Just Call Me Joe (Philadelphia Marathon Recap – Part 1)

I hate to break this up into two parts, but there’s just so much to write. And if you have a short span of attention like me, you would probably stop half way through any way, so there it is, Part 1 of 2 of the Philadelphia Marathon Recap.

Earlier this week when I told people that I just ran a marathon, they assumed I was talking about Marine Corps. When I say, “No, I just ran Philly.” I get the “Wha-whaaat??” Call us crazy, but we did. I got a text message from my friend Kendra the day after MCM which said, “I wanna run Philly.” And that was the beginning of our mad quest to secretly run a marathon without letting anyone know, well, with the exception of our families.

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Ooops! I Did It Again!

Wonder why I’ve been so quiet lately? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret…I just ran the Philadelphia Marathon yesterday. Yep! That’s right! First Marine Corp Marathon on 10/27, then Philly yesterday. Two marathons in 21 days! I’ve been dying to tell you all about it and the days leading up to it, but I made a pact with my running partner in crime about keeping it a secret until we actually pulled it off. It was killing me! Every time I sat down to write, I wanted to tell ya’ll what was going on, so I just had to keep mum. I’m sorry for the teaser, but I haven’t had a chance to do a race re-cap, but I hope to have it published by tomorrow. Continue reading

Yes! We Are All Celebrities!

When Runner’s World’s article about celebrities who finished the NYC Marathon popped up in my Facebook newsfeed, I just had to see how I compared. Well, my time for my first marathon last year (4:56) was better than Pamela Anderson first marathon, who came in at 5:41. Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns’ time was better than mine at 4:35, and former NY Rangers player and 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Nick Kypreos’ time of 4:43 beat my MCM time by a minute. Oh and of course, I have yet to beat Oprah’s MCM time of 4:29. Continue reading

And There You Have it – I’m Sick.

Currently in Baltimore, it’s a beautiful November morning, clear skies and a comfortable 65 degrees. The trees are turning and the colors of the leaves are just gorgeous! And what am I doing? After spending the morning at Patient First, I’m hunkered down in bed with a sinus infection, which started out as an innocent post-marathon cold. Now, I thought I was going to get sick before the marathon and I was lucky enough to ward that off. But, now I’ve succumbed to it. The problem is, my weak asthmatic lungs always feel the need to be included when I get sick. So my normal “sick” cycle is cold > sinus infection > bronchitis. Happens every time. Last time this happened was in January and I was down for three months, went through three cycles of prednisone, and missed the D.C. Rock and Roll Half Marathon. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN! Ultra marathon training will be coming up quickly and I need to make sure I’m cross training and getting some miles in before it starts. Continue reading

MCM Training – This is it! (Last long run)

Well this is it. On so many levels, this is it. Saturday was our last long run before the marathon. I typically write about my long runs within 24 hours, but I was also celebrating my 40th birthday this weekend. As of yesterday, I am officially in a new age bracket. Everything I do this week will be a first in my 40th decade. First track workout, first tempo run, first personal training session, first taper (which I’ve been doing since I was 39), and first marathon in a new age bracket. While I’m a little freaked out about 40, I’m actually embracing it too. I’m just not liking the whole “your body falls apart at 40” thing. But anyway, I digress…running…let’s get back to running. Continue reading

Tapering – Mistakes to Avoid and Nutrition

Tapering during a marathon can make or break race results. Tapering is when you cut back on your mileage a couple of weeks before your race to rest the body so that it can perform on race day. “Reducing your total weekly volume by 20 to 25 percent during this week gives your body a chance to recover from all that hard work by restocking depleted glycogen supplies and repairing tissue damage.” {source} Continue reading

Put Me in a Plastic Bubble! I’m Tapering!

Why is it that everytime I get close to a race that’s important to me EVERYONE around me is sick?!?! The folks in the office are sick…almost ALL of them, my nephew is sick, and last night my husband tells me he is sick, AFTER I gave him a quick kiss. He said, “uh-oh…forgot to tell you I’m getting sick. I have a sore throat.” WHAT?????!!!! Are you kidding me?! Couldn’t tell me this BEFORE you gave me your germs? Continue reading

It’s Taper Time! (Alone and Naked at the Track)

Two weeks before the marathon and I’m now in taper mode. After Saturday’s half marathon, I decided to take off on Sunday and do Yin Yoga. Yesterday, I didn’t do a damn thing. I planned on doing “something,” but it just didn’t happen. Tuesday’s are our normal track workout days, but our training group was having a celebration for all those who ran in the Baltimore Running Festival today. While I wanted to be with my runners, I needed to stay disciplined and stick with the training. So, I went to the track, alone and naked. No, not naked as in not wearing clothes, but naked as in no running belt, no cell phone, no inhaler, no iPod, nothing…oh wait! I had my Garmin, so I guess I was semi-naked. Continue reading

Baltimore Running Festival Race Recap

Mother nature was gracious enough to give us great running weather. Overcast, cool, and very slight drizzle here an there. Didn’t need the duct tape on my shoes after all! The Baltimore Running Festival was amazing! This year I did the half marathon race as part of my Marine Corps Marathon training and I had a bast! Coach Marie told us to take it easy as we are in taper mode and to try and not get caught up in the race. It was hard, but we managed. Continue reading