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I got picked in the lottery- so I got into the new york marathon!!!! I am so so excited! 🙂

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So I’m at the coffeeshop and this guy I’ve known for years is there. The exchange was kinda like this-

J- So…. you run any marathons lately?

Me- Yeah, I did my first 50 miler last weekend!

J-I bet. All you talk about is running…… (Is he for real?! He just asked me!!!)

and then

J- Cool, I’ll see you in twenty years when you need new knees.

Me- Actually I’ve run with a lot of people that trail run into their 60’s with no injuries. I think it’s more unhealthy to eat shitty and not excercise.

J- Well my hips are bad so I can’t run.

Me- Yeah- it’s not for everybody. We all gotta find that thing we love.

 

 

These type of exchanges happen all the time! It drives me crazy! If you don’t want to know- don’t ask. I don’t need that negative bullshit in my life. Why can’t people just be supportive? I’ve had more negative feedback from people I know about my running than I ever imagined I’d get. ESPECIALLY talking about ultra’s. I don’t ‘get’ everything that the people I love do- but I support and encourage them. I encourage everyone to follow their dreams no matter how silly they might seem.

I completed my first 50 miler! In 11 hours. I had the best time of my life and officially fell in love with trail ultra’s. I know I will never be the fastest or even close to it- but there is something that happens to me during a long run. Sometimes it’s at mile 8, sometimes mile 25- whenever it is- I completely lose myself in the run. I become fluid motion. And beautiful. I am able to let go of everything else. It’s the closest I feel to my truest essence.

I really am compulsive by nature…

My race schedule for this year-

January- Phunt Run 50k

February- Hashawa Hills 50k

March- Suntrust Marathon

April- Bull Run 50 miler

May- New Jersey Marathon

June- NorthFace Endurance Run 50 miler

July- BURNING RIVER 100 MILER!!!!!!!

September- D.C Ragner Relay

October- Baltimore Marathon and Marine Corp

 

Now I know- it’s not suggested to do a race a month. I didn’t mean for it to happen! But every time I finish one, and I am still buzzing off it- I sign up for another. Even though I have the kids, work, school, meetings, and the house to take care of- running is the thing that balances me and allows me to be better in all of those areas. When I put down the toxic relationship and the cigarettes last August- my running really took off!

 

Tomorrow I am going to try(succeed) in running(completing in under 13 hours) my first 50 miler! I’m so nervous I’m sick. I’m excited… and I should be asleep cuz I have to get up at 230 am but it’s impossible. I have spent the day with my 5 year old at the e.r after he gashed his head open. He got 2 staples. And then I had to help my roommate leave- soooooo I have been alone tonight. And grateful, but feeling the enormity of my life and goals on my own shoulders. I have no one here to help me with pre race jitters and I could but I’d be settling which I refuse to do. So here I sit, exhausted, anxious, grateful and binge eating my face off.

Time to try to get 4 hours of sleep in!!!