This Year in Photos

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

One of my most favorite things to do is look back at my photos.

They remind me why I love running and racing.

Here are the highlights month by month:

JANUARY

a bunch of free local races and runs with friends 

Winter Series race

cold run with friends

FEBRUARY

some cold weather runs, a warm race-cation and two races including my first half marathon of the year

Polar Cap Race with AJH

a very wet Publix Half Marathon

MARCH

My stepson’s wedding, a new kitten, my second and bucket list half marathon and a wet local race

THE wedding

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NYC Half Marathon

Shamrock Shuffle race (in the rain)

APRIL

Spring racing has begun with three races including a fun group race-cation

Delmar Dash with Karen

Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

Hot Chocolate 15k with some Sole Sisters

MAY

my birthday month, an annual tennis vacation in Florida and of course races, like FOUR of them

15th year in a row in Naples, FL

Tropicool 5k with an old friend

Summer Smith Memorial 5k with Dr. Tom

Workforce Challenge with co-workers

Great Sacandaga Half Marathon

JUNE

the racing season escalates with five races, some volunteering, work travel, as boating on the lake begins

my 12th Freihofer’s Run for Women

Betar Byway 5k and Moreau Mile races

Building Brooklyn 5k

Lake George life

Sole Sisters man the water stop

running in Buffalo after work

Race to the Lakes 15k (and ice cream)

JULY

warmer temps mean less racing (just one race) but some trail runs and more boating

Silks and Satins 5k with a skirt sister

trailing running!

more boating

AUGUST

More trail runs and again just one race

more trails!!

Hudson Ramble 8 mile race

SEPTEMBER

A visit to a college roommate, a half marathon and lots of long runs in addition to work travel 

first kayaking experience thanks to my college roommate

Surf Town Half Marathon and blogger meet-up

running along the Erie Canal (Rochester work)

more miles in NYC and friend connections

marathon training…

OCTOBER

marathon training is heating up with a half marathon as part of the dreaded 20-miler and there was a bucket list 10k in NYC as well as a fun trail race.

Grete’s Great Gallop 10k (and a new friend)

post 7 mile Hannaford Half Marathon

Lawson Lake 5k for “fun”

NOVEMBER

The big day arrived – my first full marathon followed by a recovery 15k and two Thanksgiving races

I did it!!!!!

the Stocadeathon

Turkey Trotting

DECEMBER

and so it ends… with a DNS 😦


I realized that after picking those pictures above that they had nothing to do with age group awards or finish times.

In fact, many of them were not stellar running/racing efforts yet they were memorable for many other reasons.

I ran a lot of races in 2019 and each was special in a different way.  Some were new experiences and some were races that I’ve run over and over again. Many were with friends but many were solo attempts. None were PRs and I’m sure a few were PWs.

But I think I had a smile on my face during each and every one.


I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

and Wild Workout Wednesday with NicoleAnnmarieJen, and Michelle.

Happy Running!  What is memorable for you in your running?  Does it show up in your photos?

 

 

 

TOTR: Best and Worst Race Photos

It’s Tuesday so don’t forget to link up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

Today’s (actually next week’s) TOTR Topic is: Best and Worst Race Photos:

With 30 half marathons and hundreds of shorter races, I certainly have quite a selection of race photos to choose from.  Most of them have been pretty good because I ham it up when I see the photographer but when I don’t, anything can happen.

The Worst:

This was in March of 2013 on a hot day in Florida.  It was my first half marathon after the year of the broken ankle and stress fracture.  I did not train well and had not discovered my favorite Nike running shoes (so my foot hurt).

The Best:

Treasure Coast Half – March 2017

Eau Palm Beach Half – Dec 2015

Biggest Loser 5k – July 2013

None of the races above were particularly good ones but I was happy to be running as you can tell from my SMILE.

Happy Running! Do you usually take good race photos?

Five Five 2.0: Racing. A Lot.

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to use the new FIVE MINUTE format, link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

I will be racing a lot. Like every weekend. I could go on and on about why I love to race but with this new Friday Five (5 Minute) format I’ll get right to it:

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  1. COOL SWAG

Sometimes, it’s just a shirt but lots of times, it is a bag, water bottle, food samples, key chain, and other running-related goodies.

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    2. MEET NEW AND OLD FRIENDS

Many of my running friends, I have met at races.  It is so fun to see a familiar face at a race and chat…about running, of course.

  3.  FREE FOOD

I love to eat especially to replenish the calories burned during running.

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 4.  REPLACES SPEED WORKOUTS

I am the first to admit it.  I know that I should, but I don’t do speed drills, tempos, intervals, hill repeats, strides, etc.  So for me, I guess my workout happens during a race.  I’ll do those hills, run sprints and then, if I am scheduled for a long run, I’l continue my miles after the race at a slower pace.

5. GETS YOU OUT THERE DURING THE WEEK

When it is cold, windy and just plain nasty and I don’t feel like running, if I have a race scheduled for the weekend, I will make myself get out there and run. I know if I don’t run during the week, then my finish time will suffer, I may get injured and/or the race will be unpleasant.  It takes a long time to get in shape and such a short time to feel out of shape.

Happy Running! Do you run a lot of races? If not, why not?  Any other reasons to share if you do? 

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2017 – My Year in Pictures

Are you tired of my 2017 recaps yet?  I hope not because I have a few more coming…

One of my most favorite things to do is look back at my photos.

It makes me remember why I love running.

JANUARY

cold temps but still happily running and racing

FEBRUARY

even colder temps but running with friends helped

MARCH

A race-cation in Florida helped get me through this long winter

APRIL

a new running companion and a race in Central Park were the highlights

MAY

my birthday month, an annual tennis vacation in Florida and of course a race

JUNE

the racing season began as well as boating on the lake

JULY

warmer temps meant less racing and more hiking

AUGUST

Lots more racing including a trip to NYC and an attempt to beat the train

SEPTEMBER

Fall in the NE got me out racing every weekend

OCTOBER

the long awaited girls racing weekend arrived (for Wineglass HM in Corning, NY)

NOVEMBER

running down the Vegas strip at night…who can beat that?

DECEMBER

so it got cold again but friends were what has motivated me to get out there and pound the pavement.

I realized that after picking those pictures above that they had nothing to do with age group awards or finish times.

Obviously, running for me is not about getting faster.

In fact, many of them were not stellar running/racing efforts yet they were memorable for many other reasons.

Happy Running!  What is memorable for you in your running?  Does it show up in your photos?

 

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Winter, Shoes, Photos and more

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

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Here’s what I am thinking about today:

  • How cold is too cold?

I pride myself is not being a wuss. If it’s cold, I run outside.  It’s basically because I hate the treadmill and I’ve never had a good run on it.

So I check the weather and keep my fingers crossed that it is warmer as the day goes on and that the wind dies down when it gets dark.

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So far, I”ve been able to run outside almost all the time.  But then again, we have not gotten any snow..yet!

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When it is raining or icy, I draw the line.  I won’t run in it!!

What conditions force you to skip a run or stay indoors?

  • New shoes.

I haven’t bought a pair since September.  So I needed a new pair.  Not really, since I alternate my shoes and have quite a few pairs.

But won’t I run better in my half marathon in a few weeks in a new pair of running shoes?

Besides, they were a good deal!

How often do yo buy running shoes?

  • Packing for a trip

I started packing for my trip to Florida.  I mean, I gathered together everything I need for my race.  That’s the most important, right?

I”ll probably have to throw in a pair or shorts, capris and bathing suit.  I’m not worried about those items.

  • Running Photos should be FREE!

I hate to pay for photos.  Every now and then, they are free and I think that’s great.

Register for The Biggest Loser RunWalk at www.biggestloser.com/runwalk

free!

Unfortunately some of my best photos are not.

Stockadeathon 15k

not free

Do you buy your race photos?

I have splurged and bought the photo for an important race.

Happy Running! What are your thoughts today?

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My Favorite Instagram Posts of 2015 & TOLT

I love Instagram. (If you don’t yet, please follow me @dsc59)

So I took Amanda (from Run to the Finish)’s idea and am sharing my favorite Instagram photos of 2015-

January

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This is from my half marathon in Florida where I surprisingly had a PR and AG award. I love it because I may never be that fast again and winning an award in a half is tough.

February

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It’s challenging using the timer on my iphone so I just propped it against the fence on the ground and only got my feet (They’re the most important part, right?)

March

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I was sad that my flight to Palm Springs got cancelled and I missed running a race with my friend.  But running on this trail made up for it.  I loved it there!!

April

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We had a long winter in the NE so I was happy to be running without a jacket and wearing my SportSkirts running skirt.  Being selected as an Ambassador Captain for this company is one of the highlights of my year!

May

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This is my favorite race and the only race that I’ve run every year (even after ankle surgery in 2012.) As you can tell, it’s all women – all ages, all paces – so empowering.

June

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Ice cream is my favorite food.  To be able to have a root beer float after a hot sweaty run = priceless (especially with the cows as my witnesses.)

July

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I met Judy through Facebook and although she thinks she is too slow for me, she has gotten me through many a long run.  I like this pic because my car is in it and that guy in red running behind us.

August

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The Crossings is one of my favorite places to run after work in the summer.  And also I think this picture makes me look fast. Ha Ha!

September

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This was at the end of a long run while training for my October half marathon.  I asked Judy (my photographer) to wait so it would look like I chicked those guys. LOL.

October

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This was taken after my painful RNR Brooklyn Half Marathon. I turned around and saw someone whom I had taught when I was a high school French teacher many moons ago. What a treat! 

November

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While picking up my bib for the Stockade-athon 15k race, I met Frank Shorter.  He signed my bib and I swear that he brought me luck since I did PR at the race the next day.

December

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We were very lucky to have a pretty mild December.  This was taken on one of my favorite new places to run – a rail trail that was recently paved. It’s beautiful (especially the bridges).  If only you weren’t running uphill on the way back.

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

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So how do you take pictures to post on Instagram?  How do you prop up your phone???  (BTW: I hate selfies. Too old to have a camera that close to my face!!)

Happy Running! Are you on Instagram? If so, let me know & I’ll follow you.

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TOTR: 2015 in Pictures & My Bling

2015 was such a good year that I am still sharing my memories.

I promise this is my last 2015 Running Year Summary post!!  This one is photos organized by the month.

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January: PR & AG award at the West Palm Half

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February: Running with a friend & an AG award at the Polar Cap 4 miler

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March: DNS in a 5k but making up for it on the trails of Palm Desert

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April: despite foot issues finishing a half marathon on the boardwalk of Asbury Park, NJ

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May: met Deena Kastor and in VT, ran my first marathon relay

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June: took a running tour of the mile high city (Denver)

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July: lots of running, sweating & ice cream sodas

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August: running in scenic places  like along Lake George & the Schroon River

running at Nisky Bike Path

September: long runs in training for 2 fall half marathons

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October: post-race run in Central Park, NYC

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November: a busy Thanksgiving Day – a 10k followed by a 5k

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December: champagne to celebrate finishing half #16 (my toughest to date)

and soon I’ll be collecting photos of my running in 2016…

I am linking up with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life .

This Tuesday’s topic is BLING.

Here are pics of my favorite medals for the year:

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Happy Running! What is your fondest memory of 2015?

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Friday Five: Fave Fall Pics

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar 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’s theme is FREE FRIDAY

So I’ll post FIVE of my favorite Fall photos since soon the leaves will be gone:

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Washington park

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Mohawk Towpath Byway (where the duathlon started)

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Black Mountain Point on Lake George

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Hudson Valley Rail Trail

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Delmar-Albany Rail Trail

Happy Running! How are the fall colors where you live?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Show Us Your Year In Pictures

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Show Us Your Year In Pictures

January:

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10 mile race with a friend in Palm Springs CA

February:

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4 mile race in Lake George with blogger AJH

March:

before the race

5k race while visiting friends in St. Augustine, FL

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a wet half marathon with new friends in Philly

April:

Bacon Hill Bonanza

1st in my age group (and winning a pie) at a new 5k

May:

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tennis vacation in Naples, FL

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1st in my age group again at a 5k on Mother;’s Day

June:

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day in Staten Island

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finally running a bucket list 10 miler

July:

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Jimmy Buffet concert

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my 9th half marathon

August:

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a scenic but tough 10K with a new FB friend

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many warm weekends on our boat on Lake George

September:

Running in Central Park

Running in Central Park, NYC

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finally a 5K PR

October:

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college reunion in NYC

Perfect 10 Miler

Perfect 10 Miler in NJ & a PR

November:

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PR at a 15K

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10K PR at a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

December:

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a rainy 5k race through the lights in the park

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a day in NYC with friends

Happy Running!  What are some highlights of your year?

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Five Foto Friday x3

I decided to bring back Foto Friday because I want to share just SOME of the statues that I saw last weekend in Trenton, NJ at Grounds for Sculpture. Seward Johnson is the sculptor of most of them and bases many of his works on French Impressionist paintings.  (My favorite as a former French teacher.)

Happy Halloween!

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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’s theme is Halloween, of course!

Happy Running! Have a nice weekend! Believe it or not, I do not have a race! Do you?

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