FFF: Tips for Hiking Alone

Of course when I first starting hiking, I was nervous to go alone. What if I got lost?  What if I got hurt?  Would it be boring with no one to talk to?

But I conquered my fears and now I actually enjoy it.

I am a SLOW hiker and I also love to stop and take lots of pictures.  It is so much easier when I am alone (instead of pulling up the rear in a group or listening to my hubby’s groans.)

Here’s FIVE Tips to use if you are gong to hike solo:

1.Do the Research. Read the Reviews

Like when a RD says the route is flat and it isn’t.  The same with trails.  A “easy” trail is often not.  Read what others have said about the hike.  Make sure you read in the reviews from the season that you are hiking in.  The Trails change with the weather.

an easy hike??

moderate??? No way- death defying steep slopes and river crossings!

2. Bring Your Phone and a Portable Charger.

You can call for help if you need it.  You can track your location.  You will feel safer and more relaxed. The ALLTrails app is an app that I depend on. But make sure you have back up power for your phone.

3. Save a copy of the Map on your Phone.

Even if you bring your phone, on trails, service will be spotty.  Just go to the site when you do have a connection and save the map.  If you have a printer, you can print the map at home (I do not.)  I also recommend you do the same with directions to the site.  Do not depend on your GPS connecting to a satellite to get you there or back home.

4. Wear the Right Clothes and Bring the Necessary Supplies.

Always bring water, food, a flashlight, Band-Aids. insect repellent, extra jacket and socks, etc.  If it is dry, regular trail running shoes are fine. If the terrain is rugged, hiking boots are better. Of course, if the trail is snowy or icy, micro spikes are essential. (You can put screws in your shoes instead).  For all my hikes that are not flat, I use hiking poles.

5. Relax. Take it all in. Enjoy the Experience.

In other words, if you are worried about getting lost, you will miss out on the peace and tranquility of being on the trail.  If you think you may fall, you may skip the most beautiful parts of the trail.

getting to this view was not not easy…

I was very nervous crossing that ravine on a log…

Bonus Tip: Bring your dog.

They are great company.

But make sure that your pet is healthy enough for the altitude and the distance.

a young dog with a dog pack on, staring up at its hiking companion

Happy Running! Do you hike alone? Why or why not? Do you think that you may in the future? Any other tips to share? Please share.

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Prospect Mountain Road Race Recap

This was my first non-ARE local Pandemic race, It was run by Adirondack Runners with whom before the Pandemic I’ve run a lot of races.

I signed up for this race (at the last minute) because basically I am a sucker for a race, any race.  Most of friends ran a 5k the weekend before when I was in Florida so I had FOMO.  I also knew that I would know many of the runners at the race from past Adirondack races. It would be fun to re-connect.

I had always been intrigued by this race.  I have driven up the mountain but never walked or hiked to the top.

One of my running friends exclaimed: “You hate hills. That race race is straight up hill. Are you crazy?”

I replied that it was my birthday the next day and I wanted to do something crazy!!

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

I had just gotten back from Florida where I ran just a few run/walk miles each day.  All routes were totally flat.

So I definitely was NOT prepared to run up a mountain. But I knew the temps would be much COOLER and I could walk most of it if I had to.

This time of year is tricky to decide what to wear. It could be real spring or what they call in “fake spring.”  I tried to remember what I used to wear to race at this time of year.  (I seem to have dressing amnesia.)

The forecast looked wintery. Early morning temps in the 30’s with a chance of showers.

So I decided on this:

I also brought a jacket, extra shirt, gloves, arm warmers just in case

Race Day:

So I got up early, had my habitual race breakfast (oatmeal & coffee) and hit the road around 7 am.

Of course, the temps now were in the 40s and it seemed that it would not rain and be humid.  (I should have dressed differently).

Race Info:

But due to Covid 19 restrictions, we want you to be aware of how the race may be a little bit different this May, while still fun and challenging. Be assured that our volunteers are fully vaccinated. Though we are not using the indoor Forum venue this year, you may still park your car there and are encouraged to do so. And, as always, you may leave cars at the top before the race as well.

Race number pick-up will be under a tent at the start. If you met the deadline, you may also pick up your shirt at that location. Those who registered prior to April 17 will find all they need in a packet bearing their name. If you registered later, you may pick up your race number and Rob and Deb ice cream $5.00 gift certificate under the tent as well. (I registered at the last minute!)

Two port-a-potties will also be located just inside the gate. . Though we feel that many runners will have been vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask in the starting area and at pick-up. They may be removed while running, but should be put on again at the top. We encourage you to social distance. We will have two water stops along the way, but feel free to carry your own. At the top will be bottled water, and bagged treats.

Social distancing is encouraged along with mask wearing at the top, while you are enjoying the beautiful vistas.

The finish line will run a little differently as well. Your time will be matched with your order of finish number being recorded by finish line volunteers. I do not believe number tags will be collected. The finish shoot will be extra long to insure that all bib numbers are recorded. Please, as always, stay in finish order while in the shoot.

AWARDS
This will be quite different this year and hopefully efficient as we have no indoor venue and are encouraged to socially distance. Awards and medals will be handed out at the finish. Both male and female overall and age group will be displayed at the end of the shoot. There will be overall awards for the first three male and female runners including sweatshirts and chocolates donated by Saratoga Chocolates. We will give these out as these first runners arrive.

Age group awards will be handed out to the first three runners in each age group at the shoot as well. If one of your three, five- year age group awards remains when you cross the top, a volunteer will give it to you on the spot. It therefore will be important to give us your age audibly as you pass the volunteer. I know this idea is a little zany, but since runners in this race are usually spread out well, we hope our system will work efficiently.

Since I had my vaccines, I wasn’t worried about my safety but I am glad that everything was thought out carefully for others.

I arrived around 8 am and the packet pick up was in the Forum parking Lot (not at the start) so that was very convenient.

Although I registered late, there were extra shirts so I did get one.

I was over-dressed and shed my jacket, gloves and arm sleeves.

I didn’t even need to wait in the my car to stay warm. I just stood around chatting with the (masked) runners that I knew and hadn’t seen in a while.

Soon it was time to walk across the street to the race start.

There was no actual start line.  Everyone just seemed to gather. Everyone was wearing a mask but there was no real social distancing evident (as seen in the photo below).

I had decided to leave my Garmin home since I didn’t plan to race it. But I was wearing my Apple Watch. I did start it (not sure why) but never looked at it during the race and even forgot to stop it right away when I finished.

However, I was hoping to at least get the course and elevation from my watch (I should have started Strava) but as you can see, I didn’t.

Basically the course was run on Veterans’ Memorial Highway from the village of Lake George to the summit of Prospect Mountain and was just under 5.7 miles, climbing a little over 1600 feet in elevation.

Mile 1:

Being that the start was not chip-timed, if I cared I would have started closer to the front of the pack.  But I didn’t and as soon as we started, I pulled my gaiter down so I could breathe,

The first mile is mostly flat.  This was the only mile that I didn’t have to walk. Still I ran slowly not to tire myself out for the climb to come.

There was a volunteer at each mile marker calling out times. I heard her yell “10:xx.”

Mile 2:

The climbing started immediately after the mile 1 mark.  Someone said that it was a 600 foot gain.  And so the walk breaks began.

The scenery was really pretty. Waterfalls lined the rocks on the left side most of the race.

I usually don’t stop to take pictures during a race but I couldn’t resist

After a steady mile and a half of climbing, the road leveled off near the 2.5-mile mark  I picked up the pace here. It was a short welcome breather.

I think there was the first of the two water stops during this mile, as well.  It was a normal water stop with volunteers handing out cups of water. I was happy not to have to carry a cup or water bottle.

Mile 3:

During this mile, the climbing started again. I knew that I could not run the whole way up but I decided to decrease my walk breaks and run more.

The amazing thing was that there were runners who did not walk at all but they were not far ahead of me.

There was also a guy walking the whole thing and he breezed by me and out of sight!!

It seemed that most of the runners in this race were older and were men.  Many seemed to be around my (slow) pace.  They were walk/running like me and we kept trading leads throughout the race.

These 3 men have run the race ALL 31 times. Many others have run it more than 20 times.

Mile 4:

Much of the same. Running as much as I could and walking when I couldn’t.

The altitude was making me a little dizzy so I ate a GU and I think that helped.

But basically, there was no respite from the climb.

Some place during this mile was the second water stop. I did stop again. I was getting very warm too (over dressed!!)

Mile 5:

There were the multiple parking areas clustered around the peak. Just before the first lot there is a sign that proclaims “Parking 1000 meters ahead.” Unfortunately, this was not “The End” but only the beginning of the end, with the steepest part yet to come.

At this point, I was running with an older women and we saw a orange cone to the right. She said that we needed to go that way to get to the top. As soon as we headed in that direction, other runners yelled to us that we were going the wrong way.  So we had to backtrack and go to the left. That cost me a few precious seconds LOL.

Some pics: from a previous year:

Prospect Mountain Road Race | Lake George, NY Official Tourism Site

Prospect Mountain Road Race, the ultimate uphill climb, celebrating 30th running | Sports | poststar.com

April 2019 - RUNNING & WALKING — Adirondack Sports

Mile 5.67:

The last climb was the steepest.  Of course, runners that had already finished were heading down the mountain all saying “You’re almost there!”

But the hills were not over yet.

uphill to the finish

I was at that point running with an older man and we were encouraged by the spectators to race each other to the finish line.

ha ha. Thinking I could maybe beat him

I started my kick way too soon and petered out. He beat me!!

Nope! Not even close!

After we crossed the finish line, we didn’t have to call out our age as indicated above. It was written large on our bibs. So as you crossed, if you won, you were immediately handed a medal.

Surprisingly I came in 3rd (but there were only 4 in my AG).

with the guy that beat me by several seconds at the end

I spent some time at the top admiring the views. I mean that’s why I ran the race, right?

Then I grabbed some refreshments – there was boxes of water, fruit and homemade cookies, breads, muffins, etc.

I checked out the results – at least I didn’t come in last.

83rd out of 113

Age Group Awards:

Several runners actually walked the race (including my friend Sue on the left).

Many runners ran down the mountain to get back to their cars.  I considered it for about a second.

My experience has been that downhill running is harder on the legs.  My legs were feeling good so why chance it.

Someone offered me a ride and I jumped at it.

Then I drove up to Bolton Landing (where we keep our boat.)

I wanted to get in some more miles but instead I just walked and walked. The lake was pretty even on a cloudy day.

I stopped at the outlets, did some grocery shopping and didn’t get home until 5 pm.

Just in time to go out to dinner to celebrate my birthday/Mother’s Day with my hubby, stepson and his wife.

In hindsight, I think all that walking after the race was the reason why my legs felt so fresh the next day.

6.8 birthday kms. hiked:

Additional Race Reflections:

The Prospect Mountain Road Race was a first for me. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what I was capable of.

I was happy with the results. I did not do any hill training. It was not worth the risk of an injury just to have a faster time. And and I felt perfectly fine the next day.

It was my slowest pace ever in a race but I’m proud that I took on the challenge.

And It was so fun to be out there and soak up the racing atmosphere again.

I may even try this one again next year!!

Positives:

  • Safety restrictions in place (masks).
  • Ample parking at the start.
  • Easy packet pick-up.
  • Two Water Stops
  • Well marked course.
  • Little traffic since the road was closed to the public.
  • Beautiful scenery (waterfalls) and views
  • Lots of course marshals
  • Mile markers and volunteers calling out times at each mile
  • Well organized.
  • Familiar faces (under the masks).
  • Post-race food (boxes of water, fruit and homemade baked goods).
  • Nice medals for age group awards.
  • Perfect weather.
  • Rides offered back down to the Forum (if you didn’t want to run down.)
  • A real race.

Negatives:

  • ONE Big Hill

Would I recommend this race?

Yes.

It was super well-organized. Special attention was paid to EVERY detail. It will be even more fun when there are no COVID restrictions.

Final Stats:

ignore mile 6 – I didn’t stop my watch

again I didn’t stop my watch – so 1:15:48 and 5.67 mi

Next Up:

There is a local 5k on May 22 that I signed up for.

I think this was my 5k PR three years ago.

No such speed happening this year. But it was always one of my favorite courses, so why not swallow my pride and give it a shot?


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


I’m also linking up here:
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with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Happy Running! Have you run a real race yet? If so, how did go? Are you planning to run one soon? Ever run UP a mountain? Please share.

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Weekly Run Down for 5.10.21-5.16.21: Just Going With the Flow

After an exciting two weeks of vacationing, celebrating and racing, this week was kinda dull.

Some weeks are like that.

But there was some running, walking, biking and hiking. I was selected as a Zensah Ambassador.

So life is good.

Last Week:

  • Monday – A rainy dreary day. I had a dentist appointment in the morning and was hoping that I could squeeze in a run between raindrops before going back to work.

  • Tuesday – A very busy work day so a rest from running but a long walk after work with friends.
  • Wednesday – Today SOAR group runs resumed. Women gather every two weeks at 6 pm to run and socialize.  The first meeting was at UAlbany.  The time of the run doesn’t excite me since I only work until 4 pm but it gives me the opportunity to run with others and meet new runners.

There were at least 20 women who showed up. I ran intervals with my running friend Deirdre and spent lots of time chatting with old friends (Lara) and co-workers (Colleen).

  • Thursday – I decided today that my lunch run would include some speedwork. So I drove so I could run some 200s on the HS track.

It was in the 30s when I got up. I never checked the weather before I left to run…. sunny & mid-60s!! Skirt & tank weather!! I did do 200m sprint, 200m jog 4X on the track.

After work, I again met friends to walk on the rail trail.

a veteran running to support an important cause

  • Friday – Another rest day. I decided to take the bike out during my lunch break. I didn’t ride far or long (need to get those muscles back in shape.)

of course I matched my outfit to my ride. She is now named “Big Red.”

And hit the trails after work on this beautiful day.

noting exciting but very peaceful

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday. I got to see the Florida runners for the first time in eons. We started on the rail trail at different times to run different distances.  Of course, we all gathered after for brunch.

I ran the 10 miles with Sherry… the highlight was seeing two eagles up in a tree. Afterward we met the 5 others for a delicious brunch.

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, laundry, weeding and TAXES.

  • Sunday – Started out this gorgeous day with a waterfall hike.

I had already visited this trail in the winter but wanted to get here before the rain. It was so peaceful – didn’t see a soul.

Afterward, I completed another nearby but much shorter waterfall hike.

I spent a lot time here watching the crazy college students who climbed down into the gorge and up the cliff of the waterfall to dive in..brrr!

The rest of day was spent outdoors, weeding (X training, right?) Depending on if and when we get thunderstorms, I may go on another nearby hike or bike ride.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run at lunch, belated birthday dinner out with BFF
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday –run after work
  • Thursday – run at lunch, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k + 7 miles
  • Sunday – rest day, hike or boating

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Prospect Mountain Road Race Recap
  • Friday – Tips for Hiking Alone

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races planned? Any vacations planned? Please share.

FFF: Tips for Running During Vacations

Not all my vacations are race-cations.  I do go on a vacation where there is no race and my family or friends are not runners.

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The photos below were taken during a vacation with my tennis friends where I ran almost everyday.

Here’s FIVE Tips to use if you are hoping to run during a vacation:

1.Be prepared.  

Bring clothes for all weather conditions.

Some winter vacations may have 80 degree temps and but many could have freezing temps!!

Fla in Feb.

and Feb in Fla!!

2.Schedule your runs.

If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.

I often have to run in my tennis clothes

and then play tennis in my running shoes!

3.Be flexible.

Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.

I definitely have to be more flexible when traveling with my hubby. (Maybe that’s why we don’t travel together often lol).

4.Find a scenic route.

Pretty views make all the difference.

Sunrises are my particular favorite.

5.Lower your expectations.

Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.

Just RUN for FUN.

Can anyone guess where I am here?

Bonus Tip. (Thanks to Erica for reminding me about this) If you are not familiar with the area, sign up for a Running Tour

It’s the best way to see the city and get your running done at the same time.

during a running tour of Central Park (NYC)

or ask for recommendations (from the hotel concierge or local running store) for a safe route to run.

running in a park on the outskirts of Paris

Happy Running! Do you run when you go on vacation? Any tips to add? Please share.

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TT: My Worst Racing Outfits

I’m pretty obsessive about wearing nice (matching) racing outfits but occasionally I do have outfit fails.

Here are a few:

  • My stomach showed in ALL the race photos. (Those shorts are pretty ugly too.)

  • This was a Halloween race and my Parrot Head costume seemed like a good idea but it was not that comfortable.
  • My skirt was caught up into my belt for all these photos:


  • My belt kept falling the down this whole rainy race.

  • My winter racing look (before I discovered skirts)
  • So very attractive. Layers??
  • Back when I wore cotton tee shirts to race.

  • We had to wear this shirt but it was too big and it was so hot and humid that July day.

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)


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

Happy Running! Any outfit fails that have happened to you? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 4.26.21-5.9.21: Vacation Time, a Race and My Birthday!!! Triple Whammy!

I was away with my girlfriends in Naples, Fla most of this TWO week period. We had perfect weather and loads of fun.

Then I came home to lots of laundry and to celebrate my birthday (on Mother’s Day.)

On an insane impulse, I also registered for a race on Saturday.

4-26.21-5.2.21:

  • Monday – I was planning on squeezing in a run at lunch in the neighborhood but an emergency vet appt in the morning took away my lunch time (Champ had an infected bite wound but he is now fine).

he was very upset that he couldn’t go out and play for a week

Instead after work, I drove back to Washington Park to run around the tulips and do some hill work. Change of plans, I ran around town first and ended up at the tulips.

no pep in my step today but still got it done….

I just took pics, skipped the hills and walked back to my car.

90,000 bulbs here once they are all in bloom

  • Tuesday – Today I had time for a run during lunch. I was expecting much but trying to front load my runs in case they do not get done in Florida.

stayed in the neighborhood and sported my Florida race shirt

After work, I skipped my long walk with friends in order to finish packing and to get to bed early.

  • Wednesday – I took a very early flight (6 am) to Florida. Once we arrived, we picked up the rented van and drove to Naples.  We got settled in our villas, ate lunch, went grocery shopping and then hung out at the pool. I was glad that I ran Monday and Tuesday since there was a lot of sitting happening today.

sunny – heat index over 100 EVERYDAY!!

  • Thursday – I got up early and excitedly got to play tennis with my friends. I guess it’s like riding a bike. It felt great to be out there. Afterward, while they were taking a tennis lesson, I went for a run. Whoa. Heat and humidity! Quite an adjustment.

ran around the neighborhood admiring all the gardens

Next on today’s agenda was the beach followed by a delicious dinner in French restaurant. A perfect day to be followed by many perfect days.

Best dinner of the week (I am a biased former French teacher)

  • Friday – Today I went for a pre-tennis run. Still hot and humid. I decided that I would just happily endure the heat and humidity each morning.

more sweat and more flowers

Again we went to the beach. And after, we all went out to a scrumptious dinner. (Do you see a pattern?)

Some of the girls did go to the pool some days but I prefer the beach. Cool breezes, warm waves= Heaven!

  • Saturday – Things were becoming routine.

I found it cooler if I ran outside the community and along the canal…

I ran (if you could call it “running”) while my friends took their tennis lesson, then I played tennis with them and afterward I went to the beach. It was hot, sunny and humid but I loved it. Tonight’s dinner was Italian and we went to the theater after.

We saw Calendar Girls at the local theater

  • Sunday – I started the day with an early morning walk. No tennis or running since we decided on a road trip. We drove 1 1/2 hours north to Sarasota. First we took a boat ride on the Myakka River

Not as many alligators as we hoped but it was fun and we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park too.

and then went on a nature and canopy walk in the park.

quite shady which was very very nice on this hot day

Next we visited Selby Gardens where in addition to the beautiful flowers, there was an exhibit of Lichtenstein’s version of Monet.

Monet is one of my favorite painters so I really enjoyed this!!

We ended our visit with the St Armand Circle shops and a seafood dinner.

Last Week:

  • Monday – For the next few days, we played tennis first thing in the morning and then I ran during their lesson. The runs became more difficult since the temps were higher and the sun stronger. I coped by adding in more walk breaks.

I think I was walking more than running so these were just miles on the legs….

Again we went to the beach and out to dinner. But tonight we skipped dessert and had it back home during our book club.

We discussed Anxious People and yes, the dessert was as good as it looks

  • Tuesday – Today was pretty similar to Monday. Tennis, slow sweaty run, beach.

Of course, I realized that I should be running BEFORE tennis when it was cooler!! Not easy when you stayed up late on vacation….

Since it was our last Florida dinner, we had it at the Ritz while watching the sunset.

Top left: this is the first restaurant we ate at in Naples in 2005 so we go there every year just to take a pic. I am sunrise and sunset obsessed so I insist on ONE during my tennis vacations. My friends indulge me. (on my own, I’d be there every night lol)

  • Wednesday – Last day in sunny Florida. Tennis, a slow run…

I was frowning because I looked at the weather forecast for home!!!

followed by relaxing by the pool and dinner at the airport. Our flights were uneventful (for a change.)

Top: group pic with Mark our tennis instructor (I did not take lessons but everyone else liked him). Bottom: the bigger of the two pool in the community

  • Thursday – Home sweet home but missing my friends and the warm sunshine. I don’t often run several days in a row but my Florida running was more walking and I also wanted to check out the tulips in Washington Park before the weekend. The weather was cool and breezy so perfect for running.

it’s lilac time too!!

This past weekend was have been peak for the tulips but they were still gorgeous.

more tulip pics on IG @dsc59

After work, I resumed my walk on the rail trail with friends.

  • Friday – Finally a real rest day. The only thing I did was take a walk with a friend after work.
  • Saturday – On a whim, I signed up for a race – Prospect Mountain Road Race – 5.67 miles up a mountain (over 1600 ft elevation gain). Crazy, right? Yes it was hard, very hard but I finished unscathed, won 3rd in my age group and even enjoyed it.

Afterward, I drove up to Bolton Landing and walked around for a while (I had planned to run but was too beat).

Lake George still pretty on a cloudy day

As as soon I got home, I had to rush out as my stepson and his wife had invited us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and Mother’s Day.

  • Sunday – MY BIRTHDAY!  No big celebration planned.  I thought I might run 6.8k but decided that I would go for a hike or two instead.

I am lucky to have so many choices within an hour radius.  I decided that I needed water views and waterfalls.  And I hit the jackpot.

Falling Waters Preserve – 3 trails with Hudson River views and several waterfalls!

On the way home, I stopped to hike a shorter trail.

More views of the Hudson but people live in the lighthouse so I could not climb it.

Believe it not mot, I accidently walked 4.2 miles or 6.8K!!!

Later we will stop by my MIL’s to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

This Coming Week on the Run – 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday –run, walk
  • Thursday – run, walk
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day walk, hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday–  My Worst Racing Outfits
  • Friday – Tips for Running During Vacations

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.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races?  Is it warming up where you live? How did you spend Mother’s Day? Please share.

FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for May ’21

It’s that time of the month…

Starbucks Coffee City Mug Collection- Florida, 16 Oz Cup

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

I am very excited to have just returned Florida.

Don’t worry. I still drank coffee every morning.

But there was a lot of more this going on:

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that since it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my second COVID vaccine, I was a lot less nervous about flying. Of course, there was still a mask requirement (so that we protect others who may not have gotten the vaccines.)

Have you flown yet? If so, how did you feel?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I was a little disappointed that they changed the date of the 5k race that I always run during this vacation. So I was not able to add any mugs to my collection.

Do you still go on vacations without a race planned? If so, are you disappointed to not be racing?

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that when on a group vacation, it’s a little hard to get the runs in. I did my best but my weekend 10 mile run did not take place.

lots of tennis replaced my running

Do you skip long runs when on vacation?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that most of the local races are not happening but there are a few that have been scheduled:

    • May 8 – Schoharie 5k
    • May 8 – Prospect Mountain 5.7m Race
    • May 22 – Bacon Hill 5k
    • May 23 – Super Hero 5k
    • May 30 – Miles Along the Mohawk 5m or 10m or Marathon

I usually, in the spring, race EVERY weekend but so far, I’ve only signed up for the 5k on May 22 and the 10 miler on May 30.

Are races happening where you live? Have you signed up for any?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that again this year, I’ve been named an ambassador for the Freihofer Run for Women.

It’s a popular 5k and one of my favorites. It was cancelled last year and this year, it has been postponed until Sept 25. (If you want to run it or do it virtually, sign up with this code: AMBDC10 for get $10 off. (I will also be giving way TWO free entries.)

Exciting, right?

I am also a ZOOMA Ambassador. Guess when the Cape Cod Zooma Race weekend is?

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September 25-26, 2021

Yup, same time!!!

Any advice? Which would you choose? Anyone else running ZOOMA Cape Cod?

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Any trips or races planned? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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TT: My Favorite Vacation

Since I happen to be on my “favorite” vacation right now (and it’s even more special since it got cancelled last year), I thought I’d share why it’s my favorite:

  • It’s affordable.

Every year, I go to Naples, Fla. in May. It’s off-season so the flights are not expensive.  We rent two villas that sleep 5 each.  We leave our chairs, umbrellas and beach stuff in the garage from year to year.  We rent 2 vans and split the cost. We eat breakfast in the villa, bring our lunch to beach so we only eat dinner out.

  • The weather is warm and dry.

It rarely rains and if it does, it is only for a short time.  It is warm (and at that time of year, usually still cool in the NE.) The sunsets on the Gulf are amazing, too.

  • I run.

This is one of the best things, of course. I can run around the private communities or on the sidewalk along the main road.  The only downside is that it is not close enough to the beach to run with water views. And you have to get up early since it is warm and humid.

  • I play tennis and take lessons.

The 10 of us (and the make-up of the group can vary) met playing tennis although we no longer play together at home. So every morning we play doubles and take lessons with a tennis pro.

  • I go to the beach every day.

Love the sand…the sun…the water…ahhhh!

  • I eat and drink whatever pleases me!!

Calories do not count on vacation, right?

  • We take a day trip each year to explore a different nearby location or site.

Often, it’s in the Sarasota area to visit a garden park, museum, etc.   Of course, I always try and push for a hike.

  • One evening we stay in for a fun gathering of sorts.

We’ve played games, recorded songs and skits, cook, and now we also have Book Club night.

  • We also try to fit in some cultural event such as a play or concert.


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.

Happy Running! Do you have a favorite vacation? Why is it so special? Please share.

Five Runfessions for April ’21

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

Last month I did a big de-clutter of my Skirt Sports skirts.  (I got the idea from Deborah.) I sold 12 skirts on FB in 5 minutes!!  They were all old ones that did not fit right. (And I priced them cheaply.)   But still I had a hard time letting go….

I love the older patterns and I remember races that I ran in them

Do you get rid of running clothes frequently?  Do you donate them or sell them?

2. I runfess…

So of course, I was now tempted to take advantage of other runners’ Skirt Sports sales.  However, I quit looking after buying two items.

Nope, I bought two more…

Do you buy used running clothes online or do you always buy new?

3.I runfess…

Since I cancelled my Peleton membership, I’ve lost my indoor cycling mojo. Maybe there’s no connection. It could be just that the weather is improving or my bike is no longer a novelty.

lonely George

Anyone ride their stationary bike consistently?

4. I runfess…

Speaking of biking, I did take my bike out of the basement. It is now in my garage.  I have ridden it once. I find it boring and it’s a pain to put the bike rack on and off my car to I can ride on the bike paths.  Maybe I need to name my bike so I do not neglect it.

last year’s pic…I now even own a helmet

How often do you bike?

5.I runfess…

I am currently in Naples, Florida. I forgot how hot and humid it is even early in the morning. Usually I have a race on Sunday which motivates me to get out and run. Not this year and it is very tempting to sleep in and then just play tennis (that’s X-training, right?)

wearing my running shoes!?

Do you run everyday while on vacation?

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? 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.

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TT: FT Job and Running

My topic for today is: Tips About Being a Runner and also Working Full-Time

I know that if you are a stay at home mom, you are plenty busy and if you are retired, you also still have many responsibilities but this is for all you out there who have a full-time job and are also runners:

  • Run Fewer Times During the Week

Let’s face. Your time is limited.  You have hours where you have to be at work.

You probably don’t have the time to run more than 3 times a week.  Maybe not more than twice.  There may be busy weeks that you only get out to run on the weekend.

It really annoys me when it is sunny during my work day and then it is raining when I finish.  I wish I could just run whenever the weather permits.

squeezing in a run at lunch and getting rained on…

So make your runs quality runs and don’t be guilty about missed runs.  You can try to make them up the following week.

  • Be Flexible.

We really don’t want to skip our runs. So it often takes some creativity to figure it out.

I work near UAlbany and I have run over and then return to change my clothes and go back to work.

You can run before work, after work, during lunch.  You may have to run on the treadmill.

after work run in the dark…

Whatever it takes to get it done.

  • Increase Your Hours of Sleep at Night

Working 8 hours a day is tiring….stressful.  Then there’s running which tires us out, as well.

It would be nice if when we were tired, we could sneak in a nap during the day.

Since that can’t happen (at least not at my job), you need to ideally get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

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  • Schedule/Plan Your Runs

This is especially important if you are training for a big race.

If you leave it to chance, you are less likely to get your runs done and/or get in enough mileage.

I put them on my calendar (and on my blog).

I pack my running clothes the night before to bring to work (if you are not working from home). If I plan to run before work, I lay out my clothes the night before.

3 miles after work and before a show when working in NYC

These scheduled runs are just a plan or a framework.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t switch days and mileage around.   But it definitely helps me organize my life.

  • Don’t Forget About You.

I have a hard time with this.

I often am tempted to refuse a dinner or social invitation because I need to get a run in. Rather than relax with a book or watch TV, I want to go for a run.

Sometimes, I have to bring work home 😦

Plan to treat yourself to some ‘you’ time. That means time that doesn’t involve work or running.

family time on the lake instead of my long run….

This not only lowers your stress level (at work), but it also improves your running performance.

Tomorrow, I’m leaving to spend 8 days in Florida. Not to run but to play tennis and hang out with friends. I may run but not sure how much (even though I am training for a 10 mile race in a few weeks.)


Today I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner) and you should too.

I am also linking up here:

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

Happy Running! If you are a working runner, any other hints to add? Please share.