September Coffee: Costs of Marathon Training

No, not those costs. Although I use Mint and could probably tell you what I’ve spent on this to 98% completion, save for the occasional non-tracked cash purchases of gels and the like. This post has taken forever to finish and it’s bounced from being Tuesday Topics to Runfessions to finally, Coffee with CoCo and Deborah.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

Off the bat, I’m really enjoying the training. Like 95% While we’ve had some mini heat waves, August was much better than July and overall we had a mild summer. I feel like training has gone well. I totally underestimated the impact that training would have on my life. I’d read the stories (blogs, books, articles) but really didn’t think it would be the same issue for me as a single person.

spotted in the thrift store on Monday. Didn’t buy – stranger’s cup is a step too far for me even though I’m not a major germaphobe

Over coffee I’ll tell you, it has. This is that other 5%

  • the one that is bothering me most? Losing my walks home from work. If I have the time and it’s temperate, I feel like I should be running. Running is good for the brain, but walking is a great speed at which to see the city. I miss time spent with Central Park bubble man.
  • I really missed my Labor Day getaway. I was a half step from booking it when I realized that even with a down week, I couldn’t get the run in.  Yes, it’s possible to travel and run, but not my style of travel which barely leaves room for a two mile treadmill run. I tend to hit the road right after breakfast and mad dash road trip/sightsee until sun down when I’m so tired I just crash. The roadtrip I was planning was 20 hours of driving over 3-4 days, which didn’t even factor in the actual stops (Lambeau, Field of Dreams, Mississippi River). While I love my city, I was bummed to be there last weekend because I really wanted to be on the road.
I love my Kindle, but this is just so funny
  • I’ve read 47 50 (yay, managed three more since I started this post) books on the year. I love reading, I miss it.  I’ve learned to like podcasts but cannot make audiobooks work. I zone out too much and miss things. Yes, I realize this is a lot for some. It’s not a lot for me
  • I need a haircut. I miss my long hair, but the ends are fried from too much (re)coloring this summer. But it’s oh so close to a ponytail so I don’t want to cut it.
Let’s go Giants!
  • Prime time games. I can’t stay awake. I have no idea how I’m going to manage Giants’ prime time games. I also haven’t figured out how I’m going to do the NYRR 18M next Sunday morning and make it to the stadium for kickoff.

Nothing major, and the fun of it definitely outweighs the bad, but all surprises.


Kicking off 2019 with Coffee

What better way to start the year? And for once, I actually remembered about the coffee linkup in time to write a post. My theme for the month? Some of the stories behind my mugs and how they tie in to my running journey.

oh wise coffee cup

Over coffee I’d tell you that I have way too many mugs for one person who usually uses the same two mugs each weekend. But I was tickled to receive this from a dear friend who saw my tweet from Target. Holiday season is always busy for me with our gala, but this year was exceptionally so. Busy with good things, but crazy. I can’t wait to have a weekend day at home to use this cup.

a wonderful gift when grandma passed

Although she wasn’t a runner, grandma’s passing coincides with the beginning of my running journey. I spent about a week out of town and this was before I was willing/able to run outside so I missed training but didn’t quit running. That surprised me. Among the many things I learned from grandma is my love of reading, and I occasionally find myself remembering and chuckling about her habit of reading the end of the book to see if she liked the ending before committing to it. I was pleased to see so many reading resolutions in the Weekly Wrap – not only because I’m an incurable bookworm, but because I’ve planned a running book giveaway in honor of my two-year running anniversary. It will be in Sunday’s weekly wrap post, and Sunday is coincidentally my anniversary.

another great saying

Those two are the aforementioned frequent used cups because they’re huge and I can make two large Keurig cups and sip coffee while catching up online. I’ve also had them about twenty years and should retire them, but Loony Tunes and Pooh! Race days can be hard on me as I’ve not yet managed how to get up on time to have coffee in time for things to move along so I can head out. When I run later in the day this is a non issue but long runs without some caffeine can be hard. Over coffee I’d tell you that I tried the caffeinated gum and the texture is just wrong. Sometimes coffee is just best in its natural form. Haven’t found a caffeinated gel that works for me either, but I really need to assess my fueling plan for the Halfs and beyond.

I didn’t need another mug, but it matches so well to my ridiculous plate
couldn’t go to Seattle and not get a mug from Pike Place Market’s Starbucks! Cameo above it by Montreal mug

Over coffee I’d tell you that I don’t have any destination races planned for 2019. OK, that’s a lie, I’m doing the Fort Lauderdale Half but that doesn’t feel like a destination race to me since I go to Fort Lauderdale so often. I see it more like running a hometown race. I’ll either do the Rockland Lake or Troy Turkey Trot depending on where we do Thanksgiving, and I’m sure I’ll run on vacation, but I don’t have one planned yet either. I should think about that. Mom and I are going to do a 40th birthday trip, but it’s unclear whether we’ll do that this year or next.

Little Miss Trouble

Raise your hand if you grew up with the Little Miss or Little Mr. books? So many good memories and I was tickled to find some titles at Heathrow last summer. This cup is ridiculously small, but I love it for hot chocolate.

In the lead up to the Fred Lebow Half Marathon I’d tell you that I’m suffering from some Impostor Syndrome when it comes to running. While I recognize and accept the cliché that if you run, you are a runner, I have trouble truly seeing myself as a runner.

Sometimes I see the person I’ve become in the mirror, other times I see the person I was for most of my 37 years. Although I played sports into high school, I was never an athlete. I guess I am now? I’ve run for two full years. This, and my social anxiety, is also largely part of why I almost never make it to my run club’s weekly workouts. Like it’s a club I’m not sure I really belong in, even though they’re nothing but welcoming. I think back on last Lebow and realize that not only have I been a runner for two years, I’ve been a Half Marathoner for almost one.  Sometimes the brain needs an off switch. Or at least a mute button.

I did take a step forward this Run the Year in joining a team with “strangers”, although I knew one of the women from a satellite Facebook group. If there ever ends up being a NYC area FIT, I might join. Maybe.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

Also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday linkup

Fairytales and Fitness


November Ultimate Coffee Date

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Finally saw a coffee post early enough (thanks, Marcia!) to participate in this one that I always enjoy reading. Linking up with Deborah and Coco.

Happy birthday to so many of us this month. Short November babies are the best 🙂

Over coffee I’d tell you I’m not as excited as I normally am for the return of Starbucks’ holiday drinks. Peppermint mocha has gone pretty much year-round albeit at a higher price, and I’ve really come to enjoy the white mochas. Plus I’m way more Dunkin these days than Starbucks. I’ll still probably get one tomorrow for a new reusable cup since my Dunkin one has seen better days. I can’t wait for the annual social media fight over the red cups. My Keurig order of Peppermint Bark came in and one of the many reasons I’m glad to be home this weekend is I miss my Saturday morning coffee time. I’m going to have to stock up again near the end of the season in case I can’t find Friendly’s Peppermint Stick to get me through again. I have to say though, Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream is another good option.

Speaking of this weekend, I’ll have my coffee to go on Sunday because I have grandstand tickets for the Marathon and I can’t wait to watch from the finish. I’ve spectated along 1st Avenue as I live between miles 17 and 18, but never been at the finish before. Aside from the elites and people in the Weekly Wrap, I have some colleagues and friends running. I ran part of the blue line on Wednesday’s after-work run and that was just fun. Exploring the course as a runner is a totally different, which I briefly touched on last year. Excited for NYRR Night of Champions event even though packing for it to dress at work was a challenge. I will post a photo if a colleague gets it. Semi-annual dress wearing!


Speaking of photos: over coffee I’d mention that I chickened out of posting the above to twitter but put it on Facebook as a #TBT with the following caption:

Yesterday and a year ago last weekend. Not skinny, never will be. But running has taught me a lot about myself. I’m a ham, I actually do like pink. I still can’t take a mirror selfie for anything. I’m capable of so much more than I thought when I randomly set the treadmill to a jog like speed almost two years ago. #FindingStrong

Yes, blog is as public as twitter but I absolutely love this community. I’ve been lucky enough to meet three this summer and hope to meet more of you soon. Running hasn’t been a weight loss solution for me, and it never has been about the weight loss, but the shape shifting is amazing. I really want to push myself toward more strength training in 2019 as I know that will only help.

Over coffee I’d also say that I’m really trying to listen to my body with the caffeine and sugar. This time of year is our crazy season and I find myself foregoing good choices for the quick hit of sugar and caffeine and I always pay for it. I’m not saying that in a listen to how perfect I eat/Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels sense-I don’t, and sushi does. But that I really need to listen to how it makes my body feel. The crash is not worth it. We have good healthy snacks in the office, I just need to make a habit out of eating before I get hangry and reach for the sugar bomb.

If you see me sitting solo in a coffee shop I’ll no doubt have my Kindle in my hand. I’m at 93 books on the year, and 100 might happen.  I’m violating my no fiction after Labor Day rule in a big way as I fell into the Harry Potter series after going to History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society. You know what? Rules are made to be broken. I also needed an escape.

That’s all from me. What would you tell me over coffee?