February Goals Check In

Hello!

I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of the month! How incredible and it seems like February just started. February was a busy month for me and so therefore the running took a back seat. So March will be for getting back on track and starting to work out again. I only completed 47.4 miles this month.  BOOO!! But yes 47 is better than 0. And 70.52 for 2015 all together! Far from the 1000 that I would like by December 31, 2015.

SO….because of that, and because of March means spring, I’m going to do the 100 mile challenge for March. That averages out to 3.22 miles per day. I have 2 half marathons this month (yes I have a plan for those that I’ll share next week) and some long runs leading up to the 2 halfs, that are 8 days apart.  I even got my outfit put together (I’ll share that too) and it’s probably the first time that I’ve planned an outfit this far out. I’m super excited about it. And yes more sparkle included.

I hope you were able to reach your goals for February, and if not, that’s ok too. Lets hit 100 miles together in March! Who’s with me??

BRF (Best Running Friend)

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a BRF. Best Running Friend. When I first started running, I wasn’t going to run outside and thought I would spend all those miles and hours on the dreaded treadmill. Well that changed and I started running outside. It definitely helped with the change of scenery and everything that went along with it. Well then last summer, while I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I got another BRF on the weekends. I had babysat her kids years ago and still do on occasion. I don’t know exactly how it got started, but she said she would run my longer distances with me so that I wasn’t running alone but it also gave us time to chit chat and talk about random stuff.

K and I running together on Saturdays or Sundays then turned into texting each other and signing up for races and discussing which ones we wanted to do next. Which is how we came to the DC Rock n’ Roll half. YAY! I ran this race last year and was sick during the race. I still finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes. My goal this year, is to finish in 2 hours and 39 minutes or faster. I haven’t been able to train like I had hoped. Working 2 jobs does that and limited sleep and on top of all this find this really awesome guy who encourages me to do more and more each day.

I couldn’t ask for a better running friend. She’s awesome! She is faster than me but runs with me and walks if I need to walk. I can’t wait to find more races and have our running dates back. I find out next week if I made it into the NYC marathon and if I did, I’ll have lots of running to do.

On another note, if you are snowed in a cold here’s a picture from my favorite place to run during the summers.

Cape Cod

Hope you have a good Thursday and I hope you find yourself a BRF!

5 Non Running Things About Me

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great start to their week.  It was definitely weird last night not having my other job to go to. Which leads me into my 5 non running things about me.

  1. I coach swimming as a part time job and I’ve been a coach for the past 16 years.
  2. My favorite vacation spot is Chatham, Massachusetts.
  3. I’m a Disney girl at heart.
  4. I’m involved in Aviation and have been since my dad would take our family flying.
  5. I love snow!

I hope this helps explain some more about me!

Enjoy your day!

It’s a Princess Kind of Weekend

It’s going to be a fantastic weekend in Florida and I’m not going to be there. I’m so excited and extremely jealous that my friend is going to be able to run down at Disney World for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. I will be on a pool deck tomorrow at the state swim meet for my kids so I won’t be able to participate this year.

The Disney Princess Half Marathon holds a special place in my heart. This was the race that I found that started my journey back into the fitness world and my sister on her journey that she is on now and that I gladly claim I got her into kicking and screaming. She thanks me now, but definitely not then. If you read my Welcome post, then you know that I had struggled for a few years and didn’t do anything exercise wise. I got back on the horse as I found that I didn’t like the way I looked and didn’t have the clothes that I wanted to look good in.

Running in the 2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon was eye opening. I was excited, scared and nervous all in one. My training hadn’t gone as planned and I was doing physical therapy 2-3 times a week since the shoes I had gotten had started to mess up my knees when I was getting to my longer endurance runs. So I was a mess.  I knew I had to keep a certain pace per mile in order to not get picked up by the bus. I DID NOT WANT TO BE PICKED UP BY THE BUS! I wanted to complete this half but have fun as well. So, my mom, sister and I traveled down to Disney World and got settled in. Both my sister and I didn’t really know what was in front of us. My Mom was amazing in that she did everything for us and was a great support lady.

My very first running bib!

My very first running bib!

First stop, the Expo! I had no clue what to expect. This was my very first race ever. I felt like I was just following signs for packet pick up and getting our race numbers. My sister and I registered as a team so we were way up there number wise. But we were in the same corral and so I knew that we were going to have a blast. After we got our bibs and our goodies, we went to the main part of the expo. SHOPPING! The best part of all and the freebies! There were so many things to sample and try and since we were new to the running world, all the technology and the cool gear that was there. Needless to say we came home with a few extra items.

We had some time to enjoy the parks and get on some rides and of course enjoy some fantastic food. All while thinking about this looming half marathon that we had signed up for. I know that thought was never far from my thinking. We were able to strike up some conversation from some racers that had completed the race before and that was definitely comforting. They gave us some great tips like being on the bus right around 3am when they would start running so we didn’t get lost in the line at the resort hotel and that the time limit started when the last person crossed the finish line. So that was also good news for me. My sister I had no doubt would finish on time.

Before we knew it, it was the night before the race, and we had all our clothes laid out and food that we needed in the morning. Our alarms were set for way too early, 2:30am! Who sees 2:30am!!!! Well my mom, sister and I did. My sister and I left for the bus ride over to Epcot to wait for the walk to the start line. My mom stayed back since we had already determined our meeting point for the end of the race and we had gotten her the ChEAR package for coming down and being our support and cheer team! We got to the holding area and were standing around just waiting and Disney had music going and a “party” where we could warm up and just hang out. It was definitely different, a good different. What seemed like a hot second, we were walking to our corrals. This was cool since we got to go behind the scenes of Epcot on the way to the start line.

My nerves were going 1000mph and I didn’t know what to expect. I had gotten to barely 7 broken miles and so 13.1 was going to be a push with some ITBS and some knee issues. The first corral started and my sister and I continued to walk to the start line. Every 5 minutes a new corral was starting. It was so cool! It was finally our time to start. The fireworks go off and we are off on our race.  I knew my sister would be able to just keep running and finish faster than me so we didn’t even try to stay together. Disney does a great job with the on course entertainment and I wouldn’t hesitate to do another Disney race in the future. So I would stop for the pictures that I wanted. I also was deathly afraid of being picked up by the bus for being behind the pace per mile requirement. So I stopped for some and I gradually got into a rhythm. Next thing I know we are entering the Magic Kingdom, passing the Contemporary Hotel and around the back entrance to Main Street U.S.A.! This is when my tears started. I didn’t know that it would have that much of an affect on me, but it did. I couldn’t help but think about my Dad and how proud he was of me with taking on this monumental task of running these 13.1 miles. It was also breath taking how cool and awesome it was to be running down Main Street in front of the castle with a few of my new best friends.

Me with Cinderella's Castle

Me with Cinderella’s Castle! This was about mile 6 during the half marathon.

The race kept going and somewhere around mile 8 or so the pain in my knee just wouldn’t let me continue running and walking like I had been doing. So I started walking, and by walking I mean power walking. I kept going and I kept looking back at the racers behind me making sure the bus wasn’t there. (Can you tell I didn’t want to get picked up by the bus?) Before long, I was entering Epcot and the last mile of the race. I wanted to cry from the pain but knew that I was almost there.  The people that were watching in Epcot were awesome and so encouraging. So I walked when I needed and ran when I could. I came down to the last 0.1 of the race and just started running. I kept running even though I had some extreme pain running down my leg. But I saw the finish line in sight and knew that I could finish. And I did! I ran across the finish line and got all teary eyed again! I was thinking about all that I had just accomplished. I just ran 13.1 miles in Disney World! What a rush!

My coveted medal!

My coveted medal!

I made my way through getting my medal, getting water and PowerAde before moving on to a finisher picture and then food. Last but not least I met back up with my mom and sister! H had finished about an hour before me and so my mom and her were just waiting or me. We made our way back to the busses for the ride back to the hotel so we could ice and shower and then go out and walk around the parks with our medal on.  That’s one thing that we did find out, is that everyone walks around with their medals on! If you see someone else with their medal on, we would congratulate them and they would do the same for us. It was an awesome feeling.  And needless to say we were in bed early that night. But we were happy ladies!

Such good memories! For sure! I know it won’t be my last RunDisney event and I hope to get back down there for the Disney Princess Half in the next few years.

So here’s to my friends that are running this weekend! May you have good weather and an even better time running through Disney World. Enjoy the run! And have a fantastic time!

THE Medal! 13.1 miles of hard work and tears!

THE Medal! 13.1 miles of hard work and tears!

Yay for Long Weekends!

I had a long weekend, but not as long as some people I know. I was off work on Friday for my other job and was on a pool deck for a few hours. My kids swam great and I couldn’t have asked for better results. I’m proud of these kids. They have worked hard and we have one more meet to compete before the end of the season.

The end of the swim season also means that I can get my training back on track and start really running again. I try not to sign up for any races in the early spring, like March time frame because my time is so limited when I’m coaching. Anyways, I’m excited to get back on track and start running again (even though it’s a love hate relationship) and working towards my goals. I am hoping to hear by the end of February if I made it into the NYC Marathon. And if I did, great, if not that’s ok too.

I ran the For the Love of it 10k in Reston this past Saturday. I did great considering I had the lingering plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. I erred on the side of caution running .5 and walking .25 for most of the race. I tried to keep everything going and wanted to make sure I could finish and not be near tears like I was the previous week. I am proud of myself for getting through it. I did hit a wall, or at least what I felt like a wall, around mile 5 and so my first half marathon that is coming up in 25 days (YIKES) is starting to freak me out. I’ll be able to finish but I’ll still want to do well. I’m hoping that between now and then I’ll be able to get some more miles under my belt and still do well. I know that I’ll be able to finish…the question is how long will it take me. It shouldn’t be too bad. Fingers crossed.

With Monday being a federal Holiday it was nice to just relax and enjoy it. And we got snow last night which was a welcome with as cold as it is, I want snow. But I still had to come to work today, so no snow day for me. I’m contemplating signing up for another race that’s in the next few weeks before my March half marathons. Kind of keep the training going and if I can do 10 miles, then I know I won’t have a problem with 13.1 right? And who wouldn’t want to earn another medal anyways?

What did you do this weekend? Any accomplishments?

Weekend Festivities

Wow…what a weekend it was. Saturday morning was spent picking up packets for my 5k on Sunday that I was running with my sister. Then to come home and start my 13.1 mile run for a virtual race by noon so that I would meet up with my friend who was joining me at mile 4.5ish for 5 miles of my 13.1 mile fun. I knew there was something wrong the moment I started my run. My feet were feeling funny and not in a good way. I also knew that without having really been training for anything of significant distance, I wanted to take it easier. So I started on my journey of walking 1/2 mile and running 1/2 mile. My feet really hurt, but I knew I needed to get this run completed and it was going to happen whether I liked it or not. So I met up with my friend M, who is running Disney Princess Half in 2 weeks. (I’m super jealous! That was my first ever race so it will always hold a special place in my heart). We were running out our local trail and came upon this gentleman who decided to run with us for 1.5 miles or so. He’s training for an ultra marathon, 50k, and was out there by himself. Major props there! I could’t do that. It’s hard enough for me to get out there when I’m training for a half or full. So it was nice to have the company and distraction. My feet were feeling ok as M and I approached our turn around point and our running friend kept on going. I stopped to get a gel in me and that was the beginning of the end.  My feet were in so much pain from that point on it wasn’t even funny. I was able to continue my 1/2 mile run/walk through the end of the 5 miles with M and 9 almost 10 miles for me. Just a little bit more to go and then I can rest. Well I was able to get to the local 7-11 since it was huge Powerball potential winnings. But that was even torture standing in line waiting. It was around 10.5 miles at that point and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to run the 3 miles back to my place. I was thinking of everything, somehow getting to my Mom’s house and she can take me back or just find a way deep down to make it and not break down on my way back to my place knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get back up and walk if I stopped.

So I kept trudging along. I got to mile 11 trying to figure out how far it was going to be for me to make it back to my place. I was going to come up short by just over 1/2 mile. I was taking some side streets on my way back so that I wouldn’t have to circle my building as many times and by this point it was all I could do to keep it together and not break out in some embarrassing crying action. Luckily I had some great support coming in over my phone via texts and I couldn’t be luckier and yes I did get some tears in my eyes when I was reading the texts because someone saw in me what I didn’t see in myself at that moment. I knew I was crazy to think that this 13.1 was a good idea. And I did finish. It wasn’t pretty as I crawled into my condo that was 3 flights up and tried to get my shoes off. I couldn’t put any pressure on my feet so it was tough to make it to the shower to just sit in there. SAD I know! So I’ve been using my frozen water bottle to help with the pain and rubbing it out as well as icing them.

Sunday, wasn’t so bad. I had a 5k to complete and didn’t know if I would able to run after my horrible 13.1 the day before. But I was feeling ok, So I did run and finish with not my best time but I did finish. So that was a good thing. My sister did amazing as well and we had the best parking spot right at the finish line. So it was easy to just jump in the car and wait a bit for most of the participants to get off the course so we could leave.  I ran more than I probably should have but that’s ok. I will keep on streaking this week with some low mileage before I have my 10k on this coming Saturday. I’m looking forward to the 10k, it will be slow but I’ll be good as long as I can get my feet in order. HAHA

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?