Who Keeps You Healthy?

Last week, I was contacted by someone at the American Recall Center to participate in their “Who Keeps You Healthy?” campaign.

via American Recall Center

via American Recall Center

Well, who does keep me healthy?  At first, I struggled with this one.  I mean, I started running for me.  I don’t have a regular gym or running buddy, my dog lives on Long Island with my parents, I have no kids who I need to keep up with… so really, who keeps me healthy?

And then it came to me.  While I started running for me (and I still do, of course), it’s become pretty evident over the past few years, through long training cycles and races, that I’m also running for my parents.

NYCM Finish Line Bleachers

at the NYCM finish line bleachers

My parents don’t run (although I do sign them up to walk races) but over the years, they’ve traveled near and far to spectate and cheer for me.  They’ve woken up before the sun to help me get to a start line. They’ve taken off work.  They’ve flown to Chicago, Las Vegas, and Florida… twice.  They’ve walked all over Manhattan for 3 NYC Marathons so that I had familiar faces at various miles. They’ve made signs and banners. They’ve waved flags and rang bells. They’ve kept their phones close and waited for a tracking update.

I often think of them on particularly challenging runs.  It helps to imagine that I’m running my goal race.  What do I hear? What do I see?  How do I feel?  Where is my family?  

In every marathon, they are in almost every thought of mine.  What are they doing? When will I see them next? Or, like in last years’ Chicago Marathon, “Where are they? They are the only people who matter right now.”

It’s a feeling I get whenever I cross a mat during a race, knowing that they’ll receive a tracking update. It’s why I’ve never had to walk on the 59th St Bridge because I knew they were waiting on the other side. They keep me going.  Knowing that they are counting on me and waiting for me, it keeps me moving forward.

So much of being healthy is having someone (or someones) who believe in you.

So thanks, mom and dad, for spectating like champions, motivating me when you don’t even realize, and keeping my healthy and moving forward.  Where’s our next race?


So tell me, who keeps you healthy?

The American Recall Center’s most recent “Health Hero”, Amy, shared her story of a recalled hip replacement and the perseverance it took to get her life back on track. It is her goal to make everyone more aware of the potentially dangerous hip implants people are living with. You can click here for information on hip replacement complications and recalls. 

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Have I mentioned I’m running a half-marathon in 33 days?

First up, workouts from last week:


Oh right, I’m running a half-marathon in 33 days:

I feel like the Brooklyn Half-Marathon has completely snuck up on me this year! I’ve run this race before but have taken off the past few years for various reasons- but don’t worry, Brooklyn, I’m making my return this May!

brooklyn egg

Previous Brooklyn Half-Marathon posts:


I have no intention of racing Brooklyn for time.  I’m using this “training” as a way to get myself used to running 4x a week again.  On race day, I’m going to enjoy the run, get myself to the damn beach, and drink a big ol’ glass of beer at the finish line.  Who else is IN?

Brooklyn Half “Training” Schedule:

brooklyn half marathon training schedule


A big congrats to Meagan who won the Spartan Race giveaway! 

Who’s running Brooklyn this year? Celebratory beers at the finish?!?


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First Quarter Review and 4th Race of 2014.

First up, workouts from last week:


First Quarter Review:

Back in January, I set the goal of running 14 races and 1000 miles in 2014 so I figured now’s a good time to see how I’m doing and make sure that these goals are still attainable.

get me to the darn moon


  1. Walt Disney World Half-Marathon
  2. Gridiron 4M
  3. Spring Meltdown 15k
  4. Run for the Parks 4M

This past weekend, my college roommate came down to NYC for some good beers, food, running, and of course, me.

too bad we can't just date each other

We ran the Run for the Parks 4M in Central Park yesterday morning, treating it as more of a “fun run” than a race.  We used it as a way to burn off some of the extra calories fun we indulged in over our girls’ weekend and a way to enjoy the awesome springtime weather.  4th race = complete! 10 more to go!


  • January = 59 miles
  • February = 48 miles
  • March = 63 miles

at what cost, man?

I’m obviously not breaking any records with these monthly mileages.  For the first 3 months of 2014, I’ve accumulated a total of 170 miles.  I’ve got 9 months to reach my goal of 1,000 miles, meaning I need to average 92 miles a month going forward.  With 4 months of marathon training coming up (and also training for an endurance event I never thought I’d attempt), I think this will be doable.

Other Fun Stuff:

Here’s to an awesome 2nd quarter of 2014!

dancy pants

How’d your first quarter go? Tell me something awesome!

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I made it through the winter from hell: Spring Meltdown 15k.

First up, workouts from race week:


Surviving the winter from hell in decently good shape:

This past weekend, I ran the Spring Meltdown 15k in Central Park. Going into this race, I had absolutely zero clue of how I’d do.  Even as I left in the morning, I didn’t know if I wanted to take it easy and run it like a long training run or use it as an indicator of my fitness level after this horrible winter.

sometimes i hate running too

As usual, I started running and wanted to race. So yea, indicator of my fitness level it was.

duh ang of course you want to race

This was my first of NYRR’s new “classic” races. These races are small (only 1,160 finishers on Sunday), are for NYRR members only, have no t-shirt/hat/goody bag, and have very few frills at the race (no extra DJs/music). There were still water stations throughout the park and there were bagels, apples, water and Gatorade at the finish line. The best part? The registration fee was only $10!  I’ll most definitely be running more of these classic races in the future.  What a great way to get a race in without crying a little on the inside when paying my credit card bill. 

the bills oh gosh darn the bills

Seeing as I had no idea of my racing fitness going into this race, my main goal once I started running (and realized I wanted to race) was to just race by feel and use my time and pace after the race to assess my fitness going into the spring.

The second lap of the park was really rough for me, especially on the East Side which is the last 3 miles. These miles were mostly uphill and I was fighting a huge headwind.  If anyone was looking for a solid positive split that morning, they could have just followed me.

follow me

I finished in 1:26:54 (9:21 pace), which is only about 90 seconds off my PR set back in December (9:11 pace).

Not too bad.  I haven’t done a speed workout since before the Chicago Marathon and my “training” these past couple months has been pretty abysmal.  I’m definitely proud of my performance on Sunday and am looking forward to really pushing myself this summer during marathon training.

Next up? 4M race this Sunday with my college roommate… and thennnn, my lovelies, 13.1 miles to Coney Island.  Fuhgeddaboutit.

ALSO! If you haven’t yet entered to win a FREE entry to a Spartan Race race of your choosing, the giveaway is still open!


Do you have an off-season? Did your running suffer this winter?  How do you come back after “off” months?


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