12 year old daughters running in the chilly Florida Air (60 degrees)


So my daughter is 12 going on attitude.  Now, for a 12 year old – she doesn’t have a bad attitude, but it is there.. Along with stubborn bizarre views (at no point here am I stating she is just like her mother.)  Well, part of her current 12-year-old-ness, is that she doesn’t like to wear shorts.  Preferably, she wants to wear black running pants and a black sweatshirt.  Now, she can’t wear said black sweat-shirt running, because then it would be sweaty and she couldn’t wear it to school

Seriously, this is a thing.

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Notice.. not shorts, but black running pants..

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When both kids want to run… The other kid.


So my son has long wanted to be a runner.. He has been very successful at it thus far. Monday, Wednesday and Friday (along with a long-ish run on the weekend) are his days to run with Dad.  Until this week, we had not been doing well on getting two runs done during the week.  THAT CHANGED TODAY!!!!  We headed out for our 3.1 mile route, and while it was a wee bit cooler – it was still humid.

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There aren’t sidewalks here, and I know my son misses them as much as I do.  We do pretty well on staying off of main roads – but anything over 1.5 miles is either going to be very repetitive, or require part of our trip to be on “Meridian” – a fairly busy road. Read more ›

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When both children want to run…


S0, my daughter has long wanted to be a runner.. not to be confused with wanting to run.  She did the Girls on the Run in Maryland, and did AWESOME, and promptly stopped running.   After all, she was a runner with a T-shirt to prove it!  Maybe enough time has passed that she needs to run again in order to “prove” it, or maybe she genuinely wants to run.  (Though between you and I, the fact that as soon as it comes time to run – she tries to change my mind makes me suspect it isn’t the latter of the two.)

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After Sunday’s Run with the Girl.

Regardless of the why, she came to me saying she wanted to run again.  She said this while we were in a shoe store, buying running shoes for her brother – so her timing was good.  She got running shoes as well. (Wait.. maybe she wanted to run to get more shoes?)   This means I am now lucky enough to be running with both kids! Separately… At different speeds..  So M-W-F is running with the Boy, and T-T is with the Girl.  Then I do two runs on Saturday or Sunday – one with each of them. No problem. Read more ›

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I’d prefer to not die of sitting.


I’m sure that you have seen the various articles and studies about how sitting is killing us.

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picture by Robin Davey from the TIME article at: http:/time.com/sitting

Alice Park wrote an article for Time Magazine in Sept of 2014 titled “Sitting is Killing You.”  In addition to that article having an awesome image (seen above), it had some wonderful information.

A recent review of 43 studies analyzing daily activity and cancer rates found that people who reported sitting for more hours of the day had a 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer and a 21% higher risk of lung cancer—regardless of how much they exercised. In another study involving a group of men and women who reported exercising the same amount, each additional hour they spent sitting was linked to a drop in their fitness levels. In other words, sitting was chipping away at some of the benefits of exercise Read more ›

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Traipsing on the trails in Timberlane Ravine Park


Yesterday, the boy and I decided on doing something a little different than the boring neighborhood, so we went searching for a trail!   Ok, so maybe searching is exaggerating a little.. We went to the park I pass everyday on my way to work – Timberlane Ravine Park.

wp-1457914698577.jpgIt looked quant, and having the potential for trails, you can see the entrance behind my son – doing the tree pose.  Its a subtle little park, with a small lot that would hold only a few cars – right off the road. Read more ›

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2016 Across the Bay 10k in Annapolis Discount!


As many of you know, I have been a race ambassador for the “10k Across the Bay” in Annapolis for the last two years.  Running across the Chesapeake Bay is one of my favorite races – and even having moved away, I am not giving it up!  It is something my son and I plan on doing together as long as we possibly can, even if it involves air-fare!

Well this year is no different, and you can get a discount by using my Ambassador Code!  Just go through the registration process on active.com at:
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=24297353&_ga=1.32478712.7578043.1457553010

And enter in AMBNEIDHARDTR16 for the discount!

Who doesn’t like the idea of discounts?

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Running outside in the cold of winter


I know, since you didn’t hear from me this morning- you were thinking “Jeez! He has already given up, and it was only day 3!!”

I’m very pleased to say that this is not the case.  The actual reason – is that I decided that running on the dreadmill was silly, and instead should be headed out side.  Mostly because I hate dreadmills…    So, despite it being the end of January, I was going to brave the cold and head outside for a run after work.

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New beginnings for am out-of-shape Once and Future Runner


So, welcome back to both you and to me!  It has been a wee bit of time since I have posted, and I have to say that a whole lot has occurred in that time!  Let me pay catch up.

First and foremost, for another 15 minutes or so, I am unemployed.  I left Volunteers of America Chesapeake on Wednesday of last week, and promptly drive down to sunny Florida!  You see, even though I am a New Yorker through and through, I am more than a wee bit tired of the cold and the snow.

 

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Ok.. So maybe it is that day..

 

 

Last year, Maryland seemed to forget that it wasn’t NY, and they was far too much white stuff.  That lead me to job hunt in Florida.  I have been reassured multiple times that it is very rare for snow to fall in Florida, so here I am!  Sitting on the couch in my hotel room (side note: Home2 Suites by Hilton are very nice,) waiting to head to work here in Tallahassee, Fl!

I’m not going to go into the job at this time, as I want to ensure my unemployed status is a temporary thing first!

The job is obviously not the only New beginning as we have rented a house as well, a marvelous place with plenty of room for the family until we buy.

The last New beginning…  it seems that I may have let myself slide into the worst shape of my life.  I do have countless excuses for this, but it seems silly to waste time on those.  Instead I will just mention that I weigh more than I ever have, and am wearing the largest sized clothes I ever have.

Needless to say I don’t feel good, like I do when I am in shape (though I still say round is a shape) and a new job in a new (warm) state seems like the perfect time to fix this!  Both last night, and this morning I pounded out a couple of miles on the dreadmill, and had some rather bland oatmeal for breakfast.  I have great plans for healthy low calorie dinners while I am here on my own, as well as days of multiple workouts.  My intensity rate well need to remain fairly low, as I want to avoid being the limping new employee, but I think that nasty be a good thing with how I like to overdue my restarts.

A New Yorker in Tallahassee Florida…. If that doesn’t supply me with things to blog about than nothing will!

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I will keep you updated!

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St. Michaels Running Festival & 10k Across the Bay Discount Code!


So what is the St.Michaels Running Festival?

It is a charming race-place in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake Bay..  It has shops along main street – but most importantly:

It has the flattest, fastest USATF half marathon in the region!!!!!

Since its early, and you may have not had your coffee yet – this means PRs for everyone!!! (OR at least really good odds of getting one!) Read more ›

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Hotmess


The title is the week.. I have been a hot-mess all week.  Tuesday was supposed to be a five mile run – but turned into 3 as the cold & humidity made me unable to breathe.  My morning running partners – Zully and Suzanne were super understanding (or happy to run a shorter distance) and made sure I didn’t collapse on the way back.

Thursday I had to start by warning them that my hernia (lucky me, I still have an inguinal hernia) was bothering me – so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the first building before turning back – but I did!  I actually finished the run with no problems.

Zully and Tim were meeting this morning at six am to do ten miles.. I don’t do  6 am on Saturdays.  Suzanne (who apparently doesn’t do six on Saturdays either) agreed to meet at 6:45, and do the second part of their ten mile loop.  The plan was that we would do another loop to get our ten.

The run went well, but we decided to NOT do the second loop. Some blisters on my feet, humidity – all contributed to bailing. Though I think it was a good call.

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