Thanksgiving 2014

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I was up early to cook with my mom.

I hoped on the bike for 45 minutes since I couldn’t Turkey Trot this year, then the cooking began.

I was in the charge the Fruit Turkey, the only turkey I ate this year… This is my 5th year being vegetarian :)

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I also made the cranberry sauce, a cranberry champainge punch, the sweet potato casserole, cranberry raspberry walnut pie (YUM!)and part of the gluten free green bean casserole.

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The food was delicious and the company was even better.

We did lunch at my house and then headed over to my in laws for dinner.

I surprisingly didn’t stuff my face or over eat, which is crazy for me but I haven’t had much of an appetite lately.

I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

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My first time Spectating a Race

Yesterday, I was suppose to run my second marathon.  I didn’t as many of you know. When I first found out I had a stress fracture, besides the obvious reaction of being totaly devastated I couldn’t run the race I trained so hard for, I WAS NOT going to go to the race. I thought I would just be too depressed and sad.

However, 2 weeks later when my best friend asked me if I still wanted to come I said I would think about it. Then I decided I would probably be better off being there cheering her and my brother in law on as the best spectator ever rather then sitting home depressed that I couldn’t be a part of everything.

So I went. I made signs, I made a shirt, I decorated a foam finger and I packed up and headed to Philly.

I’m glad I went.

I was sad at moments that I couldn’t be out there running… but I did everything I could think of to cheer on my friends and family as I would have wanted if I WAS out there running. I was their photographer and I did a lot of screaming.

I was pushed around in a wheelchair by both my parents and Sarah’s parents.. which was so awesome of them because I never would have made it around the city on crutches, ouch.

Now I can focus on healing and getting back out there when I can.

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( my brother in law was among the elites running the race, he’s in the white tank)

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“Sometimes we work so hard, only to stumble”

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Soooo….. I have a stress fracture. (Femoral neck aka hip) I’ll be on these THINGS for the next 6-8 weeks. The hardest part of this RIGHT NOW is giving up the marathon I’ve been training my ass off for the last 4 months. Big picture: bones heal. I’ll run another marathon. For now there will be a small mixture of self pity until I’m over it followed by some bad ass recovering.

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Marathon Training Take 2 Day 103

(Written last Tuesday)

Sunday morning I ran 14 miles. I was wallowing in the fact that I couldn’t run 20 miles so I told myself to run as much as I could this.. this was probably a dumb idea.

It was cold but nice and I thought about the thousands of people running the NYC marathon as I was running. I had hip pain almost the entire run. It wasn’t severe so I just kept going.

I had an MRI monday and tomorrow I go to the orthopedist….

Marathon Training Take 2 Day 100

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Thursday Morning I ran 4 miles before work. I started off slow but pain free. win. There were no real periods of pain just random twinges in my hip. Victory. I forgot to take my inhaler before ( my lungs have this things with running in the cold, they don’t like it) so it was a bit hard to catch my breath, I was slow but I did it without issue.

I am still stretching for about 10 minutes and walking for 10 minutes before all my runs but I think I am finally seeing some improvement week to week. Hoping for continued improvement over the coming weeks!

GOTR 5k Fall 2014

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This morning we had our Girls on the Run 5k in the freezing/pouring RAIN! And you know what… I didn’t hear one complaint! My girls showed up in layers, smiling and ready to go, such a troopers!

THEY ROCKED IT! I ran with a couple different girls throughout the race and they all did amazing! Some of them were so driven and determined!

I had a blast cheering them on watching so many amazing girls cross the finish line! GO GOTR!!!