Tag Archive | dashing whippets

2017 TCS New York City Marathon: race week events!

  I will be updating this every day. If you have anything to be added, just forward it to me. So, recheck every day! updated 10/28 7 pm

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

Sunday, October 29th

  • TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion Grand Opening

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion opens its doors to visitors, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More info and RSVP.

  • Race-day Nutrition with Lauren Antonucci, Brought to You by Poland Spring

When: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join the registered dietitian for a conversation starting every hour at the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 4 pm to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: NYRR coaches will lead runners through a mile-by-mile course strategy session, including race-day tips and insights on how to manage the 26.2-mile tour through the five boroughs. Sessions will be held every hour on the hour.

More info and RSVP.

Monday, October 30th

  • NYRR Member Lunch and Course Strategy

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Prepare for your five-borough run with tips and course information from NYRR’s coaching staff.

More info and RSVP.

  • Runner Hydration with Gatorade

When: 4 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Sample the latest and greatest from Gatorade at the NYRR RUNCENTER!

More info and RSVP.

  • Strength Training with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Hospital for Special Surgery specialists Pam Geisel and Tiffany Chag, as well as physical therapist Lauren Alix Riccardi, as they teach runners how to effectively strength train and prevent injury during marathon training.

More info and RSVP.

  • Member Monday: Course Strategy and Meet Your Pacer

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: NYRR members ages 21 and up can stop by and receive a free drink courtesy of Michelob Ultra. At 6:30 p.m., NYRR Coaches will host a Course Strategy session with valuable insight and will answer questions about race day. Members may also receive a limited-edition giveaway while supplies last.

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, October 31st

  • MEB: The Home Stretch Series Premiere Screening with Q&A

When: 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Watch the series premiere of MEB: The Home Stretch, a five-part documentary series chronicling the final season of America’s greatest marathoner, Meb Keflezighi. A Q&A with Meb will follow the screening.
Doors will open for the free screening at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive on time, as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating.

More info and RSVP.

Wednesday, November 1st

  • BEDGEAR presents Yoga Nidra: Guided Meditation for Better Sleep

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Ingrid Prueher, a pediatric and adult sleep and nutrition consultant and founder of sleeptransformation.org, will be leading the yoga nidra classes. This practice of meditation enables you to use downtime to increase your recovery, which is especially useful when race-day adrenaline is keeping you awake. Join us for a 40-minute guided “sleep meditation” that is sure to relax your muscles and give you clarity so you can be ready for your run!

More info and RSVP.

  • Touring and Training: Meet and Greet with Prince Royce

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: The Bronx native will share his experiences training for the TCS New York City Marathon while performing as a recording artist.

More info and RSVP.

  • BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • MELT Seminar for TCS New York City Marathon Runners with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • A Running Dialogue: The Meb Event

When: 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Custom Performance, 295 Madison Avenue, 10TH FLOOR, New York, NY 10017

What: Come celebrate running Wednesday, November 1 with the legendary Meb Keflezighi! His last year running the NYC Marathon, Meb Keflezighi will discuss what makes him “empowered by running!” Emceed by Gary Muhrcke, the first winner of the NYC Marathon, prepare to be inspired! Entrance includes swag bag & autographed memorabilia, food & open bar, and your photo op with a legend! Join us for a night like no other, with a runner like no other!

More info and RSVP.

  • Shake it Out with Shake Shack & JackRabbit!

When: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Where: New York Running Company / 10 Columbus Circle/ New York, NY 10019

What: Who’s ready to shake it out with Shake Shack, On Running, and JackRabbit on 11/1? Starting at JackRabbit Columbus Circle at 6:30pm, we will take runners through Central Park on a 3-mile route that will pass by the finish line and some scenic areas before exiting the park on the Upper East Side. The run will finish at the Shake Shack on 86th & Lexington, where we will have all you need to recover with Zion PT before the big day. The first round will be on the house, and there will be some great swag items for you to win.

Bag drop will be provided from the start to the finish of the run. Please bear in mind, there will be traffic so you may beat your bags to the finish. We will have Pacers for various pace groups, so bring your friends and join us for a great night!

More info and RSVP

  • Hospital for Special Surgery presents Foam Rolling for TCS New York City Marathon Runners

When: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Hospital for Special Surgery physical therapists Catherine Wysin and Julie Khan as they teach runners how to use foam rollers to help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and accelerate the return of muscle strength and power after a hard workout.

More info and RSVP.

Thursday, November 2nd

  • Run Mama Run Screening and Breakfast with Sarah Brown

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join us for an exclusive free screening of Run Mama Run, followed by breakfast and a panel with New Balance athlete Sarah Brown.Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Seating and breakfast are first come, first served.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am through 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)

When: 12 pm to 2:15 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m /  Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m. / Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m. / French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • It Will Move You Professional Athlete Panel

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Pro athletes Jared Ward, Aliphine Tuliaumuk, Amanda McGrory, and Josh George will participate in an exclusive It Will Move You panel. These athletes will share their stories of how they’ve been moved by running and the marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Abebe Bikila and George Hirsch Journalism Awards Presentation

When: 3 pm to 5 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Inducted in 2017 will be Tom Fleming, Ryan Hall, Lornah Kiplagat, Orlando Pizzolato, and Dr. Norbert Sander. Tim Layden will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award. This event is free and open to the public.

More info and RSVP.

  • Maximizing Race Day: Tips for Success on Your 26.2 with Tiffany Chag from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • Fitbit Presentation with Ryan and Sara Hall

When: 5 pm to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Fitbit Ambassadors and professional runners Ryan and Sara Hall for a special Q&A.

More info and RSVP.

  • Foam Rolling with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

More info and RSVP.

When: 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Where: New York Running Company / 10 Columbus Circle/ New York, NY 10019

What: Grab your girlfriends (or guy friends!) and join us at JackRabbit for a truly exclusive night with one of the strongest runners in the game. Whether you’ve seen her on TV or racing in person, you know Molly Huddle is fierce. Historically a track runner, she made her marathon debut last year in New York, placing third in 2:28:13. She’s the 10,000, American Record holder, winner of the 2017 New York Half Marathon, and an advocate for female athletes everywhere (you can thank her in part for the runner girl emoji!)

Party Highlights: Shakeout run- Head out on a casual loop through Central Park with Moll / Q&A with Molly- Get some tips for race day and come ready with your own questions / Customer nail wrap bar- Molly loves her nail art, and we’re bringing the glam to your race with NYC-themed nail wraps/ Donut Bar – Who doesn’t need to carb load before the big race?! / Polar Bubble Bar- Enjoy a “Molly Mocktail” courtesy of our friends at Polar Seltzer.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

  • Runner’s World and Reebok’s NYC Marathon Kick-Off Run

When: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Where: Reebok (New York) – 1 Union Sq W, New York, New York 10003

What: Join Reebok and Runner’s World to celebrate the kick-off of marathon weekend on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30pm with Bart Yasso. After the run continue the celebration with meet & greets and shopping!
-FREE Gift bags to first 100 attendees
-20% discount on your Reebok purchase
-First 50 attendees to receive a $25 Reebok gift card* (*valid for 11/2 only)

More info and RSVP.

  • BOSTON Screening with Q&A

When: 8:30 pm to 11:15 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Watch an exclusive screening of BOSTON, the first feature-length documentary chronicling the iconic race from its very beginning 120 years ago to present day.
Doors will open for the free screening at 8:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 8:00 p.m., as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating.

More info and RSVP.

Friday, November 3rd

  • Morning Miles with Nike

When: 7:04 am to 8:30 am

Where: New York Running Company by JackRabbit, 10 Columbus Cir, Ste 210, New York, New York 10023

What: In town for the big race and looking for a group to run with before the big dance? Look no further than to Morning Miles! Join us for a fun run while keeping your legs fresh for Sunday.  We’ll meet at the JackRabbit store in the Time Warner Center at 7:00 AM. We have pacers, lockers, and refreshments for all participants. All paces welcome and the run will be between 4-5 miles.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am through 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)

When: 12 pm to 2:15 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m /  Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m. / Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m. / French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • Tiki Talk: A Meet-Up and Q&A with Former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Former New York Giants running back and NFL Pro Bowler Tiki Barber will share the story of his transition from football player to road runner. A three-time TCS New York City Marathon finisher, Barber will dive into his passion for running and the obstacles he’s overcome on his journey to becoming a marathoner.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: The Future of U.S. Women’s Running with Emily Infeld and Emily Sisson

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join IAAF World Championship bronze medalist Emily Infeld and Team NB young phenom Emily Sisson for a chat about the bright future of women’s running in the United States.

More info and RSVP.

  • Conversation with Dean Karnazes

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Fitbit Ambassador and ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes for a special conversation and meet and greet.

More info and RSVP.

  • Last-Minute Aches and Pains with Alex Shafiro from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: Dual-Sport Paralympic Athletes

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: This year’s TCS New York City Marathon will include two wheelchair athletes who have excelled on the world stage at the Paralympic Games in sports other than track and field: South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk (cycling) and Germany’s Annika Zeyen (wheelchair basketball). Join these two inspirational racers to hear their journeys of competing in multiple sports, and the state of wheelchair racing and Paralympic sport in the world today.

More info and RSVP.

  • Seven Continents, Seven Marathons, Seven Days: A Conversation with Ultramarathoner Mike Wardian

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join ultramarathoner Mike Wardian as he talks about his record-breaking performance as he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days! He’ll discuss this journey as well as the many other ultra adventures that helped him prepare for the TCS New York City Marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • Citius Mag Podcast Live at the NYRR RUNCENTER

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join Citius Magazine as its staff records live from the NYRR RUNCENTER. Co-founder of Citius Mag and Sports Illustrated columnist Chris Chavez and Men’s Journal Senior Editor Kit Fox will preview the incredible professional field of the TCS New York City Marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 7 pm to 8 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

Saturday, November 4th

  • NYC MARATHON SHAKEOUT ART RUN

When: 10 am to 12 pm

Where: Whole Foods Market95 East Houston StreetNew York, NY, 10002

What: Whole Foods Market presents the Runstreet NYC Marathon Shakeout Art Run! Whether you’re running the NYC Marathon or just want to get in an incredible run to see the best murals and street art in NYC, you won’t want to miss this 3-mile pre-marathon shakeout art run! The shakeout run will be at a relaxed, 10-minute mile pace, with stops for photos along the way. We will see endless art-drenched streets in the Lower East Side and beyond! Our Runstreet photographer Marques Jackson will be shooting beautiful photos during the run, and you will receive access to the whole photo album after the event.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: A Conversation with Four-Time New York City Marathon Winner Bill Rodgers

When: 10 am to 11 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join four-time New York City Marathon champion Bill Rodgers as he discusses his iconic wins and tales of the past. A meet and greet will follow.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: NYRR Hall of Fame Legends

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Don’t miss the fastest panel of New York City running legends ever put together. This “greatest of all time” chat will feature Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, Germán Silva, and Ryan Hall.

More info and RSVP.

  • A Celebration of Running Legend Meb Keflezighi

When: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: YOTEL New York City, 570 10th Avenue, 4th Floor

What: Meb will reflect on running his final race at the New York City Marathon and his remarkable career in a private Q&A the day before the race. Limited number of tickets available.

More info and RSVP.

  • Oiselle Pop-Up and Meet Kara Goucher and Sally Bergesen at Custom PT!

When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Where: NY Custom PT & Performance Center – 295 Madison Ave, # 1026, New York, New York 10017

What: Come check out the new fall line and chat with Oiselle founder Sally Bergesen herself! Everything will be available to feel and try on. Nothing for day-of-purchase, but attendees will get a discount to use on Oiselle.com! Come one, come all! Share with all your friends!

More info and RSVP.

  • The Secrets of Running with Toby Tanser and Lornah Kiplagat

When: 1 pm to 2 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Author of Train Hard, Win Easy: The Kenyan Way Toby Tanser will lead a discussion on the secrets of Kenyan running with Lornah Kiplagat, an IAAF World Half-Marathon and IAAF World Cross Country Championships gold medalist.

More info and RSVP.

  • The Future of Women’s Running with Kathrine Switzer, Deena Kastor, and Alison Desir

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join a discussion with female running legends Kathrine Switzer and Deena Kastor as well as Alison Desir, fitness activist and co-founder of Run4AllWomen. The three will discuss the history and future of women’s running around the world. The panel will be moderated by New York Road Runners’ Gordon Bakoulis.

More info and RSVP.

  • Team New Balance World Champions: Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join Team New Balance athletes, IAAF World Champions and Olympic medalists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn as they discuss training, the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and their individual moments of World Championships glory.

More info and RSVP.

  • Race Recovery: Finish Line and Beyond with Pam Geisel from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • It Will Move You: The Most Inspiring Stories of the TCS New York City Marathon

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Before the TCS New York City Marathon, get inspired by a panel of runners who have experienced a variety of obstacles to get to the marathon start line—but have overcome them and will be lining up right alongside you on Sunday, November 5.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How To Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

Sunday, November 5th

  • Blue Line Lounge Presented by Tata Consultancy Services

When: 8 am to 2 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Steps from the finish line, in a heated indoor lounge, enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet; hot beverages; beer and wine after 12:00 p.m.; access to the west side Grandstand Seating to watch your runners finish; the Marathon broadcast on the big screen; and early access to finisher merchandise. Children under 2 do not require a ticket. Please note: This event is sold out.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Sunday Brunch and Live Stream

When: 9 am to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Swing by the NYRR RUNCENTER while you are waiting for your runner to finish the TCS New York City Marathon or join in after the race to shop for official TCS New York City Marathon gear presented by New Balance!

More info and RSVP.

Monday, November 6th

  • Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion

When: 8 am to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Celebrate your accomplishment at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. Jumpstart your recovery at the Hospital for Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone, shop for New Balance finisher gear, have your finisher medal engraved by Fond Memories, and purchase commemorative editions of the New York Times.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Re-Broadcast

When: 8 am to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: After you have your medal engraved at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, come check out the re-broadcast of the TCS New York City Marathon, which will be playing all day at the NYRR RUNCENTER. You can also shop for official TCS New York City Marathon gear presented by New Balance!

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, November 7th

  • Meb Keflezighi and Kathrine Switzer with Dr. Jordan Metzl

When: 8 pm

Where: 92nd St Y

What: Join us for a special evening to celebrate two running legends, Meb Keflezighi and Kathrine Switzer. Moderated by sports medicine physician and Runner’s World author Dr. Jordan Metzl, this program will offer a unique look at the incredible stories behind these running icons and their important roles in the history of marathon running.

More info and RSVP.

 

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 from brands/athletes/stores’ social channels or emails. Events might have been updated at a later date so please check the source for updated info. If you have/see any other events not listed here, pls send my way. Have fun!

Advertisements

December/November/October Recaps

Well, it turns out I totally forgot to post a November recap, AND ALSO, an October Recap…  so I am going to keep it short and good. But it was a quite eventful 3 months. If I told you everything that happened since October, you would not believe me. You wouldn’t. The good, the bad, the just really unbelievable, so it was all and crazy and crammed and shockimg. All of it. 2017 needs to be a bit more relaxed. Please. It’s NOT looking that way though… stay with me, here we go!

meme-lets-do-this-1

December

I started the month in Italy!!! My husband, my parents and I spent two weeks travelling from north to south. It was glorious. I didn’t run one mile, had ALL THE FOOD and still came back in amazing shape. Italian food is magical. I have no idea how they do it; well, clean unprocessed food will do it, but it’s just ridiculous. Two weeks on vacation is INSANE these days, but so totally worth it. And needed. We got back to NYC mid December and, after three weeks of no running, on December 13, I looked at my log and I realized I was at 1406… so close to 1500!! My highest year ever I had done 1240 (and 1237 last year), so I already had my highest mileage ever, but why not go for 1500?  I did 28 miles that first week back, and after 3 weeks off, 28 is a good way to ramp up! 44 miles the 19-25 week, and 30 this past last week…. It was hard to get the miles in the last week as everyone was out of town and I hate running alone, but when you have a goal, you get it done! I am also participating in a streak, December 21st to January 21st, which requires a mile every day, for Coach Stuart Calderwood’s 30th anniversary streak. The logistics are crazy but so far, so good! Oh, and did the Midnight Run on December 31st!!

  • Total Miles: 97 miles (between December 13th and 31st)
  • Races: one, though I wasn’t really racing…
  • Ups: Some runs alone were quite interesting. I’d also find myself running easy miles in sub 8 pace, which was completely weird but welcome. Most of the miles were super slow but I can see my endurance building with the higher mileage.
  • Downs: Running alone sucks but I did manage to get it done. The cold is here. ugh. The piles of laundry is scary.
  • Balance: AMAZING, 1502 MILES FOR THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! HELL YEAH!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And some pictures from Italy, I promise I will do a post about it soon! (HAHAHA, “promise” and “soon”!!)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

November

November was a busy month, between the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon and the Philly Marathon… I participated in and attended many events before the big day, I spent LOTS of hours at the marathon expo, I run my last miles for the Philly Marathon, I tapered, and then I went to Philly, got super sick and didn’t run a yard! I definitely was in way better shape than before ANY other marathon, I trained a lot harder and did many more miles, and came out the other side with no race… SUCH a STRANGE FEELING!!! But there was not time to dwell on it, the day after the marathon I managed to close a HUGE project (even if I was still sick and super weak), then a Thanksgiving trip and by Saturday I was off to Italy for two weeks, all in 6 days! And it took until Friday for my stomach to feel normal again; so happy it was as good as new in Italy!

  • Total Miles: 72. Hilarious.
  • Races: nope
  • Ups: the NYC Marathon week fun. Nothing beats that week, all year. And Thanksgiving!!
  • Downs: OMG, the Philly marathon that didn’t happen. There went all the training I did, nowhere!!!!
  • Balance: okay…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

October

October was wild. How did I manage such mileage? Well, I got some decent long runs, two halfs and apparently some ridiculous extra workouts. Both halfs were good but not what I expected. The Great Gallop turned out to be a hot/humid training run of sorts, and the Verrazano Half was a wind tunnel I was glad to survive. I was a bit disappointed to not have good weather in the Verrazano Half to PR, but oh well, can’t win them all. Then, the marathon madness swiped over us and took over my life. It was easy to forget all the racing!

  • Total Miles: 187, WHAT!??!?! MOST EVER BY A LOT
  • Races: 2 halves, no PR but good overall
  • Ups: Crazy fun runs and highest mileage ever
  • Downs: No great races so far this Fall. Oh well.
  • Balance: well, still have a marathon next month!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

September

is it really almost October ALREADY??? WHAT!

meme-winteriscoming

actually, this is more like it:

bwqofcpl0jst21jc1ajuI am already dreading it ALREADY, though of course the running gets easier… On the other hand, I was finally adjusted to the heat. You know how it is…

September shocked me a bit. I ended up with 160 miles. Oooops.

I actually had the same reaction many Fridays or Saturdays when I had a race that weekend and realized and already had run way too many miles that week to be rested for the race. No idea how that happens!

september-2016

This was probably my month with the highest mileage EVER. I say probably because I am too lazy to go check. Then I reply to myself, “what is the point of keeping track of EVERYTHING, if you are not going to use it to check on stuff?” And I just pretend I have to go to the bathroom and walk away offended. So, I am assuming there’s a 95% change this is my highest monthly mileage ever.

This month my routine was thrown off a LOT. I had a set-in-stone routine: Speedwork on Tuesdays (THE main workout); Easy or nothing on Mondays (Stairs workout for the last 4 months); November Project on Wednesdays; Easy or Tempo on Thursdays. Nothing Friday. Long or Race on the Weekend.

Then, I started coaching the NYRR Long Training Runs a few weeks ago, AT NIGHT. First of all, I hadn’t run after 7 am in AGES… 3, 4, 5 years maybe? I don’t even remember! Which is SO STRANGE. Adjusting to running at night is still a struggle. It feels weird waking up and not heading out. Do I shower? Do I just watch the news???? WHAT DO PEOPLE DO?!!?!?! Then, what’s the latest I can eat? One time, I forgot, had a snack at 3 pm and I was so uncomfortable during the workout (there’s always speed-work or some sort of speed component), I felt like I was going to throw up. Then, I get home past 8, which is usually my bed time… it’s weird to go to sleep so late, with food still in my throat, I’ve woken up early a few mornings after still full and gagging in my first few steps. There’s some major logistics mishaps that need straightening. On the other hand, SO much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do other women do about long sweaty hair when they run at night?????

What do other women do about long sweaty hair when they run at night?????

I still need to figure out how to reinstate my own speedwork instead of just doing it with the group, but running twice on Tuesdays, speedwork twice in one day, seems crazy. Still fine-tuning this. Stay tuned!

Oh and I had a few races and did many fun this, but I am SURE you’ve read my previous posts anyway!

  • Total Miles: 160. Most ever. For Sure. Almost Sure. Not 100% sure but almost really sure.
  • Races:Two. The New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile and the Newport Liberty Half. I run both quite poorly to tell you the truth, now that I have the perspective.
  • Ups: Apparently something good was happening if I was clocking this many miles. 😉
  • Downs: Races and their tapering… ugh. Oh, and no PRs since MARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Balance: The more I race the more I get deflated about the no PRs since March’s United NYC Half thing. But we’ll get there when we get there, right?

Some pictures from the road:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

See you next Month for the next recap!

August

I can’t get over how now 70 degree weather feel like Autumn… it’s amazing how fast we get used to 90s or 10s around here…. I am already missing the high temperatures and dreading the winter, but ohboyohboyohboyhowfastwearegoingtoberunningsoon!!!

August was insane. I don’t know if I ever run 149 miles in one month and I am too lazy to look it up. I know that’s weekly mileage for some of you, but whatever, we all have our limits! I love sharing my training month once in a while because no one believes me I run this little/much or at this pace or whatever. And we’re all nosy, aren’t we? You’re welcome. So here’s the naked August truth:

august runs

I did 3 long runs, all in Summer Streets, one better than the last one. I felt great, fast and powerful, even with awful heat and humidity, go figure. I am still cross-training a lot more than usual, and I totally felt the difference in the long runs. The 4th week I was supposed to be off so I raced a 5K. I didn’t PR but I was 9 seconds away! It was hard, but I was just so happy with the race, the fun, and my negative splits! This past month was interesting as my gastroenterologist put me on a no-dairy, no-gluten, no-artificial sweeteners diet. Quite messy at first, because, is there anything left? But once the 16Handles cravings subsided, I got used to it. This past month was one of the funnest ever, and I am so happy I decided to sign up for a marathon: I found out I could rally the troops to have great long runs with great company and have been having the best time! September, and all is racing is just so close I can smell it!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Total Miles: 149. Most ever? Let’s assume so!
  • Races: one!!!! Not a PR but a great effort! Still, that’s race 7 this year, I am waaay behind!
  • Ups: The miles flew by and have been getting in quality workouts with QUALITY PEOPLE!
  • Downs: Tapering for races annoys me. And the easy weeks. UGH. But I know they’re needed.
  • Balance: best month ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July

So, last month I finally STOPPED. I had been running crazy for years and never ocurred to me to rest. There. One week. Ugh. It was tough. I finally decided to maybe do another marathon this year, and scheduled a few halfs. I got on a groove with the stairs workouts and the cross training at November Project, so all seems to be going in the right direction. I’ll share my training for all July as I know you’re all curious, but there was nothing groundbreaking. Not even a lot of miles!

july training

  • Total Miles: 109. Shit
  • Races: zero. ooops. forgot
  • Ups: LOTS of stairs and running and cross training. AND SWEATING.
  • Downs: the easy week!!!! I am scared about the marathon training plan I put together.
  • Balance: It’s great. Though  I am a bit anxious about how this marathon season is going to play out.

June

did I forget to write about June??? I guess SO! Oooops, what a mess. Well, my parents were visiting for a month if that is a good excuse! It was BU-SY!

BUSY

what happened in June..?? well, I we took my parents everywhere. a month is like, 4 weeks, so we had tons of time to do stuff, and they’d done all the touristy stuff all the other times, so this time we did local’s stuff stuff, you know? like they’d walk to Randall’s Island everyday, or go to the GW, or go to November Project, or volunteer at a water table (for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge). fun part is this is the first year in like 15 years, that my parents and I spend my birthday and my dad’s bday and father’s day  in the same place! So cool right? Little things you get used to not having… oh well. We did do a couple of touristy things, like the Freedom Tour Observatory (meh), the NY Philarmonic in Central Park, and the Intrepid. But it stops there! Juan had a half Ironman so we went to Maryland or somewhere for the weekend. He did amazing. But he has been training like a maniac, twice a day, hours and hours in the indoor trainer, so I was happy he could get some good results! Me? I’ve been running and workout as usual. I finally managed to make cross-training part of my routine, which I talked about here, and I am SO excited about it!

  • Total Miles: 137. YES!!
  • Races: Just one, the NYRR Achilles Hope and Possibility
  • Ups: LOTS of running and cross training. And we starting doing stairs workouts. AND IT’S HOT OUT
  • Downs: that this weather can’t last forever??? nothing!
  • Balance: I feel amazing. As fit as I’ve ever been. I have no interest in racing because I don’t want to taper. I just want to train and train and train!!!! that’s crazy right?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

May

Flowers Month started with the NJ Half, which now seems like aaaaages ago. Maybe because I did the Brooklyn Half and that also seems like aaaaaages ago!!! Well, it was only 10 days ago. Wow, I am aging fast! New Jersey was a meh race, I got bored, my heart rate was spiking and I wasn’t even sure why, missed a PR by 20 something seconds. I spent the whole month trying to lower it and find the culprit. Then I did the Newport 10K, which was fun but super hot so I missed a PR by a whole minute. A minute in a 10K is like a minute waiting for your Shake Shack buzzer to go off: e-t-e-r-n-i-t-yyyyy. A week later, and still tired, was the Brooklyn Half. I knew I didn’t have it so took it easy there and had a great fun (though slow) race. Best decision evah. Why try when you can just give up? 😉 Overall, I had a fun month, I did a million workouts and runs with lots of friends, I went out a lot, I looked for many races to do as soon as I recovered from Brooklyn then was happy that I didn’t sign up for anything, as it’s SO HOT out. Speedwork Tuesday was not just hot, it was HUMID and awful. Need to make sure I adjust to this crap ASAP. If you need a read on how to adjust to the heat and a lesson on how to over-hydrate, check this (skip to the bottom if you’re not into sciency/nerdy stuff). And you better be ready for the summer runs/racing. It’s happening whether you like it or not! What’s happening in June…? I’d like to say I have x race and x race but…. I do have a bunch of races in my calendar, but nothing I am 100% on. I think I need a liiiiiitle break from racing. Usually in May/June I have a race every weekend, sometimes 3 races in a week! I am just going to go with my heart this time, and see where the wind blows!

  • Total Miles: 120. Ok with me!
  • Races: Three. The NJ Half, the Newport 10K, and the Brooklyn Half.
  • Ups: solid workouts, not just running, all sorts of stuff. I went up LOTs of stairs and bridges too.
  • Downs: my races sorta sucked. BK was fun but nothing fast.
  • Balance: Still in building mode for the Fall, I guess?. And having fun with it. May was fun but not the usual May where I score a bunch of awesome PRs! Oh well. Healthy and Fun wins over FAST. Actually, looking at the pictures in the slideshow, I have proof that I had all sorts of fun!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

April

I am ready… feeling ready to say hello to May and a NEW HALF PR, whether that’s New Jersey (May 1, this Sunday!!!!!) or the Brooklyn Half, well, that… I still don’t know, but I’ll be trying at both. Or I’ll be trying at NJ this weekend and then we’ll see about the other one!

I did one fun race in April, the Run for the Parks 4Miler, that went a bit (12 seconds) too slow and two IronStrength workouts that zapped my legs. Like OUCH. Or more like this feels worse that my first marathon (walking backwards downstairs and all). I also did a lot of coaching, I went to cheer on my athletes, team, and friends at the Boston Marathon, and last week I participated the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay. A busy month at work, lots of coaching, and quality runs. Plus some cross-training, which you know I hate! I am getting over it though, I think, we’ll see.

  • Total Miles: 90 (ooops)
  • Races: One, Run for the Parks 4Miler, not a PR by a bit.
  • Ups: I got back on the horse about the #!*$! cross-training with some November Project and some Ironstrength. Each time I was out for days. I am not built for burpees. at all.
  • Downs: same as above, cross-training kills me. I’d do it and then not be able to walk normally or run for days!!!! And… where did my mileage go? Even last Saturday I tried to run (3 days past Ironstrength!!) and I couldn’t, UGH.
  • Balance: Building, building, waiting for my chance to ATTACK. Stay tuned. May should be my chance!
  • Good news: not to be braggy but I noticed how all my races lately have been over 70% Age Grading, which had always been my goal. So, happy (very happy) about that. Also noticed, that I have no need to do the 9+1 now as I qualify for the marathon (with my NYC Half time) , if I ever decided to do it. Whaaaaat? yeah, it’s a bit braggy but hey, it took YEARS! And lots and lots of sweat and early mornings!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

March

Ah it was a roller coaster!!!!! It was cold, it was hot, it was cold, you get it. I did some amazing workouts, some confidence-boosters, and lots of junk miles. It took a bit to psych myself up that I could do a sub 1:37 half. I did it. And then, the same day, I left for Argentina for two weeks, so it’s like it almost didn’t happen (it was funny when I got back home last week and my apartment looked like I just had done the half: pace bracelet, Gatorade, extra layers, mylar blanket, and stuff everywhere!!!). Remind me not to do that again! I barely run when in Argentina; maybe about 30 miles in two weeks. But had such a relaxing time!

  • Total Miles: 110
  • Races: ONE. The NYC Half! with a PR!!! the PR I had been chasing for THREE YEARS
  • Ups: I got a lot of fun easy runs, slow runs, fun runs
  • Downs: where did my mileage go? I had no interest in running while I was on vacation.  Or workout. Or anything, as usual.
  • Balance: Overall good. I still need to figure out a thing or two about the half, and how to drink while running and why I sometimes, after a hard effort, have no interest in any of it, but overall good.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

February

confirmed that this would be the most confusing and best winter ever. One day you have low temperature records and the next day you’re in shorts. A Blizzard, then 60 degrees. Still a lot better than just straight out freezing for the whole month (like last year). Somehow, I have still been able to train a lot this month, which is strange as I haven’t really taken a break since last March… So weird. I did quite good mileage, once short race, 6 interval workouts, three runs over 15 miles, ooops no tempo! Forgot about the tempo. Though I should probably count every time I run with Patricia as a tempo!!! 76% of my miles were on the briddle path, maybe that’s why I have been able to do all this mileage?

  • Total Miles: 137.
  • Races: one 4 Miler, not a PR (by 3 seconds) but placed 2nd in my Age Group
  • Ups: the weather was awesome for February. Lots of miles. Lots of fast miles! I love that we’re back in the briddle path for the speedwork!! Got a lot of new Under Armour gear and shoes. Managed to survive a long run with Patricia.
  • Downs: I am tired and we are 2.5 weeks from the NYC Half: I am starting to get nervous!
  • Balance: Great, ready to pounce!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

January

was a solid month. I got 132 miles… how? Apparently I started doing longish runs again without noticing!!! I got five of them in the log: 12.5, 12.5, 15, 11, and 15.5, not sure what distance is “long” anymore but I guess if I am training for a half, anything over 8 miles is LONG. Right? Anyone knows?

I also did 5 speedwork sessions: Mile Repeats, 6x400s + 3x800s, 5x1K, 5 Cath Hill Sprints, and 6x800s. Plus a stoopid-hard workout at Orange Theory I had no idea how to include in my spreadsheet 😛

Weather has been ok so far, nothing like last year. We did have a rough day, when it was 17 (feels like 5) and we were doing intervals. It was BRUTAL. but you know, those are the days you go out because after that 20s and 30s feel like Summer. We had a little blizzard (22 inches of snow in 1 day) but I was able to run the day before and the day after so no biggie. And the briddle path was back in just 10 days!

I have now 6 weeks to the United NYC Half Marathon and I am super pumped. I need a Half PR this year guys, it’s been 3 years! I am desperate. I also signed up for the New Jersey Half. Oh, and Brooklyn Half too. It’s coming. I promise. I can see it. I can almost taste it! I am sure it tastes like unicorns, and victory and clouds, and sunny and yes, pizza from Rome.

  • Total Miles: 132.
  • Races: Zero (unless you count the times I need to race to be on time to meet running friends!)
  • Ups: the weather is not 100% miserable. Lots of consistent training and cross training.
  • Downs: I am sick of wearing layers. My legs and my bun want out!
  • Balance: Good, on a patient waiting mode.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2016 TCS New York City Marathon: race week events!

  I will be updating this every day, I’ll add a lot more events later tonight or tomorrow. If you have any to be added, just forward it to me. So, recheck often! updated 10/29 4 pm

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

Monday, October 24th

  • Summit Series Launch Party with American Alpine Club
    Join The North Face as they launch our Fall 2016 Summit Series line. At 6pm, American Alpine Club will give an overivew of their organization and then detail some of the amazing spots for climbing in the Northeast. Following that, a few of the members of the local chapter will talk of their recent expeditions, with one member telling of her recent attempt at K2.
    Then, Senior Field Representative for The North Face, Stan Kosmider, will go through the Summit Series line and describe the new innovative gear that make up the full range of products At the end of the night, they will have a Q&A and raffle off some North Face gear. Refreshments will be provided by Bronx Brewery and some light snacks. More info here. (free)
  • Race IQ: New York City Marathon
    Join Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy on Monday, October 24, as they welcome a panel of experts to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the TCS New York City Marathon. More info here. (free)

Saturday, October 29th

  • Yoga for Runners: Pre-Marathon Yoga with Pure Yoga. Central Park Conservancy and renowned sports medicine physician, Dr. Jordan Metzl, have teamed up with Pure Yoga to offer you a special 60-minute pre-marathon yoga class. After the class, Dr. Metzl will conduct a Q&A about healthy running.
    Time: Music starts at 12:00 pm, class will be from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
    Location: East Meadow (East Side from 97th to 100th Street). This program is FREE; pre-registration is recommended. Open to all fitness levels. More info here. (free)

Sunday, October 30th

  • At the Marathon Pavilion: Virtual Trainer/Group Training Special Course Strategy Session
    The NYRR Coaching Staff will be giving you a special course strategy session and shakeout run on October 30 at the marathon pavilion (finish line of the marathon). If you are looking for any last-minute tips on how to run your best race, come on by at 3:00 p.m. Join the NYRR Pace team at 3:00 p.m. for a 3-5 mile easy run around Central Park and get pacing event from the pro’s, Bag check will be available for all runners. At 3:45 p.m. the coaches will break down the marathon course, mile by mile, so you can run your best race! Feel free to attend one of these or both!  Shake Out run with NYRR Pace Team: 3:00 p.m. Course Strategy: 3:45 p.m. More info here. (free)

Monday, October 31st

  • November Project: CAT HILL. 6:28am.  Well 120+ people will get to run down Cat Hill on Sunday, so we wanted to give people a chance to run UP it as well.  Because we all know that going up is so much more fun than going down. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Spa Flow Yoga Open Class- Join instructor Rika Henry for a traditional flowing vinyasa yoga session with grooving tunes and creative transitions that lengthen, strengthen, and center. The class will be offered in basic, open, and advanced levels, with exhale’s unique focus on mind and body. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 12:00 p.m. – Pint Glass Giveaway: Stop by starting at noon for a limited-edition pint glass, free for NYRR members.
    • 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour: NYRR members get a free drink during this two-hour gathering.
    • 6:30 p.m. – Course Strategy Preview: NYRR coaches will provide valuable insight and answer all your race-day questions.

 

 

Tuesday, November 1st

  • November Project at Mountain Athletics:  6:30PM at Columbus Circle.  The North Face have a #FREE weekly workout  Mountain Athletics.  Trainers will take you through a session of either strength, agility, or work capacity and send you on your way to hit the sack, set your alarm and get some sleep before tomorrow morning. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Spa Power Yoga Class
      Join instructor Rika Henry for an athletically and mentally challenging class set to upbeat music. Exhale’s focus is on strengthening mind and body, and this yoga class is one of their best. Roll out your mat and get ready to sweat; expect a flowing, challenging, and mindful yoga practice. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 5:00 p.m. MELT Class presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Polly DeMille. The MELT Method uses bodywork techniques and teachings to reduce joint pain and muscle tension. HSS will lead runners through a series of exercises intended to enhance body awareness and restoration and ensure they’re ready for race day.
    • 5:30 p.m. Yoga for Runners presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Cara Senicola. Help protect your joints with this exclusive class designed to help meet the needs of runners’ bodies during training. The class will guide you through proper yoga poses to use when stretching and exercises to strengthen the core and help prevent injury.

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • November Project #PRDay. 5:28/6:28 a.m. For those running, you can jog a few laps with some of the most amazing people or just cheer the like you want to hear on Sunday from the Cheer Station. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Yoga Class
      This class combines the small, targeted, toning movements of Core Fusion and a flowing, hard-driving yoga practice. Expect a fast-paced vinyasa flow with an extra “oomph” for thighs, glutes, and abs. It’s an uplifting hour on the mat, geared to stretch and tone body and mind, led by instructor Kevin Murane. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 9:00 a.m. Foam Rolling Session presented by Hospital for Special Surgery
      Led by Jamie Osmak. Runners will learn how to use a foam roller to help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and accelerate the return of muscle strength and power after a hard workout.
    • 5:00 p.m. Strength Training for Runners presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Pam Geisel and Tiffany Chag. Runners will learn how to effectively strength train and prevent injury during marathon training.
    • 6:00 p.m. Runner’s World Shakeout Run
      Celebrate Runner’s World’s 50th anniversary with an evening shakeout run in Central Park. Led by Bart Yasso and other Runner’s World guests and editors, this run is open to runners of all levels and includes a commemorative giveaway.
    • 8:30 p.m. Tracktown Screening
      THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL. We hope to have more tickets available closer to the event. Stay tuned for updates!
      This will be a special NYC screening of Tracktown: The Movie, with co-writer, director, and elite runner Alexi Pappas and director/producer Jeremy Teicher on hand for autographs and photo ops.

Thursday, November 3rd

  • KT Tape Champion’s Run with Meb Keflezighi and Special Guests by JackRabbit Free.
    7:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT JackRabbit: 42 W 14th St. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Barre Class
      Join instructor Lauren Chiarello for a tough, inspired workout that moves you from barre to mat as it takes you through five intense muscle-targeted sequences that sculpt the arms, lean out the legs, shape the butt, and chisel the waistline. The workout ends with an inspirational cool-down geared to leave you with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment, energy, and peace. Socks required; registration not required.
    • 9:00 a.m. Ryan and Sara Hall Q&A Session
      Join pro runners and Fitbit Ambassadors Ryan and Sara Hall for breakfast, a meet and greet, photo ops, and a special Q&A session where they will discuss their tips and tricks for surviving a marathon, and Sara will share insights on how she’s used the Fitbit Surge to get ready for race day.
    • 4:00 p.m. New York Road Runners Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
      New York City Marathon icons Rod Dixon, Dick Traum, Margaret Okayo, and Steve Jones will make up the NYRR Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Former NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg will receive the Abebe Bikila Award and New York Times writer Jeré Longman will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award.
    • 6:00 p.m. Run Fast. Eat Slow. Meet-and-Greet with Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Join Olympian Shalane Flanagan and her co-author, Elyse Kopecky, for an inspirational nutrition talk. Learn the story behind Run Fast. Eat Slow. and how “indulgent nourishment” can help you run stronger and happier. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.
    • 6:45 p.m. Lauren Fleshman: Complete Training Journal Book Launch
      Join American former track and field athlete Lauren Fleshman as she launches her new book and shares insights on competing, improving your mental game, and how to ensure that race day brings out your best. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and there will be a meet-and-greet and photo ops with Lauren.

  • Shake It Out with Fitbit at NYRR Open Run with Dean Karnazes
    7:00 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Whether you’re here for the TCS New York City Marathon or just looking for a fun, active event, come get your steps in at a free shakeout run, hosted by NYRR Open Run, in partnership with Fitbit—the Official Fitness Tracker of the TCS New York City Marathon. Run alongside ultramarathon man and Fitbit Ambassador, Dean Karnazes. Hear how he’s been training with Fitbit Surge to help him conquer the city on race day, and enter to win a tracker of your own! More info here. (free)
  • November Project at Mountain Athletics: PART II.  Our friends are bringing you another hard hitting workout, same time, different location. 6:30 p.m. More info here. (free)

Friday, November 4th

  • November Project at Bethesda Fountain, 6:25 a.m. Moving up the start time, so be there ON TIME. What does that mean? 6:25 a.m. Six twenty-five a.m. Marathon swag will be sold at this workout as well. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Barre Class
      Join instructor Lauren Chiarello for a tough, inspired workout that moves you from barre to mat as it takes you through five intense muscle-targeted sequences that sculpt the arms, lean out the legs, shape the butt, and chisel the waistline. The workout ends with an inspirational cool-down geared to leave you with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment, energy, and peace. Socks required; registration not required.
    • 11:00 a.m. Dean Karnazes Q&A and Book Signing
      Join Fitbit Ambassador and ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes for a special Q&A. Learn how he trains and prepares for races with Fitbit Surge. Sneak a peek and purchase The Road to Sparta and enjoy a meet-and-greet and photo ops with Dean.
    • 12:00 p.m. New York Times Discussion: Mindfulness and Running
      Led by the New York Times, this interactive panel discussion will focus on mindfulness and meditation practices and how to apply them to running. Panelists will even help runners create a unique mantra to use during the TCS New York City Marathon. Panelists include Jen Kluczkowski, founder of Mindfresh; David Gelles, meditation expert, New York Times business reporter, and author of Mindful Work; and Jen Miller, award-winning writer and New York Times contributor.
    • 1:00 p.m. Forever at the Finish Line Book Event
      Author Daniel Mitrovich will be on site for book sales, signing, and a meet-and-greet. Stop by to learn about the book that documents the monumental effort to install the life-size statue of New York City Marathon cofounder and former NYRR President Fred Lebow.
    • 2:00 p.m. TCS goIT Presentation
      goIT is TCS’s signature community STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education program, teaching coding, robotics, and design to more than 10,000 middle and high schoolers in more than 32 cities. Students from the program will present their concepts as a part of the TCS goIT Mobile App Challenge.
    • 3:00 p.m. Runner’s World December Cover Search Contest Reveal
      Runner’s World’s third annual cover search recognizes two exemplary runners–one male and one female–in America. The two winners are selected by a panel of Runner’s World judges, including Editor-in-Chief David Willey, Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, and Executive Editor Tish Hamilton, based on their inspirational, personal breakthrough moments and stories of how running changed their lives.

  • GO THE EXTRA MILE, NYC.
    On Friday, Nov. 4, ASICS will be taking over New York City’s Columbus Circle and you’re invited to run (or walk) a mile to donate shoes to Girls on the Run. Each mile ran on the ASICS Extra Mile treadmills stationed in Columbus Circle will equal a pair of shoes donated to the non-profit. Stay tuned for hours of activation closer to the event. More info here.  (donation)
  • Never Stop Exploring Speakers Series: November Project
    Run followed with a FREE party and presentation from November Project as we celebrate New York, the running community, and the launch of “Showing Up,” a film by Dooster, powered by The North Face about 8 people who’s lives have been changed by joining November Project. More info here. (free)

Saturday, November 5th

  • The NYC Run, Selfie, Repeat NYC Marathon Shakeout Fun Run!
    NYC Marathon fun shakeout run led by Run, Selfie, Repeat’s Kelly Roberts and co-hosted by Finish Line Physical Therapy! It doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready to run 26.2 in NYC or if you’re cheering, everyone and all athletic levels are welcome! More info here. (free)
  • NYC Marathon Shakeout Art Run
    Whether you’re in town for the New York City Marathon, a New Yorker running the NYC Marathon or just want to get in a beautiful tour of the world’s best street art, Join the Wolf Pack for a 5K art run through downtown NYC:  lots of incredible street art and new murals in the Lower East Side and SoHo during this relaxed pace NYC Marathon shakeout run. More info here. (not free)
  • Pre NYC Marathon Yoga for Runners!
    “Find out how I used yoga to finish my first half marathon in an 1 hour and 37 minutes!” Join “The Runners Gym at Custom Performance” for a PRE MARATHON YOGA SHAKE OUT!  Enjoy some fall “shakes” & specialized swag bag giveaways! More info here. (not free)

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: Grete’s Great Gallop

hey hey friends! This isn’t going to be much of a race report as I didn’t really race Grete’s Great Gallop (a half marathon if you’re not from NYC!). I wasn’t sure what do make of the race, as I wasn’t tapered to race it fully so I checked with Martina what she had planned for race day. She said she’d be doing 12 miles at Marathon Goal Pace (about 7:35 for her, I think I am closer to 7:45 but how do we know MGP until Race Day, huh???) and a total of 20. That seemed like a good plan to me, and at least I’d have company!

My A goal for this race was to test out another fueling strategy. Goal B was to have a good workout. Goal C would be to have a good time…

Thinking back, two loops of Central Park at MGP doesn’t seem like a good plan. It hurt. I was almost hoping I was doing the Tune Up, as that’s an easier pace to hold in the park for THAT LONG.  But anyway, goals A, B, and C achieved and more! Let me tell you.

I started doing some major research on fueling on Wednesday. I spent 4 hours on this guys! I hadn’t had a good race where my stomach held out. Basically, I either run out of energy because I am avoiding putting stuff on my stomach, OR, I get stomach cramps for about 5 to 10 minutes anytime I put a gel or Gatorade on it. I can handle water, but not a lot. It’s a catch 22 really.

According to my gastroenterologist, I can’t handle anything with sweeteners on it (Acesulfame Potassium is everywhere guys!) ever, and gliadin (in gluten!) while I am running (which is also everywhere!). So, from that I moved onto finding out that I don’t do well with the maltodextrin/fructose combo (aka: most gels…). Anyway, if you want to read more, this is a good start about fueling with fats, but I made a list of things I should try and my plan for Sunday was:

  • Pre Race: 2 cups of white rice, with coconut oil, and salt. Water.
  • Race: 1 gel and LOTs of water

Gels I wanted to try out:

  1. Huma
  2. Vega
  3. Pocket Fuel
  4. Glukos Energy

in that order. The gel situation is complicated though, because there’s a lot of things about my stomach I still don’t understand so I have to avoid LOTS of things that might not even be a problem (like honey for example).

So, Sunday morning, I had the rice, but only 1 cup because 2 seemed like too much and I wasn’t hungry and apparently I am into boycotting my own plans… I was so not stressed out that I forgot to put my bib on and run out. Had to come back. Then, I run the 2 miles to the start. Yey, 2 miles in already.

I was supposed to meet Martina in the B corral and she wasn’t there… even though I was the first person in the corral! I waited and then the start… UGH. I figured she’d be catching up (or coming with the 1:40 pacer, 7:37 pace) soon so I took it as easy as I could in the first mile and kept my eye out for her. About a mile in, she caught up! Phew. I was running at 8:00 and already felt uncomfortable. Why is marathon pace SO uncomfortable??? It’s not SUPER EASY pace, but it’s not ALL OUT either… Plus, mentally, it’s a lot of work to balance in that middle ground. UGH. These workouts are HARD! Oh, add the Central Park course to the mix… by the time she got to me I was already sick of it!

Mile 1: 7:51 But I had Martina!!!!!  Friends are always the super powers you need in a race. Aren’t they?

So we started trying to pace ourselves around 7:40. Which wasn’t so easy. But we kept ourselves entertained. Plus, I saw Juan about 1.5 in yelling!

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-3

Photo Credit: my husband, the tallest man on earth

We kept trucking and right before Engineers Gate I see Carolina cheering and taking more pictures. How could we get bored??? Mile 2: 7:50

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-1

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-6

Photo Credit: Carolina Pena. The guy in red is just amazing.

Right after, the 1:40 pacing group catches up with us, and Stephen tells us we’re chatting up too much! Ha. We let them go! Mile 3: 7:33

There’s to letting pacers go… Up Harlem Hill at Mile 4: 7:48 So crazy to have to do this twice in a race! Somehow our pace wasn’t as awful as it felt.  Mile 5: 7:49

Right around here we had built a little pace group of our own, with this guy Tony, in orange below, the girl in the blue shirt next to him, and this guy Jeff, who’s right behind us in this picture, from GNY. So much fun to run in a group!

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-4

hey hey look at me! By then Carolina and Juan had joined forces cheering!

The Lower Loop of the park always gets to me, there’s so many turns… I don’t know but I don’t like it there (basically mile 1 and 7). Mile 6: 7:33  But we were doing fine. We were getting tired, but you know, pace was fine.

Mile 7: 7:35 I had told Martina, we could take the first loop easy and reassess after the second Harlem Hill, so I was saving a bit for the end as usual. Then we go up Cat Hill, which was ROUGH for me Mile 8: 7:51 as you can see in the pace! But the next one is the easiest stretch so we take it easy there! Mile 9: 7:33 Martina wasn’t feeling well so she said she was going to slow down up Harlem Hill, the Sequel. We did. I was obviously happy to take it easy up the hill. Though, as in any hill, everyone would take off and I’d be left breathing like a crazy person ways back!!! Mile 10: 8:11 Then, I started to feel my legs getting super stiff. I knew I needed the %^[email protected]#@$ fuel. What to do, what to do?? I am just so scared these days, I rather fall apart slowly because I have no energy, than cramp up and have the pain for a mile.

But the point of this “training run” was to test out my fueling!!!! So I manned up, had the Huma, STOPPED for water for about 10 seconds or whatever, and dealt with it. I figured, if it didn’t help, it’s not like I cared much about my finish time. And what was I waiting for to try it? It’s not like I can try it in a long run at 9: 30 pace!!!! Mile 11: 8:00

I actually felt better instantly…. I had to rush to catch back up to Martina, she was like 30 seconds ahead (because I stopped for the water!). I pushed and pushed and got there. And when I got there… I sort of kept going… Oooops. I felt bad. But my legs wanted to move!!

Mile 12: 7:25 and Mile 13: 7:35

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-2

Right before the finish. Photo Credit: Steve Mura

Point 1: 7:16 pace

I was done! average pace was 7:44. I wish it could have been a bit more even but between the hills and the stomach things, I had a hard time focusing this time around. I waited for Martina and the rest of the little 2nd loop group by the finish and we caught with a few team mates at the finish too.

gretes-great-gallop-nyrr-half-marathon-central-park-5

Young (in the middle) had a 1:34 PR. We met DURING this race a few years ago (so Sat was probably our runniversary!), and we run it together. We also run the second half of the NYC Half this year together.

Stats Time!

Finish time: 1:41:12. Average Pace: 7:44

Previous PR: 1:36:03. From: March, 2016

Age Grading: 67:12%

Overall Place: 464 of 4177

Gender Place: 69 of 2015

Age Place: 5 of 258

– NYRR Grete’s Great Gallop (13.1) race results

Training run, done. New fueling protocol tested with positive results. Mission Accomplished.

Now another 20 miler (while you all race Staten Island), then a taper, and then another Half! Can’t wait!!!!

Check out this picture from a few years ago at the same race!!

GGG-TOGETHER15

 

September Recap

is it really almost October ALREADY??? WHAT!

meme-winteriscoming

actually, this is more like it:

bwqofcpl0jst21jc1ajuI am already dreading it ALREADY, though of course the running gets easier… On the other hand, I was finally adjusted to the heat. You know how it is…

September shocked me a bit. I ended up with 160 miles. Oooops.

I actually had the same reaction many Fridays or Saturdays when I had a race that weekend and realized and already had run way too many miles that week to be rested for the race. No idea how that happens!

september-2016

This was probably my month with the highest mileage EVER. I say probably because I am too lazy to go check. Then I reply to myself, “what is the point of keeping track of EVERYTHING, if you are not going to use it to check on stuff?” And I just pretend I have to go to the bathroom and walk away offended. So, I am assuming there’s a 95% change this is my highest monthly mileage ever.

This month my routine was thrown off a LOT. I had a set-in-stone routine: Speedwork on Tuesdays (THE main workout); Easy or nothing on Mondays (Stairs workout for the last 4 months); November Project on Wednesdays; Easy or Tempo on Thursdays. Nothing Friday. Long or Race on the Weekend.

Then, I started coaching the NYRR Long Training Runs a few weeks ago, AT NIGHT. First of all, I hadn’t run after 7 am in AGES… 3, 4, 5 years maybe? I don’t even remember! Which is SO STRANGE. Adjusting to running at night is still a struggle. It feels weird waking up and not heading out. Do I shower? Do I just watch the news???? WHAT DO PEOPLE DO?!!?!?! Then, what’s the latest I can eat? One time, I forgot, had a snack at 3 pm and I was so uncomfortable during the workout (there’s always speed-work or some sort of speed component), I felt like I was going to throw up. Then, I get home past 8, which is usually my bed time… it’s weird to go to sleep so late, with food still in my throat, I’ve woken up early a few mornings after still full and gagging in my first few steps. There’s some major logistics mishaps that need straightening. On the other hand, SO much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do other women do about long sweaty hair when they run at night?????

What do other women do about long sweaty hair when they run at night?????

I still need to figure out how to reinstate my own speedwork instead of just doing it with the group, but running twice on Tuesdays, speedwork twice in one day, seems crazy. Still fine-tuning this. Stay tuned!

Oh and I had a few races and did many fun this, but I am SURE you’ve read my previous posts anyway!

  • Total Miles: 160. Most ever. For Sure. Almost Sure. Not 100% sure but almost really sure.
  • Races:Two. The New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile and the Newport Liberty Half. I run both quite poorly to tell you the truth, now that I have the perspective.
  • Ups: Apparently something good was happening if I was clocking this many miles. 😉
  • Downs: Races and their tapering… ugh. Oh, and no PRs since MARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Balance: The more I race the more I get deflated about the no PRs since March’s United NYC Half thing. But we’ll get there when we get there, right?

Some pictures from the road:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

See you next Month for the next recap!

August

I can’t get over how now 70 degree weather feel like Autumn… it’s amazing how fast we get used to 90s or 10s around here…. I am already missing the high temperatures and dreading the winter, but ohboyohboyohboyhowfastwearegoingtoberunningsoon!!!

August was insane. I don’t know if I ever run 149 miles in one month and I am too lazy to look it up. I know that’s weekly mileage for some of you, but whatever, we all have our limits! I love sharing my training month once in a while because no one believes me I run this little/much or at this pace or whatever. And we’re all nosy, aren’t we? You’re welcome. So here’s the naked August truth:

august runs

I did 3 long runs, all in Summer Streets, one better than the last one. I felt great, fast and powerful, even with awful heat and humidity, go figure. I am still cross-training a lot more than usual, and I totally felt the difference in the long runs. The 4th week I was supposed to be off so I raced a 5K. I didn’t PR but I was 9 seconds away! It was hard, but I was just so happy with the race, the fun, and my negative splits! This past month was interesting as my gastroenterologist put me on a no-dairy, no-gluten, no-artificial sweeteners diet. Quite messy at first, because, is there anything left? But once the 16Handles cravings subsided, I got used to it. This past month was one of the funnest ever, and I am so happy I decided to sign up for a marathon: I found out I could rally the troops to have great long runs with great company and have been having the best time! September, and all is racing is just so close I can smell it!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Total Miles: 149. Most ever? Let’s assume so!
  • Races: one!!!! Not a PR but a great effort! Still, that’s race 7 this year, I am waaay behind!
  • Ups: The miles flew by and have been getting in quality workouts with QUALITY PEOPLE!
  • Downs: Tapering for races annoys me. And the easy weeks. UGH. But I know they’re needed.
  • Balance: best month ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July

So, last month I finally STOPPED. I had been running crazy for years and never ocurred to me to rest. There. One week. Ugh. It was tough. I finally decided to maybe do another marathon this year, and scheduled a few halfs. I got on a groove with the stairs workouts and the cross training at November Project, so all seems to be going in the right direction. I’ll share my training for all July as I know you’re all curious, but there was nothing groundbreaking. Not even a lot of miles!

july training

  • Total Miles: 109. Shit
  • Races: zero. ooops. forgot
  • Ups: LOTS of stairs and running and cross training. AND SWEATING.
  • Downs: the easy week!!!! I am scared about the marathon training plan I put together.
  • Balance: It’s great. Though  I am a bit anxious about how this marathon season is going to play out.

June

did I forget to write about June??? I guess SO! Oooops, what a mess. Well, my parents were visiting for a month if that is a good excuse! It was BU-SY!

BUSY

what happened in June..?? well, I we took my parents everywhere. a month is like, 4 weeks, so we had tons of time to do stuff, and they’d done all the touristy stuff all the other times, so this time we did local’s stuff stuff, you know? like they’d walk to Randall’s Island everyday, or go to the GW, or go to November Project, or volunteer at a water table (for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge). fun part is this is the first year in like 15 years, that my parents and I spend my birthday and my dad’s bday and father’s day  in the same place! So cool right? Little things you get used to not having… oh well. We did do a couple of touristy things, like the Freedom Tour Observatory (meh), the NY Philarmonic in Central Park, and the Intrepid. But it stops there! Juan had a half Ironman so we went to Maryland or somewhere for the weekend. He did amazing. But he has been training like a maniac, twice a day, hours and hours in the indoor trainer, so I was happy he could get some good results! Me? I’ve been running and workout as usual. I finally managed to make cross-training part of my routine, which I talked about here, and I am SO excited about it!

  • Total Miles: 137. YES!!
  • Races: Just one, the NYRR Achilles Hope and Possibility
  • Ups: LOTS of running and cross training. And we starting doing stairs workouts. AND IT’S HOT OUT
  • Downs: that this weather can’t last forever??? nothing!
  • Balance: I feel amazing. As fit as I’ve ever been. I have no interest in racing because I don’t want to taper. I just want to train and train and train!!!! that’s crazy right?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

May

Flowers Month started with the NJ Half, which now seems like aaaaages ago. Maybe because I did the Brooklyn Half and that also seems like aaaaaages ago!!! Well, it was only 10 days ago. Wow, I am aging fast! New Jersey was a meh race, I got bored, my heart rate was spiking and I wasn’t even sure why, missed a PR by 20 something seconds. I spent the whole month trying to lower it and find the culprit. Then I did the Newport 10K, which was fun but super hot so I missed a PR by a whole minute. A minute in a 10K is like a minute waiting for your Shake Shack buzzer to go off: e-t-e-r-n-i-t-yyyyy. A week later, and still tired, was the Brooklyn Half. I knew I didn’t have it so took it easy there and had a great fun (though slow) race. Best decision evah. Why try when you can just give up? 😉 Overall, I had a fun month, I did a million workouts and runs with lots of friends, I went out a lot, I looked for many races to do as soon as I recovered from Brooklyn then was happy that I didn’t sign up for anything, as it’s SO HOT out. Speedwork Tuesday was not just hot, it was HUMID and awful. Need to make sure I adjust to this crap ASAP. If you need a read on how to adjust to the heat and a lesson on how to over-hydrate, check this (skip to the bottom if you’re not into sciency/nerdy stuff). And you better be ready for the summer runs/racing. It’s happening whether you like it or not! What’s happening in June…? I’d like to say I have x race and x race but…. I do have a bunch of races in my calendar, but nothing I am 100% on. I think I need a liiiiiitle break from racing. Usually in May/June I have a race every weekend, sometimes 3 races in a week! I am just going to go with my heart this time, and see where the wind blows!

  • Total Miles: 120. Ok with me!
  • Races: Three. The NJ Half, the Newport 10K, and the Brooklyn Half.
  • Ups: solid workouts, not just running, all sorts of stuff. I went up LOTs of stairs and bridges too.
  • Downs: my races sorta sucked. BK was fun but nothing fast.
  • Balance: Still in building mode for the Fall, I guess?. And having fun with it. May was fun but not the usual May where I score a bunch of awesome PRs! Oh well. Healthy and Fun wins over FAST. Actually, looking at the pictures in the slideshow, I have proof that I had all sorts of fun!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

April

I am ready… feeling ready to say hello to May and a NEW HALF PR, whether that’s New Jersey (May 1, this Sunday!!!!!) or the Brooklyn Half, well, that… I still don’t know, but I’ll be trying at both. Or I’ll be trying at NJ this weekend and then we’ll see about the other one!

I did one fun race in April, the Run for the Parks 4Miler, that went a bit (12 seconds) too slow and two IronStrength workouts that zapped my legs. Like OUCH. Or more like this feels worse that my first marathon (walking backwards downstairs and all). I also did a lot of coaching, I went to cheer on my athletes, team, and friends at the Boston Marathon, and last week I participated the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay. A busy month at work, lots of coaching, and quality runs. Plus some cross-training, which you know I hate! I am getting over it though, I think, we’ll see.

  • Total Miles: 90 (ooops)
  • Races: One, Run for the Parks 4Miler, not a PR by a bit.
  • Ups: I got back on the horse about the #!*$! cross-training with some November Project and some Ironstrength. Each time I was out for days. I am not built for burpees. at all.
  • Downs: same as above, cross-training kills me. I’d do it and then not be able to walk normally or run for days!!!! And… where did my mileage go? Even last Saturday I tried to run (3 days past Ironstrength!!) and I couldn’t, UGH.
  • Balance: Building, building, waiting for my chance to ATTACK. Stay tuned. May should be my chance!
  • Good news: not to be braggy but I noticed how all my races lately have been over 70% Age Grading, which had always been my goal. So, happy (very happy) about that. Also noticed, that I have no need to do the 9+1 now as I qualify for the marathon (with my NYC Half time) , if I ever decided to do it. Whaaaaat? yeah, it’s a bit braggy but hey, it took YEARS! And lots and lots of sweat and early mornings!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

March

Ah it was a roller coaster!!!!! It was cold, it was hot, it was cold, you get it. I did some amazing workouts, some confidence-boosters, and lots of junk miles. It took a bit to psych myself up that I could do a sub 1:37 half. I did it. And then, the same day, I left for Argentina for two weeks, so it’s like it almost didn’t happen (it was funny when I got back home last week and my apartment looked like I just had done the half: pace bracelet, Gatorade, extra layers, mylar blanket, and stuff everywhere!!!). Remind me not to do that again! I barely run when in Argentina; maybe about 30 miles in two weeks. But had such a relaxing time!

  • Total Miles: 110
  • Races: ONE. The NYC Half! with a PR!!! the PR I had been chasing for THREE YEARS
  • Ups: I got a lot of fun easy runs, slow runs, fun runs
  • Downs: where did my mileage go? I had no interest in running while I was on vacation.  Or workout. Or anything, as usual.
  • Balance: Overall good. I still need to figure out a thing or two about the half, and how to drink while running and why I sometimes, after a hard effort, have no interest in any of it, but overall good.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

February

confirmed that this would be the most confusing and best winter ever. One day you have low temperature records and the next day you’re in shorts. A Blizzard, then 60 degrees. Still a lot better than just straight out freezing for the whole month (like last year). Somehow, I have still been able to train a lot this month, which is strange as I haven’t really taken a break since last March… So weird. I did quite good mileage, once short race, 6 interval workouts, three runs over 15 miles, ooops no tempo! Forgot about the tempo. Though I should probably count every time I run with Patricia as a tempo!!! 76% of my miles were on the briddle path, maybe that’s why I have been able to do all this mileage?

  • Total Miles: 137.
  • Races: one 4 Miler, not a PR (by 3 seconds) but placed 2nd in my Age Group
  • Ups: the weather was awesome for February. Lots of miles. Lots of fast miles! I love that we’re back in the briddle path for the speedwork!! Got a lot of new Under Armour gear and shoes. Managed to survive a long run with Patricia.
  • Downs: I am tired and we are 2.5 weeks from the NYC Half: I am starting to get nervous!
  • Balance: Great, ready to pounce!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

January

was a solid month. I got 132 miles… how? Apparently I started doing longish runs again without noticing!!! I got five of them in the log: 12.5, 12.5, 15, 11, and 15.5, not sure what distance is “long” anymore but I guess if I am training for a half, anything over 8 miles is LONG. Right? Anyone knows?

I also did 5 speedwork sessions: Mile Repeats, 6x400s + 3x800s, 5x1K, 5 Cath Hill Sprints, and 6x800s. Plus a stoopid-hard workout at Orange Theory I had no idea how to include in my spreadsheet 😛

Weather has been ok so far, nothing like last year. We did have a rough day, when it was 17 (feels like 5) and we were doing intervals. It was BRUTAL. but you know, those are the days you go out because after that 20s and 30s feel like Summer. We had a little blizzard (22 inches of snow in 1 day) but I was able to run the day before and the day after so no biggie. And the briddle path was back in just 10 days!

I have now 6 weeks to the United NYC Half Marathon and I am super pumped. I need a Half PR this year guys, it’s been 3 years! I am desperate. I also signed up for the New Jersey Half. Oh, and Brooklyn Half too. It’s coming. I promise. I can see it. I can almost taste it! I am sure it tastes like unicorns, and victory and clouds, and sunny and yes, pizza from Rome.

  • Total Miles: 132.
  • Races: Zero (unless you count the times I need to race to be on time to meet running friends!)
  • Ups: the weather is not 100% miserable. Lots of consistent training and cross training.
  • Downs: I am sick of wearing layers. My legs and my bun want out!
  • Balance: Good, on a patient waiting mode.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

August Recap = byeSummerbye

August

I can’t get over how now 70 degree weather feel like Autumn… it’s amazing how fast we get used to 90s or 10s around here…. I am already missing the high temperatures and dreading the winter, but ohboyohboyohboyhowfastwearegoingtoberunningsoon!!!

August was insane. I don’t know if I ever run 149 miles in one month and I am too lazy to look it up. I know that’s weekly mileage for some of you, but whatever, we all have our limits! I love sharing my training month once in a while because no one believes me I run this little/much or at this pace or whatever. And we’re all nosy, aren’t we? You’re welcome. So here’s the naked August truth:

august runs

I did 3 long runs, all in Summer Streets, one better than the last one. I felt great, fast and powerful, even with awful heat and humidity, go figure. I am still cross-training a lot more than usual, and I totally felt the difference in the long runs. The 4th week I was supposed to be off so I raced a 5K. I didn’t PR but I was 9 seconds away! It was hard, but I was just so happy with the race, the fun, and my negative splits! This past month was interesting as my gastroenterologist put me on a no-dairy, no-gluten, no-artificial sweeteners diet. Quite messy at first, because, is there anything left? But once the 16Handles cravings subsided, I got used to it. This past month was one of the funnest ever, and I am so happy I decided to sign up for a marathon: I found out I could rally the troops to have great long runs with great company and have been having the best time! September, and all is racing is just so close I can smell it!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Total Miles: 149. Most ever? Let’s assume so!
  • Races: one!!!! Not a PR but a great effort! Still, that’s race 7 this year, I am waaay behind!
  • Ups: The miles flew by and have been getting in quality workouts with QUALITY PEOPLE!
  • Downs: Tapering for races annoys me. And the easy weeks. UGH. But I know they’re needed.
  • Balance: best month ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July

So, last month I finally STOPPED. I had been running crazy for years and never ocurred to me to rest. There. One week. Ugh. It was tough. I finally decided to maybe do another marathon this year, and scheduled a few halfs. I got on a groove with the stairs workouts and the cross training at November Project, so all seems to be going in the right direction. I’ll share my training for all July as I know you’re all curious, but there was nothing groundbreaking. Not even a lot of miles!

july training

  • Total Miles: 109. Shit
  • Races: zero. ooops. forgot
  • Ups: LOTS of stairs and running and cross training. AND SWEATING.
  • Downs: the easy week!!!! I am scared about the marathon training plan I put together.
  • Balance: It’s great. Though  I am a bit anxious about how this marathon season is going to play out.

June

did I forget to write about June??? I guess SO! Oooops, what a mess. Well, my parents were visiting for a month if that is a good excuse! It was BU-SY!

BUSY

what happened in June..?? well, I we took my parents everywhere. a month is like, 4 weeks, so we had tons of time to do stuff, and they’d done all the touristy stuff all the other times, so this time we did local’s stuff stuff, you know? like they’d walk to Randall’s Island everyday, or go to the GW, or go to November Project, or volunteer at a water table (for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge). fun part is this is the first year in like 15 years, that my parents and I spend my birthday and my dad’s bday and father’s day  in the same place! So cool right? Little things you get used to not having… oh well. We did do a couple of touristy things, like the Freedom Tour Observatory (meh), the NY Philarmonic in Central Park, and the Intrepid. But it stops there! Juan had a half Ironman so we went to Maryland or somewhere for the weekend. He did amazing. But he has been training like a maniac, twice a day, hours and hours in the indoor trainer, so I was happy he could get some good results! Me? I’ve been running and workout as usual. I finally managed to make cross-training part of my routine, which I talked about here, and I am SO excited about it!

  • Total Miles: 137. YES!!
  • Races: Just one, the NYRR Achilles Hope and Possibility
  • Ups: LOTS of running and cross training. And we starting doing stairs workouts. AND IT’S HOT OUT
  • Downs: that this weather can’t last forever??? nothing!
  • Balance: I feel amazing. As fit as I’ve ever been. I have no interest in racing because I don’t want to taper. I just want to train and train and train!!!! that’s crazy right?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

May

Flowers Month started with the NJ Half, which now seems like aaaaages ago. Maybe because I did the Brooklyn Half and that also seems like aaaaaages ago!!! Well, it was only 10 days ago. Wow, I am aging fast! New Jersey was a meh race, I got bored, my heart rate was spiking and I wasn’t even sure why, missed a PR by 20 something seconds. I spent the whole month trying to lower it and find the culprit. Then I did the Newport 10K, which was fun but super hot so I missed a PR by a whole minute. A minute in a 10K is like a minute waiting for your Shake Shack buzzer to go off: e-t-e-r-n-i-t-yyyyy. A week later, and still tired, was the Brooklyn Half. I knew I didn’t have it so took it easy there and had a great fun (though slow) race. Best decision evah. Why try when you can just give up? 😉 Overall, I had a fun month, I did a million workouts and runs with lots of friends, I went out a lot, I looked for many races to do as soon as I recovered from Brooklyn then was happy that I didn’t sign up for anything, as it’s SO HOT out. Speedwork Tuesday was not just hot, it was HUMID and awful. Need to make sure I adjust to this crap ASAP. If you need a read on how to adjust to the heat and a lesson on how to over-hydrate, check this (skip to the bottom if you’re not into sciency/nerdy stuff). And you better be ready for the summer runs/racing. It’s happening whether you like it or not! What’s happening in June…? I’d like to say I have x race and x race but…. I do have a bunch of races in my calendar, but nothing I am 100% on. I think I need a liiiiiitle break from racing. Usually in May/June I have a race every weekend, sometimes 3 races in a week! I am just going to go with my heart this time, and see where the wind blows!

  • Total Miles: 120. Ok with me!
  • Races: Three. The NJ Half, the Newport 10K, and the Brooklyn Half.
  • Ups: solid workouts, not just running, all sorts of stuff. I went up LOTs of stairs and bridges too.
  • Downs: my races sorta sucked. BK was fun but nothing fast.
  • Balance: Still in building mode for the Fall, I guess?. And having fun with it. May was fun but not the usual May where I score a bunch of awesome PRs! Oh well. Healthy and Fun wins over FAST. Actually, looking at the pictures in the slideshow, I have proof that I had all sorts of fun!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

April

I am ready… feeling ready to say hello to May and a NEW HALF PR, whether that’s New Jersey (May 1, this Sunday!!!!!) or the Brooklyn Half, well, that… I still don’t know, but I’ll be trying at both. Or I’ll be trying at NJ this weekend and then we’ll see about the other one!

I did one fun race in April, the Run for the Parks 4Miler, that went a bit (12 seconds) too slow and two IronStrength workouts that zapped my legs. Like OUCH. Or more like this feels worse that my first marathon (walking backwards downstairs and all). I also did a lot of coaching, I went to cheer on my athletes, team, and friends at the Boston Marathon, and last week I participated the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay. A busy month at work, lots of coaching, and quality runs. Plus some cross-training, which you know I hate! I am getting over it though, I think, we’ll see.

  • Total Miles: 90 (ooops)
  • Races: One, Run for the Parks 4Miler, not a PR by a bit.
  • Ups: I got back on the horse about the #!*$! cross-training with some November Project and some Ironstrength. Each time I was out for days. I am not built for burpees. at all.
  • Downs: same as above, cross-training kills me. I’d do it and then not be able to walk normally or run for days!!!! And… where did my mileage go? Even last Saturday I tried to run (3 days past Ironstrength!!) and I couldn’t, UGH.
  • Balance: Building, building, waiting for my chance to ATTACK. Stay tuned. May should be my chance!
  • Good news: not to be braggy but I noticed how all my races lately have been over 70% Age Grading, which had always been my goal. So, happy (very happy) about that. Also noticed, that I have no need to do the 9+1 now as I qualify for the marathon (with my NYC Half time) , if I ever decided to do it. Whaaaaat? yeah, it’s a bit braggy but hey, it took YEARS! And lots and lots of sweat and early mornings!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

March

Ah it was a roller coaster!!!!! It was cold, it was hot, it was cold, you get it. I did some amazing workouts, some confidence-boosters, and lots of junk miles. It took a bit to psych myself up that I could do a sub 1:37 half. I did it. And then, the same day, I left for Argentina for two weeks, so it’s like it almost didn’t happen (it was funny when I got back home last week and my apartment looked like I just had done the half: pace bracelet, Gatorade, extra layers, mylar blanket, and stuff everywhere!!!). Remind me not to do that again! I barely run when in Argentina; maybe about 30 miles in two weeks. But had such a relaxing time!

  • Total Miles: 110
  • Races: ONE. The NYC Half! with a PR!!! the PR I had been chasing for THREE YEARS
  • Ups: I got a lot of fun easy runs, slow runs, fun runs
  • Downs: where did my mileage go? I had no interest in running while I was on vacation.  Or workout. Or anything, as usual.
  • Balance: Overall good. I still need to figure out a thing or two about the half, and how to drink while running and why I sometimes, after a hard effort, have no interest in any of it, but overall good.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

February

confirmed that this would be the most confusing and best winter ever. One day you have low temperature records and the next day you’re in shorts. A Blizzard, then 60 degrees. Still a lot better than just straight out freezing for the whole month (like last year). Somehow, I have still been able to train a lot this month, which is strange as I haven’t really taken a break since last March… So weird. I did quite good mileage, once short race, 6 interval workouts, three runs over 15 miles, ooops no tempo! Forgot about the tempo. Though I should probably count every time I run with Patricia as a tempo!!! 76% of my miles were on the briddle path, maybe that’s why I have been able to do all this mileage?

  • Total Miles: 137.
  • Races: one 4 Miler, not a PR (by 3 seconds) but placed 2nd in my Age Group
  • Ups: the weather was awesome for February. Lots of miles. Lots of fast miles! I love that we’re back in the briddle path for the speedwork!! Got a lot of new Under Armour gear and shoes. Managed to survive a long run with Patricia.
  • Downs: I am tired and we are 2.5 weeks from the NYC Half: I am starting to get nervous!
  • Balance: Great, ready to pounce!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

January

was a solid month. I got 132 miles… how? Apparently I started doing longish runs again without noticing!!! I got five of them in the log: 12.5, 12.5, 15, 11, and 15.5, not sure what distance is “long” anymore but I guess if I am training for a half, anything over 8 miles is LONG. Right? Anyone knows?

I also did 5 speedwork sessions: Mile Repeats, 6x400s + 3x800s, 5x1K, 5 Cath Hill Sprints, and 6x800s. Plus a stoopid-hard workout at Orange Theory I had no idea how to include in my spreadsheet 😛

Weather has been ok so far, nothing like last year. We did have a rough day, when it was 17 (feels like 5) and we were doing intervals. It was BRUTAL. but you know, those are the days you go out because after that 20s and 30s feel like Summer. We had a little blizzard (22 inches of snow in 1 day) but I was able to run the day before and the day after so no biggie. And the briddle path was back in just 10 days!

I have now 6 weeks to the United NYC Half Marathon and I am super pumped. I need a Half PR this year guys, it’s been 3 years! I am desperate. I also signed up for the New Jersey Half. Oh, and Brooklyn Half too. It’s coming. I promise. I can see it. I can almost taste it! I am sure it tastes like unicorns, and victory and clouds, and sunny and yes, pizza from Rome.

  • Total Miles: 132.
  • Races: Zero (unless you count the times I need to race to be on time to meet running friends!)
  • Ups: the weather is not 100% miserable. Lots of consistent training and cross training.
  • Downs: I am sick of wearing layers. My legs and my bun want out!
  • Balance: Good, on a patient waiting mode.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

July – When I finally took a break

July

So, last month I finally STOPPED. I had been running crazy for years and never ocurred to me to rest. There. One week. Ugh. It was tough. I finally decided to maybe do another marathon this year, and scheduled a few halfs. I got on a groove with the stairs workouts and the cross training at November Project, so all seems to be going in the right direction. I’ll share my training for all July as I know you’re all curious, but there was nothing groundbreaking. Not even a lot of miles!

july training

  • Total Miles: 109. Shit
  • Races: zero. ooops. forgot
  • Ups: LOTS of stairs and running and cross training. AND SWEATING.
  • Downs: the easy week!!!! I am scared about the marathon training plan I put together.
  • Balance: It’s great. Though  I am a bit anxious about how this marathon season is going to play out.

June

did I forget to write about June??? I guess SO! Oooops, what a mess. Well, my parents were visiting for a month if that is a good excuse! It was BU-SY!

BUSY

what happened in June..?? well, I we took my parents everywhere. a month is like, 4 weeks, so we had tons of time to do stuff, and they’d done all the touristy stuff all the other times, so this time we did local’s stuff stuff, you know? like they’d walk to Randall’s Island everyday, or go to the GW, or go to November Project, or volunteer at a water table (for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge). fun part is this is the first year in like 15 years, that my parents and I spend my birthday and my dad’s bday and father’s day  in the same place! So cool right? Little things you get used to not having… oh well. We did do a couple of touristy things, like the Freedom Tour Observatory (meh), the NY Philarmonic in Central Park, and the Intrepid. But it stops there! Juan had a half Ironman so we went to Maryland or somewhere for the weekend. He did amazing. But he has been training like a maniac, twice a day, hours and hours in the indoor trainer, so I was happy he could get some good results! Me? I’ve been running and workout as usual. I finally managed to make cross-training part of my routine, which I talked about here, and I am SO excited about it!

  • Total Miles: 137. YES!!
  • Races: Just one, the NYRR Achilles Hope and Possibility
  • Ups: LOTS of running and cross training. And we starting doing stairs workouts. AND IT’S HOT OUT
  • Downs: that this weather can’t last forever??? nothing!
  • Balance: I feel amazing. As fit as I’ve ever been. I have no interest in racing because I don’t want to taper. I just want to train and train and train!!!! that’s crazy right?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

May

Flowers Month started with the NJ Half, which now seems like aaaaages ago. Maybe because I did the Brooklyn Half and that also seems like aaaaaages ago!!! Well, it was only 10 days ago. Wow, I am aging fast! New Jersey was a meh race, I got bored, my heart rate was spiking and I wasn’t even sure why, missed a PR by 20 something seconds. I spent the whole month trying to lower it and find the culprit. Then I did the Newport 10K, which was fun but super hot so I missed a PR by a whole minute. A minute in a 10K is like a minute waiting for your Shake Shack buzzer to go off: e-t-e-r-n-i-t-yyyyy. A week later, and still tired, was the Brooklyn Half. I knew I didn’t have it so took it easy there and had a great fun (though slow) race. Best decision evah. Why try when you can just give up? 😉 Overall, I had a fun month, I did a million workouts and runs with lots of friends, I went out a lot, I looked for many races to do as soon as I recovered from Brooklyn then was happy that I didn’t sign up for anything, as it’s SO HOT out. Speedwork Tuesday was not just hot, it was HUMID and awful. Need to make sure I adjust to this crap ASAP. If you need a read on how to adjust to the heat and a lesson on how to over-hydrate, check this (skip to the bottom if you’re not into sciency/nerdy stuff). And you better be ready for the summer runs/racing. It’s happening whether you like it or not! What’s happening in June…? I’d like to say I have x race and x race but…. I do have a bunch of races in my calendar, but nothing I am 100% on. I think I need a liiiiiitle break from racing. Usually in May/June I have a race every weekend, sometimes 3 races in a week! I am just going to go with my heart this time, and see where the wind blows!

  • Total Miles: 120. Ok with me!
  • Races: Three. The NJ Half, the Newport 10K, and the Brooklyn Half.
  • Ups: solid workouts, not just running, all sorts of stuff. I went up LOTs of stairs and bridges too.
  • Downs: my races sorta sucked. BK was fun but nothing fast.
  • Balance: Still in building mode for the Fall, I guess?. And having fun with it. May was fun but not the usual May where I score a bunch of awesome PRs! Oh well. Healthy and Fun wins over FAST. Actually, looking at the pictures in the slideshow, I have proof that I had all sorts of fun!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

April

I am ready… feeling ready to say hello to May and a NEW HALF PR, whether that’s New Jersey (May 1, this Sunday!!!!!) or the Brooklyn Half, well, that… I still don’t know, but I’ll be trying at both. Or I’ll be trying at NJ this weekend and then we’ll see about the other one!

I did one fun race in April, the Run for the Parks 4Miler, that went a bit (12 seconds) too slow and two IronStrength workouts that zapped my legs. Like OUCH. Or more like this feels worse that my first marathon (walking backwards downstairs and all). I also did a lot of coaching, I went to cheer on my athletes, team, and friends at the Boston Marathon, and last week I participated the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay. A busy month at work, lots of coaching, and quality runs. Plus some cross-training, which you know I hate! I am getting over it though, I think, we’ll see.

  • Total Miles: 90 (ooops)
  • Races: One, Run for the Parks 4Miler, not a PR by a bit.
  • Ups: I got back on the horse about the #!*$! cross-training with some November Project and some Ironstrength. Each time I was out for days. I am not built for burpees. at all.
  • Downs: same as above, cross-training kills me. I’d do it and then not be able to walk normally or run for days!!!! And… where did my mileage go? Even last Saturday I tried to run (3 days past Ironstrength!!) and I couldn’t, UGH.
  • Balance: Building, building, waiting for my chance to ATTACK. Stay tuned. May should be my chance!
  • Good news: not to be braggy but I noticed how all my races lately have been over 70% Age Grading, which had always been my goal. So, happy (very happy) about that. Also noticed, that I have no need to do the 9+1 now as I qualify for the marathon (with my NYC Half time) , if I ever decided to do it. Whaaaaat? yeah, it’s a bit braggy but hey, it took YEARS! And lots and lots of sweat and early mornings!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

March

Ah it was a roller coaster!!!!! It was cold, it was hot, it was cold, you get it. I did some amazing workouts, some confidence-boosters, and lots of junk miles. It took a bit to psych myself up that I could do a sub 1:37 half. I did it. And then, the same day, I left for Argentina for two weeks, so it’s like it almost didn’t happen (it was funny when I got back home last week and my apartment looked like I just had done the half: pace bracelet, Gatorade, extra layers, mylar blanket, and stuff everywhere!!!). Remind me not to do that again! I barely run when in Argentina; maybe about 30 miles in two weeks. But had such a relaxing time!

  • Total Miles: 110
  • Races: ONE. The NYC Half! with a PR!!! the PR I had been chasing for THREE YEARS
  • Ups: I got a lot of fun easy runs, slow runs, fun runs
  • Downs: where did my mileage go? I had no interest in running while I was on vacation.  Or workout. Or anything, as usual.
  • Balance: Overall good. I still need to figure out a thing or two about the half, and how to drink while running and why I sometimes, after a hard effort, have no interest in any of it, but overall good.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

February

confirmed that this would be the most confusing and best winter ever. One day you have low temperature records and the next day you’re in shorts. A Blizzard, then 60 degrees. Still a lot better than just straight out freezing for the whole month (like last year). Somehow, I have still been able to train a lot this month, which is strange as I haven’t really taken a break since last March… So weird. I did quite good mileage, once short race, 6 interval workouts, three runs over 15 miles, ooops no tempo! Forgot about the tempo. Though I should probably count every time I run with Patricia as a tempo!!! 76% of my miles were on the briddle path, maybe that’s why I have been able to do all this mileage?

  • Total Miles: 137.
  • Races: one 4 Miler, not a PR (by 3 seconds) but placed 2nd in my Age Group
  • Ups: the weather was awesome for February. Lots of miles. Lots of fast miles! I love that we’re back in the briddle path for the speedwork!! Got a lot of new Under Armour gear and shoes. Managed to survive a long run with Patricia.
  • Downs: I am tired and we are 2.5 weeks from the NYC Half: I am starting to get nervous!
  • Balance: Great, ready to pounce!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

January

was a solid month. I got 132 miles… how? Apparently I started doing longish runs again without noticing!!! I got five of them in the log: 12.5, 12.5, 15, 11, and 15.5, not sure what distance is “long” anymore but I guess if I am training for a half, anything over 8 miles is LONG. Right? Anyone knows?

I also did 5 speedwork sessions: Mile Repeats, 6x400s + 3x800s, 5x1K, 5 Cath Hill Sprints, and 6x800s. Plus a stoopid-hard workout at Orange Theory I had no idea how to include in my spreadsheet 😛

Weather has been ok so far, nothing like last year. We did have a rough day, when it was 17 (feels like 5) and we were doing intervals. It was BRUTAL. but you know, those are the days you go out because after that 20s and 30s feel like Summer. We had a little blizzard (22 inches of snow in 1 day) but I was able to run the day before and the day after so no biggie. And the briddle path was back in just 10 days!

I have now 6 weeks to the United NYC Half Marathon and I am super pumped. I need a Half PR this year guys, it’s been 3 years! I am desperate. I also signed up for the New Jersey Half. Oh, and Brooklyn Half too. It’s coming. I promise. I can see it. I can almost taste it! I am sure it tastes like unicorns, and victory and clouds, and sunny and yes, pizza from Rome.

  • Total Miles: 132.
  • Races: Zero (unless you count the times I need to race to be on time to meet running friends!)
  • Ups: the weather is not 100% miserable. Lots of consistent training and cross training.
  • Downs: I am sick of wearing layers. My legs and my bun want out!
  • Balance: Good, on a patient waiting mode.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.