Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ok Time to Catch up.........

Ok so I am so far behind on blog post the last one was about a half marathon in July!!!!!!  Sooooooooo lemme see what have I been up to?  I am going to skip over the getting hurt and not training properly for the marathon I am doing in 2 weeks.....

So there was Neon Dash.....pretty much a color run at night with black lights.  So much fun with my Motley Shues!!!

Then some local races.....3rd place in my division in one of them too.

Pretty Muddy in Chicago....Bonus I got to see my friend Christine who I have not seen for years!!!

Ran my longest run ever.....14 miles.

Dyed my hair purple and yellow/green.

Went out to PA to run the VIA half marathon....forgot my running shoes and ran in a new pair of shoes.....I think my feet STILL hurt.  Gorgeous course great friends will do it again for sure.  Met my new boyfriend Alvin the dog who ran the half marathon, had his own bib and medal!!!

Dyed my hair EVEN more purple......

I think I will leave it there.  I still have to talk about the ROC Race, my fundraising for Team Care for Corey and the virtual run I put on and Rock n Roll Philly where we run for Corey (I am in the hotel in Philly right now typing this)

Sorry I was so lacking in posts for a while but I hope the pictures of Alvin make up for it.  <3

Monday, September 8, 2014

Catching up yet again...... Biggest Loser Half Marathon

Sorry everyone.  I have been such a lazy blogger....or maybe it is because my training has been so lacking that I am afraid to admit it.  Granted it was because of an injury and not just laziness.....ok there was some laziness if I am honest.  I feel like I may have used the injury as an excuse.....

Ok so when I left off in my last post the next thing I was going to talk about is the Biggest Loser Half in Killington VT.  I started out super excited about this weekend.  Tom had said he would go to Killington when I mentioned I had a race there.   I was so excited.  Plus a bunch of my IGRs would be there!  OMG that drive is forever.....I really prefer to fly places!!  I am going to try to not make this a forever post.  Saturday was the expo....I expected a huge deal since it was a Biggest Loser event but it was like a packet pick up at a 5k.
Race day outfit.

While I love the color but a cotton tshirt...really??  This was an expensive race!!

Tom and I went to dinner and then to get ice cream.  He was already a bit grumpy because there is ZERO things to do in Killington in the summer.

I really want to know what this is...... LOL

Fun menu......

Race day we had a 1.5 hour delay because of a crazy storm but then we were off.  I will say this right now.  This was THE HARDEST COURSE I HAVE EVER RUN (walked).  It was labeled as an easy course that was good for beginners.  That was a FLIPPING LIE!!  I was telling anyone who would listen....this was not what half marathons are usually like.  It was INSANE!!!

So here is the story in pictures.......

Waiting for the start

It was still a bit rainy at the beginning but it was fun.  Jen and I were sticking together doing the whole 3:1 thing....

It got very hot as the race went along and very sunny......right after this photo the rest of the race was up hill....steep steep hills...... Then at mile 11 we saw Tom and he walked us across the bridge to the ski lift.  Yup the ski lift.

While I appreciate Tom being there and he may have anyway but the reason he was there was that even thought we stayed at the HOST hotel.  They would not give runners late check out.  Race was supposed to start at 9 and check out was if you were not a super fast runner you were screwed.  Then we didn't even start until 10:30.....

We had to take a ski lift up, out clock was not stopped as promised and Jen is afraid of heights.....sounds fun right?  Well after a few minutes she calmed down until the ski lift stopped.  We were stuck there for a good 5 minutes.  Yup....time was still going, our muscles were tightening up and she was scared.

Then when we got off the ski lift we had to run down a loose grave super steep hill to the was really painful after about 10 minutes sitting down.

So basically I will not ever do another Biggest Loser event and I will let people know of my issues if they ever tell me they want to do one.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Catch up post on training or lack of and some races.

Ok so the last time I posted it was July 2nd!!!!  It is now Aug 15th!!!!  I am so sorry.  Things have been a bit crazy for the past few weeks.  This post could end up being long but I promise to TRY keep it pretty short.  We don't need a post that will take you another month and a half to read LMAO!!

So when I was last typing here my training was going well.  I was keeping at my schedule for the most part.  I should have known it was too good to be true.  After a BEEEEEEUTIFUL 10k run along the Delaware river in upstate NY I started getting bad pains in my shins.  They felt like shin splints and then it was in the muscle.  It hurt so bad.  I had to stop wearing the Skechers and I started wearing my compression socks for ALL runs!!!  I also had to not run for a few days.  So basically my training has gone to shit.

July 5th - 10k Upstate NY.  It was a beautiful day and beautiful views.
 This is when the pain in my leg started.

Not really but it is in a veeerrrryyyyy long time.

Bethpage Park 5k. - Part of the Summer Run Series.  I was on vacation so I was not going to go but I did.  It was a mistake.  It is on a golf course so it is hilly and the down hills are short but super steep.  I hauled ass down the hills and boy did I pay for it after.  THIS is where the severe pain started.  But at least I was there with my girls!!

We  are totally super serious.....

We are cute tho.
The very next day....I was off of work and I thought I could run through the pain if I wore compression socks.  My plan was 5 miles.  I headed up to Caumsett Park and was going to run 2.5 miles then turn around and head back the way I came.  HOWEVER once I started running the pain was bad...and even thought it didn't seem to hot when I go there but as soon as I was running it was horrible....I just did one 3 mile loop and headed home.

I didn't run for the rest of the week because I knew I had a half marathon that weekend.  I was nervous but I knew I could just take it easy at the half.

Jamestown Half Marathon - My friend Allison and I drove up to Newport RI Saturday afternoon.  It was a nice drive...I hate to go anywhere far in a car but with good company the ride went fast.  Danielle, Jen and Susan met up with us at our hotel so we could get our packets and get dinner.  Susan went to dinner with a friend and the rest of us ate and did some shopping.

For the race we got on the shuttle to the start at 5 something in the morning!!!  The race started a little late and the lines for the pottys were super long so after a pee in the woods we were off.  Allison, Jen, Susan and I decided early on that we would stick together.  They said they would follow the 3:1 that I follow but we were going to walk most of the hills.

The course was GORGEOUS!  It was also a beautiful day!!!  We took it slow and steady and we had a great time!!

We had a great time.  I was bummed that when we crossed the finish line they had run out of water.  They got some brought in so it wasn't too bad.  We hung out a little at the finish and then headed to the shuttle back to the parking lot across from our hotel.

Bonus: On the way to the shuttle we saw Nicole!!  We have been FB friends for awhile now so I was excited!!

During the ride home my legs were killing me so I took a FULL WEEK off of running!!!  

Just hanging at the Dr's office.

Heart and Sole 5k - This is a fun local 5k and my friend Colleen said she would stick with me since I had to go super slow!!

Susan and I keeping the Neon in Team Chris.

We took it slow and I was hurting but we had fun!!

I told Colleen and I was serious....this was my slowest time at this race but it went buy the fastest since we just had such a good time.  <3

The next day was the 5k at Caumsett Park.  Lorena and Danielle met at my house and we headed up to the park.  The traffic to that race sucks every year.  We were not sure we were going to make it.  We did and it was a nice day.  A bunch of us decided to stick together for the race.  Again with my 3:1....I love that people want to try it with me.

July 21st was also Chris Scherer's Birthday so the run for him was extra special that night.

Always the serious one.....
 I went to the track for the RunStart track workout on Wednesday but took it easy.  I figured the track was soft so it should be ok.  It was hot and humid but we had fun.

I am going to leave off here.......this post is long enough.  I will start up again on the next post with the Biggest Loser Half Marathon and BOY do I have to tell you about THAT race and not much of it is good!!!  Stay tuned.......