It's very, very rare that I sit down and talk 1 on 1 with you all on Run, Selfie, Repeat but I owe you a catch up! It's been about 10 years since I wrote about my life! My life is nuts at the moment, thank you for asking! I'm one of those people who really likes to be busy and right now, I'm exhausted. But I hate spare time. My idea of hell is waking up and thinking, "I have absolutely nothing to do today so I am going to sit on the couch and watch TV." Nope. It's on those days that I tend to go stir crazy and take on 100 extra projects which is how I ended up with a trip to LA in the middle of two crazy travel weekends! More on that in a second...
This past weekend, I ran my very first trail race and it was HARD. 9 times out of 10 I don't look into what I sign up for. My November Project pals look like they have the best time at these trail races so when the time came for Bear Mountain, I joined a team to do the marathon relay. (The FOMO is real.) It wasn't until we were at Bear Mountain that I realized I was actually going to run up a mountain...
Did I mention how hard it was? It was 6 point something miles and the first two miles were killer! The whole jumping over fallen trees, climbing up a mountain, and run down boulders was pretty intense. It was fun, just super difficult and "technical". (That's a word people kept using to explain to me what I was in for. Now I understand what "technical" means.) It definitely won't be my last trail race though. Despite the technicality, I had so much fun. There's nothing more fun than running hard, drinking beer and hanging out with new and old friends.
After we got back from Bear Mountain, we went to the Red Hook Crit which is this insane underground (not so underground) bike race. The best bikers from all over the world race 26 laps around this track at insanely fast speeds. We made it in time for the women's and the men's final races and both had really scary crashes. The men's was ESPECIALLY intense because it happened right in front of us and right out of the gate! The motorcycle that rides in front stalled and the pile up that resulted was terrible. 4 guys went to the hospital and some guys walked away with bikes that were broken in half. We didn't end up sticking around for the restart because we were cold but next year I'm making a day out of the race.
#MomGoals. This picture pretty much sums up our #fiveborobiketour. We were so cold but we laughed almost the entire time. (There was a moment where I almost threw @samantharoberts into the East River because she made us stop so she could go to #Target. But....The family that freezes and laughs together, stays together...right?) #RunSelfieRepeat
Sunday, I woke up early because my family and I participated in the 5 (OK 4) Boro Bike Tour! It was pouring rain, freezing cold and we had the best time riding 30 ish miles around NYC. We started in Dumbo (which is the tip of Brooklyn), rode across the Brooklyn Bridge, up Manhattan, through Harlem and the Bronx, back into Manhattan, over the Queensboro bridge, down into Brooklyn and ended back in Dumbo for an AMAZING breakfast and hot hot hot hot hot hot coffee. (The race technically ends in Staten Island but the race goes right by my family's house so we just stop when we get there.) Watching my little cousin Dublin (who fought us when we all wanted to quit mid way through the race) was a beautiful reminder to stick with something, even when you're miserable. (We rode in last place the entire time.) Which brings me to...
Finding a coach is like dating. You have to scope your options before making it Facebook Official. If I'm gonna #BQ during this year's #ChicagoMarathon, I need a coach who is going to push me, call me on my BS, and put up with this...often. I've got no chill. I'm terrified. But I'm excited because so much ass kicking is about to go down. (Did I find my coach? Pretty sure I did 🤘🏽) God I'm scared. Did I mention that I'm afraid? Because I'm terrified. #RunSelfieRepeat #TeamSaveTheChildren #TeamWR
I found my Coach! I'm not sure if you heard but I decided to go out on a limb and spend the next 6 months of my life trying to shave 30-ish minutes off of my marathon time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It's a goal that I think is impossible but the goal itself is a lot like running a marathon. Even though getting to the finish line feels impossible, if you focus on the mile you're in, step by step you make it to the finish line. I think it's important to really run down the things that scare you the most. I'm terrified that I'm going to fail and make a fool out of myself but I'm more afraid of shying away from pushing myself to go after the goals that really get me outside of my comfort zone. So here we are, BQ OR BUST.
The reason I chose to film the entire 6 month journey is to force the accountability factor. I don't love how much control I have when I write. So far, when I read Boston BQ journeys, a lot of the ugly parts, the failures, the doubts, and the set backs are omitted. Ironically, those are the parts that I want to highlight. I'm so terrified that I'm going to fall flat on my face right now. I'm really nervous about showing you all how I don't want to do the work but that's the reality of the situation. Running a BQ is the dream for so many runners, myself included, and even if running fast isn't something that motivates you, we all have our intimidating goals. I think it's going to be really interesting sharing both the good and the bad parts of the next 6 months. It's not going to be easy, that much is for sure, but I'm really excited to go for it. (That's a lie, I'm really scared but I'm really digging the whole "positive self talk" thing right now, so excited it is!)
If you haven't seen Episode 1, you can check it out by CLICKING HERE. Episode 2 where you get to meet my Coach is coming so if you haven't already, subscribe to my YouTube channel for the latest in BQ or Bust.
Thursday, I'm headed to Cancun and next week I'm off to LA and then Boulder for my cousin Sarah's wedding!!! I'm excited for some adventure but it's going to be an exhausting 2 weeks. I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to throw the LA leg in the middle of this trip. OH WELL. I have work that I need to do and it will be nice to see my LA friends.
That's what's new in my universe! As always, stay up to date with everything that's going on with me on Instagram! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.