Rather Be

“If you gave me a chance, I would take it. It’s a shot in the dark, but I’ll make it.”-Clean Bandit

IMG_8194HAPPY HALLOWEEN BABIES! I’m beyond excited for tonight. I’m spending my day working from home, baking lots of pumpkin spice cupcakes, and painting my gigantic pumpkin!

I couldn’t have asked for a better last week of training. The weather was just right and my lungs and legs were in sync every day. Here’s to hoping that carries through into next weekend. My biggest stress right now is figuring out what to wear. I’m torn between shorts and a long sleeve shirt or compression capris with a tank top. I’ll probably end up packing both, since I’m not 100% sure what the weather will be like until I’m there. From what I’ve seen, it looks like it will be cloudy and cool. Hopefully the humidity is low and rain stays out of the forecast. Here’s what my last training log looked like:

  • Monday: AM upper body weights+PM spin class
  • Tuesday: AM legs circuits+PM 3-mile run
  • Wednesday: 10x400s+upper body weights
  • Thursday: AM ab circuits+PM 5-mile run
  • Friday: 3-mile run
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: 12-mile run

I can’t wait to share all the fun from this weekend with you guys on Monday! Even though I can’t drink all the yummy festive cocktails, I’ll be getting chocolate wasted on all the candy. Happy trick or treating!

Ex to See

“I ain’t no fool, you rascal you. You don’t want me, you just want your ex to see.”-Sam Hunt

10710734_10153238134820299_1031559311515425267_nIf you follow me on Twitter (which y’all should definitely be doing), you’ve probably seen numerous tweets about Sam Hunt and how he’s pretty much my soul mate. Well this song has literally been playing on repeat for the past two weeks and I see no signs of it stopping. If you need a reason to fall in love with him, I suggest watching this video. But ladies, beware: I will fight you for him :)

I’m pretty sure I’ve compiled the perfect playlist for Nashville. It’s just the right mix of EDM (my usual tempo music), country (because when in Rome, right?), and hip-hop (for when I need a fierce kick in the ass). If you use Spotify, you can find the playlist here. Happy running :)

Take Me to Church

“The only heaven I’ll be sent to is when I’m alone with you.”-Hozier

10636196_10153253130630299_1591636001356675199_nGood morning loves. I’m sorry I disappeared last week, without so much as a heads up. For some odd reason, my creative juices were lacking and every post was a struggle to write. Rather than give you some half-assed post, I decided to just wait until I felt like I had my voice back. Sometimes a little break does a girl good. Plus, I knew I’d need all my energy for HALLOWEEK! The countdown is on for one of my favorite holidays. Friday can’t get here soon enough. We’re throwing a Halloween Happy Hour and I can’t wait to share all the details with ya! This past weekend was one for the books. We celebrated my mom’s birthday on Saturday, with dinner at Serpico. My mama has been talking about going there since they’ve moved down, so I figured that would be the best way to celebrate her first birthday back in the city. And let me tell ya what…she loved it. The food was amazing and even though I couldn’t enjoy any cocktails, her and my sister made sure to make up for my share.

IMG_8233On Sunday, we made our way out to Linvilla for some pumpkin picking. I’ve been waiting all month for the perfect weekend to go out to the orchards and yesterday was definitely it. We ate way too much funnel cake and drank way too much hot apple cider, all while in search for the perfect pumpkin. After anxiously rummaging through all the others, I finally found mine. Poor Bob had to carry it around after I picked it out, but it’s home safe and waiting to be carved.

I’ve been getting super anxious about Nashville, so anxious that I didn’t even realize I was a week ahead in training. Instead of running my last training week early, I just repeated one of my favorite logs. I can hardly believe that this is my last week of training runs before I start tapering. Next week the blog will be filled with all things running (apologies in advance).

Let the Halloween celebrations begin! Happy Monday :)

These Streets

“We have stained these walls with our mistakes and flaws. But even if we won’t admit it to ourselves we’ll walk upon these streets and think of little else.”-Bastille

IMG_8170Happy Friday loves! It’s been a long, humid, rainy week here in Philly (as you can see from my picture), but the weekend is finally here and it’s bringing fall weather. I’ve got a fun weekend ahead of me, with a long run and lots of girl time with my mama and my aunt. We’re kicking off my mom’s birthday celebrations early and I can’t wait! I’m sure there will be lots of shopping, cooking, and eating. I can hardly believe that we’re more than half way through October. November will be here before I know it and as excited as I am for my race, I’m also pumped to have a month or two off from training. My next half-marathon isn’t until March, so I’ll be able to take some time off around the holidays. I love running, but there are days when lacing up those Asics is tough. This was one of those weeks. But I sucked it up, and made it through. As long as the fall temperatures stick around, I’ll be spending every extra minute I have outside.

Here’s what my training log looked liked from this week:

  • Monday-5 mile run+abs
  • Tuesday-45 tempo run+upper body weights
  • Wednesday-3 mile run+leg day
  • Thursday-5 mile run+upper body weights
  • Friday-REST
  • Saturday-11 mile run
  • Sunday-Yoga

I hope everyone had a great week. Cheers to the weekend :)

Say You Love Me

“Cause I don’t wanna fall in love if you don’t wanna try. But all that I’ve been thinking of is maybe that you might.”-Jessie Ware

IMG_8161Happy hump day loves! I had the most relaxing long weekend and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things with work and training. We got into New York pretty late on Friday night, but for some reason, I was up before the sun on Saturday morning. I got out and did a quick 3 mile run before coming back to enjoy coffee and breakfast with my grandparents. We spent the day the best way the Pellegrinos know how-watching college football and cooking. The weather was beautiful so we made sure to spend as much time between games outside enjoying the foliage as possible. Since I couldn’t drink any of my favorite Saranac beers, I made sure to stock up on warm apple cider. On Sunday, I headed out for a long hike through the mountains. I ran part of the trails, and then decided to slow it down and enjoy the sights. I didn’t realize how chilly it would be, but by the time I was done, I was sweaty and my legs were like jello-my favorite combination! The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and spending time with my family. I don’t get to see my dad’s side of the family nearly enough, and it was bitter-sweet leaving them on Monday.

Once we got into the city, it was back to the hustle and bustle of the real world. It’s going to be a pretty busy couple of months between work and running, so having this past weekend will hopefully hold me over until Thanksgiving. How did you guys spend the long weekend? Do anything fun?

Jealous

“You’re the only one invited, I said there’s no one else for you. Cause you know I get excited when you get jealous too.”-Nick Jonas

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt’s Friday and I’m not even slightly ashamed to say that I’ve been playing this song non-stop for about two weeks. Even though the Jo-Bros were always a secret small guilty pleasure of mine, Nick Jonas all grown up is taking this obsession to a whole other level. I can’t stop jamming to this song. Don’t judge. Sometimes a girl just needs a little teeny-bopper pop in her life.

Anyways, back to why we’re really here. TGI-freakin-F! I want to give the biggest shout-out to Kristin, over at Stamped With a Heart, for donating to my race. You totally made my week and I can’t thank you enough love! The weekend is finally upon us and I’m pumped because I’m headed to New York since I have off Monday. I’ll be able to spend the weekend, cell-phone free, enjoying the always gorgeous Adirondacks. Upstate New York is my second favorite place to spend the fall season. I’m sure it’s going to be at least 20 degrees cooler up there, but that makes me even more giddy. Regardless of the higher altitudes, I’m excited to get out and enjoy the trails, whether it’s running or hiking!

IMG_8124Here a look at my training log from this week:

  • Monday: 9x400s + leg day
  • Tuesday: 3-mile run + upper body weights
  • Wednesday: 5-mile rub + abs circuits
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: 9-mile run
  • Saturday: 3-mile recovery run
  • Sunday: 5-mile trail run/hike

I’m leaving all devices in Philly while I’m away, so I’ll be talking to everyone on Wednesday! Xoxoxo!

Feel So Close

“Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall and there’s no stopping us right now.”-Calvin Harris

210de891-c1b2-4ab8-bb2d-258074ce99d4I can hardly believe that one month from today I’ll be in Nashville, running with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’m pumped because not only do I get to run a race in a brand new city, but I get to visit friends that I haven’t seen in the longest time. The pre-race dinner reservations have already been made and I can’t wait to explore the city!

I’m only 20% of the way to reaching my fundraising goal and I’m asking for all your help. My goal is raise $1000 dollars before I cross that starting line and I’m starting to worry that I won’t reach my goal. If you can, please visit my page here and make a donation. I’ve been so blessed to have the most supportive friends and family and could never thank you enough for all your love and encouragement. Help me create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!