Chicago Marathon

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This past year has been a difficult and challenging year.    These challenges have allowed me to take a look at myself and see if there were any changes I could make, to make 2016 better than 2015.  I started this process by making a list of things that bring me happiness and the things that are holding me back.  Was it me, was it the choices or decisions I have been making?  After taking a closer look at myself and the people in it, I realized that it was just life.  Life is challenging and incredibly unfair at times not just for me but for everyone.  These challenging present differently for everyone and I think its how we deal with these difficult times that shape us as a person.

I did realize that one of the most important things in my life has become running.  I also realized that one of the things I was struggling with the most, death of my brother in law and it’s impact his death has had and will continue to have on my sister and nephew.  My brother in law, Mathew Grover, was 36 years old when he passed away and his life was just beginning.  Mathew was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of 2015 and lost his courageous battle in November of 2015.  It was a reminder of how precious and short life is and how necessary it is to make the most of your life everyday.  This is reminder that I never wanted and really wish I could have learned this life lesson in a different manner.  No more regrets, no more putting things off until tomorrow, instead living each day to fullest and never giving up on my hopes and dreams!

So this brings me today, February 10, 2016…I was reminded that cancer brought running into my life.  I began running, by attempting to “run” the Mighty Meehan 5K.  A race honoring a brave little boy who lost his battle with cancer.  See previous blog posts.  Reflecting back on my recreational running career, I remembered how much I enjoyed writing my blog post through the various adventures running brought me on.  Somehow I never manage to make the time to write on here anymore and I’m pretty sure that my family are the only people who read this.

So I decided to bring the blog back and found it the perfect place to announce that I will be running the 2016 Chicago Marathon in honor of my brother in law, Mathew Grover, as a member of the American Cancer Society Team.  I am excited for this journey and to share it with all of you!  Stay tuned as I update the blog and get back to writing on a regular basis.

Here is the link to donate to my fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.

Christine Hornby’s fundraising page

 

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It’s been a while…I hate injuries!

I started this blog just over a year ago to help with my fundraising efforts for the 2014 Boston Marathon.  My thought was to continue to use the blog for the up coming training season for the 2015 Boston Marathon with Dana Farber.  Well I decided to sit 2015 out and not run Boston, so what to do with the blog??  I really enjoyed putting my thoughts out on a weekly basis during my marathon training and it helped to keep me in check.

I sat back and took a look at what I have been doing since April 2014.  I surprised to see that I had accomplished more than I thought.  I had an injury and a couple of setbacks since April so I was thinking that I had not been running as much.  I realized that I am still very active in the running community and have had some great new experiences.

After Boston I ran two half marathons, The Johnny Kelley Half, Hyannis, MA during Memorial Day weekend and then Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half, Newton, MA two weeks later in June.  My body was still pretty tired from Boston but I was able to keep up with the running but at a slower pace.  One of the best parts about Boston this year was the training.  The training was better than the race but I am pretty sure it’s suppose to be the other way around.  I trained with a group of people, who quickly became great friends.  They trained hard and ran harder.   I couldn’t keep up with them but in a few short months I was able to keep them in my sights.  I got stronger and faster.

Well, they were all runner the Hyannis half and I wanted to run with them.  I also wanted to complete the Cape Cod half marathon trilogy.  I ran the Hyannis half in February, the second race was the Hyannis half in May, with the third race being the Harwich half in October.  So of course I had to run the Hyannis half in May.  Oh I forgot to tell what you get for running all three…a jacket.  Haha a jacket.  It was funny, they said we’ll go slow, have fun, and take pictures.  So I ran the half in May but there was not much fun, or picture taking or company from the group.  I ended up run/walking starting around mile 8 and got separate from my friends around mile 2.  I did not realize how tired I really was.  I muscled through it and finished.  It was slowest half yet and I was not happy.  You would think, I would have learned my lesson after struggling to finish.  Nope, I am a glutton for punishment.

The women from the group I ran had registered before Boston for the Heartbreak Hill half but I kept saying, I am going to wait to after the marathon.  They would bring it up and I would say no, I’m not committing to it.  After the marathon, I kept telling them my body was too tired.  I knew better!  I knew that this race was going to be challenging and not a good idea.  But peer pressure always seems to win with me, and I gave in.  I registered about a week before the race and figured it couldn’t be much worse than Hyannis a week ago.  Well it was worse and officially my slowest half marathon to date.

It started out feeling warm and then it was hot.  I made it to mile 5 and then the games began.  I was trying to decide if I should turn around or was there a short cut somewhere.  My legs were heavy but my mind was heavier and I soon realized that mentally I was already defeated.  I really struggled on the hills and realized that I should have trusted my gut and sat this one out.  Seeing as though I was not very close to home, once I made it past mile 6 there was no way to turn back.  I finished but it was not pretty.  I felt defeated, broken.  This seemed to be a reoccurring theme with my running since Boston.  I loved the Heartbreak Hill Half as a race but was not in love with my performance.  Highlight of the day was meeting Shalene Flanagan at the finish.  I was surprised she was still there considering how long it took me to walk to the finish.  I hope the 2014 Heartbreak Hill Half will stay as the slowest/longest half that I run.  I look forward to do over in 2015.

The Heartbreak Half was on a Sunday and Monday I was tired, sore, and disappointed with myself for not listening to my body.  I must not have been too disappointed because Monday night, I decided to play in the police softball league.  Why not!!  I was going to take the week off of running so I had plenty of few time to play softball.  Softball was a really bad idea.  Just after my second time at bat, I am running from second base to third and something really awful happens.  I am met with sharp pain and the inability to walk.  I make it off the field and I knew I had pushed my body beyond it’s breaking point.

The week was filled with doctor appoints, X-rays, MRI, and an ultra sound to learn that I had a grade 2+ tear of my calf muscle.  Ouch!  That was one way to give my body a rest but not the way I should have chosen.  The following six weeks and most of my summer were spent in physical therapy with very limited physical activity.  I love summer on Cape Cod and I was quickly learning my summer was not going to be filled with the outdoor activities I love.  I was able to start running again at the end of July and began training for a few races I already had planned.  It was much harder than I was expecting trying to get my groove back.

 

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The Big Day!!!

I’ve had a hard time trying to put words together about the big day.  I think it’s because I was disappointed at first.  I felt that my time was not good enough and the run wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked.  It took about 40 minutes longer than I was hoping for.  As I have had some time to recover, process the whole experience, and talk with many friends who also ran, I was able to see that it was one of the greatest days.  So, I don’t even know where to begin with my experience this year with at the Boston Marathon.  April 21, 2014 will definitely be a day that I never forgot for so many reasons.  I did not have my best run but I did have the best day.

The bottom line is that I needed to remember that I ran and completed a marathon and not just any old marathon but the Boston Marathon.  I needed to remember that I was running for so many people, 128 names who I wore on my back.  I needed to remember that I was running to take back our city and marathon Monday.  I needed to remember that it was about the 7 million dollars that the Dana Farber Team raised so far this year.  I needed to remember that it was about all my family, friends, co workers, and complete strangers who supported and encouraged me for the past six months.  I had to remember that it was not about me but the much bigger picture of all that was accomplished by so many on one of the greatest days in Boston’s history and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a part of something that big again.  The day began by getting dropped off in Hopkinton and waiting hours to head to the start.  I had some great running buddies from Cape Cod to hang with and we were all anxiously awaiting our 11:25 pm start time.

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As the waiting went it on, it started to get warmer and warmer.  Thank goodness I went with the shorts at last-minute.  It’s a probably not the best sign when you are sweating just waiting in your corral. The first thing I noticed was the security. I knew it was going to be tight considering last years events but there was something about seeing the FBI on every corner and SWAT vehicles along the starting corals. Considering that I am a police officer, I felt comfort in seeing all the law enforcement. Had I not worked in the field, I’m pretty sure I would have been intimidated and nervous.  Our corals started and I remember thinking, “you got this, you did all the hard work, enjoy the day.”  Next thing I knew the first mile was done and I could not even begin to process the crowd.

The crowd was unreal and like nothing I have ever seen.  When I ran Boston in 2012 the cheering crowds were the largest I had experienced during any race that I have run to that point.  Boston 2014 put 2012 to shame.  The excitement and what it meant to so many people was felt by everyone who was there.  I saw so many friends, family and familiar faces along the way.  I was fortunate to run into someone every couple miles along the route and it definitely helped keep me going.  The first 10 miles I felt pretty good and then I had a rough couple miles of running and walking.  The heat was starting to take a little tole on me but I kept telling myself you have to finish, you have to finish.  After some water, Gatorade, a snack and some words of encouragement from my favorite people, I was ready to make it to Boylston Street.  Once I made it through the Newton Hills, I knew I had it.  5 miles, I could run 5 miles in my sleep.

It’s funny what your mind can do when tested.  I remember thinking 4 miles until I got to the Dana Farber cheering section at mile 25.  Then I saw the Citgo sign and it was less than a 5K to my family  How many 5Ks have I ran?  Then it was a mile and then I was there!  My brother captured this picture and it’s probably one of my favorites from the day.  I’m just approaching mile 25 and my support crew.  If you knew me, you would know that it is totally me, absolute joy and excitement that I was finally there.

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I think April 21, 2014 has officially made the list on the best days of my life, for so many reasons.  I can’t say thank you enough to my friends, family, co workers, acquaintances, and complete strangers for their love, support, encouragement, and donations.  And I can not forgot my saturday morning running group, everyone who took time out of their busy lives to keep me company on my runs, and the best training partner you could ask for Lori!  THANK YOU!

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Life after the marathon

It’s still hard to comprehend some days that it’s over. I truly enjoyed training for Boston for so many reasons. First I had an amazing group of experienced runners from the Cape Cod Athletic Club who kept me focused and motivated for 18 weeks. They made me want to run better…stronger, faster, and more confident.
I am so happy to call these people friends now. They kept me going through the winter and after the marathon. I really struggled in the three to four weeks after Boston. I think I had some mild depression (self diagnosed of course). My running group saved me. They called when I didn’t show up for group runs. They sent texts encouraging me to come back, saying they missed me. After three weeks, I went to one of the group runs because they said they were getting concerned. Thank goodness they called and text because for some reason, I thought I needed a break from running. Next they encouraged me to sign up for the track speed work group.  I was feeling lost and thought a little change would help things.
I miss having something to look forward to and to work towards. It’s funny I have run two half marathons and several 5Ks since the marathon but for some reason it’s just not the same.  As everything related to the marathon seemed to settle down and life went back to what it was before the marathon, I began to realize that the marathon did so much more for me than I wanted to admit.

The marathon, the training, and the fundraising were a great distraction from other things going on in my life.  I’m still not sure if it’s good or bad but I found away to push everything else away, not deal with it, and just focus on the running.  Now that the marathon is over I’m forced to focus on the other things in life.  I find myself at a cross roads and can not decide whether to go left or go right.  I’ve tried to use running and working out to bring some clarity but it doesn’t seem to be working.  I am feeling lost in what direction my life should head in next.

I am very fortunate to many great things in my life but there are definitely a few holes that I would like to fill in.  I seem to have spent the majority of my life taking care of others.  I love to help others, so don’t get me wrong.  But I some how I forgot to take care of myself because it was always easier to help everyone else.  Training for the marathon made me focus on taking care of Christine and it was easy because I had a plan.  I had a calendar which told me what to do everyday, how far to run, when to do speed work, when to cross train, and when to rest.  I had a nutrition plan too.  The training was time-consuming and it filled the days and voids.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back into focusing on me.  Several people have suggested making a small change or doing something different.  I having been trying to figure out what “my something different” might be.  I am not ready to train and run another marathon yet, so that is out of the picture.

The first thing I did was to sign up for a different kind of race and something very challenging for me.  A close friend had this great idea to sign up for the Spartan Beast.  She suggested that it would be a great challenge for the both of us, something we could overcome together, and empower ourself to be better, stronger, and more confident.  I thought this sounded like a great idea and the two of us rushed to sign up the race.  We are committed to the September 20, 2014 Spartan Beast in Vermont.  I am pretty sure this will be one of the hardest things I have ever done and possibly even more challenging than the marathon.  The good part is that I am not worried about the distance, 12-14 miles, but I definitely concerned about the obstacles.  My legs are pretty strong but my upper body needs a lot of work.  I am looking forward to conquering this and finishing the Beast.  Please feel free to offer up any thoughts or suggestions.

The second thing I’ve done to change things up is, I bought a stand up paddle board.  It was a pretty penny but one of the best things I’ve bought in a long time.  I am loving my time out on the water, the adventure, and the peacefulness of it.  I live on Cape Cod, which is a great place to paddle board.  The only down fall is that I id not grow up around here or on the water so I am not comfortable heading out by myself just yet.  I need to find a few more people who have boards and want to head out on the waters of Cape Cod.  I just bought this great book, Paddling Cape Cod, and it has all the best spots to hit.  I’m hoping to check most of them out this summer.  If anyone is up for a paddle board adventure, let me know!

In the mean time I am going to keep looking for my Superman!  I need someone to come in and save the day and take care of me.  The hard part is that I think I know who my Superman is but I need him to figure it out before it’s too late.  I need him to help me find my super powers and fill in those holes.

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T’was the night before…

I lie awake overwhelmed with emotions about this journey I embarked on six months ago but it truly began in 2007. I look back at where it all started and who I was then. In 2007 two very special people came into my life and left a mark on my heart and soul. They both changed me as a person, and helped sculpt me into the strong, determined, and independent person I am today. I had no idea at the time how much of an impact they would have.
The first person I knew for a few years in passing but really became a part of my life in the beginning of 2007. It was from this person that I learned how trust someone, that life was all about taking chances, and learning from our mistakes. This person made me want to be a better person everyday and pushed me to be better. Ironically, this is how I discovered running and continually wanting to improve myself and taking on more challenges. Somewhere after college, for years I got caught up in doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing versus doing what I wanted to do. I discovered what true friendship and love was and I learned how to love myself. No matter where our paths take us, this person is always in my heart and is that voice of reason in my head. I would not be who I am today without them and I will never be or feel lost again.
The second person was born in 2007 and I feel honored to run in his memory tomorrow. He also brought running into my life! I was never a runner and actually hated running, prior to the inaugural Mighty Meehan 5K. Running has changed me and introduced to so many amazing people who I am now lucky enough to call friends and an extension of my family.
I sat at the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge Team pasta dinner this afternoon thinking about how honored and lucky I was to be a part of this team. I was surrounded by 1800 people who lives were or are currently impacted by cancer. They were several people who spoke and each one inspired me more and more.
I don’t think my words can even give this dinner justice, which is probably why I am a police officer instead of a writer. I learned about a fellow teammate who I had previously met and ran with. She stood up in front of us with courage and strength that I only hope one day I could have. She talked about her experience with the team and how she wanted to run with the team again this year. Right as marathon season was starting she was diagnosed with cancer and that cancer will one day take her life and unfortunately sooner than later. Then it was on to the in memory program. They showed picture after picture of young children, whose family were present at the dinner and one of my fellow teammates was running in memory of. Heartbreaking and so real! This is when my teammate got to meet Turlough Meehan! Next came the partner program (if I ever do this again I need to be a part of this). They had numerous kids currently receiving treatment at Dana Farber come up on stage with their running partner, more of my teammates! What a sight! Many of these families, the ones who lost a child and the ones currently fighting a tough battle, will be at mile 25 tomorrow. The kids and their families will be waiting to cheer me on and that is the best part of the day, even better than finishing!
I sat there for three hours thinking how this was just a tiny fraction of the people affected by cancer and it reminded me why I got up and ran through this awful winter. Why I run. I thought about my team racing singlet that I will wear with honor and pride tomorrow with all that it signifies. I sat there at several points with tears running down my face knowing that I have to continue to be a part of the Dana Farber team for the rest of my life!
I sit here thinking about my racing singlet. I have not been able to get its image of my head for days. I think about how Amanda and I had a conversation about adding ribbons to my singlet this year almost a month ago. We both put a request out for names of someone who lost, won or is fighting their battle with cancer. My racing singlet has 128 names. Yes I said 128 names, most who have lost their battle to this deadly disease. We put names on for people who asked, never mind the 40-50 other people we knew that did not ask. Everyone grieves different so I wanted to respect their privacy. Two people and that’s over 175 people who had cancer! There is one blank ribbon to represent the stories and people I haven’t met. I looked at the ribbons last night as I beginning to prepare for tomorrow and cried. I cried because they were all people who were loved and are missed by so many everyday. I will wear that singlet with pride and honor tomorrow! I will treasure it for many years to come. I know it will be all those angels on my back which will get me to mile 25 and then 26.2! Their strength and courage will continue to guide me through life!

So thank you for the endless love, support, encouragement, and hope. Thank you for your donations. Our team has so far raised over $6.2 million for cancer research. I am not sure on my final number but I am pretty close to $13,100. That’s $500 a mile! I will never forget this journey as it has been amazing and life changing! To the Meehan family thank you for letting me become a part of your family!

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The mental game

The mental game, most days this is the most challenging part of running for me.  It’s crazy how much of an impact the thoughts in my head have on how well my run goes.  Three weeks ago I ran from the starting line in Hopkinton to Boston College, 21 miles, as a part of charity Saturday.  It was one of my best runs throughout my training this past year.  I felt strong, confident, happy, accomplished and more that capable of running another 5 miles.  It was at that moment, that I knew that I was stronger than ever and that I would finish the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 and this is where the mental game comes in.  The past two saturdays have been my worst runs.  How do you go from knowing that all your hard work and training paid off to not being able to complete runs half the distance…that’s what we call the mental game.  I think it was after running on the course and seeing the thousands of runners who all stories like mine, the emotional impact of the whole situation hit me.  How do I over come this mental block, hopefully by talking about my journey and what it has meant to me to be apart of this day in history.  Hopefully I can use all this as motivation on race day and run even stronger!

Yes I can say that I stated training for this race over a year ago.  As you know I ran the Boston Marathon in 2012 and did not have my best day.  I was lucky enough to find the strength to make it to the finish and yes it almost took me all day.  It was on that day I knew I was capable of anything I put my mind to.  Boston 2012 is my only marathon to date and I was so inexperienced as a runner that I still can not believe that I completed it.   During my winter training, I had several friends that helped me get through the long runs and even some days the shorter runs when my body was exhausted.  One of those friends was my co-worker Lori Miranda.  Lori and several others made it to mile 25 on marathon monday and literally waited hours for me to finally get there.  Lori and Liz walked the last mile with me and then pushed me to runt he length of Bolyston Street and finish strong regardless of the clock said.  Lori was so inspired by all the runners and it was her first time watching and being a part of the Boston Marathon.  She was so inspired that she said actually said she wanted to run it.  It was at that moment, as broken as I was, I knew she and I would some day run Boston together.

In June of 2012 I tore my MCL playing ice hockey and had a longer recovery than expected.  I applied to Dana Farber to run Boston as part of the 2013 marathon team and was selected.  My knee was not a 100% and I had to make a tough decision to not take the number.  This was a lot harder than it sounds because I needed a do over, redemption.  I really struggled with my time and experience from the 2012 marathon.  When I turned the number down for 2013, Lori and I decided that 2014 was going to be our year.  It was at that point that we started running together more and working to get our pace in sync.  We started this journey, together, months before the bombs went off.

On April 15, 2013 I was at the Boston Marathon.  I was at mile 25 volunteering for Dana Farber with my dear friend Amanda Claire when the bombs went off.  We had no idea at the time what was going on but it did not take to long to realize how serious the situation was.  We were lucky to get out the city and back to the Cape safe and sound.  When we left Boston that Monday late afternoon, we and no idea how lucky and fortunate we were.  The next day Lori and I had coffee and were even more determined to get an official number for the Boston 2014.  Seeing as though we both work in law enforcement it became a priority and very personal.  We both needed to do for some of the same reasons but for many different reasons.

I applied to Dana Farber the first day the application came out and was quickly accepted to the team.  I was beyond excited.  Lori’s grandmother had passed away from cancer and encouraged her to apply to Dana Farber.  I told her the experience of the team alone would change her life.  Lori was very worried about the fundraising aspect but I promised her that we would be fine.  Lori applied and found out in December that she did not make the team.  We kept running and training as if we both had numbers.  Someone upstairs for looking out for us, I believe with all my heart that it was Turlough, because in January of 2014 Lori was selected by our running club to get a waiver number for Boston.  We finally knew that we would run Boston together.  Our day is here one week from today and I can not wait to see how this journey ends for us!

Here is one of my favorite photos from Boston 2012.  It’s from the expo three days prior to the marathon and I had no idea how challenging it would be to make it to the finish line that day.  I actually said at the finish that I would never run again!  I love the saying “You’re unstoppable.”  I will be unstoppable once again on April 21, 2014!  We are Boston Strong!!!!

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Fundraising Update

Lots to update on the fundraising front.  First I am having my fundraiser event(party) at Chapin’s Restaurant, Dennis, on Sunday April 6, 2014 from 12-4 pm.  $20 donation at the door includes food from Chapin’s and the desserts from the Underground Bakery, live entertainment, silent auction and raffles.  I am still looking for donations for the silent auction and raffle, please let me know if you can help.  No donation is too small.  DFMC FLYER

Carolyn Peters was kind enough to host a Stella and Dot Jewelry party in honor of my run. Carolyn is a stylist for Stella and Dot and offered to donate 25% of the sales towards my run.  I can’t thank her enough for her generosity!  We are almost at $400 towards Dana Farber.  The party will be open for another week.  If you would like to place an order, use the following link, and it will get credited to my party, Stella and Dot.

Not including the Stella and Dot Party I am at $3430, just shy of my $4000 minimum.  This warms my heart and I have so many people to thank!  Linda and Brian Mucha, Sarah Palmer-Thompson, Dave and Kris Crawford, Lindsay and Sean Higgins, Joanne and Pat Iachetta, Chelsie Lawson, Keri Bertolino, Dennis Police Association, Ben and Sandy Wunderlich, Capt Loo, Pam Dubis, Jo-Ann Coe, Ellen Shour, Sally Gould, and Grace Weeks!  Thank you all for your endless love and support!

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20 miler

So I have fallen behind on the blog thanks to my laptop crashing.  I learned a valuable lesson, back up your stuff!!  Luckily, iCape Solutions, was able to recover everything on my hard drive after two weeks.

Saturday March 8 we ran our first 20 mile run.  The best or maybe worst part was that we ran the miles on the Service Road.  That means 20 tough miles of rolling hills and Lori’s first 20 mile run.  Technically, this is only the third time I have run 20 miles but I like to call it my second time.  When I trained for the Boston Marathon in 2012 I ran 21 miles as my longest run and only 20 mile run.  Then technically the Boston Marathon in 2012 would be the second time but to me this one does not count since I walk the last ten miles of the race.  We have a pretty good pace going and finished the 20 miles in just over three hours.  I can not believe how much stronger I feel this time around compared to 2012.  I think some of it has to do with having a training partner this time around.  Lori and I run together 3-4 times a week and usually only have one run that we do not run together.  This has definitely help push myself further than last time.  Plus the talking helps the runs go by quicker!!  Here we are at the end of the 20 miles.

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I was able to make a quick trip to Vermont to visit my brother, sister-in-law and the kids.  I had some great quality time with the kids who warm my heart.  We went to see the Lego movie  which was much better than I was expecting.  Here’s my new favorite picture of us being silly.  I just can’t get enough of them.  Best part of the trip was confirming the week this summer that the three will come spend the week with me on Cape Cod.

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Hyannis Half Marathon

What a great weekend! After this long, cold, snowy winter of running, we finally had a few nice days.  This weather has really been trying and tough to stick my training schedule.  I keep having to swap my running days around due to the roads not being safe to run on.  Hopefully this is a good sign for the weather on Marathon Monday.  When I ran Boston in 2012, the weather on race day was not very favorable, high 80s, high humidity and no breeze!  The winter of 2012 was perfect.  It snowed one day and the temperature was above average for the whole winter.  Most days I ran in a short sleeve shirt and shorts.  This year has been the complete opposite, which is why the Hyannis half marathon on Sunday February 23rd was great.

The  course was packed with spectators and I was lucky to have a bunch of friends and family spread out along the course.  I had a pretty good run too!  I took three minutes off my previous best time, which was from September 2013.  This was my fourth half marathon.  My first one was the Hyannis Half in 2012 in preparation for Boston.  I am feeling stronger and more confident in my running than in 2012.  I was seven minutes faster this year running Hyannis than I was in 2012, hopefully that’s a good sign for April 21, 2014.  Here’s a few picture from the day.  The first is from my strong finish, the second is Amy and her awesome sign she made for me, and third is me Lori and my Lt.  It was Peter’s first half marathon and he killed it.  It was great to celebrate with his accomplish!  I am so grateful for all the love and support. I have the best fans.

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A few of my favorite things

I have talked a lot about my training, running, and fundraising, so I figured I’d fill you in on a little  more about me.  I tried to rank my favorite things but could not rank them in order of importance, so here they are in particular order.

My dog – Jack is the best guy in my life.  He is golden retriever and is nine years old.  He loves to run but hates when I train for a half or full marathon because he has to stay home a lot.  I only take him with me when I am running five miles or less.  How can you not love this face.

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Hockey – I grew up in a hockey family and spending my weekends at the hockey rink, watching my brother play.  I always wanted to play and have no idea why I waited so long to start.  I started playing a few years ago.  I am a dedicated Boston Bruins fan and season ticket holder.  Some of the best days have been at the Bruin’s game and nothing beats playoff hockey!  I have been lucky enough to go to the Winter Classic, skate on the ice at the garden, drink a Mai Tai out of the Stanley Cup, and attend every home playoff game when we won the Stanley cup in 2011!

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Live Music – I enjoy all genres of music but I really love live music.  Real live music, not a concert.   The smaller the venue, the better.  A few of my favorite spots, Harvest Gallery Wine Bar or anywhere that Terry Brennan performs.

Coffee I am definitely a coffee snob, the fancier the better!  I love lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso martinis.  Oh wait, does that even count as coffee.  One of my favorite spots, The Underground Bakery, Route 6A Dennis.  You can catch me there at least once a day.

Reading  – Not much can beat a new book, my beach chair and Mayflower Beach.  I have enjoyed reading from a very young age.  I find it so relaxing!  I am always looking for recommendations!!

Tv shows – Thank goodness for DVR otherwise I would never watch any TV.  My DVR is usually pretty full because I will check out just about any show.  I am currently looking for some news shows to check out, the more complex the story line the better.  Here are a few of my favorites, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Dexter, Homeland, The Following, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Americans, and Scandal.  I could go on and on.

Puzzles  – Jigsaw, word, number or any kind puzzle.  I would have to say jigsaw puzzles are my favorite.  A few years back a very special person gave me a drafting table to use for my puzzles.  It one of my favorite items in my house.  Here is the puzzle I am currently working.  It’s important to note that one, it was screen saver for months after the bombing and one of my favorite images from the bombing, two it has to do with the Boston Marathon and three my nephew gave it to me for Christmas and picked it out himself!

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Candy – I have the worst sweet tooth but my weakness is definitely with candy.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy chocolate, ice cream, and desserts but I can not resist the candy.  My favorites are swedish fish, gummy bears, dots, and jelly belly jelly beans.

Sushi – One of my newer loves!  I never would have thought I’d love sushi as much as I do.  Inaho is my favorite spot but we are a little limited here on Cape Cod of places to go. Please offer any suggestions of great sushi places to try, and I willing to travel.

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