All set and ready to go!

I did not do any type of physical activity today aside from to and from the printer at work 48320 times.  I wanted to sleep in and had no time, and I’m ok with that.  Went out for dinner at an Italian place called SoLita and had the most amazing meatballs the size of my head and pasta and eggplant EVER.  I think I ate more than Jeff and probably could’ve had about 12 more meatballs they were so good.  Now I’m all set for tomorrow 🙂

Ready to go!

Here is a little bit about tomorrow’s event from the Run10Feed10 website:

Right now, 16 million children are at risk of going hungry – they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The reality is there IS enough food in the world today for everyone to get the nourishment they need for a healthy and productive life. Hunger is a solvable problem. It’s something we can do something about, and make a huge impact in a very simple way.

What if all you had to do to make a change in the lives of the people living in your city was RUN? This fall, that’s exactly what we’re asking you to do.

Run a 10K with Women’s Health and you will instantly provide 10 meals for those going hungry in your local and surrounding neighborhoods. You can join us in New York City or take part in our 10 City Challenge. If you don’t live in one of those cities – you can still participate! Sign up to run your own 10K. The money from your registration and fundraising efforts will go to those in the metropolitan areas nearest to you.

The NYC event was last week and looked like a great event.  Tomorrow is completely a fun run, meaning no chips or times recorded but I’m still excited to see what I can do!  The route is through Miami Beach along the Atlantic Ocean and there’s no better way I can think of spending my Saturday morning 🙂

Has anyone done one of the Run10Feed10 events?

What are your weekend plans?

When do you become an athlete/runner/crazy person?

Hey Everyone!

That is what I saw this morning when I came out of the gym and am a sucker for the colorful sunrises even though the iPhone camera isn’t really doing it justice.  I went there for a strength workout and did some awesome booty moves inspired by Run Like a Grl‘s post on your glutes!  I can definitely tell that it’s a weak area and will need to work it more.  I also did a little bit more yoga after work today and it was still pretty hard just like yesterday but I can see how all that stretching is a good thing 🙂

As I was standing in the middle of a parking lot taking a picture like a weirdo as the sun was coming up this morning, I started to wonder when exactly this became my normal… waking up early to hurt, sweat, and sometimes flat out physically torture myself?!?  My life is pretty hectic, my job is demanding, and I’m always go go go.  Yet somehow this whole idea of ‘being fit’ and ‘becoming a runner’ creeped its way in and now I am HOOKED.  I don’t even think about it anymore, it’s officially a part of my life and I’m so grateful for it.

Did you ever have that a ha moment when you realized what a big part running and fitness has become?

National Pancake Day – Week – Month and Woohoo Braves!!

Did you all eat your pancakes today?  In case you didn’t know, today is National Pancake Day, making it so that there is no cooler day of the year to eat yummy pancakes.  We had ours for dinner and I may have put some marshmallows in mine 🙂

In order to pay appropriate homage to this very important holiday, I did some very deep internet research, only to find that there is also in fact a National Pancake WEEK in February that culminates in free pancakes given away by IHOP.  Today’s celebration is because September is National Breakfast MONTH… and if that is not enough for you, there is also a National Maple Syrup Day in December, so actually I guess there are more than a few days that you can be quite the coolest for enjoying your pancakes.  Read more about it here and see what other fun foodie days there are!

Before work this morning, I went to a spin class.  It was HARD.  In a good way.  The instructor let us know through the whole class exactly what resistance and what RPM he was using which I really like because in other classes I’ve taken, the spin teachers will say, “add just a little more moderate resistance” and I will always wonder if their “moderate resistance” is the same as my “moderate resistance.”  It wasn’t easy keeping up with the class but I got a great workout, couldn’t feel my legs by the end, and went through 3 water bottles in 45 minutes so I’d call it a success 🙂

After work Jeff was doing homework and I broke out a yoga DVD that I’ve had forever and never tried.  I made it through 30 minutes of it but was sweating like crazy.  I thought that yoga was supposed to be relaxing!  It doesn’t help that Jingo didn’t like the mat in the middle of the floor and kept trying (successfully) to knock me over by running in between my legs during each move.  Oh well.  I am going to try to do more yoga and other things to keep my legs healthy while I start to do heavier training for everything I want to accomplish this year and next year 🙂  Now that I have decided on a half marathon for February, I have been looking at different training plans and couldn’t be more confused!  I am seeing 9 week plans, 14 week plans, 24 week plans, low mileage, high mileage, speed, no speed, and my head is spinning.

I like the one below from Running Times because it builds a base before getting into the harder stuff and also because I’d get to start right after my 10K (actually I’d have to start at week 5) but I’m only at about 15-20 miles a week and not 30 like it says so I’m not sure if it’s even doable?

Training Program – Half Marathon Basic

Designed for those who have been running a minimum of two years and doing at least 30 miles a week.
By Andy Palmer, Ph.D.
As featured in the issue of Running Times Magazine
This is a first-time Half Marathon program. Before you start using this program, you should have been running a minimum of two years and doing at least 30 miles a week. The first 12 weeks of this program are a buildup phase. The second 12 weeks introduces speedwork and tempo work to prepare you for racing the half marathon. In the second phase, the program incorporates occasional off days, a speed workout (WO) every Tuesday, an anaerobic threshold (AT) workout most weeks except before a race, and three races prior to the goal race. More detailed information on these workouts appears below.All workouts are in miles, unless otherwise noted.


Mon Tues* Wed Thurs** Fri Sat Sun
Week 1

4

6

off

6

4

10

off

Week 2

4

7

off

7

4

12

off

Week 3

5

8

off

8

5

12

off

Week 4

5

10

off

10

5

13

off

Week 5

4

6

off

6

4

10

off

Week 6

5

10

5

10

5

14

off

Week 7

5

10

5

10

5

15

off

Week 8

5

12

5

12

5

15

off

Week 9

4

6

off

6

4

10

off

Week 10

5

12

5

12

5

15

off

Week 11

5

12

5

12

5

17

off

Week 12

4

6

off

6

4

10

off

Week 13 6 WO1 off AT1 6 15 off
Week 14 6 WO2 off AT2 6 18 off
Week 15 6 WO3 off 6 4 race 5K off
Week 16 6 12 off AT3 6 15 off
Week 17 6 WO4 off 10 6 AT4 off
Week 18 6 WO5 off 6 4 race 10K off
Week 19 6 12 off AT5 6 17 off
Week 20 6 WO6 off AT6 6 16 off
Week 21 6 WO7 off 10 off AT7 off
Week 22 6 WO8 off 6 4 race 5K off
Week 23 6 10 off WO9 off AT8 10
Week 24 off WO10 off 6 off 3 Half Marathon

Mileage days and long runs should be under 70%, truly conversational pace unless otherwise noted.Strides should be done three times per week. 6-8 x 100 yards.

Don’t worry if you are not meeting your goals in the races before your goal race. You are going to be tired from the speedwork and AT workouts, especially if you haven’t done a lot of this type of workout before. Give your body time to adapt and concentrate on your goal. You’ll note that as you get closer to your goal race, you will increase your number of rest days.

Do the workouts (details appear below) at the effort that is prescibed; going harder is not necessarily better.

If this program is too easy for you, see The Good Old Half Marathon by Roy Benson. If that program is still too easy, get a coach and personalize the program. Good long term coach athlete relationships are the primary ingredient for successful running.

*Tuesday Speed Workouts (and one Thursday):
Warm up at least 15-20 minutes. Most of it should be easy but as the body warms up the pace can be increased so that when it is time to do the repetitions the body is ready. Jog 10-20 minutes after the completion of the repetitions to cool down.

WO1 = 8 x 400 @ 85-90% with 200 jog recovery.
WO2 = 4 x 800 @ 85-95% with 400 jog recovery.
WO3, 5 & 8 = 15 x 200 @ 85% with 200 jog recovery.
WO4 = 4 x 1200 @ 85-95% with 400 jog recovery.
WO6 & 9 = 15 x 300 @ 85-95% with 100 jog recovery.
WO7 = 3 x mile @ 85-95% with 400 jog recovery.
WO10 = 3 x 200 @ 85-90% with 200 jog recovery (400 jog after last one) followed by 3 x 800 @ 85% with 400 jog recovery.

**Thursday Anaerobic Threshold Workouts:
AT workouts should be at approximately 77-85% of maximum heart rate. The newer you are to the sport and the less mileage you do the closer to the low end you should be.

AT1 = 3 x mile @ 77-85% with 2 to 3 minutes jog recovery.
AT2 = 2 x 1 and 1/2 miles @ 77-85% with 2 to 3 minutes jog recovery.
AT3, 5, & 9 = 5 x 800 @ 77-85% with 2 to 3 minutes jog recovery.
AT4 & 7 = 12 mile run: Miles 1 to 6 at under 70%, miles 7 to 10 at Half Marathon goal pace. Miles 11 and 12 are cool down miles.
AT6
 = 20 x 400 @ 77 to 85% with one minute jog rest. Be careful with this as the temptation will be to do them like a quarter workout while the goal is to run slightly faster than usual AT pace without going over the high end. This is made possible through the use of shorter repetitions.
AT8 = 3 x mile at Half Marathon goal pace with 2 to 3 minutes jog recovery.

I guess I have more research to do.

In other exciting news the Braves have secured a wildcard spot and are one step closer to the playoffs!  Ever since Jeff and I have been together there have been may sad times in our house when they throw the end of their season away so hopefully this is a positive change 🙂

Yes we are posing as players before going to watch a game, and yes those are Jingo’s ears.  You will find those in 95% of all pictures, I don’t know how they get in there.  And one final yes, we are from New Jersey, live in Florida, and follow the Atlanta Braves.  Confused?  Me too.

Do you celebrate food related holidays?

What are your favorite sports/teams?

What advice can you give me on TRAINING plans, I’m overwhelmed with info and feel like I’m choosing college classes and going to ruin my future if I don’t pick the right one.  HELP!!!

A must have and I won a prize!

Hi Everyone!

I can’t explain how much fun I’m having with this blog!  I can already tell that it will help me make sure I stick to my workouts 🙂 I was up and at the gym at 6:30 this morning for a strength workout, where I learned all about how to use my new must have: the foam roller!  They are all the rage on a bunch of the blogs I’ve been reading but this is the first time I tried it for myself.

Whoever invented pinterest was a genius because it helped me find the link to the wonderful runnersworld.com videos to tell me all about my new daily ritual.  How did I go through the number of physical therapy sessions I went through without anyone mentioning this wonderful piece of foam to me?  It is like an instant deep tissue massage that finds all of the knots like magic.

A random picture of the only time in history that I won at mini-golf.  I guess that is my excited to win face.

After work today I had a meeting for a volunteer organization I’m part of and I won a prize for the most service hours for this month!  I love going to all the activities they have and this group makes such an impact it’s crazy.  For my prize I got a $25 gift card to The Fresh Market and I can’t wait to use it!  I’ve never been there before but I heard it’s a really nice supermarket and since there are no Trader Joe’s where I live I hope this is similar 🙂

Do any of you use a foam roller?

Anyone the next Tiger Woods in mini-golf?

What is your favorite place to buy groceries?

P.S.  The 10K I am doing will be the first race I’ve actually run in and also the first time I’ve run outside instead of a treadmill in YEARS.  Is it normal that I have spent the past two weeks trying to finalize exactly what I’m going to wear?? Or am I weird.  K thanks 🙂

I can truly say this now…

Well, I am proud to announce that I have, by all official rules and regulations, graduated to being a legit runner.

How do I know this?  No, it’s not because of my cool sneakers or how fast I’ve run.  Or how many miles I’ve put in (I’d still be in kindergarten if that’s how it was measured).  I know now that I’ve reached true runnerdom status because I have a toenail that is HANGING ON BY A THREAD.  It is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t be more proud of it.  I will spare you a photo of this, instead I’ll give you a picture of Jingo when she was a puppy because she’s the cutest and my toenail is black just like her 🙂As I mentioned earlier, I have had a cycle growing up of getting into running and then giving up or getting hurt and giving up, but I am so pumped about doing things right and determined to reachmy ultimate goal of a marathon!

I’ve decided that I’m going to sign up for the A1A half marathon in Fort Lauderdale on February 17, 2013.  This way I will have plenty of time to train and get familiar with the course.  That will put me in a good position for a fall marathon, hopefully  NYCM if I have my way.

My workout today was a very short 3 miles before work.  It was fine, but my knee was hinting at bothering me over the weekend so I will take it easy until my 10K this Saturday.  I have strength training tomorrow, so that will hopefully help strengthen my knee and keep me injury free!  Before starting this blog, I wrote a guest post about adding strength training to help recover from running injuries here for ViewSport.  They make these sweat activated shirts with that inspire you and make you want to work out!

Here is one shot, I know judging by my photography skills you will all be knocking out my door to hire me for all of your professional photography needs.  Since I am a sweat monster my shirt now says ‘Run with Heart’.  They are really comfy too, check them out for yourself!

Ok I have found out that I have been missing an essential part of this blogging thing, questions for all of you expert runners/bloggers/coolest people out there!!!

What is a big goal that you have for yourself?

What is your marathon advice for newbie runners? Best training plans?

Tell me about your cutest pets!  I am such a sucker for animals 🙂

Happy Monday Everyone!

My running life so far

Up until now, running for me has always come in phases. I get really into it and then it fades. Or more accurately when I was in New Jersey I would get really into it and then it would get cold 🙁 About 4 years ago I had done a bunch of races, never serious just for fun. I also did a couple of triathlons that I really enjoyed but I still always loved the running part the most.

My last ’bout’ of running was last year, right before I moved down to Florida. I thought I had it made, no more winter and this is what I get to run in every day:

Of course right before I came down I injured my knee and ended up in 6 weeks of physical therapy and wound up taking almost an entire year off of running. What I did right during this time was focus on strength training. Who knew… running makes your legs weak?!? I started going twice a week to the gym and also started taking pilates classes. What I did VERY wrong: I didn’t continue to do cardio. I half heartedly did a few elliptical sessions and one or two spin classes and quickly got out of it, losing ALL of my fitness.

Fast forward to about a month ago when I discovered all of the wonderful running blogs full of information and humor and hope for runners who have had injuries. What I learned was ground-breaking. Get this… you can have an injury AND live to run another day. Isn’t that cool? I thought so. So I’m back at it. Learning all I can, and keeping track of everything I do. I’m trying to stick to a plan and not just go out every day trying to run the longest and fastest run ever (even though that wound up happening yesterday 🙂 ).

Today, there was a lot of this:

This is how a lot of our Sundays go. We did go to the gym (left Jingo home, she wasn’t happy because she loves to hit up the free weights) and I did a few leg exercises but was tired from yesterday’s run. These are the things that I still do not know – when is the right time to do strength training for legs? I don’t want to do it on days that I run, but then I’m tired on the days that I don’t… how do you do it? The last thing I want is to get hurt again.

If you’ve made it this far thank you for reading about my crazy 🙂

Here goes nothing…

Ok so I’m really going to do this.  Bare my heart to random people on the internet.  I’ve been reading a ton of running blogs over the past month or so and am blown away by how inspiring they all are, so I decided to start my own.  Not because I’m inspiring in any way but I am INSPIRED and excited to keep track of my goals and hold myself accountable to reach them.  I want to run a marathon in the next 2 years (before I turn 30), and I just came home after finishing my longest run I’ve done in the past 4 years – 8 miles.  It felt amazing! So I figured there’s no better time than now to start this blog.

Don’t worry, my hands aren’t really 3 times the size of my head and my neck only somewhat resembles a giraffe in real life.

Now most of the blogs I have read are by complete ROCKSTARS.  Reading about your times and mileage blow my mind everyday in a good way.  So if you’re looking for one of those unfortunately I am not quite there yet.  But I know I will get there!  For the first time in a long time, I have confidence in my ability to GROW and get better at something if I put my mind to it.  I am starting small, with a 10k next week as part of the Women’s Health Run10Feed10 Challenge in Miami because it is a fun run and I can see how I do in a race setting without any pressure.  After that, I am looking at a half marathon early next year and hope to make the lottery for the NYC marathon in 2013.

Meet Jeff and Jingo, my fiance and our almost 5 year old puppy.  They are the absolute best.

I know that this is my first post and my only time to make a good impression on people so I’m sorry that it’s so random.  There are some major endorphins flowing so I will blame it on that.  I promise to do better next time 🙂