Snowy winter: yea or nay?

Tread carefully

Tread carefully

I love winter. I love SNOW! I love playing in the snow, looking at the snow, ice skating, snowboarding, anything! Growing up in Connecticut and spending my early 20’s in the Snow Country of Yamagata, Japan has made me a snow bunny. But snow + running – that’s been a bit of “meh.”  -_-

The up side is that Central Park has been absolutely stunning in the past month. The snow froze to ice, then another layer of snow came, froze over, repeat 6 times and you get a winter wonderland right in the middle of New York City.

Found a place to stretch without climbing

Found a place to stretch without climbing

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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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2013: Year End Running Review

Happy New Year!!!

2013 was my year for running – major accomplishments this year without set back (knock on wood, no injury or major sickness!) First full marathon completed under goal time, and a great show of support from fellow runners and non-running friends overall. I couldn’t be happier with the dedication I made to training. It’s a tough one to repeat seeing as how I’m not sure I’ll sign up for the NYC Marathon 2014, and I’d like to perhaps improve in some other ways besides distance, as well as not burn out by over training in general, but we shall see where all these miles take me in 2014!

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Happy Holidays, fellow runners and bloggers!

Although I should be finishing up my Marathon recap (woot woot, first one in the bag!) I am having a drink (or a few) and celebrating Xmas with loved ones. On slow work days, I’ve made it to the gym and on days off I get myself into the park for a nice long run. It’s a pretty great schedule.

Holiday feet

Holiday feet

Cold weather running gear - goofy but it does the job!

Cold weather running gear – goofy but it does the job!

Happy Holidays from Harlem!

Happy Holidays from Harlem! Stay cozy, eat and drink up, and have a lovely run!

Sleep, run, work and repeat

I have a great post coming soon – the experience of my First marathon, with official (rather than snipped) photos! Hope you’ll come back soon to read. Since the marathon, it’s been a whirlwind of work with the launch of a report (downloadable here at UNICEF’s new site which I’ve been working on) and a regional meeting in Cape Town being a catalyst to all sorts of other side events I have been managing from New York, so I haven’t had time to really go through one of the best memories I’ll have of my life here on my online journal of running. But I will, and soon. All I can say now is that the week after the marathon, I was indeed walking a little stiff with a swell in my heart of pride that I did it – I ran a real marathon.

And helped launch a report. And coordinated 4 events in Cape Town. And processed some contracts. And….