Another Monday, another round of my weekly workouts and updates. This week featured a few of my regular work morning runs in Central Park, along with a couple of weekend jaunts in some new-to-me running territory, the boardwalk in the beach town where my boyfriend grew up. I’ll do a quick rundown of those before getting to the rest of the weekend events!
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Rest day
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 4.2 miles
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 7 miles
Sunday: 6 miles
I took it relatively easy this week, even though last week’s long run didn’t exactly go as planned. I have the MORE Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park coming up on Sunday, but I knew when I signed up that I wouldn’t have much “training” time in the wake of the NYC Half Marathon with weekends in Connecticut, running the Scotland 10K and dealing with wacky weather, and this one in New Jersey/Philadelphia on the calendar. I decided to run this race for fun because one of my good friends from law school wanted to do it as her first half, and I thought it would be awesome to be able to run alongside and support her. I won’t worry about time and I’ll probably walk a bunch because her training hasn’t been smooth, but I hope it will be fun and convince her to run some more.
Speaking of that wacky weather, this week we had some sunny high 50s in the park followed by showers of ice…within one hour on Friday morning. At least I got in a windy run before the rain began on a stormy Saturday, and hen Sunday saw clear skies. Anyway, Saturday was mostly consumed by our trip to Philadelphia for an engagement party for two of his good friends, where I met a lot of new people and most importantly enjoyed a delicious brunch at Mariners Cove en route. The place boasts more than 250 omelettes, but I of course made my own combination of chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, spinach and mushrooms, polishing off the enormous a five egg dish. Plus I ordered strawberries on the side, because of cross contamination with the home fries, and they brought a pound of berries and a huge dish of whipped cream that I did a number on…
On each of Saturday and Sunday mornings I went for a nice mid-length run on the boardwalk, through the towns of Avon, Belmar, and Spring Lake. While it was pretty breezy I enjoyed the beach views, different than my beloved Ridgefield woods or the oasis of Central Park. I also enjoyed the “give” of the boardwalk. I wasn’t used to running on flat surfaces for so many miles but the slight spring in my step on the wooden boards was a nice change.
We spent the rest of Sunday scrambling eggs at home, enjoying the sun even in the chill, visiting one of Brett’s favorite ice cream spots (just like when I did the same with him in Connecticut), and walking around town.
An iced coffee, a gluten free vegan banana chocolate chip scone, and a scoop of peanut butter crunch ice cream with rainbow sprinkles later, we’d snacked our way back along the shoreline before getting ready to head back into the city to get ready for the week ahead.
Do you like the beach in winter?
Favorite surface to run on?
Ever been to the Jersey Shore or Philadelphia?
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