Friday Round-Up: Race Time

NYC Half

Oh man, this week has been a MESS (thanks Lindsay for posting this). Why is it that everything always seems to happen at the same time??

It’s race week, of course. In addition to that? Multiple deadlines. Multiple meetings. New assignments. Kids’ appointments. Achy knees and a cranky foot. (Maybe it’s just mental?) Oh, and I’m doing my best to fend off some sort of sickness.

Figures, right?

Earlier this week, my coach asked me if I would like a race day strategy or if I already had one. My answer? “My strategy right now is run until I cross the finish line and don’t freak out in Central Park.”

Solid strategy, yes?

Honestly, that’s really my plan. I want to run and I want to cross the finish line healthy. Enjoy it and not stress. Any and all good thoughts are welcome :-)


I have to admit, I’ve been way behind in my blog reading. I’m trying not to feel guilty about it all but it’s hard when I’d much rather spend time reading blogs and catching up with friends. I’m trying to do what I can, when I can (#wycwyc). It’s all we can really do, right?

Here are some of my favorite posts that I’ve read recently.

You and Your PR
As I head into race weekend, I’m keeping Heather’s post in mind. While I don’t have an official goal time in mind, I won’t deny that there is a time in the back of my mind that I would love to achieve. But why does that time matter? Is it something that I want to achieve or because I see everyone else doing it? I need to remember my story, where I started and how far I’ve come this time around, and my goal – to run healthy.

Running 2.0
I’ve also been thinking a lot about my running and fitness evolution and path and how it’s been changing. There’s a recognition that I’m not as young as I think I am. Maybe I’m moving towards the next stage, a 2.0 as Amanda’s post suggests.

Which of these friends do you have?
All I can say is thank goodness for friends, especially during weeks (and months) like this. I wouldn’t be able to make it through without them. I think that I have each of the friend types that Carla mentions. You?

When does play become exercise?
I’ve been thinking about this lately too. I often mention to my kids that I’m going to exercise or run or practice yoga because I want them to see their mother doing something healthy and that exercise is part of my daily life. When I workout at home, they are often quick to jump in with me. It’s interesting to see how they view what I do as exercise but not necessarily what they do – the running, jumping, skipping.

Wild Abandon
There’s been so much said in the media and in books about how to compliment a child in a way that constructive – be concrete and specific with your compliment and be measured. We are no long supposed to give compliments with wild abandon. But are we missing out on something by not being so free with our compliments? I love everything that Galit writes, especially this.

I’m pretty stoked about this article I wrote for Daily Burn –> Are you foam rolling all wrong? Come find out!

Any last words of wisdom for me before the race? Quick tips to kick this kind-of-sort-of-not-100%-feeling to the curb?


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  1. says

    You’ll do great and honestly I always have the “it doesn’t matter, I just want to enjoy it not worry about what my time is” mentality and I think it takes soooo much pressure off and you end up doing better. SO keep up that attitude and have FUN!
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  2. says

    I understand completely. Try to have fun with this race. You’ve come a long way (nix the cigarette ad out of your mind) and getting to run this race is a reward. Remember it’s ok to stop, breathe, walk, drink water and even take a picture (mentally or otherwise) – you’re not looking to win, right?

    I also say listen to good music but that’s me….

    I’ll be thinking of you. Have a wonderful run and enjoy the scenery! xo
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  3. says

    I understand exactly what you mean. I am doing a race tomorrow that I am not nearly in “racing” shape to do. I’m telling myself it’s for fun but I’m afraid the competitiveness will come out and I’ll be disappointed. I have no advice other than to remind yourself “it’s for fun!” over and over again. Good luck friend!

    And thank you so much for the link love! :)
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  4. says

    Murphy’s Law of racing for you this week! You’re going to be fine. Implement that strategy and you’re golden. ; )

    Thanks for the shout out. I loved Heather’s post this week–really struck a chord! And I’ve read all the rest, too, with the exception of the last one, but I’ll read that now.
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  5. says

    Eek, it’s here!
    My only words of wisdom are this: “You got this.” You really do. Me? Not so much. So I know you do.
    These are great posts – Galit really brings it all of the time, doesn’t she?
    I’ll be thinking of you this weekend!
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  6. says

    Good luck this weekend! Love your race day strategy. Just enjoy being out there running, and you’ll rock it!

    Don’t sweat falling behind on blog reading. It’s impossible to keep up! I had to clear my blog feed after traveling last week. I was sad to miss out on some of my favorite blogs, but there was no way I’d ever catch up!

    Can’t wait to check out Galit’s post. Loved Amanda and Angela’s posts!
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  7. says

    My goodness, you’re such a love. Thank you a million times over for thinking of me when you have something so HUGE going on right now!

    I’m thinking of you and sending you only this: You’ve got this. I know this with every fiber of my being and am SO excited for you! Cheering you on from here, sweet friend! xo
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  8. says

    There must be something in the air, because it seems like everyone is having a messy week. I’m dealing with deadlines & sickness as well. But we can only do our best. You will do a great job this weekend…I know it!
    As for blog reading, I have over 200 posts waiting for me on my reader and I might just have to press “delete” tonight.
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  9. says

    I’m feeling you Christine! I’ve been battling a cold since Tuesday and, I’m still not 100% but I did a decent workout today so…who knows?? I’m truly going to try and enjoy the run. Right now I’m just worried about making it to the start line on time in a city I haven’t a clue how to navigate!!

    GOOD LUCK! Hope to see (and hug) you at some point :-) I’ll be thinking of you no matter what!
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  10. says

    It all comes at once sometimes, doesn’t it? But you made it to Friday!! We’ve had a rough one too, mostly around lack of sleep and grumpiness in the house. No fun. I have a 5k tomorrow that I signed up for at the last minute- should be fun!
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  11. says

    Good luck on your race, and I think you have an excellent goal! Great article on foam rolling. My biggest mistake is probably not doing it enough.

  12. says

    Oh, love Amanda’s Running 2.0. I just turned 40 (!!) and can feel myself feeling differently about running as far as races and PRs go. I’m pretty sure I’m foam rolling wrong, and always have, so I can’t wait to read your article about it, Christine.
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