Winter Racing

I know winter officially started back in December but I’m finally getting around to posting..

It seems that all my races this Winter will be ones that I have run in the past…

  • As I’ve previously mentioned, I signed up for ALL five free club sponsored races.  This year, however, the shorter distance has been changed to a 5.5k.
  • For the 2nd time, I will be running the A1A Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon on Feb. 19. I hope to meet up with blogger Jenny.

  • Twice, I ran this race as a 5 miler

but for this year, the race has been changed to a 10k (Hopefully the weather will be better than last year.)

  • I will be running the NYC Half Marathon for the 2nd time. In addition to two of my local running friends also running it, I plan to meet up with bloggers Cari, Erica, Deborah and Zenaida.

yes, it was cold back in 2019

Happy Running! What are your racing plans this winter?  Please share.

runner-sig


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


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

My Word for 2023

one little word // Crafty Ass Female.jpg

Well, it’s that time of year. Time to pick ONE WORD to focus on for the entire year. (If you’ve never heard about the My One Word approach, here is a summary:

Lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word. This process forces clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing. Your one word focuses on your character and creates a vision for your future.)

Below is a list of the words, I’ve chosen so far:

So how intentional was I in 2022?

At least with my running, I think I was…

  • I scheduled my runs both on my blog and on my phone calendar.
  • For accountability, I tried if possible to enlist the help of a friend especially for long runs
  • I often joined established group runs.
  • I set goals for my long race training runs (by working backwards from race day (13, 8, 12, 11, 10, etc.)
  • I rewarded myself for finishing a difficult run (new shoes or FOOD).
  • I laid out my running clothes the night before (or packed them & brought to work) so there would be no excuse NOT to run.
  • I signed up for races and ran them (no matter the weather.)
  • I blogged several times a week (I have to run in order to write about it.)

What about 2023?

Rejuvenate Meaning, Rejuvenate Definition and Rejuvenate Spelling - YouTube

So what does “Rejuvenate” mean?
  • to make feel or seem young again; bring back to youthful strength, appearance, etc.
  • to make seem new or fresh again

Why “Rejuvenate“?

Of course, it may be related to entering a new age group this year…

Although I don’t feel OLD, I want to make sure I don’t act “old” and I think we can always use a refresher.

How does that translate into running?

Not sure exactly…

New races? New goals? Run trails? Join a gym? Ride a bike?

Any suggestions?

Happy Running! Do you choose a Word each year? If so, what have you chosen one for 2023?  Please share.

runner-sig


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


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

2022 Recap and Look Ahead to 2023

As you may remember, I had 22 goals for 2022!!

You can read about them HERE.

I did meet most (14) of them and the remaining goals just didn’t seem applicable any longer (so I let them go).  You can read my update HERE.

Here’s a summary of my 2022 running year:

  • Miles: 1028
  • Races: 34
  • Half Marathons: 9 (one was virtual)
  • 10 Milers: 1
  • 15Ks: 3
  • 10Ks: 1
  • 5 Milers: 3
  • 5Ks: 10
  • Other Distances: 6
  • Out of Town Races: 5
  • New Races: 7
  • Age Group Awards: 17
  • Volunteering: 3
  • Bloggers Met: 4
  • DNS: 1
  • DNF: 0
  • PRs: 0
  • PWs: 0
  • Shoes: Topos (only)
  • Apparel: Skirts (only) from Skirt Sports
  • Blog Posts: 154

No, there will NOT be 23 goals for 2023… LOL.

Here are the ones I have so far:

  1. Run at least 1000 miles
  2. Run at least 3x a week (with one being a Long Run)
  3. Run with others (as often as possible)
  4. Run at least 25 races
  5. Volunteer (at several races)
  6. Participate in at least one Blogger Meet-Up
  7. Try something new
  8. Listen to more podcasts
  9. Update my music playlist
  10. No Injuries
  11. No PWs
  12. No DNS or DNF races
  13. Blog 3x each week

As you can see, there is no big hairy goal for 2023 (at least not yet.)

I almost added Run the NYC Marathon but I haven’t committed to it yet.  I may even add run a trail race or join a gym….

Time will tell….

Happy Running! How did your running go in 2022?  Did you meet your goals? Do you have new goals for 2023?  Please share.

runner-sig


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


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

TT: 2022 in Photos

Last week’s topic was: Your Year in Photos 

Definitely one of my favorites topics because I LOVE to take pictures. The challenge was limiting each month to ONE or TWO pictures.

Here you go:

January

My first half marathon of the year and it took place in Central Park, NYC.

February

I took my annual vacation to Florida’s east coast to visit friends

and ran a half marathon (in the rain)

At the of of the month, I returned to NYC to run another half marathon.

March

I ran a 5 mile race in the worst weather conditions ever.

April

Couldn’t resist signing up for a new race in Central Park at peak cherry blossom time

My favorite local half marathon returned to its original course and I had my best half marathon finish time of the year.

May (my favorite month).

I ran a 5k in a costume (a first for me)

I ran to the top of Prospect Mountain again

I had a blast with my tennis peeps in Naples, Florida 

and celebrated my birthday while I was there with a dinner at sunset

The tulips were in full bloom in Washington Park, Albany

June

I ran the Freihofer Run for Women for the 15th time…

and won a baseball bat at a 5k.

and viewed the Interactive Van Gogh exhibit (for the 3rd time)

July

Celebrating the Fourth in (running) style…

For the first time since the Pandemic I worked in NYC (and ran a 5k in Brooklyn one evening.)

Sundays in the summer were reserved for boat time on Lake George

August

A new furry addition to the family

and on my Mondays off, I did some scenic hikes in MA.

September

I talked my friends in joining me for a Labor Day weekend half marathon

I also discovered a new place to view and pick sunflowers

October

Another successful race-cation.. this year’s took place in Maine.

In addition to a race and other shenanigans, it included multiple beach sunrises

I got into the holiday spirit for a 5K

Reunited with some college friends in NYC and enjoyed peak fall foliage during a run in Central Park

November

A busy month with three races: 15k, half marathon and a 10k

December

Back to NYC to race and spectate the holiday displays.

Happy Running! What was your favorite photo or event from 2022? Please share.

runner-sig

 

 

 

 

 


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

TT: Bling in 2022

Last week’s topic was: Show us your year in bling!

Believe it or not, I did run 34 races this year (and only one was virtual).

Many more than during the pandemic years and I am very proud of each medal/bling that I received/earned.

Half Marathons:

  1. Fred Lebow Half Marathon (in NYC)
  2. Publix Florida Half Marathon
  3. Central Park Half Marathon (in NYC)
  4.  Virtual NYC Half Marathon
  5. Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
  6.  Steel Rail Half Marathon 
  7.  Run 4 the River Half Marathon 
  8.  Maine Half Marathon
  9. Upstate Classic Half Marathon

Other distances: (5k, 3.5m, 3.75m, 4m. 5.7m, 5.8m,10k, 15K, 10M)

  1. Winter Series #2 (3.75m)
  2. Electric City 5 Miler
  3. Shamrock Shuffle (5m)
  4. Shape 5.8M Loop (NYC)
  5. Delmar Dash (5m)
  6. Sasha’s Super Hero 5k
  7. Prospect Mountain Road Race
  8. Tropicool 5k (Naples, FL)
  9. CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge (3.5m)
  10. Miles on the Mohawk 10 miler
  11. Freihofer Run for Women 5k
  12. Valley Cats Father’s Day 5k
  13. Race to the Lakes 15k
  14. Firecracker 4
  15. Al Goldstein 5k (Brooklyn)
  16. Run for the Roses 5k
  17. Run 4 the River Half Marathon 
  18. Malta 5k
  19. Barn to Bridge Fall Fest 5K
  20. Great Pumpkin Challenge 5k
  21.  Summer Smith Memorial 5k
  22. Stockade-athon 15K
  23. Troy Turkey Trot 10k
  24. Ted Corbitt 15k (NYC)
  25. Winter Series #1

Most races around here if they are not half marathons do not give out medals.

Age Group Awards:

  1. Electric City 5 miler – 2nd
  2. Delmar Dash – 1st
  3. Sasha’s Super Hero 5k – 1st
  4. Prospect Mountain Road Race – 2nd
  5. Tropicool 5k – 2nd
  6.  Valley Cats Father’s Day 5k – 2nd
  7. Race to the Lakes 15k – 2nd
  8. Firecracker 4 – 2nd
  9. Al Goldstein 5k – 1st
  10. Steel Rail Half Marathon – 1st
  11. Run for the Roses 5k – 1st
  12. Run 4 the River Half Marathon – 3rd
  13. Malta 5k – 3rd
  14. Great Pumpkin Challenge 5k – 2nd
  15.  Summer Smith Memorial 5k – 1st
  16. Upstate Classic Half Marathon – 1st
  17. Troy Turkey Trot 10k – 3rd

My favorite awards, however, were not medals but usable items such as glasses, hat, gloves.

And remember, the older you are, the better your chance of winning in your age group. You don’t have to be fast to win. Sometimes, you just have to show up!

Happy Running! Did you run many races this year? What is your favorite bling from 2022? Please share.

runner-sig

 

 

 

 

 


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

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Troy Turkey Trot 10K Race Recap

Image result for troy turkey trot 2019

November 24, 2022 8 am

This was my 7th time running the Troy Turkey Trot 10K.

I really enjoyed this race my first time I ran it in 2014 (in spite of the snowstorm) and now I look forward to running it every year.

happy because it was and still is my 10K PR (check out all the snow!)

In 2018, it was FREEZING and I DNSed the race partly because of the weather but mostly because I was going to be running a hilly Half Marathon 2 days later (which seemed more important.)

In 2020, the race went virtual and I did not run it.

In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, I even ran both races – the 10K followed by the 5k.  Why not? I was already dressed and ready to run. Last year and this year, I was not as crazy. Just the10K as in my first year.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

I did not sign up for the Turkey Trot Challenge this year. So there was no real training for this race.  I considered it just a fun event to get outdoors and justify all the food that I would consume later in the day.

Previous Troy Turkey Trot 10K times:

  • 2014 – 57:03 (PR)
  • 2015 – 59:33
  • 2016 – 57:51
  • 2017 – 57:42
  • 20:18 – DNS
  • 2019 – 59:06
  • 2:20 – cancelled
  • 2021 – 59:49 (PW)

However, I ran a hilly half marathon just four days before the race and did a very short run on Monday and Tuesday. During those short runs, my legs reminded me that they were in recovery mode.

So I guess my goal for this year’s 10k could be sub 1 hour but really just being out there and running with friends would make me happy!

2021 peeps

I picked up my bib/race shirt the previous Saturday so I didn’t have to rush on race morning. It was just a drive thru at a local high school… and it went so smoothly!!

On Wednesday evening, I planned my Thanksgiving running outfit. I tried to be festive but also comfortable for the running weather that day. I was very excited that it would not be as cold as the weekend prior and not windy!!

very similar to the previous year but I bought a new shirt (Run the race/Stuff your face)

Then I completely forgot about the race.  So much so that I had chili for dinner followed by a glass of wine.  Oops and ice cream for dessert.

Race Day:

I woke up with a headache and upset stomach but not feeling bad enough to DNS. I choked down my coffee and oatmeal and checked the weather. Clear, calm but in the 20s degrees. I added another layer under my shirt, my DIY arm warmers, grabbed a down jacket and sprinted out the door at 6:30am.

I was treated to a beautiful sunrise.

There was no traffic and I found parking in a lot across from a bowling alley where I parked in previous years. I was still early so I waited in my car until I saw some runners heading out.

I walked a few blocks to the Atrium where we used to wait indoors for the race to begin.

Unfortunately, the Atrium was closed this year but we were allowed wait indoors in the office space next door.  However, no coffee shop, no two floors of space and NO rest rooms.

At least bag check was back. I left my jacket there for after the race. Lots of runners were hanging out. It was nice to talk with runners whom I had not seen in awhile.

This is a very popular local race as I mentioned so I always bump into so many runners that I know. I chatted until it was time to brave the temps.

I seem to run every race with Linda

The 10K started at 8 am followed by the kid’s one mile race and then at 10 am, the most popular event, the 5K.

The 10K course this year was the same as previous years.

Elevation:

according to my Garmin – I think it lost a signal going over the bridge

As someone was singing the national anthem, I squeezed into the crowd with the 10 minute pace group.

My plan for the race was to not to start out too fast and to run at an even pace and to save some for the last mile. (I know. I say that for every race. LOL)

Obviously this race was a lot less crowded than before the Pandemic (since there was also a virtual option). But for my pace, I was running with others the whole race. Though, it seemed that they all were passing me by.

Miles 1-3.1:

The course is fairly flat. You start running down Broadway and then over the Green Island bridge, turn around and run back into the city. I knew from my first few steps that the legs were still tired from those hilly 13.1 miles on Sunday. I tried to pick up speed but the legs were begging me not to try. And I felt nauseous (from the previous night’s dinner.)

I enjoyed seeing the fastest runners sprint by, as well as, those behind me.  I tried cheer both groups on.

can you spot me in the crowd?

I glanced at my watch (because I wanted to keep a slower pace the first few miles) and I noticed that I must have changed the display. It only showed the current time.  No miles, no pace, nada.  I tried to play around with it but it was hard to do while running.

my neighbor Kathy coming off the bridge

So I guess you could say I ran without a watch. Although there was a clock at each mile, I wasn’t sure how long it took me to cross the start line.  I kinda enjoyed not having the stress of knowing my pace.

After the bridge, we took a left and ran along the city streets for few miles. The roads were closed to traffic which was nice. The sun was shining and I was getting warm. I regretted that extra layer, took off my gloves and rolled down my DIY arm warmers.

I didn’t have to look at a watch to know that I was running too slow to PR. I wasn’t sure if I would even finish under one hour.

I started having to walk at mile 2 and then that need to walk frequently continued until the end of the race.

Miles 3.1-6.2:

Around this point, we again turned around and headed back toward the start. There a water stop but they were giving out bottles (due to COVID), It seemed like such a waste and since I wasn’t that thirsty, I skipped it.

There was great crowd support.  Better than normal since the weather was perfect. There were even tables passing out beer. LOL

 

And again since it was an out and back, you got to see both faster and slower runners.

I was running with other runners but as I mentioned above, most kept passing me by. Eventually my friend Carolyn caught up to me.  I was surprised because I am always behind her trying to keep her in my sight.

We ran together for a short time but I was struggling to keep a decent pace and she was not. I guess it pays to start out slow. Then my friend Linda  came up behind me.  She also seemed to have a lot of speed left in her legs.

I lost them both. I decided not to eat my GU and but finally did grab a bottle of water at the 2nd water stop.

With the Hudson river in view, I knew that I was getting toward the end. Then I spotted my friend Elisa cheering on the sideline (and she snapped of pic of me as I ran by.)

Finally I could hear the finish in the distance. I wanted to at least sprint through the finish line.

Another friend Holly was on the side line yelling my name but I had a hard time mustering up any real speed.

I crossed at 59:XX.

Almost a course PW but under 1 hour.

GOAL ACHIEVED!

Post Race Activities:

I grabbed a bottle of water and they gave you a medal.  The only refreshments were packaged nuts, bars, cookies and other snacks.  No chocolate milk. Boo!

I hung out for awhile chatting with my friends.

Then I checked out the results and found out that I came in 3rd in my age group.

For 1st you got a blanket, 2nd, a fuel belt and 3rd, gloves.

I can add them to my outfit next year.

I was used to hanging around to run the 5k so it was strange to be done running. But I was getting chilled (from sweating) and headed back to my car (but almost forgot to pick up my jacket from bag check.).

Additional Race Reflections:

No matter what my finish time was, I was glad that I decided to run this race.  I love the atmosphere of this race. I enjoy the challenge of a 10k as opposed to a 5k. It’s a great way to start off Thanksgiving Day.

Positives:

  • The weather
  • Race organization
  • Easy packet pickup
  • Race location – place to stay warm indoors
  • Bag Check
  • Mostly flat course
  • Two distance options – 5k and 10k
  • Virtual option.
  • Knowing lots of runners.  Racing is fun with friends.
  • Ample parking
  • Well marked course.
  • Varied scenery including river views
  • A lot of pre-race information.
  • Timing clocks at every mile.
  • Three water stops.
  • Enthusiastic spectators.
  • Cool medal.
  • Lots of media coverage.
  • Instant results
  • Cool age group prizes

Negatives:

  • Bottles instead of cups at water stops.
  • Unisex shirts
  • No indoor restrooms
  • No post race chocolate milk or bagels
  • You have to BUY the photos
  • Wrong pre-race meal (my fault)
  • No speed work (my fault)

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Definitely.  It is well-organized and there’s a distance for everyone. Many runners are in costumes.

(However, if I run the half marathon the weekend before again, I may sign up for the 5k instead of the 10k. And there is also now a 5k right near my house.  We’ll see. I have a whole year to think about it.)

In pre-COVID years, 10,000 participated in these races. The attendance was still over 6,000 this year. A very fun way to start the holiday.

Final Stats:

Splits:

pretty even considering I couldn’t look on my watch ( but as always positive splits)

Then later that afternoon, I ate back all the calories that I had burned off. LOL

Next Up:

A fun 15K in NYC

NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K

Dec. 3, 2022

Happy Running! Did you run off that turkey? If so, how did it go? Please share.

runner-sig

 

 

 

 

 


There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies and you should too.


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Stockade-athon 15K Race Recap

Stockade-athon logo on RaceRaves

November 13, 2022 –  8:30 am

This is my 8th time running this popular local 15k race.

I ran it for the first time in 2011 and it was my FIRST 15k race ever. I was glad to just finish and I did in 1:36:08. I was injured in 2012 and then I ran it again in 2013.

stockafeathon13a

“fake” happy in 2013

With 1500-2000 runners in this race, they were forced to make some changes to the course.

It no longer starts and ends in Central Park. It also starts earlier – 8:30 am

Well, I loved the new course and my finish times improved for the most part (except for 2019 since the race was held a week after my first FULL marathon and then last year):

2014 – 1:33:23
2015 – 1:31:23
2016 – 1:32:49
2018 – 1:30:15 PR
2019 – 1:36:37 PW
2020 – cancelled
2021 – 1:35:11

In 2019, they modified the course slightly. They eliminated the bike path at the beginning of the race (which I did like because you ran along the Mohawk River and it was dirt so easy on the feet).)

Pre-Race Preparations and Activities:

My last long run felt hard… That did not make me feel super confident for this race.

maybe it was because I ran 12 miles and it was 70 degrees

During the week before the race, I just ran my easy short runs… on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:

This race was supposed to be a taper for a half marathon that was scheduled for the next weekend. I even skipped my long run with my running friends and just walked and then met the others for brunch.

So I didn’t expect to race this 15k. I just wanted some exercise and to hang out with 1000 of my running friends.

I picked up my bib and race shirt at Fleet Feet the day before (although it really wasn’t necessary.)

Instead of my pre-race pizza that night, I had pumpkin and squash ravioli (mistake?) and got together my #flatme.

still in a skirt!!

Race Day:

The temps were in the 30s when I got up on race morning and it was forecast to only warm up to high 40s and be cloudy. I hate this time of year. It’s so difficult to dress correctly.  I was glad bag check had returned, so I could bring extra clothes for after and in case I changed my mind.

Even though I’ve been to this race several times before, I decided to carpool with Stan and Sherry. We left extra early and found a spot in a parking lot a few blocks from the start of the race. We walked over to the YWCA where on two floors you could wait inside, check a bag and use the “real” restrooms.

There were over 1000 runners on those two floors in addition to outside so I didn’t connect with as many friends as I normally do.

So we stayed downstairs to keep warm until the race start.

I recognized a few runners so I lined up with them.  Sherry moved further back.  We agreed to meet after at the refreshments area.

The 2019 course map:

I believe that it didn’t change for this year.

The course starts near Veterans Park in downtown Schenectady. The course travels west on State Street for 1K before entering the historic Stockade District and proceeding on a scenic bike path in Riverside Park along the Mohawk River. The course exits the Stockade District after crossing Erie Blvd. The course then proceeds east on Nott Street past Union College before entering the historic GE Plot residential neighborhood via Lenox Ave, Douglas Rd and Rugby Rd. The course exits Rugby Road and proceeds north on Waverly Place near the 5K mark. The course turns east off Waverly and follows Grand Blvd to the city boundary with Niskayuna, then proceeds south on Dean Street to Central Parkway past 8k. After a 1K residential loop on Central Parkway, the course enters beautiful Central Park and follows a bike path around Iroquois Lake and Duck Pond before reaching its highest elevation near 12K. The final 3k is mostly downhill or flat as the course exits Central Park and proceeds west through historic Vale Cemetery and Vale Park before a final downhill section on Franklin Street to the finish at City Hall.

the elevation according to my Garmin.

Mile 1-3.1:

The race started running down commercial State Street.

from THE DAILY GAZETTE

It was fairly flat but very crowded. I quickly lost my friends and just weaved my way through the crowd.

Soon, we turned and entered the Stockade (oldest) section of town.

Although it was chilly, I instantly warmed up and even felt overdressed.  I eventually took off my gloves and rolled up my DIY arm warmers.

photo by David Giacalone (2015)

After the Stockade area, we ran past Union College and around various residential neighborhoods. I also stopped at the first water stop even though I was not thirsty at all. (Yay for a walk break).

photo by David Giacalone (2015)

The hills were relentless. Why do I not remember them from previous years? Not rolling hills, just running up, it seemed.

I knew a lot of runners in this race. They kept catching up to me, we’d chat and then they would go on ahead. That was ok with me. I was determined to run at my own pace and have a stress-free race.

I remember there being a water stop early on. I wasn’t thirsty yet but I did stop and walk.

There was clock at the 5k point and I was surprised that I was under a 10 minute pace. However, I doubted that it would last.

There was a group of runners (including my friend Karen) dedicating their race to the US Olympic hockey team.

Mile 3.1-6.2:

By mile 4, I was getting hungry. We were still circling the neighborhoods. There were lots of course marshals directing throughout the course and many enthusiastic spectators.

I recognized one of my running friends who was course marshal… she yelled my name and took the  picture above.

But the second water stop was not for a while but I finally decided to choke down my Gu (without any water).

Around mile 6, we entered Central Park with its rolling hills, lake, and pretty foliage. More hills, of course, but not too bad.  The worst was yet to come. And finally a second water stop!!

There was another clock at the 10K point.  I had slowed down but I was still happy with my conservative pace.

Mile 6.2-9.4:

Between mile 7 and 8 is where the BIG hills were. I walked up them for the most part. They were steep but at least short. Many of the runners at this point were struggled up these hills or walking.  We laughed/groaned together.

There was a third water stop but much too late in the race.  I never ate my 2nd Gu and just took a quick drink.

from THE DAILY GAZETTE

We proceeded to run through the cemetery.  For the first time for this race, there were drummers encouraging us on… a very welcome sight. I was tired at this point… the usual foot pain, etc.  I just wanted to be done. But I didn’t have the energy or desire to push it.

from THE DAILY GAZETTE

Eventually we left the cemetery and ran through Vale Park before heading DOWNHILL on Franklin St to the finish line at city hall.

from THE DAILY GAZETTE

from THE DAILY GAZETTE

One of reasons I love this race is that finish.

I ran as fast as I could but I had lost quite a bit of time with the walks and the hills.

I barely crossed the finish line under 1:35.

I admit that initially I was disappointed…almost 5 minutes off a PR and one of my slowest times for this race

But hey,  I wasn’t trying for a PR.  It was supposed to just be taper run for next Sunday’s half marathon.  (I know you all get it…)

And I discovered later that it was a little faster than 2021 and 2019… Win. Win.

Post Race Activities:

I was now sweaty and chilled so I immediately walked back the YMCA.

This year, the food was again inside at the YWCA, the same area as bag check. I didn’t mention above that my stomach felt off the WHOLE race and I really did not feel well right after.

Although, there were many food options such as fruit, pastries, hot chocolate, pizza, soup, I did not eat a thing.

I checked the results and as expected, I did not win anything.

even a PR would not have helped… these are speedy old ladies

I grabbed my bag and found Stan and Sherry.  We decided to head out to a nearby diner.  By that point, I did feel a lot better and we had a delicious brunch (and lots of race talk.)

Additional Race Reflections:

Sure, I’d love to have those speedier legs return. I’m not sure they ever will but I do not plan to stop racing because my finish times are slower. I loved seeing all those runners that I only chat with at races.  I love the racing atmosphere and the challenge it always brings.

Positives:

  • Ample parking.
  • Well marked course.
  • Great running weather.
  • Lots of familiar faces.
  • Bag Check.
  • Interesting course (through the historic part of the city, neighborhoods, park, cemetery).
  • Downhill finish.
  • Friendly and abundant number of volunteers.
  • Chocolate Milk, soup, pizza among other staples post-race
  • Crowd support
  • The electric atmosphere.
  • Instant results
  • Free photos
  • Indoor place to gather before and after.
  • Gender-specific shirt

Negatives:

  • Hills during miles 7-8
  • Big gap between water stop 1 & 2.  Water stop 3 too late.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. It’s a great way to see this city…a little bit of everything.  I would recommend that you train on hills. lol

Final Stats:

My Splits:

I did enjoy this race. The course was so varied that it also took your mind off the hills. With the large number of runners (1000+), I felt like I was always running with others and it kept me going.

Yes, it was hilly. The first half had a lot more hills but they were manageable. The second half had fewer hills but they were steeper.

The best part of the race was that I didn’t put it all out there. I walked when I was feeling tired and tried to remember to treat it like a taper run. And nothing hurt after!!

This race is definitely on my must-do list. It was very well organized. Maybe all the stars will be aligned next year and I’ll get a faster finish time … (but probably not. LOL)

Next Up:

A Half Marathon on Nov. 20!!!

logo

Happy Running! Did you race recently? If so, how did it go? Do you ever run 15ks? Do you like them? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies and you should too.

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

TT: Why I am Thankful for Running

It’s that time of year. …

Here’s why:

  • I am HEALTHIER.

I hardly even get sick. It’s very rare that I even get a cold. (knock on wood) If I ever feel rundown or tired, I just go for a run and that feeling disappears.

Running is my Energy/Vitamin source.

  • I feel YOUNGER.

This may sound corny but I sometimes forget that I am 69 years old when I am running.  I often run faster than runners half my age.  But often slower than runners older than me.

So I guess Running is my fountain of youth.

  • I have MET so many awesome PEOPLE since I started running.

I have met them by joining running groups, at races, through social networking and through other runners.

In other words, Running has become part of my Social Life.

  • Running has made me feel more CONFIDENT.

I am not athletic. I never played a sport growing up. In fact, I am very clumsy. Imagine my surprise when I won my first age group award.  I tell people that I am not fast but it depends who shows up at a race.  And my speed is not bad “for my age.”

Running has filled my empty Trophy Case.

  • Running has given me STRENGTH.

I have done things that I never thought possible.  Run 13.1 miles? Who me? And over 60 of them!!!

Run a marathon? No way, Jose! And ONE of the World Majors?!

I have been able to push through pain and not give up on things that seemed too hard.

Yes, to running through injuries, hills, running in the rain, heat and sub zero temps.

Running is my Kryptonite.

  • Running has taken me to new PLACES.

Yes, all my vacations involve races.  As a result, I have traveled to Philly, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Montreal, Bermuda, Paris, NH, ME, FL, NJ, RI, VT, and more!!

Running is actually my Travel Agent.

  • Running gets me OUTDOORS

I am sure that if I weren’t a runner, I would read more, watch TV more maybe even cook or clean more often.

But it’s running that drives me out of my house early on the weekend mornings and out of my office at the end of a long work day.

Running is my Vitamin D.

Happy Running! Why are you thankful for running? Please share.

runner-sig

 

 

 

 

 


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

FFF: Dealing With the Aging Slow Down

Some of you are not as old as I am.

So you may still be aiming for PRs.

Or maybe you have been running a long time and for that reason, you may be slowing down.

she ran even when she was over 100 yeas old!!!

But for whatever the reason, here are a few tips:

1.  Use Intervals

Jeff Galloway is the most popular advocate for taking walk breaks.

You may not get faster by adding walks into your runs but your running/racing will feel easier and more enjoyable.

We Are Galloway! | Tulsa Galloway Training Program

I admit that I have been doing most of my long runs with friends who use 60:30 or 45:30 or even 30:30.

But I have not used consistent run/walk myself (as Galloway recommends) during any races.

2.  Toss the Watch

I know this will be hard.  If it’s not posted on Strava or Garmin Connect, you still have completed a run.

You can keep track of distance and the number of runs each week/month/year but without a watch, you will not be bothered by your pace or stressing that you ran slow or worried that you had positive splits.

I can use my Apple watch for distances and I keep track of my miles on this blog.

I am a little hypocritical since I do wear my watch for races.

3.  Race More.

 I find that there are lot more older runners at races and a lot more people who are racing for fun.

Being part of the racing atmosphere before and after the race usually makes me forget that my time was slower than it used to be.

4. Check out Age % stats in a race rather than your finish place.

For example, for this recent 5k, I finished #50:

But if I look at age percentage, I finished #9!!!

Even if you don’t win an award or if you have a slower finish time, age does matter.

5. Maintain a Consistent Routine

That means consistent runs and workouts each week, consistent eating, consistent sleep, consistent rest days…

But “consistent” to each person means different things.

For me, it’s 4 run days, 2 rest days (but they may include walks/hikes), 7 hours of sleep (often is it is not great sleep) and I eat whatever I want (but rarely snack)

 and drink red wine (lol).

As we age (or slow down), consistency is even more important.

If this topic interests you, there more opinions/research than mine:

Happy Running! Are you dealing with slowing down? If so, any other tips? Please share.

runner-sig

 

 

 

 

 


It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with bloggers, Me (My First 5K and More), Running With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugs, and Zenaida!

So Join in!

And don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=c0efdbe6b4add43dd7ef

TT: Using Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse - Apps on Google Play

My TT topic for today is: Using Virgin Pulse

This tool has been provided to me free where I’ve worked for the past 6+ years.

Believe it not, most people do not use it.

Many of you probably have never even heard of this program.

According to the website: 6,000+ organizations (over one million people), including 25% of the Global Fortune 500, in 190 countries and territories use Virgin Pulse.

What is it?

An online platform offered to employees to foster good health. In their words: “to engage and activate populations to change lives for good.”

Here are some more details on how Virgin Pulse works:

  • You Read Two Health Tips each day.
  • You Track at least Three Healthy Activities each day. You can track more than three and you can customize the activities that appear.
  • You can participate in Challenges or Create your own.

  • You can Track your Steps.

It syncs with a device you wear that tracks your steps.

  • You have Access to Resources.
  • You can Make Friends/Join Groups

  • You will Earn Money.

Everything you do (as listed above) earns you points.

At the end of each quarter, you earn $100!!

Yup, that $400 each year!!

And you can set it up so it deposits into your bank account.

Happy Running! Do you use Virgin Pulse or some other type of tracking system?  Would you if it were offered where you work? Please share.

runner-sig


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


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.