We are shipping up to Boston…!!!

it’s a song… quite a good one for your marathon playlist I would say… and I think I am running myself a marathon on Monday…

You might know by now that I am in NO shape to run a marathon, or even a half! I haven’t trained, I haven’t done more than 1 long run since the NYCM in early November, and since I have logged a miserable amount of miles, so … why am I going? Well, I wasn’t thinking I’d do Boston a second time, even though I really enjoyed my 2010 Boston. I think it’s a race that is cool to do once, but after what happened a year ago, I had to find a way to shake the anger off. I was really really really upset, and decided I’d sign up come September. I kept my word, but I wished I had taken the training seriously. I am just really not feeling the marathon distance anymore. I am not loving the long runs (mostly in the cold winter we had) and mostly, I have decided to move away from the full distance. Of course I DID sign up for NYCM 2015 (I am a walking disaster that can’t resist!!!!!!!) but my plan is to just run it…

Anyway, I realized today how amazing it’d be to have a great marathon on Monday. I kept pouring over every up and down and grade and length and steepness of the course and realized it’s a great great great course to run on… if you have trained!!!!! I really got upset that I’d be wasting it. And, not being in marathon shape means I might be suffering a bit and not really enjoying the experience as I would if I had a nice trained pair of legs. Let me write this so I can learn this lesson for the next time… I am a bit sad and upset with myself right now. I am wasting a precious opportunity and doing myself harm for no reason. I know I should have trained, or I shouldn’t be going now. Coulda Woulda Shoulda. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

Changing the vibe a bit… I got some cool stuff online:

boston marathon race gear

new boston marathon race gear

The jacket was SOOOOOO freaking cute, but ENORMOUS. It got a Small (there was no xs) and it was HUGE. like, it fit Juan… GR. The same with the shirt, which was cute. the singlet OMG, it’s AMAZING, it’s SO hot… I love the back…

boston marathon singlet

I am sure I’ll find more cool stuff at the expo. Last Boston I run, I SWEAR, so I might as well get some cute stuff, IF IT FITS!!!!

Then… I just sorta did my nails, they ARE NOT FINISHED YET, still need to fix them and put a top coat (but it’s a good time to post… so…)

2014 boston marathon nail art

Now I am going to pack everything in my fridge, in my kitchen, and all my clothes and running shoes and should be ready to go in 2 days. Like I am moving to Boston. I have no idea how I ever did a race in Berlin. I have a packing list curated over the years and I still stress about this and need to bring one of everything (or two if colors can be an issue…!). Okay, if you see me, make sure I am not stressing about how much Monday is gonna hurt and slap me if I am. See you on the other side. Hopefully.

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Guess my Finish at the 2014 Boston Marathon and win a prize

Just like we did before every single race I’ve done in the last two years (link to last one, and the NYC Half guess) 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)

Rules:

Pick a finish time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! All guesses have to be in this post. Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before next Sunday at 7 pm EST. 

As usual, there’s gonna be PRIZES… you can pick from:

  • a biomechanics session (in NYC)
  • a clip-on running metronome
  • a  brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • a NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • a Garmin FR70 watch
  • SLS3 Compression race sleeves, white, S/M
  • 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

Ok, the data…

Recent:

NYC Half, 13.1, March 2014, in 1:50:10, average pace: 8:25

Scotland 10K, April 2014, in 47:41, average pace of 7:42

Marathons:

My PR is from Berlin 2012: 3:27:44, the last marathon I did was NYCM 2013 in 3:49:34. My last Boston was in 2010: 3:51: 21

Running Calculators!

  • Mc Millan says… Based on the 1:50:10 half: 3:51 - 8:51 pace. Based on the Scotland 10k: 3:43 – 8:32 pace
  • RunnersWorld says… based on the 1:50:10 half: 3:49 – 8:44 – . Based on the Scotland 10k: 3:39 – 8:22 pace

My guess:

I am sure I won’t PR, get that out of your heads!! Goal A is to stay under 4 hours (never gone over 4 hours and don’t want to start now!) or, Goal B, break the course PR (3:51). I would love to shoot for 3:50 but I did 3:49 in NYCM and I was better trained there. I am just hoping I can stay within 4: anything between 3:50 and 3:59 is more realistic if the weather cooperates!

GO ON! Place your bets below!!! Good luck to us!!

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) before Sunday 7 pm EST.  / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Bondiband GIVEAWAY, take six!!! Get your creative hat/heaband on!!!!

You know the drill by now, given this is the sixth giveaway…  The fabulous people at Bondiband are going to sponsor our little fun, AGAIN!!!!

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Very unrelated example (and also, what you could win!), but these one is MINE

They make these amazing wicking hats (ponytail hole or not), headbands, and other cool running accessories; there’s stuff  for everybody! And if you are the lucky winner, you’ll get to pick your hat or headband, and they’ll send it to you! We did this a lot of times already, so I am sure you know how this works!

In case you don’t (where have you been?????), this is how it works:
Submit a phrase you’d put in a hat/headband, short like the one on my hat there in the comments below. If you’re the lucky winner, you get to pick your hat or headband, color, and stuff, and they’ll send it to you!
The theme: Inspirational. Can’t be a famous quote, something you made up. Keep in mind it can’t be too long or it won’t fit… Go gor it! Pictures would help a lot ;-)
So, put your ideas, as many as you please, in the comments down here, in this post in runningandthecity.com, by Tuesday, April 25, 12 pm EST and they’ll pick the winner.
Let’s play!! Good luck! Happy Running Week!
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Race Report: Scotland Run 10K (more like two 5Ks!)

Any other time, I would have hated the results. But I am happy.

There I went, into my race #95, knowing I wouldn’t PR and I was still happy. The weather was finally nice to run and race in and it’d be a great way to do some speedwork. Even if I am two weeks away from Boston with just one long run. Whatever, right? So I went in relaxed, looking for a training run, to get in below 50 minutes (so far from my last 10K at 44 mins last year) and I came back with a lot of happy

THE RACE

Getting there. Juan and I jogged to the start, a simple 1.5 miles Start. Super organized as always. I met my training partner Patricia in the corralqu she said she was shooting for 49, perfect, I though.

Weather. 45! Can it be any better? NO. I always say: over 42 is singlet weather. Booty shorts and singlet does it!

The Course. Is… OY. This is Central Park. A whole loop! CLOCKWISE. Rolling hills 75% of the time. And Harlem hill is WORSE in this direction. Not a PR-friendly course, barely any flat, but nothing also that you can’t do.

The Post Race.  I saw everyone I know there, so fun…! Plus the raffle excitement. I love this race! Oh oh and the main thing: BAGPIPES AND KILTS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MY RACE

Weather was nice, all was calm… but I was a mess… 15 minutes before the gun I felt like I had to go #2… TMI right? But if you’re reading this you quite probably are a runner!!! Well, I didn’t have time to get out of the corral, go to the portapotty and start in my corral, so I decided I’d do my best to hold on to it (somehow..?). Is this too gross? Well, I really didn’t think I’d make it. But I had the same gut feeling in Berlin and it lasted 11 miles… I only had to do 6 here! I hoped it’d go away and lined up.

My goal was to be under 50, which is quite far from my PR but oh well, this is where I am now. Patricia and I started together and literally switched leads for about 3 miles. I was feeling ok but she had a lot more than me and I felt I was starting to burn gas so I decided to let her go early on (smart move!! she’d go on to finish a minute before me!). The whole race went well as usual, I had nothing crazy to say about it, more than my stomach held up, YEY. Going up the hill in the last .1 is always hard but had to get done:

dashing whippets nyrr scotland run 10K 2014 (5)

The race ended fine… I never run out of steam but I don’t I run the best I could have, I just really wasn’t sure how to read my body with whatever was going on in my tummy..! If you look at my laps it looks like I was running two 5Ks instead of a 10k…! Ugh.

scotland laps

Stats Time!  

Finish time: 47:41. Average Pace: 7:42

Previous PR: 44:32. From: May, 2013

Age Grading: 65.37% 

Overall Place: 1559 of  8067

Gender Place: 280 of  3899 (wow, I really can’t complain, can I?)

Age Place: 41 of  xx?

NYRR Race Results, Photos, and Recap here.

Anyway, we had some fun after with my friends, team mates, the guys in kilts, the bagpipers, the raffle and the band there (who were they??? so osom!)

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Juan and I, both of us around 3 or 4 minutes off our PRs and for the first time at the same AG!

nyc scotland parade 2014 (2) dashing whippets

With some more Dashing Whippets wagging our tails after dropping many hammers!

Soon after we headed home, showered, complained about how tired we went and headed out before noon to walk through the park (again) to go watch some of the Scotland Parade. I really do LOVE bagpipes!!! Here’s a couple of pics!

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And then… we were DESTROYED… seriously, a 10K can drain the LIFE out of you! Hot chocolate, gnocchi and bed!

And with my official time of 47:41, the WINNER of my Guess My Finish time contest is… 

winner

Elaine, pick a prize from the list and lmk!

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Guess my Finish at the Scotland 10K, and WIN a prize!

Just like we did before every single race I’ve done in the last two years (link to last one, the NYC Half guess) it’s time to place your bets again… There is always someone who hits it right in the head! (always unbelievable! look the one I did a few weeks ago! guesses here, winner here)

Rules:

Pick a finish time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! All guesses have to be in this post. Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before next Saturday at 7 am EST. 

As usual, there’s gonna be PRIZES… you can pick from:

  • a biomechanics session (in NYC)
  • a clip-on running metronome
  • a  brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • a NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • a Garmin FR70 watch
  • SLS3 Compression race sleeves, white, S/M
  • 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

Ok, the data…

Recent:

NYC Half, 13.1, March 2014, in 1:50:10, average pace: 8:25

10ks, not so recent

Mini 10K, June 2013, in 44:46, average pace of 7:13

Bronx Commnunity College, May 2013, in 44:32, average pace of 7:11

Running Calculators!

  • Mc Millan says… based on the 1:50:10 half: 49:25 – 7:57 pace
  • RunnersWorld says… based on the 1:50:10 half: 49:56 – 8:03

My guess:

I am sure I won’t PR, get that out of your heads!! I would love to do sub 8 pace, so I’d be happy with that! So that would be close to what Mc Millan predicts, I think I’ll be between 49 and 50 minutes… if all goes well!

GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after!) but I will add more prizes (after I hear back from my sponsors!)

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) before Saturday 7 am.  / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Scotland 10K Run Giveaway!

Central Park Turns Blue and Tartan for 11th Annual Scotland Run 

Are you doing the Scotland Run 10K?? Are you? It’s sold out so I hope you signed up on time… I am and I hope to see you there racing or spectating. The race is quite fun… here are some pictures from last year. And I have a fabulous giveaway, all Scottish themed for you to be ready! Okay, if you are not racing you can participate anyway!

Participate by posting in the comments section why you’d like to visit Scotland, by Thursday, April 3rd at 12 pm. One reader will be randomly selected to win a Scottish-themed goody bag that will be mailed in advance of the race. 

An all special Scottish-themed goody bag to get you in the spirit that includes:  Paolo Nutini CD / Snow Patrol CD / Fine Scottish Soaps / Saltire Beanie Hat / Scotland baseball cap / USBs / Shoelaces / Tote Bag

just got mine!

just got mine!

Ready? Comment below now!

About Scotland Week – #ScotWeek 

Scotland Week 2014 is built around the Tartan Day celebrations in the USA on April 5. Scotland Week incorporates a program of business, political engagements aimed at the promotion of Scotland as a great place to live, visit, do business, study and invest. Highlights for 2014 include the 11th year anniversary of the 10k Scotland Run and Festival in New York’s Central Park and the Tartan Day parade down Sixth Avenue http://www.scotland.org/scotlandweek

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And the WINNER IS…

winnerGabrielle, we’ll be in contact ASAP! Congratulations!

BOSTON MARATHON RACE DIRECTOR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY HOSTS INTERACTIVE VIDEO CHAT ABOUT RUNNING, this Friday – GIVEAWAY!!

Hey running friends, another day, another giveaway! I have some news for you… and see below for access to the chat (and please share!)
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BOSTON MARATHON RACE DIRECTOR DAVE MCGILLIVRAY HOSTS INTERACTIVE VIDEO CHAT ABOUT RUNNING TO RAISE MONEY FOR MARATHON FOUNDATION
Online Video Chat Will Cover His Personal Experience, Advice for Runners and Racing Strategies
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BOSTON—Boston Marathon race director and endurance running veteran Dave McGillivray is hosting a live interactive video chat for runners and running enthusiasts in order to raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation. A donation of any size to the foundation gains the contributor entry into the video chat, which will take place on April 4th at 12 pm EST, and the opportunity to ask McGillivray questions prior to the event or live during the event. 
A philanthropist, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete and, of course, the race director of the Boston Marathon, McGillivray is one of the most sought-after experts in the field of running. In his talk, McGillivray will share experiences from some of his most impressive feats and provide insight on what’s allowed him to be so effective at running so many miles. He’ll also be sharing tips about making the most out of your participation in an organized running event.
All contributions to McGillivray’s campaign will benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which invests in education, athletics and community in honor of 7-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The organization honors Martin’s message of “No more hurting people – peace.”
The interactive video chat platform, hosted on Wizeo, features hi-def video and audio, and allows the viewers to ask and vote on questions. Top questions will be addressed by McGillvray.  The unique video chat experience is completely web-based, so no software downloads are necessary.
In order to contribute to the campaign and gain access to McGillivray’s talk, visit his Wizeo campaign page at: http://bit.ly/1igc6hp.
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And for the amazing and dedicated followers of RunningAndTheCity, the first 100 of you can get free access (but still go donate something!!) with the code: RUNCITY 
Let’s discuss in the comments during the talk ok???? SO excited! Oh, and Like and SHARE this post!
The folks at Wizeo have decided to donate $10 for everyone who uses this code (RUNCITY) to register for the chat to the Martin W. Richard Foundation. So not only will you get into a chat for free, they’ll have that donation made on their behalf. THANKS WIZEO!