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Life in 2013!

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It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of 2013.  It seems like just yesterday I was bundled up, running through the snowy streets and listening to Ellie Golding’s Anything Can Happen and feeling excited and hopeful for the year ahead…

January started with the completion of a long time goal…becoming a certified yoga instructor!  It felt so good to finally complete my goal.   I spent most of January and February teaching my first classes and finding my way as a new instructor.  January also brought my year of being a sponsored athlete for Athleta, which was all sorts of fun and exciting.  I even went outside my comfort zone and modeled in a fashion show for them! Michael and spent most of the winter hibernating and we even watched as we got 30 inches of snow in one storm!  It was a long winter, and having ran outside all winter I was happy to see spring arrive!

The spring brought a lot with it.  Most significantly we endured the Boston Marathon bombings, and the days that followed.  It’s still a memory that brings back many emotions and thoughts. Unfortunately it is something I’ll probably carry with me for years to come.  I’m grateful for my safety and glad I was just far enough away and most of all  I was relieved that all 150+ Team In Training runners were safe.  I’m also incredibly proud of how our city has moved on and the strength we have shown.

I traveled a lot for work this past spring, attending the Inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half in Washington, D.C. and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!  It was my first trip to DC so I made the most of every moment and saw everything from the Smithsonian to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and all of the monuments at the mall in addition to a trip to the Newseum!  My mom came with me to San Diego and my first trip to California!  We had a great mother-daughter trip exploring Coronado Island, the San Diego Zoo (amazing!) and enjoying lots and lots of delicious food!

Summer started with a trip to NY to see my parents and a staycation over the 4th of July.  I managed to go to the beach almost everyday, explored the World’s End Reserve in Hingham and the South Shore with Michael, and took a day trip to Newport to tackle the Cliff Walk and head to the beach!  I also started to think more about yoga and what I needed from my practice.  I signed up for 2 fall half-marathons and started training.  I was feeling really good with all of my workouts and training and loving it! In mid-July we lost our love, Brandy.  It was such a sad day as she was truly our little friend who greeted us when we came home with loud meows, snuggled with us whenever possible and followed us from room to room.  You were never alone with her by your side.  She was always little spoon and loved to fall asleep next to you.  Michael and I were heart broken and terribly sad.  As Brandy would have wanted we kept our best to keep on living and loving.  We spent the day together in Manchester by the Sea, tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding, had lunch by the ocean and spent the after at the beach.  We went to the track in Saratoga with Michael’s family and enjoyed many mornings at the backstretch (my favorite).  We headed to the Cape the following weekend for another adventure!  We explored Hyannis, spent my birthday eating pastries, exploring Provincetown, eating oyster and seafood ocean-side in Wellfleet and even watched Planes at the drive-in!  We worked the Falmouth Road Race and watched 35 Team In Training runners cross the finish line!  And to complete our tour of the Cape we spent the night in Martha’s Vineyard at a super nice hotel, enjoying a fancy dinner and exploring Vineyard Haven! We even saw President Obama playing golf!  We closed out the summer with one final weekend at the track in Saratoga!

Fall came quickly and was in one word, BUSY!  I got promoted at work not once but twice! We went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania so I could be the bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and watch her and her husband say I do!  And we welcomed this little one into our lives!  Twila brought lots of laughter and happiness with her funny little ways! We headed to Newport again to go the Wine and Food Festival.  It was a pretty amazing day in one of the mansions trying food and wine and loving every minute of it! The last weekend of September brought one of the most exciting things of the entire year…our engagement!  Michael proposed in our Sunday morning yoga class!  We celebrated over brunch and with our family and friends!

October brought back to back half-marathons!  We headed to Portland, ME for the Maine Marathon and Half where I had an incredible race and loved the scenery!  The following weekend I ran the BAA Half Marathon yet again and had another fun race!  We celebrated both with lots of delicious food!  At the end of October my parents came to help us choose our wedding venue.  We set our date and began planning for our November 15, 2014 wedding!  In November we met with caterers, went to multiple tastings and picked ours!  My mom, cousin and I found the dress of my dreams!  We celebrated Thanksgiving with Michael’s family and yoga! December brought christmas trees, work travel and holiday shopping!  I celebrated the holiday in NY with my family and even went skiing last week with my Dad and brother!

Beyond all the activities I managed to scale back in my commitments and started to really live by the idea that less is more.  I refocused on my yoga practice and even stopped teaching in an effort to reconnect.  I’ve also scaled back my running and workouts to give my body a chance to rest and recover a bit…the first time in years.  I finally feel like I’m in a great place with work and life balance and put my time first.

It’s been an amazing year and we can only imagine what next year will bring!  We can’t wait to get married and become husband and wife and hope to see so many more amazing things come our way!  Thank you all for following my life and journey, even as I’ve stepped back and have been blogging less.  I’m hoping to be writing a bit more in the year to come!

Happy New Year Friends!! 

And The Next Chapter Begins…

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A year ago I was organizing, regrouping and giving myself a bit of a life detox in preparation for the start of my new job at Team In Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I was relieved to leave a job I hated behind, excited to be following my dreams and starting a career I knew I’d be passionate about.  I was nervous about all the changes, and a little bit anxious about what the future held for me.

355 days later and here we are.  So much has changed yet so much remains the same.

I was recently double promoted at work.  I had been working towards my first promotion and knew it would be coming.  Little did I know one week later I’d receive my second promotion and be Campaign Director for Team In Training! That’s the so much has changed part.  The so much is the same part is that I’m excited to be continuing in the career I love and have so much passion for and at the same time I’m nervous about all the changes and I’m definitely feeling a bit anxious about what the future holds.

Tomorrow this new chapter in my journey begins.  I’d love to predict the future and know what the next 355 days will bring me but I can’t.  I do know, that if they are anything like the last 355 days I have some incredible things in store for me.  I’ve scaled back, created space and set myself up to be as successful as possible in this new role.  And just like I’ve done this past year, I’ll continue to listen to my heart and follow my dreams!  Success will come…

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Washington DC Recap!

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I absolutely loved DC! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, it’s so easy to get around and the sites are incredible! I definitely want to go back again soon with Michael.  It’d be nice to be there for vacation so we could spend more time sight-seeing and check out Georgetown!

Friday.

It was noon time by the time I was ready to head out and explore so I made my way to the National Mall.  On my agenda was the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, The Washington Monument, The White House and I even squeezed in Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guards!

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Inside the Lincoln Memorial

Inside the Lincoln Memorial

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

In Front of the White House

In Front of the White House

Etchings at the Vietnam Memorial

Etchings at the Vietnam Memorial

Tomb of the Unknown Solider

Tomb of the Unknown Solider

Saturday night I met up with friends for dinner at this amazing farm to table restaurant.  The food was incredible and tasted so good after a full day of sight-seeing!

Saturday.

Early Saturday morning I had meetings for work and a reception to attend but as soon as they were over I headed out to take in more sights.  My first stop was to see Congress which when you get up close and personal is pretty breath-taking!  Then I went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.  The Rotunda where they are housed is gorgeous and it was amazing to see those documents in real life.  After that I had lunch of the National Sculpture Garden since it was so beautiful out and then headed to the Natural History Museum.  I only had about an hour to spend there so I took the dinosaurs, the minerals and gems and made a quick pass through everything else.  I really want to go back there and take my time going through it!

My first look at Congress!

My first look at Congress!

Congress

Congress

Sunday.

Sunday was an early day! I was up at 4:15AM to see my team off for the race.  Then I met up with other TNT staff to head to our cheer zone.  I spent most of the race at mile 10 which was really close to the Jefferson Monument.  We were there so early and were able to see the sunrise over both the capital and the Jefferson Monument! It was amazing.

Sunrise over Congress

Sunrise over Congress

Sunrise over Jefferson Memorial

Sunrise over Jefferson Memorial

Race day was long and busy but in the end my team had an incredible time.  In all there was 2,300 runners with Team In Training and they raised over 6 million dollars.  I’m so proud of them and they should be so proud of themselves!  It was really cool to be working the event as a staff.  Friday I worked at the expo helping to deal with registration issues and issues with bibs.  It was neat to see the back-end of things.  Race day was very similar in terms of being able to see the back side of the event.  So much work, effort and coordination goes into putting on a race for 16,000 runners!

Monday.

I was exhausted when I woke up and my feet were killing me.  I was on my feet pretty much the entire time I was in DC and it was really catching up to me! I took it easy in the morning, had brunch and coffee and then headed to the Newseum.  It was rainy and cold so it was the perfect day to spend time in the museum.  The Newseum covers the history of the News and was awesome! They have pieces of the Berlin Wall there, lots of 9/11 information and remains and so much more.  The highlight was the wall of over 200 front pages from the day after 9/11.  It is incredible to see how the world reacted.

9/11 Front Pages

9/11 Front Pages

If you have never been there I highly recommend it! I loved every exhibit!  After spending hours in the museum I headed to the hotel and then made my way to the airport!

I was exhausted last night and slept so good!  Today I’m playing catch up and getting my yoga on…my body desperately needs some twists and stretching and my feet need some rest!

Did you run the Nike Women’s Half?  Did you like it?  Have you been to the Newseum before?

On Feeling Accomplished

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It is no secret that I love goals and milestones to work towards.  I’ve learned over the years that it’s really just better for everyone if I think about life in small chunks.  One accomplishment at a time, one step at a time.  Sometimes the smallest things in life can leave me feeling accomplished and I love that!

We are in the height of recruitment for our summer season at Team In Training.  I’m managing two teams and working with our corporate program so it’s definitely busy.  I love what I’m doing and feel like I’ve found my stride.  I’ve finally adjusted to the new schedule and have a good handle on how to manage all my responsibilities.  As I was driving home last night I was reflecting on how nervous I was about this busy month and how pleasantly surprised I am about how well it’s going.   It left me feeling accomplished.

Even though it’s only been a week I’m feeling so good about the fact that I completed all of my planned workouts this week.  I ran 3 times this week and hit the mat for yoga.  There was most certainly a morning or two where I considered snuggling in bed for an extra hour but like they always say, you never regret a workout!  Today, I’m most certainly enjoying a rest day and I won’t feel one bit bad about it.  Accomplished.

And this weekend?  A much bigger accomplishment.  I’ll become a certified yoga instructor!  It’s been quite the 6 months trying to get through each weekend, prepare for exams and prep for our community class but it’s also been such a fun journey! There have been so many mini milestones to this journey like conquering challenging poses, finding myself as a teacher, learning to be a little less Type A, and teaching my first class.  If you are in the Boston area I hope you’ll come out to South Boston Yoga to  share this accomplishment with me! I’ll be teaching a community class with my fellow trainees on Sunday at 2pm.  We’ll be teaching an awesome all levels flow with a rockin’ playlist!

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What leaves you feeling accomplished?

12 and Done!

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This weekend I welcomed in fall with apple picking, a trip to Wilson Farms (<—LOVE this place!), homemade apple pie, warm hearty meals, shopping for fall clothes and boots and long runs.  This weekend was my last long run for the B.A.A. Half marathon.

All week I’d walk outside at lunch and take in the cool weather and sunshine and psych myself up for my 12 miler.  To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it so it took all week to psych me up.  I was more in the mood to sleep in, drink coffee and relax.  But Michael made an 8:30 tee-time with a friend to play golf so I had no excuses to postpone or skip it.

The alarm went off and Michael got up to get ready.  I reluctantly followed suit to make my oatmeal.  And then Michael told me it was raining.  Raining?! Really?!  This was not the long run I’d envisioned.  So I proceeded to procrastinate.  I changed the sheets on the bed, started laundry, picked up the house and by then it was almost 8:30.  Ok.  Time to go.  No more procrastinating.  

I set off for my run and settled in to a pace.  I was ignoring my Garmin because I couldn’t imagine the pace was good but it felt good and that’s what mattered.  I had my loop all planned out- 3 miles to the lake, 2 laps of 3 miles each around the lake, 3 miles home.  Mentally this run was easy.  Then the Garmin beeped, mile 1 done.  I couldn’t resist and looked at the pace and was content with what I saw.

12 Mile Long Run

The 3 miles to the lake flew by and I wasn’t hating the drizzle and cool air.  It was actually peaceful and calming.  The path around the lake itself was flat and I just settled in.  The people walking and other runners were motivating to me and I felt my pace pick up.  The Garmin beeped and I was surprised to see a sub 9 min/mile!  I cruised, trying to keep the pace. The people watching was awesome.  Truth, I love checking people out when I’m running.  I love hearing bits and pieces of their conversations and guessing what their story is or where they might be from.  It’s a fun game to me and it passes the time. 

I was loving running around the lake, mentally it was easy and my pace was quick.  I knew the 3 miles home would have a good uphill and part of me wished I could stay and finish the final 3 at the lake but I had to run home.  I pushed the uphill, determined to keep up my sub- 9 min/mile pace.  I told myself “3 and done”.  It was a good little mantra.  For as good as I felt, that final mile was hard.  I was tired and I knew I just wasn’t used to a sub- 9 min/mile pace but I was happy.  Happy for a quick pace, happy for running in the drizzle, happy to be closer to race day.

I love when you have a great run AND your race bib and packet comes in the mail on the same day! A sign of a good race to come?  I sure hope so!

B.A.A. Half Marathon Bib!

Point of this recap:  sometimes the runs we dread the most will be some of our best not only mentally but physically too.  

Random side note:  I thought about this for a good mile and half on Saturday.  And then again on Sunday.  I love running, I love fall races, I love training for fall races.  I love that final long run before my fall race.  Why?  Because I love winter and winter follows fall.  I love not having a training plan, running less, and feeling my aches and pains from weeks and months of running during the spring, summer and fall fade away. I love hiding in the warm yoga studio.  And I love sleeping in, hiding under the covers, drinking coffee and relaxing on cold, snowy winter weekends.  Except of course if you’re training for Boston.  What can I say? I am a New Englander and love my seasons.  Even the ones that are dark and involve less running. 

Sunday I was up early again for my first practice as Coordinator for Team in Training!  The ladies running the Tufts 10K met for a 5 mile run.  I went to introduce myself and join them for the run.  I was surprised to see a few ladies from the Boston Team last year and loved meeting some new faces!  This is definitely one really fun part of my job!

I felt pretty good but my legs were a little slow and sore.  I kept it light and easy and held a solid recovery pace of about 10 min/mile.

The highlight of this weekend was getting 17 miles done. It’s nice to go into the week being “up”.  I have a 5 miler planned for Thursday again but would love to make that a 6 or 7 miler.  I’m going to try to get all my runs done in the morning this week and start to shift my routine so I’m not sure I can fit that in before work.  We shall see how it goes!

How was your long run this weekend?  For you fall marathoners how is your taper going? Do you look forward to winter like I do? Tips for getting 7 miles done before 7 am?