Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I can't even imagine. As runners, we all know what it's like to see the finish line in the distance, to know its so close, and feel the excitement. Boston is a DREAM for all runners... and only the best of the best get a chance at this. I am at a loss for words.
This past weekend I ran the Manassas Runway 10k.
I ran this 2 years ago, and later that night suffered a tonic/clonic seizure. Of course this was in the back of my mind... but knew it wasn't going to happen!
I met up with Alison, who was part of the Ragnar team with me last year, and in a couple of weeks! I planned on holding an 8:30 avg pace, however I went out too fast and couldn't recover.
I was able to hold a sub 9 min pace, and that's with me stopping 3 times to catch my breath. I have gotten so used to taking quick breaks while running to try to recorrect my form and be careful of my hip alignment... that it kinda messed up my race game!
Overall, I was happy with my 5 minute PR... 54:50! The website showed a few seconds lapse, I'm not sure if the chip worked right! Grrr.
Friday, April 12, 2013
...it's official. He is growing up way too fast.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Addictions: Snacking on almonds
Bed size: queen
Chore you hate: Grocery Shopping!
Dogs or cats: I love both, have a cat
Essential start of your day: checking my phone before I get out of bed.
Favorite color: hmmm... still turqouise
Gold or silver: more so gold right now
Instruments you play (or have played): Violin, Cello (haven't picked them up in FOREVER)
Jobs titles you've had: mother, marketing coordinator, evaluator, manager, customer service rep, lifeguard, swim instructor,
Kids: Lj: 6 years
Live: Northern VA
Mom’s name: Aleka
Overnight hospital stays: C-Section with Lj
Pet peeve: messy kitchen sink
Quote from a movie: ?
Right or left handed: right handed
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother. both older
Time you wake up: either 5 am or 6 am... depending on my work schedule
Underwear: uhhhhh, VS
Vegetables you dislike: Celery
What makes you run late: myself! Not sure.. I'm always 5 minutes late
X-rays you’ve had done: dental, hips, back... gotta love running injuries!
Yummy food you make: Lj loves my pancakes ;)
Zoo animal: Lemurs!
Monday, February 11, 2013
I hope you all are doing wonderful. A lot has been going on over this way... somehow and someway I've been able to juggle 3 classes, an internship, full time job, and be a mama. Oh... and the new role of "girlfriend".
Yep, you read that right. Remember way back in November when I was over it all, to say the least? Well just so happens that a few weeks later, he walked into my life. If you follow me on IG, you probably have seen these pictures already. I apologize for the repeativeness.
Let me back up a little bit. My mom works at a community & fitness center, and T works there as well. He actually just started there in November, & I met him at the Christmas Party a few weeks later. Of course he was attractive, however I wasn't sure how I was going to "flirt" with my parents around! The thing is, my entire family works at the center, and T is the boss. Kinda a big deal. Kinda intimidating.
So about a month later, I brought Lj to the center to go swimming, and got the guts to ask T where he was watching the last football game (Steelers, wahh). I FOR SURE didn't think he'd call... but he did, and joined Lj and I at the local Steelers bar, and we had a great time.
The next day was NY Eve....and I hadn't heard from him so I again, got gutsy and texted him with a Happy NYE thing. What can I say, I knew what I wanted and acted out of character! He again, replied back then asked if he could call me the next day to see what my plans were for the weekend.
After our first date at dinner, they kept rolling in. He already knew my parents and Lj, so it seemed natural. It seriously feels like I've been dating him for months, and its only been 6 weeks? Its great. He treats Lj amazingly, and puts me on a pedestal to say the least.
I am SO happy.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Will YOU join us?
Saturday, April 20, 2013, hundreds of teams will participate in the 7th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy. Our team is excited about coming together to support the critical work of the Epilepsy Foundation.
1 in 26 people within their lifetime will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives and the time is NOW to help change this statistic. Please consider joining our team or making a donation today. Together we can provide the support needed for people living with epilepsy.
Last year, Sarah joined my team with For the Win and it was a success. This year we plan on doing it all over again, with the help of Mike.
My first blog post was about the 2011 Walk for Epilepsy, and the 2012 event was posted here
Of course, you can virtually participate as well.
Would you all be interested in shirts again? I plan on creating them for the team like I did last year. (Maybe grey with a purple logo?)
For more information, visit our team page here
my personal page is here
Thank you so much! With your help, we can create awareness and break the stigma associated with Epilepsy. I am so blessed to have been seizure free 20 months and counting. Let's help others get to this place as well.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
and after connecting via instagram to #furtherfasterforever, I found just the thing to do to jump start my running "career".
and I can say, I've got my groove back.
When I heard there's a race that will donate ALL proceeds to Sandy, I immediately knew I wanted to join. 26 miles for 26 Victims...
Yesterday I ran 4 miles...
i've foam rolled after each (trying to stay injury free ya know...) , and I'm going to get a 60 min massage in about 30 minutes.
I have Ragnar Fever... and 5 months to train to run 40 miles! ayi yi yi.
I've also decided to register for the MCM 17.75k and run with Dave (who I met through instagram).
I've also decided to run the Manassas Runway 10k... I did this in 2011, and afterwards I had my seizure.... so it's bittersweet.
Here's to running one seizure free!
I don't want to register for too many races for fear of overdoing it. But let me tell you, I am so glad to be back in action!
ps- I received my favorite flowers from someone who's pretty awesome. You know what they say... good things come to those who wait. & when you least expect it....
& a post wouldn't be complete w/o little man.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Good morning :)
These past few weeks have been GREAT. Im almost done with classes... (only 7 more weeks) and I secured an internship.
Ill be working for a 501c organization helping them prepare for an audit that will happen in the spring for them.
Policy driven? Check.
The location is close to my momma' s work. So ill be able to have lunch with her :-)
Im super excited for the doors this will open for me.
Im going to still work 40 hours a week. And about 15 hours with the internship.
Ill be busy. Plus trying to train for Ragnar?
Wish me luck. Graduation in June!!! Eye on the prize.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Happy New Year!
I celebrated with my best friend at his Aunt's house, just like last year. As always... it was a blast. I'm happy that he came home from Key West. I plan on visiting him next month! We shall see.
A few things... Lj and I enjoyed the last Steelers game (wahhhh) at a local Steelers bar, and he rocked his new jersey.
I took him to the Gaylord for the ICE! show.... the scultures were beautiful, however I'm not sure we'd do this trip again. We waiting in line outside for over 45 minutes, inside for another 20... sat through a presentation, then the actual "self-tour" took 20 minutes. Parking was expensive, and of course I had to buy the picture they took of us for $25. bah!
I RAN! and there wasn't any pain! I have been slowly getting back into it, foam rolling like a champ and getting out there. Honestly I was nervous to run outside due to me always starting out too fast... but it wasn't so bad! My goal is to run 2-3 times a week and not worry about time/pace/if it was a good or bad run.
I saw this on facebook, and felt the same way...
- Stay injury free
- Run 1,000 miles
- Run the Marine Corps Marathon & successfully train for it
- Organize a 5k to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation
- Swim laps at least once a week
- Complete the Ragnar Cape Cod & successfully train for it
- Complete my Masters
- Be the best Momma I can be
Thursday, December 27, 2012
and with de-motivation comes the lack of blogging. What am I supposed to blog about? After all, this blog is [mainly] about three me being things: mother, runner, and a woman with epilepsy.
I posted this picture on my instagram yesterday to hold myself accountable for eating clean and working towards the flat stomach I ever-so-want before next summer
This was the reassurance on why I should CONTINUE to blog.
i love this kid.