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!

2016: Week 28 Log

Week 3 of marathon training has begun and I was at our annual FCA Lacrosse Camp at Gettysburg College for the majority of the week. Needless to say i got sick on Monday and didn’t get to train at all between the camp craziness and feeling awful, at night when I would have went for a run around campus, I opted for an early bedtime so I could function the next day. 

Week 3 training called for: 

  • Monday – Cross Training
  • Tuesday – 3 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 3 miles
  • Friday – 5 miles
  • Saturday – 6 miles
  • Sunday – Rest Day

Monday, July 11th 

Woke up with a bad sore throat and stuffy nose at camp. Didn’t get a run in. 

Tuesday, July 12th 

Still felt sick and busy busy with camp, no run. 

Wednesday, July 13th 

Last full day of camp and was still sick. Blah! 

Thursday, July 14th 

Last day of camp, heading home back to Philadelphia and slept for a long time to overcome the sickness. Again, ugh, no run. 

Friday, July 15th

I really wanted to go for a run but was still feeling sick and felt like I should save my energy for a mild long run on Saturday morning. 

Saturday, July 16th

Woke up late because I just felt like I needed to sleep in more because I still was tired from camp. Bad idea. The heat was killer and I needed to take a ton of breaks but I got 6.35 miles done. 


Lesson learned: just get up and do the run before the heat in the summer. 

Sunday, July 17th 

Decided to keep with what I have on my training schedule and rest. Will begin next week fresh and consistent. 

2016: Week 27 Log

Week 2 of Marine Corps Marathon training. I was glad to get back into the groove of training again. I was heading to another camp this week, my last one of the summer. I love camp but I am glad that when next week is over I will be able to really focus on training again. Therefore, I had to alter my training plan a bit this week because I didn’t know how much time I would have to get my longer runs on. 

This was my planned Week 2 training schedule: 

  • Monday – cross training
  • Tuesday – 3 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 3 miles
  • Friday – 5 miles
  • Saturday – 9 miles
  • Sunday – Rest 

Below is what I was able to get done this week. 

Monday, July 4th

Happy 4th of July!!!! 

I went on a 5.22 mile run in the morning and felt pretty good. Not as many stops as last Saturday’s run, thank goodness. 

And Lola says, “Happy Birthday America!” Even though she is a Portugese Water Dog. 

Hit up the Starbucks Frappacino Happy Hour with the hubby! 

Tuesday, July 5th 

3.1 mile run on a very humid morning. Even though I wasn’t where I would have wanted I have been learning to find joy in the journey

Wednesday, July 6th

Early morning run and it was humid. Decided to not worry about my pace, just to take it slow and not take so many breaks due to the heat. Overall, 5.02 miles done and so excited to be training again! 


I was a bit drenched after this run. Yuck! 


It was Lola’s 8 month birthday so we took her to our favorite ice cream spot, Handel’s for a pup cone. 


I got this belated birthday card last night from my dad’s girlfriend. I guess she knows that I love my Fitbit and wine.


Thursday, July 7th 

Left for my last camp of the summer! 

Before I left I did a hot and humid 5k around the neighborhood. Took it nice and easy. 


Friday, July 8th 

We are staying at a retreat center and there is no where to really run because the roads are so twisty with no sidewalks. So I ran the long driveway up and back 4 times and that was 3.11 miles. 

Saturday, July 9th 

Didn’t get a run in because I was to busy with camp stuff. 

Sunday, July 10th 

Camp started and was just really busy.

With camp next week I am hoping I get a lot of walking in because I may it have time to run as much as I want. 

2016: Week 26 Log

Week 1 of Marine Corps Marathon Training! 

I am at camp this week so my training plan will be a bit off because I need to savor any time I even get to run. Also, I wanted to savor my knee since it’s still recovering. 

This week’s training plan called for:

  • Monday – cross training
  • Tuesday – 3 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 3 miles
  • Friday – 5 miles
  • Saturday (Long Run) – 8 miles
  • Sunday – Rest

Monday, June 27th

Rest day

Tuesday, June 28th

3.1 miles on the indoor track at Kutztown University. Still feeling sluggish. Blah!


Wednesday, June 29th

Busy day at camp, couldn’t get a run in but I walked A LOT. 

Thursday, June 30th

Another busy day at camp, couldn’t get a run in and I was so tired. 

Friday, July 1st

Camp ended and was focused on recovering and getting sleep!

Saturday, July 2nd

Longest run since surgery and 2 months post-op! 

The hills at Valley Forge National Park were killer, but so glad I kept pushing through! 

Breakfast of champions after a Saturday morning run! 

Sunday, July 3rd

Rest Day – gearing up to start week 2 of marathon training. 

Got some strength training in though! 

2016: Week 25 Log

Monday, June 20th

2 miles at 11 min pace. Again, slower than I would like but coming back slowly. 

And it was muggy, need to get out of bed earlier! 

Physical therapy at the gym along with some arm strengthing. 

Tuesday, June 21st

6:30am run and I felt great besides the humidity. Wanted to push to 3 but I’m giving myself one more easy week.


Wednesday, June 22nd 

Woke up early and went on a 3.2 mile run with my bestie on the Radnor Trail this morning. 


This was my longest run since surgery and it felt great! The weather was humid and sticky but we pushed through it. 

Continued to ice my knee and did some physical therapy and strength training at the gym as well.

Thursday, June 23rd

Rest Day

I received my prize from an Instagram competition – this awesome tank with amazing women runners on it! It’s from Sarah Marie Design Studio. (https://sarahmariedesignstudio.com/collections) 

This tank is specifically from Run in Rabbit. 

Friday, June 24th

I got a short run in because I didn’t want to push my knee to much. First run where I started to get my running motion back. Thank goodness! 


Saturday, June 25th

After the 2nd mile I listened to my body and went for a 3rd. I feel like I just need to get back into my groove then all the knee tweeks will hopefully go away on its on. But starting to feel good!


Sunday, June 26th 

Went running around he field house track at Kuztown then headed outside to run circles around the dorm. Great runs with Rebecca! 

Marine Corps Marathon training starts next week! Here goes nothing! Marathon #2 here I come!