Plants and running

So as I am sure we all are, I am always looking for ways to have food be more effective for me. Recently, I read the plant paradox and my fiancรฉ and I decided to give it a try.

I will say, it’s hard.

When you are pescatarian to begin with, you live off of soy, and tofu, and some of my favorite products have been Gardein. However, this book pretty much hits soy as the devil, so….that leaves a lot we are cutting out. I haven’t been able to find hemp tofu, or grain free tempeh, so….the struggle is real. Wild caught salmon is perfect, if you can FIND wild caught salmon. If i ate chicken this might be much easier…but alas.

It also cuts out whole grains, which make sense, and I also have no issue cutting out, but you be surprised at how much grain is actually in things you’d NEVER expect. Not to mention SOY is in everything!!!

So far my favorite meal has been this little mix up i created, which is non soy crumbles, black beans, onions, garlic fresh cilantro and a cauliflower rice. Seasoned with some cumin, salt, olive oil and Tomato paste…it was absolutely delicious.

Supposedly, this diet…which actually isn’t so much a diet but a lifestyle change, is supposed to rid you of practically every issue you may have. I have felt more energetic, but it’s definitely rough. The first three days are literally just greens, but with my incredibly active lifestyle and wonky schedule, i didn’t think i was going to be able to manage so I went a bit looser.

While I would say I felt pretty good after a week, I’m certainly curious to try this longer. However, forwarned, it is brutally expensive and you pretty much need to stock up on a TON of staples, new flours, and food that’s typically not kept in the house. Why is it so expensive to eat healthy???

It cuts out a lot and you have to find alternatives to a lot of your favorite foods. We tried a few pizza crusts for example and still haven’t found one we liked. The cauliflower crust never actually crisped up, and ended up a soggy pizza mess, we made A coconut flower one that also was a bit like eating pizza on a sponge. If anyone has any recommendations on products we can try, I’d love that!!

All in all I’m definitely looking for a more healthy way to eat, since I definitely know that i usually eat like crap, even when I try to be “healthy.”

Curious to hear what you all do or thoughts and opinions on healthy eating!

Itโ€™s been awhile, Running….

I don’t think I’ve posted at all in 2018, and I barely think I RAN in 2018. LOL

At the end of last year, after three VERY rough Marathons, I wanted a break. I hung up my running shoes, so to speak, and I didn’t run until January of 2018. Even then it was few and far between, and I didn’t sign up for any races. My NYRR membership expired, it was the first yearI didn’t run ANYTHING….and I was relatively happy.

My brother and I had signed up for Chicago, and as the date grew nearer, I knew I had to get some runs in or this was going to suck. Yet I still wasn’t motivated. I would go out for a few miles, I think the MOST being five….and just say, “next week.” As the date grew closer, the knot in the pit of my stomach did too. I wasn’t excited, but nervous as hell, which is to be expected. I wasn’t going for time, obviously, but to just finish.

After arriving in Chicago, the excitement grew, caught on, and I was actually sad I didn’t put the effort into it I should have. I had a great support system, my fiancรฉ, mom and two best friends were there to cheer me on. We did minimal damage at the expo, and I think it was the shortest time we spent at an expo, ever ๐Ÿ™‚

I of course had my race day outfit all coordinated and ready to go, and while I hated all of the official gear, Under Armour made me and AWESOME custom jacket I couldn’t WAIT to wear ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning of was easy, and unlike the NYC marathon, SO EASY to deal with!! Literally took us 10 minutes to bus to the start, and then another 15 maybe to get through security, which unfortunately meant we had plenty of time to sit around. I was KT taped over most of my body, anticipating the pain that was to come ๐Ÿ™‚ it was cold but not uncomfortable, the worst part was the rain. It rained on and off until we were ready to start, in which it sort of downpoured. This went on and off pretty much the entire first half.

We took it easy, although I had no idea what I was doing since, once again, I forgot my watch ๐Ÿ™‚ seems to be a thing with Chicago and I ๐Ÿ™‚ i didn’t care much though since I didn’t care about my time. Around mile 13, (and seeing my cheer squad at mile 13 was lovely:) after running the entire first half and feeling pretty proud of myself, my calf popped. Cat injuries have plagued me since the beginning of running, so, no surprise.

I struggled the second half, my brother left me, and i sort of ran/walk/hobbled the last 13.1 miles. Stopped at medical a few times, ate all the things, and tried to make friends with everyone who would chat with me, which, was not a lot of people.

I was in pain but I will say, in high spirits. I cried multiple times, but mainly because I was just feeling very happy and humbled. The marathon will kick your ass, but also remind you how tough you are. I think I was just happy to be back into it. Every time I saw my cheer squad, I was smiling, happy and just enjoying myself, which was a pretty new feeling.

While it took FOREVER to run this race, it did renew my sense of wanting to get back into running. I’m happy to sign up for some things this year, but maybe not a marathon. I say that now….so, we will see ๐Ÿ™‚

NYC Marathon 2017.

Woof. I canโ€™t even remember the last time i wrote, but figured a nice way to close up 2017 would be with a nice race recap of all my adventures.

The NYC marathon was this weekend. Well, letโ€™s backtrack. Three weeks ago i ran the wineglass marathon. This was supposed to be my comeback race from a horrible NJ, but I๏ธt ended up just being a stress case for me, as, due to an inflamed heel and a mix of plantar, pain and life, i wasnโ€™t trained. I think i had ten miles under my belt? Not ten total, but ten was my longest run. I made a pact with myself that i would run walk in an effort to not die.

However, not to drag on and on, but wineglass was LOVELY! (I mean, in terms of the town. You know what. Forget I๏ธt, Iโ€™ll do a separate post ๐Ÿ™‚ stay on track holly!

So i ran wineglass, took two weeks off, and then start running a bit to make sure i was โ€œready for NYCโ€ (NOT)

The Thursday before, i had a little mishap. In the process of getting ready to meet my group for bib pickup, i kicked my bed, and ended up with two swollen toes. I didnโ€™t think much of I๏ธt, as I๏ธt hurt, but wasnโ€™t extensive. More on that later.

I met up with a group of Running friends, and picked up shirts. I LOVED the shirts this year, just as much as i disliked any of the gear ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Iโ€™m just not a fan of new balance and i miss asics.We had an absolute blast, playing around and tasting all the samples….i got the new Fitbit watch, the ionic, since i somehow managed to lose my Garmin after wineglass. Sigh. I๏ธ got my picture taken displaying why I๏ธ REALLY run… And ran into a Facebook friend from the UK!!! So much fun to meet in person!

We headed out after for lunch, and upon leaving the expo my limp had started. I took off my shoe to reveal both of my toes were a deep purple, black and blue color and i could not move them. I pumped to the restaurant and over to grand central, as i still needed to teach that night! (Clearly, i taught from a chair.)

My friend came over Friday night who is a registered nurse, taped them, and said there was a chance i had a slight stress fracture at the top of my toe. Magical. Only me!! I decided to cancel my volunteer for Friday am, since i did not want to be on my feet. I thus missed out of completing my 9+1 for this year….so i do not have guaranteed entry into NYC next year :/ mixed feelings about this.

Saturday was filled with friends, we were back to the expo (mild limp, but feeling much better, just some pressure on my toe….) then a happy hour with my group โ€œNYC Marathon Runners. So much fun to meet people you have only been chatting with online! Plus my cheer squad was there and we began the sign making process. Glitter was all over. Iโ€™m sure they LOVED us. Anyway, after a long day and an early bed, i awoke to shuffle down to the public library to catch the bus!! The lines were already fairly long, and i was there at 6:23 for my 6am bus. Had to wait in line and didnโ€™t think i was going to get on, but, I๏ธt took about 40 minutes and i was on my way at 6:05. Others had less of a wait time so idk, maybe i just got a crowd. The gentleman that was next to me on the bus was super nice and running his first NYC. We chatted a bit, and I๏ธt took about an hour and a half to get there. Lots of traffic, which was funny to me. However thatโ€™s about average and I๏ธt was very smooth.

Landed early enough to find Lisanne, who i was Running with, and we sat and chatted, trying to calm the nerves. Probably costed the port a pottyโ€™s a million times ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we are at the start. I had my poncho and thought I๏ธt was funny how many people asked how i had gotten one early and how much I๏ธt cost…well $255…..since i ran I๏ธt last year ๐Ÿ™‚

I๏ธ refused to not take selfies on the Verrazano this year. No siree…i didnโ€™t miss that ๐Ÿ™‚

Around mile 6 i realized i really didnโ€™t want to be doing this again. My legs just get heavy, and i really wanted to stop. I๏ธ kept telling Lisanne that i she was welcome to run ahead, but she stayed with me. When we met up with our fantastic cheer squad, i also stumbled upon two of my very close friends elaine and Maria, and we sort of stayed together for a few miles until we needed another bathroom break. We took all the breaks, talked to all the people, and even did some singing on the queensboro bridge!

By mile 20 i wanted nothing more than to BE DONE. My hips were killing me, my feet hurt, and i just wanted to sit! We (obviously) carried on, to one of my worst marathon times ever. Iโ€™m not upset about this, because there marathons (for me) in one year is NOT my thing. Nor are back to backs. Not to mention around mile 7? The rain started. Oh the rain. Multiple miles of wet, soggy, pouring rain. Not my idea of a good time. However, before I๏ธt started i got my favorite marathon pic ever ๐Ÿ™‚ I will end up buying that one ๐Ÿ™‚ and then commissioning for a place on the 2018 billboards ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all i canโ€™t complain. Running NYC is always a magical occurrence, most people dream of this race!

Medal Monday resulted in the same shenanigans as last year, where a large group of us ent for margaritas and Mexican!! Yum!! I of course, wore my medal around with pride ๐Ÿ™‚

And thatโ€™s that. I could go on for days and hours about how my training just left me this year, but i wonโ€™t. Needless to say i am not running in November, Fun Running in December, and getting my head on straight to figure out what i want to do in the new year. (But i am already debating a Chicago rematch ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your NYCexperience?

New Jersey Marathonย 

Well, it’s all over. It’s funny how you prep for something that literally is done in (hopefully) 5 hours. Months and months of sweat, tears, pain, long runs, short runs, speedwork, early mornings, rain and freezing temps all wrapped up into one nice little package. It’s over. I can put this training cycle to rest. I learned a lot about me and this process, and considering I am only three years in and four marathons deep, it’s still going to be a learning process. I am coming to terms that not every race is going to go how I would like. That just like training runs, there are good ones and bad ones, and really, you don’t know what you will get. But it’s important to try, and keep going! 

This weekend was both good and bad, in the sense that i had an absolute blast. The shore was gorgeous, and our hotel was super cute, with this adorable little tiki bar right on the water. Maureen and Marie joined me for this, with Marie running the half and maureen spectating (errrrr….practically running the marathon..) We probably only spent about ten minutes at the expo. Not long at all. They ran out of safety pins which of course I forgot to pack, figuring they’d have an abundance. They said they would have them at the start but there was no way I was playing that game. We made a CVS run. Of course I got in a jumping shot. I actually didn’t buy anything (good for my wallet!) because I wasn’t terribly thrilled with anything. Plus, I have more shirts than I know what to do with! We enjoyed mocktails on the deck, (well maureen got to indulge in a margarita, and then had dinner in this adorable restaurant with friends Saturday night. I am pretty sure I ate the biggest piece of chicken parm I have ever laid eyes on. And I finished it all. LOL  foam rolling and bed were early. 

Race morning we got there early, and had plenty of time to arrange our selves which pretty much meant using the port a potty 90 times. There weren’t many, which was a little annoying, and people didn’t quite know how to make lines. I really was feeling good and ready for this race. Paces were in my garmin and I was all set. Ran into a few friends, snapped some pictures and was set to corral up. As SOON as we corralled of course I had to go to the bathroom again, and also felt like my throats was very dry. The temp was perfect, but humidity was a little on the high side. They started us by corrals and there was about a minute delay in each. Which saved me later on. Once we started, about the first mile I jumped in a port a potty so I wouldn’t have to stress over it figured better now than later. I thought I was holding my paces really nice and for the first half camenin at about 2:06, pace 9:40, which was right where i needed to be. The first half of the course was boring. Very residential, almost like a training run though neighborhoods. Some people out, but not extensive. There were a few points on the course the crowds were higher. Saw maureen at mile 8, she asked if I needed her, I said no, I was feeling good. The first half had a ton of turns, not a straight course at all, I tried my best to run the tangents but sometimes it got hard. Not a lot of crowding so that was a plus. At mile 11 we split off and the half marathoners went one way and we kept going. That was a little unnerving, and I thought the second half of the course was an out and back. It was, but woof. One of the roughteat out and backs I have seen. Around mile 14 I started to lose it. Just, kind of hot (the sun had come out miles 10-12 is and there was no shade. My face was so burnt!! 

I had texted maureen and said i needed some help. She was running to hit mile 22, but I knew I needed her before that so she was coming up the course trying to find me. Luckily I was doing a slow run/walk type shuffle thing so, she caught me around 17? 

I got to watch the finishers pass, and I don’t get how they make it look so effortless ๐Ÿ™‚ right around mile 17, you circle around this lake, and I was like perfect! Then we trot back down and cut in. Nope. You had to do all these twists and turns again and get up on the boardwalk, which SUCKED. Really hurt, did NOT like running on that. AT ALL. I think that aggravated my plantar, but I will say that didn’t act up till mile 24 or so. I complained about that later ๐Ÿ™‚ he other thing I didn’t like about this course was every time you thought you were turning around, there was another trust and then and a giant section you had to finish!! I wasn’t a fan, and I just wanted OFF the boardwalk. You then had to go back DOWN the residential strip between miles 14-17, which again, played with me mentally. Once you cut into the short for the final mile and a half…it was nicer. You were on the water, it was cool, and the boardwalk was MUCH nicer. It didn’t hurt as bad. I didn’t even pay attention in Asbury Park because I just wanted off. Very little crowd support, just random chunks here and there, although Harlem Runs was down from NYC and it was SO nice to see familiar faces. Dashing Whippets and some front runners were also down, so, yay. Some guy around mile 24 saw me walking and told me to “pick it up” and the look I gave him would’ve killed instantly had that been possible. You sir, are clearly not a runner. 

Maureen pulled me through this second half. Without her, I might be passed out on the side of the road. Okay, maybe not but she did try and keep me moving when I just wanted to sit. I think she ran about 18 miles. Yipes. That is a GOOD friend. Lisanne jumped in with me for the last half a mile and I just sprinted that last half because I just wanted it over. I came in at 4:37 and pretty much bawled, which was NOT a PR, not anywhere close to what I wanted. However my official time was 4:34 something which WAS a 30 second PR, although STILL not what I wanted. Thank god for my friend. 

Finish was very easy to maneuver. Easy to get recovery bags (which I forgot to take as I was so miserable and just wanted to get out) and picking up my bag literally took five seconds. The temp by the water had cooled majorly, and I was almost cold. 
As soon as I found friends I bawled. Loud obnoxious messy crying. This was technically the second race that I was so on point with training that had not gone the way I wanted. 
Thank god for my mini cheer squad though. They were the best. We all went to coney waffle after, which I had been talking about for weeks! This was amazing. I can’t even remember what it was called, but it made my day ๐Ÿ™‚ Cotton candy ice cream, loads of cotton candy, and a million treats all mixed over a cotton candy milkshake. (Which, for the record, wasn’t as good as the rest of the treat.) 

We headed to get some lunch before heading back into the city! This was the only medal picture of me I got, because I certainly didn’t want any of me in tears. 

After 24 hours to process, I woke up today actually feeling great! Nothing really is sore…(we will check that again tomororw) except my foot which was excruciating. I got up to go to the bathroom last night and couldn’t even walk. I don’t know what aggravated it, but, I wish I had crutches. 

Mentally, it took a toll. I spoke to amanda last night which helped. Also, I realized that even blowing up, I still came in under my PR. Not by much at ALL, but, imagine had I NOT blown up? I would’ve CRUSHED this race. 

I have to come to terms that like training runs, there will be good and bad races. And the problem with the marathon is it isn’t like a 5k where you just can run one every weekend if you want. I have to recover and then get back into the work. I am laser focused on my training, and like Amanda said, I have a million snapshots of my times and paces to confirm that. This race didn’t define me, nor will I let it. I sucked. It’s ok. I’ll suck again some other time, but for now, I’m going to take the week off to heal and recover, and I am going to jump right back in. The Brooklyn half is next, so that’s my focus. Hoping I feel good enough to really race. 

I made the decision to not race NYC this year. I signed up for the wineglass half with friends, and I think I am going to run the full, and then pace Lisanne in NYC, so the stress is totally off of me, which I think will do wonders for me and that course ๐Ÿ™‚ plus, wineglass seems to be more my kind of course. Small downhill, with a pretty straight road down. No boardwalk, no million twists and turns, and while the weather still could be warm, I have a feeling it’s just going to be a gorgeous race! 

I am happy with my choice, and ready to start my next training cycle! Here we go again! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Did anyone else run NJ? What were your thoughts and feelings? โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹

It’s a week away.ย 

Whelp, NJ is creeping up. I am finishing up a training cycle, and getting ready to race the New Jersey Marathon. So far all the advice I have been given has been, “it’s flat! You’ll love it!” After watching Boston this Monday, I honestly think my biggest worry is what the temperatures will be. I Almost wish it was this weekend. It’s supposed to rain, but be in the 50’s. I’m ok with that. I’m diligent about training in all kinds of crazy weather so that way when it’s insane (and knock on wood, haven’t had too many of those other than the Broad Street 10 Miler in Philly last year) I am prepared for anything. Considering it’s winter….well, maybe not so much anymore, I think there were only a handful of runs that I would say it was REALLY cold. Thank heavens. Even though I will say, I genuinely like training for a spring marathon a HELL of a lot better than a fall one. 

Today was my last tempo, and it felt good. I wouldn’t say kick ass, but, I felt good enough that my confidence didn’t suffer. I have cat hill repeats on Friday and a “long” run on Sunday (only 8!) and then my official taper begins. 10 day taper for this girl and I like it that way! I’m nervous, but less so as I feel like it’s a smaller race for me (in terms of travel and days spent off) so, I don’t think it’s actually clicked either! I also can’t afford to take off Monday, so, this could be REALLY rough. I will definitely be teaching from the chair. 

I didn’t get to do D.C. This year, but the cherry blossoms have been in full bloom and it was so pretty to run under them today on Roosevelt island. Nice place to do a run, although it’s only about 4 miles around so, if you have anything long it ends up being a LOT of loops. 

I did have a race this month, the healthy kidney 10K. I really would’ve like to work on chopping down at my 10K pace, however the race was sandwiched in between my long run. I did 10 miles prior and then finished with four. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I have hit my 20. It looks like for NYC last year I made it to -8. I already have hit 18.5, 19 and 20 miles this training cycle and I did a lot of longer runs. I was also very strong on my speedwork, (those 3 mile repeats are a BITCH!:) so, I’m feeling strong. Anyway, one thing I enjoyed this cycle was the difference in long run paces. For NYC I did back to back long runs so the pace didn’t vary so much. This cycle I had one long run a week, however, some were easier, some harder and a few had a mini tempo in between. I think I did well with this. A few fellow front runners before the race! It has been hard trying to hold myself back and not race, but I’ve been working on it. I’m hoping to be able to race Brooklyn. I want to see where I stand in the half ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we are after. This was surprisingly a tough race, but more so because I packed on the miles before and knew I couldn’t batshit out because I still had more after. Dropping down into tempo pace on those hills was HARD!! But, I persisted and came in the 7th front runner woman. I’ll take it!! 

I also had to travel this month to judge dance in South Carolina, and of course I had to get my long run in. 18.5 miles done on the hills of SC! (And Heat!) the front desk clerk gave me a route to follow (I had NO idea where I was and our hotel was on a highway….so…safety was important. He told me the one route was hilly, lots of rolling hills. I of course was like, that’s ok. Not ideal, but, I run in Central Park, I can handle it. 

Lies. South Carolina hills make Central Park look flat ๐Ÿ™‚ there was one hill I literally stood at the top of, looked down, and was looking directly across at the top of the next. Talk about rolling. It was BRUTAL, and not to mention really hot. I still banged out 18.5 though! But, I was definitely ready to collapse, and getting on a plane immediately after was NOT ideal. Thank heavens for the lovely man at delta who upgraded me to an exit row for no charge. I almost missed my layover due to delays and I then had to RUN (I mean I may have broke my mile PR..) through the Atlanta airport. Ever been? It’s HUGE. So that was fun. I found this sign, ironically enough, so had to grab a selfie. I thought I was sort of over the running Boston thing, but then I watched it, and turns out I am NOT. Still going to try #chasingtheunicorn ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I have been trying to stay very active with Front Runners too (my club) and this month I started teaching stretch classes which has been super fun! 

Also trying to get runs in with friends, because I find it helps me. I did a LOT of training by myself last year, and this year I’m trying to mix it up. Finding people to run with helps hold me accountable and keeps it enjoyable. I had a rough time getting back into it after NYC and I don’t want to lose the joy of running. Sometimes you just need people. Especially my sparkle skirt sisters, and lisanne, who had to go and get a real job that means it cuts into our running/photography time together ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I’m at that silly in between pace that’s not super fast but not super slow. So sometimes I have to mix and match my runs!  I know who I can and can’t run with! 

All in all, I am truly happy about how I did this cycle. Sure, I had some bad days, but as Amanda said, for me, I have kind of chilled out. Kind of. For me. Not enough for her, but look, I am who I am ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m expecting a good race. I did what i needed to do, I put the mileage and hours in and short of insane heat, there isn’t much else I can do! I have to trust myself and my training, and know that I am capable of pushing myself harder than I think. I’m excited to get to that start line!! 

How is training going? Anyone else racing NJ? What is your next marathon? 

Race Recap-NYC Half

Whew! What a race yesterday! So many things, pretty much all good and good learning experiences. I do love this half, and glad I got to do it again. Although I did have a minute of “Wow! Paid 130 to run in Central Park. I did this yesterday for free.” But really, you pay 130$ to run through Times Square ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€‹โ€‹Which, in all honesty, is pretty cool! Ok back up. 

I met fellow Front Runner Lisanne in he am, and got to the subway only to realize I FORGOT MY WATCH. I was REALLY looking to pace strong so, no WAY was I skipping it. Subway was coming in 7 minutes, so I literally sprinted home and made it back with 3 minutes to spare. Ok. Exhausted ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL we got down to Columbus circle and they told us bag check was closing in five minutes. I NEVER check a bag, but since I went with a skirt I wanted pants for the end. So…we sprinted to bag check. Sigh. Now I REALLY got my warm up in ๐Ÿ™‚ and I accidentally checked my banana, and Lisanne checked her fuel ๐Ÿ˜ฆ sigh. Had plenty of time to get to the bathroom, but then they close the corrals as we got there. I swear, I am early for everything and apparently missed the mark. However, we just jumped into our corral once they started moving. All was good. 

I had such a rough time picking clothes for this race. I went back and forth between a skirt and pants because the weather was supposed to be raining, snowing, windy, frigid….I wanted a skirt so bad, and finally said F it, I’m doing it. Wore sweatpants, stripped before starting and I was actually great the whole way. Hot at a lot of points. Had to Keep taking my ear warmer off. Ditched gloves early too. I think this is one of my favorite race pictures, a friend captured! I know a lot of people were complaining it was cold, honestly, I was fine. I was fine last year too, though, and it was colder! I think we literally waited maybe 10 minute before our corrals went off! I know this course, and I know this park. There was a minor change to it this year, where we did a smudge more out of the park before cutting back in. The only problem I have with sharp turns is everyone decides to sort of slow down or stop and get in the way going around them. It’s a turn. Practice then if you are uncertain how to run them. I felt good in the park because most of it was pretty slow paces. It was settling in, and getting into the groove. 2 mile warm up and 3 mile progression before the tempo portion started. So I kept saying “it’s just a warm up. The work hasn’t started yet. Find your groove.” Harlem hill felt good, as did the west side, but amanda doesn’t beat hills into me for no reason. ๐Ÿ™‚ they SHOULD feel good! 

The last mile in the park tempo started, which I wanted to sit at an 8:55 at LEAST until the west side….once again, found my groove and settled in. I always forget how cool running through Times Square is, and they did get this awesome shot! โ€‹Pretty sure I’m buying that ๐Ÿ™‚ I leapt at all the photographers ๐Ÿ™‚ coming onto 42nd st. Is always a wind tunnel, and this was no different. I was so ready to make the turn onto the highway. Once I did, I REALLY caught my wind and just went for it. Pulled down to an 8:50 and just cruised along. This course is really hard to run the tangents on, especially with the water stations always ending up on the opposite side you’re running on. A LOT of people’s watches said that they ran at least 13.4, some as high as 13.8….

As I hit mile 10 was so happy to see a lot of my friends cheering their hearts out for us all! Support is so so helpful. People have no idea. I know it’s only six seconds if you don’t happen to be stopping, but, it means the world!! I started to feel a little tired during that last stretch but really held on. Got into the tunnel and got a second wind, but then that stupid hill at the end killed me and I ended up walking a bit. Same exact thing happened of year. I see the finish line and I am like, ok. I did it. It’s there, let’s stop ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to work on that big time. Best part was running into my lovey friend Estefania in the tunnel! We always manage to meet up or catch each other and this was no different! She certainly helped push me that last bit!! I liked the end this year. It seemed a lot easier than the end last year, but, I honestly don’t remember. I thought it was definitely easier to pickup baggage and funnel out, afterwards we trekked over to the west side for brunch at fellow front runner Chens apartment. Really cool ๐Ÿ™‚ My time was 2:01 something or other, which, is not my fastest half obviously, but, like I said, I didn’t race. Part of me wishes I could have, but, bigger fish to fry coming up, so, have to keep my eye on the prize. I am proud with the race I ran, as it felt good, I fueled wel, and hit awesome awesome negative splits.

After, Maureen, Lisanne and I headed to NYRR to check out the post race and get our medals engraved. Pretty cool, and we spent about a half hour stretching and foam rolling while we waited, which…is more than I usually do ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, we had to play ๐Ÿ™‚ And this was all I wanted once I got home. And not one drop of guilt ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can get in, this is definitely one of those races you want to experience at least once! 

Did anyone else run? Any big PR’s? 

Training, Running and snow, oh my!ย 

So, it’s going. 

It was a rough few weeks, with a lot going on personally and professionally, so, my running took a smidge of a hit. But, happy to say I am jumping back in! 

I had a few GREAT training runs this past cycle. Isn’t that the best? When the stars align and the weather is lovely and you a rocking a new outfit and you hit all your paces and don’t want to die after? ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The biggest complaint? Freaking NYC weather. If you’ll take note, my legs are bare. Just compression socks and a skirt, and my light jacket. Plus my new shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ This was today. I couldn’t GET enough layers on and spent the run dodging puddles, ice piles and snow mounds! Good stuff! Alicia says I looked like a cross between terrified and a bank robber ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My kids have been working hard too, because competition season in upon us. It’s been funny, because they will often complain. It’s actually gotten less since they know I run, because, well, it’s hard too. I find it adorable when they come in and tell me they had to run the mile in school and couldn’t wait to tell me their times! Some have even said they tried this time so they would have a good time to tell me! That’s motivating! 

I love that I can inspire them. To remind them that I know what tough is. I know what it feels like to just want to stop. I know how hard it is to push through when you are not in the mood, the conditions aren’t right, or you are plain tired! 

This weekend I tackle my first race of 2017. Seems so late, considering I had a few under my belt at this time last year, but I’ve been more careful about selecting races that make sense with training. 

Sunday I tackle the NYC half. I’m a little nervous, it’s where I hit my first sub 2 last year and I would really like to hold that. Of course a PR is always good, but I’m also using this as training and not “racing” so I still need to do what I am supposed to do! It’s supposed to be another snowy cold one, so a skirt may be out of the question. We shall see. Of course I’m working hard on picking out my outfit! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Been working a LOT with my running club to build our women’s team, so of course if you don’t have one, come check out Front Runners NY! We really are delightful! We even kicked off the sneakers in exchange for some fancy shirts and wine as we held a paint night!I found I am not so hot at the painting. 

There was also an article in runners world about eating this month, and I have been trying to watch my bad habits. I know I snack a lot, and sometimes not on things I am supposed to (I have a major jelly belly craving as we speak ๐Ÿ™‚ so I went to Whole Foods in a effort to revamp my fridge. Lots of fruits, veggies, organic, healthy cooking, meal planning, all in my future! I also have quite a big craving for protein bites, so, if anyone has any good recipies, by all means, please pass them along! 

Hope everyone’s training is going well! 

Happy running! 

Love is in the air!

Woohoo! For a month geared towards love, I’m happy to say I’ve found it! It took a few weeks to settle in, but I am happily back to training, and found the love I had last year! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve also had some crappy runs, but for the most part I am getting out there and pushing to get back to where I was! โ€‹โ€‹I’m not ridiculously far off. But trying to find my groove and rhythm has been a little rough. Back to my 6 days a week (I know, some say it’s a lot, but it WORKS for me. Plus, three of them are easy! I don’t hit it hard 6 days ๐Ÿ™‚ I love schedules. I love consistency. I like a plan, and I hate deviating from it. Which, can be rough, especially this last week where I was out due to a giant cold that just knocked me on my ass. 

Ive also been dragging friends on runs. I find I am less apt to bow out of I am held accountable, plus, it’s just fun!! I’d rather get those miles in with friends, rather than lost in my own thoughts! Been spending a lot of time with my running club, Front Runners NY, so long runs with them, fun runs, groups activities….trying to be more involved! 

Paid for the NYC marathon today (what a hit! Thanks, NYRR) so, I am ready for a third go around, and ready for this to be my best race yet. I know I struggle with the mental aspect, so I REALLY am going to focus on that this time around. I put the work in, so I just need to make sure my mental game stays on point. Thank god for a supportive group of friends! I do have some other races on the calendar, some I am keeping quiet about too ๐Ÿ™‚ I did manage to get a bib for the Cherry blossom, so Alicia and I will head to D.C. In April for the 10 miler there! Kind of excited as that was a bucket list race and it will cross off one more state in my “earn a medal in all 50 states” goal. 

I cannot complain about the weather either. Although we’ve had some major snow, NYC has been a mix of “enough layers to be an Eskimo” and “skirts and a t is too much.” I’ll still take it over the heat! I really think I enjoy training for a spring marathon rather than a fall! NO HEAT!!! Am I the only person who really is not a summer runner? I feel like I turn into a giant blob! I was also picked up again by CEP. I absolutely love their products, so I am thrilled to get to be an ambassador for the second year in a row! I’ve been really trying to align myself with companies that I feel follow my core values and beliefs! Any questions about their stuff, feel free to ask! I SWEAR by their compression socks! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I also got invited to walk in NYC fashion week by an independent fashion label, Joules athletics, whose line definitely fits within what I believe! Her products are simple and streamlined, while also being functional and fashionable! Feel free to check her out on the ‘gram @joulesathletics! That vest is from her line, and I absolutely adore it! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are in NYC, I definitely recommend taking a trip to the NYRR running annex. It’s GORGEOUS, huge, and has bathrooms and lockers and changing areas. Plus a new balance store with all kinds of New York running merchandise. (Thank god I don’t run with my credit card ๐Ÿ™‚ you can see all the NYC marathon medals, and some great photos too!  As always, promoting our club, Front Runners! 

All in all I have MORE big goals, and 2017 is kicking off nicely. I’m excited to see what I can accomplish this year! What are your running goals for 2017? 

Happy New Year!ย 

Wel, it’s once again been a bit, but with the holidays, there was more time for eating and less for running ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I finished off 2016 with the Ted Corbitt 15K in Central Park, my first time at that distance. Again, I was nervous due to the fact that I still really hadn’t been running. However, I just set out, paced myself, and ended up doing quite well which I was happy with. They also caught the BEST pic!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was happy with that and Had momentum for about a week…and it’s really been off and on until now. I am still in the process of getting my act together….I’m still debating on NJ in April, and I guess pretty much training for that. The NYC half is the only thing on my schedule right now, which is crazy!! 

It’s been hard. I felt like I had trained so hard and was in such a good place before NYC and then, not so much. It did a nice number on me mentally, and I’m trying to bounce back. This week I got back into a game plan with Amanda, so, that’s been fun as well, trying to gain back most of the momentum I lost, while trying to lose some of the weight I gained. #thestruggleisrealMy mileage for the year was pretty nice, I was happy with that, and I’d like to see if I can tackle a little bit more in 2017. I think however, I’m going to focus on one or two goal races and not run so many little ones. I LOVE the racing aspect, but NYRR is getting crowded, expensive, and harder to move anywhere in the system. I know I’m racing against me, but when you are up against 6,000 people in a 4 miler, if you come CLOSE to the top 100 in age group it’s good. I want to do some more races out of town, travel a bit this year. I’d like to find smaller groups to run with and there are a few within NYC, including NYCruns, that I have friends that volunteer for, that I may check out. I’m not necessarily concerned about my 9+1 this year, so, I’ll give others a try! 

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I am always giving my students such good life lessons, and one is definitely all about how things get hard and you simply have to push through. I’ve been trying to take that advice as I get stronger and try and make my body remember why I do this. All my runs this week were good, and I feel myself slowly starting to ease into it. We jacked my tempo from 30 minutes to 37 minutes and I went from 9:10 to 9:04. I’ll be back at my 8:50 soon enough! Just not injuries. Training hard, training smart!Still loving all my colors and can’t wait to get some new spring skirts and wardrobe to mix into the fold this year ๐Ÿ™‚ all in all it’s been a nice January, luckily mild, a few cold days but as always, we push through! 

How’s it going in your neck of the woods? Goals for this year? I’d love to hear from you! 

Four Miler and Turkey Trot

So NYC was almost a month ago and I have pretty much done nothing ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I can’t lie. I’ve been lazy. I have been excellent at sitting still (which is surprising) and eating, however, the running not so much. 

The Race to Deliver 4M was my first run back from the marathon. 4 miles in very cold Central Park was fun, and felt pretty good, all things considering. Met up with one of my students moms, and her daughter, and they ran too, after which, we brunched ๐Ÿ™‚ always nice to spend time with running friends! 

This race felt good, and I managed to hit a 1 second PR from my 4M time last year. So….that was ok, because I guess I am consistent ๐Ÿ™‚ would’ve rathered more, but, sort of lost it at the very last turn. However an 8:37 pace was nice to see. 

I did one or two runs before the next weekend, which was my turkey trot, but nothing major and I was told to run without my watch. I’m not good at that, and It made me a little uncomfortable..(how far did I go? What pace am I at? How long have I even been running?!) but, I did it. I know my coach wants me more on pace with feel, but, it’s hard for me. 

This past Saturday was my very first “Turkey Trot” which was done on Roosevelt island in Manhattan with a bunch of friends. I was hoping to Or, but alas, wasn’t meant to be. I went out with a friend from my front runners group, and she’s much faster than me. Needless to say, not at that pace for a 5K….although I feel I should be! Sort of lost it in the end again. Nice race though, although It was quite crowded and nothing like an NYRR race. No corrals which meant you had people all over pace wise, as well as kids mixed in. You spent a LOT of the first mile dodging around people who were walking, slow, or bad kids in tow. Even for safely reasons, a better corral system should’ve been organized. It’s a scenic course with Manhattan on one side and queens on the other, practically under the queensboro bridge so that was nice. As always, we took our action shot! The medal was cute and the spread after was nice! Giant cinnamon bun, bananas, water, bars…the cinnamon bun would’ve been perfect if it was warm ๐Ÿ™‚ they also gave a very nice fleece for this. All in all a pretty good race and I was happy with my rank. Think I could’ve done better but nice to see where I rank in a smaller field. NYRR is just HUGE. So…thats fun ๐Ÿ™‚ next up I just signed up for the NYC half again. I do love that race, and it holds my current half PR. It’ll be nice to go and crush that….I hope ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I need to start doing some work however! December I plan to ease back in and by January go full out. I would like to get into another marathon in the spring, and then I am already in for NYC come November. The big one. Again. I want to attack that for all it is worth ๐Ÿ™‚

How is everyone’s training going? Will you train through the winter?