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NYCM Training – Weeks 12 & 13 Recap

Week 12 (9/24 – 9/30)

A majority of Week 12 of training consisted solely of me freaking out about Ragnar. I decided to “taper” in the 4 days leading up to the relay by not doing anything at all (except drink wine and eat tortilla chips).

Then Ragnar happened. Check out the recaps of my runs: Leg 1, Leg 2 and Leg 3!

Total Weekly Mileage: 32.8

Week 13 (10/1 – 10/7)

Monday 10/1: Rest

Tuesday 10/2: 8.48mi – 1:14 (8:42 avg pace) – I went for an early morning run in Central Park with a coworker and we met Abby a bit into the run. We ran the big loop once and the small loop before heading back.

I was beyond thrilled that my legs were cooperating with just 3 days recovery from the Ragnar miles. Definitely a nice start to the work day!

Wednesday 10/2: Rest

Thursday 10/3: 9.8mi – 1:28 (9:01 avg pace) – I met Sky very early before work and we ran at a comfortable pace up and down the Westside Highway. I was very tired around mile 7 and definitely had to take some quick walk breaks but ended up finishing strong. Another solid run for the week!

Friday 10/4: Rest/Sleepover with Abby while we both dreaded our 8am wakeup call to run 20 miles.

Saturday 10/5: 20.2mi – 3:03 (9:04 avg pace) – I saw Lora’s blog post about the NY Flyers 3 Bridges Run and decided it was a perfect route for a long run. We both needed new scenery and I knew it would be great for me to run the bridges that I will be running in the NYC Marathon.

Route: Down Westside Highway (from Abby’s apartment on the UWS) and across Manhattan through City Hall Park. We cross the Brooklyn Bridge and exited at Prospect Street and when we ended up in the projects we needed to stop and double (and triple) check that we were still headed in the right direction (we were). We moved through the Navy Yard, Williamsburg and Greenpoint before crossing the Pulaski Bridge into Queens. We were in Long Island City for a few miles before crossing the Queensboro back into Manhattan and we ended the run with a lap of the reservoir.

The run was rough at times. I fueled exactly opposite than I have been in prior months. I used Gu and Sports Beans and I ended up with a stomach ache from miles 13-20. I am comfortable fueling with actual food (raisins, dried fruit) and I should have (NEED TO) remember to bring it with me when I have runs planned.

Besides the shooting stomach pains, the run was a success! We made an impromptu Vega protein shake (unflavored) with rice milk, plain Chobani and frozen fruit and it was actually disgusting. We need to work on our recipes 🙂

After the Protein shake (and Dunkin Donuts) we went to Equinox for “Yoga for Runners” hosted by Ashley. The class was instructed by the absolutely amazing (and super sweet) Kristin McGee and she was so helpful with the poses, demonstrating them as well as explaining why the poses were helpful for runners. She even let us know which poses were good for before long runs and after long runs – SO important! Unfortunately, because we had just ran 20 miles, Abby and I sat in child’s pose for 40% of the class. It was a lovely class and I was happy to be included! I will definitely be investing in Kristin’s DVDs and hopefully participating in some of her classes in the city. After the class we were able to chat with other bloggers and I was able to try Svelte protein shakes (dairy and gluten-free)! I tried the chocolate shake and it was delicious! I want more.

I think the combination of the protein shake(s) and the yoga class helped me recover from the long run. I am nowhere near as sore as I usually would have been.

I am also participating in Lindsay’s October photo-a-day challenge. Saturday’s challenge was to complete a Tabata workout. I had heard of this workout but wasn’t exactly sure what is was so I googled it and make up my own!

I did the 4 minute workout and ended my day completely fucking exhausted (and with a vodka/soda).

Sunday 10/6: Besides 30 pushups and a plank, nothing.

Total Weekly Mileage: 38.5, a high for me this marathon cycle!

I am happy with my running this week, but am unhappy I haven’t done any strength or cross-training workouts. I need to work out my time management, and by that I mean I have to stop being lazy and get to the gym to lift a weight. I also need to buy a helmet (and probably knee and elbow pads) so I can finally ride my new bike!


Ragnar Relay Adirondacks – Leg 3

Leg 1 Review – rain, cold, tears, lost friends.

Leg 2 Review – happiness, joy, speed, teamwork, cracked out, I love running!

A few photos from my girls during the Leg 2 night runs…

Erin won a prize after completely the HARDEST leg! Chyea

We all crushed our second leg. I cannot even describe how proud I am of the girls in our van. We passed the bracelet off to Lora so they could take over around 1ish am (maybe?), seriously pounded some pasta at the exchange and drove to the next major exchange in order to get some freaking sleep.

Sleep (n): A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body

What I did: Roll around in the front seat of the RAV, kick the radio 73 times, jolt up in the seat to see what time it is, text Lora every 15 minutes to see when they would be there to make sure I was ready to run, pass out for an hour so when they did get there at 4:30 am, I was completely unprepared, had to search for the bathroom, change, put contacts in and have a panic attack.

I got dressed in anything neon yellow (so cars, deer and/or bears could see me coming) that I had (which happened to all be from Lululemon). I was so delirious, I mumbled something incoherent to the Ragnar worker and to the girls and I took off into the night.


Leg 3: 9.6 mi, 1:36 (10:00/mi avg – hill walking)

I didn’t look at the race map before starting this leg. I actually didn’t look at anything except Erin telling me to calm the F down. I got a nice surprise when I turned the corner off the “main” road onto a pitch black side street directly up a mountain. I had about three feet of visibility with my headlamp due to the rain coming down. I was already exhausted at one mile in.

The girls drove along side of me for a while then would drive in front of me to light up the road a bit. It helped squash my fears that an axe murderer or bear was going to kill me. My stomach was not in a good place and I almost threw up and continuously had to walk up the big hills. When we passed the “One Mile Left” sign for the first portion of the run, it hit me that I only had to run FIVE more miles and I was going to be done with Ragnar. An ULTRA Ragnar. There were other vans driving by (although I only saw one runner during this portion of the leg) so I parted ways with the girls for a little while, put my music on and DUG DEEP.

The second portion of the run was 4.1 miles (labeled easy by the Ragnar folks) so I worked hard and clocked miles all under 9:00. My goal was to finish strong! Of course there was no “One Mile Left” sign for the second portion so my mind wandered into BAD territory thinking I was going to have to run well into the next week in order to finish. I pushed forward and saw the Ragnar support staff and the orange flags for the exchange! I WAS THE HAPPIEST PERSON EVER!


I got a GINORMOUS hug from Erin and we sent her on her final leg while I chugged water and sat in the back of the car without pants on for about 30 minutes.

More pics from the girls KILLING their final legs (early morning into dawn)!


RAGNAR DONE! Let’s jump so high and make Ashley jealous!

SO FAST. Running to the free pizza.

I am beyond proud of all of us, and obviously the girls in Van 2 (I just don’t have pictures of them). We went to the final exchange to wait for the other van to run their final legs and slept in the car while snuggling bags of candy corn pumpkins and free pizza we got from some amazing Englishman.

The wake-up call resulted in the follow outfit decision:

Awesome sidenote: Lora made these skirts

Dana killed her final leg and we had an epic run through the finish line (with rose petals and chanting). Celebrations were in order.

Olympic ski jumps in the background. Pretty sweet.




Beers from Lake Placid Brewery 🙂

I learned a lot, and experienced many emotions. This relay helped me regain confidence that I can cover some serious distance (at a respectable pace) just 3 weeks after starting to run again after being injured. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be able to complete the NYC Marathon (for enjoyment, not time).


Maids of Dishonor Leg 3 Recaps!



Ragnar Adirondacks Relay – Leg 2

Leg 1 Recap – If you didn’t read, I ran in the rain, my friends got lost. It was cold. It sucked ass.

All of the ladies in Van 1 also ran in the rain (champs). Before it was time for Lora (first runner of Van 2) to take on a hefty 15 miles, she took a minute to dance with these buttcheeks.

Lora dancing with a team who probably chaffed A LOT

When Van 2 was running their first legs, we decided it was time to decorate the RAV….

Five seconds after we were done it started raining again and our car looked like we dumped Pepto all over it. Oh well, it was a good effort.

We drove to the next major exchange so we could relax, not sleep, but eat, get out of the car and walk around a bit! Exchange 12 was at Lake George and it was freaking beautiful! We were shacked up at a beach club and already relatively cracked out.

I was in straight panic mode from the moment we got there about my next run. I ate. Panicked. Ate again. Took pictures….

Ate again. Had a 5 hour energy (my key to success) and it was time to go!

Meeting Dana for the slap bracelet exchange!

Leg 2: 11.9 mi, 1:48 (9:04/mi avg)

Outfit: Under Armour Tee, Lululemon Speed Short, Pro Compression USA Socks, Mizuno Elixirs (New and perfect shoe)! and RAGNAR TATS

I started this run around 5:30 pm on Friday. I felt great and I was happy to be running WITHOUT RAIN!

The first portion of my run was along side Lake George (with van support, WINNER)! The girls leapfrogged me and gave me water a few times. It was perfect. I wish I had that on all runs.

The second part of the run was tough (and in the dark, and up the mountain, but with some streetlights). I climbed a significant number of hills but still felt strong. The only scary part was when I would climb a hill and meet an oncoming car at the top (there was a 3 inch shoulder for me to move into when this happened, 2977 times).

The best part of the run? I looked at my Garmin, saw there was about a 5k left and said out loud to myself (I didn’t see any other runners during this run, go figure) “WOOHOO 5k left!!!!” and then I tripped in a pothole, rolled my ankle on my recently injured foot, fell into a guard rail and hit the pavement hard. I got up, shook it off, walked for a minute to see how I felt (and to see if my foot was needed to be put into a bright pink hard cast) and realized I was completely fine so I took off running! I still cannot believe I do not have a mark on me from that fall. Straight Miracle.

I felt insanely strong during the entire run. I maintained an average of 8:30-8:50 pace for the entire time unit the last half mile where I had to walk up a serious mountain. There was no way my quads would have made it and my walking speed would have been much faster than my running.

When I gave them my team number (about a hundred feet before the exchange, to get the next runner ready) I heard Erin scream! I sprinted to the finish and gave her a big hug! What a difference from the first leg. THIS FEELING is what RAGNAR is about. HELL YES.

Leg 3 Recap (Tour of the mountains in the pitch black alone) coming tomorrow!

Maids of Dishonor Leg 2 Recaps!




Ragnar Relay Adirondacks – Leg 1

The last I left you lovely people, I was explaining how I barely spoke to anyone about Ragnar because I was petrified about running 32.8 miles.

We drove up to Saratoga (start of the relay) on Thursday night after work in a hot ass Toyota RAV 4 rental car (I’m still upset about parting with it after 24 less-than-fresh hours in it). We divied out all of our amazing swag from our sponsors and I rolled around and pretended to sleep (scared, again).

5:30 am came too quickly and with the early hour came the POURING RAIN.

VAN 1 goodness! Laura, Kara, Erin and Me! 

Maids of Dishonor!

We went to the start, went through the safety talk and it was time to start. I was in Van 1 with Erin, Kara and Laura!! Van 2 included Lora, Annie, Susan and Dayna!

Team photo before the start! Erin, Susan, Dayna, Lora, Annie, Me, Kara and Laura

Let’s GO!

Outfit 1: Bondi Band Headband, Running Skirts, Pro Compression Socks! Also wore a jacket and gloves that made me sweat to death.

Leg 1: 11.5 mi, 1:40 (8:42/mi avg)

I started off quick, not ready, and confused. It was pouring and it was not going to stop. I ran a few miles before I decided to start chatting with some other runners. I met some awesome women who have done other Ragnars and who were training for marathons!

Sorry ladies of Van 1, but I am going to discuss what happened during my leg. I came up the first exchange (5.3 mi) expecting to see my friends (and needing water) and also wondering why I hadn’t seen them already. I did not see them and kept running. I stayed focused on the AWESOME view of Lake George rather than my thirst and the weather (I had to take a mental picture because it was raining too hard for me to take my cell phone out to take a picture).

I was about 8 miles in when I tried to call the girls to see where they were. Of course there was shitty cell service and the rain fucked up my phone. I yelled into the phone that they sucked as teammates (I’m not sure that they heard so if they didn’t, sorry about that). I tried to suck it up, put my headphones in and finish the run strong but because my phone was broken (the rain ruined the headphones and the sound in general) the music died out in one minute. I could not believe that I had to talk out loud to myself in my first leg and had to dig deep to get through my first leg!

I got through the mileage and to the exchange and was greeted by no one. I stood on the opposite side of the street of the vans for about 15 minutes before the woman working the exchange would even let me cross the street (we weren’t allowed to cross without the flags we were given, which were in the car). I was freezing and couldn’t get in touch with anyone. I was crying so another team let me get in their van and gave me water and Gatorade and used their phone to call the girls (I felt homeless lol). When I got in touch with them I accidentally cursed at them a lot (I didn’t want to or mean to but I was cold and furious). Turns out they had gotten lost during my run and when they found their way they accidentally went to the next exchange and were waiting there for a while. Mistakes happen, I understand. I just wish it didn’t happen in the freezing rain when I had no shelter.

First run = not the best experience. We had about a 40 minute delay by the time I was able to pass off the stellar slap bracelet to Erin. I was a bitch for about 20-25 more minutes (I couldn’t help it). I wanted to cheer for my teammates so I knew I had to get the f over it and I did (besides a few snide comments throughout the day), sorry again.

I am happy I was able to maintain a good pace for my first run in a downpour! I am not happy that this little mishap happened, but I am almost positive it is what drove us all (in Van 1) to perform the way we did (to our absolute maximum abilities) for the rest of the relay!

Leg 2 recap tomorrow!

Maids of Dishonor Leg 1 Recaps!




The HUGE {Ragnar Relay} Elephant in the Room

I haven’t posted about the Ragnar Relay (Adirondacks) that I am about to embark on this weekend because I have been trying to hide my fear of it.

Let me backtrack a bit. Many months ago I saw some random blogger (ahem, my now close friend Kara) tweet about needing other blogger runners for a Ragnar! New to the blogging world (and twitter), but desperately wanting to run a Ragnar, I sent her a message and a few emails later I was part of the team. As the months went by the team changed a bit and we ended up with 8 girls. I signed up to run 2 legs per each run (3 runs in total). When I signed up I was excited for this amount of mileage. I was going to be at the top of my game from NYCM training. Then I got hurt, didn’t run for 5 weeks, and completely ignored the fact that I had this HUGE 32 mile task in front of me (I think my teammates did as well). Luckily, I healed up right on schedule and got some runs in! However, I am STILL hoping for the best.

Here are the details:

Course: Saratoga to Lake Placid – 192.7 Miles (on a mountain)


Team: Maids of Dishonor – Lora is getting married shortly after this relay. She is the bride. We are the bridesmaids. ONLY runners like to celebrate an upcoming nuptial by running 200 fucking miles.



Runner 1, 2 – Ashley

Runner 3, 4 – Erin

Runner 5 – Kara

Runner 6 – Laura

Runner 7, 8 – Lora (bride!)

Runner 9 – Annie

Runner 10 – Susan

Runner 11,12 – Dayna

My Legs:

Leg 1,2 – total: 11.5 mi

  • Leg 1 – 5.3 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of –97 ft.
  • Leg 2 –  6.2 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 28 ft

Leg 13, 14 – total: 11.9 mi (Climb begins)

  • Leg 13 – 4.1 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of 95 ft.
  • Leg 14 – 7.8 mi, Very Hard – Net elevation change of 151 ft.

Leg 25, 26 – total: 9.4 mi

  • Leg 25 – 5.5 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 292 ft
  • Leg 26 – 3.9 mi, Easy – Net elevation change of 91 ft

Total Mileage for me: 32.8. This will be the first time I am ever running that much in a 24 hour period so check back on Sunday to see if I have kneecaps or ankle bones left, or if I am still alive. I did a rough estimate of everyone’s paces and I will be running at 7:00 am (starting it out for everyone), 4:00 pm and 3:00 am. I’ll let you know how that goes as well (Samsonite – I was WAY off)!

Sponsors: We were 100% hooked up. We are going to be clothed, fed, fueled, refreshed and washed by some amazing products.

Big shout out and a huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Under Armour

PRO Compression







Last but not least (but probably most appreciated by other teammates to get rid of stank odors)….


Wish me luck guys. I will most certainly need it on this amazing adventure! I will be videotaping, taking pictures and hopefully everyone will be tweeting about our adventures 🙂

Please follow @MaidsofDishonor on twitter or #MaidsofDishonor and #RagnarADK for updates!!

Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay, or any relay race? I would LOVE to hear about it!

PLEASE leave some last minute tips/advice for me!