Simple Things in Life

Life seems to constantly challenge us.  I don’t know if it’s because I have been struggling a bit myself or if I just did not notice before, but it seems like everyone dealing with sadness and heartbreak.  For each one of us it’s a different struggle, from failed relationships and broken hearts, the loss of loved ones too soon, unemployment and financial troubles, to health scares and illness.    Some days it is all too much to process.

Through my training and running I continue to find ways to deal with and process all the life has to offer.  I constantly try to find the good in everything and give back to others.  These past few months I have learned to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life.  Instead of always being focused on my watch, I have started looking for the beauty in running outside year around.  I started an instagram account to document my adventures through photos, check it out!

This past week I had a few things that have reminded me of the good things in my life and how lucky I truly am.  I have the most amazing, thoughtful and supportive friends and family in my life.  Thank you to all of you who help make my life better everyday.

My nephew Michael made me a bracelet and mailed it to me.  His timing could not have been any better, it arrived after a very long trying day at work.  My brother and his family live in Vermont and I definitely do not get to see them as often as I would like. Michael is 8 years old and brings me so much joy and happiness all the time.  Here we are at the Bruins game in November.  Thanks for the bracelet buddy!

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As if the bracelet wasn’t enough, an old friend sent me one of the nicest cards I have ever received, along with a gift certificate for a massage and new friend brought me flowers.

Enjoy each day, as it is a gift.

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Winter Warrior

Well Friday ended the winter warrior challenge and I am glad that it is over.  It was so nice having today, Monday, as my first rest day in over 32 days.  What’s even crazier is that my total mileage for the month of January was…128.07 miles!!!   My running buddies and I had a few drinks, burritos, and tacos to celebrate Friday night at Guapos in Orleans.

Saturday morning we ran 13 miles on the Service Road, again!  Man those hills are tough but its working because I feel a little stronger each week.  I seem to be stuck though, and can not pass this 13 mile mark.  Any suggestions?  I believe it’s a mental game right now.  Maybe so new songs to add to my playlist??  I need to get at least 15 miles in Saturday to stay on track with my training program.

Saturday night we had our banquet for the Cape Cod Athletic Club.  I had never been to the banquet before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I had a blast!!  First I won a trophy, wait I think everyone got a trophy.

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And then we danced for three hours, which made walking difficult on Sunday.  And then this happened…

IMG_1490   My running partner Lori and I having a little fun with the Brooks headband we won Friday night at Guapos.  There’s a video of Lori dancing but I promised her I would not post it.  She was the life of the party and some how managed to get just about everyone out there dancing at one point or another.

Fundraising total $2200!  Thanks to Lori Miranda for her donation this week!

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Winter Running

Needless to say this past week has been very challenging for running.  New England is know for is unpredictable weather.  For example, the unseasonably hot, humid weather on marathon Monday in 2012.  The temperature has been freezing and we’ve had two blizzards in January.  I always thought that Cape Cod did not get that much snow but mother nature keeps proving me wrong.  There have been several days recently that I have had to force myself to go for a run.  Thank goodness for my new-found running group.  Knowing that they will be there waiting for me is probably the only reason I have accomplished any runs in the past ten days.  I did not get as many miles in as I wanted last week but I am thankful for the miles I did get in.

Sunday was the last race in the Cape Cod Athletic Club winter grand prix series.  I have really enjoyed competing this year in the grand prix.  Last year I ran a few of the races but was intimidated by how competitive it was.  Every race I was at the back of the pack and in the bottom ten.  This year I was in the middle of the pack and felt that I was able to compete.  In the past year I have definitely become more confident in my running.  I am going to miss our Sunday races but I am pretty sure my body will be happy its over.  Doing my long run on Saturday and then racing on Sunday can be exhausting.

Life is always challenging and this week was no different.  I am hoping that 2014 starts to improve for so many people in my life.  I know there will always be heart-break and sadness but I am trying everyday to find the good in life and appreciate all that I have.  So thanks to all of you for your continued support and encouragement.  Here’s some of the beauty I found this week.

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Fundraising total $2150   Thank you to Meagan Willis, Heather Manuel, Kevin Lennon, Carol Coughlin, Megan Willis, and Tracy Long’s matching Verizon donation!!!!

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Service Road

Well it finally happened!!  Saturday January 18, 2014 might be a day that I never forget as it was my first run on the Service Road.  For those of you not familiar with Cape Cod, it can be challenging to find a long route with some good hills, but luckily my experienced running friends introduced me to the Service Road.  The Service Road runs adjacent to Route 6 from Barnstable to Sandwich and its filled with felt like endless hills.  To make the day even better, it was raining pretty good!  Here”s a glimpse at the elevation chart from my Garmin watch.

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I was shocked that I was able to complete the run and felt strong and confident while I was out there.  A solid 13 miles in just over two hours.  Hoping to improve on this over the next couple months.  Check out this crazy group who helped pushed me through my first run of the Service Road, love you guys!

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Thank you to Megan Sabatinelli, Mita Gupa, and Franklin Chase for their generous donations!  Every donation, big or small, helps and I could not do this without all of you!  My total raised so far $1690.

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Life is busy

It’s been a busy couple weeks between running work and trying to have some fun.  Probably not the best excuse for not posting any updates.  I have felt strong on my runs and have been adding some distance. After a real cold week, Saturday’s long run felt like a warm summer day. I was even in short sleeves for a while. We ran Barnstable Village including Barnstable Harbor.  I have really grown to love living on Cape Cod!!

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I was supposed to have my first attempt of the dreaded service road but due to some of my running buddies having some injuries we decide to wait another week. They keep talking up the Service Road that I think I’m starting to develop some anxiety.  Everyone tells me this is the key to conquering Boston and having a strong run.  I’m really hoping for a great run but then again isn’t everyone.

The best part of Saturday group runs is the coffee time afterwards.  I am really enjoying getting to know all of them.   The best part of running 13 miles is being able to eat whatever I want afterwards, bacon and cheese scone, Yum! IMG_1416

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New Friends

Well the past few days were a little challenging with the Hercules Blizzard of 2014!  I needed to get my mileage in for the marathon training and for the Winter Warrior Challenge.  It all began on Thursday.  I woke up at 5 am to get my run in before work, since I already knew I was working a double due to the weather.  It was just starting to snow.  It was so peaceful and beautiful.  What a great way to start the day.  I even brought the most loyal man in my life, my golden retriever Jack.    IMG_1373

Friday I walked Jack two miles in almost a foot of snow.  It was bitterly cold, dark and windy.  Saturday I was supposed to run 12-14 miles but only managed 5 1/2 miles due to the fact that there was no where safe to run.

Sunday was the fifth race in the Cape Cod Athletic Club Grand Prix.  The race was in Bourne, 5 miles and quite hilly.  The temperature was perfect and I felt ready seeing as though I did not get all my miles in the previous day.  So many members had a great runs and one even broke a course record for her age group.  This brings me to my new friends.  I have really embraced running with the Cape Cod Athletic Club.  Last year I was so intimidated by them.  They are amazing runners, strong and fast.  I have learned so much in the past six months running with them and my times have improved a lot.  I look forward to training with them on the Service Road starting this week.  Thanks for including me in your training group and saving me 4 hours every Saturday.  In 2012 I drove to the Boston Area every Saturday for group runs.     Here’s a few pictures.  IMG_1390

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My fundraising is moving right along.  I am at $1490.  Who’s going to help me hit $2000 by the end of January??

Thank you to Terri Bunce and Bill and Tracy Long for their generation donations this week!!!

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2014!  I am hoping that this is going to be my year.  I am looking forward to a new beginning, and a healthy year filled with love and happiness.  If today is an indication, I definitely started things off with a great run.  I joined the Winter Warrior program through Bayside Runner in conjunction with my favorite workout studio, Personalized Fitness Solutions.  So the mission is to run or walk either 1 mile, 3 miles, or 5 miles everyday for the month of January outside.  I really wanted to do the 5 miles but due to my training program for Boston this is not my best option.  I have decided to do the one mile day, the smart option.  Today we had a group kick off run from PFS and it was a great 5 mile course and a great turn out.  Here is our Warrior Picture.  IMG_1367

The other great thing is that my running partner, Lori Miranda, got a number for the Boston Marathon!!!!!!!!   Lori had applied to the Dana Farber Team in hopes of us venturing out on this journey together but due to the amount of applicants she was not selected.  I was so disappointed that she would not be running Boston with me.  We started picking our running and training up in June in the hopes of Boston 2014.  I owe the committee at the Cape Cod Athletic Club a huge thanks because she was selected as one of their waiver numbers!!!  Lori has been an amazing friend, especially this year when  life was extremely challenging.  I am looking forward to spending this winter running with Lori and many others.  Here’s a photo from Falmouth in the Fall 2013 of Lori and I.  She has really pushed me to be a better running and a better person.  I took 8 minutes off my best time for Falmouth in November.

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What a better way to start the new year off then by donating to a great cause and one run closer to a world without CANCER!!

http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/christineh

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Inspiration

On Saturday December 28, 2013 I was lucky enough to be part of a great group of people who helped Dari Whitehouse run 50 miles.  Dari is currently in a battle with cancer and she has 50 reasons to run.  She had so much support along the way and people running with her the whole time.  I did just over 13 miles with her,  from Dennis to Orleans and felt honored to a be a part of her journey.  She is truly an inspiration and another reminder of I why I run and how important the Dana Farber Boston Marathon Team.  Dari, you are amazing and we got your back on this fight!

Well it has been a little cray around here with the holidays, work and running.  2013 was not my best year.  I have been met with some significant challenges and heartbreak.  I am truly looking forward to 2014, with the hope that it’s filled with lots of love and happiness.  Happy New Year!!!

Stay turned there will be more frequent posts and pictures as my training gets into full gear.

Thank you to Sharon Magaliff, Sarah Robinson, and Donna Conlon for their recent donations!!!

 

 

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Why I run

I run for those who can’t.  I run for the hope of finding a cure for cancer.  I run in hope of making a difference.

I run because the events of Turlough getting sick and losing his battle to ALL, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, forever changed me as a person.  At the time I did not realize how much I needed to grow and change as a person,  and I believe that I am a better person today, thanks to Turlough.  He taught me how precious life truly is and how we need to appreciate all it has to offer everyday, good or bad.  How we need to live everyday to its fullest because you never know what challenges lie ahead.

I started running just over five years ago and it began with the first Mighty Meehan 5K in September 2008.  I wanted to be a part of the race because of what it meant and my connection to Turlough.  I definitely was not in shape but thought that three miles would be easy.  I finished in just over 31 minutes and felt like I was going to die.  It was on that day that decided I wanted to be a better runner.

In 2011 I decided that I wanted to run the Boston Marathon and I knew immediately that I wanted to run for Dana Farber.  I knew I wanted to honor Turlough’s memory and his family.  The Meehan family had done so much for our community through Turlough memory, that I wanted them to see how much of an impact their beautiful son had on this world, how his memory lives on everyday in each of us, and how many lives he touched.

The Dana Farber Marathon team was amazing and I was lucky enough to  run  the Boston Marathon in April of 2012 as a part of their team.  I trained and ran along side 550 other people who wanted to make a difference, who wanted to help find a cure for cancer, and who wanted to honor those who lost their battles and those who had won.  Their stories touched my heart and soul and I will never forget so many of them.  I wish I could find the words to explain what being a part of that team felt like but can’t seem to find them.

April 16, 2012 was not quite what I had envisioned.  I trained hard and felt I was prepared.  What I was not prepared for was the weather, hot and humid.  I think back to the days leading up to the marathon and next time they say if you are not an experienced runner you should not run, I will listen to their advise.  I did finish that hot day, but it was no where near what I thought or was hoping my time would be.  I was proud to finish that day but more than that I was proud of the $15,000 I had raised for Dana Farber.  I proud of the support I received from friends, family, co workers, and strangers.  I was proud to be a part of something so much bigger than me and  running a marathon.

I applied to the team again for the 2013 Boston Marathon and was accepted.  Unfortunately I had suffered a significant injury playing ice hockey and was not quite ready for the training.  I was fortunate to be able to volunteer for Dana Farber and still be a part of team.  I was volunteering at mile 25 on marathon day, where the Dana Farber patients and families are.  I was blessed to see this event through their eyes and heart.

Life is so hard and challenging everyday for all of us.  Remember to find the good everyday and tell your friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to you.  When you are having a tough day look to Turlough Meehan for his strength and endless love to get you through it.

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Long Runs

Well I applied to the NYC half marathon which takes places in March.  My sister recently moved to New York City so I thought I could visit with her and take part in this amazing race.  Unfortunately I found out today that I did not get picked in the lottery.  I was looking for a half marathon to run in March 2014 and thought I found one.  There is always the New Bedford half but I was looking to try something new.  So if anyone has any suggestions for a half to try in March let me know.

My fundraising is starting to take off, I hit $1200 today.  A big shout out to Amy GiaQuinto and Heather Pearston for their generous and thoughtful donations this week.   THANK YOU!

LONG RUNS- I need your help!!!

So my 18 week training program starts on Monday December 16, 2014.  Each week I will do a long run on either Saturday or Sunday.  I would like to dedicate my long run each week to someone who lost their battle to cancer and honor their memory.  I have a few weeks still open and looking for some amazing people honor.  Please let me know if there is a friend or family member that I/we can all honor and remember!  Send me a message, cmhornby@comcast.net

Please consider making a donation during this holiday season in honor of a loved one!  Each week we are one run closer to a world that is cancer free.

http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/christineh

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