Building up the mileage… Dopey Challenge 5k, 10k ,13.1, 26.2 January 2022

58 days left until Marathon Weekend

MONDAY… Rest Day

TUESDAY… 8 miles….  This run went well.

WEDNESDAY…  20 miles. Yes!    It was a good 20 miles!  This run was done both outdoors and inside on a treadmill. I finished just over 5 hours.

The first 9 miles, I ran around my neighborhood enjoying the fall crisp air.

 For the rest of the run, I decided to run indoors on the treadmill, while binge watching the Gutfeld Comedy Show.  Laughing, during the show seemed to make my long run zoom by.

 It looks like my body is happy with the balance of running, rest and cross-training.  The Jeff Galloway Training Program is working for me.  I am not dreading the long runs, but rather enjoying alone time. The walk breaks are making these long runs very manageable.  I feel like I am not dying,  or overly huffing or puffing. My training plan can be found at www.rundisney.com search Dopey Training. 

THURSDAY Rest

FRIDAY… Barbell Class

SATURDAY  1 mile walk

SUNDAY 3 miles Blah…  just tired…Probably from allergies, weather, so on…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 

Happy Halloween

 Last week was a nice low mileage running week.   

  It’s been rainy, windy and cold here… I have been focusing more on cross training this week…especially Barbell Strength.   

Also, to change things up in my training, I also took an AMP Cycle class at my gym. ( SPIN) AMP cycle is a high-energy cycle workout that’s fueled by the beat of the latest music.

 The Cross-training has been a nice breather from running.  Next week, I have some big milage runs on the schedule.

Besides exercise….

Last week, I did something really different and special.  I volunteered as a research participant for the Framingham Heart Study.

 The Framingham Heart Study is a long-term, ongoing cardiovascular cohort study and is now on its third generation of participants.

I have been a participant, since childhood and last week I was involved in a study of how blood flow affects the brain’s cognitive and neurological function.

 The study is looking for clues about the causes of brain disorders, such as strokes, cognitive decline and dementia.  

 I was given a cognitive test, and I had an MRI done on my brain. I actually enjoyed being a participant.   I had fun taking the cognitive test as I tried to solve all the puzzles.  

The only thing I hated about the test is when the examiner asked me “Could you draw us a clock, house and person?”  I have no artistic talent and I always hated   all types of art classes since I was a child. I lack hand dexterity. I rather run a mile, than pick up a paintbrush.  Hopefully, I did not break into too much of a cold sweat when asked to draw pictures in front of the examiner. 

Overall, being part of the Framingham Heart study has been amazing. I had my heart looked at through an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram, done a cardiac stress test and my vitals are always recorded for future knowledge.

I am very glad to be able to do this.

Women’s 10k Boston , 17 mile long run, getting stronger…..

Saturday, I ran the Women’s 10k Boston Run.  It was neat to see many women take over the streets of Boston.  Total runners 2367.

I like this race course a lot, because the majority loops around Memorial Drive with a great view of the Charles River. I love running along any body of water, but the scenery here in Boston is quite nice.  The race is an out and back race that starts and finishes at the Boston Common.  The weather was bit hot and humid for me, but overall, I had a good race. It was 68-70 degrees with sun.

    The first mile is down Beacon Street, the next few miles are along the Charles River in Cambridge, and then it’s up-Commonwealth Ave to the finish line.

Another 10k race done.  

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Monday …Barbell Class +  6 miles

  Tuesday LONG RUN DAY …..17-mile run…. (SEVENTEEN)… I have been gradually increasing my milage. .  All the big muscle group of the hip flexors and thigh muscles were definitely tired by the end, still it was a good run.  I am pleased with myself.

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Other than running …   I am enjoying the outdoors.  Fall in New England is always pretty. 

Looking up to see the beautiful colors on the trees.    Love the crisp cool morning air.

Fall happens once a year, so I am taking it all in.  Be present. Scenery changing around you.

Training continues …Disney Marathon Weekend

 Training these legs to run 48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days.

Sunday 3 miles

Monday 5.5 miles + Barbell Class

Tuesday Long Run… 15 miles … This run  went as perfect as I hope for.   I did this run   on a treadmill.  I was in a perfect rhythm.   Running Coach Jeff Galloway always said ……You can’t run to slow on your long runs.  He is so right!  Running slower made my run more enjoyable. 4 hours later…I was done.  I felt strong throughout the long run.

During my long run, I watched four episodes of The Greg Gutfeld Show.  I had so many good laughs, that the time I spent on the treadmill flew by!  

The next morning, I woke up feeling good.  I was not overly sore. That night I went to Surrender Yoga to stretch my muscles.

Wednesday Surrender Yoga

Saturday … Barbell Class

Sunday…Football Time !

I also added two pictures from My Home Base Run.

FOOTBALL TIME

Smutty Nose Rockfest Running Event

 Today my 26-year-old daughter Carrie and I participated in the Smutty Nose Rockfest Half Marathon or 5k run.  The race was held at Hampton Beach NH. We ran the 5k. Although my daughter ran much faster than me, we had a great day.

 Our race began at 8:40 am. The whistle blew and we were off. The first 100 yards into the race, I was left in the dust by her. She was out of my sight the whole entire race. Daughter out-performs Mother! Big time. She beat me by at least 10 minutes.

Now, time to back up to prerace morning……..

Prerace Morning:

My day started at 4:00 am in the morning, I had a quick breakfast, and then I was out the door to pick up my daughter who lives in Beverly.   I arrived at her house at 5:00 am and then we were on our way to Hampton Beach. The race directors wanted the runners to arrive early, to avoid any parking headaches, plus the roads will be closing around 6:30am.  The race director estimated over 3000+ runners would be there.  My plan was to get there by 6:00 am or a bit earlier so I can easily park.

We arrived in Hampton around 5:50 am, parked and quickly got our numbers and fleece race jackets. We walked around a little bit, sat in the car and had our breakfast Dunkin Donut muffins, watch the half marathon runners take off and then it was our turn to run the 5k.  Race temperature was 60 degrees and cloudy.

The first mile was up 1A Ocean Blvd with the beach on the right.  The second mile was inland. The last mile, we were back on 1A Ocean Blvd heading back to the finish line. The roads were flat and my energy was good throughout the race. 

After the race, Carrie and I went to the food tent to get some minestrone soup.  Carrie also had a lobster roll.

Then it was time to head home.

Great Day


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.

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