welp, due to a hacking cough and the fear of having caught my brother’s pneumonia (prayers for Ry, please and thank you!), i took a much-needed sick day from life yesterday, whereby “life” = work, class and anything requiring real clothes and brushed hair. ever notice how productive you can be when you don’t have to work? it’s really quite something. i managed to get some extra sleep, go to the gym, go grocery shopping, actually cook dinner, clean and organize my apartment, watch American Idol, catch up on emails and phone calls…all in one day, after 1pm.
solution to how to make this a regular thing: become a stay-at-home, running-and-writing non-mom.
back in the real world, let’s talk a little running talk, shall we?
*loving the new kicks. my order from Joe’s New Balance was an exciting addition to this week, as every single thing i ordered is awesome. i’m so, so glad i discovered the 750s and really like the ActevaLite technology. they’re light, flexible, with just the right amount of padding, and offer a bit more support than the minimalists (which kill my calves). i’m totally digging everything about these sneaks, including all of the 3 color schemes i’ve had, and am pretty sure the rainbow ones will feel like a party on my feet…so if i start dancing while running, well, i can’t really be blamed, can i?
and the Cold Gear Brushed Tights have a light lining, a smooth look and just fit super well. they’ll be great for cold-weather running, or even for wearing as a first layer beneath my snowboard pants.
i’ve always been a NB sneaker fan, but lately i’ve been really impressed with their apparel as well. it can be hard to find really great running tights, and these are some of the best i’ve found in a while.
*race season. i have three half-marathons on the near horizon, and i’m stoked to start training for them more seriously.
race #1: NYC Half on March 16
i got into this via the lottery for the 2nd year in a row, but opted to go snowboarding in Colorado and visit my bro in Denver that weekend last year, so this will be my first time running this race. praying it goes well and isn’t freezing and windy (as i heard it was last year).
race #2, a week later: Michelob ULTRA New York 13.1 in Queens on March 22
i ran this in 2012 and honestly struggled to enjoy this race, despite the fact that it was a nice, easy course through Flushing Meadows Park. i’m hoping it’ll be more of a breeze this year.
what sets this race apart for me is that it’s the one charity race i am doing, as part of a team in support of the charity World Vision, which seeks to fight poverty and injustice around the globe.
if you’d like to learn more about this charity or contribute to my fundraising efforts for World Vision, please visit my Personal Fundraising Page. no pressure to donate — just wanted to spread awareness about an organization that i think is doing wonderful work, and for which i’m glad to be running to support.
race #3: Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, May 17
i ran this last year for the first time, and i had a really, really great experience. everything about this race just lined up wonderfully for me: the weather was good, the course was varied (with only one hill) and ended on the boardwalk at the famed Coney Island, and the energy was phenomenal, as over 21,000 people finished this race last year. a bunch of my girlfriends have signed up for this one as well, so i’m definitely looking forward to it. this is also my PR for a half marathon, which i’d love to beat this year. 🙂 they also have a sweet expo along the water in downtown Brooklyn the week before, with a pre-party sponsored by (drum roll) New Balance. right up my alley.
so i think this is a nice little repertoire of half marathons to look forward to in the next few months. i’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on how my training goes, once i start running distances outside again.
Have you run a half marathon before? Any desire to run one, or run another one?
Any races on the horizon for you?