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2018 here we go! January Recap!

January was really cold. The first two weeks we set cold weather records. It was awful. Running was awful. I started the year working at the midnight run and it was really really cold. I wore everything and it was still crazy cold. But it’s a super fun race!

It was so cold that the races on the second weekend of January got canceled. I managed to run both Saturday and Sunday but it was insanely cold. Everyone kept asking me what I was training for, as most people assumed I had to get the miles in for some marathon or something. I am not really training for anything, just trying to not let the winter win. I can’t say I loved it, but I got out there.

As you can see there was a couple of blizzards in there, snow, ice, and all the layers. Luckily we had planned a trip to Mexico for mid-January to escape the cold. The vacation part was uneventful but we had a few epic runs with Juan (the husband!).

First night in the hotel, a guy who worked there came up to talk to Juan as he was wearing his 2017 TCS New York City Marathon shirt, to ask him if he had run the marathon. Turned out that Armando, our new friend at the hotel, was a runner too and invited us to his team’s workout the next morning. So, at 6:30 am we went out to meet up the Red Runners, who were having a special run as one of their teammates had passed that week. There was a half an hour of a warm-up, everyone in a circle, probably around 130 people, and the coach had a microphone and big speakers. Before we headed out, we all got one white rose to carry for the memorial. We all run together to a gorgeous lighthouse I never would have seen, we got there with the sunrise, there were speeches, even a triathlete pastor, there were prayers, and we run back with the boombox in tow. Everyone was together. It was very moving. And everyone was so welcome to this stranger. It was very special.

When I travel, to me, the best thing EVER is to hang with the locals. Nothing could have beat that run.

Juan and I did have a few osom runs. The day after the run with Red Runners, there was a race in town, which we didn’t sign up for because registration was miles and miles away but we run to the start and finish to cheer/spectate. Funnest part: Kukulcan road (the main drag) had no traffic for the race. Quite FUN!

The next few days we did great. We did a tempo together and we run back to the lighthouse so Juan could see it. We managed to get the sunrise too.

And like that, we were back and the month was over!

DATA DOWNLOAD!

  • Total Miles: 140
  • Races: not even one. But we spectated at one..!
  • Ups: the runs in Mexico!
  • Downs: running in the sub 10 temperatures (which is like minus 20 in Celsius). NOT FUN. WITH WIND!
  • Balance: can it be June now? I really miss racing a LOT.
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2017 Numbers and Overall Balance

I’ve kept the last few years for comparison purposes… and my comments in Italics. I expect your comments below.
What do YOU think are the wins and fails? what about your wins and fails? What is the most important factor for you? Mileage, PRs, races..??
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Total Miles:
2009- 678
2010- 1217
2011- 886
2012- 1241
2013- 1109
2014- 1081
2015- 1237
2016- 1502
2017-1616
— wow. simple: most miles ever. And I just took a few weeks off here and there. awesome. thumbs up
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Races:
2009- 10 (9 in NYC, 1 in Nashville) 1 marathon, 2 halfs, one 18 miler, one 10k, one 5M, two 4M, one 3 miler and a Mile.
2010- 19 (13 in NYC, 1 in Boston, 1 in Boulder, 2 in NJ, 1 in Philly, and 1 in Buenos Aires)
2011- 12 (10 in NYC, 1 in DC, and 1 in NJ)
2012- 16 (13 in NYC, 1 in PA, 1 in Germany, 1 in Argentina)
2013- 11 (10 in NYC, one in NJ)
2014- 15 (12 in NYC, one in NJ, one in MA, and one in Argentina)
2015- 17 (16 in NYC, one in NJ)
2016- 13 (11 in NYC, two in NJ), 6 were half marathons
2017-20 (all in NYC, 4 halfs, 1 full,5 5Ks!)
— Interesting. If asked I would have said I didn’t race that much… but seems like I raced the most ever. thumbs up
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PRs:
2009- Six! (Out of 10 races)
2010- Thirteen! (Out of 19 races)
2011- Six + 1 automatic one (Out of 12 races)
2012- Three (marathon, 5K, mile) + 1 automatic (out of 16 races)
2013- Three (half mary, 4 miler, and 10K)
2014- ZERO!
2015- ONE – at the NYRR Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in June. I also came first woman in a 5K, but no PR there.
2016- ONE! at the United NYC Half.
2017-NONE. (one automatic, for a new distance, but.. whatever)
— a little sad about this as I trained a lot this year. Had lots of speedwork and long runs and I was so far off. I was a few seconds away in about 5 races, the rest were a bit slower than my PRs. thumbs down.
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Highest Age Grading:
2009- 60%
2010- 69%
2011- 68.5%
2012- 71:29%
2013- 70.23%
2013- 70.20%
2015- 72.28%
2016- 72.68%
2017- 71.06%
— crap. thumbs down.
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Injuries:
2009- 2 — retrocalcaneal bursitis (5 months out), piriformis syndrome (10 weeks out)
2010- ITBS (three weeks out right before the Boston Marahton!)
2011- broken shoulder, 2 broken ribs, torn rotator cuff (2 weeks before NYCM!)
2012- NOT ONE!
2013- NOT ONE RUNNING INJURY! WOHOOO
2014- just my will to run…?!?! So, yey, good!?!?!
2015- a little adductor strain. It took a few months to diagnose it, but didn’t stop me from running.
2016- NOPE
2017- NOPE
—most mileage ever and no injuries? #winning! thumbs up
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Races Cancelled or DNFed:
2009- none
2010- One DNF, a 50K where I fell twice.
2011- Chicago, DNS because of 2 stress fractures.
2012- ONE DNS (snow storm!), plus the NYC Marathon cancellation.
2013- none
2014- none
2015- Did the France Run without bib chip as I didn’t want to race it and skipped the Newport Half because wasn’t sure what was happening with my leg…
2016- One DNS: Philly Marathon
2017- Many. 
—Skipped many because of work, but that doesn’t really count…! I also had about 2 or 3 that I remember not doing (like the NYRR Retro 4 Miler or the NB 5th Avenue Mile because my stomach was in really bad shape. nothing serious. thumbs up
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Highest/Average Weekly Mileage:
2009- Highest: 40. Average: 13
2010- Highest: 40. Average: 23
2011- Highest: 36. Average: 17
2012- Highest: 40. Average: 25
2013- Highest: 43. Average 21.
2014- Highest: 43. Average 20.
2015- Highest: 40. Average 23.6
2016- Highest: 50. Average 28.8 most!
2017-Highest: 49. Average: 29.4!
—fabo! thumbs up
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Marathons:
2009- One (NYC). PR: 3:45:22
2010- Two (NYC and Boston). PR: 3:42:33
2011- Two (National and NYC). PR: 3:37:57. DNS in Chicago for injury.
2012- One (Berlin). PR: 3:27:44
2013- One (NYC). A MegaMESS
2014- Two (Boston and NYC).
2015- NONE. isn’t that insane?
2016- No thanks.
2017-One. Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.
— I tried, I remembered why I stopped running marathons. Not for me. Thanks. thumbs up I guess because I did it. I guess?
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Half Marathons:
2009- Two. PR was 1:45:55
2010- Six. PR is 1:42:47
2011- Two. No PR.
2012- Two. No PR. (though there was an unofficial half marathon PR in the second half of the Berlin marathon)
2013- Three. A 1:37:35 PR and two I did for training (1:45 and 1:42).
2014: FOUR! NYC Half, Brooklyn, Gretes’ Great Gallop and Staten Island. Not ONE PR!
2015- Three raced, one Paced. NYC Half, Brooklyn, More (pacing the 1:45 group) and Staten Island
2016- SIX. the most!
2017-Four. Raced only two of those.
— One about a minute and a half from a PR, the other one was not great. One for fun and one as a Pacer. Not sure about qualifying this one either!
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THE BALANCE
If you look at the numbers up there, you’d think it was bad year. I get it. I actually got shocked putting this together because… numbers don’t show the whole story. I had fun this year. I really did. I run with so many friends, groups, in different places, races I had not done before… in hindsight, it feels like it was a fun year and that I shouldn’t have had great numbers. But I did the most miles ever, so in a way, it shows there. I am not gonna lie, obviously, I am not ready to give up on another PR yet (is this an age thing or what?), I will keep trying but I would be happy with a similar year in 2018. thumbs up
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Goals for 2018…? YES: at least ONE dammmmm PR!!!
But, am I willing to do WHATEVER it takes to get it…. mmmmm. we’ll see.
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What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017? do you have any specific goals for 2018?

December 2017 Recap

December

December was awesome and crazy. There was a LOT of holiday celebrations. a LOT. I ate a lot. Luckily, I am not into drinking as most people seem to be so I can’t really complain but there was a lot of outings and food and celebrations and fun races and fun runs… why can’t every month be Decembers??? well, it was really COLD so I am happy not all months are like December. I guess it’d be fine if I lived in Canada or the South Pole, then I’d probably have to keep eating like this. I did two races, the Jingle Bell Jog, where I did quite poorly and also the Ted Corbitt 15K, where, emm, same thing, but I ended having quite some fun, so I am glad I showed up. I went to the movies to see the Last Jedi (hadn’t been to a movie theater since the last Star Wars, a year ago, who goes to the movies anymore??), I spent Christmas with the fam, run around like a crazy person, doing quite a bit of mileage, and worked at the VERY FREEZING Midnight Run on December 31st. December was cool. Literally too.

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  • Total Miles: 137. Not shabby given I took a whole week off! I ended up having my longest streak ever for no reason.
  • Races: 2. Not good. not good at all. OUCH
  • Ups: It was a fun, festive, month! I had many amazing runs, with no pressure, and really had fun!
  • Downs: UGH IT GOT COLD. December was BRUTAL.
  • Balance: Even. But want it to be May NOW.

November

November was a whirlwind. I feel like so much happened that I am still processing it or that it’s STILL early November. November started with the best week of the year. When the marathon week rolls around, it’s ON. And there’s so much to do, see, enjoy, prep, etc… I was working crazy hours but even the days I was supposed to take off and rest/recover/prep, I was still doing things because it was impossible to stay away from the fun. Saturday, the 4th I run the Abbott Dash 5k to the Finish Line for the first time ever and it was an amazing experience. The next day was the BIG day, the TCS New York City Marathon. I got to Staten Island early, was at the start (on the Verrazano) for a couple of hours, then trucked to the finish line covering the male pro race and there I was at the finish line for a few hours. I got to see Juan and many friends finish. The things you see at the finish line are indescribable. I had been there about 3 times before as a volunteer, I’d totally recommend getting there if you’re not running. It can change your life. That’s literally how I decided to run a marathon, by watching the finishers… the next week was another whirlwind finishing and catching up, and the weekend after we run a modified version of the new United Airlines NYC Half course. The next weekend I went to Philly to cheer on a few friends doing the marathon, then it was Thanksgiving, and Juan’s birthday, and then, wait, it’s already December? HOW?

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  • Total Miles: 115
  • Races: 1. Abbott Dash to the Finish Line
  • Ups: Running the Dash, working on the TCS NYC Marathon, recovering, resting post-marathon, running in Brooklyn!
  • Downs: It got cold for a bit. I was a bit busy but if I didn’t get sick it’s a sign I held it well!
  • Balance: OMG BEST MONTH EVER!

October

October was a tough month. One last week of tapering, then the marathon. The Mohawk Hudson marathon was intense, and it left me mentally and physically exhausted.  I really don’t want to feel like that again. I also felt awful in the last 8 miles, and I really didn’t appreciate that. I know, that’s normal, but I am not used to that and I wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready to deal with it. I took a whole week off after. Luckily I was super busy at work the upcoming weeks with the marathon coming up and that’s where my brain and my energy went. Because my running went to crap! All my runs felt weird and awful for a while. Bye bye marathons.

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  • Total Miles: 102. told you it was crappy!
  • Races: 1. a marathon: a distance I hadn’t raced in 3 years!
  • Ups: done with the marathon, one way or another. On the other hand, super excited and happy at work with the “other” marathon stuff!
  • Downs: the marathon left a weird taste in my mouth. Not that I wasn’t happy with the result, I was mostly unhappy because I convinced myself I wanted to do it. Also, the marathon left me drained for a few days!
  • Balance: Glad it’s over.

September

Ooops. Forgot to post this last week! September had some ups and downs. I got sick and my runs suffered. I lost about 8 pounds in 4 days and I got really weak. Took me about 2 weeks to be able to eat normally and 3 weeks to feel normal again. Somehow, unlike previous times, I actually managed to do all my long runs, YEY, but I didn’t get to do the races I had slated as fitness tests (to give me a good idea where I was for the marathon!). I was REALLY upset to not be able to do the NB 5th Avenue Mile… You know it’s bad when you’re too weak to race ONE mile. UFFF. I did also manage to not miss any work, so I was there at the Mile and the Tune Up. Mileage and speed suffered but somehow it all got done. I did race the NB Bronx 10 Mile race. It was HOT. I did ok. I do have to watch out for hard and hot efforts like that as it took me about 10 days to recover fully from it. With 2 weeks to go to the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon, 10 days is too much. Aging, as my grandma used to say, is a b!tch.

  • Total Miles: 150. It’s fine, I am already tapering.
  • Races: 1. NB Bronx 10 Mile
  • Ups: The long runs with my girls. Love you guys!
  • Downs: Being sick sucks. It happened earlier in April where I had to stop running for weeks. So happy this time I run through it. But I was soooo weak!
  • Balance: Marathon Training is done. I am happy to close this out. I have too much in my head.

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August

August was a whirlwind! I started a new job, that I am really excited about, and I am still training for a marathon. Those two things combined. plus working two weekends, plus coaching, plus all the summer plans, made the month feel a bit busy. Luckily things fell into place in the last two weeks while I am peaking in the training. I was a bit tired, but I managed a lot of miles and quality workouts. August was definitely beyond awesome. We have Summer Streets in August, which I definitely used up for my long runs. I had a great run in Brooklyn with friends: I love to get out of Central Park for a change. I paced an NYRR run to Roosevelt Island, another out of town excursion, this time with a lot more new friends! And I raced the Percy Sutton 5K, in the middle of a long run.

This was definitely an excitement filled month. 5 weeks to the marathon. Let’s do this.

  • Total Miles: 183. 2nd highest monthly mileage ever
  • Races: 1. Percy Sutton Harlem 5k.
  • Ups: All the fun miles and workouts. The long runs were super great. Sharpening block about to start and I am very excited.
  • Downs: I am a bit wee tired. The high mileage during the peak weeks and a new job have me a bit spent.
  • Balance: Seems like I am really going to do a marathon in 5 weeks. Training is almost complete.

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July

Well, first of all we had a run on Freshkills Park in Staten Island. The park is not open to the public yet (and I didn’t post about it!) and won’t open for a few years but NYRR got permission to bring some runners and walkers there for an exploratory 10K and 5K so some of us coaches got to lead the run. It was fantastic. Then on the 6th, I did the Tracktown Summer Series 5K, which is a track series with a 5k component. There is a post here with more info but it was pretty cool. Juan did the NYC Tri so I spent the morning of the 16 yelling like a crazy person and running around to see him everywhere. So fun. The next day, Monday the 17 I did the NYRR RUN Brooklyn, and 10 days later I did the NYRR RUN in Central Park, two 5ks back to back! In the middle I did an super hot nasty 18 miler, and a 20 miler while I led a run to Roosevelt Island.

  • Total Miles: 169. yes, I run a lot this month!
  • Races: 3. No PRs of course but loads of fun. And, all were 5Ks… I never do 5ks!
  • Ups: I love summer running. I love it. Did I tell you I love it? I do love it!
  • Downs: When I don’t run?
  • Balance: I might actually be doing that marathon in October if things keep going like this…

June

OMG HOW I LOVE THE SUMMER!! I can’t even do a tiny recap without getting excited about all the things that happen in the 2-3 hot months we get. June was a blur! I have a feeling I am gonna close my eyes and it’ll be October in a NY minute, ugh. So I signed up for a marathon… we’ll see if I end up actually racing it (aka, last years’s botched Philly Marathon) but we’re going with it for now. I did make myself a very fancy training plan with all the stuff and then I forgot I was training for a marathon and carried on with my life. Until last week, then I did a long run. Anyway, June was cool, I did not do a lot of miles which means… I did a bunch of races! I started the month with the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, then the awesome Mini 10K (which I was horrible at), then the Queens 10K, and then the Achilles Hope and Possibility. There was a lot of cross-training in the stairs, lot of coaching workouts and lots of Tuesday speed. I just can’t miss anything in the Summer. The math for the monthly mileage must be wrong!

  • Total Miles: 127. how? too many races!
  • Races: 4. 1 automatic PR and one where I placed 1st in my AG. Wohoo!
  • Ups: YES TO LESS LAYERS!
  • Downs: I am now training for a marathon?
  • Balance: let’s go!

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May

started with me pacing the 1:55 group at the Shape Half. The next weekend I paced a New Balance run from Brooklyn to the Run Center, as a training run for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half (a 10 mile run). The next weekend (see a theme here? there’s always a run/race!), I raced the Japan Run 4 miler in Central Park. That was a bit painful (I didn’t fuel properly, ooops). There were a few stairs workouts, and speed workouts and I coached a few training runs per week… then the big day came along: the Airbnb Brooklyn Half! It all started with the 3-day Pre-party. Race Day was a fun riot. No PRs in May, but it was definitely “active”.

  • Total Miles: 148 (biggest month but not that many miles this year)
  • Races: 2 racing, 1 pacing.
  • Ups: managed to get enough miles
  • Downs: my race speed is MIA
  • Balance: I had fun!

 

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April

April was an interesting one… the month started with the Run to Breathe 4 mile race. That went quite well. So well, I came in 3rd in my AG, 4 seconds away from a PR and got super excited about my fitness level… The first Monday of April, I started the new session of Stairs of Fire, a workout just on stairs designed to kill your legs… it killed MY legs… I was beyond stiff and sore for 3 full days… OUCH. Of course, I still coached that week, did speedwork and run a lot so by Friday I was feeling ALL THE NAGS. Luckily, I was to be locked indoors all weekend at the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification, which got my legs some rest. They were still not great after that, my feet were iffy and tight… so I just took it very easy for 3 full weeks until it was all back to fighting shape, yes, I AM THE OPPOSITE OF EVERY RUNNER. When there’s a nag, or a little nothing, I try not to “run through it”, I STOP, to make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger down the road. Luckily, I don’t have to do this often. Last time it happened was in September and was back on the horse after 2-3 weeks. I had very tight calves and it was making my feet super tight (pre-Achilles tendinitis!!!) so those 3 weeks I run very little and very slow, did Epsom salts bath almost every day, I stretched twice a day, slept, got massages, and voilaaaaa. Good to go! The stairs workout did me in. My legs weren’t ready for that hot mess of a workout! My goal for May is to stretch every day (after not stretching for …5 years?)

I missed out on coaching for a full week but I did so many other things, like a biomechanics running event at the Hearst Building, a few fun events (like a Gala and a staycation) and I  paced the 1:55 finishers at the Shape Women’s Half this past weekend. Not a lot of mileage or quality work but got out of it unscathed…!

  • Total Miles: 109
  • Races: two! 1 great time, and 1 pacing gig
  • Ups: Pacing was fun… the rest was a bit tentative!
  • Downs: mileage and workouts went DOWN!!!!
  • Balance: I am ready to ramp up now!

 

Here is my training for April…

March

Didn’t I just write a Feb recap?? Is this what happens when you get older? Times really flies!

The month included a lot of coaching, loads, a few miles, lots of work hours, a November Project workouts, a visit to the Asics showroom, my birthday celebrations, a few Facebook Live Chats, the big United NYC Half Weekend and race, Club Night, lots of runs with friends, and two races: the United NYC Half and the Central Park Spring 10K this past two weekends. Now that I think about it, I see why my mileage was so low… makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hoping Spring makes things easier and I can get out there more. I need to figure out a way to not need that much sleep…!

Here is my training for March:

March pictures:

 

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  • Total Miles: 127
  • Races: two! (6 total for the year!)
  • Ups: had fun. The NYC Half!!!
  • Downs: Not super up there with the splits or the mileage.
  • Balance: move on March, April is coming!!!!!!!!!!

 

February

hello March! I have no idea where these weeks go!??! I actually freaked out a couple of weeks ago, because I realized it was too late to train for the United NYC Half… these weeks are faster than any of my races!

Well, the month started with the Gridiron 4 miler, which I totally phoned in. What a loser I am sometimes. Actually, that’s why I freaked out, because, seriously Elizabeth, get it together! Why show up at a race and not even try? UGH. I frustrate myself so much sometimes! The next weekend, pre-Valentine’s Day, Juan and I spent some romantic time in the city, NO MORE DETAILS of course. The weekend after that, we raced a relay triathlon, as a Valentine’s Days Weekend thing: the Lovie Dovie Triathlon at Chelsea Piers. That Thursday was Club Night. a fun event to celebrate NY’s runners. Fun. And last weekend I raced the Al Gordon 4 miler, which went a bit better than the first 4 miler this month. Very busy weeks with lots of events and work and life stuff. All of it fun.

Here is my training for February:

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  • Total Miles: 131
  • Races: three!!!
  • Ups: it was almost summer.
  • Downs: I need more time before the NYC Half PLEASE!!!
  • Balance: Someone please slow down time. seriously.

 

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January

went by ridiculously fast. So fast I didn’t even notice I didn’t post a recap for the Half I did. I literally started the year racing. Or running on a race course.. We did the Midnight Run, which happens right at the stroke of midnight on January 31st. I was signed up for the Kleinerman 10K because I had a little head cold and decided to focus on my health first. I was moving two days later so I didn’t want to overdo the weekend. So, I changed apartments, and I also started a new job (and career). Life got busy. I am also still coaching a lot. I renewed my CPR and AED cert. I led a few runs and coached many biomechanics 1x1s. Then we went to vacation to Antigua, which was more necessary that I had time to realize. January was a bit crazy. But we made it, with decent mileage, 118 miles in. The United NYC Half is dangerously close…

  • Total Miles: 118
  • Races: one (Manhattan Half) though I wasn’t really racing.
  • Ups: a vacation. And feeling the need to RUN on vacation. Who does that?
  • Downs: January was busy so I wasn’t really paying attention…
  • Balance: meh, in a holding pattern for now

 

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Ted Corbitt 15K and my new Mizuno Wave​ Rider 21

I love some 15K action. But somehow, Saturday morning I REALLY wasn’t feeling like running… why? I was exhausted. The week had pummeled me, it was COLD and I just didn’t want to layer up then freeze anyway, then get hot and sweaty then freeze again. You know, all that fun winter stuff.

But, I had learned a lot about Ted Corbitt last week and I felt like I couldn’t not show up. Ted used to run 300 miles a WEEK! WHAT? Yes. THREE FREAKING HUNDREDS. I met his son Gary on Thursday and he told me a few interesting stories… So, I wasn’t feeling like running 9.3 miles? SO LAME. Just do it.

The race was starting at 8:30 and I was still home at 8:12 fuzzing around. If you know me, you know I usually show up at races before the even build the start and finish lines… Luckily, I live like a half mile from the start so I was in the corral by 8:21. Met up with Patricia and Elizabeth (hum, this could be confusing) and at 8:30, we got moving. I really really wasn’t feeling it. I decided to do it at a long run pace for at least the first loop and then see. So that happened, I ended up enjoying the snow and chatting around with lots of people on the course. Not a lot more to tell as I didn’t really race it. I ended up with 8:05 pace, which is not quite long run pace, but also not race pace. But all the fun was had and soon enough I was back home!

I took out my new (and third) pair of Mizuno Wave Riders to test them out. It was snowing so I knew they’d work out for that. This is a shoe you’ll see me wearing at my summer AND winter workouts. They’re the most dependable shoe I own. But the Wave Rider 21 just came out (hey happy birthday Wave Rider! You’re an adult now!!!) and I wanted to take them out for a spin in the park. No big changes, no issues, to tell you the truth. Very dependable shoe.

I don’t have many “invisible” shoes. “This one is super light for races, this is light for quick workouts, this is cushiony for long miles or days I am tired, this one will make my feet cold/hot, this one is great for 5Ks or halfs or full marathons”. I find the Wave Rider to be an invisible shoe, it’s like it’s not even there, I can just wear it to anything (long or short, hard or easy) and it’ll be able to handle it. Like snow today. Faster miles, or longer distances we got this. Anyway, now that you’re an adult, run responsibly, Wave Rider!!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

Jingle Bell Jog 5K: 🎼 Pick up your feet / Jingle around the clock 🎼

That’s 3 races in a row I had never done before… which seems crazy as I seem to have done any race 55 times! The Jingle Bell Jog is (now) a 5K in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, early December where EVERYONE dresses up (look) and we get bells for our shoes and there’s hot chocolate at the finish line and it’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, second to marathon week at least!).

HOW HAD I NEVER RACED THIS BEFORE??? Well for starters, I lived super super super super super far from Prospect Park. I still live in the same place but with the new Q line, we can get to crazy places like Prospect Park, or Hawaii, or the moon in about 20 minutes, which is totally inaccurate but awesome. I love the Q. The Q changed my life. I could end this post here.

So, I actually got to the race like two hours early, because that’s how I roll and also because the race starts at lunchtime, or what you all call 9:30 am.

I flipped out instantaneously with all the amazing outfits. People were soooo ready and on point. I felt like going home sad in my striped red and white socks and elf hat. It was like every Halloween every year: I always think about dressing up the day before and then I am too lazy to actually do anything about it so I pull out whatever I can find in 5 minutes or less before I lose my attention span. Loser. Even the volunteers were all costumed up better than me!!! UGH.

The weather was PERFECT! 40 degrees, crisp, jingle all around. Christine and I “warmed up” towards the corrals and parked in B, our spot. We got moving soon and the pace didn’t feel normal to me. Felt too hard. TOO hard. I told myself to hang on to her, and a second wind would come! WHY DOES IT FEEL SO HARD?!?!? Mile 1: 7:20.

Around then I see Martina right on my side, I say hey Martina, and she yells OF COURSE! Apparently, she had liked the “elf pace” and was pacing off me. We really need to get organized!!! About 2 minutes later, I drop off both of their paces. The Battle Pass Hill is coming and I knew I didn’t have it to keep going at that pace up the hill. Mile 2: 7:53. Well, that’s how I felt. I actually thought I was running like 10:00, that would have made more sense! I told myself I’d maybe have enough to speed up a lot in the last mile or something like that. I couldn’t find any of my gears and it felt just like the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K a month before. Mile 3: 7:24. Last bit in 6:54 pace.

And here we go!

This was fun. Also, will it stop hurting now?

From right: Christine, me and Martina

We all caught up at the finish line! They both did amazing!!! I am still trying to understand why I am running my 5ks about two minutes slower than a few months ago. So strange.

Stats Time:

Finish time: 23:20 Average Pace: 7:31

Previous PR: 21:09 From: July 2012

Age Grading: 65.82%

Overall Place: 574 of 5240

Gender Place: 117 of 3128

Age Place: 11 of 329

You know what’s reaaaally interesting. I did a few 5Ks in the summer (SO SO SO HOT) and I was always around the same times (around 21 minutes). Now, the two 5Ks in the last month are also very close, but a bit slower. So, yes, consistency, as usual, I guess.

So, after the hot chocolate, Martina, Daniela and I run back to find Jacki. I did like 3 miles and I didn’t find her. Why is everyone also wearing red??? HA

Do I look festive enough?

Eventually, I found Jacki and Ted, my friends/coworkers who sit also on my row (we have a row team thing in the plans, but we need a name first) and they all looked more festive than me. Of course.

Also those socks are truly not a Xmas thing but more of a “whatever I found at Forever21” thing and they turned into leg warmers during the race, not cool.

I want to do it again already. With bells on this time. And a better outfit. And maybe some reason why my pace is this now? Still, for this one, it might be as fun to cheer than run, just because everyone looked so jolly…! Happy Holidays!

October and November 2017 Recaps

November

November was a whirlwind. I feel like so much happened that I am still processing it or that it’s STILL early November. November started with the best week of the year. When the marathon week rolls around, it’s ON. And there’s so much to do, see, enjoy, prep, etc… I was working crazy hours but even the days I was supposed to take off and rest/recover/prep, I was still doing things because it was impossible to stay away from the fun. Saturday, the 4th I run the Abbott Dash 5k to the Finish Line for the first time ever and it was an amazing experience. The next day was the BIG day, the TCS New York City Marathon. I got to Staten Island early, was at the start (on the Verrazano) for a couple of hours, then trucked to the finish line covering the male pro race and there I was at the finish line for a few hours. I got to see Juan and many friends finish. The things you see at the finish line are indescribable. I had been there about 3 times before as a volunteer, I’d totally recommend getting there if you’re not running. It can change your life. That’s literally how I decided to run a marathon, by watching the finishers… the next week was another whirlwind finishing and catching up, and the weekend after we run a modified version of the new United Airlines NYC Half course. The next weekend I went to Philly to cheer on a few friends doing the marathon, then it was Thanksgiving, and Juan’s birthday, and then, wait, it’s already December? HOW?

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  • Total Miles: 115
  • Races: 1. Abbott Dash to the Finish Line
  • Ups: Running the Dash, working on the TCS NYC Marathon, recovering, resting post-marathon, running in Brooklyn!
  • Downs: It got cold for a bit. I was a bit busy but if I didn’t get sick it’s a sign I held it well!
  • Balance: OMG BEST MONTH EVER!

October

October was a tough month. One last week of tapering, then the marathon. The Mohawk Hudson marathon was intense, and it left me mentally and physically exhausted.  I really don’t want to feel like that again. I also felt awful in the last 8 miles, and I really didn’t appreciate that. I know, that’s normal, but I am not used to that and I wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready to deal with it. I took a whole week off after. Luckily I was super busy at work the upcoming weeks with the marathon coming up and that’s where my brain and my energy went. Because my running went to crap! All my runs felt weird and awful for a while. Bye bye marathons.

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  • Total Miles: 102. told you it was crappy!
  • Races: 1. a marathon: a distance I hadn’t raced in 3 years!
  • Ups: done with the marathon, one way or another. On the other hand, super excited and happy at work with the “other” marathon stuff!
  • Downs: the marathon left a weird taste in my mouth. Not that I wasn’t happy with the result, I was mostly unhappy because I convinced myself I wanted to do it. Also, the marathon left me drained for a few days!
  • Balance: Glad it’s over.

September

Ooops. Forgot to post this last week! September had some ups and downs. I got sick and my runs suffered. I lost about 8 pounds in 4 days and I got really weak. Took me about 2 weeks to be able to eat normally and 3 weeks to feel normal again. Somehow, unlike previous times, I actually managed to do all my long runs, YEY, but I didn’t get to do the races I had slated as fitness tests (to give me a good idea where I was for the marathon!). I was REALLY upset to not be able to do the NB 5th Avenue Mile… You know it’s bad when you’re too weak to race ONE mile. UFFF. I did also manage to not miss any work, so I was there at the Mile and the Tune Up. Mileage and speed suffered but somehow it all got done. I did race the NB Bronx 10 Mile race. It was HOT. I did ok. I do have to watch out for hard and hot efforts like that as it took me about 10 days to recover fully from it. With 2 weeks to go to the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon, 10 days is too much. Aging, as my grandma used to say, is a b!tch.

  • Total Miles: 150. It’s fine, I am already tapering.
  • Races: 1. NB Bronx 10 Mile
  • Ups: The long runs with my girls. Love you guys!
  • Downs: Being sick sucks. It happened earlier in April where I had to stop running for weeks. So happy this time I run through it. But I was soooo weak!
  • Balance: Marathon Training is done. I am happy to close this out. I have too much in my head.

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August

August was a whirlwind! I started a new job, that I am really excited about, and I am still training for a marathon. Those two things combined. plus working two weekends, plus coaching, plus all the summer plans, made the month feel a bit busy. Luckily things fell into place in the last two weeks while I am peaking in the training. I was a bit tired, but I managed a lot of miles and quality workouts. August was definitely beyond awesome. We have Summer Streets in August, which I definitely used up for my long runs. I had a great run in Brooklyn with friends: I love to get out of Central Park for a change. I paced an NYRR run to Roosevelt Island, another out of town excursion, this time with a lot more new friends! And I raced the Percy Sutton 5K, in the middle of a long run.

This was definitely an excitement filled month. 5 weeks to the marathon. Let’s do this.

  • Total Miles: 183. 2nd highest monthly mileage ever
  • Races: 1. Percy Sutton Harlem 5k.
  • Ups: All the fun miles and workouts. The long runs were super great. Sharpening block about to start and I am very excited.
  • Downs: I am a bit wee tired. The high mileage during the peak weeks and a new job have me a bit spent.
  • Balance: Seems like I am really going to do a marathon in 5 weeks. Training is almost complete.

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July

Well, first of all we had a run on Freshkills Park in Staten Island. The park is not open to the public yet (and I didn’t post about it!) and won’t open for a few years but NYRR got permission to bring some runners and walkers there for an exploratory 10K and 5K so some of us coaches got to lead the run. It was fantastic. Then on the 6th, I did the Tracktown Summer Series 5K, which is a track series with a 5k component. There is a post here with more info but it was pretty cool. Juan did the NYC Tri so I spent the morning of the 16 yelling like a crazy person and running around to see him everywhere. So fun. The next day, Monday the 17 I did the NYRR RUN Brooklyn, and 10 days later I did the NYRR RUN in Central Park, two 5ks back to back! In the middle I did an super hot nasty 18 miler, and a 20 miler while I led a run to Roosevelt Island.

  • Total Miles: 169. yes, I run a lot this month!
  • Races: 3. No PRs of course but loads of fun. And, all were 5Ks… I never do 5ks!
  • Ups: I love summer running. I love it. Did I tell you I love it? I do love it!
  • Downs: When I don’t run?
  • Balance: I might actually be doing that marathon in October if things keep going like this…

June

OMG HOW I LOVE THE SUMMER!! I can’t even do a tiny recap without getting excited about all the things that happen in the 2-3 hot months we get. June was a blur! I have a feeling I am gonna close my eyes and it’ll be October in a NY minute, ugh. So I signed up for a marathon… we’ll see if I end up actually racing it (aka, last years’s botched Philly Marathon) but we’re going with it for now. I did make myself a very fancy training plan with all the stuff and then I forgot I was training for a marathon and carried on with my life. Until last week, then I did a long run. Anyway, June was cool, I did not do a lot of miles which means… I did a bunch of races! I started the month with the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, then the awesome Mini 10K (which I was horrible at), then the Queens 10K, and then the Achilles Hope and Possibility. There was a lot of cross-training in the stairs, lot of coaching workouts and lots of Tuesday speed. I just can’t miss anything in the Summer. The math for the monthly mileage must be wrong!

  • Total Miles: 127. how? too many races!
  • Races: 4. 1 automatic PR and one where I placed 1st in my AG. Wohoo!
  • Ups: YES TO LESS LAYERS!
  • Downs: I am now training for a marathon?
  • Balance: let’s go!

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May

started with me pacing the 1:55 group at the Shape Half. The next weekend I paced a New Balance run from Brooklyn to the Run Center, as a training run for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half (a 10 mile run). The next weekend (see a theme here? there’s always a run/race!), I raced the Japan Run 4 miler in Central Park. That was a bit painful (I didn’t fuel properly, ooops). There were a few stairs workouts, and speed workouts and I coached a few training runs per week… then the big day came along: the Airbnb Brooklyn Half! It all started with the 3-day Pre-party. Race Day was a fun riot. No PRs in May, but it was definitely “active”.

  • Total Miles: 148 (biggest month but not that many miles this year)
  • Races: 2 racing, 1 pacing.
  • Ups: managed to get enough miles
  • Downs: my race speed is MIA
  • Balance: I had fun!

 

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April

April was an interesting one… the month started with the Run to Breathe 4 mile race. That went quite well. So well, I came in 3rd in my AG, 4 seconds away from a PR and got super excited about my fitness level… The first Monday of April, I started the new session of Stairs of Fire, a workout just on stairs designed to kill your legs… it killed MY legs… I was beyond stiff and sore for 3 full days… OUCH. Of course, I still coached that week, did speedwork and run a lot so by Friday I was feeling ALL THE NAGS. Luckily, I was to be locked indoors all weekend at the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification, which got my legs some rest. They were still not great after that, my feet were iffy and tight… so I just took it very easy for 3 full weeks until it was all back to fighting shape, yes, I AM THE OPPOSITE OF EVERY RUNNER. When there’s a nag, or a little nothing, I try not to “run through it”, I STOP, to make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger down the road. Luckily, I don’t have to do this often. Last time it happened was in September and was back on the horse after 2-3 weeks. I had very tight calves and it was making my feet super tight (pre-Achilles tendinitis!!!) so those 3 weeks I run very little and very slow, did Epsom salts bath almost every day, I stretched twice a day, slept, got massages, and voilaaaaa. Good to go! The stairs workout did me in. My legs weren’t ready for that hot mess of a workout! My goal for May is to stretch every day (after not stretching for …5 years?)

I missed out on coaching for a full week but I did so many other things, like a biomechanics running event at the Hearst Building, a few fun events (like a Gala and a staycation) and I  paced the 1:55 finishers at the Shape Women’s Half this past weekend. Not a lot of mileage or quality work but got out of it unscathed…!

  • Total Miles: 109
  • Races: two! 1 great time, and 1 pacing gig
  • Ups: Pacing was fun… the rest was a bit tentative!
  • Downs: mileage and workouts went DOWN!!!!
  • Balance: I am ready to ramp up now!

 

Here is my training for April…

March

Didn’t I just write a Feb recap?? Is this what happens when you get older? Times really flies!

The month included a lot of coaching, loads, a few miles, lots of work hours, a November Project workouts, a visit to the Asics showroom, my birthday celebrations, a few Facebook Live Chats, the big United NYC Half Weekend and race, Club Night, lots of runs with friends, and two races: the United NYC Half and the Central Park Spring 10K this past two weekends. Now that I think about it, I see why my mileage was so low… makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hoping Spring makes things easier and I can get out there more. I need to figure out a way to not need that much sleep…!

Here is my training for March:

March pictures:

 

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  • Total Miles: 127
  • Races: two! (6 total for the year!)
  • Ups: had fun. The NYC Half!!!
  • Downs: Not super up there with the splits or the mileage.
  • Balance: move on March, April is coming!!!!!!!!!!

 

February

hello March! I have no idea where these weeks go!??! I actually freaked out a couple of weeks ago, because I realized it was too late to train for the United NYC Half… these weeks are faster than any of my races!

Well, the month started with the Gridiron 4 miler, which I totally phoned in. What a loser I am sometimes. Actually, that’s why I freaked out, because, seriously Elizabeth, get it together! Why show up at a race and not even try? UGH. I frustrate myself so much sometimes! The next weekend, pre-Valentine’s Day, Juan and I spent some romantic time in the city, NO MORE DETAILS of course. The weekend after that, we raced a relay triathlon, as a Valentine’s Days Weekend thing: the Lovie Dovie Triathlon at Chelsea Piers. That Thursday was Club Night. a fun event to celebrate NY’s runners. Fun. And last weekend I raced the Al Gordon 4 miler, which went a bit better than the first 4 miler this month. Very busy weeks with lots of events and work and life stuff. All of it fun.

Here is my training for February:

february-notes

  • Total Miles: 131
  • Races: three!!!
  • Ups: it was almost summer.
  • Downs: I need more time before the NYC Half PLEASE!!!
  • Balance: Someone please slow down time. seriously.

 

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January

went by ridiculously fast. So fast I didn’t even notice I didn’t post a recap for the Half I did. I literally started the year racing. Or running on a race course.. We did the Midnight Run, which happens right at the stroke of midnight on January 31st. I was signed up for the Kleinerman 10K because I had a little head cold and decided to focus on my health first. I was moving two days later so I didn’t want to overdo the weekend. So, I changed apartments, and I also started a new job (and career). Life got busy. I am also still coaching a lot. I renewed my CPR and AED cert. I led a few runs and coached many biomechanics 1x1s. Then we went to vacation to Antigua, which was more necessary that I had time to realize. January was a bit crazy. But we made it, with decent mileage, 118 miles in. The United NYC Half is dangerously close…

  • Total Miles: 118
  • Races: one (Manhattan Half) though I wasn’t really racing.
  • Ups: a vacation. And feeling the need to RUN on vacation. Who does that?
  • Downs: January was busy so I wasn’t really paying attention…
  • Balance: meh, in a holding pattern for now

 

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(NEW) United Airlines NYC Half Course Preview

this is a SHORT post because I just wanted to tell you guys back in November a few friends-coworkers (Jackie, Christine, Michael, you’re the best!) and I got up early, took the train to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and run SORT-OF the new course of the United Airlines NYC Half. I say sort-of because I couldn’t get them to shut down traffic on the top level of the Manhattan Bridge for us four, same with the FDR drive… oh well.

All about the course is on the race page. And there’s even a neat course map!

What I can tell you is that the course is QUITE AMAZING. Literally. I was saying that every mile.

The first 2-mile stretch from Grand Army Plaza is straight and WIDE. There’s also lots of stuff to look at. Sidenote: I need to run in Brooklyn more. I was a full-blown tourist.

It was 33, feels like 26, hence the outfits. Michael is the exception, I am always jealous of his heating skills.

The race starts behind the Arch so, like in the Brooklyn Half, we run around it.

Then you are in Flatbush Avenue, which is quite nice, straight to the Manhattan Bridge, to settle on a good pace.

told you it’s a wide street!

Then you go on the top of the Manhattan Bridge….!!!!!!!! We had to settle for the side path, but the views are INSANE. I really need to run there more often, it’s soo beautiful. I can’t even imagine how much better is on the top as you get two bridgesup there: Brooklyn Bridge on the left, Williamsburg Bridge on the right. I can’t. Too good.

There’s a really nice view when you get off the bridge of the triumphal arch and colonnade at the Manhattan entrance:

100% you won’t see this on the actual course. But we did and I liked it so it’s part of the preview!!! Hey, it’s NYC, I am 200% sure you’ll see something strange somewhere(s).

A few blocks around Chinatown/Lower East Side and you’ll be in the FDR. Also, we were on the sidewalk there, but LOVED the sights!!!!!! (I REALLY need to get out of Central Park once in a while!)

that’s the Queensboro bridge, mile 16 of the marathon!

Then the United Nations (you don’t need a picture, do you?), then we get on 42nd street, we run by Grand Central and the NY Public Library…

a right turn and you’re on TIMES SQUARE!

YES, the only day of the year I am OK to be at Times Square!

You then run to the park and you do a right onto the East Drive, Hail to the Fred as we did:

across 102 cross-drive to the Finish…

I was in shock at how much I loved it. We had Times Square and Central Park in the previous edition, but hey, now you get to run ON TOP OF A BRIDGE!!!!!!!!!!! I know other people do that in other cities, but it’s NOT NYC. And really, other than running on the Golden Gate, what’s cooler than a major NYC bridge? huh? And seeing the Empire State Building right up ahead? When do we have that? Anyway, TOO FRUNNING GOOD!!

Here’s the course profile if you need it, to start obsessing, as some of you would, though I wouldn’t.

The 1st one (Strava) is a bit more accurate as the 2nd one (MapMyRun) wasn’t letting me map on some parts and that blip around mile 7 should NOT be there.

The mapped routes are here: Strava and MapMyRun if for some reason you want to check them out. Again, the strava is more trustworthy accurate as I had to do a few parts of the MapMyRun manually, so there’s about 200 meters over in that one. Though you can see they’re very similar!

Who’s excited? Questions?