2019 Berlin Marathon Training: Week 3

This is it! The 2019 Berlin Marathon is now officially LESS than 100 days away. Sh*t’s getting real y’all 😉

MONDAY

I’ve been working pretty much every Monday nights lately so I haven’t been able to make it to Pacers 14th Street runs 😦 It was good being back though it was hot and muggy (so your typical stormy summer evening in DC) and the run itself was pretty gross. 3 miles was good enough.

TUESDAY

Last BodyPump class at Gold’s Gym on 19th and L 😦 I met up with my friend Madalene who works nearby for coffee at Gregory’s afterwards. I love the almond berry toast there! 

In the evening, I joined Pacers Navy Yard for a five mile loop and ended up doing 9km with Ian and Aaron. I rarely have peeps running at my pace for longer distances and they were game to keep going despite the pouring rain. The rain wasn’t entirely unwelcome since it made for cooler running weather.

WEDNESDAY

Another day another social run. This time I ran for 🌮s! After a 4 miles loop in loaner Hokas, we headed to Chaia Taco. I had the spicy zucchini and it was yummy !

THURSDAY

Squeezed in my weekly OrangeTheory class at 7:15AM. It was an interesting workout with lots of rowing but I only got 7 splat points 😭 My legs felt pretty tight on the treadmill though. I then headed into work for a half day before getting on the train for Connecticut. One of my reading goals this year was to read more books by international authors (ie.: not Americans) especially French writers. I figured since I was going to a French speaking city, I should bring some French books along so I read a chunk of Ta Deuxième Vie Commence Quand Tu Réalises Que tu n’en as Qu’Une which I had started back in January but never finished.

FRIDAY

Travel day –> rest day! Elena and I drove up to Montreal from New Haven, CT. We made a couple of stops along the way, including… After checking into our AirBnB on the plateau and meeting up with Sara, we had dinner at Liverpool, the easier-to-get-reservations-to restaurant from the team behind Joe Beef. Duck should always come with a thick slice of foie gras on top of it !!

SATURDAY

First run in Montreal! I didn’t venture too far and did 7km around Parc Lafontaine. The temperatures are so much cooler in Montreal, sooooo much more pleasant for runs!

SUNDAY

For Sunday (long) run day, I really wanted to run the Lachine Canal so I did and bonus my friend Sonia who lives in Atwater joined for parts of the run which was super fun!

I ended my 18.5km / 11.5 miles long run in Westmount where I met up with my college friend Brett and his daughter.

Bilan de la semaine:  I did it! I ran 5 times this week!! Total mileage was 49.5 km/ 30.75 miles, (being 500 meters short of 50km is KILLING me!) at the bottom end of the recommended 30-50 miles you should be running per week during marathon training but within the margin at least….. And I did some decent cross training with BodyPump AND OrangeTheory all while traveling so I’ll call that a successful week!! 

What I’m reading/listening to: This week’s getting to know Dems had me listen to Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand (got through 3 chapters during my runs). And I *finally* finished Ta Deuxième Vie, which I had started back in January but never got into.

What I’m eating/drinking: I’ll write a more detailed post on all the Montreal yumminess.  On Wednesday I attended a seminar and tasting focusing on Beaujolais wines. I had never had white wine from the region and my mind was kinda blown 🤯

What I’m looking forward to on week 4: Corey’s back! Also, my Thursday track sessions return on Thursday and I’m weirdly really looking forward to running around in circles at Wilson High school again! 

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