Four Somethings for July

January 2018 Share Foru Somethings #ShareFourSomethings

Thanks to Laurie from Meditations in Motion, I discovered a link up started by blogger Heather Gerwing. The fourth Saturday of each month (for me a Tuesday), Heather invites other bloggers to share their “Four Somethings”: Something Loved, Something Read, Something Treasured, and Something Ahead. Sharing these four somethings is a great way to recap your month and highlight what stood out to you. If you are a blogger, you may post your Four Somethings too!

1. Something Loved.

At this point in this HOT, HUMID summer, I have loved my Sunday time on Lake George.  It has been peaceful and scenic but more importantly, an opportunity to cool off, relax and read.

Unlike other summers, it has NOT been an occasion to connect with friends and participate in social gatherings.

How have you kept cool this summer?  Has it been different than previous summers?

2. Something Read.

Writers & Lovers

I took a break from my borrowed mystery novel collection since our library has now opened for book pick-up.

This book is is narrated by 31-year-old Casey, who is struggling to finish writing her first novel while trying to handle college loan debts and her mother’s recent, unexpected death. In the mix is a love triangle.

I really enjoyed this book and loved how the main character evolved and how the story ended.

Have you read this or King’s other novels?

3. Something Treasured.

My Friends.  

Of course, our times together are different. We are either 6 feet apart or on ZOOM but they are there for support and share our interests, worries, etc.

college friends with whom I went to France with

tennis friends

running/hiking buddies

They are all respectful of the need to stay safe.  I have felt isolated by working from home.  My friends have definitely added some normalcy to my life.

Have you been able to stay in touch with your friends?  

4. Something Ahead.

A Race-cation??

The Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon & 5k

Hopefully this will be in NH to run the Smuttynose Half Marathon.  Ten of us have rented a house for 4 days.

If not, my next one is in February in Fla.

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

Sunday, Feb 14, 2021

Are you looking forward to any races that you have already registered for?


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


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! What are your somethings? Share at least ONE. 

Staying Safe/Sane When Running (during Pandemic Times)

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic for today is: Running (during Pandemic Times)

My utmost priority is staying safe. That means not catching COVID-19 and/or passing it on the my hubby, my stepsons or worse my 95 year old MIL.

Most of the time I have not stayed in my neighborhood because I have found ways to feel safe when running elsewhere. I will share some of those ways below in addition to ways to save your sanity if you choose to stay near home.

  • Wear a mask or buff around your neck

As you are probably aware, you wear something over your mouth and nose to protect others (even if you have no symptoms). So if you have it around your neck at all times, if someone comes close, you just pull it up.  Also as respect for others, if you see someone else wearing a mask/buff (even if they are not close), you should pull up your mask or buff.

oops I’m the only one without a mask/buff

  • Run early on popular routes or bike paths.

You’ll be surprised how empty your normal running routes are if you go early in the morning.

Corning bike path is empty in the early am

  • Research new and rarely populated paths.

Do not run where you normally do That’s where most runners go.

Instead, find a new place, somewhere new, someplace uncommon.  You will be rewarded with an empty, safe path.

this part of the Crossings is in the back and very empty

  • Call a friend.

You can run in your neighborhood. But every time??!! It sure gets boring no matter what you do.

Ask a friend to run with you.  You two, of course, will be running 6 feet apart.  But you can still chat that way and motivate each other to complete the distance.

  • Play head games.

If you feel that your neighborhood is your only option and you cannot find a friend to share the experience, invent ways to keep it fun.

Look for rainbow signs, find new flowers in bloom each week, ask the names of the friendly dogs, give out awards to the nicest lawns, pick out your favorite house, etc.

I mostly look for flowers to photograph (but I’m not interested in my pace)

I have no idea when things will go back to normal so that I can run safely anywhere, at any time and with my friends or at races.

This message still holds true…

Bloggers unite!!


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Have you found ways to run outside your neighborhood and still feel safe?  Or have you been sticking close tPlease share.

Running Success (During Pandemic Times)

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic for today is: Running Success (during Pandemic Times)

In “Normal” times, as runners, we would most likely define SUCCESS with one or more of the following:

  • Completing a New distance such as your first full marathon
  • Attaining a PR (at a distance or a course)
  • Qualifying for a big race (Boston?)
  • Running a bucket list race (like one of the World Majors)
  • Trying a new type of race – a trail race, a triathlon, etc.
  • Returning to racing after an injury

Well, I doubt any of these have occurred this year.

So how do runners now determine success?

  • No Covid-19

Only one of my running friends has gotten this and she recovered. All others including myself are and have been symptom free.

thumbs up for flowers and feeling good

  • Mileage

Since we are all working from home, there is less travel time and thus, more time to RUN. As a result, we are running more miles each month.

my goal had been 84 miles per month and I often didn’t meet it

  • Varied running routes

In order to stay safe, you have had to avoid those non-wearing masked neighborhood walkers or the bikers on crowded bike trails. So you have discovered new places to run such as secluded trails or quiet park paths.

all alone at Zim Smith

  • Virtual Races

No scheduled races has given runners who want to race the ability to sign up and complete a multitude of VIRTUAL races.

Many are even free.

  • Participation in Challenges

In addition to virtual races, you can join a variety of challenges that will motivate you to complete a certain number of miles or kms.

Certificate

Many of the states have one such as this.

So of course as running goes in 2020, we may want a do over but it always helps to focus on the positives. I’m sure you can find ones that I didn’t even think of.

Yeah, life is hard, but people get through it, why? Because they ...


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! How successful has your running year been? Have you had any of the successes mentioned or any others? Please share.

Mid-Year Review

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

The Topic for today is: 2020 Mid-Year Review

Well, obviously things haven’t gone as planned. (17 races that I was planning to run by Jun 30, 2020 have been cancelled).

  • Races

The year started with a painful foot.  I continued to run on it and completed a few short races and two half marathons. Then I got rid of the pain but there have been no races since 😦

  • Virtual Races

Yes, I have technically completed quite a few including three half marathons.

But none have I truly raced.

  • Mileage

My goal for the year has always been 1000 miles.  That means around 84 miles each month.

Jan – 83.8 miles
Feb  – 76.7 miles
Mar – 91 miles
Apr – 89 miles
May – 86.5 miles
Jun – 82 miles

I have run 507 miles so far.

It seems that I am right on track as far as that goes.

  • Training Plans

I have continued to run as if I were training for a half marathon.  That means I run 3 short runs during the work week

and one Long Run of 10 miles on the weekend.

  • Cross Training

Ummm.. I started the year with an occasional trip to the gym to ride the bike or use the machines (very occasional).

Then everything closed. I do not own any equipment.

So it’s been a lot of walking, a lot of hiking and a lot of weeding. I have also taken a yoga class every month (face to face and then through ZOOM).

  • Race-cations

Yes, my favorite thing to do.

NYC for a half marathon and then an awesome one in Bermuda (who knew how fun it would be and how it may be the last  one of the year?) I had a race scheduled for my tennis trip to Naples, Fl but the trip got cancelled.  I had another NYC trip planned for June but that race got cancelled.

Hopefully, my NH girls trip will happen in October – race or no race.  Maybe I will even get to run in NYC before 2021.

  • Blogger Meet-ups

Well, most of them have been virtual.

virtual 5k with Cari, Kim and Deb

Gotta love ZOOM.

As I am sure every runner will agree, 2020 so far has not been a remarkable year.  But if we are all healthy, we should not complain.

Things can only get better!!


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! How is your 2020 shaping up? Please share.

Four Somethings for June

January 2018 Share Foru Somethings #ShareFourSomethings

Thanks to Laurie from Meditations in Motion, I discovered a link up started by blogger Heather Gerwing. The fourth Saturday of each month (for me a Tuesday), Heather invites other bloggers to share their “Four Somethings”: Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. If you are a blogger, you may post your Four Somethings too!

1. Something Loved.

Nature!!!

Having no races to train for may have left most you runners unmotivated. I suffer from that as well so I have focused on experiencing nature.  Visiting and walking the nearby trails…

especially those with waterfalls (Huyck Preserve):

Once I race again and have to focus on running, these visits may decrease.

2. Something Said.

I posted a quote by Monet on my FB page.  One of French students from long ago said:

“You were one of the best teachers that I ever had!! I loved your classes! You always kept us challenge, entertained and made learning fun. I remember…”

That certainly made my day.  Teachers rarely get comments from their students.  At least, I didn’t (until I quit teaching lol).

My point being is that you never know when or if you inspire anyone.  And that carries over to running.  If you love what you do, you will affect someone.  They may never tell you. Running like teaching is often selfless.

Have you ever surprisingly inspired or had a positive effect on someone?

3. Something Learned.

Her Marathon Time Is Astounding—And Not Just for 71 - WSJ

Jeannie Rice, age 72

This lady has been running for 37 years without a single injury.

She holds the world and/or national record at every distance.

She has run 150 marathons.

She still runs at least 11-12 miles each day (6-8 marathons a year.)

If you have time, listen to her interview on this podcast.

What learned was that GOALS and SPEED do not have be related to AGE.

Have you used your age as an excuse to give up on your goals or slow down?

4. Something Read.

My co-worker lent me a whole bunch of mysteries. Some were so-so but I especially enjoyed this one.

The story is told from two points of view — Lucy (the daughter-in-law) and Diana Goodwin (the mother-in-law).  When Diana is found dead in her home, folks are unsure whether it is suicide or if someone wanted her dead.

Well, I couldn’t put it down. Now I want to read Hepworth’s other books.

Have you read this or any of Hepworth’s books?  Who is your favorite mystery author?


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


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! What are your somethings? Share at least ONE. 

Summer Bucket List (during the Pandemic)

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

The Topic for today was: Summer Bucket List

I think I posted about this last year and it included such things as:

  • Racing on the weekend
  • Long runs in preparation for fall half marathons (or marathon)
  • Playing tennis outdoors
  • Participating in ARE Trail Series and SOAR group runs
  • Running in different places around the state esp. in NYC
  • Going to Saratoga Race Track
  • Boating on Lake George
  • Hiking 

Now with this Pandemic, obviously my bucket list plans have changed:

  • Racing on the weekend

What races?

Last summer, there were many:

This summer??

There’s still a slight possibility that my August half marathon will happen…very slight!!  Hopefully a shorter small race or two will happen before Sept 22.

Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

April 19th race postponed until August 29….

Checkmark Bullet Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | ShutterstockLong runs in preparation for fall half marathons (or marathon)

Yes, I am trying to keep up my 10 mile base.  So far so good.  But it’s hard with the heat and keeping the 6 ft distance from my running friends. But at least I’m not running all those miles alone.

  • Playing tennis outdoors

A big NO here.  My Tuesday evening group disbanded in favor of playing on clay during the day.  I am still working.  Though, I could pursue finding others to play with, I have switched my focus to running, walking and hiking after work.

tennis friends

I used to play tennis EVERYDAY especially in the summer. I miss it!! But at least I still see my friends. I am sure I will play again often if I ever retire.

  • Participating in ARE Trail Series and SOAR group runs.

The Trail Series that I did with my friends last year has been cancelled.

I am running mostly solo during the week, fitting it around my work schedule.

I may participate in some Ice Cream Group Runs that will be organized.

  • Running in different places around the state and in NYC.

No traveling for work.  That means just running locally in the same places!!

Last year:

  • Going to Saratoga Race Track

The races have been cancelled for spectators.  This has been a tradition for my friend and I – For over 30 years we have been going to breakfast and then watching the races.

Checkmark Bullet Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | ShutterstockBoating on Lake George

Yes, this will happen.  Many restrictions, of course. No fireworks, no events or craft fairs…. MASKS!

We’ll see how it goes.  The lake will be there. It will be beautiful but camping, docking, eating, socializing….????

Last summer:

This summer:

Checkmark Bullet Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | ShutterstockHiking 

I plan to do this all summer.  I have been hiking during the pandemic.  I have acquired a new hiking friend.  This is one the highlights of the pandemic for me.

One big downer is that the Hikeathon that I signed my hubby & I up for (for the first time) has gone virtual.

Hike-A-Thon 2020 logo

in fact, Pinnacle Pt, the hike we signed up for is still closed

Last summer:

This summer:

As they say: This too shall pass!

I am healthy.  My family and friends are healthy.

Life is good!


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! What is on your summer bucket list?  How has it changed from last summer? Please share.

Training Philosophy…what training?

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: Training Philosophy

Unfortunately, with NO races on the schedule, who is training anyway?

That being said, there will be races again and we all have run races in the past.

I personally do not believe in ONE training philosophy.

Many runners would even say that I DO NOT TRAIN.

Every runner is different. Every race is different. And so my version of training is probably different from yours.

And I think there are many variables to take into account when we talk about training:

  • Is this your first race at this distance?

If it is, I would recommend any of the following options:

    • Follow a training plan.
    • Join a running club
    • Get a coach
    • Read some blogs
    • Join some social networking groups
    • Google 🙂

For my FIRST 5k, I joined No Boundaries, a running program sponsored by a local running store.

some NoBo friends

I downloaded the training plan from the website of my FIRST half marathon and followed that.

Hey, I finished!!

And of course, for my FIRST marathon, I downloaded a plan or three, got advice from others who had run the race and joined a FB group for the race.

26.2 miles!!!

  • What is your goal for the race? Do you even have a goal?

Do you want to try for a PR, have a course PR, run negative splits or maybe win an age group award?

Or do you just want to finish?

Are you running the race just because your friends are or is it part of a vacation?

Obviously, your training philosophy would be different depending on if you have a goal and what you goal is.

My recommendation for training with a goal in mind would be the same as if you were running that distance for the first time.  Plus most likely, your plan would include a variety of drills. What kind of drills would depend on your goal and maybe even the race course and surface.

Many times, my training philosophy related to a goal is not worry about anything but enjoy the race and enjoy the runs up to the race.

It is still training in my book because I do complete my runs.  I just may not wear a watch or keep track of my pace.

just a weekday fun training run

And then there may be a race where I do want to do my best and try for a course PR.  In these cases, I have joined a training group.

my Freihofer Run for Women training group

  • Is it a long race or a shorter distance?

Of course distance is relative.  For someone who runs ultras, 13.1 may seem short.

For me, I consider long, any race that is a 15k or longer.

Personally, I do not train for races that are shorter than a half marathon.  In fact, many of my shorter distance races are now part of my weekend long run.

For longer races, my philosophy is to make sure you do your LONG runs.  How I do that is work backwards from the race date.

Half Marathon – 8/10 miles, 12 miles, 11 miles, 10 miles, etc.

Of course, where you start your long runs varies.  That will dictate how many weeks you need to train for the race.

I personally do not pay attention to my weekday runs.  I do them and they are squeezed in (3-4 miles) depending on my work schedule.

I was able to complete the NYC Marathon doing it this way.  But then again, my goal was only TO FINISH.

I did it!!

  • Are you injury-prone (or recovering from an injury)?

No one wants to be injured.  Sometimes they are unavoidable (like a fall) but either way, they impact your training for a race.

My philosophy for training when injured or recovering from an injury (unfortunately I have experience in this area) is to cut back in your training.

See a doctor.  Do the PT exercises and what else is necessary so you can do your race.

Don’t worry about your training.  Let go of any race goals.

You can skip runs and long runs in this situation.  You will not heal if you keep to your plan (as if you were healthy).

got to run the NYC half even though minimally running for 5 weeks before due to calf injury

As I have said above, there is no ONE way to train.

I bet that your training philosophy has changed as you have run different terrains, different distances and as one ages and becomes a more experienced runner.

I know mine has.


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! What is your training philosophy?  Has it changed over time? Please share.

It’s All About That Base

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: Double Digit Long Runs

Ok, so there are NO races.

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

Yes, if you are injured.

But, NO, not necessarily.

Here’s why it’s good to run at least 10 miles on the weekend:

  • You’ve got the time.

No social events. Not much else to do.  Can’t say that you are too busy.

Printable Blank Calendar Templates

EMPTY!!

  • Burn off those extra pounds/calories.

Working from home does get you sitting around more.  No evening social events may have you watching more TV.

Let’s not forget it’s summer….ICE CREAM!!

  • Virtual Races and Challenges.

No races but there are still things to sign up for.  These long runs will help you meet your mileage/step quota.

Certificate

  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

It’s cliche but we all know it’s true.

Yes, your legs will thank you (when you’re done.)

  • More Miles = Less Speed

If you run longer, you’ll worry less about pace.

All you have to worry about is finishing…

Does he look stressed about his 13 m/m pace?

  • It’s All About That Base.

Races will happen eventually. Not sure when.

Maybe some of you will get to run one this fall.

No one likes to start all over.

And with 10 miles under your belt, you CAN even run a half marathon.


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Are you still doing your long runs? How long? Please share.

Goals 2020 Update

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: GOALS 2020

If you read my blog, you may remember that my goal for 2020 was to run ONE half marathon EACH MONTH.

I actually ran January and February’s races.

Then this pandemic!! My March’s was cancelled and April and May’s have been postponed. I actually did not sign up for one in June. All were completed as virtual races (completed is a loose term meaning I did the distance.)

I decided to add a new goal in April:

Visit ALL the LOCAL 25 NEW NATURE TRAILS.

There are many nature preserves just in my local area.  So far, I have visited 21.

In addition to these preserves, there are many parks with trails, waterfalls, arboretums, and nature sanctuaries.  Plenty to choose from. I have visited 10 already.

Definitely one of the positives that has come out of the pandemic.  Normally I would be training and running with friends. For my job, I would be traveling.

I discovered places that were nearby and many of them have many trails so they were visited more than once.

And It’s only June 1 and I’ve already surpassed my Nature Trail goal. We are still in the midst of a pandemic.

Let’s see how many I can visit before the end of 2020!!!! 50??

I want to re-visit the early ones because of the increased greenery and of course, again the fall to see all the autumn colors.

You should follow me and view the gazillion pics through my IG posts (@dsc59).

The Best Nature Quotes (Here Are 450 Of The Most Beautiful)


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Anyone else getting outdoors more now? Have you changed your original 2020 running/fitness goal? Please share. 

Virtual Steel Rail Half Marathon Race Recap

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MAY 17, 2020

It seems like I’ve been planning this race forever. As with all my big races, I impulsively sign up way in advance (and then often regret it LOL).

So I signed up for Steel Rail Half Marathon as my 44rd Half Marathon (and 5th of 2020) for several reasons:

(Note: 2 have already been run virtually.)

  • It is a flat course.
  • It is scenic.
  • I am familiar with the course.  I ran it in 2017 and 2016.
  • It is currently my half marathon PR!!
  • It is close after my previous half (4 weeks) so I would be sorta already trained for it.
  • It is near enough so I can sleep in my own bed the night before.
  • There is great post race food.
  • Nice swag.

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 on April 19 (a virtual version of the Helderberg to Hudson Half that was postponed.) It was awful!!

😦 😦 😦

During my first two 2020 Half Marathons in January and February, I experienced a lot of foot pain. I ran them but truthfully, it was not fun at the time.

And then the NYC Half Marathon was cancelled so I ran that for fun with two friends.

And then this half marathon was postponed until October!!!

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t already signed up for the Smuttynose Half Marathon as part of a race-cation with 8 friends!! That race takes place the weekend before.

I really had a tough time deciding what to do.  I really wanted to run this race but I was not sure if it would be a good idea to run half marathons two weeks in a row.

I had to decide in advance to run it in October or do the race virtually in May.  No refund or deferral option.  The silver lining was that if you ran the distance in May, you would still get the swag (shirt, medal, pint glass.)

So another virtual half marathon….

I did my long runs on the weekends…and my weekdays runs as well. I ran alone due the “social distancing” requirement.

I admit that my runs were not as enjoyable as when I could do them with my friends. Slow and easy with tons of walking (and photo stops.)

So again my goal for this “race” was just finishing and not injuring any part of my body!! But I also hoped that this race would go better than the last one.  I don’t care about speed but I wanted to feel good while running it and not just drag myself through it.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

Well, since this was a local race and work days were at my home, there was not much movement the days before.  In fact, I did not run Thursday or Friday.

As I normally do before a big race,  I ate pizza for dinner the night before.

Then in addition to what to wear, there was the decision of where to run. The race organizer published a virtual course for this race but it looked too confusing.

2020 Steel Rail Half Marathon Race Route

I did want to run on the Ashuwillticook Rail trail (in Mass.) so maybe I run the 8k there in October.

But instead I chose the Corning Smith Bike Path since it was pretty flat and long enough to get in the 13.1 miles.

Race Day:

I ate my usual breakfast – oatmeal and coffee. Last Saturday it snowed and today it almost 60 degrees when I got up.

Hooray for my first race in a tank top.

wearing my Skirt Sports tank so I could count this run for their Virtual Strong 5k

My plan was to take it slow. Run and when I felt like it, walk.  As much as I hate to admit it, my feet have been hurting.

Anyway, here’s how it went:

Miles 1-4.5:

The Corning Bike Path is very familiar since I run there fairly often. I started around 9 am and there were only a few bikers (who passed me wearing masks) on the path but that was about it. No runners at all.

Here are a few pics of the scenery that I took while I was running/walking:

I started at the boat launch along the Hudson River

there was a highway along my left (you can drown out the traffic noise with headphones) and the river always in view on the right

you can see how empty the path was

at times, the the trees even block the highway from view

you pass under various highway overpasses too

very pretty when the trees are in bloom

The weather was perfect and the route so pretty with the trees and views of the Hudson River. It would have even more enjoyable if it weren’t for my damn painful feet.  But it is what it is (neuroma on the ball of one foot and bunion on the other).

I was planning to turn around at the end of the bike path and then continue back in the opposite direction (past my start) until I reached 13.1 miles.

But I was afraid that when I reached my car, I would be tempted to quit so I just plodded on into town.

What about fuel and water?? I do not carry water and I was ok.  I had carried energy gels and Honey Stinger chews.  I did not eat any of the gels and munched on the chews while I was walking. (That was new since I am a gel person but I wanted to save the gels for a real race..)

Miles 4.5-8.5:

This was definitely not a scenic part of the run. Old apartments on one side and the highway on the other.

I dragged myself 2 miles and then turned around to return to the bike path.

no one outside so very quiet.

noisy highway on the right – ran in the road (cuz I hate sidewalks) but there was very little traffic

I get it but are we safe to yet?

not a #518rainbow…it’s from a paint store

Miles 8.5-13.1

The last part of my virtual race was the same as the beginning.

finally heading back onto the bike path

There were, however, now more people on the trail. But everyone was respectful. Walkers and bikers were wearing masks. I moved over as runners passed me by.  I always felt safe.

At one point, I bumped into a former student. We chatted and then went in different directions.

a social distancing selfie

This run was hard. It was painful. But I did it and earned my medal!

So five half marathons so far for 2020. Three virtual ones. I was planning on running a half marathon every month. That was before my foot neuroma and now the pandemic. So I think I’m done. Best laid plans lol

Additional Race Reflections:

The Good:

  • The weather
  • Flexible start time
  • Slept in my own bed the night before
  • Flat course
  • Scenic for 9 out of 13 miles
  • Not crowed with other runners
  • No clock, no pressure.
  • Great Swag (when they ship it to me)

The Bad:

  • No water stops
  • No crowd support
  • Running alone
  • No mojo to run fast
  • My achy feet

The Ugly:

  • Everything listed in Bad

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. But the real thing would have been a lot more fun. Or if I could have run it with friends.

Next Up:

Not sure.  I think I’ll skip June and July.

Hopefully I’ll be back to a real half marathon in August.

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


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Have you been training for a big race? Are you running it as a virtual race?  Have you done any Virtual Races?  If so, how did they go? Please share.

 

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