Thanks x6!

I sent out my first fundraising email last week, and it has already worked! Some very generous friends made donations in response, so I wanted to take the time to publicly thank them.

Elizabeth

312983_655628817607_1696263541_nFirst, is my dear friend Elizabeth. She is known to almost everyone as “Beth” but for some reason, everyone from Junior League always called her by her full name. Whether you know her as Elizabeth or Beth, you know she is one the most kind, giving people who also like, takes no BS so we got along great. She’s the mom to three adorable cuties and fiercely passionate about the causes she believes in. Elizabeth lost her uncle to cancer in 2013 and when I ran the 2014 B.A.A. 5K for Dana-Farber, I wrote his name on my KT tape. I’m no longer in Junior League (I moved too far away and don’t have time to join the Boston chapter) and I haven’t seen Elizabeth in way too long, but she send me the nicest note of encouragement and support. Girl, we need to have a glass of wine next time I’m in Western Mass! Continue reading

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Thank you, Mom!

My mom is officially my second donor! She has decided to make a monthly gift for the next six months. She wants to make a significant donation, but that can be challenging for most of us all at once. So instead, she’s going to donate monthly. What a great idea!My mom is the strongest person I know. She has faced so much

62301_837753094375_1395955870_nMy mom is the strongest person I know. She has faced so much physically throughout her entire life. From being born with an incredibly rare birth defect (missing hip socket), to being hit by a car at a young age, she basically grew up at Newington Children’s Hospital (funny sidenote: it was once called the Newington Home for Incurables) – now known as Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She’s had two hip replacements and a reconstruction, and lives in constant pain. Continue reading

Tendonitis x2

That’s right folks. I have tendonitis (or tendinitis, the technically correct but awkward-looking spelling) of both my left lower hamstring and my left ankle. The good news is there are no sprains or broken bones. I can bear weight, and even though it hurts a lot, being physically able to bear weight is a really good sign. I have a pretty awful limp going on right now, and the pain is about an 8 out of 10 when walking, but I’m not going to lose my leg or anything.

Dr. G is AWESOME. He’s an orthopedic surgeon at the regular practice I go to for primary care and other ailments. We talked about yesterday’s race, and how I’d been feeling leading up to it. We focused on my knee/hamstring first, as that’s why I originally made the appointment a few weeks ago. He noticed a significant difference in my range of motion and flexibility between my two legs. I admitted I’ve always been a LOT more flexible on my right side because of cheerleading. I stood on my left leg while my right leg did all the heel stretches, bows ‘n arrows, arabesques, etc. I can still lie on my back and get my right leg almost to the ground next to my head, whereas my left one never had to do that, except in college when I was forced to stunt on the opposite side (because that’s the normal side for 99% of cheerleaders – I was the weirdo). Anyway, that asymmetry still follows me today and apparently is affecting my running even though I hadn’t noticed it before. Continue reading

2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon – Complete!

Well, my fears about having to run my very first half marathon in the rain were warranted – it was basically a tropical storm all day yesterday in Boston.

I woke up at 5am, walked Rags, had coffee and some peanut butter on toast, and waited 30 seconds too long to request an Uber – the price shot up from $16 to $33 when I confirmed my brother was ready to leave. Oh well… Our driver dropped us off right near the Mile 9/11 markers, and it was a short walk to the start area. We went straight to the portapotties and picked up our t-shirts, and by then we were officially soaked. I actually debated keeping on my layers for the race but knew I’d warm up.

My dad met us while we were hovering under a tree trying to stay dry. We each went to the portapotties again, and then checked our bags around 7:40am. My dad, bless his heart, asked me if my knee was going to hold up. I love the guy, but definitely not something you want to hear before you’re about to go run 13.1 miles. I had to shake it off, though.

Once we checked bags, I lost track of my brother. My dad walked with me to corrals, which backed up into the portapotties line. I REALLY needed to go again but the gun was going off in 7 minutes and the lines were at least 30 people deep. I danced around trying to hold it, and some girls were joking about finding a bush. I peered behind the line of portapotties and realized people were going back there. That was the best call I made all day. I hugged a tree and felt 1000x better after peeing in a crowd of others doing the same. I did climb through some prickers, and didn’t notice the blood dripping down my leg until I handed my dad my raincoat and got to the starting line. Totally worth it! Continue reading

My First Week of Blue Apron Meals

I recently decided to give Blue Apron a try. For those of you who don’t know, Blue Apron is similar to Hello, Fresh! and Plated. A few of my foodie friends use Blue Apron and have mixed reviews, but most have good things to say.

According to Blue Apron:

Blue Apron is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that helps chefs of all levels cook incredible meals at home. We take care of the menu planning and shopping (providing you with fresh, locally sourced ingredients in pre-measured quantities), so all you have to do is cook and enjoy (please note: our Blog is full of helpful tips that will help you cook with speed and ease).

We offer 2 plan options (detailed below) with no commitments or fees. Plus, you can choose to skip your orders up to 5 weeks in advance or cancel at any time.

I have one complaint off the bat. You get 6 meals to choose from, and you pick 3. Except, once you choose 1, some of the options go away. It seems there are pre-set combinations. Wtf? Why? This makes no sense. That’s annoying and it really turned me off right away.

Anyway, the service is essentially $60 for 3 meals that each serve 2 people, so $10 a serving. That’s more than I would spend on a meal I cook myself, but the convenience factor is a bonus and these recipes are primarily things I wouldn’t try on my own. And, your first delivery is 50% off, so only $30.

For Week 1, I went with Crispy Chicken Milanese, Seared Cod & Udon Noodles, and Avocado Tempura Tortas. Chicken meal, fish meal, vegetarian meal. I like variety, but I am so uninspired and lazy when it comes to cooking that I usually eat the same thing every night for a week. And at least once a week, I am too tired from work to even cook/eat dinner. Continue reading

Reading BAA Half Marathon Race Reviews

I am a sponge for information. I love looking up things – anything. Historical weather data, details about shows I watch, spending an hour on Wikipedia going down rabbit holes when all I meant to look up was someone’s middle name, etc. So when I sign up for a race, I want to know everything about the route. Sometimes, I don’t even know the route ahead of time for smaller races or the course map is actually a hand-drawn map that someone has scanned in and posted online (Run for the Horses 5K, Tim Paige Memorial Long Meddowe Days 5K). But when you run a big race, you can actually google “[race name] blog” and find reviews and recaps in people’s personal blogs.

Thanks to the following four bloggers, I got some great intel about this weekend’s Half.

B.A.A. Half Marathon Recap via The Ultimate Finish Line (she ran with DFMC the past two Boston Marathons!)

B.A.A. HALF MARATHON RACE RECAP via The Fit Foodie Files (great insight, but I hope she is right about the hills being nothing too major. I’ve heard otherwise!)

Race Review: The BAA Half Marathon and Distance Medley via Run Kimmy, Run! (this is the post I read several months ago that opened up my eyes to what a machine the BAA can be, and how unfriendly their races can be to amateur runners)

Race Review: 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon (10/12/2014), or: “Many, many men can’t see the open road…” via Hokeyboy (I laughed so much reading this. I, too, am a self-described colossal dork, so I hope I can have as good a race and enjoy it as much as he did)

I plan to write my own recap at some point next week so others can benefit from (and maybe laugh at) my insight before signing up for or running next year’s BAA Half Marathon.

Running in the Rain

While it was ungodly hot all summer, it was also bone dry here in Boston. We have been in actual “Extreme Drought” conditions here for months. That means I have zero experience running in the rain this year. Until this past weekend.

 

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Ready to go running in the rain?

When I woke up on Saturday, it was drizzly. By the time I got outside for my 5-mile run, it was pouring. It wasn’t cold, so I wore my usual running gear plus a thin, waterproof jacket and a baseball cap (yay Jimmy Fund!) to keep the rain out of my eyes. But as soon as I got outside, I regretted not wearing gloves. It was breezy and my hands were SO cold. I tucked my hands inside my sleeves and ran like that for a while. Pretty soon I was having the opposite problem – I was too hot. The jacket is a crappy TJ Maxx jacket, and not breathable at all. And, as it turns out, also not waterproof. My phone was in my pocket and it was soaked. I turned it off thinking, I don’t know, it would have less chance of rain damage if it was off? The good news is that my phone survived. But as for me? Barely.

 

I had such a hard time running. Everything was tight even though I had hydrated well the day before. The only thing I can think of is that I donated blood Friday at 7:15am. But 25 hours later, I should’ve been back to 100%. I kept having to walk because my legs felt like lead. I wanted to take my jacket off because it was making me so hot that it was sticking to my skin like tar, but it was cold enough outside that I knew I should keep it on. At first, the wetness on my legs was causing chafing. But soon, my shorts were soaked completely through and thus were like a wetsuit on my thighs, which actually meant they weren’t riding up and were keeping my thighs from rubbing together. Note to self – wet my shorts a little bit. Errr, dab some water on my shorts. Do not pee in my shorts.

Anyway, it was a miserable run. Instead of taking an ice bath afterward, I took a warm epsom salt bath followed by a hot shower. I was cold the rest of the day. I really hope it was the blood donation thing, and not the fact that it was raining, because look at Sunday’s forecast for the Half:

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“Watching the tropics. Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High 61F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall may reach one inch.”

Sounds lovely! No seriously, I’m all about that high of 61° but the combination of that temp with wind and rain can make it feel pretty cold. 2015 Boston Marathon anyone? Just no photos of the drowned rat I’m going to look like, please.