Three years ago, at age 29, I could not ride a bike. Since then I’ve competed in a Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run), biked in foreign countries (Iceland, Colombia), and logged miles on Manhattan’s busy streets.
I wouldn’t believe it was possible so I wanted to share the story of my journey.
Here’s the story of how I learned to ride a bike:
Coming back to the real world after Thanksgiving is tough. I had a busy weekend with visits to my parents’ house in Long Island, Matt’s uncle’s home in NJ, my college bestie’s first grown up home (with husband and brand new baby included!) in Dobbs Ferry, and more and more and more.
I made a real rookie mistake of going to SoHo on Black Friday (I was headed to a yoga class in Nolita). I forgot that throngs of people actually shop in stores and not on exclusively on the internet. (Can someone explain to me why?)
happy thanksgiving from the Habers
As is new tradition, my family runs a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The race we’ve participated in the last two years is in the town of Oyster Bay and this year they didn’t host it. My mom found a new 5K for us to run in Glen Head, Long Island. The race is called the North Shore Turkey Trot and we didn’t know what to expect.
North Shore Turkey Trot 5K
Here’s what went down.
Is it Thanksgiving yet? No? Okay. I am just binge eating for sport in that case.
Song of the week: “212” by Azealia Banks ft Lazy Jay. This is one of my favorite running songs and it is 0% safe for work.
Last week’s workouts:
Monday: Nothing. I made a $25 donation to Refine Method by paying and being too tired/lazy to show up to class. You’ll see this is a trend in this post.
What if my bitmoii self is my best self?
Sunday, I ran a 4-mile race in the park called “The Race to Deliver.” This is very popular race for two reasons. The first is that the race benefits “God’s Love We Deliver,” a beloved NYC organization that delivers high-quality meals to people around the city too sick to cook or shop for themselves. The second reason is that it’s the first race post-marathon that most marathoners are recovered enough to run.
delivering near my office
I hadn’t “raced” in a long time. I ran a 5K race a few weeks ago but alongside my friend from work, and I let her set the pace. The Race to Deliver wasn’t a goal race for me. I didn’t follow a dedicated training plan, but I was excited to get out there and see what I could do.
The day before the race, Matt and I went hiking with our friends Aman and Steph. The hike wasn’t especially long or strenuous, but it was steep. Hiking uphill is 100% fine for my ankle but headed downhill is where I get into trouble. (The descent is where I sprained my ankle in Colombia.) I didn’t get injured on Saturday’s hike but my ankle was definitely a little sore headed into Sunday.
Matt and Aman hiking near Bear Mountain
How is everyone doing? If you’re not feeling so hot, check out this post from earlier in the week. I’m sending good feelings and virtual hugs your way.
Now, on the workout front: Usually I like to alternate types of exercises (example: not run 3 days in a row!) but it didn’t work out that way because I had to travel mid-week. So I front-loaded the week with Refine Method to make sure I met my 2x week commitment. I enjoyed it, actually. #AllTheRefineMethod
I also ran 13 miles this weekend, which is not a lot for me in general, but big number for me right now, and I’m pretty excited about it.
Song of the week: “Wake me up before you go-go” by Wham! (Yea; this song makes me really happy.)
Here’s what went down:
I don’t know about you, but Election Day 2016 left me with a pit of anxiety in my stomach. The way I think of it, there are two things I need to do.
I wrote this last week, before the election. Put more finely, before the election broke my heart and left me shocked and scared.
This post seems more trite than usual now. But I am not sure it makes sense to go completely dark because of the election’s outcome when admittedly this blog has nothing to do with politics. The upbeat tone of this post doesn’t match my mood today. But maybe it will encourage positive feelings soon. I know I can’t and won’t feel sad forever.
Hi everyone! As expected last weekend’s NYC marathon has given me running fever.
When I got home from spectating my pal Camilla on Sunday, I started immediately googling local races to sign up for. Then Matt reminded me I was ALREADY running in two races in the next two weeks already (The Race to Deliver in Central Park and a Turkey Trot with my family in Long Island on Thanksgiving). Perhaps I should focus more on training and less on purchasing entry to more races?
If any of you ran the marathon I would LOVE to hear your story! Let me know in the comments please.
OR if you’re inspired by the marathon to start running, check out this list of free run clubs in Manhattan.
Song of the week: “If you want to sing out, sing out” by Cat Stevens
Last week’s workouts:
I had so much fun with the first Things I am loving post that I am back with a second. Here’s what I’ve been digging recently.
Hello, hello. How is your week so far? How was Halloween?
This week marked week 1 of the Refine Method challenge, and I am loving it. I feel so sore so much of the time, but I feel like I am actually getting stronger.
Song of the week: “No Children” by The Mountain Goats.
All the workouts: