Spectating the NYC Marathon

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First, I just want to give a HUGE congrats to everyone who raced Sunday at the NYC Marathon. Conditions were not ideal (15 mph headwind for 20 miles makes me legs hurt just thinking about it) but there were so many amazing PRs, first time finishers and perseverance in spite of the poor conditions. Special […]

PR Spotlight: Pamela


I’m excited to begin the new series on NYC Running Mama – the PR spotlight.  The PR spotlight will feature runners who have recently PR’d.  It could be on the treadmill, track, or on the roads.  The purpose of the feature will be to discuss what was done differently – whether it was pacing, fueling, […]

How to Run Back to Back Marathons

Breaking the tape at the 2011 NYC Marathon

In the fall of 2011, I ran a 30 miler, the NYC Marathon, and the Knickerbocker 60k within a 5 week window.  I showed up to the start line of each race feeling rested, energized, and ready to run. 30 mile training run:  (8:34 pace) NYC Marathon: 3:46:49 (8:40 pace) including a 15 min negative split and 8:01 […]

Why YOU should apply for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge


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 […]

ING NYC Marathon Opening Day


One of the perks of participating in the 2011 Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC) was (and still is!) getting VIP access to some of the events organized by NYRR.   I received an email last week from Gabi, my favorite Foot Locker representative, asking if I would consider attending the ING NYC Marathon Opening Day to […]

Running with music does NOT make me slower


I’m a huge believer that while running can be a group activity, it is extremely personal.  What works for one runner may not work for someone else.  Through trial and error, we find what works best for us. For example, I take a day off before a long run and prefer to do a shakeout run after a […]

Post-Pregnancy Goal

NYC Marathon

I am always amazed when I hear stories of how resilient women’s bodies are - Kara Goucher placing 2nd and running a 1:14:02 at the Arizona Half Marathon only 4 months after giving birth to her son…or the story below… Anna Bretan won the Oakland Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:53:19.  She wanted to run […]

Is borrowing (or selling) a race bib wrong?


This past weekend was the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas.  Initial runner-up Kolin Styles was declared the winner of the 26.2-mile race when Scott Downard was disqualified because he crossed the finish line with another person’s number and failed to register for the race.(Read more here) Many of us have been in this situation […]

The “core” of my marathon training


This was a conversation between me and my husband two weeks after I ran my first ultra in November: Me: I don’t think I’m in very good shape right now. Hubby (with a look of bewilderment): You just ran a 37.2 mile race and finished with a 9:10 pace.  I would say you are in […]

Pushing the pace on long runs?

60k in November

When I was training for the NYC Marathon and my first ultra this summer/fall, I completed all my long runs at an easy pace.  NYC would be my first marathon after giving birth and since I hadn’t completed long runs consistently in over a year, my goal was to get the miles in without worrying […]

NYC Marathon – the Experience of a Lifetime (part 2)

NYC Marathon - the Experience of a Lifetime (part 2)

Once we started running on the Verrazano Bridge, the nervousness and doubt I had been struggling with the last few days quickly gave way to excitement for what we were getting ready to experience.   Running across the bridge with just 4 other people was one of the most surreal moments in my life.  As […]

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?    […]

Pacing lessons

Pacing lessons

As I’ve stated in earlier posts, I’ve always had a problem with not pacing myself correctly on long runs or races.  I start too fast and then pay for it heavily at the end.  I had always believed that I could start fast and gain some “extra time” so that when I slow down towards […]

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