127 Days and Counting

While I might still be training for the Rock N Roll New Orleans marathon at the end of this month, marathon number 13, I already have my next marathon, marathon number 14, all lined up!

You should not be shocked at all that marathon number 14 will be…

Cleveland Marathon 127 DaysI just can’t pass up a good marathon in my hometown!

127 days will be here before we know it and I cannot wait to start training for it. My training plan will be posted soon. I am still putting the finishing touches on it but I am doing a lot of different things this year. I have big plans to do a half and full Ironman this year. I can’t believe I just typed that out! My training plan will be very close to that of a Hansen’s Training plan so I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Oh and I am forgetting one very big super awesome news!

I’m back for another year of blogging for the Cleveland Marathon!

AMBASSADORLOGOI am super excited to be back! Especially with my new training plan and crazy Ironman dream. Follow along for the fun and feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I will be happy to help.

There is a really great group of Ambassadors this year so please check them all out and follow our many difference experiences.

Bodhi is excited too but he’s waiting for the cold and snow to go away.

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Sick For Christmas & Ringing in 2015

For the first time in years Ryan and I decorated for Christmas. The past couple years we put up the bare minimum for Christmas. Which meant we put up the Leg Lamp and the Christmas Story village. This year we put up the stockings, the tree, even dug out some Christmas rugs and a wreath. We even broke my rule of putting it all up before Thanksgiving!

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It was a good thing we decorated early because it never would have gotten done as I worked crazy hours and did tons of baking.

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And then for the first time ever, I got sick for Christmas. Even though I got a flu shot, I still got the flu. I heard it was bad this year but I think I underestimated how bad it was as I was suddenly glued to the couch for days. I think I reached a point where I was so sick I didn’t think I’d ever get over it and would never run again.

It took me a whole week to get back to working out and it was a very slow start back to running.

Since I was still recovering from the flu for New Years, we decided to have a very low key New Years Eve. We went to dinner at Cork & Cleaver, where I think I had the best meal of 2014. It was amazing and then came home and struggled to stay up to midnight. It was a tough call but I barely made it.

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I have to recommend on New Years at midnight, turn on the police scanner and listen to some of the craziness in your area. I was cracking up at some of the things going on.

Happy New Year! I can’t wait to share with you all my crazy plans for 2015!

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A Christmas Story 10K

For years my last race of the year has been the Reindeer Run however, I have switched to running A Christmas Story race since it has a 10K distance and my husband is slightly obsessed with A Christmas Story the movie.

By slightly obsessed, I mean our Christmas card every year is A Christmas Story themed.

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The Christmas Story race last year had some horrible conditions from what I hear from Ryan. I was sick with Bronchitis and glued to the couch so I had to sit it out last year. This year I was very happy to see that the race weather was actually decent. A little windy but no snow and all the rain held off during the race.

This race is huge and draws a lot of runners and walkers. Which I feared would clog up the course, so I made sure to get close to the start line while not getting in the way of the top runners who would actually win the race. Kind of hard to figure out where to start when you have the 5K and 10K starting at the same time.

The race is an out and back course that starts by going up and over a bridge. While on the bridge you actually hit the 1 mile mark. After that the course is mainly flat and then it’s just a race to get to the Christmas story house if you are running the 5K. If you are running the 10K it is your turnaround (ish) point to head back to the startline/finish line.

A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House

I feel like I made it to the house quickly but my legs were just not moving. I mean they were moving and at a decent pace but I couldn’t get them to move any faster. I kept trying to catch the person in front of me but never could. On the way back the last bridge we had to go over had a ton of wind. Completely felt like running in place and not covering any distance. I probably lost about a minute on that bridge alone.

I picked up my pace once I got off the bridge and out of the wind. I ended up finishing 7th in my age group, 46:51 a 7:41 pace. Overall a good race but I was aiming for a 45.

Now that is the last race of the year. Next up is the New Orleans Marathon!

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Turkey Trot 2014

On Thanksgiving I was able to pull my rib injury into place, just in time for the Annual Turkey Trot in Cleveland. Hard to believe that this was only my second race post Akron Marathon!

Nothing can top the horrible weather for the 2013 Turkey Trot but 2014 wasn’t much better. It was a giant sloppy slush trot for the thousands of runners that showed up on Thanksgiving morning. I definitely struggled for the first mile trying to get my footing down and lost a lot of time doing so. However, I would rather be sure of my footing  and not falling on my guza.

The race itself went by fairly fast. I barely noticed the uphill down and around the browns stadium or the uphill up E.9th street. The long straightaways were probably the worst and that’s when I noticed I was soaked up to my thighs! As I ran past people or they ran past me, the slush we were running in would splash up. It made for a very cold and wet run.

Coming in for the Finish

Coming in for the Finish

As I neared the finish line I was happy that I was able to catch the person dressed up as a Pilgrim. I slushed my way to the finish line for a 37:58 finish time, 9th in my old lady age group. Not exactly happy with my time but post rib injury I am just happy t be running again.

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Performing with Zelena Polja

For years I have been wanting to perform with Zelena Polja, Cleveland’s own adult Croatian performing Tamburitzans. However, I haven’t been able to as the performances are out of town and I was busy working and getting married. This year the festival they were performing at was in Cleveland so I had no excuse. I was in to perform with the people I grew up with. Alumni of both American Zagreb and Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans.

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I swear we started practicing in August but we really only got to practice 6 times at the most. We practiced on Saturday afternoons for about 2 hours. This includes going over vocal music, practicing with the combo (small band on the side of the stage) and learning an entire 10 minute dance to be performed in the Renaissance Ballroom in front of a couple hundred people. No pressure.

The entire group of ladies on the stage

The entire group of ladies on the stage. I’m on the end on the far right.

On performance day, we had practice at 10am. In a super tiny room but we did our best to make it work. Which was good because the stage was much smaller than we were expecting. After an hour practice, we had 2 hours to ourselves to eat lunch before it was time to get our costumes on. We spent our free time getting creeped out by people at Tower City. It is no wonder that place has gone downhill.

Friends for life

Friends for life

I don’t know why but the boys and girls always get dressed in the same room and think nothing of it. We all grew up together so we are all practically family and help each other put our nosnja (costumes) on.

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We also pass the time waiting to go on stage by taking pictures and dancing. Sometimes we start puting costumes on as early as 2pm and don’t go on stage til 5. This usually means no sitting as the costumes are pleated.

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I was completely in love with my costume. It was the choreographers costume that she has had in her collection for years and it fit me perfectly. It’s probably meant for a child but I loved it.

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The performance itself went very well and I loved every minute of it. Our group was HUGE! I was so happy with the turnout of people who wanted to perform this year as well as how many boys performed. It is always hard getting the boys involved, they think they are too cool for tamburitza.

If you want to see a video performance you can see it here.

And since Zelena Polja only performs once a year I think it is time to join Zumbercani who performs year round…. Stay Tuned

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Things that happen arround this time of the year

Snow!

Snow!

When I first signed up to run RnR New Orleans, I thought I would be able to complete a majority of my runs without any snow issues. At least until the end of November or beginning of January.  However, last week we got dumped on with snow. So I said”F*$% snow! I’m still doing my long run outside no matter what.” It was “only” 16 miles so I didn’t think it would be that bad. I dug out my YakTraks and bundled up with layers of clothes, 2 pairs of gloves and 2 sets of ear warmers and headed out for a run.

After 2 miles I was soaked up to my knees! Apparently the snow we have is very wet. I also was getting shin and ankle problems from trying to stabilize my feet the the snow. At mile 2.5 I decided to go home and run on the treadmill. It just wasn’t worth running a super slow pace, being freezing cold and causing myself injury just to “brave the snow”. Sometimes it is just dumb to run outside.

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I finished my 16 miler on the treadmill and discovered a new show to watch, Reign! It’s a show on the CW and I am completely hooked. It’s also an awesome distraction while running on the treadmill.

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Besides running on the treadmill and watching Reign, it’s Potica baking time! I’ve spent the past couple weekends baking with my Mama and sister and we’ll continue baking through both the upcoming holidays. Baking Poticas is one of my favorite family traditions.

What are you enjoying about the seasons right now? Anyone have Christmas decorations up yet?

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