Newport Liberty Half Marathon Race Report

Sunday I ran the Newport Liberty Half Marathon.

I didn’t win. If you’re still interested in reading, there’ll be a few “oh!”, “ah”, “wow” and “what?” in store. Obviously, let me backtrack first.

BEFORE

These past 3 weeks have been insane. Like, so busy, I have been barely able to shut my brain down to get some rest. I’ll share a lot of it soon, but it’s basically like having 4 full time jobs, and add the couple of health hicccups I have going on (my stomach is a problem, my gastroenterologist has me in a no-dairy, no-gluten diet and it hasn’t helped, plus the IDU is still giving me daily cramps and stuff) and you’d be exhausted. It’d take a week to tell you all that’s happened in the last 3! soon!

Anyway, to recap: I was exhausted, I overdid it on my mileage this past week (I also started coaching for NYRR a few nights a week and didn’t pay attention… it all adds up really quickly!!!), I barely had time to sleep and I couldn’t remember this week I had MY GOAL RACE.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS.

RACE MORNING

Up at 5:30, leave the apt at 6:15 with Juan, my hot husband and Race Partner Extraordinaire, and meet Courtney by the 86th Street 4-5-6 train stop. ]

We saw a lot of Tune Up runners getting off the train. So funny to be going in the opposite direction.

Funnier, to see some people getting off the train at 86th and get on a cab to the start… when they’re about to run 18 miles. Early in the morning, everything is funny to me. Yes, I am one of those annoying people that don’t need coffee (but I do pass out at 8 pm!). Took the 4 (or 5) to Fulton, then the Path into NJ for two stops. We were there in no time. Too easy. Plus we got to walk through the Oculus, which is EMPTY on a Sunday at 6:45 am.

RACE START

The path is about 1.5 blocks from the start and also race bib pick up. And there’s portapotties right in the middle, wohoooo! So in about 20 minutes we had peed, picked up our bibs, pinned them, peed again, and dropped our bag.

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Don’t we look so friendly in the morning?

Soon we caught up with Hannah (another team mate) and JJ, and we headed for the start. We peed again, that’s THREE TIMES. Such a luxury. There was something special about those portapotties that didn’t smell bad (though they were SO dark!!!).

Juan left us, he had about an hour and half to run so he took of early, in the north direction, towards Hoboken, so I never saw him on his run! We had a little pow wow at the start, a guitar version of the Start Spangled Banner and we were off.

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A note of the weather because everybody said it was really hot. I only remember that humidity was 84 or 85% but the weather wasn’t my biggest concern. Don’t ask me why.

7:20 was a PR pace for me. And I was going to try. Why NOT? So I told Courtney I’d start slower (Mile 1 was 7:30) Courtney was behind me for a bit but by the half mile we were running together. So happy about it.  The first few miles we had people around, and most of them kept passing me, actually. I made a mental note of most of them, because I know how this works…

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Mile 2 or 3, where I saw Elaine Acosta and she snapped this one! Thanks Elaine. I see the clock behind us, that’s mile 2!! (no way I can run 3 miles in 14:58!)

The miles kept clicking and by mile 3 or 4, I had lost Courtney and my pace was back in the 7:20s. The crowds had also dissapeared. I’d have people here and there but we were all mostly in packs of 2 or 3 runners. By Mile 6 or 7 I felt like I needed a sugar pick me up so I took out m Gu and that didn’t work out well. My stomach became all knots and it wasn’t happy. I was having some weird cramping. Mile 7 and 8s were in the 8s, I felt myself slowing down and eventually my stomach stopped hurting. And of course, I then felt like I needed more energy. I decided I wasn’t going to have another gels as my stomach was not having them. I pulled out my caffeine kicker (two chocolate-covered espresso beans) thinking that’d be better than nothing, because you can’t really swallow those, so it wouldn’t upset my stomach more. Oh well. Not a good idea either.

My stomach was not having it. Even water was upsetting it. UGH.

The second half of the race (actually, miles 5 thru 9) goes through Liberty State Park, and at about 6.5 we turn a corner and the Statue of Liberty was right there!!! Like, so close I could touch it. Mile 11 and a half all the way to the finish are right on the water, with amazing views of Downtown Manhattan. The sights are incredible.

I kept trucking, I made a friend on the road who decided to keep me company (or pace me!?!?!?) for the last 5 miles. Anton (who I had never met before) and I run the whole last portion together, which I think saved me. It was very lonely at times, and it gets hard to keep the pace honest when you’re hurting. By mile 9 I knew I wasn’t going to PR but decided it’d be a good workout anyway, so why not fight hard til the end?

I was suffering and it wasn’t pretty but, did we really expect it not to hurt?

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My new friend Anton and I on the last two miles. Thanks Elaine for cheering and the pics!

On the last half mile, Anton left, I saw Juan, and I knew I had to book it!

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I don’t remember passing this fella at all. See how how spread out it was? Hi Juan! 300 meters to go!

We go around the bend, I see the finish line, 1:37 something, I cross the finish line, and I knew I needed water asap!

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I am DONE for today! WHERE are my eggs????

I looked around for Courtney. No luck. I saw Juan, he snapped the pic above, we walk about 50 meters back to grab my bag while we keep an eye on the finish line for Courtney. I see her coming around the bend, Juan and I start cheering for her and she looks at me and goes “did you PR??”….!!!…!!!! WHAT! Girl is running her last 100 meters and asking ME if I PRed!??!? OMG< TOO CUTE!

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Whippets Finish Line Reunion! From left, me, Courtney, Hannah, and Stephen! At least Stephen had a great race!

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Stats Time!

Finish time: 1:37:49 Average Pace: 7:27

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

Age Grading:69.42%

Overall Place: 163 of 2548

Gender Place: 23 of 1149

Age Place: 5 of 146

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Meanwhile, Juan had gone north to run his 12 miles

The post race spread was fantastic. they had these square bagels (are those really bagels????) and I NEVER touch a bagel but I ended up eating a whole one. They were delicious. Or I was ravenous. Or delirious. Who knows. I don’t even remember. I know I had about 5 cups of Gatorade (even though I also can’t stomach Gatorade) and chips. And a banana. They really had lots of delicious options.

newport10K newport jersey city 10K (10)Views by the finish line… not bad huh?
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oh, we went back through the Oculus again. It’s actually REALLY NICE, if this shaded NYorker can say so…

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—–  the GUESS MY FINISH TIME WINNER IS….

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rdr, email me and pick a gift from that post!!!

Who raced this weekend???? Can’t wait to hear from you all!!!

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.

New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile – Race Report

Here we go again! This was my 7th Fifth Avenue Mile and I was so excited! I had been invited to participate in the Media Heat, which starts at 11:45 am so I had all morning to get stressed out ready and not rush out. I had a little coffee, then did a little 4 mile warm up in the reservoir, I was so lucky to find Liysa to run at what we call Elizabeth-pace, a pace SO SLOW it’ll make you look the other way… We then run around the course, and pretty much met 1 million people around the race start and on 5th Ave.

By the time I was ready to run, everybody else was done and hanging out around the course to watch the pros go. Juan was there too while I did a few strides to warm up!

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Photo Credit: Juan Becerra

Eventually, I walked up to the corral, and there were about 20-30 people, a very small crowd. That could make you panic really fast. I knew a couple of the people there so I just started asking to see who I could pace with. Quita and I thought we’d be around the same pace (but who knows at the start of a race right?). I told her I’d was looking for anything between 6:05 and 6:20, though really I was hoping I could go sub-6, but that’d be too awesome to be expected. 6:05 is my PR but that’s from 2012.  In the 5K the week before, my last mile was 6:20 so I knew I could maybe PR… I was hoping on that. I also knew I wanted to blast out off the gates. I tend to start too slow and that’s just a bad idea in the Mile. the Mile was to: Start Fast, Hold it (the second quarter is all uphill), Get Faster, Kill it.

We had Amy Freeze from ABC and Tiki Barber (from the NY Giants) in the corral so it was bopping! We also had Chris Lotsbom from LetsRun.com,who won the men’s race last year. The official photographers took some pictures and I was just pretending to not be nervous. Why was I so nervous? I really wanted to PR and I knew how much that would hurt…

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Let’s pretend this is part of my warm up! Photo Credit: NYRR

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Photo Credit: NYRR

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I did 3 pushups this year and now I think am strong! Photo Credit: NYRR

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FYI, this was also our 3rd wedding anniversary! Photo Credit: Juan Becerra

Then, I get moved to the front of the corral because NO ONE IS LINING UP, just like last year… UGH. OK! No pressure. Not like I wasn’t freaking out already. THIRTY SECONDS! I got this I got this. Remember that year you did an awesome mile and you felt like you were flying and it was so beautiful?Do that. I got this. I kept telling myself like a crazy person. 15 SECONDS. Crap! this is gonna hurt and omg what am I doing up here?!?!? 

the gun goes off. All hell breaks loose inside my chest. I was on overdrive. Don’t start too slow!!! All of a sudden, I was in front and there were no women in front of me! WHAT! CRAP! What do I do? Can I hold this pace? And where is Quita???Did I blast off too fast?

1st quarter: 1:34. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even look at the splits then, not even once. I wanted to run as fast as possible and that meant shutting everything else down.I do remember passing Tiki Barber in the first quarter. Then the hill showed up. 74th to 71st are uphill so I knew I’d slow down there, though I was still leading. WEIRD.

2nd quarter: 1:44 well, we knew that was coming. Then it happens, a girl passes me. Then another one. Then soon enough, a third one. I was a bit upset because I was running all by myself and then it seemed like I was standing still… That was it though, 3 ladies passed me, no one else (not even a man) passed me in the whole race. That I remember, because I now know I was a mess.

I see Juan ahead! YEY

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Photo Credit: Juan Becerra

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Photo Credit: Juan Becerra

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Photo Credit: Juan Becerra

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Photo Credit: Tom Flanagan

3rd quarter: 1:32 I am still speeding up so that’s good. I didn’t feel like I was speeding up. The rest is a blur. It’s just me forcing my legs to go faster and feeling like nothing was happening. I HEARD SO MANY PEOPLE yelling my name. I did. I had no idea what was happening.

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Photo Credit: Winnie Lok

4th quarter: 1:20. That seems to fast. Still, NO PR.

I checked out the finish line clock’s “5:15” and remember thinking, wow, I’ll be like 5:30s or 5:40s. Those clocks always get my tired brain. Apparently, I can’t run 300 meters in 20 seconds. There is something in your brain that tricks you into thinking that it’s closer than it really is. Oh well.

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Stats Time!

Finish time: 6:10 Average Pace: 6:10!

Previous PR: 6:05. From: September, 2012

Age Grading:72.68%

Overall Place: 1638 of 6144

Gender Place: 227 of 2764

Age Place: 16 of 284

This was my highest AG EVER!!! And I was 4th woman in the Media Heat, 10th Overall. Well, that was interesting… I probably started a few seconds too fast, or I could have hung back and trailed the leading women, but I was so so so desperate for a PR (lately I only get like ONE PR a year!!!) that that anxiety played against me. Moving on. Saving it for the next battle!

We crossed the finish line and took a few pictures!

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Do we look exhausted or what? Photo Credit: Steve Lee!

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THE CUP. I was THIS CLOSE to winning it. NOT.

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Amy Freeze at the Hospitality Tent, where we chilled for a bit right after the race. She’s the COOLEST.

Post race, we hung out for a bit at the finish line tent, then we headed back to the finish line to watch the Pros have some awesome races. Which is so exciting… plus you meet everyone

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if you don’t know Elaine, you’re seriously missing out.❤

Eventually we had to rush. Walking down Fifth Ave even after all the Pros have finished is like having a party at home: you say hello to everyone and can’t get to the kitchen!! We were trying to head back into the park to meet up with some friends who were visiting!

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After that, we had some celebrating to do! It was our 3rd year anniversary after all!

This was 3 years ago… we got married and then we run the 5th Avenue Mile in those outfits!

 

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So after the race, and the picnic, we went to the Boathouse, and we ate EVERYTHING (and we passed out shortly after that!)


—– Oh and the GUESS MY FINISH TIME WINNER IS….

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ViBe, email me and pick a gift from that post!!!

Who raced this weekend????

Can’t wait to hear from you all!!!

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:

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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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

Percy Sutton 5K Race Report

hey hey peeps!

So, I did a 5K!! I have been trying to get to one but seems like it’s always easier to do ANY other distance than a 5K! I always end up signed up for a half, a 4 miler a 5 miler, anything but a 5K! I had one 10 days ago and got cancelled for lightning… it is apparently just not in the cards. So then August rolled around, the NYRR Percy Sutton 5K was still open, this was my easy week on my training schedule, so why not race it rigth? Easy week equaling a 5K race sounds totally legit, no?

meme omg you're right

I had never done this race before. I always wanted to but never got it. It was usually on a Summer Streets weekend, and YOU KNOW WELL I AM NOT MISSING ANY SUMMER STREETS. I probably wouldn’t care if Daniel Craig was hosting a race and he told me he’d let ME win. I’d still be in Summer Streets. Maybe. Ok maybe call Daniel Craig and we’ll see.

Anyway, before I tell about the race, let me do and out and back into a women’s thing. If you’re a man and don’t care, just ignore the purple text maybe? Friday, after an insanely stressful week, I had an IUD put in. I thought it’d be like a typical gyn appointment, like a pap smear or something, no big deal. It wasn’t. It was the most painful thing I can’t describe. They started telling me, when I got there, I could stay in the room until I felt ok, and stuff like that, and I couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. OMG… I had really no idea what I was in for. During the thing, I was shaking violently and was this close to kicking my gyn in the face and run away and be ok with the risk of being pregnant. It was just SO painful. Then, I just could move for about 30 minutes, unless sweating and crying is moving, when I made the decision to get up. Got dressed, walked out and asked for ANY painkiller (that wasn’t ibuprofen); they couldn’t do it, doctor had to prescribe it…???!! I sat in the waiting room, until I mustered the courage to get up and go home. Poor Juan was rushing from a meeting to help but it’d be faster to just get home and lay down. Pain didn’t stop until 7 pm. I couldn’t even nap through it. The worst. I just wish I had known it’d be SO horrible. And I would have brought him to help me. UGH.

Saturday morning, I felt fine. Still mentally traumatized, not kidding, I can’t get out what happened out of my head, but good to go. Met Kettia at 7:20 at the reservoir and we run the 3.5 miles to the start slowly, feeling out how my body was recovering.

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Got there quick enough, when there’s good chatting (and when isn’t there?), miles fly fast! We saw everyone, and soon enought we had to line up in the corrals!

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I saw Tom so I, of course, started waving like a maniac. Thanks for the shot Tom!

My last 5K was… years ago! I knew my PR was 21:09 (from 2012? 2011?) and I wanted to PR. that was a 6:49 pace average, so I thought I’d open up with a 7:10 or 7:15 first mile and ramp up from there. I had no clue how being in pain the whole day before would affect me but everyone was a bit shocked that I was there and not laying down in a bed crying somewhere. So I was ahead of the curve a bit I guess. But I did feel ok so I wasn’t really thinking about that.  I had read the first 1.5 miles were hilly so decided to break the race in two part: Easy Start, Fast Finish.

They weren’t kidding about them hills. wow. The first one hit me like a ton of bricks, then you turn, and there’s MORE! A few seconds into the race I noticed a bit of a pothole, 3 minutes later someone hits the floor running right in front of me. I decided I’d focus on the FLOOR. Keep it simple: don’t fall. The last hill, around 1.5 was insane!!! Oh and then I see a fire truck ahead cutting through the course and people stopping and waving around it. Interesting.

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Another of Tom’s masterpieces!

When I saw that last hill, at around 1.5 I was happy to know it was the last one. Glad I search that!!! And then I started hammering. It got a bit crowded and I wish I had someone to chase, but I don’t like chasing men… I couldn’t believe the race would be over so fast and to tell the truth, as hard as you can race a 5K, and as painful as it can be, I had the pain from the day before fresh everwhere so this didn’t feel as bad. I tried doing math but as usual, I knew it’d come down to seconds. I tried my best. Crossed the finish line and dry heaved for about 3 minutes. I tried. I had a 21:18.

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A full 9 seconds too slow to PR, but… when I saw my splits I literally started dancing. Aren’t these negative splits a thing of beauty??

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I was so happy with my effort. I think I nailed this race and sometimes that is better than the finish time. Not that anyone gives a crap what I do!

Stats Time!

Finish time: 21:18 Average Pace: 6:52

Previous PR: 21:09. From: August, 2012

Age Grading: 71.66%

Overall Place: 549 of 4,803

Gender Place: 92 of 2,400

Age Place: 10 of 242

this is what the hills looked like… fun, right?
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I was happy. Knowing I can control myself in a 5K is huge! I did see everyone passing me as usual in the first few blocks, only to go backwards a few minutes into it. And feeling strong in the last mile?? PRICELESS. All this cross-training is working. I really do feel it. Glad I have amazing friends to race with, cross train with, run with and never feel like this is “something I have to do for my health”. Instead, I am just hanging out, outdoors, having all the fun. Fills me up!

 

 

—– Oh and the GUESS MY FINISH TIME WINNER IS….

winner

Patty, email me and pick a gift from that post!!!

Who raced this weekend????

Can’t wait to hear from you all!!!! I am racing the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile next weekend so we’ll play for that one too, stay tuned!

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.