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Up and Running

Hi! I have some GREAT news!

Last Wednesday, I had my 6-week postpartum check-up and I got cleared to resume exercising! So you can bet your butt that when Dave got home after work, I went for a run while he had some quality daddy-daughter time!

Thanks to some special discounts, we got a Sole 63 treadmill from Dick’s Sporting Goods in December and Wednesday was my first time trying it out.

The verdict? I LOVE it. It rides smoothly, is quiet and is easy to operate. The only thing I need to get used to is that the front deck comes out farther than the display panel and since I run so close to the front of treadmills I kept tripping on it at first. Smooth, I know.

You can also save your runs on it and plug in your music so it comes out the speakers. I haven’t used that feature yet, but I look forward to it.



July Workout Recap

Hi again! So I know it’s not technically the end of July YET, but Dave and I are driving back to Berks County tomorrow, so I won’t be doing anything except working and snoozing in a car.

With baby and starting Humira for ulcerative colitis (more on that later), my workouts have been super scattered the past few months. Like, some weeks I wouldn’t workout at all. Hello, dear pillow, my friend, let’s just snuggle….

Finally, in July I decided, all right, I want to start up again. I want a healthy and ACTIVE pregnancy. Especially since my probably too lofty goal is to run a marathon next June. So here’s a recap of July and my attempts to get back at it.

July 1-7 (Wednesday to Tuesday)


Valentine’s Day and Battling Winter Training

Running | February 15, 2015 | By

Hey, how was your weekend? Did you have a great Valentine’s Day? Single or coupled? I’ve always loved it no matter my relationship status. But my first married one was amazing! Smile

To my great surprise, I actually DID wake up at 4:30 on Friday morning and get my butt to the gym!



And dark.


And I looked like this by the end of it.


But I busted out 5 awesome miles, 3.5 at race pace (1 mile warm up, .5 mile cool down). And I felt so great.

Trying to wake up at 5am on Saturday was a bit harder. I made it out of bed for peanut butter on rice cake before snuggling back into bed until 6:30, since the sun doesn’t come up until 7am. Then it started snowing big, thick, fluffy, pretty flakes. Unfortunately, our roads weren’t getting plowed and since it’s hilly with no sidewalks, Dave didn’t want me running outside (he’s a good and caring guy like that). So he offered to drive me to the gym because I am terrified of driving in the snow and my car was in the shop anyway.

On the way to the gym, Dave’s car skidded out because the roads were worse than we thought, so Dave was SUCH a trooper and hung out at the gym for two hours while I churned out 10 slow miles on the treadmill. He took a BodyPump class then walked on the treadmill next to me for company. I haven’t run more than 6 miles since….June? Yikes!! Has it been that long?! Anyway, I did it, finishing with a mile at race pace…which actually seemed easier!

After a shower and 2-hour nap, my Saturday was super relaxing! For Valentine’s Day, Dave surprised me this BEAUTIFUL Fossil watch. The style is called Jesse….it literally had my name on it! haha


My gift to him is a weekend at a lodge in the northwestern PA later in March. Look out for that post in a few weeks! Oh and a stuffed Woodstock that dances and plays the Peanuts theme song.

We ordered Chinese food for dinner (it’s what we ordered the night we got engaged and this was a throwback) and watched Gilmore Girls. That’s how we roll.



Check out my awesome fortune. Also, shout out to my sister for the Chocolate Raspberry Wine! SO GOOD.


Today was a rest day! Actually, it was a yoga day, buuuuut that didn’t happen. Whoops! Instead we braved the single digit temperatures to go to the Tanger Outlets, an outdoor mall, to check out the President’s Day sales, since we totally cleaned out our wardrobes a few weekends ago.

How’s the weather in your neighborhood? Who’s ready for some long days and warm(er) weather?!

Did you love Valentine’s Day?