City Sports Grand Opening at 50 Broadway!

This past Sunday, City Sports opened it’s third NYC store in the Financial District and they had their opening party tonight, which included door prizes, raffles, and a 5K fun run around lower Manhattan.  The first 100 people got a swag bag and anyone who signed up to run the 5K got a free Mizuno co-branded City Sports long sleeve tech tee.

City Sports at 50 Broadway is inside an old bank.
City Sports at 50 Broadway is inside an old bank.

Why do I love City Sports so much?  Well, we share the same birth year.  Yup, we are both turning 30 this year!  Woohoo!  5 years ago, I signed up for the Harpoon 5 Miler and I attended the Puma sponsored training runs out of City Sports on Boylston Street.  The rest is history.  I attended Run Club religiously for the past 5 years until I had to move.  I have met some of my best running friends at City Sports Run Club and I have done some of my best shopping at City Sports!  =)  Every week, City Sports Run Club is sponsored by a vendor and runners get to try out their latest sneakers and products.  Runners also often leave with cool raffle prizes if they are lucky!   The best part is that Run Club is free and open to everyone.

I left work at 4:20pm and got to the store 40 minutes before opening.  Despite the rain, there was a line outside the store!  I was surprised to see my Boston City Sports friends at the store to help with the opening.  It was great to see old friends in a different city!

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Over 100 people showed up for the opening and City Sports had a DJ, Mizuno test wear shoes, and a selection of ProBars and ClifBars for people to sample.  The swag bag had tons of goodies inside and I can’t wait to try all of them!

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The bag included: City Sports T, City Sports sticker, Sweaty Band, Nathan reflective bands, Wigwam socks, Features socks, a cycling bell (this might be good for when I actually start to ride my bike!), Mizuno tri-fold towel, Sparkly shoelaces, Camelback waterbottle, hand sanitizer, Polar watch and heart rate monitor, and a $10 gift card to City Sports!
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I cannot believe people can start a company on sports wipes when baby wipes can do the trick! I got On the Go Towels for Men in my StrideBox and now Fresh Feet Wipes in my City Sports Swag Bag. These Fresh Feet Wipes are peppermint scented and are antibacterial. I guess they will make my feet smell super nice after a nice long and sweaty run! =)

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A Polar watch with heart rate monitor was also in the swag bag!

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26.2 Miles for Dad.

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Besides the winter storms making training difficult this year, I also lacked the same confidence and motivation that I had last year during training.  This past weekend helped me regain some confidence and motivation to get me mentally ready to the start line on April 15th.

The Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team met at Boston College for the last long run before taper time.  Before the run, Sandy Dubuc, a mother of 3 boys, spoke to the group about her son, Matty.  Matty was diagnosed with liver cancer at age 4 and lost his battle to cancer on March 25, 2007.  Sandy talked about how Matty’s battle with cancer affected the entire family and how her other two boys grew up too fast during that time.  As Sandy spoke, I was full of emotion and I could not stop the tears.  I know first hand how cancer affects the entire family and I had to grow up a little faster to understand what was going on during my dad’s battle with cancer.

DFMC teammates with Matty's picture at a water stop this past weekend.
DFMC teammates with Matty’s picture at a water stop this past weekend.

Even though it has been 15 years since my dad passed away, we are still affected by his loss because he is not here with us.  He has missed all of my milestones since freshman year of high school and he has never seen me run.  I know that if he were here today, he would be my loudest cheerleader.

My dad loved to take pictures to capture moments, but we did not take many pictures during his battle with cancer so my memory of his last year is all I have.  I have very vivid memories of my dad’s last few days at the hospital.  I think I was subconsciously telling myself to pay good attention to everything so that I could remember those last few days.  I remember walking through the revolving doors to NYU Medical Center up to the moments we said goodbye.  Sad memories, but still memories that I hope I do not forget.

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Last trip to Disney/Sea World in 1997.

Sandy’s talk reminded me of why I am running.  I am running in memory of my dad.  I am running for a cure so that no one else has to endure what Sandy’s family or my family has endured.  I cannot fund cancer research on my own so I need your help to make a cure for cancer a reality!

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Thanks to many family and friends who have already donated to my run!  For those who have not donated yet, there is still time!

Here is an update on my progress so far!

Total mileage to date: 334.3 miles!

Fundraising Total: $3088.40

Honor Roll of Donors!  Thank you for donating to my run!  It really means a lot to me and to cancer research.

You can make your tax-deductible donation here: http://www.runDFMC.org/2013/bettyy

-Holly (co-worker)

-Susan (former BOMF HH liason)

-Carolyn (Stuy buddy!)

-Anna (Run Club buddy!)

-Mom

-Wayman & Mr. Chin (Mrs. Chin’s family)

-Team G! (running buddies & best marathon spectators ever!)

-Alan (RTB teammate)

-Laura & Chris (running buddy and husband of running buddy =) )

-Irlen (cousin)

-Bridget (BOMF’er!)

-Lori (former co-worker!)

-Jan (Run Club Buddy!)

-Ketty (my sister’s friend)

-Sue (OT buddy!)

-Cheryl (best OT mentor ever!)

-All the Kongs in Hong Kong and in New Jersey!

-Alecia (former CS Run Club leader!)

-Calvin Kong (HK cousin!)

-Mary (BOMF’er!)

-Patrick (Run Club Buddy!)

-Erika (BOMF’er!)

-Corey (brother in law’s cousin)

-Megan (former DFMC teammate)

-Kate (former DFMC teammate and running buddy)

-Connie (sister!)

-Andy (Stuy buddy!)

-Paul (RTB teammate)

Enough Snow Already!!

I had planned to do a lot of running in Boston (DFMC long run, An Ras Mor, and Ras na hEirrean) this weekend, but due to the snow, my plans were changed and I stayed in NYC.  I was frustrated with the weather, but I knew I needed to get over it so that I could have a good weekend.

Saturday morning, Andrew and I set out to run 20 miles around NYC.  Instead of running laps around Central Park, we ventured into the other boroughs!  I wanted to run across the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was so packed with tourists that it was hard to run at times.  We stopped to take a picture since everyone else was too!

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From the Brooklyn Bridge, we ran along Kent Ave until we hit the NYC Marathon route, and we ran across bridge #2, the Pulaski Bridge, which led us into Queens!  The weather conditions brought back memories of when we ran the unofficial 2012 NYC Marathon back in November.  I hope that with all the snow we got this winter, Patriots Day will be 45 degrees and overcast!

A few miles later, we ran over bridge #3, the Queensboro Bridge and back into Manhattan!  Can you believe that after all that running, we only covered 14 miles!?!  So we ran a partial loop of Central Park and then ran back home to complete 20 miles.

I was so glad to be done with my 3rd 20 miler of the training season.  Two more long runs and then taper time.  Keeping my fingers crossed for snow free forecasts from now until next winter!!!

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Thanks to many family and friends who have already donated to my run!  For those who have not donated yet, there is still time!

Here is an update on my progress so far!

Total mileage to date: 287.3 miles!

Fundraising Total: $2592.20

Honor Roll of Donors!  Thank you for donating to my run!  It really means a lot to me and to cancer research.

If you have not donated yet, you can make a tax-deductible donation here: http://www.runDFMC.org/2013/bettyy

-Holly (co-worker)

-Susan (former BOMF HH liason)

-Carolyn (stuy buddy!)

-Anna (Run Club buddy!)

-Mom

-Wayman & Mr. Chin (Mrs. Chin’s family)

-Team G! (running buddies & best marathon spectators ever!)

-Alan (RTB teammate)

-Laura & Chris (running buddy and husband of running buddy =) )

-Irlen (cousin)

-Bridget (BOMF’er!)

-Lori (former co-worker!)

-Jan (Run Club Buddy!)

-Ketty (my sister’s friend)

-Sue (OT buddy!)

-Cheryl (best OT mentor ever!)

-All the Kongs in Hong Kong and in New Jersey!

-Alecia (former CS Run Club leader!)

-Calvin Kong (HK cousin!)

-Mary (BOMF’er!)

-Patrick (Run Club Buddy!)

March StrideBox!

My nephew definitely enjoyed one of last month's samples!
My nephew definitely enjoyed one of last month’s samples!

Last month I was super excited to receive my first StrideBox, but was a little disappointed in the sample selection.  I did not like three of the food items that I tried (GU Chomps, Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel, and Mazamba Bar).  I tried Dr. Hoy’s Natural Pain Relief Gel, but it was not as strong as I hoped it to be.  I have yet to try the On the Go Towels (For Men) or the Skratch Labs Hydration Mix.  Will try to get to those this month!

March StrideBox!
March StrideBox!

This month’s box was filled with items that I have never tried before, but many of the items were familiar to me.  Here are the samples for this month!

-Given – Original FLIP pocket wrist wallet

Fits my forearm better than my wrist.
Fits my forearm better than my wrist.

-PowerICE – It is similar to a go-gurt package and you are supposed to freeze these and eat 15-30 minutes before exercise.  I may wait until the summer time to try these out!

-Picky Bar – It is gluten and dairy free!

-Click – Espresso Protein Drink – Can be mixed with hot or cold water or made into a smoothie!

-Kind Bar – I love these bars!!  They are very expensive though.

-GU – Peanut Butter flavor – I am excited to try this flavor!  Hope it tastes like peanut butter out of a jar….

-Run Guard – anti-chafing stick.  Always need to have one of these in every gym bag!

-Win Sports detergent – I have used Penguin sports detergent in the past so will try this on my next load of workout clothes!

This month’s “Stride Guide” on the items also gave retail prices for each item.  The total cost for all these items if I were to buy them on my own would be $27.54.  Let’s hope this month’s trials go better than last month’s!

42 Days Until Patriots Day!

Where has the time gone!?!  This training season could not be more different than last winter’s training.  Besides the weather being so uncooperative this season, I am in a different city, at a different job, and am not running consistently during the week.

Instead of stepping out my front door and starting my run on the Boston Marathon course, my training grounds are now pedestrian filled sidewalks and the rolling hills of Central Park.  My motivation is sometimes lacking after a stressful day at work and running when stressed usually ends pretty ugly for me.  I guess the solution is to find a less stressful job!

Despite the differences, I have not missed a long run, but the long runs have been hard because I have missed many week day runs.  As we do our longest runs before taper time this month, I hope to be more consistent in my training and gain my confidence for the big race on April 15!  42 days will go by in a flash and I need to be mentally and physically ready to toe the line!

The support of my teammates has been unbelievable this year.  Sarkis drove out of his way to pick me up for the group run this weekend and Glen drove me home.  Thank you guys!! Snazzy new team jackets made the group run super fun this weekend too!   Thanks to Hilary for organizing the jacket order!

Modeling the new jackets pre-20 mile run!
Modeling the new jackets pre-20 mile run!
These 2 guys push me to run harder at each run!
Post 20 mile run!  These 2 guys push me to run harder at each run! 

Thanks to many family and friends who have already donated to my run!  For those who have not donated yet, there is still time!

Here is an update on my progress so far!

Total mileage to date: 257.3 miles!

Fundraising Total: $2417.20

Honor Roll of Donors!  Thank you for donating to my run!  It really means a lot to me and to cancer research.

If you have not donated yet, you can make a tax-deductible donation here: http://www.runDFMC.org/2013/bettyy

-Holly (co-worker)

-Susan (former BOMF HH liason)

-Carolyn (stuy buddy!)

-Anna (Run Club buddy!)

-Mom

-Wayman & Mr. Chin (Mrs. Chin’s family)

-Team G! (running buddies & best marathon spectators ever!)

-Alan (RTB teammate)

-Laura & Chris (running buddy and husband of running buddy =) )

-Irlen (cousin)

-Bridget (BOMF’er!)

-Lori (former co-worker!)

-Jan (Run Club Buddy!)

-Ketty (my sister’s friend)

-Sue (OT buddy!)

-Cheryl (best OT mentor ever!)

-All the Kongs in Hong Kong and in New Jersey!

-Alecia (former CS Run Club leader!)