09-30-2013

NYC Marathon Training Week 13

First week all training plan where I had to take multiple days off and veer off from the plan :( It was rough but had to be done.

Monday:

Was supposed to do 3×2 miles but my shin was really hurting. I went to the gym and did 3×2 miles on the bike instead. I modified the workout and did 3×20 minutes at a hard pace, 5 min rest, on the bike, and ended up biking for 23 miles.

Tuesday:

Off

Wednesday:

Got in my tempo run (1 mile warm up, 9 miles at marathon goal pace, 1 mile cooldown), but whenever I stopped (once before starting and once to pick up a water bottle on the way) my left shin hurt a lot. I couldn’t put weight on it and had to massage my leg first to loosen it up. Glad I at least got to finish the workout but knew I had to take it easy after this.

Thursday:

Took a spin class instead of running an easy 6 miles. I wanted my legs to be ready for a long run this weekend.

Friday:

Went to a PT and got my leg massaged, got ultra sound and electric stim treatmeant. PT advised me not to run until my long run.

Saturday:

Saturdays are the days I usually do my long runs but decided for an extra rest day and moved my run to Sunday. Went for a 1.5 mile walk instead to see how my leg felt.

Sunday:

Was SO nervous for this run but felt great! No pain in my leg and no pain once I stopped either which is a good sign. The inflammation went down too. We ran part of the NYC Marathon course and those bridges will definitely be killer. The most exciting part to me is that we just went by effort, and ended up doing an average pace of 10:24 per mile! Our goal pace is 10:18…it’s a good sign that our easy pace is improving.

My dad also came along for this run to give us our gels and water every 6 miles. I loved running in NYC. For all of you who live there, I’m so jealous. You can run anywhere when you have a long run day, while I have to do loops around my town!

I’m so happy that I was able to do ok with this run. As a precaution, I’m taking today as a rest day before finishing up the rest of the week’s workouts. Tomorrow I have to do 2×3 miles (hopefully).

Do you get paranoid or worried when you miss days in your marathon training plan?

Do you live in NYC? What’s your favorite place to run?

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09-30-2013

Motivational Monday!

I can’t believe it’s almost October! Fall is my favorite season and I’d like it to slow down because I hate winter…

I found a great quote today for something I can definitely relate to after the past week:

As you may have seen on Twitter or Instagram, I had to take a few days off of running last week due to a shin pain/inflammation. It was hard and it sucked, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to stay healthy.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to take necessary rest days, whether it’s running or at the gym. Once you get into your groove/flow, missing a day feels weird. Every plan has rest days built in to them (or should), but the rest days that aren’t planned are the worst. So many questions were going through my head – “Will I lose some fitness?” “Will this affect my marathon?” “Should I just try to run and see what happens?”

Remember, it’s important to listen to your body. If it’s hurting, it’s giving you a sign. I’m talking about more than just a little soreness or fatigue. As the quote says, take care of your body! If you want to make it to the starting line healthy (or continue lifting), take rest days. It’s better to miss a few days than be side-lined for months.

Do you have a hard time taking rest days when you’re hurting? How do you cope?

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09-26-2013

Get Strong At The Track!

Here’s a Thursday track challenge for you. It’s fall…it’s perfect weather…it’s a great time to be outside! Which is why this workout is at the track and includes some strength as well. No equipment needed – just you and the track.

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A full body workout, and if you do it 4 times through you will complete a mile. Let me know if you try this workout!

Do you workout at your local track? What kind of workouts do you like to do there?

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09-25-2013

5th Avenue Mile Race Recap

This is one of my favorite races.  While some people may think it’s crazy to pay to run 1 mile…actually people think it’s crazy to pay in general…this race is so fun!

Saw this on Jess’s Facebook Page (blog: racepacewellness.com)

I was also excited because my dad would be running this one too, along with me and my mom. The race is broken up into age groups, so we all got to see/cheer each other on.

We got there around 8 and I registered and quickly did a 1 mile warm up. I was hoping to beat last year’s time of 7:07, but I knew it might be hard. I had run the past 12 days prior (didn’t actually realize this until now) and the day before we had a big tailgate for the Rutgers football game, aka I was standing for hours. It’d be hard but I was going to try to get that PR!

I had butterflies waiting in the corral and once I started running. I had to calm down in order to breath right. Does anyone else get butterflies when they first start a race?

I love this race because it really does fly by. They have signs at 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, and 100 meters to go. At the half mile mark there is a slight downhill so you can really turn it on for the rest of the race.

I was feeling more tired during the race than I did last year so I figured I wouldn’t PR. I tried not to look at the clock, plus I’m bad at mental math anyway so it would do me no good. I suppose I could have looked at the street signs (the race is 20 blocks) but I didn’t think of that lol. I started my phone stop watch at the line and planned to stop it once I crossed.

Before I knew it, it was over! I sprinted the last 100 meters because 3 girls around me sped up and I did not want to be passed! I finished in 7:23. I’m okay with that!

Afterwards, my mom and dad went for their warm up run, as their races were back to back. I couldn’t get a picture of my mom because I lost her in the crowd, but here’s my dad:

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He had been running the past few weeks again to prepare for this race and I knew he was excited for it. He didn’t think he could break 8:30, but he ran 7:22! We stayed and watched a few more races, then my mom and I went to run an extra 3 miles. When we got back, the 80+ category was up. Seriously so inspirational! Check out this man:

I hope I am still running when I am older, I don’t care how slow I go.

Afterwards, we went to get some breakfast before the professionals race. I wanted to watch Jenny Simpson race, especially because I got a pic with her at this very race last year!

She won the race in around 4:18? Seriously, can I be that fast??

I didn’t get to take a picture with her, however I did get one with Olympian Leo Manzano:

As I was writing this post, I looked up 1 mile races in NJ…and found one on Nov. 30! I will definitely try to run that, and hope I can PR since it will be after the marathon!

Overall, it was a great day for a race. Can’t wait to run it again next year!

Have you raced 1 mile before? What’s your favorite race distance?

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09-25-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Half way through the week! Hope everyone’s week is going well so far…for some reason for me it feels like it’s dragging…

Here are your health links for today:

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla protein powder? I used to love chocolate, now I’ve switched to vanilla!

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09-24-2013

110% Overdrive Compression Sock & Ice Kit Review

This post is a long time coming. Like, from May. Oops!

The 110% Overdrive Compression Sock and Ice Kit is……………amazing.

I was so excited to try these out, and actually found out about them from elite runner, Lauren Fleshman, who first blogged about it around Feb.-March. I knew I had to try them out because of the ice kit.

Basically, the kit is a pair of compression socks, with another “sock” that goes over for when you want to ice your legs. Perfect for my shin issues! It also comes with a thermal bag for you to travel with your ice packs.

The compression socks are anatomically accurate (left for left foot, right for right foot), which I like. Not sure if it matters but I like that little fact. The ice kit that goes over is open in the toe and heel so you can slip in the ice packs (which come with the kit). Here’s the description of the kit from their website:

The Overdrive Kit includes:

110% Compression Sox (White): Engineered for recovery and performance, the gradient compression enhances circulation while the unique design protects your legs and feet from the wear and tear of long tough workouts.  The roomier toe box, arch support and non-binding top band make them exceptionally comfortable and ideal for travel too. (Kit includes one pair of compression socks)

110% Compression Ice Sleeve (Black): Engineered to make rehab simple, Overdrive’s Ice Sleeve allows for  targeted placement of 110% Reusable Ice Inserts to prevent swelling and reduce inflammation. The soft compression sleeve fits perfectly over the compression sock with openings at the arch of the foot, the ankle and just below the knee. (Kit includes one pair of compression sleeves)

And a picture from their site, where you can see the sock, the ice sleeve, and the ice packs.

I tried these out the night before the Brooklyn Half Marathon, because I wanted my shins and calves to feel fresh the next day.

And they sure did! After a tough run, I throw these on for recovery, and when I need ice, I no longer have to tie awkward ice packs on my legs with a random shirt because I don’t have a theraband.

After the Brooklyn Half, these were perfect for instant recovery on the 1 1/2 hour drive home.

Seriously amazing. These are just as comfortable on my long runs and tempo runs as well.

How has no one thought of this before 110%?!? Now you can RICE all at once (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate).

If you like compression gear, then make a lot more than just socks. You can get just compression socks without ice, or if you like ice, you can get compression shorts, knee sleeves, quad sleeves, full compression tights…all with ice! It seriously doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re shopping around for compression gear, I highly recommend you check out 110%. And if you are wary about the benefits of compression gear, I bet you these socks will change your mind ;)

Have you tried compression socks? Do you have a favorite brand? Tell me in the comments!

*Disclaimer: 110% compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.

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09-23-2013

Week 12 of NYC Marathon Training

Only 41 days to go!!! As much as I have liked this training plan, and love running…I’m ready for this to be here. I am ready for a break from running so much and I want to get back into lifting!

Here’s last weeks training:

Monday:

I had this weird pain in the my shin unlike anything I have felt before…so I wanted to take it easy. I felt it just walking around so I knew I shouldn’t run. My mom and I took WillPower & Grace instead (1st time). I really liked it!

Tuesday:

This was supposed to be our scheduled rest day. But when I got home from work my dad wanted me to go for a short run with him. I ended up doing a really easy 2.5 miles and it made my shin feel a little better.

Wednesday:

1 mile warm up, 9 miles at goal marathon pace, 1 mile cool down.

I was really nervous about this because of my shin. I had to stop for a bit at mile 2 to stretch my calves because they were on fire. I told myself, just get to 5 miles and if it sucks, call it a day, if not, keep going. Surprisingly, by mile 3 my body was warmed up and my mom and I were cruising! Our goal marathon pace is 10:18, and most of the miles here were a bit faster. Our training plan tells us to stick to paces, but this felt fine to us as we were running. I don’t own a Garmin, so we use RunKeeper on our iPhones, therefore we can’t be checking paces while we run, and don’t know our splits until the end (it only gives us average pace per mile as we are running). Overall awesome run!

Thursday:

Easy 5 miles. My legs were feeling it. They felt like lead. We slogged through this one.

Friday:

Easy 10 miles.

Legs still felt a bit tired, but we were able to keep a consistent pace for 10 miles. Ended the last mile a bit faster.

Saturday:

Easy 5 miles. Ran these in the morning because I knew I’d be tailgating/going to the Rutgers football game all day. Surprisingly, my legs felt good and I was running at what is now my goal marathon pace…I don’t know how that happened! Here’s a pic from the game (that we won!)

Sunday:

5 miles.

I ran the 5th Avenue Mile with my parents…such a good time! My legs were feeling tired from standing at the game all day the day before, but my final time was 7:22. Hope I can break 7 min. next year! I ran 1 mile warm up, then 3 miles after for a total of 5 miles for the day. Also ran into fellow blogger Theodora from Losing Weight In The City! First time meeting a blogger in real life, hopefully I can meet more eventually! If you have the chance, definitely run this race one day! I will be posting a race recap in the coming days.

This weekend I made a dailymile account. I track my miles on my own, but figured this would be a good way to be social with other runners as well, since I’m sure my Facebook friends don’t really care as much ;) Add me if you are on there as well!

What is your favorite race distance? I love this one mile race and wish it was more popular…short and sweet!

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09-23-2013

Motivational Monday!

I had a great weekend, and will be writing a race recap of the Fifth Avenue Mile for tomorrow (though if you follow me on Instagram you saw all my pics). Now it’s time for a big week of training…This is supposed to be the second highest mileage in 1 week that I will hit in this training round. Ahhhhh!! I hope everything goes smoothly, especially because my shin has been acting up…

Anyway, I found this quote and can really relate to this right now, especially as a lot of people I follow are also in the midst of marathon training:

How many times have you compared yourself to someone else? Whether it’s lifting, running, cycling…whatever. I do it all the time. I read about runners hitting their long run races in 8-9 minute miles and know I am still way far off from that. Sometimes it gets to me, and I get negative…but then…(going along with my recent How I Met Your Mother Addiction)

I remember the awesome things that I have accomplished. Sure, I may not be the fastest runner in the world (but I’m working on it and hope to get there eventually, cough BQ cough)…but I am training for a marathon. My body is running day in and day out to run a 26.2 race.

I know a lot of other runners who have been caught in the comparison trap…and we all need to stop! We are all doing amazing things. We get up to run, we run late, we miss things because we need to run the next day…it doesn’t matter how fast or how far you can run, you are getting out there.

Same thing can apply to anything. When I was lifting regularly, I was frustrated that I couldn’t bench as heavy as other people, or squat as heavy as other people…but again, I was in the gym…my body was lifting more than it ever has, and I should be happy with that.

One of my friends recently pointed out that we should stop saying, “Oh, I only did ______”. For example, “Hey how long did you run today?” “Oh, just 4 miles.” She said, stop saying “just!” you RAN. That’s what matters. (Thanks for this Alicia, if you’re reading).

So this week, I encourage you all to stop comparing yourself. When you catch yourself, think of the above Barney Stinson quote ;) Seriously though, just think of how awesome you are!

Do you compare yourself to others?

How do you remind yourself that you’re awesome? Leave me some tips!

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09-19-2013

New Workout Tunes

I haven’t uploaded a playlist in a while…so here’s what I am currently listening to.

I’ve been obsessed with Roar by Katy Perry and Summertime Sadness (<–for the past month or so it’s been playing A LOT). Walls is a little older but it still pumps me up.

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use my workout playlists for when I’m driving and want to be pumped up, or for football tailgates :)

What song is currently playing on repeat for you? Do you have driving playlists or do you prefer apps like Pandora?

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09-18-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Found a bunch of great stuff these past couple of days that I have been waiting to share!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you embrace hills or plan your runs on flat ground? I love them and find I am a better racer on hilly courses!

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