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…

February 19, 2012

8 Mile (Insert Eminem Reference Here)

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 9:15 pm

Today’s long run was, well, you can pretty much guess what I’m up to now. Did the Rockland Lake loop twice then doubled back a mile, turned around, and ran the same mile back to the car. Set a pace record, ran a few sub-10 min miles (another first!!!), and got the benefit of a surprise agility drill in the form of sidestepping a whole lotta goose shit. I’d like to call that bonus action goosestepping, but for obvious reasons, it doesn’t quite fall on this side of appropriate (thanks Nazis!!!).

Anyway, nice little retreat up to the old stomping grounds. Errands run, friends seen, fresh air breathed. Every weekend should be a holiday weekend, amiright?!?!?

February 12, 2012

So Emotional

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 5:23 pm

Just finished a very sad, very Whitney-heavy 7 miles. Need to go wash off and do some errands before tonight’s Kleenex-fest (a/k/a Grammy Awards), but instead of a long hot soak, I think I’ll just take a shower. Between WH and Jim Morrison, I may never take another bath again. Jesus…

Anyway, I’m now past the halfway point mileage-wise in terms of training for the half. It feels good, but it’ll definitely feel better when I get my shit together and eat like a runner should…

February 5, 2012

As Ice Cube Said…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 11:08 pm

…today was a good day. Turned a four mile race into my own personal 10K (first ever, mind you, and at a pace 1:45 quicker than last week’s five miler!!!), shopped smartly but aggressively and it paid off in Jason Wu splendor, got a gazillion errands accomplished, and oh yeah, THE GIANTS WON THE MOTHEREFFING SUPER BOWL!!! All is indeed right with the world tonight 🙂

February 1, 2012

No (More) Rest For the Wicked

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 10:03 pm

Involuntary/unscheduled rest day yesterday, massive kick in the head today – thanks, work! Unscathed, I emerged stronger and tacked on extra mileage and speed to today’s run. WIN.

My recovery time is getting better and better – way more sweaty than winded! Full disclosure: I wear Zaggora Hot Pants under my running bottoms. They are supposed to help shrink your ass and reduce cellulite but make life while wearing them a veritable sauna (especially in this balmy February weather! Hello capri tights!!!), but I’ll take a little heat if it means a lot of butt shrinkin’!!!

January 30, 2012

Rest Day!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Nicole @ 9:16 pm

Really enjoying my rest day with good friends and good wine. Retro movie mini-marathon of “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing” really hits the spot, and some wonderful surprise news only adds to the fun!!!

So grateful for all of the support I’ve received. Even after bumping up my fundraising goal, you fabulous folks have me at 94% of Goal 2.0 🙂 THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Back to the training grind tomorrow, but pretty stoked that it’s not so much of a grind anymore…

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