Monthly Archives: November 2007

Short Sleeves in November!

Route: To Washington Street & back
Mileage: 4
Time: 38:50
Best Song: “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban

It felt wonderful to run outside last night in leggings, a hat, and a T-SHIRT! I set out for my 4-miler with my usual fully covered body – ready for anything the rough Newton elements might throw my way (you know how gnarly the tree-lined carriage lanes and runner friendly drivers can get). As soon as I got out there, I knew it – I had to lose a layer.

Being the enormous geek I am, I practiced taking off my jacket while still running – in anticipation of needing to do such a thing on the Big Day. (You know how those precious seconds add up.) You don’t see elite runners taking a breather to re-tie their shoes or grab a Power Gel from their fanny pack or – heaven forbid – stop to remove their jacket, do you?

If you’re wondering, my endeavor was a complete failure. I won’t give you the details (I know the minutiae of last night’s run has ALREADY bored you to tears), but the undertaking did involve the near loss of my beloved Shuffle, hair pulling, and the exchange of some choice words with the sidewalk.

But after the jacket came off – oh, man, was it a great run.



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Let me count the ways …

Vinyasa Yoga – 1 hour

Here’s another excerpt from my Miles for Miracles Runner Profile:

Why do you enjoy running?
I love running for so many reasons! The rush of endorphins when I hit my stride. The beauty of running outdoors in New England throughout the seasons. The friends I’ve made on the roads and at the gym. The positive results that the exercise has on my body. The calming effect it has on my mind. The exhilaration of meeting goals, breaking personal bests, and running a little bit farther than I did yesterday. The “alone” time. The confidence it brings me in all aspects of my life. The dedication it takes. The fact that I’m “good” at it!

So, tell me, what do YOU love doing? And why? Comment below.

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Meet Jayla

I finally connected with my patient partner today! Her name is Jayla and I heard her giggle over the phone. Her mom’s name is Jenn and she is psyched about our special partnership. She said she, Jayla, and her husband Jay would be running with me every step of the way and I said … “great!” I can’t wait to meet them this Sunday at the Miles for Miracles reception. Until then, here’s a little bit about Jayla, in her mom’s words.

Jayla is a 15 month old little girl, (diagnosed with microcephaly, failure to thrive, and moderate developmental delay) who has been through more in her short life then I would ever wish on anyone. She has been hospitalized 4 times, 1 time to put a feeding tube in, had endless blood tests, goes to some kind of doctor at least once a week if not twice, and is seen by a therapist between 2 and 3 times a week both at home and at daycare. Through all this she continues to make progress and smile each day. She has given me a new definition of the word “fighter”.

What an inspiration Jayla and her family are!

Route: Up to BC Main Gate & Back
Mileage: 5.47
Time: 49:21
Best Song: “Streetcorner Symphony” by Rob Thomas

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Run first. Then make merry.

To The Theater (said with pinky up, nose in air, and an English accent) with Timmy, Shane, Chloe & Teegan

Route: Gym – Treadmill
Mileage: 6
Time: 51:53
Best Song: “It’s Raining Men” (How apropos!)

It’s very rainy in Boston tonight, and lest I slip on wet leaves and stop this thing before it starts, I decided to hit the treadmill. So the treadmill flanker competition thing is really working because I really improved my time tonight. This could be because I don’t use any incline on the treadmill and well, the roads around here are conversely quite hilly. Or maybe I’m just super-fast.

Either way, it’s over – phew – and now it’s time to dec-o-rate! Do you think if I put up all the brightest lights and shinest ornaments, the big guy will bring me some new spandex?


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Route: Med Vegas – Treadmill
Mileage: 3
Time: 28:29
Best Song: Heidi reading the riot act to Spencer (“Do you not hear ANYTHING I say?”) – Clearly, I was watching “The Hills.”

Just a quick run today, and on the treadmill – it’s COLD out there. The rest of the McFamily is headed to a fun but freezing day of BC football watching, and I have to get showered and get going to Ilana and Adam’s wedding in Newport. Can’t wait for the festivities!

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Gobble, Gobble, Run Run

Route: Med Vegas – Indian Hill (way steeper than Heartbreak!)
Mileage: 4
Time: 38:34
Best Song: Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by Elton John (There’s way more Elton where that came from.)

Tonight’s run was dark, cold and rainy. But, it was nice to hoof a new path (or an old one, as it turns out). I was just storing up the miles in anticipation of extra mashed potato helpings!

Route: Med Vegas – Snyder, Stagecoach, South St. loop
Mileage: 5.25
Time: 50:08
Best Song: This Love by Maroon 5 (Kanye West remix – bonus track on Songs About Jane)

Nice Things:
1. A Willing Companion.
Colleen ran the first 2 with me – and did well – in preparation for her big trek up Heartbreak. She’s running with me from the bottom of Comm Ave to the FINISH LINE!

2. Pleasant Weather.
63 degrees. And sunny. IN NOVEMBER. Holy crap. God bless global warming.

3. Friendly Faces
The people in Newton are pleasant enough, but sometimes after you’ve been running for over an hour, you need a little more than a weak head nod. Not in my hometown. Those Medfield people are DANG nice. It’s not just, “Hey,” it’s, “Good morning. How are you? Nice day for a run. You go girl.” Nice.


Big news! New shoes! I got a nice discount at Marathon Sports because I’m running for a charity. Thanks, guys.


And … they’re pink. Oh yeah.

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Time to Share


In filling out my Runner Profile for the M4M program, I thought it might be interesting to share some of my answers with you. Here goes …

Why are you running for Children’s Hospital?
I am running for Children’s Hospital because I am a Children’s success story! Between the ages of 3 and 22, I had seven surgeries to remove a recurrent ear tumor and correct the auxiliary damage.

After I “graduated” from Children’s, I went on to be treated at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where, this fall, I underwent another surgery to restore the hearing my previous illness had taken. In recovering from this life changing surgery, I could not wait to get back to running, and with my newfound confidence from having conquered another tough milestone, I realized now was the time to take on a new challenge.

It’s particularly meaningful to run for Children’s because it was my most recent ear surgery that gave me the strength to run the marathon and it’s in gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff that I run this race. It is so other children and families have the same cutting-edge technology and tenacious support and compassion that I had, that I run for Children’s.

More to come … Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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