THE 9/11 BOSTON HEROES RUN 5k

Today I participated in the Boston 9/11 Heroes Run 5k.

The 9/11 Heroes Run is a 5K race series held each September across the United States (San Diego, NYC, Austin, Boston, Houston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and smaller cities to support local communities and the Travis Manion Foundation. https://www.travismanion.org/

The purpose of the race was to honor the fallen and to never forget what happened on 9/11.  Runners, walkers and ruckers (Walking with a weighted backpack) came together to show their support for all the victims and families affected.

The event took place on the Franklin Park Cross Country Course in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston, Mass. It was a lovely morning for a 5k.

 

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day.  I had a great holiday.

Today, I participated in the annual 5-miler race sponsored by The Martin Richard Foundation.  (MR8K)

The Martin Richard Foundation helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement

.During the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks, 8-year old Martin was one of the three bystanders who lost their lives that day. After the tragedy, his family established a charity in his name.

I was a runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon, but that day I was very thankful, to be a very slow runner.  I was at mile 20 when the bombs went off. I was completely sheltered from hearing, seeing and witnessing the tragedy.  I was clueless to the extent of the tragedy until I arrived safely home and saw it replay out on television. I was lucky and perhaps a higher above was watching out for me that day.

But why did Martin and the other two die? 😦

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The race began at Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing, the practice facility of the Boston Bruins and traveled around the streets near the Arena to complete a 5-miler route.  The weather was almost ideal just tad too hot and humid for my liking.

After the race, there was plenty of food and entertainment.

Later during the day, my husband and I went To Framingham to visit my parents.  We all had lunch at the Framingham Beer Works and the food was delicious. . Going to the Beer Works was a nice treat after the run.

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9 miles

Running last week, it was stinking humid and hot.

Wednesday 9 miles …not an easy run …, thunderstorms in the area, hazy hot humid …. Oh, My!  However, I did beat the down pours.

Thursday 3 miles …   feeling hot hot hot

Last week …Mother Summer Nature won…. My body physically struggled   after my 9-miler due to bad quality air. In all honesty, I should have done my long run on a treadmill.  Yes, daughter your right, don’t run outside when accu -weather health forecast says stay indoors. Yes, I should know better but, summer is too short not to be outside.

Me afterwards …. Cough Cough Cough …… Spouse gives me” The look” ……. Cough more……  Continue looks from my loving spouse….

Besides running, I had a nice weekend.  On Saturday, my husband and I travelled on the Salem ferry into Boston.  It was an enjoyable one hour cruise. We then visited the Museum of Science to see Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life, followed by a delicious lunch at Picco a casual restaurant located in the South End that specializes in cooking delicious pizza and homemade ice cream.

Sunday, I spent most of the day at home just relaxing.    To end the weekend, my family and I went to our favorite Chinese Restaurant for dinner.

Views from the ferry.

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The Dopey Challenge

I have officially become insane, nuts with my running. I will be participating in the Dopey 2020 Challenge!
The challenge consists of a 5k + 10k + half marathon + full marathon = 48.6 miles in 4 days (and six medals!)

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I chose this challenge for various reasons.

I want to do something really hard.

I am ready for a bigger challenge.

I will be kicking of the year 2020 with a big accomplishment.

Bragging rights

Many friends from the running community has completed the challenge and I always admired their hard work.

I love Disney races.

And finally, I’m not fast ….   I struggle with faster running …. I have asthma and exercise induced asthma and I receive 4 shots a month for allergies ……so my focus is developing more aerobic endurance . Dopey is an endurance challenge.

I am starting week 8 of training.  I am following the Galloway training program.  His programs have worked very well for me in past races.

Pictures of last week running..

 

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The last two pictures are at Tanglewood … home of the Boston Symphony.  Sunday my relaxation day .

 

Running August 5-11

 

Another week of running in the books!  Training for some fall races,…… (Disney Wine and Dine Half in November)….(Disney Marathon in January.) also I will throw in some 5k’s and 10k’s this fall.

Getting excited for the fall…. better running temperatures.

This week  ….Long run 7 miles  and two 3 milers

 

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Disney World and running

Greetings from Disney World……. When your family thinks, you are crazy because you are at the hotel gym running because You “MUST “follow your training plan! Even though, I walked miles in the parks going on rides the day before.  Training for Wine and Dine and  The Disney Marathon.

Anyways, I am having a nice vacation.  We spent the week visiting The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The best part of the trip is creating fun filled  family memories.

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RUN TO HOME BASE 9K

RUN TO HOME BASE

Wow! What a day.

Today, I ran my first race of the summer.  The race was Run to Home Base 9k. Home Base honors all the soldiers and their families that have sacrificed their time in war protecting our country.   Also, honored are the men and women who lost their life caring for our country.

I left Swampscott very early in the morning, rode the train, to arrive at Fenway Park by 7:00am for the `Opening Ceremony.  Runners listened to various Veterans and Service Members speak and then it was time to run.

The 9K run began outside of Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, travels around Boston and then ends crossing home plate inside Boston’s Fenway Park.  It was a bit too hot for me, so my running felt more like a crawl……but I still had a lot of fun. I am so glad I was able to experience this unique event.

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Trooper Thomas Clardy Memorial Run and the Celebration of my 50th Birthday and 25th Anniversary.

 

Twenty-five years ago, I got married on my birthday, and now I am celebrating the anniversary and my 50th birthday through a party. Prior to the party, I decided to run a 5k to honor the memory of Trooper Thomas Clardy.  I was not going to miss this race. I wanted to be part of the 1000 runners celebrating the life of a fallen officer.   Thomas Clardy was a State trooper, United States Marine Corps Veteran, husband and father of 6 children; who kept our country and state safe. It was an honor to run in the memory of Trooper Thomas Clardy.

So, the morning of the party, instead of picking up the cake, balloons or settling back before my birthday/anniversary celebration …. I was on my way to run a road race. My non-running spouse was in charge of picking up the cake.

I had a great time.  It was gorgeous morning to run a 5k.

………That night, with family and friends…. I celebrated my 50th birthday and my 25th anniversary!

I am so blessed to be able to celebrate 50 years with good health and 25 years of marriage with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. I will never take for granted the life god has given me.

I am also very thankful that I have the ability to run and that I am fortunate to have a passion so strong. I cannot be happier that I am able to continue my running passion at my age. BIG 50!

 

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Boston Run to Remember

On Sunday I ran the Boston’s Run to Remember 5-mile Race. It is a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and first responders which is held every Memorial Day weekend. 
 
This race was absolutely amazing and the day provoked many emotions. Today thousands of runners all came together to honor the men and women in uniform. I felt an overwhelming sense of love and belonging to the running community. Everyone who ran today, were my pals.
 
For most of the race I was running with a cop in uniform from Revere who was holding a remembrance flag throughout. As we ran along the streets of Boston, runners were cheering for all the individuals who protect us every day.  It was a great day.
 
 
The most important thing I learned today was how beautiful my running community is. Everyone came together to honor those in uniform. Amongst everyone, there was a sense of belonging, a feeling that doesn’t happen everywhere, but with my running group it always happens. Whether it is at a running expo, Facebook running group, or races, love is always seen.
 
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