Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's been going on...

No training recaps this week or last (mainly because there is nothing to recap). But I did want to provide a bit of an update on things with me. The lack of upcoming races and my recent level of training will probably make a little more sense after this.

Yes, I am wearing a hospital bracelet in the photo above. Last Monday, I had surgery. If you remember from my check in, I mentioned I had some personal stuff going on. Yes, this was the personal stuff.

I am not going to go into too much detail about it (somethings should remain personal), but just give a topline.

Last fall, during a routine GYN appointment, they found a mass in my stomach. It turned out to be a fibroid, which are benign tumors that grow in your uterus. Long story short, mine was large enough that it had to be removed. I was very lucky in that it was not causing me pain and I could (mostly) run as usual. The only issue was having to pee all the time. It was sitting on my bladder (I have an increased respect for what pregnant women deal with). Otherwise, no side effects or issues.

I worked with a wonderful surgeon here in NYC (at NYU Langone) who was able to remove it robotically. The traditional way to remove these is through a procedure similar to a C-section, which I would have done if needed, but the recovery time is 6-8 weeks. The procedure my doctor was able to do only has a 2 week recovery time.

The surgery went very well and they removed the fibroid. There was also no signs of endometriosis, which sometimes occurs alongside fibroids. They also tested the fibroid for cancer (even though they are almost always benign, always better to be safe then sorry) and the tests all came back benign.

I am recovering now and every day is a bit better. Last week was rough - everything hurt and I was exhausted. I basically lived on my couch for a week (my fitbit totals looked sad).

This week, I am still slightly sore, but feeling so much better. I am going to keep resting this week and letting my body heal. I had my post-op appointment this AM and everything is healing nicely. The doctor even gave me the OK to start running again next week (slowly). I am going to ease back into working out and running, taking it one mile at a time.

So that's whats been going on with me and why I've been a bit MIA this winter. I needed to process all of this one my own, and to be honest, I was a bit in denial at the beginning. But now it's all in the past and I am looking forward to getting back to training (and racing eventually!).

What's been going on with you?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2 on Tuesday

Where is Spring? It's slightly warmer here, but still not the correct temp (at least in my opinion). This past Saturday it was so cold! We had a Oiselle Volee group run and it was only 42 degrees when I left my apartment. Although, my allergies are going crazy, so I guess it is spring after all.

I am very excited for tonight - we are going to see Aladdin on Broadway! We all know I love Disney and I have been wanting to see this one for a while. One of the perks of my job is we occasionally get tickets to Broadway shows (very occasionally) and this is one of those perks. I am going with some girlfriends and am so excited. Not just for the show, but also for a girls night out.

I don't know if you know this, but I have a serious love of donuts (or is it doughnuts? I like donut). Fortunately, so does my friend Michelle. Whenever we travel for races, we always seek out a local donut place. I found this list of the 22 Most Amazing Doughnuts in NYC a while ago and Michelle and I have decided to do an "unofficial" donut crawl to try them all. It's going to take a bit (I mean how many donuts can one eat in an afternoon?), but we checked two places off the list this weekend. Look for full posts to come on all the yummy donut-y goodness!

What's your favorite donut shop in your town?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Training recap week of 5/2

Happy Monday everyone!  Another week of training in the books. I'm fully recovered from being sick, but I'm still taking it easy as I don't want to get sick again (or build too slow). And since I don't currently have anything on the schedule, no reason to not take it easy for a bit.

I did get some solid cross training in this week, so that was good!

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - HIIT Me Up and Toned Arms

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.09 mi, 40:01 min, 9:47 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Kettle Flow

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Rock Your Body

Scheduled: 4-5 miles easy
Actual: 4.55 mi, 45:07 min, 9:55 pace

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Booty Workout and K+K Slay

Scheduled: 6 miles long run
Actual: 6.10 mi, 55:46 min, 9:08 pace

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.04 mi, 30:39, 10:05 pace

Total Miles: 17.78
Total May Miles: 20.79
Miles to Goal (1,000): 694.16

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2 on Tuesday

How is it already May 3rd? Where has this year gone? I am glad we are finally in the "warmer" months, but it is still chilly here in NYC. Seriously, were is spring? Anyway, it's been a while, but let's get to this weeks 2 on Tuesday.

I have recently gotten into podcasts (I know - I'm really behind in the times!). They are perfect to listen to on the train/walking to-from work. I am totally loving Anna Faris' podcast. She is hilarious and she has great guests on. She does 1 episode a week (very occasionally 2 a week) and it's definitely a podcast I look forward to each week.

This came out a while ago, but since it was during my "break" from blogging, I am covering it now. I was so excited when they announced this series. I grew up watching Full House every Friday night - it was appointment TV (in the time before DVR's). I always identified with Stephanie - I'm not sure why as I was not the middle child, but she was my favorite. I know there were mixed reviews about the show, but I loved it! It was cheesy and slightly campy, but it was everything I wanted it to be. I can also see myself re-watching the entire season over the summer. They've already announced a Season 2, which makes me excited.

Any podcasts you recommend? 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Training Recap week of 4/25

Back to blogging and back to training recaps! This is a bit of a weird period (running wise) - I'm not actually training for anything right now. My next half (as of now) is the Disneyland Half Labor Day weekend. I'll start training for that in a couple of weeks, so for now, it's all easy runs. I was pretty burnt out this winter from marathon training. I (also) took it easy all winter, which killed my speed, but mentally it is what I needed. I'm just keeping it easy right now and will start doing some really training in a bit.

Since these were my first runs in almost 10 days (post sickness), I really wanted to ease into it.  Nothing too much right away. I'm also working on incorporating more strength/cross training. I really feel out of the cross training habit this winter, so need to get back into it.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 2-3 miles easy
Actual: 2.37 mi, 24:29, 10:20 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Booty on the Bae Workout

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - K+K Slay Workout

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.02 mi, 30:44, 10:10 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Cardio Flow

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Total Body Tone Up

Scheduled: 5 mile easy run
Actual: 5.00 mi, 47:51, 9:34 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Cardio Abs

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.00 mi, 29:41, 9:53 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Legs for Days & Bikini Body

Total Miles: 13.40
Total April Miles: 77.38
Total May Miles: 3.00 
Miles to Goal (1,000): 711.94

How was your week of training? 

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Blog Design!

If you are reading this right now, you'll notice there has been a little update to the blog! Yay!

It was time. In addition to not actually writing posts these past couple of months, every time I looked at the blog, I cringed a little (okay, a lot). To be honest, I really hated the layout of the blog. It was my own fault - I didn't ever really do anything about it. When I first started, I tried to use my limited design skills to make a header. It wasn't the prettiest, but I never made any effort to change it.

I've been thinking about it for a while and finally just made a decision. I purchased a pre-made template from Etsy. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on it - especially since I know I'll (probably) get bored of it and want to change it again at some point! It was super easy to install as well! I am still working on a couple of small formatting issues, but those have more to do with my Type A-ness then flaws with the design.

It was such a small change (and a pretty easy one to be honest!), but it makes me so happy every time I look at it!

Hope you all enjoy it as well!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Checking in - April

Dude, I am rapidly becoming the king of not keeping blog promises! In my last check in (almost a month ago... how did that happen?), I promised to post something (at least I didn't promise to post anything on a schedule), but nothing went was posted.

So, let's see whats been going on in April. The month begin with a weekend trip to Philly to run the Hot Chocolate 15K with Kasey. This race is really fun, except the weather didn't cooperate and it was a bit chilly (and wetter) then I would have liked. Full race recap to come!


Two weeks later, it was time to head down to Disney for the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon weekend. I love me some Star Wars and this weekend was a blast! I'll have race recaps to come and more about our trip, but it was so much fun. In true runDisney spirit, there were definitely some things that need to be fixed for future years, but otherwise, I still had a great time.

Best beer cup yet!

Weekend was great, came home... and then it happened. Something I honestly think (knew) was bound to happen.  I got sick. And not like a minor sniffles and cough. Full. Blown. Sick.

I don't exactly know what is was as I didn't ever go to a doctor (yes, I am aware I probably should have). It started on Tuesday. My throat my scratchy and my head was swimming. I went home from work a little early and worked from home the rest of the day. I took my temp before bed and it was almost 102 degrees. I still had a slight fever on Wednesday (99 degrees) so I worked from home. Made it back into work on Thursday - but only for about half a day. I could barely speak and my boss sent me home. And then I worked again from home on Friday. By Friday, my throat was so raw from coughing, that every cough almost had me in tears. It was not pretty. I was not pleasant. Thankfully, I live alone and could be as unpleasant as I wanted and no one cared. I felt a little better on Saturday, but was exhausted. I basically slept the entire day.

Sunday was the best I had felt in almost a week, but not 100%. Was able to go to the grocery store and even do some meal prep for the week. I am finally feeling better (thank god), but am trying to take it easy this week as I do not want a relapse. I also feel like I am starting from scratch with running as I didn't do anything for almost 10 days. So taking it easy and starting slow.

So, that's where I've been the last month.  Outside of being sick, it was a pretty good month full of friends, races and Disney.  What more could I ask for?

How was your April? Do anything fun?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Hi. It's me. Again. I have been a seriously bad blogger and have managed to not post anything since the middle of November. I wish I could say I had a great reason for it ("I won the lottery and have been traveling the world" or something equally as fun).

But I do not.

Post marathon (which, went amazing - new PR at 3:42 - more to come on that later), things were busy.  First there was Thanksgiving and then it was December, a notoriously busy time at work. The blog just took a backseat to life. I kept telling myself I'd write tomorrow and tomorrow never came. Christmas came next and let's just say... it wasn't exactly my favorite one. A dear family friend (who has always been an aunt to me) passed away unexpectantly right before Christmas, so there was definitely a little sadness in the air. Plus, I've had some personal stuff going on and I needed to focus on me for a bit.

Time kept passing and as it did, it got harder and harder to start typing again. I genuinely love blogging - it allows me to flex my creative muscle and I enjoy it. So now, it's spring. Winter has finally ended and I feel like I am {finally} coming out of whatever shell I was hibernating in. Time to start blogging again.

My goal is to start slowly. I am not going have a goal for a certain number of posts a week or anything like that.  I am going to prioritize getting all my outstanding race recaps up. The races may have happened a while ago, but I want to have it all down on paper for memory sake. And hopefully share some other posts about life, food, whatever is going on. Just going to start slowly and take it one post at a time.

So that's where I've been.  What's new with you?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2 on Tuesday

Work has been going well.  I am about 2.5 months in and its everything I've hoped it would be.  I haven't been working crazy hours, but the hours I am at work are packed.  Last week, I took a trip to San Diego for a meeting.  This would not normally stress me out, but I found out on Friday after I already arrived at work with my stuff for Wine & Dine.  In short, I ended up running home for appropriate clothing and flew directly to San Diego from Orlando.  And back to New York the next day.  Needless to say, it was a crazy week last week!  I had never been to San Diego before, so after my meeting and before my flight, I walked around the downtown and waterfront.  It really was beautiful.  Hopefully, next time I am in San Diego it will be for longer.


I woke up over the weekend with the feeling a cold was coming on.  And of course, it is marathon week.  I usually get a little taper cold, but this feels worse then normal.  Two people on my team have had a cold over the last month, so something is going around.  I stocked up on Theraflu (my favorite) and Emergen-C.  I plan on getting lots of fluids and sleep.  Fingers crossed it's a short cold and goes away soon!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Training recap week of 11/9 (Route 66 Week 17)

This is it!  Hard to believe that the race is this Sunday.  This SUNDAY!!!

The last week of training was up and down.  I had to do some re-arranging of my schedule as I had to take a work trip on Wednesday and wasn't able to run. 

I am definitely in the taper period now - I had mystery pains all week during my runs.  In weird places that had not hurt all training cycle.  I know it's the taper, but it definitely messes with your head.

However, my last long run on Saturday could not have gone better.  My legs were a little tight for the first 2 miles, but then loosened up. My last two miles at race pace felt great.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 5 miles easy pace
Actual: 3.0 mi, 30:01, 10:00 pace

Was still in Disney and had to cut it short due to time constraints.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: Speedwork - 4 miles tempo (8:00-8:05 pace), plus warmup and cooldown
Actual: 6.06 mi total
Paces: 8:23, 7:56, 7:55, 7:56

First mile wasn't great, but the final 3 miles were right on pace.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 10 miles - 8 miles easy, last 2 miles @ goal race pace (8:23-8:35)
Actual: 10.0 mi, 1:32:14, 9:13 average pace
Paces (last 2 miles): 8:18, 8:22

Scheduled: 4 miles easy pace
Actual: 4.05 mi, 38:11, 9:26 pace

Total miles: 23.11
Total November miles: 52.27
Miles until goal (1,250): 110.96
Cross Training: 0/4