March 18, 2014
Still waiting for the doc to set up an appointment to review my MRI results (torn hip labrum, bone spurs and a hip fracture, ouch), but in the meantime, I went a full week with zero hip pain (and zero running).  I decided I’d keep my commitment to pace the NYC Half Marathon and just see how it felt.

I was the official pacer for the 1:40 group.  Big group!  I was afraid I’d have pain after maybe a mile or two and I might not be able to finish. I promised Gwen that if I had any pain I’d stop and I intended to.  I also was afraid I just might not be able to hold the 7:38/mile pace even if my hip felt fine.  I haven’t been running at all lately.  I was supposed to have a co-pacer, but he didn’t show up.

BUT, it all worked out and I was pain-free!

1:40 (7:38 pace) felt really comfortable.  Actually easy.  My heart-rate was low the whole time.  I actually had a hard time keeping from speeding up, my body kept trying to move up to 7 or 7:20.  Every time I looked at my Garmin I was too fast so each mile I had to adjust back down.  Maybe it was the freezing cold and wind, I just wanted to get done and warm!  My god it was cold!  The strong winds actually snapped the pole of my pacing sign around mile 7 or 8.  A nice guy behind me picked it up so I didn’t have to stop (I wasn’t about to stop).   The cold had us moving fast but maybe I subconsciously wanted to finish before my hip could realize I was running against better judgement.

At the finish I still felt 100% fine.  Not a sign of pain in the hip (or anywhere else). I got a lot of hugs from strangers that said I towed them to the finish.  Some people stopped me to take their picture with me.  I had no idea my group had swelled so big.  That was pretty cool. 

The big test would be how I felt Monday.  In the past month if I had a good day of no pain and ran, the next day I was limping again.  That’s what drove me to get the MRI in the first place.  But this time, nothing.  And today, still fine.  My quads and calves are a bit sore, but it’s the good sore.  I’m undertrained, but my hip feels 100% good.

I still plan to see my doc, whenever that happens, and I’m going to continue to not run this week and just lift weights.  I can do a lot more push ups since I started lifting every day a month ago!  So there’s that.  Then I’m hoping to start easy biking and to ease back into running, slowly.  I don’t have any races booked until the Rev3 Half Iron in June.  If it WAS really just the hip fracture causing the pain, and not the labrum, it “appears” to be on the mend.  I’ll take this as a good sign!

Oh, and I lead my group to a 1:39:44 finish.  Right on target, once again!

Still waiting for the doc to set up an appointment to review my MRI results (torn hip labrum, bone spurs and a hip fracture, ouch), but in the meantime, I went a full week with zero hip pain (and zero running).  I decided I’d keep my commitment to pace the NYC Half Marathon and just see how it felt.

I was the official pacer for the 1:40 group.  Big group!  I was afraid I’d have pain after maybe a mile or two and I might not be able to finish. I promised Gwen that if I had any pain I’d stop and I intended to.  I also was afraid I just might not be able to hold the 7:38/mile pace even if my hip felt fine.  I haven’t been running at all lately.  I was supposed to have a co-pacer, but he didn’t show up.

BUT, it all worked out and I was pain-free!

1:40 (7:38 pace) felt really comfortable.  Actually easy.  My heart-rate was low the whole time.  I actually had a hard time keeping from speeding up, my body kept trying to move up to 7 or 7:20.  Every time I looked at my Garmin I was too fast so each mile I had to adjust back down.  Maybe it was the freezing cold and wind, I just wanted to get done and warm!  My god it was cold!  The strong winds actually snapped the pole of my pacing sign around mile 7 or 8.  A nice guy behind me picked it up so I didn’t have to stop (I wasn’t about to stop).   The cold had us moving fast but maybe I subconsciously wanted to finish before my hip could realize I was running against better judgement.

At the finish I still felt 100% fine.  Not a sign of pain in the hip (or anywhere else). I got a lot of hugs from strangers that said I towed them to the finish.  Some people stopped me to take their picture with me.  I had no idea my group had swelled so big.  That was pretty cool. 

The big test would be how I felt Monday.  In the past month if I had a good day of no pain and ran, the next day I was limping again.  That’s what drove me to get the MRI in the first place.  But this time, nothing.  And today, still fine.  My quads and calves are a bit sore, but it’s the good sore.  I’m undertrained, but my hip feels 100% good.

I still plan to see my doc, whenever that happens, and I’m going to continue to not run this week and just lift weights.  I can do a lot more push ups since I started lifting every day a month ago!  So there’s that.  Then I’m hoping to start easy biking and to ease back into running, slowly.  I don’t have any races booked until the Rev3 Half Iron in June.  If it WAS really just the hip fracture causing the pain, and not the labrum, it “appears” to be on the mend.  I’ll take this as a good sign!

Oh, and I lead my group to a 1:39:44 finish.  Right on target, once again!

February 19, 2014
Happy to hear PowerBar is sponsoring me and my team Empire Tri Club again this year on Team Elite!  :-)

Happy to hear PowerBar is sponsoring me and my team Empire Tri Club again this year on Team Elite!  :-)

January 10, 2014

Fred Lebow is quite a running legend.  Founder of the NYC Marathon, 5th Ave Mile, Empire State Run-Up, each of which I’ve done numerous times, he also helped put running on the map.   You can see his statue in Central Park.

I’m honored to have just been asked by race organizer NYRR to be an official pacer for his namesake half-marathon Jan 26th.  :-)

January 9, 2014

Training for the space program has begun.

30 minutes at high speed on the Alter G treadmill down to 50% gravity and then recovery via NormaTec pressure sleeves. I’m ready for my astronaut ice cream, please.

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November 14, 2013
Alex fueling for the 5k crawl. 

(*I checked with a doctor, and while they’re not intended for (read: marketed towards) kids, the ingredients are safe.  It’s all Gerber/Nestle*).

Alex fueling for the 5k crawl.

(*I checked with a doctor, and while they’re not intended for (read: marketed towards) kids, the ingredients are safe.  It’s all Gerber/Nestle*).

November 6, 2013

NYC Marathon ‘13 happened and it was great!

I was hired to pace the 4:30 group -a different experience running an even 10:15 pace the whole way, with no time off for good behavior. This would be my first time pacing a group, but my 8th time running this marathon (and my 30-something marathon overall).  

I had a group of about 50 with me, possibly more, many of whom were first time marathoners, international travelers, even a few local Brooklynites.

It was great to give back to the running community, but the perks alone of being an official pace leader made the slower miles and more time on the road/legs worth it; free race entry, private heated tent with tables and chairs, private bathrooms, the above food and coffee spread.  It was COLD and windy on Staten Island but we were in plush comfort.  

I was able to get my training buddy Anna in with me and we had the tent to ourselves for a good hour before any other pacers showed up, then it was like a small pre-race party. Eventually it was time to run.

The runners were guaranteed they’d hit their goal time +/- 2 minutes if they stuck with their pacer, and that guarantee was delivered.  My pace group was 4:30 and we finished strong and comfy at 4:29:28.

I’ll definitely do this race as a pacer from now on if possible.  It’s funny, the pace was easy, but my legs are just as sore as usual, perhaps more so, and it’s already been a few days. 

October 27, 2013
View from Lambo on our Saturday run. It’s a really comfy ride and if I lean into it a bit its shocks take my bouncing and rock the stroller up and down and the kids go right to sleep :-) 

Managed a solid 10+ miles with a kick up the hill every loop (3x). 

https://www.strava.com/activities/91438792

View from Lambo on our Saturday run. It’s a really comfy ride and if I lean into it a bit its shocks take my bouncing and rock the stroller up and down and the kids go right to sleep :-)

Managed a solid 10+ miles with a kick up the hill every loop (3x).

https://www.strava.com/activities/91438792

October 24, 2013
After months of back and forth, BOB Strollers has sponsored me and sent a new BOB Ironman Duallie.  I’ve named it Lambo; it’s bright yellow and fast.
So far Lambo’s been great.  It’s fairly similar in construction to my old BOB Revolution, which was a good stroller and won or placed in several races, but Lambo has bigger, running-specific tires, more padding and better shocks for the twins.  Lambo also has has a handbrake, which I plan to not use ;-)
More reviews to come, but so far, smooth sailing!  

Thanks BOB/Britax, and Nat at Twiniversity.com for putting in a good word for me! 

After months of back and forth, BOB Strollers has sponsored me and sent a new BOB Ironman Duallie.  I’ve named it Lambo; it’s bright yellow and fast.

So far Lambo’s been great.  It’s fairly similar in construction to my old BOB Revolution, which was a good stroller and won or placed in several races, but Lambo has bigger, running-specific tires, more padding and better shocks for the twins.  Lambo also has has a handbrake, which I plan to not use ;-)

More reviews to come, but so far, smooth sailing!  

Thanks BOB/Britax, and Nat at Twiniversity.com for putting in a good word for me! 

October 17, 2013

Alex and his monkeyfeethands.  He’s athletic already! 

October 16, 2013
Really? This cup holder for a stroller comes with a screwdriver?! Do people not already have screwdrivers?

Really? This cup holder for a stroller comes with a screwdriver?! Do people not already have screwdrivers?

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