Dancing into December

why am I dancing? PTO is in sight. I love what I do, but I am in dire need of a vacation and I can almost taste it. By the time this is published, I will be officially off work.

Anyone else have massive issues with the WordPress “upgrade”? I had to enable the classic editor plugin to be able to edit this post when it didn’t work on either Firefox or Chrome. Fail. While trying to figure out how to be able to access this draft, I played with my themes. I don’t love this one, but I like it more than the old one.

Was looking at something on Fitbit today and according to my dashboard I’ve walked 21,095,,17 steps. Nuts! I remember when I switched from Jawbone to Fitbit when the former died after 2m steps. I wish I remembered what year it is.

On to Running…

I had an amusing realization when I picked up my Ted Corbitt shirt: it’s the first race where I can wear last year’s shirt. Even for those I repeated, the shirts didn’t always work:

  • Frozen Penguin was one of the layers, but the 2017 shirt was short-sleeved and way too cold for March (or February like it is in 2019)
  • NYRR Retro – it’s a cotton tee that doesn’t mix well with a July race. However it’s super comfortable for weekend lounging.
  • Women’s Mini, I don’t like running in singlets. Way too much exposed skin to chafe/wear sunscreen. I think I finally tossed both Women’s Minis, the Pride 5M and Queens 10K shirts as I will never wear them.
Do the best races come with the most memorable shirts? #RunTheYear Click To Tweet

I was curious to see how many others wear last year’s. It’s a vivid blue and one I’ve not seen at other races, so it will pop especially on I thought likely to be a grey, winter day. 2018 shirts are almost fitting in that regard.

2018 Ted Corbitt shirt.

It’s early NES graphics meets ugly sweater and I kind of love it. I don’t own a grey long sleeve, though it seems to be a theme as Brooklyn Half and Bronx 10 were (darker) shades of grey.

For as much as don’t wear the shirt before you earn it is a “rule”, it’s not one heavily followed in NYRR races, or so it seems. I saw a fair number of the 2018 shirts consistent with what I typically see at the weekly races

Race Recap:

Flat Cari: how many people were running from my apartment?

Oh my, so cold. Yes, it’s December in New York, but it was int he 50s last weekend and my blood isn’t ready for this. This is post-race when I peeled off the layers since pre-race Flat Cari was a pile on the step stool as normal and you didn’t quite appreciate all.the.clothes. Pictured:

  • Bottom layers: the amazing Climate Smart CuddlDudds leggings under a random pair of hot pink & black leggings I wear all the time (including last year). First time in a while I’ve gone with leg layers, unclear if they actually helped as my legs were still frozen.
  • On top: last year’s shirt as mentioned over a TekGear whose thumbholes were useful for keeping gloves on and a t-shirt. Not sure why I made that layer short sleeves other than it was what I did last year. That top shirt was a Brooklyn Half casualty when it was lost to a puddle.
  • Other: turtle fur buff I swear by, Lebow hat, random touch screen gloves that I love because they clip together.
Indoors: why do you do this again? Outdoors: running is serious business. No smiles allowed!

I ran to the start in surprisingly good time. Original plan was to leave apartment at 7:30, but I pushed it to 7:45 because I didn’t want that long in the corrals with the wind chill in the teens. Was still there by just after 8 as I didn’t hit any lights and headed into the Park at 86th even though the start was up at 102nd.

um, there is a race today right?

The volunteer said “welcome to Corral K, or whatever your initial is or you’d like it to be, since it’s yours”. I always love the NYRR volunteers but especially on a frigid day. One man joined our chat and a few filled in but we really didn’t have company until the corrals collapsed. The race was sold out, and the recap indicated 4,971 finishers, about the same as last year, but maybe both had more no shows?

No staggered start due to the loop course (still hate doing the short loop first) and we were lapped by the male leaders around mile 3. *Shrug* I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR, my only goal was to finish and enjoy it.  Some first: salted areas in front of the water stations due to freezing splashes and frozen waters (I blame Erika as I read that post last night) from about mile four on. That was good for a laugh – drinking slush? Interesting texture. I guess it not hurting is a sign of a complete root canal?

I was a bit bullheaded about not wanting to walk despite being undertrained. I’d bet if I had done some intervals I might have had a better time vs. the slogging 12+ later miles. Stubborn much? Also, it was just damn cold. My lungs were fine but my quads hurt early. I’m not sure if it was the hills or that they were frozen, but they definitely didn’t feel as if they were propelling me much. One issue? No food. I meant to take a breakfast bar to eat in the corral but realized halfway to the park that I’d forgotten it. No food, no gels, nine+ miles. Yep, that’s a recipe for fading in the final 5K.

I saw the clock at mile 8 and officially knew the PR was gone, and wondered if I could push it. Nope, not on these frozen legs. Lebow is going to be *fun* if it’s this cold. I lucked out with both of these last time.

unofficial

I used Becca’s trick of wearing the Garmin over the base layer, which had the added benefit of keeping base layer in place. When I looked at my heart rate in Strava post-race I was momentarily confused until I realized why it was so low. I don’t run by HR so it’s a non issue. It was just amusing. One of the best things about this Garmin? Even in cold, even for ~11 miles including warmup, only down to 84%

Official: 1:50:53 ahead of about 400. It’s about two minutes slower than last year, but unlike the Bronx, this really doesn’t bother me. I knew it early, and didn’t have high expectations going in due to November’s struggles. Do I wish I’d PRed? Of course, who doesn’t. Do I realize I’m past beginner gains and went into it undertrained again? Yep. While I can’t say I completely had fun due to the cold, I enjoyed the race and didn’t hate life.

Friends!

Post-race I met up with my friend and former colleague who I’d missed at recent races. She completed her 9+1 so we caught up while waiting for her to ring the bell before heading back to the subway.

Over for another year, I’d still do this race again. It’s a fun winter race.

Weekly Wrap with Wendy and Holly:

so bad. So good
Good habits!
Sweaty SkirtSports stork
  • Monday: when I walked out the door, I immediately wished I’d woken early and gone for a run as it was absolutely beautiful. Beautiful for December? Sure. But straight up beautiful for fall at nearly 60 and ever so slightly humid. Luckily my evening plans fell through and I have a habit of carrying my gym bag with me, so I was prepared to hit the gym. I needed it because of the above. Fried pickles (we split), boneless wings and Anchor chips. Tracked and moved on. I really didn’t have a plan for my workout, so I went to my standard intervals: 5.5/6.0 for .25 miles with .02 walk breaks after the 6.0 intervals. That’s a huge improvement from .05 miles when I started these, and they’re really just because I still can’t run and drink. I LOVE running in my first SkirtSport but this outfit was so a missed opportunity to wear my sneakers with the pink #SweatPink laces. My soundtrack for this run was Morning Shakeout with Des Linden-listening to it with the benefit of hindsight is even more fascinating. She really is a great subject and this is one of my favorite podcasts. They’re the perfect length for gym workouts. This was the first Monday I’d managed a workout in the last couple and it felt so good to set the tone.
  • Tuesday: I’ve come to an important conclusion: gym bag is a bit like Santa Claus. Make a list, check it twice. I got to the gym after work and realized that while I had leggings, sneakers, sports bra and socks I didn’t have a t-shirt. Oops. Not like I don’t have backups of all but sneakers in my desk, but I was already at the gym two subway stops/half mile from the office. Oops. I knew if I left the gym I wouldn’t go back. So it was a short cross train row and a long stretch in my work shirt, which was luckily light. Better than nothing.
  • Wednesday: all gear accounted for. I struggled running so after half a mile of intervals with a line for treadmills, I went to the LateralX for a mile. I decided to finish the running as a cooldown. Weird workout, but it felt good. I really like the LateralX.
  • Thursday: after-hours work event knocked out office run group and the event didn’t end until 8. I did some errands and went home. Break needed at times, don’t regret it.
  • Friday: no formal exercise, but Mom and I did our annual museums & holiday lights hop to the tune of 19K steps.
  • Saturday: race day.
matching? What’s that?
  • Sunday: oh my sore quads. I went for a short bike ride and a long stretch on my poor legs. Oh and of course any reason to not match with my cross training shoes. Beyond that, just some errands before settling in for a quiet day.

2019 Spring Half Marathon training mileage: 21.88. I’m OK with a slow build back up, I don’t want to be injured.

 

Thankful for Running

if I were an organized blogger this would have been done on time for Thanksgiving and/or my birthday, but I am not.

I’m somewhat hooked on The Morning Shakeout podcast and as I was grinding out Friday’s miles, I listened to the Bart Yasso interview from earlier in November. What an inspiration. Among the comments that stood out to me was one that came from his Race Everything book:

“We all follow the same course to the finish line, but each of us has taken a different path to the starting line.”

This is so phenomenally true. (In odd timing, I read and reviewed that book almost exactly a year ago).

all the dessert vs. all the layers

I’m not going to say I wasn’t happy in my 20s, or that I never want to be inhaling a flaming dessert: both would be lies. But thanks to Facebook memories I look back at my 30th birthday dinner and in some ways I don’t recognize that person.

I didn’t join Weight Watchers until about four months after my 30th birthday and didn’t find running until 7 years later, but I’m so glad I did. While I haven’t lost a ton these last two years, I haven’t yo yoed as I tended to after I lost the initial weight. I’m not going to be fast, I’ll never BQ (and to be honest, have zero interest in running Boston), but as I mentioned previously: running has introduced me to my inner strong.

all the clothes

I may not have actually run my Turkey Trot, more on that below, but I carried a race bag full of warm clothes so that I could if I wanted to. Who am I?I Speaking of clothes and not yo-yo ing, I think I finally have the confidence to toss some of my too big for me clothes vs. stashing them under the bed fearing I’ll need them. Maybe.

Wicked is the best

The other aspect that he touched on was the increasing number of women runners and how we promote the social aspect. We’re much more likely to take other runners under our wings vs see them as competitors and that’s so true in my experience. From varying degrees of social corrals to checking on runners who have pulled to the side and to Wendy encouraging me to join the Wrap in the spring and Coco welcoming me to the Cherry Blossom LinkUp around the same time and all the linkups I’ve subsequently found. I’m so grateful for all of you. I posted the above to Facebook for my birthday, but it’s true here too.

I was quite well behaved on Black Friday. I decided to join the 20th century and got a microwave. OK maybe the 21st since it’s an Amazon one that works with Alexa.  I also got some ClimateSmart CuddlDudds at Kohls and a new pair of tights. I love them for layering, but the regular ones induce clamminess since they seem to have negative wicking ability. With the subsequent Kohls cash, two sports bras, fun socks and underwear. Yes, it’s time to do some winter cleaning.

When I find time..

Weekly Wrap with Wendy and Holly:

I almost scrapped this part of the post, but one of the things I’m super grateful for is the Weekly Wrap community, so pardon its sparse nature.

Best. Stickies. Ever.
  • Monday: at the office late. Those stickies? The absolute truth. What did I say about not living on sugar and caffeine? I’m trying, but it’s so out the window this week.
  • Tuesday: again, too late, but I got in a mile before the gym closed.
  • Wednesday: late train, “oh, I’ll get to the gym before I have to leave.” That’s a no.
I fell in love with this shirt
the only turkey I ate. I do not like it. These on the other hand? Delicious!
  • Thursday: My first ever DNS. I was signed up for the Troy Turkey Trot 10K but when I woke at 6AM to get ready & head out, wind chill was -6. Nope. I had my long underwear but I knew it was going to be miserable and that’s something running should never be. I thought about running locally where I wouldn’t have to deal with hurry up and wait to start, but that didn’t happen either. Alas, it meant the above shirt was confined to morning coffee wear. Still love it.
  • Friday: happy birthday to me! Weather was downright tropical 13 with a wind chill of 5. I layered up in all the clothes and headed out from mom’s for some miles. From my ankle to my mouth, and forehead up, I was fine despite slight clamminess from some poor layer choices. My hands however were painful ice blocks and I turned back at Main Street for a short loop. When I got back to the city after brunch, I went to the gym for  2.67 miles for 3.9 overall. It was 5.5 for .5 miles, 6.0 for a mile, 5.5 for half a mile, 6.0 for .4 and 6.2 for .27. Yeah, I needed the speed changes to focus. I really want to see if I can do a treadmill 5K at 6.0 though.
  • Saturday: oh, I’ll go for a long run in the morning” -> “OK, I’ll run commute for four miles” –> “OK, I’ll go in earlier, finish what I need to do, then hit the gym” –> Gym branch with later hours closes at 7 on Saturday, I’m still at my desk at 6. This isn’t super surprising given two lost work days with the holiday, but I’d hoped to do better. I really need to get a backpack for run commuting before this event next year. The office is super chilly on weekends so I needed to bring layers beyond those I’d run in. It’s a teachable moment. I will learn from it.
  • Sunday: in fact, I already learned from it.  I knew I had to work again and if I waited until later when I had “more time” I’d end up with a closed gym and it being too dark to run outside so I had a short but gorgeous 2+ miles on the East River. One of the reasons I’m grateful to running is having an outlet for the brain during a busy work period.

December Plan since I know this week will be a lost cause:

  • Long Run (15K?) weekend of 12/1
  • Ted Corbitt 15K, December 8
  • Florida winter outdoor runs
  • Treadmill 5K at 6.0?
  • Read! 100 books is going to happen. One of the first is Super Powers by Adita Yrizarry-Lang which I won through FitApproach.
    I might even finish the Harry Potter series. Maybe. In the mean time, I finished Travel as a Political Act, which was a pleasant surprise. I love the information Rick Steves provides but I don’t always care for his writing.
  • Catch up on reading and commenting