August Hot Or Iced Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up

Welcome to the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up, where we imagine that we are getting together for coffee (hot or iced) or tea (hot or iced), or your favorite relaxing beverage (whatever temperature), and share what’s going on in our lives. It’s a chance to get to know each other better and support each other in all our endeavors. Since it’s no fun to have coffee alone, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and visit my co-host Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

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The 2017 PA Dutch Farm To Fork Fondo

Last year we participated in the inaugural Pennsylvania Dutch Farm To Fork Fondo, and enjoyed it so much that we signed up for the 2017 event during the early registration period. There are no words for the beauty of the route that takes you deep into Lancaster farm country, and while I had a few choice words for some of the hills last year, this year I was able to tell them off.  

Farm To Fork Fondo

Can you see my husband at the bottom of the hill?

For our second time, we did a lot of things the same and a few things differently. One thing that will never change is my support of the Farm to Fork Fondo’s mission of bringing cyclists and farmers together and supporting local farms. 

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Counting Down To The Farm To Fork Fondo

I spent last week counting down to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farm To Fork Fondo. It’s the ride I’ve been looking forward to since we signed up in January, and training for since mid-May.

How I love the Farm To Fork Fondo logo!

While I have a cut-back pattern I usually follow the week leading up to a running race, I didn’t give much thought to what I should do the week before this ride. After struggling through OTF on Monday and feeling tired when I headed out for an easy run on Tuesday, I knew I had to make some adjustments so my legs would have something to give to those Lancaster hills on Saturday. Although I generally suck at taking it easy, I had to get my priorities straight. Continue reading

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July Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of July, which means it’s time to bare our soles with our deepest, darkest sweatiest Runfessions. Make sure you head over to Marcia’s Healthy Slice so you can help absolve your fellow runfessors and we can all start August with a clean slate hydration pack.

I’m also joining the Friday Five link up at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness.

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How To Plank For 5 Minutes Without Losing Your Mind

I learned the hard way that a strong core is key to avoiding all sorts of running injuries, and I learned in physical therapy that planking is one of the best ways to build and maintain a strong core. But the problem with planking is that the stronger you get, the longer you have to hold your planks to keep challenging your muscles and get stronger. But how do you do that without losing your mind? 

How To Plank for 5 Minutes
My mental endurance maxes out at about 2:00 minutes, so I switch things up to do 5 minutes of planking without losing my mind. 
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