Let’s Catch Up

I love reading the coffee date link up posts hosted by a few of my fellow fitness bloggers (find more info here). So I wanted to write my own fun little Friday post to catch you up on what’s been going on with me. If you care…keep reading, if not, no worries! :)


Yesterday my little brother graduated from high school! He’s the last of us to graduate high school and will be attending our local community college (where I also work and coach) in the fall to play soccer. I love graduations. I love feeling the excitement, which is especially high at high school graduations.

Remember that feeling of being done and being so ready to head to college? Being excited to receive your orientation packets and class info…if I could go back in time and start again from any point in my life, I think it would be senior year of high school. Freshman year of college was the best year, and obviously college in general was a blast. Not a care in the world for my brother and the rest of his peers who graduated yesterday. Just ready to enjoy summer and go to college…must be nice! :)


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I had a great run on Wednesday. But Tuesday was a different story. It was 87 degrees and 80% humidity. It was drizzly when I was about to start running, then of course it stopped and the sun came out as I started which made everything hot and muggy. I could barely finish 3 miles, and ended up walking most of the last half mile. Aren’t those runs the worst? You just feel defeated and wondering “why is this so hard?”

The next day I had a tough workout on my schedule from Coach Marc: 1.5 mile warmup, 5×5 minutes at 5K effort with 1 min. break in between, 1.5 mile cooldown.  Do you ever get nervous before workouts? Because I was nervous before this one. Before starting instead of visualizing running strong, I was already thinking about how the last 2-3 reps I would probably slow down and be struggling. Clearly, I really need to work on my mental game…this is a common issue. Any book recommendations or something?

Anyway, my mom and I crushed the workout! I ended up feeling great the whole run (thankfully it was a cloudy day, low humidity, slight breeze), and we completed 6 miles for the day. I love when you have a run where everything clicks, especially after a run that was really bad.


My sister and I had the opportunity to attend a yoga class thanks to ShoeBuy this week. I will write a longer post about the event next week, but all in all it was pretty cool.


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It was supposed to be a rooftop class but since it was rainy, we went indoors. The class was led by a Pure Yoga instructor, and I thought it was tough! Mainly all the balancing poses. The next day my hamstrings were really sore from stretching them so much…is that common?

Anyway, it reminded me of how I really want to do more yoga, but I just don’t know how to fit it in my running schedule. I don’t want to do 30-45 minutes of yoga after long runs. Should I do it in the mornings? Yogis, do you find that yoga really does help with building core srength/strength in general? I know my core strength needs a lot of work since I could barely do boat pose :)

I also got to meet Toni from RunningLovingLiving! Always fun to meet bloggers in real life.


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Any fun events for you this past week or coming up? 

If you could go back in time and start your life over again from a certain point, what age would you choose?


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  1. Congrats to your brother!!
    I was supposed to go to that ShoeBuy event, but I ended up not being able to :(. Looking forward to your recap!
    Any chance you’re running the Queens 10K on Sunday?
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  2. I don’t know if being sore from STRETCHING so much is common, but I do know a lot of yoga poses cause you to use your hamstrings more than we normally do (chair pose). I’m not sure I’d redo anything – even the bad stuff has taught me something – but I do often say if I had college to do over again I’d choose a different major.
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  3. I can’t wait to hear about that yoga class!
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  4. The heat has been leading to some not so pleasant runs for me as well. A couple weeks ago I kept feeling like I couldn’t breathe while running. It’s gotten better, but I find I’m already wishing for cooler weather and summer hasn’t even started yet!
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  5. It’s so much fun to meet blogging friends in real life. It’s the best part of being a blogger!

    Have a wonderful weekend Patty.
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  6. Humidity KILLS me. I had to walk home at the end of a 4 mile run recently. I wasn’t even trying to run fast and I still couldn’t keep my heart rate down. Ugh. I’m over summer and it hasn’t even officially started.
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  7. Congrats to your brother and yay for blogger meet ups!
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  8. It’s so humid here, so the earlier the better. I actually got up at 4 am to run this a.m. Congrats to your brother!!!
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  9. Sounds like a great week, especially the shoebuy event! It was great meeting you! I hadn’t done yoga Ina few months and I was so sore I could barely walk on Thursday !
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  10. I love the picture of you and your brother. You look so happy and proud of your baby brother!
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  11. What a fun catch up. Congratulations to your baby brother… and YAY for fun blogger meetups! :)
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