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Game On!

Oh, Winter Storm Juno. As a native of Central New York, I really want to tell everyone to calm down; but I do understand the city cannot handle half a foot of snow.

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Eerily quiet and beautiful walk home by the High Line

And I’m all for an adult snow day.

Anyway, apologies for my lack-of-blogging phase. It’s been one of those months—seriously, how can January nearly be over?!—where I’ve been firing on all cylinders all the time. But since I’m hanging out and hunkering down today, there’s no time like the present. So fill up your water bottle, top off your coffee, and, well, hunker down for some updates.

As far as work goes, I’m nearing the end of a transition. I don’t talk about JackRabbit a lot, but for the past few weeks, I’ve been moving away from the outreach/event planning stuff to the digital editorial/social media side of things. Yes, this is a vague description, but these responsibilities are more along the lines of what I want to do long term. I’m working on several projects now (#vagueblogging), and in the words of one coworker, “you have a voice, and it matters a lot.”

Some of my BFFs/Girls’ Club colleagues have transitioned too, which is bittersweet. I’m pumped for them—after all, they’re doing big things!—but it stinks because a lot of “my people” won’t be around any more. It’s tough when your inner circle changes, and yes, I realize it’s incredibly rare to work with your friends.

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Rabbits at the Rescue Mission!

Thankfully, not everyone is leaving. This should go without saying, but the people I work with and the community we foster are why I love (working at) JRab. And on the bright side, I’m becoming friendlier with higher-ups, which is good. (Sidebar: One of my teammates recently wrote about transitions too.)

My triathlon training is undergoing a transition too. This came up in my off-season recap, but basically, my mindset, motivation, and outlook have totally changed. I’m enlisting different resources (Coach Pat, Tailwind Endurance, etc.), and I’m cutting out the toxic aspects of my training. “Toxic” may be a little harsh, but I can’t think of another word right now.

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Non-toxic decaf almond milk cappuccino

For better or for worse, certain people and atmospheres alter my internal dialogue, and although it’s OK during races and tough workouts, it is not a narrative I want to hear all the time. Last year, I needed this tough, in-my-face coaching, but I’ve matured as an endurance athlete. I’m getting better at using mantras, finding that “second wind” on my own, and basically tapping into what motivates me.

Who knew running fitness translates to semi-decent swimming? I mean, it makes sense. Both are full-body activities. And people will aqua jog if they’re injured and can’t run. But if you told me I’d not only survive, but swim somewhat respectably during my first 3,000 yarder since August, I would not have believed you. But that’s exactly what happened. And I threw down some semi-respectable times for the 100- and 400-yd. time trials.

My new obsession is escaping to a cabin and writing, writing, writing.

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Up, On, and Over

Ever since going to New Paltz, I’ve been craving more trails, more nature, more outdoors—basically, the polar opposite of New York City. Coincidence my quarter-life crisis is coming up?

Overall, though, 2015 is off to a solid start. I’m pumped to see what it brings, and in the mean time, I’m continuing to work hard and dial everything in. Game on!

It’s November?

Whew—marathon madness has finally ended, so I can finally come up for a breath. Throughout October and the first week of November, JackRabbit was firing on all cylinders: various events and group training runs, plus a pre-New York City Marathon party and race-day cheer zone. So many 26.2 activities!

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Full Throttle Endurance says, “WHOA!”

Marathon week—plus Monday actually (because Meb Keflezighi had a book signing at our Upper West Side store)—centered on stress, semi-organized chaos, and tons of excitement. We live for this time of year and all it encompasses; for me, that meant making sure our Saucony pre-party and Brooklyn cheer zone were successful events.

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Behind the scenes–and mission accomplished!

And now, I’m embracing the work “off-season.” Thank GAWD. Here’s what’s going on:

Last week, my fam and I went to Florida to celebrate my dad’s birthday. My grandfather lives there, and my uncle flew in too, and it was great to spend some quality time with everyone. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Sanibel without plenty of beach time (where running, reading, and sunburning occurred).

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This weekend, I have my first “race” since Nationals in August: The Philadelphia Half-Marathon. Some of my teammates and (work) friends will be there, plus a few BoMFers and my family. I’m really excited! Not only is it an escape from the city, but it’s also an opportunity to test my training and gauge my progress. Coach Pat and I have talked race strategy, he things I can string together a solid 13.1 miles, race the thing, and shoot for a big PR. A few months ago, I planned to simply go out and run and see what happened; now, though, I feel confident pushing it. Speedwork is coming along, and my long runs have gone pretty well, and this is hands down the most prepared I’ve felt for a “straight up” road race. Fingers crossed I feel good on race day and can hop aboard the pain train for a while!

And then, it’s Thanksgiving, which means even more family time!

In other training news, I ended my 72-day swimming boycott and went to the pool. Honestly, I planned to wait until December, but several knowledgeable individuals—including but not limited to Coach Pat and my tri coach—said getting back in the water sooner may be a good idea. Specifically, “not swimming is totally going to bite you in the a** come January!” according to my tri coach. The race isn’t won during the swim, but one of my friends/Girls’ Club colleagues questioned: “How fast can you run if you’re last out of the water?”

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Talk about tough love—and a serious wake-up call.

So two weeks ago—about 12 hours after my endorphin-inducing 11 miler—I walked to the pool after work. On the way over, I visualized myself swimming, flip turning, and doing all the little things right, but I couldn’t shake the insecurity: what if I don’t remember anything? What do my arms do again? How does one execute a flip-turn?

As it turns out, swimming is a lot like riding a bike; you never forget how to do it. When my feet touched the water, I went on autopilot: adjusted my cap, put on my goggles, and just went. Sure, I felt semi-winded 200 yards in, but those 1,500 yards felt OK. And they felt slightly better—and faster—a week later.

To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen after Philly—in terms of training and life. It feels like I’m on the brink, like a breakthrough is right around the corner, but I don’t know what is it or what it will entail. But I just hope I’m ready.

Training Log – Week of Oct. 20 (Week 41)

Woah, long week for anyone else? We’re entering TCS New York City Marathon crunch time (t-minus seven days!), and even with this larger-than-life event, the week still seemed to drag by.

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It’s also health fair season. This means I get to go to swanky offices and talk to “real people” about the awesomeness of running and JackRabbit.

But any day you have a view this breathtaking is a good day.

General training notes: Coming off a lackluster few days of training, I hoped to turn things around this week. And for the most part, I succeeded. Each run felt great, and Coach Pat even had me do some pickups this week, which was my first time doing (something resembling) speedwork since … July. Wowza.

Monday – a.m. run

You know those days when you wake up and immediately want to go back to bed? This was one of those days—and everyone seemed to agree. I ran one mile to BoMF, walked two (long story), and then ran four easy on my own. Once I got going, it was fine, but it was a struggle.

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

Between mid-run pickups and post-run strides, it’s safe to say Coach Pat is trying to make me faster. He may kill me in the process, though! Just kidding, Pat! Thankfully, I was able to hit and hold the pickup efforts pretty well—aside from the final two when my legs said, “nope, we’re done!” After the six miles, I did some corework and upper-body strength training.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

This power hour Tailwind class centered on maintaining an even power output—which did not go well. We did a ton of sprints into threshold efforts, and I struggled to dial into an acceptable range; ideally, we were supposed to stay within 10-20 watts, but I had 50-watt swings. Sigh. It comes down to experience and practice, and I keep reminding myself to be patience and keep working hard.

Thursday – a.m. run

You know those runs where everything clicks? You feel invincible and enter a space where absolutely nothing can stop you. That’s what happened during these rainy 10 miles. And it was awesome.

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance and strength training

Oh, erg mode. You get me every time. In erg mode, the CompuTrainer holds the specified wattage, and it’s your job to match the cadence and move the pedals. I’d argue this is harder than a “normal” workout where it’s the rider’s responsibility to hit and hold the desired number. Anyway, we did short, one-minute VO2 max efforts, plus four, five-minute blocks at threshold. More corework and upper-body strength training after.

Saturday – a.m. run

This 45-min. steady run was the toughest and worst one of the week (I didn’t sleep well the night before), but I still felt OK and dialed into the specified pace range.

Sunday – off

And now for a few shameless JackRabbit marathon plugs for the NYC folks.

We’re hosting a pre-marathon party with Saucony, KT Tape, and Zico on Saturday, Nov. 1 at USQ from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Live DJ, graffiti artist, giveaways—so much marathon excitement! And you don’t have to be running the marathon to come! (Case in point: I will be there all day.)

And the JackRabbit cheer zone will be at Mullane’s Bar and Grill in Brooklyn, which is situated at mile 8.5. Come be loud with us!

Out of Whack

Helloooo, Friday!

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Even though I’m inclined to say “it’s been one of those weeks,” it really hasn’t. But it kinda has. Let me explain.

Earlier this week, we undertook a renovation project of sorts at work. This meant about 2,000 pairs of running sneakers had to be moved from the shoe room on the ground floor to the basement downstairs. And this relocation displaced our buyers, marketing folks, editorial gurus, etc. Somehow, my workspace became the new garbage location (I don’t ask questions), so I’ve been working remotely.

It’s been a productive, but surreal week. Nearly all of our “downstairs” people have been working from home, so when I stopped in Wednesday afternoon to take care of a few things, it felt like summer camp—a.k.a. hanging out with your friends without adults. (This doesn’t mean people are not responsible adults; the atmosphere was just different because our corporate contingent wasn’t there.)

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Action shot from our Marathon FAQ Panel.  See the sneakers on the left?  Direct result of the renovation project.

Working from home has its positives and negatives: Woohoo for wearing glasses, camping out on the couch, and blasting Maroon 5 all day (and OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles too.) Boo for going stir crazy, experiencing Girls’ Club withdrawal, and having no one to talk to. Gotta take the good with the bad, right?

On a related note, I’ve felt totally out of whack this week.

My routine changed because working remotely means I can start doing my thing earlier. This week has actually reminded me of Honors Week during my senior year of college. Basically, students undertaking Honors projects had five days to write at least 50 pages of a dissertation of sorts; and since I’m a morning person, I’d wake up early, crank out words for five hours, and then take a break. There’s no drafting and revising now, but there have been similarities like days blurring together and taking 30-minute power naps.

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Also, thank GAWD season six of Parks and Rec is on Netflix Instant

During Honors Week, I shut myself off from everyone, put my blinders on, and basically only did one of three things: wrote, ate, or slept. Thankfully, I lived with my BFF who was also doing Honors, so we felt some solidarity in our zombie statuses: ‘Are you alive? What page are you on? Nice, ready, break!’

That rigid intensity hasn’t been replicated this week, but that sense of distance feels familiar. Since I spent my Honors Week waking hours dialed in, there was virtually no socializing. Granted, it was only five days, but still. Not ideal. This week has felt like that too: It’s tough when you know exactly what’s going on in someone’s life—including the nitty gritty stuff—and then you don’t see or really talk to them for a week. Again, not ideal, but normally, this wouldn’t be an issue; as a type-A person, I’d cling to and find comfort in my routine, but since my day-to-day has changed too, well, it’s been a long week.

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Miss you, Zelda!

There’s no concrete end date in sight—just the vague, “sometime next week”—and since we’re in full-fledged marathon season, we can’t let up either. It’s the most wonderful (and crazy and stressful) time of the year!

Speaking of, two quick PSAs: First, for you NYC folks, JackRabbit is holding our Four Jacks Run tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. If you need one last long run (20 miles) before the marathon, then this is perfect!  Second, I’m doing Bike MS Sunday with some coworkers. This has become a personal cause—you may remember I did MuckFest Boston last year with my aunt—and every donation helps.

All right. It’s back to Sara B. until further notice.

What are you up to this weekend?

Triathlon Training Log – Week of Aug. 11 (Week 31)

Remember Operation: Sloth Week after Nationals last year? I planned to do the same thing post-Milwaukee this week—relax, work out on my own terms, and slowly transform from triathlete to real person.

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I’ll be back next year, Milwaukee! (*Knock on wood*)

However, that mission lasted about three days before my body revolted.

General training notes: Basically, in the words of my high school basketball coach, I “farted around” Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and worked out recreationally. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) By Thursday, I was itching to put in work again.

Monday – off

I slept until 6:30 a.m., leisurely enjoyed some Wegmans flavored coffee, and had a peaceful morning.

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

I slept in again, ran 3.6 steady miles, and did some upper-body strength training.

Wednesday – a.m. indoor cycle

Rain, rain, go away—because I want to ride my bike! The precipitation canceled our outdoor ride, so we retreated to the indoor cycle studio. My coach had to organize bike trailer unload, and he left me in charge of the workout. So I basically made my coaching debut.

Thursday – a.m. swim and run

After a sub-par swim at Nationals, I didn’t want to get back into the water. But I had to test some toys for work, so into the pool I went. Anyway, since some folks have upcoming races, we incorporated some race-paced efforts into this 3,100-yard workout. I felt good, and my splits were right where they should’ve been, which confirms I had an off day in Milwaukee. After, I ran an easy five miles along the West Side Highway with my coach, and we had a nice heart-to-heart about my training, what happened at Nationals, and where my efforts need to be focused this off-season.

Friday – a.m. bike

It felt so good to get back in the saddle! My last ride was at Nationals, but my last road-bike ride was … uh … two weeks ago? We had a smaller group, so we split into boys’ and girls’ groups for steady loops. Including the ride to the park and the warm-up and cool-down loops, I logged 33 miles.

Saturday – a.m. bike

A few teammates and I met up for a low-key, 45-mile ride, which obviously concluded with brunch.

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Woohoo for another JackRabbit race! I worked and ran (best of both worlds, right?) two loops of Prospect Park. I had to “pinch hit” and join a JRab relay team, and then I did another loop with a coworker who signed up for the full 10-mile distance. So I ended the day with 6.8 miles or so—and brunch. Hmmm, I’m starting to notice a pattern …

Happy

I’m crossing my fingers and toes this post doesn’t act as a jinx and cause not-so-great things to happen. My check-ins have been few and far between, but that’s because I’ve been out living life—and being happy. It’s taken a while to figure it out—or at least partially figure it out—but I’ve found my groove. And that makes me happy.

Work

My schedule shifted to Monday-Friday two (or three?) weeks ago, and my productivity has skyrocketed.

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Sugar-free watermelon slurpee for National Slurpee Day

Even though I enjoyed having Thursdays off (and taking noon power hour CompuTrainer classes at Tailwind Endurance), I really thrive off these normal hours. Work does keep me on my toes, though. A lot of time, I don’t know what I’ll be doing until I get to the store; my role isn’t totally clear-cut, and there’s a lot of ebbing and flowing. But that’s OK. I can handle the combination of structured hours and dynamic responsibilities.

These new hours have led to some new and great friendships. When I worked the floor regularly, I became close with my fellow floor staff. (One guy calls me “Carebear,” which is a nickname reserved for family and close friends, and he knows it’s a big deal.) But now, I see our “downstairs” folks—think corporate like buyers, marketing, etc.—more often. They’re the ones who know about my training, my racing, and my general life happenings. For whatever reason, I’m better friends with the guys who work the floor, but my best friends downstairs are girls. (Shout out to Girls Club!) It’s taken more than a year, but I’ve finally found my work BFFs. And that makes me happy.

Triathlon

Where to even begin? First, I signed up for a sprint tri this weekend (0.5-mile swim, 10-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run). It ends in a vineyard. Total no-brainer.

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In all seriousness, though, I wanted one more tune-up race before Nationals in August. This will give me a chance to work on top-end speed (or see if I have any) and test new equipment.  I’m also planning to test an aero helmet.  It even matches my bike, and we know it’s all about looking good in the race photos!

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Not multi-tasking at the swim exit: ain’t nobody got time for that!

Training continues to go well: The swim is at a good spot, the bike is still a work-in-progress, and the run really depends on the day. Overall, though, the improvements I’ve made this season makes me happy—and I’m excited to see how everything (hopefully) comes together in August.

Speaking of Nationals, there are goals this time around. And these goals sound lofty and scare me. My coach has outlined race scenarios and expects me to dial in, arrive in top form, and piece together my best race of the year. His confidence in me makes me happy. Whether I have that confidence changes every minute (seriously), but knowing that he believes in me makes me happy.

Lake Placid

Before heading to Milwaukee, I’ll make the trip to Lake Placid to cheer, volunteer, and sherpa (yes, it’s a verb) for my five teammates taking on the Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run).

Last year, I logged some quality training, volunteered at gear bags, and soaked in the experience of watching my first in-person Ironman event. This time around, though, my priorities will be different. My teammates will dictate my every move; whatever they need, I’m their girl.

Another change this year includes how emotionally invested I am in this race. When swim splits don’t get hit, I feel frustrated and unsettled. When brick workouts get nailed, I feel ecstatic and unstoppable. Obviously I haven’t done the training in terms of hours and volume, but I feel like I’ve become part of their journey.  And being there for them makes me happy.

This involvement hasn’t affected my training. Aside from the pre-Timberman sympathy taper crazies, I’ve maintained focus and logged the workouts I need to log. However, as Placid inches closer, my mind has started to wander during sessions: ‘I’m doing a five miler right now. So-and-so is running 20. I hope they’re feeling OK. They were worried about their calf …’ I usually let myself think about it for a few seconds and then refocus.

Being this emotionally involved in a race I’m not even doing scares me, but it also makes me happy.

So that’s the gist of happenings here lately. Keeping busy and keeping happy. What’s going on with you?

Triathlon Training Log – Week of June 23 (Week 25)

Hello, hello!

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#WorkFlow #LetsTalkWatts

General training notes: Woof. My back-to-back races caught up with me, and fatigue plus humidity made for some tough bike and run workouts. And it’s not that bad yet. Anyway, this combo led to a lackluster training week; at times, it felt like I was just going through the motions. However, there are several factors at play: aside from fatigue and humidity, my work schedule has changed, so I’m getting used to new hours, and I’ve also “checked out” a little bit because I’m going home for the 4th of July. ‘Tis life, right?

Monday – off

Tuesday – a.m. brick (bike and run)

Yeah, this was an aggressive first workout post-race, but it went OK. My legs felt stiff during the bike, but loosened up by the run. Thankfully, it was a short brick—36 biking miles and 1.7 running miles. Don’t know if I could’ve handled anything longer.

Wednesday – a.m. swim; p.m. Anyone Can Win 5-K

Coming off Sunday’s race and Tuesday’s brick, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the pool, but my body fared pretty well. There weren’t a ton of hard efforts, and it felt great to get in the water. And that night, JackRabbit hosted its annual Anyone Can Win 5-K in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It’s a prediction race, so you predict your time and try to run it—without watches, music, etc. I worked and ran, and it was a lot of fun!

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Yeah, Union Square represent!

It was during this run where I noticed the humidity affecting me; it felt like I was running so much faster and working harder than my chip time indicated. But I should cut myself some slack as my body acclimates.

Thursday – a.m. swim and run

Tough, tough swim. Our main set took the form of a 3×300 that included steady swimming, solid pulling, and race pace 50s. I planned to run five steady miles after, but my legs were shot from the night before, and the humidity was killer, so I did four easy instead.

Friday – a.m. bike

Two words: girl down. We had a smaller group in Central Park, so the entire team completed the warm-up loop together before my coach split us into pace groups. My all-girl group cranked the pace and did three solid loops—and I somehow ended up pulling on a bunch of hills. And when one of the coaches yells at you to push—“Hit 22 going up this hill, Carrie! ”—it’s not like you’re going to ease up and spin out. So yeah, it was an aggressive ride. Including the commute to and from the park, plus warm-up and cool-down loops, I did 52 miles. Very solid for a weekday.

Saturday – a.m. bike

Triathlon life doesn’t get much better than escaping the city, soaking in the sun, and spending time on the bike. One my teammates and I met early to log 40 miles that included hill repeats and solid aero efforts. Since we’re about the same speed (she’s the one I “rode with” during Griskus and Stamford), we took turns pulling on the way back to the city and held a decent pace. Good ride!

Sunday – a.m. run

In an effort to beat the humidity, I hit the West Side Highway for a 7.35-mile run. It felt tough at first, but I was able to work the negative split and get down to my off-the-bike pace for the final mile before cooling down. Success!

All right. Time to buckle down—three days until I go home!

What are your plans for the 4th of July?

Here’s the Thing

Hello, friends! Are you bored with all the race talk? Don’t worry; after Stamford on Sunday, there are no more triathlons on the schedule until August. (Although my coach wants me to do a sprint in July, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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Dammit, heel strike!  Coach Pat, this is why I need you!

Even though the past few weeks have been tough, life is going pretty well right now. Here’s the thing:

Let’s talk training first. It’s still going strong. By the way, thanks for putting up with my previous posts where I talked about all my feelings. This training cycle has been mentally challenging, which affects my mood outside of swimming, biking, and running. Thankfully, the next block spans about one and a half months, so I can dial in, put my head down, and focus on putting together the best race possible at Nationals.

My work schedule changes next week—which is bittersweet. Since starting at JackRabbit Sports last year (wow!), I’ve worked Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gave me Thursday and Sunday off. At first, I liked having a day off mid-week; running errands and catching up on life seemed easier when all of NYC wasn’t doing the same thing. However, as I’ve started expanding on my community outreach position, it’s become clear a “normal” schedule would be more effective. Ninety-percent of my job happens during regular hours—expos, races, and other events comprise the other 10 percent—so it makes sense that I work Monday-Friday. Hello, 9a-5p world! (Er, probably more like 10a-6p, but you know what I mean.)

This also means I need more real clothes. Yes, it’s a casual, non-corporate environment—I mean, I work in the basement—but I will need to pull myself together and put forth a decent 75-80 percent effort most days. But my (swimming) shoulders and (cycling) legs make it extremely difficult to find clothes that fit. And being on the tall side further complicates this quest. Blahhh.

I’m SO excited to go home for the 4th of July! I booked my tickets—Central New York, here I come! I haven’t been home since Christmas, so I can’t wait to see my family. The only downside is my Slice can’t make the trip too; taking it on the train during a holiday weekend would be an absolute nightmare. Guess that means I’ll do all the open-water swimming and running instead, including a 5-K my Dad and I do every year. Should be fun!

That’s all I’ve got today. What’s going on in your life?

Photo Dump

TGIF, friends!  It’s been a whirlwind week over here filled with working and working out—as per usual.  Yesterday morning, a few teammates and I made the 50-minute drive to Chelsea Piers Connecticut to swim in the long-course, 50-yard pool. (Ours has been closed for the past two weeks for cleaning and repairing, but on the bright side, it will reopen this weekend.) Holy cow—it was so, so cool!  Even though I was a bit worried about my swimming endurance (between logging zero pool time in the past 14 days and hitting a long-course one for the first time), the workout went well.  Swimming for 50 yards instead of 25 allowed me to get into a rhythm much easier, pick up speed, and make adjustments to my stroke because I didn’t arrive at the wall immediately.  Plus, it made the sets go by faster!

Anyway, you’ve probably seen these photo dump posts circulating the web, and since I have some random pictures to share, the timing seems perfect.

Chocolate cherry protein smoothie

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After getting home from my weekend bike rides (woohoo for Operation: Go Long), I always whip up a protein smoothie so I don’t eat everything in my apartment.  Lately, I’ve been experimenting with frozen cherries and chocolate protein powder.  Mmmm!

Throwback Thursday college ID

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A few Thursdays ago, I shared this throwback of my old college ID on Instagram; it’s the most “liked” photo by a landslide.  Believe it or not, this headshot is actually my high school senior portrait.

Saucony for the win

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Yep, professional triathlete Linsey Corbin and I run in the exact same shoe—the Saucony (neon) Ride 6.

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And those would be Kinvaras, aka my racing shoe.  No big deal.

Battle of Brooklyn

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So my running store hosts its annual race—the Battle of Brooklyn 10 miler—every August, and relay teams of three can also participate.  Between our four locations, there’s a friendly inter-store relay competition, and my store won!  This homemade trophy is so JRab.

Outreach

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Why I love my job:  I went to at a local community college yesterday for their kick-off carnival and spent a few hours talking to students about running (and fitness and maintaining healthy habits in college).  A lot of them seemed very receptive, so hopefully a few will come to our social runs.

Biking tan lines

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Whoops, I totally forgot sunscreen. #Triathleteproblems

Have a great weekend, friends!

Shoe Training Graduation

Hello, Friday!  Whew, this has been a busy week—lots of working and working out, and this weekend will be more of the same.  Fingers crossed New York City doesn’t see another monsoon.

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Yep, it absolutely poured yesterday.  The streets flooded, and the subway system shut down.  At least it wasn’t snow, right?

Anyway, I don’t want to rehash a previous post, but about one year ago, I attended a graduation ceremony that looked like this:

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Upstate New York.  Four hundred and seventy eight graduates.  One diploma.

And Tuesday night, I officially graduated from JackRabbit shoe training!  No ceremony this time, but I did receive a swag bag stuffed with goodies.

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Just a little different from last year:  New York City.  Five graduates.  One baller goodie bag.

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Aside from the freebies—everything from sweat-wicking socks (do not wear cotton ones, friends!) to calf compression sleeves to a Polar heart rate monitor—this loot also means my JRab training has ended.  When I first accepted this job, I knew the learning curve would be tough, but manageable, and the company’s training program worked really well.  After completing several online training modules, I shadowed some of my coworkers while they did shoe fits.  Watching them in action and learning how they select sneakers proved to be really helpful, and I also attended two in-person shoe training classes with our head shoe buyer:  one devoted to the biomechanics of running, and another that addressed the construction of running sneakers.  In a short period of time, I’ve learned so much about running from a physiological perspective, plus how sneakers work to make the activity enjoyable.  And that’s the bottom line:  the proper pair will make running much more fun!  Speaking of sneakers …

jackrabbit-shoe-training-graduation-shoe-certificate

Let’s call this voucher for some free Sauconys (woohoo!) my “diploma,” OK?  And maybe this five-plus pounds of nutrition products could be my tassels?

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Woohoo for #runnerd goodies!

Have you attended a non-academic “graduation” of sorts?