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Half training – Week 4: Wednesday/Good Friday

An eclectic post today – training update; March sunrise and hot cross buns!

Training

Wednesday: As promised, I did 6.6km in 37:56 for a pace of 5:46… took it a bit easy but I’m not used to running consecutive days so I didn’t want to push it!

Friday: 5.1km in 30.22 at a pace of 5.55.  Gearing up for a 7 mile (11.3km) group run tomorrow morning!

Also: crocuses! (yes, hopeless picture I know – I was using my old old phone).

First spring crocuses.
First spring crocuses.

March Sunrise

I realised nearly too late I hadn’t seen the sunrise this month (as per 2013 Resolutions), so I set my alarm for 6.30am and got up to see this:

Sunrise for March - 6.40am.
Sunrise for March – 6.40am.

Good Friday

So I’ve come to discover that in the US they don’t really celebrate Easter like in the UK or Australia.  There are plenty of Easter eggs/chocolate to be sure, and plenty of religious things going on… but no public holidays on Friday or Monday and no hot cross buns!  This is a problem.

However, there is a “chic” (i.e. overpriced but REALLY good) deli type place in Cambridge called Formaggio Kitchen where I managed to find these ($2.50 each!):

Hot Cross Buns... made with icing?
Hot Cross Buns… made with icing?

They don’t look or feel as they should exactly…but I’m not going to complain! We’ll try them tomorrow.

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Do you know of anywhere that sells real Hot Cross Buns in Boston?

Posted in Half-marathon, Resolutions

Half training: Week 4 – Tuesday

We are back!

I’ll post some photos of lovely Australia soon, but suffice to say we had a great trip.  It was so hot and sunny I was running in shorts.

But now we’re back in Boston and I’m pleased to announce the start of spring.  I saw crocuses and snowdrops (probably some American version – they didn’t look quite right to me) and the snow has basically melted. Yay!

My training plan called for a 3 mile run today. In real money that’s 4.8km. Since that’s not very far for me these days I just did one of my usual routes of approximately that distance.  When I finished it turned out to be 6km (3.8 miles) – oops. Here’s the data:

Distance: 6.1km
Time: 33:16
Pace: 5.27

VERY happy with that.

Here are my km splits:

1. 5:40
2. 5:26
3. 5:26
4. 5:23
5. 5:21
6. 5:22

Tomorrow – 4 miles at half-marathon pace. Translation: 6.4km at a pace of 5.41 (to finish the half in 2 hours – using Runner’s World Pace calculator).

Has spring arrived where you are?