Runner Survey

First up, workouts from week 3 of Newport Half training:

half marathon training week 3

Yea, I know, I knowwww, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Honestly, for the last few weeks I’ve been questioning whether I wanted to continue keeping up with this blog so I figured I’d give it a break for a while and see what happened… and then this past weekend I got a number of e-mails from people saying they found me when searching for Dopey Challenge reviews and training insight and it gave me some motivation.

The truth is, life is just so damn good right now that I find myself with little free time/motivation to write. That being said, the plan for now is to continue posting but probably less frequently while summer/training/life is in full swing.

For now, here are some scenes from the past few weeks:

photo collage catch up

Runner Survey:

Who doesn’t love a survey? Go ahead and play along too.

1.  Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

  • Beach… I think. Or mountain. Wait – is there a risk of wildlife attacks on the mountain trail? Because that would make this question easier. I did go hiking this weekend and found myself saying “I could run this” on numerous occasions.

2.  If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

  • Blue. Blue is the name, right?

3.  If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

  • Tank top and a sports bra. Anyone else only decide to do laundry when they run out of sports bras? More importantly, DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF THE ETERNAL BACK SPORTS BRA TANLINE?!?

4.  Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

  • Depends. I thrive on a plan and it makes me happy to know what I have/want to do that day. On the flip side, it’s nice when I’m not training for something specifically and I can switch up my schedule based on weather and fun things that may come up during the week.

5.  Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

  • Start with the uphill, end on the downhill. Unfortunately, my apartment sits on the top of a hill and no matter which direction I run in, I end on an uphill. Gross.

6.  When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

  • Spin. Soulcycle, specifically. Emily L, to be even more specific. She’s the best. #girlcrush

7.  What is your preference—>  Out and back, point to point or loop runs?

  • Out and back when I’m running from home, point-to-point or loop for races.

8.  If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a…

  • Pair of shoes that were fitted specifically to you. Don’t mess around with this stuff, people.

9.  Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

  • Do pigeons count?

10.  Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

11.  If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

  • Pizza. The answer is always pizza. Okay, green grapes too.

12.  Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

  • Shorts. Can’t mess with the shorts and compression socks combo!

13.  At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

  • It depends. I’ve had it take up to an hour before I settle in to my run. Sometimes I never hit that sweet spot where I feel “ready to go.”

14.  What do you do with your key when you run?

  • In my SpiBelt or shorts.

15.  If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?

  • 2014 NYC Marathon because I knew I was going to PR throughout the race and I was just so happy and proud the entire time. Plus, I had a cheer squad at the finish line. (2015 Disney Marathon would have to be a close second)

16.  What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

  • Hmmm. Mile repeats. Yuck.

17.  What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

  • Having to complete the running log for my coach. I wish I had something a little less blah than that but the past few weeks have been hot and humid and it’s really the only thing getting me out there at the moment. Otherwise, I’d be in Soulcycle every night.

18.  When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

  • I leave right from my door. I’m lucky that I’m in close proximity to 2 great running spots in NYC. Plus, I haven’t driven a car in over 2 years so that’s not an option. I have, on occasion, subway’ed to a run… but it’s not preferable.

19.  When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

  • I’ve actually never run in sunglasses so I don’t really know. I’m more of a hat/visor person when it’s sunny out.

20.  When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

  • Right now, it’d probably be having to admit to my coach that I quit when completing my training log. As it gets closer to race day, I’m hoping to be a little more self-motivated, but at the moment race day feels far away and it’s hot and sticky and the AC’d Soulcycle studio would feel sooo nice.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their July and staying cool in the summer heat :-)

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Seinfeld Apartment.

As today begins the first day of what will essentially be 6 months of training, I decided to take last week as a real mental break from running.

Seriously, I’ve got 6+ months of training ahead of me…

  • 3 months for Newport Liberty Half
  • 2 months for Philly Marathon
  • 1.5 months for Dopey Challenge

Soooo anywho, instead of running ALL the miles, I did 3 Soulcycle classes, including one Soul Survivor, did lots of walking, and squeezed in an easy 3.2 miles after hearing about the SCOTUS decision Friday morning.

love wins

via Urban Cusp

It’s about damn time, America. #LoveWins

Seinfeld Apartment

To celebrate every season of Seinfeld now streaming on Hulu, the site created a pop-up Seinfeld apartment in NYC for 5 days only. As a native New Yorker and a longtime Seinfeld lover, there was not a chance I was missing out on this super-cool (free!) perk of living in NYC.

seinfeld apartment nyc

Friday afternoon, I was on line with hundreds of other New Yorkers waiting to get inside. We waited a little over an hour but by the time we left, the line was significantly longer. I even saw yesterday that due to such large crowds, Hulu had to shut down the line by 2pm in order to accommodate everyone by the 7pm closing time.

seinfeld apartment wall

Before entering Jerry’s apartment, you wait in the hallway and get to peak in the peephole of Kramer’s apartment (I jumped back when I saw Kramer’s face staring back at me – wasn’t expecting that!). Once inside, I was struck by the detail that went into constructing the replica apartment. Everything, from the cereal boxes to the magnets on the refrigerator to the books and movies on the shelves, is exactly as seen on tv.

seinfeld apartment

Everyone there was obviously geeking out a little, taking pictures, quoting lines, pretending to do stand-up comedy themselves…

seinfeld hulu stand up

Upon leaving the apartment, you can enter the museum where actual items from the show were on display. While I elected not to lay down on the art of seduction couch and pose ala George Costanza, many men were removing their shirt and getting into the poses. I chose to play photographer instead and giggled the entire time, of course.

seinfeld museum

Thanks, Hulu, for putting a big fat smile on my face this weekend. And thanks, Seinfeld, for the continuous laughs and the endless quotes to text to my parents. Who needs real conversation when you can communicate solely in Seinfeld quotes?

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Hope everyone had a wonderful PRIDE weekend!

Did you visit the Seinfeld apartment? What was your favorite part?

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Mini 10k and Montauk Beaching.

It’s been a week+ since I ran the NYRR Oakley Mini 10k and about a week since I’ve returned from my vacation to Montauk so I think it’s finally time to share the fun (and not-so-fun) of last week…

2015 NYRR Oakley Mini 10k

mini 10k

  • This race was the not-so-fun.
  • Originally, it was supposed to be hot, humid, and rainy for this race. As the day approached, the rain was stricken from the weather forecast but the hot and humid remained. In fact, the heat and humidity increased. WONDERFUL.  When I woke up at the crack of dawn, it was already 76 degrees. YAY.
  • I love this race. I always have. Last year, I ran it with my cousin as her first 10k. I thought about her a lot during these miles and how adorable she was when she started sprinting up the back end of Harlem Hill, interpreting my advice to “maintain effort” as “maintain speed.” I love people sometimes. Well, I love her all the time, but this little moment made me love her more.
  • I met up with Jess at the start to give her her race bib and take our usual pre-race photo. As I had no time goals for this race, we figured we’d start together and then just do our own thing and catch up after the race.
  • The start line was absurdly crowded, more so than usual.
  • I felt pretty miserable the entire time. The heat was getting to me and my legs/arms/everything felt like lead.
  • By mile 4, I had had enough of being so miserable. What was I doing? I do this race for fun. I do this race because it is historic and when a historic race like this starts just minutes from your apartment, you fcking show up and celebrate four decades of women’s running. So yea, I decided to stop being miserable, slow down, and did a run/walk for the remaining 2 miles.
  • I finished in 1:01:30 (9:55 pace) which isn’t so bad when you figure I essentially walked and trotted through the last 2 miles.

Montauk

montauk

  • After the not-so-fun race, I was stoked to have a fun 3-day mini vacation ahead of me.
  • Montauk has been a family vacation spot for as long as I can remember. We’ve been going to Montauk since I was a child and would always stay in a house my aunt and uncle own. Even before they bought the house, we would go and stay in a hotel on the beach but I was actually so young that I only vaguely remember it. Last year, my 4 days in Montauk was also my second week of marathon training and inspired this post about tips for working out on vacation.
  • This year, fitting in workouts was easy as I was with another runner. We did one 45-minute relaxed run and one 4M+ workout with 10×1-minute pick-ups. We also did a 3M walk to Gosman’s Dock one evening.
  • Since I didn’t go to Montauk with family this year, we stayed in a hotel right in town, Solé East Beach. It was a great location for walking in town and getting to the water. They were also very accommodating in letting us stay in our room after the checkout time so that we could get the most of the day at the beach and still shower before heading home on an early evening Jitney.
  • As I don’t have a huge summer vacation planned like last year’s California trip (but I do have 3 and 4-day weekends planned all summer… none of which I plan to be in Manhattan for), I was happy to take a few extra days off of work and just relax on the beach with someone I adore.
  • Montauk will always evoke a feeling of nostalgia in me and it’s hard to feel anything but carefree and happy while breathing in that ocean air. It was really difficult to get back on the bus to NYC on Wednesday and the only thing that really eased my mind was that I would have less than 48 hours in the city before leaving again for the weekend. After all these years, I finally got the memo that summer weekends in NYC are not really for NYers.

Phew, we’re all caught up now.

Next week starts my official training for my goal race in September and then the marathons in November and January.

I’m definitely excited to put in some work and get these legs moving swiftly again! Stay tuned :-)

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Father’s Day Weekend Shenanigans.

fathers day weekend

Father’s Day Weekend was for:

  • Getting my hair keratin’ed for summer. #curlyhairproblems
  • Walking the Highline and playing with legos.
  • Sitting on the grass and people watching.
  • Getting up early.
  • Getting dusty and dirty.
  • Wearing plaid and camo… three days in a row.
  • Working an old school bbq and not setting the garage on fire (major success if I do say so myself).
  • Buying a paddle boat.
  • Drinking white wine spritzers.
  • Backyard planning.
  • Getting lots o’ mud on my cowboy boots.
  • Not doing a single workout that wasn’t house or yard-work related.
  • Unpacking and then repacking for 4th of July weekend. Too early? #dontevencare

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Especially my favorite dad, mine :-)  

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