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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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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Friday Five: Low Budget Runner

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.

And NO I’m not posting about anything related to the Corona virus…I’ll leave that to the other bloggers lol

My topic today is: How to be a Runner Without Breaking the Bank

I know most of you love your gadgets and running outfits but you can spend little money and still be a runner.

Here’s what I recommend (from personal experience):

1. Buy an older version of a GPS watch. They will most likely do what you need (without the bells and whistles.) If the battery dies, surf the web and just buy another. I’ve found mine under $100 on Walmart.com.

I’ve bought the 205 three times already

2. Make some DIY items. For example, cut off knee socks instead of buying expensive arm sleeves. Wear two pairs of cheap gloves instead of lined expensive ones.

Like my arm warmers?

You can even use two tennis balls to roll tight muscles.

Picture of Tape Tennis Balls Together

I put them in a sock and tied the end.

from https://www.sheknows.com

3. Register for races early or with discount codes. Many bloggers are race ambassadors and have codes. Discount codes are often offered on special dates like National Running Day.

4. Buy your running shoes online. Once you know what you like, you can find deals on them at various online stores like Zappos, Runner Warehouse, Amazon, etc.

5. Running clothes from Walmart, Kohl’s and Target work fine. If you have to run in name brands, try online sites like Poshmark, title9 and many others that offer cheaper prices.

This Target jacket is about 10 years old. I have it in white too. I am also wearing two pairs of Dollar store gloves.

Happy Running! Any other ideas for saving money? Have you used any of my ideas? Please share.

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Friday Five: Running with a Neuroma

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.

My Topic today is about my Neuroma.

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If you’ve been reading blog, you are aware since November 20 and until recently, I’ve been suffering with foot pain….diagnosed as a possible Neuroma.

Being a stubborn runner, I did run.

Here are some of the things that I’ve learned that may help you if you ever suffer from one (and I hope you never do.):

1.Rest and Anti-Inflammatory Medications – The onset of a Neuroma is usually gradual. In some cases (like mine), a Neuroma can occur suddenly. In these cases, taking a few days (or weeks) to rest and allow your body to heal could be beneficial. Similar to rest, a short course of anti-inflammatory medication (over the counter or prescribed) can also allow your foot to heal, if the onset of the Neuroma symptoms is relatively sudden.

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2.Injections- Cortisone is basically an anti-inflammatory. When injected in the area of the Neuroma, it can reduce the swelling in the nerve and help it to heal. Other types of injections also exist: a dilute alcohol solution is sometimes used to chemically deaden the nerve. Vitamin B12 can also be used.

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3.Physical Therapy- There are circumstances where PT can be effective. Tight calf and hamstring muscles place added pressure on the ball of the foot. Physical therapists can help reduce pressure on the ball of the foot by working on the stretch and laxity in the calf and hamstring muscles. They may also use other tools such as ART, ultrasound heat or lasers.

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4.Padding- There are a variety of pre-made inserts designed to alleviate the painful symptoms of a Neuroma. The easiest to use is a small adhesive cushion called a metatarsal pad. This pad is a soft cushion with a triangular, teardrop shape. When effective, the metatarsal pad shifts weight in front of the Neuroma, allowing it to heal. If runners cannot find a comfortable over the counter insert, a custom orthotic can be made by your doctor.

my mummy foot lol

5.Shoes – Shoes with a heel exceeding 2 inches, and shoes with narrow toe boxes place increased stress on the toes and the bones along the ball of the foot. This can aggravate a Neuroma. This is also true for running shoes that have tapered, snug-fitting toe boxes. Being mindful of shoe choice can help a Neuroma to resolve. Runners need to try out different shoes to find the one that works best for them.

perhaps?? – lower heal drop and more cushion on the ball of foot in addition to a wide toe box

**Pain Relief Cream – Voltaren (or generic) – This is prescription only and can be rubbed onto the painful area of the foot.


I never thought I would run again without pain.  But I am. For how long? No one knows.  If you have a Neuroma, you are not cured. The pain may return.

If you have read my previous post, you know that I tried all of the above in this order:

  • Rest – for 3 weeks
  • Naproxen – for 2 weeks
  • Cortisone shot
  • PT – for 8 weeks (with ART, heat ultrasound and laser therapy)
  • 4 different brands of running shoes
  • B12 shot with cortisone
  • Metatarsal pad
  • Voltaren (after the pain had stopped, though)

running with lots of pain on Nov. 23

running pain-free run on Feb 23

It is so interesting that someone read my post about running with pain and emailed me about this study:

https://runrepeat.com/arch-support-study

Take a read!!  Food for thought.

Happy Running! Any experience with a Neuroma? What did you think of the arch support study? Please share.

 

Friday Five: Ultimate Coffee Date for March

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’ve started taking yoga classes monthly. These two hour classes are geared for runners and every month, the teacher picks a different part of the body:

  • November – lower back & spine
  • December – upper back & neck

  • February – feet & calfs
  • March – quads &  hamstrings
  • April – glutes and piriformis

Do you do yoga? If you do, do you do it on your own or sign up for classes? 

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have my THIRD half marathon of the year coming up.  New York City Half Marathon. Last year I ran it recovering from a calf injury.

I was hoping to be trained for it this year…

Nope, my foot has had other things to say.

Still excited about running through Times Square again. And  I hope the temps are warmer than last year.

NYC Half Marathon

Are you running the NYC Half?  If so, let’s meet up!

Do you repeat Half Marathons? Why or why not?

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that my running friends & I have planned our FOURTH race-cation.

We’ve already done Wineglass HM in Corning, NY, Hot Chocolate 15K in Brooklyn and a Rock n Roll HM in Montreal.

Our next one is in October – Smuttynose HM in Hampton Beach, NH.  We rented a house for 4 days…

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Do you go on race-cations with your running friends? Anyone run the Smuttynose Half running are have run the Smuttynose Half?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am still trying to figure out what is the best running shoe for me … yes, after 10 years of running.

I tried Altra Torin Plush.  Nope!!

I loved my Nikes but after the strained calf muscle, I switched to Mizuno Inspires.

Now with the foot neuroma….

Altra Lone Peaks will be great for trail this summer, though

I tried Brooks Ghost. Nope.

Next up…Hokas?

Anyone else have problems finding the right running shoe? Anyone else run with a neuroma? What do you think of Hokas?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am so over winter running.  Wearing a skirt in Bermuda just wet my appetite.

Are you as anxious as I am for warmer temps?  Did you get away this winter to a summerish climate to run?

  • Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m not big on ambassador programs. In fact, there are only two that I now am part of.

One is Skirt Sports.  Actually I am this year a Legacy Ambassador which means I have already been an ambassador for several years.  I don’t have to promote as in the past but you bet I will because it’s the only brand of skirt (tights and capris) that I wear. (Get 15% with this code: SS15Dar562)

But for the first time, I am a Freihofer Run for Woman race ambassador. I am surprised and excited about this!! It is my favorite race and am honored to chosen and can’t wait to promote it.

Register for this race and get $5 off with the code AMBSS5

Are you an Ambassador for any products or races? If so, which one(s)?

Do you wear Skirt Sports? 

Are you running or have you ever run Freihofer Run for Women?


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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Friday Five’s Runfessions for February

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 still ran ALL month even though my foot pain was no better…

but it was no worse.

2. I runfess…

I ran another Half Marathon without completing ALL my long runs.

4 mile race instead of 12 LSD

3.I runfess…

Even though I was dealing with constant foot pain, I still registered for THREE more Half Marathons..

  • May – Steel Rail
  • September – Saratoga Palio
  • October – Smuttynose

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Girls WEEKEND!! YEAH!

That’s now SEVEN for the year….

4. I runfess…

When I heard that ZOOMA Bermuda Half Marathon would run out of medals for the slower runners, I wanted to finish faster than I had originally planned.

luckily they did NOT run out of medals because I did not have a good finish time

5.I runfess…

I almost registered for the 2020 NYC Marathon

Yeah, I said that I was ONE and DONE!

But it is the 50th anniversary of the race….

I DID NOT register (even though I qualified with a timed-entry) because the site went down and I was working at the time…PHEW!  Relieved.

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

So maybe next year… (If I can conquer that foot pain and get back to running at a decent pace…)


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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Friday Five: Reasons Not to Choose a Race

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.

I have already run 41 half marathons. Many I have loved and would love to run again and then again, there were those that I wished I hadn’t.

I already posted about reasons to choose a race so my topic today is: Reasons Not to Choose A Half Marathon

1.A Poorly Marked or Inaccurate Course

No one likes a course that is short and long and even worse, one that you get lost on.

glad I was not running the full…many went the wrong way and ran a shortened course

2.A Boring or Ugly Course

Running in traffic or running loops and worse, just a route with nothing scenic to look at.

started & ended at a brewery…run in parking lots and along a busy highway

3.The Swag

An ugly medal or NO medal… or a uni-sex shirt (that doesn’t fit) or even a COTTON shirt.

half medal the size of a quarter and a cotton race shirt

4.The Logistics.

Poorly marked location, unorganized start/finish, not enough parking or not enough portapotties…

all of the above for this RNR race..

5.Food/Drink

Not enough water stops or water stops that run out of water.  Unappetizing Post-race refreshments or lack of.

another dud of a RNR race

Other Reasons:

  • Cost – Too expensive

racing in Vegas is fun but not cheap!!

  • Deferral policies – none or too expensive
  • Crowd Support – none or very little
  • Size – too big or too small

25k of my new friends

  • Knowing No One – not fun to run a race all alone

running solo in Fla.

Happy Running! Any other reasons to offer on why you would avoid picking a race? Which of the above, have you chosen? Please share.