Year 3 In New York City

Another post that’s better late than never.  The past year was spent traveling, running, and exploring all of New York – sounds a lot like year #1 and #2, right?  To be honest, there wasn’t too much change.  I continued to work for an awesome company, expanded my friendships within November Project, and squeezed as much out of my free time as possible.  As I mentioned on the 31st, I learned a little bit more about myself, appreciated my body thanks to the I Run This Body movement, and learned when to let go.  This last bit was tough in the sense of FOMO and friendships, but I realized (through many discussions and Elite Daily articles) that we can’t do it all and there comes a time in our lives that makes us realize what and who is important.

But here’s a look at what made my third year in New York City so wonderful and memorable.

~ SEPTEMBER 2015 ~

Oh so much to start off my third year on the East Coast.  There was a Labor Day trip to Charleston + Running galore + birthdays around the boroughs (absolutely love the trifecta of Royal Palms, Ample Hills Creamery & Dinosaur BBQ) + Wanderlust Brooklyn + NP Summit trip to Park City, Utah (run-on sentence complete…)

~ OCTOBER 2015 ~ 

Apple picking + visiting the Statue of Liberty (+taking a trip to the crown!!) paired nicely with meeting Deena Kastor (again) + back to back half marathons (Central Park + Staten Island) and celebrating all the folks getting ready to run the NYCM.

~ NOVEMBER 2015 ~

I managed two trips home this month between a high school friend’s wedding (which inherently included November Project workouts) and also for Thanksgiving!  In between included plenty of coffee and avocado toast dates and volunteering for the New York Marathon!  I’m sure you’ve heard this before but if you are losing faith in humanity, go watch a marathon.  

~ DECEMBER 2015 ~ 

Oh the holidays!  Lindsay lucked out with tickets to Jimmy Fallon and we were able to treat her brother and my friend Jen to an afternoon of laughter.  Also, bucket list CHECK!  This month brought a heat wave to NYC (yes, we all ran in shorts for the Ted Corbitt 15k race! comparatively to this year’s 20F weather…) and of course perfect weather for NP_LAX workouts while home.

~ JANUARY 2016 ~

Bring on the cold weather.  While the frigid temps only last two (or so) months, our running and bRUNch must go on.  Luckily last winter wasn’t thaaaat bad and yes, there were some days we were in shorts.  Also have to love the couple of times that we went to Broadway Bodies and danced our hearts out to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.

~ FEBRUARY 2016 ~

Two trips to visit friends >> The first to North Carolina for President’s Weekend and the second to Phoenix for fun in the sun and of course a race.  Phoenix Half Marathon was almost a PR and the weekend was an absolute blast!

~ MARCH 2016 ~ 

Self explanatory between weekend run + brunch, loops around Jackie O Reservoir, and completing one of the top half marathons – the NYC Half Marathon!

~ APRIL 2016 ~ 

Another travel race in the books with a trip down to Washington, D.C. for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler.  The weather didn’t exactly cooperate and we saw many more trees than cherry blossoms but it still was a blast! Ok, besides the fact that the train stranded us and we had to rent a car back home…Anyways April was a month full of running from Williamsburg Take the Bridge race to road trip to Boston for the Boston Marathon.  I capped it all off with a North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay up at Bear Mountain.

~ MAY 2016 ~ 

A trip to Queens to see our LA Dodgers play the Mets (GO BLUE!) + Meghan’s college graduation + Brooklyn Half + Celebrating Jess’s 5th Year in NYC + my birthday.  The best gift of all was a lunch with some of my girlfriends (all met through November Project) at Sidecar.  They were oh so generous and obtained two amazing cakes, one being a gourmet ice cream cake because they know me and my sweet tooth so well.  It may have taken me years to find friends who will take you for all of your quirks but once you do, life is golden.  Lucky for me I have some great friends from coast to coast!

~ JUNE 2016 ~

June brought a brutally hot half marathon for Lindsay (where I was the race sherpa), an epic bike ride to the top of Manhattan, picnics in the park, and more running.  I also was lucky to be on the Good Morning America filming (yay November Project) and we met Molly Huddle! (<< not at GMA but rather the NYRR Women’s 10K)

~ JULY 2016 ~ 

July was the month of the family trip and what an experience that was!  We spent two weeks in Alaska ( 1 week on land + 1 week on the water) with a top afternoon on the well, top of a glacier.  Back in NYC I hiked, ran/raced, watched the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, and tested out two well known restaurants (Parm + Hometown BBQ)

~ AUGUST 2016 ~ 

I was lucky enough to be in my college friend’s wedding (my first official wedding) and had a blast between the bachelorette party and wedding itself.  The event from start to finish was gorgeous and I felt so touched to be included.  As someone once reminded me, good friends are like stars – you don’t always see them but know they are there and this year reminded me of that.

Then there was the start of marathon training (hello 14 week plan) and plenty of miles, sunrises, and #runtoeat adventures.

Onward to making memories in 2017!

Travel Check : Portland, Maine

Almost three months have passed since my trip to Portland, Maine and while I still can picture the delicious food we ate (yep and yep) and beautiful views we had (Instagram again for the win), most of the details are slowly slipping away.  To be honest, I think I’m drafting this simply so I can it to my travel list.

My friend Lauren is much better at the details and will probably have a must-see and do post published in no time, even though it took us 3 months to do so. (I’m pretty sure I had drafted an email to myself with all the bucket list restaurants and then the draft disappeared…maybe it was meant to be)


Last October, a few friends and I decided to take a trip up to Portland, Maine to explore the outdoors and eat our hearts out.  Lindsay and I are on a “need-to-do” east coast bucket list and Portland just so happened to be one of our destinations!  Sadly we didn’t make it to Acadia National Park, so I guess that’ll have to be another trip down the road.  For now, enjoy the Top Things to Eat & See in Portland, Maine!


  • Back Cove Running Loop (sunrise photo above): A 3.6mi loop perfect for a morning stroll or jog.  Since this trip was a week before the New York Marathon, I had about 8-10 miles scheduled and wanted to build up an appetite before our day of eats.  Lauren and I rambled around Portland, around this quasi-inlet, and back through a small farmer’s market.  Our friend Abby located a local spin studio to sweat it out, which was also an excellent find.
    • As mentioned above, we didn’t get a chance to explore the Acadia National Park and subsequently missed out on all the excellent hiking Maine has to offer.  Of course, we did walk our fair share along the streets and local shops, so we’ll call this trip a Portland-dense adventure.


  • HOLY DONUT – A VERY popular donut shop that is centered around the Maine Potato.  Open daily 8 am and features top-notch fried confections, making millions per year! {Maine Potato, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato, Vegan, etc}

As you can see, we went for the full sampling selection and yes, using the bottom right picture for scale, the donut is THAT BIG.

  • Silly’s – Eclectic hole-in-the-wall place that is very vegetarian-friendly and excellent for brunch carbo-loading.  The prices are prime and the portions are even better!  Highly recommend the Berry Me In It + Eganator for a sweet and salty combination.
  • The Standard Baking Co – Breads and goods make from scratch.  There should be no other way.
  • Blake Orchard Juicery – When you are in the need of a detox from brews and baked goods.

I highly recommend taking a picnic or picking up a top-notch lobster roll {Bite Into Maine}, walking/running along the water, or just sitting and staring out into the distance.  Maybe live a little and do all of the above.

  • Where there’s a brewery (or two…or three…or four), there’s a way.  We visited three different breweries for tours and tastings and had a blast!  I’m not usually the one to booze throughout the day let alone the weekend but it was fun to uber around and sample some local (and not to mention popular) hops.

Last but not least, the Maine feature – lobster rolls or as Lauren likes to say LOBSTAH.  Here at Eventide you can find one of the top lobster rolls in town (and on Eater’s 38 Essential American Restaurants).  This place is usually packed, especially on the weekends so expect to wait.  Always smart if you decide to go at 3pm like we did or are willing to stick around or even go for a walk.  They take down your cell # and give you a text when a spot is about to open up.

Do note that these rolls are different from Long Island lobster because they are served chilled and chunky.  I personally would stick to something out of NYC but that’s just my city snobbery.

With that, another travel recap in the books.  Anything you think we missed in Maine?


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Life of Late ~ 1.6.17

Isn’t it lovely to wake up and see that the temperature has dropped 10+ degrees?  100% sarcasm right there.  I had planned out my weekend thinking “ok, 11 miles in the cold isn’t that bad, it’s only 27 max in the morning”.   Then I woke up and the HIGH for the weekend is in the high 20’s, which means ~10F/15F for the morning.  Ah the joys of running in the winter.


Stillllllllll drafting my year 3 in review + goals for 2017 + Maine weekend recap and while posting here may hold me accountable, I’m not promising anything (really to myself and my grandparents – sorry guys!) just yet.

For now, enjoy some of my favorite articles and videos from the last week:

Mashable ~ Mascot Attempts to Stay on Feet During Ice Rink Commercial Shoot ~ Oh my, this is right up my alley in terms of sense of humor and I was dying…you must watch until the very end.

Bon Appetit ~ Iced Turmeric Latte ~ Yes I love kale and am starting to love beets but a turmeric latte?  I may stick to my turmeric + vitamin D pills and call it a day.


^^ This on the other hand is always a happy day.  My sister and I used to fight about who would use the nut butter or butter first.  Good family memories, right? (source)

Cupcakes and Cashmere ~ “How to Make the Most of Your Career Goals This Year” ~ Tip: LinkedIn is a HUGE help but make sure not to treat it like your Twitter or Facebook feed.

Adidas ~ Break Free ~ Aw worthy in the adorable old person sense.

Grubstreet ~ Top Thai in New York ~ Because my friends are awesome and found this list to satisfy our Thai craving.


^^ Not related to Thai, but tacos are also tasty. 

PureWow ~ James Corden vs. Usain Bolt (and Owen Wilson) ~ Because days are made better by watching this content.

As for the rest of my weekend, I’m looking forward to a new-to-me Thai restaurant tonight, spin+birthday parties tomorrow, and a long run + movie on Sunday.  Surprisingly I’ve been to a number of movies – La La Land (hello Ryan Gosling), Star War’s Rogue One while I was home, Sing last week, and Hidden Figures this weekend.  Possibly the most exciting thing on my calendar is to visit the not-so-new-anymore Target downtown.  Yes, this is what weekend dreams are made of when you are an adult.


A Basic Break for this SoCal Gal

Hopefully everyone had a grand New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  While a majority of folks are off from work today, I’ll be making my way back into my normal routine with one of my favorite strength workouts and then off to work.  Luckily I can try to tune into the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to keep my mind off of those Monday blues.  So while I’m off responding to emails, here’s a little look at what I did back in California.

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Cheers to 2016 and Onward to 2017

This truly was the year where I learned to have more confidence , I learned to say yes to opportunities, and I also learned how to say no.  I ran my first marathon, traveled to brand new places (and states!) and grew friendships across the country.  I ran 16 races, read 21 books, watched plenty of television (new fan of “Timeless”) and ate plenty of good food (…not to mention ice cream and iced coffee).  There’s so much to explore in 2017 and I’ve still got a ways to go, but 2016, you weren’t too shabby.


Here’s to an amazing year and another awesome one to come.  Be safe tomorrow, have fun, and CARPE DIEM!

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Life of Late ~ 12.23.16 {and a special discount code} … Merry Merry

Hello from the WEST COAST BABY!  It hasn’t been that long (only a few months) since I was home for a family vacation and for my friend’s wedding, but it feels good none the less. So while I’m out here hiking everywhere and eating all of the acai bowls, enjoy these articles.


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