The Philadelphia Half Marathon

Last weekend I met up with my bestest friend from college, A.Jay, in her new hometown for a little run.  Aje and I had initially signed up for the full marathon, but we both dropped down to the half as training went on.  It was my first time in Philadelphia, and Aje sure made sure I fell in love with it! 

Our weekend together included tons of shopping at our favorite stores: West Elm, J.Crew, Anthropologie, and the local farmer’s market.  I even tried on some super awesome PJ’s at J.Crew!

IMG_2870 And lots of awesome food!  My favorite place we went to was Pure Fare, which is a cafe that was started by a nutritionist.  The entire place is gluten free, and it has tons of vegetarian, vegan, and allergy friendly food.  But mostly the whole place is crazy delicious and nutritious.  I fell in love with the Quinoa cranberry muffin and the Kale-Apple smoothie!!

IMG_2888 IMG_2884The race was AMAZING… It was super well organized, especially for a big race: 30,000 people!  The expo was big and overwhelming as expected.  We picked up our packets, bought some matching sweaty bands (pictured above), and got out of there!  The start was less than a mile from A.Jay’s apartment, so we enjoyed a nice walk to the start while we drank our coffee.  We decided to wear matching race outfits AND matching pre-race outfits!  

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The porta-potty lines were long, but they were just the right length because they gave me time to do my pre-race potty dance.

IMG_2873If you’ve ever run a race with me before, you know this is an important part of the process!

The race was well-supported with lots of bathrooms, water, gatorade, and Cliff Shots (eww).  I brought sharkies!  It was chilly, but the temperature ended up feeling great during the race.  What really made this a great race was the AMAZING crowd support.  MILES of this course were lined with people.  Lots and lots of people.  I have never experienced that much enthusiasm at a race.  It made me realize how much I really want to do one of the famous races… mostly I really want to do NYC, which is famous for the crazy crowd support all along the course.

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We had lots of fun!  And we finished in a great time!! I really couldn’t have done this without Aje.  I was really hurting, but she was FULL of energy and speed.  At mile 11, she asked me if I wanted to pick it up for the last stretch.  I was like, “I am picking it up!!!”  I am so glad I held on. 

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This was also the first time I’ve raced in my Vibram Five Fingers.  It went great!  My toes were a little chilly, but not too bad.  I thought about my form quite a bit because I still struggle with heel striking when I get tired, and that really hurts when you aren’t wearing shoes!

IMG_2886 This was my last distance race before my jaw surgery, so I was happy to end the year with a strong half.  Here’s to a healthy resting period, so my leg can repair itself!!  Thanks for a super fun weekend, Aje… and thanks for being my photographer!!

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It is beginning to look a lot like…

Hell?  Christmas? Not Halloween?  Whatever it is, I’m having a hard time being okay with it… Everyone keeps telling me that a snowstorm isn’t actually normal weather for October in the Northeast.  Guess what?  I don’t care what’s normal… I care what is happening now… I’m just wondering if we are going to skip right over the rest of fall, or if it will be wonderful and beautiful fall again next weekend.  Either way, I decided that I needed to wake up and get ready for the winter!

It was so cold every morning I woke up this morning that I only got up to go running before work on one day, as opposed to the three days I had gone the past few weeks.  Boo.  Plus, it was too dark to go after work, and I hadn’t gotten a gym membership yet.  It was still okay because I was still able to walk to work, which makes me at least feel like my butt isn’t becoming permanently attached to the office chair.  But on Thursday night it snow/slushed, and I decided enough was enough.  I filled the hybrid with gas and took her to work on Friday morning.  So, what’s next?

It stopped snowing and started raining and just being ridiculously cold, so I decided I really just needed a gym membership.  Check!  Brendan and I went today, and I signed right up!  I’m pretty excited because they have BodyPump classes, which I HEART! 

On Friday night I bought a parka online from LLBean. 

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I’m trying to figure out which snow boots I should get.  I’m thinking I won’t get the furry ones now because that would just be too much with the hood on that coat (although the faux fur is removable).  But these were the boots I was planning on getting before I moved here… 

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Now I;m thinking I might get some more simple snow boots from LLBean because my coat will come with a $10 gift card.  Any suggestions?  I haven’t owned snow boots in YEARS!  Now, If you all think I am just crazy overreacting… I kinda am… but I also just want to be ready so that I don’t HATE my life here.  There is snow on the ground right now!!!

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Feels like 22…. EEW!! I really want to go running tomorrow if the roads clear up enough to make me think people aren’t going to splash/drench me when they drive by with dirty slush.  It will be at least 10 degrees warmer tomorrow!! Great… Otherwise, I will have my first workout of the season in the gym. 

PS… It seems we like apples more than I thought because it has not been hard to eat the apples we picked.  I have been cooking them in oatmeal and eating them raw for snacks… plus, I made wonderful cinnamon apple pancakes that I will show you soon! 


First day of work!

Yesterday was my first day of work!  It was a lot of orientation-type activities, so it wasn’t very intellectually stimulating or anything.  I met some new friends and got comfortable riding the T (subway in Boston).  My first day of work outfit was this red-orange top from J.Crew that my brother helped me pick out and a black pencil skirt from Banana Republic. Not pictured: black pumps.

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My hair ended up in a loose low messy bun, but I kept it down for most of the day! 

For dinner we made a pizza on our new pizza stone that Brendan got us at Target!  We used Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough, some jarred spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella, chicken sausage, and caramelized onions!  It came together pretty quickly!  I also chopped up another Italian chopped salad.

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We couldn’t get the crust on the bottom as crispy as we would have liked it.  Any suggestions?  Should we heat the pizza stone first?  How do you put the pizza on a hot pizza stone?


If I could be someone else…

I get a little obsessed with like one thing a month… I’ve been a little obsessed with work tops and shoes for the last few months because I was really stressed about having enough clothes for work.  Now I’m out of money, and I just feel like if I don’t have a new outfit every day and that bothers someone, they can pay me more. 

Now… I have been a little obsessed with this top in the Athleta catalogue for the last few weeks and I was trying to describe it to my mom.  “Bandana print over the boobs” just wasn’t doing it justice, and I knew it.  How could you not love this shirt… and then hate it… because it is $50!!

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Click on the pic to see more from Athleta…

All I need is some spray tan, an eyebrow wax, lots of makeup, some blonde highlights, some hair extensions, a red headband (this, I can do), and a kick-ass arm workout!! 

PS… this is a joke and I do not want to be anybody else.  It is an unhealthy habit to pick and choose parts of models that you wish you had.  They are often not real pictures.  Maybe her legs are super fug… more fug than yours… just saying! 

However, I do really like that top, and I might aspire to be more put together on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, I checked, and her legs aren’t very fug…  curse you, mountain runner!

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This blue top is cute too, and more appropriate for the coming weather… it’s $70! wtf

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