nycrunningmama #tbt July 2013: The day I became an Ironman was one of the most rewarding and memorable of my entire life.(This was the moment I finally got to hug my 10 mo and 2 y/o!)
Growing up, my mom always asked my sisters and I, "Why not you?". She wanted us to believe that we could do whatever we wanted if we put our mind and hearts to it. If someone else can do it, why can't you? You can't control your natural talents or abilities but you can control your dedication and how hard you work for it.
This has been my approach with everything in my life: from applying to and graduating from West Point, to playing basketball in college, to being the division Targeting officer during my deployment to Baghdad, to returning to work full-time to training for my first Ironman.
I signed up for IM Lake Placid in February 2013 having never swum a lap before, not knowing how to clip in nor doing a single triathlon before.
5 months later, I crossed that finish line and proved to myself I was capable.
If you see something you want, go for it...because "Why not YOU?" #run #triathlon #teamwr #instarunners #longpost
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nycrunningmama YEEEEES!! 🏼
First speed work in 7+ weeks.
2 up, 4 progression tempo, 1 down - all on rolling hills.
6:54, 6:51, 6:43, 6:34 - average 6:46/mile
Paces were much faster than I was expecting but even better was how I felt. For the last 6 weeks, just the thought of running hard made me tired. I finally feel like I have control over my body again.
PS I somehow changed the language on my @garmin and didn't have time to figure out how to change it back #instarunners #run #alwaysinbeta #beatyesterday #startslow #finishfast
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama #truth 🏻
Repost from @runnersbe - thanks to @glasaeg for tagging me!
#instarunners #run #runningtruths
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Gingham Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Morning miles make the day better. Anyone else agree?!
8+ miles before 6am...today is going to be a great day! #run #instarunners #findyourstrong
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  •   sallylou82 Are you running in the dark? Advice for this? It makes me nervous 1d
  •   loverunning26_2 You were In my Facebook feed today! Awesome to hear you talk and share your story, life. Hair tips were awesome lol 1d
  •   runjane Agreed!!! 1d
  •   kristak.88 Totally agree!!! My day and energy are so much better! 🏼🏼 13h

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nycrunningmama After a long day at work, the only thing I had on my mind was relaxing and a glass of wine.
But all that changed when my 5 y/o greeted me at the door - asking if I would take him for a run.
Tonight we ran 1.5 miles with just 4 short breaks and I could not be more happy.
And now I drink the wine #iamwellandgood #run #rundrinkbemerry
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  •   nycrunningmama @mrsdrcook haha. Yes! THe last time I ran with him he was so tired 1/2 mile in. We talked about "pacing" and he actually didn't sprint this time - until the last block and then we raced home! 2d
  •   dacxv Buen ejemplo, felicitaciones. 2d
  •   jay_e Perfect stride! 1d
  •   amandarunsboston Love this!! I just posted a picture of my niece running too! Kids running melts my heart 🏻 1d

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Finally some spring-like weather! 🏼 Took to the trails for #SundayRunday!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with lots of miles, smiles and wine 🏽 #run #instarunners #trails
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama *Giveaway!*
@sarahmariedesignstudio has quickly become one of my favorite running-related shops! If you haven't checked out her tees, tanks, mugs (and so much more), head over to her page!
One winner will receive one of these tees - based on size/color availability (or a prize of equal or lesser value from her shop).
To enter:
️ Follow @sarahmariedesignstudio and @nycrunningmama
️ Tag a friend in the comments.
You can tag as many friends as you like; each friend in separate comment (each comment counts as additional entry)
Details: giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday, May 27. Winner will be announced here shortly after giveaway ends. Open to US residents. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram in any way
#instarunners #run #rungear #gear #runnerd
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nycrunningmama Incredibly excited to share the video series I was honored to be a part of! Will share link to full videos soon!
@womensrunningmagazine @runcompetitor #instarunners #run @garmin #beatyesterday
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Run the Day
5 progression miles (7:32 average): 7:57, 7:45, 7:39, 7:35, 6:45
#alwaysinbeta @nbrunning #teamwr #beatyesterday #monitorthebeat
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  •   maratonpetra Great shot! 📸🏼 7d
  •   bustatz I just viewed your video clip. You're awesome!! 6d
  •   cek1321 Your video clip just came across my fb newsfeed @nycrunningmama and Out loud i said heyyy i "know" her! Needless to say... I too kind of wanna fist pump and be like "i'm doing it"... Gosh you're so awesome! The clip just made my day!!! 🏻 6d
  •   treadtrainer Great post 6d

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nycrunningmama "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis
So incredibly proud of my sister-in-law for completing her first outdoor triathlon yesterday!
10 years ago, she was a pack-a-day smoker. Today, she is a runner, cyclist and now, triathlete! All while juggling being a mom, wife and having a successful career.
She trained through the winter (in Alaska) for a 100-mile bike race (last weekend) and this triathlon (yesterday) and kicked butt in both!
Looking forward to some swims, bikes and runs with her this summer during our annual trip to Alaska! 🏼🚴🏼🏽 #dream #goals #instarunner #family #teamwr
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama It's a gorgeous morning in #NYC! Longest run since #bostonmarathon - and best I have felt on a run in 5 weeks.
11 miles: 7:42 pace
Few more weeks of "easy" running before I start picking up mileage and intensity for some summer racing!
Thanks to @insidetracker for helping me figure out why I've been feeling so awful. Blog post next week explaining my "deficiencies" and what I have been taking/doing to feel better! #BloodDontLie #instarunners #alwaysinbeta #run
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  •   natrunsfar Looking good!!! Loving the shoes and the sunglasses!! 2w
  •   insidetracker @runnellyrun so exciting to hear - looking forward to your progress too!! 2w
  •   insidetracker @sandra_mock did you have a chance to check it out? We'd love to hear what you think! 1w
  •   debra_vieira @nycrunningmama it's encouraging to hear other runners who have similar issues. Thanks for sharing! I found out in March that I have iron deficient anemia. It can really wipe a person out especially when training! 1w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama So honored to have been included in this list with some amazing ladies (tap photo for their names!)!
Thank you @drozthegoodlife for including me !!
Link to article is in profile #thegoodlife #run #fitness #instagram #teamwr
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Juno Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Bright colors
Fun design
Warm mornings
Starting day with run (+ in tank top!): always worth it
@nbrunning @nbwomen #run #alwaysinbeta #teamwr #instarunners #runtheday #whstrong
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  •   dailyrunbuddy Brilliant! 2w
  •   jessicaenck Looking strong, wow! It's a rest day for me :'( running posts are always hard to read about on rest days haha. 2w
  •   travel.bboy Really nice gallery !! 2w
  •   foxnhedgehog Do you do strength training along with your running? If so, weights or body weight or something else. I'm trying to find that right mix that will give me max strength, but not leave me worn out for running (I run about 45 miles/week) 2w

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Moon Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama What's not to about this shirt?! Some of my favorite marathoners!
Shirt is from @sarahmariedesignstudio - she has a ton of fun gear and products -> all running related!
Stay tuned for a fun giveaway soooon! #instarunners #teamwr
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nycrunningmama #truth -> My morning run is the in-between space of yesterday's forgotten problems and today's beautiful possibilities." - Unknown
Each day is a new chance to chase down your dreams, to improve, to Beat Yesterday.
Ps. It's almost the weekend -> hallelujah! #instarunners #beatyesterday #ironman #alwaysinbeta #run #teamwr #whstrong
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nycrunningmama The question I get asked the most is why I run.
There's so many reasons why. But none that sum them all up quite like this:
Running empowers me. Running makes me feel like I can truly do anything I put my mind to. Running teaches me that there are no limits.
Excited to share (soon!) the videos I worked on back in February. They will also be shared on @womensrunningmagazine and @runcompetitor as well! #instarunners #run #beatyesterday #runningempowers #strava #stravarun
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Two of the most impactful changes I made last year included:
- Working on my mental strength
- Changing my diet
The funny thing is that I didn't change my training at all - but started seeing HUGE improvements in every race distance over the course of 12 months.
But there's always more that I could learn and improve upon.
Excited for these two books I received over the weekend - will be good reading material for my 3+ hours of commuting each day!
I'm working on a post for a running website and would love to hear your running-related book recommendations! #rocknroll #rocknblog #run #instarunners
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  •   see.linda.run Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer is a great read. #261fearless 2w
  •   ariel_council Pretty awesome :) 2w
  •   saralizabeths Loved Racing Weight & the other one I have not ready yet - looks like I have another one to add to my list. 2w
  •   magsinmotion Thanks for the recommendations...just finished How Bad Do You Want It. Great book! Racing Weight is on order...thanks! 1w

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nycrunningmama My happiest moments have been with these two - my greatest blessings in the world.
Wishing all the moms out there a wonderful, beautiful Mother's Day! Hope your day was filled with lots of sleep, miles, chocolate and wine! #inthatorder #mothersday #family #run #miles #myloves
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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama One of my favorite quotes - I repeat it to myself during hard workouts to remind myself that I need to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
Thank you @caitchock for the awesome artwork - this is going to be framed and put directly next to my treadmill! #treadmill #trusttheprocess #comfortzone #instarunners #teamwr #beatyesterday
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