Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just Not Feeling It

I was lucky today to get to sleep in until 9.  That's right, I have two little kids and I slept till 9am.  When I started to wake up, I felt like I needed more sleep.  Crazy right?  As I stared to move, I realized my lower back was hurting too, this is new.  OK, I said to myself, just get up and get going.

I could hear the kids playing nicely, another shocker. I got up, brushed my teeth and put my running clothes on.  I got a little something to eat and a glass of water and off I went.

I stepped out into a cloudy, damp day but it was 50 degrees.  Right away I wanted to go back inside.  First song I heard got me up the hill but I still wanted to turn around.  Funny how some runs are so good and others are just horrible.  Why is that and do you feel the same way?

I am guessing I am feeling this way today because I am having a house full of people tonight and there is still stuff to get done before they get here.  I slept in, so I am already behind.  I felt like I really needed to get a run in so I am even more behind and now I am sitting here blogging about it to you.  This, however, makes me very happy.

I made it up the hill and went my usual route but decided early on that I am only going 2 miles.  I really didn't have it in me today and I thought that that would change as I kept going but it didn't.  My back did start to feel a little better but my knee not so much.  I think when I run in my compression socks, it feels worse.  What do you guys think of that?  Do you wear them for your runs or just after or not at all?  On the upside, my GPS was working, so when it said "1 mile", I promptly turned around and headed home.

The second mile was a little better but it was slower.  I realized all the songs that came on were a little slow too.  Maybe the world is in slow motion today, I hope it picks up.

OK, so all in all, I ran.  I ran 2.6 miles in 25:55.  Can you say slow?  I can.  Now that I am home, I am happy that I got it in, even if it was short, it was something.  You know the saying about not regretting the runs you do, just the ones you don't.  That is how I feel today.  Happy that I got even a not so great run in as opposed to staying in and doing nothing.

Now on to the party prep.   A little cleaning, a little cooking and one more stop at the liqueur store.  I love tonight and I think it will be super fun.  We have great friends coming over and I love to entertain.  I am also pretty sure that I will be doing the Pier Plunge tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

So tell me, do you run even when you know it may not be a great one?  Does your mood usually change when you get into your groove?  Have you ever turned around and said, there is always tomorrow?

Once again, Happy New Year!

Run strong, think big!

Friday, December 30, 2011

MRI Update

So today was my follow up to find out what the MRI saw.  I was up and out early without coffee for this appointment.  I chose to sleep a little longer over coffee and will have to remind myself next time that coffee is worth it.

Anyway, while I waited for the doc to come in, the assistant handed me a copy of the MRI findings.  I proceeded to read it but all I heard in my head was the voice of the adults that are in the Charlie Brown cartoons.  Whop, whop, whop waaa.  Ok, lets just wait, no need to give my self a headache on top of not having coffee.

When he came in, I told him that I still had pain, but it was a little better since the cortisone shot and now I have some pain in my right hip also.  So this is what is wrong with me, verbatim:

1. There is moderate thickening of the medial plica with minimal low-grade chondromalacia of the medial
     patellar facet.  This is nonspecific but can be associated with painful plica syndrome.  Clinical    
     correlation is advised.
2.  Intrasubstance degeneration but no tear of the menisci.
3.  Small knee effusion present.

In case you are wondering what plica syndrome is click here.  As for small knee effusion, that is water on the knee.

So what do we do?  Well I am going to have physical therapy for 4-6 weeks and see him again in 5.  He said I can still continue to run and exercise.  My first therapy session is Januray 10th.  I was happy to hear that, and am confident that the therapy will be a good thing.  I will be able to pick the brain of all these sports professionals twice a week for up to 6 weeks.  Nothing wrong with that, right?

From there my first stop was, you guessed it, Dunkin Donuts.  One large regular to go, yummy!  I had a little last minute shopping to do for our New Year's Eve bash, which I am very excited for.  It is one of my favorite nights of the year.  Just in case you are wondering, I am still thinking about the Pier Plunge.  No final decision yet.

After the shopping, my son and I had a date with friends to see Disney on Ice.  We had a great time.  It is amazing how Disney can make you feel so much like a child.  I am so thankful that I have kids so that I can experience that feeling as an adult.  They truly are a blessing!

Well that is all for now.  If you have any suggestions that would help with my knee, I would love to hear them.

I hope you all have lots of fun tomorrow and New Years day.  Anyone else jumping into a freezing cold ocean?  Would love to know I have company.

Run strong, think big!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Life's An Adventure

That is what I think anyway.  There is so much to learn and do out there, not sure if one lifetime is enough. As I said before, I am hoping to motivate and be motivated by all of you.  You don't have to be a runner or a mommy to read my blog or like my FB page, you just have to want to get out there and experience life.

So this is what I would love.  I want to hear all about your adventures.  The ones you already had and the ones you are working towards.  Post them here or like my FB page and tell me all about them, pictures would be awesome too.  Tell me why you did what you did, how it made you feel, would you do it again and what is next on your list.  We all know that my big goal at the moment is to complete a half marathon, but what you didn't know is I am thinking about doing the Pier Plunge on January 1st.

Now, don't hold me to it, I am still thinking, but it sure does sound like a crazy, fun way to say hello to 2012.  Most of you don't know that I am afraid of the water and I don't' know how to swim.  This is something I would love to change about me.  Nothing like running into your fears in 40 degree temperatures.  LOL  Like I said, still thinking, but have any of you done this?  If you have, please tell me all about it.  

So here we go.  Scroll down and like my Face Book page and tell me about your past and future adventures.  And please, if you have a picture post them.  It can be anything.  Maybe you already finished a marathon or jumped into the ocean in freezing temperatures.   Maybe you rocked your favorite song at Karaoke.  Did you climb Mt. Everest, do you want to?  Have you learned another language or traveled to far away lands?  Did you give birth without drugs?  Have you jumped out of a plane, or swam with sharks?  Maybe, just finishing War and Peace is on your list.  I don't know, but I would love to hear about it.  Don't be shy.

So get out there everyone and Live Your Life!  Share it with us.  And for those of us with goals that we still need to reach, lets share them here so we can motivate each other to do it.  

Ok, get out there and bring in the New Year with a bang!

Run strong, think big!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Well, it is official.  I started training for my first half marathon.  First day of training was Friday, Dec. 23rd. I got in 4.25 miles.  I already blogged about that day so I won't bore you with the details but I will say it was a great run!

My parents arrived just a little after I got home from that run and the Christmas festivities started.  I made a nice dinner of chicken, broccoli and ziti.  My DH and kids favorite meal.  We also made a gingerbread house and finished baking Santa's favorite cookies, which by the way, are Molasses cookies.  Yum!

On Christmas Eve, the excitement the kids woke up with was uncontrollable.  But boy, I loved seeing them  crazy, excited for Santa to arrive.  My brother in law and his two wonderful boys arrived and the house was that much more fun.  Nothing like 4 kids running around to make you feel like a kid again.

I was up at 6:30 that day to put the pork in the crock pot and then I went back to bed.  I am sure there was a ton of things that I could of done but sleep sounded like the best choice at the time.

For most of the day, we just sat and talked and played with the kids.  We had nice apps and good drinks and for dinner I made pork sandwich's with provolone cheese and roasted and hot peppers.  They were so good.

About 8, we got the kids ready for bed and then we went outside to sprinkle Reindeer Food.  Then my mom read The Night Before Christmas to all of us and that is one of my favorite memories for the day.  After that, we didn't even have to ask the kids to go to bed.  They went right up and fell asleep faster than fast.

We decided this year to go to the 10 o'clock service instead of the 5.  The 5 is kid friendly and always very nice, but to me it is an odd time.  5 is right when I am getting dinner ready and my kids still go to be early.  So DH, my mom and I headed out to church.  The service was beautiful and the music was great!  At the end, we all got candles that we lit and the church lights went out and we sang Silent Night.  It was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.  I missed having my kids with me, but I really got to enjoy it instead of trying to make them enjoy it.  May have to stick with that tradition until they are a little older.

DH and I got to bed at 2 in the morning because we waited for Santa to come so we could have cookies with him.  We all enjoyed them.

Christmas morning was so much fun.  Kids were up at 7:30, which was later than we expected.  They got everything they wanted.  Santa treated us all so well.  I did not get my Garmin, but I did get a pink iPod Nano that DH had engraved.  He put my name and Running While Mommy on it.  I love it so much!  Can't wait to run with it.

I made a brunch that everyone enjoyed and at 3 we started on the drinks and apps.  It was a perfect day!  We all slept good that night.

On Monday I got up and out for a run.  It was a nice day, 45 degrees.  I was fine until the road turned and the wind hit me.  It took my breath away.  I walked until I was out of it, which was only about 30 seconds and than started up again.  I ran 3.19 miles.  I have officially started training for my half marathon and so far so good.  I will feel real accomplishment when I break 5 miles.  Next run tomorrow.  It will have to be early because we are heading up to New Hampshire to visit family.  I am hoping for good weather.  I have not come to love running in the cold like so many of you.  The next few months should prove interesting in that regard.

I love this week.  I know some are sad or relieved that Christmas is over, but for me it is still going on.  There are still friends and family to visit with and I LOVE New Year's Eve.  It is my favorite night of the year.  Ever since number one son was born and we couldn't go out, we started an open house.  We invite friends for a kid friendly night out.  People pop in for a drink or two or many.  Usually at midnight, it is just DH and I.  I love that moment when we clink our glasses and kiss and pray for a wonderful year to come.  Anything is possible in that moment, even 13.1.

Run strong, think big!

Kids did a great job on the Gingerbread House
Reindeer Food!
Excited kids!
Santa came!
My mom and my little princess.

Friday, December 23, 2011

4 Miles Plus ?

First let me say, Yeah!!! DH is home.  I was so happy to see him I cried.  Yes that is right, cried.  The relief I felt as soon as he walk in was too much.  After I calmed down I promptly handed off the kids and put my running shoes on.  See Ya!

Out the door I went and walked up the hill for my warm up and then started to run.  It felt so good!!!  It is a cool and partly sunny day, perfect.

After just over a mile, I looked at my GPS.  Now my GPS is an app on my phone.  This is the second one I am trying.  The first one I used had me running 141 miles in 48 minutes.  No I didn't type it wrong, that is what it said after a slow but steady 4 mile run.  Ok, that one is gone.

On to app number two.  It worked great the first time.  The second time I ran with it, it said I went .53 miles in 30 minutes.  Now I know I am slow, but come on!  And that brings me to today.

Todays, run was awesome.  I needed and wanted it and nothing was stopping me.  I felt good, my knee feels good and the music was great!  After about a mile and a half, I checked my GPS and saw that it said 0 miles.  I was soooo mad.  It took everything I had to not throw it and smash it into the road.  Ok, back to running.

I did a route that I had done before so I know that it was 4 miles, but the ? is because I started running a little before my usual start.  I am guessing it was about .25.  All in all, it was the best run I had in a long time and I am thankful that I was able to get it in before all the company and excitement.

So, Santa, if you are reading this, please, please bring me a Garmin GPS running watch.  I promise I will be good and I made your favorite cookies.  Thank you, have a safe flight.

I hope all your runs this weekend are good and I hope you get everything you asked for.

Run strong, think big!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


I have not run since Saturday.  Since Saturday!  Not for lack of trying but it is single mommy week and with all the shopping, baking, running around and not wanting my little girl to have to sit in the stroller in the rain and cold, I didn't want to bother my friends who were all just as busy as me.  I did have help on Wednesday for a little while, (thank you Katie!), but there was shopping to get finished.  What makes it all worse is today was the day I was gonna get my run in, no excuses!

I was up early and got M on the bus and the little one and I were off to the grocery store.  I had my list and was in and out of there in just under an hour.  From there to the liquor store, and we got it all in 10 minutes.  Great I thought, lets get home and have lunch.  Just as we were finishing eating the phone rang and, Oh No!, it's the school.  My son threw up in the school yard and then again in the Nurse's office.  Great.  In the car again to pick up my sick boy.  He has since stopped the gross stuff but has not gotten off the couch.  Both kids are enjoying Christmas movies while I got busy too.

Today I baked 8 dozen cookies, peanut brittle and some fudge.  Now I am sure you are thinking, "Oh, that is so nice, cookies as gifts."  No, I have no idea what to do with all these cookies but I am sure we will think of something.  LOL

What makes it worse about the run is it was 60 here today.  My kind of running weather and I missed it.  Single mommy week is about over, Thank God, and I will run, fingers crossed, tomorrow.

I am really feeling horrible for the lack of exercise, but thankfully, it is only temporary.  As for my knee, tomorrow was supposed to be my doctors appt. to see what the MRI found.  I had to cancel until the 30th.  Didn't want to drag a sick kid around.  You moms out there know too, that as soon as he is better, my little one will be sick.  Ugh!

There is a Virtual 10K that looks fun this weekend with great prizes.  Registration closes tonight at 11:59 so hurry up.  You know I haven't broken 5 miles yet, so this is not for me...this year.  If you do it, let me know how it goes.

Well here is to a healthy Christmas and Happy New Year!

Run strong, think big.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Six Questions

Miss Zippy,, asked and answered these questions and I thought it would be fun to do it here too.

Best Race Experience?  This was hard for me, because there were two and I didn't want to chose between them.  But, since I have to, it was the Newport Pell Bridge Run in November.  This was the race that got me thinking about running and I got to do it with one of my best running friends.  I did not break any records with this one but it was so beautiful!  We ran into the sun coming up and the view was spectacular!

Best Run?  My very best run was the last day of the C25K plan.  I was so lucky to be able to do this with some of my best girlfriends and to top it off, we were in Nantucket having a girls weekend!  It was a beautiful morning and I had worked so hard to get to this point.  I was so happy to be able to celebrate it with people who knew me and knew this was not the same Nicole from 9 weeks earlier.

Best new piece of gear?  Well it is all new to me, since I only started this in July. But I found a company that I love called Women Run.  I love the shirts and the hat that I got from them.  But mostly I love what they stand for.  Check them out, I am sure you will love them too.

Best piece of running advice that you received?  Not to worry about everyone else and just do your own thing.  I am pretty slow still, but that works for me.  Slow and steady all the way!

Most inspirational runner?  As I said in an earlier post, I am lucky to be surrounded by wonderful runners who really support me.  They have all inspired me in some way or another, but Barb, my great friend of 17 years, has inspired me the most.  Her inspiration touched me before I even knew I was a runner and for that I am grateful.  

If you could sum up your year in just a couple words, what would they be?  Well, I guess, short but fun, with some exciting runs coming up for 2012.  

I hope you have as much fun with this as I did and I can't wait to see your answers.  Post them here or your blog and let me know where to look.

Run strong, think big.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Resolution

Today is going to be my busy, run around day.  I am getting number one son on the bus and then loading up the car with toys and clothes that we are donating to people who need it.  We have a lot of stuff and it surprised me when I was pulling out clothes that didn't fit my daughter but still had tags. I felt sad about it, one because they were gifts that didn't get used, and two, because they sat in her closet and there was a little girl out there who could of used it.
I don't think this happened with my son.   I think people get a little nuts when a baby girl comes along and they just want to dress her up.  When I was still in the hospital after having my daughter, my mother walked in with 10 outfits on each arm for her.  She looked like a walking closet. The nurses said they never seen anyone do that before and they got a kick out of it.  I loved every outfit and I am sure she wore them all.  We didn't' find out what we were having, so they were her first 20 things that were girl specific.
I am just as guilty, she is more fun to dress then my son, but when is too much, well, too much?  This next year, I am going to work hard on finding the balance between what we need and what we want.  I guess that will be my resolution.  I haven't had one of those in a long time. (oh and a little extra training for a half marathon)
After, that, I have to pick up a few things for the teachers and then drop them off at the school.  I have to get some food in the house too.  One of my least favorite jobs, but it comes with the territory.  I have a nice dinner planned with friends tonight and I am going to try and fit a run in somewhere.  That may be the hardest part of the day.  I hate to say that there is always tomorrow, but there is always tomorrow.  If I can get number one daughter to take a nap, then I will just have to run first thing in the morning.  I am ok with that because I will feel satisfied if I can get this get-ready-for-Christmas thing done today.  After, today, I just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday.
So, do you usually commit to a resolution?  What is it this year?  Are you usually able to stick to it?  Do you involve your whole family or is just something that you do?

I hope you are all done with your shopping and baking.  I wish I was.  Funny how Christmas comes the same time every year, but somehow, it sneaks up on me.  Hate that.

I will let you how my run goes, whether its today or tomorrow.  Had an MRI of my knee yesterday and will get the results Friday.  Feeling ok and hoping it stays that way.

Run strong, think big!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Virtual 5K Update

So last night I ran for TNT Lousy Medal Virtual 5K Run/Walk hosted by Hope Epton, Heather Gannoe | Event Information.  I had a few things working against me but I finished in 37:53.

What was working against me you ask?  Well, myself.  The night before, I had only 3 hours of sleep.  That does not work for me, and I usually always sleep well.  My knee was hurting and my mind was spinning.
The second thing is that I ran at an odd time, 4pm.  I usually run earlier and I have to say that if I had someone to stay with the kids and got to run outside (we had a beautiful day) I think my run would of been better.
And thirdly, I did not eat and drink well.  I had a late breakfast and no lunch and only one glass of water. Now even the non-runners out there, know that was not the best thing I could of done.

I got on the treadmill a little after 4 and decided to start out with a walk to warmup.  Then I ran.  Almost immediately I was thirsty.  I ran for 20 minutes and then had to walk for two while I drank almost all my water.  Felt better and ran some more.  I did take a walk break again and all in all I walked about 6 minutes.

I am sure my time would of been better if I was better prepared.  Lesson learned.  I have always said time doesn't really matter to me and I stick to that.  I am slow and steady and finishing is winning.

I have to say, this was fun.  It was a race for a great cause and I am happy that I was able to donate to it.  I was alone, but it is a neat way to raise money and do something good for yourself. Plus, I am getting a medal.  It will be my first.  There is no picture of me crossing the finish line, but I can live with that.
I would like to thank my friend Rob from across the pond who also ran this.  He did great and got himself a PR.  Yeah Rob!

So a little on why my head was spinning.  Well, so far there are only two entries into the Cox Rhode Race contest.  Me, who would like to run the half marathon and another woman who would like to run the full.  She wrote a great blog.  They were looking to award up to 5 winners.  My blog has gotten a lot of positive feedback and I was freaked out because I can actually win a slot and have to do the race.  I know, I did this and want this, but I thought that it was a long shot, I am not a great runner let alone a great writer.  But things happen for a reason, this I truly believe, so if I win, I was meant to be there and I will do my best.

So I thought I would do a little recap on my races so far.  My first race was not a running race but there was running. It was a mini Amazing Race that we did around town.  We had two hours to compete various tasks that including eating a hot pepper while singing Hot, Hot, Hot, doing a mini boot camp, putting up a tent, shopping for a family of four and biking to name a few. There were 20 tasks involved and we did 18 or 19.  So close.  This was super fun and a lot of work.  My team came in fourth and I was so proud to have such great team mates.  

My second race was the Amica 5K and I completed that in 35:35.

My third was the Newport Bridge Race which was 4.2 miles and that took me 50 minutes, but it was beautiful and we had to stop and take pictures at the top of the bridge.

My fourth was the Pie Run on Thanksgiving morning.  This one I walked to help push a friend who was in a wheelchair.  It was three miles and I don't have an official time, but it was a blast and next year we will run it.

And of course last night TNT 37:53.

So again, thanks for reading and supporting me.

Run strong, think big.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Today was awesome!  This morning my sons best friend Sal was dropped off so his mom could go into work early.  I kept it a secret and he was so surprised to see him walk in.  They got to play for 40 minutes and then get on the bus together.  You would of thought Christmas came early here this morning. I love this age and I love how happy my son is to have such a good friend.  I am lucky enough to say that I have a few friends that I am pretty sure I have known forever and some new friends that I am sure I will know for the next part of forever.  I hope that rubs off on my kids because we should all have at least one friend that knows the secrets that others don't.

One of those very good friends met me at the doctors office and took Abby so I didn't have to have her stay with me.  That worked out really well, especially since I got an X-Ray.  I then met them and had lunch and shopped a little.

That brings me to tonight.  We picked Michael up early from school and then headed to the Polar Express.  Wow, what a night.  We got on and had hot dogs, hamburgers, cookies and, of course, hot chocolate.  We saw elves and Santa and Mrs. Clause.  We went to the North Pole! The North Pole people!  I have to say, I was just as excited as my kids.

After about 40 minutes, my son looked out to the passing cars.  (there was a road parallel to the tracks)
He said, "Mom, look the cars have elves in them!"  I looked and just saw cars with people, but then realized, he think we really are in the North Pole!  Made sense to me, why wouldn't the elves be driving cars in the North Pole.  When we were close to the station on the way back he looked again and said, "Oh, just humans driving again.  I guess we are back in Rhode Island".  Now that is some imagination!  And I would like to thank my son for making me use mine.  This is the best age yet!

  After we got home we put on our pj's and put on the Polar Express.  This truly is a magical time of year.  It has always been for me, but nothing brings it out like having kids to make it stay magical.  I can't even imagine what kind of magic grandkids will bring to Dave and I.

So, I know why you are all wondering why this is titled Ouch!  Well, I got a cortisone shot in my knee today and it hurt.  My knee still feels a little weird and I am icing it now but I should be good to go for my race tomorrow.  I have an MRI scheduled for Monday and a follow up with the doc on Friday.  He feels it will be fine and I can run with no problems, but I will keep you updated.

All in all, the kids and I are happy and  this fun filled weekend is not over yet.  We still have a pancake party tomorrow night and breakfast with Santa on Sunday.  And I have a little race that I need to rock tomorrow, all by myself.  I'll let you know how it goes and hope you do the same if you run it.  Look at my earlier post, Virtual 5K.  You have till midnight to register.

So happy, happy weekend to you all.  I hope it is just as amazing as mine is shaping up to be.

Run strong, think big.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rhode Scholar

So today, while checking FB, my other favorite pastime, I saw a post from the Cox Providence Rhode Races.  They are running a contest for runners/bloggers to win a free entry into the race in May, either the half or full.

Now you all know I said I was gonna do a half in 2012, but May!  That is only 5 months away!  Can I be ready?  Do I want to be ready?   Hell Yeah!!!

To enter, I have to send a sample blog and starting in January or before, post about my training at least once a week.  I can do that, it is one of the reason I started blogging to begin with, so we will consider this the first one.  They asked me a few questions that I will answer here.  My age:  well writing this I am 39, but by May I will be 40.  Yes, yes.  I did say that out loud and I am more ready for 40 then I was 30.  My location is Saunderstown, Rhode Island.  Which race do I want to run? Well, I would like to run the half.  Last question they asked is why do I want this opportunity?

If you follow my blog, you know I am new to running but love it.  But you also know, I started to challenge myself by doing something I said I would never do.  Running is that thing.  I thought I would be done after my first 5K was completed, but once I ran through that finish line, I knew I had to do it again, and again.  I also knew that a longer race is just what I need.  Something that is hard work, but the result would be worth it.

The funny thing is that yesterday, I almost signed up for a half but chickened out.   I just wanted one more night to think about it.   But when I saw the post today, I felt it was a sign.  A sign to make due on my promise.   I am going to run a half marathon!  I want to do something great, something that few people do.  
Something that says to my kids, "Look what you can accomplish if you work hard and do something you love."  I want to tell other moms that you can have your time and still be a good mom.  After all, when you get your "mommy time" you know you feel better.  And it doesn't have to be running, it can be art, singing, dancing, knitting whatever makes you feel good, makes you feel like this is your life too.  We only get one and I want to live it not just have it pass me by.

So I guess I want to win an entry into the race because even thought I didn't know it, this is what I have been working towards for a long time.  I would be happy to write about it because it motivates me, as well as others.  I hope anyway.  I will not be the fastest person out there and, well, I may even be the last to finish, but I will finish.  When it is all said and done and I see my family waiting for me at the finish line, I will know that the time I spent away from them training will have been worth it.

Thank you Cox Providence Rhode Races for taking at look and considering me for this chance to race with you.  I am pretty sure I will be there either way, but winning an entry would make it just a little sweeter.

As always, run strong and think big!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


So I do not have a running buddy, but I do have people who will run with me if I asked.  I am slow and most of my running friends are faster.  I don't want anyone to feel like they have to keep up with me.  But the races I have done with friends were awesome.  Just knowing someone is there to celebrate with you is enough.

This brings me to yesterday at the gym.  I was watching a couple who were working out together.  Husband and wife.  They looked like they were having fun together and I got a little jealous.  My DH is not a runner and doesn't like the gym at all.  He does love to bike though.  We have biked as a family but that's not really a workout with the kids.  

I worry that he is not taking care of himself.  Eating right will only go so far.  You have to move a little too.  I am sure I will never get him to run with me and that is ok.  It's not his thing. I'm not even sure I want a running partner, yet.  But I am happy to have  a partner in life.

DH and I have been married for 8 years.   And I haven't looked back.  He is smart, funny and handsome. He has a really cool job that allows me to stay home with our two kids.  I feel so lucky to be able to do that.  He works hard for us and we appreciate all that he does.  He is retired from the Air National Guard too.  He served our country for 25 years and no one is more proud of him then his family.  

What makes a marriage work?  Honesty, forgiveness, faith, compassion, laughter, praise, love and hope.  I think you need all of these things and not just sometimes, but all the time.  Both our parents have been together for 40 + years.  Wow, that is amazing and it makes our 8 years seem so small.  I think we are lucky that we have them to look to for guidence.  They are great examples of what a happy marriage is all about.  I hope our kids feel the same way about us when they are older and find their life partners.  I hope and pray that they are as lucky in love and their parents and grandparents were.  

Life is not easy and neither is marriage.  It takes work, a lot of work.  DH and I are different in a lot of ways but somehow that works for us.  We know what makes each of us happy and support each other in those things. He is not going to run a half marathon with me, but I know he will be at the finish line with the kids.  That is all I need.  

So, tell me, do you have running partners?  Is it a friend or spouse?  How do they support you and keep you motivated?  

I think the hardest things in life are the best!  My marriage, raising kids, training to run a half marathon, to name a few.  I was never sure if I would have any of those things, but I do and they have only made me a better person.  

I hope you all have love and support in your life, especially during this holiday season.  

Run strong, think big!

Monday, December 12, 2011

80's Hair Bands and Shinedown

OK, I know that sounds funny but what I want to know is what is on your playlist?  I can do very little without music.  It is my favorite thing.  So when it came to running, it was a no brainer.  Put some music on my phone and away we go.

My fav band is Bon Jovi.  It has been since 1985 and will always be.  I have seen them live 19 times and counting.  I melt when I hear Jon's voice and am sure I would die if he was in front of me and just simply  smiled at me.

OK, but it doesn't end there.  I love Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, Dokkon, Cinderella, Ratt and Tesla to name a few.  I could go on, but you would just be bored.

So I made Bon Jovi Radio with Pandora.  Love Pandora, check it out if you haven't done so already.  You can make any station you want and it plays all the songs you love.  My first few times running were great.  I was only running a minute at a time with the C25K plan and all the music played was "my favorite song", until Dream On came on.

Now before you all freak out, I love Areosmith and that song.  A.  Lot.  However, it messed my groove up, too slow and long.  I found that this song came on every time I ran.  I wasn't running for long so you can understand that if that was half your playlist, it wasn't gonna work.

This brings me to Shinedown.  Do you know who they are?  Well, they are up there with my favs.  I decided to make Shinedown Radio and see what happens.  My first run with them was by far one of my best!  When I hear Brent's voice, followed by the sounds of Barry, Zach and Eric, I am transported to super runner.  When the song Cyanide, Sweet Tooth, Suicide comes on, I think I can fly.  Literally.  Even some of the "slower ones", like 45 and The Crow and The Butterfly give me power and I can go just a little farther.

So what is on your playlist?  How does it make you feel?  Are you a better runner because of it?  I don't know if I am a better runner because of the music I love, but I do know that I don't want to run without it.

Run strong, think big!

Update on knee.  Not feeling good.  Bummer.  Going to rest today and try and get a little run/walk in tomorrow.  Doctor appt. on Friday at 9:30.  Think positive!

Todays Run and My Daughter

Today I was inspired to run by my daughter.  She is a 3 year old bundle of energy and excitement.  And she wanted to run with me today.
Last week I had to get my son new sneakers.  While shopping my daughter says, "Mommy, I want running shoes just like you."  Now she didn't need new shoes as she has more shoes and clothes than I do, but how can you say no to that?  So, she got white and pink Nikes and she loves them.
When I was putting on my sneakers today she announced that she was coming with me.  It is cold here and I was heading to the gym.  I hated to disappoint her and tell her that she couldn't actually run with me, but she can come and play with the other kids.  After minimal time with the pouty lip, she agreed and came along.
It is a really nice playroom where I work out and all the kids and helpers are wonderful.  I left her to do her three year old thing and down to the 'mill I went.
It was my first run in about 10 days.  I wanted it to be good not just for me but for her.  She has picked up on something in me, maybe my determination or my being happier and healthier.  Not sure, but I think it is in her too.  I ran the best I could today with very little walking, but I did have to walk a little.  The total was 3 1/2 miles.  And since it was the first one in more than a week, I am good with that.
When I went up to get her, she ran over to me and yelled, "Mommy did you run?"  Yes I told her and she asked if I "did good".  I said yes and thank you for helping me today.  She smiled and hugged me and my day was made!
We all run for different reasons and all those are important.  But today, the most important thing for me is my family.  Without them, I am not sure where I would be, but I don't think I would be a runner.
I hope all your runs were good ones today and I hope you all had support and something to motivate you to be your best.

Run strong, think big!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wow, Ironman!

Well, my nephew and I just finished watching the Ironman form Hawaii on NBC.  Those athletes are amazing.  If you can't be motivated by that, then you can't be motivated.  I am sure I will never be an Ironman, one because of my fear of water and two, just not that comfortable on a bike, going that fast.  Now I know, never say never, and that is true.  I did say I would never run and here I am.  Funny how that happens.

I find myself a little mad at myself.  I can't seen to make 5 miles without walking and I just watched a man, minus legs complete the race.  Again I say amazing.

Tomorrow will be my first run in 10 days.  My knee feels great and I have made an appointment to see a sports doc.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  My plan is for 3 miles and I think I can do it.  When I start to doubt myself, I will keep in mind the men and women I saw today.  They all ran for different reasons, as we all do, but they have done something that so few people have and I thank them for the motivation to get out there and run.

Hope those of you who watched were just as inspired as me.  Let me know your thoughts and what you took away from watching it.

Run strong, think Big!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Virtual 5K

So as you know racing is new to me, but I love doing it and crossing finish lines.  I came across this race
And signed up for it.  It is definitely different from what most racers are used to, but you do get a medal.  My plan is to drop the kids off at the sitters and then head to the gym.  I am doing it on the treadmill this time but that counts according to the site.  Anytime, anywhere as long as it is Dec. 17th.  So there won't be a finish line but the registration fee will go to a charity that is close to my heart and like I said, I get a medal after I post a comment on their website that I finished.  Just so you know, there were no medals for my first two races.  So if you plan to run that day, maybe you may want to make it charitable.  And if you do run, let me know how it goes.  Maybe we won't feel so alone if we know we are doing it together, sort of.  

Run strong, think big!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How I Got Here

So how did I get here and why am I writing about it?  Well, I have done some really fun and exciting things that I never documented and I have a lot of regrets about that.  I have a horrible memory and have forgotten so many things it makes me sad.  I do have some wonderful people around me who can fill in some of the blanks, but not enough.  My friend Dawn has wrote in a journal, I think her whole life.  Even if nothing exciting happened that day she still jots down a few words.  She inspired me to try that but I always stopped after a few days.  This time I am going through with it.

You know running is new to me, I only started in July.  It has been fun and challenging and I don't want to forget how it makes me feel, which by the way is happy, mad, bored, excited, crazy, slow and sexy.  You get the picture.  

This past summer I started to feel a little lost in my family.  Before getting married and having kids, I had FUN!  I traveled all over the world, always had time for my best friends and family and there just seemed to never be a dull moment.  I found myself sitting at the island in the kitchen looking at the four walls surrounding me and waiting for the water to boil for the cheese and mac that the kids were having for dinner.  Wow, can you say boring.  

Don't get me wrong, I love my family and I am happy to have DH and the kids in my life, but what about me?  DH is a pilot, he is gone every other week.  Our parents live in different states and those of you with kids know how hard it can be to find the perfect sitter.  By the way, I did have the perfect sitter for a long time. But she got a real job and I am happy for her, but man, is she hard to replace.  

So as I stirred the mac and cheese, I decided to do something I said I would never do.  OK start list:  jump out of plane, did that, travel the world, did that, run with the bulls, did that, get tattoo, did that, become rock star, well that is a little unrealistic.  This is harder than I thought.  I decided it would have to challenge me and be separate from my family.  Something I could do that did not involve them.  Then it occurred to me, running.  Why you ask, because I have been surrounded by runners for a long time and they have invited me to come along on more than one occasion and I always laughed at that.  Running is crazy, why would anyone want to do that?  It is boring and sometimes cold and where are you really going, nowhere.  Great I thought, I will do this a couple weeks, prove to myself that I can and move on.

I found the Couch to 5K running plan and added the app on my phone.  I also added Pandora radio.  I can't do much without music and running was no exception.  The plan is great for a beginner.   You start out run/walking until eventually you are running for 30 minutes straight.  To keep me going and motivated I signed up for a 5k.  I am the type of person that needs that goal at the end.  The program for me went rather smoothly.  Some days were harder than others, but I did it without any real problems.  In fact,  on my off days, all I could think about was getting back out there.  My last day of the program, week9 day3, was done in Nantucket with some of my best friends.  I couldn't of asked for a better day to finish and I am hooked!  Bring on the race!

The race was a couple weeks later and I had some great friends to run with me.  I ran the whole 3.1 miles and finished in 35:35.  I knew I enjoyed running now , but I cannot explain to you how I felt crossing the finish line.  It was the most happy I had felt in a long time.  I wanted to do it again and again.  And I wanted to write about it.  No more forgetting what is happening in my life and my family's life.  Time to make memories and make sure they live on for generations to come.  

My short term goal is to break 5 miles, my long term goal is to run a half marathon next fall.  My life goal is to be happy and healthy with my husband and together raise my two amazing kids.  I hope that they can be happy and satisfied with whatever they chose to do in life.  I hope they understand that when I am running, I am taking care of myself too and if I am good the whole family benefits from that.

I am not sure if most people can relate to what I am saying, but I hope it helps some people.  I am exactly where I want to to be and with with the people I want to be with.  I would change very little in my life.  No one has a perfect life, where would the challenge be in that.  But I do hope you have a happy life.  We only get one.  Live it to the fullest.

Run strong, think big!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Never Quit

Today I had three people tell me to stop running.  I am having an issue with my knee and haven't run in over a week.  I plan to see a doc and try some new running sneaks, but really stop!?  Do most people stop a sport or project because they get hurt or it isn't' how they thought it would be.  Maybe, but not me.  Don't get me wrong, I know some injuries can be game changers, but my little knee issue is not.  I am a runner.  I may not have broken 5 miles yet, but I will.  And next year I will do a half marathon.

Just curious, where does your support come from and what do you say to those who think you are crazy?

I hope you are all having a great time getting ready for whatever holiday you celebrate.  I am almost done shopping for Christmas and just finished making our card that I will send out soon.  Trying to get it all done while the hubby is away is not the easiest thing to do, but that is the life of a pilots wife.  Part time single mother, trying to be a full time runner.

Run strong, think big!


I know Christmas comes the same time every year, but somehow it finds a way to sneak up on me.  That hasn't always been the case, just since I had a family.  My husband and I do not live near our parents, so traveling to them before kids was easy.  Now, we have people come to us and I thought that would be easier but I find it more hectic.  Decorating, shopping and most important, cooking.

Long gone are the days of the traditional, 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve.  That is just way too much work, or at least I think it is, haven't actually tried it.  This year, for Christmas Eve, I am doing pork sandwiches with roasted peppers and provolone cheese on nice bread.  That is easy, just put it in the crock pot all day, pull it when it is done and everyone helps themselves.  Christmas day is another story.  What are you doing?  I am thinking of just doing a brunch and then just apps and drinks later in the day.

I can not wait for everyone to get here and see the excitement that my kids will bring to the day.  I look forward to everyone opening their presents and the kids playing with their new toys around the Christmas Tree.  I love listening to Christmas music and talking and laughing with one another.  Food has always been a focal point with us and I hope I don't disappoint.  I would love to hear some of your traditions and what you may have asked Santa for.  I am hoping for some new runnings shoes and my knee to feel better.