Archive for October, 2009

Fundraising Update

Posted in Fundraising on October 27, 2009 by amandacharlotte

Just wanted to give a quick fundraising update.  I’ve raised $1280 so far, which is 28% of my goal.  Thank you to everyone who has visited my fundraising page for Team in Training and donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Your support means the world to me and even more to those affected by these diseases.  Thank you again!


ING Financial Fitness Series Finale

Posted in Marathon, Triathlon on October 27, 2009 by amandacharlotte

I attended the ING Financial Fitness Series Finale this evening at the ING Cafe on 58th & 3rd.  It was a great event meant to inspire the marathon runners and give them a chance to ask some last-minute advice from the experts.  There were two guest speakers:  Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World magazine and AC Morgan, a  Timex athlete who now competes in Ironman triathlons after surviving a plane crash in ’98 that broke his back and burned most of his body.   

Bart Yasso was a great speaker, highly motivational and very entertaining.  He told a couple anecdotes about his experiences running marathons.  One was about running the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon in Moshi, Tanzania.  He said despite running the race in approximately 2 hours 40 min (I can’t find his exact time), he was considered fat and slow.  The finish line and clock had been removed by the time he finished, so he tracked down the officials to ask why they didn’t wait for him.  The official laughed and replied, “What were you doing, picking flowers?” 

Yasso also described his experience running Badwater from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, a 135 mile race through the desert.  At the time he completed the race it was actually a 146 mile race.  I’m still working on getting my head around doing my triathlon and maybe a marathon.  Running an ultramarathon through the desert sounds impossible!  Now that being said, I will leave you with the quote that Bart Yasso closed with at the event, “Never limit where running can take you.”

Marathon Week Kickoff

Posted in Marathon on October 25, 2009 by amandacharlotte

I just finished the Poland Spring Marathon Week Kickoff 5 mile race in Central Park.  It is a great race because the finish line is the exact finish line of the ING New York City Marathon which will take place one week from today.  This race allows you to have the chance to see what it will feel like to run those last few miles and cross the finish line of the marathon.  Obviously 5 miles does not compare to the 26.2 miles that they will be running next week, but it is still a great run.  Since it kicks off the events of Marathon week here in NYC, everyone had so much energy and it was a great race.  I would really like to run the Marathon in 2010 or in 2011.  I think that it would be such an amazing experience.  I certainly have a long way to go to complete my triathlon first and then to move on to training for a marathon.  Especially since the race today was not my best performance.  I haven’t gotten my official time, yet, but I did about a 10 min/mile pace.   I hit snooze a couple times this morning and didn’t have a chance to eat anything before the run.  I always feel like it is much harder for me if I don’t fuel up before the race.  I was also running late and ended up taking a cab to 72nd & Central Park West, so I wouldn’t be late for the race.  Luckily I was in a particularly social mood this morning and struck up a conversation with another runner and shared a cab with her.  We even decided to stop the cab and give another runner we passed a ride, too.  It was such an interesting morning.  I think I just found 2 new running partners since we all live in the same neighborhood and run roughly the same pace.  

I’m volunteering next Sunday at the ING NYC Marathon passing out food at the finish line.  I’m so excited to be a part of such a great day.  Today was inpirational, but next week it will so amazing to see everyone cross the finish line.

NYC Marathoners as they cross the Verrazano Bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn

Running in the cold

Posted in Triathlon on October 19, 2009 by amandacharlotte

The weather forecast this morning was 42 degrees with wind gusts up to 28 miles per hour.  I contemplated hibernating and not working out at all, however, somehow I mustered the energy to get out there and run anyway.  I did a couple quick loops of the Reservoir in Central Park.  It felt like I was running an obstacle course as I tried to avoid the puddles while almost being blown over.  I’m hoping that winter will go away and let us actually have an autumn this year.

Morning workouts

Posted in Triathlon on October 14, 2009 by amandacharlotte

So I actually made it to the gym this morning before work.  It was incredibly difficult getting up before sunrise, but it felt great all day knowing that I had completed a 50 minute workout already.  It also helped that I was doing my workout at posh Equinox. 

This photo is an early morning shot of the Meatpacking District in NYC…not quite what my neighborhood looks like, but still captures how deserted the streets are in the morning as the sun starts to rise.  Early morning is my favorite time of day for enjoying the calm of the city.  Not a big fan of getting up early enough to experience it, but when I am up it is wonderful.



Posted in Fundraising, Triathlon on October 13, 2009 by amandacharlotte

My training is off to a great start and this week I raised 10% of my fundraising goal.  Thank you to everyone who made a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Each donation gets us one step closer to finding a cure.  I truly appreciate your support and will be thinking about each of you as I cross the finish line.


To gym or not to gym…

Posted in Triathlon on October 13, 2009 by amandacharlotte

So I spent most of my weekend deliberating over whether or not I need to join a gym to train properly for my triathlon.  The only thing that I can compare shopping for a gym to is hunting for an apartment.  I was running around the city all weekend trying out the equipment, talking to the manager, taking meticulous notes and of course giving them each points for location, location, location.

I’m of course in love with Equinox.  It has a bunch of gyms all over the city in convenient locations to work, my apartment, and then just cool places if I feel like checking out a new part of the city.  It was was awarded best gym in the US by Fitness magazine.  They have a pool and are rumored to have the best classes in the city.  There’s only one catch, the fees are unbelievably high.  I almost convinced myself that it was worth the money, while I was reaching for the towels they keep refrigerated at the ready for when you finish a hard workout.  Or when I was pouring myself a glass of water from the jugs with sliced lemons & limes, while relaxing in the SPA lounge.  But then I came to my senses and realized that I would be working out at least 3 times a week with my team and then running/biking outside on my own.  That isn’t going to stop me from going tomorrow morning to workout and have breakfast while they tempt me some more with their lovely amenities…

Then I checked out Boom Fitness, which only has two locations in the city.  Luckily one is near my office and the other is near my apartment.  It is significantly less expensive than Equinox, but lacks any and all frills, including a pool. 

Lastly I went to Asphalt Green, which has the best pool in the city for training.  It is an olympic size swimming pool used by swim teams and professional athletes to train.  They actually have their own triathlon club. 

I still haven’t come to a conclusion, but I’m leaning toward joining the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club and waiting on joining a gym.  So for now it is still TBD…  Hopefully I will be strong enough to resist the temptation of Equinox tomorrow morning…