Lowell’s 1st Day Run

It’s been a bit cold in my neck of the woods, like, haven’t had a cold snap this bad since 1918 cold (god I was hoping to never hear that year again).

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I signed up for the 10k of this race a few months ago, not knowing I would be living in a frozen tundra, luckily they allowed everyone who wanted to, switch to the 5k so I did that.  This morning was 4 degrees with a wind chill of -12, not fun.  But I signed up, so I am going to run.  I layered up, and I also found myself some great new mittens (Target) and was ready to go.  The race starts and ends at the Lowell Elk’s and thank god the place is HUGE so we could all fit in it.  They gave you your medal up front as they didn’t want anyone just standing outside (too dangerous) Thankfully Lars came with me (have I mentioned he is the FREAKEN BEST) so he could hold my swag.  The race start was a bit rough as the chute was pretty much all ice, but once on the road, no ice.  There were cars though, and no one really to direct them (again too cold for people to stand around) so that was rough, but I get it.  The race itself is fairly flat, and probably has some decent views but it hurt too much to look up into the wind, so I didn’t really get to see much.  The finish is the same area as the start so, icy again.  But safely made it across, and finished in 33:33 (hey I should play that) I mean, I wasn’t expecting any speed today, I am just happy I ran the entire thing and didn’t die.

I hope I can do this race next year and that we will have normal winter temps so I can really get a better feel for it.  But I would still recommend it, just not at the temps I ran it in lol.

Well January race is done, one month down, 6 more to go.

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Action Plan

Did you set some goals for 2018?  Are you planning to accomplish them?  Have you set yourself an action plan?  Goals don’t just complete themselves, what work are you going to put in to make them happen?  I have set my goals, and for the first half of 2018, it is to travel more and run a race every month.  So I have races booked up until May, and hotels, and flights booked for my travel ones.  I have my training plan set, making sure I really work on the cross training this year, so I can avoid injury.  I am also adding in hill repeats, strengthen the legs and get me ready for San Francisco.

Also, with the start of a new year, I see all the commercials for the quick fixes, DO NOT FALL FOR THEM.  They do not work, whatever goal you have, you will have to work for, quick fixes will not help you.  Do the hard work and the rewards will happen.

Closeup of an old fashioned pill bottle filled with Magic Pills.

I hope all of my friends have a great new year, I can’t wait to see what it brings for all of us.

Happy Holidays

Fairly quiet on the running front right now, just building up my base again, and getting ready to travel and run all the race in 2018.  But right now, I just wanted to write a post about the people who help with all this running fun I get to do.  It isn’t often I get to be mushy on my blog but it’s the Holidays and these people deserve some love.

First up, my parents.  You know them giving birth to me was nice (not my choice lol) but they support me in everything I do.  They drove hours to watch me run my first Marathon, and got up super early to get into Boston to watch me finish that race.  I even got my mom to run her first half this year, and hopefully I will get to run one with her in 2018.  I love them and I couldn’t ask for a better set of parents, I hope they know how much I appreciate them.

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My dog, Rosie Ruth, yes I know she contributed to the wrist being broken, but man I love my dog, she is always so happy to see me everyday and always gives lots of love.  She enjoys when I get home from long run since I am so salty.  That dog brings so much joy into my life, it would be so boring without her.

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so fancy

Last, but not least, the man who puts up with the most, my very wonderful Boyfriend Lars.  He goes to almost all of my races, rain, cold, heat, you name the weather condition, he has been there taking pics.  He has been there for all my marathons, and he is the one who convinced me I could even run one.  He puts up with me being gone every morning to work out or run.  He misses me when I travel for races and he can’t go. But he is always the first person I call when I finish and he always lets me know how proud he is.  He is the best support I could ever ask for and he is a damn great race photographer.  This running thing would not happen without him and I am so lucky to have found him.  I love you Lars Fossel, don’t ever change and thank you for being you.

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I hope everyone who reads this has a great Holiday, whatever you celebrate and please don’t forget to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you.

Year End Wrap up and New Years Goals

So I usually do a couple posts, but I figured why not just mush these into one post, and I mean, most of you know how 2017 went, so it will just be a quick overview.  This Holiday season is just so much better then last year, we were moving New Years weekend, so couldn’t put up decorations, this year, ALL THE DECORATIONS

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it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Anyways, onto running stuff, this year started out great, training for Flying Pig went well, I did fall once, but hey, I run in the dark, was bound to happen.  And at Flying Pig I set a new Marathon PR, took a break, then tried to train to run a sub 2 hour half and my body noped that real quick.  I am not back to running after getting my hip back in order.  Right now I run 3 days a week and cross train 3 I am also building up my mileage and hope to run 8 miles this Saturday.  Going to finish up the year like this, just get my legs used to running long again, man did I miss it, so glad to be back.

Now, what you are really here for…..2018 GOALS!!!

So for the first half of the year, I am running for FUN, no speed goals, no new distances, but I am traveling, and hoping to hit up at least 4 new states.  So far I have AL, and CA booked (my first trip to the West Coast) and I’m pretty excited about it.  I plan on running mostly halves but they won’t all be, (CA is Bay to Breakers which is a 12k) I’m excited to fun run for a while and travel and see new places, this is going to be so fun.

Second half of 2018, Marathon, with a goal of finishing in 4:30, now what Marathon I will run is still up in the air.  I want to get into one, but we will see and I will only tell you if I do get in.  If not that one, then I have a few backups.  I am considering getting a coach for this goal, as I know this will be a big test.  But I have time to consider this and hoping to be making that decision by July.

Over all, I am feeling good, and ready to get 2018 going.  First race in New Years Day in Lowell, maybe I will see some of you there, maybe I will meet some of you in my travels.  I hope everyone who reads this has an amazing Holiday Season with lots of love and I hope your 2018 is amazing.

2018 Races

I know, 2017 isn’t over, yet, but I am already booking 2018 races, and one goal for the first half of 2018 is to travel more, so, if you know a great race near you and you want to lodge me, let me know, I may come visit.  But for now, here are the races I have booked for 2018

Lowell’s First Run – 1/1/18 – Lowell, MA

Mercedes Half – 2/11/18 – Birmingham, AL

New Bedford Half – 3/18/18 – New Bedford, MA

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – 4/8/18 – Washington DC

Bay to Breakers – 5/20/18 – San Francisco, CA

Run to Homebase – 7/28/18 – Boston, MA

I will try to keep this updated better in 2018

Review: Health Warrior Chia Bars

Disclaimer: I received Health Warrior Chia Bars and coloring book 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! 

Right now, I know what you’re thinking…chia bars?  Really??  Seriously, they’re good.  I got to try 2 flavors, Apple Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate.  I enjoyed both, but I really liked Apple Cinnamon better.  I found the dark chocolate to not be super deep chocolaty flavor, it was still good though.  The apple cinnamon tasted like little apple pies, and well, I love apple pies.

I did already enjoy chia, and use it often in foods but I had never had a chia bar and wondered if I would like the texture.  Other then then the chia getting stuck in your teeth, the texture is great and like eating a regular granola bar, but so much better for you. The are certified gluten free, 100% Vegan, only 4 g of fiber and 3 g of protein and only 3 g of sugar.  And they do help you feel full, they are a great in between meal snack.  While recovering from my hip injury, I have been going to PT, and I go after work, so I end up eating dinner late, I always brought a chia bar with me and it helped me get through PT without getting hangry, and my PT appreciates that.

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where I ate most of them, in my car

They have many more flavors, you don’t just have to get the 2 I tried. They have Acai Berry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry, and Mango and you can also get mix packs, but let me tell you about something even cooler, if you order your bars with this link

http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr

You can get a super cool marathon training coloring book with your order, and I mean, who doesn’t love coloring, I know I do and this book is full of funny pics to color in and many you will know all about if you are a runner

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I highly recommend these bars, in fact, when I am done with what I have, I will order more, they are super tasty, good for you, and keeps me full until I can have a meal.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do

also check out a fellow pros review

https://funsizeathleteblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/bibrave-product-review-superfoods-to-the-rescue-with-healthwarrior/

Southern Fried Half

I usually don’t theme a race, they generally have their own.  But the training for this race was just so bad, and in memory of the great Tom Petty, I made the theme of this race, I Won’t Back Down.  And you know what, I didn’t

You all know about my hip issues and being sick, I was hoping this would be my try at a sub 2 hour half, but my body just said no to that.  I have written posts about it, so I won’t go into it again.  But I was able to run the whole thing and I finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes, so I happy and I know I can run again.

Getting to the Outer Banks was not bad easy flight, easy drive.  I will say, in the off season, this place is pretty quiet, but still really pretty.  We stayed at Shutters on the Banks and I would highly recommend that hotel, very nice and great prices, and they have an indoor pool and hot tub WIN.  There are tons of other hotels as well.  There are plenty of places to eat, my favorites were Black Pelican, Kill Devil Grill and Outer Banks Brewing Station.  We also checked out were the Wright Bros took their first flight, that was really cool, and I would recommend that as well.

The expo was small, but nice plenty of cool things to buy and bib pick up was easy.  Race morning, drop off was easy, Lars was able to drop me off then head off to get his coffee with only a few detours and then head to the finish line.  This is a point to point race, so for those he usually just hangs at the finish line.  They had us in corrals that were not over crowded, I could totally move around and even get some last minute stretches in.  The race is overall pretty flat, there is not a lot of crowd support, but people were out cheering us on.  Plenty of water stations and tons of portapotties.  Then at mile 9 you start to go up the bridge, the bridge from hell.  Such a long steep hill, holy crap but once you are over and down, it’s all flat again.  The finish line in Matteo is so nice, and it is such a cute little town.  There was music and all sorts of food and drink, a really nice after party.  They had shuttles for everyone to get you back to your car and then getting back to the hotel (after a stop at Duck Donuts GO THERE) was pretty smooth.

Overall I liked the race and enjoyed my time on the Outer Banks. I would recommend anyone to visit it, even if you don’t race, just a cool area.  And this makes state 16 done in my quest to run the 50.23591995_10210296584111317_747950760469316964_o

South Shore Half and 5k

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the South Shore Half and 5k 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!”

First race since recovering from my hip issues (still recovering just feeling so much better) and it went so well.  Let me tell you about the race, then I can tell you about how it went.

First off, parking, so great.  They have you park at a local mall, which is pretty much right off the highway.  They bus you to the start line, super quick, super easy.  The bib pick up and baggage check was efficient and they even had bags for you if you didn’t bring your own.  The start line is also right near a HUGE field, so you have plenty of room to sit, stretch, or do your warm ups which is always nice. Also, plenty of portapotties

The race itself (I only did the 5k I cannot comment on the whole half) was really nice, some rolling hills, nothing crazy and the last 1/2 mile is ALL DOWN HILL!!! You read that right, all down hill, is there anything better, NOPE.  The race scenery is so nice, a beautiful neighborhood to run through.  The streets were closed and had plenty of volunteer and cops to keep you safe. Not a lot of people out cheering, but I enjoyed the quiet and the pretty houses and trees, it was nice.

The finish line is great and you walk through to get plenty of water and food, and if you wanted a beer, they had plenty (I’m not into beer) I then hopped on a bus and was driven back to my car.  Great race, well run, would highly recommend it and would do it again. and oh yeah FREE RACE PHOTOS!!!!

Now for me, I averaged a 10:06 pace SO HAPPY, and no pain.  A little stiffness at the beginning but it went away quickly.  I felt like I could run forever and man, did I miss that feeling.0033956_00d3bd95-db3b-4ff3-9ae9-aa1ffecb2af7

Me Too

So I am sure you all saw all the posts that said Me too.  I know I posted one, almost all the females I know on Social media did, some didn’t and they have personal reasons for that, but I can guarantee all women have been harassed all assaulted at some point in their lives.

I run alone, I get told often that I shouldn’t do that, you’re a women, you should run in groups or during the day or any other BS reason.  Look, I want to run alone, it is my only time alone, and I enjoy it immensely so please stop telling me how I am supposed to run, or when I should run.  I work daily 8:30 to 5 so basically I would never run in the winter if I stuck to only daylight hours. I run in all things reflective and with lights on, I also run with the Road ID app on and with my ID, because if something happens to me, Lars should know right away and also, I can be identified, cause as a woman, that is something I have to consider.  That some guy thinks he has the right to attack and rape me, because he is a man and I can only do so much about it.  Please stop telling me to change my ways and maybe, just maybe start raising boys to be better men.

Another fun thing, getting beeped at and hollered at.  No I do not appreciate your beeping at me, and you will almost always get my middle finger, it is not a fucking compliment, you are just a douche bag who feels the need to let a woman know you exist, not that any of us care.  Also, I don’t wear noise cancelling headphones (I think we all know why) so I can hear when dudes shout or whistle at me and again, FUCK YOU I don’t appreciate it and you are just a prick.  Stop thinking I want or need your attention, I don’t.

To ALL those men out there, who shout back, well I don’t do that or NOT ALL MEN.  So nice of you, glad you are a semi decent human, shall I give you a gold fucking star for that?  NOPE.  How about you assholes stop shouting back at women and maybe, just maybe tell your asshole friends to stop whistling, honking, hollering at us.  When your friend makes a sexist joke, maybe tell him he is an asshole and to stop.  When a guy brags about touching a woman without her consent, maybe tell him that is so fucking wrong.  Stop expecting a medal for not being an ass and maybe do something when other men are being an ass.

I really hate reading what other women go through, I know mine are minor on the scale of shit we have dealt with, but seriously, it ALL NEEDS TO STOP AND STOP RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!!!!!

Review: RunGo App

Disclaimer: I received access to the RunGo App 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

An app that gives you turn by turn directions??!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???  Well true, I didn’t run as a kid and cell phones weren’t for everyone, but you get what I mean.  This app does give you turn by turn directions, right in your ears, so great when you want to try a new route, or you are running in a new town.

You can download the app easy peasy from the Google Play Store, or whatever you Apple users use (I don’t do apple) Register, and then you are good to go.  There are some preset routes for your area, or you can create your own.  Now with this feature, I find it easier to do on the computer then in the app itself.  I created a 14 mile route through Lexington and it got me through, does it sometimes not tell you soon enough for a turn, yes, but overall it got me through an area I had never run in before and I didn’t get lost.

You can download the routes to your phone, which is great for me, because I live in the ultimate Verizon dead zone, so if I can’t download it, it won’t work.  I did find the voice to be a bit quiet, but nothing I couldn’t handle, or hear.

So, I did get injured during my testing period for this, so I haven’t been able to run in a while, but when I did use this, I quite liked it, I did not get to test as to it’s accuracy, but because of the area I live in, most apps are never accurate.  I have heard from others it is a little off, but the turn by turn directions are why I wanted it and will keep using it.  Overall, I would suggest to all runners to get this app, especially if you have to travel a lot.22528619_10210116853978176_729375739203880907_o