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Saturday was our second day visiting my parents’ bungalow in Monticello, NY.  After our bums (okay just mine) was a bit sore from pseudo mountain biking we figured we should try hiking.  I picked the Minnewaska State Preserve as somewhere I once have been 10 years ago that provided long carriage roads of walking.

Our first goal after parking was to walk from Minnewaska Lake to Awosting Lake.  Something that was a simple 3 mile walk down a carriage walk… a three mile walk in 90 degrees but still seemed easy.  Then we got distracted by something called a “Blueberry trail”

Big bad bear….

We figured how long could something called a Blueberry path be…. Clearly we did not check our maps…  This bridge was made by a very ambitious group of girl scouts or so the sign said.

In the end the Blueberry path was 2 mile hike that included moderate ascends and descends that were pretty easy had it not been 90 degrees.  At least we didn’t starve

Funny thing about this picture is that I have one from 10 years ago back when I was a chunky kid who hated the world and all that punk rock anarchy oi oi oi teen angst.

We did finally find an end to the very delusional blueberry path (or hike) that came with an amazing view!

These views were what made me want to return here!

We relaxed and snacked by the lake.  Some people were swimming but I’m a pansy who gets cold easily so I just watched and basked in the heat.  Afterwards we took an easy 3.5 mile walk around the Lake Awosting

I love daisies!  The 3 mile hike back to the car however was a little rough….

We continued onto the never ending path of return to our car!  5 waterbottles and 11 miles later we were ready to go eat and rest…

Of course it’s been hours since our last McDonalds stop…

We start looking a little like this if we go too long without food

And there’s only so much granola & nuts you can eat… so a stop was required….

Dear aspiring chefs: Please go to upstate NY and open us businesses so next time I’m there I don’t have a diet of McDonalds!

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Tony and I are visiting my parents in their summer bungalow.   Usually we just sit on the porch drink some vodka and eat some pickles Russian style; however, this year we decided to make an effort to do some nature things.  On Friday we decided to actually use our bikes.  We had a similar plan last year but ended up not touching our bikes the whole weekend after dragging them down for 5 hours from Boston.

So Friday we got up, got our stuff together and drove the 70 minutes out to the Catskills Scenic Trail.  In upstate NY, every thing is over an hour away!  The CST is almost 20 miles with an additional 7 miles that have been recently added.  The path used to be a rail line that ran from Bloomsville to Grand Gorge and is no longer being used for freight.  In the 1990s it was reborn through a “Rails to Trails” project.  Similar to what we hope to do with the Bike to the Sea path that will eventually go through Everett, Malden, Lynn, Swampscott and Revere.  The CST is open year-round for horseback riding, bicycling, jogging, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With its wide path, gentle grade and durable surface, the Catskill Scenic Trail has become an ideal recreational destination as it traces a leisurely path through stunning Catskill Mountain terrain.

On our drive up, we got a little hungry and stopped by a “General” store.  I tried to order a 6 inch vegetable sub but instead this is what I got served.

Yea, clearly Tony made the smarter choice with his pizza.  Total fail.

Luckily as we continued driving, we passed by something familiar and safe.

Yes, correct this would make it our 2nd McDonald’s stop in 15 hours.  I got an unsweetened ice tea the size of my head and Tony reunited with his Angus Snack Wrap love.  I don’t know how I would survive without extra-large drinks!  Mayor Bloomberg, I drank my heart out!

We did finally after a few confusing turns find the trail head to the Catskills Trail in Bloomsville.

We biked past bridges

Past fields and mountains

We didn’t know how far we would make it up this 26 mile trail as whatever we biked there, we needed to bike back!

After 10.8 miles we finally called it an end and turned back around.  I was also getting paranoid about how my road tires were doing on this mix of rock and packed dirt trail

Tony used a mountain bike while I huffed and puffed on my little Jamis Coda Femme, my baby city hybrid.

Overall we both survived the 21 mile bike ride.  It only took us 3 hours.  I bike slower than I run.  It’s sad, I know!  The Catskills Scenic trail is not a concrete trail so using a road style hybrid was difficult and I was always a bit paranoid.  I did deflate my tires to keep less pressure on them and that seemed to work.

Don’t tell Tony but I want to one day return and do the full 52 mile round trip!  Maybe when it’s cooler (it was 85 degrees outside).  Okay I lie, I’d prefer to run it but  I know that won’t happen for a while!

Mountain bike or road bike?  I’m a hybrid type of gal.  I like the versatility and I’m not really a big Lance Armstrong wannabe so I have no desire for speed on concrete unless I’m in my running shoes.

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First of all, Happy Father’s day to the man who made me who I am today and to all great fathers in the world.  I’m very fortunate to have grown up and been surrounded by some very wonderful men in my life.  Sadly, I do not get to see either of the two father figures in my life on this day or often.  My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I miss him dearly.  Because I just moved and have been unpacking for a week I didn’t get a chance to go to NY to visit my parents but I hope to go down soon and visit them in the next few weekends.

If you’re on DailyMile, you’d notice I’m back on the running juice!  I am doing more cross training and more stretching, some ART therapy but for the most part I notice very little difference between running and not running for my tight piriformis muscle.  That does not mean that the 10 days off were a waste.  It gave my legs a nd knees some much-needed time off.  It also allowed me to reset my training cycle.  I have a few marathons coming up in the fall but I think ultimately I’m going to train for a 50K.  Not sure which one yet, but I’ve noticed I’m much better training for distance instead of speed so I always seem to get injured when I try to go fast.  Although I’m a forefoot runner, I’m still a very clumsy runner who always bouncing from side to side and yet somehow manages to not fall.  If I had to make a bet on the first runner to trip over her own feet, I would bet its me.  In fact there have been plenty of times on training runs where I somehow managed to kick myself while running on windy days.  The ART doc told me my hips are misaligned and maybe that’s part of it.  Hopefully as I work some more on strength, I can become a more balanced individual (no pun intended).

Its Sunday and this concludes what I’ll consider my first week back in training.  Just because it’s a regular Runday, doesn’t mean you can’t dress up.

My next race is RnR half in Providence and I wanted to test out my racing outfit I got this week.  Best (or maybe worst?) part, it cost me around $50.  Let’s face it, running trends like all others can add up pretty fast and I confess I’m a tool like all others to cute pinks objects.  Running accessories are no exceptions.  I tried to hold back but I finally caved it.

Target Tech Shirt $7 on sale

Marshalls Running Skirt with a zipper pocket in the back $14 I got this on Friday as I hunt down all running skirts except FILA that come in size XS so if you’re interested in one go and get one fast as I never see the same things there twice.  Only exception is FILA skirts because they suck!  I haven’t run in one but I tried on 3 and they already felt uncomfortable before I even started running.  At least in my humble opinion.

Zensah Calf Sleeves $34 as they were 20% off this week at City Sports.  I know I shouldn’t have but I just could not resist.  Perfect for those slightly cool days like today.

So a backwards recap of week 1 of training:

Sunday Run

Total Mile Ran today 10.52 – Outside – 2 podcasts (Running with the Pack & Jillian Michaels) worth!

Total Time 1:28:50 Average Pace 8:27

I stayed on the usual paved road that runs along the fells and did two loops.  It was hot and part of me wanted to stop after my first one and call it a day.  I was running with a full bottle of water to hydrate (Nunn tab for taste and electrolytes).  With the exception of slower start and ending miles, my middle miles were at a consistent 8 minute pace.  I’m using the runkeeper couch that I have set to 7:30 my goal race time.  I don’t expect to be running at that speed and to be honest when I first went running I was only targeting a 9 minute mile but was pleasantly surprised that with no stronger effort I was down to 8:30.  I think hearing how far I am off pace from my ultimate goal is just a good reminder to me of my long-term plan.

Saturday Run

Total Miles Ran 10:55 Outside through hills, roads, some trails in the Fells and 7 miles of it were with Tony.

Total Time 1:43 Average Pace 9:46 

I was only going to do 8 miles but Tony and I ran at a fairly easy pace that I just felt like I wanted to stay out a bit longer in the amazing weather we had.  Good thing I did because after I got back, mother nature turned cold and cloudy!  I also caved in and brought a pair of compression shorts and yes they’re totally worth it if you have misaligned hips where you flutter side to side.  This kept me all up and centered.  Maybe it’s just my jiggly butt that makes me run silly.

Friday Run

No Run had an ART appointment instead.

Thursday

7 miles on the Elliptical, 1.5 miles to the Y & back jog.  I felt sore from Wednesday’s run.  I did the hour-long senior citizens sculpt class at the Y.  I think I’m the only young person there but it’s better than nothing.  Otherwise the only lifting I get is picking up some heavy bricks of chocolate pounders from Trader Joe’s.  Either war I enjoy the more relaxed easy-going environment and am adding the Tue/Thurs class to my training cross training schedule.

Wednesday Run

I didn’t know what to expect from this run.  This was my first longish run on the treadmill in a while.  I had a plan B to quit at 8 miles but I roughed it out for 10! I did the first 8 on incline 3 and the last 2 in a super slow walk/run routine on incline 2.  I still believe that running on incline helps me be faster on pavement.   It did feel good to be rebounding with the old treadmill I saw so much of during March.ues

Totals Miles 10.03

Total Time 1:33 Average Pace 9:11 

Tuesday

Total Miles 4.5 I don’t have the total time or pace as I felt so angry about just being too exhausted to run.  I just moved and was running on 5 hours of sleep.  Lack of sleep = dead legs.  I debated for a while about skipping the Y class but I really had no excuse so I sucked it up, went and felt much better and stronger.  I can almost do 2 big girl push ups.

Monday Run

First day of the week… First day with lack of sleep.  Living on a street with more trees is nice.  Living on a street with birds waking you up at 4AM is a lot less pleasant.  I’m adjusting but Monday was rough.

Totals Miles 6.1

Total Time 55 minutes Average Pace 9? I don’t remember the incline, might have been 2 or 3.  I didn’t run last weekend due to moving so i felt happy for the run.

In summary, 42 miles for my first week back… Not bad.  I feel okay and pretty good since before I took a small break I was running 60-70 a week.  Since my intermission hasn’t been too long I’m following the approach of 20% mileage increase until I’m at 55-60 and then possibly 10%.  I need to have a strong base by September 15 as that’s when I’ll be working weekends and running will have to be drastically cut back on the weekdays.  I’ll resume mileage after October 15th to wrap up final training for Philly Marathon before a one week taper of the Weekend of November 18th.  Rough draft of the plan so far.  It’s in my head, now I just need to get it down on paper.

I think for week 2 I’ll target 48 miles.

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A running withdrawal…

Less than 48 hours left to get my votes in for Team Refuel which also means no more annoying pleads after end of May.

I’m on day 3 of my no running 14 day cleanse (of not running).  I also made an appointment with Dr. Michael Santipadri for next week for my leg that’s been bummy since Boston Marathon.  He is a certified ART (active release technique) practitioner and hopefully can help me.

Tuesday was a fine day of 8 miles on the elliptical which I’m slowly starting to dread.  My TV shows have ended and surviving through a 50 minute workout on that thing is getting a whole lot more boring.

I also took a sculpt class at the Y which was relatively low impact (the class is designed to be friendly for beginners and older folks) but it did get me to lift some weights which I never do on my own.  If I was more motivated on my own I could probably do that whole one hour class in 20 minutes, but I’m not.  Lifting weights one arm at a time is better than no weight lifting.

I have this semi-plan of trying to start doing my Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones DVD to get some muscle tone back.  Training for a marathon made me lose weight, but I can’t say I like how much weaker my other muscles have become (or my shrinking lady lumps).  I love long distance running, but I also loved my curves.  I envy the women who can keep both!  It might be fun to buy a size smaller pants, but having to restock all your bras a size smaller can get a bit depressing!

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Take a second and vote me for me for the Team Refuel running grant.  Based on my stalking I have about 3 people ahead of me so I could use the help!

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been fairly quiet this week.  No, I didn’t actually get a life… but I haven’t been doing much running either.  I’m trying to take it easy and relax a bit.  My next marathon is in September (if I figure out how to get myself to Canadia) and I might be eyeballing another attempt at a 50K before that (TARC Summer Classic).  However, I want the situation in Lefty to heal so I’m being gentle with it aside from the two halfsies I got going this month.

It’s okay, less time running means more time doing things like this:

Also this will be the last month you will see those floors. I know you’ll miss them.  I sold my life and dreams away and brought a house.  We’re moving in June.  Who knows maybe my blog will go from running to remodeling old Victorian homes.  Just thinking about being a home owner is making me sweat buckets.

Anyways back to the exciting world of sweating from the small stuff in life…

I was sore Monday so I took it easy with 6 miles at incline 2 on the treadmill.  My quads burned from the hills on Saturday but after a mile or 3 I loosened up and wrapped up the run in 52 minutes.

Tuesday I went for the elliptical as part of my cross training plan.  10.5 miles, an episode of Once Upon A Time and I was done.

After work since I failed to go drown (or try swimming) since joining the Y, I decided to try a class instead.  There was a 6:30 body sculpt class.  My modesty clearly has not returned since Saturday because I felt pretty cool.  I jumped, I squatted, I lunged, I planked my little heart out and I felt so cool.  Unlike going to a class at Equinox or BSC, I was not the least fit person at the Y.  It was a nice change.  Well…

I wake up Wednesday…

Haha and no I did not create this artwork myself.  Google image brought it up when I searched for DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

Was the class hard?  No, I’d say it was more like Jillian Michael workout video at level 1 with only working one muscle group.  Jillian usually matches an arm workout with a leg one while the class at the Y did one at a time.  Seeing as how I do neither on my own, I think the class setting will help me get some muscle composition back from the 2 years I lost after quitting Boston Sports Clubs gyms.

Wednesday… since the DOMS was not in full attack I wanted to run; however, my treadmill was taken so I used the elliptical for my usual RUNCH… without the run.  Ellipto-unch? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.  It’s okay, I wanted to watch desperate housewives anyways.

Now its Thursday… I had my closing on the house so no time for a RUNCH…. however, when I got home I looked at the weather and I just couldn’t turn back and watch TV… before I knew it I was in a sports bra, running shirt, running skirt and my Asics with a bottle full of water and Nuun.  I wanted to run 10 miles… but I learned what the D in DOMS is.  Delayed.. meaning not today, not tomorrow but sometime like 36 hours… yea… remember those squats?  Remember those sumos?  You thought you were the shizzle?  Guess what?  Those legs are not moving… It hurts to walk… let along run.

So I didn’t make it 10 miles, I did finish 6 very slow ones.  Average pace was a 9:25 mile.  I think the first 2 were at a 10 minute pace.  Nonetheless I feel happy.  I brought a house today and I got my run in.

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Friends, family, stalkers, spambots and people who clicked on to my blog by mistake.  I’m going to ask you for a favor.  I am sharing with you this incredibly embarrassing video where I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in months (It really happened to rain that day). In exchange please vote for me every 24 hours on all your computers =) That’s right I somehow entered myself in the team refuel athlete of the month sponsorship.

http://www.gotchocolatemilk.com/applicant/liana-koloslenker

My half asleep rambling face did this back in March at RnR USA expo.  Sadly, the one where I rambled a little less was never filmed by mistake and like all remakes, it does not compare to the original.  In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to not even bother watching this tragic video and just skip to the voting.  Plus each vote donates $1 to challenged athlete foundation.  Think of the charity! (every 24 hours)

Either way, they limit how many times I can vote for myself per day.  So I’m going to pimp myself like crazy.  If I win, I’m hoping I can use the $$$ for Philly Marathon.  I think in all my leg/knee whining, I forgot to mention that after some reviewing my Non-NYC Marathon options, I picked Philly.  Did I mention it’s on my birthday (I know I’m a broken record)?  What better way to help me celebrate my 26 years then by voting for me so I can run those 26.2 miles on that special day.

Tony is just shaking his head at me (and voting of course, right Tony?).  I don’t think he approves me signing up for these races while my body is doing a less than silent protest.  Good thing he has other uses.  Like making Sunday dinner.

Mnn fried cheese rice balls.  Good thing he prefers carbs over the paleo diet; otherwise there might have been some dining problems.  Couples who eat carbs together, stay together.

In other Monday news.  I’m trying to taper this week and leave some juice in my legs for the half on Saturday.  I  ellipticaled 10.5 miler while watching “Once Upon A Time.” I think that’s my new favorite show.  Dear ABC please don’t cancel this show like you tend to do with all the quirky shows I like.

I also did a Yoga class at the YMCA today.  It might not smell as good as the fancy Yoga studio but the price and convenience really can’t be beat.  As gross as it sounds, I like that they have mats already so I don’t break my back carrying my Matt to the train (1 mile) and then back from the train (1 mile).  The best part about it was that at a 6PM class there was only 7 people in the class.  I think this creates a much more relaxing environment then when I feel like someone’s Warrior 2 is going to whack my face.   It was a mix of styles but I really like how our instructor explained each move slowly.  I guess if I was a more experienced talented yogi I would get annoyed but for my level it was perfect.

Yup, I signed up for the YMCA.  I also ordered a swim-cap.  I’m hoping that I can learn how to swim on my own.  Once I can swim beyond 10 inches maybe I’ll get over my fear of biking for speed and try a triathlon.

Danskin Triathlon looks like a good one to start with.   It’s all women, so I don’t have to worry about getting run over by a testosterone beast.  You know, the kind that run 5Ks in a rage while knocking over 5 feet tall girls (maybe this only happens to me).  I can only imagine what they do on Bikes.  Anyways, another cool thing about the Danskin Tri is their swim angels that help guide those who can’t swim.  I think the July date is too soon for me but I’ll definitely try to keep this on my radar for 2013.  Right now I just want to learn how to not drown.  I should probably also look into buy a speedo one piece suit.

Anyone else trying anything new this summer?

Do you know how to swim?  I was a NYC kid who only saw water when it came out of the faucet.  Swimming is about as foreign as driving is to me.  Both things I’m going to try to learn over this summer.

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Now when you see this what comes to mind?

No Tony and I did not join some S&M club… The girls I work with and I decided to try something new for a workout.  We were intrigued, confused, scared and excited as we kept hearing about this Pilates type of workout.  Well we finally got our schedules in check and made our appointment at BTone Fitness.  Making a 6:30 class took more planning than it looks since each class only has 11 people.

What is BTone we wondered?  Even upon getting there, I still had no clue so I did some research on their site.   It uses Lagree Fitness™ which is an innovative workout specifically designed to “strengthen, tighten, and tone the body quickly and safely. This workout is largely based on the holistic principles of Pilates, but also emphasizes the strength training and cardio elements not inherent to Pilates to achieve muscle definition faster than traditional Pilates and/or weight training alone.”

Not bad promises for just 45 minutes of my time.  Yoga takes over 90 minutes for these kind of promised results so I figured it was worth a shot.  After all, time is money and at $30 per class this was some pricey time.

Basically for the next 45 minutes I attempted to incorporate the “key principles of core stability and blending them with the fusion of muscle dynamics.” When you do things correctly, it should look like this:

This photo was taken from their website and let me tell you, I did not look like that for a second.  Majority of my 45 minutes was spent praying that I would not fall.  In fact I was wondering why they didn’t make me sign a waiver!

We spent about 15 minutes working our core with crunches and different plank-like exercises.  The next 15 minutes we did leg things that were probably equivalent of leg press type machines.  We wrapped it up with arms that I will probably be feeling soon.  Overall I don’t think this reformer machine provided anything special that some free weights or a giant ball can’t do.  My other critique was the way the class was taught there was no adjustment for individual level of fitness.  Our instructor only explained each move once which left me scrambling trying to figure out where to put which limb where without falling over.  She did instruct us which resistance level to use for each move.  However, she didn’t give a range.  Had I been more experienced I would have used a level lower resistance for arms (I’m weak) and a level higher resistance for legs; however, no such option was explained.

BTone Fitness  is one of two only SPX studios offered in New England.  The studio is located in Boston’s Back Bay and its super easy to get to by the T.  The first class is only $5 and is totally worth trying out.  After that each class is $30 which to me seems a little overpriced.

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