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Hambletonian Marathon Fun Run - NYC Marathon Alternative

Saturday, November 03, 2012

FWIW - I think Bloomberg canceling the NYC Marathon was the wrong decision, but what's done is done.

BUT - if you are trained and ready and in the area, drive about 1+ hour north to Goshen NY and try out the Hambletonian Marathon course. This event is scheduled to start in 2013, so its completely unofficial, and there will be some, but not full race support - but its a marathon course. And there is no charge.

NYC was expecting $350 Million in economic impact from the race. If we can can get a few extra dollars into *our* local economy, this post was worth it.


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MARTY728 11/3/2012 8:19PM


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DOGSTARDADDY 11/3/2012 4:33PM

    I think the only error here was in cancelling the marathon so late. I think the police and other first responders have a few higher priorities right now. Waiting 'till the last minute like that was a pretty lousy thing to do to everyone.
I understand the economic impact the race has on the community, and the fact that this is something people train all year for. But running past areas that are so utterly devastated seems a bit inappropriate, plus the drain on the already dwindling resources would have been brutal. Heck, they are still rationing gas in north Jersey, and traffic in and out of the city is a nightmare with so much mass transit still down.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/3/2012 1:12PM

    I think NYC was in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. I do hope some of the runners hear about your track. That could be fun.

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LENLEN3 11/3/2012 12:42PM

    I didn't know that the NYC Marathon was cancelled....What a shame! You'd think they'd try to reschedule it....but I guess with all the craziness in NYC at the moment, it's probably the last thing on their minds.

It's great that Goshen is providing a free alternative, and linking it to donating to relief groups is an excellent idea. I hope you get a good turn out!

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HAMBLETONIAN262 11/3/2012 11:48AM

  Thanks for your Optimism.

We're also asking runners and volunteers who come out to consider making a donation of some kind to the many worthy relief agencies working in the affected areas. Perhaps a $26.20 donation to the Red Cross. Or food/water for a group in New Paltz who will be delivering aid next week.

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MLH148 11/3/2012 11:47AM

    Thnaks for the info. I hope some runners can enjoy your course.

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Setting the Next Goal

Monday, October 22, 2012

My official 10K time was 1:04:47, which means my pace was 10:27. Which is about normal.

So my next goal is a speed one. 2 years ago I started running a Turkey Trot and this year will be the 3rd time I do it. My goal is a sub 30 min time. Considering in my last Triathlon, I completed the 5K portion in 31 min....and this was after swimming and biking. I almost wonder if I am setting too low a goal, but it seems like a SMART goal. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time(deadline).

Goal setting is a very individual thing. Some set weightloss goals. Some restrict foods, add water or look at fitness minutes. While weightloss was why I started with SparkPeople, it quickly changed to racing and personal challenges. About 1 month into my time here, I changed my ticker to Fitness Minutes because I found it more motivating. The weightloss takes care of itself while the training and "The Next Race" is what drives me.

What drives you? What are your SMART goals for the next few months? (At least until New Years rolls around and you can make some new ones.)

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CINERICIA 10/28/2012 1:28PM

    Definitely a SMART goal, my dear. And very doable. I know you have it in you. How could you not after that rockin' 10k?

After being around Spark for awhile I, too, found that my goals shifted from being weight loss oriented to being fitness oriented. (Though I admit that weight loss goals are still alive and kicking.) If it's going to be a lifelong change, then the goals need to reflect a lifelong commitment to being a work in progress and moving toward being the best me I can be.

I will also be doing a Turkey Trot, though mine will be unofficial. I'm trying to get certain members of the family (ahem...Husband and Little One) to join me. Keep me posted on your training progress. We can compare notes.

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/22/2012 2:36PM

    What a great idea: to set SMART goals and have everyone else share theirs too! My goals for this week are harder to measure... they have to do with preparing the next before for the following morning. This means having my lunch prepped, setting out the clothes I will wear, etc. I slept better last night, and feel it was because I was mentally (and physically) prepared for today, so I'm going to try to continue that for the week.

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FITFOODIE806 10/22/2012 1:34PM

    Awesome goal! I like SMART goals too. Teachers :) And I am the same as you: racing and time goals are more motivating to me. Right now I just want to keep my mileage up (15-25 miles a week) throughout winter. Then I have time goals for Spring and Summer races.

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ARIZONAMARY 10/22/2012 1:03PM

    My next goal is 240 on Thanksgiving day & 230 by the time my second 5K rolls around on January 23rd, 2013.

It gives me more reason to focus o neating better, exercising & gets me through FIVE eating trigger days of mine.

Those days are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years & the first anniversary of my mother's death.

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LESLIELENORE 10/22/2012 12:11PM

    I am concentrating on body fat percentage. I won't get it checked again until after the New Year, but I can tell it is going down by how my clothes fit.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/22/2012 10:22AM

    I like the idea of changing the ticker to fitness minutes :D I think I'll do that once I figure out how :)

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2012 10:12AM

    You are so right about how important it is to set goals that are personal and motivating to us. After all, that's why we have goals. Congrats in your recent race!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/22/2012 10:04AM

    I'm working on totally re-vamping my goals for November. I need something that pushes/challenges me more than what I have been doing. We'll see what I come up with.

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GINGERHAWK 10/22/2012 9:16AM

    It sounds like you've set a solid and realistic goal. Normally I have goals that combine weight and fitness minutes. I'm finding now that my motivation is waning and I probably need to rethink my November goals. I'm not sure which direction I'm going to go but I need to spend these final days of October on figuring that out!

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My 1st 10k!

Saturday, October 20, 2012


OCC does a good race. This one was a fundraiser for a local family recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, and motorcycle safety. It was well organized, nice goodie bag, closed road lane to run in. Weather cooperated. 60, beautiful sunny, very light breeze.

I was solo so no pictures, but there was a photog, and perhaps they will give one as they did with march race.

If youve seen the tv show, you have an impression of the OC Chopper family. It may be true, but I can tell you the company supports many local causes...not just for the publicity, because they believe its the right thing for businesses to do.

Too bad I dont have $80,000 for a motorcycle.

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CINERICIA 10/28/2012 1:24PM

    I'm so proud of you and so sorry I haven't been around to congratulate you properly. Well done, you. Excellent time and sounds like a beautiful race. Half next?

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/22/2012 6:37PM

    Wow, very nice! Great time for your first! Hope you're recovering well! :-)

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ARIZONAMARY 10/22/2012 12:59PM

    Congrats on your first 10K!!!!

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KALIOPPE 10/22/2012 8:36AM

    Congrats! I bet you felt amazing afterward. What a wonderful achievement. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/21/2012 10:09PM

    Great job! Way to go!!! WOOHOO!

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GINGERHAWK 10/20/2012 5:53PM

    Exercise for a cause - I love it. Sounds like a great time - good for you!

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JPONCIN 10/20/2012 5:35PM

    How exciting for you!!! Congratulations!!! :D

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BIGPAWSUP 10/20/2012 5:33PM

    Congrats on the 10K. WOW! I'm certain it was awesome.

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SONYALATRECE 10/20/2012 5:27PM

    Terrific achievement!


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SUZZYCHURCHILL 10/20/2012 5:17PM

    what a nice thing to do

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GEORGE815 10/20/2012 5:16PM

    Sounds like a great event. Hope you get that $80,000 motorcycle.

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It all trumps "did not start"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I will be running my first 10K on Saturday. I am not ready. I am going to do it anyway.

Rewind: post triathlon season I was looking for another goal to work towards and Orange County Choppers posted they were having a 5k/10k. Seemed like the 10k was the logical thing. Simultaneously, I started working and my exercise time was drastically shortened. And friend of mine reminded me that we were going to have a playdate that same day. Reluctantly, 10k got backburnered.

Low and behold, last Saturday, friend called me up. People were cancelling on her playdate party right and left,so she was going to cancel the party. I wrestled with my conscience and decided I could go someother time...I was going to do that 10k

Even though I am not ready. I haven't been running in a week, my longest distance was 5 miles and I havent done that in a month. Gonna do it anyway.

"Last to finish " beats " did not finish" trumps "did not start."

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/20/2012 9:17PM

    5 miles is pretty close, and a month isn't toooo long ago. And you're absolutely right with that last line. The slowest race participant is lapping everybody sitting on their couches! Hope you had fun! :)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/19/2012 1:06PM

    I'm glad you're still going to do it! I hope you have a great race and surprise yourself with how much of your fitness you've retained despite the change in schedule. Most of all, I hope you have fun!

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CINERICIA 10/19/2012 12:22PM

    You're a triathlon rockstar. Of course you can do a 10k. You laugh in the face of 10k. 10k wishes it had something in its arsenal that was a match for you.

Seriously. You can do this. Run when you can. Walk when you need. It's not about how quickly you cross the finish line. It's about crossing the starting line. Rah, rah, rah.

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KALANTHA 10/18/2012 8:52PM

    That's right! You go, girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/18/2012 4:58PM

    Absolutely! You can do it! I bet it'll be easier than you think. You get the adrenaline from the crowd and the course and it's always just awesome.

You can do it!!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/18/2012 3:20PM

    You can do it! :D Even if you have to walk some of it, you WILL manage this!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/18/2012 10:15AM

    I'm going to remember this! I have my first ever 5K coming up soon and I'm not certain HOW i'm going to do it. "Last to finish" beats "did not finish" and trumps "did not start". emoticon

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ZANNBEE 10/18/2012 9:24AM

    Absolutely. Love it.

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 9:24AM

    You can do it! If you need to walk a little that is fine. I doubt you will be last though!

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GINGERHAWK 10/18/2012 9:22AM

    Good for you. Just take your time and you've got this! Good luck!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/18/2012 9:20AM

    Walk when you need to, and you'll get through it. We have faith in you!

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FITFOODIE806 10/18/2012 8:09AM

    Absolutely! If you can run 5, a race atmosphere will carry you to 6. You got this!!

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LYNMEINDERS 10/18/2012 4:24AM

    Absolutely...you can do it and finish....
I don't believe you will be last either....

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A small victory

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I've been avoiding the scale. CHICKEN. Not working out like I should, food fest (good choices, but excess calories are still excess). My belly is pooching out again. I use my Wii Balance board as my scale. And I got this little slice of good news...

Not sure whether to believe the scale as usually I weigh myself in my PJs and today I had sweatshirt, jeans & belt. I set the clothing adjust; it said I lost 3 lbs. Another trial when the house is warmer will make me feel more comfortable with celebrating the loss. I'm happy enough about the balance test for today.

Incidentally - When I move firewood, I usually file it under "Moving Heavy Boxes" Thoughts Sparkers? Can you think of a more appropriate entry?

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MISSIFISH 10/16/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats! I wonder if my center of balance is totally balanced. I think not. I tend to top over a lot.

I've missed you - sorry I've been losering it up big time. Every semester, I think I have things figured out, and every semester, I spread myself too thin.

I'm measuring myself in microns now - wish this translated to body size. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/15/2012 5:05PM

    Go girl!!


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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/15/2012 12:43PM

    I agree that you should use "moving boxes" to represent "moving firewood". they're similar and all that heavy lifting is a hard workout on your arms and legs.

Celebrate the small victories! Keep it up!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/14/2012 10:36PM

    Small victories add up! Be proud!

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ANDY_54 10/14/2012 8:06AM

    The balance is awesome, not sure about the wood, but heavy boxes sound about right. Hm, need to look into Wii Fit, it's something I've thought about, just haven't taken the steps.

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CINERICIA 10/14/2012 7:55AM

    Well done. Balance is difficult to achieve. And not just on the Wii balance board. I'm guessing that Bigpawsup is right...you've been doing more for yourself than you know. It's just coming so naturally that you don't think about it. That's balance in its own right.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/13/2012 10:21PM

    "Incidentally - When I move firewood, I usually file it under "Moving Heavy Boxes" Thoughts Sparkers? Can you think of a more appropriate entry? "
* Not sure what other options are on the list, but I would feel comfortable using that in lieu of the more precise "moving firewood"

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ROXYZMOM 10/13/2012 9:42PM

    Good for you! I will never be considered "balanced"!

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GINGERHAWK 10/13/2012 9:13PM

    Yay for you - nice job!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/13/2012 8:04PM

    firewood = heavy boxes emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/13/2012 8:03PM

    Sounds appropriate to me. Don't you wish our lives were as perfectly balanced?

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    Good for you. Isn't it great to be perfectly balanced? LOL!

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/13/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon moving firewood id good exercise i will shortly be helping the husband with moving 40 pound bags of pelletts it a lot of work staying warm

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BIGPAWSUP 10/13/2012 5:47PM

    I'd go with heavy boxes. Moving firewood is hard work.

You are eating right and probably doing more than you think about. You very possibly could have lost weight. Feel good and run with it. Just get back on track and you'll KNOW you are losing.

the balance is great and shouldn't have anything to do with weight or clothes. It should be measuring the % distribution of the weight between feet. Being balanced it awesome because it means you are working your muscles evenly. Also that your posture is very good.

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