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We.did.it! April 28, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Carbs,Fuel,Joanna — flavprice @ 7:31 pm

Pictures will come shortly.

We survived!!! This is Joanna now –  I am sure Allison will recap on the experience as well.

Personally, I felt the race was an awesome, fulfilling, rewarding accomplishment.  I slept great the night before – went to bed at 10:30 and woke up at 6, completely uninterrupted.  Well, Andrew said that at 1 am some motor cycle gang woke up the neighborhood, but I must have been too far into REM to notice. 

For dinner the night before I contemplated pasta, but settled on smoked turkey and hummus on whole wheat.  I had a few chips and salsa and a little ice cream too (wanted to eat a lot of carb calories!)  Upon waking I had 1 1/2 slices of bread topped with PB and a sliced banana. It was the perfect balance of carbs, fat, and protein to get me through 13.1 miles. 

Allison and I met outside of our subway stop and walked to the start. We had a lot of nervous energy and just couldn’t believe the day had finally come. We got so antsy waiting in line…we just wanted to start…once that gun went off we were so excited…it was surreal.

The first 3 miles went sooo slow. Being that it was 90 ish degrees, the full-marathon was cancelled.  Those marathoners joined us, making our race about 10,000 participants. That’s a lot of women! When we finally got in the groove the race went quickly! It ended up being 2 laps around central park plus an additional 1.1 miles.  There were hoses being sprayed throughout to cool us down, and plenty of water stops.  We walked through every station and I drank 2 cups each time – and I was still PURPLY RED from the heat.

Allison and I stuck together for most of it, and let me tell you it was awesome having her support.  We pushed each other and encouraged each other. I could not have done it without her. I even let her have half of my energy gel! I took two of those throughout the race, one at mile 5 and one at mile 10. They taste nasty, but boy did they help!  All of a sudden at mile 10 I was cruising….I started doing negative splits – it was so bizarre.  But, it was at mile 11 that the heat got to me. I felt queasy and wanted to stop.  But I didn’t! I kept up my pace and finished strong! I was so proud of myself.  Andrew was right behind the finish in the thick of it all (when you have an expensive camera it acts as a free backstage pass – no questions asked!)

My family was at the finish too – with an adorable sign made by my little sister. It made me feel so loved and supported.

I ate a bagel immediately upon finishing.  I thought it would settle my stomach. It actually didn’t and I felt pretty nauseous for a few hours – I couldn’t even enjoy lunch with the fam 😦 But, when I got home hunger struck hard and I pretty much ate my apartment.

Surprisingly, I was barely sore at all the next day! I am definitely tight, but I am walking fine and feel great. I am even thinking of doing another one in the future 🙂 We shall see!

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The Day After Tomorrow… April 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — flavprice @ 1:03 pm

And no, I don’t mean the movie with Dennis Quad and Jake Gyllenhaal.

At this time, the day after tomorrow, Joanna and I will (hopefully) be half way through our half marathon! I can’t believe it’s so close! This week we’ve both taken it easy and have kept up with shorter, easier runs. We are running another short run tonight and taking tomorrow off.

I’m anxious for Sunday to see what racing is all about, considering I’ve never done it before. It will be a lot more exciting running with 5000 other people and sidelines packed with people cheering you on than my casual jog in the park after work. Hopefully all of our hard work will pay off and we are able to finish in a decent time. Although we’re not set on time, our goal is under 2 hours. I feel confident we both can do that and we have each other for encouragement! For preparation I’ve made an awesome playlist to keep me going and plan to stretch every second between now and the start of the race to keep my shin splints from making an appearance during the race.

So now all we have to do is wait… we’re getting our race packets and numbers tomorrow which will means it is actually happening! We’re trying to design some sort of t-shirt to wear, but of course, Nike shut down their t-shirt making machine until June – perfect. Let’s hope we can get something made tomorrow!

Wish us luck!!!!!

 

Rest Days April 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — flavprice @ 12:46 pm

I read this article today on Runners World and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Joanna and I had just been discussing that although we are burned out from running, we still are in the training mindset and feel guilty on days that we don’t run or do some sort of exercise. Rest days are important but when you’re so focused on running and training, it can be a challenge to just take it easy.

Another important point was that easy days are just as important. There are times when I feel bad that I’ve only run 3 miles, but realistically you’re not supposed to run 7 or 8 miles every single day. The short, easy runs are just as important in your training as your longer runs.

Rest days and easy days reward runners with different benefits

REST DAY
How It Helps:
Prevents overuse injuries
Restores glycogen stores
Prevents mental burnout

How Often: Once a week

How Easy: Off completely or 20 to 30 minutes (or 2 to 4 easy miles) below 60% of max heart rate

EASY DAY

How It Helps:
Builds base
Improves endurance
Increases blood volume

How Often: 80 to 85% of total weekly mileage

How Easy: 70 to 75% of max heart rate or conversational pace at comfortable to moderate effort

 

Sunday can’t come soon enough… April 20, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Joanna,Long Run,Uncategorized — flavprice @ 8:20 pm

So you didn’t hear from us for a while after our juice experiment because it actually made both of us pretty sick. Well, not that sick, but we felt extremely out of it all day. Mainly because there is nothing in it but fruit, yes this is obvious, but it definitely lacks the protein and fullness that I need to not feel empty. We both snacked the entire rest of the day and confirmed that if we attempted to be RAW foodies for one day we would die and our company would need to find 2 new receptionists… considering we already do the jobs of about 6 people, this would be an impossible task.

You can tell I’m trying to distract myself from the fact the race is on SUNDAY. We are both anxious/terrified/excited/nervous and basically just looking forward for it to be over. We’ve been training for a really long time and just want to be crossing the finish line and rewarding ourselves with a huge lunch and our long awaited running hiatus.

I planned to do a long run around Nolan’s neighborhood on Saturday morning; we had mapped out a 7 mile route the night before. After completed the run (which was 99% uphill) in less than 50 minutes I realized either I had suddenly become superhuman or our mapping skills were not as accurate as expected. It turns out it was the latter, which makes me feel both good and bad. The rest of the week will be spent on shorter runs just to keep our endurance up. Joanna and I had planned to run together tonight, but with both weather and scheduling conflicts we’ve had to reschedule for what is probably the 10th time.

The weather for Sunday looks great (thanks to Nolan’s recent weather update). Let’s cross our fingers that his weather predicting skills are slightly better than his mapping skills 🙂

Sunday, Apr 26

High: 78 °F Real Feel: 76 °F
Mostly sunny and pleasantly warm

 

Juicy Juice April 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — flavprice @ 5:14 pm

Allison and I decided we were too lazy and cheap to buy a salad. So we had our veggies juicified. It cost 5 dollars each and was VERY refreshing. Here’s a pic:

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Allison’s was the orange/yellow one: carrot, apple, celery, cucumber
Mine was the purply one: beet, apple, celery, spinach

That’s her arm in the background. Yes, we share a desk 🙂

 

Quote of the day April 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — flavprice @ 6:25 pm

This quote was on someone else’s blog and I thought it was the perfect motivation we needed!

“You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be man about it. You decided to be woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your interval odometer. For 25 years, you ran. And we ran with you. How much farther will we go? As far as you will.”

 

Countdown to the race!!

Filed under: Allison,Joanna — flavprice @ 2:57 pm

We’re trying to stay motivated for the race now that it’s less than 2 WEEKS away! We decided to do this race before Christmas, so we’re pretty anxious to finally run! In the last few weeks I’ve felt kind of burnt out (I know Joanna has felt the same) so I’m doing my best to keep it together over the next few days.

Training has been going well! I’m not quite on track with my original schedule but am feeling confident about the race. We found out that the course is two-6.something mile loops around central park. I’ve run this course a few times and Joanna plans to do it in the next few days. I’ve surprisingly never raced before so it will be quite the experience to run my normal route with 5000 other people.

Also, we are both running in the JPM Corporate Challenge on June 11th. We’re going to take a little running hiatus after the half marathon, so this 3.5 mile race will be perfect. However, the most exciting part is that both of our significant others are running as well! Joanna and her husband, Andrew, have run together on multiple occasions… however my boyfriend Nolan (I hope he’s reading this) absolutely REFUSES to run with me, so this will be a momentous occasion for us to run together. Although, I have been told that just because we are running in the same race does not necessarily mean we are running together, but I’m still excited!

So we have lots to look forward to over the next couple of weeks and are doing our best to stay motivated!