It’s time to sit down once again and chat about things other than just running and training. Today’s chat will start out with getting to sit down with our gracious hosts in real life, not just virtually! Read on…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that three weeks ago I had a real coffee date with the Ultimate Coffee Date’s fabulous hosts Deborah and Courtney. The plan started to come together when Deborah asked about the LOVE sculpture I’d ridden past in Leesburg, VA and then posted a picture of earlier in the week.

During our ride, we stopped at Portside Coffee for muffins, scones, and water – it was too hot for coffee. It was so nice to spend time with Deborah and Coco and to get to know them a little bit better. I’d met Deborah once before at the For The Love Of It 10K and a subsequent coffee date, but this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to meet Coco. They’re both just as nice in person as they appear on their blogs!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you I found the most amazing peach bruschetta recipe on Liz’s blog. I’ve made them three times already – once for a Cruisers get together and twice just for Bill and me. They are easy to make and I guarantee you’ll love them! The first time I made them I couldn’t find burrata at the grocery store down the street so I substituted it with fresh mozzarella. I liked it so much that I’ve stuck with it, but next time I’m in Wegman’s I’ll pick up some burrata and give that a try.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I ordered new trail shoes recently. I’m pretty sure my Saucony Peregrine 6 were the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever owned. Luckily, I had purchased two pairs, but as my second pair reach their final days, I decided it was time to replace them. I ordered their most recent model, the Peregrine 8 (affiliate link), and they’re real beauties. Unfortunately, the toe box is smaller and they hit the boney part of my foot at the base of my big toe in a very uncomfortable way. I’ll wear them because they don’t hurt any worse than any of my other shoes, but I can’t help but ask why shoe companies must change their shoes with every model.


You should see the number these soles do to my carpet when I walk across it – all the better to grip the mud, though!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that Bill and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary on August 1st. We celebrated at Bone Fish Grill with martinis, bang bang shrimp, and scallops for me/salmon for Bill. It was delicious and free! Three of my clients gave me a very generous Bone Fish gift card for Christmas and I had saved it for a special occasion.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that Bill got me a new bike for my anniversary gift – 37 years is aluminum and carbon, right. 😉 Actually, he put a reservation on a bike that won’t be in for a few more weeks (2019 model). It’s a good thing he was in charge because I was considering this Specialized Turbo that Grandma Joan rides!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d share with you an exercise joke that Alexa (affiliate link) told me. How do hamsters stay in such good shape? They’re wheely good runners.


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?
  • What’s a recent recipe you’ve tried that you love?
  • What’s your absolute favorite drink – water, coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice, wine, beer, cocktail, etc?


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