Rewards and Margaritas..not necessarily in that order

Ah stress….the number one enemy this past week and especially these last two days. The feeling of pains in my chest and a headache that feels as though my blood pressure has reached its capacity. I have a very demanding job, which oddly enough I love. I meet many people and then there are those that you would love to hit over their head with a baseball back and yell “What the hell are you thinking!” I tried the all might mantra of OMs to calm me, laying down in my bed, eyes closed and trying to imagine myself lying on a beach in the Caribbean all alone and taking in just the sounds of the waves. Nothing worked people I mean nothing. The bottle of wine was calling my name last night to just have a glass and calm down..I was good. The problem was I could not get to sleep and kept tossing and turning all night which sucked because I had a 5:00 am run today with my group. How do we pull ourselves out of stress mode? Rewards people. Lets take race day. We are so over the training and now have completed the race. Walking back..if you call it that..for us it is more of the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” cat walk..Gisele watchout…we attempt to shower in our pain, get dressed in pain again and inch by inch shuffle of weary feet either to our friendly Disney Shuttle or drive if possible to our long ago phoned in reservations. My favorite reward after a race is a tall margarita and nachos. Here is a fabulous picture for your viewing pleasure. Salivating is optional:                 This delectable feast was provided by the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando. Thank you very much! Disney is also the place we reward ourselves prior to our race. The one place we always eat at and when I say always I am talking about breakfast and dinner the whole weekend is my all time favorite BOMA at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Why do we always have to wait until we get to the end result? We should have fun along the way and really enjoy it and not feel guilty. We deserve it. Having put in so many miles, suffering with chafing, shin splints and knee problems,  we as runners, have suffered enough. So drink and eat and definitely be merry. Run away from your stress and toward your dreams. Have fun and play. As Peter Pan would do and say don’t grow up. Kids we are in Disney!!

Happy Running 🙂

Please help out with my fundraiser for a chance to win an amazing jogging stroller and iPad2 from Crowdrise when you donate $28

http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamVH1SaveTheMusicNYCMarathon/fundraiser/DawnMoraites

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You know you are a runner when…….

– Your long runs start at 3 in the morning

– You run around cars (for your warm up)

– You have packed your entire race day outfit two weeks prior to the race

– In Florida hill repeats are actually bridge repeats (if you could find one) There are no hills in Florida with exception of Space Mountain at Disney

– Drivers yell at you to get out of the way even when you are running on the sidewalk

– You’ve been trampled/ almost trampled by another runner

– You come back after a race and rest week to find out you can run your routes with your eyes closed.

– You’ve been to Starbucks at least once

– You’ve run with the pain of chafing

– A dog has either bitten you or followed you back to your home or car 

– You register for a race even after you swore you were never to run it again

-You’ve forgotten what its like not to run 

– You can get in an ice bath with your running clothes on and  launder them at the same time 

– You get a severe case of shin splints  at least once a week

– Body Glide can also be utilized as Butt Glide

– You think its funny when runners from the northeast can’t handle the heat and they think its funny you find 75 to be too cold to run 

– You know where to find the best running stores and what is in each aisle

– You have tried every flavor of GU gels and still love Espresso Love

– An easy run is an oxymoron 

Feel free to add on…..

Please read our previous post and help us raise money for the VH1SaveTheMusicFund We will be giving away a jogging stroller and if you donate $28 or more Crowdrise will be entering you in their giveaway of an iPad 2. Please help and tell your freinds and family

http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamVH1SaveTheMusicNYCMarathon/fundraiser/DawnMoraites

Jogging Stroller Giveaway Re: NYC Marathon and Crowdrise Contest

Hello Everyone! For those of you that have been following us on Facebook and Twitter you know that I have been accepted to run the NYC Marathon this November through a great charity http://vh1savethemusic.com/. Both of my boys have a great passion for music and would love to pursue a career in this field. My 15 year old would love to be a music producer and my 13 year old is already composing music and his dream is to attend Julliard.

When I didn’t get into the NYC Marathon in April I looked for a charity that would benefit students to fulfill their dreams of playing an instrument. VH1 donates new instruments to schools throughout 100 cities (for more info please click on the link above).

As a breast cancer survivor I always ran or walked for the American Cancer Society but this year I wanted to do something different.

I need to raise $2500 by September 30th to achieve my dream also, which has been in my bucket list, to run the NYC Marathon. Please help me raise these funds to meet my goal.

http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamVH1SaveTheMusicNYCMarathon/fundraiser/DawnMoraites

Starting today up to September 30th if you donate at least $5 you will be entered to win this fabulous jogging stroller http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HO586Q (see picture and specs below)

In addition to my contest,  Crowdrise is having their own contest. For those you donate $28 towards my fundraiser, you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad through Crowdrise http://www.crowdrise.com/give/promotions.

Thank you so much everyone for helping the students and me 🙂 Happy Running!

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I’m In!!! I’m In!!!

Well folks I don’t usually blog twice in one day but I am very excited to tell you that I am running my dream..the NYC Marathon this November!!!! Can you tell I am excited? Long story short I did not get in via the lottery in April so I contacted a charity that I found would help children such as my boys who have a passion for music. I heard back from the charity this past Friday and I was asked if I would love to join there team VH1 SavetheMusic. All donations go to help schools and students obtain instruments for their music programs. Anyone who is interested in donating, no matter what the amount, please click on the link below.

http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamVH1SaveTheMusicNYCMarathon/fundraiser/DawnMoraites

How Hot is Too Hot?

For those of you who already don’t know, I live in Florida, the land of Mickey, hurricanes and extreme heat especially in the month of August. Monday through Thursday I get up at 5:00 am to meet my running buddies at 5:45, along with my 13 year old son.  First order of business is my iced quad espresso (4 splendas and breve..please) That should get me going!! This past week was hell. Monday we had a 4 mile run and both I and my son could only run 2 miles. Thanks to a stomach bug and the heat this run was not good at all. Tuesday was our walk day, 3 miles. Wednesday another run day, 4 miles, now my shin splints came back, time for new sneakers. Thursday was our easy walk. A little over 3 miles and it was such a serene walk. You could say it was meditative. We walked along the Halifax River in a community once occupied by John Rockerfeller. It was breathtaking. Walking along the old road with oak trees covering the street in a canopy of shade we couldn’t resist but to change course at the end of the drive and walk it again.

There are mornings when we run,  where we sense little messages are sent out to us. Monday’s  run in particular, as we are running along A1A, one of our friends looked up in the sky and yelled,”Look it’s Mickey!” We all stopped in our tracks and right there over the Atlantic Ocean, we saw a cloud shaped as Mickey Mouse, ears and all. How ironic that we are all training for the Disney Marathon. Was it a sign to keep us motivated and push ourselves through the humidity, heat and even a stomach bug?

There are other days that feel as though mother nature is welcoming the new day. I  have taken many photos during our morning runs. It is quiet. We either talk to each other or run and or walk in silence. Taking everything in.

So while I know it is a real struggle to not only get up and go so early in the morning to get our training in I would like to post some photos to see what you may be missing when you can get up, put on your gear and run out that door.

It’s not how you look Its how you feel

If you are like me, you stress out enough just to drag yourself out of bed in the early hours to get that run in. You may only find time to run during your lunch hour, after work, during your kids baseball practice or even after your favorite T.V. show. So who really has the time to look glam and really who gives a shit.

I remember the first time I ran the Princess Half Marathon. Waiting in line at our resort to board the shuttle to the start I noticed a woman who was decked out for a night on the town. I looked at her perplexed. She was in her mid 50s, manicured and covered in full makeup, I mean like she was ready to take the stage at the Met to sing her aria. I kept thinking to myself, “Honey that makeup is going to slide off your face with each and every mile that by the time you cross the finish line not only will nobody care that your lipstick is on but you will be thanking God that you finished!”

Then we have the Barbie dolls. You know the ones. Fake boobs, colored hair (blonde of course) and botoxed to the max. Their hair is in a perfect ponytail , ribbon and all. Of course they never sweat it would be a sacrilege. By the way, we all know you had plastic surgery. Its like the toupee. Go natural and stop trying to hide your flaws.

Then there is me. I am the one that looks like road kill after a run. Sweaty, panting, rash and all, can’t wait to jump in the shower and thank god I can stop and go to Starbucks.

I use to feel a bit self conscious. Running along A1A or the beach, instead of focusing on my run I was either fixing my hair, tugging on my clothes, making sure my sports bra didn’t suffocate me and the “girls are staying in place”, adjusting my watch (yes I did get one Do I know how to use it? No not really but it looks cool), my Galloway Run/ Walk / Run Timer (did it just vibrate? is it time to run or walk?) and checking my compression sleeves (yes Kellie those sleeves are your fault because I do love them more than my husband on most days)

What is wrong with the above picture? Anyone anyone Bueller? We do not appreciate our surroundings. We do not really listen to our bodies Yes get those earphones out of your ears and really listen. The joy of running along the beach and listening to the waves in those early morning hours. My body telling me “You can do it Just take your time” and having a conversation with your running partner or even yourself (not to the point that you belong on a Subway platform and people are staring at you like your a nut)

Forget your worries and enjoy. I am guilty of thinking about the laundry that has to get done, what to cook for dinner, what needs to be cleaned and silly items such as “did we run out of toilet paper”

The other day I ran with my friend Jessica along with my 12 year old son who took the above photo. On the way back and almost done with our run. We stopped in our tracks and just stared out towards the Atlantic Ocean in awe of the beauty of the sunrise. The beauty..not the beautiful made up runners but the beauty of our environment.  What a way to finish our training run sweaty and with my ugly runner’s face.  At that moment I did not care what I looked like. I was proud of us that we finished our run and could not wait to continue our training to run the Disney Marathon.

This is your life everyone. Enjoy it and more importantly have fun. Appreciate life and really take in your surroundings!

Happy running and have a great Fourth of July!

Surprising Inspirations

About a year ago, I was on Amazon’s website searching for a new running book. I went on the recommendations page and saw a DVD that caught my eye. On the cover were four athletes. Thinking that one of them was Paula Radcliffe and the tag line that looks into the popularity of endurance sports I bought it. When it arrived I was so excited to view my favorite athlete, Paula, and everyday people who strive to push them selves to the limits regardless of any handicaps they may have.

Boy was I wrong. The “Paula” athlete was a young woman,, Jenny,  overcoming cancer and training with Team in Training. It begins with her being in remission and accomplishing so much. Then there is Artie, a legally blind athlete who runs with the Achilles Club in NY along with the aid of volunteers we see him run the NYC Marathon and a Tri event on Long Island..amazing.

Then we come to sisters, twins, Carrie  a teacher in upstate NY married with two small children and her sister, Kellie,  who lives in FL not too far from me. I was so enthralled with their story

One evening I was on Facebook and remembering that one of the sisters lived in Jacksonville I searched for her and found her. I was debating whether or not to ask her to be my friend, I didn’t want her to think I was stalking her or was some kind of a nut. After a couple of minutes passed by I got over the fear and asked to be her friend and sent her a little note explaining how much I loved the movie and how her story inspired me.

In a short time, she accepted my friend request. I was so excited! Messaging was passed between us and our friendship began. Kellie is the type of person who loves life. She makes me laugh and is always so happy. Here I was a stranger to her and she embraced me. I felt as though I found a long lost friend.

Kellie is my inspiration and I love her. She has competed in various races such as half and full marathons and tri events. She is now traveling the world and competing in Ultra endurance events running 100K!

After months of correspondence and asking for her advice on how to train and what to do we finally spoke on the phone. On her way to volunteer at the Iron man competition in Hawaii and between flights she took the time to call. I felt so nervous! I know it is silly but I looked up to her as a Rock Star! She put me at ease and we both laughed. My daughter also spoke to her. You should have seen the smiles on our faces. We finally made plans to meet up at the Disney Marathon weekend.

We met up at the expo and when we saw each other we ran up and hug like we haven;’t seen each other in years. Talking non-stop we caught up with everything. She just ran the half marathon that day and proudly displayed her Donald Duck medal! Her smile brightened my day and my children were enthralled with her. I must confess that my youngest has a crush on her..so cute!

Kellie has the biggest heart. She cares about people. Here I was someone she has never met before and she made me feel so good about myself. With her encouraging words I knew that I could accomplish anything. The key is to have passion and boy does she have it.

Here is a little clip from the film: 

I wanted to share this story with you not only to tell you about this terrific movie but to also tell you that people come into your lives for a reason.  Some moments are planned and others are a surprise.  It is a gift to us. Take it you never know where it may take you!