FRW2020: Good News and Bad News

Let’s start with the Bad News.

I have run the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k every year since I started running.  It is obviously my FAVORITE race and I have never missed one – in all weather conditions, recovering from ankle surgery and even with a broken foot.

I have run this race (FRW) 12 times!!

And this year, I was named an ambassador!!

Well, I guess 13 is an unlucky number.

This year, the race has been cancelled!! 😦 😦

The Good News:

The Freihofer’s Run for Women has switched to a virtual 5k run for 2020.

That means that YOU do not have to travel to Albany, NY to run this race.

You can run the 5k no matter where you live!!

For only $25 or $20 with the code AMBSS5, you will receive:

  • 42nd annual virtual Freihofer’s Run for Women t-shirt & bib
  • A finisher’s certificate that can be printed out at home
  • Commemorative finishers’ medal
  • Coupons for Freihofer’s products
  • Automatic entry into Virtual 5k Sweepstakes with great prizes!

The t-shirts, medals and coupons will be mailed to participants the first week in June.

You will be getting exercise and supporting some great charities.

Please join me!!

For more info and to sign up, go to http://freihofersrun.com before April 30, 2020.

Here’s even better news:

As an Ambassador, I am giving away TWO free entries!!

To enter, click here:

I’ll be choosing TWO winners on April 23, 2020.


I’m linking here since it is Wednesday:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Will you be joining me and running the Virtual FRW 2020?

Four Somethings for March

January 2018 Share Foru Somethings #ShareFourSomethings

Thanks to Laurie from Meditations in Motion, I discovered a link up started by blogger Heather Gerwing. The fourth Saturday of each month, Heather invites other bloggers to share their “Four Somethings”: Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. If you are a blogger, you may post your Four Somethings too!

Oops I’m a little late…

1. Something Loved.

My Visit to Montreal.  NYC is my favorite city. I used to take my students (as I was a French teacher) to Montreal often years ago.  I also ran a race there a few years ago.

But this time, I went with a friend as a spur of the moment weekend get away.

We explored the city. I ran, of course. We attended the interactive Van Gogh  exhibit (the highlight of the trip) as well as the Barbie expo (1000 Barbies all in one place.) We ate some delicious French meals and drove to the top of Mont Royal.

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Have you been to Montreal lately? If so, what did you do there?

2. Something Said.

3. Something Learned.

I cannot retire yet.

I hate staying home day after day and I love being around people and having a schedule.

I even miss wearing nice clothes and makeup.

my office with only my cat to talk to

Do you enjoy staying at home? What do miss when you are forced to stay home?

4. Something Read.

Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by [McDougall, Christopher]

I recently finished reading this book.

The best-selling author of Born to Run, Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder after he and his family moved from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. In order to heal this neglected donkey, Chris had to give it a job which turned out to be running and competing in a race. A lot could go wrong and did.

I didn’t love it as much as I expected. It was drawn out and too much back story. Not as much about running as I had hoped.

That being said, it was interesting and at times, heart-warming.  So I would still recommend reading it yourself.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?


There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these ladies.

Happy Running! What are your FOUR somethings? Share at least ONE. 

Weekly Run Down for 3.30.20-4.5.20: Continuing to be Socially Distant

Still working at home (at least until April 15) … all social activities still cancelled.

Missing my friends!!

Trying to get outdoors often so I do not go stir crazy in my Office (aka a room in my house).

I am grateful for having a full time job, paycheck and being healthy.

That being said, I have be sensitive to the fact that even if the above is true, many of you are struggling with:

  • homeschooling your children
  • not seeing your family and friends
  • working from home
  • not going out to restaurants, movies, shows, sporting events…
  • running alone
  • cancelled races
  • closed gyms
  • unhealthy snacking

Your friends may say they are ok but make sure that they are and give them support (even if nothing has changed much for YOU!!)

We are in this together!

everyone participating? of course I have lost track of what day we are on…

Last Week –

  • Monday – A dreary day with rain forecast. I decided to mix things up and run during lunch and hopefully walk after work.  It’s easier now when you can dress for work in your running clothes and stay that way for the rest of the day (I’m alone, right?) But that meant I had to run in my neighborhood which I never do (boring!!) In between raindrops (almost made it back dry), I ran looking for signs of spring (and positivity).

not my daffodils, yet

The right call since it poured the rest of the day. So I got out my raincoat and umbrella and went for my post work (breakout) walk. The rain stopped almost immediately as I drove in search of a new place to walk.

  • Tuesday – .Another dreary day although the sun did come out for a minute during my lunch walk.

back on the trail behind my house (for lack of time to drive anywhere)…if only the mud would dry up…

This was supposed to be a rest day but work was stressful so I decided to drive to UAlbany (where when I was NOT working from home, I used to run most of time)

and I bumped into a running friend.  We chatted for awhile (from a distance).

  • Wednesday – Hard to figure out when to rest and when to run…

Modeling mittens that I got in the mail from a friend who knit them. The sun actually appeared at the end of my lunch walk on the (muddy) park trails.

Working from home has me sitting all day.  I always feel antsy at the end of the day. So I drove to Washington Park and went for an easy run.

warmed up quite a bit from my lunch walk…made a new cat friend

  • Thursday – Decided on a rest day after 3 days in a row of easy runs. Of course that meant 2 walks.

One during lunch:

clouds and wind but grateful for a trail behind my house that seems to go on forever…

And one after work:

drove to Five Rivers and explored some new trails… unfortunately chillier than at lunch…where is spring?

And although we don’t currently run together, we are chatting virtually once a week:

Can you believe we talked for TWO hours!!

  • Friday – Since I was planning on a long run the next day, I took a second rest day in a row. Perfect planning since it was rainy and chilly (Spring…I am waiting…).

I still went for my lunch walk with an umbrella…not on the trail but in a new neighborhood. Trail was too muddy!

oops my cat sign is backwards. My first daffodil hates the weather too

Fortunately, the rain had mostly stopped by the end of my work day so I drove into town for another walk.  Nasty, raw and it even started to rain again. Ugh!

bunnies chasing each other was the highlight of this weather-shortened walk

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday…alone but with perfect weather. I decided to run an unofficial virtual Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I debated on where to run (and where to get take out after).  I decided on the Corning Bike Path so at least I would have a water view. For many reasons, this was hard (tired, hot, hungry, lonely, etc.) But I got it done and rewarded myself afterwards.

the only cherry blossoms to be seen were on my shirt (so over dressed – could have worn a skirt & tank). Not pictured was the French toast that I took out for lunch later)

Thanks to Zoom, I participated in a live Coffee Date with other bloggers later in the day.

so fun…recognize everyone?

  • Sunday – Rest Day and catch up day.

Started the day with a ZOOM chat with my tennis friends. Sadly, we had to cancel our 16th annual trip to Naples, Fla.

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After errands and laundry we done, the hubby and I decided to go for a long ride up to Lake George.  Just needed new surroundings.

unfortunately too rainy and damp to do much

Of course when we came home, the weather cleared and even the sun came out.

got some ice cream and walked it off on some trails.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday –  run 
  • Wednesday – rest day, walk
  • Thursday – run 
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg walk
  • Saturday – LONG  RUN
  • Sunday – rest day, walk

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going?  How is this virus affecting you and your family? Please share.

Friday Five: Ultimate Coffee Date for April

It’s that time of the month…

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to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I do not own any exercise equipment.  So I could take some online classes. Many are even offered free.

I have not.

I actually miss my little gym

Have you taken any online classes? Do you miss going to the gym?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I ran the NYC Half Marathon Virtually.  Does it count as my 42nd half??

 

Do you plan to run your cancelled races virtually? 

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I hate working from home but at least I am making the effort to get dressed (does workout clothes count?) and go for a 30 minute walk at lunch every day. I am lucky to have a few nearby trails.

 

How are you coping with working from home? Are you getting outside more?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I can work from home thanks to technology.

my work helper

We use ZOOM for meetings and Webex to teach.

I’m even using ZOOM for meeting up with my friends.

Anyone else using technology more? ZOOM meet ups anyone?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I normally either cook or go out to eat.  Rarely do I do take-out but I want to support local businesses so I’ve ordered here many times (do not judge):

so glad that my favorite ice cream place did not close

How are you supporting local businesses?


It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here!
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Tuesday Topics: How to Support Your Running Friends While Running Alone

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: How to Support Your Friends While Running Alone

Now more than ever, runners need support.

I know, you may think this doesn’t apply to you.  You mostly run alone.  You follow your own plan and run whenever you choose and wherever. You pretty much worry about your own running concerns, needs and goals.

I bet at one time or another, another runner has helped you at a race, a run or even provided online support.

I know when I was training for my marathon, I was very lucky to have friends who cared about and supported me. They offered to run parts of my long runs, cheered me on at the end my 20 miler and even tracked me during the big race.

And although my friends and I are currently not running together, I want to still support them, encourage them to keep running and make sure they know I care about them.

So here are some ideas that you can use to support your friends even if you are now running alone:

  • Text them.  Ask them how they are?  What they are doing?  How they are keeping active?

Mass Texting: Keeping Your Church in the Know

  • Set up Video Chats. ZOOM is free and easy to use.  You can discuss running, of course (or anything else) and it’s nice to see their faces and hear their voices.

  • Organize Virtual Running Dates.  You can run at the same time but in different places.  You can even text each other pictures from the run.

Cari and I even planned our outfits for an after work run.

  • Participate with them in Virtual Races. There are so many out there.  Some even send you a bib and a medal (and the fee often supports a charity). You don’t even have run an “official” virtual race.  You can just pick a race and a distance and then run it.

a great one for April

  • Post Your Scheduled Runs (when and when). Your friends will know where and when you are running.  They may even choose to run WITH you (but of course, 6 feet apart.)

3-21 – 8 am at Peebles Island

  • Encourage Signing Up for Summer or Fall Races. Always motivating to have something to look forward to together.
Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon Registration Page

August 29, 2020

We may feel alone. We may feel isolated. Some of us even may feel depressed and unmotivated due to so many races being cancelled.

But we are really in it together. We can help each get through these difficult times.

those were the days…back in January, I think


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! How you are supporting your running friends? Please share. 

Weekly Run Down for 3.23.20-3.29.20: Surviving the Lock Down

Still working at home…all social activities cancelled. (Even introverts enjoy adult conversation lol)

Grateful that I was pro-active and got my eyes examined, new supply of contacts, ordered new glasses, got my hair cut and colored and my nails done…all before lock down.

Only things left to do are run, walk, hike and bike.

I will survive!!!

everyone participating?

Last Week –

  • Monday – That nice weather we had last week was gone.  Snow/rain mix all day. I did not let that stop me from my lunch walk in the snow.

not too bad but then afterward, it started snowing harder!!

But my after work walk… snowing too hard out. sigh.

  • Tuesday – My new normal continued…. lunch walk…

Unfortunately, work was too busy to even take a lunch break. 😦

Followed by an after work run or walk.

I plan to run every other day depending on the weather.  So today was a run day. It was chilly but at least it was dry on the trail trail (in spite of the recent snowstorm) and since I didn’t do my lunch walk, I ran 4 instead of my normal 3 miles.

  • Wednesday – Back to our new normally scheduled program…

Lunch walk

After work walk

bumped into an old friend and we chatted a long time (from 6ft apart)

  • Thursday – Sorry if you are getting bored with my life. I am too.

A muddy lunch walk

the exercise equipment were unused but the tennis courts were FULL

A post work run (done virtually with my NYC pal, Cari)

drove to the Crossings – perfect weather and so many people outdoors (so many that the next day, they decided to close the park)

First ZOOM video chat (with some of the Freihofer Run Ambassadors):

Second ZOOM chat with my running friends:

Gotta love technology!! Miss them!!!

  • Friday – Same old, same old.

Lunch walk on a rest day:

beautiful weather, still exploring part of the fit trail at a nearby park

Then walk number 2 after work on the rail trail:

same direction as Wed but for a longer distance…hey, what else was there to do?

Then when I got home, I did a ZOOM chat with my mah jongg friends (we normally play on Friday nights) and we planned to play online together. (realmahjongg.com)

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday but for the second week in a row without my running friends. I decided to drive to the Zim Smith rail which I hadn’t run on since fall.

love all the carvings on the trees.

I ran 3.5 miles in one direction and turned around and then 2.5 in the other direction (with a detour on a new path) and turned around.  It wasn’t easy and as usual, a lot of walking photo stops but got it done (as I train for my April 18 unofficial virtual half marathon).

I made sure to order my (take-out) post run treats before the run.  The chocolate milk at Leah’s Cakery is one of the reasons that I love this trail.

  • Sunday – A rainy rest day…hopefully the rain will stop so I get in a walk…otherwise my non-working, non-running time is filled with knitting, laundry, cooking and housework. Miss my friends!!!

Update: The rain did stop and I got in a long walk.

the rail trail again but in the opposite direction from Wed & Fri

and de-cluttered many drawers:

only the beginning…

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday –  rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run 
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg walk
  • Saturday – 5k race. LONG  RUN
  • Sunday – rest day, walk

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Anyone running virtual races? How is this virus affecting you and your family? Please share.

Friday Five’s Runfessions for March

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I have finally graduated from PT and doctor appointments.(Perfect timing considering what is happening right now.)

So I have extra $$ for racing. LOL (if there were any happening…)

But I am slacking off on any of those exercises that I should be dong to strengthen my hips, calves, glutes, quads, etc.

Do you continue your PT prescribed exercises once you are healthy?

2. I runfess…

I broke up with my chiropractor. (and that was before she closed her practice…)

I started going for ART when I strained my calf and then I was going monthly for tune-ups but once my foot started hurting in November, I stopped. And now she is pregnant.

Do you regularly go to a chiropractor?

3.I runfess…

I have now registered for SEVEN half marathons for the year…. (if they were cancelled, I ran them virtually)

Now that my foot no longer hurts, I’m thinking about #8. Crazy, right?

hot, hilly and humid

Update:  My April Half has been postponed until August 29 so this one won’t have to happen.  Since I am running all my races (virtually), I am sticking with one half per month.  3 down…9 to go.  LOL

4. I runfess…

I almost registered for the Cherry Blossom 10 MiIer.

I have always wanted to run this race.  I didn’t enter the lottery but I found out that so many runners offer bib transfers. Flights were cheap. It was tempting but I only worked two days at the Bar Exam instead of three.  That meant I lost my extra $$$ plus Bermuda was expensive.

(Turns out it didn’t matter because the race was cancelled.)

Next year…Perhaps?

5.I runfess…

I did not register for the 2020 NYC Marathon because at the time I was still experiencing foot pain. I wasn’t sure if it would ever go away. I did not want to run 26.2 miles like that. It was hard enough without foot pain.

But when only 2% of those who entered the lottery got in, I felt guilty that I had a timed entry (from Helderberg to Hudson Half 2019) and I did not register.

The race was cancelled after Hurricane Sandy so technically 2021 is the 50th running of the race.

So maybe next year… (If that foot pain stays away and I can get back to running at a decent pace or I get in by the lottery.)


It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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