all uphill from here
Today marked a turning point in my marathon training. Today’s schedule was for 13 miles so from now I will be running more than I ever have on Saturdays. NYRR had another long training run today so it was a great day. I got there just before it started and hopped midway between the 9 and 9:30 pace group. I’m pretty sure I should be doing my long runs at 10 minute miles, but I keep...
Well everyone in running at least. Not me. Don’t worry about that one. Deena Kastor announced today that she will be withdrawing from this years NYC Marathon because she and her husband are expecting. A big congrats to her! Kastor joins Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher, who are both professional runners expecting children. What’s incredible about Radcliffe and Goucher is that they are...
Today’s run was fantastic. This is the first glimpse of fall weather with a slight chill in the air. Occasionally there was some mist, not enough to wet my clothes but enough to keep me cool. A strong breeze off the water made it a bit challenging but even more comfortable. I did 6 easy. The only issue with today’s run was the end. I got up to my apartment and realized I had taken...
The entire journey to health is about power. The definition of power, in my...– Jillian Michaels, Master Your Metabolism
less is more yoga
Last day at home and after spending more than an hour reading the Sunday Globe over tea I thought I should get moving. I pulled up On Demand and chose “Less is More” yoga. The description said it had a focus on cardio that would keep your heart rate up. The 20 minute program did just that. It was similar to my classes at Yoga to the People in that I was constantly moving and actually...
long run to the yacht club
I’m staying at my parents’ house for a long weekend so I had to map out a new route for my long run. From my house to the Yacht Club is about 12 miles. It’s one I have done before but previously had my father pick me up halfway back because I didn’t need to go the full distance. Because we had my cousin’s baby’s christening at 1, I got up fairly early, ate and...
she's country, from the songs she plays to the...
As promised, I added an additional mile to this morning’s intervals. They felt great but my left knee is really disliking me this morning. I’ve iced once and hope to do it twice more before I leave work. I’ve been choosing the same playlist a lot lately so this morning I decided to switch it up. I decided I had been missing some country in my workout and chose my “Running...
good read, good workout
For my cross-training day I would normally go to yoga or use the elliptical, but today I really wanted to finish my book so I decided to hop on the neglected stationary bike. I was able to almost finish my book during my 35 minute workout. On my way out of my apartment I had grabbed some of the SELF magazine tear out cards. These things are great. They offer great strength training exercises...
sore run and dead headphones
I had planned on leaving my newest sneakers with my parents but I forgot to grab my Nike+ chip off them, leaving me with no stats for my runs til I go back home this weekend. I was feeling pretty good after the race Sunday but when I got up to run this morning my legs felt like cement. I was supposed to do 6 but I could only drag myself through 5. I will make up for the lost mile by adding one to...
Falmouth Road Race
One of my favorite days of the entire year is the day of the Falmouth Road Race. In addition to practically being a holiday for my family, the race itself is spectacular. 7 miles of pavement, the first three are hilly and under trees, the rest is flat and along the ocean. A nice little surprise at mile 6.5 is an 85 degree hill. It’s insane but once you get over it, it’s a beautiful...
laps and bananas foster french toast
I met up with my mother last night so we could drive out to the middle of PA this morning and get my sister at gymnastics camp. We stayed over at a hotel near the camp so we could get back on the road quickly. I decided to take advantage of the “fitness room” and pool and did an early morning workout. When I say “fitness room,” it’s because the tiny room consisted...
exercise ball work chair
A coworker of mine recently moved out to San Francisco to take on new adventures and move in with her fiancé. When she left, she bestowed upon me her exercise ball that she frequently used as a chair. Though I can’t use it all the time, I really do enjoy having it as an option. Sitting in a chair all day makes my back sore and my knees start to get all antsy. In addition to keeping me awake,...
ice ice baby
This morning’s schedule called for 3 miles so I opted to do intervals. Ironically, I had read an article someone posted on Twitter yesterday about intervals on the treadmill and I decided to use their plan. As you can see below, it’s easier than I usually do my intervals. I usually do one minute sprint, two minutes recovery, this doubles the recovery time. I figured I deserved the...
Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a...– Leonard Cohen (as read this morning in yoga)
yoga's psychological benefits for runners
Today was another up early and off to the yoga studio kind of day. Class was pretty full which always gives some good energy to the room. I had a new-to-me teacher and she was a bit (as Sarah would say) earthy-crunchy. Lots of breathy, floaty language. However, sometimes that was punctuated with louder bursts of orders, which made her feel a bit more like a drill sergeant. Her split personality...
Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.– Tobias George Smollett
I pressed snooze for 45 minutes today. I fortunately was able to get up in time to get in my run and have time to shower, but I have to stop doing that. The mileage of my Tuesday runs is going to start increasing and I can’t waste time in bed. Anyway… once I got out there I was a bit sluggish but I did manage to get in 5 miles. This Sunday is the Falmouth Road Race. My favorite 7...
Sunday was spent on my roommate’s parents’ boat. It was a perfect day to be out on the water. There was some swimming, but truthfully it was mostly eating and laying around. However, in light of it being Sunday and me missing mass, here is a Runner’s Prayer that has been credited as being published in Day by Day: The Notre Dame Prayerbook for Students.
summer streets - check
Last year in August I did a Saturday morning run with Niketown and was so excited when they introduced me to Summer Streets. Summer Streets is an event held on three consecutive Saturdays in which they close Park Avenue/4th Ave/Lafayette from 72nd down to the Brooklyn Bridge. I really enjoyed running on the street and seeing all the fun activities that I had hoped tot do it this year. I’m...
I had a lovely Summer Friday today. For those of you outside of advertising, which seems to be one of the few professions that does this, Summer Fridays are extra summer vacation days. We get four to use any day of the week (it used to be just Friday, hence the term) between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Though I wanted to fit in some time on the elliptical, relaxing in Central Park and then running...
I know I’ve mentioned the heatwave multiple times in earlier posts, but it is back in action today and paired with it’s old buddy humidity. Fortunately I only had short run scheduled so I jogged to the gym and did three miles of intervals on the treadmill. The gym was wonderfully air conditioned and I got a treadmill in front of a fan. My iPod died before I left my apartment, so I...
yoga's physical benefits for runners
I decided to try running to yoga this morning. It was very awkward running with my mat in my bag. To keep it from bouncing around I had to hold it against my body with one arm. Without the use of both arms, the short run felt way more exhausting than it should have. That being said, if you ever want to sweat EVEN MORE at yoga, run there. Holy smokes. I was gross today. The girl next to me started...
got the blues... for blueberries
This morning’s run went quite well despite my inability to get out of bed. (I pressed snooze for 45 minutes, terrible habit, must break) I got in the 5 miles my training schedule had down for today. There was a fabulous breeze that was against me on my way out and with me on the way back. It’s kind of cloudy today, so I got a nice break from the sun. All in all, a wonderful start to...
monday rest day
Monday was a rest day so I took the time after work to catch up on some things. I worked on my portfolio, followed up on a few emails I hadn’t in a while and cleaned my bedroom and the bathroom. I also had some time to make food for this week, I chopped up a ton of veggies for Cowboy Caviar and made a healthy banana bread with chocolate chips. It felt good to cross those things off on my...
NYRR Long Training Run #1
This morning I had the first of three New York Road Runners Long Training Run. The set up is great. They have a course set up with mile markers along 20 miles in Central Park. There were fluid stations every other mile and at mile 6/10/16 they handed out gels. When you get there, they separate you into pace groups and we all stayed pretty close together. I had 9 miles on my schedule and it seemed...