ready for a week at the beach!

My first week of NYCM training:

marathon training week 1

And now, I’m all packed and ready for a week full of sun and sand! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates from the beach!

Beach week!

Beach week!

Also, last Friday I chatted with  TheActiveTimes-  if you haven’t yet, go ahead and read the interview here!

Happy running, everyone!

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Knocking off some summer bucket list activities!

About a month ago, I made it my mission to have an amazing summer and accomplish a few summer bucket list items.  I’ve now knocked off two and plan to knock off at least one more next week.

2014 Summer Bucket List

SUMMER BUCKET LIST ITEM: Do something touristy in NYC.

  • WHAT: Boat Cruise around Manhattan
  • WHEN: Thursday, July 3

The lovely Alec brought it to my attention that NASH FM had teamed up with the Circle Line Thirsty Thursday cruises to offer a country music boat cruise around Manhattan. So yea, that basically took zero convincing on her part to get me to buy a ticket. We all know how much I love drinking outside. And country music. And drinking outside while listening to country music.

outdoor drankin

As I was taking all the obligatory “I’m on a boat” photos, I realized that all my photos were also the quintessential “I’m a tourist” photos so I asked the question, “does this count as my something touristy?” Alec and a surrounding stranger both agreed that yes, this counted.

manhattan boat cruise

These views absolutely took my breath away.  Even as a lifetime New Yorker, I got chills being so close to the Statue of Liberty, riding under the Brooklyn Bridge, and speeding past downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower, that I truly did feel like a tourist in my own city.

A big thanks to Alec for helping me to cross of my first bucket list item of the summer!

im on a boat

SUMMER BUCKET LIST ITEM: Go to a baseball game.

  • WHAT: Brooklyn Cyclones @ MCU Park, Coney Island
  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 16

I made it a bucket list item to see any baseball game.  I wasn’t gonna be picky here.  Can you believe I went ALL OF LAST SUMMER without going to a single baseball game?  Awful.

I couldn’t let that happen again… so when work sent out an e-mail for CUNY night at the Brooklyn Cyclones game, which included free tickets, a chance to cross an item off my bucket list, and another opportunity to drink outside, it was an obvious no-brainer.

coney island ny

But mostly the outdoor drinking. And my coworkers. And Katie.  They’re all pretty cool too.

coworker and friend love at mcu park

I’m excited to cross some other items off of my summer bucket list and perhaps even double cross off the two I’ve already completed.

I’ll be on vacation and very busy sunning myself on the beach next week so it may be quiet here on the blog but do not fret, NYCM training is in full swing and I’ll be getting in a long run before I leave NYC and will be continuing my workouts from a sandy shore. It’s a tough life.

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Have you started fall marathon training yet? How are you balancing training and summer fun?

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ready for NYCM training and a thank you.

I know it’s been pretty silent here on the blog the past two weeks but I’ve been upset, and then busy, and then busy and upset, and then just exhausted.

My grandfather (who I mentioned was sick in my last post) passed peacefully at home on the fourth of July.  For a man who both loved and served his country, is there a better day?

During all the madness, I was able to get some workouts and runs in:

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That 10 mile run Thursday morning served as therapy for me.  It’d been a few days since my legs moved much so it wasn’t a fast run (finished with a 10:18 pace) but it was exactly what I needed.

I contemplated between running in Central Park or running along the Hudson. Part of me was worried that running past the Intrepid would bring up too many memories of grandpa and I’d get too upset… but I chose that route anyway… and it was the right choice.

Last year, my uncle, cousin, and I brought gramps to the Intrepid.  He served on the Antietam in WWII, which is the sister ship to the Intrepid.  I hadn’t seen my grandfather so happy and animated in years.  He couldn’t tell us what he ate for breakfast but he was able to explain the type of aircraft his ship carried, the type of room he slept in, and all sorts of stories from his time in the Pacific.

Intrepid - Space Shuttle Enterprise

Intrepid Museum – Space Shuttle Enterprise

He wore his Antietam hat (of course) and every person who stopped to thank him for his service, grandpa promptly let them know how lucky he was, that he had 8 grandchildren, and then he’d point to me and my cousin, “aren’t they the most beautiful girls you’ve ever seen?”

Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Museum – Flight Deck

We really did lose one of our bests last week.

Thank you to everyone who commented, sent messages, and/or e-mailed thoughts, prayers, and condolences. It truly means a lot.

And now? Well, now I’m ready to start NYCM training with my extra angel.  Lace up, gramps.

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Mental Tips for When Life Interrupts Your Workouts: I don’t need to run this week.

Or, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself: I don’t need to run… but if I have the time and I want to run, I’ll lace up and head outside.

This is very unusual for me.  I love a good workout schedule (look how excited I once got about fun colors on my training schedule) even when I’m not officially “training” for anything.

So why?  Why do I need the physical (but mostly mental) break this week? Well, life. Sometimes, life happens. And this week, life is knocking me down a little lot.

when life knocks ya down

Right now it feels like I’m fighting exhaustion from all directions.

Physical + Mental Exhaustion:

Work.  This week, I am piloting a course that I wrote/developed over the past several months. The past two days I’ve pulled much longer hours than normal and have spent the majority of the day on my feet and speaking.  I’m still piloting my course so the work isn’t over yet.  I’m expecting at least another day of coming home absolutely demolished.  This afternoon on my way home, I was so exhausted that I wanted to cry when the subway doors were taking too long to close.  Luckily, after this week, the hours and stress will lessen.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel week.

Emotional Exhaustion:

My grandfather is now in hospice care.  He’s also one of my all-time favorite people to ever walk the planet.

Hey there, gramps! Nice style, Ang.

When I haven’t been overwhelmed with thoughts of work, my mind has been busy thinking about him, my mom, my brother, my cousins.

Typically, this is when I enjoy a run the most, but right now I’m experiencing exhaustion-overload and the thought of having “must-do” workouts to complete creates more stress than a run would relieve.

Missing scheduled workouts sometimes make me feel defeated… and with all I have going on this week, I don’t want to feel disappointed in myself that I didn’t get in certain workouts. Instead, I want to focus on celebrating the “unplanned” workouts I do get in, and, most importantly, get my head mentally ready for NYCM training coming up in 2 weeks.  I don’t want to go into training already burnt out and feeling as if running is a chore.

mental tips

Think: This is temporary. This (amount of time) is an exception to my normal routine.

  • Whatever it is that’s interrupting your regular routine, it’s temporary. For me, this week will end and I’ll go back to my normal work hours.  Even if the interruption isn’t something along the lines of a busy work week or a busy travel period and is more along the lines of getting a new job or having a new baby… the interruption is still temporary. If working out is important to you, you will find a way to adjust and you will find a new normal routine.

Know: Working out should relieve stress, not add to it.

  • There’s the saying, “any day I am too busy to run is a day that I’m too busy.” While I do believe that this is true, I also know that it doesn’t stop the busy days from occurring.  And some days, you’re just too busy or too tired or too anything to run.  That’s okay… remember, these days are limited.  This period is temporary. 

Believe: A short break from a regular workout routine isn’t going to erase all of the hard work  already put in.

  • It is true that you will lose some fitness when taking time off (the longer the time off, the higher percentage of fitness may be lost). HOWEVER, if we’re just talking a week or so of modified or fewer workouts, chances are you’re not going to lose any significant amount of fitness. A few days of modified or missed workouts is just a small hiccup.  If you miss a few days of work, you don’t forget how to do your job, right? Your body remembers all of the hard work you’ve already put it through and may even benefit from a few days of rest.

That being said… I’ve erased all of my scheduled workouts on my “training” schedule for the week.  I’m leaving it all open. I’m going to run if and when I want, for however long I want, at whichever speed I want. If I don’t want to run but want to jump into a Soulcycle, yoga, or strength training class, I’m gonna do that.

I’m giving myself this mental “off” week in hopes that I have 16 mentally strong weeks ahead of me. I’m coming for you, NYCM.

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Do you have any tips for when life gets busy and working out becomes almost impossible? Do share!

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