Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hamptons Half Marathon Recap

To be honest I do not even remember when or why I signed up for the Hamptons Half.  It is put on by the same people who do the Bridgehampton Half which I swore I would never do again.

Any way even though East Hampton is also on Long Island where I live it is about a 2 hour drive from me so Fran and George let me crash at their place again.  They are pretty much the mid point between me and the race.  I didnt get to see George since he had to work late which was a bummer.  I was in bed by 10 since I wanted to leave by 5:30.

Parking was limited according to the web site for the race so I wanted to get there by 6:30.  The ride out was uneventful but the sunrise was beautiful.  No pictures since I was driving....

I got to the school, grabbed my bag, bib and hit the free stuff table before going back to my car for a bit.  It was nice and chilly.  Not too long before the race started I met up with Tara, Tracey, Susan and Andrew.

I knew I was going to be running this race alone.  I have been having a rough go of it and need to refocus.  Right from the start EVERYTHING hurt.  I was trying to stick to my 1:1 but even that was tough.  My legs hurt, my lungs hurt and I had side stitches.  When I got to the first water station it was still packed up.  By the second (1st) water stop I was seriously thinking about pulling out of the race.  You can see from this picture I was totally faking the smile.

The course was pretty but boring, I finally hit a bit of a stride around mile 5 or 6 when we got to a dirt road.  I really liked that part except when the cars went buy kicking up all the dirt.  Like Bridgehampton the roads were not closed but unlike Bridgehampton the cars were only using the left side of the road and going slow.

Around mile 10ish there was a short out and back so I got to see and high five Susan.  You can tell from the pictures I was still faking it.  I was hardly running at all by this point....maybe 45 - 50 seconds at a time is all I could muster.

The first and second place marathoners passed me around mile 12-12.5.  That is when I realized this was the most quiet race I have ever done.  There were hardly any spectators and they only seemed to cheer for their runners.  I also noticed that  (at least by me at the back of the pack)  I was the only one thanking volunteers and the police directing traffic.  Not one other person near me cheered for the marathoners either....really?

My stomach was a disaster, I think I drank too much gatorade since I was sweating a lot more than I expected to. I came through the finish, waved to Mike, Andrew and Terry, hit my watch, grabbed a medal and water and just kept going to my car.  I needed to be home.

I was pretty surprised at my finish time after how much I walked, 2:45:xx.  I know this is slow for most but for me it is at the faster end of my average 2:45-2:55 range.  My PR is 2:38:26 (Bridgehampton 2014) which I would like to beat this upcoming weekend at Diva...but I really do not see that happening.  Even to get a course PR I would have to beat 2:39:52 (1st ever half marathon, 2012)

I went home and relaxed since I had a 10k the next day.....recap to come :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm a #261fearless Ambassador!

Monday I was still feeling a bit down in the dumps after a crappy 10k on Saturday. But then I got an email telling me I was chosen to be a 261Fearless Ambassador! 


You may be wondering what 261 Fearless is.....I mean other than amazing........

First, the 261 - That was Katherine Switzer's bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon. She protected that bib from the race director who was trying to stop her from running the marathon just because she was a woman. At mile 2 he attacked her and tried to rip that bib off of her saying the race was for men only. With the help of her teammates she was able to finish that race.

261 Fearless is a global community of women, be she a walker, jogger, runner, or front of the pack racer, who have found strength, power and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. This strength has allowed her to overcome doubt and adversity in her life and she has the ability and desire to give support to other women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This is a safe community of support, respect, friendship and sharing of accomplishments and a place for women who want to become runners and walkers to find their fearless through the connection with others. We take no notice of ability, body-type, religion or ethnicity as we all hold the universal language of putting one foot in front of the other. We communicate on social media as @261Fearless, through closed social channels and personally in our communities, clubs, groups and at events. We are here because sometimes, you just need to know you are not alone. If you are a female runner or soon to be runner, please join the 261 Fearless Movement.

261 Fearless Mission is to bring active women together through a global supportive community – allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running and walking onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners and walkers.

After the announcements were made I facebook I posted how excited I was to be a part of this and none other than Katherine herself replied to my comment....FANGIRL MOMENT FOR SURE!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Suffolk County Half Marathon Recap

So last year when I went to PA to run the VIA half marathon I forgot my shoes.  I ran a half marathon on shoes I bought the night before.  IT WAS VILE!  I already suffer from Neuromas and this made it feel like I was running on hot knives and coals.

The thing is the course was awesome as was the course support and really EVERYTHING ELSE about the race I loved.  I mean any race that gives a bib and a medal to a dog is a winner in my book!!

Well so when the registration opened MONTHS AGO I signed up.  Then my friend Kim couldn't go so I would be there alone...not a big deal but still a bummer.  Then I got an invite to my cousin Cindy's baby shower the day before and THEN they announced the Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon/Half Marathon would be the same day.

Pretty much EVERY one of my running friends was doing this race including most of Team Chris.  I am not sure what took so long but I emailed VIA and asked if I could defer and I could for a small fee of $25.00.  Totally worth doing a half that was 30 min from my house with all my friends.

The summer weather has sucked for lack of a better term. Race day was not different.  We arrived at the race at 6am.  YES 6am!!!  Team Chris was the sponsor of the dog tag memorial so we got there early for that.

Most of the team pre race.

It was already hot and humid and we didn't start running until 8.  I started the race with my friend Marie but we got separated around mile 2.  I kept having to fix my sock but I just kept moving forward.  I was sticking to a 1:1 because I just couldn't do a 2:1 after the 2 or 3 mile mark.

My favorite part was that I felt like the mayor at this race.  It was an out and back so I got to see 99% of my friends at some point and got hugs, high fives and cheers the whole way!  Plus a lot of my friends were volunteering and there to cheer too!!  One woman actually asked me at one point if I knew everyone at the race :)  LOL

After the half way point I was struggling and started walking 2 and running 1 - my splits show it too!  The water stops by this point had run out of cups and I was hoping they would get more since there was an entire race of full marathoners who needed water too!!

I knew the full runners had to be struggling too as the first runner did not pass me until mile 12ish and they usually start to pass me around mile 10.  I crossed that finish line and hung out to watch the rest of my friends finish.

Thanks Jeff

Thanks Alanna

Thanks Jeff
Grabbed my medal and some pictures with some friends and headed to the Team Chris Tent.  My Aunt was down from MA for the baby shower so she and my mother met me at the race but we decided to head out to lunch before she had to get on the ferry home.  It took over 1.5 hours just to get out of the park.  That was HORRIBLE and really my only complaint about the race - well that and the lack of cups.

Thanks for my sign Taylor <3

I can't wait to do this again next year but *fingerscrossed* it is moved to October :)  Cooler temps and the fall colors we get here in NY would be awesome!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Catch up post with a Manhattan Training Run 14.2 - Recap

I am sooooooooooooo sorry I haven't posted in over a month. It has been a slow month.  I got a bad case of bronchitis so I had to skip out on a bunch of races and running all together.  I did walk a bunch on the treadmill to try and keep my legs moving.  MCM is not going to run itself.

August highlights -  Sands Point 5k, one of my favorites and I have done this every year since I started running.  3rd place in my division second year in a row to boot.

 Blacklight run with a bunch of friends -

Even sick I did get over 60 miles on my feet in August so I was pleased about that even if most were walking on the treadmill.

So that brings us to the 14.2 training run in Manhattan.  I had signed up last year but got sick right before (I am noticing a trend) so I deferred to this year.  My friend Susan was going so she offered to drive me.  Last year I had gotten a hotel but this year I decided against that.  So at 4:30am Susan picked me up and we drove in towards the finish line.  We parked, peed and got out stuff.  They bused us up to the start line when I met up with a bunch of LI, NJ and NYC BGRs.  I started talking with Nicole and we decided to run together doing the 1:1.  Susan decided to stick with us too.  It was hot but forsure not as bad as it had been.

Photo Credit - Linda Armstrong
The start of the race is hilly but once we get to the running/walking/bike path along the west side it flattens out.  We just kept moving forward and chatting away.  Nicole is so fun and sweet!

Half way selfie

The last few miles were tough for me, I was so tired and it was getting pretty hot.  I learned that many bike riders on that bath are real jerks.  Finally we saw the finish!!  I did my usual sprint that was fueled by the cheers of all the BGR that had finished already <3  We got our swag, took some pictures and Susan and I headed home.  I drank too much gatorade on the course because it was cold and my belly was paying for it!!

BGR with Race Director Curtis

Team Chris

Running buds!

Not a race and you dont get a time but you get fun swag!

Now, while the course was great, the volunteers were amazing, it was perfectly run and organized plus it was a fun time I won't be doing this again.  Susan said this was the best weather in the 7 years she did it and it was tough for me and I really had to be up waaaaaaay too early.  I do recommend everyone try it at least once!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Glimmer Gear is Amazing. (And PATIENT)

OK so FOREVER ago I was contacted by Ali from Glimmer Gear.  I was sent a bunch of  slap bands to be worn at night for safety.   Once it got warmer I grabbed a bunch of Team Chris members and we got together to test them out.  The pictures are not that great since iPhones and night pics never mix well.

Some wore them on their wrists and some on the ankles.  I just ran around watching to see how they worked.  I have to say the ones on the ankles were best.  Some people (myself included) swing our arms in front so the lights could not be seen from behind.  All in all they are amazing and you need to get some.  For the slap bands I do suggest the brighter colors, the dark blue ones were not that bright.

Glimmer Gear has so many great products you NEED in your life.  Check them out here .  they have everything from slap bands to hats to arm sleeves with lights to dog collars!!

Sorry this took so long Ali!!

*Disclaimer - Ali sent me the bands at no cost and all opinions are mine and my team mates.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Last couple of photos

Well I am just about caught up on my blogging thanks to my family vacation in North Carolina.  I just wanted to include some pictures from the Oakly Mini Womens 10k in Central Park, the Queens 10k in Flushing Meadows, the Hope Runs Here Half Marathon  and the Run Around the Lake where I met Taylor Kitch who played Lt. Michael Murphy in the movie Lone Survivor.  Lt Murphy is a local hero and the run around the lake is in memory of him every year.

Oakley 10k - Got to ride in with Jan and Rachel which was a blast, we met up with other BGR ladies and had a fun race.  I hung out with Jan for most of the hot and humid hilly miles.  :)

Hope Runs Here Half - Rode out with Jan again and met up with Laurie, Linda and Charlie.  The humidity was crazy!!!  It was a tough race but I met Susan along the way thank goodness and we helped each other across the finishline.

Queens 10k - The weather was crazy and the race got delayed for 1 hour.  Luckily we were informed the day before.  I got an email, phone message and text about it.  So great.  I got there pretty early and headed to back check to meet up with the BGR ladies and get my bib.  We took some pictures and headed to the start.  It was not a bad day but the humidity was killer....I was praying for rain the entire time.  I had to leave right after I finished because the groomer was coming for the cats at noon.

Run Around the Lake - This one is always so hot but this year was not too bad.  My friends Eileen, Susan and Elana were coming down from MA to do it too.  I did not find them before the race but I did find them at mile two....with Eileen and Elana carrying flags for the race it was not too hard to spot them.  We got to spend the rest of the time together.  Crossing the finishline as a group.  After we met Taylor Kitch and took pictures.  He was super sweet.

WellI finally feel caught up.  Other than these races there have been a few local 5ks and the Summer Run Series has started.  I do still have to do a recap on the Grid Race, my virtual race for Team Chris and also do my Glimmer Dear Review and give away.  I had Team Chris try out the Glimmer Gear items :)