Life Lately

Oh boy, oh boy…

Quite a few things have changed since my last post.  Let’s see…

  • I never ran that marathon. When I started training for it, I was gung-ho. It made me happy to challenge myself that way and I loved being able to run with my boyfriend, but that feeling was short-lived.  At the time, I desperately needed to focus on what was actually wrong: I needed a new job and I needed to go back to school.  I ended up dropping down to the 8K, having a great time, and then played cheerleader for Mike during his first (and possibly last, if you ask him) marathon. He finished in 4:37!mikemarathon
  • I got a new job! I’m now an EA at Drexel and so far, so good. The position is busier and more challenging and I see opportunity to grow.  I’ve only been here for a little over a month and a half (including a vacation and Christmas break), so I don’t have a full grasp of the position yet, but I am excited to keep learning!
  • I’m back in school and I should have my masters in Communications this spring!  The program’s new director is a great addition to the department and I feel like I am prepared to do well in my classes, as evidenced by last quarter’s 4.0!  Here’s hoping that the current quarter goes as well.
  • Mike and I decided to start house hunting. We’re definitely staying in Philadelphia, but we’re ready to take this leap. At least, I think we are…ask me again when our hot water heater breaks/we need a new roof/our oven stops working.
  • We went to Jamaica!!! One of the best vacations I have ever had. I highly recommend Secrets Wild Orchid and Tara at Liberty Travel. She knows her stuff.parrot

I am sure there is a lot more that has happened, but since I am terrible at blogging regularly I have forgotten it and the world will never know.  I’m sure everyone will live. 🙂

Be Well Boot Camp

As many of you know, I was the marathon blogger for Be Well Philly last year during my training for the Philadelphia Marathon.  When the editor, Emily, asked me if I would help out at the second annual Be Well Boot Camp by moderating the Conquer Your First 5K panel, I jumped at the chance.  I also got to attend the event, which was awesome.

Local fitness studios, such as Ploome, Pure Barre, and Lithe held classes so people could try out the workouts without committing to buying any packages. In addition to free snacks, there were a ton of freebies as well as great discussions.  While I didn’t get a chance to try any of the fitness classes (gathering up all the freebies took awhile) I was lucky enough to attend Ali Shapiro‘s “Truce With Food” lecture.

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It focused on all of the other reasons that we eat, which for me includes…everything.  Half of my family are emotional eaters, while the other half are Italian.  There is ALWAYS a good reason to eat!  My fight with food is probably why I struggle with my weight and accepting my body.  Basically, Ali (who is seriously adorable) offered four guidelines for overcoming a food problem:

1. Choose one meal to make over per day.  She suggested lunch. Make sure it has the healthy amounts of veggies, protein, fat, and carbs.

2. Take time to eat lunch.  Make lunch your biggest meal of the day and sit down at some point from 12-1:30pm and truly enjoy your meal.

3. Eat lunch in a beautiful environment, whether it be a restaurant or a park.

4. Eat clean and destress as much as you can.

I’m going to incorporate these four steps into my lunch this week and see what happens.  I will keep you posted, of course.

After that, it was time for my panel!

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I’m so official! P.S. – That is my excited face. You’ll see this a lot.

My panel focused on preparing and running your first 5k.  I spoke with John from Moss Rehab, Ross from Philadelphia Runner, and Dr. Ballyamanda from Drexel Medicine.  They had great advice on staying motivated and healthy while getting ready to run!

Overall, I think it was a great event.  I can’t wait to attend next year!

Annie Runs on Donuts Today

First order of business, it is National Donut Day.  You have approximately three and a half hours (more if you’re a lucky West Coaster) to get a donut and devour it completely guilt-free.  After all, you’re only being patriotic. Luckily, I have the best boss who recognizes national holidays and she swung by Federal Donuts on her way into the office.


From left to right: lavender sugar, Indian spice, cinnamon sugar, and s’more. My favorite flavor was E. All of the above.

After consuming many tiny pieces of donuts,I had lofty goals for my lazy Friday night: go for a long run, hit up Whole Foods, and do laundry.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and dumped an ocean’s worth of water on Philadelphia since rush hour last night.

I still got my workout in, albeit on the elliptical, but Whole Foods was just not happening.  So here I sit, waiting for my leftovers to heat up.  Laundry is happening, but only so I have clean workout pants to wear to Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Boot Camp!

I was lucky enough to be a guest blogger for Be Well Philly during my marathon training last year. A few weeks ago, the editor contacted me and asked me to be the moderator for the Conquer Your First 5K panel and I couldn’t be more excited!

It wasn’t long ago that I was a newbie runner, hoping not to finish last in her first 5K (I did).  I’m still not breaking any records, unless there’s a record for biggest smile while crossing the finish line, but I have definitely learned a lot since that race.  Two marathons later and I’m not looking back! I know the panel experts will have a lot to offer to runners of all levels, so if you’re attending the Boot Camp, please come check it out!

I leave you with this thought…

I run...I'm slower than a herd of stampeding turtles through peanut butter, but I run!