Monday, October 24, 2011


WOW!! Life has been busy busy lately! (seriously one of these days I will NOT start a blog this way!) Lots has been happening, will try and keep it short and sweet though :) No novels!

My husband and many friends ran the NC24 Hour Endurance Run in September, each having different goals as far as mileage goes. My son and I were providing assistance to friends and family, helping out with whatever was needed, trying to keep track of food and water intake for the team, as well as moral support. Many other NERC members helped throughout the day and night - and it was so appreciated! NERC and friends came from places such as Ohio, Canada, New York, and more! It was a great time, and everyone's performance was truly inspirational. Big congrats to all my friends, and to my hubby on a job well done!

My husband and I had the chance to pace our friend Scott McGrew at the Oil Creek 100 miler held this month in Pennsylvania. This would be Scott's first 100 mile run and he conquered it! I tricked my husband into taking the shorter pacing section (HA!) and I took the longer distance which was around 30 miles. Yup he was mad when he found that one out! But, he didn't really get the bum end of the stick as me arriving for the later pacing duty meant I got up early to see my son run in his XC meet which was 1 1/2 hours away (I got up at 4 that morning) then drive the 2 1/2 hours to Oil Creek after the meet & wait for pacing to begin! So, hubbers got more sleep. A lot more. Can't argue with that!

On the run Scott looked great the whole time, nailed nutrition, electrolytes, all of it. In fact, he scared the crap out of me to be honest. You see, in the days leading up to Oil Creek I had banged out a 120 mile plus week - my longest mileage week ever. I felt great, no problem, no worries! I was just happy to be running strong again and couldn't stop, feeling like Forest Gump when his braces came off.(I also knew a reduction in mileage was on the way for me as well so I just had to sneak some more miles in this week and went crazy!)SO-as I said before Scott scared the crap out of me. The last few miles of the 100 he really picked up the pace. For the first time I really regretted all the miles I put in that week. Basically I was scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with him, because he was flying! And then - the last 1/2 mile he said it: "Hey do you think you can run ahead about a 3 minute per 1/2 mile pace and tell everyone I'm coming?" For the first time during my pacing job I think I showed 100% fear while I said...."uuuhhhh yeah if you want?! (inside I was saying awwwww DAMN IT!!)" I don't think I landed a 3 min 1/2 mile pace, but was able to speed up a bit to let everyone know he was on his way! Scott had a great run, and his wife Bri made a great crew chief! Congrats Scott!

This weekend I had organized a fun run for my running club, the Northeast Running Club. It was a 5 mile fun run down the busiest street in the area, and most of us were in full costume.

We had an absolute blast acting like kids all over again! For some it was their first group run, and for others it was their longest distance.

A great intro to the club I'd say! We got many curious onlookers, many smiles from drivers in their cars, and many beeps, woo hoos and you name it! We had around 25 people come out including my hero - the legendary Jean Toth, my runnin' mama!

As you can see my son ran with us as well(he was a little excited in the morning, getting into his Halloween costume at 7 a.m. - the run wasn't until 10:30!)

Amy and Sean ran the whole distance in their amazing costumes:

I don't know how they did it, but they did! That's one tough couple!

Friends Mike and Beth came out, and they get the award for cutest couple!

My own husband was a rapper, and certainly played the part!

Afterwards we all went to Quaker Steak and Lube for some seriously refueling. The run was a success and I already have requests to make one for next year, so it looks like this will be an annual thing! I think my son is already planning next year's costume....

Happy Running!

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