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My Three Favorite Marathons This Year And Why

My Three Favorite Marathons For 2014

Flying Pig Marathon

NJ Marathon

Rock 'N Roll Marathon DC

Like anything in life your most memorable and greatest experiences are associated with people that you care about or and care about you.

You do something fun together and you bond. Those good feelings of encouragement and hope carry forward to your future. You can't change some of the things in the past you may wish never had taken place, but you can make positive choices in the future and find happiness in what you love to do.

Flying Pig Marathon

I heard about Flying Pig from Jessica .. a Facebook friend. This race was truly awesome. She ran the half marathon and I ran the full. Although I got a terrible fever after the race and never got to meet her, I will never forget her kindness and encouragement.

The crowds in this race you will never forget. I told someone last night your first marathon is hard ... forget walking, your second one even harder..and if you can make it through your t…

2014 Belmead Trail Fest Race Recap

I was not really in the mood to run a marathon yesterday, then after me and another runner got lost that just made it more frustrating. I was just too sore in my hip joints from participating in last weekends Virgil Crest 50k to run a full Marathon.

My options were to pull out.. DNF or run/walk the coure. I ran a little,  but mostly hiked the full marathon.  I constantly reminded myself that my body was not healed, and sure enough all my weak spots started to hurt like my knees and so forth. This is my tenth marathon in my quest to run a marathon in all 50 states and luckily it was hiker friendly.

I know what pain and suffering is like and so I knew how to deal with this from past experience. As I looked at all the runners passing me by I realized that I am still about 20 pounds overweight. I am at a standstill with no weight loss.

During this marathon I started to think about what Jenna told me and I have made a commitment to stop drinking alcohol at work. This could very well be th…

Virgil Crest Ultra Marathon 50k Race Recap

Marathon number 9 in my quest to run 50 marathons or ultras in 50 states.

Saturday when I arrived in the morning it was too windy to pitch my tent. I got my bib and drove to  Cortland NY.  After visiting the small town of Cortland NY I went to cheer and be supportive of the runners who were racing for 50 and 100 mile distances.

Every race teaches me something new about myself and how I can work to become a better person and runner.  Virgil Crest Ultra arguably one of the toughest ultra marathons in North East America. This Ultra was noticeably organized by people that have a passion for the sport. I read once, do something everyday that the average person in the world does not do and that's what I did on September 21, 2014 at Virgil Crest 50k.

I accepted my fitness level on that day.  I worked through my demon's and everything that screamed I should throw in the towel. I got lost,  crawled, walked , jogged and ran when I could. I saw struggle. I saw pain, and I saw finishers …

2014 Viaduct Ultra Marathon Race Recap

I did not get to camp (Luciana Park) until after midnight. Lanesboro is a borough in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania with only about 500 or so residents. I was worried I would wake up the ultra runners setting up my tent so late. I tried to be as quiet as I could and finally got my tent up in time for about four hours of sleep. I woke up to some runners talking at 4am and headed out to the start after getting myself ready to run. I received a warm greeting from the guy checking in all the runners.

At 5am sharp we all started the Viaduct Ultra Marathon, some running 50 miles and some 100. My goal heading out was to just run and keep a steady pace. I always run with my phone, which surprises other veteran runners, when they notice. My phone has my music and Nike app with my GPS, but this time there was no signal in the mountains and no music or any way to track my time. I had only one song and there was no way I wanted to hear the same song over and over again, so for the majority of …

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[caption id="attachment_4818" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Finishers Award For Destin 100[/caption]

I read the training plan for Umstead 100 and my training for Destin 100 should be at least a 6 month ordeal. My mileage should already be averaging around 70-90 miles a week and it is. The Sunday long run is the most important part of my training plan. Sunday long runs should be 40 miles or more and I would like to train in Virginia Beach to mimic the feel of running 100 miles on the sand.

Months To Train

August - September- October-November- December-January- February 15 Race Day

Before I start training for this 100 miler I will run a free 50 mile race this month on the 26th called Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon. My training for the 100 mile race will be the same running routine I am on.. 10 to 15 miles a day 4 days a week and one day probably Sunday will be a very long run around 40 miles or so. Friday will be called FriHill, the day I run hills for speed w…

Big Elk Marathon: It's A Mud Slide, Slide With It #bigelk #xtterabigelk

Finish Time: 7:16:12.8

Age Group 30-34: 3rd Place

62nd Finisher out of 68 Runners

If at all possible I try to run races that have same day registrations. Doing this makes it easy for me, because there is no guarantee with my busy lifestyle that I will make a run till the day of the race. It did not bother me that the race did not start on time (7am). I worked the night before and felt lucky my boss let me go home at midnight, but I still had to wake up at 3am to drive about two hours to Elkton Maryland for the race on a couple of hours of sleep.

There was a chance I might not have woken up, but the great running spirit came and woke me for the race and as I arrived in Elkton MD I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise.

During registration someone wished me good luck for the race and later I found out it was George Banker's wife Bernadette Banker. The line was cake, because I got there early (5:30 am) like they suggested on Facebook.

George is an avid runner, journalist, historian, author an…

2014 North Face Endurance Race Recap: DNF #ecsdc

29 miles was the best I could do. Next year I tell myself to comfort my disappointment. Participating in this was so beautiful and the runners amazing and inspirational!

What I learned:

I need stronger legs.

Not allot of time to stop at my drop bag and It was time consuming.

A 50k is the longest I would like to run in the future, between refueling, using the bathroom, messing with my hydration pack it was too overwhelming for me and not something I see myself wanting to deal with in the future.

Chafing can happen when you least expect it.

Let go of failure, and forget, putting it in the past and hope for a better future.

Love yourself even when others can't.

Delaware Marathon Race Recap #delawaremarathon

A Little About Wilmington Delaware: 

*Swedish governor  Colonel Johan Printz, ruled the colony under Swedish law from 1643 to 1653

* growth occurred during the Civil War

*ships, railroad cars, gunpowder, shoes, and other war-related goods gave growth to the city during the civil war because of high demand

*Riots and civil unrest  occurred in the city in 1968  when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated

* the largest city in the state of Delaware

* known for  humid subtropical climate, with cool to cold winters, hot, humid summers, and much precipitation

*Wilmington is the nation's most dangerous small city in the US

*highest per capita rates of HIV infection in the United States

*credit card industry is the driving force of their economy

*State of Delaware & Christiana Care Health System are the top two employers

My Marathon Experience 

Here is another race that I really am
not inspired to write much about.I still would like to share a few things so I will just list The G…

5 Flat Marathons To Help In Getting A BQ

Here are some marathons I am going to run next year that are relatively flat and can help with a PR or BQ.

Baystate Marathon

Glass City Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon

Chicago Marathon


2014 Flying Pig Marathon Race Recap: God In Heart, God In Soul, God InSpirit

Usually I would have something to write about, but this time I don't have much to say. In all honesty my laptop broke after the marathon and I notice after a few days past the event I get writers block. Instead I would like to list 10 thoughts I have about this race and just leave it at that.

1. This Marathon had the best spectators of all the marathons I have ever ran so far.

2. At the last mile of my marathon the thoughts came through my head...God In Heart, God In Soul, God In Spirit...and I just chanted this to the finish.

3. I read 3 race recaps before running this race and it helped me tremendously become an actual finisher. Find them here, here and here.

4. I think traveling is just as exciting as running the marathon, but running a marathon makes traveling worth the experience.

5. Although traveling greyhound makes these races affordable, I had to keep my guard up!

6. This race was fast, but slow. In other words runners passed me very fast the whole way through, while I r…

New Jersey Marathon Race Recap: 50 Marathons In 50 States Marathon #5

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Garden Spot Village Marathon Race Recap: Running Is My Heart, My Love &My Life

About Lancaster County:

Driving in the night before, I stopped at the gas station and saw quite a few Amish women rolling through to get gas and It felt like a new world to me. Lancaster, Pennsylvaniais Amish country. Home to many in the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish and Mennonite community.

About Garden Spot Village Marathon:

Garden Spot Village Marathon raises money for the Benevolent Fund to  help  pay the way for older adults who have faced unexpected challenges. Because of the Benevolent Fund and the commitment of Garden Spot Village, the residents can have peace of mind that Garden Spot Village will continue to be their home.

Miles 1-10

At the end of every race, I ask myself,  "How did that just happen, how was this possible. I thank God.  For me it is a gift from him, to be able to finish.

Miles 1-10 I stayed with Ron, the 3:40 Pacer from NJ. My thoughts where to stay with him throughout the whole race, but something inside was like,  Caroline....Run Your Own Race.

Miles 10-20


DC Rock N Roll Marathon Race Recap: A Random Marathon

I am a nut case or maybe just random for even considering much less signing up for a marathon I did not train for. Wally asked me on Instagram if  I was running it and I said no, but something lit a fire in me and I jumped on impulse to set out and do it. There was only a 15 dollar difference between the half and the full. I felt like I would be getting more for my money by doing a full marathon.  Friday at the expo I felt pretty good then I got really tired from my hang over from Thursday night at the strip club and I started having second thoughts and even told myself I just thew away money on a bib I would not run on after all.

In the car driving home I told myself to just wait till tomorrow before making a decision to DNS the race. I fell asleep at 11pm and woke up at 4am then put my head down to sleep some more till 5:30 am.  I felt energetic in the morning and was just so exited to put on my green outfit, meet Wally at his hotel, and get out and have some fun on the course.


2014 Central Park Half Marathon Race Recap #nycruns

I arrived at my hotel The Hudson 6 am Friday morning. I thought to myself I would be able to do so much because the race was not until Sunday! I have never really gotten out to see much of NY before other than the time when I was born in the Bronx and 5 years ago when me and a friend came up to dance at Cheetahs.

Sadly I was too tiered to do any thing on Friday but pick up my bib, the day I arrived... so with not much sight-seeing accomplished I am disappointed, but decided to extend my stay till Tuesday..or maybe even till Wednesday noon in hopes I can get some more pics of all the cool places here in NYC.

Got lucky and  met  fitness coach  Kaseedeej at packet pickup!

I bought some new running shoes there, but most importantly I am an over pronator and these shoes Nike Lunar Eclipse 4 were matched for my running style via the lady that just did my gait analysis.

After packet pickup I went to my hotel to drop off my goodies then found a cool place to eat!

And bumped into these two be…

Running The Central Park Half Marathon Plus A Fun To Do List Around TheCity #nycruns

I am fighting with myself where I will stay..or rather where to get a hotel room. I was thinking close to the race, but then I would also like to get a beach front hotel room in NJ. There is so much I want to see  and do in NYC this weekend before and after my Central Park Half Marathon.  Here is an activity guide I made for myself. Fun stuff I actually would enjoy doing. Will I be able to do everything on this list in 3 days? I hope so, but most likely not!

1. Brooklyn Brewery tours

2. Battery Park

3. Statue of Liberty- The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the people of the United States as a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution.

4. Go see America's Got Talent

5. Ride on the Stanten Island Ferry

6. Visit St Patrick's Cathedral

7. Central Park - Central Park is the 843-acre masterpiece of landscape architecture designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and designated New York City’s fir…