June Update & Wednesday Word

June Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week. YES! except for taper & recovery week

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even ran before work twice

  • Get some strength training or yoga done. NO!!! Not yet…
  • Go for a walk several times a week at work. YES!

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  • Run a 5K. YES!
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not fast but won 3rd in my AG

  • Complete Half Marathon #14. YES!
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again very slow but won 3rd in my AG

  • Complete a 10 mile race. No! My flight got cancelled.
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. Doubt it!
  • Run at least 80 miles. No, not even close.
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took a week off after my half marathon

What else?

  • I went to NYC with friends
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to the Neue Galerie

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and the Metropolitan Museum of Art &

  • I went to Denver for a work conference and took a City Running Tour

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  • I went boating several times

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  • I read some good books and saw some movies

and Mary Coin, the Ape House and others that I can’t remember

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July Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week.
  • Get some strength training or yoga done.
  • Go for a walk several times a week at work.
  • Run a 5K race or two.
  • Improve my speed.
  • Keep my weight in check.
  • Run at least 70 miles.
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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 INDEPENDENT
Here’s what “Independent” means:
  1. not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct,etc.; thinking or acting for oneself:
  2. not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free:
  3. not influenced by the thought or action of others:
  4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
  5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.
  6. rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.

Hmmm…am I independent?

Yes and no.  But more Yes than No.

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at a Jimmy Buffet concert

I am married so of course, I can rely on my hubby for support.   He will tell that I am stubborn and don’t listen to his advice. Although we enjoy boating and tennis, we have many different interests.  This results in spending a lot of time doing things separately.  (Some people might think this odd because many married couples do most things together.) For example, I don’t expect him to accompany me on vacation and to races.

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solo at a tennis tournament in CA

I do have a lot of friends.  I love being with them.

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But if I can’t find someone to do something, I will do it alone.  I will go to the movies alone.  I will go on a trip alone. (I have flown to Europe several times alone.)

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in Fla solo running a half marathon where I knew no one

So how does “Independent” relate to running?

  • not influenced by the thought or action of others – I don’t care when people say “Isn’t that bad for you knees?” “Should you be doing that with your ankle?” (Runners don’t care what others think.)  We also can run at whatever pace we are capable of. 
  • not relying on another or others for aid or support – I drive to my races by myself and run by myself most of the time (Running is a great sport because you don’t need others to do it.)
  • not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc – All you need are running shoes (and some cute outfits LOL) and you can run.

Happy Running! How did you do in June? What’s planned for July? Are you independent?

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Tuesdays on the Run: 2015 Goals Update

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: 2015 Goals Update

6 months down. 6 months to go.  So how am I doing on my 15 goals  for this year??

GOALS
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1. Do not get injured.

No major injuries just some nagging foot issues.

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2. Run 3-4 times a week ALL YEAR.

Yes, for the most part.

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2x before work

2x before work

3. Continue fitting in tennis and/or yoga once a week.

Tennis, yes. Yoga, no!

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4. Do some upper body exercises.

Just a few times. Nothing to write home about.

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5. Finish all of my races under 10 minutes per mile (except half marathons)

Yes. Except 15ks and 10 milers.

Cherry Blossom 5k – 8:59
Bacon Hill 5K – 9:00
Delmar Dash 5m – 9:09
Shamrock Shuffle 5m – 9:17
Runnin’ of the Green 4m – 9:21
Spring Run Off 10k – 9:22
Polar Cap 4m – 9:24
Albany Law Day 5k – 9:25
Mastodon Challenge 5k – 9:25
Freihofer Run for Women 5k – 9:28
Betar Byway 5k – 9:28
Mother’s Day 5K – 9:45
HMRRC Winter Series #3 10K – 9:48

6. Run at least one race per month and at least 20 for the year.
Yes.  20 so far…
January – 4
February – 2
March – 3
April – 3
May – 6
June – 2

7. Run a race in another state.

Yes. Florida, (almost California), New Jersey and Vermont
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West Palm Beach Half in FL

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Asbury Park Half in NJ

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VCM Relay in VT

8. Run in NYC.
No. Not yet.

9. Get several Age Group awards.

Yes. 9.

10. PR in a half marathon.

Yes.

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West Palm Beach Half – 2:09:40

11. PR at another distance.

Yes. 4 mile and 5 mile.

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Runnin’ of the Green 4m – 37:27

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Delmar Dash 5m – 45:26

12. Join a running group or two.

Yes. Freihofer Training Challenge.

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13. Volunteer.

Yes. At the HMRRC Winter Series Marathon and I was a GOTR running buddy.

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14. Run over 900 miles.

Not if I don’t get moving.  5 Half marathons and only 404 miles so far. (Last year I ran 911 miles.)

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15. Continue to blog almost everyday.
Yes.
So what do I focus from now until the end of the year? 
  • Keep up the weekly runs
  • Continue signing up for races
  • Drag myself to the gym now and then
  • Take a yoga class or two
  • Focus on speed for the shorter races.
  • Prepare for my half marathon in October.
  • Find a solution for my annoying achy feet (besides surgery)
  • Lose those extra pounds.

That should keep me busy!!!

Happy Running. Did you set goals for this year? If so, how are you doing?

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Monday Running Update

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Last Week: 

  • Monday – off from work, 5 6 mile run

  • Tuesday – walk at work, 2 hours of tennis, dinner out after
  • Wednesday –3 mile run before work, walk at work, dinner out with the tennis ladies


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ate way too much at Chez Mike with my tennis buds but it was fun to see them

  • Thursday – walk at work, rest 3 mile run after work

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  • Friday – 2 mile run at lunch, mah jongg

  • Saturday – rest, boating, dinner out
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our boat

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our NJ friends finally came up to the lake

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at least I only ate half

  • Sunday 5K??, boating (rain!!), errands, cooking, shopping
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my first overnight oats attempt

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found these online for 50% off

This Week:  

  • Monday-  3 mile run before work, dinner out for friend’s bday
  • Tuesday – walk at workdentist after
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work, hair appt
  • Thursday – walk at work, rest, mall walk with BFF
  • Friday – 4 mile run, off from work, boating
  • Saturday – boating
  • Sunday – 5 mile run??, boating
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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My Most REAL Race #REALwomenmove

Go to http://www.skirtsports.com/ambassadors/ to read about the awesome ambassador captains

Part of my responsibility of being a Skirts Sports Ambassador Captain is posting every month on a different topic. You can click on the links to read my posts.

In April, the topic was:

In May, the topic was:

This month, it’s:

  • My most REAL race ever

Actually ALL of my races have felt “real.” Every experience was different but I learned something from each one.

Which one is the most real???

It could be my FIRST HALF MARATHON….

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It felt unreal at the time.  I couldn’t believe that I had run 13.1 miles.  I had never raced more than a 5k.  I didn’t even train with a GPS watch. It is my proudest moment!

It could be the half marathon(s) that I ran in the FREEZING RAIN.

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Lake George Half Marathon

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I was miserable and wanted to quit so many times but I didn’t. I stuck it out and am glad that I did.

It also could be the races where I was injured and ran IN PAIN. Unfortunately, there were several.

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Runner’s World 5k with a stress fracture

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Freihofer’s 5K with a broken foot

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Asbury Park Half when my foot hurt the whole race

These races showed me how strong I can be and how important running is to me.  (or maybe how stupid & stubborn I am.) Fortunately, none of these injuries worsened due to racing.

But I think my MOST REAL RACE EVER is the first one that I ran after I had surgery on my ankle.

I had 8 screws and a plate put in and the ortho told that I would walk again but he wasn’t sure that I could run races.

I broke my ankle on Dec 29. I had signed up for the Freihofer’s 5K (which is my favorite race) before that. The race was held on June 1.  I hadn’t started running yet but I was walking.  So I decided that I would go to the race and walk the 3.1 miles.

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Your bib was colored according to the previous year’s finish time. I squeezed in with the other YELLOWs (though I thought that I should go to the end with the walkers but it was too far to walk!)

As soon as the gun went off, off I started running.

Yes, I ran!

I ran up the hill.  I kept running and running and running.

I cautioned myself to go slow so that I would be able to finish the race.

Everyone was running.  I felt that if I stopped to walk, I would be trampled.  Yes, runners were passing me but for the most part I was keeping up at my slow pace.

I left my Garmin home since I was planning to WALK so I had no idea what my pace really was and I didn’t care.  I WAS RUNNING!

As we approached the end…it was downhill.  I slowed as to not FALL and then I sprinted (yes sprinted) across the finish line.

I had TEARS in my eyes.  I couldn’t believe that I RAN!!!!

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pic on the cover of the TU

Strangely, my picture appeared on the front page of our local newspaper.  I got a lot of phone calls questioning whether or not that was really me and how did I do that??

I framed that picture and gave it to my PT guy and my ortho (who both thought I was nuts.)

No race has ever felt as REAL!!

Love this Jenny Hadfield quote:

I made a pact with myself to never complain about an event I’ve successfully finished. No matter what my finish time or pace, I will cross the line with a pocket full of gratitude. Records are meant to be broken, but those moments are far and few between. Every adventure offers an opportunity to evolve, explore, and celebrate life. And that is the gift that keeps on giving.

Be sure to drop by the Skirt Sports website to see how the Ambassadors as #REAlwomenmove!

Happy Running! What has been your most “real” race?

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Friday Five: What I was doing 10 Years Ago

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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 What I was doing 10 Years Ago.

So the year was 2005.

No running.

No boating.

No knitting.

No mah jongg.

What was I doing in 2005?

1. I played a lot of tennis.

I played in contracts, took lessons, played on several teams, etc.

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2. I worked as a Technology Director for 40 Catholic Schools.

This was my favorite job…so rewarding…so varied…wish I could have afforded to stay there forever.

3. I got to travel and go to conferences around the country.

If only I ran back then…

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4. I was into quilting.

I belonged to quilt guild and went to monthly meetings. I went on weekend retreats.

5. My annual trip with the tennis ladies was to Las Vegas.

We didn’t gamble but we liked to go to shows and restaurants and hike on the weekend.

Happy Running! What were you doing 10 years ago?

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Thining Out Loud Thursday: Racing, Confidence & Walking

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So I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

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That’s 14 (almost 15) races in 4 months.

When I first started running, I would sign up for races as a motivator to get out there and run during the week.  I knew that my race performance would suffer if I didn’t.

Once I started running half marathons, I followed a plan so I would run during the week to train for the race.

I ran in order to race.

Many runners don’t race much at all.  They just run. And that’s perfectly fine.

But I need to race. I enjoy it.  I am not sure that I would run if I didn’t race.

  • I think that I have lost my confidence! From September to March, this is what happened:

5K  PR– 27:11 (Run for the Roc -9/28/14)
10 mi PR – 1:38:45 (Perfect 10 Miler – 10/26/14)
15K PR – 1:33:23 (Stockade-athon – 11/09/14)
10K PR– 57:03 (Troy Turkey Trot- 11/27/14)
Half Marathon PR –  2:09:40 (West Palm Beach Half – 1/17/15)

7K PR – 44:24 (HMRRC Winter Series #5 – 2/2/14)
4 mi PR – 37:27 (Runnin’ of the Green – 3/14/15)
5 mi PR –  45:26 (Delmar Dash – 3/29/15)

Yup, that’s a PR at every distance!! Even after several serious injuries and being OLD!  What a confidence booster!

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Since April, things have slowed down.  I have still been racing a lot but my times have been slow!  (That is slow for me.  Others would complain if they ran a mile in over 8 minutes.  Some would be thrilled run one in 10 minutes. We’re all different.)

I feel like I have gone backwards…to the time when I struggled to finish a 5k under 30 minutes and a half marathon under 2 1/2 hours.

Being the analytical person that I am, I have searched for the reasons…

–my feet started hurting during my April half (which was annoying to  say the least)
— I have cut back on my mileage (skipped runs)
–I have been running solo (no group runs)
–It is warmer (and humid)

All are very valid reasons.  I don’t expect PRs. But I would like to have a good race to bring my confidence back.

  • Galloway may have a point. Lately I have been reading his tips on several blogs. His most recent is about walking. If you have read any of my race recaps, you know that I DO WALK.

According to Galloway:

Compared to running constantly, the 1-minute walk break still results in runners feeling better, staying healthier, and going faster, but it can get even better! Limiting walk breaks to 30 seconds, or in some cases even less, while cutting the run time accordingly, gives all the same benefits, with even less fatigue and even faster times.

Why?

The greatest benefit of the walk break comes in the first 30 sec. Our heart rates come down, the running muscles relax, we catch our breaths, and the fatigue melts away. After 30 seconds of walking, we tend to slow down. 
As fatigue sets in, that walk gets slower… This means faster running is needed to stay on pace, which creates more fatigue at the end of each running segment, so the walk will get slower, and so goes the downward spiral at the end of the race.

I do not officially use the RUN/WALK method.  But I do walk.

When I first started running, my goal was to run a race without walking.  I was thrilled when I could.  However, I didn’t get faster until I allowed myself to walk.

Not one of my PR times above were accomplished without walking.

Of course, I wish I was strong enough to run fast and not have to walk. But unfortunately I am not.

Happy Running! Any thoughts today?  What do you think about racing, PRs and/or walking?

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My Therapy Run

I woke up Monday in a really pissy mood.

I had the day off from work.  I took it off to recover from my hilly 10 mile race.  If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I DID NOT get to run one of my favorite races.

I also spent most of Saturday in a plane or at an airport and most of Sunday, in a car.  None of which were part of the plan.

So, although, I was extremely sleep deprived, I NEEDED A RUN!

Not just any run but a special one.  So I decided to drive to Peeples Island State Park. I had run there last year once and loved it.

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Of course, with unpacking, housework and laundry, I didn’t arrive there until around noon when it was sunny and in the 80’s.

I decided to run around the area first.  There was a nice path after the bridge.

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I also discovered another path along the river.

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I stopped for some water and then continued over another bridge and headed in the opposite direction.

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At this point I had run about 3 miles.  After another stop for water, I finally entered the park’s trail.

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There are a lot of roots and rocks so it is hard to run.  I did a lot of walking but ran when it was safe to do so.

As you can see by the pictures, it’s a very relaxing place to run.

When I finished the loop around the park, I had completed 5.75 miles. Of course, I ran across to the park across the street so I would end with 6 miles!

They may have been the slowest miles I have ever run but I felt 100% better.

Happy Running! Is running ever your therapy?

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