Random Thoughts about Being in a New York State of Mind and Track Tuesday

First off, I have to brag.  Run DMT is listed as #24 on Frugal Dad’s Top Running Sites and sharing the spotlight with some truly amazing running blogs. which just blows my mind!  I’m honored, flattered and so proud that people read Run DMT and find it valuable and inspiring.  I could cry.  Thank you for your continued support.

Tomorrow is the NYC Marathon lottery and I am beside myself with nervousness.   Once again, the soundtrack from A Chorus Line is playing in my head to keep me distracted.  It’s my mantra.

God, I hope it get it.
I hope I get it.
How many people does NYC need?

God, I hope I get it.
I hope I get it.
How many boys, how many girls?
How many boys, how many…?

Look at all the people!
At all the people.
How many people does NYC need?
How many boys, how many girls?
How many people does he…?

I really need this jog.
Please God, I need this jog.
I’ve got to get this JOG!

Several of my running friends and I have applied this year and we will all be sitting at our computer at noon tomorrow watching the lottery live at www.nyrr.org and on Twitter.  I’ll be live tweeting so watch for #NYCmarathon by @denisermt.  If I don’t make the marathon this year, I’ll apply again until I make it.  After all, I’m guaranteed an entry in 2014.

I may need to do sets of burpees all day tomorrow to deal with my anxiousness, which is no joke.  We’re up to Day 24 in the 30 Day Burpee Challenge and it’s out of control.  I have to do small sets sporadically throughout the day to manage them all.  It’s getting tougher but I’m doing it and so is the burpee posse.  Everyone is doing great and like @running2bfit said, we’re getting stronger every day.  Personally, I’m impressed with the muscle definition that’s beginning to show.  Who knew I had transverse abs and triceps?

Last week, I mentioned that Ricole Runs and Run DMT were teaming up for a new, first time ever running blog hop called Track Tuesday.

To join our Track Tuesday linky party, do your speed work (at least 4 quarter mile sprints) on Tuesday or any day you that works best for you, blog about your times and remember to add our cool Track Tuesday button to your post.  Then, link up your post at either Ricole Runs or Run DMT to share Track Tuesday Speed Work Sessions.  To show support for our other virtual running partners on the Track Tuesday Team, be sure to visit the other blogs listed in the linky party.  Give them a virtual high-five and leave some comment love too.

A cold front rolled in over the weekend but that front took a really long time to take effect and cool everything down.  Last night, the overnight lows dropped ridiculously low for Florida this time of year (55°) but it was perfect for speed work.  I loved having the cool air hit me instead of the humidity for a change.

In case you’re wondering, I do my sprints in the streets of my neighborhood.  I have a mile loop around my house and I marked quarter mile distances along that mile loop.  For sprints, I run them as hard as I can without killing myself.  It’s faster than my normal run, but not too fast.  It’s the pace I like to call my finish line pace.  It’s that last distance I force my body to run a bit faster once I see the finish line.

This morning, I did my usual mile warm-up followed by 4 x 0.25 mile sprints and one mile cool down run.  My times weren’t as great as last week.  I’m blaming it on the cooler weather.  Who knew my legs preferred humidity?

1 mile – 9:51

Lap 1 – 0.25 – 1:51 – Ave Pace 7:12

Lap 2 – 0.25 – 1:49 – Ave Pace 7:25

Lap 3 – 0.25 – 1:55 – Ave Pace 7:43

Lap 4 – 0.25 – 1:55 – Ave Pace 7:44

 1.1   Miles  – Time 11:06 – Ave Pace 10:07

Total 3.1 miles

Time 28:31

Ave Pace 9:12

Before I wrap up this randomness and Track Tuesday post, don’t forget this Sunday is Automattic Worldwide WP 5k.  Join the #WWWP5k by walking, running, biking or skipping 3.1 miles anytime between now and Sunday, April 29. We so got this.  It’s as easy as π.


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Ricole Runs says:

    Awesome work with the speedwork! I sadly didn’t even DO speedwork this week since my legs weren’t feeling it after Sunday’s long hard run, and I’ve been traveling so I probably won’t get the post up until Thursday. I HOPE YOU GET NYC!!!! I HOPE I DO TOO! Man that would make this week just the best! 🙂 Tweet me if you’re in since I won’t be able to watch!!!

  2. Travel Spot says:

    Good luck with the lottery! That would be a fun race! I ran the half marathon in NYC a few years ago and it was beautiful and there were tons of spectators, which was much needed in my case!

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