MARGARITTM's SparkPeople Blog MARGARITTM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MidWinter Classic 10 miler Woohoo 2nd in my age group and about a minute faster than last year. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yeah very color in the rainbow on! My goodness! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:59:35 EST New Goals Time to look at my 2015 goals - see where I met them and where I fell short, but aren't goals just like that?...what we shoot for - ------don't always get? <BR> <BR> Readjust and move forward Thu, 3 Dec 2015 09:02:00 EST NYC Marathon 2015 After running a big whopping one marathon up to this point....I decided that the training is so grueling that if I was going to do another one - I would do a big one! They do not get any bigger. NYC Marathon is the largest field of ANY marathon. I am not sure of the exact number but somewhere around 50,000 fellow crazies. <BR> <BR> Corrals in color, letter and number....I was Green, F and 3....and there were a lot of us. I managed to run for the NYPD (long story) so I managed to avoid a lot... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:44:12 EST Paddle Battle <img src=""> <img src="">Paddle Battle 8/2/15.......I didn't even know about it untill that morning. I saw it on the news......and then on the spur of the moment decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Loaded the kayak onto the car..and off we headed to Kennebukport! The event was held @ the Nonantum Resort which was perfectly lovely. Unload... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:13:32 EST Week Two NYC Marathon Training Hal Higdon's intermediate I - actually for the first couple of weeks I am cutting back the miles.....will enjoy it while it lasts! <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 10 - 17 mile long run this week end Yowza <BR> <BR> 44 miles to log this week! <BR> <BR> only 40 this week 5, 5, 5, 5, 20 - 10 down and 30 to go Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:18:25 EST Mt Washington Road Race 3rd time This is my third time running this road race <BR> <BR> only one hill <BR> <BR> Last 2.6 above the tree line <BR> <BR> 12 - 22% grade <BR> <BR> 6288 feet <BR> <BR> Usual time = 1/2 marathon and add a bit. <BR> <BR> Perfect running day and fabulous views to reward us at the top! <BR> <BR> 2:07 not too bad. <BR> <BR> My goodness that was really really H A R D <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:27:59 EST 1/2 relay this Saturday Maine Coast 1/2 <BR> <BR> I have the first leg 7.8 miles. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck - better yet wish me fun! <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> <BR> We came in 14th team overall out of 66 teams. We were the first female team in our age group - actually in the 40's too. Our average age was 56 (I am the old lady) What a beautiful course along the rocky Maine coastline - part past the Bush estate in Kennebunkport. We were very please - pacing under 9 minute miles. Wed, 6 May 2015 21:29:40 EST Half @ The Hamptons Cancelled for 2015 Just one of the many races in the Northeast that has been rescheduled or cancelled because of the road conditions. <BR> <BR> Kudos to the race director who offered a free entry to one of his other races, a defer to next years Half @ the Hamptons or a donation to a local food bank. <BR> <BR> I have heard of MANY races that are telling runners "too bad, so sad". <BR> <BR> If you are heading to or live in the NE. Loco races are races for runners and directed by runners. Always a thoughtful ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:09:58 EST Hey Fitness Tracker I know I do SHOVELING SNOW as an activity a whole lot this year ....but I just can NOT get myself to put it in my favorites ok????? <BR> <BR> Because favorite it is NOT Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:30:51 EST -6 Degrees out feels like -24 nope no outdoor running for me today! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:49:46 EST Hangover Classic I took over a minute and a half off of last year's race! <BR> <BR> woohoo! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:50:45 EST 2015 Goal - Anyone want to join e? I made it even with a stress fracture back in May 1000 miles and 24000 exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> I plan to bump it up for 2015 by 10% <BR> <BR> 1100 miles and 24240 exercise minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is in! <BR> <BR> I'm on pace despite the cold and snowy winter! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:43:18 EST Heading for the Dreadmill Big hunting day around here and frankly I feel safer on the mill! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:00:39 EST Message to my FB Buddies Please do not invite me to participate in any chain messages, Candycrush games, farmville or any such .....I have a new game for us: Hazel the Housekeeper!......If you have that much free time....come on over and clean my house! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:43:43 EST flu shot???? Is it just me or ..... I got a flu shot last Tuesday and I am so tired! I feel like I could fall asleep sitting up! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:05:26 EST Mainiac Triathalon I participated as the swim leg of the relay team Play Hard Tri Hard........ not my best swim; the air temp was the same as the air 61 degrees and an ocean swim. <BR> <BR> We did as a team still manage to win the female relay award! Woohoo us. <BR> <BR> <BR> After having been injured for several months this year....yeah winning is great but the real prize is being able to do it! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:07:55 EST Beach to Beacon 10k Probably the most prestigious race in Maine - the race director is Joan Benoit Samuelson. <BR> <BR> There are many elites that come an run the race and it is quite the event: Meb, Flanagan etc... <BR> <BR> There race is in Cape Elizabeth Maine and ends at the iconic Portland Headlight. <BR> <BR> After my injury I have had many races come and go without me - and I have paid my registrations and not been able to run. Expensive and frustrating. This one I knew I am on the mend but it would n... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:01:46 EST Peaks Island 5 Miler It wasn't pretty and no PR for sure. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful race though. Gorgeous day on Saturday and we brought our bikes with us on the ferry. <BR> <BR> Ferry ride from Portland to Peaks complete with seal sightings! <BR> <BR> We got our bibs - 4 of us running and my son as spectator. and our shirts and were ready to race @ 10:30 ...Hot and hilly !!!!1 Fabulous views of the rocky coastline in Maine. - complete with lighthouses (of course IT'S Maine!)........The scent of the wild ro... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:47 EST anyone still in? I am over 14,00 exercise minutes - on taget for 24,000 for the year <BR> <BR> miles a little behind because of injury but still aiming for over 1,000 this year. Iam over half way there...Still on target !!! anyone else? <BR> <BR> <BR> Still on track! <BR> <BR> Made it on the miles!!!! Woohoo Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:00:41 EST Celebrate the 4th Is anyone else sick of being told how we should or should NOT celebrate our freedom? <BR> <BR> Of course not to interfere with anyone else's freedom ...... but celebrate your way! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:07:29 EST 1st attempt at running since the brace has come off A big whopper of 2 miles and EVERYTHING hurt - except the knee!!!! so yay! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:42:09 EST Good deed done I almost never get to donate blood as I am always in the midst of training for something and it tends to knock me down a little.....but since I am on the injured reserve list right now, I did! <BR> <BR> Not my favorite thing to do but I am glad did it! Pretty proud of myself! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:20:52 EST volunteering at a 5k tomorrow giving back to the sport..... scores me 2 minor league tickets too. <BR> <BR> <BR> I should be running but while on the disabled list - I will give my time! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:15:25 EST Grumpy I always knew that exercising GAVE me energy and that running is therapy forme ....but I sure can tell now .....hope to be back doing SOMETHING after Tuesday's Dr apt Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:20:18 EST stress fracture I have tried not to hurt myself and wound up doing it anywys. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> so bummed right now <BR> <BR> <BR> Can do absolutely nothing for at least 2 weeks then maybe swimming and or biking for a few and no running for at least 4 weeks. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:25:33 EST Marathon Fuelling Several have asked about fuelling during the marathon: <BR> <BR> Let me first - I try to drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day ANYWAYS...but for the last 2 weeks before the marathon I added water to that so more like 10 or 11 x 8 ounces a day.....I know ugh! <BR> <BR> Also I am not a vegetarian but I did not eat any red meat during the last week before the marathon. <BR> <BR> On the morning of the marathon - oatmeal with raisins coffee and lots of water 3 x 8 ounces <BR> <BR> o... Fri, 16 May 2014 13:18:29 EST 1ST Marathon My day started at 4:15 UGH <BR> My clothes and gear etc... were all laid out the night before <BR> oatmeal with raisins and coffee <BR> out the door by 5:00 am....hmmm already it was a bit warm out! <BR> Naturally with no traffic Dave and I made great time to our meeting spot to pick up my running buddy Diane but it gave me a couple of extra minutes to go over my fuel belt and checked bag items. <BR> 5:15 off to the finish line to grab our bus to the start. <BR> Got there in enough time to... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:44:35 EST Tapering week Hate it ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Had heard it was hard - it is!!!! <BR> <BR> I keep thinking I should be doing something! <BR> <BR> OK working on my mental race.........there will be no beating up on myself - ositive thoughts only..... woo hoo this will be fun! <BR> I will wear my marathon jacket with pride!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> OK Now it's time to get excited about this marathon! Mon, 5 May 2014 15:14:10 EST Lost! Joie de Vie Answers to the name Mojo..... please return to owner ......have a marathon in 3 weeks and need it desperately! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:47 EST Portland Water District Full Moon Snowshoe Trek <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 hour hike at Sunset on Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken at Snake Pond - Nope no snakes around that night! <BR> <BR> PS I am the second from left - with the reflective gloves <BR> <BR> PSS no it isn't cold when you are working hard! <BR> <BR> PSS It IS nice to go in a group and there is no way I would EVER be out in the wooded trails by myself at night..... Just requires keeping your eyes open... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:15:22 EST Official Bad @#$! To win the highly coveted title (and the hat) you have to run all 3 of the Snow shoe races hosted by the Trail Monsters. The first was 3 miles in January the second was 4.6 in February and the third was last Sunday (March 9th) and it was 5 miles.......I figure that the snowshoe races time wise are at least 2x the effort of a road race ..... <BR> <BR> If you did not have "racing snow shoes" you could borrow a pair (with prior notification) to the race director. Racing snowshoes are lighter an... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:28:51 EST Midwinter Classic 10 miler This is one of those races that sells out in a few hours! Seriously .... a hilly course - 10 miles - in Maine - in February! ...and a thousand of us could not wait to do it! <BR> Nice to know if you are nuts that you have lots of company. <BR> <BR> Race time 9:45..... approx 40 degrees out - cold for a lot of you and for some of us a welcome relief from the single digit temps that we have had. The running outfits ranged from tank tops and shorts to many layers with a warm hat and gloves. I ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:51:23 EST My Thoughts and Prayers Are with my Spark Buddies across the country...... stay warm stay safe.......we can make up for the outdoor running miles and getting out to the gym later..... right now take care of yourselves! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:05:53 EST 1000 running mile challenge 2014 The challenge <BR> <BR> Run 1000 miles in 2014. <BR> <BR> Math will tell you that it averages 20 miles a week <BR> For those who are planning on a marathon this year..... this should be a piece of cake. <BR> <BR> Who's in???? <BR> <BR> On your mark! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How did it go for January are we all on target? <BR> <BR> So how's it going.....I am on track and then <BR> <BR> Anyone still in????? <BR> <BR> I am on target! over 8,000 exercise minutes and over 4... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:43:27 EST Jingle bell 1/2 Atkinson NH OK when I left he house to drive there it was 4 degrees out. .... no really 4 degrees! <BR> <BR> Question #1 What kind of an idiot would run a half marathon when it's that cold out ... check out my picture! <BR> <BR> Ok at race time is was a balmy 12 degrees......yeah there were people in shorts! One guy in shorts I kept pace with for awhile I dubbed hard core. ...he and his buddy got a big kick out that. He told me that he has been called a lot worse than that and I told him yeah me too..... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:29:13 EST total points 111,111 Must mean something - other than I am just persistent. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:37:48 EST OK I'm Commiting This in Writing I WILL cross 24,000 exercise minutes this year...... and I WILL run at least one mile a day. ... just to keep me focused until 2014. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> I'm tracking well - Running every day ....and it's been tough....tomorrow the high will be20 degrees. Yikes <BR> <BR> Correction coming home 9 degrees was on the sign at the bank UGH. Got it in though. <BR> <BR> OK running everyday so far and only one inside on the dreadmill. Foot of snow on Sunday was a stretch ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:36:30 EST Rock and Roll Las Vegas 1/2 30,000 runners <BR> 4:30 pm start and they let us out in waves. ( I was probably 4:40) So a run in the dark up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard. <BR> <BR> I walked to the start from my hotel and called it my warm up probably a mile <BR> <BR> Flat course - good and bad to that - so flat that things look closer than they really are. <BR> <BR> As a blessing there is no other way to start - except slow - it is that crowded. Which is good for me as I tend to go out way too fast and then die ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:05:22 EST Checked out the Friend Feed!!!! You are a bunch of exercising fanatics!!!!!! crossing this threshhold and logging a gazillion minutes and that is just this month! <BR> <BR> Gotta run - gotta catch up ...... nope gotta crosstrain - big race this week end. BUT I WILL CATCH UP <BR> <BR> <BR> WATCH OUT ALL OF YOU! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:00:43 EST LV R and R 1/2 Corral 14 <BR> <BR> Confirmation e-mail received!! <BR> <BR> 9 days and counting! <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:52:57 EST Question for Runners I will be running the Las Vegas 1/2 in two weeks from Sunday. The race is at 4:30 in the afternoon - (read 7:30 east coast time) I will be out there several days ahead of time - so time change etc should not be a huge factor ... but since I am staying in a hotel - so not like I can run out to the kitchen and whip something up. Any recommendations on nutrition for that day before the race? <BR> Thanks for any help you can offer Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:49:39 EST OK October goal 2,500 fitness minutes this month! <BR> <BR> With lotsa strength and the usual overload on running. <BR> <BR> Goal race is 11/17 Las Vegas half But this Sunday's half will be a temperature check for me - see where I am in this training. ....... Wish all of you a great race this week end - seems like so many are running something somewhere! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:23:08 EST Anyone Ever Run the Ft Lauderdale 1/2 in February? I was hoping to do the St Petersburg R and R this year - but it has been cancelled. <BR> <BR> <BR> I may go back to Gasparilla in Tampa but I have run that a couple of times now and looking for a new one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Any other highly recommended 1/2's in FL in February? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:16:44 EST Looking for some opinions on races and what makes a good one I know that here in the NE we a re a competitive bunch dare I say picky.... but there are so many races that seem to be popping up all over the place - how do you determine a "good" one? <BR> <BR> Does anyone belong to a running club that certifies races? What is the criteria? <BR> <BR> To me: <BR> 1. Preregistered fees offered for under $20 for 5k $25 for 10k, $50 for ½ $65 for full. <BR> 2. Safe clearly marked certified distance course. <BR> 3. Awards: 10 year age groups for races wit... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:50:49 EST Relay Around Winnie! 9/7 I'm in for the 6th leg! Masters Women's Team - woohoo (although I am a lot older than that!) <BR> <BR> Very excited - this should be great! <BR> <BR> Right off the "old bucket list"! <BR> <BR> Check it off - hard and hilly and a ton of fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> The team did really well! We rocked it! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:04:08 EST 5K Posting to keep me honest (and trying really hard) 5k tonight - PIlgrim Corporate 5k - running for my friend's company...... I will edit this tomorrow or later tonight with results. .... to give me extra motivation! <BR> <BR> <BR> 27:05 1st in age group! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the great comments and goodies! <BR> <BR> Even better they posted my time at 7 seconds faster! That is a goodie in itself! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:02:57 EST Hackers Hill 4 Mile Run - Update 2013 Hacker’s Hill Climb Results From 8/8/13 <BR> The 2nd Annual Hacker’s Hill Climb was held on August 8th and was a huge success. Runners from the ages of 13 to 67 came out to challenge themselves by competing on the four-mile hilly course that ended atop Hacker’s Hill. <BR> <BR> 590 foot elevation " If your legs feel tired today, now you know why!" <BR> <BR> 38:53.4 under the circomstances not too bad - <BR> <BR> Honestly I do not think there was a flat spot on the @#$% race! <BR> ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:10:31 EST Hacker's Hill 4 Miler Tonight Heard it is brutal! <BR> <BR> I spoke to the male overall winner from last year - and he said even HE walked part of it! <BR> <BR> No PR's for ths one! <BR> <BR> If the weather clears it will be an awesome sunset at the top...... If I can grab a pic will post it tomorrow! <BR> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:16:36 EST Beach to Beacon 10k 55:16 not bad - for an old lady! <BR> <BR> <BR> The best part was that I felt ok!....and I did what I was supposed to do - NOT GO OUT TOO FAST AND THEN PAY FOR IT IN THE END! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the support on the race results. <BR> <BR> The Beach to Beacon is the most famous of the Maine races. ... one of those "sell out in 5 minute" one's..... The registration is in March - I will post the date..... just in case anyone has a "hankering" to vacation along the rocky coast of Maine ne... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:44:54 EST Made it! Set a challenge = 2,000 fitness minutes this month! <BR> <BR> Day is not over and I made it! <BR> This Week: <BR> 2,004 This Month: <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:50:22 EST