Checking in from the big apple

Posting from a Starbucks like a true city blogger ha!

Training week has been completed, though I made a tiny modification. Yesterday I completed 12 miles at Central Park, yay me! Central Park long loop

I had only schedule 10. But what happened was that Thursday I walked four miles to and from the spot I was running 2 miles. A little silly you may say, but that’s what happens when you don’t think of yourself as a real runner. There is no way I’m going to run in the street in front of people! So I walked all the way to Battery Park City Boardwalk and run two miles and then walked two more miles back to my hostel. I know, silly me!Battery Park City Boardwalk 

But you should be proud of me! By the time I hit 10 miles I was in the middle of the park, so it’s not like I was going to stop there. Plus honestly, I felt better at mile 10 than I did at mile 2 and 3 and so on. Those hills are killers!

So I figured I didn’t want to repeat today Saturday the long walk to the boardwalk. Still thinking I will die of embarrassment to run in the street, so I might as well run 2 more miles and skip the 2 miles from Saturday . Well at mile 11.5 I was at my exit. I still had to walk down to 54th street. I only had half a mile more. I could get away from the exit and then walk it back and to 54th, or I could run in the street. I did it! I put on my big girl pants and I conquered my fear.

It was a bit of a “frogger” situation trying to avoid all the walking people, but it was fun! And with so many people “looking” I think I actually run faster! Just half a mile but a great accomplishment.Central Park “picture break”

PS no running today Saturday, I’m exhausted 😜

Week 11 here we go!!

This week I only work two days and then I will be on vacation!! So obviously it is a little scary to plan for exercising while away from home.

This past week I completed my gym schedule to the T, including my 2 mile treadmill run. Where I failed was at my long run. I seem to be stuck at 8 miles. Plus I was slower than my previous 8 miler. I’m hoping that I was just tired from my long gym week, it was my first challenging week. It will get easier. Plus I made the mistake to start running too late and overdressing. I t got much hotter than I expected.

I was going to run those two miles I missed today Sunday. But the truth is that I needed a rest day. 

Week 11 has a lot less gym, but I’m hoping from some miles while visiting NYC! I’m specially looking forward to my long run in Central Park. And cheering and all the amazing runners at the NYC Marathon come Sunday.

Cant wait for vacation! It’s going to be two long work days. Plus running last minute errands at home, packing (what’s the weather gonna be like?) and getting crafty for hopefully inspiring NYC Marathon sign! Hope I have time for it all!

Mid week check in…

Because I really don’t want to exercise today!

Week has gone good so far. I was sore for two days for doing two classes Monday, but it was totally worth it. Today is the though day because I have to go to the “dreadmill”

At least there is a “cardio cinema” at my gym, so time goes by a little faster while watching a movie. I made the mistake to check the schedule and today they are showing The Addams Family, not really jumping of joy to go watch that one. But I know I will enjoy it anyway. At least it’s not a scary one, last week they were showing The Village and every time I startled I almost fell off the treadmill.
As boring as I find the treadmill I’m dying to have one of my own. I could just run whenever! Obviously that’s what I say now, it could also turn out to be a very expensive coat hanger.

Right now that is cold I think a better investment will be warm running clothes and all kind of bright gear to run outdoors. I have a safe neighborhood, I’ll be running around in circles at the same spots but beats the “dreadmill”. Now in summer time is a different story, I much rather be indoors with the nice AC. We will see how that goes…

Saturday will be my first long run without my training group. Training is done, since most are running this Sunday the Marine Corps Marathon and some are running the New York City Marathon next week. Best of luck to all of them!

I’m looking forward to sleeping in, rather than starting the training at 7am (not that I was ever on time LOL) but I’m also scared of sleeping in too much and not going out for my run! I really need to be careful, because I know I find it too easy to skip my long runs!! So I will come back here and this little blog will hold me accountable. Shame on me if I don’t post that I completed my long run come Saturday! 10 miles here I go!

And just like that I’m at Week 10!

I’m panicking right now! This is half way there! And I’m so behind!!

I know I’ve been MIA, but not to worry, I’ve been exercising. Zumba twice a week, BODYCOMBAT twice a week, but not much running. Unfortunately my long runs have not gone over 8 miles. Will really try to push to 10 this coming Saturday and hopefully I will run a couple miles over the week.

I’m stressed- but it’s too late to cry over training not done. So I’m trying to see the positive side of things and just keep moving forward. I will be unprepared for a marathon, but I will kick ass for as long as they let me stay in the course.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but this will be my third time attempting the WDW Marathon. In 2015 I finished 14 miles, in 2016 19 miles. Ahhh! All I want is to be able to maintain their max allowed pace and finish this time! I’m not training for anything hard, just a solid 15 minute mile pace that I can keep for 26.2 miles. It’s possible!

The worst part is that I didn’t submit proof of time, so I might en up in the last corral. Which means no buffer! I really need to be prepared to keep their max pace (16 min/mile) for the whole race! Talk about pressure!

Right now I don’t feel like I can do it. I also accept that I have not much time left, but I’m going to keep on trying. I might surprise myself and really improve in these next 10 weeks. I think I’m moving in the right direction and I’m super motivated! Love going to the gym, never been more excited to keep up with my gym schedule!

So whatever it is, it is!!!! I’m slow but I’m determined. Wish me luck!

Army Ten Miler done!

You can tell it was a bad one when I haven’t run here to write all about it, ha!

I shouldn’t complain though. Saturday was raining all day long. So Sunday was relatively a very nice day. Sunny and chill but not cold. The only problem was the 40mph wind! I’ve read from 19 to 50, so let’s give it a 40. But no kidding it was strong enough to mess up with you.

Thanks to metro I guess, I didn’t have to wake up too early. Metro was opening at 7am and my start time was 8:48 according to the race email I received. So I had plenty of time to get to the start line. It worked out just fine. I made it to the start line with time to spare.

I was so slow! Don’t know why I was struggling so hard. My legs felt heavy and even though I finished and I didn’t walk much I was literally in the back of the pack. I barely made it to the finish line before they closed it. But surprisingly this was not my worst time for the Army Ten Miler, so I don’t know why I was so behind. Maybe they adjusted the starting time to accommodate the metro opening late, but not the total time of the course?

But I finished! So that is what matters! 

One of the things I love about this race is the spectator support, but between being so behind and the wind factor I barely saw any people cheering on us. Bummer!<edit> had to come back to correct myself because the awesome peeps from November Project were there till the very end, as awesome as always!

But I was happy with my finish. I said to myself, let’s pretend I have 3 more miles to go so I’m going to push this mile Ten. If this was a longer run mile Ten will be just another mile. So I pushed it and my last mile was my best mile of the 10. The wind was not making it easier. Of course it had to push against you right before reaching the finish line!

So as bummed out as I was to finish when everything was being packed. I was exited to see that I’ve done worst LOL – baby steps on my improvement but it is happening! 

Not ready for a countdown!

I completed my Disney room reservation a couple days ago and now I have a countdown to my marathon, so not ready for this! so no I’m at about 90 days! this is getting real.

I’m not feeling all that stressed out. I googled “what can you accomplish in 90 days?” because really, how else am I going to know what to do if I don’t google it. Apparently 90 days is a very important time period. Whatever you do today, you will see results in 90 days. The first 90 days are the most important when opening a new business or starting a new job. Funniest one, 90 day fiancé. So I’m guessing that if you can be sure of “happily ever after” after 90 days, I may be able to be ready for a marathon? There is even a book about it ” 90 Days to you first marathon” by Daniel Alick. Has anyone read it?

I guess I just need to keep moving forward and stick to the training plan. If anything, what I am finding most challenging is my diet. I really want to drop some pounds before the marathon. Not doing anything drastic, just eating healthy choices and sticking to an accurate calorie count. I tend to over eat when I exercise. The good excuse of “I burnt 600 calories so I’m going to eat this chocolate” ha! For me what works to stay in track is logging everything I eat. But it is so tedious and boring. Plus every time I make a bad food choice I tend not to log it, as if those calories don’t count just because I didn’t add them.

Just read an article at Women’s Running that pretty much says that you can’t lose weight while training for a race, so I’m super bummed out. But who knows, I may be the exception to the rule. Well not really, but like I said before, I’m just going to be conscientious of what I eat and stick to healthy choices.

Truth be told is that I run because I love food!

But anyway, may be a chubby runner while crossing the finish line but I’ll be a happy runner. I’m going to Disney!