Country Road Cruisin’


I have to say I really love the change of scenery when I have the opportunity to do runs in my hometown of Suffield, CT.

I had a really nice 11 mile run in pretty mild weather. I got in a number of hills, so I know that’ll ultimately pay off big time. I know that when I’m in Boston/Quincy I get to enjoy the city and ocean scenery, but it’s especially peaceful running on quiet country roads. 

I don’t have much else to say at the moment, though while on my run I thought about how interesting it would be to have a way to dictate my run thoughts to this blog. It would certainly be the most random conglomeration with awkward or no transitions between topics. From what I can remember, today my train of thought went something like this : “hm, I think my new running tights are see through. I can’t wait for the ski clinic this week! I wonder if the cats are doing ok. I really feel like these running tights are see through. Are drivers mocking me as they go by because they can see through my pants? It’s nice that you can’t smell the cow manure this time of year. I wonder if I could somehow dictate my thoughts? Has anyone I know passed me? I hope there’s a cow out waiting to do a selfie with me. I wonder what drivers are thinking when they drive by me. I know I’m 30, but maybe I could amuse myself mid run and do a ding-dong-ditch at the next house. I hope I’m still going strong in 30 years like that older gentleman who just passed me across the street! I’m hungry, I’m now running with the goal of getting home to eat. I don’t know, when I look down these tights really seem kinda see through. I have to pee. Well hello sir in the shorts, winter jacket, and ski goggles who is smoking a cigarette while walking down my street. Home! FOOD!!” 



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Gymin’ It

So things have been a bit hectic since New Years. Good hectic, but hectic nonetheless. I’m happy to report I have been sticking to my training, but finding the time to write a blog entry sadly fell to the bottom of the priority list recently. 

The arctic chill bubble, or whatever they’re calling it, threw a wrench of sorts into training plans. I had a lovely outdoor run on New Year’s Day but since then have been getting up close and personal with the treadmill. I don’t hate it, but certainly don’t prefer it. I also think my max mileage for treadmill land is 6 miles which I did last weekend for my long run. The long runs are getting longer so I’m really hoping the weather will be more cooperative. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about braving treacherous winter conditions when there is no sidewalk, or sometimes road, space to run. I saw a group of 3 guys running in Quincy when none of the snow had been cleared. There was barely enough room for cars to pass on the road; throwing humans into that scenario strikes me as a bit dangerous. Knowing me and my klutziness I would end up on the hood of a car. 
Anyways, with the reality of winter training coming to a head I decided that Planet Fitness was just not cutting it. Sure the $10/month price tag to access a treadmill was a bargain, but honestly the whole place was just a downer. I switched to the Quincy Y, which was also recently rebuilt, and I could not be more thrilled with my decision! I’ve only been there 3 times so far but I already love the vibe. People are friendly, even making appropriate small talk at times, and the equipment is all very high end. It’s exactly what I want in a gym experience! I met with a trainer and will see her at least 5 more times to start getting consistency with a strength routine. She runs marathons and is a wealth of knowledge. She also leads a running club that I’m hoping to be a part of, but most likely after the ski season since they run Saturday mornings. I’m looking forward to incorporating cross training with some of the cool cardio machines, group classes and swimming as well.  I’m happy to have this option for when the weather is less than great through the rest of my training this winter. 
I’m currently in CT to drop my dog, Scrimmage, off with my parents. On Monday I’m headed to The New England Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans, my favorite week of the year! This is my 9th season with this ski program and it’s always a great time with great people. I won’t be missing any of my long runs (11 miler tomorrow and then the clinic ends on Friday and my long runs are usually Sundays) I but am hoping to fit in at least two shorter runs on the treadmill at the hotel gym next week.  I packed a ton of running clothes, so really no excuses!
Oh yeah, and I also got this the other day, so even more reason to have no excuses!

It’s 2014, the Year of My First Marathon!!

As I go running into 2014, literally, I am feeling the healthiest and happiest that I can remember in a long time. I enjoyed a wonderful 5 mile run today in the chilly, yet comfortable, winter air. The time with my thoughts helped me reflect on all of the personal changes I made in 2013 and look forward to all of the great things to come in 2014. 

I am so excited about the mental and physical challenges of the coming months that will lead me to completing the Boston Marathon. The support from my friends, family and colleagues continues to inspire me each and every day and please know you are all a huge part of my success on this journey. 
I am thankful for the health and physical ability to commit to taking on this challenge.  I see my patients day in and day out facing their own challenges as they are starting their rehabilitation journeys following some truly traumatic events. For that reason, I continue to be honored to run and fundraise to support Spaulding Rehabilitation Hosptial, the organization that is helping all of my patients, and many others, find their stength to once again set goals for long, healthy and active lives. 

I’m looking forward to 2014 more than any other year I can remember in recent history. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to my run and thank you in advance to all of those who I know are planning to donate. 
A happy and healthy year to all!