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I Had a Real Weekend and Did Stuff!!

25 Jul

Finally!! A real day out!!

A couple of weekends ago, I ran the Hartford Marathon Foundation Red Dress 5K – I’ve done this one several times and it’s always a fun day. It’s a women’s only event but husbands and dads and sons all show up to support women’s health.

Lots of the women wear a lot of red. I don’t really have much red so I wear what I want and that’s okay!

But let me back up!

Kathy came down on Friday and, after my delayed Thursday run, we headed to the Riverfront in Hartford for the Riverfront Recapture Food Truck Festival. Generally we’d go Saturday after the 5K but Kathy had other plans (and I had 5 more miles to run!) Tons of great food – Kathy had something from the Jamaican truck and I had some Poutine because…fries. We even brought Phred with us since it was all outside and he hasn’t had an adventure in awhile!  After we grabbed our food and beers we sat and did a TON of people watching! This even seems to always coincide with ConnectiCon – which means lots and lots of costumes (some of which I even recognized from famous movies like Star Wars!) Also, Jesus was there….???

This stuff is right up my alley, but I skipped for some poutine

We went home and got into jammies pretty early for a night of “scary” movies (quality questionable as always!) – though I think I chose pretty well this time! (The Forest and Shut In – check them out!)

Got up early on Saturday to head to West Hartford for the run/race! At packet pickup there are several tables of various healthcare type booths giving away grocery bags and First Aid kits. The race is held in and around Elizabeth Park which has an amazing rose garden!

 

The course seems to have changed the last few years, probably due to road work in the area but it’s always a nice one.  I kept with my 45:30 intervals for most of the time and managed to keep my pace under 14 so I was happy.  The post race treat is a yogurt parfait. Back when I first started doing this 5K the post race treat was strawberry shortcake and, of course, that was my main motivation for doing it in the first place. And sometimes there are extra treats…..I’m looking at you NoRa Cupcakes! Sadly, though, this year there was no NoRa :/ But we did get a rose from some of the event people!

And, even though I didn’t get a #FlatAnne picture before the race – since I didn’t know what I was going to wear! – I did manage one after 3 miles!

Why Do I Run?

29 Mar

It’s Complicated.

This isn’t an easy question to answer but I’m going to give it a try…

I was a late starter with running. Growing up I would have done just about anything to get out of running in PE class. When forced to, it would take me the entire class period to run a mile. **I did however love the time we got to do hurdles**

So what made me start running 25 years later?

I didn’t have some major life experience – good or bad – that running helped me get through. No major disease diagnosis. No desire to break the tape at the Boston Marathon (I’d be surprised if Boston was even on my radar 20 years ago!). All of those reasons that people give for taking up running….I don’t have one of those.

I used to run the occasional 5K – maybe once or twice a year. And of course by ‘run’ I mean waddled. One year I volunteered at the LA Marathon – at a water station on Wilshire Blvd – and thought “I might be able to do that” as I watched runners pass by for hours. But then it was another few years before I actually did it.

And then, after my first marathon I just kept doing them. Keep in mind, my training has*NEVER* been what you might call…um…stellar. Even though each time I cross a finish line I say to myself “I bet if I trained I could do lots better”. And then I don’t train. Lather, rinse, repeat

5 years after my first marathon I was diagnosed with diabetes. So now, 14 years later, running is a way to keep things a little more under control. And to try to manage my weight.

But, I don’t *LOVE* running.  I love the excitement of the starting lines, the people along the course, the places I’ve gone. Seeing a city on foot isn’t a bad way to go! I enjoy the bling, but it isn’t the reason I show up (unless it’s really great!!) I love the people that running has brought into my life and sometimes the only time I see these people, my ohana, is when we’re at races. Running. So I love that.

I couldn’t tell you how many half marathons I’ve done. But I can tell you I’ve done 25 marathons (I think…I will have to re-count) since my first in 2000. I can tell you I didn’t even run the full 13.1 in my first half – I didn’t even go to the finish line since I passed my car. I may have also cut the course on that one.

But I don’t love running. At the same time, I feel guilty when I don’t run.

So you’re probably saying “then stop running”….but then what do I do? I get it, there are millions of people who don’t run and I could easily be one of them. But I would miss it. Really I would.

Plus what would I do with all my super cute running clothes??

See? Cute clothes! Skirt Sports Jette Skirt and Tough Chick jacket in Frolic

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There’s that Jette Skirt again!! Tantrum

So, while I don’t love running, I don’t actually hate it either. I’m comfortable having running in my life. And I would miss it for sure if I stopped.

Progress, Not Perfection…

14 Feb

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!

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It’s Tuesday morning — and I didn’t wrap up yesterday. Instead I went to an actual Valentine’s event. Granted it was at a cupcake shop so cupcakes were purchased (and all but one put in the freezer cause…well, they aren’t what I need right now but I will need them one day!)

But I digress…..Let’s get to it

The plan this week said:

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

What happened was:

Tuesday – Did not run 5 miles….did not run at all
Wednesday – Also, did not run (What on earth is WRONG with me!?!?!)
Thursday – Ran 5 miles. On a treadmill. EARLY in the morning!  
Snow storm was coming and I knew if I didn’t get to the gym nothing would happen for days!
Friday – Friday is usually a rest day. I went for a massage…
Saturday – Another 5 at the gym. Things are looking up!
Sunday – 8 on the ‘mill. Watching the lady Ghostbusters (is that appropriate?) Again, getting it in before snow flies

So I got it all in except a 10K race  which, let’s be honest. We know me. If I don’t have a race on my calendar I’m not making up my own Amiright?

Coming up this week….

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!)
Sunday – 5 Miles

Hoping for good weather this weekend but if not I’m hopping on the treadmill again – if nothing else I get to watch movies I might not pick for myself!

Myrtle Beach Countdown – about 18 days away!

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And Now, The Resolutions :)

3 Jan

new year 2015

Last year I had two big resolutions and managed to stick to one of them completely and the other…well, kind of haphazardly

Training was my biggest goal. And while I didn’t stick 100% to my plan, I did a lot more training that I would normally have done. The other resolution? Every time I went to a store and took a cart (carriage for those of you in New England!) out to my car, I would return it either to the front of the store, or the cart corral.

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For 2015, I think I’ll set my sights a little higher!!

RUNNING– Currently my big goal race for the year is the Paris Marathon in April. I’m hoping to get into the Marine Corps Marathon again though so I’m going to pretend I’m in!
1. Have a goal. Usually I just run what I run (or don’t). Towards the end of last year I started setting monthly goals, with a running group I’m part of. This year I’ll go ahead and post them here and we can all see how I do! (FYI, my January Mileage Goal is 100 miles)
2. Be consistent. Enough said.
3. No negative talk. If you read here, you’re aware that I often use the words “Lazy” and “slacker” to describe my running life. No more! If I’m getting out there I’m not slacking and I’m not lazy!!
4. Not just running. This week I re-started my Bikram practice. My goal for Bikram is at least 4 days a week. Plus I’ll be adding back in some of my home weight workouts.

HEALTH – In 2014 I took better control of my diabetes and saw my A1C start to come back down to ‘normal’ levels. This year I plan to work even harder at it.
1. Meals. I need to focus more on the FORK side of this blog. This means I need to get back to cooking regular meals and stop considering a bowl of cereal to be a good dinner.
2. Blood Sugar. I definitely need to monitor this more closely all day long. One step I’ll take towards that is hopefully getting a Continuous Glucose Monitor and an Insulin Pump – more on this after my next doctor appointment in a couple weeks.
3. Weight – I ended the year at about the same weight I started. Losing only 5% of my current weight will help manage my diabetes a little better so…

EVERYTHING ELSE!
1. Get out more! There’s a lot to do within a short drive from my house and I need to start doing them!!
2. Spend more time with friends I got to spend time with a few of my friends this year and had an amazing time – so need more of that!!
3. Get Organized!! Yeah, this will be a year long process! But, baby steps….
4. This Blog 🙂 – improve my consistency, maybe have some friends add their thoughts and share posts!
4. Be nice. I’m not always nice. 🙂 This year I’ll definitely do more thinking before speaking. Following through on things I say/promise (I have some years old promises I need to fulfill in the next month!!) This includes promises I make to myself – see about re: running and Bikram…and eating right. Not so much grumpy whining and complaining. Which leads to the most important resolution for me this year

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EXPRESS GRATITUDE There is something to be grateful for every day – and sometimes we forget. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or the last thing at night, I will be sure to set my attitude in a positive direction

So, what have you resolved to do this year? Big changes or little changes? 

Where I’ve Never Been….

28 Mar

So, this was scheduled to post Friday morning…but it didn’t. Bonus for ya’ll!! Follow up post later today!

Last year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to go somewhere I’d never been. I didn’t get to that part…but this year…things are gonna be different!

 

And it’s starting today!

In just a few hours I’ll be in a new place! I’ve wanted to go here for years – have had a couple of opportunities but for one reason or another it didn’t work out …but now. Now I’m doing it!

Sure it isn’t terribly exotic. But it’s a start!

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My friend Sharon asked a few months ago if I’d like to Run with the Bulls. Not those bulls  – this year anyway! Sharon LOVES Bermuda. Probably as much as, if not more than, she loves New York City. So I picked a great person for a first visit, right?!

On Sunday we will be Running with the Bulls. Well, technically and officially, I’ll be Walking with the Bulls since when I signed up I didn’t know what kind of condition I’d be in. And. Bermuda is actually kind of hilly from what I’ve heard! So it’ll be fun for sure.

Saturday evening we’re doing an Earth Day kind of celebration walk through Hamilton which will be another fun event.

So it’s about 15 hours before the plane leaves Newark and I’m all packed! And excited. And the best news? (well, it’s all good but…) I got upgraded for my flight from Newark to Hamilton! Which means I’m starting my party EARLY.

Can’t WAIT to go — I’m so excited and have gotten lots of good advice from another friend who loves Bermuda, possibly even more than Sharon does!! I think the only thing I could possibly regret about this trip is that it is way too short!!

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Bermuda – bird’s eye view From coldwellbankersislands.com

I’m looking forward to sharing this great weekend with you…probably not tomorrow…probably not Sunday…but soon. Real soon!!

Have a great TGIF!!!

 

 

 

Looking Ahead…

12 Jan
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From theboringrunner.com

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!!

NYC Marathon Weekend

7 Nov

So, before we dive into my final runDisney weekend for the year, we need to take a look at the past weekend!

That’s right. The NYC Marathon.

I did not run this last weekend. No no no…but I have run it in the past! The last time I ran it, in 2008, I had decided would be my last. I ran with Team McGraw and have, since then, tried to at least be out on the course on Sunday supporting not just my Team McGraw family, but everyone out there!

The Marathon experience starts with the Pasta dinner the night before. This is something I don’t always attend, just because of the commuting down and back 2 days in a row can be tough! But this year I went and am glad I did. It’s always an emotional night, as people share their reasons for running – all of them incredibly personal and you can definitely count on tears being shed.

After meeting the runners I was really looking forward to cheering them on the next morning. So it was back on the train and back into the city. This time Phred came along – he’s probably one of our biggest cheerleaders – even from deep inside his carrier where he sits to avoid the cold wind that ALWAYS shows up on 1st Avenue!

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Phred and I on the way down to NYC to cheer on our Team!!

We didn’t have to wait long before the lead woman showed up…followed a few minutes later by some more and then eventually a larger pack. Then the men. They were running as a much tighter group. It always completely amazes me how fast these people move – looking like it takes no effort at all!!

When the larger group of “regular” runners starts coming it is like a massive wave of people. And it literally doesn’t slow down for several hours!! It’s such a great way to spend time!!

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I can only imagine how exciting this must be to see live!!

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And this? Exciting!!

After a few hours we headed over to meet our Team at the finish line area. Now generally we wait around benches and gather but since Boston things are a little tighter and the street was barricaded. Then we heard that runners were coming out in a few different places which put a crimp in the plan! Though, the runners all knew where we would be waiting so we figured they’d show up

NYC finish-line

And they started trickling in. It was a pretty confusing situation, and we weren’t able to stay to meet everyone as it had started to get pretty chilly – and it was probably best for the runners They all finished and some even set some pretty big Prs!

I once said that I was finished running NYC, there are just so many options out there…but every single time I get out there on 1st Avenue I get a little longing…

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