The End is Nigh

It’s that time, we are at the end of the year, heck we are at the end of a decade.  It’s been an interesting 10 years, got married, got divorced, took up running, found an amazing guy, moved closer to Boston, ran in 26 states. Not a bad 10 years, not always easy, but overall, it’s been pretty great.  I am not here to go into detail about the past 10 years, we would be be here a while.  But let’s go over 2019, and then go over my goals for 2020.

The start of 2019 was me getting over my very injury riddled 2018, it started off well with an awesome half in Charleston, SC (state 21) where I was able to run the whole thing, no walking, totally unexpected.  I also decided to join a local race series, Race around Waltham (RAW Series) and I ran a few local 5ks in the spring and fall.  I also finally got to run the  Harpoon 5 miler and set a 5 mile PR (my only PR for the year but hey I got one) In May I traveled to Madison, WI (state 22) to run Run Madtown Half, which was a lot of fun and I ran my best half marathon in years, no PR but a vast improvement over what I did all of 2018.

In the Spring I had made the decision that my fall goal would be a full marathon, and picked the Detroit Free Press TCF Bank marathon to be it.  Then we got some bad news, Lars’ mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, and I just knew I had to do something, so I talked with my very awesome coach, and we agreed that I could handle also running, the NYC Marathon, so I signed up that, and I raised money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

In June, I accomplished a big goal, and finished off the East Coast, as I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler in Maryland (state 23) and The Sallie Mae 5k in Wilmington, DE (state 24) Then in July, I flew out to Davenport, IA (state 25) and ran the Bix 7, which was super hilly but very fun.  After that trip, it was time to buckle down for Marathon training.

I trained hard for Detroit and was more then ready, but then on race day, my stomach was just not having it, and I just blew up, it happens, still sucks, I’m still a bit disappointed, but I know I can’t control everything and marathons will do that to you, that is why they are so hard, but that also got my state 26 and I am now over half way to my goal of running in all 50 states.

Then it was onto NYC, and I decided to race it, even if I had just run a marathon 2 weeks before, and hey, I did soooooooo much better then I did in Detroit, and it made me like marathons again and know that I can do so much better.  I also finally got to meet my coach in person so that was a nice added bonus.  My last race for 2019 was the Donohue’s Turkey trot, just had some fun there and I always enjoy that race, hope to do it again in 2020.

And to finish with something more important, I raised $5215 for The V Foundation, and with a great combo of radiation and drugs, Lars’ mom is doing really well and we hope she will be around for a good long time = )

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My sorta MIL Holly

Now…onto 2020, cause I’ve got goals….to crush

For the big goal, running a race in all 50 states, I would like to check off at least, 4 states in 2020.  So far I have Louisiana in January and Oklahoma in April.  If I can get 5 states, even better, but I would like to be at 30 states by the end of 2020.  I do have some non running travel in 2020 as I will be heading to Texas to see my cousin Garret get married and I am pumped about that, but that does use some of my travel budget so I do have to factor that in.  20191208_161329

PRs, 2020 will be about PRs, I want to set at least 2 PRs this year, no matter the distance, 5k, 10k, full, half, whatever, I want at least 2 this year.  2019 was a great rebuild year, and I have been injury free, due to my keeping up with strength training, so I am ready to crush some times in 2020.  I am going to keep with my coach and stick with my strength training and make sure I continue to listen to my body, overall I am feeling really good and I know I can do this.

Some non running goals (yes NON RUNNING) My big goal for 2020, is to stop biting my nails, I know, I know gross but it is something I have done for a long as I can remember.  I do it when I am nervous and bored more so with the bored so I am trying to find things that will keep me from resorting to the nails in my mouth.  I have already started, I have gone 2 weeks with no nail biting, so far so good.  I have scheduled a manicure so I can give myself another reason to not bite by having some pretty nails.  I will say the big reason I finally wanted to do this is seeing people with the awesome Sarah Marie Design nails wraps, I want to use them, so here I am, trying my best to stop a really bad habit.

Another goal is to take more walks with Lars and Rosie, Lars and I used to walk once a week almost every week and we just kind of stopped, I would like to start this back up.  It will be good for him and Rosie and will get us outside some more.

Last one, stay in my budget, not something I am all that good with, I did improve in 2019 and would like to continue that momentum in 2020.

 

Overall, 2019 was a pretty good year, it had it’s ups and downs, like every year does.  I am excited to end this decade and get into a new one.  I will end my 30s in the new one, and hopefully get to travel to some very cool new places.  I see a lot of great things coming and I can’t wait to do them all.

New York City Marathon

I know it has been a few weeks since this happened, but I have been relaxing, 2 marathons in 2 weeks requires lots of rest.  Monday I get back into running so I figured it was time for my recap.IMG_20191102_172003_502

Lars and I took the train to NYC, and let me tell you, I highly recommend it.  It does take about 3.5 hours, but the views are really nice and it was a very relaxing commute.  Once we got into the city, we got our metro passes and dropped our luggage at the hotel and headed over to the expo.  I was expecting masses of people and just general nuttiness but it was pretty smooth and easy.  Got in, got my bib and shirt, got to explore the expo and take some pics.  Overall really well run and pain free expo to get through.  That night, Team V had our pasta dinner and it was delicious and fun to meet fellow teammates.  After that, back to the hotel to get prepped and get to sleep.

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Race morning, I selected the bus from midtown to get to Staten Island.  This is probably the only thing I would change.  Mind you, I was in the final corral, so there was no need for me to rush there, as I was only taking off at 11am.  But the buses take a while, mainly cause you sit on the bridge for a long time and that is just really not the most pleasant thing.  If I do the race again, I might pick the ferry option.

Once I got to Staten Island, I went through security, got to my village, and sat down to eat and stretch out.  I got lucky and met a fellow Bibrave Pro, Linda, so I had someone to chat with, as we were in the same corral and wave.  They have plenty of announcements so you know when you are needed to go.  Also plenty of portopotties, a bit of a line, but I only waited about 5 minutes so that wasn’t bad.  After that, I got out of my sweats and got into my corral, it was time to start running.  WARNING:  As you are about to take off, they will shoot off a cannon and HOLY HELL IT IS LOUD. It will scare the crap out of you, be prepared for that.

Once you take off you are going up hill, as the bridge is a giant hill so for the first mile, you are all uphill, the second mile, all downhill.  Do know, because of the bridge, there are no water stops until mile 3.  After the bridge you are in Brooklyn, and get ready for the crowds (a theme to this race) as the people are out in force, cheering you on.  Brooklyn and Queens are fairly flat, with plenty of people out with great signs and lots of cheers.  Once you hit mile 15, you are at the Queensborough Bridge and that, well that is hell.  It is mostly uphill and so so so so quiet, everyone warns you about this part and everything you hear is true, it sucks.  Once you are off the bridge, you are in Manhattan on First Ave and ALL THE PEOPLE are back.  Get ready for more cheering and signs and just all around party atmosphere, it is so great and I saw Lars at mile 17.5 NYC Marathon 222

After that, you cross another bridge (not as bad) and get into the Bronx, plenty of people there too still pretty flat as well.  The back into Manhattan and you are now heading for Central Park, and HILLS yes HILLS at the ending miles of a marathon AWESOME.  But the people in central park get you through it.  And when you cross that finish line it is all worth it.

For after the race I chose the Poncho option (Lars can hold my stuff) so the fellow poncho zombies and I headed in that direction.  Do know there is a lot of walking after this race, so be prepared for that.  I got my poncho and even had a volunteer to help me put it on.  After that, I got out and went to find Lars, which was easy to do with all the maps they give you.  Found him and he had coffee for me, cause he knows and then we went back to the hotel.

 

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he’s cute even when he poses with my medal

I loved this race, and for me personally, I didn’t hit numbers, but I ran the whole thing and shaved almost 30 minutes from my time in Detroit.  This race got me to love the marathon distance again and remind myself that I can do it.  I am very excited for what 2020 will bring and after 2 weeks of rest, I am ready to get back out there and run.

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Detroit Freepess TCF Bank Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Detroit Freepess TCF Bank Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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Marathon number 7 and State 26 done

Let me tell you about the Detroit Freepess TCF Bank marathon.

I got into Detroit on Friday, and just spent that day exploring, walking around, which helped me find the TCF Center, which is where the expo was help, so I was set for Saturday.  Friday night, they had a prerace party at a local bar/restaurant and it was great.  The food was excellent and the bar had a large selection (The place was Fort St Galley and I highly recommend it) And it was fun to see all the runners and just hang out.

Saturday I went to the expo, which was a good size, but not too big.  Easy to get your number, but remember, the marathon and international half go into Canada, so to get your bib, you NEED to bring proper ID with you.  I got all my stuff, then went off and did some shopping.  I went and had lunch with a friend, then went back to my Air B&B to rest up for race day.

Race morning…well I tried to get a lyft to the start line, and well, that just didn’t happen, so I had to walk there, luckily I didn’t stay far away so it wasn’t bad but hey, what a way to start race day.  The bag drop off was easy and quick, then finding my corral was also easy and quick, I got into my corral, warmed up a bit took off my throw away sweatshirt (it was a cool morning) and got ready to head out.  The first few miles are plain road, then you get to the bridge, The Ambassador Bridge, and yes you are running into Canada.  The Bridge is one hell of a hill and do note (and they tell you in the rules for the day) your bib must be on the front of you and it is best to not carry a water pack as they might pull you off course to check it out.  You also must run with your proper ID, so yes I had to run with my passport, thankfully my Oiselle pocket joggers fit it nicely.  There are lots of border agents watching the race to make sure nothing and no one gets across that shouldn’t.  Once you run over the bridge you are officially in Windsor, ON Canada.  There was a good amount of people out in Canada cheering us on.  You then head into the tunnel to run back to the US.  So yes, you run underwater, COOL, but that tunnel is HOT, and that is about when my race plan went down hill, quickly, back to that later.  Once you get out of the tunnel the Border Agents were cheering us on and giving out high 5s.  You then run through downtown Detroit and as you get to the end of that, the half marathoners go one way, and the marathoners continue on into more Detroit.  You run through a nice neighborhood, and people where out partying and cheering you on.  At mile 20, there is a group that has a set up where you run through a wall, so I totally did that.  You then run onto Belle Isle and that, that is just really pretty.  There was almost no one on the island to cheer you on, but the views were stunning.  After Belle Isle, you run along the Detroit Riverfront pathway and many more stunning views, you then turn up and back into Downtown Detroit for the finish.

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The race is well done, the people in charge do not miss a thing.  Running into another country requires a whole other kind of planning and they make sure you know, what you need to bring to make sure it goes off without a hitch.  Every volunteer was amazing, they had plenty of water stops with plenty of volunteers.  The crowds in Detroit were great and the city does go out for this race.  The medal is huge and SO HEAVY, and the design is so cool.

If you are like me and trying to run a race in 50 states, I recommend this one for Michigan, I mean, you get to run in another country and run under water, what other race can say that.  And other then the bridge, it is a pretty flat race, and the bridge is at mile 3 so you get it done early in the race.

The after party is great, plenty of room to sit and they had food trucks and one served coffee BLESS.  They had a great band there playing music and of course there was beer there, but I just needed coffee.

 

As for my goals, I was hoping to run a 4:30 marathon and well, that didn’t happen.  I struggled eating, I was so nervous, that I got in my own head which caused me to not eat enough and hence, my race plan not working out.  I am disappointed, but I am still happy I finished as this could have turned into a DNF with the stomach issues.  I know there are more marathons out there for me to try, hey, maybe New York in 2 weeks, who knows.11621_5452792_enm2137647502ram

Review: Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

As someone who pretty much always runs outside, sunscreen is necessary, year round.  (The sun still comes out the winter I swear it does) I have tried tons a brands, and they keep me covered, but always were super goopy or would have to be reapplied more often because they would just sweat off. I have finally found the perfect running sunscreen and that is Sawyer  Stay put sunscreen.

It goes on easily, doesn’t leave streaks all over.  Also is dries quickly, so I can put it on, then touch my phone, and I don’t end up with sunscreen all over my phone.  It stays on through all my long runs.  I worn is for multiple hours and never once have I burned in the sun.  Also, doesn’t come off in my all my runs through sprinklers. It also doesn’t smell, which I really enjoy, I don’t need to smell like a giant coconut on my runs, plus I think that helps keeps the bugs away from me, since I don’t smell like food.

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I have a cute model 

I did use it for pretty much everything, running, walking, and sitting by the pool, loved it for all things.  If you are an outdoor athelete I would highly recommend this sunscreen for you, you can go here to purchase it. https://amzn.to/315wuwX

Check out my fellow pros reviews, we all kinda like it

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Honor and Memorial

Cancer has touched us all, it’s an unfortunate but true statement.  I am running for the V Foundation, not only for what it is currently doing with my mother in law Holly, but also for those that I have lost to cancer.  With this I have an offer for you to not only help with fundraising, but to honor or remember loved ones in a special way.  You can make a donation here, https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/teamv2019/daniellefogerty  and leave the name of someone you would like to honor or in memorial of and I will put them on the shirt I am wearing for the NYC Marathon

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For those that have already donated, if you would like to send me a name, you can email me, or message me on FB, twitter or Instagram.  If your wondering what it will look like, I did the same in 2016 for Boston 13029526_10206010213994743_3326511852651383017_o

So get those donations in, and honor those you love and have them run with me through the 5 boroughs of NYC.

Nowhere to Run

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Detroit Freepress TCF Bank Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

This week was a rough week, not so much because of the weather (though it has been hot, this week the humidity is back yaaaay) my head was not in it this week.  Training for 2 marathons and fundraising for one is not easy and everything was getting to me.  Add in that I was having trouble sleeping and then some rando creepy dude decided to hang out at the track when I was trying to do my speed work, it all blew up on Tuesday.  I sat, I cried, I scrapped the workout and just worked on pulling myself together.

I got a great nights sleep Tuesday night and the rest of the week improved, ending with a very good long run yesterday where I hit all my paces even with the humidity.  I stopped at one point, to get some water and take my fuel, and I just stood there, and said to myself, you can do this, and eff all those people who don’t believe in you, you believe in you, and that is all that matters, keep on kicking ass, you got this girl.  After that, I was just running like I was floating.  And I will take that with me the rest of this training cycle.

I also have this cycles theme songs, I usually just have one, but 2 spoke to me this time, so I am using both.  Rooster by Alice in Chains and Alive by POD, the first line to Rooster usually rings through my head on my hard workouts, “Ain’t found a way to kill me yet” cause it won’t and I won’t give up on this, 4:30 will be mine.

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Also, registration for the International Races ends on August 26th, so you better sign up soon, and use code 2019DETROCKS to save 10%

Review: Road ID Wrist ID

Disclaimer: I received an Road ID Wrist ID to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I have known about Road ID for a while, an always meant to get one, because, extra safety precautions is never ever a bad thing, but I just kept putting it off and not getting one, so when Bibrave offered this to us I jumped at it and I am so glad I did.

I got the Wrist ID with the pin tuck band, in red and gold.  I was worried about it fitting on my wrist, since I do have such tiny wrists, but no issues.  It fits nicely, doesn’t move much and is very comfortable.  For my ID, I put my name, location and 2 emergency contacts, and a mantra.  You can also had any allergies you might have.  I wear this 24/7 now, I never take it off, I even sleep in it, and no issues with that.pic_shot_1564850594713

If you do any outdoor sport, I highly recommend you get one of these.  They have all sorts of products, not just the wrist ID, so if this isn’t your jam, you can get a sidekick which attaches to your garmin watch.  Also, Road ID has an app, it’s free, and it can track you while you run, and also list on emergency contacts and allergies.  If you want to get a Road ID, and I suggest you do, then go here and you will get 20% off

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Bix 7

So I am officially at the Half way point of my goal to race in all 50 states, I ran the Bix 7 in Iowa this past weekend and that was state 25.  To think, I am half way there, that is pretty cool, and I have started planning 2020, gotta more of the middle of the country checked off, and all future travels will be by plane, I no longer can drive to states, oh well, might mean less states in a year, but I will get it done.  Now let me tell you about the Bix

I flew into Chicago for this a drove across Illinois, fun little road trip.  I went to visit the town of Galena, IL and got to visit the Grant House (where Ulysses S Grant lived with his family) and the town itself was quite cute.  Then drove to my Air B&B, my first time using Air B&B, and I liked it, I will continue to use it.  I stayed in Rock Island, IL, not far from Davenport, nice quiet area.

 

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Grant House

Friday I went to Davenport and got my Bib, the race had buses that you could take into the city both for bib pick up and race day, and I used it, saved me money on parking, which I appreciate.  Bib pick up was easy and the expo was small but had some cool stuff.  I then finally got to see the Mississippi River, and yeah, it’s cool.  After reading about it in my school history books for years, it was super cool to finally see it up close.

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the race itself went pretty well, it was a hot day and HOLY CRAP IS THIS RACE HILLY, but I got it done, I slowed down knowing the heat was bad, and managed to finish in a good time and enjoyed myself.  The city of Davenport goes all out for this race, tons of people out, thankfully lots of hoses and sprinklers and lots of music, they really have a great time and it just makes for a much more fun race.  The after party was great too, lots of space and plenty of food and water.  If you want to run Bix I wouldn’t go into it thinking PR, it’s a tough race and it is in July, so it’s probably always going to be hot, but it is a lot of fun.

Sunday I went to Field of Dreams, SO COOL.  Bit of a ride from where I was but worth it, and if you love baseball, and you happen to be in Iowa, go, it’s cool.

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No, it’s Iowa

Overall, I really enjoyed this trip, and would recommend the race to everyone, it’s fun.  Also, Iowa is pretty fun to and it isn’t just full of corn, though there is a lot of it.

Did it even happen…

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Summit subscription and Strava merchandise as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If it isn’t on Strava?  Have you signed up yet?  You should, it’s a great tracking app and it is free.  You get so  many cool features with it, challenges, you can join groups and running clubs, you can join a group for an up coming race you are in.

I love being able to look up my stats easily and just see how I have improved from week to week, month to month and year to year.  Also, Strava emails you your monthly stats which is always cool to get.

I have used other tracking apps and Strava is by far my favorite and one of the easiest to use, I hope you are enjoying it as much as I do

2 States in one weekend

First weekend in June I decided I needed to finish off the east coast, so I decided to run the Baltimore 10 Miler in MD, and the Sallie Mae 5k in DE.  I got them both done, and I am officially done with the East Coast YAAAAAAY.

The Baltimore 10 Miler was fun, hilly but fun.  I went into the race knowing it was a fun race, so I went in wanting to enjoy it, and I did.  The race starts near the Baltimore Zoo, and you run through the streets of the city, to another park, run around a lake, then run back to the Zoo.  It was all great scenery and a very safe and well run race.  Plenty of Volunteers and cops out and also, plenty of portopotties.  There was music at both ends, and it was hilly, not crazy steep hills, mainly just rolling hills.  Also, a lot warmer in MD and DE then it has been in MA, so my body was not having it, but I just ran/walk and was fine., also the medal was pretty cool.IMG_20190601_105238_419

The Sallie Mae 5k was in Bellevue Park in Wilmington, DE.  What a lovely park, if I lived in the area I would run there everyday.  The race was entirely in the park, it was some paved trail, and a dirt track, easy run, and mostly shaded so that was nice with how warm it was.  It is a very small race, but well run, easy everything and lots of space to park, and they had people taking pics so Lars and I got a photo taken 20190602_085511

Another fun run, and enjoyed the it the entire way, if you are looking for a small 5k to run in DE, I would recommend it, it was a very lovely race 20190602_095308

and with that, I am done the east coast, and I am now at 24 states, almost half way there.

I have had the past 2 weeks off and on the 15th I will be running the Timlin Memorial 5k in Hopkinton, MA which will be the start of Marathon training, so it all begins again.