Runfessions March

This month I’m linking up again with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.  This my third Runfessions post.   I think will continue to do this monthly. Many of my Runfessions from last month repeated themselves… Here are this month’s Runfessions: 1.  I did not go to the gym nor did I go to any yoga classes. I had good intentions. But I always seem to have something more important to do.  Yeah, I know that’s not a good excuse.  If I really wanted to, I could find the time. 2. Last month, I was good about not buying ice cream  This month, not so much. I got addicted to this in California and it was on sale so I bought some more. image I’ve also had soft ice cream. as well. Several times!! 3.  I added 2 more races to my spring schedule.

May 7 – 6:30 pm

This was too tempting.  I work at a law school and it is 2 days before a race so it will be a training run.

May 24

I got in the lottery so I had to do it, right? And I have been whining about not being able to do my long runs on the weekend because of too many races. 4.  I bought more running clothes that I don’t need.


$9.99 at Marshalls and I can wear them for tennis

No more…my drawers are bulging!! 5. I’ve been skipping long runs. I am casual about my week day run distances but when I am training fora half marathon, I always have a schedule and try to keep to it.  I increase my long runs every weekend by 1 mile until I get to 12 and then I taper to 8.  It’s got me through so far and I even PRed on my 11th in January. My next one is April 18th.. week 7 – 8 miles – Nope – in California, too busy, too hot… only hiked week 8 – 9 miles – Nope – 4 mile race, too tired, rained…after ran/walked 3 more so only ran 7 week 9 – 10 miles – Sorta – 5 mile race and after ran/walked 5 more slow ones image week 10 – 11 miles – Sorta – 5 mile race and after ???- hopefully 6 more

Well, that’s it for now.

Happy Running!  Have any Runfessions to share?


My Blogoversary (2 days late)

March 25, 2015

I’ve been blogging for SEVEN YEARS!! That means I’ve been running for SEVEN Years!

  • Year 1 – starting to run for the first time and completing many 5ks
  • Year 2 - after taking the winter off, running again and completing even more 5ks (Anniversary post)
  • Year 3 – running through the winter, completing 5ks (and a 5k PR), 4 milers and my first Half Marathon (Anniversary post)
  • Year 4 – completing some 5ks, a 5 miler, my first 15k and FOUR more half marathons (plus an achilles injury and a broken ankle :( ) (Anniversary post)
  • Year 5 – recovering from a broken ankle, running my first 10k and some 5Ks, suffering a foot stress fracture, running my 6th Half Marathon
  • Year 6 – a few 5ks, then a broken 5th metatarsal, then more 5ks, several 10Ks, my 7th Half Marathon and a 15K
  • Year 7 -  a very good year, NO INJURIES!!!!! so lots of races (5ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, 4 half marathons), PRs for 5k, 10k, 15k, 4m, 5m, 10m, and Half Marathon, joining 2 training groups, volunteering in another, meeting some new running buddies
  • Year 8??

I am again hoping that this next year brings NO INJURIES and lots of running and racing

Happy Running! Thanks for stopping by!!! How many years have you been blogging?

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Friday Five: Favorite Springtime Foods


Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary 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!

This week, the theme is Favorite Springtime Foods

Here are 5 foods that I am looking forward to this spring:

1. Ice Cream

No surprise here but I am looking forward to soft cream…

and eating an ice cream cone outdoors.


Homegrown ones..

3. Fresh Veggies

Especially asparagus…

4. Homegrown Tomatoes

Ok, this is more like summer but a girl can dream…

I usually plant a pot on my deck or buy them at an outdoor market.


5. Outdoor Barbecues

As soon as it is warm enough, we light the grill.  There’s nothing that tastes better than a hot dog or hamburger on the grill (Sorry vegetarians!)

Happy Running! What your favorite springtime foods?


Run with Jess’ 5th Annual Jelly Bean Race

DATES:  Race begins Friday, March 27.  Ends on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
LOCATION:  Pick your favorite local route or just hop on a treadmill.
EVENTS:  Choose the event that works best for your current fitness level. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing for each of the four events that you complete in the 10-day time window March 27-April 5. Max of 4 entries per person; each race distance may only be counted once.
  • Run 5K (3.1 miles)
  • Run 10K  (6.2 miles)
  • Run Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Bike 21K (13 miles) 
  • No need to pre-register. Just mark your calendar, tell your friends, and organize a local group run in your area. This makes a great family event to get the kids active! Bookmark this webpage so that you can come back for updated information until race day. Join the Facebook event here to socialize with other participants.
  • Order an Jelly Bean finisher’s medal below (optional). Proceeds from these medals will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital as part of my fundraising for the Bartonville-to-Peoria St. Jude run.  If you don’t want a medal, but would still like to participate in the Jelly Bean, a donation of any amount to St. Jude Children’s Hospital is much appreciated here.
  • On race week, PRINT A RACE BIB for each person participating. (Link activated on 3/23)
  • Finally, complete your Jelly Bean events… Run, Bike and have FUN!! Take pictures and please share them on my Facebook wall.  Hint, hint… I always award one prize to my favorite picture. Share them on social media using hashtag #JellyBeanV
  • REPORT RACE RESULTS for each participant before 8 pm on April 7. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing for each event that you finish (4 max per person). Each event may only be counted once. (Reporting link activated on 3/27.)
  • PRIZES:  When the Jelly Bean results window closes, there will be a random prize drawing from all finishers.  Grand Prize is a Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker for your wrist!  Other prizes include:  Starbucks gift card, BondiBand headband, and more… Check back often as she will continue adding prizes!
Follow Jess on Facebook for race updates…
I will do the 5k as a weekday run and since I have a 5 mile race on March 29, I will probably add on more miles for a 10K or if I am really energetic, a half marathon (as a training run for my April 18 one.)

Here’s another opportunity to run a virtual 5K leading up to the opening of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas race registration on April 1st and you  get a FREE tank or tee for participating.


It’s absolutely free-just submit your time here before April 1st.

Happy Running!  Do you run Virtual races?  Are you are going to do the Jelly Bean Race or RnRLV Kickoff Run?

Fabulous Fit Gear Swap


This month, for the first time, I decided to participate in a #FabulousFitgear Swap with Renee from Bendiful Blog.

This is how the program works:  you register by the 5th of the month, Renee will send you another blogger, you check out their blog, get to know them and you send them some fabulous fit gear ($20 value) by the 15th of the month.

I love new gear and I love meeting new bloggers.  A win-win.

I got paired with Sue at This Mama Runs For Cupcakes. She is currently training for the Paris Marathon.  I couldn’t be more jealous as Paris is my favorite city in the world!!

I got her some headbands, socks, a tank top, and lock laces.  I hope she liked them.

This is what I got:


I love this top.  It fits perfectly and it matches my new running shoes, compression socks and skirt that I already have!

Freihofer's 2014

perfect, right?

even have purple shoes


I also love Experia socks – they are so comfortable and these are a perfect color.  I have them in many colors but not this color.


I have never tried Nuun but if it ever gets warm here, I may try it on long runs.

Thanks Sue for the gifts!!!

Happy Running! Have you participated in this swap?


Tuesdays on the Run: Favorite Spectator/Race Signs

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Favorite Spectator/Race Signs

Here are a few that I remember seeing:


Happy Running! Do you have any favorite running signs?


Monday Running Update

IMG_4595 Last Week: (AP Half Marathon Training week #8)

  • Monday – 3 mile group run with FRW training group


  • Tuesday - rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 mile run on the TM

too windy outside – 1st half of last episode of How to get away with murder

  • Thursday - 3 mile run at lunch (too busy at work), hair appt
  • Friday- 3 4 mile run on the TM, mah jongg

snowing – 2nd half of last episode of How to get away with murder

  • Saturday –  GOTR orientation, rest
  • Sunday -  5 mile race + 5 more miles

46:29 = PR & 3rd in my AG


so hard…so slow = 1:02

This Week:  (AP Half Marathon Training week #9)

  • Monday – 4 mile group run with FRW training group
  • Tuesday - rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run at lunch, dinner out with tennis ladies
  • Thursday - 4 mile run 
  • Friday- 3 mile run, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  proctor MPREs, rest, knitting group
  • Sunday -  5 mile race + 6 more miles
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

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