Run the Jungle

Taking on NYC one run at a time

Monday, May 23, 2016

There's always a first time

My last final of the spring semester was two weeks ago! It oddly coincided with week 9 of Brooklyn Half Training. When I started law school in August 2014, I started with a full-time job while doing school on the side. Needless to say I hadn't taken a break of sorts in 2 years. I was always juggling something else (i.e. I might be off from school but I still had a full-time job).

So I appreciate the time off way more now.  And to some level, I've been living it up.  Here's my list of things I've done for the first time EVER in the past two weeks. 

1.) Trapeze! - It's terrifying and I'm pretty sure you can hear me screaming in the video below.  Laughing Cow (yes, the cheese!) threw an awesome event on May 10 at the Trapeze School of New York. They launched a new product called Cheese Dippers and luckily I was able to attend the event!

As terrifying as it felt, it's actually pretty safe (if you listen to all their cues).  There were three instructors right by the trapeze area. One on the platform who sets you up, one by the ladder and one that calls out the cues on the ground (who also can control the speed at which you are flying).  I only did it twice that night but it was so much fun.  Admittedly, my hands were still shaking well after doing it for the last time but I would so do it again! 


2.) Actually leave the country - The last time I actually used my passport and left the US was in 2010! So shocking. I need to travel more! The boyfriend and I booked this trip to St. Lucia only a few weeks ago. I realized that it was the only extended break I would have until December so we had to take advantage.  It was amazing, gorgeous and very hot. Despite spending my last week of Brooklyn Half training on vacation, we did a ton of active things like a 4 hour hike, kayaking and snorkeling!

The view from the pool 

3.) Snorkeling! - Because the UV index was at 10 (out of 10) the day we went to the beach, we decided to delay kayaking for a few hours and go snorkeling instead. I was hesitant to try it because adjusting my breathing takes me some time (reasons why I hated running for as long as I did).   Eventually I got the hang of it and it was so much fun. There are a ton of gorgeous fish in St. Lucia. Lots of colorful blue and yellow ones.

the waters we snorkeled in! 

sugar beach!

4.) Cover myself in mud - I mean, who does this?! We went to Sulphur Springs Park for a "drive-in volcano" where the volcano is still active and bubbling. It's very cool. Nearby the volcano, you can put on some volcanic mud which is good for the skin given all the minerals in it.  (Yes, my skin did feel very soft after).


5.) Skip a half-marathon - I got back last Friday night from St. Lucia around 9pm. Threw my clothes into the washer and went out to get dinner. I was fine when I went to bed but when I woke up at 6:15am, I had a terrible stomach ache. I felt hungover and out of it (but I hadn't had alcohol in days). My sister and my roommate left without me around 7am for the start line (we live about a mile away) and I stayed on the couch.  Eventually I went back to bed but I felt really guilty about skipping. I've never DNS a race. It's a weird feeling but eventually I was okay with it. Guess half-marathon #19 will have to wait. 

I don't start my summer internship until June 3 or summer classes until June 2 so I'm trying to fill up my time with museums and outings and workouts until then! Any recommendations for things I should absolutely do in NYC?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brooklyn Half Training: weeks 3 - 8

LOL at training....I was doing so well for a few weeks then the semester caught up with me.

I'm not sure where the time has gone. April was crazy and clearly got away from me but between school (end of the semester insanity with finals) and life, I just haven't had time to blog! (or really even be on Instagram or any social media platform).

Since April hit, I pretty much threw myself into law school more so than I have in the past so the running hasn't been that great.  The most significant running I've done was actually the More/Shape Half-Marathon 2 days after my birthday. But also I got a Fitbit Charge with the heart rate monitor so if I'm not working out I'm at least trying to make sure I hit 10k steps a day.  Since getting the Fitbit, I have to say I'm surprised by how much sitting I do at school just studying.

Luckily for me, my last final was Monday afternoon. My internship and summer classes don't start until June 2 so I've got 3 weeks to chill and I'm so excited not to be sitting in the library studying (so excited that I did 5 workouts within 24 hours of finishing finals!). I'll be in St. Lucia next week and will be back just in time for the Brooklyn Half.  Although I'm not as prepared as I'd like to be for the race, I'm pretty excited to do it. It's always a fun race to run (hopefully no rain this year!).

Week 3 - week of 3/28
Monday - 50 minute class at Exceed
Wednesday - ran 5.46 miles which included 10 hill repeats of cat hill, strength right after for 10 minutes then a 1.46 mile cool down run
Thursday - Exceed

Week 4 - week of 4/4
Tuesday - Sculpt Fusion at Uplift
Wednesday - 5.82 miles around the Central Park Reservoir
Sunday - ran 4.39 miles

Week 5 - week of 4/11
Monday - Exceed
Thursday - Sculpt Fusion at Uplift 
Friday - my birthday! ran 1.61 miles before Strength at Uplift 
Sunday - 13.1 Miles at the More/Shape Half-Marathon

brunch after half-marathon #18
Birthday dinner!
I basically treated the half like another training run. It was hot and hilly and it wasn't my best time. My GPS app was also incredibly off. It said I had ran 9 miles when really I was only 7 miles in :(

Week 6 - week of 4/18
Wednesday - ran 2 miles
Friday  - Exceed
Sunday - Endurance at Uplift 

Week 7 - week of 4/25
Wednesday- 3 miles running and some ab work
Friday - Strength at Uplift 

I was in a simulation trial class this semester and trial was on Thursday of this week.  I was such a nervous hot mess over it. So I went running super late the night before and got 4 hours of sleep. I just such a mess but I survived the trial!

Week 8 - week 5/2
Monday - Exceed
Wednesday - Sculpt Fusion at Uplift before my Evidence Final
Thursday - Power at Uplift
Friday - 45 minute spin class at Swerve and Uplift Express

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