Redemption Run

Whoa! People love a story about horrible runs! Thanks for all the positive shout outs on my down in the dumps run this past Sunday. Extra special shout out to my cousin Maura who is ALSO training for her first marathon about 850 miles away in Chicago. She’ll be killing the Chicago Marathon on October 13!

I suppose the biggest lesson I learned in sharing the worst moment of my marathon training ever was that it is in fact not my worst moment of marathon training. It’s just a part of marathon training that everyone has to deal with. (thanks to my personal running guru / college roommate / all -around amazing person, Jamie for sending me continued wisdom via text from the great state of Texas.)

So, with that in mind last Tuesday night, I laced up my Brooks and headed back to the crowded pavements of NYC for my redemption run! Running at rush hour in midtown New York City is an exercise in patience and stop-and-start motion. Thankfully, while I was flying down W. 44th Street (in my imagination), some runner dude passed me (actually flying), so I just kept him in sight and followed every dart and dash movement he made. Thanks, speedy stranger running guy!!

As I trekked up the Queensboro Bridge, I was gifted this amazing view of the East River.

The East River as seen from the Queensboro Bridge

The East River as seen from the Queensboro Bridge

Not too shabby.  I circled back through Roosevelt Island and made it home just in time to shower and welcome my mom who had just arrived in NYC to help prepare for the arrival of Baby Lowe, who is due on the 23rd.  It was a great way to shake off the bad feelings of the past few runs and look forward to the next 6 weeks.

Recaps to come:  16 and 18 miles. Wowsers.

 

 

 

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And we’re back.

I’m not even going to look back in the archives to see the last post on this blog. I’ll just assume it was a million years ago and leave it at that. However, I’ve been given homework by my new running coach telling me that it is important to journal the process of running your first marathon, so here I am.

A little fast forward catching up since we last spoke: I ran the Philly Half, then ran 6 more. I worked in a tent in Boston, then happily made the journey back to my beloved Great White Way on a fantastic show called Once.

And thanks to that 8-time Tony Award winning show (#humblebrag), I have this unusual thing in my life called stability. So follow me here for the next 90 days as I recap the highs and lows of training for the NYC Marathon.

PS I’m running with this amazing organization called Team for Kids. Support me here!

Well, this happened this morning

Proof of Insanity – Philly Half Marathon – Signed Up!

Nothing quite like the Fourth of July to get you amped up to run 13.1 miles. It makes a little bit of sense though seeing as how many patriotic events happened in Philly! This will be my first trip to the City of Brotherly Love so expect many shots of me standing on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with my finishers medal when it’s all said and done! Thankfully, I have managed to talk three of my friends to do this race with me. Should be a great time if my legs don’t fall off halfway through the race!

Having a few people over tonight to celebrate the 4th. We keep hopping up to the roof to see if any of the Hudson River fireworks shoot up high enough in the sky to see them here in Queens.

Astoria Fireworks

Thankfully, just in case we don’t see any of the Manhattan fireworks, Astoria already gave us a great display on Thursday night, complete with a performance by the Astoria Symphony. The whole gang met up to hang out and watch the show. I know I’m super biased to my home neighborhood, but the fireworks display was pretty amazing!

The next day, after a blissfully short few hours in the office, I headed home and met Em, Nick, and company for a short bike ride into our next door neighborhood / up and coming hotspot Long Island City for dinner at The Creek and Cove. This is quickly becoming one of our favorite pasttimes, and this restaurant didn’t disappoint! So cute! We made all sorts of plans for the summer and shared some delicious pitchers of margaritas. It was a perfect summer evening!

Creek and Cove - Yay for outdoor patios!

Creek and Cove - How pretty of a night was it??

 

Saturday, I headed out to the theatre for the matinee. Then I did some SERIOUS damage at Lord and Taylor. Thanks Broadway paycheck! Then, met everyone back at the Broadway Theatre were the fam and friends were making a visit to Sister Act. Hooray! They all had a great time (of course!) and I was glad to be able to share my new job with the crew!

Sunday, I worked the matinee and did some work in the office, then was planning on heading to another house in the neighborhood for some pre-4th grilling. The weather didn’t quite cooperate, so we moved the party down a little closer to the heart of Astoria and our fearless friends grilled out on the balcony! We won’t let a little rain get us down.

In short, it has been the perfect holiday weekend with great friends, amazing food, and a little work thrown in to keep me honest. 🙂 Looking forward to getting ready for the 4th tonight! And on that note, I’m going to run a few miles to my friend’s apartment to feed his cat, then off to the store to start the shopping / cleaning festival before the party begins. Hope you all have a lovely holiday!

 

 

Weekend in the Blink of an Eye

Wow. How is it Tuesday? I forgot how fast time flies when you are able to leave the house for longer than it takes to get the mail (note: technically not even leaving the house). This weekend was a whirlwind of activity, so let’s catch up, shall we?

Friday had me working my first full day at my new home at 321 Theatrical Management. Technically, the office was closed (omg, SUMMER FRIDAYS), but of course, no rest for the weary company managers. We had a super productive afternoon where I learned all about bill paying, trade requests, weekly checklists, house seats, and other assorted glamorous tasks that make the running of a musical operate smoothly. After a full day, we headed to the theatre to make the rounds. Once the statement was signed, I came home, had some dinner and a glass of wine while I wrote this ridiculously long post, and finally packed my bag for my day trip out of the city taking place Saturday morning.

Saturday, I woke up bright and early to head to Em and Nick’s place to get picked up by our good friends to head out to the Poconos for our first annual (hopefully) choir retreat! We spent all day eating / drinking wine / singing / swimming in the lake / eating / drinking wine / singing. Basically, it was my idea of heaven. Plus, the scenery couldn’t be beat:

Seriously, there is nothing like escaping the summer heat of the city to spend a day with great friends and actual fresh air. Loverly.

After an exhaustively fantastic day, we rolled back into Queens, and I promptly fell asleep in preparation for the longest. Sunday. ever.

Sunday am started at the insane hour of the runner, which I loke to call 6am. Seriously, SO EARLY. Which, of course, meant I was waking up every half an hour thinking, wait, is it 6am now? How about now? Now? Ugh. The worst!

In any case, once 6am actually rolled around, I got up and got dressed. I spent awhile packing my bag for post-race, which included singing at Mass, working in the office, covering a show and heading back to Astoria to watch the season finale of Game of Thrones. Seriously, can you imagine me thinking about all this stuff at 6am? Not pretty.

Anyway, I finally got out the door, brought my stuff over to Em’s so Nick to bring it to rehearsal for me after the race, and realized, I was probably cutting it a little short for the subway, so I jumped in a cab (feeling not guilty about it at all: yay employment!). I arrived in the park around 7:30am (ugh) and waited to meet my new CM who happened to be running the same race! Hooray for team management running a little Portugal Day 5 mi. He also was super awesome for picking up my bib and running tag for me, since I was out-of-town all day on Saturday. best. ever.

We met up, I grabbed my bib, attached my running chip thing-y, he headed up to the fast corral, and I headed to the back of the corrals because, well, because technically I’m a jogger. It was quite warm in the park (NYRR says 71 with 63% humidity – ugh). But, despite the heat and the sleepless night, it wasn’t too bad of a run. I walked the hills a little because I didn’t want to die of heat stroke. I finished the run strong though.

Race Name, Date Dist.
(miles)
Gun
Time
Net
Time
Pace
per Mile
Overall Place/
Total
Finishers
Gender Place/
Total
Females
Age Place/
Total
in Age Grp.
Age-Grd.
Time
Perf.
%
Portugal Day
June 19, 2011
5.0 1:04:04 56:50 11:22 4155 / 4630 1412 / 1713 345 / 403 56:41 42.6%

Not too bad.  My lap times were:

Mile 1 – 10:20
Mile 2 – 10:35
Mile 3 – 11:49
Mile 4 – 11:48
Mile 5 – 10:46
Mile 5 ish – 1:29

Obviously, I need to work on my stamina for those mile 3 -4, but given the heat, I’m pretty happy with the result.

CM and I met back up at the end of the race and waited to see if either of us won a trip to the Lisbon half-marathon (boo – we did not), then I jetted my sweaty, gross self off to the east side to head up to choir rehearsal which was starting in a short 25 min from my finish time.

I met up with Nick, who handed over my ridiculously heavy bag of music / flute / makeup / clothes / shoes and whatever else my sleep deprived mind needed to pack at 6am. Thankfully, St. Iggy’s has a shower in the third floor bathroom (who knew?), that I was able to jump into for about 5 seconds before throwing my nice church clothes on and heading into the choir room.

After Mass, I headed downtown to the office to go over a few more notes. We covered the matinee, then our tired legs headed back to the office to finish the week ending reports. I think we both had hit the wall by that time, so it was great when we decided our end of day treat would be frozen custard from Shake Shack. Um, I could hardly even wait to get out the door before I had devoured it. Delicious.

I headed back to Astoria to take a quick catnap before Game of Thrones. Seriously, it was like a Mac truck ran over me. Exhausted. Before I knew it, it was time to head over to Em and Nick’s and join my friends for the final viewing of the season. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint, and I was able to stay awake through the entire thing. Win.

Trudged home and fell asleep like a winner. Thank goodness for that.

Monday, saw me enjoying my first day off of the new job. I spent it watching reruns of The Good Wife. Thanks Tivo. Then, I noticed that one of my friends had mentioned on FB that he was at the gym, so hoping he had the day off, I texted to see if he wanted to grab lunch. He was, and we did, and it was a brilliant day of catching up and chatting about work and laughing. In short, an ideal way to spend a beautiful Monday afternoon.

I headed over to get some much-needed Tully time and then helped Em grade papers (she lovingly asked me to “help company manager her teaching.” Love it. She totally won me over by promising Domino’s and wine. Love.

So, there you have it. What happens when I find employment and don’t write my blog entries as I should. Epic-ness.

What about y’all? Did everyone have a good weekend? Where’s your favorite place to day-trip?

NYRR Mini 10k Playlist

So, as promised, here is my iTunes playlist for the NYRR Mini10k race tomorrow morning. It has been cousin Susan approved (for those of you not familiar with my fam, my cousin Susan has recently moved to NYC from Chicago making our household Susan-squared central. Also, I look to her to tell me what’s cool, since she’s still in her 20s and all…)

I’m hoping the race takes me about an hour. It would be nice to knock some time off my last run. We’ll see how it goes in just a few hours. Anyone else want to share their playlists or add to mine? I mean, I’m pretty sure y’all are judging the amount of Miley Cyrus I have on this list. I can’t help it! She has some catchy tunes! In any case, I have another race in about a week and a half, so I’m always looking for new tunes!

So, with this playlist done, me and my iPod are heading to bed. A few things happened today to knock me a little off schedule, but I think it will all be helpful tomorrow. See y’all on the other side! Wish me luck!!

Welcome (Back)?

I thought maybe having a new blog home would help me a little on the actual writing part of keeping a blog, so I have made the leap here to fancy WordPress and we’ll see how it goes.

Life for this theatrical girl for the last two months has consisted of finding joy when I come in $.32 under my mint.com budget for groceries every month (anyone else? groceries are expensive y’all.) Yes, the theatre unemployment bug has finally worked its way into my life and has caused me to slow down a little and readjust life in the big city.

I’ve also filled my days by finally realizing the end is near for my dear Friday Night Lights, so I’m finally starting the fourth season. I’ve been putting it off for so long just because I don’t want my days of watching the Taylors pour coffee in their kitchen to ever end. That’s probably the least descriptive thing I could have ever said about this amazing show, but really, if you watch it, then you know what I mean. Brillance.

And then, there’s the running. Running. I keep waiting for the moment that I’m like, “oh my gosh! I LOVE this.” But really, I’m afraid that day won’t come until June 29th, when the Astoria Park Pool opens for the summer, and this lifelong swimmer can get back in the chlorine where she belongs. That being said, I’m still trying really hard to be a runner. Sometime that means signing up for races after a few too many glasses of wine (re: this Saturday’s NYRR Mini 10k) and for me it means the only thing that gets me out the door is the knowledge that when I get home, I can plug in my Nike+ and pull up my endomondo webpage and see all the CHARTS AND GRAPHS that come from doing a sport where GPS can track you. Motivation is motivation, right? And I’m totally convinced that you can run as far as you lie to your body about. For me this Saturday, that will start after about mile 1.2. You’re almost finished (with 5 miles to go…).

And as far as the job search goes, I find myself interviewing again, which is a weird thing after working so steadily for so long. How do you convince people you’re a good company manager? (For those three people reading my blog that aren’t related to me, a Broadway company manager is the liaison between the producers and the company – in charge of everything from ticket inventory to union reports to payroll to dressing room paint colors. Simply put, if someone doesn’t know who does x thing in the theatre, that job is most likely the company manager’s). It is an insane job with crazy hours and crazier stories, but I just can’t help but love it.  In any case, I am finding it difficult to really get across the kind of company manager I am. It’s sort of like one of those stories that ends with, “oh, well, I guess you had to be there.” It probably won’t be long before I’m calling colleagues of mine and asking them to tell the people I’m interviewing with the same story, just so that maybe it will be funnier coming from someone else. Whatever, interviewing is weird.

However, what prompted me to start this blog up about stories that pop up in my life that make me laugh was this text I received from my mom right before my latest interview. I texted her to let me know that I was headed into the interview and to wish me luck. Here is her response:

Be yourself, use your humor and show your fantastic personality. You’ll have them at “hello”… borrowed the quote from Jerry Maguire.

See, if you want to have any doubt where finding the humor in things comes so naturally to me, all you need to know is in this quote. My mom, so lovingly doling out positive thoughts to her nervous daughter, including borrowing a line from a movie made in 1996, and then attributing the quote to the original source. You know, just so I didn’t think my mom, the recently retired public school teacher was plagiarizing. Or, also, just making sure I was impressed by her knowledge of pop culture (which I was, I mean, it really is amazing that she got the name of the movie right.) Thankfully, I got this text after the interview, because I was laughing and crying at random intervals for the rest of the day.

So, there you have it, a pretty good overview of what I’m hoping to share with this blog. Just a place to share my random thoughts and stories and make you all realize my mom is the best ever. 🙂