The Tuesday Topic this week is: Do you listen to podcasts while running? List some of your favorite ones.
I kinda slacked on this when I subscribed to Peleton but I did listen before and I am listening to podcasts again while running.
So here are the ones that I like (in no particular order):
Run This World– this one is done by Nicole DeBoom who was the founder of Skirt Sports. Her podcasts last as long as the average 5k run (that’s what she says but many are much longer) and her guests are so varied and yet motivating. Each one ends with the guest’s “nugget of advice.”
I’ll Have Another– I love listening to Lindsay’s guests – she interviews mostly women – some are well known but many are not. And they all have a story to tell (about running.)
Another Mother Runner – The Podcast – The host is Sarah Bowen-Shea but Dimity is often on it as well. I’ve met these two women in person and they are so entertaining. It’s no surprise that their podcasts are as well. In addition, to stories about their own running and families, they share their love of reading. In addition to Dimity, there are several other co-hosts that I enjoy listening to – Amanda, Katie, Molly, Liz, Ellison, etc. Of course, they also do interviews with famous and non-famous runners.
Ali on the Run Show – I’ve always loved her blog and I’ve enjoyed all the guests that she has interviewed. The podcasts last over an hour so I’ve used them during my long runs. She also has added some shorter ones for weekday runs. I especially like her “On the Job Series” where she interviews women who are runners but also hold very interesting jobs.
Fit Strong Women Over 50 – As you can tell from the title, this one is geared toward older women. But actually the title is: Becoming Elli. Elli, the Norse Goddess of “old age”, was underestimated by Thor in a wrestling match. Much to his surprise and chagrin, when Thor wrestled Elli on a dare, he lost the contest. Both Chris and Jill were inspired by Elli and they and their “older” guests have proven that we can become like Elli: surprisingly strong as we age.
Diz Runs Radio– He has recorded almost 500 podcasts. I’ve only listed to a few but the ones I’ve heard were so inspiring and his guests were just ordinary runners like you and me.
The Morning Shakeout – On a weekly basis, Mario Fraioli interviews a wide range of athletes, coaches, and personalities on the subject of running.
Run to the Top – Tina Muir was the original host but she left to start her own business, Then Stephanie Kay Atwood hosted for 2 years. But last year, Claire Bartholic took over. Her goal with the new show was to make it less of a celebrity-style interview and more about actionable tips to improve your running. She interviews athletes and coaches and shares their advice on how we all can become better runners.
She Runs It – As a ZOOMA/Skirt Sports ambassador, I do have to give a plug for this new podcast. The former Skirt Sports owner, Nicole DeBoom and the new owner, Sarah Ratzlaff, talk about many topics related to being “active” confident women.
Honestly, I could go on and on because there are SO many good podcasts out there. Obviously with a job and other activities, I don’t have time to listen to as many as I would like. When I travelled for work, these podcasts were my invaluable company on my long drives!!
Zenaida prompted me a while back to reflect on this topic.
In August of 2015, I posted about what I hoped that I’d be doing In 5 Years. Here’s what I wrote:
Working at the same job – I am too old to change careers. I would like to afford to be retired but I doubt I will be able be.
Playing tennis – I love my friends and enjoy playing this sport on a limited basis. I won’t be playing seriously on a team but I plan to plan socially with my friends at least once a week and continue our annual tennis vacations.
Enjoying weekly Friday night mah jongg games – I play with a great bunch of women and I love the game.
Going boating in the summer on the weekends and hanging out in the bays or on the islands.
Running and racing – I hope to be still running the occasional half marathon. I hope to continue winning awards in my new age group. If I lose my mind and someone trains with me, I may have run a full marathon…but that’s not in the plan!!
Since it has been more than 5 years, I can now see if my predictions were correct:
Working at the same job –Nope. Not by choice. My position was eliminated but I have a new job which involves lots of travel (before the pandemic. Now I am working from home.)
Playing tennis – Nope. Due the new job and travel, I dropped my tennis club membership and no longer play at all. My tennis friends are still my good friends. We see each other monthly (before the pandemic) and continue to spend a week in Naples, Fla.
Enjoying weekly Friday night mah jongg games – Yes. At least before the Pandemic. I’m looking forward to playing again.
Going boating in the summer on the weekends – Yes.But many of our boating friends have moved or sold their boats. Still I am enjoying the lake’s beauty with the hubby.
Running and racing – Yes. I am happily still running and racing. And I just ran my 43rd Half marathon (+6 more virtuals) and my first MARATHON in 2019!
me? a marathoner! – a surprise!!
So now what about in the Next 5 Years?
I hope that I will be HEALTHY. – As we age (and I will be over 70!), we unfortunately may be losing some of our friends. (I have already lost several friends to cancer.) Good health is key to all things in life.
I hope to still be RUNNING and RACING. I don’t plan on another marathon and it may not be 1000 miles run a year. But I hope (as long as my feet let me) to be out there running with my friends and competing in races.
I hope to stay in touch with all the friends that I have made through the various activities that I have participated in (school, work, mah jongg, quilting, knitting, reading, tennis, running, blogging, etc). As they say “Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.” My friends have always been important me. And social media has made it so much easier to stay in touch. I hope to make even MORE friends.
friends for over 50 years!
I see myself still working. I am not a stay at home “Suzy Homemaker” kind of person. I would LOVE to work LESS but we’ll see how it goes. I enjoy having $$ to do what I need to do. That means working.
Hopefully I will continue to take race-cations and return to FRANCE!! – I love to travel and I have seen some wonderful places due to traveling there for a race. However, Paris is still #1.
This was my second local Pandemic race, It was run by the same company as the last one I ran (and my next half marathon). So I was familiar with all the restrictions – masks at start and finish, no water stops, staggered start, etc.
I signed up for this 5 mile race because I am a sucker for a race, any race. Most of friends have lost interest in racing but I knew that I would know many of the runners at the race from past races. It would be fun to re-connect.
the good old days – no masks and standing close together
Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:
My speedwork has been non-existent and my pace has slowed to a crawl. So I entered the race will zero expectations other than being out there running with other runners.
I picked up my race packet on Thursday (in the rain) after work but then was treated to a rainbow.
This time of year is tricky to decide what to wear. It could be winter frigid or what they call in “fake spring.” I tried to remember what I used to wear to race at this time of year. (I seems to have dressing amnesia.)
Past March 5 mile races:
In the end, I decided on this:
possible additions were a shirt underneath, calf sleeves, DIY arm warmers and maybe a vest or jacket
So I got up early, had my habitual race breakfast (oatmeal & coffee) and hit the road. I had never been to Mohawk Harbor where the race started so I left early. I arrived around 8:15 and was able to find a parking spot on the street instead of in the parking garage. I was going to walk to the start and hang out but it was freezing!!! And windy!!
probably should have checked the weather before I left my house
So I just sat in my car to stay warm and watched many of the crazy runners who was doing their warm up runs while I finished a book that I was reading:
Loved it!! if you haven’t read it yet, you should!
I texted my friend Karen and she was doing the same thing, staying in a car until the last minute.
Around 9:00, I had to head to the race start area. On the way, I bumped into Karen.
obligatory pre-race photo
She headed to the restroom and I shivered with all the other runners waiting for my corral to be called.
courtesy of The Daily Gazette
At 9:30, corral 1 started.
and yes the fast runners did wear shorts…
Things moved so quickly that I almost missed my start. I was in corral 4 and ran over just as they were saying: “Last call for corral 4!” In each corral, you lined up by your letter – 6 feet apart and 6 feet from the runner in front and behind you. Masked had to worn all the time except when you were running (if you were not within 6 feet of someone else). Every 10 seconds, another group of 6 started. I was in position F and started around 9:37.
It was advertised as “mostly flat and relatively fast course uniquely includes 2 crossings of the Mohawk River.” But we all know that means there are hills.
Believe it or not, I actually wore my Garmin, I didn’t look at it at all during the race since it was only 5 miles and there were mile markers and no water stops. But I wanted to see my splits afterward. My goal was to run consistently and not hard.
I don’t remember the course in detail since I had never run here. But it was varied and lots of river views. If it weren’t for the insane wind, I would have enjoyed the scenery even more:
and I’m off…
I must admit that I was cold. My hands and feet were numb and I didn’t warm up until mile 4. I am rarely cold when I run but it was so windy. We started out near the water and I think that made it feel even colder. We even crossed the river during this mile. I made sure that I didn’t start out fast. Actually I’m not sure I remember how to run fast. So I just sauntered along enjoying the sunshine and views of the Mohawk River.
It was still windy but not as cold during this mile since we were no longer running along the water. Of course, there were some hills during the race but nothing that was so steep that I had to walk. Remember I rarely do any running on hills.
I didn’t see this photographer so I’m surprised that my form isn’t too bad lol
This mile has a few downhills and again we headed toward the river. In fact this mile ended on the bridge going over the Mohawk river.
The bridge was uphill but then there was a nice downhill. We were also finally running with the wind at our backs. I almost warmed up. (I may have taken off my gloves at this point.) Of course, one of the course marshals announced that “it was downhill from here.” Not true. It’s never true. Next we ran through the old Stockade area before we hit riverside again
I felt like I was getting slower but I hadn’t walked yet. There were no water stops so no temptation to walk. I considered walking for a bit now since it might have given me a second wind. But I wanted to get to the finish line so I just kept going.
Finally it was in sight and you had to put on your mask. My gaiter was all twisted in my hair so I did have to stop and try to pull it up over my month and nose (not sure if I succeeded lol).
very excited to see that finish and maybe chick that guy!
priorities … gotta stop that watch!
done!!! smiling under my mask!
I bumped into a few runners that I knew and we hung out cheering the other runners on. I wanted to wait for Karen anyway.
cute outfit and probably kept him warm.
Finally she was in sight.
We even made the highlight video!!
One of her friends handed me this since it matched my outfit, she said:
it was yummy
I was getting pretty chilled so I proceeded to get my food (which was a bagged lunch of a turkey/cheese sub, potato chips, cookies, and fruit) and headed to my car. It was just too cold to eat outside or to go have a beer.
On the way home, I decided that I had enough energy to run 5 more miles. That’s crazy. But I did it on the “flat” rail trail with lots of walking and a stop to eat my post-race lunch.Additional Race Reflections:
This was a first annual race. All of the other local races are still cancelled so this racing company has been trying to hold a few races. I am so glad they are. It was so fun to be out there and soak up the racing atmosphere again.
Safety restrictions in place (staggered starts).
Real restrooms (in Druthers restaurant)
Well marked course.
Varied scenery including river views
Lots of course marshals
A real race.
Familiar faces (under the masks)
Free Beer (in Druthers)
A real race.
No water stops
The Cold Temps
The shirt (white cotton blend)
Would I recommend this race?
It was super well-organized. Special attention was paid to EVERY detail. It will be even more fun when there are no COVID restrictions and there is nicer weather conditions.
My finish time was more than 2 minutes slower than both 5 milers that I ran two years ago. In fact, this was a PW for this distance. It was slower than my first 5 mile race in 2010.
But I was thrilled with my time. I wasn’t expecting much. I did exactly what I had planned. Just run. I wasn’t ever tired so I definitely think I could have run faster. But there didn’t seem to be a reason to. No age group awards. I was just running for me and because it makes me feel good to race.
and he didn’t run ten miles!!
There is a local 5k but I have not registered so as of today, it’s the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon. (on a revised course – same course as the Fall Classic)
The Tuesday Topic this week is: Makeup while running – yes or no?
Here’s the Makeup-related items that I wear when I run:
Foundation – because it hides flaws in your skin (bags under your eyes lol) but mostly since it’s contains SUNSCREEN.
Lipstick – I just always do wear it (for COLOR) but also because it contains sunscreen and prevents my lips from getting dry and cracked.
Earrings– Always, usually hoops.
Eyeliner & Mascara – rarely but sometimes. (Rarely because I wear sunglasses and no one sees my eyes)
Sunglasses – Almost Always – I wear Contacts and my eyes are sensitive to sun and wind.
I still follow the same above during the Pandemic because I run most days and I do have ZOOM meetings. (Can’t scare my co-workers and friends away!)
The only issue has been that when I wear a gaiter, it fogs up my sunglasses. Sometimes I do wear my glasses instead of my contacts…SAME!! (Luckily I’m not blind without my glasses and I just shove them in my pocket.)
It seems like I’ve been planning this race forever (since last February, I believe).
So this year, I did run the Publix A1A Fort Lauderdale Half Marathonas my 43th Half Marathon (49th if you count the six 2020 virtuals) for these reasons:
A warmer weather race-cation opportunity
I had a flight credit from a cancelled vacation.
I had enough points for 4 nights in a hotel.
It was held on Presidents Day weekend (one less day to take off from work)
It was advertised as a scenic course with ocean views.
The race’s COVID-19 plan provided enough safety for its racers IMO.
I’ve never been to Fort Lauderdale.
I had four friends that lived nearby (for the winter.)
I had gotten BOTH of my COVID vaccines.
Half Marathon Training:
If you follow my posts, you also know that I am not strict about following a training plan. I ran my last half marathon in November (an in-person one.) I didn’t wear a watch. It was very hilly and so I was thrilled to just finish.
Upstate Classic HM
As with all my half marathon training, I did not really care about my week day runs. They were usually 3 easy miles.
However, I do try to do longer runs on the weekend. I did manage ALL year to run at least 10 miles every weekend. I even got in one 11 miler and one 12 miler before this race.
Though I did feel somewhat prepared to run 13.1 miles, my goal for this half marathon was still to just finish and to ENJOY RUNNING A REAL RACE!!!
Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:
Although the half marathon was scheduled for Sunday morning, I arrived (with no flight drama) in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon. I rented a car there and drove North to Boca Raton where I spent the next two days (staying in a hotel rather than at my friends’ places.)
I got to hang out with my four friends while visiting the beaches, gardens, bird sanctuaries and outdoor restaurants. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there (even wearing a mask almost all the time).
On Saturday afternoon, I left Boca, headed back to Fort Lauderdale to the expo to pick up my race packet, then returned North to Pompano Beach for a Lighthouse Tour (by Boat) followed by dinner across from the Pompano Beach pier. Instead of my usual pre-race pizza, I chose Shrimp n Grits (and hoped that it was an adequate carb loading substitute.)
Finally I arrived at my Fort Lauderdale hotel in time to organize my usual race outfit (tank, skirt, cap) and hit the sack earlyish.
I brought my oatmeal and coffee from home with me and got up around 3:00 am to get ready and have breakfast in my hotel room. I was a little nervous when it was already 78 degrees with 91% humidity – ouch! Not much I could do except leave off the compression calf sleeves and the throw-away clothing.
I had decided to purchase in advance the VIP parking. For $29, it was affordable (hey how many races did I NOT pay to run in 2020?) and piece of mind that early in the morning. You had to be at the race by 4:30 am!!
The parking lot was at a hotel and very easy to find. And you were able to use the hotel restrooms (and there were many!) and the race start (and finish) was right across the street. It was a little breezy so I put on my DIY arm warmers but they sure didn’t stay on long.
You were required to wear a mask until you crossed the start line and everyone complied. The runners were so friendly and from all over the US. This was actually the best part of the race….making new friends.
view while waiting to start
There was a staggered start. – 20 runners at a time, 6 ft apart. You lined up by estimated finish time. I lined up behind the 2:15 pacer. however most runners around me said that they were slower but didn’t want to wait that long to start. I felt the same way!
This may have been the last time I saw this sign
Eventually the race started with the announcer reminding runners to throw their bib in the trash and not on the course. (You would be given another mask after you crossed the finish line to wear in the finish/food/band area.)
I started around 6:30 am.
I’ll do my best to recap the race below. (Warning: it’ll be long…)
My plan, as usual, was to stop and walk briefly at every water stop (so I wouldn’t get dehydrated) and to stop and walk longer to eat a GU around every 3-4 miles. I planned to walk whenever necessary and NOT RACE it. It was VERY hot (85 degrees with 95% humidity) and I didn’t want to end up in an ambulance.
looks hilly. but it wasn’t!
I will also try to put a positive spin on my recap. Honestly, it felt harder than it should have. For the first time during a race, I wondered if I would be able to finish. (I didn’t even feel that way during my marathon.)
We started running south (with the ocean on the left) and ran along route 1A and around the point where we viewed some gorgeous oceanside homes.
As always, I felt more energetic during the beginning miles. Unfortunately, my feet hurt from the first step to the last. I was disappointed but was prepared for the pain. I was trying to run at a consistent pace. I was not very successful at this as the race went on.
I stopped at each water stop as planned. They were at about every 1 1/2 miles which normally would be frequent enough but not when it over 85 degrees. After the first few water/Gatorade stops, I started taking TWO cups of water – one to drink and one to pour on myself.
Around mile 3, a lady went down. At that point, I decided to slow down and make sure that it would not be me. Now we were heading north toward the race start (with the ocean on the right).
I was very excited to finally get to see the sun rise over the ocean without clouds blocking the sun. I think it was around mile 4 and I ran over to snap a photo.
As you can see, we were still running with the water on our right. I was desperately trying to focus on the beautiful views and not on how hot it was and how dizzy/nauseous it was making me feel. I took my first GU at this point and slowed down which made me feel better.
I continued slogging along running until a water stop. But my running felt like a crawl. I used my watch to see what mile we were on. The mile markers were painted on the ground (very lightly and often crossed out from last year’s course).
Although I loved looking at the ocean, it did get monotonous after awhile. Other runners told me that in previous years, it was not a loop and so not as much ocean views but a variety of views including a park.
Many runners were dressed up in their tutus for Valentine’s Day and that was at least a distraction.
I just continued putting one step in front of another. I was determined to finish even if it meant walking the rest of the race.
The turn around which seemed like a marathon away finally arrived around mile 8 and then we did a loop until mile 9.
Then we returned onto 1A with now the ocean on our left. The slower half marathoners were now heading in the opposite direction (as opposed to the speedy ones that passed me by before.)
Around this time, I ate another GU and started drinking more water and walking longer at the stops. And there was the blister forming on my left foot – ouchy!
By this point, I was struggling big time. Not sure why. The course was flat!
The Vaccine? Too much activity on previous days? Not enough sleep? The heat? The humidity? My feet? ???
Whatever the reason, I knew that it would NOT prevent me from finishing. I kept thinking that there were marathon runners completing the course TWICE!!!!!! I certainly can do it once.
One last GU and I was able to re-energize and sprint toward the finish line.
I crossed at 2:35:58.
A big PW but I was thrilled to have finished and have “run” a RACE!!
I was immediately handed a bottle of water, a mask and the finisher medal wrapped in plastic.
It took me a while to get up enough energy to move from sitting on that wall. I first headed to get some chocolate milk and then sat again and chatted with a few runners (all happy but very very hot and sweaty.)
Next I dragged my aching feet to the ocean and boy, did that feel good.
not sure how long I stood there?
Then I decided that I needed to eat. Nothing really appealed to me though there was quite a variety but my stomach felt too queasy for tacos, burritos, refried beans…
I opted for some fruit, cookies, rice and a cold brew. I think I also took some other items and drinks but skipped the beer (before 10 am.)
Eventually, I headed back to my car since my friend Barbara was picking me up at my hotel in order to meet two other friends for a airboat ride on the Everglades.
perfect activity post-race…nice breeze on the boat and I didn’t have to walk anywhere.
Additional Race Reflections:
A real Race
2 day expo with mandatory mask requirements
A good number of booths and food/drink samples at the expo.
Excellent communication about every aspect of the race before, during and after the race. – FB video on 1-19-21 and many Q & A’s.
Easy packet pick-up
VIP parking available and city lots (COVID rate) and public lots
Sufficient number of port-a-potties at start/finish and along the course
Staggered start – 6 ft apart, 20 in each corral (.5 mile area). Each corral started every 20 seconds.
Spectators required to wear masks.
Sanitizing stations throughout the race.
Water stops 1.2-1.5 miles apart – 6 so you could stop 12 times.
Disposable masks given out at the finish line.
Volunteers/police directing traffic.
Many racers dressed up for Valentine’s Day.
6 hour time limit for the race (since it included a marathon)
Pre-packaged food post-race and safe places to eat.
The Tuesday Topic this week is: Running (and Racing) Pet Peeves
I’m pretty chill (or oblivious) and I had a hard time writing this. So I am adding Racing to my List.
Runners who always complain that they are “SLOW.” Pace is an individual thing. We are ALL “slow” if we compare ourselves to a faster runner.
Runners who run alonebecause they don’t run at the same PACE as someone else. Running solo is a great option. BUT you can be flexible if you want to have company. Believe me, you can run a MUCH longer distance if you are not alone. Just compromise on pace or intervals for one run. It’s worth it in the end.
Runners who are always late to group runs. And if you need to warm-up, you should just arrive earlier. Of course, this is especially bothersome when it is very cold or very hot.
Runners whom you pass on a road or trail and do not respond to a wave or a “hello.” IMO, that’s just rude but maybe they are just “in the zone.”
RDs who advertise a race as being flat and fast. We know that means it has hills. Just be honest and post an elevation chart.
Races that start late.
Races that do not have adequate parking.
Races without enough water stopsor enough water/volunteers at those stops.
Races where the course is not adequately marked. The course should have course marshals at all the turns.
Large races with 10 year Age Group awards rather than 5.
Races that give unisex shirts as swag. In fact, I would rather have the option not to get a shirt and pay less. Even better, a different kind of swag. We all have enough shirts.
Expensive races without a deferral option. Injuries and family emergencies happen.
Races without day of race packet pick-up. If someone travels to a race, it is often impossible to pick up their bib the day before.
Long races without bag check. I always need to be able to put on warmer or cooler clothes after a race. Often my hotel or car is not nearby.
Wow, I guess I had more pet peeves that I thought lol
The Tuesday Topic this week is: Five Words to Describe Yourself
This might be the hardest post ever to write. It is hard to be objective about oneself. Do I pick good traits? Or maybe those where I need to improve?
Well, here are the first five words that came to mind:
I think that this is the most important quality to have to be a good friend. I hope that all my friends think that I am. Thanks to social networking, I have remained in contact with close friends from high school, college, and all of my jobs, in addition to, those whom I see frequently in-person.
some of the friends that I met playing tennis
I call it Disciplined, others may call it ‘stubborn” or “crazy.” I usually run or walk outside pretty much no matter what. In the cold, when I don’t feel well or may be injured and when conditions are not optimal, I “Just Do It.” I have to say that I am “Disciplined” about fitness-activities that I enjoy (walking, running, hiking, tennis,) not about all other activities (such as yoga, strength training, biking, etc.)
even in the cold and with a calf injury back in March 2019.
The hardest part about the Pandemic for me was sitting still and being stuck indoors. Pacing in my house is not an ideal way for me to get in steps. Rest Days for me are days when I can bike, walk or hike instead of run.
a day off = a drive to VT to hike alone
As a child, I was very shy. I hated to speak in front of class. I still do. I became a teacher and learned to become somewhat comfortable in front of students. I still dreaded those observations. Still do. Yes, I am social and have lots of friends but prefer to interact in a small group. You will never see me recording myself and posting the video for all to see. Never.
Westchester (October 2019) This is probably why I am so comfortable travelling and hiking by myself
I am not sure if this quality is positive or negative. Positive – I don’t miss out on things by over thinking and hesitating. I just sign up or just go. Negative – somethings that I have done were not good choices or planned out well.
A NYC train trip (and hotel stay) in order to run a 5k during the Pandemic?