Race Schedule Confusion- It Is Bound To Happen

A Twin Thing

“I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.” – Daniel Boone.

ImageSt. Michael’s, Maryland

Image Sorry Britain, but you cannot have this town. 

 

My next adventure will take me to St. Michael’s Maryland.  I wish it were here this weekend because the weather here sucks.  I confess it feels weird to actually  be home this weekend.  I do not know what fun I will have and I hope I relax a little.

I looked up the history of the town because I know nothing about most of the places I go.

St. Michaels is the center of a unique and magical waterworld on Maryland’s fabled Eastern Shore, about halfway between the Susquehanna source and the Atlantic mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This diminutive well-preserved vintage port, whose origins date from the birth of the colonies, is nestled between the loping Miles River on…

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Live Wild and Live Strong

ImagePromise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!

 

Today is Tuesday and I did not run yesterday…I need new shoes and it was nice to take a day off….from running.

I biked 13 miles and it was nice to take a QOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

I felt like I was myself and even though I was tired I still worked hard and biked strong. 

The bike I posted at the top is the bike I want.  My felt has been good to me but it is time to move on or “upgrade.”  I cannot wait. 

I would love some new wheels too but maybe that is for later…I also need to save for a new car…my car wants to get old on me and has 138,000 miles on it….ouch….

 

I do not have much to share but I have been taking a lot of notice today and this past week…I work with little kids and I hate bullying…go out and do something nice…pay it forward….be the best person you can be and make a difference and it will make the world just that much more of a better place…I promise….

Unity Rochester Flower City Challenge Half Marathon- Half number 40 and #8 this year

Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.”
– John Trautmann

ImageToday, I decided to start with a post race picture because I finished half marathon number 40 and I felt like I was 40 when I finished.  Well, I think I felt 40 more at the beginning when I hit my wall before mile 3.  That was a first and it really sucked!!!!  That was the only time I stopped for a second to catch my breath!!!!!  I looked awful and wanted to celebrate number 40 by not scaring you away first!!!!!   

 

Here is what I looked like after I finished:  (Keep in mind I woke up at 3:50 to drive two hours because I wanted to pretend I lived at home for once…bad idea)

ImageWhy am I eating my medal?  That is an awesome question.  I am so glad you asked.  I was sick earlier this month, if you remember?  Well, I was vegetarian before I was sick and I guess after I started to feel better I carbed up and my pants filled out a little.  I went from 117 to 122…Then, I went on vacation and ate my face off.  I am in love with crusted pecan pancakes…yummmmm…I thought I was in love with cashews.  I am sorry cashews, but it isn’t working out.  I think pecans are so tasty.  I think if I were ever into Valentine’s Day and I were dating someone, I would rather have pecans than chocolate…They are healthier and well maybe chocolate covered pecans.  Okay, back to the medal.  I left the house at 4 in the morning and had a gallon of coffee but did not really think to myself, “Hey idiot!!!!  Maybe you should eat something.”  Well I had my honey stingers, the little pomegranate ones that are so tasty…but that was it.  So what fueled me through this race today, the idea that my medal was edible.  Not really, but it was worth a shot.

ImageThe first thing I learned about today’s half marathon was that it isn’t flat.  However, I did not think it was too terrible.  I liked the spectators.  My favorite sign was, “I love your stamina.  Call me.”  That was cute.  I think my allergies were bothering me so much that I could not read all of the signs.  My eye lids get puffy and I get all congested. 

Image  See, my one eye is open more than the other….yippie for allergies!!!!!

Moving on!!!!!  So not flat but not bad.  I have seen worse…Pennsylvania!!!!!

ImageThe course map, which was a nice course and went through a gigantic cemetery for about three miles it felt like.  I also liked the trail section, which reminded me that this course is very similar to the Rochester Half Marathon course in September.  There is a full marathon too. 

Image Here is my pace and I know it is huge but I feel like you would otherwise need a magnifying glass…I think my pace was decent except I still am sucky and slow compared to last year and what is up with the extra half a mile on this course?????

ImageConfession???  Halfway through the race I heard my name called out over my running music.  I could not figure out how the h someone knew my name…duhhhhhhh Beth it is on the race bib…ha ha ha they fooled me…I was still alone but it was nice to have people cheer for me…next time I would love it if they could throw me munchies!!!!!! They served gu….YUCK!  It tastes like rotten jam.

ImageAnd I am proud that my love of strava still shows me as the course record holder even though I know there were 35 other girls who were faster in my age group and I was number 595 with a time of 1:51…Though I hit mile 13 on my watch at 1:46….I finished and my time was 1:51 with a run of 13.6….but the best part is I feel great.  I think getting up at the —- crack of dawn made me sleep through a little of the race and when I woke up and finished, I felt like I could keep running.  That is good.  This means I need to start doing longer runs….gulp.

 

So today’s race was great.  There is a sketchy picture of me and you can tell I was hungry.  Image

I would totally do this race again.  The course music was awesome.  There were bag pipers and drummers and all sorts of different groups.  I liked the guy playing Chariots Of Fire music as you run up the giant -ss hill.  Ha ha…that was great.  I liked all of the signs I could read before my allergies flared up…Thanks Spring!  I thought there was plenty of water and the volunteers were awesome…many thanks for all of your work.  I liked the support cyclists…I should do that sometime.  I thought the roads were blocked off great and there were plenty of police officers…and I liked the University Of Rochester crowd that cheered us on…not sure if they may or may not have been drinking, but they were a great group of kids. 

 

I wish I had done the duathlon so I need to put this on my list for next year….If it falls on a weekend I have Lilly I would love a sitter please, please, please, because I need to redeem myself for that race.  All of the races (not sure about the 5k) had finisher medals…and I am not sure about the (duathlon and Triathlon relays).  I am sad I missed out on a duathlon medal because they looked as awesome as my medal from the half marathon.  It is a “tight” medal.  It might be one of my favorites and the ribbon on it is my favorite color!  You will hopefully see me next year!!!!  The cost when I paid was $100 for both races and you get nice shirts…think about all of the support, the medals, and the good cause….this is a pretty great deal.  I would like to do the triathlon, but I do not own a kayak so if you have one you might want to spare for a day, let me know….I love kayaking. 

ImageSo I am not quite at 40 miles for this week but I have biked this week so I will take it…I certainly do not feel lazy!!!!!!!!!

 

Here are my stats this year:  I have ran 431 miles this year and biked 174.5 miles….

 

ImageIn November, I was dumped in a text message so this whole mission has been to reach 50 marathons this year and to fall in love with myself because I was tired of feeling sorry for myself.  Running has been an extremely positive part of my life.  I signed up for this race “The Delaware Canal Half Marathon,” right after I was given that reality check.  I am actually smiling and someone knew deep down I sucked at selfies so they took my picture….thanks random stranger.  So I set out on this mission and it started after January…I am going to run 18 half marathons….I was at 32…and why not?  How would this be possible???  Uncle Sam…no shocker and not a secret.  I am a teacher and I just had every cent taken out so I could get some of it back…so this is why my goal started in March…I got my taxes back in February…I tried to sign up for The Lake Effect Half Marathon but I was too late and had to sign up in person…but I was in Maine the day before lol….

Races Accomplished:

1. Chambersburg Half Marathon, PA     (1:55)              2. The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon   South Kingstown, Rhode Island  (1:51)

3. Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon, NY  (epic fall 1:58)     4.  Syracuse Half Marathon, NY  (1:48)

5. Race The Runways, Maine  (1:49)    and                  6.  Ithaca Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon (1:55) sick!!!!!!

one mile run (6:15) 2nd overall

7. Flannery’s Pub Run Half Marathon, PA (1:54)               Trout Run 5k- Deposit, NY   3rd overall  (3.3 miles) 23:39

second age group 

8.  Unity Rochester Flower City Half Marathon, NY  (1:51)  13.6 miles 

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8 down and ten to go…..What is next?    (All Subject to health and if I get a coach and they say heck no!)

 

9. Greater Binghamton Bridge Half Marathon, NY-  May 4

Stiletto Stampede 5 k  Onondaga Lake Park, NY  May 11

10. St. Michael’s Distance Festival Half Marathon, Maryland- May 17

11. Marine Corps Half Marathon, Virginia  May 18

12.  Patriot’s Challenge Run for the Dream, Williamsburg, Virginia   8k and 1/2 Marathon May 31-June 1

13.  1/2 Sauer and 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon- Philly, PA   June 13

14. New Paltz Challenge Half Marathon, NY   June 14

15.  Ironman 70.3 Syracuse Relay Team Scared Hitless   Half Marathon Leg- June 22

16.  ????  Catamount Half Marathon  Brattleboro, VT  June 29

17.  Jamestown Rhode Island Half Marathon, Rhode Island   July 12

18.  Old Port Shipyard Half Marathon, Portland Maine- July 13  (Pacer for the 2:15 group)

19.  PA Grand Canyon Half Marathon and maybe rock the canyon full marathon  July 26

—–August 9- Can You Survive The Y Ride?  Sunbury PA  25 mile bike race….???

20.  Bird In Hand Half Marathon, PA  September 6

21.  October 5  Wineglass Full Marathon   Bath NY

22.  Marine Corps Marathon  October 26,  Fredricksburg, VA

Andddd then I hibernate

 

 

A Tale of Two Races

“When you have any measure of doubt you have already failed before you have started.” -me

ImageToday was supposed to be my big transition to duathlon races solo.  I have done relays but I want to do solo events.  Today was the Rochester Duathlon and I not only overslept, but I just had doubt.  The idea of being tired and driving two hours and having a 20 mile bike ride with traffic not closed!!!! I was scared.  I do not shift well and my bike sucks!  I feel slow and I need to get better and know my bike before I get all duathlon crazy.  Truth? I would like to do a half ironman but I need to conquer the bike and the scary swim.  My friend Kim is going to throw me into the water this summer and I am going to do a triathlon!!!

So I woke up hating my failure and laid around until 10:30.  I looked at cnyrunning.com

There was a 5k in Deposit, Ny at 2pm….I decided I am not a quitter so I made myself throw on clothes, grab my wallet and run for it.  

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It was the hardest little place to find down past Binghamton!!!!  It is off 17 east by a lake I can’t remember!  It starts with the letter o!

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the race was called the “Trout 5k” and was a charity run for the town!  What a great cause.  There were maybe 100-125 runners…. Ummm no idea.  

There were no chip times but it was pretty fair and there were white arrows to help us out!  I started off in second and then third….the little girl went out faster than I did so she pulled back and the lead girl was close to me.  I was about sixth out of everyone.  My first mile was 6:23 and my second was 7:30…. I run too fast at first.  I reached 1.5 miles at ten minutes……oops.  Anyhow, I lost steam over the bridge and the trail section.  I finished the third mile in 7:49 and the last .3 in 6:30 pace…..the course was a little long so my time was 23:39 with a pace of 7:10….. I had the little girl pass me just at the finish but it made her day and I was happy with my spontaneous race time!  I won a trophy!

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on a side note- I hate being alone.  Between yesterday and today I have been at home where it is so quiet.  It is nice to a point….but I look forward to the noise….I wish I had a dog!  My cats hate me lol.  

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Confession Friday- I’ve Got Some Goodies

Image“Running is one of the best solutions to clear the mind.”

 

CONFESSION FRIDAY!!!!!  What have you got to confess?????

 

     After traveling hundreds and even thousands of miles, I finally decided to write to Runner’s World today…I guess you can call it courage.  Why would I do such a thing?  Everyone has a story worth sharing and I want to share mine.  I doubt they will pick me but I decided life is too short to not take chances.  I will never know if I do not try and I can always try again.  I think running has changed my life and I have become a better person for it.

ImageIt feels strange to be home right now.  I feel like I should be driving somewhere because it is Friday and I am not really sure if I will be doing the duathlon tomorrow.  I guess it depends if I have the heart for it tomorrow.  I want to do it but I have never done the duathlon solo and I am afraid of failure…but I guess if I do not try it I will never know.  I confess that when I drive it gets a little boring on the open road by myself so I am addicted to the radio and would probably rock karaoke night.  I have started to put the window down and just get lost in the music.  I think I know every radio station.  I was thinking of sharing my running playlist tonight.  I do not know what you will think other than this is the most random music you have ever seen or never heard of.  I took the French music off to spare you.

 

Playlist:

Blackout- Breathe Carolina

Clarity- Zedd

Get Lucky- Daft Punk

Glowing- Nikki Williams

Hold On, We’re Going Home- Drake

Madness- Muse

Safe and Sound- Capital Cities

Sweet Nothing- Calvin Harris

Tonight I’m Getting Over You- Carly Rae Jepsen

Ways To Go- Grouplove

Wasting My Young Years- London Grammar

Not A Bad Thing- Justin Timberlake

Spectrum- Zedd

Ain’t It Fun- Paramore

Latch- Disclosure

Magic- Coldplay

 

         I have changed my playlist over the past year and I am thinking of changing it again…I like these songs because they flow and sometimes they make me feel amazing.  “Latch” is my new favorite.  I love the beat behind the singing and it makes me feel amazing.  I want to think about a guy singing that to me.  When I run I sometimes am caught dancing.  Why the heck not? 

    

         When I bike it is the same thing.  I am sorry but nothing beats climbing huge ass hills with some good music.  Tomorrow I am not allowed to play music and I think that is the hard part.  I want to get lost on my ride and have fun.  That is why part of me wants to skip tomorrow and just go have a sexy ride on the hills. 

 

       Selfies????  I watched this video about the power of selfies.  I was never big into them but for some reason I find myself wanting to get into it more.  I think it can be a lot of fun if you do it the right way.  I watched this experiment about how taking pictures can make you feel more confident.  I thought it was bullshit, but I started to do it.  In the experiment they posted them on the wall and kids had to say positive thoughts about the girls.  It was a great experiment because the girls realized each other had self doubt.  By the end, I think they all had really good self esteem.  Why am I bringing this up?  When I was younger I had glasses and frizzy hair.  I was heavier and had braces in high school.  Girls used to pick on me and call me names.  I hope they have grown up and I am glad I don’t feel so hideous like they perceived me to be.  So I have been taking a selfie here and there lol. 

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Tonight, I want you to put on your favorite shirt and take a selfie and look at it.  I want you to gain some self confidence and realize we are all completely beautiful.  I want you to take that confidence and realize that we are all capable of being beautiful both inside and out and imagine how amazing our world would be if we all did this????????

 

       Next confession:  

Image  Today I signed up to be a bone marrow donor.

 

I am not going to lie…I am rather nervous!!!!!!

My sister says I am nuts and that they drill into your hip or something but I am not thinking about it because I met someone today who had received a bone marrow transplant and if drilling into me saves a life then so be it.  Here is how you register.  The NMDP states that any relatively healthy individual between the ages of 18 and 60 can donate bone marrow. Potential donors complete a consent form and short questionnaire. Registrants must pay for and submit to a test of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. The NMDP Registry files the results and contacts you if a patient’s HLA matches yours. The Registry always needs donors, especially those of minorities

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/facts_7160372_procedure-donating-bone-marrow_.html#ixzz2zwfDl5O9

 

Here is the procedure for donating:  If the Registry contacts you regarding a potential match between you and a patient, you will need to go to an NMDP-approved hospital for the procedure. Daily injections of a drug will increase blood-forming cells in your bloodstream. A doctor will use a hollow needle to withdraw marrow from your pelvic bones. You then may receive a transfusion of your own blood that you had donated previously

Here are the risks: After the procedure, you may feel a little soreness in your lower back for a few days. According to the NIH Clinical Center, your bone marrow should renew itself completely within four to six weeks.

Confession:  This is the part where I wish I had someone to come over.  I will totally do this and if there are two matches then I will donate again.  I know it might mess up with my season but if it saves someone’s life then it is worth the schedule change.  I will have to have a sitter for Lilly maybe.  However, the thought of a sore back makes me wish I had someone here…but I will get over it!!!!  It is for a good cause.  Like I said, meeting the wife of a guy who had a bone marrow transplant did it for me.  I wasn’t going to get my packet until race day but this was worth the drive.  If you are willing and able to donate, I encourage it and I promise to tell you how awful it is when I have to have it done.   Lol I hate drugs and didn’t want any when I had Lilly but I might take them up on it for this.

 

Anymore confessions tonight????  I had a great ride today and had to go to the bank.  It was nice out and a little too hot, but I ran to the bank and back and today I totaled 18 miles of biking and 3 miles of running.  Can that count as my duathlon??????  Happy Friday