2017: Week 12 Recap

Week 5 of Delaware Half Marathon and Broad Street Run training. 

Monday, March 20th

3 puddle jumping miles due to melting snow! Thank goodness!

Followed by free First Day of Spring Rita’s Water Ice with the “little sis.”

Tuesday, March 21st
6 miles around the neighborhood. 

Wednesday, March 22nd

4 difficult treadmill miles 

Thursday, March 23rd

3.11 miles with my friend Kate with Conshy Running

Happy Birthday to my hubby!

Friday, March 24th

Rest day

Saturday, March 25th

Long run along the Schykull River Walk and Boathouse Row. 

Sunday, March 26th

40 minutes on the elliptical and strength training 

How were your workouts this week? 

2017: Week 11 Recap

Week 4 of Delaware Half Marathon and the Broad Street Run.

I decided to change up my training plans, I switched from the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Plan to the Intermediate 1 Plan because I felt like it was better for me right now. I want to incorporate cross training into my weekly plan which I was just using as an extra rest day for my knee. But I think the cross training isn’t bothering my knee so I will keep with one full rest day a week.

Monday, March 13th

3.5 miles on the treadmill before the huge blizzard hit Philly!

Tuesday, March 14th

Was planning on going to Conshy Running Speed Training to do the prediction mile, but couldn’t because of the snow storm that hit Philly!

So, Rest Day!

Wednesday, March 15th

3.62 miles done on the treadmill with some strength training afterwards.

Thursday, March 16th

I was planning on running with a few friends but the Schykull River Trail was still covered with snow so I opted for the treadmill again.

5 miles with a reminder to always be joyful. 

Friday, March 17th

3.2 miles with this amazing girl! So proud she is a Messiah Field Hockey National Champion! 

Saturday, March 18th

7 miles on the treadmill as my long run for the week. Took it at an easy 10 minute pace. 

Sunday, March 19th

Was going to do some cross training but my knee is sore so I’m opting for another rest day. 

How were your workouts this week?

Simple Hydration Bottle Review

A few months ago, I came across this running hydration bottle from Simple Hydration. It is a water bottle designed for runners or anyone that leads an active lifestyle. You can slide the bottle into your race belt, shorts, pocket, sports bra, you name it! But before I get into my review of this awesome hydration bottle here is some background of my typical hydration techniques.

I usually carry water with me all the time when I am running in the summer months. It just is to hot and humid here in Philadelphia not too, even on a quick 3 miler. For those short runs I usually carry my small handheld water bottle and for longer runs I carry my 16 ounce bottle (below).

This bottle I would carry when I was going on short summer runs to make sure I say hydrated.

I have found that the waistband hydration belts don’t work well for me. They slide and flop around on me. I’m just not a fan personally. But I do get annoyed when I am running with something in my hand, I would totally prefer to be handsfree but you do need water on your runs!

One my of my instagram friends posted on her Insta Story about the Simple Hydration bottle last fall. I thought it was awesome and really wanted one. So I contacted that company to see if they could send me one and I would write a review on my blog. They contacted me back saying that they like my blog and would send me a bottle to review. Part of the reason I wanted to review the bottle is to get it out here in Philadelphia! I haven’t seen a single runner with the Simple Hydration bottle and wanted to make it known so they can grow the brand. I do many of my long runs on the Schuylkill River Trail in downtown Philadelphia and I know that when I start using it out in that area I may start to get some questions.

I was so excited when it came in the mail and was ready to use it on one of my runs. I quickly realized that I need to be wearing a pair of leggings or shorts with a tight band around them. Some of my running shorts/leggings aren’t tight around my waist because I honestly just don’t tie the string to make them tighter but if I using the Simple Hydration bottle I need to or else it will by floppy while I run. I have to say I haven’t tried it in my sports bra yet because it hasn’t been warm enough in Philadelphia to run with a tank top and I usually don’t run in just a sports bra.

I wore it three times so far with my Lululemon leggings and it stayed there like a gem.

I was excited to use it on my 12 mile run with my friend Kate.

I highly recommend this bottle for runners that prefer to run hands free!

2017: Week 10 Recap

Week 3 of Delaware Half Marathon and Broad Street Run training!

Monday, March 6th

3 miles before 6:00am

Tuesday, March 7th

4.1 miles on the treadmill with some strength training 

Wednesday, March 8th

3.1 miles total. Ran to the local high school for their FCA huddle and back home. 

Thursday, March 9th

5.1 miles with Conshy Running had a meatball hoagie afterwards because it was National Meatball Day! 

Friday, March 10th

 Rest Day

Saturday, March 11th

 5.1 miles on the treadmill

Sunday, March 12th

60 minutes on the running ellipical and strength training

How did your workouts go this week?


2017: Week 9 Recap 

Week 2 of Delaware Half Marathon and Broad Street Run training!

Monday, February 27th

3.12 miles at 9:28 pace

Tuesday, February 28th

3.13 miles with my running buddy Kate.

Wednesday, March 1st

3.12 miles on the treadmill, strength training


Thursday, March 2nd

5 miles on the Schykull River Trail with Conshy Running

Friday, March 3rd

Rest Day

Saturday, March 4th

8.10 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail and River Banks.


Sunday, March 5th

Rest Day from running did some strength training at the gym with the hubby.

How did your workouts go this week?

Coffee Chat – March 2017

I wanted to start sharing a bit about what is going on in my life through one of my favorite things to drink: COFFEE!

So here are some things that have come up in my life in March….

What I am currently drinking: a cup of Colombian coffee with Coffeemate Butter Pecan Creamer.

What I am currently eating: a Superhero Muffin from the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook.

I have loved eating these prior to my long runs as well as running club because I need a little boost before hand as well as hold me over for dinner afterwards which I usually have around 8:00pm on those nights.

What I am currently obsessed with: My new notebook that helps me keep track of my to-do lists and reminders. Since I work from home and I am in full-time sports ministry sometimes my mind goes a mile a minute. I don’t want to be forgetful if I have something I need to do, I write it down in this notebook. I also write daily to-do lists to make sure I am being productive and holding myself accountable to getting my work done.

What is one of favorite things right now: I love the Sarah Marie Design Studio t-shirts. I love wearing them with a cardigan when I am chilly or just as is with a pair of jeans.

What I am reading: The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike which is a book about a woman who lost her parents while she was in college. She was trying to gain a bit of herself back from the unforeseen circumstances of losing her parents in a plane crash and started running. 

Currently working on: More cross training in my work out plan. I usually ignore this part and just make it an extra rest day because of my knee. But I decided that I don’t need two rest days a week and that it is important for me to implement cross training into my work out routine. So there is an elliptical that is built for runners at my gym so I have been doing that for 60 minutes once a week and have been enjoying it!

Currently Training for: The Broad Street Run 10 Miler and the Delaware Half Marathon.

I am excited to run the Broad Street Run for the 5th year in a row. I have 4 more years until I am waved from lottery entry. The Delaware Half Marathon will be my 2nd state in my quest to running a half marathon in all 50 states.

March Mileage: 101.82

Next month I start peaking for my races – more miles to run and I am rearing to go!