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

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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Queens 10K: Summer running heat

Queens 10K

Queens 10K

My last race was the Queens 10K which now seems like ages ago! It was back in July, followed by a really fun 21 miler with NYRR’s marathon tune up series (non-scored but water and Gatorade stations, lovely!) the next weekend. I’m the first to point out that this summer’s training has been a bit of the pits time-wise as my training runs have just gotten slower and slower. But at the same time, it has been a beautiful summer to enjoy sunshine so clock, be damned!

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Brooklyn Half Recap at Long Last

6 Miles of Park, 7 miles of Ocean Parkway, and 0.1 of Coney Island

It’s been so long since the Brooklyn Half in May! As you know, I changed jobs just around the race so I had no time to post about it and to be honest, I forgot all those fine details like who almost spat on me or what strange outfit malfunction happened. But I can share these great photos and the result of this race which was a new PR by a few seconds from NYC Half! 1:36:16 – at 7’21” pace. Shaved 20 seconds off the old record. Enjoy photos!

Pre-race packet pick up

Pre-race packet pick up

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