Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Being Overdressed Does Not Lead to Success

Now that I have been running consistently for the past few months I kinda have a handle on what to wear  for a run. Note to self: the way you dress to run is not I repeat not the same way you dress for regular activities (work, school, etc.). When you run your body heats up and you begin to sweat and sweat and being overdressed is not a good combo trust me on this one.

Last night I went for my group run with Black Girls Run at the park. You know what all this crazy weather in New York City, snow one day and fifty degree weather the next day,  I never know what to wear. I wore  my fleece tights (I live by those things), my running skirt (can't leave home without it), my Old Navy performance dri-fit long sleeve t-shirt, hoodie, and my gloves. Now to a non-runner one may think I am under-dressed or dressed appropriately. But to a runner they can tell from a glimpse I was going to be hot and out of my hoodie in no time. Someone came up to me (she did it so nicely) but was like I think you will get hot while running. Honestly, I do not mind getting hot while running, they say the more you sweat the more weight you lose right!!! Anywho by miles one my gloves were off, by two mile mark of my run I had the hoodie wrapped around my waist and by mile three I was overheated from the fleece tights.

Overall I ran 5 miles last night: one loop around Prospect Park (3.4 miles) and from Prospect Park to Nostrand Avenue (1.75 miles). I do not think I am ready to run in a singlet and shorts just yet but I think I am ready to wear less layers to run now.

In running news: I have improved my time in the beginning I used to run 11 minutes a mile on average and now I dropped to 9:40ish a mile on average. My goal for the half-marathon is to run under 2 hours and 10 mins ( I think 2 hours maybe a stretch) and to run consistently under 10 minutes a mile.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

Why train for my first half-marthon in the winter?

Within the few months of running I began to notice I love running. I like the feeling it gives me while and after a run whether it is short or long. There is an adreline rush (or maybe slight fear) I get while running along the sidewalks of New York City.

Before this whirlwind romance with running dies I decided to prove my love for running by registering for a half-marthon in April. The More/Fitness Women's Half-Marthon is more than a race it symbolizes sisterhood and unity and I want to be apart of that.

Honestly I do not know about you, but the depressing part of winter is gaining the unnecessary weight after numerous weekends home with Ben & Jerrys icecream and romantic comedies.

If I plan to run 13 miles in April non-stop I need to start training in January.