Unofficial Start Of Summer With A Race


Imagine my excitement after yesterday’s post to see Chocolate Covered Katie shared her Healthy Makeover recipe for Entenmann’s Chocolate-Covered Mini Donuts.

I know we were talking about Entenmann’s cookies but still, to see an Entenmann’s healthy makeover recipe left me wanting to call all of you immediately to talk about it.

Here’s the link to the recipe. The ingredients list is short and you probably have most, if not all, already in your kitchen.

I get really excited for Friday lately.


Not just because Friday signifies the beginning of the weekend and not even because this weekend is the unofficial start of summer offering me warm weather, pool season and weekends at the beach.

Every Friday morning 95.5 FM (local radio here in New York) gives me Reunion Friday.


Reunion Friday means that a random year from the 90’s decade is selected each Friday morning and only music from that year is played on the radio.

My good friend and I carpool our kids to school and I insist on driving Friday mornings just so the kids have the opportunity to listen to The Spice Girls and me singing at the top of our lungs.

Notice I don’t say the kids are singing; they are too busy either making fun of me or sitting there in shock at what takes place. They love it, trust me. Or maybe just I do, I don’t know. Just go with it.

Last week I introduced them to Sir Mix A Lot and Baby Got Back. I am hoping for some Color Me Bad today. Or even Bell Biv Devoe or old school Brittany or something cool like that.


My excitement over Reunion Friday may not be normal but at least I appreciate the little joys in life.

And I make it educational for them; when the year is announced, I tell them what grade I was in, what I was wearing, what I was doing…and of course, what I was eating.

So can you believe we are at the unofficial start of summer? Feels like only yesterday that it was Labor Day and I was celebrating the end of summer with a trophy.

race trophy

You may recall that I capped off a terrific summer 2013 with a five mile race down on the brand-new post-Sandy Long Beach boardwalk where I finished second in my age group.

This was also the race where I questioned my sanity the entire five miles as to why I run races and why I run at all.  That’s my usual thought process when I run so fast.

It just so happens that there’s a 10 mile race in Long Beach this Sunday morning and I randomly decided last night to register and run it.

Perfect way to kick off summer, don’t you think?

long beach

Ten miles should be an interesting race. It’s not a 5k or a 10k so I can pace myself a bit better to avoid that 5k-I-want-to-throw-up feeling yet it isn’t a half marathon either so I can go fast without worrying about burning out at the ten-mile mark which I often fear in 13.1 distances.

I will be taking it a bit easy between now and then which means no long run for me tomorrow. Good thing the weather will be nice and the pool with be opened!

Have a terrific holiday weekend!


What are your plans this weekend?

Any songs on your playlist from the 90’s?

What goes through your head when you run a race?





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