Let’s Chat & Have Some Coffee Too

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I am in week eleven of my half marathon training. My training plan is a twelve week plan so that means another race is around the corner.  The first weekend of May I will be running 13.1 miles in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.  I ran the marathon last year and it is truly an awesome race and a fantastic city.  I do not have any more races scheduled this year, but I will let you know that there is a very strong possibility that I will be training for a full marathon (26.2 miles) in the fall.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that  Matt and I have started a new tradition on Friday nights.  Let’s just say I call it “Fresh Fish Friday.” A new seafood store opened in our area right before Christmas and Matt has made it part of his routine to stop in on Fridays and bring home a great catch. When he arrives home, he whips up fabulous meals. I’m not going to lie; the man is an amazing chef! Our dinners have included salmon, halibut, soft-shelled crabs, and clams.  I’m also trying to enjoy, or should I say eat, oysters. Not too sure about them yet, but I’m trying.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I just finished the book The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I have to admit that I started this book some time ago and just could not get into the “reading zone.” You can guess what happened; I abandoned it. I did, however, keep hearing rave reviews about it, so I gave it a second chance.  And, boy-oh-boy, am I glad I did. I absolutely loved it!  There are so many wise words sprinkled throughout, and I’m a huge fan of books in verse.  Now I’m anxious to get my my hands on Booked by the same author. In the meantime though I’m actively reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, 59 Reasons to Write by Kate Messner, and Poetry Mentor Texts by Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli. Oh, and just so you know, spell check thinks Lynne’s last name is Doorman and Rose’s is Cappella.  I love technology!

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If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that Matt competed in a sprint triathlon on Sunday. His race recap will be posted shortly. Maddie just turned twenty and I don’t know where the time has gone. We have two more days of PSSA testing this week. The weather has been down right perfect here in Pennsylvania. And last but not least, I’m wondering what you would be sharing over coffee this morning!

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Sunday Runday Again!

Well, we are at it again.  Another family race is now complete.  That is two races in one week and I am beat!  Today’s race was just a 4 mile, but it was sooooo hilly. Yes, it kicked.my.butt!

 

Here’s a quick recap:

The Runners – Matt, Amy, & Maddie

The Distance – 4 hilly miles in “Spring Valley”

The Elevation – Did I mention it was hilly? I mean very hilly!

4 Mile Elevation

4 Mile Elevation

The Stats for Matt – Ummm…yes, he had an awesome race!  I am so proud of his time and his splits.

Matt's Rockin' Stats

Matt’s Rockin’ Stats

The Stat’s for Amy – I must have cut a few corners because my milage came up 3.96 miles! 🙂

Amy's Stats

Amy’s Stats

The Weather – We thought it was a bit chilly at first, but actually it was a perfect day for a run.

Sunday Runday Weather

Sunday Runday Weather

Our next race is scheduled for December 21st.  It’s a 10k (6.2 miles) and I ran it last year; and yes, it is very, very, hilly too.  Not sure why we do this?!?!?!

Turkey Trottin’

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Another Thanksgiving, another Turkey Trot!

Slowly getting back into a running routine.

The weather was beyond cold and windy,

I didn’t want to trot; I wanted to stay in my cozy bed.

Excuses, excuses, excuses, they weren’t being accepted,

So off we went.

Matt, Amy, & Maddie bundled up and ready to run, ready to race!

Trot we did, regret we did not.

It was a great race; it is a great family tradition!

Turkey Trot 2013

*Ha, ha…they have my age group wrong – really, really wrong! I came in 14th out of 256 runners for my age group, 40-44.   🙂

We Run DC Race Recap: Thirteen Highlights of 13.1 Miles

Highlight #1

The City:  On April 27, 2013 , I traveled with my family and friends to participate in the inaugural Nike Women 1/2 Marathon in Washington, DC.

My Family

My Family

My Friends

My Friends

Highlight #2

The Hotel:  Upon arrival we checked into our lovely hotel: The Mayflower Renaissance Marriott in Washington, DC.

Renaissance Mayflower

Renaissance Mayflower

Highlight #3

The Excitement:  After we checked into our hotel we headed to the expo to pick up my race packet.  I had my picture taken and found my name on the We Run DC Wall of Fame.

The Expo

The Expo

We Run DC Wall of Fame!

We Run DC
Wall of Fame!

Highlight #4

My Race Outfit:  Oh yes, I planned my running outfit oh so carefully! And, I was anxious to lay it out the night before the big race.

Since the race is sponsored by Nike and Tiffany & Co., of course I wore Nike gear that was Tiffany blue!

Looking Good on Race Day!

Looking Good on Race Day!

Highlight #5

Mother Nature:  The weather was absolutely perfect for race day. I couldn’t have asked for a better day!

The Starting Line 6:45 AM

The Starting Line
6:45 AM

Highlight #6

Running Buddies:  In order to participate in the race, your name was randomly selected using a lottery system.  Holly and I were both selected and had the opportunity to run yet another race together!

Best Running Buddies!

Best Running Buddies

Highlight #7

Running Celebrities:  We were so close to the starting line that we  got to see Shalane Flanagan!

Shalane Flanagan

Shalane Flanagan

Highlight #8

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.!!!!   I successfully ran another 1/2 marathon under two hours!  I was pleased to see that out of 15,000+ runners I was the 2,036th runner to cross the finish line and for my age group I came in 130th!  🙂

NWM 1/2 Marathon Stats

NWM 1/2 Marathon Stats

Highlight #8

Bling!  Speaking of the finish line, my “race medal” by Tiffany & Co. was there waiting for me.  Who wouldn’t be excited when they see the silver platter filled with those special blue boxes!

Crossing the Finish Line in Style!

Crossing the Finish Line in Style!

Highlight #9

Oh, la, la…the necklace!

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Highlight #10

Meeting New Friends:  I finally got to meet my new friend and fellow blogger, Susan!  She crossed the finish line about six minutes before me and we were able to meet each other for the first time after the race.

Amy & Susan

Amy & Susan

Highlight #11

Celebrating Holly’s new 1/2 marathon PR!  We both ran the race in less than 2 hours and were anxious to have our picture taken together.

Post Run Smiles!

Post Run Smiles!

Highlight #12

Shopping:  After the race we went shopping at the Nike store in Georgetown.  The employees were so nice to all of the 1/2 marathon runners!

Nike Georgetown

Nike Georgetown

Highlight #13

Last but not least…the sneakers!!!!  I think this is by far my biggest highlight of the race!  When we went to the Nike store I purchased my very own Tiffany Blue Nike commemorative sneakers.

Yes, they have white ribbon laces. Yes, they have two silver charms on the laces. Yes, they have the date of the race on the tongue. Yes, I feel special when I wear them…I mean who wouldn’t if they had the opportunity to ~Run DC~

Oh So Pretty!

Oh So Pretty!

Run DC

We Run DC

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and a wonderful race.  I hope I get invited back next year!