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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14 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts and Updates 4/4-4/11”
I go with my family to the Jersey Shore (Wildwood crest) every summer! I don’t think I have ever gone in the winter but when I lived in NY we would sometimes go to the beach to hang out when it was cooler. I like running on the beach in Jersey because right near the water the sand gets really packed so its a softer surface but not as difficult to run on as regular sand!
We were a little further north, but I think it was just as cold and windy everywhere along the coast. Still pretty!
Most of my runs are along a river and I love that when I look on the one side I see water and on the other side I see trees. It’s great to see how both change throughout the seasons.
You are the omelet queen! 🙂 I LOVE that you live close to the water. It’s so beautiful.
Both of us think we couldn’t live anywhere that isn’t close to water. The salt version. Although the mountains are gorgeous too 🙂
Sounds like you had a great time at the beach! I am not much of beach person, but I do like being near the water.
Good luck on your half this weekend! It seems like you are racing every other week, lol. That’s really cool that you’re supporting your friend and hopefully helping her get into running for the long term!
Oh goodness, I’d love to be running at the beach right now. So jealous!
Great pics! I love running at the beach. I’m glad to be back down in Va Beach for the summer. Yay!
Wow! 250 options of omelets. That sounds like my kind of place.
I honestly could not believe the list…
Those strawberries and whipped cream look so delicious ! I might have some of that for dessert tonight!
I love the beach in the winter, more than in the summer. No pressure to go in the water!
I love the beach any time… thought it’s basically always the same temperature in San Diego. LOL! The bad part about the water here is that it’s always freezing!
Ah well, honestly the water along New England beaches is generally around 50-55 even in the heat of August 🙂
Yay for beaches! I’m definitely more of a fan of the beach in the summer, but if I can’t have that, winter is fine too! 😛 I’ve been to Philadelphia before, but not to Jersey Shore! This may change soon though since I’m spending my next 3 years in NJ! 😛
(I want those strawberries in my life! :O )
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