New PR’s Part 2: Staten Island Half

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si.1Happy New Year! There have been a lot of changes in my life, thus the lack of updates. But what has not changed is my PR status due to the fact that I haven’t raced for a long time now and my temporary emergency work with Ebola at UNICEF, and quite frankly am coming up on 3 weeks of not running at all (winter storms, and the hellish process of moving!!!) so no PR’s to come anytime soon. But that’s ok, for once in my life my legs aren’t tired when I walk up the escalator to get out of the subway!

So back to my glory days….Staten Island Half!!! I don’t remember much of the race except that I felt GREAT. The morning required a super early wake up, a subway ride and a cold ferry ride, which ended up very scenic.

Downtown

Downtown

Manhattan from Staten Island

Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry

We met up with our fellow runner friends and shuffled off to our horsie corrals.

Me, Mari's bf, Mari, Danny, Kim, and FBa behind the camera

Me, Mari’s bf, Mari, Danny, Kim, and FBa behind the camera

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New PR’s Part 1: The Bronx 10 Mile

IMG_3074It has been so long since I have updated! Since Zambia, I have run a handful of races, and I did MUCH better than that darned Brooklyn Half 2014 which was obligatory and somewhat torturous given the lovely 2 weeks in Africa. Now I can boast 2 new PRs, one for the 10 mile distance and the other for the half marathon distance…one sorta out shines the other but let’s start with the Bronx 10 Miler!

Last year I did this race a part of my marathon training. It was a ‘tempo run.’ This year I did some proper pre-race resting. I’ve upped my rest days from 2 to 3 days prior to the race which has been successful thus far. I also participated in the marathon training runs hosted by NYRR, including the 18 Mile Tune Up. So come race day, I was ready to run! Well, once I woke up… Continue reading

Flying down the runway: JFK Runway 5K recap

jfk2A few weekends ago, Fernando and I participated in a very unique race – the JFK Runway 5K race. The venue: John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. How awesome is that!

I had heard some of my former colleagues had done this race last year and it looked pretty amazing, but unfortunately I had another commitment that day. So this year, no matter how early we’d have to wake up, we were¬†determined to do it! It was also going to be Fernando’s first race of 2014. He has been doing a lot of physical therapy to get his glutes and IT band and everything strengthened so he can run without fear of injury. 5K is a good distance for a person ¬†making an injury comeback! Continue reading

Going for a PR at the NYC Half Marathon

IMG_8247Last Sunday I received the latest edition to my medal collection and with it, a new personal record. I am giddy with joy!

The time was a mere 37 seconds faster than my last record half (Brooklyn Half Marathon 2013) but for me it is a WHOPPING 37 seconds. And it all started off so badly!

First of all, as you are all aware, this winter has been quite drastic to say the least. With the weather being so…wintery…it was hard to get out the door and run. It was dark, icy, dangerous and bitter, bitter cold. And of course, riding off the high of achieving my first Full Marathon (blog post to come!) last November, I wasn’t super motivated to go out and kill myself in the park in 6 degree Fahrenheit weather over black ice with frozen toes and nose and burning red legs (even with the running tights) so I did a little relaxin’ and allowed myself to skip runs (which was probably a good and safe idea most of the time, but probably not all of the time…)….

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Fred Lebow’s Frozen Manhattan Half Marathon

There was only one way to survive: Wear a wig

IMG_8128Since my CPU crashed, I haven’t been able to pull up the NYC Marathon photos from one of my life’s greatest achievements, without which, blogging about it would be boring. But I won’t let it stop my from telling you about my latest race, the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, the first of NYRR’s Borough Series which allows you to get an auto entry (opposed to lotto) to the NYC Half for the following year. The NYC Half happened to be one of my fav races last year, and even though I am doing it again this year, perhaps even going for a PR against my current 1:36:36, I wanna be able to do it next year too.

So this put me in a rather unpleasant position come Saturday when I realized it would be 16 degrees F, with a wind chill making it -6 degrees….F. Das right. Ow. Skip it? Do it? Agh!!!

Race swag was an awkward hat…awkward in that my head was too small for it. I thought, hey, it will be so cold, I can layer my hats! But then I had a better…greater…..More GRAND Idea. I would wear a WIG!!!

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