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A Solo Six – Week 3 Marathon Wrap Up


Wrapping up week 3 of NJ Marathon training with lots of cookie baking today. Brad got home Friday after an insane trip to DC and back to get him because of a missed flight. All that matters is that he’s home for the holidays 🙂 🙂 🙂

I ran my long run solo this weekend because of the unexpected trip to DC. Because Brad was supposed to fly into AC we had to go TO the AC airport Friday night to get his luggage because somehow his luggage made the flight and not him. ANYways, it was a blessing in disguise because we spent the night at his OCNJ house (since it was so late Friday when we got back to NJ) and I got to do my long run at the shore!

Just a typical winter running outfit. So far running tights, a cold weather long sleeved shirt, light vest, headband and gloves have been perfect. I suspect once the  temps drop another 10 degrees in the mornings that I will be layering up more.

Our TNT training plan called for 5-6 miles and going with our coach’s suggestion, I want to keep on the high end of mileage as long as there isnt snow and ice on the ground. I finished 6 miles in 59:20 which I am very happy about! I just want to keep my pace under 10 minute miles and so far I have done that for most runs.

Here’s a quick summary of my training this week:

  • Monday – 3 miles with Melissa
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – 2.5 miles
  • Thursday – personal training session
  • Friday – lots of mall walking (before lots of driving to DC!)
  • Saturday – 6 miles
  • Sunday – light yoga/stretching

Mileage is on the low end this week but I expect to kick that up over the next couple weeks for sure. With the holidays  coming up I have several days off and plan to run during the day which will be nice! If anyone in the West Chester area wants to run leave me a comment!!


TNT Fundraising Update – I am officially 63% of the way to my fundraising goal and have set a date for my Happy Hour event! Check back for details after the holidays!!

Time to get ready for the work week-it’s a short one for me!!


Brian’s Run 2011 – “Thatwassofun!!!”


Yesterday I ran Brian’s Run with my friends Meghan and Erin. As you can tell from the title, it was really fun!!!

It was a 1pm race which was really nice; gave me time to sleep in, eat a good breakfast (wheat bagel with PB, duh) and clean some. We met around noon and walked to the race start to snap some pictures and stretch before the 5 mile race began. We were all about having FUN – this was Meghan and Erin’s first race and I was so excited to be running it with them. We agreed to stay together and make the best of the super hilly course. We took some glamour shots before lining up at the start 🙂




We had a great race-we walked when we needed (the hills were brutal!) and finished in a kick ass 54 minutes. I was so happy with how well we all did considering this was a super hilly course and it was a first race ever for two of us!

Instead of waiting in the crazy long lines for some post-run food, we decided to take the party elsewhere and went to our favorite bar/restaurant in West Chester – Side Bar! They always have great beers on tap and the food is awesome. We immediately ordered some post run refreshment: Troeg’s Mad Elf

Soooo good and perfect post-run. We ordered a couple dishes to share and they were gone fast. It was a great way to finish of a really fun Sunday!! I think I can speak for all three of us when I say that we will be running another race together soon!

Before I go I just have to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has donated to my marathon!!! In one week alone I have raised almost HALF of what I need to meet my goal!!! So THANK YOU to everyone who has donated. For those of you who would still like to donate, here is my website. You can also support me during an event I will be hosting in early February. I don’t have all the details yet but it is going to be really fun so stay tuned!


Purple and Pink


Well hellooooo there!

I hope everyone had a good start to their week. Mine was, shall we say, busy and er, just a tad stressful. We just started this huge project at work and being on the back end/administrative side of things is so much different than dealing with people every day like I’m used to. It is definitely a learning experience (a great one!) and will probably make me the most organized gal this side of the Mississippi 🙂

So last Thursday was my Team in  Training kick off meeting. It was so great to meet others who will be training/running the NJ Marathon! I made a few running buddies and we have plans to run together in the evenings during the week. I am really excited about our coach as well. He has been running for 40 years, coaches track and cross country at a nearby college and is president of the  Greater Philadelphia Track Club. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of his expertise and experience in the coming months.

In addition to meeting people and getting info, we also got these sweet tech shirts that are to wear during training.

I love the purple-they match my lululemon shorts :). Here is the front!

Oh what’s that? Were you blinded by my shoes?? Say hello to my new Nike Free Run 2’s! I have been running in the Nike Free Run’s and it was about time for a new pair. My friend April was able to pick me up a new pair from the running store she works for. I told her to surprise me with the color and they couldn’t be more perfect!

I am all about fun/bright workout gear.

Annnd last but not least, I got my hair cut!! As you may recall from my last post, my hair was getting a tad long and definitely needed some sprucing up. I went on Sunday and really like the new ‘do. Please excuse my “ijustcamefromthegym” look-just keeping it real.

I had close to 6 inches cut; my hair feels so much lighter and healthier! Now I need some fun headbands!

Ok well that’s all I’ve got for you tonight. I’m meeting with my trainer tomorrow evening for some dead lift fun!

Have a great night!


Broad Street Run 2011


Recap time! I’m at yoga right now and  thought it would be appropriate to post this while I try and stretch out my sore legs!

Yesterday was my second time running Broad Street. Last year’s recap can be found here. This year’s run was 1000x better than last year for several reasons:

  • It was only in the high 60’s this year as opposed to last years almost 90 degrees!
  • I didn’t stop running once!
  • Beat last year’s time by 9 minutes!
Needless to say, I had a much better experience this year. My alarm went off at 4:45 am and I stuffed some toast with PB and banana on it into my mouth while drinking some tea. My roommate Steph and I got ready and met up with my sister, cousin and uncle and took the Broad Street Line to the start. Here’s Steph and I ready to go!

My sister and I agreed to run together (aka, I demanded she run with me since she left me and Chrissy last year! 🙂 ) For some strange reason, I wasn’t really nervous! I hadn’t run more than 8 miles this time around and that was over a month ago-which should have made me nervous. But I decided that as I ran by Mayor Nutter with a smile on my face, I was going to enjoy this race damnit! Last year I was so worried and concerned about running too slow and being so hot I didn’t really “take it all in”.

I think I was better prepared mentally this time around as well. Knowing what to expect in terms of crowds, water stops, music etc. made it a bit easier. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard goings, especially miles 7-9. My family was waiting for us just after mile 9 like last year which helped a LOT. It was also great seeing Sabrina AND Chrissey cheering the crowds on around mile 6! After seeing my family at mile 9 I knew it was almost over!! Lindsey and I ran the whole thing which I am still amazed at; I am a fan of short walk breaks if needed. Crossing that finish line with awesome-I knew I had given it my all and proudly took my medal!!

Lindsey and I walked the mile back to meet up with our family. It was a great morning and ended at Geno’s where everyone chowed down on cheese steaks; I stuck with some super healthy cheese fries though. 🙂

Here’s Lindsey, me, my cousin Elissa and my Uncle Mike after we finished! I’m so glad I have awesome parents who come out to support me during these races!! Brad was at a bachelor party this weekend or else I would have had him down there playing photographer!

Who else ran Broad Street? Any fun races coming up that you’re running in??


Hit and Run


Otherwise known as the time I hit a car. While running.

Yes, I’m serious.

So Saturday my sister and I had 7 miles planned as part of our training for Broad Street. Our long runs are normally done on Kelly Drive but this particular Saturday I suggested we run a of couple miles into the city because I really enjoyed when Chrissey and I did that during the Philly Half training.

So we started off and looped around the back and side of the art museum. There is a small half circle on the side of the museum that cars will pull into if they need to turn around. There is a stop light and everything, so it’s legit. Lindsey and I had crossed over the first part of the circle and were standing in the little island part waiting for our turn to go. There was a white SUV coming straight towards us but she had her turn signal on. That should have been my first warning. Let me note that when I run I tend to get in the zone so my usual sensibility may have been slightly lowered. OK back to the story…

Lindsey was on my left and the car decided it did not want to turn like it was SIGNALING and kept coming straight. It passed by Lindsey and I saw Lindsey start to run forward. Now I’m no scientific genius or anything but experience has told me that by the time I registered Lindsey moving forward the car would have then passed by me and I could begin running again. Well in all of my excitement to get moving I failed to notice that the white SUV had slowed down considerably and instead of being far to my right it was RIGHT in front of me.

Steph beginning an excited run+white SUV smack in front of her = BAM

The sound of me making contact with the SUV was so loud my sister stopped and gasped, thinking I must have broken every bone in my left arm. It was crazy because I hit the car and kind of skidded down the side of it  but managed to stay upright! At first I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry from embarrassment. It had to have been a sight to see. I mean who actually RUN INTO A MOVING CAR?!?!  This girl.

All laughing aside though, it did  hurt and I have some scrapes on my arm as well as some mild soreness. But lets be honest, it is really funny. 🙂 We ended up having a good run though and finished all 7 miles in 69 minutes.

So moving on to tastier things…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a weakness for tortilla chips. They definitely top the list of favorite snack foods, especially with salsa or say, queso dip. 🙂 So when Foodbuzz contacted me asking if I would like to try Tostitos new Artisan Recipes, of COURSE I said I wanted to be considered! Well lucky me because look what was waiting on my doorstep as I walked in the house after work!

They come in two flavors, Fire Roasted Chipotle and Roasted Garlic and Black Bean. I immediately ripped open the Chipotle flavor because who said tortilla chips were bad pre-run fuel?!

The chips are definitely flavorful, although I was hoping for more of a smokey Chipotle flavor. That being said, they were tasty! A bit thicker than normal tortilla chips but packed with flavor-I definitely licked my fingers clean!

I haven’t tried the Roasted Garlic and Black Bean yet; I want to save them for the weekend!

I hope everyone got their Mondays started off right! Anyone out  there have a funny/embarrassing exercise story like mine?!


I received Tostitos Artisan Recipes Flavored Tortilla Chips as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. Thanks Foodbuzz and Tostitos!

Keepin’ it to a Minimum


Oh hey there! I was starting to wonder if I would ever make it back on here! Lots a good things have been going on, most notably being that I got a new job! I’m still with the same company, but I have moved into to the role of Social Media Marketing Specialist. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to kicking some Social Media a$$ in this new role.

I’m working in the Comcast Center downtown and I now have a “big girl” commute to the city which means taking the train to and from. I actually love public transportation and have managed to read the entire “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series in one month. Who knew I was such a reader?! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Philadelphia, the Comcast Center is a behemoth of a building in Center City. It is the largest building in Philly as you can see below:


I also signed up for Broad Street with the hope that I will be able to beat my time from last year. The past couple of months I have focused much more on strength training and yoga and have just recently started my official running training plan. I can tell you now that strength training has REALLY helped my running. I am running a little bit faster and I don’t want to jump off a bridge after 3 miles on a treadmill-hooray!

I am sure you are probably asking why the title of this post is Keepin’ it to a Minimum when clearly I have been rambling for awhile. Here’s why: are you all familiar with minimalist running? If you aren’t check out Ashley’s site – she has been using Vibram’s, the most minimal of shoes, for awhile. I have been intrigued by the idea of running barefoot but haven’t felt that I have the time to dedicate to properly training my feet to run without the support normal running shoes provide.

So think of it like this-I’m Goldilocks and just like her porridge was “too hot!” “too cold!” and finally “just right!” I had shoes that were “too constricting!” but for me right now Vibrams are “no support at all!” So what’s a girl to do? Well I think I found a solution!! Say hello to my new Nike Free Runs:

I am kind of in love. And so far they are “just right!” They look like normal sneakers except that you slip them on much like you would a sock. They are very light and flexible.

The shoe provides some support while allowing your foot to experience a more natural movement-as if you were walking barefoot. At first I didn’t notice a huge difference but as I was running I did begin to feel my calves working a little harder then they normally do. I’ve read that when transitioning to minimalist shoes, like Vibrams, that is one of the biggest adjustment- strengthening your calf muscles since you are now working a  part of your body that you wouldn’t normally work as hard. I am really excited to put some more miles on them-I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes!

I’ve got a 5 mile run planned this weekend as well as dinner and a movie with Brad, and hanging out with my old roomie Lauren! Catch ya all later!


Question! Is anyone out there running Broad Street?? Interested in a pre-race get together?!?



It would be much quicker if I could just say that phrase and I would be caught up on my life here on the blog, wouldn’t it?

I don’t know about you all, but I can’t read minds so I am back with a recap of The Bright Side Holidays 2010! This will probably be a long one so bear with me…

I suppose I should start with the Philadelphia Half Marathon!


On November 21, 2010 I ran 13.1 miles; it was the farthest and longest I  had ever run. It was hard, it was fun and I am SO GLAD I did it! I ran it with my running buddy Chrissey. We finished in just over 2hrs23min. It was an interesting race because for the first 5 miles I felt awesome! It was when the small and then big hills appeared that things got tough. We walked a bit when we needed and I crossed that finish line with a big smile on my face! If asked whether I will do another 1/2 marathon—yes I would like to! I am going to focus on training for Broad Street in May as well as the MS Bike ride this summer. I will most likely run a few 5ks here and there but overall my hope is to become  more well-rounded in terms of exercise and health. I plan to incorporate strength training and yoga into my life in 2011 in addition to running! Here are a few photos my family snapped of the big race! I can’t thank them enough for being so supportive; standing in the cold, yelling at the top of their lungs-it means more than they know.


After the half marathon I felt pretty good! I was sore for about a day but was able to run a 5k Turkey Trot with my sister Karleigh Thanksgiving Day. She hasn’t run since high school and this was her first 5k. Her goal was to finish in under 36 min and she beat that by more than 3 minutes! We finished in under 33 minutes. It was the perfect way to kick off a day full of family, fun and food!


My Birthday was the day after Thanksgiving and it was pretty low key! B and I went to dinner at Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties the next night. It’s  a tapas style restaurant which means we shared a bunch of small plates. It was a “cool” atmosphere and the food was great. Amada is next up on my list! I have a crush on Jose Garces and Amada is one of his tapas places.

Are ya’ still with me?? Well if you are, I am going to keep sailing right along. Next up-San Diego! I took a lot of pictures so I will be doing a separate post that I will get up soon. Just know I spent five days wine tasting, sightseeing, relaxing and hanging out with my parents.

After I got back from San Diego the days cruised by and before I knew it, Christmas was here! I love spending time with family and this year was no exception. Santa came too and he brought me some fun stuff!

Phew! I know this might seem like a rambling rushed post but although I love sharing with you guys (see I did learn something in kindergarten!) this blog is also a way for me to look back years from now and see what I did!

Before I run I’ll leave you with a picture of the girls from NYE 2010/2011. B and I spent it with a group of friends and had a blast. I love that Dick Clark is on in the background-love him!


I am very excited and hopeful for what the new year holds for me. I hope you will all check back often and see what’s going on at The Bright Side.


13.1 DONE


I did it! I finished my very first half marathon! It was fun but it was also tough-mentally and physically. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the pictures my family took.

Look out for a post later this week.

A quick THANK YOU to everyone who sent me well wishes and were there to cheer me and all the runners on!



Busy and Fun


So this past weekend was jam packed-just the way I like it. I am the type of person that thrives off of being busy. Yes, some may call me an over planner, but I love looking at my calendar and seeing a weekend full of fun things planned. I do best when I am running around from one activity to the next-perhaps that will come in handy down the road when I have kids!! 🙂

My Friday night was spent whipping up cheese fondue for all the lovely guests at the restaurant where I work. I didn’t get home until 1:30am which means I was working (between both of my jobs) for 17 hours! I am not really sure HOW I manage to do it, but I do! My 1:30am bedtime meant my 7am alarm was NOT a welcome sound. I drug myself out of bed to meet my sister for our final long ride before City to Shore next weekend.

It was a rough ride. There were quite a few hills and I was very tired so the 40 miles we rode felt more like 400 miles! But, we finished and I am hoping I have the stength to make it through next weekend!

I came home and crashed for a few hours before getting ready to head out and meet some blog friends for dinner in Northern Liberties. At the suggestion of Lauren a group of us met for dinner at Cantina Dos Segundos. We all had a great time chatting and I had what was probably one of my all time favorite salads for dinner! You can check out the praise it got on Sabrina’s blog (she obviously loved it too!).

(photo thanks to Ashley)

I honestly loved getting to talk with these girls; being in a smaller group makes the conversations more personal and they tend to flow better. I can’t wait for our next meet-up!

I was in bed by 10pm (on a Saturday!?!) because I had a 5am wake up for some 1/2 marathon volunteering! I worked with some other BOMFers providing hydration for all the runners! I believe there were 18,000+ runners–it was insane! I think we all had a good time though.

It was such a fun experience; even though it was a madhouse for about 2 hours it was totally worth it!

As soon as we were done cleaning up I ran to my car, changed clothes and headed out on my own run! I had 6 miles to do and I did just that! It wasn’t a fast run or anything but it was GOOD. I definitely felt strong and happy when I finished. At this point I was ready to drop but I still had one more thing to do-eat cupcakes!! 🙂

Lisa, Sabrina and I met at Brown Betty’s Dessert Boutique in Northern Liberties

(Thank you Sabrina for the photo!)

We all chose a cupcake and shared – the Sweet Potato cupcake with Spiced Buttercream Frosting was so good! It reminded me of fall — my favorite season. After an awesome couple hours spent chatting with Lisa and Sabrina I said my good-byes and went to B’s house for homemade fish tacos and couch dwelling :). Perfect way to end a great weekend!

I have a 5am wake-up for my BOMF run so this girl has got to get to bed. Catch ya later!