Saturday, July 23, 2016

Running with a Training Group

There are definitely pros and cons to running with a training group. I paid for membership to a marathon training group so that I would have people to run with when the miles got long for NYC. I plan to follow my training plan as closely as possible, but I know that won't always be possible, since they are running to a different plan.
CON: 5 a.m. wakeup call on a Saturday morning. 
PRO: It's no too hot yet and the sun isn't beating down on you!

CON: not everyone runs your pace and you may end up running alone for a few miles.
PRO: you will run your own pace and not wear yourself out trying to keep up with the other runners. I spent the first 2.5 miles alone. And at the back of the pack. I finally plugged in my ear buds and I started gaining and eventually passing a lot of technology runners in my group.

CON: your group schedule might not match your training plan
PRO: you're not running alone, and you can always alter your run to better match your plan. Today's NYRR run was planned for 5 miles and my group was running between 6 and 8. I ran 6 with the half marathoners instead of doing 8 with the marathoners.

CON: you will run in placed you've never run before. Wait. No. That's a PRO!

PRO: goodies at the end. Last week there were ice pops. This week there was also chocolate milk. Score!

What are your pros and cons of running with a group? 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fundraising Friday Update

By now it is no secret that I am running the NYC marathon and fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy. 
My Dad has been fighting for more years than I care to count. He has Myasthenia Gravis, a form of MD, and it attacks the muscles, making them tire easier. After over 20 years as a police officer, he has a new battle to fight in his retirement. MDA uses the funds raised to educate, support, and research, using 74 cents of every dollar raised. 
Since my last post about MDA, I have reached almost  $950, bringing me just $53 from my first goal of $1000. Ultimately, I hope to raise $3000. I joined the team after I registered for the marathon, so my minimum is lower than many others running for charity, but that won't stop me from aiming high!

I am determined to reach my goal of $3000, but I am taking baby steps! I would like to raise that $53 before my first official long run, which is tomorrow. (Saturday) 
If just 6 of my readers donate $10 I will exceed that goal!

Please consider using the link below to donate, and if you have any suggestions for fundraiser ideas, please let me know!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Training Update

Woooohooooo this week I began training for the NYC Marathon!
But first....
Thursday I did an older DVD from my FIRM collection. Well, not the FIRM, but a DVD that Tracie Long filmed after she left the FIRM.
Friday, I did one of the Classics, Volume 3. Check out those outfits!

Saturday was my first long run with RFYL Charlotte. It was a hot mess, but I made so many new friends and I look forward to future runs!

Sunday I did a little yoga and we took a walk, but mostly I recovered from Saturday!
Monday was my first official training run. What a mess. So humid, but video managed to keep it somewhat close to my coach's goal for me.

Tuesday wasn't much better. Back to back runs, hills, humidity. Done! 

Wednesday I had a training session with Debbie. She is one of the coaches at Fleet Feet and she held a core class before the Saturday runs. A home who took the class got entered to win 2 free sessions and I won! Check out my training journal to see how I felt....

Debbie is awesome. For real. She's a runner, and she trained me with that in mind. Lots of balance, squats, TRX, squats, balance, squats. Did I mention squats?
Today I am sore!
More next week!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

MDA Team Momentum and the #TCSNYCMarathon

Training for the NYC Marathon starts tomorrow, as I'm sure you are sick of hearing! After I registered for the race, I contacted MDA and told them that I wanted to fundraise in honor of my Dad, who has Myasthenia Gravis, a form of MD. Whether I reach my goal or not, I am running NYC!
I am $87 away from my first mini goal of $1000. I would love to hit that goal before my first official long run this Saturday!
Please consider donating, no amount is too small! If 9 people donate $10 I am there!

My fundraising page

Saturday, July 16, 2016

My First Group Run

Today was my first group run with Run For Your Life in Charlotte. I was excited to be training for NYC with a group, nervous that no one would be running my pace. Oh, and the first four miles were hills. 

Yikes! It was in the 70s but by he humidity was insane and we were cautioned by the coaches not to overdo it. The first four miles I ran with the interval group, and we did a 2:1 run walk. Fine by me, I looked forward to that 1 minute walk every time.
After the four miles we all gathered together for a water break. The half marathoners were done but the marathoners had a little more to go. I stopped to snap a pic with these 2 lovelies, who have exceptional taste in skirt wear. 

Then off to run 2 more. Some ran 3 but this was my first long run in awhile so I kept it at 6 total. 

Did I mention the humidity?

At the end they had water, Nuun,and ice pops. I scored a grape one and hit the Starbucks across the street for some oatmeal and iced tea. It really hit the spot.

The place was filled with runners, and we all had so much fun hanging out. I'm really excited about my new people. 
Everybody needs their people.

Oh, and since I shared this with them afterwards, here it is for those who haven't seen it in awhile....

Friday, July 15, 2016

NYC Marathon Training

No Flat Mama this weekend, unless you count the outfit that I will be wearing on my very first group run for the NYC Marathon! Well, why not?! To me, it's just as big a deal!

I will be running with the peeps from Run For Your Life in Charlotte. They have been running together for about a month, but I've been mentoring with Fleet Feet so this will be my first time joining them. I'm excited and nervous all at once! I'm hoping for at least one runner as slow as me!

I'll also be wearing my Headsweat visor and my Nathan belt. I've decided to start wearing compression socks on all of my long runs as well. 
I will be sure to post about my first experience with a training group as I go along. They have also been meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays but they meet at 5:30 and that's way too early for me. I would have to be up by 4:30 at least to get there in time and that just isn't happening! I can do the short runs on my own! Saturdays are at 6, and I will have to get up at 5,  it once a week won't kill me.
I think.
We will see, won't we?