Post Zambia adventure blues and Summer snails

Petting a cheetah

Petting a cheetah

Finally got back to running after a 2 week break in Zambia which included petting a cheetah. And it turns out that I’ve transformed to a snail.

After a long needed adventure vacation in Zambia (where I saw Victoria Falls in all its glory! And exotic animals like never before in South Luangwa National Park!!!) I came back to running without much gusto. The weekend that I flew back I had to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon, which was nice except I was super tired and we had to wake up extremely early to get there on time to not repeat the NYC Half debacle…not to mention the fact that I hadn’t run one step except to maybe get the camera from my tent to take a pic of some elephants wandering through our camp. So it was a pretty run around Prospect Park, and then a pretty tiring run down Ocean Parkway. I clocked in at a 1:44 and change, slower than my first half marathon, but I wasn’t too upset since I had not trained one bit…and I’m not talking about the “oh I didn’t train…I only ran a few long runs the weekends before…” No Training, I am talking about lying in a hammock, drinking beers every night and sitting in vehicles Oooo-ing and Ahhh-ing at giraffes for 2 weeks No Training.

Giraffes to Ooooh and Aaaaah at in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Giraffes to Ooooh and Aaaaah at in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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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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Back on Track

Not literally though, I’m still just a park runner!

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You don’t have to know German to guess what this mug says!

 It’s already March! And while I am trying to make a lot of positive changes in my life for my future, I am also trying to keep my running steady like Freddy. Whatever that means.

I shall confess that over December after my epic 19 mile run (longest run to date), I went to Germany and just relaxed. I came back and did a few runs but boy, the AM was dark and really cold, so there was no real schedule. After the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, and Fernando’s 10K, this relaxed running mentality persisted.

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It’s a little dark and a little cold

My new ‘schedule’ morphed into Accuweather’s “real feel” – if it was going to be over 20 degrees, I would plan on waking up to run. If it was under, I’d reset the alarm for a delightful 7:30am. After my Manhattan Half went well with a new PR, I feel justified in my choices. I did well, I never got sick, and I got some sleep.

However, this system cannot persist. My running schedule is all out of whack but I have decided to at least put the miles in, even if they aren’t in optimal order. Continue reading