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.)
Happy Running!  Do you run Virtual races?  Are you are going to do the Jelly Bean Race?

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 ?


Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

This was my 4th 5 mile race.

My Delmar Dash times:

2014 – 48:14
2013 – 47:39
2011 – 47:08 PR

The Delmar Dash which is next Sunday is the only 5 miler that I have run. As you can see my times have gotten slower. I’d like to turn that around.

I was hoping that the weather would be a little more springlike and I could wear my new green skirt.  But it was not.  It was COLD, even colder than last week.  So I just wore tights under my skirt and the usual layers.


Not knowing anything about the course (though it claims to be fast and flat) and Delmar is absolutely flat, I was hoping to finish under 50 minutes and maybe beat last year’s 5 mile time (48:14).

I also wanted to have enough energy to run 5 more miles afterward since I did not do my long runs the last 2 weekends.

The race was about an hour drive from my house and again I left early not knowing exactly where I was going.

Well, when I left it was around 20 degrees.  The winds were 25 mph and it was predicted to get up 40 mph wind gusts.  Did not sound like fun to me.

Yesterday, it was nice out.  All day long, I felt like doing my 10 mile long run and DNSing this race. So I went into this race with a crappy attitude.

My attitude changed as soon as I arrived. Although the parking lot was full, I found a spot on a nearby street. Everyone hung out in the gym waiting for the race to start.


cold short sleeved tees shirt (that I will send to my running buddy)

I chatted with a runner about the Schroon Lake Half Marathon.  She noticed my jacket.


I though I was going to wear my Schroon Lake Half jacket

Then I bumped into Laurie from my Turkey Trot training group.  We talked for a while being entertained by bag pipes.


With a late start (11 am), I was already hungry for lunch by the time the race began so I took a GU.

Soon, we headed for the start.  We waited until the last minute so we didn’t have to stand outside long in the cold.

I changed my mind several times about what to wear. Eventually I settled on a fleece vest under my 2 shirts instead of the windbreaker. I was hoping that the sun would keep me warm.

Well, this supposedly fast flat course was not flat for the first 2 miles.


And as usual, I went out too fast thinking I was Super Woman.


over the highway bridge

By the first water stop around mile 1.75, I was pooped.  The wind, the hills and my fast pace had killed me so I walked for a bit.

Then I slowed it down until we got the downhill portion. Mile 3’s downhills gave me a boost but again at the second water stop around mile 4, my speed caught up to me.  This time I walked for even longer.

The bad thing about wearing a watch is that I knew my pace was faster than last week and fast enough to PR.  So I felt comfortable walking instead of pushing myself to do even better.


the course went down main roads as well as old neighborhoods

Finally, I saw the finish line and tried to sprint but I didn’t have much left.


iI wish someone had mentioned that my skirt was tucked into my belt


I crossed at 46:29.  A PR! This made me very happy!!


other runners heading to the finish line


happy to be done..ignore my skirt that is scrunched up into my belt

I went inside and I must say the refreshments left a lot to be desired…bananas and some stale cookies.

So I went back into the gym and waited for Laurie to finish and the results to be posted.

When I looked at the results, I noticed that my name was not listed!!! I was pissed…my fastest 5 miler and a probable age group award!!

So I talked to the director when they were reading the men’s awards and she remembered me and asked for my name and my time.

I hoped my Garmin was correct and it turned out to be.


Yup, I got third.  Some of the fast women did not run this race…YAY!

And I got a beer glass.



out of 338


mile 1- 8:55
mile 2- 9:31 (walk #1)
mile 3- 8:58
mile 4- 9:35 (walk #2)
mile 5- 9:19
.04 – 8:17

I enjoyed the race (I enjoy them all) and was happy about how I did considering the wind and my walking.  I’m not sure if it was worth the hour ride so I may not do this one again especially if I am training for a spring half marathon.

I get another shot at a 5 miler next Sunday – the Delmar Dash!!

Though I was tired and cold, I drove back and stopped along the way to run some more miles.

First I stopped at Colonie Town Park but the bike path in both directions was snow/ice covered so I drove the Nisky Bike Path.

It was clear.


clear for 2.25 miles

But it seemed to have gotten colder and the wind gusts were incredible. I almost quit several times.


out of luck…can’t get to Blatnik Hill

I really struggled to get 5 more miles done. I walked a lot. In fact, it took me over one hour!! (That’s over a 12 minute pace.)

Oh well, at least I got my 10 mile long run done.  It just had a 2 hour break in the middle.

When I got home, my friend called and wanted to know if I wanted to go get soft ice cream.


how could I say “no”…another mint cone..yum!!

 Happy Running! How was your weekend? Any running or racing?


Spring Races

It’s almost Spring (although it doesn’t feel or look like it) and time to fill up my racing calendar.


a 5 miler and a new one for me.

March 29, 2015 – in my neighborhood – my 4th time running it

April 11, 2015 – loved this last year – hope to win a pie again


half #12 – along the ocean – yay & a visit to a college friend in NJ

enjoyed this one last year too – hopefully there will be cherry blossoms this year


yes, that’s me on the website – I ran the 10K last year – this year I signed up for the 15K


May 7, 2015 6:30 pm…wasn’t planning on this but a FB friend started a team for this 5k and…


May 9, 2015 – My Birthday – running the 15K, a new race for me


GOTR event – I am volunteering in this program and will be doing it with my new buddy – otherwise I would run this for the 2nd time

May 24, 2015 – I am doing the relay with AJH – my 13th half


This is the only race that I have never missed – so this will be my 8th time. My favorite 5k!

Half Marathon – June 13, 2105 – my 14th half – get to see the new bridge over the Hudson

June 20, 2015 – my 2nd year – loved it last year – this year I will be jetlagged.

Happy Running?  Do you have your spring races planned?  Which race(s) are you looking forward to?


Friday Five: Spring


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 Spring

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

1. Running in a skirt and without a jacket

I am sooo tired of layers…

Bacon Hill Bonanza

best cone ever!

2. Flowers

It’s hard to imagine the snow melted but it will happen. Seeing flowers in bloom always brightens my mood.



3. Returning to my usual running routes

My running has been restricted due to the ice, snow, puddles.  I have had to run in the road or around UAlbany campus.  I am looking forward to running in the parks and on the bike paths again.




4.  My Next Half Marathon

I can’t believe it will be here in a month.  No, I’m not training well at all but I am still excited .

5. Annual Tennis Vacation

This is female bonding at its best.  We’ve been traveling together since 2002 and to Naples, Florida in May since 2005.

we always take a picture outside this restaurant each year

group photo on our last day of tennis lessons

Happy Running! What are you looking forward to this spring?