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Alarm Clock Fail & Fall Air

September 11th, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (2 Comments)

Been a while since I posted…sorry, chalking it entirely up to laziness on my part. So where do I start?

As I last mentioned, I had a long run of 16 miles planned on Thursday morning. Similarly to the previous week, I had brought all of my clothes and stuff to work on Wednesday, so that I could run long straight to the office and shower at the gym, cutting down on commuting time. I had a great dinner, autoset my coffee machine, went to bed at a good hour, set my alarm for 6:10 a.m….

You know when you kinda wake up before your alarm clock but you want to savor every last second of sleep? As I tried with every ounce of energy to fall asleep again since 6:10 is super early to wake up to begin with, I heard my roommates door open.

“That’s weird…why is she up so early?” I thought as I glanced at the clock.

6:46 a.m.?!?! I cursed at my blackberry for not going off. I double checked the alarm I set, because I do have a tendency to set it for PM instead of AM. Nope, all was good. Sometimes I guess it just doesn’t want to work.

I contemplated my choices…I could run 7 miles and get ready at my apartment like a normal day, or I could still head out for some sort of long run. I quickly estimated that I could get in about 12 miles to the office if I headed out ASAP. I thought that was better than nothing, so off I went for my 12.

It was a perfect fall-feeling morning. Crisp, cool, sunny…I thoroughly enjoyed my run through Central Park, and tried to pick it up towards the end to ‘make up’ for not being able to get in 16. As I ran, I thought that maybe everything happens for a reason: maybe my body just needed a little more sleep, maybe I wasn’t ready for 16, maybe since I’ve got 16-17 planned on Sunday I needed a break.

Whatever reason, it ended up being a great run and I was happy I was able to be a little flexible. I have a tendency to get really stressed out and upset when things don’t go according to how I’ve planned them and I have no control over it.

Lesson learned: Set MULTIPLE alarm clocks on Marathon morning!

Last night (Friday), I dedicated my night to being socially lame. And I loved it. I worked until 7 and by the time I got home and got myself moving, I headed out for a run around 7:45. It was a little dark, but the weather was cool. I ran in Central Park, with dozens of other extremely cool people running, biking and walking on a Friday night :)

I did 8 miles and felt good, all while taking in the gorgeous views of lit-up midtown that are visible from the reservoir and while heading down Cat Hill. Got me super excited for that moment I’m heading down Cat Hill, with less than 2 miles to go! Lame, I know.

Afterwards, I went to the gym for 30 minutes of stretching and core exercises, enjoyed a nice hot shower, and settled into bed with some hot tea and a leftover chicken enchilada to watch mindless television. It was such an exciting night, I fell asleep by midnight :)

This morning I woke up and I’ve just been laying in bed, watching some reruns of the Rachel Zoe Project and drinking coffee. What a life I lead! Today is my day OFF from running, and I plan on enjoying it thoroughly in this nice weather.

Speaking of weather, it has really started to feel like fall lately. It’s as if we got a perfect beach weekend for Labor Day, and then fall rolled right in. Really, it was over 90 degrees the previous week, and now we’re in the 70s! To celebrate, I started brewing some coffee I got from Target, Cinnamon Vanilla Nut flavor.

Yum!

I don’t know what it is about the taste, but as soon as I drank it on my way to work one day this week, I felt as if I was back at Villanova. The cooler weather combined with the taste of the coffee (kinda like the cinnamon coffee I used to get in the dining halls?) brought me right back like I was on my way to my 9:00am class for the first time that semester, not like I was on my way to work as I have each day for the past 15-16 months. Weird how tastes and smells do that to you.

If I can’t actually go back to Villanova, at least a cup of coffee can take me there in my mind.

Take me back to Villanova!!!

Is it the weekend, yet?

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

Time for an update! Yesterday’s 15 miler was a success! You see, there was a lot of planning going into this run. Since I was running directly to work, on Tuesday I had to bring an outfit and pack a lunch for Wednesday and leave my purse, wallet, etc. at the office overnight since I’d be running to work with only the essentials: keys with gym pass, metrocard, and two office swipe cards. And $2 in case I needed to buy a waterbottle on the way, was unsure of the water fountain situation along the route.

Better yet, I had company! I pretty much do all of my runs solo, so this was extremely welcome. Terence met me at my doorstep at 6:30 am and we embarked on our journey around Manhattan..to infinity and beyond!

The 15-Mile Manhattan Journey

From the Upper West Side, we ran through Riverside Park and down south until it hit the West Side Highway running path. It was hot and humid at the start, but actually seemed to lessen up the further we got into the run. We made our way through Battery Park City, which I hadn’t run through in forever. I used to do morning runs there all the time when I lived downtown, I missed it! When we hit the tip of Manhattan I felt like we were finally hitting the homestretch, despite being only like 8 miles in. Once we got past the bridges and started to head up the East River Path, I really started feeling dehydrated and drained.

I have never ever taken any sort of gel, gu, etc. during a training run. I tried a PowerBar Gel at mile 10 in the Half-Marathon for the first time in my life, and that was weird. I only drink water throughout runs when I stop at a fountain. Sure, in college we had Gatorade but only drank that post-workout or long-run, never during. I also have a pretty sensitive stomach while running so I guess I’ve been averse. Plus, who wants to carry a gel or bar thing when running? Not me.

But alas, I sucked it up because I know it’s only going to benefit me to try these things in my training runs, because I’ll certainly need them during the marathon! I had stumbled upon Clif Shot Bloks at Target the other week, so I bought a pack to experiment with. However, I didn’t want the entire thing, so I broke off two tiny block pieces and put it in a tiny ziplock and tucked it into the side of my sports bra when I ran.

Clif Shot Bloks

I decided around the 65 minute mark that I would try them. They were big, and kinda hard to chew while running. But reminded me of a big fruit snack/gummy bear, and it tasted great! I had the black cherry flavor. I don’t know if it REALLY helped much, as I still felt like crap the last 3 miles, but it certainly didn’t hurt either. Will have to keep trying new things…gels and gus might be easier for me to consume while running.

I also just googled Clif Shot Bloks to find the above picture and see they sell MARGARITA flavor. My kind of running fuel :)

The run really flew by with Terence! I think I probably became mute the last few miles we were together because I could barely muster the energy to keep moving forward, let alone talk! And at one point around 10-11 miles I thought that if we didn’t find a water fountain in the next 10 seconds, I would certainly collapse of dehydration and exhaustion. Good thing the baseball field came ;)

He left me a little after 12 miles around 23rd st and I continued my solitary journey on the East River path. But it ends about 10 blocks up, so then it felt like a game of adding on another 20 minutes…stop and go every few blocks around the UN, dodging suits who stare at you frightened because you’re running towards them dripping in sweat, fun times. I had to go a bit further past my office on 45th to add on some time, but I did it! Just about 15 miles (okay, maybe like ¼ mile short, but I’m saying 15) A NEW longest run EVER!

At 8:30, I finally made it to the the office, and just about bump into a VP on my way in. He stared at me with a confused ‘good morning?’ look, as I wore spandex shorts and a sportstank that was now clinging to me because it’s entirely soaked through with sweat. Believe me, not my normal office attire. I quickly run to my desk to get my clothes and head to the gym, with a few of the associates wondering where I’ve been and saying ‘good for you!’ once I explained my long journey this morning. I walked the 4 blocks to NYSC, hopped in the shower, dried my hair, and made a pitstop at Starbucks to get a grande red eye. I’ve started making my own coffee at home lately (partially because i enjoy it, partiallymainly to save $), but lately since I’ve been doing long runs in the morning, I deserve a weekly treat :)

And in the office by 9:05! PHEW.

This morning, I headed out for an easy run. Figured I’d shake out my legs, and expected them to be extremely heavy and lactic. Surprisingly, not at all! A little soreness here and there, but not that dead, lethargic feeling. Hooray! I did 7 miles, instead of my planned 6.

Tonight my college roommate, Emily, is coming into town from Denver! We’re getting dinner once she lands, and her and her boyfriend are staying over my place. I’m excited to see her, she hadn’t been here since earlier this summer. We’ll have plenty of time to hang out this weekend while we’re both down at the JERSEY SHOREEEE. And then again when I go out to CO to visit her in early October.

Well, I think this post is sufficiently lengthy. Congrats to anyone that made it this far. I should really work on condensing my writing…but really don’t care that much.

If I don’t post this weekend, it’s because I am getting my GTL on at the Jersey Shore. And maybe a run or two…:)