Guess my Finish at the 4 Miler this weekend and the Turkey Trot 5K next week!

Just like we did before every single race I’ve done in the last two years,  it’s time to place your bets again… There is always someone who hits it right in the head! (always unbelievable! look at this one: guesses here, winner here). Pick a finish time for each distance and write in the comments below.

As usual, there’s gonna be PRIZES… you can 1 pick from these. there’ll be a winner for each race result win!

  • a clip-on running metronome
  • a  brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • BodyGlide minis (set of 5)
  • Craft Compression socks, white, M
  • Zensah Compression socks, black M
  • Injinji socks, Lightweight ultra thin performance, mini crew, gray, M
  • TCKSports socks, Topo and Talus, grayishs, size M
  • a NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho

Ok, the data…

Recent: Grete’s Great Gallop on October 5th in 1:44. Staten Island Half on October 12th in 1:43. NYC Marathon in 3:49.

My guess:

  • Race To Deliver 4 Miler in Central Park on Sunday, the park rolling hills, you know. My last 4 Miler was in April too, at 28:00 and it’s also my best (Pace was 7:00). I am gonna guess around 28:40. Deadline for the 4 miler guess is Saturday at 8 pm

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can have me send it to someone in the US.  / Comments with guesses will only count if they are posted here (not on facebook, not on runnersworld.com, HERE)  / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

#RockyBalboaRun 5k and 10k in Philly today: pictures!!

Last year, If I don’t remember wrong, a few hardcore Rocky fans set out to run the same streets Rocky run in the movie, which ended up being like a lot of miles for the average Rocky fan (like over 30 miles, I should really check!). Or was that the year before last? I don’t know. I only slept 3 hours!
Anyway, long story short, this year they turned it into a real mega-production race with a ridiculously amazing medal, my husband, who has a bunch or Ironman medals, couldn’t even…. So, Philly for the day, a 10k, visit with all friends, and a lot of coffee!
Seriously, check these pictures out and you’ll see it was a blast. Juan kept telling me: “I don’t know if I should run or punch someone”, he was so so pumped up!! Glad he stuck to the running!!!

A Class on a Treadmill, at Mile High Run Club (plus a GIVEAWAY for 10 winners!)

Everyone that knows me, knows I don’t do classes, I hate treadmills (haven’t been on one in 4 years, when I flew off it), I hate working out, more so if it’s indoors. Not doing it. Remember when I tried spinning and hated it so much??? Ugh, I still shudder, ugh.

Enter the new thing in NYC, the “treadmill studios”. What? Yeah. There was an article in the NY  Times (so you know it’s serious) called Happily Going Nowhere fast. Interesting, I thought. As in: no way. Ms. Warner’s studio (the Mile High Run Club, there’s a few others) provides an indoor service for which busy New Yorkers seem to be desperate: a high-intensity interval workout in 45 minutes. The 4,000-square-foot space has ample room for 30 Woodway treadmills, which have a running surface like tank treads that is supposed to mimic the feel of trail running.

OMG. NO. SO NOT. Come on, it is a GYM, people!!! Just go outside. I know, I know, not everyone hates gyms as much as I do. But EVERYTHING in me just goes against the concept. Even if I hate the weather from October to May, I still can’t consider working out indoors a possibility, but I got an invite to try the Mile High Run Club (from our friends at Finish Line!) and, for the sake of ridiculous or investigation, I accepted. I managed to drag Juan with me, and met up Simon (an awesome Whippet team mate there who I LOVE) which made it a lot less scary.

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The Mile High Run Club, looks like a regular studio, nice, clean, with cute showers and lockers and I have to say, the name is genius. They have two types of classes. The Dash 28 and the Distance. I had no idea about any of that, but we were invited to the Dash28 Run.

We get there and there’s about 15-20 people, we change, we chat, we head in, voila!

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I had tried one of those Woodways before, the Eco Mill, that is curved up and doesn’t use electricity and is self-propelled. These were the flat version, but probably still better than your regular gym treadmill.

Soon, Debora, our Coach but also Founder of the MHRC, starts the class. She’s super nice! There’s low colored lights that keep changing and music. Nothing crazy loud but fun. And soon she says we’re gonna warm up. Oh God. Jumping Jacks and the rest is a messy blur. We did stuff like that for a few minutes and I remember being exhausted by the time we had to get up on the treadmill -I am toast. Can I just tell her I did the marathon a week ago and I am still exhausted and bail out??? coward, stay there!!!!

We get on the treadmills and she explains we’re going to warm up first. (I was sweating profusely already from the warm up). The treadmill stays on 1 incline for the easy parts. We then pick our intensity level from a little cheat chart there is on every machine, super easy, and when she says it’s lap one, you crank up the incline to 6 or what she says and start on your level one, whatever that is.

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Then she counts down, you reduce the speed again and the incline, slowrun for a bit, and then again up, to your level 2, whatever that is!

I really liked that you could manage your intensity level, which means you can head to the class with any friend and “workout together” even if you’re really not the same speed. Awesome. What I didn’t like: the treadmills shook a LOT!!!! I asked Debora if they all did that, and yes, I could see everyone was shaking. For someone like me, who hates treadmills, and quite probably I am was scared to death because I fell off one 4 years ago and broke some bones, and haven’t been on once since then, this was terrifying. I held onto the front bars the whole session. There goes my form!!!! Debora did say they were coming that day to affix them to the floor or something, so I’d definitely check back with them before I do this again.

Now, if you know me, you know I really HATE treadmills (hey, FALL, and 4 YEARS!!!) so I was ready to HATE HATE this. And you know, when I went to Soulcycle, I really hated it. Really hated it. Now, this felt very different. For once, my heart rate was high at all times. YEY. Like 180s and 190s. Second, I was running hard and up and because I was being told what to do, I didn’t worry much about keeping up pace (the machine does it for you!) or felt as hard as when  you tryi to pace yourself outdoors. I don’t know that this would become something I’d do (at $34 dollars a class, I’d definitely would think about it) a lot of but I think, during the winter months, sometimes I just really really want to sweat a lot, and wear little clothes, you know? I can definitely see this as something I’d do with my friends, instead of happy hour! Because I can go in there with ANY of my friends, not just the ones that are about the same speed as me or training for the same distance.

I really did like that I was pouring in 5 minutes. I was sweating the whole classe!! You can make the workout as hard or easy as you want! I also liked that Juan was by me and we kept upping our numbers to beat each other, ha, best motivation ever!!!

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After we finished all 4 intervals, I was dizzy and thought that would have thrown up if I had eaten anything that morning. I needed a minute. Oh and then more drills (like burpees and other “amazing” things) and some stretching. Loved the drills part too. She was ON POINT. And you know I am a little snob-drill!!

The total mileage was about 3:xx, and my heart rate was high up! I was so hungry after!!! Those drills, some with kettle bells, were a bit murderous for me, but so happy I didn’t run out!!!

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That’s the class after the session, there were smoothies and chia bars and coffee! YEY, I needed food and a shower FAST!

So, there’s my take. It’s interesting and I think I’d definitely go back, mostly in the winter. And I think it’s the best way to get “that”friend of yours who is not so sure they want to run yet, to try running! Sometimes a treadmill is less scary than the road and you can be right by their side ;-)

And the Giveaway part!

You know we love to do a giveaway or two a week, so, here’s an awesome one! If you’re not following this blog, do so you don’t miss out on these opportunities! I’ll be selecting 10 winners to get a free class, to use before December 31st, randomly!

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win ONE of the TEN free classes. Each one of these gives you one shot at a win!

  • Like MHRC on Facebook, then comment below that you liked it and include your fbook name
  • Follow MHRC on Twitter, then comment below that you followed and include your twitter handle
  • Follow MHRC on Instagram, then comment below that you followed and include your Instagram handle

When you do any of those above, make sure you post/tweet about your best #runnershigh and tag MHRC

  • Subscribe to this blog
  • Like this post
  • Include a question about the experience

I’ll pick TEN winners randomly on November 24th, at noon. Good Luck!

KT Tape rolls: our 3 giveaway winners!

And the three winners of the KT Tape rolls giveaway, as selected by the random thing where I just push a magic button, are…

tarararararraraaaaaaaaaaa…

 

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Congrats!! Please email me your name, postal address and color preference and they’ll be shipped to you ASAP!

—-Comment happily: you won’t be asked to create an account!

you know you’re better at posing, than running…

when you see yourself in the Asics homepage! Check http://www.asicsamerica.com

asics america

(or obviously when they use your picture to sell those medals/pictures combos)….

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But, seriously, SOMEONE was not running hard enough and having waaaay too much fun! Proof? check out my marathonphoto shots! I guess I should sometimes focus on running a bit more… meh!

Oh, and forgot to share this from the paper last week (no awesome photos though)

why we run

NYC Marathon 2014: and the finish-time winner is….

My super official NYC Marathon finish time is 3:48:18:

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So strange that, for ONCE, no one hit it!!!! No one even guessed 3:48:anything! Ha, maybe because I had guessed I’d be around 3:42 or 3:45? Oh, ooops for that! The closest were a 3:47 and a 3:49… I did the math and the closest one is… the winner is….

winner

Congrats “Justin”!!!!!! Please email me your choice of prize (from the post), postal address in the US, and name and will ship it ASAP!! And no worries y’all losers, I probably doing a race in a few weeks (a 4 miler in Nov 23rd!) so you’ll have another go at playing soon!

2014 TCS New York City Marathon Race Report: #marathornado

Yes, I just started that. I did hahaha. let me back up a bit.

The week was busy and it all geared towards my work-team dinner celebration on Friday, which I was hosting and MCing. It was GREAT fun, or so it seemed ;-) but by the end of Friday I was soooo tired, Saturday I cancelled a few things and tried to do as little as possible. I was about to get up at 3:30 am on Sunday anyway so I might as well get some rest!

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Saturday I spent it mostly at home with Juan and Flor, who was sleeping over to run the Dash to the Finish line 5K, it was pouring when she left at 7:20 am. Better Rain Saturday and Sunday! Sorry Flor! I ate my nutella with my pretzel sticks, some pain au chocolat, pasta, 2 huge Gatorades and whatever else I felt like. Carboloading is amazing peeps! With that many carbs, I was ready to pass out by 4 pm! Juan popped in Run for your Life to watch, a tradition of mine, and I couldn’t stay awake. I was in bed by 6, asleep by 6:30pm. I am officially old.

Sunday morning, up at 3:30, had to look for a few things, decide on WHAT to wear. Which was really hard. Everybody freaking out about the wind had me wondering. Should I wear sleeves? Long tights? I decided to go with short tights as usual, my Argentina marathon (soccer really) jersey that I always always have to wear, and the extra: arm warmers, a hat, a fleece headband, gloves, and leg warmers. Who knew? maybe it’d be cold out there.

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I have never worn this shirt other than for a marathon… i am such a bad soccer fan!

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Ready to go. Oh wait, SHOES. this is JUST like in my dreams… though in my dreams I always forget my shorts! I look like a weird elf.

Got to the bus at 5:15 (we were leaving at 5:30) and most runners were already there, ouch, I need to stop being so Argentinian sometimes getting everywhere at the last minute.I felt so bad. It was just a few of us, but it was fun ride, and it takes so little time to get up there. I have to admit, I missed the ferry ride ;-) it’s such a cool view of the city. Photo op and we were off!

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Soon, too soon, we got to the Athletes Village and they almost threw us off the bus. It was SO warm in the bus… it was early too. You can’t wait until the last minute to get there on the buses as they close most bridges and then you can’t get through, but we had the team bus. It’s something the team had been doing for years but I don’t think it’s something I’ll do over next year. People had to wait for too long and it’s too cold there. Not the best idea. If the weather was nicer, it would have been fun to all go together and camp out, but we can do that on the ferry too!

So, I head to the Local Competitive Tent and there’s half a tent. Last year we had a full tent. Oooops. Apparently, because of the high winds, they decided to not put down anything that could fly. good idea. But what if I fly??? ugh, chilly.
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Still, we had a million portapotties. amazing.

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Patricia gets there and we decided to venture out to check our bags at the UPS trucks. All the trucks are position together so it’s a 5 minutes walk. We walk around a bit and dunkin donuts is handing out the hats, perfect, Patricia had no hat and I really didn’t want to give her mine ;-)

They had put this amazing fake plastic hay for people to sit. It had rained a lot the day before so it was a fantastic idea.

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We all looked like weirdos as usual!

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We went back to the tent and managed to slide in between the table and the back of the tent. There was no wind there but it was still really cold. I think at that point it was better to be in the sun in the open air.

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we squeeeeeezed in!

About an hour before our start, they take us to our corrals. We wait there for a bit with Dearon and Keith, from our team. This is Dearon’s first NYCM and it’s quite exciting! check out in the picture below how CLOSE we are to the start line. Inches. Insanity.

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So, I unrobe. At the corral, as we have a huge wall on our right, there is no wind, we’re surrounded by nervous men, we are warm. I thought, we’ll be fine! it’s 9:40 and nothing happens. Eventually, by 9:42 we start. I thought the delay was quite strange.

We head into the Verrazano. WOW

WOW.

It was a tornado in there!!! A one way tornado but it was INSANITY. The wind was coming from the left so I went all the way to the right to see if it’d stop, or if other people in the middle would shield me. No. Then it became dangerous because the wind was making me run into the little wall in the right. I moved away from the wall. It was impossible to run in a straight line. There were hats all over the floor, and people’s trash bags and bibs were flapping around like crazy. I wondered if it was equally awful on top.

Because of the lack of GPS sometimes in the bridge and other parts of the course, I always manual lap the miles, using the mile markers. There was no mile marker at 1 or 2. Oooops, I had no idea what was happening but I was seriously crazy with the wind, the uphill, all the clothes I was wearing, the lack of markers and my heart rate was a biiiiit too high.

As soon as we get off the bridge, I am HOT. Like hot hot and I can’t run. I had overdressed, crap! Luckily, my friend Flor was going to be at 3.5, so I had warned her I’d throw things her way. I took my jacket and made ball with the hat, arm warmers, headband, and gloves. Ugh, I was so so annoyed at all of it. I was basically back to my same old outfit, minus the leg warmers that were too messy to take off. I am really not willing to stop.

I saw Flor, she was screaming there with her husband Karl, and gave her the stuff. So happy I saw them! One more mile and I’d see Juan!!!! Do I have anything else I can shed?? stooopid leg warmers that I usually love! I was still hot, ugh. how are people running in jackets and long tights? all incomprehensible to me! There’s Juan!!! (see? I have stuff in my right hand to get rid off!)

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hello twisty quads!!!

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I went for the hug and the smoooooch!

I had all I needed with me, my gels and phone in my fitletic double pouch. So I kept going. But, I noticed something right away, and it didn’t change… WHERE ARE THE CROWDS??? Seriously? where was everyone??? All my friends were there waiting for me (and probably left as soon as I went by!) but this is NOT NYCM without the crazy huge loud noisy fun cheerers!!!!! It was a bit sad. If you haven’t done NYCM before, I am sure it was fine. This was my 6th in a row and it felt EMPTY. turns out everybody I talked to (that wasn’t a NYCM virgin) agreed. it was a bit sad. Anyway, what can do you? it was miserably cold for everybody to stand there. I actually still felt hot but I knew everyone spectating would be freezing. Thank you so so so so so much to everyone cheering, it was worth DOUBLE karma points!

I kept checking myself and I felt good. As for my pace, I had no idea what was happening. My GPS lost signal in the tornado, and by the time I had GPS, I was more than a mile behind. The whole time I had no idea exactly in what mile I was or what pace I was doing. I made sure I was feeling ok and tried to keep it conservative. Brooklyn and Fourth Avenue was gone in a minute. The whole race I had that whole sense that the race was getting away from me. Every two seconds I’d look up and another 2-3 miles were gone. I had no idea how that kept happening, that had never happened to me before. The race, even though slow, went waaaay too fast. I saw Dimitri and Maggie in Lafayette. Those early blocks in Lafayette are some of my favorites of the whole race, the red and yellow high trees, the brownstones, the crowds, WONDERFUL.

Then I was in Williamsburg, which was waaay lonely (and even more without my staple Michelle on south 2nd, she just moved to LA!), went by so fast too. Soon I was in the Pulaski, ooops a could of minutes behind what I thought I’d be, why? no idea. I felt great, relaxed. I didn’t even remember the wind from the Verrazano anymore. Then, a turn here, a turn there, I saw Adrianne and all the Whippets and there I was at the base of the Queensboro. Way too soon. I felt like I had just started. That tornado must have shaken something inside my head out of place.

It was quiet as usual, and OMG there was the wind again!!! I had totally forgotten about it! Only this time, it was coming from the right. Will it make me fly onto the East River? Would that be possible?? OMG crazy wind again and soon I had crested it without even noticing!!! The downhill was as fast as usual, and the wind was gone as fast too, but something was missing… the roar. Where is the roar??? I step down off the bridge and the little crowd was so quiet. WTF? This was one of the many times I had to raise my arms up and down to make people scream and ask for attention, little needy me, but come one, it’ll help you warm up!!

I get onto First Avenue and there’s a bit more people here, but nothing like the last 6 years. Oh well, I’ll take it. I kept taking my gels, but I really needed to pee. This had NEVER happened to me before. It was weird, I guess I wasn’t sweating as much as usual or something. I decided I wouldn’t stop. I also wasn’t sure I could run AND pee. Luckily, it didn’t come to that.

I saw Stephanie in the 80s somewhere, and I looked for Ivy, Kettia and Khris and nothing. But Juan would be on 120th, so yey, easy enough. There he was, with Maria too! I blew more kisses ;-) I just love that man so much, freezing there to death!

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Then off to the Willis, the little loop around the Bronx, there was some wind on those poor volunteers in the water stop. Gosh I felt so bad for them! I was just happy about the wind as i was still hot, stoooopid leg warmers.

I come around Marcus Gravey Park, and I knew Juan was on 109. I didn’t see anyone else I was supposed to see on the stretch!!! I see Juan, more kisses obviously, I have no idea where I picked up that ocd about blowing kisses.

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That’s just how I run!

And I was fine. On the ninja hill I was fine. I really felt strong the whole way and now I was almost ready to blow it all out and burst onto the park!! Since I had gone out easy and kept it easy, I felt had nothing at stake and no reason to blow up my legs. At 23 I felt brand new and ready to sprint. Weirdo.

People were walking right and left. The hill on 5th avenue kinda sucks for everybody else.

I got to the park. Things changed a bit there. I went crazy. I knew I didn’t have anyone to see there, until the last block in CP South (Daphne!) so I kinda focused on my running. Then I figured, who knows if I’ll keep my streak going (this was my sixth NYCM in a row) next year and maybe I won’t do it, so wow, this is amazing, I better enjoy every second, pufff, two seconds later, I am out of the park again. This race went WAAAAAY TOO fast. It’s so easy when you can relax and run easy. Which is so weird, right? I didn’t see Daphne, I made a right and I was in Columbus Circle and it was over. SO EASY AND PAINLESS. wow, what a strange woman I am. I just finihed! see?

and a picture with my new shiny medal: NYCM #6 in a row!

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finisher shot!

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2014 nycm finisher, the medal is NICE and HEAVY

Why did I train, really? I finished in 3:48:18. Last year, with zero training, I did 3:49!!! and this year in Boston, ALSO NO TRAINING, 3:49 as well. Seriously WTF.

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I did have a strange moment on the first miles when I realized I didn’t care to go hard. I just never have that competitive side and it’s tough to do it in a marathon. I have a 3:27 PR that I knew I wasn’t going to break today, so why bother? I set out to enjoy the race and have some fun. I also think it’s tough to do a marathon when you’re not fully invested, so I did what I couldn’t to just stay invested: FUN.

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My splits are a bit messy. I haven’t done the math yet but it looks like I didn’t negative split.  AT all. I’ll worry about this later. IF I DO. I really felt so strong in the last 2-3 miles that I am not sure I’ll care to see what I did. Plus, it’s too much math.

I walked like a year to my bag, got it, walked out, found Juan with a lot of warm clothes for me (and none for himself!!!) and I couldn’t wait to hug him again and start the fun. We just hate being apart even if for a few hours. we’re the cheeeeesiest.


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If I do it again next year I’d definitely pick NO BAGAGGE. I wish I had this year! There were portapotties right at the finish and I finally peed!! I held that in for 12 miles!!! YUK.

We walked west, it was about 12:30 and we saw a bus on Columbus, we managed to speed up and catch it, towards the Dashing Whippets party in a pub in times square.

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Bus photo! Bus was nice and warm, YEY

Soon we got to the Perfect Pint, we had the whole third floor and a lot of my team mates were already there. I pretended to eat my burger. I hate eating after a marathon but if I didn’t Juan would yell. My life is tough. I managed to eat most of it but the fries were definitely delicious.

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Me, Andrea and Tessa

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Me (hiding food in my mind I don’t want to eat!) and Luciano and his beard,

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Brad showed up with his medal and shiny new PR. He had a fabo race, Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! So good to catch up with you and the wife!

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Why are these pictures pink? we’re cute in any shade!!!

2014-11-02 18.05.54And just like that, I decided I stopped stinking all over and go home to shower and undress, finally.

Another marathon season over. Not really a great race, but I really didn’t feel there was nothing in there for me. So strange. Patricia, my training partner, went onto a 3:34 even though she was sick earlier in the week and had not much left at the end. Amazing job. I wonder why I don’t push like that. I know I don’t have the competitive edge everybody else has but I wonder why. I am actually considering not doing a marathon in 2015. And yes, skipping NYCM15. It feels like treason. I hate to cut my streak. But I just don’t want to do the long runs anymore. Or something. Something is definitely not in the marathon for me and I don’t want to push myself to keep pushing myself. But not doing NYCM just feels strange. I need to find a way around this. Any ideas?

Got home (had too much to do so I worked Monday!) to the New York Times. If you didn’t get yours, post below your exact finish time and last name and I’ll take a pic for you!

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Monday morning, just like every Monday after the Marathon, I attend the NYRR Charity Breakfast, and I ate so much… Then,the rest of the day, alfajores and donuts. I am not even pretending that I need real food for a few days. How was your marathon? Did you spectate? thoughts?