Low Key

This year, Forth of July was a low key affair.

Last year, it was the last holiday I spent with my brother.  This year, I really wanted it to be a quiet time.

On Saturday, we spent time at the park, then a fun lunch with the two cuties, followed by time on the deck.

On Sunday, I relaxed and binged watched a little Netflix in the afternoon (Marchella and Baby Cobra).

That night, I ran the Finish at the 50 5K with some friends. (#Finishathe50)

Lots of fun-running around and in Gillette Stadium and finishing on the 50 yard line.  Afterwards, we had drinks and watched a great fireworks show.

On the actual day, E and I had a date and went to Barnes & Noble to play with trains, read books and buy a new Thomas the Tank Engine book (very exciting!).  On the way out of the store, I found my next book club selection (Songs of Willow Frost) in the discount section-score!

I also managed to work on my new project, ELK Studios Southern Diamonds Wrap.

It was a nice, quiet weekend!

Hope you all had a fun, safe holiday!

A Lovely Weekend

A nice trail run on Saturday with my friend Laurie.  Love that this is turning into a weekly thing!

PawSox Saturday night.  Finally, a date night!


YMCA 5K Sunday morning.  Happy to have been there for my friend Kat’s first 5K!


A hike with E in the afternoon.




Hope you had a good weekend!

Workout Recap

The week started with a bang-The Run For Recovery.

The very first race of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club.

A group of us from work did this and it was a great race with a very emotional vigil after.

I had not been running much and I was almost the last finisher, but hey, I finished!


(there are more people behind…I wasn’t THAT much at the back of the pack!)

I also did 22 Minute Hard Corps Cardio I and Resistance I several times this week (my kids hid my 21 Day Fix DVDs…found yesterday thank goodness).

I did a few  treadmill runs, breaking in my new Sauconys (bright sneakers make me smile!).



I finished the week with a really great trail run with my friend Laurie.

Unfortunately, my I forgot my Forerunner and my app did not track my mileage.  I believe it was about 3 miles, but honestly I don’t care…it was just a fun run in the woods!


I am so proud of Laurie! She did a couch to 5K program to be able to run The Run for Recovery and now she is leaving me (literally) in her dust!

There is a great farm/forest near her house and we’ve agreed to try to do a weekly weekend run.  So much more enjoyable running through nature than down my busy street.

Have a good weekend!

The Joy of Spring

Lovely weather equals an impromptu trip to the State Park.

Which means stopping at a sub shop for some lunch.

Which means a lot of chasing kids, ball playing and walking wooded trails to burn off the fries.

Well worth it!










A wonderful day!

(and a new place to run, great trails!)

Work Out Recap

Last week was a good cardio week for me.

Spinning, hill walking, treadmill runs, 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio and 21 Day Fix Upper and Lower.

Total steps per my FitBit = 83, 335.

Joining a FitBit Work Week Hustle challenge for this week.

Spinning and a run on the books for tonight! (Love having Netflix to use on the treadmill)

Have a good week!



2016 Goals


Happy New Year!

I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions, but rather make New Year’s Goals.

Here are some for 2016:

Run twice a week-rather than setting milage goals

Re-join my local YMCA and start going to spin classes again

Run five 5Ks-Bailey’s Run for Autism, OFTM 5K, Doyle’s 5Miler, Local YMCA 5K, last one TBD

Continue to make charity donations-Winter Warmers (hats/scarves via my crochet group Fishnet Crocheters), The Red Scarf Project, Hospice Lapghans (via Ravelry group), Beth’s Hats for Hope (hats/scarves)

See at least two movies in the theater-doesn’t sound like a lofty goal, but I only made it to one this year (Star Wars on 12-29-15. Seriously, I made it to ONE movie this year)

Participate in CAL/KALS-First ones this year are Melody’s Makings Mini Mystery Create-A-Long and Ravelry’s Red Heart Lovers January CAL/KAL (cowls)

Reach/surpass my 2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge goal (30 books)

Go to two conferences for professional growth

I’m sure I will add on more as the year progresses!

Happy 2016!

Galloway Running

For many years, I ran the good old fashion traditional way…go out and just start running.

After a back injury years ago, that was no longer possible.

Luckily I found Jeff Galloway and his method of interval running.

Once I got over thinking I wasn’t a “real” runner by incorporating walk breaks, I was hooked.

The Galloway Run Walk Run method

• A smart way to run – by giving you cognitive control over each workout.

• Allows you to carry on all of your life activities – even after long runs

• Motivates beginners to get off of the couch and run

• Bestows running joy to non-stop runners who had given up

• Helps improve finish times in all races

• Gives all runners control over fatigue

• Delivers all of the running enhancements without exhaustion or pain

I have found all of the above reasons to be true!

On the treadmill, I have been using  the Galloway LOLO 10K training app and have recently run a 10K. (I believe this app is only available for iPhone.  Prior to this I used a simple interval timer app)

LOLO 10K App
LOLO 10K App

Right now, my ratio is 1:30 with my run portions at 6-6.5 mph and walk portions at 3 mph.  This keeps me at a consistent 12 minute mile.

Outside, for safety reasons, I don’t run with the app or headphones.  I use my Garmin Forerunner interval timer so my intervals at 1:1.  Outside I tend to average a 11-11:15 min mile as my walk portions are at a faster speed.

So, how to use the Galloway Method?

If you know what your average straight running mile time is, you are ready to start.

If you don’t, then you need to do your Magic Mile (how to calculate your mile pace and what interval would work for you).

Once you embrace walk breaks, you can experiment with your intervals to find what works best for you.  Suggestions are on the site and app.  These ratios help you maintain your desired pace.

Jeff’s site has multiple training plans, suggestions for warm weather runs, beginner information, etc.

Jeff is also the Official runDisney Consultant.

Want to start running or continue running after an injury?

Try the Galloway Method, you won’t regret it!

A Running Geek

I am a book geek.

Yes, I am.

So, what to do when I come across an online running club that combines one of my favorite book series and races?

Register for a race!

The Hogwarts Running Club creates virtual races to raise money for charity.

I have registered for the following race:

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Hogwarts Running Club is pleased to announce our fifth event of 2015:
The Platform 9 3/4k (Year Two)!!
Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen…It’s back! As we’ve been saying for months, Hogwarts is a magical place…you never know what may return.
All proceeds from this event will support the Harry Potter Alliance and their Accio Books! campaign, which has donated more than 200,000 books to underprivileged or underserved readers since 2009.
Participants will receive an awesome two-sided custom medal with the original Platform 9 3/4k design on the front and Harry & Ron’s Year Two adventure on the back! The medal is on a custom sublimated ribbon and all participants will be able to download (at http://www.HogwartsRunningClub.org) a personalized ticket for the Hogwarts Express (which looks a lot like a digital race bib) with the name and number of their choice.
While you can complete the distance any time you want, we are encouraging as many people as possible to complete their 9 3/4k (or 6.058 miles) on Tuesday, 1 September as that is the day that Harry and Ron missed the train at King’s Cross Station and had to “borrow” the flying Ford Anglica to get to Hogwarts. Again, this is just a fun suggestion…you can complete your distance any time you’d like!

This is a win win!

I have a goal to work towards in my running and help raise money for books!

(I am using Galloway’s 10K running plan.)

Keep on reading and running!