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. Won’t you please join me? I’ll go first…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that, gift wise, one of the biggest hits of Christmas was this sketch of Pablo that we commissioned for his humans. It was sketched by the 13-year-old daughter of one of my brother’s friends and it turned out beautifully. She is a very talented young lady and has a bright future ahead of her!


Pablo approved, but he refused to perk up his cute lopsided ears for the photo…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that one of my clients gave me this Christmas tree ornament which perfectly sums up 2020.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I lied on my Year of Running 2020 because I’d written it several weeks ago and just didn’t have it in me to rewrite the paragraph on new running gear. I did something totally not like me, and at the last minute for Christmas, asked for a replacement for my three-year-old Garmin which still works perfectly fine. The slightly newer version – Garmin Forerunner 235 (affiliate link) – has a heart rate monitor which is a great addition, but the real reason I wanted a new one? The color… I am crazy over this blue frost and I honestly didn’t need anything, so this is what I asked Bill to get me.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that one of my Christmas gifts was a new wok (affiliate link) that will work on my induction cooktop. For the last two years since getting the induction cooktop I haven’t been about to use my old and very much used wok that was a wedding gift from my maid of honor. I’ve already used the new wok once and our chicken stir fry was amazing. I’m not sure if it’s a different type of medal, the way I pre-seasoned the wok, or what, but the food had a delightful (almost smokey) flavor that I never experienced with the old wok. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture before serving up the yummy chicken!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that for the last ten years the Cruisers have been passing around this plaque at our annual Christmas party gift exchange. The first recipient started a log on the back with 2010 and his name and each new recipient logs their name and year. Since Covid prevented us from having our party this year, last year’s proud owner dropped it by as a surprise gift for me.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I just received my new 2021 running log book (affiliate link). And, yes, even though my runs and rides are tracked by my Garmins and the data is automatically shared to Strava, I still like logging my workouts by pen. Let’s hope this year’s book has a lot more running and a lot less walking than my 2020 version. Here’s to a healthy and injury-free 2021!


And finally, if we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have any real or virtual races coming up, and if you do, I’d wish you good luck and remind you to have fun!


Happy New Year!




Today I’m joining Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner and Coco at Running With Perseverance for their monthly Ultimate Coffee Date linkup which goes live the first Friday of every month.  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:
  • • How do you log your workouts?
  • • How did you celebrate NYE? Was it quieter than usual?
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


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