It’s time to sit down once again over a beverage of your choice and chat about things other than just running, riding, and training. I’ll go first…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that hot chocolate season is upon us and I love adding some almond flavoring to my hot cocoa! I first tried adding a couple of almond flavored shots to my hot chocolate at Starbucks, but several years ago they discontinued that flavor. I then discovered that the Nordstrom Café has almond flavoring and they’re very generous with their squirts, but our Nordstrom closed last year so I’m left almondless and in the cold once again…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that these days I usually make my own hot chocolate (usually only on snowy days) and add a drop of almond extract. Occasionally, it’s even the fun kind of almond flavoring!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you remember me telling you last month about my friend Miles‘ 70-year-old friend Jeannie Rice setting a world record for her age group at the Labor Day John Clay 5K with a time of 21:38 (6:56 pace). Well she’s done it again and set another world record at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 3:27:50 (7:56 pace)! You can read more about her in this Runner’s World article. BTW, Miles is second from left and Jeannie is on the far right.

Photo courtesy of Miles

If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that Pablo is visiting! He’s with us for the week while Daniel and Jess are in Key West for their friends’ wedding. I made him this little “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” design scarf to wear when greeting our Trick-or-Treaters.

Photo courtesy of Bill

If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’m really liking my new induction cooktop. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I will be giving it a true test and will keep you posted on my thoughts.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I just put out my Thanksgiving decorations. When our sons were little I had such a hard time finding Thanksgiving decorations – Pilgrims, Indians, horn of plenty, etc., but in later years they became readily available and I swooped up some cuties!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d remind you that I don’t care for pumpkin spice drinks or foods, but I do love this pumpkin roll that I purchase each year at Giant and serve to the Cruisers on Thanksgiving morning at our annual post-race brunch.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I gave my old bike to my daughter-in-law Julie. I’m so happy that she wanted it and that it got to stay in the family! 🙂


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have a race coming up, and if you do, I’d wish you good luck and remind you to have fun!




Today I’m joining Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner and Coco at Running With Perseverance for their monthly Ultimate Coffee Date linkup!  Be sure to stop by their blogs for a cup of coffee and to say hello; and while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other bloggers who are participating in the linkup.


  • Questions:
  • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?
  • Do you see yourself setting any world records anytime in your future? ~ Me neither…
  • How do you feel about pumpkin flavored everything? Almond flavored?


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Happy Running! ~ Deb