Family BFFS and Race Schedule

I got a lot of requests for my actual race schedule so I thought I would share that with you guys.

This is all while I’m back home and there are a few more that I haven’t looked at exact dates for but I know I’ll be doing them.  Mostly open water swims because it depends on currents and all that jazz…not that I’m sure you wouldn’t mind if I washed out to sea.

May 22: Williamsburg Half Marathon

May 28th: Elizabeth River 10k

June 4: Norfolk Zoo 5k

June 19th: Jack King Open Water 1 Mile Swim

oh hey father and I have kinda done this race like 5 years in a row.

July 4th: Mount Trashmore 5k

just because it came from this race and I know you love it.

July 5th: Summer Series I Count down Race (This is pretty neat that they start the clock at an hour and you pick when you think you will finish about 4 miles.  So if you are running an 8 minute pace it would take you 32 minutes and you would leave when the clock gets to 32 minutes)  This is more of a fun time more than a race.

July 12th! Summer Series II This is going to be the  Do you know why?  It’s my 21st birthday.  There is relay road race where you are randomly assigned two other people.  The people on my relay better realize we are wearing 21 crowns and sashes.  Oh yes and the best part is there is free beer at the end.  Could my 21st work out anymore perfectly?

July 16th: Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run.  This is my big race of the season.  1k run on the beach followed by a 1k ocean swim then 5k on the boardwalk.  Last year I won first for females…this year I’m hoping to do the same.

This is where this photo came from

August 6th: Greenwich 2 mile open water swim

uncle, father and I. I've done the race since I've been 18...they have been 18 quite a few years longer...

August 13th: Mud Run 8k.  Another fun run full of muddy obstacles and muddy joys.   My dad and I do it as a team.

Enjoy the water on my camera screen. Matt, dad and I

August 20th: Surfers Healing 5k

Then off to cross country season

Question for you:

  1. What races are you doing this summer?
  2. Is your family your BFFS and biggest supporters?
My Real Life Breakup

Alright my blogging friends.

Today for Triple Tangent Tuesday, I have no food to share with you and I only have one tangent.  This is a very long and joyful story filled with emotional highs and lows.   I’m being more dramatic then I have to be I swear.  I just like to pretend that I’m a dramatic playwrite.


It all began in 7th grade.  I was still a new US student in middle school and my math teacher hated me.  Every grading period she would write that I was not a good student and all I did was draw mythical creatures in her class and never pay attention.  True life: That was the height of my sailor moon addiction.  Um because I have no shame I’ll attach a photo, I drew in about 1 minute. 

Sadly, my days of drawing Japanese fanfiction are long over and that was the first time I whipped out my drawing skills since well probably 9th grade.

But anyways, I ended up being put into the slower math group in 8th grade with an old cranky teacher.  She wasn’t bad but she was certainly past her prime.  She clearly didn’t want to be there and needed money for her retirement home which funny enough was near my parents 90 miles north.  Seeing her at the beach was…a highlight of my  summer.  Way past her prime.  She recommended me to continue on with the slower track of math but my parents overrode it.   They said I was not reaching my potential and threatened to take away everything from my pencils and markers to my zoo tycoon computer game. 

So there I went, into Algebra 1 and into 9th grade and high school (which had close to 3000 students).  I took algebra 1 in fall of ninth grade, and geometry in spring.  Followed by algebra 2, trigonometry, calculus and then AP calculus my senior year.  Something just clicked for me in ninth grade and math. It could have been that I had the greatest 9th grade teacher and she worked with me or perhaps the fact that I grew up. Either way, I was excelling at math and who doesn’t love things they are excelling in? 

I even participated in a mathalities competition, and being a prissy materialistic high school girl, that isn’t normally seen.  Throughout high school, I swam but didn’t become as competitive until sophomore year when I secured my spot as top female and really took an interest in swimming and become more serious about it.  So my main interests were swimming and math.  Yes, I was that girl that would be doing math and formulas in my free time.

No shame.

Throughout high school, I knew I wanted to stay in the classroom, and I absolutely loved math.  It seemed everything made sense for me-major in math and major in education.  Throughout my first three years of college, it all progressed.   I was doing well in my courses and I was (pretending) to enjoy it.  It just seemed like that is what I was destined to do.

Although during junior year, I kept thinking to myself-I’m not going to be teaching Algorithms or modular arithmetic or proofs to middle scholars or even high scholars. Why do I have to learn this?  I hate this sort of math and I just want to solve for x.  In fact, you may not recognize my notebooks as math notebooks but or more or less as English novels.

But then second semester of junior year, we got to go observe an actual high school classroom.  You have seen me post every Thursday about what outfit I’m wearing.  I’ve even asked you guys for advice.

And that my friends secured the deal.

Being in the math classroom is not where I want to be.  I enjoy math, really I do, but I don’t see myself as a teacher.  It’s not that I don’t like math-I do, it’s not that I don’t mind teaching-I enjoy it, it’s not even that I hate middle age kids because I like them a lot.  My interests have just changed since high school.  I have become a completely different person in the last year, let alone the last 3.

So where does that leave me?  What is really in on my mind?  What has stolen my heart since the first day I divulged into my minor?

Yes, you community health.  I knew I would enjoy you the moment I took my first class.  Little did I know, that it was what I wanted to spend my life doing.

Let's not forget that time I won a can of black beans in nutrition. Who doesn't love that?

That is why I have declared my community health major last week.  I have signed up for my courses and have dove in like I raced into cross country and swimming.  I will be graduating in the same amount of time (my original plan had me student teaching Fall 2012 but now I’m be interning Fall 2012).

So what do I want to do exactly? 

I want to help college students and be a wellness counselor on college campuses.  Someone students can talk to about nutrition, about exercise and about their general health and well being.

So there it is-off my chest.  Thank you for listening to my life changing rambles.  I promised you I would be real and realistic.  Although, I probably made this seem like it wasn’t a big deal in my life-I can assure you it is huge.  It is something that has me at wits end.  I’m nervous, I’m freaking out, I don’t where I’ll be, but I know one thing.

I’ll be getting my lolz on but still remain in the math alliance club at school.

Did I mention I rock my math tshirts periodically?


Question for you:
Have you ever made a life changing decision?  Did it go in you r favor (please tell me yes :))

Half Marathon Recap

I’m spending the entire night catching up on blog reading versus homework.  I did all my homework on Friday night because I’m a lam0 and because I knew there was no way I’d be able to focus on school after my

Half Marathon!

To give you guys a little play-be-play, the race started at 8am.  I was having a nervous breakdown at 6:am.  I got no REM sleep the last two nights because I was so nervous…ha.

Why was I overly nervous?  I’m not too sure because I told myself I was treating it as a long run anyways. 

It was overly chilly today, more so then the previous two weeks.  I believe it was just above freezing and beautiful pouring rain and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour when the run went off this morning.  The weather got a little bit better during the race-either that or I got extremely warm. 

Omgeez! Just what I want to see at 6:00 race day. Beautiful weather.

I am deathly afraid of two things in races: one that I will get hypothermia (once you get it once-you are forever afraid) and two that I become dehydrated and become more crazy.    So that is why I was layered with seriously four layers of things.  I had my leggings, my underarmour long sleeve, my favorite nike jacket, and my burton hat and gloves.

I wanted to clarify from yesterday-the leggings were just for lounging in the car, I do not wear leggings and spandex.  That screams some sort of painful chaffing while running

Baby Newton love<3

Why yes, I wear my spandex that high.

I had to delayer my hat around mile 4 and I was almost afraid I had lost it, but none of my 1000 racing BFFS took it so I was able to drive by and snatch it on the way out.  It was a scary feeling-the Quiznos people would never recognize me without my hat.

I never once felt tired in my race and felt like I had a few more miles in me which is exactly what I wanted.  I wanted to treat this as a long run and be able to really be ready for my half marathon in Rochester May 1st.  My final time was 1:41.57 which put me at 99/1000 people.  Like I said-I’m fully proud of this time and ran probably at 75% max effort-this was all about testing out the water and my heels.

I think the greatest accomplishment for me was not having to use the restroom for two solid hours.  When you drink over 2 gallons of water everyday-that is really a big deal. 

I even got a massage afterwards.  It was seriously amazing.  And once the website puts up my photos, I may be inclined to post some-I mean I know I probably looked pretty attractive and it’s what makes the boys holla- the sweaty, grimey beautiful expressions that I make.

A big thank you to all of you for supporting me.  You are all invited to my house for a pancake party celebration.  If someone brings pam we can make waffles too but apparently because apparently I’m out ha. 


Here are some photos because they are more fun.

Sara runs in Vibrams. I nicknamed hers the pink V's
She was also able to braid and tame my hair.
I was aiming to be the front runner obviously. I don't know why I find it attractive to stick out my pelvis like that ha.
half marathon finishers


Question for you:

Tell me about your weekend.

Prehalf Jitters

I’m ready.
I think.
For my first half marathon. Well if you don’t count my treadmill time.

I have 1 million grams of carbohydrates in my belly.  I also have the support of a few people around these parts.  I have a nice playlist on my ipod full of vulgar rap songs.

Spandex?  Yes.

Leggings? Yes.

100 pairs of socks? Yep.

Straightened hair? Double check.  (I need to run races with straight hair versus afro style hair).

Its not even a webcam photo...Im clearly so skilled.

Too bad it’s supposed to be pouring rain and windy.   It’s about two hours northeast of me (did you know you could be anymore upstate NY?) UH yeah me neither…

Although my milage and base isn’t as strong for this race because of my injury, it’s still decent enough.  I’m not really planning on racing this half marathon but I did sign up for it and really want to participate.  Due to my heel injury that cut my training from 50  to zero, I didn’t get to do any of the runs that would make me feel most comfortable for this race.  Aka runs more than 12 miles.  I signed up, though, for this race months ago so I still want to try it out.

My next half, May 1st is when the ball will be rolling.  This half marathon is for me to simply test out the waters, find what works, what doesn’t and to make sure my heels are still going strong.

My goals is to be between 1:40-1:50 but we will see.  The other time I ran a 13.1 was on a treadmill and I finished in 1:49 and got the bonus of two fractured heels.  YUCK.   Oh and the smell of burnt popcorn.

So the last few days, I have been carb loading like it’s my job. 

I went to my favorite diner obviously
I love how Holiday festive they are. <3
Grapes are my favorite carb ever.
oatmeal pancakes topped with apples=more nom carbs
I knew I had some pasta and marinara somewhere in there too

I bought some powergels and shot blocks depending on my mood and am completely packed.  So think of me tomorrow at 8:00 am.  I’ll miss you blogging BFFS.


Question for you:

  1. How do you prepare for a big race?  Or a new distance race?
Fun Facts

Sometimes in the blogging world, you can fudge that you had such an interesting and fabulous day when in reality-you didn’t.  Pictures tell 1000 words if they are real or not there are at least 1000 words there.  But anywho-I have been running around and in out and out of the high school watching my little mathaliates compete in a big regional competition.

Luckily for me, I was tagged in the versatile blogger award via Matt @The Athletes Plate.  I would have actually tagged him back but I think that is cheating.  I’m such a rule follower….

Anyways-I recently started following Matt’s Blog and I absolutely love it.  He is such an inspiration and seriously makes the best the best looking food.

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Tell 7 Random facts about yourself.
  3. Pass the award  to up to 15 new found bloggers.
  4. Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you’ve done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it… (I am going to hope they see the trackback).

Let’s see here, first I’ll relate some of the new blogs that I have found and absolutely love.  There are many blogs that I continue to find on my rampant blog stalks and  they are in no particular order.

1.      Emma @The Sweet Tooth Runner– She is obsessed with tempo shorts (twinnies) and loves herself a good breakfast too.

2.      Christy @ Lift to Run– She is only 18 and already wants to run a marathon and ultra.  Oh yes and she eats more than Michael Phelps so we are kind of already twinnies too.

3.      Lynn @ The Cream Filling. She is a fellow science (and math) lover and her friends often tell her that they don’t know her in class. Um my friends just pretend that they don’t know me in class and then make me eat alone (but not really they all want to be famous on my blog).

4.      Tara @ XC Foodie.  I’ve actually followed her blog for a while now but she is a hella quick cross country (and track runner). Like me, she is new to running but she is super quick and the

5.      You!  Yes, I love every single one of your blogs so please consider yourself nominated.

Now some jazzy facts about me.

1.      I would rather work out at 6 am then 4pm.  I don’t ever have good workouts that late and I’m an early riser.

2.      I cannot run fast on a treadmill.  The fastest I can legit go is at an 8 minute pace and I feel like I’m about to have a heart attack.  Yet, I normally run at a 7:30 pace and I feel awesome and could have a full conversation outside.

3.      My favorite chocolate is orange dark chocolate or dark chocolate with caramel in second.

My birthday is coming up in a couple months....100 pounds of this is acceptable...

4.      I don’t like chocolate ice cream but love every other flavor except healthy fat free ice-cream.  Please don’t tell me it’s delicious but it’s not and I will eat my full fat nom.

5.      Although I like new music and lady gaga is my forever idol, my favorite band will remain as always FleetWood Mac.  I could drive blasting their music with my T-roofs off my car for hours and I hate driving.

6.      I always wanted to be a zoologist but I changed my mind in 10thgrade.  I’m not too sure why.

7.      My life goal is to meet Tyra Banks.  If nothing else in my life goes well-I’ll meet her don’t you worry.

I’ll be back to my regular schedule of blogging tomorrow.  I miss you all my blogging BFFS.

Questions for you:

1.      Tell me about yourself.  Tell me something new.

2.      Whose blog should I stalk next?

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