Archive | June, 2012

Girl Power Weekend – Day 2

11 Jun

After pushing myself some 6.2 miles or so on Saturday, I geared myself for another 3.1 miles with Girls on the Run. The hubster and I took a cab from Penn Station to Asphalt Green which is all the way on the Upper West Side. After checking in, I headed over to my assigned school (P.S. 385) to meet with the coaches and see who my running buddy was.

After making some friendly chit-chat with other running buddies that were also there early, the girls arrived with their coach. I was paired with Yasnis (I just butchered the spelling of her name. Sigh), an 11 year old. Little did I know that I was going to be paired with one of the 2 fastest girls in the group.

I didn’t wear my arm band with my iPod so I don’t know exactly what time we finished at, but we were the first to finish for her class (I know that’s not what it was about, but it’s a fun bragging right for her).  It was incredibly hot out and though we ran along the FDR drive (by the East River), there was no breeze to be had. At the half-way point, we guzzled water and continued running. We took maybe 2 walk breaks on the way to the finish line. I think all in all, we finished around 40 minutes.  Again, my girl was fast – she pushed me to a pace that was outside my comfort level. I told her that she became my running buddy, inspiring me to push harder.

After the finish, the girls got swag bags, a finisher’s medal, and a certificate of completion. These kids inspired me to a whole new level and I think once I am done with the 8 million other things I have going on with work, school, and internship, I might seriously consider joining Girls on the Run as a coach.

Of course, I took pictures. Enjoy and have a great week!

Me, on my way!

Sunscreen station

Pre-Race

More pre-race festivities

Asphalt Green

Fueling up with bagels!

And bananas too!!

Almost start time!

Spectators

Time to line up!!

PS 385 in The Bronx, woot!

Me standing in line post race at the ‘bucks, needing some iced coffee.

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Girl Power Weekend – Day 1

9 Jun

My virtual medal

The back of my virtual medal

This morning was the NYRR Women’s Mini 10K. It was the 40th anniversary of the race. Did you know when the race first premiered, only 78 women participated? The overall winner was a mere 17 years old at the time. Today there was over 6,000 women running. I was quite excited to be running the race and to be meeting a fellow SweatPink ambassador, Jen for the first time. I had to get up extremely early to take the train (4:10 A.M., ouch) into the city and meet up with her. We took the train up to Central Park, got Jen checked in, tagged our bags, and met up with some other runner friends of Jen’s before heading to the start line. We had time to kill, so we decided to take advantage of the still clean port-a-potties and grab some water.

Before we knew it, it was time to line up in our corrals. Jen and I said goodbye and at the same time, the butterflies started. I don’t know why I was nervous – I’ve run 10Ks before. Hell, I’ve run 15Ks and 2 ½ marathons. Either way, the nerves were there. Once the race started, the butterflies left and I got into a rhythm.

I knew we were running up Harlem Hills and down Cat Hill (I’ve run up both of them). I still have yet to get “used” to them. My pace slowed at Harlem Hills and I had to power through it. Running down Cat Hill was super fun, I felt like I was flying. Anyway, I made sure to get plenty of fluid and was glad I brought a Gu with me – I quickly downed that sucker at mile 4.

What I enjoyed especially about this race is that it was a women’s only race. Women were cheering each other on the whole time. When I got to about 200 meters, this woman (who had finished and was on the outside barricades) was like “you got this girl, 200 meters is right there and after that it’s the finish!” I could barely hear her through my iPod but it meant a lot that some woman who I did not know was encouraging me.

Anyway, I finished with a 1:07 time, which is not my best and I was a little disappointed with that time. My best is 1:03. The hills really killed me so, I am assuming it was just that because I felt pretty good overall.

At the end we got lots of goodies: a finisher’s medal; a pink carnation (now hanging up at my office); an ice pop (I got orange); a bagel; and a plum. The bagel, ice pop, and plum have taken up residence in my belly now.

I am posting some pictures below for your pleasure. I am hoping the professional ones come out good. We’ll see.

Representing #sweatpink

Jen (RuntoDreams) and me pre-race!

NYRR’s motto: Run for Life

It’s the finish line!

Corrals – mine was the light blue ahead.

Finisher’s medal & carnation ❤

Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Girl power weekend continues tomorrow with Girls on the Run 5K!

Friday Fitness: Spring into Summer Workout

8 Jun

This was me today… getting my fitness on.

I haven’t participated in May/June’s small group training at my gym because they jacked up the prices and some of the girls who I participated in were not happy campers about it. So we decided to band together and use what we have learned over time at the gym and create our own circuit. Today’s workout included a medicine ball, but I have to write that workout up, so I am not posting it yet. However, I will post our first ever one. We were unsure as to how it would go and how we’d do without a trainer yelling at us to push harder. It turns out that we motivate each other and pushed ourselves. We may go back to small group training. We also may not. We’ll see how it goes the next few weeks.

Since summer is so soon (12 days away, ahhh!), I created the Spring into Summer workout. Here it is:

Easy peasy warmup: 1 min easy walk at 3.5, followed by 1 min jog at 5.6, followed by 1 min run  at 6.5, then back down to 1 min run at 5.6, and cool down at 4.2 for 1 min. – 5 minutes TOTAL

Exercise                                          Reps                            Weights

Squats into shoulder press          12                                10

Bicep curls                                          12                                12

Side lunges w/weight                     12                                12

Tricep extensions                            12                                10

Forward lunges                                12                                12

Backward lunges                              12                                12

Chest press w/weight                     12                                10

Knees to chest w/weight              12                                10

(on step – sit on end of step and lean back, extending legs; bring knees in as you crunch up, so you form a small V)

Crunches                                       50

Crunches w/incline leg           24 (1 set of 12 on R, 1 set of 12 on L)

Full sit up w/punches (down with Russian side twists) 24

Plank                                              2 @ 1 minute a piece

STREEEEEETCH & END WORKOUT

Afterwards, our legs felt like jell-o… it was a great workout and we had a lot of fun.  Note: it’s more toning than cardio, and we found that we had more than enough time at the end to incorporate more cardio and stretch/cool down.

Are there any circuits you like to do/recommend? How are you fitting in your fitness goals this weekend? Tomorrow is a weekend full of girl power since I’ll be participating in the NYRR Women’s Mini 10K and the Girls on the Run 5K. I am also meeting fellow #SweatPink ambassador, Jen at the Mini 10K. I am so excited!!

Happy weekend!

Double Booked!

7 Jun

So, silly me ended up registering for two races on the same day via the New York Road Runners. They are:

The NYRR does not allow for refunds, so I am going to lose $$ on one of them. They also do not allow for bib transfers (And were I do to this and they find out, I’d be banned for life. Seriously). So I need you, my  lovely readers, to help me decide! I want to both, but obviously I cannot be in both places at once.

I like the NY Giants one because it takes place at MetLife Stadium and the finish line is the end zone! How cool is that?! Buuuut I like the Achilles Hope and Possibility race because it’s for a good cause, plus a slightly longer distance.

Woe is this runner. (cough) Run nerd (cough).

Thanks so much for helping me decide!

National Running Day!

6 Jun

Hello, hello! Quickie post for today, National Running Day. I hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with lots of runs, whether it be on a treadmill, trail, or pavement. I couldn’t eek out a run today because my schedule was so packed, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t filled with all things running related.

I headed uptown during lunch today where I stopped at the New York Road Runners Headquarters so I can pick up my bib, shirt, and other goodies for this weekend’s Women’s Mini 10K. I then stopped at Athleta to pick up my informational packet, etc. for my Girls on the Run 5K, which is also this weekend.

And because I like to make my wallet cry, I signed up for not 1, not 2, but 3 races today. They are:

  • The Color Run 5K
  • RockNRoll Series – NYC 10K
  • Dirty Sock Run (10K)
(I am nuts. Why did my husband marry me again? I kid!)

The last one is a local race here on Long Island. I will be running it along with fellow Islander and #SweatPink ambassador Carlyn. This will be her first 10K. She’s pretty bad-ass with some major accomplishments under her belt, so I know she’s going to do super great!

Anyway, I really enjoyed RunningDay.Org‘s post about 10 Ways to Celebrate Running. I think I’ve got all but 3 & 4 down pat. But with my new found #SweatPinkAmbassador-ship, I think that will all change as I will be meeting (virtually met too) through the FitApproach community.

It’s 10 to 12, and I need to hit the hay, but before I do, I just want to share my Running Day badge: 

It’s the truth – have you watched/read the news as of late? Crazy times, my friends. Crazy times. And with that, g’night!

Fitness Tattoo (Bonus Post)

2 Jun

I almost forgot to mention that yesterday I got my 4th (!!!) tattoo and of all of my tattoos, this one means the most.

This is on the top of my right foot. The wings represent the runner and how far I’ve come in my quest for a healthier, happier me. 13.1 represents my half marathons, obviously. Next year I’ll add 26.2 to it. 🙂

Girl Power (Pink Style)!

2 Jun

Hola folks! Hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday thus far. I am currently at my internship but taking a little break to update the blog. Since my last post, I have some fun news to share! First off, I am so excited to announce that I was selected by FitApproach to be one of their #SweatPink Ambassadors!

Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassador Badge

Fit Approach is both an online and offline community of health and fitness enthusiasts. Their mission statement is:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. (http://www.fitapproach.com/about/)

Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves. (http://www.fitapproach.com/sweat-pink-ambassador/)

I seriously considered applying (never once thinking I’d be chosen) and wham, I was! I am so excited to be part of this Ambassador program. I really cannot believe how far I’ve come along in my fitness/health journey. Never once did I think I’d be able to inspire others but I get it all the time – at the gym, friends at home, family, etc.

I am supposed to get a welcome kit soon with goodies to pass along to my community so they can #sweatpink too and I cannot wait to be able to do so.

In other exciting news, I was going through my Twitter feed and saw that Girls on the Run (GOTR) – Manhattan is hosting a 5K next weekend and that they are looking for running buddies. A running buddy serves as the personal cheerleader to one girl throughout the 3.1 mile course. When I saw this, I just knew I had to sign up and be a running buddy for a girl out there. Registration wasn’t cheap and neither was sponsoring a girl, but it’s for a good cause. I think GOTR is a fabulous program that uses a combination of running and self esteem enhancing lessons to encourage healthy habits and active lifestyles in 8-13 year old girls. With the obesity epidemic on the rise, it is more crucial now than ever to encourage children, especially girls, to live active, healthy lives.

You can find more information about it here: (http://www.gotrm.org/) I encourage everyone to sign up for this really awesome cause! I just hope I can keep up with whomever I am paired up with!