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My #1 Tip for Beating the Running Blahs

Happy Monday (is that a thing? I hope it is for you!)

Today’s post is a recap from my mom of a beautiful, scenic run she had a couple weeks ago!

Running along the Marginal Way. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

I have a confession to make. Although, I love running –  sometimes it can be boring. It’s easy to get tired of running the same loop every other day. Eventually you just feel blah about your run, and it becomes something you’re forcing yourself to do rather than something you actually enjoy.

How to Beat Running Boredom

My #1 tip for beating that bored, “bleh” feeling? Run in a new place.

Nora and I had always wanted to   run the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine , and never quite managed it. But coming back from a friend’s home in Biddeford recently, I was determined that I would stop and do just that.

It was Halloween morning, a nice 50 degrees and cloudy, perfect for a run along Ogunquit’s beautiful and rocky coast.

Ogunquit, Maine

I parked on Perkin’s Cove road, just across the street from Barnacle Billy’s. It was early and because it was cloudy and cool, few people had ventured out. After chatting with the parking lot attendant, I walked to the end of Perkin’s Cove , doing a little window shopping , all while looking for the coffee shop, Breaking New Grounds, that the parking lot attendant had recommended. (I wanted to purchase my post- run coffee  before setting out.)

Marginal Way.I found the shop in a lovely little cottage down near the end of the road, and after some friendly service left with a coffee and big slice of pumpkin bread.    A quick stop at the car to shed jacket and handbag and to grab headphones and I was off.

Marginal Way, Ogunquit, MaineThe entrance to the Marginal Way is about 30 feet from the parking lot, and well-marked. It was low tide but this only added to the dramatic beauty of the rocky coast. As the paved but narrow path meanders up the coast  for  about one mile, there are great views of the rocks below to one side, and incredible views of the beautiful homes (or mansion in this case!) 🙂

Marginal Way.Every now and then, there was a bench or two tucked in amid a few scrubby looking bushes . Perfect for sitting and enjoying the view!  The Marginal Way is only one mile long, so I crossed the street and ran up a lovely wooded road for a bit, before hitting what looked like a main road and turning back.

Marginal WayBack on Shore Road, I turned left, to do a little more exploring before getting back onto the Marginal Way. This took me past more charming shops and eventually down Beach Street where I crossed the Ogunquit River and found myself on lovely, but pretty much deserted, Ogunquit Beach.

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Had the beach all to myself!

(Just before the bridge, I passed The Above Tide Inn, where I had – many many years ago –  spent a lovely weekend with my family!)

On the way back, I decided I should probably take a selfie or two, to show I actually was here, but  there were more people around now and, embarrassed that someone my age was indulging in this “youthful” behavior,  I nearly tumbled onto the rocks! But here it is!

 

Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

Photographic proof.

I really was here, and it was a great way to end what had been a wonderful visit with a longtime friend!!

So every now and then, pack up your running shoes and explore a new trail! A change of scenery is honestly just what I needed and I highly recommend it. 🙂

Have a great day! 

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! If you’ve watched any football at all lately, you’ve probably noticed all the players wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (who knew that so many football accessories came in pink?!). I was glad I got to join in the fun this month by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday with my sorority.

I participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

It seems like our Indian summer has finally come to an end, as it was a brisk 40 degree morning.

Me and some of my sisters at the Making Strides against breast cancer walk

Me and my sisters at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

My sorority sister who also ran the Rochester Marathon was walking as well, and we joked about having “flashbacks” as we walked the course! This time, we were only walking a mile (not running 26.2!) so it was a wee bit easier. Doesn’t it look familiar? 😉

The making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Rochester NY

I loved all the positive energy and excitement from all the walkers coming together for this cause. It’s really an amazing feeling to participate in events like this, with so many people celebrating the fight against breast cancer. There was even live music along the course which added to the festive atmosphere!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Rochester NY

I had so much fun checking out all the pink costumes and outfits.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Rochester NYAnd pink garbage trucks!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Rochester NYWhat a great event! 🙂

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Are you enjoying watching football players wear pink? 😉

 

 

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Fall Fitness Friday #1

Hello hello!

I apologize for my erratic posting lately. It seems like whenever I finish an exam, I have a wave of big assignments due right after. Ugh.

But, I’m getting though it. 🙂 And, I just had a wonderful long weekend in which I did many Fall things…

Corn Maze

Baby goats!

All aboard the Cow Train!

All aboard the Cow Train!

I survived a corn maze, got to see some adorable baby goats (what you don’t know is that the goat hit the other goat in the face right after I took this picture – vicious baby goat!), and ate some apple fritters. 🙂 It was a beautiful day and I had a fantastic time.

Back at home, Keeper and my mom have also been enjoying this beautiful Fall. I’m sure Brady was running around somewhere, enjoying the weather as well.

Fall fun with Brady and Keeper. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

Now you may remember from my last post that this week marks the first week of the Fall Fitness Challenge and Link-Up!

Fall Fitness Challenge and Link-Up

As I mentioned before, my goal was to do 10 minutes of exercise everyday. This week could have been a tiny bit better, but hey, it’s a challenge for a reason!

Here’s how it all panned out:

  • Saturday- 23 minute full-body interval cardio workout, courtesy of Fitnessblender. Check out the workout here. 🙂
  • Sunday – walking around the corn maze counts right?
  • Monday –  A few crunches and push-ups (probably not ten minutes worth though.)
  • Tuesday – Drove back to school and didn’t find the time to work out. My bad.
  • Wednesday – I did a 10 minute tank top arms workout followed by a 5 minute butt/thigh workout. It was a crazy day and I ended up doing this at 9:30 pm. I didn’t really think this workout would be strenuous enough to keep me awake, but maybe it was, since I ended up not falling asleep till after 1 in the morning. Sigh… 
  • Thursday – Fantastic 5 and a half mile run in the beautiful mild weather. I wore my Rochester Marathon shirt, and that made it even better. 🙂

Fall Fitness Challenge and Linkup

 

So, there’s room for improvement. The long weekend kinda threw a wrench in my plans, as I wasn’t home and didn’t want to be that guest who bounces around doing jumping jacks. 🙂 Be sure to check out how my fellow Sweat Pink ambassadors did with their first week of the challenge – 🙂

#FFFchallenge. Fall Fitness Fridays ALSO, if you want to stay up-to-date with the challenge (and participate in it yourself!), use #FFFchallenge (Fall Fitness Fridays Challenge) across your social media channels to stay connected!

This weekend, I’m excited to announce I’ll be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk, so stay tuned for a recap of that! 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

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I Run… National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! 

Haha did you know it was National Running Day? That’s ok, I didn’t either until recently! Today’s post is going to be a little different – I’m participating in a link up through one of the blogs I follow (and love), OliveToRun. The challenge? Fill in the blank – “I run…”

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When I first read the topic, it seemed straightforward enough, but then I started thinking, “why do I run?” And I realized the answer was not as simple as I thought.

Looking back, my running journey really began with soccer. I started playing the sport in third grade and fell in love.

Don't I look excited?!

Don’t I look excited?!

 

Ready to get to work.

Ready to get to work.

There was nothing better than a Saturday morning game in the crisp fall air, kicking the ball around, the sheer excitement of scoring a goal! I played on town and travel leagues for years, and loved every minute of it.

Here I am at a tournament, posing with my team.

Here I am at a tournament, posing with my team.

 

Trophy and shark towel in hand.

Trophy and shark towel in hand.

When I got to middle school, I finally had the opportunity to try out for the school team. I was thrilled! Except for one tiny detail – you had to run one timed mile as part of the try-outs.

Now as a 7th grader, this really seemed like a lot (haha, weird to think that I now enjoy running 13.1 miles! ). But my mom took me to the school track during the summer, and I did my best to train. I ran loops, I ran sprints, and I ran some more. But at the time, I didn’t really enjoy it. I only saw running as a means to an end – a way for me to make the school soccer team.

Fast-forward to the fall of that year. Try-outs arrived and I ran that mile successfully! I even ended up making the team. I was ecstatic. But I still didn’t love running. I ran for soccer.

After years playing soccer through middle school and high school, I decided to change things up a bit and joined my high school’s track and field team. I did a lot of the sprint events , but nothing longer than the 400 meters. Running multiple miles still seemed like it was not for me. I also did jumps – both long and triple jump, and those, I really enjoyed!

My form's not great, but it still looks pretty cool, amirite?!

My form’s not great, but it still looks pretty cool, amirite?!

After graduating and going to college, running seemed to lose its purpose. There were no track meets, no soccer games, what was I running for? Nothing. So I barely ran at all. Not the healthiest decision I’ve ever made.  When I came home for Thanksgiving that first year, my mom mentioned she had been toying with the idea of doing a half marathon. While I was aghast at the idea of running 13.1 miles, I knew it was exactly what I needed. Here was a palpable reason to start running again. If I didn’t want to die on race day, I was going to have to train and let me tell you, the fear of death is a powerful motivator.

You can probably guess how the story goes from here – my mom and I LOVED that first race, and since that first half marathon, we have run a whole lot of races! This leads me back to the original question, “why do I run?”. I run to race. I run for the challenge and the sense of purpose racing provides me. I run with the hope that every run will make me that much stronger. Oh and yeah, I also run because I can safely say that I now enjoy it (most of the time!).

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Have a great National Running Day! If you run, go for a jog today. If you don’t, go do something active outdoors and enjoy yourself. 🙂

P.S. Hope you enjoyed the throwback pics!

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Gratitude

Hi there! 

The other half of the Running Duo here! This week I wanted to say a few words about gratitude.

I am grateful for

After I run, I always try to say a little prayer of thanks. I like to say this particular prayer out loud – so it’s not just a passing thought, but a truly verbalized acknowledgement. Of course, I don’t usually do this if I’m running with someone. Prayer is, after all, a private thing and I don’t want to seem “weird” or “too earnest”. But after one particularly chilly winter run, I did share my prayer with Nora, who didn’t seem to think it was “too weird”.   It isn’t just a middle-aged woman’s gratitude – though that will come as Nora and I pursue this dream of running a half-marathon  in every state, a task that will probably see me into my sixties and then some – but just a sense of wonder and recognition that I am blessed with good health and a very serviceable set of limbs. I know I am lucky. But I forget. And even though there are  lots of races for worthy causes – all of which remind us to be thankful, I think it’s also nice to remember on those daily runs, when your are alone with intrusive thoughts and maybe letting small things get you down. It’s worth remembering that it’s a blessing just to be out there moving.

So this is the prayer:

Thank you, God, for my feet…my ankles… my knees… my hips – my heart… my lungs.  (Sometimes I add something about the weather, but there’s been a little less of that lately as we in the Northeast have been getting a good dose of cold (not fun, but runnable) and snow and ice (more difficult to ignore). 

I usually say this as I am cooling down, walking around our dead-end circle, sipping some water. I have turned off my music and I try to hear the birds, or listen to the silence. It’s that moment when I suppose I am experiencing that runner’s high – and perhaps it’s this that clears my formerly jittery mind enough to wake me up to the fact that I need to be grateful. Whatever the reason, I am grateful to be reminded – to be grateful…

Other things I am grateful for:

Almond butter and fig jam on whole wheat toast.

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My Bodum milk frother.

Ten normal looking toe nails – over a year to recover from last year’s damage. (Hopefully my new Saucony sneakers will help with that.)

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A hot bowl of delicious red lentil soup (recipe to come!)

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My #1 Running Buddy, Nora. 

What are you grateful for?

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CHA CHA CHA CHIA!

Hey there!

So I wanted to talk about something new and wonderful I have discovered- chia seeds!

Chia Spongebob anyone?

Chia Spongebob anyone?

Yes, the things that sprout on chia pets. But the magic doesn’t stop there. 

Let me start from the beginning though. The other day, I was food shopping at Trader Joe’s, and on a whim, decided to get a pouch of the little seeds (I had seen some interesting recipes that called for them). I didn’t really know what to expect, but figured they’d be fun to try!

So the next day, I proceeded to add a tablespoon to my granola, banana, and almond milk breakfast. The result was pretty cool- the chia seeds started absorbing the almond milk and formed little tapioca-like balls! For some reason, this struck me as fascinating (hey, I’m a little bit of a nerd, what can I say?). So, I did a little research, and boy oh boy, chia seeds are powerful little devils!

Some fun facts about chia seeds-

  • Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s
  • Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory (which is important and helpful for runners!)
  • Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t need to be ground up to obtain all the nutritional goodness
  • In Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, (*Disclaimer- I did not read the book, I just found this out online), the tribe of “super-runners” the author spends his time with in Mexico ate lots of chia seeds mixed with water, forming a natural kind of gel
  • Some evidence suggests chia seeds might restrict the absorption of calories by coating the stomach
  • The seeds also have satiating effects because they’re so jam-packed with good stuff. So you won’t feel hungry as quickly after eating them!
  • Chia seeds lower triglycerides and “bad” cholesterol while raising HDL and “good” cholesterol levels

Who knew those chia pets were hiding such a nutritional powerhouse in them?! I got pretty excited after finding all this info, and proceeded to try a new recipe – chocolate coconut chia pudding! (I’ll put the recipe up soon). It looks a little weird, but don’t be put off by the peculiar color! It was super delicious (and so much better knowing how healthy it is!)

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The only problem was that after all my cooking (ie, experimenting), the bag of chia was almost empty!  The horror!

But luckily, at a different supermarket I found a Bob’s Red Mill version of chia seeds that came in a bigger bag, so now my supply should be set for a while.

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You can expect me to feature lots more recipes using chia seeds in the future! Hope you enjoy ’em as much as I do!!

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