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Training For Ironman: Month 3

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.

Well this month has been a little bit of a bumpy road for me. As part of my training I was accepted into the NYC Half Marathon on March 16.  What a thrill to be running for the very first time in NYC; Central Park, 7th Avenue, West Side Highway. This event seemed like the perfect training run to continue on my pathway to the Ironman.

As I was training two weeks prior to the race, something went wrong in my right knee. It just did not feel right as I was running my path from Cedar Creek Park to Jones Beach and back. It didn’t stop me in my tracks, but I knew something wasn’t right. I consulted with my coach, Anthony Beck from South Shore Tri Coach. His advice was to continue on with our training but pay close attention the next time I run to see if in fact something did occur.

The next time I ran was that Thursday. I ran six strong miles and felt like a champ. Then boom, it was over. I thought my running was coming to an end. I had to lightly jog/walk the two final miles back to my house. Humbling, heartbreaking, I wondered what to do. Do I pull myself from this race/training session? I took it easy over the next couple of days, stretching, icing and hoping for the best. Anthony was watching over me closely.

It is now a week before the race. I went for a run to see if I can do the race or not. With my coach’s plan in mind, I went out for an easy 6.2 mile run. It felt great, my confidence was back and I was going to proceed ahead and run this half marathon. The rest of the week was kept light with some swimming and biking.  

Race morning. Absolutely cold.  Wind chill made it feel like it was two degrees. But I was up at 4 a.m. to get to the city and take it by storm. I was ready….so I thought. The first six miles were in Central Park with a few rolling hills. Not my favorite, but I wanted to get it done because the rest of the race was flat. I started off nice and relaxed and felt great. Mile 1. Mile 2.  Mile 3. Then all of a sudden I felt something in my right leg. It wasn’t strong, but something wasn’t right. I made it out of the park and thought to myself I was home free. 7th avenue here I come! The wind was picking up and so was the pain in my right leg. I was not giving up. By mile 12, I could not take the pain as it had intensified to about a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. I started a little run walk combination but it turned into a complete walk. I could not run anymore. My heart was breaking right there in the middle of Wall Street. Is this over for me? Would my dream to be an Ironman stop here?

With much emotional support from my coach and many friends, I broke down and visited with an orthopedist. She was very thorough with her exam and came to the conclusion that I have Illiotibial Band Tendinitis which is manageable with some stretching, potentially new running sneakers, regular meditation sessions to relax my body and mind and by taking it slow in running for the next couple of weeks. Continue to train on the bike and swim as the cross training will benefit this area.  

Our inner guidance comes through our feelings and body wisdom first, not through intellectual understanding.  Because thoughts come from our head, and said thoughts tend to be loud (very loud), we are inclined to live there, in our heads. What happens when we live in our heads?

We disconnect from our bodies. That’s what happens! We disconnect from our bodies. We lose touch with our bodies and the fact is — yes it is a fact — that our bodies know us better than our minds do. I learned I need to listen to my body and always respect it.  And the journey continues.

News

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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