Category Archives: Training

The Sunday Long Run that Wasn’t

My Sunday long run did not go so hot. I feel like I’m on the brink of getting a cold but I really wanted to get some miles in and I was all excited to test out my new Brooks running shoes and water bottle that I’ll be using for the marathon.


At first I didn’t like the color of the shoes but they’re starting to grow on me. The water bottle worked great and holds more than the other one I had. 


The weather was perfect – I’m hoping it’s like that on Sunday. fingers crossed. So I had a lot going for me but I made a dumb mistake. 


I didn’t wait long enough after I ate lunch…I had a stomach ache the whole 4.75 miles. It was NOT fun. Ryan’s leftover chicken parm isn’t the best lunch before a planned 10 mile run. What was I thinking?! haha

It’s good luck to have a bad last long run before a marathon, right??? That’s what I’m telling myself.


Filed under Long run, New York City Marathon, Running gear, Training, Weekend

What I’m Doing When I’m Suppose to be Training

Since this week has been so busy and I have not yet gotten a run in I thought I’d give you a look into what I do on Wednesday nights – when I’m suppose to be training 🙂
Every Wednesday night I volunteer with the New York Junior League and we teach kinds about art. It’s really fun and they get excited about each new artist and their different techniques.
This week we learned about stained glass.
I even joined in the fun and made this beauty.
My plan is to do a “long-ish” run on Saturday (10 miles??) and then hope for the best for marathon day. I was looking over my Eugene marathon training and I wasn’t that much better than my training for New York. So maybe I’ll surprise myself and be speedy. We’ll see.
I can’t wait to go to expo! Anyone else going Saturday, November 2nd???


Filed under New York City Marathon, Training, Volunteering

17 Days

17 days until the big day!
I’m finally feeling like I can do this. Last week I went to Pure Barre on Monday, ran 8 miles on Tuesday, and 16 miles in Central Park on Saturday. Though the last two miles of the 16 miler were a little hard, I knew that if I needed to run 10 more miles I could.

I’m also getting excited for Marathon Week here in New York. There’s so many fun things to do before the marathon and everyone is so happy and excited. The City gets over”run” by tourists (get it?!?). They just run around everywhere in spandex. It’s very amusing. It’s just a really fun time AND it’s right around my birthday! (I’m turning 27…)

I hit up the Running Company today and bought a new pair of shoes, gels and a new water bottle (my old one got mold in it somehow- how does that happen?) for the marathon. I love new running stuff! And shopping in general i guess…


This weekend we’re headed to New Jersey for some Fall fun and of course, some running will happen.


Filed under fall, New York City Marathon, Training

Weekend Fun

This past weekend was SO MUCH FUN. Friday we went to dinner to try out a restaurant in our new “hood”. On Saturday we had a picnic in Central Park and took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  AND I got a long run in on Sunday. I’m still pretty amazed.


Ryan even surprised me with a picnic basket! Love it!


The MET is one of my favorite places in New York. You can never see all of it and there’s so many cool rooms to explore. And they always have awesome new exhibits rotating through.



If you ever go to the MET go to the roof! The views are amazing and they have a bar 🙂


Ryan and I aren’t the biggest fans of modern art… See below…

My long run on Sunday was a 16 mile long training run. The New York Flyers are the official pacers of the NYRR Long Training Run for the New York City Marathon. This is one of my favorite Flyers events.


You complete a long run and meet some pretty cool people. Running is always fun when you get to talk to people. The miles just fly by. I’m getting very excited for the marathon!



Filed under Life, New York Flyers, Training, Weekend

A little bit of this – a little bit of that

This morning I ran 8 1/2 miles with a fellow New York Flyer and it was just perfect.  The weather was perfect, I wasn’t tired and my legs never once yelled at me to stop. All of this before 7:15am. Love it.

Ashton Kutcher went up in cool points with the speech below. He also made me want to read more about Steve Jobs.

I really want to take cross-country road trip.

It feels a little bit like fall here in New York today and I’m so happy. I’m hoping this beautiful – non-humid weathers stays around.

This Wednesday is looking pretty good 🙂


Filed under Life, Training

Queens 10K

Sunday morning I ran the Queens 10K and added some extra miles to complete a 9 mile training run. The heat wave is finally “over” but it was still 80 degrees and humid. I felt very out of shape during the race. This was a great learning experience for me… I SHOULD BE TRAINING MORE!!! After the Eugene Marathon I basically took off from running. I’m now regretting that idea. Taking three months off makes starting up training a lot more difficult. Lesson learned!
Last year at this time I ran a 10K in 46 minutes. That’s a 7:26 pace. This year… I finished in 51:21 minutes, a 8:17 pace. Yikes.


Here’s my schedule for this week (busy!):

Monday: Pure Barre
Tuesday: 3 miles + Pure Barre
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 3 miles + Andrew Belle Concert!!!
Friday: rest
Saturday or Sunday: 12 mile long run! and a beach trip!


Filed under Queens 10K, Training

Back at it

I’m back. Back to blogging and back to training!
My New York City Marathon training started last week and so far it’s going pretty well. The only problem. The weather. It is HOT here. Like crazy hot and humid. I’ve been running at the gym because my body just can’t handle this weather. Maybe I’m a wimp…
Oh, and I signed up for the Big Sur Marathon this week! AND I AM BEYOND EXCITED!!! This marathon has been on my list since I started running. 
Other than that life has been good. Just working, running, going to Pure Barre, trying to become a better cook… still trying to get my 26 List checked off! Very busy!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Happy to be back! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long!


Filed under Big Sur Marathon, New York City Marathon, Summer, Training


What a weekend! From Friday to Sunday I was busy! Ryan and I accomplished a lot for our upcoming move. We got a bed, sofa, love seat, chair and ottoman. phew. And we still have a lot to do. 


Sunday was the More Magazine half marathon. It was a great day for a race. Sunny, in the 50s – perfect. I did not race this race. I made this my last long run before the Eugene Marathon. I added on two miles at the end to run a total of 15 miles. I finished the half in 1:47:32 – a 8:13 pace. I felt great the whole time, my confidence for the marathon has definitely increased.


And then of course, I had to celebrate my race 🙂 16 Handles frozen yogurt.


This week I’m going to take it easy and run Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Nothing crazy, just some quality runs. Throw in a Pure Barre class or two and I’m good.

I can’t believe Eugene is so soon!


Filed under 16 Handles, Eugene Marathon, More Magazine half marathon, Races, Training, Weekend


So this whole marathon training thing isn’t going so hot. I was doing really well and then I got sick and I’ve lost some motivation. Last week I ran a total of 51/2 miles… That is not good when the Eugene Marathon is this month. yikes.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday – nothing

Tuesday – Pure Barre

Wednesday – Morning run – 5 1/2 miles

Thursday – Pure Barre

Friday – Morning run

Saturday or Sunday – Long run (20 miles???)

I’m suppose to run 20 miles this weekend… My plan is to run as long as I can. I don’t want to injure myself. I also have the More Magazine Half Marathon April 14th so I’m going to run some miles beforehand to make sure I get two solid long runs before the marathon.

I really wanted to go into this marathon prepared but you never know what life will bring you. I got a horrible cold. Oh, and I also have to find a new apartment by May 15th. Life’s been a little crazy lately!


Filed under Eugene Marathon, Training

Can You Freeze Soup?

Valentine’s Day with Ryan was so much fun. Super relaxed. Silver Linings Playbook was really good and I think everyone should see it such for the dance at the end. I laughed so hard! Then we enjoyed the chocolate dipped strawberries I had made the night before. I added peanut butter chips to some of them. I highly recommend doing it – super good.

Then it was the long weekend! Saturday I got my 16 miler in and it was the best long run! I ran 10 miles with a fellow NY Flyer and the other 6 by myself. I averaged an 8:40 pace. I have no idea where that came from, but I felt great the whole time. photo-1I’m feeling more and more confident about Eugene now that I got a solid long run in. 

Monday I added two new recipes to my recipe list. I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of cooking/baking 26 recipes this year.

The first recipe I made was White Bean Soup with Red Chard. There was A LOT of chopping involved – finely chopping two onions is not fun… 


But – I did it! I made my first ever homemade soup!!!


I then moved on to baking. This bad boy doesn’t look so pretty but it tastes really good! I made pear upside down cake. The hardest part was flipping the darn thing over on the cutting board.

Now I have a ton of soup and lots of cake… and there’s one of me. So yeah… I’ll be eating soup and cake for the rest of the week. Can you freeze soup?

NYCRuns Half-Marathon this Sunday in Central Park! I can’t wait to kick butt on another training run!


Filed under Baking, Cooking, Eugene Marathon, Long run, Races, Training, Valentine's Day, Weekend