Archive for February, 2011

A BIG congratulations to N & L–their first 9  mile run EVER–they are such naturals–they did great.  Moving along to the grove.
We hit the Henry Hudson Trail this morning at 10:30–warm and sunny out.  We choose an out and back run–4.5 each way.  It was hard but we felt good.  We took one .2 miles walk break and one stop 1/2way to fuel (oh yeah and a couple small stops to tie shoes–stretch)–but we really keep moving.

Kinda funny our last mile was as fast as our first.  I think everyone was happy with the 10:30 pace–felt good. (Con of course smoked us the last 2 miles–I guess the inserts work for him–no foot pain).

Avg Pace
Summary 01:34:39 9.00 10:30
1 00:10:01 1.00 10:01
2 00:09:59 1.00 09:59
3 00:10:23 1.00 10:23
4 00:10:48 1.00 10:48
5 00:10:59 1.00 10:59
6 00:10:47 1.00 10:47
7 00:11:21 1.00 11:21
8 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
9 00:10:01 1.00 10:01



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What is a Groupon?  Well, it is a group coupon.  You can sign up to receive offers daily via email, Facebook or Twitter–here is how it works:
  1. Get It

    Check your email, Facebook or Twitter feeds for daily deals on cool local businesses.

  2. Share It

    Groupons are more fun when used with friends. Pass along deals by email or broadcast them to your social networks.

  3. Enjoy It

    Print the voucher or bring it up on your mobile device, then present it at the business to get your deal.

The other day there was an offer from Hammer House a local spin studio here in Colts Neck that uses a unique spin bike that moves from side to side to engage the core muscles more. Their website claims:
“We house 20-30 RealRyder® ABF8 indoor cycling bikes in each of our studios. RealRyder® transforms the face of the traditional exercise bike and takes your workout to a whole new level. Unlike the traditional stationary spinning bike, our equipment allows you to steer, lean, turn and move side to side – constantly engaging your core muscle groups, upper and lower body to burn more calories and get optimal results. Our “rydes” burn 20% more calories per minute compared to the conventional indoor bikes. It truly redefines the traditional spinning fitness workout and is the closest thing to actually being on the road.”
I LOVE LOVE LOVE spin–I am somewhat addicted.  Since I am 1/2 marathon training right now, I typically only have time for 1 spin class a week–but I look forward to it and love the instructor at the Y.  Unfortunately, my long runs for the next few weeks are planned for the day I usually take spin.  Two weeks ago, I attempted to spin at 7am and then complete my long run at 10:30 am–that was not as successful as I hoped.  
So when the Groupon offer came through the other day–$66 for 10 rides (normally valued at $190) and if you are a new customer 3 free rides—that is 13 rides for $66–it was an offer too good to refuse.  So I purchased the Groupon–very easy to do–all online and then you print out the coupon.  There is a money back guarantee–so no worries.  I then visited the Hammer House website to check out their class schedule.
They recently opened a new location near me in Red Bank but the studio in Colts Neck is right down the street—although, someone just told me the studio in Red Bank is near Starbucks—my addiction to spin and Venti Soy Lattes is well known–so maybe I will have to try the other location out too.
I reserved a bike this morning (using one of the free rides offered).  I even called before I went just to make sure it was free and that I was all set.  Everyone who works there could not have been more accommodating and friendly.  When I showed up–J (a friend) who works there got me all set up with my coupon so I could simply schedule the classes I want to attend in the future online.  I was encouraged to use the 3 free classes before “activating” the coupon–how great is that!
The instructor Kim was peppy and had the most amazing arms (I covet her muscular arms)—if they can guarantee me her body–I am hooked. The room has 20 bikes spread out around the instructor stage.  Some of the riders were hard core “Hammer House” addicts (in a good way)–one man was dismayed to learn that he had not reserved “his” bike and instead I had.  I told him not to worry–I understand the attachment a rider can have to their bike and I would just take an available one.  There were a couple newbies in class; Kim and the crew made sure everyone was all set–helping new riders like me adjust our bikes.  Kim jumped right into the class–dimming the lights and pumping the music up.
Now remember–I am a Spin Fiend–I knew the bikes were different but–MAN–this was a hard workout.  I know I was not moving the bike on the turns correctly–you are supposed to use your core and I was using my arms and shoulders—but Kim encouraged all new riders to ride at least 3 times–it takes about 3 classes to get in the swing of things (that is why they offer all new riders 3 classes).  Regardless–I got a great workout and I can not wait to try it again.

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Running Idols

Forget the Olympians and runners who end up in every running magazine you see–give me the normal runners (now, please do not get in a huff–I admire and respect the professional runners–it is just that I am more “in-touch” with the idea of the average runner–people that I can relate to).  I will never be the fastest (well—maybe I should not say that—maybe at age 85 I will be).  I run because I love it.  It makes me feel good–healthy & strong.  A few weeks ago I read an article about a women 64 year old woman who runs 11 miles daily and has for the last 12 years–you can read about her here.  She inspired me–she looks so happy in the photograph and I want to be like her. 
Today on the Runners World Facebook Fanpage there is a post about a 95 year old Bronx woman took up running at 67—LOVE it, read about her here.  I love these stories–they give me hope.  As a runner who did not take up running until I was 39 (last year)–I find that some people love the fact that I run (regardless of how fast or long I go) while others seem to send me the “you are not a real runner vibe”–is it in my head?  I do not think so.  I have been dismissed in conversations when my 10-11 min/mile pace comes up—almost as if I was wasting their time talking about running. I have labeled these people “running snobs”–in their minds, they run–I jog.  Why do they care–why do I care—I run for me–I compete only with myself.  I am just as much of an athlete.  It would just be nice if everyone was supportive.

It is only the people who run because they really love it that get excited for me.  Excited that I have found the same “natural high” feeling that they have.  That encourage me to keep moving and support my running. My husband is a wonderful supporter.  Making time for me to run, driving the boys to and from activities when I have a run scheduled and most importantly acting in “AWE” of my run–whether it was 1 mile or 13 miles (regardless of the pace).

I will make it my personal goal to encourage others and support all other runners. 

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5 Old School

5 Miles today.  I really wanted to run them before Breastfeeding Support Group today, but after Kenpo the bargaining began:
1) I would run 5 later
2) I would run 5 tomorrow on my day off when I had more time
3) I would run 2 today and 3 tomorrow–or vice versa
4) I would skip the run
After group my car thermometer registered 45 degrees–the sun was shinning—what was I waiting for.
I threw on the running clothes that I had all ready laid out the day before.  I wore tights (not lined) and a thermal long sleeve nike top—it was GORGEOUS outside. No gloves–no jacket.
The bargaining continued though……
1) I would just run 2-3
2) I would run 4 with hills–that was equivalent to 5
3) I would run 3-4 then walk the rest
I bargained with myself through the hills and then when I got to my house at 4 miles—I kept going.  5 with hills–DONE!


Today’s song, Jump Around, House of Pain
Avg Pace
Summary 00:49:19 5.00 09:51
1 00:09:29 1.00 09:29
2 00:09:30 1.00 09:30
3 00:10:23 1.00 10:23
4 00:09:54 1.00 09:54
5 00:10:00 1.00 10:00

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3 Miles at Thompson today with L and N.  Great run!  After P90X and Strength Training at Y–I was spent–but I knew I would get the 3 done.  Ran 1 mile slow and steady then we did 1:2 intervals of fast paced (no talking) with recovery (our slow and steady comfortable talking pace) —we did intervals for a mile and then the last mile slow and steady.  

We were all spent by the end–but it felt good.  We pushed ourselves and I know we could have done more….

Avg Pace
Summary 00:29:04 3.00 09:40
1 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
2 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
3 00:09:36 1.00 09:36

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Trail Run!

Finally we got a trail run in–OK, it was a paved trail, but at least we got out of our neighborhood.  I am grateful to live in a neighborhood that is runner friendly, but I need variety and I like running different routes with each run.  The monotony of the same route is enough to take the fun out of the run for me.
We had 4 on the agenda.  Con was trying out his new inserts—we tried to exchange his shoes for a different pair–but opted to try inserts instead.  I am against inserts and have doubts they are helpful, but his feet are REALLY flat and we figured it was worth a try.  He did not have the pain in his arches that he did the other day–but we need a few more runs and a long run before the verdict is in.
There were some areas of the trail that were icy—less than 1 %, so I was happy.  We saw plenty of geese and some other runners.  Con ran by his LAX coach—-love seeing people we know when out running. Forgot my phone in the car–so no photos.  
Avg Pace
Summary 00:38:02 4.01 09:29
1 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
2 00:09:35 1.00 09:35
3 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
4 00:09:02 1.00 09:02


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Double Digits, Baby!

10 Miles today with Con–it was the furthest he has ever run and the longest run I have had since last year–Double Digits, Baby!  Here I am are pre-run:

Let me start by saying–this run could have been better.  We must have stopped a zillion and one times within the first 3-4 miles.  Con’s arch was hurting him–every time we stopped we had to assess–is it achy or are you really in pain.  I know the mileage was freaking him out and I choose a route that was a 10 mile loop so he had to finish to get home (I would have run home for the car if he really could not run).  That being said we are headed back to Road Runner’s today to try out another pair for shoes–they put him in a neutral shoe–but I think he needs a stability pair.
I tried to distract him with horses:
I did not know he was afraid of horses–he refused to pet them–they wanted the attention so bad—so I had to pet them
By 5 miles, I think it set in for him–he was doing it and he could do it.  We stopped at mile 5 at hi school for snacks.  Con had the cliff blocks-his favorite.  I had a granola bar. 
We ran by the old school house, the Gargoyle House (yes there is a gargoyle house–see one of the gargoyles below), and we stopped at the courthouse for water and to use the bathroom–Con said the water from the sink was terrible-tasted like iron.

It was so beautiful out–high 50s with a cool breeze.  The sun stated hidden for most of our run but it would peak out every now and then.  There is still a lot of snow out there, but it is melting.  Here is a view of Big Brook:
Our running pace was 10:39–but that did not take into account all our breaks so it really does not count.

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