Running & Marathon News

I’ve got some running news for you on this humid May Tuesday.

  • I went on a work trip to Huntington Beach California earlier this month. Faced with the opportunity to run along the Pacific Ocean, I had no choice but to go for it.
  • Here is some photographic proof of the 10 miles I ran during my three days there. Yep. 10 miles. Two three mile runs at a cautiously slow pace and one amazing and speedy four miler where I finally felt like I was back from my injury:

  • This was not taken during a run, but look at the sunset from this trip:
  • Since coming back to New York City, I have now ran three times. All have gone well and been at a good pace considering I’ve been out of commission for months.
  • Don’t worry! I am taking it easy. I don’t run often, and I don’t push my pace. I just run in a way that feels natural.
  • Someone please explain to me why running is so much easier when there is a destination? For example, when I am running just to go for a run, I am constantly thinking about how long I have been running, how much more time I have left, my pace, my mileage, checking my watch, etc. But when I am running to a destination — like to Core Fusion Cardio this weekend — I can just enjoy my run because I know exactly how far I have to go and how close I am. Why is this? I want to enjoy all my runs in this easygoing way.
  • Case in point: This morning on my 3.5 mile run run, my first two miles were completed in 10:10 and 10:22 respectively. My return mile and a half was completed in 8:09 and 8:12. Because coming back, I had a destination: home.
  • Please explain.
  • Because of my hip injury and the possibility of not making it to the marathon, I decided not to run with Team for Kids this year.
  • I love Twitter. Without the training perks of Team for Kids, I needed a good marathon training plan that allows me to keep Refine Method and Core Fusion in my mix. I put out a request for help to create a marathon training plan. Stacy from Stacy’s Bootcamp created a magnificent custom training plan for me. She is awesome. Go take her class.
  • I am excited to start marathon training in July for the ING NYC Marathon!
  • I am excited to blog about my experience marathon training. How many people get to have a detailed account of training for their first and likely only marathon? I mean, in this world, lots. But in the grand scheme, not so many.
  • I am shocked by how many people commented on my hip injury posts to tell me I should just go ahead and get the surgery even if I’m not in pain. As I explained, I went to two different hip surgeons who BOTH told me I don’t need surgery. One of them was even a jerk! Surgery is their bread and butter, and if they both advised me to NOT give them thousands of dollars, I think there is a good reason for that.
  • My hip has been feeling so much better (knock on wood). I still avoid turning out, but I haven’t felt pain in awhile.
  • I am so happy I did not get surgery.
  • I registered for the Queens Half Marathon on July 30! I was on the fence because I don’t want to pay for a race that I might not be able to run (who knows what will happen with my hip), but it was about to fill up and I’d rather secure my spot and eat the $25. The race takes place in my hometown, so I won’t have to deal with the stress of traveling to an outer borough early in the morning. I can just stay at my mom’s and if she doesn’t want to drive me, it will be a $10 car service ride!
  • I also registered for the Celebrate Israel Run on June 5. Jews! It is a 4-miler, which I am totally ready for right now. I am excited to run in a race again. I will NOT try to PR — especially since my PR for this distance is my fastest race (not counting the 5th Avenue Mile) ever. I am proud to represent my people at my first race back.
  • I am obsessed with analyzing my Garmin maps post-run. I mean, look at this crazy one from last week! I ran to errands, to Core Fusion Cardio and to lunch. As I said above, destination running rules.
  • I will have an exciting announcement very soon. If you live in the NYC area and are around on (I think) Sunday, June 12, I would love you to participate in an outdoor fitness event! More details TK.
  • Even if my hip gets bad again, I am thankful for this time right now when I can run pain free. I am back!


In other news, check out my latest NBC New York GO Healthy NY posts!

Dori’s Quest: Bassett’s Bootcamp


Dori’s Quest: Nicola Yvette Pilates Bootcamp

Ever come back from an injury? Did you jump right back into exercise or were you cautious? I feel like I am managing a nice mix.

23 comments on Running & Marathon News

  1. Ali
    May 24, 2011 at 8:27 am (7 years ago)

    Dori! So excited for you! I’m thrilled to hear that not only have you been able to run, but that you’re enjoying it so much. Yay!
    Ali´s last blog post ..Weekend Wrap-Up

  2. Eliz@The Sweet Life
    May 24, 2011 at 8:29 am (7 years ago)

    Quite the post! Love those California running pics–my husband is desperate to move there for exactly what you see in those photos–sun and beauty!!!
    Eliz@The Sweet Life´s last blog post ..Vows

  3. Grace @ Balancing Me
    May 24, 2011 at 8:42 am (7 years ago)

    This post is filled with all happy things (good runs, good trip, good thinking re: surgery). I’m so excited for you. I’ll be running the Celebrate Israel race as well – maybe I’ll see you!

    Looking forward to your announcement …!

  4. Amber
    May 24, 2011 at 9:00 am (7 years ago)

    I love this post! I’m so excited for you!

  5. Jolene
    May 24, 2011 at 9:57 am (7 years ago)

    I ran on Huntington Beach in January when I was there, and it was freaking amazing. I am going back with M in two weeks for a mini trip (partially for work for me) and I cannot wait to run there again. It is so gorgeous! And I LOLed at your Q about running to a destination…I always run a little faster on my way home too! Too funny. I am excited to read about your half and your marathon training, especially as I am lamenting another half as well with Jess, in August.
    Jolene´s last blog post ..Random conversations with M- Part II

  6. melissa
    May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am (7 years ago)

    So awesome! Very proud of you! Looks like a gorgeous work trip–lucky girl.

    I also need to know my route or have a destination or run goal in mind.
    melissa´s last blog post ..A Dinner to Remember

  7. Megan @ Megan Mumbles
    May 24, 2011 at 10:11 am (7 years ago)

    Dori you have so many exciting things going on.. I understand the “destination thing” as I am always excited to just GET HOME! On a positive note it allows for negative splits :-)

    I have never been to Cali so I was considering running the San Diego Marathon next as it is a chance to get to Cali and to run a Marathon.. I didn’t qet picked for NYC this year so it would be fun to actually run a marathon..

    Anyway now I a blabbing.. So let’s just say I am excited for you!
    Megan @ Megan Mumbles´s last blog post ..6 Things

  8. Katherine
    May 24, 2011 at 10:52 am (7 years ago)

    That’s so exciting!! Glad you’re back in the game.

    I’m running the Queens half in July too, although I’m currently sticking to 3-4mile runs due to a very harsh hip/butt pain. Hopefully get that worked out soon so I can start training :-)…maybe I’ll see you there!
    Katherine´s last blog post ..Italy Recap

  9. leslie
    May 24, 2011 at 10:59 am (7 years ago)

    congrats on the return to running! as someone who nearly gave up the sport due to injury, i can certainly relate to the high of those first return runs. i’ve also started the “run with a destination” thing recently, and i love it. (though dear god, i could NEVER run after a class like core fusion!)

    also, i am totally jealous you got to take bassett’s boot camp – she is one of my all time favorite yoga instructors and her class has always owned me in the very best way. your recap makes me wish i had coughed up the money to do it!

    it was great meeting you on sunday – hope to run into you again soon!

  10. Rach @ Girl on the Run
    May 24, 2011 at 11:38 am (7 years ago)

    Sorry to hear you are fighting an injury! I think if the pain doesn’t alter your gait it’s ok to try and come back slowly, just be extra cautious.

    Congrats on making a return to racing, and good luck with your marathon training!
    Rach @ Girl on the Run´s last blog post ..Sunday- May 22- 2011

  11. Kim
    May 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm (7 years ago)

    I totally know what you mean about not sacrificing other exercise classes and strength training when training for a marathon. I am training for hamptons in September and making sure I have time for cross training! Love the pics :)

  12. Jess
    May 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm (7 years ago)

    YAY!!! Running is back in your life – this must make you SO SO SO happy!! I am thrilled for you!! Can’t wait to read all about it :)
    Jess´s last blog post ..Barre n9ne week 2 – it’s on!

  13. Aj
    May 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm (7 years ago)

    yay! this post made me happy! welcome back to running!…and I know how you feel about having the first marathon experience documented…I start soooooon!
    Aj´s last blog post ..OC Half Race Report from a very bad blogger

  14. Cameo
    May 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm (7 years ago)

    Dude. I am totally with you on the destination running. I have been running to the train between home and refine and it’s added an extra 30 minutes of cardio and feels like nothing. I am so happy to hear that your hip is feeling good! And, I am glad you didn’t have to get surgery. That would bite.
    Cameo´s last blog post ..Gluten Free Easy Bake Muffins

  15. Lauren Slayton
    May 25, 2011 at 8:16 am (7 years ago)

    ok pre caffeine induced blindness. I thought bootcamp post was separate (but anyway). Thanks for stopping by Foodtrainers. I agree running with destination is different but I also thinks it speaks to how powerful the mind is. You’re tired at end of a race and see the finish line- you suddenly energize, how does this work? Ooh you’re making me want to do Queens. I think I will.
    Lauren Slayton´s last blog post ..Foodtrainers Five Favorite Finds

  16. Melissa
    May 25, 2011 at 10:43 am (7 years ago)

    Hey! It was great to finally meet you in person this morning, sorry I rushed out without saying bye – worried about the shower line/being late for work. If you have ANY marathon training or the NYC marathon itself questions feel free to ask. Hope I see you in class again soon!

  17. MelzNYC
    May 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Sooooo exciting that I will have my running partner back for marathon training!! I can’t wait!! You will be amazing. Annnd keep me on track.

  18. Ada
    May 26, 2011 at 11:17 am (7 years ago)

    SO cool that you were in Cali! Hope you had an awesome time there. Sounds like you’ve got some races for this summer, I know you will rock them all:) So nice to meet you Sunday evening!
    Ada´s last blog post ..Five Dollar Meal and Angelica’s Kitchen

  19. amanda
    June 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm (7 years ago)

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