An Open Letter To 2010

Dear 2010,

To say you kept me on my toes this year, would be an understatement.

You started off awesome; January was going fabulously! I was seriously at the top of my game with training.  Hitting the gym on target, getting in all of my miles and feeling good and strong about my race schedule.  I had big and busy plans for this year- I had seven half-marathons planned, four tri’s and a handful of smaller road races and relay tri’s.  Yeah, I was excited to say the least.  Even having to move back home with my parents for a few months didn’t have me down.  I had good feeling about 2010.  Until February came and killed them.

With February came big-time highs and low-lows.  Good thing for medication or I may have become bi-polar.  In the beginning of the month I was still flying high off January, but then a tweak in my hip left me run’less; I had to heal up in time for my Florida getaway to race the Donna 13.1 with Morgan!  Unfortunately, the same day I was leaving for Florida, my grandfather passed away after a long battle post-stroke the year before.  My family convinced me to head to Florida anyway and that everything would take place upon my return.  So off to Florida I went for four jam-packed days of fun and running 🙂  I also got to meet one of the BEST bloggers out there, Robin.  Together, Morgan and I ran the 13.1 and we had a blast in our homemade tu-tu’s!  Check out the race report here.  Everytime I re-read it, I smile!  My welcome back to NJ greeted me with a snow storm, my mom breaking her foot and my grandfathers viewing.  Oh, and a very unhappy hip.

About three days into March I learned a very valuable lesson; if your hip hurts, don’t run.  If you run when your hip hurts, you could end up with a torn hip flexor.  Torn hip flexors are no fun at all!  March landed me in the orthopedics office, on crutches and then at PT for six weeks.  Oh, and it would NOT STOP snowing!!!  I had to bag my half-marathon in Virginia Beach but that did not keep me from going.  I was off the crutches and back to light working out and off to cheer my friends on at the Shamrock Half-Marathon.  On race day I still dressed in my running gear and even ran into the finish with my friends.  It hurt to pass on the race but I knew it was the right thing to do.  Little did I know then how slow my recovery would be and that this would not be the only race I would have to miss out on.

April would prove to be another tough month!  I was healed enough to work out but not enough to actually run.  In addition to that, stress at work was at an all time high; Governor Chris Christie piece of shit asshole was elected and cut our budgets and I was at risk for losing my job.  I was only weeks away from graduating PT but had to bag yet another race, the Rutgers Unite race.  That was supposed to be my A-race and I had to watch as all my friends ran and I couldn’t.  Depression from not running was kicking in big time and I was seriously hating on 2010.

Finally, May came along and started looking up for OneLittleTriGirl!  The weather was better, I graduated from PT and I was RUNNING AGAIN!!!  It was a slow start and I ended up having to re-neg another race- no Broad Street Run for me 😦  It was disheartening and I tried to rationalize to myself that I could run it…but there was really no way.  So I sold my bib and showed up to yet again cheer at another race I was supposed to be running.  But I focused on the good things that were happening in May and looked forward to my 5k that was fast approaching.  I was officially back on the race scene on May 16…exactly 2 years from my very first 5k ever.  I ran a very slow 35 minutes but was happier than a pig in shit (pigs in shit are happy right??) crossing that finish line.  I had zero pain and felt like I was finally on my way!!!  I ended the month with a relay tri at Black Bear…a dismal swim for me, but being out there just felt amazing!

June was another up and down month.  Just as 2010 and I were starting to get along and my hip was getting back to normal, my calves and shin decided they would hate on me and started KILLING with every run.  I started seeing my chiropractor for ART and Graston to loosen up all the scar tissue.  It hurt like hell but made such a huge difference.  I tested it all out at the Scott Coffee 8k, one of my favorite races, and did great!  I was still favoring my hip so I did not push it but I did better than I had anticipated and finished at 55 minutes.  This race was all about eating some humble pie and remembering that I had come a long way and that a slow time really meant nothing…I was just lucky and grateful to be running again!  My training was going well, I was in good spirits and I got to attend two amazing weddings wherein I danced my ass off.  Sorry, no video of such things…

July proved to me that 2010 was not one giant bird shitting on me because July was the most awesome month ever!  First and foremost, I came clean to all you bloggies with my Full Disclosure post, to which you all responded with the most amazing comments ever!  Having that out in the open made me feel so much better and after killing it with a PR at the Philly Women’s Duathlon, I was so ready to attack at NJ State.  And that is exactly what I did with another PR in the books!  Between the great racing and my birthday weekend, I had a fabulous July and was on the upswing big time going into August.

And August was no let down; the PR’s kept coming…first at the Belmar Sprint and then again with my swim in the Steelman relay.  The Wildwood Tri was a challenge, but in a good way and I ended the fabulous month with a trip downtheshore to my favorite place on Earth, Wildwood Crest.  Oh, and I was finally moved out of my parents house and back on my own.  Well, kind of my own.  Having a roommate has proven its own set of difficulties.  It has been nicer to be closer to work and out of my bedroom at my parents, but in retrospect, I wish I had done this alone.

Heading into September, I could feel myself wearing down.  I had raced almost every weekend of the summer and while I was doing great, I was burning out.  After running the Tim Kerr 7-miler in Avalon and really struggling with my calves/shins, I decided it was in my best interest to re-think my fall racing schedule.  The last thing I wanted to do was re-injure myself and I just wasn’t trained enough to run a half-marathon.  So there went the Philly R&R…the fourth bagged raced of 2010.

In October, we lost a great friend in the blog world, Rick.  I found out the same day as my Warrior Dash which made starting, and finishing, that race so much more meaningful.  Warrior Dash was something Rick loved and had planned on running again; it was poignant for me to run that while I knew he could not again.  I had decided over the summer to defer my Baltimore half-marathon to 2011, so another race off the schedule!  This turned out to be the best decision ever because I went and got myself a second job that would prove to keep me even busier than I could have imagined! While it wasn’t a great month for racing it was a fabulous month for training.  With the Philly 1/2 marathon fast approaching, I was staying as on top of my training as possible.  I was exhausted but nothing was going to keep me from running the Philly Half…even if I was planning to run “just for fun” given my lack of mileage.

In the blink of an eye it was November.  Other than being completely exhausted with work, November was one of the best months of 2010 for me.  I first traveled off to Colorado and then North Carolina.  And within no time the Philly half-marathon was here 🙂  I had planned to run it for fun and just enjoy the race, but in the end, I killed that race!  My first half-marathon PR in a year and a half!

And then it was December.  I was in major burnout mode coming off of the Philly half and basically my training fell apart.  I have been working way more than I should be in an effort to pay off some of my debt and really just could never find the energy to work out.  December has been a hard month for me, personally.  I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my plans for 2011 and my thoughts about life in general.  I feel pretty stagnant and need to make some kind of change…just haven’t figured out what that is yet.  I am finding myself confused and not quite myself.  Honestly, it was all I could do to write this post and have it finished before tonight.  And no, I still haven’t caught up on my reader.  I have been on vacation from my day job but working almost every night.  When I am home, I have so much to do, I am simply overwhelmed.  I have been through this before so I know it passes…I just want it to pass already!  So good-bye 2010 and your up-down-up-down ways.  I am really looking forward to 2011!



I wish you all a happy, safe and most of all healthy New Year in 2011 ♥

I had intended to link all my races within this post, but time just ran out.  If you are a new reader, or you just want to re-visit some of the older posts, you can find all the races and reports in the category to the right.  You know you all want to go see Morgan and I in our tu-tus again!!!!

Vacation Has Begun & More, More, More…

Wooohooo- this girl is officially on vacation 🙂  And I must confess, I have been a reallllly bad blogger friend.  I have over 300 posts on my Reader and probably have no chance of catching up, but I am going to do my best to get around to you all over this week.

Now let’s get caught up!

My vacation started on my half day Thursday and it could not have come at a better time.  I needed this time off so badly!  Thursday night I finished up all my shopping and went out with some friends so celebrate our time off!  It was so nice to be out and not have to worry about getting to bed at a certain time.

Woke up Christmas Eve with a full plate of things to do.  For the first time ever, I still had a few gifts to pick up and on top of that I still had to wrap every single gift.  Every. Single. One.  Yeah…stress levels were on overdrive.  I spent the morning picking up the gifts and wine for dinner and the early afternoon wrapping.  It looked like my living room through up Santa’s workshop.  How do you Santa’s get it all done??  If I had thought of it, I would have taken photos.  When it was all said and done, and it was all done…I was in holiday spirit overdrive.  I could not wait to get the festivities started!

Every year, my parents and I exchange a gift on Christmas Eve.  This year, I got a Dooney and Bourke purse.  This was huge because I have wanted a D&B purse since high school.  Every time I would think of buying myself one, I wouldn’t be able to justify it so I never did.  All these years, I have wanted a really nice purse but just couldn’t see spending that kind of money on myself.  So getting one for Christmas was HUGE!  My mom put this photo collage together of me opening the gift…

And then it was Christmas morning 🙂  And man…people might be right…I might be spoiled!  Or I was a very good girl!  I got lots of great gifts.  And even better, everyone loved the gifts I got for them.  It was a perfect Christmas.  Here are a few of the highlights:

I finally joined the crowd!!  Wooohoooo!!

All my fun new running shirts!  The are all perfect for me!

New pots and pans 🙂

In the days since Christmas, I have been really just trying to relax.  On Sunday we got hit with a blizzard, my night job closed and a few of my friends and I decided to get snowed in together.  We all headed over to my friend Lisa’s for sledding and a pajama party with Bailey’s hot chocolate.  I cannot even remember the last time I had a sleepover; we had an absolute blast!  Last night, I had to work and despite some jerk customers, I had a fantastic night.

Today, I headed back to the gym.  Yes, back to the gym.  It was a great workout.  Tonight, I had dinner with my friend Michele and then headed to my parents to watch the UNC game with my dad.  The rest of my vacation is full of more catching up with friends and working at the night job.  I am sure it will be over before I know it!

After re-reading this post, I realize it was kind of lame.  I feel like I owe you all more as my faithful readers but the truth is, I just haven’t been able to find the time to sit down with my thoughts.  I really want to get my Year in Review out before 2011 and I still have to update you all on my PiF totals.  In addition, I have some plans for 2011 that might surprise you all and have recently had some personal revelations that I want to share as well.  Ahhh…I need more hours in the day!  This year flew and these last few days are no different.

Since I clearly cannot catch up on 300 posts and will have to skip or skim many of them…please, tell me here about your holiday.  What was the best part of your holiday this year 2011?  Card swap members, did you get your cards???

Hands Down Winner…

I think everyone would agree, that all my MBE* did a great job with their poems (if you haven’t read them, I encourage you to do so) but there can only be one winner and that award goes to the talented new artist Lindsay Pie-Dizzle.  Check out her 2010 re-cap featuring some amazing bloggers 🙂

And if you are wondering…she already has an agent. Me. And her agent is attending the Grammys with her.  So everyone back off.


The prize will be mailed out post-holiday season 🙂

Monday Brain Exchange- Wrap Up

Last weeks participants….it was a great week! Anne, Kandi, Kittzy, Heather, Whitney, Kim and Darlene

This Weeks Topic: 2010 Wrap Up (+ Give-A-Way)

This Weeks Question: Write a poem (any kind works) that sums up your 2010 year of racing.  The most creative poem will be rewarded.  (Poem must appear in a MBE post on your own page by Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be eligible.)

I am not participating in this week (however, I will be posting my wrap up in a separate post) since I am holding it as a give-a-way as well.  Don’t forget, if you are participating this week you have until tomorrow to post.  I will be voting then; if I get enough participants, I will be holding a poll to help me vote a winner 🙂  The give-a-way will be reader specific so until I have a winner, I don’t know the prize.


Next Monday, I will post a question for Week 23. 


Making It Happen

ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS (who what how??!?!?!?!)

Ok interwebs, my pity party is done and over.  I have snapped out of my shitastic mood, pulled myself together and gotten back on the ball.  For now anyway.  As always, you are all such amazing support.  Sometimes a girl just needs a kick in the ars to remember that no one is superwoman.  And since wallowing in my suckage wasn’t getting stuff done, I went out and just did it!  And I feel so much better 🙂

Thursday night we had a snow dusting- so of course everyone in NJ had to go ape-shit and drive zero miles per hour…it took me AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES to get home when normally it takes me less than 20 minutes.  However, I was not going to let the snow hold me back.  I pressed on and headed out Christmas shopping.  With the exception of a few small things, I got most of my shopping done.  And I bought myself a pair of UGGS.  Here’s the thing- for years and years and years, I made fun of people who wore UGGS.  I hated them and refused to give into them.  I was not going to wear something that ugly just because it was trendy.  But then, recently, I had tried them on.  Instant love.  While I still think they are quite ugly, I cannot lie…they are the best thing I ever put on my feet!

In addition to getting most of my shopping done, I also filled out all of my Christmas cards.  As of 9am this morning my cards have been mailed.  Oh, and my partner in the secret gift exchange should be getting their gift either Monday or Tuesday–I am very excited for you to open it- I looked for the most perfect gift and I think I found something great; I hope you love it as much as I do!

Speaking of the secret gift exchange…MINE CAME IN THE MAIL!!!!  Actually, it came on Wednesday, but I refused to open it until I had my own partner’s gift mailed out.  Since I mailed it this morning, it was finally time to open mine up.  Petra was the lucky girl to buy for me and she did GREAT!  Here are the goods-


UK’s #1 Triathlon Magazine, Lindor Chocolates (YUM!), shortbread cookies (my favorite!) and a shirt from a race she directed this year!

She also invited me to visit but did not include a plane ticket- HEY JILL….you have to up the value of next years exchange to that of t a flight ticket, okay???

I had so much fun with the exchange, both waiting for mine to arrive and buying/sending my own out.  Thanks for the badrillionth time Jill- I know it was a lot of work to put together and I appreciate it!

In other news…I am still eating too much candy and drinking too much wine, but I am going to just allow it.  Obviously, my body needs a break.  Why should I feel bad about having some fun over the holidays?  I am working hard (like 60-75 hours a week) and I deserve some fun.  I talked to my manager at work and we had a nice little chat about how come the first of the year I need for him to only schedule me three or four days a week.  Once I have my schedule under control, I will have a lot more time for working out.  And I know once I feel less stressed, I will be ready to get back in gear!

I am spending today with friends ♥  Today is the Kona party at my teammates house with all the TT kids!  Want to get inspired to do a triathlon?  Watch Kona World Championships today at 4pm on NBC.  It is the triathlon of all triathlons!!!  After the party, I am going to fill up on patience and head out to a few stores.  Yeah, it IS crazy to shop today but I just don’t think I will have much time this week.  Tomorrow I am working a double (glutton much??) because I really want some extra money to spend over winter break.  Then all I have to get through is Monday-Wednesday and then I have 10 days off from my day job- woooooooohhhhhhooooooooooo 🙂  Any and all spare time is going to be dedicated to the Griswold Family Christmas wrapping gifts.  I cannot wait to get them all under the tree.  And open them all.  I loooovvvvvvvvveeeee Christmas.  Seven more sleeps 🙂


My stats for December stand at zero, zilch, nada.  I’m drinking too much wine and eating too much holiday candy.  These days, I like to sleep past 6am.  I have not finished my Christmas shopping. I haven’t mailed my secret santa gift for Jill’s gift exchange or my cards for my own card swap.  I don’t have one single gift wrapped.  So yeah, pretty much I suck.

Hopefully all you faithful interwebs will still be around when I get my act together and start doing post-worthy activities. 

Until then, I will leave you with my all time favorite Christmas movie clips:



Can you tell which movie is my favorite???

(Belated) Monday Brain Exchange Week 22- 2010 Bests & Worsts

Apologies for the late post- I am home sick day 2 (I cannot even remember the last time I stayed home sick more than one day) and I am so behind on my reader (over 200 posts!!!).  The good news is, I woke up feeling a bit better after 13 hours of sleep 🙂

Links from last week: Darlene and Kandi (Slow week??)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week. This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish. If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog. Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic:  2010 Bests and Worsts

This Weeks Question: Tell readers about your 2010 Best and Worst races. What made them so great or not so great?

Best Race: NJ State Sprint Tri- I was calm, cool and collected going into the race and it was everything I could have asked for.  I had a major PR, felt great and it was the start of a lot of great summer races!

Worst Race: Black Bear Relay- I was the swimmer.  It was freezing water, raining, and I had a disaster swim.

For more details, you can read the full reports, here and here.


I will elaborate more on all my races in my upcoming Year In Review Post. 🙂


Next Weeks Topic: 2010 Wrap Up (+ Give-A-Way)

Next Weeks Question: Write a poem (any kind works) that sums up your 2010 year of racing.  The most creative poem will be rewarded.  (Poem must appear in a MBE post on your own page by Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be eligible.)

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever…

It was only a matter of time…

I have been pushing myself to the limit for longer than I can remember and I think my body is finally having its say!  I started feeling crappy on Friday but by the time I got out of work last night, I was a mess.  This morning it was more of the same.  Therefore, even though I had planned to run and get lots of stuff done today, I am going to listen to my body and get the rest I so desperately need.  I have to work later, but until then I will be hanging out with my bed.  And using the time wisely to get my Christmas cards written and maybe read my newest Runners World 🙂


One of these days I’ll get my feet back on the asphalt….