Long Island Half Marathon Training Recap Week #2

I want to say happy first day of Spring but since we are expecting some sort of snowstorm in New York, I am not so sure that today is truly the first day of Spring. At least not here.

I am trying not to dwell on needing to shovel or the fact that I will have to run on the treadmill in the morning because “Spring” snowstorms usually melt fairly quickly and are often forgotten within a blink of an eye.

Instead let’s talks about week #2 of Long Island Half Marathon training! I love working Laura, as I knew I would. It’s nice to have someone so interested in hearing about my runs each day and as the days are passing, I am catching on to the reasons she chose the specific workouts listed in my training plan.

I also appreciate how friendly and flexible she is, so willing to make changes and tweaks to the plan she put together to accommodate things like my schedule, the weather, and how I feel.

So far we have not made adjustments but have talked about different possibilities should I need to run more indoors on the treadmill instead of outside, scaling things back if I need to during my period and other little tweaks to the workouts in the plan just to ensure as best as possible that my paces for race day feel like second nature.

long island half marathon training

Monday – 7 Miles (treadmill)

This was the start of my daylight savings week of runs. Nothing too exciting here, just my first treadmill run in a while.


This was also the morning when I first tried Pop Sugar’s workout for runners which I mentioned in Thursday’s post. Did you try it yet?

Tuesday – 8 Miles (Ugh, the treadmill!)

Mentally this run was crazy challenging! I did not want to run on the treadmill again today and I was totally in a mood. It didn’t help that my favorite treadmill was taken when I got to my gym and then the treadmill I had to use not only had a slightly weird feeling belt under my feet but a television that refused to turn on. Bleh.

But I did it! The plan for today was 5 miles easy followed by 3 progression miles based upon effort. It is much easier for me to run by effort outside so I tried to just play with the speed button during the last 3 miles and increase it as I felt I could.

Miles 1 – 5: easy between 6.3 – 7.0

Miles 5 – 8: between 7.0 – 8.0 but held most between 7.5 -7.7

Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 3 Recovery Miles

Two treadmill runs in a row combined with being sore from that 10 minute workout from Monday left me wanting a short recovery run at a really easy pace. Since I averaged 10:30 per mile, I think I accomplished just that.

Thursday – 7 Miles

2 mile warm up + 2 x 15 minutes at a tempo pace with 3 minutes recovery in between + cool down

I started this run inside on the treadmill. I figured doing the warm up inside made sense and then once it was light outside, I could finish things up.

Since this run went by time intervals, the mile pacing is not exactly indicative of my effort but I am pretty sure I hit the ranges I was supposed to.


Friday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 3.25 Easy Miles

Today’s Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Arms & Abs
  • Thighs & Abs < – seriously the hardest workout of all six Tone in 10 workouts!
  • Seat & Abs
  • Back & Cool down

It looks like a lot of ab work but the ab sections are sneaky in some of these workouts. The seat & ab workout especially, it totally sneaks in the ab working sections (if you missed my Tone in 10 series review, check it out here).

I decided to try using my 5 lb weights for a change during the arm segment. It doesn’t sound like a lot of weight but when you are doing little isometric movements, it’s really challenging! I was able to do more than I thought with the 5 lb weights but did switch to the 3 lb weights for certain exercises.

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Saturday – 12 Miles

The plan for today was 7 miles easy followed by 4 miles of 2 minutes hard/2 minutes recovery plus a 1 mile cool down. This was fun!

The first 7 miles went by really fast (about an hour) and then I started timing myself. I kept thinking it was hard but then would say to myself, where does it feel the hardest? I checked in with my legs which felt fine (fine is a relative term here) and my breathing told me I was working but I knew I had more to give as I was not totally out of breath.

I like doing those types of check-ins while running to help me see just how capable I am and prevent getting caught up in negative thinking. Don’t get me wrong – this is a challenging workout! But, I can do it.

Again, my splits are not indicative of the timed intervals between miles 7 – 11 but here they are anyway.

long run splits

Sunday- Rest Day (no running!)

I could use some yoga in my life.

Previous Long Island Half Marathon Recaps:

LI Half 2015

LI Half 2014

LI Half 2013

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Is it supposed to snow by you today?

Who is running the NYC half today or another race? Good luck!

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?

workout recap & race canceled

Last week at this time, as I published my last half marathon training workout recap, I assumed that right now I would be sitting here saying I was off to the Fred Lebow Half Marathon! Wish me luck! Here’s a look at my taper workout recap!

Yeah, no. A taper didn’t happen so let’s look at the snow instead, although with 80 million people in the path of the same storm, more than likely, my window looks like your window.


Since they were predicting the blizzard very early this week, I had basically decided days ago that I was not running a half marathon today, canceled or not.

They did eventually cancel the race by Friday afternoon and now we have a choice of running a few other NYRR races that are upcoming on the schedule to make up for this half marathon.

Of course I registered to run a half marathon today because I wanted to run another half marathon however I can’t really say that I am overly bummed about it being canceled. Things happen and I can always run 13.1 miles, either outside my front door or on the treadmill.

Between me and you, a part of me is relieved that I escaped running Central Park for now! I hate the hills 🙂

workout recap

Monday – 5 Miles

I started with pre-run yoga before heading to the gym for an easy 5 miles on the treadmill. I originally thought I would get to run outdoors since I got started a bit later in the morning but when the ground is covered with a thin layer of snow/ice, it wasn’t happening for safety reasons.

running path

Pure Barre Tone in 10: Full Body

Tuesday – 8 Miles (on treadmill)

Miles 1 – 4: 6.3 – 6.8

Miles 5 – 8: 6.8 – 8.0

Pure Barre Tone in 10: Arms & Abs

Wednesday – Cross-Training Day

I didn’t plan on running today which was good because I woke up definitely not in the mood for a run! Nothing specific bothered me but the thought of the treadmill was not appealing.

The best part about honoring a cross training day is that when I finish the workout, I get excited for the next day’s run!

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Seat & Abs
  • Back & Cool Down

In the gym:

  • 15 Minutes Elliptical
  • Upper Body Free Weights & Jumping Jacks in between sets
  • 15 Minutes Elliptical

Thursday – 6.50 Miles & 10 Minutes Elliptical

I thought I was going to run 8 miles but as I approached mile 6, I decided I was basically done. I didn’t feel like continuing so I didn’t.

I think it’s better to stop when you really feel like you want to stop than force yourself do something you don’t want to do.

I cooled down for half a mile and then finished my cool down on the elliptical machine.

Friday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 4 Miles (outside!!)

I ran a little later than normal just so I could get a few miles in outdoors.

You know you made the right decision yesterday in cutting your run short when your go as you feel run turns into comfortable splits like this:


And did I mention I ran this without headphones? Yeah, I don’t know who I am or which runner took over my body.

Saturday – 13.1 Miles on the Treadmill

I happily trudged through snow to the gym in my community for the treadmill, grateful to have the option. I don’t really know exactly what went on during the miles but I got 7 miles accomplished right at the 60 minute mark and then restarted the treadmill to finish the remaining 6.1 miles.

I ranged between 6.3 – 7.6. I tried to spend as much time as I could holding steady at 7.5 because I like making that pace feel comfortable, so the more I run it, the better it feels.

I will say though that the last few miles were mentally (and physically) challenging.  I was definitely tired and feeling it but I pushed through to finish.

Post-Run Yoga later in the day.

Sunday – Pure Barre Pure Results & Shoveling!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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If you were in the path of the blizzard, how much snow is outside your window?

Have you ever had a race canceled due to weather?

Favorite type of indoor workout?

running & workouts from the week 12.20 – 12.27


Oh Hi! Hello. Merry Christmas again and happy holiday weekend 🙂

So, I got my usual workouts in this week but I can’t really say that I loved any of my runs, not even my long run. In fact, I didn’t even feel like running yesterday. I know, right?! That’s crazy talk! I completed the run but I never fell into the running mood at all.  Maybe it’s because the weather has been so warm and humid (72 degrees on Christmas here in NY! Set a record) or maybe it’s just because some weeks of running are kinda bleh — whatever the reason, I am looking forward to less running and basically no Pure Barre this week while we are away in Boston.

I will bring my running shoes with me for the hotel gym but my workouts on vacation, if they happen at all, are a maximum of 30 minutes a day. For starters, I never feel myself workout-wise when I am away and also, I am on vacation and don’t need to keep up my regular workout routine.

Did I mention the Fred Lebow Half Marathon is quickly approaching? Yeah, January 24th will be here super quick. Let’s hope the weather stays decent and doesn’t turn on us to be crazy cold and snowy by then! While I don’t mind a little chill, I certainly don’t want to be dealing with winter storms possibly affecting the race.

One more thing before getting to the recap — If you ordered the Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts, don’t forget to stretch before and after. The stretching segments are the main thing missing from these workouts and are really necessary as part of the muscle lengthening we are looking for from doing Pure Barre. My Pure Barre Tone in 10 Review is here, in case you missed it.

Fred Lebow Training Recap Week 4


Monday – Pure Barre & 5 Treadmill Miles

In case you missed my Running on the Treadmill Pros & Cons list from earlier this week, click here to check it out.

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo after my run:

  • Full Body
  • Thighs & Seat

Tuesday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 8 Miles

Tone in 10 combo before my run:

  • Arms & Abs
  • Back & Cool down

I talked about this run in Wednesday’s post. I ran later than normal and never felt like I found my groove.


Wednesday – 40 Minutes Elliptical & Pure Barre

The elliptical gave me a good warm up before getting into Pure Barre.

Today’s Tone in 10 combo:

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Thighs & Abs <- OMG Killer!

Thursday – 8 Miles

Running in short sleeves on Christmas Eve? Absolutely crazy! It was 65 degrees at not even 7:00 am! Not sure if the temperature affected my run or what but these miles were pretty bleh. My calves cramped up around mile 4 and didn’t loosen up for a few miles. Ah well.


Friday – Yoga for Runners Pre-Run  & 3 Miles

I went with yoga instead of Pure Barre because I woke up feeling like I needed it. Definitely did the trick! Felt so stretched out afterwards.

Saturday – 11 Miles & Yoga for Runners Post-Run

I almost didn’t run. I really thought twice about it. Instead of staying home, I set out for just an easy run, telling myself to cut the run at 10 miles which turned into 11 miles somehow. My pace never went beyond what felt easy and although I was really not in the mood to run, I felt totally fine physically and actually felt like the time flew by.

Average pace around 9:10 (my phone died towards the end so it screwed up MapMyRun pacing).

Sunday – Rest (maybe yoga again)

Yesterday’s really easy long run was a great decision as I felt much better mentally following the run and especially this morning. My desire to run has returned to normal but I will still hold off until tomorrow.

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How were your workouts this week?

If you celebrate Christmas, what was the best thing you ate during the holiday?

Will you be on vacation at all this week?

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Review & Workout Recap


As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I am LOVING Pure Barre’s new Tone in 10 series of online workouts.

Pure Barre Tone in 10

For $14.95, you have access for a year to six 10 minute online workouts that you can mix and match in order to customize your own Pure Barre workout.

What I love so far:

You can structure the workouts to fit your schedule. If you only have 10 minutes, do one workout. If you have more time, put together a fun combo!

While each workout is only 10 minutes, those 10 minutes are action-packed (in a non-impact way) with lifting, toning and burning.

I am really excited because some of the tougher Pure Barre exercises are featured in these workouts which are not in my other videos. I recall the moves from the Pure Barre class and boy do they burn.

Things I have noted:

There’s less stretching and more working in each 10 minute workout.

Not all of the 10 minute workouts have a warm up. This is important because I need to warm up before I begin. If I jump right into these Pure Barre workouts I get dizzy (I think it was the thighs & seat one the other morning that did it to me).

Not all of the 10 minute workouts have a stretching segment. I make sure to do the Pure Barre stretches I have memorized because it’s important as a cool down and for elongating the muscles.

These Pure Barre workouts are hard! Lisa and I emailed about it this week because we both do other Pure Barre workouts and couldn’t believe how challenging these workouts felt (at least at first). I have never really been sore from Pure Barre, even though it is always challenging yet for some reason, these 10 minute workouts definitely made me work a bit harder and had me feeling it the next day.

It’s only been a week of working with these six 10 minute videos but I really love the variety. I think I needed this slight change and I am happy with the wide collection I now have of Pure Barre workout options from home!

If you missed my other Pure Barre from home workout posts, click here for the most recent review of Pure Barre Pure Results.

Moving on to the rest of my workouts from the week…

Fred Lebow Half Marathon Training Recap Week #2

Monday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts & 5 Miles

I started my morning with 2 back-to-back Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts before heading out for an easy 5 mile run.

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Thighs & Abs
  • Seat & Abs < – after my run. This video had a warm up which I didn’t need after my run but it was still good to do I guess.

Tuesday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 Arms & Seat & 7 Miles

I think I might feel a little sore in my legs from yesterday’s Pure Barre workouts!

I warmed up for my run with a quick 10 minutes of Pure Barre then headed to the treadmill for 4 miles and then 3 miles outside.

1 Mile – warm up (between 6.3 – 6.5)

3 Miles – alternating .50 mile @ 7.0/ .50 mile 7.5 – 8.0

3 Miles – @ 8:46 pace

Wednesday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 Workouts & 5 Miles

Okay, so, these Tone in 10 Workouts are killer! I was definitely sore from Monday and I am actually sweating during these short bursts of workouts.

Today’s Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Full Body
  • Thighs & Abs
  • Back & Abs < – after my 5 mile easy run

Thursday – 8 Miles on the Treadmill

I had to run a little earlier than normal today so my entire run took place inside on the treadmill because I do not like running in the dark.

This was a GREAT run. I made sure to keep the first few miles easy (no faster than 7.0), even when I wanted to speed up, because I have learned that I tend to get a shin splint stiff foot feeling if I push too soon in the opening miles of a treadmill run.

The last 3 miles of this run were the fastest where I spent my time between 7.5 – 8.1.

Friday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 30 Minutes Elliptical

I started my morning with 3 Pure Barre workouts and stuck to my elliptical once a week cross training plan.

  • Arms & Abs
  • Seat & Abs
  • Thighs & Seat
  • Back & Abs < – after elliptical

Saturday – 14 Miles

Not my favorite long run but can’t really complain about anything in particular. It was 50 degrees!


Sunday – Rest Day

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Is it rather warm where you live for this time of year?

Do you do any at home workouts on a regular basis? Which ones?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?

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