Virtual Coffee Date & Half-Marathon Training Update: March 2019

March is my pre-game for the spring (also pre-game for my birthday month which always seems to be busy). I’m finally out and about with all the sports and outdoor activities. Here’s what I’ve been up to this month:

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that… half-marathon training snuck up on me. At first I thought I’d have plenty of time but all of sudden I’m very behind. Here were my March workouts:

3/1 – spin class at Swerve

3/2 – ultimate frisbee

3/3 – ice climbing (you can read my review here)

3/4 – rest

3/5 – bouldering

3/6 – top rope climbing

3/7 – volleyball (more on this later)

3/8 – DASH 28 at Mile High Run Club

3/9 – hiking at Hook Mountain with Girl Gotta Hike (you can read that review here)

3/10 – top rope climbing

3/11- ran 2 miles and some weights

3/12 – top rope climbing

3/13 – rest

3/14 – ran 3 miles

3/15 – rest

3/16 & 3/17 – 1 mile+ hike each day upstate

3/18 – ran 4 miles

3/19 – rest

3/20 – bouldering & top roping

3/21 – volleyball

3/22 – rest

3/23 – biked to/from metrorock (10 miles) and climbed!

3/24 – ran 5 miles

3/25 – rest day

3/26 – 3/28 -ran 1.5 miles and some weights

3/29 – spin class at Swerve

3/30 – ran 3.5 miles & football practice

3/31 – frisbee

As you can see lots of working out, not a ton of half marathon training. What I’m finding through all the sports is that I’m able to sprint but no longer have the endurance I once did to not be suffering through any run longer than 4 miles. I feel like I’m back on track with my long runs. I I’m aiming for 10 miles to be my longest long run before the Flying Pig Half on May 5th.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that…I don’t love volleyball or Zogsports yet I like playing the game otherwise. I’m not terrible at it. I’ve served the ball over the net a few times. I would play volleyball again but Zog just always leaves me disappointed.

I gave Zogsports another try for another sport and of course they just disappoint me time and time again. When I played football last spring, over 50 percent of my registration fee was refunded due to buses to Randall’s Island being late or just not showing up causing late or cancelled games. This fall I tried to sign up for a football tournament. I was placed on a waitlist, told I got in after a few weeks then a few days later they cancelled my registration because they didn’t have enough people for a free agent team.

Fast forward to spring, I was on my way to a volleyball game a few weeks ago waiting for the train. Then saw an email sent 20 minutes before my game was supposed to start saying they were cancelling the games for the night since the school we played at had parent teacher conferences. Insert my surprise here. I’m over Zogsports and how disorganized they are.

In conclusion, if you live in NYC, don’t do ZogSports, do anything else but that. May I recommend NYC Social Sports for any sport or BMFL for football. End rant.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that….I’m really into hiking. I’ve done a bunch of hikes in the past few years but in the past year, I’ve really learned to enjoy it. I even bought a new pair of hiking boots this month. Plus went hiking with an all women hiking group. I’m looking forward to the warmer weather for more hiking and outdoor climbing.

I also explored Clarence Fahnestock park this month on the way back to the city. It’s a really great place to explore nature that isn’t too far from the city.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that.…I’m so excited for that the weather is getting warmer and I’m ready for outdoor adventures. I’m currently on my way to Mexico as we speak! But this past month, I also booked a trip to Ecuador in May! I’ve actually never been to Central or South America before. I’ve been playing around with some apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone to help me get my spanish speaking skills back.

Also very excited for flag football this season as I’ll be back with the team I’ve played with this fall! Plus it’s my birthday in less than 2 weeks!

What are you excited about this spring?

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