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I’m “Racing” and 30 Questions on Running

August 5, 2011

As much as I don’t want to face it, I’m running “racing” tomorrow, at the NYRR Team Championships. It’s definitely not going to be pretty, as my speed work of late has been a bit of a struggle, and I’ve..uhh..kinda been training for a marathon, not even a half-marathon or a 10K. Tomorrow should be interesting considering my legs aren’t rested, and I spent last night drinking about 5-8 glasses of wine and devouring all of this delicious food at a friend’s apartment.

And this was before the pigs in a blanket, italian meats, and cookies were rolled out. Every few months, a group of friends gets together for a wine tasting (not to be confused with cooking club!); we get to learn a little about each wine we sample (the region, pairings, etc.) while eating tasty food everyone brings and going for seconds (or thirds…) on the wines we really enjoyed. I’m usually not a red wine drinker, but I tried a sparkling red (Alfredo Roca Malbec, to be exact) and it was delicious!

After such an indulgent night (and leftovers for lunch today…) I wanted to keep it a bit lighter tonight.  While it’s not perfect pre-race fuel, it was delicious, quick and exactly what I wanted (okay, I really wanted 16 Handles, but needed ‘real’ food). This dish was summery, fresh and filling.

Baked Tilapia with Trader Joe's Sweet Chili Sauce, Corn (off) the cob, and papaya

Anyways, back to the race. I admittedly have a very hard time with running races when I’m not in the best shape or mentally ‘into’ them. Even if I mentally frame them as “fun races” or “workouts”, I am always disappointed when I don’t PR. If I can’t give it my best, why am I even signing up? I feel like I’m just going through the motions which is a waste of time and stress. I need to work on this a bit, as there are (obviously) many reasons to do races! This 5 miler will serve as my tempo for the week, and there will be some CPTC team bonding which I am most excited for. Plus, it was only $5 to enter.

Since this is the team championships, runners from all the NYC teams come out to race and score points. The men race at 8am and the women race at 9am. We’ll do a team warmup, and then a team picture afterwards. I still feel relatively new to the team and I am looking forward to getting to know people a bit better… and best of all, we’re having a team post-race brunch/boozing at the Boat Basin. I guess I can run race 5 miles for that 🙂


I saw this survey on my friend Marc‘s blog, and decided it’d be fun to fill out and switch up my posts a bit.

30 Questions on Running

1: What’s your favorite type of running shoe? Nike Zoom Vomero, a good neutral/cushioned shoe that works with my orthotics

2: Do you run to music? If yes, what’s your favorite song to run to? I used to never run with music since I ran with a team every day, but now I am an iPod addict during training runs (never races!). I actually just listen to the radio (92.3!) since I’m too lazy to update my iPod regularly- that way I get the latest music, commercials and all.

3: Do you run in a gym or outdoors? Always, always outdoors if I can. In the dead of winter, I found myself doing a few tempo/interval runs on the dreadmill out of desperation.

4: Do you bring a sports drink or water out with you when you run? No, most of my running routes have plenty of water fountains along the way. I don’t like to carry anything heavy like a water bottle.

5: How many miles can you run without breaking? I finished 26.2 and didn’t break 🙂 The last mile did feel like a near-death experience, though.

6: Do you prefer long, mid or short distance running? For sure long distance! I did the 1500-5000 in high school and college, and now love the half-marathon and marathon distances. I’m the type of runner that can stick at one certain pace for a while, but really struggle to keep anything faster. This is why my half-marathon times are around the same pace as my 10K.

7: How long have you been running? Since 8th grade

8: What do you think about when you run? I think this could get its own post, a la Susan. Generally, I think about my day, upcoming races, training, goals, work, relationships, friends, family, money, moving, vacations, happiness, recipes, the future, the past…sometimes I people watch…and then sometimes my mind becomes a black hole without thoughts at all as the miles pass.

9: Do you run when you’re emotional? Think I’m pretty emotional everyday, so yup 🙂 But, I do recall some especially ‘freeing’ runs while going through emotional times. Hitting the pavement and opening my lungs was particularly cathartic.

10: Have you noticed any changes in your life since you started running? Everything.  I can’t even picture who I would be if I didn’t start running. (Amen, Marc!) I started so early, it’s definitely shaped who I am—I chose to go to Villanova because I could run there, most of my friends from HS and College are runners, I met my boyfriend because we were on the same running team, and in some small way I think I chose my career in PR because juggling many things at a time (i.e., running + life) comes pretty naturally due.

11: Do you stretch? Lightly before I run as I wait for my Garmin signal, and lightly after as I wait for my coffee to be done. Definitely should do more. (oh hi, cranky IT band…)

12: Do you plan your day around your run or your run around your day? Both. My run is always planned into my day to ensure it gets done, but sometimes my day dictates when I plan my run (i.e., happy hour plans, nightly team workouts, more sleep, etc.)

13: Do you run with someone else? Mostly by myself nowadays, except team workouts, though trying to meet up with others for regular runs as much as possible (shout out to the am sweat squad!) Always accepting running buddies.

14: What motivates you to run? Achieving a new milestone or a PR in a race. I like to push myself to see what I’m capable of, and I’ll admit: It makes me feel kinda badass/rockstar when I tell people about my running accomplishments (“you ran how far this morning?!”

15: Are you surprised with how well you run? Sometimes, but I know I put in the hard work and effort into my training, so I shouldn’t be too surprised when I run well.  I earned it!

16: Do you run marathons/races/both? All of the above.

17: What’s your best mile time? Didn’t race it much, but a 5:26 mile on a crappy 200m indoor track during college.

18: Do you run to keep fit or keep fit to run? Both.

19: Do you prefer to run in heat or in cold? Pros and cons of each (summer running and winter running). I guess if I had to pick, it’d be the summer despite the humidity and continuously being a sweaty mess- at least it’s light when I wake up to go run! Far less depressing.

20: Is it hard for you to get out of the house to run? Yes, some mornings when I’m super tired, but I usually get out the door and go before I come to realize what’s going on. I sleep in my running clothes so I am super quick the next morning. Yes, I know that’s weird.

21: Do you ever regret not running? Not really—if I’m not running, it’s because I’ve planned a day off, or because I’m injured and can’t. In both bases, rest is a good thing!

22: Do you keep a record of your running times? I mentally know all of my PRs, and keep a running log.

23: Do you have a running idol? Not an idol, really, but there are many professional runners I look to for advice, inspiration, etc. to fuel my training like Kara Goucher, and fellow Villanova alum Frances Koons.

24: Does anyone else in your family run? Nope. My sister threw shotput in high school, though.

25: Are you currently trying to become a better runner? Always; the never-ending goal.

26: Do you run when you have nothing else to do? I don’t run out of boredom, as all my miles are pretty much pre-planned and there are much better things to do when I really have “nothing to do” (sleep, get 16 Handles, watch mindless reality television, cook, shop, lay outdoors….)

27: How often do you run? Anywhere from 4-6 days a week, depending on what I am (or aren’t) training for. I usually try to take at least 1 rest day/week, my body definitely needs it.

28: What is your biggest running-related dream? At the moment, breaking 3:00 in the marathon is my dream. On a related note, I also tend to dream (or have nightmares) about running, involving oversleeping my alarm the day of a race, and my legs failing so I can’t run and like gripping the road to propel/swim myself forward (this one is actually pretty recurring..)

29: Will you run for the rest of your life or just until you become what you want? I’d love to run for the rest of my life, as long as I remain healthy and still enjoy it. I can’t see myself seriously racing like I am now, but I always want to be able to go out for my daily (or weekly..) run.

30: What are your favorite exercises to team with running? I love the way lifting/core work makes me feel, but I definitely don’t do it as much as I need to. I like pilates and total body conditioning classes.

There you have it! Did any of my 30 answers surprise you? Nothing groundbreaking, but entertaining and I encourage you all to fill it out as well. TGIF, and have a good weekend. Will report post-race 🙂

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 11:40 pm

    I am exactly the same way. It’s the only time I’ve ever run a 5 mile race, which is my saving grace for sanity, but I’ll def compare paces with other paces from other races (rhyme much?). I’m trying to tell myself “its a chance to see how you can do” and whatever it is, it is…that its not a “test” or something.

    I like the 30 questions! Maybe I’ll do it, too, we’ll see.

    Good luck tmw to you!

  2. August 6, 2011 4:24 pm

    that was so fun to read, Lindsay! Loved it. Hope you had a good race – was just finishing up my long run at y’all started speeding by and I cheered! Jealous of your post-race festivities 🙂

  3. August 8, 2011 11:11 pm

    I love surveys….makes me miss the high school days when you would send them to all your friends. May need to do this one on my blog!

    I still need to go to the boat basin!


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