Running November 1-9 (Dopey Challenge)

Dopey Challenge  …4 days series ( 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon)

Mileage is increasing. My body is screaming at me …. more fuel…I’m tired … I’m sore …this sucks….

This being said, I really do want to succeed at this challenge!

Monday …This week my long run was 19 miles.

To tackle the long run, I mentally broke it up in chunks (4 miles 4 times) +3 miles. I listened to Disney music while running and when I got tired I kept on playing Disney’s Hercules Go the Distance.

And I won’t look back,

I can go the distance

And I’ll stay on track,

no I won’t accept defeat

It’s an uphill slope

But I won’t loose hope,

’till I go the distance

I was well rested and energized, due to the fact I did very little running Halloween week.   Too much candy, pigging out at restaurants, lack of motivation, and sleeping in. This made it very hard to get out the door and run.

But that’s ok with me. It resulted in an excellent long run. And that’s a good thing

Tuesday 8.5 miles

Thursday 3 miles

Saturday 3 miles

Total this week …33.5 miles

Besides running, I am  having fun decorating my home for Thanksgiving.  I love the beauty of Autumn in New England.

Last Sunday, I visited my youngest daughter at U Mass Amherst. She loves college life.

My oldest daughter is happily married  for 6 month and is doing well.

 

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Dopey Training going well!

I love Autumn!  Best time for running.

I am gradually increasing my mileage and my body is responding well!  I am so proud of myself.

My running training program has been very successful.  I follow the Jeff Galloway Program.

https://www.rundisney.com/running-training-programs/

Monday 7 miles……Rebook Women 10k Boston   + 1 mile in the evening

Tuesday 17 miles! (SEVENTEEN)………My long run was done on the trails of Marblehead and Salem.  I kept it a nice and easy pace.   My mile splits were consistent all 17 miles.  My feet were sore but my energy was good due to good fueling.  I had two performance energy wafer bars and a combination of water/ Gatorade throughout the run

Wednesday 3 miles

Sunday   3 miles

Beautiful Fall

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Boston 10k for Women

To end the holiday weekend, I participated in the Reebok Boston 10k For Women. Women Power !   Approximately 4000  women !

The event was very organized, plenty of water stations and food.

I enjoyed running through Boston.  It is an out and back course. The race started on Charles Street near the Boston Common/Public Gardens and ran down Beacon Street, and then across the Massachusetts Ave Bridge. Mile three and four were on Memorial Drive along the Charles River. The last 2 miles were heading up Commonwealth Ave toward the Boston Common/Public Gardens where the finish line was located.

It was a great day. Low 60s partially sunny.

 

May you be sealed in the book of life (Yom Kippur) Running Blog ……

 

Last week, I ran a long run of 15 miles, 5.5 miles, 5k and 3 miles before Yom Kippur.  I am training for the Dopey Challenge in January.       The Disney’s Dopey Challenge is a race series that consists of four events: a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon on four consecutive morning culminating in 48.6 miles.  I am following the Galloway training program.   https://www.rundisney.com/

My endurance is improving and my body is getting used to the increased miles.  Overall, I feel good.

I need to focus on nutrition more.  I love eating; however, I need to add more protein to my diet and iron.  My doctor said my iron is a bit low.  (Females athletes who are perimenopause are at higher risk for iron deficiency due to menstruation.  So , I will pig out more on steak, burgers and peanut butter.

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Monday, I rested to prepare for the holiest day of the Year, Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is a day of atonement.

Should I be writing a blog post a day before Yom Kippur?   It is the most somber day of the Jewish year.

This Yom Kippur, I wonder, if my decease loved ones are extremely proud of the woman that I am becoming.  Especially, the Grandparents, Great Aunts, Great Uncles and other members of my family that have passed.

Below are the questions, I would ask them.

Are you proud of my running?   I have run 16 Boston Marathons on behalf of the Liver Foundation. Running has been good for my heart.  Physically, I have good cardiac heart health. Mentally, I am a happier, confident, joyful woman.

Are you proud of me for being an excellent wife, and mom?

Are you aware of the two nice young adults my kids have grown into?

Are you proud that I am living a full life, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually?

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So, this Yom Kippur, I am blessed and grateful that my family is thriving,

I am honored to be surrounded by people that care for me as much as I care for them.  I am thankful, they are in my life and able to “do life together”.

What will next year bring?

g’mar chatima tovah “a good final sealing.” In the book of life

 

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Happy Rosh Hashanah, Self-reflection, Middlemiss Big Heart 5k, and Dunkin’ Donuts …Life’s Simple Pleasure

First of all, let me wish you a Happy Rosh Hashanah and a fruitful New Year.  Prior to the holiday, I spent some quiet time on self-reflection and repentance.

This New-year, I am grateful for all the blessings I have in my life. I am blessed to have a loving family, friends, good health and happiness.

However, I do have my challenges that test my emotional wellbeing. I can be over sensitive and a bit clingy. I have very little tolerance or patience for annoying people, or toxic people. Negative Nancies bother the heck out of me.  I do not handle life’s unfairness, or disappointments well. However, running has helped me with that.

I always love getting up early in the morning for a race to be with like-minded people who know the benefits of a good run and share my passion for the sport.  Running is my therapy.

So today….

I participated in the Middlemiss Big Heart 5k charity run held in Dracut Ma. The purpose of the race is to raise funds for pediatric cardiomyopathy research and support pediatric cardiac conditions.  The Charity was established in memory of a 6-year-old boy who lost his life due to cardiomyopathy.

It was a warm morning for late September in Dracut Ma.  It was in the 70’s.

I enjoyed the run completely. Approximately 900 runners showed up at the event and the energy throughout the race was amazing.  There was live music and drinks throughout the course.  The race was hilly; plus, there were many bystanders cheering us on during the race.  Thirty-five minutes later, I finished the race.

By the time I got home, it was almost noon.   It was time for my second breakfast.  When I walked in the house, my spouse handed me my favorite Cinnamon Coffee roll  and a donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. I love having the luxury of being able to indulgence in something sweet. Life’s simple pleasures. SUGAR!

As I sat at our kitchen table, eating my delicious Dunkin’ snack with my spouse next to me, I felt a deeper sense of happiness.

On this Rosh Hashanah, I am truly blessed. I am so thankful for all life’s daily simple pleasures, my significant other, family and all spiritual gifts from G-d.

Happy Rosh Hashanah “Shanah tovah

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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 .