Posts Tagged“2012”

I’ve cancelled my participation in the New York Marathon at least one hundred times in my head. SUCH. A. HARD. DECISION. I’ve been wrestling for days with the choice of staying home as a gesture of relief for a city fighting desperately to recover from Hurricane Sandy orparticipatingas both a symbolic and financial supporter of a region in need. Both choices are correct and yet incorrect at the same time. Sigh. After much research, consulting with friends who live and the city and many hours of watching the news and discussing it with my running partner Katie, I’ve made a…

51 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… I was a total slacker last week in the marathon training department. My most impressive run was five measly miles. Now before you get all indignant, know that I am not knocking a five mile run… AT ALL. I’m just saying that I should have logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 13-15 miles. But I didn’t. Because I didn’t have a running partner. BECAUSE my husband went away for the weekend and I was on soccer game duty. So the runs didn’t happen. Oh who am I kidding? I can’t blame it ALL on…

There are truly a bevy of great races to choose from this season in my hometown of Frederick, Maryland. Below are just a small sampling of the fun Fall 5ks you can participate in: Habitat for Humanity “No Place Like Home ” 5K Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Baker Park 8:00 a.m. Registration link here.  I’ve worked on this event for the past two years and it is truly a blast! Not only is it a great theme that the whole family can get involved in (there is a companion Walk-A-Thon for the kiddos) but it is also a great…

61 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… We hit 18 miles on our long run this weekend. Hallelujah! 18 miles always marks the turning point in my mind. As in, no turning back now, Jen. There is something about that length of run that really brings on the oh-man-what-have-I-got-myself-into? thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful morning, the company was terrific and the run went really smoothly. But right about 17 miles I started to realize that pretty soon we would be expected to tack on the remaining 9.2 miles to get to the finish line of the marathon. Meaning,…

83 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… Each week I get these snappy emails from The New York Road Runners chock full of training tips and motivation for the upcoming marathon.  This little e-blast successfully keeps me in marathon focus mode. Even on vacation. I have to tell you, there is nothing I love more than a long run at the beach. Wind in my hair. Motivational tunes in my ear. The smell of salt water. I just love it. Except for the whole getting out of bed early part. I suspect that even the most dedicated of athletes cannot help but be…

One of the mostsplendidthings about living in the DC Metro area is the vast amount of family entertainmentopportunities. We have museums, monuments, parks… you name it, we’ve got it. I can’t think of a better place to raise a family. Especially around the holidays. So you are probably wondering why in the world I am posting pictures and talking about the holidays in the middle of July. (No, it is not because I am trying to stress you out early this year.) Because yesterday the Gaylord National Hotel announced the theme of this year’s ICE! /Christmas on the Potomac celebration…

PROJECT: The 2012 Frederick 1/2 Marathon STATUS: Conquered ANALYSIS: Surprising results for me considering I haven’t had a whole lot of time to train for this one. The sky was overcast which made for a terrific climate, especially considering how hot is was predicted to get. Starting the morning off right. Normally I am a peanut butter and wheat bagel kind of gal but this morning I opted for peanut butter and oatmeal. Nom, nom, nom… Pre-race photo. Looking confident on the outside but inside truly nervous about how I would perform. I was running with a very strong companion (Lori) and…

It is running season again and I am here to tell you that I couldn’t be happier! For quite some time my running partners and I were having scheduling issues and couldn’t quite seem to get in a groove. But the weather broke and slowly but surely we are easing back into the ole Saturday morning long run routine. (Just in time, too. I was beginning to loose my marbles without my therapeutic long runs.) Today Lori and I conquered nine miles together. This is what it looked like outside my door when I left to hit the hills this morning. Fog.…