Tuesday, December 29, 2009
First off, I ran... a lot....I also biked, embarked on a new journey through yoga, finished a du in the freezing, pouring rain and managed to have a smile on my face most of the time! I am grateful for all of those experiences, even the ones where I was cranky (the rainy du and the womens 5k...actually most of the rainy races kind of blew).
Some highlights - not puking during my first Bikram class, volunteering for the Montauk Century (even if I only did it so I could ride free), the summer run series, all 4 half marathons (holla!!). I mean, what wasn't a highlight (Ok, having to poop on a golf course) This was a great year!!!!
So I guess this is where I write out my 0-10 goals...
1. lose this damn weight!
2. build a better running base
3. have an injury free ski season
4. go on a fitness vacation (paddle boarding and yoga excursion anyone...)
5. get faster
6. COMMIT, COMMIT, COMMIT!!!
7. be a better blogger, reach out and connect more, there are tons of great people here!
I can't wait to see where I am a year form now, but most of all, I can't wait to experience 2010 one day at a time! Really relishing in all that is offered to me...whew...it's gonna be a great year!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Although I was hoping for some street time, I'm ok with the gym. I know that I can pretty much handle only 3 miles on the treadmill, but I figure with some spinning added in I should be good to go. I'm still on my yoga kick, and now that I am back on the no sugar, flour, wheat thing, I will be good to go for spring races!! Woo hoo!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I walked into class a little rushed and cranky. I was not feeling my usual zen self and it showed. I was also not really all that prepared. No towel and no dollar to rent one. I do have to say that as a first timer at the studio (a studio that has only been open 3 weeks, mind you) they should have waived the dollar fee. Whateves. I won't hold it against them, but it did piss me off.
Ok, so let's just say the place is really nice, bigger than I was expecting, and packed, which might have something to do with the first class special (pay $20 for 10 days of yoga). It was also hot. Very, very hot. I asked what the temp was and the owner just said hot (also kind of annoying). I have a feeling it was the traditional 105 degrees with 40% humidity.
Ok, so onto the postures. I almost died. Twice. I literally saw my eyesight fading and thought this is what slow-mo fainting feels like. So I sat down, which is what they tell you to do. Under no circumstances are you to leave the room - super hardcore. I got through the almost dying/puking/crapping my pants (pretty, right?) and actually got through many of the postures. It was tough though. But I'm in love, except for the smell and threat of catching a fungus.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tonight I have decided to take a Bikram class, a hot, sweaty 120 degree yoga class. I have a doc appointment not far from a new studio so I'm headed there to sweat it out. They offer a 10 day pass for $20, so I'm excited! Also a little nervous, if summer running proved anything to me this year, I know that exertion + heat = nausea. Not fun.
I read an article in the new O Magazine (yup, I"m that cheesy) about a woman who is following a 60 day (in a row) Bikram practice - it's not for the faint of heart, but according to the guru, is completely life changing. I'm not sure that I would go that far, but I am anxious to add this style to my practice.
As for running, well, I'll just have to see where that goes. I'm planning on a 9 mi trail run this weekend put on by one of the local clubs. Should be fun, unless there is a yoga class that's at the same time ;)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I was down a few pounds, but after this week, I'm not so sure. I'm weighing myself on Sun, so I'll just have to wait and see. Tonight is yoga and maybe a spin class, depends on how late I get out of work...ahh, back to my normal non-hotel staying life!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wow is all I can really say.
I spent last weekend up at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch getting my spiritual side on. It was by far one of the more amazing weekends of my adult life. I have always been a casual yogi, but that is a changing! I came away feeling so serene, strong and happy! Not to say that running doesn't do that, but I have been getting bogged down with the negative parts of running - mainly my slower than usual times, feeling like I can't keep up....blah, blah blah! It's almost like I need a little break. So I'm honoring my inner self and am going to focus on some other workouts for awhile.
I'm loving my yoga practice so I am sticking with that for a minimum of 4x a week, mixed in with some spin and sculpt classes. It's going to be gorgeous this weekend, so I may opt for a short run on Sun...maybe 3 miles, hell it might even be 2, whatever I feel like doing! What a concept!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My grand plan of having a killer workout month is not going as well as planned...it's not as terrible as it could be though. The last 2 weeks have been chock full of business and personal travel. I managed to get a few workouts in while in Minneapolis this week, but that for sure doesn't negate the amazing dinners I had.
20lbs is the goal. I KNOW I can do it.
I'm headed up to an Ashram this weekend, I'm hoping the vegan meals, meditation and yoga will bring me back to focus!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sadly, I have not done too much running, I've mainly been hitting the gym for spin and sculpt classes. This weekend was a bust, had plans of trail running and a race and bailed on both. I guess life and my travel schedule got the better of me and sleep was more important. The good news is that I was up and out by 6am this morning for my killer sculpt class, tomorrow I may head out now that it's light in the morning. Even if I get in 3 miles I'll feel better....
I have also decided that this winter I will work on speed and(additional)base building. My first half marathon is I believe in early April and I want to be so ready for it, I don't want to just run it, I want to PR, and a killer PR at that! This will also require that I slim down. I've gained 10lbs since last fall. My jeans are tight. Not good. I'm on it though....Novemeber is my time for starting fresh...
Monday, October 19, 2009
Ok, so for the 100th post part, wow! I can't believe I have been writing this blog, pretty continuously for as long as I have. At first it started off as a blog for my event with Team in Training, then turned into a blog about my torn ACL and weight loss journey, and now, well, it is what it is. I love this blog, the friends I've met, the comments I receive and leave for others. I started out not expecting anyone to read, and still can't believe a few people out there actually want to hear how a race went, or a random run. It's amazing! I do have to say, I miss blogger TFH (training for a half). She was my first commenter, and I religiously read her posts everyday. I'm not sure what happened,if anyone out there knows, let me know!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tomorrow is the Entenamann's half marathon, 5k and 10k...
As long as the rain is not torrential I am going to run the half. It's super low key, and just 2 towns over, so no 4am wake up call! Plus free baked goods at the end, what's better than that!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
The course itself was pretty sweet. Beautiful scenery, some trails, lots of woods, a brief run by the water (I think the full participants had better water views). Some may find this boring, and there weren't tons of spectators (but just enough to feel some love out there), but for me it was perfect as I tend to get into my own zone on long runs.
The beginning of the race was good, although I probably went out a little too fast, I think I was sub 10 for most of the first 6 miles. I ran with a pack and felt confident and strong.
I was feeling a little lethargic around mile 8, right when we came out of the woods, but then I was back to my good ol' self. Miles 11 to the end were a little hard, but I kept a steady pace. Coming through the finish shoot I completely forgot to give the bullhorns and a smile, I was done, pooped, cooked....no more energy.
The swag bags were really nice, aside form the finishers medals we got a pair of too big flops, a beach towel, t-shirt and a nice drawstring bag. Nice schtuff if I do say so myself! Actually, this might be the nicest medal I have ever earned!!
Overall, it was a great day and I am happy with my PR. I was hoping for tight 10 minute miles, but the "rollers" got to me. Next weekend is the Entenmann's Half which is totally flat, I'm hoping to PR yet again (crossing fingers!!)...
**image from the HHM Facebook page
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hampton Half Marathon
Weather: Sunny, crisp, 59ish degrees
Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm crossing my fingers that my times are ok. I am hoping for straight 10 minute miles, and if the New Haven 20k was any indication, it could happen!! I'm ok if it doesn't though, either way I am prepared for a great, strong finish!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
This weekend was pretty low key. I took Thurs and Fri off workout wise which felt good, considering I had been super active all week. Sat I went up to Kings Park to run the 15k course. Sweet Jesus this was literally 9.5 miles of hills, serious hills. I was a little nervous heading up there for the run, but I like hills and my running has been solid, so I knew I would be ok. Plus, I was running with a teammate who was running 20 at a slower pace so I knew I would have someone to run with. I have to say, although long, this might be my favorite new run. It was definitely a challenge, but I managed all of the hills and kept up a decent pace. I might try to run this on the regular if I can find people to run it with - I had no idea where I was!
I have a busy work week ahead of me but my goal is to not let it effect my workout schedule (yes, I said schedule, trying to actually follow one). Tonight I have dance, tomorrow track workout, Weds a 3 or 4 mile run and weights, then off Thurs and Fri (biz trip) and then the Hampton's Half on Sat. Woo-hoo!!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So do I have coach envy? Or am I coming to the realization that defiance is my enemy and I'm not getting any fitter doing it my own way? Not sure.
I've been participating in a blogger weight loss challenge - I have gained, not a-lot, only 4oz, but still! It's terrible when that happens, but I decided this week to be on point, and of course wasn't. Maybe a coach would keep me in line?
So for now, I am going to ponder the coach thing and maybe download another training plan. I have a du coming up in Oct. I did my first (sort of) brick last night at the gym - intense spin class right into a fast run. I somehow manage to pull off my events, the 3 half's I ran this spring/summer were fairly successful (crossing my fingers for the Hampton's Half next weekend), but I can't help but wonder what my times/stamina/life would have been like if I really followed everything the smart coach guy told me to do?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I had been looking into this race and I have to say it's my new favorite. I got a chance to spend some time with my BF and her kids which was great and got to run in a totally new environment. I now fully understand people who dream of running marathons/races in all 50 states. I met some great people, learned about other people's struggles - a guy who was running with a team was in the throes of cancer...totally tear jerker as they were calling his name as he crossed the finish. I met a woman who thought she broke her ankle but was walking on it anyway...I have to say, running the 2 half marathons in NYC have been more of a solo experience, this was so different.
The spectators were also really awesome. We were running through some poorer areas, where I'm guessing many people don't run through...the people that lived there were by far the most enthusiastic...having their own cheer sections and water stops. It was great! I felt a real sense of community, which is one of the main things I love about running. One of the best water stations was on Elm street, the whole block was out, almost forming a little tunnel - people on both sides of the street with water and some of the funniest signs I have seen in a while.
The run itself was a little hilly, I think they bill it as "flat and fast" - not so sure about that. There were about 3 or 4 hills, nothing to write home about, but certainly not flat (2 of them were actually legit hills). A bunch of bands on course as well as bagpipers around mile 10 or 11. And a Gu station, with plenty of Gu...they really stocked up!!
For me, this was by far my best run in awhile. I maintained a consistent pace and did not walk at all, I did slow down at the water stops, but I was consistent and I felt great. I also managed a blister free (for the most part) run!! Thank you Wright Socks!!! I ALWAYS get gnarly blisters on the tips of my second toes and the ball of my foot. I glide, have proper fitting sneaks and socks....it's terrible! Not so with the Wright Socks. My second toes were a little tender, but not nearly as bad as usual....yay for double layer blister protection!!
So for the official stats:
Date: Sept 7, 2009
Pace: 10:17 (I'll take it)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The weight loss challenge is moving along, although this week I probably stayed the same, which is totally ok. I'm taking it slow and steady....
I'm heading up to CT to spend time with the BFF then run a 20k in New Haven on Monday. I'm super excited as this will be the first distance race that I have done that will not be freakishly hot and humid. Yippie!!
Have a happy and safe Labor day!! Do something fun, will ya!!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Some days I think no one reads my boring little blog, then BAM I get a few comments....someone, anyone, please comment on this - chia seeds, how do you incorporate them into your diet? Do you make that weird gel or just sprinkle them in your food?
Running tonight up in Northport (Cow Harbor training).
I've also decided to run the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race. It's a 20k which fits right into my training schedule (if you could even call it a schedule...). I'll head up Sun night to spend time with my BFF and her kids, should be a fun one!
Monday, August 31, 2009
This year I decided to ride with some friends from Jersey who are also in my ski house. I was pretty good with my training, and since we decided to ride 66 rather than the 100 I knew I would be good to go.
So fast forward to Fri night - crazy weather reports- a tropical storm and 70 mile an hour winds scheduled to hit Montauk, the guys decide to bail and I'm standing in the rain volunteering with the ride set up crew loading bikes into a huge truck...(all so I could ride free on Sat - so worth it!). I have to say, I wanted to bail, but volunteering and seeing so many of the riders gave me the push I needed. I had made the decision that I would start out with the Century riders then bail out at the second rest stop which is the 50 mile mark. A perfect plan.
Ok, so Sat rolls around and the winds aren't so bad, but the rain is pretty heavy at times. I'm up at 5:30, thinking I am one crazy gal, but I also felt so dedicated which is quite the opposite from my normal self...so I head over to the start (which is less than a mile from my house...score!) and see some friends from the the Fri night volunteer detail and start pedaling. I'm feeling good, despite a strong headwind, my breaks are still working, despite the rain and I'm feeling OK, but I decide at the first rest stop to call it a day and pedal back. The rain was pretty rough and I felt good, but I also didn't want to chance anything happening so I pedaled back to Islip where I met my dad for some delish breakfast, sooo worth it!! In total I rode close to 40 miles....and the funny thing is that I desperately wanted to ride yesterday and would have had my cleats been dry!
And that my friends, is just the feeling I was hoping for! I am finally past the point of only training for events then ditching any additional activity, this is now turning into my life, and I kinda like it!
Some shots of my very dirty bike and the Corey Beach rest stop.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Last night was hella hot and humid! I ran the Cow Harbor Training run and got sooo sick when I got home. I am really sensitive to the heat, and I should have wore my fuel belt. Lesson learned. Today is a day off, tomorrow will probably be the gym, then off to volunteer for the Ride to Montauk. I'm supposed to ride on Sat, but we are supposed to get Tropical Storm Danny and I'm not sure I want to trek out to Montauk with 70 mile an hour winds!! The good news is that the ride is free if I volunteer...although we are getting down to the wire and I still haven't received any info on where to meet, hopefully they didn't forget about me! Grrrr...
I'll post the recap if I do manage to ride....until then...off to enjoy the rest of my week off!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
There, I said it, OUT LOUD and on my blog.
I have lost about 40 something lbs over the last year and a half or so by following a very strict formula of eliminating sugar, flour and wheat. I went off the wagon in Nov and gained about 12lbs. I'm down 5 and I need to get the rest off of me....I'm pretty content with myself, but I really want to be as healthy as possible and that means shedding the weight.
I have seemed to reverse the gain pattern, which basically meant going on a modified version of the no S/F/W program, but I wasn't loving how I was feeling. I think my body needs good old fashioned carbs, uhh, more specifically, bread....and so here I am, eating all foods, but in moderation....and praying it goes well...(I love bready, doughy goodness and tend to over induldge).
Much to my surprise, I was extra happy to read a fellow Blogger's post offering up a weight loss challenge...I'm in and ready to go! I don't really have a specific number in mind, but I figure to really be at a good weight, I should aim for about 20lbs. So that's where I'm at. 20lbs, but no pressure, no racing against the clock. I'm doing the this the good old fashioned way - less calories in, more calories out through exercise and plain commom sense. I'm also tracking my food through Daiy Plate...Let's see if I can commit to that...although for today, I kinda liked it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
NYC Weather: 77 degrees, 74% hum., wind 6 mph
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
So this is supposed to be my taper week, but since I'm using the NYC Half on Sun as a training run for the Hampton's half, I am going to keep up with my routine, just no long runs (which won't be difficult :)
I'm looking forward to the half so I can get a handle on what my HM time is. The last HM I ran was the More and they turned it into a fun run due to the heat, so I have no 'official' time to refer to. This weekend is supposed to be HOT, and from what I hear, it's always hot on race day, but I've been training in heat and humidity and I think I have a pretty good water/nutrition plan. I have to remember to pack salt packets, which is something I almost never do, but it should help to aid in my recovery.
The only crappy thing about this race is that I have to head into the City during the week to pick up my packet, there is no day of. I'm thinking I'll head in Thurs night and run the park, which is part of the course. I love running in the park and never really go in to run, so I figure I'll make a night of it.
Other than that, life and training is good! And I lost 5lbs....
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ok anyway, the run was interesting, it was really hot and humid and I decided to stick with a 10 minute pace. I ran 8.5 on Sun and was soo sick after from the heat that I wanted to try and stop that from happening again (which BTW, happened, 2 hours after I was all naus, WTF?!?!). I was pretty happy that I could maintain a steady pace for 5 miles...I usually tend to fluctuate, so it was nice to see some steady endurance, and a steady HR.
The end of the race was really the highlight - after every race they give out Odwalla Bars, drinks, chips, and beer. Last night was the added bonus of heros and salads which looked great (I can never eat directly after a run). Part of the fun of the whole summer series is hanging out after. All of the different running clubs grill and relax as well as families and friends, it's a big party with the added bonus of awards for the top runners and the trip raffle....which I didn't win, whatevs...
So although I didn't have killer times, I met some amazing runners and got some great advice....so after all my bitching, I guess you could say the series was a success after all!
Oh, and before I forget, I met Tara from the Biggest Loser....we chatted for a minute and are now Facebook friends. Seriously.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Ok, so back to motivation. I need to get me some stat!! I have a nice weekend planned - heading out tonight for a short run, then on the bike tomorrow for at least 20 miles, then a 10 miler with my running gals. I am sticking to that plan, no deviations! And no pizza (except for today's lunch - paid for by the company....). I'm just hoping the little motivation I have sticks...but I do have training plans with friends, which ALWAYS keeps me on course.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I started out not wanting to run, it was wicked hot and steamy with thunder rolling in, but, being the trooper I am, I was rearing to go by race time! We all lined up in our respective corrals, the horn went off and we were on!
I was feeling great....maintaining a 9:20 pace and really enjoying the scenery. This race is part trail, part golf course which is pretty nice. There are some good rolling hills and one false hill right after the first mile that is pretty brutal, but completely doable. I was really trucking along, feeling great!!
My first mile clocked in around 9:20, second mile was about the same.....what?!? I got this! I'm back, speed work really does work!! Yahoo! Then it happened....
Right after mile 2 I was extra hot and sweaty and heard a rumbling of a different sort. Oh sweet Jesus NO!! I slowed down, hoping my stomach would feel a little better, then I came to a complete stop.....it was bad, and getting much worse. I got a little panicky, looked around and realized, HOLY SHIT I AM ON A GOLF COURSE (translation, very lush landscape, with no shade, no trees and some golfers, golfing). So I veer off the course, praying for a bathroom, a tree ANYTHING. Ok, so the weird thing is that on the course they have these 'false doors', they must be monuments or something, but it was tripping me out. I was now really praying, and then out of nowhere there was a little patch of tall grass and trees.......and it was for real (not like those crazy doors ). So, I ran into the trees, and well, did my biznass...
Needless to say, my times were waaaayyyyy off for this race.
And well, as the saying goes, you're not a runner until you shit in woods (road, golf course....ect).
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Hmmmm......the thought of a yummy protein shake when it's all done as well as bragging rights often is enough to get me through my long runs!! So my tips - food and a big ego! Really, sometimes it's that simple.
I actually like my longer runs, which I generally do with a partner or group - which is probably why I like them. I often get a stride going mentally and physically after the 3 mile mark. On my 10 milers, I often find that I am running my best after the halfway mark. But since this is me, and I often find my smaller midweek runs torturous, I almost feel like I need to switch the focus of this post...
I'm thinking that I need to shift my strategy for my shorter runs - I need a partner and the more I think about it I need to switch to morning runs....I'm finding the late day sun to be a bit much and my stamina is gone. I'm heading into my runs with a bad mindset, no bragging rights or protein shakes, just ugggg.....get this ova with!
So taking a cue from my happy long runs, I'm going to grab a partner and dream of protein shakes....and enjoy the scenery!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Enter the Arrow Women's Run....this was the straw that broke my running back.....first off I will say that it was hot, no shade in sight, ballsy hot. (just saying, not using the hellatious heat as an excuse). I was also not really hydrated. I did not consume any water, just a little coffee (again no excuse). So I meet my team, say hello, grab my gear, signed up in the Athena category thinking I would at least place (was so hoping for that, although my ego was a little bruised with my only chance of placing being in the bigger girl Athena category, and I didn't place, missed 5th by like 20 seconds...but I digress).
Ok, so I line up, I'm feeling good, I did a warm up run and had a great stretch. I have this. Run my first mile - 8:47 pace. After that, not sure what the hell happened. I finished in 30:05, and was mad and dare I admit it, but moody for the rest of the day.
That's not my time, really, it isn't, but the reality of my running is that I am getting slower. Although my times are way better than they were this time last year, I am not where I was in say Nov..... I know what I need to do, now I just have to do it....
Tue night track workouts here I come!! Oh, how I need you in my life!!! It's just that I have something else on Tue, but I am willing to give it up. I am realizing that running is becoming something more for me. If I really want to succeed, I need to get busy!! I can't make tonight, but I am there next week!
On a lighter and brighter note here are the stat's from last nights Summer Run Series race at Caumsett. Although my numbers are similar to Saturday's race, this was pretty hilly, so I'm content.
Time: Net - 29.32; gun - 30.04
Pace (based on gun time, so technically I was a little faster): 9.41
Place: Overall 909/1688 ; age 36/92
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The gym part was good, the running not so much! The first mile I felt like I had lead for legs, along with no lungs (my breathing was that bad). It was terrible. My first (of only 3 miles) was at a 10:23 pace (WTF). It did get better from there, but the fact that I'm even running a 10 minute pace is frightening!! I'm not sure what my deal was, but I think it had something to do with hitting the weights first, and maybe being a little tired...and I did have a bigger than usual lunch.....
I know enough about myself that I can chalk it up to a bad run, nothing more, nothing less. But it was still disturbing. Especially since I ran 10 on Sunday and felt so, so good.
Monday was another summer run race over at Belmont - this is the worst of the 8 races, there is no room to move, you can't get a decent rhythm at all - it's just too crowded and the trail too narrow. 2 people fell in front of me and parts of the trail were so congested that we slowed to what I would consider a very slow jog. That being said, here are the stats:
Time: Net: 29:56; Gun: 30:45
Pace: based on gun time: 9:55
Place: Division: 57 / 119; Gender: 372 / 946; Overall: 1073 / 1992
Monday, July 13, 2009
Fri morning started off with a bang...literally. My fire alarm went off at 4:45 (am!!!) and would not stop beeping. I called my landlord who couldn't come by until later so I figured it was perfect timing to go to the gym and get a short run in. I love the gym early, not too crowded which is nice, so I was able to get a lot in in a short period of time. The run was quick and good, down to the water and back at a nice pace.
Sat I went out for a 31 mi bike out to Heckshire Park for a few loops and back. I'm starting to focus a little more on my miles as I have decided to ride the Montauk Century at the end of Aug. I've done it a few times, so I know the course...but I know that I need to get a few long rides in...I've done it without properly training and it can be killer!
Yesterday I ran 10 with my friend Kelly. It was by far my easiest 10 miler. I took a short break (damn stomach!) at about mile 5 then I was good to go and had an easy last 5 miles back to the start. My times weren't great, and were really over the place - from 9:30 to 11:02 (average pace was 10:23), but I finished and felt awesome, so I was happy.
Tonight is a 5k at Belmont (part of the Summer Series). I'm hoping to tear it up (although I doubt it :)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Here are the stats:
Time: Net - 22.36; gun - 23.48
Pace (based on gun time, so technically I was a little faster): 9.36
Place: Overall 870/1593; age 38/92
And some Pics (because blogs without pics are boring according to the very talented Chloe)
Running club banner, with my head a little cut off
View from the back of the ferry on the way to Fire Island for the fireworks...so beautiful!
Looking forward to a great week!
Weight training this morning
Thurs either run or bike
Weekend is up in the air!!!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Anyway, back to being beat, I ran my first 10 mile run since my half (which was in April). Got up at 5:15 (am!!) and met my friend Chrissy for a half trail, half street run. My running at best has been kind of off lately, so I was looking forward to running with someone else. She is a fairly new runner, but is crazy focused and really follows a plan (which I don't do). We maintained a 9:46* pace which I was really happy with. My alone runs have been crazy slow and cumbersome - lots of stopping/slowing down which I hate, so I think this was the exact push I needed to get back in my normal groove.
I met all of my training goals for the week, rode 21 miles yesterday, ran 4 miles Fri. It was a great weekend.
Hope everyone had a great 4th! Now I'm off to soak by mangled tootsies!!
*I'm going with the 9:46 pace, which came from Chrissy's Garmin, mine had us at a 10 minute pace... :)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This weeks theme is Running Fireworks - or rather, those topics we runners find controversial....
Ok, so here is my two cents...stopping while running...taking short walk breaks to just, regroup, get the heart rate down.....catch the breath....whatever the reason...
I have found that the the majority of people I run with will every once in a while slow down and breath. I see nothing wrong with this and sometimes find it vital to my runs....if I start out too fast and my heart rate is waaaay off, I need to slow down a bit to regroup, otherwise, I'm done!
Some of the faster runners that I know would never dream of stopping, one guy in particular will tell me if you stop you didn't really run...What?!?!? So my half didn't count 'cause I walked through the water stops???
When I first started running with Team in Training one of the coaches spoke the gospel of the Galloway method, which I have to say was a tremendous help to me in the early days, although I found that I became reliant on those little walk breaks and had a hard time breaking out of that pattern. I do know however, that I would have bailed on the whole running thing if I couldn't walk a little.
So my question to you guys out there in running land.....what do you think? Little walk breaks, harmless and ok, or a total no-no?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Last night I ran and then headed over to the gym for an arm/ab workout. My running was blah to be exact. I was just not feeling it, squeaked out 2.35 miles (a crazy storm was brewing so I wanted to make it home) then hit the gym. I'm really making an effort to get some weight training in...I'm actually starting to look forward to it...
Like always, I'm struggling a little with keeping up my schedule. I need to stay on course as I have 2 half marathons planned - NYC in Aug and the Hampton's Half in Sept. My main goal is to finish the Hampton's without having to stop. NY will really be a training run to see how I'm doing training wise.
This week I have a few runs planned as well as a 20mile bike.
Thurs: 20 mile bike
Fri: 4 miles followed by gym
Sat: 10 miles
Sun: gym or maybe a bike ride, depends on how I feel
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I will start off by saying that although I am not disappointed with my time, I think I could have pushed it a bit more...although pushing it freaks me out a little, I always think I will time out before the race ends....or go into cardiac arrest...who knows, but I do tend to hold back a little (except for that first mile when I usually go out too fast....balance baby!!)
I think I need to start wearing my garmin as I am super confused as to which time to go by - they do a net (which calculates time for when you cross the start) and a gun (which goes by gun start). I'm thinking I should go by net as that is the most accurate.....anyway here are my times: 29.15 net and 29.30 gun (pace based on gun time 9.33).
Next week is a 4K...it's quick and fast and I am going to push my limits....fingers crossed!
PS...anyone know what happened to the blog Training for a Half? She vanished.....hope everything is OK, but I will surely miss her daily posts!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I spent the majority of the past week in D.C. for work and was able to manage a few runs...which believe me is a difficult thing when working a trade show....the feet kill after a long day of hawking goods!!
We stayed at the Omni which overlooks Rock Creek State Park. An awesome spot to get a feel for D.C. as well as a nice run (although the hotel is a bit out of the way from the monuments, you can get a feel for D.C. neighborhoods). The park itself is really nice, it follows the Rock Creek Parkway (I think) and has some nice little hills. I'm used to the great big parks in NY, so this was different from what I was used to but so, so beautiful! It may have something to do with the tons of rain this month, but everything was so green and lush. The only down side to my park run was the crazy rain I got stuck in with about a mile or so left of my run. It was BRUTAL, but also refreshing due to the high humidity (see, back home that would have been so killer, but away, not so much).
Another cool thing about running in new spots has to be the new running specialty shops! Due to the crazy rainy run, my sneaks were SOAKED and upon further inspection, a little too worn for my own good, so I asked the concierge if there were any specialty shops nearby and off to Fleet Feet I went! The store was great and the staff so helpful. At first I felt bad for cheating on my shop, but I was on a kick and really wanted to get another D.C. run in before I left. I though I was just going to run in and get my trusty Asics, but I decided to test run a few new shoes and ended up with Sauconys which so far I really like. I wish I would have gotten a Fleet Feet technical shirt, but I can always go back!!
The rest of the trip (meaning the non-running parts) was really great. I got to see the monuments and the White House, plus some great dinners with work associates.
I'm definitely going back....and am determined to run Rock Creek in the sunshine...if the sun ever comes out again!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The difference between this year and last year is that I am a year out with the torn ACL. Every race last year was hard, but I steadily improved my times from a first 5k race (post tear, 1 month after the injury) where I think my pace was close to 12:15 to a final race (the PO 5k) of 8:53....which was my PR that I am determined to beat!!
Last night was a 5 miler at Heckscher State Park, it was a nice night, a cool 60 degrees, which was nice considering I was baking at the Mini 10k on Sunday! There were a ton of people racing so from experience I knew to start with the 8 minute pace group (any further back I would have been dodging walkers...). The first few miles were a little tough, I was a little sore from Sun and a little mentally beat up from my terrible time (now I think it's terrible, yesterday it was 'not so bad'). I managed to squeak out some positive thoughts and got in a nice groove. I finished in a respectable 47:28.
The last race of the series is also a 5 miler, I need to have a time goal for that one, maybe a 42:00 minute race? Who knows....it could happen!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
First off, I was hungry, a little dizzy, fighting off a sore throat and it was hot. Not a great combo. Miles 1-3 were OK, but I pretty much deteriorated from there. I'm used to the hills, and I ran just about all of them, I think I stopped and power walked the top of the last one, but I was pretty disappointed with mile 5 - which I walked on and off for about half of. I really never walk when I'm running a race....so that was a bummer.
On a happy note, I got a medal at the end which I wasn't expecting and saw some of my blogger friends which was awesome! I was actually running next to Christy for a little bit and was so psyched when I saw her after the race where I also met Michelle.
The rest of the day was nice and relaxing, hung at the beach and had dinner with my parents...
Tonight is the start of the NYS Park Summer Run Series!!! This is my absolute favorite run series!! Basically we run at a different state park every Monday. So fun!
And in close....a terrible race pic of me...
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I am nervously crossing my fingers hoping that I get in.....although the slacker version of myself is like nooooooo not a marathon, continue on with your slacker ways...
They make the announcement at noon.....stay tuned!!
****Update, I didn't get in....
Friday, May 29, 2009
I am however running the Womens Mini 10k and I can't wait! I love running in Central Park!!
To everyone running BK, have fun and be safe - I don't want to read about any injury reports on Sunday!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Hoping to see some of my blogger buddies there, plus some running club teammates.
Hopefully I'll get through it!! Ahhhh....I hate that I have turned into a slacker, but I'm hoping this race will bet me back in the groove.
Friday, May 8, 2009
For those wondering, I have false started on the following: swimming (that was a HUGE FS), running at 6am since I can't seem to predict when I am getting out of work these days, eating (umm...gaining weight over here) and I'm sure there are more, but those are the BIG THREE.
Sigh....I obviously need to get it together. It's no longer fun being a slacker. But I am having a serious lack of motivation these days (and it doesn't have much to do with the rain).
Planning on running 8 on Sunday. Have a half marathon on the 30th that I need to get back in the groove for.
City tomorrow to see Reason's to Be Pretty and dinner in Little Italy for mothers day with my parents....should be fun!
Happy mothers day mothers!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
1. I had a room at The St. Regis (!!!!!!)
2. this was my first half (and I was actually prepared !!!)
Race weekend was pretty mellow, headed downtown Sat. to the expo to pick up our race packs and walk around. Not a whole lot was going on there, I was expecting to see more exhibitors, but there was some cool stuff. I picked up a technical shirt that has on the back 'Run Like a Girl' - super cute! Saw some friends and went to dinner, then took a bath back at the room. Baths at hotels usually skeeve me, but the St. Regis is truly unlike any hotel out there, marble and chandeliers EVERYWHERE, plus a Bently that will drive you anywhere within a 1o block radius!
Sunday was race day and it was HOT...amazon hot. Temps at 7:00 am were in the high 70's and counting. The race officials called off the full marathon and declared the half a fun-run, which to be honest was a little annoying as I didn't wear my Garmin thinking the whole thing would be timed (lesson learned, will ALWAYS wear it during races where my time is important to me).
I started out steady, not too fast and made the decision to walk through each water stop to make sure I was getting the proper hydration. I'm sooo glad that I followed that strategy as I saw quite a few people sidelined because of dehydration, I've been there before and it's not pretty!
I felt strong and steady throughout most of the run - mile 12 was hard, I walked a bunch, but I'm ok with it, it was freaky hot and hilly and I knew I was going to finish injury free and with a smile on my face.
I'm still a little sore and have not ran or exercised at all....was hoping to get a run in tonight now that my quads are better, but work in CRAZY!! Swine flu is in full effect and since my company manufactures face masks we are in hyper mode right now.
Looking forward to my next half, which depending on the weather may be this Sunday - the Long Island half is set to go off Sun at 8am. I didn't register, I have until Sat, so we'll see. I'm definitely ruining the Brooklyn Half on May 30th....woo-hoo!!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Looking forward to spending time after the run with family and friends....hoping I'll be able to stay awake, last week's run left me EXHAUSTED!!
***Update - I ran 8, but still happy and still ready for a great day!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Running a lot
On my food plan (the no flour/sugar/wheat one!)
Posting to my blog
It's been fun slacking, eating pizza and bagels and running very little, but the results sucked! I was tired, grouchy and gaining weight. So I made the decision to go back to 'The Plan' and ya know what? I feel really great. I didn't loose any weight this week, but I gained back control and that is a wonderful feeling!!
I'm also almost done with ski season (going up this week for a few final days) which is really where my energy has been these last few months. Next season I'll really have to figure out a plan where I am still getting my weekend runs in - it's hard to manage both the slopes and running (which is basically why I bailed on San Diego - a spring marathon is too much when skiing in full force!).
Oh, I'm running the Moore Half in NYC. Ran 9 miles yesterday, scheduling in a 10 miler for next week, then hopefully another 10 miler then the race. Woo-hoo!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I am committed however to my blog. It helps me keep focused. The past few weeks have been insane, my dad was in the hospital, the holidays took over and needless to say my blogging has suffered, but I am back, committed to writing thoughtful and less boring entries. Woo-hoo!!
I also want to wish everyone a happy New Year, may all your resolutions, wishes and good vibes happen for you on 09!!!