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UAE 10k and Brooklyn Half Recap!

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For the last 5 years, a fair number of of my spring, summer and fall weekends have included an NYRR race–the last two weekends were true to form.

Last weekend, we ran the UAE 10K.   This race is always fun and festive. When your race has a rich sponsor, you know you are in store for sway–like tech shirts and medals!

It also happened to not start until 9AM, which is always a win!  It was a gorgeous morning for a race.uae

This 6 miler was supposed to be my taper run for the Brooklyn Half, but my training fell off somewhere along the way and it turned into more of a build run to supplement my two longest training runs, which topped off at 8 miles each.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I felt that I had certainly trained enough to successfully complete a 10K without much effort. Or not.   The gun went off and my legs felt like lead. I’m sure most people know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you start a run and have great fresh legs and sometimes  you feel like you are wearing invisible ankle weights.  I plodded along, around mile 3 things got better for a while.  By mile 5, things were bleak–I was feeling a bit nauseous and the lead feeling had returned.  Somehow I rounded the bottom of Central Park South and the end was in sight–sort of. The 800 meters to go, 400 meters to go, 200 meters to go signs seemed just plain mean.   But finally I finished.

Clearly, I made a rookie mistake–no hill training.  The Great Hill seemed somehow greater and the rolling hills on the west side seemed to never end.

I have to be honest, I left the UAE 10K feeling pretty defeated. I wasn’t sure how I would even finish the Brooklyn Half, as it the distance is more than twice as long.

I like to be over prepared in any given situation.  I cook enough for 20 when 10 people are coming over. I make 14 copies for a meeting with 12 people. I triple check work documents before sending them out. I don’t like to leave room for error.  It causes me a lot of anxiety.  But somehow, come half marathon week, I was struggling to complete a 10K.  While I hate to be unprepared, I also hate giving up.  So after much agonizing (which is always helpful), I decided to try and make it through the BK Half, even if I had to walk most of it.

On Wednesday, I went to pick up my race packet at the Half Pre-party.  It was actually a good way to get in a more positive mindset!

Brooklyn Bridge Park is so cute!

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The pre-party was sponsored by New Balance, and they had lots of great promotions going on. There were also other vendors, lots of food trucks, live music and plenty of general merriment to enjoy, which I did. I may not finish the race, but I am going to pre-party with the best of them. Damnit.

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Before I knew it, it was the night before the race. I went out to dinner with friends and then went to bed early, as we had a 5:00AM alarm set.

Race day morning was a flurry of activity, but we were out the door in 20 minutes to catch the subway. While it seemed to go by pretty quickly, it took about an hour to get to Prospect Park.  We went through security and got in the corrals.  Each corral had a ton of port-potties, which was a nice bonus.  I was pretty nervous in the corral, but three things helped cheer me up:

1.) A bunch of girls that were wearing shirts that said, “If found, please drag to the finish.”

2.) When the announcer said, “Brooklyn, are you ready?” and several people yelled no.

3.) When the announcer said, “Are you ready to run?” And a guy said, well, we are here, so I guess we have to.

It was nice to know that I wasn’t the only nervous one there! After what seemed like forever, off we went.  My legs didn’t feel great, but they didn’t feel bad.  The first part of the race is an out and back around a round-a-bout. I saw Frank coming back on my way out.  I knew the out and back was almost 2.5 miles of the course, so I was happy when it seemed to go by fairly quickly.  I saw fast runners zooming out of the park as I entered, and soon after I put on my headphones and just decided to enjoy the nice lushness of Prospect Park.  There was a big meadow with tons of dogs frolicking during off leash hours.  My goal was to at least make it through the park before I decided whether I would need to walk.  Fortunately, Prospect Park is pretty flat, and I was still feeling good when we left at mile 7.   While my favorite part of the race is the park, it’s nice to be on Ocean Parkway, so you can finally stop running in circles start to get where you are going–Coney Island.

Around mile 9, I was starting to feel fatigue in my legs.  I decided to walk for 20-60 seconds at every mile marker to give my muscles a chance to lose some tension.  While there were some moments where I thought I would never make it to mile 12, overall I felt way better than I did at the UAE.  Everything was going much better than expected even though I was probably running 12 minute miles.

As we rounded Surf Ave, I could smell the popcorn and hotdogs.  Soon we were on the boardwalk running the last 200 meters on the sandy planks.

For being a large race, the exit area moved really quickly and I soon found Frank in the finisher’s area.

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We enjoyed Coney Island for a bit before taking the long train ride back home.  We went to a great Yankees game in the afternoon and by the time we got home, I was totally spent.

While my only goal for the half was to finish, I was shocked that I actually finished around my usual half time, 2:14. It certainly wasn’t a PR, but I  guessed I had ran it in closer to 2:35, so I was pretty happy to find out I finished 20 minutes faster than my estimate. I was worried about the 3 hour cut off time for nothing!

I’ll definitely run Brooklyn again. I love that it’s flat!

I hope all the other BK half runners had a great race!

 

Jingle Jog and Ted Corbitt 15K

Finally, my 9 qualifying races for the NYC Marathon 2014 are complete! It was hard to squeeze those last ones in, but let me tell you, it feels good.

Last weekend I ran the Jingle Jog 4M.jingle jog

I tied bells on my shoes and jingled all the way to Brooklyn.  For some reason, I didn’t give myself very much time to get there and ended up in a corral with only 4 minutes to spare.  I didn’t even bother trying to move my way up to my assigned corral. I was surrounded by elves, reindeer and snowmen–it was clear that this race was meant to be more fun than competitive.

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Long story short, I jogged my way through four nice miles.  Prospect Park is nice and flat other than one gradual hill during the first mile of the race.  The miles kind of sailed by and suddenly the finish line was right in front of me and I didn’t even have enough room to pick it up for the end.

I really enjoyed the Jingle Jog. If I did it again, I would definitely wear a costume. However, I’m not sure I would pay $50 to run it again.  When I registered for my last 3 races, they were literally the only open races left in 2013, so if I wanted to qualify, I had to complete them no matter the cost or distance.

That leads me to Ted Corbitt 15K.  When I registered about a month  ago, I had no business running a 15K.  But the 5 miler I wanted to register for sold out suddenly and I was left with no choice.

I’d like to say that I used those 5 weeks to train and prepare the best I could.  But alas I can not. I really didn’t train at all. My training consisted of 1 Barry’s Bootcamp and two 4 Mile NYRR races.  Between the weather, the fact that it’s dark at 5PM and my absolutely loathing of the treadmills at the gym, I let myself pretend that the elliptical and spinning were just as good as actual running.  FALSE.  While I don’t think you need to run everyday.  I think running a couple times a week should be a core  component of race preparation.  Mind blowing, I know.

Anyways, all week long I was dreading this 15K. I obsessively checked the weather hoping it would be canceled. I checked for updates on the NYRR website hoping that the expected snow would convince them to have the race be unscored. I woke up several times throughout the night and looked out the window hoping for a white out. None of that happened.  So at 7:15AM yesterday morning, I BUNDLED UP  and hopped in a cab to 102nd St and Fifth Ave.  It was pretty cold waiting for the race to start. I had many layers on, so as other runners pranced around in just tights and a long sleeved shirt, I wondered how they weren’t turning into icicles.

The race started and my friend Laura and I jogged along for a little while, before she sprinted on ahead.  My original plan was to run the first 6 miles and then run walk the last 3.3.  I hadn’t run more than 4 miles in months, so I wasn’t sure what my body would allow.  For how cold and snowy it was, the weather was kind of nice.  Central Park looked lovely, and somehow I really wasn’t cold at all. I don’t think I would have run in this much snow had this not been my last possible opportunity to qualify, but I’m so glad I did.

Despite how unprepared I was to run 9 miles, the familiarity of the park really helped me get through the miles. I know pretty much every inch of the lower loops, so I just focused on the next landmark and the next mile marker. I kind of like when a course has multiple looks because when I saw the 1 mile marker and the 5 mile marker next to each other I thought:

Wow I’ll feel great when I’m back here again.

I can’t wait to be back here again.

I just need to get back here again!

Landmark by landmark and mile marker by mile marker, I made my way through the course.  When I hit mile 6, I decided to see if I could run to 7.  When I got to 7, I tried to walk a few steps, that felt terrible, and I knew I had to shuffle my way through the last 2.3 miles.  But it was only 2.3 miles!  I waved hello to the Boathouse, said my second and final hello to Cat, chugged past Cleopatra’s Needle and focused on getting to the reservoir entrance at 90th.  The last mile really went by pretty quickly, I felt great at the end.  I knew I could have actually pushed a little harder, but I was just glad I had been able to make it to the end.

I actually laughed when I saw the water cups at the finish! Look at all the snow on the top!

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9 qualifiers done! I am excited to actually train for the NYC Marathon.  Most of my qualifiers were run at very slow paces and I know I have a lot more in me.  Hopefully, 2014 will be my running year!

If you are still with me, I saved the best for last!

Barry’s Bootcamp is on sale. Today is the last day, so act fast!  Sadly, these deals don’t come around often enough. Here are the details:

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All NYC classes are priced at $27. (Reg. $34) Classes will never expire and there’s no limit on purchasing. However you only have 60 hours to cash in on this amazing deal: Friday, December 13th to Sunday, December 15th. Classes are available for purchase online or in-store at our Chelsea or TriBeCa studios.

 

Running Playlist Winter 2013

What a sunny, snowy Saturday we have in NYC!  It’s always so bright when in snows, it makes me forget how short the winter days are!

This morning we had a date with Barry!  We got there about 15 minutes early, but true devotees apparently arrive much earlier.  I told Frank that it was probably best to do the treadmills first to get the running over with, apparently that is a popular strategy because the treadmills were gone instantly.  Hello, strength.

I grabbed 8 pound weights, in hindsight 10s would have been better.  Frank took 25s, which is just insane. This was only my second time (first time recap here), so I was expecting 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running.

However, after several sets of lunges with the booty bands, lots of arm work and some ab work, I started thinking, those people have been on the treadmill a LONG time.  Is this a 90 minute class?  A few minutes later, Joey announced it was a 30 on 30 off day!

Initially I wasn’t thrilled about this news, I think it’s easier mentally to get through 15 minutes on the treadmill, even if you know you have to do it twice.  However, it really wasn’t too bad.  Don’t get me wrong, there were several occasions where the last 15 seconds took everything I had and maybe a little more, but we didn’t have to go up to crazy insane speeds, topping out at 9MPH for no longer than 90 seconds. The structure was something like this…

DIY Treadmill Bootcamp (similar not identical BB):

  • 2 minute warm up at  6MPH
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute ladder (start at 7MPH and increase by 1 MPH to 9.0 and then back down)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 3 minute sprint with incline (run at your top speed and increase incline to 3.0 at minute 2 and 6.0 for minute 3) x2
  • 1 minute recover
  • 90 second spring at incline of 8.0
  • 30 second recover
  • 30 second sprint

I’m definitely getting why people love Barry’s, you feel so accomplished at the end!

So back to the playlist, here is my latest. I’m definitely in love with it.

Warm Up:

Take a Walk-Passion Pit (who I saw at the Garden last night!)

Workout:

Sweet Nothing–Calvin Harris

Locked out of Heaven--Bruno Mars

Don’t Stop the Party–Pitbull (really love this for a good push)

C’Mon-Ke$ha

Thrift Shop–Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Scream & Shout–Will.i.am (can I just say, thank god for Britney Bitch?)

Don’t You Worry Child–Swedish House Mafia

I Knew You Were Trouble–Taylor Swift <–Favorite T Swizzle song of all time

Beauty and a Beat–Justin Bieber feat Nicki Minaj

Ho Hey–Lumineer

Cool Down:

Suit and Tie–JT

 

Running is All Around Me!

I feel like the late spring/early summer running season is in full swing! Running related info is filling my inbox, my mailbox, my twitter feed. I love it!

In case you missed it, NYRR is offering a free workshop for marathoners next week:

GET MARATHON TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS

Join NYRR and Hospital for Special Surgery for a FREE Learning Series on June 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT. Experts from Hospital for Special Surgery will be sharing their best tips on training, injury prevention, and nutrition for beginner runners and anyone considering a future marathon.

If you can’t be there in person, you  can Register for the Webinar. You will receive an e-mail prior to the event with the webinar link and login information.

In addition, this lovely surprise arrived in my mailbox yesterday:

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I love books about running. I enjoy reading about running as much as actually running. I can’t wait to dive in and see what Runner’s World recommends in their latest book, The Big Book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training.  Run Less, Run Faster is one of my favorites, so it’s exciting to have a new runread.

Despite all my running excitement, I am actually dealing with a minor (I hope) injury.

I ran the Bolder Boulder and was fine…

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Or so I thought.  I flew home that night, got off the plane and bam, there was a pretty significant pain at the top of my right quad.  I was still hobbling the next day.  Over the past two weeks, I have had this pain on and off and have had to limp a bit, especially after sitting for long periods.  I stopped running,but felt fine for UFX, Refine and the elliptical. It’s mainly walking that is the issue.

However, I was signed up to run the JP Morgan Challenge last night, and so I did!  It was fun to see all the different companies in their shirts.  The 3.5 mile race in Central Park was pretty painful, but the real pain happened after I finished.  This morning I had a serious limp. I am going to stretch, ice, tiger balm, rest and hope for the best. From basic googling, it could be a hip flexor sprain or a quad tear.

If it doesn’t feel better in a week, to the doc I go.  Fingers crossed for recover before the Queens 10K.

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The Runner’s Literary Diet

The next best thing to actually running may be reading about running, or perhaps, writing about running.  Reading about running always excites and motivates me to actually run.  Maybe that’s why I devour so many blogs!  In addition to blogs, I have a number of books about running that I keep on my shelf and reread before any big race!

This week I have a few new books to read!

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)

Born to Run I just started this, and it’s very different than I expected. I am still getting into it, so I will let you know what I think!

Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster, Revised Edition: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program

I just received a review copy of Run Less Run Faster . I have the original version of this book. which I bought a few years ago. I actually based my running plans on their 3 day a week philosophy. I am excited to check out the revised edition and see what new tips it has in store.  Again, more thoughts coming!

The Physique 57(R) Solution: The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body

While it may not be specifically about running, barre classes are my favorite form of cross-training!  I also just received the Physique 57 Solution!  I love Physique’s studios and workout DVDS, so I am excited to learn a little more about their nutrition ideas and to have a go anywhere way to do the workout!

I hope you are all having a good week so far!  Tomorrow I am going to Athleta to pick out my More Half Marathon Race outfit!  Any recommendations on what I should get?

In Full Bloom

Spring is here!  Believe me, my sinus’ won’t let me miss it!  However, the beautiful blooming cherry trees all over the city make all the congestion worth it!

This morning I had a slow start.  I mulled around for a bit before getting ready for my first double digit run of the year.  My spibelt was nowhere to be found, so I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with my phone before I finally just put it in my jacket pocket and tried to ignore the bouncing.

My first few miles were through the city, there was a lot of stopping and starting, and to be honest, it wasn’t that fun. However, everything changed when I reached Central Park.  Before I entered the park, I had to take off my jacket (completely unnecessary in 60 degrees weather), so I found a nice spot across from this beautiful sight:

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With my jacket was off, I once again had to figure out what to do with my phone.  Finally, I decided to tie the jacket around my waist, knot it, and then slip the phone up my sleeve and through a complicated series of knots (I was a girl scout after all) secure it in my jacket sleeve at my waist.  Then I turned my ipod off shuffle, so that I could listen to Girl Talk in the way Gregg Gillis intended.

Everything felt right once I entered the park, I could just cruise along and take in the scene.  I did get sidetracked by all the gorgeous blooms, so rather than stopping for lights, I was stopping to take pictures. This meant I was holding my water in one hand and my phone in the other. I generally avoid this because more than once I have tripped and fallen flat on my face with no way to break my fall, but today it couldn’t be avoided.  Fortunately, somehow, falling was avoided.  No bloody knees today.

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I wasn’t the only one, check out all these picture takers.  Trees are pretty exciting around these parts…

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Taking some advice from a co-worker, I decided to check out the bridle path because apparently, “the bridle path is where it’s at.”  I actually tend to hate the bridle path, but today it was lovely!  It was the perfect day and not too many people.

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After one loop around the BP, I did one around the reservoir.  I think I might have seen Ali, but without leg warmers, I couldn’t be sure.

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I finished up by running up to and across the 102 st transverse. This morning, Frank reminded me that I had to “invite the hills to the party,” so while I certainly didn’t pick the hilliest route, from 102 to 72nd St on the west side is pretty darn hilly! Not soul sucking hills, but definitely enough to know that you are running on a decent incline. Thank god for girl talk! I finished 10 miles just before 72nd street and cooled down for a few more minutes.

My pace was kind of all over the place, but I was fairly happy with it when I wasn’t starting and stopping for lights and pictures.  My Nike Sports Watch is being a brat and refusing to upload my workout and show me my splits (again), so we are going to have a stern conversation later.

So the moral of this post is, I need to run in the park more.  A lot more.

I don’t have much on tap for this afternoon, but I do plan to download some of the Hunger Games soundtrack!  I loved the song that came on at the beginning of the credits! Plus, there is some Arcade Fire,  The Decemberists, Maroon 5 and T Swizzle to boot!

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Happy first weekend of spring everyone!  Get out there and run, if it’s nice where you are!

Spring/Summer Races to Put on Your Calendar

My whole running “career” has been based on races. Races give purpose to my running.  I don’t know how often I would run just for fun (or even for exercise) if I didn’t have a date and distance goal attached to that running.  I am not one to really worry about time, finishing is generally my objective ;). 

Race envy…I was pretty bummed when I didn’t get into the NYC Half, but things work out and I am beyond excited that I am running the More Half Marathon on behalf of Athleta and the Reach the Beach Relay with a fantastic team, Off Balance.

However, these are just a few of the many amazing races this spring and summer.  The right race is always motivation for me to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement, and these are a few of the races that excite me this spring.   I can’t run all of them do to schedule conflicts, but I do recommend them for anyone looking for an interesting and exciting running challenge.

Spring Concern Run 5k  April 14th

This run is in Central Park and it’s cool because it’s a 5K!  I’ve never run a 5K in the park!  It’s also benefits impoverished children in Haiti, helping to bring them education.  Running for a cause is always win win.

Lake George Half Marathon April 29th

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As an upstater, I have always wanted to run the Lake George Half!  Lake George is so beautiful and the course hugs the water, so it has to be fairly flat.

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Every year I tend to be away, and this year is no exception, but someday I will finally run it!

Brooklyn Half  May 19th

I will be at RTB, but the Brooklyn Half is a classic!  I ran it a few years ago, and I think every NYCer should do it at least once.  Of the Five Borough Halfs, I think people tend to rank this one #2, right behind the NYC Half (Manhattan).  The course begins with two laps of Prospect Park before you take off down a highway for many miles before finishing with a sprint down the Coney Island Boardwalk.  It’s pretty flat once you get out of the park, so it’s a good half to race for time.   You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Boulder Boulder (10K)  May 28th

10Ks are actually one of my favorite distances.  They are long enough for a challenge and long enough to consider a workout, but don’t take ages to train for! This Colorado race is one of the largest 10Ks in the country with around 60,000 runners.  Not unlike the race I ran last year, it’s got the spirit of a marathon in a much shorter distance.

NYRR Women’s Mini 10K  June 9th

This is one of the few women’s only races hosted by the NYRR, so it has a little extra girlyness!  It also takes you out of the park and along the Central Park West for a bit before you enter the park, which is a nice change of scenery.  The feminist inside me is annoyed that this was started as the women’s alternative to a full marathon.  But apparently, back in the day, people were actually concerned that if a woman ran a full marathon, her uterus would fall out.  I’m proud to say, I haven’t lost a uterus yet! Anyways, I hope to join the Women’s Mini party again this year!

Peace Tree Road Race (10K) July 4th

While I know this requires logistics aligning, little things like being in Atlanta for the Fourth of July, it’s such an awesome race! It’s another one that I think everyone should run once! I ran it last year and it was SO.MUCH.FUN.  Great crowds, awesome sponsors along the way, bands, djs, a huge post race festival in the park. The course runs straight through the city, so it’s almost like a running tour of ATL! It wasn’t an easy 10K–lots of hills–but the energy all around gave me a huge boost!  Hurry, registration closes on March 22nd!!!

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That’s all I’ve got for now! 

 What races do you recommend or dream of running this year?

18 Beautiful Miles

I think this might have been the best long run of the season, which is really really nice to say!

Prior to my long run, I carb loaded with a delicious dinner at La Bottega.  I’ve wanted to try this place forever, so the day before a long run was the perfect opportunity.

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Since we weren’t drinking we ordered quite a bit!

The burretta caprese!

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Spaghetti squash cacio e pepe—amazing appetizer selection!

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Fettuccine bolegense

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Orechetti with broccoli rabe and tomatoes

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Spinach

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By the time the entrees came I was full, but I enjoyed a few bites.  The spinach had amazing lemon and garlic flavor.

So far all Martine Hotel dining experiences have been successful!

So the run….

I think a few things really helped this long run go well:

  1. A route I was excited about
  2. Cooler weather
  3. Good company

Our group met at the South Street Seaport at 9AM—so late—to meet for our run. Women’s Health Are You Game Fitness Event!  It looked so cool, if I didn’t have a long run I totally would have stayed!

There were tons of pink tents filled with fun giveaways, photobooths and spa treatments.

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An awesome schedule of fitness events: spinning, rock climbing, yoga!

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ACS Determination had a tent at the event, which is why we met there!

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As I mentioned I was excited about my run, check out the route my coach came up with:

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Basically we ran around the tip of the island and then from the west side over the Brooklyn Bridge through Williamsburg over the Williamsburg Bridge back to the West Side around  the bottom of the island again and then up and down the east side depending on how far you were going. I love love love Battery Park City, so I was happy to do it twice :)!

I did the 18 mile route, but running home brought the run just over 19 according to gmap pedometer.  I actually forgot my watch, so I never knew I passed the 18 mile mark!

What does it take for Melissa to run 18+ miles?  Two belts and pants with pockets:

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It is SO EMBARASSING that I wear a fuel belt and a spibelt and have a pocket in my running pants! Some people in my group had nothing!

Why must I have two belts you ask? My fuel belt only hold water and a couple gus (i had a pack of gu chomps today) and some money.  My spibelt hold my phone and ipod—which I didn’t need! And in my back pocket I put my key, metrocard and credit card!

I guess I am high maintenance.

This run went really well because I really enjoyed the running group and coaches and it helped the miles roll by very quickly! I never wanted to put on the ipod.  It was also cool, which was very nice and getting out of the park was essential to keeping running fresh.

I had been very nervous since my hip and ankle have really been bothering me, but they weren’t much of a problem at all today!  I am seeing a running doctor this week just in case!  At least I am very confident that the Hamptons Half will go well next weekend!

All right, I need to get ready for date night!!!

The Runner’s World Experience

I think it’s fair to say that Runner’s World is the definite source of runner information for runners in the US.  Nothing else comes close.  I’ve always loved the information, mixed with real stories and fun anecdotes—not to mention the cool illustrations.  I recently had the honor of attending The Runner’s World Experience.  As Theodora said, sometimes being a blogger is truly amazing!

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The experience took place at the Ethical Culture Society.

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As I entered the “experience” I was surrounded by everything running—nutrition, clothes, shoes, information, even an antigravity treadmill.

The event let me connect with many members of the Runner’s World staff and by the end of the event I had dozens of blog post ideas!

I spoke with the nutrition editor and asked her a few questions about hydration. I feel like I can’t drink enough this year, so I asked her if it was because I don’t eat a lot of salt. However, she assured me that products like Gatorade are actually effective because of their carbohydrates, where as salt and electrolytes are really only needed in small doses.  She said that I could easily dilute water with juice for a salt free drink with carbs.

When to start hydrating?

She also debunked the myth that you need to start hydrating days and days in advance.  Apparently, hydrating happens quickly, so as long as you make sure to start drinking water the day before, you should be in good shape for race day.

Taste Test

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There was a smoothie and trail mix station.  I tried a smoothie of avocado, carrot juice, ginger and cayenne.  It reminded me of carrot ginger soup!

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For an easy trail mix salty popcorn, dark chocolate and roasted peanuts:

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Cremini Risotto

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Chewy Granola bars

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Note the emphasis on whole grains and complex carbs :)!

The Anti G

I had never seen an antigravity treadmill in person, these things are very cool.  It’s like running in a spaceship!  I actually only observed, but it left me wondering where I could access an antigravity treadmill in the city!

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Weightless Running

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Along with the antigravity treadmill, many of the shoes featured displayed the trend toward light, form fitting sneakers.  There are so many on the market now.  It looks like the trend is here to stay!

Fashion Meets Fitness

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I think the fashion table was the station that most surprised me.  There are so many amazing options out.  I knew that workout wear was really getting more and more trendy and stylish, but I have never seen so many cute things at once.

Above you can see a pink running shrug!  Talk about a stylish way to warm up after a run.  You will also see a running dress!  Pattern is in this season.

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Lululemons Weightless Running Skirt—ruffly and girly!

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Pink and python Pearl Izumi running sleeves!

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In addition to playing with all these fun products, I also got a chance to rub elbows with the multimedia editor.  I always love the run features on Runner’s World online—the shoe finder, race finder, what to wear, travel route finder. he told me the new digital subscriptions for the ipad and kindle have the content plus videos and other digital media features.  I may have to switch to digital!

It was a great event that came with amazing swag!  If I had to judge an event by it’s swag, the Runner’s World Experience might take the cake.

Brook’s LSD Lite Jacket I can’t wait to use this as fall weather rolls in!

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New Balance 5 Borough Tee

I just saw this shirt in the New Balance store last weekend and loved it!

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New Balance Borringer 890s, Elite NBX Stability Fit Running Socks and Sports Ear Buds with Removable Ear Hooks

I’m excited to check out a lightweight shoe!

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Puma Hat, RW Info and Ecosolemax Socks

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Yummy Fuel:NOW Energy Bar, reGen Muscle recovery Beverage, nogii, gluen free protein bar.

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It was so cool to see that not only is the Runner’s World staff completely passionate and knowledgeable about running, but they are also runners themselves! 

Thanks to Runner’s World for inviting me to the event and all the great companies who supported it!

16 Miles and Vitality!

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Ahh, this morning was an interesting long run.  ACS practice now starts at 8, so I welcomed the extra hour of sleep.  I did two full loops of Central Park and then ran out and back for a final 4 miles bringing my total to 16 miles.

I ran the first half without music. I have actually found that I like running without music.  However, turning on the tunes for the second half of my run energizes me.  It’s a nice balance.  This was one of my best long runs energy wise.  I felt strong the whole way and really enjoyed the journey.  The fact that it was cool made all the difference and dropped my pace quite a bit from last week.  Unfortunately, I did have a sharp pain in my hip and some plantars issues during most of the run.  It really was a problem when I stopped. I hobbled home in quite a bit of pain.  I’ve been icing as much as possible.

I will say there is something exciting about getting to 16 miles.  Only 4 miles to go until taper time! 

During the run I saw quite a few people I knew, which made the run really fun. It’s like all the runners I knew decided to hit the park.  I saw 3 TNT friends, 2 NYRR friends and a co-worker!

After the run I had a couple hours to chill before heading to Equinox for Ashley’s Vitality class. It was awesome.  Her trainer Lauren rocks.  Plus, I got to see Megan, Katherine, and Leslie! More about the class soon.

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend.  Two of my friends are having parties tonight, so I have to put myself together!