Saturday, February 23, 2013

One Year

Well, will you look at that! It's been one year of blogging about running, traveling, family and friends. Can't believe it! It all started with a simple post proclaiming...

"I will run my first marathon in 2012."

The crazy part is that I actually did run a marathon and I'm working on #2. Who am I? HA!

I don't have any wisdom to impart on you, but I do know that running has made a difference in my life. 

I love...
quiet time
bagel & coffee post-run 
misty rain
feeling good 
winter running clothes
snow-covered streets
setting a goal 
Clif Shot Bloks
a training plan 
social time
seeing results 
feeling healthy. 

That's enough for now. 

I think, on my 1st Blogiversary, this quote expresses my feelings today and my hope for the future: 

"It's not so much that I began to run, but that I continued."
-- My main training plan man, Hal Higdon

How will you celebrate? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Destination Run - New York, NY

This past weekend, I traveled to New York City! MarathonMike and I met our parents for a fun-filled weekend in the city. Definitely a great change of pace from the daily grind. It was cold and a little cloudy, but we kept warm with a cup or two of Starbucks and a good amount of walking to see the sights. We even went to see Chicago at the Ambassador Theater and it was so good. Here are some pics! 

Warning: I played with Snapseed to edit these photos. Might have made one too many changes in a few... :-) 

Rockefeller Center
View from Top of the Rock - Gotham City? 
View of Empire State Building from Top of the Rock
On the Radio City Stage Door Tour
Grand Central Station 
This was week 6 of training for Providence which meant I was up for a 9 mile run on the weekend. It just so happens that a loop from our hotel alllll the way to the end of Central Park and back was exactly 9 miles. It was meant to be! I missed two runs, yes two... this past week, so I was nervous that I would a) chicken out and not go or b) go and feel awful the rest of the day. I asked MarathonMike to make me go the next day if I put up a fight. I could not pass up the opportunity to run in NYC! 

Alarm went off at 6:30 am and we were out the door by 7. No traffic, quiet, and peaceful. I felt a little tired starting out but after a few minutes, I was moving right along and felt good. My watch took forever to find the satellites so I wasn't really sure of my pace or where I was on the route. It forced me to take in the city, the people and the park around me and just enjoy the run.
Leaving Central Park and headed to 5th Ave. 

The last time I ran in Central Park was just before Thanksgiving in 2007. Mike and I had been dating for a short while and I was pretending to be a runner. I think we only did a short run, maybe 20-30 minutes, that day. Little did I know, I would be back again and training for Marathon #2! 

Happy Vacation Week, Massachusetts! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snow Weekend!

It snowed in New England. A lot! We haven't seen this much snow since Winter 2011. (Thank goodness!) Yes, we survived. No, we didn't lose power. (Thank goodness, again!) Yes, the snow blower worked wonderfully. But no, we couldn't avoid shoveling completely... 

Friday was a snow day, so I celebrated by making cookies before the storm arrived. Unfortunately, I was not completely prepared for impromptu baking and was very low on flour and completely out of vanilla extract. 

And with the help of some pancake mix... it's basically just flour, right?... we had our cookies! 

Then, it snowed and snowed and snowed. 

The storm was still doing its thing Saturday morning and the club run was canceled. I was lucky to go with running club friends Sunday morning for just under 12 miles. The roads were still snow-covered in some places and very few cars were out. 

It was beautiful, peaceful, quiet. 

I'm sure I'll think of this run when I'm at the starting line for Providence. 

Stay warm!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Why Run #13

Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead. 
- Kara Goucher

Sunday, February 3, 2013


How do you make a cold week in January a little better? Have a birthday! Ok, so maybe not everyone can do that. Just Oprah and me, I guess!

It was a typical Tuesday, complete with back-to-back 2nd grade music classes at the end of the day and a staff meeting. I was whooped, like usual.

But, then! I came home, walked inside and saw a brand-new Keurig sitting on the counter!!! MarathonMike completely surprised me with this one. I had talked about getting one several weeks ago, but the likelihood of a Keurig in the Barry household was bleak... Boy, was I wrong! 

Soooo looking forward to a chilly February break with this thing in the house. Friends and family - come on over for a cup o' joe! 
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