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Motivational Monday!

17 Feb

Another Monday…another week. I’m super excited for this week because it’s NYC Social Media Week! I’ll be going to 2 events on Thursday and possibly one on Tuesday. I’ll be writing more about this in a post later today.

Here’s today’s inspiration:

Have you ever been afraid to try something? Because you were afraid you wouldn’t be able to do it? That’s how I felt back in 2010 when I started thinking about trying a half-marathon. My mom and I were so scared, and did not think we’d be able to do it. Then we did…and then we committed to a full marathon-and were petrified! But now, 2 marathons later, we know it’s something we can conquer, and every year we work to improve our times and continue to run 🙂

Had we not decided to try a half-marathon, we would never know what we were capable of. Sometimes you may think, “I could never do that.” Stop and think, is that true? Or do you just think you couldn’t? I say, I could never do a triathlon, but now I’m considering trying a mini one and seeing where that goes.

Going along with this, I was watching the Olympics and heard the story of an athlete who wanted to go to the Olympics, so she started skiing 4 years ago. Never skied before! And is now in the Olympics. You really never know what you can accomplish.

Is there something you have said you would never do, but then ended up doing?

Is there something you think you can’t accomplish ever? Why?


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Training With Marc: “Training For a Marathon”

19 Dec

This is a series I started with my old running coach, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs TrainWithMarc.com. He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!

Hi everyone!  It’s Coach Marc and I’m back. This time I’m writing about what it takes to run a marathon.  We all know that 26.2 miles is no joke.  So what’s the best way to prepare?  Here’s my run-down for you:

1.  Be prepared to put in some serious work.  A marathon isn’t the same as a 5k – you can’t just go out and “do” one.  You’ve got to put in months (and sometimes years) of serious training.

2.  Remind yourself you’ll have to sacrifice a bit.  There are times you’ll want to go out and have drinks instead of get up for your long run.  Remember 26.2 miles is far.  Be prepared for early nights and early mornings!

3.  Visit your local running shop and ask questions.  Whenever I need a bit of motivation, I pop over to the Haddonfield Running Company.  Find your local store and get the right shoes for your foot type.  Buy some new running clothes and a good watch to start your training.  Don’t forget to hydrate – carry a water bottle with you!  Find out what other runners do and formulate a plan.

4.  Find a running coach who can create a plan to help you reach your 26.2 goal.  Not all coaches are created equal.  Find someone who you trust and who has experience working with runners of all abilities.

5.  Track the progress you make.  Create a blog or online training log so that other people can help keep you motivated and provide that extra support you might need.

6.  Plan ahead so you can still have your fun.  Planning allows you to still have a life while still getting in all of the important runs.

What other advice would you add?  How much weekly mileage do you think is necessary to complete a marathon?

Looking to get into running or need to take your running to the next level?  Send me a message @ TrainWithMarc, on  Facebook or on Twitter.  To get started with a plan of your own, visit TrainWithMarc.com.

Find more Training With Marc posts here.


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Would You Rather: Running Style

4 Oct

I saw this post on Cori’s blog (Olive To Run) and loved it…so I wanted to fill in the answers for myself! It’s Friday – do something fun and fill it out on your blog too 😉

Would you rather…  run with one of your ancestors or your role models?

I think I’d have to say role models…and choose one of my running idols Kara Goucher. I’d love to pick her brain about running, life and more!

Would you rather…  run a race that is a few hours drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?

I don’t mind driving for races, though financially I can’t afford to travel much further than the tri-state area. But if money wasn’t an issue I’d definitely rather drive to a beautiful location! This is on my to-do list:

Big Sur International Marathon

Would you rather… take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?

I really wouldn’t mind either…ice baths feel good once you get over the initial shock…but I’d have to say foam roller because currently my muscles are all tight and definitely need a good 30 min. session! I love this one that my YMCA has:

Would you rather… have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?

I actually have two black toenails forming right now and it is so painful, it hurts to even rub against my comforter at night…so I’d have to say I’d rather them get taken off and just get it out of the way.
Would you rather… spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?

I would rather save it. I am paying off my car and would like to save up to buy a house (though not anytime soon), and any little bit helps in terms of saving!
Would you rather… be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?

Definitely fastest marathon. 1) I don’t think I could run farther than a marathon and 2) It’d be pretty cool to say you have the fastest time in any distance.

Would you rather… have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?

Ahhh this is tough! Can I choose both?

Can I also have ripped abs and live in a location this scenic?? They are both my running idols…I can’t chose!
Would you rather… lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon, or lick their foot after a marathon?

I don’t know how Cori thought of this question lol…but I’d have to say armpit. At least it’s only sweat as opposed to dirt and who knows what else on someone’s foot.

Here are the questions if you want to do this on your blog!

Would you rather…  run with one of your ancestors or your role models?
Would you rather…  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?
Would you rather… take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?
Would you rather… have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?
Would you rather… spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?
Would you rather… be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?
Would you rather… have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?
Would you rather… lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon, or lick their foot after a marathon?


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That Time I Got Advice From Lauren Fleshman and Amby Burfoot

29 Aug

Thanks to Runner’s World, I got to ask from pro runners for their advice and input…and I’m glad I did! I didn’t think they’d respond to my questions since a million other people were submitting questions but I got lucky 🙂

Here’s what I asked along with their response:

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I have been wondering this for a while (how elites strength train), especially because it is so hard for me to balance both. I had asked Kara Goucher this once at a meet and greet, and she also told me that they mainly focus on core. Time to start doing more abs! I know Adriana has posted about Myrtle exercises before, and I need to get on that.

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I wanted to get input from someone about the Hansons Marathon Method plan that I have been following. I know others who are marathon training do their long runs with some miles at marathon pace, however the Hansons have long runs at easy pace…though we do speed work and tempo runs during the week too. Thanks to Amby for easing my nervousness a bit!

I’m mainly nervous about maintaining my goal pace for 26.2 miles. I don’t get how doing easy runs mainly but tempo runs at goal pace (but only up to 10 miles) will help us keep that pace…I mean I know it will, just like Amby says, it all comes together, but I’m just nervous! I shouldn’t be, since I have completed a marathon before, but I just really want to actually do well. I remember during half marathon training, I was able to keep my goal pace during segments of my long runs…I was so positive I’d be able to do that in the race…but it didn’t end up happening.

Anyways, I wanted to share these tips and advice with you all in case you can benefit from it as well!

How do you mentally prepare for a long race? How do you erase your doubts?


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Running With A Group

3 Aug


This run was awesome.

My mom and I had 4 miles to do on Thursday. I had a job interview in a town near mine, so my mom met me there. She also wanted to stop in the local sneaker store to get new shoes. While we were there, I saw there was a group run in an hour running 4 miles. Perfect!

It was a rainy day and when we met back up for the run it was just my mom and me. Thankfully two other guys showed up.

I was a little nervous because I didn’t know if I could keep there pace but we ended up running 10 minute miles.

I seriously loved it! The group forced me to run and not slack off (like, “just go up this steep hill and you can walk for a little”). I ran the whole way and had conversation to pass the time as well.

I’ve wanted to run with groups in the past but get afraid of keeping the pace or being the last one, but I think I will have to try this again! 4 miles flew by.

Do you run with a group or mainly solo? I’m lucky I have at least my mom to run with me regularly,otherwise I don’t know how I’d entertain myself!

Motivational Monday!

15 Apr

It’s Marathon Monday! I obviously had to find a marathon related motivational post:

Who’s watching the Boston Marathon either live, on TV or on your computer at work? I’m rooting for Kara and Shalane! I love watching marathons, and this is 1) motivating me for my 11 miler later and 2) motivating me and getting me pumped for NYC Marathon this fall =)

Are you running a marathon anytime soon?


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Running For Charity

9 Apr

I have some exciting news!

As you may know, my mom and I will be running the NYC Marathon in November. We got in with the 9+1 NYRR program last year, and are so excited. We ran it in 2011, and it was killer…I did not finish the way I wanted to. So this year, I’m coming back with a vengeance!

Us after finishing in 2011. I was BEAT.

Anyway, my mom and I decided we also wanted to run for charity. After looking at different charitable organizations, we decided to run for DetermiNation of the American Cancer Society!

We are so excited to fundraise again this summer for a good cause. I just set up our fundraising page and wanted to share it with you all. I know the race is still a long way away (fundraising deadline is end of September too) but if you could please help us kick off our fundraising, I would greatly appreciate it! Any amount helps, even if it is $1. We want to make a difference and join the fight against cancer!

Our fundraising goal is $3,000 which I think we will get to no problem. If you want to check out our team page or donate, here it is!

In 2011, when we ran for Team Reeve, I sold t-shirts where all proceeds go towards fundraising, I think I will do that again too!

Thank you in advance, and I’m really excited to start marathon training in June!

Have you ran a race for charity before?

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2012 in Running!

29 Dec

This is a fun post inspired by Theodora at Losing Weight in the City. It’s a great way to recap 2012 and relive some running moments I may have forgotten about. Here we go:

1. Best Race Experience: I loved all of the NYRR races this past year (me and my mom’s first year with NYRR). But my favorite was definitely the 5th Avenue Mile. I had an awesome race, it was so thrilling running 1 mile down 5th Ave, and I chatted with Kara Goucher and Jenny Simpson.

runners high

So excited to chat with Kara!

So excited to chat with Kara!

Me with Jenny Simpson

Me with Jenny Simpson

2. Best Run: I can’t pinpoint one specific training run that I loved, but I know that running in the fall was my favorite time. This year especially because I wasn’t marathon training in the fall. I was able to really enjoy my fall runs without worrying about distance and pace. Who doesn’t love fall scenic runs like this?

3. Best piece of new gear: Nike capri pants. I always said I’d never wear capri spandex to run or the gym. I thought it’d be too hot, so I always wore shorts. Now I love capris!

4. Best piece of running advice: Hmmm, I will go with my running coach Marc. He pushes me to work hard and not make excuses. I’ve been training him with 2 years now, crazy! Whether it’s advice about pacing, races, shin splints/injuries…he is always responsive and helps me out.

5. Most inspirational runner: I’d have to say Dorothy (from mile-posts). I only recently stumbled upon her blog but she has run 20+ marathons! She truly inspires me to work hard and chase my dreams. Her mantra of “I Run This Body” is one I repeat to myself in races, and a good reminder that a lot of it is all mental.

6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Exciting…successful…relaxed….and marathon qualifier because my mom and I completed the NYRR 9+1 races to automatically qualify for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon!

What are your greatest moments? How about 2013 Goals? I will be writing a separate post on my 2013 health/fitness goals…stay tuned 😉

ING New York City Marathon *1 year anniversary*

6 Nov

I cannot believe today is exactly 1 year since my mom and I ran the New York City marathon. Our very first marathon. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

On Nov. 6, 2011, we woke up at 4:45 am (?!?!?) rushed to get coffee and a bagel, and get on our bus that would take us to the starting village.

We had prepared for months for this moment. We had also worked for months to raise $8,000 for the Christoper Reeve Foundation.

Back of my Team Reeve Shirt

We trained in the cold. We trained in the blistering heat (I’ll never forget our 18 miler which we could ONLY do at noon on a 90 degree day). We canned for hours in front of grocery stores asking people to donate. We sacrificed a lot for this moment. I stayed in on weekends when friends went out because I had to train in the morning. We endured sore legs and muscles…but were rewarded with long, post-run naps 🙂

I just can’t believe it’s been a year! I never in a million years thought I would run even a half marathon, let alone a marathon. The year before the marathon I started following more health and fitness blogs, and seeing what people were accomplishing. That is what motivated me to set this goal. My mom and I had a ton of support from family and friends, and it was amazing.

Our wave went off at 10:40, and we were beyond excited. I don’t think we could even really process what was happening. Before we knew it we were running over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. As everyone always says about the NYC Marathon, the first 1-2 miles are all uphill on the bridge, but you barely notice it because you just can’t even believe it’s happening.

The first half-marathon basically is through Brooklyn and all flat (thank god). We met up with my dad, brother, sister and boyfriend at Mile 6.

Candid that my brother and sister took

We got to the half-marathon marker at about 2:30. I figured we could finish in 5 hours, maybe less because at that point I still felt strong. At mile 15 we trekked over the Queensboro Bridge which was tough. It was all uphill and never-ending. As people always say, there are also no spectators, so it’s eerily quiet.

But you can see Manhattan in the distance! As you come out of the bridge, it’s mile 16. Only 10 more miles to go! You round the corner and onto 1st Avenue, which is booming with all of the cheering. It really is a “wall of sound.” You’re like, “Ok, I got this! 10 more miles? That’s nothing!”

Still feelin’ great

But then you start to the notice the slight incline that doesn’t seem to be ending…and that’s where I started to fade. This was the point where I first started walking. My mom still felt great, and I felt really bad holding her back. This was also the point where I started feeling SO thirsty. I couldn’t stop drinking water. Later, I would find out this is what would do me in. Yikes.

So we trek up 1st Ave and I knew my family would be at mile 18. I wanted to look strong for them!

Then it’s pretty much a blur to me until I get to mile 20. I knew my best friend was there, and that’s what pushed me through to at least get to that point. I found her and she cheered me on and told me to keep going. We shared a picture and a laugh and she sent me on my way.

After this, I was majorly struggling. A lot of walk breaks. My pace fell to the 12-12:30 minutes per mile range. I was not looking too hot. At mile 23, we entered Central Park AND my brother and boyfriend joined in for the last 3 miles. They tried to joke with me and get me going, but I was extremely cranky at that point, and walking for the most part. My brother grabbed my arm at one point and made me run!

Who made me do this again? LOL so embarassing

Doesn’t Dan look like he’s our bodyguard or something with his shades?

The last 3 miles would NEVER END. At mile 26, we stopped to take a picture with the mile 26 sign. I literally didn’t even have energy to smile.

The last 3 miles were honestly a blur. I didn’t get that feeling of excitement that we were almost finishing our first marathon. I was nauseous, dehydrated and angry with my time. I wish I could say we crossed the finish line and cried and hugged each other, but we actually got our medals and then I threw up and landed in the emergency tent. Oops.

But I certainly was glad to be finished. We walked out of the park and 10 blocks to wear Team Reeve was gathering. We got free stretches, and ice bath and miso soup to replenish sodium 🙂

And of course we were proud to be walking around in our mylar blankets!

This experience is one I will never forget. Of course, upon finishing I said NEVER AGAIN. But 1 week later, my mom and I signed up for New York Road Runners in order to complete 9 of their races to qualify for the 2013 New York City Marathon. We just finished race #8, and have one more to go, along with 1 volunteer session. I cannot wait to come back and conquer the course. I just need to learn how to properly hydrate this time!

New York City 2013, here we come 😉

Watch my video montage/recap here.

Health/Fitness Links to Get You Through the Day

10 Oct

It’s Wednesday! Halfway through the week! Hope you all are working on turning your “I wish” into “I wills” 😉

As usual, we all need some good websites to peruse sometimes to get us through our mid-week funk. I found some real good ones this week!

  • Cut Your Workout Time in Half – This is from Nissan’s Innovation for Endurance site. There are some really good tips in here. There is no need to have a 2 hour workout at the gym. Make the most of your time there…get in and get out! My favorite one is probably the tip about keeping track of your rest time. Sometimes I take way too long of a rest period, and that adds up in the end!
  • Breakfast for the Week: Egg Casserole – Another great post from Jess at Blonde Ponytail. This is an awesome idea for making one dish that will last you the week. I love eggs for breakfast but sometimes I am in too much of a rush to have them in the morning. This is a great solution to that, and I definitely need to try it out.
  • How to Run a Marathon: Yes YouFitbottomedgirls.com provides good info for those looking to run their first marathon, along with a great, basic training plan. This plan assumes you have already run a half marathon, but I took a look at it and don’t think that’s necessary. You should, however, have a good base of running, and at least be able to run 3-4 miles consistently. After seeing everyone’s posts about Chicago Marathon, I am getting the marathon itch again!
  • How to Meal Plan – Probably my favorite link out of all of them. Meal planning is essential if you want to eat clean. You need to have meals ready for when temptations hit, or for when you are out and the only food options are Burger King or pizza. I pack my meals every morning into my lunch bag and always include a ton of snacks too. I don’t want to be caught out without food. This link has a ton of great tips on how to do this!

There you have it friends…my 4th ever “Health/Fitness Links to Get You Through the Day.” My little blog is slowly growing 🙂

Do you plan your meals ahead of time daily, weekly, monthly, etc? If so, how do you do it? Share some tips in the comments!