Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bye 2014 ... Bring On 2015!

I have to say 2014 has been one crazy busy year!  I feel like no matter how hard I tried I never felt caught up...We are a busy family with lots of "things" going on but this year just felt extra rushed.   SOOOOO my goal for 2015 is to time manage, organize and BALANCE more!  

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas/Holiday filled with family, traditions and friends!  I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year and be safe on New Year's Eve!  I will be welcoming life into the world at work tonight starting at 11 pm!

Here are just a FEW highlights of 2014 and in random order!! LOL!

Running the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon with amazing friends!  OHHHH by the way register today and save $15 off your registration fee!!!!! Discount starts at 12 pm today and goes until midnight ... you will LOVE this event!!!!

Ragnar Relay Ultra race!!  This was such a memorable experience and I absolutely loved every second of it!  I was blessed to have the best teammates/cheer squad/ friends out there!

Another true passion of mine ... Coaching this fantastic group of young ladies! Lacrosse has always been a big part of my life and I love the sport ... but I truly love coaching and helping these girls!

My parents and brother!  I would be lost without them!!!

Ok so this was one of the hardest mental races I have ever ran!  I just wanted to give up at the half way point and felt like crap ... but I dug deep let go of expectations and used the race as a training run for Boston!  I ended up having a ton of fun, met a few runners doing the same as I was and got a new nickname thanks to my Oiselle Flyte shirt ... "Fly Girl"!

Ahhhhh  Boston 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!  Lauren Fleshman and Kara Goucher ... Fellow Oiselle Superstars!

My husband!!!  He is my #1 fan, support system and friend!  Love ya!

My boys!!!  Literally my heart and soul!!  They are my pride and joy ... but man can they test me!!

Oiselle Bird Camp .... LIFE CHANGING!!  This was a huge highlight for sure!  AMAZING friends for life!

Family ... Family ... Family!

Watching my boys excel in their sports and school!!!!  Steelers Champions!!

Ravens Champions!!!!

Well I hope you all have the best end to 2014 and I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings!!!!

Happy Running!!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Favorite Marathon!!

Life has seriously been a nonstop marathon for weeks!   On December 6 I ran one of my favorite marathons ever... the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon.  There are so many things I love about this race .. It is in my home state,  the field size is less the 2600 runners for the full and half marathon, the course is beautiful and flat,  I always have a ton of friends who run this event and I can literally walk .25 miles to the start of the race right before the race starts ... also the after party is amazing!!

So this year I was a little burnt out going into the race and had a feeling I was not going to PR and shockingly I was ok with that.  I love this race and have raced either the half or the full since the race started.  Mary Beth Evans is the BEST race director I have ever met and definitely goes above and beyond for the event and the runners!!  Plus, look how cute her sparkly jeans are with her Mizuno sneaks!!! 

Jen, Mary Beth and Me!
I drove down Friday morning with my parents and my brother.  We stopped at Surf Bagel to start the carb loading:

If you haven't tried Surf Bagel you must do so asap!  We hit up the outlets and did a few hours of shopping before heading into town and going to packet pick-up,  I love how efficient and easy packet pick-up is for this event!

I got to see my friend Lori ( she is an awesome trainer and the Y running coach )!

 After I got my bag, shirt and bib I met my parents and brother at Fins Raw Bar for lunch!  We LOVE Fins and Tom the manager there is fantastic!  We checked in at the Alantic Sands Hotel and relaxed for a while.  I laid out all my Oiselle gear and did a little stretching and foam rolling.

 Race morning the temperature was perfect and there was barely any wind so I wrapped up in my Rigby's blanket and walked to the start!

My nerves started to kick in until I met up with my running buddies at the start of the race:

John, Jenn B and Me

Jenn B, Me, Dawn, Angel and Debbie

My Ragnar teammate John was shooting for a 3;23 and I was shooting for under 3:35 ... My A goal was sub 3:25, B goal 3:30 and overall goal was to have fun and enjoy this event!  I took off and felt comfortable the first 4 miles .. I was running side by side with my new bff Yuen from New Jersey!  He was awesome and kept me on track and at a great pace:
John in the zone at mile 10

My buddy Yuen

This guy was the best!!

I felt great and was loving every second of the race!  I saw my hubby at mile 2-3, then at mile 10, 18, 21 and 23.   Miles 19.5 to 24.5 are on the Breakwater Trail ... which I normally love but I started to get the worst calf cramps and I am not sure if it was the trail or hydration that was causing them.  Due to the cramps my pace slowed greatly on this portion and I had to stop and work out the knot in my calf!  

My hubby caught the struggle on film!  I was afraid to look at him because I didn't want to cry!

I told myself "do not let anyone pass you from here to the finish line"  ... I am proud to say I didn't get passed!

I am so proud of so many of my friends for crushing their goals and getting the BQ!!

My hero Wes had an epic race and crossed the finish line strong:

John CRUSHED his goal and crossed the line at 3:22!!!!   This pic is awesome!

And my fellow Oiselle runner Katharine was the overall female winner!! Woohoo Oiselle!

The best feeling in the world is crossing the finish line and having your hubby, parents and friends cheering for you!  I was 12th female and 3rd in my AG!  I also snagged a BQ with 3:30:11.

Best parents in the world!
I do not have a pic with my hubby but he truly is the BEST!  He drove down Friday night and got up early with me to go to the race.  He is my #1 fan and I would be lost out there without him!  After my race he drove back home to pick up our boys and drove back down to the beach again!!

Since our hotel was so close to the after party I ran back took a quick HOT shower and went back to the party and to cheer on the final runners!  A HUGE thank you and shout out to the 16 Mile Brewery Brew Crew!!!  The best reward after a marathon is an iced cold beer!

Boston 2016 here we come!!

And this girl here!!  I saw Jenn B at mile 18 ... she was exactly what I needed at that moment in the race!  Dave was there too and cheering his head off for us!!  I cannot say enough about my running friends and how inspiring each one of them are!

Jenn even snapped this pic of my at mile 18!  I am so cool I run marathons with my eyes closed!

Thank You again to Rigby's Rehoboth for sponsoring me for this event!!  Make sure if you are in town you visit Rigby's and have an amazing meal and beverage!!!

Please come run the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon 2015 ... You will have the best time of your life!!

I also have to give a big shout out to Mizuno for their Wave Rider 18's!!!!  These are by far my favorite sneaks ever!!!!!!!  

Happy Running & Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Marathon 2014!!!!!

Well HELLO there!  It has been wayyyy too long since I last posted on here.  Honestly,  life has been crazy and I need a new laptop in the worst way ( to make blogging a LOT easier )!   I am gearing up to head south for the Rehoboth Beach marathon this weekend.  This is the first race where I really have no time goal in mind and just want run, have fun with my friends and enjoy one of my favorite races!   Lately my mindset has shifted toward ultra marathon running....I have been dreaming of doing a 50 miler and I think this may be ,my next adventure!  We shall see....

I absolutely LOVE this race and all the people involved with it!  Mary Beth Evans is the best race director and Rehoboth has such a great race and post party!  I am excited to see the new marathon course and test out my legs and see what I can do.  Make sure you follow Rehoboth Beach Running Company on Facebook  for all your race info and details!

Also,  do not forget to go to Rigby's Bar & Grill for your pre-race meal or post race celebration!!!  Sunday brunch is also AMAZING!!!

I think I have all my necessary items packed:  TONS of Oiselle gear,  my Mizuno Wave Rider 18's and Wave Hitogami,  and a couple pair of FEETURES!   Oh and my rain coat!!!

See y'all down the beach!!!

Happy Running!

Friday, September 19, 2014


BEST ADVENTURE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!   If you ever get a chance to do a Ragnar Relay I highly recommend it!  It was SO much fun combined with hard work, pushing to the limits, no sleep, and many, MANY laughs!!

We started off our adventure by packing everything as neatly as possible while living in a big white van with 7 people ... 6 of whom are runners and will probably start to smell after a few hours!!

6 different running outfits .. All Oiselle of course!!  Then I crammed everything into Ziploc bags to minimize stink after my sweat legs of the race!

 I packed a ton of food, TP, water, NUUN, blanket, pillow and was ready to go!

We all met at Dave's house and loaded up in our van:

Team Glutiators on our way to get our final teammate Laura!!!

I LOVE this girl!!  She is such a blast and so positive it is contagious!!

:Laura rocking the night gear!

It was about a 4-5 hour drive from here to our hotel in Frostburg, MD since we made a few pit stops (yummy dinner and Joanne Fabrics for much needed van accessories )!!  We settled in to our hotel and tried to get a good night sleep since we would be living in a van for the next 24+ hours!!

Our mascot Steve!!!!

Our start time wasn't until 12:30 on Friday so we had plenty of time to get up, eat, decorate and head to the start of the race.  Team Glutiators ready to rock ... John was runner #1 and I was runner #2 .. our first transition was super easy since leg 1 was around the lake and the transition was right across from the start!

John set the pace and tone for the day ... Looking super strong!

Seriously...started off with a STEEP 2 miles of climbing followed by a wicked downhill!

Trying to stay calm before my first run!

I was really leery on how well organized this race would be considering it is 200.5 miles long and starts in Cumberland, MD and runs to the National Harbor in DC.  I was pleasantly surprised with it!  I  honestly think we had such a smooth time with logistics and exchanges because of our amazing driver, Byron aka JUICY!!

I was super excited to see my team at the end of my first leg!!  Laura was runner #3 and her first run was the HARDEST leg of the entire race!  1700 ish elevation gain ... it was such a difficult leg that the runners all got a belt buckle at the end of that leg!

Laura KILLING that beast!

Dave was runner #4 .. he is a  SUPER speedster and nailed every single leg he had!

Then runner #5 was Jen W.... climbing that dirt road to her first exchange.

Our final runner #6 was Jenn B ... She had the highest mileage with one of her legs being 11+ miles!

But she is a superstar and flew through her legs!

Our team worked really well together .. we all encouraged and supported each other and made sure everyone had what they needed.  Right before my 2nd leg ( which was called "What the Hill ??" ) I was hitting an energy low and really nervous about how I would climb this mountain :

THANK GOD for my crew because they had a ice cold diet coke waiting for me at the bottom!  Also Byron was a miracle worker and helped massage out my angry piriformis!!!  I felt a tug and a pop in my left butt cheek/hamstring area as I was climbing that hill.

Also heaven sent is Erin from Lucky Girl Cookies!!  Her chocolate gingerbread cookies were the perfect snack and really help stave of the nausea I was having between my runs!  The natural ginger was awesome. Look ... how cute are the little sneakers??!!

One of the hardest things for me was nutrition ... I really focused on hydration and did a great job with that but the fuel was much harder for me.  I survived off of dark chocolate covered pomegranate and acai berries, organic bread with natural PB, picky bars and pretzels.  I had some fierce nausea and the thought of food made it worse.  Jenn B. gave me some mint essential oil for my water and that really helped.  During my overnight run we stopped in this general store and bought their last case of water, chocolate milk and hot tea ... plus I got a powerball ticket:
Sadly it wasn't a winner!
Dave ready to kick asphalt!
I managed to take a 30 min nap around 0200 when Jen W. was running and it really was just the right amount to get me through the night!  Once the sun was up my body was ready to go.   It was also a lot of fun to check off our boxes on our van window:
Our first leg down!

Oh yeah ... and to add of "kills" to the window too ... Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture but we had close to 250+!!

One of my favorite highlights was running into my Oiselle teammate Mary:

I LOVE her and her Team Pudding came in 1st Coed 12 person team!!!!  ROCK STARS!  

Team Glutiators KILLED it too and we place 2nd Ultra team and 16th overall!!!!!!!!!!  With a time of 27:25 for 200.5 miles and countless memories made!

Here are some more of my favorite pics:

Representing the Bear Glasgow Y:

My MIZUNO Wave Rider 17's ( I packed 3 pair of mizuno's but stuck witth my riders ) and my Jasyoga legs up:

My final leg completed in the pouring rain with another STEEP mountain to climb the final 2.5 miles!!:

Jen W super happy to be finished her final leg also:

My favorite Superheroes,  Jenn B. and Laura!!!!!

While Jenn B ran her final leg of the race we hurried over to the finish line so we could all run Jenn in and cross the line together as Team Glutiators!  EPIC experience and I cannot wait to do it again!

I really enjoyed the beer and pizza afterwards and chatting with other teams!

CHEERS RAGNAR to an amazing adventure!

Anyone else ever do a Ragnar Relay?  

Happy Running!