Been away for too long

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As with everything else in life, we let things slip away because we are just too busy. As I have been contemplating changing my careers and really doing something I love, I came across my blog and noticed how I just let it go. We get so wrapped up in other things in our life those we lose what we love to do. This blog does not make me any money but it is the sheer joy of expressing how I feel and connect with other people.

In life we all go through different phases. We start off as innocent kids, awkward tweens, high school graduate, the college graduate, marriage, children, changing careers for the third time, empty nester, loss of what you are now suppose to be doing in your life and how much you so want to change your career. This is where I am now and boy am I frustrated. Linkedin is my new boyfriend. I spend more hours with him than my husband. Why is is so difficult to get a job?

I am starting to question if it  could it be my age? Out of the workforce? What is it? I just want to do something that brings me joy, passion, yes money would be good but at this point I would love to make a difference. No more sales (ugh! ) no more cubicles. I want to live!

Since I started running, I have been very fortunate to have traveled to many places to run a race. This past October, I was in Chicago to run the marathon and at mile 14 I just did not want to continue. I was bored. Yeah you heard that right…bored. It was the second time I was there and the thrill was gone. I quit in Greektown, met my friends and family and walked back to the hotel room to shower and go out and have fun. No regrets. It made me happy.

Last August I was in Vancouver BC and visited Lynn Canyon. I walked the trails and took in the beauty. I was in awe. It was at that moment things started to shift for me. Tired of spending thousands of hard earned money to run races that did not inspire me. I was missing out not only on  a personal level but what I wanted to do career wise.

I do know I love to travel and meet new people and cultures. I love being on my own even though I am sociable and type A personality there have been more times that I just wanted quiet.

The time has come for me to really take care of myself and do what makes me happy.

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Dreams and Hidden Messages

I am a 46 year old mother of three children who also happened to beat cancer, breast cancer. I am happy to say that it has been over 11 years and I am cancer free. This is just not a story of survival but what happens after. You get diagnosed, have surgery, receive chemo and numerous radiation treatments but what does it all mean? I thought many times that there was a reason I beat it. It didn’t scare me because my purpose in life was not finished. The most important thing was, I  had to be there for my kids and raise them. They could not be left without a mother and I was not going to let it happen.

You see, after you receive horrible news  or you have obstacles or troubles in your life, you start to think. You say to yourself. “Now what?” I was searching for a long time to find out what I needed to do for myself. It was frustrating.

Many years later, after a friend of mine ran the NYC Marathon through a charity. I was inspired. I thought to myself, “How could anybody run 26.2 miles” It was duanting. I was a sprinter in High School and the 100 yard dash was the longest I had ever run. That was almost 30 years ago. I decided to start with a half marathon and fell in love with running again. Since completing 4 half marathons and even getting into the NYC Half this year, I decided to strive for my ultimate dream, to run the NYC Marathon.
My first half marathon with my friend Ann She ran the NYC Marathon
Since I did not get in through the lottery I joined a charity that would help students like my boys continue with their passion for music. I have been training with our local Galloway group (who are gearing up for the Disney Marathon). What a surprise when I was accepted to run in early August with the charity. My dream was actually coming true. There were signs everywhere telling me to do it. I won a Timex GPS watch with a heart rate monitor (I never win anything so why now?)  I was in our local library with my children viewing used books to buy and I bought two books written by the NYRR (Complete Book of Running and Fitness and NYRR Complete Book of Running)
I truly believe that these hidden little messages were telling me to do it. To go out and conquer  the NYC Marathon. If I could beat cancer I was going to battle all the bridges and miles along the way and I was going to have the time of my life.
Thank you for such a spectacular event. I may not be as fast as I was but I will cross that finish line and get my medal I may be in pain and exhausted but I will gladly accept it with a big smile on my face. The best part..my children and family will see that I also survived the marathon.
There have been remarks that I may be a little crazy and why am I doing this but you know what? Its my life and I will do anything I want to do, without justification because maybe I am crazy. Crazy for life:)

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

Frustrated and Disgusted

Well folks I am at my half way point with my training and I have hit the dreaded wall and it has nothing to do with the marathon itself at mile 20. When I started training in June for the Disney World Marathon, I would get up before the alarm went off , walk over to my perfectly placed clothes which I laid out the night before , put on my watch, eat a light snack and literally run out the door. This past couple of weeks I have been dragging my feet. Having to change our meeting time an hour earlier in the morning due to school starting, that hour has depleted me.

While out on my runs I am constantly checking the time, mileage and pace instead of enjoying the company of my friends. In my mind I kept repeating to myself , “When is this run going to be over” or “Only 2 more miles and then I am off to Starbucks”. I was not motivating myself with powerful  thoughts but  thoughts of when will this run be over.

Mind you this had nothing to do with the company of my friends, my amazing running buddies. In fact I love their company. It was me..period. I have lost my passion. How do I bring it back and stop complaining? What do I do to get going?

I decided to not only look at the end result of the excitement of being in the corral at the Disney Marathon but to take baby steps. I viewed it as one would view being at a diet.  Let me explain. Years ago after the birth of my daughter, I joined Weight Watchers and I remember specifically our group leader telling us to reward ourselves for a weight loss. “Set a goal and reward yourself”,  she said. So with each 5 pounds I lost I would buy a little something for myself. It wasn’t clothes because I didn’t want to really splurge until I achieved my goal weight. It was little things such as a favorite perfume,  a girls night out to celebrate, or a little something to cheer me up and tell me that I was doing a good job. So I have decided to take the advice and apply it to my running.

I do not look at how many days I have until I run the marathon but I take it day by day, week by week and month by month. So after a day’s run I still go to my local Starbucks and reward myself with my iced quad espresso. Each week on my rest days I may take an hour or two and do something for myself. It might be a facial, getting an amazing message, watching one of my favorite old films in peace and quiet before the kids get home after school.

Every month I will purchase an item just for me. It might be my favorite perfume, new Saucony’s, new shorts or  top. It may even be a new dress, a book I have been dying to read or my favorite chocolate bar.  I do not spend a lot of money. Some items can cost as little as $5.00. A friend of mine once told me when she orders an item online she  tells them it is a gift and has it wrapped. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a book from a site like Amazon., it could be anything. You may even tell a store clerk from your local department store,  that you would like the item wrapped.  Now when you have these “presents” to yourself , place them in a drawer or closet. After each accomplishment take a gift from yourself as a thank you..you did it.

Happy Running:)

Please donate to my charity. You may read all about it here: https://runningjunkies.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/nyc-marathon-and-crowdrise-contest/

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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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.