Wednesday Word: Nimble

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The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

Today’s word is NIMBLE.

Of course, the first thing I thought of was:

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So what does the dictionary say?

Nimble means…

to be quick and light in movement or action or agile.

That seems to apply to running. And I wish it applied to me.

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I am the one with her feet NOT off the ground.(2nd from left)

I have tried to jump and at best, I can get a few inches off the ground…on a good day.

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I have tried to run faster and be light on my feet.  The biggest critique I get from coaches is that I am too heavy on my feet (yeah I do wear down my shoes pretty fast) and I need to lift my feet and be lighter.

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It’s so hard to change… Stomp…stomp..stomp…

And agile?

Nope, definitely not agile. I have broken my ankle walking around ice and broken my foot while running a 5k.

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But then I found this quote:

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Boy does this fit the life of a runner!!!

It is rare when things go according to plan, right?

  • sick or injured during a training cycle
  • colder or warmer weather for a race than predicted
  • hillier course for a race than advertised
  • course that is long or one that is short
  • high altitude, wind, humidity or other variables that are out of our control
  • family or work interfering with training
  • stomach problems during a race
  • not enough water stops during a race
  • not fueling properly for a race
  • the race just didn’t go well for no reason at all

Have any of the above happened to you?

Were you nimble and did you go with the flow? Or did you end up miserable?

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The picture above was from one of my worst half marathons. It was on a similar course to my PR (and in the same city).  I had trained well and yet I sucked. I finished 20 minutes slower. No PR!!

Yet I loved the race!! (The champagne helped.)

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I don’t expect that my half marathon this Sunday will be one of my better ones. But so what?

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And since it is Wednesday,  I’m also linking up with  Nicole and AnnMarie and Jen for the Wild Workout Wednesday

and with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.

Happy Running! Does “nimble” apply to you in any way as a runner?

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Wednesday Word is back: Derail

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The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

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This week’s word is DERAIL.

So what does the word mean?

 to cause to be deflected from a purpose or direction, permanently or temporarily

What can derail your running?

  • Weather

Especially if you live in an area where there is ice and snow all winter or in an area where it is too hot or humid to run all summer.

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  • Health

It’s no fun running with a cold, the flu or a fever.

  • Time Commitments

Work, family and other important things can get in the way of you getting out there to run. Sometimes it may even be impossible to run under these conditions.

  • Overuse Injuries

These are the aches and pains that you caused by too many or too frequent runs and they keep you out of commission for several days or weeks.

  • Serious Injuries

These are broken bones or surgeries that could possibly end your running.

The things mentioned above are out of your control. You have to accept them and move on.

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But there are many excuses that derail a runner but should NOT:

  • Too busy.

Prioritize things.  Make a schedule. Be creative. Fit it in anytime of day.  You know, before work, at lunch, after work, etc.

  • Too tired.

Getting out there is the hardest part.  You’d be surprised that after a run, you have more energy than before.

  • No place to run.

Again be creative.  Look for bike paths.  Ask other runners.  Use a treadmill in a gym.

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bike trail on the Hudson River

  • No running partner.

Try social networking venues to find someone to run with.  Sign up for races.  You may find a partner there.  Join a local running group.

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  • Not enough money to race often.

Be selective about the races you do run.  Look for race entry give-aways.  And not every runner has to run a lot of races. Do a “virtual” race.

  • Too slow.

As they say “you are lapping those on the couch.”  No one is too slow to be a runner.  Your pace is your pace.

  • A bad race.

Everyone has them.  Quickly sign up for another race and another after that.  You will soon forget about that bad one.

  • You are not getting any PRs.

Not every race can be a PR.

If you haven’t been running a long time, you may need to train differently or even get a coach.

Eventually as we age, we will slow down.  Our running goals will no longer be PRs.

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Happy Running.  Have you had to deal with any of the above running derailments?

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Wednesday Word: Involvement

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is INVOLVEMENT.

I love this quote (as well as, the tennis player Martina Navratilova who wrote it).

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So with regards to running, are you a pig or a chicken?

In other words, are you involved?

You run alone. You run with others.  Sometimes you run fast.  Sometimes you don’t. You race short distances. You race long ones. You have good races and you have not so good races. You provide support to other runners.  You may even volunteer at races.

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It is a good thing to be involved in something you enjoy.  In addition to the obvious health benefits, involvement with running leads to making friends and inspiring others.

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But are you committed to running?

Is it a priority in your life?  Do you plan things around your running?  Do you run with an injury?  Do you never skip a run?  Do you always have a plan? Do you always run with a watch? Do you record every run?

Does it rule your life (and maybe others close to you think you should be committed)?

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this “committed” runner ran this race with a stress fracture

So that running doesn’t kill me (like the pig), I need to be involved with running because I love it but be committed to a healthy degree.

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this runner walked half of this race due to a recent Achilles injury & still enjoyed the time with her friends

Hopefully, this makes sense to some of you runners.

It’s just a reflection.  Not meant to be a criticism of you “committed” runners.

Happy Running! Any thoughts on involvement and running? What does it mean to you?

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Wednesday Word: Peace

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is PEACE.

I found some quotes that relate PEACE to running and they say it better than I could.

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Maybe not in a crowded race with lots of distractions, but when I run alone and especially after a tough day, running does bring me PEACE.

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along the East River, NYC

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along the Rail Trail, Delmar, NY

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Running is not about only about PRs and age group awards. If you don’t run with your heart, you are missing out on some very important things.

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Happy Running! Does running give your peace?  Do you run with your heart?

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Wednesday Word: Giving

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is GIVING.

Tis the season.

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Since this is a running blog, I’ll talk about what RUNNING has GIVEN to me.

  • confidence
  • strength
  • self-esteem
  • bragging rights
  • good health
  • DOMS
  • medals
  • muscular legs (slightly LOL)
  • awards
  • ugly  feet
  • shirts
  • swag
  • ambassadorships
  • excuse to eat more
  • injuries
  • free food
  • time to think
  • stress reliever
  • visits to interesting places
  • alone time
  • pretty scenery
  • race-cations
  • many new friends
  • reasons to blog
  • mentoring opportunities
  • opportunities to support charities
  • volunteer opportunities
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If you look at the list above, you’ll notice most of the things that RUNNING has GIVEN are good things – things that has enriched my life.

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So yes, running has given me so much that I believe it is important to GIVE back.

There are many different ways that you can do this:

  • blogging
  • mentoring a new runner
  • volunteering at a race
  • raising money for a charity
  • giving advice to other runners
  • running with a slower running friend
  • coaching a runner
  • running a race along side another runner
  • donating shirts and shoes
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Happy Running! What has running GIVEN to you?  How have you GIVEN back?

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Wednesday Word: Decorate

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is DECORATE.

I love this time of year.  The holiday decorations always put me in a good mood. And the best way to see them is to go for a walk or a run.

Here are some I’ve seen:

In Washington Park – Albany, NY

In Panama City Beach, FL

In NYC:

Normally, I could show you pics from my house.  But I am a slacker this year.  I’ve been away two weekends in a row and I am way behind …on everything.

Of course as a runner, these are my favorite decorations this year:

Happy Running!  Do you decorate your house?  What are your favorite decorated places or favorite decorations?

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Wednesday Word: Organize

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is ORGANIZE.

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In other words, if you want to run a 5K, you plan your runs, sign up for a race and then you make it happen.

The same goes for running a half or full marathon.

Some of us have lives that are easier to organize than others. But if it’s your dream, you prioritize things so that you achieve it.

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That being said, I’m not one for official plans.  But I do sign up for races way in advance and I do plan out my runs each week.  Someday I will even plan out strength training and speed work.

Without a plan for your running, you have less of a chance at achieving the results that you’d like.

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I realized this early on when I tried to find quickly what I wanted to wear to go out for a run or a race.

Now thanks to my stepsons moving out, I’ve taken over their dressers and organized my stuff.

Stepson #1’s room –

  • drawer for socks
  • drawer for running skirts
  • drawer for long sleeve tops
  • drawer for capris & tights

Stepson #2’s room –

  • drawer for tanks
  • drawer for short sleeve tops
  • closet for hats, gloves and jackets

I keep my shoes in my own closet.

Tip: in all of the drawers, I roll my stuff so I see everything.

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Happy Running! Are you organized?  Any tips to share?

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Wednesday Word: Endorphins

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is ENDORPHINS.

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In other words, RUNNING makes me HAPPY.

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I’m not gonna lie.  Sometimes running is painful.  Some races are a struggle.

But I’ve never regretted a run I’ve taken …

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Runners World 5K

nor have I regretted a race that I’ve completed.

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Happy Running! Does running or anything else give you endorphins?

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Wednesday Word: Gratitude

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is GRATITUDE

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This year (as in other years) I am grateful for…

  • MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY (my hubby & my kitties)

My hubby allows me the freedom to be me. That means patiently waiting for me to run or race before we go boating during the summer months and scheduling our activities around my running. I am grateful that he is there to support me.

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My 4 cats give me unconditional love with their lap cuddles and purrs.

Jerry, the oldest (19 years old) & my personal favorite

Honey & Billy, the youngest (11 years old)

Slater (about 12 years old) and my hubby’s favorite

  • MY HEALTH

Of course that means being healthy enough to do the activities I enjoy — RUNNING, tennis, walking/hiking, boating.  I don’t take it for granted. I have been NOT able to do it too many times. I am so grateful to be healthy all of 2016!!


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  • MY FRIENDS

I am still in contact with a few friends from high school and college. It is great to connect with them and reminisce (about the good old days.) I have also made a bunch of GREAT friends as an older adult from the activities that I do…tennis friends, boating friends, quilting friends, mah jongg friends, running friends, etc. And I also have several from work (all 3 of my careers.) All of these people are precious to me and I am grateful to have them in my life.

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  • SOCIAL NETWORKING – (Facebook, Instagram, Blogs, etc.)

The people I connect with are my virtual friends. I have met new people and can connect with ones that live too far away to see. I have learned a lot from Facebook and from my fellow Bloggers. Sometimes I have been lucky enough to meet them in the flesh. So I guess I am grateful for the Internet and those smart folks who have invented software that can connect people.

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Alyssa and Barbara from FB

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former blogger Andrea

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bloggers Judy and Karen

  • RUNNING

Running has changed me. I discovered it late in life (at age 55). It has made me more confident, independent and I feel healthier and younger than ever. I am most grateful to this sport and what it has given me.

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Happy Running! What are you most grateful for?

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Wednesday Word: Hullabaloo

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is: Hullabaloo

I am sure that I am the only one who remembers this TV show

The simple definition of Hullabaloo is “a very noisy and confused situation.”

For the most part, I do NOT like big, noisy, crowded races. You won’t see me at a Color Run, a Tough Mudder, a Warrior Dash, an Inflatable Race or other such races.

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I’d be happier if I had a PR.

I know that they are fun but for me, if I am spending money on a race, I want to actually be able to “race.”

I have never run a Disney race or the likes of the Chicago, Boston or NYC marathons. I have run a few crowded races however 10,000 runners is probably the largest for me.  In addition to all the Hullabaloo, there is so much excitement in the air and it is very addicting.

The RNR Brooklyn Half (pic on the left below) was not well organized (so not so much fun) but the Dash to the Finish was. Guess which one, I repeated?

My favorite races have been smaller ones (under 1500 runners).  A more personal feel, easier to access, more of chance for an AG award, etc.  Less Hullabaloo!!!

I recommend that everyone experience a BIG, crowded, noisy race.  Then make your own decision.

Remember I suffer from FOMO so you may see me registering for a race…big or small… calm or with Hullabaloo

Happy Running! What kind of races do you prefer? Small ones or ones with “hullabaloo”?

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