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Weekend Race FAIL

3 Dec

How is it that it’s Monday already? ūüė¶ Yuck.

I hope everyone reading had a great weekend. My weekend went by incredibly fast. I was¬†supposed¬†to have raced not one, but two times this weekend. Did I? Nope. Ugh. Such a fail. I had all my gear ready to go for the races, but I just could not get out of bed. My husband tried getting me up both days long before race time and apparently all I did was mumble “I’m tired” and snuggle deep under my covers.

Eventually I did wake up and lace up my sneakers for runs in the neighborhood. I am not sure if it was a) that I was tired or b) frustrated that I missed both races, but my runs in themselves pretty much sucked. Sunday’s was way worse than Saturdays… just finishing in itself was a struggle and made me question my running capabilities.

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All I could think was how am I going to train for a marathon if I could barely eek out 10 miles this weekend (and not even 10 consecutive miles?!). But I went out there and did my tried my best right? (I figure if I say this enough times, I will believe it).

For this week’s fitness line up, I have kickboxing, pi-yo, bootcamp, and personal training lined up. I am also partaking in the NYC Run’s Ekiden relay on the 9th with 2 other SweatPink Ambassadors.

eikidenEkiden is a relay race, and the term originated in Japan.¬†¬†The first¬†ekiden¬†race was sponsored by the¬†Yomiuri Shimbun¬†in 1917, and was run over three days between the old Japanese capital of¬†Kyoto¬†and the modern capital of¬†Tokyo, a distance of 508¬†km, to celebrate the anniversary of the moving of the capital to Tokyo. As written in Japanese,¬†Ekiden¬†combines the characters for “station” and “transmit.” ¬†The original concept of the race hearkens back to Japan’s old¬†TŇćkaidŇ欆communication and transportation system in which stations were posted at intervals along the road. In the race, each runner on a team runs the distance from one “station” to the next, and then hands off a cloth sash, or¬†tasuki, to the next runner.

This ekiden will be comprised of four legs all starting and ending across from Tavern on the Green. I will be doing leg 2. The legs are:

Leg 1: Two lower loops of Central Park-3.4 miles

Leg 2: A five mile loop crossing the 102nd Street transverse

Leg 3: A full loop ofCentral Park ‚Äď 6.1 miles

Leg 4: A sprint, one more lower loop of the park,1.7 miles.

As in a traditional Ekiden, the runners wear a sash that is passed from runner to runner. So after I cross the timing mat, I must hand the sash to the next runner. I am excited for this race and just hope I don’t fizzle on race day.

Speaking of upcoming races, I just heard about this race which will occur next year:

zombies

 

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I am so in for this race! How fun! I have always wanted to do a zombie race. Now, to see if I can recruit anyone to join me?? Happy Monday (only how much more ’til the weekend?!)!

Weekend Fun!!

18 Nov

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! My weekend was busy, busy, busy!  Saturday began with a 6 mile run.

I got my six mile run in at the park by my house. I figured I’d run the loop around the lake twice and with the to/from my house, it’d be 6 miles. Wrong. It was about 4 – I ran around that lake pretty quickly. But I had 6 miles to do, so I ran the loop once more and then headed home. I had to go by my house twice to get the full 6, but I did it, woot!

Afterwards, I felt really, really great! Running really helps clear my mind and find myself.  I enjoy running in the cold so much more than in the summer.  I am getting more comfortable running around my neighborhood more and more Рthere were other runners there, people walking their dogs, parents with their kids.  However, safety first and I asked my lovely #SweatPink Ambassadors for running safety tips and they happily shared their tips:

  • Brooke of Sweats and Sweets:¬†Have your music just loud enough, but low enough to hear if anyone is around you. Also, a SpiBelt is fantastic at holding small cans of mace, if you want to carry that. Always run with your phone if you need to call 911.
  • Steffi of Almost Healthy Life: ¬†Run in the daytime, always tell someone what time and where you are running, call that someone when you return home so they know you’re safe. Happy and Safe Running!!
  • Michelle of Push.Pump.Progress:¬†¬†i dont listen to music when i run alone, and if its dark i stick to busy well lit areas and i wear reflective gear and/OR i have a little light that i can pin to my jacket that flashes and have your phone on you. When i can i tell a friend and tell them approx when i should be done the run and text them once i am home.

(There are a ton more and I want to share them all in another post… stay tuned!)

On Saturday I was also supposed to go to NYRR HQ to hand out bibs/do registration, but I had such an itch to run, that I knew travel wise, there was no way I’d be able to get my run in, change, and head into the city. So at the last minute, I changed my plus 1 to volunteering at the kids races at the God’s Love – Race to Deliver 4 miler on Sunday. Volunteers were supposed to be at the race by 9, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do the run, plus check in by 9, since the race was at 8:30. So did all of the other volunteers I met at check-in.

Brrrr!!!

Turns out we could have – we weren’t needed until 10. So I/the other volunteers froze for little over an hour. There was coffee available and we happily drank it down to keep warm. Finally, it was 10 AM and we were off to the kids’ races. The kids’ corrals are divided by age group, with the youngest closest to the finish line. The age groups were 2 & under, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 6 to 7, 8 to 9, and 10 to 12. ¬†One of my tasks were to help line the children up, make sure their bibs were correct, and get them pumped. All of them were so, so cute, especially the 1 to 2 year olds! ¬†Before the races began, kids were running up and down the course, which had a slight incline. One of the volunteers joked that the kids were interval training, hahaha. ¬†The NYRR hired cheerleaders and when the cheerleaders began cheering, the 1 to 2 year olds took off and we had to run after them to get them back to the start line.

Omggg

Finish line!

I never get to see any celebrities despite having lived in the city so long. ¬†I met George Clooney on my 12th birthday and Sisqo (remember him?!) once after school, but that was pretty much it. However, I got to meet WPIX’s own (channel 11 for New York City/Long Island) weatherman, “Mr. G” – he looks good for his age!

Interviewing a 2 year old! Hehe!

After the race, we cleaned up, and checked out. I even got a free shirt for participating. I wanted to do 3 miles in the park before heading home but my phone kept pausing/resuming/pausing/resuming… and after a mile, I gave up due to frustration. So, I walked another half mile and then headed home. But still, I got my plus one for the NYRR 9 + 1, so you will see me at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon! Hooray!!!

What did you do this weekend? Tell me all about it!  Have you ever seen any celebrities in your neck of the woods?

I Didn’t Run NYC

4 Nov

This morning was supposed to have been the 42nd annual New York City Marathon. As we all know by now, the marathon was cancelled on Friday by the Mayor of New York City and Mary Wittenberg, the CEO of the New York Road Runners.

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I won’t get too much into this as many opinions have been expressed ad nauseam¬†across the interwebs, but I am relieved it was cancelled.¬†Some runners chose to run in Central Park, some decided to run the full 26.2 in their neighborhood (congratulations Tracy!), and others (over 1,000) joined the¬†New York¬†Runners in Support of Staten Island group on Facebook and carried¬†backpacks stuffed with batteries, prepaid mobile phones, gift cards, baby wipes, personal hygiene items, medicine, garbage bags, hats and gloves to Staten Island. Way to go!

Today, I ran the “I’m Not Running New York City” 4 miler as part of my local club. Normally the park is filled with runners, but today there was maybe 20 or so, tops. I was worried about running since I hadn’t run or exercised in a week. ¬†My hamstrings were tight and I think my plantar fasciitis is acting up again. But the run went really well! I even won first place in my age group and then later a raffle for a gift certificate to Runner’s Edge! So today ended up being a pretty awesome day! ūüôā

Here are some pics from today; enjoy!

…But Here’s My (Bib) Number, so Run with Me, Maybe?

25 Oct

This just happened:

Gulp. (and that is an understatement!) What have I gotten myself into?! Oh, and is it crazy that I will be using this Рmy first full marathon in May 2013 Рas a baby marathon for the ING NYC Marathon 6 months later?

I’ll be using Hal Higdon‘s Novice 2 training program as I have a number of halfs under my belt and I’ve been running for at least year. Training begins like now. Holy %$^!

Running all of Manhattan

2 Sep

Hello, hello, happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend thus far. Today I woke up facing my longest run of my life – The 14.2 mile Manhattan Training run. Note: this was a training, there was no time. I did time myself on my GPS but… I will get back to that later.

The alarm went off at 3:30 A.M. – you read that correctly. 3:30 A.M. I had to be out the door by 4:20 A.M. so I could get to the train station in time to meet a friend (Tracy – hi!) who ran it the year prior. Tracy is running the NYC Marathon this year, so she has to get as many long runs in as possible. Anyhoo, I decided to snooze until 3:45 A.M., before clumsily walking to the bathroom to get ready. I prepped the night before so I wouldn’t be running around like a chicken without a head.

All set!

I headed into the city not knowing what to expect. After all, it is 14.2 miles. But I kept telling myself that it is just 1 more mile after 13.1, which is a half-mary. After grabbing some much needed coffee, Tracy and I took the subway to 225th street along with some other gals we met along the way, plus Tracy’s friend Tova, who is also doing the NYC marathon this year.

After getting our bibs, and setting up our many apps and GPS tracking devices, we were off! And it was not¬†easy at all in the beginning. On 218th street (I think it was there), we had to climb a hill that was practically 75 degree incline. After battling some more rolling hills, the path ¬†pretty much flattened out, especially at Riverside Park and along the West Side Highway. I had my water with citrus Nuun, but kept refilling at every water station. I had my Gu around mile 6 and felt great. And then wham, mile 10 hit me like a ton of bricks. I kept at it though (I did have to walk some of it, because my legs were cramping up a bit). Around mile 11, I called my husband and told him I couldn’t keep going. He, however, convinced me to keep on going. I even recalled the tweet my niece Kathy sent me:

Sorry it’s so tiny but it reads:¬†Omg titi I’m so proud ¬†go for it luv yaaa

I couldn’t let her down. I couldn’t let my hubs down. More importantly, I could not let myself down. I have never quit a race and didn’t plan to DNF. So as much as my legs didn’t want to go any farther, I willed them to keep running – just one step in front of another. Finally I was at mile 13… I was pumped, just one more mile. But then I got to mile 14, and the end was no where in sight. Talk about a case of the WTF?! ¬†I kept going, hoping to see the end, but everyone who volunteered and were standing guard, told me to keep going. By the time I finished, my RunKeeper logged 16.7 miles. So, not exactly sure as to what happened. Tracy was so nice and waited for me the whole time even though at mile 10, I texted her to go on back home without me. ¬†After getting my souvenirs (a duffle bag and a long sleeved tee – perfect for fall/winter runs) we headed back to the train to go to Penn Station. I was supposed to have also gotten a mug and a cap, but they ran out, so they took my bib number so they can mail it to me along with my finisher’s certificate.

I thought I would finish around 2:45-2:50, but I ended up finishing at 3. I would love to show you my splits and what the app said mileage wise, but my phone died before I could save it and I lost all of the info. I am so upset, argh!! Buuuut, I¬†can¬†show you my medal! Isn’t it pretty?

Bam! #proof

And since like my tag line reads: “…because running all of Manhattan isn’t enough,” next weekend I have 2 runs back to back – my first mud run on Saturday and then the Bronx 10 miler on Sunday (piece of cake!) Plus the Sunday race will be my 9th race with the New York Road Runners. After that and one volunteer opp, I will have solidified my place in next year’s marathon!

I have an extreme case of runger and I am off to dinner! Enjoy the rest of your time off. ūüôā

P.S. – Do not buy Post Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch. It’s like crack. It is so freaking good. Nomnomnom.

Running with Giants!

26 Jun

Happy Tuesday folks!

I woke up Monday morning feeling as if I were hit by a Mack truck. ¬†On Saturday I went to my husband‚Äôs ten year high school reunion and I had maybe one too many drinks (did my patriotic duty and had lots of Yuengling, which the oldest brewery in the good ol’ US of A). And then I went to a diner and ate a grease bomb of fries and chicken fingers. So on Sunday morning, the last thing I wanted to do was to run a 5K. My stomach was a wreck and I was so sleepy.¬† However, I knew I would be meeting up with Jen and that getting a chance to run through MetLife stadium might be a once in a lifetime opportunity.¬† With the help of my husband, I crawled out of bed and got ready.

After driving from Long Island for what seemed like forever (I slept most of it), we arrived at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (In my opinion, it will forever be The Meadowlands, the same way CitiField (home of the NY Mets) will forever be known to me as Shea Stadium.)

MetLife Stadium

A sign welcoming runners!

Another sign at the stadium

Before the race, there were various activities/festivities going on. I stopped at a few booths quickly just to get a sense of what was going on. It was close to race o’clock and I didn’t want to miss the start. ¬†I even got a free pedometer (woot!) from Walgreen’s and Duane Reade who sponsored the race.

Kind of self-explanatory

Pre-race announcements being made.

It’s me and my bud, Lucy! I need to get therapist tips from her.

NYRR t-shirt & bib booth

After quickly meeting up with Jen and a friend of hers, I was off to my corral.  As I stated in my last post, New York City had recently had a heat wave. Though the temperatures were nowhere near as high as they were last week, it was still pretty warm out (mid 80-s). Before the horn sounded, we were lectured on staying hydrated throughout the course.

Aside from two on-ramps, the course was flat (it was mostly a loop outside the perimeter of the stadium, until the last ¬Ĺ mile when we entered the stadium and got to run down into the field and into the end zone). I was super hot and sweaty throughout the race and took water breaks at each water station and even ran through the hose they set up to cool off the runners.

Before I knew it, I was in the stadium and the second I ran onto the field, I nearly teared up. Was I nuts for even considering not running? It was an amazing feeling. My husband met me on the 40 yard line.  It was a cool experience for him too since he is a HUGE Jets fan and the Giants and Jets share the stadium.

Hello goal post!

Me on the field!

Me & the hubster!

Anyway, with all the water stops, I added 2 minutes to my time (barf), finishing in at 32 minutes. I need to get more acquainted with running in the heat. I have the Queens 10K next weekend and that’s 6.2 miles in 85 degree weather (so the forecast claims this far out). Below are more pictures that were taken!

Hey hey, Tebow’s a Jet now!

View from the field

Another shot from the field (immediately from the finish line)

Spectators!

Through the finish line!

I really am so grateful to the NYRR for putting up this event and hope that it becomes an annual race!

It’s March!

3 Mar

Is it just me or is 2012 flying? It’s already March! Sheesh – and we had an extra day in February too.

Tomorrow I am running the Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K. It’s an apparently hilly race and I didn’t do too much hill training so I am a bit nervous. I normally walk a lot of hills on my way to/from work so that counts right?

The weather is supposed to be 48 and clear, but we’re in for some wet weather tonight so I am hoping it clears overnight and the ground dries up in time. I wasn’t planning on doing any more running after Thursday to give my legs a break and yesterday in SGT we did arms and abs which was nice. However, I kind of want to squeeze in a slow 2 miler… so maybe if I get out of work today early I can do that.

Anyway that’s it for me for now. Look to tomorrow’s post! (Oh and the weekend after I am running a 10K on LI with the Long Island Road Runners – my first race with them, woo-hoo!)