Hills are hard, and other Christmas revelations 

So Christmas Eve was a bust , from a run perspective, with crazy rain and sleet (of course only up until we had to leave the house to head for holiday celebrations with family!)  I was conflicted (and antsy!) all day about whether to just suck it up and head out for a run in the rain.  I checked the weather, but I was thinking, “Hey, this is New England.  What does my weather app know!?”  In the end, realizing I hadn’t really brought any water-wicking run gear (I know, I know, first the horrible shoes for snow running and now this! I promise, I’m slowly but surely getting back into the organized runner game!) I decided I would flip flop days and do my 6-7 mile hill run on Christmas Day.

So while this was a little rough after the evening of merriment the night before (read: a few too many glasses of wine) this ended up being the best choice! I don’t get back to my hometown often, but the fact that the first real hill run of training fell over the Christmas break when I would be able to run from my home to the oh so very fitting “Hill Street,” it felt like fate.

I love running through Suffield, CT.  Especially down around where my parents live, there is just tons of open farm land and tobacco barns.  Very few cars on the road, it was the perfect setting to heave and wheeze as loudly as I wanted while I pushed myself on the various hills without a soul to hear.  While I look forward to returning to the days of not feeling like I’m dying when I run hills, I was still able to dig deep, get out there, and get in the miles.  6.68 miles, to be exact.  With 848 ft of gain.  Sure, parts would be considered a run/walk, but that works for me!

Being able to enjoy this run solo and on the open country road (literally), was just what I needed to further focus my brain and body on my goal ahead.  Running the Boston Marathon for the second time, I’m not so concerned with pace or finish time, rather feeling strong going into, during, and after the experience.  The people I have met through my work at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital have really shown me what putting your mind to something can achieve.  While the goals may be different, deep down the spirit of accomplishing a goal is similar.  I want to do all my patients and colleagues proud as I take on this challenge as a proud member of the Race for Rehab team!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is heading into a healthy and happy New Year!  Below are some pics from my Christmas run and of course the link to support my fundraising!

 

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Snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes…

 

Today our Race for Rehab team braved the first snow storm of the season for our first team run! I ended feeling a bit discouraged, as my runs recently have not been my best but have at least been feeling good.  I learned today that my sneakers , which I love!, have absolutely no traction in snow.  As a result, my feet were sliding all over the place with every hit and my obscure ankle muscles were put to the test.  I ended up doing only 3 miles, but also have the Somerville Jingle Bell 5k tomorrow.

I am so excited to be on this team running for Spaulding Rehab this year. It truly is an awesome group of people and I can’t wait to keep sharing my journey with all of you!  Enjoy the pics!

 

 

Jason and Me pre-run, rocking our new RFR BOCO Head Gear!

BOCO Gear has donated this awesome winter running headgear to our team this year!

 

True Support from an awesome friend and RFR Alum, Steff, joining us on this day when the weather would have been an easy excuse to stay in bed!

 

2017 Race for Rehab Team shot!  Find Your Strength!

 

The mandatory group ussie pre-run
Snowflake Lashes

A really cool treat, getting to meet the Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray.  He not only inspired us pre-run with his amazing story (which after all these years he still tells with the most incredible passion and emotion), but he also ran with us and agreed to a selfie!   

Following our run, my long time friend and now current RFR teammate and I had our annual ornament day with some of our other friends and all their kiddos.  We were inspired by our snowy run to do some Spaulding Rehab themed ornaments this year!

   

Isn’t #crosstrainingwithcrafts a thing?  Can’t believe we were the first picture tagged with this 😉

All in all, it was an awesome day, exactly how I like my weekends to be! And I have an awesome new ornament for my tree!  Please consider donating to support Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to help me keep helping our patients find their strength every day!  Scroll down for the link to my CrowdRise site!

 

 

 

Race for Rehab Kickoff Meeting

As if it wasn’t already feeling real, tonight we kicked off the start to our 2017 Boston Marathon training by pulling together as a team to celebrate and go over some logistics. Even more so than usual, Spaulding is going above and beyond to support us runners mentally and physically, and throwing so much swag our way, it’s kind of incredible! 

I’m so excited to be taking this challenge on again. I’m a ways away from where I was when I ran Boston the first time and I have some personal hurdles I need to conquer. That said, I know I’ll be stronger than ever with all the support from my teammates and friends. Here we go!! 

Some of my faves!
So excited my friend Jason has opted to run with the Race for Rehab team with me!
Have to rock the solo photo booth shot!
Race for Rehab 2017!!

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