Care For Kids 5K Race Recap


in Chestertown, NY

I signed up for this race because I didn’t feel ready to “Race the Train,” a hilly 8.4 mile  trail race. I also have run in this area and love the scenery.

I have friend who lives nearby. I could sleep at her house the night before if I didn’t want to sleep on our boat (which is 15 minutes away.)

Because I have run here before, even though it said that it was mostly flat, I know that there are hills.

You could park near the finish and take the shuttle to the start or vice versa.

Suse Q’s Sunshine Cafe – the finish. I have eaten here. They have awesome breakfasts.

drying out at the Sunshine (how ironic) Cafe

So the day before the race, I spent a relaxing day on Lake George with my hubby and friends.


at a dock on a island


then in the bay

We got back to the marina late and then went out to dinner.  I ate way too much (chicken parm & pasta) and ate it too late. I was planning to go to sleep at my friend’s house but was too pooped so I slept on our boat.

Race day morning, I woke up early and had breakfast with this view:


Then I drove the the race start.


I was pretty early so I just hung out watching everyone arrive.


Yes, these racers were dressed at the Mario Bros.

Little did I know then every camp in the area was participating…lots and lots of KIDS!!


the campers were wearing the green race shirt

I bumped into a runner from my area that I had never met.  We became fast friends since we run most of the same races.  She may even run more than me (if that’s possible.)

So we started together but I quickly lost her.

I should say that I couldn’t even eat a GU before the race.  I was still full from last night’s dinner.  I also wore my old running shoes (I am not uncomfortable racing in my new Hokas.)

Both of those things may have contributed to my lackluster performance in this race. It was also hot and humid.

Running behind a bunch of inexperienced runners (namely the campers) got me off to a slow start.  And my legs felt like cement.  Immediately, my foot that hasn’t hurt in weeks started to hurt (Damn those old shoes!!).

But the course was very pretty.  You ran along the Schroon River for most of the race.




It was a slight uphill but nothing terrible.  It was warm and I already needed a break before mile 1 so I stopped at the first water stop.


Then we ran over a bridge with more river views to follow.  I never felt like I could move fast.  Maybe it was the heat but I stopped to walk again before mile 2.

IMG_6383 By mile 3, my legs were absolutely dead. I walked several more times and was glad to finally reach the finish line standing.

I crossed at 29:27 – my slowest 5k this year (except the GOTR one with my running buddy.)

c4k5k Believe it or not, I still won 3rd in my age group.  It’s great being old sometimes.

IMG_6388 I had an ice pop which tasted refreshing and decided not to take the bus back to the start but to run instead.

It was a slow one but I didn’t care. I just ran to enjoy the scenery.  I got back to my car, ate a jelly donut (now I was starved) and ran a little more so I could end the day with 7 miles (I had planned for 8 but decided to quit anyway.)

I then drove to my friend’s house nearby, had lunch and spent several hours with her.

 I ended the day back on our boat on Lake George to make a full circle for the weekend.

IMG_5874 Running + boating = a great weekend.

It wasn’t the race that I wanted and I’m not sure this course merits a repeat but I never regret a race.

I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!
I’m also linking this one up with Jessica at The Silvah Lining–she hosts a Race Recap linkup every Tuesday. Please head over and linkup a race recap you’ve written, new or old. And check out some of the other posts!

Since this week is a free topic, I am linking to Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

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


Monday Running Update

spring 2015 monday Last Week: 

  • Monday I had the day off from work since I was working as tech support at the NYS Bar Exam.  After a long day of sitting and reading, I was anxious to go for a run.  It was VERY hot but I wasn’t far from one of the places where I like to do my long runs so I drove there.  I ran 2 miles in one direction, stopped for water and ran 2 miles in the other.  It was not easy but glad to get some exercise.  (Rewarded myself with a Starbucks Frappuccino.)

  • Tuesday – I again had the day off from work since I was working as tech support at the NYS Bar Exam.  After another even longer day of sitting and reading, I knew that I had to go for a run.  It was about 6 pm so I drove across the street to The Crossings which is a great place to run. I ran a 3 mile loop that included a water stop. Then I decided to run to the ice cream shop for a Salted Caramel milkshake (yum) and back until I added another mile.

  • Wednesday – Another hot day but I was indoors all day at work.  It was even too hot to go for a walk.  So I dragged myself to my mini-gym to use the machines and then did some weeding at home.  My hubby said it was too hot to cook so he twisted my arm and we went out to Chili’s followed by soft ice cream for dessert. (This hot weather sure is flattening.)


  • Thursday – Today I knew it was going to be another hot day with a chance of welcomed thunderstorms so I dragged myself out of bed and ran 3 miles in the neighborhood before work.  Yes, it was cooler but boy was it humid!!! After dinner, I met my BFF at the mall where we chatted and walked in circles until we tired and then stopped at Starbucks.

holy humidity

  • Friday – Got again early to run 3 miles before work.  My neighborhood is quite boring but I try to run in different directions.  It was still humid but not as bad.  I only had to work until noon.  We had a staff picnic (sliders and ice cream) and we played games. After dinner, I played my weekly mah jongg.

  • Saturday – No exercise today.  We spent the day on our boat just relaxing, first a dock on an island and then in a bay. I carb loaded at a local restaurant for dinner.

  • Sunday Started the day with a nearby 5k race. After the race, I added some more miles and then spent the day with a friend who has a house in the area. My husband was on our boat.  I met him later a little boating and for dinner before heading home.

a hard one but at least I won 3rd in my AG

This Week:  (Week #3 of HM training)

  • Monday-  DAY OFF, rest, day at the track
  • Tuesday – 3 mile run before work, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 mile run after work
  • Thursday – rest, hair appt
  • Friday – 5k race
  • Saturday – rest, boating
  • Sunday –  8 mile run, boating

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


July Recap

July Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week. YES!







  • Get some strength training or yoga done. SOME! Used the machines at my free gym once a week.

played tennis only once


  • Go for a walk several times a week at work. RARELY!

this may have been my only walk

  • Run a 5K race or two. YES! 2 5ks.



  • Improve my speed. YES! Both 5ks were under 29 minutes.

TEAM Sarcoma 5K


Silks and Satins 5k

  • Keep my weight in check.?? Still haven’t put a new battery in my scale.
  • Run at least 70 miles. YES! 73 miles!


What else?

  • Lots of boating weekends.



July 5


July 11


July 12


July 18 & 19


July 26

  • Lots of (too many) meals out with friends





  • Trip to NYC with friends

lunch on a boat


walk on the High Line

  • Read several good books


August Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week.
  • Start longer runs on the weekend in preparation for Half marathon #15.
  • Walk at work on days that I don’t run.
  • Go to the gym at least once a week.
  • Run before work to avoid the heat.
  • Run a race or 2.
  • Run at least 75 miles.
  • Spend time with my mentee & sons.

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



Friday Five: Race Day Surprises


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 Race Day Surprises

Unfortunately I can only think of bad ones…

1. Power goes out and your alarm clock doesn’t go off


that happened for the Walkway Half

2. You put the wrong address in your GPS and go to the wrong location


at the Betar Byway 5k last year – I put in Glens Falls not South Glens Falls

3. Unexpected pain


my left foot mysteriously hurt for the whole 13.1 miles of the Asbury Half

4. Gastric Distress


severe cramps the last 3 miles of the VCM Relay

5. Bad Weather


sunny and 60s the day before

Lake George Half

30s, sleet and freezing rain the day of

Happy Running! What surprises have you encountered on race day?


Thinking Out Loud Thursdays: Racing, What Else?

Thursdays are for thinking… so I am linking up with Running With Spoons

I’ve been thinking and I’ve made my decision.

Next year, I will be racing the train.


I just don’t feel ready to tackle 8.4 miles on a hilly trail in the heat.  I don’t want to get injured since I have a  half marathon in October.

If I weren’t signed up for RnR Brooklyn, I would risk it. It sounds like fun and it’s a challenge that I would like to take sometime. Hopefully, it will fit into my schedule better next year,

Instead, I signed up for a 5k on Sunday.


in Chestertown, NY

Not as interesting as  Race the Train but certainly easier. At least, there will be lots of pretty views.

I have friend who lives nearby. I can sleep at her house the night before if I don’t want to sleep on our boat (which is 15 minutes away.)

After the race, I may be able to squeeze in more miles in this beautiful area.

Because I am crazy that way, I signed up for another 5k.


Friday, August 7, 2015 6:30 pm in Schenectady’s Central Park

It’s on a Friday night so it won’t interfere with any weekend plans. I’m not crazy about an evening race especially in the summer. But we’ll see.

Here’s a surprise… I think that there will be no more racing in August.

I have a concert the weekend after…

We’re going on Saturday, August 15 to Xfinity Center in Mass.

and I have to work that morning. Unfortunately, I will miss 2 of my favorite races (that this year have been scheduled on the same day.)


I would have chosen this one if I could run

I will be at my friend’s house on the Schroon River the weekend after that..

We will be playing tennis (though I hope to be able to run at some point.)

Happy Running! So what’s on your mind this Thursday?


Wednesday Word: Friendship

Deb Runs

Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s Word is FRIENDSHIP

Besides family, there’s nothing more important than friends. They are there when times get tough. They support your interests and keep you company. You could ask them for a favor because you know they would never refuse. You can’t imagine life without them.

I feel very fortunate to have a lot of good friends.

I am still in contact with a few friends from high school and college.  It is great to connect with them and reminisce (about the good old days.) I have also made a bunch of GREAT friends as an older adult from the activities that I do…tennis, boating, quilting, mah jongg, running, etc.  And I also have several from work (all 3 of my careers.) All of these people are precious to me.

me, Linda, Don, Sue, Joyce & Nancy 20 years later

still friends after all these years (45 to be exact)…wish I would see them more often


good friends from college…we spent our junior year in France together and when we get together it’s like 1974 again


Molly, whom I taught with for 20 years. We go to the track each summer…this being our our 31st year??


I taught with Eileen as well…she goes with me to NYC often and is a fellow Lez Miz fanatic


my dear friend and former French teacher, Michele


also 2 friends from my early teaching days


Cheryl was my colleague at my 2nd job- she likes boating, movies & yoga


Sherrie, from my current job, motivates me to walk more

the whole group minus 2

I play mah jongg with these ladies every Friday and we do other things together, as well


my tennis friends are more than for playing tennis. We travel, eat out, knit and do many more things together.

we always take a picture outside this restaurant each year


some great boating friends


and those wonderful marina buddies who make my summer weekends the best


Judy, on the right is my closest friend. We went to college together and still get together almost weekly to chat. She is the most caring person you could meet.


I know I may have left some people out (Sorry) …. but this post is getting lengthy.

Since this is a running blog, I should mention those runners that I also consider to be my friends…

Camp Chingachgook - August

I met Judy through Facebook. We now run some races together and even weekly training runs


I met AJH in 2010 through her blog. Since then, even though she lives in VT, I think we have run at least one race a year together.


I met Mary at a race in 2010 and we have been friends ever since. Unfortunately, she moved to CA but luckily I have still gotten to see her each year.

You may have noticed that most of friends do not run. There are just a few overlaps.


MaryPat from tennis actually started me running


Natalie is a mah jongg friend who I inspired to run.

my quilting friend Terry (who I never saw)

Terry is a quilting friend who is also a big distance runner

But all my friends support my running. (They may think I am nuts but don’t say so to my face LOL)

Happy Running! Do you have a lot of friends or just a few close ones? Do you friends share your love of running?


Tuesdays on the Run: Core Strength

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

This week, the theme is Core Strength

This post is “Do as I say not as I do.”

I don’t do much besides run. I am glad to find time to do that.

It’s not that I think it is a waste of time but for me, it’s not a priority.  I’ve never had any knee or hip pain (yet) so I’ve put core strength exercises on the back burner.

That being said, if I had the time and the money, I would do yoga more. I think it is great for improving flexibility and your core strength.

in 2011, I used to go to classes weekly

So if you don’t have the money to take a yoga class, there are other ways to get  your yoga in:

Online Videos:



Online Resources:

Truthfully, I enjoy going to a yoga class a lot more than doing it at home.  I get a lot more out of it.  There is someone to correct my poses.  It is more social. And there is no temptation to skip it when you are signed up and paying.

Happy Running! What do you do strengthen your core?