PGH Marathon training – Week 3/16

Life doesn’t care you are in the middle of your training. You cannot just pause life because you want to qualify to the Boston Marathon and need to train for it. And, sometimes, life can make it really hard to find the time you need to train.

This week, I travelled overseas for job interviews in Italy and the UK. Between all the flying, jet-lag, interviewing, switching hotels (4 in total) and not having access to my usual gyms, I knew I wouldn’t really be able to train as much as I would like to. So, this week was about remaining as fit as possible, in order to continue getting stronger next week.

  • Monday — 900yd swim
  • Tuesday — Morning: 3.19 miles run @ 7:34 min/mile around Warwickshire. Afternoon: 30 min rowing machine + push-ups
  • Wednesday — All-day job interview
  • Thursday — Travel + rest day
  • Friday — All-day job interview
  • Saturday —4.00 miles treadmill run @ 7:17 min/mile and upper body lifting session
  • Sunday 5.77 miles run @ 7:00 min/mile (BQ pace) back home

I packed  running shoes, booked hotels that had pools/gyms, and hoped I would have the time and energy to work out. Things started out well. On my first night in the UK I stayed at an adorable abbey in Warwickshire called Wroxall Abbey. The place has a pool, a rowing machine (these seem to be rather popular in the UK), and wonderful running trails around it. So, on my first night I was able to get an easy swim before going to sleep, and on the next morning I did a beautiful 5k on the surroundings.

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For a change of my usual scenery, today I'm running in Great Britain🏃🏻🏰🇬🇧🍃🌿 — So far it's been exactly what I expected: green fields, gray skies, medieval looking buildings, small cars, phone booths, and the occasional herd of sheep — Roads were flat and mostly ok for an easyish pace 5k around the Wroxall Abbey near Warwick — I did struggle a bit with 20mph cross winds. Guess nobody visits the UK for its formidable weather anyway. At least I finished my run before it started to rain. Lovely 🌬🌫 — #wroxallabbey #warwickshire #runuk #runeverywhere #runexplore #5k #runtourist #garminfenix3 #youvsyou #runtheworld #hellobetter #madebymiles #marathontraining #nevernotrunning #beatyesterday #garminrunning #garmin #run #happyrun #visituk #runengland #trilife #swimbikerun #runchat #runnerspace #runnerscommunity #roadtoironman #instarunners #pghmarathon2016

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Run Turismo: San Francisco Edition

My job involves short trips once in a while, and easy-pace running is a great way to explore the locations, take some pics, and get in some miles while on a tight schedule. This week’s trip to San Francisco was particularly busy. I was interviewing with different potential employers holding interviews in different hotel suites spread across downtown. I ended up accumulating 93,651 steps in 4 days, and enjoying a few trips up Nob Hill.

In terms of running, I was able to squeeze in a couple of short early-morning runs, and a longer leisurely run along the bay shore and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Overall, I found San Francisco to be a wonderful and very interesting city for running:

  • Some of the steepest hills I’ve encountered
  • Remarkably nice running weather in early January
  • Spectacular views
  • Like in any big touristy city, crowded roads can be a bit of a hassle

I didn’t get to do as much exploring as I would have liked to, but I loved the parts I did explore. It was a wonderful experience and my biggest disappointment is that none of the places interviewing me are based in San Francisco. I completely recommend it!!

Is there a half-a-mile without a climb in this town?
Nob Hill
I came back during the day to take a picture of the hill

On my first two days in town, I was busy from 8 to 8 and completely exhausted after that. So, the only time for running was early in the morning, and I had to run around my hotel near Union Square. I’m very glad that the neighbourhood is full of super-steep streets like the ones  you see in movies. I am a sucker for a nice climbing workout, and I didn’t want to leave town without going up a few of its famous hills!

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