Treasure Coast Half Marathon Recap

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Another race-cation to visit friends and run a race.  Unfortunately, this one was shorter than I would have liked but better than nothing.

I chose this race because of the friends that live nearby.

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Mets vs Cardinals in Jupiter – March 5

Oh yeah, there was an expo and a race squeezed into this long weekend.

Half Marathon Training

If you read my blog, you know that my training didn’t go as planned.  It snowed a few times and I got the flu.

For the first time, I didn’t get all my long runs in and I even skipped some weekday training miles.

I was still excited to run the race but I was not expecting to have a fast time and was hoping that it wouldn’t be too painful.

I planned to enjoy the views and scenery and drag myself to the finish line.  Walking a lot would probably happen.  I was ok with it.

Check out the video from last year’s race and you’ll see why I wanted to run this race:

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations

Both Fran and I arrived on Friday (on separate flights).  I rented a car and we drove to Delray Beach where we had a very busy day with our friend, Fonda-  lunch, shopping and strolling, bird watching (at Green Cay) and walking, visiting art galleries, strolling and dinner before I dropped Fran off at a hotel and I proceeded to Fonda’s where I spent the night.

lot’s of interesting birds

On Saturday before driving an hour up to Hutchinson Island to the race expo, I walked around the beautiful golf course where Fonda lives.

there were so many swans in the lakes – they are so beautiful

Then Fonda and I went to Wakodahatchee nature preserve. I’ve been there before but enjoyed it as much as the first time. We saw alligators, iguanas, and all sorts of birds. My favorite part was that the birds were nesting. We even got to see some baby birds who had just hatched.

Then I had got to have lunch with my college roommate and a friend with whom I used to teach. Everyone got along great so in addition to the water view, the food, we had an incredibly fun time.

The expo was held at the Mariott. There was no parking at the hotel but instead of the shuttle, I parked in a lot across the street. It wasn’t very impressive so I just picked up my shirt and bib and we left.

I didn’t know anyone who had run this race nor could I find any reviews.

But according to the website and folks at the expo, runners start the Treasure Coast Half Marathon at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart before running west, turning on to the Boardwalk Run, and continuing east toward Sewall’s Point. After making a loop around Sewall’s Point and traversing the bridge across St. Lucie River, the finish line is just a few miles away, passing several residential streets before crossing the finish line.

Here is the map:

Half route Overview 12-31-2014 titled with elevation

Interactive Route Map – Half Marathon – bit.ly/TCMhalfRoute2015

Florida is supposed to be flat, right?  Does this look flat to you?

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Spoiler alert: it was pretty flat except for the bridge…

After the expo on Hutchinson Island, we stopped by Fran’s hotel so she could check in and then drove to Georgette and her husband’s in Hobe Sound to have dinner. I would be staying with them for the next two nights.

The dinner was delicious but NOT was I would normally eat the night before a race We had salad, spicy chicken, rice and beans, cake and ice cream.  I prefer pizza or pasta but what can you do when you friend wants to cook dinner for you.  (Spoiler alert: maybe not the best choice for a meal the night before a race.)

We watched some TV before finally Georgette offered to drive Fran back to her hotel so I could get to bed.

And yes, if it seems like this vacation was already jam packed, it was. But that’s how I roll.

Race Day

So 4 am came early on Sunday morning. I brought my breakfast from home (oatmeal and tea) so I was content.

I got dressed in my half marathon uniform (skirt, tank, cap, compression socks),  grabbed some GU and my new Garmin.

Yes, my 205 died (or at least only lasts for a few miles) so I bought a cheap Garmin.  Of course, it came the day before I left and I didn’t have time to try it or even figure out how to use it. (Spoiler alert: should have tried to use before the race.)

I left around 4:45 am and I had no problems finding the race location which was less than a half hour from where I was staying.  I even found a parking spot on the street just a few blocks from the start.

It was pretty early so I just walked around the park. I met so many friendly runners who were eager to chat about racing.  (I met some runners who told me Wineglass which I am running in October is their favorite all-time race!!)

those DIY arm sleeves came off right away.

There were bathrooms in addition to port-a-potties which is always a plus and the lines were not long yet.

Eventually I checked my bag with a jacket for later (that I didn’t need) and my car keys. It was starting to get warm – probably close to 70 by start time. But the wind was crazy bad. Everyone was worried about how hard it would to run in. But there was nothing we could do about it. The only good thing about the wind and that it kept you cool.

Soon it was time to head to the start to line up. There were about 1200 runners total for both the half and the full marathon.  There were pacers for both distances so I lined up between 2:15 and 2:30.

The race is a blur as usual but here’s how I remember it:

Miles 1-4:

9:26, 9:40, 10:06, 9:59

The race started through downtown, onto Ocean Blvd (a main street) and made a loop so that we passed through the start again around mile 2. I tried to run conservatively and keep my pace close to 10. It’s wasn’t hard since we were running into the wind at the the beginning (and most of the race.) Plus I started h aving stomach cramps.  UGH! Around mile 2.5, there was the first water stop and I took advantage and did some walking. I considered stopping to use the port-a-potty but my stomach felt better though not great. I was getting thirsty too and was glad that the water stops got more frequent as the race went on. We ran through downtown again and turned onto the boardwalk where we ran along the water. (Gorgeous views except for the water blowing and making it slippery.)

Miles 5-8:

10:20, 11:00, 11:07, 10:47

Another water stop and I decided to also take my first GU.  My stomach was feeling better 🙂 but now my lower back started aching.  It’s always something.  It usually hurts by the end of a half marathon but never this early.  It didn’t affect my running but it was annoying. Around mile 6, we separated from the marathoners and approached the bridge.  Right as I was going to cross the street to run over the bridge, they stopped the runners to let the traffic pass.  Seriously??? It seemed like we stood there for a long time but it probably wasn’t that long but certainly a nuisance.  While I was waiting, I must have hit something on my (new) watch and it stopped displaying the time run and started at zero.  I don’t run by pace.  I like to know how much time has passed so I can gauge at what time I will cross the finish line.  Rats!

I had lost the 2:15 pacer early on so I knew my time was slow and I never saw the 2:30 pacer.  That’s all I could tell until I crossed the finish line.

So we started to run over the bridge which was UPHILL for what seemed like forever.  The wind was the worst here.  Everyone was struggling.  Most runners were walking.  It was hard to move forward but I managed to run, walk, run walk and finally get to the downhill portion. After the bridge, we entered a park and then Sewalle’s Point where there were some beautiful neighborhoods.  There were water views at all times.  My back continued to hurt and of course, as usual, my feet started to hurt.  Both were painful but not as in an injury so I was able to easily run through it.

Miles 9-12:

10:40, 11:24, 10:48, 11:02

We looped around Sewall’s Point and through the neighborhoods with water views.  There were water stops very frequently now…more than one during each mile.  I walked at each and every one and took another Gu during mile 9 right before we headed back over that huge bridge. Yes, it was still uphill but at least we were not running into the wind.

Miles 10-11 were the worst part of the race.  We were running on a main road with no shade and of course, at this point, the sun came out.  It was warm!!

Eventually we turned off that road and ran through another part of town.  I remember running by a church and the priest was handing out small bottles of water.

Mile 13- 13.14:

10:43, 8:50

We ended the race running through downtown again and crossing the finish line at the park, right where we began.

As I approached the finish line, I finally saw a clock…for the first time since mile 6.  It said 1:18:xx.  Of course I was initially disappointed but after a while, I realized that it wasn’t so bad considering the wind, the pain and my lackluster training.  So I proudly put on my medal and wore it with a smile!

Post Race:

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The atmosphere was so festive.  There were free massages, lots of smoothie samples, a live band, etc.  The refreshments were awesome.  The Boy Scouts were serving pancakes, bacon & sausage as well as oatmeal with apples & raisins.  There was also Starbucks.  I was a happy camper.

There was also a food tent sponsored by the Olive Garden with pasta, meatballs & garlic bread, as well as, one by Moe’s which had burritos. chips, etc. There was free Heineken beer.  What more could you ask for?  (Maybe mimosas but that’s getting greedy!)

It was only 9 am so I settled for the breakfast items and strolled around waiting for the awards.

Happily ran into some Skirt Sports ladies.

The Age Group awards were trophies and it would have been cool to win one.  But I did not.  I was 8th.

Coincidentally, the lady behind me in my AG is the sister-in-law of one of my roommates for my next Half in NYC. I wish I had known at the time that she was there.

So I walked back to my car and headed to Fran’s hotel.  I quickly took a shower and changed my clothes because we had a busy day planned.

I went to my first spring training game – NY Mets vs St Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately the Mets lost 14-10 but we had a great time.

Holly, check out my shoes.

After the game, I changed my clothes again and we went out to dinner with Georgette and her hubby in a cute restaurant on the water.


Additional race reflections:

The Good:

  • Organized packet pick-up.
  • Easy to find parking at the start
  • Real bathrooms before the race.
  • Beautiful course with water views.
  • Varied course – park, town, bridge, boardwalk, neighborhoods
  • Lots of water stops (every mile after mile 5). One even had GU.
  • No major injuries (just the usual foot & lower back issues)
  • Decent crowd support along the course.
  • Friendly atmosphere of this relatively small Florida race
  • Great post race refreshments.
  • Nice medal and great AG awards

The Bad:

  • The Wind. The Wind. The Wind.
  • Having to stop for traffic.
  • Annoying stomach cramps then back ache and painful feet issues.
  • My Garmin (totally my fault in not testing beforehand).

The Ugly:

  • This didn’t affect me but 159 runners (108 half marathoners) were not properly directed at a crucial point early in the race which caused them to miss a portion of the route totaling 8/10 of a mile. This was sad because some of the marathoners might have BQed.
  • Again this didn’t affect me neither but I guess they ran out of food for the marathoners who finished after 3:30.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes, definitely.

Final Stats:

2:18:25 (2:18:10 – Garmin time)
303 out of 625 (female: 170 out of 412

AG 60-64 – 8 out 25

  • Next Up:

April 30 – Shape Women’s Half Marathon.

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So no break in my training,  But again, though this one will be tough since it is two loops of hilly Central Park, I am looking forward to it.  A nice warm (but not too warm) day would be welcomed.


Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

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

Today’s topic is: St Patrick’s Day

I am NOT Irish but when I run in St. Patrick’s Day races, I love to dress up in GREEN:

Happy Running! Do you have a favorite Florida Half Marathon? Do you dress up to run St Patrick’s Day-themed races?

 

 Running Update: 2.27.17-3.5.17 and 3.6.17-3.12.17

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So since I was on vacation last Monday, this is a TWO week update.

Two Weeks Ago:

  • Monday –  my legs were tired but rain was in the forecast for the next few days so I dragged them out for an after work run around campus

it was not a great one but as they say a bad run is better than no run & I listened to another podcast

  • Tuesday – It was supposed to rain but never did but I had scheduled  a rest day anyway. After work, I played tennis and attended  a STEM committee meeting
  • Wednesday -Warm, windy day.  I met Alyssa for a run.  We ran on the rail trail instead of our usual campus loop. It was a great run. Finally!

running with friends is the best!

  • Thursday – Winter temps returned. Snow flurries and insane winds.  I had planned to run at lunch but decided against and then had a hair appt. after work.  So resting for my big race began a day early.
  • Friday – 6 am flight to West Palm Beach.  Arrived, picked up a rental car with my friend Fran. We met Fonda (whom I would be staying with) in Delray Beach. We had a nice lunch, walked around town and then decided to walk around Green Cay to do some bird watching. We went back into town to visit the art gallerys (First Friday event in Delray) and the shops and eventually enjoyed a light dinner. I finally dropped my friend Fran off at her hotel and then drove to Fonda’s to call it a (long) day.

  • Saturday – Started the day off with a walk around the golf course where Fonda lives, then headed to Wakodahatchee for more bird watching. Saw alligators, iguanas and tons of birds nesting. Even saw some newly hatched baby birds. After, I picked up Fran and we had lunch with some old friends in Delray Beach.

After lunch, Fran and I drove an hour to Hutchinson Island so I could pick up my race packet. Then we headed to Hobe Sound where we had dinner with Georgette and her husband (with whom I would be staying for the next two nights). After dinner, Georgette was nice enough to take Fran to her hotel in Stuart so I could hit the hay early.

  • Sunday – Today I ran the Treasure Coast Half Marathon. It was a beautiful course and I enjoyed it even though I felt my lack of training, it was insanely windy, I had stomach cramps the first half, and sore feet and lower back the second half. Yes. I am a crazy runner.

2:18:25 – Half Marathon #24

After the race, I drove to Fran’s hotel so I could shower and change and then off we went to a Mets vs Cardinals spring training game. The Mets lost 14-10 but we still had fun. After the game, we went out to dinner with Georgette and her husband. Another busy LONG day.

20 miles done with 3 runs and 4 rest days

Last Week:

  • Monday –  Georgette and I got up early to take her dog for a walk on the beach.

I am in my “happy place.”

Afterwards, I picked up Fran at her hotel and we drove to Stuart where we had a lovely lunch with an old friend and then we strolled through the shops in town.

Eventually we dropped of the car in West Palm Beach and prepared to fly home.  As usual, it wasn’t without hassles and delays.  I won’t go into details but I didn’t get home until 1 am. 😦

  • Tuesday – I did 2 webinars at work, rented a car and then drove to Liverpool, NY.  A rest day but not a day of “rest.”
  • Wednesday -Trained all day and drove home from Liverpool.  Another day without running and without any “rest.”
  • Thursday –  Grateful to be back home and able to run with Alyssa. It was a great run.  Wish they all could feel this good.

  • Friday – Day 4 of rest from running and an evening with my mah jongg friends.
  • Saturday – I ran the Runnin’ of the Green Race (4 miler).  Winter returned with a vengeance.  It was -9 with the wind chill…BRRRR!!! I have never been so cold.

37:48 – not fast but at least I didn’t get frost bite

I had planned to run some more miles after the race but it was just too cold.

I had a lovely evening catching up with a friend – wine, food, wine, dessert. Just what I needed after a tough week.

  • Sunday – Another rest day (without rest).  Filled the day with unpacking, laundry, cleaning, shopping and lots  of cooking (yes, you heard that right) …all the stuff that doesn’t get done when you are away

10 miles done with 2 runs and 5 rest days

This Week:

  • Monday – 6 miles with Alyssa
  • Tuesday – rest day, work training
  • Wednesday – 3 miles, dinner out with tennis ladies, travel to Liverpool, NY for work
  • Thursday – 6 miles, training, drive home from Liverpool
  • Fridayrest day, 3 miles, mah jongg
  • Saturday – proctor MPRES
  • Sunday 8 mile run

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? How is your running weather?

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TOLT: Weather, Training, Racing, etc.

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

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Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

WEATHER:

Ok, the weather lately has been crazy!!

Not because I was just in Florida.  In the NE, it has been warm enough to run in a tank top several times.


So look at the forecast for the next few days:

with the wind chill, it’s supposed to be below zero 😦

Last year at this time, it hit 80 degrees!!

RUNNING:

It’s just hard to fit in.  Work will be getting in the way…more and more.  I’m trying not to be a whiner but I’m going to run whenever I can.  I am not that dedicated to get up at crazy hours or run late at night when I am exhausted.  My health and my happiness are more important than running.

So this week, it may only be just once.  And that’s ok.

And if that’s the way it’s going to be, I will re-adjust my expectations for my races.  I love racing and I plan to continue racing even if I don’t have time to train. I know that if I don’t train, my finish times will suffer.  As long as I stay healthy and can run, I’m happy.

Well, of course, I’d be happier if I could do all my runs during the week and improve my times.  But we can’t always do what we want.

This is so much better than being injured, right?

happy to run with my buddy once a week

MY LAST HALF MARATHON:

I didn’t expect to run well.  I didn’t train well.

I expected to love the race and the course and I did!!

I didn’t have an awful finish time but it was slower than the last 5 out 7 of my half marathons.

It was insanely windy but unfortunately it wasn’t only the wind.

My stomach cramped, then my back and feet ached.  No injuries and I am grateful for that.  I didn’t give up and pushed through the pain.  I am proud of how tough I am!

enjoyed meeting other Skirt Sports ambassadors

UP NEXT?

I have a frigid four mile race this Saturday and races almost every weekend.

this same race two years ago.

I am also starting my training for my next half marathon which is in hilly Central Park, NYC on April 30.

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That means that I will need to add extra miles onto my races.  This weekend, I have 7 miles on the schedule.

This is not an optimal way to do your long runs but it makes me happy to race.  Plus, I don’t have PR goals for any of my half marathons.

Happy Running! What’s on your mind today?  How are you dealing with the crazy temps?  How do you cope when life prevents you from running?  Do you do your long runs in-interrupted?

TOTR: Spring Race Plans

Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

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

Today I am going to share with you my Spring Race Plans.

I mean spring will be here soon.  Although we have actually had spring temps this winter LOL

enjoying the run

I’ve already run in a skirt several times!!

I hope that you don’t expect me to discuss ALL my spring racing plans…

  • 3-05-17 – Treasure Coast Half Marathon (in FL) – this past weekend
  • 3-11-17 – Runnin’ of the Green (4m)
  • 3-26-17 – Shamrock Shuffle (5m)
  • 4-02-17 – Delmar Dash (5m)
  • 4-08-17 – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k or 10k
  • 4-15-17 – Rabbit Ramble 4m
  • 4-23-17  – Lake George 5k
  • 4-30-17 – Shape Women’s Half Marathon (in NYC)

Tennis vacation in Naples, FL 5-03-17 to 5-10-17

  • 5-13-17 – Summer Smith Memorial 5k
  • 5-14-17 – Mother’s Day 5K
  • 5-18-17 – Workforce Challenge (3.5)
  • 5-21-17 – Steel Rail Half Marathon (in Adams, MA)
  • 6-03-17 – Freihofer’s Run 5k
  • 6-11-17 – Betar Byway 5k/Moreau Mile
  • 6-17-17 – Run for the Ages 5k

Here are the highlights:

Treasure Coast Half Marathon – a Race-cation in Stuart, FL – 13.1 miles, visiting with 4 non-running friends who live nearby, my first Mets spring training game (recap coming soon!)

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Delmar Dash – a local 5 miler (closest race to my house) and a popular one with the local runners

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Bacon Hill Bonanza – a very scenic and well-run 5k or 10k in the country (great post-race food).

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Shape Women’s Half Marathon – a girls weekend (so far there are 3 of us plus some STEM runners) in NYC and my first race in Central Park.

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Steel Rail Half Marathon – in Mass and on the same course as the Ramblefest Half that I ran last October. It’s flat and scenic.

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Freihofer Run for Women – I’ll join the training group again.  This is my only racing streak.  It’ll by the 10th year running this 5k race with 4,000 of my closest friends (ha ha).

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Betar By-way 5k/Moreau Mile – another scenic 5k and 1 mile race.

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So the scheduled topic is how do you create your race schedule.

I do race a lot and I am fortunate to have many to choose from between March and November. My only problem is that work and finances get in my way of running many destination races 😦

Here are some of the factors that I take into consideration when I make up my schedule:

  • Choose races that I’ve run before and have enjoyed
  • Choose new races that have been recommended to me
  • Choose races that are within an hour’s drive
  • Choose races that other friends are running
  • Choose destination races where I can stay with a friend (or share a hotel room)
  • Run at least 3 half marathons a year
  • In the summer, choose races that are on the way to our marina (so north)

Happy Running! What races are you looking forward to this spring? How do you create your racing schedule?

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Ultimate Coffee Date – March

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Since today is the first Saturday in March, I am joining up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

Over coffee or tea…

I’d tell you that I am currently in Florida visiting several friends. This is the third year that I have traveled to the East coast to visit them.  I always have a good time but the weather is unpredictable.  You never know if it will be hot or cold and if it will rain.  This year, it may be warm and humid.  Beach weather? Hope so!!

Over coffee and tea…

I’d tell you that the real reason for the visit is to stay motivated to run during the NE winter by signing up for a Florida half marathon.  The training for my previous winter half marathons went well but that didn’t mean that the race did. This year, I didn’t get my last two long runs in due to illness so who knows what will happen.  Hopefully I will finish.

Over coffee and tea…

I’d tell you that cold or not, I always wear a tank top and skirt for my half marathons. I am crazy like that!

Over coffee and tea…

I’d tell you that I have short races scheduled for every weekend but I am training for half marathons on April 30, May 21 and October 1.  I am thinking of switching my long run day to Wednesday or Thursday.  That way I can enjoy my races and my weekends more. Don’t know how that will work out with work but it’s a thought.

Over coffee and tea…

I’d tell you that I signed up for the Freihofer Training Challenge again – the advanced group.  The race is a 5k  on June 3. Of course that doesn’t fit in with my training for my next two half marathons. But I like the runners and the drills on Mondays.

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This year, with new leadership, VENT Fitness is offering anyone who signs up for the Training Challenge and finishes the 5K on June 3, 2017 a 3 month membership for FREE.

I registered early and got a FREE membership from March 20-June 3.  So now I have a SIX MONTH gym membership.

Anyone taking bets on whether or not I will go to a gym?

Over coffee and tea…

I’d tell you that I need want to run one more half marathon in the late fall. So many choices… Still hoping for a #holottafun girls weekend again.

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miss you girls

Happy Running! Do you ever do your long run during the week?  Do you belong to a running club/group? How about a gym membership…have one? Got anything else to spill? 

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TOLT: Playing Possum, Weather Stalking, Running/Racing

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

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Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

  • My Running:

Last Thursday, I was complaining about the weather, the flu and having ZERO energy to do anything let alone run.

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Well, I’m happy to say that I feel much better.

I’m back running.  I didn’t get my scheduled long runs of 11 & 12 in but I got 8.5 miles done last weekend. It’s was after Alyssa had already run 6 miles so she was dragging. But any run with a friend even a slow one is better than a solo run in my book.

ready to start & happy it's skirt weather

I even had enough energy to run 4.5 miles the next day. The weather had changed drastically.  That’s the story of our weather in the NE.

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I tried to run for a third day in a row and it sucked.  I should have know better.

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So I took Tuesday off and ran again with Alyssa yesterday.  We ran 4 miles and we killed. it.

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must be a pink week

So I think I will end my training on a high note – no more runs and THREE rest days until the big day.

  • Weather Stalking:

Why do I bother?  I am just going to wear a skirt and a tank top.

last week

Today (and it will probably change several times before Sunday):

I can’t show you my outfit because it is packed but I’ll be wearing a black tank, skirt below, cap, matching compression socks and running shoes. (Yes I did some retail therapy while I was sick.)

  • Fall Racing:

It’s not even spring but I am planning my fall.  Probably because I already have my spring and summer races picked.

I am registered for one half marathon with a bunch of other runners on October 1. 

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October 1, 2017

But I wanted to race at least one more for the year.  I was considering another trip to Florida but then another #holottafun weekend seems to be in the planning stages.

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5k on Nov 11 & half marathon on Nov 12????

And then I got an email saying that if you running the May Steel Rail Half Marathon (which I am) and you run the October Ramblefest Half Marathon (my PR) also, you get a hoodie….

Alyssa is trying to talk me into it…but it’s ONE WEEK after Wineglass.  I have never run 2 halfs back to back!!!!!!!!!! Tempted…. What should I do?

  • Playing Possum, anyone?

This is not running-related.  Sorry!! But I wanted to runaway from home because of  it.

I’ll start at the beginning but try to be brief.

I have FOUR CATS (from ages 12-19).  They are adorable.  But several weeks ago, I would wake up to plants knocked on the floor.  My hubby said that the cats were restless. Ok.

Then I noticed chewing on the window sills in the family room.  Hmmm?  My hubby said that Honey (the orange cat) chews on napkins and toilet paper so it was her. Ok.

Next I found holes in the pillows on the couch in the family room and in the computer room upstairs (stuffing missing too).  Again my hubby said it was those darn cats. They were just anxious for spring.

So I replied that I think there’s another animal in our house…like a mouse or a rabbit or maybe a chipmunk.

He replied: “Are you crazy??? We have FOUR cats.”

Tuesday night, after I came home and we were watching TV, I heard a noise in the basement.

ALL FOUR CATS were hanging out in front of us.

After much begging, my hubby went down to the basement to check it out.

Isn’t he cute? NOT!!

Guess what he found….  A POSSUM!!!

Ok, a possum has been living in our basement, eating our cats’ food and coming upstairs when we are sleep and roaming the house.

GROSS!!!

So I locked the basement door and threatened to RUN away from home if it wasn’t gone by the time I got home the next day.

The good news is that animal control came, picked the stupid thing up by the tail and carried it out.

No sign of it since.

My adorable cats are not earning their keep.

“What did you expect me to do??”

Happy Running! What are you thinking about today?  Ever have a wild animal in your house?  Would you run a half marathon two weeks in a row?  Ever run RNR Vegas?

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TOTR: February Report Card

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Wow, that was fast. Well, it was a short month, right?

Anyway, here’s how February turned out:

Weekday Runs:

Until this month, we’ve been lucky and it’s hasn’t been cold or snowy of a winter. So I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors each week which is great because I do not have a treadmill at home.

But during this month, we had several snowstorms and I got the flu. 

Both made me miss several weekday runs.  The month, in other words, did not get off to a great start.

I ran mostly at UAlbany (near work). It’s easier than driving to run. But I’ve been getting bored and have been also running in the town where I live. I have even tried running during lunch when my schedule didn’t permit after work running.

The good news is that it stays light out longer and I don’t have to run in the dark after work anymore.

I ran alone most of the time. Barbara was still injured.  But Alyssa was able to accompany me occasionally.

It’s definitely more fun running with friends. I hope I do this more next month.

Long Runs:

With a half marathon looming this Sunday, I better have done some long runs.

But a snowstorm and the flu got in the way of my long runs. 

Total Mileage:

I ran 78 miles so far this month.  I was on track for a great month but “sh&t” happens. Last year, I ran 101 & 90 so I need to get my a$$ in gear

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Races:

I ran two races this month – a 4 miler and a 4.5 miler. I ran the Polar Cap Race with a blogger friend from VT the first weekend of the month. The re-scheduled 4.5 miler was free and the last part of the HMRRC Winter Series. I ran that one the last weekend of the month.

I was generally happy with how they both went. I won my age group in the 4 miler and the 4.5 miler was just a fun run with insane winds the day after running 8.5 miles. Plus the Polar Cap was actually a PR and the 4.5 miler was my first at that distance so I guess it was a PR, as well!!

Cross Training:

I still play tennis (indoors, of course.) I am scheduled to play two Tuesdays a month but do get called to sub on some of the other weeks.

I went to work out at the gym ONCE (a shocker, I know) and I did plank a few times at home!

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I did walk several times a week at lunch for 30 minutes – around the outdoor shopping mall. 

Other News:

I attended a Chinese New Year’s Party.  I also spent a day knitting with friends. There were a few tennis dinners out, as well. I even spent a day at our New Casino with an old friend (her idea, not mine LOL.)

Running is not my whole life.  I think it is important to make time for other things that bring you pleasure.

Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

My next half marathon is March 5 in Florida where I will be visiting a few friends. CAN’T WAIT!!!

I have a few races coming up. Things slow down around here in the winter but pick up as the temps get warmer and the threat of snow diminishes.

This is my list so far for the next 2 months:

  • 3-05-17 – Treasure Coast Half Marathon (in FL)
  • 3-11-17 – Runnin’ of the Green (4m)
  • 3-26-17 – Shamrock Shuffle (5m)
  • 4-02-17 – Delmar Dash (5m)
  • 4-08-17 – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k or 10k
  • 4-15-17 – Rabbit Ramble 4m?
  • 4-23-17 – Lake George 5k
  • 4-30-17 – Shape Women’s Half Marathon (in NYC)

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her February Race Linkup

Deb Runs

No monthly goals.

This motto worked for 2016 so I’m sticking with it in 2017!


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

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

Today’s Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.

I’d say overall a B- (I need to add some workouts to my month and some more miles if I want to earn an A)

What do you think?

Happy Running! How did your February turn out? Anything exciting planned for March? What grade would you give your running month?

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