Brooklyn FTW

Indian Summer, Fake Summer, Global Warming…I’m not sure what’s going on with the weather in NYC, but it felt more like June than October this weekend. I started the weekend off with a long run with Meggie. I took her on a tour of the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge, and then we headed back into Manhattan to run around Battery Park and up the West Side Highway. I felt surprisingly good and ended up running 17 miles in a bit over 2 1/2 hours. I decided to wear compression tights to give my muscles some extra support – it was a little warm, but not uncomfortable.

This morning, I ran about 7.5 miles with a friend who was visiting for the weekend (hi Hannah!) bringing me to 81.5 miles for the week. Huzzah! I did it. I’ve been paying close attention to how my legs responded to the mileage increase and I think I can call the “experiment” a success. Physically, I felt very good this week. My butt and hips were sore on Wednesday morning (post-track workout) and my legs were a little tired today (post 17-miler), but other than that, everything felt like normal. I have no aches and pains and never felt overly tired. I did, however, struggle sometimes with the mental aspect of running so much and often. When you need to average 11-12 miles a day, that doesn’t leave much room for spontaneity. If I woke up some morning and didn’t feel like running my planned mileage, I had to do it anyway. Running this much takes a lot of planning and so by the end of the week, it was wearing on me a bit. That being said, I did enjoy challenging myself and I think after a lower mileage week or two, I will try running 75-85 miles again. I want to make it clear that I’m not just chasing mileage for the sake of running x amount per week – after a lot of research, I believe that increasing volume will help improve my fitness levels and result in a half-marathon PR. Putting in these many miles is a means to an end, and hopefully that end will be 1:29:xx (or faster!).

Anyway, besides cracking 80 (in both temperature and miles…) this weekend involved a lot of other fun stuff! I’m in love with my new neighborhood and I know I’ve babbled on and on – but I enjoy living in Brooklyn so much!

Before heading out on Saturday night, my friend Hannah and I made some homemade pizza. I roasted some butternut squash and caramelized onions and then stretched a ball of store-bought pizza dough onto my fancy schmancy pizza stone (thanks Dad!). The pizza stone preheats in super hot oven for 30-40 minutes before you add the dough and it results in a professional, crispy crust. YUM. On top of the dough, I added dollops of fresh ricotta cheese, the butternut squash, the onions, and some grated gruyere. This is a good combo – I highly recommend it!

With salad, homemade maple-tahini dressing, and a Sam Adam’s Octoberfest beer! Second (and third) helpings of the pizza were devoured.

Later on, I met a group of friends at a bar I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. Hot Bird (the bar) used to be an old auto repair shop, but now it’s hipster central! There’s a decent beer selection, a grill with bratwursts and tofu sausages, and a sweet outdoor courtyard with tons of picnic tables. I want to go hang out there every night.

Photo Source: http://functionalbeer.com/2010/06/01/hot-bird-a-mystery-comes-full-circle-into-a-magnificent-bar/

The next morning, I was able to cross another neighborhood “to-do” off my list – Tom’s Diner! My friends and I got there early because if you arrive after 11am, the line can be 30 people deep! It’s super small and kitschy inside, but the food is solid. I ordered the eggs florentine, but I already have my eye on the lemon ricotta pancakes for next time.

Since it was basically Summer, part II I made plans to meet Leslie, Shayne, and Daniel for some afternoon ice cream. Despite the hot temperatures, I still decided to go with a scoop of the seasonal pumpkin ice cream (with marshmallows and graham cracker crust pieces), plus a scoop of Mexican Chili Chocolate. Ample Hills Creamery makes the best ice cream I’ve ever had. And I’ve had A LOT of ice cream.

Andddd afternoon of frolicking would not be complete without an afternoon beer in the courtyard of Washington Commons (another cool neighborhood spot).

I am pretty sure this was one of my best weekends of the year. And I’m pretty sure the food, the friends, (and neighborhood!) had something to do with it.

And nowwww, it’s time to start another work week (nope, I don’t have Columbus Day off…).

  • Dani

    Megs- You are Amazing!! 80 plus miles!  Rockstar 🙂  Let’s run soon!

  • Page

    80 miles and you’re not chilling in bed on a Saturday night? Definitely a win! Congrats!

  • AH, you did it!!! Congrats 🙂

  • i miss you guys like whoa 🙁 coming out of hibernation soooooon.

    congrats on the 80 miles! your ability to balance that with a full-time job and a social life is what impresses me most. you are super-megan.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have Columbus day off either – what gives?? Sounds like you had a fun BK weekend! I’m jealous… but at least I got to study outside which I considered a win. 

    Congrats on hitting 80+ miles – that’s awesome! And the fact that you’re feeling good is a great sign. I read some of those pfitz articles and am really intrigued about high mileage and a lot of his other thoughts. I’m already thinking about more miles for my next marathon training plan! too soon, probably.. 🙂 

  • Thank you for running with me! Those 18 miles flew by and were over before I knew it! Also, I want to go back to Brooklyn and pretend like I’m on the Cosby Show and live in one of those brownstones.

    80+ miles is INCREDIBLE! Go get a cape because you’re practically superwoman. Also, where is this Ample Hills Creamery?!? I fill like I must try it..

  • 80 miles is amazing!!!! I must try Tom’s..I’ve heard amazing things about their pancakes!

  • Hooray for cracking 80! I knew you would do it.

  • Yum, that pizza looks delicious! And the ice cream. I have never been to Ample Hills, but would trek to Brooklyn if you’d like to get the pumpkin flavor again 😉

    Congrats on the 80 miles! Knew you could do it, and glad you’re feeling good after it. Enjoy your down week, you deserved it. 1:29 here you come!!

    Agreed that the hardest part about running high mileage is sometimes the logistics and time…less wiggle room for going on how you feel each day. And coordinating bringing clothes/food to/from work when doing run commutes.

  • I like how you’re structuring your training and know how hard it can be to fit in all those miles.  Can’t wait to find out how your body adapts and how much you blow your goal out of the water!! 🙂 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the vote of confidence 🙂

  • Sounds like an excellent weekend! That amazing you broke 80. Amazing. Definitely looking forward to seeing how this experiment progresses, hopefully resulting in 1:29:xx (or faster!) <– you can totally do it!!
    Butternut squash + caramelized onions on pizza – love the idea.

  • Dad

    80 miles/week? Totally awesome! Sub 1:29 next month – no problem… Have definitely earned that “Super Meg” cape ;o)

  • Congrats on the 80+ mile week! You will def get your half goal in Philly 🙂

  • Aron Eichhorn

    NICE job breaking through 80!!  The most I have done is 70 and I was wiped.  Can’t wait to see you kill it in Philly!

  • Erin Cochran

    I love Hot Bird! We always head there for office happy hours since it’s just around the corner.

    Congrats on breaking 80 miles! And now I need to get a pizza stone…

  • Corey @ runner’s cookie

    80 miles is so impressive — you are my hero! That’s more than 3 marathons in a week 🙂 You have so much running experience and are very in tune with what works for you, so I’m not surprised that this is working out well for you. But alternating with easy weeks, at least for the time being, definitely seems like the way to go to slowly adjust your body to it. I bet the routine will settle in more the more you stick with this and it will feel less forced.

  • <3 brooklyn. <3 ice cream. <3 pumpkin beer. <3 you. this was one excellent sunday.

    hope you're feeling better!!

  • Hanimal

    Welcome back to r2w 🙂
    I tried to “like” your strands entry, but could not deal with adding another online account to my collection… But I have to admit I was relieved to discover you’d also logged 7.5 miles (we didn’t possibly run less, right??).
    In spite of my inability to deal with the city, I had such a wonderful weekend, and will definitely return soon. In the meantime, I can’t wait for the many driving, running, and walking miles that are coming our way – hooray!

  • Congrats on the over-80 mile week!! So impressive. I’m glad your legs have held up and you felt pretty good after all those miles. I’ve never run even close to that in a week, so I can only imagine the time, dedication, and planning that it takes. I hope you feel stronger with each high mileage week and I can’t wait to see how you do in Philly next month! That 1:29 is yours!!

    Sounds like an amazing weekend overall, though I’m sorry you didn’t get Columbus Day off. That’s one of the benefits of working in New England I suppose. I think I’ve gotten spoiled.

  • Kate

    80 miles is amazing! Congrats! Out of curiosity, what kind of compression tights do you wear and do you find them helpful? I am training for the NYC marathon and am having a lot of pain in my hamstrings when I get up past 18 miles. I know part of this is normal, but I’m really concerned about how I’m going to feel at mile 24, for example, and I am wondering if compression tights might not make it a bit more comfortable…thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Kate! The tights I wore this weekend were the full tilt running crops by Lululemon. I also really like CWX compression tights. Good luck! 🙂

  • Congrats on the 80+ mile week!  That’s super impressive and I hope it will lead to some pay offs for you later in the racing season.Hot Bird looks/sounds fabulous…when I make my next trip to Brooklyn, we could totally swing by there.