Friday Five 2.0 – Summer Treats

Since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.


Today’s topic is: Summer Treats

 1.  Outdoor Dining

I love being able to eat outdoors.  I don’t do it at home but I do when I eat in a restaurant or at our marina.

2. Soft Ice Cream

Well, I like any kind of ice cream  But open soft ice cream stands are a sign that “summer” has arrived.

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3. Cute Clothes

Let’s face it, who likes to wear all those layers… sweaters, scarves, coats, boots….

Just give me a sundress and flip flops!!

4. Racing Opportunities

In the winter months if you don’t like in a warm climate, it is slim pickings.

But in the summer, I can pick from a number of races each weekend.  I can make my decision based on location, distance, type of course, day, etc.

one of my favorite summer races (it’s this Sunday!)

5. Sunshine and Longer Days!!

This always makes me feel better.  I hate cold weather and it seems to last longer and longer each year.  or maybe I have less patience dealing with the ice an snow.

Without snow and ice to deal with, my choice of running locations open up.  Check out some of the places I run here.  Plus it is no longer dark when I get out of work.  I can run anywhere I want!!

on the rail trail

 

Happy Running! What is your favorite summer treat?

 

Whipple City 5K Race Recap

June 17, 2017 8:30 am

There were several different race options for today. Some I had run before and some I had not.

I decided on Whipple City in Greenwich because I had heard good things about the race and it was north so I could possibly continue up to the lake afterward. Also two of my running group friends usually run the 5k.

There was also a hillier 10k option but I decided to run the 5k and then add more miles after (if my legs and the weather cooperated.)

As I may have mentioned many times, I recently PR’d for the half marathon but my 5ks have stagnated for years… Most of 5ks times have been 27:XX and in cool weather on flatish courses.  If I didn’t have those conditions (like today), my times would be slower but hopefully faster than 30 minutes.

So today, I planned to run at a consistent pace and enjoy the course. I hadn’t done any speed drills in about month so no PR goals for this race. Depending on who showed up, I may have even been able to snag an age group award.

I probably wasn’t thinking clearly because going to this race, which started at 8:30 am, meant that I had to leave my house at no later than 6:45 am.  According to Google, it was going to take 1h 9min.  There were local races that started later and only 15 minutes away. (Crazy lady I am!)

So I got up earlier on a Saturday than I do on a normal work day (Oh, the things we runners do…) and found the location with no problem.

race started in front of the middle school

The weather was cloudy, warm and very humid with showers/thunderstorms forecast for later in the day. I wore my normal summer running outfit of a skirt and a tank. We got a gender-specific tech shirt which I went back to store in my car.

In no time at all, I spotted my two running group friends, Holly and Jackie. They wanted to do a warm up run but I declined.  (Gotta save my legs for the race and after, right?.)

So I hung around the school and chatted with a few other women that I knew.  It was a fairly small crowd. About 100 running the 5k and only about 15, I think, in the 10k.

race start and finish

The race was described as “a scenic course past village homes and beautiful countryside in Greenwich, NY” and the course (see map below) as out & back, mixed flat & hills, roads.

 

Both Holly and Jackie, who have run it, before confirmed that the 5k started out uphill and then there were rolling hills but a pretty course.

We started near the front since it was not chip timed and soon after the rifles (above) were fired, we were off.

Whenever I run with Holly, I know not to try to keep up.  She always starts out fast and she beat me by 3 seconds in the Freihofer;s 5k but I have beaten her in the past.

And true to form, out ahead she went.  My legs felt like I was running in cement.  Maybe I should warm-up??  Uphill I dragged myself and tried to keep Holly in view.

Then I realized I never started my watch.  Oh, well. Another naked race!

It seems to bother me more not knowing my pace in a short race for some reason.  There’s not a lot of time and I don’t know if I should slow down or speed up.

The worst part of the race was the humidity…UGH!!

There was water around mile 1.25 and I took a quick drink.  But when I passed it the water again on the way back, I stopped and walked for a while.

I wasn’t far behind Holly until that walk. But I knew that she usually loses some steam toward the end (which she did).

I caught up to her but didn’t have enough left to pass her.


She beat me by 3 seconds!  Again!!

My time was 27:30. (No split times to share 😦 )


I was pleased.  It was faster than I thought I would run this race. And I thank Holly for pacing me.

We hung around waiting for the 10kers to finish and then watched the kids run the 1K.

Of course, I treated myself to two cups of chocolate milk and two donuts.

Battenkill brand, my favorite!!

Holly and I are in the same age group. She got first and I got second.

All in all, it was an enjoyable race.  I’m not sure I will run it again because of the driving distance (and the awards are only a ribbon) but maybe.

My hubby decided to not go boating until the next day so I had all the time in the world to do more running. Besides,  I did have a 10 mile race in a week (and lots of rain forecast for the coming week.)

So I drove to Saratoga Spa State Park and planned on running at least 6 miles.

Unfortunately, my legs did not agree with the plan.   They were soooo tired. That is very unlike me.  I don’t even feel that way after a half marathon.

I’m not sure why…humidity? lack of sleep? stress at work?  fast 5k???

Anyway, I tried to run.  But I had to walk…a lot and quit after 5 miles.  I guess it was better than driving home and taking a nap.

Isn’t the park beautiful?  Mineral springs, waterfalls, trails, etc.

Happy Running! Anyone race this weekend?  

Run for Help 5K Race Recap

June 11, 2017 – 10 am

I wasn’t as active in this spring’s STEM program as I would have liked (due to work commitments) but as I did last year, I decided to help the STEM runners and registered for this race.

There were a few races scheduled for this weekend (plus boating) that I would have liked to do but as soon as I arrived at the race, I knew that I had made the right decision.

Running is not all about PRs and finish times.  Sometimes you have to give back especially since running has given me so much.

Last year, we didn’t actually participate in the race. We ran along side our runner but never crossed the finish line.

This year, however, we did register and pay for the race. We would be running it in order to help a STEM participant achieve their goal.

Because I wasn’t planning to “race” the race, I ran 8 miles the day before.

I was glad too because race day was even hotter and more humid (and the race didn’t start until 10 am!!)

I arrived early to pick up my packet and meet up with all the other volunteers and runners. What is awesome is that in addition to the new STEM runners, many of the old ones continue to return for races. It’s a STEM reunion too.

I also ran this race in 2009. I am a sucker for “causes.” And this is just  as important or maybe more important than a medical one.

It started out 10 years ago as a race for “Liza” who had been killed by her abusive husband but it is now also dedicated to Nikki who suffered the same fate.

The race is very well organized and offers lots of raffle prizes and even…

Eventually  we went outside to take some group photos and then to pair up with a STEM runner. In my particular group, most of the STEM participants had dropped out and we had more volunteers than runners.

I got paired with our one ‘male” participant, Mike, who usually does his own thing in trainings (instead of Couch to 5k).  He said that he wanted to finish under 30 minutes.  I told him that I was there for  him if he needed help.

Soon we moved to the start line and got ready to begin.

As I mentioned, I was not planning to run fast.  And Mike just took off.  Well, it was hot so I just ran my own pace, stopped to tie my shoes and walked at all the water stops.  Luckily on this hot day, there were many (maybe 5 or 6).

The course starts out flat on a country road but when we turn left, there are rolling hills (2 steepish ones).  I didn’t wear my Garmin (because I wasn’t going to be racing) but I did my best to run slowly up the hills.  Everyone was sweating…even me.

What I love about this out and back course is that you get to see all the slower runners.  And in this case, all the purple shirts.  I high-fived them and screamed encouragement as I ran by.

Eventually, I caught up to Mike, he was walking.  He said he had a side cramp.  I walked with him and encouraged him to get some water and start running again.

And he did.  I ran ahead so I could cheer him through the finish line.

Yes, he did cross under 30 minutes!! We were both happy.

I remained at the finish line to watch all the other happy faces cross and get their medals.

hot hot hot

Then I took my sweaty body to my car so I could sneak out.  I didn’t even stay around for the awards.

this race was NOT about me anyway

My hubby was waiting for me at the lake but I felt happier (for these runners) than if I had run a PR.  (There will be more times to run a fast 5k.)

ahhhh!


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

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Happy Running! Ever run a race for someone else besides yourself?

TOTR: Summer Running Gear

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’s Topic is: Summer Running Gear

It’s finally that time of year.  I thought summer weather would never arrive!!

So here’s what I need to run in the summer months:

  • Shirts (or tanks) made of breathable fabric – no cotton!!

I’m not partial to any brand – Nike, C9, SkirtSports…

  • Skirts. I find them cooler than shorts and less chafing.

and yes, I love SkirtSports. They are cool, comfortable and have 2 pockets!!

  • Cap to keep the sun out of my face. It also keeps my (unruly) hair off my neck.

I prefer baseball caps instead of visors.

  • Sunglasses. My eyes are very sensitive to the sun and I wear contacts so this helps if it is breezy, as well.

I like light weight glasses and they don’t have to be expensive because I lose them or break t hem.

  • Cool Max Socks – I am prone to blisters so this is important to me.

Balega and Feetures are my favorites.

  • Water Bottle – It may not be necessary when the temps are cooler but you should drink before you get thirsty.  Dehydration is no fun.

I like my Nathan hand held bottle (see below:)

  • Insect Repellent – Mosquitos seem to always find me and if you run in areas where there are ticks, you should always have bug spray on hand.

  • Body Glide – Don’t forget that if you chafe, in the summer when you sweat, you chafe even more.

  • Sunscreen I always use it on my face but am pretty lax on the rest of my body once I have a tan.  But if  you are prone to sunburn, don’t forget to apply it and re-apply it if you sweat a lot.

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Happy Running! Any additions that you would add to this list?

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Friday Five 2.0: Working Out On Boating Vacations

Since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

Today’s topic is: Vacation spots — how do you get your workout in on vacation?

For me, vacation is each weekend in Bolton Landing, NY where we keep our boat.

Here are FIVE WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE AS A BOATER:

  1. Go for a hike.

There are quite a few nearby places to hike.  And they are easy hikes.  I am not an expert hiker and have no problems. I can go out early and still get back in time to go out on our boat.

If you are in the area, check out the Lake George Conservancy for hiking guides and maps.

2. Take a walk/hike on a trail (accessible from the boat):

There are several dock sites (Black Mountain Pt, Commission Pt, Red Rock Is, etc.) that have nearby trails and even one bay (Shelving Rock) where you can get to a trail/waterfall.

3. Run/Walk in town.

Our marina is near the Sagamore Hotel which has great grounds to run on including a nature trail.

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4. Run/Walk on the main road.

The main road (9N) is the same one that the Adirondack Distance Run and Lake George Half Marathon uses.  It has rolling hills and a view of the lake on one side.

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5. Swim

This is the most obvious one.  We hang often in the bays where the water is calm. There are also cliffs that you can dive off of, as well. (As for me, you’ll see me floating around with a drink in my hand LOL)

my crazy hubby & friend

 Happy Running! How you do work out while on vacation?

 

 

 

TOTR: National Running Day

June 7, 2017

I wish I could run tomorrow but I’ll be working out of town plus it is supposed to rain (again!!)

What a better time to reflect on WHY I RUN!!

I RUN

  • because it makes me feel good. 
  • because it makes me feel healthy. 
  • because it makes me feel active. 
  • because it makes feel younger. 
  • because it’s a challenge.  
  • because it gives me time to be alone. 
  • because it makes me set goals. 
  • because it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. 
  • because it makes my day start better. 
  • because it makes a bad day end better. 
  • because it helps me enjoy fresh air and scenic routes. 
  • Because I get to travel to race in different places. 
  • because I get to meet some awesome people who are runners (in person and virtually). 
  • to inspire others to become runners
  • so that I can eat more desserts. 
  • so I can listen to music I like as loud as I like. 
  • as fast or slow as I want. 
  • until I feel like stopping. 
  • wherever I choose 
  • alone or with thousands of others. 
  • to support a cause. 
  • to get a medal. 
  • to a get a tech shirt and other swag. 
  • because I can. 
  • until I can’t. 

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


Why do you run?  Did you run today?

 

 

 

Running Update – 5.29.17-6.4.17

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Last Week:

  • Monday – A chilly rainy day so I caught up with things around the house, went to the gym and did some errands. A needed rest day on Memorial Day.
  • Tuesday  A scheduled rest day and I played my last indoor tennis.

I had thought I could squeeze in a run (hence my running skirt/capri) but it started to rain AGAIN.

  • Wednesday – Off to NYC for work.  I took the train and after I checked into my hotel, the rain had stopped so I hopped on the subway and went for a run. I intended to go to Central Park but wound up on Riverside Dr. so ran along the Hudson River instead..

running along Riverside Drive


Then that evening I went to see a show on Broadway.

The story of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein

  • Thursday –  Indoors all day for work but I did squeeze in a walk during lunch and another run in the evening. This time along the East River.  Central Park will have to wait until my next trip to NYC. (June 19).

running along the East River Greenway

In the evening, I just walked around the area.

Bryant Park, Empire State Building and bumping into a former student on the street = ❤ nyc

  • Friday –  Another day in NYC for work.  Took a walk at lunch and then took the train home in the evening. Rest day #3.
  • Saturday – Today I ran the Freihofer’s Run for Women, my favorite local race. The energy of this race is addictive and I always meet so many new and old faces.

I met AJH who I had no idea was coming to run (from VT) – no PR but a decent time – 27:48 (13th in my AG)

I added another 5K afterward to complete my ZOOMA Virtual 10k race.

just a leisurely additional 3.8 miles retracing the course plus some photo stops

Then the hubby (who had been playing tennis) and I headed up North to meet some lake friends for dinner.

  • Sunday –  I would have liked to go boating again today but the weather did not cooperate. So I went to the gym and did some errands.

15.5 miles done with 3 runs and 4 rest days

This Week:

  • Monday – 4 miles 
  • Tuesday – rest, travel to Liverpool for work, tm??
  • Wednesday – rest, work in Liverpool, travel home
  • Thursday 6 miles with Alyssa
  • Friday – 3 miles, mah jongg
  • Saturday – rest, boating
  • Sunday – 5k race (volunteering for STEM) + 5 miles
I’m linking up with Mary Beth (on behalf of Holly and Tricia) for the Weekly Wrap. Please join us! 
 Happy Running! How is your running going? Is your weather cooperating?

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