Since You’ve Been Gone

I can breathe for the first time!!  (Who doesn’t love a good Kelly Clarkson jam?! Like be honest!!)

You know that blog post that I promised back in November? Yeah, about that…. ummm…. so, I’m a little behind on the due date. Sorry about that. There have a been a few things that have been going on in my life and even now I’ve been trying to get ahead. Truthfully, I’m still working on my NYC Marathon review, don’t worry I have it written in a little journal so all my thoughts are not lost.

Ok, so here are some of the highlights:

– After the NYC marathon, I really enjoyed running again; like amazingly loved it again. I was running sub-10:00s again and I hit a personal record in a 5K that I ran on Thanksgiving today (a sub 30 min. 5K!). I was on freaking cloud nine.

5k_PR_Nov14

I had my running mojo again and I was in the groove; 2015 was gonna be a year of race goals!! On January 31st, I went for an easy 3 miles run around my town and the next day my ankle was swollen. I thought it was just something small at first but I wasn’t able to put weight on it. I talked to my doctor and she agreed that I should wait 6-8 weeks before heading out the door again. Fortunately for me, eight weeks is this Saturday so I’ll be heading for my first run in 2 months with a goal of doing a mile with no pain. Sigh.

– I’ve applied for a spot in this years Chicago Marathon. Now, after reading the above running review you might be raising an eyebrow, but I’m putting it out there. If I get in, I get in; if I’m out, I’m out. All I know is that I want to do better in Chicago because that race was AMAZING and I hated my time, I want to PR there so bad by at least an hour. I do believe it’s possible and I think I’ve got a shot, I just need to get my body in working order. Getting old is hard.

Chicago Lottery

– We have a little garden! It isn’t much but we finally took care of the little front area of our house and I’m already loving it. One plant is already dead, but thats ok. We have so many that it gives us a chance to make some more room between the buds.

Garden

– And lastly, I’m working on taking some college courses on project management. I’ve been thinking about different ways on how to impact my career and to set myself up on the right path. I’ve noticed that I like I doing more project management stuff at my job so I’ve been doing some research on courses that I can take. It might be a course here and there but at least it’s a start. I took an intro course about year ago that really got my interest so I think I’m heading in the right direction

Ok, so thats about all I got. Nice to see you again! I’ll try not to be stranger again. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Getting to Staten Island

I’ve been working on my race review for the NYC marathon for about a week now. However, due to lack of time, having any energy in my body to type and of course the editor mode being a pain in the arse; the days keep slipping away and I’ve only written about 1/3 of my experience. I wanted to make sure that I stay as honest and detailed as possible so give me a few more minutes/hours/days.

But I did wanted to share a small tidbit with you about one of my favorite things, the Expo. So please accept this small offering while I finish writing.


 

It started with a trip to the Jacob Javits Center on Thursday afternoon with a mission to pick up my bib and walk around the Expo.

Yeah, I'm gonna get my NY on

Hell yeah, I’m gonna get my NY on!

Of course I needed to get a picture of one of my favorite runners who would be joining me on the running route that Sunday, Kara Goucher.

#BFFS #runningbuddies

#BFFS #runningbuddies

Of course, she was a little quiet during our get together but whatever.

Then I followed up my time at the expo with my favorite thing, shopping.

I love new running gear!

I love new running gear!

There’s something always fun about buying running gear. Especially gear from a prestigious marathon that you’re gonna kick ass in. I had been saving my pennies for this expo and bought a few things that I had been eyeing online. I love this hoodie, by the way, its perfect whenever winter decides to kick in.

And then I saw this amazing wall post and I had to get a picture with it.

WorldMajorsPoster_NYCMarathon

As some of you know, one of my life goals is to run all six of the World Major Marathons. Well, after Sunday two out of the six have been completed with only four more to go; and one of those four happens to be Boston. Yeah, I don’t have the goal to complete them all before I turn 40 or something. I just want to get them all done before I die. I can’t believe I’m already a third of the way there!

After spending a few hours wandering around, checking out all the sales and getting my running geekiness on it was time to go and tackle a few other tasks. (Like having to work Friday and trying to get over a damn cold still.)

The next time I would be in the city would be with some friends eating carbs, in the lower East side on a cold and windy evening trying to calm my nerves before one of the biggest running events.

From One Day to the NYC Marathon

Seven years and one week ago, I went down to Harlem on the first Sunday in November to see a friend at the time run the NYC marathon. I wanted to get there early and have a good spot so I parked myself right before the 22 mile marker right on the curb. As soon as I got there, the elite women runners started to round the corner and I decided to capture this once in a lifetime moment of seeing these amazing athletes at their peak. I had been watching them in the morning as I was getting ready to come into the city and I was in awe of Paula Radcliffe, the British marathoner who was leading the pack. I amazingly got my camera out at the right moment and was able to get this shot.

Paula Radcliffe is in the lead. You know, the blur running by.

Paula Radcliffe is in the lead. You know, the blur running by.

Yep, she is the blur in the lead who was going so fast that I didn’t have time to let my camera focus on her. But I’m proud of this photo, I actually love it! It just goes to show you how strong of an athlete she is. Anyways, I took this photo and sat at that corner watching other marathoners run through the city until late into the afternoon. At some point, I quietly told myself, wouldn’t it be cool to do that one day? Maybe I can run a marathon.  

Well, instead of doing one, I’ve run three and last week was the race that inspired this all. Last week, I ran the New York City Marathon.

I’m still in awe that I completed it and now I giddily look back on the adventure, even though it was the coldest run that I have experienced in a really long time. But not matter, I was pretty much all smiles along the route and enjoyed taking in every moment that I had while running around my favorite city. I definitely wanted to honor the experience with its own post but I can’t help and look back at this photo and think of the person who took it. At the time, I had only been running on a treadmill at a gym and only participated in one road race; terrified of ever running outside because I didn’t want to deal with hills. Now, I train on the hills of Golden Gate Park, I’ve run several races with plans for more, especially in the world of marathons. If I had known then what I was about to do I would’ve laughed.

Even now, I have a smile on my face. DAMN! I ran the NYC Marathon. That was awesome!

Weekend To Rest and Run

As I’m writing this, Jon’s cleaning the bathroom. Yep, my guy has spent the last couple of hours cleaning our house to make sure it’s ready for the work week. I, on the other hand, have been trying to think of a good reason not to go for my run today and I can’t think of anything that won’t make me regret my decision. I hate it when that happens. Even now I’m sitting here in my running clothes typing instead of running. What the heck is wrong with me? I know I have a marathon coming up, I need to get my butt into gear.

Sometimes I hate running. I really don’t like running in the afternoon, but this morning I woke up and felt dehydrated so I spent the rest of the day drinking water. I’m on call for my job every Sunday too, so I’m waiting for the moment when my shift is over and then I’ll go for a run. I’m always nervous that I’ll get a call when I’m out and so to prevent that I just wait. It’s lame I know. I even run with my work phone but still I don’t want to spend the 15 minutes it takes to answer a phone call when I get my torture over and done with.

Ok, my shift is over, I can go now. I need to get this over and done with. I don’t want to think about it any more.

(5 Hours Later)

Jon was still cleaning the house when I got home. He wins. Man, he was on a roll this weekend. When that happens I tend to go with it. It was especially nice to see after he completed his first week of work. Yep, he got a job and I’m so happy for him. It was a win that he needed, a position that he was really excited about and at a great company. He was really eager to start. I’m just glad that he’s gonna get a routine now. For the last year and a half I’ve been the one getting out of bed early to go to work, trying not to make any noise. Now, the lights are on, TV is playing and we’re both running around the house trying to get ready for the day.

Ok, so the run. It went well considering I didn’t want to be there. I averaged about a 11:55 pace which is good but not really.  I’m training for the NYC Marathon using the Hanson Marathon Method, which really encourages you to stay close to your easy pace and not try to go faster. I’ve been failing at that. I was suppose to maintain a 12:05 pace the most today and as you can see, I was averaging 10 seconds faster. I start speed drills Tuesday so I’m really nervous that I might be burning out, I really hope I don’t because I do want to go into the NYC marathon with a goal of running a 4:45. I really hope I’m close to that. Ok. I need to stop freaking out. Enough, freaking out. 

So the run actually was better then expected. I have this 6 mile route that I tend to dread since there are a few hills in the last 2 miles. I hate it. But then it’s close to home and takes me down some of my favorite streets in our neighborhood. I love admiring the houses during the run. Fortunately, I had two of my favorite podcasts on the line up, This American Life and Pop Culture Happy Hour to get me through the hour and change. It’s funny, I’ve now gotten into the mood of listening to podcasts instead of songs while running. I think the interesting stories get me through it.

Ugh. I’m already looking at the clock it’s time for bed. I need to sleep. I have 4 miles to run in the morning. Good night!!!

Does Life Come With Walls?

I’ve got writer’s block about my life. Is that even possible?

I keep opening up my laptop, staring at a white screen and try to think of something to write about. But I got nothing. Seriously. Nothing.

I want to write about running but I feel like I’ve been obsessing over that recently. My days are pretty boring right now with work and running but no one wants to read about boring stuff. I talk about Helo enough that I’m trying to avoid sounding like the crazy cat lady. The last movie I watched was The Lego Movie (which was AWESOME!) but I think everyone in the world already knows that. I thought that this would never happen to me but I’ve run out of things to say. Yep, even Jonathan is shocked.

It’s just weird. I usually find some great stuff online to talk about but still there’s nothing thats inspiring me. I feel like I have one giant mental fart. Maybe I’ll find something fun to talk about that doesn’t revolve around the world of running or trying to get healthy. Maybe my boring world will have to suffice.

Another Recruit

On Tuesday, I was asked by my buddy at work how long I could run without stopping. I told him a long time. We got into a little conversation about running and I could tell that he was interested in giving it a try, but didn’t know how to go about it. So I threw him the suggestion to run a 5K with me. I sent him the link to Couch-to-5K Plan, we talked about finding a race where he can pick up chicks and then I got distracted with my work load.

Later in the evening I was sent this screen shot with the message below and I couldn’t be more happy to have a new running buddy.

“See you in two days, app from satan.”

Day One, DONE!

To be honest I totally forgot that I mentioned it to him! But I’m so glad that he’s giving it a shot. Well done, Gabe! I’m SO proud of you.You’re one step closer to getting all those hot chick’s numbers. 😉 And I now have someone to run with during lunch.

How do I do this again?

This cold has really taken both of us out.

On Sunday morning, Jon woke up finally feeling the pain that I’ve been dealing with since Thursday. (I literally jumped on him and was pouring Dayquil down his throat yesterday.) I, on the other hand, have been on the mend which is good considering today is Monday and I need to be back in the office. It sucks to be sick on the weekend but I rather spend Saturday and Sunday sleeping, laying in bed and getting healthy then coughing a lung up on a Thursday. Now, it’s Jonathan’s turn and he’ll probably be spend the next few days laying around the house sniffling, coughing and sleeping. I don’t blame him.

Since I’m pretty much recovered I’m thinking about going for a run soon. With Daylight Savings kicking in I can finally go for a run after work which is great. I use to be a morning runner but sometimes the option of running after work can be so rewarding after a long stressful day. Especially when the sun is setting, it can be the most relaxing and cooling time to go out and run around the town. Since the half marathon is not too far away I’m going to try and adopt some of the Hanson’s Half Marathon Method. I downloaded the program a few days ago and even though I’m 6 weeks behind I’m going to try and apply some of the things that they teach, mainly the consistent running. The one down side is that week seven starts with speed drills and I highly doubt that I’ll be able to complete those after recovering for two weeks.

My first speed drill will be a 10 x 400 with a 400 recovery. Basically that means one run around the track as close to a 5K pace that I can go with a light recovery jog afterwards. Repeat that 10 times. I’d just be happy to complete it! This is what happens when you stop running. It feels like starting over again and since I’m not the fastest runner it feels like I’m taking two steps back instead of a step forward.

But welcome to the world of running. The only person who’s going to judge on how fast you’re going is yourself. So the moment that you’re pushing yourself to go faster is better than anything else in the world.

All I want right now is a fro-yo.