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Wookiee Chaser’s 10K – Day 2

Star Wars 10K – Darth Vader

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3:15am – What on god’s green earth is going off and why so God Damn early! I roll over and look at my phone its blinding bright with a note saying, ‘Get up Sucka you got miles to log!’ I roll over and stare at the ceiling trying to conjure up why I keep doing this to myself and I remember, ‘For the Love Of  Running!’ I get up, and drag my butt to the bathroom and change. I grab my energy drink my ‘NEW YORK’ Bagel and peanut butter cup and head out. I get out to the buses and I see a long line.. and all I could think to myself is crap.. I hope they aren’t sending one bus at a time.. and sure enough that is exactly what they were doing. But, I think someone had to have said something because within 10 mins 2 double busses showed up and we were off…

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Wookiee Chaser & The Star Wars Darkside – Day 1

IMG_0755Where to begin…. So part of me getting back to running was to sign up for a race that I would be full heart in and ready to go. That race would become, the Star Wars Darkside Challenge down at Walt Disney World. I was so nervous about taking on not only a 10K  but a half marathon as well. With my knee still being questionable, I knew that if I stuck to my running plan that I would push through with no issues. At least, I had hoped! There was being stoked, to being in pain, to the real reason I had come back to Disney.  Here is how it all went down. and it all started with an Upper Respitory Infection the day before I flew out. Thank god for working in the medical field.. Got my Z Pack and Away I went!

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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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Marathon Week and NYC 2016, maybe?!?!

IMG_6887This time last year was the most nerve wrecking week. I was about to embark on the biggest achievement of my life along with many other First Timers as well.. The New York City Marathon, in my eyes,  is the marathon of the year next to Boston. I get totally stoked for both races but nyc….. with what I did last year has now a very special spot in my heart. With that being said, boy do I have some amazing news.

This past week I had had a Dream about Margaret Hagerty! If you don’t remember my run in with her last year at the NYC Marathon, read my post, My NYC Marathon to refresh your memory. In August, my dear friend Margaret passed away due to complications to a stroke, she was 92.  In this dream she told me that she was still running, and that she was happy that I was back running after I had sustained an injury to my knee from the marathon. That she said that I needed to Keep pushing forward and to keep going to just cross that ‘damn’ finish line. I can’t help but laugh when she said that because that was Margaret. She then told me  to make sure that I am reaching out to Sue that we are now bonded for life and she now needs me in her life.  And that’s just what I did… I woke up the next day and proceeded to email Sue. That’s when my heart filled with warmth and my eyes with tears when I received an email in return from Sue.

So with all that being said in short, Looks like I will be Running the TCS NYC Marathon 2016 with Sue in memory of Margaret thanks to Emily and NYRR.  I honestly can’t believe I said yes to another marathon.. What? I know crazy right… But it’s for my dear friend that I met that day November 2nd 2014 that changed my life, forever! And even if I have to crawl, cry, beg, and wine….Ohhh Wine! HA!  I will cross that finish line just as Margaret did that day for her 81st marathon at the young age of 91.

Now to reach out to Girls On The Run and see if they will help out and if there is a way we can do something in Margaret’s name. If anyone of my readers reads this and can help out. Please let me know…. I’d love to run with and for something she believed so much in!

As long as people make me feel welcome and don’t pay attention to how slow I’m going, as long as I feel comfortable and am physically able, I’m going to keep going – Margaret Hagerty

My NYC Marathon

You continued going through your pain and stopped to help that woman along. That speaks volumes and teaches me to be less selfish in future races. I have a hard time slowing for anyone to achieve my own goals but sometimes forgetting to stop and inspire others.

Thank you for doing, helping and finishing! – Teresa ( Hellgate Runner / Friend / One Badass MammaJamma, and a girl that inspires me )

 10347228_10152436248011127_5717027273952648517_nThis speaks volumes as to what my NYC Marathon experience was about. My morning started off by taking a car at 6:45am to the Staten Island Ferry to meet up with some of the members of my run club. I was so nervous my stomach was in knots pretty much the whole trip over there.  I had stopped off earlier to get a bagel, banana, and coffee.. Cus lets put it this way, IT WAS FRIGGIN COLD OUT!! I hopped on the 7:45am Ferry with my fellow team mates. Soon after I received a phone call that the rest of the crew was on the ship as well.. I was elated as I need to see my AMY ( The Awesome Mom ). I call her mine because she gets me…. she gets this whole thing… and infact we are just too much alike not to be attached at the hip! She also had Enida ( love her ), Kenny ( my homie that owes me some henni) and the United Nations, I mean Alexie LOL. Once that Ferry docked and we stepped outside the winds had picked up even more.. This was going to be one interesting run. They called for 40 – 60 mph’s that day. They also said that it would calm down by sunset. WRONG.  but we would manage.

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7 Ways Exercise Relieves Stress

How Does Exercise Relieve Stress?

If you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and often feel strangled by stress and depression, you may want to take note.

Here are the main ways exercise and stress are connected:

Body Systems

When stressed, each of your body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc.) need to interact efficiently for you to respond well. Exercise helps your body systems practice interacting with each other, in a healthy way. This directly leads to a better overall response to stress.

Endorphins

These are your natural pain killers that give you a “high”. Although more research is needed, there’s no doubt that long periods of moderate to high intensity exercise, does have a happy affect on your emotions.

Fight or Flight

This is your natural reaction to any stressful situation. The problem is that much of today’s stress doesn’t require either physical fighting or running. But your body still provides the chemicals for it, which can be harmful if they remain. The best and most logical way to clear the chemicals, is to actually do some exercise.

Rhythm and Flow

Some exercise, like running and cycling, lets you get into a rhythm. That rhythmic flow of a repeat action relaxes your mind. It’s a bit like focusing on nothing and everything at the same time. It’s your time. Just make sure you keep an eye on where you’re going!

Socialize

Any sport or exercise with friends, gives you the chance to socialize, that you may not normally get. “Having a laugh” with friends is more than just fun. It gives you a chance to share your problems, and know that someone is there if you need them.

Better Sleep

Lack of sleep often leads to a vicious cycle. You become more stressed and anxious during the day, which means it’s even harder to sleep at night. Exercise not only helps break that cycle, but can lead to a positive cycle instead. When you sleep well, you’ll have more energy in the day and be more productive.

Organize your Life

Stress is often caused by a lack of organization and planning, whether it’s in your work life or home life. Following a workout plan, where you set yourself goals and ultimately have a sense of achievement, will help you transfer those skills to the rest of your life.   

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Down But Not Out!

 So here’s a littleimages update on what’s been going on!  Vacation started July 27th as we headed down 95 south towards North Carolina. 2 hours into the drive I felt my legs cramping up so I went to stretch my leg.. Upon doing that I felt pinch and a crack…  I knew this wasn’t good.. At the next rest stop I’d get out and walk it out hopefully easing the pain.. Through out the drive I had a stiffness and soreness on the interior of my left knee.. We get to our first destination, Roanoke Rapids. And I have a hard time walking for a moment until I warmed up my knee. We got in to the hotel and I elevated my leg and took some Alieve.  The next morning, I woke up and I was okay not to much pain. 

 Once in Topsail Beach.  I noticed that I still had stiffness in my knee and a weird pain in the interior of my knee. I ran a few times while down there but there was one night where I woke up in sever pain clenching my knee.. All I could think of, ‘NOT MY MCL! PLEASE NOT THAT!’  I again took some Alieve, elevated my knee and went back to bed.  That evening while cooking dinner I twisted the wrong way and well Down I went, clenching on to the counter in pain. 

  So with that, I haven’t been running in 2 weeks trying to let my knee heal some.  Today, is the first day in 2 weeks where my knee isn’t killing me.  I am still gunna make an appointment with an Ortho but even that makes me nervous. 

 In other news..  I am going back to school for my RMA ( medical assistant ) !!! 35 and I am going back to school… Nervous as all hell but  I got this!! This is my year! 35 is the new 25, RIGHT? right! lmao. I am also getting a second interview with Lululemon on monday! I never thought I’d ever work there but I am stoked..

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