Asics Gel Kayano NYC Marathon Edition Winner + Marathon Week + What To Wear

First, I want to announce the winner of the Limited Edition NYC Marathon Asics Gel Kayano 21s. Please contact me within 48 hours at runlikeagrlmegan [at] gmail [dot] com and we can coordinate setting you up with your pair. And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations I hope you enjoy these beautiful running shoes! If you didn’t win, you can still get a pair of these at the Asics website or at the NYC Marathon Expo.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: womens

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: womens

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So I’m back from London and Amsterdam and had a really, really amazing trip. Karl and I ate at some amazing restaurants, explored both cities from top to bottom (including running them), and really got into the local cultures. I’m sad that its over but also happy to get to come back and run 26.2 in my city on Sunday! I’ll share some fun stuff and photos from our trip after all the marathon posts (Karl and I took engagement photos too so I definitely want to share those too.. our first time getting professional photos taken). But before all that, our programming will return to everything NYC Marathon…

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Its unbelievable that theres only a few days until the big race. I’m sort of freaking out about it a little bit but trying not to think about it too much or I won’t be sleeping at all! Today I went to the marathon expo and picked up my race bib.. so its official and there’s no backing out now. I’ll share an expo post tomorrow about my experience, and all the photos of course :) If you are coming to NYC and want to check out the expo, its open at the following times:

Thursday Oct 30: 10am-8pm
Friday Oct 31: 10am-8pm
Saturday Nov 1: 9am-5pm

Its free and open to the public too so just go check out all the running stuff if you have time to, its really inspiring. They also have more vendors and a second level at this years event! There’s also a few other cool race week events you can check out by clicking here.

Get your NY on!

Get your NY on!

As part of the Asics team, I also will be attending another event tomorrow with the blogger group, Coach Kastor, and some amazing elite athletes Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall! Eek I’m so excited and can’t wait to share all the words of advice from these elite runners and our amazing running coach. Don’t worry I’ll take good notes so we can all learn how to run like these amazing people.

Are you a runner? A Marathoner? Check out this cute infographic by Asics. We ARE marathoners!

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Now the part where I could use some advice: picking out my race day clothing. The most updated forecast calls for temperates around 38-40 at the start and highs of 50 degrees. But the kicker is that its going to be SUPER windy (my worst nightmare!)… we’re talking 26 mph winds with gusts even more than that. I honestly don’t know how this is going to work for me running-wise and now I’m also questioning my wardrobe choice.

This is where you come in. Please help me pick a race day outfit, perhaps using your gut or  your pervious experiences to help! Thanks in advance :)

Okay so I am definitely wearing my Asics Gel Pursue’s and my Asics Illusion Capri. My top clothing is what I’m most concerned about because I hate being hot. Generally, my body tends to be on the warmer side–I’m not one of those people who is always cold. Here are the options I’m mulling over.

Asics Tank and Arm Warmers

Asics Tank and Arm Warmers

Top: Asics Marathon Singlet (link is to the NYC Marathon version)
Arm Warmers

T-shirt and arm warmers

T-shirt and arm warmers

Top: Asics PR Slub Short Sleeve
Arm Warmers

Long sleeve, lightweight.

Long sleeve, lightweight.

Top: Asics Favorite Long Sleeve

What do you guys think about these three options?

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PPS. There’s going to be a big blogger tweet up this coming Saturday morning with the bloggers on the #TeamAsics NYC Marathon Asics Editor’s Challenge Blogger Team. Depending on how this jet lag affects me I may or may not make it that morning, but theres SO many awesome people who I know are going. If you are around, they plan to do a big blogger photo, meet and greet, tweets, and a whole lot of blogger pre-race fun. Should be a great time!

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My Marathon Shoe: Asics Gel Pursue

Only a few more days to go.. eek! This weekend I’ll be running 26.2 miles which a few years ago I thought impossible. But here I am and I’m SO ready and a little bit freaking out. I have been lucky to be able to run this race as part of the Asics NYC Marathon Editor’s Challenge Blogger Team which has provided me with fun race perks, amazing gear, and the opportunity to get Coach Kastor to be our running coach. I also got the chance to meet and become friends with an amazing group of people. Needless to say its been quite the incredible journey.

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Another one of the biggest perks of being part of the Asics team was finding my perfect running shoe, which is now and the shoe I’ve chosen to run the 2014 NYC Marathon in. I’ve searched high and low for “my shoe” and have tried so many different styles over the years. Lately I’ve realized a neutral shoe is what is best for my body and explored a bunch of different ones that I liked. Until I was able to try Asics’ newest running shoe and found the one I love: the Asics Gel Pursue.

Its the first in its line and its my hope they never change it ever! This shoe provides the best balance between support while not being heavy or bulky. It feels light on my feet but keeps them happy on the long runs, without any areas of irritation at all. I have wider feet so that can sometimes be an issue in some narrower shoes, but not with the Gel Pursue!

Asics Gel Pursue

Asics Gel Pursue

Asics Gel Pursue (women's)

Asics Gel Pursue (women’s)

Here’s some features of the Asics Gel Pursue (women’s):

-Weight: a perfect 8.7 oz, not too heavy or too light.
-Heel height: 20mm, forefoot height 10mm
-Has the Asics Impact Guidance System to enhance the foot’s natural gait
-Fluid Ride system and Rear and forefoot Gel Cushioning systems
-Guidance Line, a vertical flex groove for improved gait efficiency
-Heel clutching system to prevent heel slippage
-The Gel Pursue is perfect for a neutral runner like me!

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I’ve run all of my very long runs in these shoes and pretty much every shorter run (I have two pairs that I rotate). They are good for every distance, and aren’t too heavy for me to do speedwork in. But I especially love them for the long distance runs because I love how they keep my feet comfortable and supported but allow me to still feel the ground and my feet pushing off the ground during every stride.

I’ve ran a bunch of races in these babies too. I ran the Staten Island Half + 7 miles for my 20 miler. And I ran the Grete’s Great Gallop in them + 6 miles for my 19 miler. Both times they were perfect and I had no issues with them. Its true love.

Grete's Great Gallop

Grete’s Great Gallop

Staten Island Half Marathon

Staten Island Half Marathon

In addition to the Gel Pursue some of my other race-day gear will include:

Asics Illusion Capri
Asics Arm Warmers
Asics Hat

Still deciding on the shirt/top :)

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PS. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a pair of NYC Marathon Limited Edition Asics Gel Kayano 21s!

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What is your favorite shoe?
Are you a neutral runner?

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More than just an amazing sports massage: Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage NYC

Reminder: If you haven’t already, enter the giveaway for a pair of NYC Marathon Asics Gel Kayano 21s!

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I love massages. Really, what girl doesn’t? But as a runner I look for a specific experience from my massages and also prefer to go to a place where they have experience dealing with runners and athletes in general. Additionally, having knowledge of injuries is crucial (or a massage could just make the injury worse), but that is not something you get at most places for massage. So without further ado, I now I happily get to tell you Body Mechanics is a NYC-based orthopedic massage studio that specializes in all those things: athletes/runners, knowledge of injuries, and they also provide an in-depth assessment of your body and its needs!

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About Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage NYC: This studio specializes in orthopedic, sports, TMJ , and prenatal massage, active release, PNF stretching, trigger point therapy, and supportive taping for massage. So there are a variety of treatments and strategies to help you manage stress, pain, and injury from more medial massages to their runner’s massage, which is what I will talk about in this post. What I love about Body Mechanics is that they use an evidenced-based approach to manual therapy. The owner and person who gave me my massage, Beret, was trained in Canada and has knowledge and experience in SO many different approaches, as well as special tests and an extensive knowledge of the human body. In this way, she can customize your treatment to fit your body’s needs.

Since I’m an occupational therapist, I know about the human body too and let me tell you Beret knows her stuff! To me, it seems that the training she received is similar to a cross of a physical therapist and a massage therapist, which is amazing. I was so impressed by her skills and knowledge, as well as her passion for her craft. She even did a subscapularis release.. I’ve only done that with patients of my own before but LOVED that she did it.. those muscles were super tight! The professionalism of Beret as well as the background she has are a huge part of why I will definitely be going back for more massages from her!

Beret

Beret

The Studio:

The studio itself is cozy and welcoming, you walk in and immediately feel calmed. There are three separate and private massages rooms, each with cute decorations and warm curtains/wallpaper to set a nice, relaxing mood. They also have a seating area out in the main area as well as a charging station which is a nice touch!

Charging station!

Charging station!

The Experience:

Before the massage, I filled out a form with some medical background and an opportunity to write down pain, problem areas, and concerns. I then sat down with Beret and talked about my goals for the massage, past/current running injuries, running goals (NYC Marathon!), and any other issues. I have ongoing back issues, so we did a mix of a runner’s massage and one to focus on releasing upper body/back muscles to help decrease my back stiffness. We even did a special test before the massage and she helped me determine the cause of a sporadic tingling I was getting. I loved how thorough she was with my medical background and customizing the session.

After the discussion, Beret and I got to work. During the massage there was some relaxing music, but there was also communication between me and Beret throughout which I loved. We began with a lower body massage focusing on the runner’s muscles, especially the glutes, hamstrings, and calves. She also worked on my hips and worked on lengthening/stretching my tight calves in addition to the massage, where I was an active participant in this aspect of the session.

The entrance.

The entrance.

Eventually we worked up to the upper body/back/neck where my problems lie. She worked through everything, including a few different techniques including providing resistance to fatigue  muscles, deep pressure to release tight muscles, and active release. This was the single best massage I’ve had because it was clearly evidenced-based and used effective techniques. After the massage my muscles felt incredible, loose, and I had a better body awareness regarding when and where I hold tension (since Beret and I discussed this also during the massage, in addition to strategies to help manage/decrease this).

Beret also showed me two great stretches to help maintain the benefits of the massage and manual work, and both are fantastic! I love that this massage was effective, science-based, and used a variety of different techniques to help yield the best result. I was amazed and am so lucky to have found such a great massage studio.

The Studio

The Studio

***If you live in or are visiting NYC, PLEASE schedule an appointment at Body Mechanics. You won’t regret it! Also, if you are running the NYC Marathon you can get a massage for $99 for first-time visitors. This is a great deal you can’t miss!!***

I love Body Mechanics and I know you will too :) Thanks Beret for a great session!

Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage NYC
315 Madison Avenue
NY, NY 10017
212-600-4808

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary massage session but was not asked for a review. I am reviewing because I love Body Mechanics and want to spread the love!

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Have you ever had a sports massage? How did you like it?
How do you recover after a big race?

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