Are you running the TCS NYC Marathon in 2017?

Today, TCS New York City Marathon will grant race entry to 16,211 runners through the lottery drawing. That is only 17% of all applicants. Put another way, that’s the same acceptance rate as getting into tough school like Williams College and even harder than getting into Georgetown University (18% acceptance rate) and Johns Hopkins University (18% acceptance rate).

Were you one of the lucky ones?

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All the workouts: February Fitness Edition

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

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

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10 Central Park Running Facts

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 the park and its history, so I wanted to share them.

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the Great Lawn in the morning

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I tried Mile High Run Club’s 60-minute class, The Distance

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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All the workouts: mid-January edition

Hi, everyone! What do you think of the new look of Cuckoolemon.com? I would love your opinion; let me know in the comment section if you have any feedback.

Now a few housekeeping items. (Sorry Matt, this is the only housekeeping I plan to do this week.)

AND THE WINNER IS

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the REI Giveaway Sweeps. I’d like to congratulate commenter JUANITO! (real name: Jon Goren) on being the randomly selected winner! (I used a random number generator, FYI.)  Jon, check your email for your gift card!

A few weeks ago, I participated in Kale with a Side of Fries‘ two-week winter detox jam. I am going to write about my experience soon, for sure. Since the detox, I’ve had a renewed excitement for healthy cooking. I wanted to bake something sweet. I scoured the internet for a healthy muffin recipe and found this 5-ingredient one from the blog Pinch of Yum.  The recipe is super simple and the muffins were delicious. I used these gluten-free oats from Bakery on Main. They have 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving! (No one is paying me to say this. Though I would be open to accepting dollars, OKAY Bakery on Main?)

Here’s this week’s workout recap!

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