Thanksgiving Fun in Geneva

Ian and I spent Thanksgiving this year at his sister’s in Geneva, NY. She recently moved there for a coaching job so it was our first Thanksgiving there and we had a blast! Our numbers were down unfortunately thanks to the winter storm, but we were able to make the most of it.

Ian and I stayed at the Ramada right on the lake with some beautiful (but chilly) views! I even managed to get one run in along the lakefront path.


Ian’s Mom surprised us with tickets to a Syracuse game one night. It was so much fun to catch a game in the Dome again as it had been much too long! They won as well – always a good thing.

cusegameOne of my favorite parts of the trip was a brewery tasting at the Naked Dove in Canandaigua – so fun! We each got to taste test six of their beers – four regulars and two seasonals. As a Miller Lite connoisseur, I don’t always like a ton of different beers so I was presently surprised when I really liked five out of the six. There was one dark one that tasted like coffee (I’m not a coffee fan) that I didn’t like, but all the others tasted great. My favorite was a berry flavored one that was not too sweet, but had a great flavor and I also really enjoyed a Christmas one that had unique spices.


It was a fun trip and I’m excited to check out some more things to do around town next time we go up to catch his sister’s team play!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and is able to enjoy it with family and friends.

I have so many things to be thankful for this year…mostly this amazing family that I have!


Today is also the official start of my marathon training plan – although I added Monday and Tuesday runs this week to kick things off. I’m thankful to be healthy, able and motivated to run and train.

As my act of giving back for the holiday season, I donated more than 10 inches of hair yesterday to help children with medically-related hair loss. This is something I have done 3-4 times over the last seven years or so. It’s a pretty easy thing to do on my part, but helps out a kid in need.


Now it’s time for turkey! (Well after a 6-mile run that is!)

Have a great one!


Runner’s World run streaking that is.

I’m taking part in the Runner’s World third annual holiday running streak by pledging to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Running to the Finish

Running to the Finish

This is the first time I’ve done the holiday run streak, and I’m really looking forward to it as I’ve taken a solid running break since my marathon. Too often the holidays get used as an excuse to put off getting in shape until the New Year. This is such a great way to stay fit – and maybe even get fitter – even through holiday parties and extra sweets.

I kicked things off with chilly runs in Maine the last two mornings. I’ll be tweeting my progress with the hashtag #RWRunStreak.

I’m also doing a core streak too. I figured since I started the year off with more than 100 consecutive days of my P90X ab ripper workout – why not end with a decent streak too?

Have you ever done a run streak? Are you joining the RW Run Streak this year?

Things I’m Thankful For Today

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a whole lot of things to be thankful for in my life, but here are a few things I’m especially luck to have…

Getting welcomed with open arms to spend the holiday weekend with the family I get to marry into next year.

gallaghersKnowing I get to celebrate another awesome wedding next year with these two. My big brother, he’s OK :-p haha, and his fiancée who I’ll get to call my sister soon, but am already lucky enough to call my friend.


Having amazing parents who helped me become who I am today and are always supporting my crazy endeavors even if it means trekking around D.C. in the cold to watch me run a race. Here I am with them at the finish line of my first marathon in San Diego – yes, they flew across the country that time to watch me run.

San Diego Rock N Roll Finish LIne Party

San Diego Rock N Roll Finish LIne Party

And, especially having this guy in my life and getting to spend everyday with him.


Hope everyone has a great Turkey day!

What are you thankful for today?


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Good luck to all the Turkey trotters out there racing today – what a great, healthy way to start off a day of indulgence!

Friends Thanksgiving

I’m headed to Maine today to celebrate with my boyfriend and his family. Ian’s been raving about how good of a Thanksgiving meal his Mom cooks for quite some time, so I’m really looking forward to a great meal! I’m blessed with a lot of great things, but am most thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life.

Today will actually be my second Thanksgiving this year. A group of friends that live in the area decided we should do a “friends Thanksgiving” ahead of time so we could celebrate together before everyone headed off in different directions on the actual holiday. The food was amazing – check out the spread in the pic! We went with most of the traditional staples for dinner, and dessert consisted of pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and a peanut butter pie.

It was a great get-together and fun to get in the spirit ahead of time. We also lucked out and got to enjoy a mid-60s November day on our Thanksgiving allowing us to hang out with beers on the back deck – not a usual Thanksgiving occurrence, especially for someone who grew up in Syracuse!