Ultimate Coffee Date – November 2016

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Nov 05

Is it really November?  Is this happening right now?  This year has flown by!

I’m happy to say that life is GOOD and while marathon training is ongoing, there are other things going on in my life too!  If you know me, I could talk about running ALL day, lol!

It’s the first Saturday of the month, meaning it’s time for the Ultimate Coffee Date with Coco and Deborah! Join us as we catch up on life!

By the way, if you live in Philly, my bloggy friend Chrystina wrote an awesome guide to The Best Chai in Philadelphia.  As I’m writing this post, I’m at Elixr Coffee, one of her recommendations, and the chai latte is fantastic!

Time to spill those #runfessions! How was your month of running and working out in October? #runchat Click To Tweet


Ultimate Coffee Date – November

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that I’m really excited about Thanksgiving.  It will be the first Thanksgiving in my new home with Bret, and both of our families will be coming to the festivities.  Finally, everyone will get to meet each other.  I’m really excited about it, and since it’s still a few weeks away, I haven’t started stressing about the logistics and menu yet!  I’m in the calm before the storm.  Do you have any favorite dishes you like to serve for the holiday?  I’m always open to suggestions!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that my knees have been talking to me.  I’ve mentioned the past couple of weeks of marathon training that my knees have been pretty annoyed with me lately.  And it’s not just one knee…sometimes it’s the right knee, sometimes it’s the left, but I think the left has been the least happy.  It worries me a little bit because I have had problems with the elusive “runner’s knee” in the past.  At first, I attributed the pain to running such longer distances on pavement, but after talking to my coach, I realize how much I’ve been slacking on my pre-hab exercises and foam rolling post-run.


Over the past few weeks, I have worn a knee brace a couple of times – I received the Wimi Fitness Runner’s Knee Brace + Copper Compression Knee Sleeve to test and review and I really like it.  I’ve only used it on short runs on the treadmill and a couple of nights when my knee was feeling sore but I could definitely feel the support thanks to the compression.  Compression just makes everything feel better, doesn’t it? LOL!  If you have any favorite post-run exercises you do to keep knee pain at bay, please let me know!  

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…how I’m so pleasantly surprised to have received so much support for the If Girls Ran the World campaign and for Girls In Tech! If you donated to my page, I really appreciate your generosity!  My goal was to raise $250 on their behalf and I’m almost here with about $176!  I’m proud that I was able to contribute 126 miles to the goal of 24,901 miles by October 31.  I’m just really grateful to be able to run and to support a worthy cause in the process.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that I can’t wait for the election to be over.  I live in Philly, and lucky for me, it’s considered a “battleground state” and as such, there have been endless commercials for/against Clinton vs. Trump and Pat Toomey vs. Katie McGinty.  It’s beyond annoying.  Thankfully, I have already turned in my absentee ballot and we will see what happens.  I’m actually tired of all of the SNL skits, but I wouldn’t mind watching some old Veep episodes for a good laugh about the absurdity of it all!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that starting a walking team at work has been awesome.  The wellness program at work has a Fall Walking Challenge every year and in a way to increase my FitBit steps and improve my social life at work, I created a team with some of my coworkers.  It has really been a treat to get to walk with “The Goal Getters” for 4-5 days a week, and they seem to really enjoy the time too.  I spend WAY too much time at my desk, and it has really helped to break up the day having a special time to walk and get some fresh air!  I have to confess that sometimes the walk is the highlight of my day, lol!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that 2017 race planning madness begins!  It seems WAY too soon, but now is the time to start thinking about spring races for 2017.  I already have a few on my radar:

  • 2/25:  Disney Princess 10K – My sister and I are signed up!  It’ll be our first Disney race and I hope we have a really fun time!
  • 3/25: ALA Fight for Air Stair Climb – I have done this event several times (you can see my most recent recap from 2015), the last time I ran up the building twice to get 100 floors.  This time, 50 flights will be good enough for me!
  • 3/26: Love Run Half Marathon – This year was my first time running this race in relay form, but next year I’ll be running the whole distance!  I’m an ambassador for the race again, so you can save $5 on registration with code JANELLELOVE.
  • 5/28:  Buffalo Half Marathon – I’ve lived in Philly for a long time, but I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  This will be my first time running a race in my hometown, so I’m really excited about it! Save $5 off registration for any race with code 2017-BibRave-JJ!
  • 6/1-6/2:  Ragnar Relay Pennsylvania –  I’ve previously mentioned that I joined a team with the City Fit Girls!  I’m really excited and hope to have a great experience, as this is one of my big bucket list races.  I can be a little shy sometimes, so hopefully by the end of the relay, I’ll have some stronger friendships and great memories.

What races are you looking forward to?  Any recommendations for races in mid-April?

What would you share with me over coffee?  

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