Beth Lingard’s Blog

Running games
November 28, 2008, 3:19 pm
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No, I'm not talking about this type of game

No, I'm not talking about this type of game

As much as I love to run, sometimes the routine can get a bit mundane. I’ve found that “running games” can breathe new life into my training.

The running games started when I lived in Jamaica Plain and was looking for hills to run. I knew of a hilly area close by, but didn’t have time to map out a run. With my watch on, I set out the door with a goal: for the next 60-minutes, if I see a hill, I have to run up it.

One day at track, I found out I wasn’t alone. My friend Polly also plays running games. One of her favorites is “How many neighborhoods can I run through”.  

As I tick away the miles, some of my favorite games include:

  • Run errands (literally)
  • Run from or to work, friends houses, the gym, etc
  • Destination running (get dropped off somewhere then run home or to brunch)
  • Run a multiple-loop course  and trade running buddies each loop
  • Run your regular route in the opposite direction
  • Go site-seeing on your run – visit landmarks or scenic places – great for when you’re traveling or want to get to know your own place better

Do you play any games? If so please share by leaving a comment.


Being consistent
November 22, 2008, 4:42 pm
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The goal for the remainder of this month is to be consistent. This means I stick to my run plans – no bailing on workouts! Sounds pretty easy, right?


Boston weather for November 22 at 11:30am - courtesy

It should be, but this Boston weather is challenging my will-power. The thing is, it’s not even that bad yet… give it a couple more months.

Flashbacks to winters’ past still haunt me, where my fuel belt flasks full of water froze and the tears from my stinging eyes formed beads of ice on my eyelashes.

I should be grateful. Afterall, these conditions are what make you tough – right?

Time to get tough again… I’m going out for my run.

Gearing up for Boston – I got a number!
November 18, 2008, 4:10 pm
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Mid-race at the Harvard Applefest 10-miler

Mid-race at the Harvard Applefest 10-miler

A couple weeks ago, I recieved word that my application for a Boston Marathon number was accepted. It’s official, I’ll be running and fundraising for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the 2009 Boston Marathon.

This will be my 2nd Boston Marathon and 9th marathon.

So what does this mean?

Running consistently – yes, that means in whatever weather conditions Boston throws at me

Buy a new pair of running shoes – okay, I could wait another month or so, but new kicks are motivating, right?

Make new running routes – more time on gmap-pedometer, as my running buddies know – I love to make up new routes, the hilly the better! 

Meet-up with new and old training buddies – anyone want to go for a run?

Start fundraising My goal is to raise $3000 for a great cause – Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

I’m baaack!
November 15, 2008, 4:17 pm
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I’ve taken a 2-year haitus, but it’s official – I’m back to blogging, unless you count the blogposts I’ve done for work.

To see where I left off, visit my old blog.

After 2 years, I’ve a lot to say… so please stay tuned!