Paris

“It’s just a fantasy, taking over like a disease. Pull me out of this.”-Magic Man

IMG_7795Hello Friday, you beautiful day you! And happy Labor Day Weekend. I kicked off the weekend right, with a 7 mile run this morning. I can hardly believe that a week from tomorrow I’ll be kicking off race season. I have a feeling a PR won’t be in my cards, but I’m looking forward to running a brand new course and the post-race beers on Passyunk Ave!

Here’s what my training looked like this week:

  • Monday: AM lower body circuits+PM spin class
  • Tuesday: AM upper body circuits+PM 3.5 mile run
  • Wednesday: AM ab circuits+PM 6x400s
  • Thursday: AM upper body circuits+ab circuits
  • Friday: AM 7-miler+stretch
  • Saturday: Hiking the Adirondacks
  • Sunday: 3-mile run+yoga

I’m on my way up to upstate New York for some much-needed R&R. My plan is to shut off my phone and spend a few days disconnected from the real world (ok so maybe I’ll Instagram a picture…or two five.) I hope you all have plans filled with the beach, beers, and your favorite people. Xox!

Give Me Love

“Give a little time to me or burn this out, we’ll play hide and seek to turn this around.”-Ed Sheeran

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetWell I guess Monday posts are just asking too much of me. I feel terrible but I can’t remember the last time I had a regular Monday morning post. These summer weekends get the best of me and it’s a struggle just to get to work on Monday morning. But have no fear, this is the last weekend of summer (tear…), and pretty soon I’ll be back to spending my weekends in the city. Let’s do a little recap of this past weekend, and a look to what’s ahead!

IMG_7777On Friday night, I went to happy hour with my two man friends, before heading up to World Cafe Live to see Red Wanting Blue. Although I’m not the biggest fan, my cousin loves them, and it was great to have all my friends and family together, enjoying a really great live show. And I have to say…they do put on a great show. Definitely better than just listening to them on my iTunes. After the show, I took my cousin and the boys down to Garage, a fun little bar a few blocks away from my house. It’s such a fun place, right across from the Pat’s/Geno’s madness. After a couple of beers and a few games, we headed down to meet up with more friends at Growlers. My cousin is a huge craft beer fan, which Garage and Growlers are both great spots for. He definitely got his fill.

IMG_7767We woke up, not so early on Saturday morning, and headed up the Reading Terminal. We spent the morning walking around Center City, before getting lunch at El Vez. After El Vez and some shopping, we stopped at Cantina for Al’s favorite margarita. By the time we got done at Cantina, it was mid-afternoon and the rain started to roll in AKA the perfect time for an afternoon nap. Since Friday night was a little excessive, Saturday night was spent in on the couch. Plus I had a long run on Sunday planned and definitely needed the rest. After Sunday Runday, I made my entire family breakfast to celebrate my dad’s birthday: choco chip pancakes, bacon, and cheesy eggs. Oh and mimosas of course. The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing together and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather.

We’re over half way through the hump. Cheers loves :)

Where You Wanna Go

“It’s the same old thing every Saturday night. That’s why we’re getting out of here tonight.”-Red Wanting Blue

IMG_7709Happiest Friday! After my run this morning, I’m more than ready for a fun-filled weekend. I have family coming into the city tonight so we can go see a concert, tomorrow will be spent visiting all our favorite spots in the city (I’m feeling a Cantina margarita and sweet potato fries from Mac’s), then on Sunday, I’m hosting brunch for my daddy’s birthday. The special pancakes I have in mind are to die for. I can hardly wait to share.

IMG_7731I can hardly believe we’re half way through August, which means, November will be here before I know it. My goal is to raise $1000 before I head down south, so I best get my butt moving! I’m asking each of you to check out my page and make a donation if you can. This cause is so close to me and my family and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team in Tennessee. Here’s what my week of training looked like:

  • Monday: PM spin class+upper body weights
  • Tuesday: AM leg day+PM 3-miler
  • Wednesday: AM 3-miler
  • Thursday: AM leg day+PM 30-minute tempo run
  • Friday: AM 3-miler+ab circuits
  • Saturday: Yoga
  • Sunday: 6-mile run

I hope y’all had a wonderful week and have fun plans for the weekend. Just a friendly reminder that we’re one weekend away from LDW. Get those tan lines dark while you still can!

 

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!