Friday Five: Blogs to Love & Runfessions April


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 Blogs to Love.

This is a tough one.  My morning routine is to open BlogLovin’ on my iPad and to read running blogs.  It is so hard to just pick FIVE but know that even if your blog is not listed here, I still enjoy catching up on your running life.

1. Shut Up and Run.


Beth’s blog always makes me laugh.  She is open and honest and discusses EVERYTHING related to her running. She is also an incredible athlete who completes in Ironman competitions and runs faster than women half her age.  You should definitely subscribe to her blog if you don’t already.

2. My Journey to Fit.

I enjoy Shelly’s candid approach to running and staying fit.  She is also a knitter so I love seeing her latest projects. I can identify as an older runner with her training and desire to have more speed.

3. Taking the Long Way Home


As Wendy says, hers is “a running blog written by someone who doesn’t want to act her age.” I totally get that and can relate.  Her posts are fun and interesting as she always comes up with creative images to illustrate her point.  She has endless energy and is quite fast. I love her devotion to yoga.  She is quite inspiring and I hope her speed and yoga routine rub off on me!

4. We Run Disney

Pam, who is also my age, and her daughter write this blog.  Obviously they love Disney races but they also run other races.  In fact, they even ran in Ireland.  So I follow their racing with envy. Even though, Pam is over 60, she is still running marathons and has even BQed!! Check out read her Boston Marathon report.

5.HoHo Runs


HoHo or Holly is another “oldish” blogger who likes to run as many races as I do. The difference here is that hers are mostly half marathons. I love reading her race reports. Maybe she’ll motivate me to run a full.

This month I’m linking up again with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.

I may have confessed these in previous months but here we go anyway:

  1. I planned to go to the gym ONCE a week. I was good the for first 2 weeks and then I fell off the wagon…again.
  2. Thanks to being chosen as a SkirtSports ambassador, I have bought more running clothes.

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3. I have become a weather wimp.  In the winter, I would go out and run in sub-zero temps.


now when it is 40 degrees, it feels too cold and I run on the treadmill.

4.  I am still in the dumps about my crappy half marathon performance.  It doesn’t help when I keep bumping into people and they ask “How did it go?”   I’ve been saying: crappy, shitty, disappointing, painful, sucky, blisters, achy feet.  Soon, I am just going to say “Fine.”

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at least I wasn’t fixing my hair in front of the photographer.

5. I am a solo runner. I don’t mind running by myself.  I can run where and when I want and I like being alone with my thoughts and running at any speed I choose. But somehow, I can’t get motivated to walk by myself.  I used to walk everyday with my co-worker but she seems to have broken up with me.  This week, we started a walking challenge at work and I still find myself sitting at my desk all day. Maybe things will change if spring weather ever arrives.

walking last year during our morning break

Happy Running! Which blogs do you love to read? Anything to confess?



11 thoughts on “Friday Five: Blogs to Love & Runfessions April

  1. Aww Darlene, you need to put that race behind you. We all have them and I know Christine hated her Richmond race, but honestly the crappy races make you stronger. Thanks for including our blog on the Friday 5, I love your blog and enjoy reading it since you are also in my age range! Love that you are adding more running clothes with the skirt sports connection. They chose the right girl! 🙂


  2. Thanks for the shout out, Darlene! You are absolutely one of my favorites! You understand all those races! Ha Ha — I’m doing a 5k tomorrow. I think we still need to virtually train together for that full. I’m finally over my crappy race…it took a while and my quads were so sore!

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  3. Thanks for the kind words – and for highlighting some running blogs I’d not heard of! More goodness to read, hurrah!

    I had a terrible time at a half marathon in 2012, and I let it stay with me for WAY too long. Don’t do this to yourself – you’ve had so many great races…this one was just a silly blip. As that Frozen girl would say, LET IT GOOOOOOOOO! 😉


  4. I swear I could just copy and paste your runfessions…totally off this month. This cold weather can kick rocks!!! I have a race in the morning in MD and it is going to be 32 degrees at start!! Here’s to warmer weather and positive attitudes for May!

    Good Luck!!


  5. Ooh, I really like ‘Skinny Fitalicious’, ‘Eat Pray Run’, ‘Bagels to Broccoli’, ‘Hungry Runner Girl’, and ‘My Food n’ Fitness Diaries.’ I have quite a few others. 😉 But I won’t clog up your comments with them all! I’m a 60%, 40% runner. I like running by myself for about 60% of the time, but I would love to run with other people about 40% of the time. However, I usually run by myself about 80% of the time. 😛


  6. You put some new blogs up for me to read 🙂 I love all your picks!
    I understand how a race like that will stick with you, but you hung in there and finished! My weather wimpiness will come in summer.


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