Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marine Corps Marathon - Team Chris plus Virtual Run

I am honored to announce that I will be fundraising and running along with "Team Chris" at the Marine Corps Marathon again in 2015. Our tight knit group of family and friends have continued to honor Chris' life as well as support the Semper Fi Fund. Funds raised are used to sponsor service dogs for veterans and wounded warriors needing palliative care, companionship and stress reduction.

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I am hoping you will support “Team Chris,” where our mission is simple, “honor the fallen and support our troops.” With our collective efforts the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom will know they are supported and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. We appreciate your help in not only keeping Christopher’s memory alive, but also supporting the men and women of the Marine Corps who are still defending our freedom. Please keep all the servicemen and women and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

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For those who do not want to donate online, donation checks should be made payable to the: "Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Semper Fi Fund" or the "CCGS Semper Fi Fund" and mailed to Tim Scherer 12 Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Way/ Madsen Lane, East Northport, NY 11731. To learn more about Cpl Chris Scherer and his family visit Thank you.

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I will be hosting a Virtual run on Chris' birthday, June 29th to help in my fundraising efforts and to further honor Chris and his memory. You can run/walk/bike any distance you want. If you can't do it on his birthday anytime near his birthday is fine. If you live near by I will also try to get a group together to run on his favorite course in East Northport.

For info on the virtual run please join the Facebook Event HERE

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For everyone who donates $25.00 towards my fundraising page you will receive a medal and sticker (design to be announced at a later date)

2014 Team Chris

2014 Marathon Runners

2014 10k Runners

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon Recap.

I don't even remember when or why I signed up for this.  I probably got a rando email about it and thought that

1. It's Sleepy Hollow and
2. So close I can drive up the day of and come home after.  No Bigs.

Kim and I have different favorite Ichabods LOL 

I was talking to my friend Chris about it and he said just wait for the hills, especially at mile 13.  Um, wait....what?  So I then looked at an elevation chart.  *facepalm*  Granted I am from Upstate NY near the Hudson River so I should have known better but it has been many years since I had been up there and I have never RUN there so it was never a thought.

Now I expected a nice day for this race being that it was in the spring but as you know especially if you live in the Northeast....apparently Spring is a thing of the past and doesn't exist anymore.  Long Island got 3-5 inches of snow the night before the race and it was snowing on my drive up.

George helped me pick put the right outfit for race day.
The race was starting at 9:30 and I had about an hour drive so I headed out at 7:30ish, stopped for a bagel and water for the drive up.  There was almost zero traffic and I was there in no time.  After a few texts with Kim and Susan I made my way to the parking lot and grabbed my stuff.  First disappointment of the day.  The has just a logo on it....WHAT?!?  This is Sleepy Hollow people.....know what you are famous for jezzy petes.

*Disclaimer 99% of the rest of the photos in this post will be "stolen" from Kim and Jeff.

Anywho, I met up with Alicia and Kim for some pre race pics and potty breaks before heading to the start.  I knew I wouldn't see Susan and Andrew again until after because they were getting some miles in BEFORE the race and my friend and fellow BGR Sharon was there somewhere up ahead.  Small race, no corrals so Kim and I went direct to the back of the pack.  I was pissed I didn't have my sunglasses because of course the snow was now stopping and the sun was coming out.

Race started and we were off, small incline then a nice looooong downhill.  We already planned to 2 min run , 1 min walk but walk up every hill and run down every hill.  Hey, it worked well for me in DC.....  Towards mile one I saw Sharon, she was hurting.  Her knee was hurting and I saw she was running "off" so we picked her up and told her we were run/walking and to stick with us.  Luckily we had to pass the parking lot with my car so I ran off and got my sunglasses.  We passed the start again so Jeff got a few pics of us.

I have to say even though it was crazy hilly and we couldn't go on the trails as planned (Thanks mother nature.....) the course was beautiful.  There were a lot of great volunteers but one thing missing....WATER STOPS!!  We did not hit the first one until just before mile 4, then the second one was at mile 7.5ish.  After that they were more often.  We just kept moving along having a nice day running and walking and chatting.  Sharon's knee was getting better but Kim's Planters was acting up but we just kept moving, I didn't take any pictures but they did of the funny signs along the way and the nice views of the Hudson River.  Finally we were making the turn to the mile 13 sign and we all stopped and said a few things along the lines of What the FUCK?!?!  Mile 13 had a killer hill, named the Punisher.....F U.  It hurt our already tired bodies..... We walked up and then ran through the finishline......

Happy it was almost over.....
It was great to see Susan, Andrew, Jeff, Alicia and Jon's faces!!  That was a tough one!!  We got our medals....with a LIGHTHOUSE?!?!  Really?  Seriously Sleepy Hollow......get on board with why we come to your town....why is there even a lighthouse in a RIVER anyway?

Took a bunch of photos (FYI no one planned all the red LOL) and headed to lunch with Jon, Kim and Sharon before heading home....I had a roller derby match to go to :)  

All the finishers :)

Alicia and I

Team Chris 

Lighthouse?  I just can't get on board with that!!

Better ideas for the shirt and are welcome.

Have you ever run a race and did not understand the shirt/medal design? 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rock N Roll DC Recap

This is going to be a post with very few pictures along the course which is not like me but as I am sure you know it was POURING for this race.  I have some pics my running buds took and said I could use here.

All week before the race I was sick.  I tried to fight it......I lost.  I thought it was allergies....I was wrong.

Sinus infection as told my my GP on Wednesday.  Got my Zpac and took the day off of work.

Friday I had a pretty early flight for me so after breakfast I headed to the airport and got to BWI.  My friend Paul who lives in Baltimore was picking me up and last minute joining me for the run.  We headed to DC, checked into the hotel and met Kim and Eileen at the expo.  We didn't stay at the expo just got our packets and Eileen and I stopped at the BGR Concierge booth.

We grabbed a very late lunch in the hotel and went to the room to hang out for a bit.  Had to take pics of our outfits and get ready for the super wet race we were going to have the next day.

A bit later we headed out for a light dinner and gelato.  On the way to the tapas restaurant we saw Chinatown......granted it wasn't Chinatown in Philly but we needed a selfie of course.  All of a sudden I wanted Burmese food and not tapas.  #pavlovsdog

Race morning Eileen and Kim got up super early and headed to the start to find the BGR Bag check for our stuff.  They did not find it so they dropped our stuff with the regular UPS bag check and came back to the hotel.  We waited until the last possible moment and headed to the start.  The first corrals had stated by the time we got there so there was no lines at the porto potties - WIN.  We waited for our corrals to get to us and jumped in.  The plan for me was to have my watch go off for a 1:1 but play it by ear.  It was raining hard and the course was going to be hilly.

Thank goodness Kim brought us rain ponchos!!!  I couldn't keep my hood up but the hat was awesome at keeping the rain out of my eyes!

Right after the start I headed to the side of the course as to not be in the way for my walk breaks.  Right away I was feeling pretty good.  For the first few miles I was running for 2-3 minutes and walking 1.  I was running solo as Kim and Eileen were running straight and this was Paul's first and he made me promise to not worry about him.

Just before the 5k point we did an out and back on a bridge, I looked for Kim and Eileen ahead of me and Paul behind me but never saw anyone.  To be honest I am not sure what most of the course looked like.  I was just trying to keep out of puddles and pot holes so I was just watching the ground.

Just before the halfway point was "The Hill".  My plan all along was to walk it.  However that was not going to be the case.  That is where they put the Blue Mile.  First come the photos of the fallen and then their families holding flags cheering us to run the hill.  I ran until I passed the very last flag and then almost puked.  It was so hard but you just can not walk there.  In Raleigh the Blue Mile is on an uphill they do that on purpose?  I wonder.

I was afraid the rest of the race was going to be a shit show after that, I just knew I used up all my energy on that mile.  I took a few 1 min runs but then started to feel better.  I would run down all hills no matter how many minutes but I would also walk up the hills.

No pictures but a few notable things.  Brown dog in a raincoat <3, Man with a pittie puppy and her/his mom watching the action, 2 bear dogs smooching and a bunch of people giving out beer, shots and meat.

Just before mile 8 I got a text from Kim, they were just passing the 10k mark because they had to wait for over 10 minutes to pee.  I was shocked that they were behind me.....then at mile 11.5 I got passed by my friend Alicia who said she saw me at mile 4 when she was waiting forever for a bathroom.  I need to stop but never did.  I didnt want to wait on line and I can never get my clothes back to the right spot if I am sweaty and then there is A LOT of chafing in really bad areas.

At mile 12.5 I finally took off the poncho just so it would not be in my finish line picture.  I crossed, got my medal, chocolate milk and photo.  I headed to get my BGR Medal and sweatshirt out of gear check because it was so windy and I was FREEEEEEZING.  I then tried to hide from the wind and cold under the bridge and waited for everyone.  Once Kim and Eileen were done I sent them on their way and waited for Paul.  I felt so bad that for his first half he had cold, rain and hills.  I went the merch tent and waited for him.  He finished and we headed to the metro and back to the hotel to shower.

All in all it was a good weekend.  I actually did much better than I expected.  Even better than Key West on a flat dry course!  Plus a race weekend with friends is always a win, right?

It is kind of hard to see but the blue is the elevation....tough one!!  But I was pretty please with my splits and then Smashrun also let me know that this run was better than I expected.

The 14:28 was the crazy hill....not bad for me at all!

Ok so for the professional pictures I swear I tried to smile and they did not feel like they were as pathetically fake as they look.  I will be buying a couple of these so I am not stealing LOL