Races

Wildwood Half

I am finally posting pictures from the Wild Half!  After a long race I am usually totally spent mentally and physically and can manage only to go out to eat and then to bed.  I did mean to post these sooner though.  Better late than never!  This is me after the race – right before I collapsed on the couch!

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The day started with a beautiful sunrise.

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And meeting the girls before the race.

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The run itself started ideally.  The weather was great, the course was flat and the views were distracting.

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And then we got to the bridges.

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And the sun came out and I started to realize that I was really pushing myself.  But all is well that ends well even if there were a few tough moments.

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I finished with a PR of 1:54 and another great race with my girls.

girls after run This statement is true for many situations in life.

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That’s why it’s important to have fun – even on those tough days.

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So, I am wondering,what is the next race you have planned?

 

 

Hot or Not

I finally did it – I went to hot yoga with the girls.  It has been more than a year since Dawn and Tara tried to convince me it was the best thing ever.  I held out with the full list of regular excuses.  Plus everyone knows I am terrible at cross training.  Then it started to seem like everyone was going to Hot or Not – and everyone loved it.  Finally, yesterday a new friend asked me to go in an hour.  Perfect!  Not enough time to talk myself out of it and I get to spend time with a new friend.  Thanks so much, Paula!

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So here’s the deal.  Do not go to hot yoga unless you have the time to make it a regular habit.  It is amazing and totally addicting.  Some of it was tough for me.  I could not believe it when I looked around at my friends all doing the crow position.  And a few others that I can’t remember the names of.  So now I have a new goal.  Even though you probably don’t have an ounce of water left in your body when you are done, you leave feeling totally refreshed.  See you next week, girls!

Jeannette and I braved the weather yesterday to pick up our packets for the race on Sunday.  Yikes!  Now that was a downpour!  We drove right into it.  Everything in Wildwood was flooded.  We got out of the car and the water was literally past our ankles.  I had to roll up my jeans and take off my sandals.  Jeannette on the other hand had on capris so she ran right to the building.  Nice to totally abandon me!  The lady working registration had my back though.  Just wait until tomorrow Missy!  Just kidding.  I love running with my girls.  And thanks for driving in that mess, Jeannette.

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Tomorrow I have a new lucky number.

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Melissa has inspired me, once again, to be my best.  I was seriously considering taking it easy.  She knows me so well though and knows exactly what to say to whip me into shape.  Thanks.  I hope I can live up to your prediction.  Can’t wait until you finally have your sweet boy and can get back to running!

Another disappointing race shirt.  Does anyone like white oversized tech shirts with sleeves that are way too long???  And really, a gender specific option should be the standard for a large race like this one.  I am so thankful that I often get to design the shirts for our club’s races.  Maybe I should solicit feedback….  Maybe I am the only one who likes them!  Anyway, I think I will make a race shirt quilt after all.

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Time to carb load.  I have cut this down to one day for a half.  I know its supposed to be a treat, but I don’t like it.  It does not make me feel good at all.  But it is helpful on race day.

So, I am wondering, have you tried hot yoga?  Do you like it?

Also, do you like carb loading?

Race Weekend Is Almost Here!

First of all, I have a guest blogger tonight.  Fezziwig insists he has something to add and keeps walking on the keyboard.  Good thing he is cute.  Big dogs are man’s best friend, but the little ones are just for us girls.  I know my friend Margie would agree.  You should see her cutie!

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I am getting really excited for the Wild Half this weekend.  Apparently there are less than 2 days and 8 hours until I will be freezing at the starting line with my great friends, hoping my Garmin gets a location and dying to break out of the crowd and start running.  Sounds like fun, right?

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There is nothing like the fun and excitement of a race with a bunch of friends.  Jeannette and I are heading down to packet pickup tomorrow :) .  Although it is sometimes tough to fit more than one day of race activities into your schedule, I love it when we can.  I was going to take it easy at this one since I met my time goal in Atlantic City, but who knows?  Some friends are looking for a PR and I will probably stick with them.

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And really what is not to enjoy when the entire course is along the beach?  I have not run this race previously and I am hoping it is as good as I think it is going to be.  We even get to run across two of the little bridges!  Let’s hope the weather holds out.  The only time it is not fun running at the beach is when there are gale force winds – like at the NJ Marathon last year.  Not good.  But it is supposed to be perfect weather this weekend – partly sunny and 65 degrees.  Now all that is left is figuring out what to wear!

By the way, have you tried these?  They are so good!  Yes, I ate the entire 1.5 pounds in one day.

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So, I am wondering, do you race in the summer?

 

April Fools Half Marathon 2014

Today was the April Fools Half Marathon in Atlantic City – my favorite race.  The conditions were perfect for running!  Sunny, cool and filled with a lot of great running friends. 

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There were 15 girls from my running club running today.  This race seems to be the first half marathon for many girls in my club, and today was no exception.  Plus, a lot of us were looking for PRs, so it was sure to be an exciting day!

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A bunch of us decided to wear tutus in response to the negative comments recently published by Self magazine.  It was my first tutu race and I have to admit that it was more festive than just regular running clothes. 

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Part of the fun of racing with friends is hanging out before and after the race.  It’s always an early morning, but it is also always worth it.

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One of the reasons I love this race so much is that the course travels parallel to the beach in Atlantic City.  I love the beach in the morning – it reminds me of the summers I worked on the beach when I was younger.  The sun on the water is so beautiful and the seagulls are cheering you on. 

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Eileen and I ran together for a lot of the race.  We chatted the race away like it was another training run. 

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The race starts at the Revel casino in Atlantic City and runs through three other beach towns before coming back.  One of the highlights of the course is Lucy the 6 story elephant statue in Margate.  You can actually go inside the statue and come out on top for an elephant ride!  If you want to learn more about Lucy, look here.  http://www.lucytheelephant.org/?presets=preset5

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I was hoping to get a PR at this race.  My prior best time for a half marathon was 2 hours, 10 minutes.  Last year I ran this race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.  Eileen and I didn’t sprint the course, but we kept an eye on our pace as we went.  Towards the end I decided to pick it up a bit to be sure I would get in under 2 hours.  Guess what?  I did it!  1 hour, 58 minutes! 

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It is always a great feeling when you reach a goal!  I was not the only one either!  Many of my girls set a new PR today.  Time to celebrate.  How convenient that they give you free beer after the race!  (Yes, Cindy had one too!)

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We had fun hanging out after we finished and cheering the rest of our girls in.

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Did I mention that we were also celebrating 2 birthdays today?  Here is Danielle with her birthday gear.

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We were off to a celebratory lunch at Margaritaville after everyone finished.  It was officially the longest lunch we have had, but definitely fun.

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Then I got to come home and tell my boys the good news.  :)

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If I had to guess, I would say I am going to be sore tomorrow.  Here is a throw back picture of my girls from a Jingle Bell race in 2012.  Today was so much fun, but I must admit that I missed some of my girls who could not make it.  Next year I hope we get all of the gang together for this one.

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So, I am wondering, did you have a good weekend?  What did you do?

Sleeping Late

Yesterday the boys and I got the best St. Patrick’s Day present – snow!  Yes, we are a bit tired of snow at this point.  Well, I am anyway.  And we really can’t wait for warmer weather and spending more time outside.  But this snow was a gift. 

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We have been so busy lately that we can’t seem to find time to catch our breath.  This 5+ inches cancelled all of our plans for the day, so we slept in and then spent most of the day lounging around!  It was great.  We did manage to make it outside to play (for me “play” translates to “shovel”) in what hopefully is our last snow for the season.  Then we went to my parent’s house for St. Pat’s dinner.  A great day! 

More pictures of our race on Sunday are coming in.  I love this one of Dane.  It is such a classic moment – when their iPod batteries die and the world momentarily comes to an end.  Oh, to be a child again.

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Here is one of Jen and I – running partners.  :)

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And here I am getting my medal from my friend Danielle, with Aidan in the background.  Thanks for taking pictures, Aidan!

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Can’t wait for next year…

Today we had to check something out at the boy’s pediatrician.  It should have been a quick visit.  Instead we waited more than an hour past our appointment time to see a doctor!  Even then, we did not see the doctor we had an appointment with.  The office manager sent a PA in because I asked for a refund and we were leaving.  It is not the first time we have had this experience at our pediatrician’s office and I sometimes have quite a wait at my doctor’s office as well.  Is it just standard practice now to overbook appointments?  Is it really that hard to properly schedule office visits?  I don’t get it.  But it might just be time to look for a new doctor.

So, I am wondering, how long do you usually wait in your child’s doctor’s office before seeing the doctor?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day a day early!  Today was my running club’s 5k / 10k race Shamrocks for Sandy.  What a fun morning!

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We were there bright and early.  Well, dark and early actually. 

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My parents brought the boys and stayed for the entire race.  Thanks guys!

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Holly and I had to get our pictures early at this race – she had a job to do later.

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The one mile kids run is a leprechaun chase.  Guess who was the leprechaun?  I began to fear for her safety when the boys mentioned the kids were going to try to see who could “tag” her first!  She is a brave girl!  Doesn’t she look cute as the leprechaun?

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Cindy had a crazy costume too.  Fittingly, she was a shamrock this year.

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One quick picture of the boys before the kids’ race.

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And one of my SOL sisters.

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The boys were very excited about their race!  In fact, I tried to catch them to run with them and it took me half a mile.  LOL

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They were even more excited to get their medals at the finish line. 

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Here are the medals.

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It was such a nice day to run.  The weather actually cooperated for once!  Here is Eileen running.

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I ran the 10k today.  Guess what?  I got 3rd place in my age group!  Yay!  My official time was 53 minutes 43 second for 6.2 miles.  That is an 8:40 pace.  Not bad for me!

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 This one is mine. :)

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Eileen and I ran the second lap together and we both ended up with 3rd place in our age group.  Thanks for the run Eileen!

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And here are my girls after the race.  Lots of medals!

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I wasn’t sure whether I was going to enjoy a relaxing run today or go for the medal.  I am glad I pushed myself.  I thought of my boys as I was running the last windy, uphill (sort of) road and pushed myself.  So glad I did.  Thanks to my friends who pushed me today too.  I needed that.

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So, I am wondering, how do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Excited For Tomorrow

The boys and I are so excited for the race tomorrow!  We wore our race shirts around town today.  This is us at registration.

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The final details have all been worked out and tomorrow should be awesome!  It will be an early morning for us – we are setting up at 6:30 – but it will be fun because we will be with our friends.  I think all of us will remember a friend we lost over the summer and miss very much.  We are still searching for answers about Carol Reiff’s homicide.  But she will run with us tomorrow in our hearts.

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The weather was great today for baseball… or so we thought!  The fields just happen to be in one of those locations that are always more windy and colder than everywhere else!  But it was still fun.

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After practice we were off to Schwee Tea for lunch and Shamrock Smoothies!  SO yummy and only available for a limited time.  Until Monday, actually.  The boys don’t know that it is a true green smoothie.  They might still love it, but I’m not taking a chance.  Aidan needed food at this point!  Practice wore him out!

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I hope to see you at the race tomorrow!

The Medals Are In!

The medals for our Shamrocks for Sandy 5k/ 10k race are in and they are awesome!  Especially the medals for our overall top finishers.  Since we are a beach community and the race was started to help locals affected by hurricane Sandy, my friend Sandy had the idea last year to have a local glass artist make our overall medals.  They are amazing.  This year’s version is a little different than last year’s (last year’s version had a 3 leaf clover and the writing was different), but it still has sand from our beach in the leaves of the “shamrock.”  Here it is.

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I wish I could win one of these!  Alas, it’s not in my future.  Maybe if Tara wins again, she’ll loan me one 😉 

The medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group (men and women) are pretty great too. 

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There will be a few lucky people this Sunday!  The Apgars (Sandy’s family) have generously donated all of the medals for the race again this year.  They even got medals for all of the kids doing the 1 Mile Leprechaun Chase!  I know this means a lot to the kids and hopefully inspires them to run when they get older.  Here they are:

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It is sure to be a fun day!  My boys are already in the spirit.

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Tomorrow night my book club is coming over and I wanted to make something different for them.  We have a lot of food at our meetings, actually!  But I am trying to increase my protein, so I thought these would be a good way to keep up with that and still have dessert.  They really taste like a candy bar! 

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So, I am wondering, are you more likely to sign up for a race if there is a medal? 

Shamrocks for Sandy is Almost Here!

I can’t believe it is the week before St. Patrick’s Day already!  Each year on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day my running club hosts a 5k / 10k race called Shamrocks for Sandy.  http://shamrocksforsandy.com/home.html  This is the boys and I at last year’s race.

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This race was started last year after Hurricane Sandy devastated our beaches and destroyed many of our friends’ homes.  The proceeds from this race go towards repairing the beaches and waters through a local organization called the Alliance For A Living Ocean http://www.livingocean.org/ and also towards helping local families who were impacted by the storm or are otherwise in need through an organization called S.T.A.R.T.  https://www.facebook.com/staffordteachersandresidentstogether 

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This is such a fun way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day and do something good for our community.  We start with a 1 mile kids fun run.  The kids love to be a part of the race and they love medals as much as we do!  Here are the kids waiting for the starting gun last year.

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After the kids are done (and eating all of the post race goodies!), we start the 5k and 10k.  Here is a picture of the overall medals from last year.  They are made by a local glass artist and so beautiful!  This year’s overall medals just might be similar…. 

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Unfortunately, I won’t be getting one!  But I will have a great time, just like last year.  Last year I ran the 5k, but this year I am running the 10k.  Anyway, here we were having fun last year.s4s run s4s kids 1 s4s girls

Come and join us if you can.  You can sign up here:   https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Manahawkin/ShamrocksforSandy5k10kand1MileKidsRun  If you have already signed up, you will get this shirt plus a bag full of goodies.

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If you still plan to sign up, you can purchase this shirt at registration or on race day.

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Hope to see you there! 

So, I am wondering, do you enjoy running 5ks?

 

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