Friday Five: Favorite Races for Food

Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!


I love racing and I love food so my “food” topic for this Friday is Five Races With the Best Food

  1. Sarasota Music Half Marathon

This race had the best post-race brunch ever: egg casserole, sausage, bacon, french toast, pastries, fruit and more.


And yes, I sampled it all.


my first plate…

2. Camp Chingachgook Challenge 10K/Half Marathon

This race ended with a big barbecue: chicken, ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, fresh fruit, etc. YUM!!

3. Perfect 10 Miler (NJ)

This race boasted of having “Healthy Clean Eats.” There were pretzels, grilled zucchini, peppers, asparagus and chicken. I would have preferred a little of the unhealthy stuff too.


4. Bacon Hill Bonanza 5K/10K

I loved the food at this race. They had the the usual food (fruit, yogurt, bars, bagels)but also chili, pizza, rice & veggies, and homemade muffins & cookies (including gluten free ones).



And the best chocolate milk (milk straight from a local farm):


5. Mother’s Day bRUNch 5k

There was an awesome post race food display. In addition to cookies, bagels, bars, pastries, bananas, chocolate milk, etc, there was:


mimosas (minus the champagne)

chocolate fountain with pretzels and fruit for dipping

chocolate fountain with pretzels, cake and fruit for dipping

I also had this:

chocolate fountain with pretzels, cake and fruit for dipping

Happy Running! What race(s) have you had the best food?



Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Technology, Training, Winter, Sleep and more…

thinking out loud

Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thinking today…


I was away for 6 days and I did not go on a computer.  Not even once. Not even tempted.

  • No reading blogs.
  • No commenting on blogs.
  • No blog postings (I scheduled them all before I left.)
  • No replying to emails.

I did minimally post to FB and IG with my phone so that my friends would not think I dropped off the face of the earth.

Sorry fellow bloggers, I ignored you all. But it felt great.

I’m back now … and trying to catch up.


I was so lucky to be spared the ugly winter weather typical for the NE.  I was able to get all my long runs in for my recent half marathon.

It would have been nice to schedule a break.

March 13, 2016

This half marathon is in 5 weeks!!!

It means that I don’t have a break from double digit long runs.  10, 11, 12, 8, and then 13.1


VCM is the next one I registered for.

But I’m also even considering one for April 24 – 6 weeks after Celebrate Life.  Yes, I have lost my mind!!


I just got back from Florida.

There was none of this:

Pat & I at Englewood Beach

in 2013

It was cold…40’s in the am and 50’s in the pm with awful cold winds off the water.


in 2016

But I shouldn’t have been complaining.

This is what I saw yesterday.


The low predicted for Sunday is -6 degrees and windy! And yes, I have to run 10 miles in that plus find a clear place to do it.


I am an awful sleeper. I have a hard time falling asleep and if I do, I have a hard time staying asleep.

Unfortunately, I recently discovered that my FitBit tracks my sleep patterns. (I had hid it originally.)


I average some weeks getting 4 hours a night.  Some nights I get 3. I rarely get more than 5 hours. UGH!!

Aren’t you supposed to get 8 hours???

Happy Running! How are you surviving running in the winter?  Do you get enough sleep?  What are you thinking about this Thursday?


Wednesday Word: The Triumphant Runner

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This week’s Word is TRIUMPHANT

This is what it means according to the dictionary:

  • having won a contest; victorious
  • feeling or expressing jubilation after having won a victory or mastered a difficulty
 There are so many ways that this word applies to RUNNING.
When you run a race, you can feel triumphant for a variety of reasons:
  • You came in first. 

I was pulling off chips at this race so I got to see the winner cross the finish line.

It’s never happened to me but maybe you have been or will be this talented.

  • You won your age group.


I have been lucky to win age group awards pretty frequently. I say lucky because it’s easier being in an “old lady” age group. Sometimes, I am the only runner in my age group.  But I still feel “triumphant.”

  • You conquered a new distance.
nhm finish

my first 13.1 miles

I’ll always remember my first 5k, my first 10k, my first 15k and of course, my first half marathon.

  • You overcame an injury.

first run after serious ankle surgery

I am sure we all can relate.  You’ve been injured and you wondered if you could ever run again. Then, you did.

  • You battled difficult weather conditions.

rain, sleet, freezing conditons

Yes, I’ve had to run 3 half marathons in the pouring rain. Running in the heat and humidity is just as difficult.

  • You completed a race even though you were injured.
Runners World 5K

smiling inspite of foot pain

I’ve run two 5ks with a foot stress fracture and one with a broken foot.  Plus, there have been many with blisters and a backache.

  • You ran a difficult course.

conquered those Schenectady hills

  • You achieved a PR.

happy after a 10K PR

PRs don’t come easy.  Even when you train for them, they don’t often happen.  The older you get, the harder they are to achieve.  I savor each one.  You never know, if it will be the last one.

  • You BQed or qualified for a race.

W. Palm Beach Half Marathon

I have never experienced this and since I don’t run marathons, I will not. But I can imagine how awesome it would feel.  I would love to run a sub 2 hour half marathon so I could automatically qualify for the NYC Half marathon.  But I think I will just have to hope that I get in by the lottery system.

I try to choose flat races because I don’t train on hills.  And I suck at them.  So when I do run a race with hills, I feel “bad ass.”

But I think that every single time, I cross the finish line of a race no matter how short or how long or how easy or hard it was, I feel TRIUMPHANT!!

ME on page 2

Happy Running! When do you feel triumphant?


Tuesday on the Run: Spring Race Plans

with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life


This week’s topic is Spring Racing Plans

I’ll try to keep this short since I run A LOT of races. Here are the ones that I’m thinking about running:

  • Celebrate Life Half Marathon

    March 13

It’s a hilly one but I have a good friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the 3rd time. I plan to run 13.1 miles for her.

There will be signs posted in memory of those who have had cancer.

  • Shamrock Shuffle 5m


I ran it last year for the first time and it was a nice flat local race. So it’s on my race schedule again.


  • Ice Breaker 5k Challenge 


March 26

I ran this race 3 years ago and its course is one of my favorite places to run. You also race against the rowers on the river which is cool.

post injury 5k PR

  • Delmar Dash 5m


This race is flat and it is held near where I live so it’s on my list every year.


  • Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k or 10K

April 9

This is one of my favorites. The course is out in the country and I’ve won a pie both years I’ve run it. Let’s see if I can repeat.


  • Spring Run Off 5k or 10K


This race is held at the same location as the Ice Breaker. They have a great free pasta dinner the night before. I usually run the 10K. But since it’s the day before the Cherry Blossom, I may just run the 5K.


  • Cherry Blossom 5k

May 1

I love this race too. I am hoping for a year where the cherry blossoms are actually in bloom. This may be the year since it is 2 weeks later than last year.


  • Mastodon Challenge 5k or 15k


May 7

I ran the 5k last year on my birthday and fell. I want a redo or maybe I’ll challenge myself and run the hilly 15K.


race location is near the Cohoes Falls

  • Mother’s Day 5K


May 8 this year

I usually run a race on Mother’s Day so this is a possibility especially if it is the GOTR race. It is held at Central Park in Schenectady which is a great place to run. But there are several Mother’s Day races so I may just choose another one.


pre-race last year

  • Summer 5k Addiction Awareness Run


May 14

This is a new race and is organized by the mother of one of the STEM runners who died of an overdose after completing her first 5k. This is her story –  There will be many other runners and mentors from the program.  I am honored to support this cause and to have known and run with Summer.

  • Vermont City Marathon Relay

May 29

I ran this race last year with AJH. I ran the first leg so this year I’m looking forward to running the 2nd 13.1 miles (and crossing the marathon finish line.)


AJH running the 2nd leg last year

  • Freihofer’s Run for Women

June 4

And of course, I have to run this race – my race streak race. This will be my 9th time running it.


I love the energy in this all women’s 5k.

I also signed up for the Training Challenge for the 2nd time.


I’m there somewhere?

  • Betar Byway 5K & Moreau Mile


This race has such a beautiful course.  Last year, I ran both the 5k and the mile.  It was a lot of fun. Once boating season starts, I try to run races that are held on my race up north.


And yes, there will probably be more added.  Maybe even a half marathon in Aptil. Who knows?

Happy Running! What spring race(s) are you planning to run in 2016?



Monday Running Update

mon r u
Last Week: 

  • Monday –  Rest day recovering from my 10 mile race on Sunday. Tennis after work.
  • Tuesday –  4 mile run after work

  • Wednesday – A short run after work on the treadmill since it was raining and then I rushed home to pack and tried to get to bed early.
  • Thursday – 5:30 am flight to Ft. Myers, FL. – Ugh!!  I flew with 3 friends – one coming with me on this vacation and the other two going to Naples.  Fran & I rented a car and drove to Placida where we would be staying with a friend.

dinner with a view of the Gulf

  • Friday – I got up early to go for a short run, my last one before the race.  I ran near where my friend lives, in the neighborhood and a park.  It was cool & windy but compared to the NE, it was enjoyable temps.

Spent a great day with friends. We met for a nice lunch in Punta Gorda, then drove to Boca Grande for a (windy) walk on the beach and a visit to a lighthouse.

  • Saturday – Took a nice morning walk in Placida.

I drove up to Sarasota in the afternoon and picked up my race packet. I spent the the rest of the day with a friend who winters here. We visited a few art galleries, a garden and had pizza for dinner. Unfortunately it rained the whole time.

  • Sunday – Marathon #17 in the books!!

cold and very windy but beautiful course

We spent the rest of the day on Anna Maria Island. It was beautiful. We walked on the beach, visited the pier, ate dinner on the water and watched the sun set on the Gulf.  (Unfortunately it was cool & windy but at least it was sunny!)

23 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days.

This Week:  (6 weeks until Half Marathon #18 ) 

  • Monday – recovery day in Sarasota and then back to Placida
  • Tuesday – last day in Florida, 3 mile run, and then flying home in the evening
  • Wednesday –  rest, webinar for work
  • Thursday – 4 mile run
  • Friday –  3 mile run, mah jongg
  • Saturday -rest, coloring book party
  • Sunday – 5K race + 7 or 10 mile run
I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?


January Recap


Weekday Runs:

The weather got colder, windier and snowier (no big storms) but I still was able to run 2-3 times each week.





Long Runs:

In preparation for my upcoming half marathon, I completed higher mileage each weekend.





Total Mileage:


101!! The most monthly miles in years or maybe ever!



I ran three races (& DNSed on one). All were part of the the HMRRC Winter Series (and were free.)


35:00 (Gun time)


1:33:13 (course PR)



Cross Training:

I continued to play tennis one night a week.


indoors until June.

I actually went to a yoga class several times.


I started to walk a little more at work (indoors around the building.)


pretty boring walking in circles but better than sitting all day

I also discovered that I can knit while riding the exercise bike so I did that every now and then.

It’s done but I started a new one – maybe too complicated to do on the bike


scarf #2

Other News:

I am a SkirtSports Ambassador Captain for another year. So thrilled to be part of this organization. Love the product and being associated with a great bunch of women.

ss ambassador

I am also a Running on the Wall Ambassador – they sponsor virtual races.


Challenge Yourself Virtual 10K

I am Half Fanatic #13812. You qualify if you run 3 halfs in 90 days.  I did that in 2011 but never applied and did it again in 2015.

I celebrated 17 years being married to this guy:





Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

I am taking race-cation in Florida for 6 days. During that time, I will be running a half marathon and visiting friends.


Feb 7, 2016

I am hoping for a mild winter so I can painlessly train for another half marathon in March.


March 13, 2016

I love racing and unfortunately I miss one of my favorite races while I’m in Florida so I am searching for a replacement.


I hope to be back in 2017, AJH!


maybe on Feb 14???

I signed up for a September Half Marathon. I will be running it with Andrea and Lisa (my roomies from the Love Run.)


having fun in Philly… plan to make more memories in Cape Cod (hopefully without torrential rain.)

The Vermont City Marathon Relay is no longer a lottery. 


But WE got in! Woot! Woot!



The “Age Groups Rock” team will be back. This time AJH will be running the 1st leg and I the second.

No monthly goals.

my motto for 2016

Happy Running! How did you January turn out?  Anything exciting planned for February?


Unltimate Coffee Date – February

Since today is the first Saturday in February,  I am joining up with CocoDeborah, and Lynda for their ultimate coffee date.
The Ultimate Coffee Date

Over coffee or tea…


I’d tell you that I am in Florida right now.  I am visiting my friend Pat who lives in Placida (on the Gulf coast between Ft. Myers & Sarasota) with another friend Fran.

Two of my other tennis friends just happened to be in Naples so we planned a meet up for yesterday.

Over coffee or tea…

I’d tell you that my 17th half marathon is tomorrow. (You probably know that.) I am nervous as usual.. The usual stuff – weather, parking, unexpected injuries… But most of all, I am excited to be running and to have escaped the frigid temps of the NE for a few days.

  • 20+ bands (most you’ll pass twice!)
  • Gourmet post-race brunch provided by Mattison’s
  • Selby Gardens Spectator Zone
  • Girl Scout Cookie Aid Station™
  • Beautiful neighborhoods and lawn parties
  • Wicked cool participation Medal and T-shirts
  • Rockin Music, crowds and tons of fun!

It should be fun!!!

Over coffee or tea…

I’d tell you that I love being healthy enough to run 13.1 mile races.  My next race is for an important cause and I am running it for a friend who has had breast cancer.

But I wish I had more time between races.  With only 5 weeks apart means that I don’t have a break from double digit long runs.  10, 11, 12, 8, and then 13.1

Living in the NE, it is tough doing the miles. We have escaped snow so far but who knows…

It snowed during last year’s race.

Over coffee or tea…

I would tell you that I am excited to be running the VCM Relay again with AJH.  It used to be a lottery but this year for the first time, it was first come, first served so I clicked in at 5:59 on Feb 1 and GOT IN!!


Over coffee or tea…

I am planning my spring race schedule (I’ll post about it on Tuesday.)  There are so many races to choose from…. I love to race and I am tempted to run one every weekend.  But this makes it hard to train for half marathons? Decisions…Decisions…

Bacon Hill Bonanza

Happy Running! What would you tell me over coffee or tea?