April Fools Half - Atlantic City Baby!

9:14 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments


I have another half marathon to run that is 13 days away! I’m super excited because this is my first race in a different state. I’m only going to New Jersey but it’s still a different state.

Since the UnitedNYCHalf I’ve been trying to get some runs in as well and getting some strength training done. The last thing I want to do is become injured in a state that’s foreign to me. On top of that, I am running this race alone. I don’t have any friends with me, I don’t have family coming, and it’s just going to be me. No parties over here.

The April Fools half marathon is what I’m running. I am not looking to PR this race; I am just looking to have a good time. There’s supposed to be 1,000+ runners, which doesn’t seem like much compared to NYRR races, but maybe that’s a lot for Atlantic City? I don’t know.

Wait, did I mention this race was in Atlantic City? Yes guys! This race starts and end on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, another reason why I am very excited to go. All the food and casinos, (I don’t gamble like that,) and the different environment should be very refreshing.

But I still can’t help but think, I will be alone this race, I would be in a different state alone. Such an occasion shouldn’t be celebrated alone, but I guess such is life. I don’t know what I am going to do with myself! Some advice?

This is the second race of my three races that I am using to qualify for half fanatics. The next half marathon I have after this is the Brooklyn half. 

Any who please shake the lonely feeling off of me because I am getting really nervous right now. You guys would keep me company right?

Have any of you guys run a race out of your home state before? Have you been alone? How did you cope? I need answers!

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UnitedNYCHalf Recap

4:12 PM KyannaSimone 3 Comments

3:10am. My alarm goes off. I feel nervous as if this was my first half marathon, but it’s not. I’m excited and I stay in my bed for an extra five minutes and then I get up. I do the morning rituals, wash my face, and brush my teeth and then head to the kitchen.

I immediately get breakfast going. Whole-wheat toast, peanut butter and bananas. (Nothing new on race day.) As my toast is going I start to get dressed and push play on DWTS season 19.
I get on my clothes, eat breakfast, snap a few pictures and then I am on my way out the door.

At 4:48am I am out the door. Making my way to the train station and I am freezing. Apparently this year the half is much warmer than pervious years but that doesn’t change the fact that I was shivering cold.

I met a friend of mine, Ngozi who is a member of BlackGirlsRun! as well and we took an easy train ride up to 59th street. Once there, I was immediately cold and shivering and found an hotel to stand under one of their heat lamps for a few minutes before trying to find the rest of BGR! for our group photo.

After that we walked to our corral, used the bathroom one last time and made our way in the corral and of course I was freezing. It took awhile of us to start but after 10 minutes or so in the corral we were finally off.

Mile 1: Very easy mile in central park. I felt good and actually was shocked that I didn’t get too tired. I went in knowing I had to pace myself if I wanted to finish this race in 2:45:00.

Mile 2: I’m still looking very good in my mile pace. I’m thinking to myself, I know I can do this in 2:45:00. My legs felt good and my body felt good so I know I got this.

Mile 3: This mile felt the longest because it was almost like a long loop. Coming off of mile two you can see mile three but you don’t get to mile three until after you complete this loop. Once I got to mile three I was relieved.

Mile 4: The mile with the hill. This was very bad, because as a runner I don’t train on hills often enough. (I know, horrible) So I walked most of it, but when I descended, I ran. I was a little off pace with my timing by two minutes but still feeling good.

Mile 5: Seems like a blur, I actually really don’t remember it. I just know I was still in the park and that was about it, oh and I was still behind pacing by two minutes.

Mile 6: Making my way out of the park and turning the corner and thinking to myself, “this is the Times Square part, time to get the camera out.” And that’s why I did. I stopped to tie my sneakers, got up to run and soon, took out my camera to take a couple of pictures.

Mile 7: 

I’m in Times Square and my left ankle is somewhat bothersome, I try not to think about it and I just keep running. I turn a corner and I see the McDonalds, BBQs and Dave and Busters. I’m thinking, “Wow, I’m really running through this, you can’t do this any other day.”

(BGR! Member Angelina got this shot of me.)

Mile 8: I’m crying at this point. I look down at my watch and I already know I’m way off tempo. I’m on the West Side Highway and I stop over to stretch my calves out. I continue running and immediately stop again because my ankle is becoming too much to bear. At this point I know I’m not going to make my goal of 2:45:00 but I just wanted to come in under three hours.

Mile 9: The pain has gotten worse and I’m crying again. I can feel myself limping and I can feel my left leg in pain, my left ankle in pain and my right leg compensating for the pressure I’m putting on it. I’m now cold because of this huge gust of wind that that now taken over me and it’s only making it even worse.

Mile 10: I see a medical tent, I think to myself “should I stop here? If I stop, someone is going to have to pull me out and take me to the finish because I am not running again after I stop.” I don’t stop, I keep running, well walking at this point and I just keep thinking about my ankle. I keep doing a run/walk type thing but it’s just not working and I am walking way more than running.

Mile 11: Crying again, I see another medical tent and think to myself if I should stop. But it was freezing cold and the last things I want to do are sit in the freezing cold and get taken care of. So I pass it, then thought about turned around, but I decided not to. As I finally stop crying I remember thinking to myself “If someone was to come and ask me right now if I was ok, I would just burst into tears, so please no one ask me or touch me.” Of course two minutes after I just finish that statement, my friends Kenny and Amy come over and Kenny asks “What’s wrong,” and the tears come, because I’m upset and disappointed on how I’m performing, I hate the fact that I am now at a three hour half. But I don’t know how to convey that without crying like a child, so I just stay quiet and we run.

Mile 12: It’s tunnel time and I know that this race is almost over. Everything from my legs to my lower back is tight, which  means I pulled something somewhere, but I just don’t know where. I’m still running with Kenny and Amy, which is a good thing. I’m just so mad at myself for not being able to meet the goal I’ve set for myself.

Mile 13/.1: It’s time for this race to be over. As the three of us are coming up on the finish line, we see a whole bunched of flags lined up towards the finish line. I hear Kenny say “find your flag and touch it,” but I can’t touch my flag because it was too far out. Panama, I focus on it and just keep running. I turn the corner and I see the finish line. I didn’t want to be rude and break away from Kenny and Amy since they stayed with me for so long, but I was so focused I just did my thing and ran. And then I crossed the finish line. 3:13:03, very disappointing and upsetting because I know I can perform better than that.

I receive my medal and not even two seconds after, a medic comes up to me and asks me “what’s hurting.” Without crying I muster up the courage to tell her what happened and we walk over to the medical tent. While walking I noticed that I was limping and I figured it must have been so apparent for someone to ask me what’s hurting. I sit down and Lisa ices both my ankles and I’m out of there.

I see my friend Alexie and I speak to him, I take a photo even though I wasn’t up for it and I go meet by best friend and her friends for lunch really wasn’t up for that either, but I was hungry, so I went.
After lunch I went home, shivering and cold on the train, showered, stretched and slept until about 8pm. Watch TV, spoke to my friends Avonna and went back to sleep.

That’s it folks. Hoped you enjoyed my recap of the UnitedNYCHalf. This race was a once in a lifetime experience and not because I wouldn’t do it again, but because it was very expensive for a half in NYC and I’m ready to travel to do races, so thank you NYC for this race.

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Product Review: MealEnders

4:01 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Last month I was given the opportunity to review a product called MealEnders. I thought this product would be great for me to try because the name stood out “Meal Enders,” since sometimes I have trouble with over eating, this seems like a good way to stop that.

So here’s a brief description of the product: A first-of-its kind weight management product, MealEnders are low calorie, drug and stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind. Unlike extreme diets, meal replacements, appetite suppressants or supplements that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders work with the body’s natural hunger rhythms using a combination of behavioral psychology and sensory science. –MealEnders

And how the product works: MealEnders consist of two components: a sweet, outer reward layer and a cooling/tingling inner core. The outer layer provides a measured dose of “dessert," usually associated with the end of a meal. The inner core engages the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations in the mouth) with long-lasting cooling/tingling sensations to cue the end of eating and clear the palate. –MealEnders

I received a total of four different flavors that includes mocha, chocolate mint, cinnamon and citrus.

Some nutritional info: Each MealEnders signaling lozenge contains only two grams of sugar, 15 calories, and is low-fat, stimulant-free, gluten-free, kosher, and contains no high fructose corn syrup or MSG. MealEnders are food-based and, therefore, regulated by the FDA as a food product. -MealEnders

I must say my favorite is the cinnamon and then the chocolate mint, followed by citrus and mocha. (only because I don’t like coffee) Taking one of these lozenges right after a meal is very helpful, why? Let me explain.

Do you know that feeling you get after you brush your teeth for the night? And you tell yourself, “I’m not eating anymore.” That’s exactly what these lozenges do, but they also have a “sweet” coating to start off with.

Think of it as eating a dessert and then brushing your teeth right after, insuring that you’re not going to eat anything else. That’s what these lozenges are for. When you feel as if you want to take an extra bite of something else, you don’t. Just pop in a MealEnders and call it a day.

The “tingle” feeling does take you at surprise at first because it’s almost like eating a red hot, but once you have the sensation you automatically think to yourself “I don’t feel like eating anything else because my mouth feels so clean.”

For me, what I realized with myself personally was if I had a lozenge, I immediately brushed my teeth and went to bed about 30 minutes to an hour later, why? Because if I stayed up any later than that, I felt I was in the mood to snack on something else. I mean everyone is different, but that’s what I realized I needed to do for this to work.

Would I recommend this product to others? Yes I would, I think it’s a great alternative to eating until you’re full and it’s also a great way to have a small sweet snack.
If you're interested in giving MealEnders a try, check them out at MealEnders.com and @MealEnders on Twitter and Instagram. 

Would you consider trying MealEnders? Let me know!

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Get Ready With Me: NYC Half

9:42 AM KyannaSimone 1 Comments

I need help you guys! 

As you know the United NYC Half in just THREE days away. And I'm just getting ready to prep everything from my outfit, to my fuel. However I currently have a dilemma, I am not sure how to style my hair. I know this sounds very frivolous but this is important, I want to make sure that I can keep my hair out of my face and what's going to be comfortable. 

So, I've established that, but now I'm stuck between two hairstyles. A high puff and a high bun. Both are very cute and very reasonable to run in, but now I need to pick one and that's where I need your help. 

Pick either puff or bun and the hairstyle with the most votes wins. Yes, I'll be wearing my BlackGirlsRun! headband so that's non negotiable. And if you don't like neither then suggest something to me, I'm open to suggestions. 

Who's running the NYC Half? When are you going to the expo? When am I meeting you? Let me know! 


Getting Ready for Race Day

11:25 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

So you have two weeks to get prepared for your race, you’ve done all your training and now it’s just a matter of getting last minute gels, clothing and food ready before the big day. Here’s some tips so you won’t feel frazzled.

Two weeks out: Go over your training, be proud of the miles you’ve logged and what you’ve accomplished. If you’re like me and like to look cute on race day, think of an outfit you’re planning to wear and go and purchase it. Whether it maybe funky tights, or mixed matched socks, go get these items this week if you haven’t done so already. The last thing you want is to not feel like yourself, especially if you have it in your mind to wear something specific.  

One week out: Start thinking about what you usually run with, is it water? Energy gels? A fanny pack? All three? This is the week to get your things in order. However you carry your items, or maybe you don’t carry items, this is the week to figure that out and purchase whatever you need. Also this is a good time to update your music playlist, (if you run with music) running to the same songs can get boring and might hinder your running.

Four days out: Think about what you’re going to eat for the next two to three days. (carb loading) Pasta or rice, whichever it is. Purchase it and prepare it. Make enough so you don’t have to keep cooking constantly.

Two days out:  Take out your race clothes, bib and whatever else you're going to need. This includes socks, layers,  (if it's cold) sneakers, money, whichever. Also think about "race morning" breakfast. Do you have your necessities? Your staples? If not, this is the day to grab those items. Take this day to freak out about everything you need, you don't want to rush the night before. 

The Night Before: This is your night to relax. Get a good night sleep and set your mind for race day. Eat and shower early so you can go to bed early. Stretch, foam roll and stretch some more. Set your alarm early enough for you to get dressed

Race Day: Don't hit that snooze button. Get up and start getting dressed. Complete your morning race day rituals. I like to stretch before I leave the house and watch reruns of Dancing with the Stars. Get to the starting line, have a good race and have fun. 

I hope this helped. Usually this is the schedule I follow leading up to race day only because I don't like to be frantic, but maybe frantic is what some of you like and that's ok also. Whatever it is, the end result will be the same. To race well...

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