Happy Summer Solstice

Today I woke up to 60 degrees temps and finally, lower humidity. I probably should’ve run since it was so cool but my body said, Go For A Ride. So I obliged.
Boy it’s hilly west of Concord, but I put in about 17 miles riding towards Hopkinton. Beautiful.

Hope you get out there today and enjoy the longest day of the year:

A renewal.

West Windsor 5 & Dime on Mount Ascutney, Vermont

What a great trail run in Vermont this morning. The West Windsor 5 & Dime trail run got me into Vermont for the first time since 2005.

The drive into Windsor was spectacular; the quintessential Vermont town with narrow roads and green, green trees.

I’ve never been to Mount Ascutney and while it is no longer an operating ski resort the trails are spectacular for running, hiking and mountain biking.

The 10K started up the mountain right away and then in about a mile it started to mellow out as we switch-backed up the mountain. It was an overcast day but humid so I was dripping sweat throughout.

The trail crossed streams and we ran over big boulders. I’m proud to say that during the steep uphill I power walked, a skill practiced during the trail marathon in Park City last year.

And just to reinforce how tough trail runners are, race organizers made the finish a steep uphill. Ha.

Great day in Vermont. I can’t wait to go back.

Here’s the link to the series and the race. This Western NH trail running series is top notch. I can’t wait until the next one; The All Out Trail Run in Claremont. I’ve never been to Claremont and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

Next week’s race is the South Berwick, ME Strawberry Festival 5 miler. I’m running with my sister and my niece, Gracie.

Track Workout Part 2

Yesterday was my first track workout in a long time but I couldn’t remember exactly when it was. Thanks to Facebook Memories, I learned this morning it was two years ago!

Today is a recovery day so I swam 1,200 yards at the Concord YMCA. There were some fast swimmers in the lanes next to me.

Happy Friday.

Thursday Track Workout

I haven’t done a track workout in many years. This morning while I was deciding on a route, I remembered the Concord High School Track was about a mile away.

I only had to run 4 today so I thought it would be fun. Fun and Hard, of course. Here’s what it looked like.

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move159318659

Tomorrow is a rest day; or for me – I’m heading to the pool.

Happy Training Day. #abt

Monday is for rest

Training hours last week: 34.2 miles. Wow. I can’t even remember the last time I ran that many miles in a week.

This week I am aiming for 42.

But today. I rest.

Rock n recap

There were thousands running the race today in 95 degree heat in Concord. I ran it and it was hard! There are some gradual hills in Concord and the heat.

The hill to the finish was fun! This is where I captured this fun video:

There was food and music all through the course.

Fun Times.

 

Trying New Products: Altra Torin 2.5

This weekend I bought a new pair of road running shoes and testing them out today. I bought the Altra Torin. I wear a size 11 shoe and the men’s shoe fit the best.

When I lived in Tucson, I ran in a pair of Lone Peaks for trail running. I like them, but didn’t love them. But giving the road shoe a chance.

On Saturday I actually bought these from a running store, Runner’s Alley in Concord. The sales person was great and offered his advice on different options. Originally I wanted to buy a pair of Hoka’s but they didn’t fit well. I have some issues with my left foot: neuroma and a bunion so I need a bigger toe box. I’ve run on Asics and Pearl Izumi’s for so long and they have been good to me but it was time to try a different road shoe. And, as you know, Pearl Izumi isn’t making running products anymore ;-(

The Altra brand says that their Zero Drop running shoes can help improve technique and with the Toe Box will maximize shock absorption – all things that will be good for me.

I’m trying them out this morning and will let you know.

Things I do: Every time I buy a new pair of shoes I buy a new pair of socks. This time I bought a pair of Darn Tough socks made in Vermont.

Buy Local, Run Local – that’s my new motto. I don’t buy from Amazon anymore. Even though I could buy a few last pairs of Pearl Izumi road shoes from Amazon I chose not to. I’m buying from my local stores and local products. Speaking of making changes, I saw this online yesterday about The Small Change Initiative – geared to trail runners. “The idea is our small change, be it $5, $10, $20, or more adds up to big impact for organizations making a difference in the places we visit for our races and other adventures.” I think it’s a pretty cool idea. Here’s Adventures in Thumbhole’s blog.

Do you ever make bets with yourself and as a reward you sign up for something fun?

I do it all the time. Sometimes it works for motivation, sometimes not. Last night I found out from Facebook that there is a trail marathon in Bear Brook State Park; 11 miles from my house. I’m so used to driving hours for a race and don’t want to do it anymore – I want to run local. One of the many benefits of living in Concord is I’m central to so many events and activities. Plus, I need to sign up for a race that is long and on a trail, that is half way to my 53K race in September. I told myself if I got up today and ran the 7.5 mile loop I would sign up for it. I’m ready to hit the road with my new gear and to sign up for more races!

Monday Motivation; running in the rain, again

Subtitle: The Weekend That Wasn’t

Monday is always a new start.

I was sick all weekend and didn’t run at all. I’m off track for my A Race in September. And I need to get back at it.

Instead of being frustrated about another Monday New Start and the fact that it is STILL raining, I’m going to get in my running tights and rain jacket and get out there.

Because even when you feel like you’re starting from the beginning, the feeling after a good run – the high – feels so much better!

Happy Monday and don’t forget to be awesome!

Should you run when you are sick? Long run canceled, I’m sick

I started feeling a cold come on yesterday. I still ran my short run knowing that I couldn’t push it too much because I had a 13 miler on Saturday. I continued not feeling well at work Friday, drank tea and had a delicious smoothie from Live Juice (Wake Me Up with Green Tea, Hemp and Bananas) in the afternoon. Not feeling much better at 7 p.m.,  I went to bed early and woke up with a sore throat and phlegm.

No long run this morning.

I think it’s best to look at the long game when it comes to running when sick.

While I’m not running for the podium, I’m running for health, fitness and longevity. It doesn’t behoove me to run when I’m sick. However, I do have several upcoming races and need to be running long; I can make up for it this coming week.

I will run tomorrow’s Dirty 5K in Hanover knowing I’m taking care of myself today. It’s a three-mile trail run so even if I must walk it – I’m okay with it.

This morning I will eat blueberry pancakes, read the paper and sleep. Sometimes that is all one can do.

Here is a good article by Mindy Solkin : “To Run or Not to Run… What to Do When You’re Sick“.