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Mission 10 Miler bling

Well, I did it. After taking a year off and running rarely casually I finally made my “big comeback.” It wasn’t what one would call effortless or graceful (by any stretch of the imagination) but I made it across the finish line. Let me start out by saying that I definitely wasn’t in training mode for this race. I wasn’t actually planning on anything official until the Frederick 1/2 on May 3rd. But a friend of a friend offered the bib to me and who am I to turn down something so karmic? The weekend of the Mission 10 Miler I was also scheduled to visit…

Let’s face it, 2014 was not a stellar year for me on the racingscene. Rather than don bibs, clock times and wax poetic about chia recipes, I spent myweekendsas arecreational runner.And by recreational runner I meanoccasional runner.Andwhile mentally it wasa relief to not have to be “on” and train all of the time, Ihave to admit that I missed it. Running is my therapy and without it…Igo a little crazy. Okay, I go a little crazy with it as well. WHAT’S YOUR POINT, INTERNET?! Anyway, this year will be different. I’ve not settled on a full marathon to conquer as…

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with being carefree. I want (oh how I want) to spend the majority of my days throwing caution to the wind but it rarely happens. I find myself holding back in various situations where others wouldn’t think twice. It’s odd because in many ways I am a risk taker and happy to be so.  Holding back is so limiting.  Silly example – the other day I was running through Georgetown and I happened upon THE STAIRS. (You know which ones I’m talking about right? The creepy never-ending stairs from the Exorcist movie.) Shudder. Anyway, I got…

Dammit New York, why are you so expensive?! Got a reminder email from the New York Marathon that I was guaranteed entry into this year’s marathon. Squee, right? Not really. I honestly was over-the-moon excited about it UNTIL I went to complete my registration. Ouch! $266 for registration alone. Mentally I started adding up the costs for the trip – parking, train, hotel, food, cab fare, etc. That is when I realized that I’m looking at spending the equivalent of a Caribbean vacation to go to a crowded city and exhaust myself from hours of pounding the pavement. For that…

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Obstacle course runs have always intimidated me. Despite the cajoling from past participants that “it’s a piece of cake” and “so much fun!” I never really imagined that I would take part in one. I think of the participants in these things as the CrossFit elite and the P90X folks. (Definitely not ME.) For the record, I have absolutely no upper body or core strength. Therefore, I never believed I could complete an obstacle course race without getting stuck or having to bypass the challenges. So I safely managed to avoid them when they came to town. Of course that…

It’s done. I FINISHED. I CONQUERED. I AM VICTORIOUS. Obnoxious, much? Clearly the fact that you are reading this blog means that Katie and I made it across the finish line of the 2013 Steamtown Marathon. Which is a fantastic feeling. (Even if the feeling only lasted a few hours before being completely re-submerged into real life. Which totally sucks, BTW. Not my own real life, just the fact that one can get up at a ridiculously early hour in the morning, accomplish a tremendous feat of endurance and then return home a few hours later only to be faced with laundry…

The Steamtown Marathon is tomorrow. We leave this morning at 11am. I’m suddenly not feeling ready. I’ve been so busy with work and kids,that I’ve not done a thing. Had a work function until late in the evening on Thursday. Spend an inordinate amount of time this week packing the kiddos for a soccer tournament that was (of course) cancelled at the last minute. Had a rare girls night out last night. Ate way too much and ended up crashing immediately after my return. It is 6:00am and the whole house is still asleep. It occurs to me that I’ve FORGOTTEN…

I am so unbelievably behind with this blog. And there has been a ton going on lately in my world. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. This post will probably end up a mish mosh of information so fair warning. Where to start? How about … Buffalo? Yeah, I know what you are thinking. I’d never pondered a business trip to Buffalo, either. Nonetheless, I hopped a flight to NY a week ago to attend the District 2 American Advertising Federation’s Fall Leadership Conference. The conference is a fairly intimate gathering of industry executives from across the region who…

You know that whole marathon thing I’ve been talking about here and there? It is really creeping up on me. I’ve been running, of course, but never with an official plan. I  knew I needed to have one, but just never seemed to get around to mapping it. It is all about the art of denial, y’all. Of course, it is hard to deny the impending marathon when the organizers keep sending you race updates. So Katie and put together a plan for the next few weeks to get ourselves on target for the Steamtown Marathon on October 13th. (Which, in marathon…

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They call it the “happiest 5K on the planet” where brightly colored cornstarch blasts turn participants into streaking rainbows. The Color Run hit Philadelphia on July 14th and our family was in attendance. For those who are unfamiliar, The Color Run is a 3.1 mile, un-timed race where thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. I’ve been wanting to do one since its inception. Everything about it appeals to me. Every time it came to Baltimore or DC, it was sold out before I could even register. But finally, we hit the jackpot. And it was worth…