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Guess my Finish Time at the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon

I am running a marathon this Sunday and because I am not stressed enough, I figured I’d see who has the most guts to dare guess a finish time.

No real rules here and no prizes (as I’ve done for every race before this one) because I am in LAZY blogger mode. Sorry Not Sorry.

Here’s the Deets:

  • Race is pretty flat they say, we shall see.
  • Last races were the
    • New Balance Bronx 10 Mile, in 1:16:28 / 7:39 pace
    • Percy Sutton Harlem 5K, in 21:58 / 7:05 pace
    • NYRR R U N 5K, in 21:57 / 7:04 pace
      • if it matters to you, they were all in hot weather.
  • Predictors based on those races shoot out a 3:29 to 3:31
  • Last Halfs were 1:40, 1:37 and 1:37.

Go ahead, place your bets below. And good luck (to me).

Guess my Finish Time at the United NYC Half

Two weeks to go (aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!): one more contest!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday, March 17th, 8 pm et. I can bet money someone will hit in the head, as usual!
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
My guessI don’t think I am in PR shape. Maaaaybe close but not really there. For example, I did the same 4 miler one month ago, and I was 12 seconds slower this year.. If all goes well, my stomach and the weather collaborates, I should be around 1:37 or 1:38. But who knows… I am gonna guess 1:38:22 …?
GO ON! Place your bets below!!!

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Saturday, March 17, 8 pm, ET.  on the original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the Philadelphia Marathon!

10 days to go… and yes, DNF and DNS are allowed guesses!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday, Nov 18, 8 pm et. I can bet money someone will hit in the head, as usual!
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
My guessNo idea, range could be between 3:25 and 3:45… so I truly have no clue. I had a great training year, my best ever if I can say so myself, but my halfs this fall weren’t great and I am totally not motivated to do the marathon. I am going. I am trying my best (hopefully) but I haven’t done a marathon in two years so I am not even sure if I can get it up for 
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after, and no need to be nice!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Friday, November 18, 8 pm, ET.  on the original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the Verrazano Half Marathon (Oct 22nd)

Did I tell  you I am doing the NYCRUNS Verrazano Festival of Races Half Marathon? I probably did!!! Less than a week to go!!!!

So, one week to go, one more race, one more contest!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday, October 21st, 8 pm et. I can bet money someone will hit in the head, as usual!
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
the DATA
  • Last HALFS

Newport Half Marathon, September, 2016, 1:37:49
NJ Half Marathon, May, 2016: 1:36:28
Brooklyn Half Marathon, May 2016 1:39:02
NYC Half, March, 2016: 1:36:03  PR
Staten Island Half: October, 2015: 1:37:38
Airbnb Brooklyn Half: May, 2015: 1:39:10
United Airlines NYC Half, March 2015: 1:39:26

  • Last Races

August 2016, Percy Sutton 5K, 21:18, 6:52 pace.
June 2016, Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M), 28:43, 7:11 pace
May 2016, Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon, 1:39:02, 7:34 pace
April 2016, City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M), 28:12, 7:03 pace
March 2016, United Airlines NYC Half, 1:36:03, 7:20 pace

My guessI have no clue…. I’d love a PR and I’ve been close all year, but 1, I’m still sick with the cold (2 weeks now!) and it seems that I don’t PR unless it’s the NYC Half. So, as much as I’d love and try to get to the 1:36:04 PR, I predict I’ll be close but not PR!
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after, and no need to be nice!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Friday, October 21st, 8 pm, ET.  on the original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the Newport Half Marathon

Did I tell  you I am doing the Newport Half? I did! Such a great race! Who’s going??

So, one week to go, one more race, one more contest!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday, Sept 17th, 8 pm et. I can bet money someone will hit in the head, as usual!
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
  • Last HALFS

NJ Half Marathon, May, 2016: 1:36:28
Brooklyn Half Marathon, May 2016 1:39:02
NYC Half, March, 2016: 1:36:03 MY PR
Staten Island Half: October, 2015: 1:37:38
Airbnb Brooklyn Half: May, 2015: 1:39:10
United Airlines NYC Half, March 2015: 1:39:26

My guessI think a PR could be happening if I am feeling good. I’ll try to get under 1:36 as much as I can… but really, who knows?
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after, and no need to be nice!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Saturday, September 17, 8 pm, ET.  on the original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile

Time to place your bets again… let’s do this!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday, Sept 2nd, 8 pm et. I can bet money someone will hit in the head!
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
  • My Mile PR is 6:05, same race but in 2012. Last year I run it in 6:24 (and I was going at maybe 80% out).
  • When I run Mile Repeats, i usually run them at 6:45 or 6:50 in soft dirt.
  • Last Races
    • August 2016, Percy Sutton 5K, 21:18, 6:52 pace. Last Full Mile was at 6:20 (but it was downhill)
    • June 2016, Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M), 28:43, 7:11 pace
    • May 2016, Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon, 1:39:02, 7:34 pace
    • April 2016, City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M), 28:12, 7:03 pace
    • March 2016 United Airlines NYC Half, 1:36:03, 7:20 pace
My guessI think a PR could be happening if I am feeling good. I’ll try to get to a low 6 as much as I can… but really, who knows?
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after, and no need to be nice!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Friday Sept 2nd, 8 pm, ET.  on this original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the Percy Sutton 5K this Saturday

Time to place your bets again… let’s do this!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Friday 26th, 8 pm et.
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • TCS NYC Marathon Shopping Bag
  • Clif Bar Branded Gear Package (aluminum water bottle, jumping rope, women’s triathlete tee medium black and silver, towel)
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
  • 5K PR is 21:09 (6:49 pace), from 2012…
  • Last Races
    • June 2016, Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M), 28:43, 7:11 pace
    • May 2016, Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon, 1:39:02, 7:34 pace
    • April 2016, City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M), 28:12, 7:03 pace
    • United Airlines NYC Half, 1:36:03, 7:20 pace
My guess: I think a PR could be happening if I am feeling good (thought this might not be the best week to bet on THAT), so I’ll be shooting for 6:48 pace! Apparently, there’s 3 hills, two small, one less small. I am gonna say 20:58.
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after, and no need to be nice!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Friday 8 pm, ET.  on this original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Guess my Finish Time at the Airbnb BK Half next week Saturday and win a prize!

Time to place your bets again… let’s do this!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before next Saturday, April, 30th, 6 pm et.
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • Garmin watch, FR70
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
the DATA
My guess: I have no idea. After the “slow” 1:36:28 in NJ I have no clue what is going on or what could happen… To tell you the truth, there’s something funky happening with my heart rate in the last 5 days, so even a DNS might be a good guess right now! I have a 10K this weekend which might help figure this out (or tire me out for Brooklyn!!!).
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after!) but I will add more prizes (after I hear back from my sponsors!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Friday 8 pm, ET.  on this original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Who Will Win a Prize? Guess my Finish Time at the NJ Half this Sunday!

Time to place your bets again… There is always someone who nails it right in the head!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before next Saturday, April, 30th, 6 pm et.
Prizes... you can pick from:
  • clip-on running metronome
  • brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • milestone pod, teal or black
  • pack of travel bodyglide
  • Garmin watch, FR70
  • Injinji socks, Lightweight ultra thin performance, mini crew, gray, M
  • FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
  • B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax, EcoMode, Size M (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
  • Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
  • North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
  • Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
  • Travel Roller 4.3
  • KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
  • Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
  • Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
the DATA
My guess: I am going to try my best to PR. Again, yes. I don’t feel like my nutrition was on point for the NYC Half and I could have shaved a few seconds, but we’ll see what the weather looks like!
GO ON! Place your bets below!!! (I will probably not look until after!) but I will add more prizes (after I hear back from my sponsors!)

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Saturday 8 pm, ET.  on this original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

United NYC Half: and the finish-time winner is….

My super official United NYC Half finish time, according to NYRR,  is 1:36:03

results nyrr

So, I just re-read all the guesses and most of you were giving me a PR! WOW guys! And guess what, the first commenter, FIRST ONE, won!!! Laura, you’re a genius!

laura results winner giveaway

Congrats Laura!!!!!! You’re always super close but this time you hit it!!!

Please email me your choice of prize (from the post), postal address in the US, and name and will ship it ASAP!! And no worries y’all losers, I will be doing many races in the next weeks (there’s actually one this weekend but not sure there’s enough time to post…!) so you’ll have another go at playing soon!

Who Will Win a Prize??? Guess my Finish Time at the NYC Half next Sunday!

Time to place your bets again… There is always someone who nails it right in the head!

Rules: pick a time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before next Saturday, March 19, 8 pm et.
Prizes… you can pick from:
– clip-on running metronome
– brooks flat vapur water bottle
– NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho
milestone pod, teal or black
– pack of travel bodyglide
– Garmin watch, FR70
– Injinji socks, Lightweight ultra thin performance, mini crew, gray, M
-FitSok, pack of 3 (white, gray, black), CF-2 Shadow Yarn Athletic Sock, size M  (mens 6-8, womens 7-9)
– B2R Split Toe Performance Running Sock, CoolMax,  EcoMode, Size M  (mens 5-7, womens 6-8), white
– Powerbar branded crossbody backpack, black
– North Face arm warmers, black with red NF logo, small/med
– Lock Laces, one size fits all, white
– KT Tape Roll, hero pink, roll of pre-cut strips
– Koss Fitbuds (purple) KEB32p, limited edition
– Koss Fitclips (orange) KSC32C, limited edition
the DATA

My Half PR:
– NYC Half, March, 2013: 1:37:35 Pace: 7:27
Last Halfs/Marathons:
– Staten Island Half: October, 2015: 1:37:38
– Airbnb Brooklyn Half: May, 2015: 1:39:10
– United Airlines NYC Half, March 2015: 1:39:26

My guess: I am going to try my best to PR. If all goes well (who knows, it’s still Monday when I write this) I think I could PR. My adductor is still bothering me, and has been bothering quite a bit for the last 10 days. I still think I can PR. Maybe not by a lot but maybe around 1:36-1:37. At least that’s the goal!

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

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can pick it up when you’re in NYC if you are abroad! Or have me send to someone in the US.  / Guesses will only count if done before Saturday 8 pm, ET.  on this original post / Other comments anywhere else (Runners World, facebook, twitter, etc.) won’t count / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

National Running Day Giveaway: Three KT Tape Rolls!

You know we love to do a giveaway or two a week, so, here’s an awesome one!!! If you’re not following this blog, make sure you do so you don’t miss out on this stuff. This time, KT Tape wants to ship three winners a free roll of KT TAPE, how cool is thaaaat?

I am sure you know them, but if you need info, here’s some straight from their site:

Need support that will endure multiple lighter workouts? Then original KT TAPE is for you. It provides targeted pain relief and will stay in place through multiple workouts for up to 3 days, through daily showers, humidity, cold, even in the pool. Each box comes with 20 precut strips of tape on a roll and a quick start guide with step-by-step instructions for the most common injuries.

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win ONE of the THREE rolls is just comment below with your pick of color. To choose a color, visit the KT Tape page for a list.

We’ll pick THREE winners randomly on National Running Day, next Wednesday June 3rd, at noon. One thing: if you don’t live in the US, we’ll ship it to a friend of yours in the US to hold it for you, ok?

Go for it! Good Luck!

KT tape

20 Tickets to Running Movie “MCFARLAND, USA”, the winners!

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And the winners to get tickets to the new film MCFARLAND, USA (trailer here) are….

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The screening is on Wednesday, February 18th at the Regal E-Walk (42nd st and 8th Ave) at 7 pm. Make sure you are free that day, and email me your full name by Friday, Feb 11. CONGRATS!

Movie premieres on February 20th, and here is the movie’s website

Giveaway: 20 Tickets to Running Movie “MCFARLAND, USA”

Did you hear about Walt Disney Studios’ new film MCFARLAND, USA starring Kevin Costner? The film is based on the true story of high school cross country coach Jim White – watch the trailer!! It looks aaaaamazing (and funny!).

mcfarland

IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 20
Synopsis: Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically  challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Here is the movie’s website

Disney is holding free advance screenings of the film in NYC for the running community and I would love to invite you to attend! We’ll raffle 10 tickets with a plus one! The screening is on Wednesday, February 18th at the Regal E-Walk (42nd st and 8th Ave) at 7 pm. Make sure you are free that day!

To enter to win two tickets, just comment below what is your favorite running movie, one entry per person, we’ll choose randomly, on February 11th, please share this giveaway!

Go for it! Good Luck!

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

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

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

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

Ok, the data…

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

My guess:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the Giveaway part!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giveaway: KT Tape Rolls!

You know we love to do a giveaway or two a week, so, here’s an awesome one!!! If you’re not following this blog, do so you don’t miss out on this. This time, KT Tape wants to give you a free roll of KT TAPE, how cool is thaaaat?

I am sure you know them, but if you need info, here’s some straight from their site:

Need support that will endure multiple lighter workouts? Then original KT TAPE is for you. It provides targeted pain relief and will stay in place through multiple workouts for up to 3 days, through daily showers, humidity, cold, even in the pool. Each box comes with 20 precut strips of tape on a roll and a quick start guide with step-by-step instructions for the most common injuries.

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win ONE of the THREE rolls is just comment below with your pick of color. To choose a color, visit the KT Tape page for a list.

We’ll pick THREE winners randomly on November 7th, at noon. One thing: if you don’t live in the US, we’ll ship it to a friend of yours in the US to hold it for you, ok?

Go for it! Good Luck!

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

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

Rules:

Pick a finish time and write in the comments below. Whoever gets closer, wins, If there’s two identical times, the first poster wins! Make sure if you include seconds in there too, and post before Saturday November 1st at 7 pm EST. 

As usual, there’s gonna be PRIZES… you can 2 pick from these:

  • a clip-on running metronome
  • a  brooks flat vapur water bottle
  • a Garmin FR70 watch
  • BodyGlide minis (set of 5)
  • SLS3 Compression race sleeves, white, S/M
  • Craft Compression socks, white, M
  • Zensah Compression socks, black M
  • Injinji socks, Lightweight ultra thin performance, mini crew, gray, M
  • TCKSports socks, Topo and Talus, grayishs, size M
  • a NYC Marathon rain (knee-length, orange and white) poncho

Ok, the data…

Recent:

Grete’s Great Gallop on October 5th in 1:44. Staten Island Half on October 12th in 1:43.

Marathons:

My PR is from Berlin 2012: 3:27:44, the last marathon I did was Boston 2014 in 3:49 and NYCM 2013 in 3:49.

Running Calculators!

 the jackdaniels calculator says the SI half 1:43:39 gives me a 3:36 marathon
the macmillan calculator says the SI half 1:43:39 gives me a 3:38 marathon
the  runnersworld calculator says the SI half 1:43:39 gives me a 3:36 marathon

I’d add a few minutes to those as those estimates are for a flat marathon.

My guess:

No PR this year! I am guessing between 3:39 (my A Goal and a course PR) and a 3:46, because I did NYCM last year in 3:49 and I am in a bit better shape this year.

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

Prizes shipped only within the US, but you can have me send it to someone in the US.  / Comments with guesses will only count if they are posted here (not on facebook, not on runnersworld.com, HERE) before Saturday Nov 1st 7 pm EST.  / If there are two guesses with the exact same time, the first one wins.

Giveaway: the coolest running tshirts!

People, check these tshirts out: IAM Funny Shirts

They have a running shirt section with a few funny, clever running designs. All the shirts are made with a tri-blend fabric, so they are extremely soft, and the ink is dyed into the fabric of the shirt, so it does not feel like a bumper sticker on your chest. And they are hand-printed!!! Here is a video for a little more info about then. I loved all he says, and to tell you the truth, I assumed the tshirts were going to be sooooo expensive with all that stuff and all hand-made (and they’re not!)

I LOVE them!!! they’re SOOOO soft it’s unreal!!! and they fit nicely (if you need to compare for shopping, I picked S, I like them loose!)

 

 

Sooooo sorry about the indoor pictures, you know I am usually better than that, but they’re in the laundry now to do anything about it! Plus, I was obviously  OFF cause who gets two t-shirts in the same color??? Yours truly!

Anyway, you can win a shirt of your choice!! Giveaway is HERE, feel free to share the love and enter all you want. We’ll pick someone randomly on September 17th. You have many many options to enter, so don’t be left out! One thing: if you don’t live in the US, we’ll ship it to a friend of yours in the US to hold it for you, ok?

And if you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to be over, here is a 20% discount code you can use: RUNNINGANDTHECITY

Go for it! Good Luck!