Shake It Off

“And to the fella over there with the hella good hair: won’t you come on over baby.”-Taylor Swift

IMG_7720Good morning my loves! We’ve made it through the worst part of the week and we’re so close to the weekend. I set out to do a 30-minute tempo run this morning, but the humidity was a little high and half way through I was ready to call it quits. I slowed my pace a bit and just turned it into a 3-miler. Then I got back home and my iced coffee didn’t taste as good as I needed it to. Hump day, frump day! Needless to say, I’m in a funky mood but I’m gonna do like Taylor Swift and shake it off. I gotta admit: I got bit by the bug yesterday when I heard her new song. It’s different from her usual, but it’s been on repeat. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I strongly suggest you do.

IMG_7733Anyways, sorry I missed my post on Monday, but I had a little too much Sunday, so I needed the extra sleep. Luke Bryan on Friday was amazing. We tailgated, played some flip-cup, then sang and danced our hearts out the rest of the night. I barely had a voice on Saturday morning, so after my 6-mile run, I laid out in the sun all afternoon. On Sunday, I woke up around 7:30 or 8, but stayed in bed till almost noon. And let me tell you: it feel SO good. I caught up on my newest TV obsession, Rush, and then Matt came in and we got brunch/spent the afternoon drinking $3 Bloody Mary’s. We made it home just in time to grill up some dinner, drink a few beers, then get settled in for a great night’s sleep before the week kicked off.

IMG_7738Yesterday marked my one-year anniversary with Chase. I can hardly believe how much has happened in the past year. I absolutely love where I’m at and what I do and all the people I work with. It took a few hard lessons, but I definitely found the perfect fit. I walked into my office to see those beautiful flowers on my desk and after work (and a 3-mile run), the only thing I wanted to eat was Italian ice from John’s. Two scoops of pineapple ice and a long walk through Washington Square and I called it the perfect Tuesday. I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. Fill me in about your weekends and your plans for this upcoming weekend. Only a few weeks left of summer. Can you believe it!?

 

Stay With Me

“This ain’t love, it’s clear to see. But darling, stay with me.”-Sam Smith

photo 3Good morning loves! Happy Friday! It’s an absolutely beautiful morning here in Philly and I’m pretty much on cloud nine. I have a half-day of work ahead of me and then I’m off to spend some time with my favorite person and our favorite country boy. There’s nothing better than sister bonding over some Fireball and country jams. After feeling sluggish and hella bloated all week, I’m in need of a good, long run tomorrow morning. Here’s what my training log from this week looked like:

  • Monday: 3-mile morning run+abs
  • Tuesday: AM leg circuits+PM track work (8x400s)
  • Wednesday: AM upper body weights+PM spin class
  • Thursday: AM ab circuits+PM 4-mile run
  • Friday: REST/dancing my butt off at Luke Bryan
  • Saturday: 6-mile run
  • Sunday:Yoga

I can’t wait to share all the juicy details about the concert with ya on Monday. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

All About That Bass

“Yeah it’s pretty clear I ain’t no size two, but I can shake it like I’m supposed to do.”-Meghan Trainor

IMG_7708Happy hump day babes! Thank god we’ve made it halfway through the week. It’s been hectic and sleepless, but I’m so close to Friday that I can almost smell Luke Bryan’s hot, sweaty bod. I’m less than a month away from my first race of the season, and my musical motivation has gone from mostly EDM to some serious hip-hop as of late. I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but DMX has been making me run like I stole something lately. I’m getting a little worried that I won’t be PR-ing this race, so I think I’m going to switch over to my half-marathon training schedule a little earlier than I had originally planned and get some extra speed work in. What do you do when you need to get fast? Music? More weights? More speed intervals? All of the above? Fill me in!

Oh and ps: I’m kinda obsessed with this song. Get your hump day jam on ;)

Bad Intentions

“I wanna love somebody, wanna feel their love on me.”-Niykee Heaton

photo 1Good morning loves! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted but after I got back from Marco Island, it was hell trying to catch up on work and workouts. It looks like this week is gonna be another busy one, with a pretty gorgeous looking end–a Friday evening with Luke Bryan. I can’t even wait to see that beautiful being serenade/dance in front of my face. Hubba hubba. Anywho, we have lots to catch up on, so let’s get started!

photo 4I took off for Marco early on Saturday morning. We got there, tossed on our bikinis, grabbed a beer, and spent the rest of the day in the sun. The weather was gorgeous, really hot and humid, but absolutely beautiful. We took the boat out on Monday, got caught in a storm, and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard, BUT, it was such a great way to spend my last day. I can’t wait to go back, hopefully in the fall whenever the weather is less humid and hurricane season is over.

IMG_7697Once I got back on Tuesday, I grabbed dinner with my loves and went to bed early. Since I didn’t run while in Florida (SHOCKER), I had to catch up on the two days I missed. It got in a few double days, and by Friday, I was ready to relax. After work on Friday, I headed to Village Whiskey for happy hour. After that, we decided to extend happy hour a little and ended up at Franklin Mortgage. It was my first time there, and I have to say, I’ve never had an old-fashioned quite like that. One turned to two, then two turned to three five. Before we knew it, it was midnight and we were headed back to Manayunk. I love an unexpected night out like that.

We’re getting closer and closer to fall and the best way to express my excitement for my favorite season, is obviously to dye my hair back to brown. Blonde was fun but I’m more than ready for football games, riding boots, and spiked ciders!

Riptide

“I just wanna know, if you’re gonna stay. I just gotta know, I can’t have it any other way.”-Vance Joy

photo 1(5)Happy August loves! I can’t believe today is August 1st. I’m moving a little slower than usual over here this morning, from the home office. I have about a million errands to run before heading to Marco Island tomorrow morning, but I couldn’t be more excited and more ready to get out of Philly for a little bit. Maybe it’s because I’ve been cutting out rest days, and adding more two-a-days. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe I gotta feel sluggish before I get super fast. Whatever it is though, I feel like I’ve been getting my butt kicked royally this week. And I think that this vacation came at the perfect time. For the first time in longer than I can remember, I’m not packing my running shoes in my bag. Two days off will be good for me and I’m actually looking forward to it. I just hope the guilt doesn’t set in too much.

photo 2(3)Here’s what my training log looked like for this week:

  • Monday: AM 3-miler+PM spin class/upper body weights
  • Tuesday: AM 3-miler+PM speed work/lower body weights
  • Wednesday: AM 3-miler+abs
  • Thursday: AM 2-miler+PM full body circuits
  • Friday: 30 minutes elliptical
  • Saturday: 4-miler
  • Sunday: REST!

I’ll talk to everyone on Wednesday! Have a wonderful weekend!

Do I Wanna Know

“Been wondering if your heart’s still open & if so I wanna know what time it shuts. Simmer down & pucker up.”-Arctic Monkeys

IMG_7616Ugghh Monday. Why do you always seem to get here so fast? I definitely wasn’t ready for this weekend to end, but it does mean I’m that much closer to leaving for Florida. A bunch of us went to Drury Beer Garden on Saturday night, which was perfect since the weather turned out to be pretty nice. The watermelon beer was flowing like crazy, and somehow we all ended up back in Manayunk. After I got home on Sunday morning, I spent most of the day catching up on sleep. It felt great at the time, but between the numerous naps I took and the crazy thunderstorms that Philly was hit with, I barely slept last night. I got up to run this morning and felt like I got hit by a Septa bus, so I’m thinking that today will be a three cup of coffee kind of day.

So ummm how cute are those champ bottles?! I found them at the liquor store and had to stock up. I almost bought the entire shelf, but then that would mean I’d have to drink all of them, which I really shouldn’t even give myself the option to do. Tell me loves, what did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

Maps

“I’m searching for a song tonight, I’m changing all of the stations.”-Maroon 5

photo(8)A week from today, I’ll be one sleep away from leaving for Marco Island. If I said I was excited for it to finally be Friday, I’d be seriously under-exaggerating. This week has been fun, but long, and I’m so excited to finally sleep in and enjoy a few cocktails in the city. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve been out in the city on the weekend, especially since last weekend was spent sleeping off this cold (which is still around, I might like to add). I went out on Wednesday night, which is rare now that I’ve started seriously training again, so to make up for it, I’m gonna throw in an extra spin class this weekend, along with some yoga to stretch out my rather sore muscles. It feels good to finally be back into double-days, even though this heat makes me slow and super annoyed with everyone/thing. I never understood how much training could affect my relationships/friendships until I realized how irritable I can get when I don’t feel satisfied after a run. But here’s to hoping that all this hard work while it’s humid and hot will make me super fast come the fall.

IMG_7589Here’s what my training looked like from this week:

  • Monday: 3-mile morning run+PM spin class/lower body weight circuits
  • Tuesday: 2-mile morning run+PM speed work/upper body weight circuits
  • Wednesday: 3-mile morning run (2 miles of tempo and 1 mile of the stop light game aka racing each light+ab circuits
  • Thursday: PM spin class/lower body weight circuits
  • Friday: 5-mile morning run/upper body weight circuits
  • Saturday: Back-to-back spin
  • Sunday: 3-mile run+yoga class

I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend. Talk to yas on Monday :)