2016 Races

Disneyland 10K and half marathon:  11/12 & 11/13/16
​My husband and I did the Infinity Gauntlet challenge, which is a 10K Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  This was my birthday present from him.  Just 8 days after having my IV pulled I had my best 10K time. I really pushed hard.  I was solo in this race but after being pulled off the course in April's half marathon, I was determined to beat the balloon ladies this time and I did!

I was worried about maintaining that pace though the next day for over twice the distance.  My husband said getting me to the finish line was his problem, not mine.  We did the half together, half of it hand in hand.  Not only did he help me finish strong, I beat my previous half personal record by over 16 minutes and finished ahead of the balloon ladies.  My 10K split was also about 40 seconds better than my PR the previous day AND my 5K split was a PR.

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10K Across the Bay:  11/6/16
​I did this race again this year with my friend Kathy.  I had an IV for 4 weeks just prior to this race (the line was pulled 2 days before).  It was a beautiful day, but I wasn't quite up to pushing it.  No records broken here, but I got to enjoy Kathy's company and meet the Governor of Maryland before the race thanks to another friend who was walking for Hogan Strong.  I was showing my Maryland pride.

  1. Coming to the finish line.
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    Coming to the finish line.
  2. On the bridge.
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    On the bridge.
  3. Start with Governor Hogan.
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    Start with Governor Hogan.
Baltimore Running Festival 5K/Half:  10/15/16
​As October is PCD Awareness month, I decided to register for the Baltimoron - a 5K followed by a half marathon, for a total of 16.2 miles.  It was a beautiful day, with the temperature at the 5K start time at 48 degrees.  The half marathon started at 9:45, and the temperature moved up into the mid 60's.  I met Therese in the starting coral and we agreed to start together and if either one of us wanted to go faster that was fine.  We ended up walking the whole race together.  She got me through the beginning half which had a lot of hills. At mile 5 she said "8 more miles to go" and I didn't think I'd make it.  I did though.  A big THANK YOU to Therese for her company over 13.1 miles.

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  1. Finishing the 5K.
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    Finishing the 5K.
  2. Half marathon.
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    Half marathon.
  3. Coming to the half marathon finish.
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    Coming to the half marathon finish.
Celtic Classic 5K:  9/24/16
This is my third year doing this race.  As usual, I wasn't feeling great so I was just out there to finish.  This is part of a weekend of Celtic music and festivities.  Ed's band wasn't playing this year, but we had some friends who were.  Ed won 2nd in age group for the 2nd year in a row, and friend and band mate Natalie placed in her age group.

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  1. Our team at the start.
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    Our team at the start.
  2. Ed with his 2nd place in age group medal.
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    Ed with his 2nd place in age group medal.
  3. Natalie & Ed with their top 3 finisher medals.
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    Natalie & Ed with their top 3 finisher medals.
Navy 5 miler:  9/18/16
​This is my second year doing this race.  I got to do this one with one of my friend Leslie Evanisko.  Despite being in the midst of training for the Marine Corps marathon, Leslie patiently walked this one with me.  This wasn't my best time.  Between a lot of travel leading up to the race, not being able to sleep the night before, high humidity and my lungs having minds of their own, I pushed as hard as I could, and just had the goal of finishing


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  1. After the race.
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    After the race.
  2. With Leslie before the race.
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    With Leslie before the race.
Glengary Highland Games 5K:  8/18/16
​This is my second year doing this race.  I got to do this one with one of my friend Leslie Evanisko.  Despite being in the midst of training for the Marine Corps marathon, Leslie patiently walked this one with me.  This wasn't my best time.  Between a lot of travel leading up to the race, not being able to sleep the night before, high humidity and my lungs having minds of their own, I pushed as hard as I could, and just had the goal of finishing.

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  1. Keeping cool before the race.
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    Keeping cool before the race.
Twin Resevoirs 5K:  7/17/16
​My first race in Massechusetts.  Ed had a pipeband competition on Saturday, so we found a race nearby for Sunday.  It was a beautiful race, but little time to enjoy the scenery.  This was another small race with only about 20 people in the 5K.  There were more in the half marathon.  Ed was the first male finisher in the 5K. Oddly I totally forgot about taking any pictures of us before or after the race.

  1. Bib and medal from the race.
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    Bib and medal from the race.
  2. Getting ready in the car before the race.
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    Getting ready in the car before the race.
Logan Trail Run 1.5 miler:  6/4/16
​My first race in Utah and my first race at a high altitude.  I quickly realized that I needed to wear my oxygen full time in Utah.  I had originally signed up for the 3 miler, but decided I should do the 1.5 miles because I was concerned about making my flight home.  This was also another race while on IV antibiotics.

This was a very small race with lots of nice people and beautiful views.

  1. After the race.
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    After the race.
  2. View during the race.
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    View during the race.
  3. View during the race.
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    View during the race.
Bay to Breakers:  5/4/16
​This was by far one of the strangest races I've ever been in.  I was in San Francisco for the American Thorasic Society's annual conference where my sister and I were speaking at the PCD Foundation's breakout session.  I of course looked to see what races would be going on the weekend we were there and found this one.  It is about 7 miles and goes from downtown through Golden Gate Park to the shore.  I knew there would be some tough hills and I just planned on walking and enjoying this one.  I knew there'd be lots of people in costumes.  What I wasn't prepared for was the clothing optional part of the race.  Apparently the only requirement is that you have to wear your bib number.  How you attach it to your person is up to you.  I started in the last corral.  I probably should have started one corral up.  There were times that the crowd was so thick I was almost at a stand still.


  1. After the race.
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    After the race.
  2. Finishing up the Bay to Breakers.
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    Finishing up the Bay to Breakers.
  3. At the ATS conference with my sister (on the right).
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    At the ATS conference with my sister (on the right).
  4. At the PCD Foundation booth with my sister (on the right).
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    At the PCD Foundation booth with my sister (on the right).
Star Wars 5K/10K/half marathon:  4/15-17/16
The races this weekend were a birthday present to myself.  After completing the Disneyland Dumbo Challenge in September 2015, my love of Star Wars and race medals got the better of me.  I figured "What's an extra 3.1 miles?"  So I registered for the 5K.

I was able to complete the 5K and 10K, but could not maintain a fast enough pace for the half marathon.  I was pulled off the course at the 15K mark.  While I did the best I could, and I know I didn't have it in me to push any harder during the half, I am disappointed.  My health is a constant challenge and bronchospasms and sleep deprivation thanks to medication was a contributing factor.

I was surprised though at how good my legs felt after the weekend.  Maybe it's because of my training, and maybe because I made sure to stretch, cool off (I'm not quite to the point of an ice bath, but cold water soak OK) and stayed hydrated.  My body recovered much more quickly than my mind after these races.


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    5K
  2. Finishing the 10K.
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    Finishing the 10K.
Dunedin 5K Trail Run:  4/2/16
This one was Ed inspired too.  We were in Florida for his band's bagpipe competition.  The games had a 5K trail run that started in the morning.  I'm not a fan of trail running.  Since my ototoxicity incident, my balance feels off on uneven terrain.  So this was another walking race for me.  I did stop at one point to let a 3 foot snake continue on it's way first.  It didn't rain during the race, but the thunder in the background meant it was coming soon.  It started about 10 minutes after I finished.

  1. Ed before the race.
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    Ed before the race.
  2. Before the race.
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    Before the race.
Corktown 1 miler and 5K:  3/13/16
My first races in Michigan AND my first races in the rain!  Actually, calling either of these a race for me is a misnomer.  Since I can't get my oxygen concentrator soaked, and it was pouring, I strolled both of these races wearing my rain boots and rain coat.  I figured dry and healthy was better than wet, cold and sick.

I think Ed is catching the "run in every state" bug.  He's the one who went online and picked this one out!

Since Ed is so much faster (and he of course ran) he went back to the car, changed shirts, put on his coat, and then met me just past mile 2.  I am slow, but he did have at least a 20 minute head start on me from the 1st corral.
  1. Soaking wet after the race.
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    Soaking wet after the race.
  2. Only my knee caps were wet.
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    Only my knee caps were wet.