Race Recap: Bronx 10 Mile

12:13 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

4:15am, I’m up, ready to attack the Bronx 10 mile. I give myself a couple of stretches in bed and I make my way to the bathroom. As I’m brushing my teeth I think about last years race, my time of 2:12:42. I was thinking if I can match that or PR. I know my training has been helping me, but could I do better since I haven’t ran 10 miles in four months.

I exit my bathroom and turn on the TV, flipping the channels until I found something to watch. I stopped at The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on Disney Channel and started to get dressed and I started to make breakfast. 
By the time I was ready to go, it was close minutes to 6:00am, I'm already 15 minutes late leaving my house, so I'm cutting it really close. I gather everything I need and head out the door. It's still pretty dark out, so I don't listen to any music while walking to the train station, but when I get there it's pretty quiet, but I still keep my music off. 

Two trains and a short walk later I arrived at race day central it was already 7:50am with 10 minutes before the race started. I had to use the bathroom really badly so after I checked my sweater at bag check, I walked over to the lines for the bathrooms.

When I was there I saw my friend Olivia and her friend Jillian, both BGR! members. I know people were so mad at me because I took Olivia’s place on the line, but honestly I didn’t care, I really had to use the bathroom.
the three of us make our way to the start line and we discuss what we’re going to do race wise, what time are we going for, if we’re trying to achieve a PR. We decided that we’re going to run and assess how we feel throughout the race and whatever happens, happens.

Miles 1 and 2: These first two miles were a breeze. Olivia, Jillian and I must have been running 11-minute miles. We only took walk breaks when we reached the mile markers. By this point my felt knee was hurting, but I didn’t mention it. I knew I was going to push through the pain because I had eight more miles to go and that pain wasn’t an option for me.

Miles 3 and 4: These couple of miles we were still going strong but we slowed down a bit, for some reason we seemed to get a bit tired and the injuries slowly creped on. At mile four we drank some Gatorade and water, walked for a bit and then we continued running. While I was running out the corner of my eye I saw Olivia and Jillian stopped running, but I found myself in a groove that I couldn’t stop with them because I knew I was going to lose momentum. I kept running to mile five and stopped for a Gatorade break.

Miles 5 and 6: As I stopped for the Gatorade break Olivia and Jillian caught up to me, so I know they weren’t that far behind me which is good. At this point I put myself in my shoes last year and thought about my mindset, I looked around and told myself “I remember last year not wanting to be “swept” by the bus and now look at me.” Passing the mile six marker I felt so relieved because I knew we were making good time and I also knew that this was a perfect pace for me to keep when I run the Diva’s half marathon on October 4th. I couldn’t feel more proud of myself and of these two women because they were basically helping me keep this wonderful pace.

Miles 7 and 8: If we weren’t feeling pain before, we started feeing pain NOW! Legs, knees and feet were ALL hurting at this point. Jillian’s fingers started to swell (but that’s normal for her,) my knee was at a point of breaking in half (that’s what it felt like,) and honestly I just thought about slowing down and not keeping the pace, but I realized we gotten this far, we ran this much, with two miles to go, there was no reason to give up.

Mile 9: The end is very near, and we can all feel it. We are all hurt and tired and can’t wait to get something to eat. However we’re all going different places after this. Olivia had to get back to Albany, NY, Jillian had to pick up her children and I was going back to Brooklyn. We ran and stopped a coupled of times inside mile nine because we were just that banged up, but at a certain point I knew I had to keep running. So I did, I just ran until I saw the finish line. I knew I wasn’t too far away because I saw the green finish line from afar.

Mile 10/Finish: I’m done. Over. Finished with this race. I felt bad for leaving Olivia and Jillian behind me but it wasn’t that far because they crossed the finish like probably 40 seconds after me. I finished this race in 2:08:11! Last years time was 2:12:42 so I did PR! Look at that, I did it.

I took pictures with some of the BGR! ladies and got my sweater from the baggage check area and made my way home.

This Sunday is the race I’ve been training for, the Diva’s half marathon. I’m super nervous because I’m making a VERY big deal about this and because I have such a huge goal in mind, I am hoping it’s something I can accomplish. If I keep the pace I was running at the Bronx 10 Mile, I know I will make my time goal.

Beauties, keep up with me on Instagram at KissTheRunner to watch me lead up to the Diva’s half marathon this weekend because I’m super excited and can’t keep it together. So be on the look out for that. 

Until next time beauties.

Race Recap: Run10Feed10!

10:20 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Beauties! I just ran Run10Feed10 yesterday and honestly I am still pumped. It went very smoothly with the exception of slight foot pain but I was still very happy with the race. Being able to do something I love which is running in order to help people that are less fortunate than I am is amazing and I will forever be grateful for this experience.
When I arrived at pier 84 it was very calm and mellow, but for some reason I was super nervous, my heart was beating so fast it I didn’t know what to think. You know that nervous or excited feeling you get when you run your very FIRST race, that’s the feeling I had. Butterflies in my stomach and jumpy nerves, it took awhile for me to calm myself down but I did.

While at the Run10Feed10 warm up I met one of my fellow Women’s Health Action Heros, Nikki Pebbles. She’s super cute and really fun to be around with very high energy, who doesn’t want a friend like that? I also met Nikki’s friend Shana and she was also very fun and also has a lot of energy yesterday, another plus!
I met a man name Rick when I was taking this picture, he talked to me about how he used to be very athletic and battled cancer and now is in remission. Such a great story from a nice man, he wished me luck before the race and I hugged him after the race, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture but
I remember waking to the start line with Nikki and Shana but after that I couldn’t tell you what happened. I know I was running, thinking I was keeping up with my intervals and I realized that I already ran 10 minutes straight. There was a thought in my mind to keep going, but I knew I had to conserve energy, so I stopped and took a one-minute walk break and continued running.

Around mile two, I stopped at the water station and there was a LINE to get water. I was taken aback because I usually just grab water and go, no need to stop for more than 30 seconds for water, but to wait almost 45 seconds was slightly annoying, but I needed water, so there was no need to complain.
I felt as if I was making good time until a caught a pain in my left foot, which shot up to me knee. It wasn’t pleasant at all and of course in turn had to apply pressure on my right foot, which is currently swollen.

Stopping at mile four or around there for water was another issue, again no cups ready for me to take so I just had to wait, however not as long as the first stop. Took my two cups and continued to run.
When I check the time clock at mile six I was at 1:11 with some seconds and I thought “great timing Kyanna,” you might actually get this under 1:20:00. However I’m not sure if I did. Nike+ tracked my times at 1:19:34, the text message has my time at 1:20:58 and the website has my time at 1:21:55. I’m not sure what to believe but if anything this the 1:19:34 is a second off my PR, the 1:20:58 and 1:21:55 are both 4 and 3 minutes off my 2015 10K time respectively, so either way I think I’m good.
I’ve noticed I’m holding pace, which again is great, perfect for the Diva’s half marathon. I kept a 12:30 pace for six miles, I mean there would be seven more miles to keep that pace for, but I think I can do it.
I’m going to purchase a Garmin forerunner 220 tomorrow, (FINALLY) to start tracking my pace in time for the half marathon. I know I should have gotten one-way before, but better late than never.
Oh did I mention that my bib number was 13? Like what? It’s crazy how NYRR and other races are very different because I believe that NYRR races are really big on “elite runners get lower bib numbers,” and I HATED that I felt that way but that’s what everyone thought when they saw me with that number. Whatever, it’s just 13.

So currently I am sitting here with a brace on my foot, trying to stretch in hopes that my foot will be ok by Sunday, because I am running the Bronx 10 Mile, which will be the last race for me to qualify for the New York City Marathon for 2016. Pray for me beauties.

Here are some pictures that I captured after the race with the ladies.
(Nikki "redhead" and Shana) and my fingers LOL!

(Myself, Nikki and Shana)

Until next time beauties

Product Review: Bulu Box

6:24 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Happy Saturday beauties! I hope everyone is enjoying themselves and having a great weekend. Women’s Health is currently preparing me for my second race of the “fall” season, which is the Run10Feed10 10K sponsored,, which is pretty exciting.

But lets get to why I’m really here. Last month I received a Bulu Box courtesy of Fit Approach. In this box were some health conscious goodies for me to test out and provide a review on what I liked and what I didn’t like. There were some hits as well as some misses but all in all it was great.

The items that were in this box are Lemon pepper jerky, movit energy gummies, Earth’s care anti-itch cream, Runa focused energy tea and Simple being simple diet.

Lemon pepper jerky: this artisan chicken jerky was something that I’ve never had before and probably something I wouldn’t have. I’m not a big fan on jerky and I thought that this would change my mind but it didn’t. When trying it I did feel that it was heavier on the pepper side and the seeds were very much noticeable on the jerky, so for that it was a miss.

Movit gummies: this was honestly one of the most perfect things that could have come in this box. As a runner, it’s so exciting and helpful to get gummies for my long distance races. I only used one of them for my long run and it wasn’t bad. I hope they come in different flavors because I am interested to see how they would taste. Nonetheless, it was great!

Runa focused energy tea: I’m not sure about “focused energy” but the tea was nice. During the change in weather it’s nice for me to sit on my balcony and drink some tea as I watch the sunset with some cool breeze caressing my skin. Again another citrus flavor, which isn’t bad, but I would love to see this tea in different flavors. However, the Runa brand have other products that can be consumed cold. If I ever see one of these in stores, I’ll be sure to pick it up and give it a taste.

Earth’s anti-itch cream: best thing HANDS DOWN. Over the peak of the summer season I experienced nothing but mosquito bites. My back and legs were covered with them and of course you’re not supposed to scratch them, but I do. I applied a small amount to each of my bites and within seconds I didn’t feel them anymore, I almost forgot they were there until hours later when I put on lotion or accidentally touched them and it was itchy all over again. Loved this 100%.

Simple being, simple diet: I didn’t try this only because they were pills and that’s something I’m not a fan of pill at all. Also, I didn’t think it made sense to take two pills and then wouldn’t be able to follow up or continue with the “diet,” so I didn’t try them.

Beauties, that’s all that was in the box. Overall I found this box of goodies to be very balanced with a variety of products. I was hoping that I would have gotten more products in the box but other than that I was happy.

So guess what? I am offering you beauties a 50% discount when you use the code SWEATPINK. That’s right for a 3-month subscription you will receive 50% off when you use the code SWEATPINK, so if anyone of you beauties will like to give Bulu box a try, now is your chance and please let me know how your experience goes.

Until next time beauties.

Race Recap: 5th Ave Mile

11:37 AM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

The 5th Avenue Mile was this past Sunday and honestly it was the most competitive race I’ve ever done. It’s a long 20-block stretch on 5th ave in NYC and of course the goal is to run as fast as you can to obtain your mile PR.

Currently I can run a mile in about 11:30 - 12 minutes, but this is with a 7:1 run/walk interval. So I was pretty much aiming for anything above 12 minutes, the 11 minutes range was my go to, my heaven, where I knew I needed to be.

In addition to running, I was invited to run the “media heat.” I was pretty clueless as to what this meant and I’ve tried asking questions before hand, but I didn’t get much answers. When I went to drop off my bag and the volunteer/security staff asked what news station I worked for. If it was NBC, CBS, ABC or FOX news, the answer was neither, I don’t work for any news station and I just thought I was invited because of my cool pictures on Instagram.

Still don’t know why I was invited but I’m not complaining. I ran with some news anchors and probably some camera men/women who work for various news stations. Super cool and exciting, all day I kept asking myself “who am I?” “Why was I chosen?” I couldn’t answer my own questions, but I was enjoying myself.

I ran a mile in 9 minutes and 3 seconds! That’s my fastest mile ever. I surely wasn’t used to running without intervals but I knew I couldn’t stop. All down 5th avenue there were people just watching and looking at you and others just running down, I couldn’t just stop to follow my intervals, I just kept going.

When I looked up at the time clock before actually crossing the time mat, to my surprise I saw 8:57 and counting up. Eight minutes? Eight? That can't be right, me running and looking at eight minutes on the clock didn’t even seem possible. When I crossed and check my time afterwards, it was 9:03. So proud and so happy at myself that I ran my fastest mile in 9 minutes, my training for the Diva’s half is really paying off.

After the race was over I went over to get my belongings at the VIP tent. This tent had sandwiches, coffee, butter packets and I believe I saw some fruits. This is another moment where I asked myself “who am I?” but no complaints, I grabbed my stuff, a sandwich and I went over to 5th ave to watch the race.

(Tee and I)
This was my first race for the season, I have four more races for the next four Sundays approaching, a 10K, 10 miler and two halves. This is what race season looks like.

Until next time beauties.

Diva's Half Training: Week #11

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It’s week 11 of Diva’s half training and I just want to be able to focus more on my training. As the weeks go by, I’ve notice that I just have more and more to do. I’m currently looking for a new job as a personal trainer, so that takes up a lot of time between traveling and interviews, applying for jobs, the whole nine.
Also, race season and started so I have a race every Sunday until October 11th. I didn’t even realize it until I was getting ready for the 5th Ave Mile. I currently work two jobs at separate gyms and my third job just started back yesterday (we were off for the summer) at a theater company called Dreamstreet, which I’m very excited because that’s one of the fun jobs I have and also, I’m here trying to build my business, my brand and that’s another job in itself.

As much as I have going on right now, I’m just grateful that things are finally looking up for me, I’ve been through a lot least year and I’m just ready to take control of my life and be the person I know I can me.

So last week’s training called for:

Monday: Strength training
Tuesday: Run 5 Miles
Wednesday: Cross training
Thursday: Strength training/speed work
Friday: Run 3 miles
Saturday: Run 10 miles
Sunday: Rest

I actually completed:

Tuesday: 4 Mile Run
Sunday: 1 mile run
(Fastest mile ever)

I’m seriously slacking in my training here, very upset, but I know I’m not lacking because I don’t feel like it, I’m lacking because I’m actually busy and just trying to be a more successful and stronger me.

Until next week beauties.

Race Recap: France Run 8K

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NYRR's first 8K and it was great! The France Run, which took place in Central Park on Saturday, August 29, was my first race of the summer. As you beauties know I've decided that I didn't want to take part in running smaller races over the summer and really focus on my Diva's half training. 

However, since I've gotten into this race for free with the thanks of NYRR's racefree program, I've decided to run and use it to qualify towards my 9+1 in order to run the NYC TCS Marathon for 2016.  
I must say this race super quick and it helped me focus and stick to my intervals. Of course Central Park has so many hills and rolling hills, which was a bit difficult, but because I've been training I've noticed I was able to run up the entire first hill that we encountered, the second one needed work. 

Besides those two hills, the race was easy sailings. I felt as if I've made good timing for the most part. I knew I could have done better if I stuck with my intervals a little bit more towards the end, but there's really nothing I can do about it now. 

During the race I saw my friend and BGR! sis Olivia at the mile 4 volunteer station. I stopped and said hey and she snapped this cool shot of me. I was amazing how small I am considering that I feel super big most of the time.

This was literally mid run, getting ready to take off again by the water station, so I think this is a great shot!

My official time was 1:01:16. I would have liked to done this under an hour, but again that was due to me not sticking to my intervals towards the end, it just got way too hot and seriously, who wants to pass out? Not me, so I didn't sweat it at all because it's better than most of my 5 mile times. 

The next race I run is the #5AveMile which is on Sunday. I've been very fortunate to 
have been invited to the media heat of this race. I'm going to let you beauties know how this goes!

Product Review: Kushyfoot

6:15 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some amazing socks provide to me by the wonderful people over at Lipton Publicity. These socks are called Kushyfoot and the style of socks is called Athletic Foot Cover.

At first I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t really understand the big deal with socks. It like, you know you need to wear them, but you really don’t see the purpose in wearing “specialty socks” but after wearing them during races and days where I knew I was going to be doing a lot of walking around, I had a completely different outlook on them.

The Kushyfoot Athletic Foot Cover was very soft and they have some wiggle room for your toes. Also, the massage grooves on the bottom of the socks made it even more comfortable to walk on. I mean I knew I was wearing socks, but because they were so soft, I didn’t feel them.

I think this has to be my favorite part of the Athletic Foot Cover socks, the special grooves at the bottom. The only pair of socks I do own with these grooves at the bottom are way too thick and in turn make my feet feel uncomfortable in sneakers, so that’s not really helpful.

I did get a lot of other products to try out from people at Lipton publicity but I was just so madly in love with this particular style that I didn’t get to try anything else. But no worries, when I do, ill be sure to give you an update.

Until next time beauties.

Are you In? 30 Day Push-Up Challenge

11:21 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Raise your hand if you want to partake in a push-up challenge! That's what I thought. So for the month of September I would love to do 50 push-ups in one sitting, or at least 10 push-ups up 30 second rest breaks without feeling fatigued. But for this challenge I'm going to end it at 40 push-ups and next month I'll progress to 50. 

Please feel free to modify this to tailor it to your needs. If you feel the need to add more, do so and of course if you feel the need to do less, then that's also acceptable as well. 

The goal of this challenge is to build muscular endurance in your upper body and essentially become stronger, because you know, we all want to do that pull-up sometime in our life's, well at least mine because American Ninja Warrior is in my future. 

Please let me know if you guys are planning to join my challenge and let's check in by the end of the 30 days! Deal? Ok good! See you in your stronger self, 30 days later!