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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Lasik Recovery in the Hamptons.

Over the past few months, Justin has been toying with the idea of having Lasik surgery. After so many years of wearing glasses and being frustrated by contacts, he’d had enough (wanting to swim with the sea turtles in Hawaii sans contact lenses was also a contributing decision factor lol). A few weeks ago, we got him in touch with the doctor who performed my and my brother’s Lasik surgery about 8 years ago and it was a go! His surgery was scheduled for last Wednesday out on Long Island. Bye bye glasses!

We went out to LI on Tuesday night to make Wednesday morning as easy peasy as possible. As it was Global Running Day (and I just like to drive him crazy), we got outside super early for an easy 4 miles. ¬†After quick showers and a quick breakfast, we were on our way to the surgery center! Thanks, mama B for the drive ūüôā

Lasik surgery goes so quickly and within 20 minutes, a nurse was calling me back to meet with Justin and the surgeon to talk aftercare. Within 40 minutes of arriving at the surgery center, we were on our way home so Justin could lay down and hopefully sleep for the next four hours. That first day is really the worst and once you get through that and the first post-op appointment, it’s pretty smooth sailing.

It was really nice to have some mandatory resting on our calendar. By Friday morning, equipped with dark sunglasses and many bottles of eye drops, we were ready for the best part of Justin’s recovery plan – a weekend in the Hamptons!

East Quogue/Hampton Bays

When we first got engaged, my amazing aunt graciously offered us her Hamptons house over the summer so we could have a relaxing mini-trip during the craziness of wedding planning. We asked a few of our closest friends if they wanted to join us and, to no one’s surprise, they all said yes ūüôā

It was a super easy weekend with lots of barbecuing and sitting by the pool. There was some evening exploring out in Hampton Bays and Southampton but we mostly stuck to the house and enjoyed each other’s company.

Alec and I started Saturday and Sunday mornings with a short run and Justin was glad that I had someone else to run with because I usually ask force him to join me. He gets a free pass for this weekend because of the surgery but he better be ready for some Hawaii running in three months!

Weather-wise, this was the best weekend we’ve had all “summer”¬†and it has me crossing my fingers for all the fun weekends we have planned in the next few weeks. Bring me ALL the sunshine!

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Today is a special day – it’s the anniversary of me and Justin’s first date! Also, the REAL countdown starts now – 100 DAYS!

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These sure don’t feel like peak weeks…

First up, workouts from last week:

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I was dreading¬†that 16 mile run. I’ve struggled with the 16 mile distance in the past. It’s my “hump” distance, if you will. Every distance above 16M essentially feels the same for me. 18M vs 20M? Not much difference in how I feel during/after… but the 16M training run is the first run where I feel a significant difference from any amount of lower mileage (even just from last Saturday’s 14 miles).

Last week was beyond exhausting for me at work and when Saturday morning rolled around, I struggled to get out of bed, to eat breakfast, to put on clothes, to do, well, anything. So yea, 16 miles felt impossible but I forced myself to be out the door and running by 9:30 (especially since I had a Halloween costume-making party to attend!).

Even with the exhaustion, those 16 miles were glorious. Central Park was beautiful and I felt so fantastic that I picked up my pace for the last 3 miles (and willingly included Harlem Hill in my 16th mile Рam I crazy?!), finishing my run at my marathon pace time from last year.

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I’ll take it!

Peak weeks for Philadelphia Marathon:

Peak weeks of marathon training are known for a few key characteristics: high mileage, tired legs, complete and utter exhaustion, uncontrollable hunger, and rollercoaster emotions.

Technically speaking, I am “peaking” for the Philadelphia Marathon these next two weeks because I’ll be at my peak mileage. That being said, there are a few reasons I don’t feel like I’ve got two “peak weeks” coming up ahead of me.

Why this doesn’t feel like peaking:

  • I haven’t been “marathon training” all that long.
    • For 12 weeks I was only focused on the half marathon, took a break, and then started adding distance to my base.
  • My legs aren’t all that tired.
    • This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that I haven’t been “marathon training” for more than just a few weeks. I’m only running 2-3 times per week and with less intense workouts than if I were trying to PR this marathon.
  • I’m more tired from work than from running.
    • Running is actually taking up less mental space than work right now, something significantly different than during past marathon training cycles.
  • I’m¬†not hungry any more so than usual.
    • Yea, my mileage is higher on the weekends but in terms of overall mileage, it’s not really a significant increase. It’s not like my grocery bill is going up $200 this month (yes, that happened last year).
  • I’m completely emotionally stable and marathon-anything doesn’t send me into a tearfest.
    • Well, not yet, anyway…

Here’s to 2 pain(and tear!)-free peak weeks!¬†

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Long runs & two things guaranteed to make runners scream.

First up, week 11 of NYCM training:

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Conquering long runs:

My number one piece of advice for anyone nervous before their first really long run is to mentally split the run into sections.  When I hit my first 16 miler of this training cycle a few weeks ago, it helped to mentally split the run into 4 parts of 4 miles.  With the 18 mile Tune-Up in Central Park, once I calmed myself down, I mentally split the run into 3 loops and would only focus on the loop I was currently running.

This past weekend, I was set to cover 20 miles. ¬†I’m always prepared to “mentally” split a run but when the opportunity is there to physically¬†split it up, even better!

Sunday’s 20M:

  • Section 1: 1 mile warm-up
  • Section 2: 10 mile race (Bronx 10M)
  • Section 3: 9 miles back to Manhattan and around Central Park

The 1 mile warm-up barely registered, the 10 mile race was (obviously) exciting and when that was over, there was this feeling of only having 9 miles left. This made the 20 miles so much less daunting. I really love incorporating races into my long runs Рsee here from my 21 mile training run from 2011.

Also, I had great company:

Bronx 10M via jessdefilippo

Thanks to Jessica for the company and thanks to my lovely coach for introducing us!

Two things guaranteed to make runners scream:

During the Bronx 10M, I¬†realized something… there are two guaranteed ways to get runners to scream during a race:

  1. Seeing the lead runners pass by on an out and back course.
  2. Running through a tunnel.

Runners are each others’ biggest supports so number 1 is no surprise. When those lead runners basically lap you, there’s no jealousy, only support. There’s clapping, there’s cheering, there’s all sorts of “whoo”ing.

But then number 2… what is it about running through a tunnel?! Why is it so much fun? Why does everyone feel the need to scream? The Bronx had a few tunnels throughout the course and without fail, runners “whoo”ed through every single one. ¬†Okay, I whooed too. I don’t even know why. Sorry I’m not sorry.

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How do you mentally conquer long runs?

Do you scream going through tunnels? Any idea why it’s so darn fun?

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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?

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So tell me, who keeps you healthy?

The American Recall Center’s most recent ‚ÄúHealth Hero‚ÄĚ, 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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