FFF: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Quotes

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

I came across this book in the library.  I admit that I didn’t read the whole thing but I flipped through it.  It’s just as much about life as it is about running.

Here are my favorite quotes from the book:

1.“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.”

2.“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But I don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life…

3. “I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.”

4. “I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished.”

5. “You make do with what you have. As you age you learn even to be happy with what you have.“

6. “The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.”

Anyway, it also got me thinking to what I talk about when I talk about running..

  • Trying to convince myself that pace doesn’t matter anymore.
  • Grateful to my tennis friends who convinced me to become a runner.
  • Running the NYC Marathon was one of the the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  • Running friends (both in person and virtual) are great.
  • Anyone who wants to CAN run a 5k, half marathon, marathon…
  • I hope I can continue to run for a long time…
  • I love to race.

Definitely not as profound as Murakami. lol

Happy Running! Have you read this book? What do you talk about when you talk about running? Please share.

 

 

 

 


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Prospect Mountain Road Race Recap

MAY 7, 2022 – 9:00 AM

I had always been intrigued by this race.  I had driven up the mountain but never walked or hiked to the top..

Until last year.

I ran this race for the first time in 2021… and I really enjoyed it!!!

One of my running friends exclaimed: “You hate hills. That race race is straight up hill. Are you crazy?”

I replied that it was my birthday in TWO days and I wanted to do something crazy! And as they advertise: “It’s only ONE hill!”

1,601 foot vertical climb …ouch!

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

I had been running some downhill or FLAT races lately.

So I definitely was NOT prepared to run up a mountain. But I knew that I could walk most of it if I had to.

I needed to do a 12 mile Long Run in preparation for my May 22 half marathon.

Well, it was almost 6 miles (5.67) to the top so I could also run back down to my car (although last year, I did hitch a ride down.)

This time of year is tricky to decide what to wear. It could be real spring or what they call in “fake spring.”  I tried to remember what I used to wear to race at this time of year.  (I seem to have dressing amnesia.)

The forecast looked cold in the morning… and probably colder on the top of a mountain.

So I decided on this:

I also had a beanie, second shirt and gloves, just in case

Race Day:

So I got up early, had my habitual race breakfast (oatmeal & coffee). I carpooled with my friend Jenny (who lives near me) and we hit the road around 7:15 am.

I arrived around 8 15 am and the packet pick up was at the start.

cotton (ugh) but also got a coupon for a free ice cream cone

Then we drove to find parking (right next door) and waited in my car to stay warm until it was time to walk back to the start.

Yes, I was cold (40s and windy) but actually my friends Jenny & Linda were properly dressed

here we are again waiting to start

There was no actual start line.  Everyone just seemed to gather.

Last year, I left Garmin home since I didn’t plan to race it but this year, I wanted an elevation map.

This is all I got last year from my Apple watch:

Basically the course was run on Veterans’ Memorial Highway from the village of Lake George to the summit of Prospect Mountain and was just under 5.7 miles, climbing a little over 1600 feet in elevation.

according to my Garmin… yup.. straight UP

Mile 1:

Being that the start was not chip-timed, if I cared I would have started closer to the front of the pack.  But I didn’t.

And I hit the wrong button on my Garmin and so it didn’t start right away.

The first mile is mostly flat.  This was the only mile that I didn’t have to walk. Still I ran slowly not to tire myself out for the climb to come.

There was a mile marker at each mile and someone calling out times at some of them. There were cute motivational signs at each marker.

Believe it or not, I quickly realized that I was over-dressed. I wore two shirts so I rolled up my sleeves.  Then I took off my gloves… then my beanie and finally put my hair in a pony tail.

Mile 2:

Carrying all my throw-aways got annoying so I just left them on a big rock on the side of the road. (Jenny and I had planned to run down so I could pick them up later.)

The climbing started immediately after the mile 1 mark.  Someone said that it was a 600 foot gain.  And so the walk breaks began.

The scenery was really pretty. Waterfalls lined the rocks on the left side most of the race.

I usually don’t stop to take pictures during a race but I couldn’t resist

After a steady mile and a half of climbing, the road leveled off near the 2.5-mile mark  I picked up the pace here. It was a short welcome breather.

I think there was the first of the two water stops during this mile, as well.  It was a normal water stop with volunteers handing out cups of water. I was happy not to have to carry a cup or water bottle.

Mile 3:

During this mile, the climbing started again. I knew that I could not run the whole way up but I decided to decrease my walk breaks and run more.

The amazing thing was that there were runners who did not walk at all but they were not far ahead of me.

It seemed that most of the runners in this race were older and were men.  Many seemed to be around my (slow) pace.  They were walk/running like me and we kept trading leads throughout the race.

Mile 4:

Much of the same. Running as much as I could and walking when I couldn’t.

The altitude was making me a little dizzy so I ate a GU and I think that helped.

But basically, there was no respite from the climb. And I forgot to mention that it was very windy at times… that didn’t help.

Some place during this mile was the second water stop. I did stop again. I was getting very warm too (over dressed!!)

Mile 5:

There were the multiple parking areas clustered around the peak. Just before the first lot there is a sign that proclaims “Parking 1000 meters ahead.” Unfortunately, this was not “The End” but only the beginning of the end, with the steepest part yet to come.

Some pics: from previous years:

Prospect Mountain Road Race, the ultimate uphill climb, celebrating 30th running | Sports | poststar.com

April 2019 - RUNNING & WALKING — Adirondack Sports

Mile 5.67:

The last climb was the steepest.  Of course, runners that had already finished were heading down the mountain all saying “You’re almost there!”

But the hills were not over yet.

I crossed at 1:15:XX (which turned out to be 8 seconds faster than last year.)

After we crossed the finish line, we had to call out our age. So as you crossed, if you won, you were immediately handed a medal.

I came in second but there were only TWO women in my age group.

Post Race Activities:

I spent some time at the top admiring the views. I mean that’s why I ran the race, right?

of course, it looked better in person

Then I grabbed some refreshments – there was boxes of water, fruit and homemade cookies, breads, muffins, etc. (all were individually packaged.)

I checked out the results –

there were mostly older runners in this race…

We all won awards:

this guy was in his 80s 

and with the race director

Some runners ran down the mountain to get back to their cars. Last year, I jumped at a ride back to my car.

This year, Jenny and I slowly ran/walked down…

chillier and windier on the way down… Jenny was grateful for an extra shirt

We were able to admire the views more than while we were struggling running up.

And happily, I found my discarded items.

I have chatted with Jenny before at several races but today I really got to know her.  Her son and my stepson graduated at the same time from the same high school. And she has completed over 60 marathons!  (Her 50th was in Iceland).

After 12 miles on the legs, we decided that we needed a reward.

we used our free ice cream coupon… so yummy!!

Additional Race Reflections:

Last year, the Prospect Mountain Road Race was a first for me. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what I was capable of.

I was happy with the results. I did not do any hill training. It was not worth the risk of an injury just to have a faster time. And and I felt perfectly fine the next day.

It was my slowest pace ever in a race but I was proud that I took on the challenge.

This year, I decided to try it again.  And my goals were exactly the same… Have fun!! Stay healthy for upcoming vacation and May 22 Half Marathon.

And both goals were met!!

Positives:

  • Ample parking at various nearby locations
  • Easy packet pick-up.
  • Two Water Stops
  • Well marked course.
  • Little traffic since the road was closed to the public.
  • Beautiful scenery (waterfalls) and views
  • Lots of course marshals
  • Mile markers and volunteers calling out times
  • Well organized.
  • Familiar faces
  • Post-race food (boxes of water, fruit and homemade baked goods).
  • Nice medals for age group awards.
  • Perfect weather.
  • Rides offered back down (if you didn’t want to run down.)
  • Carpooling with Jenny
  • Free ice cream coupon

Negatives:

  • ONE Big Hill (but it was a mountain race)
  • Cotton uni-sex shirt
  • Over-dressed (my fault)

Would I recommend this race?

Yes.

It was super well-organized. Special attention was paid to EVERY detail. It was fun and worth it for the view.

Final Stats:

Gun Time = 1:15:40

Splits:

run, walk, run, walk until I reached the top.

Next Up:

A sweaty 5k in Fla, followed by a local 3.5m team race and finally a half marathon.

May 22, 2022


Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Happy Running!  Ever run UP a mountain? Are you tired of reading all my race recaps? Please share.

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Weekly Run Down for 5.1.22-5.8.22: Racing Up That Mountain and Getting Ready for a Vacation

After last Sunday’s 5k,

you can see my leg on the right lol

I guess I needed a challenge before I take off on my annual Florida (birthday) tennis vacation.

April 2019 - RUNNING & WALKING — Adirondack Sports

advertised as “5.67 miles UP 1,601-feet to the summit of Prospect Mountain. It’s just 1 hill – the view is amazing and worth the trip!”

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Race Day!  Sasha’s Super Hero 5k – a new race for me and one that raises money for Ukraine.

The weather was perfect, over $30,000 was raised. It wasn’t an easy course but I did win my age group.

After the race, I did a little yard work and then went for a couples of hikes/walks.

First to Pine Hollow Arboretum…

The magnolias were gorgeous but cherry blossoms were a fail

The Annual Albany Tulip Festival was to be held the following weekend so I decided to check on the progress of the tulips in Washington Park…

About 50% have bloomed and I think they may be ready by next weekend

  • Monday – Gym first thing today. Woke to a dreary rainy day…glad I spent the weekend outdoors.

and then FTC group run was scheduled after work. No one hates running in the rain more than me but I was already dressed…

and the rain stopped and didn’t start again until we were done!! Woo Hoo!

2 runners twisted my arm into doing some speed work… we ran 800m at 5k pace, then ran slowly 800m and repeated it 3x…

  • Tuesday – Another gym day… just because!

Since I ran two days in a row, I called it a “rest day” and just went for a walk after work with friends.

on the rail trail.

  • Wednesday – I am front loading my gym mornings because I know I will not be going next week at all.

Another dreary rainy day but luckily the rain stopped so the STEM group run did take place and it didn’t start raining until we were done!!

I ran a mile before the group arrived..

  • Thursday – More before work gym time!!

Sunshine means I could change into shorts (tired of those black capris!)

Sunshine rather than rain also allowed me to squeeze in a lunch neighborhood run.  I haven’t done that in a while.

It’s tulip time!..

Then I was free to meet a friend for an after work walk.  I suggested meeting her where she works and walking to Washington Park.  And she agreed.

Still many tulips have not bloomed but enough to enjoy our walk there

I would have like to do more walking in the park but I had to rush home to meet another friend for dinner and drinks.

  • Friday – Yes… FIVE days in a row at the gym before work.

day off on Saturday, I promise

It was a cloudy day but at least no threat of rain. Many of my friends were away so mah jongg got cancelled.  Too busy at lunch to get in a walk so I was able to do a short hike before dinner.

  • SaturdayRace Day! Prospect Mountain Road Race! I carpooled with my friend Jenny up to Lake George (about 1 hr drive) to the start of the race. Running up a mountain is hard!! But it’s also fun to be able to do hard things.

It was not a big race so all three of us won age group awards.  The swag included a shirt and coupon for a free ice cream cone. Jenny and I decided to run/walk down the mountain too.

we deserved every calorie

  • Sunday – Mother’s Day! 

As I mentioned previously, the Y is now open on weekends (not at 5:30 am but 8 am). So I started my day that way.

sporting a Mother’s Day race shirt (from 2013)

Then I decided to take one last peak at the tulips in the park before the crowds arrived for the festival.

Later we plan to visit my MIL’s.

I also need to pack!!

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – rest day, flight to Florida and MY BIRTHDAY!!
  • Tuesday – Saturday – run, tennis, beach, walk, dinner out, REPEAT!
  • Sunday –  Tropicool 5k

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Prospect Mountain Road Race Recap
  • Friday – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Quotes

Next Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run, flight home
  • Tuesday – gym, run
  • Wednesday – gym, walk w/STEM group
  • Thursday – Workforce Challenge Race
  • Friday – gym, rest day, dinner out with family to celebrate my B-day.
  • Saturday – gym, walk with running friends, boating? hubby’s B-day
  • Sunday –  Steel Rail Half Marathon

Next Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Racing By the Alphabet (Non-Half Marathon Version) 
  • Friday – Tips for Running During Vacation

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Ultimate Coffee Date for May ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Starbucks Coffee City Mug Collection- Florida, 16 Oz Cup

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I have been selected as an Ambassador for this race!

Social Media Race Ambassadors | Maine Marathon

It will be held on October 2, 2022 in Portland, ME.  There is a half, full and marathon relay.  I am running it with my (crazy) running friends.

Please join us and take advantage of my code for a discount:

Darlene2022 (half/full)
Darlene2022R (relay)

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that for the second time, I am celebrating my pre-birthday by running up a mountain.

2021 at the top of Prospect Mountain in Lake George (almost 6 miles and over 1600 ft in elevation)

This year, however, since I need a 12 mile long Run, I am going to (I think) run DOWN the mountain, as well.

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that I am celebrating my birthday (May 9) by leaving for my annual 8 day tennis vacation in Naples, Fl.  And no, I don’t play tennis anymore. LOL. (This trip began in 2005 when I did play regularly.)

hopefully we don’t have to wear masks this year.

haven’t played in ONE year… hope I remember how…

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the 5k that I used to run during my May Florida tennis vacation has returned and I have signed up.

at the Tropicool 5k in 2019 with friend, Rebecca (who died in 2021)

I’m sure I’ll have fun sweating racing but it will be bittersweet.

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have decided to reduce my work schedule and it was approved to work 90% starting in the middle of June.  That means I will have every other MONDAY OFF!!

I am over the moon!!! More running or hiking or maybe even go back to playing tennis…

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Any trips or races planned? Anyone want to join me in Maine?  Do any of you play tennis? Or work less than full-time? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sasha’s Super Hero Run 5k Race Recap

MAY 1, 2022 – 9:30 AM – HALF MOON TOWN PARK

It is rare that lately I run a new race.  What I mean is not an “inaugural” race but a “new” race for me.  My running friends actually have run this race in the past but the date was never convenient for me.

my friend Sherry last year

But this year, I decided to make it happen because of the charity:  UKRAINE.  I know the race organizer from FTC.  And I chatted with her at a recent expo.

It would be a fun run since I haven’t trained for speed and I can’t remember the last 5k I’ve run… perhaps last fall?!

Yup – over 6 months ago….

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

Not much preparation for a 5k… my usual 3 mile weekly runs plus a long run on the weekend in preparation for a half marathon in THREE weeks.

In fact, I took Friday morning off from work to run my 11 mile long run so I would be free to run this race (even though, my legs would not be in tip top shape.)

Since my weekly long run was done, I was free to join my running buddies for a leisurely walk and brunch.

the Y now has normal ore-COVID hours so I was to workout first thing

I spent the rest of the day trimming bushes and weeding.  It seemed way more tiring and I was more sore than after my long run.  Good thing this 5k was just for fun

Here is the description of the race:

Sasha’s Superhero Run is a 5K run/walk and a kids run was organized by the family and friends of a local boy, Sasha, who passed away unexpectedly as a baby on Christmas Eve in 2016. The superhero theme of the event was adopted to honor all parents whose babies and children passed before their time…

Since Sasha’s family is Ukrainian, our 2022 event will be raising funds for the children of Ukraine, affected by the horrific war waged on its territory. The race proceeds will be split between the Global Ronald McDonald House Charities and few smaller local charitable organizations, based in Western Ukraine, providing direct assistance to displaced children and their families.

It is obvious why I picked this race (over several choices the previous day.)

The weather forecast seemed to be prefect – a little chilly but not much wind and sunny.

It may have been too cold for a skirt but I took the chance

I ate pizza for dinner as I do for any race (even though it was only 3 miles, lol)

Race Day:

I also had my standard breakfast of oatmeal and coffee.  I guess I’m a creature of habit.

I looked outside and there was frost on my lawn. What?  It was in the 30s though it would surely warm up by race time.

I impulsively added a long-sleeved shirt under my shirt,  DIY arm sleeves, a beanie and I even brought gloves.

This year, the race once again took place in Halfmoon Town Park (just a few miles up the road from the original location in Mechanicville).

I had never been there and wasn’t sure about the parking situation so I left early.

No problem at all. Plenty of signs and volunteers directing things.

empty start line

empty finish line

I picked up my bib and race shirt.

I walked to my car and left the shirt and got some money for the raffles (so many great prizes).

obligatory pre-race pic

Soon more runners arrived and I knew many of them.

Race Course (according the web site):

The out-and-back course starts and finishes in Halfmoon Town Park and has a series of rolling hills, with elevation changes just under 150ft. The start is at the north end of the park near the playground and proceeds south to Route 236. The course crosses NY 236 and turns left onto Hayner Rd, proceeding left onto Lower Newtown Road, where the course reverses direction and proceeds back to the start.

according to my Garmin

Soon it was time to line up at the start. And it was much warmer than when I arrived.  I didn’t have time to go back to my car so I stashed my cape (it would be too annoying to run with it) and my arm sleeves in one of those mini library stands.

The RD announced that the race had raised over $30,000for Ukraine.  She is Ukrainian and it was very emotional as she spoke.

Credit: The Saratogian

Then they played the Ukrainian national anthem. Sniff. Sniff.

Mile 1: 

The race was gun timed so I could have stood closer to the front.  But I am uncomfortable doing that and it really only makes a few seconds difference in my finish time.

Credit: The Saratogian

There were about 250 in the race, many in costume and many walkers.  My legs definitely felt sluggish after lack of rest the past two days. But I tried to ignore it and just run.

It was only rolling hills at first.

But then…

Mile 2: 

The hills arrived and I thought I could run up them…

Nope, I resorted to walking.

I also stopped at the water stop as it was feeling warm due to all that sun (and being overdressed a bit).

Eventually we turned around and the course repeated itself.

But why didn’t I feel speedy on those downhills?

Mile 3 – 3.1: 

I was pooped…

I did my best but just didn’t have the mojo to go for it.

I walked several more times so at least I could sprint (and smile) going through the finish line.

I was pleased to see 28:XX on the clock.  I thought I was a lot slower.

Post Race Activities:

I retrieved my sleeves and cape.

I waited at the finish line cheering in my friends.

Then I grabbed some food – there was chocolate milk, snacks, bars fruit, etc.

I didn’t win any raffle prizes but my friend Judy did…

yes, that’s a $100 bill (but she donated it back)

Then I checked the results…

The prize was a certificate and a beautiful calendar with photos of Ukraine. No ceremony.

There were also two kids races scheduled next but we didn’t stick around.

Credit: The Gazette

This was such a great race for kids too.

It really is fun to race with your good friends.

Additional Race Reflections:

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this race. If I am around, I will probably run it again next year.

The past few years, I’ve mostly focused on half marathons.

Truthfully, I was a little nervous about how I would do in a 5k. Especially without doing any speedwork.

I have a ways to go if I want or can get back to 27 minute 5ks.  I need to either train to get faster or pace myself better so I don’t die during the last mile.

I am happy to be healthy, to be running regularly and interacting with others.

If my race times slow down, so be it.

Note to self: Do not wear a costume if you are serious about racing.  My h beanie kept flying off, my shirt was cotton so too hot. I didn’t wear my race belt so my phone & car key weighed down my skirt. Finally, those knee socks were not compression ones they kept falling down.  But it was fun dressing up!!

Positives:

  • Well organized race
  • Supported an important charity.
  • Well marked course with many course marshals
  • Great raffle prizes
  • Real restrooms
  • Lots of familiar faces.
  • Perfect weather
  • Immediate results
  • 5 year age groups for awards
  • Creative/meaningful awards

Negatives:

  • Too much walking
  • Hills (but few races are totally flat)
  • Gun Time
  • Shirts ran small.
  • Costume annoyances (my fault)
  • Lack of hill training (my fault)

Would I recommend this race?

Yes!!

There is really nothing negative to say about this race.

Final Stats:

same pace as last weekend’s 5 miler though 2 miles shorter, it was hiller

Splits:

ok… who walks 5 times in a 5k???

Next Up:

A race almost 6 miles up a mountain, then a sweaty 5k in Fla, followed by a local 3.5m team race and finally a half marathon.

May 22, 2022

Happy Running! Ever run a 5K race just because of the charity? Do you like to wear a costume when you race?  Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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Weekly Run Down for 4.24.22-5.1.22: Just More Races

Another week, another race. LOL.

Last Sunday I ran a local 5 miler

and today I ran a local 5k.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Delmar Dash 5 mile Race. Unfortunately not a lot of runners ran the race but it was still fun and the weather was perfect. (You can read the recap here.)

I even won my age group (my competition did not show up lol)

After the race, I ran 5 more miles so I could count it as my 10 mile long run.  That run was miserable but it’s done.

lots of walking but listening to a podcast interview with Adrianne Haslet (lost a leg in Boston bombing & hit by a car in 2019) made me forgot about my blisters…

  • Monday – #neveramonday. First the gym…

Then I joined the FTC group run after work…

I left the Advanced  group and ran on my own… too pooped for a fast 4 mile loop tonight

  • Tuesday – Rest Day.  Busy work day and a rainy one so just a walk after work…
  • Wednesday – Another gym morning.

and no, I do NOT use the treadmill… just the machines

After work, I again volunteered with the STEM runners. I arrived early to run a little… It was insanely WINDY!!! And cold!!

Back in the winter garb -beanie, gloves etc

  • Thursday – Back to the gym for day #3 but no running or walking today since I had a hair appointment after work.

I saw snow flurries!!!!

Winter has made a return…

This was around 9:30 am. It was colder when I went to gym but did warm up a little later in the day and again the WIND was insane.

  • Friday – Believe it or not, I took the morning off from work so I could do my 11 mile long run. I had planned to meet up with Stan but he had to leave early for NYC. (I am training for a half on 5/22 and he is training for one on 5/21). So I was left to run alone.

I chose a different route and started earlier..  I ran from the 11m point of my last half marathon uphill 5.5m and then back again.  I was overdressed (due to the sunshine) and it didn’t feel downhill this time.  Thanks to Ali’s podcast for keeping me sane.

it was in the 30’s but somehow felt a lot warmer…

But since I was able to finish my run earlier, I had time for a bucket list trip to Stockbridge, MA.

at Naumkeag

I wish I could have stayed longer but work was calling…

It was a beautiful weather day for tiptoeing through the daffodils (More pics on FB and IG)

In the evening, as usual, I played mah jongg.

  • Saturday – Instead of running, I met my running friends for a walk followed by brunch.

I took advantage of the new hours at the gym and worked out first…

I spent the rest of the day gardening… weeding and trimming bushes were more tiring than my long run.

  • Sunday –  Race Day!  Sasha’s Super Hero 5k – a new race for me and one that raises money for Ukraine.

The weather was perfect and over $30,000 was raised. It wasn’t an easy course but I did win my age group.

After the race, I plan to do some hiking or more gardening.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – gym, Freihofer Training Challenge Run (FTC)
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – gym, STEM run
  • Thursday – run, walk
  • Friday – gym, rest day, mah jongg chez moi.
  • Saturday Prospect Mountain Road Race + 6 miles running down
  • Sunday –  Mother’s Day – Tulip Fest, dinner with fam, packing

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Sasha’s Super Hero 5k Race Recap
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Runfessions for April ’22

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

This month, it’s a mishmash…

1.  I gymfess… 

When I say I will do something, I follow through.

That means three mornings a week before work, I go to the gym … no matter what!

At first, I thought:  “I can’t wait until my free trial at the YMCA is over on June 4!! Hanging out with sweaty old men at 6:30 am is not my thing…”

But now, I am used to the routine. And I like routines.

So I think I’m going to miss my gym time.

I did send an email about my FREE local gym.  Here is their response:

Fitness Connect locations are currently closed to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. It is unknown when these locations will reopen. We do understand gyms in New York are able to start reopening on 8/24/2020. But because the Fitness Connect locations rely on the public to self-serve and maintain the sanitation of the equipment, there is no guarantee that the proper sanitation protocols and safety measures will be used. We appreciate your understanding that we are looking out for the health and safety of our community…

Sigh. 😦

2. I runfess… 

Until recently, I was running three times a week by myself.  I could run anywhere and at any time.

Now I run with a group on Mondays (FTC) and Wednesdays (STEM).  Soon there will also be trail runs on Thursdays…

Yes, it’s inconvenient often to run at 6 or 6:30 pm. I’m tired and hungry!!

But it’s so much more enjoyable to run with others and I run much better!

4. I racefess…

I may have overclicked the Register button:

  • 04-10-22 – Shape 5.8 Miler* (NYC)
  • 04-16-22 – Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
  • 04-24-22 – Delmar Dash (5m)
  • 05-01-22 – Sasha’s Super Hero 5k*
  • 05-07-22 – Prospect Mountain Road Race
  • 05-15-22 – Tropicool 5k
  • 05-19-22 – Workforce Challenge (3.5m)
  • 05-22-22 – Steel Rail Half Marathon
  • 05-29-22 – Miles Along the Mohawk 10 miler
  • 06-04-22 – Freihofer Run for Women 5k
  • 06-05-22 – Capital Region Heart Walk/5k* (with STEM)
  • 06-11-22 – Kinderhook Bank OK 5k
  • 06-25-22 – Race to the Lakes 15k
  • 06-26-22 – Dodge the Deer 5k*
  • 07-04-22 – Firecracker 4

(* indicates a NEW race)

No goal races… just lots of fun with friends and supporting some important charities.

5.  I workfess….

I love the freedom of working from home but I am looking forward (a little bit) to getting out of the house, dressing up and seeing real people.  I will be teaching live starting May 25.  Two-four days a week, every other week, I think. (No NYC travel yet, though.)

The remote trainings will continue from home… For how long? Who knows?

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month?  Do you like to run with a group? Have you been registering for a  lot of races in 2022? Do you still work from home? Yay or Nay on the gym? Please share!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Delmar Dash Race Recap

It is nice to run a race that is only 10 minutes from your house.

This is my 8th time running this race. In 2017, my back was bothering me so I didn’t run it and in 2012, I had a broken ankle. Then with the Pandemic, it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Otherwise, I have tried to run it every year.  But I haven’t run it in 3 years.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

It is a flat course so my times have been fairly decent:

according to my Garmin – but it seemed flatter to me

        2019 – 44:53(PR)
2018 – 45:09
2016 – 47:14
2015 – 45:26
2014 – 48:14
2013 – 47:39
2011 –  47:08

It may sound like a broken record but three years later, my expectations were fairly low… In fact, a course PW was very possible.

My two 5 milers (Electric City 5 Miler & Shamrock Shuffle) this year were pretty slow but of course, this course was easier than either one.

I was a little worried that my foot would continue to be painful after the half marathon last weekend. It had started to hurt around mile 6. But I ran 3 times during the week and it seemed to be ok.  Fingers crossed.

To save time on race day, I picked up my bib and race shirt the day before.

gender-specific short sleeved tech shirt and a re-used LA hm bib

Now only if spring would arrive. It was windy on Monday, then got snow on Tuesday…windy the rest of the week…

It’s always hard at this time of year to decide what to wear.  Too cold for spring clothes but I am tired of jackets and tights. I opted for a long-sleeved shirt, a skirt with compression socks, a cap and hoped that it would be enough.

Race Day:

I got there early. I knew a few people doing this race so I went inside the school to look for them.

The race started on the street but ended in front of the school entrance

As soon as I arrived, I bumped into Barbara and we chatted for a bit.

I also chatted with several other runners that I knew. Because of the local half marathon and Boston that was held last weekend and some other races scheduled for this weekend, there weren’t as many runners as usual. Probably around 100.  There were usually around 300 racers.

It was a little chilly out but we were chatting so waited until the last minute to go outside.

My hope for the race was to have a decent finish time. Maybe even faster my last two five milers.

Zero PR aspirations especially without doing any speed work and my recent sore foot and DOMS from last weekend’s half marathon.  Besides, I wanted to stay healthy for my half marathon in 4 weeks!!

hanging out with the speedy runners (for a moment) lol

I lined up with some faster runners. (but lost them as soon as the race started. lol) But I forgot that they do not use chip time – just gun time for this race.  I should have lined up closer to the starting line.

Of course waiting for the race to begin, I was cold but I was fine as soon as I started running. In fact, I got warm and could have worn a tank or short-sleeved shirt.

I tried to start out fast but not too fast.  Though I never know what this is. And I probably did since my legs seemed to have zero energy today.

There was someone calling out times at each mile.  When I heard my Mile 1 time, I thought they were mistaken (8:xx)

pic from one of my weekday runs… I often run in these neighborhoods

By the water stop at mile 2.5 or so, I was pooped and I stopped for water and walked a bit.

I tired with each mile but tried my best to keep it up some semblance of speed.

happy (to see a photographer)

The course was pancake flat and we just circled the neighborhood streets.  The roads were marked and there were court marshals at each turn.
I officially died by mile 5… I was warm and so I just walked and ran and repeated it until the finish line came into view .

the final stretch

I crossed the finish line at 46:XX.

and the guy in red whom I was ahead of the whole race… beat me!!

Post Race Activities:

Barbara finished shortly after I did. (And she did NOT walk at all!! Impressive.)

Before the Pandemic, the refreshments were inside and there was soup, bread, birthday cake and hot chocolate.  They even offered massages!

Today they were outside and consisted of bananas, cookies, muffins and many types of pastries.

Inside the results were posted….

And I won my age group, though I was pretty sure that I may have been the only one.

two of us!!

I waited around for the awards ceremony and I was thrilled that it was NOT a medal.  I love something usable.

The company that sponsored the race had a raffle for a basket filled with running related items and some freebies.

I didn’t win the raffle 

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though I did win in 2014.

Additional Race Reflections:

Positives:

    • Nearby (3 miles away from my house)
    • Organized packet pick up the day before and morning of
    • Lots of parking
    • Warm, dry place to wait before and after (middle school gym)
    • Real bathrooms
    • Well organized course, lots of course marshals
    • Gender-specific tech shirt
    • Glasses as age group awards
    • Flat course
    • Well marked course
    • Free photos (coming soon)

Negatives:

    • Small turnout
    • COVID limitations (food, massages)
    • Gun timed

Final Stats:

Race Splits:

Positive splits! Of course!

ugh… that last mile….

My time was TWO minutes faster than my last 5 mile race.  Woo Hoo!

Delmar Dash times?  3 faster and 4 slower!! Sounds about right!

Since this course is flat and near where I live, it is still one of my favorite races and I will run it again next year. I am really happy with my time…because I had ZERO pain!

Since I was training for a half marathon, I felt like I needed to add some miles to the legs.

So I ran to the rail trail.  Lots of runners and bikers were out on this gorgeous day.  I dragged myself through 5 more miles (with lots of walking).

I felt like I had gotten blisters from my running shoes (ones that I haven’t worn since last summer)… and I did. Luckily I had brought another pair to wear but OUCHY !!

That makes 10 miles for the day… and so Long Run done!!

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Absolutely. I hope more runners sign up next year.

Next Up?

a 5k, mountain race, another 5k, a team 3.5 mile race and then

May 22, 2022

Happy Running! How was your weekend? Any running or racing? Do you add on miles to a race to make it a long run? Please share.

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

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


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

 

Weekly Run Down for 4.17.22-4.24.22: Racing Close to Home

It is rare when you can run to the race start. But that was the case for today’s 5 mile race.

the last time this race was held was in 2019 (and even Judy ran it)

Last Week:

  • Sunday – A cold blustery day where we even had snow flurries on and off all day. WTH?

(Boy, did I get lucky with the weather for Saturday’s Half Marathon)

Thumbs up for NO RAIN!!

I rested my achy quads, filed our taxes and then we went to my MIL’s for a family Easter Dinner.

for Italians, dinner usually consists of lasagna and meatballs…

  • Monday – In the 20s when I woke up!!  So I went to gym…

you always sweat there..

Though I did have to work, I kept sneaking peeks at the Boston Marathon while tracking a few friends.

I debated whether or not, my quads would be ok running at the FTC group run that evening.  In the end, I did go…

I ran with the intermediate group and NO foot pain. We pushed through those nasty wind gusts and finished before the rain arrived!! Win. Win.

  • Tuesday – A snowy morning (yes, snow!!!!) but all I had planned today was the gym before work..

 not amused and neither were my daffodils

nasty driving so I waited until lunchtime… and I do use the machines (not just stand there and smile. LOL

and a walk after work (in the mall.)

  • Wednesday – I slept in today but ran a short distance after work before volunteering with the STEM training group at UAlbany.

slower than usual since the (fast) girl I usual run with had oral surgery … phew!.

I stopped at the library on the way home…

what’s wrong with this photo?

  • Thursday – A busy work day and it was insanely WINDY so all I did today was walk in the mall with my BFF.
  • Friday – Another before work gym workout

my last gym selfie… they converted this room to a spin room

and then a neighborhood run after work before the evening with the mah jongg ladies.

actually a nice day… sunny and breezy

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday got changed to a walk with my running friends since I had a race the next day.

great to be together again – there were 7 of us for brunch!!

After brunch, I stopped off and got my race bib/shirt.

cute shirt with a recycled LA half bib

I had thought of hiking but instead did the usual stuff that doesn’t get done when you work all week (laundry, cleaning, shopping, etc.)

may be too cold for a skirt but so tired of tights and capris that I’ll chance it…

  • Sunday –  Race Day!  Delmar Dash – a neighborhood 5 mile race.

I started running this race back in 2011…

Unfortunately not a lot of runners ran the race but it was still fun and the weather was perfect.

I even won my age group (may have been the only one lol)

After the race, I ran 5 more miles so I could count it as my 10 mile long run.  That run was miserable but it’s done.

lots of walking but listening to a podcast interview with Adrianne Haslet (who lost a leg in Boston bombing & hit by a car in 2019) made me forgot about my blisters…

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – gym, Freihofer Training Challenge Run (FTC)
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – gym, STEM run
  • Thursday – gym, rest day, hair appt.
  • FridayLONG RUN (11 miles), mah jongg
  • Saturday – rest day, walk/brunch with running friends
  • Sunday –  Sasha’s Super Hero 5k 

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Delmar Dash Race Recap
  • Friday – Runfessions

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? Any in-person races run or planned? Did you experience spring-like weather this week?  Ever race too much and have the races mess up your training plan?  Please share.

Racing by the Alphabet (Half Marathon Version)

Alphabet Challenge

I got this idea from running blogger, Donna, who posted her Alphabet Travel Adventures.

I wondered if I could name a Half Marathon that I’ve run for every letter of the alphabet.

Nope. I had to add in some other distances.

I linked to my race recap so I only added a few key memories from the race…

A is for Asbury Park Half Marathon (ran while visiting my college friend, loved the ocean views and delicious post-race food options)

B is  for Brooklyn Half Marathon  (poured the whole race, my friend DNFed but it time qualified me for 2019 NYC Half & full marathons).

C is for Celebrate Life Half Marathon (lots of hills but emotional as most runners ran it to celebrate the life of someone lost to cancer)

D is for Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon (first annual, downhill for the most part, time qualified me for 2020 NYC Half)

E is for EAU Palm Beach Half Marathon  (visiting friends to escape the cold, loved the course and the weather)

F is for Fred Lebow Half Marathon  (2 1/2 loops of Central Park… holy hills)

G is for Great Sacandaga Half Marathon (ran with local friends, lake views and won my first and only tophy)

H is for Hannaford Half Marathon (our local half & full marathon, ran it in 2013, then again in 2019 as part of my 20 mile training run)

I is for Ice Breaker Challenge (5k in Albany along the Hudson River where you race the college crew teams)

J is for Jailhouse Rock 5k (loved the downhill finish of this 5k in Ballston Spa)

K is for Kinderhook Bank OK 5K (a small local 5k that I have only run once)

L is for Love Run Half Marathon (a race-cation with new running friends, in Philly and it monsooned!)

M is for (RnR) Montreal Half Marathon  (my first out of the country race and a “sole sisters” race-cation)

N is for Naples News Half Marathon (on my wedding anniversary and my FIRST ever half marathon)

O is for Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving 5k in the town where I live)

P is for Panama City Beach Half Marathon (a super fun blogger meet-up)

Q is for (Annie’s) Quest 5K  (another local 5k that doesn’t exist anymore)

R is for Ramblefest Half Marathon  (in Mass. and on the same course as my current half marathon PR so obviously a flat one)

S is for Steel Rail Half Marathon  (on the same course as Ramblefest which it replaced)

T is for Treasure Coast Half Marathon (another half marathon run while visiting friends who winter in Fla.)

U is for Upstate Classic Half Marathon (a local hilly half on country roads)

V is for Vermont City Marathon Relay (I ran both halfs of this marathon with AJH, my VT friend who died in 2020)

W is for Walkway Half Marathon  (ran over the longest pedestrian bridge in the world during this race)

X is for PubliX Florida Half Marathon (ran this race twice and it rained BOTH times)

Y is for (Bethlehem) Y Winter Wonderland 5K (a small 5k in my town, only scheduled once.)

Z is for ZOOMA Bermuda Half Marathon (a fun girls weekend and beautiful course)

Happy Running! How would you play the Alphabet Challenge?  Workouts, Runs, Travels, Races?  Please share.