Hello! How has your week been? It’s actually a joke how cold it is in Boston right now, so cold that my coach (who lives in Florida) told me not to run today. I didn’t think I’d ever hear those words, but I follow orders so I happily biked my warm little heart way inside this morning. So this officially happened today:
I’m so excited for this race. Runners World ranked it one of their best races for 2015, and Chris is running it too so I’m pumped to be there while he goes for his BQ too. I’m hoping to peer pressure friends into running or cheering, and Oregon, while far for my East Coast friends, will be a beautiful place to explore. My original plan was to run this and Mountains 2 Beach two weeks later, but I tried to register today and it’s apparently sold out. Probably a sign this aggressive racing plan wasn’t meant to be, and it’s all the more reason to train my hardest for Eugene. I’m coming for you, 3:25!
So I’m on an extended training plan that starts with a few low mileage weeks that emphasize leg turnover and building up speed. Day one was the 60 minute, freezing cold run last Sunday when I held around an 8:00 minute pace, and remainder of the week was NP, some cross training and speed work. Monday’s NP workout was a 2.5 mile run each way to the Fens, where we lined up for drills across the track. Each length included partner leap frogs, lunges, inch worms, or a side shuffle.
Tuesday was the start of this arctic air and luckily I had a short track workout on tap. I did 15 x 20 second intervals, where I’d go at 85% effort for 20 seconds with a minute jogging rest in between each interval. I loved this workout since it just felt like I was loosening up my legs while staying warm since we never stopped moving. I got in around 5 miles for the day, less than I normally do on track days.
Tuesday night was the highlight workout of the week with my first boxing class at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston. Chris has been boxing at this gym for awhile now and had no trouble convincing Christine and me to try the first (free) introductory class. I have this policy of saying yes to just about any adventure without thinking it through, and I admit I was a little nervous about this one after looking at the website and realizing I was taking a “Fighter Conditioning” class. As the website says: “We are an old-school boxing gym with real rings, real equipment, and real fighters leading the class.” Christine and I also opted to skip the intro class since Chris said we’d be able to keep up without it, so we were going in to this basically blind and hoping not to get kicked out of class.
The 6:30 p.m. class with Chris Daviega was a mix of high intensity cardio intervals (think squat jumps, mountain climbers, push-ups, lunges, etc.) mixed with boxing segments where you and a partner either shadowboxed (yeah, I didn’t know what that meant either…read here) or punched into the bags. I was drenched in sweat within the first 15 minutes and before I knew it we were ending class an hour later with sprint intervals. Christine and I were laughing throughout all the punching intervals but managed to keep up, or at least keep up enough to get in a great workout. We were absolutely dead by the end of it, and I’m sitting here two days later struggling to type because my forearms are so tired.
While the first class is free, the drop-in class rate afterwards is a steep $25 but they have great membership package deals. I will definitely be going back!
Wednesday brought a frigid stadium day plus a 20 minute regen run (fancy word for a recovery run). I took my sweet time on the stadium with a healthy dose of caution on the slippery, snow-covered steps, and I did 41 sections before the time cut off. I focused on keeping better form this time around by trying to get my full foot on the step so I’m not pushing off my toes and shredding my calves as much, and I’m actually less sore today. Only took me two years to figure this out.
While I can’t say I love working out in 0º (wish I was exaggerating), I do kind of love the smaller groups that come with frigid temperatures. I’m coming up on my two year NP anniversary and always think you get closest with people on the terrible weather days, from the sub-zero blizzards to the scorching hot, need to jump in Boston-dirty water, kind of days. And speaking of November Project, I want to share that there are two pop-up workouts happening next week in Portland, Oregon and Seattle. Portland’s workout is Wednesday, January 14th at 6:29 a.m. in the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Seattle’s workout is Friday, January 16th at 6:29 a.m. at the fountain at the base of the Seattle Space Needle. You can get all the details here. Let me know if you have any questions and have an awesome night, friends!