doing it again …

Running the 2015 NYC Marathon was definitely an experience like no other. There was something so fascinating of going through each borough and seeing the city in such a different and unique perspective. For once there was no traffic holding me up or slowing me down, only myself and that notorious wall everyone talks about hitting. It was smooth sailing until around mile 19/20, then it got tough, but there was no way I was quitting. I was more than halfway to the finish line, but more importantly I kept reminding myself of the reason I was running the marathon to begin with — for FRED’S TEAM — for all of those affected by or with cancer, for all (including my own father and aunt) that have lost their lives to cancer! And that is why I have signed up to do it all over again.

Last year, my team Pure Runners raised a little over $30,000 and this year we plan to exceed that. Please consider donating to my run in support of cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research. http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/yoga_michele

Thank you all so much for your support !

 

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more than halfway there …

Training has gone by so fast. Can’t believe there’s only 8 weeks left before Marathon Sunday! I am more than halfway there, in regards to training as well as in miles – a couple of weeks ago I ran my first half marathon run. Since then the miles have and will just increase, last week was 15 miles and this upcoming long run will be a sweet 16 miles.

13.1 mile route around queens

13.1 mile route around queens

To be honest, I had my doubts that I would be able to withstand the long distances. I credit yoga to giving me the mental strength to be able to fight thru whatever is going on in the body and mind during my runs, allowing me to complete the planned distances. I also just keep reminding myself of the reasons why I am running the marathon – in remembrance of my father and aunt who were taken way too soon from cancer, as well as everyone else I know that have been affected by the disease. I am so grateful to have the support of my team – Pure Runners – to keep pushing me and supporting me throughout the training so far.

I have a feeling that the next 8 weeks of training are going to be the toughest yet. My body, mostly my legs are starting to feel the buildup of all the runs and are forever sore. I am mindful not to push it too hard, as my goal for the marathon is not finishing in any particular time, but to just finish strong and feel good throughout the whole race. I want to enjoy running through the streets of New York City, the city I grew up in and the city I love so much.

Please take a moment to visit my official Fred’s Team page and consider donating in support of my run as well as for lifesaving cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Every dollar makes a difference in the fight against cancer!

Thank you so much for your generous donations – Kathy, Pat, Linda, David, Adam, Jillkerry ❤

becoming a runner .. it is happening !!

I am six weeks into marathon training and although I feel there is so much more about running that I have yet to experience and learn, I am at least getting comfortable in the routine of running. It all began when I went to get my gear at Jack Rabbit .. so yes I had all the essentials but what was I to do with it all. My first run was only 2 miles but at that point it seemed like 100 miles! There have been a bunch of mishaps along the way like not setting up the garmin to track my run to forgetting my running sneakers, however I am pretty much in a running routine now and got it down. Hence, that feeling of becoming a runner 🙂

Part of that feeling is also the fact that my routine has taken to icing and salt soaks. All the runs have slowly done some wear on my left foot and on some days it has not been pretty with major swelling. But that is how I view training for the marathon as a whole, it is not easy .. it is super tough .. but the feeling of accomplishment that I am already getting and I’m not even halfway thru training is what makes it all so worth it. To think of how far I have come as a runner in such a short period of time amazes me, I thought I would for sure get bored once the miles starting picking up, however last week’s 10 mile run I found myself running alone in Saratoga. Successfully completing that run solo has definitely boosted my confidence that I can do 26.2 miles and run the marathon come November. This is getting real 🙂

Don’t forget to visit my official Fred’s Team page to donate and support my run. Imagine a world without cancer!

Special thanks to Aaron and Ben ❤

26.2 miles?!? .. one training run at a time

It’s almost one month ago that I decided to run the TCS NYC Marathon this year. An event that is so daunting for anyone even avid runners. So what was I thinking? I have never run a day in my life! I dabbled in one race  – the midnight run in Central Park a few years ago, but that was to celebrate the New Year, as I ran with my sister and friends (Kristin and Dan) – and the result was a super sore body for weeks. So let’s just say running was not on the top of my to-do list! However, even with that in mind I signed up with the team at my yoga studio. (GO team Pure Runners!) I am so excited to be running with such a great group and look forward to the experience along our training journeys. We are running as part of Fred’s team to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research.

Last week was the official start of my 18 week training program, as I am following Hal Higdon Novice 1. To be honest, it was not as bad as I had hyped it up to be. Looking at the schedule, the longer runs are always on Saturday and the smaller ones during the week. This week culminated with a 6 mile run, which is by far the longest run I have ever done. The two weeks prior I slowly began preparing, running 2-4 mile runs. As the training continues each week the mileage will begin to increase, so I will spare you all the – this is my longest run ever! – comment every week, well until November 1st when I cross that finish line because I do not foresee myself ever running more than 26.2 miles at a time.

I will continue to update you on my progress, the ups and the downs and everything and anything that has to do with me doing this run. Follow me on twitter and instagram for daily updates on my runs.  I look forward to sharing it all with each and every one of you!

Getting my running gear in preparation for training

Getting my running gear in preparation for training

As mentioned above, my team is running to raise money for cancer research. Please visit my official Fred’s Team page to read a little more about the cause and why I am running, as well as consider to donate and support my run.

Big thanks to Katie & Gregg, Vicki, Jen and Donny! ❤