It’s been a while! Back in October, I had a very tough day at the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon. Conditions were extremely humid and warm, but I felt great and was steady at ~6:42/mile pace past mile 20, on pace for my sub-3 hour/BQ goal. Then, before 21, my right hamstrings started cramping and shut down. My right quad and foot started doing the same shortly after. I felt fine otherwise, but my right leg just wouldn’t “go”. I tried to stretch it out but no luck. I walked and hopped the last 5 miles and was able to finish in 3:36. While I am extremely frustrated with the cramping situation and my finish time, I was happy with my effort and how I felt during the race. I committed to the pace early, felt strong, and really feel that I was well prepared for breaking 3 hours. Sometimes you just have a tough break on a tough day.. I adjusted my fueling plan when I saw the forecast, but wouldn’t have really changed much of my strategy otherwise, even if I had a chance to do it all again.
It is difficult to make a plan for success without having a definition of what success means to you. Whether I am speaking with a newer runner who is unsure of what direction take with their training, or a more experienced runner who seems to be stuck in a rut, I encourage them to sign up for a race. Having something to plan for and target provides motivation and purpose.
I have my own running goals for this year.
Currently, I am in the midst of a short, 6 week training block in preparation for the Silks and Satins 5k in Saratoga Springs, New York, in late July. The 5k is a distance that I have rarely run over the last few years, as I shifted my focus to longer distances, but is a distance that I enjoy. Earlier this year and back in 2017, I ran an PRs at the 5 mile and 8k distances, respectively, off of relatively minimal training. This success piqued my interest in shooting for a quick time in the 5k this summer.
In July, I hope to at least break my PR of 16:57,...
Thank you for visiting the site and checking out what I have to offer. For my first blog post, I wanted to give a bit more of an in depth background on myself and share what I hope to provide through Strive Running.
I am from Clifton Park, New York (just north of Albany), but have spent the last several years split between Oneonta and Syracuse, New York for college and graduate school. I began running in high school when I joined the cross country and track teams, and immediately fell in love with the sport. While I had the opportunity to run collegiately, I opted to to train and race at the club level. Because of this, I have been able to gain experience training for and competing in races ranging from intercollegiate cross country meets (both NCAA and club) to road races of all major distances.
In August, I will be moving to Boston to begin my career as a physical therapist at Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness. However, in addition to being a physical therapist, I have always wante...