April Fool’s Race

 

I had a GREAT race this morning!  It was the April Fool’s 4 Miler in Salisbury, MA

 

April Fools Race

The weather was about 50 degrees and slightly overcast, and the course was flat.  I felt really good after my first mile and so I picked up the pace and never looked back!  

I finished in 33 min, 41 sec, for a 8:26 pace!  Very good, considering my first 5K this season was a 9 minute pace.  My division rank was an impressive 7th place, (but there were only 32 others women in my age group!).  Overall I finished 259 out of 825 runners.  I am very pleased with these results.  

Amazing what a little training will do!

 

 

 

A St. Patrick’s Day Run

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Sunday is the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5 Miler.  It’s a fun  race that ends with a free beer (in a great beer glass that we get to keep) for all participants over 21 (I qualify!).  

People are dressed up, and it is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — my birthday!!!

Last year I ran this race with virtually no training through the winter, and it was brutal.  Every little knoll felt like Heartbreak Hill!  But this year, I am ready (sort of).  I have been running twice a week for a month or so, either outside or on the treadmill.  I ran a 5K last week, and this week I got in a 6 mile run, and ran 4 miles yesterday on the treadmill.

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I even have a cute green headband with a leprechaun hat on it!

 

 

I don’t have any lofty goals for this race as it is still early in the season (very early, it snowed yesterday and it is currently only 11 degrees out), but I want to run it strong and finish close to 47 minutes (under 9 1/2 minute/mile pace).

Wish me luck!

Let the Road Race Season Begin!

I started off the day with a nice flat 5K.  It was my first race in over a year and a half and it felt good!  The race was the Smuttynose Palooza and was part of the Will Run for Beer Race Series.  This is a series of   7 races, and if you complete 5 you get a Will Run for Beer Jacket — Hopefully I will be sporting that after this season! It was a beautiful day, high 30’s sunny and no wind.

The course was a flat out and back course.  It felt really good to be out there with hundreds of other runners, and even better when I turned around at the half way point and saw over half of them still behind me!  I finished with a respectable time of 27:40 (sub 9 minute miles!).  Overall I came in 302 out of 903 and 16th out of 80 in my age group (top 20%).  Not bad, but I have a lot of work to do if I am going to make my goal of running a 5K in under 25 minutes!

A Spring-Like Run

It was 45 degrees this afternoon so I laced up my running shoes and headed out before the next polar vortex comes.

It was glorious after the cold and snow that we have been experiencing (and will experience again as soon as tomorrow!)…well the weather was glorious, the run was tough and very messy!  It was tough because I haven’t been running much at all this winter (due to the aforementioned weather).  It was messy because the sidewalks were snow and slush covered and the streets were full of puddles!  I figure that while I didn’t do anything for my speed, I did work on agility and balance and I tried to get traction in the snow and leaped (or is it leapt?) over puddles!

But I did manage to achieve on of my goals, I got my ugly, too bright and shinny running shoes nice and dirty.

They look (a little) less gaudy now!

Spring Weather run in November!

It was 60 degrees today, beautiful for mid-November!  I went for a run and it felt great.  I’m sure the weather helped, and the fact that I’ve been running a little more, but I truly believe that all the heart opening and back strengthening we did in yoga yesterday made a huge difference!  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, yoga is a wonderful complement to running.  The only discomfort I had was some soreness in my Achilles tendon, but that’s nothing that a new pair of running shoes can’t handle!

Yup, I finished my run, showered and went to the running store for a new pair of shoes.  I ended up with the very comfortable (but kind of ugly) Asics Gel Cumulus 15 Lite Show.  They are black and pink with reflective patches, so maybe I will get myself out there and join my running club for some evening runs this winter.  Maybe I’ll be a Winter Warrior this year!