Recap: Week 1 (June 10 – 16)

Just to catch up, here’s a brief look at my training thus far.

Well, I had been weighing my options as far as choosing a training program for the marathon. I looked at online programs, my good buddy Hal Higdon, and read a million recaps of other people’s accounts of training for their first marathons. In the end, I decided that adding a little bit of meaning to my miles would be a nice way to ease my way into the rigorous schedule that training for a marathon would require. After speaking with a few of my friends, I made the decision to run with Team for Kids. TFK is the official charitable organization of New York Road Runners, which I’m happy to support. NYRR has guided me through miles and miles of training always being there with their water stations and brightly colored corrals, not to mention all the medals and t-shirts, so it’s awesome being able to give a little back to the organization that has given me so much. In addition, TFK is a great organization. The money raised by Team for Kids members goes toward New York Road Runners youth services which provide free or low-cost school- and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who have little to no access to regular physical activity. These programs currently serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools and community centers in New York City, nationally, and in Africa. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to support fitness programs for kids??

Anyway, so on Friday, June 14, I made the commitment and clicked the registration button. Shortly thereafter, I received my first email stating that training had just begun! Thinking I was going to be doing a 16-week plan, I thought my training wouldn’t begin until after the 4th of July, but nope, it looked like my first official run of marathon training would be a 5 miler on Saturday, June 15.

So, Saturday afternoon, while spending a beautiful day in Spring Lake, NJ with some of my very favorite choir peeps, Tully and I took off in the bright summer sun for 5 miles. Shockingly, hydration IS important to feeling good when you run. After about 2.5 miles, Tully and I had to circle back by the house to take in a little water and salt (potato chips are good sources of sodium, right?) I finished the final 2.5 without my canine buddy, and was thankful the back half of the run felt much better.

So, that was it. 5 miles in my first week of training. Not a shabby place to start.



Mid-Week Catch Up

OK, it is my hope to recap the first half of this week in today’s entry so that we’re all caught up on my life. I’m sure most of you were waiting with baited breath.


As previously mentioned, I spent the better part of the morning waiting for Time Warner to come out a repair whatever was going wrong with my cable. After about 30 seconds, the guy had everything fixed, and my life could resume as normal. Then, I hightailed it over to my sister’s so I could have my Tully time. I mean, can you imagine not wanting to spend every second of your day with this puppy face?

Best Dog Ever


Then headed to the city to grab drinks and a giant German pretzel, which I fully counted as my dinner. It was so delicious. To make up for that potential error in judgement, I came home and did a quick 2 mile shake-out run to uncoil from the 10k on Saturday. To my amazement, I finished the 2 miles in 20:36 making it my fastest time ever. I think the lesson learned here is that beer and pretzels make me a better runner!


Tuesday afternoon had me in an interview with a fancy Tony Award winner. And trust me, her office is FANCY. It was hard to pay attention when I could see the green trees of Central park straight through the conference room window!

I came home for my afternoon of Tully, then as evening rolled in, found all my friends gathered around my sister’s living room to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones (which everyone loving allowed me to pre-empt for the Tony Awards on Sunday night). I’ve mentioned our little commune in Astoria before, and nights like this just reinforce how much I love it! It’s the perfect mix of rabid fans, clueless watchers, (I’m afraid I fall into this last category, always asking, “wait, who is this again?”) playful pups, and well, and vodka. I rarely laugh as much as I do when gathered in this group. It was a great night!


Wednesday started off as a pretty normal day. I spent some time with Tully, returned a few phone calls, sent out a million resumes, and moved a wardrobe up three flights of stairs. Oh right, that last part was maybe not so normal. One of my friends is relocating to Manhattan and was looking to give away his wardrobe. Since Cousin Susan is still living out of her suitcase on the floor since arriving here in February, I jumped on the opportunity to help remedy that situation. For whatever reason, I completely flaked out on making any plans to actually move the wardrobe, so thankfully Gail came to the rescue and rented a Zipcar, and she and my brother-in-law headed out to pick up the wardrobe. After hauling it downstairs, Nick, Cousin Susan, and I dragged that heavy thing up the three flights of stairs into my living room. Hooray! we celebrated our victory with wine (naturally). Pics tom come once Sus and I get it reassembled. It’s pretty cute!

Okay, whew, that catches us up to Thursday, which was a pretty epic day. Hoping to get that entry written later today.