Running Update: 10.9.17-10.15.17


Last Week: 

  • Monday – Columbus Day meant a day off from work.  The weather looked like a washout but I patiently waited and the rain stopped so I was able to get in a (humid) run.

  • Tuesday – Back to work and I was able to play tennis after work so I didn’t think I should run. But I had some extra time and there was rain in the forecast for the next day so I did.

At Colonie Town Park -ran in the opposite direction to last Saturday here

  • Wednesday – Today was my volunteer day with STEM. There were only a few runners and it was raining. Still glad I was able to meet and encourage them.

week 2, day 2 of Couch to 5k

  • Thursday – A long day at work but I was able to meet up with Alyssa for run which is always a good thing. She claims that I got her faster.  Now I hope it’s the other way around.

  • Friday – A needed rest day and an evening with my mah jong friends.
  • Saturday – Today I ran another one of my favorite fall races, the Great Pumpkin 10k. I saw lots of familiar faces, some running the 5k and some the 10k. I love the course and festive atmosphere. If only, I could figure out how to run a 10k and not a fast 5k followed by a slow 5k. (You can read my review here.)

58:02 (6th in my AG)

After the race, I needed to add more miles since I had another half in 4 weeks. I decided to stay in the park and run some leisurely miles while avoiding the HS cross-country racers.

Ended the day with dinner out with the hubby and friends.

  • Sunday – Woke up with a nasty cold which might have explained my lack of energy during the 10k the day before. But it was our last boating day of the season and my stepson’s birthday.  So we went out on the boat one last time. Relaxing in the sun actually was what the doctor ordered as was the birthday cake at my stepson’s party that we went to after.

24 miles done.

This Week: Slow week of running

  • Monday – off to Liverpool for work, 4 miles??
  • Tuesday – rest day, after work drive to Buffalo
  • Wednesday – 4 miles in Buffalo after work??
  • Thursday rest day, long drive home from Buffalo
  • Friday – 4 miles after workmah jongg
  • Saturday & Sunday – road trip with friends to hike and sightsee in Watkins Glen, NY

Please link up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.

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Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Please share.



Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K Race Recap


October 14, 2017 – 9:30 am Saratoga Springs. NY

I ran this race for the past three years and really enjoyed it (even 2014 in the rain.) Apparently I always wear the same shirt too.

My 10K PR is 57:03 and as you can see, I was close last year but not in 2015.  Who knew what would happen this year??

I was very tempted to switch to the 5k course which is flat. The 10k course continues from the 5k and there are several big hills.

I may have switched so I could try for a 5k PR but without any speed drills, it seemed unlikely that this would happen anyway.

The race takes place in Saratoga State Park which is a beautiful place to run especially in the fall.

map gpc

The weather in the fall is very unpredictable. It could be warm and then it could be cold.

Not knowing what the weather will do makes it hard to dress. I’m not ready to dress for winter. (I am wearing that skirt as long as I can stand it.)

I planned to wear that same orange race shirt, a skirt and compression socks and then wear a jacket to leave behind and put on after the race.

When I got up it was almost 60 so I changed to a tee shirt but almost tempted to wear a tank one last time (and should have  – it was humid!!!).

This is a very popular race. They usually get about 1500 runners. So I left for the race early in case I had to park where I needed to get a shuttle to the start. The race was to start at 9:30 and I got there at 8:15 am.

I didn’t park in the parking lot near the finish line since it is always so congested.  Instead I parked in one where there were real restrooms and I had to walk to the start. I parked there last year.

As soon as I got out of my car, I realized how humid it was. I wished I had worn a tank.

long sleeved grey tech shirt

I picked up my race a packet, entered my raffle ticket in one of the raffles (this year they were not very tempting).  I also voted for my favorite in the pumpkin decorating contest.

bumping in Dr Tom 2 weeks in a row

Then I chatted with the other runners. There were so many runners that I knew – from other races, from running groups and even the ladies from Wineglass.

Finally it was time for the race to start. Many of the runners were in costume. I thought about it but I was too lazy ( but if I did I would  have looked like Christina above – Wonder Woman).

I lined up with Judith and my running group buddy Holly.  We started not too far back because although it is chip-timed, they give out awards by gun time. (Not that I was going to win one.  There were several runners in my age group at this race that I knew were faster!)

This race for me can be divided into two parts: The first 5K and the second 5k.

Miles 1-3

8:51, 9:17, 8:59

Both the 5k and 10k runners start together and run the same course. So it was very crowded at first. Since I was near the front, everyone was passing me by. I was trying to run fast but my legs just wouldn’t go. Those ladies in my age group, they quickly left me in the dust.

pic from the Gazette

Right at the beginning of mile 2, I passed a young male runner who had collapsed and someone was administering CPR on him.  This really unnerved me.  I slowed down (see my split time above.) (It turns how that they got his heart started and he was taken to the hospital and will be ok.)

The 5k had a few inclines but was basically flat. I didn’t even have to walk.

But it was humid so I stopped at the water stop and walked around mile 1.5.

I love running in this park. It is so pretty.

The 5k ended and my time was just under 28 minutes!!. Crazy! I didn’t feel like I was running that fast.

Of course, that exhausted me and we hadn’t hit the hills yet.

Miles 4-6.2

9:40, 10:07, 9:34, 10:00 (.2)

At this point, I was sweating and the rest of the course was filled with hills. I tried to run up them but was pretty unsuccessful. So I walked many times during the second half of the race … during every hill.

I also stopped and walked at both water stops.

Well, by the end, I had no energy… at all… and the biggest hill was 1/2 mile before the finish line…GRRR!!!

I really wasn’t paying attention to the time on my watch and I walked one last time on the last turn and was shocked to see that the clock said 57:xx!!

I booked it but it was too little, too late, I crossed at 58:09  (58:02 chip time).

Not a PR and not even a course PR.  Not a bad finish time but I ran the race poorly.  My 2nd half was over 2 minutes slower than the first. Yes, it was hillier but I was dragging and let it pull me down and walked more than I probably needed to.

I quickly headed to get food. Priorities! The line was long but moved quickly. There was fruit, bagels, lots of delicious homemade goodies (cookies, apple, pumpkin, zucchini breads, etc.) and hot chocolate. Everything was so good!

It was getting late so I retrieved my checked bag and looked for the race results.

I came in 6th. Looking forward to turning 65 in May.

Though I was almost 2 minutes faster than two years ago when I won an AG award, this year I did not.

I waited around for the awards ceremony because both Holly (in the 5k) and Judith in the 10K got awards.

I also finally found Judy and we chatted for awhile. Jen, Jeri & Chris (the other Wineglass ladies) went out to breakfast.  Pretty tempting but remember I have a half marathon in a month.

So I walked back to my car, left over my stuff and headed out.
It was slow but very enjoyable.  I took photos and re-traced most of the race route as well as ran on some of the trails. My biggest problem (other than my tired body) was that there was a huge high school cross-country meet going on and I kept getting in the way of the runners.
In the end, I covered 4.8 more miles for an even 11 on the day. I deserved a root beer float and dinner out, right?
Race PS:
I woke up Sunday with a full blown cold. Headache, sore throat, stuffy nose.
That might explain my lack of energy the day before.
Happy Running! Did you race this past weekend? 


Apple Run 5K Race Recap

I ran this race in 2014 because 2 ladies whom I met at a previous race raved about it. Now it’s become one of my favorite fall races.

It didn’t hurt that in 2014, I finished this race in 27:47 and won 1st in my age group, in 2015, I finished in 28:01 and won 2nd and then again in 2016, I won 2nd with a time of 27:48. You get a plaque as your award.

That being said, on a weekend where there was good number of local races (including the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5k, Blessed Sacrament 5k, Falling Leaves 5k), I chose to drive 45 minutes to run this race.

According to the website, it is a looped, flat course. Even though I ran it three times already, I didn’t remember much about the course. I run so many races, they all blend together sometimes.

Apparently we quickly switched from summer to fall in a few days and then back to summer. But at least the predicted rain did not come. When I left the house, it was pretty chilly and damp.

I debated on what to wear and decided on capris and a tank. But brought my DIY arm warmers for the race start.

I arrived about 45 minutes before the start of the 9 am race which starts and ends at the middle school in Burnt Hills.

In the school gym, I picked up my bib and lots of race swag.

I saw Tom, the crazy guy that I see at most of my races. We posed for pics as usual.

Then I spotted Sue who had recommended this race. (Her Connecticut friend Ilsa couldn’t come.)

pasta dinner before the race above

Ilsa, Sue & I

Soon it was time to head outside.

Ideally, I would have liked to try for a course PR. But with less than a week since running a half marathon and very little running this week, I figured that it wouldn’t happen.

Sue and I started together and she’s my competition (but she hasn’t been racing much.)

We lined up near the front because there were so many kids running this race (The whole girls hockey team and cross country team, I think).

Runners head up Lake Hill Road for the 22nd Annual ...

photo from the Gazette (2015)

My start was quite slow since all those kids were in the way. It was impossible not to weave around them.

I love the course although it does feel like you’re running on a slight uphill the whole time. There are only 2 short downhills and they’re during the last mile.

The race course is a loop first through country roads and then around a residential neighborhood and then back along a different country road.

There was someone calling out times at mile 1 which for me was about 8:45. At the halfway point, there was a water stop but I chose not to stop.

That’s when I decided to see what would happen if I ran the whole race without stopping to walk. I can’t remember the last time I did that…it’s been years.

Though the temp was in the 50s, it was very humid. I was sweating.

Finally, I came to home stretch. When I saw the clock, I was surprised that I was again close to a PR. I ran as fast as I could and crossed at 27:29. 

My friend, Tom, who was pushing a stroller finished in 21 minutes, was cheering me on.

I was happy. Not a PR but a course PR.

I waited for Susan to finish. She had only run one race since this race last year so she did great.

The most fun of the race was watching these three “old”guys finish. They race every weekend and compete with each other.

We congratulated them and went inside to check results and get food.

Inside there were pizza, bagels, fruit, etc. I had 2 pieces of pizza and a bagel and waited with my friends for the awards.

First they gave out a ton of raffle prizes of which I won none. But as for awards, I won first and Sue third.

As always, I enjoyed this race and plan to run this one again next year.

My splits:

mile 1 – 8:48
mile 2 – 8:48
mile 3 – 8:52
mile .14 – 7:31
27:29 (My PR is 27:11 from 2014 but this is my 3rd fastest 5k)

All my splits were under 9 minutes! That’s a first for me. And they were pretty even.  Too bad, I couldn’t negative split…

I asked my friend Tom about how to get a PR. He replied: Lift weights!!

Hmmm. Maybe?? Nay, I think not.

My running, however, was not over for the day. 9 miles was on the schedule in preparation for next half marathon. So I drove to the Colonie Town Park. I wanted to run some place different and I hadn’t run there in awhile.

I changed my shirt because I was so sweaty.

And fortunately Judy agreed to wait and do her run with me.

My legs were definitely tired. This always happens when I run a race for my first few miles of a long run.

It was a nice run. Lots of running and walking and chatting.  It rained off and on but a light rain so big deal.  My pace was probably very slow but I was fine with it. All I cared about was that I was DONE!! And there would be ice cream after!

Thanks Judy for the company!!!

After a long afternoon filled with errands, I convinced my hubby that I needed to carb reload.  So we went out to dinner.

wine, steak, baked potato, cannoli = perfect meal

Today is Tuesday so don’t forget to Link-up with PattyErika, and Marcia and either meet some new bloggers or catch up with ones you already know.

The topic for today is: If I didn’t run….

I can’t imagine not running.  I wish that I had started running earlier in life.

Not running would only happened if my health wouldn’t allow it. In that case, I guess I would return to playing tennis daily, join a gym, take yoga classes, go hiking.  None of which would be as fulfilling as running.

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

Happy Running! How did you spend your long weekend? What would you do if you didn’t run?

Ultimate Coffee Talk – October

Confessions of a Mother Runner

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

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Have you tried them??

Over coffee…
I’d tell you that at first I was disappointed that I didn’t push myself to a PR last weekend.  Hey I was on a PR pace until the last mile.

But now that I look back, I realize that I finished over 9 minutes faster than the half 2 weeks before!!

That is an accomplishment and there will be more opportunities.  I didn’t train for a PR so I can’t expect that it will just happen.

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that now that my girl’s weekend race-cation is over, I can focus on my next one.

Yes, I have another planned.  Nov 10-13 in LAS VEGAS!! (even despite the scary recent events…)

It will be quite different since we are all staying in different hotels and everyone is bringing their hubby except Marcia and me.

It should still be a #holottafun.

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am still struggling over running my short races and training for my next half in 5 weeks.

With 40k runners running RNR Vegas, I doubt it will be a PR. So I think I will just do what I normally do – go with the flow (I am a coach’s nightmare.)

That means, run the races on the weekend and add on the miles afterward so I get the long runs in before the race.

5k + 6.9 = 10

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am planning my spring races already… at least the half marathons.  It is a challenge without the funds or the time but I will make it happen!!!

FF Miles to fly to West Palm in Florida, points to rent a car and then stay with friends …

Singer Island Half on March 17, 2018 – anyone want to join me?

Points for a hotel in NYC …

Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon

Brooklyn Half on May 19, 2018 – Anyone else running this one?

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I will be having serious FOMO not running the PCB half this year but I can’t get off from work 😦

I’ll be there virtually

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m not ready for fall…

I have amnesia about how to dress.  It happens every year.

What about you?  Liking the cooler temps?

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here!


Wineglass Half Marathon Race Recap

It seems like we’ve been planning this race forever and now it’s come and gone. It certainly met our expectations and more.

I signed up for this race for several reasons:

  • FOMO.  Many local runners including my weekly running partner were going.
  • I love race-cations.
  • Ten women running the same race and staying in the same hotel – How fun!
  • I’d heard great things about the course and the race and it was supposedly pretty flat.

Half Marathon Training:

If you read my blog, you know that my last long run was actually a half marathon.  The weather was hot and very humid and so I didn’t fair so well (but my running partner did get a PR.)

Thanks to Judy, I had a great 11 mile run but the 10 and 12 milers were nothing to write home about.  In fact, they sucked.

Whether or not, I was ready to try for a PR, I was still excited to run the race. I was hoping that I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a mediocre performance and that I would pace myself better than during my previous half marathon.

Marathon #28.  I was thrilled to be out there running and healthy and to be in the company of such a bunch of awesome ladies.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

Months ago, we all made reservations to stay together in small, cheap hotel nearby.

We even arranged to meet-up several times to get to know each other better.

Then we attempted to coordinate who would drive whom.  In the end, it all worked out.  Most of us arrived on Friday at various times.

I was lucky to be able to leave early on Friday.  I drove with Judy and Jan. The weather was awesome (nicest day of the weekend) and we got in a nice walk in Glimmerglass Lake State Park and lunch in Cooperstown before arriving in Painted Post where our hotel was located and had dinner.

On Saturday after breakfast, we drove to the expo to collect our race swag and we met up with Alyssa, my roommate.

Afterward, we walked into town (Corning, NY), checked out the race finish and had a scrumptious lunch.

Everyone but Alyssa and I headed back to the hotel to relax.  We decided to visit the Museum of Glass, shop in town (and get ice cream) and then make a sand-blasted wine glass.

We all reunited for dinner at the Radisson Hotel.  The dinner was amazing- pasta, salads, potatoes, chicken, meatballs and more. Then we listened to the speaker, Dave McGillivray…so inspiring (go hear him if you ever get the chance.)

Finally early to bed to prepare for the next day (Although as usual, I didn’t sleep much.)

Race Day:

So 4:45 am came early on Sunday morning. Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep in on a weekend??

The race was scheduled to start at 7:45 am but we had to catch a shuttle to the start.

Wineglass is a point-to-point race starting in Campbell, NY and finishing in Corning, NY. (see course map below:)

at least 11 water stops and 4 bathrooms 🙂

Check out this elevation chart:

looks pretty flat, right?

The 90 degree temps left for awhile. And it was actually pretty chilly.  Not chilly but COLD like 35 degrees!!!

I planned to wear my usual half marathon outfit of a tank and skirt. I brought my DIY sleeves, a long sleeved shirt and gloves to discard when I warmed up.  I also brought sweat pants and a jacket to wear before and after.

One good thing about the hotel (that and the price) was that they opened breakfast early for everyone – 5 am!! So I was able to eat my oatmeal and have coffee.

At 5:30 am, we piled into two cars and headed out to find parking near the shuttle bus which would take us to the start line in Bath, NY.

We found parking in parking garage, hopped the bus and in 15 minutes arrived at the start where there were port-a-potties (lots) and a school to gather in to stay warm  This was a God send.  It was freezing!!!!!!!!! I had to surrender my jacket and pants to put in the bag check so I would have them at the finish line.

We hung out in the gym for awhile bumping into many local runners that I knew (and didn’t even know were running the race.)

Soon it was time to head to the start line. Brrrrrrr.  Some of used the port-a-potties again. And some of us (me) headed to the start line but on the way, found a booth handing on tinfoil heat wraps.  Score!

There were several corrals: under 2 hours, under 2 hours 30 and everyone else (with pacers for different finish times).

This was the crowded part.  It was hard to get to your pacer because you had to squeeze past the faster corrals. You entered at the start line and then had to head to the back.

I just wound up squeezing behind the 2:00 pacer and huddled in the crowd until it was time to throw away my tin foil and move.

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

Miles 1-3:

9:16, 9:22, 9:18

I was in the second wave and didn’t have to wait long before I started to run. The race started on a narrow country road lined by corn fields. So it was quite crowded at the beginning which slowed me down and that was a good thing.

The scenery would have been quite beautiful if it weren’t so darn FOGGY!!

The one and only hill came in just past the 1st mile marker but it wasn’t so bad.  Even I was able to run up the whole thing.

As I said, the scenery I believe was awesome…lots of streams, fall foliage and corn fields.

Although, I wasn’t warm or thirsty, I did walk and drink at every water station. I warmed up a little and rolled down my DIY arm warmers but didn’t dare take them off in case I got cold.

The bottom of my left foot (due to a bunion) which usually starts to bother me around mile 9, started to hurt at mile 2.  It hurt on and off for the rest of the race but not enough to affect my pace.

Miles 4-6:

9:14, 9:41, 9:38

I don’t remember much about the scenery in this part but I did see Amanda, a fellow Skirt Spirts ambassador.  She was wearing the same skirt as me and so I caught up to her so we could chat a bit.

Around Mile 4.5, I took a GU and found it impossible to open with gloves on. So I took off my gloves and carried them in my hand for the rest of the race. (My hands were numb by the end!!!)

In hindsight, we didn’t need that many water stops due to the cold but that’s just my opinion and my downfall.  I use them as walk breaks and so I walked more than I needed to (which cost me a PR 😦 )

Plus the cold seemed to be cramping my legs.  After every time I walked, I found it difficult to start running again.

Miles 7-9:

9:38, 9:51, 9:55

These miles were on busier roads and even part of the highway, so I ended up running on that slanted part of the shoulder a lot.

I wasn’t really concerned about my pace and glanced down at my watch every now and then.  I was always pleasantly surprised to see that even with all that walking, my pace was in the 9s.

We didn’t see a timing clock until mile 8.5 and I was at 1:21 which was pretty good, I thought.

I took one more Gu hoping for an energy burst.

PR thoughts now floated through my brain!!! Was it possible???

Miles 10-12

9:41, 10:00, 10:06

I LOVED the crowd support in town and how we were running on these little paved paths for some of it.  There were kids and lots of awesome signs to distract me.

Unfortunately, I was losing steam and my walks at the water stops got longer.

I knew a PR was possible but my legs were not cooperating.

As a distraction, I started chatting with a young runner running her 2nd half.  She was having a big PR race and I was happy for her.

Mile 13- 13.17:

9:42, 8:32

The last little bit of the race winds through the town of Corning and across a large bridge. In the last half mile, the course turns onto Market Street, the anchor street in this old fashioned downtown, and finishes right in front of a cute clock tower on a little square.

just wanted to be done (and didn’t see the photographer)

I didn’t see anyone from our group the whole race until now.  Then all of a sudden, Alyssa caught up to me.  I was shocked.  That meant that she was going to have a BIG PR!! She tried to encourage me but I was spent. I did the best I could but I could not catch up to her.


And when I saw the clock, I knew that I was close but would not PR.

but done!!

at least I beat the lady in blue LOL

Chip Time: 2:07:07

Garmin Time: 2:06:54

mile 8.5 and mile 13.1 – you can see how I slowed down

Post Race:

As soon as you crossed the finish line, they put a medal around your neck, gave you a bottle of water and then chocolate milk (Woo Hoo!!)

I made a beeline to get a heat foil and then put my gloves back on…my hands were NUMB!

Alyssa rang her bell.  I was happy for her.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was a little jealous.

The sun still hadn’t come out and we were freezing so headed to bag check to get our extra clothes. On the way we stopped for a few pics.

I felt a lot better once I got some extra clothes on.  The sun was starting to come out but it was only in the 40s now.

We debated getting massages but we were afraid to miss our group who were starting to cross the finish line so we headed to the food tent. There was a line but it moved quickly.  They handed you a bag which was greatly appreciated. The food selection was impressive – bagels, cookies, apples, bananas, two kinds of hot soup and pizza.

Little by little we bumped into the other members of our group.  Everyone did great – some got PRs, some improved their times from their last race, some were recovering from injuries, and even one finished her FIRST.  It’s a good race when no one says “Never again!!”

We continued to wander to check out our official times and find the restaurant that we ate at the previous day.

a thumbs down because my Garmin said I was faster

Additional Race Reflections:

The Good:

  • Organized packet pick-up.
  • Great race swap (bag, glass, champagne, 2 $10 intown store gift cards).
  • Gender-specific high quality half-zip shirts
  • Half price discount to the Glass Museum and free entry to Norman Rockwell Museum-.
  • Outstanding selection of food at the pre-race dinner.
  • Inspirational keynote speaker at the dinner.
  • Flat course!!
  • Scenic and varied course (countryside, small town, bike path)
  • Excellent crowd support
  • Lots of water stops (every mile past mile 5)
  • Organized finish chute (medal, water, milk) plus a bag for refreshments
  • Decent selection of refreshments (bagels, pizza, soups, cookies, and CHOCOLATE MILK)
  • Easy to access post-race results
  • Nice Medal (Corning glass)
  • PR bell (not that I needed it 😦 )
  • No major injuries. (just the usual bottom of left foot pain)
  • Sharing the race experience with friends

The Bad:

  • Too foggy to appreciate the views
  • Hard to line up at the start
  • The only clock was at mile 8.5

The Ugly:

  • Nothing really.

It was a great race. I enjoyed it! I am so glad that I had to chance to run it.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I don’t usually repeat half marathons but if I did, I would run this one again. And especially if it were closer.

Final Stats:

12th in my age group but a year older and I would have placed 3rd

So I didn’t think I would PR but I also didn’t think I would be that close.  (My PR was 2:06:52.) It’s hard to see it slip away in the last half mile.

But I didn’t have a bad race.  In fact it’s my second fastest half. And my time was over 9 minutes faster than the one I ran 2 weeks before.

Yes, I know, I am crazy to be disappointed.

Next Up:

Nov. 12  RNR Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There will a 5k and a Half Marathon in the same weekend (a first for me) and a reunion with many of the Panama City #HoLottaFun gang.

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

It’s also Friday so, 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.
My topic for today is: Five Reasons to Run the Wineglass Half Marathon:

  1. The scenic course
  2. The flat elevation of the course
  3. Lots of fun things to do in the area – wineries, museums, boat rides, hiking, etc.
  4. Great race swag
  5. Impressive pre-race dinner and guest speaker
Happy Running! Do you have a favorite Half Marathon? Do you train to PR? Or does it happen by surprise? Are you disappointed every time you don’t PR? Have you run this race or do you plan to?

Wednesday Word: Struggle


The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

Today’s word is Struggle

According to the dictionary, to struggle means: “to try hard to do something that you find very difficult.”

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Yup.  I may be crazy but I have never DNFed in a race. And many have been a struggle.  It may have been because of physical pain, inadequate training, weather-related conditions and/or course elevation.  But I mustered through all of the above.

yes, this half was a struggle – first one after ankle surgery and foot stress fracture but I finished!!

I’m not saying that no one should DNF (especially if they are injured.) But a run or a race is often a struggle that many runners endure.

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I am not a natural athlete  I didn’t start running until I was 55.  And then only 5ks.  However, once I started running half marathons, I was addicted.  Why?  Because of the quote above. For me, every half marathon is HARD!!!

#27 was just as hard or harder than #1

And the reward is so sweet.  That feeling of success is hard to be duplicated.

happy faces post Shape Half Marathon

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How about all those speed drills where we could not hit our paces? How about all those training runs where we had to stop and walk …often? How about all those races with disappointing finish times?
Those bad ones existed so that we would see progress.  They prepared us for success. And didn’t the struggle seem worth it in the end?

This PR half was 14 minutes faster than a tough one a few weeks before.

And probably the hardest struggle and unfortunately we’ve all experienced it, is coping with a injury that halts or ends our running.
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We usually don’t realize this until we are healed and have returned to running.

We learned how to avoid a repeat of the injury. Or we learned to love another sport such as swimming or biking.  Or more importantly, we learned to appreciate our ability to run.

backing to racing after a broken foot and so happy

So at first, I thought of the word struggle as having a negative connotation. Now I realize that it’s not a bad thing and that it is an essential part of our life as runners.

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

Happy Running! Have you had any STRUGGLES with regard to running? Please share.

Friday Five 2.0: Runfessions September

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

and it’s also Friday so, 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.

My topic for today is: Five September Runfessions

  1. I runfess…

I ran a half marathon this month…two weeks before the half that I was training for. I planned to run it as a training run…but guess what? I raced it! It was hot and humid and it was painful.  When will I learn???

faking smiling…

2. I runfess…

No surprise but I pick my running routes by the food options nearby…especially ice cream. Even when I work out of town, I do my research before I set out for a run.  Any one else have this priority?

Abbotts is near the Bushnell’s Basin entry to the Erie Canal trail. Whereas Schoen Place has a great gelato spot.

3. I runfess…

I do not set goals.  My running partner asked me what my goal was for the Wineglass Half Marathon this weekend.  I replied that I had no idea!!

Should it be a PR? Or should it be faster than my last one?  How about just finish and have a fun girls weekend?

Do you always have a goal for your big races?

difficult race but fun weekend in NYC

4. I runfess…

Again this month, I did not go to the GYM…not even once.  I felt guilty last month but I didn’t give it a second thought this month.  Anyone else slack off on going to the gym?

At least it was a free membership.

5. I runfess…

or should I say tennisfess.

the competitive me in 2010

Tennis used to be such a big part of my life.  I used to play everyday and it decreased once I started running. Then it used to be a few times a week and finally reduced to just once a week – Tuesdays.

I paid for a membership to a tennis facility because you can’t play unless  you do and I signed up for my usual Tuesday contract. Even though I limited it to 2x a month, still my out-of-town work schedule has forced me to get subs and I am hardly available to play at all.

This may be my last year playing tennis.  I’m not sure if I miss the sport or I miss my friends and our dinners out after tennis.

I refuse, however, to skip my Naples tennis vacation (even if I don’t play tennis anymore.)

Naples vacation with my tennis ladies

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month?