Half Way There

Today marks the beginning of the 10th week of my 18 week marathon training schedule.  So, I am half way there!  It has been a great 9 weeks – building up to 36 miles last week from a start of about 20.  I have been self-motivated, healthy, and it hasn’t rained in the morning but one time!  My biggest complaint has been blisters, awful blisters, which I have almost solved by taping up each toe before I run more than about 4 miles.  My long run last week was 16 miles and I was fine during the run, and I was able to run 4 the next day!

As the days get shorter, darker and colder, I am sure I will have my days where I don’t want to get out of bed.  Summit isn’t very well lit in the morning, and at 5:30 am it is black as pitch.  The last few mornings I had to use my iPhone flashlight app to see the ground.  I also wear my reflective vest so I am visible to cars.   Soon it will be cold enough to break out the reflective jacket and gloves. 

Another thing that has always helped me stay motivated in the cold weather is running with other people.  That is why I organized RunSummit.org. so we can get a core group together and support each other through the cold, dark morning runs! Come join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am at the Grand Summit Hotel – it is still a little bit light out at that time.  If you have other times you’d prefer to get a group together, let me know and I will post it here.  We also have the Saturday run at 8:30am – the sun is well up by then!

105 days or 15 weeks and counting

The NYC Marathon is in 105 days.  That means that I have completed the first 3 weeks of training.  This week I ran 30 miles, despite record breaking temperatures and humidity.  In this kind of heat, it is difficult to run at all.  I have to run early in the morning before the sun is too high in the sky.  This morning when I went out at 5:30am to run 10 miles, it was already 81 degrees and what felt like 100% humidity.

I was supposed to do my long run yesterday, but it was just too darn hot!  I ran 4 with our running group – we had 11 runners at our 8:30 Saturday run this weekend!   And, we’ve had several folks join us on the weekday runs too.  We have all types of runners coming to our runs – a 2:30 marathoner (that’s under 6 minute miles for 26.2 miles), a 63 year old, a new mom, kids on the high school track team, college track runners, and casual runners looking to start up a running program.  It’s great that we’ve been able to get so many people together so quickly!!

So, if you are thinking about joining a running club or want to see what it is like to run in a group, please come join us and RunSummit!


First RunSummit run – a great success!

Today, we had a group of six on our first RunSummit run!  We had a collection of amazing athletes who have run Ultras (50 miles), marathons, and triathlons.  Several were yoga and fitness instructors.  All were positive and happy to be out enjoying the beautiful day.  We met at the Lululemon Showroom downtown and ran through the beautiful north side of Summit.  Half the group ran 4 miles, and half extended the run to 6.  We met in the showroom after and did a little shopping.  I got some great shorts that I am psyched about trying out tomorrow.  Thanks Abigail!!

I have always preferred running with people rather than by myself.  I know there are people who prefer to run alone, but I am not one of them.  When I run with people, the miles just fly by.  I enjoy learning about other people’s lives and developing the strong bonds that form between running partners.  I often find that these relationships develop into a special kind of kinship.  Your runninng partner becomes someone who will help motivate and encourage you when your tank is running low.  You come to depend on him/her to force you to get up and meet early in the morning.  Running partners are there every step of the way, helping you to meet your goals.

I look forward to running with the group again next week!!

iLove my iPhone Apps

Not that long ago when I went out running, I needed a bunch of things to help me on my run:

  1. GPS to track speed and distance
  2. A map just in case I got lost
  3. Running watch
  4. Phone
  5. MP3 Player
  6. cash or credit card

Now, all I need is my iPhone and I have all of the above functionality AND MORE!  Here are my favorite things to have on my iPhone when I run:

  1. iMapMyRun (www.mapmyrun.com) a nifty little app that records your runs on a google-map-ish screen, logs distance and pace, allows you to save the runs and publish them on social media sites.  You can also log into the website and create a run using the mapping tool.
  2. See #1 but let’s face it, you are never lost anymore with Google Maps!
  3. Who needs a watch when you have #1 and the time/stopwatch features of your iPhone
  4. Well, this you still need
  5. I use www.pandora.comon my phone, but I also have all my songs in my phone’s iPod. I can have the map software running AND listen to music!
  6. This is probably my favorite one: After a run I would want to stop at Starbucks for coffee but couldn’t because I didn’t bring cash or a credit card.  Now, I have this little application on my iPhone that allows you to pay for anything at Starbucks, using your mobile phone:  http://www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse/mobile-apps/starbucks-card-mobile   No more carrying cash or cards in your pockets!  And, if you use a registered Starbucks card, you get free upgrades to your coffee and a free drink for every 15 that you purchase. I love my Starbucks!

So now, when I am running, my load has been lightened by having all the things I need right on my phone!

“A journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step” .. unknown.

When I first thought about running a marathon, I didn’t believe that I could do it.  I couldn’t even run a mile at that point – how would I ever run 26.2 of them! But, since “Run a Marathon” was on my life’s to-do list, I went outside and ran until I couldn’t run any longer.  That got me about half way down the block.  The next day I couldn’t walk, much less run, but I went out and ran a few blocks further.  Then, more and more until I could run a mile, then two.  Pretty soon I was able to run five or six miles without stopping.  And about eight months after that first time I had gone out running, I ran my first marathon.  I followed a schedule similar to the one I published yesterday and just stuck to it. 

So, even if you are not a runner but you want to be, just resolve to get up, get outside and start runing!  And remember that even a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Now go out there and take that first step!



*Please remember that if you have health concerns, you may want to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.


The NYC Marathon is in 125 days

On the first Sunday in November, I will be running the NYC Marathon!  Today is day 1 of the 18 week training program I am going to use to train.  I have modified a schedule from the NYRR.ORG site for a casual marathoner starting with a 20-ish mile per week base and will follow this schedule for the next 18 weeks:

Marathon Training Schedule

    M T W Th F Sat Sun Total
Base Week   off 4.5 4.5 6M bike 4 3 6 22
4-Jul 1 off 4 4 4 off 8 4 24
11-Jul 2 off 4 4 4 off 6 4 22
18-Jul 3 off 4 4 4 off 10 4 26
25-Jul 4 off 4 4 4 off 8 4 24
1-Aug 5 off 4 4 4 off 13 4 29
8-Aug 6 off 4 5 4 off 8 4 25
15-Aug 7 off 4 4 4 off 15 4 31
22-Aug 8 off 5 5 4 off 10 4 28
29-Aug 9 off 4 4 4 off 16 4 32
5-Sep 10 off 4 5 4 4 12 6 35
12-Sep 11 4 5 5 5 off 18 off 37
19-Sep 12 5 6 off 6 4 12 6 39
26-Sep 13 off 6 5 5 4 20 off 40
3-Oct 14 4 6 5 6 off 12 6 39
10-Oct 15 off 4 4 4 4 20 off 36
17-Oct 16 4 4 3 4 off 15 3 33
24-Oct 17 off 5 4 5 off 6 6 26
31-Oct 18 off 4 4 4 off 2 26.2 14+race

Welcome to my blog

Hey There!  My name is Diana, and I live in beautiful Summit, NJ.  I have built this site for two reasons – 1. I want to build a running club in Summit where we can gather and have group runs, and 2. I am training for the NYC Marathon and I need motivation!  I am going to be posting my training schedule and thoughts on how the training is going.  Hopefully, it will inspire you AND me to work harder towards our running goals.  Please join in by posting on the Join In! page or sending me a message in the Contact form.

Thank you and let’s RUN SUMMIT together!!