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Easter 2014 and The Boston Marathon Verdict

We are in Boston!

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Loving the city and the family time.

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We had a beautiful and blessed Easter morning at the Old North Church – (BTW – if you missed the video on Instagram, you have to see it … the Gs just make up words to the hymns as everyone sings.  Hilarious)

Followed by some sightseeing, Lobstah at the Barking Crab in the Seaport and some Georgetown Cupcakes.

A fantastic day.

Easter in Boston

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You may ask … (a few of you already have) What are you doing in Boston suspiciously on marathon weekend?

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I’ve had it in my dreams and plans to run Boston 2014 for over a year now.  Starting with LA Marathon 2013, where I first qualified continuing through the fall where I again qualified in Chicago … and into the Winter of 2014 as the thought of training began.  Well Winter 2014 took me on a different route, and subsequently got in the way of my training.

When I found out that I wasn’t pregnant and that FET had not worked, I immediately poured myself back into Boston Training.  I had a month to whip myself into shape and I was on a mission.  Wrong again, my body has other plans.  It has been a rough 4 weeks for me, and health wise I am not at a level that is advisable to run a marathon.  I had a rather hilarious conversation with my doctor where he told me that I was risking too much trying to follow through with my dream of Boston 2014.

Net Net, I’m listening to the doctors, I’m not running and honestly I’m upset about it.  I wish I was toeing the line in Hopkinton tomorrow morning.  However I will be on the sidelines cheering my heart out for some incredible runners.

I have so much more to say, and after being here the weekend I am full of emotions about this race … but I will save it for another time and just say GOOD LUCK to the Boston 2014 runners.  May all your miles be full of pride and love for this incredible sport and this incredible city.  

And as for me … see you in 2015 BAA Start Line.

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Beaver Creek Colorado Ski School

Hello from beautiful Beaver Creek Colorado.

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We are spending spring break out here and I couldn’t be happier.  There is just something healing about mountain air and breathtaking views .. not to mention the sheer joy that the Gs have had while rip roaring down the mountain on their skis!

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I’ve yet to capture a picture while skiing … but you get the idea.  Mini G’s, bright helmets, huge smiles!

Beaver Creek is such a phenomenal spot for families.  Not only is the ski slope super kid friendly, but the village completely caters to families.  Check out the SpringFest schedule:

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The Gs have been in ski school from 9:30-3:15 for the past 2 days nows.  Its absolutely the longest time I have ever left them and I’ll be honest its a little nerve wracking.  I mean seriously that is a long day for a toddler!  What calms me is that this is hands down the most organized ski school I have ever seen.  From check in, to handling their gear to picking them up … Beaver Creek Ski School has this down to a science and the super organizer in me appreciates that very very much!

The Gs had zero separation anxiety and this morning (2nd day back) they basically sprinted into the ski school without looking back.  I guess they like it!  Check out their schedule, whats not to love!

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And when you pick them up the instructor comes and gives a full download on the day.

  • “G1 is working on her wedge, she is now making varying wedge sizes and skiing without the toe clip”
  • “G2 just wants to go fast.  I ask him to make a pizza and he laughs and says, I like French Fries better”
  • “G2 fell asleep while eating his lunch today … we just moved him onto a nap mat and let him rest a bit.  He seemed tired”

Ah girls and boys … so very different.  It should be interesting to see how much they learn over the next few weeks.  Side note, G2 falls asleep everywhere.  In the first weeks of preschool he fell asleep on the toilet .. NBD, thats just how he does 🙂

Oh BTW you can also log in online and see their report cards!

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As for me, I have yet to put on skis.  I have been running and snow shoeing.  Yesterday I went on a 5.5 mile snow shoe hike basically up the mountain with VC and it was simultaneously the most challenging thing I have done in a long time and the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time.  Fresh air certainly cures the soul.

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Running in Mauritius

Well folks here is another edition of Gia the crazy travel runner …

Mauritius is an up and coming adventure travel destination.  Apparently running is a sport that the Mauritians take part in, as there are actually 2 marathons annually on the island.  However I did not see many other runners.  But did that stop me from being that crazy foreigner running through the sugar cane fields?  Nope …

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First things first, safety.  I did some extensive conversing with the locals about the safely of the island before heading out on my adventure.  The outstanding consensus was that I had nothing to worry about.  Did I feel safe while running?  Yes, Mostly.  Being a city runner I am not too accustomed to being the only runner on the roads, but being solo on the roads is not something that is specific to Mauritius it could have happened in a US suburban area as well.

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I was told that the heat is strong and that I should try to run before 8 am.  While that was probably the correct advice, I also felt that later in the morning there were more people around which made me feel more comfortable so I went around 8:30 am.

The first day I ran 10 km total – around 6.2 miles.  I did a little out and back to a small and private beach

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found myself a nice hill and did some repeats.  It was hot, I was absolutely a minority, but as always it was a beautiful way to see the island.

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The next day I found a section of the road leading up to the resort that was exactly a km and used it to do km repeats.  Again I was alone on the road and when I got back to the resort nearly the entree staff asked me if I was training for the Olympics!! Ha.  I was tempted to say yes as they were horrified that I would subject myself to running fast in the heat for fun?!

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Its hilarious to me that running while on vacation can be such a foreign concept to many people … but then again relaxing while on vacation is something I am terrible at, so to each their own 🙂

Where is the craziest place you have run?  Do you run on empty streets or busy ones?