20 Days and Counting…

…until I attempt my second marathon. Since my training has been completely lackluster and sporadic at best it’s going to be a very slow run. This past weekend, I was able to get in 17.2 miles in about 3 hours and 30 minutes. I split up my mileage since my mental toughness just isn’t there. So I was shooting for 15-20 miles with 20 miles being what I was suppose to do. Thinking that if I got anywhere within those 15-20 miles, I would be a happy camper.

So, after much contemplation, I started out on my 7.75 mile run to a local OrangeTheory Fitness. (If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend them). The entire time I was running to this class, I was cursing my plan. It felt like forever to run those 7.75 miles. I ran on a local trail and the entire way down there, then hopped off to go enjoy an Orange class that totally kicked my butt. Yesterday afternoon, I was starting to feel the delayed onset muscles soreness. Oh geez, I look like an old lady trying to stand up and walk again.

After class, where I ran 1.7ish miles on an incline (killed my legs), I headed back to the trail to run home. I was so sore, and felt like I was going to struggle the entire way home. About 1-2 miles into my run, more like 2, I stopped at a bridge and just sat down. Doubt really started to creep in and I really started to wonder what I got myself into. I sat there for a minute and had a GU (Salted Watermelon, YUM) and a kind biker came by and asked if I was ok. I didn’t think I looked that bad, but I’m sure glad that he asked. So after a few minutes, I continued on my way and made it a few more miles down the road before I stopped again. I sat on this bench that’s along the trail. I only had a few miles left to go, but mentally needed a break. I was walking more on the way back than what I wanted but the miles still needed to be done and miles are still miles. 🙂 So I ate my last Salted Watermelon GU, sat on the bench and responded to some texts that had come in while I was running. And after another few minutes, I started on my way again. My legs were feeling tired but good and I was able to keep myself going. I made it up a huge hill, and then sat down again (I know, I know, I won’t be able to stop during the marathon).

But I made it home…it only took me 13 more minutes on the trip home (stops don’t count). So in all, it totally worked and I did get those 17 miles in. I accomplished my goal of trying to get 15-20 miles. It was slow, but I got those darn miles. I feel like I’m more confident in getting those miles completed on 1 November in NYC. I may attempt another long run this weekend to shoot for 20 miles total. But that has yet to be seen.

I can’t believe that I’m this close to running my second marathon. EEK!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

National Running Day 2015

Today is National Running Day! I never thought I would still be running after these years and the trials and tribulations. Here’s a few questions about why I run and a little more about what I take with me.

1. Why do you run?

I run to keep myself healthy. But I also run to push myself and keep pursuing dreams that I never thought I’d have.

2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

I plan on running, since I’m currently training for my 2nd Marathon. The NYC Marathon. Woohoo!

3. How many miles have you run so far this year?

A measly 179 miles

4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

I will be running the NYC Marathon on 1 November

5. Before I leave for a run you must have:

My phone, roadID, Garmin Forerunner 220, Sparkle Athletic Visor, Headphones, and Camelbak depending on mileage.

6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?

I use the Nike+ app and the Garmin Connect

7. Who is your favorite running partner?

I have a group of ladies I run with on the weekends who are awesome! My coworker who runs with me during the week and then my good friend M who also keeps me healthy!

8. What races have you ran so far this year?

2-5ks, 1-10k, a 10 miler, 4 Half Marathons, and a 4 miler coming up

9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?

Listen to your body and take a break if you need it. It’s ok.

10. Describe your relationship with running in one word:

Love/Hate

It’s Monday!

I can’t believe that we are approaching Memorial Day. It seems just like yesterday that the New Year started.

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Flat me for Carter’s Run

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Me and one of my BRF getting ready for the run

Any who…I had a fun weekend. Saturday was a Carter’s Run 5k. It was to support Dandy-Walker Syndrome and I wrote about it here. It was a great race. Very hot day for sure! We started at 9am and it was a great course. I felt bad for the people who were stuck on Gloucester Parkway but it was for a good cause. I got to see Erin from ErinRunsHappy at one of the water stations. I was so happy to see her around mile 2.5. She definitely put a smile on my face for the remaining tenths of the race. Shortly after that I saw another face I haven’t seen in a few years. He is always happy but he was definitely a guy who you knew when he was mad. He was       and continues to be an inspirational person. He’s done several races and triathlons. So I saw him and his daughter just after the water stop. His daughter was super cute and ran with me for a few.

Sunday morning was The Color Run! This was my 5th tiIMG_5134me running it and having so much fun! IMG_5146Just like my first time I ran it. I ran it with L and J. We got there and were excited to be there. We found J and got all ready to run. It was great morning.  A little humid, but better than freezing. We started our venture out on the course and got really colorful. This year they included a “shine” color station. Lots of glitter! So much glitter! I’m still getting it out of my ears. But that’s ok. We finished and got our medals (also new this year), and went over to the finish party. We did our color throw, and had some more fun before we headed back to our cars. It was a blast and I’ll definitely be back in September when they return to the DC areIMG_5152a.IMG_5155IMG_5127

Friday = Rest Day

This week has been good so far training wise. I did a whopping 6.8 miles over the last 3 days and I have faltered already. I know! I can feel all the beady eyes looking at me so you all can stop now. I haven’t cross trained the last 2 days like I had planned. BUT it’s the first week so I should be ok. I was very cautious about stretching and foam rolling regardless how much I actually ran. I don’t want to get injured again. I have had some issues with ITBS and Plantar Fasciitis. Both are not fun by any means. I wouldn’t wish those on anyone in my wildest dreams.

Thursday morning’s run was a real struggle. I didn’t want to get out of bed and go work out. I kept telling myself that I would do it later but the chances of that happening are slim to none so I should just get up early and do it. So reluctantly I did get up and do it. But let me tell you that mental struggle was real on those 1.5 miles. WOW! I know my mental toughness isn’t what it use to be but I was able to power through and had to keep psyching myself out of what was going on on the treadmill. The mental part took more than I could handle yesterday. I was drained after my run for sure.

I have a virtual 5k to run tomorrow. Sparkle Athletic is running the Ragnar So Cal relay this weekend for the girls who can’t. They are raising money for Rett Syndrome. It affects mainly girls and robs them of the ability to walk, talk and play. This year they set up a virtual 5k to help fundraise for the Girl Power 2 Cure foundation. They will be running 200 miles and started this morning so hopefully they will have a fun time and enjoy each of those 200 miles. So I’m running tomorrow to join them, virtually of course and I can’t wait. I will also be running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I can’t believe that the time has already arrived. It seems like yesterday that we were signing up for the lottery. The trees should be out and it should be a great weather day. I’m really looking forward to it. As well as running with a fantastic group of ladies.

It’s going to be a good weekend and I can’t wait to conquer these miles.

Cheers! 🌸

1 week…

1 week to go before I officially start my NYC Marathon training. 7 days. I have the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on 12 April so that will be a great end to my first week of training. YAY! I was talking with M last week and sharing my racing schedule and how “packed” it is. She wanted to know which races I had in September/October and wanted to join! I love when I get to run races with other runners and friends. From 5k to halfs or even the only other full I’ve done was with someone else. It’s more fun with friends! I even roped in a few for the Color Run when it stops here in May! One of the most fun races ever!

Last week many of my friends got the ever awesome email that let them know they were selected to run the 40th Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015! I’m so excited for them and so sad at the same time that I won’t be joining them. NYC is the week after so that is taking the priority. I will most likely still be at the finish line cheering everyone on since I plan to run the 10k that they put on that day. I’m crazy but not crazy enough to run 2 marathons within a week.

My planning (yes I’m a planner) for NYC is almost done. I have the train tickets and hotel. I just need restaurants and things to do. I won’t be doing many things besides the expo and seeing some sights. I can’t wait to experience it. This will probably be the only time I run NYC unless I travel up there for some halfs which would be fun. So many things to consider for the future. I may plan things but when it comes to training I am lazy and always start off great. I hope that I’m not lazy this time and can keep my poor mental attitude out of it. I have a good feeling about this though so we will see.

So here’s to the start of training and 215 days before I run in NYC!

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This Just happened….

Sorry I’ve been slacking on the posts. It’s been a crazy week. Getting back from my second half in 8 days 🙂 So I started looking into a few things. I’d been seeing these “Half Fanatics” on Instagram and a number after it. So I did a little research and there are definitely some crazy folks out there. http://www.halffanatics.com is the website. And the lowest to qualify and be considered a Half Fanatic is 2 half marathons in 16 days. 😳 I started thinking (this can be dangerous) that I totally just did that. So I’ve been sitting on this knowledge. I would visit the page every so often, more like every day, wondering if I was crazy enough to join this group. Well last night I bit the bullet and signed up. I’m at the Neptune level and I’m now a Half Fanatic.

I never imagined that when I started running this is where my journey would take me. I never thought that I would run in and finish 2 half marathons in just over a week. Let alone  run a marathon and complete a triathlon and training for my second marathon. I proud of myself for being on this continued journey. It’s always a great journey even though I curse myself when I’m training and continually ask why I sign up for these events and lotteries and races. It’s the end result and that bling and satisfaction that you just completed the run.

So here’s to the crazies! Come join me 🙂

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2015 Rock n’ Roll Half Round Up

I FINISHED! And I finished faster than what I did last year! Double Yay! But let me start from the beginning 🙂

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My bib!

I woke up at 3:40am is…so not my intention. My alarm was set for 4:11am and I wanted those extra minutes to sleep. But to no avail. I got out of bed around 4:20am so I could get myself ready and make some coffee. Eat something and psych myself up for this run. I kept looking at the weather to see if we might get a reprieve from the impending rain. I got my things together to go pick up my running buddy. My mom even sent me a text at 4:55am to wish me good luck! She rocks!

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My Outfit!

We got to the metro and loaded up. It wasn’t long before we were headed into Washington, DC for this half marathon. We got into DC and it was still raining. BOO! It wasn’t too cold, but still chilly. I heard from K and he wished me good luck! It  was so awesome to have his support even during his busy weekend! It wasn’t long before the race began and I felt good. I was running 4 minutes and walking a minute and I was able to keep this up for a good wile. Through mile 6. Then the hill came! Mile 6 has this huge hill and I’m not going to lie…I walked up the hill and then had to walk some more to get my muscles back. I did a round later and was back running. It wasn’t bad. The rain kept me cool and around mile 8 I saw the racing Presidents from the Nationals. So cool to see them all out supporting us and taking pictures with us. I couldn’t help but stop and take a picture.  I stopped to walk and sent the picture to K and my mom. K responded and asked me if I was really running. Just wait until I do Disney Wine and Dine in 2016 with M 😉 I won’t be running too much and taking all the pictures I can!

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Me and the Racing Presidents!

At this point my legs were starting to fight me. I hadn’t trained properly and got a run in here and there, dealt with plantar fasciitis and some sickness. This is where I knew I was only doing 13.1 miles and kept going. I felt bad because my BRF was ahead of me and I didn’t want to keep her waiting long. So I kept it up as much as I could. Around mile 12 my phone starts ringing. I had my headphones in and accepted the call. It was my BRF and she just finished. I had maybe 10-11 minutes left of the race and would be finished soon. She was awesome! Before I knew it they were telling us the marathoners were to continue on the right and the half marathoners were to move to the left to finish. It was fantastic. I was almost done!

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The bling!

I came around the bend and was on my way to finishing. YAY! The finish line is in sight. It was all I could do to keep my feet moving. I crossed the finish like and smiled. I did it! 2 hours and 35 minutes later! I did it in the rain and cold and wet feet. There was a back up to getting out medals and there were some great military people there handing everything out. So glad to see them and be able to thank them for their service. I got my picture taken and headed off to find my BRF and another friend who had just finished her first half marathon.  Go R!!! You rocked it. My other friend M was running her first marathon and finished in 5 hours and 17 minutes! She was a rock star! It was just a year or 2 ago that she was saying that she hated running! That’s 2 people I’ve converted! Who’s next 🙂

Little did we know we were standing feet apart when I called them to tell them where I was. So funny how in a crowd you can be feet apart and not know it. We made our way back to the metro for the ride back to VA and warmth and the car. It was SOOOO COLD! We shivered the entire way home and it was all we could do to make it into the car and turn the heat on full blast warm!

It was great and we certainly enjoyed the race. The cold an shivering not so much. The race was marked very well and the spectators were amazing to be out there in the cold and rain with us. I’ll definitely run this again but I would have to make the conscious decision to make sure I trained better. It was a great day in all and can’t wait to go to VA Beach next weekend for another half marathon! Woohoo! Be prepared for Sister pics! It’s been awhile since we’ve run in the same event.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Cheers!

Rock and Roll DC Half

Today is packet pick up! That’s a good thing but this weekend, it’s suppose to rain on Saturday. Bummer! But running in the rain can be fun right. So I’m hoping that it’s a warm rain. I have the best outfit and I can’t wait to wear it. And yes sparkle is included.  I shared my outfits here. It’s going to be a great day and I can’t wait to wear that medal around my neck. This will be half number 2 for the year with 3 right behind it.

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Photo courtesy of Rock n’ Roll DC

Last year I was sick for this race as I’ve mentioned before. I’ve been doing everything to keep from getting sick this year for the race. I was running with my friend for his first half and around mile 9 I just had to stop and walk. I was doing ok, but I started to feel nausea and so I walked the rest of the race. It was not the best race I’ve ever had nor was it the best post experience. I did ok though. Finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was great to run that race and I only hope that this year will be a better experience. But I also have to remember that the experience is what I make it. 🙂

I hope you all are enjoying this fantastic weather! It’s been such a blessing since it’s been so cold. Maybe spring really is on it’s way.

Cheers! 🌻🌷🌸🌹🌼

Bucket Lists

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Hey ya’ll we made it to Tuesday! We are on the right path towards the weekend!

I was talking with K the other day about bucket lists and what was on ours. I’ve split mine up into several lists. Something my Dad always had going was a list. I have a travel list, race list, personal list. I guess I could combine them, but this way I can keep them straight. I was making a comment how the NYC Marathon is a bucket list race and never in my wildest dreams was it in my radar before. I’m so glad that he encouraged me to sign up for the lottery and I was fully prepared to be disappointed. But shock and the oh my moment, of what did I do took over when I got the email that I had made it into the TCS NYC Marathon! But this got me to thinking what other races would be on my “Race Bucket List”.

I’ve run the Marine Corps Marathon, that was my first ever marathon. It was a great experience and I’d cherish the opportunity to run it again. I would love to run the Boston Marathon, but I’m so not fast enough to qualify. And right know, I would need to be a 80 year old woman and I would get in.  So to go to Boston, I would run with a charity and still be able to run one day. Of course, my list would not be complete without a few Disney Races. I would love to run all of them at some point. So they are all on my list. No surprise there. I’m sure there’s more that I’d love to run. My uncle is a master runner and I would love to do a race with him at some point. He’s always pulling in the awards. Big Sur maybe. I guess I need to write these down now and cross them off as I do them.

I have a “Places to Travel” list and there’s lots of place there I’d love to go to see. One place on my list would be Fiji. That would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would love to go to get away and not think about work for a few days, and really relax. Ireland, and Iceland would be great getaways. Germany during Oktoberfest! Maybe a trip to the mountains. A cruise to the Caribbean, nice warm weather and food out the ears! So many ideas. We’ll see what happens. I always have a bug to travel. And am always looking for the next adventure. I need to write these down as well.

It looks like I have some things to do and lists to make. What is on your bucket list?

Cheers! 💜

Weekend Activities

Good Morning!

I had as my Mom would call it, a lazy weekend. I ran 7 miles on Saturday morning. It was all done on the treadmill. 1 hour and 23 minutes later I was able to get off the treadmill and be ok with the rest of the day. Although I’m still feeling it so my half marathon this weekend will be painful but I should survive just fine.

Saturday evening I went to a vertical wine tasting at a local vineyard. It was so good! It was all based on Merlot and different years. It started with 2001, 2002, 2002 Reserve, 2007, 2009, 2010, and then we had a barrel tasting of the 2014 Merlot. These were all paired with different foods in a 3 course meal. The food was done by a local restaurant that is farm to fork format. Delicious.

Sunday was lazy. Got some cleaning done, and fixed my vacuum after Church. I had sucked up some socks and it caused the self propel mechanism to stop working. Well I fixed it! Go me! Small victory when you are responsible for everything in the house. So I was able to clean up my place. My goal in the next few weeks is to get my dresser moved over from my Mom’s house so that I could keep my clothes organized. I made my food for the week. Lots of soups ready for the week. So I can always freeze that if necessary. YAY.

I’m getting ready for my first half of the month which will be on Saturday and running with my BRF which she will blow me out of the water. I just want to finish.

I hope you all had a good weekend. Enjoy the start to your week!