We did it!!!


I’ll write up a recap soon but today = relaxing on the couch and being lazy since I can barely walk =)

It was a truly amazing day!!!!


Marathon Playlist + Last Minute Thoughts


I can’t believe it is hear. I am beyond nervous…but I’ll get to that in a bit.

I wanted to share my marathon playlist with you all. It’s only a little over an hour but I only plan on listening to music around mile 18-20 and only if I’m really struggling which hopefully is NOT the case! It’s a mix of songs, and this past week I’d hear a song come on my iTunes and think, “I need to add that to my list!”

What are your go-to pump up songs? What would you add? I am open to suggestions!


Last Minute Thoughts:

I’m really nervous…here’s why BUT I’m going to try to add in some positive affirmations after each one:

  • I’m nervous because the past 3 weeks of training have not gone as planned. I’ve missed 8 days of training, and got sick this past week. Positive Affirmation: I need to trust the training I did for 16 weeks. I ran my long runs and ran in the double digits during week days as well…I have ran more than I have ever run in the past.
  • I’m nervous because I of course got a cold this week. Positive Affirmation: I feel much better now, and though my nose will probably be runny…energy wise I feel okay. Plus, I’ve read about some runners who got sick during taper week and then PRed!
  • I’m nervous of feeling out of shape due to not running as much, and out of breath. Positive Affirmation: I will go at an easy pace in the beginning. And as my friend told me, I can take walking breaks as needed.
  • I’m nervous of not being able to finish for some crazy reason. Positive Affirmation: I WILL finish. I finished 26.2 miles in 2011 on way less training and it was my first marathon. I have covered the distance before and can do it again.

I need to keep telling myself these things! I am trying to have faith in my body and legs. I’m also nervous about the crazy wind…35 mph gusts?!?! Awesome…but alas, you can only control your body and your training. I will try to draft off other runners, or take turns with my mom drafting.

Help! Do you have any positive affirmations or thoughts you use to build mental confidence? Please share them with me!!!

See you on the other side! ;)


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Week 8 of NYC Marathon Training

Last week was a hard week…but it’s done! Cannot believe we are halfway through training now…

Here’s a recap of last week:


Track workout. 1 mile warm up, 6×800 meters with 400 meter recovery jog, 1 mile cool down.

Actually felt pretty good. I was nervous about the fact that it was 800 meters but I got the pace down (5k pace) for each set.




Tempo run. 1 mile warm up, 5 miles at goal marathon pace (10:18), 1 mile cooldown.

My mom and I have been nailing our tempo runs lately, BUT this was tough. We decided to run on a hilly route to practice more hills…and the last mile was this quarter mile steep climb that killed my pace. Clearly, we need to be doing this more often!


Was supposed to do 5 miles…but mother nature happened. Did 30 minutes of cross training.


Needed to do 6 miles but only did 5. My shins were killing. I almost stopped at 3 miles but said, no, I will finish at least 5. Glad I did.


11 miles.

How is it that you can have a horrible run one day, then have a great run the next? While my shins still hurt, we kept a great, easy pace and only stopped a few times to fuel. We even finished the last mile faster than goal marathon pace! We discovered another new trail in my area and it was the perfect place to run:

And I had the best post-run fuel:


Easy 6 mile recovery run. It was slow…but I’m ok with that :)

Questions that I need help with!!!

1) I sweat…a lot. But I hydrate and drink water every 2 miles on long runs. But towards the end my mouth is still SO dry and I feel like chugging water. This is what ruined my marathon experience in 2011. Has anyone else experienced this and can help?!

2) How much water do you drink on a long run? Do you stop and walk while you take a gel and drink water? Because I cannot keep running or I will choke! Tips?

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Week 5 of NYC Marathon Training

Wow can’t believe today is the start of week 6 of training! Only 11 more weeks until NYC MARATHON!

This past week was a good week in running. There were some off days but overall a good week, and I am feeling like my legs/shins are getting accustomed to more running. There is still pain sometimes (like today) but I’ve been feeling good so far. Today is the beginning of week 6, which marks the beginning of running 6x per week as opposed to 5x. I love 2 rest days per week, so we’ll see how this goes! Here’s last week’s training




Was supposed to do 5 but did 4 and walked the last mile home. My achilles/lower calf was on fire again AND my foot fell asleep during my run? I loosened my laces but that feeling didn’t go away so I just walked home instead of forcing it. Has this ever happened to anyone?




Easy 4 miles.

This was my awesome group run I did with my local running shoe store. I highly suggest you try a group run sometime!


Easy 5 miles


6 miles.

My mom and I did this on a trail by my house that I’ve never run on for some reason, even though it’s 2 miles away. I loved it! It goes through woods, and there is a lake…very scenic. Although it’s only 2.6 miles long but we can just add on at the end. Here’s a pic from that run:


Easy 4 miles.

This was done extremely slow because I made the horrible decision to eat Chipotle for lunch. Even though I waited about 2 hours, I still felt awful during my run. I felt sluggish and heavy, and towards the end got major stomach cramps. BAD IDEA DON’T EVER DO THIS.

So that’s that. We had a track workout today which was great, though now I’m in NYC waiting for a networking event and have been walking around all day so my shins are hurting :( Ice and compression tonight!

I am so nervous for running 6 days this week…and it will total 39 miles!!! That is the most I have ever ran in a week. Ahhhh…

Have you ever been nervous for ramped up training? How do you avoid psyching yourself out?

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Week 1 of NYC Marathon Training

Week 1 is done! It was a really easy week, with only 10 total miles of running. But hey, I’m ok with getting back into it slowly.


My mom and I got up and ran 3 miles. It started to rain on us but it felt good because it was so hot and humid! I was soaked after but it felt good to get this run in. I haven’t ran 3 miles in over a month!

In the afternoon we lifted. We had a back and biceps workout on deck. It was tough but it felt good to lift heavy again. I really want to be able to do a few unassisted pullups again!

Tuesday: Fitness Blender video (HIIT + abs)


We lifted in the morning (legs and shoulders) which actually felt great. I have never lifted in the morning before but I definitely like it better since there was no one in the weights section! Afterwards, we stretched and I foam rolled with this ridiculous thing:

In the afternoon, we went for a 4 mile run. It was HOT and SO HUMID. We stopped halfway at this local store where the owner was kind enough to give us ice cold water bottles. I stuck it in the back of my sports bra for the rest of the run which also helped cool me down. I honestly can’t believe we could run 4 miles no problem after almost 2 months off from running. Isn’t the body an amazing thing?

Thursday: Rest

Friday (today): 3 mile run planned + lifting (chest and triceps day). It’s possible the run may be moved to tomorrow morning because it is currently “feeling like” 92.

Saturday: Off because I will be in Atlantic City with friends…so excited!!

Sunday: Off because, let’s be real we will probably be going to sleep reaaaalllyy late… ;)

This week, I also started following more of the Tone It Up Diet Plan. I need more of a meal plan to stay accountable and not be like, “I don’t know what to eat…I’m hungry…whatever, I’ll make something easy, aka pasta.” So far so good! Here are some meals I have eaten this week which you may have seen on my Instagram:

Breakfast: scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms and black beans

Lunch: chicken, chicken sausage, and “creamy cucumber salad” which was cucumbers, spices and greek yogurt. Surprisingly good!

I’m excited to try more meals and continue eating healthy, at least until my vacation mid-July!

Do you need a meal plan outlined or do you fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to cooking?

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Day 1 of NYC Marathon Training!

Officially started training today! On the schedule today was an easy 3 mile run. My mom and I decided to try running in the mornings so we can lift in the evenings when we need to. And because it’s just less hot and humid.

Well, my alarm went off at 7 am and I was SO close to just snoozing until I had to get up. I even thought, well I COULD do the run later after work. But then I felt lazy and also thought of Lolo Jones’ documentary on Netflix, and this video of pro runner Brenda Martinez I watched on Flotrack, and I just got up. Watch that doc or watch Flotrack’s workout videos when you need running motivation!

We headed out and it was cloudy but pretty humid. It was 78 when we left and probably 80-90% humidity. 1 mile in it started drizzling, and then that just turned into pouring rain. It actually felt good though because I was sweating a ton! I saw this quote on Cori’s (Olive to Run) Instagram today and thought it fit perfectly:

I’m ok with running in the rain as long as my shoes don’t get sopping…and I also hate the water going into my eyes because I wear contacts. Anyone else HATE contacts with a passion like me? But running in the rain is usually very peaceful, I love hearing the raindrops.

Anyway, for not having run in over a month, I felt great and we finished 3 miles no problem. I also wore my 110% Compression Socks to test them out on my run. You may remember I posted a picture of me wearing them after my half with the ice sleeve too (amazing)…well, I wanted to try them out running as well too before I posted a blog review for you all.

Another thing I’m starting today is the Tone It Up Diet Plan. It’s not really a diet plan but more of just eating healthy and clean foods which I know already. But I just need a meal plan and recipe ideas to hold me accountable.

Overall, a good Monday so far! Later I will be lifting upper body and maybe ending the session with 4-5 hill sprints :)

Oh and also, I got a GoPro camera!! I’m so excited to make some cool videos.

My mom and I split it in order to have a good video camera for the marathon. My brother’s friend was selling it so it was good timing. Here’s the video I made from the 2011 marathon, and as you can see, it’s really shaky. I’m excited to try this!

Has anyone used a GoPro before? What kind of videos have you made? Feel free to share in the comments!


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Marathon Training Starts in 1 Week!

And I am so nervous!!

I started laying out my training plan last night and was getting excited. I should probably get in a few runs this week…

Also, my mom and I will be canning starting tomorrow at our local grocery store. We did a lot of this in 2011 to fundraise for Team Reeve, and this time around we are doing it for Team DetermiNation of the American Cancer Society!


For the most part, people are very generous…sometimes you get some crazy people who just like to get angry for no reason.

I’m incredibly nervous for marathon training to begin because I will be trying to run 6 days a week. At least for the first 5 weeks, I get 2 off days per week, which will be nice because one of those weeks I will be in Myrtle Beach!

How many days do you usually train for a marathon?

Anyone else running the New York City Marathon?

I’m so pumped and excited for this race, and really, REALLY hope that it will be better than 2011. I love that my mom is doing it with me and that we can share this experience together, from fundraising, to training, to actually running the race!

If you would like to make a donation to our team, please do so here! We greatly appreciate any amount, large or small! Our fundraising goal is $3,000 :)

Thank you everyone and happy 1st day of summer!!! (and happy Friday!!!)


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Running For Charity

I have some exciting news!

As you may know, my mom and I will be running the NYC Marathon in November. We got in with the 9+1 NYRR program last year, and are so excited. We ran it in 2011, and it was killer…I did not finish the way I wanted to. So this year, I’m coming back with a vengeance!

Us after finishing in 2011. I was BEAT.

Anyway, my mom and I decided we also wanted to run for charity. After looking at different charitable organizations, we decided to run for DetermiNation of the American Cancer Society!

We are so excited to fundraise again this summer for a good cause. I just set up our fundraising page and wanted to share it with you all. I know the race is still a long way away (fundraising deadline is end of September too) but if you could please help us kick off our fundraising, I would greatly appreciate it! Any amount helps, even if it is $1. We want to make a difference and join the fight against cancer!

Our fundraising goal is $3,000 which I think we will get to no problem. If you want to check out our team page or donate, here it is!

In 2011, when we ran for Team Reeve, I sold t-shirts where all proceeds go towards fundraising, I think I will do that again too!

Thank you in advance, and I’m really excited to start marathon training in June!

Have you ran a race for charity before?

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2012 in Running!

This is a fun post inspired by Theodora at Losing Weight in the City. It’s a great way to recap 2012 and relive some running moments I may have forgotten about. Here we go:

1. Best Race Experience: I loved all of the NYRR races this past year (me and my mom’s first year with NYRR). But my favorite was definitely the 5th Avenue Mile. I had an awesome race, it was so thrilling running 1 mile down 5th Ave, and I chatted with Kara Goucher and Jenny Simpson.

runners high

So excited to chat with Kara!

So excited to chat with Kara!

Me with Jenny Simpson

Me with Jenny Simpson

2. Best Run: I can’t pinpoint one specific training run that I loved, but I know that running in the fall was my favorite time. This year especially because I wasn’t marathon training in the fall. I was able to really enjoy my fall runs without worrying about distance and pace. Who doesn’t love fall scenic runs like this?

3. Best piece of new gear: Nike capri pants. I always said I’d never wear capri spandex to run or the gym. I thought it’d be too hot, so I always wore shorts. Now I love capris!

4. Best piece of running advice: Hmmm, I will go with my running coach Marc. He pushes me to work hard and not make excuses. I’ve been training him with 2 years now, crazy! Whether it’s advice about pacing, races, shin splints/injuries…he is always responsive and helps me out.

5. Most inspirational runner: I’d have to say Dorothy (from mile-posts). I only recently stumbled upon her blog but she has run 20+ marathons! She truly inspires me to work hard and chase my dreams. Her mantra of “I Run This Body” is one I repeat to myself in races, and a good reminder that a lot of it is all mental.

6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Exciting…successful…relaxed….and marathon qualifier because my mom and I completed the NYRR 9+1 races to automatically qualify for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon!

What are your greatest moments? How about 2013 Goals? I will be writing a separate post on my 2013 health/fitness goals…stay tuned ;)


Race Recap: NYRR Race to Deliver 4 Miler

Let me start this post by saying…my mom and I have completed 9 races out of the 9+1 NYRR program!!! Which means, we just have to volunteer, and then we are set for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon!!!! Words cannot explain how excited I am. I plan on conquering that course, and coming back with a vengeance after last year :)

Anyway, my mom and I were excited this was the last race we had to do. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved running in NYRR races, but it’s getting cold and driving back and forth to NYC every few weeks is $$$$$.

That morning was pretty cold when we got to the park (35 degrees I believe), but we started jogging and warming up, so once the race started it wasn’t that bad.

Photo credit: instagram.com/saenim

I told my mom we’d start off easy and feel it out. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run this race faster to test myself out, or take it easy. My last race of the year is Dec. 8 (5K), and I kind of wanted to see what pace I could run 4 miles in. After a mile, I was feeling awesome, so we decided to run a bit faster. We weren’t going 5K pace by any means, or close to our max, but it definitely wasn’t an easy, comfortable pace!

I felt really strong, even going up those Central Park hills. As my RunKeeper app told me my splits, I knew I would get a PR or close to a PR in the 4 mile. I was just excited I was feeling awesome!

I ended up finishing in……

OH WAIT. I have no idea because my D-tag didn’t work for some reason so NYRR didn’t post my results. Sad. Luckily, I was using my RunKeeper. Actually, it’s pretty weird that happened at the ONLY race I was using my GPS tracking app. Good thing I did! The only downside is, that the final distance said 4.1 miles, not 4. It’s common for GPS watches and apps to be a little long during races, because most people don’t run the tangents of the course (which is how courses are measured out). Therefore, I have no clue if I officially PR-ed, but I’m guessing that since my 4.1 mile time is the same time as a previous 4 mile time, that I did get my best time. My guesstimate is 35:45.

Splits for 4.1 miles

Afterwards, we got our water and bagels and went to get our picture taken. We planned this pose in advance :-p

Holding up 9 fingers for 9 races DONE

It was a beautiful day in the park and the perfect temp. It was in the 40s but once we warmed up we were actually wishing we didn’t wear our cold gear tops.

I found this picture of the race on Instagram too…I thought it beautifully depicts fall/November in Central Park:

Photo credit: instagram.com/saenim

We couldn’t be happier than we completed our goal of 9 races in 2012 with NYRR! It’s been a great running year :)

What’s your next road race?