Weekend Happenings and Training Catch Up

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Happy Monday!! I started off this morning with a 20+ mile run. Truth be told, I had initially planned on getting this run in yesterday but after a jam packed, fun and exhausting weekend, I made the decision to postpone it one day. I felt that it was better to get more sleep and recover […]

Falling Off the Early Morning Workout Train

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To subscrive via email to NYC Running Mama, click here! ———————- I’ve always been an early morning riser – I can remember being in grade school and waking up early each morning so that I could shower, have breakfast and watch TV – all while the rest of my family was still sleeping. The Army […]

My Favorite Home Workout DVDs


After making the commitment a few weeks ago to get back into the habit of doing core and strength work on a more regular basis, I decided to purchase a few workout DVDs to help me stay on track. I have some regular exercises that I enjoy doing, but have heard amazing things about barre […]

Update on Training -> Be Smarter Than Me


If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen that I briefly mentioned I was having knee pain the last few weeks. But I haven’t gone into detail…so here it it is: About three weeks ago, I began feeling something in my left knee. It wasn’t painful – just kind of a […]

Tempos vs Intervals

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Two quick things to share: First, my good friend, Kristin (who is also running the LA Marathon – yay!) is running 37 miles on a treadmill on Friday for charity. She is also hosting a virtual race in conjunction with her run (you can win some awesome prizes!). You can read all about it (and how […]

Keeping The Dream Alive

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So first, I want to give a special CONGRATS to one of the runners I coach – Joe D (from Staten Island) who ran a 6+ minute PR at the Fred Lebow Half Marathon this past weekend! Despite super frigid temperatures and a tough course (two+ loops of Central Park including Harlem Hill), he ran […]

Miles for Meg + The Beauty of Flexibility

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Another week of training for the LA Marathon is complete. It was a good week of running and I was able to get in all my planned runs while also hitting my highest mileage (of this training cycle) – 64! Monday: 10 treadmill miles (8:06 pace). Nothing exciting about this except that I finished watching Homeland […]

Treadmill Running with Little Ones


As I’ve talked about a few times, I am not the biggest fan of the cold weather (by cold, I mean <25 degrees) nor running in the pitch black at 5am. So I tend to rely on the treadmill a lot during the winter months. Since we have one in our basement, I also tend […]

Running in Cold Weather

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It’s that time of year again, friends! I didn’t think that we would see temps in the 30s for another few weeks but winter seems to have crashed the party early. I tweeted this out before my run Saturday morning as a way to convince myself to dress the way I knew I should and […]

Halloween + Longest Long Run


Well, friends…we are officially in peak week! AGH! I feel like the last few weeks have completely flown by. And let’s not even begin to discuss that the big day is now less than three weeks away. This past weekend was my longest long run of the training cycle. My coach wanted me to run for […]

Finding the Motivation: Running Truths

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Truth: There are some days where I wake up not wanting to run.  I doubt if there is anyone who really truly wakes up every morning with the burning desire to run. I’d say 90% of the time, I’m pretty quick to pop up when the alarm goes off…there is virtually no hesitation on those mornings. […]

Birthday Celebration + 24 days to go!


Hey everyone! I’m still here! I know I have barely written anything lately…life has been crazy the last few weeks and blogging is one of the first things I sacrifice when I am short on time. But crazy = good so I am not complaining. I have a bunch of exciting things going on with […]

BIG Weekend + Training Catchup


Guess what’s happening this weekend!?! It’s my husband’s first Half-Ironman!!! I think I’m more excited and nervous than he is!! I finally am getting to experience what it feels like to be on the other side. I am so proud of my husband for putting in all the training the last few months for this […]

Slowing Down to Get Faster

As I alluded to in my last post, I am doing a bunch of things differently this training cycle. The most glaring change I have made is slowing down every run {with the exception of my long run}.  Easy runs, tempos, intervals, recovery…They are all slower. Anywhere from 15 sec to 1 whole minute slower […]

RnR Philly Half + Benefits of Using a Running Coach

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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 […]

Why Do You Run? + 17 miler Success

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One of the questions I get asked most by non-runners is Why do you run? followed by What do you think about while you run? I’ve always gone into a long explanation about how running makes me happy, challenges me, gives me some “me” time.  These are all true. But I never have felt like it’s the complete reason. […]

10k Training Club


Ever wish you had someone to train with? Or that you have someone that runs your pace? Wish you could afford a running coach? Want to improve, but reached a plateau? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Amanda (Run to the Finish) and I are contacted by readers […]

Treadmill + Clean House

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Happy Labor Day!! Hope you are all enjoying the nice, long weekend!! I try to stay on top of the cleaning on a regular basis. Kitchen counters and family room, kitchen and play room floors get cleaned/vacuumed on a daily basis.  Heavier cleaning happens on the weekend. But I’ve been slacking a bit on some […]

Running With Your Partner

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This past weekend was the first weekend in I-don’t-know-how-long that I didn’t have a packed training schedule. Man, it was NICE. My husband and I went for a run Saturday morning with both boys – each pushing a stroller.{Review of the BOB Revolution and Ironman strollers coming soon.} It was so much for to do […]

Lake Placid Training Weekend


It was bound to happen.  Up until this point, most of my Ironman training recaps have been successful.  They may not have been perfect, but I’ve hit the distance or time I wanted.  Well, I didn’t this weekend. While our weekend trip to Lake Placid was great for so many reasons (I’ll explain below), I […]

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