Boston Marathon Highlights

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Rocking my 2009 Boston Marathon hat

Monday morning started at the ungodly hour of 345am; I was out of the house at 4:30am enroute to pickup my sister, Nicole, on Staten Island and then Leticia in Brooklyn. Thankfully, we hit virtually zero traffic during our 200+ mile trip north.

After getting turned around a few times (due to road closures), we managed to snag the last spot in the shuttle bus parking lot – SCORE!  As we were getting online to get screened, we ran into Katherine who I met at the Runner’s World Festival in 2012!! She was calm and smiling and looked ready to take on 26.2 miles!

The shuttle was a quick 5 minute ride that dropped us off at the end of the corrals. Easy peasy.

We heard the introductions and gun go off for the elite females as we were walking up (BOO!!) but managed to make our way to the start area for the elite men’s and wave 1.

Seeing the Start Line and marathon signs literally gave me goosebumps. {Photo credit to Leticia for the next two pictures!}

To be honest, on the drive up, I had told my sister and Leticia that I had no intention of running Boston again anytime soon. It’s far enough away from where we live to warrant a trip for a few days and the cost of hotels, work missed (for my husband) and figuring out child care (if we don’t bring the boys) makes closer marathons seem more appealing. However, my mind changed after just a few minutes of being surrounded by the magic of the Boston Marathon. Soooo maybe Boston 2015 =)

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    My First 80+ Mile Week + Fitness Magazine News!

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    I started writing this post earlier in the week but between another stint of single parenting, Easter preparations and a few nights of poor sleep for the boys (which = me), I just didn’t have the time or energy to finish it.

    Peak Week has come and gone. It wasn’t a typical week since my long run fell (again) on Monday rather than over the weekend. My husband was in Atlantic City for a hockey tournament from Friday through Sunday and I didn’t want to ask my mom, dad or sister to watch the boys for 3 hours while I ran, so I pushed my last long run to Monday.

    I hit either 83 or 81.5 miles for the week (depending on which days you count towards peak week) and 101.5 miles for 8 days of running. My previous high was 75 (last training cycle), so regardless of which you consider, it was my highest weekly mileage ever.  I’m thrilled with how the week went, how I felt on all of the runs and most importantly, how I’m feeling this week.

    This is how the week and workouts broke down:

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      Race For Recovery 5k/10k Virtual Run Update

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      Men's Health

      HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, supported, and helped spread word about the Race for Recovery.  There are over 225 people who will be running – and even more importantly – we’ve raised almost $9,000.

      I’m so thankful and amazed with the amount of support that I have received in spreading the word about this race.  In the process, a few things were checked off my bucket list!! =)

      Men’s Health: highlighted the Race for Recovery as one of the TOP TEN winter races in America!!!

      Runner’s World: Posted the race info on their Facebook page (and caused my website to subsequently crash because of the unprecedented high traffic that ensued -> there are much worse things in life!)

      The Staten Island Advance: Article (print and online) about the Race for Recovery on Dec 5, 2012

      Women’s Running Magazine: Talked about the Race for Recovery on their blog on Nov 13, 2012.

      Fitness Magazine: Mentioned the race in their Holiday Fit Links:

       FitFluential: Included information on their blog and monthly newsletter:

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        FitBlogNYC: Friends + Inspiration + Awesome Swag = Day to Remember

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        I’ve been looking forward to FitBlogNYC for over a month now – it was going to be my first “real” blogger/tweet-up event and I knew there would be oodles of twitter and FitFluential friends that I would FINALLY get to meet.

        It did not disappoint.

        A few highlights of the day:

        – Got to catch up with some old friends (LeticiaErica, and Christine) and meet so many that I’ve been chatting with for months (NicoleKatie, Jessica, and Cat – to name only a few of the many, many girls that were there).

        – Four fabulous FitFluential ladies chaired an informative, upbeat, and fun seminar on How To Turn Your Blog Into a Business.  Two of them in particular have me SO much about social media, twitter, and blogging – Kelly Olexa (CEO/Founder of FitFluential) and Carla Birnberg.  Being able to meet Kelly and Carla, in person, after months and months of interaction through social media felt surreal – but they are exactly as they portray themselves on their blogs and videos.

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          Team Red, White & Blue

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          A little background…

          US troop fatalities in combat decreased by more than 15% from 2010 to 2011 (437 to 368).  At first glance this statistic sounds promising, however, if you do a little more research you’ll learn that while the number of US deaths have decreased, the number of amputees have risen by a staggering 22% from 2010 to 2011 (205 vs 240) and is more than 17% higher than the previous all-time high in 2007 (205).

          (I won’t go into detail as to why the number of amputees are increasing at an alarming rate, but if you would like to learn more, you should read this article)

          Why am I putting up all these statistics?

          Do you ever wonder what happens to all of the veterans when they return from Iraq or Afghanistan missing one or two legs and/or one or both of their arms?  Or to those vets who return with “invisible injuries” – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or mild-traumatic brain injury (TBI)?  Immediately upon their return, they receive amazing around-the-clock medical care from fantastic military hospitals.  But then what happens?  Continuing their career in the military is a longshot (amputees are typically medically discharged).  Some return to their hometown. Others stay close to Army or Navy bases.  But ALL need to start their lives over – trying to live a normal life – while learning how to survive/cope with one or more major limbs missing from their body or with whatever serious injury the war dealt them.

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