TOTR: Fall Races


This week’s TOTR topic is Fall Race Schedule

Here’s what I have planned so far…

  • 9-10-16 – Malta 5k

I’ve run this 5k several times. It’s pretty flat and I usually win an AG award.


  • 9-18-16 – Saratoga Palio Half Marathon

2008 Saratoga Palio Poster (Palio!) Tags: race poster memorial compassion run promotional legacy scholarship palio halfmarathon 5k fund mentalhealthcare melaniemerolaodonnell

This a first for me.  I’ve heard good things about it so we’ll see.  I am using it as a training run for my next half.

  • 10-01-16  – Apple Run 5K


This is a fun local race with good swag.


  • 10-09-16 – Ramblefest Half Marathon


Another new race.  It follows the same course of the Steel Rail Half which had favorable reviews.

  • 10-15-16 – Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K

I have run this race a few times.  There will be many runners there that I know so it should be fun. Plus running around the park is beautiful this time of year.


  • 11-05-16 – NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K (in NYC)

My second time running through the NYC Marathon finish line.  What can I say?  You know I love NYC.


  • 11-13-16 – Stockade-athon 15K

There aren’t many 15ks so I like to run them.  This one is a very popular and lots of fun.


  • 11-19-16 – Girls on the Run 5k

This is the 2nd year for this race.  Most likely I won’t be running the race for myself but volunteering  and helping one of the STEM runners finish her first 5k.


  • 11-24-16 – Troy Turkey Trot 10k

70th this year

I plan to participate in the training group for this race.  It’s the most popular race in our area and a great way to start Thanksgiving Day.

  • 11-24 -16 –Troy Turkey Trot 5k

This race happens right after the 10k.  I’m dressed to run so why not do it too??


  • 12-03-16 – Panama City Half Marathon (in FL)

the Half!

A race-cation!! Can’t wait!! In addition I get to meet my favorite fellow bloggers! This will just be a fun one!!

I’m linking up with

with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs,
Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice
and Patty @ My no-guilt life

Happy Running! What fall races are you looking forward to?


Monday Running Update

mon r u
Last Week: 

  • Monday –  Completed my postponed long run today.  Judy was nice enough to run the first 3 with me and then I was solo for the next 7.  The weather was perfect and the run pretty decent.


  • Tuesday – played tennis in the am. and did a bunch of errands the rest of the day.
  • Wednesday – walked the mall and got some retail therapy. Ran with Alyssa in the evening at the Crossings. As always, a run with a friend is better than without.

  • Thursday – Played tennis in the am with the same new group as last week and then met Barbara for a run right after. We ran in the ugly humidity and then I finished solo at home. (Do you ever plan on 4 than feel guilty that you stopped at 3.5 and finish later?)

wearing my favorite Skirt Sports top❤

Had a hair appt in the afternoon. Met a friend for dinner. (We had planned to go to the gym and for a walk but postponed it until the next morning.)

  • Friday – The tennis robin got cancelled so I went to the gym, for a walk and out to lunch with a friend.  (We had planned this for the day before but only got the eating part done.)

I wasn’t running…just posing for a pic. I used the arm machine and then went for a 5 mile walk.

Afterwards I went grocery shopping, made a broccoli slaw salad, packed my stuff for the weekend and drove up to my friend’s house on Schroon River. We spent the evening knitting, chatting and watching a movie.

  • Saturday – I woke up to this view of the Schroon River.


I had planned to run 11 miles this morning but decided to just do a short run since it was too hilly.

I didn’t play tennis but walked to and from the courts (2 miles).  After lunch, we played mah jongg and chatted, etc.  I drove back to the marina to have dinner with my hubby and boating friends.  Then I spend the rest of the evening with my mah jongg friends ( though 3 did not spend the night.)

  • Sunday – Started the day with a few sets of tennis and then we went for a walk. Two more friends arrived and after lunch, we spent the rest of the day playing mah jongg.

Fun weekend spent with good friends.  I did miss boating (cuz the weather was perfect) but hopefully I’ll get to do that next weekend.

23 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days.

This Week:  

  • Monday 11 mile run, STEM orientation
  • Tuesday – gym, rest, PM tennis, dinner out
  • Wednesday – tennis round robin,  4 mile run with a friend
  • Thursday –  AM tennis, 3 mile run with a friend
  • Friday –  gym, rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday – 12 mile run
  • Sunday – boating (Xmas party in the lake)
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.

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


Runfessions August

It’s that time again.  Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

I runfess…

I have a running shoe problem.  Maybe you already knew that.

My lower back started aching so I bought these (on sale.)

Nike Zoom Vomero 12s

Then I got an email with an even better sale on my first Zoom Vomero 11s.  So I  had to buy them too.


bought these a year ago – now I have a new pair

The problem is that I am still attached to my older shoes that are worn out or were never comfortable.  Memories!  My 5k Pr…my Half Marathon PR… I am having trouble parting with them.

I runfess...

I am bailing on my 11 miler tomorrow. It’s not the weather.  I’m not sick or injured. I have the time.  I just don’t feel like running it alone.

Instead I am going up to spend the weekend with friends.


annual mah jongg weekend on the river

I hope to get out on the road on Monday. Alone…gulp!

Happy Running! Do you have a hard time getting rid of running shoes?  Do you often skip or re-schedule your long runs?


Friday Five – Surprises at the 2016 Olympics 

It’s Friday so I am linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC .  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!

Here are my top FIVE  Surprising Olympic Moments:

New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin stumbled and fell — and accidentally brought down American Abbey D’Agostino. D’Agostino helped Hamblin back to her feet but the American had injured her leg in the incident and she slumped to the track. Hamblin helped her up and stayed with her and both completed the race.


American Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold in an individual swimming event. She tied for gold in the 100m freestyle.
American Allyson Felix came in 2nd in the 400m as Jamaican Shaunae Miller dove across the finish line to beat her.  My first thought was “Is that legal?” But it is!!
British Mo Farah falls during the 10K and still wins gold.
American Galen Rupp wins a bronze medal in the Marathon.  It was only his SECOND marathon!!
Overall, I thought the Olympics were great – so many wonderful accomplishments – Phelps, Biles, Bolt, etc.  I can’t wait until Tokyo!
Happy Running! Any other surprises?  What did you enjoy the most?

TOLT: Resting & Running Friends, Racing, etc.

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 about today:

Image result for rest days running

Last week, I did NOT take a rest day.  I either ran, walked, hiked, played tennis and a combination of some of these EVERYDAY.

Image result for rest days running

So last Sunday, I took a REST DAY! (I only cheated with a short hike.)


It has made all the difference!

This week I feel much better and my runs have been better.  So much so that I may take a REST DAY tomorrow.

Until this summer, most of my runs have been solo. I could run where I wanted, when I wanted and at the pace I wanted. Sounds perfect, right?

No, running with a FRIEND is so much more enjoyable. I’ve had to drive to my run. I’ve had to run in very hot temps. I’ve had to run at a slower pace. I’ve had to run at a faster pace.

So worth it!

I was fortunate to run this week with 3 friends:

If  you read my blog, I RACE a lot. Like every weekend.

In preparation for my next half marathon (and other social obligations), I am NOT racing this weekend or next.

Who am I kidding? I will miss it!  It will take restraint not to hit that Register button.

Instead I will try to fit in my 11 mile and 12 mile long runs.

Image result for long runs ecards

Yes, that’s me.

Should I run on Saturday morning and then go boating or to the river house for our “mah jongg weekend’?

pic from a previous year

Should I skip it and enjoy the weekend and do my long run on Monday???

Maybe next week, I should do my long run n Friday since it’s a holiday weekend and there is a Christmas Party on the lake.

also from a previous year


Happy Running!  Do you take rest days?  Do you go through racing withdrawal?  Do you have a problem fitting in your long runs?  What are you thinking about this Thursday?


TOTR: Race Memorabilia

with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs,
Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice
and Patty @ My no-guilt life

This week’s topic is Race Memorabilia

So I’ve run over 200 races.  That’s a lot of stuff!!


I have them ALL shoved away somewhere – not on display cuz I have too many.  My favorite ones are in a basket near my medals.


this rack has 2 rows and holds 20 medals on each. The outer row has my half medals. Now what will I do with #21?

Again. I save them all.  I have too many to display.  I display ALL my half marathon medals and some others. Most again are in that basket.


Some I’ve eaten (the food ones LOL).  Some I wear (hats, socks gloves, etc.) Some I use (bottles, bowls, glasses, mugs, etc.) Most are on the desk below the rack above or in that basket.

Other Stuff:

I give away the shirts that don’t fit.  I had some old ones made into a blanket.  I usually just toss bags and heat sheets.

My Favorites:


a tough half and unexpected AG award – love this bridge too

Sept - 5K PR

This is a Rock and it is my 5k PR

Happy Running! What do you do with your race bling?



Monday Running Update

mon r u
Last Week: 

  • Monday –  Decided to spend the night at my friend’s house on the Schroon River. and woke up to perfect running weather (finally).  Too bad, my legs were sooo tired.


They weren’t too tired to go for a hike.  I climbed to the top of Meade and Beckman Mountains.


hardest of the 7 hikes that I have completed in the Chester Challenge but totally worth it. I even met the owner of the property.

I spent the rest of the day sitting by the river and knitting before heading home.

  • Tuesday – played tennis in the am and then we celebrated the summer with a pizza party. I played tennis again in the evening. Got lucky. It rained in between.
  • Wednesday – ran with Barbara in the am. It was great catching in up since we hadn’t seen each other in a while.

new Nikes – so far so good.

I walked the mall with my bff in the afternoon. In the evening, played mini golf with my tennis buds followed by dinner out.

we are better at tennis than golf LOL but it was fun

  • Thursday – subbed in a new tennis group in the am. Spent the afternoon in the pool with some tennis friends.

Met Alyssa for a run in the evening.

rained before we started and then more humid than ever

Then met an old friend at a local wine bar. These days are busy. Good thing I’m not employed. LOL


  • Friday – played in a tennis robin for 3 hours. It was nice playing on clay for a change.

No running today. Just some errands including a car appt. Spent the evening playing major jongg.

  • Saturday – Ran a 5k race today. Felt lousy and didn’t run well.

the only good thing was wining my age group

So after the race, instead of my planned 7 miles, I drove up to the lake. My hubby brought a friend.  We (or they) jumped off cliffs, rode around in the boat, hung out in the bay and hiked (me and his friend) to a waterfalls.

Still feeling under the weather, I drove home instead of going out to dinner and spending the night on the boat.

  • Sunday – a real REST day.  The first one in many weeks – no running, no hiking, no tennis….

15 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days.

This Week:  

  • Monday 10 mile run,
  • Tuesday – AM tennis, rest
  • Wednesday4 mile run with a friend
  • Thursday –  AM tennis, 4 mile run, hair appt
  • Friday –  AM tennis, rest
  • Saturday – 11 mile run, boating and/or mah jongg
  • Sunday – tennis, mah jongg on the Schroon River
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.

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