TOTR: Gifts for the Mother Runner

It’s Tuesday so don’t forget to link up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

My TOTR Topic is in honor of Mother’s Day: Gifts for the Mother Runner

Gift Card for Running Shoes


If you’re like me, I always either lose them or break them.

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Love Goodr glasses


Yes, I often lose one and only my good ones.

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Entry fee to a big race

Yes, these are expensive.

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A new GPS Watch

I still use a Garmin 205 LOL

Introducing the Garmin Forerunner 645 and 645 Music. (Photo: Business Wire)

Gift certificate for a pedicure

A necessity in the summertime when we wear sandals all the time

What Is A Pedicure And What Does A Pedicure Feel Like

Happy Running! As Mother Runner, what would like for Mother’s Day?


Ultimate Coffee Date – May

It’s that time of the month…

It’s COFFEE ice cream, of course!!

to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

Over coffee…

I told you last month that I was so sick of this cold weather that to cheer myself up, I bought a new skirt. It’s short. Shorter than I am comfortable with so I ran on the hotel treadmill (where I knew no one) just so I could wear it.

Anyone run on the treadmill just so they could wear summer running clothes again?

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I registered for TWO races last weekend – a 10K on Sat and a 5k on Sunday.  Family stuff keeps getting the way but I picked up the race packet for both races even though I only ran one of the races.  I paid, right?

Anyone get the race shirt for a race that they signed up for but did not race?

Over coffee…

I’d tell that lately I am liking the shorter races.

5k happiness!!

But I signed up for FOUR more half marathons in 2018.  I’d better get my long run mojo back.

And soon! My next half is May 19!!!

Anyone else regret signing up for a long race  because you have to train for it?

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I went to my second Freihofer Training Challenge run.  I signed up because I thought the drills would help me get faster. But I Pr’d in my recent 5 mile race and 5k race.  That was without doing any speed drills.

Why am I getting faster without doing anything right?

Over coffee…

I’d tell you that right now I am in sunny Naples, Florida with my friends.  If there are any blog posts, it’s because I wrote them (as I did this one) before I left!

This what I plan to do everyday instead of blogging:

With some running, tennis, sightseeing, shopping, eating & drinking in the mix.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here!

Cherry Blossom 5K Race Recap

April 29, 2018 10:15 am

This was the fourth year that I have run the Cherry Blossom 5k.  It is a fun local race, raises money for a great cause (ALS) and I really like participating in it.

The first two years, I won 2nd in my age group. The third year, I did not win anything but I had run a 10k the day before and I didn’t run it last year. I seem to be on a PR roll for some unknown reason. But who knows? Anything can happen in a race on any given day.

The course is very winding.  Someone said that there were 20 turns. But it is also pretty flat except for the last mile which is uphill.

As you can see, my times on this race course have been pretty speedy (until 2016). Could I beat my 2014 time??

And should I try?  After all, I just ran a 5k PR last weekend and I have a half marathon in a few weeks.

Nevertheless, I was determined to give it my best shot and not to be disappointed if I sucked.

They always have a short sleeved race shirt. One of these years, it’ll be warm enough to wear one of them. Instead, I wore a long sleeved shirt, a vest, a skirt (yes, this was risky), compression socks and a cap. I brought 2 jackets, capris and gloves for before and after.  It was near 40 degrees but the wind made it feel colder and it was raining!  A miserable day!! Not one that I wanted run on.  The crowd was smaller than previous years but still there was over 300 runners.

The race started at 10:15 and I got there around 9:15 and parked in a bank parking lot across the street. I had picked up my bib on Friday after work so I could relax in my warm car. The other Wineglass ladies running the race were parked nearby so I headed to their car. I wisely added my capris under my skirt, my jacket and my gloves.  It was drizzling then raining and then drizzling. We all stayed in the car until the last minute.

only Chris came prepared for the rain

Unfortunately at this Cherry Blossom race each year, there are never any cherry blossoms.  (Maybe next year!) There is also usually a Cherry Blossom Festival, as well.  I didn’t see one this year.


2015 but similar to this year

You were supposed to line up by pace. I moved up with the 8 min milers and shivered until the race finally started.

pic from the Gazette (I’m in the front)


I usually have a pretty fast first 2 miles and then slow down but I was dragging even during the first mile. My legs were stiff. It was windy and I was cold!!

There are no clocks on the course so I had no idea what my pace was but I was pretty sure that it was slower than my PR pace of last weekend.

The course is nothing special. You just wind your way around the neighborhoods.  I tried to run the tangents as much as possible. And make sure to avoid the puddles and not slip on the wet ground rounding the turns.

It rained lightly during the whole race.  But I actually got warm and unzipped my jacket and took off my gloves.

There was a water stop at the halfway point.  I ran through it since I was not thirsty and wanted to finish and get dry.

Eventually that dreaded third mile came and the uphill was a struggle as it is every year.  This  year, however, I did not walk.  But I definitely felt like I was slowing down.

pic from the Gazette


pic from rainy 2016

Finally we headed toward the finish line.  I had no energy left but did my best to sprint across the line.

I crossed at 27:XX.  My PR streak has been broken.

I was slower than my last 5K but it was my fastest time on this course. I was content.

I had some refreshments (bagel, banana and chocolate milk) while waiting for the results and my friends to finish.

cold, wet but happy

They all headed to their warm car and I chatted with other running friends and waited for the results.

I was shocked to come in first.  I have never won my age group in this race and the runner in third is way faster than me (However she is apparently coming back from an injury).


Race Splits:

mile 1- 8:42
mile 2 – 8:57
mile 3 – 8:47
.14 – 7:51


So those splits don’t reflect how I felt while I was running.  I didn’t feel like I was running my best.  To me, that is good news.  There may be a faster 5K time in me…

The wineglass ladies headed off to Dunkin Donuts. I thought about it but I had been planning to run 9 more miles after the race.  I was cold and grumpy and did not want to run any more so I drove home.

Once I got home, the rain had stopped and it was in the 40s and less windy.  With work and my upcoming vacation, I knew that I should try to run some more so out I went.  The conditions were better than during my run but my heart was not in it. I walked a lot and quit after almost 8 miles.

 Upcoming Vacation – 

14th trip to Naples, Florida.  Lots of tennis, sun and beach time. Maybe some runs (and don’t be surprised if I squeeze in a 5k race)


I leave on May 3 and return on May 10 (9 days before my next half marathon).  Can’t wait!!

Happy Running! How was your weekend? Any races or runs? Any races coming up?  What are you looking forward to? Please share.


April Report Card

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April started out just like March – Cold and windy. Then there was rain, snow… There was NO cherry blossoms for my race at the end of the month. We did squeeze in a few nice days here and there.

Anyhow, here’s how April worked out for me:

Weekday Runs:

I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors most weeks which is great because I HATE the treadmill. As I mentioned April was a windy, rainy, chilly month.  

I ran locally a few times after work.  The good news is that I was able to run while working in NYC and while in Buffalo, Rochester and Liverpool.  The best thing about my job is running in different places. My weekday runs were usually around 3-4 miles (occasionally more and occasionally less).

Long Runs:

Work and the weather has made it tough to get in my weekend long runs. This is peak racing seasons so I usually just add miles to my races.

Total Mileage:

I ran 80 miles this month.  An decrease in miles basically because April is a shorter month and I did not run half marathon this month. The important thing is that I am feeling healthy so all is good.


I had several races on my schedule this month. I ran two local 5ks and a local five miler. All were fun and I met up with several friends at each. I also had a PR at the Delmar Dash 5 miler and came in a surprise 3rd in my age group. I also had a surprise PR at the Bacon Hill 5k and won my age group. I didn’t PR at Cherry Blossom 5K but it was a course PR and I surprisedly won my age group

Cross Training:

Due my work schedule, I did not play tennis at all. I miss it and my friends.

I did work out at the gym once. Shocking. I know.

I did not attend a yoga class. Someday….

The month just got away from me and I was hardly home during the week. Then on the weekend, I was playing catch up.

I did not walk at lunch. But working in NYC does get me a lot of steps.

Other News:

Despite all my work travel, I was able to squeeze in some friend time and hubby time. These are usually spent with dinners in a restaurant.

The Freihofer Training Challenge began last month and goes for ten + weeks and I was able to go only twice. I guess I shouldn’t have signed up this year. (Miss my coach and my running friends.)

Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

Half Marathon #31 in May.

It’s a big one and it’s been on my bucket list for years.

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May 19, 2018

I have some shorter races planned as well. My racing schedule picks up in the spring.

This is my list so far for the next 2 months:

  • 5-06-18 – Tropicool 5k (in FL)
  • 5-12-18 – Summer Smith Memorial 5k
  • 5-17-18- Workforce Challenge (3.5 m)
  • 5-19-18 – Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • 6-02-18 – Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
  • 6-10-18 – Run for Help 5k
  • 6-17-18 – Finest Memorial 5k
  • 6-30-18 – Adirondack 15K Race to the Lakes

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her April Race Linkup:

Deb Runs
No monthly goals.

This motto worked for 2016 & 2017 so I’m sticking with it in 2018!

I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

My Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.

I’d say overall an A-

Despite the work travel and crazy weather, I did my best to get in my runs. Strength training just never happens so I’ve decided not to beat myself up about it. I ran 3 shorter races and had PRs in two of them. I also won an age group award in each. 🙂

Real spring can’t come soon enough for this fair weather runner. I want to see flowers and leaves on the trees!

 I’m also linking this post with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.

Happy Running! How did your April turn out? Anything exciting planned for May?

What grade would you give your running month?


Weekly Wrap Up for 4.23.18-4.29.18 – Another Week , Another Race


Last week –

  • Monday – No travel today so I was able to attend the Freihofer Training Challenge run (for the 2nd time although they are on week 6.) As usual, it’s a workout that you love to hate. We did do six 800m repeats at 5k pace.  My splits ranged from 4:24 to 4:15 and got progressively faster so I was pleased (even though I lagged behind my friends LOL).

Afterwards, I met my BFF for a walk in the mall.

  • Tuesday – Off to Liverpool for work.  I was able to get a run done before dinner and the predicted rain. Who knew it would be 75 degrees. Thank God for clouds and lake breezes.

I went back for a walk after dinner but no sunset due to the clouds.

  • Wednesday – Another rest day due to having to drive home after work. It was another rainy April day anyway.
  • Thursday – Back home and hoping for no rain and an outdoor run. No rain but clouds and WIND!!!

  • Friday – Another cool rainy day. Hopefully April showers will bring May flowers. I wanted to run but my backup plans were to pick up my race bibs, go to the Spring Run Off pasta dinner and then play mah jongg.
  • Saturday – Rest Day. I had signed up for a race (Spring Run Off 10k) but family comes first.  My stepson is getting married and my daughter-in-law to be asked me to help her bridemaids pick out dresses (Her mother had knee replacement surgery and could not come.)
  • Sunday – Race Day. Cherry Blossom 5K. Of course Saturday was a beautiful morning for a race. Today, it was COLD, windy and RAINY. A miserable day to run,  Many of my friends did run it so I am glad that I didn’t bail and I had course PR and won my age group.

I was cold and grumpy so I went home after the race.  The rain stopped and it wasn’t as cold and windy so I sucked it up and went back out to finish my “long” run for the day.

There was a lot of walking but it is done and I can relax.

This Coming Week

  • Monday – Train to NYC, 3 miles
  • Tuesday – 4 miles
  • Wednesday – rest day, train home
  • Thursday – rest day, fly to FLORIDA!!!!
  • Friday3 miles, tennis, beach, sun & fun
  • Saturday – rest day, tennis, beach, sun & fun, theatre
  • SundayTropicool 5k, road trip

The Week After – 

  • Monday – 3 miles, tennis, beach, sun & fun
  • Tuesday – 3 miles, tennis, beach, sun & fun
  • Wednesday – 3 miles, tennis, beach, sun & fun – MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!
  • Thursday –  3 miles, tennis, fly home
  • Friday –  rest day,mah jongg
  • SaturdaySummer Smith Memorial 5K + 7 miles
  • Sunday – rest day, dinner out for Mother’s Day

Please link up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and NEW host Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home

Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Has spring arrived where you live? Please share.


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.


Friday Five 2.0: Run. Not 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 use the new FIVE MINUTE format, link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

Last Friday I wrote about why I race a lot. This week, I’ll look at the other side of the coin:


  1. MONEY

Yes, racing is not cheap.  Running is FREE!

Running & Eating – lots of fun without a race


If you are competitive, like I am, it’s hard to slow down when you are in a race. You may not stop when you should.

Racing with a metatarsal stress fracture


Unfortunately, you can’t change the time or date of a race but you can run whenever you are able. And where ever you choose.

just squeezed it in after work and before a dinner engagement


I am the first to admit that a long run completed by adding miles in after a long break because you were running a race is not ideal when training for a big race.  Plus, there is the race pace followed by the tired leg pace.

5k + 3.9 = 7 miles


You have to get them done during the week.  Those hill repeats, tempo and progression runs will not happen in a race. And as you know, you shouldn’t wear or try anything new during a race.

new top, new skirt (too loose!!), new shoes – oh no!

Happy Running! Do you run a lot of races? If not, why not?  Please share.


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