Hard Reset: My Convenient Cold, Global Running Day, and Meeting Deena Kastor

I took a break! More from blogging than from running. But now I’m back. Hello!

I wasn’t planning on running the week after the hot ‘n hellish Brooklyn Half (which I can’t believe was only four weeks ago). Last year, I think I took two days off from running after the half. This year, this ol’ body needed more. I needed a reset.

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Weekend Reads 3.3.19

Time for another late-on-Sunday installment of health/sports/running news items that I find interesting. I’m going to keep this one short, as I’m in the middle of working on a race recap for a 5K I ran earlier today! I’m trying to get those out a little sooner these days.

While I’m here, how crazy is the weather lately? It barely snowed here in NYC all winter, and then we got a bunch on Saturday morning, and it’s snowing again now and will into the morning. Like, we had all winter for this, guys. It’s too late! We’re want spring now. Come on.

Here are some things to read. Enjoy!

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I Watched It: the 1981 NYC Marathon

Note: This is the first in a series of several posts about some old school NYC Marathons (and perhaps other races?). There probably will be nothing all that surprising here if you’ve already seen or participated in these races, but if you haven’t and are curious to know what they were like, then I hope you find this interesting.

I had originally intended to publish it as one long post before the 2018 NYC Marathon but couldn’t get it done in time. So it languished in my drafts until recently when I’ve had more time to finish it. Thank you, unemployment!

I’ve decided to break them up into smaller posts, one for each year’s race I watched. Otherwise, this would be ridiculously long and you would grow very tired of reading it. You might already be tired of reading this. If not, please continue.

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How to Get Your Ass Out of Bed

My running/blogging pal Chelsea over at The Dancing Runner recently posted something about how much she loves getting up early, which led me to think about how I love it too, which led me to write this post.

Some of you may not be morning people and do your best work at night. That’s great, and you should keep doing that if that works best for you. But for those who WANT to get out of bed in the morning but struggle with it, I thought I’d share my tips.

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The Best Stuff I Learned in 2018

At the end of each December, I like to look ahead to all the things I want to accomplish in the upcoming year and quietly proclaim “[next year], you’re gonna be my bitch!!!” This usually results in me looking back at all the things I did not accomplish in the past year, conveniently forgetting that one year ago, I also said “[this year], you’re gonna be my bitch!!!” This time, I’d like to look back in a more positive way and appreciate all the learning experiences, the positive, and the good that took place over the past 12 months. Most of it will be running-related because that is the topic of this blog. But maybe some of it won’t. I’m not sure, I’m writing this as I go. Let’s see what happens!

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Unbreakable: A Look Back at Three Years of Progress

It’s that time of year again: the time to reflect on the year past and evaluate how well you lived up to your expectations from this time last year, as well as look ahead and determine what you’d like to accomplish in the year to come. If you’re like me, you probably did not achieve all the things you wanted to. Which seems to happen every year. At least I’m consistent!

I thought about looking back to one year ago and seeing where I was, running-wise, and then remembered that I’ve been keeping track of my workouts for the past three and a half years – so maybe a dip farther into the archive would be fun.

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The In-Between

Apparently, running a marathon and writing a recap about it sapped my energy so much that I’ve neglected to write here for two weeks. I think I did need some time off in more ways than one, so no regrets. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I have another race recap to post (my Thanksgiving Day turkey trot!) but I felt like I needed a refresher post first – what I’ve been doing since the marathon and how I’m bridging the gap to my next one.

Shall we go with section headers? I like those.

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