Selfie Sticks Are Not For Running

If you know me at all, you know I like pictures. If you follow me at all, you know I like to take pictures while running.  (Hey, some people distract themselves with music, I distract myself with photos!) Anyways, it pains me to say that the excitement about taking the new selfie stick on an actual run was short lived.
It was a great Saturday morning meeting up with current Race for Rehab team members and alumni for the final “long” run of the training season this year.  (By the way, still time to support these awesome folks on their fundraising efforts, check out the site!)  The selfie stick captured some awkward lobby pics to start.
And then the real magic began when it attempted to catch all of us while we squinted into the sun and could not see anything.  So, when in doubt, just keep shooting and hope for the best.  (Sorry to all you on the periphery, I told you to squish!)
And now it was time! Selfie Stick on the run! 
Not too bad….
Yeah, ok….
And yeah. That was it. The Selfie Stick made it approximately .15 miles.  The awkward length mixed with the wind in the city mixed with my general klutziness and the inevitable fact I would run directly into a pole while focusing on this appendage extension just wasn’t working for me.  To top it off, have my phone on the end of a stick by the river today made me way too nervous, despite the numerous “shake tests,” as I really wasn’t keen on the idea of my phone, selfie stick and all, being blown out of my hand into the Charles River.  So I awkwardly carried the darn thing for 6 miles and I think it shall stay at home for future runs.
I’m a bit out of practice with my regular ussies so here’s some unflattering ones of me, but with 2 awesome current Race for Rehab ladies running the Boston Marathon this year, Ro and Danielle!
So happy to have gotten the chance to run with them and this year’s team. I used this as an opportunity to help start kick start my need to increase the mileage and I couldn’t have asked for better company!  I hope to get to somewhere on the course Marathon Monday to catch a few of these awesome Race for Rehab runners  this year but, if not, know I’m certainly there with you in spirit and cheering you along no matter what!
I’m enjoying getting back out for runs and seriously looking forward to ramping up my distance, and speed, once again.  Even though I only made it for 6 of the group’s 8 mile target today that was a good increase for me!  And remember folks, fun glasses make every run better.  #lashesfordays

Until next time, Happy Running!

Late addition, a more traditional group photo 🙂

I’m Back: A 2014 Recap and Look to the Future!

It’s been too long, blog-o-sphere!  I’m reinvigorating this blog with a new found purpose to continue chronicling my adventures in health, happiness and RUNNING!  As many of you know, I tackled my first marathon, the Boston Marathon, last year.  Didn’t know that? Well I encourage you to scroll back to the early entries 🙂 I took on that challenge for a number of reasons, as you can read, but underneath it all I had found a new love for running.  After my first marathon, the fun didn’t stop there! I had many more fun races over the remainder of 2014 and have a number of races on the books for 2015, and I’m sure beyond!  I had so much fun keeping track of my training memories by blogging, and let’s face it, it was an excellent tool as far as accountability is concerned!  At present, the cause I’m running for is myself, and there is no more important thing in life than to love the person you are!  I hope that in this reincarnation of run-blogging (don’t worry, you all know I’ve mastered the running selfie but I’ve yet to live-blog while running….yet… 😉 ) is inspiring, funny, and at least mildly amusing.  Feel free to anonymously follow my journeys, cheer me on, or even better sign up for a race with me!  

Let’s look back before looking ahead. Here are some highlights from my 2014 runs 🙂

One more from theBoston Marathon, because honestly that was one of the most amazing moments of my life to date!

A month after the Marathon me and some other #RaceforRehab lovelies took on the Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon (which, is on the dock for this year as well!)

You have to keep things fun, so along with a couple of colleagues who had never run before, and their friends, we took on Color Me Rad . Seriously the pics from this run warrant they’re own post entirely because it was quite the day of photo ops! Here are a few of my faves.

I love the events put on by the Cambridge 5K Race Series so next up was the Freedom Run.

Of course you need to recycle the awesome Color Me Rad neon orange sunglasses, and what better setting than the B.A.A. 10K?

A highlight of my summer was Finish at the 50, a 10K that was on the 4th of July and let me run into Gillette Stadium, the home of my boys the New England Patriots.  No doubt, I was going to lay on the field.

Later in the summer I received the last minute opportunity to be a part of the #RaceforRehab team at the Falmouth Road Race and it was an awesome course and weekend!

Fall arrived and clearly it was time to organize a group of friends and colleagues and their alter egos for a Superhero 5K!

Before I knew it, it was the start of winter and I had to channel my inner elf for the Jingle Bell Run!

Then January 2015 came, and A WHOLE LOT OF SNOW! Boston broke a snowfall record and I broke a record for minimal running, not a record I’m proud of.  There were lots of snow trudges to/from work and throughout the city as well as indoor gym time, but not a whole lot of outdoor runs.  As we began to thaw, this German-Polish hybrid suited up in green for the Craicfest in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and since then it’s been time to get back my running base in preparation for this upcoming year!

In a picture review of the past year, there are also a number of ussies from group runs that remain on my camera roll.  Moving forward, those can become a staple of this blog but are just too many to go back through and post here. But a special shout out to #runbuddies!

So why reincarnate the blog now?  What has happened?  Well really, the best is yet to come as 2015 is the year of my second marathon!  On October 25th I’ll be running the Marine Corps Marathon down in the D.C. area!! I entered the lottery and excitingly I got in!  I look forward to this marathon training which will most certainly not overlap with a polar vortex, but something tells me Boston summer might have some surprises in store for me!

But that’s a ways off and training has not yet officially started, though it’s never too early to get a solid foundation.  Last year, I actually found blogging about my runsperiences, whether they be a fun race day or just another midweek  or long run after which I felt I had something to say or a cool picture to share, was really great in so many ways.  I’m looking to hold myself accountable, potentially engage friends and strangers, and save the memories for a lifetime to come.  I’m still not perfect nor the epitome of an athlete (I believe I stated that from the very beginning!) but I am looking to Eat, Play and Run my way to health and happiness for a lifetime!

Looking ahead, here’s what’s currently on the schedule.  I know me and I know other things will get added in ongoing. Any recommendations, or invites, are always welcome!

4/18/15: B.A.A. 5K

5/3/15: Wings for Life World Run – Niagara Falls! (as far as you can run before the chaser car catches you!)

5/24/15: Boston’s Run to Remember (half marathon)

10/25/15: Marine Corps Marathon

Until the next post, happy running!