2017: Workout Recap Week 52

Monday, December 25th

Merry Christmas! Ended up as a rest day due to all the busyness of the day!

Tuesday, December 26th

Unexpected rest day due to the craziness at Lululemon, I got home and wanted to relax!

Wednesday, December 27th

5 early miles on the treadmill and yoga!

Thursday, December 28th

5 miles is the 20 degree temps!

Friday, December 29th

Orange Theory!

Saturday, December 30th

Rest day

Sunday, December 31st

Last run of 2017 was a short 7 mile long run on the treadmill.

The Ugly Sweater Run 5k

Sorry this recap was posted a bit late! Things got crazy with the Christmas season and I wanted to take time to be with my family and relax.

The hubby decided to sign us up for this 5k that we ran last year in the sleet and snow! It was a lot of fun but super cold and wet! I definitely wanted to do it again but wasn’t sure if we should spend the money. But the hubby found the race on sale so he decided to sign us up for the race. I was excited to enjoy the festivities again and was hopeful the weather would be better than it was last year.

I put our my ugly sweater and my hat the evening before and all my winter gear as they were calling for it to be sunny and pretty chilly.

When we arrived at the Please Touch Museum for the race there was a huge party in the grassy area which was covered with snow. There were tons of inflatables and even coal fires to keep people warm.

Got to love the fact that there was a bounce house but it was full of snow.

The hubby and I were dressed in our Ugly Sweater Run attire and he event went to the local CVS (drug store) to get some more festive attire.

We all lined up for the race and I was cold! Oh boy was I cold! I couldn’t even feel my toes. I had decided before this race that I wasn’t going to push it and I was going to enjoy the run especially since it was so cold out and I didn’t want there to be a chance that I slip on ice along the course. There were also a ton of people out running that were relaxing as well so therefore, I got stuck in certain places and didn’t want to push people out of the way. Also, I saw high school girls running and they were wearing UGGs! I thought it was crazy to run a 5k in UGGs but I guess it made sense due to the warm ness that UGGs bring to your feet and considering at that time my toes were frozen I thought it could have been a good idea.

The course was similar to last year but they took a portion of it out, as I was approaching the finish line I realized that my watch hadn’t reached 3 miles yet. I had finished the race at 2.90 miles therefore, the race wasn’t even 3 miles let a long a full 5k (3.1 miles). Due to the shortness of the race and how cold it was I decided to leave right away and ran to the car finishing my run at 3.3 miles.

We had a ton of fun but we honestly aren’t sure if we are going to run it again next year. We understand it is a fun run but it isn’t chipped timed and the course has been short both years. The fact that you pay so much to run the race to is a bit difficult to swallow.

Overall, we had a great time though! It was a nice way to start off the Christmas season!

2017: Workout Recap Week 51

Monday, December 18th

4 miles around the neighborhood after driving 4 hours home from Virginia.

Tuesday, December 19th

4 miles on the SRT during Conshy Running with Kate.

Wednesday, December 20th

Unexpected rest day due to a long day of work and needed some tacos and wine.

Thursday, December 21st

5 miles to run off some Christmas stress!

Friday, December 22nd

5 miles around the neighborhood with a balloon Christmas Tree sighting!

Saturday, December 23rd

Rest day

Sunday, December 24th

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!

12 miles with my friend Kate in Christmas outfits!

2017: Workout Recap Week 50

Monday, December 11th

4 miles around the neighborhood

Tuesday, December 12th

5 miles on the CVT with my friend Kate!

Wednesday, December 13th

Took my first Orange Theory Fitness class as a cross training day.

Thursday, December 14th

5 miles around the neighborhood that was covered with snow.

Friday, December 15th

Rest day with some yoga!

Saturday, December 16th

Ugly Sweater 5k – ran for fun due to the slick conditions and the course wasn’t even 3 miles which bummed me out.

Sunday, December 17th

Rest day due to traveling to Virginia for my friends’ baby shower

How were your workouts this week?

2017: Workout Recap Week 49

After being sick last week I got back into it this week!

Monday, December 4th

4 miles around the neighborhood at 6:00am.

Tuesday, December 5th

3.2 miles in between my multiple appointments.

Wednesday, December 6th

5 miles on the CVT

Thursday, December 7th

4 miles around the neighborhood with a yoga class too!

Friday, December 8th

Rest day – took an easy yoga class

Saturday, December 9th

8 miles around the town of Wayne in flurries!

Sunday, December 10th

Rest day

How were your runs this week?

Coffee Chat – November 2017

I know this recap of November is a little late, but better late than never!

What I’m drinking: coffee with peppermint mocha creamer

Races I’ve run:

Donut Burger 5k – I ran this race because I wanted to eat the Donut Burger afterwards. But I also gained another 5k PR for the season! ALSO, I placed first in my age group!

Philadelphia Half Marathon – I wanted to try and sub 2 again during this race but I started off on track and then decided against it and wanted to enjoy the day and the race.

Races I’m training for: On December 2, I have the Girls on the Run 5k with my Golden Girls that I have been running with every Monday and Thursday afternoon since the middle of September. We had our practice 5k with the girls and they rocked it!

New things I’ve tried: I started to take some classes recently. I tried a class at Bulldog Yoga and I loved it. It wasn’t the meditative yoga which I am honestly not interested in at all. I honestly just wanted to go to yoga classes for the stretching and flexibility purposes. But this class was easy and had an awesome quiet playlist which made it a nice relaxing hour.

Fun activities I’ve done:

My hubby and friend Cait ran the Philadelphia Marathon the day after I ran the half! Since I was recently hired by lululemon I was able to be apart of their cheer section!

I am so grateful to have had numerous long runs with Cait throughout the fall! I am so proud of her for finishing her first full marathon! I am so glad I got to run the remaining 4 miles with her.

Oh! Cait got engaged after she finished too! So exciting!

On Thanksgiving the hubby and I wanted to save money, so we didn’t sign up for a turkey trot. Plus he had just run the marathon the previous Sunday. So we ran our own turkey trot on the Chester Valley Trail and Lola came too! She did such a great job! So proud of our pup!

What did you do last month?!

Girls on the Run 5k Race Recap

This past weekend I ran the Girls on the Run 5k in the county I live in. If you didn’t know since September I have been volunteering with Girls on the Run at one of our local middle schools (our middle schools start in 5th grade). So on Monday and Thursdays for about an hour and half in the afternoon I was coaching 5th grade girls how to run a 5k. We would have a meeting in a classroom prior to going outside to run and talk about aspects of life such as friendship, positive self talk, conflict, etc. The girls always had a blast with the conversations and I feel they grew a lot through them as well.

This past Saturday was race day and the night before the race we decided to have a pasta party to carbo-load before the race! The girls had so much fun eating all the food!

We have such generous parents! They gave the coaches gift cards to lululemon!

I was ready and all in purple with my race outfit!

Then it was race morning! The girls were full of energy and ready to go!

I was running with Caroline who was speedy one! We lined up for the race and the gun went off and we were ready to go. I thought we had started sort of in the front of the Girls on the Run crew but it turns out that STRIDE (the boys program) and Girls on the Run were starting all together. If I knew that I would have moved up way towards the front. So we started off swerving through people and having to run on the sidewalk a bit to get out of the crowds. Finally once we turned onto a busy road we were able to separate out a bit. We ran through a neighborhood and headed back down the way we came. There was a little hill in the 5k but honestly it was mostly flat which was really nice! Once I knew we were about a half mile away I picked up the pace a little bit to push Caroline, but I know she loves to be pushed. She ended up taking the push and taking off! I told her to keep going because I could still see her clearly.

She finished a little bit ahead of me because she got a kick at the end rounding it back to the school area where as I have learned that in 5ks I just don’t get a kick at the end like I do in half marathons. I finished the race in 26:38 which is 37 seconds off my PR which honestly I am ok with, but that meant Caroline ran a 26:22.

I knew Caroline could run fast and I am so proud of her! Overall, I loved my Girls on the Run experience. I really hope to do it again one day. Not sure if I will be able to do it in the spring but I hope to do it again next fall!