Friday Five: My New Watch

It’s Friday so I am linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC .  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!

My Friday Topic is Five Reasons I Bought the Apple Watch 2:

My hubby knows that I’m a geek and I like techie toys so he has been wanting to buy me the Apple Watch.  I resisted last year for Christmas and my Birthday.  It was ridiculously expensive and I didn’t Think that I really needed one.

My biggest need would eventually be a new GPS watch.

I love it and it still works. It’s also a conversation starter at races: “Wow! I’ve never seen one so big!!”

I’ve only been using it for races trying to extend its life. Otherwise, I use the Runkeeper app on my iphone if I am unsure of the distance.

After a stressful summer, I decided that if I ever got a job, I would reward myself with an Apple watch.

And I did get a job after 12 weeks of searching but was informed that a new and improved Apple watch was coming out in September.  So I decided to wait.

And I am glad I did!

  1. The Apple Watch 2 has a GPS!!

I will probably still wear my old Garmin to races when I care about pace and time.  But now, I don’t have to keep taking my iphone out of my pocket or race belt to see how far I’ve run.

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2. The Apple Watch 2 is water-resistant and can be submerged up to 50 metres.

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I won’t  have to worry if it gets wet while running or splashed when out in the boat.

3. The Apple Watch is also a fitness tracker. 

I won’t have to wear my watch and my Fitbit at the same time.

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Plus I had to take out my iPhone in order to see how many steps I had many time during the course of each day.  Very annoying.

4. The Apple Watch has a lot of cool features.

For example, it shows your heart rate.

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There a mindfulness breathing app plus many other tools.

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5.  You can do so many tasks by just talking (to Siri.)

You can ask her to send or respond to a text, send an email …

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…or even play songs, etc.

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I only started wearing it yesterday so I will give you a more in depth review in a few weeks. But I think I am going to love it.

Anyone want to buy a year old Fitbit?

Happy Running!  Anyone else own an Apple Watch?

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TOLT: Random Stuff

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Since it is Thursday, I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

Three and Done

They say bad things happen in threes.

  1. During my proctoring on Saturday, the bottom of my clog fell off. I normally have running shoes in my trunk but I recently cleared everything out. So I walked around barefoot until I figured out that I could rip off the bottom of the other shoe so I could walk. Grrr!!
  2. Again during my proctoring, the student taking the exam opened her water which turned out to be fizzy water and it exploded all over her test and answer sheet.  She hadn’t started the test yet but now she had to completely refill out her answer sheet thus adding more time to my day!! Ugh!!
  3. I brought a cool travel mug to work.  I love to get Starbucks everyday but I decided to economize and use Starbucks Kcups with flavor creamers instead.


Well, like my shoe, it was probably old and it fell apart.

Need to buy new shoes and new mug!!  All is good now!

Impromptu Race Sign Up

Guilty as charged.

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New Orleans March 25, 2017

I probably won’t be able go (unless there’s a miracle).  But I logged on with everything filled out in advance to get the $1 race fee.  I did not but registered for $10.  Still not a bad price. If only I lived closer.

Anyway, I think I will probably defer it until next year.

Speed Drill

If you read my blog, you may notice that all my training runs are just easy runs.  All are easy.  The pace depends on whom I am running with and if I am solo, it is pretty slow….

This past Monday at my Troy Turkey Trot group training, we had to run a easy long loop, a pickup following by a walk.  The pickups were for .8 mile each.  We did this 4 times and where we run is VERY hilly.  Luckily it got dark or we may have done more.  The toughest 4 miles ever.

It sucked but in a good way, if you know what I mean.

Unmotivated Half Marathon

My last half marathon was supposed to be a training run for this upcoming one.  But it went better than expected. In fact, it was 2nd best half marathon time and I won 3rd in my age group.

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So I skipped my long run last weekend and I am thinking about doing the same this weekend.  My goal race is now a “I’ll just do it and get the medal” race.   I don’t really care how fast.

I hope I get my mojo back for Panama City Half on Dec. 3.

Desserts

I have been on a dessert rampage lately.

I’m not sure why.  Maybe because I am so frustrated at my job.

Last week, I think I went out to eat almost every night and had a disgustingly good dessert each time.

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Happy Running! Have you had any unlucky things happen to you lately?  Do you do the recommended speed drills?  Ever run a half that you are not motivated to train for? Do you ever overdo on sweets?

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Wednesday Word: Wisdom

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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: Wisdom.

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In other words, wisdom doesn’t come from reading something in a book or listening to someone else.

It comes from experience.

Running Wisdom…How do we get that?

I’ve read running magazines.  I’ve attended lectures about running. I read running blogs and I talk to my running friends.

Even with all that, I’ve done stupid things:

  • running with pain
  • running too much
  • running too often
  • running not often enough
  • running too fast
  • running too slow
  • walking too much
  • not walking enough
  • not stretching
  • not doing strength training
  • not taking enough rest days
  • not doing speed drills
  • not doing hill repeats
  • starting out a race too fast
  • racing too often
  • racing not often enough

I could go on and on.

Have you done any of the above?

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running with a stress fracture = not wise

So how do we get wise?

We run and make mistakes and hopefully learn from our mistakes.  We say:  “Next time, I’ll…” If we don’t try, we’ll never learn.

We’ll never be done learning.  It’s on-going.

That’s what great about running.  We can always improve.

Happy Running! Are you a “wise” runner? What have you learned in the course of your running?

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Falcon 5K Race Recap

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So many races to choose from this weekend but I chose this one.

Not for the course but simply because it was on Sunday and my tennis friend (the one who started me running) was going to do the race and we hardly ever run together.

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racing together back in November

I am familiar with the course.  I used to run in this park quite often.  It is pretty but hilly.  What I do not like about this race is the fact that you repeat the loop. I always want to done after the first time around.

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I ran a race on this course a few years ago and my time was 28:16. So I guess that was the time I was aiming for. The big difference is that I didn’t have any half marathons on the schedule that fall. I ran one a week ago. I also have another in 2 weeks!!  That meant that I needed to add more miles after the race.

I woke up not in the mood to race.

I had a very frustrating Saturday. I had planned to help out a friend and proctor the LSATs, then drive to a former professor’s house to help her with her computer and then in the evening, go to the movies with friends.

I didn’t realize that I would be proctoring special accommodations and that I would be there for 7 1/2 hours. At that point, I wasn’t sure that I would have enough time to visit the professor and get to the movies.  So I postponed the visit until Sunday.

I had thought about going up to the lake on Sunday after the race but now that wouldn’t be possible.

Anyway, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Finally we had some cooler weather.  When I left my house, it was in the 40s but with bright sunshine. I refuse to dress as if summer is over.  I’ll be wearing those capris and tights for many many months.  So I shivered in a skirt and wore a jacket over my short sleeve shirt until the start of the race. (I almost wore a tank.)

I parked about 1/2 mile away and ran slowly to the start.

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When I arrived, I got a text that my friend had decided to bail on the race.  I was disappointed but I immediately found some runners that I knew. I also ran into some people that I used to work with.

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with Tom & Sherry

We hung out and chatted for a while. It warmed up quickly and I shed my jacket.

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It was soon time to start but we realized that we were at the finish line not the start.

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So we walked up a hill to the start.

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I should mention that this race was run for the high school booster club.  So there were a lot of kids running the race.

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The start was tricky….trying to run around the kids plus not getting run over by any.  I knew right away that this was not going to be a good race.  I was running as fast as I could and I was not moving.  My first mile is usually in the 8’s but it was 9:22.  Yikes!

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I love the course.  It is very pretty especially when you run around the lake. And this time, the second loop didn’t even bother me. But there are hills. I was determined not to walk.  I even passed the water stops.

I was not getting any faster so I finally gave up and walked during the 3rd mile. Luckily the finish was after a downhill so I sprinted as fast as I could so I would not finish over 29 minutes. And I crossed at 28:39.

Splits:

mile 1: 9:22
mile 2: 9:24
mile 3: 9:21
.1 – 6:50

28:36 (Garmin time)

Tom and Sherry had already finished so we hung out and got some food while waiting for the results.

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found my friend’s granddaughter & boyfriend

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It seemed to take forever but I guess it was worth the wait since we all won.

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I came in first, got my medal and had to rush off.

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2 professors from where I used to work (the one taking the photo and the one with the medal)

It was much later than I realized so I had to run back to my car. I rushed to Best Buy to pick up something I had on order and then stopped on my way home to run.  I had already run 1/2 mile to and from the race so I needed to run 5-7 more miles…. in a half  hour. Ha ha ha!!

I got in two miles and called it a day.  6 interrupted miles for my last long run….it will have to do.

I was able to get to the professor’s house and help her.  It took no time at all (if I had known, I could have done it on Saturday.) Then I went grocery shopping, weeded and finished the laundry.

I was sad to miss out on a beautiful boating day.  There may not be many more this season.

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our friend Ron with my hubby

Next weekend, I get to do it all over again.

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A Saturday 5K and hopefully some extra miles to prepare for my October 9 half marathon. And I am leaving Sunday open for boating.

And since it’s Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

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Today’s topic is The most challenging aspect of running right now is _______.

My answer is FITTING IT ALL IN!!!!

Family, friends, work, housekeeping, training runs, races, tennis, gym (yes, order here matters).

I don’t know how you working moms do it.  I just have to take care of myself (My hubby is pretty self sufficient) and I struggle everyday to fit in my runs and not neglect the rest of my life.  In the scheme of things, running is not a priority. But I do want to train adequately for my races.

Any advice, you superwomen?

The second most challenging thing (because I can never stick to one thing) is improving BOTH my 5k and my half marathon times.

When I race and train long, I run slower, of course.  I haven’t figured out how to get faster on those short races.  But I don’t want to give up half marathons.  So the answer may be that I can’t run faster 5ks and faster half marathons at the same time.

Any advice?

Happy Running! What challenges you the most in your running?

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Monday Running Update

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  Tonight was our first Troy Turkey Trot Training group run.  So even though I ran 13.1 miles the day before, I had to go. It was a kind of reunion with the 10K runners.  I just took it very slow. My favorite coach Patrick was leading the intermediate group so we had a new guy.  He had up run outside the park and UPHILL for the first half of the run.

  • Tuesday – First night of indoor tennis. Since I started back at work, I haven’t played at all. Glad to get a little exercise and meet up with friends.
  • Wednesday – Unfortunately I had to miss my STEM volunteering since I had dinner plans with my tennis friends.  I also had to work late so I had to skip my run.

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  • Thursday – I discovered a walking trail near where I work so I don’t have to walk around the shopping mall.

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I met Alyssa and Barbara for a run after. It was warm (again!) but we had a pretty good run.

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Afterwards, I met a friend for dinner and drinks at an Irish pub.

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tart cheery hard cider, curry chicken salad & split the Guinness cheescake

  • Friday –  Since I skipped my run on Wednesday, I decided to run today.  Natalie agreed to accompany me.

Afterwards, I had my weekly mah jongg game.

  • Saturday –  Today I proctored the LSATs (where I used to work) for 7 1/2 hours. (I had thought it would be only 3 hours and I would have time to visit a former professor to help her on her computer but I did not have time so I postponed it until Sunday.)

no exercise but i finished knitting a sock snd read a great book.

In the evening I went to the movies with friends.

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so fun – really enjoyed it!

  • Sunday – Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K race. I had planned on another flatter course but got talked into this one by a friend. My friend did not show but it was still a fun race.  The weather was perfect. However my legs were more tired than I expected (from those 13.1 miles last weekend?) so this was one of my slowest 5ks this year.
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still won 1st in my age group

Afterwards I had planned to run more miles and make it my long run.  However, I had to go to a former professor’s house to help her with her computer. I had stuff to do around the home. I had to go grocery shopping, etc. So it didn’t happen.  I ran 1/2 mi to and from the race and 2 miles after.  6 miles for the day instead 11.  C’est la vie!

15.4 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days. (recovery week)

This Week:  

  • Monday Turkey Trot Training group run (3 miles)
  • Tuesday –  rest, tennis
  • Wednesday –  4 mile run with friends + volunteering with STEM group
  • Thursday –  rest, hair appt
  • Friday –  rest, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday – 5k race + 7 more
  • Sunday  boating?
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.
http://hohoruns.blogspot.com

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

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Friday Five: Missing The Old Job

It’s Friday so I am linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC .  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!

If you read my blog, you know that I was laid off from my job after 10 years and now I have a new one.

My Friday Topic is Five Reasons I Miss My Old Job. That is the running related reasons.

1. The treadmill

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Ok.  I hate the treadmill.  But it was really convenient to have one in the building to squeeze in a lunchtime run and after work, if it were raining or too icy to run outdoors.

Now, I have to drive to my free gym.  There’s one at work but you have to pay to use it.😦

2. Nearby Running Routes

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along the lake in the park

I was fortunate to work near a beautiful park and many city neighborhoods.

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Now I work near an outdoor shopping center and some main roads.

Now I have to drive to nearby UAlbany to run around the campus.

3. The Track

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The track was another nearby place to run during lunch or after work.  It was great for speed workouts or just when you wanted a surface easy on the feet.

Now I have to drive to run on a college or high school track. (And I doubt that I will.)

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I used to have my own office plus an hour for lunch.  Especially when it wasn’t so hot, I would change into my running clothes and go for a run during lunchtime.

Now I have a cubicle and only 1/2 hour for lunch.  It is convenient to walk around the shopping center (where there is a Starbucks) but that’s about it. My running is now done after work unless I drag myself out of bed in the morning. (I also go to work an hour earlier.)

5. Running Conversations

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selfie with a professor & the Dean after the Freihofer’s 5K

Where I used to work, there were so many staff and faculty who were runners.  We participated in races together (Corporate Challenge and Charity Races) and kept up-to-date on each other’s successes (and injuries.)  I even inspired two co-workers to start running.

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Race for the Cure team

** Enough time off for race-cations. 

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race-cation in Sarasota, FL

In my old job, I got 6 weeks off plus 2 weeks at Christmastime.  I used to take at least two race-cations each year in addition to Fridays off to run some NYC races.

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Now, I only get 3 weeks off per year (and nothing for the first 6 mos.)

** I also miss the PEOPLE, the things I did for my job, the salary and the benefits!!!

Not to be a Debbie Downer, there are some positives:

  1. I had 12 weeks off this summer – PAID!! I was able to do a lot of hiking, running, boating and playing tennis.
  2. I don’t have to worry anymore about finding a job, earning a paycheck and having health insurance.
  3. I am learning new things.
  4. I am meeting new people.
  5. I will travelling around NYS for my job.  Hopefully I will get to squeeze in some runs in some new places.

Happy Running! What would you miss if you changed jobs?

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TOLT: Training, Racing, Working, etc.

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Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

Racing vs Training

It’s no secret that I prefer to race than train.  Training isn’t fun.  There’s no pressure.  But I kinda like the pressure.

So I have two more halfs planned – Oct 9 and Dec 3.

And I will probably race every weekend …cuz that’s what I do.

On that note, there were so many choices this weekend. I am busy on Saturday so that’s leaves Sunday.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:30 am – Washington Park

I choose this one simply because I have friends running it.  It is a 2 loop course with hills.  I hate loops and hills are not my friend but whatever. I am assuming that the course is similar to the Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Race that I ran a few years ago.

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It’s at this race that I heard about the Troy Turkey Trot training group – I am in it now for the 3rd year.

And then afterward I will continue running around the area for at least 5 more miles.

Runner’s High

No PRs yet but I am still feeling good about my most recent race times.

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Half Marathon in 2:11:56 – my 2nd best time – 2 minutes 17 sec off a PR

They changed the results and I did win 3rd in my age group.  The race organizer has the hat that I won.

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5k time 27:30 – 3rd best 5k time 20 sec off a PR

Work  &  Time

It seems like I won’t be really working 8 am – 4 pm.  It could involve working until 7 pm.  It could involve being out of town for 2 to 5 days at a time (with NO time to run.)

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my mobile training lab – these babies weigh 80 lbs each! I think I need to do some strength training.

This will really cut into my running time.  And the dates are out of my control.

I can run 5ks without training but 13.1 miles?? That would be painful and too risky injury-wise.

Plus I get very little time off. (I already registered for the Dec & Mar halfs so I have to take those days without pay😦 )

What to do???

I need a Sugar daddy so I can quit my job!

Only kidding…

I will do my best to fit it all in.  When there’s a will, there’s a way.  Or else I’ll stick to the short local races and work on speed. (Will I be done at 24 half marathons until retirement?)

There are more things in my head but since I never have time any more & my lunch 1/2 hour is over, I’ll stop here.

Happy Running! What’s on your mind today?

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