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4 Things Friday & An Announcement

Happy Friday!!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not doing a Fall Fitness Friday post today. This week was beyond hectic and on top of all that, I’m fighting a cold (although I am feeling a bit better than I was on Tuesday!).

Not only am I still not feeling 100%, but winter is truly beginning to set in. It snowed today.

First Snowfall. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It looked pretty, but I’m still not ready to let go of Fall! Bring back the 50 degree temps, pretty leaves, and perfect running weather!

I should probably be used to these winters by now, having grown up in New England and going to school in upstate New York, but even so, I’m having trouble accepting it. 😉

But moving on… Since I’m not doing the FFF Challenge this week, I still wanted to do a fun, personal post today. So, I thought, why not try my hand at 4 Things Friday! (Confused? Just keep reading!)

4 Things Friday

My Top 4 Favorite things about Fall:

1. Pumpkin spice everything… well mostly everything! 🙂 -> 16 Pumpkin Spice Products that Don’t Exist and Should Never Exist.

Pumpkin spice.2. Scarves (I own a billion, but I love them all!)

3. Sweaters

4. Perfect running weather (have I mentioned that fall is perfect for running?)  😉

My Top 4 Movies:

1. Titanic

2. Bridesmaids

3. The Proposal (what can I say – I like romantic movies!)

4. Any of the Harry Potter’s

4 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To Right Now:

1. Blank Space by Taylor Swift (watch the music video. It’s scary and weird and I couldn’t look away.)

2. You R in Love by Taylor Swift

3.Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

4. This Love by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's new album.

(Yes, these are all from the new album by Taylor Swift. I can’t stop listening to it, and I’m not ashamed.)

My Top 4 Best Halloween Costumes (Since Halloween was only a couple weeks ago)

1. iTunes gift card (did this with my friend Ramya in high school – it was so fun!)

Woo, throwback to high school dances!

Woo, throwback to high school dances!


3. Harry Potter’s little sister (yes… I made up a character for one of my Halloween costumes when I was younger.)

4. Cinderella

4 Places I’ve Traveled to:

1. France

2. Disney World (senior class trip! I want to go again. ASAP.)

Disney World. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo3. Yellowstone National Park

4. Vermont (for the Mad Half last summer!)

And this category leads me to my next announcement… my mom and I have decided on our next half marathon in our 50 states mission! The next state we will be crossing off is… *drumroll please* 🙂

Running a half marathon in all 50 states

Yay!! I’m so excited to say my mom and I will be running the Clearwater Distance Classic in January. It will be wonderful to escape the cold and snow and go soak up some of the Florida sun. and run 13.1 miles and cross off another state while we’re at it. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the 4 things post! Leave a comment of 4 of your favorite things – you pick the topic!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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What it Means To Graduate Early

Happy Wednesday everyone! Good news – the week is halfway done! 😉

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but have been putting off (I guess sometimes it’s easier to live in denial). In December, I will be graduating and leaving the school I have called my home for the past 3 and half years. I don’t want to sound childish, but it is scary to think that in less than two months I’ll be moving on to a new stage of my life. It’s scary and exciting and nerve-racking and I have a million emotions just thinking about it now. I know that it’s time, and that this is how college is supposed to work (i.e., you eventually graduate), but at the same time it’s hard to think about leaving a place that’s become so close to my heart.

I don’t want this to be a sad post though. I don’t want to depress myself or any of you! I simply want to look back at what has made my time here so incredible, and as a reminder to myself to keep soaking up every last moment while I still can. Because what seemed so absurdly far away on move-in day freshman year, now is a tangible date on the calendar.

What it Means to Graduate Early

What it Means to Graduate Early. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running DuoIt means looking back fondly on what it was like to join my sisterhood.

What it means to graduate early

And all the joy it brought you.

What it Means to Graduate Early, Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It means remembering the place where I first ran a sub-2 hour half marathon (in spite of the challenging course).

What it Means to Graduate Early, Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It means saying goodbye to walks to class in the crisp Fall air and taking in the beauty of campus.

What it Means to Graduate Early

And appreciating that beauty even more as you watch the seasons change.

What it means to graduate early

It means being grateful for some of the best friendships you’ve ever had.

What it means to graduate early

And looking back on all the times when you laughed until you cried.

What it means to graduate early

And trying to hold onto a moment, when just like that, it’s passed.

 I am so incredibly lucky to have had such an amazing college experience. And all I can hope is that I continue to soak up these moments for the next two months. Because that’s all you can do: appreciate those times as they come, because before you know it, they’re just a memory.

Have a great day!


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Reactions of Non-Runners

Happy Hump Day!

As I mentioned in my last post, I ran 20 miles last week. Now to all the runners out there who know this is the height of marathon training season, that might not seem that weird. It might even seem NORMAL (us runners are a strange bunch, I know). 😉 I got some pretty funny reactions though from my non-runner friends though when I told them how far I had gone.

Why the Eff would you run 20 miles?

Reaction A: Question My Sanity


“That’s crazy!”

You Ran How Far?

Reaction B: You Did This To Yourself

Me: “Ugh, I’m sore, I just finished running 20 miles.”

Friend 1: “Well yeah, I’m not surprised you’re sore. That’s what you get!

Friend 2: “I just don’t understand you. Why would you choose to do that to yourself?”

Me: “Because I’m running a marathon in a few weeks, so I had to!”

Friend 2: “Well why would you choose to run a marathon?”

Me: “I want to!”

Friend 2: “You and I are so fundamentally different.”

Reaction C: Congratulations


Reaction A seems to be the most common. Sometimes people will transition through all three reactions (“You’re crazy! Why would you do that to yourself? Congrats though!”) . So fair warning- if you’re thinking about training for a marathon, be prepared for people to just assume you’re crazy. But here is the big secret that we as runners know, the one that non-runners often cannot wrap their heads around –

Running is worth it.

Have you ever gotten any funny reactions about your running?


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The Big Apple!

I’m back! 

Sorry for the little break- I was visiting my college roommate in Long Island (hi Nicole!). It was such a fun trip, and I had a blast hanging out with her and her family.

Aaaaaannd, she took me into New York City- my first time in the Big Apple! I really got the full New York experience- I rode a taxi, chatted a bit with Kelly Rippa, spotted the boys of One Direction, and got to meet Taylor Swift!!!!!


me and kelly

one D

taylor and me

Well… not really.  But, we did go to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square so it was almost the same thing. I also took a pic with N’Sync (I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve got a few of their songs in my running playlist!)

me and nsync

The hustle and bustle of New York was sooo different to me! I have been in cities before, but New York was bigger, louder, and brighter! I probably looked like the ultimate tourist, craning my neck to look up at all the skyscrapers surrounding me.


I also got to experience delicious Long Island style pizza and bagels, which really were pretty awesome. As a student at a New York college, I have listened to an extensive amount of bragging about the wonders of Long Island bagels and pizza (and I always wondered to myself if they were all that special). Well, both the bagels and pizza lived up to the hype!

I also got to see Despicable Me 2 on the trip, and it was hilarious. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie, go see it. I have become a big fan of minions- anyone know where I can get one? 


I came home Saturday evening, and got back into my running Sunday morning with a beautiful mid-distance run of just under 7 miles. The weather has been feeling really fall-ish lately. It’s been great for running, but I don’t want the summer warmth to disappear just yet!

sunday aug 13

This week, I’m hoping to squeeze in one last long run before the half-marathon on Saturday (8/10). The course for this one is going to be interesting (aka hilly), but more on that later!


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Taking a mental chill pill

Hey there 

So yesterday, as planned, I accomplished my first brick workout- a 10 mile bike ride followed by a 20 minute run (roughly 2 miles, I’m guessing).

I knew it wasn’t going to be super easy to run after biking that distance, but SERIOUSLY! OUCH. I cruised down my street after finishing up the biking portion, already mentally celebrating being almost done with the workout- a 20 minute run? EASY AS CAKE.

I traded my helmet for a baseball cap (to hide my embarrassingly sweaty hair), chugged some water, and set off. 3 minutes later, I was huffing and puffing. The mental celebration quickly changed to mentally cursing myself. I may have even questioned whether I would be able to run the full 3 miles on the actual day. The doubts were swirling, and I was not in a happy place.

After roughly 7 minutes, my legs did loosen up, and it wasn’t HORRIBLE. It sure wasn’t pleasant though. In fact, it was nowhere in the vicinity of the pleasantness spectrum. I don’t think it helped that my legs were still a little fatigued from my 15 mile ride the day before. Oops.

BUT I GOT IT DONE. I gutted out that 20 minute run, surviving to run another day! The heat was really bad again, but I think with some cooler temps on race day, I should be able to make it. I’ve already registered, so I’ve got to at least “tri” (har har har, I love me some good triathlon puns! )

In the evening, I was lucky enough to get to hang out with a couple of my girlfriends! My friend had the idea to do something a little different from our usual routine of just hanging out at each other’s houses- we went bowling. Let me just say, I am a terrible bowler. Absolutely dreadful. Thank god for the bumpers!

Here I am, about to bowl a strike! Just kidding.

Here I am, about to bowl a strike! Just kidding.

While my bowling skills leave a little something to be desired, it was pretty fun to just relax and NOT think about something triathlon/running-related for a while. Instead, I focused on my trash-talking skills.

Unfortunately, this didn’t help my game, as I lost quite soundly.

The final score... Note that I came in last.

The final score… Note that I came in last.

After the bowling, we went back to my friend’s house and made a grilled veggie pizza! Homemade pizza is a regular staple in my cooking at home, so it was fun to introduce my friend (and her family!) to my tips/tricks for a delicious (and healthier) pizza than the ones you get from fast-food restaurants.

Pizza made up for my failure as a bowler.

Pizza made up for my failure as a bowler.

All in all, it was a super fun evening, and a wonderful way to kickback from the morning’s tough workout. I feel mentally refreshed and ready for my tapering week before the big triathlon on Sunday!


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