Hi hungry friends! Happy fall! The weather here in the Philly area is FINALLY starting to cool down and that means running is becoming more and more comfortable and less and less sweaty. Woohoo! Since Mark and I made the move to the Philly area in May, I’ve been blogging on and off and also updating social media on and off. With moving and getting used to working my job remotely and taking care of a new puppy and getting to know our new hometown, I was not only feeling slightly overwhelmed, but unsure of whether I wanted to keep blogging. It was a strange feeling and I was feeling guilty and confused, but I decided to just accept it and sit with it for a bit so I could just trust my instincts and see where they would take me. And low and behold, here I am back on the blog!
Mark and I just got back from a hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Today was quite literally a perfect summer day here in the Philly the area. Sunny, not too cloudy, almost no humidity and a high of about 75. We couldn't let a day like that pass by without spending most of it outside. Plus, we just genuinely love Valley Forge and there are so many great trails to explore there. Today we hiked about 3 miles on the Mount Joy trails. Could I ask for a better summer Sunday? Nope, don't think so. In addition to exploring new things here in Philly, we've also been exploring new recipes. One of them being this slow-cooker eggplant and cauliflower vegetable curry recipe.
So not only have I recently taken a little break from blogging since we moved to the Philly area. But during this little "break" time I've also taken a mini break from running. By a "mini" break I mean, I didn't stop running completely, but just that I've been running way less than I had over the past few months. For example, in the months before we moved I was training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and I actually ran that race the very day before we moved. Only a thing a truly ~crazy runner~ would do, right?
Hi friends! I know it's been a little bit of time since I've shown my face here and my blogging status has been in limbo lately, but as I predicted would happen, my creative spark (and need to talk about running incessantly) has returned and I'm back to share some fun stuff with y'all! Specifically, I wanted to share the top songs from my current running/cardio playlist, because summer + running + good music = bliss! Well, at least I think so anyway.
Hi Hungry Friends! I'm back this week with something I haven't shared in a long, long time: a new strength workout. Specifically, a upper body and core strength workout! Part of the reason I haven't shared a strength workout in a long time is because I haven't done strength workouts consistently since ... well honestly, I can't even remember when! And by that I mean, I haven't been working with weights in the gym because while we were in NYC I chose to save money by not having a gym membership and focusing mainly on running workouts and bodyweight strength workouts that I was able to do at home without any equipment. Lower-body strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, etc.) was definitely a big focus for me during half-marathon training through the first half of this year, but with that, I definitely neglected my upper body strength. But now, our new apartment complex has it's own gym and you can bet your butt I've already taken advantage of it and I'm super pumped to get back to a true total body workout routine and some classic strength training workouts like the one I'm about to share here.
Finally. I finally got to run the Airbnb Brooklyn Half. And the best part was it turned out to be the perfect way for me to give a big, go-out-with-a-bang goodbye to Brooklyn and NYC. For those of you who missed it, Mark and I moved to the Philly area literally the next day. Talk about timing. Oh and what I mean when I say I finally got to run the Brooklyn Half, is that for the past three years I was forced to miss out on it due to my sister's college graduation, a wedding and some other important obligation that I can't remember, but I know that it made me miss the Brooklyn Half.
What's that saying? Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard? Yes, that's the one. Mary Schmich said that in "Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life," and after 4 insanely fun but sometimes ridiculously crazy years, I'm heeding her advice and heading to the country.