Race Photos, Trader Joe’s, Next On My Race Calendar


I would discuss my weekend with you but I don’t even need to put the effort in for such a post because the post I published exactly one year ago today recaps it just fine.

How ironic that I ate the same foods at the same places exactly a year apart? Or I just need more variety in my diet.

Instead let’s look at some race photo samples that are covered in dots/not all that clear.

This is from the 10k I believe…


Don’t I look nice covered in dots?

Runner's World 10k

10k finish line where I grabbed both the 5k and 10k medal.

5k and 10k medals

Can you see I am smiling during the half?

Runner's World Half Marathon

Such a good time.


I know you are wondering what’s next on my race calendar.

I am too.

I wanted to tell you about some of the races that I am considering for my 2015 calendar but then realized I haven’t done a post detailing my grocery shopping in a while.

Funny how two totally different topics are actually tied together today.

Trader Joe's Groceries

I almost didn’t get these pictures taken.

Trader Joe's Groceries

  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen asparagus
  • Honey Crisp apples
  • Butternut Squash
  • Carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cruciferous Crunch Mix
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • Shredded Light Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
  • Whole Wheat English Muffins
  • Carolina Gold Barbeque Sauce

As I stood in Trader Joe’s, right after I asked on instagram if anyone had tried the new Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers, I came close to abandoning my cart mid-aisle.


Have you tried them? I didn’t buy them because I am waiting for someone to tell me they are worth it.

Right there in the frozen aisle I was hit with some serious cramps because yes, that time of the month.

I made it through the check-out and somehow drove home but had zero intention of unloading the groceries from my car.

When you are ready to curl into a ball and die a slow death because your insides are in worse turmoil than what you are seeing on CNN these days, the last thing you care about is the chicken that may defrost in you trunk.

unloading trunk

Thank goodness for my next-door neighbor/close friend/savior for being home and offering to bring in my groceries so they didn’t go bad.

She is truly the Kate to my Allie. Please tell me you know the television show I am referencing here.

So how does my pain relate to my race calendar topic you are wondering?

You may remember that I learned the hard way that I cannot run a race during this time of the month.

Since dropping out of that half marathon in the middle of the race due to the dizziness and overall I-am-not-okay-enough-to-race feeling, I now have to carefully plan which races I run which really means, I cannot plan too far in advance since my internal calendar is not always perfect.

How could I ever register and train for a marathon should I ever decide that I wanted to do so?

It stinks.

But I will take it, accept my limitations and embrace it.

taking notes

Remember my notes from the Meet and Tweet? We covered the Female Athlete Triad which included a long discussion about amenorrhea and how it is NOT normal for you to NOT get a regular cycle just because you are a runner/athlete.

I hate cramps and feeling bloated as though I am some sausage ready to pop out of my leggings and I despise the fact that my internal calendar may conflict with my race calendar  but all of those circulating hormones are a decent sign of good health.

No one wants to be inconvenienced by cramps and what comes along with it but it sure beats raising your chances of stress fractures, injuries, a slowed metabolism (from disordered eating/not eating enough), the risk of infertility and a host of other health problems.

As for the races? Here are the ones I am looking at and as they get closer, I will be better equipped to make the decisions:

NYC Runs Winter Series 10 MilerHot Cocoa plus a free mug!

Fred Lebow Manhattan Half – Thank you Michele for pointing this one out to me

Hot Chocolate 15K – because chocolate

Hershey Park 10K  – clearly I travel for chocolate

Fitness Magazine Women’s Half

Long Island Half Marathon

Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival

Who knows, maybe I will get lucky enough to be able to run all of them!


What’s next on your race calendar?

Did you buy anything new this weekend at the grocery store?

Veggie burgers- buy the frozen or make your own?





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    • says

      You are far too kind. I don’t think I look as good as you say so I am pretty sure that your idea of what you look like when you run is completely different than what the rest of the world thinks!

  1. says

    While I’m sure its annoying to not plan your races farther in advance, there are alot of positives to doing it that way too. Especially if you know you want to do a half, then you just start training for it and you can sign up when your’re feeling good! I don’t think it would be reasonable to do this for a full, but but 13 or less and I think its a great plan!
    One thing I absolutely hate is bringing in groceries. We live on the third floor and so that’s alot of steps, and we don’t always get a close parking spot. It must count as some kind of cross training…
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    • says

      Yeah, for races of 13.1 or less, I can totally wing it and sign up close to the last minute. It’s the idea of ever deciding to do a marathon where I would really have a problem! I have told myself that the defer option would have to be considered. I wouldn’t like it but I know myself and would not have a choice. Not up to it anyway just yet….Carrying your groceries up the flights of stairs is definitely a workout!

  2. says

    Congrats on finishing the race. Yet another knot on your belt. Nicely done.

    I usually make my own veggie burgers. I make a giant batch and then cook them all and freeze them for future use. In fact, I even had one from the freezer for dinner tonight. It was perfection.

  3. says

    I saw those cowboy burgers posted somewhere else and now I definitely want to try them…they look awesome. So does that race list – lots of good ones on there!

  4. Maria Arteaga says

    Hi. I’m really sorry about your cramps. I have to tell you that since I became Vegan last year, I haven’t felt a single cramp nor bloat of any sort. I came across your blog bcuz I was curious to try these veggie burgers, so I googled and it led me to your blog. Well, boy I don’t regret it. Yummmm!!!! I Usually do the boca burgers, but these are much more flavorful.

    • says

      Totally agree with you – vegan diets have been known to fix the menstrual cramping and discomfort. I am more vegetarian than vegan but try to be mostly plant-based when possible. I did have more dairy this month and eggs so I am going to work on cutting back this month to see if it helps!