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2015 TCS NYC Marathon Memories

After finishing the NYC Marathon last year I said to myself,” A: I’m never doing this again and B: I’m totally volunteering next year for medals cus thats gotta be way easier!” Here I am, training for next year’s marathon and my calves still burn from being on my feet for 15 hours.  Why do we keep doing this to ourselves and that’s simply answered in 5 words, To Continue to Challenge Ourselves.

Its Sunday Morning November 1st @ 5 am.. Why am I up? I should be sleeping in but I’m not! My eyes are burning from the lack of sleep and I’ve gotta manage to somehow make sure I make it to the train on time after putting my make up on which I’m so not used too! Uggg…  I’m not running! Why did I do this again? Oh thats right to be a part of something bigger.. To be the Last Point on the mission of 26.2 miles. To hold the Major Award for those who just endured miles and miles of New York City streets. To be there for my Club Mates and Friends from all over. To be the shoulder and arms to hold them up!!!  and To be that Smiling face after the journey that so many have trained so hard to make!

Sunday was inspiring and so dang emotional! My friends inspire me everyday and Sunday they put more of the Running Bug back in me. I can’t stop thinking about 2016 and my own journey.  Now to get rid of this dang cold I got from all the runners and their hugs and kisses LOL..

CONGRATS TO ALL THE 2015 TCS NYC MARATHON FINISHERS. 

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I am back.. Injury Free and ready to Go!

Here we go, Take 235249684! Seriously, after November 2nd, 2014 I thought I would never be back. Never be running again.. A little over a month ago I got the okay to start running again after a knee issue sidelined me. But I had to take it slow slower than normal. I’ve gained over 30 lbs back since then and I fell into a depression. It happens! It’s call the marathon blues / Injury Blues.  I didn’t want sympathy from anyone.  I just wanted to be hidden.  Then I found out that runDisney was doing a new race. HOT DIGGITY DAWG. But what was it going to be?  But when they announced it as a new Star Wars race…. My Goal was set.. I Dark-Side-Half-Marathon-WDW-800x445was going to beat this.. I was going to make this happen. So that October 22nd at 12:00pm  ( high noon ) I signed up for, The Darkside Challenge! Sure why not.. right! seems logical… Lets Push the limits.. Let’s make IT happen! So here I am going shit.. so on my 36th birthday weekend I will be running 19.3 miles. That’s a 10K and a Half Marathon. Goals!

I accepted my challenge and today.. Today, was Day 1 of my training..  Today I walked a Mile then ran a mile in 13:21 Mins. Better than I thought I would do… and my body is thanking me.

Always a gentlemen, Meb! 

I had to sprint hard to do that, but that is what the sport is [all about],” says Meb. “We start together; for 26.2 miles, [we share] the struggle. I saw this lady out at front, and I was very emotional. I was crying on Bolyston thinking of memories both good and bad, I made a little surge, it was a fun moment . . . hopefully it will be memorable for both of us.

10 More Weeks… Just 10 More weeks!!!!

10427348_10152626146516127_9151510106678114866_nIt’s kinda crazy to think that in just under 10 weeks, ( well 9 ) I will be heading out to my externship as a Medical Assistant. This has taken up most of my time as the last mods get harder and harder and take up more of my time. Speaking of time, I have no time.. I wake up at 6am, I’m out of the house by 7am, by 8am I am starting class at 1:50 class is over and then its off to work…. IF I am lucky I have the ability to hit up the gym if I am not exhausted from being up till midnight 1am the night before. I honestly never thought at my age, not that I am old or anything, that I’d be going back to school and even thinking about continuing to go to school for nursing.. It’s crazy.  But here I am at 35 and like so many more before me.  I am doing it…. Not making excuses, studying, finishing my work, actually doing myself a favor and getting an education. I tried that once, and well………. that didn’t work out to well.

I’ve also learned a lot while being in school…I now remembered why I hated high school, why I hated the Hardcore Scene, and why I disliked so many people. The cattiness that goes on, the backstabbing, and the drama… It’s crazy. Worry about you, your grades, your studying, and stop worrying about everyone and everything else. I have my days where I keep my mouth shut and just sit back and watch and laugh to myself. I love when 18 – 22 yr olds always have something to say to the older one in the room that expresses their opinion on something or they state something.. It always comes back too, “I always forget how much older you are” or “wow you’ve done a lot”

All in all… you can tell who will make it in the world and who won’t. Life isnt a joke and you shouldn’t make light in any situation even if it is something as going to a technical school to get a certification… It’s still getting certified in something that you weren’t before.  You are being educated… with that being said… I am happy to have a 3.92 GPA as of right now.. 2 more mods, 10 weeks, 180 hrs of externship and I hope to be home free.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
– Lucille Ball

Can you Help me Raise Funds for TEAM FOR KIDS

 

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Dear Friends/Family,

I’ve decided to run the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon with Team for Kids and I am asking for your support of their inspiring mission. Team for Kids is a team of volunteers who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners Youth Programs. These programs combat childhood obesity and empower youth development via running and character-building programs in low-income schools and community centers in New York City, throughout the country, and in Africa.

Making a donation is easy! You can click on the Donate button on this page to give through my secure fundraising site. You can also find information there about where to write a check, or how to get your company to match your gift! All contributions are tax-deductible.

Your giving helps New York Road Runners Youth Programs to:

  • Serve over 200,000 children in more than 800 schools and community centers with FREE programs.
  • Reach children of all fitness levels and athleticism, with a heightened focus on reaching out-of-shape and overweight kids with little or no athletic experience.
  • Prevent overweight or obese children from eventually suffering heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses that lead to health-care costs in excess of $100 billion annually.

Whether you are a runner, have worked with children, or have kids yourself, I hope you will join me to further this great cause!

See you at the finish line!

marathon week 1- D. O. N. E DONE!

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I believe that …

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Jason Hamacher, a Punk “Drummer With a Camera,” Is Now a Syrian-Art Preservationist

A great little article of a friend of mine and his amazing photography on his recent trip to Syria!

 

 

A Fresh Start

My Cousin Donna And Her Hubby Juan - Brooklyn Half  -  May '14

My Cousin Donna And Her Hubby Juan – Brooklyn Half –

Today  I move forward… Not looking back at all the things that upset me nor hear the words that tend to break me. Plus I don’t have the patients to transfer all of my files over from one blog to this one. LOL  I needed a fresh start.  Plus I wanted to get away from Facebook for a while and Instagram as it was truly taking over my life. I found that I was losing track of my workouts and I just wasnt focused enough. Plus, I get to upset over things that I read that people post.. and I’m honestly over hearing how certain people have “issues” with my posting.. So much so, that it all gets back to me! It’s cool, what ever, keep talking.. I gotcha number.

Anyway, this is now going to be my place of recapping my MARATHON TRAINING!!!!! Yes, you heard right! 26.2 miles of pure ‘OMG what the hell did I get myself into!’ blogging…  I’ll even touch upon product reviews, things I love and hate.. How I’m feeling.. To things that really grind my gears. To fun stuff like, vacation, cooking, baking, my animals, adventures, and my love hate relationship with weight loss!  I might even get emotional from time to time. But it’s all good cus I need somewhere to vent where I honestly don’t care if I place BOTH of my feet in my mouth! Because one thing my momma taught me is to, ‘Say what’s on my mind because if you don’t, you might as well be lying!’ So If you take offence to easily, I apologize in advance. Deal! 😉

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION……

Don’t worry I got this!