NYC Marathon Training Update (Week 1)

General housekeeping: 

-I think training week 0 really did a number on me because I was quite tired most of this week.

-Man, the heat was no joke this week.


I’m all sweated out after walking 6 blocks (~12 minutes).

Monday: Planned, 5mi easy; Actual, 4mi

With temps in the 90s, there was no way that I was going to run with my running group so I did a treadmill run at the gym. Ain’t nobody got time for all of this heat.

Tuesday: Planned, 6mi hill repeats; Actual, yeah right

I woke up all prepared to run in Central Park, but I was super groggy. I just could not get it together for this run and decided to go back to sleep.

Wednesday: Planned, X-train; Actual, X-train, lap swim

I finally made it to an NYC’s adult open swim program. Many of the outdoor pools have FREE open swim either from 7 am to 8:30 am or from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. I opted to swim from  7 – 8:30 am in a pool that is about one mile away from my apt. Knowing NYC’s planning for these types of programs, I was expecting a complete sh*t show, but the program was managed very well . . . at least on my first visit.


Kids cannot do ANYTHING nowadays.

Breath-holding contests back in the day were one of the things that made swimming fun as a kid. What are they going to get rid of next, Marco Polo?

You know what? Swimming laps can definitely show a runner how out of shape he/she really is. I was pooped after continuously swimming for 45 minutes . . . well, maybe it was closer to 30 minutes. Also, my flip turns are now quite atrocious.

Thursday: Planned, 5mi easy; Actual, Rest

I think Wednesday’s swim took it out of me because I was quite exhausted. Although I planned to run after work, I received some bad financial news and did not care about running. Instead, I was all mopey and went to McDonald’s for my comfort food of a Quarter pounder with cheese combo meal. Ugh, is it me but are most McDonald’s in NYC riff-raff as hell? Some of these folks act like you are bothering them when you ask them to do something that is part of their job. 

Friday: Planned, Rest; Actual, Rest 

Eh, nothing to report.

Saturday: Planned 10mi race; Actual Rest

Due to the extreme heat conditions, NYRR decided to cancel the 10mi Marathon Training Run. Good, because I did not want to run outside in 100-degree weather.  Although the run was canceled, I had planned to run my 10 miles at the gym. That did not happen because I kept putting it off. “I’ll go to the gym at 8am” became I’ll go to the gym at 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, and so forth. Long story short, I did not make it to the gym. However, I did get a lot of housework and professional work completed.

Sunday: Planned, Rest; Actual, 10.5mi easy 

Although this week literally has been HELL in NYC, I knew that I could not let at week go by without doing a long run especially this early in my training plan. I think other folks had the idea of running indoors because I had to wait about 30 minutes for a treadmill. I was a bit selective with my treadmills because I wanted a treadmill that was near a fan. The run was just eh. I typically get really bored with treadmill running after 7/8 miles, but I powered through.

Post run stretching

Because of the weather, this week was a bit tough for running. I thought I read somewhere that your body needs 2-3 weeks to acclimate to summer running. I guess my body needs two acclimation periods – one for 80-degree weather and the other for 90-degree weather.

Plan for this week

Shoot, I just realized that I the title for next week’s training should be #2, not #3.  


Were your outdoor running plans screwed up by the heat this week?


HELP! Traveling to a marathon

A few of y’all are experts in destination marathons and traveling for them.

Ok, I have to attend a conference for work in Hawai’i from Oct. 30th to Nov 1st. Who the hell schedules a conference during Halloween? Although the conference starts on Oct. 30, the hubby and I may go earlier in the week to have some fun in the sun.

Now here’s the problem, NYC’s Marathon is Nov 3!!!! Any advice for this crazy plan?

Suck it and know that this will not be a good marathon for me. 

For last year’s marathon, I flew from Madrid to NYC on the Nov. 2nd; arrived at my apt around 2/3 am; ran a 5K and picked up my race crap on the 3rd; and ran the marathon on the 4th. I did not feel too much jag lag from my trans Atlantic voyage; probably because “gained” hours going from Madrid to NYC.  Traveling from Hawai’i to NYC is a whole other ball game.

For the year before last’s marathon, I hardly trained; I think my longest run was 15 miles. I pretty much ran the first half of the marathon and saw where the rest of the marathon took me. Actually, until about 10 pm the night before the marathon, I was still on the fence about running the marathon. Up until 11:59 pm the night before the marathon, NYRR gives you the option to defer.

The point of these two experiences is that I’ve completed a couple of marathons under crappy circumstances.

Defer until 2020

I really do not want to pursue the option since I’ve paid for registration. Of course, I did not purchase race insurance.

Sell the damn bib (just joking)

This is big no no for NYRR.

Any and all tips are welcome

Race Report: 2019 NYRR Retro 4-Miler

Date: July 13th; 8:00 am 

Distance: 4mi/6.4km

Place: Central Park, NY, NY

Weather: 72 F, 73% Humidity 

Finishers: 4,739 (2,318 Men/2,421 Women)

Offical time / pace: 42:03 / 10:32min/mi


Let’s take it back in time. This yearly NYRR race gives runners a fun opportunity to dress up in some of their old school running attire. Although many runners who ran on Saturday were dressed in gear from the 70s and the 80s, there were quite a few dressed in 90’s. Man, now the 90s are considered retro.

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Since I started my first week of training for the TCS NYC Marathon, this race was incorporated into my weekly long run. The plan was to run 3 miles before the race, run the race itself, then run 3 miles after.

I arrived at Central Park after my 3-mile run, and it was kind of cool to see a bunch of folks dress up in their costumes. I don’t know, but I’ve never really been one to dress up for theme races. However, I think it’s kind of cool when folks can show off their creativity and run a race. It seems like this race was part of other people’s long runs because I saw quite a number of folks running to the race from Harlem.

Since I knew that I was not going to put much effort into this race, especially afterUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3137 running 3 miles, I assigned myself to corral H (or, was it I?). Honestly, I cannot say too much about this race, because I was focusing on my run that I would have to complete after running the four miles. I thought the first two miles went well considering the weather and the distance that I had already run (six miles at that point). So far, 6.2 miles was the farthest distance that I have run since the NYC Half Marathon back in March. At mile two, I did notice that I started to overheat a bit, so I had to throw some water over my head at the two remaining water stations. Aside from dumping water on my head, I did not have to walk any of the course.

Since this was a themed run, I was a little sad that I could not take part in some of the post-race festivities, but I had a task to complete. A good portion of my running playlist has a lot of music from the 70s and the 80s.

At the end of the race, I noticed that there was very limited water; the first time that I witnessed this for an NYRR race. Perhaps, this is a normal occurrence for folks who run in the H, I, J corrals. If true, then it’s pretty unfortunate that supplies run out before folks can complete their race, especially on a hot day.

Upcoming race: 

TCS NYC Marathon Training Series (10mi) – Saturday, July 20. 

Aside from the heat, I liked running before a race so I think that I try to fit in 2-3 miles before this race. At least, I will be able to see where I stand for a half (or near half) marathon distance.

Actually, maybe I won’t do a pre-race run for a couple of reasons.

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  2. It’s going to be hot as hell on Saturday.

NYC Marathon Training Update (Week 0)

Week 0. Huh?

I figure that since I put all of my training session into my calendar for a 16-week training plan.

I thought to myself, what’s one more week? Why not get started now? Plus, I have a tendency to be quite random with my training plans so I’ll probably end up missing or skipping a week or two, or five.

General housekeeping: 

-Since I have back issues (and I slouch way too much at work and home), I have decided to do my back stretches and foam rolling 1-2X every day.

-Also, I have joined a 30 burpee for 30 days challenge, and it’s going well . . . for now.

-I’m a little concerned with a slight pain in (or behind) my shin. It does not hurt when I run or walk, but I do feel a tingle every now and then – especially when I walk stairs. I’m a bit worried because I have had a couple of stress fractures in that leg in the past. I even had to cancel my registration to San Fransico’s Marathon a few years ago because of one of these stress fractures in that leg.

Monday: Planned 5mi easy; Actual 3mi

I’m such a doofus. I planned to incorporate this run with Harlem Run’s Monday NightFun Run. I was so excited to start the fun run that I left work at 5:30 pm and was at the meeting spot at 6 pm. So what’s the problem? The running group meets at 7 pm. I thought of going home and coming back out at 7. Instead, I just ran three miles and had dinner with the hubby. I really wanted to run the full five miles but it was way too hot out.


It too damn HOT!!


Tuesday: 2.5 miles with 0.3mi hill repeats

I wanted to do a few more hill intervals during this workout, but I was cutting my time kind of close. I was invited to sit on a ‘what you can be with a Ph.D.’ type panel at UPenn, and I had to be at the train station to travel from NYC to Philly by 9 am. I got up bright an early and did this workout on the infamous hills in the north of Central Park. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_30b0

Wednesday: Planned/Actual X-train, Zumba (45 min)

Thursday: Planned 5mi; Actual Rest

I was supposed to run 4 miles, but I was so exhausted to the point that I was falling asleep a work.

Friday: Planned/Actual Rest

Saturday: Planned 10mi; Actual 9.7mi


My first “long” run for this marathon training season. Since I registered for the NYRR Retro 4mi, I decided to incorporate this race into my long run, or rather, incorporate my long run into the race. The plan was to run three miles before the race, run the 4-mile race, then run another three miles after the race. This plan worked out perfectly because my apt is about three miles from the start and the finish of the race. I’m not going to lie, but this run was kind of hard because of the heat. Although it was a struggle, I was happy that I finished even though I had to stop a couple of times.

Sunday: Strength training and stretching 

Random 1

After this week’s long run, I took my first ice bath. Boy, was it COLD. I cannot say if I see/feel the benefits just yet, but I think that I will try it again after next week’s long run.


I need to find/buy/steal some nail polish remover so I can take off my Pride-themed toenail polish from my three-week old pedi. Another reason why I miss working in a molecular biology lab . . . I no longer have access to industrial-grade acetone (not that I ever needed it before). Then again, it might be interesting to keep the polish on my toenails just to see how long it takes for my nails to grow. Since I’m lazy, I’ll more than likely keep the polish on until my nails grow out.

Random 2

After my ice bath, I made healthy “ice cream” by blending frozen bananas with a bit of milk. I have to say it was not THAT bad . . . once I mixed some peanut butter and M&M’s in it. Note, I did not use the entire bag of M&Ms for this batch.



Do any folks out there sleep with a significant other who snores A LOT? The hubby is a VERY loud snorer, which is one of the main reasons why I do not get enough sleep. With me, if I wake up it takes about 30min – 60min for me to go back to sleep. Then, it’s like what the point of going back to sleep when I have to wake up in an hour anyway? Also, I have been noticing that I will grab a snack or two after waking up at 3/4/5am, which probably is contributing to my issues of dropping some weight.

Food Pic of the Week

 Lets Meat  (***)

305 307 5th Ave, NY (“Koreatown), NY 10016 

Upon a recommendation, the hubby and I checked this Korean BBQ place, which has an all you can eat (AYCE) deal for about $30 bucks. 


Smell that sizzle!!

I would say that it’s worth a shot to check out this place, but the food was not super amazing. However, I rarely expect amazing food from an AYCE place. I will say that I was glad that the food was cooked at the table rather than a grab your food a buffet type of arrangement. 

Question: How do you feel about places where you prepare your own food?

I’m not really a fan. What’s the point of paying a restaurant so I can cook? The whole point of going out to eat is not having to cook. I guess, in these situations, you do not have to worry about washing dishes. 😉

Back to the topic at hand.

I will say that the restaurant had plenty of food/meat options that one could consume during the 100-minute time limit. Oh, they keep track with the 100 minutes and do not mess around. For our meal, we did three meat rounds and that was more than enough. Note for next time (if there is a next time), do not make plans to go to a show (or anyplace nice) after eating here because you will smell like smoked meat. 

This restaurant thinks it’s slick. When you do a Yelp check in at some places, you can unlock special deals (above left). For this restaurant, the Yelp “deal” is the same regular menu price (above right). So sneaky. 😉

My world has been turned upside down (not really): 

As most may know, I am a Frose/Froze (or however the hell you spell it) fan.

Here’s the thing, I was under the assumption that Frose was prepared by slushing rose and vodka. After Sunday’s dinner, we went to a nearby bar, and I was shocked to learn the bar’s Frose was prepared by slushing rose-flavored vodka. Why would anyone want to drink a rose-flavored vodka alone? Does this flavored vodka exist just to make frose? Is this the correct way of making frose? This method seems a little suspicious because most flavor vodkas are crap (IMO).

Random Thursday

-For some reason, I’m actually excited for this upcoming marathon training season. We’ll see how long that lasts.

-I need to buy new running shoes, ASAP.


-The other day, I had a funny/ignorant exchange with my Uber driver in Philly.

Driver: You know we have good pussy in Philly.

Me: I’m gay.

Driver: We have good boy pussy too.

-Speaking of Philly. I was to be on a “what you can be with a PhD” type panel. Some of the students’ questions really made me think about my career/life plans. 

-Although I told myself that I would never get another tattoo (I have only two), I think that I may want to get an NYC Marathon-themed tattoo if I finish this year’s marathon. I’m thinking something like the route or the NYC skyline.

-I hate early morning meetings. 

-Using a combination of marathon running and applied physics (***).

Researchers filmed and analyzed the people-packed corrals at the start of marathons to understand the physics of human crowd movement. The results could help predict how crowds will move during emergencies and improve computer-generated crowd scenes in movies.

-I’m sleepy.

-I need to find a local (and cheap) pool so I can incorporate swimming into this training plan. Word on the street is the pool at the college where I work does not have many open swim hours slots. 

Sweet, I just found a pool that is about 1.3 miles from my apt that has lap swim from 7am to 8:30 am. And, there a Citibike dock near the pool. Score!

Sweet II, there is a pool that has an open swim from 7 pm to 8:30 pm until August 30th. What’s the best part? This park is a three-minute walk from my apt!!!!

-Thanks to runeatralph for providing a link to an online pace calculator from Runner’s Connect ( *** ) that adjusts your goal pace based on temperature and the dew point.  

For example, on a day where the temperature is 88 F and the dew point is 63 F. My adjusted pace for a 5K at 9:30 min/mi pace would be 9:47 min/mi.

-In order to improve my Spanish comprehension, the hubby has me watching “Rica, Famosa Latina”. All five seasons are on Hulu. OMG, these chicas get so physical and bleed on this show. It’s pretty much a Latin version of Real Housewives mixed with Jerry Springer and an intense telenovela. Actually, it’s too damn intense for me. I’m all for a good read. However, hitting someone in the head with a wine glass and trying to stab her with the broken glass in the chest is . . . a bit much. I think that I’ll stick to my RHoA women . . . at least no blood is drawn on that show. 

One question: why does it take production so long to break up the damn fights?

What random thoughts do you have?

Training Report (well not really)

This post will have to be quick because I have crap to do.

I feel like this will be a frequent complaint in many of my future posts so I might as well get it out of the way now. Man, oh man, is it hot out there. Ok, done.

This past week, I ran a little over 12 miles. Ugh, I’m already feeling defeated for the marathon training plan that I described yesterday. I mean, 12 miles is supposed to be the beginning of my weekly long runs, and that’s the distance I covered over seven days. I will admit that having a holiday in the middle of the week did not help matters.


A nice view of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River during my Sunday run.

Fourth of July

Before I jump into the report, I had a fantastic time on the 4th of July. I spent it at the hubby’s friend’s rooftop party, which had an awesome view of Manhattan and (most important) the Macy 4th of July Fireworks.



I probably had waaaay too much wine, beer, champagne, Jello shots, and (ugh) Fireball. Seriously, who the hell over 30 years old still drinks/shoots Fireball? One week into the last year of my 30’s and I already failed my motto for the remainder of my 30s.


Battle of the bulge

Aside from running my weak 12 miles, I have been incorporating more strength/X-training into my weekly routine. Not only has my running power dwindled, so has my general strength overall. Man, the next few marathon training months are going to be Zd2qdi+ZRZqJKjqJWBFT7A_thumb_2fcd a complete STRUGGLE. The Marathon Training Academy had a great podcast about weight loss for marathoners, and I received some decent advice and a couple plans of attack from the podcast. One key thing that I learned is that you cannot/should not count running as your leg days. I guess that I knew that but I actively ignored it.  Since I have bad/weak back issues, I have been doing nightly stretches and low-impact lower body exercises every night this week. Hopefully, this will be a practice that I can incorporate for the long term. I have noticed that I have a tendency to slouch a lot on the sofa when I’m home, and it creates back issues during the week. I guess it was not too big of a deal when I was a scientist (and weighed less) because I would stand for about 50 – 70% of my workday doing my experiments. Since I’m an administrator, I sit pretty much all damn day. Another thing I learned from the podcast, hard liquor and wine are better than beer. 😉

Meeting and greeting folks

For the past couple of entries, I mentioned that it has been kind of difficult meeting and making new running friends/acquaintances in real life. This weekend, I volunteered as a “bageler” with the Front Runners NY – my other running group that I never run with.  But, I have a feeling that will change very soon. After the Saturday fun runs, frnythe club provides breakfast (bagels, cereal, protein bars, fruit, etc.) for members. Actually, it was a pretty nice experience, and the members were super nice and friendly. The past couple of Manhattan events that I attended, I found that quite a few of the members were kind of sassy and cliquish. I specified the Manhattan events because there is a Brooklyn component to FRNY, but those folks were SUPER nice and cool. Since I was working crazy hours that that BS biotech company in Brooklyn, I could not make many of the Brooklyn fun runs. Hopefully, this weekend volunteering event will be a nice reset of my relationship with FRNY. This reset could really help me train for this year’s marathon because FRNY’s long run schedule aligns with mine (or rather Runner’s World) for the most part.

Foot Gear

Looks like it’s time for a new pair of shoes. These shoes aren’t even THAT old; I think I got them last year in October.


Random, why do my shoes always rip, tear, or have holes in the right shoe?


The right shoe is a mess (the pic was taken in a mirror)

The shoes before the pair in the above had a big ass hole on the outside of the right shoe. Maybe I land weird on my right side when I run.

Going back to the point that I made earlier in the post about my dwindling general fitness. As you can kinda see in this photo, my arms, without flexing, had some definition.

A couple more of my shoes with holes in the right shoe.

LOL. The Alcoholism “book” in the above-left picture is a free journal subscription for members of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSoA). Back in my scientist days, one of my research projects involved studying the role that alcohol (and cigarettes) consumption had in oral cancers. 

Fingers crossed that the NYRR Superstore/Supercenter (or whatever hell it calls itself) has this shoe . . . with the wide toe box.

Speaking of feet: The surgery that never happened

Last week (or the week before last), I was supposed to have surgery to shave down a bit  of bone on the fifth toe of my right foot. That did not happen because the podiatrist’s office could not/did not want to get a pre-authorization from my insurance company for the procedure. I am not trying to get a random, surprise 1K, 2K, 3K medical bill for some crap that is not covered by my insurance. Hell just this week, I received a bill for $284 for my last visit. This bill is in addition to the $50 copay that I paid in late May. Basically, $334 for a 15-minute visit. What happened during this visit? He clipped some of the dead skin that was in between my fourth and fifth toes (something I could have done myself at home), put a piece of gauze and a bandaid on the toe, and scheduled the surgery. Fuckin con artists.

Well, I guess that I should have saved this post for Random Thursdays since this was not much of a training update.

What fun did you get up to for the 4th of July?

How do you increase your speed for a marathon training plan during the summers months?

Do you just focus on getting in the distance and worry about the speed in Sept/Oct.?