Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rock and Roll Philly - We run for Corey.

It has been over two months since I ran this race I am sorry.  I may also forget some parts as my brain is not what it used to be........

As you might remember from last year there is an amazing girl named Corey who was training for her first half marathon and was in a car accident and suffered serious brain injuries.  A group of her family and friends have gotten together to run the race each year and raise money for her care.  She is getting closer each day to running this race with us.  It is amazing to see.  On the Friday before the race I drove down to Philly.  Yes!! I drove to a race instead of flying LOL.

I got down there pretty quick and checked into my room then headed to the expo.  I had to get there a day a early because I was doing the remix challenge which is new to Rock n Roll races this year.  A 5k on Saturday and then the half on Sunday.  I knew I was going to hit the expo again the next day with Kim so I just got my bibs and headed back to my room.  I then twisted Kim's arm (as if I had to) and got her to head down that night to register for the 5k and come with me to dinner with Dave (who was running the half again) and Aaron and Lyra.  We went to Rangoon again as I loved it last year.  We also wandered around Chinatown again.  A little bubble tea and shopping never hurt anyone.

We got back to the hotel and went to sleep because we had the 5k in the morning.  On the way out of the hotel we ran into my fellow Team Corey members Christine and her mom Marjy.  It was going to be Marjy's first race ever.  We headed over to the race.   But of course we had to get this picture.

The weather was already hot even that early in the morning and very humid.  We got in our corrals and the race started.  I am not sure why but I was feeling pretty good from the get go.  I didn't feel like walking so I didn't.  I just tried to have fun and for the first time in a long time I actually ran the whole way during a 5k.  Not only that but I also had negative splits even with the stupid hill to the finish. There may have been a photobomb along the way......

Negative Splits YEAH!!

*****  Ok so now it is a week later as the wifi on the plane to Vegas was crap and then I forgot to charge my laptop for the flight home.  Now I am in Philly for the Philadelphia Half Marathon with Team Chris******

After the 5k Kim and I got cleaned up and went to the expo again.  We wandered around and had some fun.  We then met up with Eileen and grabbed lunch.  After that I went back to my room and they went to theirs (Kim was not staying with me again that night)  I had the Team Corey dinner that night too.

The dinner was great, I found out I was the top fundraiser which was awesome!!  I was pretty psyched about that.  I sat with Corey's brother, sister in law and their friend.  They were really nice, I was bummed that Christine and Brian couldn't come down though.  We learned of Corey's continued progress and of course the obstacles that they are facing as far as getting the funding for her care.  This is why we do what we do.  We then took the team picture and I headed back to my room to meet up with Danielle, Jen and Dave.

I felt so bad for Dave, he had not gotten any sleep since I last saw him for dinner Friday!!!!  He was exhausted.  We laid our stuff out and turned in early.

The 4 of us headed to the start area early but it was already hot and humid.  We met up with Kim, Colleen and Eileen but lost them at the corrals.  We waited for the race to start then hit up the porto potties since we were in corral twenty something.

Once we were off I knew right away that Dave was not having a good day.  He was just beyond exhausted.  We were doing a 2:1 run walk and Jen and Danielle stayed with us.  At around mile 4-5 we were still just trucking along and I met Marla.  She is awesome.  I stuck with her for the rest of the race.  She was there the year before too.  We just walked and ran and chatted the whole rest of the race.  Danielle and Jen would go ahead and then wait for us they were having a good time.  Dave would meet people along the way and stick with them a bit then catch up to us.  He was a bit behind us most of the way but never too far.  He really amazes me.  I, for one would have bailed if I got no sleep and felt the way he did.  We crossed the finish line and Danielle and I got our extra bling.  Me for the remix since I did the 5k and her the Beach to Bell since she did RnR Va Beach a few weeks earlier.  We headed back to the hotel and I was talking with Jen about how I was so nervous about Wineglass because my feet were KILLING me.  I think it was because we walked so much and walking hurts more sometimes.  It was my longest half to date but who cares?  We had fun.

Sorry it took so long for the up Marine Corp Marathon Weekend (Just the 10k for me!!) and then RnR Vegas!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time to get caught up.....even if it is out of order. Baltimore Half Marathon Recap.

I still have to write about Rock n Roll Philly and my Team Corey weekend but that post will be long and needs my undivided attention as it is very important.

Just 2 weeks after my first marathon  I was headed to Baltimore for a half marathon.  I did do a local 5k the week before but that was almost the only running I had done so I was pretty nervous.  It was the 2nd half of the Maryland Double and we all know I love bonus bling LOL.

I flew down Friday afternoon and was picked up at the airport by Jeff, Alicia and Aiden.  We headed directly to the expo.  The expo was nice and not super crowded so we got our stuff, wandered around and got all KT taped.

After the expo I checked into the hotel, left Jen's name at the desk so she and Danielle could get a key if they got there before I got back.  The Littwin's and I went to dinner and shopping at the sugar store.

After dinner they dropped me off at my hotel.  Jen and I didn't have to be up super early like Danielle but we all headed to bed early.  Well after we laid out our outfits of course.

In the morning we watched the marathon start from our window and just lazily got ready.  We were also watching the marathon on TV.  We were trying to find Danielle but we never saw her.  I got a text from Alicia once they got near the start so we headed down.  I wanted to get a picture with a FB friend Jerry but I couldn't get to where he was because my corral was further back and they wouldn't let me pass.  We all headed to the start.  I wanted to stop to pee but the porto potties were facing the street and the road was not closed so I was not about to get hit by a car.

I posted this on the Facebook page of the race and they seemed to be concerned and will address it for next year.

We got to the start which seemed a bit confusing as we had to cross the marathon course.  We took some pictures of course and then we were off.


The Littwins <3

Happy Anniversary!!!
Pretty soon we heard the boom and we were off.  I like a big race and there were quite a few people in this one.  But first.......selfies.

The course itself was OK.  We did not go through the best of areas but there were spectators the whole way which I love.  Boy O Boy Baltimore is hilly!!!  One complaint there was no water until after mile 3 where we merged in with the marathon.  Speaking of mile 3, that is where a man came running over to me and asked me how I knew Chris.  I told him that I knew his family.  He told me his name was Cpl Marty Barnes and thanked me as he shook my hand and ran off.  It never stops amazing me that people thank ME for running for Chris.  Chris is the one who did amazing things, not me.

Jen and I just kept running along, I wasn't taking pictures because I was feeling lazy LOL  She took some but she has not put them on Facebook for me to steal yet.  There are some good ones from along the course that I did buy.

Once we finished we saw Alicia, walked forever to get our medals and food and then I went to get my bonus bling.  Jen also had to take a pit stop at the medical tent because she rolled her ankle AFTER we crossed the finish line LOL  I was getting texts about Danielle's progress so we knew when she was about to cross.  Alicia and I headed over and got as close as we could to get a picture and cheer for her.

Danielle, Jen and I headed back to our hotel to shower super fast and head home.  Well they were driving to NJ for another race the next day.  I was getting dropped off at the airport by the Littwins :)

Bonus points if you know why I had to pose here.

Bonus bling.

Once I got to the airport I tried to get on an earlier flight home but was told that since I had a discounted fare I would have to pay $120 to go home just 1.5 hours thanks.  I will just hang at my favorite Maryland eatery.

I genuinely don't mind hanging out in the airport so I just waited for my flight and headed home.  Besides the flight from Baltimore to Long Island is less than an hour.

When I got home, after saying hi to Tom and the kitties I took a picture of all the bling from the Maryland Double.  Fredericks in May and Baltimore in October.  (There is a 3rd for the King Crab but I missed that one in June)  I also had a great suprise from my running bestie Kim AKA Barking Mad About Running  .  It was part birthday present and part marathon present and I couldn't love it more.

Still to come....Rock n Roll Philly and Marine Corps Marathon Weekend.