Summer/Fall Racing Plans

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Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!

Just a reminder about the THREE giveaways I’m currently hosting!

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There’s something so exciting about sitting down and mapping out the next few months of racing. It’s filled with endless possibilities and dreams just waiting to be chased.

Now that Boston is over, I’ve been able to figure out what I want to do for the remainder of 2015. I was on the fence about training for a fall marathon, but I’m still riding the post-race high and have decided to use the momentum and keep plodding ahead.

May 16: Brooklyn Half Marathon – Pacing my friend, Jen! FINALLY running this race after years and years of signing up and then not running (pregnancy, family party, recovery from marathon)! The plan is to be in charge of time/pace – Jen will just focus on running – I will keep her on track with pace, grab her water and offer any pep talks that she may need – and hopefully not annoy the crap out of her!! Should be a fun way to celebrate her birthday (which was last week!).

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    Upcoming Races + Goals

    26 strong

    I’ve been asked quite a bit recently about my upcoming races and plans. After much thought and discussion with my husband, we’ve come up with a tentative plan for the foreseeable future.

    Short Term (< 3 months)

    Big goal this fall:  sub-3:10 (may decide to relook this time goal as my training continues – still not sure if that goal is entirely feasible) at the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov 17.  My fitness is better than it was in the spring (partially due to Ironman training, partially due to being further along postpartum).  But, I have done virtually ZERO speedwork since April.  My focus the last 3 months was on long runs and brick runs to get me ready for IM Lake Placid.  So while I feel stronger, I feel slower.  I’m not sure how this is going to affect the 3:10 goal and I’m okay with readjusting my goal if necessary.

    The coolest part of doing the Philadelphia Marathon is that I will be participating as a member of the Saucony 26 strong project.

    Saucony, Competitor Group and Women’s Running have teamed up to create 26 teams of runners.

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      Race Calendar + Ironman Lake Placid Training

      Hello friends!

      One of my good friends pointed out to me that my race calendar was severely outdated…so I took a few minutes and updated it.  (The calendar can be found here.)  The big/long races are definites.   The smaller/shorter ones are still up in the air (5 miler on 4th of July, RW races, etc).  I made the decision on a fall marathon…the Wineglass Marathon!  SUPER excited about this one. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things and I’m loving the elevation chart for the race:

      I’m also looking for a triathlon to do before the ironman in July.  There is the Rev3 Quassy in June that I would LOVE to do but not sure we will be able to swing it financially (registration alone is over $250…then we will need hotel for 1-2 nights, etc).  Anyone want to sponsor me? (I’m only half kidding).

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      I realized it’s been a while since I gave any sort of update with how training is going in prep for IM Lake Placid.  I post a lot of pictures on my Instagram account {NYCRunningMama} with training updates, but don’t really blog about how things are going.  So here goes:

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        #Lucky13 Fitness Goals

        Run this Year Challenge

        Happy New Year!!

        I love the start of the New Year.  There is something so exciting and invigorating about setting goals for the next 365 days and hearing about all the goals others have set.

        13 has always been a lucky number for me (it was my high school basketball number for a few years), I decided to create my #Lucky13 Fitness Goals.  Some of them are the same goals as I had for 2012…I found out I was pregnant only a few weeks into 2012 and so almost all of my fitness-related goals had to be postponed until post-baby.

        1. Complete 50 miler: JFK 50 miler (Nov 16)  This was one of my 2012 goals but pregnancy put it on hold.  The JFK 50 miler is the largest 50 miler in the world (over 1,000 finishers) and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the entire race experience. I ran my first ultra distance in 2010 and my first ultra race in 2011 and have been itching to do another one.  Current distance PR: 60k (37.2 miles) in 5:41 (Knickerbocker 60k, 2011)

        2. Sub-3:10 MarathonNJ Marathon (May 5)  I was able to defer this race last year when I found out I was pregnant.  Taking 11 minutes off my previous PR may seem a bit of a stretch – but I haven’t actually “raced” a marathon since 2009 – between training for my first ultra, two pregnancies/childbirths, and the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge, racing a marathon never seemed to be in the cards for me.  Current PR: 3:21:32 (Boston, 2009)

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          Help Me BECOME ONE!

          Become One Kona

          So I’ve been keeping a little secret…

          I have applied to Become ONE!

          got chocolate milk? is having a contest which will give two lucky winners the Ironman experience of a lifetime.  This program includes:

          • A customized seven-month training program in their hometown with elite IRONMAN coaches
          • Seven months of lowfat chocolate milk to refuel and recover between workouts
          • Entry into 3-5 IRONMAN training events, to be determined by their coach
          • Any equipment or gear necessary to train and fully recover effectively
          • Entry into, and 2 round-trip airline tickets and lodging for, the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii

          For the past two years, I have signed up for Ironman competitions, had them on my racing calendar, begun training…only to find out I was pregnant.  Pregnancy and my two little boys are the best things in my life…but I’m definitely itching to fulfill what has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

          2013 is going to be the year I call myself an Ironman.

          But I need your help!  

          Part of the application process required creating a video to explain why we should be picked, why we want to be an Ironman, why we would inspire others…

          I would LOVE any help spreading the word about my video and any likes/comments on the site (youtube) itself (if you think I should be picked!)

          Thank you so much for your help!!

          My application can be found here. 

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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 
            (sub-3:10)
            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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              2012 Race Calendar

              With only one month left of 2011, I finally had the opportunity to sit and write down all the races I’ve mentally signed up to run for 2012.  I’m not sure if it’s too ambitious. I haven’t done an Ironman (IM) before, so I don’t know what toll the training and race itself will take on my body. The priority and focus for 2012 is definitely the IM, so if I need to cancel a race or two because I haven’t fully recovered from the IM or need more training time before the race, I definitely will. .


              The race calendar is not finalized yet – I still have to register for a few of the races and there are a few shorter races I’d like to add – but it’s a general idea of what I will be training for in the next 12 months!


              Jan – Mar: my focus will be on running.  I am going to cross train with swimming and biking in preparation for the spring and summer triathlon events, but my priority will be working on my speed to decrease my marathon time.  My husband also plans to run this marathon and will be shooting for sub 3:05 so we will be able to do some training together! 
              Ocean Drive Marathon – Cape May County, NJ – Mar 25, 2012
              – Goal: Sub-3:10


              Mar – Jun: Immediately after the marathon, my focus will shift to biking and swimming.  I hope to maintain the running shape I will be in and will begin adding to my endurance in the other 2 events. 
              Rev 3 Quassy Half-Ironman – Middlebury, CT – Jun 3, 2012
              – Goals: Sub-5:30 (Swim – 50 min, Bike – 3:00, Run – 1:40); Become comfortable competing in longer distance triathlons to prepare me for the full Ironman in August.


              Jun – Aug: Based on the results of the Half Ironman, I will have an idea of which event(s) need(s) more attention.  The focus from June until Aug will be on getting my body used to swimming for 1:45, biking for 6:00, and running for 4:00.  Hopefully, my recent experience with ultras will help me since I will be running the marathon portion on tired legs. 
              NYC Ironman – NYC, NY – Aug 11, 2012 (registered)
              – Goals: Complete the race; Finish in under 12:30


              Aug – Nov: After a rest and recovery period following the Ironman, my focus will shift back to running in preparation for the ultra I hope to do in November.   
              JFK 50-miler – Boonsboro, MD – Nov 17, 2012 (registration opens in the spring)
              – Goal: Sub-8:00 (based on this year’s results, that would place me 80th out of 941 finishers and 13th female)


              *I’m throwing around the idea of the Army Ten-Miler on Oct 21st (my birthday).  I had decided this year that I would try to run my age on my birthdays from now on, so doing this race would prevent me from this.  I did a “30 for 30” run this year (you can read about my 30 mile birthday run in a couple of posts I wrote: Live, Ran, and Learned and Pacing Lessons). 


              I also want to do a couple of 5k and 10k races throughout the year.  I usually don’t bother to sign up and run such short races, but hope that doing so will help me continually work on speedwork rather than just long distance.


              I’m trying to achieve 3 of my goals this year (for a list of my lifetime goals, click here): marathon sub-3:10 in the marathon, 50m, IM.  I’m trying to cross off as many as I can before I become pregnant with baby #2 (hope to get pregnant right after the JFK 50-miler).  I know that my free time will decrease after each child – so I’m hopeful that I can use this 11-12 months to achieve some of my goals! 


              Any recommendations on local 5k or 10ks?  I don’t want to drive more than an hour from Staten Island, NY and definitely do not want to spend a lot of $ on race registration.  And they need to be between January and June or September and November. 

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