NYC Marathon Training Week 3: Complete

June 26, 2011

Coming off of last weekend when there was no running taking place,  I think I redeemed myself quite nicely.

Here’s what the week shaped up to looked like:

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – 5.25 miles of hill intervals on TM
  • Wednesday – 4 miles (outside in new shoes!)
  • Thursday – 5.2 miles of speed intervals on TM
  • Friday – 4.54 miles on AMT (cross training day)
  • Saturday – 8.02 miles (outside – fairly hot and SLOW)
  • TOTAL miles for the week: 27 — I’ll take it 🙂

Yesterday’s long run was pretty slow 😦  But again, I’m going with what the training says and keeping it at a comfortable, easy pace.  The hard days are Tuesdays/Thursdays with hills and speed training so I’m okay with going slower on the long run days.  Plus, I’m not waking up with really stiff legs the day after my long runs, which I’m pretty happy about! I made the mistake of not bringing water along yesterday and that proved to be a bad idea.  In my defense it was pretty overcast and breezy when I started but then the sun broke out and it got hot…FAST.  I was super thirsty when I got home and made sure to drink an electrolyte drink (On the Go) and lots of water to avoid cramping.

Feeling good today and the new shoes are working out well.  Getting ready to go out for my 4 mile “recovery run” in a little while before the sun gets too strong.  Maybe in another 20 minutes (I need to wake up a little more).

With that I leave you with some pics:

me1Rocking the new training shirt from Team DetermiNation 🙂

stuArthur wanted to come along – I told him no!

sweaty mess8 miles complete = sweaty mess!  Don’t you love the T-rex dog toy in the background?

Have a great Sunday everyone!!!


I stand corrected ….and…..I WON!!!!!

June 22, 2011

During this post I originally claimed to have run the Belmar Five when I was 22.  I have since edited the post as I found that it was actually 20o3, the day of my 24th birthday AND I found the official results (drum roll please)………………….. 1:00:47.

I have decided that 8 years later, I am going to run the Belmar Five again and hopefully set a new course PR for myself (chuckle).  Provided I don’t have some sort of race meltdown, I think I have a good chance at doing that 🙂  Feels good to have a race in the near future.


I was informed by RoadRunner Sports this morning that I WON the free shoe raffle 🙂    Today’s my lucky day!

Like a Kid in the Candy Store

June 22, 2011

That was me last night when I attended the kick-off get together for Team DetermiNation at Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury, NJ.  I knew that I wanted to do the “shoe dog” gait analysis because I was in the market for new shoes … but I wasn’t prepared to be “sucked in” by all the fun stuff to purchase!

It was great to meet some more of the DetermiNation staff and a couple teammates (there wasn’t a big turnout).  I also was given my training tech tee that I proudly wore on my 4 miler this morning and a water bottle 🙂  I also entered the raffle for a free pair of shoes — there were only 4 or 5 entries so maybe I’ll get lucky LOL!

The gait analysis was pretty cool and it was fun to see my foot strike in slow motion.  Since I already have custom orthotics, there wasn’t really much “analysis” to be done and off I went to try on a bunch of neutral shoes.  I have been an Asics runner for about 3 years now.  I was “fitted” for them them first time around and a Brooks shoe was a close contender.  I can’t say anything bad about the Asics, they’ve been good to me …. however I told the sales rep. I was open to try something different.  She brought out 4 types of neutral shoes: Brooks, Nike, Saucony and Asics.  The Brooks Glycerin 9’s were the first ones I tried on ….. OMG, they were like mini couches for my feet.  It was like a Cinderella moment when I slipped my foot into them, they just felt “right”.  But not to be glazed over by the new shoe feeling….I gave each shoe a fair chance at being my next training companion.  Next was the Nike Vomero. ….it was “meh”. …onto the Saucony shoes……they were on and off my feet in about a nanosecond.   And now it was time for my “trusty Asics”.  These were not the model I had been running in for the past year; they were the “upgrade” – The Nimbus.  I wasn’t impressed by that shoe either 😦  It seemed like nothing compared to the comfort and “glove like” fitting of the Brooks….so I decided to go with them!

Of course I was suckered into buying two packages of moisture wicking socks, signing up to be a VIP (hello 20% discount) and I threw in a pair of Zensah calf sleeves for good measure 🙂

Say hello to my new friend:

I ran 4 miles outside with them this morning and it was WONDERFUL!!!  Now I didn’t want to be a total sucker and fall for this catch – but the sales rep. said I should really get two pairs of shoes to rotate.  I’m not discounting her idea but these shoes were $129 — I was not about to purchase two pairs!  However, my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks ….should I get another pair?

OH and the Zensah sleeves — they’re good — but not as good as the CEP Compression socks.  I almost bought the CEP Sleeves but decided to try the Zensah instead … and with my VIP discount they came down to $30.  I like the idea of a “sleeve” for summer so I can throw them on and wear flip flops.  They’re comfy and will do the job — but I think I like CEP better 🙂

First Official Week of Marathon Training Complete

June 12, 2011

Just because I didn’t update yesterday doesn’t mean I didn’t get out for a run. As soon as I was done posting I put my gear on and headed out the door…. and it was actually pretty good 🙂 Since it was kind of cool and drizzly, I decided to bring Arthur out for the first 4 miles. He had a good time and actually kept my pace in check. I figured that I should pay attention to the training schedule and not “overdo” it on the longer runs. We were told to keep them comfortable so I didn’t take the Garmin and just ran by feel. I know my pace was slow (probably like 10 min miles) but I was able to do a casual 7.7 miles and feel pretty decent afterwards. I also rounded out the week with 26 miles total 🙂
Today 4 miles are on the schedule and my legs are feeling a little stiff. I may bring Arthur again since he needs to get out AND his frequent potty breaks will allow me to stretch out my legs and take it kind of easy.

Have a great Sunday 🙂

Get out and run!!!

June 11, 2011

This is me yelling at myself to go put on my shorts/shirt/shoes and pound out the miles!

A stroll back in time….

June 8, 2011

I’ve always considered myself a runner.  I would say that I was always “running” — my first experience with it was when I was about 6 years old.  My sister and I would walk from school to my grandma’s house (through town, by ourselves, crossing streets and EVERYTHING — my how times have changed).  I remember always running ahead and my sister yelling at me.  I also remember always running around the playground — especially when I was in 6th and 7th grade…during recess we’d have races in the church parking lot (back when kids were entertained with wall ball, jump rope and tag — we didn’t have any fancy playground).  I would say it was about a 100 yard dash length and I’d almost always beat the boys 🙂

Then I decided that I wanted to try my first “road race”, a one mile fun run when I was in 7th grade.  I think my official time was 9:20.  The next year I ran it in 7:59 (I still think that’s my fastest mile EVER).  Next came high school where I ran track both Freshman and Sophomore year…I can’t say it was anything exciting. Our football team was what our small town HS was known for….my parents went to high school with Joe Theismann and Drew Pearson….so football was THE team to be on.  At the end of track season of Sophomore year, I had my first bunion surgery and I said buh-bye to running for the remainder of my high school career.  Although I think I informally ran towards the end of my senior year to stay in shape.

Once I went away to college I began running again. Not with a team or anything but I made sure to either run at the gym or around campus.  Nothing serious, maybe a couple miles at best each time. I even continued to run when I was in England for a semester.  Running was just always something I loved to do 🙂  I casually ran through my 1.5 years in grad school (again nothing serious – unless you count sprinting through Penn Station trying to catch the 9:33 pm train back home!). The summer of 2003 after I graduated from Columbia,  I decided to run a five mile race (The Belmar 5) because it was on my birthday (7/12) and what better thing to celebrate my 24 years on this earth but to run a distance I hadn’t even attempted before?? GREAT IDEA DANA!!! I searched for the results and found that I finished in 1:00:47.  I distinctly remember being sore as hell for a week afterwards!

My next road race wouldn’t be until October of 2003 when (again with no training) I decided to run the “Trick or Trot” 4 miler with my mom and sister.  I finished in 51:27 and remember with about a 1/2 mile to go I was walking and I heard someone shuffling up behind me… my surprise it was my mom….which made me promptly start running again because I refused to let her beat me LOL! The next “race” was about 3 weeks later; the 5 mile Turkey Trot.  I use the term race loosely as I walked the entire thing because my legs were so freaking sore from just starting martial arts.  The results, oddly enough, aren’t posted so I don’t have my official time. If I had to guess I would say I finished around 1:20.

Martial arts took precedence and I didn’t even think about racing until 4/24/04 – The “Kick-Off to Spring” 5k.  My husband (well BF at the time) and I ran it with friends.  I remember pushing really hard (again no formal running training but a butt-load of martial arts training) and finished in 27:32.

And look! I found a pic:

I think we were so dopey that we put our numbers on our backs!
Would you believe this was my last race until 2009???  Again I was running at the gym a couple times a week and told my BFF that I wanted to run the Frost on the Pumpkin 10k (this was the race that used to go past my old house and I always said that one day I’d run it). So on 10/25/09 I ran my first 10k at 57:19 (this was after some more formalized training).  I wish I had pics 😦    I remember feeling so good that I wanted to take on another challenge….the Navesink Challege 15k that is!  Roughly a month later, my BFF and I ran that race and I finished in pain with a 1:34 time.  That was my first flare up of Morton’s Neuroma and it totally killed my confidence.  Even though I still ran consistently, I wouldn’t race again until 9/11/10 — the Brielle Day 10k Challenge.  My only goal was to finish in under an hour and I did….barely 59:40 🙂

Brielle 10K - 2010 229

All I know was this race was the one that put the “bug” back into my system!  After Brielle Day, I put it in my head that I wanted to get serious about running again. The next month I ran 2 more races (Just Us Girls 5k and the Trick or Trot 4-miler) and then in November I ran the Beauty and the Beach 5 miler with my friend Evelyn and finished in 48:51.  This was also around the time I decided to register for my first half marathon and ultimately decide that 2011 was going to be the year I run NYC.
I wish I had more pics to share….I don’t normally have any spectator support and I never carry my camera to races.  I promise that going forward I will try to take more at upcoming events and races.
When did you get the running bug?

NHRA, Pool, and Jersey Pride

June 7, 2011

I will shamefully admit that on Saturday (the official kick off of marathon training season) I didn’t run!!  It was such a busy weekend and I was so wiped that I didn’t want to start off on the wrong foot.

On Friday afternoon, we were invited to go “VIP style” to the NHRA drag races held at Raceway Park (Old Bridge, NJ).  It’s comical because the hub’s parents only live about 4 miles from the track and all summer long we hear the races going on….but never went.  Free tickets along with pit access and hospitality tent access?  yes please!  I didn’t realize how FREAKING LOUD the funny cars and top fuel dragsters would be.  I had to cover my ears even though I had ear plugs in and since we were right at the start line you could even feel the sound in your chest.  It was quite an experience and I would totally go again!  I also didn’t expect to come home covered in tire grit … I guess that’s the price you pay for amazing seats!  I took a couple pics but they are on my phone and for some reason I can’t pull them off today.  Note to self: pick up new camera battery charger!

Saturday chores were in order for the morning and then we decided to take the dogs up to my in-laws house to enjoy the backyard and pool.  Too bad it was a bit cool and the pool water was COLD…Omar enjoyed a few dips in the water but Arthur wasn’t having it!  He likes to wait until it’s 90 degrees outside and then the pool seems refreshing.  He also prefers floating on a tube 🙂










Sunday consisted of us supporting the GPBN at the annual Jersey Pride Parade in Asbury Park.  And no, you don’t have to live the GLBT lifestyle to march or be a part of the business group, it’s all about acceptance and  support.  My husband is an active member and last year was our first year marching (we even brought the dogs!) Thankfully this year it wasn’t brutally hot and the dogs attracted a ton of attention 🙂  I was going to run in the morning before we headed out but I just couldn’t get my butt in gear!  I can at least say that we walked about 3 miles that day so it’s something, right?

This pic was from last year … Omar is so small there (he was only 7 mos. old) And we custom made the dogs’ costumes 🙂

Even though I “slacked” on Saturday and Sunday with the training, I definitely made up for it on Friday and Monday when they were  supposed to be a rest days!  I also am LOVING the personalized training … and it’s only just begun.  Today I was thinking about how lucky I am to be a part of Team DetermiNation because the training I’m going to receive for my first marathon is AWESOME!  I also love the fact that our coaches have run the marathon several times (and our head coach has done like super ultra 100 mile races) and they can cater our training to the NYC marathon vs. any marathon.  I still wish I could do the workouts in NYC but having them emailed to me is fine too…the hill workout on the TM this morning kicked my butt and it wasn’t something that I would’ve thought of on my own.  Hooray for fun new things!

Happy Tuesday everyone!