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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

irene damages my training schedule.

so with hurricane irene approaching nyc, nyrr decided to cancel the bronx half-marathon.  normally, one would think that someone would be happy to learn that they didn't have to run 13 miles and was instead being told to stock up on food and stay inside.  however, it seems that i am rather abnormal and instead of rejoicing that i was able to rest instead of run, i was pissed that i was going to miss a 13 mile run with water/gatorade at every mile.

my plan then was to run with meg and lisa on saturday morning.  yea, that didn't happen either.  i woke up feeling like someone had force fed me razor blades and then hit me in the head with a sledgehammer.  after some sudafed and tylenol, i started toying with the idea of just going to the gym.  with a little convincing, i got myself out the door and over to the gym where i did a quick 3 mile speed workout on the treadmill.  score for actually incorporating speed into my workouts.  good looks, ang.

yup, that's actually me keeping up with kara.  guess those speed workouts are working!

so yea, while 3 miles is definitely not 13, i did feel better that i did something other than sit on my couch, watch movies, and eat non-perishable foods all weekend.  i also got myself out yesterday for a slow 7 miles and i'll definitely be out there this weekend to knock out a good 16.  hellooo actual marathon training, nice to see you again.

and although the bronx half was cancelled, i still get credit for it and i still got my race shirt.  guaranteed entry to the nyc-half marathon? don't mind if i do.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

a thought..

whoever claimed that exercise improves acne and doesn't cause it,
never trained for a marathon.

damn you, kara goucher.

Monday, August 22, 2011

miles to go before i sleep.

long training run loops
so this past sunday was nyrr's second long training run.  the whole idea of the long training run is pure genious- nyrr sets up central park with mile markers 1-20, lines the course with water and misting stations, and provides a "recovery station" equipped with water, gatorade, bananas, and pretzels at miles 6, 11, 16, and 20.  there are no chips and no time clocks- it is truly a "training run."  at the first training run this year, nyc was experiencing a heatwave and i was lucky to be able to finish the day with 11 miles.  sunday, i ran 13 miles and was home, showered and back in bed all before 10am.  talk about a productive morning.  on that note, thanks meg for the running company and thank you he-who-must-not-be-named for well, everything.

while i'm thanking people, thanks JESSY for encouraging me to blog more often.  there's your shoutout.  happy?

so with 11 weeks until the marathon and 7 weeks until my taper period, my marathon training is really about to pick-up.  here's a look at my next few weekend long runs:

awesome, huh?  major ugh.  while this whole build-up period is exciting, it's also exhausting, time consuming, and let's face it, annoying and painful.  while i've been putting in marathon work for the past few months, nothing is as essential as these next few weeks of training.  here are a few things that are super important for me over the upcoming weeks:

1) proper fueling before/during/after long runs.
  • Before: good carbs, lean proteins, lots of water.  there's nothing worse than tummy issues the day of a long run.  i've got to be sure that i'm eating good foods throughout the week to keep my body healthy and fueled for the long runs over the weekend.  also gotta be sure not to have too much fiber as the weekends approach- i shouldn't have to explain that one.  if you need an explanation, feel free to ask your favorite long distance runner why fiber should be avoided close to a long run. i've also got to be sure that i'm drinking lots of water throughout the week.  hydration is key and it's important that i'm hydrating all week and not just on runs.  this has been a major issue for me this summer.  bad ang, very bad ang.
  • During: water, gatorade, gu chomps.  i've become very accustomed to drinking something about every mile or so and i feel that i run my best when i have this few second "power walk" after every mile while i sip in such a way as to not spill water or gatorade all over my chin and shirt.  during longer races, i typically alternate water and gatorade at each mile marker.  also, i ordered two 16-packs of GU chomps to help fuel my longer runs over the next few weeks.  most people don't know that runners actually need to eat DURING longer runs (i don't chomp it up unless i'm running a half marathon or longer).  there's all sorts of stuff out there but i've become accustomed to the GU chomps.  i also like sports beans because hey, jelly beans are awesome.  so yea, i'm all stocked up and won't be forgetting these on any long runs anymore (hello, queens half-marathon.)
looks appetizing, right?
  • After: i really need to be better about eating after a long run.  typically, the thought of eating after a long run makes me nauseous.  this is bad.  i need to eat something.. pretzels, a banana, both.  just something.  it's just that i get home, shower, and then immediately want to lay down and go back to sleep that by the time i wake up, my body is in all sorts of bad shape.  angela, you must eat right away.  no excuses, play like a champion.
2) adequate sleep and rest
  • Even if it means turning off my phone, i need to be sleeping at an appropriate hour so that when i wake up before the sun rises, i can actually function.  you ever try running 20 miles on 3 hours sleep?  no?  probably because it sucks.  and it's a stupid idea.  just go to damn bed, ang.
3) cross-training regimen
  • i've definitely been better at this the past few weeks than i've been in years.  I've been going to the gym about once a week and biking or doing the elliptical.  some days i even spend a few minutes lifting free weights (taking it back to my good ol' college days when i ruled the weight room).  i'd like to take advantage of the fact that i have an olympic sized pool about 20 feet from where i work that is absolutely free for me to use; however, i've been a wimp.  i haven't swam laps since college and i'm so afraid of someone seeing me and judging me.  i really need to suck it up and just get myself to the pool.  
4) stretching and foam-rolling
"i love... the mets."
  • yea, i don't stretch... or foam roll... even though i now keep my foam roller in the living room so that i don't have to go through the extra trouble of opening a closet door to get to it.    i don't understand how i can go out and run for hours on end but then cannot seem to take just a few minutes to get down on the floor and stretch.  that's a new kind of lazy right there.  

okay folks, next up is sunday's bronx half-marathon.  the start/finish is right by yankee stadium.  come cheer for a lovely lady?  thanks.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

the queens english: it's over the 59th street bridge, not the atlantic ocean.

flushing meadows park, ny
2011 queens half-marathon: race #2 that i was able to convince (trick?) seth to run.  so yea, he showed up late thursday night so that we could do all the pre-race stuff on friday.  we went down to central park friday morning to walk around as seth has only run around the park and never got to actually enjoy himself.  yes, folks, running is not enjoyable.

once nyrr opened at 1pm, we walked over to pick up our bibs and t-shirts.  it was perfect timing because then we were able to just get in the car and head out to long island before all of manhattan left the city for the weekend.  seriously, the city is deserted in the summer on weekends.  where are all the people? somewhere where the heat doesn't get trapped between the buildings and settle on the concrete, successfully making one feel like a chicken about to lay a damn fried egg.

anywho, out to long island where it's a good 5-10 degrees cooler and where mama b-rocks had cooked some chicken parm and baked ziti.

like the awesome 25 year-olds that we are, we went to bed by 10pm. on a friday.  yes, we're that cool.  in our defense, if you had to wake up by 5:40 am (or whatever time you'd have to wake up in order to be ready to leave by 6), you'd be in bed by 10pm too.  my first thought when my alarm went off at 5:40 and i saw that seth was already up and getting ready was, "i don't wanna be up.  i can't believe i sign up for this voluntarily."  seriously, wtf is wrong with me?

at least nyc wasn't having a ridiculous heatwave like last years' queens-half when it was already 85 by 6am.  that was just unfair in every way.

so my parents bring us to the start where we meet up with lisa, carly, christina, and joe.  we do some chatting and whatnot and i find out that the course is different from last year.  i hadn't actually looked at the course online and just assumed it would be the same as last year.. turns out, i'm an idiot.  the course basically looped around the park twice, meaning that we got to go through that long stretch where there's no shade and no water TWICE.  awesome, nyrr, awesome.

the first 10 miles were definitely the roughest for me as i felt that we did a lot of stop-and-go.  the more i stop or the longer i walk at each water station, the harder it is for me to get back into a rhythm.  and i dont know if it's all in my head, but i feel like my feet hurt more if i do a lot of stop-and-go during a long run.  also, i didn't bring my chomps with me and i got super hungry.  gotta go to amazon and buy me a giant box of them for the remainder of the training season.

the last mile or so i got so anxious to just be done with this race that i completely picked up my pace.  that's typically what happens... i just get so miserable that i run faster in order to finish quicker.  i'm so jealous of people who run faster because well, they have less time of being cranky and miserable.  although there's a thought- do people who run faster even get cranky and miserable during a run?  do they actually enjoy themselves?

as i get closer to the finish line, i see my mom over on the side.  funny how easy she is to spot at any race.  perhaps it's the bell i bought her? or her booming voice that carries a good 400m?  anywho, as i get closer i see that there's someone with her.  could it be?  yupp cuz there he is... my mr "have fun at your race tomorrow."  silly gooser.  i like surprises :-)

now i DEFINITELY have the energy to pick it up to the finish.  i find seth right at the finish where he crossed a few minutes before me.. and he's miserable.  welcome to my life, sethy. so i get me some gatorade and a delicious plum and we go in search of my 'rents and he-who-must-not-be-named.

remainder of the day? pancakes for breakfast.  glorious nap on the couch.  good ol' fashioned bbq for lunch.  pure perfection.

next up on my road (ha!) to the 2011 nyc marathon:
  1. 8/21 long training run #2
  2. 8/28 bronx half-marathon
  3. 9/25 nyc tune-up 18M
  4. 10/2 diva half-marathon
  5. 10/9 staten island half-marathon
  6. 10/30 poland spring marathon kickoff