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Boston !

lean on me..

Back from Boston and I must say that all of you were RIGHT ! I did get re-motivated !! It’s so hard not to.  We got to Boston  on Saturday and instantly fell in love with the city.  There’s just something about Boston that sucks you in !  I don’t know if it’s all the history of the city, the architecture, the vibe….whatever it was we loved it!  The first couple of days the weather was rainy and not very good for site seeing or picture taking….but we didn’t let that put a damper on our trip.  We hopped on the Trolley Tour, stayed dry and learned so much about the city.

Everywhere you looked there were runners around the city.  It’s a super cool bond that fellow marathoners have.  Everywhere we stopped my uncle and other fellow runners would spark up conversations about the marathon, other marathons they have run, etc…  It’s so hard to not want to be apart of something like that.   To want to be dedicated enough to something to put in the time and heart of the training.   I do want that!  I don’t really ever seeing me desiring to do a FULL marathon …but I do have my sites on the 1/2 in Sept.  It’s funny the looks I get from certain people when this comes up.  I get the once over look…from head to toe.  ” oh, that’s nice. ” ~ LOL ~ I’ve said it here many times before.  My goal is not to RUN this half marathon.  With a combination plan of walk, run, shuffle and stumble..my goal is just to FINISH! One step at a time.

If I wasn’t totally pysched enough with the vibe of Boston…I DEFINETLY was by Marathon Monday!!  I got up early to get my uncle to Boston Commons for his bus ride to the starting line.  Then I went back to the hotel and got Kerri and my aunt to head back into Boston.  We wanted to be there early to make sure we were able to find parking and find where we were going.  It really couldn’t have worked out better.  Parking garage RIGHT next to the finish line!   We really didn’t know what our plan was for the day.  Some more site seeing, shopping, marathon watching?  After finding parking we wanted to get breakfast somewhere.  All the bars were open and everyone was already drinking at 9:00 a.m.! We ended up at Whiskey’s who said they were serving food…it just wasn’t BREAKFAST food.  We decided to stay and stuffed ourselves with fried bar food and coffee.  We might have missed out on the eggs and toast but totally scored in other ways.  First we all got FREE t-shirts for being part of the first 150 customers ! ( free souvenir 🙂    Then we realized that we were in eye shot of the finish line and would have front row to watching the marathon.  I really wanted to see some of the marathon and we knew we would have to stake out our spot for hours to see it….so we did. ! Bought some chairs at Walgreens and set up camp.  Another bonus about Marathon Monday?? The SUN was out and NO rain.  Perfect day for the runners.  57 and sunny ! So happy for this!  It was really cold and breezy for us fans…but nothing a few hats, gloves and a instantaneously made  babushka couldn’t fix it.  The energy was amazing!!!  I still have my blistered finger from ringing the cow bell to prove it! 🙂

The whole weekend and marathon experience was wonderful ! Loved everything about it.

Congrats to my Uncle Dan for working his butt off and letting me be apart of it .

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“The Results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.”

Hey all ! I know that I’ve been horrible with blogging as of the last past week.  For my regular followers.. in case you haven’t picked up on the schedule yet…You can expect my missing in action approx. one week out of each month. 😉   There is a short time every month, where I lose my mind and find every excuse in the book to do nothing.  This includes but is not limited to exercising, answering emails, blogging ….etc. Sometimes just getting out of bed for work has been a struggle.

In one of my posts last week, I mentioned the pain of NOT stretching…and the consequences of being so lazy.  Amanda from “Run to the Finish” mentioned Dynamic Stretching.  Of course to me …stretching has always been …well…stretching.  Holding a pose while feeling the muscle pull a tad…maybe even bounce up and down a bit, until you really feel your muscles rip.  < ( I was kind of jesting with the bouncing part. ) So of course Amanda sparked my interest with the whole idea of there being more than one way to stretch.  Off to Google I went! Dynamic Stretching= Dynamic stretching uses speed of movement, momentum and active muscular effort to bring about a stretch . Unlike static stretching the end position is not held.  My buddy Jamoosh also said it good when he said: = Before you run – you loosen.  After you run – you stretch.   Great points and so far the stretching and the new info on stretching has really been helping.

Monday I went to the doctors for my follow up visit.  I was getting worried with all of the changes that I’ve been making…I couldn’t understand why the weight has been coming off so slowly! With 100 lbs, 89 lbs to lose and the huge changes I’ve been making, I really felt like I should be down so much more than 11 lbs since the beginning of January.  My doctor crush medic advisor stated that I’m doing great…and slow and steady really is the way to do it.  All of my blood tests came back good, and I had a complete physical and have been cleared to run attempt to FINISH the 1/2 marathon in September.  Full steam ahead I go ! ( after a few more days of PMS – leave me the hell alone mental rest.)

I have been reading a book called ” The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer”, that I’m really enjoying.  It focuses on more than just the physical side of training, but also the mental and emotional side.  The book is based off of a marathon class offered by the University of Northern Iowa.  The class has been offered 5 times over 10 years, and all but one student finished a full marathon.  The book has a lot of comments from former students who took the class and their experiences.   I will keep you updated on how the book is as I dig deeper into it.

Other things that are bouncing around in my head are things to do in Boston.  Any ideas? or must sees? My uncle is running the Boston Marathon in April.  Kerri and I are a part of his support team, so we need to start planning the trip.  I have a few Brewery Suggestions from Jamoosh, that I will of course need to check out.  My uncle is also a lover of Beer… so we will need to get him primed for the big race! 🙂

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing, because you can do only a little.  Do what you can!”





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