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Spring Weather = Outdoor Fitness Fun

springbikingMy mood always improves as the weather grows warmer, the days grow longer, and the sun shines more. This means I can take full advantage of all the other outdoor activities I love. So while I continue with my strength training routines at the gym, I’m eager to bask in the sunshine. Biking, disc golfing, walks, maybe even a little pitch & putt.

Recently, my wife and I found an amazing place a short drive from our house called Duke Farms. At 2,740 it’s one of the largest areas of privately-owned undeveloped land in the state. With 18 miles of trails, paved and unpaved, it’s ideal for walks with children, biking, running, or hiking. There’s even a family of eagles you can watch or view over the farm’s Eagle Cam! Cool! You can hop on a little tram that goes around the trails if you get tired of trekking. While it’s open year-round, we visited for the first time a couple weeks ago – it was absolutely beautiful! Our family is already looking forward to our return visit. 🙂


My Summer Top Ten List

  There are so many great things about the summer, here are the top ten things I’m looking forward to (although it was hard to choose only ten!):

1. Reading (so stereotypical I know…)! At the beach, at the pool, on the porch, I have a whole pile of fluffy paperbacks waiting for me to tear through.

2. Road trip to Boston. Good friends of ours are getting married in Beantown so my girlfriend and I are packing our bags in a few weeks, hopping in the car, and enjoying a long weekend away from home. I haven’t been to Boston since I was little, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the sights and playing the tourist.

3. Day trip to Brooklyn. I’ve never gotten to experience all that Brooklyn has to offer. From everything I’ve heard it’s filled with art and green spaces and museums and fabulous places to eat. I want to see Prospect Park (they have a disc golf field there!), the Botanical Gardens, and the Brooklyn Art Museum. A perfect day. 🙂

4. Summer TV. Summer is the new Fall for TV series. My nerd SyFy shows like Haven, Warehouse 13, and Eureka begin in July. My favorite dramas The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles fill the absence of my usual favorite dramas like Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. Can’t wait!

5. Summer Blockbusters. As a fan of all things superhero, I’m looking forward to the HUGE line up of great movies that’s coming out this summer like Green Lantern, Captain America and X-Men First Class. Oh yeah!!

6. The beach. I totally heart the beach, although my Jersey shore experience is nothing like the TV show (thank goodness!). I love laying in the sand, reading under a beach umbrella and swimming in the surf.

7. Playing outside. As an avid fan of all things outdoors I love it when the days are long and sunny giving me plenty of time to enjoy my favorite activities.

8. Ice-cream. I love ice-cream but rarely eat it unless it’s 90 degrees or hotter outside. There’s a great homemade ice-cream shop by my house and I’m already dreaming of sitting on a bench and eating that double-scoop.

9. Catching a game. The local minor league baseball team, the Somerset Patriots, is about ten minutes from my home. Tickets are less than $10 and there’s a ton of fun games, food and fanfare to be had. A great way to sit in the sun without breaking the bank!

10. Write, write, write. What better time to work on my writing then the summer?? Grab my laptop and a cool glass of strawberry lemonade and head out to the porch where I can type for hours without feeling that I’m missing out on the gorgeous summer weather.

I’m so excited for the summer. What are you looking forward to this summer?

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It’s a DG kinda day

(Now that the weather is getting warmer, at least in the Northeast, I thought it was the perfect time to do a disc golf post reprise. A great FREE outdoor activity for people of all ages and athletic abilities! See below for a course near you!)

The sun is shining. The air is warm. Birds are chirping. And the sound of lawnmowers buzzes around me every time I walk outside. Perfect disc golf weather. 🙂

As the title of my blog indicates, I love to run. LOVE IT. (Such dramatics, but you know you have your thing too – don’t judge.) But being outside for any activity is a close second. Even in the winter I’m outside running, walking the dog, whatever. But in the spring, summer and fall, my favorite pastime is DISC GOLF.

Most people I talk to about disc golf – okay, I corner them like an evangelist during sweeps week – have never heard of the sport (yes, it’s a bona-fide sport) let alone have any interest in joining me in a game. There are three great courses by my house that my girlfriend and I play often. Sunday I brought the camera to document our game and share the love on my blog.

First, here are the BASICS OF THE GAME:

1. You have specialized discs (NOT FRISBEES). These discs are sleeker and heavier than frisbees, thus performing according to how you throw the disc and going A LOT farther than a frisbee would. Some people (yes, me) carry bags to haul all their discs around because, just as in golf, there are putters and drivers and mid-range discs.

2. Each hole is set up like golf with: a tee off area, a “catcher” (ie. hole), and often a sign designating the hole number, distance and par.

3. Object of the game: Get your disc into the catcher (it’s like a wire basket you have to get your disc to land in) in as few shots as possible.

Each course is unique. Some are 9 holes, some are 18, some longer. Some courses are really rough with trees, streams and brush. Others are open with very short distances between the tee and the hole.

So much fun! There are some great sites for disc golf if you want to learn more. They also provide search engines to locate courses, if you want to check it out!


DG Course Review

Email me if you have any questions! 🙂

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Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air…okay, well the air is still a little chilly, but the grass is turning green and spring flowers are popping up all around. Yay! 🙂

I’m training for a couple of great races this spring that I’m really excited about. One is Miles for Maheny which supports children and adults with severe disabilities. The other is the Superhero Half Marathon and Relay where the proceeds go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

I’m also participating in the Five Boro Bike Tour. My girlfriend and I are renting hybrid bikes at the start of the race to save the hassle of figuring out how to get our bikes into and around NYC. It’s a 42 mile ride through the five boroughs of NYC. Sure hope the weather is nice! 🙂

Add those special events to my usual running, biking, disc golfing, dog walking summer-time routine and I have a whole lot of fun activities to be excited about.

What about you? What do you like doing once the weather gets warm?


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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by the marvelous Sheila @ Book Journey – check it out!

What a wonderful, wonderful weekend! The weather was gorgeous and I took full advantage – running, disc golfing (one of my all-time favorite warm weather activities), and plenty of dog-walking. 🙂 And, as I’m getting over a cold, being outside made me feel a whole lot better. Also, my girlfriend went snowboarding in VT with some friends of ours and although I couldn’t go because of work, it did give me a ton of time to work on finished up revisions on my novel. Only one more read-through and it’s ready to go out into the world of agents – yay!

I hope your weekend was as great as mine was! Here’s what I’ve been reading:

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley – Would it be profane to compare another mystery writer to Agatha Christie? And yet every time I read Bradley’s books I can’t help myself. While the similarities seem to begin and end with the English setting, Bradley has such an amazing way of crafting words I’m reminded of Christie’s works. Needless to say, I love Bradley’s mysteries. I want to devour and savor them at the same time. His latest is no different and I’m already looking forward to his next.

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld – What if it was your job to define cool? What if nothing went onto billboards or into commercials without your approval? So sets the scene for Westerfeld’s novel about why some things are cool while others are not. Part mystery, part social commentary, Westerfeld makes his reader think and question what our consumer society.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke – This is a juvenile graphic novel filled with lively, colorful drawings and a fun story. I love the quote that opens Zita’s adventures: “There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.” G.K. Chesterton. When Zita finds a strange object inside what appears to be a meteor and her friend gets sucked into outer space, she decides to go after him. Thus begins the Zita’s journey through space.

What have you been reading this week?

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Sunday Fun Day

I love Sundays. I try to make them the day that I don’t make plans or run around like a crazy woman. A typical Sunday for me is to go for a long run (my personal form of communing with God and of self-reflection), eat a big breakfast and catch up on my reading. It’s so deliciously uneventful and it’s wonderful!

Today is cloudy but warm. Perfect for running! It’s especially nice because the air is still cool enough to build a fire, throw on a pair of sweats, and snuggle under a blanket to read the latest issue of Runner’s World while HGTV is playing in the background. When it gets warmer I’ll break out my disc golf bag, play a round or five, go to a park with my dog, and play all day in the sunshine.

Do you have a day of the week that is your special day? What do you like to do on that day?

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Fitness Friday!

Welcome to Fitness Friday!

I’m dedicating every Friday to something fitness related whether it be training, event related, nutrition or just a topic I find interesting. I’m also going to answer any questions you ask. You can ask through this blog or just email me at runnersami[at]hotmail[dot]com.

I’ve been interesting in fitness all my life. About ten years ago, I got really serious about being healthy and since then have done research on the best ways to accomplish that. It’s always a work in progress as I am constantly learning new ways to be fit, but I’m happier and healthier than I have ever been. Fitness isn’t just about working out and staying in good physical shape, it’s about making sure all aspects of your life are healthy. That means keeping mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit too.

I will also be posting any pertinent links to articles, websites or events in my blog on Fridays as I find them.

This week, as we are entering into a very popular time of year to run races, especially marathons and half-marathons, I wanted to post a few food runs that I found in Fitness magazine that I thought were funny.

1. Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – October 2,, Run the half and stay for the after-party during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.

2. Hershey Half Marathon – October 3,, For all those chocoholics who need a little incentive to run there’s a Chocolate Aid station that helps you reach the finish line.

3. Portland Marathon – October 10,, Grab a cold pint at mile 21, then run at your own risk. This city boasts 32 breweries which makes for a perfect race location for beer lovers.

4. Krispy Kreme Challenge – February 2011,, The most vomit-inspired race I’ve ever heard of – runners head from the NC State University Memorial Bell Tower to the nearest Krispy Kreme (2 miles), devour a DOZEN, then head back in under an hour – YIKES!

Have you ever heard of any weird races or run in one?

Until next Fitness Friday – Runner Sami