Friday Five and Ultimate Coffee Date for July

It’s that time of the month…

honeymoon gifts from my stepson and his wife 🙂

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

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that on a whim, I signed up for a new 5k in Brooklyn.

June 11, 2019 7 pm

Yes it was hard to get up at 5:30 am, stand all day and after work take the subway, LIRR and another subway to get to the race on time and run a 5k. But I kinda enjoyed it. Esp the post race ice cream.

Now I am glad that I signed for this one in Brooklyn too:

Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series 5K

August 14, 2019 7:10 pm

during last year’s Al Goldstein 5k

Ever run mid-week races?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am abandoning my winter race-cation in Florida (I haven’t broken the news to my Florida friends) in favor of a new adventure.

Feb 15-16, 2020

Yup a sunset 2 miler and the next day a half marathon. MCM Mama couldn’t have put it better.

Anyone else running this race? I’d love to meet up.

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I feel like an empty-nester. I had FOUR half marathons and TWO 15k races from February-June.

Now NOTHING big  – NADA – until September.  Just a few 5k races in July and August.

I feel lost.  Don’t be surprised if I find something longer to run.

Do you struggle with an off season and no big races on the horizon for several months or do you enjoy the down time? 

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I just zipped through Marathon Women by Kathrine Switzer. I knew so little about her other than she was technically the first to run the Boston Marathon and that she was fast.

What an amazing lady and runner!

I couldn’t put the book down..and now I want to know about the rest of her life (after 1984).

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I will never run a trail race (I am TOO competitive to slow down) but I am intrigued by trails (though mosquitoes and ticks are a turn off).

We have quite a few local group runs on trails but I always seem to be out of town when they are scheduled. I ran one and it was fun.

There’s still hope that I’ll get to do some trail running and I even bought a (cheap) pair of trail shoes. (they were $59 but got them free – since at the outlets, I bought my hubby two pairs of tennis shoes).

Do you enjoy running on trails? Have you run trail races?

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

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30 thoughts on “Friday Five and Ultimate Coffee Date for July

  1. Obviously I’m ok with trail races. I still haven’t completely fallen in love with trails — mainly because I don’t think the trails close to us are really all that scenic.

    I’m also ok with downtime, but I also like to have something to look forward to — so that’s been a bit hard in this downtime.

    I doubt I’ll finish the book in time. Too much else going on in my life but I am enjoying it.


    • I like that trails are soft on the “old” feet. I agree about being scenic. Peebles and Saratoga Park are about the most scenic. They are scenic in Bolton Landing but I never have time.

      You could always sign up for a big local race – there are many nice ones such as Schroon Lake.

      I wouldn’t have time if it weren’t for boating – I read it in a few days but there was not much else to do. (I also do not watch TV at all). At home that’s another story…cleaning!!!! gardening!!! oy!

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  2. Like you, I don’t have any races scheduled until the Chicago Marathon in October. This is SO weird for me! I will most likely find a race in September and use it as a long run.


    • My marathon is in November so I have 2 races as training runs – one in Sept and one in Oct.

      I’m itching for one in July and August.


  3. Because it’s so hot and humid here all summer, I don’t sign up for anything. I am struggling to maintain my 3 runs per week in this heat. I will be happy come September. Thanks for joining the coffee date!


  4. I have done some trail races, and they are a lot of fun. Although my pace was definitely “slower,” it didn’t seem like I was going much slower due to all the extra work involved (avoiding tree roots, navigating odd slopes of land, staying vertical on wet grass, etc.). I think the extra trail nuances slow everyone down a bit but that (for me) adds to the challenge.


    • I know I should but I am so competitive (and clumsy). I’m afraid that I will run fast and trip. I have fallen on the road many times.


  5. I haven’t done a trail race but I am eyeing one at the end of the month. I bet you will manage to fill up your calendar with a few races between now and September — and I bet you will take home some AGs.

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    • You will do great in a trail race. I hope to at least run on them this summer. Not race.
      So far no big races found. I do have a few shorter ones though


  6. I love all the ice cream you find after these races! It’s so great!

    I am excited to hear about your international ZOOMA adventure! It’s going to be great.

    I do like running trails, but I am a bit of a klutz, so it doesn’t happen too often. It’s a totally different world than road running.

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  7. I’d love to head to Bermuda for that race but Florida calls… I know….

    I have run those 2 trail races and so far I’ve loved them!

    I read Marathon Woman and loved it. I’ve met KSwizz twice now and she’s one amazing lady!

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  8. I love how it looks like your cat is choosing between the two mugs. Like the hat/hidden ball trick.
    I actually decided to do FLL and Bermuda. I gave up Lebow though which was a little sad.
    I like mid-week morning races, not so much after owrk. It’s a routine thing more than an actual dislike. I think NYRR discontinued the Manhattan 5K in lieu of the Global Running morning one, I won’t go “all the way” to Brooklyn for a 5K

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    • I’d love to have enough time to do Bermuda and Florida.

      I’d much prefer to race in the am. Yes it’s crazy to go to Brooklyn for a 5k. I’m that kind of crazy.


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