I had an AWESOME running weekend. I feel so much more confident about the up coming New York City Marathon!
Saturday was the 4 mile Fitness, Mind, Body, Spirit Games. The race is hosted by Fitness Magazine. This might be my favorite race. Great course, awesome goodie bags and tons of stuff to do before and after the race!
The weather was perfect and I felt good throughout the entire race. My finish time was 28:10. First woman New York Flyer to cross the line!
After the race I hit the “fitness expo” and took a mini pure barre class. As you can tell on my face it has HARD. The ten minute mini class I took made me feel so out of shape! My abs were sore the next day! I loved the class and I’m thinking about signing up for some of the classes.
Sunday was the New York Flyer Palisades Long Run! I had never been to the Palisades so I was really excited to run somewhere new. It was again a perfect day and the view from the George Washington Bridge was amazing!
I ran in the 9 min group and we had a great time. I think this run was the hilliest (is that a word?) run I’ve ever done – up there is the Red Rock half marathon for sure!
I finished 18 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes – an 8:53 average pace. I’m SUPER happy with that pace!
Sunday I’m running in the 18 mile tune up hosted by the New York Road Runners so we’ll see how I do. The course isn’t as hilly so I’m interested to see what my time will be.
Oh – and compression shorts work miracles. My legs aren’t that sore today. They are worth the money!
I bought this Brita water bottle on Saturday (during my 5 million errands) and it has not left my side. I’m in love with it. It filters tap water into clean delicious water. I’m obsessed. (Family – you’ll probably be getting one for Christmas)
Sunday was an AWESOME day. I woke up nice and early (5:15am) to lead the second NYRR Long Training Run. I had a blast! The 15 miles went by so fast. I have to say my group was the best. 8:30 pace Group 2! THE BEST. Everyone was so nice and we all basically talked and hung out – while running of course… 🙂
I have been wanting to go see the Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit for a long time and yesterday was the last day of the exhibit! After pace leading I showered, ate quickly and headed over to the Met. I did not want to sit for too long or I knew I would not get up… And I couldn’t miss it!
Surprisingly the museum wasn’t too busy. I get cranky very quickly when places are crowed (ie the subway). The exhibit was awesome and I was sad they didn’t have more clothing to showcase. I also went to the modern art wing and the european artists wing.
This was such a great weekend and honestly I’m not that upset that it’s Monday. I got so much done and accomplished this weekend that I’m ready to take on this week. Oh, and it probably also helps that my vacation begins next Wednesday!!!!
Random things this week –
Does running skirts make anyone else feel awkward or unsure of themselves??? SkinnyRunner – Rocks them all the time and she looks super cute. For some reason they make me nervous.
I bought this Lululemon running skirt awhile ago and just wore it to the gym for the first time on Tuesday. It’s really cute and comfortable but I don’t know – I’m running in a skirt… Anyone else feel like this? Or is it just me?
I made this pasta last night and it was sooo good and sooo easy. There’s four ingredients. Loved it. And will probably make it again tonight. yum.
Whenever I stretch Lexi has to be right next to me. She licks my face and tries to snuggle as close as possible. This only happens when I’m stretching though… I don’t get it.
And it makes stretching very difficult.
I’m at 11 miles (plus an hour of cross-training on the elliptical) so far this week. I have a big run on Sunday – 16 miles of pacing for the NYRR!
Last night Ryan and I had a date night. I had planned ahead and got up early and ran in the morning. I usually need a lot of motivation to work out in the morning. And even if I set three alarms, I usually never make it to the gym. So yesterday morning was a BIG step. I actually got out of bed and went to the gym!
We decided to go to Stand 4 for dinner. It’s a burger and milkshake type of restaurant and I had heard great things. Mostly about the Marshmallow Milkshake…
This bad boy was to die for. There are actual marshmallow pieces in there. Trust me and just go there. Even if you don’t eat dinner. Get a milkshake. They even have boozy ones.
(thank you Ryan for the use of your camera phone)
Tonight I’m running 6 miles outside! The weather is perfect here and I cannot wait to get outside.
I’m hoping this no humidity stays because on Saturday the New York Flyers (myself included) are pacing the New York Road Runners Official Long Run for the New York City Marathon! I’ll be pacing one of the 8:30 min groups and we’ll be running 11 miles. I’m pretty excited about pacing a group. I’ve never done it before so I’ll be fun to learn something new and meet new people.
The only downside – I have to be at the meeting spot in Central Park at 6:30am. On Saturday… A nap will definitely happen.
Now what? I ran the Portland Marathon. I finished! So now what?
Well, I want to continue running and racing. My next “big” race will be the Red Rock Half-Marathon in March. After that I’m not sure. The only other race right now on the horizon is the New York City Marathon in 2012. I also like the idea of running the Portland Marathon every other year… Not sure if that will happen but I like the idea and I get to go home and see my family. It’s a win-win.
I’ve also created a list of some other races I would like to run:
– Big Sur Marathon
– St. George Marathon
– Las Vegas Marathon/Half-Marathon
I’ll also probably sign up for some New York Road Runner races that are held in Central Park. Those races are shorter distances and super fun.
Right now I’m just going to continue running, try to have more of a social life now that marathon training is done and get back to spin class!
Today I’m feeling back to normal. After a very busy weekend all I wanted and needed yesterday was sleep. So last night I went to bed at 9pm and now I’m feeling 100%. Ready to run some miles after work! I’m also loving this fall weather. Though it is raining today, I don’t mind and I’m just happy to be rid of the humidity!
This Sunday is the New York Road Runner’s 18 mile tune-up run. This will be my last long run before the Portland Marathon!!! Can you believe it’s so close! WOW.
After completing this race I will also be done with my 9 + 1 which means I’ll be running the New York City Marathon next year!!! Very exciting stuff you guys!!!
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They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. These two photos basically tell you how I felt running the Father’s Day/Portugal Day Race…
I love how photogenic I’ve become. Oh, and I still have crazy pale legs… cool
Happy Monday! I’m tired so I don’t know if I would say happy Monday… so… Monday! How’s that?
Here’s some pictures from this weekend’s race:
Yes, I’m in my office… on a Sunday. But I just have to walk across the street to Central Park where the race was!
It was literally 10 guys to every 1 woman… This was a points race for the Men’s Teams in NYC and also was the “Father’s Day Run” so there were hardly any women… This is probably why I got 13th in my age group. (Any single girl out there should make a note and sign up for this race next year.)
Many people thought the weather was perfect out… Yes, I agree for a picnic and lounging in the park. I was dying from the heat. I didn’t stop for water during the race but did run through this sprinkler thing they had set up. That was a life saver. I don’t know, I’m happy I ran the race but I think I was just tired as a whole. I had just raced the weekend before. I’m glad I don’t have another race for a while. I’m almost done with my 9 +1 !!!
I have tonight off which I’m excited about. My legs need a break!
My 5 mile run was completed last night. I know, that’s not what my training plan says. But this upcoming week is going to be busy/crazy so I’m mixing it up a little bit so I can get all my runs in.
I felt great running on the treadmill and I didn’t get bored. Since the weather has cooled off here the gym wasn’t horrible either so I was a happy camper. I even had time to watch Part 1: Reunion of The Real Housewives of Orange County… I know.. But it’s just too ridiculous!!!
Oh, and I have another race this weekend! When I signed up it was called the NYRR 5-Mile Father’s Day Run, now, for some reason it’s called the Portugal Run??? I have no idea why… But I’ll be running the race for my Dad. He’s in Oregon so we won’t be able to celebrate Father’s Day together.
Race photos from the NYRR 10K Mini below!!!
I’m still pale as ever…
Saturday morning I had the pleasure of waking up at 5am…
I caught the 6am train into the city which gave me enough time to get to my office, change, warm up and get to the starting line with 20 minutes to spare.
I wore my running “mini” skirt just for this race!
For some reason I was in the FIRST CORRAL… Meaning I was with super fast runners. I was a little intimidated. The world-class runners were right in front of us! So cool!
I loved the course! It started in Columbus Circle and we ran along side Central Park for a mile until cutting in to the park for the remainder of the race. There were some hilly parts, but I have been training in Central Park so there weren’t any surprises.
The best part of the race was running along side Mary Wittenberg, NYRR President and Jack Waitz, Grete Waitz’s husband who was running in her honor. This year was the 40th Anniversary of the race and the race was also honoring Grete Waitz who recently died of cancer and who had won the race five times.
I loved this race and will definitely run it again next year. The whole morning was about empowering women and all the running accomplishments that women have had throughout the decades. Loved it!
Oh, and you’re probably wondering if I achieved my goal???
YES I DID!!! I ran the 10K Mini in 48:46!!! 7:50 pace!!