HMRRC Winter Series #4 – 15K

Another winter series race in the books! Today was #4 of this season. I had no goals for this race since I felt pretty crappy during most of my runs this week but wanted to treat this race as a long run to get the miles in.

The weather was okay…40 degrees but 20 mph winds! Thankfully they didn’t feel too bad! It did sprinkle at the start a bit but after the first mile I warmed up!

I felt really great during the race and managed to hold a 9:45/mile pace for the whole time…and no walking! What is it with these winter series races??

Race stats
Total miles: 9.3
Total time: 1:30:36
Average pace: 9:43/ mile

After the race I was completely beat…my legs felt more like I ran 20 miles rather than 9. But I managed to make it to brunch at The City Beer Hall! Chris and I had a living social deal to use for brunch and today was the day.

Time for a mimosa!


I ordered the goat cheese, spinach and tomatoes omelet that came with a teeny fig salad and delicious home fries.


It was a really filling and tasty omelet! And brunch came with one drink each too so that was awesome. Everything was great! I enjoyed it.

I spent the remainder of the day on the couch…my legs are really sore from the race…even my knee, which I’m kind of worried about. Lets hope it’s nothing because I can’t deal with another injury!


1,000 miles in 2012

I secretly had a goal in January 2012….to run 1,000 miles for the whole year. In the beginning of 2012 I knew I wanted to run a marathon, but in March I went ahead and signed up for one. Goal completed. And with marathon training came high mileage (for me). I ran a 35 mile week during marathon training, which was peak for me..who was used to running around 15-20 miles average. That’s a lot of miles for me, especially because I’m injury prone. Thankfully I didn’t have to deal with any nagging injuries during training! However, now December is upon us and I’m only 13 miles away from my goal! I’ll hit 1,000 miles by the end of the first week of December! I think its pretty impressive that this once non-runner trained for a marathon successfully in 2012 and hit 1,000 miles total for the year. 😀


I’m already focusing on my next goals for 2013…a half marathon on January 1st, and another marathon on May 26, hopefully with a PR.


A Long Run in Photos




(Happy Birthday, Melissa!)




Where: Lions Park, Niskyauna Bike Path
Temperature at start: 27 degrees
Miles ran: 14
Average Pace: 10:04
Time: 2:21:01
Running buddies: three awesome girls (Melissa, Valerie & Yulia)
Thanks girls for making Saturday’s run awesome! I think it was the best run of marathon training yet! Hoping to recreate it for next weekend’s 20 miler.



Weekly Workout Schedule – 10.8.12

Last week’s schedule

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 5 mi (depending on ankle) 4 mi
Wednesday – 5 mi 5 mi + 1 hr hot yoga
Thursday – 5 mi complete
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 19 mi complete!
Sunday – Rest/XT rest/volunteer @ MHR marathon

Total Mileage – 33 mi

Another successful week of training down! Officially I’m less than five weeks away from the marathon! Next week I’m only running 12 miles (you know you’re training for a marathon when you say “only” 12 miles…) as my long run..then the following weekend is the big 2-0 miler.

Workout Schedule for this week

Monday – 5 mi + yoga
Tuesday – 5 mi
Wednesday – 8 mi
Thursday – Yoga
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 12 mi
Sunday – Rest/XT

Total Mileage – 30 mi



A Run Filled Weekend

What a run-filled weekend! Yesterday Melissa and I got our long run–a scheduled 19 miles for both of us. Fives weeks until the marathon and we’re both in pretty good shape. Thankfully my ankle has been okay since taking a spill at Ragnar.

Our run consisted of two nine mile loops plus one mile extra on the first one. Let me say, the second loop was hard. It is a very hilly route that we’ve been training on for the past few months and so far it has been worth it!


I tackled the hills pretty good the first loop, but for the second I was getting tired. After hitting 15 miles my legs weren’t cooperating. I just wanted to be DONE! Thankfully the last four miles were mostly downhill and flat. But even the downhills hurt sometimes.

19 miles done.


I can’t believe I saw 19 miles on my Garmin. Holy crap! Anyway, we were BEAT after that run.

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After stretching, showering and eating lunch, I went to my sister’s Albany Crossfit competition, the Fall Face Off! My sister is an avid Crossfitter–so I knew I had to see what this was all about! She was on a team of four other people that were competing against a ton of other teams. They each had to do a certain number of Crossfit exercises for time. She did great! The gym wasn’t set up for spectators so it was a little awkward to watch her, but we looked on from above.



Craziness. Go JULIE! She did great! 🙂 I have no desire to ever do Crossfit but that was pretty impressive.

So, today was the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon & Half Marathon! If you remember, two years ago this was my first half marathon, so this race is near and dear to my heart. It only made sense for me to volunteer this year since I didn’t register in time to run it! What a great decision, volunteering was so much fun!


My friends Andrea, Valerie and myself were volunteering together as course marshals at the 26 mile mark–close to the finish line! Our job was to keep passersby off the course. It was awesome to cheer on the runners too. What a great experience. It has me PUMPED about my own marathon in five weeks!


We ended up staying for the whole time (5 hours!) to watch even the last marathoners come in. I saw many people I knew on the course and everyone did such an awesome job.


I’ve ran so many HMRRC races it only made sense for me to volunteer for this one. Thanks to Andrea for the idea! 🙂

I can’t believe there are only five weeks left until my marathon. Its really sinking in now…soon I’ll be a marathoner!