coming week?