France Runfessions

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest about my most recent race-cation in France with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

My travel buddy was not feeling well most of the trip and she slept late.  Yes, I was a little relieved. I was able to go for a run most mornings and not feel guilty.

2. I runfess…

I thought I might have an injury and I imagined all the worst case scenarios.  That I would have to DNS my next 2 half marathons. I’d never run again.  Yes, I blew things out of proportion.

My foot was fine…phew!

3. I runfess…

I planned to take it easy the day before my “maybe” injured 20 km race.  We did take a boat ride but I still put in over 12 miles on that foot. Oops.

4. I runfess…

Everything in France tasted better than here. Why is that?  How are they so thin eating butter, jelly, mayonnaise on everything? Eating bread all the time and those desserts?  Don’t get me started. But I enjoyed EVERY calorie.

5. I runfess…

I was so thirsty during my 20km race that I was thinking of stopping in a store and buying a bottle of water.  But I only had a credit card (no euros).

I saw these throughout Paris (water) but not during my race 😦


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.

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RnR Montreal Runfessions

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest about my most recent race-cation in Montreal with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I signed up for the 5k only because if I ran both the 5k and the Half Marathon, I got THREE medals rather than ONE.

2. I runfess…

Even though I was planning to walk the 5k, I still carb loaded the night before the race…manicotti and an apple crepe. I ate more than before the half marathon.

This is Sunday’s dessert but Sat’s was similar

3. I runfess…

And after that 5k, I ate lunch as if I had just run an ultra -marathon….squash soup, bread and bagel & lox and salad.

This is Sunday’s soup too but you get the idea.

4. I runfess…

So as I said, I planned to walk that 5k.  I didn’t wear even wear my Garmin but… I DID NOT walk the race.  No surprise there.

I didn’t actually race the 5k.  I ran it slowly non-stop taking in every bit of the scenery.  Boy, is that the best way to race.

My pace was actually slower than for the half. (6:19 vs 6:16  – that’s kilometers).

5. I runfess…

During my half marathon, I planned to take a GU at one of the water stops but I ran past the water and there was only Gatorade. I hate Gatorade and I can’t take a GU without water.  So I saw a guy holding two cups of waters.  So I said “Are you going to drink both of those?” And he replied “No, take it.”

good but only with water!!!!

Yup, I drank someone else’s water.  I didn’t even care if he drank out of the cup first.  Don’t judge. LOL

And one more for good measure:

6. I runfess…

You know how I love getting age group awards.  I mean it validates that “old ladies can still fun fast.” Well, I saw on the big screen that they were giving out awards to the older folks but decided that I was too tired to walk all the way to the stage to see if I got one.

And of course, I did place 2nd!

I hope the award wasn’t anything good.


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.

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Runfessions for August

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

1. I runfess…

I signed up for a Virtual Race which I normally don’t do.

Because of the swag.

awesome medal

cool women’s tech shirt

When my Russian friend Anna came to visit, I (reluctantly) gave her the shirt because she loves Central Park…

she wore to the race (that we never ran)

but I kept the medal.

Then I felt guilty so I gave her one of my 5k medals that I won as an age group award.

Do you ever give away your medals and shirts?

2. I runfess…

As a Rock N Blogger, I definitely feel FOMO every time a Rock n Roll race happens. My plan was to run several Rock N Roll races.  But they cancelled Brooklyn and the only east coast race is Montreal.  So I signed up to run the half marathon…

Image result for rnr montreal

…then I also signed up for run the 5k the day before.

Image result for rnr montreal 5k

Yup, it’s all about the bling.

Any other Rock N Bloggers out there running RnR Montreal??? Hopefully “yes.” Anyone else run TWO races in one weekend to get an extra medal?

3. I runfess…

I used to race every weekend especially in the summer. But believe it or not, I skipped Jailhouse Rock 5K, one of my favorite summer races (and a PR op due to the downhill finish).

Having friends to run with on the weekend has changed my running…

Do you ever skip a race in order to run with friends?

4. I runfess…

If you read my blog, you know that one of my recent NYC races was cancelled. 

There was no refund but they re-scheduled the race. I live almost 3 hours north of the city and I would have pay to get to the city and pay for a hotel room in order to run the race on its new date.

Yes, you guessed it, I registered for the race anyway. I used my points for a free hotel room.

In order not to lose my $40 registration fee, I am spending $40 more for MegaBus tix to get to and from NYC.

Crazy, right? 

Anyone else want to join me?  Want to buy Anna’s bib?

5. I runfess…

I bought a new skirt from Skirt Sports (that I don’t need) because I thought that the new pattern matched my running shoes.

Women's Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Running Shoes - Color: Racer Blue/Blue Tint/Royal Pulse (Regular Width) - Size: 6.5

...except that it doesn’t match.

There’s a solution:

Buy a top that matches the new skirt and then another skirt that matches the shoes. (I am glad that I am an ambassador or I’d go broke.)

Ever buy new running apparel just because of the color?


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Friday Five 2.0 – Runfessions for July

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

1. I runfess…

I signed up for a Virtual Race which I normally don’t do.  Yes, I love to give to charity but there are so many race local races where I can do that.

Why did I sign up?  The swag.

awesome medal

cool women’s tech shirt

Do you run virtual races? Anyone else love Central Park as much as I do?

2. I runfess…

As a Rock N Blogger, I definitely feel FOMO every time a Rock n Roll race happens (especially this month when all my favorite bloggers were running in Chicago.) I loved Vegas and ran Brooklyn and my plan was to run several Rock N Roll races.  But they cancelled Brooklyn and the only east coast race is Montreal.  But not until Sept 23….

Image result for rnr montreal

Any other Rock N Bloggers out there not able to run all the races they’d like? Anyone else running RnR Montreal??? Hopefully “yes.”

3. I runfess…

I used to race every weekend especially in the summer. But believe it or not, I only raced ONCE in July. Having friends to run with on the weekend has changed my running…

Do you ever lose the “racing fever”?

4. I runfess…

I used to reward myself with ice cream after long runs. But now I reward myself with ice cream after short runs and even after NO runs.

Ever give yourself an undeserved post run reward?

5. I runfess…

I bought a new skirt from Skirt Sports (that I don’t need) because I thought that the new pattern matched my new running shoes.

Women's Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Running Shoes - Color: Racer Blue/Blue Tint/Royal Pulse (Regular Width) - Size: 6.5

my shoes

except that it doesn’t match – still love the skirt.

Ever buy new running apparel just because of the color?


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Friday Five 2.0 – Runfessions for June

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

1. I runfess…

I got my running shoes soaked during a 5k race so I took out the insoles to let them dry.

I took the same running shoes to NYC (for a week of working there) and put 11 miles on them in one day (only 3 was running) before I realized that I never put the insoles back into my shoes.

Yes, the shoes felt weird. I attributed it to different socks.

Since I had a 5k scheduled for that week, I had to go buy insoles for the shoes.

Good news – I like these insoles better than the ones that came with the shoes.

racing with my new insoles

Do you buy special insoles for your running shoes?

2. I runfess…

I ran a Brooklyn 5k where I definitely felt like a less than “serious” runner.

There were about 100 runners who finished with a pace under 7 min,

I ran well yet I finished near the BOTP. 438 out 657?

I guess I got spoiled with races where anyone regardless of pace signs up to run a 5k.

Do you ever run well and finish near the BOTP?

3. I runfess…

I might have been injured but I didn’t talk much about it in hopes that it would disappear.

After my Florida trip where I played tennis everyday, the arch of my right foot was very sore. It hurt after I ran. It hurt during the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

I googled it to death and iced after I ran.  No, I didn’t stop running. I thought it could be PF but to get rid of that injury, it seemed that I would have to rest my foot.

I had a 5k scheduled in Brooklyn and I hesitated to run it.  I thought about the fact that I could make it worse and be out of running for even longer.

But running is my therapy.  With my family, friend and job stresses, I needed to run or I’d go insane.

So I decided it was worth the risk of aggravating a maybe injury.

I ran the race. My foot was no worse and I’ve continued running and it feels less painful after each run.

not a great race but fast enough to win my age group

I guess I made the right decision. Phew!!

Do you ever ignore an injury and it went away?

4. I runfess…

I paid $39 to run a 5k just because there was ice cream afterward.

The ice cream was small and definitely not worth it. I could have run in the park for free and bought a huge ice cream sundae.

Ever sign up for a race because of the food post race?

5. I runfess…

I’ve been looking for a new pair of running shoes but didn’t want to pay full price – $149 (because truthfully I probably don’t really need them).

I found a pair for like $100.  They might have been cheaper because of the color??

Women's Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Running Shoes - Color: Racer Blue/Blue Tint/Royal Pulse (Regular Width) - Size: 6.5

I was excited. They match many of my race shirts and skirts.

It’s the little things that makes a runner happy…

Ever buy or not buy running shoes just because of the color?


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.

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Runfessions for April

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

I runfess…

I don’t do speed drills and use that as an excuse not to try for a PR.  I say “Finishing=Winning” and I usually mean it. But during the last mile of my recent 5 mile race (Delmar Dash), I WANTED A PR!!

And so I sped up during mile 5 and negative split it and yes, I got my PR!!

not ME! But it is a running friend and I felt exactly that way.

Do you race for enjoyment or PRs?

I runfess…

I am usually pretty disciplined about my running. If I can run, I do.  I don’t let weather get me down. I have run in sub-zero conditions. But this month, I skipped some runs. Even though I had races on my schedule. Even though I was not feeling tired or sick. Not like me at all.

met friends for a late dinner (so I could run first but didn’t run)

Do you ever skips runs for no apparent reason?

I runfess…

I haven’t lost my racing mojo..

I am already scouting out my winter half marathon for 2019.  I almost even clicked “Register.”

My itinerary would be the same as this past March (staying with my sister-in-law the night before and visiting my East coast friends.)

There are water views. You run over two bridges and there are a lot of bands. So maybe???

Do you plan your race-cations this far in advance?

I runfess…

I can’t wait to run in the sun and for this reason, I am looking forward to my tennis vacation in Florida.  Yes tennis vacation because the friends that I am going with I met years ago by playing tennis.

That being said, I will have to debate each morning on whether or not to run or play tennis or do both.

Anyone have to competing activities and find it difficult to decide which one?

I runfess…

I signed up for a 3.5 race with my co-workers.  I ran it last year and it was a great way to connect outside of the office.  However, after I signed up, I realized that it is TWO DAYS before my bucket list half marathon.

Should I skip it?

I am most likely to run it but not race it because this half marathon will NOT be a PR (positive about that since I am NOT training well.)

What would you do?

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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Friday Five 2.0 – Runfessions for March

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

1.I runfess…

It’s been a hard adjustment from 80 degree Florida temps back to NE winter temps. It was so easy just to put on a skirt and  tank and go for a run. Now I’m constantly packing to go away for work and I have weather amnesia. It was almost 50 degrees in Liverpool, NY and I packed for winter. Duh!

overdressed!

2.I runfess…

Someone commented on my blog that I could just NOT race when I go on vacation. Ha ha. Like that’s going to happen.  My next vacation is in May and it’s to Naples, FL to play tennis and… yes, I just registered to run a race during my vacation.

3.I runfess…

I have another half marathon that I should be training for…on May 19.  I complained that all my long runs were broken up while training for my most recent half.  Well, things have not changed.  I have a 5k tomorrow and plan to run 4 more miles afterward. So I’m starting my training plan with 7 broken up miles….again.

I’m a sucker for races.

4.I runfess…

As you may have read in my last post, I enjoyed my last half marathon because I helped someone else finish her FIRST.  However, the competitive me was disappointed in my finish time. I know. I shouldn’t be.  But I wonder how fast I could have finished since the weather was perfect and the course was flat…  How often do we get racing conditions like this?

celebrate finish lines NOT finish times, right?

5.I runfess…

I met up with a friend at my 5 mile race last weekend.  She has not been running and only signed up for the race because of me. She struggled to finish.  Maybe because of Runfession #4, I did not stay with her.  I ran my own race and I RACED it!! I guess I kinda wanted redemption and wanted to see if my legs still had any speed.

Unofficial ONE second PR…with gun time 17 seconds slower, though


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