Dust

“There’s a future that’s bright in the dead of this night and all she’s gotta do is go.”- Eli Young Band

photo(7)Happy Monday my loves! This weekend was the perfect mix of fun, sweat, and relaxation. On Friday night, after a few too many rolls of sushi, I went out in Washington Square with my two favorites. We had a much-needed night of dancing and wining. On Saturday morning, I woke up and ran some errands with my mom in the morning. Since it was rainy and chilly, the rest of the day was spent watching college football and eating chicken wings. My dad’s wings are one of my guiltiest pleasures, and they really only happen during football season. On Sunday, I was up early to run the 9/11 Heroes Run. This was my third year running it, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Each year, The Travis Manion Foundation heads to the Please Touch Museum, and we run a 3.1 mile loop to honor all those who have risked their lives, and those who have lost theirs, for our freedom and safety. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I have family and tons of friends in the military, so races that benefit and honor the armed forces are always close to my heart. This year was extra special because I was able to PR and finish 10th in my division. The only down side…I lost my Garmin, post-run. It was probably all the excitement of running strong, seeing my love Chelsey (visit her blog here!), and having my puppy cheering me on at the finish line. You know what they say, you win some and you lose some. I guess I’ll just have to get the latest and greatest in Garmin running watches. I’m thinking maybe the Forerunner 10? Thoughts?

Classic

“Buzzing in the blue sky, till the full moon rise, playing with chemistry.”-The Knocks

photo(6)Happy Friday, loves! I’m beyond obsessed with this song and want you all to go listen to it right now. It will put you in the best mood, especially since it’s Friday. It’s been a hectic week, and I have zero plans this weekend (except for a race with the Travis Manion Foundation) and couldn’t be more excited to relax. The forecast is looking rainy for tomorrow so I’m feeling a movie marathon on the couch after spin class :)

Here’s a look at my training from this week:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 7-mile run
  • Wednesday: 7x400s and leg weight circuits
  • Thursday: AM upper body and ab circuits+PM 4-miler
  • Friday: 3-miler
  • Saturday: Back to back spin+leg weight circuits
  • Sunday: Heroes 5k Race

Fall weather is occupyig more days than not, but I refuse to enjoy anything pumpkin flavored for another few weeks. C’mon October, come to mama!

Cute Without The E

photo(5)“I stay wrecked & jealous for this simple reason: I just need to keep you in mind as something larger than life.”-Taking Back Sunday

Hey there loves. When I first started running, I did it solely in vain. I was running away from all of the things that made me weak. But I soon realized that running could make me stronger and it would be selfish of me to waste that strength. That’s when I started fundracing-registering for races with a charity. The first charity I ran with was the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team. I fell in love with everyone and all of the stories that they shared. I knew I found my new reason to run. Sure, I don’t always want to get up at 5am to get a run in, but there are plenty of people out there who would love to and can’t. I need to run for them.

I rarely do this but I’m in need of help. The days until my race in Nashville are dwindling and I’m still pretty far from reaching my fundraising goal. I set out to raise $1000 before I head to Tennessee in November. Even the smallest donation is appreciated and goes to help me fight cancer and embrace life!

Click here to visit my page and make a donation! If anyone runs for a similar cause, feel free to share!

Guts Over Fear

” I just opened enough eyes later on, gave you the supplies and the tools to hopefully use it to make you strong.”-Eminen

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetHappy Monday loves! And a happy, slightly belated 21st birthday to my baby sister! She is my best friend, my backbone, and the light of my life. I prayed and prayed for a baby sister, but never would have imagined that I’d get so lucky to have such a beautiful soul to share this wild ride of life with. She even woke up nice and early to come cheer me on at my race. Even though I’ve been getting carded before her for years, I’m so excited to finally be able to go out in the city with my favorite person. Philly doesn’t know what’s about to hit them with both Pellegrino girls finally legal :)

IMG_7877Let’s recap the weekend, shall we? Friday night was spent stuffing my face with sushi and shopping for a new outfit to wear for my race. I rarely splurge on fill-priced running gear, but my mama decided to take me to City Sports and let me run wild. I got those bright neon shorts from Nike, especially since they’ll come in handy on night runs soon. I was in bed early and up just as the sun was coming up on Saturday. I laced up the Asics and walked the couple blocks down to the start line. It was so nice being so close to the race course. Once I got to the start, I downed a Gu and took off a few minutes later. It was so humid, even at 7:30. The first 2.5 miles were mostly in the shade, but I hit the 5k mark and there was no shade for what seemed like forever. I got to mile 4, and my stomach had its way with me (and all of Market street). Sushi and Gu gel vomit everywhere. I walked it off for a minute and then picked up my pace. I finished strong, not as fast as I started (whomp), but still strong. It was a great course and the post-race celebrations were fantastic. I love running, but I love running in Philly even more. This race is definitely going to be the kick off of race season, for the next billion years.

IMG_7879Sunday was spent brunching for my sister’s birthday and relaxing. I ran a nice tempo run in the morning for recovery. The weather was SO much nicer yesterday, so I had to make the best of it. Restaurant Week has officially started and tonight we’re headed to R2L. Even though I’ve been there plenty of times, the view is amazing and the food is delish. I can’t wait to share what we get. I’ve been eyeing up the menu since we made the reservation. I’m seriously the fattest kid ever. Hence why I run: food and beer. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and their week is off to a great start!

 

Unbreakable

“Now we feel unbreakable, all my wicked days are gone.”-Dirty South

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetHappy Friday loves! Tomorrow officially kicks off fall race season, and even though I was feeling down and out about it on Wednesday, the packet pick-up last night got me all kinds of pumped. I got a sweet pint glass and the most adorable shirt. Even if I don’t PR and the humidity kicks my ass, I’m breaking in the city’s newest race. And that’s something to be excited about. Philadelphia Runner did a phenomenal job with all the planning and branding for this race. It’s definitely going to be one of my favorites…I can already feel it! Here’s what my training looked like from this week:

  • Monday: 3.5 miler+abs
  • Tuesday: AM legs+PM 3-miler
  • Wednesday: 3-miler
  • Thursday: 30 minutes XT
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: RACE DAY!
  • Sunday: 35 minute tempo run

Wish me lucky guys. Can’t wait to share the race with you! XOXO

Colors

“So let your colors run tonight, the colors of your heart.”-Tritonal

Good morning my loves! Although it feels like Tuesday, I’m absolutely pumped that it’s actually Wednesday. I’ve been carb depleting for the past couple of days for my race, and the hanger is really starting to kick in. Once Friday gets here, I’ll be able to load up and I’m already planning my pre-race dinner. The weather isn’t looking too great and I’m getting worried that it’s gonna be a shitty run. It’s supposed to be hot and humid, even at the 7:30 start. To prepare for the heat, I’ve been hydrating extra and carefully planning my race playlist. My goal is to start a little slower and negative split. I was looking through some of my old playlists and I’m thinking I found the perfect one. But no race playlist would be complete without the starting line hype jam aka DMX. If “Party Up” doesn’t get you pumped to run, you may have no pulse :)

Click here to see my perfect 10k playlist!

 

 

Country Must Be Country Wide

“It ain’t where, it’s how you live. We weren’t raised to take. We were raised to give the shirt off our back to anyone in need.”-Brantley Gilbert

photo(4)Happy Labor Day/September loves! I’m currently sitting on the porch, enjoying my coffee with a side of Lake Placid breeze. I’m thoroughly enjoying my getaway in the mountains. I’m proud to say that aside from Instagramming a few pics that I just couldn’t pass up, I’ve been on no social media. No snapchat. No Twitter. No Facebook. And it feels amazing. There’s some kind of peace I get from being here, disconnected from everything, that just feels good in the bottom of my heart. Maybe cause I’m closest to my Pocohantas :) The past few days have been filled with fun, food, and lots of craft beer from the local breweries. I enjoyed a morning hike on Saturday with my dad and my legs are paying for it today. When I woke up yesterday, it was too nice out to not run, so I got in an easy 3-miler and came back and did some yoga on the back porch. The cooler temperatures up here are getting me so excited for fall in Philly.

I hope you’re all enjoying the last weekend of summer. This summer has been absolutely amazing and it makes me giggle like a little girl when I think back to some of the fun I had. From 25th birthday celebrations, to the country concerts, to the crazy weekends down the shore, it was well worth the toll it took on my bank account/body. So long sweet summer, I’ll see ya next year!