My Support System

My Support System

Prior to getting pregnant and the birth of my almost-10 month old son, I was self-sufficient.  I had a training plan that I followed pretty closely.  I got up each morning, drank my coffee, got dressed, and went on my run.  Race days were like any other day except I would eat some breakfast before […]

NYC Marathon next Sunday!

NYC Marathon next Sunday!

My afternoon run today took me through Fort Wadsworth.  Fort Wadsworth is located directly underneath the Verrazanno Narrows Bridge and is one of the oldest military sites in the US.  From various points on the installation, you have a direct view of NYC and her harbor – consequently, the fort guarded NYC for almost 200 […]

Workouts before a Marathon

I’m definitely not an expert at marathoning and racing.  But, from previous races and long runs, I’ve learned what works best for me and my body before a marathon.  Below are my workouts for the last week as well as what I will be doing the week prior to NYC Marathon.- Friday, Oct 21 – […]

Christmas came early for me!

Christmas came early for me!

I received an early Christmas present in the mail this morning!  It was a box containing an Asics gym bag…FILLED to the top with Asics running clothes! The most exciting is what I will be wearing on marathon morning in just 10 days – a striped Foot Locker tank top and Foot Locker branded shorts. […]

What are your goals?

I have a long list of races that I want to complete.  Certain times that I want to run the marathon and half-marathon in.  Distances I want to run.  Yet, I have never told them to anyone - including my husband, family and closest friends.  Why have I not shared these lifetime goals with anyone?    […]

Pacing lessons

Pacing lessons

As I’ve stated in earlier posts, I’ve always had a problem with not pacing myself correctly on long runs or races.  I start too fast and then pay for it heavily at the end.  I had always believed that I could start fast and gain some “extra time” so that when I slow down towards […]

Lived, Ran, and Learned

Lived, Ran, and Learned

My second attempt at my furthest distance to date went off (almost) without a hitch.  I plan on writing subsequent blogs on specific aspects of the long run (fueling and pacing), so this blog is more of a brief recap. I started the run @ 520am.  It was around 48 degrees so I decided to wear […]

Sometimes getting out of bed is the hardest part of my run

Ever have a day when you just don’t want to run?  Either too tired from being up late, or legs are sore from a few days of hard running? Or you just aren’t in the mood to run? I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have days like that.  I like to think that I […]

Live and Learn

My attempted 30 miler today did not go as planned.  I ran just over 16 miles before I decided to call it a day.  I am trying to remain positive and use my failed attempt as a learning tool for future long runs. The whole day started out on the wrong foot.  I had a […]

Celebrities Running the NYC Marathon!!

Celebrities Running the NYC Marathon!!

Seeing a celebrity on the streets of NYC is a common occurrence for most New Yorkers.  So it should come as no surprise that there are some pretty big names getting ready to step onto the Verrazano Bridge on November 6  to run in the NYC Marathon. I am BEYOND excited to hear that Richard […]

30 for 30

I am turning 30 next Friday.  Surprisingly, I am not having any anxiety or trepidation about this supposed momentous event in my life.  I think a lot has to do with the realization that I’m completely happy with my life and the family and friends I surround myself with these days.  I haven’t accomplished everything […]

Sparkly Soul!!!

Thin Headbands (3/8" in)

I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling it down every quarter of a mile (or worried that I’m showing more than I should […]

Rookie Mistake!

Rookie Mistake!

The SI Half Marathon couldn’t have been on a more beautiful day…temps in the low 60s, sunny skies, and a light wind.  Combine that with the 2 days off I decided to take before the race as well as this being my first race in about 18 months.What do you get?Me starting entirely WAY too […]

Staten Island Half-Marathon

Even though I’m only racing a half-marathon tomorrow, I find myself getting more and more antsy as the night hours dwindle away.  I realized earlier today that this is the first real race I’m going to be competing in since March 2010.  While I did several races while I was pregnant, I had to keep […]

Who or what inspires you to run?

As part of the 5 Borough Challenge, my fellow participants and I were asked “Who or what inspires me to run?”.   At first I thought this would be an easy question to answer…I decided to use this morning’s run as time to think about my answer. Each morning that my alarm goes off, there […]

Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge!!

Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge!!

I recently found out that I was chosen to represent Staten Island in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge at the 2011 NYC Marathon.  Each year, 5 runners (one from each borough) are selected to participate in the challenge – they are to run the first half of the marathon together and then race against […]

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