Friday, September 28, 2012


So I share all of my runs on Facebook and Twitter.  Now that I started this blog I made a Facebook page if you wanted to head over and "Like" me there and also a Twitter page to "Follow"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things.....

I am not a pro by any means but over the past year and a half of running I have found some things that I love and might just not be able to live without.  10 Products and activities are listed in no particular order.

1.  Yoga.  I always 'liked' yoga but once I started a regular practice I realized I 'LOVED' yoga.....and after the past few weeks of not getting to class I also have learned I need yoga.  Physically and mentally I am missing something right now, I am back to having a hard time getting up in the morning and just feel Blah.

I sweat a lot in yoga and also when I run (by a lot I mean a disgusting amount) so that brings me to something I learned about from Run With Jess and that is

2. Bondi Bands  These are seriously the best headbands ever!  They soak up more sweat than I thought possible, It is disgusting I know but when I am done if I squeeze the headband liquid POURS out.  I know they are not that cute on me but I really do not care!

Me on July 4th after running a 5k in the 96 degree A MILLION PERCENT humidity New York weather.

3. Virtual Runs.  In my last post I mentioned that I run a lot of races because it gets me motivated.  Once I started reading running blogs I started seeing these virtual runs.  What they are is a blogger sets a date and people sign up to run a specific distance on that date and then log their times.  Sometimes they are free and just to get people up and moving and sometimes you donate to a charity.  Some have swag and some don't either way I love them.  My next one on my schedule is also from Run with Jess.  It is called the The Cupcake Classic.  Really? Cupcakes?  How could I resist?

4. Mud Runs.  OH MY GOD SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!  The first time I heard of these was from my friend Jodi who told me just after I started running about the Down and Dirty run that she did the year before.  I checked it out and was immediately terrified.  I was fat and out of shape, what she kidding me with this?!?  But of course I registered and got a bunch of my friends to join me.  (This is where the idea for Motley Shues came into play)  So on a perfect day last fall we all headed to the Bronx and got Down and Dirty.

 Look how cute and clean we were before we headed out.

This is still my favorite picture of the whole day.....

And after........

This Sunday we will be doing this all over again!!!  I can not freaking wait!

Since this was such a walk in the park a bunch of us decided to try The Spartan Race.  Holy Shit this was not the same animal!!  So much harder (I will do a full recap another day) but we freaking did it and I LOVED IT!!!!

4a. Color Runs - I figured this was not completely different.  They are just there to have fun.  They are not timed so we had a HUGE group willing to go no matter of their age or physical ability and THAT is one of the best parts.  I know races scare people and they don't try out of fear of failure......there is no way to fail at these.  I thought about doing a full recap of this but after these pics I don't think it is needed.

 5. Athleta 2 in 1 shorts - Once the hot weather came I wanted to wear running shorts but my thighs are still big and I get the worst "Chub Rub" and my shorts ride up into places I only let my husband get to.... :)  Exhibit A - (I know it is a blurry pic...but where is the piping think it is going???)

Imagine if the shorts did not have the second pair under?!?!?  YIKES!

6. My rainbow yoga pants from  Shining Shakti.  I have a couple of the pants and a dress and if it was OK to wear them everyday I would!!

7. Running apps on my iphone. - I will do a separate post on this as I do use a couple of different ones.

8. Garmin watch - I just got the 910XT so I will do a post after I get to know her better. 

9.  Brooks Glycerine 9s  The 10's just came out so these are one sale and I have them in 3 colors.  I am afraid to try the 10s as they didn't get great reviews but once my 9s wear out I may not have a choice.

10. Brooks Utopia Thermal Pant  Fabiana and I got these last year for the NYS Parks Winter Run Series and they were so warm and comfy!!  

I was going to stop at 10 but there is one more "thing" that I love and that has become one of the absolute best parts of running races on Long Island.

BILL BENSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will copy and paste the article from Newsday here because you have to log on to read it.  I have long called Bill my running crush but more importantly he is an inspiration to the ENTIRE Long Island running community.

LI runner still keeping up the pace at 93

At age 60, Bill Benson thought his clothes were shrinking. His wife told him that wasn't true: He was simply gaining weight.
So Benson, of Valley Stream, resolved to clean up his lifestyle.
"I was out of shape," he said. "I threw all my pipes out. I stopped drinking beer."
And, he did one more thing. Nearly four decades after finishing his career as a middle-distance runner at Ohio University, Benson started walking, then jogging, then racing again.
More than 30 years later, Benson is still going, at age 93. On Saturday, he was the oldest of nearly 5,500 competitors in the annual Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan, clocking in at 14 minutes, 19 seconds.
"It was, really, slower than I wanted," he said afterward.
The race was the 13th time Benson has competed in the event, which sprints 20 blocks south, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Central Park's Grand Army Plaza.
Benson's first crack at the race, in 1996, netted him a time of 7:58. Since then, he's racked up eight age-group victories and three second-place finishes. He's looking forward to his 95th birthday, when he'll enter a new division. "You have different records to shoot for," he said.
In college, Benson set a personal best of 4:29 in the mile -- roughly 20 seconds off the world record at the time. But he'd opt for kids and baseball practices, later working as head of small claims for Liberty Mutual in Manhattan.
When he complained, many years later, that his clothes didn't fit, his wife delivered a frank assessment of her husband's fitness.
"I gave him a boot, yes," said Annette Benson, 86.
Since then, Bill Benson has thrown himself into running. He trains up to five times a week and races "just about every weekend," his son said.
"It's a lifestyle, really," said Rich Benson, 61, of Mill Neck.
On Saturday, Bill Benson woke up, downed a bowl of Special K and a piece of toast, then took the train into Manhattan.
Annette stayed in Valley Stream. She refuses to go see "old sweaty men run," though she supports her husband's passion. "It's great, because it keeps his mind working, and he loves doing it," she said.
On Sunday, Benson will be out at another competition, this time as a volunteer for the Greater Long Island Running Club, where he's the oldest member -- and an inspiration to others.
"Most people at the age of 93 are happy to be above ground, but he's gone far, far beyond that," said the club's president, Mike Polansky, 71, of Plainview. "I want to be doing what he's doing 22 years from now."

 Above are the 2 pictures from Newsday

I took these pictures of Bill at the 5k that was part of the Long Island Marathon Weekend.  I tried to be slick but he knows I love him and he totally busted me and posed <3

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why I started to run......

At the end of 2010 I was getting fat...the biggest I had ever been.  It was because of a few things, I was sick with thyroid problems and I pretty much gave up so I was eating crap and eating a lot of it!  I was also not doing anything active.  I have had thyroid issues since I was 16 and starting then my weight would go way down, then way up, then way down...ect.  I was not only sick but I dabbled in crazy diets that came very close to eating disorders but I don't think I ever crossed over the line to a full on disorder because it was never about control for me I just wanted to get skinny and I knew no other way or really I was just too lazy.

 July 2004 about 127lbs (I am 5'8" so now I get that it was too thin...yet some how I still thought I was fat)

Wedding Day 2/29/08 and Honeymoon in Jamaica 3/08 approx 150lbs and I thought I was HUGE....I dream to get back to that weight now!

I just kept getting bigger from there until THIS happened........

New Year's Day 2011, Approx 198lbs, don't I look thrilled at getting my picture taken (I was still pretty sick in this picture but I missed out of Christmas due to the radioactive iodine I was not missing out on New Years Too)

It was a downward spiral, then in March I was down in Florida for my husband's grandmother's 100th birthday.  I couldn't find anything to wear, and then at the party I hid in the back of the family photos.  I realized right then it was time to do something. It was an AMAZING day and all I wanted to do was hide.

I had gained 70 pounds since I met my husband in 2004 and 40+ of them were since my wedding in 2008.I had already gone through my treatment for the my thyroid (again) and was on the mend so now it was all just diet and lifestyle.

I did what I said I would never do, I joined weight watchers on April 4th 2011.  I started losing weight but it was slow, as it should be when you are doing it the right way I have now learned.  I have always been a yo-yo dieter and even when I was thin I was "Skinny Fat" so this time I wanted to do it differently.

Ok so my very first 5k was 5/22/11.  It was the Weight Watchers "Walk-it Challenge".  Now other than just over a year of playing Roller Derby for the Long Island Roller Rebels I had not done anything physically challenging since high school. Maybe a stint or two at the gym but it never lasted long.

Man I miss roller was so damn fun!!!  These pictures are from 2006 when I was about 135lbs.

I planned on just walking but once I got started I figured I would try to run too.  I would just run when I could for as long as I could, then walked a bit then ran again.  I finished 44:40 and placed 122 out of  834 people.  I thought I was just so awesome and that running was not so bad after all.  As soon as I got home I registered for a 5k on my birthday 10/23 and set a goal to be able to run the whole 5k by then (Accomplished!!!).  I also signed up for a 5k the following weekend.  When I got there I almost left, OMG these people were not weight watchers!!!  OMG people were just so fit and they were running to get ready to run.....all I could picture was coming in last place.  Well I didn't leave I set out with my walk/run/walk/run 5k.  It was 2 laps of the park, 3/4 of my way done with my first lap I started getting passed by the fastest runners and before I even got to the end of my first lap I started hearing the cheers for the people hurt to have to run past and know I had to do that AGAIN..... I was not last and I took just about a minute off my time....seems small but it was huge for me.  I just kept signing up for races, at first it was 1 or 2 a month and by the end of the year it was 1 or 2 a week.  I also got some friends to join me so that was fun (except that most people were faster than me and that hurt my ego LOL)  I have to just keep reminding myself that the only person I am competing against is ME so as long as I just keep getting better I am winning.

That is me in white on the left at the start of the Walk it Challenge 5/22/11 189lbs

3rd 5k ever June 4th 2011 188lbs

The thing is I hate running.  I just love the sense of accomplishment and also how I feel after I am done running.  I also know that I am stubborn so the fact that my body is fighting me with these Neuromas makes me want to do it more and if I sign up for a race I will go 99.9% of the time (I missed 1 for a migraine and 1 for horrible weather)

I didn't even skip a 5k on the water in a Nor'easter that hit NY last October.  Running in the ice was actually a lot of fun.  Even Matthias ran with me that day.

Matthias and I at the Brightwaters Pumpkin Run 10/28/2011 177lbs (it is blurry because it was raining ice)

When I saw this picture I realized something else, even thought I had "only" lost 20 pounds I was in better shape that I had ever been in and I needed to keep on running!!!

I completed 30 races (27 5ks, 2 4ks and a mud run) in 2011 and I set a goal to run 52 races in 2012.  Well as if today 9/25/12 I have run 54 with many still on the schedule.  They are mostly 5ks but these was a couple of 10ks including The Great Cow Harbor Race.  The most fun was The Spartan Race and it was the hardest.  This past weekend as you know from my last post was Ocean to Sound Relay where I ran 6.5 miles.

Me and my weight are still fighting....I have been stuck in the 160's since MARCH!!!!!!  But I keep getting better and my clothes are fitting better so I have to try to stop worrying about the scale but after 38 years that is much easier said than done.

 True Story!!!

  New Year's 2012, 1 year and 30lbs later I was in such a better mood.  I wonder what this year's picture will be like :)


Blog Help....

Hey there fellow bloggers.  I could use some help.  There a a few things I can not seem to figure out or and just doing wrong.  I like to think of myself as pretty computer savvy but this is making me feel less than bright......

1 - How do I add tabs along the top to bring up other pages?  I want to add a Race Schedule page.  Got it!
2 - How do I add the "Like this on Facebook" link?  OK got it added, (Thank you Jogging Jawa) now how to get it to fit on the page, anyone?   Got it just without pics but that is OK :)
3 - For the Tough Chiks, I can't seem to get the little logo/link to work, how did you add it?  I just added a picture but I would love to link it.....  Thanks Aubrey!!
4 - I started this on my personal gmail/google account, if I set up a Running on Candy account can the blog be moved?  Woo Hoo I figured this one out myself! 

I am sure I will come across more but for now HAAALLLLPPP MEEEE!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ocean to Sound Relay 9/23/2012

Race - Ocean to Sound Realy
Time - 6:45am
Where - Jones Beach
Distance - 50 miles split into 8 legs.

I figured my first post/recap should get me started with a bang and a huge all day event is a great way to start dontcha think?

So a few months ago I got the flier put on my car at one of the many local 5ks.  It didn't have too much info but it seemed new and exciting.  I of course googled it and got some info.  It was a run across Long Island from Jones beach on the south shore to Oyster Bay train station 50 miles north of the beach.  This run was split into 8 legs that varied from 5.4 miles to 7 miles.  So I found 7 other ladies from Motley Shues who were willing to try this out with me.  We had 2 Super Shues as I call them Christine and Nicole, then I tricked asked  Lisa (who looks just as perfect after she is done running as she does when she starts and is pretty fast) to join the run by volunteering my husband to baby sit her 4 kids while she ran a leg that was close to her house.  Then there is Jodi, Diane and myself who had done some runs and could hold our own, Manda who had just started running and Laura who hadn't run for awhile but was getting back into it.

All seemed to be going great until about a week before the relay.  First Laura fell hard while roller blading along the bike path at Jones beach.  Then Jodi got an upper respiratory infection and Manda pushed herself too hard in a pre relay training run and hurt her ankles pretty bad.  Even with their issues everyone was putting on a brave face and hoping for the best come relay day.

The Monday before we had a planning meeting at Christine's office, mapped out the course and assigned the legs.

Wednesday came and my bi weekly podiatrist appointment to get the shots in my feet for my Morton's Neuromas.

 I was going to put a picture here of a foot getting the injections but it hurts and no one really wants to see injections in feet.

For some reason this week was so much worse than usual, there was just so much blood and the bruising and soreness was killing me.  I read a few forums with people discussing good running shoes for running with neuromas and a few suggested Newton Terra Momentus and since I had to go to Runners Edge to pick up the packets for the Relay the Friday before and I had a 20% off coupon from another race I figured I would try them out.  Especially since Newton is doing a "Try for 60 days and return if you are not happy" event right now.  I got those and also Newton Gravity to try.  My feet still hurt when I got home but I just had to try one pair out and I had a 5k Saturday morning and I run better if I ran the day before.  I put on the Momentus because that was the one people seems to rave about.  Well for the first mile my feet felt great and I was getting excited thinking maybe I finally found the magic shoe.....but then came mile 2 and the pain started and just kept getting worse with each and every step.  I had to cut my run short at 2.25 miles and I could barely walk the rest of the night.  I wore my old Brooks for the 5k because even though they are well over 250 miles and have a few holes they are the best shoes I have had so far.  I ended up with my second best 5k time to date.  32:50 (last year at the same race I got 39:43 so I am pleased.) My feet were in bad shape but I did it and decided to wear my orthodics all day Sunday until I ran my leg to try and keep the pain as minimal as possible.

Ok so I got everything packed and ready Saturday night and headed to bed around 9:30 since my alarm was set for 4:30am.

Day of the Relay:

4:10am my phone is Super Shue Nicole, she threw her back out and was not able to run.  I felt so bad for her she was so upset and I will be honest I was a bit panicked about who was going to run her leg and also upset as I was looking forward to spending the day with her since I don't get to see her much.  So I got all my stuff and Tom and I headed out, he dropped me off at Christine's on his way to Lisa's to babysit.  Christine also had a crazy day by the time I got there and it was only 5:40am!!!!  The rest of the Shues got there and we packed up Christine's van, picked up Lisa and headed to Jones Beach for the early start for slower teams.

We got to the beach just as the sun started coming up it was so pretty but very cold and windy.  We got Lisa set up at the start line with her number and the timing chip bracelt that is used in place of a baton for the handoffs between runners.

From Left to Right:  Jodi, Diane, Me, Christine, Laura, Lisa and Manda.

Lisa getting ready to run.

After the start gun went off we all had a quick bathroom break and headed out still not too sure how a relay worked.  We saw a bunch of the support vehicles stopped along the parkway where the bike path that the runners were running on came close to the road.  We saw Lisa cheered and offered water all she could say was something along the lines of "Fucking Wind".  We went up the road a couple of more miles and waited again gave some water and then went to the park where the first hand off was.  

Lisa finishing super strong after the longest run she ever did!  I told you she looks perfect always....I don't even think she sweats.

Laura getting ready to see if her ribs were going to let her do this.  She was still hurting really bad from her roller blading fall.

We were heading out of the park when we saw what we all were fearing Laura was just about out of the park but she was practically doubled over in pain.....there was just no way she was going to be able to finish 6 miles in this condition.  So we made some quick decisions and Lisa headed out to do about 2 more miles, we headed up the road and Christine ate a granola bar and drank some water while changing into her running clothes, we then brought her to Lisa and we switched off.  We dropped Lisa off as Christine did the last 3.5 miles of leg 2.  She called it her "warm up" This is one of the many reasons she is a Super Shue.  Here is where I started to freak out becasue the traffic was INSANE due to the traffic being interrupted for the runners to cross the highways and streets of Massapequa.  We hadn't seen Christin yet and I was afraid that she was going to get to the hand off before us.  We finally saw her, almost got side swipped just before the park.  We finally got there with about 2 minutes to spare.  Without a chance to streatch Jodi was off into the Bethpage Park bike path. 

No time for photos so please imagine a picture of Christine finishing and Jodi posing for a before picture here

Most of this leg is in the park so we couldn't stop until about mile 4 or so to cheer her on.  We grabbed some bagels and found the 4 mile marker.  She was doing great when we saw her and headed to the change off.

Jodi finishing her leg...why did they make it uphill??  Mean!

Manda getting ready for Leg #4

Manda headed out and we headed to get gas and to my house because I forgot to put my contacts in before I left and I can not run in glasses.  After that quick detour we headed to the 4 mile mark of Manda's leg which was just before a crazy down hill stretch.  She was looking good even if she was hurting pretty bad.  We then headed to the hand off point which unbeknown to us Manda tripped at the bottom of the hill but just kept going...what a freaking trooper!

Still smiling even as she was practically hobbling (again uphill..WTF?) to the hand off.

Diane getting ready for leg #5...the beginning of the hilly legs of the north shore.

We were only able to stop once for Diane pretty early on in her leg because we had to meet up with the "Pinch Runner" we had coming in to run leg #6 for Nicole.  It was not a simple task for our runner.  It was Brian, Christine's husband.  He had to do a 20 mile marathon training run so he had to pack up their 3 kids and meet us in Huntington.  We got there and also had a nice visit from another Shue, Regina and her daughter Jada came bearing a great sign to cheer us on.  Thanks again G!!!
 Diane coming in so strong!!  How she ran 6 miles with no music/podcast is so strange to me.

Brian saying Bye to his kids and heading someone about to run 20 miles can smile like that is beyond me.
Off he went and we were not in 2 vehicles.  We made a quick stop to cheer him on but he is just so darned fast we had to get to the next hand off quick since his leg was also the shortest.  The next hand off location was right in center of Cold Spring Harbor's Main St. and they were having some sort of festival as all north shore towns are known to do so it was such a cluster fuck of traffic that Christine jumped out and we had to move on so again 
Imagine a picture here of Brian finishing and then Christine taking off for her leg (Brian kept going with her also) 

Leg 7 was labeled as the hardest leg and it was also the longest.  7 miles of insane hills.  So we headed to around the half way point to cheer Christine and Brian on.  The kids got a kick out of seeing their parents running in a race.  We then headed to the final hand off which was my leg.
Since I was the one taking pictures I was not able to get the pictures at this hand of either....sorry
Imagine a pic of me getting ready to go and one of Christine (and Brian) finishing awesomely!  Thank you Christine and Brian for making up a lot of time for us!

Well I took off from the Syossett Woods and through the adjacent neighborhood.  Brian wished my luck and headed out ahead of me.  I am not sure if it was being in the car all day, not enough fuel or being up so early but I was having a real hard time getting into my groove.  Brian headed back in the other direction, I asked if he was OK.  He needed to add a few more miles because the 3 legs he was running with us were not a full 20 miles.  And yes he was still smiling like that guy in the race photo that went viral a few months ago yet better looking....yes I heart my friend's husband what of it? He is awesome.

Seriously who looks like this while running???

Anyway I was getting passed a lot at first then I was just running along on my own.  I refused to stop to walk even thought I really wanted to because I refused to have Brian come up behind me on mile 847 of his training run and I was walking after 2.  Just in time my Shues passed me and cheered me on, I need that so bad!  Unfortunately the people of Oyster Bay do not like it and have made it against the law to stop on the roads there so they were only able to stop once and then pass again.  My garmin kept buzzing because the gps kept going in and out but it was quick blips so it didn't mess with my time/distance too bad.  (it was off by just about .2).  Just about at the 4 mile mark I got a nice surprise of Dan, Niqui and Xander on the side of the road cheering THANK YOU!  They went up ahead and were waiting just about a mile from the finish with fresh water.  It was straight into the train station to the finish.  We did it!  

I was so excited when I saw the time was under 8 hours!!  I was then reminded we started 1 hour early so we finished just under 9 hours.  Either way I am so proud of us.  We had a bunch of hiccups but we never gave up.

After the race there was a BBQ so we all ate and then as we started getting cold and sore I called Tom to pick me up and we all headed home.  I showered and was asleep by 9pm HAHA

I know this was a crazy long post but it was a long day...most posts are not going to be this long I promise :)

Final Results:

141 Place

Leg - Time - Pace
1 - 1:03:30 - 10:35 
2 - 58:18 - 9:43 
3 - 1:20:44 - 12:49 
4 - 1:21:04 - 13:59 
5 - 1:11:25 - 11:32 
6 - 37:57 - 7:02 
7 - 1:01:14 - 8:45 
8 - 1:09:43 - 10:54
FINAL - 8:43:51 - 10:41