Falmouth Race Recap

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Sunday was such an amazing day and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a historic and celebrated event. (If you are unfamiliar with the history of the race, you can read about it here.) Unfortunately, it was not a good day of racing for me. It was a start too fast, crash on the hills, crash a little harder from the heat/humidity and suffer for about 50% of the race. Before I get into the racing specifics, I wanted to share an overview of the day. Race Morning Wakeup was scheduled for 5am but ended up being around 4:30am when my oldest son decided it was a good time to start the day. And the whole room was awake by 5! The good news is that I didn’t have to fumble around in the dark trying to be quiet. The bad news is that I left my husband with a dog and two tired kids while I went and raced. I had some coffee, got dressed and made my way down to the lobby by 5:45am to meet Chris (who was also racing) for our hour+ drive to the Cape. We were parked Continue Reading →

2014 Rivertown StrollerDerby + Entry Giveaway

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I enjoy running with the boys in the stroller although I don’t do it as frequently as I would like since I’m focused on marathon training (and would prefer to run the prescribed pace and distance). I’ve run one race (fun run) with the stroller and LOVED it. I would definitely do more races with a stroller if they were allowed - but a lot of the races I’ve signed up for often prohibit the use of strollers (which is understandable if the course is tight). And I’ve never participated in an event where there was a special stroller division (although I know some races have these). Which is why I love what my friend Lindsay is organizing! Enter the Rivertown Strollerderby! Not only are strollers allowed at this race, but they take center stage with the chance to win up to $1,000 (top three finishers w/ strollers win $). Highlights from the website: Date: Sunday, September 21 at 9am Location: Hastings on Hudson (just 29 miles north of Grand Central) What: A unique race event designed to encourage moms and dads to keep pushing after baby. Who can participate: All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate (even if you don’t have Continue Reading →

Anthony’s Run 5k Race Recap

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Yesterday was my first 5k. Technically, it wasn’t my first – I ran one with the double stroller last summer and one two weekends ago with my niece. But it was the first I would be racing against myself. I woke up at 630am on Sunday when my oldest woke up – had some coffee, stretched a bit (my legs felt tight from all the “beach” volleyball we had played the day prior at our Father’s Day party) and tried to keep my feet up until it was time to get ready. I was unsure about how to fuel for the race and decided to base it on how I felt race morning. I am never hungry first thing in the AM – and I never eat before my morning runs. But, we were starting at 10am and I would be up for over 3 hours – so I definitely needed some calories. At 9:15am, I had 1/2 banana and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and felt good. I didn’t want to eat too much and have stomach pains or other issues during the race, so I figured lighter options were probably best. read more

2014 New Jersey Marathon Recap

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Sunday was a great day – and so close to being perfect (had I run just 27 seconds faster, I’d have a shiny new PR…so close, yet so far!). It was great for so many reasons – I ran smart. I didn’t bonk(!!).  I walked away with lessons learned, things to maintain and a couple of things to work on. And most importantly, I had fun. The more I race, the more I understand that a great race doesn’t always mean the fastest time on the clock. It’s about looking back on the race with ZERO regrets or saying I should have or could have done this. This was one of those races for me – something I haven’t experienced in the marathon since 2011. It gave me back confidence about myself, my ability to pace properly, to push hard when things got hard and to not give up. Race Week Before I get into the details of the race, I want to share some of what went on in the days leading up to the marathon. I did several things differently and plan to continue these for the next goal race: read more

2014 Asics LA Marathon

Just dropping in for a quick update! I am currently sitting in bed, hydrating and relaxing after a tough race this morning. I knew what the weather forecast was calling for, but I hoped that the heat would stay away – or at least that we’d have cloud cover – for the race. We had a bit of protection from the sun for the first half of the race but things got ugly quick when the clouds disappeared. It’s funny. I think back to the sadness and disappointment I felt after Philly and almost laugh now. Today, I finished in 3:35:23 (unofficial). Not close to my PR time and even further away from what I thought I was capable of. But you know what? I’m completely okay. I mean, of course I am disappointed because I ran conservatively and still felt the effects of the heat. But my heart is happy. I got to run through LA – I saw the walk of fame, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Blvd and so much more. I had the privilege of being selected for the blogger Challenge (whole post on the weekend’s fun events is coming!) and got to meet running idols Continue Reading →

Bring On The Offseason

HUGE congrats to everyone who raced this weekend. From what I saw on twitter, there were a ton of PRs and amazing races!! So, in case you didn’t see on Instagram, I gave the marathon another shot this past weekend – I participated in the Rehoboth Beach Marathon. I alluded to the fact that I was going to do a “redemption” race a few times but decided to not openly blog or talk about the race on social media. I’ve learned that I put entirely too much pressure on myself and wanted to see if it would be less stressful if things weren’t so public. (Side note: I didn’t enjoy hiding what I was doing – I felt kind of sneaky not talking about things.) I was excited to head down to Rehoboth because I finally got to meet and hang out with Jess and Elizabeth! We went to dinner Friday night and hung out pre-race in their hotel room (trying to stay warm because it was cold and windy). They BOTH ran amazing half marathons – Jess set a huge PR and Elizabeth ran a strong first race back after not running for months! read more

2013 Philadelphia Marathon – Lesson in Not Quitting

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First, I just want to give a HUGE congrats to Hallie, my “cadet” from the Saucony 26 strong team who is a marathoner!! Congratulations, Hallie!! =) This isn’t the post I had planned on writing. I ran a 3:23:02 yesterday – almost 90 seconds slower than my PR was not how the day was supposed to unfold. I know some runners would be more than happy with this time and I am not trying to minimize the time or sound like a spoiled child who isn’t satisfied – I know it’s a good time and that it qualifies me for Boston. But, I wasn’t trained for a 3:23. I was trained for a significantly faster time. I spent the last 3 months getting up at 4am to do tempo, interval workouts or long runs so that I could smash my PR yesterday. The last few weeks, my mind played out the marathon with a wide range of outcomes: hitting my goal time, hitting my “dream big” time, and PR’ing were all there. 3:23 was not an outcome I anticipated.  Every long training run was at a faster pace than I finished yesterday, including a 24.4 miler (over 10 seconds faster per Continue Reading →

RnR Philly Half Race Recap + Review

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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 think?) and then who negative split the heck out of the race and finished over TWO minutes faster than me. I got my medal, grabbed a water bottle, and ran the 1.5 miles back to the hotel – where my car was waiting {bags packed and already in the car too} at the valet. I drove the 80-90 minutes home to Staten Island, showered, got ready, and my husband, boys and I were at my sister’s house by 1pm. I may not have had the fastest race time of the day, but I’m fairly certain I would be in the running for the fastest transition. HAHA.  Thankfully, my husband is amazing and got both boys dressed and ready while I was concentrating on myself. —————— read more

Sub-1:32 Half Marathon -> FINALLY!

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 perfect – I started too fast and was kind of done by mile 12, but I was able to squeak out a 1:31:57 thanks to perfect running weather and a {relatively} flat, fast course. Did you race this weekend? Anyone PR? If you had to pick – would you prefer perfect running weather or a flat, fast course? This is a tough one – I think I would prefer perfect running weather. I despise the cold and really don’t deal well (mentally) with the wind. ————————- I don’t post here every day, but I post all of my workouts (and other happenings) on Instagram on a daily basis {NYCRunningMama}. For More NYC Running Mama training updates, pictures and ramblings, check out: read more

RnR Philly Half + Benefits of Using a Running Coach

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 this year’s NYC Half and while I know that I have a faster half marathon time in me, I’m not quite convinced the time is now.   My coach and I have decided to use this race a gauge of where I am in my training and to help set more concrete goals for the marathon in two months.  There was very little taper for this (I did an 8x800m workout on Tuesday and a 17 miler last weekend) since we are not using it as a target race. Eyes and focus on the prize (Philly Marathon). Which I think is why I’m so calm about the race.  This is my first real road race since the Ironman and Ironman training last spring. I have virtually no expectations, other than knowing I am going to run as smart and as hard as I can for 13.1 Continue Reading →

Staten Island Triathlon Race Recap

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! The weather was incredible all weekend in NYC – we finally are having the summer days that I dream of – sunny, warm days and cool, breezy nights. PERFECTION. So, I signed up for a local sprint triathlon early last week. My intention was to race it if my body felt recovered, complete it if I wanted to, and skip it if my heart wasn’t in it.  I was {this} close to skipping it.  My oldest son and I went to his first minor league baseball game (the Staten Island Yankees) with my mom, dad, sister and her family. The stadium is on the northern edge of Staten Island which gives you these amazing views of NYC’s skyline – all while you are taking in a baseball game! We had a blast. My son watched a bit of the game, walked around with me for a while, and enjoyed some baseball stadium food (fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, ice cream). There was an amazing fireworks display post-game followed by the opportunity for all the little ones to run the bases! read more

Ironman Lake Placid: Tracking Details

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I’ve been asked a lot over the last week by friends and family about how they can track me on race day, so I wanted to share all the details here! Race Day: Sunday, July 28, 2013 Start Time: Pros start at 6:30am; waves will begin a few minutes after that based on projected finish times.  I should enter the water sometime around 6:45-6:50am. Bib #: 604 Finish Time: Anywhere between 7:15pm and midnight (7:15 is hoping that things go amazingly well on race day!) Ways to Track Me: Ironman.com website: The “results” page should be updated on race morning to have live athlete tracking. There will be a TON of splits that will be given (start, loops, transition) Twitter: My sister, Danielle, will be tweeting the splits from the website as soon as they are updated.  Additionally, she will tweet any pics/updates that my family gets “in-person” from me as they will be at the race Instagram: Danielle will also be posting any pictures they are able to take to my IG account throughout the day! Got Chocolate Milk: I am representing Team Refuel this weekend and they will be posting/sharing pics and details of the race on their Twitter page! read more

Arielle Newman 5 Mile Race Recap

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Hi there!! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and holiday weekend (if you were lucky enough to have a four day weekend!).  And if you are in an area that has been in the middle of this long heat wave, hope you had someplace cool to spend your time.  We have split our time between our air conditioned home  and the pool/slide in the backyard.  It’s WAY too hot to try to do anything else with the little ones. We celebrated the 4th of July at my sister’s home (just a mile up the road).  BBQ, pool, and family time.  Perfect.  My in-laws are in town visiting – they live in Alaska so they try to come stay with us at least once or twice a year. It’s SO fun for my boys to have BOTH sets of grandparents together! =) ——————————– After going back and forth about the 4th of July race, I decided that I would attend the race while my husband, the boys, and his mom and dad stayed home. It would have been an early morning for everyone and it just made sense for me to head there on my own, run the race, Continue Reading →

4th of July Racing + Sparkly Soul Giveaway WINNER!

Hi friends! There is a 5 mile race tomorrow morning and I’m on the fence if I should sign up!  It’s a local race in Staten Island and one that I’ve said for YEARS that I wanted to do.  My long bike ride is Friday, so Thursday is a semi-free day (supposed to do a short brick)…but my in-laws are in town and it’s a holiday…and I always feel a bit guilty about being gone for a few hours.  And although my legs feel really good after the half ironman this weekend, I know they aren’t as fresh as I would want them to be.  Decisions, decisions. What are your thoughts? Would you do the race? Are you racing tomorrow?!   ——————————————— The winner for the Sparkly Soul Giveaway is: DEANA!  Please email me at nycrunningmama@gmail.com so we can get you your headbands ASAP. (Note: If winner does not contact me within one week, a follow-up winner will be selected) Hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!   read more

Century Ride + 5k with Double Stroller

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Don’t forget to enter the Sparkly Soul Giveaway! After last week’s post on the demons I have been dealing with, I have tried to focus on what I can control each day while not freaking out about things that are still weeks away (less than 5 now!). Saturday was scheduled to be my longest ride {so far} in my training for Ironman Lake Placid.  My plan was to ride at least 5 hours (which would put me at 85-90 miles), but I knew in my head that my real goal was to hit 100 miles.  I wanted to see those three digits. Took me 5 hours 45 min (17.4 mph). It wasn’t easy and at points, really not fun, but it’s one more long training ride that is in the bank that hopefully will pay dividends on race day.  I rode continuously except 2 minor stops – at mile 31, I stopped at my mom’s to refill water bottles and use the bathroom and at mile 63, I returned home to breastfeed and pump. These long rides are important for three major reasons. The first two are the obvious ones – they are physically preparing me for the 112 miles Continue Reading →

Love Kills Cancer

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A couple of months ago, I received the terrible news that Cami (Cameron) King, the 3 y/o daughter of one of my cousin’s, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Cami’s dad and I are first-cousins.  I grew up seeing her dad on a consistent basis and some of my fondest memories of family events involve playing baseball or basketball with her dad and his brothers.  Cami and her family live on Staten Island and I have been lucky enough to see her at family parties and holidays since she was born. Nobody wishes cancer on anyone, but you especially can’t imagine someone so young and innocent having it.  My heart always aches when I see another family going through something like this, but I never imagined that it would affect someone in MY family. Since her diagnosis in March, Cami has been fighting hard and undergoing chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.  She has alternated between being in isolation in the hospital (she had the flu, then a cold) to being able to go home for a few weeks in between rounds of chemo. read more

Initial Thoughts on NJ Marathon (Failure)

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So, yesterday’s marathon did not go as planned.  I didn’t hit my A, B, or C goals.  Instead, I got my first DNF (did not finish). Long story short (I’ll go into more detail in my next post).  I got charlie horse-like cramps just past mile 22 (my garmin said 22.5 but it was a bit off).  I felt like I could barely stand, let alone walk, so for me, there was no decision to even make…the race was over.  I don’t run marathons to say I ran “x” # so the idea of hobbling my way another 3.7 miles to the finish line just to say I finished (and potentially injure myself or force an extremely long recovery – neither of which would bode well for the IM in < 3 months) is not who I am.  The question I asked myself was “At what cost?” And in my opinion, the cost was too high. I will do a full race recap in the coming days because I’m still sorting through everything from the day. It stings too much when I think about it and I feel I need time to process it all. read more

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,

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 Continue Reading →

Pre-NYC Half

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The NYC Half Race Recap will be up tomorrow but I’ll save the suspense…I PR’d by over 2 min!!! I didn’t get my sub-1:32 but I was darn close (1:32:23) and could NOT be happier with how the whole race went.  I don’t think the smile has left my face since I crossed the finish line. And want to know one of the best parts about the weekend?  I am not the only one who PR’d…SO many friends set massive PRs this weekend: Kristin ran the LA Marathon in 3:20 Ashley ran a 1:43 at the NYC Half -> PR by over 2 min Jess took 10 min off her half and ran the Rock N Roll Half in 1:33 Gia got her BQ at the LA Marathon after missing it by 10 sec in the fall – she ran a 3:32 Theodora ran a 5 min PR in 1:50 at the Rock N Roll DC Half Erica got her sub-2 half at the NYC Half Lindsey crushed her previous marathon PR with a 3:13 at the Shamrock Marathon Ashley ran a 2:05 to crush her PR that she’s had for 5 years at the NYC Half On the Run Interview I Continue Reading →