Ultimate Coffee Date – August


Confessions of a Mother Runner

Since today is the first Saturday in August, I am joining up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

iced coffee with chocolate milk ❤

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that if you wondered why I was the Guest Blogger last week on The Weekly Wrap and why I have been commenting on blogs and posting on mine more often, it was because instead of working at my usual job, I was working at the Bar Exam for 3 days. That meant that I sat for 10 hours and waited until a student had a technical problem.  Lots of downtime …. to blog.

my view for 3 long days

Of course, that won’t happen again until next February.

Now it’s back to normal… squeezing blogging into my busy life. (I don’t know how those of you who work get it done.)

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I worked at my old job site for the Bar Exam.  It made me very nostalgic (I worked there for 10 years.)

Yes, I missed my friends and the work itself but what I really missed was running-related.

There was a (free) treadmill (not that I loved it but it was handy), a nearby track, close to the park and it was easy to squeeze in runs before, during and after work.

Over coffee…

I’d tell tell you that after my success at my last two 5ks, I contemplated not signing up for so many long races. I almost Pr’d with zero speed work. Maybe I should work on my speed before I get too old.

27:35 at age 64!! Can I go faster? My PR of 27:11 is 3 years old.

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that today I have a HILLY 8.4 race. I am a little nervous since I do not train on hills and I remember it being a very challenging course.  I didn’t know anyone at the race last year so I am looking forward this year to running with my friends Sue and AJH.

Stay tuned for the hopefully “happy” recap.

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am the WORST running buddy ever. I signed up for the RUN4 program almost 4 years ago.  I was paired with John Anthony and in the beginning, I posted all runs and dedicated them to him. I also sent him medals and running shirts.

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Then I got lazier and only posted and dedicated my races to him.  I still mailed him race shirts (the cotton and unisex ones.)

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Now, I am sad to say that I do think about him all the time when I run but I can’t remember the last time I posted to the FB site.  And I have a pile of shirts waiting to be mailed.

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I love running in NYC.  (You probably know that.)  This month I am running my 4th race there in 10 mos.

I am super psyched because I am running it with Sue, it’s in Central Park and it’s called the France 8k Run.  (I’m trying to forget that I’ll have to run up Cat and Harlem hills.)

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Um, what should I wear?

Yup. FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Remember I was French teacher for over 20 years and I love anything French (esp. food and art).

what do you think?

Glad I signed up early.

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Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I kinda had an injury.  If you don’t write about it, it doesn’t exist, right?

Peroneal Tendon Subluxation or Dislocation

Last Saturday afternoon, I think I tweaked my peroneal tendon …in my GOOD ankle. I’m not sure when…either carrying laundry down the stairs or while gardening.  I just remember hearing something snap/pull.  I ignored because it didn’t hurt.  It didn’t bother me on Sunday (but I didn’t do anything.) and then on Monday when I went to run, it hurt.  Did I stop running? Of course not.  I tried to not bend my ankle and run in a way that it didn’t hurt and walk often. 

Yes, I was bummed.

So on Tuesday, I didn’t run but I wore my hubby’s ankle support and played tennis. And it hurt so did I stop?  No way but I only played one set and then sat out.

So now I was really bummed.

Not enough to take a running break.  I wore the ankle support and ran on Wednesday. And guess what?  It didn’t hurt AT ALL!!!!!

3.5 pain-free miles

I ran again with Alyssa on Thursday. 

More miles with zero pain


I’m not convinced that it is perfectly fine.

my new work attire (with a dress)

We’ll see how the ankle reacts to 8.4 hilly miles.

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here! Anyone ever race the France 8k? Ever ignore an injury and it gets better?

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27 thoughts on “Ultimate Coffee Date – August

  1. That odd start time and cheap entry fee for the 5K is funny – I hope you find the race start in time! And for the half in RI – heck yes you should sign up!!! Or don’t listen to me…I’m a bit of a running enabler, LOL.

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    • We’ll see about that race.

      Still haven’t decided about that race. There’s a few races that weekend that are closer. But not on the water.

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  2. Summer just seems like a good time to be lazy and eat ice cream! I’ve been eating too much ice cream and just bought more today. I need to start reigning it in before it gets out of control! Congrats on the 10-mile race and have a great time in NYC.

    Oh, and yes, you should definitely sign up for that race. 🙂

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  3. Another free gym membership and for 3 months?! That’s pretty awesome! :O

    Reunions are wonderful! :] I’m not much of a runner, but scenic runs are pretty awesome. Best of luck to you on your decision-making! 😛

    That donut looks amazing!

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  4. I hope your race in Brooklyn goes well. Sounds like a lot of running around to get there. 🙂 it was hard going to my studio classes when the weather was nice but I don’t mind when its humid.

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  5. I like the positive thoughts every day! I don’t go to the gym any days so if you are still hitting it once per week, Kudos! I think you will cave on the Rhode Island race, just saying 🙂

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  6. How can you NOT be happy with that coffee and donut you posted above?! I totally understand your love of not being actively training. It’s so much fun to go out and run what feels good and not have to strive to hit times or mileage, isn’t it?!

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  7. Well I have never earned a $$ thing for my activities so that is awesome!!
    You did fabulous for the 10 miler!! I wouldn’t be motivated to run long either LOL
    I miss my coffee, my Doc wanted me to cut back and I did, but I would be happier if I had it a few times a week so I think that is my plan. We gotta be happy right 🙂

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  8. I can’t believe that you are 64 Darlene! I guess that I knew that, obviously because you have mentioned age group races etc, but when I saw your picture with your age under it I couldn’t help but think that you looked much younger! If that’s whatvrunning does for you I definitely need to stick with it! And it gives me 13 years to catch up with you!!!!!😂

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  9. I had no idea you were a French teacher! Man, the ‘many faces of Darlene’!! That’s a cute tank and would be perfect for the French themed 8k race ….but I think you should run in a beret too 🙂

    Take care of that ankle lady!!

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  10. I hope your ankle is feeling better. No, you know I don’t ignore injuries, but that doesn’t mean running is always pain free, either.

    Enjoy your race in the city. Sounds like it’s your cup of tea (or coffee).

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