Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fall-“Must Run” Half Marathon or 10k-Annapolis Running Classic

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Save with Code MaineGirl2Runs16

Running with the A-Team!!  Excited to share the news that I was chosen as an ambassador to represent the Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon and 10K!

This will be my 3rd year running the the half marathon for the Annapolis Classic Running event!!  Come run with me-use CODE MAINEGIRL2RUNS16 to save 10% on race registration for the half marathon or 10k!

Race Details: Annapolis Running Classic save 10% on registration with code MAINEGIRL2RUNS

When: Saturday November 19th, 2016 at 7:00am

Where:  United States Naval Academy Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Race Course-Scenic, but a bit hilly!  Part of the course takes runners through historic downtown Annapolis near the water!

United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

Why Run!! –

  • Great Race Premium -last year was a dark navy half zip long sleeve shirt!
  • Finisher medals
  • Hot soup, beer and oysters!!
Enjoy fresh oysters and a frosty beer at the finish!

Enjoy fresh oysters and a frosty beer at the finish!

Beautiful Fall Weather!- Cool, crisp temperatures!!

Me and LiveFreeRun!  Gorgeous autumn colors!

Me and LiveFreeRun! Gorgeous autumn colors!

Hotel- Stay at the Loews Annapolis Hotel 1 mile from the start and finish line!  

Hope to see everyone in Annapolis for this race! Save money and use code MAINEGIRL2RUNS16  for race registration discount!

Summer Update: Run, Relax, Repeat

So. . . where do I even begin with this post!  After school let out on June 16th, I made the trip North from Maryland to New Jersey and then onto Maine!

Maine is my “happy place” and full of so many great memories from growing up in this gorgeous state!  As I a kid, I spent so many summers on the beaches of coastal southern Maine, however, I had always had one life long dream!

I had always longed to stay on one of Maine’s many islands.  So, for two weeks this summer I lived in a beautiful 1900s victorian on Peaks Island.  Two weeks of walking and running from the house, to the beaches, and the ferry.  It was a relaxing, blissful two weeks of unwinding, spending time with great friends and my daughter! {My Redhead)

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Ferries take people,cars and other cargo from the city of Portland, which sits along the Casco Bay, to many of the surrounding Maine Islands.

Island Life-Maine Style

Peaks Island, Maine  is truly a magical island.  You won’t find palm tress, white soft sand beaches or tropical music, but you will find a quiet, relaxing lifestyle.  This island is a twenty minute ferry ride from the city of Portland, Maine.  Maine’s largest and most populated city.

The island is about 4 miles around and 2 miles wide.  Along the island are pockets of inlets, little nooks and crannies of rocks to sit and watch the ships, sail boats, Sup boarders and kayaks go by.  There are some areas along the shores of the island that have a sandy stretch of beach at low tide.

Maine summers can get warm along the coast, but there are many weeks at a time when the humidity is very low and the day time temps barely reach 78 degrees.  The water temps  in Casco Bay are usually hovering around 60 degrees!

And days were spent. . . 

  • Running around the island
  • walking to the beach from the island house
  • hopping the ferry over to Portland for lunch, dinner or walks in and out of the shops!
  • Caught sunsets on the island overlooking Casco Bay and the city of Portland
  • Ice cream at the local store on the island
  • Beer and wine-loved not having to drive anywhere for pretty much two weeks!

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During my first week on Peaks Island, my good friends-Colleen and Jim stayed with me!

Sharing the fun with friends. . . 

Over the few last years, with running and racing and social media, I have developed some great friendships!  One friendship in particular has been with Colleen, Live Free and Runs she and I have just clicked!  It was great sharing the first week on Peaks with her, her husband Jim, her mom and daughter!  Me, Colleen and Jim, got in several gorgeous “sight seeing runs” around the island.  We also just enjoyed some quiet time on the rocks and beaches.  I loved having a buddy to run with, chat with and sit on the docks drinking coffee while watching the boats and ferry come in to the island.

 

July 4th Fireworks-Spectacular Views!

July 4th Fireworks were viewed from Peaks Islands.  The fireworks are set off from a barge out in Casco Bay!  Colleen’s husband, Jim, took some great pics of the fireworks that night! The night was breezy, clear and perfect “sweater weather”!!  Love summer nights in Maine!

 

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Lobster Supper on the Rocks! 


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My Redhead enjoying some beach time on the island!

Running Along the Shores

So many gorgeous views on my runs around the island.  Even the warm days were still filled with cool breezes off of Casco Bay.

Two Weeks of Running, Relaxing, and Reflecting

I needed these two weeks on Peaks Island to just unwind, unplug and recharge.  I even forgot about tv for two weeks.  Even now, I am realizing that TV isn’t that important to me! Time spent running, actively walking, sharing moments with friends and my daughter.  Maine is truly my “happy place”.  I soaked up the quiet beauty of this Maine island and treasured the old and new memories I have in Maine.

Where has summer taken you?  Share your summer happenings!