Everything I need to know in life, I learned by running a marathon

17 Feb

Hey Squad,

As we are all aware ( well maybe not everyone) the lottery for the TCS NYC 2016 marathon closes on Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about my marathon experience and have come up with this very deep observation on life based on the experience.

Everything I need to know in life I learned from running a marathon

  1. Preparation is everything.
  2. No bullshitting your readiness with out consequences i.e injuries and hours of PT
  3. Running is better with a group, but ultimately its you and the road
  4. Showing up is more than half the battle, your heart will lead you to the best outcome
  5. If you don’t love what you are doing you will never be great at it
  6. You are the star in your own show. Give yourself good PR (avoid negative self talk)
  7. Everyone will still love you  employ you, talk to you, etc) if you make time for yourself
  8. Read number 7 again
  9. There are signs along the way that will influence you, challenge you, and make you smile.
  10. Remember to thank the sign holders

And yes, I signed up for the lottery because well…  that would be number 11. I am crazy.

Cheerfully yours,


Running class

04 Aug

imageHey 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,


Running again

08 Sep



Yesterday I took the ankle for a road test of 6 miles and it did just fine. My quads were none so happy after the elliptical workout from Saturday so the cramps I got thru miles 2-3 really took my mind off any potential ankle issues. Luckily by mile 3, everything made peace and the second half of the run went ok.
I did a much better job of stretching and foam rolling after this run. I have to remember to do that.
Chuck had a massage yesterday and he brought home this magic potion called Biofreeze. It definitely takes the sting out of a screaming IT band.
Love it.

Have a great week.



10 mile run Interupted

31 Aug

I usually run on Saturday, but Chuck and I took advantage of his only Saturday off from school this summer to go to a Farmers Market and take in a summer matinee movie.
So this morning, I go up early and hit the road all set for 10 miles.
It’s cloudy today and very humid so after one mile I was already drenched, but I was ok and glad that sun was staying behind those clouds.
As I ran between mile 3 and 4 I heard a car honk its horn. I was on the sidewalk so I know it wasn’t at me, but it startled me just the same. I momentarily lost my footing and BAM, rolled my right ankle.
These things happen, so I just kept going, the closer I got to the beach area, the more runners I saw so that helped me get my mind off the constant pain in my foot. I stopped at mile 4.5 and tried the Honey Stinger Gel with caffeine. These gels are much smoother than the GUs. I can’t report on the boost because at mile 5 I was calling Chuck for a pickup.
It was clear that although I could continue to run, I probably shouldn’t because it hurt almost each time my foot hit the pavement.
This is just a blip, RICE ( rest, ice, compression, elevate) and if that doesn’t kick it, I know a great PT routine.


Long run recap

24 Aug


I survived my 14 mile training run yesterday. I joked that I would burst into flames once I ran past 13.1 miles, but nothing that dramatic happened! I took the picture above once I finished as evidence of no flames.

This was the first time I fueled my runs with GU. I used GU at mikes 5 and 10. I tried the chocolate mocha (caffeinated) and vanilla. The taste of both was ok taken with a lot of water. I felt like the mocha one really worked well. It gave me a good boost of energy, I will be buying that again. It certainly makes a mess. I can see why they say part of marathon training is nutrition. I had GU everywhere. No idea how it got on my hat.
Next week I have to start drinking Gatorade. I do not like it. It always on race courses and it will be on the marathon course.

One week done!