Saturday, December 26, 2015

Milage totals for past 3 years....

Total for year 2013-1352 miles
Total for year 2014-1429 miles YES!!
Total for year 2015 is 786 miles (not too good....)

I am not too happy with these numbers. But, at least I now know what I need to aim for.....to get back to 1429, my all-time high I need to run at least an average of 27 miles a week.....let's just round that off to 30 miles a week as a base. 

Monday
Tuesday 5
Wednesday 8 (or 4 miles Monday & 4 miles Wednesday)
Thursday 
Friday 4  
Saturday 9
Sunday 4

Monday, December 7, 2015

Post- Marathon blues...

              I have not written for some time. My relationship wit running has changed a lot in the past few months. I have since bought and moved into a house and a new state. For about 2 months we also had my mother-in-law living with us which added extra responsibilities on my already-full plate. 

               I am currently struggling to stay on one of those holiday streaks in which you run/walk 1+ miles a day from Thanksgiving to New Years. I think for the New Year I need to reassess this relationship with running. There are almost two sides of me when it comes to running. There is the side of me that wants more and more every time and sets me up for loftier and loftier goals each year. Then, there is the side of me that comes out after any run and that is the part of me that simply appreciates any run, of any distance. At this moment I am not quite sure how to appease one part of me without sacrificing the other. If I start training for the ever-illusive 50 miler I've been dreaming of and putting off for the past 3 years, I will begin to stress out my life more than it already is and I am not quite sure I want to uber-focus on huge strenuous training plans quite yet. I have been having so much fun getting back into my art, and making nightly dinners and some days sleeping in....in other words, being normal. On the other hand, JUST running for running sake, like my hubby's been doing for 25+ years, just lacks the feeling of triumph races offer. 

           To avoid getting lost in this endless thought pattern I have reflected a lot on the parts of running that I do like. I love the feeling after the run, I love stretching after a run, I love how being outside with the wind in my face just long enough helps me pretty much solve any personal issues I might have at the moment. So, this much I do know....I do not want to stop running. For now, I am content just running my legs daily (I may skip a day here and there) and not setting any lofty goals until I feel that my body is in fact getting stronger. 

        One other thing I do know is that I DO want to run a 50 miler within the next year. which one?, I'm not sure. I just know I have the metal fortitude to get myself through a long race, yet, I need to get my body in control first. I have gained a bit since last year and extra pounds  do quite a lot to slow one down. SO first things first. I will work on eating better, juicing daily, getting enough sleeping and staying away from processed foods and sugar. Simple enough I know, yet, once one falls off the 'wagon' the possibilities of climbing back up to the wagon becomes less and less possible with each new day that passes. 

Funny how one's view of things can either make or break you. I just ran my 6th marathon on November 1st. That is only about 5 weeks ago. Yet, I cannot get myself to celebrate much this accomplishment because I am too busy being hard on myself. As the weeks of my streak continue and only 1+ miles are required daily I will continue to reflect upon where to point my goals to next....and making sure that the results of these endeavors are no more important that the journey it took to get me there. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NYC Marathon photo recap....

I used electric tape to tape my name on the front of my shirt. This is my first race wearing Maniac gear. I think next time I might run without it though, there are a few nice benefits to not having strangers form an opinion about you before they even meet you. 


I was really enjoying this creative activity so I decided to add in my MM# 10,361


I also added, "I run for Mya" in the back. 


The breathtaking Expo at the Javitz in NYC

Cool video playing for the race route at the Expo


Me at the Expo....ready to leave after overspending on gifts for others...


Collage photo created to share on Facebook


The worse part about the race is all the planning one has to do to get to the race. It took me 5 hours to drive to NY, to my mom's house, and 5 hours back. That does not include the 3 hours it took to get to the expo and back, or the 5+ hours it took to get to the race and back. All together this race was about  19-20 hours in travel alone. In many ways I craved for a Rehoboth Beach Marathon type race in which you drive to the race, park and walk 2 blocks and begin running. 



Me at the Baldwin Station of the Long Island Railroad. My 'throw away' sweater, which I was sad to donate later that day. I look at this picture now and think (with a slight chuckle), "man, she has no idea what pain awaits her."


Again waiting...this time for the Staten Island Ferry....this was about an hour wait. I made a new friend and we had a great time chatting while waiting. 


View of the Statue of Liberty from the Ferry. I was too tired to really get emotional about this....


But a lot of runners were clicking away at their camera-phones. 




100% runners on the Ferry....well, except for two semi-drunk men who got in and realized once in the ferry that they were not really supposed to be there....so much for security. 



I love this picture.....so much hope, so much anticipation.....cannot wait to get the ball rolling. 




....and yet another long line.....waiting to board busses to take us to Start Village.....seriously, couldn't they have come up with a more creative name for the area where we start? 






The one business that caught my eye as we were boarding the busses in Staten Island. I was born in NYC, yet, I have never been to Staten Island. 


First glimpse of the bridge as we approach Start Village on the bus. 


Porta potties everywhere.....no lines either...very nice!


Garbage everywhere...bottles, coffee cups, juice bottles, trash bags, clothes, gloves, tissues, toilet paper.....


I am the last green line......we start at 11am....


Donation bins ready to take your throw-away clothes.....this is where I parted with my wool sweater....it was sad to see it go....hopefully it will serve someone else soon...




The trash really bothered me.....was hoping they are recycling all this stuff....but not sure


My wave starts moving forward....we are about a few 100 feet from the start line


While waiting in line I met another Marathon Maniac, Ken, who was volunteering at the race...He told me he's doing a 24 hour race next weekend. I congratulated him and told him I was happy for him. In the spirit of the Marathon Maniacs he asks me which race I am running NEXT weekend. I said, none.....to his disappointment I gathered from the look I got. In my mind I thought, "Just wait until you become a family man, and see how many races YOU can squeeze into your life."  Wishing you luck on his 24-hour race Ken....but don't judge another runner for not having the same life circumstances as you.




The start line is ahead......where the blue gate thingy is....


and here we go!!!


On the lower level of the Verrazano Bridge, NYC to our left




Vaseline coats my phone....hence the blurry photo....


cups, cups and more cups....




bands are everywhere....big bands, home-made pots and pans bands, kid bands, teen bands, all sorts.....


Banana runner.....



Kept getting cool texts like these throughout the whole race!! 






and more cups.....





In my hometown of Queens, NY.....


A mile away from finishing.....lots of tears.....


These are not very flattering pictures....but, who the heck looks good after running 26 miles....so you get to see the good, the bad AND the ugly....the cutest thing is how my kids were so supportive and curious about the medal....and my loot....


My son, inspecting the medal...

Heading home!!! mission accomplished....My sister was there too....will ask for a photo of her and post that too.....