October: no need to taper but there was a wild race and a cold


was an atypical month. All of a sudden it’s dark in the mornings, cold and we taper. This year, as I wasn’t running the NYC Marathon, there was no taper, but I did run the Staten Island Half early in the month and I made a MESS. I overcaffeinated myself, dehydrated quite badly, got awful cramps and it got quite scary for a bit. It was sad to close the racing season without a PR or a well executed race but, on the other hand, I got about 4 seconds from a PR, which was quite amazing news, I didn’t expect I’d be THAT close. The days after the race I felt awful but I got away from it with just a cold, because my immune system was a mess. That means, no running for about a week and a half, so my monthly mileage was sadder than usual. There was a fun trip to the NYC Marathon Museum Exhibit at the Museum of the City, highly recommended, go see it, it’s there until March. There was also a trip to the NYC Marathon Expo, and the pavilion, always fun too. And then cheering wildly at the marathon, but that’s actually November… ;-) The rest of the month was ok, nothing too wild, just trying to catch up back from the cold. I am gonna miss this weather. Total Miles: 100

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was a good month. I managed to calm down my hamstring tear and keep running. I did 120 miles this month guys!!! I did very little speed but I am now trying to get back on it. For example, yesterday we did a crazy hard workout (I am still wiped out!): 4x400s, 1×1600, and 4x400s. It was GREAT.

September runs

Earlier on the month, I raced the 5th Avenue Mile (and here are all the pros pictures) to see where I was after 6 weeks of BLAH, and I came up with a 6:24 which wasn’t so shabby given how long I was benched. I did decide to skip my goal half marathon race and post pone it to next weekend Staten Island half… we will see. I don’t think it’ll be spectacular, but I am ready to give it a try and be done racing for 2015!!

Early September too, Juan and I celebrated our 2nd year anniversary with a trip to DC, and we run a lot there, and we ATE a lot there too. Fun times!! and yesterday I put some pictures up about my run to the Bronx this weekend and then cheering at the NYRR Bronx 10 miler. All fun. See? a really FUN month. Which is pretty much all you need coming back from a furious hamstring battle. 10 days now to Staten Island half and I hoping I will feel like taking a break after that. But who knows. Total Miles: 120

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Well, August was rough for me guys. rough. Rough.

As happy as I had been with my training this past year, mostly in the last few months (before freaking August!!!) it all went sorta crazy fast. I did the Team Championships on August 1st, not a PR but it was a messy hot day so I was happy with my 7:02 pace. Plus, it was fun. Then the next day, I did something stoopid. You know, I am so awesome, sometimes I have to be quite stoooopid to even the world out. I overdid it a liiiiiiitle bit and I pushed it WAY TOO MUCH. (the day after a 5 mile race… no less). Ooooops. August 4th, my next run, I was in pain just jogging to the park to workout… crapola. I took it really easy all that week and then that Saturday, we had planned a great Summer Streets run. I thought, having run super slow all week, I’d be A-OK. Wrong. I felt fine until when, at mile 8, I felt my hip exploding, literally, I wish I was exaggerating. It was 3 sharp explosions. It felt like a tear, a sprain, a stress fracture, all in one. Of course, I did 3 more miles after that to get back home. Then went out that night and run the next day ;-) Oh well. I feared the worst, I was so sad. I did ALL easy runs since then but Mr Precious High Maintenance Hamstring has been messed up since. Such a spoiled #$%@!@! BRAT. … …. I know what I did. I know how I did it. I know not to do that. But hey, I haven’t messed myself up since 2011 so cut me some slack. When you don’t ever get injured it’s tough to know where the line is and you don’t remember how bad it can get if you cross it. Now, this sucks A LOT. Last Thursday I finally went to see the doctor, a guy I trust (Dr Rosen, also the guy who did Juan’s shoulder surgery last year), and he didn’t think there was a broken bone, he thought it was a tear or a sprain, and the MRI wouldn’t change the course of action (and always happy to skip it!). So, two more weeks of easy running, PT, strengthening, deep tissue, warm/ice compresses, antiinflamatories and all the fun stuff and we’ll reevaluate. He thinks I’ll be fine. (I am also going to start praying to Pre and the Pope, cause he’s so cool.)

By then (next week), it’ll be 7 weeks of no speed… and one week to go to the half. The goal half is obviously out the window but maybe I can catch back up to do the Staten Island Half. So, I will decide a bit closer but it seems like I basically threw all my training down the toilet in the last month. Too early to make the call. Trying really hard not to.

Still, I had a few fun runs this month, went to the Poconos with Juan and a few friends so he could compete in a half Ironman (though my luck seems to be rubbing off on him!), and then did the France run this weekend super slow. Slow is the new black. NOT. Total Miles (all SLOW): 93

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July!! Summer is here!!! And then the excitement fizzled, or burnt up, I’d say, fast! It was lovely and HOT. And I got some quality training done, all described here if you’re extra curious. I did exactly 20 runs, 6 of those were intervals, there was 1 tempo run, and the rest was easy running. I decided not to race anything as I had done 6 races in June and I need to regroup the training! I am doing the Newport Half Marathon in September and there’s just 7 weeks left! No need to freak out, it’s going fantastic, but just gotta have patience and keep training. I have settled on a very comfortable running routine, with no long runs and I am loving it. Really really loving it. This is SO different from last year’s June when I was sick of running and gave it all up for a few months, huh? Other exciting July things: IronJuan did his first triathlon in over 3 years, the NYC Tri and he did fantastic!! Total Miles 110.

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June was NUTS. I had very low mileage: 19 runs, 6 of those were races! SIX races! We started the month with National Running Day fun runs, and then I went straight into a constant taper-race-recover-taper loop . Actually, on May 30th, I got some sort of stomach bug. I barely ate from that Sunday to Friday and lost about 8 pounds. I felt weak all week, but managed to get my runs done, dizzy and all. By Saturday I felt okay but still couldn’t stomach many things so I had to expectations for the Sunday race: the NYRR Retro 4 Miler, and ended up running faster than all year…! I felt so dehydrated and weak but managed to tie a PR!!! SO close, 1 second faster and I would have PRed! After 2 years since my last PR, I was a bit desperate!!!!!! I waited a week, signed up for a 5K, and even though it was super hot and humid I ended up winning it! What a cool feeling! That was Saturday, 4 days later on Wednesday, I did ANOTHER 5K, and I won my Age Group. My time was sucky, not even close to a PR, but I figured I was still recovering from the 5K and thought I was doing really well! Then, 4 days later, I did the Harlem 1 Miler and came in third woman! Another sucky time, and had no kick left, but it was great to get on the podium again and actually get PRIZE MONEY!!! Wohaaaa! I decided those 8 pounds I had left needed to stay off and it seems to be helping (A LOT!). That week I felt so so so tired, so I run very little and rested a lot. Sunday, I did the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Miler, and I FINALLY PRed!!!!!! By a whole minute, which is a LOT. I came in 2nd in my AG, and 19 woman overall, but I was just so happy to finally PR, that PR is from 2010, I am 5 years older now… June was all kinds of AMAZING. I think I peaked ;-) In July, I would like to get back to training (and not racing so much) for the half, but we shall see. There’s another race this weekend… ;-) I have problems!!! Total Miles: 92

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I waited so long for the nice weather this year that when it’s finally here, it just seems to zip by with a PR!!! Speaking of PRs, May 5th was my 2 year anniversary of my last PR. TWO YEARS!!! It’s been long people, too long… I wonder if I’ll ever PR again, have I peaked and I am done??? UGH. Will keep trying for a bit though…
We started the month with a mini vacation in Miami, and my weight was a bit up when I got back for the Japan Run 4 Miler… oh oh. It was a hot morning so I was off about 16 seconds from what I wanted, I still placed 3rd in my AG which is very cool for a NYRR race… the week after we had much fun at the Brooklyn Half Expo, and then the race. I was happy with the results, not much faster than NYC Half but given my weight and the heat, super happy!!! Total Miles: 122

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So, we came back from vacation straight to a race-every-weekend ritual. But now I am a MASTER runner!!!!!! YEY. I was doing speedwork on Tuesdays, easy Wednesday and Thursday, and race the weekend away. The first one was the Scotland 10K, still no PRs but I was one minute away!! 45:32 (7:20 pace). The next weekend I did the Run for the Parks 4 Miler, 7:03 pace (28:12) and close to my 28:00 PR! Then, one week later, I paced the NYRR More Half Marathon, the 1:45 group, such a cool (and nerve-wrecking for me!) responsibility!! The day after that, I got up at 5 am to go spectate the Boston Marathon, we were quite wet. And the same week, I saw Meb again at a talk, here’s a lot of what he said.  That same weekend, another race: one more 4 miler, the Run as One! So, 7:02 pace, 28:06… getting close to a PR… after TWO years!!!!! Total Miles: 108.

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One day in: snow and a 5K! The Washington Heights 5K is usually brutal but managed an “okay” 22:42 given the course, plus 6 miles after, which is a feat on its own. A few days later we still have a massive snowstorm but Daphne and I run 10 miles in, gorgeous pictures of the park and all in the post. Then the osomest happened, the NYC Half!! My GPS was not charged and I had one of the most shocking and amazing races ever. 1:39, not a PR but faster than the 1:45 I expected! Plus amazing fun and pictures. A few days later, while my legs were still so sore, we went to Turks and Caicos for my 40th birthday, and we run VERY little there! Total Miles: 100.

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February was the turnaround of the last (almost) two years of lulling around. I did 110 miles. I did speedwork every week, and I did my drills every week. I did 800s and 400s as well as a few hard tempos. I did race, a 4 Miler that was a hot mess:  I didn’t dress properly and was overheating and I really had no intention to push. A complete real hot mess. But oh well. There’s no 100% perfect month, right? The best thing: I gave up on my guaranteed entry to the NYC Marathon and committed to a Half PR, there I said it, in 2015. It’ll happen in the fall, but the training has started and NYC Half and Brooklyn will be first. It needs to get done. 1:37:35, you’re going down. Total Miles: 110.

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Was a great month. It started at the finish line of the NYRR’s Midnight run and then at the Polar Bear Plunge. I was mostly trying to decide if I could run through the Winter. Every day, every cold day, I was testing the water and seeing how many more days I would keep running. Last year I gave up quite early and I was determined to push through. I did. I did 103 miles, I did a few interval sessions and a few long runs (does 9 or 12 miles count?). Even though I am not the resolution type, little by little I discovered weekly goals that worked for me:

  • at least 25 miles a week,
  • at least one speed session per week and
  • at least one session of plyometrics a week.

So far, so good. I am so happy that I was able to push through this (ROUGH) winter. Plus, we did a very cold but wonderful run through the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  Total Miles: 103.

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2015 New York City Marathon EXPO pictures

Juan and I went to the expo yesterday, Thursday, to avoid the masses. I always go on Thursdays, it’s less crazy this is post is mostly pictures to give you a break from all the reading!

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After that, we raced home. I had had a looooooong day at the office, preparing for this weekend’s marathon. Friday I am hosting and MCing my team’s dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square and I have all these other commitments for race weekend. Busy busy. TIRED. See you on the other side? how was YOUR expo trip?

Oh, and this one from the pavillion!!

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2015 TCS New York City Marathon – Spectator Tracking Guide

hi guys!

One of the NYC running stores, Jack Rabbit, has this most amazing tracking sheet you could make, so your spectators could find you on race day.

Basically, you enter the runner’s (you!) bib number, wave time, and your predicted finish in the yellow cells, and it throws a page ready to print with splits for every mile so your fans can track you. And they can add up to 3 people.

Just fill the 5 yellow cells for each runner and PRINT!, you’ll love it. Sorry if it’s messy, I updated it quickly so we could all use it, so I hope it looks ok, but I know it works!!!


Once you hit print, you’ll get a sheet like this, you can send to all your fans.

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Like it? download it here

 2015 Jack Rabbit Marathon Tracker

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2015 TCS New York City Marathon: free race week events

NYC Marathon Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York

So, this happened. And it’s probably one of the most exciting exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York since the Sex and the City one. Well for me!

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Not much to explain, other than saying, just go already! It was quite fun. Check it out!

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We look super awake don’t we?

Admissions is through the Gift Store, which… hey, things to buy!!! 

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By the way, entrance is free if you have a museum membership, if you’re a nyrr member (bring your card or show them your mynyrr website on your phone), if you’re registered for the marathon, or if you have the NYCID.

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Then off to the third floor…. get ready to be overwhelmed!

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Fred is my favorite! Make sure you watch “Run for your Life”

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There is two big screens with marathon images and videos. Awesome.

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We want to be like Paula. Or Deena.

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I think this one was one of my favorite pictures in the whole exhibit and I am not sure I had seen it before. It’s Gary Muhrcke, the first winner of the NYC Marathon, who I’ve met millions of times at his store, Super Runners Shop. But it’s such a great shot!!!

Then you go into the side exhibit room, where there’s an impressive (and inspiring) timeline

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a MINI Fred statue!!!!!!!

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And pictures on the wall, in the middle and a fabulous loop of finish lines videos. Which we watch for a bit…

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map on the floor!

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I sent in this picture!!! I work for Autism Speaks managining half their endurance events and teams and know Jonathan quite well. He’s super inspiring and I am so happy he’s in this exhibit! He’s wearing the Team Up with Autism Speaks singlet!

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this is what my apartment used to look like after the marathon too, when I can’t bend over to pick anything up!!!!

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Another Team Up! with Autism Speaks runner! Doreen was in my 2014 NYC Marathon team. Such a great picture!

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Love this sign!!!

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MASS. And an Argentinian in the middle making it a PARTY! wow, right?

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more like a refugee camp!!

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this is one impressive photo!!!! do you see the thousands of runners in all three waves? even in the back, side…. when people complain about the waves they are in, it makes me laugh… you can’t possibly put 50,000 runners all in the same place, it’s a LOT of us!

I hope you go see it and LOVE it as I did. I’ll probably go back a few times before March ;-)

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I probably should have been DQed

So, I’ve been talking to a few people since Sunday’s race, as I’ve been feeling so sore and crappy… I had never had cramps before and I had no idea what was happening. For what I am piecing together now, I ODed (that’s my husband’s term) on caffeine.

I was dehydrated to start with and I had no idea. Then I had the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee (and I can barely tolerate one cup) and drunk very little water/Gatorade on the course (just 2 cups of G and half a gel). I basically run high on caffeine, like I was Lance on EPO, and nothing else!!! (Is it even ok that caffeine is legal??)


A few people who know about this (and mostly my awesome friend Tessa who is a superstar and has had enough awful experiences with dehydration to make her an expert) have no idea how I managed to keep running on those conditions. I was told I probably should have ended in the hospital by a few. The pains I had in my feet and leg in the last 4 miles and when I stopped were so bad, I really thought they were going to burst or break apart. It’s probably why I now, 3 days later still feel like crap: all that mega-micro tearing!!


Sunday I was super tired but uberhyper. I had to take some melatonin to fall asleep. Monday I was a mess. I felt like I had done a marathon the day before. Sore and Tired and Bloated. Perfect timing for the useless Columbus holiday, so I napped for TWO hours!!! I was a mess all day. Tuesday and today, I am still super sore and dehydrated. As I finally managed to understand the gravity of what happened, last night I started “drowning” myself in water, as I was told I should do. I still didn’t get up to pee once.

This is pretty bad, for a half, guys. Something about enzymes and the liver and the kidneys and stuff. And it could have ended way worse for what I have been told. I have no idea how I didn’t notice what I was getting myself into and what I was feeling. Race head I guess.

I think, because I thought my PR was so far away, I’d just do whatever. I literally did whatever. Then someone, who reads my posts and knows more than me about myself, reminded that I also had a caffeine  issue in the last race… I looked it up, it’s true! I only had two cups of coffee, but it raised my heart rate so much, I was scared at the start…

Anyway, just a gentle reminder that our health is still at stake in these races… This was my 125th race, my 47th half or longer distance and I still make mistakes… Just because I had never had cramps, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t know the symptoms of dehydration or what to do during/after. Stay safe guys. I’ll do my best here.

2015 TCS New York City Marathon: free race week events!

  I will be updating constantly, so recheck often! updated 10/30, 10 am

And don’t forget to re-read the New York City Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Info! post

Monday, October 19th

  • Race IQ: Get the Inside Scoop on the NYC Marathon. Join Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy as they welcome a panel of experts (Jonathan Cane, Kelly Roberts, Mike Cassidy) to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the TCS New York City Marathon. 7 pm at Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building). More info and registration here. Free.

Tuesday, October 20th and ongoing

  • The New York City Marathon: The Great Race. Check out this new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Show your NYRR membership card or printout for free entry any day. Join NYRR  President and CEO Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia—President, Events, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon for cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, as well as a chance to view the exhibit with curator Sean Corcoran. There is a discussion with Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers on October 31st at 3PM. Entry is open to all current NYRR members and one (1) guest on a first-come, first-served basis. My post with pictures here. More info here. Maybe Free.

Wednesday, October 21st

  • A Breakfast with Kathrine Switzer to benefit Girls on the Run. Join GOTR for an inspirational breakfast featuring Kathrine Switzer, the iconic sports and social advocate who was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. 8 am. Info and Registration here. Not Free.

Saturday, October 24th

  • Last 10 Miles of the NYC Marathon.  Empire Tri Club & the New York Running Company are teaming up to host a long training run covering the “Last 10 Miles” of the TCS NYC Marathon course, presented by Nike.  Coaches will guide you through the course from the 59th Street Bridge, uptown through the Bronx and Harlem, and finish in Central Park by the iconic marathon finish line near Tavern on the Green.

Timeline: 7:30am – Meet at the NY Running Company EAST SIDE location at 63rd & 3rd for bag drop / 7:45am – Runners depart (regroup at the 59th Street Bridge:60th St & 1st Ave) / 7:50am – Meet the coaches, pace groups, directions / 8am – Run begins. Route map can be found here.  Run begins at 60th & 1st and ends in Central Park at the Marathon Finish Line. After the run, head on up to the New York Running Company at Columbus Circle for breakfast and 15% off your purchases all day long!  Bags will be transported from the East Side NY Running Co. to Columbus Circle to be picked up after the run.  There will be a water break on the course around mile 5. Pace groups will be formed. All abilities are welcome.  Register here. Free.

Monday, October 26th

  • Group Run with HOKA. Jack Rabbit Upper East Side store. 7:00 pm. Hoka will bring demo shoes to this easy run. Bag watch and changing facilities provided at the store. More info here. Free.
  • A (free) Pre-TCS NYC Marathon Yoga + Art + Drinks + Fun PARTY by Only Atoms. 6:30-10pm. Sky Gallery, 460 Union Street, Brooklyn. More Info and Rsvp here. Free.

Tuesday, October 27th

  • Book Signing and Discussion: Two Hours by Ed Caesar. Discuss the sub-two-hour marathon and meet the author. 4 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Film Screening: Marathon . Q&A with producer Kate McLean and runner Julio Sauce to follow. 6 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes presented by The North Face. 6.30 pm, Columbus Circle. We’ll welcome ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes for an easy shake-out run and Q-and-A session. We bet he knows a few things about running 26.2 miles. More info here.
  • Adidas Sponsored Run. 6.30 pm at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.
  • Marathon Course Strategies with Coach John Honerkamp. Learn course and race strategy for first-time marathoners. 7 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.

Wednesday, October 28th

  • Runner’s World Shakeout Run with  ADIDAS. 6 pm at the UWS Jack Rabbit Store. More info here. Free
  • Film Screening: ESPN 30 for 30 Short “Every Day” 6 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • On Clouldflyer Launch Party. 6 pm at the Columbus Circle NYC Running Company.
    We’re clear for take-off: soar to new heights in the On Cloudflyer, the Swiss brand’s newest shoe. We’ll celebrate in mile-high style with snacks, drinks, and other fun surprises. Cheers to running on clouds! More info here. Free.
  • Shake Out Run with Andrew and Deena Kastor. 6:30 pm, Paragon Sports. Join us for a Shake Out Run with Andrew Kastor and Deena Kastor on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm. You will have the opportunity to test out PEAR Sports app, including getting your VO2 max number and theTimex Sports IRONMAN RunX50+ smart watch! More info here and here. Free.
  • Book Signing and Discussion: My Year of Running Dangerously
    Writer Tom Foreman in a discussion with Sirius XM’s Pete Dominick. 7 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Breakfast of Champions: Meet and Greet with Halie Gebrselassie and Wilson Kipsang. The rest is TBD. More info here soon.

Thursday, October 29th

  • Presentation and Panel Discussion – the Museum of the City of New York. 10:00–10:30 a.m. 7 at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Kathrine Switzer Book Signing. Meet the author and purchase Marathon Woman in the book signing area. 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • NYRR Presents: Gary Corbitt. The son of legendary distance runner Ted Corbitt will present a revealing history of New York Road Runners. 2:00–2:30 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honoring Haile Gebrselassie, Tegla Loroupe, Paula Radcliffe, and Paul Tergat. 3:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Shake out Run with Deena and Andrew Kastor sponsored by Pear Sports and Westin Hotel and Resorts. 4 pm. The Westin New York Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street. RSVP by emailing info@pearsports.com. More info here. Free.
  • Film Trailer Screening: City Slickers Can’t Stay with Me: The Coach Bob Larsen Story. Bob Larsen and Meb Keflezighi will discuss the making of the film and answer audience questions. 4:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Feature Film Screening: Run for Your Life: The Fred Lebow Story 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • New Balance Girls’ Night Out. 6:00pm at the Columbus Circle NYC Running CompanyMore info here. Free.
  • New Balance Halloween Run. 6:30 pm. Join us dawning your best costume and ready to run the streets of NYC with our very own NB pacers. Afterwards at the flagship there will be snacks and beverages provided by David’s Tea. Last but not least winner of the best costume wins a pair of reflective Beacon Vazee Pace running sneakers. 150 5th avenue. More info here. Free
  • Marathon Training Party with Dean Karnazes and Mountain Athletics Crew. 6:30 pm at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.

Friday, October 30th

  • Charity Miles Shake Out Run. 7 am. Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park is our meeting spot for a day of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. More info and RSVP here. Free.
  • Local Run with Kevin Hart. 7:34 am at Pier 26 at N. Moore St. Nike+ Run Club is joining forces with Mr. Kevin Hustle Hart for another spontaneous 5K Local Run in New York City. More info and RSVP here.
  • Yoga for Runners sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery. Guided by Cara Senicola. 8:00 a.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Kathrine Switzer Book Signing. Meet the author and purchase Marathon Woman in the book signing area. 9:00–11:00 a.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • TCS goIT Mobile App Awards Presentation. Noon at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Movie Trailer Screening: Tracktown. Including a special appearance by filmmaker and famed runner Alexi Pappas. 2:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Saucony EVERUN Launch with Spring Moves. 6 PM. New York Running Co. The unveiling of Saucony’s innovative cushioning system called EveRUN. Featuring an enhanced energy return, lively underfoot sensation, and increased durability, EveRUN delivers a smooth and fluid ride, which we’ll experience as our friends at Spring Moves serve as our run leaders turned DJs. More info here. Free.

Saturday, October 31st

  • Shake Out Run with Bart Yasso. 8 am at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.
  • Halloween bRunch with On. 9 AM. JackRabbit Upper West Side. No tricks, all treats. Take your Halloween costume for a test run and demo the On CloudFlyer. More info here. Free
  • MEBCAN. RITZCAN. UCAN. Join Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Dathan Ritzenhein for a special meet & greet before the New York City Marathon, along with Yale University Researcher Dr. Cathy Yeckel. Hear how Meb and Ritz prepare for a race and get training and nutrition tips from the top two marathoners in the country. Running Panel: 12:30-1:30 PM Meet & Greet: 1:30 – 2:30 PM. New York Marriott Marquis. More info and rsvp here. Free

more updated daily so bookmark this post and keep checking here every day!

Don’t forget to re-read the New York City Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Info! post

I’ve compiled this listing off official emails I’ve received or brand/athletes/stores’s facebooks or twitter. Please review the event before making any plans: don’t blame me if any of these get cancelled, or switched, or anything. Have fun!

Race Report: Staten Island Half. Oooops.

Hey friends! Wow. this half was a MEGA-MESS and I should have known better. I was a dehydrated overovercaffeinated mess and I paid hard for that…. Let me get to it.

As you know, all year I wanted to PR at the Half but my hopes went down the drain when, in August, I did too much, strained my hamstring and had to take 6 weeks off speedwork. I skipped my goal half in September but decided to still do the Staten Island Half because, you know, I can!

Friday I really overdid it with the food. Like A LOT. A LOT of fried seafood and many other things that my stomach didn’t appreciate. It was so bad, I had to lay down when I got home and couldn’t even stomach any dinner. Zero dinner. Can you imagine ME, skipping a meal?? it was AWFUL.

Saturday, my stomach felt better but I had zero appetite. If I didn’t have a race the next day I probably would have not forced lunch down. Ugh. I tried to eat but it wasn’t happening.

Sunday Morning, race day!!! I am not a coffee-drinker, but always have coffee on race morning to, you know, take care of the business! It worked. Race morning seemed like it was going to be great! We met up Eric and Elke on the ferry… you can always count of finding many friends to travel to any race!

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Photo Credit: Elke Gasselseder

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The view from the ferry never disappoints. Photo Credit: Juan Becerra, the hot husband in the picture before

We got on the 7 am ferry so we were in Staten Island super early, just like we like to! We waited in the terminal for a bit, used the bathroom and I had my pre-race fuel. I don’t eat before races but I usually have a gel an hour before. I had a gel with caffeine, because we couldn’t find the non-caffeine gels… (keep track of the caffeine, will get back to this)

We left our clothes at baggage and headed to the corral, there I took out the new thing Juan had gotten me, the Run Gum. Caffeine Gum!! Why not? There were two pieces and I started chewing them both. Bitter bitter aftertaste.

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In the corral, I looked for Christine to no avail. She told me she was going to do about 1:40 and I knew I’d be around 1:39 something so why not run together. I had so many numbers in my head… my PR was 1:37:35, which is 7:27 pace. I hoped I’d be around 7:30s and that would give me a 1:39… I get rid of the gum, the gun goes off and I find myself, alone, trailing Juan. He was going at 7:20 for the first two miles. WHY am I so close to him?? I SHOULD NOT BE RUNNING SO FAST!!!!!! I just couldn’t stop it. My heart was racing, my body was out of control and I couldn’t pace myself. Plus I was freaking out about all of the above. With a quarter mile in, Christine pulls up “we’re going a bit fast” “I know” would be our over and over conversation for the next miles… Mile 1: 7:20. SHIT. This is PR pace and I am NOT in PR shape. Plus… NO. I tried to adjust but I just couldn’t. I was right behind Juan until he hit mile 2 and took off (that was the plan for him). Mile 2: 7:24. CRAP.

The first 2-3 miles (as well as the last 2-3) are were most of the hills are. It wasn’t pretty at that pace. I was breathing extra hard and wondering what the hell was happening. Mile 3: 7:33. Still really fast for that uphill mile. And I was so so so SO hot… I could barely stand it. I am sure I must have told Christine I am so hot like 50 times a mile. I was throwing water on myself at every water station. I really wanted to drink it too but I didn’t want to slow down and lose Christine. Mile 4: 7:28. Still too effing fast. By Mile 5 I knew I needed to have the gel before it was too late. Because I was still going too fast. Mile 5: 7:17. CRAP!!!!!! So Christine kept going and I told her I’d catch up. I stopped to drink, and I ended up ingesting 3 cups of Gatorade, I was sooo thirsty. I sped up as much as I could to catch her as I could see her about 150 meters away, it took about half a mile!

I really like that long stretch of the course, but I missed the wild turkeys I had always seen, and I REALLY missed coming back on it. I always loved watching the runners ahead and behind me, it’s really entertaining to see all your friends. Plus, I don’t like running on boardwalks… I am always afraid there’s going to be some nail tripping me, or something. And there’s no bounce back! Mile 6: 7:31. That includes probably the 10 seconds I was going crazy on the drinks!

Christine and I in the boardwalk. Photo Credit: Ben Ko

Christine and I in the boardwalk. Photo Credit: Ben Ko

I am not gonna lie, I kept wondering if I could sustain that pace. Parts of me were telling me I was crazy and there’s no way. Another part (with a Kara Goucher voice) kept telling me to believe in myself. Mile 7: 7:13, still TOO EFFFING FAST. Actually, too early to run this fast! I kept doing the whole 7:20s vs 7:30s math in my head and I knew I was going to be this close to a PR. If I could sustain this mess pace, obviously. So I just told myself to keep at it, as it’d be a matter of seconds.

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Mile 8: 7:27. I think I lost Christine around here. As soon as we got off the boardwalk it got really narrow, she got behind me and I never saw her again, though I turned around a few times. I was a bit disheartened but had to keep pressing. Then… OMG… THAT MOUNTAIN..!!

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What was that? I really wasn’t mentally prepared for that there, and not even trained for it. Everyone around started walking. I was REALLY tempted but told myself about the seconds, the seconds!!… I kept running. Mile 9: 7:39. Not sure how that wasn’t a 15 minute mile, it felt like it. Plus I was so effing hot.

It was horrible.

There was another climb on the next mile too and I was just done. DONE. I was super hot and thirsty and my feet started seizing up, WTF! Like they wanted to claw up. I felt like they were going to break in half and I felt the pain up both my legs during some stretches. I really wanted stop and stretch but I wasn’t sure if it’d even help or if I wasn’t going to be able to keep running after I stopped. It hurt a lot. Mile 10: 7:53.

This is when I went indoors (in my head!). It hurt. My feet were SO stiff, I tried to land on my heels to bend them less, I tried everything, but I just kept checking off the seconds. Mile 11: 7:06 yey for downhills! I remember people cheering, my feet super stiff, a left turn on some overpass, my shins feeling like they were about to snap off, and a right turn where I high-fived Sid Howard and Asteria yelled for me –she’s one of the few people in the US that calls me Ely the Argentinian way ;-) I love them both so much!-. And kept going, head down, checking off seconds.  Mile 12: 7:17. I kept trying to do the math and I KNEW I was going to be super close to my PR… just keep on, no more thinking, crazy woman!

And through this, the heavy heartbeat I had in the beginning got a LOT worst. By mile 5, that was the norm. After mile 9, I was breathing so hard, you’d think I was doing an 800 meter race. It was bad. I am sure anyone running around me must have been SO ANNOYED. It totally sounded like I had signed up for the 5K and got myself in the 13.1 course. UGH. Mile 13: 7:30. I was falling apart but keeping it up. The last bit was rough because you have to make that hair pin left turn into the stadium and there was a bit of sand there, which is quite slippery, so we had to go around it, while looking at my watch about once a second. I fought with all I had for that PR, thinking I might have it. That stretch… was rough

this is what crazy-all-out looks like

this is what crazy-all-out looks like sometimes, not pretty

I run the last point one, at 6.02 pace. Seriously. See my face?

I crossed the finish line FOUR SECONDS TOO LATE. Seriously. FOUR.

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I am really tired.

Still happy to have gotten so close, after TWO YEARS AND A HALF. I was 38 years old when I set that PR,  I am now 40.5!!! Plus, I thought I’d be around 1:39 so this is beyond amazing. To Me. I know two minutes is nothing for most people but to me, that’s a lifetime of difference sometimes. Some runners might get it. 1:39 was doable: 1:37 is amazing.

Then the worst happened. A few steps after the finish line my legs and feet seized up, it hurt SO much. I couldn’t move them, it felt like they were going to explode and my shins and feet turned really really HARD, and bulked up in my leg. I went on the floor like a rock. I couldn’t move. A fellow Whippet (SAVIOR!) came over, tried to help. I asked for water, as soon as I got it, I felt better. It hurt, but they relaxed a bit and I could move them… UGH!!!!

Turns out, I was “cramping” or something. I had never had cramps before, people!!!! Had them for the last 3-4 miles and because I wasn’t going to stop, my muscles kept shuffling the blood there. As soon as I stopped, they went berserk. Had some more water, it helped calm them down. Think about it: I had 1 cup of coffee in the morning, 1 caffeinated gel, and two pieces of run gum. For someone who doesn’t do coffee that’s a lot. Plus, I was hot and sweating a lot. AND, I only drank twice. VERY STUPID of me. VERY. ALL my FAULT. How on earth did I get myself so dehydrated???? Oh, and that amount of caffeine is why I paced like crap too!!!


all my laps. nothing to hide. it was a mess.


the elevation profile. in case you were wondering how much fun it was.

Stats Time:

Finish time: 1:37:38

Previous PR: 1:37:35 From: March, 2013

Age Grading: 69.68%

Overall Place: 667 of 8586

Gender Place: 68 of 3989

Age Place: 6 of  483

Top 10% of the whole field… good for me! And because I am older, this is the highest AG I ever got in a half, so… WINNING!!!

Here’s the official 5K splits. Not really so bad, I dropped it on the 15K part, but that was also where the stoopid mountain was so my pace would have slowed down there a bit anyway. Could have been worse!!!

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Soon, I found Juan and he started heading home. My legs were a MESS.

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at the stadium in the finish line. why am i not wearing the sunglasses here?

I spent the rest of the day re-hydrating… I never thought I’d do something that stooopid!!! Such an amateur move!! But in between being sick Friday, not eating enough on Saturday, all the caffeine and the little hydration I did during the race, it was a mess.

My lungs hurt so bad all day Sunday… I was really breathing hard and pushing through the race. But now I see that a PR is just within reach. And that I should listen to my inner Kara Goucher voice more often.

NYC Half: I am coming for you.

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