Monday, March 28, 2016

Back on My Feet 5 Miler - Running for a Good Cause and a Good Time



Grateful for the opportunity to run for a good cause and a good time! Finished the Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler on Saturday, March 26 with a PR! Many thanks to all the staff, sponsors, volunteers, spectators, runners, joggers and walkers! It was a fun race to support an important charity.

Back on My Feet is committed to building a stronger and healthier community. The Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler helps to provide support to our services to improve the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness. All proceeds from the race benefit the local BoMF Philadelphia Chapter.

Twitter: @BoMF5Miler
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Instagram: @BoMFPhilly



Friday, March 18, 2016

#RnRDC Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, Expo, Spectator & Volunteer Recaps

Freudian slip? Somehow I put Leah's name on my bib!
Unfortunately, putting Leah's name on my bib did not help me run as fast as she did at the Chicago Marathon. I know I ran my best, but I am disappointed that I failed to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ) on my 10th attempt on Saturday, March 12. 

Unofficial finish time: 4:00:23
A lot can change in 1/2 mile splits
Incapacitating stomach pain and nausea overwhelmed me after mile 20 and it took every bit of strength I had remaining to keep running (or walking) towards the finish line of my 20th marathon. 

While I am disappointed that I failed to reach my goal, I know that I gave it my all. My legs felt great the day after the marathon even though the unrelenting nausea continued. I'm not sure if it's my gastroparesis, a virus or something else, but I hope to find a way to run through any nausea and stomach pain next time

I admit that I contemplated giving up my goal to BQ, but I just can't stop chasing that unicorn. I have one last chance to BQ at the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon on Saturday, September 10 and I will train my best so that I don't hit "the wall" again.

Won't wash this shirt touched by Greg Dulli
While I failed to reach my BQ goal, it's not too late to help me reach my fundraising goal. 

So close to reaching my fundraising goal!
Text "LEMONADE E1121983" to "85944" to donate $10 by phone.

Fighting childhood cancer one text at a time!
Or, donate $2 or more online: www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1121983

Running in memory of GG and Michael

Did you run, cheer or volunteer during the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon, Half or 5K? Tell us about your experience (or share you link to your recap) in the comments. Comments will be posted after review. 

30 #RnRDC Recaps
(updated 4/1/2016)
Listed alphabetically by blog or website

ABC2 News - Recapping the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Washington DC
abc2news.com/sports/recapping-the-rock-n-roll-marathon-in-washington-dc

Be the Dog - Rock 'n' Roll Washington, D.C.: It’s a Good Life
bethedog.ninja/blog/2016/3/14/bdkz0u2i8uifnwsus81bc4zf0ak796

Bill's Running Shoes - Mental Lapse Rock 'n' Roll Washington DC Race Report
billrunningshoes.blogspot.com/2016/03/mental-lapse-rock-n-roll-washington-dc.html

The Cadence Kitchen - RnR DC Race Report
thecadencekitchen.com/blog/2016/3/15/rnr

Famous DC - Rock 'n' Roll Souls
famousdc.com/2016/03/14/rock-n-roll-dc/ 

Fannetastic Food - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap
fannetasticfood.com/2016/03/15/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-2016-race-recap/

From Dancing to Running - 2016 Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon
dancingtorunning.com/2016/03/23/2016-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap/

The Glass Slipper Catalyst - Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo Volunteer Experience
rundisneybelle14.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/rock-n-roll-d-c-expo-volunteer-experience/

The Glass Slipper Catalyst - Rock 'n' Roll DC 5k Recap
rundisneybelle14.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/rock-n-roll-5k-recap/

Hardcore Running Princess - Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon Recap
emilygerard.com/index.php/2016/03/12/rock-n-roll-dc-marathon-recap/

Jay Knight Life - Rock 'n' Roll DC 2016 Race Recap
jayknightlife.com/2016/03/rock-n-roll-dc-2016-race-recap.html

Kat Runs DC - Race Review Recap - 2016 Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon
katrunsdc.com/race-review-recap-2016-rock-n-roll-d-c-half-marathon/

Life Lists and Labels - Let's Rock, Let's Rock, Today
lifelistsandlabels.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/lets-rock-lets-rock-today/

Mar on the Run - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Recap
marontherun.com/2016/03/14/race-recap-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

Mat Miles Medals - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon - 5 years running
matmilesmedals.com/2016/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-2016-5-years-running/

MCM Mama Runs - 47th Lifetime Half Marathon - RnR DC 2016
mcmmamaruns.com/2016/03/16/lifetime-half-marathon-47-rnr-dc-2016/

Mile Posts - Rock n Roll DC by the Garmin Numbers
mile-posts.com/running/rock-n-roll-dc-by-the-garmin-numbers.html

Move for Hunger - Doing Good at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC – Again!
moveforhunger.org/40605-2/

Out and About - 2016 Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon
emmers712.blogspot.com/2016/03/2016-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-race.html

Photo Run - DC Rock 'n' Roll
photorun.net/index.php?content=photodisplay&id=3030&event=DC_Rock-n-Roll

Run the Bar - Tuesday Training - Rock 'n' Roll DC Recap
runthebarblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/tuesday-training-rock-n-roll-dc-recap/

Run Freckles Run - Race Recap: The Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon - Peter's Perspective

Run with No Regrets - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Recap
runwithnoregrets.com/2016/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap/

Run Steff Run - Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo and We Run Social
runsteffrun.com/2016/03/rock-n-roll-dc-expo-and-we-run-social.html

Run Steff Run - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon
runsteffrun.com/2016/03/the-2016-rock-n-roll-dc-half-

Running, And Enjoying the Journey - Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon
runningandenjoying.blogspot.com/2016/03/2016-rock-and-roll-dc-half-marathon.html

She's Going the Distance - The Almost PR Rock 'n' Roll DC Recap
shesgoingthedistance.com/2016/03/17/the-almost-pr-rock-n-roll-dc-12-recap/

Sunny Stride Up - Race Weekend Rock 'n' Roll DC Half
sunnystrideup.com/2016/03/15/race-weekend-recap-rock-n-roll-dc-half/

Women's Running - Photos of Runners at Rock 'n' Roll DC

Writing, Reading, Running - Race Recap: Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My 20th Marathon and 2 Evenings with Greg Dulli



Early today, I finished my 20th marathon. (And later that night) I spent an evening with Greg Dulli and friends from the Congregation at the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, DC. 

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, I spent another evening with Greg Dulli, friends and my daughter at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA. 

I've been running to Greg's music for over 20 years so I was grateful for the opportunity to personally thank him for his contribution to my running playlists. 

I wore my Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon shirt since I was hoping to get a photo with Greg. 

Now, when I look at this photo, I'm even more determined to succeed at my 11th attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ) at the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Thanks again, Greg.




I was so excited to take my daughter to her first concert that I forgot about Daylight Saving Time. Unfortunately, my daughter's first pre-game didn't include a nap so she fell asleep in the church pew waiting for the meet and greet. Luckily, she woke up just in time to take the above photo of me and Greg. I think she's quite the photographer since it's not easy to get a decent photo of me on the first take. She was a bit shy at first but her nervousness quickly disappeared when Greg told her he liked polka dots. She was all smiles - like mother, like daughter

Needless to say, we will keep her polka dot jacket and my Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon shirt forever. ;-)



First Unitarian Church Sanctuary in Philadelphia
March 13, 2016



If I Were Going
The Body
Please Stay (Once You Go Away)
There's Been An Accident
Bonnie Brae
Papillon
Teenage Wristband
Martin Eden
Step Into the Light
Black Is The Color
My Funny Valentine
She Was Stolen
It Kills
Paper Thin Hotel
Forty Dollars
Too Tough To Die
What Jail Is Like
Can Rova
Number Nine

1st Encore:
The Spell
Candy Cane Crawl


2nd Encore:
Modern Love


March 13, 2016

If I Were Going
The Body
Hyperballad
There's Been An Accident
Bonnie Brae
Papillon
Teenage Wristband
Martin Eden
Step Into The Light
Black Is The Color
My Funny Valentine
She Was Stolen
It Kills
Paper Thin Hotel
Too Tough To Die
What Jail Is Like
Can Rova
Front Street

Encore:
The Spell
Candy Cane Crawl
Summer's Kiss



* My 10th Attempt to Qualify for Boston Marathon since 2013


Sunrise on on the Capitol


1st Song on Shuffle...
Double Day by The Afghan Whigs

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Unofficial Finish Time: 4:00:23 
Average pace: 9:11


3/21/2016 Update: 

I wanted to share this blog post by another mother who wrote so eloquently about "The Dulli Effect" that I can relate to on many levels.Thanks for sharing your story, Red Pen Mama
www.redpenmamapgh.com/2016/03/dulli-effect/