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Do you “like” to run hard?

Do you “like” to #run hard?

I really don’t.

I always knew I run my easy runs too slow, my long runs too too slow and I do my tempos and intervals with very little enthusiasm. I realized this morning, when a friend was dragging me through a fast half mile (which was probably at 9mm) that I just don’t like pushing! Ever!!!

Two weeks ago, when I was in Florida, I run with two coworkers that were, as they said, slower than me.…

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Not bad so far… Glad I didn’t look at the temperature before I headed out!! The best part: this is my third run in 3 days straight!!!! I AM BACK BABY!!!!

Fort Lauderdale Run #asseenontherun Not bad so far… Glad I didn’t look at the temperature before I headed out!! The best part: this is my third run in 3 days straight!!!! I AM BACK BABY!!!!
What happens (FAST) when don’t run for days/weeks

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I figured I’d put on weight, but that is really all I thought about. What would happen…?

This is my mileage for the last two months:

  • Week of April 28th: 10 miles
  • Week of May 5th: 10.2 (Scotland 10K and 4 miles)
  • Week of May 12th: 13.1 (Brooklyn Half)
  • Week of May 19th: zero miles
  • Week of May 26th: zero miles
  •              May – 23.3 miles total
  • Week of June 2nd: zero miles
  • Week of June 9th: 6.2…

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As a blogger, I get very random offers to try products. Sometimes they’re interesting, sometimes it’s stuff I would buy anyway, and sometimes things I’d never even bother to try. But when Buick emailed me to offer me a CAR, (A CAR!) I had no clue what to think or do.

First, I don’t drive. Also, I live in NYC: where would I put a car…? And where do I take it? The point of living in NYC is that everything is right there, or delivered to you!

But I thought about it… thought about it… my parents were coming to visit. My dad has been working with cars all his life, with racing cars and then as Quality Director at one of the big big brands (okay, Volkswagen) so he loves trying new cars, and examining all the details… I asked Buick if he could drive it, they said yes, so I mapped my runs for the whole weekend, they’d get outside the city, drive a bit and see other things besides buildings and pavement. Exciting!

The Buick Verano, from the Buick website: www.buick.com

The Buick Verano, from the Buick website: http://www.buick.com

Well, where did we go?

Saturday Trip – Bear Mountain, New York!!

I got a fully loaded Buick Verano, with all the stuff, a full tank, an easy pass, all hand delivered to a parking garage with no stress!  All we had to do was show up, THANKS Buick.

I figured I wanted to stay within an hour or two max. My dad doesn’t speak English or know the car so we wanted to limit the stress. He got along with the car just fine in 2 seconds!! And my husband acted as GPS and sign reader! I rested in the back ;-)

Bear Mountain Buick Verano drivetorun (1)

The car was pretty…!! super comfy and it had a console that had more apps than my 32GB 5S!

Bear Mountain Buick Verano drivetorun (2)

Soon, our landscape went from shiny buildings to quiet roads and a lot of green. Pretty, pretty.
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Bear Mountain is approximately 50 mins away from NYC. I had been there just once before, to run the North Face New York 50K Endurance Challenge, a great race through the trails. But I had never just gone for a run or to see the landscape.  There is an observatory on top with views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. Which is exactly what I thought my parents could do/visit while I run!

As I don’t know the park that well (and having gotten lost in mountain trails before, with DISASTROUS and TRAUMATIC effects…) I figured I’d take the main road up to the top (the observatory) and use the main road and the trails: the Appalachian and the Major Welch. I’d meet them at the top after they peruse the area and picnicked breakfast.

They dropped me off and off I went.

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I CLIMBED a bit. I even passed many bikers trying to go up in such steep mountain… it was SO nice! As it was early, there weren’t many cars either, just mostly cyclists and hikers. I took off towards the trails when I identified them in the map. It was quite clearly marked anyway.

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The road was great but the trails were FUN! I love that I could zip in and out of them and feel safe.

Soon, I reached the top. Well, not “soon” but later, at some point.  According to my mapmyrun, I climbed 1,254 feet in less than 4 miles!!!!!!!

I saw them parked there and they were visiting the Tower. I caught up! (Finally! WATER please!)

Bear Mountain Buick Verano drivetorun (17)

Bear Mountain Buick Verano drivetorun (16)

The observatory was a great find, though my legs were fighting the 4 floors up by then, but the views were fantastic!!!

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I’d do it again…! I’d love to go in with more time (and more gear) to get lost in those trails…

Sunday Trip – Greenwich, Connecticut!!

Well, where else I can go within an hour or two? I did a little search and I found this town which apparently has the nicest “homes” in the whole country!! Why not run in a “small” town with really nice views of the sea, boats, and mansions? (the question would actually be “why go back to your tiny apt in the city?” after, but that’s a sad post!)

We left early, as usual, to avoid traffic, and mostly, the runger (my crazy hunger caused by the run).

The mapmyrun route is here, and as you can I see, I run pretty much through EVERYTHING (these pictures might out of order!): there was a park, there were trails, there was the sea, there were boats, there were houses, there were BOAT-HOUSES… even dinosaurs… really!

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Most of my pictures were bad: I need to start stopping to take pictures! I was only able to post the ones that were not blurry but I hope you get the sense of the place… there was a LOT of people running!!!!!! You can see them in some pictures! I either picked a popular running route or many people run there!

It was quite different to my usual runs… I was running through a neighborhood, which I never do (I am usually in Central Park or by the water), by really nice boats/houses, it was QUIET (what is THAAAAAT?)… so so so different, energizing, inspiring, and fun…

And what were my parents and husband doing while I run? I figured they’d be having fun at the Bruce Museum (the picture of the dinosaurs!!!) but no, they followed the bee-line of Ferraris to a local car fair, three blocks away… unbelievable!!!! They couldn’t believe I hadn’t planned it.  My dad was jumping with joy.

More event info here, pics from 2013.

All in all, we had a fantastic weekend, with two trips to places I wouldn’t have access if it wasn’t for the very generous Buick offer… My dad was quite pleased with the car, talking about suspension, the correct proportions of things, the way things worked, all in waaaay more technical terms I could understand.

I am starting to think there is something to getting out of the city on the weekends and having runs like that, in different places to keep you motivated and energized… still, you can always count on one of these to make you happy happier:

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#DriventoRun: Bear Mountain &; Greenwich Runs with my @Buick Verano! As a blogger, I get very random offers to try products. Sometimes they’re interesting, sometimes it’s stuff I would buy anyway, and sometimes things I’d never even bother to try.
Mini Double!

Because a few of you pointed it out, yes, you’re NOT seeing double. And wow, you guys have some memory!!

Both pictures from the NYRR Gallery

From the 2011 Mini 10K (Race Report here)

Mini 10K NYRR 2011

From this past weekend 2014 Mini 10K (Race Report here)

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I got a ton slower (45 mins in 2011 to 1:03 in 2013), is that ok??? I’d like to think I am better at picking lipstick colors now though.

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Race Report: NYRR Oakley Mini 10K - my 100th RACE!

Race Report: NYRR Oakley Mini 10K - my 100th RACE! Also, my slowest race ever at 49% AG!

As you might have read, I lost most of my running mojo some time back and I have been quite off. But, I had signed up for the mini… and my parents were in town and wanted to see me race. Also, the mini is like THE quintessential race… I have done it every single year since I started running, in 2007, so that’s EIGHT in a row. I love this race.

Okay, why you say? There’s not cute boys to look at,

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And my 100th race is done. Managed to run the whole thing with Flor and Soledad, probably on my slowest 10k ever… A bit hot but so much fun, the pictures are the proof! More soon, off to have a weekend!!!

#OakleyMini10 done. My HUNDREDTH And my 100th race is done. Managed to run the whole thing with Flor and Soledad, probably on my slowest 10k ever…

And my 100th race is done. Managed to run the whole thing with Flor and Soledad, probably on my slowest 10k ever… A bit hot but so much fun, the pictures are the proof! More soon, off to have a weekend!!!

#OakleyMini10 done. My HUNDREDTH And my 100th race is done. Managed to run the whole thing with Flor and Soledad, probably on my slowest 10k ever…
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WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE BEING SINGLE. And if you don’t: here’s HOW TO DO IT.

While I have no reason to say that because I am happily married, I am far from the typical woman who might want to get married. I really never thought I would get married, I was never interested in the whole marriage thing and definitely not interested in planning a headache of a party that I’ve seen women go mental about. I have also never been interested in kids and family and a house or a…

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Race Report: 2014 NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon

As I had declared last week, I am done with running for now, I needed a mental break after 10 years and I wasn’t going to run anymore. But… I was signed up for the Brooklyn Half and the Mini 10K (in 3 weeks)… what to do? Well, I’m gonna pick the bib and tshirt and decide later. Maybe I would feel like running by Saturday…?

Pre-Race Party/ Bib Pick Up  Bib Pick Up is more like a party, hence the…

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I had no idea what to do, until the last minute, run it, skip it… Had no interest in running but also couldn’t stay away of such a big event, this run is more than a race… I figured there was only one way I could do it, and somehow it worked! More soon…
This doesn’t mean I am back. At all. Still will be staying away until I get my mojo back. Race report as soon as I digest all these donuts!

Brooklyn Half marathon… I had no idea what to do, until the last minute, run it, skip it… Had no interest in running but also couldn’t stay away of such a big event, this run is more than a race…
Bondiband giveaway winner!

And the winner, as selected by bondiband, is…

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itsjustkatie, email me your postal address, and color of choice so we can get you your own!! And then you’ll send me a picture, deal? ;-)

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Why blogging matters. And what I learned from sharing my decision

So much fallout since my post yesterday to stop running, I had to sit and re-analyze everything all over again… I had so many people being SO understanding… telling me how they felt the same, how it had been a while since they enjoyed it, but they keep at it, or they keep hoping, or how they were scared to even saying out loud.

We need to start sharing more about what we’re scared of. It turns…

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I’ve lost it ALL. Goodbye Running.

I’ve lost it ALL. Goodbye Running.

It’s been weeks, emm, months of this and it’s time I do something about it:  I’ve lost all will to run. Seriously. I just don’t want to anymore.

I feel a bit guilty about this, but just around 10% guilty. And it’s only because I can’t eat the way I like, the sleeping won’t be as great and all the other stuff that doesn’t work as well when you’re not a runner (HOW DO NON-RUNNERS DO IT?!?!!?! it’s…

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