Off to a Running Start in 2015


Okay, so I know that we are only a month into 2015 but let me just tell you how fabulous it’s been for me so far.  I’m not the type to brag but I seriously just can’t contain all the excitement that has been happening so I’m gonna share it with you and hope to spread some joy! 

SO excited

I really am so FREAKING excited I don’t even know where to start! January pretty much started off as best as a new year could when I got the news about being offered the role as an ambassador for the Ragnar Relay Series Adirondack Market!  

Ragnar Relay Ambassador

Being an ambassador for this super awesome relay race series entails running with clubs, participating and volunteering at local races while sporting Ragnar gear and virtually spreading the word about the Ragnar Adirondacks race!

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks

 In case you’re interested, the two day, overnight relay is taking place this year on September 25th and 26th.  The 200 mile race starts in Saratoga Springs, NY and a team of 12 runners relay their way up to Lake Placid, NY.  Early bird registration is open now up until March 27th when prices increase.  

I ran last year and had an absolute blast! You can check out my recap here if you’ve never participated in one and want to get a better idea of how much fun it really is! I am beyond excited to be acting as an ambassador for this series and can’t wait to share more about Ragnar ADK over the next several months! 

The other piece of exciting news came just this past Friday when I found out that I was also accepted as a Feetures! Ambassdaor! I opened my email midday to find this awesome surprise:

Feetures! Ambassador

 I am pretty sure I jumped for joy! I applied a few months back because I really do LOVE their socks, especially the Elite Merino+  which are made of wool and perfect for keeping your feet warm and cozy during winter runs. They also just released their new colors for Spring and you better believe I’ll be getting them all.  

Feetures! Socks

So bright, so pretty and oh so comfy! I may need to start buying outfits to match my socks instead of the other way around 😉 I might even be nice enough to spread the love with you and host a giveaway in the near future to celebrate- so be on the look out.  My one year blogiversary is coming up in a month – hint, hint

Ps.  Speaking of Feetures!, they are a sponsor of the ZOOMA Race series which I just happen to have 2 bibs I need to transfer for the ZOOMA Cape Cod race in September.  If you’re interested, let me know! :) 

Other exciting news that happened in the last week also included being featured by Ariana in her Inspiring Humans segment on her blog.  Ariana is amazing and inspiring herself so for her to think enough to highlight me really means a lot.   Seriously, I am beyond honored!

I also got to write a guest post on Move It Monday’s blog about How to Reach Your Goals with 5 simple tips. 

The Platform Magazine

Oh and I made the Writers Gallery for The Platform Magazine’s February 2015 issue! They featured my Mushroom and Black Bean “Meatballs” Recipe– how awesome is that?! 

Then on Saturday, I ended January with my longest long run EVER and it was on the treadmill! 

 January Recap

Yeah, that’s 14 miles all done on the ‘mill because it was -4 degrees outside not including the windchill.  I honestly have grown quite fond of my treadmill so much so that we are kinda like besties now.  I secretly like the fact that I can keep warm and have mindless TV shows to entertain me- stupid, trashy shows that I would never watch otherwise and I love it.  

January recap

Those 14 miles also brought my total January mileage to 110 which ties September for my highest mileage month EVER! If I keep my mileage steady, I will be on track to break 1,000 miles this year- which would be approximately 400 more than last year.  BOOM! 

All that being said, I am thrilled with how the first month of the new year kicked off and if all this good news is a precursor to how the rest of the year is going to go then 2015 is going to be seriously fantastic!

Enough about me, tell me how your first month of 2015 went! Anything fun and exciting happen? What was your mileage total? Do tell! :) 


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55 Comments

Linda @ TheFitty
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow, becoming ambassador, running so far, and getting featured and it's only one mo th I to 2015--I must say, you're on a roll!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Haha thanks! I certainly feel like I am- it was a crazy awesome month :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow Annmarie what an awesome start to 2015! Congrats all the way around! It sounds like the Ragnar ambassador position is going to be tons of fun. Doing a Ragnar race is definitely on my to do list one day! Feetures socks are a huge sponsor of the ZOOMA series and have been so good to us! Love them! Well I don't know how you are going to top your self in February but watch out world!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Haha, I don't know how I am going to top Jan either but I will try ;) You should definitely sign up for a Ragnar at some point, I think you'd really enjoy it!

Liz @ Loving to Tri
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow! Great start to 2015!
I love Feetures socks - the two pairs that I have are my absolute favorite running socks. So colorful, so comfy!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    They really are so comfy and colorful! I can't wait to share the wealth soon :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply February 3, 2015

Dang, lady you ARE off to a running start! Congratulations! I'm obsessed with Feetures--they are the only socks I run long in. I still have multiple pairs I haven't even opened yet!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Omg I know, Feetures! are awesome. I can't wait to add more to my collection- I can't imagine having so many that they go unopened...I'm the type to open everything and try it all at once, haha!

Farrah
Reply February 3, 2015

So, so excited for you! You're killin' it in the ambassador world (+ hooray for all them features! <3 you definitely deserve it! )! :D!

My mileage total is laughable, but given the stuff I do, also somewhat understandable, har har. Great job logging 14+ miles in a single run! A half marathon is still the longest distance I've ever run! :P
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you!!! It has been a bit unexpected to be honest. You are SO busy I don't know how you find the time for anything- that i great that you've run a half though, I didn't know that!!!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply February 3, 2015

What an amazing week for you!! And yea for rocking the 14 miles on the mill, just like me!! Congrats, that's a big feat! Are you a mill lover like me yet?
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    I know- so funny that we have the same length of long runs scheduled each week! I really am starting to love the 'mill- much preferable to freezing to death outside for 2+ hours :P

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply February 3, 2015

What a great start to 2015 Annmarie! All the running things! Congratulations!! Krisitin Wiig memes are great for everything! I'm seriously jealous of the feetures deal I love their socks, I was just checking out the new colors yesterday and planning purchasing some new ones for tri training!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    I didn't know you were tri training- that is awesome!!! Feetures! seriously are awesome- hopefully I will be spreading the wealth soon :)

Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow, you are off to a wonderful start of your new year! Awesome job making January a high mileage month for you! It has been one of the lower months for me with the ice and snow. Can't wait to see where the rest of 2015 will take you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Snow and ice can definitely put a damper on mileage- I have just been resorting to the treadmill and it has worked out for me though I do miss running outside :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply February 3, 2015

You have had one killer start to the year! A lot to be proud of! Congratulations.
Your enthusiasm is contagious! You make me want to go make stuff happen!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you- I had intentions on making this year a big one I just didn't realize a lot of it would all happen at once! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply February 3, 2015

Congrats on the ambassadorship! So exciting! I am really looking forward to Cape Cod Ragnar this year. Looks like your running is going really well!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you- it is going well so far, crossing my fingers for no injuries!!!

Carrie A Groff
Reply February 3, 2015

Congrats!! I hope February is just as great!

    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you! I hope so too but I will be happy if I can just continue running injury free :)

Kailey Ingerman
Reply February 3, 2015

yay! great start to 2015!!! Love the Saucony shoes! which ones are those??
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thanks- it has been a great and unexpected start to 2015! I LOVE Saucony- I only run in them. These are the Omni 13's...I had the 13's before this too but in a pink color so I changed it up and got the black this time instead :)

Mary Long
Reply February 3, 2015

What an incredible month! I am so happy for you! I need to check out those merino socks. I have really cold feet and can't find a pair that does not look old lady looking.
14 miles on the dreadmill - that is a great feat in itself...
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you! Definitely check them out....they are SO WARM and cute! They come in a few different color choices too :)

Rachel
Reply February 3, 2015

Holy crap, girl! Congrats!!!! That's awesome!

    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you!!! :D

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply February 3, 2015

Oh my goodness, that is a lot of AWESOME happenings!!! I'd be excited too if I were you! My mileage total wasn't great for January, but I'm looking forward to getting it back up there soon :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you! I think January is a hard time to get in a lot of mileage with the weather the way it is. If I didn't have access to a treadmill and wasn't training for my half I am sure it would be a lot lower.

Marcia
Reply February 3, 2015

Congrats on all fronts, Annmarie! What a fantastic way to kickoff the new year! Is it bad I've never tried Feetures? Maybe I need to!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you! You definitely need to- they are really comfortable and wear really well too- very nice quality :)

Larissa
Reply February 3, 2015

WOW! I can't even imagine 14 miles on the treadmill. And I like the TM fine, but man, that's a long run. Congrats on all your new ventures! Looks like you have a full year ahead of you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you, Larissa! Fourteen miles is long but I think I have acclimated slowly to being on the treadmill for lengths of time over the last few months. Hopefully it will just help build some mental toughness, haha!

Erica @ erica finds
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow! What a great month. 2015 is going to be AWESOME!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thanks, Erica!!! I am hoping the rest of 2015 is just as great as Jan was :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply February 3, 2015

Congrats on being an ambassador - how exciting.
January has been amazing for me, what with getting the book deal, but my workouts have been really good too - I feel like I am getting back on track!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    That is awesome! So excited for you and your book!!!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply February 3, 2015

Will you take me with you on your way to the top of the world? I'd like a penthouse suite in NYC and an ocean side resort in the Maldives. Thanks!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    HAHAHA. Only if I can move in to this penthouse and accompany you on holidays to your tropical resort ;)

Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous!
Reply February 3, 2015

Wow! Congratulations on both of your new Ambassador positions and your long run! You get double high fives for completing it on the treadmill! That is serious dedication. I have to say 2015 has been pretty freaking awesome. I have had some great progress on a project I've been dreaming about for a long time so I am stoked!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you so much! I am becoming quite fond of the treadmill this winter :P That is great that 2015 is treating you so well too- such an awesome feeling when a dream starts to become a reality :)

Jenny
Reply February 3, 2015

Congrats on being an am ambassador of so many awesome companies! I have some feetures socks that I love. So I've been wanting to do a relay group marathon like what you described but I don't have 12 runner junkie dedicated friends, like myself. Also, I am interested in this zooma race in cape cod! That would make an awesome vaca at the same time.

    aelicatese
    Reply February 3, 2015

    Thank you so much! There are tons of people who are looking to join groups for Ragnar- if you ever decide you wanna do one, let me know and I can see if there is a group looking for a runner! The ZOOMA race would make an awesome vacay- it's an all girls weekend AND there are tons of fun things planned. If you'd like to talk about transferring the bibs, let me know and I will email you :)

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply February 4, 2015

Wow. Kick butt start to the year.
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 4, 2015

    Thank you! Hoping the rest of the year follows suit ;)

Katrina
Reply February 4, 2015

Wow congrats girlies! I would love one day to do a Relay!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 4, 2015

    Thanks! Relays are SO MUCH fun! I think you'd really enjoy it :)

Montana ross
Reply February 4, 2015

I'm so excited for you!! These are amazing opportunities and it's super awesome that they chose you to represent them! They definitely made a great choice!! I may need to try some Feetures socks because I've been hearing lots about them but haven't tried them yet. And I do love the colors! I really wish I could come do the Ragnar up there but I will be probably just returning from my Seattle trip on the 25th so no go for me :-( next year for sure I'm aiming for a relay race though!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 4, 2015

    Thank you! You should definitely check out Feetures- I think you'd really enjoy them. Most of their socks are a bit thinner than some other but keep your feet dry and blister free! Sad you won't be able to make it up for Ragnar but we should plan to meet sometime soon somewhere in the middle to run a race together :)

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply February 4, 2015

yay! Looks like 2015 is going to be a big year for you.
I'm running my first Ragnar this year and I am beyond excited for it! Being an ambassador would be sooo cool. Can't wait to hear about your experiences throughout the year.
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 4, 2015

    You will have SO MUCH FUN! I am really excited for you, can't wait to hear all about it!

GiGi Eats
Reply February 4, 2015

EEEPS! SO MANY AMAZING THINGS GOING ON FOR YOU! You're totally allowed to SING TO THE HIGH HEAVENS about ALL OF THIS :) :) :) Congrats! Yay for 2015! I have to say I am loving it too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 4, 2015

    THANK YOU! I really am very excited- 2015 is definitely treating me well so far :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply February 5, 2015

Girl you are KILLIN' it so far!! Woo!! Congrats on all of the above :)
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