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Getting Into the Swing of Spring

Written by Amy Miller O'Toole on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature


Last time I blogged, I told you that I would update you from Hampton Beach and the Half at the Hamptons half-marathon. Alas, I had an unexpected change in plans. The race was cancelled, due to weather. A major storm was forecast (although it missed us). Boo. I was able to get my hotel rooms refunded, but not my race entry. I rarely, OK never, spend $75 on nothing. What a huge letdown.

I had been planning the weekend getaway for months. Vermont is the kind of place I rarely want to leave, and only do so with good reason. So I was seriously bummed to have to cancel. I know the race directors were under the gun and had to make a decision; I am so glad I was not in their shoes.

So my training continues for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in May. I think the Hamptons race would have buoyed my spirits a bit, but I am trudging along nevertheless. This last weekend I did a 14-mile training run. I went to meet my trusty training friends for some Burlington Bike Path action. With no snow, we treated ourselves to capris, short sleeves and fresh breezes. It looks like maybe there is going to be some work done on the bike path? I hope so, I love running and biking on the local bike paths. I think they are very important assets to our communities.

I am looking forward to some longer runs, what I like to call adventure runs. We plan to do point-to-point runs: from Waterbury to Hyde Park or Hyde Park to Greensboro, for example. We get to see some pristine countryside close up. I try to wave a friendly “thanks” to drivers for getting over or slowing down. If it’s you I’m waving at, feel free to wave back!

I have some challenges coming up in addition to the marathon. I have a team of three co-workers for the Corporate Cup 5K. We are hoping to bring our A-game! Three years ago my team placed second; that was a huge accomplishment! My team this year, Lady Lancers, is ready for a race against Team Hyde Park PIE (led by my co-worker and former teammate). There is a lot of good natured smack talk! Fingers crossed for speed on the day. In the opposite direction, I have signed on to a team for the Green Mountain Relay, a 200-mile relay. We have a team of six, so it’s technically an ultra, with everybody running 28 to 40 miles. I have also signed up for the Wineglass Marathon in New York.

I hope your running and training is going well. It’s almost time to get out the sun block!

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