Why YOU should apply for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge

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Last summer, I applied for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC).  I didn’t think I would be selected so figured there was no harm in applying – I did it on a whim without even telling my husband or family members…A few weeks later, I found out that I made it through the first round […]

Why You Want ME

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Before I explain to you why I would be a great addition to your team, let me give you a brief background of how I ended up where I am today. Exactly three years ago, I was getting ready to return from Iraq after my third deployment with the US Army as a Captain in […]

How did you do in 2011?

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With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year. After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided […]

NYC Marathon – Experience of a Lifetime (Part 3) The Race within a Race

NYC Marathon - Experience of a Lifetime (Part 3) The Race within a Race

Before I go into a detailed race report for the NYC Marathon last Sunday, there are are a couple of things to say: 1. I am a very competitive person when it comes to running.  But NOT with other people.  I never show up to a race and look around and say, “I want to […]

Best part of the NYC Marathon

Best part of the NYC Marathon

In the weeks leading up the NYC Marathon, two of the questions I was asked the most were What motivates you to run? and What will you be thinking about while you are running to the finish line?  Both answers were the same – I looked forward to my 10 month old son, AJ, and my husband, […]

NYC Marathon – the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

NYC Marathon - the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

I plan on writing a few posts about the NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov 6.  The first couple will be about the events before and after the marathon, one will deal with running the marathon (splits, how I felt, etc), and another will be a recap of the experience of participating in the Foot Locker […]

Fun Run with Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis, and Bart Yasso!

Fun Run with Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis, and Bart Yasso!

One of the coolest things about running marathons is that you run the same course as Olympians and elite athletes.  You have the same start line.  You cross the same finish line.  Spectators along the course cheer just as loud for us as they do for the elites that passed already. Nothing is different. Well, except […]

Media Day

Media Day

Today was such a fun, exciting day!  For almost 3 hours, my mom, my son, AJ, and I were able to experience what it (almost) feels like to be an elite runner or a VIP running the marathon during race week. The other individuals participating in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC) and I were […]

NYC Marathon next Sunday!

NYC Marathon next Sunday!

My afternoon run today took me through Fort Wadsworth.  Fort Wadsworth is located directly underneath the Verrazanno Narrows Bridge and is one of the oldest military sites in the US.  From various points on the installation, you have a direct view of NYC and her harbor – consequently, the fort guarded NYC for almost 200 […]

Workouts before a Marathon

I’m definitely not an expert at marathoning and racing.  But, from previous races and long runs, I’ve learned what works best for me and my body before a marathon.  Below are my workouts for the last week as well as what I will be doing the week prior to NYC Marathon.- Friday, Oct 21 – […]

Christmas came early for me!

Christmas came early for me!

I received an early Christmas present in the mail this morning!  It was a box containing an Asics gym bag…FILLED to the top with Asics running clothes! The most exciting is what I will be wearing on marathon morning in just 10 days – a striped Foot Locker tank top and Foot Locker branded shorts. […]

What are your goals?

I have a long list of races that I want to complete.  Certain times that I want to run the marathon and half-marathon in.  Distances I want to run.  Yet, I have never told them to anyone - including my husband, family and closest friends.  Why have I not shared these lifetime goals with anyone?    […]

Rookie Mistake!

Rookie Mistake!

The SI Half Marathon couldn’t have been on a more beautiful day…temps in the low 60s, sunny skies, and a light wind.  Combine that with the 2 days off I decided to take before the race as well as this being my first race in about 18 months.What do you get?Me starting entirely WAY too […]

Staten Island Half-Marathon

Even though I’m only racing a half-marathon tomorrow, I find myself getting more and more antsy as the night hours dwindle away.  I realized earlier today that this is the first real race I’m going to be competing in since March 2010.  While I did several races while I was pregnant, I had to keep […]

Who or what inspires you to run?

As part of the 5 Borough Challenge, my fellow participants and I were asked “Who or what inspires me to run?”.   At first I thought this would be an easy question to answer…I decided to use this morning’s run as time to think about my answer. Each morning that my alarm goes off, there […]

Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge!!

Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge!!

I recently found out that I was chosen to represent Staten Island in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge at the 2011 NYC Marathon.  Each year, 5 runners (one from each borough) are selected to participate in the challenge – they are to run the first half of the marathon together and then race against […]

Finally broke 20!

Finally broke 20!

Due to poor weather forecasted for Saturday morning and plans on Sunday, I decided to shift my long run day to Friday to ensure I finally got a long run in.The weather was perfect – low 50s and a light wind to start the morning.  The first hour of my run was before the sun […]

Learning to love my flexible running plan

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Up until a year ago, running was the most important part of my day.  If I were able to complete the run that my self-imposed training plan had scheduled for me, then the day was great – I was happy, cheerful, and relaxed.  If I happened to wake up late, hit snooze too many times, […]

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