Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Megan Sabatinelli

 I met Megan at a race in 2011 when a sweet voice said at the starting line, "Are you Fancy Nancy?"  She was a reader of my blog and recognized me.  Through comments here and there I convinced Megan to join the running group I was a part of and from there she just took off!!!  She has worked so hard and has become an amazing runner...and a person I am proud to call friend!!  There are many things about Megan that inspire me as a runner but one of the biggest things is how she has worked through many walls to make her training happen.  She has done long runs on Friday nights after work in not so great areas of town knowing that that was the only time she would have to get it in...faced the roller coaster of the local service road with other fabulous ladies to make sure she got in her hill workouts...all with a smile on her face!  The fateful HOT AS HADES Boston marathon was her first time running Boston and the heat did not sway her...but let me let her tell her in her own words!!

Tell us something about you?
 I'm in my late thirties. I am a wife and mother of two boys ( 13 and 10).    I'm a teachers assistant  in a elementary school. I started running in 2005, I needed to lose weight after having 2 kids and my husband being deployed for 4 months with the military. I started by just doing a couple of miles a week and then got talked into doing a road race. That's when the addiction began. I loved racing and trying to beat my previous times.

What would be included in your running highlight reel?
Some of the highlights of my running career have been of course my first race. It really started me wanting to run more and faster. The other big race was my first half marathon. I never thought I could run that distance so it was a huge accomplishment to do it. I also think that running the half marathon helped to give me the confidence to try and tackle full marathons. One of my favorite races is Myrtle Beach half/full marathon. Myrtle Beach currently holds my marathon PR and I've run the half twice. Boston will always have my heart. It's of course the best marathon.

Where were you when the bombs went off?
I was probably about 2 miles back when the bombs went off but was stopped at 25.5. I was very luckily because my husband was waiting for me in Kenmore Square and someone behind him said the was a explosion at the finish so my husband jumped the fence and ran with me till we were stopped. One of the things I remember is my husband saying the rest of the world knows mores about what's going on than we do. That really stuck out because we had no information about what was happening. We were walking around the city hearing bits and pieces about what was happening. I also felt horrible for my parents and kids because we couldn't get a hold of them and I knew they would be frantic worrying about us. The rest of the day was surreal, seeing the police cars and rescues flying through the streets.
Taken by her husband in Kenmore Square before she knew what had happened
How has your training been this year?
Training this year has been hard. The weather has been the biggest hurdle. We have run in snow, sleet, ice, rain, freezing temps, and very little sun. I feel like if I could survive this winter I can tackle anything on race day, except hot temps :-).
What does running Boston 2014 mean to you?
Running Boston this year is about finishing business, about coming back stronger and taking the marathon back. It's about remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured.  It's about celebrating the amazing, courageous acts of love and kindness that came out of that day. I'm excited  to run but also worry about the emotional aspect of the day. I think this will be the Boston yet.

One of my strongest memories from the days following the bombing last year was a run we did on Cape.  It was one of the first times most of the marathon runners were together again and it was organized as a run of unity.
I remember seeing Megan and wanting to cry...happy to hug her and know she was ok!  She was there to run with her son.  Megan I'll be cheering my loudest at mile 7....I know you're going to do amazing!!!

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 guessed 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 need to be there to truly experience feel the 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 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 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 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!