TOTR: March Report Card

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A long month with crazy weather!

So here’s how March turned out:

Weekday Runs:

Until this month, we’ve been lucky and it hasn’t been too 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, I had to travel for work, we had the coldest temps of the winter, and we got a HUGE snowstorm.

Both made me miss several weekday runs.  The month, in other words, did not me the mileage that I had hoped. At least, I was healthy!!

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 (at least before the snowstorm, that is.)

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

I ran alone some of the time.  (Barbara, I miss  you!)  But Alyssa was able to accompany me once a week. I also ran once with Judy!! It’s definitely more fun running with friends. 

And the Freihofer Run for Women Training Challenge began on March 20. We meet on Mondays and Saturdays. (I only go on Mondays.) It’s very enjoyable because of the camaraderie of the ladies who are part of this group.

Long Runs:

I began the month with a half marathon and then tried to squeeze in some miles on the weekend to begin preparing for my April 30  half marathon.

But the cold, the snowstorm, and racing got in the way of some of my long runs. 

Total Mileage:

I will have run about 85 miles so far this month.  Not as many as I had hoped to run but at least more than last month.

Races:

I ran three races this month – a half marathon, a four miler and a five miler.

I was generally happy with how they went. The Treasure Coast Half Marathon was insanely windy, the Runnin’ of the Run was unbelievably cold.

Did not expect any PRs and I didn’t get them.

Cross Training:

I still play tennis (indoors, of course.) I am scheduled to play two Tuesdays a month and even with work and vacation, I did play twice.

I went to work out at the gym 3 times (a shocker, I know). 

I did walk several times a week at lunch for 30 minutes – around the outdoor shopping mall.  Not everyday like I used.  Been slacking off.

Other News:

I had a pretty busy 4 day vacation in Florida. I visited several good friends, had a lot of good food, walked on the beach, visited two bird sanctuaries, saw a spring training game…and more.

I’ve gone out to dinner quite a few times with different friends (maybe too many times LOL).  It seems to be how we make time to catch up when our lives are so busy.  You have to eat, right? I have also seen two movies: Beauty and the Beast and Get Out – enjoyed them both (though they were very different.)

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 April 30 in NYC.  I love the city and am looking forward to running in Central Park (even with those killer hills).

I have quite a few races coming up. My race season has obviously begun.

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

  • 4-02-17 – Delmar Dash (5m)
  • 4-08-17 – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k
  • 4-15-17 –  Code Blue 8K
  • 4-23-17 – Lake George 5k
  • 4-30-17 – Shape Women’s Half Marathon (NYC)

(tennis trip to Florida 5/3-5/10)

  • 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

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her March 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 think that I improved from last month – more miles, some workouts.  Still room to grow.

What do you think?

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

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Running Update: 3.20.17-3.26.17

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  Tonight was my first Freihofer Challenge Group run.  It was fun to see everyone from last year’s advanced group. We hugged and chatted and then just ran 30 minutes easy.

  • Tuesday – I don’t usually run three days in a row, but an arctic chill was forecast so I ran a quick one near work before tennis  🎾

  • Wednesday – Spring but felt like winter…9 windchill!!!


Yeah, I took a rest day and went out to dinner with a former co-worker.

  • Thursday – I met Alyssa for a run at the Crossings. As usual it was good one.

  • Friday –  I had planned on a short run but it was damp and rainy so I went to the gym and activated my free 6 month membership.
  • Saturday – I went to the gym for an evaluation, had an orientation and actually used the machines. I have no elaborate plans for working out but I am going to try to use the machine 2x a week.  We’ll see.

 In the afternoon, I went to the movies with friends (instead of the Hot Yoga fundraiser for STEM.)

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it’s a thriller but I liked it.

Afterward, we got pizza (another fundraiser for STEM.)

carb loading for my friends running a half marathon LOL

  • Sunday – I ran the Shamrock Shuffle race today. The rain held off until after the race:) and it was a fun 5 miler.  I even won 3rd in my age group.

a medal & Irish soda bread was the prize 🙂

After the race, though I didn’t feel like it, I ran 4 more miles so I could get in 9 for the day. And in the  rain.

I celebrated my successful running day with some wine out with a friend. (No need for a reason for wine actually.)

5 more weeks to go!!

21 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days

This Week:

  • Monday – FRW Training Group Run (4 miles)
  • Tuesday – rest day, tennis
  • Wednesday  – 3 miles, dinner with the tennis ladies
  • Thursday – 6 miles (with Alyssa?)
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday – rest day, gym?
  • Sunday Delmar Dash race + 5 more miles

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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Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

This was my third time running this race.

Previous finish times –  2016: 46:28, 2015: 46:29

So it looks like I have been pretty consistent. Not sure what this year would bring. Most likely not a PR (Delmar Dash: 45:26 in 2015).  But if I finish under 50 minutes, I’d consider it a good race.

Now that I’ve run the race twice, I would be at least prepared on how the course went uphill for the first mile, some rolling hills before it went downhill. See below:

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I am always a bit nervous about those hills and trying to run fast. Plus I wanted to have enough energy to run 4 more miles afterward as I am training for another half marathon in 5 weeks.

I was hoping that the weather would be a little more spring-like and I could wear a green skirt. But it was not. It was COLD but as cold as two weeks ago at the Runnin’ of the Green race. So I just wore tights under a skirt and several layers.

The race was about an hour drive from my house.  But it had a late start of 11 am so I was able to sleep in. When I arrived, the parking lot was already full, but I found a spot on a nearby street. Everyone hung out in the gym waiting for the race to start.

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I chatted with some runners that I recognized. I also met some new faces.

Then I bumped into Laurie from my Turkey Trot training group a few years ago. We talked for a while being entertained by bag pipes.

With such a late start (11 am), I was already hungry for lunch by the time the race began so I took a GU.

I was undecided about what to wear, as usual. It was cold and damp and looked like it would start to rain at any moment. In the end, I decided on a hat, 2 long sleeved shirts and gloves. (I left the jacket inside for later.)

Soon, we headed for the start. We waited until the last minute so we didn’t have to stand outside long in the cold.

It was not chip timed so I lined up close to the front.

As I mentioned, the beginning of the race went uphill. I took it slow.

I always look happy when I see the photographer.  The lady behind me is one year away from my age group and is super fast.

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over the highway bridge (2015’s pic)

Although it was around 30, it was humid and there was no wind, so I took off my gloves and unzipped my shirt. I could have gone with one less layer.

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2015’s pic

At first water stop around mile 1.75, I walked a bit. Then I continued running until we got the downhill portion.

Mile 3’s downhills gave me a boost but again at the second water stop around mile 4, I walked again for a little bit.

After that, I just plugged along and refused to walk until I was done.

Finally, I saw the finish line and gave everything I had.

Of course, I tried to beat that young runner (18 year old) to the finish line. And I did!! (barely)

I crossed at 46:10.

I waited around for Sue and Laurie to cross and then went inside to the cafeteria.

The refreshments were not much to speak. I had a brownie and a banana and chatted with Laurie.

We then waited in the gym for the results to be posted. The previous two years, I got 3rd. I doubted that I would win again but you never know when you’re in the old ladies group. But I did!!

In addition to a medal, you got a loaf of Irish soda bread.

I’m still 63 until May.

Splits:

2015 / 2016 / 2017

mile 1- 8:55 / 9:10 / 9:13
mile 2- 9:31 / 9:30 / 9:16
mile 3- 8:58 / 8:52 / 9:01
mile 4- 9:35 / 9:24 /9:17
mile 5- 9:19 / 9:27 / 9:18

chip time- 46:09, garmin time – 46:08

I enjoyed the race (I enjoy them all) and was happy about how I did considering I do NOT do any speed work. It was not a PR but it was actually a course PR,  20 seconds faster than last year. I was expecting to be a lot slower. I was glad that I didn’t push myself because I had planned more miles for the day…

Though I was tired and cold, I drove to the Zim Smith Trail. As soon as I got there, it started to rain.  I so wanted to leave but it wasn’t raining hard so I just slowly dragged myself along for 4 more miles.

One of the perks of the trail is that you can park next to a bakery.

So yes, I’ll be back to the run on the trail and back to sample more of Leah’s baked goods. Today, I was cold so just had soup.

So I got my 9 mile training run done. It just had a 1 1/2 hour break in the middle.


I am also sharing in the support love by linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

Happy Running! How was your weekend? Any running or racing?

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My Blogoversary

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I’ve been blogging since March 25, 2008. That was the DAY that I decided to become a runner.

NINE YEARS!!

I’ll start with what has remained the same:

  • Blogging Goals

My goals haven’t really changed. I blog to motivate myself to continue running, to keep track of my running and racing and to connect with others who do the same.

  • Posting

I’ve always posted several times a week (except for 2008-9 when I didn’t run or blog between November and March.) Some weeks it’s everyday. Other weeks it’s less often. It depends on my schedule.

  • Blogger Meetups

I have been fortunate to connect with many bloggers. Many were local and have become my friends even though they no longer blog.

  • Race Reviews

I recap each of my races almost as soon as they are over (so I don’t forget the details. ) These recaps are mostly for myself but I have heard that others read them too.

What has changed:

  • Content

Check out my first ever blog post: http://wp.me/pel7R-3

I now post photos. It helps that I abandoned the camera and got a smartphone so it’s easier. Plus with the apps available, you can edit, make collages and be as creative as you have time for.

  • Link-ups

When I first started, there were very few. I used to write posts called Two for Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, Three Things Thursday and Foto Friday, etc.

Now they are a bunch of fabulous link-ups. (Weekly Wrap, TOTR, Wednesday Word, TOLT, Friday Five 2.0, Runfessions, Ultimate Coffee Date, etc.) These help attract readers to your blog as well as, connect you with new blogs.

  • Product Reviews

I used to get asked to review products pretty frequently. Not much anymore. Probably because there are more bloggers out there (with bigger readerships than me).

reviewing Yak Trax

  • Sponsorships

I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain for the third year. So I get discounts from my favorite company.

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love my SS outfits

I was recently selected as a ZOOMA Race Ambassador.

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Once I have more information to share with you on the upcoming ZOOMA Women’s Race Series, I will post on this blog

I am also a Sweat Pink and FitFluential ambassador.

  • My Running

Now I don’t just run 5ks. I used to (hence the title of my blog. )

I have run 24 half marathons and many many 10ks, 15ks and 10 milers.

I am more confident as a runner and though I don’t know it all, I know a lot more about running than when I started blogging.

  • Other Bloggers

I don’t follow many blogs. I am selective. Basically because I don’t have the time.

The ones that I do read and comment on are more than fellow bloggers. They are really my virtual friends.

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and sometimes you get to meet them in the flesh.

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or spend a whole weekend with them


I’m also linking with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.


Happy Running! How long have you been blogging? When is your blogoversary? Have you changed since you started?

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TOLT: News, Training, Racing, Weather, 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:

Good/Bad News:

  • I am 0 for 2 in lotteries. I did not get into Beach to Beacon:
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Aug 5 in Maine (Joan Samuelson’s race)

I was not as disappointed as with the NYC Half.  I just entered this one as a whim not even considering the date, the location, etc. I am sometimes pretty impulsive but I do want to run this 10K at some point.

  • I also did not selected as a RNR Run/Blogger. I was not surprised as my blog does not have big following. But I did get picked as a ZOOMA Race Ambassador.

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I will run Annapolis as a virtual race but not sure which ones if any of the other races I can fit in or afford.

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Who’s going to any of these?  Cape Cod (Oct 7), Amelia Is, FL (Oct 21) or Austin (Mar 10).  If I go, I will need a roommate.

This is an exciting opportunity. It’s always fun to run new races and meet new runners.

  • Freihofer Run for Women Training Challenge:

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This is the 7th year of this program and my third year participating.  It has expanded and grown and offers many times and locations for women to train with others or become a first time runner.

I signed up for the Advanced group again.  Our first meeting was this past Monday. It was so much fun to catch up with all of last year’s returning runners (though many did the Troy Turkey Training too so I saw them in November).

Patrick, who is young and cute, is still one of our coaches.  He is constantly scolding me for not running as fast as he thinks I am able and mostly for racing every weekend.  In fact, he mentioned that in a interview about the program.  He didn’t mention me by name but everyone knew whom he was talking about.

Again he told me that I won’t get faster if I race every weekend but he knows that I will anyway.  He says that I should pick a few goal races and the other ones just use as training runs.  In fact, he said to run my extra miles before the race so I run on tired legs and don’t run fast during the race.

It makes sense but I don’t know if I can run a race and not do my best.  What do you think?

  • Weather:

Spring has officially arrived.  But you wouldn’t know it.  We still have lots of snow and Wednesday the wind chill was around 0 degrees.

the only sign of spring is that the soft ice cream places are open

  • Treadmill.

I am pretty proud of myself.  I ran my first (and hopefully last) time on the treadmill this year.  I was traveling for work and used the one at the hotel.  It was awful but I did it.

Because I signed up early for the Freihofer Run for Women, I have a free 6 month membership to a gym.

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It’s just a few minutes from where I work (though not on my way home) and I’ll have more info on it when I actually go there.

Happy Running! What’s new with you today?  Tell me in the comments.

Running Update: 3.13.17-3.19.17

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  I had planned to run with Alyssa at the Crossings because I had to set up for a training nearby.  The training got cancelled due to an impending snowstorm so we ran two loops of the UAlbany campus instead.  Not as exciting but it was a great run. It’s always easier and faster with a buddy.

  • Tuesday – Believe it not, the blizzard was so bad that even my office closed.  So a relaxing day with no running (I don’t own a treadmill so I had no choice.)

But after a whole day home, I was getting antsy so my hubby drove me to the gym.

Just used a few of the machines and the bike (in the EMPTY gym)

  • Wednesday -I had planned to run and then go out to dinner with the tennis ladies but work sent me off to do a training in Liverpool, NY. This time I brought workout clothes and hit the gym in the hotel before dinner.

Haven’t run on a treadmill in ages and it was just as torturous as I remember

  • Thursday – A long day of training and then a drive back afterwards.  Pooped!!
  • Friday – With 2 feet of snow still on the ground, the only place to run was back at UAlbany. Some of the path was clear and when it wasn’t, I just ran in the road. It was nice to run with the sun shining.

  • Saturday –  I proctored the MPREs (favor for a friend at the law school) and then spent the day doing those usual Saturday activities (laundry, cleaning, shopping…) and went to the movies.

loved it!

  • Sunday – I got back out there to get some mileage.  It was a challenge to find a route without snow. But I did and ran with Judy. The weather was perfect and it was fun to catch up and have a nice easy run.

also had my first of many post-run soft ice cream cones 🙂

21 miles done with 3 runs and 4 rest days

This Week:

  • Monday – 3 miles (first FRW training group run)
  • Tuesday – 3 miles, tennis
  • Wednesday  – rest day, dinner with a friend 
  • Thursday – 4 miles with Alyssa
  • Friday3 miles, mah jongg
  • Saturday – hot yoga, pizza (fundraiser for  STEM)
  • Sunday Shamrock Shuffle race (5 miles) + 4 more

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

I am also sharing in the support love by linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

Happy Running! How is your running going? Are you training for a big race? How is your running weather? Are you anxious for spring like me?

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Friday Five 2.0: Running in the Spring

It’s Friday and 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.

This week, the topic that I am choosing is: Five Reasons to Love Running in the Spring.

Ironically, we have TWO FEET of the snow on the ground and it looks far from spring.  But it will melt …eventually…right?

And Spring is my favorite season to run.

1. More Hours of Daylight

I have a hard time getting out of bed early enough to run before work. In the spring, it is still light enough to run after work. I love it!!

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2. Less Baggage

I usually run after work so I have to carry all my running gear to work. In the spring, my bag will be so much lighter. No gloves, no jackets, no vests, no tights, no extra layers, etc.

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3. Prettier Scenery

Flowers, leaves on the trees. Need I say more?

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4. Nicer Clothes

Skirts, tank tops. No jackets over my nice skirts.

 

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5. More Racing Ops

In the spring, there are several races to choose from EVERY weekend.

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Happy Running! Are you anxious for spring? What is your favorite season to run?

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