New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year!!! After a string of some wonderful days of running, I woke up on New Year’s Eve with a headache, congestion and general body aching that always indicates the start of something more serious. Stupidly, I forced myself through my first brick workout in months – 45 min on the trainer followed by an easy 5 mile run. It felt good to bike again, but I felt like crap. UGH. Later that afternoon, we all went to my sister’s where we rang in the New Year. Despite still feeling awful, I had a blast staying up late (2am for me) and playing Just Dance” (my first time) with my sisters and parents. As much as I wanted to start the new year off running, my body was not having it – I did not run Wednesday or Thursday. I was/am disappointed but decided it was better to be smart and take a few days off rather than push my body more than I had already. My husband was off both days and we spent most of the last few days rearranging various rooms in our house <- This is what I do when I can’t run! First up Continue Reading →

Can a Dream Be Too Big?

I’ve always tried to be pretty open with my goals. Goal for Half Marathon this weekend? A PR. Goal for Philly Marathon in 5 weeks? Somewhere around 3:12-3:15. I’ve talked about races I want to do one day. I’ve discussed my “Everest“.  I’ve shared my Ironman journey. But, I’ve been keeping a secret. I’ve been hesitant to share my biggest goal – the one that crosses my mind most days. I think it’s because I feel like some people will laugh and think I’m aiming for the stars and although outside opinions shouldn’t matter, they do. Nobody wants to hear others laugh at a goal or worse – tell them that it’s not feasible. I think that’s the beauty of keeping a dream to yourself. If nobody tells you it’s impossible, then it’s not, right?  When is a dream “acceptable” to being shared? When does it go from being a little kid dream to a concrete goal that you proudly tell family, friends or readers? Do you have to be within striking range? What is striking range? 10, 20 minutes of your BQ? What about going to Kona? How high up in your age group do you have to be in your Continue Reading →

So You Want To Do An Ironman?

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First, let me please preface this post by stating that I am by no means an expert at triathlons or Ironman competitions. Full disclosure: I’ve done ONE Ironman.{Hope to go for #2 next year!} But I’ve received a number of emails and comments asking various questions regarding choosing a race, training for one, time commitment and so on that I wanted to share my experience and “beginner” thoughts (not training tips) in hopes that it might help you if you are toying with the idea of one. AND, since the Ironman World Championship is next weekend (!!), I thought this was a great time for this post. I’ve watched Kona on TV for years – and each year, I would tell my husband that I wanted that to be me. {Note: most of these are not exclusive to Ironman competitions or even triathlons…many can be used in regards to your first running race as well!} You have to be all in. Training for an Ironman isn’t something you can fake or get by on with sporadic or little training. If you aren’t completely on board with wanting to do one, then you will slack on your training when things get tough. Course Continue Reading →

Ironman Lake Placid

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Good Morning!! I am working on a full recap from Sunday’s Ironman, but wanted to share the news (in case you aren’t on twitter or Instagram)… I am an Ironman!!! =) Sunday was a long day, but one that went amazingly smooth for almost the full 140.6 miles.  I finished in 13:04.  The swim was slower than I had wanted or anticipated, but man, it felt GOOD to be finished with it and to feel the ground on my feet.  The bike was awesome.  My laps were almost even split and BOTH were significantly faster than the one loop I did during my training weekend a few weeks ago.  The run started off amazingly – my legs were not dead and I was maintaining about 8:30 pace (I started walking through aid stations at mile 4 to ensure I was drinking at least 2 cups of water so my mile splits were around 9:00).  Unfortunately, pretty serious stomach cramping began just before mile 10 and I couldn’t eat anything for the final 16.2 miles.  Even worse was that at times it was so painful that I couldn’t run – I was bent over in pain. read more

Race Week: NYC Half

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The NYC Half is Sunday. I’m anxious, excited and nervous as all heck.  Anxious to put the last 10 weeks of hard training to the test.  Excited to be racing again.  Nervous because I have some pretty BIG goals for this race.   There’s a huge part of me that wants to keep my goals hidden.  It’ll be a lot easier on Sunday if I come up short if I didn’t share what my goals were here.  I won’t have to publicly admit defeat like I had to do in January when I missed the qualifying time for the Saucony Hurricane Team.   But, I share my training – the good and bad…so feel that sharing my goals is a continuation of that.  I try to openly share my goals – all of them – on here, twitter, facebook, IG. And what is the worst that could happen?  That I fail?  I have failed at SO many things I’ve set out to do in my life…so what’s one more?  Failing makes me stronger.  Failing no longer scares me. All I can do on Saturday is race with my heart and my head – my body will follow.  read more

#Lucky13 Fitness Goals

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  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 Marathon: NJ Marathon (May 5)  I was able to defer this race last year Continue Reading →

When do you throw in the towel?

  Race for Recovery Update Photos post will be up tomorrow or Friday (taking me A LOT longer to compile them all then I had anticipated!) Results can be found here Giveaway Winners can be found here ———————————————– As you are probably aware, I was set to race the Hot Chocolate 10k on Sunday.  I had really big goals for the race: running sub-42 which would allow me to apply for the Saucony Hurricane Team. I spent the last 5 weeks following a training plan – cutting back on my mileage and focusing on regaining the speed I had lost during pregnancy. I reacquainted myself with the uncomfortableness of speed workouts and hard runs. I saw HUGE gains in just a few weeks.  My 5k time went from 21:36 to 20:50 in one week. I had successful tempo runs.  My last one included 4 miles at a 7:05 pace.  I finished feeling strong and anxious to run more. I was starting to believe in myself. Last Monday I planned to do a practice 10k.  My goal was sub-43 (~ 6:55 pace).  I jogged a mile warmup, stretched and began the 10k time trial.  I barely made it a mile. Something didn’t seem Continue Reading →

Race For Recovery 5k/10k Virtual Run Update

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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: read more

Spring Racing Decisions

I am signed up for the NJ Marathon on May 5.  I was registered last year, but deferred (for free!) when I became pregnant.   This IS my target race for the spring.  It’s a flat, fast course and I have big dreams of running sub-3:10.  This is ultimately what all of my training will revolve around.  I want all the races I choose to run to add to, not take away from, this goal. But I have a dilemma.  I am toying with the idea of running either a March marathon or half marathon as preparation for NJ in May.  Here are my options: Option A: Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon (or the B & A Trail Marathon) on March 16 I would use this race as a test run before the NJ Marathon.  Truth be told, I haven’t “raced” a marathon since Boston 2009 – that’s almost FOUR years!! I ran the NYC Marathon in Nov 2011, but had to run the first half with four other runners (it was at a pace much slower than I’m used to running) so I didn’t get the opportunity to push myself for the full 26.2 miles.  I feel Continue Reading →

Help Me BECOME ONE!

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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 Continue Reading →

What’s Your Everest?

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I think we all have our own version of Everest – that one seemingly insurmountable race or adventure we want to do one day… It’s likely that you don’t go around broadcasting this lifetime goal.  Maybe you feel that it would be as crazy as saying “I want to go to the moon”.   Maybe you don’t feel qualified.  Maybe you are like me and are constantly worried about telling everyone and then failing to accomplish it.  Maybe you don’t have a timeline of when it is going to happen.  Maybe vocalizing it would finally make seem “real”. But as I’ve learned from previous experiences, vocalizing these dreams is the first step that is necessary to make it become more than just a thought and finally become a reality. I decided to share with you MY Everest.  It is all I’ve been reading, thinking, and dreaming about for the last week – not too hard to do since the 35th anniversary of the race was earlier this week. My dream is to race the Badwater Ultramarathon (BW), aka The Challenge of Champions…aka The World’s Toughest Foot Race one day.  read more