It’s Wednesday….that’s all I got!

March 23, 2011

I’m still struggling with trying to figure out the best plan of attack to incorporate other “stuff” into my training routine.  Oh how I wish the classes at my gym would start at 6 a.m. vs. 5:30 a.m. — that extra half hour is crucial!  I also have the whole set of P90X dvds at home (given to us by a friend) that I’ve never attempted to even look at.  I hear such rave reviews about the program that maybe I can find a way to work it into my training (even if it’s just 3 days a week).  I can’t believe I’m being so blockheaded about this whole cross training/strength thing, especially when I KNOW it’s going to make me better.  Sometimes I just wish I’d have an epiphany and all would fall into place easily.

Next on the agenda….the foot!  I went to the podiatrist yesterday and frankly, she’s baffled too!  When she manipulates my foot to create the neuroma pain, I don’t feel it!  It’s the strangest thing ever!  Now I’m being sent for an MRI of my foot to rule out any other issues I may be having.  We also sent out my new orthotics to be readjusted with a bigger metatarsal pad and I’m 99% sure that’s going to solve the problem.  When I originally picked up these orthotics, I had my doubts about the size of the pad that was used.  Especially since my store bought pads were much bigger/thicker and I didn’t have an ounce of pain while running with those  … so those bad boys are back in my shoes for the time being.  Thankfully the turn around time on the adjustment is 5 business days so I should have them back fairly quickly 🙂

I’m also having a heck of a time thinking about my upcoming half marathon (T minus 23 days!)  Coming off a bad performance on Sunday is messing with my head a bit.  I’m considering running the course this weekend (well…not the WHOLE thing…maybe like 11-12 miles)  It’s a straight out and back along the beach and even though I’ve run the boards before, I think experiencing the course will build my confidence up a bit more.  I’m really gunning to beat my time from the 3/6 half and I know it’s doable provided that my legs cooperate and my head stays smart!


St. Paddy’s Day 10-Miler: Race Racap

March 20, 2011

Today I ran a 10 mile race hosted by the Freehold Area Running Club. I went into it feeling sort of “numb” in a way.  I wasn’t super excited but I wasn’t dreading it….I really didn’t know what I was feeling actually.  I knew that I hadn’t run any further than 5 miles at one clip since the half marathon 2 weeks ago.  I figured that was either going to help me or hurt me….well, I guess you could say it hurt me 😦

Woke up this morning and had my usual breakfast of toast with a little pb and some coffee.  Got dressed and headed out the door around 8:00 a.m. (race was slated to start at 9:30 but we were told you had to get there early because of parking issues).  I was glad I got their early because by the time I walked from my car to the packet pickup and back again…it was time for the race!  I met up with Amy on the way back to my car….we got geared up and made our way to the starting line.  My legs were feeling tight this morning but nothing that I haven’t experienced before and usually after a mile or two they tend to shake out. Today……not so much!

I started the race off way too fast and I knew it!  I guess in my head I thought I needed to push myself instead of holding back and that was what killed me.  First two miles clocked at 9:00 and 9:08 respectively and I knew that I couldn’t keep that pace strong because with each step the backs of my legs got tighter and tighter.  About 3.5 miles in I knew my legs just weren’t loosening up on their own and I needed to stop and stretch a bit.  It felt great to relieve the tension and once I started running again I was doing okay….until I hit mile marker 4.  It was ALL over after that 😦  For the next 6 miles I battled with a run/walk strategy and pretty much had to stop every 1/4 mile to loosen my hamstrings and calves.  Pure torture!  On top of that….my stupid neuroma pain came back like a freight train around mile 6 (thank goodness I have a doctor’s appt. on Tuesday so we can fix these orthotics).  It was one of those races where I couldn’t wait for the finish line.  Total confidence killer 😦  and I wound up finishing in 1:45 –UGH!

I know we can all learn something from each race we do and that they all can’t be wonderful. Here’s what I learned:

  • I learned that I can’t start off feeling like a rock star when  my usual pace these days is around 9:30.
  • I know that I have to take what’s given to me on race day, go with it and not let it defeat me.
  • This is really my “first go” at racing longer distances and I can’t expect to be fast.
  • I NEED to start changing my routine: adding strength, plyometrics, yoga and running different routes.

On a more positive note, that dreaded fuelbelt H2O was not accompanying me on today’s race.  Instead I got one of these bad boys:

The Nathan Triangle waist pack in black.  Wore it on my natural waist and it didn’t spin, bounce or piss me off AT ALL!  Very excited about that 🙂

And lastly….my bff Amy ran out to find me and we got our picture taken on the final turn to the finish line…that’s probably why I was smiling (in green shirt on left):

Time to set my sights on a great performance on April 16th’s Asbury Park Half Marathon!

It’s all about the green….

March 17, 2011

Well Top O’ The Mornin’ to ya! (That’s your typical Italian, Hungarian, Polish mixed person pretending to be funny on St. Paddy’s Day).  I’ve been M.I.A for a little while now and it’s not because I want to be!  That thing called “working for a living” has been getting in the way!  I feel like every day when I’m slugging away at the mounds of stuff I have to do there should be a continuous loop of “She Works Hard for the Money” playing in the background.  I’ve been so busy this week and so incredibly exhausted when I get home that the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer again.  So that’s why I’m blogging to you live from my office (shhh…don’t tell anyone…well, not like that matters since I’m the only one here right now!)

Anyways….training has kind of been “blah” since last week 😦  I never got out to do my long run on Sunday! I don’t know if it was the time change or the lack of sleep I’ve been getting but I just didn’t have any gas in the tank.  Quite frankly, I’m discouraged because I know I can do what I need to …but this week has just been tough.  I woke up on Monday feeling ready to tackle a 5 mile run to make up for my lazy Sunday but things just didn’t work the way they should have and that 5 mile run got pushed to Tuesday.  Yesterday was a speedwork session that lasted 3 miles and today was such a LAZY workout that involved walking on the TM for 20 minutes, riding the bike for 15 min. and doing pushups and abs. I am definitely lacking in the mileage department this week and I keep telling myself that it’s because I’m saving my energy for my 10 mile race on Sunday.  I figure if I really let my legs rest up and not go too hard this week, that I’ll rock out a good pace on race day…..I think.  Who am I kidding….I’m just being lazy!  It’s perfect running weather outside right now so maybe I can sneak out this evening for a date with the pavement 🙂


Finally Owning Up To My Award!

March 11, 2011

Okay earlier in the week I was tagged by Courtenay ( <– I’m not cool enough to know how to make clicky links and what not!  Anywho…I was given the Stylish Blogger Award in which I have to give 7 details about myself.  I will preface this by saying it’s been a hell of week, I’m finally feeling “recovered” from my half marathon, work was a bear and I’m enjoying a nice “Sailor Jerry and Coke Zero” as I type this.

1.) I’ve got two graduate degrees — yup, that’s right, I’m a dork.  I have a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  Even though I don’t necessarily work in the field that my degrees are in, I feel that I use the information I learned on a daily basis.  Plus, I’m damn proud of that diploma from Columbia since I worked 30+ hours a week and commuted (3 hours each way) to class each day.

2.) I have a black belt in martial arts and that’s how I met my husband — back in 2003 I was done with grad school and looking for a hobby. I decided to take up martial arts training and low and behold — my teacher was HOT.  After a couple months of oogling over my super cute teacher, we became friends and it blossomed into a fabulous relationship.  After a couple of years it was time to take my black belt test and I will say the hardest thing of all was having my “biggest fan” whip the ever living shit out of me (not literally).  But alas, here we are now, married and happy as clams.

3.) I went to school in England for one semester — studying abroad is one of the top two highlights of my entire life (getting married was the other — and I’m sure completing NYC will be a close 3rd).  I did my undergrad studies at Fairleigh Dickinson as well and they have their own campus in England. Wroxton College to be exact 🙂  I got to live and study in this Eighteenth century abbey:

so effin cool!  We all swore it was haunted and sometimes I’d be scared to go to bed at night for fear a ghost would visit me.  I also gained like 15 lbs while over there because our meals were made by little old English women that were like grandmother’s to us.  OH and we got “tea time” twice a day where delicious homemade baked goods were served.  I would give anything to go back there!!!

4.) My college room mates are the BOMB! — they really are 🙂 and were even bridesmaids at my wedding.  We all “grew up” from freshman through senior year together and even though we’re kind of scattered all over NJ and everyone has their own agenda (work, kids, life) we try to get together at least once a year and laugh about the “good old days at FDU”

5.) I’m a perfectionist — sometimes that gets me into trouble.

6.) I have two ridiculously needy dogs — don’t get me wrong,  I LOVE THEM and they bring joy to my life everyday.  But they are on me like white on rice ALL.OF.THE.TIME  Case in point:

Arthur stuck his tongue out as I snapped the pic, but he literally stands next to me like this and whines to be entertained.

7.) I’m running the NYC Marathon for the American Cancer Society — a tidbit you already know, but I wanted to elaborate.  I think most people feel that runners choose a charity to “get a bib number” and while that may be true for some, it’s not true for me. I choose to run as part of the ACS for several reasons. One — because I wanted to be a part of something that meant more than just running 26.2 miles.  I’m an over achiever and if I can do something good while training for a big milestone in my life, well I’m gonna do it.  Two — my husband lost his aunt to brain cancer right before we met. And while I never met Aunt Rena — I know she was a great lady and missed terribly. If I can raise money for research so that another family doesn’t have to go through that tragedy…well, then I’m gonna do it. Three — I have a friend named Pat who survived her battle with breast cancer.  She is the most positive, upbeat woman you will ever meet and she gives me the inspiration to push beyond the pain and fear of running a marathon. Four — there is a girl named Jennifer who is also part of Team Determination and her father (and running partner) was diagnosed with cancer this year.  She is running her first marathon in honor of her father and praying that he is a survivor as well. It’s stories like that, that make me so incredibly thankful that I’m not experiencing that situation.  That my parents are healthy and while they can’t run marathons — they are always there to support me. I’m raising money so that the research can continue and a cure is found….so that no one has to lose a parent, loved one, or friend to this horrible disease.

Okay, I’m supposed to tag other bloggers, but let’s be honest, I have no idea how to even do that!!!  I hope that you enjoyed my tidbits and now, it’s off to make some dinner and entertain my pups 🙂

Class FAIL…I’m not sure I can “have it all”

March 10, 2011

You would think after writing my last post that I would be all gung-ho for class this morning.  Yeah…that would be a big fat NO.  After hashing it out in my mind all darn day, I decided that I shouldn’t be burning myself out with waking up at 4:50 a.m. to attend a class.  That gives me less than 7 hours of sleep (provided I drift off promptly at 10 p.m.) to face a day that includes roughly 1 hour and 45 min. of working out, 9+ hours of work and then a couple more hours of “house duties” (cooking, straightening up, laundry, dog entertainment, etc) before I have to go to bed and do it all over again.

I have to face it, as much as I would like to think so, I am not this chick:

I can’t be everything and do everything I want to in the hours I have each day.  Don’t get me wrong, my husband helps out as much as he can….but he’s equally as busy.  Is it possible to be the savvy career woman/amazing wife/humanitarian/athlete?  I’d like to believe it’s possible..I just have to figure out how to make it work!

Back to the drawing board of organizing my life and training (that includes more than just running and stretching).

To class or not to class…

March 9, 2011

Besides martial arts (I have a blackbelt in sport Tae Kwon Do….but have stopped training in the past years), I’ve never been an exercise class type person.  Yes I’ve tried my hand at boxing or yoga but I not one to seek out the different classes that are offered at the gym.  I’m thinking that needs to change….

I know that I need to incorporate different things into my routine to better myself. I love running and following a training plan, but I think I need to mix things up a bit (not out of boredom, but out of necessity to get better!)  Perhaps it’s high time to start throwing in a class or two a week to improve my strength and endurance.  The two biggest issues with this: 1.) I’ll have to get up MUCH earlier since morning class starts at 5:30 a.m. and 2.) the class I REALLY want to attend is at 6:30 p.m. (evening workouts really aren’t my thing!)

I have sought out two classes that should fit nicely into my training and they fall on Tuesday and Thursday.  Tuesday would be a class called 20/20/20 (a 60 min. class that focuses on upper, lower and core –> 20 min for each).  Thursday would be Interval Training which is a full body workout as well (the descriptions says “focuses on strength, flexibility and endurance”).  I figure I can piggy back a quick 3-4 miles on after the class since it ends at 6:30 and I usually don’t hit the locker room until 7:15ish.  Wednesday and Friday would be my “longer run” days (6-7 miles).  The more I think about this, I feel like it just might work!

This week’s training is looking like this:

  • Monday –> REST
  • Tuesday –> 30 min. walk on the treadmill and lots of stretching
  • Wednesday –> 40 min. on TM (walk/run combo 3.1 miles) and stretching
  • Thursday –> 60 min. class and 3 mile run on TM
  • Friday –> 5 miles TM
  • Saturday –> ? maybe I can convince my husband to go lift or take a yoga class
  • Sunday –> 8 miles

Off to set my alarm for 4:50 a.m.  ICK!!!!

Are you a class taker? What are your faves?


March 8, 2011

And that is all I have to report.

No really….I’m tired. I have to say this is the most “wiped out” I’ve felt in a really long time. I knew that I wouldn’t bounce back like a spring chicken after the race, but I wasn’t expecting to be as sore as I am. My calves are super tight and my quads scream every time I go down a flight of stairs. I curse those hills!

I went to the gym this morning because I knew I had to move around and stretch. I walked (very slowly) for 30 minutes on the TM – stretching after every 10 min. – and then spent about 15 minutes stretching on a mat. Followed by a dip in the hot tub where I let the jets beat on my quads and calves for a bit and a quick trip into the steam room to stretch the legs one last time. I know the dogs will need entertaining once I get home from work so I’ll walk each one around the neighborhood (1.25 miles total) and will stretch some more!
I’m really hoping my legs start to feel better in the next day or so because I want to get back into training.

I also feel like my head isn’t in the game these past two days. I’ve been walking around in a fog and would give anything to just lay on the couch for a day and not think about anything. The weekend will be here soon (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).

I also got an award from Courtenay 🙂 I plan on participating soon … I promise….I just haven’t had the mental capacity to do much else besides work. But thanks Court — I’ll share in the festivities soon, I promise.

What do you do when you’re super sore? I really wanted to do an ice bath when I got home on Sunday but the thought of being cold and wet just didn’t appeal to me after running in pouring rain.