2017: Workout Recap Week 37

Monday, September 11th

5 miles around the neighborhood 

Remembering 9/11

Tuesday, September 12th

4 miles on the treadmill before heading out for work stuff all day.

Wednesday, September 13th

4 miles around the neighborhood in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where I was on a retreat with fellow female staffers. 

Thursday, September 14th

Rest Day

Friday, September 15th

3.13 shake out miles with some positive vibes and negative splits! 

Saturday, September 16th

7 miles on a Saturday evening after a whole day of field hockey. 

Sunday, September 17th

Rest Day

Cheered my multiple friends and the hubby at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. My mentor Mandy ran her first half marathon too!


2017: Workout Recap Week 36

Monday, September 4th – Labor Day!

3.5 miles around the neighborhood

 

Tuesday, September 5th

5 miles on the Radnor Trail

Wednesday, September 6th

4 miles around the neighborhood 

Thursday, September 7th

5 miles around the neighborhood

Friday, September 8th

Rest Day

Saturday, September 9th

15 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with my new friend Cait!

Sunday, September 10th

Rest day

How did your workouts go this week?

Friday Faves: Labor Day Weekend 

I didn’t have a chance earlier this week to write about the fun events of Labor Day Wekened! So here I am writing it in a Friday Faves post!

1) Seeing my the seniors at D.C. play field hockey.

I had been coaching field hockey at a local school for the past 6 years and this is my first season not coaching. Needless to say it wasn’t an easy choice to make mainly because of the relationships with the girls, especially the seniors. Thankfully, I was able to go see their first season game last Friday and they were super duper excited to see us there! 
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The girls were so excited to see us there was an immediate group hug with the two of us and all the seniors. So sweet, it made my heart melt a bit and it was nice to know that they miss us so much.

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2) #RunforTexas Virtual 10k

A bunch of my friends on Instagram were reposting information on a virtual 5k/10k race where all the proceeds would 100% go to the people affected by hurricane Harvey.

I looked up the race and they were planning on hosting it September 1-4 (Labor Day Weekend). When I looked at the prices I was stoked because the 5k was $5 and the 10k was $10 which was totally affordable for anyone to run and donate to a great cause.



It was really cool to here that overall we raised about $55,000 for Harvey Relief.

3) The Franklin Institute Mirror Maze

The hubby told me he really wanted to go to the Mirror Maze exhibit at the Franklin Institute so we went to check it out because it was the last day and he really wanted go to it. We had a fun time racing through the maze. Oh and I won!
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4) Franklin Fountain: Lightning Rod Sundae

We love a good ice cream sundae and definitely if it is from Franklin Fountain which is an old fashion ice cream shop in Old City Philadelphia.

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We decided to order an ice cream sundae that we hadn’t tried before and this one was the Lightening Rod. It was delicious.

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5) Big A** Slices Pizza

Did did dinner and dessert in reverse because after Frankin Fountain we got pizza from Big A** Slices because as you can see from the picture below the slices are BIG! And honestly, as someone that consumes pizza pretty regularly it was really good! I definitely want to go there again soon!
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6) Taking Lola to Valley Green Trail

My dad plays the accordion and him and his girlfriend love going to the Valley Green Trail so he can play his accordion for all the runners, families, etc. We decided to go down there for a little bit last Saturday morning and bring Lola.

She had a blast! She got to see a lot of people and get tons of pets. She also went for a 1 mile run with Brian and she loved it. It also left for one pooped pooch!


2017: Workout Recap Week 35

Monday, August 28th

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Tuesday, August 29th

5 easy miles on the treadmill

Wednesday, August 30th

5 miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, August 31st

4 miles on the CVT

Friday, September 1st

Rest Day

Saturday, September 2nd

10 miles total: completed the Run for Texas Virtual 10k and then finished with 4 easy miles. 

Sunday, September 3rd

3 easy miles on the treadmill to round out the week!


How were your workouts this week?


Coffee Chat: August 2017

This month was a weird month for me. Mainly because I am not coaching field hockey this fall so I didn’t have preseason or the feeling that my summer is ending early dread. But, for those of you who didn’t know I have been coaching field hockey for the past 6 years at a local Christian school and the other two coaches and I resigned last spring (long story) but it has  definitely been an adjustment to it be surrounded by a team or the 2 coaches who are my fall besties 6 days a week right now. 

What I am drinking: water from my Hidrate Spark 2.0 water bottle

What I am eating: mini beef tacos from Trader Joes

Races I’ve run: I ran the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, British Colombia. I was a race trained all summer with under a coach to finally get my sub 2 half marathon. Well, I didn’t it and I couldn’t be happier AND so glad it’s over. 

Races I’m training for: Well, I am still running and technically training for the Ocean City NJ Half Marathon the end of September and the Philadelphia Half Marathon the middle of November (the hubby is running the full).

What I am reading: How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald

Fun Things I’ve Done: The hubby and I went and tried out the new Duck Donuts for the first time when we got home from Vancouver. 

Other than that – August was a pretty tame month in terms of life. Vancouver was definitely a highlight and you can check out my race recap here.

 

2017: Workout Recap Week 34

Monday, August 21st

4 miles around the neighborhood

Tuesday, August 22nd 

4 miles on the Schykull River Trail with Conshy Running.



Wednesday, August 23rd

4 miles around the neighborhood. First run since SeaWheeze that my legs felt good!

Thursday, August 24th

4 easy miles with Conshy Running 

Friday, August 25th

Rest Day

Saturday, August 26th

10 miles along the Schykull River Trail. Such a nice fall feeling morning.


Sunday, August 27th

Rest Day

How were your workouts this week?

Transition: Back to running without a Coach 

It has been about 2 weeks since my sub -2 half marathon at SeaWheeze and I definitely had time to soak it all in. I saw my coach this past Tuesday night at run club and the first thing she did was give me a big hug! She was so excited that I accomplished a goal I had worked so hard for. When I was giving her a little race recap I told her that I couldn’t have done it without her and she responded with, “You did all the work, I just made the plans.” Well, Coach Kristy, you helped me conquer what I wasn’t sure I could do. I am so grateful for your guidance and accountability during this past training cycle. It means the world to me!

Well, now that I have achieved my sub-2 goal, I honestly am laying a bit low. Yes, I am still running, but I am running with a different mindset – to enjoy the miles. I honestly have no desire to do speed work right now. First reason, because I hate it. It stresses me out a bit because I really try to hit my splits at the exact point I am supposed too. Second, I honestly just don’t like going fast, I enjoy running for running’s sake not to always go for a goal to get fast (to be honest). Yes, I love seeing my times get faster, but that isn’t the main reason why I run half marathons. It is to give myself a goal race so I have a reason to go out and run. If I don’t run then the race will be quite difficult.

So for right now I am just enjoying the miles. I am listening to podcasts as I run. Two of my favorites are Ali on the Run and Run, Selfie, Repeat. I love getting lost in listening to the podcasts and the miles at the same time.

I do have two races coming up this fall: Ocean City (NJ) Half Marathon and the Philadelphia Half Marathon. I know the Ocean City Half Marathon is a bit hilly at the beginning and I feel the weather on September 24th could be unpredictable. It could be the NorthEast fall cool weather or it could be hot. You never know so I decided I wanted to enjoy the views and the environment of the this race. But the Philadelphia Half Marathon is usually pretty good weather for a race. I am excited for the new course that they came up with after the course from last year being a dud.

For all things said I am so glad that I worked so hard this summer for my sub 2 half marathon and I did it with a coach holding me accountable as well as specific workouts each week. If it wasn’t for Coach Kristy I am not sure I would have ran a sub 2. But right now I want to relax a bit with my running and I am excited about it.

I am so excited for my upcoming half marathons and enjoying the races!