Hello on Thursday!


So this is the way my MIL (Mother-in-Law) always addresses her emails and I LOVE it!  It is making me miss her and want to write her, which I will do shortly after completing this fun-filled post!  Hi Mom # 2, by the way!  (What am I saying, she doesn’t really read this…)

Mom and Dad #2

Anywhooo…lots going on in upsanddownes world!  As far as working out though, not much going on there. I have decided to take a bit of a hiatus.  Basically my workouts were wearing me out and making me unhappy. I always said that if it made me unhappy, I’d either take a break or switch it up.  Due to my crazy life right now, I am chosing to take a break and will “switch it up” when I have a chance to return to the workout scene.  Do you ever go through ruts like this?  It was nice to read some of your comments to see that you DO!  I particularly liked this one from Melissa

Hi Jessica! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now but never commented. I totally experienced the same thing after my half. I wanted to keep my miles up so I’d just randomly do 8-10 mile runs, but soon realized that without tracking my miles through a training plan, I was running too much (my knees/shins/legs started to get mad at me). So I tried to focus on other things (like taking spin, yoga and body pump classes) and it definitely worked. Just wanted to let you know its TOTALLY normal to feel like you’re in a post-race workout rut. And that class sounds great!

Thanks for that Melissa!  Anyway, while I haven’t been doing PLANNED workouts, it does NOT mean I have put fitness to bed 🙂  yesterday I seriously got my WALK on during our school field trip to Philly!

I sported my dorky Reebok Shape-ups for some extra burn...It worked.

I had a TON of fun!

Here are some more pictoral highlights from the trip.  I felt like paparazzi!
So, needless to say, when I returned home last night I was sooo hangry!  I refueled in the weirdest but most DELICIOUS way!

Roasted sprouts, sea salt chips and PHILEO!

YUM!  Don’t judge!

Just Checking In!


Well, hello hello!  How are you all doing?  Just a general check-in post to see what’s on your mind (and to share what’s on mine)… SO, in “what’s new in my world,” I feel in a bit of a work out rut.  I am just not feeling it.  After Broad Street, I was determined to continue training…for what?  Nothing in particular, I just wanted to stay in good shape.  So, I am continuing to do ONE long run a week (th 8-mile Art Museum loop) along with some medium (5-6 mile) and shorter (3-4 mile) ones mized in. I am also trying to mix up my workouts now.  I noticed that although I have lost some body fat in training for Broad Street, my muscles are not as defined as I would like.  So, I hope to integrate some weight training into my workouts to ease boredom and spice it up!  I want to try a TRX class that they have at the Sporting Club.  Has anyone tried this before?  According to the Club website,

TRX is body-weight suspension workout that can be used by any ability level. Started by the U.S. Navy SEALs, TRX workouts can build power, strength, flexibility, balance, and aid in preventing injuries.

I wanna do it.  I think I might try to drag Sabrina with me, as she has tried new things with me before (think Zumba) and I try new things with her (think Bikram Yoga)…

A Beautiful Bridal-Shower-Sunday

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Yesterday I had the honor/pleasure of attending a VERY good family friend’s bridal shower…Jennie!  Jennie is Kelly-girl’s sister…

Kel and I (forever friends :-))

and I have known her for YEARS.  It is so amazing watching people grow up literally in front of your eyes.  So I somehow forgot to snap a picture of the lovely bride-to-be, but photographed some of the other adorabl-ness!

A cute sign-in plate and book

The "wishing well" which was BBQ themed! Cute!

The bride's seating area for gift opening!

The yummy buffet table

The food was delish and homemade by the bridesmaids (go Kel!)!  I had an amazing wrap that I thought was curried-chicken salad but was actually tuna (and contained raisins and nuts)-sooo yum!

Bride-To-Be's Sster Kelly and the cute Flower Girl!

Anyway, the shower was beautiful and I am sure it forecasted the beauty-to-come.  The wedding is in July and I am so excited!

Fight Night. Sporting Club Bellevue.

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What a fun night!  Loved it!  Again, pictures tell a thousand word. Let’s let them do “the blogging talking.”

What a blast!

PHILLIES! 5-21-10


Pictures speak a thousand words 😉

So Cute!

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This morning my lovely helper came in with an adorable treat for me…

So, two things…

1.  You KNOW I LOVE personalized stuff…

Exhibit A: personalized key-chain- love it!

2.  I love what this says about ME (Jessica)!

So true I feel; Sets high goasl, loves a challenge, speaks openly and honestly.  What do you think/hear your name means?  Do share!

Catching My Breath and Catching You UP!

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GOOOOOOD Friday everyone!  Wootwoot!  It has finally come (the weekend, that is)!  As you can assume (due to my blog-world absence), I have had a CRAZY week!  So, without further ado, let’s get started with a recap!

Sooo….Monday and Tuesday were pretty uneventful, but Wednesday was where the fun was to be had! 

First, I took a nice 8-mile river run.  I did it untimed becuase I was not really feeling it and I would say I walked about one of those miles along the way.  My belly was bothering me and I was just feelin tired, but becuase it was an out-and-back run, I had not choise but to complete.  So, I did, but boy was I spent!  Then, I headed over to the Rothman Institute to get my shoulder (and shin) checked out.  As you might remember, back in January, I went to have my shoulder and shin checked out.  Well, being the awful patient that I am, I did not exactly follow-up the way I should have.  Regarding my shin which we were worried might be stress-fractured, I did get off of it for a month. During that month, I did a lot of Cybex, Torture machine and swimming.

(pictured in order)


I eventually returned to running SLOWWWLY…

ANYWHOOOO with all of this running I have been doing, with Broad Street and whatnot, I seem to have aggravated both my shoulder and shin again.  So, Rothman Institute is where I found myself Wednesday.  Dr. Harwood is AWESOME and it is SOOO cool being inside the Eagles Prive Practive Nova Care Complex!  Here are some pictures I snuck (they ask for privacy, but clearly they did NOT mean bloggers, right?) LOL

Awesome view from my exam room

So, what’s the problem/prognosis you ask?  As for my shoulder, it is muscular but needs Physical Therapy twice weekly for 4-6 weeks.  As for my darn shin, I need to get a bone scan to rule out a bad stress fracture.  Bummer.  Will update you on that as soon as I can.  Anyway, it was a pretty cool experience and those people SURELY know what they are talking about!

Moving on to Thursday…the only news I have for you is this piece of deliciousness…

I just LOOOVE homemade pizza.  Sabrina talks about hers and certainly does it right!  My homemade pizza consists more of a store-bought crust (Boboli rocks) and my added toppings.  Hey, whatever works, right?  What is your favorite pizza type?  Delivery?  Homemade?  Do tell!  Happy Friday!  Toodles!