Monday, November 8, 2010

November Goals Update + NYC Marathon

Happy Monday!

Week 1 update based on my November goals:
1.  20 miles for the week!  Wahoo!!!
2.  Hit the gym hard twice last week for full body workout
3.  Increasing my mileage should build a stronger foundation, ultimately allowing me to run 3 miles faster
4.  Jay (@Tri2Thrive) is also running the LA Marathon as his first full so we’re going to keep each other motivated
5.  I had my first Chi Running lesson with my new running group, Soul Runners.  It’s a challenge for me, changing my form, but I definitely feel a significant difference in my running efficiency.  With practice, I believe chi running will help me become a better runner and less-prone to injury.

On another note, I woke up to watch the ING NYC Marathon Sunday morning (hooray for east coast channels)!  I was cheering for Shalane Flanagan, and even though she didn’t come in 1st, it was her first full marathon and she ROCKED it, coming in 2nd place at 2:28:40.  She kept perfect form throughout the entire race.  And a big congrats to the first place male and female finishers, Gebre Gebremariam (2:08:14) and Edna Kiplagat (2:28:20)!  I was in complete awe of both the elite men and women.  They ran 4-6 minute miles the ENTIRE TWENTY-SIX POINT TWO MILES!  To be able to keep that pace for that long is incredible, godly even.  And they made it seem so effortless – steady breathing, long comfortable strides, a perfect cadence.

It truly was amazing to watch.  And I might add inspiring too!  Today the lottery for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon opened at 9am PST, and guess who applied?  Yep!  Yours truly.  We’ll see if I’m accepted in March/April.  I’m pretty pumped.  I lived in NYC for four years, and it’s been a dream of mine to run the NYC marathon.  Since I’m planning on running LA for my first full next March, I thought, why not apply for NY too!  If I’m accepted, I will be honored and thrilled.  If not, there’s always 2012 and beyond!

How was your weekend?  Which races did you run?  Did you watch the NYC Marathon?



  1. Wow, how cool that you applied! I'll cross my fingers for you! I'd LOVE to read a NYC Marathon race recap from you!

  2. Good luck! NY would be a blast to run. And great job sticking to your goals.

  3. How exciting! I do hope to see you out there! Or one of these weekends when I run with the S.R.'s I will be outta town this weekend so I wont make the group run, see you soon! P.S. I am running the LA Marathon (my 2nd) in March too! WE will Rule!

  4. I love how you not only set goals but you actually revisit and evaluate them - awesome.

    I'm so excited to hear you are going to be training for a full marathon!