NYRR Open Run at Conference House Park

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A few weeks ago, I alluded to teaming up with NYRR on a program targeting the local community! I’m excited to share the details today!

Background

Recently, NYRR partnered with NYC Parks and the NYC Parks’ Community Initiative.

The Community Parks Initiative is a multi-faceted investment in the smaller public parks that are located in New York City. The initiative will engage New Yorkers in rebuilding local parks, create new reasons to get out and get fit, and reconnect communities to the green spaces right outside their doorsteps.(Source)

NYRR is helping create new reasons to get out and get fit by spearheading FREE, open runs in parks across the city.

Reps from NYRR reached out to me because Conference House Park was on their short list. It’s a park close to my home where I do a lot of my easy running and take a lot of photos of! I met up with a few of the ladies a couple of weeks ago to scope it out – to ensure it had running routes closed to traffic with access to public bathrooms, water and good parking.

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    2014 Staten Island Half Marathon Race Recap

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    Happy Monday! I keep forgetting that today is a holiday. My oldest is off from school but my husband has work – so it doesn’t feel like an actual holiday!

    Yesterday was the Staten Island Half Marathon. It was the 4th time I ran this race. Other than the first year, I can’t say that I’ve had a good experience with the race. Here’s a quick run-down:

    – 2010: 2:00:15 – 6 months pregnant. Ran it with my husband and good friend from college. Had a blast!


    – 2011: 1:38:57 – Ran it as a tuneup 3 weeks before the NYC Marathon. Was shooting for sub-1:35 but started way too fast and had a rough 2nd half.


    – 2013: DNF – Ran it as a tuneup before the Philly Marathon 5 weeks later. Started fast and started feeling hamstring pain around mile 8 so stopped at mile 9.

    I really was focused on a strong race and effort, regardless of the finish time – but I also was looking to get a big course PR and try to get an overall PR.

    For some reason this course is considered a fast course – but I really don’t know many runners who will agree with that statement. So who is spreading these rumors about it being fast? In my opinion, there’s three things that make it a tougher course than it appears:

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      Highs and Lows

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      Some of my closest girlfriends!

      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 organized dinner where we got to catch up with all of our classmates who had come for the reunion. We had decided to go sans significant others/kids so that we could have some girl time – we haven’t all been together in years.

      We didn’t make it to bed until 2am – WAY past my normal bedtime but totally worth the exhaustion we all felt at 6am the next morning when it was time to get up and get ready for the day. Saturday consisted of watching the pre-game parade (first parade I have seen since I graduated):

       Having lunch in the mess hall (cafeteria):

      Hanging out in North Area (location where we had formation 2x/day):

      Touring the gym:

      and lastly, attending the football game:

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        Happy National Running Day: Deals, Giveaways and Events

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        Happy National Running Day!! I am not sure who started this “National” holiday, but every year, it seems more and more companies are jumping on board to help celebrate the fun day.  It also helps that it’s only TWO days before National Donut Day (which is Friday!) – I don’t think this is a coincidence! HA =)

        Below are some of the awesome deals, giveaways, and events going on today!!  Do you know any other ones that are worth mentioning? Please share if you do =)

        Timex

        Tweet or post a photo showing your running story to Instagram with #IMARUNNER to enter to win 1 of 60 Timex Ironman Watches.  You can also enter by submitting a photo or story directly on the Timex Sports Facebook page “#IMARUNNER Tab”.  Winners will be selected at random and official rules are located here: http://bit.ly/147ilKy.

        Additionally, for every photo submitted, Timex will donate $5, up to $15,000, toward One Fund Boston which helps those individuals most affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013.

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          Scotland 10k Race Recap

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          I got up early Saturday AM (5am) and did my usual pre-race routine: Drank my coffee, nursed the little guy who had just woken up (and decided not to go back to sleep), ate a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, drank some Nuun, packed my bag and was out of the house by 6:30am.  

          I picked up my friend, Leticia (and her friend), and we made our way to the UWS.  After leaving the car in a garage by my sister’s building, I ran to the park and continued doing short out and backs from the start corrals as part of my 2-mile warmup.

          I got into the start corrals by 7:45 (the race started at 8am) and tried to stay loose and warm. Despite beautiful weather this week, it was a chilly morning in NYC – with the windchill, it felt like it was in the upper 20s.  My race outfit changed about 10x during the previous 24 hours.  I went with Nike shorts, PRO Compression Socks, Saucony Guide 6s, Lululemon tank, Saucony long-sleeved shirt, and Saucony gloves.  {this is post-race but the only clothes picture I have!}

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            NYC Half Race Recap

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            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 hands.  My body warms up within 5 minutes of running but my hands never seem to warm up.  On long runs, I often opt for mittens but I wanted to have better use of my hands for water and fueling.

            Like I said yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to do the warm-up I wanted and was worried that the 1/4 mile I jogged from the interview location to the start corral would not be enough of a warm-up for me.  I was also concerned with how long I (we) would have to wait in the corrals not moving (about 30 minutes).

            This post is pretty long…I tried to cut it down but there was just too much going on in my head during those 13.32 miles.

            *The splits below are based on my Garmin.  I ran a bit longer than the 13.1 miles so my pace is faster than my finish time suggests (more on this later!)

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              Behind the Scenes

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              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 series created/produced by NYRR.  With the NYC Half being the first race run on the streets of NYC since Superstorm Sandy, NYRR was putting together some segments on those running the race who were affected by the storm.  She was aware that I had organized the Race for Recovery, she thought I would be a good fit.

              A couple of days after that initial conversation, I was told that WABC had learned of my story and were interested in airing the segment on their channel during the NYC Half coverage on Sunday.  My piece is scheduled to air at 7:16am on Sunday, March 17 on WABC.  (More information can be found here.)  As soon as I find out the link on the NYRR website and/or the WABC site, I will share it!

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                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 of applications and had a phone interview with several members of NYRR and Foot Locker as part of round 2.  A week later I was sitting in Foot Locker’s headquarters in NYC for a face-to-face interview (final round of applications).  Then, sometime in early August, I got a phone call and was told I was selected to represent my home borough – Staten Island.

                Participating in the FL5BC was the highlight of my running career – I’m not sure if anything is even going to come close to comparing to my whole experience.  If you are a resident of NYC and planning/training to run within the window of time (3:30 – 4:00), I would seriously recommend applying to participate this year –  you will NOT regret it.

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                  ING NYC Marathon Opening Day

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                  Gorgeous Backdrop!

                  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 say a few words to the crowd about my experience with the FL5BC.  Since I love everything about the NYC Marathon and FL5BC, I said yes!  (PS. Blog post coming soon on an overview of this challenge and why YOU should consider applying!)

                  The following pictures are a glimpse of what the day was like!  There were a few elite runners present (Ryan Hall and Kim Smith) who officially announced their intentions to run the marathon this year, as well as a handful of celebrities and professional athletes (including Amani Toomer, former NY Giants WR, and James Blake, professional tennis player and NYC native) helping give out entries and gifts to a few lucky people in the crowd.

                  One of the highlights of the day was FINALLY getting to meeting Erica (from Erica Sara Designs) – she is even sweeter and more awesome than I could have imagined!!

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                    If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans

                    Fitness 4-miler @ 18 wks with my best friend, Pamela

                    One of my high school girlfriends sent this quote to me yesterday…I love it and feel that it fits so well to my current situation!  Thanks, Cindy!!! xoxo

                    Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had very specific goals and races associated with 2012.  Below is my original racing schedule with my time goals associated for each:

                    Original 2012 Racing Calendar:
                    Mar 4 – Forest Ave Mile (sub-5:45)
                    May 6 – NJ Marathon 
                    (sub-3:10)
                    May 19 – Brooklyn Half-Marathon (sub-1:30)
                    Aug 11 – NYC Ironman (sub-12:00)
                    Nov 4 – NYC Marathon (sub-3:10)
                    Nov 17 – JFK 50-miler (*tentative)

                    I’ve been asked by many friends and family what races I will be doing during this pregnancy.  As I had with baby #1, I have decided to limit my race distance to half marathons.  I felt that about two hours on my legs was enough for my body. I learned that if I ran much further than 15 or 16 miles, I needed a lot more time to recover.  During pregnancy, I prefer doing shorter races and not having to take any time off, then doing a marathon, being exhausted for a week or more, and not being able to run for long stretches of time to recover.

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