Race Happenings- It has been a while!

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Well, it is June 9th…yet I feel like it has been forever.

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This is a picture from Tuesday!!!!  We did the Chase Corporate Challenge!  Andrew came in fifth this year and I am so proud!!!  He has won three times and I think he is an amazing runner!  He is coming back from injury…I think fifth place is pretty awesome out of more than 7,000 runners!!!!!

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I was pretty disappointed in my time!  Last year I finished in under 26 minutes.  I thought I had it in me to repeat a similar time, but my legs were just too tired.  I think it is a good time to take a break from racing.  I have had a couple of successful half marathons lately…so I am happy with this decision.

My last half was number 72!  I did the Buffalo Half Marathon on May 29th!  It was super fast, but also super hot!  I recommend this as a pr race but only if you do well with the heat.  My time was 1:49:50.  I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn’t planning on trying to go super fast…well this isn’t super fast but for me these days I will take it!

Andrew and Lilly came with me and we went to Niagara Falls :)!!!!

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We had a blast at the falls but it was such a hot time!!!!!  I also got to spend some time with my friend, Jen Brady!  She set up a cowbell corner and we took a selfie!

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My finish was less than glamorous, but I was glad to be done and enjoy the day by Jen’s pool!!!!!

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I also ran in the Green Bay Half Marathon for number 71!  My finish time was 1:49:48!!!!!  Super happy with my time!  This was in Wisconsin…and I have never been there.  This course was super fast but I did fall on my face !!!!!  I am graceful!  Andrew ran too and we had a great time!!!!  We even went in a hot air balloon!

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In May, I also ran the Mountain Goat in about 1:24.  I was happy with this time because it was rainy and I was not in the best shape!!!!goat2

goat1This is a ten mile race in Syracuse.  It is challenging, but worth the run!!!!!!  Andrew did not run, but he ran all over the course!!!!

I did a couple or races in April…I did the Springtime 10k with my friend Robyn…we had a blast and she was fun to run with!!!!

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I also ran the Maine Race the Runways Half…I went to see my parents.  This was not a good race for me but I love the event.    I was third in the one mile event with a time of 6:59 and I bombed out on the half…I was a 2:04….Andrew won the mile and the half marathon!!!!!  He won three trophies and set a record for the Airport Challenge…. SOOOOO stinkin proud of him!

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Before this race, I also ran the Earth Day Half Marathon for number 69…I ran with Krista and it became more of a walk run jog.

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I ran the Syracuse Half Marathon in 1:57…It was super cold and I ran in a blizzard.  It hailed and was incredibly crappy out!!!  That was my 68th half…I am up to 72 now and happy with training.  I joined the y runners again to train for  a marathon….syracurs

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Some would say good things come to those who are patient…lately it seems like there is no time to be patient. Work has been busy with new students and state test prep! We are having a multicultural night and I want it to look nice!!! It went well last year and I hope the ENL team gets some good kudos! I am trying to keep my mileage up and slowly increase it!

  
How is it going? Well I am exhausted! I finally took a day off from running and it helped a lot! As much as I live and breathe running, I need my down time too! When I have Lilly, I need to wake up at 5 in the morning! I don’t mind and I would do it all the time, but sleep feels good!
  

My running has been decent and I cannot complain. I am hitting the wall with my long runs. I had a really good 14 mile run and then it seemed to exhaust me. I ran 12 miles on a Saturday and it felt good… But I was stupid and ran the 14 on a Monday! I regret it now, but …it felt amazing! There is just something about the feeling of being able to run forever…free of care and just utter bliss!!!!

  
I also had a great run before work:

  
With summer coming, I got some new duds for work and running!!!
    Cancer is nothing to joke about so I ordered the new oiselle roga visor! I need the sun to hide but it does feel amazing to run in the sun!

  
Then there is the midnight bridge tank! I don’t know if I will wear this more for running or going to dinner!!! I also ordered the lux Henley tank! Can’t wait …

  
This bridge tank is pretty awesome too!!!

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So what is next???

syracuse half- April 3 maybe???? Pacing my sister???? Half 68? Or 69???

Cny Springtime 10k- April 16th
Earth Day  68th half???- April 17
Race the Runways – April 23

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Green Bay Half 71 I think -may 21
buffalo- May 29
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And how are Andrew and Lilly? Awesome!

   

 
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 Where do you love to run???? What are your next race plans? 
Happy Easter

Fast Legs-Free Heart

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I have been thinking a lot this week.  I started this blog forever ago and I need to get back to it!  Often when I run, I get lost in deep thought.  “What do I think about when I run?”  Sometimes, I have no idea.  Sometimes, it makes me angry.  Sometimes, I get depressed.  Yes, I said it.  I don’t know why either.  I think we all get depressed at times and it just makes us human.  I think for me, running alone in the dark makes me get depressed.  It can be very lonely out there.  I wouldn’t necessarily change it.  I feel relaxed and sometimes I push myself harder.

 

When I go running, I become discouraged at times.  I know a lot of runners do.  It is a mental battle and you have to find a way out of it, or you will not finish your run.  For me, I think about those who can’t.  My friend, Melissa, she made me aware of a group called “Outrun.”  It is a group of people fighting for people with CF.  They have races and post every day all of the miles they run.  I think this is a wonderful group and I am excited about it.  If you have something positive to think about, you will never fail.  I think about all of the people who cannot run and how much they want to.  I hope there is never a day I cannot run.  I would be sad.

 

This week, I am slowly heeling from my bad fall on Saturday.  I won’t lie, it was scary.  I woke myself up twice this week from the sensation of falling.  It was awful.  I never want to fall again.  I started Monday off with a nice 7.4 mile run.  Tuesday, I went out to do my long run and at about mile four, it started to blizzard.  It was awful.  I had a headlamp on and a lot of reflective gear.  I am pretty sure my eye lashes were icy and my face was frozen.  I get sensitive so I was upset when a truck honked at me.  I didn’t know it was going to be that bad out and I was wearing the proper reflective items.   Also, I was running way over on the grass.  There was nothing more I could do.  I would never take a ride from a stranger, but instead of honking, he could have checked to make sure I was alright.  I have been asked by many people during bad storms if I needed a ride.  There are a lot of good citizens out there.  However, my mother always tells me to never under any circumstances, take a ride from a stranger.  Her friend was killed in college when she was hitch-hiking.  Her name was Reggie and I think her killer was recently found but I am not 100% sure.

 

 

We had a snow day on Wednesday.  It was really nice because I got to go to the gym and run.  I was already up to 15 miles on Wednesday morning, but this brought me up to 22.5….I am beginning to like 7.5 miles….I think this is my magical number.  It feels just right and I feel like I get a good workout.  I do not feel tired.  I hope I can keep this up though today will be hard.  It’s Friday and I am excited to be at 30 miles for the week already.  I time it just right so I can run before I pick up Lilly.  Lilly is happy she gets to play so I do not feel bad about running.  I got done running my 7.5 miles of progression yesterday and she was running in the gym…that is a double win!!!!!

 

I still haven’t done my long run for the week so I am hoping to tomorrow if the weather isn’t horrible.  My nephew’s birthday was yesterday so I am going to Oswego today with Andrew and Lilly for Dinner.  I need to run before and I have to make time.  It seems pretty nice outside so maybe during planning I can get a few miles in.  Sometimes I think people look at me like I am crazy to run so much…but it relaxes me and I get really stressed.  I think it keeps me sane sometimes and I feel amazing.

 

Today’s thought:  Sometimes you just have to have faith that things will work out.  It may not go as planned, but it makes you stronger.  Running has truly been a blessing.  I have a wonderful daughter and I have not had an easy past.  Running has given me faith that if you push yourself and set goals, anything is possible.  You just have to believe that there is a plan, even if you cannot see it!

 

What is next?  I do not have any races coming up soon…it feels nice because I can just run and be happy.  I think the month of April and the  month of May will be pretty busy.  I am looking forward to Spring, but I think mother nature has given us a pretty good winter so far.  I cannot complain because I can still feel my finger tips!

 

As for life, I am excited to bring Lilly to a paint class Sunday!!!!   She loves to paint so I cannot wait! Life is good with Andrew and he has proven to me that there are nice guys in this world!!!!!!!!  Thank God!!!!  Happy weekend!!!!!

Half Marathon number 67- Winter Warrior

A Twin Thing

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I was all set to run the Winter Warrior Half Marathon in Rochester, NY on January 9th! I was not excited because I confess I have not been doing long runs past 10 miles. Ever since my hip injury in May, long runs scare me.

I did not think I would be able to run for a while and I can now run. It feels great, even if it makes me sore and my back hurts. So I had mixed feelings about the race. Last year, I ran the same race and it was -9 degrees. I am not sure what the wind chill was that day, but it was rough. I thought if I had to stop I would freeze to death. I think this was a good concept because I tend to have doubt and want to walk. Walking…

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Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon #66

A Twin Thing

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“Sometimes we can’t stop ourselves from falling, but we push ourselves to get up and try again.”

I wasn’t planning on running the Philadelphia Rock n Roll half marathon.  However, Andrew wanted to run it because it was fast and he wanted to qualify for Olympic Trials.  I am proud of him for not running.  He is dealing with an injury and I am amazed at how committed he is to improving and running healthy again…unlike someone I know (twittling fingers).

So I had signed up way back.  I still wanted to run, but only if it didn’t bother Andrew to be there and not run.  I had a blast and it was definitely a fast course.  This is the biggest half marathon I have ever done!  I don’t know how many people ended up finishing, but it was somewhere around 14,000 people…YIKES!!!!!!!!!  Anyhow, my time was great and I…

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Maine Half Marathon- #65

“Will run for food!!!!”

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On October, 4, 2015, I finally completed my 65th half marathon.  I confess I am not trying to get to 100 but I will be happy when the day comes.  It is not a big deal, but it means I have been able to successfully complete 100 half marathons.  Having said this, I am thankful that I am able to run today.  It has been a challenging few months…I think the marathon is not a distance my body can handle…for now.  I would love to give it another try, but I do not know if it is worth it.

Andrew and I drove to Kennebunkport on Friday after work.  My cousin, Rachel:), lives there with her boyfriend.  Rachel coincidentally talked Henri into the half marathon…making it his first half marathon!!!!!  Congrats to him.  For not training, I would say it was a success.

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Congratulations!!!!

The course was absolutely beautiful.  I loved it!!!!  I want to go back next year.  The medals, the shirts, and the swag in the bag were worth it.  I felt like there were a decent amount of spectators and the water stops were great.  There were people directing traffic and I even grabbed some tissues from a nice lady.  I loved the pizza at the finish line and the awards were nice.  For the half, first place took home 500$, second took home 300$ and third took home 150$.  That is awesome!  I didn’t place ha ha but I was happy with my 1:48.

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It was a great day!  I am so proud of Andrew for getting a time of 1:15.  He is injured and trying to get back into racing.  I wish I could let him borrow my heel.  I hope he gets better soon.  I am always envious of how well he can run, but I am glad because he is such a great guy!  There is nothing better than coming to the finish line and hearing him cheer for me!!!!  Best boyfriend ever.

Tonight I get to see my little lady.  I miss her all the time but I am thankful for running.  It keeps my mind off of missing her.  I am a lucky girl to have such a wonderful daughter and to be able to run every day…and to have an amazing guy in my life.  I think I am blessed.  I may not be rich, but my life is rich…AMEN!

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Summer Daze With Heat and Haze

When you recognize that failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things” -Lauren Fleshman

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     It’s been just about four months since I fell apart in the Providence Marathon. May doesn’t seem that long ago, but only because it was a huge downward spiral from there. I believe things happen for a reason. I think I was so infatuated with qualifying for Boston, it made me lose sight of everything else.

I picked this quote by Lauren Fleshman because it fits me to a t.  I think as soon as I realized I had not failed my marathon, I was able to regain confidence and focus on the next steps. My hip was a big issue during my marathon, along with my knee.  I did everything right. I was on BQ pace for a majority of the race until my hip and knee could not take it. I trained and did my long runs.  I finally realize I did not fail!!!!

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This is the first week I have been doing base runs for an hour.  It has not been easy, but yesterday felt like a huge milestone. I was doing really well with my every other day base runs but this week I decided to up them.  No more every other days for this girl!  It wasn’t easy and the heat did not help! I had to stop three times Wednesday to stretch my Quads.  I’m going to pt and I’m starting to feel stronger, but my knee and hip still hurt.

Yesterday was the first time in a while I was able to focus on not stopping. I definitely ran slower, but it felt awesome being able to not stop!  I think I just kept racing so much I took it for granted and didn’t really have to work for it anymore.  I remember running two half marathons in the same weekend.  I’d do one and then hop in my car for another race the next day. My times were great and I had a blast.  I lost sight of the work and art that went into running.  I ran so much it really took a toll on my body.

Sometimes I feel sad I am not as fast as I used to be. However, I think there comes a point where you have to focus on the love of a sport.  I promise you I smile. I may have ran slow yesterday, but I enjoyed my run and didn’t want to stop. I haven’t felt that in a while.  I stopped praying to get my speed back and started to be thankful for all that running has given me.  It’s hard for me to understand why people hate running. Hate is such a strong word.  I can’t help but think they are doing it wrong!

On to sunny things!  It’s been so hot this week that I have been doing everything to hydrate and stay active at the same time!  It’s my last week of freedom because I am a teacher! I have a meeting today and hopefully a schedule soon to follow. I teach ESL and love my little second and third graders!  So what helps me run, teach, and attempt to be wonder mom and girlfriend?  I have no idea!  I think my love for coffee is a bonus! I have cut down this summer but I’m sure I’ll be back up to 6 cups. My work hours are 7:35-3:45 everyday except Wednesday. I have to be to work at 7!!!! Ouch!

When I’m out on my run, I get super hot! You have no idea!  I love running in the winter because I do not feel like a tea kettle boiling! As most of you know, I’m a member of Oiselle.  I recently took on a role as “Oiselle Volee Regional Leader for NY.” It sounds nice. I’m not the best leader, but I don’t mind being a running cheerleader!!!!  I’m going to arrange some meet ups and I am required to race in Oiselle… Which is not hard to do since I own a zillion things!  My favorites are the Mac roga shorts and the runway bra.  If I attempt to wear a shirt over my bra, it’s usually the farrow tank (which I have in money and gray).  I also enjoy wearing the Verrazano bra and stride shorts.  I know some girls prefer baggy, but I do better with less!

I’m meeting up with fellow regional leader, Victoria.  We are both “benched” from racing so we are going to be running the Rochester verses Buffalo Metro 10! I haven’t ran more than 7 miles in forever, but this will be a step in the right direction.  I’m not paying attention to the clock.  If life is all about having fun and accomplishing goals, my goal tomorrow is to finish after smiling for 10 miles.  I’ll worry about racing another day.  As a Oiselle, it’s about being a team!

What races do you have coming up? Do you own any oiselle clothes and if so, what are some of your favorites?  When is your

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