Thursday, August 31, 2017

Recovered Post

Yesterday I accidentally deleted my last blog post.  I asked for help in a forum and someone got it for me but I have to copy and repost it from a cashe link.   I know it is going to probably look strange since it is a copy/paste situation but I needed to get it back!

Well I have to say that was a great running weekend!!

We all know I have been excited that is it Autumn!  This weekend was a big running weekend for me and it was the first fall running weekend.  I have a 10k on Saturday and the Ocean to Sound Relay with BGR on Sunday.  I was super excited for that!

**Warning LONG POST Ahead**

Saturday was the Whisper 10k.  The weather was a bit humid but with a nice 60 degree temp it was not too bad.  I have not been running much at all.  Just on the weekends for races to be honest.  I did pretty well at Dark Strides so I figured I would do pretty good on a flat course on a cool day.  The course is part road, part paved trail and part dirt trail.  A really nice mix.

I was trying to stick to a 2 or 3 min run with a 1 min walk.  When I got out of the woods for the last mile or so I finally looked at my watch.  I realized that if I kept pace and tried to push a bit harder I would probably PR.  My current PR was from 2014 and was 1:11:13.  That was from a super fast course though. By this point I was losing steam fast and the breeze totally stopped so it was humid and getting quite warm.  I just tried to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Just before mile 6 I guess my brain was not working because I thought I was not going to do it.  I crossed the finishline and looked at my watch.  1:07:46.  I'm sorry, WHAT?  Yup and huge PR for me.  Full disclosure, my watch said 6.11 not 6.2 but it would have still been a huge PR at 6.2 and since I was in and out of the woods maybe the GPS dropped out...who knows but I was thrilled!  I even rang the PR bell!

I headed home and tried to relax since I knew I had a long day on Sunday!!  The sun came out on my way home and so I just had a nice relaxing day.

Sunday was the big day.  Ocean to Sound 50 mile relay.  I had done this back in 2012 and had a great time so I was happy to do it again.  The weather was perfect but getting up at 4am for a 5:15 meet up with my Black Girls Run teammates was no fun.  We arrived at Jones Beach just around 6:15-6:30 for our 7am start.  We took some pictures and Linda got ready to start us off.

We got to stop for Linda twice.  Every 2ish miles became the norm for each leg.  Linda is super fast so before we knew it she was coming out of the path at Cedar Creek Park.  Unfortunately Linda had to leave us after her leg to do some family stuff but we kept her phone buzzing all day with pictures so hopefully she felt like she was with us a little <3

Next up was Mindy.  She was so cute and excited.  Most of the pictures were taken by Cigale as she is the pro for sure!! 

We stopped every 2ish miles again for her.  She is apparently also fast!  Now it was my turn to start getting nervous.  I am no where near the speed of these ladies on a good day!

We got to the exchange point and had to park a bit away so I ran in to get to the bathroom line.  Luckily there were a few people on line who let me cut since we knew Mindy was close.  I got out, got sunblock and bug spray on in time  (That you ladies for making sure I did) to get a pic and have Mindy come flying into the park!

A quick hand off and I was off.  I am sure the girls just took a couple of pics and then headed out to meet and cheer for me.  About half of my leg was on a bike path so there was only 1 place they could see me.

Not too far into my run I was afraid I was off course.  There was a split in the path and no one in front of behind me.  I saw a guy come from one direction on a bike, I asked if he saw other people with bibs and he said yes.  A few minutes later and I saw my teammates <3.  I just kept with my 2 min run and 1 min walk.  There was a young girl and her dad running too so I just wanted to keep up with them.  I thought we were at mile 2 and then my watch beeped for mile 3.  I was surprised it came up so quick but then I looked, it was only mile 2 LOL.  Seeing the girls where I did I thought it was mile 2 but only mile 1.  Once I got out of the path I saw them again as I was passing the little girl.  (Ok I am a jerk I didn't want to "lose" to a 7-8year old LOL)

I did see them one more time before the finish really did sneak up on me.  Stupid up hill to the finish though...why??  (I did finish in 1:10:12 which is my 2nd fastest 10k time ever) I was so happy to be done and hand off that bracelet to Cigale for her longest run ever!

We didnt get a before pic of Cigale since the bathroom line was long.  But she was off.  I tried so hard to take pics as good as hers of her running but I am afraid I failed.  We got her twice.  At the first spot a guy was running right in front of her in my way dang it!!  She dropped off her jacket, grabbed a drink and kept flying by.  she is also crazy fast of course LOL.

When we drove past her I am pretty sure we got a bit of some side eye from her LOL.  We got up to stop again to cheer some more.  Then a few more minutes and she came super fast to the hand off to Tiffany.

We will just say that she is one of the funniest people I know when she is mad!  Her music never came on and it was her longest run that had lots of crazy hills.  She was not pleased and unfriended all of us <3 <3 Luckily with her back in the truck the pictures for the rest of the day got better again :)

Tiffany was off like a bullet for leg #5, the first of the really tough legs.  She said she took off too fast but you would never tell, she looked amazing when we saw her for our first cheer stop.

I mean really?  is she even sweating?  Winded at all?  I don't think so.  Who looks that good running?  After stopping one more time we headed to the marina for the hand off to Tonja for leg #6.

Tonja was off for her leg, I think it was the shortest leg but BOY was it a hilly one.  I have run some races on the roads she had to run and it is relentless!  We still got to stop for her twice which was nice.  It was such a gorgeous day.  She was kicking ass on those hills though, like it was flat!  I would have been dying!  She was even smiling <3

We quickly went to the 4 mile mark to wait again, grabbed some pics and headed down and INSANE hill with blind curves and either a wall or a cliff to the sides.  Crazy.  She was running so strong even after only getting 3 hours of sleep the night before!

Once Tonja got in Sharon was off on THE leg.  Leg 7.  It is the longest leg and the first mile is up hill.  The joke was to who ever was running that leg had no friends LOL.  Sharon is such a strong runner that she had no problem with it. I mean she was even smiling and posing when we saw her the first time.  LOL

I am pretty sure I would have been crying.  Not Sharon, she was killing it!  We got to stop a couple more times for water and pictures and each time she was smiling!

After Sharon came in we Jennean was off for leg 8.  On this leg there was a long stretch where we could not stop for her due to village rules (we did see many people break these rules but not us!) We got to stop at 1.5ish and then again around mile 5.  I dont think she expected us at mile 5 :)

After she passed us we headed to the finish to run across as a team, take some pictures and head to the after party.  I could not find a picture of us running as a group but if I do I will add it.

All in all it was a great day with great people.  So much fun and lots of laughs!  Thank you Mindy for getting us our special medals because you are so right, if you run 50 damn miles you deserve a medal!!

Not sure who BLANK Girls Run are but.........our results.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hello? Is anyone still there?


I am really sorry my last post was in September....I do have a draft in there from December but still!!!  I will get back to that one another day.  I figure (and I asked my FB followers and they aggreed) that a good way to get back into posting was to post about Rock n Roll Dublin.  My first time to Europe and my first race out of the US.

A while back Tom won a large gift certificate to Liberty Travel.  (Footnote - NEVER use them)  We were discussing where to go.  We decided on Europe but where?  Then I remembered that there was a half in Dublin so why not there?  We decided on 4 days in Dublin and 4 days in the country.  It did not work out exactly as planned (see above footnote) but it was Ireland and we had fun.

We got there Friday morning and after stopping at the hotel to drop off our bags we headed to the Expo.  I have never been to a smaller expo for a large race before.  I was bummed.  I got over it.  We went to eat and wandered a bit then took a nap.  Saturday was a bit more of the same.  Just eating, drinking and wandering around.  Got to bed early as the race was the next morning.

You may have noticed 2 bibs there.  I did the half and then right after they had a fun run.....untimed but a medal so I was in!

I got up, had breakfast in the hotel, went back to use the bathroom in  my room one last time and went down to the start.  The weather was awesome.  Humid, sure but nice and cool.  Chatted with a few people on the bathroom line and then headed to the corrals.  I did luckily get a chance to see some of my FFTFL Tribe and my friends from NY.  Not too long after we started and there I was running a half marathon in one of the places I had been dreaming about going to since I was a kid.

We ran the first few miles through the city then along a park and finished in the park its self.  I had my Team Chris shirt on - natch - and more people asked me about it and thanked me for wearing it than I think all other races combined.  It was crazy.  Towards the last 5k of the race I started chatting with a woman about it and we finished the race together. Race friends are such fun friends.

I have to say, even with the 2 miles that I walked towards the end since we were chatting I did so much better than I expected.  I had not run more than 5 miles since NOVEMBER!  But I finished in 2:43 with 2 miles of walking and I felt good enough to go back to the park and zoo after!

After the race we went to the zoo and then to the tourist area of Temple Bar to see my friend's cousin play/sing.  He was awesome.

The rest of the trip was more touristy and less...I mean no running.  I planned on running in the country when we got there but the hotel was not where we expected so that didnt happen.   We Went to Belfast, Waterford to see the crystals being made (amaze), went to a castle to hang out with hawks and owls and even went to Blarney Castle twice since the grounds were so beautiful.

All in all it was great trip and we learned what to do next time we go :)  I am only putting in 2 other pics because I am sure people are sick of seeing them (There were over 400 just from my phone LOLOL)

No trip is complete without the essentials.........I mean my blog got its name somewhere.

CANDY!!!!  Not even close to all of it either!