Monthly Archive:: August 2015

Hey Squad,             I have not had a chance to update you this week. I can sum it up in one word for you. Groundbreaking. I ran more miles in one week than I ever had- 35 miles . I touched my target pace 10:41 and I felt great during my long run of 15 miles. Next week, more of the same. The NYRR class on Tuesday proves to be so worth it week after week. On Wednesday, I will join a running group to prep for the FEED 10K in September. Any opportunity for a group run always pushes me farther and makes me a better runner. Anyone else running it? Cheerfully yours, Phyllis

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Hey Squad, Wonders never cease, I completed all three runs for a total of 26.8 miles. I look back on it and I am still in disbelief. On the last post, I had it all planned out, where and when I would run. Well nothing went according to that plan. On Friday it was raining so I didn’t run in NYC on the west side highway. I ran in the evening in Fairfield. Six miles after a rest day felt great. On Saturday, I was to run the 15 miles. I had planned to go to Southport, but did the exact opposite and ran to and from Bridgeport. 13 miles went well, then the heat got to me. I was out of everything liquid so [&hellip

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Hey squad, This is going to be a big weekend. I will be running a total of 26 miles over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will try to add in a .2 so that is the complete marathon distance. My NYRR training plan has it out for me. 6 on Friday- I plan to run the West Side highway in NYC. 15 on Saturday- I plan to run my Southport/Fairfield beach, ending up on the sand for the rest of the day. 5 on Sunday- I plan to go to South Norwalk and run my old route that I trained on and then eat HUGE brunch afterwards. I am a big believer of “burning your boat” in other words putting out into the world what [&hellip

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Hey Squad, Here is a tip, if on Race Day If a person asks if they can ask you a few questions and take your picture. – Say yes. This was great and I have gotten so much positive feedback from the comments.  I even received an email from a wonderful lady asking where I got my running skirt.  I was able to find them online and sent her the link.  They were on sale!  I ordered an extra pair for me too. Also, I am really enjoying Periscope. Everyday I get to check in with the amazing Amanda from Runtothefinish #runnerscope . She was the first fitness blogger I connected with over 3 years ago and her blog posts and encouragement has made her [&hellip

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Hey Squad, What a week of training. Emotionally, I have been all over the map and my sleep has been awful, but the marathon waits for no one. It was back  to Central Park for the second long training run of the marathon season.  It was a gorgeous, hot summer morning. I learned from my other training runs, that I needed a better nutrition and hydration routine.  This run was much better on both fronts.  Breakfast was eaten an hour before the run and I took Pro Blocks and Gatorade with me.  This was a NYRR event so there was plenty of water stations, plus Misting sessions which was wonderful. Mile 10 hit and there was the dreaded SUCK.  I felt tired and ready to be [&hellip

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Hey squad, I have trained for several half marathons and now that I am in week 5 of marathon training I can say it’s way different. You have to strength train and cross train and stretch and run like the dickens. I am so into it that it starting to seem like my normal routine. Tonight I honestly wasn’t excited to do intervals with threatening skies. I ran the whole Brooklyn half in the rain so I am not a wimp,but I did not want to do it tonight.  In the end,I got it done just as the skies opened up. I am one lucky trainee. Determination is the name of the game. cheerfully yours, Phyllis &nbsp

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Hey squad, Today was another long run and there was definite progress for me. I returned to Central Park to take on those hills again.  I was able to hang on for the first loop pretty well. This is a big improvement from two weeks ago. Miles 7-12 were a challenge, I took on Harlem Hill and made it up for a second time but by the time I hit Cat hill, I had to walk a bit. I run the park again on Aug 16, and my goal is to push it to 15 miles and feel comfortable until mile 10. The spinning classes really help, especially riding with lots of resistance and keep up my cadence. After my run, I did a quick [&hellip

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Hey squad, I just finished my first running class with the New York Road Runners. What a great group to train with! I met several people who are training for the NYC marathon. The coach suggested we only bring what we need to the workout so I do not have any pictures to share. We did mile repeats. My first ever ! and it was downhill for the first mile and of course uphill on the way back. I stayed with our group coach and did well. I can definitely see the benefit of this class. Running in Central Park is just the best. I can’t wIt until next week. Cheerfully yours, phyllis

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Hey squad, Run Rest Repeat.  That will be the schedule for this week.  I ran 5 miles today, I have 3 on the schedule for tomorrow, speed class on Tuesday night, Wednesday will be cross training and thankfully  Thursday  is a full rest day before we start all over again. Go team GO!!! I have to obey to my training plan and stick to it.  There is always a summer Friday if I need it at the end of the week. 🙂 Today on my run, I listened to music again and it was ok. I really have to get a playlist together.  I am just shuffling all the free tunes I have been downloading from Starbucks, so the play list is not too inspiring.  I do [&hellip

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Thanks to Amanda and her good advice on staying in the mile I am running and the mantra of ” stronger and stronger each mile” I had a great run. I purposely took it slow and added two new hills to help me get ready for the NYC marathon.  I need to do this more often. The loose time goal I had for myself was 2 hours

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