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2 Days and counting down.......

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Tomorrow I'll officially board that plane and be up, up and away.  The past couple of days have been nerve racking to say the least!  My husband has been having bad stomach issues since Tuesday.  He was awake most of the night on Monday in severe pain.  He called his doctor on Tuesday morning but they didn't have an appointment until Thursday (today).  So I've been worrying myself sick as to whether he would be able to travel or not.  I begged him to go on to another doctor on Tuesday but you know men.. STUBBORN!   He has a history of Diverticulitis. Which is bulging pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system and when one or more of the pouches become inflamed or infected the condition is known as diverticulitis.  Diverticulitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a marked change in your bowel habits. When it flares up it is bad.  He has not been able to eat anything for 3 days so he's been on a liquid diet.  So you can say I've been…

What's my plan? Do I have a plan?

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Well it's 5 days till New York! I remember a few months ago it seemed like it was so very far away.  After months of training, it's time to let the hard work pay off.  I've had people ask me over the past couple of days things like... so what's ya plan?, what's ya pace goal?, what is your goal time to finish the marathon in? 
I've debated back and forth on this for probably 2 months.  I would love to beat my best marathon time of 4:30, but honestly I do not believe this is the race where I could aim for that goal mainly due to a couple of reasons.  First the race is going to be super crowded.  I read today that there are 52,800 runners! WOW!  Yes, we will start in 4 different waves and the waves are like 30 minutes apart, but still.... 52,000 people! I'm just amazed! The most runners I've ran with was like 22,000 in NOLA back in 2011.  However, I've read several marathon blogger post where they ran an excellent time in this race.  One lady claims she…

Who is Mo?

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This post is in honor of my friend Maureen Higgins or “Mo” as her friends call her.  I meet Mo through a mutual running friend.  My friend had been running races with Mo for several years on the coast and kept telling me that she wanted me to meet her.  Finally in January of 2013 at the Gulf Coast Half Marathon at Lulus I got the opportunity to meet Mo.  Mo was so nice and asked all about my running.  I could tell right off that she had a passion for running.  I had just recently had neck surgery 2 months prior and my voice was still very weak from my damaged vocal cord at this time so I didn’t get to talk to her in depth like I would have loved to do because they had music playing, etc. in the background which made it very difficult to hear me (as it still does today! background noise makes it where no one can hear me good! so aggravating! but life so smile and accept it).    

Right after I meet Mo she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.  I would get updates from my running b…

Stages of a marathon (or half marathon)

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Disclaimer.... this is based on how I feel.... You may feel differently and in 11 days after I run New York, I may update how I feel. :>)  If you've notice there are tons of post on social media about races lately.. why? It's the season (cooler temps) to run! So I thought I'd share my feelings on a marathon. :>) 




1. Excitement / Eagerness (Marathon miles 1-7, half-marathon miles 1-3) – you’ve put in countless hours of training and given up so much during the months leading up to now.  You’re walking to the start line and you’re so ready to kick this marathon’s booty!  You are pumped.  The energy in the crowd is contagious!  You just can’t help but be EXCITED.   The gun goes off and you are so pumped you run out like a race horse jumping out when the gate springs open full force.  However, that race horse has a much shorter distance to go than what you are about to do!  So DO NOT let that excitement take over.  Remember that pace that you’ve trained to run and save yo…

What a weekend! BIKE-A-THON Plus 20 mile LSD RUN

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I wish I could call this a true "brick" workout, but since I did the bike ride on Saturday and the run on Sunday I can't call it that.  I would have never dreamed that I could ride 65 miles on the bike one day and turn around and run 20 miles the next day!  And actually when I signed for the bike ride, I didn't check my run schedule.  Then about 2 weeks ago I was looking at my schedule because I had to alter it some due to going on vacation and that's when I realized that I had both to do in the same weekend!   
I will say I was kind of nervous all week leading up to this weekend wondering how it was going to go.  See my plan had been to ride 40-50 miles before the 60 miles at the bike-a-thon, but that didn't happen.  I had only ridden 30 miles as the most at one time so I was kind of nervous.  I knew it wasn't a race so we would not be riding as hard as we normally ride, but I still didn't want to be at the end of the pack either (call that the compe…

TheTaper.....

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This weekend will be three weeks prior to my New York marathon! Time has flown by so fast! I remember the night I got the email saying I was selected in the lottery draft.  I woke my husband up to show him the email.  I thought it was a hoax or spam email.  But after checking into it, I found out it was real.  I was beyond excited.   For me this is probably a once in a lifetime thing.  There are limited ways to get into this marathon.  It's not like the local marathons here where you just click a button and pay to register.  You must either qualify by time, be selected in the lottery draft, or fund raise for one of their charities (and the minimum is something like $5,000 you have to raise!).  So YES, I was extremely excited to be selected in the lottery.  A runner has like a 20% chance of being picked in the draft.  I was lucky to be in that 20%!

So tonight after being extremely sore all day from a "NEW" tone class I went to on Tuesday, I decided to refresh myself on the…

Day 3 – Last day in Washington, DC

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Well, it’s Monday.  Our last full day in Washington!  What a trip we’ve had so far!  Of course we are exhausted from our long day on Sunday.  Leaving the room at 8 am and not returning till 11 pm makes for a very long day.  Today my schedule calls for a tour at the Capitol at 11 am.  So we decide we will head over to Union Station to grab us some breakfast and hop on our trolley.  I’m not sure I mentioned it yet, but this is also the day the Pope is going to land in Washington!  We noticed as we walked to Union Station that barriers and all kinds of stuff was going up everyone on the downtown streets.  They were even putting out porta potties.  As we climbed on the trolley the guy started announcing that he would not be able to make some of the normal stops (here we go again!) because they were shutting down the roads getting ready for the parade for the Pope!  You can just imagine the thoughts going on in my head at this point……. Another day with my schedule screwed up……now to find a…