Worthwhile Winter Running Gear Purchases for 2018

If a 10K is canceled because of a bomb cyclone, but you’re still given credit to the 9+1 program… does it count?

NYRR canceled the Joe Kleinerman 10K race for tomorrow. It is a bit of a relief, not just because I would have been running in temperatures that could result in hypothermia after 10 minutes, but because my running plan in December totally. fell. apart. I’ve been experiencing pain in my hip since my last race, and while it is getting better, it is healing at a much slower rate than I anticipated. (Already in touch with my physical therapist for a check-up.) Given that I didn’t want to risk exacerbating the potential injury, I haven’t been for a run in over a month. Eep.

My next race is in about two months time, so I hope between continuing to rest up and getting some PT, I’ll be back on the treadmill and yoga mat soon, and ready to go for the 5K in March.

Gearing Up for Winter Running

Before the announcement that the JoeK 10K was canceled, I was scrambling to find some proper running gear for frigid temps. I warm up pretty quickly, so I only own two pairs of running pants, neither of which provide much insulation. I ended up purchasing these items and hope to use on a (slightly warmer than today) winter run soon.

These items are worth the investment and will keep you warm and comfortable for running in cold weather.

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Race Recap: Race to Deliver 4M

I completed my last race of 2017 today at the Race to Deliver 4M in Central Park. It was another well-organized event from New York Road Runners, with over 5,600 runners. Unfortunately the kid races and open runs were canceled for the day, but despite the early morning rain and blustery winds, I am glad the race stayed on.

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Podcast Picks: Space Law, and Financial Advice from Master P

Hello world, sorry for falling off the blog grid for another short while. This time I’ve been galavanting around many a National Park, bridesmaiding (that’s a verb, right?), and playing tour guide with family visiting from across the pond. All the while, I’ve been compiling some delightful podcasts of varying lengths to keep your eardrums happy.

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Prep for my first 4-miler

In an effort to ~*~get fit~*~, stay in shape, and keep myself strong, I’ve been signing up for short races through New York Road Runners and NYC Runs. I’ve completed three since late August, and have my fourth (and last of the year) on Sunday.

I find that having an event to work towards keeps me motivated. Some folks can go to the gym multiple times per week and break a sweat on the treadmill for no other reason than just to do it, but I am not that person. I have never been much of an athlete–not beyond my days as a co-captain of my high school bowling team. 😉  I’m not a fast runner, either, but participating in a race provides a level of accountability that, so far, has kept me moving towards bettering myself.

 Percy Sutton 5K
Harlem – Aug. 27NYRR Percy Sutton 5K

Time: 29:32

Haunted Island 5K
Roosevelt Island – Oct. 28NYC Runs Haunted Island 5K

Time: 29:51

 Abbott Dash 5K
Midtown – Nov. 4abbott-dash

Pace: 29:24 🎉

My goal in 2018 is to complete the NYRR 9+1 program that guarantees entry into the 2019 NYC Marathon. Whether I make it that far is a whole other story, but it feels good to at least set a goal and keep pushing towards it.

The race this coming Sunday is a 4-miler. I’m still trying to figure out how much rest I need before these events; for my slowest time, I ran 24-48 hours before the race… I quickly learned that was a bad idea.

Seven days out, this is my plan leading up to the race, including the past couple of days of exercise. My goal is to incorporate strengthening and balance through yoga with some cardio early in the week. For this race, I am leaving 3 days of rest.

Pre-Race Plan

Friday, November 10: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class. Focus on balance.

Saturday, November 11: Practice run-through (literally) of the course. Cold with a wind chill. Steady pace and a couple minutes of pausing throughout as we navigated our way around the park. Completed in roughly 45 minutes.

Sunday, November 12: Rest day. My hips were feeling pretty sore, so I spent some time on the foam roller.

Monday, November 13: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.

Tuesday, November 14: 30 minutes of running hills.

Wednesday, November 15:  60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.

Thursday, November 16: Rest day.

Friday, November 17: Rest day.

Saturday, November 18: Rest day.

Sunday, November 19: Race day.

I’ll use this post as a benchmark what I actually achieve and how it goes on Sunday. More to come…

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Podcast Picks: Stories on Grey Poupon, Fake News, and That Google Manifesto

Hello, Interwebz. It’s been a while. I’m terribly bad at blogging here, but I figured I’ll pick things up with a new [school] year resolution (I’ve been operating on a school timeline for my entire career, after all). I’ll be sharing short, curated lists of favorite broadcasts from the copious amounts of hours I spend listening to podcasts and streaming radio every month.

You’ll find curious stories of varying lengths for your aural enjoyment; most of which can be streamed right from this post. How handy is that?

And awaaaaaaay we go!

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Conference Survival Toolkit: 9 Tips to Make Your Exhibiting Awesome

The first few months of this year are jam-packed with conference fun (and plenty of planning). As with many phases of a company’s growth, shifting from a small 10×10 booth–where most items can be packed up into one of those nifty rolling cases–to a 10×20 or larger booth requires more planning, logistical work, and a jump in “stuff.” Last year we upped our conference game and now have an enormous wooden crate that stores eight different booth ~*~elements~*~ (locking kiosks, standing banners, etc.), and a slew of overhead lights, cords, pop-up banners, tablecloths and more.


I’ve always loved conferences (whether attending or presenting). Along the way I’ve learned a few lessons and tips to share with anyone who is coordinating a (larger) conference booth for the first time. While it’s safe to assume that Murphy’s Law will apply to any conference you attend or exhibit, here are nine tips to help you make your next conference planning (and execution) a success.

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A New Adventure: FSC’s Advisory Committee

To kick 2017 off on a bright note, I’m excited to share a new side project I’m taking on: I have been appointed to Farmingdale State College’s Science, Technology & Society Advisory Committee through 2019. Science, Technology & Society is FSC’s largest academic program, and in their continued effort to provide the most relevant coursework to prepare students for the realities of today’s workforce, they are reworking the curriculum and program with input from an advisory team.

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Stony Brook University Libraries’ “Open Access Symposium 2016” Recap

This past Tuesday I spoke at the Open Access Symposium 2016 at Stony Brook University. It was an honor to represent Flocabulary at my alma mater and chat about education technologies.

I participated on a panel, moderated by my wonderful librarian friend Laura Costello (whom I met during her time at Columbia, but is now at Stony Brook), with two brilliant folks in the education space: Brian Sweeting of Columbia University’s Teachers College EdLab (where I have spoken a handful of times over the years), and Claudia McGiveny of Stony Brook University Libraries.

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Talking Audio in Education on the #HouseOfEdTech Podcast

Chris Nesi and I have crossed Twitter paths for quite some time. Given my love for Twitter and proximity to New Jersey, I’ve come to get to know many wonderful NJ educators over the years, both in person and online. Chris was someone I had connected with digitally, but not much more than a few tweets. I was so grateful, then, when he asked me to join him on his awesome podcast, #HouseOfEdTech. What’s more, we got to talk about two of my favorite things: podcasts and education technology!

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Three Months of Work for Three Days of Exhibiting: An ISTE 2016 Twitter Recap

Since Day 1 of my new gig, I’ve had ISTE on the brain. It’s a behemoth conference of 16,000+ educators, and I was leading up my company’s efforts on its booth presence, programming, and parties this year. I’ve been MIA on the blog for the past month or so mostly because working on ISTE has been (happily) consuming my life. It’s a huge investment of time and money. While I wasn’t able to attend in person, my heart burst at the photos, videos, and happy tweets that from educators stopping by our booth.

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New Publication: Finding a Path for GenDIY

Like many yuppies trying to find stable ground 5 years ago upon entering the workforce in a shaky economy, I’ve had an interesting path in my short career. From entering grad school, my plan was to work in public or academic libraries, and I achieved that, albeit in a per diem or poorly-compensated capacity.

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Template: Showcasing Your Community Strategy

There are many factors to consider when building a community from the ground up, and from my experience, no two companies are the same. (Not just from my own career advancements, but from speaking with the community managers I’ve met through CMX that cover many different industries, too.)

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New Publication: Even More PD Tools from USC Rossier

After a couple months of settling into my new role, I’m happy to share a recent article I wrote for USC Rossier Online.

I have experienced the power of a PLN through my own community work in ed tech. Twitter is the head honcho, but there are other tools available to expand your network, and each has its own unique elements that make collaborating and connecting within them different. The article shares tips and tricks for Slack, Voxer, and Google+ Communities as new outlets to nurture your PLN.

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Quick & Dirty Tricks to Prepare for an Awesome Webinar

Organizing and executing a webinar is no easy task for community managers or content marketers. Considering technical logistics, quality content, an engaging presence, and all the other details that go into great webinars, there’s a lot that could seemingly go wrong.

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Here’s How to Save 15% on CMX Summit East 2016

CMX Summit East 2016 is quickly approaching, and with it comes two awesome days of workshops, speakers, networking, and all-around good times. I went to my first CMX Summit last year and learned so much (from the speakers and fellow community managers alike).

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Tips for a Smooth & Seamless Google Hangout On Air

One thing I have plenty of community experience with is webinars. I gave a quick overview in a post last month, but wanted to a drill down on Google Hangouts On Air, which I used at my previous job for the last year or so that we conducted webinars. For those looking for a free service with easy ways to share archived footage, Hangouts On Air is a good option, once you learn the ins and outs of its various features.

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