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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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

What is Next?

“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

oswegoIt was a quiet Thanksgiving vacation for me this year!  I did get back into running more.  I have been pretty good this past week.  I was just shy of 40 miles, but with my knee still causing me trouble…I will take it!!!  I even had a good long run on Saturday for 90 minutes. I am doing 45-60 minutes of base runs, one day off, one day with hills, and one long run…90 minutes.  I wanted to do two hours, but I figured that it was a good start and I should not push my luck.

So why the gloomy picture?  It isn’t gloomy to me.  Some people like to run when it is sunny and there is a lot to see…me, I love the water.  It is pretty funny when I hate swimming in the open water.  I hate the open water because I almost drowned when I was a kid!!!!

My times are not fast at all, but some people would love them so I should count myself lucky!  I have been trying to focus more on enjoying running than winning.  I should be happy I had those moments.  I should get back into sprinting, but I love the long distance.  Sprinting is more successful for me, but I get so competitive!!!  I am not as good at long distance so I have to work harder for it!  This year, I think 5th place was the worst i did in the 5k.  I won either 2,3, or 4th in the others.  I remember waking up for my duathlon in Rochester and I knew I couldn’t make it because I had overslept!!!  I hopped in my car and ran the Trout run in Deposit, which I had never heard of.  I won third place and a trout trophy.  Woo hoo…but I cannot do that in the half marathon.  My best finish ever was in the 2012 (I think) Run to the Sun in Watertown.  I won a massage with a time of 1:40….I think that liking something more challenging is a healthy thing…if it is too easy, it is easy to get mad at yourself or not enjoy it as much!  I know I am not a speed demon in the 5k, but I will always be happy with a pr of 20:33.  I would love love love to break 20…but I feel happy!

first thanksgivingThis year I did not have Lilly for Thanksgiving.  It was quiet and I went to my Cousin Judy’s house.  I had a good time.  That was the only interaction I had until my sister and her family came home.  I do not mind being alone, but it is strange to be a teacher and come home from school…to two days of solitude.  I know I am socially awkward and what not, but I like the noise…but I have to admit I got used to the quiet.  I enjoyed some good runs in Oswego, Ny and froze my face off!  I even saw a bunch of deer!!!

oswegonySo this is Lake Ontario in the Winter…well almost Winter.

I have been thinking about my goals for 2015.  I have been working on myself in this blog a lot!  I know I have a long way to go!!!!!!!  I confess I thought I had it figured out.  I wanted to go after a relationship, but sometimes I think that I have a great relationship already- RUNNING!!!!!

It seems silly and I do miss the times when people are happy together around the holidays.  I do hear a lot of people tell me I am lucky and should enjoy singletonville…I do enjoy it and there are a lot of times I do not.  I have to confess I have been wanting to go downtown and ice skate.  I want to have my slow dance and I am getting sick of traveling alone.  There are just times when it is harder to enjoy things alone.  However, I need to focus on my running.  I decided I am not going to cut my hair until I qualify for Boston…so I will probably look like cousin It.  I want to work on my speed and get into weight training and swimming…maybe even consider a 70.3 if I do not drown in a triathlon before a big one.  I need to see what I have left before I get too old!  I have a few races in mind for running but I do not want to share.  I need to be ready!!!!! So I need more long runs, speed, and weight training.  I am training with some fast guys!  I hope they help kick my ass into shape!!! I run with Wisam and Brett, who both did the Philadelphia Marathon in November.  They finished in 3:31 and 3:44 I think!!!!  Go boys!!!!  GIVE ME YOUR SPEED !!!!  Ha Ha.

I also want to have a great time with Lilly…she is awesome!!!!!!!  I am hoping to do something fun April break with her for her birthday!!!!  She will be five.  She deserves the best and I am excited to see what happens in 2015!!!!!

I am looking forward to Christmas.  I have Lilly for two weeks!  I love work, but I feel unnoticed and hope to be visible soon!

We Never Go Out of Style

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

My new favorite song is “Style,” by Taylor Swift.  I love this song.  I like “Blank Space” too.  I want to come back fierce this season…so this is why I tagged the terrible selfie!!!! I am getting nervous!!!!  I am traveling to Philly to race in the Delaware Canal Half Marathon tomorrow.  I did this race last year and it is for my grandfather.  I received a heron medal.  The race reminds me of him! I am not good with people and after being dumped last year it put a damper on my life in every aspect.  I was so depressed.  I can’t say that I am doing much better lately!  The thrill of racing is amazing but I’d love to give the knee a break and have fun with people…. I am nervous because it is a blizzard outside right now!!!  I am glad I invested in a four wheel drive car!!!!!!!!!  On another note, I signed up for more races today and bought some new oiselle items!!!! Can’t wait to try out my new arm warmers and my new jacket!

So here is my latest schedule:

I have been busy setting it up today and trying to avoid life.  I know I cannot avoid life forever, but I need to just stop being anti social and get back to living…so here is my crazy, awesome, fantastic…totally overwhelming start of a race schedule:

2014:

November 15- Delaware Canal Half Marathon (Washington Crossing, PA)

November 27- Atlanta Half Marathon (Atlanta, GA)

December 13- Red Nose Reindeer 5k (Little Falls, NY)

December 14- NYC Runs Frozen Bonsai (Central Park- NYC)

2015

January 10- Winter Warrior Half Marathon (Rochester, NY)

February 22- Lake Effect Half Marathon (Syracuse, NY)

March 7- Chambersburg Half Marathon (Chambersburg, PA)

March 8- The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon (South Kingston, Rhode Island)

March 21- ???  Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

March 22- Syracuse Half Marathon (Syracuse, NY)

April- TBD

May 3- (Would love to run Pittsburgh Full Marathon)

May 4-

May 16- St. Michael’s Running Festival Half Marathon (St. Michael’s, MD)

May 17- Historic Marine Corps Half Marathon (Fredericksburg, VA)

May 31 Weekend – ????

June

July

August

September – Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Gulf Beach Half Marathon – Connecticut

October- Marine Corps Marathon

What is Next?- I’ve Got the Race Shakes!

•”In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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It has been more than a month since my last race.  I have not been running much and I cannot remember the last time I went out for a bike ride.  I have been busy moving.  I am all moved in and I am busy at work.  I can’t get over that amazing feeling when you finish a race. There is nothing like it!  I want that feeling again.  It is so different than going out for a long run or a small tempo.

I wish I could say life is wonderful and I am completely happy!  I have a huge amount of confidence and I love the kids I teach…but there are certain aspects in life I am not feeling great about.   I hate that the holidays are coming and I do not have Lilly for Thanksgiving.  I am supposed to go run a half marathon in Atlanta.  I am excited about it but I am not supposed to run.  I have bursitis in my knee and piriformis syndrome. However, I wish there was something making me not want to run away and do this race.  I have been single for a year and I am ready to not feel so alone…but I guess it is good to just be happy and live life to the fullest…so what is a girl to do?  Try to get better even though I have been dealing with this crap for four months and the pain is just as bad?  Orrrrrr go run my face off?

I don’t know….so I have a little surprise in store for my readers!!!!!!!  I hope you read about what is coming!

Here is my tentative race schedule for next year:

February 22- Lake Effect Half Marathon (Syracuse, NY)

March 7- Chambersburg Half Marathon (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania)  ?????

March 8- The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon- (South Kingston, Rhode Island)

March 21- Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon – (Sleepy Hollow, NY)  ?????

March 22- Syracuse Half Marathon- (syracuse, NY)

April?

May 3- Mountain Goat?

May 16- St. Michael’s Running Festival Half Marathon- (St. Michael’s,  Maryland)

Marine Corps Half Marathon May 17

May 24 – Buffalo Full Marathon –  (Buffalo, NY)

June

July

August

September-

September 5- Bird in Hand Half Marathon- (Bird in Hand, PA)

September 13- Gulf Beach (Connecticut)

October 26- Marine Corps Marathon

I need another full marathon…I want my Boston Qualifier!!!!!!!!!  I hope I can wear my oiselle singlet in Boston!!!!