I heard the singing behind me getting louder and louder. Suddenly a man, singing loudly in French, squeezed between my friend and me. We laughed when we realized he was wearing nothing but a wig and thong along with his running shoes. I moved over to give him more room, but quickly jumped back over as I realized that I was about to get run over by a large number of people dressed as chickens pushing a giant chicken float. And this was just the first kilometer! Welcome to the Marathon du Medoc, I thought as I smiled and picked up my pace.
My friend Amy and I for years would joke that the Marathon du Médoc was the only marathon we’d ever run. It’s 26.2 miles through the vineyards of Bordeaux, France featuring 23 stops for wine tasting and food like oysters, steak, and ice cream. Oh, and all this has to be done in a costume based on the year’s theme. I mean, if you’re going to run a marathon this should be the one, right?!! Then last year the joking became serious; let’s do it! we said to each other.
Continue reading “I ran the Marathon du Médoc- the world’s craziest (and most fun) marathon”
Guys! Traverse City is going to host a half Ironman next year! Who’s going to sign up?
That’s the text message that started it all over a year ago. Nicole, my trainer, had just found out that Traverse City, Michigan would be hosting an Ironman 70.3 in 2019 and wanted a bunch of us who train with her to sign up. But most of us, having never completed a half Ironman before, weren’t too quick to jump on that and, as it was Traverse City’s inaugural Ironman, the race sold out very fast. Nicole was in, we were out.
Fast forward to June 2019 and we received another text from Nicole:
Continue reading “Ironman 70.3 Traverse City race review and why you too should do a relay”
It was early morning and the day was already warm. I walked around the empty field, enjoying the stillness of the morning, yet nervous because everything had to be perfect. I looked down and breathed a sigh of relief because of what I saw in front of me. Soupy, wet, thick mud. Perfect!
It all started when I convinced a bunch of my friends that we should sign up together for a mud run. A mud run, in case you don’t know, is a race involving obstacles and, of course, mud! These are extremely popular events right now! In just 2 years these events have gone from 41,000 participants to 1.5 million! Most events are for adults only or have a kid version of the event before the actual event, but I realized there are virtually no for kid only mud runs. And who loves mud and obstacles more than kids? I decided to change that and create a kid’s mud run! Continue reading “a little dirt never hurt: a mud run for kids”
This past weekend I raced in the half marathon that I had been training for since January 1st! It was a great time!
Training went well. I was worried about running in the winter but the weather cooperated for the most part. There was only one day that I had to do my long run inside on a treadmill because there was no way I was going to run when it was in the single digits outside! Other than that I, surprisingly, enjoyed getting outside and running in the winter! I ran in snow, fog, dark (by accident!), with friends, alone, and always with music to push me through. So, by last week I really felt prepared for the race. Continue reading “my rock ‘n’ roll half marathon recap”
The other day I saw an article about ways to avoid eating at a holiday party. One suggestion was to eat before you go to the party. Please! If I do that then I will just eat two meals. I mean who wants to avoid eating during this time of year. Part of the fun this time of year is getting together with others and getting together usually involves food, drink, and staying up late. None of these help diet or your athletic life at all. Continue reading “exercise, diet, and the holidays…lets be realistic”
I think I am addicted to triathlon! I just completed two triathlons over the past two weekends and I’m ready for more! And I want to recruit any and everyone to do them with me. You too!
Last weekend we had to bring my son up to camp in the Adirondacks and, while I was looking for a place to stay, I stumbled across the Piseco Lake Triathlon. It was nearby and I thought, why not, and signed up 4 days before the race. I’m so glad I did because it was a fun laid back race! The morning was gorgeous, cool and sunny with fog in the valleys. We all started together in the lake; there were no heats. It was a quick start, a couple of announcements and suddenly it was time to swim. Continue reading “addicted to triathlon”
I realized the other day that I am just a few weeks away from my first triathlon of the year; time to really ramp up the training! It’s been such a busy year that I am feeling extremely unprepared right now and, despite my dreams to become a professional triathlete (I talked about it here), USAT has not come calling, so no professional trainer, no nutritionist, no masseuse, no sponsorship, no cleaning service, no full time cook, no nanny…(sorry, got carried away in my daydream!). Anyway, it’s all up to me to squeeze in training and workouts; something which is difficult with kids and a job. You need to be creative. Continue reading “unlikely training partners”
I’ve noticed something in the past few years about many of my friends and acquaintances that are around the same age as me. We have all suddenly developed a desire to compete in some type of physical activity that requires training! Marathons and half marathons, triathlon, mud runs, bicycle road races, Masters swim meets, even a first 5K; you name it, my friends are training for it. What is it about this stage in life (mid 30s-40s) that suddenly makes a person have a strong desire to compete in a race that, just a few years ago, was not even a blip on their radar? Continue reading “why we race”