Happy Monday, guys! If you live on the east coast are you preparing for the blizzard that’s coming our way? How do you ready yourself? Do you have a go-to storm shopping list? I’m already stir crazy just thinking about the weather. I was going to bear witness to the madness at my local Whole Foods, but Matt assures me we can walk to Shun Lee in case of emergency.

New Yorkers: Do you order in during a storm? It’s a city-dwellers ethical dilemma.

Last week was a great one and it ended with my first-ever Cycle for Survival experience.

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Want to fall in love with running but have no clue how to get started? If you’re reading this with no running background, I believe in 2-3 months you can develop a long term running habit.

I’m not a running coach, a physical therapist or certified to instruct fitness in any way, shape or form. So why am I writing this post? Because I am a person with nearly no natural athletic talents who has fostered a real love for running and fitness.  If I can, you can. I also learned how to ride a bike age 30, so I have some experience picking up hobbies at a mature age. (You know when the threat of failure is fully realized.)

If you’d ever thought to yourself “I wish I could run.” I’m here to tell you, “YOU CAN!”  I have a some easy advice that just might work for you.  First, let’s define the goal: You are a runner if you run. You don’t need to break a record or stand on a podium to be a runner. You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Here’s a step by step plan that will guarantee you become a runner:

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did anyone else get stuck in Saturday’s torrential downpour? I sure did.

Also, help a sister out: Is anyone registered to run the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon this August? I was thinking of signing up and TOTALLY blanked and now of course it’s long sold out. Anyone have a bib (or two bibs) they’d like to offload?

One more thing, you know, while you’re here. I have entry to the NYC Marathon this November. (AHHH!) I’m already nervous! Does anyone have a first-timers marathon training plan to recommend? SEND IT MY WAY!

Here is a review of this week’s workouts:

Monday: Didn’t workout
Tuesday: Did some PT exercises in my apartment
Wednesday: Didn’t work out
Thursday: 4.3 mile run in DC

running in washington dc

I love running around the monuments in DC. Here was my 4.3 mile route.

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I feel very lucky to call Central Park my running home. Running around the Great Lawn in the early morning is so serene, if not for the view of skyscrapers, you can almost forget you’re in New York. Over the past 5 years, I’ve learned quite a few things about running in the CP and the park’s history, so I wanted to share them. Where’s your favorite place to run?

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the Great Lawn in the morning

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I made myself a training schedule for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler. (Read last year’s recap!) The race is the first weekend in April and I’m slowly building up to 10 miles. This weekend I was meant to do a 5-mile run. 5 miles isn’t a crazy distance for me. It’s something I can do on a week day. But I had it on the calendar for Sunday and I was committed to getting it done.

The weather in NYC on Sunday was gnarly: Cold, wet and sleeting. I didn’t want to head to Central Park and get rained on for an hour. I saw that Dori had taken TWO classes in a row at Mile High Run Club (a treadmill studio) the day before to complete her long run; I was inspired. I’ve tried all of MHRC’s other classes but have always been intimidated by their tough 60-minute program. I knew if I wanted to get to 5 miles through intervals (ie: not running straight through), I would need 60 minutes. (I usually cover nearly 5 miles but not over 5 miles in their 45-minute class called High 45 since there are walking/recovery breaks built into the 45-minute class.)  So I bit the bullet and signed up for Mile High Run Club’s 60-minute class called “The Distance.”

What is this class about?mile high run club

Here is a play by play of what went down.

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