Friday Fitness New of the Week: Baby, It’s *Finally* Cold Outside!

Unlike so many of my fellow New Yorkers, I am thrilled that it is finally getting winter-y outside. I love wearing boots and sweaters and cute hats and scarves and, most of all, I love that my apartment will no longer be a sauna where we seriously debate turning on the A/C at night in order to avoid the sweltering temperatures that will inevitably wake us at 2am because our respective pillows are drenched in sweat. Oh, apartment living.

So, happy winter weather, everyone!

This weekend, I am participating in the Girls On the Run 5K here in Manhattan. GOTR is an awesome organization who coach girls ages 8-13 through 10 and 12 week programs of exercise and running that culminate in a 5K that they run every Fall and Spring. I’m very proud to be a mentor at the race this year and am looking forward to meeting my running buddy tomorrow morning and rocking our 5K! If you are interested in getting involved as a mentor, a coach or a volunteer, please check out your local chapter (it’s a national organization!) and help make a difference in the life of a young female athlete. And, if you’re near Asphalt Green tomorrow morning at 8:30am, please come out and cheer us on.

In other news…

  • December 1-7 this year was the first ever Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. Thank you all who reached out and wrote to your representatives to show your support to show your support. I would hug all of you if I could.
  • And on a completely different note, the Runner’s World Holiday Streak is going strong and so am I!
  • Kara Goucher is kinda on a streak of her own and is actually planning on racing tired. Yikes. Good luck with that. Side note, this is hilarious, especially now that they’re running partners.

 

  • Two steps forward with breast cancer drugs and one step back.
  • I am, apparently, a sadist. And Bikram Choudhury is and egomaniac and a control freak.
  • H & M doesn’t even bother to use models and Photoshop. They they straight up use mannequins for their advertisements. NOT REAL PEOPLE.
  • Runner’s World writer and super-runner Amby Burfoot is predicting a sub-2 hour marathon in our lifetime.
  • Maybe that sub-2 hour marathon will come from athletes jumping on board with the Swedish Food Pyramid for athletes?
  • Runner’s are notoriously lazy cross-trainers. Here are some fitness tests to see where your weaknesses are because a strong runner is a faster, healthier runner.
  • Caffeine is known to help improve performance in endurance athletes, but it’s a fine line between a little kick and way too much.
  • And, finally, some healthy 2012 predictions from the cats over at Vital Juice.

Ok, that’s all I got this week. Hope to see some of you out there at the GOTR 5K tomorrow! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Now go out and run!

Kiss Post-Marathon Blues Goodbye

I ran my first marathon in New York City. It was an amazing experience that I’ll always remember and cherish. I was so excited to have finished a marathon and to have done it in New York!

Me and my very first marathon medal the next morning. Yay!

But I also remember being seriously bummed out as the post-marathon high wore off. What the heck? Wasn’t I supposed to be walking on airs for at least a few weeks, basking in the glow of the finish line glory for all the world to see? Well, yes, buuuuuuut, that died down after about a week. People stopped asking about it and life, you know, moved on.

My high was gone and I was still in marathon recovery mode, so I couldn’t exactly just pick up and race again. So sad. I had reached my goal! Now what?

I eventually came out of my funk but it took a whole new experience to get me going again. That’s when I found Achilles International and started volunteering on Saturday mornings as a guide for disabled runners in Central Park. Running with these amazing athletes definitely helped me get my groove back and even gave me a goal for the next marathon season.

Me and my friend, Leol, who also finished the NYCM this year!

So what’s the key?

Do something else. Anything else. Maybe even do something besides running (gasp!) or do something running-related, like volunteering at a local race with kids or something cute like that. The Girls On the Run 5K is on December 10th, which I’m going to use as my post-marathon, holiday season, do-gooder, get-off-my-post-marathon-a** and do something new event.

But what gets YOU going after a marathon? A new challenge: triathlon, 30 day yoga challenge anyone? A new activity: indoor cycling/climbing/kickboxing? Something completely different: book club/rearrange your apartment furniture/clean out all your closets/volunteer at a homeless kitchen…what else?

Or maybe you caught the marathon bug and are already searching for your next race and a new training schedule to have an even better finish time. That’s what I’ve done after the past few marathons. I got to a place where my marathons didn’t leave me as spent as they did in the beginning (don’t get me wrong, I was TIRED and I worked HARD, but I recovered faster) so I decided to switch up my training schedule to accommodate two marathons a year instead of one.

The result was Jersey. Which…well, it wasn’t a success where time was concerned BUT it was a HUGE success where my training was concerned. I finished super-strong and on pace despite having a hideous middle eight miles. To me, that was the biggest success of my running career.

Yay! Proudest finisher at the NJ Marathon!

So, if you’re finding yourself down in the dumps post-marathon (or any other race/goal), set a new goal. Don’t have one? Sit down with a friend who motivates and encourages you and get the conversation going in the direction of a new goal.

I cannot stress enough to you how very real this problem can be. You’ve achieved a goal that many people never even consider attempting and that can be a very difficult high to come down from. This is the best way I have learned how to deal with the post-marathon blues. What are your tricks?

Tell me all about it and then go out and run!