Happy Valentines Day! I think today is a great day to just be alive and even if you aren’t in a relationship that fills your love bucket, you can celebrate the community we all live in and thank each other for being there. THANK YOU! and I love you all. In a traditional sense, my valentine and I spent the day seeing a great movie Deadpool.  Hilarious and definitely not for the pre teen set.  We went to the mall and I was gifted with the best valentine. New sneakers.  LOVE. Is there anything that says LOVE to you? Here is a list of some of the things I am loving lately related to fitness Apple watch- I love how its so interconnected with my [&hellip

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Hey Squad, I am a 2015 finisher of the New York City Marathon! Yes, it’s true. It has been a week and I am still processing it all. I told myself that my goal was to finish injury free and around 5 hours. I was so close until mile 18 when I slipped on a sponge. It  just caused the littlest knee twist that plagued me the rest of the race. I knew I would finish but the goals were out the window. I would never had made it the last 16 weeks or this 6 hours 45 minutes without my amazing support team. My family cheered me on in person at mile  17&23. My co workers were at miles 14 and 16. Plus the [&hellip

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Hey squad, Last Sunday was the best day. I ran with Laura a half marathon in Westerly, RI. We had a good day.  The best part was Pamela officially ran her first 5K. We all are rocking our medals! This Sunday was not so fun. I ran 11 miles and I felt every step. My legs are filled with lead. I am going to make sure and hit every mile of my training plan this week and hope it gets better.  Here’s a photo from today’s run, a nice hill. I feel a case of the running blues coming on. I will be meeting in Real Life my favorite podcaster and other fans of the Running Lifestyle Show on Wednesday evening. It will be just what [&hellip

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Hey Squad, Awesome week of training behind me and I am happy to report all ten toes are healing up.  They never bother me when I run, its just when I try and wear regular shoes its a problem.  I am just going to lean into this and wear nothing but sneakers until the marathon. Business casual will have a whole new look ! I am logging some quality time watching the US Open and I am amazed at the high level of training required to play those matches for longer than 3 hours.  In the interviews, every player remarks on how its mostly a mental game, and that once they got their head right, their performance improved.  I think this is just like marathon [&hellip

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Hey Squad, This weekend, I was playing a game of This Little Piggy with my youngest grandson’s toes. He giggled and pulled his feet away because they are so ticklish. It’s adorable seeing him anticipate the “all the way home” to his chin. This is the exact opposite experience for my piggies. They are taking a beating in this marathon training. After all my miles last week,the one place that stayed sore was my big toe on the right foot. (For those of you who don’t know, this is the piggy that goes to the market. ) I thought it was just sore but today, it’s black and blue. That toenail is toast. UGH. Plus the baby toe on the other foot is still healing [&hellip

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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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