Posts Tagged ‘running diary’

Five runs in five states

In Exercise can't be this fun! on November 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Don’t let my lack of posting fool you, I have been a busy girl.  As I looked back at my last post date, I wondered myself what I have been up to. Then I realized, A LOT!

October was a low month for mileage for a couple of reasons. The first was that I was busy traveling. My sneakers went with me thousands of miles and to every major coast and a few stops in between.

First Stop…The Poconos

October kicked off with a quick run in the Poconos, PA. We were there for the big guys for 70.3 Half Ironman.  Not wanting to miss an opportunity to run in fall foliage in PA, I slipped on my running shoes for a quick two miles of hills.  The Poconos knows hills and unfortunately due to the remote location of our resort, I was confined to their parking lot and their entrance with a mamouth incline. Perfect for hill repeats.

Texas Quick Step

Twelve hours after arriving back home, I was on a plane to the great state of Texas for a business trip.  A tight work and travel schedule had me weary, but I was able to squeeze in a bout of sunset speed work one evening.  I was very thankful for an extremely flat terrain. No hills in Houston for sure!

New York State of Mind

I returned home for a week and volunteered at the Team in Training water stop for the Mohawk Hudson River marathon. I was signed up for the full marathon, but I cancelled after I received a last minute bib to the Nike Women’s half marathon. I could not pass up my dream event, nor handle several trips and two major events in 2 weeks.

I opted to volunteer at a water stop. Our water stop won best water stop! I think it was the tutu 😉 I must say, if you run you must take the opportunity to volunteer for a major running event once in your life. It is really an amazing experience to be on the other side of the event.

Team in Training Tutu

California Dreaming

A few days later, I was back on a plane. With two layovers in Chicago, I wish I had a little extra time to claim a run in the great state of Illinois, but I had bigger things to do. I was heading to California for one weekend to do one thing…run my DREAM race, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. It really was one of the best moments in my entire life!!!

The Empire State

Finally I was back home, in my own comfy bed for a few days. With all my traveling during peak fall, I was convinced I was going to miss the best fall foliage runs. But New York held out and I was home for the best of it. Meanwhile, I was struggling with a horrible pain in my foot.  It was beginning to put a damper on my running. Yet I managed to get in two back to back long runs before it did me in.



Yup, I can squeeze in one more…

Well, somehow the big guy ended up with a bib to the Marine Corp marathon. I did my dream event, why not let him have his dream event, right? So we headed off to D.C. to squeeze in one trip to close out October. Now by this time, my foot hurt so bad, I could barely walk. A trip the morning of our departure to the doc revealed plantar fasciatis. So no running for me, until a visit to the PT when I arrived back. I still brought my lovely pink sneakers and took them on a stroll around the National Mall.

And that my friends concludes October with 50 miles, 5 states and one pair of shoes.

❤ Jennie

PS. I will update this post soon with more details on some of these awesome trips 🙂

It IS a small world after all! A Goofy update.

In That's Goofy! on August 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Here is my latest updates on training and fundraising for Team in Training for the Disney Goofy Challenge.  You can read about why I am running the Disney Goofy Challenge and my current fundraiser at the links My Hero Fundraiser or Disney Goofy Challenge 39.3 Miles I am Doing It!

It’s a Small World After All

At the age of 3 my mom took me on my first trip to Disney World. I remember two things from that trip 1) It’s a Small World Ride and 2) waking up in my pjs to watch the fireworks over Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Hotel.  I loved It’s a Small World, riding around in the boat and looking at all the different dolls dressed in beautiful outfits. I wanted to go to all those places.  But in 1976 the world, although smaller, was not as easy to maneuver.  The days of texting, Skype, cell phones and Facebook were well into the future, not even dreamed about on the Carousel of Progress. Epcot’s Spaceship earth did not even exist. In 1976 if you wanted to contact a friend halfway around the world an expensive phone call or a letter (snail mail as it is referred to now) was about the only way you could do it.

But 30+ years later, I realized that Walt had it right. Two of my biggest donations to date came from half way around the world from Singapore this past week.  One from a long-time dear friend and the other a person I have never met. From one Facebook post I gained two new heroes, made a few new Facebook friends, met a few new Goofy TNT participant (not far from my own turf) and bought a TNT tutu (details on that later :). Yes Walt, it is a small world after all!


Training recap. I left off on Monday.

Tuesday – Track work out. 1 mile warm up and then 6x60s (that is sixty seconds fast, sixty seconds jog). Total miles 2.64 (1.6 miles at 9:22 pace). Track work outs are not my favorite but I am always thankful for the fantastic scenery. That day it was a great sunset.

Sunset at my track workout

Wednesday – One hour boot camp class

Thursday – 15 minutes aqua jogging.  It was just too hot to run outside. I took advantage of a great indoor lazy river at our gym, tossed the boys in the river and chased them around. How can they float fast than I can run??? 🙂

Friday – Off

Saturday – 15 mile run. Well I ran an awesome 10 miles, a fall apart 4 miles and walked the last mile.  I don’t know if it was heat, illness or what, but I know when to tell my body to take it easy and that was the day.  In 24 hour period, every member of our family had competed in a major event. The boys triathlon, me a 15-miler and Jeff a sprint triathlon. I had logged only about 7 hours of total sleep over Thursday and Friday night.  I still needed some energy to get through the day, so the last mile….. I walked.

Sunday – 20 minute swim (1/2 mile).

Monday – 1 hour boot camp class and a 32 minute (3 mile run).

Walking my dog – I logged about 4 miles last week walking my dog.

I needed one more run in there, but needless to say there were not enough hours in last week. I still logged about 7 hours of exercise time.


$700 – on-line donations

$250 – pending corporate matches

Total of $950 to date! I am about a quarter of the way there!

❤ Jennie

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