I've been running mostly shorter distances in the past two or three months, but did a five-miler on a recent warm day (before all the snow came) and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The ground is still mostly snow-covered today, but I do plan to try to get out and run at least for a little while.
Today was the coldest day I've run all year. I even wore long underwear (top and bottom) plus a down vest. Thankfully, I had already made plans to meet up with a friend - otherwise, I doubt I would have gotten out there!
I had a short run this morning - it was bitterly cold and not at all pleasant to be out. But since I'm still thinking about that half-marathon, I put my extra (non-running) time to good use, creating a playlist for April's race:
Baby Got Going by Liz Phair Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas Fire Burning by Sean Kingston Running by No Doubt Running by The Fixx I Drove All Night by Celine Dion A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton Whenever, Wherever by Shakira Objection (Tango) by Shakira Beautiful Liar (Main Version / Album Version) by Beyonce Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin Vacation by The Go-Go's Tonite by The Go-Go's Go - 2006 by Moby Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C + C Music Factory Gloria by Laura Branigan Forever And For Always by Shania Twain You Are Loved [Don't Give Up] by Josh Groban Bleed It Out by Linkin Park Hands Held High by Linkin Park Breathe (2 Am) by Anna Nalick One Step At A Time (Main Version) by Jordin Sparks Pinch Me by Barenaked Ladies Bull In A China Shop by Barenaked Ladies The Great Escape by Boys Like Girls Amazing (featuring Young Jeezy) by Kanye West Beautiful (featuring Colby ODonis, Kardinal Offishall) by Akon Im So Paid (featuring Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy) by Akon Jimmy Crack Corn (Cashis Vocal Mix / Edited)by Eminem Empire State Of Mind [Jay-Z + Alicia Keys] by Jay-Z Young Forever [Jay-Z + Mr Hudson] by Jay-Z How Far We've Come by Matchbox Twenty Quitter by Carrie Underwood Bring Me To Life by Evanescence Can't Stop Now by Keane Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
The More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon
I recently received an email encouraging me to sign up for this April 25th race. The note touted the race as an inspiring event that celebrates fitness and camaraderie for women of all ages. New this year, all participants will be running the half-marathon (13.1-mile) distance. Any woman age 12 or older may take part. It noted further that the race weekend offers a two-day expo at Roseland Ballroom and the More MagazineFitness Magazine Pasta Party at the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square. Sounds fun - I think I'm in!
Despite my best intentions, it has been quite a while since I've run anything like 9 miles. So I've been a bit apprehensive about today's Ted Corbitt 15K. I've long espoused the idea that your training runs don't have to be the full distance of the race - if you can do 6 or 7 miles, you can certainly do 10; and if you can do 18-20 miles, you can certainly do 26.2 - but since it's been months since I've done much more than 5 miles at a time, the 15K distance was a bit intimidating. And the fact that heavy snow had been forecasted for race day didn't help at all.
The first half was fine. But as I approached the 5 mile marker, I began to feel twinges in my right knee - the one that troubled me so during the 2008 NYC Marathon. And the wind picked up. So it was great that a chance comment about the weather led to me running the next 4 miles or so with a lovely young lady named Leslie. We were both finishing our last of the nine required races that would guarantee us entry to next November's marathon (and she's running the Disney Marathon in early January). Our pace was similar, and running with a companion helped the miles go by more quickly. I finished with almost my best pace of the year!