TOL: Random Running Thoughts

It’s Thursday – woo woo! What a week. My brain = mush. Which is why I’m grateful today for the Thinking Out Loud linkup, where I can just share a few semi-random thoughts with you today.

Today’s edition? RUNNING.


First, shoes. What kind of shoes do you wear? I tend to wear a neutral shoe with orthotics and I am LOVING¬†my new Saucony’s. They are so cushiony! And I think they’re cute ūüôā



I have a new brightly colored running sock obsession. It just happened within the past month. I went from owning all white running socks to a bunch of fun colors. And I love it!



I am so so so excited for my new running leggings!!! I ordered these Cleveland Marathon leggings before the holidays and they finally came. ¬†I ordered the 3/4 length, because that’s what I typically wear, but now I’m wondering if I should’ve gotten the full.



I miss running with people. My two morning running buddies no longer live near me and with the bebe it’s been hard (aka I’m lazy) to schedule runs with them on weekends, etc. This past weekend, I participated in the Cleveland Marathon kickoff run and it was SO great to run with a group of people again! I forgot how much I love it. (and check out our leggings :))



Ok this isn’t REALLY about running, but it’s related. I think I need more sleep. Scratch that. I know I do. This whole being a working mom thing with a 6-month-old baby plus trying to wake up at 5 a.m. to run thing is TIRING. I need some help in figuring out how to make it all work and how to get more sleep … or figure out how to run on significantly less than usual. Any tips? Hints?



Anyway, speaking of running, I have a giveaway going on for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon – you can win race entry to the 5k, 8k, 10k, half OR FULL! Enter here.

Thanks for Running with Spoons for hosting this great linkup and helping me get some of this out there! Some questions for you:

  • Any tips for running on little sleep?
  • Are you a fan of colorful socks or white ones?


WIAW: 36 Cent Brownie Sundaes

AND we’re finally at Wednesday. I’m not going to lie – I thought most of yesterday was Wednesday. But it wasn’t. I no longer have any sense of days of the week … does that ever happen to you? ¬†But I digress.¬†TODAY is Wednesday. And that means it’s a good day to share my eats and see what you are all up to and eating as well. Yup, it’s another¬†What I Ate Wednesday!

My day started with some egg white oats. Egg whites, oats, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast and some dried fruit. Yum!


And I had some boobie / energy bites for a snack/mid-morning dessert. 20170117_094133

And a handful of nuts. What can I say РI ran 6 miles in the morning and was HUNGRY! 20170117_105930

For lunch, we had a meeting out of the office at the new Yours Truly restaurant downtown. I had never been to a YT before, but it’s like a diner with tons of breakfast and other options. I debated heavily getting breakfast for a while, but finally decided on their Envelope – it’s a ginormous pita (it’s bigger than my fork!) stuffed with tons of veggies and dressing on the side. It was actually just what I was looking for and I’d definitely get it again!¬†20170117_125811

After the Envelope, I got dessert. We don’t typically get dessert after lunch meetings, but in honor of YT’s 36th anniversary, their dessert was only 36 cents!! That’s right – 36 CENTS FOR THIS GINORMOUS BROWNIE SUNDAE. ¬†How could I say no?20170117_132250

I should’ve been stuffed after lunch, but I ended up snacking on another energy ball and some kombucha. I LOVE this flavor.


I made B and I dinner after feeding FW some carrots (he’s not a fan). What was for dinner? Some sauerkraut, grilled pork loin, and whole roasted cauliflower and potatoes.¬†20170117_194137

And that, my folks, was my day. Not a bad one – after all, a 36 cents sundae in the middle of the day is a pretty good day in my book ūüôā

Some questions for you:

  • If you’re at a diner-type place, would you get breakfast for lunch?
  • What’s your favorite breakfast-for-lunch or breakfast-for-dinner meal?

GIVEAWAY: Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Race Registration!

It’s GIVEAWAY time!


I’m excited to share that¬†as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I get to give away a race entry! You could¬†receive one complimentary race code for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K, Half-Marathon or Full Marathon events that will be¬†the weekend of May 20!¬†(If you want to just head to the giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this post – I won’t judge)



I admit that I’ve been slacking in the racing/training area. Why? I am blaming it on the baby.

my running buddy/excuse

my running buddy/excuse

Getting little sleep at night and only 3-4 hours of uninterrupted sleep (sometimes less…sometimes more?) at a time and often less than 7 hours of sleep total at night has played its toll. And my free time is much more limited. Between work, existing after-work activities (work events,¬†book club, board meetings and events, my lovely ladies craft beer society), and life – running is not always a priority.

representing CLE on a stroller run in Columbus!

representing CLE on a stroller run in Columbus!

I’m not going to lie – I still run multiple times a week. But I’ve been enjoying NOT training for anything and just enjoying my sleepy runs when I get them in! Anyway – that’s why I’ve decided that I’M GOING TO RUN THE HALF MARATHON. And you should join me! If you’re planning on getting in shape or being more active in 2017, here’s your chance – you can win¬†entry to any one of the Cleveland Marathon races!¬†

What’s so great about the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon – and why¬†register?

The history: The Cleveland Marathon is¬†one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country ‚Äď while I‚Äôm sure the course (and scenery) has changed throughout the years, it‚Äôs great to run in a race that you know has so much history. And this year is its 40th anniversary!!


The course! I’ve only run the half and the 10k, but in my opinion, it’s a good view. Cleveland is a city of many neighborhoods and running the race (half, full and 10K) allows you to get a glimpse at some of these. The course is relatively flat and offers a variety of scenes.¬†I also personally love races where I can be in an urban environment, so I’m biased and love that this offers that. (Disclaimer: the only part of the race I don’t like is the end. The dreaded shoreway. It’s hot (or freezing – like last year!) and long and boring and hilly!)

on one of the said "hills" - the Lorain Carnegie bridge!

on one of the said “hills” – the Lorain Carnegie bridge!

The fans! Just as our neighborhoods are diverse, so are the spectators ‚Äď but they‚Äôre cheering you on, excited to¬†see you, holding signs, water, snacks and even beer for the runners.¬†Even last year when it was SLEETING there ended up still being some people out to cheer us on.¬†20160515_082336_001

The challenge series! Last year I was pregnant so I did the 5k/10k series. It’s fun to do a two-day event and also get a special medal. I’m leaning toward the 8k/half marathon this year! The 5k and 8k run at Edgewater Park on the near west side of downtown so you can get in some beach AND downtown views!

Here’s how to enter to win the GIVEAWAY¬†– these are all worthy of separate entries so – please leave a separate comment for each way you choose to participate!

  1. Leave a comment on this post. You can explain why you want to run the race OR if you’ve run before, your favorite part of the race. OR just tell me your favorite running mantra. What keeps you going?
  2. Follow @koskim (me!) on Twitter and leave comment telling me you did.
  3. Follow @koskim (me!) on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you did.
  4. Follow @clevemarathon on Twitter or Instagram and leave a comment telling me you did.

The giveaway will run through 11:59 p.m.¬†Eastern Time, Friday January 20. I’ll connect with a winner on January 21.

Disclosure: As a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I receive complimentary race entry AND a free race entry to give to you! I also get a cool t-shirt (should be here soon!) and invited to some special events. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Winter Weekends Aren’t All Bad

I’ll be the first to admit it – I don’t really like¬†winter.

I don’t like the cold weather. I don’t like snow and ice. I don’t like the dark days and nights. I prefer warmth and the ability to hang out outside, enjoy some sunshine and run when it’s light in the morning and at night.

BUT – I have to admit it. Not all winter weekends are bad. And I had a pretty good one this past weekend! Some of the highlights:

A flight of beers at Hansa House. My first time going to this new brewery and it did not disappoint. ¬†Especially since FW slept while we were there ūüôā


A trip to the West Side Market for some ham hocks. B made me one for dinner (to continue our Germany theme) with some piergoi and sauerkraut. And spicy German mustard.


A walk around Ohio City with FW in tow. I love wearing him, even though he’s getting too big to be in this baby k’tan much longer!20170114_152727

A group run! Fleet Feet hosted a kickoff run for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and I got a chance to wear my new Cleveland leggings AND meet up with some fellow marathon ambassadors for 4 miles. (check out the photobomber in the back !)


A birthday party! It was another weekend with a first birthday party for fellow LCBS baby Jack.


And then a short walk around some lakes. It was somewhat a beautiful (but cold) day.20170115_165618

And finally, dinner with¬†B’s family and BIRTHDAY ICE CREAM cake for dessert! I love ice cream cake. We celebrated our nephew’s birthday – I can’t believe he’s turning 7 – and my almost birthday!


See? Not an entirely bad weekend ūüôā

Some questions for you:

  1. Do you like winter?
  2. What flavors of ice cream would you have in your ice cream cake?

I’m linking up with Katie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: Lunch Mishmash

Cheers to Wednesday! I don’t know about you – but being back after the holidays has been rough. I’ve been tired and getting over being sick – so I’m definitely happy it’s finally Wednesday – and time for ¬†What I Ate Wednesday!

Egg white oats to start my day. I mix in some flaxseed and brewer’s yeast too!


Morning snacks included some mixed nuts and boobie balls (aka energy balls for all you non-breastfeeding folks.20170105_121815

I love leftovers for lunch. I had leftover spicy chicken burger, peppers/onions and a bite of a salmon burger. Random? Yes I know – but that’s what I love. A mishmash! 20170105_131231

Snacktime included another apple and some cashews…yummmmmm – I love that mix of sweet and salty.20170105_153201

And dinner was mostly a freezer meal! It was turkey chili I had made a few weeks ago, along with some new cornbread. ¬†I attempted to make cornbread without any milk (because I didn’t have any) – my usual recipe calls for buttermilk – and it turned out pretty good! It was a little more crumbly than usual but I managed to eat a few pieces (not pictured).20170105_194123
And that was it. A great meal for a snowy evening and I then passed out before dessert (okay, who am I kidding – I had a few pieces of cornbread for dessert, too).

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday.
Some questions for you:

  • Do you have a favorite cornbread recipe?
  • What do you typically do for lunch – go out? Mishmash? Leftovers? Pre-planned meal?

Disclaimer: Stemilt sent me some complimentary Skylar Rae cherries, and I loved them. All views are my own. 

Training Tuesday: Back on the Half Wagon

Where are all the New Year’s resolutioners? Is it just me – or has the gym/running trails/etc been eerily quiet the past week? I swear, every year at this time my gym gets more crowded and the running trails and paths get more full of people trying to make an effort to start the new year on track. But this year? I have yet to see this phenomenon.

Anyway, I’m BACK on the training bandwagon! I haven’t really stopped running, but I’ve been enjoying not having any planned races to train for and just running when I have time, am not super exhausted from life as a working mom with a baby who doesn’t sleep, and not feeling like I have to get out and run on the cold, snowy/icy, wintry roads.


he feels the same way i do about winter runs outside

BUT that’s all about to change – because it’s training season! That’s right, I’m officially training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon again. It’s coming up this May and as usual, I’ll be sharing my training with you as an ambassador. Stay tuned for a race entry giveaway, too!


I’ve done the race a few years in a row now (minus last year when I did the 10k/5k challenge series because I was just a weeeee bit huge and pregnant) and it’s a great tradition that I look forward to getting back at it!

running this pregnant was not as fun as it looks

running this pregnant was not as fun as it looks

2015 race - half marathon finish

2015 race – half marathon finish

Mary and I at the starting corral in 2014

Mary and I at the starting corral in 2014

So despite some of my nervousness about the race (Will I have time to train? Will I pass out on the treadmill since I’m so tired all the time? Will I be upset if I am not as fast as I have been in years’ past – since this is highly unlikely?! How can I breastfeed and train at the same time?), I’m excited to be finally committed to returning. Some questions for you:

  • What’s your next race?
  • Mommas – any hints for training with a baby?
  • Should I do the Challenge Series – 8k/half? Or just the half?

And it’s my first time linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia‚Äôs Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

PS- Check out my Instagram for my running GIVEAWAY I have going on right now – I’m giving away this great book by a fellow Cleveland author and Cleveland Marathon Ambassador!


My Weekend: Surviving 10 Degrees (and Sub-Zero) Temps with a Baby

We had a COLD weekend in Cleveland. I’m not talking the return of the Polar Vortex (remember that?!) but it was barely 10 degrees each day with wind chills making it even COLDER. So, what’s a mom to do with a baby when its freezing outside, we live in a teeny tiny apartment, and I go stir crazy very easily?

Well, we started off with homemade pizza Friday night. Courtesy of B. He makes the BEST pizza.  Oh yeah, and we started with a cheese/meat plate. Because preheating the oven to 500 degrees takes a while and I was hungry.

img_20170106_182457Side note – most of the meats and cheeses were from Gallucci’s and Ohio City Provisions, two of my FAVORITE places.


Attempt to make baby food (bananas and carrots) and then feed said food to baby. We’re working on it. FW enjoyed some of the banana better than the sweet potato I think.


Go OUT to dinner! B and I took a very short cold walk Saturday night and got beers and buffalo chicken salads. YAY!20170107_173330

Go for a walk inside our building, wearing FW. We live in a building with a coffee shop so I was able to walk over and pick up coffees and donuts Sunday morning. Without going outside! 20170108_085716

Spend time reading! Okay, I spent time working/napping, and B read as did FW, but we can’t always do everything as a family.


AND enjoy some delicious New Mexican food with friends! Because friends who cook for you and feed you when it’s their birthday are the best.

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I’m linking up with Katie and the weekly wraps.