Ryan 5

We did it. We raised over $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center’s Stafford New Life Center. We got through race weekend. And we got me to the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid. I say “we” because, well, there’s no way I could have done any of this on my own. And I don’t think …
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solstice 5k

  On June 7, 2017, Ryan and I race directed the 11th annual Solstice Sprint 5K.  Traditionally the race took place on the third Wednesday of the month.  In 2017 we decided to move it for a few reasons: (1) to longer compete with a 5K in Ansonia; (2) to move away from conflicts with …
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quarter 5

Today (April 1, 2017) marked the eleventh running of the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon.  It was super cold and windy with a generous helping of rain, sleet and snow.  Of all the races I’ve directed (we’re now up to four a year), this one was the most challenging.  To start things off, Ivy woke up …
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Final turn. Please, someone strike me with a hammer.

A favorite phrase of mine is that “proper prior planning prevents piss-poor performance.” This is a lesson that I should have remembered during the course of my foray at the Hyannis Half-Marathon this past weekend. As you can imagine by both the title of this entry and this opening, I did not. There’s a reason …
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  From time to time, I have a good idea. This was not one of those times. In the middle of December, while kicking around the Internet at work, I discovered that USA Cycling would be hosting their Cyclocross (or CX, for those in the know) National Championship event here in Hartford in January. Me, …
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hogsback4

This past Saturday was the Hogsback Half Marathon.  It was my fourth year as race director and in my eleven (holy crap, eleven) years of race directing, it was by far the hardest race I’ve ever directed.  When we found out we were pregnant back in December, we knew that Ivy’s arrival would be close …
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Ragnar1

Back in December / January I thought it would be a really great idea to run Ragnar Cape Cod at 25 weeks pregnant.  I mean, how hard could it be?  I’d take a set of sort legs and coast through 13 ish miles easy.  Yeah, I was not bright.  After a first trimester filled with …
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Hogsback2

April 2, 2016 was the tenth (yes, tenth) edition of the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon held.  It was cold, rainy and miserable, probably the worst weather we’ve ever had for the event.  Despite the craptastic weather, we had a really great event.  Over the last ten years of directing this race I’ve learned a lot and …
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hogsback 1

September of 2015 was probably the most difficult month I ever lived through.  Sitting here on the other side in October, it is still difficult to write and share and not be overwhelmed by emotion.  The funny thing is no matter what happens in your life, everything around you keeps moving.  Life stops for no …
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  Sometimes I get a stupid idea, a really, really, really stupid idea.  After Ragnar Cape Cod, Ryan and I were experiencing a massive post-race let down.  Ragnar had been so much fun that we wanted to race another relay again and soon.  Ryan found the 100 on 100 relay — a 100 mile relay along …
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