Namaste in Mexico and Chill

To kick off my fitness (and clear my head) for 2017, I decided that I wanted to book another yoga retreat for myself. Last year, my friend Sam and I went to Rincon, Puerto Rico for a retreat with Jessica Bellofatto and I LOVED learning from Jessica! In just a few short days, my yoga improved tremendously; the way she explained the movements and shared her deep knowledge of the practice made each session an enjoyable learning experience.

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Getting Back to Running

Today I went for my first post-marathon run!

Yesterday, I went to Central Park in the morning to watch some of the 60K race (who does that!?) and also to see my friend run the Enormous Elephants 10K (much more reasonable, and hello, elephants!). It was a GORGEOUS day. I brought gloves but never needed them and I didn't have on a jacket at all. What a difference 24 hours makes...

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Race Report: 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

Alas, blogging has gotten a way from me a bit over the last month. With the last round of long runs on top of an otherwise crazy schedule, I fell behind in blogging but luckily not in training. I am proud to say that after so many weeks of preparation, I have completed the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.

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Looking Ahead: Week of September 12th

So I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I have not only met, but surpassed my fundraising goal! I am so relieved to be finished with fundraising, which is arguably more nerve wracking than training. I am thankful for everyone who contributed, the generosity they have shown is really overwhelming. I know some really good people.

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Looking Ahead: Week of September 5th

Is it really September? Yikes! As of today, there is exactly 1 month to go until my fundraising closes and exactly 2 months to go until I am standing at the starting line on the Verrazano Bridge. That's a lot to handle!

Luckily, everything is going really well with my training. One of our teammates did an amazing job organizing what he calls an "inofficial" run this past Saturday so we didn't slack off during the holiday weekend and on Sunday I met up with a friend for a recovery run and iced coffee in Astoria. The Saturday run started off rocky but ended well. If you know me, you know that I have a pretty bad relationship with bridges and this run included 3 of them! 

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Looking Ahead: Week of August 29

Today marks the start of week 14 of my marathon training plan! We are now in phase three of training, the intervals phase. This past week was a recovery week which included an amazing and refreshing team yoga class in Central Park and my first attempt at deep water running which I loved and cannot wait to try again. The week ended with a long run over the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey and through the very hilly Palisades Park. 

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Looking Ahead: Week of August 15th

This week was ROUGH. We are having something of a heat wave in NYC that has caused most everyone to hibernate indoors. I was unable to complete my run on Saturday because real feel temperatures were well over 100 degrees even early in the morning so I called it quits about a mile early. The Long Training Run organized by NYRR for Sunday was canceled and our coaches advised us to run inside. In order to prevent dying from boredom, I went to the gym with one of my teammates and we did one hour on the treadmill followed by an hour on the elliptical. Having someone to run with and switching up the equipment made it more bearable than a usual treadmill run and after the short walk home in the heat, I'm glad we played it safe.

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