Is It Friday Yet?

No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.– George Sheehan


Image  I took two days off of running and all I want to do is go home and take a nap because it has been a long day…the kids were so hyper today I think the sugar truck broke down in front of our school.


I ran 5 miles on Monday but was side-lined due to an interestingly swollen toe…and my body wanted a break.  I obviously have 35 more miles to run this week and my motivation is the fact that I have been eating a lot of cookies and I am stressed out.

I am hoping to run 10 miles today but it is getting dark out and I don’t want to be hit by a car.  I have also been thinking about going back to the Syracuse Chargers Track Club.  It meets on Sundays from 6-8.  ImageRun For Dennis 2012

I am glad I will be rejoining the group because I like my Charger jersey and I feel stupid wearing it to races when I am not a member.  I think the running group made me stronger and I actually did the workouts they gave me.  Now, I get lazy and occasionally do the workouts.  I think I do them about once a month ha ha ha. 


Okay so I am about to leave work and go get some errands done.  I am hoping for ten so we will see if I make it physically or mentally.  Wish me luck…and is it Friday yet?


Feeling Accomplished, but Back to 0 Tomorrow

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan


I feel like that excited little kid on the playground…I am jumping up and down yelling, “I did it! I did it!” My entire body hurts but I feel amazing. I beat that little voice inside my head that wanted to say, “F this!”

Did I make it easy for myself? I should have but I live in the hilliest area around I suspect. I felt like I was on a roller coaster and I wanted to get off. I brought my music with me. I used to run without it but it became my sanity on those crazy hills. I ran at night and I hate when people stick their bright lights in my face. I guess it is good for safety, but I felt blinded for a while.

My two favorite songs were: “ways to Go,” by Group love because it kept reminding me I had a little bit longer….but I like “Hold On,” by Drake…because he assures me I should hold on because I am going home.

If I could make up a song it would be about beer, back massages, and winning the lottery so I could run all the time.

So I am happy as a clam, but tomorrow is Monday…I am back at zero miles and so sore. I want to have a better marathon pr and hope to make Boston before I am a senior citizen (though I would still be happy to make it)!

I could use some advice as someone who is unable to afford massages, has no winning lottery tickets, and no alcohol at home….and no one to buy it for me. Lilly is away, but she isn’t old enough anyways. I guess I will stick with the motto: “No Pain No Gain?”

Running for sanity

“I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” -dean karnazes

I have been into running for almost 8 years. Most people run to stay fit, but I run because I love to run. I have another blog called “A Twin Thing,” but I wanted to set up a running and biking blog. It’s hard when I have a three year old and I am a single mom. I don’t have sitters so I can run all the time, but I am trying to get back into it. My current goal is 40 miles a week, even though it is raining outside.

I will be using strava to keep track of my times for running and biking, but my other goal is to make it to fifty half marimageathons.
This is the first race I ever placed overall. This was the run for the racc race in 2011. Lilly was just over a year old.

I am also trying to do the fifty states, but that will take years. I have ran two full marathons as well. I hope you will follow me through my journey as I get my lonely ass back into the game!

Here are my prs- (not from ten years ago)

According to strava though I know I have a better 10k and half time

1k- 3:48
1 mile- 6:25
5k- 20:31
10k- 45:54
Half marathon- 1:38:25
Full marathon 4:20:02
15k- 1:09:06
8k- 36:19
3k- 11:20
10 miler- 1:14:42
20k- 1:33:21

Run for William 5k 2011
Reindeer run 5k 2011
Cupids chase Syracuse 5k 2012
Run for dennis 5k 2012

Close second hahaha
2012 turning stone casino 5k
2011 Lafayette apple run 5k
2013 cupids chase Syracuse 5k
2011 run for the racc 5k

3rd overall:

Eastwood park to park 8k – 2011
Turning stone casino 5k -2013
Run to the sun (poured) half marathon – 2013

Honorable mentions :
I ran sub 1:40 in
The wineglass half marathon 2012
The ithaca skunk cabbage classic 2012

I won stuff in other races but I would like to get out and run and I hope everyone wins something at some stage….but don’t let it get to your head or you will never truly enjoy it!