Loving 2019: Spilling over tea/coffee January 2019


Notice what I did there? I snuck in my word for 2019 (read about it here). I’m hoping to keep it in mind a lot more than I did Believe in 2018, although Believe really was a great word for 2018, as I pushed myself outside my comfort zone (read my wrap up of 2018 here) and had to believe I would be successful — and I was!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

I’ll just be over here with my tea . . .

Loving a New Year
I know not everyone loves a new year, or even pays it much attention, quite frankly. Or they make resolutions they know they have little chance of keeping. I think there’s just something about having a clean slate, an entire year laid out before you with nothing but possibilities, that’s exciting.

Unflattering photo theme today, but this is me & Gizmo most mornings

Loving that Gizmo is still purring and curling up on my lap
I see the changes in him all the time. He’s not back to normal, but I think he’s settled into a new normal for him. Which still involves lots of lap time, lots of purring, and eating pretty well again.

I’m hoping that he stays well at least through March, which will allow us to get to Savannah and will also get him to his eighteenth birthday.

Loving clear streets and paths
Most of the past few big storms have missed us completely. I wrote that last weekend, and at the time all our snow from earlier in the year was gone. We’ve still had plenty of cold weather, but we’ve also had a few really warm days that melted whatever was left.

I’ll be a very happy girl if it could stay that way for another six weeks. Doubtful, but a girl can dream.

Loving going to races with groups
I’m the rogue runner in our little group. The one who goes off to races with her husband in tow instead of following the group. OTOH, without me, there might never have been a group at all. The group came to be because I wanted to run Wineglass with friends.

Running is definitely more fun with friends, but sometimes you have to do your own thing, too. Still it’s nice to have a posse — sometimes, at least — in the local races.

Ugliest & Warmest Coat Ever

Loving/not loving this coat
I wasn’t going to share this photo. And then I thought, why not? Even if it does make me look like a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon. The coat is seriously ugly. And it’s heavy. It’s also seriously warm, and I’ve already had to wear it on too many dogwalks this winter!

Not loving an empty calendar
Just one last big goal race — or I suppose one first big goal race in 2019. And then . . . who knows? I like to plan, I like to have the next race lined up before the one I’m training for is even run.

Things have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to; I truly believe that. I guess I just have to trust that 2019 has some good things up its sleeve for me. And at this point in 2018, there was also only one race on the calendar.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you care what your coat looks like as long as it’s warm?

Do you love the possibilities a new year brings?

What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.



18 in 2018


2018 was just not a normal year. Normally I start the year with a short race on New Year’s Day — I’ve been doing this race for seven years! Depending what time you’re reading this, I’m either hanging out before the race, racing, or have just finished racing. The race was canceled in 2018 due to extreme cold. It had definitely been cold before, so just imagine how cold it must have been!

I usually wrap up the year in November with lots of racing too — guess what? Most of the races I wanted to do were canceled due to weather — again!

My title graphic is totally appropriate: the weather was just not normal. Very cold in January, then lots of snow — but it would warm up and all melt, then dump more, and warm up . . . and so on. Pretty much no Spring and right into an early, unusually hot, unusually humid summer. We mostly skipped Fall, too, and heading right into winter with unseasonably cold weather. And it rained . . . so much.

All smiles early on (and after)

18 in 2018
Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I thought so. So I signed up for the 1812 Challenge (read about it here) and trained for and ran my longest race ever. Despite the chilly start and end of 2018, the summer turned out to be one of the hottest and most humid on record. Of course.

A big shout out to Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy for coaching me through 18 miles!

Looking for a pitstop!

But first let’s run down a mountain
I had a goal race to tackle before running 18 miles, though — literally running down a mountain in ID (read about it here). That was my only half PR of the year, but it was hard fought, and let’s just say the race itself was a total cluster — not the least of which was no medals, my first pitstop most likely due to some mild food poisoning, and a race company that folded up not long after the race.

ID gave us some lovely hiking

Despite the food poisoning and not really being able to eat much at all after the race, except, ahem, a baked potato – in ID, naturally — we had a great vacation and I really enjoyed running all over ID and a bit of hiking, too.

Loved my time by the ocean in Ocean City, NJ

And then the ocean
The Ocean City NJ Half had been on my radar a long time. I wanted to get through 1812 before pulling the gun on it, though. That’s 3 long distance races in 3 months’ time, after all. I felt good, though, so away we went. 

. . . but the race was a huge struggle

Let’s just say I don’t seem to have good luck with ocean races (the exception being Panama City Beach 2 years ago). It was a warm day with lots of sun and not my worst or best performance, for sure (read about it here). I enjoyed my time by the ocean, though.

The ocean was definitely not calm like this on race day

Finally, let’s run through a Nor’easter!
Another Ocean Half. A beautiful day before and after. And a literal Nor’easter the day of. Still one of the most fun races I’ve run due to the brilliance of having a different color bib for AMR retreat participants — the non runners and the runners alike cheered everyone on. It was awesome (read about it here)! And of course I got to share the experience with Running Buddy J.

There were a few PRs & more local races
My half PR streak may have been broken, but I pulled in a few PRs and was even 2nd in my AG in one race (but they only awarded first). Sometimes I was way in the BOTP, sometimes I moved up into the MOTP. In 2018 I ran:

  • 1 18 mile race (automatic PR as a new distance for me)
  • 3 Halfs (1 was a PR)
  • 1 15k
  • 2 10ks (both were PRs and hilly)
  • 1 5 mile race (this one actually was my first race of 2018 and was a PR, which is always a nice way to start the year — especially when you’re not even trying for it)
  • 1 4 mile race
  • 4 5ks (never even came close to the 5k PR, but had friends at all the races so had fun)
Fun with friends

More friendly racing
I headed out to many races with friends. The cast of runners changed all the time, but most of the time I was with a group of friends, which always makes it more fun. I even managed to run into someone who’d commented on my blog during the 1812 Race, and we ran together several miles — thank you Dina! I hope the rest of your running year went well (we didn’t keep in touch, although we had so much in common!).

So much trouble . . . mostly worth it 🙂

On the personal front
It was a tough year in many ways, with much ongoing drama that won’t be going away anytime soon: unhappy elderly parents; Gizmo’s kidney failure diagnosis; Lola’s Lyme Disease and Bronchitis and heart scare (she’s fine!, thank goodness, one sick furkid at a time, please).

I’m not racing anymore in 2018, but I am training for a half in 2019! Say yes to carbs!

Ending on a high note
2018 may have been challenging, but it also included 2 trips near the ocean, more hiking through the beautiful mountains of ID — giving me my Sound of Music moment, many cuddles with the furkids and LOL moments at their antics, runs and races and get togethers with friends. And food, of course. Lots and lots of good food.

Always look for the silver linings — they’re always there!

Was 2018 naughty or nice to you?

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

And last, but most definitely not least, a fond farewell to Tuesdays on the Run. Thank you Marcia, Erika, and Patty for giving us such a wonderful space to hook up and link up with other bloggers every week.  Thank you for all your hard work. 


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


Wrapping up 2018: 12/14-30 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 4: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

I’m beginning to add in some speed work, but am being somewhat conservative in my training. In fact, I’ll probably continue to go back and forth between three days a week and four days a week.  Mostly it will depend on the weather and how my body feels. I’ve also finally began to add in a little weight training too. I love Pilates & Yoga and think both are really beneficial for runners, but I do think lifting is important, too — just how to fit it all in?!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and sharing my last week of training in 2018 — I’ll share my wrap up of 2018 on Tuesday.


Workouts update

  • Monday: TM Speed Intervals (6 x 1:30/30), Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: DM 4 Minute Fat Blaster & Flow (25 minutes total), small dogwalks at parents
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Thursday: 10 Mile LSD
  • Friday:   Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 6 miles easy, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, hopefully later . . .

Mileage: 20 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Snow again in the morning. Nothing much to write home about, but when I saw a truck sliding around the neighborhood, I knew I’d be better off on the mill. Again. It did melt later on, but I had to get my run in in the morning.

Increased the time of my speed interval, decreased the pace just a bit, and it went well.

It snows, it melts — which mostly works for me

There was lovely sunshine in the morning, but by the time I was able to run in the afternoon, it had turned cloudy and raw and I chose the wrong jacket. OTOH, it was a strong run and one of my fastest 10 mile training runs.

Had I known the predicted rain on Friday would fizzle pretty early on, I would have run on Friday, but maybe it was a good thing, as my knee had this really weird ache afterwards. Felt fine while walking but every time I had to lift it it hurt. No cyst and definitely not runner’s knees or IT problems. Just weird.

My kingdom for some sun!

It may have been warm for December in upstate NY, but that wasn’t exactly warm. Since I’d already done my long run I started after the group did, as I only wanted to run 6 miles. The knee was back to normal — the only thing I can think of is that my compression socks, which I always wear when it’s cold, somehow caused some muscle ache.

I totally meant to add in some strides at the end of this run and I totally forgot about them. Oh well.

Not the jackets again!

Favorites of the week
Mostly feeling good (had a weird day Friday but was fine by Saturday), strong running, little to no snow — life is mostly good.

Saw two good movies this weekend. One on Amazon, which we missed in the theaters, “Wonder”, which we both enjoyed and wasn’t quite what I’d expected. And we went to see “Green Book” today which I highly recommend if you’re in the mood to laugh and be moved.

Just Lola 🙂

Let’s get the conversation started:

Happy New Years! Any NY races? I do one on NYD. Pretty sure it won’t be canceled this year like last year was due to cold — and that’s not a bad thing!

Are you busy signing up for 2019 races? I am wide open, mostly

Quiet night in (yes) or party animal?

Losing it or . . . : Runfessions December 2018


You’ve got to actually wear it to be motivated

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to get off those last minute 2018 Runfessions off my chest.

I runfess . . .
I brought a water bottle to Last Run (read about it here), but never actually used it — or in fact took it out of the car. I meant to, but I forgot. Yes, I like to drink water even during a cold 5k.

The water bottle disappeared. My friend didn’t find it in her car. Maybe it fell out on the driveway when we went to the party, but if it did, no one mentioned it. Apparently I can lose things anywhere.

I runfess . . .
We didn’t leave for Last Run until almost 4 pm. Which leaft me plenty of time to foam roll before (I began foam rolling before runs after the Trigger Point session at the AMR retreat).

Nope, I just dilly dallied all day. I didn’t warm up before the run, or do any stretching or foam rolling when I got home after the party, either. Yup, I am not perfect.

I runfess . . .
I always mean to work on those end of the year blogs slowly, a little bit every month, so it’s not a big chore at the end of the year. Never happens (still with the procrastination theme).

I runfess . . .
I bought a new Momentum Wrap for both myself and running buddy J when we went to the retreat. Then I took advantage of a sale towards Christmas to get a couple more.

The problem? I keep forgetting to put the damn things on before a run because I’m almost always in a rush between getting dressed, foam rolling, feeding the furkids, etc.


I runfess . . .
I had a major senior moment: my car battery died after I did my shopping at Trader Joe’s and had already got in the car and locked the doors. When I called AAA, I couldn’t unlock the door with the automatic lock. I seriously thought I had somehow locked myself inside the car. Until I tried to open the door manually . . . maybe that’s why they got out there so quickly — yes, I already told them my mistake, but maybe they just figured this women needs help more than the next person!

Do you ever wear Momentum Wraps?

Do you lose stuff as much as I seem to?

Care to share any funny senior moments with us?

What do you have to runfess from December? Come join us


I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.


I feel the need for speed: 12/17-23 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 3: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Definitely a much better week than the previous one. Running is going pretty good. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m not pushing as hard as I did in the last four goal races. It was a lot of hard training, so this time I’m still training but I’m just taking it a bit easier on the body. Things are feeling better so I decided to try out four runs this week. Unfortunately most of our weather was very windy and cold and either rainy or snowy or a mixture, so I ended up on the mill a couple of times.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and sharing the need for a little speed.


Workouts update

  • Monday: TM Speed Intervals (6 x 1/1), Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: 3 Easy TM miles, Dogwalk, YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Thursday: 9 Mile LSD
  • Friday:   3 miles easy cause it was 60!
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, YFPR Rebuild & Restore (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)

Mileage: 19 (+2)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

We didn’t get much snow, but there was a lot of ice overnight. It warmed up, the ice melted, and I could have run outside; I didn’t know that would happen, though, so I ran on the mill in the morning.

I haven’t been pushing things: no speed work, no hills, and only running 3 x week. The niggles are much better, so I decided it was time to ease into some speed work, specifically 6 intervals of 1 minute fast and 1 minute recovery, for a total of 4 miles (with warmup & cool down). It actually felt pretty good.

Extreme cold & wind, although sunny. I should have waited til Wednesday — still cold but no wind. But then I’d be running before my long run (moved due to a monsoon predicted for Friday). So 3 miles on the mill, which I swear felt longer than the 4 miles of speed work.

That winter sun — I felt lucky to see some, we don’t see it much

With a real soaker coming in on Friday, I got my long run done on Thursday — I’m lucky that I can do that, although it made for some juggling. I was surprised that I couldn’t get too far on the bike path and had to loop a lot, because 2 miles in either direction there was just enough ice to make it unrunnable (for me). Had a fairly zippy pace for me then demolished all the carbs at afternoon tea.

If you squint real hard you’ll see some of the raindrops in the puddle

The monsoon came in almost as predicted. Actually it started early. The temps got up to 60F and I was able to run in a skirt. The radar showed it being dry, but I did get rained on a little. Still felt pretty damn good.

Nothing like a warm beverage to warm you up

Favorites of the week
I had to push the pace on my long run so I could get home, shower, and change. Although you might notice I didn’t have time to wash my hair . . . again. I wanted to do 10 miles, but I realized since I was pushing the pace and running four times this week, it was probably better to do 9 anyway.

I do enjoy afternoon tea every once in a while. Maybe a bit too much! I shared the desserts but demolished the rest on my own.

Gizmo doesn’t care who’s on me when he wants to be on me

Gizmo is at it again. Bandit took advantage of my empty lap to lay on me. Then Gizmo decided he needed to as well. He kept inching closer and closer to Bandit . . . then simply walked all over Bandit so he could be on my lap. You never know with Bandit, but he was good about it.

Gizmo is doing a lot better. Yesterday the fluids went great — he got a good dose and he ate great. This morning he was just not having it and I wasn’t as patient as I usually am. He got some, but not anywhere near as much as he should and he managed to pull out the needle not once but twice, getting himself and my glasses wet in the process — he’s still doing okay though. I probably should have given up after the first try (I learned that lesson painfully many years ago when Cleo bit me after one too many tries).

Gizmo is the third cat I’ve had to give fluids to. None of them are terribly accepting at first — Gizmo was only because he was sick; when they fight you, you know they’re feeling better. They do learn in time, though, that it makes them feel better. My cat Puss was definitely a handful at first, but eventually she used to just hop up onto the bathroom counter when it was time.

I also got together with a couple of friends on Saturday, one whom I haven’t seen in a few months, and we spent 2 1/2 hours talking over brunch.

Oh, and getting back to BDR Savannah, we booked our flights & hotels this week, which is always exciting. We are less than 2 months away!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Happy Holdiays! I hope you have a great time with friends & family

If you have cats & dogs, do they get along?

When do you start getting excited about a goal race?

1 Way to Stay Motivated

It’s quickie Friday! I’ll bet most of you are deep into the Holiday Hustle, as Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunnercalls it. I’m not, but the last couple of weeks were a bit tiring with Gizmo and that inherent stress. He may not be completely back to normal; it could be his new normal — but he’s a whole lot better!

So how do you motivate yourself to stay active when you’re crazy busy, you’re tired and the couch is calling, and the sun is nowhere to be found?

Fairytales and Fitness


Yes, we are all perfect just as we are

Surround yourself with motivation
I like to pick up inexpensive motivational saying tchotkes and have them around the house where I’ll see them often. Homegoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls are all good sources.

In my bedroom — I see this before going to sleep every night

You are what you surround yourself with
The more positive thoughts we have, the more positive our outlook on life. So why not surround yourself with positive affirmations?

There are lots of preprinted cards you can pick up, too. I got Louse Hay’s Power Thought Cards on Amazon here (Amazon Affiliate link). When I remember, I change out my cards.

I may love a bit too many things

Love is all around
I struck out at Homegoods looking for love-themed inspiration, but I found a couple of plaques at Marshalls.

Do you have a favorite positive saying/affirmation?

Do you try to accentuate the positive?

How do you motivate yourself when you’re feeling unmotivated?

What you dream about, you bring about

Goals: Met & Looking into 2019


When it comes to running goals, I had four main goals for 2018:

  1. Stay injury free
  2. Run the 1812 Challenge
  3. PR a 5k
  4. Add 2 new states

So how’d that work for me? Let’s see!

Stay injury free
Despite ending the year with some piriformis/hamstring pain, I’d say I rocked this. The only time I taped was for my races — until after those races were over, and those niggles intensified — then I had to do some remedial taping, but it seemed to help tremendously and knock on wood the niggles are just niggles.

Thank goodness for a cloudy day! 18 miles done with a smile on my face.

Run the 1812 Challenge
I’d pretty much decided to do this before 2018 began. I didn’t tell anyone — other than my coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy, my running friends, and Mr. Judy. 

I can have laser like focus when it comes to something I want to do, and so it was with training for the 1812 Challenge — which was supposed to be 18.12 miles, but came up a little short at 18 miles. No worries, it was still the longest race I’ve ever run.

No race is ever easy, and I’d be lying if I said I was sure I could do it . . . until I did a 17.12 mile training run. I still knew that a lot of things can go wrong in 18 miles, but thankfully the Running Gods smiled on me that day (read about it here).

Mission accept and conquered.

PR a 5k
This one was an epic failure. I never got to train specifically for a 5k like I’d planned to, and I only ran a few 5ks. And none of them were anywhere near a PR. The closest was Last Run Albany (read about that here), which I always consider a fun run (and even that wasn’t close to my 5k PR!

Conquering a mountain in ID with Skirt Sisters

Add 2 new states
I truly didn’t think this would happen. 1812 isn’t a half, obviously, and anyway I’ve already run my half in NY. MA was also a repeat state.

Definitely a challenge of a different kind, but adding another state was wort it (and time in Ocean City, NJ)

I was able to persuade Mr. Judy to take a little trip on down to Ocean City, NJ (read about it here), however, and that along with my half in ID (read about it here) gave me 2 new states for 2018 to bring me up to 18 states in 2018 — and that 18 mile race in 2018 (and yes, I liked the sound of that when I signed up for it).

My 2019 Crystal Ball . . .
. . . is a bit cloudy. Although I’m training for BDR Savannah (read more about that here if you want to join me!), it’s still a question mark. There’s Gizmo, there’s my parents, there’s a lot of things that could get in the way. I’ve started training for it though, and hope it will be my birthday present.

I enjoy working towards goals, so here goes:

  • Add 2 new states. Hopefully GA, and then who knows? One is better than none. I still have Revel Mt. Hood on the brain, but maybe I’m better off if I just pick a fall half. Or maybe this is the year for Rehoboth Beach (within driving distance) or Kiawah Island . . .Action steps:
    • Research hotels for Rehoboth and Kiawah.
    • Research other fall halfs.
  • Stay injury free.Action Steps:
    • Iron Strength.
    • Prehab.
    • Foam Rolling.
    • Yoga more than once in a blue moon.
  • PR a 5k (still a tall order but it’s still one that motivates me!). Action Steps:
    • Train for a spring 5k.
    • Research & choose several potential spring 5ks.
  • Remember my word for 2019 (read about it here) and keep it in mind. Action Steps:
    • Write it in my Planner.
    • Pick a different quote about Love for each month and write it in my planner.
    • Look for a plaque at Homegoods with some sort of quote about Love that I can put somewhere I’ll see it frequently (like by the computer!).

Have you thought about goals for 2019?

How did you do in your 2018 goals?

If you’re not goal-oriented, what motivates you to keep active?


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup