It’s Monday and My Birthday!

Yup, I am 58 years old today!!

If you asked me 5 years ago if I would run in a 5k race, I would have laughed in your face.  If you asked me one year ago if I would run a half marathon, I would have done the same.   I am thankful that I am healthy and have friends and bloggers that support my craziness.

my proudest moment

 

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange #35:

This Week’s Topic: Handling Set-Backs

This Week’s Question: What kind of set-backs have you experienced when it comes to your sport?  Have you had an injury, financial issue or other stress that has interfered with your training and how did/do you handle it?

I am pretty lucky to not have had major injuries.  I have had a slight knee issue and a foot problem. In both cases, I just cut back my running and paid more attention to icing & stretching & ibuprofen. I know if I had to stop running for any length of time, I would be totally bummed.

Both boating and tennis have greatly impacted my running time. My hubby has so far been agreeable to let me work around our weekends on the boat & I have been able to squeeze in my training runs and my summer 5ks. I will also try this summer to schedule my long runs on Thursdays.

Tennis is another story.  I try to not run & play on the same day so my body doesn’t fall apart.  But sometimes I have to.  I also don’t play on many teams anymore and I have to explain to my friends why I want to run rather than play on their team.

My husband was forced to retire before we were financially ready so I have been conscious about the cost of races. Racing is important to me so I try to cut back on other things.

Last week update:

My goal was 13  miles and I ran 4 times for a total of  13  miles. YAY!!
I ran  a 5K race.(actually it was 3 mi) and had a BIG PR!!
I played tennis twice.

Goals for the next 2 weeks:

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis after work
Tues – tennis after work
Wed – leave for Naples, Fla
Thurs – tennis, beach
Fri – tennis, beach
Sat – tennis beach
Sun – tennis, beach

Next week’s schedule:

Mon – sightseeing
Tues – tennis, beach
Wed – return to Albany, NY
Fri –  mah jongg
Sat – my hubby’s b-day
Sun – my belated B-day dinner w/BF

This week’s running:

Tues – 3 mi before work
Thurs – 3  miles before tennis
Sat – 3  miles before tennis
Sun – 3 mil before tennis

Next week’s running:

Tues – 3  miles before tennis
Thurs – Workforce Challenge 3.5 mi Race
Sun – SPAC 5k race 
 
2 Week Running Goal = 21.5 miles 
May Monthly Running Goal = 60 miles, a race or 2 or 3 or 4

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running! Florida here I come!

Brain Exchange #34 and Monday Running Goals

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s TopicRunning Green

This Week’s Question:  In celebration of (belated) Earth Day, tell us how you help the earth by running green.

I am embarrassed to say that I’m not that environmentally conscious.  But I want to be. I usually carry a small water bottle if I run a long distance or just drink from the tap before & after my run. I rarely buy bottled water.

Last week update:

My goal was 10  miles and I ran 4 times for a total of  11  miles. Slowly recovering.
I ran a 5K race.
I played tennis once  and did Yoga once.

Goals for this week:

This week’s schedule: (A BUSY ONE!!)

Mon – tennis after work
Tues – tennis after work
Wed – yoga
Thurs – hair appt, Diva Night at FleetFeet
Fri –  mah jongg
Sat – “HAIR” and dinner out w/friends
Sun – Mother’s Day dinner out w/family

This week’s running (if  I have time):

Tues- 3  miles after work
Wed – 4 miles after work
Fri – 3 miles after or before work
Sun – Mother’s Day 5k race 
 
Weekly Running Goal = 13 miles 
May Monthly Running Goal = 60 miles, a race

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Brain Exchange #33 and Goals for the Week

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic:  All About Boston

This Week’s Question:  What are your thoughts on the Boston Marathon?  Have you, are you or do you plan to, run the Boston Marathon?  What do you think of the new regulations? 

I love to watch, read and hear stories about this prestigious race. I have not and don’t plan to run this race.  In fact, I don’t plan to run a marathon. (I think I’ll stick to half marathons.  That training is time consuming ernough!!) If I do, ever, it will be NYC or one in Florida.

I do feel bad for those would would have qualified but now with the new regulations can’t.

Last week update:

My goal was 24 miles and I ran 4 times for a total of  25  miles. YAY!!
I ran my first 5 mile race.
I didn’t play tennis at all  and did Yoga once.
This was Week #10 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  Less than 2 weeks to go! YIKES!

Goals for this week:

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis after work
Tues – tennis after work
Wed – Mentors mtg after work
Thurs – Dean’s farewell party
Fri –  mah jongg
Sat – USTA tennis match
Sun – File our taxes!!

This week’s running:

Tues – 3 miles before work
Wed – 3  miles after work
Thurs – 4 miles after work
Sun – 9 miles
 
Weekly Running Goal = 19 miles 
April Monthly Running Goal = 80 miles, a race, a Half Marathon

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

 

Brain Exchange #32 & Goals for the Week

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic:  Building Mileage

This Week’s Question:  Regardless of the distance you train for, or whether it be road racing or triathlon, training is time consuming.  What are your tricks for fitting all your training into your schedule?  How do you balance family, friends, work and training?

Balance is the hardest part of running, especially if you are training for a long race. I have to fit in tennis contracts, tennis matches, yoga, work, appts, mah jongg, my mentee, my friends, and my hubby.

 I plan all my running for the week on Monday. I post my running schedule on my blog. It keep me accountable.

I arrange my running around my life and my life around my running.

So far, I have luckily been able to do it all.

However, you have to be realistic and flexible.  So sometimes, the running part gets cut short because other things are more important.

Last week update:

My goal was 24 miles and I ran 5 times for a total of  24  miles. YAY!!
I played tennis once  and did Yoga once.
This was Week #9 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  3 weeks to go!

Goals for this week:

This week’s schedule:

Mon – dentist
Wed – yoga
Thurs – meet bf at the mall
Fri –  OFF from Work, mah jongg

This week’s running:

Tues – 4 miles after work
Wed – 3  miles after work
Fri – 12  miles
Sun –  Delmar Dash 5 mile race 

 
Weekly Running Goal = 24 miles 
April Monthly Running Goal = 80 miles, a race, a Half Marathon

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Brain Exchange #31 and the Last Week of March

  

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic:  Race Reports

This Week’s Question: Do you enjoy writing your race reports?  Do you use them later for reference?

Yes, Yes!!! I’m getting better at it too. I’m adding more details and photos so they will be more helpful if I run the same race again.   They help me reflect on the experience and if it was a good one, prolong the endorphins 🙂

Yes, I read the past ones and use them to see what my time was, if the course was hilly and if it was crowded, etc. It even helps me decide if I want to run that race again.

Last week update:

My goal was 21 miles and I ran 5 times for a total of  18.5  miles.
I ran a 5K race. (finished under 30 min)
I played tennis 3x  and did Yoga once.
This was Week #8 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  4 weeks to go!

Goals for this week:

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis after work
Wed – yoga
Thurs – movie
Fri – hair appt & mah jongg

This week’s running:

Tues – 4 miles after work
Wed – 3  miles before work
Thurs  -4  miles after work
Fri – 2 mi before work
Sun –  11 miles
 
Weekly Running Goal = 24 miles 
March  Monthly Running Goal = 70 miles, a race, hm training
April Monthly Running Goal = 80 miles, a race, a Half Marathon

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Goals for the Week and Brain Exchange #30

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic: Your First Kicks

This Week’s Question: All runners have a connection to their shoes.  Tell the story behind how you came to love the kicks you’re in- what were your first shoes?  What do you wear now?  Do you stick to one shoe or change it up?

I used to be a tennis shoe-aholic but now I am a running shoe-aholic. 

When I first started running 3 years ago, I went to FleetFeet and they recommended Sauconys.  I wore those until they wore out and then bought Sauconys again.

Since then I’ve worn Nikes because they hold the Nike+ chip.  I’ve also bought inexpensive Reebocks for the treadmill.

Then I switched to Mizunos which I loved until recently.  My feet started hurting!! I bought another pair a 1/2 size larger and my feet still hurt (anyone want a new pair  size 8.5??)

I switched to Asics for my half marathon and now I am sold on them.  I have 2 pairs. I wear one on my longer runs and the other that I am breaking in for my shorter runs.

I have come to realize that shoes are the most important running accessory!!!

Last week update:

 My goal was 21 miles and I ran 4 times for a total of   22  miles. YEA!
I played tennis 3 times. (a usta match & lost 😦  )

This was Week #7 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  5 weeks to go!

Goals for this week:

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis after work
Tues – tennis after work
Wed – yoga
Thurs – FleetFeet workshop
Fri – mah jongg
Sat or Sun – boat show

This week’s running:

Tues – 3 miles before work
Wed – 3.5  miles before work
Thurs 3.5  miles before work
Sat  –  5k  mile Race + 8 miles
 
Weekly Running Goal = 21 miles 
March  Monthly Running Goal = 70 miles, a race, hm training

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Brain Exchange #29 & Monday Goals

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic: Music Montage

This Week’s Question: If you had a soundtrack for your training and racing, what songs would appear on it?  

  1. I Run for Life – Melissa Etheridge
  2. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  3. Running on Empty – Jackson Brown
  4. Stronger – Britney Spears
  5. Don’t Stop – Rolling Stones
  6. Don’t Stop Believin – Journey
  7. Strong Enough – Cher
  8. Just Dance – Lady GaGa
  9. Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
  10. Runnin Down a Dream – Tom Petty
  11. I Gotta Feeling – Black-Eyed Peas
  12. Help – The Beatles
  13. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20

and many more…
 

Goals for this week:

Last week update:

 My goal was 20 miles and I ran 4 times for a total of 19 miles.
I played tennis twice and did yoga once.

This was Week #5 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  7 weeks to go! (Although I haven’t registered yet.)

This week’s schedule:

Tues – tennis after work
Wed – USTA dinner
Fri – mah jongg

This week’s running:

Tues – 3.5  miles before work
Wed– 3.5  miles before work
Thurs – 4  miles after work
Sat  –  4  mile Race (my 2nd ever)
Sun – 6 miles

 
Weekly Running Goal = 21 miles 
March  Monthly Running Goal = 70 miles, a race, hm training

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Monday Goals & Brain Exchange #28

 

Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This  Weeks Topic: Social Networking

This Weeks Question: Do you use Facebook, Twitter, Daily Mile etc… to socially network for your blog?

YES!  I have a Facebook page for my blog .  My blog posts sync with it.  I also have my own personal Facebook page.  I have a twitter account but don’t use it much.  I also use DailyMile to keep track of my runs.

Goals for this week:

Last week update:

 My goal was 19 miles and I ran  16  miles. (busy week)

This was Week #4 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  8 weeks to go! (Although I haven’t registered yet.)

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis after work
Tues – tennis after work
Wed – yoga
Thurs – dentist
Fri – mah jongg
Sat – see Riverdance

This week’s running:

Tues – 3.5  miles before work
Wed– 3.5  miles before work
Thurs or Fri – 4  miles after work
Sat or Sun –  9  miles

Weekly Running Goal = 20 miles 
February  Monthly Running Goal = 60 miles, a race, hm training

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Monday Goals and Brain Exchange #27

 Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic: Racing & Vacations

This Week’s Question: Do you make vacations out of your races when they are far from home?

I have only participated in one race far from home.  That was my first Half Marathon in Naples, Florida.  I definitely made a vacation out of it.  The race was on Sunday.  I flew out after work on Friday and stayed until Tuesday evening.  My hubby met me there and we did a lot of sightseeing, relaxing on the beach… It was fun!

If I do another, I would do the same.

Goals for this week:

Last week update:

 My goal was 18 miles and I ran 19  miles.

This was Week #3 of my 2nd Half Marathon training.  9 weeks to go! (Although I haven’t registered yet.)

This week’s schedule:

Mon – work at Bar Exam
Tues – work at Bar Exam, tennis after
Wed – yoga
Thurs – see The Lion King musical
Fri – mah jongg
Sat – hair appt

This week’s running:

Mon – 3.5  miles after work
Wed– 3.5  miles before work
Thurs or Fri – 3  miles before work
Sat or Sun –  9 miles

Weekly Running Goal = 19 miles 
February  Monthly Running Goal = 60 miles, a race, hm training

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!

Monday Goals & Brain Exchange #26

 Finishing is Winning‘s Brain Exchange:

This Week’s Topic: Extreme Weather & Keeping it Fun

This Week’s Question: Do you deal with any types of extreme weather where you live?  Heat warnings, a lot of snow, frequent tornados?  How do you keep your workouts fresh and fun when you are stuck indoors?

We are having a tough winter where I live. A lot of SNOW!!! When I first started running 3 years ago, I didn’t run at all in the winter.  Then last year, I joined a gym and ran on the treadmill.  To make it bearable, I downloaded TV shows to my iPod Touch (Criminal Minds, Law & Order) and watched them while I ran.  I was only running 3 miles or 4 at most.  Then this year, I was training for a half marathon.  Impossible for me to do long runs on the treadmill.  So I braved the cold.  I don’t enjoy it but I found it not as bad as I thought. I found a route that was interesting & mostly flat.  I listen to music on my iPod Nano. I always reward myself with Starbucks when I’m done.  I recently even bought Yak Trax.  However, during the week for my short runs when it is dark or snowing or raining or windy, etc., I still go to the gym.  I am now watching The Good Wife and Fairly Legal.

Goals for the week:

Last week update:

 My goal was 17 miles and I ran  17 miles. YAY!!

This was Week #2 of my 2nd Half Maraton training.  10 weeks to go!

This week’s schedule:

Mon – tennis
Tues – tennis
Wed – webinar
Thurs – yoga
Fri – mah jongg

This week’s running:

Tues – 3 miles before or after work
Wed– 4 miles before work
Thurs or Fri – 3  miles before or after work
Sat or Sun –  8 miles

Weekly Running Goal = 18 miles 
February  Monthly Running Goal = 60 miles, a race, hm training

Yearly Running Goal = 1011 miles

Happy Running!