Hits and Misses

TGIF! The work week is over and without further ado, I present you with its hits and misses:


1) LUNGES – Omfg. I had some time to kill before meeting my friend for a run on Monday night, so I decided to do some core work, bicep curls, and lunges. I have not done lunges in about a year and after the 3rd set, I knew things weren’t going to be pretty. The run went alright, but I spent the remainder of the week feeling like my quads had just run a marathon. The jury is still out on whether I’ll be doing these ever again.

2) Cranky Runners/Meddling Tourists – On Tuesday, a German tourist resembling Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger told me that I shouldn’t be wearing shorts because it was too cold (it was 50 degrees). On Wednesday morning, a fellow Prospect Park runner called me a “stupid b*tch” because my arm lightly brushed her elbow as I passed by. And GOOD MORNING to you.

3) No Sleep in Brooklyn – I haven’t been sleeping much lately, I’m talking 5-6 (interrupted) hours of sleep. I’ve also been drinking a lot of caffeine to compensate. I had a frappuccino and some mini kit kats yesterday afternoon and sort of felt like I was on speed. It wasn’t entirely unpleasant. (Parents – don’t freak out, it really was just coffee + sugar. I am not actually taking drugs <3)


1) Running buddies who motivate – 

Last night around 5:30pm, I sent the following email to my workout buddy…

“ummm any chance you want to run easy in prospect park? hehe”
Luckily, she did not let me off the hook so easily. We both went to the workout and as usual, I’m glad I did. I can’t explain it, but I get serious workout anxiety. The thought of running so hard and so far after work (in the dark) is really daunting sometimes. AND THAT IS WHY I HAVE FRIENDS TO KEEP ME ACCOUNTABLE. So, thank you.

2) Homemade hot toddies – I got home late last night. By the time I unlocked the door to my apartment, it was 9:30pm and I was un-showered and un-fed. I was a little cranky. After a quick shower and some leftovers for dinner, I made THIS:

Okay, I realize that this might not be an official hot toddy recipe, but I had to work with what I had. I mixed one mug of hot tea (ironically Yogi’s liver detox tea lolz) with a shot of rum and some honey. Lemon would have worked nicely as well. I will probably be making this again. Every night until April, actually.

3) Buying my lunch –

Bringing lunch from home saves so much money, right? Yeah, whatever. It’s also a huge pain in the ass. I have to buy ingredients, prep them, wash dishes/tupperware, and figure out something filling enough to last me through the afternoon. I brought my lunch twice this week and hated it. It was boring and I ended up spending too much money at starbucks later in the day anyway. So the new plan is to buy my lunch, but  make my coffee at home (sorry indie coffee shop near the subway) and skip the afternoon frappuccinos.

Today’s Just Salad: Kale, broccoli, asparagus, scallions, roasted butternut squash, quinoa, and egg all chopped up with chipotle vinaigrette. Happy Megan.

Half ‘n Half: I made it to the weekly CPTC tempo workout (a victory in itself!), but my legs did not feel awesome. I still can’t decide how I feel about this week’s workout, so I’m calling it a draw.

1.75 miles warm-up

1 mile at 10k pace (beginning at W. 64th St, ending at E. 72nd St): 6:53, ehhhh slower than I would have liked

.25 mile recovery

5k tempo at half-marathon pace (beginning at W. 72nd St, up through the Harlem Hills, through the transverse, ending at W. 102nd St):

22:15 for the 5k with splits of 7:10, 7:10, 7:07, :48 for the last .1, again not as fast as I would have liked, but it was a hilly route and my legs felt very heavy.

.75 mile recovery

Final mile at 10k pace (from W. 88th St to W 70th St, approximately): 6:45, ok this was better. Still felt tough though.

2.25 cool-down

This isn’t a traditional tempo and as I was discussing the workout with one of my teammates on the cool-down (holla Jacqui) she made a very good point – workouts like this are meant to mentally prepare half-marathoners and marathoners for the mind games necessary to excel in those races. 5ks and 10ks require strength and speed, but I feel like they’re over before you know it…with longer races the race seems almost as much mental as it is physical. You can’t let the distance overwhelm you, you have to play mind games, and talk yourself out of the inevitable bad spots that will crop up. Workouts that change gears like this will be beneficial on race day when you’ve got to finish fast, even on tired legs. Or at least I hope…

The route!

Okay, that’s all I’ve got. I need to go eat some carbs in preparation for my 16-miler tomorrow (oh man). So tell me – what were your week’s hits and misses?

  • I have so much trouble getting motivated to run in the evenings, too. Not sure what it is — I just want to get in my PJs and veg after it’s dark, I guess. I used to be a morning runner, but that’s not working so well lately, so evenings it is, at least during the week. I always feel great once I get out there, but the lack of motivation, ugh.

  • Ali

    YES, agree: “The thought of running so hard and so far after work (in the dark) is really daunting sometimes.” I want so badly to make Thursday night CP runs a regular thing, but I sit at my desk all day wishing I had just run in the morning. Always a pleasure seeing you out there, though!

    16 miles tomorrow, I love it! Bring some of that rum for the post-run hot chocolate. Woo!

  • Jacqui

    Holla! 🙂 This week’s hit was running with you TWICE. What are the odds?

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE when you comment on my blog. P.s. this weekend is our 2 year friend-aversary 🙂

  • How rude, Brooklyn runner!

    And too cold at 50 degrees? Haha…coworkers here asked me if I still ran “now that it’s cold” when highs were in the 60s. I used to run in New York winters!

    I might have to try Just Salad when I’m out and about on my own in NY next week. Or want to meet for lunch on Wednesday? 🙂

  • Josie @ happycorredora.com

    Wow that’s a rude runner.  Where’s the sense of running brotherhood/sisterhood? 

    That hot toddy looks yum.  The word sneaky comes to mind. A sneaky hot toddy.  I’ve never has one but its looks like a great winter drink. 

  • Hit- that giant cupcake that I mainlined this afternoon. Miss- new roommates moved in and they are annoying. PS lunges are a bitch.

  • Shady

    My miss involved someone else running.  I was standing in a bus stop with several others when a runner dressed in shorts came along.  A man in the bus stop made some snarky comment about crazy runners and I said, it’s really not that cold when you’re working that hard.  And he replied, with that a$$ you couldn’t possibly know about running.

  • Anonymous

    wow, you’ve got some aggressive Prospect Park runners out there! And lolz, I did lunges about a month ago and felt it for about a week. Haven’t done them since… but I know i should.

    miss this week: realizing I will not have a life until May and having sadz about it. Good luck on the run and hope the hot chocolate is delicious!

  • umm – I feel you on the lunges. Monday at PT all I did were lunges, jumping lunges, plyos, etc and my legs were SO SORE.

    good to see you today!

    hmmm hits this week? buying 3 boxes of puffins
    misses? being told I’m too harsh of a grader by undergrads…

  • Anonymous

    omg plyometrics…i am trying to decide if i should do lunges regularly or just give up on them. they hurt so bad when you don’t do them for awhile.
    glad i got to see you today 🙂 tell your IT band to shape up, yo. i need you to do long runs with me…

  • Sam Segan

    Yeah so I’m a blog lurker who runs with Urban Athletics, and I feel like Thursday night (or at least this week, if it wasn’t Thursday for you guys) was THE night to do tempo mile repeats.  Seriously, I believe I saw three separate teams working out between 72nd and 102nd.  In any case, it seems to have been a good workout for all, though I had about a 15-second-per-mile differential based on going up or down Cat Hill/90th to 102nd.  

    My hit-or-miss was signing up for the NYCRuns 5k today without realizing how brutal the hills are.  There went my time goal for that. 

  • So cool you’re doing lunges. Your quads will be ready to crush those
    Newton hills 🙂 Boston tore my legs apart last year… My coach told me
    to try doing lunges, (3 sets of 20 a couple times per week) to get them
    ready for those downhills…

    Random question: have you ever experienced the “late afternoon wall” during your marathon training? Lately, since I started training, I’ve noticed that at work, when 3pm hits, it takes so much effort to get through the rest of the day… Have you ever experienced this? What do you think might help prevent this?

    Thanks Megan!


  • Good for you for doing lunges! It hurts now but you’ll be proud later when your quads are super strong.  

    This week’s hit: Going out to Karaoke with a bunch of my friends from the newspaper and eating falafel with them at 1:30 in the morning. It was the best Friday night I’ve had in a long while. This week’s miss: super bad hip pain/tightness that has prevented me from running (thus no long run on Saturday, granting me the ability to stay up til 2:30 on a Friday night. 

    It’s hard to decide whether the trade off is worth it. I had an awesome time living it up with my friends on Friday, but I miss my long run and with my marathon in a little more than a month I’m kind of freaking out about whether I’m injured or just tight. Help?

  • Looks like a nice run.  I love hot toddies too! Try to get some good sleep 🙂

  • How many lunges do you typically do? Weighted or unweighted? That sounds like a good thing to add to my routine, so I want to do it right!

  • Anonymous

    I usually do 3 x 10 unweighted lunges, but if I’ve been doing the regularly, sometimes I will add variations i.e. the curtsy lunge (you can google it) or I will hold 10lb weights. they’re killer, but I think they do make your legs stronger!

  • natalie

    I’ve been forced to regularly do lunges, squats, etc to get over a hip injury so as I’m enduring the gym another gym member (at least 60 yrs old) felt the need to correct my method of doing the exercise that my PT had told me to do that way.  Kind of annoying when you just want to get in and get done.  Highlight…a return to running a little bit this week. 🙂

  • Ouch!  I’m so sensitive, I think the nasty words from the a**hole runner would have stung more than the aftermath of those lunges!  Methinks homegirl needs to chill out and have herself a few hot toddies! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hey Jill-

    I totally hear you on the 3pm wall. I wish I had a better solution, but usually I rely on coffee! I’ve been trying to get more sleep, but that isn’t always feasible. Perhaps today I’ll try going for a brisk 10 minute walk (most likely to Starbucks…).

    Good luck with the training!

  • Char

    miss: tore my gluteus minimus and gluteus medius where they attach to my greater trochanter stepping off a curb 3 strides into a 7 mile lunch time run.  big. flippin. fail.  hit: my hip is crazy rad looking on ultrasound!

  • Laura

    Did you punch him in the face?

  • I’m way too scared to run in the dark at night.  My husband bought me a used treadmill for my home gym, but i wish it would just start staying light later so i could run outside!