Runner’s Gratitude List

As I am getting ready for Thanksgiving–reviewing my recipes, getting the house ready for company, hitting several grocery stores for special holiday ingredients–I am taking time to appreciate and be thankful for all the blessings in my life. First on my gratitude list is the health and well-being of my family and friends. Second is the time we have spent together, creating new memories and cherishing old ones. As I keep taking stock, I find that a number of things that I am thankful for could be on any runner’s gratitude list.  

Runner's Gratitude List
Being healthy and injury-free. I am grateful for a year of healthy, injury-free running. I did my part by balancing my running with cross-training and strength training (including physical therapy exercises), but I know that even the “smartest” runners who follow all the “rules” can be sidelined by injury or illness. Continue reading

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Get Ready For The Ultimate Coffee Date!

I know a lot of us have gotten used to getting together for coffee once a month, and were disappointed when Nikki, Jill, and Lynda stopped hosting our little gathering. Well, I’ve got good news! Deborah, Lynda and I have decided to keep the Ultimate Coffee Date going, and we hope you all will join us every first Saturday of the month, starting December 6!

The Ultimate Coffee Date

Grab the badge, write a blog post telling us what is going on in your life, and join the Ultimate Coffee Date link up!

In other news, I am excited and honored that I have been invited to be a blogger for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run blog again! My first post will be about Giving Tuesday–I hope you will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or your own favorite charity on December 2. The race lottery opens December 1, so don’t forget to sign up! 

Are you going out of town for Thanksgiving?

Are you doing a Turkey Trot this weekend?

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Black Friday Shopping List For Runners

We’ve been subject to holiday shopping advertising since before Halloween, but now that Thanksgiving is only a week away, family and friends may be making out their Black Friday shopping lists. In case you need some fun ideas, I put together a wish list for the runners in your life.

Runners' Wish List
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 ♦ Garmin Forerunner 15  (Price range: $169-/$199) I love my Garmin Forerunner 10, but the Garmin Forerunner 15 has more features for not that much more money, with a longer battery life (8 hours vs. 4 hours), an optional heart rate monitor (with a chest strap), and continuous activity tracking (step counting).



♦ R8 Massage Roller (Price: $119) Sue was the first woman in my MRTT group to discover the R8 massage roller, and she is getting all of us hooked on it. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason why it currently is on back order is because so many of us just placed an order. ;-) It’s more compact than a foam roller, and its 8 wheel design lets you get at those tight muscles from all angles. 


♦ Nathan Hydration Vest (Price: $69.65) I really love the Nathan hydration vest I got for Ragnar. While it’s hard to imagine wanting icy water next to my back at this time of year, it was really great during my long, hot summer runs. There are lots of hydration vests out there, but I love how easy it is to remove, fill and clean the bladders of the Nathan vests. They have a wide opening, so you can turn them inside-out for thorough washing and drying.  


Verve Vest

♦ Verve Vest (Price: $60) The Verve Vest is a fun gift idea for people who run when it’s dark outside (and who doesn’t this time of year?) or participate in evening races or overnight relays. The Verve Vest has 60 color-changing LEDs on the front and back, and you can choose between 20 colors and 18 flashing and color-cycling modes. I demonstrated some of the options in my Verve Vest review.


♦ Jabra Wireless Headphones  (Price: $56.99) I still love my Yurbuds, but wireless (bluetooth) headphones are all the rage these days. Jabra promises crisp and clear sound, powerfull bass, and a lock in design that won’t fall out. If you don’t trust Santa to tuck these into your stocking, you can enter the Fitfluential giveaway here (entries close at 11:59 pm November 21st). 

Check out the Gift Guide Link Up for more great gift ideas!

What’s on your wish list?

Will you be doing any Black Friday shopping?

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Five Thanksgiving Recipes

Can you believe Thanksgiving is barely a week away? Luckily my family looks forward to the same traditional foods every year, so I don’t have much meal planning to do. Still, I will have to brave the grocery store this weekend to get the ingredients for our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Five Recipties For Thanksgiving
From breakfast through dinner, here are five of our favorite holiday recipes that we look forward to every year. Continue reading

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Coming Home To Autumn Colors

I feel like I am still recovering from my 8-day, three-city, cross-country business trip even though I’ve been home for a week now. (Did you see my pictures from running in Phoenix or hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve?) I think the change in the weather and the looming stress of the holidays are taking a toll! On the last day of my trip, I was in New York City for a meeting, and it was warm enough to wear shorts for my o’fog-thirty run.

New York City Foggy Run

By the time I got home that afternoon, a cold front was moving in. I quickly changed into dog walking clothes so I could stretch my legs and enjoy the warm sunshine before winter weather made an appearance. As soon as I stepped out the door, I was struck by the autumn colors that greeted me. Continue reading

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