Get Outside With The 2015 RunChatHunt

As someone who tries to #RespectTheBird and avoid all things Christmas before Thanksgiving, I applauded REI for deciding to close on Black Friday and encourage its employees and the rest of us to #OptOutside. My favorite outdoor activity is running, but I have to admit that my motivation has waned as the mornings have gotten darker and colder. The RunChatHunt has come along just in time to give me another reason to lace up my shoes and get outside.

RunChatHunt 2015

So, what is RunChantHunt? RunChatHunt is a running scavenger hunt going on from today through January 1. Find the items on the list while you’re out on a run, snap a picture and share on Twitter using the #RunChatHunt hashtag. Creative interpretations and fun photos are encouraged. I’m in it for the fun, but there are lots of great prizes from RunChat sponsors–see the list and read all the rules at TheRunChatHunt website.

Here’s a peek at my entries from last year.

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If you like to refuel with Starbucks after a run like I do, make sure you enter my Holiday Giveaway, and don’t forget to join us next weekend for the last Ultimate Coffee Date of 2016!

How do you like to get outside in December?

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Prayers For A Peaceful Thanksgiving

If your family is anything like mine, your Thanksgiving dinner may not be much like the nostalgic image below, and may not play out like the Pillsbury ad where the only argument around the dinner table is who gets the last crescent roll. As much as I am looking forward to having both of my kids home and gathering around the table for our Thanksgiving feast, I also am worrying whether we will get through the meal weekend without interesting discussions turning into heated debates or well-meaning words causing hurt feelings.

Thanksgiving Prayers
As I was flipping through the Book of Common Prayer to select a thanksgiving prayer to share with you, the Prayer Associated with St. Francis caught my attention. I realized that with a slight change of perspective, it would make a perfect prayer to inspire my approach to family gatherings.  Continue reading

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Grateful Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop

I’ve been trying to notice and appreciate the many reasons I have to be grateful. In the process, I’ve found that I am stressing less over life’s minor annoyances. They really do pale in comparison. When life gets rough, I am particularly thankful for my faith, and for my friends–including the friends I have made through blogging. That’s why I decided to participate in the Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop, and join 24 other bloggers who each are hosting a giveaway to show appreciation to our readers.

Holiday Giveaway Hop 20152

Please accept my thanks and enter my giveaway below, and then “hop along” and visit the other participating blogs. Continue reading

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Night And Day In New York City

This week I spent 24.5 hours in New York City. I went there to speak at a conference about new patent issues facing pharmaceutical companies, and if that’s all I did, I wouldn’t be blogging about it. :-) But, since I managed to squeeze in dinner and a play with one of my BFFs from high school and a lovely run through Central Park, I have some pictures to share with you.

Lotte Palace Hotel

The conference was held at a lovely hotel that was built in 1882 and recently underwent an $18M renovation. (Yes, business travel does have some perks!). The outside was gorgeous and the lobby spaces were so elegant! My room was modern and quite spacious–not “New York” sized at all.  Continue reading

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Personal Record Versus Personal Best

In the running lexicon “personal record” and “personal best” have the same meaning: your best race time at a specific race distance distance. But as I was running the .US National 12K this weekend, I realized that we should recognize a difference. By the 5K point I knew I wasn’t going to set a personal record, but I dug deep to give it my personal best. 

Personal Record
The day started off well. It was cold (barely 40F at the start) but sunshine and blue skies made it feel great to be outside. I had checked my race recap from last year, saw the weather forecast was similar, and decided to wear the same top. I brought lightweight gloves, but realized that I didn’t need them when I almost left them in the grass after taking pictures by the water. Continue reading

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