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!
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!