2016: Week 33 Recap

Week 8 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 15 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: Rest

Monday, August 15th

4.19 miles down with negative splits. 

Tuesday, August 16th
4 miles on the treadmill because I wanted to multitask and watch the Olympics while running. 


Wednesday, August 17th
A nice run around the Wilson Farm Park loop. 4 miles! 

Thursday, August 18th 

Very slow run because my feet have been bothering me due to training and coaching field hockey all day. Glad I finished one of my 7 milers for the week!


Friday, August 19th

Rest day but did some leg strength training at the gym.

Saturday, August 20th

Long run day! 15 miles done on the SRT and I couldn’t wait to eat! 

Had to take some pictures to remind me of the Philly Marathon last November. 

Sunday, August 21st

Rest day! 

I can’t believe I am about half way through training for my second marathon!

2016: Week 32 Recap

Week 7 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: rest or cross training
  • Saturday: 14 miles
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, August 8th

4.2 mile run with negative splits definitely made me a happy girl! Did strength training in the evening. 

Tuesday, August 9th 

Changed up the mileage for the week. Did 4.16 moving my 7 miler to Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 10th

7 very hot and humid miles

Thursday, August 11th

Got out early for a 3.16 mile run. Very humid, ran as fast as I could most of the time. I hate that I’m slow in the heat. 

Can’t wait for cooler fall temps!

Friday, August 12th

Decided on a rest day because of the humid temps in Philly. 

Saturday, August 13th

14.06 miles and I’m glad I pushed through and got it done. Get much better than last week’s long run, making progress! 

Sunday, August 14th

Rest day! 

Enjoyed the afternoon at the Phillies game! 


Then we went food shopping and bought lots a fruits and veggies. I was excited to meet Katie Reinprect. 

I am really excited for this crazy heat wave in Philly to go away! 

Review: LaraBar Bites

My Instagram friend Chelsy, discovered that LaraBars made these bites that can help savor your sweet tooth. I went on a Target run and I found them in the food section and I just had to try them after her recommendation. 

There are 4 different kinds of LaraBar Bites (see in picture below). 

Honestly, I can be a picky eater sometimes and I don’t like cherries or coconut so the bottom two I wouldn’t try. But the Mint Chocolate Truffle and the Double Chocolate Brownie I would eat regularly. 

My first try was obviously the Double Chocolate Brownie and they were amazing. I could have honestly munched on the whole bag, there are 5 servings per bag and 4 of the little nubs are 140 calories. 

I hope that you decide to try them because they are definitely worth it when you have that random evening sweet tooth craving! 

2016: Week 31 Recap

And we returned from our vacation in Cancun and definitely did not want to leave! It was restful and a great way to spend some time with the hubby and relax! 

But back to reality and week 6 of Marine Corps Marathon training. 

This week calls for:

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 3 miles
  • Thursday: 6 miles
  • Friday: rest 
  • Saturday: 9 miles (doing 12 because I missed my long run last week) 
  • Sunday: cross training 

Monday, August 1st

3.11 miles with some strength training 


Tuesday, August 2nd 

5.99 miles on the track -2.5 mile warm up then the decreasing conshy ladder (1600, 1200, 800, 400) with Conshy Running.

The cooler temperatures helped me feel fast again! 

I love this crew of motivating people. 

Wednesday, August 3rd

3.25 morning miles – got it done even though I was a bit slower, I guess because of pushing so hard at the Conshy Running track workout. But I am proud of my performance there so I will take this slow run and know that I got it done!

Thursday, August 4th 

Got 2 miles in on the Schkyull River Trail then hit up my last 3 miles for the day with my favorites pals at Conshy Running! 


Friday, August 5th 

Took a rest day to be ready for my 12 mile long run on Saturday. Did some strength training at the gym!

Saturday August 6th

12 mile long run. It was a rough one but I finished and felt good about it.

Happy 9 months to Lola! She loves to get herself into the bathtub these days. 

Sunday, August 7th

Rest Day – went to a friend’s baby shower in Delaware. 


Can’t wait to meet the baby! 

Boston Bound – Book Review

Two weeks ago, I won this awesome book called Boston Bound by Elizabeth Clor through a giveaway that Carlee McDot had on her Instagram page. I was excited that I won the book, if I didn’t win I would have bought a copy anyway. I was definitely excited to dive into this book once it came in the mail but I was waiting for our vacation to Cancun to really break it out because I wanted to enjoy reading it on the plane and by the beach. 

While reading the book on the beach I loved how it was a story mostly based off of Elizabeth’s own blog posts. You were able to capture the raw feelings she felt as she failed to BQ in multiple races to then face and conquor her barriers to finally qualify for the Boston Marathon after 7 years of numerous attempts. 

When Elizabeth realized that she could do whatever she wanted with her life and not worry about other people’s opinions. She just needed to “do Elizabeth” and that’s all that mattered! It was enlightening to me. That is something I wish I had a firmer grasp on when I was a college field hockey player, not comparing myself to others or trying to be someone that I am not. I am glad tha when it comes to running I have tried to have the mentality that Elizabeth developed as much as I can. I need to be confident that I am capable of doing more and better than I have been especially in the half marathon, I can’t let the success of other people push me away. Enjoy the community of running and the relationships that I have made from this awesome sport. 

I highly recommend this book of you are struggling to reach a goal you set out to achieve, comparing yourself to others, or just a person who loves to run. It’s an easy read and definitely a page turner! 

Thanks Elizabeth for the awesome book!

Cancun!

Cancun was one of the best vacations I ever had, I am so grateful that my hubby put this trip together for us. It was definitely what we both needed after a long hard year. I just wish the trip wasn’t four days, wish it could have been longer, but then maybe I would’nt have wanted to leave even more! 

We spent most of the trip relaxing by the beach and by/in the pool. The pool was heated and I would just swim in there all day and relax. But as I was laying around I read the entire book Boston Bound by Elizabeth Clor. I will be writing a review on the book later on. It was great to read through 2 entire books and start a third. 

Brian and I bought these cups at the gift shops called bubbas. We had them in our hands the entire time, they were constantly filled with water, coffee, or some fun fruity drink. 

As you can tell I was really excited to have my bubba filled with coffee while I enjoyed a good read on the beach! 

The next day after a full day of relaxing we took a boat tour and had the opportunity to go snorkeling! It was so fun toe hang out on the boat even though we got burnt and we had great company to with new people we met on the boat. 

Snorkeling was so cool. I had a hard time breathing through the snorkel tube so I had to just use the mask and hold my breath under the water. 

We were really sad to leave this relaxing paradise and head back home to our normal lives, but we were so glad that we were able to enjoy a nice quiet vacation together and grow closer to each other. Thank you Lord for an awesome husband. 

Book Review: The Average Girl’s Guide to Living an Above Average Life

I have been following Heather on Instagram and reading her blog for the past 2 years. She has been a light in my life and encouraging to me because she is around my age (a 30 something), runner, and mommy. Well, I’m not a mommy yet but she continues to encourage me in the fact that I can still do everything I love AND be a mom (in the future). 
Heather recently wrote and short book and I have to admit I was so excited when she announced it on Instagram! I couldn’t wait for the release date to come and I quickly volunteered to get the word out for her. 

I love how the book is titled, “The Average Girl’s Guide to Living an Above Average Life.” I hate the word average sometimes, I feel it dictates that we should all be the same and not excel to be better or excellent at the gifts that God has given us. Through out the book she is able to break down different areas of our lives, as women, that we feel we may need some fixing. This was a great book for me to read because as a wife/newlywed (been married a little over 1 year now), a woman in full-time ministry, a friend, daughter, runner, adventurer, puppy mommy, and blogger I really felt I need to straighten up some areas of my life. The book also was only 60 pages so I was able to zip through it on the plane to Cancun with the hubby.

I love how Heather put her own southern flair throughout the book and admitted that she doesn’t have it all together either but is a continued work in progress just like we all are. I have to admit I love her frequent use of “y’all” it made me feel like I was having a conversation with her over coffee. She is very relatable and if you are a woman who needs help trying to figure out how to put some pieces of your life back into order this book is a quick and easy way to get on track. Heather also summarizes each chapter at the end so you can easily reference back to highlight certain parts as reminders. 

Thank you Heather for opening up and writing your thoughts down on paper. I am truly grateful for your wisdom and friendship (even though it is mostly through social media). If you would like to check out Heather’s Blog click Here.

You can buy her book by clicking Here!

2016: Week 30 Recap

Week 5 of marathon training is here and the hubby and I are on vacation in Cancun the end of the week. So, with that in mind we are hoping to get in as much of our training as possible while still being able to relax. 

My initial plan was: 

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 6 miles
  • Wednesday: 3 miles
  • Thursday: 6 miles
  • Friday: rest or cross training 
  • Saturday: 12 miles (long run) 
  • Sunday: rest 

Monday, July 25th

I wanted to wake up and do an early run but because of a really bad storm from Sunday night I wasn’t able too. So I want to the gym to try out their Woodway Treadmills because it was to darn hot to go outside. 

3.18 miles done!

All I have to say about the Woodway treadmill is that I found my new best friend! I ran on it comfortably with no knee pain! I felt like I was gliding! I highly recommend this treadmill to anyone with nagging injuries, such as myself. 

Tuesday, July 26th

6.12 miles on the Woodway treadmill again at the gym. The temperature outside is crazy, it’s way to hot to hit the pavement. Please cool down soon!

Wednesday, July 27th

3.12 miles before 6am! It was difficult to get out of bed but worth it in the end. 


Thursday, July 28th

Travel day to Cancun, Mexico for a brief vacation! 

We just wanted to get to the resort and begin relaxing. Therefore, it was a rest day!

Friday, July 29th 

We woke up and relaxed the whole day partly on the beach reading then lounging in the pool the rest of the day. 

Wanted to get a run in but felt all the swimming I did in the pool was a good workout. 

Saturday, July 30th 

The hubby and I weren’t able to get a run in because we were on a boat tour all day. We did quite a bit of swimming when we returned to the hotel and walking around an island. 

Sunday, July 31st

Wow! We are definitely sad to leave Cancun, our vacation was amazing and very relaxing. Wish we had one more day but back to real life tomorrow and get back into marathon training after our mini break. 

2016: Week 29 Log 

I was hoping this week would be a bit more consistent than last week. Thankfully I am done campus for the summer! 

Week 

  • Monday – cross training
  • Tuesday – 3 miles 
  • Wednesday – 6 miles 
  • Thursday – 3 miles 
  • Friday – 6 miles 
  • Saturday – 11 miles
  • Sunday – rest 

Monday, July 18th 

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to my handsome hubby! 

Started the day off with a 3 mile run before 6:00am 

Tuesday, July 19th 

Woke up and got another 3 mile run done before 6am. Gosh it feels good to get my run in first thing in the morning.

Afterwards, I treated myself to the new summer drink at Starbucks: Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. It was amazing! Can’t wait to get it again!

Wednesday, July 20th

Mid-week 6 mile run. Needed to make a few stops but I am glad I got it done. 
Thursday, July 21st

Did some strength training before heading to meet the Conshy Runners for a run. It was great to see all my running buddies again. A nice 4 mile run on the SRT was what I needed. 

Plus it was the first run since surgery I didn’t stop. Progress, not perfection. 

When I got home from running club the book I won from Carlee McDot and Elizabeth Clor was in the mail! Can’t wait to dive into on vacation! 


Friday, July 22nd

I decided that this was going to be a rest day prior to long run Saturday. 

I was so excited to try out my first Herbalife shake this morning. So glad that Kallie and Abby recommended it to me as a breakfast option during lacrosse camp. Can’t wait to try the Cafe Latte flavor.


Saturday, July 23rd

Just over a 10 mile run for my longest run since surgery. I could have kept going for 11 but the hubby was done so I decided that was enough. 

We stopped at our favorite donut place afterwards. 

Post long run breakfast of champions. Not the most healthy option but their donuts are AMAZINGLY! 

Sunday, July 24th

Rest Day at home with the family. 

1 Year Anniversay Weekend

I came home from FCA Lacrosse Camp last Thursday and my husband had already started our anniversary celebrations! He is so sweet! Since the 1st anniversary is the paper anniversary he bought me a book that I was eyeing up at Barnes and Noble. It is Lauren Graham’s first book and I am stoked to read it on our vacation to Cancun next week.

On Friday, since I was still not feeling well and recovering from camp we decided to hit up Chipotle for lunch. The multiple gift cards I had really helped too! I got my favorite a chicken burrito bowl.

Later on that night we went to the Lindsey Stirling Concert in Reading. She is an amazing dancing violinist.

Saturday morning I woke up late because I was still catching up on sleep from the camp drained. Needless to say I should have just gotten out of bed because that run was HORRIBLE!

Brian and I went to his parent house to visit and drop Lola off for them to watch her for the afternoon while we attended a birthday party.

His dad was really excited to spend time with the grand-pup that she was so tuckered out on the drive home.

She was out like a light, she even slept in on Sunday morning, we had to wake her up. Our little sleepy head. 

Sunday we went to church then we headed to The Movie Tavern to finally see the movie: The Secret Life of Pets. We have been looking forward to that moving for a while!

I got coffee chocolate chip!

On the way home Lola enjoyed her time at shot gun.

On our anniversary, July 18th, we went out to dinner at our favorite local restaurant, Christopher’s: A Neighborhood Place. I got my favorites spicy crab Mac & Cheese and Brian got the mussels in linguine.


We ate our wedding cake for dessert. This is what our cake looked like surrounded by all the amazing cupcakes!

Brian and I were shocked that the cake looked exactly the same and tasted yummy too!

I was so excited that the cake tasted exactly as it did on our wedding day one year ago! 🙂 Vanilla almond with a bit raspberry in there. Yum Yum!

At our wedding reception, we had these books on the tables as the Table Numbers and so we could read a nice note on each anniversary. We were very excited to read our first one!

It was a great first of many anniversaries! Love you Brian!