Category Archives: Run The Year

#Queens10K

I love Flushing Meadows-Corona Park so despite the long haul out there, I was looking forward to running this race. It also happened to be “free” as I cashed in my New Balance rewards for a bib. Way more excited about cutting back on race fees than I am about saving money on shoes.  I… Read More »

Women Run the World, 2018 edition

I love the Mini! As I thought about a goal, I knew it was going to be a weird one. My 10K outdoor PR is from Rockland Lake, flat as a pancake on a beautiful November afternoon. On the other hand, I knew the race would be a personal course record because I wasn’t trained… Read More »

#PopularBkHalf Recovery meets #ItalyRunNYC

Not so much physical recovery-I was good there pretty quickly, but mental recovery. In short, I needed (and got) a vacation. More on that later. As I thought about goals for the Italy Run, I looked back at my 5M NYRR times. I’ve only done two at the distance, despite loving it. The Retro, which… Read More »

10 Thoughts on Running and the #PopularBkHalf

Some thoughts as I digest Saturday’s race. Gameface posted the photos and no luck 🙁 It was so hard to spot the photographers in the rain, they’re not as brightly colored as Fort Lauderdale. If I get time I’ll have a look through for my ridiculous hot pink jacket. The shirt above came today and… Read More »

Race Recap: Popular Brooklyn Half

Short version: PR by six minutes and change and I ran the entire thing! Major thank you to Caryn and Rachel who were most definitely my pre-race cheering squad and ears. Longer version: while I don’t mind running in the rain, I really hope this is the only race I need to shuffle to the… Read More »

Don’t chase waterfalls, PRs are much more fun

don’t ask me why I have TLC’s Waterfalls in my head. I can’t remember the last time I heard it, and it isn’t on my playlists so who knows?! This is a two week recap due to travel but before I get to the nitty gritty, I GOT MY 5K PR! (Yes, all caps and… Read More »

Training, week of 4.23

Weird week, take two. I was feeling strong after last weekend’s escapades, but when I went to the gym Tuesday (planned off day Monday), my legs had nothing and my ankle was bizarrely sore. So after a mile warmup jog-there was no running to speak of-I did a 5K row. Rowing has always been my… Read More »

Training, week of 4.16

This was a weird week. Monday I went to the gym figuring I might have something in my legs despite going two days in a row since Saturday’s run was way below where it should have been. Nope. Couldn’t even get .05 miles so I took a cross train day and did a mile on… Read More »

Charity Running / Damon Runyon 2018

I love supporting charities. I’ve done 5K fundraiser walks since I was a kid, since mom & dad always taught the importance of giving back: whether that be time, money or otherwise. April is already 5K-palooza as it’s theoretically spring. I’ve done the March of Dimes Walk every year and in various years have walked… Read More »

Race Recap: Cherry Blossom 10 miler

Is there any US location prettier in spring than the Washington DC Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms bloom? I don’t think so. I fell in love with those pink petals some 16 years ago in Japan, so DC in April has been a long-time bucket list item. It never quite moved to reality until… Read More »

Training, week of 3.26, 2018 Runs, and March #GoTheDist

March marked my fifth month in a row at running 50 or more miles, and my first ever crossing the 60 mile marker at 62.68. A lot of that had to do with one hell of a close to the month that started with last Saturday. The rest of the week: 5 miles in Central… Read More »

9.33 solo miles

Although I’m not officially tapering as I’m just using Cherry Blossom as a long run for Brooklyn, I wanted to get “one last long run” in and I knew it had to be this weekend since I’m home next. Brooklyn training has been weird, to be honest. I’m frustrated with the Runkeeper app and can’t… Read More »

Run the Date

Distances run three of the last four days: 3.16 3.17 3.19 Notice anything? No, this has nothing to do with Run the Year, although I’m still participating in that. It has everything to do with training run amok and a desire to at least do something even if run plans end up down the tubes.… Read More »

Twice Frozen Penguin

which sounds like I’m a crazy carnivore! NYCRuns’ Frozen Penguin holds a special place in my heart as my first 5K. So as soon as it was announced, I signed up for today. I realized I’ve only raced four 5Ks and while I’ll probably also repeat one of the other ones (and maybe the other… Read More »

#GoTheDist February 2018 and Training week of 2.25

I wasn’t kidding when I said I didn’t think I’d hit 400K this month. It was looking like an impossibility and I only pulled it off on the last day of the month thanks to two insane days on Monday and Tuesday. February 405,707 steps 177.6 miles run/walked 50.54 miles run Year to Date 858,290… Read More »

#MedalMonday: Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon

So I ran a second half marathon this past Sunday. The time? Not the greatest. But I had so much fun. Couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous course along the ocean. I knew the course was mostly flat, but I had two concerns going into the race: the drawbridge on Las Olas and the… Read More »

Review: First Ladies of Running

I read a mix of fiction and non on a recent beach getaway: fittingly all the non fiction was about running and I started Amby Burfoot’s First Ladies of Running on the plane on the way home. I wished I’d started it sooner as it was such an engaging read, but I had no time… Read More »

Runners High meets #NYRRGridiron

Can you have a 48 hour runners’ high? That seems to be where this is going. This is also super long so TL;DR: I “raced” my first race today, and it was AH-MA-ZING! Rewinding… This was a(nother) weird week. After Saturdays runs, I walked and went to the gym to use the bike on Sunday… Read More »

Recovering, week of 1.22

because this was very much a rest week. Other than for a date with their super duper foam roller on Monday, I didn’t even touch the gym until Thursday and that was really just a shakeout to see how I felt. Still sore, but improving, definitely not worth pushing. Saturday was just so beautiful out… Read More »

13.1 thoughts

“keep that smile! you are a half marathoner!“ from a Facebook messenger chat with a friend and former colleague turned (not my) running coach. The smile hasn’t gone anywhere in 48 hours. It honestly took until Monday for the you are a half marathoner! feeling to hit and for me to realize I did it.… Read More »

#MedalMonday, Fred Lebow edition

So I’ve been a little secret squirrel with my “training” posts. I knew what I was training for but didn’t want to make it whatever the blog equivalent of “Facebook official” is, because I wasn’t honestly sure if I’d start. Or finish. Spoiler: I finished! My first half marathon (!) came in somewhere between 2:40:59… Read More »

Training, week of 1.7

I already talked about how I marked my one year running anniversary. How did I mark the first half of the week after my running anniversary? Injured. I actually don’t think it was Saturday’s 7.77 miles so much as the 1.3 mile warmup on Friday in bad shoes. Luckily, it doesn’t appear to be a… Read More »

2017, you fabulous beast

It’s a wrap. December was a struggle, but that’s what a challenge should be. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to fight for 400K and it wasn’t in the bag until this ridiculously awesome workout. December: 408, 394 steps 9 days below goal (:( but not unexpected and better than December 2016’s 12) December… Read More »

Enjoying the time, untimed

Today was the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Could there be a better 5K location? I don’t think so. I forgot my watch would likely have an issue finding the GPS signal inside the stadium where the run began and since I didn’t want to destroy my battery running Strava, I decided not to… Read More »