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August 21, 2010

Guest Post: Mary and Christina’s Portabella Burgers

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Hey all! Currently I’m trying to work on some applications and stuff (I’m going to be a brat and keep the schools I’m applying hush-hush.  It’s awesome you guys are interested but it’s a bit too personal for me to share here!).  But it’s sooooo nice in New England that I’m really just sitting out on my deck pretending to work.  Hence the blogging 🙂

But I’m not going to try and bore you with my run from Friday.  It was, duh, the standard 8.2 that I’ve been doing all week.  And it was slooooooooooooooow.  I’m totally still using the whole “I’m getting used to a new routine so my running sucks” excuse.  For real.  One of the little children (like legit 5 or 6 year old because I do have an annoying tendency to call anyone younger than me a child.  Oops.) I passed though told his mom “Wow she’s running fast”.  It was a cute kid and he won over my heart.  Too bad he’s probably in kindergarten age. If only those shirtless boys would say something similar 😉

My weekend really started on Thursday.  YAY.  I think my work schedule will let me take 3 day weekends a lot so I’m happy about that.  Even so I’m getting to taste my first real weekend on my own and in a city.  Despite going to cities to party before I’ve never lived in one.  So this is exciting.  My roomies and I didn’t go crazy last night but it was fun to walk about and explore some nightlife being “real adults”.  Or maybe I’m just the only real adult as they’re still pursuing graduate studies haha. As much as I thought I’d miss being a student (and thus be jealous of them) I think I like my arrangement right now!

Today I let myself SLEEP IN.  Aka 0821.  For most of my peers that’s waking up early but I know you guys get it.  I slept like a rock too.  For the most part.  I woke up at 0441 (isn’t it weird how we remember that stuff?) because of a really terrible dream.  But the next few hours I think I had a good dream because I woke up with another smile.  Twice in one week?! Que suerte indeed.

I’m actually about to head out for my “long run” of the week.  It’ll likely only be 10 miles (maybe 10.8 depending on how I choose to run it) but it’ll be nice to actually run some of the routes I’ve been eyeing during my weekly runs.  I guess because it’s the weekend and NOT 0500 I feel safer running through less familiar paths.  Although sending some suerte my way that I don’t get lost would be nice.  There are so many side streets that I probably won’t end up following the route I have mapped out because I will get lost.  But it’s okay because, with so many side streets, everything will lead me back.  Well that’s the theory.

Hopefully I’ll be back safe and sound so that tomorrow I can put up a post about my exploratory run 😉

But because my word count is ridiculously low for me right now (heh) here’s another guest post from Mary and Christina from Sisters Running the Kitchen.  They did a guest post on some awesome pizza while I was away in TX earlier this month and sent me another recipe to try! They’re pretty awesome so check them out.  I don’t do enough cooking on my own to feel like I can post recipes I use (because my idea of cooking is opening a bag or can!) so I’m sooooo glad they have some great ones to share 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far and is hopefully having some nice weather to boot!

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Mary’s boyfriend works at a Mushroom company called ToJo mushrooms out in Avondale, Pa. We both have been wanting to make Portabella burgers for quite some time now and Todd was SUPPOSED to bring them to us this weekend but Mary forgot to remind him and thus Todd forgot them! No big deal, though…we just went to the store and picked up some nice portabella caps ourselves!

We found this recipe from Rachael Ray. It received five stars and sounded delicious so we decided to give it a try for ourselves. This recipe lived up to everything we were hoping for. The portabellas really made such a wonderful and succulent juice and the roasted pepper paste and smoked mozzarella (smoked really makes a difference by the way) gave these burgers even more of a rich and delicious taste to them. We also bought good quality brioche buns from a local bakery, which we both agree made a HUGE difference. The only change we would make to this recipe for next time would be to slice the smoked mozzarella a little thinner to give the cheese a chance to melt more. And if you are a little nervous to eat a burger with a mushroom as its base or if you think you do not like mushrooms…have no fear…this recipe will not let you down!

Along with the roasted pepper paste and smoked mozzarella, we served these burgers with red onions and tomatoes. You can also try baby spinach leaves. We thought that caramelizing the onions would make this burger even better…we’ll have to give it a shot the next time we make these portabella burgers.

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Ingredients for the Portabella Burgers:

  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns of the bottle in a slow stream) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup (3 splashes) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (preferred brand: McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning) or 1 teaspoon combined coarse salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound fresh smoked mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 large crusty rolls, split
  • roasted red pepper paste (recipe below)

Directions

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in the bottom of a large food storage bag.
  2. Add mushroom caps, seal bag and shake bag to coat caps, then let the mushrooms marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Grill mushrooms on indoor or outdoor grill, starting with caps down, turning to caps up, 6 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you may pan-fry the mushrooms in large nonstick skillet for same amount of time.
  4. Season caps while they cook on each side with grill seasoning or a little salt and pepper. Melt the smoked cheese over mushroom caps in the last minute of grill time.
  5. To serve, place the grilled mushroom caps topped with melted cheese on the bun bottoms. Top with spinach and onion. Spread bun tops with roasted pepper paste (recipe below).

Roasted Red Pepper Paste

Ingredients for the Roasted Pepper Paste

  • 1 (14-ounce) jar roasted peppers, drained
  • A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 large clove garlic, cracked away from skin
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the roasted red peppers, oil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper in food processor and pulse into thick sauce.

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We served the portobello burgers with Bobby Flay’s Grilled Lime and Cilantro Sweet Potatoes! This is by far our favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes…everything about this recipe is amazing…from the sweet flavor added from the lime, to the saltiness from the Kosher salt, to the fresh taste from the cilantro, to the thickness of the potatoes to the beautiful grill marks- this recipe is always a hit at the dinner table!

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Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • canola oil- not much just enough to brush
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions Parcook the potatoes: Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender; let cool. Make sure you do not cook the potatoes too much because then they will fall apart when you slice & grill them. Slice each potato lengthwise into eighths. Preheat a grill to medium or place a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat. Mix ~ 1/2 tablespoon salt, the lime zest and cayenne in a small bowl. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown on all sides (including the skin) and just cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter; immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro. **Helpful tip: keep the sweet potato slices on the thicker side…this way they wont break apart on the grill!

August 11, 2010

Up For A Breath Of Air

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Hello Again! Did you miss me?

I got back from vacay Monday afternoon and have been on the go essentially ever since.  I had sooooooo much fun on vacation and totally got the R&R that I needed. Definitely good times.

It just sucks that now it’s time to snap back to reality.  But hopefully while I was gone you enjoyed the guest posts from my friends!

Like I said, life got kind of crazy coming back from vacation.  Lots to do but I’m trying to keep a level head.  Everything will get done!

Of course running is happening.  Duh.  So here’s a brief (?) recap of my running since I last left you.

Thursday (the day I left) I started my day with a LR.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to run a lot on vacation so I wanted to get something lengthy in.  It went really well.  Nice and fast especially considering that I was running first thing so I could catch my flight.  Which almost didn’t happen because of a t-storm that hit Boston with perfect timing that made getting my flight out of Boston next to impossible (my flight was postponed indefinitely).  Luckily I ended up catching a flight.  And after 11 hours of travel/being in airports I was out of Boston.  Not at my final destination though as my connecting flight was canceled.

There was a silver lining though: since I was in Texas (en route to Dallas), my connecting flight was in Houston and I got to run with Jess Friday! I have awesome friends and the friend I was staying with (who is friends with Jess) drove down from Dallas and we crashed at another friend’s house.  Which was actually MSB’s place (seriously: the people  in Texas are SO NICE)

Yes I know that I've shown this picture before (it's from when Jess was in Boston) butttt I didn't take any pictures when in Houston


Jess was doing her long run and swung by MSB’s place to let me tag along for 8.3 miles.  Not the fastest run ever but we averaged around 8:26 pace (at least during the miles I was with her).  We went out for these HUGE pancakes afterward which were soooo yummy and delicious.  Also delicious are the cookies that she made and sent to my friend, which I had eaten as my dinner the night before 🙂

After eating with Jess, my friend and I drove up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and went out two-stepping that night (at the largest honky-tonk in the world!) which was FABULOUS.  I had an unbelievable amount of fun.  I really wish that there were places like that up here in New England.  I was surprised that I was also able to stay awake as long as I did because of my long travel day before and the run that morning but I’m glad I could because of all the fun I had.

On Saturday I was able to get out for a 4 mile sunset run with my friend.  We averaged ~8:27 pace.  Apparently Texas is in the middle of a heat wave right now but I was actually not that phased by it.  At least in terms of running.  My run with Jess was at 0700 and this run was as the sun was going down.  Shade makes such a huge difference! I did feel the heat a bit more during the day when we were out and about (highs of 105*?! What?!) but during my runs I was okay.  Definitely not as bad as I feared.

Sunday was a rest day.  I was actually pretty wiped out from not sleeping much the days before: flight getting in at midnight with a 0630 run, two-stepping, karaoke on Saturday night.  All about the R&R here.  Good thing too because I went to a house party BBQ that was sooooooooooo much fun too.

Just a quick note about the food: it was really really good.  Maybe it’s because I’m from New England and just don’t have a good comparison buttttt I had such good Mexican food while in Fort Worth and great BBQ on Sunday.  Seriously: nothing like that in New England.

I headed home early Monday morning.  Thank goodness my flight home was not as eventful as my flight to Texas! I was also really sad to leave! The weekend was just absolutely amazing and, to be 100% honest, Texas just felt comfortable.  It’s a totally different world there and one that I really found myself loving (I had never been before this weekend)

Yay Texas. Billy Bob's is also the honky-tonk we went to on Friday

Once I got home I was a bit overwhelmed with being home and back in my “real life” so after doing all the chores my family (who are on a vacay of their own) left for me to do, I headed out for a run to stretch the legs.  I ended up with 8.5 in about 8:14 pace.  It felt really good.  Like amazingly good. And I think I brought the Texan heat back with me as it was ~95*.  Okay so not 105* but still.  The week before I left the temps were in the 80s.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I got another 8 miler in.  Not quite as fast as Monday but it felt good and fluid.  The rest of my Tuesday was busy and nothing else to really say about it. Trying to catch up with lots of things that I missed while away.  And of course every time I tried to focus I kept getting distracted by thinking about the stellar weekend I had just had.  It was very memorable and, you’re probably tired of this word but, FUN.

Unfortunately, despite bringing my camera, I didn’t take a single picture.  I’m going to take that as a sign that I was having so much fun because I never once remembered I had my camera.  It was in my purse the whole time! Oops.  But it was definitely a fabulous weekend. I wish that could happen every weekend.

I apologize in advance in I fall off the face of the Earth in the next few days.  I’m moving to my new place this weekend (gahhhh need to pack!) and starting the new job on Monday.

I guess August is still going to be crazy.  Lots of changes but lots of excitement too 😀

Hope everyone has had a great past week (I swear I’m playing the catch up game!) and that y’all (and note: I said y’all BEFORE I went to Texas but had to squelch the urge to say it because, well, New England represent!  haha) have a great Wednesday too.

August 9, 2010

Guest Post: Caroline (Boston Runner)

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Today I’m quite sadly heading back to Boston.  Of course (like I said in other posts while I’ve been away) I’m writing this in advance so I can’t quite absolutely know this but: I had a blast and am sad to being heading back home and back into some stress.

But no stress & worries now! It’s Caroline’s turn to guest post (aka click that link and check her out!). While I haven’t actually met her yet (which is too bad as she’s in Boston and I’m right freaking there) I hope too later this fall at the Tufts 10k (hint hint girl 😉 )  She’s yet another awesome person, runner and blogger.  AND she wakeboards.  Yeah, you should be jealous because I sure am!

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Hi Marathon Maiden readers! It’s Caroline from BostonRunner!

It’s hard to think of Karyn’s blog and not immediately think of running long distances. So when she asked me to do a guest post while she was on vacation, I immediately knew it had to be about the first time I went on (what I considered to be at the time) a long run.

Running and I haven’t always gotten along. Growing up as a competitive athlete, I was trained to think of running as punishment. It something you had to do as a result of losing a game, not paying attention to the coach, or just the inevitable of try-outs. Running after a ball or to home plate wasn’t really running. It was just a means to an end – the way to beat the opponent to the ball or score the winning run. But running just to run? That was absurd. Or at least that’s what I thought, until sophomore year of high school when everything started to change.

For me, sophomore year was a real turning point in my life. I was not longer a kid anymore without a care in the world. Suddenly, I was faced with honors classes, overly competitive sports, heartbreak, looming college applications and SAT exams, and fights with friends. At times, it all seemed like too much to take.

It was mid-March of my sophomore year when I discovered running. Hockey season had just ended, which had been my outlet and when it ended I didn’t know what to do. Then, one afternoon after school I decided to go for a run. I had never just “gone for a run” before and I don’t know where I had gotten the strange idea. But I took to the pavement and ended up running 4 miles, the longest I had ever run before.

I remember loving every minute of it. It felt like I was running away my problems. After spending mile one with my head racing, I found that mile two, three and four where spent in complete bliss. For the first time in what seemed like forever I wasn’t thinking, I was just doing. I pushed harder and harder with each step, and each step I let go of one more thing that was stressing me out. I ran until I couldn’t run anymore, and upon returning to my house for a shower, I had my first real runner’s high.

While I didn’t jump right into running every day after that (softball season started up), I didn’t forget that feeling of running a long distance and the freedom it brought me. So two years later, when I faced another major life milestone (moving away to college) and no longer had sports to distract me, I turned to running. Since then, it’s been a bumpy road (filled with injury and frustration) but my experiences have only made me appreciate running and my body more. After overcoming injury, I found the blog world and was finally able to really embrace running. In September, I ran my first 5k and in May I was able to run my first half marathon.  “Long distance”, for me, may not be 4 miles anymore, but the feeling of running far and pushing my body to the limit is the same as that very first time.

August 8, 2010

Guest Post: Lacey!

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So I’m still on vacay.  Hip hip hooray 🙂

And another amazing and talented runner has written a post for me to share: Lacey from Common Object and Everyday Events.   I’ve actually run races and training runs with her before and she’s kicked my butt a lot. Check her out because she’s awesome 🙂

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HellloooOooOoo!

Guest post coming atcha today from Lacey of Objects and Events. You can check me out at http://objectsevents.wordpress.com.

Today I am talking about the comeback.

Athletes and fitness buffs tend to let injuries get them down. All the can’ts come crashing down.  I can’t play basketball! I can’t run! I can’t… ___(fill in the blank).

We’ve probably all been there at some point. And if you haven’t ever been injured- wow! Bottle up whatever you are drinking and sell it, seriously. Then knock on some wood for good measure.

But what about what we CAN do?! That’s where the comeback comes in.

Already at 26 years old (and I’ll be 27 on August 15th!!) I have had surgery on my left knee twice.

First Surgery, February 2005

I tore my ACL my junior basketball season in college- the first week of January. Interestingly enough, the injury happened when my team was playing at the college both of my sisters attended!!! That college was infamous for its rubber court which makes it more likely to be “sticky.” My ACL tear was non-impact. Translation: All that happened was I planted my left foot, dribbling the ball, changed directions, and BAM. I was yelling in pain before I hit the floor. The rubber court has since been remade with wood.

At the time the lateral meniscus had minor damage, but not enough to warrant repair. I had surgery in February 2005 to reconstruct my ACL using a hamstring from the same leg.

Second Surgery, June 2010

Fast forward, five years later (this past spring), and if you read my blog you know that I tore the lateral meniscus of that same knee. Basketball again! Gah! Another non impact tear. I simply twisted in a way and felt a catch and some buckling and pain.

I had surgery on June 11, 2010 to cut off the offending piece of meniscus that was flapping in and out of the joint.

SO WHAT’S THE POINT?!

The point is not the actual injury. The point is your recovery from it. I like to call it a comeback.

The comeback is an interesting thing for me. My mind completely clears. My priorities crystallize.

I pursue rehab and recovery with a sense of purpose and I am intensely inspired to be my very best and treat myself as well as I can.

[PAUSE for Thought: Shouldn’t we do this all the time?!?! Answer: ABSO-f’ing-LUTELY].

Here are my top tips for Making a Comeback. You don’t even have to be injured to go through the comeback process. It’s a great way to recharge yourself anytime. But you have to be willing to take the time to rest. I know, it sounds risky.

The Comeback

ONE—Make a list of things you CAN do that will make you FEEL GREAT.

Here is what mine looked like immediately after my second surgery-

  • Ice!
  • Drink lots of water
  • Sleep
  • Focus on protein intake
  • Take anti-inflammatory meds
  • “Clean” eating (for me this means nutrient dense and monitoring my caloric intake- never going hungry, but never overeating).

TWO—Embrace the opportunity to take some time to really REST.

I was lucky and spent about a week resting at my parents’ house in NH. No demands, just quiet. I reclined on the couch and iced on and off all day. I slept a lot. I drank water and tea. I read books. I slowly worked my way to walking and by the end of 7 days I was walking around almost normally. I felt fantastic. Relaxed and Recharged. JUST by prioritizing all the things on the above list.

THREE—Build activity… STRATEGICALLY.

As soon as I was able to incorporate some activity into my day, I did. Complete rest will revitalize your interest in working out, I promise. For me, at first my activity was just walking. Then I added core (something I rarely did when I was running all the time- but now I was FOCUSED).

And build away, but be smart about it. I didn’t overextend myself and I saw my surgeon twice to check-in. I also went to physical therapy. If you have the option- take it. For me physical therapy wasn’t ground shaking. But it was a solid hour of time to focus on strengthening. Also you get things like trainer assisted exercises and stretching, stim, and big bags of ice. You also get ideas for things you can do on your own.

Here’s my activity building progression:

  • I was ONLY able to bike for awhile, so I did that most days.
  • I added lifting. I continued doing core.
  • I added the stair climber. I built my time on the stair climber.
  • I added the elliptical. I built time on the elliptical.
  • I added yoga.
  • And finally, I started running again. I thought running would be the ultimate goal, but as it turns out it is just a piece of a bigger puzzle.

You better believe BUILDING is AWESOME. When you start with 10 minutes on the elliptical, eventually achieving an HOUR on it feels magical. And all of this cross-training and lifting will make every single day feel like the possibilities for activity are endless. Do what you want and challenge yourself. Try further, try faster. Try something new.

And then you realize…

…you’ve made your comeback.

Thanks for reading!!!!

August 5, 2010

Guest Post: Amy (second city randomness)

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Hey guys! Hope that you’re doing well and that your Thursdays are going great.  I’m actually, well I was going to say on a plane to my vacation, but I’m really likely just sitting in the airport right now *waiting* to get on my plane.  Or maybe still driving there (I haven’t decided when I want to schedule this post).  Hopefully I’m on my way and not still packing or anything aha. But I’m officially on vacation so it’s all good 🙂

Because I’m away I know that blogging myself (and sadly keeping wicked close tabs on you guys) isn’t likely.  I’ll be having too much fun. So I’ve asked Amy (second city randomness) to do a guest post on her half-marathon experience (and throughout this weekend and next week I’m going to have friends fill in for me).  She’s actually on vacay now too which makes her even MORE awesome for writing this for me.  So stop by her blog too because she’s just that awesome.

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My First Half Experience

I’ve always been somewhat of a runner.  And have enjoyed it since high school when I risked my life by running on the side of some crazy curvy roads past my house (praying I wouldn’t get hit by the idiot out-of-towners whipping around the corner to get to the camp site past my house). Even in college my running would just consist of a couple miles here and there during my workout when I would wander aimlessly around the rec center trying to figure out what a good “workout” would consist of.  Running didn’t become the main focus until 2009 when my cousin and I decided to go all-out with a 5k in April for our new years resolution.  Only 29 1/2 minutes later and I was hooked.  I wanted to do another one.  Immediately.  I’ve done 6 since last April and improved my time by over 5 1/2 minutes!  (one of my prouder accomplishments)

I also dealt with my fair share of leg issues.  Including a little stint on crutches I’m still not too happy about, undiagnosed leg pain before the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle, and some pains that I suspected would turn into shin splints if I wasn’t careful.  Clearly, runners are all crazy. Yeah, I said it.

Either way, I persisted and started half marathon training in May.  Last year this time, if you asked if I’d consider a half marathon, I would have laughed.  And said, “well maybe I’ll do a 10k or something next year.”  I did two 10k’s in July.  Seems to be that I underestimated myself.

A lot of my friends also don’t get the “sport” of running.  Or how I enjoy it.  I could try to argue it’s all about conditioning and there is actually strategy involved, but there’s no point.  Probably why I enjoy talking about it on here with you fine folks so much…  And so what if they don’t understand?  I finally found something I like to do that is mine and mine alone.  My biggest competitor in running is myself.  And I like the challenge. Because the me from four or five years ago (or even one year ago) didn’t think it was possible.  The me from four or five years ago would have woken up at 6:30 in the morning and said “I’ve only been asleep for three hours?  Damn… I need to get up and take some advil.  I am going to be soooo worthless today.  The boyfriend better take me to a drive thru.”

Who knew all I needed was a little kick in the butt?

“People can’t understand why a man runs. They don’t see any sport in it. Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. For in running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.” – Glenn Cunningham

So let’s talk about race day for the Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half…  I was a little late getting into my corral, but I made it in time for the start (whew!).

With over 18,000 people running it, the start was crowded and bit hectic.  Although it thinned out quickly and by mile 2 or 3, I was in my “happy pace”- somewhere around 8:40 and 8:45.

I honestly can’t tell you too much specifically about what was going through my head during the race.  I got to a certain point where I completely zoned out.  I didn’t even see my friends at Mile 6 until they were practically right in front of my face.  But I looked up and there they were- so I shouted a happy shout of some decibel and it made me smile for a bit. :)

Here are a few things I do remember:

– People start to smell bad at around four or five miles.  This really bugged me.  Then I realized I probably smell just as bad.  So I was ok with it.  Because I’m no hypocrite.

– Watch where you run while going past water stops.  Most people were really considerate about throwing cups to the side.  But when you’re on the side, those cups are coming straight at you.

– I wonder where Guiliana Rancic is right now?  I saw her earlier at the start… when does she actually run?  What if she passes me?  Would it be weird to try and strike up a conversation?  Maybe they’re taping it and I could be on E!.

– I studied quite a few tattoos on the backs/arms of people I was behind.  And wondered the story behind them.

– Ahhhh… once we were on the lakefront, the breeze was seriously CLUTCH.

– Ahhhh Gu.  I hope they have Vanilla.  I can’t do the fruity stuff… I can see myself hurling right then and there.  Oh good- they have vanilla.

– My friends… where are my friends? I know they’re gonna be here around Mile 12… oh!  There they are!  (Seriously, at Mile 12 I was starting to drag, so seeing them jumping up and down and screaming got me to pick it up a lot for the last mile.  For this I thank them!)

– My favorite sign along the race sidelines ended with “that’s what she said”.  Yessssss.

– I have never been so excited to see a finish line in all my life (or the year and a half I’ve been doing official races- same thing).

I was smiling when I crossed the finish line.  Because I wanted this SO BAD. I proved to myself that I’m a runner.  And that I can do anything I set my mind to (Isn’t that the corniest thing ever?  But so true!).

Running for me is a break from my day.  It’s time that is mine and only mine.  It’s something I do to make myself healthier and stronger as an independent woman taking care of herself.  It’s something I’m good at and am constantly working at to improve.  Running keeps me healthy both physically and mentally. I could not be happier that I found it.  And can continue to enjoy it.

For all of you who run, why do you do it?  And for those of you who want to start- just get out there and go!  All it takes is a few small steps and a little will.  It will take you a long way.  Maybe even 13.1 miles if you feel like it.  🙂

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