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I Love Runners

3 Feb

Last year, I wrote this post about why I love the running community after the terrible attacks at the Boston Marathon. So many amazing stories were told in the months after, and it reaffirmed that runners are a strong community.

Yesterday, my mom and I went to cheer on a few friends at a local 4 mile race. We wanted to run 3ish miles before the race, but we ended up getting there late. We also somehow inadvertently matched and both wore our marathon shirts 🙂 But we actually saw lots of runners in NYC Marathon shirts at the race, and I wanted to shout out to them all!

Since we got there late, we ran 1 mile out on the race course with runners, and then turned back to go watch the finishers. I found my friend as we were getting ready to go up a hill and ran up it with her before turning around. I also saw this man who sped by me…seriously how inspiring is this??

We turned back and I was really tired. I had to stop and walk a few times, not gonna lie…and this was only a 2 mile run!! So sad. But it’s to be expected when I haven’t ran since November. I’m not too worried about getting back into running shape.

So we got back a minute later than the winner, but still got to see the first few people crossing the finish. It was fun to actually be a spectator for once and cheer on other runners.

I really wish to be fast one day!

But the point of this post is why I love runners. As I stood there cheering on fellow runners, I noticed a lot of people doing the same. Not only cheering for their friends or family, but also cheering on everyone else. Runners cheering on complete strangers. Runners who finished their race and could go eat or go home if they wanted to, walking back and cheering on strangers.

We cheered and encouraged people to finish strong, or told them “looking good!” Runners of all ages, and all of them inspired me.

It just moved me to think of how this community stands by each other and supports each other, even if we have never met. And not just runners, but also non-runners who understand the passion behind it, and wake up early just to go cheer.

Whether it’s a small race like this one, or a huge race like NYC Marathon, spectators are awesome. Spectators are what kept me going in the marathon. Every step of they way they were yelling my name, and towards the end cheering even louder when they saw I was struggling. If you haven’t seen my NYC Marathon video recap, check it out below. At around 2:30 you can hear spectators chanting “PATTY AND TINA! PATTY AND TINA” for my mom and I, and it was just a moment I won’t forget.

This is why moments like what happened at the Boston Marathon won’t bring us down. It’ll make the community that much stronger.

Thank you to everyone, runners or not, who have ever cheered for me during a race. You have no idea how much it helps!

Thank you to spectators who support their runners, and wake up early just to go cheer on everyone else.

I can’t wait to be a spectator at this year’s NYC Marathon and pay it forward to everyone who will be running!

Do you cheer on fellow runners after a race? Or go to races to cheer?

Are you a non-runner spectator? Why do you like cheering on runners?

Lastly, who’s running Boston this year? It’ll be an unforgettable experience I’m sure!

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2013 – My Year Of Running

13 Dec

I found this great link-up on Miss Zippy’s blog and wanted to take part. 2013 was a great year for me in terms of running. I conquered some fears and mental roadblocks, and worked hard for a marathon PR. Hopefully there is more to come in 2014! Here are my answers to her running survey. If you fill it out, head over to her blog to participate in the link up!

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  • Best race experience? I mean…I think you know what I’m going to say. NYC MARATHON!! I didn’t run many races in 2013, not even a half marathon in my build up to NYC, because Hanson’s Marathon Method didn’t really recommend it. My training was 100% for NYC. I wanted that PR. And I got it! It was also a great experience to run 26.2 miles with my mom, and cross the finish line together.

  • Best run? Hm…I’d have to say running on a trail that my mom and I just discovered this summer. We did short runs and long runs there. It’s paved and scenic…can’t wait to run there again this spring!
  • Best new piece of gear?  My Garmin! Finally invested in one. I used to use a Nike GPS watch but the screen went black. Then we used RunKeeper for the longest time but I wanted an actual watch for the marathon. It’s pretty on point in terms of distance, and is certainly handy!
  • Best piece of running advice you received?

*In reference to my worrying that missing days due to injury would affect my marathon. Everyone should remember this when they freak out about missing a few days!

  • Most inspirational runner? Gosh there are so many awesome running bloggers I follow…I’m going to pick 2. Lindsey from Out For A Run, and Theodora from Losing Weight In The City. Lindsey is just a beast at running. She crushes it in training and I wish I had her work ethic when it comes to running! I hope to be as fast as her one day…but that is long ways away 😉 Theodora was one of the first bloggers I followed when I first started blogging. She has an amazing story as well, and has really gotten faster since she began her journey. I also hope to be as fast as her one day! Both of these ladies inspire me to get out the door and work my butt off for my goals.
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Hard work pays off. I went into marathon training with the goal of not only a PR, but finishing the race feeling good. I had the best race I could that day. I attest that to doing the most training I have ever done since starting to run. I ran the most monthly miles and the most miles in a year since 2010!!

2013 was truly a great year for running. I pushed myself and conquered my fear of running 6 days a week, and accomplished my goals. I can’t wait to try the Hansons Marathon Method again!

How was 2013 for you in terms of running and fitness?

What goals do you have for 2014?

Let me know if you fill this out for yourself! I’ll be doing a fitness related one in the next week or so.

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We did it!!!

4 Nov

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I’ll write up a recap soon but today = relaxing on the couch and being lazy since I can barely walk =)

It was a truly amazing day!!!!

Marathon Playlist + Last Minute Thoughts

2 Nov

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

I can’t believe it is hear. I am beyond nervous…but I’ll get to that in a bit.

I wanted to share my marathon playlist with you all. It’s only a little over an hour but I only plan on listening to music around mile 18-20 and only if I’m really struggling which hopefully is NOT the case! It’s a mix of songs, and this past week I’d hear a song come on my iTunes and think, “I need to add that to my list!”

What are your go-to pump up songs? What would you add? I am open to suggestions!

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Last Minute Thoughts:

I’m really nervous…here’s why BUT I’m going to try to add in some positive affirmations after each one:

  • I’m nervous because the past 3 weeks of training have not gone as planned. I’ve missed 8 days of training, and got sick this past week. Positive Affirmation: I need to trust the training I did for 16 weeks. I ran my long runs and ran in the double digits during week days as well…I have ran more than I have ever run in the past.
  • I’m nervous because I of course got a cold this week. Positive Affirmation: I feel much better now, and though my nose will probably be runny…energy wise I feel okay. Plus, I’ve read about some runners who got sick during taper week and then PRed!
  • I’m nervous of feeling out of shape due to not running as much, and out of breath. Positive Affirmation: I will go at an easy pace in the beginning. And as my friend told me, I can take walking breaks as needed.
  • I’m nervous of not being able to finish for some crazy reason. Positive Affirmation: I WILL finish. I finished 26.2 miles in 2011 on way less training and it was my first marathon. I have covered the distance before and can do it again.

I need to keep telling myself these things! I am trying to have faith in my body and legs. I’m also nervous about the crazy wind…35 mph gusts?!?! Awesome…but alas, you can only control your body and your training. I will try to draft off other runners, or take turns with my mom drafting.

Help! Do you have any positive affirmations or thoughts you use to build mental confidence? Please share them with me!!!

See you on the other side! 😉

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NYC Marathon Training Week 17

28 Oct

17 weeks in the books! Wow…cannot believe it…The last 3 weeks of this training plan have not gone as planned, however. I had to cross train all of last week, and this week I took it easy because of my shin…but at least I am back to running! It’s a lot less than my training plan called for but do you think that will make a huge difference?

Here’s last week’s info:

Monday:

Supposed to do 6×1 mile at 10 sec. faster than goal marathon pace.

Cross-trained instead.

Tuesday:

I think I was supposed to do 6-7 miles. It was my first day back to running in 8 days, so I eased into it with an easy 3 miles. Felt ok but definitely felt more “tired” while running than I usually do.

Wednesday:

Easy 4 miles…felt pretty good!

Thursday:

Needed to do 1 mile warm up, 10 miles at goal pace, 1 mile cooldown.

This was obviously not happening. I did half mile warm up, 6 miles at goal pace, half mile cooldown. Pace was ok…kind of slower than it needed to be (10:18) but it was hilly towards the end.

Friday:

Easy 4 miles. No pain…felt pretty good.

Saturday:

Off

Sunday:

Needed to do 6 but I was EXHAUSTED from not sleeping Friday night. Took off =( At least I got a full body massage though!

So now it’s taper time…I ran significantly fewer miles than my plan advised…do you think this will affect me?

My biggest fear right now is starting the race and feeling tired and heavy and out of breath by mile 3. You know those runs? I hope this doesn’t happen.

My sports chiro said my leg feels much looser, and the pain has gone away…but I’m still very nervous!!! I plan on hydrating this week, but also making sure I take care of my shin. Elite runner Jenny Simpson even offered me advice!

I had such a good training cycle up until Week 16…I keep trying to remember all of that but I can’t help but feel nervous and scared that I won’t finish.

Have you ever felt like this before a race? How do you banish negative thoughts? Help!!

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NYC Marathon Training Week 16

21 Oct

Sigh. That’s how I’d some up this week. I had to cross train all week, and will continue to do so this week until Wednesday when I will try to run again. Here’s what I did:

Monday:

Off. Legs tired from Sunday’s long run.

Tuesday:

Needed to do 1 mile warm up, 4×1.5 miles, 1 mile cooldown. Did it on the bike instead because of shin pain.

Wednesday:

Off.

Thursday:

Needed to do 1 mile warm up, 10 miles at goal pace, 1 mile cooldown. Shin hurt as soon as I started my warm up, so nope, didn’t run. Swam/pool ran for 70 minutes instead.

Friday:

Another attempt at a run. Nope. Walked for 40 minutes instead. Also decided to try a epsom salts.

Saturday:

Supposed to do 10 miles. Did 65 minutes of cross training instead. An assortment of things: 15 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes rowing machine, 10 minutes arc trainer, 10 minutes stairmaster, finished with a non-impact cardio/abs circuit.

Sunday:

Another hour of pool running.

Please please please let this all be enough/maintain my fitness. I just want to finish the race and not feel miserable!

Have you had to cross-train for an extended period due to injury? How did you feel when you started running again?

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Motivational Monday!

21 Oct

Happy Monday! Another new week…and less than 2 weeks until the New York City Marathon! =O

I decided to go with this quote today:

Once again, this quote is one I can relate to, especially while marathon training. As you may know, recently I’ve had to take multiple days off due to some shin pain. It has made me nervous, paranoid, and doubting myself. But I love this quote and need to remember it!

I need to “rid my mind of can’t” and think of everything I have accomplished and will accomplish on Nov. 3.

Sometimes it’s so easy for us to get down on ourselves and believe we will not do well enough (in whatever it may be), but if we just change our mindset, we could excel and potentially surprise ourselves….something I should write down on my hand or something on race day!

Have you read any good books on building mental strength? I need tips and help!

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Nervous…and Paranoid

18 Oct

We are 16 days out from NYC Marathon…and I’m really nervous.

I haven’t ran the past 4 days. One of my friends was like, that is not a big deal! Muscle memory, etc.

But I am really worried! I missed a 4×1.5 mile workout and a 10 mile tempo workout. I plan on doing the tempo run tomorrow…but I hate that I low on my mileage this week, and had to skip runs due to my shin pain. I did do cross training. Monday, I rode the bike, and yesterday I pool ran for over an hour (SO BORING).

I am going to lay out my worries, because I think writing/expressing them will help:

1) I’m worried that I’m losing fitness…I know that I really wont in just 4 days BUT I’ve had to miss a few days in the past 2-3 weeks due to this pain, and I’m scared of it all adding up.

2) I’m scared that I won’t be able to finish in less than 5 hours, which is my ultimate goal. I feel like missing these runs are going to affect my overall time.

3) I’m scared my shin will hurt during the race and I won’t finish. Surprisingly, this is the least of what I’m worrying about but it’s still in the back of my mind.

Basically, I just want to run this marathon and feel good. Like I’ve said a few times before, in 2011, I ran my first marathon and was miserable. I was done by mile 17 and had to walk/run the rest of the way in. We were on track for a 4:55 marathon and ended up in 5:20. I felt bad that I held my mom back.

I know it had to do with fueling and hydration. I just want to finish this race feeling strong. Obviously I will be tired by the last few miles, but I want it to be “normal” tired, not exhausted and puking at the finish line, like last time.

This post was really random…and I just wanted to get these worries out there and hopefully hear from other runners who have gone through the same thing.

Did missing a few days affect you in the end? Or not really?

Were you really worried? How did you get over that?

I’ll leave you with something the Hanson’s tweeted me (I’m following their training plan). I needed to hear this!

Screen shot 2013-10-18 at 11.25.46 AMI will certainly try to remember this!

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NYC Marathon Training Week 15

14 Oct

I am so tired from yesterday’s run and having to be up today to be at work at 7 am, that I forgot what I usually title these posts. My brain is feeling like mush!

My body is starting to feel the effects of training and I am SO ready for a break. I just want the race to get here already.

Here’s this week’s recap:

Monday:

Spin class with a friend. Decided to cross train instead of run 7 miles.

Tuesday:

1 mile warm up, 3×2 miles, 1 mile cool down. Needed to run at 10 sec faster than goal pace.

Success! Felt great and running 10 sec. faster than goal pace did not feel that challenging! Also remembered why I love to run on this run…inspired by these beautiful views:

Wednesday:

Off

Thursday:

10 mile tempo run at marathon goal pace.

As usual, I always doubt myself in the first 1-2 miles, then end up warming up and feeling great. We did this on a hilly course and for some reason I run faster on hilly roads than flat ones? Hit our paces even though mom had to stop at 9 miles due to IT band pain. I kept going on and finished with 1/2 mile cooldown.

Friday:

Easy 4 miles with a friend.

Saturday:

Easy and slow 3 miles…ran 3 min walked 1 minute due to shin pain. Trying to take it easy.

Sunday:

16 miles on the marathon course! Felt great and now I know where I can expect some tough portions to be but I am ready!!

When you’re training for something for weeks, towards the end are you just ready for it to get there and be over with?

I’m excited but can’t wait to not HAVE to run on certain days!

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NYC Marathon Training Week 14

7 Oct

4 more weeks!!! So close…but it needs to get here already because my body is ready for a break.

Had to skip some runs again due to my shin pain. So I’ve officially seen a physical therapist, an athletic trainer, and an acupuncturist. They think it’s adhesions (I have these weird bumps under my skin). I’m going to see a sports specialist to hopefully get an answer. I needed to run 7 miles today but that’s probably not happening. Sigh.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday:

off

Tuesday:

1 mile warm up, 2×3 miles at 10 sec. faster than goal marathon pace, 1 mile in between each, 1 mile cooldown.

Felt ok…second 3 miler was uphill so pace slowed down a bit.

Wednesday:

off

Thursday:

Supposed to be a 9 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up and cooldown. Ended up only doing an 8 miler because of the humidity. We felt miserable. Our tempo pace needed to be 10:18 and we could barely do 10:45. Awful run.

Friday:

Recovery 5 miles. Also got my first kinesio taping, which I think did help!

Saturday:

Easy 7 miles. Still feeling meh…

Sunday:

Needed to do 11 miles, but guess what…did zero. My shin pain is coming back. This SUCKS.

I don’t know what’s going on but the marathon needs to get here. I’m starting to feel blah about runs and probably because I’m just frustrated with my shin problem. Hopefully I get an answer today.

How is your training going?

Have you ever had to see a physical therapist?

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