TOLT: Work, IRUN4, Weather, Racing, etc.

Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

thinking out loud

Here’s what I’m thinking…

  • You take people for granted when you don’t see them face-to-face.

I have mentioned many times that I joined the IRUN4 program and I was matched up with John Anthony 2 1/2 years ago. He suffers from mitochrondial (and other) disease and cannot go to school, run and do the things that normal kids his age can do.


yes, he recently dyed his hair green (that is the color in support of Mito)

In the beginning, I posted photos on the IRUN4 FB site every time I ran. I dedicated all my miles to JA.

I do send him race shirts and Christmas presents.

I also still run for him.  But I have gotten lazier and lazier and now I pretty much only post pictures when I race.  Luckily that is very often.


Just Tuesday, his mom posted this in FB and tagged me:

Mom: JA!! We are so blessed. He is a fighter. I can’t believe in just 3 days HE will be 12!! What!?!?! Yep. Our Mito warrior will be 12. We are so blessed and we don’t take it for granted either.

Me: I will run 12 miles for JA on Saturday.  

Mom: JA says awesome and he doesn’t need to wish you good luck because you are the best but he does send you two thumbs up and big thanks. JA loves you. Side note. Notice the shirt?? Lol. HE loves his shirts. The ones you send him from your races mean the world to him!

Me: Sniff..sniff

I need to post more often.  I do think about him a lot but unless I post, he doesn’t know it.

This is a great program.  Check it out here:

Have you heard of IRUN4? Do you participate?

  • Sometimes work is just work.  That’s what is usually is for me.  (Teaching was different.  I loved teaching!)

This year, the law school where I work has decided to focus on being healthy.

In March, we had a Heart Healthy Challenge.

You got 50 points for completing 2 surveys and each week, you got 40 pts if you exercised for 45 min 3 times and 1 pt for each 10 minutes extra. 1st place got a $50 gift card to Dicks & $50 worth of Field Goods. (I came in 2nd with 466 pts.)

In April, we are participating in the Million Mile Month.  You just log your miles & other activities to win prizes.  My miles will automatically sync from my FitBit and I can also add in other non-walking/running activities like yoga, tennis, etc.)


So April 1,  we had a fun kick-off event.

april 1



Here are some of the other activities that have been planned:


So guess who is in charge of recruiting runners for the 5k? Yup, ME!!

If you work, are your co-workers into fitness?

  • I not going to whine about the fact that it is still winter here!   Or maybe I am.

Me on Christmas Eve


Me on April 3. I am not smiling about the weather. It was our 3rd attempt at a selfie.

How’s the weather where you live?

  • I signed up for a 10k this weekend. I am thinking of switching to the 5k.  The 10K is hilly.  So it would be good practice for my upcoming hilly half in 2 weeks. But it will be part of my 12 mile training run.  I like my training runs to be flat and easy (to avoid injury.) I am too competitive to slow down in a race. So I may do the 5k and then run 3 more miles. After that, hopefully, I will have company for the remaining 6 miles. Or I may grin and bear it and run the 10k and run 6 more miles on the Zim Smith Trail.
bacon hill

this year it is April 9 – and it’s one of my favorite races

Any advice?

Happy Running! What’s up with you this Thursday?



Friday Five: Fitness Inspirations


Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is Five Fitness Inspirations 

1. Healthy + Clothes = 🙂

 Being active (running and playing tennis and occasionally yoga) makes me feel healthy, helps keep a healthy weight and as a result, I can wear whatever I want.


I am over 60 and I want to be able to wear the same outfits as a 20 year old (except for maybe a bikini).

2. Healthy enough to run

Every time I don’t feel like going out for a run, I remember when I was injured and couldn’t run…


and know that someday I won’t be able to anymore.

3. Effort=Reward

I think I run half marathons because running doesn’t come easy to me. It is hard. I struggle on every long run.

Every half marathon that I finish still leaves me in awe. I can’t believe that I actually have run 13.1 miles.

4. Harriette Thompson

Harriette Thompson ran her first marathon at age 76. Now she’s 91 and still running marathons despite having had cancer, etc.

I’m not sure that I will ever run a marathon but I hope to continue running for a long time …hopefully still when I’m in my 90s.

5. John Anthony

This is John Anthony.  He is my 10 year old running buddy. I was paired with him last November though the IRUN4 program.


John Anthony has several rare genetic diseases – a skin biopsy showed he has SCAD which is an inborn error of metabolism. a metabolic disorder. His current geneticist thinks he also has glycogen storage disease type O and two of his specialists thinks he has Mitochrondrial disease (Mito).


He is in and out of the hospital and sick so often. He cannot go to school, often is too weak to walk and cannot do the things we all take for granted.


When I get them, I send him my race shirts.  He is wearing one is all the pictures on this page.  Inspite of it all, he is smiling 🙂

Happy Running! What are your favorite fitness inspirations ? 


Jailhouse Rock 5K race report

The race started at 8:30  at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa (about 40 minutes away.)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve done this one 3 times before (in 2009, 2010, & 2012).


I’m the one in the pink compression socks

I know that you walk up a hill to start and you finish running down this hill.

the hill is VERY steep

It was chilly for an August race.  It felt more like fall than summer. But nice weather for running. I wore my new Swirlgear tank (though it was too big) and hoped that the sun would warm me up.

I got there early enough to find parking and use the rest room (in the museum). I bumped into 2 runners from my age group – one very fast and one slower than me.  We chatted and then it was time to head up the hill.

I turned on my Garmin and I realized it was almost dead.  It must not have been on the charger correctly.  Oh well, I was hoping that it just might last 3 miles.

The first mile was a gradual uphill but nothing steep.  I tried to hold back but I am not good at that. There were no clocks on the course but someone called out 9:20 somewhere after mile 1.

I was hoping to run the whole thing but around halfway at the water stop, I was pooped already so I stopped and walked for a while.

Around 1.7 miles, my Garmin stopped.  So I guess I had to run blindly.

Mile 2 seemed to be flat and then at the same point, I think someone called out 16:xx.

Without a watch, I was lost.  I can’t believe how I depend on it.  I like to know how far till the end of the race and what my pace is.

I knew there was that downhill at the but I found myself walking AGAIN, right before it.

Finally I got to  the steep hill, I wish I was confident enough to go all out but I was afraid of falling flat on my face so I held back.

Then I saw the clock.  It was 27:xx but it was too late to get a PR…those darn walks!!

I crossed at 28:25.

I was happy. It was faster than my previous two 5ks.



While I was waiting for the times to be posted, I ran into another runner that I met at 2 other races.  She is 59.  She finished several minutes ahead of me but was 6th in her age group.  I came in 2nd in my group.  (I guess that will change next year when she is in my age group.)



race swag – hat for my ag prize, tech tee shirt, Xmas ornament, a package of cards

After the race, on the way back to my car, I passed the Iron Spring.


it is on the Xmas onrament

Then I noticed a trail so I took it.


It was only 1 mile out and back but very peaceful.


On one side there was brook flowing.


Although it was not warm and it was getting cloudy, I decided to drive back up to the lake.

I wanted to run some more but it was late and everyone was heading out to one of the islands.


Log Bay island on Lake George

We hung out all afternoon – eating, listening to music and watching the boats go by.


the marina gang

As for my 5K,  I am satisfied with my efforts but as always, feel that I can do better.


mile 1 –  9:03
mile 1- 1.7 – 9:26
mile 1.7-3.1 – ???

Race Goals:

  • Run the whole thing (haven’t been very successful at this lately.) – NOPE – walked twice
  • Under 10 min mile splits – YES!
  • Finish under 30 minutes – YES!
  • Win an age group award – YES – 2nd
  • Finish happy & uninjured – YES!

My next 5k is Sept 7.  After that, I need to prep for my 10 miler in October.

Happy Running! Any racing plans this weekend?


July rundown


Repeated goals:

  • RUN at least 3-4 times each week. YES!

before work

in the park

after work


during work


new trails on a day off


bike path on the weekend

  • Continue planks. Not often 😦
  • Go to Yoga at least 2x. YES! 2X
  • Walk at least once a day at work. YES! Everyday!
AM walk

am walk


pm walk

  • Play tennis outdoors once a week. YES! 3X (got rained out 1x)


  • Continue to use those 5 lb weights on my desk. Not often 😦
  • Run any 5k or 10K races under 10 minutes per mile! Barely!

Turning Point 5k -30:49

  • Run at least 75 miles this month. YES!


  • Dedicate all my runs to John Anthony my running buddy. YES! Of course.

his reaction to the race shirts that I sent him

New goals:

  • Lose at least 5 lbs. NOPE!! 😦
  • Add weekly long runs. YES until my half.

July 5

  • Complete my 9th half marathon. YES!

a tough one at 2:26:00 but won 2nd in my AG

  • Choose a fall or winter half marathon. Nope!  Still only have the 10 miler in October.
10-26-14 in NJ

10-26-14 in NJ

  • Start training for a fall half. Nope!

I also spent time on our boat on Lake George.


I spent 2 days at my friend’s on the Schroon River.


I saw Jimmy Buffet in concert!!


he was awesome…

August Goals:

Repeated goals:

  • RUN at least 3-4 times each week. 
  • Continue planks.
  • Go to Yoga at least 2x.
  • Walk at least once a day at work.
  • Play tennis outdoors once a week
  • Continue to use those 5 lb weights on my desk.
  • Run any 5k or 10K races under 10 minutes per mile!
  • Run at least 70 miles this month.
  • Dedicate all my runs to John Anthony my running buddy.

New goals:

  • See my mentee Amanda (she is no longer moving away.)
  • Eat healthy…lose those annoying extra lbs.
  • Run at least once a week before work.
  • Decide on a winter half.

Happy Running! How was your July?  Anything special planned for August?


Monday running update

20140625-122436-44676505Last Week:

  • Monday – DAY OFF –4 5.5 miles, several walks


post-run walking  in Schroon Lake

post-run walking in Schroon Lake

  • Tuesday -walk at work, rest, tennis
AM walk

AM walk

  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work (too busy), yoga (thunderstorm)

so so humid

  • Thursday – 4 3 mile run before work,  walk at work

refreshing – humidity gone


  • Friday – walksat work, rest, mah jongg

walked to lunch and after though I know we didn’t want off those calories

  • Saturday- 5K race + 2 more miles, boating

5k trail race


  • Sunday -rest

This Week:

  • Monday – work at the bar exam, 4 mile run after
  • Tuesday -work at the bar exam, rest
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work, yoga
  • Thursday – walk at work, staff picnic, 5 mile run
  • Friday-  tennis. hiking (in CT)
  • Saturday – tennis, swimming, dinner out (in CT)
  • Sunday – 5K race + 3 more miles, boating

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?


Monday running update

20140625-122436-44676505Last Week:

  • Monday – DAY OFF – 4.5 miles, movie


really liked this

  • Tuesday -walk at work, rest, tennis
AM walk

AM walk


  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work , walk at work, yoga



AM walk

  • Thursday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work, dinner out & movie for a friend’s bday



dinner at a thai restaurant

a little too dark for me

  • Friday –3 2.5 mile run before work during lunch, walk at work, rest, mah jongg

AM walk – solo

  • Saturday- packet pick up, boating, rest, rest, rest


  • Sunday –Saratoga Half Marathon!!!

a tough one..but still won 2nd in my age group

This Week:

  • Monday – walk at work, rest, dinner out with former co-worker
  • Tuesday -walk at work, rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work , walk at work, yoga, mall walk with bff
  • Thursday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work, hair appt
  • Friday -walk at work, rest,  mah jongg
  • Saturday- 4 mile run, JIMMY BUFFET concert!!
  • Sunday -rest, tennis party on Schroon River

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?


Monday Running Update

20140406-150059.jpgLast Week:

  • Monday – 2 – 1 mile walks at work, rest, tennis

may be the last one outside – rain predicted for the rest of the week


afternoon break to Walgreen s& Starbux

  • Tuesday – 1 mile walk at work, 4 mile run on the TM at work

walk outside on the track before the rain


hated it but it was raining – watched an episode of Call the Midwife

  • Wednesday – 1 mile walk at work, restdinner out with the tennis ladies

walked inside, raining outside 😦


the group at a Thai restaurant (had pasta w/lobster & veggies + cheese cake pops for dessert)

  • Thursday – 2 walks at work, 4 mile run, dinner & mall walk with bff
rain stopped!

Am walk after the rain stopped!


PM walk before the rain started again


rain shortened run

  • Friday –  walk at work, rest, pre-race pasta dinner


  • Saturday –  10k race

PR & 3rd in my AG

finally got to see this movie

  • Sunday –  rest, nails, movie…

not a great film but enjoyable

This Week:

  • Monday – 3 miles, tennis
  • Tuesday – rest, dinner, movie with bff to celebrate my b-day
  • Wednesday – 3 miles, yoga
  • Thursday -rest, hair appt
  • Friday –  3 miles, birthday dinner out
  • Saturday –  rest, tulip fest with mentee & sons
  • Sunday – 5k race, dinner out to celebrate my b-day

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ? Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?


Monday Running Update

20140406-150059.jpgLast Week:

  • Monday – 1 mile walk at work, 4.6 mile run



in Washington Park

  • Tuesday – 1 mile walk at work, rest, tennis

outdoors before the rain

  • Wednesday – 3.4 mile run


  • Thursday – 1 mile & 2 mile walks at work, rest

new route around the school- solo walk – windy but sunny


lunch break solo walk to the park

  • Friday –  1 mile walk at work, barbecue, 4 mile run



perfect running weather

  • Saturday –  rest, errands, bib pick up, mall visit with mentee & sons

1st grader’s art on display!

  • Sunday – 5K race + 4 miles more

2nd in my AG!


recovery miles at the Nisky bike path

I also won a giveaway last week:


from Marcia’s Healthy Slice

This Week:

  • Monday – rest, tennis
  • Tuesday – 4 miles
  • Wednesday – rest, dinner out with the tennis ladies
  • Thursday – 4 miles, mall walk with bff
  • Friday –  rest, pasta dinner
  • Saturday –  10k race + 2 more?
  • Sunday – rest

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?


Monday Running Update

20140406-150059.jpgLast Week:

  • Monday – 3 miles, Passover seder

on the track during lunch – gusty & steamy



  • Tuesday – rest, 1 mile walk at work, tennis

back inside – RAIN

  • Wednesday – 1 mile walk at work, 4 5 miles

40 degrees colder than Monday


sunny but cold…snow was almost gone

  • Thursday – 2 – 1 mile walks at work, 4 3.5 mile run

indoors, looking outside into the courtyard


outdoors followed by a treat


outdoors – cool but sunny

  • Friday –  2 -1 mile walks at work, rest, mah jongg

on the track


  • Saturday –  4m race + 3 miles

unofficial PR & 2nd in my AG


slow recovery run on the rail rrail

  • Sunday –  rest, Easter dinner, some spring mulching


This Week:

  • Monday – 4 miles
  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 miles
  • Thursday – rest
  • Friday –  3 miles, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  rest
  • Sunday – 5K race + 4 more

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?


Monday Running Update

20140406-150059.jpgLast Week:

  • Monday – 1 mile walk at work, rest, tennis
still indoors

still indoors

  • Tuesday – 1 mile walk at work, 3 miles on the TM (too tired), tennis (instead)

indoors again

  • Wednesday – 1 mile walk at work, 3 4 mile run



so windy

  • Thursday – 1 mile walk at work, 4 mile run

first walk outdoors


warm but windy…on the rail trail

  • Friday –  1 mile walk at work, pizza party, rest, mah jongg

ate 4 slices of pizza for lunch. I don’t think 1 mile was enough to burn it off but it wasraining

  • Saturday –  5K race + 3.5 more miles




  • Sunday –  rest, day with Amanda & sons
at the butterfly exhibit

at the butterfly exhibit

at the park

at the park

This Week:

  • Monday – 3 miles at lunch, Passover seder
  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 4 miles
  • Friday –  rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  4m race
  • Sunday –  rest

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?