Tuesday, September 5, 2017

EPIC 5. Hawaii Pre Race madness

 The Dream Team

Epic 5 Crew and Athlete.

The Dream Team and Athlete for the Epic 5.

So how would you like to spend a few days in Hawaii.... mmm  may be.... Well here we are 4 women brought together by a common denomonator Athlete Michele Santilhano. 
Kauai is the first stop,  We are the only ALL woman team!

Help from fellow athletes to assure arrival at the airport

Texas remembered and honored at Alaska AIrlines.

Its take off and Hammer Time!
This toad I rescued from Lisa s pool,,, needed some energy....

Toad or from still needed saving

Wild Pigs! 
Nice Ocean life.

The athletes meet and greet

Guarded by a min pin... life is good!

#epic5 #Hawaii #howihammer #rudyproject #polarglobal #nutritionbyheidi #cannondale #thedreamteam #sbrsportsinc 

Monday, May 8, 2017

OC Marathon....when things do not go as planned...

Sometimes things do not go as planned....and yesterday my finish line experience was one of embarrassment and disappointment... nothing to do with the quality of the OC Marathon & Half marathon it was much more personal than that.

I am always able to smile at the negative ...here I am with my neoprene scuba clown fish hood....

So did I mention it rained on the parade of Marathoners and Half marathoners... the heavens opened it felt glorious it rained and pelted hail...quite liberating actually. I love to catch rain drops on my tongue! 
race ready....visualization....

I have not ran a full marathon since Boston 2 years ago due to medical and accident.... I am still dealing with Achilles Tendonitis which is a weird bird in its self. I get the best therapy and can run up to 5 miles with no pain and run on grass and off road terrain.... I am no stranger to long distance running and thought the OC Marathon would be a great place to begin my marathon journey again...

Here is how my pre race stacked up

1. I was extremely stressed out about how I was getting the the marathon and getting home.... UBER was put on my phone and I put it out to the universe....But I have great facebook friends and family and it happened.

2. Was healthy and had no pain in my Achilles Tendon I was wearing Brooks Launch which have a slightly higher heel lift and really comfortable. 

3. Arrived with an hour to spare was able to warm up and drop off my dry clothes bag to the UPS van to meet me at the finish line.

4. I had visualized how I would run the race... be conservative, run with the 3 hour and 45 minute pace group. Land lightly; keep the knees aligned, Use my arms, breathe relaxed....look at the wonderful scenery.. If I started to have pain the in the Achilles Tendon to walk it out and if not possible at mile 12 to opt to go to the half marathon instead.


 The National anthem was sung by a heavenly voice and as the gun signaled the start of the event the rain came too!!

The Race

I set off I had Hammer gel and my Polar 400 running monitor, I was soaking wet but not cold, the first mile or so is round Fashion Island of Newport beach before views of the Ocean appear which is usually my happy place! Today there were no beach goers as I pattered through the seaside communities of beautiful homes the rain was torrential and I was soaked. The pacer was awesome..at .Mile 4 he barked out you all have a minute in the bank! at mile 7 he warned of a hill.. I think that is were I became undone... my leg had started to have a little pain at mile 5 I tried different running gait but it was definitely my tendon.... then the hill came and it hurt more.... then at mile 10 it was there to stay ..I tried to disassociate with all the snails all over the road from the landscape but nope I hurt and now the decision to be smart was finally in my face.... I had fallen off pace to cope with the pain but now there was a different problem....

The final mile...

I was passed by a cyclist who was leading the first male runners from the half marathon... I felt already depressed and a failure for having to finish at the half marathon so I waited for them to pass not wanting to steal their finish line experience... and I asked an official to call into the finish line I was changing to the half due to injury.... now I am just 600 meters from the finish I am MORTIFIED as no female runner has past yet I started with the marathoners but ending with the half marathoners...I tried to blend into the track finish I put my arms up to the race announcer not to mention my name.... they gave me a beautiful half marathon finisher medal but I was truly embarrassed at having to cut my race short and finish in front of a lot of spectators who must have thought how fast I was!!! Mortification doubled tripled quadrupled.. 
my finish line photo...

Finish line was the medical tent were the ice was applied grateful for the VIP pass to get hot coffee...but I felt a failure... when will I be able to return to the sport I love..... But I was at the OC Marathon and decided to paint a smile and help at the Kool N Fit tent to spray runners as they came with tired legs to the booth!
the bling 


Although I felt depressed and down I am a running coach and I know had I had a client running I would have advised to cut the race short and listen to your body. I did beat myself up but I also 
Finished 13.1 miles, collected a beach City medal for completing 3 half marathons including Surf City and Long Beach. Was able to see others finish in their jubilation and help Kool N Fit too. I was also able to walk after I had rested and iced the tendon. So now waiting for an MRI to find out why I am limited to only 5 miles to the 13 mile distance...feeling grateful.

Race Announcers

Privilege to cheer and meet again Adam Gorlitsky
Adam is pretty amazing read his story at about I Got Legs... 

Spraying Legs with Kool n  Fit.

The man that makes it all happen Gary the amazing Race Director.
A HUGE thank you to my friend Chris Boyer for taking me to collect my bib, to Cheyenne Wiscovitch for taking me at 3.30am and to April Hayes for taking me home.

Feeling grateful and blessed at least I can move forward...and can still swim and run 13 miles!

The OC Marathon & Half marathon weekend is jammed packed all week long from 5km and kids races to the 26.2 miles, What I truly love about the event is the charity organization Kids Run OC read more about this incredible program which gets pre adolescent kids running and maintaining a healthy life style here at Kids Run OC

Thanks to #brooksrunning #hammernutrition #polarglobal  #rudyproject #ocmarathon #koolnfit #covinahillssportsmedicine

Thursday, April 14, 2016

LA Marathon Olympic Trials

Although Hammer my Run Happy Min Pin could not go to help at the Trials he was at home watching on the big screen.
Well in the Month of February I ran Surf City Half in honor of my friend that past away.. the following week was LA Marathon and up until Surf City I had good training in for a good race..
Unfortunately I injured my left Antilles Tendon and after a whole week of rest ice elevation and therapy thought I would go any way...

Saturday musings
I volunteered to help with the Brooks Running Photo booth during the marathon trials so while the best marathoners in the World were duking it out down town I was supporting the cheering squads!
Police move in to get the course safe

So Cal Pacers get ready

Me all Brooked out with my friends.

Run Happy Folks

My Canadian Friend Ellis

Watching the race unfold with wide screens

Say Run Happy

Road to Rio

Brooks ID Coaches share a smile

Kona Running...

So Cal Pacer Family


Pre Olympic Trials ra ra ra

Enjoyed the day it was a long day on my feet I met some incredible athletes and loved seeing all the So Cal Pacers come by and join in the celebration and fun. It is rewarding to give back and I love Brooks Shoes and I am also a Brooks ID Coach and a certified RRCA Running Coach.

Run Happy Be Happy Run Smart.

The Olympic Trials in downtown LA were awesome to watch.

#socalpacers #runhappy #brooksrunning.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Surf City Half in memory of my friend Bouke Bendien.

My dear friend Bouke Bendien... No he was more than a friend he made me feel like I belonged and was family. Bouke was my mentor for triathlon, he was always interested in what I was up to and he was always there to help and train with. he was humble and kind not just to me but many different people in Puerto Rico. My heart was broken when I received the news of his passing. I was numb and could not stop crying... But he lived his life on his own terms and even raced on the Sunday at Ponce in Puerto Rico and passed on Wednesday morning. RIP Bouke for today Heaven gained and Puerto Rico lost an amazing human being ,,, I will always be inspired by you!


So on the 7th February I raced Surf Ciry Half Marathon in memory of my friend Bouke.
Picture and Bib number

All done and dusted

The Bling.

 The Race was pretty flat... although the views were amazing of the ocean I struggled to keep a pace at mile 8 and kinda lost the mentality at mile 9 and my Antilles Tendon began to whisper to me....

I finished in 1 hour 43 minutes... all the time my thoughts were on what would Bouke do .. he would just keep running in the way he did.... he was an amazing athlete and it was remembering all the fun times I had in racing and training with Bouke that finally got me to the finish line.

Life is short always tell people how much they mean to you....

EXPO and Photos
Ed the Jester

Ultraman ...

Arthur Webb Ultra runner
AL and Montana
Diane my friend.
The Bling
My training Buddy.

My good friend Andrea from Brooks.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Its time to ride...for I am the comeback kid!

Its no joke this right hand of mine... BUT today I decided to do my first hill ride in 9 weeks and test out my right hand... and do the longest ride to date since 19th November.... I cycled up GMR.

Proof of my ride!
GMR stands for Glendora Mountain Road it is like having our own mini Alpe De Huez right on our doorstep! But these last few weeks I have not attempted to ride the bike up the due to a badly damaged right hand...

So lessons from my ride
1. Went up 12 miles spinning, trying to enjoy the pain of the climb.
2. You do not forget how to ride a bike.... however it seems harder to climb after not riding for a while.
3. Going up hill had to hold the hoods of the handlebar, my right hand did not like gripping the handlebar.
4. At the top of the ridge I enjoyed the view chugged down a Hammer Heed and laughed out load a wonderful afternoon for what seems like my maiden voyage up GMR.
5. Going downhill was like being at hand therapy.. began extremely painful for my right fingers to touch the brakes...every time the wheels went over a bump my little pinky hurt..As the descent continued my fingers became stronger at holding / feathering the brakes.
6. I am still unable to make a fully clenched fist but felt grateful I could grip the hoods of the handlebars..

I am super happy I decided to try and ride my bike today...I still have a little way to go before I am 100%  I will take 24 miles its a start!!!
I am the comeback kid!!!

Now to ice my hand and tape it...
My average Heart Rate was 124 I tried to keep it in zone 3 for most of the ride although I did hit zone 4  on some of the grades...

The beautiful views

All smiles I made the ridge.

my beautiful bike

Life is great when you let it be.
Coming back from an injury is never easy
It is frustrating 
Who would have thought soft tissue could be so darn stubborn.
Its time to start out again with baby steps
Day by day I will get stronger at all 3 disciplines
Life is a journey and so is my full recovery
Tomorrow is a swim day and so it begins...