FFF: Tips for Running During Vacations

Not all my vacations are race-cations.  I do go on a vacation where there is no race and/or where my family or friends are not runners.

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The photos below were taken during a vacation with my tennis friends where I ran almost everyday.

Here’s FIVE Tips to use if you are hoping to run during a vacation:

1.Be prepared.  

Bring clothes for all weather conditions.

Some winter vacations may have 80 degree temps and but many could have freezing temps!!

Fla in Feb.

and Feb in Fla!!

2.Schedule your runs.

If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.

I often have to run in my tennis clothes

or then play tennis in my running shoes!

3.Be flexible.

Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.

I definitely have to be more flexible when traveling with my hubby. (Maybe that’s why we don’t travel together often lol).

4.Find a scenic route.

Pretty views make all the difference.

Sunrises are my particular favorite.

5.Lower your expectations.

Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.

Just RUN for FUN.

Can anyone guess where I am here?

Bonus Tip. (Thanks to Erica for reminding me about this) If you are not familiar with the area, sign up for a Running Tour

It’s the best way to see the city and get your running done at the same time.

during a running tour of Central Park (NYC)

or ask for recommendations (from the hotel concierge or local running store) for a safe route to run.

running in a park on the outskirts of Paris

Happy Running! Do you run when you go on vacation? Any tips to add? Please share.

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Racing By the Alphabet (Non-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.

Then Judy commented that I could probably do it with just the races I run each year since I do so many.

Here goes nothing (I have linked to one of my race recaps so I just added a few memorable details);

A is for Apple Run (a local fall race with cider donuts available)

B is for Bacon Hill Bonanza (a spring country 5k or 10k where you can win a pie as an age group award)

C is for Cherry Blossom 5k (a spring 5k that took place at a local synagogue during cherry blossom season)

D is for Delmar Dash (a spring 5 mile race near my home)

E is for Electric City 5 Miler (a 5 mile loop along the Mohawk River in March)

F is for Freihofer Run for Women (a local all women’s 5k that I have never missed since I started running)

G is for Great Pumpkin Challenge (a fall 5k or 10k around a park in Saratoga)

H is for Helper’s Fund (a 5k or 10k held the day before the Adirondack Half Marathon/Marathon)

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

J is for Jailhouse Rock  (great downhill finish at this 5k in Ballston Spa)

K is for Kinderhook Bank OK 5K (a small local 5k that I have only run years ago but plan to this year)

L is for Last Run  (a fun 5k through the holiday lights of Washington Park)

M is for Malta 5k (a flat race around the grounds of Global Foundries where my stepson works)

N is for New Visions 5K (a 5k that I ran my first year of running…  it was my first sub 30 min 5k)

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

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P is for Polar Cap Run  (a winter 4 miler in Lake George the same day as the LG Winter Carnival)

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

R is for Run for the Roses (a 5k in a park where you get a rose, shirt and a library book as swag)

S is for Silks & Satins 5k  (a summer race near the Saratoga Horse Race Track)

T is for Troy Turkey Trot  (a hugely popular Thanksgiving Day 5k and 10k)

U is for UAlbany Homecoming/Fall Festival 5k  (race that was held during the college reunion weekend)

V is for Valley Cats Father’s Day Home Run 5k  (finishes in the stadium of our local baseball team)

W is for Whipple City 5k or 10k (just a small race that I’ve run a few times with friends, the 10k is quite hilly)

X is for ???? HELP!!

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

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Z is for ZOOMA Bermuda Lighthouse Run (a 2 mile race held the evening before the Bermuda half marathon)

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

 

 

 

 

 


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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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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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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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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for April ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Worry Less Run More 15 oz Ceramic Large Mug Worry Less Run More Mugs | CafePress

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

This is appropriate for my life lately…

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I am still an Ambassador for the Freihofer Run for Women.

The race went virtual in 2020, moved to Sept in 2021 and this year, it has returned to its regular date – June 4, 2022.

As an ambassador, I am obviously promoting the race at various events.

If you would like to run this all women’s 5k, in-person or virtual, use the code AMBDC to pay only $22. You get a shirt and medal. In person runners also get cookies. Virtual runners will get a Freihofer’s product coupon mailed with their medal and shirt.

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that as usual, I signed up for the Freihofer Training Challenge. (FTC)

Yes, I have complained that as an “advanced” runner,  I don’t get much support.  However, it is perfect for NEW runners. But it is an opportunity to run with others.  I plan to go on Mondays when convenient and skip the Saturday sessions (since I usually do a long run or race that day.)

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that one of the perks of the FTC is a FREE 12 week membership to the YMCA.

The issue is WHEN to fit it in??? Work, runs…runs, work… family/friends stuff…work, runs

But they are open 5:30AM – 9:00 PM (on weekdays) and have lots of facilities:

    • Complete Exercise Center with Cybex weight circuit, free weights, Precor treadmills and ellipticals, bikes and  Stairmasters.
    • 2 pools, including a 6-lane lap pool and a warm water instructional pool.
    • Steam, sauna and whirlpool facilities
    • Basketball gymnasium
    • Pickle Ball courts
    • Free cycling, aerobic, mind/body and aqua aerobics classes
    • Indoor running/walking track.
    • NHL style ice rink that offers open skating, lessons and adult hockey leagues.

Wish me luck!!  My plan is to go THREE mornings each week (on rest days) until Jun 4. (So far, so good…)

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am back to volunteering with STEM. I had done this for many years in the past.  Then it didn’t work out with work and COVID.

back in 2017

I will try and go on Wednesdays.  It is a VERY rewarding experience. The goal race changes each year.  This year, it will be on June 5.

and in 2016

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I LOVED working from home… my life was so much less complicated and especially related to running.

We knew that at some point it would have to end.  We start local in-person training (I am a computer trainer) on May 25. (No word if we can still stay home for remote trainings….)

I was scheduled go to Queens (NYC) on April 7-8 and April 10-11. That’s Thurs-Fri and then Sun-Mon.  Real sucky!!!

Because I had plans to go there for a race on April 9-10.

Go home (2h45 min train ride) Friday night and return Saturday morning makes no sense.  Pay for a hotel of my pocket for Friday night makes less sense. The logical solution was to DNS the race and plan another NYC race weekend.

Update: My work travel got postponed. Woo Hoo!  NYC and Shape and Cherry Blossoms, here I come!

Some more for good measure:

6. Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I delayed getting my second COVID booster until after my long run tomorrow. I didn’t get a reaction to the last three vaccines but just in case, I wanted to make sure I got my 12 miler done in preparation for my next half marathon. on April 16.

I’m sure you all aware how important it is for all of you who over 50 to get this ASAP

7.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that FOMO set in and on the last day possible, I entered the lottery for the NYC Marathon.

not sure if I was disappointed or relieved LOL

Happy Running! What’s new with you? Are you signed up for any 2022 races?  Are you having any spring-like weather yet? Plan to run the FRW 5k with me? Do you volunteer with any running groups? Do you go to a gym to work out?  Do you plan your vaccines around your running? Did you enter the NYS Marathon lottery? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Five NRR Things I’m Loving Lately

What I'm loving lately

Racing, of course

and Non-Running Related (NRR):

  1. Knitting

I started last month with this Ukraine-inspired hat… I have plans for some socks and mittens…

2. Succulents 

I started last year with many in the bay window of my living room

but now they are everywhere including my kitchen…

3. Live Flowers 

It’s great that the ones at Trader Joe’s are affordable and last a long time…

4. IZZE

I just got back into buying them again. You can find them at Target.

Mango and Blackberry are my favorite flavors…

If you wondering about its nutritional value:  IZZE Sparkling Juices are made with 70% fruit juice and a dash of sparkling water, with no sugar or preservatives added. IZZE sparkling blackberry juice beverage has 90 calories per eight-ounce can. It contains no fat and 0.3 grams of protein, and it also contains 18 grams of sugar. It also has 0.3 g of dietary fiber and low sodium. It is sweetened with fructose, a naturally occurring sugar.

I just think they taste good.

5. KODIAK CAKES OATMEAL

If you’ve read my blog, you know that oatmeal is my go to pre-race meal.  Well, I actually eat oatmeal EVERYDAY!!

I’m sure that most of you make your own oatmeal.  I admit that I’m lazy.  I eat TWO packages (400 calories, yup!!) every morning.

I vary the flavors and sometimes add raisins but chocolate chip is my favorite.

They even travel well.

and one more for good measure:

6. Alexa

I know I’m late to the party (any my hubby HATES it). I have one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom.

Amazon Echo Dot review

I love being able to have a candle or lamp automatically go on and off a certain times….

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FFF: Do Those Long Runs

Ok, so you may not be signing up for BIG races yet.  Or maybe you are not running any races..

Time to slow down, right? Run fewer miles. Take it easy.

Yes, if you are injured.

But, NO, not necessarily.

(Many runners may define a long run differently.  For this post, I am defining it as at least 8 miles.)

Here’s why it’s good to run LONG on the weekend:

1.Builds resiliency and mental toughness.

The Long Run is the most specific mental preparation you’ll get before a race. Psychological fatigue is real!

It builds your confidence.

And as they say “It’s all about that base.”  With long runs of at least 8 miles, you do not have to start over when you start training for a long race.  You can quickly be prepared for that half marathon.

2. Improves mechanics.

In other words, your running form becomes more efficient in a Long Run. Muscles learn through practice and your stride will improve through consistent long runs.

You have time to work on your cadence, breathing, etc.

3. Increases the efficiency of fuel use.

The Long Run teaches the body to use a higher percentage of fat as fuel rather than stored glycogen, while also teaching the body to store more glycogen.

It also gives you the opportunity to experiment with different types of fuel and when your body needs to fuel.

4. Builds stronger muscles.

Running for prolonged periods increases the strength of the leg muscles and connective tissues, but also those of the respiratory system (including the diaphragm and core region).

This is especially important for those of us who use running as our primary form of strength training.

5. Makes you faster!

Yes, with more endurance you’ll be able to hold a certain pace for a longer period of time. But after a certain level of fatigue, slow-twitch muscles get tired so the body recruits fast-twitch muscle fibers to help out.

The end result? You actually improve speed by running easy for a very long time!

It took me awhile to realize how running longer actually helped increase my pace for those 5ks races.

Happy Running! Have you been doing your weekend long runs? Why or why not?  How long are your weekend runs? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Runfessions for Feb. ’22

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

It’s no surprise that my runfessions should be called RACEfessions.

1.  I runfess… 

It’s only February but I think I am already ignoring my word for the year.

Remember how I choose the word INTENTIONAL?

I have about 30 races on my Races list…and I am been impulsively signing up…

I guess I can say that I am INTENTIONALLY signing up for a lot of races lol

2. I runfess… 

As I have mentioned in a previous post, once my NYC half marathon (Frozen Penguin) got cancelled, I was forced to sign up for another this coming weekend (or lose $80).

So I am racing another hilly two loops around Central Park but my only goal is to enjoy my time in NYCCari is also running the same race.

Hopefully I’ll be adding some fun shenanigans such as a visit to Governor’s Island (to see some ice sculptures).

Governors Island Winter Ice Sculpture Show: Proposal Deadline - Go Green Brooklyn

3. I runfess…

There are so many cities and so many races, but NYC keeps pulling me in.

Shape Half ’17

You know where this is going.  I signed up for another Central Park race in April.

NOT a 2 loop hilly half marathon!! Just one hilly loop – a new 5.8 mile race.

May be an image of text that says 'SHAPE +Health Womenshalf 13.1M 5.8M NYTRR NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS'

Maybe even the cherry blossoms will bloom early this year…

Cherry Blossom Trees in Central Park

5.  I runfess…

Every May even though I no longer play tennis, I go to Naples, FL to play tennis for 8 days.

I have in the past run a 5k but in recent years I have not been able (due to scheduling or COVID).

This is was in 2019.  Rebecca died unexpectedly last year (so I will thinking of her whenever I run this race 😦 )

You’ll be happy to know, that I will be running a 5k race while I’m there this year.

May 15, 2022

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month?  Do you try to find races when you go on vacation?  Have you been signing up for races in 2022?  Do you like running in NYC? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Things I’m Looking for in a Coach

maybe Judith pictured here…?

I have never had a coach nor am I sure that I will ever hire one.

But if I did, here’s what would be important for ME:

1. Experience

I know a certified coach has to start somewhere but I would prefer not to be her his/her first client.

They need to have coached before and maybe even have coached someone else with needs similar to mine or who was training for the same distance.

Also he/she needs to be experienced as a runner and one who is faster than I am (No offense…)

2.Cost

I’m not a professional nor do I have unlimited funds to spend on running. So the cost would have to reasonable and paid monthly.

3. Accessibility

In-person would be ideal but at least through email, text and social networking.  I would expect prompt and thoughtful responses to my questions.

4. Flexibility

I would want to be given a training plan but not one that I could not adapt to my changing needs or life schedule.

5. Presence at my goal race 

Obviously this may not be possible. But it would be incredibility supportive and helpful.

Patrick was my coach at past Freihofer & Turkey Trot Challenge groups. I saw him recently when I was volunteering as he was running in the marathoner that he coached

Remember that every runner is different.  My needs or preferences may not be the same as yours.

Many of you who are reading this post may be certified running coaches.  Many of the bloggers that I know are also certified coaches and based on what I have read, they would be great coaches… so maybe someday we will work together???

And if any of my readers are looking to hire a coach. here are some helpful links:

Happy Running! Do you have a coach or have you ever had one? What was important when choosing him/her? Please share.

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