31 May, 2008

5 easy miles today

OK, did 5 easy miles on the treadmill at the gym today. No special reason I didn't run outside, just happened to be passing the gym, so pulled in.

Back at it tomorrow w/ a 7-miler. I'm in a June mileage challenge, so rather than do 6 today and 6 tomorrow for 12 total this weekend, thought I'd go 5 today and then 7 tomorrow when we're into June. :-)

30 May, 2008


OK, although the results aren't really supposed to be posted until Monday 2 June...

Looks like the NYRR is already posting lottery results for the Nike NYC Half-Marathon. And my sis and I both got in!! YAAAAAAY! I'll wait until Monday when results are really supposed to be up, and then will book my flight down to the city for it.

Running has been low priority lately due to bathroom renovation, but that's almost over now, so back at it full force!

Tonight I have 6 easy. Of course, I haven't been running much, so I don't really think a 6-miler's gonna be easy at all. :-)

23 May, 2008

some sobering facts

You may or may not have gleaned from my posts that I run marathons with Fred's Team, raising funds for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Fred's Team focuses their efforts on the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research. Here are some sobering facts about pediatric cancers:

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3% .

Cancer accounts for the greatest number of disease deaths of children in the United States and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined.

Each child in the U.S. diagnosed with cancer receives approximately one-sixth of the federal research support allocated to each patient afflicted with AIDS. Yet in 2004, 48 new cases of pediatric AIDS were diagnosed vs. more than 12,000 pediatric cancer cases.

Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Please keep these facts in mind - it's a lot to think about, but there are a lot of families bearing a terrible burden due to this awful disease.

Also, please consider making a donation to fund Neuroblastoma research at MSKCC by supporting my run in the 2008 NYC Marathon. My fundraising page on MSKCC's website is: https://fredsteam.mskcc.org/fundraising/Controller?action=userHome&user_id=26&event_id=113

Thanks so much!

not exactly on schedule

So, I missed a few runs this week (no surprise there).

Back at it tonight w/ 6 miles. 6 again tomorrow, and 5 on Sunday. That's lame. Not much more to say than that...

20 May, 2008

5 miles for tonight

I have 5 miles on tap tonight.

Whether it's on treadmill or outside is dependant on my motivation level at the end of the day. I have a habit of going home and then never making it back out the door for my run, so sometimes it's just best for me to head straight to the gym on my way home from work.

Gosh, if someone could invent an auto-pilot button on cars to drive people right to their gym, that'd be great. Or other option would be a "kick-in-the-pants" machine to help me get my butt out the door to go running. Either way... :-)

19 May, 2008


This time last year, I was pleased to be at a weight where I felt really fit, healthy, and comfortable. I'm 5'5", but given my Italian-peasant-stock bloodline and childbearing hips, I will never be a tiny thing. Which is absolutely 100% fine with me - I look fit and healthy.

Anyways, I've not been really paying much attention to my diet over the past year, and through the summer/fall of 2007, it didn't matter because I was in marathon season and running a ton. So when I saw a gain of .5 of a pound here, and .5 of a pound there, I didn't really think much of it.

But I've not been running much in the last 3-4 months. Just having major motivation issues, and a general lack of interest in running.

So, today, I actually looked at where I was last year, and where I am now, and looking at those two numbers next to each other - well HOLY CRAP, I've gained 11.8 pounds in the last year.

It's clearly time to focus - on the food intake, AND on my running. Actually, the running goes without saying as I begin my marathon training season in less than a month. YIKES! I can't be carrying around 12 extra pounds - that's a lot of wear and tear that's not needed.

14 May, 2008


I have 6 miles on tap for tonight, then will have to jam in 3 or 4 at lunch tomorrow since I have a work event tomorrow night.

Then I'm heading to Maine for a long weekend w/ the BF, so will probably get a few 3-4 miles runs in over the weekend.

NRR (non-running-related): The bathroom remodel starts next Tuesday, heaven help me!

09 May, 2008


OK, I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but I just booked my flight to NYC for the marathon in November, then on to N.O. for post-marathon vacation/Habitat work.

YAY for free flights with air miles!!

07 May, 2008

4 not so easy miles

Went to the gym, did 4 miles in 46:48. I know that sounds slow, and before the last 2 months of slacking off, that would have been my easy pace. However, it wasn't easy at all. 4 miles, cooldown, stretch, 100 crunches.

Back at it tomorrow with 5 miles.

01 May, 2008

yesterday, today

Got in a quick 2-miler last night. Yes, you read that right, 2 miles. I was planning on 3 or 4, but was a bit short on time so did what I could.

Today is an SRD, which is good since I have a work event tonight. And when that ends at 8, I'm heading straight home to sleep.

Another work event tomorrow night, so will plan on jamming in 3 or 4 miles at lunch.