THE HOT B.A.A 10k

BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 1OK

  Today my daughter and I participated in The Boston Athletic Association 10k race. This is my fourth time running this race. I like to go back year after year because the race is local, lots of fun and well organized. 

The race began at 8.00 am at the Boston Common.  It is an out and back course through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and extends to Boston University.  Most of the course is flat, with a good portion of the race on Commonwealth Avenue. 

Mother Nature was not cooperating today, it was very hot with high humidity. Prior to this race, emails were sent out from the B.A.A. warning runners about the heat.

I had no specific goals for this race. My plan was to do Galloway run/walk intervals but add more frequent walk breaks to finish in an upright position without heat exhaustion.  I remember from previous races Galloway Quoting “In extreme heat walking tends not to cause a dangerous body temperature increase, yet it still delivers the same level of endurance based on your distance”.

Miles 1-4 went well for me.  I found a good run/walk pace and stuck with it.  

Mile 5-6 …The body said …. No more running ……. You’re walking.

Finish … I ran the last 100 yards and then I was done!  

Overall, I had a nice safe 10k and enough energy to be able to smile and pose at the professional photographers along the course.

After the race, I chugged down some Gatorade, water and Coca Cola.  I like Coca Cola because I am prone to runner migraines and soda helps prevent them. 

Run/Walk Well 5k

On Saturday, I participated Run/Walk Well 5k held at Lynnfield High School. The Calvary Christian Church ran this event.  The purpose of this race was to raise funds to build wells that will provide drinkable water for schools and thousands of adults and children in the surrounding villages throughout Africa.  

It was a small race approximately 50 people. The course was hilly and very pretty. We ran through the wealthiest parts of Lynnfield.  There were many beautiful mansions along the course. 

it was a well-organized race.  The volunteers and congregants from the church were very friendly and welcoming. 

Physically, it was not my best run, the pollen in the air was too much for my respiratory system, so I did a lot of walking. 

Half Marathon Training week 5 

Monday Barbell Strength

Wednesday 5-mile run  

Friday 3 miles and Barbell Strength

Saturday 5k

HALF MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 4, COUNTRY CONCERT TIM MCGRAW

Last week was a good training week.  I am fully recovered from the covid, and my energy level is back to normal. The plan I am following is the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon program.  Basically, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I run between 30 – 45 minutes and then on Saturdays I do a long run.

 Last week my long run was 5 miles. Overall, my legs and body are holding up quite nicely.  My strength training is also going well. 

To end the week, my spouse and I went to see Country Music Singer Tim McGraw at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield.  I had a great time. I love summer Country concerts. 

Run to Remember ….Having Covid…Half Marathon Training

Memorial Day. This weekend we honor our national heroes and express gratitude.  We all need to slow down and give thanks for what we have. 

Today, I participated in the Boston Run to Remember with my daughter Carrie. This race consisted of a half marathon or a 5 miler, that pays tribute to fallen responders. We both ran 5 miles. The race began and ended at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  

Prior to this race, I spent the last 12 days recovering from Covid.  I am very fortunate that my symptoms were just an annoying crummy cold, a slight backache that felt like I’ve done too many deadlifts at the gym and general body fatigue. During that time, I forced myself to be patient with my body’s healing process.  I did not jump back into exercise.  I let my body’s white blood cells do their job ….  To sum it up …I sat on the couch and did nothing. 

RACE DAY

Early this morning, Carrie and I took the blue line to the aquarium T stop and then we walked a mile to the start line. The race started bright and early 7:00am. It was a bit hot, but manageable. 

   The national anthem was played, then a few honoree words were spoken and then we were off. 

The race took us towards Faneuil Hall, around the Financial District, and then we headed back to the Seaport District to the finish line. Of course, Carrie was so much faster than me. She left her mom in the dust!

 It was a very patriotic race.  I enjoyed participating in this race with my 27-year-old daughter.  It was also very nice to see all the police, fire and responders all onsite. 

Overall, this was an awesome race, well organized, and a nice course through Boston.

The medals were also quite nice.

More running stuff…Sunday May 8th was the start of Half Marathon Training. I will be running the Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon this fall with my daughter Carrie who is 25 years younger than me! I feel a mixture of many emotions ranging from scared to excited. 

  My goal …. I am going to train hard and try to run the fastest Half Marathon, I am capable of. Increase lung capacity over time 

 Completion Time Goal 3:00 hrs-3:15 hour

Training WEEK  1 for Maple Leaf Half ……. May 8th– 14th

Sunday …. Mother’s Day 9 miles…

Monday Barbell Strength + 30-minute run 

Wednesday 30-minute run 

Friday Barbell strength class

WEEK 2 …. May 15th……May 21st  

Sunday   55-minute run 

Monday …Barbell class

Tuesday 45-minute run ……this was a hard run.  ……. now I know why.   I came down with covid.  

WEEK 3 rest covid recovery

Running blog Mother’s Day 9 miler.  Not the typical Mother’s Day…

Today, I spent Mother’s Day running a 9-miler with other runners on behalf of the Cancer Connection.  The event was held in Deerfield Massachusetts. Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families, and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies, resources, hope, and strength.

 Not the typical “Mother’s Day” celebration. Today was “Me Time”. My personal self-care day.  Just me and other runners on the road; all running for a good cause.  Why “Me Time” on Mother’s Day? Is that odd, you ask?

I am not the biggest fan of Mother’s Day because of the clichés and expectations.

 Growing up, I am taught that “the giving of love and kindness,” is an essential social value in our everyday lives.   In Jewish law, it is a Mitzvah that an individual acts with kindness without anticipating receiving something in return. Gratitude for a parent, spouse, others etc. should be shown frequently during the year.  Sometimes, a simple thank you is the best words one can hear. 

So,  on this Sunday, affection  and gratitude is better than any Mother’s Day gift. I don’t need that one obligation scheduled day of the year to know how much my family loves me.  We can see each other any given day. No overpriced Hallmark cards, flowers, brunches, gifts will replace the love I receive every day of my life.   

I may sound like a Mother’s Day Grinch, but in my opinion every day is Mother’s Day. In closing, the best gift to myself, on this day is to run.  My passion. My selfcare day. Let’s celebrate Moms every day.  

****Today many dollars were raised for Cancer Connection 

Something I realized as I was about to post this, was the fact each member of our family did their own Mother’s Day workout independent from each other.  
My oldest daughter ran a race in Plymouth Massachusetts. 

My youngest daughter did yoga today.

And spouse did Cardio Boxing. 

That’s how we all spend Mother’s Day I guess, haha…We are odd bunch. I would not change it for anything.

  Late afternoon I had Chinese Food with my spouse, youngest daughter, granddaughter and  I also played fetch with my pack of 4 dogs all Labrador Retrievers.

American Lung Association Climb

Today, my spouse and I participated in the American Lung Association Fight for Air climb in Boston.  The proceeds go to lung research.

 If you are wondering why I chose to climb stairs, it’s because I have asthma.   Although I had asthma as a child, it has gotten progressively worse over the decades, but medications help keep my lung capacity at 80- 85 percent, measured by a (*spirometry test) and that is good enough for me.  I would be happy with a lung capacity of 100 percent, but that is not in the cards for me. I am at my healthiest, thanks to top notch doctors and medical research. 

 
The event was held at Fenway Park.   It was a beautiful morning.    At 10:30am it was time for my group to line up and start the event.  My strategy was to go nice and slow.  Up and down the stadium stairs I went. 

My legs were feeling the muscle fatigue. Soon, I reached the finish line.  Mission completed!  

It was a great morning.  

**Spirometry is the most common type of pulmonary function or breathing test. This test measures how much air you can breathe in and out of your lungs, as well as how easily and fast you can the blow the air out of your lungs.

NOT A WALK IN THE PARK

Today, I participated in the annual 5k road race in Saugus Ma “Not a Walk in the Park 5k”. 

There were about 300 runners that showed up to run. The race took you through the beautiful scenery of Breakheart Reservation located in Saugus Massachusetts. The race was challenging because there are many hills along the course. It was a  nice morning for a 5k.

Other running news…. It official….I am signed up for  the Dopey Challenge in  2023 !

 For those unfamiliar, It is a 4 day challenge, 5k, 10k, half and full Marathon back to back on consecutive days. 48.6 total. 

I also have scheduled a Half Marathon on September10th. It is called the Maple Leaf Vermont Half Marathon. I am running this race with my daughter who is almost 27 years old. 

 Follow me, as I prepare to Go the Distance again…. So this summer, I will be participating in various races to build up a strong running base in preparation for DOPEY!

RUNNING ON MATZAH BALL SOUP FUEL …BAA 5k

Happy Passover /Easter.   Boston Athletic Association 5k (running on Matzah Ball Soup Fuel) 

My blog is back…… Springtime is the start of running season for me. 

I always take a few months off from running in the winter to avoid burnout…

Springtime is also the time I celebrate Passover.  Passover is a renewal of spirit and life.   New Beginnings.

My husband and I had a wonderful Passover Seder. It was nice to celebrate with family.  Lots of good eating.  Plenty of enjoyment reading the Haggadah. One of my favorite Jewish Holidays. 

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Today, I ran the Boston Athletic Association 5k with my two children.  

The race started and ended at the Public Garden/Boston Garden.

  My daughters and I arrived in Boston around 7:15 am. We walked around enjoying the festive atmosphere and then it was time to line up in our designated corrals. There were tons of people running the 5k, approximately 10,000 runners.  Since, I was in the last corral, it took some time for me to cross the starting line.   Thirty minutes later, it was my turn to run. 

   Runners headed out on Arlington Street, down Commonwealth Ave, up Boylston Avenue and then a left on Charles Street to the finish line.  The best part of this race was the last mile, because we run along the Boston Marathon route, and we run over the finish line. I always enjoy running across the finish line of a Marathon, even if I’m not running it. 

 I had a great morning. It was fun spending time with my kids. 

Tomorrow is Easter.  Since I do not celebrate Easter, my plan is to have a quiet day watching the movie Ten Commandments on tv. 

Once again, 

Happy Passover

Happy Easter