American Lung Association Climb

Today, my spouse and I participated in the American Lung Association Fight for Air climb in Boston.  The proceeds go to lung research.

 If you are wondering why I chose to climb stairs, it’s because I have asthma.   Although I had asthma as a child, it has gotten progressively worse over the decades, but medications help keep my lung capacity at 80- 85 percent, measured by a (*spirometry test) and that is good enough for me.  I would be happy with a lung capacity of 100 percent, but that is not in the cards for me. I am at my healthiest, thanks to top notch doctors and medical research. 

 
The event was held at Fenway Park.   It was a beautiful morning.    At 10:30am it was time for my group to line up and start the event.  My strategy was to go nice and slow.  Up and down the stadium stairs I went. 

My legs were feeling the muscle fatigue. Soon, I reached the finish line.  Mission completed!  

It was a great morning.  

**Spirometry is the most common type of pulmonary function or breathing test. This test measures how much air you can breathe in and out of your lungs, as well as how easily and fast you can the blow the air out of your lungs.

NOT A WALK IN THE PARK

Today, I participated in the annual 5k road race in Saugus Ma “Not a Walk in the Park 5k”. 

There were about 300 runners that showed up to run. The race took you through the beautiful scenery of Breakheart Reservation located in Saugus Massachusetts. The race was challenging because there are many hills along the course. It was a  nice morning for a 5k.

Other running news…. It official….I am signed up for  the Dopey Challenge in  2023 !

 For those unfamiliar, It is a 4 day challenge, 5k, 10k, half and full Marathon back to back on consecutive days. 48.6 total. 

I also have scheduled a Half Marathon on September10th. It is called the Maple Leaf Vermont Half Marathon. I am running this race with my daughter who is almost 27 years old. 

 Follow me, as I prepare to Go the Distance again…. So this summer, I will be participating in various races to build up a strong running base in preparation for DOPEY!

RUNNING ON MATZAH BALL SOUP FUEL …BAA 5k

Happy Passover /Easter.   Boston Athletic Association 5k (running on Matzah Ball Soup Fuel) 

My blog is back…… Springtime is the start of running season for me. 

I always take a few months off from running in the winter to avoid burnout…

Springtime is also the time I celebrate Passover.  Passover is a renewal of spirit and life.   New Beginnings.

My husband and I had a wonderful Passover Seder. It was nice to celebrate with family.  Lots of good eating.  Plenty of enjoyment reading the Haggadah. One of my favorite Jewish Holidays. 

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Today, I ran the Boston Athletic Association 5k with my two children.  

The race started and ended at the Public Garden/Boston Garden.

  My daughters and I arrived in Boston around 7:15 am. We walked around enjoying the festive atmosphere and then it was time to line up in our designated corrals. There were tons of people running the 5k, approximately 10,000 runners.  Since, I was in the last corral, it took some time for me to cross the starting line.   Thirty minutes later, it was my turn to run. 

   Runners headed out on Arlington Street, down Commonwealth Ave, up Boylston Avenue and then a left on Charles Street to the finish line.  The best part of this race was the last mile, because we run along the Boston Marathon route, and we run over the finish line. I always enjoy running across the finish line of a Marathon, even if I’m not running it. 

 I had a great morning. It was fun spending time with my kids. 

Tomorrow is Easter.  Since I do not celebrate Easter, my plan is to have a quiet day watching the movie Ten Commandments on tv. 

Once again, 

Happy Passover

Happy Easter

NEW DOG/RUNNING

Today, we adopted a female chocolate Labrador Puppy.  We love her so much! Welcome home Zoey!  Last month, my beloved chocolate lab Zohan died of old age complications, cancer +severe arthritis.  Life is busier these days, but my pack is complete again.  Retrievers are the best.

Owner of all the colors….

 #Yellowlabrador, #Blacklabrador, #Chocolatelabrador, #Golden

Time for another cup of coffee……before I go outside in the backyard to play fetch with all 4 dogs.  Must burn my dogs’ energy off.

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Running.

After Dopey…..48.6 miles

I am recovering very well.   Even though, I love running I am taking the winter months off to prevent burnout.   Instead of running, I will be enjoying group fitness classes and lap swimming at Life Time.

Then it will be Spring time…  which means local neighborhood races  …..more fun races

Marathon Reflection

Hello all, in 2000, I ran my first Marathon.   It was the Boston Marathon.  Twenty-two years later, I am still hooked on running 26.2 miles.  Running has been an amazing activity for me.

However, my journey in life has not always been an easy ride.  I had my share of failures and struggles. For example, I always struggled academically. I was very insecure about not being “book smart”.  Never made it through a 4-year college.  Struggled with reading comprehension + writing.

All my failures, I believe, were gifts from higher above.   My path was redirected, which led me to the world of running. I love running!

As I flew back to Boston, I had plenty of time to reflect on the fun events this weekend.   I am so blessed to be able to still run at the age of 52. I have so much to be thankful for.  I am very pleased with all my running accomplishments throughout my life.   I have run many consecutive Boston Marathons for   various charities, at least 17, and many other races that pushed me to reach my best. I am so fortunate to be able to continue running marathons.  I realize some people may never be able to run a mile or even 26 miles. I am so honored to have the gift to run.

 Now at age 52, I have a new running goal. I am going to try to run many consecutive Dopey’s.  

DOPEY!!!!

I DID IT! I am Dopey. 48.6 miles around Disney 4 parks…Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

I crossed the finish line.  Smiling from ear to ear. Happy tears.  I collected all my medals, then I made my way to the Disney buses that would take me back to Old Key West.  

Climbing those 3 steps to board the Disney bus was hard after completing 26.2 miles!    After a ten-minute ride, I was back at the resort.

First stop off the bus …Hugging spouse…

Second stop ……nap.

 I finished my second Dopey Challenge.

These Dopey Challenges are a mark of time for me.  A lot of good has happened since the last Dopey Challenge 2020.  

I am now age 52.  I am in great health and married so far for 27 years. I am now a grandmother (Bubbie Yiddish) to a granddaughter named Sarah. Sarah is already 18 months and will be 2 in May of 2022.  My oldest daughter Carrie and John are the proud parents.

My youngest daughter graduated college in May 2021 and now has her own apartment.

Husband is doing well and moved his business to a bigger location.

It was an excellent race and the best is still yet to come

Official time 7:04:00

I am pleased with the results.

Looking forward to the Marathon

  It’s been two years in the making …. Tomorrow is the Disney Marathon.  I am so excited!   The Challenge is almost done.   Wish me luck!

 Thursday 5k done.

 Friday 10k done.

 Saturday Half Marathon done. 

I had a good race.   I ran this race very slowly to conserve my energy for the marathon. Runners started the race outside of Epcot, then we headed up to Magic Kingdom, around all the attractions, and back to Epcot for the finish.

So far, all my races were a success.

I have been feeling good.

No allergies, no asthma issues, no hay fever, no headaches, no dehydration, no stomach issues, no overly sore feet or legs, no electrolyte issues, no fatigue issues……

So, tomorrow my body and brain will hopefully know what to do……  Disney Marathon here I come.

I am so thankful to be able to enjoy the excitement and camaraderie again among the runners. Big races are so special.  Thousands of runners shared one goal …… to finish.

Let’s do it!

Disney 5k and 10k

 My costume theme is Monster Inc….

The Thursday 5k is done. The race traveled through Epcot and the World Showcase.

The Friday 10k is done. This race traveled through Hollywood Studio, Boardwalk, and ended at Epcot.

Both races went well.

  Tonight, my husband and I will be having dinner at my favorite Disney restaurant Citricos located in the Grand Floridian.

Tomorrow is the Half Marathon 

Shout out….  to my daughters …Carrie and Izzy for letting my spouse enjoy a mini vacation as they hold down the fort at A Plus Warehouse. 

Also…Izzy for watching my  3 dogs…

Carrie and Izzy …. Thank You!

Enjoy the snow storm.

Arrived at Disney

January 5 2022…Wednesday

It’s been two years since I’ve been to Disney World and I am glad to be back. 

Time to run….  5K on Thursday, a 10K on Friday, a Half Marathon on Saturday, and a full Marathon on Sunday.  48.6 miles

My husband and I left cold winter Boston at 8: 00am and we arrived in Orlando around 11:00am.  By the time we reached our resort, it was noon. We checked in, and then we were off to the ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up my race numbers, and running tech shirts. I got 6 awesome long sleeve tech shirts for the 5k, 10k, Half, Full, Goofy Challenge and Dopey.  We walked around the expo a bit and then it was time to head back to the hotel to unpack.

That night, my husband and I had a delicious Italian dinner at the Il Mulino located at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. I ordered my favorite pasta dish, spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce. It was so good.

Tomorrow the Challenge begins….I will keep you all posted throughout the weekend.

My favorite running coach.