Today was a day of big accomplishment. C and I woke up before 8, prepped and then painted the big wall in our living room. We did two coats of deep navy and then painted inside a shelving unit near the bathroom. I also painted one wall in my room a stormy grey and painted my desk a light grey. After all that, I went out to do my last long run. With the taper, I only had to do 8. It’s...
PT day 1 - happy camper
I went to PT today for the first time. The PT office is right down the hall from the orthopedic doctor I went to, so it was very convenient. The therapist’s name is Oscar and he is fantastic. So intelligent and so nice. He has run a few marathons so I felt even more confident listening to his advice. After we talked for a bit, he felt around my knees. As my cousin Maura guessed, it was...
snot rocket - (noun) when you plug one nostril with your finger, and blow out of the other nostril with everything you have, sending a snot projectile out of the nose. Once the weather dips below 70, my nose starts running the second I do. This morning’s run was no exception. I was psyched to be out running but went slow to take it easy on my knee. I was able to do 6 miles with a bit of...
mile by mile for spectators
Yesterday I really wanted to get in my 8 mile run but also really didn’t want to hurt myself. I went to the gym and started with 30 minutes on the treadmill. It hurt a decent amount, so I decided to hop onto the elliptical, hoping the lack of thumping would lessen the impact on my joints. Unfortunately, the movement itself wasn’t doing anything good for my knee. After 15 minutes I...
water for elephants, and exercisers
For cross-training today I really wanted to ride the bike at the gym rather than yoga. I wanted to get in some quality time with our book club book - Water for Elephants which I am really enjoying. Unfortunately, with walking to work, working late, training for the marathon, moving and trying to see my friends, I haven’t had tons of time to read. So, popping onto the bike to read for an...
Let me win. And If I can’t win, let me be brave in the attempt.– Special Olympics Oath, Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Put on the new orange laces that ING sent me. Love how neon they are. They remind me of Essie “Bright Tights.” Saturday morning my schedule was to run 20 or 22 miles, depending upon how I was feeling. Niketown’s running group was doing a 16 mile run so I figured I could run there, run with them and then run back. On the run there old blisters got opened up and my feet were...
11 miles on the treadmill
Wooo. I did it. Due to the darkness in the morning and the late work nights I planned to tackle my Thursday run in the evening. I was proud of myself for resisting beers at Booze Trolley (a fabulous happy hour we have every Thursday at work) but I had several Baked by Melissa cupcakes at our surprise baby shower for Jenny and a pretty big lunch from La Esquina during a production house showcase....
anything for a t-shirt
My schedule’s a bit off this week due to the race (and my long run) being on Sunday and with work being insane. I was able to get in six miles today and decided to make it an interval run on the treadmill. The darkness of the morning has been pushing me to the treadmill and I only just realized daylight savings is the day of the marathon! So crazy. Anyway, the run went great, watched the...
In 26 days I will be running 26.2 miles in the NYC Marathon. As I’ve mentioned before, lately I’ve been getting a bit emotional in my runs. The longer runs have allowed me a lot of uninterrupted thinking time and I’ve frequently reflected on the many things in my life for which I am thankful. In keeping with the 26 theme of the last two days, here’s my list of 26 things...
I turned 26 today. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I would be running my first 26.2 mile marathon after turning 26. I have never been superstitious, but I always like looking out for patterns in numbers. Usually as I run I break the miles into different fractions. It keeps my mind busy and I like being able to check off different fractions as I go. I’m glad I was able to get in...
Boston Half Marathon
Sunday was the much anticipated Boston Half Marathon. I was really excited for this because I haven’t yet run a race in Boston. Since I didn’t start running til after college, all of my races have either been in Hingham or down the Cape. Also, in addition to being my first Boston race, it was the 10th annual race on 10.10.10. I’m a huge numbers geeks so I thought that was...
1 month 2 go
With daylight savings time being later this year and the weather being pretty grim, mornings have been very dark! I decided to take my run to the gym and plopped myself in front of ESPN for a little while. The run went well, I just find myself getting a bit bored. The marathon is exactly a month from today and I feel like I am READY! Let’s do this! I feel like I did in college when I had...
10 things every beginning yoga student should know
All the running this weekend finally hit me and I was exhausted this morning. However, I knew how amazing a good stretch at yoga would feel so I got my butt out the door at 6:30 and walked through the drizzle to class. I had a new (to me) male teacher and class went well. There was one guy in the class that groaned so loudly it made me wicked uncomfortable. I’m all for letting go, but if...
governors island 10k
Today was the Go Outside on Governors Island 10K. I had convinced my soon-to-be roommate Chanelle to do it with me months ago, but that was before I realized it would fall the day after I was scheduled to run 20 miles. I really wanted to do it, but thought I’d judge how I felt that morning. I woke up feeling great! No stiffness at all. So this lucky duck headed to the ferry and took my...
run with Nike
With my schedule saying 20 miles today, I decided to get my bum up to Niketown to go on their group run. Nike’s Run Club is an awesome way to start running (they always have a run/walk group) or to do your long runs with a group. The pacers are so nice, always making sure people make it and are very encouraging. Groups leave from Niketown 3 days a week and they always send out several...