Saturday, December 07, 2013
I cannot believe I have not blogged here since March! I have a running blog, so all of my focus is there, I guess!
The Hogwart's Yule Ball brings me here today! I have picked out my dress, shoes, and jewelry. I have invited my date. It is going to be an amazing night!
Want a sneak peek?
OMG the dress! The teenie and I picked this out, with Christmas in mind. I am always afraid of color, because I am a pasty girl, but I do look good in red, when I am brave enough to wear it! Isn't it fabulous?!?!
A dress is nothing without the right shoes!
I don't wear heels often, so it is all about go big, or go home for this ball!
A spectacular dress needs spectacular jewelry, so I went with diamonds, of course!
Hmmmmm, what to do with my hair? I have thin hair, so most hairstyles don't really work for me, but I am thinking of going with this one!
I know you are all dying to see who my date will be. I am a sucker for pretty americans, so I had to ask
:::::sigh:::: he can arrest me any time!
Friday, March 15, 2013
I am sitting on the train from Philadelphia to Washington DC, on my way to my 3rd Half Marathon in my quest to run 13 in 2013!
My first was a Virtual Half, I ran it for my Barking Mad About Breast Cancer Virtual Race, which raised over $1000 for Susan G Komen! It took 2:36 to complete.
My second race was the E Murray Todd Half Marathon in Lincroft NJ. I ran it with my friend Eileen. It is a super hilly race, and it kicked our butts! It was also under 30* and windy! It got very ugly very fast! It took me 2:52 to finish, my worst time ever, but I didn't care! There was no bling, which bummed me out, but it was a cheap entry fee, and you get what you pay for! All of the food was gone when we finished as well, but we did get a jar of cookie butter, which the hubs and kids like.
This weekend is Rock n Roll USA, I am super excited, even if it is suppose to rain all day! The scenery will be amazing rain or shine, and the fam is coming, so we will be sightseeing as well! My daughter and I are going to the Zoo today and tomorrow after the race we will all go see the Smithsonians, etc.
I recently became a Shubeez affiliate, which I am very excited about! They make shoe tags so you can brag about running a Half or a Full, and they also make one for Breast Cancer. Google them, they are awesome. Choose Barking Mad in the affiliate drop down menu if you decide you like them!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Before the race, with new friends Brianna and Melissa
Mile 2, with Jack and Barbosa
Mile 4.8 with Jack and Sally
Mile 5+ at Cinderella's Castle
Animal Kingdom, shortly after we stopped to ride Expedition Everest
Mile 15, Grave Diggers
Mile 19, ESPN Game Zone, Atlanta Brave's Practice Field
mile 20 Spectacular (it wasn't really, but it's the thought that counts)
After the marathon, with my medal! The official finisher photo was too large to use here!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This weekend is a crazy busy weekend for me! Sunday I am running the Veteran's Day Virtual 11K, for the second time. Last year was the Inaugural, and the medal and tee were awesome! This year will be even better! I got my bib, and once I report my time they will send me my tee and medal!
So let's talk about the Trenton Double Cross Inaugural Half Marathon and10K. I drove to Trenton on Friday to pick up my jacket and bib. It was a long sleeved tech shirt, pull over style, with a zipper at the neck. A very nice fit! We also got a drawstring bag. Other than that, unless you lived locally, the "expo" was a waste of time. I wish I had saved the half tank of hard-to-come-by gasoline and picked up my bib this morning! Best part tho? Sparker MLeblanc walked over and met me at the Expo, she works nearby! It was so great to see her, we haven't raced together in months!
My friend Colleen picked me up at 6:00 this morning to make the one hour drive to Trenton. She was running the Half and we needed to be there early for her start! I was running the 10K so I had a little more time. We parked and got a shuttle pretty quickly, got through bag check quickly, went to the bathroom pretty quickly. And then we waited. The email said the Half would start at 7:45, the DJ said 8, and it started at 8:30! Crazy! This is the first year, so there are bound to be errors. They didn't get all of the roads closed down on time, and the police escort was late because of it.
Several of my friends were in the Half, and I met some amazing Half Fanatics before the start, so it was no hardship waiting, although it was very cold! I even got to finally meet someone I "know" through several facebook groups. We have been at a bunch of the same races and never met, and she came over and introuduced herself to me because of my Half Fanatic shirt. I didn't realize it was her and she actually made the connection wayyy after the race and facebooked me! SO funny!
After the Half started, the 10K runners filed into the corral. This is where I met up with MLeblanc and her friend Candace. Yay! There were lots of amazing ladies there from Black Girls Run! They had such energy, and we all ended up doing the Electric Slide in the corral! They all stretched together as well, such a supportive group! Have you ever seen them at a race? They are right up there with Team in Training as far as support goes!
And then we were off! We only had to wait 15 minute for the Halfers to get going, which was nice. Did I mention it was cold? Michelle jetted ahead of me right away, she is so fast! The first 2 miles for me were rough. It was very hilly, the whole time, and my shin was *screaming* and then it was *crying*. I stopped twice to stretch it and it helped a little. What finally loosened it up? Running over the bridge!
Something about the grate on the bridge was good for my shins I guess. My timing was only so-so, I knew I could PR, but wasn't sure how much I could knock off. Every time I felt like I was ahead, I would lose steam on some ginormous hill! A couple times we met up with the Halfers, and that really charged me up because they were the *fast* Halfers! Yay! That definitely helped my time!
The last leg of the race was also uphill, as we entered the stadium. We ran into the stadium, and got to run around the warning track and the Finish was Home Plate. SO COOL! My time was 1:09:09, a new PR! I beat my old time by 3 minutes! Woohoo!
There were some nice teenies handing out the medals,
so I grabbed mine right up and went to look for my friend Michelle, who finished about 15 minutes ahead of me. We waited with the ladies from Black Girls Run and cheered on the racers as they entered the stadium. I got to see my friend Josh come racing by. He finished the Half in 1:52, a new PR for him! Woot!
We went in search of food next, and had to walk up a flight of stairs, across the stands and down another set of stairs to the parking lot. We did stop to take pics of each other with our medals first!
Down the stairs we went. What did we find? Chaos.
There weren't enough volunteers and people were just grabbing anything that wasn't nailed down. I managed to get a soft pretzel, but there was no other food there. I later saw people walking around with whole bunches of bananas (which I hate, but so not the point!), people were giving food to their young kids and other family members. I saw racers carrying whole boxes of pizza and later found out that we were supposed to get pizza. It was insanity!
I walked back up the stairs to try and see my friend Colleen finish but I planned it poorly and she was already done! We did manage to get her a pretzel and her bag and then we went to the shuttles.
The line was sooooo long. After 10 minutes of waiting, and not seeing any bus, we found out that we could walk there faster, so we walked back to the car.
All in all, it was a great race. There were plenty of volunteers on the course, and the scenery was amazing. It was my first race that started in one state, passed through another, and then ended back in the original state (NJ-PA-NJ), which was cool. The medal is amazing! It is beautiful and heavy and looks great on my bling rack. The tech shirt is comfy, fits well, and will be great for cold weather training. It wasn't the RDs fault that the crazies ransacked his post race party. AND I got to meet some awesome Half Fanatic ladies.
If they hold it next year, I won't be doing the 10K. I will be doing the Half!
Sorry about the sideways pics! My running blog auto fixes the pictures, I don't know how to fix them here!
Are you running for Veteran's Day this weekend?
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
The last week has been a rough one. Every day I hear about another friend or neighbor who lost *everything*. On Saturday, I attempted my longest run, 15 miles. I got dressed in layers and planned an out and back run for the first leg, and planned to stop home for a drink and to strip off the top layer. Then I would run the second leg, a loop around town. Great plan, right?
I started out on the first leg, one of my favorite routes because it is a straight 4 miles out, for an 8 mile total run. Off I went. Passed houses that were ravaged. Piles of debris, furniture, toys, life. All at the curb. And the smell! Like rotten low tide. Everywhere. Because seeing their lives at the curb isn't enough, they have to smell it as well. By mile one I was in tears. Over the bridge and down Princeton Avenue I went. Rolling hills, beautiful houses, and more lives at the curb. Christmas decorations, furniture, clothes. Only now, there are also downed wires, work crews, and fallen trees. Not smart, this girl. Totally unsafe. And yet I continued!
At 4 miles, I about-faced and started back. Past the same fallen trees, downed wires, and lives at the curb. Now I am a wreck. My head aches. My heart hurts. Down my street at mile 7.7 and right at mile 7.9, a block from my house, I try to jump a puddle. And land in it. Epic Fail.
Needless to say, that was it for me. I stopped at my house and didn't continue. Smart, this girl. The downed wires are everywhere in Point Pleasant, and leg 2 would not have been safe either. I cut my losses and stayed home.
We have no school again this week, so I went to our local Crisis Center to help out. They are holding it in a closed-down car dealership building, and all of the donations from the great people in our town are collected there. I helped to sort out the toiletries section and some of the clothes for 3 hours yesterday, until my siatica kicked in and I needed to stop. It was so great to see everyone chipping in and helping those who lost everything.
My pet peeve: people who came back repeated times and took extra stuff, and the people who showed up to "shop". They had power, they had no damage to their homes or apartments, but came to shop for free stuff. Ugh. There are so many in town who truly need these things, so it bothered me to see people abuse the privilege!
Which brings me to today! Election day!
Our usual Polling Site is our Beach Club's clubhouse. Unfortunately, it suffered damage during the Hurricane and it is unsafe. So we, as well as surrounding towns with nowhere to vote, were all invited to vote at our Municipal Building.
We knew that it would be packed, since so many would be voting at one location, so we went early to cast our votes! It wasn't as mobbed as I expected, and we were in and out pretty quickly!
Today, if the temp actually goes above 40*, I will do a short run, maybe 3-4 miles, as well as P90X and my challenge exercises. I have been horrible with my exercising this first week of November, and the scale knows it. I am up 3 pounds since Sandy, and I don't like the idea that she is winning over that part of my life as well. It is very hard to get motivated with such disaster everywhere I look, but I am going to take back the reins today!
Did you vote today?
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