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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

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.

Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.


Calendar

Erik’s Reptile Edventure

July 30

Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2



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