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Friday question: Halloween treats worth running for

By | October 31, 2014 1:56 am | 0 Comments


Happy Halloween!

In honor of all hallow’s eve, I asked area runners: What candy or Halloween treat would you put extra miles in for?  Here’s what they say is worth running off:

Dark chocolate Reese's peanut butter cups! — Jennifer D.
An ice cold bottle of Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale! Or maybe a Kit-Kat bar. Or a Kit-Kat bar washed down with Pumpkin Ale! That's it! —Tom Madura
Sponge candy. They have a Hot Chocolate Run in Phoenix every year. It's chocolate but nothing like the stuff in Erie.​ — Paul Bressen
Romolo's chocolate covered strawberries. — Mary Connerty
Reese's cups. — Megs Shearman
No candy here but a Burger King milkshake!  Not sure what it is about them, but, damn, it's good after a long run! — Ron Church
Reese's peanut butter cups. — Angie Faulhaber
Smarties. — Leslie Cooksey
Kit-Kats. And Snickers. Also Reese Cups. Oh, and Milky Ways. I really like chocolate. — Karen Beebe
Peanut M&Ms — Betsy Haffley 

Snickers! — Stacey Hammer
Southern Tier Warlock, Pumking and Harvest. Sam Adams Oktoberfest. (Oh....Candy....LOL) — Matt Kleck
Reese's cups. — Lisa Meyer
Pumpkin cookies and half a Pumpking !!!! They pair well together and it's totally worth the workout. — Erin Ryan
3 Musketeers. — Jen Kelly
Reese's — Brenda Carr
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin. — LeAnne Morton
Take 5 bars, Nestle's $100,000 bars, Snickers pb squared are my three faves. The sad part is I'm not much if a runner, but I eat them anyway. — Cindy Slivinski
Those witches broom things that always show up at the Endurance Run. I am a sucker for those. — Dennis Albrewcynski
Candy corn pumpkins, Take 5 bars, and donuts. Lots of lots of miles for lots and lots of donuts. — Patt Krott
Reese's cups. — Michelle Gonda
Any Full size candy bars either dipped, stuffed, or layered with chocolate! — Teri Zalewski 

Peanut butter cups! — Jessie Zahner
Butterfinger. Fo sho. I have a serious Butterfinger problem. — Bethany Kelley
Peanut butter snickers. — Jennifer Bach

Panera frosted pumpkin shaped sugar cookies!! — Ginny Sackett
Almond Joy! — Joseph Hunt
Kit-Kats. — Lisa Shade
Milky Ways.  — Amy Cronk
Potato chips. — Jan Vieyra
I <3 candy corn. — Rana Evanoff
Beer!  — Dave Lesher
As for me, I’ll be raiding my kids’ bags for York Peppermints and Junior Mints. I also usually steal a few Kit-Kats, too. And, I get all the dark chocolate they don’t want.
Now that we’ve talked about what’s worth spluring on….here’s what some of your faves are going to cost you in minutes/miles to burn off.

Friday question: Fav local running spots

By | August 29, 2014 1:28 am | 0 Comments

This week’s question: Where is your favorite place to run locally (in the tri-state area) other than the peninsula?

Asbury Woods and Frontier Park. — Amy Cronk

Only Asbury Woods. — Al Warner

Edinboro Lake, Ernst Trail in Meadville, and around Findley Lake. — Lisa Shade

Drake Well trails. — Terry Zalewski

Asbury Woods. — Heather Bedell

Behrend/the gorge. — Renee York

Asbury Woods. — Dennis Albrewczynski

Oil Creek in Titusville. —Christine Kalie

Findley Lake (with a stop at Addie’s after). — Lisa Meyer

Chautauqua Overland Trail. —Chris Borgia

Asbury Woods. — Julie Kaufman

Oil Creek in Titusville….worth the drive. —Christine Vassen

Erie Cemetery. — Marcy Hall

Any lightly-traveled back-country road. Any of the creek crossings promise a nice dip as well. — Jim Lang

The gorge and Harborcreek Community Park trails. — Karen Beebe

Oil Creek State Park. — Rob Kolodziejczak

I say Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The trail system is unbelievable. — Diana Leroux-Woolf

Bull’s Dam (Eaton Reservoir), Our Lady of Mercy Church, Point Gratiot Park. — Adam Rowe

No doubt frontier park to bayfront around all the docks and back! — Joe Dobrich

Depend on the definition of local. Bull dam/ Howard Eaton reservoir. Penn state Behrend. Vineyards in the fall. — Stephen Haeseler

I love the bayfront connector trail…can safely run from Behrend to Frontier with minimal interaction with traffic and a nice amount of scenery! — Tracy Jenks

Behrend/SW Harborcreek and the Gorge. — Dave Lesher

Asbury woods … Hill Repeats. I get a great workout even if I’d rather slug off. Hills don’t lie. — Cynthia Johnson

Findley Lake. Also, Logan House (Penn State Behrend’s property on Station Road in Harborcreek) to Brew Haha (Colony Plaza). — Jen Kelly

Findley Lake, especially when there is ice cream involved. — Bri Hodges

Penn State Behrend campus & trails.  — Leslie Cooksey

Anyplace But the peninsula! — Susan Ellsworth

Findley lake. — Renee Uht

HC Community Park…I love the option of pavement plus trail running for my low mileage style! — Brenda Carr

I have to agree with those who said findley lake. But fall in North East with the smell of the grapes and vineyards in full bloom is great. — Tina Gruber

Findley Lake. But truthfully, running anywhere with my friends is enjoyable! — Debbie Humphreys

From my house on Mooreheadville Road to Freeport beach. Also South Shore Frontier Area. — Amy Morrow

Really anywhere, but definitely Findley Lake and what Tina said. I like all the routes created in NE during all the seasons. — Kristen Currier




We asked: One word description

By | August 15, 2014 1:17 am | 0 Comments

We asked runners: Describe your running self in one word.

Turtle. — Linda Young

Hare. — Dan Young

Juggernaut. — Eric Ellis

Dedicated. — Stacey Hammer

Tough. — Susan Ellsworth

Mirror. — Paul Bressen

Injured :-( — Patrick Dwyer (We feel your pain, Patrick. We’ve all been there. You’ll be back. Rest & heal).

Commitment.  (Committed to myself, my health, and achieving what I set out to accomplish. I never ran more than 3 miles at a time and I signed up for my first race — The Pittsburgh Marathon — and accomplished it. Now looking forward to The Cleveland Marathon in May 2015.)  — Jon Wolff

Determined. — Karen Manganaro

Patient. — Allison Jeric-Carroll

Persistent. — Mike Vieyra

Social. — Lisa Shade

Strong.  — Carol Crandall

Gliding. — Joe Dobrich

Lost. — Tom Twohig

Determined. — Trisha Schrieber

Happy. — Cindy Tickle

Free.  — Leslie Cooksey (We think alike. :) )

Imaginary. — Jennie Hutchison

Stubborn. — Mary Kay Synder-Migdal

Passion. — Ron Krystek

Underachiever. — Pat Krott

Determined! — Dee

Happier. (I may not look it but I am.) — Stephen Haeseler

Disciplined. — Teri Zalewski

Finisher. — Diana Leroux-Woolf

Strong. — Laurie Thompson

Social. (Or my running mates would say Talkative.) — Jen Kelly (Me, too, Jen…Me, too)

Capable. — Erin Ryan

Focused. — Karen Groshek

Learning. — Lisa Meyer

Positive. — Renee Uht

Strong. — Karen Beebe

Creative. — Eloise Hawking

Turtle! — Susie Ann

Persistent. — Brenda Carr

Purposeful. — Debbie Humphreys

Me? I had a hard time deciding — leading contenders — social, happy, free, Zen…but ultimately I have to go with: Peaceful. Running is where I find peace, in many ways.


Friday ?: Let’s talk about rewards

By | May 23, 2014 1:24 am | 0 Comments

This week I asked: Ice cream, cheeseburger, ice cold beer – what’s your favorite summertime post-run indulgence?  (Though I realize now that the way the question is phrased it sounds like I’m asking you to choose between the three and I wasn’t…was just giving examples, but….here we go):

Addie’s Ice Cream (Findley Lake) — Jen Kelly

Beeeeer….yum! — Cynthia Tickle

How about a beer while grilling a cheeseburger and following that up with some ice cream? — Matt Kleck

Seriously, depending on the time of day, beer or ice cream. I’d have a hard time following a 6am run with any of the options. — Kristen Currier

Ice cream and cheeseburgers! It is a serious problem! — Jessie Zahner

Beer & ice cream (but not at the same time) and that’s pretty much a year round thing for me – not just summertime. — Sandie Sweet

#1 ice cold beer, but not summer ale, #2 cheeseburger with the works! #3 nuttycone ice cream, if there is still room. If there is more than 1 beer I’ll stick to the beer. — Tom Twohig

Daily hot fudge sundaes are the reason I have to run in the first place!” — Carol Crandall

Coke Zero. — Dennis Albrewczynski

Ice cold Coke in the summer, ice cream year round. — Ginny Sackett

Beer! — Lisa Shade, Jim Lang, Abby Badach, Leslie Cooksey, Stacey Hammer

Cheeseburger and a beer. — Dave Lesher

Beer- summer shandy to be exact. (Lienikuegals) — Karen Groshek

In Erie, that’s easy…run at Presque Isle and finish at Sara’s! — Benjamin Reitz

Beer/ ice cream..depends. — Erin Dever

Ice cream! — Bethany Kellye, Brenda Carr, Lisa Meyer, LeAnne Morton, Karen Beebe, Renee Uht, Patrick Krott

As for me…I don’t like beer and I don’t care much for cheeseburgers or ice cream either (weird, I know). So my favorite summer time post-run indulgence is iced coffee or watermelon (which isn’t really an “indulgence” I know, but…it’s awesome after a hot run).

I run to…

By | March 28, 2014 1:48 am | 0 Comments

Finish this sentence: I Run to_______________.

…maintain my ability to run. — Pat Krott

…get away. — Jodi Herman

…stay fit and have fun. — Tom Madura

…challenge myself! — Christine Kalie

…my car when it’s pouring down rain. — Rob Engelhardt

…stay in shape. Lose weight. Be able to keep up in soccer game. Feel a sense of accomplishment. To explore unknown territories. And finally EAT ICE CREAM!!! — Jessie Zahner

…counteract criticism, to feel comfortable with myself, to be able to keep up with others, to not have my ass kicked by running girls. — Tom Twohig

…get the last chicken wing. — Doug Oathout

….fit into my clothes. — Lisa Shade

…socialize and check something off my to do list. — Renee Uht

….socialize (beer, ice cream and pancake runs rock!), Destress and challenge myself! — Leslie Cooksey

…think, pray, gain perspective, develop perseverance, de-stress, feel strong, express joy, relax, focus, and to just be me. — Karen Beebe

…feel strong. — Carol Crandall

….drink more wine!  — Tracy Jenks

…get my daily high. — Barb Armour

…reduce the stress that build up from the aggravation of work. The run clears my head & gets me ready for “what next?” — Jim Lang

…feel better about everything. —Kristen Currier

…because I’m a parent!!!  — Jenn Bauer-Pinzok

…stay sane. — Michael Morris

…beat the clock. — Jack Byers

…relax. — Amy Cronk

…stay healthy, have some me time, and model a healthy lifestyle for all the children in my life both at home and at school. — LeAnne Morton

…train, get in shape, spend time with my hubby, de-stress, & socialize. — Lisa Meyer

…relieve stress, catch up with friends and burn enough calories to eat ice cream and drink beer :) — Stacey Hammer

…stay healthy and also because my dad, who is no longer with us can’t run anymore! — Kristen Carpenedo

… go to the bar and the coffee shop and to hang out with with friends. Also to consume, coffee, food, and/or beer. — Matt Kleck

…feel a sense of accomplishment. — Lauren Kelly

….relieve stress. —Melissa Bessetti

….hang out with friends and to decompress. —Debbie Humphreys

…stay sane. —Bri Hodges

…collect my thoughts, relieve stress, and to socialize with friends!!! — Brenda Carr

…socialize. That is all. —Jen Kelly


Friday Question: Spring race plans

By | March 21, 2014 1:36 am | 0 Comments

I asked: Are you training for any big spring races? What’s on your schedule?

Boston!!!! — Amy Cronk

I’m training for the women’s half in Niagara Falls on June 1st. Looking forward to running with a great group of friends! — Stacey Hammer

Tough Mudder, the Presque Isle half marathon and Beast on the Bay! — Lisa Meyer

Pittsburgh marathon relay and the Marine Corps historical half marathon. — Jameel Gavin

I’m excited to say I’m training for the Tough Mudder, a half marathon this summer and Beast on the Bay. Every time I see a 13.1 sticker I think ” I need to earn that ASAP!” And I will probably wear the orange headband from the Mudder to bed every night. — Erin Ryan

Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC and the Hot Chocolate 15k in Philadelphia! — Jessie Zahner

What Stacey Hammer said….and I’m also training for Wineglass Marathon in Oct. — Jen Kelly

Wild Trail Half Marathon on April 19th, the zombie run in which I’ll be running the morning extreme race and converted into a zombie for the Black Ops event, and the Buffalo Marathon on May 25th. — Carolyn Michael

Tough Mudder, Niagara Falls Half, PI Half, Beast on the Bay, and the Wine Glass Marathon! — Bri Hodges

Tough mudder in May, Beast on the Bay in September, and that stupid Presque Isle full marathon in September. — Matt Kleck (who totally got talked into the marathon by a friend)

Pittsburgh Half Marathon… the first time I ran it in 2011, I was 30 pounds heavier and had just quit smoking. So, I figured I can’t run it any slower than I did in then–the pressure’s off! Plus, I’m running for a charity for the first time ever (a retired racing greyhound adoption group!) It’s been a fun opportunity to meet fellow the dog owners before I fill out the application to adopt one this summer. I told myself no dog before the 13.1, but… after meeting these great people and some great dogs … I might break my own rule. — Abby Badach

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon! And Tough Mudder Ohio! — Leslie Cooksey

Citifield Spartan Sprint April 12th then More/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon through Central Park April 13th, TM Ohio with Run Hard Finish Wet… Tough Mudder Ohio 2014 group, Glow Run, and more through the summer! — Amy Fuchs

Tough Mudder Ohio! — Crystal Nicholson

I’m training for 3 – Boston in April, Pittsburgh Marathon in May and in June the Cayuga Trails 50! — Karen Manganaro

Mudder in May, 1/2 in Niagara Falls, Bay Swim, Tri in June. — Kristen Currier

I’m training for the Miller Mile Run at Christmas. Yep, just one mile. — Jeff Seevers (LOL)

Tough Mudder and the Presque Isle Half Marathon. — Brenda Carr

Well…my physical therapist just informed me that I’m out for the Wild Trail Half in April… :( But I’ll be back on track for Tough Mudder in May, Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon in June, then a triathlon in the summer and more throughout summer and fall. — Karen Beebe

Tough Mudder, Niagara Falls half, PI Tri, Beast on the Bay, & Wine Glass half. And, as a note, I’m doing all of it with an amazing group of friends! — Debbie Humphreys

Friday Question: Best Picture picks

By | February 28, 2014 1:43 am | 0 Comments

In honor of Sunday’s Oscars and because the well is running dry on winter running topics, I went off-topic again this week. I asked area runners to tell me: Which movie do you think should win the Oscar for Best Picture?

Definitely “Gravity.” I am a huge Sandra Bullock fan. — Chuck Orton

“Her” was absolutely TERRIBLE! But I liked “Philomena.” — Theresa Konzel

I didn’t see any of them either. But I’m going to randomly choose…. “Philomena.” Just because it’s fun to say aloud. — Rhonda Berlin

I can’t pick! I haven’t seen all of them, but there was a good article in Runner’s World with Bruce Dern from Nebraska. He has run some serious miles! — Leslie Cooksey

I’ve seen 6 of the 9. I liked Nebraska the best. 12 Years a Slave will probably win, though I haven’t seen it yet. — John Guerriero

“Captain Philips.” Rented it from Redbox. Great movie! — Rob Dever

I’m with you – I know they were playing, but family, work, friends/working out took priority over movies. Maybe I’ll catch them on Netflix? — Kristen Currier

I didn’t see any of them because I have kids and so I never see anything without talking animals in it. Also, I have trouble sitting still for 2 hours …or more. :)  I did READ “12 Years a Slave” and I would highly recommend it — very well written.

Friday Question: Winter Olympics (and would be Olympians)

By | February 21, 2014 1:39 am | 0 Comments

Olympics are on my mind…probably because they are on my TV every night…so I asked area runners:

What is your favorite winter Olympic sport to follow/watch/cheer? Which one would YOU totally rock at???

Bobsled and bobsled — Pat Krott

Speed skating!!! — Jodi Herman

Snow boarding!! And I wish I could do that! — Karen Groshek

I would rock the athalon — the shooting part of the biathlon. — Doug Oathout

I look forward to watching the “downhill.” I’m sure that would be the event I’d fly with. — Rob Engelhardt

I LOVE the snowboard cross! I don’t know if I would rock at it, but I’d love to give it a go! — Kristen Currier

I don’t watch…but I’m pretty sure I’d get gold in talking. LOL.  — Jen Kelly

I think I want to pick up cross country skiing and start competing in biathlons! — Bethany Kelley

I agree with Bethany–biathlon. I’d love to compete in that. When I voiced interest in the sport my entire family laughed at me. I wasn’t kidding. Favorite to watch is something with interpretive results, like figure skating or the ski/snowboard tricks. Races with winners and times are too clear. I like the argument of subjectivity–points for artistry, etc. — Eloise Hawking

Bobsled always seemed fun. — Steve Krauza

Love watching the snowboarding cross. In my dreams, I world rock the half pipe on a snowboard! — Amy Cronk

Love to watch figure skating. And I would totally rock at falling/tripping/overall clumsiness…if that were a real sport. — Karen Beebe

Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, and bobsledding! Oh and I almost forgot Hockey! I like Biathlon because it looks fun and it’s like a little bit of an obstacle course with the skiing and the shooting! — Adam Rowe

I’m up for bobsledding. I think I can go fast down a hill in a sled. — LeAnne Morton

I love watching the skiing/snowboarding, but curling has always been fun to watch. I think I could be good at that. — Leslie Cooksey

Hockey is the best! But the snowboarding is pretty cool also! — Brenda Carr

Hard question because there are so many way-cool winter Olympic sports, but I’d have to say my favorites are the Alpine skiing events – Downhill, Slalom, Super-G. My own downhill skiing experience is mostly on the green trails at Peek-n-Peak, and a few spectacular wipeouts on blue trails, so I have tremendous respect for anyone that can go 80 MPH down an icy hill and stay in control!”  — Tom Madura




Why we

By | February 14, 2014 1:05 am | 0 Comments


In honor of today being the big V-day (yep, it’s Valentine’s Day, guys! No worries, there’s time to stop for chocolates on your way home), I asked area runners: What do you love about running?

“I love the great feeling of accomplishment after I’m done,” — Jameel Gavin

“What I love most about running is the fellowship of runners. The camaraderie, the support network, and the positive, healthy, optimistic spirit of the running community,” — Mike Lawrence

“‘I am running for my life’ is my mantra, and I love life.  I see running as a way to let me enjoy an active lifestyle as I age,” Patrick Dwyer

“The constant challenge, the camaraderie of group runs, and the freedom to do it whenever I feel like lacing up,” — Lesley Cooksey

“Camaraderie as well! The time and distance flies by as well. The other day when we went out for 5 miles and ended up doing 7 like it was no big deal,” — Matt Kleck

“The friendships I’ve made,” — Jen Kelly

“The alone time, away from the house and stress. And, the runner’s high that gets me through the day,” — Jennifer Bach

“One of the things I love is how I feel after a run. I’ve taken my “me” time and filled my tank so I have more to give my family and those around me. Aren’t endorphins just awesome?!” — Julie Watts

“The freedom and the camraderie. I LOVE being outside and seeing everything that’s happening around me, no matter if it’s the sting of snowflakes, cool raindrops on a humid summer afternoon, or listening to the birds wake up with me on a crisp early morning spring run. I also LOVE sharing it with my running friends,” — Kristen Currier

“The PEOPLE I run with!,” — Carol Crandall

“I love that it is a cheap activity that anyone can do. All you need is a good pair of shoes! When I run by myself, I love to clear my mind, plan new things, and talk to God. When I am with my friends, I love that I feel like I could run forever because I am enjoying the conversations and hardly thinking about running,”  — LeAnn Morton

“How alive I feel after running,” — Barb Gingenbach

“I love that it doesn’t take a whole lot of thought. So I can “escape” while running. And I love the energy and drive it gives me both mentally and physically in all aspects of life,” Bethany Kelley

“I love that I can run when I feel happy…but I can also run when it feels like the worst day of my life. Running develops the strength and perseverance that becomes part of who you are in every other area of your life,” — Karen Beebe

“I love my running friends! I also love how it has pushed me further than I ever thought possible. There’s always further to run or a faster way to get there.” — Stacey Hammer

“I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. Also the time to just ‘be’,” — Erin Dever

“The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual euphoria!” — Ginny Sackett

“Spandex!” —Anonymous (but he knows who he is ;-0)

“The calorie burn and feeling less stressed. And all the wonderful friends I’ve made,” — Karen Groshek

“I love being outdoors and having the time to think or pray or plan. It is my ME time,” — Jean LaFuria

“The sense of accomplishment and the feeling of increased energy and invigoration I always feel after a good run!,” Tom Madura

“The opportunity to let my mind wander while releasing the days stresses, challenging your core, and being left overall renewed.” — Rob Dever





Dead legs (question from a reader)

By | February 6, 2014 5:45 pm | 0 Comments

I received this question from a reader and I’m kinda stumped. Anyone have any advice?

I just started a jogging program, fast walk for 1.5 minutes and then run/jog for 1 min. It is a total 30 minute workout. My legs feel like dead weights from the knees down. I run every other day. What is causing this and how do I correct it?