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“And we’ll discuss our big dreams, how we plan to take over the planet.”-Alessia Cara

IMG_0086Happy Monday, loves! I’m still on a sugar high from my holiday weekend. July 4th celebrations started on Wednesday, when a friend and I went to the Phillies game, where they wrapped up the ninth innings with a fireworks show. Even though the Phils lost, the fireworks were amazing. On Thursday after work, we did dinner for one of my friends who is moving out of Philly. We went to our favorite Mexican spot, El Vez. It was a bittersweet night celebrating Leah, but I’m excited to see what her new life with her fiance holds for her. Hopefully lots of love and happiness.

IMG_0109My plan was to celebrate the 4th in New Jersey with friends and family, but at the last minute, I booked a train ticket to New York City. I made my way to Gramercy Park, where me and my best friend ate our body weight in bomb pops and champagne. We decided the best place to see the fireworks was from FDR, so we walked down to the highway and stood around for what seemed like forever before Macy’s lit up the sky. It was totally worth the wait, but nothing was better than the burger and beer we got afterwards. We were up early on Sunday, so we grabbed breakfast and walked around Union Square in the sun. I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday weekend. I hope there are many more like that in my future :)

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Come and Get It

“The reason I think I’m something special baby is cause I was never broken by you.”-John Newman

Hey there strangers. I took the week off for my birthday, but it ended up lasting a few more than I had originally planned. Getting back into the work groove last week was a struggle, so this was the first time I had to sit down and catch up with you. Lots of fun things happened that I wanted to share, so let’s do a little recap of the past couple weeks.

IMG_9959Avalon. My week down the shore was absolutely perfect. All of my friends and family came down throughout the week and the birthday celebrations didn’t really stop until almost a week after my birthday. When we got there on Saturday, we unpacked all of our stuff and cracked opened the Coronas. We made our way to The Princeton for some dancing and drinking. On Sunday, I woke up early and made the house breakfast, before we headed to the beach for Sunday Funday. Once the sun started frying us, we decided to grab an early dinner at Quahog’s aka Stone Harbor seafood heaven. Monday was my actual birthday, and we spent the day on the beach, before going to The Windrift for dinner. The rest of the week was a mix of family, friends and lots of sun and sand. I think 26 is off to an unbelieveable start.

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Third Eye Blind Concert. 3EB has been my favorite band since I was in high school and the Saturday that we left the shore, they happened to be playing in Philly. We drove home, got ready, and went straight to Festival Pier and saw them perform, along with Dashboard Confessional. I didn’t stop singing/dancing from the second we got there. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a concert there and I forgot how much fun that venue is. The weather was kind of cloudy when we went in and we kept praying that the rain would hold off. And it did. Literally two minutes after the show ended and we were headed home, it started to pour. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up my beach week :)

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NYCFC Last weekend was quite busy. It was my first summer Friday in the city, and I couldn’t wait to hit happy hour with my loves. I had some family in town too, so we went to Varga Bar for dinner and drinks. I ran a few errands on Saturday and was in bed early because first thing on Sunday morning (after a 7-mile run in a torrential downpour), I was off to NYC. My best friend has season tickets to the New York City Football Club and they were playing at Yankee Stadium. I got there in time to brunch and then head to the Bronx for the game. The sun came out just in time and even though we lost, I still had an amazing first professional soccer game experience.

Training IMG_9881Marathon training has been going really well. I can hardly believe we’re already into July. Being able to cross off each week from my plan is exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking. I kept training the entire time I was at the beach, which went a lot better than I thought it would. City summers are usually hot and humid, but I’ve lucked out with training during these months. Here’s what my log looks like from this week:

  • Monday:5-mile run
  • Tuesday: 3-mile run+upper body weights
  • Wednesday: 12x200s (2.5 miles total/18 minutes) intervals+leg weights
  • Thursday: 3-mile run+upper body weights
  • Friday: 45-minute tempo
  • Saturday: 6-mile run
  • Sunday: REST

Sorry for the novel of a post. I hope everyone has some fun plans for the holiday. I haven’t decided where I’m spending it, but I know there will be plenty of champagne, Firecracker popsicles, and lots of pretty firey explosives! Cheers to enjoying Fourth of July weekend! Xoxox

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Birthday

“If you wanna dance, if you want it all you know that I’m the girl that you should call.”-Katy Perry

Good morning from Avalon loves! Today marks my 26th year of life and I couldn’t imagine spending anywhere else. I’m keeping this short and sweet, since there is plenty of sunshine awaiting me. As much as I love celebrating other people’s birthday’s, celebrating my own always seems a little weird. But I’ve made a vow that I will start living every day in the same spirit that I’ve felt the past few days. Here’s to making 26 the best year yet!

 

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Faster

“You got a steal the time from a life that’s passing by.”-Third Eye Blind

IMG_9737FRIYAY! I’m SO stinkin excited that Orange Is The New Black Day/Friday is finally here and I’m off to the shore tomorrow for a whole week. I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready to get out of Philly. Here’s what my training log looks like this week:

  • Monday: 3-mile run+lower body weights
  • Tuesday: 5-mile run+upper body weights
  • Wednesday: 6x400s+lower body weights
  • Thursday: 40-minute tempo (4.82 miles)+upper body weights
  • Friday: 3-mile run
  • Saturday: 8-mile run
  • Sunday: Rest

In honor of turning 26, I’m turning off all devices and disconnecting for a bit. Talk to y’all when I get back!

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Beachin’

“White sand, cold can, koozie in my hand, just a summertime strolling.”-Jake Owen

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to see Wednesday. I’m two days away from a week-long beach vacation and this song is all that’s getting me through my week. I can’t think of anything but sand between my toes, salt water in my hair, and cold Coronas in my hand. Happy hump day babes!

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Keep Me Hangin On

“For all that I’m worth, til something better comes along you just keep me hangin’ on.”-The Darkness

IMG_9791 Happy Friday, my loves! What a week it has been. I’ve been swamped at work, with meetings keeping my days jammed packed.  Not to mention every day this week was filled with rain. Even though it made the walks to the train a little messy, I didn’t mind much because the temperatures were so cool. It was perfect for running. And for as crappy as last week’s training was, this week’s was that much more awesome. Those bad weeks definitely make you appreciate the good ones a whole lot more. I was pretty down about my training, but after this week, I feel confident that I can bounce back.

IMG_9780Here’s what my log looks like for this week:

  • Monday: 3-mile run
  • Tuesday: 4-mile run+upper body weights
  • Wednesday: 8x200s (2.11 miles in 16 minutes)+leg weight circuits
  • Thursday: 40-minute fartlek  (4.59 miles)+upper body weights
  • Friday: Cross-training (45-minute spin class)
  • Saturday: 4-mile run
  • Sunday: 8-mile run

Enjoy your weekend loves!

Keep Me Hangin On

Buffalo Bill

“Good for the money, good for the thrill. “-Moxie Raia

Happy National Running Day! The best way to celebrate my favorite day of the week and favorite pseudo holiday is of course, a good run. And what goes better with a good than a fresh jam. I’ve been loving on this song for a week straight. The girl has got some sass and it makes me wanna shake a little something more when sweating it out. Hit the play button and get your run on babes! And if one song just isn’t enough, I’ve started a Summer Run playlist on Spotify.

Buffalo Bill