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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We Lost a Legend

running the Stockade-athon 15K in November

Ed Whitlock is a Canadian runner who rewrote the 70+ record books and forever altered conceptions of human endurance performance in older age. He died on Monday in Toronto. The cause of death was listed as prostate cancer.
In 2003, at 72, Whitlock became the first person 70 or older to break 3:00 in the marathon, with a 2:59:10 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. A year later, at 73, he lowered that 70+ best to 2:54:49. Over the ensuing years, Whitlock set age-group marks in the 70+, 75+, 80+, and 85+ age groups at distances from 1500 meters up through the marathon. Just last October, at 85, he ran 3:56:33 at the Toronto Marathon, becoming the first in his age group to break 4:00 and taking 28 minutes off the previous 85+ record.
I was fortunate to meet him at what I think may have been his last race. He graciously chatted with and posed for photos with anyone who asked.
As an older runner, I am in awe of his accomplishments. I mean at age 85, he finished a  half marathon in 1:50:47.What really impresses me was his running ethic:

Whitlock also defied convention, especially for older runners, in his approach to non-running activities, in that he did no stretching, strength training, or cross training. When he was injured, he simply stopped running until he felt able to resume his high-volume training. He followed no special diet, other than to eat enough to keep his weight up. Whitlock mostly ran in old shoes he’d won at races or had otherwise received; he said the racing flats he wore to break 4:00 at Toronto were 15 years old.

Hmmmm.  Does he know something here?

So sad that stupid cancer had to end his running career. He will be missed.

And since it is Wednesday,  I’m linking up with  Nicole and AnnMarie and Jen for the Wild Workout Wednesday

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

Happy Running! Ever met a famous runner?  Whom do you idolize?

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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Runnin’ of the Green Race Recap

This used to be a very popular race.  It was flat and fast with awesome swag.

Two years, they changed the location.  It is no longer flat and gone are the tech shirts, beer glasses, etc. As a result, not as many runners do the race.

I ran it that year and didn’t like the course as much but still enjoyed running it.

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in 2015 – 37:27

I had just run a half marathon this past Sunday and only ran once this past week.  So as I have said about all my races, I run for fun.  I race because I enjoy it.  I don’t really train so I don’t expect a good time.  Of course, I am over the moon if I unexpectedly PR.

I did run a 4 mile race in February and I finished at 37:21 – a PR!!  I was pretty sure that with the wind and my weary legs that a PR would not happen in this race.

Plus, this is the weather I woke up to:

the coldest day of the year!!

Yes, you got that right. -9 with the wind chill.  Most runners would stay home and wait until later to run or run on the treadmill.

I did consider DNSing the race but in the end, I fished out my winter clothes (clothes that I didn’t even have to wear this winter or even last winter) and headed out.

The race began at 10 am but I left early in order to make sure I got a parking space in the school lot.

We received a cotton tee shirt which I will send to my running buddy. Then I debated about how many layers I would wear. I ditched one shirt and a fleece vest and decided to only wear one layer and a down jacket (I have never run in it before.) I even wore my heavier tights for the first time in years.

all dressed in Green for “Runnin of the Green”

I bumped into the usual folks that I see at all the HMRRC races.  I also saw the lady that I will be rooming with in NYC for the Shape Half Marathon. We chatted until it was time to go outside.

In fact we waited until the very last second.  It was FREEZING!!!!!!! The wind was blowing and I was wondering why I was running in this weather. As was everyone else.

I normally start near the front but I wasn’t paying attention and we were standing somewhere in the middle when all of a sudden, the race started.. .Oh well!

At least I was prepared that there would be hills and mostly at the end of the race when you were tired.

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So we left the school parking lot, turned left onto a main road and we ran INTO the wind. Similar to Florida except it wasn’t 70 degrees, it was 7 degrees.

My face was freezing.  I couldn’t feel my lips.  My hands were numb as well as were my feet.  Plus it was so hard to breathe. So I just trudged along.

Eventually we turned in a residential neighborhood and the wind wasn’t so bad.  In fact, I almost felt a little warm in my down jacket.

That didn’t last because the hills came and we, of course, were again running to the wind.

I managed to run without walking until mile 3 and then the wind and hills were getting to me.

Finally we were back on the main road that lead to the high school and I got a second wind as the wind was finally as our backs.

I crossed at 37:48.  Not a PR or even a course PR but I was surprised that it was under 38 minutes.

I quickly ran inside to thaw out.

The refreshments, as usual, were decent – soup, pizza, fruit, cookies, hot chocolate.  I ate everything while waiting for the awards.

I hung out with the same ladies as before the race. The awards were for 10 year age groups. I didn’t win anything.  I think I was 6th. (It was only a medal anyway!)

Considering that I have done no speed work and just ran a half marathon, I was pleased with my time.

Splits:

mile 1 – 9:17
mile 2 – 9:01
mile 3 – 9:53
mile 4 – 9:09
.04 – 6:43

Garmin time – 37:36 (I used my old 205 since the battery does last for 4 miles.)

I had planned to run 3 more miles as I am supposedly training for my next half marathon on April 30 but it was just TOO COLD.

Maybe I’ll have better luck next weekend and be able to run 8 miles in warmer, less windy temps.


I am 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! Do you run a St. Patty’s Day-themed race?

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Friday Five 2.0: Fitness Trends

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 is: Fitness Trends

Well, I tried to think of one that I do participate in but I could not.

I guess I am a pretty traditional runner.

So  here are FIVE trends that I will most likely never participate in:

1. Ragnar Races

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I know that they are popular and everyone says that they are so much fun.  But…

  • I don’t want to run at night…by myself
  • I don’t enjoy sleeping in a van or a tent
  • I don’t think my body can handle all that mileage in one weekend

2. Challenges

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They always seem like a good idea but I have a hard time motivating myself to run a few times a week never mind running or planking EVERYDAY!!

3. Color or Themed Runs 

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I am a competitive person by nature and when I run a race, I want to do my best.  I know it sounds like fun to have color or foam thrown at you, but it’s just not something I want to pay to do.

4. Warrior or Spartan Races

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I am way too old and too clumsy to do one of these races.  I know for sure that I would get injured.  Plus I am sure that I could not climb the wall, jump over fire and complete most of the obstacles.

5. Virtual Races

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I know that it’s fun to get the bling.  Plus they raise money for great causes.  But if I spend the money, I want to compete in a race with other runners.  What I enjoy most at a race is the competition and the camaraderie among the runners.

Happy Running? Which trends do you participate in?  Are there any that you would not?

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