2016 Newport 10k

For the second year in a row I’m happy to be an official blog partner for the Newport 10k – this is a race I have run every year since I started running more than just 5k races, and before I was blogging. I have also written about the race prior to being an official blog partner, so rest assured that anything I say about the race has not been influenced by this more recent association.

I’m looking forward to doing this again on May 14th. It’s a USATF Team Championship race once again, so hook up with a club and run for a team (of course, I am biased towards RVRR as I’m their 40s team captain, and the club is welcoming to all regardless of speed, but there are plenty of other clubs to choose from – see the RunNJ.org club page for more)

Here are links to my previous posts:

2015 Newport 10k (as an official blog partner)

2013 Newport 10k (prior to being a blog partner)

If you sign up, don’t forget to tell them you found the race through blog.runnj.org:


The first USATF Team race of the year is less than a month away, so don’t forget to sign up for Miles for Music too


New Year, no posts….until now

I’ve managed to do it again – neglected my blog. What I have not been neglecting, however, is running.

It can be a tough time of year to get motivated to run, so what gets you out when it’s (well) below freezing?

Here’s my list of what is keeping me going:

  1. Upcoming races: Although I have no speed expectations this year (deliberately so), I still want to be race ready, and with the first USATFNJ Team Championship race coming up on March 20 (Miles for Music), there’s not much time left.
  2. A Running Club: Whether it’s for other people to run with, or just knowing that others are out there, this can seriously help with motivation. For me, it’s good to know there will be a good crowd out for the RVRR Wednesday and Saturday runs – in February RVRR provides extra motivation with a “breakfast incentive” in the month of February – make it to all the Saturday runs this month and you get $10 towards breakfast after the final run (not bad for a membership that costs $23).
  3. Just keeping active: just knowing that you can’t stop – I know if I don’t run for a while I am likely to be more cranky. Also, if I didn’t run I might have to cut down on beer and food.
  4. The London Marathon: Yes, I’m running the London Marathon in April – this will be my last marathon for a long, long time now that I’ve determined it’s too far for me. This one will mean a lot to me, as I’m running in aid of Myeloma UK in memory of my dad.

All you need to carry on running whatever the weather is the right clothing. Layers are good and I find that Merino Wool works well for me, quality cold weather gloves and a hat (or balaclava for the really cold days). I don’t worry too much about socks and footwear (in the really cold weather this past weekend I did wear merino injinji socks and trail shoes for a little extra warmth).