Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Its almost time for SPARTAN!!!!

You all know I love Spartan Races.  I am so excited me and 16 of my friends will be headed up to Tuxedo on May 30th!!  The folks at Spartan Race are having a promo that goes live tomorrow!!  You can get up to 40% off your future race.  There is even spots open for May 30th and you can join my team!!!!  Just let me know!!

Just use the code MEMORIAL  Sign up HERE

Valid for Continental US Only, excludes Hawaii. Cannot be retroactively applied or combined with any other offers including GovX. Not valid for Elite, Kid's Race, or Spectator tickets. Expires 05/29/15 11:59 pm ET.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Flying Pig Half Marathon Recap.

As most of you know that the 2013 Flying Pig Half Marathon was my favorite half I have ever run.  I could be the whole weekend we spent with friends or the fact it was the first half I did solo or because I met a new friend on the course.  Who knows but I knew I would do it again.  2015 was that year.  Certain things were going to be different this visit but that is life right?  Tom was going again which is always a bonus too.

So super early on Friday we headed to the airport.  It was Tom's birthday too.  We flew into Dayton this time as Southwest does not fly into Cincy.  Once there Jacque, Jess and Sanders picked us up and took us to our hotel.  While Tom napped I headed across the street to the expo.

I wandered a bit but was good and  didn't buy anything.  I did get to see the folks at the Adams County Marathon and they gave me some candy and soap that was handmade.  You will remember that I gave away an entry to their race awhile back.  I was supposed to run last year but with it a week before Wineglass I deferred to this year....and now I have had to defer to next year.  They are really awesome about it!

Later that night Tom, Becky and I headed to Eli's BBQ for dinner.  It was fun there.  and I found my new favorite soda....it is a local to Cincy one.

Saturday was a ton of fun!  Becky picked us up and we headed across the bridge to Kentucky to go to the aquarium and have lunch.  I got to hang out with some penguins.....BEST DAY EVER.

The aquarium as a whole was great.  We then headed to the candy store and a place that we just HAD to try.  Tom & Chee.  Everything looks pink because we ate outside in a tent that was red....lol

We wandered around the book store for a bit and then headed back to the hotel to clean up and Becky dropped us off at Jeff's house.  I met my new boyfriend there....his name is Hercules.  

We headed out to dinner then Jeff and Nici dropped me off at the hotel to get to bed early and took Tom out for a bit.  I got my stuff all ready and tried to fall a sleep.

As with most nights before a race I hardly slept. I was up at 5:15 and headed out the door just before 6.  I got to the "Pig Pens" just as the sun was coming up so I went to the bathroom and texted Jeff.  He and Alicia were at her corral so I just hung out at mine...I luckily saw my friend Susan and got to start the race with her.  (Blogger fail as we did not take a picture)  Just before 7am we were crossing the start line.

Pretty much right away I was not feeling the run....my legs were heavy and I was having a tough time with the 4 bridges in the first 3.5 miles.  I decided to just have fun, interact with the other runners and spectators more and take pictures.

As I was nearing the big hills I was having such a good time.  I even met up with some BGR's along the way!!  Hey Angie and Anissa !!!!

The giant hills started then and even though I hate hills the view is great and I was just moving forward.  Once we started down hill I started to feel good!  I really like to run down hill.  The whole race I figured a course PR was out of the question but when I saw my splits drop under 12 min miles I decided to try to see if it could happen.  I still was chatting and high fiveing and taking candy from spectators but I was trying to move a bit faster.

The last stretch to the Finish Swine seemed to take forever and I didn't think it was going to happen, I wasn't even sure what the exact time I had to beat was...2:45 something......  Well just before the 13 mile mark I just went for it, I had to run around a bunch of people but I sprinted and missed Becky who had made me an AMAZING sign!!

I crossed the line and hit my watch and it said 2:45:19....Could it be?  Did I course PR?  I got a text with my official time....2:45:16.  I stopped to look up my last years time even before I got out of the finish area....I DID IT!!!  Course PR of 15 seconds.  Not a big one but given that I didn't even think it would happen I was psyched!!!

After the race I got to meet up with Alicia, Jeff and Aiden to chat for a bit which was nice.  Becky found me and I told her I was going to walk back tot he hotel to shower.  It is only a mile from the finish to the hotel but it is UP HILL!  LOL

After I showered and of course posted on FB Becky met us at the hotel, we checked out and headed to lunch.  We then stopped at Jeff's for a bit to say Bye and then she dropped us at the airport.  It was a great weekend.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Long Branch Half Marathon.

I was a bad blogger again and did not take a lot of pictures......Sorry.

So after RnR Raleigh I did not run for 9 days....why?  I have no clue, I just didn't feel like it.  So this past Tuesday I ran to and from Weight Watchers.  It hurt, my legs were so tired.  No reason for it either.  So I ran 2 miles on Thursday and Friday on the treadmill and pushed my pace for the short distance.  Plus then I could start breaking in my rainbow Mizunos BONUS.  I just got my hair dyed on Wednesday so my sweat was super fun.  LOL

Saturday I headed down to the Dirty Jerz.  I was spending the night at Kim's house, she lives about 40 min from the race.  I got there in time to head to dinner, but not before I got to play with the dogs and Nala the cat.  (Nala was camera shy)



We went to dinner, then walked the dogs and had ice cream.  We tried to go to bed early but neither of us slept well.  Then we had to be up a dark o'clock to be out the door by 6am.  The drive there was quick and sad.  After we went through the toll booth there was a Canada goose just standing there in the center of the road, next to him was a dead one.  I still can not stop thinking of them.  I wanted to stop and chase him/her to fly away but I would have gotten hit by a car.  RIP Gooses.

We got to the race, found Eileen and CA inside but headed out to the porto potty line.  There I got to see a bunch of my friends which was awesome.  We were online until well after the race started LOL.

The weather was perfect but I went into this race with ZERO expectations after the shit show my running had been all week.  I just tried to run a couple of minutes then walk 1.  I was playing leap frog with my friend Angela who was doing the full for the first 5 miles then I stepped into a hole and twisted my bad ankle.  I guess it is better than the good one, right?  I just kept moving forward.  When I hit 9 miles I saw my friend Jen who was unable to run.  It was nice to see a friendly face along the course.  I realized then I was doing pretty well.  If I stepped it up I could PR but I knew I was already giving it my all.

At mile 11.5ish we hit the boardwalk and I was remembering the wind from last year and how crazy it was.  This year it was there but it was just cooling not too bad.  I tried pushing a but but I just didn't have much left.  When I crossed 12 miles I knew that while a PR was technically possible based on my splits but I just knew it wouldn't happen so I just wanted to course PR.  Last year was 2:40:41 so I was hoping to beat that.  I was fading fast but the crowds were great and I was able to squeak out a sprint at the end...I hit my watch and was happy to see I did it!!!  YAY

NJ Marathon has the best bling!!

Course PR - not by much but I will take it!!

After the race Kim's husband Jon dropped me back off at my car and I headed home.  There was some traffic on the NJ Tpke when I had to pee which gave me a belly ache but other than that it was an uneventful drive.  Got home and showered and relaxed for a while.  I can't wait for yoga tomorrow and this weekend I will be headed to Ohio for the Flying Pig half marathon!!!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Marine Corps Marathon - Team Chris plus Virtual Run *Reminder*

Just to remind everyone about my fundraising for Team Chris.  Please donate.  No amount is too small.  Thank you.

I am honored to announce that I will be fundraising and running along with "Team Chris" at the Marine Corps Marathon again in 2015. Our tight knit group of family and friends have continued to honor Chris' life as well as support the Semper Fi Fund. Funds raised are used to sponsor service dogs for veterans and wounded warriors needing palliative care, companionship and stress reduction.

Donate Here

I am hoping you will support “Team Chris,” where our mission is simple, “honor the fallen and support our troops.” With our collective efforts the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom will know they are supported and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. We appreciate your help in not only keeping Christopher’s memory alive, but also supporting the men and women of the Marine Corps who are still defending our freedom. Please keep all the servicemen and women and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Donate Here

For those who do not want to donate online, donation checks should be made payable to the: "Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Semper Fi Fund" or the "CCGS Semper Fi Fund" and mailed to Tim Scherer 12 Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Way/ Madsen Lane, East Northport, NY 11731. To learn more about Cpl Chris Scherer and his family visit www.cplchris.com Thank you.

Donate Here

I will be hosting a Virtual run on Chris' birthday, June 29th to help in my fundraising efforts and to further honor Chris and his memory. You can run/walk/bike any distance you want. If you can't do it on his birthday anytime near his birthday is fine. If you live near by I will also try to get a group together to run on his favorite course in East Northport.

For info on the virtual run please join the Facebook Event HERE

Donate Here

For everyone who donates $25.00 towards my fundraising page you will receive a medal and sticker (design to be announced at a later date)

I am not the only one who runs for Team Chris.  Each year more an more people join the mission to make the lives of those who step up to protect ours just a little bit better.  Won't you please donate?