#jentonyc – day 2

Thank goodness for NYC adrenaline! It got me through day 2! My luggage was supposed to arrive first at 11pm, then 3am, then 6am, so I didn’t sleep very well in fear that I wouldn’t hear the call that my luggage had arrived. We got up early to head for the TODAY show! (My luggage was at the hotel by time we got back, yay!) We were looking forward to this TODAY show because it was the annual Halloween show!

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Yay!!! So excited!!
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After the TODAY show, I picked up my luggage and then Deanna and I went for our last run before the big day on Sunday! And of course, we went to Central Park! The day was absolutely beautiful, and NYC actually gets a fall season, so the trees were especially gorgeous! I ran a 5k with a smile on my face the entire time, such a dream come true!

After we completed our run, we made our way to the TCS NYC Marathon finish line! A little more than 48 hours later, we would both be crossing that line as NYC Marathon Finishers!

After our run, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the rest of our day!

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Yes, both slices were for me. . .

My friend, Stephanie, lives in NYC, and was around when I was in town so we met up! She treated me to some delicious tea while we had a chance to catch up on the last 8 years. Stephanie and I went to OCU together, where SAI brought us together. This was one of the highlights of my weekend! Stephanie is a beacon of light and getting to spend a little time with her was encouraging as I headed into marathon weekend!

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Selfie with StephJo!

Deanna and I were lucky to be one of the few Team for Kids runners that were able to participate in the NYC Marathon Opening Ceremonies. We got to meet other participants that fundraised and trained at the same time we put in our efforts. It was neat to visit with first-timers as well as the veteran Team for Kids runners.

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It was so cool to meet the group I’ve been connected with online for so many months!

Before the ceremony officially started, we were delightfully surprised with getting to meet kids that have directly benefited from our fundraising efforts. (All the feels, y’all!!)

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The opening ceremonies began with Team for Kids as we marched around the NYC Marathon finish line, and then a group from every country represented in the marathon followed. Each group carried their country’s flag, some of each group dressed in their traditional attire, and most groups showed off some musical and/or dancing traditions. WOW! It was incredible!

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So, Deanna and I were hungry so we decided to leave the opening ceremonies before they were officially over. (And we were trying to limit the amount of time on our feet!) As we were leaving the grandstand, I spotted my good friend Meb. Just like when I met him in July, I was starstruck! I’m sure Deanna thought I was crazy, all I could say was, “Meb, Meb, Meb, Meb,” as I poked her shoulder to get her attention.

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Meb wished ME good luck after taking this picture!! What?! 

Meb went to take center stage and we left for dinner! We met up with Deanna’s husband, her daughter, and her daughter’s friend. (Again, have I mentioned how cool it was to travel with real New Yorkers?!) We ate at a wonderful meatball restaurant, they even encouraged marathon runners to eat there! (I didn’t mention I was a Royals fan while I was there…)

After dinner, it was bed time! Friday night was our night to sleep because on Saturday night our excitement would keep us up! (Okay, and the fear that we would miss all the alarms and wake-up call with the time change!)

#jentonyc – day 1

Oh my goodness, so it’s been way too long since I’ve updated my blog! I get so worried that every blog post has to be perfect, when in reality I need to just write so here goes…

(I still will update with my training posts, but for now, I am going to talk about NYC!) 🙂

The start of day 1! Obviously I was looking forward to this trip. I love to travel, and I love weekends that I get to be surrounded by people from all walks of life coming together for one event. I have previously been to NYC twice, once on a personal trip and once on a band trip. I have enjoyed my time in NYC in my past two visits, but it was never a place I loved…until this trip.

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Early morning flight!
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Hello, NYC!

While I was happy to be in NYC, shortly after taking this pic I found out that my luggage was not in NYC with me. Luckily, I packed all of my running gear in my carry-on, so I wasn’t too stressed. (And David helped me track everything while I was out enjoying NYC!)

After taking care of all the paperwork for lost luggage, I was ready to meet my friend, Deanna, at the hotel so we could get to the expo! I used Uber for the first time and then Deanna and I made our way to the expo! (BTW, it was super nice getting to travel with a native New Yorker!)

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Subway selfie!
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We have ARRIVED!
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Deanna picking up her FIRST MARATHON bib!

Of course I was really excited for this opportunity to run the NYC Marathon, but I was also extremely happy for Deanna as she was running her FIRST full marathon! Bib pick-up was very easy! Since we were with Team for Kids, we walked right up and got our bibs. This was the first marathon expo where I didn’t feel like I was going to throw-up the entire time because of nerves. At the time I was worried that I wasn’t excited, or maybe since we went to the expo on Thursday instead of the day before it hadn’t hit me yet, but as the weekend went on, I realized I was just confident in my training, and finally understood that whatever happens on race day, happens. I accomplished 18 weeks of training and raised money for an incredible organization…no matter my finishing time, I felt like I had made a difference!

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All SMILES all weekend!
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Expo goodies!

After getting back to the hotel, Deanna and I went out for dinner at a local diner. I was already feeling the NYC love.

NYC Marathon Training — Week 11

As much as I enjoy the “freedom” while not marathon training, I really operate best when I have a plan in place. This week and last have played with my head a bit because I’ve had to adjust mileage plans to accommodate my life outside of running, but I think I’m still on track overall.

Day 2, Tuesday, September 8th: 5 miles

I didn’t have the most exciting run in itself, but afterwards I realized I was finally on track again to achieve my mileage goal for 2015!  

You can see how windy it was NOT during my run!
Because sometimes I take random pictures while I’m running.

Workout summary: ran 5.01 miles; avg 10:49/mile; 11:48 / 10:38 / 10:35 / 10:47 / 10:17.

Day 4, Thursday, September 10th: 8 miles

Spent a little time with the moon and Venus!

Workout summary: ran 8.01 miles; avg 11:11/mile; 11:41 / 11:25 / 11:18 / 11:06 / 10:58 / 11:24 / 11:05 / 10:30.

Day 5, Friday, September 11th: 18 miles

It made the most sense for me to get in my long run on Friday morning, and I got it done! I’m thankful for a job that gives me such great flexibility. Although I think I reached a new level of crazy for taking personal time off work to run 18 miles . . .

First run in my newest tank . . . BOOMER SOONER!
As seen on my run part 1
As seen on my run part 2
Dedicated my run to those that can’t run. I hope I was able to send strength to those that needed an extra hug today.

Workout summary: ran 18.02 miles; avg 11:31/mile; 11:44 / 11:10 / 11:19 / 12:04 / 11:07 / 11:01 / 11:37 / 11:22 / 11:18 / 11:42 / 11:32 / 11:38 / 12:06 / 12:05 / 11:49 / 11:32 / 11:21 / 10:51.

Day 7, Sunday, September 13th: 6 miles

I wasn’t exactly sure what today’s mileage held for me, so I set a goal of 5 – 8 miles. I ran 6 miles, so I’m happy. I slept in and it was a bit warm and windy, but thanks to my husband’s encouragement, I got the miles done!

Love my newest Oiselle top and thankful my Garmin didn’t die since I hadn’t charged it all week!

Workout summary: ran 6.01 miles; avg 11:00/mile; 11:26 / 10:46 / 10:48 /10:53 / 11:18 / 10:53.

Ended the week with 37.05 miles!

NYC Marathon Training — Week 10

August mileage = highest monthly mileage for me ever!

Day 2, Tuesday, September 1st: 4 miles

Zapped that zero on my first run of September!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 11:34/mile; 11:52 / 11:32 / 11:45 / 11:08.

Day 3, Wednesday, September 2nd: 8 miles

So, I reeeeeally don’t like running in the dark, but I had a meeting at 9 AM and the temps are just too hot for 8 miles after work . . . I sucked it up, and ran super early in the dark. I ran my favorite 5 mile loop by our house, stopped for Gatorade at home, and then went out for the last 3 miles. I am still laughing about this autocorrect mishap, so thought I would share! 🙂

Got it done! And with a decent pace for myself!

Workout summary: ran 8.01 miles; avg 11:18/mile; 12:07 / 11:29 / 11:19 / 11:14 / 11:09 / 11:25 / 11:04 / 10:28.

Day 4, Thursday, September 3rd: 4 miles

I never really have much to say about my Thursday runs . . . I’ll take that as a good thing. A run without craziness like my friend Layla says!

Workout summary: ran 4.03 miles; avg 10:49/mile; 11:19 / 10:47 / 10:48 / 10:25.

Day 6, Saturday, September 5: 17 miles

Saturdays are typically a shorter long run, sometimes at race pace . . . but with our plans to attend the OU game, I decided it would be better to just knock out those long miles! We had a crew up at Lake Hefner, and so pleased with the results!

Anjesh, Katie, and I after I finished my 17 miles! Fun to see water at Lake Hefner and VERY thankful for these friends to join me for the later miles to keep me moving!
Our crazy crew! Special congrats to Stephanie for her longest run ever…20 miles!!!
Birthday brunch for the best SAG wagon ever! 🙂 Classen Grill with our running buddies!

Workout summary: ran 17.02 miles; avg 11:30/mile; 11:46 / 11:28 / 11:42 / 11:15 / 11:06 / 11:40 / 11:31 / 11:45 / 12:05 / 11:21 / 12:09 / 11:13 / 11:15 / 11:08 / 11:15 / 11:35 / 11:19.

Day 7, Sunday, September 6: 8 3 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 8 at race pace followed by 17 today. As I mentioned earlier I planned to swap the two runs. Well after yesterday’s run, walking over 4 miles as a part of game day, and being out in the heat. . . I decided to compromise. David was kind enough to drag me along for a 5k around home. It wasn’t race pace, it wasn’t my expected mileage, but I listened to my body, had great company, and we had popsicles after together! 🙂

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles; avg 12:14/mile; 12:11 / 12:23 / 12:08 / 11:51 for .1.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 2

NYC Marathon Training – Week 2

Day 1, Monday, July 6: cross-training:

During my lunch break, I walked to the Downtown Y and back. While I was at the Y I rode 6 miles on the bike.

Workout summary: walked 1 mile walked, biked 6 miles in 30 minutes.


Day 2, Tuesday, July 7: 3 miles:

Originally I planned to run with my friend, Katie, after workout as her “send-off” run before she left for her first 70.3, but with rain predicted in the evening, we decided to just meet for coffee and I planned to run in the morning before work. David and I both checked the radar and it seemed clear so I left for my 3 mile run. During the first mile, there were a couple sprinkles, but I thought maybe it was just moisture falling from trees or something…during mile two: COMPLETE DOWN POUR! Since David was following me on RunKeeper as I ran, he got in the car and met me to grab my phone so it wouldn’t be damaged – lightning wasn’t in the area, so I kept on running. I was already soaked, and it was “only” three miles! When I got home, David had towels, water, and fresh coffee waiting for me. 🙂

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles, total time: 34:46; avg. pace 11:13; 11:40 / 10:58 / 11:05 / 10:42 for .1.

David should win a
David should win a “Husband of the Year” Award!

Day 3, Wednesday, July 8: 5 miles:

Due to needing to be downtown earlier than normal (which meant leaving home around 6:45 AM), I decided I would need to run in the evening, no matter how terrible the temperature. Well, Mother Nature heard my cries…

Thank you, Mother Nature!!!
Thank you, Mother Nature!!!

Humidity was still high, but the lower temperature felt amazing! Since 5 miles is a little bit of a stretch after a long day at a convention, I turned some music on during the second half of my run to help keep me moving!

On repeat until November 1...
On repeat until November 1…

Another friend, Katie, told me that I needed to make sure to listen to ALL of the latest Taylor Swift album, so I downloaded it a few weeks ago. (I love to listen to Taylor Swift – feel free to judge me! Ha!) I put this song on repeat for the last mile to help me maintain the pace I wanted.

BAM! My hope is that my pace for the “race pace” workouts will be 10:45 avg, so for me to do this on an evening training run made me feel awesome!

Workout summary: ran 5 miles, total time: 54:39; avg. pace: 10:52/mile; 11:22 / 10:42 / 11:08 / 10:42 / 10:28.

Day 4, Thursday, July 9: 3 miles:

Another after work run, and I ran earlier than I normally would for a summer evening, but 1. cooler temps and 2. David was taking me out to celebrate our 6 months anniversary, so I needed to get out the door to make sure I had time to get ready!

Several of my friends were chosen for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, so I wore my socks that I received for fundraising for the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon in their honor!

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles, total time: 34:14; avg. pace: 11:02/mile; 11:22 / 11:10 / 10:40 / 9:53 for .1.

Day 5, Friday, July 10: rest day:

I met my friend, Jamie, for lunch at Fuzzy’s. And during the evening, David and I went to the Dunn’s for dinner and dessert! Rest day achieved!

Clara selfie!
Clara selfie!
Rest days = eat all the food, right?
Rest days = eat all the food, right?

Workout summary: ate pizza and cake.

Day 6, Saturday, July 11: 8 miles

My plan has a race pace run on Saturdays and a long run on Sunday. I wanted to get in some miles with my friend, Stephanie, to kick off our summer training, so I switched the days to work with her schedule. We met at 6 AM in Norman and got to see a beautiful sunrise!

Sunrise at OU!
Sunrise at OU!
Downtown Norman

To continue our traditions from last year, we got our first mid-run selfie for marathon training 2015! I am so excited for Stephanie to start this journey. I know she will have ups and downs (as will I!), but knowing the triumph she will have at that finish line already gives me goosebumps!

The first mid-run selfie for marathon training 2015!

David ran 4, and we ran 8!

Workout summary: ran 8 miles, total time: 1:40:00; avg. pace: 12:11/mile; 12:01 / 11:44 / 12:34 / 11:37 / 11:54 / 12:13 / 12:32 / 12:57 / 11:36.

Day 7, Sunday, July 12: 5 miles at race pace:

A small group from our spring training group met at the Oklahoma River Sunday morning to run various distances – so great to see them!!

Summer running fun at the Oklahoma River!

I *love* running with friends!

Practicing my runfie skills!

Huge THANK YOU to these guys for pushing me to reach my pace goal! David paced me for the first two miles, then Michael helped me through the last mile.

So…OMG! My plan was for 10:45 avg, and honestly, I didn’t think that was possible. I typically don’t run that fast AND I just ran 8 miles the previous day! Well, with the help of my friends (and Taylor Swift), I crushed my goal! It also ended up being my fastest 5 miler ever!!


Workout summary: ran 5 miles, 51:47; avg. pace: 10:21/mile; 10:37 / 10:03 / 10:54 / 10:15 / 9:58.

Believe Training Journal:

I purchased this recommended journal to begin specifically when I started training for NYC – my post workout journaling has become a favorite time for me! Bonus: when I get to drink coffee on my back porch while completing my journal entry. 🙂

As you may know, I am running the NYC Marathon for Team for Kids. I need all of the support I can get on my way to achieve my goals for Team for Kids, if you would like to donate towards my fundraising efforts, my fundraising page can be found here. Thank you for your consideration – no donation is too small! 🙂