Weekly Run Down for 3.18.19-3.24.19: Recovering & a Wedding

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Normally I feel good after a half marathon but apparently the hills and my lack of training made my quads feel like I had been run over by a mack truck LOL

However, running was the last thing on my mind. My stepson’s wedding was this week!!

Last week

  • Monday – So today was the first meeting of the Freihofer Challenge Training group.  I had signed up for the advanced group long before I got injured. I now planned to show up and just say “hi” to my friends.

There was FOMO, of course, so I compromised and started a run/walk with the Intermediate group.  My legs felt like lead and I quit halfway and ran back with another friend (not part of the group). Listening to my body…a new thing.

another reason, I quit…I was FREEZING!!

  • Tuesday Still resting and had my post race appt with my chiro. She was very happy and we will just continue with maintenance appts before my big races.
  • Wednesday – Resting was over.  Could not skip running with friends and warmish temps.

it was sluggish and the calf appeared to be sore again…still glad to be outside

  • Thursday – No time to run. Today I had to go to the wedding rehearsal and then to dinner after.

love our cool gifts

  • Friday –  I had planned to run before my hair appt. but it was raining/snowing so decided to sleep in instead.

Wedding Day. It was beautiful.  Everything worked out perfectly and we all had a blast.

  • Saturday – I thought about running this morning…for about a minute.  Too much fun the night before. Instead I went to a birthday party/knitting/coloring gathering with my tennis friends.

Followed by the last of the Wedding functions –  a family lunch at the newlyweds’ home. (Yes I can eat two lunches in one day!!)

  • Sunday – Too much eating the last three days so I needed to run.  Unsure of how many miles my leg could take.  11 miles was on my schedule and Jen offered to run with me.  She is super fast and training for a sub-2 half.  So we met at the rail trail and ran together for a while.  I let her go and I ran solo. Then we met for brunch afterward.

the weather was absolutely perfect (I was over-dressed)

Friday Five – What Happened at the NYC Half Marathon

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Two weeks ago, I posted about how all FIVE things that I hoped for at the Publix Florida Half Marathon DID NOT happen.

Last Friday, I wrote about Five Things that I hoped would happen during the NYC Half Marathon.

In case you are in suspense…

My topic for today is: What happened at the NYC Half Marathon

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March 17, 2019

If you follow my blog, you know that after many lottery attempts, I got an guaranteed entry to the NYC Half Marathon. The Brooklyn Half in May 2018 was a miserable experience – weather-wise but my finish time (2:11:23) was good enough.

I did not set goals for the race but as I did with my previous half marathon, I wrote about hopes and “hoped” that I would be more successful for this race.

1. I hope that it doesn’t rain.

CHECK.

It was cold (colder than predicted) and windy but it did not rain (and the sun came out by the end.)

2. I hope to meet up with running friends and/or make new friends.

Check.

I rode down on the bus to NYC and sat next to someone I had never met and she was running the race. Lots of great conversation.

I spent time with Cari at the expo and after the race. We had fun, as usual.

I knew 3 local runners doing it and waved to one of them during the race.

3. I hope to run relatively pain-free.

Check.

Zero pain from the calf.  YAY!!

Of course, my legs were toast by mile 10 (and the last 2 miles in the park were torture) because I was very undertrained.

4. I hope to beat my last half marathon time (of 2:20:29).

Check.

It was a very tough course and I was recovering from an injury so I was very happy!! (The course was long, as well).

5. I hope to enjoy the race and the day.

Check.

I ran around Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, over the Manhattan Bridge, through Manhattan (and Tines Square) and ending in Central Park. – lots of sights to view –  the atmosphere was electric and the crowd support amazing. It was even better than I could have imagined. NYC rocks.

Thanks Cari for the pic. I had tears in my eyes running here.

Happy Running! 

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Weekly Run Down for 3.11.19-3.17.19 – Race Week!

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Last week

  • Monday – Rest Day.  Geez there are a lot of these.  Went to an ART appointment after work. She seemed pretty encouraged about the lack of tightness in my calf (but then again I hadn’t done anything since the last appt.) After I was done, I did some errands and stopped off at the gym to use some arm machines.
  • Tuesday Met a few Sole Sisters for an after work run at UAlbany. Love the extra hour of daylight.

thumbs up for friends to run with even though it was a pretty sucky run/walk

  • Wednesday – Rest day as after work, I had to go to my brother-in-Law’s wake (who died unexpectedly last week).
  • Thursday – Today was the funeral and I got in a short run after at The Crossings (Running definitely is therapy.) And I followed it with my last ART appointment before my race in hopes of being able to run 13.1 on the bum leg. She performed some magic, taped it and wished me luck.

beautiful weather but lots of puddles on the paths (or more like lakes) A slow run but the leg actually felt pretty good 🙂

  • Friday – Rest day and evening home (mah jongg was cancelled) to re-group after a stressful week and pack.
  • Saturday – Another rest day and a bus ride to NYC. After checking into my hotel, I headed out to get my race bib. Met up with Cari at the expo and then spent the rest of the day relaxing and carb loading.

  • Sunday – Today I ran the NYC Half Marathon. Took an early morning shuttle to Brooklyn where the race began and I eventually finished in Central Park. It was painless for my calf but not for the rest of my undertrained body. My finish time was even better than my previous two halves despite the wind and the cold. NYC rocks. I loved the race. So glad I decided to do it.

Friday Five: NYC Half Marathon

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My topic for today is: Five Hopes for the NYC Half Marathon

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If you follow my blog, you know that after many lottery attempts, I got an guaranteed entry to the NYC Half Marathon. The Brooklyn Half in May 2018 was a miserable experience – weather-wise but my finish time (2:11:23) was good enough.

I never set goals for my races but I do wish/hope for certain things. Maybe I will be more successful for this race than the last.

1. I hope that it doesn’t rain.

Yes, I am sick of being wet and getting blisters. October weather would be ideal. See below:

Poland Spring Marathon Kick-Off

2. I hope to meet up with running friends and/or make new friends.

I know a few runners doing it. With over 30,000 runners signed up, I am sure to meet some others. I am taking the bus from Manhattan to the start line (and my wave starts an hour after the first wave) so there will be plenty of time to bond and chat.

3. I hope to run relatively pain-free.

This is an important one. No fun to run with pain. Plus, I have several more big races in the coming months.

are you listening, Calf?

4. I hope to beat my last half marathon time.

It’s a tough course and I am recovering from an injury so I will be ok if I don’t.

2:20:28 or bust LOL

5. I hope to enjoy the race and the day.

Running around Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, over the Manhattan Bridge, through Manhattan and ending in Central Park. – lots of sights to view – can’t beat this NYC skyline.

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Happy Running! Anyone else running the NYC Half Marathon? If so, let’s plan a meet-up.

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What Not to Do as an Injured Runner

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When you are injured, everyone has advice. So here’s my two cents on what NOT to do.

  • Treat it yourself.

Ignoring it can make it worse. Foam rolling an injury, can also hurt it. If it is very painful, see a doctor.

the stress fracture

  • Run a Race.

Easy runs are one thing but most of us are too competitive to take it easy in a race. Skip it! There will be other races.

running with a stress fracture=stupid

  • Compensate with your favorite food and drink.

You are miserable because you cannot run.  You have more time because you are not off running. Find something you enjoy doing to take your mind off eating….knitting, reading, movies, etc.

  • Google your injury.

You’ll drive yourself nuts.  By the time you;’re done, you’ll be convinced that you’ll never run again.

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  • Hang out with your running friends.

They mean well but all they want to talk about is running.  Didn’t you when you were running? This is the time to see those non-running friends that you ignored because they didn’t get your running obsession.

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So it’s Tuesday and I am linking up  with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner) for Tuesday Topics.

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.


I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie, Susie, Lora, and Rachel!

and Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle.

Happy Running! How many of the above things have you done when injured? (I have done ALL of them lol).

Weekly Run Down for 3.4.19-3.10.19

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Lots of ups and downs. Most of them unrelated to running.

Last week

  • Monday – Today I took the train to NYC for work. Some snow and ice but not too much to be able to meet Cari and go for a long walk. (Yes being good about NOT running.)

great Hudson River sunset, conversation & pizza!

  • Tuesday A long work day but hoping that the roads in Central Park were clear enough to go running. And they were. The run was not without discomfort but still grateful to be doing it and having company. Thanks Cari.

  • Wednesday – As promised I did not run but it was hard to hold back. Instead I took a walk to Times Square and back to see a Broadway show.

great cast and entertaining show

  • Thursday – Another long work day. I had planned to either run along the East River or meet Cari in the park but decided to give the leg another day of rest. Went to the movies instead. (This not running is getting expensive.)
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very creepy movie

  • Friday – Rest day because I had to take the train back home after work.
  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday. Last one before my race. Normally it would be a taper but I was still building up mileage on the legs after the injury runbbatical. I ran alone for a few miles and then had company for the rest. Leg felt better the longer I ran. Still not healed and I followed brunch with a painful ART session. (appt #6)

perfect weather for one day!

My chiro agreed that it is a strange injury and should maybe see an ortho after the race.  Lots of standing, walking and stairs in NYC seemed to irritate my calf and it appeared as tight as my first visit.  Yet when I run (and don’t walk), the discomfort seems to disappear the longer I run.  She thinks I should run the half marathon.  So that’s what I’ll do.

  • Sunday – Rest Day, errands and some bridal stuff with my daughter-in-law to be.

Friday Five: What didn’t happen during my last half marathon

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

I ran my first half marathon of 2019 last month- the Publix Florida Half Marathon. (Read my review HERE.)

Before the race I posted about 5 things that I wanted to happen. This is a follow-up on that post.

So my Topic this week is: Five Things That Did Not Happen During This RACE

1. Good Weather

Nope. Pouring rain, heat, wind, 99% humidity. UGH!!!

On a positive note, it was the only day of my vacation that I did not enjoy great weather.

2. No pain.

Around mile 5, I started getting a blister on one foot and shortly after, the bottom of the other foot started to ache. And as you know, if you read my blog, the day after, my calf got injured while walking along the beach (could be related to the race … or not)

wet crazed runner in pain with her race belt falling off the whole race

3. Ocean Views

Well, I think there were ocean views.  At least there was water but too cloudy, foggy to see a single thing!!

At least I got a closer look after the race until it started to downpour again.

4. Age Group Award

At my age, this is always a possibility. If I didn’t give up during the second half of the race (6 minutes slower than the first half), I could have won an award. Coming in 4th is frustrating.

5. Finish under 2:15.

Not expecting a PR (under 2:06:52) since I did not train for one. But 2:15 was doable. Believe it or not, my finish time was slower than my super hilly half in November.  How is that possible?

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Of course there were lessons learned like with every race/experience:

  1.  You can’t control the weather. Just deal with it.
  2. Wear compression sleeves even it is hot because you always do.
  3.  Not all races are scenic.  At least there was lots of music and good food at the end.
  4.  Anything can and will happen during a race. Can’t predict finish times even on the same course.
  5. You can’t win them all.  Even if you run a great race, awards depend on who shows up. If you run a bad race, you may even win.

Next up:

United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

Happy Running! Do you have any goals for your first BIG race or any race in 2019? If you raced already, did you meet all or any of your goals? What did you learn from the experience? Please share.