Back in Business

Not sure if anyone noticed but Racingtales was off the air for a few days last week. One minute I was happily (and I guess a bit recklessly) updating plugins, the next I was faced with the horror of the blank screen. Seems a plugin was incompatible with WordPress and caused a major train wreck. Thankfully my knight in shining WordPress armor rescued me (huge thanks to Lisa for loaning him out for a few hours amidst the stress of trying to sell a house and prepare to move across the country…) and got everything working again. Obviously I’m still in the process of reinstating everything but at least I’m up and running again.

While I was staring at the blank screen, a few things happened. First, this came in the mail:

Yeah, I know it looks really boring but I was so excited when I saw the envelope that I ripped it open and tore the corner off my confirmation note…

So I am now an official entrant in the 50th Annual JFK 50 mile. Kinda cool. And very scary.

I also remembered that I have a triathlon coming up….my first of the season. I’ll be doing TriRock Annapolis on Saturday. It’s just a sprint but I feel woefully unprepared as I’ve been so focused on The North Face 50K which I’m running June 2nd. Still, I always feel unprepared for my first tri of the season. It’s also my first tri in a new age group. USATriathlon rules mandate that you race the age you’ll be at the end of the year, and, since I turn 40 in October, I’m aging up!

In other events, I watched the DSYS kids I coach run the mile on the track, in the rain. They looked awesome. They’ve really heeded the advice we’ve given them every week to start slow and gradually increase their pace, and I didn’t see any blowups out there. There were some untied shoelaces and lots of grimacing, but they gave it their all and I was really proud of them! I didn’t realize how rewarding that could be.

And I also got to see this guy, my youngest, play a couple of baseball games:

A couple of years old but still one of my favorite pictures

This picture must be two years old – he now plays single A in little league and is pretty good!

And today my oldest and I spent some rare time together at the rock climbing wall (he climbs, I belay):

Another 2 year old picture!

I also just got certified as an RRCA Running Coach…something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but needed to commit to the time requirement. I’m very glad I did it as I learned a lot and I definitely recommend the course if you’re thinking about it.

Have you ever had a site crash? Do you go into races feeling totally unprepared? Does life seem to be speeding past at an alarming rate? Yeah, best not to think about that one.



  1. My husband was on my case this morning because I hadn’t installed all the updates I needed to. I had been hesitating ’cause I thought I’d crash my site. Luckily, I didn’t, but yeah I admit I have a huge fear of doing that!

    Lately I’m always unprepared for races, sigh.
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  2. Yah! I am glad you got in JFK 50! I will be there pacing/crewing for another friend who is running her first JFK as well. Keep me in mind, if you need any support as you are training or when the race rolls around.
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  3. Can’t believe you are doing a 50 crazy!!! I wish I could come back for that and be there for you. It is on Rob’s birthday which I see as good luck. Congratulations on becoming a RRCA Coach… you are going to transform so runners from mediocre to super fast.. just know it, your that good.
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    • Racingtales says:

      Eh, I’m sure you’ll be doing one soon enough! How cool that it’s Rob’s birthday…I will think of him when the going gets rough. 😉

  4. So glad to see you back up and running! That’s why self-hosting intimidates me so much. Your blog looks amazing though so I am sure it is worth it. Jealous you got into JFK. I want to run that one someday! Can’t wait to read how your training goes.

    • Racingtales says:

      Thanks, Kris! It’s a time-hog, that’s for sure. You can get into JFK no problem! Sign up! 🙂

  5. Ugh–I’ve had a few issues w/ my site before and it’s such a sense of panic! I’m glad you got it worked out.

    Sounds like a great weekend with the kids. And now you get to focus on your tri! I’m sure you’ll do well–I don’t think anyone feels prepared at this time of year.

    JFK–very cool! Are you going to have pacers at all or go it alone?
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    • Racingtales says:

      Thanks, Amanda! True – it’s much too early in the season to be prepared! I’m doing JFK with Reston Runners and they do a great job of looking after their runners with crew and pacers, so I’m very fortunate!

  6. Maybe the new “Coach” will see that some of those closest to home can improve the most…..with coaching! Congrats on the certification (and for passing the very difficult first aid test 😉
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  7. Congrats on the certification! I’ve been considering that, too… glad to hear you had such a positive experience!
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    • Racingtales says:

      Thanks, Laura! FYI, if you’re considering getting certified, get on the RRCA’s notification mailing list, as the courses fill up fast!

  8. No problem, Allison — was glad to help.

    WordPress is a great blogging platform, but there are so many changes and so many plugins and developers out there, you just have to be a little careful.

    Luckily, this one wasn’t too terrible — at least we could salvage all of your files and get you back up in short order. They key is to only have a few plugins in your site that you know are supported, updated, and compatible with both WordPress and your Theme.

    Good luck on the 50 miler — that’s just crazy… 😉
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