Brooklyn Half Marathon Training Recap – One Week Out!

It’s perhaps not the best timing, but I needed a break from running. I’ve decided to approach the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon the way I approached the Rock’n’Roll Half. No goals. No expectations. I ‘s just gonna try and run a lot of miles and have fun along the way. Last week, running just didn’t seem to make me happy but a lot of other things did…

MONDAY

I’m normally pretty religious about attending Pacers’ Monday fun runs, but this time around I decided having a few cocktails at the Royal Wedding pop-up bar preview would be more fun. This particular pop-up is a lot smaller than previous ones (it only occupies one room, the former Mockingbird Hill space) but it packs in a lot! I also loved the cocktails. The G-d Save the Queen is basically a martini that comes with a crown and the throne, plush-corgis and cut-outs of the royals made for awesome photo opps.

The pop-up is open until May 20th so you definitely should go if you have a  chance! 

TUESDAY

Now that it’s finally warm(ish) outside, there are tons of opportunities to practice yoga, pilates and other group fitness classes for free. This particular Tuesday was Shack Track & Field (where runners make their ways from one of the Pacers store to the Shake Shack at Logan Circle) and that starts a little bit later than regular runs, at 7PM. So I decided to double up that evening and squeezed in one of the Golden Triangle BID’s TriFit yoga class, offered by Corepower Yoga. Yoga went much better than the run afterwards…

I opted for the 5 miles track this time and right out of the gate, I could hardly keep up with the group who was running closer to an 8 miles pace than the 10-11 I’m comfortable with. I know they always say all pace are welcome in running group, but if you’re on the slower side, you’re mainly welcomed to run by yourself which is what I ended up doing for two thirds of the course. Womp womp. But I least I got a grab a tasty glass of glass at Shake Shack afterwards.

WEDNESDAY

Cyclebar! I normally take Valerie’s evening class but Haley is teaching at 7AM now so I thought I’d take that instead and free up my evening. My friend Calla had just gotten back from Sweden so I had her over for quiche, wine and travel stories!

THURSDAY

The return of Body Pump! I never felt healthier and stronger than when I took body pump classes regularly last year.  I gave up my gym membership when I signed up for the unlimited monthly pass at Cyclebar NoMa, thinking I could do weight training on my own in my building’s fitness room. Of course, I haven’t 😉 I had gone the week before at Vida Navy Yard as a guest of my friend Cecile and realized how much I had missed it so I used some ClassPass credits to sign up for a session at Gold’s Gym on 19th street. It felt much better than it had the week before and I’m definitely going to try to sign up for a class here and there. I also bought a set of 7lbs dumbbells so I can do a few exercises on my own. In the evening, I toyed with the idea of *finally* doing track but opted for one of Tammy’s TW Training & Wellness fun run instead. It started and ended at Ivy & Coney in Shaw, pretty close to me so it was more convenient than going to Pacers’ and Banneker.

I know eventually I *have* to integrate track work into my weekly routine but I’m not sure Pacers will be the group for me to do it with. I might need to find a group more geared towards beginners like myself.

FRIDAY

My usual Friday evening class with Haley. 

SATURDAY

I know I should have done one last long run before Brooklyn, either Saturday or Sunday, but honestly, I didn’t want to. It felt so good to do other exercise besides running, like hiking Sugarloaf Mountain. We did the Blue Trail and bits of the White Trail and covered closed to 10K. I loved it. I didn’t loved Sugarloaf Winery afterwards. The space doesn’t have a ton of charm, the  staff was pretty rude and the wine barely drinkable (the Viogner was ok, so I ended up getting a bottle to share. We had earned a treat!)  But it was fun to relax and have some snacks after the hike. 

SUNDAY

I took Valerie’s 10AM class at Cyclebar NoMa and ROCKED it. Some days you’re more into it than others I guess and I made it into the top 3 on the leaderboard for all of the sprints, which never happens to me! I definitely needed that little boost of confidence after feeling so inadequate at Shack Track & Field Tuesday. In the afternoon, I took a leisurely walk around NoMa with my friend Ekaterina to check out the new murals from the 2018 edition of the Pow Wow DC street art festival. I wrapped up the weekend with cocktails at Cotton and Reed near Union Market.

One Last Hello at Cotton and Reed

All in all, I had a very active week, squeezing in a double workout on two occasions. But I know I should have ran more than 12.5K (my goal for the week was 30K). But it’s ok. I think I needed a bit of a break, it’s just unfortunate it had to happen the week before the Brooklyn half marathon… I’m hoping that after this small reset I can get back to enjoying my runs. And eventually too I’ll get better at finding that right balance of running/me time/social life/other workouts. I almost had it this week… minus the running 😉 

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