Thank You For the Music…(and the advice)

…that thanks goes out to whoever chooses the track listing that plays at my gym. I swear every time I’m there I hear  Ace of Base, Usher (circa ’97, not ’07) or something equally old school. And I love it. Nothing motivates you to push through the last 5 minutes on the elliptical or do an extra few reps on a weight machine like Lou Bega. Nothing, I tell you!

Although it also doesn’t hurt to have fresh-off-the-press copies of your favorite magazines in hand, either. Especially when said magazines have awesome online tools (that tell me I technically can aim for a sub-4 marathon time).

Runner's World

dear RW, i love you and all of the fun info you share with me. especially september's article on facing fears. fear of overtraining? goodbye.

Not that I needed a whole lot of push last night at the gym, because I wasn’t there to go balls-to-the-wall with anything. After a pretty uneventful day at the office (though I DID get to grab lunch with my cousin…just one more thing I love about this city–everyone’s close by) I went nice and easy on the elliptical for a while. I followed up with a litttttle bit of weight work (time-wise and weight-wise) and left a tad earlier than usual to make time to walk up to TJ’s on the way home.  Mostly, to pick up kale. Because as I mentioned, I’m hooked on the stuff.

I still managed to get home far later than I expected and the motivation to cook was no longer in full throttle. So I whipped up something quick and settled in to catch up on the last two episodes of True Blood. I feel like admitting that to the internet world (at least anyone in the internet world who doesn’t watch the show) is like confessing to watching vicious boxing, porn or some other grotesquely embarrassing TV. But I can pretty much guarantee you, especially if you start from season one, you will be just as addicted/know what it means to love Eric Northman.

So what do you do when it’s around 11 p.m., you have a giant bag of kale, lots of chopped veggies that are about to go bad and zero appetite because you already ate dinner? You saute said kale and veggies, make some quinoa and prepare the dinner you meant to have (to box up for the next day’s lunch AND dinner), all the while whining about how you “should have been in bed an hour ago.”

I didn’t get as much sleep as I would have wanted when the alarm went off at 6 to head to the park for a run. Luckily, when I arrived, the RB said she had about 3-4 miles planned for the morning. That sounded pretty perfect to me.

To switch things up, we did the upper loop of the Bridle path (that, combined with the jog to and from the park adds up to about 4ish miles for me). While jogging along RB mentioned that she read my blog post from Tuesday and noted that I was too hard on myself (yes, I bullied, but it was mostly in jest?) and that the commenter who mentioned too much mileage too fast was very much correct. Then RB went Mom and told me I was not allowed to do any more than the 4 miles we charted out :). So I didn’t. And I’m so glad I didn’t. Because today’s shorter run–albeit warmer than Tuesday’s–was nice and relaxed…refreshing, even. I loved every sweaty moment of it. Best of all, it made me look forward to the long run on tomorrow’s schedule so much more!

So, big thanks to Kelly, RB and everyone else for the input. And please continue to chide me when I come up with harebrained schemes to run way more miles than Hal wants me to. Yes, lots of the other runners who I look up to are logging many more, but they are also much more experienced when it comes to marathon training. Speaking of runners who I look up to…I read a post yesterday that was AWESOME, over at the Runner’s Cookie. Kudos first and foremost to its author, for writing about a difficult subject so eloquently. And further kudos for shedding some light and perspective on a subject that I believe to be very important yet underinfluenced among women–in the world of running, but also in every other walk of life.

I am one yoga class, one long run and one very fun-filled tomorrow (why yes, today IS my Friday!) away from a week-long vacation to visit my fam in Richmond…and I could. not. be. more. excited. !!!!!

– Who do you look to for inspiration? Be it in a sport, work, anywhere in life?

– What do you love about YOUR hometown?

*This just in…reason #85498503 why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this city:

The Newsies Sing-Along
What: Follow the subtitles for a raucous cinematic experience complete with interactive trivia, newsy drinks, a costume contest, and a dance-off.
Why: Teenage Christian Bale really delivers the goods.
When: Fri., 8 p.m.
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St., b/t Second & Third Aves.,
Gowanus (718-643-6510). Tickets ($8) online at


4 Responses to “Thank You For the Music…(and the advice)”

  1. 1 Kelly July 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Glad I could help! I’m by no means any expert, but I just hate when I read running blogs, see the mileage being done, and know the runner is just asking for injury or burnout.

  2. 2 kels July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    My hometown (which you have yet to come and visit….tsk tsk) is unique. It’s still a place where people whose families have long since moved away come back to at least once a year and still call it ‘home’. We’re lucky that we are as close if not closer with the people we went to high school with. So I guess what I love is the ability my town has to keep us connected. Oh yeah, and the lake is awesome too 🙂

  3. 3 Kelly H aka JD's sister July 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

    A shout out from your Middle East readership! (or at least I can claim that for the next week). Really love the blog — it’s rare that people are so honest about their training and I am so impressed by your training regime in general. Let’s definitely go for a run or two in Chicago/Madison.

    • 4 marathon winer July 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Kel!! And MOST def!!! I will need some miles while I’m out there…fun way to see a new city 🙂

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