Highs and Lows

reunion

This weekend was {this} close to being an absolutely perfect one.  Friday afternoon, I said goodbye to the boys (who were being watched by my sweet sister!) and picked up three of my college girlfriends from the airport/their apartment in NJ enroute to our 10 year college reunion at West Point. Friday night was an […]

Slowing Down to Get Faster

As I alluded to in my last post, I am doing a bunch of things differently this training cycle. The most glaring change I have made is slowing down every run {with the exception of my long run}.  Easy runs, tempos, intervals, recovery…They are all slower. Anywhere from 15 sec to 1 whole minute slower […]

RnR Philly Half Race Recap + Review

Me + My godson + his parents + sister + godfather

Sunday was an absolutely wonderful day for two big reasons. I PR’d the half…but more importantly was what happened AFTER the race: My adorable, huggable godson’s Christening Day! After crossing the finish line at 9:32, I chatted for a few minutes with Mike, a runner who I managed to hang with through mile 9 (I […]

Sub-1:32 Half Marathon -> FINALLY!

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Happy Monday!!  As I mentioned last week, I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon yesterday. A full recap (and race review) will be coming later this week (hopefully tomorrow), but wanted to share the good GREAT news. I PR’d and finally got the sub-1:32 that I missed in the spring. The race wasn’t […]

RnR Philly Half + Benefits of Using a Running Coach

Mile 12 of 2013 NYC Half Marathon

Tomorrow, all of my boys will be staying at home as I make the short trip for the RnR Philly Half. I’m a little excited, a bit nervous, but surprisingly, mostly calm about the race.  There is a HUGE part of me that would love to PR on Sunday. My PR stands at 1:32:23 from […]

Race Calendar + Ironman Lake Placid Training

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 One of my good friends pointed out to me that my race calendar was severely outdated…so I took a few minutes and updated it.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 […]

Race Pacing

NYC Half 23

  In case you haven’t heard, Google Reader is going away…if you’d like to continue to subscribe to NYC Running Mama you can do so by email (link on the right hand side of the page) or you can Follow my blog with Bloglovin. —————————- Last weekend’s NYC Half Marathon was the best executed race […]

Saucony Virrata Review

virrata

Over the years, I have dabbled with zero-drop shoes on more occasions than I can remember.  I SO wanted to wear a lightweight, more natural shoe.  But each time I have had to sadly return to my previous training shoe because my foot felt too naked, too unsupported for anything more than a mile or two. They just […]

NYC Half Race Recap

post race

I am still smiling from the 2013 NYC Half.  I don’t think I have EVER run such a steady, smart, even-paced race in my life. It was a frigid morning.  Temps were hovering around 30 at race start, but with the windchill, it felt like about 20 degrees.  I wasn’t concerned with anything except my […]

Behind the Scenes

interview

I received a phone call from one of my good friends at NYRR – she was someone I had met during the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge journey and have remained in close contact with her.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in being filmed for an On the Run episode – an online […]

Race Week: NYC Half

2010 NYC Half

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. […]

PR Spotlight – Beka K

Brandon Half Marathon - Dec 2012

I love stories of people who have been inspired to run/race after seeing a marathon for the first time.  That is what happened to Beka in November 2011.  She ran her first 5k a month later and tackled her first half marathon less than three months after that!.  Her first half-marathon time?  2:17!  AND just […]

PR Spotlight: Hyedi N

hyedi2

Happy Friday!!!  Hope everyone has safe and easy travels home and/or a safe weekend with the wintery weather we have been having!! Today marks the end of Week 1 of marathon training.  I didn’t run as often as I wanted to because I am still recovering from the flu – but am overall pretty satisfied. […]

Spring Racing Decisions

Rock 'n' Roll USA

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 […]

How Much Money Are You Willing To Pay For Race Entry?

2009 Boston Marathon

Last week I received an email from the organizers of the NYC Ironman announcing registration for the 2013 race.  I had signed up for the 2012 Ironman (which was held last weekend) but had to cancel my entry when I found out I was pregnant (I received a $150 refund on my race entry fee). […]

Founder’s Award and a DNS

Founder's Award

Lots of updates from the weekend!! I was notified by the alumni association from my elementary school alma mater, St Christopher’s, a couple of months ago with the news that I was selected to receive the 2012 St. Christopher Founders Award (along with other honorees). The dinner and ceremony were amazing – there were SO […]

Highlights from the 2012 NYC Half Marathon

Love Kara's strong body!

I had decided not to sign up for the NYC Half this year.  My goals for 2012  including PR’ing in both the marathon and the half marathon and I knew it would be tough to PR on this tough course (the first half is extremely hilly).  I have also run the NYC Half before and […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 3 – the 2nd Trimester

4 mile race @ 24 weeks

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here. By the end of the 2nd trimester, I was averaging between 30-40 mi/wk while running anywhere from 4-10 mi/day. My “easy” pace had begun to slow down – instead of an 8:30 pace, most runs were now around 9:00 min/mile. I […]

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 […]

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