A Successful Tempo on Roads – Finally!


Head over to my friend, Lottie’s blog (Running On Veggies) to check out my Workout Wednesday Feature! I’m sharing what a typical day looks like for me – training, food, activities and so on! ——– So, I FINALLY nailed a LT tempo outside. After two failed tempo attempts the last couple of weeks (a 4 mile LT tempo and 8 mile AT tempo), I was both excited and nervous when I saw this little beast on the training schedule – it’s a short, but intense tempo. For those that have been reading here for a while, you may know that I have a much easier time with workouts on the treadmill – even with the treadmill at 1%. I don’t know what it is but I can run paces on the treadmill that I can only dream about outside. And so, I am always much more inclined to give in and use the treadmill on workout days. But the reality is that I don’t race on the treadmill. I race on the roads. And that is where I need to practice these paces. And to get the confidence that I CAN run these paces. So when I start to get Continue Reading →

Wineglass Marathon Training (T-8, T-7)


How is it possible that my fall marathon is just over SIX weeks away? That seems so close and between a trip to San Francisco for a good friend’s wedding, school starting, potential start of full-time work for me (more on that later), I know the next few weeks are going to fly by. Two weeks since my last update. Lots of tough but successful runs that are getting me excited to lay it all out there in six weeks. Here are the highlights: 10 mile steady state miles – Getting comfortable at a moderate pace First steady state run this cycle. Steady state pace is a tough one for me. It’s slower than tempo but faster than an easy run. You should feel a bit uncomfortable the whole run, but not pushing too hard. You want to get a good workout in but not feel wiped at the end. Goal pace was 7:30-7:40. I tried to stay there but found it was easier to keep pace just under 7:30 (I felt like I was actually fighting my body to keep it above 7:30), so I went with it. The hardest part for me was jumping into that pace. I typically Continue Reading →

Wineglass Marathon Training Update (T-9)

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I started this post Sunday evening in the midst of one of those “can’t stop eating” days of marathon training. Last week was the longest long run and highest mileage week since Boston training…and it capped off the 2nd highest mileage month ever for me (have to go back to October 2014 for highest). So my insatiable appetite is understandable and expected. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being a completely successful week), I’d classify last week as a 9 – it would have been a perfect week of running had Wednesday’s tempo gone better. But, instead, I quit after 2 of the 4 tempo miles and turned the remainder of the miles into “easy”. I’d love to blame the heat and humidity, but I think it was just a result of a lot of things. And I refuse to complain about this weather because no matter how hot it is, it still beats the 0 degree weather we were dealing with in the winter. My husband was away from Mon-Thurs evening – and I was able to run all of my training runs outside and solo (except one treadmill run). I’m lucky enough to have a Continue Reading →

Introducing Wellcoin


Have you heard about Wellcoin?  Wellcoin launced this week as the world’s 1st health currency with a mission to help Americans lead healthier lives. What is health currency and how does it work?   On Wellcoin, members report and verify healthy activities they do and earn Wellcoins (health currency) for their effort. This health currency has real-world purchasing power: members shop with Wellcoins in an online marketplace stocked with goods and services from Skechers, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Pure Barre, Whole Foods Market and dozens of premier local fitness partners and vendors (see below for full list of partners). (Source) Some of the basics of Wellcoin: It’s a free site for your computer and/or free app that you can download on your smart phone: You can earn Wellcoins in an endless amount of ways – sleeping 7+ hours night, eating a healthy meal, logging physical activity, doing chores/helping others. You can upload photos, recipes, or other info to go along with your activity You have ability to view and verify other user’s activities (you can like/comment/follow them) The more wellcoins you accumulate, the more rewards you can receive. They range from % off items to gift cards (stores such as Whole Foods, Continue Reading →

Trip to DICK’s Sporting Goods + Giveaway!!


This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.  I do a lot of online shopping these days. The thought of taking my two little guys into a cramped store to (attempt to) do some shopping for them or me makes my heart race. I often have two choices: bring the stroller (either double or single) which helps increase the attention I can put on what I’m shopping for. The downside is that a lot of stores are not designed for strollers; they have small aisles that often aren’t even wide enough for the stroller. The other option is to go in with them sans stroller (which is often the case) but I inevitably end up spending most of the time trying to keep them close to me.  Last week, my boys and I made our way to DICK’s Sporting Goods to check out the new women’s department and remodeling of the entire store. It was pretty impressive. The aisles are wide (and VERY stroller friendly). The lighting is bright and it feels spacious and welcoming.  read moreTweet

Things I’m Loving + Exciting News

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There’s been a few things I’ve been meaning to share, but they haven’t worked themselves into other posts, so I wanted to include them in a roundup here. First, I am excited to share that I am featured on Runner’s Connect today! My super speedy friend, Tina, interviewed me a couple of weeks ago for the weekly podcast series. You can find the whole interview here! I’m also super excited to share that I have joined the Generation UCAN team as an ambassador. For those that have read here for a bit, you know I am pretty serious about brands I partner with – they have to be ones I believe in and provide products I use on a regular basis. And so, it made sense to team with Generation UCAN. I’ve been using the Superstarch Drink Mix for several years now – it has become my go-to before long training runs and races. And I’ve begun using their UCAN Hydrate (electrolyte replacement drink), snack bars and protein-enhanced mixes to supplement my meals and water consumption. read moreTweet

Bugaboo Runner Review


A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Bugaboo and asked if I wanted to review the newest model in their stroller line – the Bugaboo Runner! Stroller running is still a large part of my training – although lately, it’s been so incredibly warm that the stroller runs are limited! When my husband and I were creating a registry for our first child, we looked at Bugaboo strollers. I loved so many things about them but there wasn’t a running stroller in the Bugaboo line. We had decided to register for one stroller and use it for everything – walks, trips to the mall and park and running – so it needed to be versatile enough to do it all. That’s where the Bugaboo runner comes in. The Bugaboo Runner is specially designed for running/jogging to deliver the smoothest run possible. It has 3 large wheels with air-filled tires and a fixed front wheel which gives you a smooth, straight run with utmost stability. (Source: Bugaboo.com) For parents who already own Bugaboo strollers you would only need to purchase the Bugaboo Runner Chassis. The Bugaboo Runner is a separate chassis designed purely for running and is compatible with: (1) Continue Reading →

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Wineglass Training Update (T-10) + Slowing Down


After months of falling off the early morning running wagon, I am happy to be back on! Last week was a pretty successful week of getting up when my alarm went off – most days around 5am (two days as early as 4:30am) – and finishing my runs before 7/8am. My weekly mileage is slowly starting to rise again – I had back-to-back 60+ mile weeks and came out feeling rested and ready for more training. I think a HUGE part of that is how much easier I am taking easy runs these days. I don’t know what it is, but it’s like a lightbulb finally went off in my head. And if there was a way to smack my younger self upside the head, I would. Looking back on the last several years of training, I know that I was running too fast on my easy days. I can remember coming back from an easy/recovery run and feeling wiped. Ummm…you shouldn’t be wiped after an easy run. Lately, I’m focusing on heart rate or just perceived effort and I wear no watch most days (if I want the HR data, I wear it). I can tell you that it’s Continue Reading →

Wineglass Marathon Training (T-12)


I am getting into the swing of marathon training so I wanted to bring back the weekly updates in case you were interested in my training leading up to Wineglass! But first, I want to rewind a moment. Before I tell you what I’m doing right now, it’s fair to give a brief overview of what has been going on the last few month. It’s been almost three months since Boston. I still feel like it was yesterday (and yes, STILL riding that PR and race high). Since the race, my focus has been on a few things: Recovery: This preoccupied most of the first four to five weeks post Boston. I ran four or five days post-Boston but kept all runs short and easy for a few weeks before starting any type of “faster” running. Some light core work but no strength work. My legs were pretty trashed from the hills so I decided to use only cycling and easy-paced running during the important recovery and regeneration phase. Consistency and base building: Last training cycle, I took a rest day the day after my long runs (some weeks I would cycle easy, but 75% of time, it was a complete rest Continue Reading →

Fall Marathon Plans + Back Home!


If there’s one thing I’ve learned about planning your racing calendar out, it’s that it’s not set in stone…not even your goal race. Last fall, I had my eyes on the Wineglass Marathon in October, but after a few weeks during the late summer where I wasn’t feeling great and wasn’t up to long runs, I decided to forego Wineglass and chose the Potomac River Run Marathon in November – which gave me an extra 5-6 weeks of training. Earlier this year, I signed up for Wineglass again. I wanted that to be my goal race this fall, but after Saucony reached out to me to be part of the 26 Strong program again, I decided, once again, to forego Wineglass and choose a later marathon. I had entry to NYC Marathon, so decided that would be my goal race with the Chicago Marathon with Ruth (as part of 26 strong) as a long training run. But there’s been this nagging feeling in my stomach about the fall that I couldn’t shake. My worry is that running 26.2 miles in Chicago with Ruth could jeopardize NYC three weeks later. I’m not the type of runner who can run 26.2 miles and Continue Reading →

NYRR Open Run at Conference House Park


A few weeks ago, I alluded to teaming up with NYRR on a program targeting the local community! I’m excited to share the details today! Background Recently, NYRR partnered with NYC Parks and the NYC Parks’ Community Initiative. The Community Parks Initiative is a multi-faceted investment in the smaller public parks that are located in New York City. The initiative will engage New Yorkers in rebuilding local parks, create new reasons to get out and get fit, and reconnect communities to the green spaces right outside their doorsteps.(Source) NYRR is helping create new reasons to get out and get fit by spearheading FREE, open runs in parks across the city. Reps from NYRR reached out to me because Conference House Park was on their short list. It’s a park close to my home where I do a lot of my easy running and take a lot of photos of! I met up with a few of the ladies a couple of weeks ago to scope it out – to ensure it had running routes closed to traffic with access to public bathrooms, water and good parking. read moreTweet

Training Highlights + Garmin Forerunner 225 Giveaway!


Hello from Alaska!! We are two weeks into our three week vacation and having an absolute blast. The last 15 days have been filled with nothing but outdoor adventures, delicious food, beautiful weather and time with family. Running and training have gone exceptionally well, especially given that we are on vacation. I’m always cautious about training during vacation. It’s definitely a fine line – I want to maximize time with family but I also want to maintain my fitness and momentum with training. I’m thankful that my husband and in-laws are supportive and encouraging of my running. Out of the 15 days we’ve been here, I’ve run 13 – the two missed days were because of jet lag (the 2nd day) and a packed day of hiking and driving last week. But several of the runs have been cut short – by 1-3 miles – because of shortage of time or just lack of interest to be gone for 70+ minutes at a time when the weather is nice and there are fun activities to do. And I mostly have eliminated core and strength work and cross training for the time being. read moreTweet

Looking to Buy a Garmin GPS? Start Here!


There is no shortage of running GPS watches on the market today – each one with a different capability and price point. And so it can be incredibly overwhelming to narrow down a watch from the long list available, especially if you’ve never tried any of them before. I have been a faithful Garmin user since 2007 when my sisters gifted me my first Garmin as a going-away/Christmas present before my deployment (I have the best sisters!). I’ve used many of them – ranging from the Forerunner 10 to the Forerunner 910xt and wanted to share my thoughts on the Garmin Forerunners on the market today. (Keep in mind that there are a ton of other Garmin GPS watches – these are just the Forerunner models!) All of the below watches offer these capabilities: GPS enabled Garmin Connect ———— Forerunner 10 (retails for $129) My review can be found here. The Forerunner 10 is an entry-level GPS watch that Garmin released two years ago. The Forerunner 10 is a “GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and motivation along the way.” read moreTweet

2015 Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon Race Recap


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who read here (I think there are maybe 3? LOL) and to all of your husbands and dads! Hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating the great men in your lives! —— Saturday was the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon. My husband and I ran this race six years ago and I don’t remember much about it other than it being hilly and partially on trails. We decided to sign up for it again this year since we would be in town visiting our family. I had planned on using it as my first longer-distance goal race post Boston but after a long day of traveling on Wednesday (18 hours door to door), I felt exhausted and run down and decided to use it as a moderately paced long run. The plan was that my husband and I would run together. But about 3/4 way through the first mile, my husband looked over at me and told me to go ahead. I think he could tell that I had more pep in my legs than I was anticipating and he didn’t want to hold me back or deal with me pushing the pace the Continue Reading →

North Face Mountain Athletic Training Update!


This post is brought to you by The North Face. The content and opinions expressed below are that of NYC Running Mama. I talked about the North Face Mountain Athletics App a few weeks ago. I have been consistently using the app (Download the Mountain Athletics App) since then. It’s a 6-week program that alternates between: Strength and Core (mix of upper/lower/core workouts) 2 mile assessment (every 2 weeks) Running Speed and Power Workout Since I am in training mode for my fall marathon, I decided to primarily use the strength and core workouts as supplements to my running training plan. I’ve been using the app for about five weeks now and can feel a difference in my running. I feel stronger, leaner and faster than when I started in May. Some of my favorite aspects of the app include: You don’t need fancy equipment to do the workouts. When I was in San Diego last week for the Competitor photo shoot, I was able to do these workouts in my hotel room (just used water bottles as weights!). Holds you accountable. The app tells you when it’s time to do the workout – so it makes it easier to stay on track. Videos and Continue Reading →

Heading to Alaska!


We leave this morning for a 3-week vacation to Alaska to visit our family (my in-laws) and do some sightseeing and relaxing! Could NOT be more excited! The boys have been asking about our trip to Alaska for months. We made a countdown with 12 days to go – the first words out of their mouth each morning was that it was time to take another number down! We spent two amazing weeks last year – and it’s a yearly tradition that my husband hope to be able to continue as long as possible! We weren’t sure if our trip would even happen, however, until Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, the town where my in-laws live (Willow – which is what we named our first dog after!) has been battling a large wildfire for days. After an unseasonably mild winter (they got much less snow than recent years), the state has had unseasonably warm weather with little to no precipitation. While that sounds great, it has caused most of the state to be in a high level of danger for forest fires. read moreTweet

Summer Activities


My older sister has an awesome pool in her backyard so most weekends during the summer, we head there for time with family, a BBQ and some pool time – a perfect summer day! A couple of weekend’s ago, the day started off with an early morning 13 mile run. My husband and I high-fived when I returned and he left for his training run. My little guys, our doggies and I enjoyed a relaxing cool-down walk while my husband was out running (I am trying to get better about doing some walking or light stretching post-run). My running clothes were soaked (hello, summer!) so I changed into the Essence Energizer Tank and Sonar Shortie. I LOVE the back design of the tank – and the supportive shelf bra makes it easy to literally just throw on and go! After the walk on the trail behind our home, we all showered and got ready for the BBQ/pool party at my sister’s home. I opted for the Downplay Capris and Limitless Crew Pullover – over my Encinitas Bikini. The Encinitas Bikini was perfect for a day in the pool with my little guys. It’s cute and fashionable but has an athletic feel to Continue Reading →

Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 Review!

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After writing this post a few weeks ago, I was surprised at how many of you are/were in the same boat as me – struggling to find the right hydration source for these sweltering summer runs. We don’t want to hold a bottle, don’t want to have to stop every few miles to drink from a bottle either along course or by our home and hadn’t had luck with belts. Well, I tried a new hydration system this weekend – the Orange Mud.Vest Pack 1 – and am already hooked. First, let me say that I owe a HUGE thanks to Cheri for recommending it to me. I looked into every single recommendation that was mentioned in the comments – and actually got a couple that I will be testing out to see what works best for me. But rather than wait until I try them all out to do one massive review, I wanted to share my initial thoughts on the Orange Mud pack – I feel that after a 16 mile run in 80+ degree weather, you know one way or the other if the vest is going to work! The Orange Mud markets it’s products as “no bounce, ultralight Continue Reading →

13.1 Ways You Know You Are A Runner (Women’s Running)


This post originally appeared on Women’s Running! ——- I love these kinds of posts. I’ve seen so many over the years and they always make me laugh while nodding my head in agreement. So here is my list. You Know You Are A Runner If… After a long, stressful day of work, school or being home with the kids, a run is the one thing you need. When you go on vacation, half of your suitcase is filled with running clothes, shoes and gear. You immediately think of race distances when you see the numbers “31, 62, 131, 262”. You consider it normal (and acceptable!) to spend Friday night carb-loading, drinking water and heading to bed before 9pm. You break down the year into racing seasons/cycles, not astronomical seasons. Losing a toenail is a regular occurrence in your life. Your idea of “me” time is running in peace and quiet by yourself. When you sort through your laundry, more than half is running-related. You’ve been stuck in traffic and thought, “I could get there faster if I ran.” You know the exact crack in the road that is one mile from your front door (and two miles and three miles…). Continue Reading →

Warm Weather Pace Adjustments -> Don’t Fight It

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The summer heat and humidity has arrived in the northeast and running has been a hot, sticky mess lately. I always seem to start out overly confident of my ability to run through the humid weather each year and I try to fight it. And it usually takes only one long run to knock me upside the head and remind me of how much control the weather has over my pace. I did an easy paced 15 miler two weekends ago. It was my longest run post-Boston – and the heat and humidity chewed me up.  If I’m being honest, it was one of those runs where I knew that I should slow down – I could feel the stickiness in the air and knew that the pace I was running would not be sustainable. The pace felt easy and manageable early on, but I had that little voice in my head telling me to just slow down and take it a bit easier. But I held on to that little bit of hope that today, THIS day, would be different and that the voice in my head was wrong. It wasn’t. I didn’t start the run until 8am. It Continue Reading →