This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

Another edition of why life is pretty lovely, even if it sometimes seems otherwise.

Waterfalls at Rickett’s Glen

1. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Bloomsburg, PA with some friends in celebration of my friend Alex’s birthday. We did some awesome activities, including a 4 hour hike and picnic lunch at Rickett’s Glen,  meteor watching, and roller coaster riding at Knoebel’s Grove Amusement Park (perhaps the best place ever). It was an awesome weekend and really nice to get out of the city and relax.

2. I *finally* got to the go to the pool again at North Shore yesterday. I haven’t gone much this year, because I was away much of July, and then I was busy and working a lot, and then – well, the weather hasn’t been particularly hot lately. Yesterday was beautiful, and I got to spend a few glorious hours there.

3. I joined an ultimate frisbee team last June (which deserves it’s own post). We were *pretty* terrible least season, finally winning a game at the very end of the season.  We played our hearts out on Wednesday, and won 8-7 in sudden death. It was a lot of fun. I’m proud to say that we are now 2-0.

Knoebel's Amusement Park collage of fun

Knoebel’s Amusement Park collage of fun

4. I am doing some more celebrating this weekend! August is a busy month. My lovely friends Elisa, Christine, and Jaime are having small birthday gatherings. My fabulous friend Janice is having a wedding shower/celebration – which, I must add, includes me getting a massage – and I’m PRETTY pumped.

5. I had some good runs this week! I finally broke my pace slump and did a 4.4 mile run across the Ben Franklin Bridge (read: up hill both ways) in about a 10:15 pace! I was super proud of that, but super dead after. The run was one I organized through Run Like a Philly Girl. We ate burritos after. Burritos = happiness. Then, I ran with Matt and my sister, Jess, on Wednesday morning when we did an easy 3.  Running 6 on Sunday!

6.  Last night, I went out to the Race Street Pier for Live and Local Thursday. It’s an awesome little park, and they had local bands performing! There was free PBC beer, but the line was crazy. It was a beautiful night, and a beautiful location for some live tunes!

7. I finally found whole wheat tortillas that don’t have a lot of chemicals and things-I-can’t-pronounce in them, and I am *so* excited. (See above, #5). They are sold at Whole Foods, come 4 to a pack, cost $2.49 per pack, and are 220 calories each.

All Natural, yes!

All Natural, yes!

Live and Local at the Race Street Pier

Live and Local at the Race Street Pier

Sound off! What is one reason why you think life is good this week?

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This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

This was originally going to be a Friday thing, but I’m not good at following pointless “rules” – so it seems silly to impose them on myself.

So here is this week’s edition:

1. School is over. I have some part time summer jobs, but I’m done teaching until after Labor Day. And. It. Feels. Good.

2. Spent my first complete day off with my friend Liz at the North Shore Beach Club after a good Sleeveless class at Lithe Method. It’s not really a beach club, just a 21+ pool in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. I am a weekday member, meaning I can go Mon-Fri and take guests for $10. Today was hot and beautiful. Almost perfect pool weather. (It was really hot). Thirty minutes after I got home today, the sky turned dark and opened up. Good timing on my part.

 

Image3. Did some runs last week. The one I posted, some more hills with my friend Matt. Then, I ran out to where the TriRock Philly Sprint Tri was happening to cheer on my friend Christine, who was racing.  I ended up getting to the art museum around the same time the Philly Runners left to go on their run, so ended up running 2 of the 3 miles with a fellow from that group. It was already steaming hot at 8am. I got to the transition area at West River Drive and Black Road around 8:20. I saw her come around for her two bike loops and went over to her transition as she took off for the run. I think she did fabulous. She didn’t drown, fall, die, or throw up. That’s #winning in my book. I’m definitely going to get myself a bike and do a tri with her soon. Now that I’ve seen one, it doesn’t look *quite* as intimidating.

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4. Went to my first Phillies game of the season on Sunday! They lost miserably (8-0 to the freakin Mets), but we just had some drinks and enjoyed the ball park. My friend Meg recently had a birthday, so she came to Philly, and we hit up bloody marys with brunch and the game. We escaped to Xfinity shortly after a rain delay. I enjoy baseball games – even when my team is sucking.

5. I leave for vacation tomorrow! I’ll try to post some pictures and workouts that I do along the way. I’ll be gone for 9 days, and you better believe that I will work out at least 5 of those days. I am flying into Savannah, and my friend Ingela and I are going to do a little road trip. A couple days in Savannah, 1 night in Atlanta, 2 nights camping in Tennessee (white water rafting too!), 2 nights in Nashville, and 2 nights in Asheville, North Carolina. I fly out of Asheville super early on July 5.

6. Last, but not least, my cat just cuddled up into my arms, because he missed me today.

 

Life is good, guys. Promise.