FALLing into chaos, week of 10.14

By | October 21, 2018

You did it! You made Cheerios #1


how many 80s children get that caption reference? 🙂

Guaranteed entry to NYC Half. Check

Registration for Fred Lebow Half. Check

In 2018 I ran three half marathons: Lebow, Fort Lauderdale and Brooklyn. In 2019, I’ll run three in the first three months, repeating two of 2018s. I think that’s a good start to the year. 3 on the eve of 39 and I’d say three in my 39th year, but I’ll probably add another. I only ended 2018 at three since I never found another of interest that worked time wise.

[bctt tweet=”Looking forward to a half marathon trio in 2019″ username=”travellingcari”]

2019 Half Marathon Goals:

  • I’m excited about doing Lebow again. My goal there is improving on my time as it’s not a PR course with the hills. I think 2:40 is reasonable. Maybe better depending on how hill training goes
  • Fort Lauderdale could be a PR. It’s a flat course other than the bridge over the Intracoastal at mile one. Humidity did me in last time and I walked a lot. We’ll see on the weather.
  • NYC Half: have fun, enjoy running between two boroughs and through Times Square

I may or may not flesh those out as the races draw closer.

In the mean time,  incomplete weekly wrap with Wendy, Kim and Holly:

I was slated to be away Friday to Sunday and I took that as a challenge. While my weekend long runs might suffer for that, I was determined that running overall wouldn’t. It meant some adjustments to my typical running schedule, particularly challenging given I had a number of weekday evening events and wanted some off days coming off four days running. How did I do with this challenge?

  • Monday: this should have been a complete off day. I realized when I got to the gym that I had nothing even for a 2K row so I just stretched. Barely got my step goal. I didn’t do the kettlebell workout as I wanted to run Tuesday and the soreness from kettlebell squats has been real.

shouldn’t every meeting have this view?

this view > gym view

  • Tuesday: plan was to leave an afternoon museum tour and then hit the gym. I even carried my gym bag with me. However I lingered at the reception and subsequently decided to walk back to Manhattan. I’m not anti treadmill, but this view better than any gym one. Step goal happened.
  • Wednesday: knew I had book group and wouldn’t make it to the gym after it so this was one of my “running won’t suffer” adjustment days and I got in a quick two miles before work. Better than nothing and it was a beautiful fall morning.
  • Thursday: office run group on a blustery fall day. Ear warmer came out, although I didn’t need it for the entirety of the run. It’s our standard loop, slightly slower this time as we got into a heavy conversation. What I noticed is that a paused Garmin doesn’t reflect in the time, but I’m not too worried about that. It was a good run and I felt strong. Cat Hill wasn’t evil and practice is making better.
  • Friday: scheduling this before I leave for the airport but the plan is to hit the gym between the office and the airport to have the weekend not be a total wash. I’ll report on this next week.
  • Saturday/Sunday: off. I’ll have my run gear in Rochester but I don’t foresee time for one.

20 thoughts on “FALLing into chaos, week of 10.14

  1. Liz Dexter

    Good work adjusting it all to get the runs in – I find that incredibly hard to do. Love your views! And yay halves!

    1. cari Post author

      It really is. But I want to make it work even if it’s not ideal volume

  2. Lisa

    It looks like you did great making some adjustments this week! It can definitely be tough to get in workouts around work events. Congrats on your guaranteed entry into the NYC half!

  3. Marcia

    I think I said this before but reading the names of the races you do in NYC is like candy to me. The NYRRs have so many great ones I only dream about. I too would be hard pressed to get my run done after that museum tour. Sounds like a fun day!

    1. cari Post author

      and NYCRuns has even better names. My two favorite names there are Frozen Penguin & Squirrel Stampede
      You totally should when you have some free travel time
      It was – I’m lucky enough to truly love what I do

  4. kookyrunner

    Excited for your lineup for 2019! I have pondered doing a half or full marathon in Florida in January or February, but I do worry about the humidity. Humidity is always a killer for me.

    You made great adjustments last week to get in your workouts!

    1. cari Post author

      What saved me in Fort Lauderdale was the overcast skies and 6a start. If it had been warm & sunny I’d have been in bad shape. The weather is supposed to be better for the November one, but I can never make that work schedule wise.

  5. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Always be prepared. 🙂 If you don’t have the gear, the run certainly won’t happen. And if it doesn’t, it just wasn’t meant to be.

    Ok, I may not be an 80s child, but I was definitely alive & I’m still not getting it. A song? That’s about all I can come up with!

    It gets harder and harder to motivate out the door as the days get darker & shorter! You did great.

  6. HoHo Runs

    Congrats on your entry into the NYC half. I’d love to run that! Great job fitting in what you can, when you can. It’s not always easy, especially when you have work functions to attend. Thanks for linking!

    1. cari Post author

      Thank you!
      DO the lottery if March works in your timeline. It’s free to enter and you’re not out anything if you don’t get in. Non member cost is I think $150

    1. cari Post author

      It’s hard to ever turn down that view
      It’s not my normal commute, but part of the reason I chose to stay within walking distance of the office is so that I can walk Central Park daily if I want to.

    1. cari Post author

      Thank you. The walk or ferry from Brooklyn never gets old.
      Fall is our even busier than normal busy season

  7. Deborah Brooks

    wow you have a fun race schedule ahead of you! I have never done a race in NYC yet. I am coming up in a few weeks and look forward to running there

    1. cari Post author

      Let me know when you’re here if you’d like to meet up. We can do a run if there’s no race on the calendar

  8. Wendy

    Congrats on getting in to NYC half. Like Deborah, I’ve never done a race in NYC. I’d like to, tho!


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