Frustrated and Disgusted

•September 4, 2011 • 4 Comments

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/

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You know you are a runner when…….

•August 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

– 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

•August 25, 2011 • 1 Comment

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!!!

•August 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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?

•August 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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

•June 30, 2011 • 1 Comment

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!

Running with the “Wolf Pack”

•June 23, 2011 • 2 Comments

Just coming home last night after watching Hangover 2, which by the way is just as funny as the first. I bring this film up because of one of the characters, Alan, in the first Hangover,  inducted his pals into his “wolf pack” during the mayhem of the infamous bachelor party. In Hangover 2, his intention was to keep the intended groom’s young 16 year old brother in law out of the pack  Needless to say this plan of Alan’s propelled the crazy going ons throughout the plot.  Not to give too much away it all works out in the end.

Are we as runners wolf packs? Do we click with certain runners in a group run in order not to mix up the dynamics of a group?

Joining the local Daytona Galloway Training Group, has been an ideal experience. I, of course, was placed in the last group which runs 30 secs and walks 60 secs. We are up for a 5 mile run this coming Saturday (Gulp!) and eventually in mid November we will be up to 27 miles (double gulp!) I do not  mind being in the slowest group. I really haven’t been training much since the NYC Half last March and being that I live in Florida when it hits 100 by 7 am I want to take it easy and build my distance in time. My goal is to finish the marathon. Face it people I am not going to win 🙂

Now back to the pack. Our “wolf” pack couldn’t be better. Our Group Leader, June, is amazing. She is kind and funny and motivates us throughout the run. I have met runners who have run a marathon and those who are training for their first.  I ask the experienced runners questions and they are more than happy to answer and help not only me but other runners.

As the faster groups past us at their way back, they raise their arms and yell words of encouragement. I am so happy I finally got the guts to join Galloway. This was the smartest thing for me to do to get me out of bed on Saturday knowing full well I couldn’t let me group leader down.

Our wolf pack does break off during the week when we have to run at least 30 minutes twice a week.  I met with a young runner, Jessica, at our local Starbucks and we take off with me wearing Galloway’s walk/run/walk timer. We talk about work , our family and our bucket lists.  Before we know it our weekly run is over.

My intention is to tell you to please find a group in your area to run. You can join a Galloway group http://www.jeffgalloway.com or join a forum on http://www.runnersworld.com to search for other groups in your area. If you cannot find one I highly suggest you think about starting a group in your area. It could be with just one other runner or maybe with co-workers, friends and family.

Who is your wolf pack?

 
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