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4 Things Friday & An Announcement

Happy Friday!!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not doing a Fall Fitness Friday post today. This week was beyond hectic and on top of all that, I’m fighting a cold (although I am feeling a bit better than I was on Tuesday!).

Not only am I still not feeling 100%, but winter is truly beginning to set in. It snowed today.

First Snowfall. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It looked pretty, but I’m still not ready to let go of Fall! Bring back the 50 degree temps, pretty leaves, and perfect running weather!

I should probably be used to these winters by now, having grown up in New England and going to school in upstate New York, but even so, I’m having trouble accepting it. 😉

But moving on… Since I’m not doing the FFF Challenge this week, I still wanted to do a fun, personal post today. So, I thought, why not try my hand at 4 Things Friday! (Confused? Just keep reading!)

4 Things Friday

My Top 4 Favorite things about Fall:

1. Pumpkin spice everything… well mostly everything! 🙂 -> 16 Pumpkin Spice Products that Don’t Exist and Should Never Exist.

Pumpkin spice.2. Scarves (I own a billion, but I love them all!)

3. Sweaters

4. Perfect running weather (have I mentioned that fall is perfect for running?)  😉

My Top 4 Movies:

1. Titanic

2. Bridesmaids

3. The Proposal (what can I say – I like romantic movies!)

4. Any of the Harry Potter’s

4 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To Right Now:

1. Blank Space by Taylor Swift (watch the music video. It’s scary and weird and I couldn’t look away.)

2. You R in Love by Taylor Swift

3.Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

4. This Love by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's new album.

(Yes, these are all from the new album by Taylor Swift. I can’t stop listening to it, and I’m not ashamed.)

My Top 4 Best Halloween Costumes (Since Halloween was only a couple weeks ago)

1. iTunes gift card (did this with my friend Ramya in high school – it was so fun!)

Woo, throwback to high school dances!

Woo, throwback to high school dances!


3. Harry Potter’s little sister (yes… I made up a character for one of my Halloween costumes when I was younger.)

4. Cinderella

4 Places I’ve Traveled to:

1. France

2. Disney World (senior class trip! I want to go again. ASAP.)

Disney World. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo3. Yellowstone National Park

4. Vermont (for the Mad Half last summer!)

And this category leads me to my next announcement… my mom and I have decided on our next half marathon in our 50 states mission! The next state we will be crossing off is… *drumroll please* 🙂

Running a half marathon in all 50 states

Yay!! I’m so excited to say my mom and I will be running the Clearwater Distance Classic in January. It will be wonderful to escape the cold and snow and go soak up some of the Florida sun. and run 13.1 miles and cross off another state while we’re at it. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the 4 things post! Leave a comment of 4 of your favorite things – you pick the topic!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Happy Veterans Day! (even though it was yesterday)

Hello again!

I meant to say this yesterday, but ran out of available hours in the day to post –

Happy Veteran's Day. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running DuoI hope you all had a wonderful Veterans Day yesterday. I, unfortunately spent most of the day in bed studying because I’ve come down with a nasty cold and had an exam on top of that. 😦

As I mentioned in my last post though, I did get to go to Letchworth State Park this weekend!

Letchworth State ParkDespite being a pretty brisk day, it was still beautiful to walk around and take pictures.

Letchworth State ParkI got a kick out of seeing all the picnic tables leaned up on their sides. That’s how you know winter is coming. 😉

Letchworth State ParkI think it was a little too late for prime fall foliage, but it was still beautiful and very peaceful to walk around.

Moving on, I’ve decided not to do the Fall Fitness Challenge this week. I’m still feeling kind of tired and sick, and I’m hoping to concentrate on getting better this week (by drinking lots of tea and eating the Trader Joe’s pumpkin cornbread my mom sent me!) With any luck, I’ll be resuming some serious workouts soon.

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I also have some important race news that I will be announcing soon, so stay tuned for that later this week. 🙂

Have a good day!

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Fall Fitness Friday #4

Happy Friday!

Thank goodness we’ve finally reached the end of the week!

Fall Fitness Friday

So, I have to admit the Fall Fitness Challenge was more of a Fall Fitness Fail this week. Oops. Halloween really threw me off my gameplan and I ended up hanging out with friends, eating candy, and sleeping late. And then not working out. So, let’s just forget about Saturday and Sunday.

Fall Fitness Challenge

Monday – got up early and managed to squeeze in 5 miles, woo! And I was excited to actually begin my run in the daylight, as my last several 7 am runs began in complete darkness. Thank goodness for Daylight Savings!

Fall Fitness Challenge

Tuesday – 40 minute pure Barre workout. I really like this workout, it makes my legs feel all jello-y after!

Wednesday – Exercise was walking around campus. It was a crazy day and I was still sore from Tuesday’s workout. (I know… excuses, excuses.)

Thursday10 minute arms. I still love this video! Some of the exercises are a little hard for me since I only have a set of 8-pound dumbbells, but I generally try to just do as many reps as I can.

My mom took Brady for a short run this week, and I received this funny picture when they had finished-

Adventures of a Mother Daughter Running Duo. Brady

Apparently, Brady prefers sprints. Especially when there’s a tennis ball at the finish. 🙂

So here’s to hoping this next week goes somewhat better. This weekend, I’m looking forward to a visit to Letchworth State Parkwhere the foliage should be beautiful this time of year!

Letchworth State Park.It should be fun to walk around and explore. 🙂

Hopefully, my fellow SPA’s did better on the challenge this week then I did! Hop on over to their blogs to find out 🙂

Have a great weekend!


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Volunteering at the Groton Town Forest Trail Race

Hope you had a fun weekend! 🙂 Today’s post is my mom’s recap of volunteering at a trail race last week. I’ve never run a trail race before, and I’m jealous of how fun it sounds.

Groton Town Forest Trail Race Recap


Trail races are so much fun AND a great way to enjoy the lovely  seasonal  foliage. The club Nora and I have been running with  organizes a great one called the Town Forest Trail Race,  which was held just this weekend.

The race offers 2 different distances: a 3.4 mile, and a 9.5, though both take you through the beautiful trails in Groton,  Massachusett’s Town Forest.

I’ve run the 9.5 the last couple of years, but decided that this year I would just volunteer. Nora’s dad came with me and we reported at 9:30 sharp to help set up the refreshments – which we all know are an extremely important part of any race. (Right up there with the free swag!)

Groton Town Forest Trail Race

We set up coffee and cider, and all the usual stuff like bagels and bananas, but our club has some pretty awesome bakers so we had things like pumpkin whoopie pies, and caramel topped brownies, too!

When we were done with that, we went out to help with the parking (always a bit of a challenge when the race course is not exactly in an urban setting). Luckily, we parked everyone without any difficulty and even left enough space for the horses to get back into their trailers.  (No, the horses were not race participants, though we had some other four-legged racers!)

Groton Trail Race Recap


Afterwards, we went out to get our course-marshal assignments. Because the two courses overlapped in spots, this involved moving yellow tapes across some of the trails after the runners had passed.  (The year before an EMT vehicle had knocked down our tapes, resulting in lost and annoyed runners, so we were determined that everything would go smoothly this year. )  Once the tapes were in place, we went back to the start, to direct the runners through the first “crossing”.

Groton Trail Race Recap

And they were off!!! The 9.5 racers sped off at 12:30 with a small black dog in the lead, and the 3.4 mile racers took off ten minutes later, heading down a different trail.

Groton Trail Race Recap

We jogged after them, to move the tapes to the appropriate places and then settled in about a half mile from the finish to cheer on the runners.

Despite the difficult terrain, (rocks and roots covered by leaves with steep climbs and even steeper downhills) some of the 3.4 mile racers came past us at around 18 minutes later! They were flying!

The first 9.5 mile racers shot past us in less than an hour, and about a minute after those two runners, our little four-legged friend sped past, still looking happy and full of energy.

Groton Trail Race Recap

As the runners went past, we cheered, told them they were nearly there, and reminded them that there were great snacks just ahead!

Groton Trail Race Recap

When we were pretty sure we had seen the last runner go by, we headed to the finish ourselves where the race organizers were beginning to pack things up.  Not sure how other trail races do this, but our club sends out a “sweeper” on a mountain bike to check the course for any lost runners: a challenging bike ride! When he reported the course was clear, everyone returned to the refreshment area and warmed up with coffee and snacks. Though there were no more pumpkin whoopie pies for us, it had been a great race, for runners and volunteers alike. Even all the four legged creatures, (six horses and one speedy dog) had had a good time.

Tips for Running a Trail Race

  • Though the scenery is beautiful, there are rocks, roots and leaves that make the trail slippery, so it’s actually harder to fully appreciate the view, because you need to watch where you put your feet. (Everytime I get carried away and start looking at the trees, I catch my toe on a root and find myself stumbling into a tree! So it’s best to stay mindful of your feet.)
  • There will probably be fewer water stations than at a conventional race of that distance because setting them up in the middle of a forest can be a logistical challenge. So bring some water.
  • There will probably be fewer, porter-potties! But plenty of trees! 😉
  • Be prepared to share the road. This year we had a number of horseback riders, but after a little traffic direction, everyone got to where they needed to go.

Have a good Monday!

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Fall Fitness Friday #2


Fall Fitness Challenge and Link-Up

My week was another busy one, but I’m happy to report I did much better on the Fall Fitness Challenge this week! Without further ado, here’s how the week shaped up:

  • Saturday – I tried my hand at yoga! In all honesty, it was not the most intense workout I have ever done, as I used a 15 minute yoga for beginners video, but it was fun to try something new, and if I wasn’t doing this challenge, I probably wouldn’t have done anything at all, so I figure something’s better than nothing. Interested in trying some yoga for beginners? Check out the video here!

Fall Fitness Friday Challenge, Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

  • Sunday – I participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in the morning (full recap here!) It was a lot of fun, and I was so happy to participate! The 1 mile walk was a teensy bit short for me though, so I did a challenging, fast 5k-long run later in the afternoon.

Me and some of my sisters at the Making Strides against breast cancer walk

Fall Fitness Friday Challenge. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running DuoThe first mile is up a serious hill. I was very pleased with the rest of my splits though, as I haven’t pushed myself to run that fast in quite a long time!

  • Monday – again, tried a new workout! This time, it was a 40-minute pure barre workout from Fitnessblender. I became curious about pure barre after reading about it on Julie’s blog. It’s kind of a combination of ballet and pilates exercises – think plie squats, leg lifts, calf raises… it was a pretty intense workout! Walking up stairs the next day, I was definitely feeling it 🙂
  • Tuesday – 10 minute abs. Workout here. I wish I had gotten in a longer workout, but the day kind of got away from me.
  • Wednesday – 4 miles. I knew it was going to be a crazy busy day, so I got up bright and early to squeeze this run in. So early in fact, that the sun had not come up yet. The first picture was from when I first started the run, the second was from the end. It was definitely hard to set out in the dark, but I was so happy that I got the run in when I finished.

Fall Fitness Friday

  • Thursday – 9 mile long run. This was the furthest I’ve run since the marathon, and it felt good to go a challenging distance again! Plus, I was missing vanilla-flavored Gu’s!

Fall Fitness Friday Challenge

So much better than last week. 🙂 Check out how the rest of the Sweat Pink Ambassadors did this week-

Have a great weekend! 🙂


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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! If you’ve watched any football at all lately, you’ve probably noticed all the players wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (who knew that so many football accessories came in pink?!). I was glad I got to join in the fun this month by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday with my sorority.

I participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

It seems like our Indian summer has finally come to an end, as it was a brisk 40 degree morning.

Me and some of my sisters at the Making Strides against breast cancer walk

Me and my sisters at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

My sorority sister who also ran the Rochester Marathon was walking as well, and we joked about having “flashbacks” as we walked the course! This time, we were only walking a mile (not running 26.2!) so it was a wee bit easier. Doesn’t it look familiar? 😉

The making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Rochester NY

I loved all the positive energy and excitement from all the walkers coming together for this cause. It’s really an amazing feeling to participate in events like this, with so many people celebrating the fight against breast cancer. There was even live music along the course which added to the festive atmosphere!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Rochester NY

I had so much fun checking out all the pink costumes and outfits.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Rochester NYAnd pink garbage trucks!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Rochester NYWhat a great event! 🙂

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Are you enjoying watching football players wear pink? 😉



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A Cinnabon Smoothie and Fall Fitness Challenge

Hello there!

I hope you had a great week! The weather is finally starting to cool off for real around here, and it’s officially feeling like fall. I love it. 🙂

I briefly mentioned this in the last post, but I am happy to report that I am back to running now! This morning, I went for another fantastic run.

Run Happy.

I don’t know if it’s because I had to take a couple weeks off after the marathon because of my toenail or if it’s just the cooler weather, but these runs have felt amazing. I don’t normally think I get much of a “runner’s high”; I feel good after a run, but nothing really out of the ordinary. These past two runs have left me feeling REALLY good after though – all excited and endorphin-y. (Yes, I realize that sounded super scientific.)

When I got back from my run this morning, I celebrated by making a new smoothie with the free sample of protein powder I received from Protein Milkshake Bar. I love the variety of protein powder they offer – everything from cupcake batter to rocky road to ice cream sandwich. I ordered the cinnabon flavor, wanting to try something different!

Protein Milkshake Bar Cinnabon Smoothie

So. Freaking. Good. I combined:

  • 2 spoonfuls Protein Milkshake Bar cinnabon flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 cup honey flavored low-fat yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana, cut in slices
  • 1 cup low-fat milk. (I would have used almond milk, but I was out!)

I blended it all together and then sprinkled a little cinnamon on top. It was honestly the best smoothie I’ve made in a LONG time. I would definitely recommend checking out Protein Milkshake Bar if you’re interested in switching up your protein powder flavors, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

My mom and I are definitely still living in the post-marathon glow as evidenced by this pumpkin she placed on our doorstep –

Marathon pumpkin

So festive. 🙂 We’re currently trying to plan what our next big race will be. It’s definitely going to be a half marathon this time (my toe still needs some healing time!), but we aren’t sure where or when as of yet.

For now though, I’m kind of excited to switch up my exercise routine a little!

Fall Fitness Challenge. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

The challenge for me is going to be to try to exercise for at least ten minutes a day everyday – and I’m going to try to add more variety back into my workouts. So while I might run some days, on other days, I’m going to try to do some different YouTube workouts or I might go to one of the fitness classes offered at the school gym with a friend. I want to challenge myself to really commit to more cross-training, and now is the perfect time. 🙂 And, I’ll be doing a link-up with some blogger friends and fellow Sweat Pink ambassadors, so stay tuned to hear about their different fitness adventures! Check out their blogs to hear how they do with the challenge –

Have a great weekend everyone! Go do something fall-themed. 🙂


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