Friday, February 25, 2011

Whew...Back Again

What a week. After returning from Ithaca, I went to Boston last minute on Wednesday to visit my brother Matthew. I also came down with a very unfortunate cold that made my running on Monday through Wednesday (and even last night, to some extent) very unpleasant. I didn't do too much of it, not much more than the requisite mile. After running about a half mile when my cold was in the development phase, my throat would start burning and it made the rest of the mile miserable. I tried to make up for my lack of distance by incorporating some speed, even if it was just a little bit. I ran 1.5 miles on Wednesday and did the first mile at a pretty leisurely 9:13 pace, but did the last half mile at a 7:00 pace.

What I haven't been able to regain a hold of is my 100 sit-ups streak. It's on and off. Last night I did them, but not on Wednesday. But rather than accept it as something I don't have time to do, I would like to reclaim it as a streak. I think it's definitely made a difference in overall strength and I may even be able to see additional midsection definition. It's amazing what five minutes per day can do.

So now that the cold is on its way out, it's time to get back to business. Jared is currently doing the Paleo 101 challenge on Social Workout. Also, we've decided to try to be ready for the New Jersey Ultra Festival in a little under a month. This is going to be a very large undertaking, as we'll need to be ready to run 50 miles in not very much time. The current plan is to run 13 miles tomorrow, as a prep intro, 18 next weekend, then 24-30 the weekend after along with a couple of midweek long runs. This is really ambitious, but since Jared may be traveling to Germany soon, this is probably our best 50 mile option right now. So now I have indoor triathlon + ultra training to be doing. I think I'll need to draft a detailed plan for this because it's kind of overwhelming to think about. Anyway, part of Jared's challenge is making a Paleo-style dinner. The plan is to have paleo dinner and then go running early tomorrow morning before Quidditch. This is probably the route we will take:

It'll take us around the tip of Manhattan and to the Upper West Side ending at Crunch Gym, where our Quidditch equipment is currently in storage. We'll pick it up and head to practice after that. One thing's for sure: it'll be a busy day!


  1. oof. you are insane with the ultras. I can't even fathom that. good luck!

  2. Sorry about your cold, but proud that you pushed through.....
    I've managed to keep the plank-streak going, and am 1:30 of the real-deal, still working my way up to 2 minutes straight..... I agree it's amazing what daily effort produces, even it's only 5 seconds longer than the day before.... when I started, I barely scraped out 30 seconds and even then felt like I'd explode, but now my 1:30 is strong, dare I say, Zen, even... You can do it - get back on your sit-ups streak sister! :)