Races

Perfect 10

It was a beautiful day for a race today! The Perfect 10 Miler was the last of my fall races that I was signed up for and I just couldn’t bear to miss it. I know my leg was not fully recovered so I dropped down from the 10 mile race to the 5k. This was Melissa’s first race back after having her beautiful boy 3 months ago.

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We always have so much fun running together. I realized after the race that the last 5k I ran was over a year ago (remember I took a year off of 5ks?) and Melissa and I ran that together too.

So many of my SOL Sisters ran this race too. Race day with these girls is an amazing experience. We have the best time meeting at someone’s house way before dawn, driving hours to our race and spending the morning together.

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We give each other confidence before the race, chat with each other on the course and cheer everyone on as the they come through the finish line.

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Today I was lucky enough to take second place in my age group and have my boys there to cheer me on. My girls stayed for the awards too. Can you tell how sunny it was?

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Here is my race bling – finisher medal and place medal. :)

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I think the socks Tara gave me brought me luck. And my mantra is still true. I never regret a run – even with an injury. It’s ironic because I chose to put it on my bib almost a year ago!

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The food after the race was amazing again this year.

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Melissa and I went to packet pick up yesterday to collect our gear. Somehow we ended up at a crew race first? Why is GPS so challenging sometimes?

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But we made it there eventually.

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And then home in time for our soccer game. The Hurricanes played awesome for another win. Only one more game to go this season.

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I probably won’t be running again for a while after this weekend, but for me, it was totally worth it.

So, I am wondering, does your town trick or treat on Halloween or on another day?

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You can’t give 100% one hundred percent of the time. Or you will break. That is good advice given by my yoga instructor this morning. We all need to take time to relax and recharge so we can be our best when we need to be. The girls and I decided to take her advice and got a little girl time in this afternoon.

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I’m so glad we did because this weekend’s schedule is already making my head spin. The weekend before Halloween is filled with trunk or treat events that the boys will love. Here are Aidan and I at one from last year.

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We will also be playing two soccer games (Go Hurricanes!) and going to a Halloween party! (I hope I remember those pumpkins!)

This weekend is also the Perfect 10 Miler race – the last race I am signed up for in October. This is an all female race designed to promote healthy body image and encourage girls and women to love themselves for who they are. My running club runs this race as a team and it is so much fun. Here are a few of us from last year’s race.

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This year they have added a 5k option as well as the 10 mile race. The boys and I will be there to support all of my girls running, and there is a pretty good chance I will drop down to the 5k. We’ll see. I know, I know… So add packet pick-up on Saturday and a race on Sunday to our weekend schedule. I am pretty excited for this since I have missed all of my other races. I will have to keep this in mind if I run:

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Fall race season continues and we are getting everything together for my running club’s fall 5k – 1 mile kids run, the Gobble Wobble.  This race is Thanksgiving morning and a great way to burn off some calories before Thanksgiving dinner. And dessert.

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It will be a busy weekend, for sure, but I know we will have a great time. Now I have to go so the tooth fairy can make another visit to our house.

So, I am wondering, do you prefer trick or treating in neighborhoods or trunk or treat events?

Stress Fracture

My soccer team had their first night game tonight. Aidan got in some bleacher running while the team was warming up.

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The boys played so well. Usually it takes a little while before you see meaningful improvement in their skills. This season I feel like they are just getting it. I am amazed at how well they are playing as a team after such a short time. They must have been super fast because all of my pictures look like this. 😉

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It was Lee’s turn to bring snack tonight and you won’t believe what she made! The most incredible rice crispy treat pumpkins you have ever seen. I checked out her facebook page after I saw these and it turns out she is a pro at making treats. I wish I could show you everything she has made!  The boys loved them, of course. Thanks Lee!

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Here is the bad news. My annoying injury is actually a stress fracture. I can’t even tell you how sad I am about this. 4 – 6 weeks of no running and no soccer for me (I can still coach, but I can’t kick a ball). I haven’t taken even one week off of running since my Achilles injury last November! I know there are way worse things that can happen, but this is a big deal for me. Plus, my races…  I need this shirt now.

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I am pretty sure I know how this happened. I tried to squeeze a 13 or 14 week training plan for the 18 mile race into 11 weeks. Not smart. Sometimes we just think we can do anything, even when it’s a bad idea. I am not good at taking time off. I was going to go for a “little run” today to see if there was any way I could race on Sunday. It just was not possible. I actually can not run right now. :(

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone caused by the repetitive application of force, often by overuse. Mine is in my lower tibia. This picture shows the most common stress fractures suffered by distance runners. These are considered “low risk” stress fractures because they usually heal on their own without surgery or a cast and a month or two away from running. There are also “high risk” stress fractures that require significantly more time away from running, such as femur, pelvis and hip stress fractures.

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Symptoms of a stress fracture may include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness over a certain spot
  • Increased pain with activity
  • Continued pain even while at rest

I have now been told that the best way to prevent stress fractures is to follow the rule of increasing your mileage by no more than 10% a week. I guess that is a good rule to follow. It is also helpful to cross train. Building strength can help reduce the risk of many injuries. So for now I am going to focus on cross training – something I am notoriously bad about doing.

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I am going to try to stay positive and see this as an opportunity to become a better runner. I am going to try to develop better training habits and focus more on good nutrition.

Here are two really good articles on the causes and symptoms of stress fractures and how to prevent them.

So, I am wondering, do you cross train or stick to one favorite activity?

The Forest or the Trees?

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It’s true, runners do not make good patients. We are probably pretty stubborn as a group and we rarely want to see the big picture of an injury. In our defense, running is very addictive. It just makes you feel good about life. Plus, who wants to give up months of training just before a race? This is my dilemma. Yes, I know it makes no sense at all if you are not a runner. So I am still not running in hopes that I can race on Sunday (5k). And the next Sunday (18 miler). And the one after that (perfect 10 miler).

Cross training it is for now. At least someone was excited about it!

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Here are some common reasons runners get injured. Keep these in mind during your training.

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My boys are so sweet. Dane got the couch all set up for me after dinner and insisted that I sit down and ice my leg. My sweetie. <3

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It has been forever since I ran a 5k. I am really only running this weekend to honor my dear friend and all of the women out there who are battling or have battled breast cancer. There is no race quite as stressful as the 5k because really, anything is possible. This is why I gave them up.

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So, I am wondering,my runner friends, if it was you what would you REALLY do about these upcoming races and training?

Race for A Cure

Today we celebrated a great friend’s birthday at hot yoga. I’m so glad she suggested this. It has been too long since we have all seen each other and it has been way too long since I have been to yoga. I forgot that yoga is great for meditation as well as a great workout.  Plus, it’s always fun to hang out with the girls.

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Yoga is great for runners because it helps so much with flexibility and preventing running injuries.  Believe it or not, we can do all of these.

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But at the end, when it is time for “regular” stretching, we are not so good.  We were cracking up today because there was no way our line of runners could get our legs straight enough to do what the instructor was telling us. 😉

I have decided to run just one 5k this year. I know, I was taking a year off of 5ks, but this is for a really good cause. It is the Susan G. Komen Race for A Cure 5k. I am running it in honor of a dear friend of mine who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She is so strong and brave. I wish so much that I could do more to help her with this battle.

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Tonight was goalkeeper training. Here is my guy in action.

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And here is his crew.  (Aidan was too busy hanging out with friends at the field for pictures tonight.)

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So, I am wondering, how will you support breast cancer awareness month in October?

Did You Know This?

I have taken all of the Facebook quizzes and they seem to agree that my “real” age is younger than I actually am. This bit of information surely dates me though!  And as I type this I am struggling to follow the new (ish) rule. But here it is. Get ready to be shocked. Maybe. You are only supposed to use one space after a period! Or any ending punctuation. Did you know this? Why didn’t anyone tell me (other than Apple who automatically did this for me)? I just did it again.

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This one is going to be hard. There is still some debate, but most publishing authorities agree that one space should be used. The Chicago Manual of Style says, ” in our efficient, modern world, I think there is no room for two spaces after a period.”  The MLA Handbook agrees, “Because it is increasingly common for papers and manuscripts to be prepared with a single space after all punctuation marks, this spacing is shown in the examples in the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual.”  You get the point. Here is an article that will elaborate on why we are only using one space and make you feel old all at the same time.

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At least my favorite coffee is back to help me get used to this craziness.

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The girls and I have decided to do a Halloween virtual race while we are training for our fall races.  I am pretty excited for this cool medal.

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Plus, we will have fun doing it. It was finally cooler outside today.

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I have traded my iPhone in.  A tough decision, for sure. My old phone was done though. It gave up. Too many pictures have been taken with that phone!  I went with a Galaxy this time around, mostly for the camera (16mp vs. 8mp iPhone). I am learning Android now.  What phone do you use?  Have you switched from Apple to Android?

TrailBlazers and Milestones

This weekend was the final race for the TrailBlazers – the kids running club.  We had so much fun running this summer and I was really excited for the kids to get to do their thing.

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It was a beautiful morning and a great course along the bay.

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The kids all finished the 1 mile race and a few even completed their first 5k!  I am so proud of them.  One of my 5k finishers made this collage below.  I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to make even a little difference in a kid’s life.  It is the best feeling.

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They all earned their race medals, that’s for sure!

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We had another really important event this weekend – my nephew’s 1st birthday party!  In typical first birthday fashion this little cutie decided to start his party with a nap.  Once he joined everyone though, he was the life of the party.  He is the sweetest little guy and he loves being with everyone.

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His party was a hit with everyone else too.  We got to wear silly masks.M dress up

And meet Cookie Monster.

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We visited with family who live far away.

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And hung out with old friends.

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I’m sure this will be a big surprise to everyone who knows us, but Dane cracked open the piñata and could not have been happier.

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And the birthday boy loved his cake.

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Happy Birthday sweet guy.

Races and Friends

The end of summer is time to gear up for fall races.  I love fall races – the weather gets cooler and there are so many great races to choose from.  Thankfully I have kept my mileage up because I can’t fully commit to a training schedule until the kids are back in school.  For now I have to be happy with 8s and 10s and an occasional 13 or 14.

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Here is my race schedule so far…  I have to admit I am thinking of adding one 5k in there.  Just one.  Melissa – come run it with me.  I guess it has been long enough that I have forgotten how painful they are!

Summer fun continues.  Beautiful beach days that will unfortunately stop suddenly.

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Dinner with friends.  This restaurant has $1.00 kids meals sometimes, but you have to order off of the kids menu.  Our boys just might have outgrown this.  They each had two kids meals!  😉

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Dinner was followed by the biggest ice cream cones you have ever seen.

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Dane and I took advantage of some down time by playing ping pong.  He is being picture shy lately though.

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So, I am wondering, how far in advance do you sign up for races?

18 Miles… Come Join Me

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It’s time to start training for the LBI 18 Mile Run!  Perfect timing for me.  My last race was the Wildwood Half Marathon in May and my running is starting to feel uninformed.  I’m at that point where I can’t really decide how many miles to run when I go out.  In the beginning of the summer it was great to have the freedom of just running however much I was in the mood to do, but now it is getting old.  Time for a race!  Luckily, a bunch of girls from my running club are running this race so we put together a 12 week training plan.  Check it out.  Like our page and you will receive training updates and motivation from us as well.

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I am excited to finally run this race because the island is such a big part of our life.  So far the April Fools Half in Atlantic City is still my favorite race.  We’ll see if the 18 Miler can top it!  Long Beach Island is 18 miles long, so I will be able to say I have run the entire island.  We usually train out and back on the north end.

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The race starts in Holgate and finishes at the lighthouse in Barnegat Light.

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This race is not for beginners, but if you are an intermediate level or above runner, join us.  The “long run” for this week is 7 miles and will increase from there.  You can register here.

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We will be hoping for good weather on Sunday, October 12th!  This will give me something to focus on during my long run tomorrow!

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So, I am wondering, what is the farthest distance you have already run?  How far are you willing to go?

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