Dreaming Big: Runner’s World Cover Contest

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So Runner’s World is having a contest to find a male and female runner to be on the cover of an upcoming issue. It’s a TOTAL long shot (I’ve read the bios of a handful of the applications already and there are some pretty amazing people) but I’ve decided to give it a shot and enter…it doesn’t hurt to try, right?

Based on the judges’ criteria and total number of votes, five male and five female runners will be chosen for a round of interviews  with the editors. So while the number of votes isn’t paramount, the votes will help the applicant move on to the next round. Which is why I need your help!

You can vote daily from now until August 15 (I promise to not bug you every single day!) and takes less than 10 seconds to vote (you don’t need to create an account or anything!)!

Thank you for your help and support!


I don’t post here every day, but I post all of my workouts (and other happenings) on Instagram on a daily basis {NYCRunningMama}.

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    PEAK Week Success

    My police officer and little criminal (aka cop and robber)

    Peak week ended on Sunday. I wanted to post this Monday but with the NYC Marathon and other commitments, I didn’t have a chance to share the last hard week of training for the Philly Marathon.

    The week was amazing. It was kind of crazy – we had events and things to do from Tuesday through Sunday. I nailed my runs (some were tougher than others, but I got them done) and so much of the week was filled with running – best way to go into taper! Hoping I can ride that high for the next 10 days until race day.

    I hit the highest weekly mileage EVER for me – 71 miles!! It was a bit more than the plan called for (mid-60s) but I ran around NYC on Sunday to watch the marathon (another 6.55 miles). This is how the week broke down:

    Monday: 6 miles on treadmill (8:10 average)

    Tuesday: 10 steady state miles (7:17 average). I was both a bit scared and a bit relaxed about this workout. Scared b/c there was no warmup mile – I was supposed to just jump right in and hit the target pace (7:30). I have gotten to look forward to and LOVE my first mile which is often 8:15-8:25.  The first mile was the hardest of the day for me. I was out of breath and felt like I was working HARD to maintain a 7:30 pace. But after my body warmed up, the pace felt easy and I just let my body go with what felt comfortable. The longer I ran, the faster I ran – not intentionally but it kind of just happened.  So it ended up becoming more of a marathon goal pace run.  It wasn’t a perfect progression run but it was close. Splits: 7:27, 7:21, 7:21, 7:17, 7:22, 7:13, 7:16, 7:15, 7:12, 7:10

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      Whirlwind Weekend on the West Coast + 100 marathons by age 28

      Just wanted to drop in and say hello! It’s been over a week since I last came on here to blog.  I had such great intentions while I was on vacation – I even brought the computer with me…I always seem to think that I will have all this free time and that I will blog and respond to emails after the kids go to sleep.  But honestly, I am often in bed earlier than when we are home.  Being away from home with two little ones is pretty exhausting.  There is no safe area to let them roam while you kick your feet up and relax.  I also think I reached muscle failure no less than 50x this weekend from holding them so much.  The only place where it was really okay for my youngest to be roaming on the ground (crawling) was either the hotel room or the grass – but even in those instances, my husband or I could not take our eyes off of him.  So while it was technically a vacation, it’s not really a rest and relaxation vacation. HA.  We often passed out alongside the boys as we were putting them to sleep – so no blogging or work of any kind for me.

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        Race For Recovery 5k/10k Virtual Run Update


        Men's Health

        HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, supported, and helped spread word about the Race for Recovery.  There are over 225 people who will be running – and even more importantly – we’ve raised almost $9,000.

        I’m so thankful and amazed with the amount of support that I have received in spreading the word about this race.  In the process, a few things were checked off my bucket list!! =)

        Men’s Health: highlighted the Race for Recovery as one of the TOP TEN winter races in America!!!

        Runner’s World: Posted the race info on their Facebook page (and caused my website to subsequently crash because of the unprecedented high traffic that ensued -> there are much worse things in life!)

        The Staten Island Advance: Article (print and online) about the Race for Recovery on Dec 5, 2012

        Women’s Running Magazine: Talked about the Race for Recovery on their blog on Nov 13, 2012.

        Fitness Magazine: Mentioned the race in their Holiday Fit Links:

         FitFluential: Included information on their blog and monthly newsletter:

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          Runner’s World Weekend

          This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Runner’s World Half & Festival Weekend.  FitFluential, Runner’s World, and ICON fitness invited 25 bloggers to the RW Half & Festival in Bethlehem, PA, in order to meet editors and running experts, run one (or more) of the races, and get some exposure out about the race and weekend.

          I had no intentions of running a race so soon after my son was born, but I also knew that this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.  My attending (and running one of the races) would be based on when my son was born – I would only attend if he was 4-5 weeks old – old enough to be out and about for a few days but young enough where he was still super portable and not really on any sort of schedule.  Well, he cooperated and was born within the small window necessary for us to attend (it’s clearly a sign he wants to be a runner!).


          When we first got to the hotel, we were given a welcome bag that had some awesome goodies: RW Big Book of Marathon & Half Marathon Training, a Running SkirtMediterranean SnacksSwiftwick socks, Sweaty Bands, and The Stick.

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            Race Recap / Review: Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival Weekend 10k

            Runner's World Half & Festival

            Runner's World 10k course - it doesn't look too hilly, right?

            The Runner’s World 10k was my first “race” post-baby.  I wasn’t completely racing it as I am still trying to be patient with my return and not over-exert my body before it’s ready…but I certainly pushed myself harder than I have in 10 months!

            Although the course description and profile didn’t sound or look too hilly, it was much hillier than I expected and was ready for.  I avoided hills like the plague at the end of my pregnancy (I was recovering from posterior pelvic pain that developed in July) and so I haven’t run on really any hills since the first week in July.

            I started off the run with two amazing (and speedy!!) ladies that I got to spend time with and get to know this weekend – Kristin and Kat.  They ran the Hat Trick over the weekend and were still the flying in the 10k like it was the only race of the weekend! Somewhere just before the 1st mile, I started to drift back from them.  I was worried about starting way too fast and then crashing and burning at the end, so I didn’t try to keep up (and I wouldn’t have lasted very long if I had tried!).

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              Short Term Race Plans

              Runner's World Half & Festival

              After 8 months of comfortable, easy running, I am anxious to have a race on the calendar, to start training for something…As I said in an earlier post, running for fun/pleasure is great, but I love having something to focus on and push towards.

              So with that said, this is what the remainder of 2012 looks like for me.  While I am excited to have a few *races* on the agenda, I am realistic about the possibility of PR’ing (not happening!).  I will be running these races as a way to slowly get back into the running shape I was in pre-baby.

              Runner’s World Half & Festival (10k) – Oct 20: I  am SO excited for this opportunity.  Thanks to FitFluential and Runner’s World, I am heading to Lehigh Valley in a few weeks.  The weekend looks to be amazing – 35 other bloggers, great speakers (including Bart Yasso, Shalane Flanagan, and Kristin Armstrong), events with RW editors, and a good variety of races.  Plus it is my birthday weekend!!  As much as I would love to run the half, I don’t think I am physically going to be up to it yet.  More importantly, I don’t think I will be ready to leave my little guy for the time required to run the half.  I am nursing and don’t plan to introduce the bottle until he is about 4 weeks old, so committing to the half marathon is a bit of a stretch for me.  So the 10k it is!  If YOU are interested in running one of the races (half marathon, 10k or 5k), Runner’s World has given me a coupon code that will save you 10% off the registration fee! Enter “BLOGGER32” when you checkout!  If you are planning on attending the events / racing that weekend, please let me know! I’d love to meet up with you!

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