Thursday, December 31, 2009

Part one of the last day of the year....

Headed up to Rockefeller State Park Preserve today to take in the natural wonders of all things outside this city. Okay, maybe that is a little strong. Just wanted to get the hell out...for a moment or two.

As soon as we were getting ready to go, the snow started coming down pretty hard which made us hesitate to head out of the city. But we decided to take a chance. And, my oh my, did the chance pay off.

The hubs & I were immediately left alone as H&R took off ahead of us & A&O decided to stay local. We ran for a few miles, walked/hiked for a few miles & really just took in the beauty of the park. Thank you Rockefeller family.

Distance: Maybe 5 or 6 miles
State of Mind: The great thing about the snow is using other peoples tracks to head you in the right direction

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Perfect day for a long run, really don't get many chances to run in the middle of the week like this. Props to S for setting up such a perfect group, although the girl to guy ratio was very poorly chosen.

To get our run in, we decided to stay in Brooklyn & head South to Coney Island. Really was a fantastic run, very chatty & I never really felt tired. Not sure if that is a good thing or bad.

When we got back to the park, I tried to push it for the last 2 or so miles although my plan called for betweeen 3-6 miles of tempo. It was too cold to ask so much from my body, but what I did fit in felt good.

As I challenge myself to plan for the future, I am just so thankful to have so many amazing people around me. Each & every person I run with is so honest, kind & passionate about life. It is a beautiful thing.

Distance: 17.2 miles
State of Mind: Maybe staying away from Manhattan is making me soft

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trying to take it easy today, I did a quick run at the end of a very very chilly day. When it's this cold, I am thankful for such amazing gear.

Distance: 3 miles
State of Mind: Okay, maybe there can be too much wind

Monday, December 28, 2009

My whole week is a little mixed up since I am off of work & celebrating christmas & new years in between what is supposed to be a hard, consistent week of training. Instead of an easy day today, I decided to get my speed workout in -- so I had enough rest time to get ready for the long run S has planned on Wed. But the speed workout didn't go as planned, I was so exhausted I only finished 2/3's of it. Now, with enough time passed, I wonder why I couldn't have held out & completed the workout. But at the time, I seriously thought my heart was going to explode.

Distance: 1.5 mile warmup, 2x1200's at 6:45 pace, 6x200's at 6:20 pace, 1 mile warmdown (didn't finish the last 2x1200)
State of Mind: I kind of felt like a drowning fish gasping for air

Sunday, December 27, 2009

To make up for yesterdays disapppointment, I headed out this morning to log in a few good miles. And boy oh boy, was it good. Such a crisp, warm day...I wouldn't have wanted anything more for a long run.

We ended up staying in Brooklyn & doing a nice route along the riverside parks & up the promenade. Just J, S & the new guy. Lots of talking, lots of beauty.

Distance: 12.2 miles
State of Mind: Feels so good...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What a yucky day, I know I should get out there but I just can't make myself. Finally, I come up with the brilliant idea of getting on my bike (computrainer) & putting a few good miles. Feels so much better than sideways rain.

Distance: 50 minutes on the trainer
State of Mind: It sure feels awful not to get out for a run

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Met up with J & HM for an easy loop around the park. I had so much energy, I could have taken on a few more loops...but, as always, life gets in the way of my running. Had a very strange post-run conversation with the two gents...kind of went into a vortex of what it feels like to be in a long marriage.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Can my life take a different path or is this it?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

After a quick day at work, I headed to yoga practice at noon for a little pre-holiday cleansing. It was a level 2 class, which let me work on my form as I was pretty familiar with the pace/routines we undertook. Was able to hold a forearm (barely) & head stand for a few moments before losing complete control.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Calm...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Truthfully, I really didn't want to run tonight. I probably should listen to my body better, but I couldn't really think of the possibility of having the entire night to myself. So I joined the group for an easy run, nothing big...just a skeleton group of runners & G being mean to me as usual.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Pretty obvious

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

If I could bottle the feeling I had during tonights run, I would. It was part pain, part determination & part pride.

Did the exact same workout as last Tuesday, only two changes: HM & G decided to join & we decided to go the opposite way for a little variety.

To be honest, the workout felt a little more manageable...probably because my body still remembered it from last week OR maybe it was because I gave in to my pride & just ran until I couldn't run anymore. The last few miles, I swear the only thing I had control of was my arms...and the only thing I could hear was my breath becoming more & more out of control.

And to top things off, it is so mentally hard (and somewhat nice) to watch your friends/teammates turn around to make sure you are okay. It doesn't get more exposed than that.

Distance: over 8 miles with 6 miles doing 3min pickup, 1 min recover, 2 min pickup
State of Mind: A little sickened (both physically & mentally)

Monday, December 21, 2009

There is something so magical about a large piece of property in the middle of a huge city...especially when there are so few people in it. Running with HM & N tonight, I felt like we could have been anywhere in the world...maybe just not New York City.

Running will definitely pull me through the holidays, something I am very thankful for.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Watch out the grey puddles that look like sidewalk

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It can't get much better than waking up to a foot of snow. Seriously, so beautiful. Even for dirty Brooklyn. Getting up to the park was a lot more challenging than expected, literally making my way through blocks that no person had come through since late last night. But once I got to the park & a saw the group agathering...I just knew we were in for a fun time. Even though I literally watched my step each of the way, I found the run exhilarating & perfect.

Distance: over 8 miles
State of Mind: My tune is changing

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My god, today's run was rough. I was supposed to do 16 with some pickups at the end...but I just ran until I couldn't anymore. And it simply wasn't long enough. But I don't think that's the point, because at the end of the day I pushed myself hard & felt the pain that I crave so often. And the beautiful thing was, I felt like I ran with so many different runners....which was so inspiring.

After meeting withe group & doing a moderate paced run from the park across Brooklyn & Manhattan bridge, I made my way back to the park & did an outside loop with 10 1-minute pickups. It was definitely challenging, tiring myself out very very quickly.

Distance: 14.25 miles
State of Mind: I honestly don't think my core body temp rose once during the run

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Practicing grace...well, that is what we were pursuing tonight. It started with a walking meditation that I couldn't quite grasp & it evolved into feeling, believing, remembering each movement we made for the next two hours or so. It was an intense class, but I think I got one step closer to cracking my inversion issue...which made it all worth it. Walked away with one statement in my mind, there is a big difference between 'doing yoga' & 'being yoga'.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: So thankful, think I am finally moving on...finally

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cold, dark, windy night of running with the group tonight. Felt good taking it easy, even though my core temp felt like it never rose. Makes me miss Santa Barbara.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: I will take the cold, so long as the snow/rain doesn't come

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

From the salt crusted on my face, I knew that tonight's workout definitely worked me. Following her program, R & I did 6 miles of pick-ups (3 min hard, 1 min recover, 2 min hard X 6) around at the park. Although I am sure my pace varied throughout the 6 miles, I truthfully ran with heart out. Each one killed just as much as the last.

Distance: 8.5 miles
State of Mind: If this is what it takes...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lately, I do whatever is necessary to get out of my head. And the best way that I have found so far is to remove myself to running. Met up with a smaller group to do an outside loop. I always love mixing things up & it was nice to have constant chatter while we ran, although most of it came from me.

On my way home, I ran past a girl sobbing. So the west coaster in me stopped to ask if everything was okay. She told me that she just left the courthouse, where her fiance was sentenced & immediately taken to jail. And to make matters worse, just a few weeks ago she found out she was pregnant. She asked me why things have to be so hard & I really didn't have an answer.

Distance: 6 miles
State of Mind: Escaping

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Getting pulled in two different directions, getting up this morning was tough. But after I got warmed up, it was easy to find my pace & enjoy a quiet run with the group.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Need to clean up my act

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Woke up after a long night's sleep to a chilling, bright morning. Headed down to race as a bandit at the NYRR holiday 4-miler, but I was a little too late to set up my perfect game plan. Although I didn't run into the usual culprits, I had a great time holding a fast pace through the 4-miler. I wasn't going nearly as fast as I wanted to, but I was happy that I ran strong & picked up my pace with each mile.

Afterward, met up with A & was happy to have H & HM meet up with us too to add in some additional miles. It felt like we literally ran through the entire city, from the park to up to bburg across to manhattan & back again. It was nice to have such a small pack of runners to entertain the run with & most importantly it was nice because there was no pressure. Just running to run.

Distance: 16.6 miles
State of Mind: Exhausted physically, mentally charmed

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Man oh man, it is cold outside. Thought yoga would be a nice treat to warm up. Instead of getting soaked, Ali had us focusing on postures more than she ever has. Although I didn't feel the push as much as I like to, I really enjoyed working on perfecting what I have built.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Loved how much we talked about negativity being a natural part of our lives, something to face not fear

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Did a moderate loop around the park with the group tonight, the Wed night runs have definitely developed into a solid group of runners. Afterward, H & I headed to the Y for a little weight routine. Since I was out of practice, I was definitely a little sloppy. Need to find more consistency.

Distance: around 7 miles
State of Mind: Very very happy to have support of a team

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Breaking away from my usual patterns, which is outright scary to me, I decided not to immediately sign up for Coach's speed session & instead do more customized, informal speed workouts with whoever will join me. Lucky enough, it seems like there is such a connection at the park that being alone is hard to do.

We ended up doing a 4-mile pace run, following R's plan. I was pretty excited to see where my fitness level was at, until I hit mile 3. Ran a 6:50 mile one, 7:15 mile two, 7:23 mile three & 7:40+ mile four (with hill). My fourth mile wasn't as slow as it seemed, because of the gnarly hill I had to deal with, but mile three was treacherous. I felt out of control, completely broken down & couldn't find any solution to pick up my pace.

Distance: 3 miles of warming up/down + 4 mile pace run
State of Mind: Now I know where I am...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Birthday Weekend

Always, without fail, I become an introverted, depressed mess during my birthday. Not sure why, but it is something that I literally need to roll with as I haven't found a way around it. Fear is definitely part of it, it is almost like my time every year to be viewed from the inside out versus the way I usually portray myself.

Started off Saturday with what was supposed to be an easy 12 miler. But by the end, I was killing myself. Part of the problem is that I intentionally slowed down, away from the group which left me running much of the run on my own. But the problem was that the group was in eyesight, so although my body was fine with the pace my mind wanted ever so badly to catch up with everyone. By the end, I felt like I gave it my everything to stay with the group, only to get left time after time once we entered a hill or a straightaway where people could pick up speed.

Distance: 13+ miles

On Sunday, I started my birthday celebration with a two-hour inversion class at Laughing Lotus. Since one of my major fears in yoga is letting go & allowing myself to go upside down, I thought this would be perfect. The class was definitely fun, but it didn't really allow me to face my fears since we were constantly working with groups which distracted my attention away from dealing with any real issue.

On Monday, my true birthday, I decided to skip out on running & take another two-hour yoga practice, this time with the owner of the studio. The practice was unbelievable. Seriously the most challenging thing I have done in a long time, by far the most challenging yoga practice I have ever taken. I was soaked, exhausted & pushing my body to new limits. It completely drained me, left me in a calm trance with very little control for the rest of the day.

State of Mind: So, all in all, I did learn something this weekend but mainly I learned that I still have so much growth to do. So much to learn. So much to give. Which, all in all, is not a bad thing to focus on during this temporary instability.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Great yoga practice tonight. With my day full of efforts to make me conform, I really needed a place that allowed me to be myself. And over & over again, A finished the practice by saying "if you take away what makes you less than, all you are left with is love, compassion & forgiveness.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Clarity

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's take a strong person to head out in weather like this, so dark, rainy & cold. It really shows a commitment to running that goes above & beyond the superficial benefits of it.

Did a loop around the park with the group tonight. I wanted something easy, but the group really picked it up. So much so, I couldn't even see them on the back stretch of the park. I ran most of the way with M, which is always great to take in some of her experiences, thoughts, perceptions.

Distance: 5.3 miles
State of Mind: Glad to be able to put in so many miles with such great people

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The nice thing about the park is you never know who you will run into. My original plan was to do an easy loop of the park, but I am never one to run alone if I can find company to join me. After starting out on my own, I ran into Coach, who was running in his typical serious way. We ended up running almost the entire loop together, chatting in our new cold way. I am not sure which version of Coach I prefer, but I guess it's a little out of my control.

Near the ice skating rink, we ran into G who ran with us all the way to GAP to meet up with the a few other guys who were planning to do hill repeats. We broke off into pairs & pushed out way up the hill several times, mocking each other to spur on more competition.

My right foot/plantar fascistic bothered me all run. But after I stretched it at the end, it instantly felt better. Hope me increasing my miles & intensifying my workouts won't bring more to my body than it can handle.

Distance: 6 miles + 5 hill repeats
State of Mind: Corre loves company

Monday, November 30, 2009

First day of training for the Phoenix half. I feel a little stale with my current routine & my 7 week training schedule isn't really exciting me. May need to pump it up a bit to get over this mental hump.

Did an easy loop around Ft. Greene park, it was dark, cold & rainy...but I liked the refreshing break from the group run.

Distance: 3.5 miles
State of Mind: easily

Sunday, November 29, 2009

With family leaving town today, I eventually had time for an easy run as the sun was setting. I went out with the intention of taking it pretty slow & just enjoying the end of the day but I got caught in my single-minded spirit of trying to pick off as many runners as possible. Sometimes I truly wonder what my problem is, can't I just enjoy an evening run without the drive to "progress".

Distance: 5.3 miles
State of Mind: Starting my training for the Phoenix half...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

After being completely snoozing the last few days, I peeled myself out of bed for the 8am group run. Thinking that no one would show up, I almost didn't join BUT I was surprised to see so many people braving the wind & cold.

We ended up doing both Brooklyn & Manhattan bridge, following by the riverside parks & promenade. I felt great almost the entire time, the weather didn't hurt at was simple gorgeous. Plus, the wind really has a way of lifting my spirits.

Distance: 11.6 miles
State of Mind: Great way to start a weekend

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ran in the Turkey Trot 5 miler today, was both nervous & excited about putting myself out there again after my poor performance at Van Cortland a few weeks back. The hubs & I made our way down to the crazy start, it was great seeing so many familiar faces. I started off the race with a even 7 min split at the mile & held a pretty consistent pace the rest of the race. I felt really in control & spent most of my time running next to D, who is always an inspiration. A few other PPTC'ers were around us, some of which I passed & some I just couldn't keep up with. But instead of focusing on others, I truly tried to just keep myself positive. Something I am working on.

Distance: 1.5 mile warmup, 5 mile race at 36:23, 1.5 mile warmdown
State of Mind: Pleased

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Did a quick run around Ft. Greene park tonight, more of a mental release than a physical one. Not my mileage this week, which feels great.

Distance: 3 miles
State of Mind: gobble, gobble

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

Had a great weekend running & watching some amazing runners put their hearts out on the line. To start off, I did an easy run with the group on Saturday morning, heading to the bridge & back before getting ready for my first ever trip to Philadelphia.

After we arrived in Philly, S & her brother invited me to join them on a scenic run of the city. We headed out of O.C. across the Ben Franklin into N.J., through urine tunnel & into No. Philly for a really revitalizing run. It was great to have new company & to see a whole new city.

On mile 20, after little sleep, we all headed to mile 20 to watch the race. All the PPTCers looked great, we definitely had a fun time cheering the racers on while listening to the Rocky soundtrack on repeat. As soon as we saw A, we joined in with her & finished the last 6 miles. The energy was great & made me want to be running more than just the last few miles of the race.

I don't care what people say, it takes some serious guts to run the way we do. To put all of your training on the line & hope for your dreams to come true. Watching the runners, I think I could see how non-runners might have a hard time understanding what is so tough...but they seriously have no idea what heartbreak we all have felt to get to the places we have got.

Distance: 24 miles (for the weekend)
State of Mind: Invigorated by others

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Heading down to Philadelphia today to support some amazing friends who are bravely running the marathon tomorrow. So inspiring, plus it's my first time in Philly.

Met up with the group today for an easy run, ran with J on the way out to the bridge & with S on the way back. Felt good to go slow, I think my body appreciated the pace.

But we will see how my second run of the day goes, with the Scott family. I am actually a little scared.

Now I must start prepping for the Phoenix Half, very excited about running in AZ this January.

Distance: 8 miles
State of Mind: Calm

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yoga practice tonight was elevated to a whole new level! Ali literally turned my world upside down with unique variations, completely new poses & a spirit of someone who truly enjoys each & every moment of her life. I feel blessed just being in her presence.

We also did something that I have never done before, thai massage. We partnered up & used our bodies to literally push our partners to whole new levels. I was fortunate enough to have my yoga crush choose me as her partner, which was mind blowing. And not toxic at all.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Completely cleansed, ready to take it all on

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ran with the group tonight, didn't feel so slow/bad so maybe things are a-changing. It really is so nice to run with such an ecletic bunch, I wish all the Philly marathons luck this weekend. Can't wait to watch.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Not really caring...but that's okay

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Enjoyed an easy run mid-morning with the hubs on our day off together. Again, he easily kept a pace much quicker than mine but taking away the sadness of my slowness, it was really fun to be with him. We grabbed bagels from Bergen Bagel after the run, so yummy.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: A little blank

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Headed up to Van Cortland today for the XC Championships 5K. Truthfully, I wasn't really into the idea of running it, I think part of me just didn't want to miss out on a race. Maybe the whole not-doing-marathoners mindset is creeping into my decisions in ways I can't quite recognize.

The place was packed with what seemed to be post collegiate runners, which made me feel a little out of place. But I love Van Cortland & I thought it would be fun to get out there & run a fast 5K.

But, oh boy, was I wrong. From the minute I started the race, I was spent. I found the whole race extremely challenging, the uphills just as much as the downhills. I truthfully was pushing so hard (I was wearing a heartrate monitor to prove it) BUT my pace was ungodly slow. And got slower by the moment. I ended the race feeling embarrassed.

Distance: 1 mile warm up, 5k (not giving the time), 1 mile warmdown
State of Mind: Is this a sign?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Woke up tired this morning, but still excited to run. Met up with the group & did a moderately paced run, full of boys boys & more boys. Such a great way to keep inspired, but it would help if the weather would get even a little more warmer.

My foot bothered me just once, which is great news! But still trying to figure out why I have so much energy some days while others I struggle to hold a consistent pace. I am becoming more & more confident that this has to do with my new vegetarian lifestyle but not quite sure how to adjust.

Invited G over afterwards, for some yummy homemade granola. Only wish he would have stayed longer.

Distance: ~9.5 miles
State of Mind: Up & down

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Accidentely had a glass of wine before yoga practice tonight, but I think it helped me more than hurt me. Allowing my mind to relax a bit, I was able to deepen by thoughts & let go more than usual. Really nice. I am noticing more & more that my feet are starting to bother me, yoga sure brings out the pain in a big way. Hopefully I can run through it & keep my health up, which is my #1 priority.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Calm & strangely happy with it

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I have read a few different articles lately about what it takes to win & it seems the overwhelming recommendation is to "think positive thoughts". Seems simple enough, right? But when thinking about my own running, truth be told, I rarely think positive thoughts about my pace, my training, my racing, my fitness. At the end of the day I don't want to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Ran with the group tonight, was a fun run especially with a new bubbly experienced runner named Deidre. A runner's runner, for sure. Afterwards H & I headed to her pad to do a mini workout routine, which we did while listening to hour of power. Was really nice to spend time with such an amazing girl.

Distance: 6.5 miles + winter weights routine
State of Mind: The cold is coming...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This is the 9th week of the speed session this season & I still am not feeling it. No matter what I do, I just can't seem to motivate myself into running faster when I know I am better than what I am producing. But, I wanted to give it another go tonight just to see where I ended up.

Coach had us do 800's with a 4 minute recovery. Wow, what a long recovery. I felt pretty good the entire time, but after each 200, I wanted to quit. Which is so not me. But I powered through & held pretty good times, only leaving R in front of me until the last one when 3 or 4 ladies just zoomed past me. What gives them the energy that I am lacking?

Ran down to the track, which gave me some good miles & ran up Court on the way home to have dinner with my bro. At least I felt good on the warmup/cooldown.

Distance: 3.5 mile warm up, 5 x 800's at 3:17, 3:14, 3:14, 3:09; 3:14, 1 mile warmdown
State of Mind: Yuck...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Easy run with HM & H tonight, except it isn't too easy running with those way faster than me. But, nonetheless, it was fun & I was full of energy. Which is always a good thing.

Distance: 3.35 miles + 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Running definitely makes the days go by faster.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Went on a little double date hike up to Bear Mountain today. On the way up, I compared the value of living in the country & commuting into the city vs living in the city & commuting out to the country. The longer & longer I live in NYC, the more I miss the great outdoors & see the city as merely the place I put my time in to work & afford my life. But will I always feel this way??? Who is to say.

The hike was absolutely beautiful though. We decided to do a 4 miler that was quite difficult at times, but well worth the views at the top. Besides the amount of people on the trails, it was ideal in every way. Plus, I just loved watching H work her magic.

After the hike, H recommended we run across the BM bridge that looks over the Hudson. It was a little nerveracking but incredibly beautiful.

Distance: 4 mile hike/run + 2.5 mile run

State of Mind: "Life is worth living" signs were posted all over the bridge...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Excited to get out & enjoy the beautiful weekend, I met up with the group for a long run. Since many are recovering from the NYC marathon, it was interesting to notice that few people wanted to go long. In a way, living here & being part of PPTC makes very much follow the same training program as the marathoners, without the races to prove it. Not sure I care, but I may need to start proving myself one of these days.

Since it was so gorgeous, we headed out to the Promenade & over Brooklyn to Manhattan bridge. We ended up running on the North end of the Manhattan bridge, which was different & nice. After we were back in Brooklyn, H, S & I headed to the Y to for our weights routine.

Although I am really loving the idea of doing weights, I am so not a gym rat. But I do feel like it will help get through this winter.

Distance: 10.9 miles + resistance training
State of Mind: What a perfect way to start the weekend

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I am beginning to think that the last few months of the year produce the most amazing yoga practices. It may have something to do with the warmth I feel inside compared to the chilling outdoors, or maybe it is just how my mood constantly is evolving as closure is upon me. Practice was beautiful tonight, full of partner work & balancing acts -- very fulfilling way to enjoy my day.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Changes...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What is with this up & down? Still felt pretty tired tonight, but I had a big night of running & resistance training in store. Met up with the group & did a usual loop, felt pretty tired at first but warmed up & finished strong. Afterwards, H & I headed to the Y to start our winter workout routine. Sounds fun, eh? Well, it was. We ended up doing 4 arm/leg exercises + 5 minutes of biking in between & finish with some abs. 2+ hours of working out never felt so good.

Distance: 6.5 miles + resistance training
State of Mind: Will do just about anything to get out of this funk

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Felt tired today, it is so strange to go from a high (Sunday/Monday) to a low today. But I headed down to the speed session, knowing that it would wake me up a bit. The temps are definitely dropping now, no more shorts & tshirt weather...that's for sure.

After a long warmup, coach said he wanted us to do 400's from GAP to 3rd street. Although much more than a 400, we did as he instructed. I ran mostly with (behind) M, just not motivated to pick it up as much as I should/could. We ended up doing about 8, which felt like forever to me.

Afterwards, I started my 100 pushup plan (with the hubs) by doing 5 sets of pushups -- 10, 12, 7, 7, 9. Felt great.

Distance: 2 mile bike, 2 mile warmup, 8x500's, .5 mile warmdown, 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Up & down...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Full of energy, I jumped at the chance of doing a loop around the park with a few people from the group. The moon was definitely the star tonight, glaring down at us while we crunched the leaves of the park. HM & N took off halfway through, but A & I weren't running slow. In some ways, I felt like we owned the park tonight...quiet, undisturbed...until we came through in a storm.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: I wish every day felt this good

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Marathon day is here, so very excited for all my friends. I truly feel like it is blessing & an honor to be able to run a marathon, especially what these New Yorkers call "the marathon".

To not bring down the day, H & I decided to meet up at the park prior to seeing the race to get a run in. It was a beautiful fall day, full of leaves, rain & a mellow breeze. Feeling a little sick from halloween night, we took it easy.

Afterwards, we spent the next 5 hours taking in the beautiful NYC marathon. What a treat. Congrats to all PPTC'ers, especially my girl S. What an amazement you are, my dear.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Amazed...seriously amazed.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

With B in town & the marathon looming, I was excited to get out & get in a good run. A light drizzle was coming down, but it was hot & humid...unlike what you would expect on halloween. After a proper debate, we decided to take on the Brooklyn/Williamsburg bridge. I felt really good, which is a bit of a change for me.

After getting over into Manhattan, we all broke up into mini-groups. I ended up with B & B, which I knew would be fast for me...but I was feeling good. We completely missed the turn to the Bburg bridge & ran until we hit Houston. Knowing that we were off the intended course, we picked up the pace to try to catch up & I literally tired myself out trying to find the main group -- mainly because I felt bad about leaving an out-of-town friend. I hit a wall at near the BQE & basically carried myself back to home.

Distance: 11.25 miles
State of Mind: Exhausted & not entirely sure why I worry so much

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yoga, yoga, yoga. A was full of perfect quotes tonight, I tried to grasp every statement & connect it to my life. I love the fact that we focus on seasons, each one bringing challenges & opportunities for us to work on. The dark, cold winter that is ahead of us is giving us a chance to rest, focus & get ready for the new year...which is exactly what I need to focus on.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: A good day is listening twice as much as you speak.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ran with an active group tonight, including H & newbie J. Plus, the usual HM...which is always a pleasure. Tried to take it easy & I managed that until the hill. Which was tough, as usual.

H mentioned how beautiful the night was, which I didn't even notice until after we got going. That's the power of a group.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Running definitely gets me through...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dark, rainy night. No better time for the companion of a group. Winter has definitely found us.

Coach wanted us to do pick-ups tonight, since so many people were running the marathon this weekend. 2 min on, 1 min off. I felt good for the first 2/3's, but like usual, I started tiring towards the end & found the pace unmanageable. Ran with R & J, R is such a strong runner...really inspirational.

Distance: 2 mile bike, 2 mile warmup, 3 mile picksup, 2 mile warmdown, 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Gettin there, little by little

Sunday, October 25, 2009

After not such a good race yesterday, I was excited to put some miles in today. To help A train for her marathon, I decided to meet up early with her so we could head to the start of the last 10 miles together. I really enjoyed the race last year, so I was equally excited about doing it again this year.

The run was just amazing, from the to-die-for weather to the great company. Although I do have to say it was hard to see how fast S & G took off...but I guess that is what happens when you are both truly talent & put a lot of work in. Just miss them, I guess.

After running with A up to 59th street, I spent the next several miles running with a pack of guys (I only knew a few). We kept a comfortable pace & I felt strong the whole time. In Central Park, we ended up meeting back up with J & A after a few of the runners took a short cut & I decided to slow it down a bit & finish with them. J actually had a lot of energy, so it was fun running with him.

Even though I am not running the marathon, just crossing the finish line is emotional. Such a strange feeling. They were playing Sheryl Crow's "Run Baby Run" song, which was a perfect representative of my years of high school running. And to top it off, H surprised me with a big hug as we were making our way to the PPTC car.

Distance: 18 miles or so
State of Mind: Stupid to run so far, but it felt great...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Woke up to a drizzly day & no idea where I was going OR what the course would be like. That's the thing with races, you really never know what you are in for. Here I come Nike Human Race.

The pre-race activities were quite disorganized & it felt strange not seeing anyone I knew BUT seeing the millions of people in the park I call home. I cut most lines, getting in & out of registration pretty quickly. I finally saw R & he suggested I start with him & the other 5 minute milers. Why not, right?

I ran mile 1 in 6:53 & I actually felt pretty good. Again, I thought to myself...I am back. But mile 2 on just went down hill. The hill killed me, both times around & my pace just never seemed to lighten up. The harder I ran, the slower I got. But what am I to say? I ran hard, my heart rate was up there & yet I just couldn't perform.

There are many reasons that this could be fitness is not quite where it should be, my throat hurt the day before & I felt like I was getting sick, my foot isn't quite better or maybe the fact that I haven't eaten meat since Reach the Beach has impacted my body.

But truthfully, any of my excuses don't really change the fact that I am just slow right now...

Distance: 9+ miles with a 10k at 48:59
State of Mind: Happy with my effort, disappointed with my time

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What makes someone do their job that much better? Why do some people just get by with the standards & some others elevate everyone around them?

That is what was on my mind in practice tonight, watching Ali work her magic. Someone said to me earlier in the day "good advertising does more for the individual than the individual gives back". Maybe a good life is all about giving yourself to others & letting them feel your magic...mystery...passion.

Tonight, we played with dark moments, music...followed by tons of sweat. For some reason, I felt very at peace with myself & was able to enjoy my little world a little more than usual. Maybe it's because of what I was given.

I was even able to go from crow to head stand back to crow...which is insane for me.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Centered, tired, calm

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Anxious about life, anxious about running. Just anxious. Why is my mind like this?

Felt great tonight, but as soon as I started It was all guys tonight + Jenny, a new girl that is friends with H & a great runner. F said that I ran very steady, which is not a usual move for me...whatever that means.

Either way, I feel a little stagnant. But not in such a controlled way.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: So much energy, but why can't I convert it?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

After Dr. M cleared me for running, I was excited to run tonight in the speed group. A super warm night was a great plus too. Coach had us do long hills by the lake, which was great.

I felt good, felt strong BUT I wasn't running super fast. So I couldn't really judge my ability.

Distance: 2 miles bike, 2 mile warmup, 7 long hills, .5 warmdown, 2 miles bike
State of Mind: Happy, fulfilled...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Woke up to rain rain rain today. Didn't want to head out, just wanted to sneak underneath the covers & enjoy the peace of our home with N by my side. But I knew H might be heading out, so I decided to brave it to spend a few precious moments with her. K & her were the only ones there, I had trouble keeping up with them the whole loop. Not sure why, maybe because of my long run yesterday...but it was a struggle.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Frozen, soaked & wanting to stay indoors

Saturday, October 17, 2009

With the revolving door of family visiting NYC lately, my fitness has really fallen flat. So I was really excited to hammer down a bit today, giving my body a lesson in where it needs to be. I wouldn't say today was a hard run physically, but mentally trying to not give up was challenging. I have to say that I really miss running with H & S, but so happy to have B, R & A there to keep me company. I guess in a way, I feel like things are changing a bit.

We headed over BB to Manhattan to hit Battery Park, which is definitely one of my fav runs. Down by the ferry terminal, a couple of Ethiopians passed us, which was awe-inspiring to say the least. Lately, I have felt a little disappointed in myself, choosing not to focus on marathons & not racing as much as others...seeing those gifted athletes run hit a soft spot in my heart.

Distance: 13.2 miles
State of Mind: Energized & ready to deal with the revolving door

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Right when I arrived at practice today, my yoga crush "M" said hi to me. Ah, what a great way to start off the night. Practice tonight was challenging, but brought so much clarity to me. Ali stayed on subject, focusing on our past/present selves, learning from the past & looking towards the future. Very enlightening.

Note to self: turns out head stands & wheel postures aren't so good for a hurt neck/shoulder, need to remember to stay away from them.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Not physically soaked, but definitely mentally satisfied

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

With family in town, I decided to sneak out of work early & get a workout in before my usual 7pm time. I really wanted to run, but couldn't convince the hubs to join me SO I opted for the bike instead. Did a hard 30 minute bike ride, sweating up a storm & feeling my legs burn. At some points, the minutes went by so slowly, something I rarely feel when running.

Distance: 30 minutes on the computrainer
State of Mind: I miss running, which is a good sign

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hesitant to run, but running is who I I headed to the track tonight. I made a decision ahead of time to take it easy tonight, which is not always easy for me. After biking like a mad woman down to Red Hook track, I warmed up easy & decided to give mile repeats a try. I stayed with K's group, instead of going with the faster ladies...which was wise. I only did 3 of the 4 mile repeats, but I was happy with my pain level. Almost none at all.

But one thing that did bother me was my lack of ambition to run. I didn't feel the same spirit that I usually do, which really worried me. Will there become a time when I no longer want to run? God, I hope not. What would I do with all this pent up & unneeded energy.

Distance: 3+ mile bike, 1.5 warmup, 3xmile repeats 6:56, 6:56, 7:10, .5 mile warmdown, 2+ mile bike
State of Mind: Healing...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Found myself out of luck today. After waking up super excited for the Bed Stuy 10k, I apparently pulled something in my neck while washing my face. Really? Am I that fragile? I tried to move past it, but after warming up with S, I knew there was no chance I would run hard on it. But I did stick around with Philly & watch the race. Only in Bed Stuy would the lead runners get lost, thanks to poor race management. It was semi hilarious, not for the runners BUT for the representation of the hood I call home. S & R seemed to take the news okay, but a few others (including coach) did not seem pleased.

Distance: 0, can't say it any other way
State of Mind: Being tested, I think

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Needed to take it easy to prep for the Bed Stuy 10k tomorrow, so I knew I was going to try to avoid running too long today. Wanted to do just a loop of the park, but I was happy to do a bit longer & run to the Bridge with S, R & J. Plus we had a new runner join us today, which is always exciting.

With so many races tomorrow, I just know everyone will kick ass. I just hope I am included in that.

Distance: 7.22 miles
State of Mind: Actually, funnily enough, very nervous for tomorrow.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Yoga, yoga, yoga...oh how I've missed you. Smaller class than I expected, with a direction ready for. But honestly, no matter what Ali does...I fall in love.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: I made it through this week, yeah

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Met up with the usual group for the Wed night run, was so great to see H & even some of the cute boys joined us. The pace was pretty casual the first half, but after always...we picked it up. I realized that this intentional pick up is actually really good for me, even though I almost always fall back from it.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Feeling good...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Excited to get some running in, headed to the park for the usual speed workout. We ended up doing a tempo workout, which was pretty great. 20 minutes easy, 20 minutes tempo, 20 minutes easy. It took us two loops to complete it, but the 20 minute tempo definitely put me in my place. I ran with M & R the whole time, which is becoming quite common these days. We broke up the tempo run into 5 minute "lead" tempos where each of us took turns. I felt great, but at 15 minutes, I knew I was running out of gas. I started losing both of them 1.5 minutes to go as R took off to finish strong. Felt great to be put in place.

Distance: 2 mile bike, 6.7 mile run, 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Boy oh boy, I have some work to do

Monday, October 5, 2009

Needed to burn some energy, but still a little hesitant about getting I stuck to the trainer tonight. Did an easy 35 or so minute ride, not really pushing it too hard. It felt good to go slow, something that is hard to do on Wed/Sun runs with the group sometimes. My fault more than anyones.

Good news is that the my right foot no longer hurts, feels normal all of a sudden. But my left knee is now starting to ache a bit. From one thing to another.

Distance: 35 minute training ride
State of Mind: Miss running...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

After eating, eating & more eating on Saturday...I knew I needed to get a good run in today. To support Ami's 18 mile effort, we decided to do the outside of the park. Which, to be honest, is quite nice. Not sure why I like it so much, maybe just the change. I tried to stay with HM most of the time, but I swear to god...every time I caught up to him, he would just pull away even more. I kind of felt like I was being played with.

Did feel quite bad about others running so much, compared to my meager efforts. But I just don't it is the time to push myself.

Distance: 5.7 miles
State of Mind: Happy to get out & enjoy the day

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Excited to get a long run in, I headed to meet up with the running group. It appears that some of the faster runners are starting to ditch the group, but there were plenty of people at my pace to keep my mind satisfied. We ended up doing the Battery Park loop, which felt really nice. My foot didn't hurt too much, masked by pain killers but my left leg did start causing me issues towards the end. Ice, ice, ice...I guess.

Distance: 10.15
State of Mind: I love running.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back to my regular schedule, thank god. Went to yet another amazing yoga class tonight. Within 2 minutes, I felt completely taken in. That is an amazing feeling. Although I am definitely not on my a-game, I did notice that I was trying to guess the next pose instead of focusing on the one that I was on. At first, I thought, what a way to try to prepare BUT I realized that it is just a tactic in my insane mind to not focus on the present. Silly me.

Distance: leaps, needed leaps
State of Mind: More, more, more (like the song)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gosh, it's getting cold. Met up with the group tonight for a cold, slow run around the park. If it wasn't for the group, I definitely wouldn't have gone out tonight BUT I am so happy I did. Felt sore, which was strange, must be from yoga on Monday. Balance & counterbalance.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: I would be so bored without running

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excited about running tonight, met up with the group at BPS & headed all the way down to Red Hook Track. Coach had us do 400's, 3 sets of 4 with 3 minute recovery after each set. I felt fine, until the last two when my foot started to hurt so I did the smart thing & stopped. Can't wait to see how I feel tomorrow.

I do have to say that running at the track in the dark was amazing, the moon & the clouds were absolutely amazing. So peaceful.

Distance: 2 miles biking, 1.7 mile running, 10x400 hard, 3x400 easy, 1.7 miles running, 2 miles biking
State of Mind: I love running so much, please don't take it away from me

Monday, September 28, 2009

With my foot still causing me a lot of pain, I decided to dedicate myself to yoga. Went to LL, knowing I wouldn't get Ali...but maybe that was a blessing since I haven't practiced in weeks.

Felt good, not great but I do think it helped my foot a bit. We'll see tomorrow.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Please, let something work

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My right foot is in so much pain, not sure what it is BUT it is not good. Instead of raining, I decided to stay indoors on this rainy Sunday & use my trainer to sweat it up a bit. Actually felt great pushing myself, could feel my foot a bit, hope cycling isn't bad for it.

Distance: 40 minutes of hard riding
State of Mind: Icing, ibu, resting, elevating...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ran the 5th Avenue mile today, with a very lackluster performance. My body still doesn't feel totally recovered from Reach the Beach & I ended up staying up all night on Thursday night to help my sister welcome her first child. But, I decided to run anyways. Probably not the best idea.

Headed up to Central Park on my own & did a very thorough workout prior to the race. Ran the first 1/4 just fine, but fell short after that. My legs just didn't have anything in them. Ended up running a 6:18, which is 15 second slower than last year. Very disappointed.

Distance: Maybe 3 miles
State of Mind: In pain, tired & feeling very out of shape.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Met up with the group tonight with a special surprise, Bubba joined us. Yeah for me. So happy to have my lil bro here in NYC. We took it easy, especially since he hasn't run in a while. It was fun.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Hopefully this recovery will help me this Saturday

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

After two days of non-running, I was really excited about running tonight. But my legs weren't. They just wouldn't turn over & I definitely felt my age, lack of recovery. Coach had us do 800's, sorta. The first was more like a 1000, followed by a 600, followed by a 800 & finishing it with a mile. A very strange workout.

Distance: 3 mile warmup, 4x800's (sorta), 2 mile warmdown
State of Mind: Feeling really really slow

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Reach the Beach 2009

After months of planning, the relay race FINALLY arrived. But I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. What a crazy crazy crazy experience. I have so many memories that I can't even put them into words. But what I can say is that I knew the event would be one in a lifetime & I was definitely not let down.

Leg 1: 5.5 at 7 pace Leg 2: 6.52 at 7:45 pace Leg 3: 8.54 at 7:45 pace
State of Mind: Besides major stomach issues, I truly ran with my heart this weekend. I left everything out on the road & I am proud of myself.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Life has been a little crazy lately so I am consolidating my last few runs into this update.

On Sunday, I did an easy loop with a smaller group.

Distance: 5.35 miles

On Tuesday, the speed session started & we had a nice sized group. Coach started us off with a core routine...which was interesting to say the least. We ended up only doing a 2.6 mile tempo run along the top loop.

Distance: 2 mile bike ride, core routine, 2.6 mile run, 2 mile bike

On Wednesday, my friend J from my hometown joined us for a easy run around the park. I talked the whole time, flirted with the usual suspects & had a nice run.

Distance: 5.35 miles

State of Mind: So excited, and a little nervous, for REACH THE BEACH

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Really looked forward ot today's run, just nice to be back on some sort of schedule. After all, what is life without a routine. Met up with a smaller group this morning & did a nice, easy run across the Brooklyn bridge & back.

All the rest from London really made a difference to my legs, minus the strange pinching on the bottom of my right foot that just won't go away.

Distance: 9.6 miles
State of Mind: Running makes me happy...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ahh, back to running in Brooklyn. There really is nothing like it. Enjoyed a smaller group of all men (yeah me) around the park. M & B definitely set a fast pace, which was fun to endure.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Good to be back

Saturday, September 5, 2009

After a little too much drinking last night, I scraped myself out of bed to try my second day at Hyde Park. Followed two runners on some outside trails through the outside of the park & decided to make my way around the rose garden before turning back.

I have to say that Hyde Park is quite beautiful, much less crowded than Prospect or Central (obviously).

Distance: 7 miles
State of Mind: Loving London...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Got up early today, because I wanted to be sure to get in a nice run before we headed out for the day. Left my sister's place & headed straight for central London & Hyde Park. Not too many runners out, but tons of people making their ways to work. I ran a bit around Kensington Gardens & ventured over across the street to Hyde Park. I should have gone a bit longer to take in the park more, but I decided to play it safe & stick around the lake to avoid not getting lost. All in all, a very nice run.

Distance: maybe 6 miles
State of Mind: The outdoor life is the way to go

Thursday, September 3, 2009

After an overnight flight with very little sleep, I decided to take it easy this afternoon & do just an easy swim at the local swimming pool. My sis & I took turns playing with Fin in the kiddy pool while other did laps. It was really very peaceful.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: London is so nice...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Joined up with a few cute guys for a makeshift speed workout tonight at the park. My legs were really tight, so I decided to take it easy until I felt my stride fully back. We ended up doing hydrants, which are always fun yet very distracting.

This was my last run in the park for a few days, since I am heading off to London tomorrow. Hope I can make some time to visit any of the number of running paradises across the pond.

Distance: 7+ miles
State of Mind: Feeling not bad...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Did a peaceful sunset run in Fort Greene park tonight, just what I needed to close out a Monday.

Distance: ~3 miles
State of Mind: Tired, collected, relaxed

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Legs are still feeling really tired, so I decided to sleep in today & do a run a little later in the day. The hubs & I headed out for an easy run around 4pm, right after we did a little house duty. The run was quite fun actually, except that the hubs passed me very quickly on GAP hill...which was disappointing. I mean, how many hill repeats does a girl have to do to try to compete with a chubby, non-runner?

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Come back to me....pretty please

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My legs still haven't fully recovered from all the running I have been doing, so I was a little skeptical about how today's run was going to go. I woke up to a morning full of pouring rain, which wasn't exactly a bad thing.

I knew S had a route planned for us, so I was excited to try something new. We ran down Eastern Parkway up & up through Bedford, which was full of HJ's, not one of which even glanced our way. Very, very strange.

I felt pretty tired the whole way, but the pace was rather comfortable. Big group too, which was nice. Just hope we didn't scare them away.

Distance: 10.45 miles
State of Mind: Legs, are you trying to tell me something?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Almost walked right out of the building tonight, was just too tired & spacey to take on the effort of yoga. But I knew I owed it to my body to try to work out some of the inbalances that I have caused, so I closed my mind off & joined the practice.

Strangely enough, it was one of my best yoga practices ever. Not sure why, I just felt so little distraction & so much focus, it was amazing. With the slightest of adjustments, I was going to a whole new place. I even (with the help of Ali) did a head stand without much fuss, which is a huge feat for me.
Ali just kept on saying, over & over again, you outer presence is a symbol of what's within...which I tried to internalize. Part of me struggled with that, since I feel like there are so may distractions, headaches, battles that change my outer presence. But I will try to learn from her words.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: I know I say this all the time, but yoga truly saves me.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Although I am feeling a little over trained & tired today, there was no way I was going to miss our Wednesday night run. It was a larger group than I expected, including the Coach with is always a treat. Even though everyone else thought the loop was easy, I definitely felt pressed to keep up with the pack. Classic sign of needing rest...

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Legs, will you act like you are 20 again?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

We are at the 10th week of the speed session, thank god. I wanted to get in a few extra miles so I decided to make my way on foot down to BPS. The area was jam packed with runners for a benefit 5k that was going on, it was crazy. It was seriously one of the busiest times I have EVER seen at the park.

Coach decided on hill repeats, which was a nice way to end the session. I ran with G & J, which was a very very very good parring, we vibed really well. Afterwards, we made our way in the dark back to the start to finish it off.

Here is a a pic from tonight:

Distance: 2 mile run, 8 hill repeats, 2.5 mile run
State of Mind: Honestly, feel faster because of Tony's help....

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Okay, the last run was DEFINITELY the hardest. Thank god it rained a little to bring the temp down but my legs & body so didn't want to do it. I couldn't really keep the pace & mid way through I threw up in my mouth a bit (I think my stomach was fighting against me). H welcomed us with her presence though, which made it all worth it. And the park at night is so much different. So full of life.

I hope....think....pray....that Reach the Beach is easier than today. It was quite hard to pull it off.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Corre minus running sounds pretty good right now
Run two was hot hot hot. We decided to do the outside of the park, which was a very good idea because of the breeze & shade it provided us. But S & K really pushed the pace & made me pay, which was great...except for the fact that we were crazy enough to do so many runs in one day.

Distance: 4 miles + 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Dripping....
Ahh, the start to my 3-run day. Slept really well last night, after pigging out on pizza & beer until late in the night. Met up with a big 9am crew for an easy run around the park. We started off fast, but slowed down to a nice easy pace after a mile or so, mainly so we could run all together as a group. It was really nice to chat it up with the girls, to me, a big part of running has always been the social side of it.

Afterwards we met up at the Tea Lounge for some final logistic planning, which is always quite fun & gabby. Seems like everything is coming together swimmingly.

A few of us girls decided to head to LuluLemon for a free yoga class, which was, in my opinion very nice because it was free but pretty useless. But all the same, just shows how spoiled I am with Laughing Lotus.

Distance: 4.5 miles
State of Mind: 9am run complete, 11am yoga practice (kinda) complete....let's see how this day goes

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Woke up to light rain this morning, which is actually a nice break to the constant heat/humid we have been feeling. Felt exceptionally tired this morning, but I knew I could manage a good run to begin my weekend.

We ended up doing the Summer Streets again, a much larger group than last week which can complicate stops, pace & desired mileage. But it all turned out fine. A smaller group of us headed to Whole Foods afterwards for some yummy shakes before catching the train back to the better borough.

Distance: 10 miles
State of Mind: Happy to run with so many lovely people

Thursday, August 20, 2009

After a long week of running, yoga was exactly what I needed. It was a packed class, seriously couldn't fit another soul in there tonight. Ali seemed in the mood to impress so she brought in a variety of new poses, flows that I have never practiced before. It was great to give my legs some refreshment, my mind a rest & my body some much needed TLC.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Dear "mind", please stop messing with me, I need a break...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Although I was totally not looking forward to racing tonight, I figured why not. Mainly, knowing that a lot of the group would show up for the last 5k of the series in Prospect Park was the reason I knew I couldn't back down. But I knew my mind would definitely be defeated by more sore & tired legs...

The heat was a definite factor, but I just played it easy & told myself to hold back on the hill & through mile one & then let myself go for the last two remaining miles. Which is exactly what I did.

M won in her true style, I have no problem being behind a talent like that. G & I rode our bikes home after the awards, the sound of the crickets & G's successful attempt at making me laugh made for a very sweet close to the day.

Distance: 1.5 mile bike ride, 1 mile warmup, 5k at 21:36, .5 mile warmdown, 1.5 mile bike ride
State of Mind: Glad my legs held out, but for how long???

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Really wanted to take it easy tonight, but I knew if a workout is put in front of me I have little control of taking the middle ground. Had a nightmarish time getting to the speed workout tonight, the trains took forever & I barely made it to BPS. But, I did make it, which is what counts.

A smaller group of us jogged down the slope to the Red Hook is always nice to have such a long warmup before a track workout. Coach had us do 7x400 meters with a 400 meter recovery in-between each one. I tried to run even splits & stick behind M the whole time, which is exactly what I did. A few of the girls were there with us, but mainly I ran alone tonight. Each one of my splits were at 1:33, nothing too out of control.

Distance: 2 mile warmup, 7x400 meters with 7x400 meter recovery, 2 mile warmdown
State of Mind: My legs are so not going to be refreshed for the 5k race tomorrow

Monday, August 17, 2009

My legs are definitely burnt out from all the running this weekend, but I wanted to try to get a little exercise in tonight to keep the momentum going. It is such a HOT day, so my sis & me headed to the Red Hook pool for a little relaxing, refreshing swim. It was less busy but somehow more chaotic tonight at the pool, the variety of people that make up NYC makes large group activities quite interesting. That is a nice way to say how I feel.

Distance: easy swim
State of Mind: Try to recover so you can have a decent 5k on Wednesday

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Starting a Sunday morning off by getting up at 4:45am is not my idea of a good time, but I guess I am feeling a little overly anxious in my life & trying to fill my time up with anything that distracts me. So, in celebration of that, A & I decided to do something a little different -- try to run the 3 bridges, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg. But since this was also the day of the NYC half, what better way to merge a race & a run by enjoying them both. And since S was running it, we knew we had to go out & support one of the most talented peeps in our group.

So, we met up early to get S off to her race at Central Park & made our way down to the finish at Battery Park. All before 6:30am.

A & I didn't really know what we were doing, so we just started off towards the Brooklyn Bridge & knew we would eventually need to figure it out. Felt pretty good after the first bridge, but neither of us really anticipated the long journey from Brooklyn to Williamsburg so that really took it out of us -- but I think I did take in my very first few of Vinegar Hill (yeah me). I was feeling good, but my legs were definitely tired from yesterdays run. After Williamsburg, we realized that we simply didn't have enough time to Manhattan & enjoy the finish of the half so we decided to "touch" the bridge & scramble down to the tip of the island for the festivities.

Watching the racers was exciting, but I didn't have an overwhelming desire to be in the race. Go figure. We watched most of the top finishers come through & even got to c0ngratulate Paula Radcliffe & Ryan Hall on their amazing races. Shortly (very shortly) after the pros came through, S bounced in. She is seriously an amazing runner.

We all hung around for a bit before making our way back to our non-running lives. Mine was filled with stomach aches, watching tennis finals (Montreal & Cincinatti), Tiger Woods & Bolt take a WR. Athletes are crazy motivating.

Distance: 10.2 miles
State of Mind: As the b'burg bridge cleanly states: "Leaving Brooklyn, Oh Vey"

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Am really excited to get an amazing weekend of running in. Started off today with a nice run up to Central Park, celebrating Summer Streets. I expected it to be a much smaller group, but it was great that we had so many people.

Park Avenue was so much fun, so liberating, but also so great to do a run that is out of the routine. We made it all the way up to Central Park, ran the lower loop & made our way to some free iced coffee before going underground at Grand Central to make the lonely way back to Brooklyn. Running in Manhattan is definitely differnet than running in Brooklyn.

Distance: 12.1 miles

State of Mind: Running makes me so happy

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yoga practice was brilliant tonight. The class was packed, as usual...we did a ton of hip opening & balance poses. I really tried to listen to & focus on Ali's advice, I am working on valuing what others say instead of always listening to what is going on inside my head.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: You have to close down to open up

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Did a fun, fast loop with the group tonight. Strangely enough, I felt very strong compared to the Tuesday speed workout. The pace was pretty nice, but more importantly I felt like I had complete control the whole time. Very strange how much things can change overnight.

Afterwards, we all headed to Bar Sepia for a few drinks. A huge group came out & we definitely had a fun time. Note to self, this whole not drinking thing really goes to a strange level when I actuallly drink.

Distance: 4.35 miles
State of Mind: What wonderful people I run with

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ahh, yet another speed workout. Had a very calm day at work today, so I was excited to get out there, chat amongst wonderful running peeps & kill myself a little.

It was super humid, but I didn't really notice it affecting me until we started our repeats. Coach said we were going to do 4 x 2 mile repeats, but I knew that was never going to happen. But the course was great, I love running the lower loop.

The first repeat, I was chatting it up for the first half mile, feeling okay until the end of the first mile but then the heat just hit least that is what I blamed it on. I was definitely struggling to hold my form & to control my breath.

The second repeat, I felt much more in control. Half way through I realized that I always fall apart my first repeat & to not let it get to me too bad. My heart rate was definitely hitting a zone that it's not comfortable with, but that is what training is all about.

After the second one, I was ready for the third...but Coach cut us off. A little disappointed, but I never really know my limits...

Distance: 2 mile bike ride, 1 mile warmup, 2 x 2 mile repeats, 1 mile warmdown, 2 mile bike
State of Mind: Wasted...through & through

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sis convinced me to try something new tonight, so we headed down to the Red Hook pool for a little lap swimming. The pool was HUGE compared to what I expected & decently crowded...but after all it was a hot day in the city.

We ended up doing about 40 minutes, I did everything from legs only, arms only, side legs, breast & free style. The pool was refreshing & wonderfully relaxing.

Distance: who knows

State of Mind: I love to control my breath under water, it is so hard for me