Three different marathon trainingschedules and their mileage:
Silly Girl Running vs. 'NO', 'You can't', and 'Girls don't do that'. Because I do. And mess up race photos while I'm at it.
Three Things Thursday - the 'mileage' post
Three different marathon trainingschedules and their mileage:
Squeeze me, baby!
And I honestly believed that these compression socks were the compression product of the moment. Boy, was I wrong! Apparently there's a whole world filled with compression products out there!
Saucony Amp Pro2
For me, I won't order the Amp Pro2 line through the internet. I'll look for a store that sells the line and try it on.
Confessions of a single runner
Why not to race with Laryngitis - and 40 days till NYCM!
Can you tell that I'm trying to hide behind the chubby guy in the blue shirt? :)
I'm still playing hide and seek here, and it's pretty obvious that I'm in pain (legs were beyond sore...)
Freaky Friday - The 'Why priests run' post
Most running commercials are inspirational, but this one is just downright funny! (Or is it just my twisted mind that thinks so?)
As for running: I missed three runs in a row this week (a total of 18.6 miles / 30 km) due to the laryngitis. And I'm still feeling grumpy because of that. I hope lots of rest will cure the laryngitis. Fingers crossed!
What's your favorite running commercial?
Three Things Thursday
2. I just know that I'm going to get lost in the New York Marathon Start Villages. I'm clumsy enough to make that happen. Don't believe me? Check out the Start Map by clicking on this link:
Believe me now? I will have to print that map and take it with me just to get to the start. I just hope that I will be able to find the 1.500 toilets they promised us on the New York Marathon website.
To all the New York Marathon runners: if you see a confused looking Redhead in a runningskirt walking around in the start villages; please tell her where the start line / toilets / food stations are.
3. How many days are left until the New York Marathon? Well, since you're asking:
Larynwhat? - The grumpy runner post
Race pics - The 'The world should thank me for not pursuing a career in modelling' post
Those pigtails...You would say I'm too old for that, wouldn't you? Must admit that it keeps all the hair out of my face. :)
Nice heel strike, babe. And watch the goofy face...
Do you have a worst / best race picture? And would you ever run a race in a costume?
Paris, Paris, je t'aime!
Yep, that's right, April 11th 2011, just one month before Edingburgh Marathon...Wonder if my legs will still like me by then...
All the sights are en route!
Paris Marathon is still 7 months away, and I'm already excited! :)
Who wants to join in the Paris Marathon fun and register?
The 10 miler that made me love running even more
Things that put a smile on my face
Ran: 6.3 miles / 10 km - 53 min (too fast for an easy run...not good considering tomorrow's race!) - with dogs
This Mizuno commercial from a couple of years ago, put a smile on my face this morning. I'm sure it will put one on yours to. Enjoy your weekend long run!
It's not me, it's you - The 'Does your mental state affect your running?' post
b. my lower legs were still feeling heavy and cramped up (and I have a race coming up this weekend).
Three Things Thursday - the 'dream job' post
Wacky Wednesday: You know you're a runner when...
Two for Tuesday - Healthy eating: Grilled Tuna and Pea and Courgette salad
It's recipe time again! A friend of mine gave me two healthy ideas to start your meal with. So, this time no main course recipe, but two starters. Easy to prepare and Yummy in your tummy (OK...that sounds kind of lame...but they are actually Yummy)!
Grilled Tuna with cucumber salad
4 Tuna steaks (about 100 grams / 3.5 oz. each)
3 tablespoons of Soy sauce
1 tablespoon of vinegar
4 tablespoons of Sesame oil
1 tablespoon of sugar
How to prepare this dish:
Courgette and pea salad
You'll need (serves 4):
1 courgette / zucchini
225 grams/ 8 oz. of peas
1 spring onion
200 grams / 7 oz. of feta
some mint leaves
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
6 tablespoons of olive oil
How to prepare this dish:
Enjoy your meal!
ZZZZZZZZZZ - The Sleepy Runner Post
That's at least 10 hours a week into your training. Plus the hours that are taken by work/parenting and having something that could qualify as a social life, your week is pretty much filled with work / activities / running / etcetera. That's one busy life! Sleeping becomes less important. You come home from your PM run on a weekday, and don't want to go to bed right away. You have a good book waiting for you. Let's read a bit in that one. Or, you taped your favorite sitcom and want to watch that before you go to bed. And before you know it, it becomes normal that you get about 6 to 7 hours of sleep, or less, in per night. Before you know it, it's day to day business that you wake up still feeling tired and not really revived.
And that affects your running. Having a busy life and being a runner isn't always easy. There you go, I said it. Heck, I admitted it. And apparently I could have known this (well, to be honest common sense could have done the trick...). This Runnerworld.com article explains how important it is for runners to get enough hours of sleep per night.
For me, this article is a true eye opener. I have been feeling tired lately, and besides that, easy runs seem less easy than they did a couple of weeks ago. I'll have to make sleeping part of my training plan. 6-7 hours of sleep per night is just not enough for this girl. That good book / cocktail hour / late night movie will have to wait. At least, for now. So, starting tonight I will try to get at least 9 hours of sleep in...per night. No excuses. No watching tv while already in bed. No turning the pages of that good book, because I'm desperate to find out who's that serial killer. Running means just too much for me.
Does a lack of sleep affect your running / training plan? How many hours of sleep do you need?Days left 'til New York Marathon:
Yeah, RunningRonald, I know, I totally stole this one from you, but I just think it's a great idea! :) Consider yourself honoured. ;)
Why men don't listen and women can't read maps
New York Marathon Course Strategy
Ran: 18.4 miles / 29.5 km - 2 h 53 min - weekend easy pace long run
This girl has a plan.
The plan to be prepared for the New York City Marathon course. The hills. The bridges. The hills. And the bridges. To not let these bridges and hills take her by surprise. That's the plan. I'll just have to wait and see if this plan works...fingers crossed.
And this ING course video (with elevation chart) should help me to prepare my legs and mind for the hills/bridges/hitting the wall. (I apologize in advance for all the ING spam in the video...I guess this is one of their ways to get through the financial crisis).
Do you believe that it's better to get yourself mentally ready for a hilly course, than to just go for it and see what happens (with the risk of hitting the wall big time)?
The Angry Run!
And the best thing: after my Angry Run, all the anger was gone. I wasn't angry anymore...at all. Peace and quiet. Total serenity. Ohmmmmmmmm...
Who needs therapy (or anger management classes for that matter) when the road is open for an Angry Run?
Three Things Thursday - the 'I'm in a New York State of Mind' post
As long as you just don't suggest that I should wear this guy's costume. Not going to happen! Sorry...
2. I like (OK, love) to plan ahead! Especially when I'm as excited about something as I am about the New York Marathon! And I would really like to go to dinner the night of the marathon (Nov. 7th that is ;) :)), and have some good food. Doesn't have to be expensive or fancy, just some 'WoW! Perfect ending of a perfect day' kind of food in a nice restaurant. Let's just hope that I won't end up struggling to finish the marathon...and end up in my hotel room with GI issues and aching legs.
Which restaurants on Manhattan serve this kind of 'WoW' food? And also have a cosy ambiance. Just somewhere you want to go after finishing a marathon (I. Must. Finish. This. Marathon.) Which restaurant can you recommend?
3. 58 days 'till the New York Marathon!!! Yay! Oh, and be prepared to hear a lot of 'YaY! ...days 'till the NYCM!' in the next couple of weeks (8 1/2 weeks to be exact).
And for you to share in my 'YAY! New York Marathon!' excitement, a video of last year's marathon. Love the song, by the way!
In case you can't watch the video or it's not working properly, you can also use this link:
It's all about the beats!
Let's talk resting heart rate, shall we?
Race Time Predictors - which ones work for you?
Well, since I'm training for the New York Marathon (YAY!) I've been trying to figure out what my Marathon Pace could be. My only marathon up to date is the Swiss Alpine Marathon, and that's not really a race that can be used to predict the time on a next marathon. Unless that next marathon is the Swiss Alpine Marathon. And since the NYCM is not the Swiss Alpine Marathon, but a flat course marathon, my Swiss Alpine Marathon time is of no use.
So, I just decided on a marathon pace that's just a bit (a bit bit) faster than my 22 mile long run pace. And I'll just try to hold on to that pace on my marathon pace runs.
If Ryan Reynolds can finish the NYCM in 3:50, I should be able to finish under 4 hours, shouldn't I?
What's your take on marathon time calculators? How do you figure out what your marathon pace should be?
Manic Monday: Healthy Eating - Pasta with Butternut Squash and Feta
This Monday has the number 61 all over it. And nope, 61 is not the miles I have scheduled for this week (heck no...61 miles a week...just the thought of it makes me tired), it's not my weight in kilograms (at least...last time I checked it wasn't, but that was 3 months ago...) and it's certainly not the current outside temperature in Holland (maybe next week it will drop to the low 60's again...at least, that's what the weather report says). It's the number of days left 'till the New York Marathon! Yay! :) 61 days. Two months. No more than 9 weeks.
Wow! I'd better get my act together! ;) Which brings me to healthy eating. For those of you that don't already know, I'm a big fan of healthy eating (with the occasional pizza or fast food to keep this girl happy and sane ;)), and with the New York Marathon just 9 weeks away, I find trying to stick to the healthier options even more important.
So here's one of my favorite healthy and easy to prepare dinner options. Oh, and it's Runner Friendly (as in...enough carbs).
I found this picture on the internet: it should look something like this when you're done preparing the meal. Yummy, huh?
500 grams / 18 oz Butternut Squash (diced)
2 shallots (chopped)
70 grams / 2.5 oz of tomato puree
1 tablespoon sugar
300 grams / 10.5 oz Tagliatelle (fresh)
50 grams / 1.7 oz hazelnuts (crushed)
100 grams / 3.5 oz Feta cheese (crumbled)
15 grams / 0.5 oz Parsley (chopped)
Don't you just love these Lazy Sundays?
Hi Ya 16 miler, you've got nothing on me!
I did colour match the shorts...and added my pink CEP compression socks. Shorts doesn't have to mean 'look like a boy' as long as I have a hand in it. ;)
Nice and sweaty, huh? At least the red eyes match my hair colour. ;) And boy...that's a scary face!
Enjoy your weekend long runs! Happy running!
What would you do when having GI issues on your long run. Pull the plug or struggle through?