TT: 2022 in Photos

Last week’s topic was: Your Year in Photos 

Definitely one of my favorites topics because I LOVE to take pictures. The challenge was limiting each month to ONE or TWO pictures.

Here you go:


My first half marathon of the year and it took place in Central Park, NYC.


I took my annual vacation to Florida’s east coast to visit friends

and ran a half marathon (in the rain)

At the of of the month, I returned to NYC to run another half marathon.


I ran a 5 mile race in the worst weather conditions ever.


Couldn’t resist signing up for a new race in Central Park at peak cherry blossom time

My favorite local half marathon returned to its original course and I had my best half marathon finish time of the year.

May (my favorite month).

I ran a 5k in a costume (a first for me)

I ran to the top of Prospect Mountain again

I had a blast with my tennis peeps in Naples, Florida 

and celebrated my birthday while I was there with a dinner at sunset

The tulips were in full bloom in Washington Park, Albany


I ran the Freihofer Run for Women for the 15th time…

and won a baseball bat at a 5k.

and viewed the Interactive Van Gogh exhibit (for the 3rd time)


Celebrating the Fourth in (running) style…

For the first time since the Pandemic I worked in NYC (and ran a 5k in Brooklyn one evening.)

Sundays in the summer were reserved for boat time on Lake George


A new furry addition to the family

and on my Mondays off, I did some scenic hikes in MA.


I talked my friends in joining me for a Labor Day weekend half marathon

I also discovered a new place to view and pick sunflowers


Another successful race-cation.. this year’s took place in Maine.

In addition to a race and other shenanigans, it included multiple beach sunrises

I got into the holiday spirit for a 5K

Reunited with some college friends in NYC and enjoyed peak fall foliage during a run in Central Park


A busy month with three races: 15k, half marathon and a 10k


Back to NYC to race and spectate the holiday displays.

Happy Running! What was your favorite photo or event from 2022? Please share.







Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

TT: 2021 in Photos

This week’s topic is: Your Year in Photos 

Definitely one of my favorites topics because I LOVE to take pictures. The challenge was limiting each month to ONE or TWO pictures.

Here you go:


As the pandemic continued, there was lots of winter hiking


A vacation in Florida with several friend meet-ups and a live half marathon were the highlights of this month


Live races started to happen (with restrictions). This one was a new 5 miler along the Mohawk River.


Of course, the best thing about any month for me is a live race…this half marathon had its location changed (due to COVID.)


This is my favorite month so it gets more than one photo: my annual tennis trip to Florida resumed, I ran for the first time to the top of Prospect Mountain, it was my birthday and in spite of COVID, tulips still bloomed in Washington Park.

Another new race. This was a 10 miler but unfortunately it poured the whole race.


Thursday night trail runs began. And due to not traveling for work, I had prefect attendance for the series.


Very excited to run a July 4th race for the first time.

I again was selected as an ambassador for the Freihofer 5k race which changed its date from June to September. I supported the race by participating in the Challenge group runs.


Very lucky to run a 5k race and meet up with running friends.

and another 5k as a reunion with runners whom I raced with in Philly back in 2014.

The month ended with an exciting college reunion in NYC, a weekend in the Hamptons with my roomie and then a runner meet-up back in the Big Apple.


another live first annual half marathon and so fun to share the experience with friends

The most popular local all women’s race was held this month (after a year off and a later date.)


a fun trip to NH with running buddies which included lots of laughs and a race.


A busy month with three live races: 15k, half marathon and a 10k


The year ended with a fun 5k running though the Holiday Lights in the Park and pot luck dinner after. My running friends are the best!

Happy Running! What was your favorite photo or event from 2021? Please share.







Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

This Year in Photos

Since today is Tuesday, I’m  linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner) and you should too.

One of my most favorite things to do is look back at my photos.

They remind me why I love running and racing.

Here are the highlights month by month:


a bunch of free local races and runs with friends 

Winter Series race

cold run with friends


some cold weather runs, a warm race-cation and two races including my first half marathon of the year

Polar Cap Race with AJH

a very wet Publix Half Marathon


My stepson’s wedding, a new kitten, my second and bucket list half marathon and a wet local race

THE wedding


NYC Half Marathon

Shamrock Shuffle race (in the rain)


Spring racing has begun with three races including a fun group race-cation

Delmar Dash with Karen

Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

Hot Chocolate 15k with some Sole Sisters


my birthday month, an annual tennis vacation in Florida and of course races, like FOUR of them

15th year in a row in Naples, FL

Tropicool 5k with an old friend

Summer Smith Memorial 5k with Dr. Tom

Workforce Challenge with co-workers

Great Sacandaga Half Marathon


the racing season escalates with five races, some volunteering, work travel, as boating on the lake begins

my 12th Freihofer’s Run for Women

Betar Byway 5k and Moreau Mile races

Building Brooklyn 5k

Lake George life

Sole Sisters man the water stop

running in Buffalo after work

Race to the Lakes 15k (and ice cream)


warmer temps mean less racing (just one race) but some trail runs and more boating

Silks and Satins 5k with a skirt sister

trailing running!

more boating


More trail runs and again just one race

more trails!!

Hudson Ramble 8 mile race


A visit to a college roommate, a half marathon and lots of long runs in addition to work travel 

first kayaking experience thanks to my college roommate

Surf Town Half Marathon and blogger meet-up

running along the Erie Canal (Rochester work)

more miles in NYC and friend connections

marathon training…


marathon training is heating up with a half marathon as part of the dreaded 20-miler and there was a bucket list 10k in NYC as well as a fun trail race.

Grete’s Great Gallop 10k (and a new friend)

post 7 mile Hannaford Half Marathon

Lawson Lake 5k for “fun”


The big day arrived – my first full marathon followed by a recovery 15k and two Thanksgiving races

I did it!!!!!

the Stocadeathon

Turkey Trotting


and so it ends… with a DNS 😦

I realized that after picking those pictures above that they had nothing to do with age group awards or finish times.

In fact, many of them were not stellar running/racing efforts yet they were memorable for many other reasons.

I ran a lot of races in 2019 and each was special in a different way.  Some were new experiences and some were races that I’ve run over and over again. Many were with friends but many were solo attempts. None were PRs and I’m sure a few were PWs.

But I think I had a smile on my face during each and every one.

I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

and Wild Workout Wednesday with NicoleAnnmarieJen, and Michelle.

Happy Running!  What is memorable for you in your running?  Does it show up in your photos?




TOTR: Best and Worst Race Photos

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

Today’s (actually next week’s) TOTR Topic is: Best and Worst Race Photos:

With 30 half marathons and hundreds of shorter races, I certainly have quite a selection of race photos to choose from.  Most of them have been pretty good because I ham it up when I see the photographer but when I don’t, anything can happen.

The Worst:

This was in March of 2013 on a hot day in Florida.  It was my first half marathon after the year of the broken ankle and stress fracture.  I did not train well and had not discovered my favorite Nike running shoes (so my foot hurt).

The Best:

Treasure Coast Half – March 2017

Eau Palm Beach Half – Dec 2015

Biggest Loser 5k – July 2013

None of the races above were particularly good ones but I was happy to be running as you can tell from my SMILE.

Happy Running! Do you usually take good race photos?

Five Five 2.0: Racing. A Lot.

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.

I will be racing a lot. Like every weekend. I could go on and on about why I love to race but with this new Friday Five (5 Minute) format I’ll get right to it:



Sometimes, it’s just a shirt but lots of times, it is a bag, water bottle, food samples, key chain, and other running-related goodies.



Many of my running friends, I have met at races.  It is so fun to see a familiar face at a race and chat…about running, of course.


I love to eat especially to replenish the calories burned during running.

Sean's Run with Mary


I am the first to admit it.  I know that I should, but I don’t do speed drills, tempos, intervals, hill repeats, strides, etc.  So for me, I guess my workout happens during a race.  I’ll do those hills, run sprints and then, if I am scheduled for a long run, I’l continue my miles after the race at a slower pace.


When it is cold, windy and just plain nasty and I don’t feel like running, if I have a race scheduled for the weekend, I will make myself get out there and run. I know if I don’t run during the week, then my finish time will suffer, I may get injured and/or the race will be unpleasant.  It takes a long time to get in shape and such a short time to feel out of shape.

Happy Running! Do you run a lot of races? If not, why not?  Any other reasons to share if you do? 


2017 – My Year in Pictures

Are you tired of my 2017 recaps yet?  I hope not because I have a few more coming…

One of my most favorite things to do is look back at my photos.

It makes me remember why I love running.


cold temps but still happily running and racing


even colder temps but running with friends helped


A race-cation in Florida helped get me through this long winter


a new running companion and a race in Central Park were the highlights


my birthday month, an annual tennis vacation in Florida and of course a race


the racing season began as well as boating on the lake


warmer temps meant less racing and more hiking


Lots more racing including a trip to NYC and an attempt to beat the train


Fall in the NE got me out racing every weekend


the long awaited girls racing weekend arrived (for Wineglass HM in Corning, NY)


running down the Vegas strip at night…who can beat that?


so it got cold again but friends were what has motivated me to get out there and pound the pavement.

I realized that after picking those pictures above that they had nothing to do with age group awards or finish times.

Obviously, running for me is not about getting faster.

In fact, many of them were not stellar running/racing efforts yet they were memorable for many other reasons.

Happy Running!  What is memorable for you in your running?  Does it show up in your photos?


Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Winter, Shoes, Photos and more

Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

thinking out loud

Here’s what I am thinking about today:

  • How cold is too cold?

I pride myself is not being a wuss. If it’s cold, I run outside.  It’s basically because I hate the treadmill and I’ve never had a good run on it.

So I check the weather and keep my fingers crossed that it is warmer as the day goes on and that the wind dies down when it gets dark.


So far, I”ve been able to run outside almost all the time.  But then again, we have not gotten any snow..yet!


When it is raining or icy, I draw the line.  I won’t run in it!!

What conditions force you to skip a run or stay indoors?

  • New shoes.

I haven’t bought a pair since September.  So I needed a new pair.  Not really, since I alternate my shoes and have quite a few pairs.

But won’t I run better in my half marathon in a few weeks in a new pair of running shoes?

Besides, they were a good deal!

How often do yo buy running shoes?

  • Packing for a trip

I started packing for my trip to Florida.  I mean, I gathered together everything I need for my race.  That’s the most important, right?

I”ll probably have to throw in a pair or shorts, capris and bathing suit.  I’m not worried about those items.

  • Running Photos should be FREE!

I hate to pay for photos.  Every now and then, they are free and I think that’s great.

Register for The Biggest Loser RunWalk at


Unfortunately some of my best photos are not.

Stockadeathon 15k

not free

Do you buy your race photos?

I have splurged and bought the photo for an important race.

Happy Running! What are your thoughts today?


My Favorite Instagram Posts of 2015 & TOLT

I love Instagram. (If you don’t yet, please follow me @dsc59)

So I took Amanda (from Run to the Finish)’s idea and am sharing my favorite Instagram photos of 2015-



This is from my half marathon in Florida where I surprisingly had a PR and AG award. I love it because I may never be that fast again and winning an award in a half is tough.



It’s challenging using the timer on my iphone so I just propped it against the fence on the ground and only got my feet (They’re the most important part, right?)



I was sad that my flight to Palm Springs got cancelled and I missed running a race with my friend.  But running on this trail made up for it.  I loved it there!!



We had a long winter in the NE so I was happy to be running without a jacket and wearing my SportSkirts running skirt.  Being selected as an Ambassador Captain for this company is one of the highlights of my year!



This is my favorite race and the only race that I’ve run every year (even after ankle surgery in 2012.) As you can tell, it’s all women – all ages, all paces – so empowering.



Ice cream is my favorite food.  To be able to have a root beer float after a hot sweaty run = priceless (especially with the cows as my witnesses.)



I met Judy through Facebook and although she thinks she is too slow for me, she has gotten me through many a long run.  I like this pic because my car is in it and that guy in red running behind us.



The Crossings is one of my favorite places to run after work in the summer.  And also I think this picture makes me look fast. Ha Ha!



This was at the end of a long run while training for my October half marathon.  I asked Judy (my photographer) to wait so it would look like I chicked those guys. LOL.



This was taken after my painful RNR Brooklyn Half Marathon. I turned around and saw someone whom I had taught when I was a high school French teacher many moons ago. What a treat! 



While picking up my bib for the Stockade-athon 15k race, I met Frank Shorter.  He signed my bib and I swear that he brought me luck since I did PR at the race the next day.



We were very lucky to have a pretty mild December.  This was taken on one of my favorite new places to run – a rail trail that was recently paved. It’s beautiful (especially the bridges).  If only you weren’t running uphill on the way back.

Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

thinking out loud

So how do you take pictures to post on Instagram?  How do you prop up your phone???  (BTW: I hate selfies. Too old to have a camera that close to my face!!)

Happy Running! Are you on Instagram? If so, let me know & I’ll follow you.


TOTR: 2015 in Pictures & My Bling

2015 was such a good year that I am still sharing my memories.

I promise this is my last 2015 Running Year Summary post!!  This one is photos organized by the month.


January: PR & AG award at the West Palm Half


February: Running with a friend & an AG award at the Polar Cap 4 miler


March: DNS in a 5k but making up for it on the trails of Palm Desert


April: despite foot issues finishing a half marathon on the boardwalk of Asbury Park, NJ

at the start

May: met Deena Kastor and in VT, ran my first marathon relay


June: took a running tour of the mile high city (Denver)


July: lots of running, sweating & ice cream sodas


August: running in scenic places  like along Lake George & the Schroon River

running at Nisky Bike Path

September: long runs in training for 2 fall half marathons


October: post-race run in Central Park, NYC


November: a busy Thanksgiving Day – a 10k followed by a 5k


December: champagne to celebrate finishing half #16 (my toughest to date)

and soon I’ll be collecting photos of my running in 2016…

I am linking up with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life .

This Tuesday’s topic is BLING.

Here are pics of my favorite medals for the year:

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Happy Running! What is your fondest memory of 2015?


Friday Five: Fave Fall Pics


Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week’s theme is FREE FRIDAY

So I’ll post FIVE of my favorite Fall photos since soon the leaves will be gone:



Washington park



Mohawk Towpath Byway (where the duathlon started)



Black Mountain Point on Lake George



Hudson Valley Rail Trail



Delmar-Albany Rail Trail

Happy Running! How are the fall colors where you live?


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