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Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full Marathon #5

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“True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God.”

May 13, 2017….I finally settled my peace with my last marathon by doing another.  I told myself that I would never do another marathon.  I trained so hard for my last marathon…through -20 temperatures and being a single mom.  I worked my tail off, only to have four cysts in my side that caused immense hip pain.  I wanted to die at the end of my marathon.  I got to mile 18 and it was over.  When the 3:45 pacer came by, I knew my chances for a BQ were over.

I have been enjoying the simple day to day runs and focusing on life outside of qualifying for Boston.  We get it in our head that we should run Boston.  I do want to run Boston and I am sure I could have and still can at some point.  No matter what I say I have done, people always want to know: “Did you run Boston?”  I just simply look down and say, “no.”

It has been a long road for me both physically and mentally.  I had a lot of knee injuries over the years and a divorce.  I tried dating after divorce and I just ended up hurt again.  I am happy to say that I am now remarried and have a wonderful husband.  He supports me and is a runner himself so he gets the crazy when it comes to marathon training.

I also met my running buddy through Andrew.  Jen and I run all the time on the weekends and we are both moms!  We are used to getting up early and it is nice to have a good run in before ten!  I do miss the days when I could sleep in and go for a run, but I think it is more rewarding to wake up and get it done!!!

So…a marathon…well not long ago, January 4, 2017 to be exact, we pulled the plug and registered for a marathon.  This would be Jen’s second marathon and my fifth.  I have never enjoyed a marathon and Jen was in cloud nine from her Rochester Marathon finish a few years ago. If I didn’t like Jen, I probably would never have done this!   I tried training briefly for a marathon and I know it is a long road alone.  I think part of me was scared and part of me was excited.  Either way, I know  I never would have been able to cross the finish line without Jen or Andrew…or Lilly.

We picked the Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Marathon because it was close by and not at the end of May.  This race is also on a Saturday, which was the day before Mother’s Day…happy Mother’s Day to us lol!!!!

http://fitfeetadventures.com/rhvmarathon/

 

For ages it seemed, we got up early and ran.  We love to go on the Erie Canal and to Green Lakes.  We did some hills and even made it to the top of the world!!!  This is a gigantic climb and we did not die.  I was thankful because Andrew rode his bike and surprised us at the top.  I was mean and stole his water!

A few 20 milers later…and some 15-17 mile runs…we ended up in Rhinebeck for the evening before our marathon.  We went on a drive around the course and I wanted to cry.  I love that it is a loop course because I could figure out where the hills were…but it was definitely hilly.  The thought of doing the course twice scared me…but Jen and I went for a shakeout run and I forgot all about it while eating my chicken Parmesan and Samuel Adams.

The best part about this race is that it is at the fairgrounds and there is a big bathroom.  There was absolutely no wait and it was pretty clean.  However, it was rainy and cold.  I had my water belt and fuel all ready but I had no idea what to expect.  I learned that you should do a test run with your marathon outfit.  The week before, I was at a wedding in Wisconsin so I did my final long run with my husband.  I went with my blue Nike Pro shorts and my 3/4 crop Oiselle bra.  I had my New Balance 1400V5 and blue Balaga socks.  I put on my glovers and garmin 910X.  Boom!!!!!!! It was showtime.  My belt fell off, but I did not start the race yet so that was a plus!

Jen and I started out with the paceband and we felt pretty good.  It was hard to slow ourselves down because everyone was passing and the instinct to pass kept coming!!!!  However, I knew that going slower was a good thing and I am glad we did!  We enjoyed running the first loop, except for the small uphill the marathoners had to take to add the .1 onto the race.  The half marathoners turned left and went into the fairgrounds, but we had to turn right to go back to the loop again.  The uphill was annoying and we turned around the cone…Then we went back to the main part of the course.  I liked the downhill and the volunteers were amazing.  I think the road flares scared me a little.  I thought the rain actually helped me and the runners were super nice.

Being my fifth marathon, I learned that fueling and taking salt tablets are the most important things to consider during a marathon.  I took salt tabs about one per hour and I had 3 packs of jelly beans and one pack of honey stingers.  I like the pomegranate jelly beans with caffeine, but I also like the variety pack because the same flavor gets a little old after a couple hours.  The honey stingers are pomegranate as well!  My foot has been a major issue during marathon training so I put some Icy Hot on it and took some ibuprofen!  This was amazing as well!!!!

After the first lap, Jen and I cam in at about 1:55 and some change.  The pacer in me came out and I am sure Jen was annoyed!!!  I said to Jen that we totally had this and we had about 5 minutes to bank.  By mile 15 we had 7 minutes in the bank.  The rain picked up and I was having trouble because my shorts were so sticky.  My top was perfect, but the rain made me feel disgusting.  The glovers were perfect, but I think I wiped my nose raw to be honest.

I felt bad because somewhere around mile 18, my heart took over and determination to finish just kind of captivated me.  I did not stop and I no longer was with Jen.  We talked about what we would do so I knew she would be fine.  We had our sub four hour race in the bag so now it was just a matter of getting to the finish.  When I got to the turn around I was so happy to see Jen!!! I was soooooo happy because she was not too far away and she was looking strong.  It also helped to run into Andrew on the course with Lilly because they kept me going mentally.  It was a small race so there were not a lot of spectators.  I was too dazed to notice.

When I saw the sign that said mile 23, I was so excited…and tired.  I just kept moving and it felt like I didn’t know what was going on! I just kept moving and I finally saw a few girls.  I could hear a few guys talking behind me.  They were into ultra marathons and I was jealous they could just carry on a conversation so far into a race.  I caught up to the first girl and then felt bad for passing on mile 25.  I passed the next girl and just didn’t look back.  I could see the corner coming up, knowing I would not have to do another lap.  It felt amazing to be able to turn left and I saw Andrew and Lilly.  I turned left and it felt like forever before I got to the finish line.  My foot began to throb, but it was my left foot.  I did not stop and I just kept going through the finish line.  The clock read 3:49:25!  I was so tired I did not stop my watch just after finishing.  The volunteers asked me if I was alright.  I felt fine, but just super tired.  I wanted a warm blanket and coffee.  It was so hard to run 26 miles and not have coffee that day.  I wanted to sit down but I was so wet and it was outside.

I wanted to look at my left toe because I knew there was a blister.  However, all I could think about was Jen!  Andrew, Lilly, and I waited for Jen.  I was so happy to see her finish!!! We both reached our goals.  Jen rocked the marathon with a 3:53:05.  I remember joking around with her because she thought it was funny her plan said she could run a 3:53…it was just amusing that she came right in with her program goal time.

After Jen finished, we looked at the bagels and bananas.  I ate a banana but Lilly was hungry and wanted a bagel.  I got her a bagel but she wanted cream cheese.  I had to walk my slow self back over to get some.  Then we left for warmth lol.  Jen and I wanted a shower more than anything.  Poor Andrew!  He is such a good sport.  He looked up directions and we ended up at the Ulster YMCA.  I had a membership and we begged for showers.  It was the best shower of my life…I felt so much better after showering.

Andrew started driving and we ended up at a service plaza.  By then, we would eat anything.  We had Roy Rogers, which I have never had to my knowledge.  I ate a chicken sandwich and some french fries.  I was starving!  I also had my Starbucks coffeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

It is hard to move on after completing a marathon.  This was the first time I ever felt wonderful running a marathon.  I think because I ran with Jen and I had such good support it was impossible to fail.  I could not let anyone down.  I worked so hard for this.  Andrew, Jen, and Lilly helped me out so much it would have been devastating if I did not do well.  I think no matter how much doubt  I had the day before, looking at the course, it was just meant to be a good day.  I finally knew what it was like to be on “cloud 9!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Turtle Half Marathon #78 Gulf Shores

“A goal sets your life on a path, gives it direction, and energizes you.” -Andrew Wheating (Olympic runner)

finishersSo we did this!  Yes, Andrew and I went to Gulf Shores and ran the Sea Turtle Half Marathon!  This was my 78th half marathon and we had a great time!  After all, doesn’t everyone go on their honeymoon to the beach and run a half?

http://runningintheusa.com/Race/View.aspx?RaceID=33657

 

I am super proud of Andrew for winning the half marathon.  He ran a 1:15 and I know he felt great and I am looking forward to his continued success.  I am happy with my time as well!  I ran 1:49!  I wish I had pushed it and ran under 1:49, but it was definitely windy on the way back!  I was glad I wore my Oiselle portman shorts along with my new verra bra.  I also wore the Buffalo XC jersey for good luck! Here is my race data:

I finished in 1:49:23

Andrew and I took some fun pictures before, during and after the race…I wasn’t very happy with the during pictures but you know Andrew!

I forgot to mention that I was in fifth place, but I let a girl pass me at about mile 12.5..so I was sixth female and second in my age group.  I was excited to win a sea turtle coffee mug…though I am sad to report I did not see any sea turtles on our honeymoon!  We ate at the hangout and went back to our hotel to shower.  We stayed at the Beachside Resort.  There was an outdoor pool, but it wasn’t warm enough for us! https://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-26&q-check-in=2017-02-25&WOE=7&WOD=6&q-room-0-children=0&pa=10&tab=description&hotel-id=255960&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=1&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3

 

After the race, we went to Rico’s for some gelato.  I liked the mango gelato.  We watched the pelicans and relaxed after our hard run.  The day seemed to fly by.  It was already midway through Saturday and I was happy to soak up the sun!

I don’t really remember what else we did besides go to the store and stock up on powerade.  Oh yeah, I remember going to the information center.  We found out there was a car show and seafood festival going on at the Wharf! We decided to go check it out!

I know that we went to the Oyster House and had some really good food.  Andrew got the all you can eat shrimp and I had fried green tomatoes.

I tried these Louisiana meat pies called “nachitoches.”  They reminded me of empanadas. Here is the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/140907/natchitoches-meat-pies/

We had a great “first day” in Gulf Shores!

 

We checked out the Gulf Shores State Park on Sunday.  We came by there on Saturday and picked up a map.  You can rent bikes there and there are plenty of trails! http://www.alapark.com/gulf-state-park

 

We decided to rent bikes and go on the trails.  We ended up biking about 16 miles.  We saw a lot of alligators, cranes, and even a tortoise!  It was fun to see the alligators but I was glad they were on the other side of the fence.  I did not want to get eaten!

I thought it was funny to run into the sign about not aggravating the alligators and to not feed them…that wasn’t the funny part.  It was the sign below that said “swim at your own risk.”  I don’t think that swimming with alligators is a great idea, but maybe we are technically trying to feed them if we swim with them?  I don’t know just a thought!

We did end up seeing a baby alligator, a small alligator, a mama alligator, and another little alligator.  The mama gator is known as “Lefty.”  She is kind of a regular at the park.  She is called “Lefty” because she got into a fight at some point and lost part of her right back leg.  She is a celebrity.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/8675762@N07/5551086560

I found this on a website: http://backcountrytrail.com/alligator-harassment/

Please don’t throw rocks at the alligators!!!  Sounds like such a mean thing to do!  She is a mama!!!!!

We continued on our bike ride and I saw a big tortoise.  She was right off the trail hanging out.  She was pretty friendly.  I didn’t pet her, but we took some pictures and left her alone.

 

We continued on our bike ride and I confessed to Andrew along the way that I had never had a DQ blizzard.  So we stopped and had some for lunch.  I had the chocolate cake blizzard.  It was really good.  I have been missing out!  andrew blizzard.JPG

We rode back to the park and decided to be beach bums.  We wanted to relax before going out to dinner.  We ran 6 miles in the morning and biked 16!  We earned it!

While at the beach, we did see a crane.  They are so funny looking.  I wanted to collect some shells, but they were not very big :(….oh well!

 

Okay! Dinner!….We decided it was time for Mexican!  We looked through a bunch of the brochures and decided to go to: The Cactus Cantina.  Here is the information if you want to go: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g30582-d3949414-Reviews-Cactus_Cantina_Mexican_Grill-Gulf_Shores_Alabama.html

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Andrew got a giant margarita and I got a yuengling.  I wasn’t feeling warm enough for a frozen drink!  We had the queso fundito (which I think they called cheese dip).  It is so good.  It is a cheese sauce with chorizo meat.  I think I had a burrito but I don’t really remember.  The service was good and I would eat there again.  I wasn’t feeling 100% so I didn’t eat all of my meal and the waiter joked around about me being on a liquid diet.  I didn’t like that.  It was really hot that day and I was feeling a little dehydrated.  I tend to eat less when I am hot.  I am not on a liquid diet!!!!

 

Sigh, it was our last full day in Alabama! What were we going to do?  The weather called for 75 degree weather and humidity.  We got up and went for a run on our usual loop.  I did 6.2 miles and so did Andrew.  We wanted to go on a dolphin watch but it was off season and most places were either closed or booked.  I was feeling discouraged so I thought we should go for a run then decide what to do.  I suggested renting a scooter or going on the go carts.  Andrew and I looked at the brochures and he made a quick call before we left.  He didn’t leave a message.  So off we went at about 7 in the morning for our run.

 

When we got back to the hotel, Andrew had a voicemail from the place he tried calling.  The price was $18 each for a dolphin tour for about 2 hours.  I was excited that they called back.  I thought it was interesting they called Andrew when he did not leave a message.  So we ended up on the “Blue Dolphin Cruises.”  This is located in Orange Beach.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30753-d2694208-Reviews-Blue_Dolphin_Cruises-Orange_Beach_Alabama.html

I cannot say enough good things about this tour!!!!  We got to sit outside and look at all of the beach front houses.  We saw a ton of dolphins and took some amazing pictures.   I could have put a lot of pictures on here, but I have already shared a lot!  We took some really neat videos too!  I loved when the dolphins were swimming beside the boat…they were soooooo adorable!  I would love to have a pet dolphin!

 

After our dolphin tour, we went for another run at The Gulf Shores State Park.  I ran for about 4.6 miles with a cotton shirt on because I was a fried lobster.  Our sun screen had expired and we bought new sun screen.  On a side note, I hate the stick sun screen.  It is like putting lip gloss on…and when you are already sunburnt, it is no Bueno!

 

Dinner!  It was our last dinner in Alabama so we wanted barbeque!!!  I let Andrew pick the restaurant and he picked a good place! We went to the “Hog Wild BBQ” place in Gulf Shores.  http://www.hogwildgulfshores.com/

It was really good and I could have had about four rib sandwiches.  The beer was really good too!  I tried the Naked Pig IPA and Andrew had Truck Stop.  These are both good Alabama beers.  After dinner, we went back to the hotel and watched Love it or List It?  I forgot to mention we did eat breakfast at a Waffle House and we went to a place called “BuzzCatz Coffee And Sweets.”  They have a lot of goodies but I was just in it for the coffee!!!!!  http://www.buzzcatzcoffeeandsweets.com/

 

So our last day…I got up early and we went to the beach to look for shells. I got him the hat he is wearing at the surf shop.  We do something fun when we travel.  We go to the gift store and give ourselves a budget of $10 and we have to buy each other a souvenir.  He got me some sea turtle wind chimes and an alligator ornament.  I was jealous I didn’t see the ornaments because I would have bought some for my family!  I think this is a cute gift idea.

After coming back to the hotel and packing, we went to Gulf Shores State Park.   I ran 7 miles while Andrew ran 7.5…crazy…when we got back to the car it started to downpour. I was glad we got in our sweaty run before the long day of being at the airport.  We stopped at Starbucks for some fuel and breakfast sandwiches.  Our flight to Chicago was on time.  The rest of our trip was pretty uneventful.  I did feel bad for the security guard.  Note:  If you win a trophy, do not put the trophy in the dirty laundry.  We had to wait for the security guard to go through his bag, which was filled with all of our running clothes from the trip!

 

This was a great vacation but we both decided it was too short.  We would love to go back and the race was awesome.  It was inexpensive and we got a medal and a long sleeve t-shirt. The bibs were super cute and we both took home prizes.  There was gu on the course, along with water and Gatorade.  The race director had a good sense of humor and the course was definitely a “b–p” on the way back…but you could plan your timing right and it didn’t matter.  I loved the post race food at the Hangout.  I had a chicken Caesar wrap, but they also had veggie and roast beef wraps.  There was plenty to drink and some alcoholic beverages for hydration.  We liked the gu chomps and there was run gum.  I also saw a variety of snacks, which included peanut butter pretzels and candy!  What more could a girl want?

 

 

 

 

 

Run, Fox, Run

“Stay steadfast in your hopes and dreams, but flexible in how you reach them.”- Collier Lawrence.

You might say I have been rather busy!!!!!  You would be correct.  On December 29, 2016, I married Andrew :)!!!!  I am so lucky!  I have been pretty busy planning.  I do not know where the time has gone.  I remember when he proposed over Columbus Day weekend.  I wore the shoes he proposed to me in at the wedding.  Ever since, I have been on cloud nine.  I feel bad because he is so level headed and amazing.  Me, I am a train wreck some days.  I have always had a less that amazing self-esteem and  I don’t have many friends…but the ones I do have, are pretty awesome!

 

 

I have been slacking on race reports.  The last half I paced was Wolf Hollow on November 20, 2016.  It was in Nashua, New Hampshire.  The medal was a cute wolf and the race was good.  It was not the easiest race to pace and the girls who ran with me drifted at the end.  This was Half Marathon number 77.  I finished in 1:59…and some change.

I have since decided to stop pacing.  I think it is stressful and I want to take a break.  I am not sure if I will pace again.  I would hate to quit forever because I enjoy it, but I need the vacation from it.

I have done some 5ks.  I did the St. Nick Shuffle at OCC in December!  I loved it and we got a Santa suit, hat, and light up medal.  I was fourth in my age group and happy with my time!  It was for my bachelorette party!  I went to paint n sip night at Owera later that day!

st nick.JPG My medal…It lights up but don’t be jealous!

Here are my splits, along with my finish time and the course:

So what have I been up to since the New Year?

I ran with the Oiselle girls in January.  We won the Winter Warrrior team relay!  We beat the girls and the boys!!!  We beat the co-ed teams too!!!!  I was so proud!

 

I ran a 5k in February.  It was Cupid’s Chase.  I have a hard time running this race because I won it the first year I ran it and then I came in 2nd the following year.  I tried for another win and came in 5th place, just out of a medal position.   This year, I was in third place, but I had a sinus infection and the flu.  I wanted to die.  I am happy with my time, but I am sad because I was feeling pretty strong until I wanted to cough up a lung.  I ended up in 6th place.  I let the girl pass me who won my age group.  I was happy that my friend, Jen, won her age group too!!!!!  I just wish I didn’t have such bad luck.  Here is the medal, with my splits and course:

 

 

Newburyport Half Marathon #75

I feel too old to be young and too young to be old.”  
Sorry it’s been a while but I have been busy! Between running, working, getting a new job, and getting married, my life is busy. I’ve been pretty sick too but I realize it’s been a while and I haven’t kept up with my blog.  
So here is half number 75! I decided to start pacing with Beast Pacing again. I set too much pressure on myself and I wanted to love running again. Of course I’m sick now so it’s agitating that I cannot run much but oh well! C’est la vie!  
The race was on October 23 and it was wonderful. My running buddy and I went to Newburyport, Massachusetts to get our bibs and shirts.  I thought it was organized though I was surprised some random girl cut in front of us! We stayed at a marriott and it was really nice.  I always end up in the handicapped room and can’t ever figure out the shower!!! There were two shower knobs!!!! Strange!
We ate dinner at Gissepis! There was a 20 minute wait but the food was great and abundant to say the least !!! I think Jen and I could have split one meal!

The race started on the later side… I think 10, but it was cold and windy so that was alright! Jen was my savior because she found a construction site bathroom and we didn’t have to wait in long bathroom lines!
I met up with the Beast Pacing team and received my sign! I was the 2:00 pacer and I was nervous. My stomach felt off the night before but I was ready to run a 9:08 pace!  The race started off and it went by chip time so I started my watch at the start!
The race was really fast and there was some incline at mile 2. I loved the Fall colors and the colonial houses! I could see myself living there though the roads were somewhat narrow compared to what I am used to.  I liked the reservoir and I could never imagine driving near there during winter. There wasn’t a guard rail so I would probably stay away for fear of driving off the road and into the water!
I loved one house in particular but then I saw a sign where 9 children had been massacred by native Americans there…. So I wouldn’t choose to live there unfortunately.  It would be sad and creepy to me… Though it was a beautiful house.  I think the kids were buried a little farther down the road.  Poor kids! The course got really windy when we went down one road around mile 10 and had to turn around. I thought I would lose my sign.  I was fortunate enough to run with a bunch of people and I am glad they had an enjoyable experience! I helped two girls break two hours and I know a few more.  The one girl did the BAA half and was sad that she didn’t break two hours. I told her today was her day!  She did it and I’m sure she was under 1:58!!!! 
Jen and I drove the course the night before but we couldn’t drive the trail portion. It wasn’t long but I liked going over a small bridge towards the finish. Jen said she knew when I was coming because there was a big crowd.  A bunch of people were running from me because they wanted to finish under 2 hours.  I was like “no one wants to be my friend.” Hahaha…. 
I finished in 1:59:44… I was confident the entire time and felt comfortable! I like driving the course so I know what to expect as a pacer.  My splits were really even and I’m glad I helped people pr!  I wore my lux arm Warmers and my Portman shorts from oiselle!!! Super comfy and not warm…. But comfy. I definitely need to pack better.  I found one mitten in my car and had to rotate it during the race lol! 
Jen pr-d and I’m so happy for her! I told her she could do it! She finished in 1:51!  Hopefully I can talk her into more races!  I had fun and I’m glad Jen came!!! I used to run by myself all the time but it is better to have company!
The medal was great.  It was an anchor and wheel with a “green strider” on it.  They put together the race!  The shirts fit good and I am happy it’s not a nightgown!  Jen and I agreed we would both do this race again!!! It’s beautiful, fast, and fun!  There was pizza and beer after.  We even saw ice cream but we were freezing.  We showered and went to “Anchor” for lunch!  We had buffalo chicken pizza and some Sam Adams!  We stopped at Starbucks before hitting the road!
To find out more about the race, visit: newburyporthalfmarathon.com

To find out about pacing: beastpacing.com 

  
The medal 

 Beast Pacing crew 🙂

   
Me and Jen

   The summer of 69! 
I smile more when I pace!

  

MIA – My Racing Season

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget – me – nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ”  – Charles H. Spurgeon.

me and lillylillydance

I feel like it has been forever since I have written in my blog.  The truth is I had a lot of time I needed to get over my marathon.  I had such a good run until mile 15.  I don’t know what happened to me and I just fell apart.   I was mentally ready but I was just in so much pain I could no longer run.

About 2 weeks before my marathon, I felt a pain in my hip.  Between my hip and my knee, I was hurting too much to continue at my pace of sub 8:17.  I knew what I needed for Boston and I wanted to fight for it.  I thought about how far I have come in life and how hard I have worked for this moment.  I thought for sure I had it.

When I crossed the finish line in 4:03, my heart was devastated.  I was so sad I must have cried forever it seemed.  When I came home to New York, I took the next week off and focused on other aspects of life.  I had a great time.  I went for a long walk at Green Lakes with my friend, Marguerite Dodd.  I had a great time and it was nice to forget all about the aches and pains of the marathon.  I think the marathon takes too much out of me but I want to go to Boston.

Lilly had her dance recital coming up so I focused on taking her to dance and getting some cross training in.  I know I have the speed to get me to Boston….but I needed to go to PT.  I went to PT with my friend, Megan James.  After working her magic, I tried to come back to running.  It was not working.

Somewhere along the way, I forgot about the pains of not being able to run by cross training with my friend, Lauren…and I also had a chance to help crew for her boyfriend.  I had a great time and met some amazing people.  I think it is important to take a step back from something occasionally and focus on other aspects of life.  I was happy to help out and I had a great time…it is amazing…I am realizing you can enjoy life even when you are not running.

I had Lilly last weekend and we went to the mall.  She has been nagging for a boy doll to play marriage with.  I took her to the Disney store and she picked out Flynn Rider.  He was a keeper because he was the least creepy doll.  We have been basking in the Panera food and wandering around the mall.  I think that I have a pretty amazing, special daughter.

Her ballet recital was super cute and she did wonderful.  I know she will want to sign up again.  I have to say little girls running around in tutus are pretty stinkin cute!!!!

oiselle lillyLilly has her new Wee Bird tank from Oiselle.  She loves it and I wore my Bird Machine tank too.  I like that there are children’s shirts, but I wish there were more!!!!  I just think it is adorable to match :)….

I have received a few things from Oiselle that I am in love with ❤

1.  I finally got the tool belt roga shorts in the egg shell color and I cannot wait to wear them!

2. I have the rizzo bikini and bottoms in blueberry.

rizzo

3.  I also received the wings out sweatshirt in midnight.  I paired that with the midnight colored layer love tank.  I think it would also look amazing with the yellow tank.

4.  I can’t say enough about the layer love tank in stripes.  I love it!!!!  I wore it last night and didn’t want to take it off.

I am lucky to have such wonderful clothes from Oiselle.  I truly enjoy being a flock member and hope to represent Oiselle again this year.  I hope they let me !!!!!  I am not racing for a while.  I finally had an MRI on my hip.  I am still thinking a lot about it.  The doctor came in and said: “I have good news and I have bad news.”  Imagine what went through my head.

I found out that my hip is fine.  I am still a little concerned about my knee but I am not thinking about the knee at this moment.  I am more concerned about what is going on that is impacting my running.  I found out I have a 5cm cyst that is hitting my hip.  It is on my left hip.  I also have a smaller cyst on my left side.  Then, I have one on my right side that is eventually going to bother my right hip.  I tried to not get overwhelmed with emotion but all I can think is: “What does this mean?”  What does this mean??????

The doctor I talked to recommended I go for an ultrasound.  I am going today to meet with another doctor and hopefully get an ultrasound sooner than later.  She thinks they should remove it because I am rather on the little side and it will continue to bother me.  They will most likely treat it conservatively, but I want to get back to running and I am worried about how long this will take to get better.  I guess I should be happy to run, but I hate the pain that has to come along with it.  I mean, I just hurt all the time now.  I am rather stubborn, so  I am not letting it get to me.

On a good note, I know I will get better and I have had a lot of amazing things happen to me…I am not one to tell but life is pretty fantastic right now.  I think things happen for a reason and I would normally be freaking out about this…but I have been having such great days I barely think about it.  I am almost done with school for the summer.  I cannot wait!  I will certainly miss my students but I would like to rest and enjoy my time.

Have a great day and remember to be thankful for what you have 🙂

racing season!!!!

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Lilly is happy today is Friday!!!!!!  Woo hoo weekend…too bad mommy has to cram a 3 hour run in!

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It is racing season!!!! I am already overwhelmed with races and there are gaps In my calendar.  I am excited to be pacing with “beast pacing!” Pacing is my favorite and I hope people enjoy running with me and I can help them reach their goals!!! Excited! image

(And here is my race outfit for my full marathon…. I’m nervous to wear it but excited too! It’s comfortable and of course oiselle!  The competition brief and the Verrazano bra! Love it @oiselle)

I know I am signed up for a lot but I promise to play it smart!!

If my knee bothers me, I will cut it down and I am pacing the 2 hour group so I will be okay for them :)….. I’d love to pace a full marathon someday but I’ve only done 3!

Someone asked me when the last time was I had been on a date? I felt lame admitting I had been a bachelorette on the 93q bachelor 5 dates in five nights. I should not have went and it was a waste of time….

I love running and hope I get to Boston but it feels like my life has turned into running. I would love to date a runner, but sometimes it’s relieving to spend time with someone who doesn’t run.  I don’t know anything about basketball or football…and I would love to learn. I know a little about baseball but only because I played softball for 7 years.

It would be different if I were elite but I think my chances of that went out the window long before my knee.  I think for my birthday, I would love to go on a date….but it has been so long I’d be so nervous and I wouldn’t know what to do….maybe it is surprising I haven’t been on a date but I think this is what happens when you run so much….but I confess I would consider not going to a race to go on a date.

I think there is this common misconception that we eat, breathe, and sleep running… I’m sure it feels that way when people see me….but I’m just as eager to spend time with someone who wants to spend time with me…. Anyhow I’m looking forward to it….when it happens…

So here is my schedule and I won’t deny I might have left something out:

March 22- Syracuse half marathon

april 3- Maine race the runways 2:15 pacer

half marathon

1 mile run

april 18- baa 5k

april 19- earth day half in baldwinsville ny

May 3 full marathon- providence rhode island

may 16- st. Michaels half maryland

may 17- marine corps historic half virginia

May 30-31: run for the dream 8k and half virginia

June 14- run and ride cedar point 2:00 pacer

June 28- Bristol half rhode island

July 11- shipyard old port half Portland Maine 2:00 pacer

July 12- Saratoga springs half marathon pacer 2:00 group

august 23- north shore half pacer massachusetts 2:00

august 30- 18:12 sacketts harbor ny

September 12- bird in hand Pennsylvania

September 19- gulf beach half marathon  ct

October 4- Maine half marathon portland

October 18- bay state massachusetts full

December 15- kiawah full south carolina

New York City Or Bust!

“You have to live the life of your dreams.”

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I know I have used this quote before but I am trying hard to finally take it to heart.  I honestly thought this would be an amazing year.  When I got dumped back in 2013, I made a vow to make this the best year I could.  I tried so hard…I guess that sometimes you just have no control over life.  You just have to go with the flow and live in the moment…When I signed up for a bunch of races this year, I had an awesome time.  I keep talking about it because it was an amazing experience.  I did something I have never done before.

I will never forget running my first half marathon and wanting to sleep forever after it was over.  I thought I would never run another race. I remember driving to Chambersburg like it was yesterday.  I think it was hard because I did not know what to expect.  I am how shall I say, “Anti Social.”  I arrived at the race and everyone looked at me like I was an alien.  I was wearing shorts and a tank top.  It was cold, but I was warm because I am from upstate New York and Pennsylvania was like the tropics to me.  When I ran my race, I finished in 1:55.  I do not know what has been happening to me but I think I need to figure it out.  I used to run under 1:45 with no problem.  I missed placing in my age group by about 30 seconds.  I wanted to stay and talk to everyone but it was hard.  There were a lot of people eating pizza and socializing.  I wish I could have but I could tell almost everyone was with company.  So I hopped in my car and put Rhode Island on my gps.

Rhode Island is amazing.  I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful it is there.  It was hard for me to drive there.  When I went through Connecticut, I went right past the place my ex boyfriend was staying in Mystic.  It is bizarre that this whole race addiction developed to get my mind off of him.  When I travel I am low key and I go to my hotel to shake off the car ride.  It can be pretty stressful.  When I arrived at the race, I met Andrea, Cindy, Amy, and Cynthia.  I had a great time and still talk to them!  I was so nervous about running another half marathon…but they do it all of the time…I had fun and did a better job at this race.  This is a race I signed up to do again in 2015.  I think I need to keep racing, even if I am not as fast.

My year went on and I did more and more races, filled with amazing people.  I guess that somewhere in the middle of this, I felt like I had lost myself in all of the traveling and fun.  I suddenly stopped and realized I needed to focus on figuring out why my time is so bad now.  I want Boston more than anything…

I have bad luck.  I have really, really  bad luck.  I do not know if I hold up a freak flag and make men run or if they are just intimidated by me.  It took a lot to go through divorce and it nearly killed me to go through being dumped by another.  I don’t remember when I got over it, but I know it was really hard.  I have always been rather sensitive…and rejection is never easy.  I think the hardest part about rejection is that they never really tell you why.  In my case it was also hard because he didn’t just leave me alone.  He had to get his car…but then he led me to believe we could work things out.  I do not understand how a guy dumps you and then deceives you into thinking it isn’t over just to sleep with you.  I am sure there are women out there just as bad but it is rotten and I just do not understand guys sometimes.  My dad was right. I should have had his car towed.

Moving on…I try to just focus on running and my beautiful daughter.  She is wonderful…My goal is to be the best mom in the world.  She is my life.

lillyrowShe is so special.  She wanted to play in the gym so we went.  How cute is she?  I have to focus on her.  I cannot wait to get out of work today and go get her! I think we are about the only school district who had school today.  It has been hard for me at work too.  I had this policy that I do not date work people.  Somewhere in the middle of all of this, I had someone in the district like me.  I said no and tried to discourage the person.  Well, I soon realized I did not want to discourage it.  When you are alone for so long, it is nice to feel admired.  He was good looking too.  We were supposed to go out on a date and I thought everything was fine.  Something understandable came up and he had to cancel.  I felt depressed.  I feel like I must have done something wrong.

I can’t think that way because it is something I cannot change.  I gave up a chance to go to X country nationals and be with Oiselle.  I have to stop giving up on myself and my dreams just because people run from me.  So I am hoping to get to New York City to run The Frozen Bonsai Half Marathon in Central Park this weekend.  I have to take the night bus to get there and hope I do not get lost when I get to NYC.  I need to do this.  I also feel a little silly.  I do not want much for Christmas.  I have never had a good slow dance.  I don’t even really remember having one. My ex husband did not like to dance.  We did not have dancing at our wedding.  My ex boyfriend didn’t invite me to a wedding but wanted me to be dd.  He asked me to slow dance.  He ruined it.  I feel dumb because I wish work guy would have been the one to ask.  I was worth dating.  I wish we had our date.  I can’t change it though.  I want my slow dance for Christmas…if not this year…next year.  Until then, I am living the life of my dreams….I want to go to Europe…so…here is to NYC!!!  Here I come!