5. Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, New York, NY. January 1, 2011: The sponsor is extremely appropriate for this event, because it is nuts. Sometimes when I go to running-related events I get the sense that I’m entering this shadow world, with the shock and wonder that all this time this stuff was going on right under my nose, and I never knew about it. THIS was one of those times. (I guess I read The Borrowers a lot as a kid… heh.) I snuck away from my friend’s party with running tights in my bag, to find, oh what could it be, ANOTHER party, complete with crazy costumes and fireworks. I joined Runningbeautiful and her friends and I didn’t PR, but who cares? I woke up later that day (heh) feeling all sorts of refreshed.
4. Summer night run, Brooklyn, NY. August 11, 2011. This wasn’t the fastest, nor was it the easiest, and I remember feeling totally wrung out from all the humidity in the air as the sun set — but I saw my normal running route in a way I’d never seen it before. I ran through a surprise concert, games of touch football and people walking their dogs, and home on the dark streets past illuminated windows. There was something magical about it.
3. Coogan’s Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K, New York, NY. March 5, 2011. The weather conditions could not have been worse, and the company could not have been better. I majorly PR’d (one that I wasn’t able to match for the rest of the year) and I met tons of my new teammates over brunch. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming; I realized how silly my fears about meeting other runners were. I’ll miss Coogan’s next year because I’ll be in New Orleans, but it’s a terrific race and you should do it if you are local.
2. Eight-miler over the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY. September 17, 2011. After the long and hot summer, this was the first fall run that felt fallish. I remember screaming over the bridge feeling unstoppable. In 2012 I’d like to do more runs that go places, not just loops; while logistically tricky they’re almost always worth it.
1. Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park, NJ. April 16, 2011. What can I say? You never forget your first. It was windy, the turnaround was annoying and afterward I felt like I had been beaten with a rubber bat… I wouldn’t change anything. I felt so happy and grateful and proud. Whatever you have to do to get that feeling, start working toward it now. You will not regret it.
I always feel all sorts of awkward doing this, but…
Some good souls out there have asked (so kind, so very, very kind) to meet up in dee city, and as I would not-so-secretly lurrrve to meet/touch/gaze atanyone who reads my rambles, I was wondering if anyone would like to join me for a calorie enhanced beer (or three) or water, at The Ginger Man(11 E. 36th St between 5th and Madison), on Tuesday, January the 3rd at shall we say? 8pm.
It’ll be all sorts of awesome, and casual, and omigoodness I’m going to meet people who live inside my computer - how exciting! So yes, I am rambling because I am nervous, but if you’re free as a bird next Tuesday, feel free to join.
I swear I’m cooler in real life (disclaimer: I’m not at all).
Ps. I am also running the Emerald Nuts 4 mile run on Dec 31 (look at me getting off to a good start) so let me know if you are!.
Hey everyone. What you’re going to do is, you’ll resolve to meet new people (or new Tumblrs) in 2012, and then you go to this and you and I will clink glasses and check that sucker off.
Hey, let’s all agree to be nice to “January Joiners” or “Resolutionaries” or whatever we’re calling new people at our gyms or other fitness activities in 2012. I was one, and while I realize the January 1st date is largely symbolic and does not guarantee any kind of success, it was a symbol that worked for me. At the time I was so self-conscious that if anyone had said something rude about where I put my gym bag or the amount of time it took me to figure out the settings on the Stairmaster (FOREVER) I probably would have quit on the spot.
If you see someone who doesn’t know what to do, just help out. You were new once, too.
Tonight is our department holiday party and I am wearing Spanx at my desk. To quote a British pop song, I said never again, but here we are.
I was really excited about the party till I remembered I was an introvert. Oops! In my mind I somehow have a different personality going into these things.
I really don’t care what we have for Christmas dinner, but now my family’s fighting so we might just have movie popcorn for Christmas dinner. I’m okay with that. Christmas was never about the food in our household, especially since usually I was too excited to eat on Christmas Day. Then at dinner I would just sit in a corner and read instead of talking to my relatives. (Total Matilda.)
I got my office Secret Santa a tiny tabletop bowling set. I was reading about bowling on Wikipedia to come up with more puns for the accompanying card (because, obviously) and I had no idea there were so many regulations for the official game. I grew up bumper bowling! Surely that is not allowed.
I wonder if adults can arrange for bumper bowling parties.
I’ve been a tea fiend at work recently because I’m always cold and it keeps me from fossilizing in place at my desk. I was fairly sure I would hate this Jasmine Green Tea when I opened it because the FLOWERS, WHOA, but it’s pretty amazing — sort of naturally sweet because of the jasmine, without added sugar. Not too perfume-y. Get on that, tea lovin’ people.
I’m thinking about trying to join the Half Fanatics next year. When I was in Philly for the half I was talking to a Marathon Maniac about all her running adventures and it was fascinating. If I do New Orleans and Brooklyn, I’d only have to do one more half between March 5 and the end of May to make it to the lowest rung. Getting through the NYC Half lottery would do it… or the Wisconsin Half Marathon and its adorable cheese metal… hmmm.
This weekend I learned that a foam roller also makes a great cat toy. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense, because cats automatically own everything in sight. “Oh, you got me a horizontal scratching post. Cool.”
Don’t bring reading material to the elliptical featuring people who open a Mexican restaurant and two characters who arrange a meeting at Chipotle. I was about ready to put guacamole on my gym towel and eat it.
Sorry if you already mentioned it I might have missed it but ... how long a streak is supposed to last for ? btw congrats on your 21 consecutive days ;)
Why thank you!
The official Runner’s World streak was designed to run between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, a time when people usually eat and drink all the things and don’t work out. (They said you could start somewhere in that time, though.) I think the idea is that if you keep running in that time, even if it’s not very much, you’ll be better conditioned for spring races than if you didn’t run at all and then tried to pick back up in the spring.
If I weren’t so stubborn I might have started with, say, a 2-week streak (which could have happened any time and STILL been the longest I’d ever run). But I have a penchant for crazy ideas…
Yesterday was my 21st consecutive day of running in the Runner’s World Holiday Runstreak — and frankly my 21st consecutive day of running ever. I sort of can’t believe this is happening.
I’ve had a lot of random thoughts about this that I haven’t had time to form into anything. But in case you’re thinking of ever doing a streak, here are some things for you to think about.
Benefits of a running streak:
Helps you get fired up about running. In some ways this streak was ideally timed for me as I was coming off a disappointing half-marathon and vowing that next time would be different. I was also starting to think about building a base again for my next half (New Orleans, in March) and relighting the fire and all that good stuff. For those first few runs I felt like a marionette whose strings were all tangled up — I couldn’t move — but in a way it was freeing to know that I could quit after a mile. That’s not even 1 sitcom episode.
No thinking required. In some ways running every day is easier to remember than 3-4 days. I have been working off a training plan I made myself on SmartCoach, but on the other days it’s: Okay, run 1, and done.
Motivation through stubbornness. There have been a few nights where I was coming home late and the last thing I wanted to do was to go to the gym and get dressed for one stupid mile. But I didn’t want to look back and say “Oh, I didn’t do it because I was too lazy.”
Feeling like a super badass. Obviously.
Risk of overtraining/ injury. This was my biggest fear, as someone who is near religious about rest days, and I made myself swear that on 1-mile “off” days (when I normally wouldn’t run at all) I’d take it easy and not push myself. I have followed this for the most part, except a few rogue days. But to be honest, today was the first day when I woke up and my legs were just cashed. I was supposed to do team speedwork tonight and my ankles and knees are saying no to that, so I’ll probably do some yoga with my mile and do the workout tomorrow instead. (I haven’t been getting much sleep either… that’s probably part of it.)
Other exercises fall by the wayside. Seems like some days I used up all my momentum to put in my mile, and when it comes to lifting or cross-training I am spent. One of my sisters and I just started the 100 Push-Up Challenge and I have already fallen behind — and those only take 10 minutes! Obviously, this isn’t good for the long term, and for the second half of the streak I will try harder to continue to incorporate those.
The laundry and gear. Because of the dark (more so than the cold) I’ve been doing most of my runs in the gym, and honestly, I don’t even want to look at my gym bag right now. I’ve already had to run twice without socks because I forgot to pack them. (See above re. stubbornness)
No one else is going to care as much as you do. One could argue this holds true for any training plan… but honestly, if you can’t get excited about it, then you will go for a few days and then stop. As for me, because I am crazy, I knew I was invested on Day 4 when I went for a mile run after I had been sitting on a plane all day coming back from Thanksgiving. You have to have the fire in you, otherwise you will not go through with it.
I would definitely consider doing a streak again, although I would probably do something like a strength streak or yoga streak next time. You can definitely do this! (If you want to.)
Today I ran the Join the Voices 5-miler in Central Park. Because of an NYRR scheduling quirk I actually ran this race in January this year when it was the Fred Lebow 5-miler, where I set my PR. My Garmin time was 55:15, which makes me happy since I ran a half just 2 weeks ago!
My running club had a big cheer section near the end and it made me so happy to see. In 2012 I resolve to cheer at more races.
From here it’s just the Jingle Bell Jog in my backyard next weekend and volunteering at the 15K. Technically I completed my volunteering because I got credit for signing up for a race that was canceled due to the hurricane, but it’s weighed on my conscience that I didn’t REALLY do anything. So, ticking that box at last.
Finally, I don’t know what I saw that was crazier: A man who’d painted himself green to go with his Grinch costume, or a bulldog on a skateboard. Your thoughts?
The marathon is TOMORROW in Memphis. He’s completely blasted through his fundraising goal, because he is awesome, but I suspect if you tossed in a donation today and asked him really nicely, he might also perform a rap for you. For the good of the kids!
Won’t ever be as cool as mine though. *brushes shoulders off, turns swag on*