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Marine Corps Marathon

Hey guys!

I know it’s long overdue but I have to tell you about my marathon that I ran last october! First off, let me just tell you that the next time I run a race out of town I AM GOING TO CHECK THE WEATHER! Little did I know that not only was it the end of October and it was in Washington D.C. but it was also going to be the first snow of the year in D.C. the day before the race and I did not pack anything long sleeved. Yes, I read all the articles about what to do to prepare for the BIG RACE, such as what to eat, when to eat it, when to sleep, when to run, when not to run, how to pace, how to recover, and everything in between. The only thing I didn’t prepare for apparently, was the cold. Thank goodness for the fact that the T-shirt that they gave you for running the race was long sleeved so that I could wear it and not freeze the whole next day haha.

Jacked and Tan

The night before I went to the bar in the downstairs foyer to read my book and have some dinner by myself, yes I drove to D.C. by myself to run my first marathon but I didn’t mind, mainly because I wanted to do this for myself and no one else. I had a caesar salad, pasta, and two beers before bed. The next day I woke up bright and early at 7AM for some hot cocoa and a bagel as I took the metro to the begining of the race and man was it cold! Here is basically the mile by mile pace:

Beginning of the race:: 8:15AM

5K marker:: 8:47AM

5 mile marker:: 9:08AM

15k marker:: 9:57AM

HALFWAY!!:: 10:30AM

15 mile marker:: 11:11AM

19 mile marker:: 12:03PM

22 mile marker:: 12:53PM

FINISH LINE!:: 1:53PM

During the entire race, I was updating my facebook status on my phone so that my mom, who at the time lived in Florida, could feel like she was there watching me. I immediately found some random guys to take a picture of me with my finish line beer and my medal as proof. Those guys emailed me the picture a week later for me to check out :-D. Big smiles all around! When I got hired at Hooters I told them that I needed a few days off for this race, to drive on day one, run on day two and rest on day three before driving back to charlotte, and I requested off those said days. Turns out I only got two days off of work, so I had to drive back from D.C. without the proper ability to walk immediately after running my race UGH! After I finished my beer at the finish line I packed my things and left for home.

Halloween at Hooters

Now, around mile 18 my mom text me and told me to keep up the good work and be careful because I would probably hit a wall around mile 12. I text her back saying, “What are you talking about? I’m at mile 18 lol”. She was so proud of her little girl 🙂 My favorite mile, I do have to say waas mile 22 because it was there that the nice gentleman was handing out free beer for runners. Man was I happy to have some of my favorite drink.

Double fisting at the Finish Line

I was so excited to have finished my first marathon and have the huge parade of people standing on the sidelines. On top of my marine corps marathon shirt I wore my Hooters T-shirt that a bunch of the girls had signed before I left the first hooters I worked at. Even though I didn’t have anyone there to support me I did have a lot of the runners and sideline supporters yelling out to me “GOO HOOTERS!!” so that made me smile :-).

The Marine Corps Marathon was an amazing race and so much fun! I hope I am able to do another big race in the next year. We will see!

Thanks for reading!

CASSanova

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My Comeback

Hey everyone,

or the two of you who might be reading this :-). I have been gone for a couple years but I have a lot to catch you up on! First off, I made my original goal of running a marathon in one year, I did the marine corps marathon. I am back in the service industry at 131 main here in Charlotte and love the people and staff there, food is amazing as well.

I am no longer drinking alcohol and I am with an amazing girl named Maria and I love her very much. I will have a few more posts coming soon now that I have an iPhone again and can take pictures for all to see 🙂 yippee!! Well I gotta get back to my day off of work and everything but just letting everyone know that I am back and in full force. I plan on hopefully writing a full post every Tuesday.

Thanks for reading!
KitchenCassanova

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Halfway There

My first Half!

Hello all and welcome to my first half-marathon! I was so excited to finally be signed up and ready for my longest race to date. My mom, my little brother, my mom’s boyfriend, his two children as well as me all ran the race this past weekend, which we soon found out was harder than imagined.

Almost to my hometown!

My little brother, Stephen and I decided that instead of flying, we would drive down to West Palm Beach so that we could pass by our home town of Cocoa Beach, FL and see our grandparents on the way down. Once in Florida we contacted our grandparents to set up a lunch date, eventually coming to the conclusion of Chili’s at 1.

Love seeing family

After an hour with them for lunch we kept on our way, unfortunately we had to continue the rest of our trip in a horrible rain storm that cost us another 45 minutes or so of drive time since we had to drive so slow through the torrential downpour.

My habitat

Thank goodness for an extremely early start that morning, which allowed us to be able to have an hour or two on the sand and in the salty water before we headed back home for a wonderfully home cooked dinner and much needed rest before our big day! On either side of this photo are a few men fishing off the shoreline, which meant no wandering unless you wanted to get caught in their hooks!

Momma's oatmeal!

What an early start! Up at 4 am and left the apartment with everyone in the car by 4:45. But thankfully my mom was awake enough to make everyone oatmeal with milk, brown sugar, and of course delicious blueberries. Since the race was an hour away from my mom’s place and since I was extremely tired, I decided to take a quick nap in the back seat, little did I know, this nap would help me tremendously. haha.

As soon as we stepped out of the cars, bugs immediately covered us in bites, so we ran for the first can of bug spray we could find. Luckily we were one of the first groups to get there so we took full advantage of the small amount of bug spray available. Once most of the people got there, announcments were given and people were given instructions on how to run the race. For us half-marathon people, we would have to go around the trails four times, not the best news I had heard that day, until I found out what kind of landscape we were supposed to trench through.

We are at the beginning of the race, and Stephen, the boy who works out every single day and beasts at everything he does, notices this one lady who he soon dubs as “The Tank” due to her high muscle mass and extremely fit body. He says to me, “I swear if she passes me I’m going to be so mad!” haha gotta love that spirit!

BANG! and we are off! we start out on a gravel trail with trees on either side of us, which gives us protection from the florida sun. I see the trail leading us into the woods, which I was fine with until we came upon the rivers. The trail bottlenecks and everyone comes to a standstill while we try to crawl across two logs over the first river, I am happy that I didn’t have to get wet on that obstacle. A few minutes later, we come across another river/creek that does not have a platform for us to go across, so I jump as far across as I can, which is a little over half the creek, and waddle through the rest of the water and mud to the other side, luckily not losing any shoes in the process. immediately following the second body of water is a large mud trap with tiny roots being our only way across, so doing my best not to get muddy, which is a bit unsuccessful, I make it to the other side, with dirt covering my shoes and calves.

Me slowly getting over that stupid ramp 🙂

Just let me tell you! Running through bushes and down trails that are wide enough for one person to fit, and to go up ramps, bridges, hills, and jump off of rails can get your seriously tired after only two laps! The most exciting lap was my last lap which consisted of an egret flying away from me in fright, a squirrel belly flopping on the trail directly in front of me (yes belly flopping onto the ground from the trees above), and a 3 foot black snake crossing my path. All those thing can kinda get to you when your “in the wild”. Yes I know a trail isn’t necessarily the wild, but compared to city life it’s the closets thing I’ve can relate it to haha.

Stephen "The Machine"

After I finish the race I find out that Stephen had finished THIRD PLACE! How amazing is that? I dont yet have the pictures of all of us together at the end of the race with our medals but they are coming soon! CONGRATULATIONS STEPHEN, MOM, RICH, & JOSH! You guys are awesome!