Boardwalk Run + Solid Week of Workouts

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and a nice, long holiday weekend. Did you shop any of the holiday sales? 

In workout news, I had a solid week of running mixed with barre, pilates, and yoga. I even ran the boardwalk over the weekend. It’s supposed to get colder again this week but I will continue to hope for a mild winter. I miss my sweaty summer runs. 🙂

Long Beach boardwalk

Monday – 45 Min Barre3

Heavy rain plus I ran both days on the weekend so a barre workout was perfect for this morning.

Tuesday – 5 Miles

Easy run today while on the phone with my friend Heather as she was running too. I was bundled up here in New York and she was hot down in Florida. I wasn’t jealous or anything.

Wednesday – 5 Miles

First speed workout in a while! Speed workouts are the best because they get me so engaged immediately. I find it so challenging to slow down and speed up again in comparison to just running a full mile at a hard effort.

I made this up as I went along:

  • Mile 1 – Warm-up
  • Mile 2 – .25 hard/.25 easy/.25 hard/.25 easy
  • Mile 3 – .50 hard/.10 easy/.40 hard
  • Mile 4: .20 easy/.80 hard
  • Mile 5: .10 easy/.50 hard/.10 easy/.30 hard

Thursday – 45 Min Warrior Sculpt

Heavy rain on this Thanksgiving morning so no run for me today. I opted for 45 minutes of Warrior Sculpt.

lifetime warrior sculpt

Friday – 7 Miles

Mostly easy, a little effort here and there with a last-minute decision to add a cool down mile to bring me to 7 miles.

Saturday – 8 Miles (boardwalk run)

It was 55 degrees today which I decided made for the perfect opportunity to run the boardwalk this time of year.

beach

I ran my favorite 8-mile workout which is a fun but challenging workout for sure. I did really well today but was honestly disappointed to see I wasn’t in the 7’s for the fastest miles as I thought for sure that I was. That 8:01 bothered me. I also giggled sarcastically that 8:00 is/was my average half marathon pace. Hold an average of 8:00 for 13.1 miles? That sounds really cute right now.

Ok but really, I did kill this workout. Normally, my average paces per mile in this workout hover close together but this time around, I really increased my effort and pace with each passing mile in the sets. This is not an easy thing to do. You really have to stay focused during this type of workout because, if you run too fast in the first mile, you have to go even faster for the next mile, and even faster for the one after that. It’ all about controlling your pace.

The second set of increasing speed miles are always so hard. Speeding up after an easy mile is not as simple as it seems.

Also, this is a great treadmill workout.

8 mile workout

 

Sunday – 45 Min Pilates

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Comments

  1. Eleni Mastrantonis says

    Dear Meredith,

    I am Eleni from Staunton, VA and I just want to say how much I enjoy your posts, all your fun moments throughout the week, and takes on your advice on shopping and workouts.

    I wish you a Happy Holiday and looking forward to a great New Year!

    Love Eleni

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