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12 Miles

It’s windy and snowy today, so I’ll be heading indoors for a treadmill run.  Last week’s run was memorable.  I took a few photos along the way.

Look at that hill in the background. I ran up it. I hear the first 3 miles in the Austin HM are all uphill.

–Running Girl 


A Good Run and a Bad Run

I went to see my awesome and favorite Nurse Practitioner the other week. Our NP walks the walk.  She is fit and healthy herself.   She teaches spinning classes at our gym.  She is one of those rare folks in the medical profession who truly cares about her patients.  She takes time to talk with you and wants to get to know you.  As a result, you might have to wait, but when she gets to you she might end up asking a question that explains a symptom you didn’t think of.

While she was treating me for a nasty ear infection, she mentioned an inaugural 5K that was coming up.  She said she was running it and that I should think about doing it too. Continue reading

“Good” Goody Bag

When you sign up for a race you usually get a Goody Bag.  Some Goody Bags are not so good. Happily, this year’s Niagara Falls Marathon Goody Bag made me happy.

Here’s what you’ll find in a Goody Bag: Continue reading

Hospice Dash 2011

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this inaugural race.  I have the sense there are many more  thumbs up out there based on conversations I had with other runners after the race.

Western New York has two half marathons that run in the spring.  Up until now there haven’t been any fall races of that distance.  There are some in the area: Niagara Falls, Canada, Toronto and Erie, PA.  This race fits nicely into the Western NY calendar. Continue reading

Fall Running

Today is a day when a person can be truly thankful to be a runner.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  Clear, bright blue, sunny skies.  Temperatures in the high 50s when I started out.  It was glorious.

I got out around 8:30 for an 8 mile run.  This is my last run before my half marathon next weekend.  I was unusually tired yesterday and actually opted to skip my run.  I usually will push myself through a run when I’m tired, telling myself I’ll be thankful when I’m done.  It is rare to finish a run without even a small sense of accomplishment.  Yesterday I really wasn’t feeling it.  Instead I hit the hot tub.  This morning I was eager to get out to enjoy the day. Continue reading

Running Mojo

We spent this past week on vacation. I have had many a vacation where I have insisted on logging my miles each day.  On this trip I tried to let myself relax and not worry so much.

Whenever I take a break from running I am reminded of what I hear theater people feel.  Even very successful theater folk, those who make a full-time living at it, worry that each job will be their last.  No one will want to hire them again.

Running feels a bit like that to me.  I worry that if I take a break my body will rebel and I will never be able to run again. Continue reading

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

A few weeks ago I picked IB up at school and found an invitation in his cubby addressed to me.  His class was hosting a Mother’s Day Tea on the Friday before Mother’s Day.

I momentarily wondered if I should take the time off from work to attend the tea.  Then I thought, “Duh?  How long did I wait for this guy to come home to us?  How long did he have to wait for his Mama to come and get him?  Of course I should take the afternoon off to go to the Mother’s Day tea.”

When I went to write it on the calendar I was delighted to discover that I already had that afternoon off!  I envisioned myself running a quick errand or two after work.  I’d come home and go for a nice run.  I was hopeful that the weather would be nice on a May afternoon. Then I would go to the Tea. Continue reading