13.1 Gal’s Blog: Sep2014

September 25, 2014
I know, I know. I have been so terrible about writing this year :( But I did run another half in July. I went back to Portland, ME to run the Old Port Half. I knew I wouldn’t PR (hills) but that’s ok. It’s always such a nice family day. I did beat my time from last year (which is always good). And I did enjoy my 2 free Shipyard beers by the water. And I had a wonderful mid-July afternoon tooling around Portland.

My life took another turn when I got a full time job working at my kid’s school. As, a result, my running schedule had to be adjusted. The other issue is – the days are SHORTER! So, I wake up @ 5:45, get into my running gear, and get all the lunches made …then I wait for the sun to start to come up. One positive from all this -almost every run I PR! I’ve decided to run the Smuttynose Half again (Hampton, NH). I am really hoping to break 2 hours. I guess we will find out in 10 days.BAA2015-2Now on to BIGGER and BETTER news…..Rich (Runner’s Resolve) found out yesterday at 2:48 PM – after waiting (sometimes patiently, sometimes impatiently) for a week and a half – he made it in to Boston for 2015! We are so excited. I’ve had the hotel room booked since June 13 and the kids think it’s the coolest thing ever. I couldn’t be more proud of him. He has worked so hard. The journey has taken us 2 years so far – due to injuries last fall and the fall before. But here we are. The countdown is already on. Persistence paid off. Boston, here we come!

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!

stonyfield 5k 2014

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.

Farewell Winter: 2014

Farewell Winter: 2014

Farewell Winter: 2014

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!!



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