Post-Pregnancy Goal

NYC Marathon


I am always amazed when I hear stories of how resilient women’s bodies are – Kara Goucher placing 2nd and running a 1:14:02 at the Arizona Half Marathon only 4 months after giving birth to her son…or the story below…

Anna Bretan won the Oakland Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:53:19.  She wanted to run it again this year and used it as a way to stay in shape during her pregnancy.  She maintained high mileage weeks (40-miles up until delivery) and even ran 5 miles the DAY she gave birth.

The story only gets more amazing.  Within a week after giving birth, she was back to running high mileage and ran the Oakland Marathon again this past weekend – it was only SIX WEEKS after she gave birth.  And not only did she run the distance, she won – again! And her time – 2:57:33. (Source: SF Chronicle)

Crazy?  Many would argue yes.  But aren’t all marathon runners just a little bit crazy?

A much less known story is about a former Army CPT, Jessica Jacobs, now a professional triathlete, who raced the Kona Ironman, only TEN weeks after giving birth to her daughter.  While successfully breastfeeding her daughter, she managed to train for Kona, and completed it in 11:51 – a time many hope to accomplish at some point in their career (Note: her current PR is 8:55:10 – she’s just one of 13 women ever to break 9 hours). (Source:

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    RRCA Certification and IM 70.3 Texas

    I have been waiting for almost a year for a Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) course to open in the vicinity of where I live, so when I received an email 4 months ago that there was a class being offered in Deal, NJ, I immediately signed up.  These courses are offered throughout the country during the year and are notorious for filling up within days (sometimes hours) of registration opening.

    I spent this past weekend in a Fire Station in Deal, NJ with 33 other running enthusiasts learning the basics of coaching.  We had 17 hours of instruction which included powerpoint slides, discussions, and practical exercises.  While there were many aspects that I was already familiar and comfortable with (I have been making training plans for myself as well as friends and family for several years), I learned quite a bit about training for shorter distances.  To be honest, with the exception of a couple of “couch to 5k” plans, I’ve never created a training plan for a race that was less than a half-marathon.

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      If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans

      Fitness 4-miler @ 18 wks with my best friend, Pamela

      One of my high school girlfriends sent this quote to me yesterday…I love it and feel that it fits so well to my current situation!  Thanks, Cindy!!! xoxo

      Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had very specific goals and races associated with 2012.  Below is my original racing schedule with my time goals associated for each:

      Original 2012 Racing Calendar:
      Mar 4 – Forest Ave Mile (sub-5:45)
      May 6 – NJ Marathon 
      May 19 – Brooklyn Half-Marathon (sub-1:30)
      Aug 11 – NYC Ironman (sub-12:00)
      Nov 4 – NYC Marathon (sub-3:10)
      Nov 17 – JFK 50-miler (*tentative)

      I’ve been asked by many friends and family what races I will be doing during this pregnancy.  As I had with baby #1, I have decided to limit my race distance to half marathons.  I felt that about two hours on my legs was enough for my body. I learned that if I ran much further than 15 or 16 miles, I needed a lot more time to recover.  During pregnancy, I prefer doing shorter races and not having to take any time off, then doing a marathon, being exhausted for a week or more, and not being able to run for long stretches of time to recover.

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        My Pumpkin

        Pumpkin picking with AJ last October!

        During my first pregnancy, my husband and I chose to wait to find out the sex of our baby.  We decided to call our unborn child “Chickpea” rather than having to say “him/her” or  “he/she” each time we talked about my belly or the baby.   We have again decided to wait to find out the sex and will be calling baby #2  “Pumpkin” since my due date is late September!!   

        In a perfect world, Pumpkin would make his/her entrance into the world around August/September – of 2013!!  I had made my goals for 2012 pretty public this year which included running a sub 3:10 marathon in May and a sub-1:30 half-marathon in June.  After that, my plans were to complete my first Ironman (NYC Ironman – Aug), and run either the NYC Marathon or the JFK 50-miler in Nov.  Only when those were checked off the list would baby #2 be a thought in my husband and my minds.

        Or so we thought.

        Rewind 7 1/2 weeks ago…I was right where I wanted to be with training for the NJ Marathon and was already seeing major improvements: from Jan 5 – Jan 23, I had run 3 PRs (mile, 5k, and 10 mile) – all during training runs.  I felt strong. My long runs were getting longer – and I was running them faster than I had in previous training cycles.

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          Highlights from the 2012 NYC Half Marathon

          Love Kara's strong body!

          I had decided not to sign up for the NYC Half this year.  My goals for 2012  including PR’ing in both the marathon and the half marathon and I knew it would be tough to PR on this tough course (the first half is extremely hilly).  I have also run the NYC Half before and so couldn’t justify spending upwards of $150 for the registration fee since my husband and I are trying to limit our spending in preparation for our move next month.  Lastly, I wanted to focus primarily on the NJ Marathon in May and didn’t want to have to deal with tapering and recovering midway through the training cycle.  So no NYC Half for me!

          I knew a lot of people running and have never had the opportunity to cheer during such a big race because I am either racing or have a family commitment that prevented me from running the race in the first place.  I decided to drive into the city this year and support my friends, fellow bloggers, and the rest of the runners.  It was such an amazing experience!

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            Back to Blogging!

            Enjoying the 80 degree weather in TN!

            Hey Everyone!

            I have been somewhat of a ghost the last few weeks…I realized today that my last blog post was posted over TWO weeks ago!  Hopefully this post explains my lack of writing/tweeting/reading blogs:

            – There has been a lot going on in my personal/running life.  I will go into more detail early this week (just too much to write all in one post) regarding this topic…I am not purposely creating a cliffhanger (I promise)!!

            – Two weeks ago, I finished up the redesign of my blog.  I have been itching to have it redone since December, but could not bring myself to lay out the large amounts of money I was being quoted by various web designers.  My blog does not provide me with an income yet, so spending upwards of $1,000 to “make it look pretty” was not a justifiable expense.  Thankfully, a friend on twitter recommended Blog Genie, a fantastic company that offered the same services at a fraction of the cost.   And to save myself even more money, I put on my creativity hat and redesigned the header!

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              Team Red, White & Blue


              A little background…

              US troop fatalities in combat decreased by more than 15% from 2010 to 2011 (437 to 368).  At first glance this statistic sounds promising, however, if you do a little more research you’ll learn that while the number of US deaths have decreased, the number of amputees have risen by a staggering 22% from 2010 to 2011 (205 vs 240) and is more than 17% higher than the previous all-time high in 2007 (205).

              (I won’t go into detail as to why the number of amputees are increasing at an alarming rate, but if you would like to learn more, you should read this article)

              Why am I putting up all these statistics?

              Do you ever wonder what happens to all of the veterans when they return from Iraq or Afghanistan missing one or two legs and/or one or both of their arms?  Or to those vets who return with “invisible injuries” – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or mild-traumatic brain injury (TBI)?  Immediately upon their return, they receive amazing around-the-clock medical care from fantastic military hospitals.  But then what happens?  Continuing their career in the military is a longshot (amputees are typically medically discharged).  Some return to their hometown. Others stay close to Army or Navy bases.  But ALL need to start their lives over – trying to live a normal life – while learning how to survive/cope with one or more major limbs missing from their body or with whatever serious injury the war dealt them.

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                Is borrowing (or selling) a race bib wrong?


                Source: Star-Telegram

                This past weekend was the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas.  Initial runner-up Kolin Styles was declared the winner of the 26.2-mile race when Scott Downard was disqualified because he crossed the finish line with another person’s number and failed to register for the race.(Read more here)

                Many of us have been in this situation before: You paid a good deal of money for entry into a race, but in the days leading up to the race, an obligation pops up, you get injured, you are sick, etc.

                The race is sold out.  You have a friend who really wanted to run the race but didn’t register in time.  What do you do?

                Do you illegally give them your bib?  Or do you accept it as a forfeited $ while both you and friend watch on the sidelines?

                Many (if not most) races these days list the following terms and conditions when signing up for a race:

                “Once you have entered a race, your entry fees are non-refundable, non-exhangeable, and non-transferable under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation.”                          – NYRR website

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