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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

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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…

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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Sing-a-Long Saturday!!

7 Sep

It’s Back!!!!

But, I still have tons to catch up on…top of the list of course is the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend — including #DumboDoubleDare!

Until then though….”Make every minute count, jump up, jump in and seize the day!”

Tuesday’s Truth

20 Aug

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It makes me sad that I’m becoming one of those people who hate Mondays. It makes it hard to wake up and be honestly thankful to have a job.

I believe I’m just frustrated that my work isn’t appreciated – not that I’m saving lives or doing anything significant to the outside world but I think I have made a difference in my little corner of the world.

You can tell me over and over what a great job I’m doing but sometimes I need a tangible ‘reward’ – I think we all do.

Thank goodness for Bikram and massage and running. I’d be a (bigger) mess without them!

Frustrated I may be, but it’s still another day to do some good things!

Enjoy your Tuesday! You don’t get another today!

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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!

The Electric Run – Race Review

17 Aug

Okay, so I’ve done the Rock and Roll races and I’ve done some runDisney races and I’ve done some local runs and I’ve done some big ones and I’ve even done some of the “theme” runs that are really popular these days (see my reviews here! https://outrunningthefork.com/2013/07/22/a-tale-of-two-color-runs/ )

Last weekend I did another new one – for me anyway! This time it was ELECTRIC!! Well, it was The Electric Run (which has NOTHING to do with the song from “FAME” but…any opportunity to throw in some music and I’m on top of it!!)

This time we took advantage of the pre-race packet pickup. There was some financial incentive to do this – you had to pay extra to pick up on event night. (Of course I negated the savings by picking up a new pair of running shoes at pickup!)

But on to the race!

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Talk about amazing! It was definitely a really great run! The course was the same old Rentschler Field 5k course (at least I think it was…it was dark!) Park of our packet was some ‘glow’ sunglasses and an LCD lit bracelet – we learned that this would flash with movement when it was turned on so spent a lot of time waving our hands around while waiting to start!

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Got into the starting chute early and got to watch the sunset. As soon as it was dark the first group set off. There wasn’t a lot of time between waves and it passed really quick. Before we knew it, we were off and running. And the running was actually surprisingly easy.

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But the DECORATIONS! It becomes obvious that they definitely spend a few days setting up because it was amazing!

Tunnels of colored balloon tubes (yeah, I don’t know what they’re called!), walls of changing light mosaics and the Forest! Oh my gosh – I hope to have a better camera to catch this next year. My phone pictures don’t do it justice at all!

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Eventually we got back to the stadium and actually ran through the concourse – which none of the other Rent races I’ve done has us do. That’s a nice flat even section that was also decorated with lights and umbrellas and…

Before I knew it the run was over…I mean, even before I expected it. I didn’t have my Garmin so I have to take the organizers’ word that it was 5K. Even without my watch I’m sure it was my fastest ever -it sure felt like it!! Maybe it was the running in the dark – but I didn’t have that experience with Expedition Everest so maybe it really was just my fast feet!

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Final words? I will DEFINITELY be doing this one again! The energy, the course, the entertainment. Oh, and did I mention that the #OMGFreeBenandJerrys Truck was at the finish? Oh yeah they were, with some nomtastic frozen Greek Yogurt! So, really, a perfect night!

Do this one – Don’t be put off by the high cost – it’s definitely worth it!!

Race Review – Hartford’s Red Dress Run for Women

7 Jul

FINALLY!! What this blog’s all about!! Some running stuff!  Let me start by saying this was

And yes, I know it’s only going to get hotter before it gets cold again but…whoa! 

Each year, the Hartford Marathon Foundation holds the Red Dress Run for Women in Elizabeth Park which is quite famous for it’s rose gardens. And rightly so! They are really gorgeous. Though at this time of year they don’t tend to be in full beautiful bloom – but there’s definitely enough rosey beauty to enjoy! And a gorgeous gazebo! There must have been a wedding here last night because the ground was covered with heart shaped glitter!

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5K – starting in the park, running through the neighborhood and then back in the park! Great course with the obligatory “I HATE YOU” hills 🙂 Lots of women of all ages – and…now that I think of it, I didn’t see any men running today. Were there men registered? I don’t know! Will have to find that out!!

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Was wearing a lot of my favorite things today! From the bottoms of my feet to my shirt! New Balance runDisney shoes, KT Tape holding my foot to my ankle, Team Sparkle skirt – in black – and my Raw Threads “bow” tank! And, of course, in my belly, Energy Bits and later, a Power Crunch bar in chocolate.

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Anyway – got lots of water in before starting. Left my watch at home – not 100% intentionally! It was nice to start off in the shade and a lot of the course actually is pretty shady and on a day like today, every little bit helps!

Parking is at UCONN and buses run you up to the park and back. There’s a little health fair type thing going on at the start/finish area – picked up some Ola Granola samples. YUMS! Will be great in a fruit and yogurt parfait.

The HMF always does a really great job with the post-race snacks! Today was a strawberry / yogurt parfait (back when I first did this race a few years ago it was strawberry shortcake and some amazing Panera sugar cookies!!) – and I bet it was that great Ola Granola that was adding crunch!

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Once I ate half my parfait I hopped on the bus and sweated my way back to my car (thank you remote starter for getting my car cooled off before I got in!).

What did you run this weekend?! And how hot was it?

PS – Don’t you just love a race director with a sense of humor?

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