My Running Stories

Earning my stories one run at a time. Finding my way from 3 to 26.2 miles.

Mixing is some observations from the mat & reflections from the field.

Type 1 Diabetic.

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The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.
Christopher McDougall, “Born to Run”  via Runner’s World

Plan: 5 miles 

Ran: 4.96 (including 2 strides) 

Path: Briddle Path / Lower Reservoir 

With: TFK group 

Splits:

Mile 1 - 11:25

Mile 2 - 10:56

Mile 3 - 11:00

Mile 4 - 10:39

Mile .96 - 10:42

Intensity: Wasn’t exactly conversational pace at mile 2 - felt stronger at mile 4. Chatting it up with some new & old TFK’ers made it feel a little easier. Also stopped at water fountains. The run was earlier than my norm and it was nice for it to still be light out. Time to get back into morning runs! 

Injuries: Didn’t wear compression sleeves but didn’t bother me. Left hamstring / glute was a little tight 

BS: 197 @ 4:40 

- 2 slices of toast with soynut butter & honey + iced coffee -

Insulin: 4u 

- since it was so early I held off on Lantus until after the run -

Ran 12.84 miles

- had 1 scoop of Cytomax (22 carbs) spaced out -

Mile 5/6: tried to do bloodtest - too sweaty. Felt good but popped 2 chomps just incase & continues spacing out Cytomax.

Mile 6.5: grabbed Gatorade - didn’t plan on it but it was first at the water station - should have skipped it

BS: 178 

- had a peach right after run, skipped pretzels & bananas but starving - 

Insulin: 12u @ 11:15a  (should have done it straight after the run but waited until after stretching/socializing)  Dropped it 2u 

- Protein shake (1 scoop)  on walk back - 

- omelet with veggies @ 12p…taking a nap so waited on “lunchtime” insulin since it usually drops - 

BS: 232 @ 1:39p directly after nap 

- Balance Bar (21 carbs) … not particularly hungry  but headed out & wanted something to carry me over and to go along with insulin - 

Insulin: 5u 

BS: 101 @ 5:26p. 

- Ordering take out but felt low so had Clif Jr bar (25 carb) - 

- Thai stir-fry with a little rice - 

Insulin: 6u @ 6:25 

- 16 handles @ 10p ish - 

- coco almonds @ 1am - (didn’t need this , mindless / tired snacking) 

Woke up high the next morning (no surprise there). Dinner was much earlier than normal & insulin didn’t calculate for 16 handles. After last weekend I cut back from fear of going low. 

Plan : 4 Flex Miles 

Ran: 3.45m 

With: Urban Girl Squad & Athleta

Path: Lower Reservoir 

Splits: 

Mile 1 - 10:39 

Mile 2 - 11:07

Mile 3 - 11:41

Mile .45 - 10:49

Intensity: 

Ok so that’s not really a recover run. Since the groups were small I stuck with the intermediate knowing I’d most likely be the sweeper again. I was. Fell in step with a girl who was new to the group and we chatted the whole way, joined by one of the coaches for the second half. I reassured her that she wasn’t holding me back … in fact some of those miles were definitely a push. 

You can see pictures from the event here

Injuries: nothing to note - no soreness from the 12+ miler on Saturday 

Plan: 12 miles

Ran: 12.86 miles 

With: Team for Kids / RB - J 

Path: Central Park - NYRR Long Run #1 

Splits

Mile 1 - 11:16    

Mile 2 - 10:52   

Mile 3 - 11:19   

Mile 4 - 11:05  

Mile 5 - 11:58 

Mile 6 - 11:23    

Mile 7 - 11:21   

Mile 8 - 11:48   

Mile 9 - 12:00  

Mile 10 - 12:58

Mile 11 - 12:01  

Mile 12 - 12:56 

Mile .86 - 11:32

Intensity: During mile 2 I had a moment of thinking I should scale it back so I didn’t burnout. It was tough towards the end but that had to do with fueling - I maxed out on carbs at mile 6/7 but needed a boost of energy. 

Injuries: Nothing to note  - standard hip tightness expected for long run

Plan: 5 miles Tempo 

[ 1/2 mile warmup  - 4 miles @ level 7  - 1/2 mile cool down ]

Ran: 4.47 

Path: Central Park Loop 

With: Solo 

Splits: 

Mile 1 - 10:35

Mile 2 - 10:10 [Harlem Hills] 

Mile 3 - 10:56

Mile 4 - 10:46

Mile .47 - 9:33

Intensity: Didn’t quite stick to the plan. Dark run in Harlem Hills adjusted that slightly. And the opportunity to see my bff from home before she left the city had me ditching the park and racing the diner. I came to a complete stop at the diner, sat and then walked the mile home. 

Injuries: nothing to note 

Plan: 5 miles [SloFasy]

Ran: 3.55

Path: Central Park Loop  + Treadmill

With: Solo 

Splits: 

Mile 1 - 11:05

Mile 2 - 11:13

Mile 2.29 - 10:37 

TM 1.26 miles - 16:17 (walked .26) 

Elliptical 1.51 miles in 10:46 + Bike 1.02 miles in 05:20 

Intensity: It started lighting as soon as I hit the park. Stayed on the east side of the Central Park Loop for 2 miles before heading to the gym. As soon as I got on the treadmill I hit a wall. Aimed to reach 3.5 miles before finishing 5 with cross training. Forgot it takes longer to go the distance on an elliptical - was miserable so finished it off with the bike. First run in the rain (and lighting!) and glad I got in the milage I did but the gym was rough. 

Injuries: Nothing to note. 

My first track/ladder workout! Moved it to Thursday instead of Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles [see chart below] 

Ran: 4.38 miles + mile walk [see chart below] 

Path: Thomas Jefferson Park 

With: Solo 

Splits: 

Intensity: Loved it. Read my full recap here

Injuries: nada