I like to get things done early. So when I submitted my name to the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half lottery and wasn’t accepted (and my best recent half marathon is 9:34 short of guaranteeing me entry as a time qualifier), I decided the next best thing would be to volunteer at the race! This would get my 9+1 volunteer credit done for 2019, inching me that much closer to guaranteed entry for the 2020 NYC Marathon.
So that’s what I did.
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This morning’s run had me once again in a hat and gloves. At least it’s light out at 6 am now. No more reflective straps or headlamp for the next few months, unless for some reason I need to run pre-dawn, but I can’t imagine why I would.
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The rain that was supposed to start Sunday morning looked like it was holding off until the afternoon, which was good news for my long run. I would’ve run in the rain, but was happy not to. I really hate wet shoes.
Continue reading “The Significance of Insignificance”
I don’t want to get my hopes up, but there’s a chance that winter might finally be over. And I think today was the official turning point.
Yesterday morning was still the same old 30 degree temps we’ve had for the last 839265477 mornings. My thickest gloves still left my fingers frozen on my early morning dog walk, and after my run (where once again I covered my hands with my trusty plush purple socks), it was so cold I tried taking a picture where you could see my breath.
Continue reading “The Thawing & My Upcoming Trail Run”
I ran a few times in the last week and didn’t write about any of it! What is this blog coming to? I admit I feel stretched very thin lately – I’m trying to do too much, and when that happens, writing often takes a back seat to other priorities. Also, I tend to write these posts on my train rides into the city, and recently, all I want to do on the train is close my eyes.
Continue reading “A New Thing I’m Trying: More Protein, Bigger Breakfasts”
I ate a lot of good food last weekend. I will write about it now, on Friday, several days after last weekend. I was very tired this week and this blog post took me longer than it should have.
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The good thing is much of yesterday’s snow has melted. Not all of it, but enough that the new spring plants are stubbornly poking through, determined to win the battle of the seasons. It’s still too cold for what April should feel like – it was in the low 30s for this morning’s run. Mitten weather. Goddamn mitten weather. On April 3rd. April 3rd should not be mitten weather.
Continue reading “Oops!… I Entered a Race”
I’m so happy it’s April! Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, I ran in a tank top and shorts yesterday, and we can finally put the long winter behind us, shedding our multiple-layered heavy clothing until next year, a season of renewal upon us, at last.
Continue reading “Epic Workout Weekend and the Winter That Will Never End”
I started reading Kathrine Switzer’s Marathon Woman, one of several books about running I ordered not too long ago. I’m only up to the section on her childhood, and I’m enjoying it so far. I love how she got into running: as a teenager, she told her parents she wanted to try out for the cheerleading squad, which she only wanted to join for the popularity aspect. Her father encouraged her to try out for field hockey instead, telling her it was better to be in the game than on the sidelines. He told her if she ran a mile a day until tryouts, she’d be guaranteed to make the team.
Continue reading “600 Yard Dash Girl”
Fourteen. A good number, if numbers can be good, and I think they can be. It’s the age I turned when I received a cassette tape of Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven on Earth as a birthday present. It’s also the number of miles I ran yesterday morning – my longest run to date.
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