Five Five – You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

I have run 37 Half Marathons. You would think that I would know what I am doing, right?

Nope.

That why this post is called:  “You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”

Here are some things that I personally have learned:

1. Less is More.

I used to think that I needed to do 10, 11 and 12 mile training runs. I would be worried that I would not have the endurance to complete 13.1 miles.

Mind you, some runners do or at least they think that they do need ALL these double digit runs.

You have to know you own body, the date of your previous half and most importantly, your goal for the race.

If your goal is to finish, you can skip those long runs and run the race accordingly.

In other words, you may be surprised how FRESH legs vs TIRED legs can affect how you run. You can OVER TRAIN!!

I ran faster and felt better during the half with 3 miles on the weekends than the one when I completed ALL my double digit runs.

heading to the finish line with a smile – I trailed that guy the whole race

Do you feel that you need long runs before a half marathon? Ever run one without?

2. Stability Shoes are Essential.

When I started running, I think I wore stability shoes. Maybe not the right ones because they became uncomfortable.

I discovered Nike ZOOM Vomeros which were LIGHT and had a wider toe box.  I was happy.  I  ran faster too!! Win. Win.

Not really.

If I ran longer than 8 miles, I got blisters, my lower back started aching and the bottom of my left foot HURT!

None of the above was unbearable and stopped bothering me as soon as the race ended.

So I kept buying these shoes in many colors and endured the discomfort.

The turning point was my calf injury in February.

I don’t know if the shoe was the cause but it prompted me to switch to a more supportive shoe.

I bought Mizuno Wave Inspire 15s with some pricey Fleet Feet insoles.  The shoes were heavier and felt clunky when I ran.  I felt much slower.

No aching back! No blisters! No pain on the bottom of my foot!!!!!!!

pain-free tootsies!

I also tried Brook Ravennas – pain on the right side of my foot (bunion area).

Maybe I’ll never be fast again but I think I’d rather feel good during my races.

So I am sold on the Mizunos!   I think than I better buy another pair before they change them.

Do you wear Stability or Neutral shoes? Does it matter to you?

3. Negatives Splits Should be our GOAL

We all know that. But often you always feel good at the beginning of a race so you run fast.

Maybe you know you always slow down so you may as well take advantage on your speed in the early miles.

You get caught up in the excitement and then it’s too late.

It happens to me practically all the time.

Then my friend Stan ran the Hot Chocolate 15k along side me. His goal was to get me to slow down in the beginning miles. We chatted until mile 8 (and then he left me in the dust.)

I used this approach during my last half marathon.  Two of my friends sprinted ahead of me and I lost them until mile 10.  I still had spring in my step and passed them and many others. My last few miles were as speedy as the beginning ones.

sprinting to the finish on fresh legs

Do you try for negatives splits? Do you usually succeed?

4. Fuel More Often

I’m normally not a big drinker or eater during a long race. I don’t carry water and usually stop at each water stop. So I guess how much I drink depends on how often the water stops are.

I carry GUs and my plan is to eat one at mile 4 and one at mile 8 but usually I ignore the 12 mile one. Sometimes I only even eat one at mile 5-6.

During one recent half, I finished the race and felt very light-headed like I was going to pass out.  I took a GU and immediately felt better. Under Fueled! Duh.

So during my last half, I changed the plan. I ate a GU at mile 2, mile 6 and mile 10.  So much better!!

I didn’t wait until I was sooo hungry or energy deprived. I ate before I needed it.

 Salted Caramel is my fave

How often do you fuel during your half marathons?

5. We need Friends at races.

At least one of my half marathons each year is during my winter vacation in Florida. I run it but I don’t know anyone. Of course, I enjoy the race but I so prefer having friends at the start and to chat with after my race. It makes a big difference.  Racing is not just about finish times.

I always wait for my friends to finish and cheer them on (if they are slower) and they do the same for me.  They will wait for me if I get an award and I would do the same for them.

post race eating and debriefing

So anyone running the new Zooma race in Aruba this February ? I want company.

Feb 15-16, 2020

Do you often race solo? 

Happy Running! What have you learned lately?  Please share.

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Freihofer Run for Women Race Recap

This is the only race that I’ve run every year! This was my 12th time!!!!!

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The website – can you see me? Right center – Pink hat & top

My first FRW was in 2008 (my first year of running). At the time, it was the farthest I’d ever run:

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Due to construction, they changed the course four years ago.

They say that this course is faster…less congested and has a less steep hill at the start and finish.

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course map

I did run the new course the past four years and I liked it.

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heading downhill to the finish line

As with this race every year, I never know what will happen… I could break my foot again (as I did in 2013) or could have a course PR as I did last year.

And this was also my fifth Freihofer Training Challenge.

did my green hat stand out much last year?!

Training is a loose term. I kinda just showed up on most Monday runs. But each Monday seemed to follow either a half marathon or a long run. As a result, although I registered for the Advanced group, I never participated in any of the speed drills. Instead I ran easy with  the Intermediate or Beginner group. I only attended two of the Saturday runs since I was usually racing or resting.

2019 FTC group

But I was excited to be part of it and support all the runners who would be finishing their FIRST 5k. And see my “advanced” buddies who would hopefully PR.

In past years, the day before I walked to Empire State Plaza concourse at lunch to go to the expo and pick up my race packet. They used to have a really big expo with vendors and health-related exhibits. But the past two years, they have held it at a local college. I was able to stop by after work. This year, the expo was much improved. I met up with a few friends and quickly browsed the booths and only bought a pair of sunglasses (Goodrs, what else? I’m obsessed.)

yup, you get cookies and bread

Earlier in the week, they had predicted rain, But the forecast changed and it was a pretty nice morning. – sunny and around 60.

I hate parking garages and traffic so I parked at a yoga place and walked to the start. I used to do this every year. However, with the new course, it was an even longer hike. Like 2 miles!

It was still strange to walk down Madison Avenue and not see the race banners and not see the giant poster on the bridge.

pics from 4 years ago…

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The start was near a park across from the Capitol Building. I ran most of the way (about a mile) but then I bumped in a few people that I knew and I thought it rude to just run by.

I used to play tennis with Cindy. She has participated in all 41 Freihofer races (though now she just walks).

Finally I set off in search of the Freihofer Training Challenge tent.

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I chatted with many of my running friends and took quite a few pics.

I also bumped into many runners wearing Skirt Sports skirts.

there were even more but we couldn’t find them in time for the pic

Catching up with everyone made the time go by quickly and soon it was time to line up.

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Although it was very crowded, there were fewer runners than when it was Madison Avenue but it did seem to be more than last year (The loaded the corrals from the slowest to the fastest and everyone seemed to be in the correct corral).

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Times Union photo 2016

Anyway, with the start (on a wider street), it didn’t take as long to get moving and the first hill was longer but not as steep.

heading up that hill

I started with Holly and Nancy from my FTC Group. I lost Holly behind me and Nancy (who is faster than both of us) surged ahead. I kept her in my sight but could never catch up to her. Right from the beginning, I had the feeling that my legs were moving but so slowly.

Smiling but it’s only the 1K point – my friend Holly (in orange) is still to my right

It was sunny at the start but then it got cloudy and HUMID!!! I felt very warm and thirsty.

When I got into the park and looked at my time, I was shocked at how slow it was. Usually mile 1 is my fastest.

I took this pic after the race

I continued to trudge along and couldn’t wait to walk at the first water stop around mile 1.25. (I was so thirsty.)

This course had you run around more of the park and it also seemed to avoid the bigger hills of the park.

I tried to pick up the pace for the second mile since the crowd had thinned out. I told myself that I would not walk until the next water stop. That was around mile 2.5. At this point, I was starting to get some energy.

leaving the park and trying to keep up with the youngsters

Kevin Morris Photograph (from FB)

Finally we left the park and headed downhill to the finish. Not the steep downhill that we used to have with the old course, but at least it was downhill.

At the 4k point – SOAR leader Karen (with unicorn headband) is to my right

I tried to run fast but I started my sprint too early and had no energy left as I approached the finish line. The humidity had really gotten to me. I walked briefly (Karen surged ahead) and then I picked up my pace as I crossed the finish line. At least it was under 28 minutes.

heading to the finish line

I knew with 3 walk breaks, I couldn’t come close to a PR (and I was not expecting one) but it was a decent time (even if it was slower than last year). I was happy!!

I grabbed some cookies and some chocolate milk. It was definitely less congested than when it was by the fountains on the Plaza. No long lines for food.

yum!!!!

I ran into even more runners again that I knew. Every where I turned, there was someone familiar – from work, tennis, races, etc. That’s what’s great about running a big local race.

The first time runners were so excited. That put a smile on my face. I remembered why I love this race and it was never because of my awesome finish times.

I walked back to the Training Challenge Tent to get some more food and chatted with friends for awhile.

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Many runners were excited about their PRs. I may not have run my fastest time but I still enjoyed myself.

You get what you put in. I did not do all the speed workouts so I can’t be disappointed. I also just ran a half marathon and I am no spring chicken. My time may not have been as fast as last year (a course PR of 27:37) but faster than two years ago (27:52). So I was very pleased with that.

Splits:

mile 1- 9:10
mile 2- 8:54
mile 3 – 8:40
.14 – 6:47

Chip time – 27:47

Negative splits!!!! Woo Hoo!

There was computer set up so you could check your time and to see if you won an age group award.

And 5 out of 98 in my age group. Even a PR wouldn’t have gotten me an award. (Who is that lady from Boulder!?)

I hung out for a while in the FTC tent making plans for a post race brunch (the important things).

Sole Sisters +1 and -2

Eventually I walked back to my car. (It was uphill for about 2 miles). I walked part of the way with a friend Denise and we walked the along the last part of the course. We got to cheer those last few runners in…so cool!!

I have a 15K in a few weeks so I had planned to run another 3 miles. Brunch with friends was calling my name. And I am weak. Last year, I ran the extra miles. This year, I ate coconut crusted French toast.

So FRW #12 is in the books!

The tradition is still alive! It was again a great local race with over 3,500 women running it. Can’t wait to run it again next year.

On a side note: When I got home, I check IG and found this picture.

This is my friend who is in the midst of chemo treatments but drove from VT to do this race!  It puts everything in perspective!!


It’s Tuesday so don’t forget to link up with these wonderful ladies:  Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).


I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

Happy Running! How was your weekend? Did you race? If so, how did it go? Do you have a favorite race that you run every year?

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Weekly Run Down – 6.3.19-6.9.19: Another week, another 5k

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Last Week –

  • Monday – Although I did run the two days prior, it was not raining and I was meeting a friend for a later dinner, so I squeezed in a few miles on the trail trail.

  • Tuesday Finally a rest day but I did sub for a friend and played tennis (in the group I used to play in on Tuesdays). I hadn’t played since Florida but it was still fun catching up with friends on the court and afterwards at dinner.

  • Wednesday – Ice Cream group run #1 and Global Running Day.

You know I am all over anything that includes ice cream. Just in case, I did bail on the run since thunderstorms were predicted, I walked my Virtual Run during lunch.

The rain did hold off. But it was very humid and the ice cream was a welcome post-run treat.

there are few things better than running with friends + ice cream

  • Thursday – Another rest day due to a much needed hair appt. I did get in a pre-work and lunch time walk.

viewed from my walk

  • Friday – A quick run after work and before my weekly mah jongg game.

at the Corning Bike trail along the Hudson R. A steamy run but not complaining. Better than cold and rain.

  • Saturday – Many 5ks to choose from today but I decided instead of running to volunteer at a race.  My fellow Sole Sister, Chris, was hosting a water stop at her house (which was on the race course).  It was so rewarding to participate in this way (I need to volunteer more often) and the post race barbecue rocked, as well.

  • Sunday – I have race fever.  Two races today. First the Betar Byway 5k followed by the Moreau Mile.  Both I have already run in the past but several years ago. It was a beautiful course but holy hills!

a hard race but won my age group in BOTH races (though I didn’t stay to get my medals) – love the tech tank in purple

After the race, I headed up North to go boating with the hubby. It was a gorgeous day to relax on the water in the sun!!

and I did change into my bathing suit and went into the water for about a sec. Brrrr

Ultimate Coffee Date for June

It’s that time of the month…

honeymoon gifts from my stepson and his wife

to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that on a whim, I signed up for a new 5k in Brooklyn.

I must have amnesia on how hard it is get up at 5:30 am, stand all day and after work take the subway, LIRR and another subway to get to the race on time and run a 5k.

June 11, 2019 7 pm

and since I was on a roll, I signed for this one in Brooklyn too:

Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series 5K

August 14, 2019 7:10 pm

Ever impulsively sign up for a race and then regret it?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I ran my 4th half marathon in FOUR months in May.

I’m not tired from training because honestly I did not train but I am tired of thinking that I should train.

My next one is not until September 8. And it will be a training run since I will be in the midst of marathon training at that time.

How many halfs do you run in a year? How far apart? Do you train for all of them?

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that our new kitten, Chap (short for Champion) has finally warmed up to my hubby (though I think he still prefers me).  Our older cat is still not a fan and Champ is afraid to go outside. Our cats have always been outdoor cats and I will have to buy all new furniture and rugs if he does not get over his fears.

Do your pets get along? Any advice to make my older cat hate the kitten less? 

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I registered for a local half marathon because I am nervous about completing a 20 mile training run.

Mohawk Hudson River Marathon

Oct. 13, 2019

This way I will have company for the last 13 miles of it. I hope to run with some of my running friends.

My plan is to first run 7 miles near the finish, take the shuttle bus to start and end up back at my car.

Have you ever used a half marathon as a part of a training run for a longer race?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you I ran the Freihofer Run for Women for the 12th year in a row. It’s the only race that I have run EVERY year (no matter what.)

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2008 – my first (and they still give you a box of cookies)

 Is there one race that you always run each year?


It’s also Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

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Great Sacandaga Half Marathon Race Recap

It seems like I’ve been planning this race forever. As with all my big races, I impulsively sign up way in advance (and then often regret it LOL). In fact, I signed up for this one before my previous half marathons.  If I had known about the last local one, I probably would not have signed up for this one.

However, I signed up for the Great Sacandaga Half Marathon as my 37th Half Marathon for several reasons:

  • It’s local. I can sleep in my own bed the night before.
  • My friend Alyssa talked me into it (and then I talked my friend Sherry and Deirdre into it.)
  • It looked like a really scenic course.
  • It was close after my previous half (5 weeks) and 15k (3 weeks) so I would be sorta already trained for it.

Half Marathon Training:

If you follow my posts, you also know that I am not strict about following a training plan.

After my February Half in Florida, due to possibly walking on the beach, I experienced leg discomfort.

So, I skipped many runs and sought the help of a chiro who did ART on my leg. I completed about 8 ART sessions (with minimal relief.)

However, on March 17, the pain disappeared and I was able to run 13.1 miles!!

Since that day, I have run two 5 mile races, another half marathon, a 15k race, two 5k races and a 3.5 mile race.  All were pain-free!!!

Whether or not, my calf injury was cured or it was just adrenaline, we’ll never know.

But being a Nervous Nellie, my goal for this race was finishing, having fun and not re-injuring my leg!!

So what about training??

Since my last half marathon on April 13, there was a 8 mile run, a 15k race, a 5k race on May 5, and another 5k race on May 11.

Yup, that’s it!!

NO DOUBLE DIGIT RUNS!! And only 3 miles the two weekend prior!

hoping for lots of muscle memory

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

I checked the weather and it looked to be perfect – a rarity for me. Not that it matters. I always wear the same half marathon combination with added throw aways.

The race was advertised as “mainly flat, with a few rolling hills and gentle inclines, offering spectacular views of the Great Sacandaga Lake and the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.”

Well, we all know that all race directors say that their course is “FLAT.” I didn’t believe it for a moment.

I asked on FB and they said it was flat and the course was on the easy side.  Yeah, right?

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Anyway, below is a map of the course.

Race Day:

I got up around 6:00 am and ate my usual oatmeal coffee breakfast. Then I drove to our meeting place about 30 minutes away.

There were six of us going and four of us met to drive together. Alyssa offered to drive and we met her around 7:15 am.

Believe it or not, it RAINED the whole drive!!

I was nervous since I did not catch the rain memo and was not prepared (no jacket or poncho or umbrella).

The rain Gods listened and it stopped raining as soon as we arrived. We parked at the school which was the first parking lot we saw.

There was abundant parking and we could have parked so much closer (Next year.)

So we walked to firehouse to check our after race attire and to pick up our bibs and race shirts.

cotton shirt – no female small so they gave me a child’s XL

Then we used the porta-potties and just waited for the race to begin. I also bumped into our other friends Deirdre and Kevin.

Only 350 runners.  So small compared to my last two half marathons (2,500 and 25,000).

start and end of the race

Anyway, here’s how the race went:

The race began promptly at 9:00 AM on South Main St. in front of the firehouse (as pictured above.) I lined up with Alyssa and Karen somewhere in the middle and Deirdre and Sherry headed toward the back of the pack. Kevin went up front. I wasn’t sure if it were chip timed but I was planning a most likely slow pace so I didn’t care.

We proceeded to run around this small town (passed our car where I threw my DIY arm sleeves)

and then headed west out of the Village and over the bridge. I quickly lost Alyssa and Karen and spent most of race running along side the same runners.

We eventually ran south through the historic Sacandaga Park on Rte 152. This part of the course was very pretty and with its towering pine trees and views of the lake.

There were water stops every two miles. As per my normal, I planned to drink and walk at each one but not take my first GU until mile 4. Well, with a 6:00 am wake up, I was starved so I ate one GU at miles 2, 6 and 10. Three in a race was more than usual but it worked out well. (I didn’t feel faint at the end like the last half.)

The course was by no means flat. It was rolling hills. Nothing really steep and I was able to continue running slowing up the hills and then tried to make up time on the downhills.

My legs felt tired at around mile 4 but then for some reason, I got into a rhythm.

It was getting warmer but this part of the course was shaded by the trees and there was a slight breeze.

The route continued south on Rte 152 until reaching the Bunker Hill Rd.  We traveled that entire road until reaching Rte 30, at which point we turned north onto Rte 30.

I was really enjoying the race until that fated turn.  I was prepared because on the way to the race, we saw the mile 8, 9, 10 signs and remarked about the lack of scenery.

It was boring, grueling and the sun was beating down (with ZERO shade). I just continued my usual pace and focused on finishing strong.

Fortunately, we eventually looped back through Sacandaga Park on Rte 152. At this point, I felt stronger than the early miles.  I passed Karen who was now struggling with IT band pain.

I passed this Canadian guy who was ahead of me the whole race.

Then on the bridge into town, I passed Alyssa who had also slowed down.

We finally returned to the little town of Northville, finishing near the fire station on South Main St. where the race started.

I knew I hadn’t run a PR race but I did have enough at the end to sprint through the finish line.

I got my medal, water and waited for Alyssa who finished about a minute later and Karen, about 3 minutes later.

We headed to bag check and then to check finish times.

I was shocked to see that I won my age group but then again, it was a small race.

Behind the firehouse were the refreshments and tents to sit in the shade or by the water.

I had some cookies and waited for the awards ceremony. Everyone in our group had now finished. They all ran well and Deirdre even had a PR.

And I won my FIRST trophy ever!!

And to celebrate ALL our achievements, we went out to lunch …on the lake.

Additional Race Reflections:

Surprisingly, this half marathons went much better than I had thought. Not exactly sure if it was because I did not over train (or train) but fresh legs seemed to work for me (this time).

I did not care about my finish time but what I cared about was feeling good during those last few miles.

It rarely happens that my last miles are as fast as my first.  I notoriously get slower and slower with each mile.

I had no calf pain or the usual foot and back pain.

As a result, I enjoyed the whole race.

Mile Splits:

  1. 9:55
  2. 9:39
  3. 9:47
  4. 10:10
  5. 10:16
  6. 9:49
  7. 10:26
  8. 10:30
  9. 10:08
  10. 10:58
  11. 9:52
  12. 9:58
  13. 9:56

.18    8:35

     2:13:03

This was the FIRST year for this race.  They obviously planned it carefully.

The Good:

  • Small numbers for an inaugural race – 350 runners registered, 269 finished
  • Easy packet pick-up.
  • Lots of accessible parking in town.
  • Many porta potties at the start.
  • Bag Check.
  • Chip timing with net times
  • Water and Gatorade stops every two miles
  • Decent crowd support
  • Well marked course for each mile
  • Scenic views and lakes views for at least half the race
  • Shaded seated areas to relax after the race
  • Trophies for age group winners
  • Free photos
  • Nearby – no transportation or hotel costs.
  • Racing with friends
  • No rain

The Bad:

  • Cotton shirts
  • The boring, unshaded course during miles 8-10
  • I dropped my arm sleeves by the car so I wouldn’t forget them…I forgot them!

The Ugly:

  • Nothing 🙂

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. For an inaugural race, they did a fantastic job attending to most details. Too bad it is the same weekend as some other great races.

It will be tough to decide next May whether to run the Steel Rail Half or the Brooklyn Half or this race.

Next Up:

No more Half Marathons until Sept. 8. But I do have a 15K on June 22.


There is now a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.


I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

and Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle.

Happy Running! Have you had success with inaugural races? Did you race this weekend? Do you have a big race coming up? Please share.

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Weekly Run Down: 5.27.19-6.2.19 – A movie week and a race!

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It was only a 5k and I hadn’t trained for it but it was a race that I always look forward to. I haven’t gone to the movies in ages and I saw TWO this week.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Day off for the Memorial Day holiday. Started the day with a 4.5 mile run with running friend Barbara. It was first time that we’ve run together since she broke her elbow in March. It was great catching up. No pics even though we did run/walk because I guess I was too busy talking and then when we were done, I bumped into an old running friend that I didn’t seen in awhile.

Spent most of the rest of the day outdoors gardening. Boy, do I love this sunshine and warm temps!

  • Tuesday – Rest day because I was belatedly celebrating my birthday with my BFF. We went out to dinner and a movie.
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definitely thought provoking and an interesting ending – I like foreign films for that reason

  • Wednesday – I went to the 2nd SOAR run after work. It was a trail run this week and I kept my fingers crossed for no rain (although I knew that it would be muddy.) It was a clinic and we learned HOW to run trails.  It was actually fun. Some of the runners quit after the first loop but I continued with a friend and it was more scenic than the first loop. Glad I did it (without trail shoes no less). Unfortunately my schedule is pretty full and I cannot participate in any of the Thursday trail runs in June. I know trail racing is not in any of my future plans but maybe I will become a trail runner.

  • Thursday – There was a club trail run that evening but I decided to instead run right after work close to home

hooray for sunshine on the Corning bike trail

and then head to the expo.

went at the perfect time and met so many friends there

  • Friday – Rest Day!!
  • Saturday – Race Day! Today I ran the Freihofer Run for Women, a 5k that I have run 12 times (every year). And it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is the best and I love spending the morning with friends.  The race itself is secondary.

not a PR. Not even a course PR but I was thrilled to have negatives splits, a sub 28 finish,  zero injuries and a post race brunch with friends.

The hubby & I thought that we might go to the lake in the afternoon but the forecast originally was for rain…that never happened (never believe the weather app). Instead, I did errands, cleaning, gardening and then we went out to dinner.

  • Sunday – Yesterday I had planned to run 7 miles. I ran 1 mile or so before the 5k race so that was only 4 miles. And I went out to lunch and dinner.  In other words, I needed to run today. I wanted to 7 but it was so warm and humid, I was glad to get in 5. I went out too late (and Barbara had already run) so I was solo on the trail with only my podcasts to keep me company.

I came home from the run (and the gym) and it had started to rain.  Instead of gardening, the hubby and I went to the movies.

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not bad…not great. Bohemian Rhapsody was better.

Runfessions for May

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

Boating season has started and there’s running and racing…I want it ALL! It’s a challenge on the weekend.  Fingers crossed for hubby’s tennis and the weather to coordinate with MY plans.

Ahhh…Lake George

Do you have other activities on the weekend that conflict with your running?

2. I runfess…

I have a red wine problem.  I never was much of a drinker. For awhile it was Reisling. Then it was nothing. Now it’s Red Wine (I mean I’ve read many articles about its health values LOL).

I didn’t used to drink the night before a race, of course.

But that has gone by the wayside too …with no ill effects I might add.

Any wine drinkers out there? Or other food/drink addictions?

3.I runfess…

I’ve long been an anti-stretch, anti-foam roller, anti-massage, anti-chiro kind of runner. But I’ve now been making monthly chiropractor visits even though nothing hurts.

Just in case…

Still haven’t bought a foam roller or gone for a massage yet….

The chiropractor was a big step for me.  My hubby even went to her and she cured his injured calf muscle and tennis elbow.

Do you see a chiropractor regularly?

4. I runfess…

I have already created my Marathon Training Plan (which starts July 1). It’s a variation on Hal Higdon’s for first-time marathoners.

those mid-week long runs will NOT happen no doubt but a girl can dream

Do you create training plans this far in advance?

5.I runfess…

Speaking of being type A, I am getting to register for a winter 2020 race. Many of the ones I’d like to run don’t fit into my schedule but I may sign up for:

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January 26, 2020

Anyone else run or plan to run this half marathon? 


It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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