Things I’m Loving

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So I had my first stress workout on Monday.  Plan called for 2 miles warmup, 2 x 2 mile tempo interval (with 3 min active recovery in between each), 2 mile cooldown. Goal pace was 7:00->6:55. I hit the paces (6:54-> 6:52, 6:58-> 6:53), but it was a lot tougher than I would have liked.   The first set was manageable, but I was exhausted by the mile part of the second set. I don’t think it should have felt that hard.  UGH.

Truth is, I am trying really hard to not get down on my speed just yet.  Ironman training put me in the best shape of my life – my fitness level is higher than it’s ever been.  But, my run speed suffered. Something had to take a backseat…and for me, that was running.  So although I can run 20 miles the day after a 100 mile bike ride, I cannot hold a speedy pace on a tempo run.  My worry (fear?) is that my spring marathon goal is not feasible right now.  My plan is to just focus on each speed workout, each long run the best I can and see how my body responds.  I have 3 months until Philly. It seems like a long time but when you sit and look at the number of weeks, it really is not that much.

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    Erica Sara Designs Giveaway WINNER + Discount Code!!

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    Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

    I contacted Erica to select the winner using randomnumber.org – since there were several of my family and friends who entered the giveaway, I wanted a third-party to select the winner!!

    You have one week to contact me at nycrunningmama@gmail.com before another winner is chosen!!

    If you didn’t win, you still have time to order a Mother’s Day Necklace from Erica Sara Designs – all the product and contact information is on her website.

    Erica has graciously offered all of my readers 10% off their ENTIRE order from now until May 13, 2012 (Mother’s Day) – use code RUNNINGMAMA10 at checkout!

      Christmas List for Runners

      Since the holiday season is upon us, I decided to do a Christmas Wish List for Runners – things that your runner friend, sister, husband might like for Christmas this year!  


      Under $25
      – Add a little sparkle to that special woman in your life this holiday without spending hundreds of dollars!  Sparkly Soul Headbands are a great accessory for any runner looking for a functional, yet flattering headband.   Check out my review on Sparkly Soul headbands.  Headbands cost $15-17 (depending on width). 


      Nuun optimal hydration is an easy way to stay hydrated.  The tablets dissolve quickly in a glass of water, taste great, are low in calories, and contain a ton of electrolytes.  It costs $24 for one box (4 tubes=64 tablets), but if you order more than 1 box, each costs $22.  *Free shipping until Dec 9th


      – My husband purchased a Road ID bracelet for me when I was pregnant – it was one of the best gifts I every received.  I now wear it on every run I go on.  It contains your vital information (name, who to contact, phone #s) that can be used in case of an emergency while you are out running.  They range between $15.99 (for the slim – pictured below) to $29.99 (for the elite version).

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