Fabulous Fit Gear Swap

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This month I decided to participate in a #FabulousFitgear swap with Renee from Bendiful Blog.

This is how the program works:  you register by the 5th of the month, Renee will send you another blogger, you check out their blog, get to know them and you send them some fabulous fit gear ($20 value) by the 15th of the month.

I love new gear and I love meeting new bloggers.  A win-win.

If you would like to participate click here and it will take you to this month’s link up!

Happy Running! Have you participated in this swap?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Favorite Post-Race Treat

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: Favorite Post-Race Treat

  • Ice Cream!!

Unfortunately, you don’t get it very often.  That was one of the reasons that  I enjoyed Sean’s Run (pictured above and below) so much.

  • Chocolate Milk

I’m not fussy, I don’t care what kind.  After a race is the only time I drink it.

Happy Running!  What is your favorite post-race treat ?

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Monday Running Update

IMG_4595 Last Week: (AP Half Marathon Training week #5)

  • Monday -work at the Bar Exam, tennis
  • Tuesday - work at the Bar Exam, rest
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run, monthly tennis dinner out

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Japanese dinner

  • Thursday - 4 mile run
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I was soooo cold!!

  • Friday- rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  9 mile run
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it was cold but running with a new friend made the first 5 miles bearable. The last 4 not so much.

  • Sunday -  rest, volunteer at  HMRRC Winter Series #6
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3 hours standing still in the cold & wind

This Week:  (AP Half Marathon Training week #6)

  • Monday – 4 mile run
  • Tuesday - rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 mile run
  • Thursday - 3 mile run
  • Friday- rest, fly to Palm Springs, CA!!!
  • Saturday –  5k race
  • Sunday -  ??? mile run with Mary, enjoy the warm weather :)
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

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

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Volunteering

One of my goals for the month was to volunteer at a race.

I really appreciate volunteers.  They are often responsible for the success of a race.  They direction runners at all the turns, give out water and medals and do it in heat and frigid temps.

I know I should volunteer more often or at least once a year, but I am selfish.

I want to race not watch others race.

I’ve only volunteered once and it was in 2010 for a 15K when that distance was too long for me.

So I signed up to work at the HMRRC Winter Series #6 – the Marathon & Marathon Relay (since I wasn’t planning to run in it.)

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running at Winter series #5

I choose the late shift – 12-3 pm and hoped that it wouldn’t be an unbearably cold day.

Well, it was so COLD that they postponed the race a few weeks until today.

And of course, today was cold but not as cold and windy as it has been. But there was NO sun unlike yesterday.

I arrived at UAlbany, the race location, a little early and signed in. They gave the volunteers either a hat, gloves or a sweatshirt.

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I chose the blue sweatshirt

I got scheduled for post #8 – on the outer loop at the farthest point from the start.  I was to be with a guy named Steve so we got our orange flag, yellow vest and drove one car over.

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that’s Steve

And we just stood there waiting for runners to come by.

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here comes a runner

It wasn’t a big race but a long one – a marathon and a marathon relay.  Sometimes we waited awhile for a runner. But almost each one thanked us for volunteering. Having run many races here, I know how important volunteers are.

If cars came by, we had to make sure they stopped and let the runners go by. But on a Sunday, there wasn’t much traffic.

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not a very scenic course

It was nice not being out there alone.  When there was a lull in the race, Steve and I chatted.  About running, what else?

But the biggest problem was the cold.  It was cloudy with snow flurries and very cold.  I was dressed very warmly – thermal shirt and pants under a fleece and tights. I was even wearing a long down coat.  However, after an hour, I could no longer feel my toes. The hand warmers that they gave us were not helping.

The wind had picked up which made it feel colder than it was.  And of course, not running but standing still made it worse.

The race organizers drove by twice offering us hot chocolate or  coffee and more hand warmers.

Still, I counted down the hours and anxiously waited for the last runner to pass us.

Finally it was over and we drove back.

I hung out inside to warm up having hot soup, bread, etc.

The race organization also gave you a $15 gift card to Dicks if you volunteered once and ran at least 3 races (I ran 5 races and already used it to buy more GU.)

Even though I froze out there, I am still glad that I did it.

If you run races, you know that they cannot happen without people directing the runners, stopping traffic and handing out water…even on the coldest or warmest days.

But I think my next volunteering stint will be in warmer weather!!

Happy Running!  Do you often volunteer at races?

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February Recap

February Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week (no matter how cold it gets.) Yes.
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at UAlbany

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in Washington Park

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  • Walk several times a week while at work. No!!! Boo!
  • Get some strength training or yoga done. A little!
  • Run with someone else when possible. Yes! Barbara, I met her  on FB.
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I’ll get a picture next time…my phone died but she pushed the pace on my first 5 cold miles. So much better with company. The 2nd 4 miles were torturous!!

  • Do long runs on the weekend to start to train for half marathon on April 18. Yes.
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post 4 mile race

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  • Complete a 10 mile race. Yes.
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no PR but 2nd fastest 10 miler.

  • Complete a 4 mile race. Yes.
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a new PR at 37:40 and 2nd in my AG

  • Volunteer at a race. NO. Only because it got cancelled due to the cold.
  • Run at least 80 miles.  Yes! 82 miles

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March Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week (no matter how cold it gets.)
  • Get some strength training or yoga done.
  • Start running with a training group.
  • Do long runs on the weekend to start to train for half marathon on April 18.
  • Complete a 5K race.
  • Complete a 5 mile race
  • Complete a 4 mile race.
  • Run all my races under 10 min. mile pace.
  • Volunteer at a race.
  • Run at least 80 miles.

Happy Running! How was your February?  Anything special planned for March?

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Friday Five: What I Like About Running in the Winter

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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 FREE so I chose:  5 Things I Like About Running in the Winter

All I have been doing on this blog is complaining about how cold it is and how I hate it!

So I decided to point out what I like about winter running:

1. It doesn’t rain.

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not a fan

I will run in the snow and cold but I will not run in the rain. Hence, no rain is a good thing for my running.

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2. I don’t sweat.

So I have less laundry because I can wear my running clothes more than once.

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And I can sneak out at work and go for a run and not be sweaty for the rest of the day.

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lunch break run

3. It’s pretty outside.

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Well, at least most of the time.

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4. There are free races.

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Race fees add up. I am lucky that our local running group (HMRRC) sponsors 6 free races during the winter. There are 3 distances to choose from at each race.

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It’s informal so it’s just a run with friends and food after.

5. There’s not a lot to do and it’s get me outside.

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In the summer, there’s boating, biking, hiking, tennis, gardening…many things to do outdoors.

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But in the winter, I don’t ski, ice skate, snowshoe or snowmobile.  Running is my only outdoor activity.

Happy Running! What do you like about running in the winter?

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Runfessions February

This month I’m linking up again with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.  This my second Runfessions post.  Maybe I will continue to do this monthly.

Most of my Runfessions from last month repeated themselves except that I didn’t eat ice cream this month.

This month has been very very cold. In fact, the coldest, ever!!!

Here are my Runfessions:

1.  I was not very good about the Take the Leap 30 Day Yoga Challenge.

I had good intentions and I love yoga.

So I started out well but it went down from there.

I watched some videos, I downloaded some apps.

But I really prefer going to classes and I didn’t get to any. The one I like is on Wednesdays and Saturdays and I always seem to have something more important to do.

Some days, I have just done a one minute plank and a few quick stretches.

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Finally, I quit it all. Nada.

2. I hate the treadmill so much that yesterday, I suffered rather than use it.

I had planned to run on the treadmill so I didn’t bring my warmest outdoor running clothes.

Luckily I forgot my clothes at work (and you know that I have no qualms about re-wearing running clothes.)

The day before it was almost 30 degrees so I didn’t bring my fleece-line tights nor did I have an extra shirt or warmer hat.

Yesterday, it was 18 and single digits with the wind chill.  Out I went. I thought that it wouldn’t be so bad.

The good news is that it was my fastest run in a long time.  The bad news is that I froze.  I was cold the whole time.  I couldn’t feel my face or my fingers by the time I was done.

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Still… better than the treadmill.

3.  I can’t stop myself from signing up for races.

If I am supposed to training for a half marathon in April and then one in June, why am I signing up for short races???

It messes up my weekend long runs… but I love racing, I guess.

  • 3-07-15 – Shamrock 5K (Palm Springs, CA)
  • 3-14-15 – Runnin of the Green 4 m
  • 3-22-15  – Shamrock Shuffle 5m
  • 3-29-15 – Delmar Dash 5m
  • 4-04-15 – Rabbit Ramble 4m ?? (if I’m not away for Passover)
  • 4-11-15 – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k
  • 4-18-15 – Asbury Park Half Marathon* (in NJ)
  • 4-26-15 – Cherry Blossom 5k
  • 5-02-15 – Spring Run Off 15K
  • 5-09-15 – Mastodon 15k
  • 5-10-15 – Mother’s Day 5K (for GOTR)
  • 5-30-15 – Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
  • 6-07-15 – Betar Byway 5K
  • 6-13-15 – Walkway Half Marathon*
  • 6-21-15 – Adirondack Distance 10m

Well, that’s it for now.

Happy Running!  Have any Runfessions to share?

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