me lucky charms

Well with another race on the horizon and of course having to partake in a pre-race ritual or 2…kinda gave me an idea for a fun post.  Everyone has their “lucky charms” for race day.  What are some of mine?

Yankee shoe charm:

I bought the Yankee charm, in addition to another (which stays on my regular trainers)  at the More/Fitness Half-Marathon expo from these peeps.  The Yankee charm goes on my racers for luck.  Specifically, on the right foot, as I had the ITB injury on my right leg, so I figure that leg can use a little more magic.

Watermelon candy-pink manicure:

So I like to get my nails done before races.  My color of choice used to be OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, a la Kara Goucher in NYCM 2008 (not quite black nails, but close enough) but I sort of tired of it this year.  So starting with the Mini 10K, I made my color of choice Watermelon by Essie-as it went with the pink accents in my green Adioses, and still looks good with the newer neon pink pair.  And there is something a little more upbeat about this color.  But as everyone knows, “when I do up my nails in watermelon candy color…you know I mean business! :)”

Music!
Though I leave the iPod behind on big race days, I do like to have some songs to listen to beforehand to get myself pumped up to race.  The songs pretty much vary by year.  (e.g., 2008’s songs were “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield and “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, 2009’s song was “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas.)  Here are some current favorites:

“Give Me Everything”-Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer.  Come on, this *was* like the summertime anthem of 2011.  And hey when you race, don’t you wanna give it everything?

“Club Can’t Handle Me”-Flo Rida/David Guetta.  Because the race course can’t even handle me right now 😛

“Walking on Sunshine”-Katrina & the Waves.  An oldie but goodie, I dare you to not want to run fast after listening to this song.

Blue Moon:

Seriously.  Yes I’ve had at least one the night before my last few races…not sure if that helps or not but hey doesn’t hurt to have an excuse to indulge in a cold one, right?  (not sure I’m gonna get to tomorrow but don’t fear, i’m getting it in tonite.)

White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter:

By Peanut Butter and Co.  Goes on my pre-race bagel before the big races.  Yes, I even pack it to bring with me when traveling to races 🙂

Starbucks Coffee:

A Pike Place Roast with a shot of vanilla syrup.  Kinda randomly stumbled upon this combo before the 2007 San Francisco Half, now this is a favorite “go-to” when traveling for races.

I’m sure there is more, but that’s what come to me off the top of my head.  So those are my lucky charms/lucky pre-race rituals-what’s yours?

And good luck to all racing this weekend!  Catch you on the flip side-hopefully with some good news to tell!

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the momentum shifts?

So I’m sure the lack of posting this week signaled that it was a very hectic week in Flygirl-land.  Well on the work side, definitely was…had at least one meeting, if not more than one, seemingly every day this week.  (oh, and the same person who endorsed weekend work here also wondered if someone who had taken a sick day was gonna still call in for a scheduled meeting.  what you see is my eyes rolling.)

Of course, this meant I was one tired chick this week, and it showed in my workouts…Tuesday I just did some easy miles before meeting the Flyers at a bar on the UES after their speed workout.  Thursday I put on the DS-Trainers, hoping to inject some speedy pickups into my run, but the legs were not having it…everything just felt tired.  Thankfully I ran into Flyer PD near 102nd and he kept me company and we chatted for about a mile or so.  Always nice to have unexpected company 🙂  And Wednesday I had planned to hit up a yoga class after work, but was absolutely beat and decided to just call it a night.

Needless to say, the batteries needed recharging this weekend.  Which started Friday nite at Tortilla Flats with some margaritas and girl talk 😉  Not to mention a, uh, amusing soundtrack of sorts in the background courtesy of the restaurant.  By the end of the night, I was inspired to dig up some of my old MTV Party To Go mix CDs and had memories brought back of of a certain someone in college who would blast “I Wish” by Skee-Lo constantly (and annoy the hell outta his suitemates.  I just found the whole thing amusing. 🙂 )

And even though I didn’t feel the drinks were that strong, I guess they did a little bit of a number on me, cuz I crashed not too long after I got home.  And I definitely needed a day to actually sleep in and not set the alarm…as my quickie on Saturday felt better than most of my others this week.  Quickie run…what were you thinking? 😉  3 miles and change on the bridle path, and I’m glad I never put the tights away because I needed them for this run!  (When did winter decide to come back?)  Topped that off with a yoga class to stretch everything out and prep for a long one…

So today, EG had arranged a long run with both 20 and 10-mile options down the west side to Brooklyn…the 10-mile option was perfect for me!!  Now of course the wild card, will the (sh)IT Band hold up?  Well as it turned out, it did. 

Was a nice crew running…some peeps I already knew in real life, others that I knew in the virtual running world and finally put a name to a face, and others that were brand new to me.  The weather was kinda crappy…capris and long sleeves were the order of the day as opposed to the shorts and tank tops of the previous weekend.  Oh and the weather people LIED!!  As it was rainy and windy during our run and didn’t wait for the evening.  Guess I should have wore the hat instead of the sunglasses?  Kept a nice relaxed pace of around 9:00, give or take a few seconds, and every few miles someone would ask if my knee was holding up ok-which I thought was nice.  And before I knew it, we were crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, running along the promenade, and down a steep hill to our final destination.  Nice run, and look forward to many more in the future…

So…close to 11 miles done.  And the (sh)IT Band seemed to hold up…legs did feel tired in the last few miles, but more endurance tired than hurting tired.  But just in case, the (sh)IT Band was still gonna have a date with some ice and the Quadballer later.  (Well after my hot shower…best hot shower ever.  Well, since this run.)

So maybe the momentum has shifted?  I can only hope it stays in this direction…gonna keep moving but still with a little caution.  This week looks like a little bit of a cutback…partially because of celebrating passover the next 2 nights with la familia, makes it a little tough to get workouts in unless I wake up early (doubtful!)  Plus the next 2 days look to be washouts anyway.  But on the other hand, may be a good thing to let the legs rest a little before Saturday’s 10K. (Though I never seem to run well on that course-rested or not!)

And on another topic-who would have thought that my bracket would still be in the running (ha ha) to finish in the money after Kansas was knocked out of it (and screwed up 90% of this country’s brackets, I’m sure.)  It sure has been the Tournament of Upsets…Saturday’s games are gonna be interesting!! 🙂

there will be days like this…

well…I guess the feeling of being fired up was short-lived? 🙂

ever have one of those days…weeks…where you feel like you can’t do anything right? yeah. thats my life this week. sort of. (not going into detail, but i’m sure you can guess. not boy-related for a change though. whew! 🙂 ) and i guess the attitude followed me to last night’s speed workout.

guess last week left me with a little too high of an expectation…while i was able to sub-7 the shorter intervals, i didn’t feel like i could keep up the momentum for the 1K intervals, and had to run those at my actual 5k pace (as opposed to fake 5k pace 😛 ) which, in itself was a great effort, but I still kept thinking “how the hell did I run a 4:13 1K last week?” don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a good workout, but I didn’t have the “I rocked it” feeling I had last week. But after reflection, thinking, and words of wisdom from others, I felt better about it…all surfaces are not created equal (this week’s workout was on a slower surface), it’s still early in ‘thon training, I am still ahead of where I was this time last year, or even this time last month! Guess it’s possibly the attitude from the other stuff going on that was bringing me down, perhaps…

the good thing is that getting in the mileage was been a breeze so far…like i’m actually ahead in my mileage for the week right now-very good sign. some random 5 and change in the park Tuesday nite…which apparently i couldn’t get through without being a troublemaker at least once 😉 after said run, I met up with the Flyers on the UES where they were having post-speedwork drinks…so I rehydrated with several Blue Moons and caught up with a few teammates that I hadn’t seen in awhile. And as for today…well I was debating whether to make tonight or tomorrow my rest day. But decided to run tonight, as I needed to shake off some of the stuff going on…which led to an easy 4 and change on the bridle path to recover from last night.

Lucky 13 on tap for my weekend long run…and jury is still out on which weekend day to do it on…hmmm maybe I’ll run opposite one of the races like I did last week…if I can wake up early enough 🙂

In non-running news…OMG, what a sad day for the entertainment industry. I remember back in…I think 1984? It was either my birthday or Hanukkah, and my present was a Sony Walkman with a tape of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. And I remember everyone wanting a turn to listen to that tape…my dad, my brother, one of my friends…over and over again 🙂 Was just the “in-demand” thing, I guess. Just so unreal hearing about the events of today…

46 miles lie between…

…me and taper time!! Don’t get me wrong, the work won’t be completely done, but at least it can ease up a little bit…

today was a recovery 4.8 miles on the bridle path…or that was what was planned, as I averaged closer to 9-minute pace than 9:30s. Yeah, don’t understand it either, I thought my legs would have been dead after yesterday. And especially after the fact that in the 7-day period betwen last Sunday and yesterday, I ran 58 miles. How the heck did that happen? Or actually…when did that happen? (Guess I need to thank the wonders of scheduling that made last week’s long run on Sunday and this week’s on Saturday.) So yeah, gotta be super-careful this week, want to make it through this heaviest mileage week, including my last 20-miler, unscathed…

Decided to play around with a new playlist website…below is the playlist that I listened to during the half-marathon yesterday. All the songs may not be your type but hey, they worked for me 🙂


i blame my co-worker for this one

yeah, this one has been on repeated play today. between said co-worker using it as part of his presentation to the company the other day about the financial update, and him emailing me the file of said song was just catnip for me because, well, the kind of week i’ve been having…

Where is the moment when needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue sky’s faded to grey
They tell me your passion’s gone away
And I don’t need no carrying on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You’re faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life’s been way off line
You’re falling to pieces everytime
And I don’t need no carrying on

Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don’t need no carrying on

You had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
You had a bad day

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
and the whole thing it turns out wrong
You might not make it back

and you know that you could be well oh that strong
And I’m not wrong

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You see what you like
And how does it feel one more time?
You had a bad day
You had a bad day
You had a bad day
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

now playing: “bad day” ~ daniel powter

and so it begins

Well today marked the official kickoff of training for the NYC Marathon. 1 day down, 124 days to go!!

Unlike last year, where I used the Basic Marathoner schedule from the NYC Marathon website and got burned out (in addition to the injury) following it, I took one of our assistant coaches up on his offer to help me with mapping out a game plan-which would take a lot of variables into consideration (e.g., current mileage, injury history, running history, goals.) We came up with a schedule which has me starting at a 28 mpw base and building up to 40 mpw. And unlike last year, where I think I felt a little overwhelmed by looking at the schedule (even though I already had the 25 mpw base going in)…this time I looked at it and said “I can definitely do this.”

But I do have to allow some flexibility in there…as I am already messing with the week 1 schedule 🙂 (sometimes life gets in the way…) This is what was planned:

M-optional XT (most likely a spinning class)
T-speedwork (approx. 4 miles)
W-3 miles
Th-6 miles
F-off
Sat-5 miles
Sun-10 miles

Well I anticipated that a run on Wednesday most likely won’t be happening…as it’s the first day back at work after a long weekend, I anticipate another night at the office til 8pm. So I decided I will make Wednesday an off day, will probably cross-train on Friday before work, and today did 3.3 miles-2 loops of the 1.66 mile bridle path. Was hot as hell-mid 80s-but hasn’t felt as bad as it has before…maybe I actually am acclimating. Or maybe the shade on the bridle path helped 🙂 But man, oh man…can I tell you how good it feels to be going into this training with no foot pain?? I’m actually feeling very excited about this marathon training, unlike last year, where my heart was just not into it, between my foot injury and just plain burnout.

So, I was listening to this song during my run today…it’s the song that is played during the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada (this song sadly does not make it onto the soundtrack though.) Great song, I found myself getting into the chorus lyrics…though the song isn’t exactly talking about a marathon runner…I felt the chorus of the song was kinda talking to me 🙂

Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm

Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

I feel like walking the world
Like walking the world
You can hear she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
She fills up every corner like she’s born in black and white
Makes you feel warmer when you’re trying to remember
What you heard
She likes to leave you hanging on a wire

Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

And she’s taller than most
And she’s looking at me
I can see her eyes looking from a page in a magazine
Oh she makes me feel like I could be a tower
A big strong tower
She got the power to be
The power to give
The power to see

Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

now playing: “suddenly i see” ~ kt tunstall

the skirt is back

in celebration of today’s loverly spring weather, i took my New Balance running skirt pictured here out of winter hibernation for tonite’s group run. i think i had only worn it running once-as i had first gotten it just as i was sidelined, and then it got too cold to wear it. but it got good mileage when i was playing Flyer cheerleader 🙂 anyway, it’s just as fun to run in as it is to wear not running.

as a little gift to myself, i decided to get one of the SkirtSports skirts-since I didn’t have the luxury of trying them on, I decided to get one of each style-the GymGirl and the MarathonGirl-and just return the style I don’t like (I got the all-black one-figured that would coordinate best!) they’re due to ship Saturday, hopefully I will get next week (and of course will post a review)

today was a fun, easy 6 mile loop with the Flyers. then after the run, we ran into a bunch of other Flyers finishing doing speedwork, others finishing their own runs and chatted for a bit…that’s one great thing about the nicer temps, no rush to get inside!!

so, the weekend long run plan will be 13…since Saturday looks to be rainy, an idea I had was possibly to do a loop before the Scotland Run on Sunday and then bandit that…or run in the other direction to cheer the others on… But this is all providing I wake up in time, especially after having to lose an hour sleep due to “springing forward…” I also have the option of the afternoon since Sunday looks to have nice weather as well…decisions, decisions.

(btw-the song i’m currently listening to is awesome…i heard it in spin class the other day and had to download it…it’s definitely going on my mix for the queens half. 9 1/2 minutes, but worth it!)

now playing: “estoy aquí (extended club mix)” ~ shakira