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Happy New Year!


It’s time to make some SMART goals for the new year. I will have to be pretty ambitious seeing that I met all of my goals in 2012.

  1. Complete an Olympic Triathlon
  2. Complete Four Half Marathons (NYC Half, Manhattan Half, Brooklyn Half, Staten Island Half)
  3. Complete the New York City Marathon in under 6 hours
  4. Compete in at least two swim meets
  5. Run three times per week
  6. Cycle once per week from April through September
  7. Swim three times per week from January through April; twice per week thereafter
  8. Strength train twice per week
  9. Set a specific goal for each training session (speed, endurance, etc.)
  10. Set PR’s in every distance
  11. Get NYRR “bib pace” under 10 minutes (currently 10:54)

My current PR’s are:

  • 1M – 8:47
  • 5k – 33:45
  • 4M – 46:17
  • 5M – 57:09
  • 10k – 1:11:41
  • Half Marathon – 2:47:53
  • Marathon – 6:51:23

Goal times:

  • 1M – 7:00
  • 5k – 29:45
  • 4M – 40:00
  • 5M – 50:00
  • 10K – 1:00:00
  • Half Marathon – 2:30:00
  • Marathon – 6:00:00

My ankle and the Armory


I twisted my ankle at the indoor track at The Armory last week and it’s still sore. Of course it was my right ankle, which already has had it’s share of issues. I sprained it last year… at The Armory.

I’m not running at all right now because the ankle is still sore. I can be thankful that this is the off season for running and that I was planning on training now for swimming events I have planned in early 2013.

I just hate the idea of losing all the benefits of my marathon training and consistent running. I also don’t want to run with an injury and make it worse.


I twisted my ankle at the indoor track at The Armory last week and it’s still sore. Of course it was my right ankle, which already has had it’s share of issues. I sprained it last year… at The Armory.

I’m not running at all right now because the ankle is still sore. I can be thankful that this is the off season for running and that I was planning on training now for swimming events I have planned in early 2013.

I just hate the idea of losing all the benefits of my marathon training and consistent running. I also don’t want to run with an injury and make it worse.


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It is nice to start December knowing that I have achieved all the goals I set for 2012.

I competed in my first swim meet and ran my first marathon.

I completed all the requirements of the Front Runners New York Participation Award.  This award requires runners to complete several various types of races and is certainly not easy.  Only five Front Runners will receive this award of the hundreds of members, so it is definitely an honor!

Now it’s time to regroup and think about 2013.  I have met requirements to qualify for guaranteed entry to both the NYC Half and the ING New York City Marathon in 2013, so I will do both of those.

I will also be doing much more swimming and training for triathlon.  I want to complete three triathlons, with at least one of them being Olympic distance.

More consistent training and better race scheduling is another goal for next year.  Exercising five days a week really worked for me this summer and I saw awesome results!

As far as running, I would like to get faster.  It’s annoying to know that so many runners are finishing literally HOURS before me in the longer distance races!

Finally, I will be eating better in 2013.  I will only be shopping the perimeter of the supermarket or the farm markets.  No canned or boxed foods.

Happy Holidays!

Staten island half marathon


The Staten Island Half Marathon was October 9th and I did it!

My goal was 3 hours and I finished in 2:56:23.

I am still in a state of disbelief.

First of all, I did not train properly for this event. I was ill for the previous two weeks. I did get a 7 mile long run in just before that.

I arrived later than I normally would for a race. I usually like to arrive at least an hour before the start just to make sure I am relaxed and get everything done.

My warmup was running from the car to the baggage check and then to the restroom line. I stretched while I waited in line. After finally using the restroom I ran to the start and waited for the blast of the horn.

I started the race at a nice pace. I patiently stayed to the right and let people pass me. I used iSmoothRun to coach my pace. I set the pace to 13:40 and cruised through the first few miles. I walked through every water station on the course and opted for Gatorade at most of them. I consumed a gel pack about every 35-40 minutes. This strategy served me very well at the Boomer 10k and the NYRR team championships. It didn’t let me down here, either.

I really enjoyed myself the first half of the race. When I got to the turnaround in mile 6 I really felt good and I knew I would finish.

After mile 7 I really began looking for the water stations, which felt further and further apart.

There was a hill at mile 8 that was pretty tough, but I did run up the entire hill. Mile 8 and 9 were a little tough but I still felt good.

Miles 10 through 12 were another story. I began cramping up in my left calf and both quadriceps. I consumed a gel, which helped a little, but I know the reality is that I was asking my body to do something it has never done before and it was like, “Hey! Stop!”

I just kept telling myself it is less than 5 K remaining and I can do it! I also kept telling myself how good it will feel when I can say that I finished. I also wanted to meet my three hour goal and I knew I was on track to do it.

In mile 12 when I reached the Staten Island Ferry Terminal I knew I was almost there. I made the turn on Jersey Street and turned back towards the ferry in the final stretch.

Then I made the final turn and saw the finish line ahead of me and I heard Katy Perry singing “Firework” over the speaker system. There were only a few runners along this stretch but I didn’t even see them. All I could see was that big blue beautiful “FINISH” sign. The spectators that were on the sideline cheered me on and I gave all the effort I had left.

I was limping a little but I crossed that line and gave a good old fashioned victory double fist pump and smiled for the camera. Coach Kelsey always says “look cute” and that is exactly what I did!

I was finished! I did it! For the first time since high school I had a personal accomplishment that I could be proud of. I was never an athlete before but now I consider myself to be just that.

I now know I can do what it takes. I know it is important to train so I can finish safely, even though I learned this the hard way.

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