Welcome! My name is Lori and I created this blog to document my Ironman training experience. I live in Boston and am a social worker and running coach. I have officially signed up for the Chattanooga Ironman on September 24th, 2017 and will be running for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. This is a population I have been working with for 10 years now in a variety of ways and I couldn’t think of a better motivator to help me on this journey then the patients, families and children that I work with on an everyday basis. I will do another post on the illness but as of now there is currently no cure. Every mile I train, and every dollar I raise is a step closer to one so please support me by donating! http://online.ccfa.org/goto/smilesandmiles
My past experience with tri’s is non-existent. Before this week I did not own a bike and I think the last time I swam a lap in a pool was when I was 5. My heart is with running and coaching charity runners through half and full marathons. My running shoes have gotten me through quite a bit in my life and my favorite distance is the marathon. Needless to say this journey is taking me WAY out of my comfort zone but it’s exciting and terrifying all at once. When it gets tough I will remember my why and never look back.
I could talk forever about my life/Crohn’s and Colitis/running/etc. but that will come later on in blog, I will leave you with some key facts to know about me before you follow along on my Ironman journey.
- My family and friends mean the world to me and will ALWAYS come before a training run/race/etc. I am so lucky that I have so many supportive people in my life. My mom is my best friend and makes as many races as he can and my dad and I have monthly dinner dates. I have so many friends both in Boston and around the country who I can always turn to.
- I am a complete morning person. I wake up most days around 4:15 and this is my happy time. I love getting my workouts done in the morning and am usually done by the time most people are waking up. There is something about having the whole city to yourself that can’t be beat.
- I have a 10 month old Lagotto puppy who I am in love with. Obviously more pictures to follow and you are lucky enough that the training months will include a look at her 1-year-old birthday party (May 13th).
- I am not the best at grammar. You will most likely find many typos/spelling mistakes on the blog. Thank god this does not impact my ability to run/swim/bike.
- In addition I HATE and am HORRIBLE at technology. In fact figuring out how to use this blog will prove to be harder for me then any training program out there. Please be patient with me and I will always take help 🙂
- I don’t have the responsibilities in life most of you have. At this point in my life I don’t have kids depending on me 24 hours a day or a mortgage to pay. I work 3 jobs to be able to live my life and can waste money on race fees or a cute race outfit. I can spend time training on the weekends and follow it up with a 2 hour brunch with friends. In addition nothing makes me happier then buying myself flowers. You are more than welcome to judge my decisions but know this is my blog and I will never feel bad about what I post.
- My favorite 2 drinks in the world are a glass of champagne with 2 cherries and decaf coffee. Get used to seeing them on this blog and do yourself a favor and get one the next time you are out.
- I work out 99% for the social aspect. I have met some of the best people through running and its the relationships and bonds that keep me coming back. I belong to a wonderful gym Beantown Bootcamp (post coming later) which I consider a family and also just signed up as a member of Zoom Multisports. I will always choose a workout with a friend over a solo one even if it means running 5 minutes slower a mile then I normally would.
- Donuts, pizza, and ice cream are my favorite foods. I have an addiction to sugar and processed foods which is something I am going to try to work on while training. I could honestly live off pop-tarts, cereal (cinnamon toast crunch to be exact), and Reese pieces.
If you have made it all the way through this post and are still reading thanks and again welcome! It’s going to be an amazing joinery that I am so excited to share with all of you! Please leave comments/questions/advice!!