Archive for May, 2010

Spring Lake 5

The Spring Lake 5 was this morning and I was excited to run it.  I had been worried all week about the possible heat and humidity, but when I woke up this morning and it was raining—I was thrilled—I know bad tourist weather for beach area–but GREAT running weather. 

By the time the family and I got to the beach it was drizzling and overcast but not too cold–PERFECT.  Hit the porta potties right away–a must—-picked up my race shirt–SUPER CUTE!
I also picked up a tech shirt with same logo on it—light weight and great for those hot days.  I know I am not speedy so I positioned my self mid way in the starting crowd—but I really wish I had started closer to the starting line.  It took me 3 miles to break free of the starting crowd.  
I was amazed at large number of walkers who positioned themselves right up front.  I literally had to dodge people and cut through groups just to maintain my sloooooow and steady pace.  Even the last 2 miles were an obstacle field and I really feared being tripped.  At one point a lady got pissed at me because I cut in between her and her friends who were slow jogging one next to each other in a row, literally blocking traffic —I am a polite runner (I ran without an iPod due to the crowd and used verbal cues on my passing, like–“passing on the left”)–I had said excuse me and was practically killing myself trying to get around groups of walkers and slow joggers—and the numerous people who decided to stop running mid stride right in front of me.  Anyway this lady needed to take a chill pill—the sad thing was one of the ladies she was running next to  had on a shirt that said, “you just got passed by a mother”–I was admiring her friend’s shirt and made the assumption that they were fellow “Run Like a Mother runners”–you know—women like me….well, even after the rude comment she made, I turned around and apologized, pointing out that I had said excuse me (thinking the fact that they were running side by side in a row on the left so no one could pass was kinda obvious)—and she still would not let it go, continuing to make rude comments—so off I ran–nothing I could do about it.  Despite her and the crowd the race was great.  The crowds cheering us on were fun and I LOVED the firetrucks stationed around the route with their water hoses squirting.

I felt strong and I definitely started off slower than normal—I just wish I could have broken through the crowds–I could have maintained a faster pace.

My garmin time (official time n/a) 49:09 (although I forgot to turn off my watch when I hit the finish)
Avg Pace
Summary 00:49:09 5.06 09:43
1 00:10:22 1.00 10:22
2 00:09:45 1.00 09:45
3 00:09:48 1.00 09:48
4 00:09:38 1.00 09:38
5 00:09:02 1.00 09:02
6 00:00:31 0.06 09:01

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This am I hit the gym for Strength Training with Abby.  I had to miss the class on Tuesday due to a work meeting and I really missed it—what am I going to do this summer when the boys are not in school???  They are too old for the gym daycare and too young to stay at home.  I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I will need to switch up my workout routine—I am going to have to get up early and run while they are still asleep (before Ray goes to work)—this will take a herculean effort.  I am an early riser anyway–but running at 5 or 6 am seem semi tortuous.

Oh well, we still have a few weeks left in the school year.  Today I wanted to sneak 3 miles in.  I have the Spring Lake 5  race on Saturday and I am a little worried.  Running has been such a struggle lately—exhausted with small distances and the heat and humidity are killing me.  I would really like to run fast and strong in this race–I would really love to PR (wow, that is the first time I have ever used that in a sentence—maybe, I am becoming a real runner).

Today’s run–Henry Hudson trail (pick up in Freehold near Y)–2.83 miles 9:45 pace.  The honeysuckle was in bloom and smelled so sweet –that coupled with the smell of rain in the area made it a perfect run.

Today’s song, New Order, Love Vigilantes

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I am so lucky!

I love where I live (no, I never thought I would end up staying in NJ–California, NY, Seattle, anywhere overseas but NJ No way!—I spent my entire teenage/college years planning my escape but I married a man that HATES change —-the reality is though that I am lucky–I live in a great location and LIFE IS GOOD)–Monmouth County is beautiful and I have the best of both worlds—rural country and shore (plus I am only a hope-skip-jump-ferry-bus-train-car ride from NYC or Philadelphia.  

Today I had a meeting for the Monmouth Ocean County Breastfeeding Consortium we were planning our annual conference and this year our speaker is Nils Bergman (the skin-to-skin guru).  Since we meet at the VNA WIC site in Belford-Middletown, I thought today would be a perfect day to run at Sandy Hook.  

Sure it was HOT and HUMID out and I would be running smack in the middle of the day—but I was looking forward to the beautiful views.  Recently the family and I took our bikes on the trail there and I knew it would be a perfect running location.

I really have been having a hard time running lately.  In my mind I can easily bang out 13 miles, but in actuality one mile is a struggle.  It is always difficult and I have had a hard time finding my “groove” lately.  So today I wanted to focus on the scenery and my pace—no iPod.  

Still really sweaty despite the breeze…


Avg Pace
Summary 00:43:20 4.50 09:38
1 00:08:49 1.00 08:49
2 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
3 00:10:11 1.00 10:11
4 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
5 00:05:03 0.50 10:09

Ran faster than I intended–I need to focus on slowing down in order to add the mileage. 

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE SPIN class, but I remember when I was introduced to it and thought otherwise.  A little over a year ago a friend asked me to attend a class with her.  She had raved about SPIN and how great of a workout it was (thank you G).  I did not know what was in store for me.  Up until then my bike riding consisted of leisurely rides or most recently (the last few years) lots of frequent stops and riding around in circles as the boys learned how to ride (first with training wheels and then without).  Even now our family rides usually end up with Finn and I taking up the rear.  So I really was surprised at the vigor of a SPIN class–not to mention the seat issue.

This first class was just OK–sure I got a workout, but I really did not know what I was doing.  Even though I stood up and mimicked the other women–my form was AWFUL.  By the end of the class I was SWEATY but I did not have a full appreciation of the workout.  It did not help that the instructor played show-tunes and encouraged singing along—not really my cup of tea.  Anyway…..it was about that time that I joined the Y.

I already mentioned why I love the Y—but here it is again…I LOVE the eclectic clientele–no gym stereotypes.  I also love that you do not have to sign up for the SPIN classes ahead of time–no, you can just show up.

The first few times I did SPIN there, I did not get up out of my seat–I truly had to focus on keeping my legs moving.  I love seeing new people come into class now–I really try to encourage them not to give up on it –to come back again–that it takes awhile to get used to it–but once you do, you will be hooked like me.  I think it is a great workout (next to running of course–running is harder for me).

Recently I found out that a SPIN studio here in Colts Neck that has amazingly cool spin bikes is charging $25/class—are they CRAZY!  That seems awfully excessive to me.  This morning I took 2 spin classes back to back–that would have been $50 (a little less than what my family of 5 pays for monthly membership at the Y)–one week of SPIN classes there would be more than my family’s membership at the Y—those must be some bikes!

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Wow, do I sweat!

I wanted to get a run in this morning; I had a lunch appointment that was moved up an hour, so the longer run I envisioned was not going to materialize—that was probably a good thing.  My legs felt like lead today and I stopped to walk up some of the larger hills—very hilly route.  I am always hot and sweaty when I run—but today was crazy–when I stopped running, the sweat went into overdrive. I had a puddle collecting on the table under my face as I sat to drink water and read the emails I missed when I got back home.  I know I should have grabbed a picture–but you will have to trust me–it was NOT pretty. Sitting here post shower–I am still sweating.

I found a neat little hide-away trail on my route today.  Here is a picture of the land dedication; I wish I knew the story of how the land “came to be”–about why the Schlesinger’s decided to donate the land to the park system:

Here is a picture of the trail entrance:

6 miles; pace 10:26

Today’s song, Teenage Dirtbag, Wheatus

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Great day for a run!

Great Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Support Group today! Today we discussed the recent ABC “What Would You Do” about mothers breastfeeding in public.  I love the ladies—feeding your baby is not obscene and is simply a means to an end.  In a society where breasts are culturally excepted in a bikini–on a Victoria’s Secret model—splashed all over advertisements—it just seems so strange that breastfeeding in public is such a controversy—OK, I will step off my soapbox—if you want to follow my breastfeeding posts, you can become a fan of the The Lactation Lady HERE.

I have been having a hard time sticking to my running plan lately—I need to make it a priority.  Today, I had 5 on the schedule.  I could have easily headed home after group today.  I was hungry, tired, and had loads of laundry waiting for me—but I mentally talked myself into it.  Someone said to me once, “You will never regret the run you take–you will always regret the run you did not take”.  So I hit the streets, but I was still wrestling with the run at mile 2 and changed routes to see if I could get into the groove.  It was a great day for a run—overcast and cooler–you could smell the rain in the air. This field was picture perfect and had an immediate calming reflex on me—the grass was blowing with the wind–so rhythmic and beautiful.

Here is another shot–the picture does not capture the beauty of the field–you will have to trust me.  No music today–but I could not get this one song out of my head.  4.85 miles, 9:40 pace.

Today’s song, OMG, Usher will.i.am

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Gorgeous Clouds Today

Last night Ray and I had a well deserved night out.  It started with Bill Cosby at the Count Baise theater.

Then off to Nicholas for dinner—delicious.  We ate off the Mid Spring Garden selection (vegetarian selection).  The food was great but I could do without the pomp–it is hard to relax when everyone is so formal.  Thankfully some of the many waitstaff knew how to smile—although, it was as if they had to hide it.

Today is back-to-back sports.  Just spent the last 3 hours on the LAX field and I will soon be off to soccer.  I was able to sneak in 3 miles during Finn’s practice—there is a .5 mile loop right next to the practice field.  I wanted to run 8, but you know how much I love running loops (track)–about as much as I love running on the treadmill.  

3.03 miles at a 9:19 pace—I’ll take it.

P.S. Did you see those clouds today–they are gorgeous amazing!

Today’s song, Black Eyed Peas, Rock Your Body

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