Tag Archives: training

“Getting Real About Running” and Workouts week of 2.5

You know those books that stick with you? It doesn’t happen with every book for me, but generally when it does it’s a sign of a good book. This time, I’m not sure. The book in question is Gordon Bakoulis’ Getting Real About Running: Expert Advice on Being a Committed Athlete and that is basically the… 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 »

One year running anniversary

Yep, today is a year to the day since this little whim started. And like was true in March, I truly ran away from I can’t. I knew I wanted to mark it somehow today, but wasn’t sure exactly. There was a since cancelled NYRR 10K that I thought about, but couldn’t commit to due… Read More »

December 2017: Struggling

(I was originally writing this over the course of a week to post on 1/1, but I decided there was enough meat that would drown out a year-end recap). When I came back from the Christmas long weekend, I knew I was in trouble goal wise. As has become custom, when I start the month’s… Read More »

2018 Goals

Like 2017, I’m setting goals for 2018 before 2017 is done. I’m a little nervous about December, but I’ve made my peace with falling slightly below goal as I will far exceed December 2016 and that’s what this is all about. More on December later. Thanks to this little adventure of running, 2017’s goals have… Read More »

A learning week

Lots of learning No matter what kind of exercise I’m doing, December is a challenge. Not so much because of the holidays, but because work is peak crazy then due to our annual fundraiser. So my only priority last week was to get a run in. It was a challenge, but not the one I… Read More »

Winter Running: #TedCorbitt15K Chapter

I DID IT! The middle facial expression cracks me off because I look like I was miserable, but I had so much fun. And yes, I take responsibility for the snow. I got a text Friday night that they’d make the decision about the race at 6 AM and like Poland Spring, I was half… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.27

Between the 2,017 and November recaps, I almost missed this one. I can’t really say this week went as planned as I didn’t have an exact plan, but it went well. Tuesday, I hit the gym with a plan to focus on hills, and that’s what I did while simultaneously trying out a new pair… Read More »

November 2017: Go Big or Go Home

November, you were brilliant. Last November my step total was 320,610. 2017? 468,583 steps 206.13 miles run/walked Most mileage since August and one of only three (April) to cross 200. April was 465,416 steps and August was the inSANE 503K. Month didn’t even feel that heavy. What am I most impressed with besides completing #RunTheYear?… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.20

This week shook out almost but not exactly as I planned. Story of our lives, no? Tuesday – High 45 at Mile High Run Club. As I was walking in I saw this wonderful sign. I’m really trying not to overbuy this holiday season, choosing experiences and things of a true value/need. Another three pack… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.13

Why 11.13 and not 11.12?  Because I picked up 11.12 here. Don’t know if I’m going to stick with the format, but I like it for referring back, so we’ll see. Monday – off. Needed it after last weekend’s workouts. Barely made my Fitbit goal either Tuesday – train wreck that have become Tuesdays. A… Read More »

Mile High Wind Chill

I’m still trying to work out the balance between routine and rest. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a thing forever, and I’m OK with that. As I briefly mentioned the other day, hills and weekend long runs are a challenge at the moment, although not an impossible one. The more pressing one to… Read More »

Training Workouts

So this is the first time I’m actually following a training plan. Or trying. As with everything I’ve done throughout this running journey, it’s a hybrid. I overthought it and consulted three plans. I know that the ones that have more than three-four days are not for me as my body needs that rest day.… Read More »

Saturday Six

I was out of the city this weekend for mom’s birthday and was looking forward to a long run. I knew I didn’t want to do endless laps on the course near mom and so when the morning dawned absolutely gorgeous I negotiated the car and headed for Rockland Lake State Park, a place I’ve… Read More »

Rebound Runday

  yes, running has definitely brought out the writer in me. It’s not particularly surprising, I’m way more accountable when I’m blogging. The calendar says November so of course I’m just carrying a light jacket as I walk between meetings. In fact it was even a tad humid. I knew I wanted to run today… Read More »

Review: Run Less, Run Faster

  I’m not sure exactly when I added this to my wishlist, likely in either June or July when I realized I couldn’t run daily due to hip/foot. It came off the library waiting list yesterday and I quickly posted about it to a runners’ reading group that I have come to love. Between people’s… Read More »

Food logs can talk

I wanted to run yesterday but as I was at the office until nearly 9 PM, that didn’t happen. Walking home also didn’t happen so my fitbit goal streak ended at 41 days (longest, I think). I was OK with that. Truly. I needed a day off after barely scraping by to goal a few… Read More »

Harlem Hills

There’s a race I’m contemplating for 2018 and the first thing I saw when I looked at the course map (always look!) was the damn Harlem Hills. They’re a little mythical to me at this stage as I’ve only done them twice and the first time was also my first ever 10K-a very bad combo.I… Read More »

Running and Steps

Last Tuesday my hip began to whinge on a short pre-work run and I wondered why. Nothing had been particularly strenuous or beyond my normal. On the return leg of a run cut short, I realized I’d accidentally run five days in a row. Oops, my feet feel so much better in good shoes that… Read More »

Officially a Frozen Penguin

I finished! 284/298. Not even on the last page of the results. Good? No. Happy? Damn yes. My only goal going into this was to finish, ideally without dying. Mission accomplished. More detail: 57/61 among women 30-39 174/184 among all women. How did I come to do this race in 20 degree temperatures 9 weeks… Read More »