Running Style

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!! I have felt super depleted over these past four or five weeks of midterm hell. On many fronts, I’m drained and absolutely destroyed. I look like the walking dead, my workout schedule has been erratic at best, I had a devil of a cold that sucked the life out of me for two weeks mid-midterms, and I think my life nearly fell apart about midway through the past few weeks.

What’s that you say? I’m a drama queen?

That I am my friend, that I am.

I have looked like  a crazy person for approximately a month. Don't mind me and my frizzy hair.

I have looked like a crazy person for approximately a month. Don’t mind me and my frizzy hair.

Today was the first day coming out of the fog and I looked the part of the fluorescent-clad crazy person this morning on my run: bright blue crops, yellow tank, hot pink pullover, and crazy hair. Ask my friend’s boyfriend. I think I scared the life out of him when I ran up to him in the park this morning.

But we’re not talking about my color-blindness at 6am.

This past weekend was the NYU DPT 5K. I didn’t run particularly fast (for me) but I ran a decent time. But you know what I’m not afraid to admit? 5Ks aren’t really my style.

It’s not my style to go blasting out of the gates, elbowing people left and right for position in the lead pack. It’s just not my thing.

I mosey along in my runs. You will rarely find me blasting along the river, sprinting like a bat outta hell.

I mosey along in my runs. You will rarely find me blasting along the river, sprinting like a bat outta hell.

My style is a race I can find a groove in. Starting off at a decent pace and being able to think while I’m running. I could not think the entire time I was running on Saturday. I just couldn’t. It felt rushed and I was nervous the entire time.

Half marathons are about my speed. I enjoy the occasional 10K for some speed, but I generally dig 15K-half marathon distances.

I look calm at mile 20, no?

I look calm at mile 20, no?

It’s also not my style to be competitive with anyone but myself. Sure, I sometimes look ahead and try to catch other people but not because I want to beat them. I use them as goal posts to keep me going.

Some runners get all personal and won’t talk to other runners at races or socially. Some runners won’t socialize with runners who are slower than them. Some runners won’t hang with runners who are faster than them.

That is just not my style.

Running friends come in all shapes and sizes and abilities and I love them all!

Running friends come in all shapes and sizes and abilities and I love them all!

It hurts my heart when snobby runners say snobby things. I love my fast runners friends and my newer, not-as-fast runner friends. I love my non-runner friends who took me running when I was gimpy and needed bodyguards.

What’s the point of being snobby? You love a 5K? Cool. The 3000 meter race is your cup of tea? You go on with your bad self. You do ultras? I mean, ok. You’re crazy, but ok.

Morning runner/Nighttime runner Runner

Morning runner/Nighttime runner Runner

 

But don’t make fun of other runners who prefer the treadmill to the freezing cold. Or tights to shorts when it’s 40 degrees. Or runners who call it a day instead of running in the snow/rain/sleet/snot.

Let’s not have our community be THAT community. Let’s just all be runners, ok?

 

5K Pace

5Ks make me want to vomit. They just do. They are the “sprint race” for distance runners. You might think that the 100-meter dash is scarier, nay. The 5K is the stomach-turning torturous race that we all fear.

Running a 5K takes speed, strategy, and a totally different kind of mind-set from marathon running.

I’m scared of them.

Cold weather scares me. So do 5Ks. A 5K in the cold = ruh-roh.

Cold weather scares me. So do 5Ks. A 5K in the cold = ruh-roh.

Sooooooo, our physical therapy department is hosting a 5K on March 9th at 9am in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. (You should come run with me!) And I’ve been structuring my runs a little toward this upcoming race.

I will, I will ROCK YOU!

I will, I will ROCK YOU!

 

I mean, I can’t suck it up at the race and expect to walk into class Monday morning with my head held high. I have a goal (I’m too embarrassed to share it) and I will achieve it, come hell or high water.

But 5Ks are tough to pace. Most distance runners (me) are terrified of the pacing aspect of sprints like this. But really, it’s not much more different than a tempo run.

How to run a 5K:

  1. Warm up: Not just a jog-from-the-subway warm-up. Like, 2 miles of a warm-up at a normal starting workout pace. This will be the most important thing you do to have a successful race.
  2. Time your entrance into the corrals: No more than 5 minutes before the race. Keep moving in your corral, don’t stretch, and keep those fibers flexing.
  3. Go out fast-ish: Since you’re warmed up, you’ll be ready to hit your tempo but not your max pace. Probably closer to 15-20 seconds slower to make sure you don’t die at the end.
  4. Kick it in halfway: Halfway through the race is a little over a mile to go. Time to make a move. Time to find your power.
  5. Half mile is Go Time: Time to see what you’re made of and do it like it’s a mile repeat. Leave it all out on the road. 

Finish with an ugly runner face and rock it out.

Sign up to run our race because, really, you need us to research your weird runner injuries so when you come see me in a few years I know how to treat you. Plus you get a shirt.

Blue looks good on everyone.

Blue looks good on everyone.

Also, how cute is my classmate who gave all of valentines? Seriously. Cute.

Candy! Wheeeeeee!

Candy! Wheeeeeee!

Now go out and run.

Friday Fitness News: A Smörgåsbord

It has been bitter cold in NYC this week. I’m one of the crazy runners who hit the pavement for a few cold runs and pretty immediately regretted it. What an idiot.

Frrrrrrozzzzzen Abby.

Frrrrrrozzzzzen Abby.

Thank goodness for the sunshine that kept my exposed face warm. By the way, I’ve been sporting my Run: Bundle Up Jacket all week and I am loving it for the sub-30° runs.

So what’s happening in the fitness world this week? Well, the fallout from the ING New York City Marathon 2012 comes to a relative close, as today is THE LAST DAY TO CHOOSE YOUR RACE CANCELLATION RESOLUTION or you lose everything. Mind you, runners only get entry into one of the races offered, they still have to pay the fees associated with the race itself. Wah-wah.

These are the options. Choose wisely, friends.

These are the options. Choose wisely, friends.

(I say get your money back. Who wants to pay $500+ for a marathon?)

Good morning, Vermont!

Good morning, Vermont!

Run with me!

Run with me!

PSA: If you’ve ever benefitted from physical therapy, consider running the NYU DPT 5K this March. Portions of race entry goes to raising money for research and I’ll be there running with my classmates. Join me! It’s in Prospect Park. Details here.

Don’t forget our lululemon Long Run Team meets tomorrow at 9am at the E. 66th St. store (temporary location during renovation: 1142 3rd ave, between 66th and 67th Sts.

Now go out and run!