Do you ever have those days where you just feel on top of the world? My mind starts bouncing at a millions miles a minute, which is mostly due to the pure energy, adrenaline, too much sugar/coffee pulsing through my system, and post-exercise high. So, all of this will either help me power through the work day or cause severe ADD. Issues, obviously.
While I really cannot believe that summer is almost to a close, I’m excited for what the fall has in store. More on that later but for now, I wanted to recap some of what’s been going on in the city for the past few weeks.
AUGUST LIFE OF LATE
Running around town and seeing all the cool sites with my blends :) My girl – Carrie – was traveling up and down the east coast and was ever so sweet to stop in for a quick jog and sushi/froyo dinner. Seems to be our ritual :)
Announcement: There is a MICHEAL’s CRAFT STORE NEAR ME! Oh how I miss my arts and crafts. The only Michael’s I knew of was on the upper west side and that’s a bit far to justify. However, this little section of the west side is daaaangerous. In the span of three blocks we have the following: Michael’s crafts, Harmon’s beauty discount store, the Container Store, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Trader Joe’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Chilling Walking until we have blisters. My buddy AJ was down from Boston for the weekend and so it was ever so necessary to explore up and down the island. Most of our items on the checklist have been included in my NYC Summer Explorations Part 1 and upcoming Part 2.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am now a NP-NYC Convert and will rep it wherever I go. If you haven’t heard all about it from Sarah (Baltimore tribe) or Ali (NYC tribe), you must check it out. I followed Ali’s posts for awhile and decided to take the plunge.
What do you know? This lovely Grant Memorial happened to be the location of my first Friday NP workout. Sure the 5:15 am wake up was killer, but people do it all the time, so it couldn’t be that bad, right? It was absolutely the most amazing environment and community. Gone are the days of club soccer teams and high school cross country, where your teammates are your best friends. Yet, this community feeling and work hard/play hard mentality still exists out there! Healthy living for the win here.
Thank you November Project for taking and posting some of the most flattering and non-flattering images of our workouts. But really, the level of photography used can either highlight how much fun you are having in such a picturesque environment (even the streets by the pier) and how unattractive working out can be sometimes. If only we were like this ridiculously attractive guy running.
Maybe I’ll try taking selfies with all the good-looking people in my next race like this girl did. Props my friend, props.
One of the best salads I’ve had all summer.
~ Bacon, lettuce, corn, tortilla chips, tomatoes, feta, lemon vinagrette ~
~ Summer Streets ~
For about three weeks in August, NYC shut down motor vehicle traffic on Park Avenue and then opened up the lanes for biking/running/walking/roller-blading. They had rest stops every 10-15 blocks and even offered free bike and roller blade rentals.
I was feeling the need for something sweet and stopped by The City Bakery for its famous chocolate chip cookie. Yes, this is the size of a softball and it was delicious. Quite rich and heavy on the sugary side, but well worth the $3.50.
The NP annual “Better than Bedtime” event. Everyone was to arrive in pairs, although we obviously broke that rule. My friend Marnie + Tracy + I dressed up as dominoes or a pair of die – pick your fancy. From there, we all ran the streets of New York for a solid 4 miles.
Enjoying Chipotle salads after working out. Nothing in the world like a bit of Tex-Mex.
Happy Hour Hopping at the Hudson Hotel
As you can see, my brain tends to jump back and forth and can sometimes drive my friends insane. My family has gotten used to it and my mom likes to call me Tigger (except for the time I was an Eeyore thanks to high school/college anxiety and stress). Good to know I’ve bounced back.
How are you spending this lovely summer weekend?