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.

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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.

Weekly Run Down for 1.15.23-1.22.23: Back to the Big Apple

My co-worker was still out sick so that meant that I had to go to NYC and work in Queens all week!!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Winter Series #3. Though there were 3 options:  5.5k, 10k or 25k, I choose the shortest one (since I had run 9 miles the day before).

It was windy with feels like 10 temps but still fun.  I ran/walked with my running friend (until the last 1/2 mile or so) and we finished with a 2 minute PR over Winter Series #1 (same distance.)

After the race, I went to my office to get things ready for my week in NYC, then went grocery shopping, cooked and finally the hubby and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary (which was the next day.)

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. and the DAY OFF!

Although it was my 3rd day running in a row, I never know what the week will bring. So I decided to drive to the other end of the rail trail and go for a short run.

the sunshine and flowing water made up for the vey chilly temps.

Then I had to pack before heading to Manhattan by train

sunset on the Hudson R.

I checked into my hotel and relaxed.

  • Tuesday – First I had to check out of my hotel and then head by subway to Jamaica, Queens to work.

I was staying in a different hotel for the next three nights so after I returned to Manhattan, I had to retrieve my luggage and then check into my new hotel (The one I usually stay in).

By this point, I decided to call it a “rest day.”  That makes me laugh since the day was anything but restful.

Coincidentally, my friend Cari also decided not to run so we met for dinner instead.

  • Wednesday – Up at 6am and on the 7am subway to Jamaica.

sunrise was more impressive in person

Another long work day but as soon as I returned to Manhattan, I changed into running clothes and headed out for a “needed” run in Central Park.

I thought I might have to run solo but I was so lucky that Cari had postponed her run until after work. She ran from home and I ran to Cat Hill and then we completed the rest of our run together (which included a visit with Fred and the Onassis Reservoir.)

We both indulged in a cookie for dinner (bought in different Chip City locations. lol)

Talk about a small world… walking down the streets of Manhattan (sweaty from my run), I bumped into the President/Dean of the law school where I used to work.

  • Thursday – Working all day and if it was not raining, I was planning another run in the evening.

Nope, it was POURING so Plan B was cheap tix to a Broadway show.

It had a good mixture of serious issues and comedy.

  • Friday – Rest Day since I was working in Queens all day and then had to take an evening train back home
  • Saturday – Long Run Day (10 miles).

It’s always a challenge in the winter to figure out where to run that is not icy. So I planned on 2 miles with Barbara on the Nisky bike path and then the rest of the miles with Sherry and Stan.

Icy in too many spots but Sherry & I added on some road detours and got it done. Then we joined the others for brunch.

yes, that’s an eagle!

  • Sunday – TBD – laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning…. short hike?

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – 1/2 DAY OFF, run
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – run, dinner out with tennis gals
  • Thursday – run
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run (11 miles)
  • Sunday –  rest day

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Winter Racing
  • Friday – Runfessions

Happy Running! How is your year of running beginning? Do you have to travel for work?  If so, how do you fit in your running? Ever run in NYC? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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FFF: 5 Struggles to Meeting Your Fitness Goals

Whether it’s running, walking, biking or working out, we often are faced with struggles that prevent us from reaching our fitness goals.

Here are FIVE of mine.  They all relate to a goal of working out:

1.Access

I do not own a treadmill or any exercise equipment besides a stationary bike.

I could, of course, join a gym or subscribe to Peleton.

Both cost $$$.  Affordable but sometimes we need to make choices on how to spend our salary.

2.Time

I work from 8-4.  Sometimes I have to travel which means even more hours spent at work.

Again, I could get up earlier or skip after work social activities.

It’s a matter of priorities (as in $$) – sleep/friends vs fitness

3.Partner

I’m pretty sure that if I had a partner in crime, I would go to a gym.

For some things I just need that extra push of a friend doing it too.

4.Too Many Options

  • A gym?  Which one: Planet Fitness, YMCA, etc?
  • App Subscriptions? Which one: Peleton, Les Mills, etc?
  • Free Online Videos?
  • Do your own thing?

5.A Reason

As they say “If it ain’t broke…”

IOW, I only run and yet I do not have any aches or pains or injuries. (knock on wood.)

Happy Running! Which struggles do you face, if any? Please share.

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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.

My Word for 2023

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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.

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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.

Weekly Run Down for 1.8.23-1.15.23: The Work-Run Juggling Act

I’m still working remotely except when I’m not…

This past week, I was supposed to teach live Wed, Thurs & Fri with set-up on Tues. Then it was changed to only Wed and remote on Fri.  THEN a maybe of going to NYC (to substitute for an ill co-worker) Wed-Fri was added…

How’s a girl supposed to schedule her runs!?

Last Week:

  • Sunday – It’s been a while since I hit the trails… I had a lot to do and almost didn’t think I’d have time… but late afternoon, I did get out for a short one…

a little muddy but worth it for the waterfall views

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. and the DAY OFF!

I got up early and went for a run in the neighborhood.

not a great sunrise but the lack of wind made the 20 degree temps feel not so bad

I rushed home so my running friend and I could take off to go hiking in MA.  But at the last minute, her son was sick so I was left solo.

I procrastinated and wound up choosing shorter and closer hikes

This was a surprise seeing how I love waterfalls.

On my way home, I stopped off a few places to hike some more… nothing picture worthy

  • Tuesday – Rest Day due to a dentist appt, possibly going to set up my computer lab or possibly pack for a trip to NYC.

At 4pm after setting my lab, I was informed that I would indeed be going to NYC…

Hotel and train reservations scramble and then pack….

  • Wednesday – Off on a early morning train..

view of the Hudson R.

After checking into my hotel, and going to Queens and back, I was able to take a run around Central Park and then back to my hotel.

always enjoyable to run here even if I had to climb “cat’ hill

  • Thursday – Working all day and if it was not raining, I was planning a short run along the Hudson…and then meet a friend for a drink.

rainy am

Unfortunately lot’s of work drama (I’ll spare you the details) and rain so no run and no meet-up.  Just a late dinner in the hotel.

  • Friday – Rest Day since I was working in Queens all day (for a millisecond I thought of running on the hotel treadmill) and then had to take an evening train back home
  • Saturday – Long Run Day (9 miles)

So rain and snow the evening before kind a derailed (literally) our plans to run on the rail trail.

Sherry joined me in the nearby neighborhoods (love that tree) and the rest of my friends ran on treadmills but everyone showed up for brunch

  • Sunday – Winter Series #3 race – 5.5k, 10k or 25k. Again I plan on choosing the shortest distance and run it for fun.

pic from Winters Series #2

After I need to go to the office, do some grocery shopping and pack for my week in NYC.

My 24th wedding anniversary is tomorrow so we may go out to dinner tonight to celebrate…

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – HOLIDAY – DAY OFF – run – train to NYC
  • Tuesday – run (in NYC)
  • Wednesday – run (in NYC)
  • Thursday – run (in NYC)
  • Friday –  rest day, train home
  • Saturday Long Run (10 miles)
  • Sunday –  rest day

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – My Word for 2023
  • Friday – 5 Struggles to Meet Your Fitness Goals

Happy Running! How is your year of running beginning? Any races planned? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

FFF: 5 Things That Motivate Me

1.Staying Healthy

I really believe that running outside 4x a week (so matter what) has kept all those sicknesses (COVID, RSV, Flu, Cold, etc.) away!

-7 with the wind chill… I survived!

2. My Friends

As often as possible, I try enlist the company of a friend or two on my runs.  Running alone is no fun!! And you cannot procrastinate if someone is waiting for you!!

3.Food

I admit it.  Food is my reward after any hike, run or race.

4.Races

I enjoy racing.  But if I have a race on my schedule, I will NOT skip a run or cut short a long run.  I want to run well in a race but more importantly, I want to remain injury-fee.

12 miles in preparation for an upcoming race

5.Blogging.

I post 3x a week. If I don’t run, I feel like a phony since I schedule my upcoming runs or races on Sunday’s blog post and then recap them the Sunday after.

Happy Running! So what motivates YOU? Please share.

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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.

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The Best of 2022

Best of 2022: TV, movies, music, books, theater and art - Los Angeles Times

I decided that since I did race so much to give out race-related awards this year.

  • Best Picture from a Race: (CARI) FRED LEBOW HALF MARATHON

(ELISA) STOCKADE-ATHON

  • Best Weather during a Race: HELDERBERG 2 HUSDSON HALF MARATHON

chilly at the start but perfect for running

  • Best Race Swag: TROPICOOL 5K

towel!! used it a lot!

  • Best Age Group Award: MALTA 5k

both useful… (they could skip the medal, though)

  • Best Race Refreshments: BARN 2 BRIDGE FALL FEST 5K

free drinks and a food truck coupon (yes, I got a WHOLE pizza)

  • Best Scenic Race Course: MAINE HALF MARATHON

water views… can I say more?

  • Best Race Finish: FREIHOFER RUN FOR WOMEN

Downhill, baby!!

  • Best Race Finish Time: BARN 2 BRIDGE FALL FEST 5K

best 5k finish (out of 10)

HELDERBERG 2 HUSDSON HALF MARATHON

best Half finish (out of 8)

  • Best Organized Race: MILES ALONG THE MOHAWK (and ALL A.R.E.-sponsored races)

participant manual, easy packet pick-up, shuttle to the start, real bathrooms, well marked course, enthusiastic volunteers. box lunch, beer coupon and more

  • Best Volunteer Stint: HAIRY GORILLA/SQUIRELY SIX TRAIL RACE

scenic area, fun to see everyone’s costumes…

  • Best Race Medal:  CENTRAL PARK HALF MARATHON

I love the map on the medal

  • Best Virtual Race: NYC HALF MARATHON

it automatically got me into the 2023 race

  • Best New (to me) Race: SASHA’S SUPER HERO 5K

channeled my inner “super hero” and the money went to support Ukraine

  • Best Race Outfit: PUBLIX FLORIDA HALF MARATHON

too bad it was raining… even my sunglasses were purple

  • Best Vacation Race: MAINE HALF MARATHON

Just the fact that we were all together and rented a fantastic house made the race special

I did enjoy all of my 34 races in 2022. Each one was special in a different way.

Happy Running! What are some of the highlights of 2022 in racing? Please share.

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

and on Wednesday:

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

Weekly Run Down for 1.1.23-1.8.23: A New Year and Training Begins

A new running year and time to start training.

For me that means, long runs on the weekend to prepare for all those Half Marathons that I signed up for…

Crazy me!

Anyway, the first one is Feb. 19.

This one will be the hardest since my last one was in November so there was a restful break in training.  And of course, there’s the cold, snowy, icy weather which can always derail my running.

After that, although I have half marathons in March, April and May… hopefully, I will stay heathy and just maintain the miles and the weather will warm up and the bike paths clear….

Last Week:

  • Sunday -Winter Series #2 Race.

The choice was a half marathon or 5.5K 3.75m. The shorter distance for me! And since I ran 7 miles the day before, this was just a “fun” run with friends. But it was very windy and chillier than I was dressed for.  I started run/walking intervals with my friends but I was too cold to continue and so I just ran ahead by myself.

the BEST way to start a new year

Then I had to go to the Apple Store to pick up my new watch.  I’ve been procrastinating but my old one dates back to 2016!! ❤ it for everyday use… still a Garmin diehard for races.

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. It was a slow work day (because last week was so crazy) and I was able to run during lunch.

so exciting to see no snow or ice on the rail trail… Over dressed today, under-dressed yesterday. Will I ever get it right?

Then after work, I met my BFF for a long walk.

  • Tuesday – Rest Day and a hair appt after work. Rainy day, anyway.
  • Wednesday – I had plans to meet a running friend after work (as long as it wasn’t raining.)

With rain predicted for late in the day, I squeezed in a run during lunch…

and then another after work at Ualbany (because it didn’t start raining until 7pm).

Both runs were slow with walk intervals so I didn’t overdo things.

  • Thursday – Busy work day so I could only get my run done after work. Besides again, it was rainy off and on most of the day.

I didn’t want to drive back to UAlbany (since I was WFH) so I took a chance and ran in town. I got it done before it got too dark.

  • Friday – A Rainy Rest Day!!

A stop at the office and the evening with the mah jongg ladies.

  • Saturday – Long Run Day. 8 miles on my plan.  So happy with the thaw that the bike paths were clear and my friends were available.

nice weather, friends and run/walk intervals definitely made the miles enjoyable and brunch after (8 of this week)

  • Sunday – It is time to hit the trails. I haven’t been in weeks.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – run, hike with a friend
  • Tuesday – run at lunch, dentist appt
  • Wednesday – rest day (train to NYC???)
  • Thursday – run after work (NYC?)
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg (or train home??)
  • Saturday Long Run (9 miles)
  • Sunday –   Winter Series #3 race (5.5k)

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Best of 2022 (Race Awards)
  • Friday – 5 Things That Motivate Me

Happy Running! How is your running year beginning? Any new goals? Training for any races? Have an Apple Watch? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

FFF: First Ultimate Coffee Date of 2023

It’s that time of the month…

Hello 2023 Happy New Year 2023 31st December 2023 Loading Gift Coffee Mug

time to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

New year and as always, there are things to update you on:

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I added another Half Marathon to my 2023 schedule (#5).

It was NOT planned.

But I got an email that said I had a guaranteed entry to

The Brooklyn Half Marathon is back with sweltering heat

May 20, 2023

According to the standards, I DID NOT qualify because my qualifying race was when I was 69 not 70 (so my time was not fast enough) …. but hey CARPE DIEM!

I’m in!

my rainy Brooklyn Half of 2018

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I almost registered for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC.

Cuz?

FOMO!! (Damn you bloggers!)

I did not…. (but I know they always have many bibs available since they allow deferrals if I change my mind and someone needs a roommate)

3.Over coffee

I’d tell you that when I registered for the above race, I forgot that I had added on a 10 miler to my April Half for the following weekend.

May 28, 2023

It was cheaper to register for both races and you get a third medal if you race the challenge…

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I met my annual mileage challenge for the third year in a row! (It wasn’t my best year. That was 2016 with 1046 miles.)

Jan – 102 miles
Feb – 80 miles
Mar – 89 miles
Apr – 89 miles
May – 80 miles
Jun – 73 miles
Jul – 80 miles
Aug – 90 miles
Sept – 90 miles
Oct –  94 miles
Nov – 81 miles
Dec – 80 miles

It’s about 84 miles a month so only 20 miles or so week…

If I do not get sick or injured, it perfectly doable.

It has kept me racing yet injury-free.  So I see no need for change. My 2023 goal is again 1000 miles!!

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that there were NO PRs in 2022 nor were there any PR goals. There may have been a few PWs but since I don’t remember, obviously I don’t care.

My main goal for 2023 is to race as often as possible and to meet up with as many friends as able (through running, racing, blogging, etc.)

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Please share.    

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

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.

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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.