Motivation is different for everyone

19 Jan

Hey squad,

As I am moving forward with building a new platform for Phyllis4fitness, I am crazily perplexed by motivation.  What motivates you to start and to stick to an exercise plan?  Some people are joiners, some are lone wolves. Its definitely not a one plan fits all.

Social media allows you to track your progress and have a cheerleading squad along the way.  I have seen group ideas for the Whole30, dietbet and any variety of 30 day exercise challenges.

But what make it stick?  I think once you stop posting updates, asking for validation and just start living you have made it.

This crystalized for me this week when a fitness coach challenged me in a workout when she said,

Just do it.. your body will follow.

So here is my justice list as a work in progress…

Just make good food choices

Just exercise everyday, physically and mentally

Just have fun

Just listen

If you want to join my justice league and add to the list.. feel free.

Its never JUST enough ūüôā

Cheerfully yours,


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

17 Feb

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,


Running and training, what else is there ?

06 Sep

Hey Squad,

Awesome week of training behind me and I am happy to report all ten toes are healing up.  They never bother me when I run, its just when I try and wear regular shoes its a problem.  I am just going to lean into this and wear nothing but sneakers until the marathon. Business casual will have a whole new look !

I am logging some quality time watching the US Open and I am amazed at the high level of training required to play those matches for longer than 3 hours.  In the interviews, every player remarks on how its mostly a mental game, and that once they got their head right, their performance improved.  I think this is just like marathon training, its mostly mental and once I got my head right after last week, I have not had a bad run.  Its all about celebrating the little victories and not looking too far ahead. So in keeping with that, here is what I found:


Go team go!
Cheerfully yours,

Run, sleep, work, run, sleep, run …

30 Aug

Hey Squad,








I have not had a chance to update you this week. I can sum it up in one word for you.


I ran more miles in one week than I ever had- 35 miles . I touched my target pace 10:41 and I felt great during my long run of 15 miles. Next week, more of the same.
The NYRR class on Tuesday proves to be so worth it week after week. On Wednesday, I will join a running group to prep for the FEED 10K in September. Any opportunity for a group run always pushes me farther and makes me a better runner.
Anyone else running it?

Cheerfully yours,


Two loops down!

08 Aug

Hey squad,

Today was another long run and there was definite progress for me. I returned to Central Park to take on those hills again.  I was able to hang on for the first loop pretty well. This is a big improvement from two weeks ago. Miles 7-12 were a challenge, I took on Harlem Hill and made it up for a second time but by the time I hit Cat hill, I had to walk a bit.

I run the park again on Aug 16, and my goal is to push it to 15 miles and feel comfortable until mile 10. The spinning classes really help, especially riding with lots of resistance and keep up my cadence.

After my run, I did a quick change ( thank you New York Road Runner HQ ) and we ran a couple of errands in the city.  I am usually not phased by the heat in the subway, but today standing on the platform really got to me. Dehydrated? I was much better after lunch. Chuck and I remembered that the last time I had covered 12 miles, we were in Paris. We ate lunch in a nice French Bistro and the omelette and the glass of wine, hit the spot.

A special shout out to my race Sherpa – Chuck . He met me at mile 10 with a banana and cool water. How did he know my calves were burning and I was out of water? He gives up his Saturday to drive over an hour each way to hang around the park while I run. ¬†(He is currently sidelined due to a case of runners knee.) He always coaches me to keep going,even when I want to stop but don’t really want to.

Thank you so much!!!