Just Jess.

a 20-something Boston girl recently transplanted in NYC; approaching life with sarcasm, humor and quite a bit of laughter. Running, fluent in movie quotes and trying to figure it all out. Oh, and I'm usually pretty heavily caffeinated.

Marathon photos are here!!!

My god, I look much happier and in way less pain that I actually, truly was.

I’m thinking I may have to purchase at least 2-3 of them. Right?

Hi!
I am sleepy Sally over here today.
I still can’t believe it has come and gone. After 18 weeks of training, with five weeks of setbacks and concerns about my ability to even finish the race, I can now look back and say it was a really great day. 
This morning I had PT to see what they can do about my knee. It’s super swollen, and I can’t really bend it - I’m hobbling all around NYC this week (yay!). They are slightly concerned there might be something else going on in addition to the IT band, but I’m crossing my fingers it’s nothing but overuse and strain. I’ll go back Saturday and hope for improvement.
I slept like doggy doo last night, because all of the stress and excitement and anticipation had passed. It is over. I was/am exhausted, and need to let my body relax. Hopefully tonight is a different story. 
I’m the sunburn queen today - it’s actually kind of amazing the stupid lines I have from Monday. Mostly, its on my back and the back of my legs, but the right side of my body got the most sun. So I’ll be unevenly tan soon enough. Sexay.
Ah! I still can’t thank you guys enough for all of your continued support. I seriously felt like such a celebrity with all of the awesome messages and thoughts sent my way. xoxoxoxo (x9861635986). View high resolution

Hi!

I am sleepy Sally over here today.

I still can’t believe it has come and gone. After 18 weeks of training, with five weeks of setbacks and concerns about my ability to even finish the race, I can now look back and say it was a really great day. 

This morning I had PT to see what they can do about my knee. It’s super swollen, and I can’t really bend it - I’m hobbling all around NYC this week (yay!). They are slightly concerned there might be something else going on in addition to the IT band, but I’m crossing my fingers it’s nothing but overuse and strain. I’ll go back Saturday and hope for improvement.

I slept like doggy doo last night, because all of the stress and excitement and anticipation had passed. It is over. I was/am exhausted, and need to let my body relax. Hopefully tonight is a different story. 

I’m the sunburn queen today - it’s actually kind of amazing the stupid lines I have from Monday. Mostly, its on my back and the back of my legs, but the right side of my body got the most sun. So I’ll be unevenly tan soon enough. Sexay.

Ah! I still can’t thank you guys enough for all of your continued support. I seriously felt like such a celebrity with all of the awesome messages and thoughts sent my way. xoxoxoxo (x9861635986).

Boston Marathon 2014

I just wanted to take a minute and say a few things about this race - from the first day of training in December, to today, the day following the most spirited day in the city of Boston - and say thank you.

THANK YOU to all those who stood along the route for hours, cheering each and every runner on while we hit mental and physical walls. You were all so motivating and supportive throughout every step of the 26.2 miles.

THANK YOU to the armed forces, military staff, and BPD for making us all feel safe and secure the entire day, throughout every mile, and helping us get to the finish line with protection.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who met us at every mile marker with endless Gatorade and water (and a smile and words of encouragement!), to quench our thirst and keep us all going.

THANK YOU to all of the charity runners who have busted their butts to fundraise in support of the great city of Boston, and for care and treatment that will help others less fortunate.

THANK YOU to my physical therapists who not only offered patience and care, but got me to the finish line - something that seemed impossible five short weeks ago. While not reaching my original goal, I was able to complete the course with a skip-limp (a term I’m now coining) for 16+ miles to grasp a NEW PR by 30 minutes (!!!) and also to beat Tedy Bruschi.

THANK YOU to all of my friends who cheered me on from afar and sent me awesome messages before, during, and after the race - you’re all amazing and I cant thank you enough.

THANK YOU to all of my Tumblr friends here. You guys were so incredibly supportive and motivating with your encouraging words, thoughts and wishes.

THANK YOU to Jennie (@littlejandthecity - tagging is breaking yay!) for taking the trip up to Boston for my birthday and the marathon to be the best friend I could ask for, and a really solid social media proxy. I love you so much for all I your motivation and endless support!

THANK YOU to my family for always supporting me, regardless of the level of crazy, and helping me mentally get to the finish line. Especially Dad and Cheryl - for making it in to see me cross the Boston finish line for the second time.

It was an amazing day.
It’s been an amazing journey.
We are all Boston Strong.

#regram from @Jennieryon, my social media correspondent for the day. I did it - I’m broken now - but I did it!! Congrats to all the runners and THANK YOU to everyone for all of your support! #bostonmarathon #bostonmarathon2014 #bostonstrong View high resolution

#regram from @Jennieryon, my social media correspondent for the day. I did it - I’m broken now - but I did it!! Congrats to all the runners and THANK YOU to everyone for all of your support! #bostonmarathon #bostonmarathon2014 #bostonstrong

I’d say my birthday is off to a great start.

Next up:

- Pick J up at the airport
- Pick up my bib at the runner’s expo
- Wander this beautiful city
- Hot date with J in the North End

Happy Easter, everyone!!

The South Shore Hospital Boston Marathon Team is ready to rock! View high resolution

The South Shore Hospital Boston Marathon Team is ready to rock!

Friday Five
I leave for Boston this afternoon and could not be more excited. I see heykelseyleigh and evanblackmusic when I get there - I’m a pretty lucky girl.
My boss’ daughter is with him today, and I’m going to be “kid-sitting” while he’s in a meeting. Anyone have experience with 6-year-olds? 
This weekend, I get to introduce littlejandthecity to the city I call home, and we have a fancy dinner planned for Sunday night to celebrate me turning 27-years-young. Again, I’m a very lucky girl.
I’m still trying to figure out my game plan for when I return to PT next week, and act on this little crush of mine that has developed.
OH, and I run the BOSTON MARATHON ON MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
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Friday Five

  • I leave for Boston this afternoon and could not be more excited. I see heykelseyleigh and evanblackmusic when I get there - I’m a pretty lucky girl.
  • My boss’ daughter is with him today, and I’m going to be “kid-sitting” while he’s in a meeting. Anyone have experience with 6-year-olds? 
  • This weekend, I get to introduce littlejandthecity to the city I call home, and we have a fancy dinner planned for Sunday night to celebrate me turning 27-years-young. Again, I’m a very lucky girl.
  • I’m still trying to figure out my game plan for when I return to PT next week, and act on this little crush of mine that has developed.
  • OH, and I run the BOSTON MARATHON ON MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Timeflies - Monsters ft. Katie Sky

They released their newest song here, and…swoooooooooon.

"I see your monsters
I see your pain
Tell me your problems
I’ll chase them away.

I’ll be your lighthouse
I’ll make it okay
When I see your monsters
I’ll stand there so brave
And chase them all away.”

THURSDAY, THURSDAY, THURSDAY!

One more day to Friday, peeps, we can do this.

And FOUR days to the marathon!! My yogurt surprised me/motivated me this morning, with some Boston love. I’m so happy I made this purchase.

This morning was my LAST physical therapy appointment before the big day - it went great, I got excellent treatment, and have since developed a little baby crush on my PT guy (I have a different one this week). If only I wasn’t his patient, le sigh.

Two miles on Sunday stand before me and 26.2 - it’s sort of surreal at this point.

I CAN’T EVEN WAIT I’M SO EXCITED.

Editor’s note: I should also just announce that in addition to my $1.44 lunch yesterday, I was given a FREE coffee this morning from the MUD truck because I “waited for them to set up”. Life has basically been free for me the past 24 hours and I don’t hate it.

Today’s Recap:

Race day is so close I can taste it! I start carb-loading today, so I grabbed the buffet at Treehaus. The guy’s scale wasn’t working, so I got ALL of that food for $1.44 - yes, less than two dollars!! Day made.

Got my hair did, too. Blondie is back, kids! I feel like a new woman. My roommate suggested I do something fancy with my new hair, but sadly I’m alcohol-free until after the race.

And I had 2 miles to log this afternoon, and quick ones at that! I had no idea where to run, since I can’t remember the last time I only went this short of distance, so I just turned back around once I hit the first mile.

Now it’s time for dinner (falafel) and catching up on Game of Thrones. Early to bed, because this girl needs her rest.

Happy day, people!