From the category archives:


5k, Pizza, and Cookies

April 14, 2014

This weekend was a great one, despite Todd having some sort of sickness for the first half of the weekend.  On Saturday, I ran a 5k with some friends to benefit the ALS Hope foundation, specifically in honor of my friend’s uncle.  The race was very well-organized especially it being the first time putting this […]

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fun run and body pump

January 23, 2014

This past weekend, I went up to visit Christina in North Jersey!  We had a very active weekend because we both went through a two-day initial certification for Body Pump.  When I got there on Friday afternoon, we went to a local park to run 7 miles which is the furthest the both of us […]

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Mary’s Baltimore Marathon 2013 race recap

October 13, 2013

On Saturday I ran my 10th marathon in Baltimore.  Friday night we went to the expo and then went out to dinner for pasta and then a quick stop at Vaccaro’s for a Cannoli!  Perfect fuel for a marathon. This was the most unprepared for a marathon that I have ever been due to having […]

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7 minutes…

October 9, 2013

…that is the amount of time I ran the other day on the treadmill at a pace of 12:30/mile pain-free.  As you may know, I have been dealing with terrible shin splints.  I am also signed up to run the Baltimore Marathon this Saturday.  About 6 weeks ago I was dealing with shin splints in […]

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back to reality

October 3, 2013

Well, as Tina wrote about in her post, Todd and I got married this past weekend!  It was a crazy weekend and we had the time of our lives.  Afterwards, we took a “mini-moon” to Cape May for a few days.  It was so nice to get away, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.  We […]

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weekend in review

September 16, 2013

I had a fantastic weekend and I hope you did too!  Tina came home for the weekend and Friday night we went on a little jog together.  It was my third short and slow run back and it was fun to have a partner to run with!  We just did about 3 miles and ran […]

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Shin Splints

September 11, 2013

I would mark the fall of 2007 as the time when I considered myself a true runner.  I ran before 2007 and completed several races, but for some reason I never felt like a serious runner.  I guess that was the time I was slipping slowly into the world of running and I did not […]

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bachelorette fun & the early morning run

August 20, 2013

If you read Tina’s post, you can see that we both had a very fun weekend!  Friday night, my best friend since second grade, Jill, surprised me with a pre-bachelorette celebration.  Unfortunately she won’t be able to make it to my bachelorette next weekend because she is moving across the country!  I was so glad […]

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never give up.

August 16, 2013

A year or so ago I bought the book, Run the Edge by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano.  I love running books and this one was no exception.  After I read the book, I began following their page on Facebook.  Everyday they post motivational quotes about running and life which I really enjoy reading.  This […]

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To Stretch or Not To Stretch?

August 14, 2013

Easy answer, huh.  Confession, though… unless you count touching my toes for 10 seconds and doing a quick quad stretch after running, I never stretch. I know I should but I just don’t.  And it is so easy, too! I guess I am usually tight on time, get my workout in, and get on with […]

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Brooklyn Half Marathon Race Report

May 19, 2013

This past weekend, Todd and I went up to Brooklyn, NY to visit our friends, Nick and Katelynn.  On Saturday, Katelynn and I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon.  Katelynn ran cross country in high school and is recently getting back into running.  This was her first half marathon and she did amazing.  She cruised right […]

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Mary’s 2013 Broad Street 10-miler Recap

May 7, 2013

Last Sunday was the Broad Street 10 mile Run.  Christina wrote her recap already, but I wanted to give my two cents as well.  This was my fourth time running Broad Street.  It is a very well organized race  especially considering the 40,000+ participants.  I have looked forward to this race for the past four […]

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35 minute Treadmill Interval Workout

February 8, 2013

  The forecast for the weekend isn’t  looking great for most folks on the east coast.  Most of you will be stuck inside this weekend so I thought I would share a great interval treadmill workout.   Youll get that heart rate up, burn calories, challenge your body in a new way, and get a […]

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How NOT to Run a Marathon

January 14, 2013

mile 20 street marker of the Philadelphia Marathon in Manayunk About a month and a half ago now, I completed my 5th marathon. I honestly never imagined in a million years I would run ONE let alone FIVE marathons.  My first marathon was when I was a Junior in college (2009); I ran Philadelphia with […]

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Running Recovery

July 23, 2012

As I’m getting back into marathon training, I’m also starting to think about recovery.  When you are training almost everyday it is important to recover as quickly as possible.  I read an article on Running Times website, Post-Run Recovery Tips, that offered some great advice that I’ll outline below.   Keys to Recovery Structure your […]

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Broad Street Run 2012

May 12, 2012

On Sunday, May 6th, I ran the Broad Street Run for the third year in a row.  I ran, along with a lot of my friends…Christina, Harry, Lauren, Pat, Brittany, Kevan, Lindsey, Stef, Hannah, Mikey & Todd!  Broad Street is such a fun event and I look forward to it every Spring.  I headed to […]

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2012 Boston Marathon Recap

April 17, 2012

This past Monday I ran the Boston Marathon for the third time in a row and my older sister, Danielle, ran Boston for her first time!  This time around was much different than the other two times that I have ran Boston.  This was definitely the most challenging marathon I have run to date due […]

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2011 Philadelphia Marathon Race Report

November 20, 2011

Today I ran my 7th marathon and my 4th Philadelphia Marathon.  Philadelphia is a special marathon for me because it is what I consider home and I also ran my first marathon here. Today’s weather was perfect.  It was unusually warm and while I was okay in what I wore (short sleeves and capris), I […]

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Yvonne Stewart Memorial Run 7/24/11

July 31, 2011

As most of you may know, we have spent the last year or so planning a charity run in honor of our Grandmother, Yvonne Stewart.  After a ton of work, the inaugural Yvonne Stewart Memorial Run took place Sunday, July 24, 2011 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  This was the first run and event that […]

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Down & Dirty Mud Run

July 19, 2011

Good morning!  Hope your week is off to a good start so far!  Yesterday was one of those days that everything seemed to work against me….itt was a crappy day to say the least.  It was also Day 1 of Marathon Training and I almost skipped my run because I was so spent by the […]

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YS Memorial Run- July 24th Atlantic City, NJ

July 12, 2011

  We are 11 days away from the Inaugural Yvonne Stewart Memorial 5K/10K Run and 2 Mile Walk!!!!  For those of you who do not know, my two sisters and I have been working to plan this event in honor of our Grandmom who was a retired Atlantic County Detective Sergeant and one of the […]

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keeping fit during a break from running.

July 5, 2011

After running the Boston Marathon in April and the Philadelphia Broad Street 10-miler (post 2) in the beginning of May, I have been taking it pretty easy.  I took off of running completely for a couple of weeks and then slowly began to pick it back up again.  However, recently, I have been experiencing a slight […]

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running, rowing, and baseball.

May 2, 2011

This past Sunday was the 2011 Broad Street 10 Mile Run in Philadelphia.  Christina and I both planned to run in this race together just like last year, but since she fell and hurt her knee in the beginning of April, she was unable to run.  Broad Street is a 10 mile run that is […]

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Boston Marathon Weekend

April 21, 2011

If you haven’t already, check out our race recaps from the 2011 Boston Marathon! We are both still shuffling around.  Our quads are killing us and we are just tired.  Although this morning I did feel a TON better than yesterday.  Let’s just say it certainly feels like we ran the Boston Marathon…haha.  We wish […]

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Mind Gym Book Review & Boston Marathon Thinking

April 20, 2011

Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence Early Saturday morning as we were waiting in the terminal to board our plane to Boston, I was searching for a book to read to get me in the right mindset for the Boston Marathon and to keep me occupied on the plane.  In the past, I […]

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2011 Boston Marathon

April 19, 2011

First and foremost, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everyone’s support.  Your support and encouragement truly helped us to cross the finish line on Monday.  Every time we ran over a checkpoint, our minds ran through the list of people we knew of who were receiving updates.  Really, you guys rock!  So thanks so much. First […]

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BOSTON BOUND…Christina’s Pre-Race Thoughts

April 13, 2011

It’s been two years since I first qualified for the Boston Marathon (in the 2009 Philadelphia Marathon…but I also re-qualified in the 2010 Philly Marathon).    Unfortunately for me, when I qualified for Boston in 2009, the marathon was already full and I had no choice but to wait until the following year to run […]

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Why I love to run.

April 11, 2011

“I always loved running…it was something that you do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, as fast or slow as you wanted, fighting if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens […]

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Taper Period of Marathon Training/ Knee UPDATE

April 9, 2011

Remember when I fell while running my 20 miler last saturday? If not, you can read about the story here (pretty funny actually).  The next day after my fall I tried to run 5 miles and my right knee was in so much pain I had to stop a mile in and walk home.  I […]

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Peace Corps Half Marathon

February 15, 2011

My friend from high school, Ryan, is in her second and final year as a Peace Corps Volunteer for the Community HIV/AIDS Outreach Program in South Africa.  It takes a really special person to be a Peace Corps volunteer and I think that what she is accomplishing is just amazing. Ryan has a blog where she […]

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