Dogfish Dash 10K 2014

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Time for another race recap!  The final race of September was my all-time favorite 5K/10K combo, the Dogfish Dash!  The race always sells out in record time and I stalk my computer the morning of registration to be sure I get in.  This was my fifth time running the 10K and I was really looking forward to it.  With my training over the last couple months and my performance at the Rock’n’Roll Philadelphia races, I was eager to see how I’d perform with this 10K.  For those unfamiliar, the course takes you through the cute town of Milton, Delaware with the start and finish lines at the brewery.  The post race party is one of the best boasting live music, fun people, food, and of course, Dogfish Head beer!  To change things up from previous years, runners would be able to get their first beer just after the finish in their own special line, with a cool pint of the 60 Minute IPA served in a commemorative pint glass!  It’s pretty much a no brainer why I run this race.

Sunday morning my mom and I rode up to Milton and met up with a few of my college buddies who were down to do the race as well.  We got ourselves situated in the start area and wished each other luck before it was time to be running.  The weather was cool, but sunny.  Thankfully, there was zero humidity unlike the previous Sunday.  I eased into my first mile feeling great, as was obvious by the pics from out of the starting area.

I rocked the Mooninites tank again as I PRed with it the previous weekend and honestly, I just love the damn thing.  The first few miles were pretty shady and included the one fricken hill in the whole town.  This course is not flat.  I took the hill like a champ and then the 10K runners split off from the 5K, I stayed under 24 minutes for the 5K portion and may have even gone faster than my race the past weekend by a few seconds.  We winded back around the loop and then it was off to the route that takes you on the road past a big field.  It’s always sunny when I run this race and here is where I usually slow a little as there isn’t any trees or shady spots.  I made sure to stay close to 8:00 miles here and paced with a couple runners.  I took water at every station I could and in general felt very strong.  We got to the hill once more and I pushed up it as best I could.  You can tell from the splits where this was.

As I rounded the bend to head back to the brewery, the crowd cheers were loud and I was able to pick out my mom to say hi as I took off for the finish.  I knew I was making a good time and found the energy to sprint for the finish.  Again, all smiles.

dfdash4I crossed the finish in 49:25, 8th in my age group!  I felt completely elated, and hot (beer please?)!  I wanted to break under 50 minutes for the 10K distance and managed to do it by 35 seconds!  And setting a second PR in a week felt amazing.

dfd2014splitsThe final time from my Garmin was a little off, but overall the splits were right about where the mile markers were.  I ran fairly strong this whole race and the work I’ve been putting in on my running and strength training is paying off in huge way!

After getting water, I waited with the other runners to grab our first beer in the fancy pint glass!  I found my friends and my mom and we spent the afternoon enjoying the post race festival, did a little shopping in the store, and took some photos to commemorate the event.  I was especially happy to have my mom there to cheer me on.  I don’t get to head home as often as I’d like so having her there meant so much to me.

Another great event put on by the amazing people at Dogfish Head.  If you can get out to this race, I highly recommend it.  The atmosphere is incredible, Sam actually runs the 5K (my friends all finished around the same time he did!) and you get great beer!  Plus, cost-wise it’s always under $50 and for the experience and the things you get, it’s more than worth it.  I cannot wait to come back next year for their 10th anniversary and take a stab at my 6th time running the 10K!

Race for Hope 5K

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Last night I stayed in and since I had the 5K today I didn’t plan anything crazy, just some window e-shopping, a beer, some snacking, and kitty cuddles.

Still have quite a few of these left.  Mmm!  Those curtains came with the house, btw.

 The jelly is from the Farmers’ Market food swap I did with Anastasia.  It’s sweet and delish!

I decided to set up a new playlist for my iPod and realized I have never posted music I listen to when running/working out on here.  Here’s a sample of the type of songs that get my butt moving.


I consumed a lot of snacky stuff for dinner besides the bagel, but you all know what steamed veggies, or soup, or popcorn, or granola all look like, so I spared you that.

When I woke up, I had to change my pants plan twice as I realized it was not sunny and way colder than I anticipated.  I stuck with my New Balance sneakers, an Under Armour mock neck long sleeve (love Cold Gear), and went with a pair of Lucy yoga pants.  They covered my legs, but were a little too long.  I remedied this by pinning up the backs so I didn’t drag them while running.  Classy.  I managed to get to the race with 30 min to spare before the start and snagged a spot right by the Art Museum. 

I bounced around to try to keep warm and texted Nicole to let her know what I was wearing.  We planned to meet up after the finish since there would likely be too much confusion before the race, and there was.  The announcer said the start was by the green and white balloon arch.  What he should have said was the cluster of green and white balloons near a metal arch.  I found my way there and the crowd did some pre-race stretching and soon we were off!

I definitely do not enjoy cold running as much as early spring running, but I think I can force myself to get used to it somewhat.  I like running outside on occasion and don’t want to spend all of winter in the gym.  I made a point to slow myself down a little the first mile, and as I was approaching a slight hill my fricken BIC band flew off my head.  That’s never happened.  Since I paid $10 for it I doubled back and got it, I was just not willing to donate it to another racer right now, haha.  It spent the rest of the race wrapped around my wrist.

The run went pretty well.  The first mile went pretty fast and the second mile took us over a bridge and onto West River Drive.  I basically re-ran the last 1.1 miles of the ING Half.  Even the lovely little hill to the finish.  I knew I ran mile 3 the slowest, but managed to pick up the pace to cross the finish.  I have no idea what my final chip time was as I cannot find where they might get posted, but if we go by my Garmin, I PRed by one second.  Or, I ran the second fastest 5K.  Either way I was happy with how it went.  My ham has no pain and feels fine hours later.  Here’s the Garmin splits:


Almost negative splits.  Almost.  I think with more running/proper training those times will be a lot tighter.  I got a hold of Nicole and we met up and chatted while her boyfriend and her sister were finishing their walk.

I’m kind of giant hence why I squatted a little.  I am also sporting the lovely post-race, tomato face.  No shame!  It was awesome to meet her and talk about running.  This was her first 5K and I told her she did amazing since my first I was hungover and probably finished well after 40 min.  She’s incredibly sweet and it great we got to hang out a little after the run!  I had to part shortly after as I didn’t want to get a parking ticket (2 hour limit), but I hope to maybe organize a meet-up of some kind with some local Philly bloggers for a low key dinner or happy hour?  If you’re interested shoot me an email!

Driving home on Kelly Drive was an absolute treat as all the trees are beautiful colors now.  I love Philadelphia, cannot say that enough.  I tried to snap a pic, but this does not do Fairmount Park any justice at all.

My after race treat came thanks to the giveaway I won a while ago from CJ.  Great Harvest pancakes, ftw!


Belly full I passed out on the couch for most of the 1:00pm football games.  I’d say it was a pretty successful Sunday so far.  :)  Congrats to all the participants of the run/walk, they raised almost $800K for brain tumor research.  Also, congrats to anyone that ran the NYC marathon today!  When I was sort of hating my lungs during mile 3 I reminded myself others were running way more a mere few hours away.

Happy Sunday!

Dogfish Dash 2011

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This weekend held my absolute favorite road race, the 2011 Dogfish Dash 5K/10K!  I ran it last year as my first 10K and returned to take on the 10K distance again.  The race is held in the town of Milton where the brewery is located and the proceeds benefit the Delaware chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  The race this year was increased to 1750 runners and it is now the biggest 5K/10K combo race in Delaware!

I loaded up the car yesterday and once we crossed state lines into Delaware, I cracked open a “road beer” (this is legal in DE for passengers).  Don’t worry, I was discreet!  Festina Peche in a Phillies koozie.

We got down to Rehoboth a little after 6pm and I checked in and got my race stuff.  Scott went over and bought a wrist band for the after party as non-racers can pay $10 to enjoy the brews.  I ducked into the brewpub to see how long the wait was and as expected it was at least 2.5 hours (the wait was much less earlier in the day).  No biggie, though, and we went next door to Finbar’s and got a seat at a bar table after about five to six minutes.  While waiting for a table to clear, we ordered an Evolution Jaques Au Lantern.  It has a major kick of spices without really any sweetness, we liked this change of pace from the usual pumpkin beers.  It was delicious!

I played it safe with dinner and ordered a chicken sandwich with red peppers and brie and paired that with a simple side salad with ranch dressing.  Happy to report the meal was a success for my tummy and I had NO heartburn this time around!


Sunday we got up around 6:30am and partook in the free breakfast at the hotel.  I got a mini western omelet and a bagel with PB.

It really hit the spot.  I also had a small glass of apple juice, took a lemon sublime Gu, and had a small cup of coffee (caffeine really helps offset muscle fatigue and soreness for me).  We got to the race about 15 min before gun time and found parking with ease.

The weather was cloudy, a little warm, and the only precipitation we got was a little mist that went away quickly.  I found my spot behind the starting line and waited for the announcements.  Sam Calagione was there this year and spoke to the runners before doing the countdown and blowing the whistle to start!  I’m not going to lie, I’d probably get a little star struck if I met him.  ;)


At 8:00 am we were off and running through the town!  Miles 1-2 felt pretty good, but I could tell it was majorly humid and making it hard to get good breathing down.  I made sure to grab water at the first stop.  Energy felt pretty good.  At mile 3 I took a brief walk at the water station nearby to catch my breath.  Humidity was killing me!  Mile 4 was more pushing.  I forgot the small but still tough inclines Milton had, but my Garmin showed I was still making great time!  Mile 5 came and I was so happy we were nearly done.  I could almost taste the Punkin Ale waiting for me.  I walked one or two more times before the end then came in for the home stretch to the finish!

Smile!  You’re almost there!  :)

Phew!  I remember at one point during the race thinking, “You JUST ran a half, this should not feel hard!”  But, no matter how much energy you have, if you’re not getting good amount of oxygen in your system you’re going to feel it.  Instead of pre-packaged bottled water they handed us a cool reusable one already filled.  My official chip time was 55:32!  A new PR!  That’s twice in one week!  I felt pretty awesome although majorly out of breath!


Not too bad on the splits.  You can see how the humidity really started to affect my times.  But, still majorly happy with it!  Once I cooled down we got in line to grab our first beer and of course went with the fan favorite Punkin Ale.

Cheers to beer!  Ignore my post-race tomato face.  ;)

As you can see in the background, there were major amounts of people at the after party.  They had a tent area with the sponsors and a live band, (Reedo and the Front Porch Offering) so we checked that out.


Prizes for the winners.  Sadly, I knew I wasn’t placing in the 20-29 age group.  Maybe one day I’ll place in one of the races I do.  After checking out the tent, we got back in line for another beer and never ended up getting one.  The setup looked pretty much the same size as last year, but they majorly increased the runners (which meant guest increase).  After about 20 min of the huge line going nowhere, we decided to hit the store instead.  I picked up a cute tee and got Scott a fitted cap.  We also took pics of the coolest treehouse ever.

We were a little bummed about not getting another beer.  The lines were just too much.  Luckily, DFH is a company full of great people who appreciate their fans to the nth degree.  I received this reply on Twitter.


I just cannot say enough good things about this brewery and the people who work there.  I’m so happy our 10 year reunion is being held at the brewpub a couple months from now.  :D

We got home just in time to watch the Eagles make a total collapse.  Ugh.  We’re going to forget about that now.  Here’s the stuff I got from the race (like that distraction?).  We got a sweet crewneck tee.

The 19 oz reusable water bottle (that folds!).

A couple magazines.  One I may have to purchase a subscription.  Pretty sure you can guess which one.

We also got a couple writing utensils and a really awesome poster of the Chicory Stout artwork.  I’ll be getting that framed soon!  I’m so glad I was able to come back to this race and cannot wait for the next one.  Yes, the beer lines weren’t great, but the organizers have shown they are going to look into that for next year.  You can be sure I’ll be running it, lines or not!  Many, many thanks to the AMAZING people of Dogfish Head for planning such a great race!

End of Summer 2011

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Yesterday was a successful and relaxing beach day.  My sister and I sat out and enjoyed the perfect weather until the sun started to dip and the breeze kicked up.  We made friends with another one of these little guys.  So cute.


After the beach, I went back and took a nap.  Then I made salmon cakes for my mom and I for dinner.  I absolutely love that recipe.


Today I leisurely got up and decided to give myself a manicure that is doomed once I go back to work.

The color is Pacific Blue from Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear nail polish.  I’m quite diggin’ the shade.

Shortly after making plans to head to the beach again (such a hard life ;) ) with my sister and her hubs, my brother rolled in.  Perfect timing.  We made our way over to Sea Colony and enjoyed a somewhat cloudy but still nice beach day.

Are you sick of beach pictures?  Too bad.  :)  I didn’t think I’d feel a little sad that it’s the unofficial end of summer, but I kind of am.  It was cool that I was able to spend the “first” and “last” weekends of summer in the same spot.

Post-beach, I showered up and then we reconvened with my mom, my sister, my brother, and his longtime friend for some sushi at OC Wasabi.  It’s a great little spot and they recently expanded with a bar!

I started with water and some yummy green tea, but couldn’t help joining in on a few rounds of sake (on the house!).  ;)  For dinner, we ordered a bunch of rolls.  I had the spicy combo which included spicy tuna, spicy california, and spicy salmon rolls.

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So so delish.  We had a lot of good food and good laughs tonight.  Made me a little sad again that Scott couldn’t be here to enjoy.  The last time I went to OC Wasabi was with him and my mom.

No shenanigans tonight after dinner.  I filled up the gas tank, picked up a couple six packs, and now Dave and I are just tinkering on our computers enjoying a couple of these.

Yup.  Pretty good end of the summer.  I’ll be heading back up to PA tomorrow.  I was bummed my other two sisters weren’t able to visit, but they go to school nearby and I hope to have them up again (the last time was pretty fun).  Hope everyone had an awesome Labor Day weekend!  Cheers!

Happy IPA Day

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Yoga was much more low key tonight than in previous nights.  I didn’t sweat nearly as much as I usually do, but it still felt great.  We did a lot of balancing poses and I quite enjoy the dancer pose.

I would like to thank you all for helping to cheer me back up from earlier.  It did feel good to get that off my chest and now I’ve definitely realized it’s certainly something to celebrate.  I guess it was perfect timing as today was International IPA Day!  IPAs are my favorite type of beer and we had a good one to break out.


A bottle of the elusive Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.  Here’s the info from the brewer:

Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full 2 hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month & aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!!!

Our 120 Minute I.P.A. is by far the biggest I.P.A. ever brewed! Between 15-20% abv and 120 ibus you can see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads!

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles, some to enjoy and some to age.


I had forgotten how much of a kick this beer has.  It’s potent!  I enjoyed this beer with nothing fancy, just beer’s BFF pizza.


It was a delicious celebration for IPA day and my recent award (yes, it was an award).  :D

Speaking of beer, if you’re a local lady and you love beer as much as I do, especially those from Victory, then you should buy a ticket to this ladies only beer pairing dinner!  I’m picking up my ticket tomorrow and am very excited to attend!

Did you celebrate IPA Day?

PS – Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  Winner announced at 12pm EST tomorrow!

Beachy Weekend

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Part of the reason I took a half day on Friday was to beat traffic heading south to home (the DE/MD beaches).  I had plans to meet with a few other girls from my high school graduating class to plan our 10 year reunion in the fall.  I originally planned to venture down after work, but thought it’d make more sense to leisurely make my way down instead of rushing.  There was also a second purpose for the half day.


That wonderful contraption is the steam punk tree house that sits outside the Dogfish Head brewery!  It’s just a slight detour on the way down, and seeing as how our Summer Scene case is almost gone I thought it best to stock up on our next micro.


I picked up the Festina Peche after tasting it.  I’m a fan of summer seasonals, especially for grilling and this beer seemed perfect.


I also picked up a hat.  I would’ve gotten more stuff, but I was already spending way too much.  :)  (Side note:  the hat is too small, but fits me well!  Guess I’ll have to go back for another one)

When I got to my mom’s, she and her boyfriend were firing up the grill for some venison.  It’s been a long time since I had any and I was pretty excited.


Started dinner off with a simple salad courtesy of Momma Dukes.


Cooked to perfection!  The venison was tender and amazing.


Obviously I had to open a bottle of the Peche to have with dinner.  I had my mom try it, but she wasn’t a big fan.  She likes her simple light beers.  It went so well with dinner.  A perfect start to the weekend!

After dinner, I showered and made my way to the house where my former classmates were meeting for our reunion.  Jessica had a lot of delicious fruit from the local market and the most amazing strawberry cupcakes (also from the market).  I was so caught up with reconnecting I forgot to snap pics.  Trust me, it was good.  Jessica & her hubs are both fans of DFH and she offered me a bottle of the Aprihop.  How could I refuse?  We narrowed down the dates we’d like to have the reunion and a location.  Hopefully it all works out!  It was fun to catch up, I hadn’t seen the four other girls there in a long time.


I got up Saturday to an empty house as my mom & sisters (both home from college) had left for work.  Our beagle Maddie kept wagging her tail by the front door and staring at me.


She’s a little plumper, isn’t she?  I thought we both could use a little exercise to start our day off, so I grabbed her leash, sprayed on some SPF50, and we went out.

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She did a lot of sniffing around and really seemed to enjoy the outdoors.  She’s an old timer so I didn’t keep her out too long and she promptly went right to sleep after cooling off with some water.  What a life!

After the walk, I loaded up on more SPF and made my way down to Ocean City to meet my friend Adrian for a beach date.  The weather was fantastic.  Hot, no humidity, sunny, and there was a slight breeze.


We stayed out until 3:30pm, catching up on random things going on with each of us.  It was a really good time.

On the way back from the beach, I swung into Giant to get some lunch.  I was craving the salad bar and some sushi.


I love cheap, to go sushi!  Spicy tuna roll, ftw!

I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging with my sister Zoe (hallo if you’re reading!) and napping.


Saturday evening, I made my way over to the beach house of my sister Molly’s husband’s parents.  Still with me?  They came down earlier in the day and planned a grilled dinner with some friends of theirs.  They asked if I wanted to join in and I had to say yes!  Memorial Day weekend Molly & Josh told me about these burgers from Harris Teeter that sounded so good and they were in stock this weekend!

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If I recall correctly, the burgers have jalapenos & pepper jack cheese mixed into the meat.  I put a few grilled peppers on top of my burger and that was all I needed.  I provided the berry salad.  The strawbs, bloobs (been waiting to use that term), and raspberries were perfectly ripe (and on sale to boot!) and full of flavor.  The cookies were store-bought and that didn’t stop me from having two of them.  While eating, I enjoyed another Peche.  It was the best grilled dinner I’ve had this year!

After dinner, I visited some friends and then called it a night.  Sunday I made my way back up to PA mid-afternoon as it was raining and there was nothing left to do.  No workouts, but it was such a good and relaxing weekend!