2016 Memorial Day 4 Miler

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Snuggles with my adorable 4.5 month old nephew!

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.

As my husband and I were getting ready for bed last night, we kind of looked around the house and realized we didn’t really get anything we had planned to get done this weekend. I worked from home on Friday and then we had the long weekend – we had intentions to do massive cleaning – both inside and outside the home, go through toys in the playroom, get caught up with laundry (and folding). And very little of that got done.

Instead, the weekend was filled with lots and lots of family time. We spent 8+ hours over my sister’s home in NJ on Saturday, 3 hours mid-day with my sister and her family on Sunday, several hours with them again Sunday evening, and then 5 hours with my entire family on Monday over my other sister’s home.

Below are just a few snapshots of the time together:

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After a decent speed session last week (and my first since Boston), I decided to run in Monday’s Memorial Day 4 miler. I knew it wasn’t going to be the time I had initially hoped for, but wanted to run hard and at least get an idea of where I am right now. However, coach and I agreed to not taper at all for this race – so I ran Wednesday – Sunday, including speed on Thursday and 10 miles (currently my “long” run) on Saturday. I knew my legs would be a bit fatigued but it wasn’t a goal race and my focus for the time being is just getting back into a good routine of weekly mileage.

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    Running Links & Highlights (#3)

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    Happy Monday!! It’s been a long, cold weekend for us – and most of the country. Every time I think the temperatures can’t get any lower, we get hit with colder and harsher conditions. I really haven’t wanted to leave the house unless it’s totally necessary -> -10 degrees is not comfortable!

    Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week! Let me know if you read anything that is worth sharing!

    The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself — And the Women Around You: Not running related, but this article is too good not to share. There are so many days I question my decision to stay home with my little guys (for so many reasons).
    “Blow it all catastrophically, in fact, and then start over with good cheer. This is what we all must learn to do, for this is how maps get charted — by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds.”

    80-year old woman sets half marathon PR: An 80-year old woman ran a 2:13 at the Surf City Half Marathon last week – to set a national half marathon record. Kind of amazing!

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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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        Friday Randomness

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        Sleeps ALL day!

        There are a lot of random things that I want to share but rather than try to make a post around each one, I decided to just share them as concise as possibly:

        – I forgot how much newborns sleep!  My oldest son slept a good amount but nothing to the extent of his little brother.  I’m actually hesitant to even type this out because I don’t want to jinx how well (and how much) he is currently sleeping.  I have yet to nap during the day because I am getting a fairly decent amount of sleep at night (between 6-8 hours with 2short wakeups to nurse).  And the best part is that he seems to have his nights and days totally figured out – he wants to do nothing except sleep and nurse between the hours of 10pm and 8am!

        – I’m extremely anxious to start training and racing again.  Running just for fun is great but after 8 months of easy running with no tangible goal (except to run through pregnancy) in mind, I am itching to have something to push myself towards.  I hope to sit down and figure out my racing calendar for the remainder of 2012 this weekend and should have a post on what’s on tap early next week.

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