2015 Running Goals and a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by TomTom (and there's a fun giveaway at the end for you!) I got my new copy of Runner's World in the mail the other day, and the New Year's issue always gets me excited to start thinking about what I want to do in terms of running in the next calendar year. For years my goals were always big races -- marathons or half marathons. But this year, I'm thinking about going in a bit of a different direction. If you've been reading for a while now, you know that … [Continue reading]

The Munchkins Turn One!

(Be forewarned, this post is full of adorable baby pictures! In fact, if you look at the approximately 1,000 pictures currently saved on my phone, I'd say at least half of them are pictures of all my baby cousins. Totally normal right?) I cannot believe it has been an entire year since my cousin's twins were born. It seems like just yesterday they were teeny tiny babies getting out of the NICU, and now they're these big walking, babbling boys. Patrick on the left, Cameron on the … [Continue reading]

You Know It’s Finals Week When…

1. I fall asleep on top of my textbooks and wake up thinking maybe I learned something through osmosis. 2. I'm living on a steady diet of cereal and foods that come out of my freezer. Who has time to make real food when I could be studying? And at least it's better than the steady diet of raw cookie dough I used to subsist on during finals week in college. 3. I'm desperate to get out of the house to go for a run, but don't want to sacrifice the time it really takes, so I run around the … [Continue reading]

Rolling Stone’s Massive Disservice to Rape Survivors

We're going to go a bit off the normal topics that I blog about here and tackle something a little more serious because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings on this Rolling Stone/U-Va. cluster-F. Some background before we dive into this: I'm a journalist by trade, and though I don't work in a newsroom practicing the craft on a daily basis anymore, I still put a lot of weight in the basic tenants of journalism. I have the utmost respect for the reporters who are out there every day … [Continue reading]

Ugly Sweater “5K” Race Recap

A few weeks ago, when Emily asked me if I wanted to run the Ugly Sweater 5K with her and our friends, Anne and Jennifer, I'll admit I was hesitant mainly because the race was an untimed, fun run at National Harbor. Jennifer, Emily, Anne and me After a few epic race disasters at National Harbor (cough Hot Chocolate Run cough cough), I had pretty much sworn off all races there, and I wasn't too stoked about throwing down money on an untimed race entry. But... I really like running … [Continue reading]

Meeting Baby Heather

Oh man I'm so not ready for my long weekend to end! Between all the holiday-themed activities I had going on and the extra doses of family time I got (my aunt from California and my parents are both in town!), I'm not quite ready to get back to the real world tomorrow. I know I owe you two race recaps, and I promise those are coming, but I got to meet my newest baby cousin tonight, and that was kind of more exciting than both races put together. Here's me and baby Heather. And here's … [Continue reading]

Decorating Gingerbread Houses at Make Meaning

This weekend was full of two things: studying and a ton of holiday-themed activities. Christmas has come to my apartment My finals are coming up this week, and I'm more than a little nervous about them. It's been a long time since I've done the cram for finals thing, and this weekend has been a not-so-nice reminder of how much it still sucks six years post-college. Studying... But, I've tried to balance the suck of studying with lots of fun holiday activities -- including … [Continue reading]

CCHS Class of 2004 High School Reunion

As is the great tradition of high schools almost everywhere, my high school hosted our 10-year reunion while I was home in PA for Thanksgiving. I wasn't totally sold on whether or not I should go -- mainly because I only knew for sure that one of my other good friends would be there. But Allentown just got itself a minor league hockey team (the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, formerly the Philly Phantoms, the minor league team of the Flyers) and a brand-new hockey arena to go along with the … [Continue reading]

A cold and snowy Thanksgiving run

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Before digging into turkey and all the fixings and spending the day vegging on the sofa watching football (GO EAGLES!), I decided to get in a quick run this morning. As much as I hate cold weather and really dislike the snow in DC, in PA it's all so pretty. So I pulled on all my cold weather running gear and set out for a loop around my hometown. Pretty, no? It was a little dicey finding places to run. Lots of sidewalks hadn't been shoveled, and … [Continue reading]

Allentown snow day

Quick housekeeping update: Comments are back. A few people told me they missed them, so I'm bringing them back for now. They'll stay as long as the spam doesn't get too crazy. Anyway, greetings from a snowy and very cold PA! I safely made it home to my parents house yesterday afternoon -- managing to beat the rush of people fleeing from DC to beat the storm. I left around 10:30 a.m. and while traffic was heavy, it pretty much moved the whole time. My brother's best friend left DC … [Continue reading]