5k PR -> 1st Sub-20!

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Good Morning, Philly!

I showed up to the start of the RnR Philly 5k with no expectations. With the exception of a tough, tired interval workout this past week (that didn’t leave me feeling very optimistic), I hadn’t done formal speedwork in weeks (July 29th to be exact) and so didn’t have a good feel for how the race might go.

My one goal was to run strong and consistent – to not go out too fast and finished satisfied with my effort and execution. Races like this turn out the best for me. No stress or pressure. Just the excitement of being at a race atmosphere (which I LOVE).

The course was touted as being flat and fast – but just looking at the start and finish, I knew it wasn’t completely true (the finish had a very steep, short hill right at mile 3 – heartbreaker!). And the first mile was a very gradual decline (so mile 3 is a gradual incline). My garmin shows about 130 ft of gain (mapmyrun shows 110) – not anything huge – but even the smallest hill in a 5k feels like a mountain!

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    Anthony’s Run 5k Race Recap

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    Yesterday was my first 5k. Technically, it wasn’t my first – I ran one with the double stroller last summer and one two weekends ago with my niece. But it was the first I would be racing against myself.

    I woke up at 630am on Sunday when my oldest woke up – had some coffee, stretched a bit (my legs felt tight from all the “beach” volleyball we had played the day prior at our Father’s Day party) and tried to keep my feet up until it was time to get ready. I was unsure about how to fuel for the race and decided to base it on how I felt race morning. I am never hungry first thing in the AM – and I never eat before my morning runs. But, we were starting at 10am and I would be up for over 3 hours – so I definitely needed some calories. At 9:15am, I had 1/2 banana and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and felt good. I didn’t want to eat too much and have stomach pains or other issues during the race, so I figured lighter options were probably best.

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      Century Ride + 5k with Double Stroller

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      100 miles

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      After last week’s post on the demons I have been dealing with, I have tried to focus on what I can control each day while not freaking out about things that are still weeks away (less than 5 now!).

      Saturday was scheduled to be my longest ride {so far} in my training for Ironman Lake Placid.  My plan was to ride at least 5 hours (which would put me at 85-90 miles), but I knew in my head that my real goal was to hit 100 miles.  I wanted to see those three digits.

      Took me 5 hours 45 min (17.4 mph).

      It wasn’t easy and at points, really not fun, but it’s one more long training ride that is in the bank that hopefully will pay dividends on race day.  I rode continuously except 2 minor stops – at mile 31, I stopped at my mom’s to refill water bottles and use the bathroom and at mile 63, I returned home to breastfeed and pump.

      These long rides are important for three major reasons. The first two are the obvious ones – they are physically preparing me for the 112 miles I will be tackling in 5 weeks and are allowing me to practice and learn SO much about my nutrition and fueling needs that will be crucial on race day.

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        Love Kills Cancer

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        Cami with her older sister, mom, and dad at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Prom held last week

        Cami with her older sister, mom, and dad at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Prom held last week

        A couple of months ago, I received the terrible news that Cami (Cameron) King, the 3 y/o daughter of one of my cousin’s, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Cami’s dad and I are first-cousins.  I grew up seeing her dad on a consistent basis and some of my fondest memories of family events involve playing baseball or basketball with her dad and his brothers.  Cami and her family live on Staten Island and I have been lucky enough to see her at family parties and holidays since she was born.

        Nobody wishes cancer on anyone, but you especially can’t imagine someone so young and innocent having it.  My heart always aches when I see another family going through something like this, but I never imagined that it would affect someone in MY family.

        Since her diagnosis in March, Cami has been fighting hard and undergoing chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.  She has alternated between being in isolation in the hospital (she had the flu, then a cold) to being able to go home for a few weeks in between rounds of chemo.

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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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            Race for Recovery Results

            Feeling Fit Team in CT (Kim Petruska, Mary-Jo Checco, Erin Ehrhard, Kate Korotash, Eileen Curran, Jennifer Falci

            If you missed yesterday’s post about the Race for Recovery Giveaway Winners, you can find it here.

            There were 112 participants (who submitted times) for the 5k, 61 for the 10k, and 16 who completed both!! Below are the results for each – as well as twitter links (if applicable).  Congratulations to ALL of participants! =)

            5k Results

            Place First Last Time
            1 Lorenzo H 15:33
            2 Bradley R 17:05
            3 Steve L 18:28
            4 Christopher 19:27
            5 Matt V 21:40
            6 Jamie K 21:42
            7 Lisa M 21:47
            8 Kristin 21:57
            9 Ashley K 22:21
            10 Andy C 22:25
            11 Alison W 22:32
            12 Kelly C 23:30
            13 Marc C 23:30
            14 Tiffany 23:44
            15 Mary M 24:11
            16 Justine L 24:30
            17 Pamela 24:30
            18 Siobhan M 25:00
            19 Amanda 25:10
            20 Elizabeth 25:21
            21 Jennifer 25:29
            22 Adam 25:34
            23 Stacey 25:42
            24 Melissa 26:09
            25 Hyedi 26:22
            26 Christina M 26:39
            27 Christine Y 26:42
            28 Peter 26:47
            29 Ron V 26:57
            30 Ashley 26:59
            31 Kate M 27:03
            32 REBECCA K 27:10
            33 Samantha 27:29
            34 Maureen C 27:35
            35 Kim 27:35
            36 Elizabeth H 27:39
            37 Katie K 27:39
            38 Beth I 27:44
            39 Ariel A 27:59
            40 Allie W 28:01
            41 Jacqueline L 28:02
            42 Gracie A 28:14
            43 Kathleen T 28:14
            44 Sarah C 28:34
            45 Michelle C 28:35
            46 Stephen W 28:50
            47 Tabitha 29:20
            48 Jaclyn V 29:46
            49 Eileen C 29:48
            50 Katrina 29:50
            51 Mary-Jo C 30:00
            52 bob 30:00
            53 Jane 30:22
            54 Corinne 30:26
            55 Geraldine G 31:02
            56 Becky K 31:21
            57 Katy M 31:50
            58 Gladys 31:59
            59 Carissa D 32:02
            60 Nicole D 32:09
            61 Vicki M 32:35
            62 Chris M 32:40
            63 Ashley R 32:40
            64 Nina K 33:04
            65 Raciel D 33:44
            66 Amy K 34:00
            67 Shelley M 34:44
            68 sandra 35:07
            69 deborah A 35:16
            70 Rina T 35:21
            71 Nancy 35:28
            72 Michelle D 36:00
            73 Felicia H 36:01
            74 Julie D 36:09
            75 Jennifer 36:26
            76 Kelsey G 36:33
            77 Nan L 37:07
            78 Julie G 37:12
            79 Beth F 38:45
            80 Heidee J 39:13
            81 Elena 39:30
            82 Irena 39:40
            83 Molly W 39:54
            84 Jo Anna L 40:03
            85 Yash H 40:05
            86 Thomas M 40:10
            87 Nicky L 40:10
            88 Janice K 40:23
            89 Michelle F 40:28
            90 Mike 41:09
            91 Kenny 41:09
            92 Dawn M 41:19
            93 Denise M 41:30
            94 Amy M 41:38
            95 Robin T 42:03
            96 Leah M 43:22
            97 Tracy 44:20
            98 Rebecca M 45:15
            99 Nadine F 42:25
            100 Myra 48:10
            101 Jess R 49:45
            102 Charlie 49:46
            103 Scott L 50:00
            104 Erin R 51:33
            105 Cassandra G 52:03
            106 James 52:40
            107 Ashleigh M 54:52
            108 Valerie F 54:52
            109 Amelia M 54:52
            110 tina M 54:52
            111 Savannah M 54:52
            112 Becky H 59:00

            10k Results

            Place First Last Time
            1 Matt V 46:00
            2 Stephanie K 48:42
            3 Elisabeth K 49:00
            4 Stacey T 49:38
            5 Jeffrey L 50:38
            6 Erin O 51:05
            7 Beth P 52:12
            8 John B 52:33
            9 KRISTINE D 52:36
            10 Carrie H 52:40
            11 Siobhan M 53:00
            12 Pamela P 53:47
            13 Casey S 54:30
            14 Jilly W 54:48
            15 Melanie N 55:30
            16 Toni C 55:37
            17 William R 56:10
            18 Amanda B 57:30
            19 Nicole G 57:34
            20 Allie W 57:39
            21 ali L 57:50
            22 Veronika S 58:25
            23 Heather I 58:42
            24 Anya B 58:52
            25 Jeremy M 59:00
            26 Naomi K 59:16
            27 Melissa J 59:20
            28 Gracie A 59:53
            29 Tracy B 59:58
            30 Elizabeth H 1:00:00
            31 Raciel D 1:00:15
            32 Kelsey R 1:01:15
            33 Ron V 1:01:18
            34 Melissa G 1:02:03
            35 SONIA A 1:02:38
            36 Pauline S 1:03:05
            37 Catherine K 1:04:00
            38 Terry T 1:05:26
            39 Carolyne A 1:05:54
            40 Jonathan N 1:06:06
            41 Ashley R 1:06:37
            42 Megan S 1:06:44
            43 Vicki M 1:06:56
            44 Jaclyn V 1:07:08
            45 Craig B 1:07:46
            46 carol H 1:08:20
            47 Jillien S 1:10:28
            48 Jeff B 1:11:00
            49 Felicia H 1:12:15
            50 Chris M 1:12:32
            51 Jenny S 1:12:51
            52 Claire P 1:14:00
            53 Yash H 1:14:00
            54 Kathy L 1:14:00
            55 Amy M 1:14:53
            56 Jennifer G 1:18:10
            57 Lori M 1:18:23
            58 Rachel P 1:18:40
            59 Annette N 1:22:05
            60 Cassie B 1:25:32
            61 Nancy L 2:09:37

            5k and 10k Results

            Place First Last 5k Time 10k Time Total
            1 Matt V 21:40 46:00 1:07:40
            2 Siobhan M 25:00 53:00 1:18:00
            3 Pamela 24:30 53:47 1:18:17
            4 Amanda 25:10 57:30 1:22:40
            5 Allie W 28:01 57:39 1:25:40
            6 Elizabeth H 27:39 1:00:00 1:27:39
            7 Gracie A 28:14 59:53 1:28:07
            8 Ron V 26:57 1:01:18 1:28:15
            9 Raciel D 33:44 1:00:15 1:33:59
            10 Jaclyn V 29:46 1:07:08 1:36:54
            11 Ashley R 32:40 1:06:37 1:39:17
            12 Vicki M 32:35 1:06:56 1:39:31
            13 Chris M 32:40 1:12:32 1:45:12
            14 Felicia H 36:01 1:12:15 1:48:16
            15 Yash H 40:05 1:14:00 1:54:05
            16 Amy M 41:38 1:14:53 1:56:31

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              Race For Recovery 5k/10k Virtual Run Update

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              Men's Health

              HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, supported, and helped spread word about the Race for Recovery.  There are over 225 people who will be running – and even more importantly – we’ve raised almost $9,000.

              I’m so thankful and amazed with the amount of support that I have received in spreading the word about this race.  In the process, a few things were checked off my bucket list!! =)

              Men’s Health: highlighted the Race for Recovery as one of the TOP TEN winter races in America!!!

              Runner’s World: Posted the race info on their Facebook page (and caused my website to subsequently crash because of the unprecedented high traffic that ensued -> there are much worse things in life!)

              The Staten Island Advance: Article (print and online) about the Race for Recovery on Dec 5, 2012

              Women’s Running Magazine: Talked about the Race for Recovery on their blog on Nov 13, 2012.

              Fitness Magazine: Mentioned the race in their Holiday Fit Links:

               FitFluential: Included information on their blog and monthly newsletter:

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