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PoopEnS 4 liFe!!!

Xo bBiSH!

GPOY wearing size Large for the first time since I can actually remember.

Honestly. I have one of my old baseball Jerseys from when I was 11 that still fit me last year. As a kid you don’t think about clothing size (at least I didn’t), so I really can’t remember.

Good call, @Moxy. I honestly thought it wouldn’t fit and would just be something I’d keep til I could fit into it. Thanks for making me feel like I was already there and persuading me to try it… NSV assist!

My heart broke today when I got my mail...

{DISCLAIMER: I got a text letting me know this was coming…but it still made me bawl}

Earlier this week @regainingmymoxy posted the video of Fatten opening up the get well gifts that my kitties, my daughter and I had sent him when she took him to the vet…

After she lost Fatten this past weekend I reached out to her to tell her how deeply sad and sorry I was for her and to let her know that I was there for her if she needed anything…

She did text me back to tell me she appreciated it and also that Fatten had sent me something in the mail so not be freaked out when I got it…

Well, I am a bad postal person as I only go to my mail box 1x a week….

So tonight, amongst the bills and junk mail was this BEAUTIFUL thank you card to me, Jingle Bells and Beethoven from Fatten….and a small token of appreciation from Stefanie!

Guys - I cannot tell you how much this makes me sad and yet thankful!!

I am THANKFUL that across the miles, across the interwebs, across the pain & heartache of Stef losing Fatten that I have found and made a friend even though I have yet to meet her in person.  I feel truly blessed and honored to be part of her life, even if only virtually for now.  I am looking forward to completing the circle in September when I fly out to NYC to run the Tunnel to Towers with her…

And, I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!!! Sooooo many of you I have been lucky enough to meet in person…to get to run with, eat with, drink with and my life is better and richer for it!   And there are many of you that I sooo look forward to meeting…to building friendships, to laughing and crying together, to cheering each other on and pushing each other to new heights…

We live in a unique time, where friendships are forged in new ways like online and through the internet…its hard to explain to those who don’t blog or connect in social networks…but it WORKS, its REAL and it is AMAZING!!

So tonight, for Stef and for Fatten – I say that you did not need to thank me…I need to THANK YOU for brightening my world, making it richer and happier and better…for teaching me about Caturday and for making me smile…

RIP Fatten – you will always be loved and never be forgotten!!

The 35th Annual Great Cow Harbor 10K

When I was a kid, I thought the people who ran this race were frakking INSANE. How many miles? Do they know how hilly this town is? Since I started running a few years ago (more casually then, more seriously now), it’s been on my mind. I’ve really wanted to run it, but I could never justify the trip from Massachusetts for a 10K. But I’m in New York again! So I’m finally running it. The race is part of a greater weekend of small town festivities that also includes Cow Harbor Day. If small town holidays, parades, and lots of people dressed up as cows piques your interest, you should come hang out and run.

(start line - runners as far as the eye can see!)

Have I mentioned that I’ve never run a 10K race before? Two marathons, 3 road half-marathons, a trail half, a ton of 5Ks, and some random distance races, but never a 10K.

(Ryan Hall setting the course record in 2006)

Here are some interesting facts about The Great Cow Harbor 10K:

  • 5,500+ runners
  • 25,000+ spectators
  • 2k fun run / walk with 1000+ participants
  • one of Runner’s World top 100 races in the USA
  • selected as a Championship Race by RRCA for the 11th consecutive year
  • UPS bag drop (lololol - it’s a 10k. TAKE NOTE, NYC MARATHON. This is how you do it.)
  • shuttle service from parking to start line and from finish to parking
  • staggered/wave start + chip timing
  • four water/aid stops (FOR A 10K. C'MON.)
  • $3k cash prize to top male and female; $5k bonus for setting a course record
  • age group awards and raffle for all runners (bib number =  ticket)
  • Last year, Mo Trafeh set a course record - 28:17, 4:34 pace (beating Ryan Hall’s 28:22 set in ‘06)
  • Last year, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom also set a course record - 32:26, 5:14 pace
  • Elite runners have been known to live & train in Northport for months leading up to the race.
  • This race is SERIOUS[ly fun].

It’s a challenging course, and it includes both my least favorite hill (though we run down it - FUN!) and my favorite hill, James Street (which I just learned is often referred to as “Widow Hill” by runners… so there’s that). It’s also gorgeous. So there’s that.

(Cows are everywhere.)

Have I hooked you yet? If you’re in the NY area, you should come play. You probably won’t set a PR, but you’ll have a blast. If you have more miles than that to run, we can run more miles. And if anyone wants to fly out, that’s cool, too.

Saturday, September 15th is the date.

I think I’m going to run with a cow bell.

Sign up, me hearties!

For @regainingmymoxy

Stef – just remember this….

“We are all traveling this journey we call life. Sometimes the road is straight through wide open spaces lit with glorious sunshine. At other times the road might be steep, winding, dark and feel too difficult to maneuver. But what we all have in common are co-pilots…. friends that help us navigate through the rough spots and celebrate the smooth. Surround yourself with amazing co-pilots and your journey will be filled with love."  {from my friend, SP’s facebook page }

Your co-pilots NEVER consider you a burden….

Let them help you manuever through the rough spots

Happy thanksgiving!

There may be things I wish for, but I have a whole hell of a lot to be thankful for.

beyond the basic blessings i’m thankful for (family, friends, faith, food, shelter, etc) I have 2 things i’m really thankful for this year.

1. Moxy/stefanie - she is simply amazing. When I was having a rough time last year she let me know I could come spend some time in nyc over the summer. Not sure that she was expecting me for 5 weeks :) but she opened up her home to me & made the trip of a lifetime possible. She is such a bright light in my life!

2. New start at a new school that I love!

@Moxy!!!! The forks have made it to Kentucky! (Spotted on today’s run). Also spotted were a pregnancy test and two TVs on sidewalks. I don’t know what that was about.

I did 7 miles today and I’m really pleased. They were tough and I am dealing with major DOMS from the squats yesterday but I covered the distance (with multiple walking breaks to stretch the quads, obviously) and I am not injured. Average pace, very slow.

I’ll aim for 8-9 next weekend and 10-11 the week after which should have me adequately prepared for a little fun run in Nashville!