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Looking Ahead…

12 Jan
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Well, my running year did not end on a great note. And so far this year is not starting off much better.

But I have GREAT plans!!! And some goals need to be set because my BIG BIG goal is to run the runDisney #DopeyChallenge next January.

Just this morning, I deferred my entry for the Houston Aramco Half Marathon and it makes me sad to do it. This is really one of my favorite events, mainly because  it’s in my hometown, but also because it’s very well done. And Flat. Ish. And if you know me, you know how important that part is!  I’m happy that I am doing it “officially”, though,  because this means I don’t have to go through the lottery for next year (Much more on my next January later!)  I am still going to have take a shot at the 5K  though, even if I have to walk/limp the whole thing!

Up next is the runDisney #GlassSlipperChallenge. This will be a 10K on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. I’m sitting out Houston expecting to be much further along in my recovery than I am now. To that, I am planning on – finally – making a visit to a *real* specialist on Monday. There’s a walk-in (hahah!) orthopedic clinic right up the street and ortho help is what I need. I hope.

Also on my radar for this year is another shot at the Marine Corps Marathon – another favorite! They’re moving to a lottery this year so in order to make sure I get in, I’m going to get in on the Marine Corps 17.75 – it’s a 17.75 K race just outside of the Marine Corps Base at Quantico VA. Finishing this will give me guaranteed entry to the big show!! There are also a couple other events sponsored by the great folks (yeah, the Marines!) from the Marine Corps Marathon that I may have a peek at!

Locally, I’m in for the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon, the Solstice Sprint 5K and for the second time, the Hogsback Half Marathon!

There’s also a slew of Hartford Marathon Foundation events that I haven’t signed up for, but you know I’ll be there!!

And the random “special” events…Like the Hartford Run or Dye in July – I’m in!! And there’s a “Run for the Bulls” in Bermuda at the end of March that I’m planning on doing with my friend Sharon – who happens to be a Bermuda expert so it’s going to be a super fun trip!!

Besides running, I’m really NEEDING to get back to Bikram – trying to save my pennies for that one but hope to be ready to sign up by the end of next month – then, since I’m working from home it’ll just be a matter of scheduling it so I can go many days a week!

So, right now it’s a very haphazard plan, but once it’s written down – training plans can be set up and really, the goal is to get me to #DopeyChallenge in good shape and ready to have fun!

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Not me….yet!!

Belated Hogsback Half Marathon – recap (Race weekend 9.28.13)

11 Oct

This was going to be the weekend of races! I had registered for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Providence awhile back and then learned about a great local race and registered for that – not realizing that the local race was on Saturday and the Providence race was on Sunday. Of the same weekend. But, heck, I did Goofy earlier this year, 2 half marathons in a weekend was NOTHING!!

Well, the week leading up to my epic weekend of racing was a difficult one. First, on Monday I strained my back – so much so that the drive home from work was one of the most painful things I’ve done. Things felt a little better Tuesday at work – it was after work, when I rear-ended a truck on my way home that things went a little more south.

I could tell the next day that while my back was feeling better, my ankle and my …er…gluteus area…was more sore than normal. At this point I started thinking that 2 big races in one weekend might not be the smartest move. Then when I learned that I would have to pick up my race packet for Sunday no later than 5 on Saturday I realized that Providence would not happen this year.

So I was focused on Saturday’s race. The Hogsback Half Marathon. I was getting more and more excited as the race director, Kelly Gallagher, would post updates on facebook. And the pre-race communication was GREAT! Lots of information. And, apparently I didn’t read it all very carefully.

The plan was to get in the early start group at 8:15 – the suggestion was to get to the race start by 7:30 to pick up and make it to the start in time. In my mind…I had a 40 minute drive or so since I was thinking the race was in Colchester, CT. When I was double checking the information at about 6:30 Saturday morning, I discovered it was COLEBROOK, CT. Which is on the other side of the state. And a little farther drive…

So I started making my plans for what I would do if we missed the start – I’d volunteer! I mean, I would already be there. But, miraculously, we got there in time to get bibs and get to the start for the early start!

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Early Autumn view at the start/finish area.

This was by far one of the most beautiful courses I’ve been on – and it’s a great time of year in New England with the leaves changing and just enough of Autumn in the air to make things comfortable!

Timewise, I did pretty well considering my “injuries”, better than I have done all year so I was happy with that. I’m still slower than I used to be but I’m getting back there.

Course support was great – plenty of water stops. No potties on the course though, that would be the only downside. There were a lot of hills…and it seemed that most of them were of the uphill type, very view of my favorite downhills 🙂

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People lining up for the tasty post-race buffet!!

The post-race buffet was amazing! So many thanks to Kelly Gallagher and her husband as well as her entire family for all the hard work they put into this! I totally am volunteering to bring some desserts for next year’s event! Chicken, pasta, potatoes, salad, cookies, brownies, pies…I didn’t have to eat the rest of the day!!

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This is what I’m talkin’ about!! Noms!

Awards? I didn’t get one but these awards are definitely motivation to work harder– fabulously decorated sugar cookies from Cookie Cowgirl. An award. You can EAT!! So, you might think that I think this race is all about the food – but…

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There were leftover cookies…I didn’t win one 🙂

Did I mention? This race is in support of Running for Rescues– so a big portion of the miniscule registrations fees ($35 for a half marathon? In 2013? UNHEARD OF!!) goes to helping doggie rescue organizations.

So, let me recap the recap 🙂 Cheap registration, option to start early (which I need these days!), beautiful New England course, GREAT post-race spread, cute awards, wonderful charity…all great things!!

This doesn’t mean there weren’t one or two things I was less than happy with.

Um…that mile 12 hill? That went from Mile 12 to Mile 13? Yeah…can we do something about that? 😉 And, maybe that uphill walk to the car after as well? Thanks! Also, I know it’s nearly impossible given the course but a potty somewhere near the middle would be nice but I totally get why it’s not feasible.

All in all – this was an amazing event and I’m definitely signing up again!

To read more about the HogsBack Half Marathon, check out Kelly’s blog post on how she works really hard to put on an affordable, but quality, event here: http://somerandomthursday.blogspot.com/2013/08/economics-of-race-2013-hogsback-half.html And check out her other posts on putting on the race! Interesting stuff!!

And…The bling!!

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I’ve missed you too :)

8 Oct

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I didn’t realize it has been so long since I’ve posted….be prepared for a barrage of new stuff in the next few days!

I’ve got Hogsback Half Recap, runDisney Tower of Terror recap, prep for my girls’ weekend (which starts in 3 days!) and getting ready for the Hartford Half marathon!!

Lots of goodies coming up!!!

Race Recap — Harvest Wine Run

17 Sep

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This past weekend I participated in a new event – put on by Eident Racing. This was the first ever Harvest Wine Run – held in Newport Rhode Island at the Newport Vineyards.

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The race start was in the afternoon, to be followed by wine tasting and a BBQ dinner – so you KNOW I was in for this! Short 5K run through the vineyards and along a nature preserve trail. Not a piece of asphalt in sight!!

Given that I have a 10-miler coming up as well as a couple / few half marathons, I took my time – last thing I wanted was to end up falling in a hole. And, being clumsy, the odds were pretty good that this is where I’d end up!!

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I steadily picked my way along the course, enjoying the views, and the breeze and the anticipation of a nice few sips of wine!

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Preppy Pig Mobile!

BBQ was supplied by The Preppy Pig BBQ and it was tasty! I enjoyed it all, especially the cornbread (of course!) and sausage!!

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 The only drawback, in my opinion, is that race day bib pickup was kind of long, since I am guessing a lot of people weren’t from the area and had to pick up. So the race started about 15 minutes late but after that things went quite smoothly!

Included in our race packet was a coupon for 5 dollars off a purchase in the Vineyard store. And the coupon said “MUST BE USED TODAY”…so I used it on a bottle of the Newport Great White – but tasted a few others that I really enjoyed and would probably pick up again! The Pinot Grigio was good as well. The reds that I tasted were lighter reds – and as we are nearing “Red Wine Season” at my house I was looking for something a little heartier!

This is an event I would most definitely do again! I would even possibly find a room over in Newport and do early packet pickup and stay for a little extra wine tasting at the vineyard.

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Thanks to Newport Vineyards and Eident Racing for a great event!!

The Countdown Begins!

19 Aug

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And a huge old Happy Monday to you! (Like they say, if you don’t really believe it, Fake it til you make it!!)

Busy week ahead. And I’m starting off on my runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend countdown! Today is T-10 days til I hop on the plane for LA! Which means it is time to start making some lists!

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So, T-10 Day List is :Make a List!

The plan is to get my Bikram on at least 3 nights this week. Thursday I have the third, and final, Hartford Marathon X-Treme Scramble which means a post-work 5K followed by hot dogs, Harpoon Beer and Moe’s Burrito. And Disco. This month’s theme is Disco! No better way to kick off the weekend!!

Friday after work I’ll head over to Rhode Island to stay at Kathy’s since Saturday is the super popular Ray Lang Memorial Golf Tournament to honor my friend Pete Lang’s dad Ray and to support the Tug McGraw Foundation – it’s a great day with some really great people. And I get to hang out in a golf cart which is never a bad time!Sunday is my last big run before #DumboDoubleDate — a 10K in Wethersfield and then the usual Sunday activities – plus the whole packing and getting ready for a BIG trip stuff!

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