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Boston Marathon…. I will see you next year……

The running of the 124th Boston Marathon April 19, 2021 will be amazing.

The Boston Marathon has been part of my life for almost 20 years. …  I am thankful for all the kind runners I have met, to being a runner on the Liver Marathon team and the many gifts that running has given me, from fitness to my self-worth.

My 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston has been traveled in many different weather conditions.   I have run Boston in rainy, stormy, sunny, cloudy, cold, heat and windy conditions.

Sometimes, I was not able to complete my journey due to circumstances that are out of my control. For example, the year of the bombings, and the 2018 freezing rain storm.

On September 14th …I will run an amazing safe virtual race, whether it be a 5k, 10k or close to a Marathon.

#thankful #timetorun #whenlifegivesyoulemons

Time to run……

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More Virtual runs …to help me stay fit…

This week, I ran two Virtual runs.

Virtual Star Wars Run. The location of the race was held at the track. The weather was sunny and in the low 70’s.   (4 miles …in honor of May the 4th be with you. ) Star Wars characters were seen on the course.  This run benefits Soles4Souls . https://www.soles4souls.org/

 

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Run from Rona Run…. This run was organized by my Run Dopey Group.    It was a virtual fun run to help us beat the quarantine blues.  This run benefits the Kids at St. Jude Hospital.

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I am very fortunate to have a quiet neighborhood track to use. I like running on the track because it is very peaceful and I am able to escape all the Covid 19 talk.  I can spend a few hours with a couple of like-minded runners( social distance of-course)  and experience serenity which is difficult to do in a large crowd. The track has become my escape.

During these hard times,  I feel like I am  becoming a more efficient, and faster runner.

Boston Marathon…..I will be ready ….

When I’m not running….

I am Home Sweet Home..

I am grateful that I am quarantined with my spouse, daughter and dogs …

My emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is good.   Happy for all the good in my life.

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Happy Mother’s Day ….Virtual run …Running Is NOT Cancelled

Happy Mother’s Day.

To celebrate my special day, I ran a virtual Mother’s Day run.  It was a great run.

This run supported  ..WINGS ..breaking the cycle of Domestic Violence .  The rest of the day was spent relaxing in my home.

By the way, my husband gave me the ideal Mother’s Day gift…. he kept me company as I ran my Virtual Mom 5k.

He knows me well…skip the flowers, cards  and fragrance stuff….

RUN…………..

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During times of uncertainty, my mantra has been to get some outdoor exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Our country feels dark and gloomy. Sometimes, I feel like I am going to snap.   Running has allowed me to feel refreshed.  I am  very fortunate to have a operating track near my house and trails.

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Earlier this week, I ran a Virtual Social Distancing 6k.

Runner’s together…but six feet apart. This race supported the Food Banks during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Virtual racing

My spring races have been cancelled; I miss them.   Last May, every weekend was booked with a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon. It is a struggle to stay motivated, when the Coronavirus put a halt to racing.

Wondering what do with myself on weekend mornings, runners suggested virtual races.  It is a race that can be run at any location for example, your home or around your neighborhood.  These races also offer great running medals, shirts and benefit worthy charities.

This weekend my first virtual run was The Great Toilet Paper Chase of 2020, ( 16 mile run for toilet paper) 🙂

The race supports

Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund through the World Health Organization

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Patriots’ Day..Marathon Monday…no 26.2 See you in September

 

Today is Patriots’ Day.   The Boston Marathon was supposed to be today.  It is now September 14th.  I am a bit sad.

However, as I look at the situation in a positive way, I honestly believe I was given an excellent opportunity to work on my marathon speed.  My endurance is fine, speed not so good. Was this a blessing in disguise?  I believe so.

These past weeks, I have been going to the track to work on 800 meter repeats, 1600 meter repeats and acceleration-gliders (speed play).  They are hard, but I am enjoying my workouts.  My family has been joining me during these track sessions.   It has been a good time for family bonding.

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To celebrate Patriots’ Day, I ran a few miles.   While I ran, I was able to reflect on how much the Boston Marathon means to me.

It changed my life.  I have been running the Boston Marathon for almost 20 years. Running “Boston” gave me my confidence.   Prior to my first Boston Marathon, I was very insecure and constantly struggled to keep up with others socially and academically.   I was a “C “student and had a reading/ writing learning disability.  With running, I found success. Hard work and determination has enable me to finish many marathons throughout my adult life.  I am looking forward to the 124th Boston Marathon.  ………………………………………

I am blessed to be able to run with the American Liver Foundation Marathon Team for all these years. Such a great cause. I am glad to be a runner on the team.  Go Liver!

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During the Covid pandemic, my training is helping me stay center during the lockdown. Aside from exercising, most of my time is spent watching television, cooking, playing with the dogs and enjoying the backyard.

But, I miss not seeing extended family, friends, not being able to go to the gym, temple, and dinners out.

It is scary to see people wearing gloves, goggles,  full face shields, surgical masks at the supermarket, local essential stores, and takeout restaurants. This is not normal.  I am hoping that we all remain healthy and get back to the way things were.   I am thankful for all the workers putting themselves in  Covid virus danger to help us.  My heart goes out to all the ones who loss friends and family.

#Bostonstrong # Bostonisspecial #Bostonmarathon

#Speedtraining #stayingsafehome

#loveboston # hiddentracksuburbs

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Happy Easter and Passover

Many “Firsts” taking place

… new beginnings, hope, creation and unity ….

… intimate Seder at our house

… quiet Easter

…. more virtual races.

I am lucky to have running as my hobby.

It is my escape and keeps me center.

getting outside, soaking up the sun shine, boosts my immunity

This week long run …16 miles + some speed training at the track

#SafeDistance #Stayinghealthy #Stayhomesafe #smalltown  #hiddentrack  

Stay well.

 

 

The Boston Marathon is postponed, so why not set a new goal..Run faster……and overcome my fear to run fast .

During   the Covid 19 outbreak, I have been doing a lot of running to mitigate stress, and boost my immune system. I have been running at my local track.  Working out at the track is proving to be very easy to maintain social distance because of the rampant unpopularity of a running track.  Not much scenery at a track.

Anyways, with this extended Boston Marathon training period, I have decided to learn to run much faster and overcome my fear to run fast.  I know I can run much better.  I have to get acclimated to being uncomfortable.

I always hated Speed work.   I always did.

Speed work has always been hard and scary. My heart rate beats fast, my muscles are sore, and I hate the feeling of huffing and puffing.

Being age fifty, does not mean I have to be slow, I can still train my body to run faster as I age.

I reached out to Coach Jeff Galloway, and he developed a running plan to get me faster.  Time to break down my cement fear walls and run quicker.

These past two weeks, I have been practicing 800 meter repeats or mile repeats at the track. I was uncomfortable, coughed a bit, but I survived.  My plan is to continue using the track for speed practice during the extended marathon training season.

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I am also strength training at home using Les Mills Body Pump video.     It is a barbell based workout that uses very light weights with very high reps.

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Overall, I am doing well.  I have been relaxing at home and my mental and physical health has been good.

I am watching television, playing with the dogs, using social media to stay in touch  with others and just chilling out.

Stay healthy.

 

 

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