13.1 Gal’s Blog: Jun2014

June 14, 2014: 3.9 Miles
I know it’s been too long since I last blogged. At the beginning of May I ran the Stoneyfield 5k with my 8 year old daughter. At times she got mad at me but as she blazed down the final stretch to the finish line and heard the announcer say her name, the look she had was priceless and her smile went on for miles! A truly proud moment for me.
I also ran my first half of the year on June 1. It was the Newburyport River Run (Newburyport, MA). I didn’t do it in the time I was aiming for -and that really pissed me off.

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I know my training wasn’t what it should have been, but I was on track with my work-outs to do it in 2 hours. On the Wednesday before the race I had a stomach bug (puking and all). By race day I thought my body was back from being sick but I guess not 100%. Never before have I felt like I was going to throw up while running and that day I did. After a disappointing race, part of me wanted to hang up my trainers. But then I realized: some of the things that went wrong, I had no control over. Moving on, I have run 3 times this week (after taking a week off) and last night I signed up for the Old Port Half in Portland, ME (July 13)! I ran this one last year and it was HOT. This year they are adding misting tents at 3 water stops on the back half of the course. I know this is NOT a race I am going to PR in (hills), but I sure am going to have a damn good time running it!!!

Top 10: Race Selection Criteria

The order seems to change for me with every finish. (I partly put this together because sometimes I overlook details when shopping races.) What did I leave out?

1. Finisher’s medal: Been burned before.
2. Flat and fast?
3. Course certification: It’s not a given.
4. Proximity to home: packet pickup, gas, hotels, etc.
5. Age group awards.
6. Bag drop-off.
7. Time of year.
8. Pace teams?
9. Pace signs at the start?
10. Established race: Gotta be careful with those inaugural signups.

Others Receiving Votes: Port-a-potty details, Post-race festivities, Photography (at least 1 race has offered free photos), Size-of-field, Historical participant finish times, Start time, Parking (shuttles -ugh), Shirt, Locale, Terrain, Registration fees.
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13.1 Gal’s Gear: Demo

April 22, 2014: We’ve received some good feedback on our New Hampshire/Old Man Of The Mountain 26.2 and 13.1 brands. I think it’s a good example of a logo that works while keeping it simple. (There certainly are no graphic designers at work here!) We’re in the process of ordering a round of techwick shirts and Euro decals. If we get some interest, perhaps we’ll try moving some of these items at a few New Hampshire running stores and races, or setting up a store on this site.



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Thanks to Chris Simmonds (Shirts) (@okitlogo) and Car Stickers (@CarStickersInc) for the assistance.

13.1 Gal’s Blog: Apr2014

April 25, 2014: 3.9 Miles
I don’t know the last time I was able to squeeze 3 runs in a week, but I did it! Marathon Monday required only a half day at work, so I came home and got wrapped up in watching Meb bring it home! Then I went out and tried to be like Meb! Not quite as fast but it’s fun to pretend :) Took today (4/25) off work. By the time I got some things done around the house and ran a few errands it was a race against the clock to beat the school bus home! I made it with 20 minutes to spare. On today’s run I took 23 seconds off my first mile and 12 seconds off mile 2! I usually get frustrated when I check my watch and my pace isn’t what I hoped. So now I start the timer but then change the display to the clock so I’m not constantly checking my pace. So happy that my time is improving!

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My 8 year old daughter and I are signed up for a 5K next weekend. She’s been begging me to take her along. I told her we could as long as it isn’t about our finish time. I know she always hears Rich and I talk about our times. But for her first race I told her it’s only about having fun and finishing! Stay tuned for pics and an update following our race :)


April 11, 2014: 5.3 Miles
I know, I have been lacking on my updates. My running took a hard hit after the Smuttynose Half and Baystate Half only 2 weeks apart last fall. I only wanted to take a couple weeks off but then respiratory infections turned into bronchitis and the holidays were insane! And not to mention, living in NH this winter has been a little chilly! Then I started working again after 8+ years (substitute teaching at my kid’s school). Its nice! I’m on our kid’s schedule, I know a lot of the students, and love the staff. I’m now trying to figure out a good training plan. Some days I don’t know if I’m working until 6:30 AM that morning. I’m signed up for a half in Newburyport, MA June 1. Should be fun!

Now that the majority of the snow is gone, it’s mud season. Which always makes for a fun run since my favorite route is mainly a dirt road. You see signs like this along the way:


Or this. Its like my own personal mud run! And then I get a good laugh at all the horrible tracks in the road. Many are at least a foot deep and I wonder how anyone in a car can get down this road!


As some of you know, I have chickens. Unfortunately, we lost 4 or 5 over the winter. So we do like every other chicken farmer, we get more. Our flock was down to 8 layers (although not EVERYONE was laying). We bought 3 more girls that just started laying as well as 6 chicks. Yes, chicks. I didn’t think I’d ever want them. More effort and you have to wait 6 months to get your first egg. I don’t care how cute they are -that’s a lot of work! But at the feed store, my husband and son kept saying, “Are you sure you don’t want chicks?” And I gave in -but oh my, they had some great breeds! This is “Snickers”, a Black Austrlorp. Now I am even busier than ever before!


Again, I’ve signed up for a half, the Newburyport River Run 13.1 (June 1)! I love Newburyport, MA. It’s such a neat, quaint town. I’m soooo excited about this race and then hanging out there after with the family.


I hope all had a decent winter. There is hope for Spring. I know because I saw flowers blooming on my run :) For now, I will keep Boston in my heart as the anniversary approaches, my feet on the road, and my rally cry for my husband who is running the Maine Coast Marathon on Mother’s Day while fundraising for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Anyone who would consider helping out – Donation page: Here. Any help is greatly appreciated. Happy running and stay Boston Strong!

Farewell Winter: 2014

March 16, 2014: The maple syrup is running in southern NH. Temperatures are trending above freezing. Days are longer. The robins are out. Let’s turn the page.

I’m a believer in making the most of every season. This past winter was no different. A white Christmas. My kids really got involved with ski team. Plenty of indoor painting. (It was needed. And the inclement weather forced my hand.) The chickens had a rough go of it but the majority survived. We became better farmers and the flock will grow again. And I got back to running.

While training for the Baystate 26.2 last August I stress-fractured my leg. Up to that point I was posting some satisfying times and having a successful 2013. With the injury I was out ~10 weeks. The loss in stamina and dietary adjustments were no fun. It was a frustrating autumn. By the end of December it was game on. Albeit slowly. Running no more than x2/week in January (less than 5 miles per). Same rules in February, but x3/week. Now in March it’s nearly anything goes. Thankfulness to Rosie for her support. I’ve signed up for the Maine Coast Marathon (May 11).

I wish everyone much running success this year. The following are some on-the-run shots from this past season.

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Farewell Winter: 2014

13.1 Gal’s Blog: Sep2013

September 5, 2013: 5.7 Miles
Now that the kids are both back in school, I not only get to add more miles to my runs, but I don’t have to run before dawn so that I can get home before the hubby leaves for work. Today, I added a new turn on my route today and it felt great to have the change in scenery. And since it was a little later in the morning there weren’t any cars to worry about. Even though my pace was good, I am still plagued by this sore quad muscle. I hope it stops before my next half in 4 weeks! Keep on running!!


13.1 Gal’s Blog: Aug2013

August 26, 2013: 4.6 Miles
Does anyone else ever think “this is not going well” when you start a run and it goes on for the first couple miles? Then all the sudden your last couple miles are better than usual? That was me today. High humidity when I went out (but that didn’t bother me). The humidity had been so high for so long, then it went down, now it is up again. At least it was cloudy :) I had 3 different encounters with turkeys (always make me laugh). They’re always trying to figure out a way to get away from me and end up running along side of me instead of into the woods! It’s nice to have a little company! All in all it was a great run and I need to start picking up mileage since I have a half coming up in just under 6 weeks.


August 24, 2013: 3.5 Miles
Running in NY today since we’re staying with the in-laws for the weekend. It was a nice 49 degrees when I went out and was able to easily do 3.5 miles. The reason I did so few is because it’s the route I know in their neighborhood without getting lost! But my leg felt fine and even though it was a flat course (at home I have many hills) I had a good pace :) Have a great weekend!


August 22, 2013: 1.5 Miles
I know, I know…I always do more than 1.5 miles. But today I had 2 good excuses. One of them is my 7 year old daughter asked to run with me. She has been asking for months and it hasn’t worked out -until today when she came into my bathroom right before I headed out. The other reason, I have been having some pain/soreness in my left quad on and off for about a week. Yesterday it didn’t hurt, but today and Tuesday it did. So, running with my daughter gave me the opportunity to get out there but not over do it and also to let her see what Mommy and Daddy go out and do. She likes it but said it was harder than she thought!


When we got home she said her legs were sore. I told her that was normal and because we ran hills. I let her know that it does get easier! Maybe we have another runner in the family!!!


August 16, 2013: 5.1 Miles
Well, it was another cooler (mid to upper 50s) yet beautiful moring for a run. I did the route that has a huge hill in the beginning then the next 2 miles is downhill. Its always nice to see how my pace is on the downhill. The problem with this route is, I go 2.5 miles out to a stop sign then turn around and back. That means it’s all up hill until the end! But I did it and my time wasn’t terrible. The downhill pace is what makes my overall pace look so good:) Nothing too exciting this morning. I did see 5 sheep, 1 horse, 1 donkey, 1 cop and a lot of fox poop! Maybe something eventful will happen on my next run. Although the last time I wished for that I saw a bear…so maybe I should be more specific in my wishes. Happy running to all and have a great weekend!


August 14, 2013: 3.8 Miles
It was such a beautiful morning w/ a run-temp around 60, low humidity, and the sky was as blue as could be. With all that going for me, I thought I would kick some serious asphalt! First mile, good pace. Just over halfway through my second mile, I came upon an older gentleman walking his 2 dogs (1 on a leash, the other very close by) and a 3rd dog, not on a leash but I knew it wasn’t the same man’s dog. So being the good person I try to be, I slowed to a walk because I already had the dogs barking at me but not coming after me. The man and I exchange pleasantries, he gets his other dog on the leash and I continue on my way. While I thought I was having a good pace, my Garmin told me otherwise. Talk about throwing me off my groove! It made me so frustrated that my watch wasn’t reflecting what I thought I was doing and I just lost focus. On my next run I’ll show my watch who’s boss!


August 12, 2013: 3.9 Miles
First run since getting back from a great week of camping in Maine. For some reason hamstrings were tight this morning before heading out, this is unusual for me. So I had to do a little extra stretching. But all went well. Over half of my run is on a dirt road, and this is one of the reasons I really enjoy it:


Animal tracks! The snow is always an exciting run for this reason too. It wasn’t my best pace time, but it sure was a beautiful morning.
As I mentioned, we were in Maine all last week. I was lucky to get in a couple of runs. The first day I went toward the ocean. But the second day I went on part of the Eastern Trail. This dirt path goes through a marsh, which always has herons and ducks in it. Then the path takes you through a quiet and beautiful tree-lined area that quickly cools you down.


And because of the beauty of it all, I went further than I planned! I know it is hard to see, but in the middle of this picture there is a duck taking off out of the water :)


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