Friday, April 27, 2012

Wrong Anniversary

Oh yea, I meant to correct that. My post about my wonderful husband and our anniversary on Monday. I was sorta wrong. Monday was our 12 year anniversary of when we started dating....Wed, April 25 was our 9 year anniversary of our wedding. Whoops. It's all good.  :)

Marathon Relay Recap

This past weekend we had a super fun marathon relay race called Runapalooza. It's 26.2 miles from Seaside, NJ to Asbury Park, NJ. There is also a 5K and a half marathon...hence: Runapalooza.

We were the Honey Badgers. It was such a great time! I ran 5 miles as the 4th runner (out of 5). It ended up being a hot day and my leg didn't start until about 11:30am....I forgot to put sunscreen on and I had a nice farmer tan and sunglass raccoon eyes. Whoops.
We had such a fun day. My stats were amazing for a hot day.
Mile 1- 9:24  What!?!? Wow!
Mile 2- 10:19  still holding strong, for me.
Mile 3- 10:29  I think my goal for 2012 will be a sub 30min 5K
Mile 4- 11:10   Slowed down a bit. It was getting HOT.
Mile 5- 11:05   Having a black shirt on wasn't helping. But I managed a negative split for the last mile (compared to the 4th mile)

Our marathon team total was 4:07. Whoot! Wish I could run that the whole 26.2. LOL!!

 The awesome Honey Badger on the back of my friend's car!

A great running friend from our Jersey Girls Club right before my run.
You can see the red face starting.....

I got the hand off....
I have no idea why I look like that. LOL!

Team Honey Badger

I actually made the sparkle skirts we all wore. It was pretty easy, once I got the hang of it. It took about 6-7 hours to make 5 skirts...but the last 2 skirts were just 1.5 hrs. I got a good groove going. And it also didn't help that my sewing machine wasn't working and I had to go to my cousin's house.

I have 9 days left until my 2nd half marathon. I am so looking forward to trying to get another PR (my first being the only half I ran in New Orleans Feb '11) My A goal is to beat 2:27. I just have to make sure not to go out sub 10 in my first mile. That's what I have a Garmin for. I went for a quickie run this morning and again I did sub 10 in the 1st mile again.  9:52/10:44/10:22/10:38. And today was super windy.

Busy weekend. The Kid's Soccer. A friend's communion. Zoo trip with my friends from college. Fun fun!

Speaking of The Kid...he started the Black Belt Club a couple weeks ago. They get to practice with weapons. The weapon for the next 3 months is the Eskrima Sticks. Here is a quick pic I took with my phone today. Next time I have to bring the better camera to catch it without the blur.

You do not want to mess with him and sticks. LOL!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


April 23rd is right around the corner. Less than 1 week away. That means my anniversary is coming up. Can it be that I will be married for 9 years?!? Will Hubby remember? LOL! Yes. He will. He is always good with dates like that. He even remembered our very first date in Hoboken. I don't. I'm horrible with dates.

Hubby and I were special police officers on the boardwalk and met at work way back in 1998, yes, back when there was a 19xx in the year. Seems like so long ago. Yet, it still feels like yesterday. Does anyone else feel like we just skipped 2000-2010? It's like a blur to me. There are times that something happened in 2003 and I'll actually say 1993. It's weird.

Anywho, back to Hubby. He is amazing. He's a hard worker. He's a great dad. And occasionally, he can be a pain in the ass. He can't go anywhere without taking a shower first. Going to work? Shower. (well, of course) Going for a run? Shower. Going to mow the lawn? Shower. And then when he is done with those sweaty activities, he showers again. He makes too much laundry. Oh the laundry. I think he still has t-shirts from the '80s. And he doesn't know how to fold a shirt. Or fold his socks! The sock thing drives me crazy. Since he has about 8 bajillion different kinds of white socks. I make him sort them and I fold them. We have a nice system going. We even include the kids. The Baby will go back and forth across the room with the socks. He thinks he is such a huge help. I'm not even going to start on the amount of underwear he owns. I can go for 3 weeks without doing whites, and that's with 2-4 showers a day!

But, in this world of families not making it, I think we are in for the long haul...I pray. He pretty much lets me do what ever I want. And by 'let' I really mean he supports me. Unconditionally. He is so damn supportive. I totally don't deserve him. He let me get my pretty new Canon. He just bought us a new iMac. He has no problem when I am training for any of my upcoming races. He even let me upgrade to the 'fancy' gym last week. One that is about $60 more a month, but includes a pool club. Anything for the kids! He works his ass off for us to be able to enjoy these things. Luckily he can get lots of overtime. It totally sounds like I am happy when he 'buys' things for me. It's really not that. I swear. Its not just the stuff. There so much more support that I just can't put into words. Issues with our house. The car he drives to work. The pride he takes in our 'home.' How he still finds me sexy whether I am 200 lbs or 170 lbs. He really is fabulous.

Don't get me wrong. It's not all peaches and cream over here. When we have a fight. I am a class A bitch. I hate it. I don't know why. We push each others buttons so bad! But we get through it. Somehow.

I guess I was inspired to write this post from another blog I read. Swim.Bike.Mom. is having some trouble at home. And her kids are so much younger than mine. And they have been together so much longer than us. I am praying they can work it out, not just for the kids, but for them! I've only been following her blog and Facebook for a short time, but Mer is awesome. I am pulling for her to be happy. No matter what.

I can't even tell you how many times during a fight with Hubby I have thought the D word...but then I realize how really REALLY good I have it being able to stay home with our boys. And how wonderful my Hubby is. And how much he really loves me and I love him. Our fights are stupid and insignificant in the grand scheme of life. Does it REALLY matter that he only fills the dishwasher halfway and runs it?

My job is basically Mom, Wife, PTO member, Cub Scout Leader, Class Mom, etc. And I am sure I will have many more hats before my boys leave the nest. And my Hubby makes it all possible.

Even though he doesn't read my blog. At all. I think I may have mentioned to him that I started writing again. haha.
Happy 9th Anniversary honey! Even when I am unbearable and we push each other's buttons. I know we are in this marriage for the long haul. 'Love you too much.' xoxoxo

Sunday, April 15, 2012


This morning I ran 12.16 miles. It took me about 2 hours & 35 minutes. This was the longest run I have done since I did the New Orleans Half over a year ago. I feel fantastic. I can feel myself getting stronger with every week. Last week I did a 10 mile run with my girlfriends and I was sore for a couple hours, but the next day it didn't feel like I ran at all!

Today I ran with my triathlon group, who are the most awesome women in the world. Three of us stuck together for the whole run around a 5 mile reservoir. I have never ran around that place TWICE! I stuck to my one friends like glue because she had the working Garmin. Mine totally froze at 7:53am when I attempted to locate my satellites. Yes, it is still stuck on 7:53. I am so peeved. I have to call them tomorrow and find out how fast I can get it fixed or a new one. This weekend I have a marathon relay with 4 other friends that goes 26.2 miles up the NJ shore. It is a most beautiful run and SO much fun! I have the same leg as last year (the 4th one) and I think it was short, but if I don't have my Garmin, I'll never know now! Ugh.

This week I have to make 5 silver sparkle skirts for our relay team. We have black t-shirts to wear with a Honey Badger on it and it says 'we don't give a shit'. Love it! So badass.

And 3 weeks from today is my second half marathon. After todays run, I am so excited for it!

At 8am, when I began my run today, it was 60 degrees. At the end it was 70. By the afternoon the temp was in the 80's! Hubby, the kids and I went to the beach! It was gorgeous! I can not wait for summer. I joined a local gym this week that has an outdoor pool club included in the gym membership. (Plus an indoor pool with family swim time year round!) SO worth it with the boys this summer. When ever the ocean is too rough, or the wind is whipping the sand around or the jellys come, we can go play at the pool...and I can have a cocktail in hand. I will be especially excited about this after our long marathon training runs!! :)

Back to school tomorrow for the big Kid! 
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter, Passover and spring break!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nothing exciting

I have been a busy mother runner. Just not as much of the running part. I am now getting my runs in, after I had a week and a half sinus infection. It was horrible. I couldn't breathe out of my nose for 10 days. And it all started at Great Wolf Lodge. Fun times, but why does someone in my family always get sick. Last year the Baby woke up at 5am with a raging fever.

But, this week I feel great. I have been super busy. Today was the Kid's 2nd grade egg hunt and spring party and I am one of the class moms. Last week the Baby was 'Pal of the week' so I had stuff to do for that. And of course, I am still babysitting my 15 month old niece 2 days a week.

I was able to get out Tues night with my running group. It was an awesome 4.5 miles. Tomorrow my BRF heads to Florida (I am SO jealous!!) so we are doing our 10 miler tomorrow morning. She doesn't leave until later. I am so excited to go at 9:30am, instead of with the running group that is running AT 7am at a place that is about 25 min away from me! Eeek!

This weekend is Easter. We are not a very religious family. My boys do go to Sunday School, when I don't have a long run scheduled. But we do surround ourselves with family every holiday. This year Hubby is working the afternoon/night shift Sunday through Thurs. ugh. So his family is coming over in the morning to our house. Then, after he goes to work we will make our way to my mom's house then over to my Aunt's to see my dad's side. (My mom and dad split when I was a freshman in college.) But the most wonderful thing is they are both re-married and get along better now than they ever did!

That's all for now. No new races coming up. Just the marathon relay on April 21st. My girlfriends and I have a team "Honey Badgers" because we just don't give a shit. LOL!! Hubby is running with his own team of police. And of course, the half marathon, May 6th! It's coming up so fast.