More races?

Races are what motivates me.

It’s no secret that my training runs suck….I walk and walk and walk some more… so my pace is SLOOOOOOOW!

But in a race, for some strange reason, I run faster and if it’s 5 miles or less, I don’t usually have to stop and walk.

So I run a lot of races. They boost my confidence.

  1. Mayor’s Race & Wellness Festival 10 miler (Palm Springs, CA)
  2. HMRRC Winter Series #3 – 15K
  3.  Polar Cap 4 mi
  4. HMRRC Winter Series #4 – 7K
  5.  Lighthouse 5k (St. Augustine, FL)
  6.  Runnin of the Green 4 mi
  7. LoveRun Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA)
  8. Delmar Dash 5m
  9.  Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k
  10. Rabbit Ramble 4m
  11. Cherry Blossom 5k
  12.  Spring Run Off 10K
  13. Mom’s Day 5K
  14. Freihofer’s Run for Women
  15. Betar Byway 5K
  16. Strawberry Fest 5K
  17. Adirondack Distance 10m
  18.  Saratoga Half Marathon

Yes, 18 races so far… (10 in March-May)!

Here’s how the rest of the summer is shaping up:

  • 7-26-14 - Turning Point 5K – a new one and a trail race
  • 8-03-14 – Care for Kids 5K  - a new one near where I stayed last weekend
  • 8-09-14 - Camp Chingachgook 10k – a hilly 10k along Lake George which I ran in 2012 as my 1st 10K
  • 8-16-14 - Jailhouse Rock 5k – a small local 5K that I have run in 2009, 2010, 2012
  • 9-06-14 – MBPK 5k – another local 5k that I have run in 2012 and 2013
  • 9-14-14 – Biggest Loser 10k – a new 10k at the Great Escape park near Lake George

I never PR in the summer.  I am usually injured or recovering from an injury.  This summer, I am healthy!! So you never know…

I haven’t run with any speed in the last 6 weeks due to training for the 10 miler and half marathon.

But this Saturday, I have a RACE! A 5k!

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A new race at a new location (It used to held in Saratoga State park.) Now it takes place in Hudson Crossing Park, centered around Champlain Canal Lock 5 Island, just north of Schuylerville, on New York State’s Historic Scenic Byway, Route 4.

I passed by this park after the Bacon Hill 5K in April (which influenced to me to choose this race.)

this was the Hudson R in the spring near the park

I am a little nervous about the trail portion.  I have never run a trail race and my last trail run resulted in a fall.

photo from the triathlon there in June

So I am moving outside my comfort zone.

Race Goals:

  • Run the whole thing.
  • Not fall and get hurt.
  • Not finish last.
  • Finish under 30 minutes or close to 30 minutes.
  • Have fun!

Happy Running!  Have you ever run a trail race?

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Parrotsheads, tennis friends, and the Adirondacks

Back on February 14, I ordered my hubby & I tickets to a concert on our Bucket List:

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July 19, 2014 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass

And the day finally arrived.

Of course, it was beautiful boating weather and the same weekend as a tennis weekend on Schroon River.

Plus, our friends were had planned to go, backed out and my  hubby and I were going solo to Xfinity Center, Mass (2h40m away.)

I started the day, of course, with a run.  I decided that even though it wasn’t a long run, I would go to the bike path.  I got to see a lot of familiar faces and it was very relaxing…no pressure…not training for anything.

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At the last minute, I decided to book a room at a nearby hotel for the night. That way we could enjoy the concert fully.

We left around noon, checked into our hotel and then headed to the concert lot where all the tailgaters were.  Most of them had been there since 11 am and the concert didn’t start until 8 pm!!

Since we didn’t arrive until 4 pm, we were in lot 13 (out of 13) but still we met lots of people and had a blast.

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yes, may tailgaters had elaborate displays

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one even had a DJ

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this guy made his truck into a sailboat

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me & the hubby

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these ladies were next to us

Eventually it was time to head to our seats.  We had seats but not inside.  Well, the concert didn’t disappoint.

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started with a double rainbow – no rain :)

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The sound was great and everyone stood & danced & sang to every song for almost 3 hours.

Best concert ever!

Our hotel was not nice but convenient.  We crashed around midnight and got up and left at 7 am.

Even though I had little sleep, I headed north to Chestertown (on the Schroon River) to be with my tennis friends (our Tues tennis group). Everyone had been there since yesterday and some had even left already.

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They had just finished playing tennis by the time I got there.

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But I had lunch with them and hung out by the river for the rest of the day.

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Since I had just arrived today, when everyone left, I decided to stay overnight.  I had taken Monday off from work.

The first thing I did was go for a walk – a 2 mile loop.

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I had dinner in Bolton Landing with friends at our marina, took a walk to the Sagamore and then slept at my friend’s house on Schroon River.

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sunset on Lake George

I was very excited the next morning to go for a run.  I do it every year and I love running in this area.

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breakfast on the Schroon River

Unfortunately I left my Garmin home and the battery was low on my iPhone.  So I decided to do my safe 5 mile loop to Brant Lake and back.

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Schroon River

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Brant Lake

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love waterlilies…Monet in my former life

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On the way back, I was so distracted by the scenery that I missed a turn and wound up in the middle of nowhere (with no GPS).  I asked someone who was driving by and he assured me that I would eventually end up back if I followed the road I was on and turned right.

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found a small park on the way

I was pretty nervous but I did end up back coming from the opposite direction.  Not sure how far out of the way I ran/walked but at least 1/2 mile.

After my run, I packed up and headed for my day on the lakes.

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Schroon Lake

There are several lakes and I decided to visit a few starting with Schroon Lake because there is a great creperie where I wanted to have lunch.

IT CLOSED!!!! So I ate lunch at a coffee shop instead.

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it was good but it was a poor substitute for those delicious crepes

I walked around town for a while and then headed back and stopped at Loon Lake.

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I stopped and read by the water until I finished my book (Orange is the New Black).

Then I went into town (Chestertown) where I bought a baby gift and a pair of sandals on sale.

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My day was complete when it ended with a root beer float (with maple soft ice cream.)

Happy Running! Ever get lost while running?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Fitting in running on vacation

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: Fitting in Running on Vacation

I ALWAYS make sure I run when I am on vacation.  It’s kinda a priority for me.  I would have fun if I didn’t run but running makes it an even better vacation for me.

In this post I’ll talk about my last vacation - my annual TENNIS vacation in Naples Florida.

The schedule was that every morning we play doubles for 1.5 hours and then have a tennis lesson for 1.5 hours.

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our group with our instructor

Did I run?

Yes! I made it a priority to do so.

In order to run, I would skip part of the doubles play and run.  After my run, I would change my clothes and join them to play. After playing we would have our lesson.

After the first 2 days, I realized that it was faster to run in my tennis clothes and have someone bring my racket & shoes to the court.

Often?

Yes! 5 times.

  • Thursday before tennis that got rained out – 3 miles halted by rain in the middle
  • Friday before tennis – 3 miles again
  • Saturday before tennis – 3 miles barely
  • Monday before tennis – 2.5 miles
  • Tuesday before tennis – 2 miles

I did not run Sunday since we were going to Longboat Key to visit friends and play tennis. I did not run on Wednesday since we moved our tennis lesson to an earlier time.

Were they good runs?

Nope.  None were.

It was very humid on the first few runs and of course, much warmer than I was used to.  Then it got even warmer.  It was tough to breathe and run.  My running got to be walking/running and slower and slower.

I also found for the first time that I was missing tennis.  Everyone else was playing tennis. I wanted to be with them And I wanted to be warmed up before our lesson.

So my runs got shorter.

Did I enjoy them?

Yes. Immensely.

I loved the scenery – the trees, flowers,etc.  I loved the sunshine and even the heat.

During each run I took a different route. I ran around the neighborhoods of World Tennis Center (WTC).  I ran around the pool area and tennis courts.  I ran outside the WTC along the main road in one direction and then another day in the other direction.

What will I do differently next year?

I could get up earlier.  But it’s hard when you go out to dinner late and you are hanging out with friends after that.

I could  run every other day. But you never know in Florida when it will rain. You have to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

I could  just play tennis but I would have been upset with myself for NOT running.

I could run after tennis but I know I would have been too tired and would be making others wait for me to go to the beach.

So next year, I will probably do nothing different from this year.

Views from my Naples runs:

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one of the bridges along themain road

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path at WTC to the tennis courts

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another bridge on the main road

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in WTC

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our villa in WTC

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one more bridge along the main road

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the main road in the other direction

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more views of WTC

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thought the SLOW sign was meaningful

Suggestions for running on vacation:

  • Be prepared.  Bring clothes for all weather conditions.
  • Schedule your runs. If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.
  • Be flexible.  Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.
  • Find a scenic route.  Pretty views make all the difference.
  • Lower your expectations. Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.
  • Register for a race in the area, if possible. Then you will definitely run.
  • Have fun.

Happy Running! How do you fit in your running on vacation?

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Monday running update

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  • Monday – walk at work, rest, dinner out with a former co-worker
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AM work

PM walk

Hot PM walk to the PO

  • Tuesday -2 walks at work, rest, tennis (cancelled -rain), mall walk with BFF
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AM walk

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PM walk

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  • Wednesday - 3.5 mile run before after work , walk at work, yoga
AM walk

AM walk

PM walk

PM walk

in the park

in the park

  • Thursday - 3 2.5 mile run before during lunch, walk at work, hair appt
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AM walk

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intervals – alternating 400m jog, 400m sprint on the track – 10 laps

  • Friday -walk at work, rest,  mah jongg
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PM walk

  • Saturday- 4.5 mile run, concert

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best convert evaah

best concert evaah

  • Sunday- rest, tennis party on Schroon River, 2 walks after everyone left

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This Week:

  • Monday - DAY OFF -4 miles
  • Tuesday -walk at work, rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work , walk at work, yoga
  • Thursday – walk at work, 4 mile run
  • Friday -walk at work, rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday- 5K race
  • Sunday -rest, boating

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

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Let it go….

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all!

Everyone loves this song, right?

I know you can all relate to my situation –

You have a hard/bad race and you play it over and over again in your head.  You wonder what you could have done differently. Should you have trained harder or should you have tapered more? Did you eat enough or did you eat the wrong things? Did you hydrate enough or too much? Was it the weather? Are you too old for this distance?  Should you stick to 5ks? Etc. Etc. Etc.

And then after a few days, you LET IT GO.

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it’s over…I survived and I will do another, right?

Then you start to look for another half marathon.

Yes, I will surely run another.  I am just not sure when.

In a perfect world, with no friend/family obligations and lots of money, I would run every scenic flat half in the US (and maybe around the world).

But realistically, here are a few that I may run in the next few years:

in Fla in mid January

in Fla in mid January

in Fla in early Feb.

in mid March

in NH in early May – on my birthday in 2015

in RI in mid September

in Boston in late September

in NH in early October

in NJ in early October

in RI in mid October

Oh so many races and so little time…

But I am open to suggestions, if anyone wants to offer me a place to stay or wants to share a hotel room…. I may take you up on it.

Happy Running! What is you favorite half marathon ?

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Friday Five: Favorites

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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, the theme is Friday Favorites:

Here are my five of my running-related favorites:

1. Favorite Race - Freihofer’s Run for Women – it is ALL women (more than 4000)– all ages, all sizes, veterans, newbies, elites, walkers.  When I ran it the first year that I started running (2008), it made feel like a “real” runner. Finishing it after suffering a serious injury (2012) helped me believe that I could be a runner again. And then in 2013, completing it with a broken foot showed me how strong (or maybe stubborn) I was.

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2012 – in newspaper

2010 – in the newspaper

2. Favorite Apparel - My running skirts from Runningskirts.com – they are really comfortable and not too short and have a pocket on each side to hold either fuel or car key. I only wish I afford more…

      

3. Favorite Shoes -  it used to be Brooks Adrenalines but lately I am liking my new New Balance running shoes.  They have a wide toe box and are light yet offer stability.

  

4. Favorite Fuel - GU- it seems to agree with my stomach so I am not messing with things… especially during a race or long run.

my current favorite flavor is salted caramel

5. Favorite Place to Run - any place where there is water

…along the river

…along the lake

…along the ocean

Happy Running! What are your 5 favorites?

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EveryMove Review

Another app, you’re probably saying…

But this one is different.

You just use what you normally use to track your miles – such as Fitbit, Garmin, any phone app. It automatically syncs with EveryMove.  You can also manually add other activities such as tennis and yoga.

You earn points which can convert to $ donated to a charity or to earn discounts on healthy products.

There are 4 Ways To Earn Points

1. Enter your activities.

2. Track your steps with a device like a pedometer or FitBit.

3. Use an app like Facebook or Foursquare to “check in” at healthy places like your gym or a 5k event.

4. Invite friends and family. You can be a great source of motivation for each other, so we reward you with points when they’re active — and vice-versa.

EveryMove‘s points system reflects both the intensity of an activity and the amount of time you spend doing it.

Besides Points, EveryMove offers you other incentives.

  • An “Active Day” bonus is a points-oriented pat on the back for really breaking a sweat. There are two ways you can earn an Active Day Bonus. The first is within the day. Second, if you have more than one Active Day a week, you get even more bonus points for staying consistent. For every Active Day that you earn, you get 15 bonus points that you can share with three friends.
  • Level is another way to measure how dedicated you are to a healthy fitness lifestyle. You start on Level 1 and you can progress from level to level all the way to Level 12.  Once you get 500 points on EveryMove you move to Level 2. Once you get to 1,000 points you move to Level 3. After Level 3, levels are based on consecutive days of activities’ points.
  • Badges are a fun way to reward activities that fall outside the every day world of points and rewards.

I have been using EveryMove for a few weeks.

I have to manually add my weekly tennis and yoga activity.

But that’s it.

My walks and runs are automatically synced when I use my Nike + app.

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I have already gotten Active Day bonus points several times.

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It even updated when I hung out on our boat.

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does eating, drinking and floating count as an activity?

I earned a badge for connecting from 3 apps.

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And quickly earned my first reward and am now on my way to a second.

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I chose socks for my 2nd reward

I just got around to adding in some fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors as friends.  That will give me points as well.

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last week’s stats…like that quote

So EveryMove seems to be a simple and easy to use application that integrates well with Fitbit Flex, Garmin Connect, Nike Plus and other fitness apps. It promotes healthy activities and lifestyle by awarding real rewards earned through points generated from your everyday activities.

I like the fact that you can do as little or as much as you want.  You can be competitive with your friends and you can even follow and support their healthy activities (if you have the time.)

However, there’s Facebook, DailyMile, Instagram, Blogs….social networking can be very time consuming!

Happy Running! How do you track your activities? Do you use EveryMove?

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Would you rather…?

I have been seeing this survey a lot lately so I thought I’d give it a try.

Would you rather…

1. …run a 5k or a marathon?

A 5K.  I have never run a marathon and probably never will. 5Ks are very popular and not a lot  of training is needed.

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my last 5K

3. …get new running shoes or a new running outfit?

That’s a hard one. Probably running shoes.  They’re important and you can wear them with many outfits.

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my newest ones

4. … run a marathon without headphones or Garmin?

Without headphones.  I never wear them in a race.  I love to focus on the scenery and other runners. But I depend on my Garmin for pace and distance. I do wear headphone when I run alone.

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love my Garmin 205

5. … race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?

Convenience. Location is important for long races. It is cheaper if I can drive and not stay over night.  If I have to, it’s nice to combine it with a visit to a friend or a vacation.  Of course, I do love swag.

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racing and visiting a friend in CA.

6. … PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?

Finish strong and miss a PR.  Injuries suck! A PR is not worth it.

Lighthouse 5K

not a PR here

7. … do 100 squats or 100 push ups? [Now take a break and go do them. ;)]

Neither!  I don’t do exercise.

8. …. run without socks or without sports bra?

Without sports bra.  I really don’t need one (unfortunately).  Blisters on my feet …NO. don’t want them.

9. … run on a treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?

Run around the same street block for an hour.  I prefer to be outside. I hate the treadmill.

10. … run a Ragnar Relay or Marathon Relay team?

Marathon Relay team.  3 days with no sleep …too old for that. I like half marathons so a marathon really is appealing.

11. … do a naked run or naked yoga?

That’s a neither too. Too old…too self-conscious.

13. … give up running for a 3 years to get a BQ or never BQ but run as much as you want? 

Never BQ but run as much as you want. Since I don’t run marathons, this is not an issue.

Happy Running! Feel free to answer all or some of these questions in the comments, or go ahead and share your own on your blog. Make sure you link back to me so I can see your responses, too!

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Tuesdays on the Run: My first race

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: My First Race

My first race was a 5K (Tim Moshier Memorial 5k ) on April 27, 2008.

I had joined No Boundaries (a weekly running group for beginning runners) and started running on April 1.  We were training for our first 5k which was to be on July 13 (The Boilermaker 5K.)

My longest run had been only 1.5 miles at the time but I decided to do this 5K race anyway. It was nearby and I could walk if I couldn’t run the whole thing.

Well, I did run the whole thing.  My time was 37:36 and I was thrilled.

After that race, I became hooked on racing and immediately signed up for more 5ks.

this photo is from my 3rd race a month later and 4 min. faster

Times have changed and I have gotten faster. Now I have a Garmin. I take photos. I wear running skirts, a race belt and compression socks. My friend MaryPat still races with me  from time to time and my friend Pat does not ( but moved to Florida.)

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6 years later and  more than 9 minutes faster

Happy Running! How did your first race go?

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Monday running update

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  • Monday – DAY OFF - 4.5 miles, movie

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really liked this

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

AM walk

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

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AM walk

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

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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
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AM walk – solo

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

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  • Sunday -Saratoga Half Marathon!!!
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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 ?

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