Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So, aside from the injection of antibiotics, I got everything I wanted. When we discussed the inhaler, she said it would open my lungs a bit, to which I asked "do you think it would help me make it to the podium in Paris???" no such luck. Ah well.
Many friends have openly offered their advice on sinus infection remedies - overwhelmingly endorsed the netti pot!!!! I went right out and bought my first netti pot tonight. I am going to capitalize this - THE NETTI POT IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND! I never thought that I would say that, but it's true. The feeling one gets by gently encouraging warm salt water to flow in one nostril and out the other is nearing euphoric - I know, the thought of anything coming out your nose sounds an awful lot like the laughing attack and Coca-Cola coming out, but this felt amazing. So, if it works, I am game...it feels good.
Tonight, I added to my list of things to pack: Hot Beef Jerky, Smoked Paprika, and Ranch Dressing Powder packets. Add those to Jell-o, Peanut Butter, Jelly Belly Sports Beans, and my netti pot and you've got one hell of a party in Paris......Bring it on!!!
We will keep you updated on our plans for Paris, and once there, try to find a cyber café so you don't miss a thing!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So my nine miles were hard today. I am at the tail end of a chest cold that has left me tired and coughing a lot (mostly tired of coughting, but at this point, it's all the same.) I am hoping that it will be a thing of the past by monday and I can continue to reserve my energy for the trip across the pond.
Maegon, our third runner, leaves tomorrow for Vienna. She will be meeting us in Paris on Friday night. It is nearly here! Thank you all for following our journey, it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without you!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm just so lucky! Don't mean to get all sappy on you or anything, because we still have EIGHT DAYS to go, but sometimes when you're thinking these things, you just have to SAY THEM!
There, I feel better now that's off my chest. :)
On va beaucoup manger et boire, je pense (j'espère!).
Demain nous allons visiter Trieste parce que c'est une ville très belle et intéressante!
Dimanche nous allons à un mariage (mes amis Grazia et Igor s'épousent!).
Oui, je dois courir aussi. Mais très peu parce que c'est une semaine de TAPER!!!!
Qu'est-ce que vous faites ce weekend?
"I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I'm totally excited. I'm totally freaking out. I hurt. I have butterflies. I'm totally excited."
But mostly I'm just really excited.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
What do I need to bring with me to Paris? My list is as follows:
- Jell-o for shots and wrestling (post-marathon)
- Rough-on-Rats t-shirts from LeRoy Historical Society for former Rotary exchange student from Amsterdam who will be meeting us in Paris
- Peanut Butter - au natural (running partner!!!)
- Jell-o t-shirts (LeRoy is my hometown and the birthplace of Jell-o)
- Allez Banner (thanks Beck and Keb)
Can you think of anything that I am forgetting????
But for the rest of our Friends, it looks like you're reading (from 33 different countries last time I counted), but you're so quiet. Is everything okay?
Are you on Spring Break?
What's up? Even Bonster has been quiet over the last few weeks. Enjoying that new house, no doubt...
Give us a sign! We miss you. It's our last week of training. We're tapering, so we have more time for you. Sorry if we've been neglecting you lately. We'll try to be better.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Let's hope that between now and April 5 it magically becomes Spring around here!
WE LOVE PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For those coming to Paris, if you want to add meeting places and times, please do so...
This is so exciting!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I may have burned 1300 calories yesterday, but don't worry, I reloaded with at least 4,000! This was just the first course: For you Foodies out there, why YES, it IS a plate of homemade Potato Gnocchi with Wild Boar! Good guess! It was followed by a giant rare steak (mooo!) with a terrano wine sauce, and mashed potatoes (patate in tecia). Dessert? HELL YEAH! Crèpes (gotta get into French mode) with chocolate, and coffee. And, that liter of wine, well, "it makes blood" is what they say around here, which you need after a hard, but amazing run!
Do you like my medal? It's made out of a piece of stone. Last year's was made out of terra cotta. This one has that Je ne sais quoi. I wore it all day yesterday. Today I have it in my pocket (for those who remember to ask how it went yesterday;) and tomorrow I'll just put it away already!
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 12:29pm
Okay - I am setting a plan in motion, here. Because we are all scattered around Paris, I am taking the bull by the horns and setting a meeting place for FRIDAY night. (I know some of you are not going to be there yet, but if you are, here's the deal.)1 - Kari and I are going to rendevous at my hotel directly from the airport on Friday (I bet it will be about 2pm). I think we will be arriving at roughly the same time. 2 - I think that we will make our way to the Marathon Expo to get registered and enjoy the swag bags - and other freebies.3 - I imagine that Kari will need to check in with her friend who is 'hosting' her and her husband. (in the 5th arrondissement)4 - shall we see if we can meet up at my hotel in the PURPLE BAR at, say, 7:00pm? I am anticipating that I am going to be absolutely EXHAUSTED at this point, but I'll need to eat and have a little drinkie!! Then - off to bed. All you folks on EURO time can tuck me into bed and head off for an evening of utter debauchery! (just keep it down, so I can enjoy my sleep.)THOUGHTS?As for saturday? I have to go back to the airport to fetch my husband, and I know that several of you will also be arriving that day. I'm envisioning a rendevouz at some landmark for a mid-afternoon meet-up. THOUGHTS?
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 1:02pm
FORGOT - one other MUST SEE - Jewelz, Kari, and I have a rendevous with Atalanta on Monday. Can we sqeeze a quick stop at the LOUVRE? I'll bring the golden apples.
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 1:07pm
OKAY - one more thought, and then I'm done. FREE ADMISSION TO THE LOUVRE on the first sunday of each month - that would be the 5th. Maybe a quick celebratory stop at the Louvre after our baths, rests, ...just a thought.
March 21 at 2:34pm
1. what is Atalanta?2. I think that I have decided to come, details to follow.3. What are the plans surrounding the marathon? Will you all be in a group at some point along the way to cheer our runners on, wait for them at the end? If it is ok, I would like to cheer you along at the part marked "time keeping 30" on the official marathon map, and then go to mass not far away at the episcopal cathedral (starts at 11am), then meet you all for the postmarathon festivities. What do you runners have as a goal for the marathon?4. Not to be a party pooper, but the Louvre is going to be PACKED on the only day that it is free in the month (it is the same way in Berlin). I dunno.5. Thank you, Laura, for having the foresight to start suggesting things! Very cool. I always remember you being organised. I think the most important thing is that we have several times where we can all casually 'hang out' in a low-key atmosphere to talk and catch up. That might be hard to organise, truth be told. But, I will do whatever I can to help. Feel free to delegate, Laura. Tell me what you need. :)6. Ok, now I'm excited.
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 2:36pm
LIAR LIAR LIAR - Just chatted with Kari. We're going to set a meeting time on Saturday at 4pm at the SOUTH leg of the Eiffel Tower. That should catch all the saturday stragglers, right?
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 2:41pm
OK - the liar liar liar was ME - (I said I wasn't going to throw anything else in the mix, but I lied) Josh - so true about the Louvre, so I think we will try that on Monday, if we can manage it. Let the low-key moments be on saturday night, we can meet at Eiffel and then find a place to hang. Some of us will need to save up our energy. It sounds like you have just identified a CHEERING SECTION spot for our followers, cause I don't think any thought has been given to that. We will probably finish in close to 5 hours.Glad you are joining us!!!
March 21 at 3:37pm
5 hours! Wow!!!! You guys are amazing! I guess we will have time for lunch after mass....BTW, does anyone want to join us for Eucharist on Sunday morning. I know the whole church thing is so not cool for ye movers and shakers, but it is the Episcopal Cathedral and it is bound to be great music (yours truly singing right next to you plus great choir plus great organ) and a great show... Think about it. (This is to the non-runners, of course. :)
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 3:50pm
Sing loud enough and we may hear you all at the Bois de Boulogne! I don't really know how long it is going to take 37,000 runners to start the marathon, so I can only guess what time we will hit the 30k marker. BUT, as for the evening festivities, I know that Kari and I (and probably Maegon)will be icing, resting immediately after the run. We'll probably be up for an night of crazy celebration after 6 or 7.
Juliette 'Jewelz' Joseph
March 21 at 7:26pm
Thanks for kick starting this, Laura. I'm in organized chaos mode and haven't figured anything out with the exception of a day trip to London on Friday. I don't even know how to get to my hotel but I have a 7 hr plane ride to figure that out. However, you've helped set the agenda, so I will pencil in:Saturday's rendezvousSunday's big deal 'thinger'. Post marathon celebration details pending. Monday's ode to our beloved goddess. WOOT! Will you have a mobile? I'm taking an unlocked phone with me and will purchase a pre-paid card when I get there. Let me know da deelio. Okie,Jewelz
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 21 at 7:35pm
as it stands right now, I will probably upgrade my current cell to international capablities. The bad thing is that people call it from Europe will have to pay international calling, I think. THe good thing is that people call from the states will be able to get a hold of me. It is really six in one, half dozen in the other.See you at the south leg!
March 22 at 3:22pm
Laura and all,I will meet up with you at Purple ,although I may be a little late. I am not planning to check bags in so I am hoping to save some time. Can you send me the address of your hotel again. I think that we are close. Saturday at 4:00 also works for me. That will give me some time in the AM to register and visit my friend Delphine and her new twins :-)As for running for 5 hours ... the way that I look at it is that is one thing to run for 3 hours but it takes a hell of a lot of guts to run for 5 ... and even more to make it for 6 hours!! I am heading out now for my last long run. Yikes ...Josh - so gald you will be joining us!More later ...M
Laura Belluscio Williams
March 22 at 3:28pm
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PARDTHI-Hilton-Arc-de-Triomphe-Paris-hotel/index.dothere's the link to my hotel....we'll be there waiting for you.Maegon - good luck on your long run....can't wait to see you there!
Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris hotel
The Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris hotel sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or stroll the Andalusian Patio garden. ...
Christine Turnberg Volinsky
March 22 at 6:59pm
Great plan. I'll meet you at Purple and everything after. Is there an Atalanta other than the one from Free to Be...? Josh, let me know if we have a place to stay, and thanks for organizing it!! :) I'll probably join you for church and singing!I think I'm bringing 6 bottles of champagne from a family friend of our exchange student who runs a small cellar in Reims so we must have some casual kick back celebration time!!Christine
Laura Belluscio Williams
Today at 5:46am
champagne sounds like a great idea! At least one bottle for the finish line, right?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Okay - so this isn't French, but it's BELGIAN, which is keeping with the theme. Truth be told, they tried to get their hands on some Jupiler, but alas, Stella would have to do.
the french toast was mostly for the kids, it went really well with the french fries and mayo....
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Is anyone else noticing the days are clicking away? What are you going to be doing in 14 days? I know where we'll be, but what about you? (come on, a few of you have been absent in your comments - we want to hear from you)
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tonight I am going to stay home and rest my cold and load up on leafy green vegetables. I had a nice short taper run this morning, so that's that!
Tomorrow I am going to take a day off of running, do some work, and have pizza with some friends tomorrow night (what's your favorite kind of pizza? I think I'll have a 4 formaggi!).
Then Sunday morning I will run the Sezana half marathon at a very slow pace, enjoy myself like crazy (please don't rain!) and thank the Goddess Atalanta for blessing me with her golden apples and bringing me this far in our training regimen, and then I will go out for lunch with Barbara and Marzio in Slovenia and PIG OUT!
That's about it. I'm pretty excited about the weekend. It got cold here again, but the sun is out and that's hard to ignore!
What's on your Hibatchis?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
By the way, when I do those rotations (50 clockwise, 50 counterclockwise, remember?) under my desk I feel like that video they show on long flights about how to exercise in your tiny seat (with that big guy in front of you fully reclined and practically in your lap). But it works, so I'll keep it up.
This is week one of TAPERING (a word that sounds like MUSIC after all these weeks...) before the big day. I signed up for a half marathon on Sunday in Slovenia (I couldn't resist. It's the one I told you about eons ago that serves you JOTA at the end, and gives you wine and sausage in the swag bag!). My plan is to take it slow and treat it as a long run. I did the same thing last year, as I was preparing for another half marathon a couple of weeks later. The route of this half marathon goes from Slovenia to Italy and back, a lot of it is terrain I covered during my first 20-miler with Marko, so it's familiar territory. I can't wait!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Also, I found a great resource for info on all kinds of problems you have when you run. JUST ASK THE ULTRAS! I mean, at 100 miles, everything you can imagine happening to you, does. And they're very forthcoming on everything: chafing, relieving oneself on the road, blisters, you name it, even shin splints. Plus, psychologically, when you read about these people running for like 30 hours straight, you start feeling like a marathon is no big deal. Also, when you think about their pace-- a good ultra marathon pace would be a 15-minute mile-- it makes your 10, 11, heck, even 12-minute mile feel FAST (as long as you don't take into account the difference in distance of about 73.8 miles...). I'm hooked!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Hopefully this is my last time over this bridge for a while!
What a day. I put on more miles last week than I am used to, so I was worried I wouldn't finish the whole 20 miles, but after about the first 25 minutes, things got better: my shins settled down, my ankles didn't hurt anymore, I could breath again, etc. Then we just took it easy (Marko and I) and talked and talked and talked until we got back to the car (which must have moved or something, because we ended up doing 33.6 kilometers instead of the planned 32 (twenty miles). That being said, I could have kept going (which was unexpected). The only incredibly big disappointement was that I LOST MY WATCH! It just plum fell off!!! I'm heart-broken. It wasn't an expensive thing, but it had the things that a good watch should have: time, date, day of the week, time in Wisconsin and Italy, cronometer with split times, and an alarm clock. So long, old friend. Sweetie assures me that some needy Slovenian runner is now thanking Atalanta for the great gift. I hope he's right. I'm going to take today to mourn a little bit anyway. :(
Special thanks to Marko and his bike for the great company yesterday, and to Davide and his bike for a great run on Saturday on the bike path!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So, the next time you see us , we will be running in Paris strong and pain-free, just keep on going because you are no match for us and it will simply be a waste of your time.
PS - I just mapped my route and think that I only went 19.75 miles (3 hours and 5 minutes)
Friday, March 13, 2009
For those of you who are just passing through our blog, here's the deal: Kari and I have become 'virtual' friends with a fellow blogger and marathon virgin, Ms. Fool. She will be running her first marathon EVER in Paris along with us. This chance "meeting" has made the past 6 months of training and blogging quite a treat and the shared training experiences from three very different locations has been something that keeps us going - even on the worst of days. (If you haven't checked our her blog, you really need to do so.) I don't know what I am looking more forward to, the 26.2 miles or being face-to-face with these two women. I'm telling you what, the photos of our trip are going to be amazing!!!!!!
Which means that Laura and I will be doing the same distance for our long run this week! Too bad we can't run it together! I'm lucky to have patient friends with bikes, but Laura and I could certainly talk our way through a 20-miler no problem (we would have more than a mile for each year it's been since we've seen each other!).
I'm worried that the marathon won't give us all the time we need to talk about everything. We have a couple of choices. We can run it extra slow (for me this won't be a big problem, I assure you), or make plans for a 100 mile ultra (but I think our families wouldn't approve).
How many miles do you think it will take for us to truly catch up?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tonight, I went back to where it all started. I delivered a speech at my sponsor Rotary Club of Caledonia, New York. What is a sponsor club? Well, it is the Rotary Club who agrees to take you under their wing and put their stamp of approval on your application to become a Rotary Exchange student. Way back when, in what now seems like the dark ages, Kari and I began our individual journeys which would bring us together in Liege, Belgium. From there, our paths would cross on a daily basis until a full year later, when we returned to our respective home towns. (never to see eachother again....or so we thought.)
I spoke to these wonderful people about the role that Rotary played in my life and how it provided the most valuable life experience anyone could ever imagine (plug for Rotary Exchange Student Program.) I also told them the details of how we came to the decision to run a full marathon in Paris - something that isn't really easy to tell unless you go way way way back in our lives. They tolerated my stories and even laughed at my jokes. They were very touched by the Rotary banner that I presented to the President from Kari's Italian Rotarians. (I regret that I am fresh out of polo shirts to offer them, because I know they would buy one or two...I hope to get some to them soon.)
They were entertained by the idea of buying and raising a pig for a fundraiser- I daresay we may see an Italian tradition in Caledonia! They all purchased buttons for a nice amount of money, over $200 from button sales. I am excited to add that to the total donation that will be going to the PolioPlus campaign! I was also very touched to be given a card stating that a book will be donated to my highschool library in my name - in the spirit of fostering literacy, a cause that, as a teacher, is also very close to my heart. For that, I am very thankful!! That is a great speaker gift! I am terribly excited to be invited back to finish the story of our journey to Paris that I only began telling them tonight. The conclusion, though I have a rough idea of what it will entail, is yet to be written. I am sure that there will be many great stories to share from our trip to Paris.
I can't wait to go back to these people and say how great it was to cross the finish line. (almost there)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
If I could bother you for just one moment of your very busy day. My name is Laura and I am training very hard to run my first marathon in the beautiful city of Paris. As a matter of fact, I ran TWICE today (3 miles at lunch and 6 miles after work) just because I am so excited to finish the marathon and I don't want to cheat on my miles this close to April 5th. I am sure that if you were to meet me and my friend, Kari, in Paris, you would share in our excitement. I am curious, have you ever run a marathon before? Our schedule is filling up fast, but if you would like to join us for our pasta dinner on April 4th, we might be able to squeeze in an extra chair.
Thanks for your time,
Laura and Kari (and the rest of the gang)
PS - do you think you could manage to get us a special tour of the Louvre, there are a few of us who need to bring some golden apples to Atalanta and we may need some special clearance to do so. Come on, help a girl out!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Ok, this is after my 10-miler on Saturday. Notice anything OUT OF THE ORDINARY?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Next week is important because it is the last long, long, long run before the REALLY REALLY long, long long run in Paris (which is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY). I'm looking forward to it.
Today I understood what keeps us wackos running. OUT OF NOWHERE, after weeks of same same same, I weighed myself and there were 3.5 kilos missing. I was ready to run out the door and do an ULTRA right that minute! WOW! Laura said she had the same experience this week.
It's about time!
For curious non-runners, the Paula Radcliffe waif physique clearly does not come along with just one marathon (DRATS!). We're going to have to keep going Laura... but where should we meet for our NEXT one?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
So I was asked so many questions during dinner that I was left with very little new information for my actual speech, but I think that was ok. The best part, and Kari - you're going to love this, was when I pulled out the very last of the last shirts that I had from the Italian Rotarians. It went over like a charm - they agreed to grant it to the Rotarian who donated the greatest amount to PolioPlus (and the winner????? The nice gentleman who paid $76 for it.) If I can get more of these shirts (and I know there are some on the way) the Lima Rotarians have agreed to take another t-shirt to their meeting that they share with another club and offer that shirt to the Rotarian who donates the most to PolioPlus. (They vote for an extra large to bring the most bids.) I love Rotarians! In the end, it looks as if the Rotary Club or Lima, New York is going to donate a total of $1,000 to our efforts. That's Service above Self and I'm proud of everyone who has helped us along the way. I have another meeting to go to next week with my sponsor club of Caledonia and I know it will result in another good post.
We started at the border between Trieste (Muggia) and Slovenia and ran/rode to Koper and almost to Isola (which would have added a couple of miles to the route, NO BIG DEAL, right? We'll try that NEXT time...).
That's Nikolai on the left, Soran in the middle, and me on the right.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tonight, I had to rush home to register my eldest for Kindergarten while hubby was at class. Tomorrow, I have to run to a Rotary Meeting to give the details about our training and efforts to raise money for their Polio Plus Foundaiton. Friday, I am planning to rush to the sectional basketball game where our girls will hopefully bring home the title! (Go Lady Lancers! I believe in magic and so should you!) Saturday, I'll find relaxation in my long run (14 miles - easy!)
AND - just so you know, I am using you all (and today's post) as a starting point for what will become my contribution to our friend Ms. Running Fool's blog, as she has asked me to be a guest contributor next week (TOPIC? TIME MANAGEMENT, of course) I have already joked with her that I blog from the bathroom and will write my column for her blog while ice-bathing following my long run on Saturday. SOOOOO - that will be something to watch for.
(alright - I have to go work on my Rotary presentation) Please keep reading cause I'm finding a way to keep running - it's the least you can do!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I followed Minken's (free?!) advice about fueling up every five k's. I started at 10k with a pill (gatorade in pill form, if you will), then at 15 had a gel, then at 20 a pill, and so on, with a couple of dried apricots from Marko and lots of water (thank you, camelbak, old friend). I had two fuel-ups in the last 7 k's.
At the end I even had enough in me to sprint to the finish. My watch says 3.24.52 which is more or less correct but I goofed up the chronometer at some point and had a potty break in there, too. I am happy with this result, since it's more or less the same time I had for my 18.7-miler a little over a month ago.
Pictures to come.
Thanks again to Marko, Nik, and Soran.