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Sometimes just putting one foot in front of the next and willing yourself to move forward is the hardest part of the day. I have been struggling training for my upcoming half marathon for various reasons. But today I laced up the shoes, took a deep breath, headed to the park and just kept moving. I hope you all have a beautiful day filled with hope, determination and little steps forward. 💜

  

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It was a bit of a struggle bus this morning as I pounded 8 miles of Central Park. The sun was shining, everything is blooming, other runners are out in full force-it is pretty much perfect. Except I was overdressed and my allergies were bugging me and my pace was all over the place and, and, and… That is the funny thing about running, everything can be perfect and you can still have a tough day on the road. 

But, I did it. 8 miles. I am training again, back in the game. Moving forward. Doing it. I am out there. Ottawa, I am coming for you!! 😀 

A BIG thank you to Jessica who dragged my butt through the last four. Gotta love my amazing running partners/girlfriends.  I am one lucky lady. 

Get out there today and do something that is going to kick your butt just a bit, you can do it!! Happy Wednesday! Play nice and always remember to chose kindness. Xox 

   
   

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Today was that day when I didn’t have to think about how many layers I had to put on. I did not shiver and grumble all the way to the park. My nose was not cold. It didn’t hurt to breathe. I did not wear a hat. I did not slip on any patches of ice. 

I DID bask in the sunshine. I DID hear the birds singing. I DID see tons of other runners. I DID blast some awesome tunes. 

The snow is melting, the weather is perfect and my run this morning felt wonderful. The city is coming awake, slowly stretching out of hibernation. Bring it on!! Happy Wednesday my friends!! 🙂





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Today is National Running Day so even though I was feeling a little sluggish, I laced up the sneakers met up with some of my favorite running gals and headed to Central Park. I am incredibly fortunate to call Central Park my training ground. Its beauty in all the seasons is stunning. The views NEVER get old and I promise to never take the fact that I can run here for granted. Today, I will share some pics with you that I took during our running route. We ran at a very leisurely pace on this hot and humid day, we allotted time for pictures, water breaks and even headed over to the New York Road Runners Club to pick up our National Running Day bibs and bandanas. It was perfect. I feel so very fortunate to be able to run with a group of fabulous women on one of the best running courses in the world. I run to be healthy, strong, fierce, the beast mom, for my sanity, to spend time with my friends, for coffee time afterwards and of course, for cupcakes 😉 Happy Wednesday everyone and Happy Running!!!

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This morning I had the joy of running with my youngest daughter and her “Girls on the Run” club as they completed their practice 5K run. Girls on the Run is an incredible program with this awesome mission statement: “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running” and this vision: “We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams”. Absolutely incredible. Watching the girls as they dedicate two mornings a week coming together, sharing stories, helping each other, learning empowering lessons and becoming runners has truly been an inspiration to me in my own life. How can a person not be inspired by their continued efforts to push themselves, encourage each other and persevere with laughter and enthusiasm?

This morning the girls ran their longest distance ever- 5K!, in preparation for their upcoming race on June 15th on Randall’s Island where all of the Girls on the Run programs throughout the city will celebrate and run together.

It was truly a beautiful thing to be a part of and watch this morning. As the girls circled the track, they cheered each other on and resolved to keep moving forward. They worked as a team, supporting each and every girl to the finish. Not a negative word was spoken. We could learn a lot from these awesome young ladies as they strive to embody the Girls on the Run core values- EMPOWERMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, INTENTIONALITY, DIVERSITY, CONNECTEDNESS, JOY, OPTIMISM, GRATITUDE, NURTURING, HEALTHY, OPEN-HEARTED, COMPASSION.

So proud of each and every one of our incredibly strong, awesome and fierce GIRLS ON THE RUN!!! They all deserve a SUPERSTAR energy award 😉 GO Girls!!

Hope you enjoy the pics and can find your own little inspiration today! Happy Wednesday and don’t forget to keep on running…

P.S. You ROCK Casey and Yuna =) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

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This morning I had one of those great runs. The kind of run that you really, really need. The kind of run where the sun is shining, there is little wind, the air is fresh and it just feels fabulous to pound the pavement under your shoes. Today I was back together with some of the best women I know, relieving some stress, burning some calories, sharing some laughs and reminding myself that there is joy in just getting out and moving. Sometimes there is happiness in the simplest of things. Much needed. Feeling grateful for lacing up the sneakers and getting out there. Hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday and as we roll into Valentine’s Day surround yourself with love and positivity. You know I love you 😉

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Today there is a warm front moving in that will soon be chased out by a cold front… ahh, the joys of winter 😉 So, our run in Central Park was incredibly foggy and breathtakingly beautiful. Here are a few pics, hope you enjoy them. Happy Hump Day my friends! And yes, sorry my Canadian peeps, we are running in only one layer. Maybe winter really is better here (see previous post).

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So, I have a new accessory and it looks like this:

Isn’t it a pretty ski boot type thing??! Maybe I should get the girls to decorate it!

After months of dealing with plantar fasciitis (and trying to learn how to spell it correctly!) plus some new added top of the foot pain I decided to go to the doctor to get my left foot checked out again. I was getting tired of running through the pain and well, basically just having a sore foot while standing or walking around. And, I would like to remind you that there is A LOT of walking around in NYC!

On Thursday I went to a wonderful foot/ankle doc who listened to my ailments, promptly sent me to x-rays and then diagnosed me with a stress fracture on my second metatarsal (basically the area on top of my foot located under my second toe), a nasty heel spur and of course, the lingering plantar fasciitis. Fun times!! And now I wear the boot. It will cushion by heel, support the foot and allow it to heal. It is actually rather comfy if a bit awkward. My right foot might get jealous of all the special treatment 😉 Next week I am also going back to the Dr. to try a new procedure called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Injection) that will use my own platelets separated from my own drawn blood and then the platelet rich blood will be injected into the injury site on my heel. Sounds kind of cool, I will let you know how it goes.

The big bummer of course, is that I will not be able to run for the next little while. I am aiming to get back at it in the new year. This is something that really doesn’t make me happy especially since I LOVE this type of weather to run in. I am one of those crazy cold weather runners. I will also miss my running ladies =(

Luckily, the doc told me that I can still spin and swim. Maybe this is a good time to work on triathlon training?! I get a little cranky when I am forced to slow down. Yesterday I pushed it a bit and I was sore… I know that I need to rest but, well, I can’t help it, I come by my stubbornness quite honestly. I really do want to get all these issues with my foot resolved so I will listen and behave… no really, I will. Maybe the plus side of this is that I will be offered a seat on the subway?? Doubtful.

Anyhoo, if you need to find me I will be resting or perhaps working up a sweat on a bike a soul cycle… 😉

Have a great weekend! S xo

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Last June a few of us in our moms running group had this crazy idea that if we signed up for a half marathon in September it would force us to keep up our running during the hot, humid, stinky and generally disgusting (for running) days of a NYC summer. It sounded really good in theory. In reality it was nearly impossible to co-ordinate everyone’s schedules between camp drop off, vacations, appointments and of course those wonderful, lovable, demanding children 😉

I was getting some miles in and then BAM! Just like that, I became sidelined with my first “crap, I have to stop” running injury- the dreaded plantar fasciitis. For those of you who have ever suffered from this injury you know that it really friggin’ hurts and the worst part is that it takes an incredibly long time to heal. You need to be able to rest your foot. Um, hello, it is very hard to rest your feet when you live in Manhattan!! Okay, enough whining. Basically, all summer I wasn’t able to run and instead I cycled and worked out with my kick ass trainer, the ex-marine. I was very lucky to still be able to do this but, I missed running. Wow, who am I??! Did I really just write that? Yep. I missed the running.

Flash forward to this past weekend. It was now the weekend of the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. And my foot was feeling good, finally. I was actually walking pain free for the first time in about two months. Our weekend 1/2 marathon running group had dwindled down to a group of four. Unfortunately others had injuries and illness as well. Jess and I had a non-refundable hotel room and a “let’s go anyway” attitude. However, I was under very strict instructions from my hubby and a few other smarter than me people to not run the entire race. I grumbled and agreed that running the full race would be stupid and I would stop 1/2 way at the Rocky steps. Certain peeps were not convinced that I would wisely stop, apparently sometimes I act stupidly. Huh…I prefer stubborn.

On Saturday morning Jessica and I jumped into her jeep and after an adventurous ride to Philly that included a loooong time to get off the Island (why were all the roads closed??) and then a gas stop in an extremely sketchy area of New Jersey (think Law & Order body dump) we arrived in downtown Philadelphia. This was my first time in Philly. It is a very beautiful city. We met Rachel at the Expo, picked up race kits and perused merchandise. Next stop, after the crazy road trip was beer and dinner. It was an early evening as we would meet at 6:30 the next day to head to the race start.

I absolutely love the energy of the pre-race excitement. Thousands of people gathered, barely awake, waiting in line for the porta-potties, stretching, bouncing, nervous, anxious, chatting, all headed towards one common goal, the finish line.

Jess and I said good-bye to Rachel and Toby. Wishing Rachel an awesome race, the only rockstar who was actually going to run the full 1/2 marathon and headed to our corral. It was an absolutely perfect morning for a run- not too hot, bright skies, no humidity. The course is very flat and the first part takes you right through the heart of the city. Jessica was true to her word (and an excellent wingman) as was I, doubters 🙂 and we stopped the race right at the Rocky statue. It was hard to stop but it was the right thing to do, the little twinge in my left foot reminding me that I am not yet 100%. There will always be other races.

Jess and I spent the rest of the day relaxing, seeing some sites and enjoying some good food and drink. A perfect little escape.

In the end it was a beautiful morning for a run in a different city with hundreds of other people pounding the pavement too. And coach Rachel, congrats to you, our faithful coach who always brings her amazingness to each and every run. You are an inspiration. Congrats on your FULL half!

As for me, back to playing with my balls (MELT method), icing, stretching and best of all running with the moms I adore. Here’s to our next running adventure when we are all well trained, healthy and happy!!!

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Well, I did my first official smokin’ hot sweaty run in the city today. I think the temperature was closing in on the 90’s but I don’t really want to know because if it really was only low 80’s I really might combust on our next run!! NYC in the summer can be unbearably hot, the concrete jungle absorbs the heat and it can feel like you are in a walled in sauna. And, let’s not even talk about the smells… But, I am determined to keep up my running this summer. So determined that I signed up for a 1/2 marathon in Philly in September. I know, only a truly crazy person (and her running friends) would sign up  for a 1/2 marathon to motivate themselves to run throughout the summer. Insane. Maybe the heat really has gotten to my brain!!

But, we are doing it and will continue to motivate and encourage each other and we will keep up the running. And it is summer after all, so if we have to stop for cool drinks and popsicles along the way as we add on our miles, I truly believe that is acceptable. Today we were able to finish our run with an incredibly well earned run through the sprinkler. Thank you to the NY Parks Dept for the perfectly placed water relief and to Robin for encouraging us to jump on in. Who says the kids should have all the fun??!! Hope you are all having an amazing summer and are finding your own ways to keep and stay cool!! =)

A post- run cool off through the sprinklers in Central Park!

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