The Wicked Half Marathon- Salem, Massachusetts! (half 52/20 this year)

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“Live the Life of Your Dreams.”

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Ever since finishing my 50th half marathon on August 9, 2014, I have been depressed because I have not really been able to run.  Sure, I did a few 5ks and a 10k and did really well…but anyone who knows me, knows that my heart belongs to the half marathon.  There is just something that makes me feel so good when it comes to the half.

So I decided I was going to see how the knee is today.  I have a lateral meniscus tear and a bruised tibia…I have been going to physical therapy since July and I have not been running much.  I had my knee taped and I was hoping it would not be so bad.  my poor knee

Why today?

I do not have Lilly this weekend and I had signed up for the Wicked Half Marathon a long time ago.  I know my race season is inevitably coming to a close.  I was told I should not race, but that I could…so I chose to try it out.  How am I ever going to know if I can run again if I do not get a chance to try?

The Wicked Half Marathon was amazing!!!!  It starts by the Dead Horse Beach, in Salem.  Then, you run to Marblehead, which had amazing houses.  I was able to run on a bridge over the ocean.  I know people think I am crazy to make the drive but there is nothing that beats the feeling when you are running, knowing you are next to an ocean!!!!  I loved the course and the hills were rolling hills.  I am normally a hills kind of gal, but with my knee I was thankful of the rolling hills!

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The downfall of this race was about mile six.  My knee buckled a few times and then it seems really sore.  I saw my friend Andrea, so I decided to say hello at mile ten.  I ended up walking a little here and there.  I know I finished mile ten in 1:26…which is slow for me but I don’t want surgery so I am taking it easy.  After talking with Andrea, I had to finish up my last part of the race and my knee was just awful.

Unfortunately, this was far from one of my better finishes…I am just glad I was able to finish under two hours and drive home. I know I should not be racing but I have too much free time and running is my favorite thing.  When I bike, I am most often alone and I get bored.  I love biking too though!  I am just not good at it and I know I am no longer good at running, but I know I can get it back….

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So I thought I would share with you some of the pictures I took in Salem:

The House Of Seven Gables:

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The Maritime museum:

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The Dead Horse Beach:

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However, I thought I would share something different tonight.  Whenever I run, I always have something on my mind besides the music.  Well, here is the list of what went through my mind…you will like this because it is completely random and I am curious to know if other people think similar things.

1.  (knowing that the finisher medal was a bat) I contemplated calling my article, “Pain is temporary; bats are nocturnal.”

2.  (When I saw some identical twins running with the same clothes on)  I wonder if I am seeing double and there really is just one girl.

3.  Why was that beach “The Dead Horse Beach?”

4.  I wonder if my butt looks big in these shorts?

5.  Why am I the one runner in the race who wears the least amount of clothing?

6. Why do some people wear soooooo much clothing?

7.  Why do people stop during a race to talk to their boyfriends or text on the phone?

8.   I want to slow dance…

9…..the worst…I always get stuck behind someone who toots!!!!  All I can think is, “I hope they know it isn’t me!!!!”

I am sure there were more….

On a final note, I am hoping that this is not my last race of the season, but it was a great event and I would totally recommend this!!!!!

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Friday!!!!! Almost to the end….

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“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.”

 

runThese past few weeks have been really long and stressful for me.  I think most teachers would agree with me that this is a tough time of year.  I am trying to teach, get my classroom packed up, and enjoy the end of the year.  It feels impossible. I am glad that I try to be the relaxed person at work.  I cannot handle too much stress so I take a deep breath and just let it fall into place.  I think it is working.  I am helping the girls pack up their rooms because we are all moving…ummm what fun!

 

Running!  I did the Chase Corporate Challenge on Tuesday.  I never figured out why it is 3.5 miles instead of the standard 5k.  Does anyone know why that is?  I think I had too much pressure.  I was trying to do well because I was really good last year.  I was the top girl scorer and my district won fourth place out of everyone for the female teams.  I thought that was awesome and I did not let it get to my head.  I finished in just over 25 minutes so that was my goal this year.  However, the heat was not wonderful.  I think that I was frying on a skillet.  I wanted to die.  It was 93 degrees and people were passing out.  I went into a haze and I think it freaked me out.  I also was nervous because I felt like I had to do well and when I did not at the end of the night I felt like my boss was disappointed in me.  I still feel a little disappointed.   In a way, I wish I had not signed up because I want to run for fun and it was just too much.  The article in the corporate challenge section put a huge weight on my shoulders and I heard about it for most of the year.  I want to go back out there and do better, but it  just wasn’t safe.  The other girl I work with had to stop running because she saw her fiancé passed out on the ground.  He ended up in the hospital overnight and I heard it was so bad they ran out of ambulances.  I wish they would have canceled it. 

 

I did warm up before the run and I felt alright.  I did not use my compression sleeves because it was just really too hot.  I finished in 26:40 on my watch, but I think it was a glitch because the clock time read a disgusting 28 minutes.  Yuck that is slow!  That is three minutes slower than last year.  I want a redo!!!!!!!

 

Today is Friday and it is a beautiful day.  I am looking forward to the end of the day.  I am running the relay for the Ironman in Syracuse.  My team is getting together for the meeting tonight and check in at Jamesville Beach.  Everyone is making a big deal about these royal men from Bahrain who have more than one wife and are running and have tons of money.  I think it is great they are athletic and I saw they do a lot of charity work.  I hope people can see past their heritage and do not boo them during the competition.  I confess I would never be interested in them because they have money and are royalty.  Neither one of those qualities is something I would want in a relationship.  I am finding that some of the most rich people are rich in heart rather than rich in their wallets.  I was married to someone with a lot of money and that did not go over well in the marriage and money can never buy love.  I confess it was nice to go to two summer homes on the lakes.  I loved swimming in Skaneateles lake and I loved sailing…but it was not the marriage.  At the end of the day, we are all just people…living under the same sky.  I wish we would reach a point some day where we are all thinking this…Back to the race, I am soooooooo excited!!!!

 

I hope we do well and my swimmer is phenomenal!  Her name is Kim and she swims in college at Nazareth!!!!!  We did the Ironman two years ago and hope to come back with a vengeance!  I just got a new biker for our relay thanks to an awesome person!!!!!!!!!  I cannot wait and I hope he has a fun time.  I want to get top three, but I know that we will have fun and that should be our focus!  After Sunday, I have four more days of work (one half day with kids and one day with staff included).  I hope it goes by fast and I am a little annoyed we have not found out about who is teaching ESL summer school.  It is June 20th!!!!!!  Oh well.  I think I will sit this one out again.  I hate last minute and like I said, I do not like stress. 

 

I will run, cycle, and swim I hope.  I signed up for the Gillie Girl Triathlon in July on the 19th.  I hope it is fun and I do not drown in the water.  I wish I could have a ton of support for it because my hydrophobia is really bad.  I wish there was something I could do to just magically forget about it…but that is not possible!!!!!!!  I need to overcome my fears.  I have been pretty strong and I think no one would disagree with that statement If they knew me…so a snapping turtle should not get in my way.  So here is my confession.  Part of the reason I have enjoyed running at the canal is to see the turtles.  I think seeing them and how cute they can be has helped a little.  On the other hand, I am still just as horrified as to how friggan big they get!!!!!!  I want to keep running and I do not want them to eat my toes!!!!!!!!!!  I am scared and that is alright.  I need to get over it and move on because I think doing triathlons and duathlons could be a lot more fun than just a run.

 

I feel like a lot of people can run.  Many people can do a half marathon and not a lot of people do the full marathon.  I also want to do an ultra, which most people think is crazy.  I think doing a duathlon is a lot of fun, but I want the challenge of the triathlon.  Someday, I want to do the full ironman on my own.  I think that would be a big accomplishment.  I will not quit my relay team though ha ha ha…

 

So why settle for just being normal? 
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I want to be different.  I decided in life you cannot wait for someone to say they think that you are great at something.  You have to believe it yourself and realize that pushing yourself to your limits just makes you that much more amazing!  I want to be the best that I can be…I want to feel amazing, not just running.  Let’s see if I can do it…ps I miss biking this week…I am totally getting ready to get lost on a 100 mile ride on that sweet bike of mine!!!!!

“America- The Beautiful”…Throwback Thursday Half Marathons

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This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish

Image South Kingstown, Rhode Island

“The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon”

Image Chambersburg, PA

“Chambersburg Half Marathon”

Image Sleepy Hollow, NY

“Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon”

Image Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

“Ithaca Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon and 10k”

Image Inner Harbor- Syracuse, NY

“Syracuse Half Marathon”

Image Greencastle, PA

“Flannery’s Pub Run Half Marathon”

Image Delaware Canal, PA

Buck’s County Challenge “Delaware Canal Half Marathon and Marathon”

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Brunswick, Maine

“Race The Runways- Half Marathon, 5k and 1 mile” 

 

 

ImageImageImage Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

“Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon and Marathon”

ImageImageWaitsfield, Vermont

“Mad Half Marathon and Marathon”

ImageImageDeRuyter, NY

“Tromptown Half Marathon and 5k”

Image Utica, NY   Erie Canal

Distance Half Of Fame Half Marathon

ImageImageImage  Gettysburg, PA

“Gettysburg Blue Gray Half Marathon”

“Gettysburg North South Marathon”

ImageImageImage Franklin Park Zoo- Boston Massachusetts

“B.A.A. Half Marathon and Distance Medley Series” …yes!!!  You run through the zoo

ImageImage Freeport, Maine

“Freeport Maine Half Marathon”

ImageRockford Park- Wilmington, Delaware

“Run For The Buds Half Marathon”

ImageImageImage Lake Placid, NY

“Lake Placid Half Marathon, Marathon, and Ironman”

ImageImageImage Schroon Lake

“Schroon Lake Half Marathon and Marathon”

ImageImageJamesville Beach, Jamesville, NY

Syracuse Ironman 70.3 Half Marathon Relay Leg

ImageImageImageImageFinger Lakes National Forest- Hector, NY

Finger Lakes Fifties 25k and 50k (I did not count this as a half marathon but this was an awesome Trail run that was longer than a half”

 

There are just a few of the places I have been throughout my travels running…I hope you like them and consider these races too!!!!!

 

 

 

Chittenango Falls

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ImageI have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying. ~ Greg LeMond

 

 

Today I went on a bike ride.  It was awesome.  It was amazing!  I loved the hard work I put into it.  I loved every minute of it except the fucking cold! It was so cold.  I was dying ha ha ha.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I biked a little shy of 14.5 miles and I was riding for 57 minutes. My top speed according to strava was 37.9 miles per hour on the downhill..so my time was slow and I climbed about 700 feet.  I loved the feel and I like biking.  I am hoping to get a new bike and sell my felt if anyone is interested???

 

I wanted to run after, but I was just too cold.  I had the energy, but I have awful circulation so I needed to get my feet warmed up.  I am afraid someday I will have toes fall off or some dreadful story to share about a cat nibbling on me like I am food.

 

My diet is going well though it is only the first day.  I feel a little more tired than normal, but it has been a long day.  I miss Lilly and she did not want to leave me.  She cried and would not let me leave daycare today because she did not want to go with daddy.  Does it ever get easier?  I do not think so. 

 

I miss her already.

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I cannot wait to take her into school…anyhow back to Chittenango Falls.

 

My family had get together parties at Chittenango Falls since I was little.  I loved going there and my relatives are buried in Chittenango.  I like going there and listening to the falls.  It is absolutely beautiful.  My pictures I post are often of there.  I have been to Pratts Falls, which is also nice…but I love Chittenango. 

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I really wish I had taken a picture today but I wanted to make the climb today just to prove I was capable of it ha ha ha.  I made sure I used strava…otherwise it didn’t happen ha ha.

 

Tomorrow I am hoping to run and ride.  Let’s see if it works.

Have a good night…I am nervous about this weekend coming up.  I had the hometown advantage and I ran into a lot of people I knew but I do not have that this weekend and I do not have people at the finish line.  I just need to believe I can do it and put my heart into it and hope someday, someone will be at the end.  I hope anyways……

 

The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon- South Kingstown, Rhode Island

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Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
–Lou Holtz

 

 

After many miles of driving, I landed in Rhode Island.  I was in Rhode Island for a brief visit.  I have never been there for a day.  I have to say, “wow!”  It was beautiful!!!  i stayed overnight in Jamestown.  I loved the Jamestown Bridge and it was beautiful to drive over at night with the lights on.  I felt like I was going to Hollywood.  I really enjoyed the drive from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and it did not seem like it was really long.  I think it took me about 6 hours and a tank and a quarter of gas. 

 

I was a little disappointed I could not stay for the awards at the Chambersburg Half Marathon.  I grabbed my medal, chugged some chocolate milk, and ran to my car.  It turns out I was fourth place by about 50 seconds.  I wish I had known how close it was and I would have pushed harder.  I guess I have to learn how to build endurance.  I am happy that I was able to do decent in both races, though I am still far from my pr of 1:37.  I am frustrated, but I will get there.  My time for Chambersburg was 1:55:40 and the girl who was third was 1:54:59.  It was very hilly, but I am glad  I had the hills Saturday.

 

ImageThe Tappan Zee Bridge…really neat!  Outside of NYC

 

ImageI was told I should match.  I did for a little while, but I had to go back and change because it was only 30 outside.  I threw my Ironman shirt on and it totally did not match with my purple headband. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageI finished in 1:51:59.  The course read that I finished in 13.3 miles.  I thought that my watch was pretty accurate for the most part.  I did better than the last race, but this was a really flat course for us New Yorkers.  I laughed when I thought there would be hills.  I think there was one hill maybe.  It was cake.  I loved this course and there were water stops every mile.  I snuggled in my warm fleece I got for free at the end.  I did not stay for food, but chugged some coffee.  There were plenty of munchies and the people were very nice.  I would love to do this race again!!!!  If you volunteer here, I hear you get a free race entry.  I ran into some ladies from the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniac Clubs.  Great Gals!!!!  I love the running scene.  I get excited when people talk about me winning, but I am just not back to where I was before competitively…but I argue that I enjoy it more now than I did before.  It was nice to enjoy the scenery and talk to people….I almost forgot to tell you…when I ran the Chambersburg Half, the sign of the day went to the girls who help up, “Keep it up Random Strangers!”  Funny!!!!!!!  I love spectators!