Greetings Florida Running, Week 2 Boston Marathon training, Happy Chanukah

IMG_2423IMG_2422I am back in Florida at our town house.   I feel like I am in the process of becoming more of a snow bird. I hate Massachusetts in the winter.  I am very fortunate and thankful to be able to travel to Florida frequently.

When I am in Florida, I enjoy the scenery; palm trees, ponds, parks, beaches and I love the warmth. Put me out in the sun and I am happy.

I am using Jeff Galloway as a e coach. ( Galloway  is an American Olympian and the author of Galloway’s Book on Running)

I have been using him for several months.  He has been encouraging me, to be the best athlete , I can be.  I like having accountability  .  I need the  kick  in the behind  to get  me moving .

When it comes to running, I train much better in a warmer climate.  I never enjoyed running with 20 layers on, when December arrives in Massachusetts or settling for a treadmill.

Monday…… Long run 12 miles

Thursday … 2.5 miles  running   +   35 minutes swimming

Friday…..    35 minutes swimming

Saturday  ….      4 mile  repeats  running  +  30 minutes  swimming

I have been working hard in the past 3 1/2 months  building a stronger endurance base.   Now I am  working on gaining speed  ( mile repeats ) and  more endurance.   I’m not so good at running fast , but I’m working on it!



Running November 5-18


November 5-11th

After Run Disney,  my family and went to South Florida Boca Raton  to visit our winter vacation home located in the Broken Sound Club for a week . We enjoyed our time at the pool, spa, fitness center and   the delicious food service.  We all had a great time .

Thursday 3 miles

Friday 3 miles and 30 minute swim


Back in Boston  November 12-18th IMG_2390

Wednesday 12 miles …it went well

Saturday 4 miles

Sunday 3 miles  enjoying  a fall day IMG_2393.jpg





In the past 3 months, I have been working  with a coach to strengthening  my running endurance  ….. Lung capacity  ( cover the distance)  My respiratory system is my weakest link when it comes to running.

Next few months…   speed

I felt really good at the Disney Half   Marathon …..  I was pleased with my results given the weather conditions.  I   had to slow way down  due to heat and humidity .

Half Marathon Disney


Biggest Goal ….A faster Boston Marathon …  Run for Boston Marathon Liver Foundation team ….Working hard to build endurance……than speed …..following  coach’s….training plan  …..stronger respiratory system ..Asthma take a hike…..


Disney Wine and Dine Two Course Lumiere Challenge Saturday 6.2 miles Sunday 13.1 miles

Another Disney race weekend done!

I have my 10k Medal.

I have my Half Marathon Medal.

I have my Challenge Medal.

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My husband, oldest daughter Carrie and her fiancée John and I flew from Boston to Orlando.   I was the only runner.  My family was there to enjoy a vacation and keep me company.

.  We decided to stay at the Grand Floridian.  I love the hotel because it’s absolutely amazing. I love the pool, rooms, food, atmosphere staff etc.

We arrived early Friday morning, checked in, and then had lunch.

After lunch, I went to the expo alone to pick up my running bibs and to walk around. My family is not into running “stuff,” so they preferred to visit the Magic Kingdom.

The expo was held at the Wide World of Sports.  It was very easy to pick up my number and running shirts.

I also met Jeff Galloway at the expo.

Dinner Italian, then bed for a very early wake up call.



Saturday 10k race 6.2 miles:

I got up Saturday morning at 2:30am, took a quick shower, grabbed a snack and headed to the Disney buses that drove all runners to start of the race.   I basically waited at the start area for about an hour and then it was time to go to our assigned corral.  The official start was at 5:30 am.  My corral was released around 6: 00am. The race began at the Magic Kingdom Parking lot, traveled around Epcot and then   to Space Ship Earth for the finish.

Overall… I took it very easy during the race and finished at a comfortable pace.  My biggest concern was conserving my energy for the Half on Sunday. I had a fun race.

For dinner, Narcoossee’s   a restaurant on the Disney’s Waterfront


Sunday 13.1 Half Marathon:

Up again at 2:30 am!

This race ran through Animal Kingdom. Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  I felt good throughout the race.

Another fun race.



14 miles long run

14…miles done. I made it.

Prior to my long run, I was nervous because my fall allergies were bothering me greatly. Those beautiful color leaves that have fallen to the ground, decaying and the rain has caused tons of mold spores to be released into the air.  Mold is a big allergen for me.

Going into the long run, my plan was to run most of my miles outside and then the last miles inside to avoid an overload with the allergens.

After checking Accuweather thousand times for allergy reports; today at noon my long run began.   It was 60 degrees, not bad.  Plus, the wind died down. Time to get out the door!

The run went well.  I ran everywhere.  8 miles on the rail trail

3 miles along the beach

1 mile around my neighborhood

Last 2 on the treadmill

.   During my run, I focused ONLY on endurance not speed.  (Cover the Distance) Jeff Galloway taught me, I get the same benefit from a long slow run as I do from a long fast one.   No more killing myself during a long run!

I am feeling good about my training.

In two weeks, I will be in Disney World participating in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon   Challenge.  The challenge is ….

Saturday 6.2 miles

Sunday 13.1. miles



2019 American Liver Foundation Boston Marathon Team …Here I come….. Fall fun Football Pumpkins

It is official!  I am on the American Liver Boston Marathon Team 2019!   I am very excited. I am hoping to have a good marathon training season.

My training…

September 25-30th

Wednesday 3 miles

Thursday    3 miles

Saturday 3 miles


October 1-7th

Wednesday 12 miles long run … This run was a bit hard.  It was very humid 95%.

12 miles out and back Swampscott to Nahant Ocean Water Front along the water

By the beach, Motivation, pretty

Saturday 3 miles

Monday  3 miles

Also…. In one month…I will be in Disney World Running the Wine and Dine Challenge.

November 3 Disney 10k (6 miles) Saturday

November 4 Disney 13.1 Sunday

Other than running…Enjoying some football

Fall Fun

After a long run..swim time with dogsIMG_2297

I hired a running coach!

IMG_2259.jpgI hired a running coach!

I have been looking at hiring a running coach for a while.     In the past, my running has been very very very slow.  I also have seasonal allergies and allergic asthma that  has made running harder.

Anyways, my times were getting worse.  I was getting frustrated.  I was not happy with my training.    At the age of 49.  I was convinced I was too old physically to run marathons ( primarily Boston) ……  I   thought I was done……Boston Marathon ….no more.

Luckily, a light bulb turned on over my head!  Don’t quit Boston yet ….  Running the Boston Marathon is your passion…. Hire a coach!

Last year at the Princess Half Marathon, I met Jeff Galloway and was very impressed with his attitude and running experience.  Early August, I made the decision to do e-coaching with Jeff Galloway!  He would be my Boston Marathon Training Coach. I wanted a certified coach that would help me reach my full running potential.  I needed to have a successful marathon season. I also wanted a personalized coaching plan tailored to my needs and abilities. l was also a big fan of the guy!

I am eight weeks into the training plan and I love it.  My running schedule is more structured and organized.

The long run mileage has increased  to help me build up my endurance and lung power.    Galloway has me running my long runs at a much slower pace  , so my muscles can get plenty of oxygen  to improve  my overall aerobic energy system.  Simply put, run slower to get faster.

My midweek runs have more of a purpose. I am now focusing on improving my speed and strength.  I am running hill repeats and practicing acceleration gliders (speed training). I   am also working on improving my stride cadence.

I am pleased with the weekly advice I get from him, and having email access to Jeff Galloway.   I also like being held accountable for all my training runs.  Being answerable has helped me with my mental toughness. Every week, I would report to him, how my training was going and then if needed he would fine tune my workouts.

I   was given many long run nutrition tips that has been very beneficial to me. Also, if I have any aches and pains he gives me suggestions.

Getting out in the open air  despite asthma feels awesome! Running has strengthening my respiratory muscles, helped me maintain my weight and helps me control my blood numbers better. Asthma medication corticosteroids (   is associated with elevations in triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.

Overall, being pushed out the door to run will add years to my life. I am pleased with my decision to hire a coach.





G’Mar Chatima Tova !  May you be blessed with a healthy and prosperous year!  My family and I are having a great holiday!

This past year has been very good.

  I am so lucky to live my  passion for running each day and share my training stories. 

I  am blessed.

I have a lot of good family and friends in my life.

I am grateful that I was able to run the Boston  Marathon for the American Liver Foundation in 2018  .

I am glad to  have a supportive and loving family. .  I am hoping to have another terrific year with more fun memories and of course more running ! IMG_2222

Training September 9-16th

Thursday…. 4-mile loop hill training

Saturday   3-mile speed training

Sunday    3 miles

I am pleased that I was able to get my 3 training runs in during the Jewish Holidays. Even though I needed to do a lot of cooking, cleaning, and seeing family through the High Holidays, I always kept in the back of my mind that I have important races to train for!

Cooking, cleaning, seeing family…..I still have to train for my fall races.


8  miles running… long run   Shana Tova …. Happy Rosh Hashanah

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8 mile run….it went well …very pleased,  70 degree lovely morning  …

Now it’s time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year

Monday    3 miles

Wednesday ..Hills 3 miles

Saturday …8 miles


Great start to the weekend.  Friday, my husband and I went to see  the Sugarland concert. We had a great time.

Saturday, we spent time with my family celebrating the Jewish New Year Season.

Running And Happy Labor Day

Running, this week was hard. I am avoiding the “dreadmill” as much as I can now, to allow for a   more greater variability of changes in terrain and hills.

Massachusetts was  in a heat wave.    YUCK!    At the same time, I am also trying to boost my endurance   for my fall race schedule.  

  I am training for….October Tufts 10k

 November Disney Wine and Dine challenge (6 miles on Saturday) (13.1 half-marathon on Sunday) 

40337162_2031928553524682_105418348782682112_nMonday long run ……6 miles ….Hot   Very slow cover the distance

Thursday 3 miles hills

Saturday  3 miles    acceleration gliders speed play

Labor day 3 miles


This weekend, my youngest daughter Izzy started her Sophomore Year at U Mass Amherst.


At Legal  Seafood farewell dinner.

Enjoy the holiday