Monthly Archives: February 2009

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #9 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

Temps in the 30’s and bright sun make this a perfect day for the final Fudgcicle 5K of 2009!

My injury has defied all attempts to rein it in, and I can barely hobble.  But I won’t miss this final race in the Fudgecicle 5K series, so I’m here to cheer and take pictures.

The runners all look terrific!


Some of them see me and wave, cheering for me as I take their pictures and cheer them on.


After the last runner passes me here, I drive to the finish line to cheer for them there.



Go, Maureen!


Go-o-o-o, Diane!

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see at the Fudgcicle 5K.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Join me at this Fudgecicle 5K!)

The Slideshow:

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Fudgecicle 5K

Race #8 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

At race time (8:00 AM), temp is 25 degrees…just about ideal for a late winter race.  I still can’t run because of an injury…but I’m here to cheer and take photos of the runners.


They wave back when they see me and hear me cheer.


After the last runner passes me here, I drive to the finish line to cheer for them there.



Go, Jen!


Go-o-o-o, Dave!

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see at the Fudgcicle 5K.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Join me at this Fudgecicle 5K!)

The Slideshow:

Half at the Hamptons

Race #3 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)

You must be wondering:

Why are there no photos in this blog entry? Why no photos of this race?

Because I’m not there.

I pre-registered for the Half at the Hamptons, and looked forward to it.  I think of it as a good benchmark in my training for Boston…

…but right now I can’t run.  Can’t even walk.  I get sudden, intense pain in my, err, butt with every step, no matter how gently I try to move.  So I

Just.  Can’t.  Walk.

Hope to recover soon.  But for now, no races. 

(I am only including this page because later this year you might want to click on the link at the right, labelled “Will Run for Beer”…and I don’t want you to wonder, What happened to Race #3 in the Series?)

Race #3 is happening just fine.  But, alas, it is happening without me.

See you next week.

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #7 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

At race time (8:00 AM), temp is in the mid-20s, with bright sun and just a little wind.  Ideal for running!

Alas, I won’t be running today.  I pulled a muscle in my…ahhh….butt, and can barely walk.  But I love the race and the runners so I couldn’t stay home.

It took a lot of slow, painful steps, but I managed to get out into my driveway and into my car…and now I’m in Tewksbury so I can take pictures and cheer for the runners in the Fudgecicle 5K.


They wave back, surprised that I’m not running with them.


After the last runner passes me here, I drive to the finish line to cheer for them there.



Go, Jessica!


Go-o-o-o, Rita!

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see at the Fudgcicle 5K.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run …err, cheer..with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #6 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

Temp is just 6 degrees at race time, but we’ve had so many cold days in this Fudgecicle series that it’s no big deal.  Behind those face masks, everyone’s smiling.  Another great day for a race!


Bob (the race director) starts us promptly at 8:00 AM, and we take off–


I’m taking these pictures as I run.


(Yes, I take these photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!) 

At the finish line, of course, I do stop…and take pictures of the other finishers.


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run the Fudgcicle 5K.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Super 5K

I have a terrific time whenever I run a race in Lowell. And the Super 5K has a special place in my heart.



I first ran it in 2006, and set a PR.  To make that day even more sweet, I discovered that the race director, Jim Rhoades, had arranged for photographs to be taken of the runners…and when I went to his website I found a photo of me, running.

(But Jim didn’t take that photo, above.  I did, by reaching out and back and snapping the photo as I ran.)

That photo in 2006 was a first for me.  I’d never seen myself running.  Never knew that people photographed runners in a race!  It was a surprise, and a thrill.



Today there are no surprises. The weather is ideal: with temperature hovering a 30 degrees, and no wind. The roads are dry and we couldn’t ask for better conditions.



I’m running run with a camera, and taking pictures as I run.  (Yes, I take photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!)  If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Super 5K in Lowell, MA:

The Slideshow: