Ultimate Coffee Date – Labor Day Edition

The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-1-600x600Welcome to the 9th Ultimate Coffee Date link up of 2017. This year continues to fly by. How is it Labor Day already? It’s been a busy but very good year so far. I‘m linking up 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!

Clockwise from L – me and Deb in Denver, Running with Erica M in Cleveland, me and Guyan in Dallas and running with Sarah and Zack in SF.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I had so much going on this summer that I didn’t get to a beach or even swim in a pool once. That’s crazy. I had a ton of work trips including Denver, Cleveland and Dallas. In these three cities, I saw friends that I had not seen in a while. That’s my personal secret to making work travel bearable – it’s an awesome “bonus” to work travel. I’ve been focused on trying to enjoy the trips and not to let delays and minor annoyances get me down. It’s working, but I am extremely happy to stay home this long weekend and not to have any trips this week.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m so excited for fall. We’ve had a few cooler than normal mornings recently and it made me excited for my fave season. When the temps cool off, my running almost immediately improves – or at least feels better to me.

Fast friends running for good!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you about a super fun treadmill relay I did last weekend at the new treadmill gym Runn Chicago. The relay was 2 hours with teams of four people. For every mile each team ran, Runn donated $5 to Chicago Run. Chicago Run is a running program for Chicago students who get limited Physical Ed. We had two teams and really pushed the pace to earn more donations. Wendy, Ryan, Leslye and Ashley ran 19 miles in 2 hours. Don, Susie, Amber and I ran 18 and change. $185 to Chicago Run and bragging rights to Team 1.

I won! Whoo hoo!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I won a giveaway from SW Basics and W3ll People. It was over $300 in all natural beauty products. I always wonder if anyone wins these bigger giveaways that come out via email. So now I know! I’m excited to try the SW Basics products that all have 5 ingredients or less. I’d ask if you’ve ever won a “big” giveaway or any giveaway for that matter.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m headed to Natural Products Expo East again this year! It’s a huge trade show for the natural, organic and healthy products industry. I’m also attending an influencer conference there which is really cool because it will help me with the blog and professionally. I’d ask which brands you want me to “find” this year. Here’s the list.

If we were having coffee… I’d ask “what’s happening by you?”

PS. Please don’t forget my great giveaways.



  1. Clarinda says:

    That treadmill relay sounds fun. I haven’t actually run on a treadmill in a few years. That seems weird to say. Congrats on the big giveaway win! I’ve won a fair amount of giveaways, none huge, but I’m always so excited to win!

  2. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m also ready for the Fall and like you, didn’t get much beach or pool time. I only went to the beach once and I have been to the pool once. Granted, September is a warm month here so hopefully I can get back to the pool again and maybe even the beach (but I live near the beach so really, I can go when the tourists aren’t around). I did go to one baseball game.

    Congrats on your $300 beauty product giveaway win! You deserve it for hosting all these great giveaways on your blog. I’ve won a pair of shoes before from Facebook so I know those some of those are real as well, but it pains me to see people share giveaways of things like cars or mobile homes because those just scream of shadiness and I don’t think people win those…

  3. It’s great to get to see your friends when traveling. I’ve never had a job that requires regular travel, but I”m sure it can get hectic sometimes. I hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend!

    And the relay charity run is such a cool idea and for a great cause. I hope there are more events like this, I’d love to do one in Philly!

  4. Coco says:

    I try to meet up with friends on business trips when I can. Sometimes my trips are too short, but when it works out, it does make it better. Wow on that relay, you guys really pounded out some miles!

    Thanks for joining us for coffee!

  5. It is funny how running just all of the sudden feels better with a cooler temp. Maybe slogging through all of those summer runs is worth it after all! Thanks for joining for coffee today!

  6. I am NOT a treadmill fan, but for a great cause like that? I’d gladly climb aboard (so to speak). Fall arrived almost an entire month ago in Iowa…I love the cooler temps as much as the next person, but I definitely am not ready for them yet.

  7. I am with you, I am really looking forward to fall! I love the cooler temps! It makes running so much nicer!

    We just got a treadmill gym in Minneapolis and I have been planning to check it out. I will have to keep an eye out to see if they do charity runs!

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on your win! How fun!

  9. if we were having coffee this morning, i’d tell you that i didnt spend nearly enough time in water either this summer…also, sounds like you are gonna have a great time at these Expos

  10. ellen beck says:

    Well now ifwe were having coffee I would tell you everything that can go wrong is. If we darnk (which I dont) you would slip Baileys in my coffee.

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