01-03-2017

Week 2 of NYC Half Marathon Training

Alright so, last week was week 2 of NYC Half Marathon training. Kind of a slow build up, and skipped some days due to holidays/New Years. Week 1 was uneventful with only 2 runs, so starting my recap with week 2 (last week).

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 40 minute run. As I mentioned in a previous post, I purchased Jason Karp’s half marathon training plan off his website, and his plan is in minutes as opposed to miles. So today was a 40 minute run, which I ran 3.2ish miles. Slow for me, and felt INCREDIBLY out of shape, but I know that’s normal. Went to PT after for the first time since the marathon – definitely needed that!

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Tempo workout. 1 mile warm-up, 4×5 min at tempo pace (by effort) with 1 min walk break in between. Tempo pace effort was about 9:55-10:00 per mile. 1/2 mile cooldown after.

 

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Friday: “Long” run. It’s in quotations because it was 5 miles lol. We ran for 60 minutes, and it ended up being 5.1 miles or so. Still kinda “slow” for me but I didn’t stop to walk at all and felt really good! Just went by easy effort in order to complete 60 minutes with no walking. Felt like I could have kept going but obviously didn’t haha.

Saturday: Spin class. I had signed up for my studio’s Best Of 2016 class and was super pumped for it, so it served as cross training for the day. It ended up being a great class, and I was at 17.5 miles by the end, so just kept biking till I hit 20 miles.

 

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Sunday: OFF because Dan and I both were exhausted from NYE and didn’t move off the couch all day lol.

Overall I’d say it was a decent week. I didn’t run as much as I was supposed to BUT was able to run 60 minutes without walking, which shows I’m slowly getting back into shape.

That 5 mile run/long run was done at an easy pace ranging from 11:45-12:00/mile. I didn’t care about pace, just finishing those 60 minutes. Hoping to continue dropping that easy pace as time goes on.

Anyone else running NYC Half? Or a spring half marathon?

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12-30-2016

2016 Reflections + 2017 Goals

Wow…2016 is over! Just like that. I keep seeing people online saying 2016 was the worst, and 2016 needs to be over, etc. etc., but for me, 2016 was an amazing year, and I can only hope that 2017 is just as good.

This will be a longer post and is also working as a semi-scrapbook for me to write down some memories :) I do want to finish my travel videos and my goal was to do it before 2017 but doesn’t look like that’s happening lol.

Here are a few things I’m reflecting on:

Year Of Travel

I kicked off 2016 with a trip to Mont Tremblant (Canada) with one of my best friends, and then a few other amazing trips. This is the most I’ve ever traveled in a year, and I’m thankful that I have the flexibility to work from wherever I want.

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 It was my first time dog-sledding! Ever since this trip, I’ve been planning my trip back. Hopefully Dan, myself and our 2 friends will be able to go on a little getaway this Februaray!

After that, Dan and I planned a TOTALLY spontaneous trip to Arizona. Literally booked a flight on a Thursday night that left Friday at 8 AM lol. Probably the most spontaneous thing we’ve ever done, but so worth it.

We flew into Phoenix for a long weekend. We went to a Devils game at Gila River Arena which was pretty cool, and of course saw the Grand Canyon. One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do much hiking becuase trails were snowy/icy. Another place I need to go back and explore more.

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I would love to do Rim 2 Rim one day, but first need to actually find someone to do it with me lol.

In May, my mom, sister and I went to Paris for a girls trip. I’ve been dreaming about Paris since I was in middle school. And I absolutely fell in love with it. I think I have a problem where I fall in love with every city I go too and can’t wait to go back :-P

We spent a few days in Paris, then flew to Nice for a Coldplay concert, and then flew back to Paris for a few days. We did all of the touristy things and according to my steps app on my phone, we were walking anywhere from 6-8 miles per day. I remember saying we needed to run while on our trip, but that didn’t happen. We were walking all day every day, and way too tired at the end of the day to go out for a run.

My favorite parts of this trip were walking around Montmartre and eating in little cafes, and seeing the incredible blue Mediterranean. I loved our cozy airbnbs that we stayed in. It really added to the experience. Our studio apartment in Montmartre was perfect. Tiny but fit all 3 of us and gave us a truly Parisienne experience. In Nice, our airbnb apartment was only 6 blocks from the beach!

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What I loved about this trip is the fact that my mom was with us. My mom has never traveled outside of our usual trips to Paraguay or Brazil. She never in a million years thought she would see the Eiffel Tower. She grew up in Paraguay, and when you hear some of her life stories, you can’t even believe it compared to what our life is now. I’m so glad we were able to make this dream a reality for her – and I think the wanderlust bug bit her a bit after this trip ;)

At the end of June, Dan and I took our yearly trip to Myrtle Beach, though I doubt we will be going this year due to wedding planning and our bachelor/bachelorette trips being this summer (woooo!!!).

We love Myrtle Beach and spend close to 2 weeks there. This year we stayed at an ocean side resort which was great. It was right in the beginning of marathon training, and I loved exploring the side streets and houses in the area (while Dan sat and drank beer on the beach lol). 

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When I got back from that trip, about 2 weeks later we headed to Rio for the Olympics, which was probably the coolest experience of my life so far. Well, first we went to Paraguay to visit my family for a week, and then Rio.

I spent my birthday at the Olympic Stadium watching track and field. I mean it doesn’t get much cooler than that!! My brother and I were able to get on the track after the races were over which was even cooler. 

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We saw beach volleyball, track and field, and the women’s marathon. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

I Ran My 4th Marathon With My Mom

We ran the NYC Marathon in Nov. 6, which was our 4th marathon and 3rd NYC Marathon. While we didn’t run the times we wanted, it will always be a great experience to run a marathon with my mom. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles without her…nor training for 18-20 weeks for a marathon alone! I don’t think I could do it.

This marathon was the BEST I’ve ever felt (read my full NYC Marathon race recap here). I think NYC Marathon will always be my favorite marathon. The spectators are amazing and the course is challenging but scenic in that you’re running through all five boroughs.

Although I didn’t get to cross the finish line with my mom this time, there is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish and getting your medal. It makes all those months of training worth it.

I won’t be running a marathon in 2017, but hope to improve my half marathon and 5K times.

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I Got Engaged!!!

And the biggest news for 2016 is that Dan and I got engaged! He proposed on Sept. 4 (Labor Day Weekend) and we will be getting married on Sept. 2, 2017. It was perfect and still feels surreal to me. I still stare at my ring all the time when I’m wearing it LOL.

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The weekend turned out perfectly. A hurricane was supposed to hit, and he had planned this beach trip for us (under the guise of us going out for LDW with friends). I remember being like, why the hell are we going to the beach if a hurricane is coming??? He was like it will be fine. Afterwards he said he would have taken me to the beach and location where he proposed even if it was raining out haha. But it turned out to be a beautiful day, with the perfect sunset for our post-proposal photos. His friends were hiding and taking pictures when it happened.

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I haven’t done much in terms of wedding planning. We have our DJ and videographer but still need a photographer and to reserve hotel blocks…and a bunch of other little things. So all wedding planning tips are appreciated ;)

My 2017 Goals

Not sure how 2017 can top 2016 but I know it will…especially if we are getting married! I’ve started thinking about my goals for 2017, both for personal and business. Here are a few:

  • Get a 5K and half marathon PR
  • Continue growing my social media marketing business – specifically gain 3 new clients within the first 6 months and my first 1-on-1 coaching clients. 
  • Shoot more fitness videos for my YouTube channel.
  • Learn a new skill. This was one of my goals last year which didn’t happen lol. Perhaps playing tennis? Or skiiing?
  • Post on this blog and my marketing blog (pattyrivas.com) at least once a week
  • Try to do Facebook live videos on my business page and FB group once a week. (Want to stay up to date on social media trends and learn about social media marketing? Join my free Facebook group!)

So that’s that. 2016 is over. I’m so grateful for these opportunities and always count my lucky stars. I certainly do not intend for this post to come off as braggy. In writing this post and recap for myself, I am reminded of how lucky I am, especially to have such amazing friends and family, and now a fiance :)

I hope your 2016 was great and that 2017 is even better!!

What is your favorite 2016 memory?

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12-16-2016

Fitness Vlogs – I’ve Been Loving Vlogmas!

For those of you who haven’t been following me (or other vloggers) on YouTube, you might have heard about Vlogmas. It’s a vlog (video) each day until Christmas. I figured I’d try it out since I’m trying to get back into YouTube, but honestly figured I wouldn’t last haha.

But I’ve actually been having fun with it! It’s been fun to film my days and document things. I decided to throw in some fitness/running related stuff in there too. Which are the ones I wanted to share with you today. If you haven’t seen them yet, here are a few that might be of interest!

My Leg Day Workout

This one was from yesterday. Short video but showed me current leg day workout that I’ve been doing with my sister. My legs were so sore yesterday!

My Favorite Running Bloggers & Running Websites

Shoutout to some of my favorite bloggers! If you need some running inspiration, check out the websites I mentioned:

Here are links to the sites:

Courtney : http://eatprayrundc.com
Wendy : http://takethelongwayhome.com
Tina : http://tinamuir.com
http://runnersconnect.net
http://flotrack.org
http://strengthrunning.com

 

Taste Testing Halo Top Ice Cream

Omg how did I not know about Halo Top before this?? We tried out chocolate mocha chip and birthday cake:

What’s In My Fridge

My fridge is currently a mess but showed a few of my favorite things. Number 1 is definitely turkey Bubba Burgers!

Do you have a favorite vlogger on YouTube?

Any topics you’d like to see discussed on my channel? I think some of my next videos will have my foam rolling and stretching routine. Just got some resistance bands so might do a resistance band workout as well :)

Stay tuned!

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12-12-2016

2016 New York City Marathon Race Recap

It’s here – it’s finally here!!

Took my long enough but I really wanted to finish my recap video (which will be below) before I wrote this. It’s been over a month since my mom and I ran the New York City Marathon, but I still feel a runner’s high from that day.

You’ll be able to take the journey with us in the video, beginning with the Staten Island Ferry ride and ending at the finish line.  I have so many thoughts about this race – I don’t even know where to start. This post might get a little jumbled!

Here’s me 2011 recap and my 2013 recap.

Leading Up To Race Day

It was weird. I expected to be nervous but didn’t really feel anything. I wasn’t sure if that was a good or bad thing. I’m always nervous before big races, but this time I felt pretty at ease. I think I was the most mentally and physically prepared I’ve ever been, so that helped. 

About 2 weeks before I did get a bout of nervousness, but in order to get past that, I read through my training logs from this cycle and those from 2013 and realized I was in pretty good shape. Also, my shin pain had gone away for the most part thanks to physical therapy and custom orthotics. I’ve never been able to train this consistently AND be pain free.

I went on a shakeout run the day before and felt great. I felt ready.

The Expo

We headed to the expo with my mom’s friend and my sister. My mom’s friend has never done a half marathon or marathon, so this experience was all new to her. She loved it and is thinking about doing her 9+1 next year to get into NYC Marathon…another one on the marathon team! :)

I love race expos and know I will want to walk around and explore, so we always try to go on the first day. We picked up our numbers and then it got real. My sister filmed this part for my NYC Marathon Expo vlog (below) and said, “Wow that even made me nervous!”

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We walked around and I sat in on the course strategy session. Even though this was my third time running it, it helped to get a refresher on the course and what to expect. PS – totally forgot about that long climb at mile 23ish. That killed me.

Race Day

We were running the race with one of my mom’s friends. This was her first marathon so she was a bit nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I told her to just take it easy in the first few miles, but she could leave us at any point if she wanted to (we split up with her around the half way point).

We opted to take the Staten Island Ferry although I’m not sure I will do this again in the future. We also took the ferry in 2013. I don’t mind the process of getting to the city and on the ferry; the problem comes once you get off the ferry and have to wait to get on the busses. That part probably took 45-60 minutes itself and my feet were starting to get tired which made me nervous. Then you get on the bus and it takes you to the starting area, but there was a ton of traffic so that also ends up taking 30-40 minutes. I overheard a few people saying they missed their wave.

In 2013, NYRR placed us on the 7:45 ferry and ensured we’d make it on time for the 10:55 wave. Well, we barely did and legit were the LAST ones running to the start corral. So this year we got on the 7:30 ferry and although we made it on time, we were still a bit rushed.

The starting area is very well organized though with plenty of port-a-potties. We picked a spot to get our numbers on and do last minute things. We headed to the corral at 10:45 and there were also bathrooms in the corral which was good because I always need to pee RIGHT before I run :-)

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Ok let’s get into the race itself!

Miles 1-8

We started on the Verrazano Bridge which is the steepest and longest hill of the whole race, but as everyone always says, you barely feel it because you’re so amped up.

Mile 1 was slow, like around 12 min/mile pace, which was fine with me. By mile 3 we were in the 10:45-10:50 range that I wanted to be in.

Time out, I forgot to mention I forgot my freaking watch and my mom’s didn’t work because the memory was full. So we mainly ran by feel. I turned on RunKeeper for a mile just to see what our average pace was, and then turned it on later in the race when I split up with my mom. We also meant to join a pace group but forgot that as well on race day. Moral of the story, write a to-do list or something because you will be all over the place on race morning.

Anyway, so we were cruising along in Brooklyn and knew we’d see my family (dad, brother, sister) at their first stop at mile 6.5ish. I took my GenUCAN around mile 3, and that would last me for 2 hours.

The Brooklyn crowds are always awesome. Everyone is screaming your name (if you have your name on your shirt) and high-fiving…it’s easy to get lost in the noise and speed up but don’t! Maintain control here.

We saw my family at mile 6.5 and I always feel bad because we stop for like 5 seconds to say hi and then run off. But they have been to each of our NYC Marathon’s and are pros by now at navigating the course and cheering us on :)

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My dad, sister and brother around mile 6

We kept trucking along and my mom filmed at times with her GoPro (where a lot of footage from my video came from). In 2013 my family went to mile 14 next, but this time they made another stop in between at mile 8ish. Around mile 8 is also an awesome spectator scene. It’s full of crowds and music. 

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Selfie with my dad (and a stranger filming me lol)

I was feeling awesome but I could tell my mom was not herself. In previous races she was always talking to me, smiling, filming, running ahead of me to take pics, and this time she was just silently running next to me. I didn’t want to say anything and get in her head, so I tried to be motivating with things like, “Ok we got this, almost at half way. We are at a good, steady pace.”

I also said I would be the one to take more pics this time to let her just run her race, so I ran ahead and took some pics.

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Miles 9-16

Remember in my short recap of NYC Marathon how I said I felt the best I’ve ever felt? Around miles 9-10, my body felt like it could start speeding up, but I held back. I  was too afraid and wanted to conserve energy. I think if I had just done what my body felt like doing, I could have PR-ed. More on that later.

Around mile 10 I said to my mom, ok after the halfway point we will speed up a tiny bit. Again, once we hit 13.1, I was afraid, and decided I would wait until after Queensboro bridger (mile 15-16).

Why is mile 13 (and halfway marker) on a bridge?? This was around when my mom stopped to walk for a bit. She said her knee was hurting, and that she was hungry. She also was using GenUCAN, but I think she hadn’t fueled enough in the week prior. We walked for probably 30 seconds then kept going. I said, ok we will go easy until after the bridge, then it’s time to turn it on.

The Queensboro Bridge, for me, is the toughest part of the race. Mentally, I was preparing myself for this almost mile-long incline. I felt like everything after that would be a piece of cake…well as much as it can be in a marathon.

We got on the bridge, and I was still feeling good. Like I’ve said before, the best I’ve ever felt, and best I’ve felt at this point in the race. In 2013, this was about where I was getting close to hitting the wall. This year, I was running up this bridge not even feeling like I was working that hard.

However, this was where my mom and I slowly started to split. I had to stop and walk a few times to wait for her to catch up to me. Some of my friends have asked why we don’t just run our own races…yeah, we could, but I love running and experiencing the race with her, especially the finish. So I stopped to walk and wait, and tried to give her a pep talk.

We knew we would be seeing my family again just off the bridge, a little past mile 16.

In the video, you’ll hear me say to my sister, “I feel good, I gotta go!” and she looks into the camera and says, “she feels good…for now…” lol. 

Miles 17-20

At this point in the race, I was like wow less than 10 miles to go! When you’re regularly doing 8-10 mile weekday training runs PLUS your weekend long runs, having 8-9 miles left in the race feels totally doable. I was having fun…I’ve never felt like this! It was amazing. In my past 3 marathons before this, these miles were a struggle, mentally and physically. Now I was running as if I had just started a run and had to run 8-9 miles.

Around mile 18, the crowds start to thin a bit. And then your mind starts playing tricks on you. You start to feel the fatigue. You start to think “Uh oh I’m getting tired…” So I put in headphones and put on the marathon playlist I made.

At this point, my mom was slowing down. I stopped again a few times to walk while I wait for her. She kept saying just go (she said this around mile 15) and I insisted no.

At mile 20 she said just go without me it’s fine. I said, yeah but what about the finish?!? She said we’ll meet after the finish line, it’s fine. I asked her if she was sure and she said yes. So at mile 20 we split up, and I felt so guilty about it for the next few miles. I called my dad to let him know. I kept thinking what if something happens to her and I left her?? Thankfully, nothing did.

It’s funny because my friend who was tracking me said she saw a spike from mile 20-21 and was wondering if there as a glitch in the app lol. I went from an 11:30-12/mile because I was with my mom, to 9:50-10:00/mile. 

I saw my family again at mile 22 and my dad yelled, “Only 4 more miles!!” I was like yeah!!

Miles 21-25

I maintained that pace for miles 21-22…and then the dreaded incline at mile 23. It doesn’t look like much, but I swear this incline is NEVER ENDING. I tried to keep my pace but stopped to walk twice and catch my breath. My music was what was helping me push myself at that point. If you need motivation in a race, put Work B*tch by Britney Spears on your playlist ;)

I turned into Central Park and thought to myself, ok NOW I have to turn it on. And I tried, as much as you can, at mile 24 of a marathon lol.

There are some undulating hills, and I tried using the downhills to my advantage. I remember I kept thinking, “WHEN are we getting out of Central Park??!”

Around mile 25 you finally get out of the park and onto Central Park South. This was also where my playlist ended but I wanted to take in the finish line crowds anyway. You run on Central Park South and then turn at Columbus Circle before entering the park. I didn’t see my family at this point because I had split up with my mom and they waited at the last checkpoint for her. 

I tried to pass as many people as I could, or hold on to those who were passing me. I tried to stick to them as long as I could (not very long).

Then you start seeing signs like 800 meters to go…

I was like ok TWO laps on the track that is easy, let’s do it!

Finish Line – Mile 26.2

You turn back into the park and then you see mile marker 26. I couldn’t believe it! I had 0.2 left. I thought, that is less than a lap on a track. Pretend this is a track workout and run 1 lap as fast as you can.

Well, I could barely speed up but it’s the thought that counts :)

I saw the sign that said 200 meters to go and really tried to kick it in.

I raised my arms, and crossed that finish line.

And it was bittersweet…because I was alone and had no one to celebrate with. 

I teared up and couldn’t believe it. I just felt SO good and had the best race ever.

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My finish time won’t reflect that (it was 4:56), but my body felt great, my energy levels were stable throughout, I had no shin pain…like I said, I couldn’t believe it. This was the first time I’ve teared up crossing a finish line. It was an emotional moment.

I started shuffling and stretching while I waited for my mom. She came in about 15 minutes after me. We hugged and got our medals and then it was time to make our way out of the park (another half mile UGH) and to see our family at our meeting spot, which is always the West Side YMCA.

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At this point I could barely walk right (and we had to go down subway stairs…went down the stairs backwards lol), but other than that was feeling good. 

Ok, enough of my writing, do you want to see the course and race for yourself? Here’s my race video!

Overall Thoughts:

  • I really liked Jason Karp’s Running a Marathon For Dummies plan. I felt super prepared for this race mentally and physically.
  • I need to figure out how to pace myself and “race” a marathon. I felt like this was too “easy” (whatever that means after running 26.2) but I’m always scared to push the pace and end up bonking.
  • This is still my all-time favorite marathon. Chicago was cool too but I just don’t think anything will compare to NYC Marathon.
  • I’m still on a runner’s high like I said – I have never felt so good in a race. Now after writing this I’m super pumped up to train for NYC Half!
  • Thank you for all your comments, well-wishes, etc. and thank you to ALL spectators that come support runners at the NYC Marathon/any marathon/any race! You have no idea how much that helps, even if you’re a total stranger to me.

Well that was long! :) Until next time NYC Marathon…perhaps 2018?

Did you run the New York City Marathon this year/in the past? What are your favorite parts of the course?

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12-07-2016

StrideBox Review & Unboxing

So far so good with my daily vlogging (though it’s only been 3 days haha). On today’s vlog, I opened up 2 StrideBox boxes, showed the different products inside and shared my thoughts.

Disclosure: Stridebox sent me these boxes to try out and review.

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StrideBox is a monthly subscription box for runners. I wasn’t sure what kind of products would come in each box or if it would actually be of interest to me as a runner, but I was pleasantly surprised! I actually can’t wait to try a bunch of these products, especially Tailwind. I’ve heard so many great things about it.

Here’s my vlog from yesterday and more specifics on StrideBox if you’re interested:

If you don’t have time to watch, here are my quick thoughts:

  • Most of the products are really helpful or beneficial to runners. Some I thought were a little random (calcium + magnesium supplement or this special tea) BUT it is still relevant to runners.
  • This is a great way to get supplements or fuel to try out. I’ve tried SO many different things when it comes to fuel (and finally found one I love – GenUCAN), so if you’re like me, this is a good way to get monthly samples and figure out what works for you. My 2 boxes had Accel gel, Tailwind and Sport Beans in them – a good variation to test out.
  • If you’re like me and notice packaging, the packaging is awesome! I love the little inspirational sticker (where can I put these??) and the card at the bottom of the box that shares a workout and recipe.

Have you tried StrideBox? What other monthly subscription boxes do you order?

PS – Here’s my first Vlogmas video in case you missed it :-)

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12-06-2016

A Day In The Life/Vlogging For Vlogmas

I know, I still haven’t put up a marathon recap (for anyone who cares lol) because I want to finish my video first!

But in the meantime, I’ve decided to start vlogging again and participating in Vlogmas. Vlogmas is a new vlogging video for 25 days leading up to Christmas :-O

I’m a bit late, because I started yesterday, Dec. 5 and not Dec. 1, but whatever – going to try to be consistent! I like vlogging and watching other people’s vlogs so figured I’d join in. Here’s my vlog from yesterday/Day 5:

Also, some exciting (for me) news…last week I found my wedding dress! If you’re in the NJ area, I highly recommend visiting I Do…I Do… in Morristown. They were so amazing and I found my dress in just 2 visits – I didn’t even want to go look anywhere else! I wish I could share photos but alas…I’ll have to wait until September to do that ;)

In running news, I entered myself and my mom for the NYC Half lottery – we find out this Thursday. Really hoping we both get in but I have this feeling that I’ll get in and she won’t and I’ll have to train for a half alone this winter. I really, really hope not.

I hope to have my marathon recap up this week, and in between now and January, just continuing to work on my business, and have fun with friends and family. I should probably also get my Christmas tree this week :-)

Anyone else enter the NYC Half lottery? Or are you doing a spring half?

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11-22-2016

NYC Marathon Quick Recap (Stay Tuned For Full Recap!)

I  apologize – I have been totally MIA here since the marathon. I kept meaning to do a full recap post, but I have a lot of video footage to go through, so I have yet to do a full recap :) I will try to have it up next week, so stay tuned!

But I wanted to do a quick recap to go over some main points from the marathon (if anyone cares haha).

The main point I want to talk about is that this was my best marathon ever. I felt great. I have never felt so good. Although my time doesn’t reflect it (no PR and I’ll get into why in the next post), I felt amazing and look back on this marathon and wish I could run it again, solely because I had so much fun.

My nutrition and hydration were on point – thanks GenUCAN! I really don’t know what to say other than I haven’t felt this good in any long distance race, or finished feeling this good. Like I said, I’ll get into more details in the actual recap.

I think I just said “great” and “good” a million times but not sure how else to describe it :)

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Thank you to everyone for your comments and tips throughout my training. I finished this training cycle feeling excited to continue running, as opposed to feeling like I’m done with running for a while. I’m considering signing up for NYC Half or a spring half, and getting back into real running next week.

I’ll have a real recap up next week. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving! Any good Black Friday deals I should know about?

11-04-2016

Last Minute NYC Marathon Thoughts + Vlogs

I’m really confused by my feelings (or lack thereof). So we went to the expo yesterday and it was awesome, but still not feeling much. I mean I sometimes get pangs of nervousness, but overall am not feeling like I will be running 26.2 on Sunday. Which I can’t tell if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…maybe I can trick my mind into thinking it’s just another long run ;)

We are running the race with one of my mom’s friends, and it’s her first marathon. She’s starting to get really nervous, doubting her training and if she did enough, and called my mom to tell her she’s feeling pain in her ankle from a previous injury. I called her to reassure her it’s all totally normal and that those phantom pains are normal too. Who can relate??

Earlier this week I started getting a sore throat and was freaking out a little. Started taking Zicam and everything…thankfully it went away.

Anyway, race weekend is HERE people!! I filmed 2 vlogs if you want to check them out. One is from our last little workout earlier this week and one was from yesterday at the expo.

Here are some thoughts and things I’m repeating to myself that might help other marathoners:

  • No matter what, I will have fun. We’re running through NYC! The 5 boroughs! The spectators are amazing and I can’t wait to run through the crowds.
  • I need to trust my training. I did the best I could do. As my physical therapist said, “Could we always do better? Of course,” but we did the best that we could this time around, and it will have to be enough. 
  • This is an amazing experience and I will make sure to soak it all in. Whether you’re running NYCM or any other marathon, it is a unique experience and we have to enjoy it. We get so caught up in pace, time, gels, fuel belts, gadgets…we forget that we trained to run 26.2 miles, and that your body is strong and capable of that feat.

Who else is running Sunday? What wave? See you at the finish line!!!

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11-01-2016

New York City Marathon Training Recap

Guys…it’s here. It’s week 20 of training and 5 days until the marathon. Just writing that sentence is giving me butterflies. I’m so nervous!!

Last week we ran 26 total miles. We had a longer tempo run (7.5 miles total) and a shorter tempo run (6 miles total). Today we have our last speed workout (1ks) and then it’s all downhill from there. If you’re wondering why repeat 1Ks the week of the marathon, don’t worry, I found out from Jason himself. Here’s his answer:

The week of the marathon is all about eliminating fatigue and maintaining fitness. So I included one workout at AT pace to maintain fitness, but kept the volume of the workout low so it doesn’t cause any fatigue.

Then I asked, why 1Ks as opposed to 400s? His answer was simple: 400s at threshold pace would be too easy. Which is true…400s at 9:50 pace would probably feel super easy…not that I would mind ;)

Oh, who’s Jason? Well, for the past 20 weeks I have been following the intermediate plan in the Running a Marathon For Dummies book by Jason Karp. It honestly doesn’t feel like 20 weeks have gone by. Here are some thoughts I have about training and the plan.

My Training

  • I think I am ready – but I will always doubt myself no matter what. But in looking at my training for the 2013 NYC Marathon (recap), we ran as much if not a little bit more. Our weekly averages were probably around 35-40 miles. I don’t think we ever skipped a long run, tempo run or speed workout (though we might skipped an easy run here or there). I’m trying to tell myself that I AM ready…we did the training. But I’m still doubting myself and thinking, “Did we do enough??”
  • I’ve never gotten through a full training plan without skipping multiple runs due to shin pain. In 2013 I couldn’t run the last 3 weeks of training because of major shin pain.  This time around, I am running mostly pain free! I have been going to physical therapy for the past 2-3 months, and got custom orthotics. Why didn’t I get those sooner???
  • I stuck to 18 miles being my longest run. I liked that when I used Hansons Marathon Method they explained that the long run shouldn’t be longer than 3 hours. We did a few 16 milers that took us 3 hours, and one 18 miler (3:20ish). I agree with their premise that anything longer than that takes a toll on your recovery and body. HOWEVER, this works for Hansons because they have another longer run during the week (8-12 milers). We didn’t go that long during the week but had regular 7-8 milers…so we’ll see.
  • Jason’s plan had tempo runs behind run at threshold pace or 10 seconds faster (as opposed to running goal marathon pace). This really challenged us and pushed us but I think it will mentally help because we’ve been training at 9:50-10:00/mile pace, and are goal is at least a 4:45 marathon which is 10:52 pace. So it SHOULD be doable :)

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Running a Marathon For Dummies Training Plan

  • This plan starts at 4-5 days of running, and ramps up to 6 days of running. Although 6 days of running can be mentally tough, the last time I PRed was when I was running 6 days. This plan is a gradual build up of miles and intensity. I remember in the first few weeks of training I could barely run 2 continous miles at threshold pace (9:50) and now we ran 7-8 continous miles at that pace. The book does a good job of building you up, and of explaining the science behind everything.
  • While the name says “Dummies,” it provides very detailed plans for beginners, intermediates and advanced runners. Like I mentioned above, everything is explained throroughly as well.
  • If you start a plan and aren’t at the level it’s at (i.e. first week was 10 miles but I started at 7-8 miles), you can adjust it. I spoke directly with Jason about this. The key is to build up your time running every week. So if you can’t do 2-3 continous miles at a certain pace, start with 5 minutes, take a break, repeat. Then next week, 6-7 minutes, take a break, repeat. Does that make sense? That made workouts much more doable for me and also helped with not forcing my body to do something it wasn’t ready to do yet. I remember in the beginning we had 1K repeats and it felt IMPOSSIBLE. So I shortened it to 800 meters and built up to the 1Ks (which we ended up doing 8 of a few weeks ago no problem). 
  • If you are looking for a custom plan, Jason also offers customized training plans

Marathon Goals

Ok time to talk goals…

  • Realistic goal: 4:45. My mom and I have talked about our goals and we would be happy wtih 4:45. We think this is doable, and would be a 5 minute PR. Our easy run pace is 11:15-11:30ish, so I think a 10:52 average pace should be doable…right?? :-P
  • Ultimate, awesome, rock my socks off goal: 4:30. If we got anywhere near the 4:30s, we’d be ecstatic. However, that is a 10:20ish pace…and I’m not sure we can hold that the whole way. SO we’re starting with the 4:45 pace group and seeing where things take us.

I’m so nervous guys!! I was talking to my friend about all of this (she’s a therapist and is working in sports therapy too) and she was asking me why I put so much pressure on myself and time goals. I should view it as a fun experience, and run for fun. But I just can’t stop thinking this way! I want to PR. I just feel like, if I don’t OR if I have a horrible race, what were those 20 weeks of training and sacrifice all for?? Can anyone relate to this sentiment or have advice?? 

Anyway…we’re heading to the expo on Thursday, so if anyone else will be there, let me know!

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10-25-2016

Week 18 – NYC Marathon Training

Ok, I know, I said I would hit peak mileage last week, but I’ll be honest, it didn’t happen.

The previous week was our highest at 43. I wanted last week to be higher, but a lot of things happened. I figure, 3 weeks out, “the hay is in the barn” anyway, like my old XC coach used to say.

Dan and I had our engagement party this past Saturday, so Saturday all day was spent running around and setting up, and Sunday was spent on the couch exhausted from the party :) I was able to run 7 miles Friday morning with my XC team. But it was all fine with me – we had an amazing engagement party and sometimes some things take precedence over running, right?

 

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Here’s the rest of the week:

Monday: 5 easy miles.

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: 12 mile long run, with last 2 miles at tempo pace. We felt really good! Lately, I’ve been feeling rough in the first few miles of a long run…I don’t get in the groove until about mile 4-5…can anyone else relate?

 

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Thursday: 6 recovery miles

Friday: 7 miles – a little faster than easy pace. Felt great!

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILES: 30

Like I said, not as high as I wanted, but still decent…and with 3 weeks to go, I think it’ll be fine. Now moving into taper time!

How long is your taper usually? Think I’m going to go with about 10 days.

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