Lauren Vagnone

It takes a lot of work to be this moderately attractive...and moderately athletic. 5k x 2, 10k x 1, Half Marathon x 2 Half Marathon #3 - May 2018

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Guess what we did tonight. I was the only one who cheered when chewie came on the screen...and C3PO...and Yoda. #starwars #thelastjedi #lovethattheleaderoftheresistanceisawoman #kylorenisajerk #kickhisassrey #whoruntheworldgirls #lovemesomechewbacca

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Starve a cold Shihtzu a fever...thats how it goes right? Sissy has a fever ☹️ Started last night right before dinner. Hoping it's not the flu. Glad we have a lazy Sunday to rest up and start to feel better. #shihtzuisthebestsnuggler #healwaysmakesyoufeelbetter #shihtzusnuggles #gloriousshihtzu #arosebyanyothername

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Family trip to Petco for photos with Santa. We had the shihtzu for five years before we had Sissy. He is our first furry born and part of our family so he deserves to be able to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas too. #hepeedoneverything #griswaldfamilychristmas #arosebyanyothername

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Got in three miles before the flakes started. I was kind of hoping to see some flakes before I finished ❄️❄️❄️ My hip is still sore so I'll take it slow as I ease back into training. Hopefully it won't get worse. I don't love wearing 500 layers to run but was excited to wear my #queenshalf winter hat. I can see it becoming a winter running staple. I think I decided in my next training plan to get me to my next goal 💪🤞🏃#notexactlyhalfmarathontraining #runningjusttorun #womensrunningcommunity #run4allwomen #runlikeagirl #dothework #noplanjustyet #butitscoming

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You know you're Italian when you need something to hold your Shopkins and your Grammy puts them in this 😂 #eeey #ooohh #noimnotitalianatall #italianbymarriage #mygrandmaneverstoredtoysinacheesecontainer #icannotstoplaughing #arosebyanyothername

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Today is a tradition in my family where to put our shoes outside your door tonight and wake up to presents St Nicholas (not Santa) left in them. This is the group of shoes Sissy set up by the time I came home from work. Not sure whether to reward her ingenuity or to have a talk about being greedy 😒 #itsarealholiday #lookupstnicholasday #notsanta #thiskidisgoingtogivemearunformymoney
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Just cause there are teeth marks doesn't mean it can't be a good roof material. #theywontstopeatingthecandy #gingerbreadhouses #arosebyanyothername

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Tis the season! Making Ginger bread houses with Grammy and our cousin. #gingerbreadhouses #alltheyaredoingiseatingthecandy #myhandsaresosticky #theyarelovingit #arosebyanyothername

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Silver ! So proud of sissy and the girls. It was the best they have ever done their program. Well deserved. #proudmommy #skatingstar #dixhillsicechips #synchronizedskating #syncro #arosebyanyothername

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Little feet snuggled up to the shihtzu. #shihtzusissylove #gloriousshihtzu #arosebyanyothername

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First post #queenshalf run. I told myself to just see how I feel and I get this! Way too fast. First quarter mile I felt like the tin man. Every joint needed oil. Hip is still sore so I won't over do it. I have no planned races until May so I'm not sure what to do until February. I have not decided on a plan to follow and don't know which one to pick! I'll have to choose soon. I have to say I like running during the Xmas season rather than Halloween. The decorations are way less scary. Pics 2-4 are all one house! Pic 5 is the house across the street. #howlongdidthattaketosetup #whatdoestheirdecelectricbilllooklike #nothalfmarsthontraoning #womensrunningcommunity #run4allwomen #runlikeagirl

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Free race photos are awesome! Not sure how they got @kjak06 and me with our eyes closed at the same time! Picked this one cause it has the best shot of my @run4allwomen shirt. It's the shirt I wear for every race! I need one that is a tank top for spring/summer races. #queenshalf #run4allwomen #runlikeagirl #thiswasat6kmark #halfway #about3mileslaterthepainsetin #stillhavenotrun #givingthehipsomemoretime #needtogetbackonroadthisweek

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Santa !That's a wrap! #iknowhim #macys #macysdayparade

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Tom the Turkey! #macysdayparade

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NYPD and glorious police pup keeping us safe. #nypd #macysdayparade #inflationcelebration #iheartnyc #thankyounypd

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18 years living just outside of NYC and first time I get this breath taking view. #thanks2myparents #macysdayparade #sissysfirstparade #thanksgiving

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I have never done #MedalMonday. Not to sound like I am asking for compliments, but I never thought my medals were worthy of MedalMonday. It is not gold, silver or bronze so why bother? As I looked at my #queenshalf medal, which is pretty awesome, I thought to wait a minute…then grabbed my LI Half medal and I had a moment. I have a medal from Queens and a medal from LI (Nassau county to be exact). I should run a half in every NYC borough.  A medal for Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx and Manhattan. Crazy, maybe but I was not born in the NYC. NYC has always had this magical aura and every time I see it from the train or plane window I remember why I fell in love with it. So, let’s see maybe I can have a collection of medals symbolizing my love for NY…just maybe…#onlyhalfcrazy #mylegsarestillsoreanfmymindissigningmrupformoreraces #womensrunningcommunity #run4allwomen #runlikeagirl

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Pretty much been where I've been all day. The couch with the shihtzu. So...sore...its not just left hip and ankle now it's everything. I spent most of the day looking up new training plans. I guess I'll never learn. #133stepstoday #iveeateneverythinginthehouse #nowwhat #ifmynextraceisnottillspringwhatdoidonow #signupfor5kor10k #imagirlthatneedsagoal #maybeillactuallydoyoga #orsomething

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So this half definitely had it's challenges. My training suffered in the past few months and I was concerned I was not prepared to meet my goal of 2:30. I still went in aiming for 2:30. I've had a really sore hip the past two weeks and I felt my hip from mile one but I'm getting ahead of myself. The race started at 7 am and I got to my corral at 6:15 am. It was freezing, no really 32 degrees. I way over dressed for my first half so I was conscious of not doing that this time. My fingers (with gloves on) were frozen when the gun went off. The first three miles went by quickly despite having some pretty serious hills. Who knew queens had hills? I was keeping pace to hit 2:30 and felt good. I met up with another runner around mile five and we stuck together most of the race. In my last half I started to fall apart at mile 8, walking through all the water stops after mile 8 and it took everything just to make it through the next mile. Not this time. I made it through mile 8 and beyond. After mile 9 my hip was screaming and then on the same leg my ankle was starting to ache but my running buddy was awesome motivation to not stop. My pace suffered but my thoughts were just get to mile 12...just get there. Then come mile 10.5 there was an overpass bridge we had to cross so yeah it was a hill. Then we went back over it around mile 12. I'm not sure who made this course but I cursed your name when I saw these hills. Mile 12 was the most painful and my running buddy told me she was going to drop back just after mile 12. I saw on my watch that 2:30 had come and gone but I was determined to push that last mile. I thought the pain can't get any worse then it already is right? So I tried to pick it up and for the last mile and my pace was a minute faster than my overall race pace. I saw my husband and daughter as I was coming up to the finish line and they inspired me to keep pushing. I crossed that finish line at 2:39:50, with a 4 min pr. Not a 2:30 but I'm pretty proud of my race. My daughter was so pumped on my finish it made me feel like a superhero. Lots of learning about what I did great during training and the race and what I can improve. Continued in comments.

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