2017: Week 2 Recap

Monday, January 9th

3.21 miles on the treadmill at 5:30am followed by coffee

Tuesday, January 10th

4 miles on the treadmill before 6:00am

Wednesday, January 11th

4 miles outside! The weather warmed up thank goodness!

Thursday, January 12th

6 miles during lunch. Went nice and easy. It was 60 degrees in Philadelphia as well which never happens in the month of January. It was a nice treat! 

Friday, January 13th

Rest day

Saturday, January 14th

Rest day

Sunday, January 15th

10.27 miles on the Boathouse Row portion of the Schykull River Trail. I did the 8 mile loop then added some extra at the end.

How did your workouts go this week?

2017: Week 1 Recap

Started off another new year of running! 

Monday, January 2nd 

3.2 miles on the treadmill and strength training 

Tuesday, January 3rd

4 treadmill miles with strength training afterwoods and Starbucks Coffee! 

Wednesday, January 4th

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, December 5th

5 miles with Conshy Running on the Schykull River Trail

Friday, January 6th 

Rest Day

Saturday, January 7th

5.1 miles on the dreadmill with strength training afterwards.

Just couldn’t bear to run in the 10 degree Philly weather.

Sunday, January 8th

Running rest day – but while the hubby was doing his run on the treadmill I road on the low bike and read a book on my Nook nice and easy for 55 minutes. 

How did your start to a new year go???

Best Nine of 2016

I did this last year and and it was nice to see the Best Nine Instagram posts of 2016.

My Best Nine of 2015 looked like this:


  • I got married to my best friend.
  • We met our fur baby Lola for the first time.
  • I ran my first full marathon

My Best Nine for 2016 turned out like this:

  • The hubby and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary.
  • I ran a few times.
  • I drank some more coffee.
  • The hubby and I completed our second marathon being the Marine Corps Marathon.
  • We celebrated our 4th Christmas together!
  • I ran my 10th half marathon!
  • We ran a 5k in Ugly Christmas Sweaters in the sleet and rain!

2016 was definitely an eventful year. I didn’t come out of it completing all the goals I wish I had accomplished, one mainly being breaking 2 hours in the half marathon. But setbacks happen this time being meniscus surgery. But in those setbacks you become stronger and wiser. I am thankful for the set back it gave me a new perspective that I didn’t have before.

As most people do around this time, they set goals for the new year. In terms of my running I decided that I have goals in mind. Like breaking 2 hours in the half marathon, but I am ok if I don’t complete that goal in 2017. It is a goal for me to continue to work towards. As well as, my goal to run half marathon in all 50 states which will not happen in 2017 but over a long period of time.

I am excited about the new goals I have set out for myself and I am not putting the pressure on myself to complete them in 365 days. If I break 2 hours in the half marathon I would be elated. But I don’t want to have another set back and then be disappointed in my progress so I am going to see where the wind takes me and enjoy the ride of 2017!


Book Review: Present Over Perfect

I had bought this book Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist while attending the Global Leadership Summit this past August. The title of the book immediately caught my eye because as much I would like to hide it, I am a recovering perfectionist. I say I am a recovering perfectionist because I am not perfect and although I like to think I am, I am not. And I need to remind myself of that daily. I am not perfect and I will NEVER be perfect. So I shouldn’t assume that I am nor that I am better than anyone else I am surrounded with throughout my day or life.

So I finally was able to start reading this book in October and I couldn’t put it down at first. I turned page after page because honestly, I felt like Shauna was speaking to me personally. She was like my spirit-animal. She knew I needed to hear the words she was saying and take it all in.

She talked about trying to fit and image, a mold that is expected of you. I feel this way often, especially serving in a sports ministry that is in a predominately financially well of area of Philadelphia. I often feel that I need to fit the mold of the people that live here. They are driven to succeed, they are driven to be perfect – which never will happen. Perfection doesn’t happen because none of us are perfect. Even though a lot of the time we may like to think we are.

After reading this book, I have decided that my One Word for the year will be PRESENT. I am not going to worry about the perfect image anymore, making sure dinner is on the table, the dog is walked, the apartment is clean, the dishes are washed, laundry is done, made that meeting, etc. I am going to leave a little bit more mess in my life for now on so that I can enjoy all that life has to offer me. Living in the moment, being present.

I highly recommend reading this book if you are struggling with the balance of perfection and purpose. This book will definitely guide you in the direction to start to find your purpose.

2016: Week 52 Recap

Needed to make sure I got some runs in this week after all of the holiday goodies! 

Monday, December 26th

5.1 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with the hubby! 

We attempted to run off all the Christmas cookies we ate this weekend! 

Tuesday, December 27th

Gym date with the hubby.

3.25 miles on the treadmill then strength training.

Wednesday, December 28th

5 miles on the Radnor Trail. Took it nice and easy, sometimes those days are just needed. 

Then coffee!

Thursday, December 29th

Hard 5 mile effort with Conshy Running

Friday, December 30th

Rest Day

Saturday, December 31st

8 miles on the Schykull River Trail along Boathouse Row to ring in the new year right!

Sunday, January 1st

Happy New Year! It called for a rest day!

Friday Favorites Christmas Edition!

Since its 2 days before Christmas I wanted to give you some of my Christmas favorites for 2016.

1) Our Table Top Christmas Tree

This year, Brian and I were unable to buy a regular Christmas tree for our apartment because Lola wouldn’t have any room to run and play as well as she would probably break the ornaments on the tree. So we decided this year to get a Table Top Tree at Whole Foods which has worked out really well for this year of transition.

2) Our Gingerbread House Tradition

Ever since Brian and I started dating we have made a Gingerbread house for the center of our kitchen table. This year will be difficult to put it there since our Table Top Christmas Tree is there.

3) Starbucks Red Cups

I thought it was fun that this year Starbucks took drawings from the red cups from the previous year and made them into the cups for 2016. It’s fun too because every time you go into Starbucks you never know what design you will get.

Oh I just love red cup season!

4) Christmas Tree Smelling Candle

I love this candle, it makes our apartment living room smell like Christmas! You just smell the pine of a Christmas tree throughout the room when it is burning. It makes the living room feel very cozy and warm.

5) Wawa Holiday Blend Coffee

For all you coffee lovers out there like me, last year, Brian and I discovered this new blend of coffee from Wawa. It is amazing when you put hazelnut creamer in it. If you live by a Wawa Market you should try it!!!

6) Lola’s first visit to Santa

We took Lola to see Santa (Paws) at the dog park to tell him what she wanted for Christmas.

She asked for more squeaker toys and a new antler.

What are some of your favorites this holiday season?

2016: Week 51 Recap

Needed to make sure I got my miles on this week because I wanted to make sure I could eat all the yummy things!

Monday, December 19th

Gym date with the hubby!

4.16 mile run on the treadmill and strength training.

Tuesday, December 20th

The hubby and I went to running club for a trail work out with our running coach.

This was the workout:


It was nice to run in a group for a change as we encouraged each other through each 5 minute set. They also helped me keep a strong consistent pace as well.


Wednesday, December 21st

Initially, I was planning on running 3 miles because my knee felt tired after putting in a hard effort during the workout Tuesday night.

But I decided to push through a 5 mile effort on the Radnor Trail but took it very easy. I wanted to keep up my stamina for when I begin training for my spring race schedule.
img_7014Thursday, December 22nd

4 miles on the Schykull River Trail with Conshy Running.

Friday, December 23rd

4 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with a friend from Conshy Running

Saturday, December 24th

Rest day!

We saw Santa!!!

Santa I know him!

Sunday, December 25th

Rest day! 

Merry Christmas!!!!

Love the Catton’s!

How were your workouts leading up to Christmas???