Nicole In A Nutshell

March 28, 2012

A Perfect (Sub) 10

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OK, so it wasn’t quite perfect, but I’ll take it…just finished my first full run at a decent distance with an average pace under 10 minutes!!! 5 miles in 49:02, pace of 9:49 per mile. Amateur hour to some, but I feel like Carl motherfucking Lewis (plus a whole lot of estrogen).

This comes after a very “REALLY?!?!?!?” day chock full of bullshit, not to mention the fact that I’m still hacking up a lung and the current poster child for allergy misery, so it is a breath (albeit congested) of fresh air.

Bonus: finally didn’t get lost in the park!!! What an indescribable pleasure to hit the lake/fountain/angel and not have to consult a map or a passerby like a fucking tourist. Forget Carl Lewis: you can call me Magellan…


March 21, 2012

Back On The Train

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 5:47 pm

After a particularly lovely rest day on Monday, yesterday was time to get back on the horse – April 15 is rapidly approaching!

Had a great 4+ mile run in Central Park and got in an amazing stretch by the lake and Bethesda fountain (which has quickly catapulted to the almost-top of my “favorite places in NYC” list). Was planning to do a DIY boot camp there today but didn’t get the memo that the weather ain’t what it was yesterday. That being said, gym time!

BTW, since jumping right back into training so quickly, I can’t get the “Happy Gilmore” scene out of my head where he’s taking batting cage balls to the chest and tells the awestruck little kid standing by, “364 days till next year’s hockey tryouts…I gotta toughen up!” So true, Happy. So true 🙂

March 18, 2012

Yeah, That Happened

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 11:17 pm

I’m still not quite sure that I believe it myself, but yeah, that happened. I ran a 13.1 mile race today. It may be amateur hour to some folks, but to me, it’s a HUGE FUCKING DEAL.

When I told someone the other day that I was getting nervous, he didn’t understand. “It’s just a run,” he said. “It’s not like you’re guesting with Phish.” Ironic, because one of my favorite sayings about Dead and Phish shows is that “if I had to explain, you wouldn’t understand,” and I think that holds true in this situation too. The reverse is true as well though: “if you don’t understand, I can’t really explain.” Not just the run, but the run along with everything I put I to it and coming from where I’ve been…HUGE FUCKING DEAL.

I get that most people won’t grasp the enormity of what I’m feeling or why it’s such a big thing, and that’s fine. It’s my deal, and it doesn’t mean to anyone what it does to me. I appreciate the outpouring of support and love I’ve seen in getting ready for this challenge – it has meant the world. But maybe the fact that I and I alone did this and feel this are a sign that I am meant to be reflecting on it tonight in solitude. So, I bid you goodnight – see y’all soon.

P.S. T-minus 28 days until Half
Marathon #2!!! 😉

March 14, 2012

The Home Stretch

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 10:09 pm

Just a few days to go till zero hour, and I am a bundle of nerves, excitement, and a whole bunch of emotions that I can’t even think of right now. As I literally write this from the back of a cab, I just saw a commercial for the Half for the first time. This thing is on tv. Shit just got real.

The amazing support has really helped me along, and it’s something I’ll keep with me as I grind out those last few miles. Something else I’ll take with me? The vision of post-race cocktails dancing in my head 🙂

2pm – Upstairs at the Kimberly (the roof bar). Come on out and celebrate with me!

March 8, 2012

Sitting Here In Limbo…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 6:56 pm

…getting my highlights did. Lots of time to kill, so I figured I’d post since I’ve dropped that ball so badly in recent weeks. Time is marching on and the half is fast approaching – just a week and a half to go! Would be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to get nervous, but there’s no turning back now. Last week’s long run was a successful 10-miler on a spectacular spring-like day, so I’m hoping for a similar situation this weekend when I do 11 (last long run before the big day). Have been feeling sick for the past few weeks – timing is a bitch! Hoping to will whatever this is away…

Have to give a shout out to my friends who got royally screwed this afternoon. My thoughts are with you guys, and I wish you the bet of luck in your pursuit of bigger and MUCH better things. Stay strong…

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