Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

Upcoming Races 2010

Stay Tuned!

Cleaning House Before Vacation

Bunch of random odds and ends to mention…

My blog will be quiet for a while, as hubby and I jet off for a much deserved vacation. This will be the first time since our honeymoon (8 years ago) that we will be going on a vacation completely alone and which does not involve: visiting friends/family; weddings; funerals; and/or graduations. I hope we still like each other when it’s over!

Official race photos can be viewed here. For the record, those legs are not mine – the photography company must have photoshopped those legs on to my body, because I’ve never seen them before.

Thanks to everyone for the comments/suggestions on my last post. Just to be clear: I am not some super-woman low-mileage success story. Remember, I was triathlon training this summer too, so even though I was only running 4 days a week, I was biking and swimming too – thereby boosting my aerobic capacity. (And that’s the key – aerobically, I felt great during the race. My legs, on the other hand, were totally toasted by mile 21. Another note to self: weight training.)

To answer the question about water stops and why I don’t just take G’ade in at the stops: On the course, the G’ade is diluted and I need all the calories I can get, so I bring my own full-strength. Plus, I can insure that I drink exactly what I trained with.

Our Blogfather, Mark, has been hard at work, creating new, fun goodies for us to enjoy! Check out the RBF paraphernalia at

I got tagged by Cassie/Tiggs:

Here are the rules:

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or the closest one to it)
4. Post the text of your sentence in your blog along with these rules.
5. Tag five other people.

My results from May 24, 2004:

“I headed out to my favorite trail in the woods, being sure to load up on bug spray.”

I’d like to tag: Michelle, Jank, Jack, Jeff, and Audrey.

Oh, and speaking of Michelle…she and I ran together last night…it was my first run since the marathon on Saturday…and it felt FABULOUS. The four miles just flew by and I felt great – even in the rain (again. still.)!

I know some of you will run your marathons before I get back – Jank and Alejandra and Jon and I’m sure I’m forgetting people – But to all of you – GOOD LUCK!

Here’s the marathon advice I gave Brent:

You’ve trained for the marathon. You’ve planned out your race. Here are some words of advice about what to do once you cross the finish line.

1) receive medal. smile. alot. maybe cry just a little (optional).

2) have chip removed. volunteers will probably do this for you, which you will appreciate GREATLY since the thought of reaching your toes will seem impossible.

3) TAKE THE MYLAR BLANKET (the tin foil looking thingy!) and WEAR IT. Even if you don’t think you need it, take it. Your body will begin to cool very quickly, and this blanket will help keep you warm. And sweaty.

4) Sip water slowly. And try not to take in TOO much water until after your first pee.

5) Have a family member or friend bring: your favorite flip flops or other comfy shoes AND a sweatshirt/fleece/long-sleeved something to put on after you discard the silver blanket. About 20 minutes after my first marathon, I started shivering AND DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE IT until my step-father pointed it out and then handed me his jacket. =) (Consider bringing an entire change of clothes for later.)

6) Get a post-race massage if you are feeling up to it. I wish I had done this after my both my marathons. I mean, free massages, duh!?

7) Have something to eat. Whatever you want! You’ve earned it, marathoner. =)

8) Take a long, long nap.

OK. That about covers it for now. Try not to miss me too much. I’ll be back online Oct. 23.

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