Hello, again! I started a new job in April – just after my previous post – and between that and running the Brooklyn Half marathon, heading to the beach for summer weekends and now beginning to train for the Chicago marathon, things have been busy!
I successfully completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon, my third 13.1, the weekend before Memorial Day. It was the largest race I’ve ever done, with somewhere around 30,000 – 40,000 participants. I really enjoyed the course (Brooklyn’s not bad – who knew? ;)) and the weather was perfectly overcast and cool. And my time wasn’t too shabby either: I finished this race in 2 hours, 16 seconds, which beats my previous best in the Hamptons Half Marathon by about 5 minutes. Even better: the post-race happy hour my friends and I held at Houston Hall, a beer garden in NYC.
Post-13.1 celebration with gigantic beers at Houston Hall.
After a few weeks off, I started marathon training! I’m using Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan which seems pretty reasonable, as far as marathon training goes. I prefer to run a maximum of four days per week because any more than that is pretty tough on my joints, and this plan fits exactly that criteria. The longest run is 20 miles but I’m toying with the idea of potentially adjusting the schedule to fit in a 22 mile run. For some reason, I think it will give me more peace of mind going into the actual race? Maybe?
Training is going well so far – despite the insanely humid, sweaty weather this week. I debuted my water belt for yesterday’s 9 mile run (I’ve been squeezing them in on Mondays due to busy weekends at the beach). Not going to lie, the belt made me feel kind of like Indiana Jones – but I guess I’ll have to get used to it!
Oh, hello! I’m in the midst of a 5-day weekend right now (left my old job on Tuesday; starting a new gig on Monday), and as you can tell from this picture I’ve gotten creative with all the extra time on my hands.
On the agenda: an aerial yoga class at OMFactory with my sister (on the left in the picture above). I’m a decent yogi, but this class was a challenge. Throughout the class, you use a giant fabric hammock, suspended from the ceiling, to help you get a deeper stretch. The hammock allegedly holds 2,000 pounds, which was only slightly reassuring as I moved through a series of poses requiring me to flip upside down, do backbends and attempt crazy-hard aerial planks.
Favorite moment: Being able to do a handstand! The rope helps you find your center of balance, making it almost easy to pull off this elusive move (I said almost).
Least favorite moment: You rest most of your body weight on the rope throughout the entire class—and it freakin’ hurts! The instructor compared the pressure of the rope to the sensation of a deep tissue massage. Based on that, I will never be getting a deep tissue massage.
Overall, the class really seems to be about trusting yourself and your body. You have to have faith that the rope won’t snap, that your body really is more bendy than you thought—and that eventually you will figure out how to get yourself out of the position in the picture above (it was touch-and-go for a few seconds). Definitely worth a try!
Week 3?! How did that happen already? Per usual, I pretty much ignored Week 1 of training. I skipped it before my first half because I was at Mardi Gras (priorities)…and have decided to keep up the tradition. But I did pretty well during Week 2 and capped it off with a 6 miler in Central Park on Saturday! The park was packed and I was loving the 50 degree weather and total lack of snow on the ground despite Friday’s random blizzard.
I’m using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training plan this time around, which is actually weirdly easier than the Runner’s World Beginner plan that I used during the Hamptons Half. The RW plan required 6 milers on weekdays during the later weeks of training—and trying to make that happen pre-work was never pretty. The Higdon plan doesn’t include anything higher than around 4 miles during the week (thank god), but has longer runs on weekends, which I’m OK with.
I started my third week of training with a 3.5-miler tonight. I gained a whole new appreciation for my Yurbuds headphones when I heard a gunshot in a rap song I was listening to that sounded so realistic that I actually ducked. Kind of amazing.
I know that running my first marathon won’t be easy—but I never imagined that just signing up would be a challenge, too! After several botched attempts and some severe technological issues with the Chi Marathon’s web site, I’m pretty sure I’m in. And if not, we’re going to have to do something about that $175 charge on my credit card.
Despite the credit card charge, I still haven’t gotten a solid confirmation email and it looks like it could be awhile before everything gets sorted out: Registration | Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Until then, I can totally put off thinking about training plans, right? Or the 18 and 20 mile runs?
On the bright side, I finally order some new running shoes last night, which makes me feel that much closer to approaching my spring goal: the Brooklyn Half Marathon. My go-to sneaks are the Mizuno Wave Creation 13. Pretty, right? When these babies show up, I’ve vowed that training will officially begin!
I officially registered for my third half marathon yesterday! I’ll be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, May 18th. I chose this race for a few reasons:
- The course is supposed to be great and it ends in Coney Island, where I’ve never been
- I see runners in NYC sporting Brooklyn Half tech T-shirts literally EVERY time I run and it’s given me a major case of FOMO.
- This race is perfectly timed to get me a.) in shape for summer and b.) back into running mode in time to start training for the Chicago marathon!
Sign up for Chicago is this Tuesday and I’m finding even the thought of registering for 26.2 miles intimidating at this point. I haven’t been running as much as I should this winter (it’s cold! it’s dark in the morning!), but I think I’m ready to get back into it.
First goal on the training plan, drink fewer of these:
My Galentine’s Day margarita.
But I will cheers to being weirdly excited to get back into the habit of weekend long runs!
I think I’m still recovering from the craziness that was this past weekend. Friday night started off with a little work happy hour action, at which my coworkers and I may or may not have set up a makeshift bar in my cubicle.
Diving into the office stash of free PR booze.
After that, things really kicked into high gear. I had a bunch of family in town this weekend for my cousin’s engagement party. I met up with a few of them for drinks at The Wren and then dinner at Forcella. After some delish pizza, I rushed off to meet up with a college friend visiting for the night and the rest of our crew. Needless to say, I didn’t make it to bed until late. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but on Saturday my roommate and I woke up at 6:30AM to trek out to Long Island for the….LULULEMON SAMPLE SALE!
Me, exhausted from fighting off the intense yogis at Nassau Colliseum for 50 percent off of Lulu. I live an extreme life. (And yes, I did buy that jacket, thank you very much.)
Then, I came home from the Lulu sale, took a serious nap…and headed off to the engagement party!
Woerner girls, FTW!
And then, there was the Superbowl. I spent my Sunday brunching with family before they all caught flights, then whipped up a batch of these insanely delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies – Martha Stewart Recipes.
Nom, nom, nom
And after a fun night of friends, football and Beyonce (amazing combo), I pretty much face-planted directly into bed.
30 Rock ended tonight and I’m already missing my favorite character. No, not Liz Lemon. KENNETH! Because I worked as a real live “Kenneth”, or NBC page, for one crazy year after graduating college. Here’s what I miss most…
Me, in uniform. Peacock pin and all!
1. Saturday Night Live! One of the perks of page life was that you got to work behind-the-scenes at SNL. Our assignments weren’t glamorous (once my sole job was to hold a door open, for the entire show…) but everything else about it was. I’ll never forget how cool it was to look up from a sketch I was watching backstage to find Lorne Michaels and Alec Baldwin standing right beside me. Oh, and the most epic part about it all: the after-after parties. They started at 2 or 3 am (you read that right, AM) and by the time they ended, the sun was definitely up.
2. Geeking out over my journalism idols. Some kids went to sports camp in high school; I went to journalism camp. Nothing was cooler than having Brian Williams talk to me in the hallway, eating pizza next to Rachel Maddow or being in the same room as any of the Today show big shots.
3. NBC studio tours. I can’t believe I’m saying I miss these, but I do. A page’s primary responsibility is to give studio tours to tourists visiting the building. No matter how grumpy (read: hungover) you were, you had to put on your best Kenneth-face and show up every weekend to perform. If nothing else, it was character-building—and I now have the unique ability to claim that I’ve heard people ask, “Where is Top of the Rock?” in at least 150 different languages.