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NYC Marathon 2011 Recap

Wow. There is nothing like the NYC marathon. Nothing.

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First I want to send a HUGE congrats to all the wonderful ladies I ran with yesterday.  You all are beyond amazing and inspiring!  Ashley, Tina, Dori, Theodora, Melissa Z, Ellen, Amelia, Emily, Katie S., and Rebecca.

Pre-race Jitters

I really had a hard time mentally and physically preparing for this race. I did everything I could to get caught up in the excitement—I read (the amazing) “A Race Like No Other,” I watched “Lucky Penny,” the HIMYM marathon episode, and finally, I watched “Spirit of the Marathon,” which gets me every time.  And still, I was filled with doubts and nerves. 

Week of and Day Before:

The week leading up to training, I definitely stepped up my carb consumption.  There was no way low glycogen stores were going to be responsible for anything going wrong on the run! 

I attended an awesome 5 Borough Bash, The ACS Send Off Dinner and the Runner’s World VIP Party! Amid all the fun, I noticed that I seemed to be the only one who was nervous!

The night before we ironed our names onto our shirts and had the prerequisite pasta dinner.

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I don’t know why I felt so uncertain, but maybe it was because my training wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be,  or because I had a nagging pain in my foot that wouldn’t go away, or because I was just plain tired after months and months of running.  My anxiety lasted and grew right up to the moment I started running.  And then ceased completely.

Morning of:

We had a 6:40 wake up call and then we spent about an hour or so getting ready before heading to Fort Wadsworth. IMG-20111106-01119IMG-20111106-01115

We got there a bit earlier than we needed to, but that was fine because it was sunny and not too cold. We rocked our multiple layers of mismatched throw away clothes and ate our pb bagels.  If you’re wondering, the “sheddable shells” that you can buy at expos are not really that warm, I wouldn’t by one again.  An old sweatshirt would have done the trick just as well.IMG-20111106-01121 IMG-20111106-01120  

After Frank left for his corral, I ran into Tina, Dori, Melissa and Ashley!  We headed to the corrals together.  I actually found Ashley at the start and we decided to begin the race together as we were both aiming for a 11 minute pace.

The Race:

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Off we went. It was amazing. The bridge revealed gorgeous views of Manhattan through the crystal clear blue skies. Once we were off the bridge the course was flat and fast.  I was trying to hold back, but I was feeling great. I felt so comfortable at the 10:30 pace, it seemed silly to go to 11.  Yet, I knew that it was essential to remain feeling fresh as a daisy until the 10 mile point, so I tried to hold back. Brooklyn was better than I remembered.  It was packed with people, signs, and people screaming my name! I declined high 5’s but gave many thumbs up!  My coach’s words echoed in my head,"the more high fives at the beginning, the more low fives at the end.” I loved every adoring fan, they kept me  pumped and the miles literally flew by!  I couldn’t believe that we hit mile 7 in what seemed like no time at all!  I stopped briefly to adjust my too tight shoe, which made all the difference in the world!  I also stopped to take a picture of this amazing church with every door open and an entire choir of signers filling the front steps.  My jaw was on the ground as I ran by this amazing group of people!

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Around mile 8, Ashley and I parted ways. I felt great all through Brooklyn, but sadly didn’t see anyone that I had hoped to.  I knew the Polanski Bridge through Queens would be tough–that’s where the hills would start and continue through the remainder of the course, so I slowed my pace to conserve energy.

After the bridge I was feeling pretty dead, I needed my advil to kick in and stop the pain in my foot. However,  the crowds in first ave didn’t disappoint and quickly got me going again. Soon I started seeing my friends and all was well in the world. 

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My friend Sue found me around 18 and is the reason I kept the pace I did!  She motivated me to keep going with constant encouragement, fun stories and by getting so excited about everything around us.  Even though I was feeling some pain, I was not at all out of breath and kept easy conversation right to the end.  Right was we were leaving the Bronx, a huge surprise awaited me:  FRANK on the jumbotron. We had recorded 5 second video messages to each other at the expo and they were set to go off after we passed a certain checkpoint.  It was perfect!  He shouted my name and good luck and I could barely believe it all happened right there in front of so many other people!

The next part was tough. As excited as I was to enter the park, my foot was really shot and I was trying to put weight only on the outside, which made for an unnatural gait.  The hill from 110th to 90th seemed to go on forever, but the crowds around us kept me excited. We finally entered the park and rolled down hill past all the sights I know so well.  Sue said goodbye, and I was on my own for the last 1.2 miles.  I quickly adjusted my shoe to stop the pinching and did what I could to push out the last little bit of the glorious race.  I knew I no longer had chances of PRing, but I thought I could make it under 5 hours, so I tried to enjoy the last stretch down 59th street, even though so many people were walking.  And finally we were climbing toward the finish, the 800, 600, 400, 200, and 100 meters to go signs breezed by and I crossed the finish in jubilation!

I patiently waited for my medal and my picture and did my best to distract myself from the long, cold wait to the UPS baggage trucks. Running into Emily helped pass the time!

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Finally I was out of the park and I made my way slowly to meet Frank and friends at the Tangled Vine.

When I arrived there was a nice spread as well as a glass of prosecco waiting, don’t mind if I do! 

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After that we made a long journey back home and icing and salt baths ensued.

I ended the night with Crazy, Stupid, Love and take out:

A couple slices of heavenly Mortorino pizza

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and some papaya salad and thai green vegetables.  Green includes carrot apparently :)

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It was an odd combo, but it hit the spot. Now that the marathon season is officially over, I have committed to getting back on the healthy track eating wise, and but more to come about that tomorrow!

Here are my splits:

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4:56:10 finish time.

After all my worries, it was another wonderful marathon! It wasn’t easy, but I am glad I took the time to take in all the sights and see all the people and color that makes the ING NYC Marathon so special. I really thought this was the last marathon, but I might have to take the sage advice of Justin Beiber and never say never. :)

Hampton’s Part Duex

First of all, I have to commend Ali on her first Marathon!  I thought of her several times while I was running the half—honestly I was kind of happy not to be running the full which I briefly considered at the beginning of the season.  Lauren also has a great recap.

Here are a few outtakes that I didn’t include in my first post:

Our fuel.  Yes, I brought 10 gus.  I used 1 on the run.

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My DeterminNation singlet- I pinned on a “in honor of mom and dad” ribbon during the run.

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After the race, we considered going to the party at Talkhouse, but decided we wanted to chill at the beach and avoid an very expensive cab trip. Confession, I really just wanted to go to Talkhouse because they mention it so many times in the embarrassingly chick lit book now movie Something Borrowed.

The ocean ended up treating me well.

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For a celebration dinner, we went to Dave’s Grill.  This place was highly recommended. In fact, it’s so popular that it only takes day of reservations starting at 4:15PM. We called non-stop until we got through and the earliest reservation was 10PM!

It didn’t disappoint however!

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Wine!

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Arancini Risotto Balls with Chipotle Aioli

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For my mains, I got the chopped salad: celery, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato and feta!

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And mussels with basil and tomato

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Frank got the stuffed half lobster–a feast of clam, mussel, shrimp, scallop and sweet lobster.

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And for dessert, the mini barbara–just enough and not too much as the waitress said.

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It was a delicious meal and we crashed hard when we got home.

I was sad that work obligations for both of us meant we had to cut our vacation short and leave early the next day when the sun was shining!

At least the Jitney ride back gave me a chance to see more of the Hamptons.  Amaganesett was particularly lovely. It has  beautifully landscaped homes and amazing shopping. I  kept my eye out for Physique, Exhale and such on the way home and I did see Flywheel!

As short as the weekend was, it was very nice.  I should thank Running Away, the company I booked my hotel and shuttle through!

Running Away is a company that helps runners coordinate almost every aspect of race travel for out of town events! Working with Matt was fabulous and saved me some money too. Check them out for sure.

Hampton’s Half Marathon

Before I get to the marathon, I am going to start with the week leading up to my half marathon.

After Tuesday’s killer workout, it was time to taper.

Wednesday: rest, ice, wear ankle boot, roll out foot

Thursday: run 1 mile to Exhale Music Flow class (got a free Exhale shirt which I had been eyeing forever!), run 1 mile home

The tee looks like this:

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Friday: 25 minutes on the bike. Lots of walking and cleaning, more icing, compression socks and rolling.

Marathon Prep:

I spent Friday preparing by buying essential marathon supplies (most of which Frank requested)—gu, G2, bib belts, peanut butter, bananas, bread and diet coke (75% of which said diet coke was for me).

One of my many stops was Jack Rabbit.  They quickly helped me find a bib belt. Then I need to find gus, Frank requested chocolate mint, but there were none to be found.  I got kind of stressed about what could possibly be a good second choice and apparently a clerk noticed my concerned face and asked what was wrong.  NO CHOCOLATE MINT!  He went to the back to try and locate the elusive flavor, he came back with a free sample of peppermint stick.  Free and mint, I will take it.

I hauled my goods home:

Then I made sure to pack all my clothing, tons of plastic baggies and oh, some clothes to wear during the weekend. I charged my ipod, updated my playlists and booked a Jitney home.  Packing wasn’t easy because it was pouring out and looked like it might do the same on marathon day.  Fortunately, my coach sent this email:

Weather for tomorrow:

So, it looks like the weather could be “iffy”  but the temperature seems to be ok. You are probably wonder what to wear
right?
In this weather you will dress fo the temperature,  no need to wear extra layers to keep you dry, you won’t, and the more you wear the heavy, more chafing and more wet you’ll get.
Wear the same you’ll wear to run in 65-72 degrees with no rain.
I do recommend:
-wear a hat of visor so if rains you can actually see ahead of you
-bring extra clothing for after the race to change into dry clothes, that includes from shoes, socks, to lower and upper body .

After I was packed, I did 5 loads of laundry and vacuumed the domicile.  I had just enough time to fold before I left for Penn Station.

Due to a seriously insane work schedule, we missed our intended train and had a to take a train that left 23 minutes later, but took 45 minutes longer. After a semi-harrowing journey on the LIRR (it actually takes longer to get from NYC to Montauk than from NYC to Saratoga!), we arrived in the Hamptons greeted heartily with darkness and rain. Fortunately, we quickly found a cabi who chatted us up to our hotel—The Panoramic View.

As we know little of the Hampton’s, we requested dinner suggestions at the front desk and our concierge generously offered that we go to town and walk around. Said suggestion was not met well by us as it was pitch black and pouring. But we decided we would figure something out. Our room was very nice and even had a kitchen! But the giant balcony overlooking the water was the real star.

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By this point, I was very close to hanger and we quickly decided to go to a place called Harvest for dinner, and after another $16 cab ride, it was time to eat. Harvest was family style, but that didn’t deter us from ordering enough for eight and destroying it.

They brought homemade bread. I heart carbs.

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This was the appetizer tomato mozzarella flatbread.  I’m all for no carb left behind, but we wrapped half of this monster to save room for the main course.

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Swordfish with spinach in buerre blanc with toasted hazelnuts.  This was amazing. The hazelnuts provided the perfect texture contrast.  Delicious.

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Um and we may have even had some gelato as well….

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We called a cab who said it would be 10 minutes, 20 minutes later, no cab.  Finally we called another cab company that also said 10 minutes.  50 minutes later we were finally in an (expensive) cab.

By the time we got home,it was only about 6 hours until our shuttle picked us up for the race.  I slept like a baby in the giant bed. We woke up at 5:54AM and rushed to get ourselves together—somehow we always take forever even when we pack the night before. As we were making breakfast of toast with pb and banana.  Frank said, this is blogger style.  I was like, how did you know that?  He said, I’ve been around your blogs long enough. Since I’ve never had this breakfast, clearly he may be a secret reader of your blog :)

We boarded the shuttle and flew through the hampton’s to the start line at an alarming speed, the sun just breaking as we arrived at the start area. Finally I caught my first glimpse of the Hampton’s—The Springs Elementary and Junior High School.

I must mention that despite all odds, it was not raining! This thrilled me! I was sad I didn’t bring my phone or camera.  I think Frank was just thrilled to have 2 solid hours where he wouldn’t have to respond to the call of the batphone (aka the blackberry). I’m sure he would gladly run in pouring weather for that rare opportunity.

We had over an hour to put on our bibs, collect our swag, stretch, use the porta potties—no race will ever have enough porta potties to fulfill the needs of runners pre-race. Then I saw Ali, just as I had hoped!  She was dying to go!

Loved this!

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Then we got some sage advice from the fabulous Coach Ramon Bermo:

“The gun is going to go off, the people will start running, follow them and just keep doing that until you cross the finish.” True story.

He also told us to take the first 7 miles easy, push harder from 7-10 and then give whatever you have left for the last 5K.

Here I am pre-race:

We started out in a cloud of moisture, no rain, but tons of humidity. As I looked ahead the train and runners disappeared into the fog as if the Hamptons were Brigadoon. The race started and my legs felt like lead. I tried to push but just couldn’t get into a rhythm. Finally around mile 3 I started to feel okay. While I have been running 18 miles sans ipod, today I needed it. I turned on party rock and started to push myself. I generally hold back, so I decided to just try and run hard the whole time and if I had to walk the last 5 miles, I would be okay with that.

The Hampton’s route is generally through the woods, so it was only broken up by the occasional farm or pumpkin patch. Along the route I saw my coaches, who screamed: “you’re awesome, you’re awesome, you’re awesome” every time I ran by. Love them. It’s nice having a lot of team members on the course and I waved to everyone in a Determination shirt. We also had some nice fan clubs cheering along the way.

When I got to mile 7, I wanted to really turn it on to full effort, I flew through mile 7 and was amazed to see mile 8. Apparently, when you run fast, you finish quicker.  Around this time my watch died—forgot to charge it!  This made it a little harder to keep my pace up.

The MAJOR falsity of the Hampton’s Half was that it was flat. I am not sure where this myth was started, but I am pretty sure that person has not run this course or that person was from San Francisco. The course had hills or as my coach said inclines. Most were mild, but there was a bad boy every 2 miles.

When the going gets tough, my go to is blasting Girl Talk. Enviably I will unconsciously start singing along. Until the dirty looks come that is, people don’t generally appreciate randomly hearing lines like “going 100 on the highway, so if you do the speed limit, get the f out of my way” and “ugly girls be quiet quiet, pretty girls rock out like this.” With this as motivation, I made it to mile 11. This was the most scenic part of the trail with water on either side and tall grasses creeping out of the dunes. This was also a turn around point, so I got to enjoy it twice. Finally, I hit mile 12 and rounded the corner that put us on the path to the finish, I noticed two people cutting across the turn rather than running around the cones. Seriously? I couldn’t help but say lame under my breath.

The final mile…

But at this point, I was spent. I couldn’t care about cheaters. I couldn’t let the people walking get me down. I just needed to get to that finish. I saw my coach ahead and he pepped me up and told me I looked great. He said I had 5 minutes to go. There was nothing to do but win the mental game. Finally I saw the turn into the school and the yellow finish line and ran through it. A medal was put around my neck and I was wrapped in a race foil as if I had won the marathon. It felt great.

Next up was chugging water and heading to the Determination tent to claim my pin.

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At this point, the sun was shining and the DJ was blasting Imma Be. This made Frank very happy.  We headed to the food stations and stocked up on hummus and terra chips—um did they know I was a blogger or does everyone really love hummus?

Our race had come and went, but I was thinking of Ali, just knowing she was rocking the full marathon! In a little over a month that will be us. For now, I am happy enjoying the rest of my short stay in the Hamptons!

By the time we got home and to lunch it was 12:30PM and I was so ready for lunch.  We went to the hotel next door Gurney’s.

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The menu looked good

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We started with a salad:

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I got the veggie goat cheese panini and fries

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Honestly, it was just okay, but I didn’t leave hungry.

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Frank got a burger.  It was an interesting lunch in that I was on my laptop and Frank was on  a business call, but hey that’s life.IMG_2269

Afterwards we walked around and I remembered how much I adore the beach. The sound of the waves is so relaxing, there’s nothing like it.

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My official time is 2:14:14, not my best, but over 6 minutes better than the Queens Half, so I have to be happy with that!

Holiday Marathon Challenge: Week 2 Finale

Hi Everyone!

Huge congratulations for finishing week 2!  Wow, only a few more weeks left, and let’s face it these next few weeks are the busy ones.  But we can do it–yes we can!

So I am so sorry for not posting yesterday. I was so tired from writing papers that I could not type or read another letter!  So I will try to make it up to you all with some extra fabulous, relevant and motivational posts over the next week.   Only one final to go!

So, for the winner this week, I thought I would make it more interactive and useful–since I was clearly useless this weekend–please log your miles on the spreadsheet and to be entered in the prize drawing, please leave a comment on this post by 7AM tomorrow morning with one of the following:

  • one piece of running advice
  • one question you have about running or staying motivated
  • a response to one of the above

Anyone can comment but only challengers will be eligible for a prize.  I will select a random number from the total number of comments.

Have a great day!

So as you are marathoning, do you ever think about what marathon you might want to do?  Here is a list to some of the best in the country:

Best Rural Race: Napa Valley Marathon

Best Small-Town Race: Richmond, Virginia

Best Big-City Race: New York City

Best Destination: Honolulu

Best Chance for a PR: Chicago

Toughest Marathon: Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs)

Most Charitable: Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.)

Most Legendary: Boston

Best New(er) Race: Baltimore

Best Race at Altitude: Salt Lake City

Best Place to Feel Like a Movie Star: LA Marathon

Most Scenic: Big Sur

Best Marathon/Vacation Combo: Vancouver, B.C.

Best Race to Leave the Kids Behind: Las Vegas

Best Race with a Half Marathon: Flying Pig (Cincinnati)

Best Race That Lives Up to the Hype: Twin Cities

Biggest Bang for the Buck: Houston

This is based on Active’s picks.  For the full article and descriptions, click here.

I would add most girly: San Fransisco Nike Women’s Marathon, coat check, chocolate, tiffany’s, pedicures and massages, what more could you want?

HMC Day 8: Week 1 winner and more!

This week’s winner is Rose from On a Lobster Placemat!  Congratulations on all your hard work this week.  You are well on your way to finishing your first marathon by New Year’s with no problem!  I just used on online number selector. Rose please email me your address and I will send out your prize.

For today’s motivation, I thought I would round up some fun questions and answers on marathoning and running from the ASK MILES column from Runner’s World.


What’s the average finishing time for most marathoners? 
The median times for U.S. marathoners in 2007 were 4:20 for men, and 4:49 for women. In 1980, they were 3:32 and 4:03. The sport hasn’t become less competitive; it’s become more inclusive. In 1980, there were fewer charity runners, walk-run participants, and jogglers. Runners of all ability levels are welcome at marathons today. And without a doubt, the sport as a whole is better for it.

 


Is it crazy to want to PR at a New Year’s Eve race?
Of course it’s not crazy to want to, especially since the place is going to reek of resolutions and of the hup-to-it gumption it takes to stick to them. Executing your PR, though, may be a different matter altogether. Between your costumed compatriots and perhaps a few revelers who started the party early, you’re probably going to be in more of a woo-hoo type of mood than a oorah kind of one. But give it a shot. After all, if you don’t make it, it’s hardly a burden to wait till next year.

What percentage of the population attempts and finishes a marathon?While it’s hard to say how many started, an estimated 423,000 people finished marathons in the United States in 2004, according to the Road Racing Information Center Annual Marathon Report. With a population of about 280 million, that comes out to about 0.15 percent of the population-though it’s likely a much smaller percentage when you consider that many of those finishers ran multiple marathons. So when you finish your next 26.2-miler, give yourself an extra pat on the back.

 

Do certain marathons attract more women than men, and vice versa?The gender ratio at marathons nationwide is 60:40, men to women. But certain races do appeal more to one gender. The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco is more than 90 percent female, and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is 56 percent female. More men head east: The Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the New York City Marathon are nearly 70 percent male.

 

If you are hungry for more q and a, I have a rough FAQ’s section too.

Inspired again!

I'm happy for Paula, but I secretly wish Kara had won.

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I love watching marathons!  They don’t seem like they are really a spectator sport because you can only watch one part, and it’s pretty much the same thing for a long time!  But nevertheless, the humanity and resilience is captivating and inspiring. 

I could actually see the marathon from my bedroom, my apartment building overlooks Vernon Blvd which is the main Queens section of the marathon, so I watched from about 9-10 (which was really just the wheel chair athletes) before I had to meet my group for project meeting, which lasted until 5PM.  So I dvred it and watched the highlights when I got home. 

I was so excited the Kara Goucher got third!  Her first marathon ever!  And she was the first American woman to place in 14 years! 

I have mentioned that I have her itunes endurance boost workout several times, which I love, and is why I am a fan! Random fact: she sleeps in a bedroom that pumps less oxygenated air into the room to simulate being at really high elevations!

Anyways, I can’t wait to run next year.  I did an hour on the treadmill after dinner just imagining I was running over the bridges and looping up CP toward Tavern on the Green.  I am a huge loser, but it made the hour fly by!

If you didn’t see the marathon, but are sort of on the fence about signing up for a marathon, I offer these ideas for inspiration:

  • sign up for a race in a location you would like to visit (I wanted to go to Cali, and now Paris and Rome are tempting me!)
  • research marathon for one that seems fun to you (At first I thought Disney, but when I found out that the San Fran guaranteed all finishers (half and full) a Tiffany’s necklace, I was sold! If you are really into music maybe a rock and roll marathon with bands ever half mile would be cool for you.)
  • have a greater purpose than yourself (running with Team and Training constantly kept me focused on helping others and meeting people who were truly inspirational)
  • buddy up (whether you go into it with an organization or with a friend, it really helps to have people to chat with and people that will become similarly obsessed!)
  • read Ultramarathon Man, Once a Runner, or a similar book!

All right I have lots to study before I sleep, night everyone! xo

Inspiration, Spring Marathons, Links, Products and More

Here is the usual Thursday mish mosh round up:

Runspiration

Do you want to kill yourself after 30 minutes on the treadmill? Dean Karnanzes recently ran 48 hours and 212 miles on a treadmill. He didn’t break the Guinness record, but man!

MOVIE: If you need more inspiration, I highly recommend the Spirit of the Marathon movie, check for local screenings! You don’t even have to move, how easy is that?

Top secret announcement–the upcoming NYC Team in Training Chapter will be training for three fabulous Marathons:

Rome Marathon (Run/Walk) – March 22, 2009 – Rome, Italy
Country Music Full & Half Marathon (Run/Walk) – April 25, 2009 – Nashville, TN.
New Jersey Full & Half Marathon (Run/Walk) – May 3, 2009 – Long Branch, NJ

If you live in NYC, I can personally assure you that TNT will make it your marathon experience magical! However, I am sure all chapters of TNT seriously rock, so see if your what your local chapter is training for. If you don’t do groups, think outside the box, there are marathons in the most incredible locations: Rome, Paris, The Great Wall Marathon (China), The Polar Circle Marathon (Greenland), The Big Five Marathon (South Africa), just to name a few!

To properly fuel yourself, check out Vital Juice Daily’s fall produce picks, replete with some yummy recipes.

PRODUCT FINDS
For some fuel on the run, I just tried a Chia Spice Kardea bar
I am really trying to eat only all natural bars. Ingredients are far more important to me than fiber, fat or calories. Even my beloved Kashi Golean Crunchy Chocolate Caramel bars, have too many weird things (Mechanically Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil?) in them for me to feel good about ingesting them. These were offered to me by Kardea, and after checking out the stats online they seemed to be pretty good. These bars have a few items that seem to be added to punch up the fiber, like psylium husch and chicory root fiber, but overall everything seems like it came from the earth not a factory. Inside they look like nuts and grains stuck together with maple syrup or honey. However, they are not too sticky or too sweet, although I wish the first ingredient wasn’t Brown Rice Syrup. And I love that agave, a low GI sweetener was included, as it is expensive for companies to add. Overall 9 grams of sugar is not bad at all, and at modest 150 calories these provide a tasty and satisfying snack perfect for taking the edge off the 4PM hunger call. Despite not being a fan of chai tea–but love cinnamon, these were really good. And not so sweet that they made me crave sweets all afternoon. A keeper.

Note: I truly enjoyed all of the Kardea flavors, except the lemon ginger, because I do not like lemon in any kind of bar or baked good at all.  The burst of flavor in each bite of Kardea bars truly impressed me.  They have a stronger and more natural flavor than any other bar I have tried.

The Amphipod

I have really been needing something to put stuff in while I run, and I think the Amphipod Micropack Land Sport may be my answer. It clips on to your pant or shorts with just enough storage for your credit cards, id, keys, mp3 player and money. This way I can stop being a bra stuffer…btw metrocards are sweat resistant up to 12 miles :). Most shorts and pants don’t have the proper storage for things besides gus and gels, but this looks great for when I don’t want to bring my bulky fuel belt!