Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Stu Weiner

My first Boston Marathoner I want to introduce you to is Stu.  Stu is the baby brother of my BRF Jill...sorry Stu!...and 2014 will be his 3rd time running Boston.  I first met Stu in 2011 when we went for a New Year's run on the Cape Cod Canal.

He met us there and I thought to myself...boy do fast runners run their family?!  He had just started getting serious about running and the bug certainly bit him hard.  We ran again in April when we tackled the first Jamestown Bridge 10k and that is when the weather issue started following Stu wherever he raced!
It was freezing and super windy that day and I have to say that most races he did after that one had some sort of weather twist!  I even said at one point that if Stu was running then I was planning for foul weather!!! In true form that would follow for any races we did together, he took off and I spent the rest of the race chasing him!

Stu started his Boston trilogy in 2012 for....you guessed it...one of the hottest Boston Marathons on record!!!  Temps soared well above 90 degrees and Stu, who never backs down from a challenge, was game!!  He finished...all be just slightly dehydrated...and started his tradition of running for Team Eye and Ear!
Stu is the type of person who loves to have a great time, help out whenever he can, and laugh the loudest...but when it's time to run it is time to get to work!  It shows in his times that are being cut more and more almost each time he lines up for a race! Stu is passionate about running but even more than that he is passionate about his family.  I think if I asked Stu what his greatest accomplishment was he would say his family!
His beautiful wife and girls post 5k
These smiling faces were who was waiting for Stu along with his sister Jill and a family friend at the finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mile 22
They were actually standing on Boylston between the two blasts.  His sister jumped the barricade and ran along the route until she found Stu at mile 25.5 where he and thousands of runners were stopped.  It was a heart wrenching time to be separated from his wife and children but to know they were safe was top priority.  After far too much time apart and a trek over the Mass Ave bridge, he was able to hug his wife and girls again!
This year Stu is ready to settle the family business in Boston this year and finish what he started in 2013!  He's ramped up his training this year by adding in hill repeats and track workouts in order to face the biggest Boston Marathon in history not only to finish but crush it!  Stu will be running again in his Team Eye and Ear singlet...from Hopkinton to Boylston he will be smiling the whole way...and having an extra special embrace from his family at the finish!  We're cheering for you Stu...and we know you are going to have your best Boston yet!!! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Motivation

Have you ever watched a race...a marathon?  The sheer will on the runners faces to finish the race before them is amazing and inspiring!  This quote became even more true after last year's Boston Marathon.  People put aside all their differences...needs...wants and reached out to those around them.  Help pour in from every corner of the world!  This week, the week before Boston 2014, I am featuring 4 runners from last year's marathon.  Each one has a different story to tell about that day and about what running again means to them!  These people have inspired and motivated me...and I hope they do the same for you! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dear Boston

Monday we were in Boston for our daughter's pre-op appointment at Children's.  As luck would have it the appointment lasted all of 10 minutes so when we were done we decided to stay in the city for a bit.  When hubby asked me what I wanted to do, I knew right away where I wanted to go...

The mayor had just opened the "Dear Boston" exhibit at the Boston Public Library.  It is a collection of the things that were at the Copley Memorial that grew after the marathon. I was not expecting it but the moment I walked in it caught my breath...and I fought back the emotions the entire time I was there.  If it weren't for Aubrey being there...and making sure she didn't touch anything...I may have sat and took it all in...let myself feel the impact of what had happened that day...the impact of the outpouring of support for those who were lost and injured that day...the lasting impact on those I love who were running and there...the rise up of a community not willing to give in.  I will leave you with pictures that I took but please know that these simply scratch the surface of what this memorial really is...you need to be there to truly experience it....to feel the emotion...it is open until May if you can get there.

Here is a clip from the local news about the exhibit. (As an aside...The mayor's accent couldn't be more pure Boston...I love it!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Talk Training

3 weeks away from the Newport 10 miler and I'm feeling ready for this!  Two more weeks of work and then I get to take a week easier before starting up again!  It may sound crazy but I'm really liking this tired feeling I'm getting by the end of the week...like I've put in a full week's work!  I was also very happy this week breaking out the jogger!  We run to pick up the baby from the babysitter and home for a quick 2 miler.  Boy did I forget how hard pushing that is!!!  Plus they're bigger now!! Here's how this week played out!

Monday: I wanted to run 8 miles to hit 100 for the #FFMarchMiles but alas that was wishful thinking.  I hit 4 miles and was happy with the 96 miles for March! 
Tuesday:  Started the morning with kettlebells and finished the day with 4.5 miles on the mill.
Wednesday: 6 miles on the schedule...and tiredness took over...2 miles with the girls and 3 miles on the mill
Thursday: Met up with my friend to do kettlebells and 6.2 miles
Friday: 1.8 miles in my daughter came downstairs to meet me.  Finished the day with 2 miles with the girls (boy am I happy to have jogger weather back!
Saturday: 10 miles early in the day before we headed to visit my family
Sunday: Rest...even though I really wanted to squeeze in a run after church I took a nap instead!
How was your week?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Motivation...London Marathon Style

Tomorrow my BRF Jill will hop on a plane, cross "the pond", and run the London Marathon...her 10th marathon!!!  To say that I am proud of Jill wouldn't explain the tears in my eyes as I write this!  She has persevered this year...fought through a hard winter...braved the elements and curves that life has thrown her...and has made it!  I met Jill while I was 7 months pregnant with Em and she was the firecracker teacher that taught next to me.  5 years later I can't imagine my life without her!!  She motivates me...to run harder...challenge myself more...and be a strong person!  Jill, you have put in the work...fought the fight...and I know the challenges you faced and will face are NOTHING compared to the drive you have within you!!  You are the strongest, bravest, most tenacious runner I have ever met and you are going to ROCK that city!!!

Jill is running for the American Institute for Cancer Research.  Help a girl out and donate....any little bit helps!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Over-Exercise or Training-Mode

When I hurt my back and was unable to run or exercise for about 3 weeks, I knew the only thing I could get control over so that I wouldn't balloon up to massive proportions would be to clean up my eats and really focus on the food I was eating.  My husband was very supportive in this and basically helped me with whatever I needed.  I also began seeing a dietitian weekly to track my eating, weight, and measurements.  Since I'm crazy busy a bad blogger I don't have pictures to show you yet but I'm encouraged by the progress I'm making.  So far I am down 12lbs and 12.5 inches overall!  I am 2lbs away from buying my first pair of skinny jeans (that was my first reward planned)!
A question came up last week during our meeting when my weight loss stopped.  It was slowing down significantly from the weeks where I wasn't exercising, which made zero sense to me.  How could I be eating well and exercising and NOT losing weight???  She kept telling me I was over-exercising....to which I kept replying "I'm training" or "I have been running this much for 7 years".  It was a circle we went around and around and finally landed on working in more food for me (which resulted in a 3lb loss this week!)  It got me thinking about what is over-exercising and am I in fact doing that or not fueling well...I found a few things...
US News described over-exercising in a similar way but their study adds in fat gain.  While I wasn't gaining fat, my weight wasn't budging.  Looking over these symptoms I would argue that I in fact was not over-exercising.  None of these symptoms describe me except for the weight staying still.  I am encouraged by my increase in protein this week leading to a loss and I think it was more of a balance issue.  This way I can continue to train like I want to and keep my sanity while still making gains towards my goal!
Do you see yourself showing any of these symptoms?  
I think its important to be mindful of your body and how you are pushing it.  Yes when we are training in order to get the most out of our bodies we are tired...sore...cranky...and prone to injury.  The difference is when we push ourselves to the point of too much...and that is different for everyone.

To help me continue on this clean eating road....I have signed up for Laura's Spring Reset Challenge starting April 21st.
I did the January reset with Laura earlier this year and it was an amazing experience!  Not only did I get so many awesome recipes and feel lighter, I gained a better understanding about my body and what fuel makes it work well.  Laura is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable!  Don't miss this chance to work with her!  Sign up for the 21 day reset with me and let the detoxing begin!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Chat with Dave McGillivray to Give Back

The finish line has been painted...
The banners are hung...
The runners are sitting pretty on taper island...
but there is someone who's job is FAR from being over!  The infamous Mr. Dave McGillivray!
For those of you who are not familiar with the name, Dave McGillivray is the director of the Boston Marathon.  Not only does he make one of the biggest marathons in the world run smoothly, he is also a philanthropist, motivational speaker, and veteran distance runner himself.  He even runs the marathon course each year once the race is over!

He is hosting a one-of-a-kind interactive video chat for runners and those who love running in an effort to raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which invests in education, athletics and community in honor of 7-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Martin's message resonated with the hearts of the world and his foundation seeks to continue this message.

 A donation of any size to the foundation gains the contributor entry into the video chat, which will take place on April 4th at 12 pm EST, and the opportunity to ask McGillivray questions prior to the event or live during the event.  In his talk, he will share experiences from some of his most impressive feats and provide insight on what’s allowed him to be so effective at running so many miles. He’ll also be sharing tips about making the most out of your participation in an organized running event.  Basically you are getting the opportunity to not only contribute to an amazing cause but you also get to pick the brain of one of the greats in the running field!!  You can read more about the event here.

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event which can unite so many of us around a great cause and running event!  I am also happy to extend complimentary access to this chat to the first 100 of my readers.  Just enter the code FANCYNANCY when you register.  You can always donate but this something Wizeo is extending to you!  In addition, anyone who registers using this code, Wizeo is promising to donate $10 to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.  Amazing!

So my question is...who's joining me?  And....what would you ask Dave?