Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11 Things...

It looks like I have been tagged in Coach Kelly's blog to do the 11 Things post. I will do most of the required things (1-3)...not going to tag anyone else right now, but if I find time in the future, I'll do it. So, here goes!

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Things about me:

1) I LOVE sports! I have had a few career paths in my life and all have had a sports twist. Originally I went to nursing school, but eventually I saw myself doing something with it in sports medicine. Then I went to school for teaching and I knew that I would coach on the side. A few years ago I decided that I would go for it when SUNY Cortland launched their Graduate program in Sport Management. Since I want to stay local, its been difficult to work in my field, but I know someday I will make it work.

2) In 2000 I decided to travel to California to drive the coast in a convertible. My cousin started the trip with me in San Diego where we made a side trip to Tijuana (wouldn't make that side trip today!). We then drove to LA where my uncle and cousin lived. We went to the Tonight Show while we were there! Then it was off to San Francisco for a few days. My cousin then went home and my mom joined me. She and I headed North to where my brother was going to school and we were able to attend his graduation. I was about 1/2 hour shy of driving the entire coast. It was an awesome trip and want to do it again someday.

3) I'm fascinated by genealogy. After watching an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are" a few months ago, I signed up for a free trial on ancestry.com. That night I was on the website for HOURS because it was so addicting. I've heard that I'm related to Ulysses S. Grant, but still haven't figured out how. I did discover that night that some of my relatives escaped from the Salem Witch Trials...no comments please!

4) I'm a "gear head" and love motor sports. I think I get it from my maternal grandfather. While going to school for sport management, I volunteered at Watkins Glen International for races including a couple of NASCAR and IndyCar races. The first NASCAR race I volunteered for, I got to stand next to the rail on turn one of the track and sometimes had 43 stock cars racing at over 100 mph just a few yards away from me.

5) I love Mexican food.

6) I consider our son Alex a miracle baby. After trying to get pregnant for a year, my husband and I started going through all sorts of tests and, long story short, we got pregnant without any help. A couple years later, we started trying for baby #2. But, after four years of trying and medical intervention, we never did have a second child. No one ever did find out why we couldn't conceive again. We have decided that we will have to love Alex twice as much.

7) When I was in my 20s I was asked to interview for a job in NYC with Merv Griffin Enterprises. I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I had worked there.

8) My husband and I almost bought my grandparents house in Saranac Lake. We were going to turn it into a B&B. I sometimes regret not buying it now that I know of the housing shortage during the Lake Placid IM. Then again, if we had bought it I may never have gotten into triathlon.

9) I love being by water. I was house shopping during the run portion of my first Iron Girl. There were a few houses with For Sale signs on them on the course and I was picturing living there and being able to do open water swims whenever I wanted. I'm still convinced that I will have a lakeside home someday.

10) Dan and I did the whole engagement thing a little backwards. We were talking about getting married and I really wanted an October wedding. I knew dates were hard to come by at my parents church so I was nervous we wouldn't get an October date. We found the perfect date, a day right during fall foliage peak in CNY, so we booked the church before I had a ring. Once I had the ring, we then told our families.

11) Before triathlon, my sport obsession was volleyball. When I was in my 20s, I would play 5 days a week in leagues and on a USA Volleyball club team. I loved that during the summer you could play on the beach and then head indoors during the winter. My friends and I would make an annual pilgrimage to Belmar, NJ to watch the pro beach volleyball tour. In 2000 my USA club team went to Nationals in Columbus, OH and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Here are the questions that Coach Kelly asked me:

1) What is the thing in your life you are most proud of? My favorite 7-year old, Alex.

2) What is your biggest regret? I regret that I wasn't more outgoing when I was younger. Compared to my friends, I was so shy and awkward. In my adult life I have really come out of my shell and looking back I wish I had taken chances like I do now.

3) If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Not sure I could pick just one. Maybe French fries?

4) Do you give up things for Lent? If so, what are you giving up this year and why? Yes, but I'm not always good at it. At my day job, we have a lot of events with food, mostly bagels, muffins, pizza, and things that aren't necessarily healthy. We are allowed to eat the leftovers, so for Lent, I gave up grazing on these foods. I think the "why" question is self-explanatory!

5) What is your perfect evening? Hanging out with friends and/or family, the kids are off playing having a great time and the adults are gathered socializing with some good food and wine. During the winter, this night would be at someone's house hanging by a fire place. During the summer, it would be by the shore of a body of water.

6) Do you have siblings? If so, do you buy into the whole birth order thing? I have a brother who is almost 8 years younger than me...and YES the whole birth order thing is real!!!

7) What is your favorite thing to cook? I'm definitely more of a baker because I'm more scientific and detailed which is what baking is. Cooking is more of an art and you can "wing it" more. Lately I've really started using my Crock Pot, so as long as I can take 5 minutes to prep and flip the switch, I'll say that I like to cook it!

8) In what kind of social situation do you feel most comfortable? Anywhere where there are people who like to talk about sports and/or being active. Even when I'm in one of those awkward situations (see #9 below), if I can find someone there who shares some of my hobbies, I will talk to them forever.

9) In what kind of social situation do you feel most awkward? Social events at my work. We have a lot of receptions with top level people at manufacturing companies and the talk is mostly about work, politics, etc...things that I don't "get" or really care about.

10) If you could go back to college, would you? Absolutely! I love learning!

11) What quality do you possess that makes you a good friend? I'm a good listener. I don't give advice much, but if a friends just wants someone to listen, I'm there.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Race that Never Was

A couple months ago, I registered for the Inaugural Lake Effect Half Marathon. I figured it would be a good way to keep me motivated through the winter. When I don't have a big race to prepare for, I tend to lose my focus, so this was a perfect race at the perfect time.

Problem is, I was also suffering with some foot pain. I decided I could run through it and treat it myself without going to a doctor. I was wrong.

About a month ago, I went to the podiatrist that works with my family doctor...he's the same one I went to for my stress fracture about a year ago. He agreed with my self diagnosis of plantar faciitis. He prescribed me physical therapy which I started a few days later.

I told the PT that I was registered for the half marathon and would LIKE to run it, but my heart wasn't set on it. The good thing was the race was local and was fairly inexpensive (only $35) so it's not like I had a lot financially invested in it. He told me if I wanted to run it, that he could get me taped up and I would be at 90%. I said I would think about it.

Knowing me, if there's a stop watch and a finish line involved, I will continue until the finish line is crossed regardless of how bad I'm feeling. On the other hand, if I'm just out for a training run and I'm feeling like crap, I will stop if I'm not feeling right. Coach Kelly said we could use the race as a training run and do it as a walk/run. I did consider it, but decided to bag the race knowing that I could make my foot worse. With the 70.3 only 4 months away, I knew I didn't need to make things worse.

Yesterday I picked up my packet with my bib and running gloves which were given to the runners instead of a shirt. Note to the race director, the gloves are nice...for my husband. They are way too big and I can't wear them. Next year, please get shirts where people can choose their size and aren't stuck with something that is one size fits most...no, one size fits SOME!

I have to say, the bibs are beautiful. A little small, but they rock. I love that we could personalize them with whatever we wanted it we registered before the early deadline.

Up until the time I picked up my packet, I really wasn't too upset about missing the race. Once I picked it up, that's when I started getting sad. At the check in table, they had a lot of shirts and stickers for sale and I wanted to shop, but since I wasn't running, I took my bag and got out of there as quickly as possible. A sinking feeling hit my stomach knowing I wouldn't be out there competing.

Today's weather was probably some of the worst this winter. We've been pretty lucky with one of the mildest winters on record. But this morning, the Lake Effect Half Marathon earned its name. Yeah it would have been nice running it unseasonably warm weather, but I was especially bummed I couldn't run in the snow. Mary M and I ran in plenty of snow storms last winter, so this would have been a piece of cake. Believe it or not, I was more bummed about not running because of the heavy snow.

Seeing Facebook posts from friends who ran also made it tough. Don't get me wrong, I love that they ran and did great, but I really wanted to be one of those people making the post-race posts. But, if I have to give up a post-race post, I will give up this one over the Syracuse 70.3 post-race post. I have to keep that big picture in mind and move on.

So, that's about it for my pouting. I will move on, get my foot healthy, and get ready for bigger and better things. And I will put this race on my calendar for 2013 because it looks really cool...and hopefully next February it will snow, I will run, and I will conquer 13.1!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Head Band Mania!!!!

I've blogged on occasion my desire to get a craft business up and running. I've done craft shows with my mom the last few years, but I really want to step it up a notch. This includes selling my items on Etsy or my own website. My goal is to get my Etsy account up and running in the next couple months.

One of my best places to sell is to all my YMCA peeps. They have been big fans of my wine glass coasters, Christmas ornaments, and triathlon wine charms. And they are also fans of my new items which are no-slip headbands. I have to admit that they are pretty similar to another well known headband that will remain nameless, but the design is so simple that I had to give them a try. They were easy to make and I love wearing them myself.

So, here I'm going to post pictures of the patterns I'm currently working on. If anyone wants one, let me know. Most of the ones I have are 1 1/2 inches wide, but I do have one that is 1 inch wide (the basketball print). Right now I make ones for adults, but I'm going to make some smaller ones for girls. I just have to borrow a few little girls so I can measure their heads and see how small I need to make them. Here are the prices I'm going to charge:

Adult wide: $12.00
Adult narrow: $10.00

Youth wide: $10.00
Youth narrow: $8.00

Right now I'm just going to sell to my local peeps, but once I'm up and running on Etsy or elsewhere, I'll let you know.


Something for my Tough Chiks

White with Polka Dots to Match Our Jerseys

Purple with Flowers to Match Our Jerseys

And Some CNY Triathlon Club Love

Orange with Green Polka Dots

Green with Orange Polka Dots

Animal Print




Polka Dots

White with Rainbow

Red with White

Navy with White

Miscellaneous Prints

White with Yellow and Pink Flowers

Solid Black

Rainbow Paisley

Crazy Rainbow

Tie Dye

Green and Black Plaid

Something for Valentines Day