Pounding the pavement!

April 30, 2011

Just not in my running shoes 🙂

A while back I mentioned that I’ve got a fund raising event coming up in May, well I guess I should mention some details.   A business colleague of mine became the banquet manager for a bar/restaurant/event venue called The Mill in Spring Lake Heights (literally like 5 min. from my office).

I got in touch with her back in February about possibly hosting a fundraising event and she was all for it.  So low and behold, “Cocktails for a Cure” was born 🙂  I’ve decided to organize a happy hour/business networking event on May 18th and am asking for a $10 donation at the door.  There will be $5 drink specials and 1/2 priced appetizers AND the Mill has been gracious enough to donate $5 to the American Cancer Society for every person I get to come that night!  In addition, I’m having a gift auction at the event to raise additional funds which is why I’ve been pounding the pavement all day asking for donations.

I am so thankful that every business I walked into today was more than happy to give me something to raffle off.  So far my “prize stock” includes:

  • $50 gift card to Hand and Stone massage spa
  • $25 gift card to Cigars Plus (local cigar shop)
  • (2) gift certificates for manicures
  • 1 free dog wash (local pet spa)
  • 1 free day of doggie daycare
  • 2 amazing dance packages from Fred Astaire Dance Studio
  • Ladies Pamper Party including $125 of merchandise from Mary Kay
  • (7) $15 gift cards from RoadID

I am BEYOND thrilled with what I’ve received so far and I dropped off more letters that I have to follow up on this week coming up.  The follow ups include my gym (asked for a free month membership), Chipotle, and the salon I get my hair done at 🙂  Plus I plan on spending another day going around and soliciting more donations.

But wait, there’s more!  I am also giving out “swag bags” to the attendees with coupons, giveaways, free tickets for the gift auction and snacks.  It sure pays to know how to run a fundraising event!  I’m super excited and hope that May 18th turns out to be a big success.  My goal is to raise $1000 or more that night.

Off to relax for the rest of the night.  I have an EARLY day tomorrow….I’ll post more on that tomorrow evening 🙂


And the training continues….

April 28, 2011

As much as I had my hopes up for another half marathon in May, I think I need to take a little bit of a break.  I don’t want to burn myself out before the hardcore marathon training commences and I don’t want to get tired of running before the high mileage weeks are in the near future.  Besides, the half marathon would fall on a week that is SUPER busy for me so why kill myself, right?  AND if I really really really wanted to get another half under my belt before the brutal summer heat comes along, there is another one on June 5th that I could participate in. So there you have it!  I’m actually getting “into” the whole strength training too and I’m anxious to see how it aides in my overall improvement.

Here’s what the training has looked like this week:

Sunday – 8 miles (although my Garmin was a little whacky and I think I went further).

Monday – OFF –> my upper body was SORE from the lifting and it felt great 🙂

Tuesday – 3.25 miles outside after work.  I’m going to be honest and say that it was a total shit workout.  My legs felt heavy and my feet were hurting so I wound up walking most of those miles.  Funny how running can be glorious one day and totally suck the next.

Wednesday – 15 min. intervals on stair mill (that 15 min. is an ass kicker, let me tell you!), full body strength routine (found a strength circuit I really like)

Thursday – 15 min. intervals on stair mill (jacked up the intensity), stretching, abs, and 20 min. of speedwork on the TM (2.10 miles).  This included 1 full mile at an 8:30 pace (that might sound puny to some — and hopefully in a couple months I’ll laugh at this accomplishment) Really focused on getting my legs to turn faster!

Friday – Full body strength circuit is on the schedule.  Depending on time and how my feet/legs feel, I may try to get in some miles on the TM as well.

Saturday – Long Run (10+ miles) This is only if my feet feel good (having a weird pain in my right foot – I think from my new crocs wedge sandals!)

So there you have it 🙂 My super boring post with my training schedule!  At least it keeps my accountable 🙂

Happy Easter!! Happy Sunday!!

April 24, 2011

Woke up to sunny 60 degree weather 🙂  After the coffee kicks in (so tired!) going to lace up the shoes and head out for my run.

Upper body is SORE!  I lifted again yesterday and am slowing learning the circuit I’m going to incorporate into my training 3X a week. Long run didn’t happen yesterday since it was pouring rain for most of the day 😦  My husband and I managed to go to the gym though and get in a good workout (he’s showing me how to use all those intimidating contraptions on the “other side” of the workout floor).  Not sure I can accomplish a long run today but we’ll see how I feel once I get out there!

Have a great day everyone!

Get fast?? RUN FASTER!!!

April 22, 2011

Okay okay…I always knew this concept but never (consistently) applied it to my workouts.  Running is HARD, it’s not supposed to be some cakewalk miles that you bang out before work in the morning.

I’ve come to the realization that while running is still tough for me, I need to make it tougher! Sure I can slog away the miles before work in the morning, feel good and go about my day without “jelly legs”; only to wake up the next day ready to tackle some more miles.  And this process is great….if I want to stay where I’m at as far as pace goes.  Maybe over time I’d get more efficient and eventually shave off some seconds, but let’s be real here, I WANT to get better at running sooner rather than later. Time to start challenging myself!

With this thought in mind, I went to the gym this afternoon knowing that the only way to improve my running was to train faster.  SO.I.DID.  Instead of bouncing along at a comfortable 6.3 speed…I did a mile warm up at that speed and then bumped it up to 7.0….and then 7.5……and heck , even some 8.0 for a couple minutes here and there.  But I never let it go below 7.0 for 3 miles.  And you know what?  I didn’t die.  I didn’t feel like I was going to fall off the treadmill.  Sure, the pad thai sloshing around my stomach wasn’t the greatest feeling, but I felt accomplished after pushing myself like that.  And then (it gets better)…I LIFTED for about an hour afterward with my husband.  All in all, a GREAT workout and just the push I needed to get on track with improving my pace.

I CAN do this!

So Pretty!

April 22, 2011

Hey look, I’m actually starting to understand how to do this whole “make your blog pretty” thing!

This week’s training was a mixed bag of “blah”. I felt pretty good after my last half marathon but didn’t want to push myself too hard for fear of injury or burnout.
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3.5 miles and lots of stretching
Wednesday – 15 min. intervals on stair mill, 15 min on arm cycle, 10 min walk on TM, stretching
Thursday – 30 min walk on TM, 15 min intervals on stairmill, stretching
Friday – ?? going to the gym in a bit
Saturday – long run!! 8-9 miles
Sunday – maybe a quick 3-4 miles with Arthur 🙂 before I stuff my face all day!

Speaking of stuffing my face, I have a belly full of thai food right now….let’s hope it stays there during my workout!

“RunAPalooza”: Asbury Park Half Marathon Recap

April 17, 2011

I woke up to very dark, very windy weather on race day and I knew that it was going to be a tough one. I guess I can be thankful that the rain held out the entire time but last night I said to my husband, “I’m not sure which was worse; the downpours and hills of my first half marathon or the ridiculous wind today”.  I just keep telling myself that I’m working out all the weather kinks now so that it’s perfect running conditions on November 6th for NYC.

I decided to make myself a pb and honey sandwich for breakfast along with my coffee.  Normally I just do one piece of toast with pb beforehand and eat some beans or chomps during the race – but today I decided to try a bigger breakfast and I think it worked out well.  I only reached for one powerbar energy blast during the race and didn’t feel hungry or depleted the whole time so I think this will be a standard breakfast going forward.  Also the last two times I experienced some “crampage” after eating the chomps/beans while running so I’m going to rethink my fueling during the race (perhaps maybe just gatorade instead).

Anyway…I also was having some outfit issues as I wasn’t sure how the wind was going to be.  Off the ocean and I was guaranteed to be freezing (since ocean temps are barely out of the 40s right now), off shore and I could be too hot if I dressed in too many layers.  I decided on my trusty running capris, nike combat tee and a wind breaker. I also threw my gloves in my bag for good measure and I’m SO GLAD that I did.  I will also say that my post race bag was perfectly packed with ample choices of clothes to change into, different shoes, towel, etc.  (definitely getting better at that!)

I made it to Asbury Park around 7:45 a.m. (45 min before the start) got out of my car and was immediately hit with a super strong onshore wind (meaning blowing off the ocean with a bit of a northerly feel to it).  I’m talking so strong that as I was helping a few running club members carry boxes to the convention hall, the wind was practically taking the box out of my hands!  I was also teeth chattering cold and so afraid that I had under dressed.  As a “thank you” for helping carry a box, one of the ladies gave me a knit running hat which came in VERY handy for the race!  After two bathroom stops (I pee ALOT when I’m nervous) and a quick stretch out, I decided to brave the wind and head outside to the starting line.

The course had two options: an out and back loop from Asbury to Sea Girt OR a three loop “out and back” between Asbury and Avon. I decided on the one loop course because I’ve run it before I knew what to expect AND I knew that I would get board running up and down the boardwalk in the 3 looper. Now that I look back, I think boredom would’ve been better as I wouldn’t have had to face the headwind in one big chunk.

At 8:30 the gun sounded and we were off!  I made sure to keep a conservative pace in the first couple of miles to get my body warmed up.  I didn’t feel tight and I was happily cruising along (music free!) with all of the other runners.  The wind was definitely blowing hard but it felt like it was a bit behind me too.  So even though I was getting hit from the side, I felt the push as well. The entire race was along the boardwalk and I was hoping that would encourage some more crowd support.  Unfortunately due to the bleak conditions, the boardwalk was like a ghost town 😦

First half I was feeling good 🙂 I felt I was keeping a good pace and I hit the turn around at exactly 1 hour — (holy heck could I actually come in at two hours or less?) — INSERT NASTY HEADWIND. Oh.My.God. the headwind…..it was brutal 😦  I was running a full minute to minute and a half longer each mile on the return.  IT SUCKED.  Sucked to the point where I actually had to stop and take a few walk breaks (which now I regret because I could’ve totally beaten my instant PR had I pushed a little harder).  Sucked so much that my windbreaker was flapping around like a flag and my hat nearly was blown off my head on several occasions. I will be honest, by mile 10 my head got to me and I started to doubt myself.  Battling that wind was terrible and it totally messed with me to the point where I just wanted to BE DONE.  It was amazing because just an hour before I was feeling great and now it was a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.  With 1/4 mile to go, I could hear the crowds at the finish line and I ran as fast as my legs could take me through to the end.  I crossed the line at 2:10:32:88 (official chip time).  I’m happy with that result and annoyed that if I just pushed beyond those head games, I could’ve been smiling with a new PR.  Oh well….there’s always next time.

Source: JSRC website

I took my hat off as I was coming down the boardwalk so I could get a semi-decent picture LOL!

Other reviews:

SWAG – It was good.  Each participant was given a long sleeved tech shirt and a finishers medal.

If you’re wondering why the people on the shirt (and the medal) have weird faces.  It’s actually the logo from WonderBar (a popular bar in Asbury Park and sort of an iconic image).

As an added bonus, if you picked your bib/shirt up on Friday night, we were also given a second shirt.

The relay was the second part of “RunAPalooza” — it was a marathon relay from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park.  These shirts are dated “08” but still nice nonetheless and I’ll definitely wear it lounging around the house!

OH and if it were a gorgeous day, this would’ve been my view the entire race:

Instead I had to look at nasty gray skies and a very angry looking ocean….all while cursing that wind!

Okay well this is getting very long winded – PUN intended!  Time to go find another half marathon to run.  I’m thinking the Super Hero Half Marathon on May 15th.  With a name like that — it’s gotta be  cool!

I finished my 2nd Half Marathon!

April 16, 2011

Let’s put it this way – first half of the race was great, second half was a world of suck!
No pictures or results posted yet but unofficial time was 2:10:33 (twelve seconds slower than my first 1/2 marathon) — given the conditions today, I’ll take it 🙂
I’ll post a full recap either later on or tomorrow morning.