Wednesday, December 31, 2008


First, I want to start this blog by saying that I mailed my application for the Long Island Marathon today. There is no turning back I will be running the Long Island Marathon on May 3rd:) Training starts Monday, January 5th, also the day the kids go back to school. Convenient, YES!!!

Though I never really wrote them down, my 2008 goals were as follows:
- Join NYRR’s
- Run at least 9 NYRR qualifying races
- Volunteer at 1 NYRR race
- Qualify for the NYC 2009 Marathon
- Mileage – I didn’t specify a mileage goal for this year
- Lose 15 pounds by 12/31/08
- Take things slow & steady & stay injury free
- Train by Heartrate, and who cares if you run slow at first
- Do not do any speed work or hill work this year
- Use the races in place of speed work

What was accomplished in 2008:

- I officially became a member of NYRR on Jan 1, 2008

- I actually ran 10 NYRR qualifying races in 2008 and 2 local races for a total of 12 races!

- I volunteered at the 10K mini race, and met Deena Kastor – Way cool

- It’s official, October 12, 2008 I qualified for the 2009 NYC Marathon

- I lost a total of 16 pounds since I started running on January 2, 2008, but then gained 4 back over nov/dec. Need to run consistently!

- I had a total of 176 runs

- Total runs run outside were = 133

- Total runs run on the TM were = 43

- Total mileage for 2008 = 760.99

- With no speed work and no hill work I increased my speed from 9:48 to 8:22 for the 4 mile

- For the most part, I stayed injury free

A breakdown of all my runs by month:
Jan – 9 runs no races
Feb – 19 runs no races
Mar – 19 runs 1 race
Apr – 18 runs (13 outside, 5 TM) 1 race
May – 19 runs (16 outside, 3 TM) 2 races
Jun – 15 runs (9 outside, 6 TM) 1 race, 1 volunteer
Jul – 13 runs (9 outside, 4 TM) 3 races
Aug – 14 runs (10 outside, 4 TM) no races
Sep – 10 runs (5 outside, 5 TM) 2 races
Oct – 11 runs (5 outside, 6 TM) 1 race
Nov – 20 runs (16 outside, 4 TM) 1 race
Dec – 9 runs (3 outside, 6 TM) no races

Overall I am thrilled with what I set out to do & with what I accomplished in 2008. Bring on 2009. As some of you know, 9 is my favorite number, hence wanting to complete the NYC marathon in 2009

- Run two marathons (Long Island on 5/3 & NYC on 11/1)

- Stick to MY plan, don’t let the ego get in the way, and don’t miss a run!!!

- Run a few races, not as many as last year, to prepare me for the Marathons

- Run 2,009 miles for 2009

- Qualify for Boston (I know ambitious yes, but why not try out of the gate. If I don’t make it, I sure will still have a fantastic time trying and will be thrilled being a “Just Finish” marathoner

- Lose about 10 pounds. (In 2008 I went from 130 to 114, but over the holidays crept back up to 118 I think being 5’4”, I can handle being 108 lbs. The BMI calendar says Normal is between 18-25), and being 108 lbs puts me at 18.5! But the weight obviously isn’t an issue, I want to become more tone for sure, but I just don’t want to gain!! As long as I am running I don’t tend to gain, it’s when I get lazy and skip a run, or can’t find babysitting when the kids aren’t in school

- Incorporate more Cross Training and Stretching/Yoga into my training!

- Be more consistent with my running in 2009!!!

- Drink more water & eat healthier (be better about Nutrition)

- Complete the 100 pushup challenge (I am currently in Week 4 doing them modified) I want to complete the program by the end of the year doing REAL pushups!!

- Complete the 200 situp challenge, which was just created to complement the 100 pushup challenge. This will be a serious challenge to me as my core is seriously lackingL LOL

I don't know what 2009 has in store for me, but I am ready to embark on the new journey! I originally said that my Boston qualifier time was 4 hrs, a pace of 9:09, which would be awesome for 2009, but I was on the site a few weeks ago, and I noticed my age group (40-44, I will be 44 when I run my marathons: Long Island is not a qualifier, NYC is:) qualifying time is 3:50, which is a 8:46 pace. Not sure if they changed it, or if my eyes were playing tricks on me, as wishful thinking. LOL I am a little bummed about it, but I am not going to lose sleep over it. I still plan to train for breaking 4 hours, at a 9:09 pace, and depending on how race day goes, adjust accordingly to maybe getting that 3:50 qualifying time.

Well, this post has gotten way longer than I intended. I hope I can look back on this post on 12/31/09 and find that I accomplished as much in 2009, that I did in 2008!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! & may you all reach your goals of 2009!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


The girls with Santa this year:)

The BR family wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Monday, December 1, 2008


Was supposed to do a long run today, but didn't get out till late and had to get back to get ready for a long over due lunch with the ladies. Had a wonderful lunch, and even got in a 5 mile run:) I met up with a friend at mile 2, so miles 2 and 3 were slower, so I pushed miles 4 and 5 to make up some time. Really felt good. Nice tempo thrown in there:) Not sure when I will get my long run in, as I have to take my youngest to the doctors tomorrow, so we'll see, if not tomorrow, I'll aim for Wednesday.

Todays digits: 5 miles in 49:39
M1 - 9:55 127bpm
M2 - 10:47 140bpm
M3 - 10:41 146bpm
M4 - 9:36 147bpm
M5 - 8:38 156bpm

Totals for the week of Nov 24th to Nov 30th

Monday: 10 mile Long Run
Tuesday: unplanned rest
Wednesday: travel day to Boston, so no run:(
Thursday: 6 mile run on the Minute Man trail in Lexington, MA
Friday: 6 mile run on the Minute Man trail in Lexington, MA
Saturday: 3 mile run on the Minute Man trail in Lexington, MA
Sunday: 4 mile Recovery Run @ 10:00 min avg pace on Treadmill no incline

Mileage for the week: 29 miles:)!!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Had a great 10 mile long run in 1:41:48, for an avg pace of 10:11, covering roads I have never run before:) At 11:30am, I hit the road and decided I would run a completely different route for this long run. I've been running in my immediate neighborhood for roughly 11 mths, and it was time to expand my horizons, though the last two miles were back on my familiar territory by the pondd. It was a great route and a great run, but the downside was that the first 2 miles were basically uphill, then the next 4 were flat, then 2 downhill, then 2 flat around my old pond:) Next time i think I will run 1 mile flat near my pond, and then head up the hilly route. My legs felt good, but I think I hit the hills too quick. Plus, my feet hurt a little now. I really believe it is time to retire my Asics 2130's and get new sneakers!!!

Temperature today was perfect. Weather channel said that it was 45 degrees, but felt like 40, so I threw on a long sleeve dry fit shirt and my shell, wore my tights and my wind pants, wore gloves and off I went.

Funny thing I saw today while running past the pond. There was a thin layer of ice across the pond. Hmm... don't usually see that this time of year, if ever. Me thinks were are going to have a cold winter and lot's of snow:)

My splits for today were: My avg HR was 146 cardiac drift: 162
M1 10:57 142 cardiac drift: 160
M2 11:14 145 cardiac drift: 155
M3 10:24 147 cardiac drift: 157
M4 10:42 143 cardiac drift: 151
M5 10:09 149 cardiac drift: 162
M6 9:37 151 cardiac drift: 158
M7 10:12 150 cardiac drift: 160
M8 9:14 142 cardiac drift: 158
M9 9:44 150 cardiac drift: 157
M10 9:31 151 cardiac drift: 158

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Today I chose to stay warm and ran on the TM at the gym:) Time was limited, so i decided to run a quicker paced run, and get my 5 miles in:) Got to the the gym at Noon, set the TM to 6.0, no incline, and off I went. Nice 10 minute pace. Legs felt really good. It was nice to run on a cushioned TM and not the bumpy potholly roads, not to mention it was WARM running:)

Used the Garmin inside today, turned off the GPS feature, and hit start and it recorded my time and HR. Avg HR was 134, cardiac drift was 157. Not sure if that drift was me, or all the electronics in the gym. My gym now is sporting two new flat screen tvs. Sweet!! I still like my iphone with my shows, but it's nice to catch the news if I want to:)

Going to start recording totals that I did for the week, so here goes:

Totals for the week of Nov 17th to Nov 23rd

Monday: 3 mile Recovery Run @ 10:00 min avg pace on Treadmill no incline
Tuesday: 4 mile Recovery Run @ 10:15 min avg pace on Treadmill no incline
Wednesday: 3 mile Recovery Run @ 10:20 min avg pace on Treadmill no incline
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 8 Mile Medium Long Run @ 11:20 min avg pace
Saturday: 4 mile Recovery Run @ 10:11 min avg pace
Sunday: 5 mile Recovery Run @ 10:00 min avg pace on Treadmill no incline

Mileage for the week: 27 miles:)!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Got out for a great 4 mile recovery run. When I left the house at 12pm, weather channel said the temperature was 31 degrees, but that it felt like 18 degrees. Well, for once I think they were right. Man, it was cold out there today. I wore the exact same outfit I wore yesterday, as I was a bit warm running yesterday and it is much colder temperature wise today. Clothing was perfect for todays run, no sweating, though my legs felt cold the whole time, but I think that was do to the insane wind that I was running into basically the whole way. Actually re-reading this I just realized I know why my legs were cold. LOL I didn't wear my wind pants, I just wore my tights. Guess I was rushing to get outside and run, I just plum forgot. LOL. Again, the weather channel said that there were 17mh winds. No clue what the mileage of the winds were, but it was definitely windy and cold:( So, had I worn my wind pants I probably would not have been cold at all today. LOL

My splits for today were:

M1 10:11 129 cardiac drift: 152
M2 10:30 144 cardiac drift: 165
M3 10:14 138 cardiac drift: 149
M4 9:48 147 cardiac drift: 157

My average HR was 140, so I am pleased with that, and I'm guessing that my HR increased because of running into the wind (at times I felt like I was running in place, no joke, it was that windy:), and maybe the clothing I had on, but still, the cardiac drift numbers are just that, drifts, that the number hits for a few seconds and then comes back down. I didn't walk today, like I did yesterday, but I did the flatter route, which does have a few incline, or gradual hills. Again, overall think todays HR was ok.

Friday, November 21, 2008


10:30am got out for a medium long run of 8 miles. Chose to do both my loops, the hilly one around Huntington Bay, and the flat one around the Mill Pond. Temperature today was 35 degrees, but they said with the windchill it felt like 28. Yah, it did it was cold out there. Need to figure out how to dress for this weather.

Did my 8 miles in 1:30:47 at an average pace of 11:20. HR avg stayed at 134, which I was pleased with. To keep the HR down I walked most of the hills this time. Not sure if my over dressing because of the cold affected my HR, but sometimes, walking is good:) HR did hit various cardiac drifts, but not for more than a few seconds:)

I wore my Asics wicking shirt, a long sleeve cotton shirt over it, and then my winter Obermyer shell. At times I was hot, and sweaty, but not bad. Need to get appropriate outdoor running gear so I don't sweat!! BR411 are you reading this. LOL

My splits for today were:
M1 10:46 130 cardiac drift: 144
M2 10:50 142 cardiac drift: 217 (not sure if this was the hill, or interference:(
M3 12:17 133 cardiac drift: 166 (now this was the hill:)
M4 10:59 134 cardiac drift: 192
M5 13:09 135 cardiac drift: 165
M6 10:53 135 cardiac drift: 153
M7 11:12 127 cardiac drift: 162
M8 10:34 137 cardiac drift: 150

Overall the run felt great. Felt great to finally put in the distance. Haven't done distance in awhile and I had happy feet today:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


BR411 and I hit the gym together this morning after our 2nd grader's teacher conference. She got thumbs up from all her teachers and is doing great!! BR hit the weights, while I ran on the TM. I set the TM to 5.8 and ran for 31 min. 10:20 pace. Felt great!!

Also got my BuckeyeOutdoors site account running again. It now syncs my Garmin 301 and I am loving life. There is a feature where it has google maps. So cool!!

Oh, after our run, BR411 and I hit our local favorite restaurant by the pond and had sushi. But no, we did not sit out on the deck as it was bitterly cold her on Long Island today. It really felt like a January day, and it's only November.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Yesterday and today I ran on the TM at the gym as my Kindergartner didn't have school due to teacher conferences. Little one wanted to go the gym and she was awesome. Loved playing in the day care and I got my runs in:) Asked if she could come again when the run was over. I said sure, next time you don't have school.

Yesterday: TM set at 6.0 3 miles in 30min. 10min pace. HR never went above 137:)

Today: TM set at 5.8 4 miles in 41:03. 10:16 pace. HR never went above 141:)

Legs are feeling really good!

Monday, November 17, 2008


BR411 had a great race yesterday! I won't go into details, as you can read his report for yourself.

I will say it was awesome running the race with him. I hope it is the first of many, many NYRR for him. He really did an awesome job. He dealt with the cold, the crowds, the waiting around, like a champion. Note to self for next race that he comes in for. Prepare him for running with LOT's of people. Zig-Zagging is an art. Not the time to sit back, you have to be a 'little' aggressive. Unfortunately, with MOST NYRR races, there are always LOT's of people, so you usually are zig-zagging all the way to the finish. Especially on this course, because everyone loves running this 4 mile course, so it is popular with the runners. Truth be told, you only slowed during miles 1 and 3 because they were the miles with the hills. I have no doubt if you were able to train outside on the hills in our neighborhood, not just the flats, you would have kept your faster pace. BUT, BR411, you should be proud. When I ran this same course the first time, I ran it in a 9:48 pace, you crushed that!! Though the two miles you slowed at because of the hills, the other 2 miles you kicked butt. Remember, you still crossed the finish line in a 9:27 pace, a hell of a lot faster than you did your 5K this past summer, BABY!!! I'M PROUD OF YOU!!!!

As I said previously, my competitiveness really wanted to try to crush this course (yesterday was the 4th time I ran this course) and run for a PR. With my training, I believe I could have, but nothing was more important yesterday to me, than sticking with BR411, running side by side, the whole way, and running across the finish line hand in hand:) I sure hope the photographers that took our pictures, got us both in the SAME shot, not just individually:)!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Had a great run today. Slept the best I have in years. Kids were at BR411's parents last night for a sleepover. I actually slept straight through the night for the first time since having kids. LOL

I brought my phone again. I'm really liking having it with me. Since I have the iphone, it's great. It has my podcasts. I set it to play, plugged in the headphones, put it in my pocket, and off I went. If someone calls, all I have to do is hit the little clicky thingy on the headphone cord to answer/hangup. Never have to touch the actual phone; no flip, no pushing buttons, just AWESOME. And no texts came in today, THANKFULLY.

Pretty much ran the same 4 mile flat route around the pond. Felt really good. And really tried to be consistent with my splits. Results are as follows:

M1 - 9:54 136 bpm
M2 - 9:56 138 bpm
M3 - 9:51 140 bpm
M4 - 10:05 143 bpm

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Today was a busy day, and since I wanted to get my run in, I chose to run at 10am, while my oldest was in religion class. We drove down to the pond, and then we both walked across the bridge to church. Rebecca was so excited. I dropped her off at 1oam, and I ran around the pond. Since my time was limited, and it was absolutely gorgeous outside, I decided to run a tempo run, but made sure my heartrate never went over, 150. Actually, it never went over 147:) Maybe not the smartes thing to do, as tomorrow is supposed to be my l0ng run, but it felt awesome to let the legs go (to some extent).

The only time I walked was during mile 3, when BR411 texted me. LOL So I had to pull out the phone, read it, and text him back. Kind of strange to do during a run, but... This was also the first time I carried my phone on my run. LOL I liked it. I have the iphone, and I listened to my podcasts. It was nice.

I ran 5 miles in 48:12 Splits were as follows:

M1 - 9:59 133bpm
M2 - 9:31 139bpm
M3 - 10:11 135bpm
M4 - 8:57 147bpm
M5 - 9:33 140bpm

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Actually, I like running in the rain, and in the beginning it was just a misty rain. About half way through it poured, but for only like 2 minutes. Thankfully it was a mild day, at about 58 degrees, so I wasn't cold at all. Still wearing that LLBean rain slicker, and today i wore shorts, so the rain just trickled down my legs. LOL

My body is LOVING these slow mileage. Today I ran basically the same route as yesterday, but ran the first loop around the pond with a little hill, and I ran it 43:00, and my heartrate never went above 140. So many times today I just wanted to pick up the pace and let loose, but I know how important this phase is. Legs feel awesome

Splits for today were:
M1 - 10:58 121bpm
M2 - 10:48 134bpm
M3 - 11:01 133bpm
M4 - 10:21 140bpm ( really wanted to sprint this last part. LOL)

Friday, November 7, 2008


Today was a great run with BR411, though he stopped at 3.5 and I kept going till I hit 5 miles. We decided we wanted to keep this run flat, so instead of running around the pond, we headed out to the bridge and went left and ran til we hit the stop sign, and turned around and came back and continued past where we started along the water and turned around. I did this modified loop 3 times. Some would say boring, but it's very scenic and I really wanted to keep the hills at bay. I guess part of me also wanted to throw in a loopy course, as the Long Island Marathon is flat, and it's a 13.1 loop that you do twice.

Pace was perfect. Again, not as consistent as my run on Wednesday, but close enough for me. And this time, since there were no hills, my heartrate NEVER went over 134. Sweet. That is, until the last mile, while running alone, out of nowhere, 3 huge dogs appeared barking in front of me. Granted the owner was there, but with a LONG ass leash. Scared the begeezis out of me. When I got home, the Garmin showed that my HR hit 200, during that episode. LOL

Today's digits:
M1 - 10:39
M2 - 10:58
M3 - 11:13
M4 - 11:10
M5 - 11:00

The best part of this base building phase is that I am running at such a slow pace, keeping the heartrate low, it is letting me get out there, almost every day this week for a run (only reason I missed Tuesday, was that I ran out of hours in the day and couldn't get a babysitter:(, and NOTHING hurts!! Once I am running 7 days straight, I will slowly build the mileage up based on Allen's plan (though his plan suggests 6 days, but again, I feel this is doable since the miles are slow and steady). I will definitely run by heartrate, and keep a listen to my body. But so far, so good:)

Eventually my plan is to do the following:
Monday - Long run
Tuesday - Recovery run
Wednesday - Tempo run (but not going over 75-80% HR)
Thursday - Recovery run
Friday - Medium Long run
Saturday - Recovery run
Sunday - Recovery run

I'll take it one week at a time and see how I feel and add mileage accordingly.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I don't know when I started doing this, but after every run, whether it's a short run or a long run, I hop in the bath tub with the nozzle set on the coldest setting and fill up the tub. I stay in it for 20 minutes and my legs feel awesome. I fill it all the way up so my legs are completely submerged. I really think it helps me with recovery, cause I can wake up the next day ready for another run. I only add ice to the tub after a race:) Oh, and I have to be in the tub before the water starts, or faggeetttaaabbouuiiitt it! I guess I am now accustomed to cold water:) Hmm... I need to get a thermometer to see how cold it really is? I do end it with a quick hot shower, to warm up, but the legs have this cold feeling for about 30min after I'm dressed and walking around. Kind of cool. Pun intended. LOL

Well, thanks go to d10 for the inspiration to get me outside for my run today. When I woke it looked cold and rainy out and I spent the morning drinking my coffee thinking, hmm... will I run inside on the TM or outside in the rain. If I had a treadmill here at home, I probably would have chosen the TM, but I chose to run outside and it was GREAT!! Once I got the kids dropped off to school, I hit the roads. The temperature said 59 degrees, and it was just a misty rain, but it felt so good. I wore my raincoat (one I got from LLBean). I need a runner shell that is waterproof!!! But thankfully I didn't get hot during the rain. Didn't even get cold:) It kept me warm and dry, but my legs were soaked, as were my sneakers:( And I could have done without the puddles. Why, when a car sees a runner and a puddle, they speed up????? LOL

I got in 4 miles today in 43:03, not as consistent pace wise as yesterday, but the HR still stayed at or below 140:) I'm looking forward during this phase one, to see my pace increase, as my HR stays low!!!

Today's digits:
M1 - 10:18
M2 - 11:10
M3 -10:51
M4 -10:44

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Never made it out yesterday for my run:( But had a great run today. No aches and pains at all, and was able to be very consistent with my pacing today, and kept the heartrate below 140 for the whole run:) BR411 told me it was going to rain on and of for the day, so I got out there as soon as I got kids off to school. Temperature was 58, but it felt chilly as there was no sun. But, the sun did poke out at times and I felt warm during the run. When I got home, temperatures said 60. When not to wear my shell, that is the million dollar question!! LOL

I nailed each mile mark at 11:00 for each mark, and came in at 5 miles at 55:00

I'm usually pretty good at pacing myself, but today was just perfect!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


With Election Day upon us, and my running entering a new phase, I thought it appropriate to give my blog a makeover. Out with the old, in with the new. I've really liked the look of Vegas Runner's, so I've copied his theme, hope you don't mind Bruce:) I may work on the color scheme to make it my own, but for now I'll keep it the way it is.

Plan for today is 4 easy miles around the pond. Kids are home from school today (and are bugging me already to get to the polls to cast my vote, they LOVE to pull the lever). And my oldest has an eye doctor appointment at 1pm, so hoping to get my run in after that, if the Grandparents are around to babysit.

Hope to post back with the digits then!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Phase 1 (11/3/08 - 1/25/09) - will last 12 weeks. During this time I will work on building my mileage/base. ALL miles will be run at less than 70% heartrate, which is 140bpm, for me.

Today, after taking the past 3 weeks, basically off, my training has started up again. I had a great 3 mile run this morning. Weather was 53 degrees, but it felt chilly as the skies were cloudy and gray. I wore shorts, and a t-shirt, with a light shell. Felt fine, but at times was a bit chilly. I don't like this time of year when I don't know what to wear, but... that's the life of a runner:)

I kept my heartrate down, stats as follows:
M1: 10:24 135bpm cardiac drift: 147
M2: 10:51 142bpm cardiac drift: 155 (there is a hill in this mile)
M3: 10:59 140bpm cardiac drift: 158 (there is a slight hill in this mile)

Though my HR drifted up above 140, it did not stay there for more than a few seconds. Day one was a huge success. Look forward to running more miles tomorrow:)

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Today marks the 11 month anniversary of when I started running, in that time frame I have gotten outside (111 times) or on the treadmill (31 times) for a total of 142 runs, and I have run a total of 632.6 miles. Not bad considering when I started, I did the C25K program, and thought I would die jogging 2 minutes walking 3 minutes, or whatever it was. LOL. Today is also the day of the 2008 NYC Marathon (good luck to all running, especially John B, and Jeanie T!!). I am so excited for you guys, I know you are going to do great. I’ll be there next year with you!!!

A recap of what I have done since I started my journey back on January 2, 2008:

- with 11 months of running, also came 16 lbs lost

- I completed all of my races needed, and my volunteering, to be guaranteed entry for NEXT years 2009 NYC Marathon they are as follows, if you wish, you can click on the race name and be brought to the actual race report:

- March 9, 2008 – Colon Cancer Run 4M – 39:14 (9:48 pace)

- April 20, 2008 – Adidas Run 4M – 34:21 (8:35 pace)

- May 11, 2008 – Mother’s Day 4M – 33:29 (8:22 pace)

- May 17, 2008 – Healthy Kidney 10K – 55:29 (8:56 pace)

- June 7, 2008 – Volunteered at the 10K Mini Race

- June 15, 2008 – Father’s Day 5M – 43:47 (8:45 pace)

- July 12, 2008 – Park to Park 10K – 54:38 (8:48 pace)

- July 19, 2008 – Run for CP 4M – 33:38 (8:24 pace) missed PR by 8seconds

- Sept 14, 2008 – Queens Half Marathon – 2:01:30 (9:16 pace)

- Oct 12, 2008 – Staten Island Half Marathon – 1:57:36 (8:58 pace)

I also set competitive goals for each race for MYSELF, to PR, if I could each time. I was able to accomplish a PR in every NYRR race, except one, and I came pretty darn close in that one too, missed it by 8 seconds. LOL

Another highlight of this running journey for me is that it got my hubby/BR411 running as well. Though we don’t get to run much together, when we do I really enjoy those runs. And I am so excited that he is planning to run the Long Island Half Marathon on May 3, 2009. Though I am now contemplating running the Full Marathon that day, as it is a flat course, would give me Marathon experience going into NYC (exactly 6 mths later). Any thoughts/suggestions from any/all experience bloggers is greatly appreciated. I think it is doable, as NYC is 6 mths later, and the LI half is flat. I know I have set my sights on a strong finish for NYC, at beating 4 hours, hopefully running it in 9:09 pace, so my thinking is that if I have a Marathon in my pocket, my goals of NYC might have a better chance. Plus, the Long Island half is practically in my back door.

I will be running one more NYRR race this year, on November 16th, the Race to Deliver, and I am so happy BR411 will be coming into NYC to run it with me. My competitiveness wants to try to make a PR, but I promise you BR411 I will run with you and we will cross the finish line hand in hand:)!!!

Well, today is the 2008 NYC marathon, I am so psyched. My training officially starts tomorrow!!! 363 days till I WILL BE RUNNING THIS RACE!!!! Let the games begin, the motivation stay high, and everyone run strong and taper!!!!

I could not have done any of the above without the support and help of my fellow bloggers. Thank you!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Another crazy day, but the good news was my legs were ready to run. But, had to go on a class field trip with my second grader, so the run got shelved:( Bummer, but had a blast on the field trip. Actually met some really nice moms, and it was a joy to watch the kids. Oh, to be 8 years old again!!

Field trip brought us to the local fire department, bank, train station, post office, pizza pub for lunch, library and a few local shops. It was the community field trip for Social Studies. All of the above was in about a 1/2 mile radius, thankfully. Though I didn't do much walking, my legs were a tiny bit sore at the end, as the trip lasted close to 4 hours!!!! Lot's of standing:(

The only plans for tomorrow is to get my oldest her halloween costume. She wants to be bat girl. BR411 picked up the little ones costume last night. She is going to be Aurora, the character from Disneys Sleeping Beauty. Hopefully when the time comes, I'll have some good pics to share:)

And, last night my beloved NYRangers lost their first game of the season. To Buffalo, no less:( Oh well, knew it couldn't last, but hopefully this team has what it takes to get passed the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals. It's only one loss, and till last night they've been doing great!

So, if all goes well I'll get a good run in tomorrow, after laying low for several days after the half on Sunday:)

Monday, October 13, 2008


OK, where to start? LOL As you all know I’m not the greatest blogger, I leave that up to BR411. I keep mine short and to the point about my running. LOL But this one may be a little long… Well, Saturday around 1pm, I bid farewell to hubby and my two girls Allie and Becca. It was hard to say goodbye. I know, only 1 day away, but I had never been away overnight, since the girls were born. I know, time to cut the cord, but…. They were all great. After hugs, kisses and a few tears I was off. I still couldn’t believe it. I was leaving to drive to Staten Island, to run the Staten Island Half Marathon. This was it!! I forgot my town was having their yearly Columbus Day parade, so it took almost 20minutes to go 2 miles to the gas station to fill up. I like this gas station, as they are the cheapest around at $3.46 (ouch!!) Well, Finally at 1:25pm I was on my way.

The plan was to stay at my brother’s house on Staten Island, so I wouldn’t drive or wake so early the day of the race. Thankfully since it was the holiday weekend, there was NO traffic. I fired up the iphone/ipod and listened to Confessions of a Runner episode’s #37 and #38. (I saved fdip #156, and Extra Miles # for race time) Before I knew it I was crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (the Bridge I am going to be running across in 383 days, for the 2009 NYC Marathon). I made my way through the tolls, through the streets and found my brothers driveway at about 3:30pm. I unpacked my gear. Though I was hungry, we jumped in his car and drove around the Island. First and foremost he drove me along the Staten Island Half course. Though there was a hill between miles 7-8, the course didn’t seem that bad. And it was great to get a peek at it the day before. It SO helped on race day. We eventually stopped to get food: I got a Veggie wrap as I was starving. Strange, it was a short trip. He lives about 58 miles from me, but my stomach was behaving like I had travelled a long distance. Guess it was nerves. But I had cramps and a belly ache for most of the day/night.

In the evening we went to a nice Italian restaurant and ordered a great whole wheat pasta dinner. Again, ate some, but the stomach felt achy and crampy. But the food was really yummy. Then we came home where I was able to watch my beloved Rangers beat the Flyers 4-3. They are now 4-0, best start of a season since 1983-84. But, I don’t want to jinx anything. I got to sleep soon thereafter, but woke several times during the night. Guess I’m used to the interruptions of little feet waking me in the middle of the night. I really did miss my family! Finally around 3am, I fell asleep for good. My alarm went off at 5:30, but I decided to sleep in and woke at 6:30. Race didn’t start till 9:40, and we weren’t leaving till 7:20, so I figured I could use the sleep. I woke and had my usual oatmeal and banana. I was playing it by ear on how my stomach felt. If it still felt icky, I was just going to eat the banana. It didn’t feel that bad, so I ate the oatmeal and banana. Thankfully, before we left I was able to leave most of what I ate behind! LOL, so I figured I was good to go.

At 7:20, we left the house and walked to the train station. Caught the train at 7:35 from Old Town, and took it to the Ferry, where the Race was to begin. We got there about an hour early, and it was just delightful. The view of Manhattans skyline and downtown was breathtaking. It was a gorgeous day, very few clouds, sunny and blue skies. I thought it would be chilly, but thankfully it wasn’t. According to the website, the temperatures were 70 degrees and 65% humidity. I took some pictures and will upload them at some time. Even had my brother take some photos of me running the race, finally race photos. So, Charlie, finally have some photos to share!!

We lined up around 9:20, and the gun went off around 9:45 or so. I was feeling OK, but my belly was crampy. I was just hoping I wouldn’t s#@t in my shorts. First mile was hard. Legs were tired, felt groggy and sleepy, but I knew if I could just settle down, I’d be OK. My plan was to run each mile as close to a 9min pace as I could. I also planned to stop at each water station and walk/drink for 15 seconds. Slow and steady. I was running with John, who is much faster than me, but since we were running a half, I didn’t think it would hurt me. If he went to fast, I would just let him go on. Water stations were at Miles 2, 4, 7, 9, and 11, I think.

Mile 1: We hit it at 8:56 pace, close enough for my liking and the legs were feeling a little better.

Mile 2: hit it at 8:38 pace, a little faster than I would have liked, but legs were definitely feeling better. Stopped for water and walked/drank for 15 seconds.

Mile 3: hit it at 8:29 pace, and the legs felt great.

Mile 4: came in at 8:45 pace. Stopped for water and walked/drank for 15 seconds.

Mile 5: 9:01 pace (also the point where my brother took the photo of me) Up until now, I felt great. Approaching the 6 mile marker it got hot, and we were running along the water. For some reason this stretch, there and back, was very hot for me. I knew it was a flat stretch and that eventually we would be turning around and running back. My legs were getting tired.

Mile 6: I hit it at 8:49 pace. I eventually made the turn around, and I literally didn’t think I was going to make it to mile 7. When all of a sudden on The Extra Mile podcast, I heard Marathon Chris recite the mantra, “Someday I won’t be able to do this, today is NOT that day!!” OMG, it was just what I needed to hear, before I knew it, I was at Mile 7. Thank you Marathon Chris!!!!!

Mile 7: Hit this one at 8:50 pace, I stopped for water, and walked about 15 seconds, and started running again. Legs were tightening up. This is the point where the course has the hill. Man, it was tough. I really thought I was going to stop, but right when I was at my worst, I heard Charlie’s (a.k.a. CewTwo) shout out on fdip. I was approaching the 8 mile marker, entering Fort Wadsworth. Stopped for water and walked/drank for 15 seconds.

Mile 8: Hit it at 9:53 pace. I made the turn into the Fort listening to Charlie. Charlie, I can not put into words how much YOU helped me. As soon as I heard it, tears welled in my eyes, and I yelled I can do this!!!! I really regret not getting my shoutout in to Fdip. I promise, I will next year!!

Mile 9: Hit it at 8:59 pace. Thankfully the course was flat to downhill for the next 3-4 miles, so I was able to coast. I said to myself, if I keep this pace, I’ll do it. It was so cool running under the Verrazano bridge. Stopped for water and walked/drank for 15 seconds.

Mile 10: Hit it at a 9:00 min pace. At this point I decided to take a jolly rancher. I had never used it before, but I needed something more than water. I opened up the candy and sucked on it for about 2 miles. Not sure if it helped, but it sure didn’t hurt, thankfully!

Mile 11: Hit this one at a 9:11 pace. Approached Mile 11 feeling OK, I knew there was a tiny incline coming up and then downhill, where it turns at the gas station to go a steady incline up to mile 12. I kept repeating "I can do this, I can do this." Stopped for water and walked/drank for 15 seconds.

Mile 12: I hit this one at a 9:26 pace. The steady incline slowed me a bit and tired out my legs, but the cheer from the crowds was deafening and I continued to plug along. Though I was thinking it, I didn’t stop. There was a woman who did, and another women cheered her on and said “You can do this, you’ve come this far, come on, run with me, and we’ll get there”. I thought that was so cool, and it was enough for me to not give up. I stuck with them till mile 13 down the home stretch.

Mile 13: I hit this one at an 8:43 pace. When I hit Mile 13 I just started sprinting. It hurt like a mother efffrrrr (to quote Marcy and BR411), but I had followed/stayed with these woman, and I wasn’t going to lose them now.

.1 :50 seconds

I crossed the finish line, hurting, cramping, completely exhausted, but completely elated, as I realized I finished in 1:57:36 (an average pace of 8:58)!!! I broke the 2 hour barrier and the 9min pace. YEEEEEEE HAWWWWW; Another PR. Knocked off 3:54 off my last half marathon!

I immediately went over to that woman and thanked her. I told her she was such a big help in getting me to the finish line. I dropped my chip in the bucket, tried to find my brother and friends, and just walked around in a giddy, blissful daze. More pictures were taken, and we hopped on the 12:35 train at the ferry, and took it back home. Got back to my brother’s around 1:20pm, took a very cold bath, and then hung out till the NY Jets won, and headed home. I must say, it was an amazing feeling driving over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to go home. In 353 days, I will be running across that sucker in the Marathon. The legs felt good until the car ride. That 1:45:00 minute ride home, legs started tightening and cramping. I was never so happy to be home with my BR411 and my girls. Long tubby and a good nights sleep in MY bed (and major message from BR411, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!). I woke this morning a little stiffness, but was able to get myself to the computer to comment on my buddies' blogs, and to post my results to World Wide Festival of Races, and finally post my results to this blog.

Thank you everyone for all your support and help over the past 9 months or so, as I endured this running journey. I know it is still the beginning for me, as I still have to maintain and train for next year's Marathon. I know it will not be easy task, but nothing worth anything is. I look forward to the next chapter of my running journey.

Now my legs are complaining again. Sitting upright is NOT good for legs that just ran 13.1 miles in a race yesterday. LOL Off to ice and take a cold tubby again.


NYRR Grand Prix: Staten Island Half
Distance: 13.1 Miles
Date/Time: October 12, 2008, 9:45 am
Location: Staten Island, NYC
Weather: 70 deg., 65% hum, fair
Bib # 3128
Gender/age: F43
Distance (miles): 13.1
Finish Time: 1:57:36
Pace Time: 8:58
Overall Place: 1,699 (out of 3,624 people)
Gender Place: 388 (out of 1,424)
Age Place: 29th (out of 120 women ages 40-44)
AG Time: 1:49:48
AG Gender place: 270
Age-Graded%: 59.9%

Saturday, October 11, 2008


First I want to say THANK YOU Charlie for making the above a jpeg so I could upload it to my blog:)!!!
I also want to say GOOD LUCK to Charlie who's running the Chicago Marathon, D10, who's running the Long Beach Marathon and to Marcy who's running the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and anyone else who is running this weekend:) I'm rooting for you guys, I know you'll do well. Can't wait to read the race reports!!!
As for me, I'm preparing to drive to my brother's, who lives in Staten Island. This way I can wake up and be at the race in 15 minutes. Yay!!! Will be strange though being away from BR411 and my two girls. Haven't been away for an over nighter since before my girls were born. Hmmm.... But part of me is looking forward to an uninterrupted nights sleep:) LOL
Good luck to all, and have a great weekend everyone!!

Friday, October 10, 2008


My favorite team is playing tonite: Season home opener against Chicago.

LET'S GO RANGERS, LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Hey all, Just wanted to let you know Allen changed the URL of where his marathon training plan is. It's now here. I made the change in the previous post, but wasn't sure if it would be seen, as once a post is read, I don't know if they ever get read again. LOL Thanks again Allen!!!

So, 4 more days till the Staten Island Half.

Monday did a nice easy 3 miles in 32:30

Today, did a nice easy 3 miles in 31:11

Monday, October 6, 2008


Well, I can't believe I haven't posted since September 21st. Yikes, but I've been totally spent. Not sure if it was running the two hilly races back to back, or getting my 'friend', the day after I ran Cow Harbor, that totally wiped me out, but I've been pooped. So, I'm in my third week of a taper. Hope I don't pay for it come Sunday!!

My legs feel great. I have run 3 runs since my last race:
took the whole week off after the Cow Harbor 10K then
Sun, 10/29 ran a very nice 3 miles in 30 minutes.
Wed, 10/1, ran 6 miles in 60 minutes
and then this past Saturday, 10/4, ran a great 8 miles in 1:20:00

all runs were run at a very pleasant 10 minute pace and my legs felt GREAT. But afterwards, I was tired, like the next day, though the legs felt good, I felt like I could take a nap, and I NEVER feel like that:(

So, is my body telling me that I am entering the close of my racing season?? I certainly have not over trained, as my runs are few and far between. But running two hilly courses back to back, the first being a Half, in horrible HOT humid conditions, the next being a hilly 10K, with gorgeous weather, but still drained from the first race. Not sure, but I will be thankful when my racing for this year is OVER!!

Thanks BR411 for the shout out!! It is official, I have qualified for guaranteed entry into the 2009, NYC Marathon. I set a goal on Christmas day last year, to run these races, and I DID IT. It feels GREAT!!! Now, the discipline/training really begins. What are my goals/plans??

Well, I do have one more short race in November, sometime. My brother, who I'm doing this with, can't make the Staten Island Half, and he is only 1 race away from guaranteed entry, and I told him, he'd better get that one race under his belt, and that I would go in and run it with him. So, though my race schedule is technically over come Sunday, I will do one more with him, probably a 4 miler, we'll see.

So, my plan is to go into base building mode once the Half is over on Sunday, and build my mileage back up. This year I didn't do any speed work. I used my 9/10 races for that. So all my runs were run at a very comfortable pace of 10-11 minute miles, with a heart rate of 70% or lower. My plan worked!! I stayed pretty much injury free, felt a few twinges here and there in my left calf, but nothing that didn't work itself out during a run, or went away the next day thankfully:) I plan to start my training on Monday, November 3rd, the day after this year NYC Marathon. I will be using Allen's plan over at runninginjuryfree. Allen was a HUGE help when I started in January, as was Bruce, and I know it's a plan, but we all have to start somewhere!!

I accomplished bringing my race time down from 9:48 pace in my first run, down to a PR of 8:22. Every race I ran I PR'd. I am a very competitive person within myself. I set a goal of trying to beat my previous times, and I did that:)!! I hope to breakdown all my race times, and races in a post soon, to have it all there. So, overall I am extremely happy with my performance this year. Not too shabby for a 43 year old, stay at home mom:)

Oh, and on top of running, I accomplished another goal I had. Since January 2nd, the day I started running, I have lost 16 lbs. When I started running I weighed 130 and I am now 114. I didn't do anything special, except grab my running shoes and get out there and run. I did cut out all BAD carbs, and focused on the GOOD carbs, which I know I need to fuel my running. Hmmm.... wonder if I will gain any back once Marathon training starts? or if I will continue to lose. Not that I have any to lose, I'm now 114 on a 5'4" frame. Yikes, time will tell:)

But the best part of my running has been that my hubby, you all know him as Beachrunner411, has gotten himself off the couch and is now a runner!!!!!!!!! I can not wait to run the Long Island Half Marathon with you next May!!!!!!!!!! I know you say you'll do the 10K, but I'm telling you now, the Half Marathon is in your blood:)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Surprisingly, when I woke this morning I feel great. A little tired, since the birthday party for my daughter went until 9pm, and I am usually in bed by then. LOL But, I totally expected to be in pain, since my calves were screaming at me at the end of yesterdays race. Very nice surprise indeed:) Still taking today off as a rest day, and will resume my half marathon training schedule tomorrow. Only plans for today, is yet another birthday celebration for my daughter, but this time, at my in-laws house about a mile away. At some point today I have to make cupcakes for her to bring to school tomorrow to celebrate with her classmates, on her actual birthday, day. So, let the celebration continue....

Got the final/official results from the Cow Harbor 10K (see below post for all the details)

I came in 1,551 out of 4,154 participants

I am in 65th in my age group (40-44) out of 322 participants

Today is a good day:)

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Although I am training/running races to qualify for the 2009 NYC Marathon, THIS race was the race I was waiting for. I ran this race in 2005 (1:01:30 a 9:54 pace), and I knew I could do better. Kids, life in general got in the way, and 2006, 2007 went by the wayside. But, this morning, I woke up, and it was 2008 COW HARBOR day!!!! And I was READY!! My legs felt great, considering I ran the Queens Half just 6 days ago, but I was smart, and just did a very easy (10min miles) 3 mile run on Thursday to keep the legs loose, and took the rest of the week off.

It was great sleeping in before a race (Cow Harbor 10K race is run in the next town over from me), so no 4:30am wake up this time:) I slept till 7am, lounged around the house with hubby and kids, and left the house around 7:50 am. Drove to the closest Stop and Shop parking lot (which was about a 1/4 of a mile from the start of the race). Got there with about 30min till race time. No issues with having to pee this time!! Walked around, found my orange corral, and waited for the gun to sound.

Oh, today's weather could not have been nicer. No humidity (or at least I don't know what it was, LOL, but it was very low, BR411, any clue????) and the temp was about 62 degrees. Cool, but not too chilly. Just the PERFECT day for a run.

Start was supposed to start at 8:30. but they were running about 5 minutes late. I was the 9th wave. This course is organized perfectly. You put in a predicted time, they place you in a corral based on that time, and then they start the corrals about 1 minute apart from each wave. So, it's crowded, but NOT mass confusion.

I got myself to the start of the wave/corral. and when the gun went, took off. The first mile of this race is downhill, and I took it a little faster than I would have liked (8:04), but I guess that's what happens when the adrenaline is going and you're at the beginning of the corral, you kind of get sucked up in the moment. But, not a bad start...

Mile 2: is basically all uphill, climaxing with James street which is a 202 ft elevation. I took mile 2 at 8:55, which was about the pace I wanted to do this mile, but the legs started to get tired because of doing the first mile WAY too fast (I think I was also starting to feel the affects of the Queens Half, i think:(

Mile 3: was basically a little uphill and then flat, and I did that one in 8:43, slower than I would have liked, but like I said, the legs were starting to get heavy. and I stopped to walk for about 15 seconds while I drank some water. I still can't run and drink at the same time. LOL

Mile 4: was basically flat and then downhill. I did this one in 8:12, and the legs were feeling good again.

Mile 5: was basically a gradual incline, but not too bad. Usually I do this one in about the same time as mile 4, but I could feel legs, so I took it slower, and came in at 8:43 Guess the downhills were affecting me more than usual. LOL

Mile 6: starts with a fairly steep uphill, but not for long, and then it levels off, and then it's all downhill. I kicked it in, even with the hill, and did a 7:55 mile, might have kicked it in a little too soon, as I didn't have the kick for the last .2 that I would have liked, and by then both my calves were yelling at me. LOL

Last .2: This is all downhill. I gave it my all, and was definitely passing people, and my calves were complaining, but I entered the finish shoots at, I think 52:38, I was so spent and excited I forgot to turn off the Garmin right away, and we all know how long a second can take. LOL My Garmin time was 52:44, but I'm guessing it took 5 or 6 seconds for me to realize I had to turn off "George", my nickname for my Garmin:)

So, when I get the official results I will post them, but overall I am very happy. I went into the race with a HUGE goal of trying to beat 51:00, since on May 19th, I ran the Healthy Kidney 10K, in 55:29, and then on July 12th, I ran the Park to Park 10K, in 54:38, both of these races were run in excruciatingly HOT and HUMID conditions, so I thought I could run today's race faster, and set the goal to 51:00, since it was cooler, and virtually NO humidity. Oh well. LOL

But I am still excited, because I still ran it faster than the above two 10K's, and I completely blew away my 2005 course time of 1:01:30 for this race.

Next race, 3 weeks, 1 day away, Staten Island Half Marathon on Sunday, October 12th!!!

I came home and soaked in a very cold bath tub for about 30 minutes, and hung with the kids.

Now it is time to get ready for the birthday party for my 8 year old. Wow, how time flies, I still remember giving birth to her like it was yesterday:) Happy Birthday sweetheart. I love you!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Well, I woke this morning at 4am, got myself ready doing the normal pre-race stuff, and headed to my friends house at 5:15am, to drive into Queens together. By the time we got in there it was 6:15am. We parked about a mile away from the start, as they were closing roads from 7-10am and did not want to get stuck there. So, by the time we got to where we picked up our bibs, it was 6:50 for a 7am start. Got our bibs and chips. We all had to potty, so we got on line. OMG, at least a 100 people deep, but thankfully it was moving fast. LOL As start time approached we watched the race start, and we're still waiting to us the porto-potties. Now any of you bloggers out there that have had children, you know you have to pee before a race. LOL so we stuck it out and waited. At 7:05ish, people started coming by yelling if you don't get to the start in 4 minutes we are pulling the start mats and you won't be able to run the race. Thank God we were next in line for the potty, and we did our 'thing', and sprinted to the start. As we crossed the start matt, I looked back and sure enough they were pulling them up. Not like cutting it a little close. LOL

But the upside was, there was no crowd, we just ran the race. As with most of these NYRR races, it's not when the gun goes off, it's when your chip crossed the start and finish. So, we started at 7:10. It was cloudy and grey, and very hot. After the race my husband said the humidity was 95%, YIKES!!! (actually according to the site stats, it was 87% humidity) At about mile 2 we started seeing people in front of us, by mile three we were in the crowd of the race, but it was never stifling (sp??), and never had to zig-zag. Basically it was a pleasure.

My friends and I kept about an average 9 minute pace for the first 7 miles. It was hot, and it was hilly at times, but I felt great!! At mile 7 one of my friends had to use the porto potty (was having stomach issues), and his girlfriend said she was going to stop and wait as her knees hurt from the hills). They both told me to go on by myself. Up until then, I was running with them. They are experienced half marathoners and offered to drive me, so I didn't want to run ahead. I know it's a race, but since I was running it as a training run, I thought I'd do the politically correct thing. But since they stopped and I was now running alone, I sort of took off. My body felt great. I took the next 4 miles at about an 8 to 8:30 pace, and I really felt good, but man eventually the hills caught up with me. LOL Guess I should have just stayed at average 9min pace. Oh well.

At about mile 10 the sun came out and it really got hot, and I was thinking I feel good, but if this was the marathon, I would still have 16 miles to go and there was no way I could do that. LOL At this exact moment, I run by this volunteer who must have been reading my (all us runners) minds, cause he was saying "come on runners, you're doing awesome, you won't remember this race, because come marathon day it's going to be 50 degrees, and you will blow today's time out of the water" It was so funny. Gave me a little inspiration, and I kept going.

By mile 11, I was starting to feel it, I didn't hurt but I was HOT, and my legs were getting tired, but I kept plugging along, saying one more mile, one more mile. Before I knew it the finish was in site and I was able to give it a good sprint the last 300 yards, and I crossed the finish line at 2:01:33. a 9:16 pace. I still can't believe it!!!!!!!!!!

Got home, took a cold bath tub, got kids ready for their soccer games, went to them (2 HOURS OUTSIDE IN THE HOT HOT BLAZING SUN) both kids did awesome!! Then had a wonderful dinner at my in-laws and just got home.

Looking forward to going to bed and sleeping in. LOL

Hope to have more of the stats tomorrow, but for my first half marathon race, I'm VERY pleased!! and I feel like I am totally ready for the Staten Island Half on October 12th!! Pray for cooler weather. LOL

Next race for me, the Cow Harbor 10K race in 6 days. Bring it on....


NYRR Grand Prix: Queens Half
Distance: 13.1 Miles
Date/Time: Sept. 14, 2008, 7:00 am
Location: College Point, Queens, NYC
Weather: 73 deg., 87% hum, wind 7 mph

Bib # 3138
Gender/age: F43

Distance (miles): 13.1
Finish Time: 2:01:33
Pace Time: 9:16
Overall Place: 1,394 (out of 3,054 people)
Gender Place: 343 (out of 1,173)
Age Place: 36th (out of 115 women ages 40-44)
AG Time: 1:53:29
AG Gender place: 266

Age-Graded%: 58.0%

When I woke this morning my legs felt a little sore and heavy, but 2 hours later, they feel OK. Guess my muscles just had to wake up. Taking today off and might do a very easy run tomorrow.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Well, tomorrow is the day. Hopefully the rain will hold off for the race. I think I'm ready, though I could have done without our cousins wedding last night. But we had a great time, I abstained from alcohol, wore flats, and was home by 11:30pm, but woke this morning tired, and with cramps in both my feet and calfs. ARGGGGHHHHHHH I knew I should have worn flip flops or something, or just not worn shoes at all. ARGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Been drinking lot's of water today and will soak in the bath tub later. Hopefully I do not have any issues during tomorrows 13.1 miles. Just planning to run through the race as a training run, as my Goal Half is still the Staten Island Half on October 12th, which I want to run for time. But I am excited as, although I have run the disance before, I have NEVER run a half marathon. Should be fun!!!

Didn't get a chance to post yesterday, but had another great run with BR411 OUTSIDE; 4 miles around the pond. Honey you are really doing awesome. You set the pace, and kept it for a very consistent 9:45 pace for 4 miles. I'm very proud of you!!!!!!!! I have no doubt you will be joining me next year on some of the half's!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008


Today was a gorgeous day and my BR411 and I got out for an awesome 4 mile run around the pond. Legs felt great after yesterdays 12 miler, and then we had the most awesome sushi lunch!! No vino as my race is 6 days away, but we'll celebrate again then. LOL

Here's to many more years together beachrunner411, I love you, and it gets better and better every year!!!!! (kind of like a good bottle of wine:) Speaking of which, some day (when the kids are older), we WILL run the Napa Valley 1/2 marathon together. Keep up the great work, YOU are doing awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Well, I know I ran 10 miles on Friday, but since today was hubby's and my 12th anniversary, I decided to run my long run today, and do 12 miles:) Yesterday was a rest day, and legs/muscles feel awesome. So I hit the gym and took it nice and slow at 6.0 and 1% incline on the treadmill.

Your all probably wondering why I'm running on the TM instead of outside. The weather hasn't been so great, and I wanted to get my runs in!! Plus, it's the only time I get to watch 'my' TV shows, and the time just flies by and I like it. Don't get me wrong, I love running outside too, but I like to mix it up. I love that I can just set the machine to a pace and go. Helps to build those running muscles, and since my runs lately have been few and far between, I feel that at least running on the TM is preparing my body better for my race. And I believe there is no better place to build those base building miles than on the treadmill. And once again, my HR stayed below 140 with cardiac drift the whole 12 miles:)

Well, tomorrow BR411 and I will run 4 miles outside together after we drop kids off at the bus, and then we're finally going to celebrate our anniversary at our favorite restaurant on the water, eating sushi:)

Friday, September 5, 2008


Fantastic run on the TM today at the gym. Gym was actually quiet and empty, so that was a super nice bonus. Finished 9 miles in 1:27:14, and the HR never exceeded 140, even with drift. Gotta love base building training!!!

Run was great considering I haven't run since Sunday:( You'd think now that the kids are in school all day, I'd get a break, but unfortunately, as always the first few days of school, I have lots of catching up to do with errands, etc, so no dice on the running. but I know I'll get my runs in next week. Though my race is a week from Sunday and I should be in some sort of a taper, guess you could say, I've already been in a taper. LOL

But what I have chosen to do is make my runs long and slow, since they are so few and far between. So, tomorrow will most likely be an off day, and I will aim to run 12 on Sunday!!!

Oh yeah, today's run took me past 500 miles run since January 2nd when I started, as today is September 5th, I'm still running and it's 8 months later. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


2 weeks to go!!!

Ran my 10 mile long run yesterday at the gym on the treadmill. Was actually great!! Watched my tv shows on the ipod and set the TM to 0% incline and 6.0 speed. And hour and forty minutes later, 10 miles done:) LOL

Plan for today is to run the nike+ Human Race 10K, so at some point I will log that mileage and post back the results, but plan is to run it in about a 10min pace, nice and slow and easy:)

Nike+ Human Race 10K
Well, I guess I should explain this nike+ Human race 10K race. It is kind of a vertual race, though, there are some locations where you could run it live. Like my sister in law and nephew did tonight at Randals Island, in Manhattan New York. But me, as I couldn't get there, I chose to run it at the gym, on the treadmill, conected to my nano (via the nike +) took it slow and easy, and had a great run, 10K came in at exactly 55:00 minutes. More miles logged for my Nike+ challenges. Gotta love it:)

Monday, August 25, 2008


As I still have the kids with me, I took advantage of when I dropped them at Art class today and ran on the TM at the gym:) I didn't get there till 2pm and by then it was very hot and muggy outside, so since it's been awhile, I decided to TM it while watching one of my favorite shows on my iphone. Great run, before I knew it, the run was over:)

4 miles in 38:47 for a 9:42 pace
Didn't wear the HR monitor but felt awesome and never got winded, so I'm sure I was well within my zone:)

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Well, it's not actually the HALF that I am training for (that one is the Staten Island Half marathon on October 12th), but I am running the Queens half marathon on Sunday, September 14th. I decided to add this race to my race schedule, and run it as a training run, as I SO prefer running with people for long runs. LOL Plus I heard the course is fairly flat, and I thought it would be a nice warm up (since I've never run a HALF marathon race before). And I will run it as a training run and see how things go. I will also have the Cow Harbor 10K race 6 days later on Saturday, September 20th). So, I have had a little break from racing, but their are 3 races on the calendar for me, coming up:)

Legs felt really good after last Sundays 14 miler. However, due to no babysitters (I SO CAN NOT WAIT FOR SCHOOL TO START, 10 days and counting!!!!), I was not able to get any runs in Mon, Tues, Wed and Thursday:( I did join some friends on Friday morning and ran the Cow Harbor 10K course. Legs felt great, weather could not have been more perfect (dry and 74ish), and I finished it in 53:48, and it was a training run. I was thrilled!!! Legs and lungs felt awesome and the HR stayed around 160. Why am I so thrilled?? This is the course I ran in 2005, where I finished in 1:01:30. So, to say the least, I am very excited with how my training is going. Granted come race day this year, I would have run a half marathon 6 days before (but only as a training run), and who knows what the weather will be like?? Some years it's perfect, some it is raining, and sometimes it's hot, only time will tell).

And today, because hubby was home to watch kids, I got in a very easy 4 miles in 44 minutes (HR stayed around 135), around the nearby pond. I got out the door at 8:30am, but it was already humid. Decided to take today short and very easy and do my long run (hopefully) tomorrow.

So, that's it in a nutshell. 10 days till school starts when I will once again have a very consistent running schedule again, as kids will be in school. YAY!! The downside is, for the past 2 weeks I've been in kind of a forced taper:( as I had the kids and couldn't run:( So, the mileage will pick up again just in time for my races. LOL, but I will be careful to taper as the races get closer.

3 weeks till Queens Half

3 weeks 6 days till Cow Harbor 10K

7 weeks till the Staten Island Half (at which time, I will officially be guaranteed entry into the 2009 NYC marathon).

So, my first goal is almost accomplished:)!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Well, yesterday's quality run at the track with the family was the perfect medicine for boosting my morale. I soooo was not looking forward to this long run by myself (as my bro is injured with a slight groin pull, though he thinks he'll be back this week. YEAH!!) Anyway, I got out a bit late today, hit the pavement at 1oam, and though it was lonely and by mile 9 I wanted to quit, I stuck to it and finished the 14 miles at an average pace of 10:31. And finished strong with the last mile at 9:18 YEAH!!!

I would have much preferred to head out East to my brother's FLAT neighborhood, but that wasn't an option:( So I stayed close to home and combined a few routes that I run. So, a bit hillier than I would have liked, but it's done. I definitely feel good about this run, as it's the longest I've ever run before, and I did it all by myself:) Hopefully I won't have to run alone again, but now I know if I have to, I can!!!

Digits for today's run are as follows:

14 miles in 2:27:12 a 10:31 pace and the HR stayed between 121 - 157 even with the hills:)

M1- 10:42 M8- 11:04
M2- 10:51 M9- 10:38
M3- 10:22 M10- 10:31
M4- 9:58 M11- 10:41
M5- 10:16 M12- 11:25
M6- 10:53 M13- 10:05
M7- 10:16 M14- 9:18

One thing I learned about this run was that although I had my fuel belt with the 4 water bottles, each of which I think holds 8 oz. I filled them all up with water and finished them all by the end of the run. I realized today, during this long run, on a hot day, that I really need to start experimenting with gatorade or shot blocks, as I think today I could have used the sugar and electrolytes!! After the run I downed about 60 oz of G2 throughout the day, and right now, at 9pm the legs feel awesome. I will run a short 4 recovery run tomorrow:)

Saturday, August 16, 2008


First I want to mention that my hubby got a shoutout from Steverunner over at phedippidations. I was listening to fdip's latest podcast (Fdip 148) last night, and with about 10 minutes left, I hear steverunner say "this weeks phedippidations featured blog is titled beachrunner411 a new runner's blog, there is no challenge more important than the challenge to improve yourself, etc....) Wow, pretty awesome!!! Now if that's not motivation for my husband to get out their and run, I don't know what is. Thanks Steverunner:)!!! and honey, I couldn't be more proud of you for getting out there and running:)

As for me, I couldn't get myself motivated to run my 14 mile long run by myself (as my bro is injurred/driving his oldest to college), so I did the next best thing to boost my spirits. I ran with hubby and kids at the local high school track:) Got out much later than we planned, almost noon, on a wide open (no trees) sunny track. LOL but the kids and hubby did great, considering it was warm out there. I got in 4 nice and easy and I WILL do my long run tomorrow morning!!

Digits for today are as follows:
4 Miles in 37:50, average pace/mile = 9:27 Not bad considering we stopped alot to fuel ourselves and the kiddos:)

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Got out late today (2:20pm), but at least I got it in (missed yesterday because too much "stuff":( going on), and it wasn't too hot. Hot yes, but not too hot. LOL Run felt good. Legs felt good. My brother injured his groin, so I'm not sure how I'll do with my long run Saturday:( I am due to do 14, and it is just SOOOO much easier to do with a partner. Oh well...

Digits for today:
6 Miles in 58:32
Avg pace of 9:10
Hr avg: 148 cardiac drift: 165 (not sure about the HR readings today, as I could not get a reading on the Garmin face, or at least it didn't show on the Garmin face, but after the run when I downloaded the info to the computer, it showed HR information for each mile run. Interesting... So, like I said, not sure if it was accurate or not, and now wondering if I need new batteries for the strap. Got the Garmin on March 28th, and I've used it for 66 runs. I always have the watch fully charged by USB before every run, but wondering if the strap now needs a new battery. Hmm... would have thought it would last longer???

M1- 10:08 M2- 9:58
M3- 9:56 M4- 9:30
M5- 9:33 M6- 9:23

Monday, August 11, 2008


Had a really good/strong 6 miles today. I'm finding running 4 days a week the past few weeks cause time is limited with the kids around, that I am really getting in 4 good quality runs:) Running them faster and harder, and the heartrate is staying below 155, which I am very happy with!!! So, I'm not going to record each miles HR, just the averages over the whole run.

Digits for today:
6 Miles in 55:00 Avg pace of 9:10
Hr avg: 128 cardiac drift: 155

M1- 9:35
M2- 9:33
M3- 9:02
M4- 8:54
M5- 9:22
M6- 8:32

Tomorrow will be an off day, as we will be out in East Hampton, Long Island for the day with my husbands college buddies and their wives and kids. Weather forcast is for blue skies and sunny, so it should be an awesome day:)

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Well, I am still here!!! Things are going very well with family and training. I just don't have the "ME" time I had when kids were in school to blog or for that matter use the computer in general. LOL How many days till school starts???? LOL

I can't believe it has been 2 1/2 half weeks since I last posted. A lot has happened since then. The most important is that my husband, finished his first 5K race ever. He was amazing!!! Ran it strong and should be very proud:) It was a very HOT and HUMID night, and the race was a bit unorganized, but he went with the flow and when the horn sounded took off. He asked me to pace him, but I let HIM set the pace, I just told him every now and then how fast he was going (using my trusty Garmin 301). The course was hilly, so his pace fluctuated from a 9 minute pace to about an 11 minute pace, but when he crossed the finish line he came right in at a 10:15 pace, which is right around where he wanted to be. And let me tell you, when he sprinted to the end, he was passing people, and there were a TON of people that finished a long time after him. He should be very proud. He started running in March. Set a goal and training plan to run this 5K race, and accomplished these goals and then some!!! Congrats honey, now let's work on putting the next race on the calendar!

As for me, I've been having a blast playing with the kids. And I have been getting my training in. Here they are short and sweet:

Wed, 7/23 - I got 5 miles in on the TM in 50:00

Mon, 7/28 - was the 5K with hubby in 31:41

Thurs, 7/31 - 4 miles on the TM in 41:00

Sat, 8/2 - LONG run of 10 miles in 2 hours

Sun, 8/3 - 4 miles in 41:24

Tues, 8/5 - 5 miles on the TM in 50:00

Thurs, 8/7 - TEMPO run of 5 miles in 46:00

Sat, 8/9 - LONG run of 12 miles in 1:57:30

Here are the digits for todays 12 mile run:
M1- 10:01 M7- 9:16
M2- 10:14 M8- 9:59
M3- 9:52 M9- 9:55
M4- 10:19 M10- 9:54
M5- 10:10 M11- 8:54
M6- 9:37 M12- 9:12

My goal was to avg a 10 minute mile and came in at 9:48 avg, so I was very pleased. I was psyched I was able to stay consistent at this distance. Best of all, I felt like I could have run a lot longer when the run was over. Oh, I've run my last 2 long runs with my brother. Hoping to get one in next week too, but he has to drive his oldest to college, so we're going to aim to do the Long run this week on Friday. Well, I haven't quite kept to my training schedule, but I am getting the runs in (just mixing up the days) But at least I'm getting the mileage in and it feels great!! So, my training is right on schedule:)

Tomorrow, hubby, kids and I are going to a Met game. First time taking the kids, and we have awesome seats. Go Met's

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Two days in a row I got the kids off to camp/school, I got myself ready, and as soon as I dropped them off, I was out the door. YEAH!!!!!
Run today was good. Still felt the left calf, but not that bad. What concerned me was that the pain/ache moved up to my lower back, around the lumbar 5. It tweaked while running, but again, nothing too bad, I was still able to run and finish my 5 mile run. Thank goodness hubby/beachrunner411 gave me the most amazing massage tonight, and seriously cracked my back, so I think I'm A.O.K. I think I wrenched things playing tennis last week and then running my race. Two completely different things that I should NOT be trying to attempt at the same time. Running was/is going so well, and I have put a wrench in it by inserting the tennis at this time. Tennis requires movements from side to side. Completely different muscles. But, win or lose, this weekend it will be OVER!!!
Time: 52:00
Duration: 5 Miles
Avg pace: 10:24
Calories: 451
HR stayed between 129 and 155
M1 - 10:44
M2 - 10:45
M3 - 10:29
M4 - 9:35
M5 - 10:27

Monday, July 21, 2008


So I took yesterday off, as we had company (hubby’s two college buddies with their wives and children) on Saturday, immediately after my race. We spent the whole day at our club swimming and then had a great meal at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. All the kids, including ours (5 girls total) are basically the same age (range from 5-8 years old). They really had a blast and all played SO well together and so did the parents:) I really enjoy getting together with this crowd:)!!!

So today’s run schedule called for an 8 mile long run. To date, I haven’t been real good about following my half marathon plan. Not sure if it is all the races I’ve had (which are now finished until September, except for next week, when I will run with my hubby:), or having the kids around more as it is summer vacation, or what, but my “ME” time is definitely limited:( But I did my best to start the week off right by getting the kids ready for camp/school, and also getting MYSELF ready to run as soon as I dropped them off. I got them off at 9ish, and I was out the door at 9:15. I know, not the best time of day to start a long run in this humidity, but you gotta do, what ya gotta do:) It was hot, but not that bad, and I completed the 8 miles.

I did something different today during my run. Usually I wear my fuel belt, which I LOVE!!! But the one thing I hate about it is, when the water gets warm, it tastes disgusting; like plastic. So, since I didn’t have a chance to freeze the water bottles that go with the fuel belt, like I usually do, I decided to run with a 20 oz bottle of G2, filled to the rim with ice cubes. I held the bottle during the run, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. At about the 4 mile mark, all the ice had melted and I had drunk the whole thing. So since my 4 mile mark, was right near my house, I shot up the hill to the house and refilled the bottle with G2 and ice to the rim again, and went out for the last 4 miles. So, I ran 8 miles total with about a 4-5 minute break between miles 4 and 5. The run felt really good. I could feel my left calf, but nothing hurt, and I only felt it on the hills going up. The humidity didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would, and at about the 3 mile mark I noticed a slight breeze so maybe the humidity was breaking??? It was still hot, but not unbareable. I kept the pace to an average of about 11:15/mile, and the HR never went over 139, so I was very pleased.

I definitely started the week off strong. Still can’t believe I have that doubles tennis tournament next weekend, but it will be over soon!!! Just wondering if I should try to play this week, or just wait and play on Saturday. I don’t want to tweak any muscles, and I most definitely want to get through this tournament with NO injuries. I still feel SO stupid for agreeing back in March to play in this thing. What was I thinking????? I’m on a mission to run the marathon, not play tennis. LOL But, I’m not a quitter, and I made a commitment, so I will show up. At least I will have the endurance from all my running:) And the few times I have played, I held my own so all should be ok.

Another thing I did differently today was I weighed myself before and after my run. I’ve never done this before. I’ve always wondered how much I lost (water wise) from running. Looks like I lost exactly 2 lbs even though I drank roughly 40 oz of water/G2.

Time: 1:30:00
Duration: 8 Miles
Avg pace: 11:15
Calories: 748
HR stayed between 125 and 139

M1 - 11:13 M5 - 12:41
M2 - 11:19 M6 - 11:00
M3 - 11:16 M7 - 10:39
M4 - 11:32 M8 - 11:12


Sorry this is so late, with company this weekend, dealing with the kids, and having computer problems (I keep losing my internet:( Not sure if it is the heat, but we are losing the internet and our phones constantly for the past 4-5 days. ARGHHHHH!!!! Thank God for cell phones. LOL

Well, Saturday was my 7th race this year. It was HOT. And I was still feeling some ill effects of my left calf from the previous weekends 10K race, but nothing too bad. Did the same pre race rituals I usually do, met my brother at 6am, and we were in NYC by 6:20a.m. Driving up Madison Avenue, I saw a bunch of people waiting in a line, and I realized it was for the Apple store on 5th Avenue. People were already lined up around the block for the iphone, and it was only 6:20am, and the store wasn't due to open till 9am. No wonder hubby and I don't have our phones yet. We're not willing to wait on line, and as they say, patience is a virtue. LOL
Anyway, we got up to the race with plenty of time. We could already feel the humidity at this hour:( and we still had 2 hours till race time. We met up with our group, and got over to the corrale with about 15 minutes to spare. Again, we lined up a little toward the front, but my brother tweaked his back the day before, and with this humidity, we decided we'd just run it. Yeah right, that lasted about 10 seconds. LOL I was feeling good while running, but the heat was starting to take it's toll. At each water stop I stopped and drank and poured water over my head. I didn't lolly gag around like I did last race, and got right back in there pretty quickly. I thought while I was doing this, it's probably not the smartest thing to do (but I've been told I'm not always the smartest one in the bunch), but this was the 4Mile course I PR'd in on Mother's Day with an 8:22 pace. Just wish the weather wasn't so hot. But I hit the 3 mile marker right at 25:00, so I was on pace for an 8:20 per mile. The only thing was, I was now HOT, and I walked from the hose to the water station to the 3 mile marker, not sure how long it took, but it was about 200 yards. But I needed this walk. At this point my left calf was throbbing/cramping. But when I hit the 3 mile mark and saw that I did it in 25:00, an 8:20 pace so far, I said, damn I can do this. So I took off again. I felt strong and I tried to keep the pace up, but I was fading. I then saw the last turn to the finish and I took off. I finished as strong as I could and I finished in 33:38, an 8:24 pace. So no PR this time, but I am so happy. It was HOT, I had my menstral friend (first time during a race btw), and my left calf hurt.

Run for Central Park 4 Miler
Distance: 4.0 Miles
Date/Time: July 19, 2008, 8:30 am
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 79 deg., 65% humidity, hazy.
The official stats from the website:
Bib # 3140
Gender/age: F43
Distance (miles): 4.0
Finish Time: 33:38
Pace Time: 8:24
Overall Place: 1678 (out of 4.609 people)
Gender Place: 424 (out of 2,281)
Age Place: 43rd (out of 239 women ages 40-44)
AG Time: 31:44
AG Gender place: 373
Age-Graded%: 60.5%

My mile splits were as follows:
Mile 1: 8:35 156bpm Cardiac Drift: 172
Mile 2: 7:55 166bpm Cardiac Drift: 173
Mile 3: 9:03 167bpm Cardiac Drift: 176 because I walked the last 200 yrds:(
Mile 4: 8:04 168bpm Cardiac Drift: 181

Overall, I am extremely pleased with my results. It is silly for me to think that I could have run this race without walking. It was so hot out there!! Now I am getting ready to watch/run with my hubby in his first 5K race ever, one week from today. I know you are going to do awesome. I can not wait to be there with you at the finish line:)

Thursday, July 17, 2008


About a month ago I had my yearly checkup, and when I mentioned to the doctor my plans to run the marathon next year, she said, oh, we have to do a stress echo test on you. So, today was the day. Before I write about it, I still don't know my max. LOL But I am not as concerned about it anymore:) All the doctor could do was get my HR up to 175, and since I saw it at 191 this past Sunday sprinting into the finish at the 10K, I know it's higher than 175, but the test was AWESOME!!!!

I got there about 15 minutes early, they took me right away, and they hooked me up to the EKG thingys and blood pressure. The nurse was shocked when she took my blood pressure, it was 90 over 62. I told her that's normal for me, she wanted to do it again though, so she left the room, got another BP thingy, and strapped me into it, and this time it was 89 over 60. I told her, she shouldn't have had me sit while she searched for the blood pressure thing. At this point, she just laughed. I've never had a patient with such low blood pressure. I told her mine has always been low, and that my resting HR when I wake in the morning is about 50. She made her notes to her file and told me the doctor would be in momentarily.

Sure enough, he came right in. Nice looking guy in his 60's. Very fit. I started to get excited. Figuring he might be a runner, and that I could really ask him to push me on this test. We talked for awhile about his running background, he ran the NYC marathon 5 times, but hasn't run it in over 10 years, but still jogs 6 miles every day. I knew I was in good hands. I told him my background, and he commented on my low heartrate, and then said, you ready, I said yes, and I jumped on the TM.
The test was interesting. He said, I hope you're not expecting to run. I want you to walk. I looked at him with a puzzled look, and he laughed, and said, don't worry, you will run in the last stage, but we will start you at 1.7 speed, with a 10% elevation.
The 5 stages were as follows:
Stage 1 - 1.7 speed, with 10% elevation for 3 minutes
Stage 2 - 2.3 speed with 10% elevation for 3 minutes
Stage 3 - 3.0 speed with 12% elevation for 3 minutes
Stage 4 - 4.7 speed with 14% elevation for 3 minutes
Stage 5 - 5.2 speed with 14% elevation for 3 minutes

I said, ok. Sure enough, he plugged in those numbers and I started walking. I didn't like the 10% elevation, but I wasn't going to complain. He had me do each stage for 3 minutes. I walked the first 3 stages and felt great. I could feel it in my calves, but I wasn't huffing or anything, and my HR didn't go above 125. The nurses were looking from me to the doctor wondering aloud if the machine was working. LOL apparently most people that take this test are either overweight or old, and they say they don't usually make it to the 4 stage, and the numbers are usually beeping and bouncing all over the place. Not mine, they were steady at 125. Then I finally said, come on doc, crank it up. So he said you sure you feel ok? I said, we've been talking this whole time, you can clearly see my HR, and I'm not even sweating, come on. He said ok, I don't usually have patients that go into or complete the 4 stage, but he plugged in the numbers and I was running at 4.7 with the 14% elevation. Finally my HR started to rise, but slowly. But again, the 3 minutes were up and I was only at 155. The doctor wanted to stop the test. I said, you have to be kidding, I'm not even winded, and he looked at me, and cracked up and said, true, but we've never gone to a higher level. And I said, could this be the first time, I really want to push it, cause I know I can do more. He said ok, and plugged in the numbers for Stage 5: 5.2 speed with 14% elevation. Well, now I was starting to feel it, but not bad. The HR steadily went up, but then it stopped at 175, and just stayed there, and I was running. I was started to breathe a little heavier, and he said, can you last another minute, and I said sure. Couldn't we go higher. But he wouldn't let me:( I was disappointed, because though my legs felt dead from the elevation, I definitely could have gone longer. I have to thank him though, if he was a regular Cardiologist, and not a runner cardiologist, I don't think he would have allowed me to push as much as I did. But let me tell you, when I was running that last minute he was watching me, shaking his head in disbelief. He agreed I could have continued, but said, he couldn't do it, cause he'd never had a patient go this far. LOL I said, Next time, we need to keep the level down a bit, and let me run faster, and I'll go even higher. He laughed and said probably, and you know what, I'll probably let you.

As soon as this part of the test was over, he pushed me onto the table, and had me lie on my left side, so the nurse could do an ultrasound of my heart. This was very cool. I told him, are you nuts, don't you know that after you run you're supposed to walk around. He laughed and said, you are right, but I'm trying to shock your heart. I said gee thanks, as I was sucking air now. And the test was over. LOL Through the ultrasound he took several still shots, and told me my heart was in phenomenal shape. He explained that over time, many times his patients have shown that with the test, as it goes on, their heart shows damage. He said with me, my heart seemed to get stronger and stronger as the test went on. I said to him, see, I could have gone further. He concurred, and said if we ever do the test again on you, he will make sure we go longer. Apparently my heart is in great condition, and he told me that I'll have no problem finishing the marathon. He even went so far as to say I will probably run the whole thing. I said, don't get ahead of yourself. I haven't run the distance yet, but I'll be sure to come see him and give him the update.

Interesting, that when everything was over, he stressed how important it is to train. He said, too many times people don't train and get the mileage behind them before they run the marathon. He kept stressing every Sunday add 2 miles to your long run, and don't go over 16 or 18 for the long run. Said you don't need it. I told him I was planning to follow the Hanson's Marathon training, and they teach running 16 as their longest run. He said perfect. Well, I don't know how things will turn out for me, as I am still 15 + months away from running the marathon, but I think I have a pretty good foundation, and knowing that my heart is in great condition is just icing on the cake:) Guess I'm not going to worry about my Max. Obviously whatever I am currently doing is working.