When You Are Supposed to be Marathon Training but Just Want to Marathon Watch Netflix

TextThe other day I was chatting with a friend about Seinfeld- it’s a great show and he asked me what episode he should watch that night. I spouted off a bunch of favorites but then I remembered exactly what episode he needed to see. The one about the NYC Marathon! Ha it’s hilarious.

Half Marathon today. Netflix marathon tomorrow.

Who is going to hold this sign out for me come November? So how about we “marathon” shows about the marathon! Here are some funny episodes to get into the running spirit!

 

So of course #1 is Seinfeld S7E5 – The Hot Tub

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Elaine host’s a runner who last time slept through his alarm and missed the marathon. So this year she and Jerry go to every precaution to get him to wake up in time! (UH this is my nightmare!)

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special mention S7E9- The Sponge. It’s an iconic episode!  Kramer signs up to participate in a charity Aids walk and Jerry doesn’t think he’s going to make it.

 

#2 How I Met Your Mother S2E15 – Lucky Penny

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Barney bets the gang that he can run the marathon with no prior training.

 

#3 Sex and The City S4E6- Baby Talk is Cheap

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Miranda joins a running group while training for the NYCM and meets a cute (if gross) guy

special mention S4E7- Time and Punishment: Miranda is so sore from the marathon she cranks her neck and ends up lying naked on the bathroom floor

 

#4 Friends S6E7 – The One Where Phoebe Runs

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Phoebe starts running with Rachel through Central Park and she is embarrassing

 

#5 Parks & Rec S5E2 – Soda Tax

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Andy is training for the Police PT test and has to run 2 miles under 25 mins

 

#6 Veep S2E9- Running

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V.P Selina, high on painkillers, runs a 10K with her staff

#7 The Office S4E1- Fun Run

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Michael hosts a fun run for rabies after he hits Meredith with his car. So he has to carbo load fettuccine Alfredo immediately before running the 3 miles

 

Or you know, you could watch a documentary with actual knowledge about the sport. But these shows are funny!

 

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NYCM Check in: 8 Weeks Left!! Did I make any progress??

I really really tried to step it up this week. I was far from perfect but I felt like I did better than I’ve been. 8wo-e1505000930751.jpg

It’s hard to really judge so I feel like the fall back marker is weight. And this week the scale moved UP half a pound. Definitely not the direction I want it to go but I’m just trying to remind myself that the number on the scale is not the deciding factor here.

I felt so confident with my workouts this week. I did get off my butt a few times when I reallllly wanted to stay in bed (like this morning. 1 minute “sprints” on the assault bike for 15 rounds. Killer!) but I’m sitting here thinking, well I skipped 1 morning run. 1 turned into a walk for a run. I didn’t go to yoga on Friday…. Hmm…

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I did get in my long run on Thursday- 12 miles in the morning and then I got in another 3 that night. I felt pretty strong ( strong but still slow) during the run and thought if it were race day I had a few more miles in me. Plus on race day you’re so excited and the energy is just buzzing that you always get about 4 or so miles that fly by. So I think I have 20 miles in me right now. The last 6.2 are gonna hurt hurt hurt but I CAN do this! Running is mental anyway right. I just need to repeat I CAN I CAN I CAN!

After my race on Thursday, I was craving a soda (I almost always crave a coke after a long run!) and a salad! So I ran over to Salad 2 Go on the way home and ate it immediately on the couch with Copper Mercury watching and waiting for any spilled bits.

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I got in 22 miles this week. Plus 2 lifts, kayaking 1 day- super fun- and a round on the assault bike. My pace is still beyond slow!! Which gets disheartening! Definitely need to do more speedwork and just push push push.

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THIS Saturday is the Flagstaff Half Marathon. I think I’m still in denial that it’s already here. I want to get in a short “long run” on Wednesday. I’m thinking 8 miles. And then training runs of course with a rest on Friday. This will be my 10th half so I’m pretty excited about it. I just gotta WORK!!

 

NYCM Check In: 9 Weeks Out. It’s Been an Eye Opener!!

Real talk time, guys.

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I have just over two months till the New York City Marathon. An iconic marathon that I feel SO lucky I get to run this year. But to say I’ve been lazy and slacking is an understatement. I have given myself excuse after excuse to skip workouts, run less miles than planned, eat junk and be a quitter.

I am not ready for this race.

I ran a 5K (a 5K!) this weekend and yeah I was able to but it wasn’t a walk in the park. If it’s that hard for me to run 3 miles, how am I going to do 26? But I have 2 months to get ready.  To focus and crack down. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy.  But it’s possible and I CAN do it!!

So here’s where I’m at.

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Current weight: 161.4

  • This pic was me today at the gym. I do want to slim down for a myriad of reasons but #1 is because the less weight I have to carry, the easier it is to move it for 26.2 miles. I’m not going to be really focused on the number on the scale but I’d like to get it back down to what it used to be. I’m hoping for 10lbs gone by Nov. 5th but again, I’m not going to do anything crazy just to see a number.

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My huffing it pace: 11:10

  • This was my average pace for my last 5K. And to be honest, I could not keep this up for another 10 miles, let alone another 23.

I’m eating like an idiot

  • There’s no other way to say it. I’ve only just started following VB6, and I really like it! I want to keep it up at least till marathon day. I really think I feel better overall when I’m eating this way. But there’s still a lot to learn that goes with it (like how to not just eat ALL the carbs!) Time to go back to tracking my food/macros!

 

 

Another 5K in the books: 5K for Heroes Recap

On Wednesday, Admin at my work sent out an email asking if anyone wanted to participate in the 5K for Heroes that was that very Saturday. I think I was the only was that said, “I’m in!” So this is the first of 3 races (all small, 10K and under) of April and then another short one in the beginning of May.

It’s been pretty helpful using these as tempo runs. A major goal this training cycle is to get faster!

Plus the 5K for Heroes is a cause I can definitely get behind!

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Do you guys pick races for the charity they’re supporting?? I do sometimes but mainly I’m just looking for what works for my schedule!

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So after work on Friday night/Saturday morning, I drove on over to Papago park for a quick race. It was a pretty small crowd, which I never mind but when it’s small like this the course is never blocked off so we we’re running on the sidewalk for a bit and then through the park with a lot of other park-goers and cyclists and it got pretty crowded. I almost ran straight into this 2 year old who was on the left side of the sidewalk and right then his mother (who was oblivious!) decided it would be fun to “race” her kid who immediately ran to her cutting across to the right side of the sidewalk just as I was coming up behind. Pay attention to your surroundings, people.

But it has been fun getting out to new paths and seeing new places to train. Like this race was uphill for the first 1/4 mile or more so I definitely logged that course in my brain to come back again and train for all those bridges in the NYCM!

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Either way, it was a good race. It was a nice cool day, not too hot yet. Gotta get in as many races as I can in AZ while it’s still still bearable outside. I felt pretty good and didn’t have any stomach issues which is always plus. I went paddle boarding on Tuesday and ran hills on Wednesday and really taxed out my knees. I RICE’d as much as I could in the past few days and my legs felt fine for these 3 miles. I’m petrified of getting injured and really screwing up my training for New York! I’m going to be extra vigilant!!

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In the end, I was :46 seconds over my goal of finishing under 30 mins. Here’s how my splits shook out. Still no Speedy Gonzalez over here but I’m counting this as a negative split!

 

NYCM is 7 Months Away!

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Whoa that month went by quick! I knew when I got into the marathon that even though I had 8 months till the big day, time was going to fly by and I had no time to slack off.

But then I kind of slacked off… It’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs and I learned a lot about health and life.

In terms of vacation plans, I already spoke to my aunt and I’m all set to stay with them for the weekend. I have a hotel in the city for just a couple nights. I have my plane ticket and my ticket for an actual BROADWAY SHOW! Guys, I’m beyond excited! I picked Dear Evan Hansen (I tried to justify spending the $$ for Hamilton but… nope I couldn’t go it.)

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I have all my workouts planned, now it’s just a matter of following through with them. And getting my eating back on track. I’ve been on vacation and even thought I stayed in town, I’ve had plenty of dinners out and really enjoying my time off. I always forget to take pictures but I did have a truly amazing dinner at Nobou at Teeter House in downtown Phoenix that was so indulgent and so worth it. But I did try and balance out my vacation with some outdoor activities and exercise.

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But I’m back in the swing of things at work and back at the comfort of a routine.

I have lots of goals! I’ve been running but it’s been a lot of easy runs and junk miles. I haven’t been pushing myself nearly enough and time if ticking away!

> I definitely want to work on my speed and get faster overall

> I want to get back into weights and strength training x2 a week

> I want to cross train x1 a week. Mostly yoga but cycling at least x1 a month

> I want to drop about 15 lbs before the marathon

7 months to go!!! I’m so so so excited for this race and I want to do it proud! 

I Ran Into a TREE. Literally.

I went to the gym! It’s been too long since I’ve actually lifted a weight and it felt really good to get back at it.

I had unexpected errands to run before work yesterday that took the allotted time I had planned for a gym session but (miracle of all miracles) I got out of work 2 hours early so I ran over to the gym and did a quick kettlebell leg workout.

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Gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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Then I came home to this friggin cutie. His dog bed is literally 1 foot to the right of this. Spoiled little monster.

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Then this afternoon, I went on quite the eventful run. I work nights so ‘my mornings’ are really midday and I didn’t start out till 3pm. It was already 85 degrees and I was feeling it. It was hot! I have marathon training alllll through the summer and then  I’m going to fly to NYC in November; I’m quite worried about the temp change. I don’t know how I’m going to combat the heat and still get in 20 mile runs. I guess I’m gonna have to make fast friends with the treadmill.

So I start out already sweaty and pass a homeless man who told me I had good form! Ha hey thanks man. He even noticed that I didn’t “toe out.” What can I say? I try!

So I keep going and look down at  weird thing with my shoulder and BAM. I literally ran FACE FIRST into a tree.

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Guys, I ran INTO A TREE. Day 3 of NYCM training and I run into a tree… it’s gonna be a long summer.

 

 

 

 

Getting That Love of Running Feeling Back

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When I applied for my first marathon back in 2011, the St. George Marathon, even though there is a lottery, all Washington county residents were guaranteed acceptance, so I didn’t have a thing to worry about. In 2015, now a Maricopa county resident, I put in for the lottery and won! When they had the drawing for 2016, I put in and won! (But unfortunately couldn’t do the race that year after all.) My mom can’t get over how lucky I am. But getting into the NYC Marathon? I cannot honestly believe I made it.

J'aime voyager à New York parce-que ma famille habite à New York. Il y a beaucoup de faire.:

This racing season has not been an easy one for me. Lots of sickness and an injury and all around self doubt. I’ve been bored on my long runs with no motivation to stick it out or work harder. I’ve been in a major slump that has been growing exponentially with every bad (or missed) race.

But now? I’m so excited and motivated to hit the pavement again! I want to do well in NYC and I’m more than willing to do all the work that it takes to cross the NYCM finish line strong and proud.

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It’s such a great feeling to regain that love of running. To have a goal that I’m excited and have that fire in my butt again. I don’t want to lose focus this marathon training cycle so I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep this fire burning. There are a lot of places I can go so I’m not running the same old path every long run. I’m making a list now of all the trails in the valley- especially ones with hills since NYCM is a notoriously hilly/hard course. New music/books/podcasts saved special for runs. Sprints and fartlek and interval training runs. And maybe even through in some rewards for hard runs 🙂

There’s so much to do! Not only in regular old marathon training but in vacation planning and logistics of it all. There’s plenty of time to figure everything out but I cannot wait to get out there!!!