2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors – Take 2

I did say in my previous post that the list of Ambassadors was the first round. That would mean there is a second round to announce, right?
That would be correct!

Sara Angelilli
​Jessica Swonger
​Tiffany Lott
Stephanie Fichtelman
​Mark Davidhizar​
​James Mackert​

Again, thank you to everyone who applied to help me represent the 2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon!

2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors

We received dozens and dozens of Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassador applications for the 2018 race.  Selecting Ambassadors was difficult, everyone had such passionate reasons for wanting to help represent Glass City. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply, knowing that others love this race as much as we do is a great feeling.

Allow me to introduce the first round of Ambassadors

Frank Murphy
Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer Perkins
​Deric Tedora​
Dean Whitmire
Brian Hackenburg
Nicole Shoviak
Dave Essinger
Michael DeLapp
Victoria Calderon
Austin Bartos
Rick Raymon

If you haven’t heard from us, it doesn’t mean you’re out! We have another announcement coming early next week, stay tuned…

Get Ready for Rock’tober

You know that feeling when you register for a race you’ve never run before?
You wonder what the course is like, the shirt, the atmosphere, the people, and of course, will I place in my age group?

Yeah, that’s how I’m feeling right now. I haven’t ever run the Racing for Recovery Rock’tober 10k, 5k +1 Mile Walk before and I’m intrigued by it. Racing for Recovery is a local non profit that offers individuals and their families with the opportunity to participate in one-on-one or group counseling, free support group meetings that are open to anyone affected by addiction, online community support system, fitness gatherings, and Team Racing for Recovery.

Todd Crandell, LPCC LICDC, started Racing for Recovery in 2001 when he found that traditional recovery programs weren’t always enough to help people refocus their lives after addiction. Todd struggled with drugs for 13 years and nearly destroyed his life. Since 1993, he has been clean and sober. During his recovery, he focused on his fitness and decided to train for an Ironman Triathalon. Since that first Ironman, he has completed 28 more and he isn’t slowing down at all.

Supporting such an amazing organization that helps so many affected by addition is one of the best feelings. To think that you can do that by simply running a race? If you want to donate directly to Racing for Recovery, visit this page.

October 22 is almost here and I better get training to hit a great 10k time!

 

Happy Belated Birthday to This Old Lady

That’s right, I said Happy Birthday to myself because why the hell not?

So, when your new job duties include being on your computer all day, it is hard to want to be on your laptop at night. The only time I do crack my laptop at night is to work. I like my new job duties, but they definitely keep me hopping.

In between my working and working and working, I found some time to run a few races of Labor Day weekend. Labor Day? Yeah, I’m just catching up from two weeks ago.

Chad and I ran in the Boy Scout Half Marathon & 5k. We ran the Tenderfoot 5k. The weather was perfect for running and Chad ended up with a new PR. I did not PR at all. Not even close. I haven’t run in quite some time and knew I wouldn’t be at my best. But, I always love a good run for fun! As a Run Toledo Ambassador, I was able to rep them with my swanky new ambassador shirt.

The very next day we ran in the Olander 24 Hour Ultra Run. This was an experience for sure! There are two ways to participate in the run; as an individual and as a team. The goal is to run as many laps around Olander Park as possible. Each lap is 1.091 miles. Imagine damn near 24 hours of running. Wow, right?
The winning individual ran 110 laps which equals out to 120.07 miles. The winning team ran 149.9 laps which equals 163.62 miles. The team I was on, Candu Run Run, finished with 146.61 laps which equals 160.02 miles. We were SO damn close to winning.

I’ve been keeping up with the gym (and not running as I should) and since Chad and I moved in together, I don’t live next to the Maumee River. Crazy sad because I love living near the water, but I remembered that there is an amazing park that I love to visit, Bo loved it too.

I celebrated my 36th birthday last week and which I loathe getting older, it isn’t getting to me…too much. The number ‘6’ behind the the 3 is hard to read to be honest with you. Time is slipping past me and I can’t handle it sometimes.

Look at this amazing cake that Chad got for me. I have never had my picture on a cake and this was awesome. I have had my fill of cake for a little while. HA, lies! Anyone who knows me knows that I can eat cake every damn day! But I don’t because my ass is the size of Ohio otherwise. Chad made this a fantastic day for me and I’m thankful I have him in my life to do all the things with me. 

I have a ton of races on my calendar this fall and I’m going to be around more in an annoyingly fun way.
Happy Running & Lifting!

The Pumpkin Spice Craze

Is amazing. I mean, some things are utterly ridiculous. I saw pumpkin spice flavored cough drops and that is going a little too far for me. But, I love the baked goods and candy that taste like a spicy pumpkin.

I am not a coffee girl so I am anti-latte, but I’m a total basic white girl when it comes to buying all the things with this flavor. I currently have three brands of yogurt in my fridge that are all pumpkin flavored. I need to find all of the many candies, cookies, and treats that have been released this year with this delectable flavor and buy them all. I am especially looking forward to the pumpkin spice Oreo’s. Those are perfection.

Happy pumpkin spice season!
What is your favorite pumpkin spice item?
OR, do you hate the entire craze?

there are few things I hate more than moving

I think that most adults would agree with me. I’m not talking about anything more than the acts of packing, loading, and unpacking. The act of shopping around for the right place to live, finding a new grocery store, new job, or whatever…that’s a whole new kind of hate.

Today’s hate is just about the physical part and the emotionally draining part that pairs with it.

I am incredibly lucky that I am not moving far away and I don’t have to check for new doctor’s, or places to shop, or make new friends. I just need to pack my stuff and go.It’s funny how a simple move to a city 15 minutes away can be such a drain on all forms of energy.

The rewards from moving are always worth the pain from the moving process though.

T-Minus six days until my energy is drained. And I’m excited af about it.

Happy 6th Birthday, Bo!

I am well aware that my pup doesn’t have access to the internet and can’t read very well. That won’t stop me from throwing out a Happy Birthday to him though.

Happy Birthday to my Bo, my Jobs, my Ja-Bo, my Bo Bo, my Bo Schem, my Bo Schembechler (when he’s in trouble), my Joby (pronounced Job-E), my dude, and any other nickname that I have given him that I forget right now.

I brought Bo home in October 2011 when he was 13 weeks old and eight pounds, and from day one he was obviously my dog. He was attached to me and has been my best friend ever since. He listens, he cheers me up when I need it, he loves to get me out of the house for walks, he kisses to the point of molesting sometimes – and with an uncanny knack of a sneak-attack kiss inside the mouth or nose. Yeah, it’s awesome.

These pictures are from the first two days he was at home with me. Our first selfie, our first romp in the leaves, and just an all around great day. I still remember it like it was six years ago…
His ears have grown so much!

As I mentioned, he has a way of a sneak-attack kiss. You think you’re taking a regular selfie, then you’re really catching his tongue in action. The top left is a great example. He has frog-tongue reflexes, I swear it. That kiss happened in a millisecond. He is most definitely a lover. 

Bo will only sleep on blankets or pillows. And more often than not, his head is propped up on a pillow. Sometimes he takes over my pillow when I get up in the morning. He gives me the stink-eye when I don’t do what he wants. I get him Mr. Freeze’s bow-wow sundae each year, because…it’s Mr. Freeze, best ice cream in town. This kid loves a walk along the Maumee River, too. He will sit with me forever, just people watching and enjoying the views. 

I can’t say enough how much Jobs means to me. Anyone with a pet that brings them joy knows that they aren’t a pet, they are a family member. He brings me so much happiness that I can’t put it into words.

Happy 6th Birthday, Jobs. I hope to spend many, many more with you.