Sunday, May 31, 2009

shiny and new...

its time for me to upgrade this old old template. i will be trying to maintain a bunch of stuff from this original while making the whole thing easier for me to update.

bear with me and any technical difficulties/ugliness while i switch it up...

June Training Schedule

Saturday, May 30, 2009

a two-loop solo

today practice was happening at noon because the brooklyn half marathon (that i was originally going to try to run) was starting in the park. noon? all i could think was HOT. so i decided to go earlier and run by myself.

i'm easing up to the intermediate schedule since spain threw me off course a bit. we were supposed to run 7-8 miles, but since i just did 5 last week, i decided to do a tiny bit less and go for two loops of the park - 3.4 x 2 = 6.8 which is *almost* 7 (i rationalized). this season is so long i'm more worried about hurting myself by going to fast than taking a bit more time to get into the higher miles.

i did not manage to get to jack rabbit to get a fuel belt, so i was going to have to make due with the water fountains (or bubblers, as we say up in massachusetts). i knew where there were two that would be easy to access without having to run off course too far, and would keep an eye out for a few in between.

the park was crowded and again - the pollen was floating about like crazy. i think i have mild allergies, or at least when i run i feel very...thick? ick yeah i know that sounds gross but running, my friends, is kinda gross if you haven't noticed by now. the first loop i ran with traffic and it was relatively uneventful. i couldn't find my watch that morning so i had no idea what my pace was but since it was a longer run was simply trying to be prudent and not go too fast.

at the 1/2 way point, i turned around and went the other way...against traffic for a clockwise loop. because the path along the park is slightly sloped inwards its recommended that when doing multiple loops, you switch off direction so you're not always putting a strange strain on your inside leg. this was also good at first because 1) you get to run down the big steep hill which is like a vacation in the middle of the running and 2) avoiding everyone running and biking at you is like some sort of video game that distracts from the the leg pain.

but...the last bit of that opposite loop is a long windy hill that is, just simply a bitch of a hill. i'll take the steep one any day of this one. more than once i told myself it would be okay to walk...but then the stubborn side would give me a good kick in the ass and i managed to make it all the way up without stopping...and at the top of that long-ass hill, the finish was in sight so it was a victorious moment indeed. so in the end, i ran almost 7 and i'm feeling good and more than on track.

up for tomorrow: a EZ 30-40 minutes (i believe). enjoy the weekend people - its hot but lovely out there.

today's mileage: 6.8
time run: 75m *guestimated*
season mileage to date: 28.5

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

roxie vs. the treadmill: 1 - 0

thanks to the soon-to-be-more-expensive-yet-less-useful mta, i did not make it to practice. the commute that usually takes me 30 minutes at the most took me a full 45, so i rolled into my door just when practice was about to start. this left me two options...

1) go late - and i really really hate being late, for anything!
2) go to the gym and use the (insert ominous music) treadmill

for anyone that doesn't and the treadmill...well...we don't get along so much. we fight. it makes me feel bad. i stalk off. usually, this is how the treadmill wins and consequently i do not use this torture device very often.

its chilly in new york, at least compared to what it's been, and the rain was starting to fall. i've been snuffly in the mornings the last few days, and am not sure if its allergies, a cold or just general over-tiredness and so i set my jaw and decided today i would brave the treadmill work out. this is what i was going to do:

Treadmill work out:
10 minute warm up
20-30 minutes alternating easy pace running for 1/4 mile and 1/4 mile at a slightly faster pace (for example: run 1/4 mile at 5.5 mph then 1/4 mile at 5.8 mph, repeat)
10 minute cool down

2 x 10 squats
2 x 10 Lunges on right side
2 x 10 lunges on left side
2 x 30 seconds plank
2 x 30 seconds left side plank
2 x 30 seconds right side plank

and finally:

i decided to do the 20 minutes of alternating since i was a little nervous about making it through the whole thing (yes! i hate the treadmill that much). and it was hot in and sticky in there in the gym. i grabbed the last available treadmill, set the incline for 1.0 (to combat the momentum of the 'mill), set the speed for 5.0 and off i went.

40 very sweaty minutes later, i was done! dripping and red-faced but i had made it through a full treadmill work out - oh yes! it will never be my first choice, but i managed to muscle my way through and beat that machine. screw you treadmill - i win today!

today's mileage: 3.3
time run: 40m
season mileage to date: 21.7

May 26th Workout

Warm Up: All Levels easy pace from 9th street to the 1/2 mile mark, turn around at 1/2 mile and easy pace to 3/4 mile mark.

Technique Focus:
Posture- Arm swing

Workout: 20-30 minutes of running alternating between HIGH arm swing and easy "normal" running. We will do this by running a 1/4 mile "ON" focusing on HIGH arm swing and a 1/4 mile "OFF"- "normal" easy running (see posture review below).

Post run strength training & stretching (if weather is appropriate).

Posture Review:

a) Feet should be "straight" and pointed forward.
b) Keep your posture tall and upright.
c) Tighten lower abdominal muscles by performing an abdominal "crunch"- slight posterior pelvic tilt.
d) Swing your elbows to the rear…keeping them bent at a right angle. HIGH arm swing: for this exercise, allow your hands to come up towards your chest. A higher arm swing = a longer stride.
e) Head is up and looking in the same direction you are running (NOT looking down towards the ground or at your feet). Look forward in front of you approximately 10-20 meters.

Monday, May 25, 2009

schedule: w/o 5/25

memorial day run

today was supposed to be an off day, but i opted to switch today for yesterday, where i was supposed to run 30-40 minutes but instead had brunch and bbq'd.

the sun and some work woke me up pretty early, so after taking care of a few things for work, i decided to get the run over with. it was about the same as yesterday, maybe a little less hot, so i was able to knock out the run with relative ease (read: slightly winded). my calves felt pretty tight but other then that i didn't have much to complain about.

i'm going to relax and play today, and hopefully later get some of my fundraising materials letter, distribution list, brainstorming some fundraising ideas.

today's mileage:: 3.4
time run: 35m 42s
season mileage to date: 18.4

Saturday, May 23, 2009

hot hot heat

i went to bed grumpily and got a good amount of sleep but still woke not feeling very...springy. it seemed to have cooled off as i walked up to the park, but i noticed that the head was definitely there when you were in the sun.

as i thought, we were supposed to run 6 miles. i decided i would do the 5 mile loop, and then depending on how i was feeling when i got back to the start, i'd perhaps tack on that last mile. it was a quiet weekend, with a lot of people being outside of town, and i decided to run solo since i feeling anti-social.

it wasn't as hot as it could be but it was still warm enough for me to have a semi-uncomfortable run (i can't even fathom running long in this heat!). the other thing is that the pollen was out in full force - so between the heat and the pollen, the breathing was a bit labored for sure.

i totally took off a bit too fast, which did not help me at the end. i was definitely done at mile 5, thankful for the bottle of water and the break. when i got back to the apartment, i had the scariest scary exercise face i have seen in while...i mean RED. wah wah wah. i think i am going to have to suck it up and get the ole water belt this season. i have not been awesome about hydrating in past seasons but i think running in the heat i'm going to have to be much much better, lest i get heat stroke and pass out or something embarrassing...

today's mileage:: 5.0
time run: 55 minutes
season mileage to date: 15.0

Friday, May 22, 2009

the sweet smell of fear...

i'm supposed to run 6 miles tomorrow and i'll be honest. i don't want to.

i'm beat, grouchy, exhausted - no, not just exhausted but exhausted as hell! ~sigh~

i'm debating to run 5...not 6...but i think i'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow. i know it will be do-able, it will just hurt, and i'm feeling wimpy.




i am glad to be back though and i will be running a few times this weekend, not just for my body but for my psyche too - it has some steam that needs letting off.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

back in the nyc

hola jentes!

i am just back from as my previous posts suggest there was no running to be done, except for the running that happened in our "studio" which was part of a museum, and it was HUGE.

the day of the shoot i was basically walking around, and running to and fro, for about 10 hours straight. fun but crazy. and my calves were and are most definitely feeling it. of course, i am a bit of an idiot when it comes to shoes at times and wore my flip-flops instead of something more solid/prudent. ah well.

so i'm back but exhausted and realistically speaking will not go for a run until thursday, unless i am super wide awake early tomorrow (which i may be if i am in fact jet lagged and not just overtired).

i also heard sad news today. ethan zohn (who you probably know from survivor fame) has been diagnosed with hodgkin's. i met ethan back in 2005 when we both participated in a smallish (people wise) bike ride from maryland to nyc to benefit one of the non-profits he worked with - new york scores (no, dirty people, not the strip club). new york scores focused on helping underprivileged kids from washington heights battle obesity through playing soccer and fight illiteracy through poetry. the organization was pretty cool, and both ethan and his girlfriend jenna were part of the ride.

ethan also works with one of my clients so i've run into him a few times recently and he is both charismatic and kind. he is definitely one of the good guys, and you can see that in his many ventures in the non-profit world. i will take a moment to virtually stomp my foot and declare: it's not fair.

while i certainly do not claim to know ethan well, my good thoughts are with him and his family, and will be running for him too.

and on that note: there are still tnt meetings coming up and you too can help fight leukemia & lymphoma.

the next one is:
wednesday, may 20th @ 6:30pm
TNT office, 475 Park Avenue South, 8th flr b/w 31st & 32nd

Sunday, May 17, 2009

street casting = long run?

hola from lovely barcelona!

i'm here on a quick trip for work, and while i brought my running stuff, i wasn't sure realistically if i would be able to get any runs in. (i left nyc friday night and will be back by tuesday afternoon.)

yesterday, my friend sebbe and i went street casting for a few extra people we want for our , and in the process probably walked for about 7 hours. we made a few stops/breaks here and there, but i have to figure we walked at least 10 miles over the course of that time...can i count that as a long run?

this morning i am completely beat between our very long walk + the sun + the jet lag. today will be a bit chill, but tomorrow promises to be rather long since we're shooting pretty much all day, so i'm not sure if i'll be able to get in any running, but i'm hoping that i'll be able to jump right back in as soon as i get home.

adios for now...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

out run the rain

i managed to climb out of bed on time and head out even though i was very very sleepy from a quick trip north for work. the clouds looked ominous, but i figured a little rain wouldn't melt me.

the run was good - i made a conscious effort to slow down a bit and i noticed the difference coming up the massive hill, where i wasn't quite so winded. i was glad i made it out because i'll be traveling again overseas friday night - tuesday, and not sure if i'll really get a run in while i'm in europe.

as i headed back out of the park and onto the street, light sprinkles of rain began to fall and i made it back home just in time.

today's mileage:: 3.5
time run: 36 minutes
season mileage to date: 10.0

Monday, May 11, 2009

monday runday

today was a rough one.

lots of things a'happening on the work front...and the life front...and when all goes is pretty nice to have running to turn to. for the run i was making up for on sunday, based on the schedule i was to run 30 minutes easy. i opted for my typical upper loop for 3.5 miles.

it went okay. i was pretty tired physically and mentally so felt a bit sluggish and draggy. i think the pollen is affecting me as well because aside from still working on my running lungs, i felt like it was a little harder to much so that after the monster hill, i took a little breather (one day, i'll film the running up the hill so you can see what i'm talking about before you call me a wuss under your breath).

but even with took me only 35 minutes which means i'm being too fast (as if the huffing weren't an indication) but at the same time, i'm kind of enjoying the push. it is about time.

today's mileage:: 3.5
time run: 35 minutes
season mileage to date: 6.5

Sunday, May 10, 2009

cross training: a ride in the park

i admit right away that the impetus for this ride was more for the purpose of enjoying a beautiful day then hard core training - and it was lovely.

my friend Ab and i rode 2 glorious loops of prospect park on the bike today, for a grand total of 7 miles. not *so* impressive for a bike ride but 30 minutes exercising is 30 minutes and a huge improvement over my nil cross training in past seasons.

i just (like in the last 20 minutes) got my training schedule and was supposed to run today, vs cross train but that's fine because i can flip flop the days and run tomorrow morning.

here is what my schedule will look like this week:

i am following the intermediate training schedule which is defined by the ability to run 5 miles. i can do that. i'm really (despite the heat) going to try to push myself more athletically this season...we'll see where it takes me. i know i can do this marathon running thing so it begs the question...just how well can i do it?

i guess we shall find out.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

it's sticky!

our first practice of the season was at 10 today an it was grossssss. not gross because it was long or hard but gross because of the humidity.

as i ambled through the park entrance that is conveniently located a few mere blocks from my house, i spotted coach lisa who declared "well would you look at that. hello rox."

yes, people, i am back.

lisa's not coaching this season (sad face) but she is running new york city so she will be around, which i am glad of. i headed over to practice, and it being the first day, there were a number of announcements from the coaches, staff and their mothers. (kidding.) i looked around to see if i would have any partners in crime...but no. it looks like i am going to have to a) recruit or b) find new ones.

today's run was to be an easy 15 minutes out, and 15 minutes back. i figured i'd make it around 3 miles, maybe a little less given that we'd be running in a pack. i met a new girl and we chatted a bit. the run was not hard, but man was it thick. the humidity is palpable today, and you can feel it in your breathing and certainly when we stopped running and the sweating kicked it. blech.

i guess sticky hot runs are what this season has in store...

today's mileage:: 3.0
time run: 30 minutes
season mileage to date: 3.0

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

back in the city!

and it is raaaaaaaainy. it is definitely not pleasing at all, and i'm going to attempt to go for a run in the morning regardless. i can cope with the rain if its not cold and rainy, generally speaking but...pbbbbth. i'm still sleepy from last week.

i'm thinking the 1/2 marathon is off at this point, and while i'm slightly disappointed, there will be plenty of other 1/2 marathons and i know i can train for one of those pretty much anytime. i officially signed up for team in training's fall season today, so look for a bunch of updates on the site with a new fundraising link...maybe even a design update...the blog is feeling a bit outdated...i think its time for a refresh!