Friday Five 2.0 – Hmmm.

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

The topic for today is: Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

1. Pit Stops in an Open Field

Yes, there were port-a-potties at the start of my recent half marathon but many women just pulled their pants down, bared their butts in an open field for everyone to see!!

2. Bra and Short Shorts in 30 degree temps

Yes, I saw this at my recent race.   There was only ONE.  That tells you something and she didn’t win the race.

3. Walkers Standing Up Front at the Start Line

This happened at my last 5k. Granted it was high school kids but someone should tell them about race etiquette.

4. Chip Timing but Age Group Awards By Gun Time

My friend and I was discussing this at the 5k I just mentioned.  If they have the technology to record chip times why not list the finish times in this order and reward racers appropriately.  This would discourage runners from lining up in the front if they run at a slower pace.

5. Coke at the end of a Race

Maybe during the race for the caffeine?

Yes, this was offered at the end of my recent half.  I had water and chocolate milk.  But is there any nutritional value to Coke?

Wegman’s  sponsored the post race food.  They could offer better.

Happy Running! What has made  you recently go hmmmm?


Friday Five 2.0 – Fall Activities

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

The topic for today is: Fall Activities

The NE is the prettiest place to live in the Fall (though I may be biased).  So here are 5 of my favorite things to do around where I live:

1. Running

Obviously this is my favorite thing to do in all seasons.  But it is even more enjoyable when it is not hot and humid and the leaves are changing colors.

2. Racing

Yes, this is running-related but I love to race in the fall because there are so many races to choose from each weekend.  Every organization is trying to squeeze in a race before winter.

3. Hiking

The cooler weather makes hiking even more enjoyable. And then there are the pretty foliage to look at…

4. Eating

Cider donuts, homemade apple pies and pumpkin-everything… Need I say more?

5. Boating

It may not be warm enough to swim in the lake but it’s still beautiful.  Love riding around, hanging out by a bonfire and grilling on one of the islands.

** 6. Apple Picking and Farm Activities

I must add these since they are the only ones specific for fall.

Happy Running! What are your favorite fall activities?

Friday Five 2.0 – Running Routes

It’s also Friday so, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

The topic for today is: Unique Running Routes

I’m not so sure these routes are unique but they are ones that I have enjoyed.

1. On the Erie Canal Trail in Pittsford, NY

The Erie Canal goes from Albany to Buffalo, over 350 miles but since I am often in Rochester for work, I get to run on the trail here. I love the water, boats and bridges.

2.On the Albany Rail Trail in Delmar, NY

Mostly paved but still about 4 miles are unpaved. It is 9 miles from Albany, NY to Altamont. On the Albany end, you run under bridges and see a waterfall. The other end just wooded and ends at a railroad crossing.

3. On the Lakeside Trail in Rochester, NY.

The lake is Lake Ontario and the trail runs along the lake but also continues onto a wooded trail. I’ve enjoyed running in the sand, collecting sea glass and gazing at the expansive view of one of the Great Lakes.

4. On the Onondaga Lake Park Trail in Liverpool, NY

Water is a common theme for my running routes. This must be the most popular place to walk, run or bike in Liverpool because it is always crowded. And the sunset is incredible.

5. On Peebles Island and Lock 2 in Waterford, NY

There is a wooded trail, several bridges, a waterfall.  I don’t run here that often but I should.

Happy Running! Where is the most unique place that you’ve run?

Running Motivation Inspired by Dr. Seuss & Friday Five 2.0

I’ve been lamenting about how my new job has me travelling ALL the time and how it’s hard to fit in running. But this past week while I was spending three days in Rochester, NY, I tried to focus about what this job has added to (inspired) my running and this book came to mind:

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Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy runner who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

NYC – East River

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

deer along the Erie Canal Trail

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Lake Ontario

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

along Lake Ontario

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too…

bridge in Busnell Basin overlooking the canal

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

Onondaga Lake

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang pack and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly run, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when they you don’ t
Because, sometimes, they you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you…

And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done…

But you’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

Onondaga Lake

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy you’ll get that runner high!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points finish lines to be scored crossed.
There are games medals to be won…

5k on a Tuesday night in Brooklyn

Except when they you don’t.
Because, sometimes, they you won’t.

Nope. Holly beat me.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you…

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies injuries may prowl
Onward up over many a frightening creek,
though your arms legs may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike run
and I know you’ll hike run far
and face up to your problems challenges
whatever they are…

Charlotte- Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester

So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

along the East River, NYC

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

trail along Lake Ontario


you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain The road is waiting.
So…get on your way!

So next week, I’m off to Buffalo.  You bet I’ll be looking for a new place to run….

It’s also Friday so, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

My topic for today is: Five Ways Work Travel Has Inspired My Running:

1. New Places

Wegman’s Landing in Liverpool, NY

2. New Faces

another Skirt Sports Ambassador in Pittsford, NY

3. New Challenges

bridges along the Canal after being on my feet for 8 hours

4. New Post Race Fuel

Abbot’s Custard in Busnell Basin, NY

5. Prioritizing Running

running after working all day and before leaving on a long drive home

Happy Running! What has recently inspired your running?


Friday Five 2.0: Runfessions August

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

and it’s also Friday so, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

My topic for today is: Five August Runfessions

  1. I runfess…

I was really excited when I got a 6 month free membership to a gym back in March. I vowed to go use the machines twice a week.

Then once a week.  (Even the nearby Starbucks stopped motivating me.)

Well, the thrill is gone.  I have not gone once this month!!!!!!!

2. I runfess…

I took the day off from work (and did not travel to Liverpool) because I wanted to go to a friend’s funeral.  And I did go but I ran before and played tennis after.  I can’t let my free time be free.

on the Delmar rail Trail

3. I runfess…

I am been purging big time from my closet. I have too many things that I no longer wear. I definitely don’t need any more running clothes.  I mean I only run 4x a week at most.

So why did I buy another running skirt or two?

Gym Girl Ultra (my fav) – FWC20 for 20% off at

4. I runfess…

Speaking about temptation, I cannot stop eating ice cream.  Every day!!!  It’s my reward after a run. It’s my reward after a bad day.  It’s my reward…just because.

just being patriotic

I need an intervention.

5. I runfess…

I’m already picking out my races for 2018.

But I’ve decided (for now) on quality rather than quantity.  In the past I’ve run as many as 7 half marathons in a year.  This year, I had planned to run 6 – 3 in the spring and 3 in the fall but (may only run 5).

I think for next year, it’ll be 4 – 2 in the spring and 2 in the fall.

Here’s the plan so far:


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FLA – bridges, ocean views, friend meet-ups and baseball (Mar 18)


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largest half in US, NYC weekend, fun fun (May 20)



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hilly but with beaches, staying at my college roommate’s new house in RI (Sept 9)


Paris what else can I say? This will probably not happen but a girl can dream… (Oct 6)

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Do you slack off on your gym membership?  What food do you have a weakness for? Do you buy too many running clothes?  Any big races planned for 2018?



Friday Five 2.0: Running Fuel

It’s Friday and I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!
Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

This week, the topic is: Running Fuel.

So what would someone who doesn’t cook much and whose post-run fuel is usually ice cream write about??

I am going to share what I use for energy before or during my runs:

1. GU


It works for me so why switch? They don’t upset my stomach and they are easy to carry on a run.

My favorite flavors are:

  • with caffeine – Salted Caramel, Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate Outrage
  • without caffeine – Root Bear, Peanut Butter

Here are some new flavors that I haven’t tried:

2. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

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They come in loads of flavors but I usually eat the plain fig or the blueberry.

They are made with 0g of trans fat, all natural, whole wheat, and are Non GMO, Kosher, and cholesterol-free. Some flavors are even gluten-free.

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always new flavors to try

3. Bananas

runners and bananas

I love to eat them and they are a good source of potassium which is said to help prevent muscle cramping. Plus they come in their own wrapper. LOL.

4. Starbucks Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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I am sure it must be heathier than a Latte or a Frappuccino, right? (This is obviously a pre or post run treat.)

It contains: A nourishing blend of mocha flavored sauce, a whole banana, milk, whey protein and fiber powder, and ice.

5. Larabar Bites

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Are they healthy? Not sure but they do taste good.  Here’s what their website says:

All 4 indulgent flavors are made from just 5-6 simple ingredients and are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and dairy free.

Happy Running! What do you eat for running fuel?




Friday Five 2.0: Racing with Family and Friends

Since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

My topic for today is: Family and Friends

I race a lot as you know.  Unfortunately, I have never raced with any family members.  The closest I ever gotten was my hubby signing up for a race (and he DNFed.)

So I am going to write about my top FIVE Friend Racing Moments:

Here they are:

1.Any race with MP, my tennis buddy.  These are special because MP was the one who talked me into signing up for the No Boundaries program and becoming a runner.  She is not a serious runner meaning that she rarely runs and signs up for only a few races a year.

2. My First Race with the Strong Running Mamas (SRMs) – This started in 2010 with a small group of women who had never run a 5k.  They trained and ran the Freihofer’s Race for Women.  It was so emotional to be part of that day.  These women continued to run and race.  Several have even run marathons.  The group now includes over 100 members on FB.

3.  VCM Relay (with AHJ) – I met AJH (from VT) by reading her blog and then planning some local race meet-ups in my area.  Then she invited me to stay with her and run the Vermont City Marathon Relay.  I ran it two years in a row.  Running the first 13.1 miles and then the next year, the last 13.1 miles.  The experiences were totally different but so much fun.

4. Ramblefest Half Marathon (with my BRF) – This was special because although I had run with Alyssa once a week, this was our first race together. Plus we both had PRs.  We hope to have a similar experience when we race again together at the Wine Glass Half on Oct 1.

5. Panama City Beach Half Marathon (with the #holottafun ladies) – This experience may never be duplicated (but we will try in Las Vegas in Nov).  Spending the weekend with women whom you only knew through their blogs. Well, it was phenomenal.

Happy Running! Do you race with family or friends?  What is your favorite friend/family racing moment?