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Paris Marathon – Day 1

8 Apr

OMG!!! Is that here already???!!!

But first, a quick look at the first week of April. I will not-too-happily admit that I am still having a tough time getting in the groove but…. And, that whole thing where I was going to cut back on my road-ragey-ness for Lent? Well…yeah. I was a little better but there was still always that ogre sitting in the car! On the “bright” side, I managed to stay away from the Cadbury mini-eggs. For the most part. I ate about 6 of them last night. And this morning.

mini eggs

Get in mah belly delicious milk chocolate!!!


I’ve spent a lot of the last couple of weeks talking myself up to get through the Paris Marathon.

Paris marathon logo

What? Is that here already? Well, yes it is! And I have resigned myself to being very near the back of the pack on this one! Not to say I’m not gonna leave everything out there on the Champs Elysees. This is a flat-ish course. Supposedly. There isn’t a lot out there that I’ve been able to find other than this: from 5 years ago:

Paris Profile 1

Not too bad…



General consensus is that the last 5K is where the biggest hill is found. It’s also where the wine and cheese is found…Pick your poison 😉

And it’s Europe ya’ll. These people are serious about their running… We ‘Murricans at the back of the pack are a little less so. I’m in the last corral – but here, the timing for the last corral is “anything over 4:30” So, thinking there could be a pretty serious PR in my future.

Anyhoo…Day 1. Since I’m flying on miles, and to get the ‘best’ use of my miles I prefer to use First Class to fly internationally, the best option was to fly out of Washington DC. Which isn’t really a problem for me. I came down the night before just because I didn’t want the stress of a travel day drive.

This means that tomorrow I can take my time getting ready, and consolidating my carry-on stuff. And get in a short run…what?!

The worst part of the day, of course, was saying goodbye to this face:


I hate leaving him but it helps that I’m leaving him with someone who treats him like family. And he’s got three other dogs in the house to lord it over.

So on the docket for tomorrow is breakfast, a run (hoping to put an hour or so in on the treadmill) maybe lunch then heading to the airport where I will relax in the lounge until it’s time to get on my plane!!

I haven’t been to Paris in about 15 years and I’m going with my oldest, dearest friend in the world so this is going to be SO MUCH FUN!!

Even that 26.2 mile thing. Or should I say 42.195K thing

I hope you’ll follow along and send all of your support!!

It Just Keeps Getting Bigger!!!

30 Sep

starting line

And no, I’m not talking about my rear view 😉 Note – if you are trying to find a picture of someone’s rear end, google will show you a lot of nekkid ones….

I’m talking about my list of upcoming races – or as I like to call them “events” (since I don’t actually race much other than my own self!). And since I’m doing all this training I thought a good reminder was in order.

So, in Order of Appearance, here we go:

Hartford Half Marathon – I’m actually also doing the new “One Mile Friday” which is, yep, a One mile run in Hartford followed by a beer 🙂 After the half I’ll get this beauty:

hartford half medal

Hershey Half Marathon – I’ll be doing this one with my friends Kathy and Jennifer. And, we will of course be headed to the park on Saturday before for Roller Coastering! And, I think for this one, we don’t know what the medal will be ahead of time so it will be a delicious surprise!!

Marine Corps Marathon – This is the ‘biggie’ for 2014! You know, the one you can show your support of my efforts by donating to the Tug McGraw Foundation! C’mon! It doesn’t hurt!!

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – This one we do for “fun” — and the training miles 🙂 And after the miles and before the Food and Wine-ing I’ll get this around my neck (bonus – it spins!!):

2014 Wine Dine Half Marathon Medal

Santa Hustle Half Marathon –  This was a new add (like Hartford) since I’m getting to the point of having some really long weekend runs, I *know* it will be tons easier for me to get them in if I have an event. Not that I don’t love circling my town a few times to get my long runs in…Plus SANTA!!!

TXU Turkey Trot 10K – Everyone should do a Turkey Trot at least once!! This is a nice one – I’ve done the 5K before. And, really, it’s probably best to start the holiday eating season by moving a little!!

Then…after Thanksgiving I’m taking a ‘break’ – from organized events! That is, until I get to the Main Event:

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Dopey Challenge – 4 Races, 6 Medals (Okay, one of the ‘medals’ is a rubber medallion but still…) 4 Races? 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and Full Marathon on Sunday –  I had planned to do the Goofy Challenge this year since it’s an anniversary year and then they went and added that crazy 10K in there!

Aramco Houston Half Marathon  – I deferred this one in 2014 since I was having so many issues even walking! I’ve done this one a few times and it’s a nice course and a really great event! They’ve also added a 5K on the day before so of course I said “What the heck, why not?!

Publix Georgia Half Marathon – So now I’m entering “what was I thinking” territory! This one was registered for when I saw that I could get in for something like 34 or 40 dollars! Really. That’s it. Plus, it’s one I’ve often thought of doing so….there ya go!

The next Biggie — Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris – Another one where I entered a lottery on a whim, et voila! Making this into a fun trip with a friend. She’s even decided to do the Paris Breakfast Run the day before!

And then, my pal Jackie applied appropriate pressure to get me to sign up for the Brand New! runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge! So new it isn’t even up on the runDisney page yet!!

So there you have it. And all I can say is WHOA! If nothing else, I am definitely feeling way more motivated to train than I normally am. Which is to say, I am feeling motivated to train 🙂



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