Running On Average

I’ve Been Inspired!

Lifestyle | August 22, 2018 | By

Hey, all! Long time, no see.

I’m excited. You see, I’ve been inspired. Last week, my little family and I went on vacation to the Outer Banks with my husband’s extended family, but right before we left I finished Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. And it left me so motivated.



The line that really stuck with me is where she talks about wanting to write a book and writes, “I decided to stop giving up… Just once,  I thought, Just once I’d like to know what it’s like to finish!”


I mean, right?!

So during vacation, I mulled it over. I got myself pumped up and decided to just go for it. Just do the damn thing! (Have you seen The Bachelor? It makes me irrationally angry, but seems to work here.)

I immersed myself deep into vacation and had a blast. But decided that when it was over I was done making excuses. Saturday, our 8-9 hour drive home turned into 12 hours. With a 1 year old and a 2 year old in the car. We got home around 10pm.

Still, Sunday morning I made my way out of bed to a heated yoga class.


Monday, my husband joined me on a 21-day fix workout at 9pm.

And yesterday, despite being tired as all get out and just wanting to lay down during the kids’ naptime, I turned on Beachbody and owned AAA day in 80-Day Obsession.

I set my alarm for 6am today (after 6:30 baby wake-ups all vacation because of sunrise, this seems less hard) and actually rolled my butt outta bed to write and here I am.

Because Rachel Hollis is right. Nobody cares about your dreams as much as you do. YOU are in control of the work you put out.

I’ve read other light-a-fire books. Grace, Not Perfection most recently and You Are a Badass. Both were awesome books and got me jazzed. But this time, I don’t know. This time, I don’t want to look back. I’m 31 years old. I don’t want to spend my free time scrolling Facebook or Instagram posts I don’t care about.

So let’s raise our mugs of coffee (because, hello, it’s 7am and too early for whiskey or wine) and realize that it’s time to work for it! And let’s just do it!

Okay, my son is crying, back to reality. Buh-bye! Smile

Week 1: Mother’s Day, Workouts, and Humira

Hey, all!

So this past week has not gone exactly as planned, but it still went really well!

Mother’s Day

For a workout last weekend, we spent the entirety of Saturday doing yardwork. I mean that counts, right? We planted literally 100+ flowers. Sunday was Mother’s Day and my darling husband made adorable peanut butter and jelly labels of our kids. Maybe I’ll post them sometime, but they are downstairs andd I’m currently holed up in our bedroom because if my son sees me, it’s all over. #mamasboy

Anyway, it was the cutest gift EVER.

Also, since my iPhone 5s was on its way to cell phone Heaven, my hubby took me to the Apple Store to buy an iPhone X. I feel so spoiled!! The difference in picture quality between the 5s and X is ridiculous.



Let’s see. Monday I went for a 4.5 mile run around 9:20 pace then did 80 Day Obsession Total Body Core.

Tuesday I did 3.1 miles at around 8:25 pace. 80DO got cancelled because my son was having a rough time teething and I wouldn’t have started working out until 10pm. No thanks.

Wednesday, I convinced my husband to run with me and we took the double jogger on a trail run for 4 easy miles. I pushed the first two miles, he pushed the second two. Then we let our daughter get out and run because she soooo wanted to. A-Dor-A-Ble. Again, no 80DO because kids.

Thursday was a rest day.

This morning, I took the kiddos on a double jogger run for 3.2 miles then we played at the playground for a while. It was super fun. I doubt I will lift tonight because I have a 10-miler scheduled for tomorrow.


Wednesday, after two weeks of back and forth with the Humira people, I finally had a nurse call me to schedule injection training. The only day she had available before next Wednesday was yesterday morning, so fortunately Dave was able to come home and watch the kids while the nurse trained me on Humira injections. I was on Humira 3 years ago, but stopped for my third trimester with my daughter and wanted a refresher course. The loading dose is 4 pens and they still hurt like a B.

Anyway, one of the side effects is that it can make you tired. Now, I don’t know if it did or not because I’m already perma-tired (thanks, kids), but I decided to chalk Thursday up as a rest day. Honestly, I think the emotional stress was worse than anything. I hate the idea of biologics with all the potential side effects, but since my ulcerative colitis wasn’t getting under control with other medicines, it was time to step it up. Here’s hoping it all turns out well.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ve got to go work on a post for Pittsburgh Moms Blog now while sipping on cold brew and listening to the delighted squeals of my babies playing with their daddy. 🙂 Make sure to check out my latest on PMB next Wednesday!

How was your week? 

P.S. If anyone can school me in why my iPhone X only downloads some images if I copy a folder, but all the images if I Ctrl+A copy the pictures within the folder, that’d be great. Oh and why there’s like three different files of the same photo? I’m so confused. lol Going to be a work in progress…

Working on My Follow Through

I’m a dreamer. I have these big ideas of things I want to do and projects I want to complete and I get all excited thinking about them, devising plans, creating lists, and envisioning the end results. But my problem is on the follow through. I’m terrible at it. And I’m beginning to get annoyed with myself for starting then stopping, beginning but not completing.

I want to run and lift more consistently.

I want to take my kids on more adventures.

I want to clean up my diet.

I want to write a novel.

I want to actually write in this blog regularly.

I want to stop starting over.

Change is hard. Especially the beginning stages where you have to work up the momentum and work your way into a groove. But maybe I can use my stubbornness to my advantage and finally follow through.

I ran my fourth marathon April 22, so after a few weeks of low key exercise and recovery I’m ready to start training for the Pottstown Half Marathon July 14. I started training this past week and beginning on Monday I will be doing 80-Day Obsession to add strength training to my routine. I’ll be modifying it, both in the exercise and diet aspects since I’m running and still nursing my baby boy.

For the family side of things, I’m creating a Summer Fun list for daytime adventures with my kids so we don’t spend too much time watching Paw Patrol.

As for the writing, I definitely want to dig into my novel writing, but instead of overwhelming myself right out the gate, I’m going to start with my family and my health/exercise.

So join me on my adventures! What are some goals you want to achieve? Let’s hold each other accountable!

New Year’s Do Over

My 2018 got off to a rocky start. On New Year’s Day, we made the trek home from Christmas vacation visiting family that took longer than it should have due to traffic and accidents. When we got home, we were out of food, the grocery store was closed, and Target was out of sauerkraut. So I had to improvise and made an Asian-inspired PA Dutch “pork and sauerkraut” of sorts: freezer orange chicken with pork egg rolls.

It was also the first day of marathon training… but that got moved to the next day. Which worked out well enough, because Wednesday’s run was cancelled due to fasting in preparation for Thursday’s UC procedure (nothing like starting the year with a clean colon! hahaha)

So today is my soft reset. It’s not going to be perfect- I’ve already made mistakes- but I look forward to the opportunity to improve, to better myself, to stop making excuses and getting in my own way.

That’s the great thing about changing and becoming who we want to be; we can start whenever we want. A week from now, a month from now, or even just RIGHT now. If we want to improve, we can. And I do.

The last few months for me have been plagued by postpartum anxiety and I won’t even pretend that it is all behind me now. It’s still very present and on the forefront of my mind. Even the idea of change and a better year makes me anxious. But as someone once said, on the other side of fear lies freedom, right?

That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more details on my marathon training and my new year’s resolutions!

What are your goals for this year? Do you plan to make this your year? YOU SHOULD! Smile

Our Newest Lil Runner

I know I’ve been away for a while, but pregnancy had me completely exhausted all the time that even writing seemed hard. But I somehow managed to run up until my due date! Smile Huge success in my book!
Anyway, I want to introduce to you the newest addition to our little family.

Meet Jordan!


Our sweet little boy was born 4 weeks ago on June 8, at 12:46 am measuring 19.5 inches long and 7 lb 6 oz. He’s so ridiculously cute and a pretty chill little guy and we are obviously in love.


Even Riley loves him and is taking her big sister role seriously! Although, that means countless attempts at picking him up. And trying to shove a pacifier in his mouth when he’s sleeping.


I am hoping to get back to regular blogging very soon, but two kids is a huge adjustment and we’re still getting the hang of it (especially with Dave back at work). But I’m loving it so far!


Talk to you soon!

Your most average runner – Jess Smile