Scenes from the weekend.

August 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Thursday group, weekend | Leave a comment

Kicked it off with 5 miles in Central Park with R2R and a special guest appearance by my friend Meredith.

Friends, food, and glorious sunshine on Friday and Saturday.

And went for my first Middletown run on Sunday! It was really beautiful. I wanted to do 3 miles but went 4.2 because I got a little lost. Better to do too much than not enough, I guess!

How was your weekend? Any adventures, in running or otherwise?





Your BFF will always call you out.

August 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Posted in food, Thursday group | Leave a comment

Yesterday after my toast post my BFF told me that she does not approve of my breakfast edit! She said it’s not smart to eliminate something healthy (whole grain toast, almond butter) in favor unhealthy things (cheese, wine, ice cream). Can you imagine?

(There she is. From the back to protect her identity, of course.)

The truth is, I hadn’t thought of it that way at all (which makes me feel a little stupid). She’s right, obviously. But at the same time, I still think my breakfast is healthy even without the toast, and I can get that whole grain goodness later in the day – for example, yesterday for lunch I had a sandwich on that bread (with avocado, cucumber, and cheddar). And I really want treats! BFF thinks I can have the toast AND the treats, but sadly, my tush doesn’t agree.

So, what do you think? Is my substitution smart or stupid?

Did a little running yesterday, too.

Most of these crazy kids did SIX repeats on cat hill – pure torture. I’m sure they’re suffering today, but they’ll be stronger runners tomorrow. I am so impressed with them all. A few of us weren’t quite up for that so we took a spin around the loop instead. Equally worthwhile!

Anything fun this weekend? Chuck and I are headed up to Windham Mountain for Warrior Dash. If I make it back alive, I’ll tell you all about it on Monday.

I quit toast.

August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Posted in food, Thursday group | 3 Comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel the need to tell you that I have eliminated toast from my breakfast routine.

I don’t like giving things up, but I realized I was consuming more calories than I really should each day and I looked around a bit for places to snip. The toast was the obvious choice – 100 calories for the bread plus 100 calories (or more?!) of almond butter. (Don’t worry, I’m still getting my AB/protein fix by slathering it on my banana [wow, that sounds really dirty, but there is just no other way to say it].)

It seems like such a small change but I’m already feeling the difference. I’m just as full without toast but I don’t feel as weighed down. And now I can splurge more on the weekend, where splurging belongs (also somehow dirty?). The lesson here is that carefully picking and choosing where I get my calories can help me to eat what I want without worrying about growing out of my clothes.

For example, I love cheese. LOVE. But when I think about it, what I really REALLY love is having a fancy bit of cheese with a slice of baguette and maybe (ha) a glass of wine. So, I’m trying to save my cheese intake for moments like those, and not just automatically add cheese to every sandwich and veggie burger I eat. And it’s working for me, so far.

On another note, today is a PERFECT day for a run! Come on out and join us. We’re going to do the hill workout that we had scheduled for Tuesday when we were rained out. If you’ve never done hills, today is your lucky day! (Don’t be afraid.) 6:30 at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park.


Cooling down.

August 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Thursday group, weekend | Leave a comment

Finally, it was under 80 degrees for a run. Some of us did five miles and some did six. Then we drank grape gatorade. It was a good night.

Summer Streets starts tomorrow! Park Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street and there will be tons of vendors and fun stuff along the way. You can go for a walk or a run and there are FREE bike and rollerblade rentals! Enjoy it.


August 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Posted in not-running, Thursday group, weekend | Leave a comment

Lately, inconsistency is the theme of my life. I’m an erratic runner, yogi, and blogger. (Not to mention wife, daughter, employee, friend, cat mommy, housekeeper, businesswoman, cook, etc. etc. etc.) Sometimes I get around to things; more often, I don’t.

So, for the moment, I’ll just offer you some pictures from last week and hope to be back tomorrow with the first part in my series on what I learned in my coaching certification course.

See you soon!

The hardcore group.

July 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Posted in running, Thursday group | Leave a comment

As Coach Jeff recalled last night, on the 2009 marathon team there were a handful of people we called “the hardcore group” after they ran the 18-mile tune-up in freezing, pouring rain, even when the coaches told them to stay home and stay dry.

Well, there’s a new hardcore group.

These crazies came out in 97 degree (heat index 107) temps for their weekly Thursday run. Clearly, they mean business.

We shortened from the standard 5 miles to 3.5 and took a gatorade break between loops, but we still cranked it out, and at a clip, I might add. I was very impressed with everyone! (Myself included :))

On that note, though, PLEASE don’t run outside today. A day off won’t kill you, but a run might.

Have a safe, fun, beachy, cold-beer-filled weekend! And good luck to everyone doing the NYRR Long Training Run tomorrow. Drink lots of water and gatorade!

I love a long weekend.

July 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Posted in food, not-running, Thursday group, weekend | 2 Comments

Thank you to everyone who came out to run on Thursday! It was great! 

I spent the long weekend not running, not doing yoga, not doing anything much but eating like a wild animal. This morning I stepped on the scale and received my punishment.

I’m SURE running + yoga is the magic formula for me (assuming, of course, that I actually go running and do yoga), but to stay the size I want to be, I need to be more careful about food. I ate absolutely anything and everything I wanted this weekend (in great volume), and I just can’t do that. I don’t want to be restrictive in general – I can’t ban myself from cheese, for without it I would have no reason to live – but I do need to be selective. So, while a holiday weekend is a fine time to indulge, I have to remember that I don’t need to indulge at EVERY meal (hello, donuts).

Anyone have good tricks for staying on track over holiday weekends? Or…weekends in general?


June 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Alzheimer's, Thursday group, yoga | Leave a comment

Last night I went to the free YogaWorks open class on Pier 46 again.

It was another totally gorgeous perfect day for outdoor yoga. Practicing outside is so much fun.

But this was not my best class ever. I was totally off balance the entire time. I kept falling out of poses, wobbling, and turning left instead of right. Once I fell completely onto the ground! It wasn’t even a hard pose – maybe Warrior I? – but I just couldn’t stay up and I tumbled. It was really, really weird.

It was still a good practice, though. A little more aggressive than the last class at the pier, but that’s probably a good thing. I am relying on yoga to be my strength training now.

R2R Thursday group meets tonight. Though it is technically a team practice, ALL are welcome, so please feel free to come! We meet at 6:30 at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park, near the loop. You’ll recognize us in our purple Alzheimer’s gear!

Simple math.

June 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Alzheimer's, running, Thursday group | Leave a comment

I love love LOVE this team already!

It was sticky and nasty, but seven members of Team R2R 2011 edition came out for a 5 miler in Central Park last night. I ran with a Junior Committee Member prepping for her first marathon. Prior to last night, she had only run 4 miles in training; now she has 5+ under her belt. See how that works? Meet team, run together, push yourself, achieve greater distances. Simple math!

I hope everyone has a fabulous, run-filled weekend! I’m doing both races in the park – the Front Runners New York Lesbian and Gay Pride run on Saturday, and the Achilles Hope & Possibility 5-miler on Sunday (the most amazing, inspiring race of the year). Anyone else going to be out there?

On the trail.

June 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Posted in running, Thursday group | Leave a comment

The first practice of 2011 marathon season was…

small 🙂

But that’s okay. Five runners is a perfect size group to start with.

Rather than doing our usual 5 miler, we decided to go for a shorter distance. Running on the loop would have been out of the question anyway, since the Corporate Challenge was taking over most of the park. So we set out on the Bridle Path and headed north.

Running on the Bridle Path is completely different from running on the loop. It’s a dirt and gravel road that winds up to and around the reservoir. It’s under a canopy of trees and it’s easy on the feet (though, it’s so bumpy that I wouldn’t be able to wear my minimal sneakers there). I forgot how beautiful it is, and how pleasant it is to run on.

This is the best (and kind of only) time of year we can run on the Bridle Path in the evening – because of the tree cover, it gets dark there before it does on the loop (which is a paved road, out in the open and lit by street lamps). So I will take advantage!

We covered about three miles. It was the perfect first run back after the half.

Anyone racing this weekend? I heard the Portugal Day race has a tech tee!


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