thought for the day


As I commuted thru backpack searches and bomb sniffing dogs today I thought of this quote.

I am going to try to keep this in mind as I move thru my days.

The world would be a better place if everyone did the same don’t you think.

Who knew that the Apple update could bring such Zen?

Has anyone else discovered the Breathe app on the Apple Watch?

Every five hours it buzzes to remind me to focus on my breathe for one solid minute.

Focus on the positive squad!

Cheerfully yours,



RnR Philadelphia

Hey Squad,

I was afraid to even post about my upcoming race last weekend.  I worried Mother Nature would have another trick up her sleeve just like in VA Beach.  As it turned out the race went off without a hitch.

This is my second time running Philadelphia and I still say it is the best first marathon course ever.  I was fortunate to have to first timers with me and they were so inspiring!

You can explain the experience to someone in very clear detail, but until they actually do it, its a mystery.  I did my best to coach them thru training and on race day.

They ROCKED it.  I was/am so proud.

Personally, I am rehab-ing a pulled hamstring and so happy I finished.  I give most of the credit to K-T tape. I was fortunate enough to find the booth at the expo and get mine taped up. It worked like a charm.

So now, its hydrate, foam roll and rest until Saturday when I plan to head out again for a little light running.

Cheerfully yours!



Hurricane wash out

Hey Squad,

The race I had planned to run tomorrow will be going on as planned but not with me.  As we tried to get from CT to Va Beach, the prediction of bad weather made us re think the plan.  When the VA governor declared a state of emergency for the upcoming storm, we turned around.

Disappointed? yes, a little because I was looking forward to a fun rock and roll event.  I am very pleased that they offered refunds so I can apply it to next year.  The hotel was also great and refunded our deposit.  Thanks Hilton Garden Inn- Oceanfront

We stopped in Ocean City, MD on the way home and it was like a ghost town. Everyone was batting down the hatches for the upcoming storm. We had  Luvs lemonade and Tony’s pizza just like  Spring break in 1979!

Tomorrow I will run and maybe grab a bagel, put it on a string and wear that as my medal!

Stay safe out there squad!

cheerfully yours,


RNR va beach

Bloggin again!

Hey Squad,

I have not forgotten about you over the last several months, but my blog fell out of the top ten things I need to pay attention to.  Its been so busy with 90% amazing events like my daughter Laura’s wedding, family vacations and re connecting with old friends. 10% has been challenging, events like a concussion and post concussion syndrome, losing a dear young man and my personal summer (aka menopause).

But thru it all, running kept me sane.  I love all kinds of exercise but running is like home to me.  So if you are up to it, I will be taking you along the ride as I return to Fall race season.

First up – Rock and Roll VA Beach.  Or otherwise known as phyllis vs. Hurricane like winds and rain.

I discovered the movie From Fat to the Finish line on Amazon video the other day and as luck would have it, some of the runners featured in the movie will be there at a screening on Saturday night and they have a booth at the expo.  I am excited to meet them because they are all dealing with the same issues I have – keeping the weight off and staying healthy. They were also featured on the Another Mother Runner podcast

I will close this post sitting with a tennis ball on my hamstring, and sharing with you my race day mantra:

She believed she could, so she did. 

Cheerfully yours,



Pause to plan

Hey squad,

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do with all the to-dos!

Like listening to podcasts, I am a little late to the regular practice of meditation. Luckily there is an app for that.

Calm app
Calm app

It does help slow the chaos down a bit so that I can re prioritize. I plan on getting it all sorted for the week and knocking that list into just a few notes.
So, if you happen to ride metro north and hear someone taking really deep breathes, it me. I promise not to break into “ohm”s.

Cheerfully yours,


And now a fashion POV

Hey Squad,

I have been intrigued by the rise of ath-lesiure clothing lines lately.  I am not sure who these folks are that can wear an outfit to yoga and then to brunch.  I am a sweaty mess five minutes in.

However, if anyone can make a sport bra that holds me close, hides my headlights, and doesn’t take a magic act to take off, I am a big fan.

This article today really spoke to my whole approach on fashion.

I do like to dress nice for work and on a bit of a trend.  I am not one to invest in one or two good pieces strategy.  I like to hit the look alike pieces at a Ann Taylor or H&M. I always will pick function over fashion when it comes to shoes, so I guess according to this list, I am doing ok.

Here they are in case you don’t want to click on the link.

These, friends, are the truly stylish women from whom we should aim to take our fashion inspiration. To that end, we’ve compiled the 7 habits of highly stylish people to get you started.

1. They don’t surf street style blogs and copy exactly what they see, label for label.
That’s why truly stylish girls will see a look they’re drawn to and seek out lesser-priced pieces that have the same vibe. Plenty of affordable stores and sites offer items that feature similar aspects to designer pieces.
2. They aren’t afraid of any store—and can find something almost anywhere. 
Legitimately stylish women will troll any—and we mean any—store with zero snob factor, yet they manage to stay true to their aesthetic.
For example, she won’t be afraid to pop into a cheesy-seeming teen store at the mall, but that doesn’t mean she’ll leave with the same things her 12-year-old cousin would. Same goes for fast-fashion haunts like Forever 21, dusty old thrift stores, and off-price havens like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Century 21, which are consistently packed with great stuff at non-sucker prices.
3. They know how to style themselves according to their own taste.
Isn’t it always the case that the most stylish girls will say “This blouse? It’s from Goodwill, like, 100 years ago” and actually mean it?
Yeah, the blouse itself is probably pretty cool, but it’s really the way she styled it—maybe she tucked into great-fitting jeans, unbuttoned one extra button, rolled up the sleeves, and added a killer pair of statement earrings—that made everyone comment on it.
4. They always look a littles less “done” than everyone else.
Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always appearing a teeny tiny bit too cool for every scenario they’re in.
This might mean wearing a pair of slip-on sneakers when every other girl is teetering on sky-high heels, wearing a chic skinny pantsuit when every other woman is rocking glittery party dresses, or chopping her hair into a messy bob when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small things that always make them look a little less “done.”
5. They understand labels don’t make them cooler.
It sounds cliché, but the most stylish women—and men, for that matter—in the world are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 sweatshirt or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool.
These folks can step out in a faded gray tee and jeans and still look like the coolest person in the room all because they have confidence (okay fine, and probably a killer haircut, too.)
6. They aren’t slaves to fashion.
Some of the most stylish people are able to have fun with fashion and follow trends without looking like a slave. If you don’t like a trend—even if every blogger under the sun is wearing it—don’t buy into it. It’s that simple.
7. They don’t dress to be considered stylish.
Before blogs, before street style, and before Fashion Week became a three-ring circus that only matters for those who have the most attention-grabbing clothing, young women dressed for themselves, their lifestyle, and what looked good on them.
Believe us: It doesn’t matter if those heels are Alexander Wang—if you can’t walk in them, you won’t be considered stylish. Throw on a pair of comfortable ankle boots with that mini dress, you’ll look much cooler.
Cheerfully yours,



Everything I need to know in life, I learned by running a marathon

Hey Squad,

As we are all aware ( well maybe not everyone) the lottery for the TCS NYC 2016 marathon closes on Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about my marathon experience and have come up with this very deep observation on life based on the experience.

Everything I need to know in life I learned from running a marathon

  1. Preparation is everything.
  2. No bullshitting your readiness with out consequences i.e injuries and hours of PT
  3. Running is better with a group, but ultimately its you and the road
  4. Showing up is more than half the battle, your heart will lead you to the best outcome
  5. If you don’t love what you are doing you will never be great at it
  6. You are the star in your own show. Give yourself good PR (avoid negative self talk)
  7. Everyone will still love you  employ you, talk to you, etc) if you make time for yourself
  8. Read number 7 again
  9. There are signs along the way that will influence you, challenge you, and make you smile.
  10. Remember to thank the sign holders

And yes, I signed up for the lottery because well…  that would be number 11. I am crazy.

Cheerfully yours,



Love equals new running shoes

Happy Valentines Day!

I think today is a great day to just be alive and even if you aren’t in a relationship that fills your love bucket, you can celebrate the community we all live in and thank each other for being there.

THANK YOU! and I love you all.

In a traditional sense, my valentine and I spent the day seeing a great movie Deadpool.  Hilarious and definitely not for the pre teen set.  We went to the mall and I was gifted with the best valentine. New sneakers.  LOVE.

Is there anything that says LOVE to you?

Here is a list of some of the things I am loving lately related to fitness

  1. Apple watch- I love how its so interconnected with my apps and my email.  It makes working out during lunch a lot easier when I can see whats going on in between reps
  2. Myfitnesspal- That app works! If you put all the info in, you can definitely see what you are eating too much of and how to make changes.  I am currently only sharing my diary with my trainer, but if you want to hook up and be accountability partners, message me at phyllis825
  3. IYFYM- or whatever it is.  Is the macro diet tracking and helps you work harder to get the result you need. I learned I was eating way too few calories to shred and tone like I wanted to.  Its hard for me, since I am from the old school idea of less calories means weight loss.  I am learning a lot (finally)
  4. Peloton bike- this has been a stress lifesaver.  I can’t say enough about the quality of classes and the community.

So, now that I am back to blogging, look forward to hearing more from me.

Cheerfully yours,




In case you are wondering…

Hey Squad,

I am a 2015 finisher of the New York City Marathon! Yes, it’s true.

It has been a week and I am still processing it all. I told myself that my goal was to finish injury free and around 5 hours. I was so close until mile 18 when I slipped on a sponge. It  just caused the littlest knee twist that plagued me the rest of the race. I knew I would finish but the goals were out the window.

I would never had made it the last 16 weeks or this 6 hours 45 minutes without my amazing support team. My family cheered me on in person at mile  17&23. My co workers were at miles 14 and 16. Plus the countless words of encouragement all along the race day via text message. I felt like I was just floating along on all the good vibes at some point.

Yet, my brain won’t let me truly celebrate, I am still to wrapped up in the numbers.  My knee..well it turns out to be a bone bruise, so I am off running until it heals.  My finisher jacket and crutches makes for a true badass look these days.

Lastly, a big thank you to every amazing person that stood on a street corner or on a worked an aid station to cheer. I tried to say thank you to everyone that called out to me. If I couldn’t speak ( hello, 59th street bridge) I would work on a smile. I am committed to volunteering a the marathon next year to return the favor.

I will do a real recap soon and if I decide to spend the $ maybe include the finisher photo.

Cheerfully yours,








A week went by…

Hey squad,

Last Sunday was the best day. imageI ran with Laura a half marathon in Westerly, RI. We had a good day.  The best part was Pamela officially ran her first 5K. We all are rocking our medals!

This Sunday was not so fun. I ran 11 miles and I felt every step. My legs are filled with lead. I am going to make sure and hit every mile of my training plan this week and hope it gets better. image

Here’s a photo from today’s run, a nice hill.

I feel a case of the running blues coming on. I will be meeting in Real Life my favorite podcaster and other fans of the Running Lifestyle Show on Wednesday evening. It will be just what I need to bring back the joy in my running.

Cheerfully yours,