Run to Home Base …enjoying the end of summer

I was at Fenway Park early Saturday morning.   I was there with 1000+ runners to participate in an event called Run to Home Base. Runners had a choice to run a 9k or 5k. I ran the 5k.

Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.

The event kicked off with an opening ceremony.  There were many speakers.  Most of the speeches were from vets who used the Home Base  Services. 

Forty-five minutes later, it was time to run. The race started just outside Fenway Park, looped around the nearby neighborhoods, then back to the stadium to end the race on the baseball diamond.  It was a nice race.

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Last week, all my training runs were 3 miles to allow for muscle recovery and rest.   I have a 15-mile-long run planned for this week coming up.   Three and half months from now, I will be in Florida participating in Disney World Marathon Weekend.  My event is the Dopey Challenge. 48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days.  

 As I ramp up the miles, I am still keeping up with the cross training. I love my gym LifeTime. The instructors are all very nice. I enjoy my Barbell Strength Classes and my Surrender Yoga classes. It makes me feel more well-rounded as a runner.

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I am enjoying the last bit of summer before its starts getting cool.

Our pool is still open, so I am able to get in some last-minute end of the season dips.   Many times, after running, when I am all sweaty and gross, I just cool off in the pool. So, refreshing.  Our pool will be closing in a few weeks.  

Last week, to close the summer season, my spouse and I attended a Country Music Concert. I love Country Music. We saw Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett. Great show.





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Yom Kippur “Gmar Chatima Tova” and 13 mile long run..training hard…

“Gmar Chatima Tova” Good final sealing.

With the Covid Pandemic still happening ,our temple offered in person services or Facebook live services for Yom Kippur.

I spent my holiday at home, listening to the service on Facebook live.   Nothing beats a comfortable couch.

  The week prior to Yom Kippur was very nice.  I saw my family and my husband’s family both in one week.  I enjoyed catching up with everyone.   Lots of good eating.  Many sweet, sugary foods to usher in a sweet new year.   I definitely indulged my sweet tooth.    I am glad I had a long run scheduled few days later to burn off all that sugar.

 Other than visiting family, it was a quiet week for me.  I had plenty time to run.  My training schedule last week called for 3 miles, another 3 miles. 4 miles and a 13-mile run.

 I am following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Training Schedule.

   I chose to run my 13-miles in honor of the memory of the 13 soldiers who lost their lives.  To make the run more meaningful, few runners from The Run Dopey Training Group and I decided to dedicate each mile to the fallen soldiers. 

This run felt hard because of the heat. It was about 77 degrees during my run. But I kept on pushing, and visualizing a volunteer putting medals around my neck as I crossed the Disney Marathon finish line. Just keep moving. I am glad the cooler weather is on its way . The last 3 miles was done on a treadmill to escape the heat. 13 miles ….checked off.

That night, I made a Dessert Rice Crispy Treat Turkey to humor my family. I was making it for the Yom Kippur Fast Break. It took some time but it was worth it. My family loved the dessert.   Plus, Turkeys are always served as a celebratory meal.  

Earlier this week, I got a surprise in the mail from Run Disney. Four Disney 5k Medals!

This summer, I participated in the Run Disney Lion King Virtual Summer Series 5k runs to keep me motivated to run throughout the summer.  Each 5k earns you one of a kind Disney medals.  I love the medals.    What a perfect close for my summer racing season. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am heading to Disney World in January for the Dopey Challenge. (5k 10k 13.1 and 26.2)     

Hope everyone has a meaningful blessed year.

L’Shana Tova.. Happy New Year…

My morning began with a nice therapeutic 3- mile run. I love those quiet runs. Just me and the road. I ran at an easy slow pace. As I ran, I was spiritually preparing for the holiday.  My Opinion….

Life is not flawless. It is about the tough times, the disputes, that make the coming together a blessing.   Life is short, so don’t waste it being angry or frustrated.  Be happy and enjoy the time with your love one’s.  Pick up the phone, forgive.

 This holiday, I am very thankful for my spouse, family, friends, health and all the good that I experience this past year. There is a new year of empty pages from the book of my life waiting to be well filled. I will welcome the joy, celebrations, life challenges, lessons, mishaps and special moments that will happen between 2021 -2022. May we all have a good sealing in the book of life. Have a wonderful, meaningful, sweet Rosh Hashanah.

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My running plan for this week is few 3-mile runs.  This week is a low milage rest week, and next week I hope to built up to 13 miles. Ultimately, I want to be ready for my next big race, the Dopey Challenge which is held in Disney World. (48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days— 3 .1, 6.2, 13.1 and 26.2) Stay tune as I train. January 6-9 of 2022 Is Dopey.

Keep on moving…. Disney Marathon training in progress

Success in running happens by putting in the work and ignoring the voice of doubt even when the voice is loud…. Growth comes from the easy slow miles, the long runs, the fast runs, and the not so good runs.

There are good weeks and bad weeks…just keep moving.  My workout in the past two week ranged from at least I showed up, to I crushed it, in roughly equal portions.

Tuesday August 31st …11-mile-long run …I am training in the double digits now for Disney Marathon January 2022.  It was a good run. My pace was consistent per mile, and I was able to hold my pace for mile 10 and`11. The last miles can be rough especially when fatigue kicks in.

Even though, I had a good long run today, last week my training runs felt very difficult due to the extreme amounts of humidity in the air caused by Hurricane Henri. High humidity does not work well with my asthma. It causes flare-ups.  Running outside was not going to happen, so I visited my gym many times to use their treadmill.     My gym does a pretty good job keeping the air dry, however as the humidity gets over 90 percent, it attends to get moist in the building making running on a treadmill very challenging for myself.

My coach always said just cover the miles even if it means walking.  So, walking I did. Very slow walking for a week. And then the hurricane blew out to sea, and I felt 100 percent better……I was back …

In summary, I enjoy running and I love my cross-training classes at Life Time Gym.  So far, it has been a fun journey.


My favorite class ..Barbell Strength with Instructor Kristy

9 Mile Run

My 9-mile run… Long Run

 I will rate this run Grade B+  or A-

The worst part of the whole run was definitely the summer heat. My 9-mile run was a very slow jog with some walk breaks to avoid getting drained by the summer heat.

Overall, I enjoyed my long run.   I ran on the scenic rail-trails.   For most of the run, I was thinking I love running.  Running is therapeutic. Running relieves my stress. Running feels good.

During my run, I just held a water bottle in my hand and took plenty sips of water throughout the run.  I wasn’t running that fast, so holding a bottle did not bother me.   

I would say this run was a success. Hours later, I did not feel drained by the heat or queasy.  Good long run

In the evening, my spouse and I went on a slow walk to the ocean.   It was nice to loosen up the body.

#DisneyMarathon #DopeyChallenge 5k 10k 13.1 26.2   January 2022 Disney Races

Becca Pizzi 5k

Today, I ran the Becca Pizzi 5k.   This was my first time running this race. The race took place in Belmont Massachusetts. Becca is an amazing runner, and the first American Woman to finish the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 continents). She averaged a 3-hour 55 time over the course of the event and beat all the female competitors. The money from this race goes to athletic seniors from her high school heading to colleges.

I arrived at Belmont High School half hour early to pick up my bib number and stretch.  There were over 300 runners from all over Massachusetts there.  The weather was very humid and hot.  It was a difficult run, but I was able to complete all 3 muggy slow miles. There were lots of runners, including myself taking walking breaks throughout the race. To get through the race, I focused on enjoying the neighborhood scenery and cheering other runners on. Then I was done. Another 5k in the bank.

Despite the heat and humidity, it was a fun morning.

My 7-mile training run…..

My 7-mile training run…

Today, I ran 7 miles. As, I mentioned in a previous blog post I am training for the Dopey Challenge.  3.1 miles + 6.2 miles + 13, .1 miles + 26.2 miles = 48.6 miles of pure Dopey-ness. 

 I was a bit nervous about this run because I have not run that far in a while.  Plus, last week, my running stunk due to headaches.    According to my training schedule, I was due to run 7 miles today. So, I had to suck it up.

 Anyways, I’ve done lots of 5k runs since June that went well, but this training run, I needed to improve my endurance and run further.

 I headed out around noon to Marblehead Rail Trails, turned on some music tunes and just ran. I actually enjoyed myself.   And I accomplished, what I wanted to do.  I had a good 7-mile run.  

That evening, after my long run, I went out to dinner with my spouse. Very nice treat.

Pictures from Marblehead .

I am now on my way to a January 2022 Marathon finish line. 

Miles for Migraine 5k

 

  Saturday, I participated in the Miles for Migraines Boston 5k.  The event was held at the Mystic River Reservation in Medford.

All funds raised benefited the Harvard/Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital to support local migraine research.

 It so happens that I have migraines. They are a challenge. I am taking prescription medicines to help prevent the onset of bad headaches.  Medicine helps, but it is not perfect.  Sometimes, a headache will breakthrough even with medications. 

…..When I arrived, there were sponsors providing education booths about the newest drug developments, and the latest research on migraine prevention.  It was very informative.

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Race time…The race went well, even though, it was too hot for my liking.  When I needed more energy, I just slowed down and walked a bit. The event had a festive feel to it, because everyone was dressed in purple the color of migraine awareness and were shouting words of encouragement throughout the race.  It was the push I needed.  

After I finished, I picked up my shirt and shiny medal.  I love bling!  It was an excellent, organized event and I will definitely participate next year.

 This week fitness

Monday barbell Strength

Tuesday 3 miles

Wednesday Surrender Yoga

Thursday 5.5 miles

Friday Barbell Strength

Saturday 5k

Enjoying life…

 Last year, when things were tough, I was shocked how much my life style changed.   I am so glad life is returning to normal.  Being stuck inside, not being able to freely go places, made me realize never take anything for granted.

   I am so blessed to be able to go outside and enjoy the world’s beauty with all my senses. I am glad to have my health, a great family + friends and a safe home. I am enjoying the summer and all the fun it brings us.

One of the things, I love doing in the summer is running both outdoors and indoors.

 These past weeks, I have been focusing on gradually building up my running endurance.   I have been running 3 miles three times a week.   I also been strength training twice a week and I   added a meditation style yoga (Surrender) to my training program

 Later in the summer, I am planning to run the Cape Ann Yukanrun 5k. I also plan on running some local 5ks, as soon as they are scheduled.

In the fall, my plan is to participate in the Run to Remember 5 miler, and the Boston’s 10k for Women.   

As winter approaches, my goal is to accomplish running the Disney Marathon again.

The last three pictures were taken at my nieces Abby Bat Mitzvah. It was a beautiful sunny warm day, with lots of good partying. It was a real pleasure celebrating with extended family again.

Running Blog And Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July.  Today I got up and ran a 5k on a treadmill.  It is pouring here, so I went to the gym early this morning.   It was a good start to my day.  Next week, I hope to go outside on the running trails.  The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing around the house with my husband’s college buddy.   

Early this week, I received some good news from Run Disney.   They announced that all in-person Disney races are back.  I am planning on running a few in the near future. I love Disney races.  I love them, a lot. The races are filled with so much fanfare and excitement. Running through all the theme parks is just so magical.

  Registration for the races will be will opening in a few short weeks!   

This week of fitness…

Monday Barbell class

Wednesday Surrender yoga

Friday barbell class + 3-mile run

Saturday Zumba

Sunday 3 miles  

Other news,

 There are three baby birds nesting in a tree within eye shot from our family.

In the past two weeks, I have been given a front-row seat to the exciting cycle of birds. They are Robins. Today, I saw the baby birds (fledging) climbing on the edge of the nest and hopping to nearby branches. They are about to venture out.

The one thing I noticed was both the mother and father are caring for the babies.  They are constantly bringing back worms to the nest. 

However, I am very surprised that the adult birds never squeaked or squawked at me, when I got close to the nest. I was never dived bombed either.

Happy 4th of July