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 !

 

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! ❤