Grab a Cup! December Ultimate Coffee Date

The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-1-600x600Welcome to the final Ultimate Coffee Date link up of 2016. Life got in the way of October and November. Oops. At least November was marathon weekend, so I had a good excuse. Without further ado, I‘m linking up again with Coco @ Running with Perseverance and Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner. What is the Ultimate Coffee Date? Imagine we are having coffee together… this post is what I would tell you. So grab a cup , “listen” and then tell me what is going on with you in the comments, please!


If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that it’s been a super busy fall in work and life. I’d also share my impressions of Cuba. We had a great trip with Larry and Dan. You can see more photos and a recap here. What strikes me in telling my friends about the trip is how the country has evolved and how tourism and the tipping economy has really changed Cuba. Also, the people was warm, friendly and (at least outwardly) very happy. The Cubans we met took great pride in the country and in whatever job they were doing. They shared some concerns on the impact of the Trump administration on the lifting of the embargo. We share these concerns and MANY others. Run, don’t walk, and go to Cuba! If you do, I highly recommend our tour company Cuba Unbound via Austin Adventures. (You can get $100 off if you tell me and I refer you to Austin Adventures, too! Leave a comment and I can email you!)


If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that Smitha and I are doing 12 Days of Giveaways for the holidays (and Carlee is, too!) Don’t miss a single one. Here’s the link to my giveaways. You can find links to Smitha and Carlee’s giveaways in the link up at the bottom of one of the 12 days posts. I would also tell you that Smitha has decided to stop the Wednesday Giveaway Round Up that we’ve been doing for a while. I’d ask if you think I should keep it going on my own. What do you think?


Mile 26. Still smiling!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’ve stuck to my resolution to run less in November and December to see if I can start my 2017 off on the right foot. I’ve run some of my slowest times ever (for me) this year with no explanation. I got a physical and the lab work came back pretty much perfect. So, I guess after 5 years of hard running, this old body just needs a rest. I’ve been running up to 8 miles a few times a week and not racing at all. No Turkey Trot for me this year. I may do one 5K for fun in December, but maybe I won’t. Here’s to hoping the rest and recharge will work! I would also say that even thought it wasn’t my fastest, I had a blast in the NY Marathon in November. (recap)

If we were having coffee… I’d show you this video from the On Running Challenge I participated in for the NY Marathon. See the shoes in the photo of me above? They were launched on 11/3/16. Ten runners (including me) agreed to wear them in the NY Marathon on 11/6/16. I would not recommend this to readers at home! That said, the shoes ARE pretty awesome and did not in any way contribute to my slower time this year. I am a big fan, actually. The video is really cool, too! Check out all five things I did the week before the marathon that I would not recommend in this post, too!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you about exciting plans for 2017 (so far!) I’m planning to do Rim to Rim (to Rim?) in the Grand Canyon with Lauren and crew in April. I’m planning to do Cycle for Survival and the NYC Half with Cycle for Survival – each for the 6th year in a row (Woot!) The Husband and I still need to pick a vacation destination. We hope to see friends in Argentina and may go to Easter Island, too. We’ll see!

That’s all I have for this month! What would you tell me over a cup? Leave some coffee talk in the comments!

PS. Don’t miss my great giveaways!



  1. Elaine Agran says:

    Well, this is funny. Saw you post first thing this morning and without glasses thought it said “grab a cop”. Mu first thought, since you are a kind, giving person, was “what a good idea! – offer to buy folks who protect us a cup of coffee and let them know how much we appreciate what they do”. Well, now that I’ve reread it (with reading glasses) The December Ultimate Coffee Date label would still apply.

  2. Patty says:

    38 days until Run Disney Star Wars Light Side half marathon.
    And, the Run Gum samples you sent me are AWESOME. Makes getting up in the middle of the night for a race that starts at 0530 a little more bearable.

  3. Barrie says:

    Wow- the Cuba trip looks awesome! and your upcoming trips for 2017 also envy-making! I am excited to read the recaps on those trips! Thanks also to you an SDmom, since I think I entered them all just about!lol! So many fun finds! TY!

  4. Amy Lauren says:

    Your running really rocks… I loved reading about your marathons and your travels. It is the holiday season and busy so I don’t blame you to take a little break and take it easier for awhile. This injury is forcing me to do the same, unfortunately. But it’s also kind of nice not HAVING to squeeze in runs during the holidays too. Leaves time for more coffee ;).

    I like the Wednesday giveaway round up but can understand you guys wanting to stop it. I always enter your giveaways and Smitha’s and some of the other regular bloggers like Carlee’s. But there are some on there that are blogs that ONLY do giveaways or the giveaways just don’t… fit… I dunno, can’t explain it too well, but I don’t enter those. I feel like even without it I would still enter the same giveaways because I already follow y’alls blogs ;).

  5. Farrah says:

    I really want to go travel! :[ But I have 2 weeks left of work before I get to go on vacation and see my family/friends again! I haven’t seen them since June, so I’m super excited! :] Glad you had fun at the NY marathon + I hope the resting and recharging is helping! <3

  6. Rosie says:

    Not too much new with me, I’m getting ready for the holidays, low key all the way.

  7. 12 days of giveaways sounds great! You guys always have the best stuff!

    I hope you have a nice holiday! Cuba looks amazing, I would love to visit someday.

  8. Amber Ludwig says:

    Yes please doing your giveaway link up!! I love yours!! More stuff that relates to me rather than just for my kiddo lol!! I am so jealous of your trip to Cuba!! I definitely hope to go!! The culture seems so rich and amazing there!!

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