Beach Workouts!

Last weekend, I was in Cape May for a gorgeous wedding! It was a ton of fun. I spent the whole weekend there, which was fabulous. I had some beach time, did some window shopping, made it to Lobster House for drinks, went to Cape May Brewery, and, of course, the wedding. The brewery was really good! It’s only a few years old, and I was pleasantly surprised with all of the beers that I tried! There were a bunch – and all so good! My favorite were the Saison and the Devil’s Reach. It was a really nice little getaway. We stayed in an apartment that had beds for 5, and only cost $250 a night! And as for the wedding? I’m so happy for Vinny and Cassie – and they threw one awesome party complete with tater tots, cornbread pork belly sliders, tons of dancing, good booze, and a beautiful setting!

Cape May Brewery!

Cape May Brewery!

Wedding and Beach Fun!

Wedding and Beach Fun!

 

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View From My Run!

Jess and I even managed to get in a couple workouts while we were there. Saturday morning we took a 40 min-ish run. We ran along the beach promenade for a little over 1.5 miles before turning away from the water and running through the island. It was warm, but there was a great breeze. We probably ran about 3.5 miles, and it was a perfect way to start the day. We finished withiced coffee and bagels at this adorable coffee shop called Ellie’s, next to the cheese shop in West Cape May. They make them fresh there, and she was very proud to tell us that the boil and bake them – “just like they do in New York.”

Lithe Escape Style!

Lithe Escape Style!

Sunday morning, we got up and ran to the beach (only like 3 blocks away), and I took Jess through a Lithe workout! Working out on the sand certainly adds something to the double jacks and plyos and reach and pulls! We did a cardio – barre – cardio – barre – fold over work series that took about 40 minutes. My pictures don’t look awesome (the sun was in my eyes, and I look a little special in some of them!), but it was a great place to Lithe! I could get used to that! Again, perfect perfect start to the day!

This Week’s Reasons Why Life Good

I am acutely aware that I am long overdue for a good “Life is Good” post. This week seems particularly good timing for one since I’ve been feeling a little stressed about my cat’s urinary problems, and overall just a little worn out.  However – without further ado:

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1.  I have been making some *AWESOME* smoothies lately. My lovely roommate, Natalie, has a Vitamix. It finally came home to live with us, and I’m ecstatic. This picture was of my first attempt, but I’m very pleased with my daily smoothies each and every day. For my green smoothies, I’ve been doing a bag of spinach,  a cucumber, water or almond milk or a combo, an apple, maybe a pear or banana or both. I often add an avocado, maybe some peanut butter. We have chia seeds that I haven’t tried. I made an amazing pumpkin, banana, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond milk smoothie last night. I could drink that every day of my life. I make a lot, and it’s enough for Natalie and I or for me for 2 days if she’s not around . Love them.

2. I have *officially* decided to stop trying to lose 10 more pounds. My body is protesting, and who says I need to lose 10 more pounds? I have been at this weight for a year and a half, and I’m happy at it. I can easily maintain it, and can focus on being fit and happy and not skinny and hungry. Sounds like a good trade to me. So, I have *NO* idea how many calories are in the smoothies, and I don’t care. They are good for me, and that’s enough. That said – I’ve been eating sort of crappy these past few days (but really, not that bad. Though I am craving a burger or hoagie right now something fierce). I’m chalking it up to PMS and will be back on the no carbs/dairy during the week train again next week.

3. My 34, yes – count them, 34 – fifth graders have pretty much fallen in line at school. Sure, it’s a ton of kids, and sure – they would certainly get more attention if there were less of them, but there is definite teaching and learning going on, and that’s all I’m going to ask for right now.

4. I rejoined OkCupid, and even though I think dating is a pain, I realize it’s something I probably should do. So, yeah. that’s happening. I’ll keep you updated.

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5. I went to the King of Prussia Beer Fest for free last Saturday with some friends thanks to Yelp! It was a good selection of craft beers and a pretty fun band. Good times were had by all. And get this – a guy came up to my friends and I saying that I looked really familiar. My friend, Greta, went into high gear, suggesting that we become Facebook friends to see if we have mutual friends in common.  Nope. Want to guess how he recognized me? We had been talking on OkCupid. As soon as I saw his profile picture I knew, but it took him until the next morning when he messaged me. Funny how these things happen, isn’t it?

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6. My most recent long run, on Sunday, was 8.6 miles. I ran with Carey and Matt late Sunday morning on the Kelly Dr/West River Drive Loop, ending with running up the Steps! Because, why not? Carey and I stayed together the whole time, stopping here and there to wait for Matt and what not. It was not such a great run for him, but he still pushed it out and that is all that matters. Read about his run here.

Carey and I kept a really solid pace the whole time, and even though it was crazy humid, I thought it went well. I’ve been having some IT Band issues, and my knee hurt a little in the last mile, but I’m doing some foam rolling and all is well.

7. I did two awesome running club runs last week. Tuesday, I ran with the running club portion of Young Involved Philadelphia.  (Run with us! Info here.) It was my first outing with this group, which meets the first Tuesday of every month. You run, and then explore some cool place in Philly. This past week was the Reading Viaduct, that is in the process of raising money to turn it into a park. It was super cool to be up there. They are basically elevated, abandoned railroad tracks. Then, we went to Prohibition Taproom for some food and drinks.  On Thursday, I ran with the infamous Fishtown Beer Runners. They are super nice, and super fun, and like to run and drink beer. How can you go wrong? There’s a group that leaves from 7 and Bainbridge, so we ran 4 miles and ended at LLama Tooth for some beer. The first was free! I had an awesome time and an awesome run. I’m trying to go tomorrow, but the rain might just get in the way! I sure hope not.

8. I got up yesterday at 6am to run with Pam, and I got up today at 6am to go to yoga with Natalie! If not for the rain, Pam and I would be running tomorrow at 6am. I’m positive that these 6am workouts are the only things that got me through my days the past 2 days!  I did end up going to Sgt Nate- Ranger Cross Training tonight, but now I’m completely wiped and not going to my frisbee game. Ah well. I need some rest, and it’s damp and chilly outside.

 

What are some reasons why your life is good this week?

 

This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

I’m a little overdue for a “why I love life” kind of post. Lots to say.

1. This is so spot on. I wish more of us (me included) took this advice to heart. My favorite part: “Just eat food. Eat real food, be active, and live your life. Forget all the diet and weight loss nonsense. It’s really just that. Nonsense.” Read it immediately. Also, here’s another good article about the “f-word”.

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Birthday Fun!

2. I had a blast on vacation, but I’m really , ridiculously happy to be back in Philly and hang out with all of my friends. I missed them!

3. I had the pleasure of celebrating two of my friend’s birthdays on Saturday. I love being part of people’s celebrations just as much, if not more, than I love celebrating my own accomplishments.

4. Mini Recap: My sister and I also went to Philly Dance Day on Saturday. It is one of my favorite fitness activities done all year. Organized by Philly Dance Fitness, it is super fun every year. Classes are mostly 45 minutes each. This year, Jess and I took Swing Fit first. It’s like Zumba, but with different music and movements. We did a little partner stuff at the end, but I sweat the whole time and thought it was an absolute blast. Then, we went to the YMCA on Christian St (It’s pretty nice there, by the way) and took a Hip Hop class followed by Cardio Pop. Hip Hop was super duper fun, and Cardio Pop left me a little sore the next day. Think: dance and fitness follow the leader intervals. They have a big evening party, but I’ve never been able to go to that. Maybe next year!

5. I took a run with Matt on Thursday. My first in awhile! It was a great day to run the bridge. It’s not a secret that I don’t like running, or exercising at all really, by myself. I clearly suck it up on occasion, as I did for most of my vacation workouts – but I’m happy to be back running with him again. We are *soon* going to be officially training for a couple races: The Sloppy Cuckoo (short distance) and The Oktoberfest Half. Run with us!

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Taken by me, from cute little bleacher style seating, made comfy with lots of pillows.

6. If you haven’t been to this adorable pop up beer garden on Broad between Pine and Lombard, go immediately. I love it here. It’s super cute, cozy, and I never want to leave.  They serve good, local beer for $5 a pop. GO IMMEDIATELY! (Unless it’s raining, in which case, you might want to wait.)

7. My closest friend in the world (not including my sister) – Ingela – recently moved back from Savannah to Harrisburg. I’m super psyched that she’s only a couple of hours away.  Now, I just have to get her to come visit my sweet new digs.

8. Have I said how much I LOVE my new apartment? And we have a COUCH now. It has seriously changed my life.

9. I had 2% greek yogurt (instead of 0%) for breakfast with my usual granola and blueberries. OH MY GOD it’s delicious. And I wasn’t starving all day. Coincidence? I think not. There’s no turning back from here.

10. Due to my vacations, I took a month off from Rangers. I took some Lithe classes when I was home and ran on vacation. Yesterday was my first day back. We started with walking lunges down the green to a far tree, running back – 4 times. Then we did 360 pushups, split up in sets of 5-10-15, etc with running in between each “station.” We repeated that with flying jack knives. Then, we did a mile run. I survived. It felt great! I’m SORE today!

11. I am taking this pretty awful teacher training class. (Made for new teachers, and I’m going into my 6th year. *sigh*) In order to be a little more positive during the day, I went to yoga class Tuesday morning and am going again tomorrow. It definitely helps! At least after this class and one more year of teaching, I’ll qualify for my instructional 2 certificate!

12.  Speaking of my lovely sister, here is a lovely picture of us. She’s a perfect example of why life is good.

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Taken by Pam, July 27, 2013

22 miles and Dogfish Head Brewery

ImageI spent the past few days at Bethany Beach with sister, Jess, and our lovely friend Lilah. Lilah and her high school friends have a pretty impressive tradition of going to Bethany each year, and I was thrilled to be a part of it this time around.

On Tuesday, a couple of others wanted to ride to Rehoboth Beach – about 10-12 miles each way. I hadn’t EVER ridden a bike more than a few miles at a time, and frankly – I’m pretty scared of cars. However, I put on my big girl pants, rented a hybrid for $25 for the day, and off we went down Route 1 toward Rehoboth. I think it took us about an hour, and it was pretty freakin awesome!

 

Once we got there, we bee-linedphoto it straight for Dogfish Head Brew Pub for refreshments. I had some delicious Namaste and split a sampler with other delicious things like the 90 minute and My Antonia.

 

We got distracted by skee ball and the haunted house, so left a little late to make it back to the house before dark. We survived, but let’s just say that the last mile or so on Route 1 was a *tad* scary.

It was my first *ever* long distance bike ride, and I loved it! Where is your favorite place to bike?

 

This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

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1. I was able to celebrate with my friend Bimpe last night. She is moving to Rhode Island, which is a little sad; however, she’s doing a second residency in order to be able to treat abused children. Basically, she’s going to save the world.

2. I did hill sprints with my friend Matt on Wednesday night. He wrote about it on his blog here.  Basically, we did a mile warm up, 5 hill sprints up the Penn’s Landing Market St bridge, fast up – slow back down. Then we ended with an easy .5 mile cool down.  Then, we went to Triumph Brewery for some post run brews. I had the Belgian Blond, which was seriously delicious!

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Triumph Brewery’s Beer List

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Our (slightly blurry) view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from our cool down .

3. I did not get laid off. And with the mess that is the School District of Philadelphia, it’s a wonder that any of us still have jobs.

4. I started a new job last week, just a part time gig working the desk at Lithe Method in Old City. I had two more training shifts this week, and I have been told that I am ready for my first big girl shift – working by myself! It’s fairly easy and a relaxed environment and it will give me some extra money to spend/pay off bills/save (and some free classes too!)

5. I started season 2 of Game of Thrones. I’m becoming obsessed.

6. School is *almost* over. It’s so close that I can practically taste the joys of summer.

7. I’m getting a hair cut today – for free! I won a giveaway at Body Cycle Studio awhile back, and I’m cashing in on the hair cut today!

8. Last but not least, 2 little girls just came into my classroom, while I’m eating lunch typing this, to offer me a donut. I only ate half of it, but really – don’t mind if I do.

Life is good, guys. Promise.