High Five Friday


I’m so glad it’s Friday. No particular reason other than it means the weekend is just hours away. Does anyone ever say BOOOO! It’s Friday? I sure hope not.

I’m going to switch things up a little bit for today’s High Five Friday. It’s been a long, long time since I did a fun little survey post. Over the weekend, Christina answered questions from a Liebster Award that were all about running. I love talking about running so I thought it would be fun to play along with five of my own answers.

I’m such a rule breaker!

1. What is your go to pre – run food or drink?

Weekday runs, nothing. I practically jump out of bed and take off for a run. There’s no time for digestion. I’ve learned the hard way about this….all I can say is thankfully it’s been dark and there has always been a wooded area just when I need it.

Long runs on the weekend – toast, almond butter, banana. If I have lots of time before I actually begin to run (over an hour), then I’ll have oatmeal (made with water) with cinnamon, banana and dollop of nut butter.

2. Do you prefer solo runs or group runs?

I like a mix of both. Solo runs are good for listening to yourself, mapping a plan or just vegging in silence. Group runs are great for the conversation, pushing myself to run faster and for making the miles fly by. When my motor mouth gets going, my legs follow!

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3. What is your favorite race memory?

I’ve had quite a few –

Seeing my kids and Ron along the course of the Seacoast Half in 2012 and getting big hugs.

Running with my son across the finish line of the NH 10 Miler.

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Not really my favorite but very memorable – Popping a squat off the side of the road with 5 random runners who were all in tummy distress like I during VCM last year.

4. Have you ever had an injury that took you out of running for more than a month? If so, what was it and how long were you on the shelf?

Oh injuries!

Runner’s Knee while training for what would have been my first marathon in 2012. I was out for 2.5 months.


Peroneus Longus Tendon strain that began to be bothersome in May 2013. Took 2 months off from running after VCM. It got better but was still noticeable at times. Took an additional 9 weeks off late 2013 – early 2014 from running. *Knock on wood* I think it’s better although I had a scare last week. After SMA 5K, my tendon was quite tight and tender. I freaked out! I do not need anymore grief from that pesky tendon. I took 3 days off from running and it’s been fine since. It was also a wake up call that I’ve slacked a bit on my PT exercises, foam rolling and icing after each run. I’m back on it!

5. Are there any races that you have run every year since you started to run or race?

I have two favorite local races. The Seacoast Half Marathon is one I plan for every year and Wallis Sands Half (which is the first weekend of May!).

Wallis Sands Half Marathon mile 9 - happyfitmama.com

And one last high five…

Stay tuned for a BIG, BIG, BIG announcement on Monday from me. I will finally let you in on the exciting news that has me giddy beyond belief.

And NO! I am NOT pregnant! πŸ™‚

Your turn!

Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments. Let me know more about you.

Have a great weekend!

43 comments on “High Five Friday

  1. I love that photo of you and your son, just beautiful.

    I don’t usually have pre run food or drink, as I usually run about 2 hours before eating.

    99% of my runs are solo, but that’s ok cause I like it. Don’t get me wrong it’s great running with someone else, but I don’t often get the change to run with a friend.

    Fav race memory, finishing my first race was awesome, also running a half marathon in geelong (last year), was great too. That would have to be one of my fave races.

    There is one race that I have done every year since it opened, and that’s Run The Gap. I love it. It’s in my beloved Grampians which is nice a close by and it’s a great event. This year there is a new event. One I mapped. It’s a 21km trail event, and should be awesome. I’ll be running the 12km event this year though.
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  2. Love this! I am a no eater before runs, too, except one or two 20s near the end of marathon training. And yes, a member of the all-too injured club as well! But I think you are on the right path now, so let’s put the whole injury thing in the past!
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  3. Big high five for MONDAY and you’re announcement. Can’t wait!
    Love the pic of you and your son. The fact that he has a stick is just so “boy!”
    I’m high giving date night on Saturday – woohoo!
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  4. ooooohhh what could it beeeeee? Very excited to hear that! The photo of you and your son is adorable, that a special moment! I hope someday I can share something like that! I liked the change up, and loved learning more about you πŸ™‚

    My favorite race memory has to be the Olympic Trials in 2012, that was such an incredible day; walking around in the athlete area with Jessica Ennis, and Mo Farah, having a huge stadium to run in, standing on the podium, signing autographs…something I will never forget! πŸ™‚
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  5. Ha! It’s probably a good thing you said you weren’t pregnant. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear the news! I have local race I run every year, but since we’ve moved a few times I haven’t gotten in the routine of running very many repeatedly. Now that we’re here for good, I can set up my rhythm!

  6. A weekend cliffhanger! Can’t wait for your big news on Monday!

    I usually eat something small, like a granola bar, before my morning runs. If I have more time on race day, a small bowl of oatmeal does the trick.
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  7. Love this so much I had to do my own post! πŸ˜‰ Injuries are the worst. It’s funny, though, now I have a hard time remembering which occurred when and how long I was sidelined, which just goes to show that it’s not the end of the world it feels like at the time!
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  8. Love the photo with your son! My husband’s a triathlete, and one of my favorite parts is watching the little ones come across the finish line with their parents. I can’t wait ’til our little one gets big enough to do that one day.
    Excited to hear the news Monday!

  9. Oh injuries! I was recently out for 8 weeks with a stress fracture. It was so hard not to go out and run with my group. I was pretty down and had a hard time for a few weeks. I did tons of spin classes and yoga but as you know not the same. I’d like to think I learned from the experience and will now listen to my body more. I’m back running again but I am taking it slow while building back up.
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  10. I can’t really eat much before a morning run either. If for some reason I’m verging on hangry, then I will eat part of a rice cake just to take the edge off. Love that last race picture. You look so happy! Can’t wait to hear the big news. You’ll be emailing me and letting me know prior to Monday right haha πŸ˜‰

  11. I usually have a protein shake before a run. Real food upsets my stomach but if I don’t eat anything, I drag:/ I have run certain races 3-4 times, but nothing every year since I began running. I usually run solo but enjoy running with others as well:)
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  12. I can’t wait until Monday! I dying here!

    I don’t eat before a run either- sometimes I’ll drink Vega Pre-workout energizer.

    Favorite race memory was finishing at Boston ( it was short lived– the bombing occurred just 6 min 36 seconds after I crossed)

    I have never done a race more than once– but I’m about to, someone just talked me into doing a marathon at the end of May– I did it last year.

    Favorite race- Boston, of course.

    Never been seriously injured- knock on wood.
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