Showing posts from August, 2014

Your Race Recaps! (8/29)

I'm happy to feature another week of runners and their race reports. Whether they ran 5K or 47.5 miles or something in between, they inspired me to get outside and go for a run. I hope these race recaps do the same for you!


Age Groups Rock blogger, AJH, ran Zoe's 5K (VT) coming in 2nd for her age group. The race raises funds to make homes accessible for those who are handicapped. Recognized by another runner because of her blog, someone surprised her with a "Hi, Age Groups"!

Peanut Butter Runner blogger, Jen, completed the OrthoCarolina Classic 5K (NC). She ran negative splits, set a new PR and finished in 21:55.


Running the Race blogger, Karien, came in 2nd at the Marrick Trail 10K (South Africa) with a finish time of 52:37. Sounds like her double stroller training runs are paying off!

Why Mom Runs blogger, Cheryl, completed the Saunders at Rye Harbor 10K (NH) in 47:11 - a couple of minutes faster than her goal time!

Half Marathon:

Apple Crumbles blogger, Joanne, …

10 Year Running Anniversary

I'm glad that I took that first step out the door ten years ago even if I was wearing the wrong kind of clothes and shoes.

Becoming a Runner

Before the previous ten years, I ran with my teenage friends and later I ran with my daughter in a baby jogger. Then I took a running break for 13 years.

When I turned 38, one hot August afternoon I put on my tennis shoes, cotton t-shirt and denim shorts and went for a run. Since then, I've kept it up for 10 years.

Training Plan for Beginning Runners

I started with a free online Couch to 5K training plan. Running was hard, but I wanted to be more fit before I turned 40 so I kept at it.

3 Advantages of Running 

The Places, People and Wild Animals I See When I RunThe Feeling of Accomplishment After a RunEating more cookies!
Why Run?

I started running for a strong and healthy body and that's part of the reason I like to run now, but if I didn't like running, I'd pick another sport to focus on like riding my bike. Most of all, I keep …

Your Race Recaps! (8/22)

Time for some more race recaps from around the web! This week, there are distances from two mile races to the marathon and scenic courses from the mountains to the sea.

2 Miles:

My Dirt Road Anthem blogger, Christy, ran the Quality of Life Race (MT) with her two children. Her kids came away with medals for 1st and 3rd place in their age groups and Christy came in 4th in her age group.


One Redhead and Lighthouses blogger ran the Beach2Beacon Race (ME). Joan Benoit Samuelson, Meb and Shalane were there and the view along the course was scenic since the race ran along the bay and the ocean.

10 Miles:

The Happy Runner blogger, Felice, completed the Clove Run 10 Mile Race (NY). This was a marathon training run that was sandwiched between two four mile runs. She finished in 1:27:19 and finished 3rd in her age group.

Half Marathon:

A Magpie in the Sky blogger, Stephanie, completed the Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon (UK). The race had great views along the River Thames. She finished in 2:41:36.

JavaPro Coffee & Whey Powder Drink Review

I was surprised to find an envelope with a packet of caramel JavaPro, a coffee and whey powder mix, in my mailbox recently.

Does It Taste Good?

I know I'm in the minority, but I don't drink coffee very often. When I do, it's mixed with something else like chocolate milk! I've tried a lot of whey protein powders that I didn't like, too, so I was surprised that I liked the flavor of the caramel flavored JavaPro.

The Specifics: Mixing It and Protein

Using my Cuisinart Smart Stick was the best way to mix it with water. The caramel flavored JavaPro has 20 grams of protein per serving, which I think is great.

Coffee and a Runner's Edge

Speaking of coffee, I recently read that caffeine may reduce tinnitus risk or ringing in the ears. Last week, I linked to a post that stated that Joan Benoit Samuelsen started drinking coffee at age 50 and that she thinks that it gives her an extra edge in running. I wouldn't mind some extra energy!

3 Products that Prevent Pain for Runners

Running is a lot of fun, but it can be painful sometimes. To keep some of that pain away, I've been using:  

Anti-chafing product. I ran out of Body-Glide so I bought Gold Bond Friction Defense. It seems to work as well as Body-Glide, it's less expensive and I found it at the grocery store, which made it easy to buy. This week, I forgot to use it on my thigh where my phone was in my pocket and rubbed me raw. Ouch!Sunscreen. Even though I wear a hat or a visor, I wear sunscreen on my face. Lately, I've been using Banana Boat Sport Performance 30. It comes in a small tube that makes it easy to take when I travel to races. Plus, it's easy to buy locally.Anti-poison Ivy Spray. After finding out that I'm very allergic to poison ivy on one of my blackberry picking treks in the woods, I started using Ivy X on my lower legs when I run though the woods. I don't know if it really works, but I hope it will spare me from having to get a shot and taking medicine again. What …

Your Race Recaps: 8/15

Here's a new round-up of race reports from all over the world. Congrats to these runners who put so much work into training and crossed the finish lines!


A Change of Pace blogger, Ben, ran in the Deanna Rose Farmstead Stampede 5K (KS), along with his professor, in 25:55. Looks like he's getting a good start at becoming  a morning person since he was up at 3:45 on race morning!

Arkansas Runner Mom blogger, Tia, was the first female finisher in the Back to School 5K (KY) 19:30. That's a 6:17/mile average pace. It was a family day for her with family members running and spectating on race day.


Hungry Healthy Happy blogger, Dannii, ran the Race for Life (UK) and raised money for cancer research. With her goal of running 40 races before she turns 40, she's off to a great start.

Half Marathon:

50 Half Marathons in 50 States blogger, Becka, ran the Beaver Creek Trail Half Marathon (CO) in 2:54:25. One of the perks was free race photos, which may become more common in the f…

Elite Runners & Oatmeal Cookies

Joan Benoit Samuelson, now age 57, won the first women's Olympic Marathon 30 years ago this month. When I was running in the Maine Marathon, I was surprised to see Joan fly by me while she was running the half marathon. You might like to read Joan Benoit Samuelson's running tips to see why she doesn't run with music. I run with an audiobook, music and silence, too. A malfunctioning music player during a marathon taught me to be sure that I could run in silence!

Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite cookies so when I came across Joan's favorite oatmeal cookie recipe at the end of an interview, I made them. Made with whole wheat flour, they're dense and as Joan said, they're similar to an energy bar. I liked the raisins, chocolate chips and nuts in them. I only made a small batch, but at least I was able to save one to eat with a smoothie after yesterday's 11 mile run.

Have you had the opportunity to see any elite runners? I saw a number of them here in Hou…

Just Run to the Fountain

During what turned out to be my favorite run of last week, I forgot to start my Garmin for the first third of a mile and my legs felt sluggish at first. After the warm-up, the run seemed to fly by even though it was humid and it didn't start well. Never judge a run by the first mile!

I ran for 5 minutes at a time. There are two water fountains at the park that take me 5 minutes to run between. I ran from one fountain to the other one five times with a two minute rest in between.When I reached each water fountain, I stopped for a drink. Telling myself that I only needed to get to the other water fountain made the distance seem short.I ran at a pace that I felt I could hold for five minutes based on how I felt and not based on a certain pace. I made it through the workout without having to stop and sit on a bench like I did two days later during my speed workout - live and learn! 
When I got home, I saw my timed runs pace: 9:32, 9:09, 9:10, 9:22, 8:49. Three were close to my goal ma…

Your Race Reports! (8/8)

Here's a new post of race reports found on the web this week. Big congrats to the runners for crossing the finish line!


Anyone Can Run placed third in the Melon Dash 5K with a time of 23:31 in her last race before she turns 40. Next, she will be training for a marathon.

Eat Host Run Style blogger ran the Race for the Bacon (WI) with a painful blister, but still finished in 22:42. Finishers are treated to a bacon bash!

Running with the Girls blogger ran the Spandits 5K (ME) in 24:12. Race day included friends and family members running the race, too.

5 Miles:

Girl Goes Running blogger completed the Mt. Edward Grocery Memorial Run (Canada) in 36:48. Even though this is her second race in just 6 days, she finished with a new PR.

Run Karla Run blogger completed the NYRR Team Championships (NY) in 44:59. Read her race report for the lessons that she learned during this race.

Half Marathon:

Stepping Out blogger ran the San Francisco Half Marathon (CA) in 1:42:59. She placed in the top 3% of…

A Healthy Snack & Your Comments

Today instead of writing about the M&M's I keep on my kitchen counter, I'm writing about healthy snacks, which is fitting since most of my snacks are actually healthy ones. Yesterday I spread some nut butter on a date half and topped it with some coconut. A sprinkle of cinnamon would be good, too. I had never made these before and I liked them.

In the past, I've enjoyed unfilled, whole dates when I run. Today I sandwiched two nut filled dates together, wrapped them in plastic wrap and took them on my run. They became a sticky mess in the plastic so I'll stick to plain dates when I run and save the nut filled ones for home. After my run, I chopped up the messy dates and put them in my banana/oat/peanut butter smoothie.

There were some funny comments on my last post, 7 Random Facts About Moi. I'm glad that I mentioned the candy because now I know that I need to hide the candy jar if any of you visit! I mentioned the time I jumped over a snake and a question was …

7 Random Facts About Moi*

1. I'm glad thatmy husband talked me into starting a blog over 7 years ago. I like it a lot more than I thought I would! 2.I took French in high school and college. I even use it on my blog*, but I'd rather use it in Paris.
3. I recently started using theDuolingo app on my phone to learn Spanish.  
4. Besides using my phone to learn a new language, I listen to a lot of books on it. I've listened to and read 61 books this year - much of the listening happens when I exercise.
5. When I go on hikes, I'm always the first to spot the snakes. Sometimes I like to jump over them.
6. Exercising makes me hungry. Some of my favorite foods are chicken, salads, avocados, full-fat dairy, whole eggs and not so healthy M&M's.
7. I keep a jar of peanut M&M's on my kitchen counter. Somehow, I can walk by that jar many times a day and not eat one. Unfortunately, I can also walk past my pull-up barand ignore it.

Thanks to Running on E blogger, EB, for nominating me for the Very I…

Focus on Races

I had a lot of fun reading through the following race reports this week. I hope you find some that inspire you to keep training for your upcoming race or to go for a run just because.


Boston Bound Brunette blogger ran the City of Cypress 5K (CA) in 23:43 and beat last year's time. It certainly wasn't an easy race with the late start of 7:30 on a warm day.

Mom vs. Marathon blogger ran the See Jane Run 5K in Seattle off of just 15-20 mile weeks. She finished in 24:12 and came in 2nd in her age group.

Read Bake Run Repeat blogger completed the very muddy Dirty Dash and had more fun than she expected to while sliding down slip and slides and getting hit by mud blasts.

4.3 Miles:

Turkey Runner blogger ran the Spartan Sprint Race (MD) with friends, which must be the best way to run an obstacle race. Her photos show just how muddy a race can be.

9K (5.6 Miles):

Run to the Mountains blogger completed the chilly, muddy Blackmores XTerra Dome Valley Trail Race (NZ) in 1:16:40. Even the stee…