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I “Run All the Races” so I can “Eat All the Food” and “Drink All the Drinks”

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Run All The Races

So many races, so little time…

Achievement Unlocked: Dallas Marathon

So I did it…that’s right, I actually trained for and completed the Dallas Marathon from zero to 26.2 in around three months. And I finished in about 6 hours, which is a good 30 minutes before the time limit and my projected finish.

I went into the race a bundle of nerves, but knowing that since this was really just a LSR on my training path to Dopey in January that I only needed to go 22ish miles to call it a success. The 6 1/2 hour time limit worried me, even after my 20 miler the week before came in under the pace needed. I planned on walking way more than I did. I kept my intervals up for the whole race (although I did reverse them to run less for a mile out by the lake). And I feel fine.

Friday was also my six month surgery-versary. My surgeon said six months would be the mark where I finally go a day without thinking about my hysterectomy. I am glad to report that I am finally pain free. I’m still a bloated swelly belly mess, and I still tire very easily, and I’m hugely cranky a good portion of the time, but there’s no pain. I am still getting some “pulling” on my VC when I’m on inclines, walking or running, and bending over or stretching, but it’s not actually painful. I definitely feel it.

So back to Dallas Marathon.

I didn’t just run the full, I also ran the weekend series, which included a 10k the day before. I also drank more Coors Light and fireball during the marathon than I have in my entire life. You know what makes good marathons? Alcohol apparently.

NYC Running

What do you do when you’re in NYC, and have three days to get a proof of time for a marathon? You find a race. Even if it means taking a train. read more…

First Post-op race

Best laid plans, as they say…

I scheduled my first race, a half marathon with a gracious time limit, for two weeks after my 16-week post-op, which was when my surgeon hoped I would be cleared to run. (Remember, I have a history that meant I needed to be cautious in my recovery, so my VC didn’t collapse, or as we like to say: so my hoohaw doesn’t fall out.) But of course, my post-op was delayed two weeks, putting it just two days before my first race.

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Young Living for the Healing Runner

If you’ve traveled to any race with me, you know that I have a soft spot for doTerra essential oils, which I received for free at the LuLuLemon SeaWheeze race a while back. However, ordering more proved to a bigger challenge than I wanted to deal with and by the time I decided to order more, the kits had changed. Call it laziness. But then I kickstarted a nifty unicorn diffuser and decided I needed oils for it. So with some research, I landed on Young Living (mainly because a good friend was part of their sales force and I wanted to support her).

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Not running anywhere

I haven’t been running much this year, although I did eat all the food in New York City for my birthday. My endometriosis finally became too much to live with and I had a hysterectomy immediately after I returned from NYC. When I find a moment, I’ll post some amazing food photos! But first, a little about why I haven’t been running or sharing much.

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We go to Hawaii every year for Spring Break, not necessarily by choice, but it’s what it is in life with Artboy. This trip was a blur of Lava hikes, tiki drinks, amazing food, and great friends.

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Fish Taco Craving

I spent a good part of my youth in San Diego, where fish tacos apparently bleed from our veins, but I truly hate fish tacos. Granted I went from my childhood protest of refusing to eat another fish stick at a fancy restaurant around age 5 to not eating fish until I was 22 or so. I broke on raw fish and cooked fish still makes me gag a little (and fishy fish is a thing and a thing I don’t like).

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