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STARmazing Race

9 May

Lucky13’ers, I want to tell you about an amazing….no, a STARmazing…event that is coming up in the Boston area that benefits a GREAT organization called the Starlight Foundation of New England.

Starlight Foundation provides entertainment and education activities for kids and families in the hospital and in the community to help ease their pain and take their mind off of what they go through each day because of their illness.  While doctors work to treat the kids, the folks at Starlight work to lift their spirits and help them have fun and just “be kids.” 🙂  They give kids struggling with serious illness experiences such as a first Red Sox game, a live musical, going to a rodeo, or even the prom!  Services are 100% made possible by donor and community support, which is why events are so important to the organization.  The STARmazing Race is also HUGE for Starlight because all of the proceeds directly benefit children struggling with chronic and life-threatening illness right here in the Boston area!

The STARmazing Race is on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 11:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.  It is an urban scavenger hunt that sends racers on an adventure throughout Boston, following clues and completing crazy challenges!  [get your FITNESS on while supporting a great cause and having fun with friends!!!]  I hope you’ll join me in this race and invite your friends to do the same!!!

It is $50 per racer and you can race in teams of 2, 3, or 4. Registration gets you entry into the event, a swag bag, breakfast at the start line, and food at the finish line celebration at Game On! Fenway. We award prizes for the top three finishers and other silly prizes for best dressed, most team spirit, and more 🙂

Here are some important links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/346792218711911/ (Facebook event)

http://tinyurl.com/75szee4 (event registration is OPEN and people can register anytime!)

I can’t think of a better way to spend a SUMMER SATURDAY morning!!!!  Urban race, friends, fun, FOOD, and freebies!!!!!  You’ve got the details, now go and REGISTER!!!

Don’t forget to PLAY!!!!

16 Sep

Hi all

I wanted to write a quick post and remind everyone to find the time to PLAY…  today I went to a field and played catch with a friend of mine.  We brought our gloves, a softball, a bat and just played around for an hour or so.  We tossed the ball around, did a little batting and fielding, and just had FUN.  I told him that it’d been ages since I’d picked up a softball or baseball and just played at a field.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.  It brought me back to my childhood days of playing pick-up baseball, soccer, street hockey, and kickball games with the neighborhood kids.  Back then, we’d be outside from sun-up till sundown running around; our exercise was not a chore, it was part of our fun and play.

Today was a great reminder to me that exercise and working out needs to be FUN.  Sure, there are things that we dislike but are integral parts of our workout (think Burpees, sprints, squat jumps), but the majority of the things we do to stay fit should be enjoyable!  I wanted to share this with you in time for you to have some FITNESS FUN this weekend.  Enjoy the weather and get back to your childhood roots.  Pick up that old baseball, basketball, soccer ball, tennis racket, etc.  Call a friend or family member and tell them to meet you at the local park.  Just play around and have FUN!

Half Marathon Training: week 3 recap

22 Aug

When the novelty of something wears off, its a whole new ballgame.  Thats what I learned during week 3 of training for my first half marathon.  Weeks 1 & 2 of training for the Smuttynose Rockfest were exciting, new, and fun.  I was all amped up to stick to the training regimen, get new shoes, and log some miles!  Although I was traveling and had to shuffle around my training schedule, I didn’t have much issue.  Week 3, though, was a bit different.

I was NOT out of town as much but I was BUSY! Work and life take up a lot of hours, and making sure to block out training time each day was a huge challenge.  The novelty of it all had worn off, and I felt it start to become a chore.  I did not like this feeling at ALL.  I started thinking about some of my clients- plenty of folks in the past have told me that exercise is such a chore for them and they dread it.  My response had always been a combination of disbelief and inability to comprehend such a thing.  However, this past week I was in the same boat.  I was having some issues with my new sneakers and couldn’t decide if they were helping or hindering my runs.  I decided to do a little test- I did a 4mile run with the Newtons and another 4 mile run with my old Nike Free’s.  In the end, the Newtons ended up winning by a long shot.  It will take a few weeks for me to fully adjust to new sneakers but I now have the hard evidence that my new shoes make me feel better during and after my runs.

On Sunday, I decided against running a 5k as my training program suggested, and instead I went to the Newton North High School track and did a speed workout.  I warmed up with a half mile run, then did a “ladder”:

100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m

and I ended with running another mile.  Man, it was HUMBLING.  My legs were screaming by the end; talk about lactic acid buildup!  I finished just as the rain started to fall, and though it was a huge challenge, I felt very accomplished in the end. 

 

Newton North High School Track

Though the novelty has worn off, and the training program has started becoming a bit more challenging, I am determined to stay focused and reach my goal of completing this half marathon as BEST I can.  Quitting is NOT an option.  Sulking and whining about what I have to do is NOT an option.  Going through the motions and training in a half-assed manner is NOT an option.  I promise myself to put in 150% whenever I train, and I know it will pay off when race day comes. 

 I’m learning to take my own words to heart: when it stops being fun, thats when the work happens!!!