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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Time to stop whining, bitching, and moaning and get back to my exercise program.

Here I am in quarantine, thinking I have to be locked up, feeling sorry for myself while sitting on the couch doing nothing, but this week, I took action with my family to mimic my usual work out plans and do one of our own.

Prior to going outside and getting fresh air, we all started getting antsy and crazy with each other.  My husband I were bickering about absolutely nothing. We were nervous about the situation in our country and the chaos. I am  also missing my routine, gym, eating out and just being social.

Then, magically, we discovered the outdoors and workout videos.  I also discovered I STILL have a home gym in my basement!!!  Yup, stress makes me forget things. And to my amazement, I STILL have a treadmill and other gym equipment just waiting to be used down in the basement.

I am also very glad for the running community and their friendship. They motivated me to get out the door and run. So, this week, I ran 16 miles and also did a home workout video. (Body Pump) I am looking forward to September when I run the marathon with Team Liver Foundation.

And I am happy again,

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Boston Marathon, I will see you September 14th.

 

Boston Marathon is postponed until September 14th.  Now I have 6 more months to train hard.

I also decided to work with Coach Jeff Galloway again, through a weekly email conference.  I want him to alter my running plan so I can keep up with my endurance, strength, and hopefully make me a faster runner.

I am also keeping up with my fitness plan.  I am able to run outside on the beautiful trails in Massachusetts,  or my treadmill.  I welcome the warm spring/summer months for running, and the beauty it brings such as bluer skies, blossoming trees, flowers, and lastly more sunlight.

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Boston Marathon Training March 2-8

Monday rest

Tuesday rest

Wednesday rest

Thursday……..18 mile run…. this run went well…..   I was in the groove! I am pleased with my effort.  I decided to force myself to rest prior to the run. I wanted to clear up all the allergy mucus and congestion in my airways before the 18 miles. Nailed it ..18 miles! Hooray!

Friday … lap swim 45 minutes

Saturday …Barbell Class … followed by a 20-minute lap swim, ….. afternoon 2 miles very easy run

Sunday 3 mile run

Total running miles 23 ……..Strong 50-year-old women working on strength, endurance …Boston I will be ready for you.

I am running the Boston Marathon with the Liver Foundation Marathon Team . If you would like to support this great cause click here

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scroll to donate to   runner …Robin Stairman

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Boston Marathon Training February 24-March 1

50 more days until the Boston Marathon!   Train well…Take care of myself  ….get to the start line

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Tuesday   Barbell Strength class
Wednesday rest
Thursday long run 10 miles.  no energy …. long slow horrible miles…Oh well, that’s marathon training.
Friday ….4 mile run and lap swim
Saturday Barbell Strength class..     Sunday rest day …I was a bit congested ..due to New England crazy weather. IMG_1096

 

Sunday afternoon, for a treat, my husband and I went to the Museum of Science in Boston to see the exhibit DOGS!  A SCIENCE TAIL.  I love dogs, I have 3 Labradors and a Golden retriever.   I had a great time learning about life from a dog’s view.  It was neat to experience the way a dog sees, hears, and smells the world.

Last week pictures of Patient Match Bowling Liver  Foundation Marathon

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February 16-24

Boston Marathon Training
Long run ….16 miles. It went well. I kept the speed at a nice slow long run pace.
I also love my new Gym, (Life Time)  especially the Barbell Strength Classes and their swimming pool.  The gym has been great for cross training.

On Saturday, my husband and youngest daughter who is a junior in college joined me for a barbell strength class. It was good time.  My daughter enjoyed watching their 50-year-old mom trying to pump weights.

Today, we attended a bowling social with the New England Liver Foundation Division. It was held at King’s Entertainment in Dedham.   I enjoyed meeting up with runners and patient matches.

 

 

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