Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guest Posting

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I'm Guest Posting today over at Run, Courtney, Run. Courtney is an amazing runner and triathlete and her blog is definitely one of my favorites so I was more than happy to write a guest post for her! I wrote it all about diet and nutrition and how I maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle while being a vegetarian, semi-iron deficient, lactose intolerant runner! Check it out here!

I had my first long run of my Half Training Cycle today: 8 miles. It went pretty well! I had a long night yesterday filled with some of my boyfriend's college buddies and let's just say beer, shots and bombs followed by waffles for breakfast make for a not so great long run. I actually felt pretty ok throughout it but I'm super sore now!

I'm off to finish watching the Jets game! Hope you've all had a great weekend!

Let's Go Jets!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

1st place? No way!

I ran a local 5k this morning and took 1st in my Age Group! WOOHOO!

It was a teeny tiny race with less than 100 people but it's still an AG!

The race started at 8am which was super early for me who has been on vacation for 3 weeks and been sleeping in until 11. =/ I woke up, had some oatmeal and headed out the door. The race was in a housing development...a very nice housing development, I might add and started just on the side of this beautiful little lake (pond?) in the development. Since it was my first small race, I was a little bit confused as to where to line up since there were no corrals, so I just lined up close to the finish line but not too close.

As soon as I started, I felt like I was going out too fast based on how quickly the guys in front of me went out so I slowed up a bit to a comfortable pace. I hit Mile 1 at 8:10 and Mile 2 at 16:30. When I rounded Mile 3, I started to feel the effects of running so fast but I didn't want to lose my pace so I kept up with it. Since every race I've run has been a longer distance, I've maintained a slower than normal pace throughout and sprinted out the finish but I knew I was definitely giving it my all when I saw the Finish Line and had almost nothing left to give. I picked it up as much as I could and ran through the Finish in 25:38!

I'm so excited about such an awesome start to the 2011 Race Season!

Sadly, I don't have any pictures because I forgot to give my camera to my boyfriend but nonetheless, it was a great race!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Growing a Future Marathoner (or trying to run with one)

So, obviously some time has elapsed since I wrote this post announcing I was expecting (a baby).

And this obviously means I am much more pregnant than before, and growing more & more every day.

See what I'm talking about? This was taken yesterday.
More belly = less running.
But I don't mind too much.
Because after all, I get a cute running partner baby to love out of it. :)

And I'm getting over the fact that I missing out on the big local marathon that a ton of people I know are doing this year.  It was my first (and only to date) marathon last year, and I was the only person I knew of running it.  This year, runners abound.  Where were they last year?? Sigh.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here, I'm still sometimes running (with my new Garmin 405! love!), and I'm in the lottery for NYC if you feel like sending up good prayers for my getting in (and for Christy! she's in the lottery too!) -- I'm really hoping to make my post-baby comeback with a bang

Oh and if you really want to know my full thoughts on all things running and pregnancy, check out this guest post that Courtney from Run, Courtney, Run had me write last month.   I laid it all out on there, so I won't repeat myself here. :)

Anyway, what are new year running resolutions and/or 2011 goals you all have for yourselves?  Anyone running the big one for the first time this year?  I'd love to hear about everyone's training!  I'll live vicariously through you all as I grow my future marathoner. :)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New Year's Resolutions!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are slowly getting back into the grind of work, school, running, training, etc.

As for me, I'm in sunny Florida visiting my boyfriend for the next 3 weeks enjoying every second of the sunshine and not having anything to do! I basically wake up every morning, read a little bit, walk the dog, hang out with my man when he gets home for lunch and then read some more, watch TV and cook dinner. It's amazing and I couldn't be happier not having anything to do!

Don't get too jealous though friends, in 3 weeks time, I'll be flying back to the cold, snowy climate of New York City, moving into a new apartment, going back to my 3 jobs and continuing grad school with another 4 classes. So I'm enjoying this while I can!

Anyway, with the New Year comes New Year's Resolutions...which I NEVER make but this year, I'm setting some serious goals for myself. Since this is a blog about running, I won't bore you with the other stuff, but here are my running resolutions for 2011!
  • Run one race every month of 2011!
  • Run 9 NYRR sponsored events and volunteer for one to gain guaranteed entry into the 2012 NYC Marathon!
  • Run a sub-2:00 half-marathon in NYC in March! 
  • PR in a 10k race.
  • Run a sub-4:00 marathon
  • Avoid neglecting this little bloggy over here! 
These goals are a little ambitious, but I'm excited about it! Oh and the idea for the "run a race every month" came from this little blog I checked out today: Run for the Bling of It. Let us know if you sign up for the challenge! My first race of 2011 will be a 5k next week here in the Sunshine State! It'll be my first 5k! I'll let you know how it goes!