Magical Reappearance

importantI know, it’s been quite a while since my last post, for that friends I am deeply sorry. Sometimes your day life gets in the way of your online life.

I started an amazing new day job 4.5 months ago, it’s kept me quite busy, as well as stressed, but I love what I do. I’m a meeting planner by day, a runner by night.

IMG_20151012_102111Three weeks ago I did something I only vaguely gave thought to before this year – I qualified for the 2016 NYC Marathon through the New York Road Runners 9+1 Program!  Three weeks before that I qualified for the 2016 NYC Half Marathon through their 5 Borough Series program!

I somehow managed to run 4 races in 5 weeks – I pushed myself, buy smartly. I was careful with my training, I rested when my body said to rest, I ate properly, I listed to my trainer and I used various social media groups and posted as added motivation and inspiration.

After that I rested. I consciously decided to take a break.

I continued kickboxing once a week at my local gym.

I continued with my trainer once a week.

I attempted to make smart food decisions (something that didn’t always happen).

Now I am ready to get back in to my runners!

IMG_20151120_194443On Friday I decided I would run a local turkey trot. After I made the decision I found out it was a 10k, not a 5k like I thought (er, hoped?). But I stuck with my plan – I mean, I have to get back out there somehow.

In the mean time, I found that I have indeed gotten stronger. I can now plank for a minute! In fact, yesterday, I managed two 1:00 planks in a row at home.

I can tell from sessions with my trainer that he is pushing me harder because I am stronger. I can handle more.

I look forward to the journey the next year will take me on.  To getting in to a schedule, to continue to form habits, to making sure I get workouts or runs in while on travel, to not getting lazy or letting winter win.

I look forward to the continued support of my loving social media family here on the blog, on twitter and on instagram!  Keep the love coming and I’ll be sure to send some support when you need it to 🙂

peanuts winter




NYC Half Marathon DetermiNation Team Training Log: Day 3

ACS DetermiNation

Again, I am a day late!

Per the all mighty calendar, Wednesday was a day to Cross Train.

I seem to be finding it less and less enthralling to hit the gym, but when the all mighty calendar says do to something, one must follow, so to the gym I went.

I was limited on time so my master plan was modified.

IMAG2441I would have loved to hit the rower for 20 minutes then the bike for 10-20, but the rower is still bugging my hip, so I opted for 30 minutes on the bike to get the legs moving. Biking is a great form of cross training, plus, I love riding the bike! Earlier this year when dealing with my hip issues, I would hop on my bike to the boardwalk 2-3 days time a week. The weather was gorgeous, the beach was still mostly empty, the boardwalk was calm, it was perfect! I stopped once I was given the OK to start running again, but with the winter here, the stationary bike will do – this also forces me back to the gym.  I pushed the level up to 6 for a portion, but knowing I had a 2-3 mile run on Thursday, I didn’t feel like killing my legs.

After the bike session, I did some arm work. I have always been weakest in upper body strength – something known since my gymnastics days.  Since this the case, I try to focus more on arm and core strength training then lower body (I figured running and biking can take care of that….for the most part).

As I stated above, these are a day behind (hoping to fix that this afternoon) so I will shortly be off for my 2-3 miles (or 30 minute) training run (again, per the all mighty calendar).

Question of the day:
How do you maintain training for a spring race through the harsh realities of winter weather?

Training From Scratch

cute_turtle_cartoon_slow_and_steady_wins_the_race_plate-r8c1ff7fd8afe4dc0aa2843496870d3a6_ambb0_8byvr_512I am now closing in on a week post doctor release.  This means keeping up with the approved training.  This means finding exercises that won’t cause the bursitis to act up again.

That means realizing my limitations.  It also means realizing my potential.

First item up in terms of my running is to retrain.  First we checked my cadence.  I have frequently tried to manage what my cadence is, however, I always lose track of counting my steps.  My trainer suggested I count for just one foot, he would then be able to calculate if I am on track or way off base from that.  Seems, my cadence is pretty spot on!  Now, many just need to find more songs that fit the 180 BPM!

We are also working on my stride.  I was running by placing my foot in front of my knee/hip instead of under it.  My main goal for right now is simply work on shortening my stride, smaller steps.  This has proven, while not tricky per se, slightly uncomfortable as my shins and my calves are being retrained as well!

While I get in my outside runs to clock my time ran, distance and stride, we are also doing strength training and cross training to help combat the possibility of any future injury.  Last fall I battled IT band issues after my second half marathon (Rock ‘n Roll Providence 2013).

So far, I have run a 90 second walk/run interval for my past two run this week.  I have increased in the 10 days from a 60 second walk/run interval to a 75 second walk/run interval to this one.

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I will be keeping up with that pace for a while.  My legs get a bit fatigued.  My lungs feel like they are giving up.  For now I will stick that interval pace while increasing my time out running and the distance I am going instead of increasing my pace.

This is relatively easy between the mapmyrun app (find me at samtravels20) and my Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS unit.  The Forerunner 10 has a run/walk setting, since I am not doing Couch to 5K this go around but listening to my body, the run/walk setting lets me increase the interval as my body allows!

My motto for the next little while is “slow and steady” – this reminds me that I am competing only against myself thus letting me increase and improve when my body is ready.