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Daily Struggles of Life Balance

Hello all. I have been MIA for awhile. I took over writing for the MRTT blog from Irma when she was moving as a way to stay connected with MRTT while I was recovering and to develop a new skill. However as I returned to work part-time and continued my rehab I found it difficult to balance all the activities in my daily life. So this blog is one of the things I was juggling that dropped to the floor and has laid there now for several months.

This daily struggle with balancing life is a challenge for many of us. How do you balance? What do you let fall to the floor and lay there for awhile before you pick it up, dust it off and try to add it back into the mix of things you are juggling?

Life truly is a balancing act. There are 24 hours in our day … we can not get more. Each of us has a limit of what we can juggle in our day. This year make it a goal to maintain balance in your daily life. Examine your priorities, have they changed? What can you say “No” to? When things are feeling out of control it is time to stop and take a look at what you are juggling. Do you really need to keep all those balls in the air?  Daily exercise helps me find calm and balance in my life. I know I will be glad that I juggled that ball for the day but it can be an easy one to let drop.

Life feels better when it is in balance. Take a deep breath and focus on your priorities, set boundaries, and decide what balls to juggle today. Here’s to a year of maintaining better balance!

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Balance….a precious thing!

 

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Making a Dream a Reality by Judie W.

My Ironman Race Experience…The weekend started on Thursday when Aleks and I went up to Windsor to check in.  I was so glad to be there with someone else as it was all a bit overwhelming.  We drove up in the morning and got our race numbers, all the gear bags and a very lovely Ironman Vineman backpack to put it all in.  After having a quick browse around the pretty small expo, we went to the athlete briefing.  As always, the briefing was anything but brief but it was good to get the information and actually feel like this was going to happen.  Then after a quick stop for food, we drove back to San Jose.

On Thursday night my kids had decorated my gear bags so I could find them easily and then I packed up all the stuff I needed for the race.  Friday morning I set off for the real deal.  I drove straight to the bike drop off.  The traffic was complete carnage with everyone trying to drop their bikes off and have a look at the river for the swim.

After dropping my bike I wanted to drive the bike course just to get a bit of a feel for it.  I’m really glad I did as it gave me a bit of confidence for the next day.  The course was marked really well and I didn’t get lost driving, so could see that I wouldn’t get lost during the actual race.  The hills didn’t seem too dreadful, either up or down.

My drive took me to the high school where I dropped off my run gear bag.  This was where I made the most mistakes.  I forgot to put in my running sunglasses, food for the run and a bottle of Nuun but these all turned out fine in the end really.  After dropping off my run bag, I checked into my hotel, had dinner, just chilled out for the evening and tried to get some sleep.

I woke up at 3am on Saturday morning.  My alarm was set for 4 but I just couldn’t get back to sleep.  So I had my breakfast, put on my swim clothes and warm clothes over the top and went downstairs.  The hotel had moved their complimentary breakfast earlier so it started at 4!  I had thought that there was a shuttle from the High School (the finish area) to the swim start but there wasn’t, so I thought I would have to drive to the swim start, leave my car there all day then get the shuttle (there was one afterwards) back to get it after the race.  That didn’t sound too appealing, so I was cheeky and when some people got up from breakfast to leave, I asked them if they had room for me in their car.  Luckily they did and I got a lift with some very nice people to the start.

The swim was utter carnage.  Firstly the river is very shallow in a few places – so much so that my hand was scraping across the floor as I swam.  Lots of people opted just to get up and walk instead.  This caused a few problems because the walkers were slower than the swimmers so were just in the way.  Secondly though, people were just really aggressive.  There was lots of pushing and shoving – me also after a while!  It was just hard to find space to swim.  My swim time was 1:18.  My aim was to be out of transition by 1hr 30, so I am pleased with this time.  If I do another Ironman, I’d line up with the 1:10-1:20 people rather than 1:20-1:30 and hopefully it would be a bit easier to swim properly rather than trying to do lots of overtaking.

Transition was really funny.  You get out the water and there are people there to get your wetsuit off.  So I just had to sit on the mat and someone pulled and pulled!  Then I found my beautifully decorated gear bag and went to the women’s changing tent.  It was such a fun atmosphere in there.  We were all smiling and telling stories of our epic swim, but also trying to get ready for the bike.

On the way out of transition, I saw Aleks.  She had done a faster swim but slower transition so we got our bikes at the same time.  She raced off to do a fabulous bike split.  And I was off on the bike.  The first half went really well.  I was fast and confident.  It is quite a hilly course – not big scary hills but just rolling constant ones.

The second half was when the tiredness kicked in.  By mile 70 (nope, still can’t get over the incredible distances!) I was seriously flagging and by mile 80 I decided I had to give myself a break.  I told myself just to sit up and go slow for a while just to get some strength back.  It worked and by the nastiest section of the course – mile 95-100 – I felt much better.

The bike was really fun.  Lots of people overtook me as I’m on the slower side but I also overtook quite a few people.  There would be sections where I’d overtake someone on an uphill, they’d overtake me going downhill and we’d continue that for a while.  There was a guy in a blue shirt that I think I passed about 8 times and another guy with a black aero helmet that kept passing me but I don’t remember me overtaking him!  He probably stopped at more aid stations or something.  Then there were other people like the girl in the patterned dress and the woman with the pink bike.  After a couple of to and fro’s we would have a quick chat on the way past each time.  It was a fun atmosphere.

The last few miles of the bike were really just a slog.  After the hill just before 100, it was just trying to pick off each mile until I got to transition.  The second transition was similar to the first.  Someone took my bike off me and I got my run gear bag and went into the tent.  I think I took about 10 minutes that time and then it was off on the run.

The run course was 3 loops of an out and back, which was really great.  It broke it up into really manageable sections.  Each was about 4 miles – just a neighborhood run with Darlene and Sarah.  The course was also mainly rolling hills and the secret of Ironman seems to be that almost no-one runs the whole thing.  So I walked through the aid stations and many of the hills.

The first lap was probably the hardest as it felt like there was just so far to go and my legs were completely dead after the bike.  I saw Aleks on the start of my second lap and end of her second.  She was doing great and seeing her gave me a huge boost.  She overtook me near the end of my second lap, when she had just a mile or so to go.  She was running with her husband and looked so strong!

The second lap was when they brought out the chicken bouillion.  This is famed in Ironman as being the best pick-up in the world, and they were right.  It was like nectar.  It is just really salty, warm broth – exactly what you need during the run.  My second lap was pretty uneventful but at the end of it, I got my run special needs bag.  The volunteers thought I was really funny because I put all the contents in the trash and kept the bag – my daughter had decorated it and as we weren’t getting the special needs bags back, I wanted to keep it.  (I also kept my bike special needs bag.)

The run was a lot quieter than the bike.  People were friendly but not really chatty.  We were all just in our own spaces trying to get it done.  I did pass a guy who was 75 – I think he was the oldest I saw.  He was very chatty and had lots of advice.  This wasn’t his first Ironman.  (We all have our ages written on our left calf so it was easy to see how old people are.)

Then near the end, I was walking and trying to keep up with another woman who was also walking.  She was really fast so I couldn’t catch her until I started running again.  She was only on her second lap and had to walk fast just to make the cut-off.  I felt so dreadful for her as it didn’t look like she was going to make it, but I really hope she did.  That was the worst thing about the final bit of the run – seeing people going out on their final lap and not being sure if they would make the cut off.

The third lap was when it started to get dark.  Going out was ok but coming back I really wished I had a head torch.  I think I lost a bit of time because I just couldn’t see and was more wary of where I was putting my feet.  Just after mile 23, my watch alarm went off.  (I have a daily alarm at 9:15pm to tell me to go to sleep.)  I realized that if I pushed it, I could go under 15 hours.  My goals before the race were first to finish the bike under the cut-off, next to finish the run under 17 hours and finally to finish under 16 hours.  Under 15 just didn’t seem possible.   But when my alarm went off, I knew I could do it if I just pushed.  So I did!  I know my time for the final lap was the slowest but I did push my hardest for it.  My marathon time was only 20 minutes longer than my marathon personal best!  (That’s definitely something I’ll need to do some work on.)

And then you get to the turnaround where it says finish one way, more laps another way.  There was another 5 minutes of running after that but you don’t know that – you just have to keep going.  You feel all happy because you have done all the laps but you still have to keep pushing and I had no idea how far I had to go because they didn’t have a marker for 26 miles.  Keeping myself going for those minutes was so hard.  I just wanted to walk or sit down but of course I didn’t and kept on running.  Going through the finish chute is surreal.  I have dreamed for so long about it and it really didn’t disappoint.  The announcer says “Judie Wilcox, you are an Ironman!” and you run through massive floodlights so you can’t really see anything.

I didn’t know what my finish time was until much later.  I did check my watch and knew I’d finished under 15 hours – woo hoo! But I didn’t know any more than that as I didn’t have my phone to look it up.  With the rolling swim start it is hard to know exactly and the finish clock showed the time from the elite start.  To be honest, I didn’t really care much about anything just that I had finished.

After the race I went to the food area and got pizza.  I don’t eat pizza usually but I figured that I didn’t really care.  It was perfect!  Once I got my morning clothes bag back I wanted to put my warm-up pants back on.  I think that was one of the hardest parts of the day!  I must have looked so funny trying to get them on but it was so hard getting my legs high enough!  Aleks’ husband had picked up my bike and other gear bags.  We had to pick up our bikes by midnight and seeing as I wasn’t expecting to finish until near to midnight, knowing that someone else was collecting my bike took a huge weight off my mind.  Thank you Nikolai.

Then I had to walk back to my hotel.  It took about 30 mins and was good to keep my legs moving.  The only problem was that I didn’t actually know how to get there so I had to ask at the info desk.  The lovely volunteer there looked it up on her phone for me.

Once back, I had a shower.  That’s when I find all the places that have chafed because they sting as the water hits them.  My heart rate monitor and bra were the main culprits.  I have another nasty welt on my back from the bra clasps but as that happens during most of my long runs, I wasn’t surprised.  My little toes are just big blisters but other than that, I’m relatively ok.  My legs are completely beaten up obviously and my arms are tired.

Sunday was the athlete celebration banquet and awards ceremony.  More importantly I could now to go the shop and buy all the things that I couldn’t bring myself to buy before.  I wanted a 140.6 sticker for my car.  I wanted a t-shirt.  I would have bought pretty much anything that says I am an Ironman.  In the end I bought a lovely hoodie and a few other bits and pieces.  The breakfast was really good, healthy food but I just wanted a proper breakfast, so after I picked up my bike from Aleks, I went back to my hotel and ate properly!

It was a truly amazing experience.  I’m not sure I’ll do it again any time soon as the training was brutal but once the kids are busy with their own lives, maybe I will.  The woman who I drove to the swim start with is in her 60’s and just did her 7th Ironman, so there is still time.

The thing to take away from this whole thing is that you can do it.  I have no idea what your “it” is, but I know you can do it.  Whatever “it” is, find out what you need to do to get there.  You might need to train to even get to the start of the training plan – I did!  But have that goal and work for it.  Always have your goal in your mind and every day do something towards it.  That might be training but that also might be resting and recovering.  It might take you a long time to reach your goal but I know you can do it, because I did. I am an Ironman!!

 

 

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Why I Run by Danalisa C-G.

Ok about me:  I’m 38. Married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years. We have three boys: Owen (9), Aidan (7), Ethan (6).  I’m originally a NJ girl but have moved 12 times since marrying my hubby.  We’ve lived in NJ, NY, WA, England, Ireland and now CA.  I love to travel, read, knit/crochet, sing and of course RUN!

Why do you run? I run for me. I run to clear my head. I run to quiet my crazy thoughts. I run to be fit. I run to feel strong. I run to challenge myself. I run for those who can’t. I run to be social. I run because I can. 

How long have you been a runner? I was always a team sport gal but I hated running. While living in Ireland I started trying to run as a way to get back my body in-between babies at a time in our life when we couldn’t afford a gym. It was easy to go out the door and pound the pavement than try to fit in other workouts. That was 9 years ago. 

Before you leave for a run you must have? My phone/apple watch, running belt, a piece of gum, sometimes headphones and usually my sunglasses.

Describe your relationship with running in one word? Necessary!

Best run ever? My first marathon in November 2015 was as perfect as they get. I loved every moment of it (well almost every minute). I was well prepared, uninjured and the Revel Races are well organized. I thought I would do it once and be done but I’m plotting my next one. 😉

If you could recommend any running related item to a new runner it would be? A good pair of shoes makes all the difference and is worth the money. 

When not going on a run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do? I’m obsessed with Body-pump class and go twice a week. I walk my dog every day. I used to swim regularly and I am hoping to get back into that again.

Worst injury and how you got over it? I have been lucky not to have any significant injuries only minor ailments.  But, I did really struggle with my stomach not feeling well after a long run and I spent a lot of time reading and learning about nutrition in order to fuel myself well and feel better after running. It’s an ongoing lesson that has made me love cooking and feel worlds better all the time.

What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to go for a run? I don’t lack motivation. I’m always ready to feel the burn but I struggle in the summer with getting the time while my kids are home from school. So we have to get creative and use the gym childcare or a playground loop.

When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting? That I have likely done longer than this before so just keep going. Also good tunes can really motivate me.

My favorite thing about running? The people I have met who challenge me and encourage me. Fellow runners are the best!

I felt most like a BadA$$ Mother Runner when? My husband and kids met me on the training course for my 19 and 20 mile training runs to replenish my water/snacks with signs of support. They were a great support and seeing my kids’ faces in awe of what I was working so hard to achieve was the best motivation.

Do you use a Garmin or have a favorite App to track your runs? I use Runtastic and I run with an apple watch.  I used to have a Garmin but once I went apple I’ve never looked back.

Favorite brand of running shoes? Brooks – Run Happy  and I just bought my first Hoka trail shoes.

Favorite races? Revel Race Series, Rock and Roll Dublin , Brazen, Presidio 10

Favorite running partner? In Ireland I was one of the founders of our running group for women, Sloggers to Joggers.  I made some of my best run friends in that group.  I’m only new to MRTT and the Bay Area but Anusha has been my right hand girl for running long on the weekends.  She makes me smile and I love her enthusiasm and positive spirit.

Do you have a running idol? Lots of other mothers inspire me but I’m not a sports fan who watched races or anything like that.

If you gave someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be? Run your own race. There are a lot of applications for that advice..let’s go for a run and we can discuss it =)

Running goals for 2016? To build more strength in the gym which will support me training for a second marathon in 2017.

What do you love about MRTT? The inspiration of other mammas. The instant connection with ladies from all walks of life over a common joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why do I Run….by Alejandra C.

Alejandra has been running since 2011 and she joined MRTT in the spring of 2014. She is a mother of two boys: ages 10 and 6. She works for a local nonprofit that is working on issues around homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Why do you run? I initially began running as a way to keep off some weight and get moving. The sad reality is that high-school P.E. was the last time I had really been active until I started running in my mid-30s. I wanted to start exercising to capitalize on some of the weight-loss I had experienced after nursing my boys. After they had been weaned, I thought if I want to keep this weight off I better start moving! That goal happened to coincide with my sister’s idea to run the Urban Cow 5k in Sacramento. After crossing that finish line for the first time, I was hooked!

How long have you been a runner?  I still feel like a relatively new runner. The first time I stepped on a treadmill was in 2011 and I was running 3 miles.  It was in January 2013, that I reached a new mile-stone of running 6 miles outside when I was training for my first half-marathon.  

Before you leave for a run you must have?  I must have my Garmin (a gift from my husband on our 10th wedding anniversary. He knows the way to my heart!). If it’s a long distance, I must have GU and water. 

Describe your relationship with running in one word? Dependent 

Best run ever?  My first (hopefully, not last) marathon in April 2015 when I ran Big Sur. It was amazing to push through the infamous wall at about mile 22/23 (it is still fuzzy) and come out on the other end.  It is hard to put into words what my legs were experiencing at that point during the marathon, when all I wanted to do was walk. Please, I just want to walk?! It is incredibly empowering to get to the point where it is no longer your legs that are carrying you forward – you are running with your heart and your mind. That is the power of the marathon. If you can commit to the training and enjoy running, I highly recommend that you sign up for a marathon.  

If you could recommend any running related item to a new runner it would be? I would say you must get fitted for shoes!  

When not going on a run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do? I don’t 😦 but this is a goal of mine for 2016.  

Worst injury and how you got over it?  Praise the Lord, I haven’t had any injuries. While I was training for my marathon, I did experience some plantar fasciitis. But I changed shoes and my right foot became best friends with a Sponge Bob golf ball. Things have been good in the ‘hood ever since. 

What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to go for a run?  Lately, it has been meeting my friends to go running. They are a great inspiration to go to sleep early (I don’t want to miss the alarm) and meet for a run before the sun even rises. That is the funny thing about running it has brought about many life-changing habits. Years ago if you had told me that I would no longer be sleeping in on Saturdays (as much as a mom can sleep in anyway) or that I would be setting my alarm to wake me up a time that starts with a 4 – I would have called you crazy!  

When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?  During a race, it’s the desire to set a new PR.

My favorite thing about running? Oh, there are so many things to love about running. I could write an entire blog post on this topic alone.  Running has taught me that age really is just a number because I am running distances now that I would have laughed at as a teenager. You want me to run how many miles?!  I love the joy that it has brought to my life now that exercise is a part of my life-style. Better late than never, but I do wish I had discovered the benefits of running when I was a brand new mom.  Exercise would have helped me tremendously during those early years. Last but not least, I love the new friendships it has brought to my life through MRTT.  It has been such a gift to meet other moms who share my love for running!  

I felt most like a BadA$$ Mother Runner when? I finished my first marathon at Big Sur in April 2015.

Do you use a Garmin or have a favorite App to track your runs? I use a Garmin watch and I’m also on Runkeeper.  

Favorite brand of running shoes?  Right now I am really loving my Adidas Ultra Boost. They feel really light and it almost feels like you’re wearing socks with great soles, of course.

Favorite races?  The Santa Cruz Half-Marathon is one of my favorites because it was my first half-marathon in 2013.  I ran this race with a group from my church as a way to raise funds for a church we’re working with in Nicaragua. I returned to this race in 2014 to accompany my hubby on his first half-marathon.  

Do you have a running idol?  Nadia Ruiz is pretty amazing and I was so excited to meet her at the SJ Rock ‘n’ Roll expo last year! She’s the youngest Latina to have reached the distinction of running 100 marathons. She inspired me to start my own wall of race bibs 🙂 .

If you gave someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?  Start!

Running goals for 2016? I would like to begin lifting weights and cross-training. I hope that saying it here helps keep me accountable. God willing, I’ll also be completing my 2nd half-marathon in New York City!  I am beyond excited to have gotten into this marathon through the lottery.

What do you love about MRTT?  I love the encouragement and inspiration from the other mamas. I feel quite blessed to have found this group.  I find it inspiring to see the posts from other moms that are also getting out there.  I have made some dear friends through this group that have introduced me to new wonderful trails and got me to sign up for my very first trail half-marathon at Summit Rock. I continue to meet fabulous mamas!  

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MRTT Running Survey featuring Julie S.

I decided I would kick this off by completing the questionnaire myself. I joined the San Jose MRTT group several years ago. One of my first interactions with MRTT was meeting up with Irma Do to pick up some MRTT shirts for the Disneyland Tinkerbell ½ Marathon and deliver them to some of the moms running the race. I very much enjoy staying connected to running through the San Jose MRTT group.

  1. Why do you run? I run for stress relief. Getting out and pounding the pavement helps me process all the crazy stuff going on in my head.
  2. How long have you been a runner? On and off since middle school. I ran the mile and 2 mile for track. Over the years I would always go back to running as my go to exercise. Pushed my girls around in the jogger stroller when they were little and then dragged them along with me in short 5Ks as they got old enough to participate. I love that we still run races as a family now that they are grown up.
  3. Before you leave for a run you must have? I really hate to admit this but I need to have my IPhone and headset because I must have my tunes and my Nike app to track my miles.
  4. Describe your relationship with running in one word? Empowering, because even the not so good runs leave me feeling stronger than before.
  5. Best run ever? My first marathon. It was the Silicon Valley marathon and it was my slowest marathon but that feeling of completing it still warms my heart. I started crying when I hit mile 25 because I knew run, walk, or crawl that I was going to do it. My husband, my daughters, and my best friend Stacie all were there to support me and celebrate with me.
  6. If you could recommend any running related item to a new runner it would be? The importance of getting good shoes to run in and trying different brands and styles until you find what works for you. I love Asics and have run in them since the 80’s.
  7. When not going on a run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do? Honestly I must admit I am not much of a cross trainer. I like power walking but that is a lot like running. I know going to the gym and incorporating other types of exercise is important and helps aid in avoiding injury. Once I am released to return to exercise I am hoping to commit to at least 2 days of cross training at the gym that I pay for but rarely use.
  8. Worst injury and how you got over it? On January 5, 2015 I slipped and fell down some concrete steps at work resulting in breaking my right hip, bruising ribs/kidney, hairline pelvic fracture, injuring my back, mild concussion and whiplash. I spent 6 weeks using a walker to limit weight bearing for my hip/pelvic fractures to heal and 2 more weeks using a cane. I spent the last year recovering, doing physical therapy, chiropractor, and acupuncture to help aid in getting back to where I was prior to the accident. I did a lot of walking but was not really able to get to a strong enough point to incorporate much jogging due to continued issues with my back. So I decided to have a micro-discectomy to repair the L4/L5 herniated disc on January 7, 2016 of this year. The surgery went well but unfortunately I suffered a Cerebral Spinal Fluid leak that caused me to have headache, nausea, vomiting and dizziness upon standing. I went back into the hospital and ended up having a blood patch to repair the CSF leak. The blood patch was successful but within 2 days of being back home from the hospital I started having intense pain and numbness in my right leg and foot. I went back into the ER to find out that I had re-herniated the disc. I am not sure how that happened basically on bedrest but the surgeon said the new herniation was worse than the original so I had a second discectomy in February to repair the disc, followed by another CSF leak resulting in a 3rd surgery in March to seal the leak. Thought I was finally on the mend but suffered yet another herniated disk resulting in a spinal fusion in April.  I was checked in and out of the hospital 6 times for a total of 30 days, 4 surgeries and 1 procedure which was not what I was expecting when I decided to go ahead with the back surgery but the issues I had are all possible risks of the surgery. I am happy to say that I am home and on the mend and working at getting back to where I was before the fall. I am on my way to recovery!
  9. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to go for a run? Since I have been recovering the last year my big motivation has just been to get out there and at least walk as part of my recovery and to do my daily PT exercises because I really miss running. Before my accident I would say my biggest motivator was to clear my head.
  10. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting? I usually utilize self-talk a lot when I am on long runs. I have a little mantra I repeat to myself if needed; “I feel great, I feel strong, I could run all day long”.
  11. Favorite thing about running? It’s my me-time and it makes me feel good. I love the energy I feel at races and when I complete running goals that I have set.
  12. I felt most like a BadA$$ Mother Runner when? In 2014, my husband I set on a quest to complete 14 races and log over 1400 miles for the year. I logged 1402.1 miles on my Nike + app and completed 1 Marathon (PR), 5 Half Marathons, 1- ½ marathon relay, 5-10ks and 2 – 5ks. I felt very accomplished that year – BOOM!
  13. Do you use a Garmin or have a favorite App to track your runs? I use the Nike + app.
  14. Favorite running partner? In the past I would say that I was more of a solo runner but over the past few years I have found that I do enjoy running with a partner. My husband, my daughter, fellow MRTT mom Melodie Cameron, my best friend Christie or anyone I can get to join me.
  15. Favorite races? I really like the Rock-n-Roll series, Brazen Racing and Disneyland races. Although I feel that Disney has gotten quite expensive and crowded not to mention the crazy early start times.
  16. Quirky habit while running? I like to carry chapstick and Kleenex just in case I need it. I don’t feel complete if I do not have them packed with a snack for long runs or race day. I must admit I am kind of addicted to chapstick 🙂
  17. Do you have a running idol? When I was 16,  Joan Benoit Samuelson won the Gold medal in the Olympic Women’s marathon. It made such an impression on me as a runner. I still remember how awesome it was to watch her take the victory lap with the American Flag. She is the ultimate mother runner for me.
  18. If you gave someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be? Don’t over think it. Just do it! Try not to worry too much about pace or technique. Life is complicated enough so just enjoy the feel of the run.
  19. Running goals for 2016? I am just taking it a day at a time right now during my recovery so I do not have any official goals for 2016. I am happy to say that I am walking now without walker or a cane and working on my goal of walking 30 minutes (currently at 15 to 20)!
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