Ultimate Coffee Date for September ’22

It’s that time of the month…

LITTLE MISS

RUNS 5KS

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that although I had THREE running activities scheduled for next weekend, I decided on running the local 5k (instead one in RI or the Brooks event in NYC).

SEPT 10, 2022

It saves me time, money, etc.  Being practical for once.

And I will also able to attend a party afterward for tennis friend (who has cancer) that day and some other local events that weekend.

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that a brand NEW 5k is being offered on the rail trail that I usually run on  Of course, I couldn’t resist signing up.

SEPT. 24, 2022

It’s downhill and close to home.

It’s called Barn to Bridge.

Hilton Barn

the Bridge finish

3.Over coffee

I’d tell you that I will be working from home until at least January 1, 2023.  However, once we train people in a computer lab (rather than remotely), I will not be at home on those days.

As you know, working from home allows me to be more flexible with scheduling my runs…

before work, during lunch or after work:

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the nearby YMCA has offered a FREE one month membership.  So you will again see gymfies!

I’ll sign up in September. It should be cool enough by then to postpone my runs until lunch or after work so I can go to the gym before work.

Miss these???

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that four weeks ago, I gave in and got another cat (to replace my cat who died.) 

Why haven’t you seen pics?

He has been hiding in our basement ever since.  Our other cat Champ hid for 6 weeks so hopefully, this kitten will warm up to us soon.

picture from his cage at the shelter.

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ultimate Coffee Date for August ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Soleil Home™ Running Porcelain Mug - Run but First Coffee

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that it has even been too hot this summer for me to join my running groups and run after work.

Yup, I became a sunrise runner.

What about you?  Did the summer temps force you to see the sun rise?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I did join the group trail runs each Thursday evening.  But I’m too nervous to run on them.  I (and my running friends) always brought up the rear and walked each one.

Do you run on trails often?

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that so far I have been able to do more hiking since I have every other Monday off.

Have you been doing much hiking lately?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have NOT run a half marathon since May.  Remember I ran 6 half marathons the first 5 months of the year.

Don’t worry. I signed up for THREE this fall!!

    1. Race 4 the River – Sept 3
    2. Maine – Oct 2
    3. Upstate Classic – Nov. 20

Have you been taking a break from training this summer?  Have you signed up for any big races this fall?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that if you are interested in the big NYC races, here are some important dates:

    • NYC Half Marathon – March 19, 2023 – Application and guaranteed-entry claim window: Mid-October 2022
    • Brooklyn Half Marathon  – May 20, 2023 – Application and guaranteed-entry claim window: Mid-December 2022
    • NYC Marathon – November 5, 2023 – Application and guaranteed-entry claim window: February 2023

So far, I am only definitely running the NYC Half.

United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon Race Results - New York, NY - 3/20/2022 - My BEST Runs - Worlds Best Road Races

Anyone planning to apply to run any of these NYC races?

*** Last but not least, thanks for all your kind words on FB and IG regarding the death of my cat, Honey.  Even losing an older cat is not easy. She was deaf and thin but still active with a hearty appetite. In fact, this week she ate a rabbit and the morning she died, a mouse. (I do think my younger 3 year old cat catches them.) My hubby thinks she died of old age but I kinda think she was poisoned.  Anyway, at least he found her dead on our deck, not I!!

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Ultimate Coffee Date for July ’22

It’s that time of the month…

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I’ve run 18 in-person races so far this year (I think I need to buy the mug above)… and I enjoyed each one!!

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the most that I ever raced in one year was in 2016 and that was 41 races.

And NO, I don’t plan to beat that this year.

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that I registered for TWO races in the same weekend.

First I signed up for a (fun) Trail 5k.  Then a 15k got scheduled the day before (Saturday).

hot and hilly!!!

My Hubby and I try to reserve Sunday in the summer for boating. Otherwise, it would not have been an issue to run both races. (I have in the past run two races in the same weekend.)

needed relaxation and reading time (in the shade)

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that it’s a dilemma when only one brand of shoes that doesn’t hurt your feet doesn’t come in pretty colors (FOMO on those Brooks shoes.)

I wear Topo Phantoms for half marathons and Topo Cyclones for 5ks.  I also wear the Magnifly or Ultrafly for training/easy runs.

White for both the Phantoms and the Cyclones!!!

Say “hello” to my new Cyclones and Phantoms!!

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I didn’t realize how much I missed NYC until my recent work trip.  Central Park was amazing to run in (as you already know from Cari‘s FB/IG pics)…

I’m looking forward to next Wednesday and Thursday when I’ll get to do more exploring/running there. (Since I am no longer a regular trainer in NYC, this may be my last work visit. Sigh).

I’ve considered some options besides Central Park for Wednesday:

But there’s a 5k in Brooklyn (which I’ve run 4x before)

Al Goldstein Speed Series 5k medal

Of course, there could be no trip to NYC without a meet-up with Cari (and hopefully Elizabeth.)

We could even run rather than eat together??

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Ultimate Coffee Date for June ’22

It’s that time of the month…

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I’m excited that weekly group trail runs have started.

It’s not that I RUN them but it’s fun to get to see different places each week and socialize and eat ice cream!

Last night:

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have the next THREE Mondays off.

There will be adventures.  Most likely the day off will include running and either boating or hiking. Maybe even some biking or tennis.

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that gardening is hurting my body. I love my flowers. But…

After hours of weeding, my knee felt so wonky the next day that I called my chiro.

Of course, the pain went away and didn’t affect my running.

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m also heading this month to my favorite city for work.

First time (for work) since January 2020.

it was for work, I swear…

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the only race that I have run EVERY YEAR (no mater what) is tomorrow. It will be my 15th time (14th in-person).

2021

 2008

2022:

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Do you enjoy gardening? Looking forward to any favorite races? Do you enjoy trail running?  If you have a day off from work, what would you do? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ultimate Coffee Date for May ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Starbucks Coffee City Mug Collection- Florida, 16 Oz Cup

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I have been selected as an Ambassador for this race!

Social Media Race Ambassadors | Maine Marathon

It will be held on October 2, 2022 in Portland, ME.  There is a half, full and marathon relay.  I am running it with my (crazy) running friends.

Please join us and take advantage of my code for a discount:

Darlene2022 (half/full)
Darlene2022R (relay)

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that for the second time, I am celebrating my pre-birthday by running up a mountain.

2021 at the top of Prospect Mountain in Lake George (almost 6 miles and over 1600 ft in elevation)

This year, however, since I need a 12 mile long Run, I am going to (I think) run DOWN the mountain, as well.

3.Over coffee/wine…

I’d tell you that I am celebrating my birthday (May 9) by leaving for my annual 8 day tennis vacation in Naples, Fl.  And no, I don’t play tennis anymore. LOL. (This trip began in 2005 when I did play regularly.)

hopefully we don’t have to wear masks this year.

haven’t played in ONE year… hope I remember how…

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the 5k that I used to run during my May Florida tennis vacation has returned and I have signed up.

at the Tropicool 5k in 2019 with friend, Rebecca (who died in 2021)

I’m sure I’ll have fun sweating racing but it will be bittersweet.

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have decided to reduce my work schedule and it was approved to work 90% starting in the middle of June.  That means I will have every other MONDAY OFF!!

I am over the moon!!! More running or hiking or maybe even go back to playing tennis…

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Any trips or races planned? Anyone want to join me in Maine?  Do any of you play tennis? Or work less than full-time? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for April ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Worry Less Run More 15 oz Ceramic Large Mug Worry Less Run More Mugs | CafePress

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

This is appropriate for my life lately…

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I am still an Ambassador for the Freihofer Run for Women.

The race went virtual in 2020, moved to Sept in 2021 and this year, it has returned to its regular date – June 4, 2022.

As an ambassador, I am obviously promoting the race at various events.

If you would like to run this all women’s 5k, in-person or virtual, use the code AMBDC to pay only $22. You get a shirt and medal. In person runners also get cookies. Virtual runners will get a Freihofer’s product coupon mailed with their medal and shirt.

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that as usual, I signed up for the Freihofer Training Challenge. (FTC)

Yes, I have complained that as an “advanced” runner,  I don’t get much support.  However, it is perfect for NEW runners. But it is an opportunity to run with others.  I plan to go on Mondays when convenient and skip the Saturday sessions (since I usually do a long run or race that day.)

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that one of the perks of the FTC is a FREE 12 week membership to the YMCA.

The issue is WHEN to fit it in??? Work, runs…runs, work… family/friends stuff…work, runs

But they are open 5:30AM – 9:00 PM (on weekdays) and have lots of facilities:

    • Complete Exercise Center with Cybex weight circuit, free weights, Precor treadmills and ellipticals, bikes and  Stairmasters.
    • 2 pools, including a 6-lane lap pool and a warm water instructional pool.
    • Steam, sauna and whirlpool facilities
    • Basketball gymnasium
    • Pickle Ball courts
    • Free cycling, aerobic, mind/body and aqua aerobics classes
    • Indoor running/walking track.
    • NHL style ice rink that offers open skating, lessons and adult hockey leagues.

Wish me luck!!  My plan is to go THREE mornings each week (on rest days) until Jun 4. (So far, so good…)

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am back to volunteering with STEM. I had done this for many years in the past.  Then it didn’t work out with work and COVID.

back in 2017

I will try and go on Wednesdays.  It is a VERY rewarding experience. The goal race changes each year.  This year, it will be on June 5.

and in 2016

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I LOVED working from home… my life was so much less complicated and especially related to running.

We knew that at some point it would have to end.  We start local in-person training (I am a computer trainer) on May 25. (No word if we can still stay home for remote trainings….)

I was scheduled go to Queens (NYC) on April 7-8 and April 10-11. That’s Thurs-Fri and then Sun-Mon.  Real sucky!!!

Because I had plans to go there for a race on April 9-10.

Go home (2h45 min train ride) Friday night and return Saturday morning makes no sense.  Pay for a hotel of my pocket for Friday night makes less sense. The logical solution was to DNS the race and plan another NYC race weekend.

Update: My work travel got postponed. Woo Hoo!  NYC and Shape and Cherry Blossoms, here I come!

Some more for good measure:

6. Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I delayed getting my second COVID booster until after my long run tomorrow. I didn’t get a reaction to the last three vaccines but just in case, I wanted to make sure I got my 12 miler done in preparation for my next half marathon. on April 16.

I’m sure you all aware how important it is for all of you who over 50 to get this ASAP

7.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that FOMO set in and on the last day possible, I entered the lottery for the NYC Marathon.

not sure if I was disappointed or relieved LOL

Happy Running! What’s new with you? Are you signed up for any 2022 races?  Are you having any spring-like weather yet? Plan to run the FRW 5k with me? Do you volunteer with any running groups? Do you go to a gym to work out?  Do you plan your vaccines around your running? Did you enter the NYS Marathon lottery? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for March ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Lucky half marathon | Etsy

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I am so over winter.

I was getting used to those frigid temps.

But I think going on a vacation to a warmer climate made it even worse.

NO LAYERS!!

Because then my body had to start all over!!

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that after THREE half marathons in 5 weeks, I’m ready for a short break.

So of course, I signed up for races in March but shorter distances.  a 4 miler and a few 5 milers.

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that after my March break in half marathons, I’ll be back out there. I signed up for one in April and then one in May.

Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

H2H HALF – 4/16/22

Steel Rail Races

STEEL RAIL HALF – 5/21/22

Half Marathons a month apart are perfectly spaced out in my book. Do you agree?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that speaking of half marathons, I did meet my 2:27 finish time goal (on my first try.).

NYRR Fred Lebow 2022

But I believe that I was mistaken about qualifying for the 2023 NYC Half Marathon.

There is NO longer time qualifying standards for the NYC half marathon. Now you have to complete 4 put of 6 qualifying races in 2022 or pay to run the 2022 virtual Half Marathon.

Boo!

But I will be 70 by the date of the 2023 NYC Marathon and the 2023 Brooklyn Half Marathon.  The Brooklyn Half appears to use the same standards as for qualifying for the marathon….

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that the least favorite part of my Florida race-cation was the race.

Yes, the race! And I love racing.

In this case, too much time was spent driving to and from the race (more than 3 hours each way). Originally I planned to visit my sister-in-law and niece but they had recently moved. And it was the only time during the vacation that it rained.

I enjoyed the weather, the friend meet-ups and all the other non-race activities. Next time, I will find a race nearby to my friends or skip it totally.

Update: I registered for:

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Who’s joining me? Cari? Jenny? Jenn?

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Are you anxious to get rid of those winter layers?  How much time do you leave between half marathons? Any shorter races on your schedule that you are looking forward to?  Do you usually plan a big race during your vacation? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for Feb. ’22

It’s that time of the month…

Gift For Running Women and Runner Girls - 13.1 Half Marathon Run Word Cloud Typography - 11oz Ceramic Unique Coffee Mug Tea Cup, Black - Inspirational and Motivational Present

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I just ran a half marathon but crazy me signed up for two more this month!

Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - Melbourne, Florida - 2/13/2022 - My BEST Runs - Worlds Best Road Races

Feb. 27, 2022

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that you can never have too many pairs of running shoes especially if someone sells them cheaply. (I do add my own insoles!!)

Topos for $49 (new=$130) and they’re purple!

$40… had to buy them

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that my running group has been shrinking.  Between those who winter in Florida, those who are sick and those who are injured, I have struggled to find company to do my long runs on the weekends.  But fortunately I have only had to run ONE long run solo (due to 2 last minute cancellations).

I miss my tribe!

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I giddy about leaving this cold weather and heading to Florida in less than a week. I know it may not be very warm but it won’t be icy and the temps should be above freezing.

beach time?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that related the above vacation, I have quite a few friends to visit and activities with them, believe it or not, will NOT involve running.

with a tennis friend, college roommate and former co-worker

Don’t worry, there will be:

    • a sunrise run or two
    • a half marathon
    • a meet-up with a running blogger (guess who?)

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Have you signed up for any winter long races? Do you ever buy used clothing/shoes? Any trips planned to escape the cold?  Do you always try to get in your running when you visit friends? Have you met other bloggers in person? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for Jan. ’22

It’s that time of the month…

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that I have 22 goals for 2022 (and I’m not usually a Goals person.) Who am I?

(You can read about them on Tuesday Topics January 18 post)

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I accidentally ran 21 races in 2021.  The race sign ups were not accidental but the number was. So of course, I plan to run at least 22 races in 2022.

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that my feet are blister prone. I have tried all kinds of shoes, socks and even taped my feet.

Several years ago, I stumbled up Karrimor socks on sale in EMS.  The were advertised to prevent blisters and they were very cheap (2 for $9).

KARRIMOR DUO RUNNING ANKLE SOCKS UK 4-8 BREATHABLE WHITE PINK

I bought 3 pairs. And I always wear them for races.

I race a lot and so they are thread bare.  I’ve searched and search for replacements.

I found them on Amazon for $35 (from China).   And I love them so much that I was tempted to order them.

Recently I searched again and this time I found them on Ebay (and in the UK.)

I ordered 3 pairs!! Score! My feet are happy again!

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that my high school reunion was cancelled last year. And it is re-scheduled for this year – June 5, 2022 at 1 pm. It’s biggie and I guess I should go.  My class had 962 people of which I was friends with about 10.  I still keep in touch through FB and occasional meet-ups.

two years ago

 our last reunion – 11 years ago with my 5 closest friends

So what’s the problem? MY FAVORITE RACE IS THE SAME DAY!! (the one that I have run every year!!!!)

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that it’s only January but I have already registered for 13 races.

I’m cheap and I like to take advantage of the cheapest price.  I am also choosing the no shirt option (if there is one) in all my races.

Signing up early keeps me on track as far as mileage. I rarely if at all have to DNS any races.  Hopefully I will stay healthy next year as well.

    • 01-01-22 – Winter Series #2 (3.75m)
    • 01-09-22 – Winter Series #3 (3m)
    • 01-23-22 – Fred LeBow Half Marathon (NYC)
    • 02-13-22 – Florida Publix Half Marathon
    • 02-27-22 – Central Park Half Marathon (NYC)
    • 03-12-22 – Electric 5 Miler
    • 04-16-22 – Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
    • 05-22-22 – Steel Rail Half Marathon
    • 05-29-22 – Miles Along the Mohawk 10 miler
    • 06-26-22 – Dodge the Deer 5k (trail race)
    • 07-04-22 – Firecracker 4
    • 09-10-22 – Malta 5k
    • 10-02-22 – Maine Half Marathon

There were even a few more that I almost registered for…

Happy Running! What’s new with you?  Would you pick a race or a high school reunion if they were on the same day? How much would you pay for your favorite brand of socks? Have you registered for any 2022 races? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Ultimate Coffee Date for Dec. ’21

It’s that time of the month…

Amazon.com: Ceramic Running Christmas Coffee Mug | Running's My Favorite : Home & Kitchen

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

1. Over coffee… 

I’d tell you that 2021 seems to have sped by.  But I think I’m on track (barring injury) to reach my 1000 mile running goal.

as of today, I’m up to 935!!!

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m not into challenges and definitely not one related to ST but in November I actually completed one:

One 60 Second Plank each day for 30 days (through ZOOMA run club)

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that what I like about this Plank challenge was that it only took ONE minute a day… and it got easier rather than harder. Since I was working from home, I could do it any time of the day and even in my PJs or running clothes.

May be a closeup of text

Most plank challenges have you add time each day… so that you get stronger..

Hey, a one minute plank was a big enough deal for me. LOL

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that no, I was not tempted to continue my planks after November 30.

But due to the time change, I’ve had to do more of my 3 mile weekday runs at lunch time (or lighted UAlbany) and do my walks at the mall (both outdoor and indoor).

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I only have one more race for 2021.  That makes 21 for the year. (That number was just an accident.)

I’m pretty excited about this fun one because it was canceled last year and I was injured in 2019.  And you get to dress up.  But more importantly is that this is the last year for the Holiday Lights in the Park so it will most likely be the last year for this race. Sigh.

Happy Running! What’s new with you? Any challenges completed?  Any holiday-themed runs or races planned? Please share.


 

 

 

 

 


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