Friday Favorites ~ 2.20.15

Welcome to the end of the week my friends.  I for one am stoked for the weekend because Sunday’s NYC forecast calls for temps in the 40’s!!  Yes, that’s right, I’m excited to get away from the negative temps that Chicago has been absolutely brutal.


>> what a view.  I guess you could say I’m lucky to work in such a place <<

IMG_8362>> networking spin class with some AWNY pals <<

Working out is attractive, am I right?  What about running dates?  Haven’t had any of those but personally would prefer it because it would offer a quick getaway (just kidding, maybe) and is perfectly priced.   Well, if you do find yourself on one, definitely read through some of the tips about the “Dos and Don’ts of Running Dates“.  Hm, no spitting? Yeah, that’s probably a good idea.  Good thing I don’t follow that rule.  Sorry Mom.


>> festive cookie pies ~ would you believe that this was created from a simple box of funfetti mix? just getting a little crafty and creative and making my coworkers oh-so happy <<


I’ve decided to attempt giving up coffee + sweets for Lent, (though, this was pre-written and two days in, I may have broken down) but thank you Self for the news that a bit of java before working out can put you in a better state of mind and give you that extra nudge to train harder.  Supposedly in the study, those who caffeinated pre-workout ate about 72 calories less than those with the placebo.  I guess every calorie counts, right?


>> More November Project Workouts <<

This last week I had the chance to visit our Chicago office and help train some of my colleagues in digital.  Basically we learned that digital has a lot more hurdles to cross than linear and we just like to be difficult.  Isn’t that nice 🙂 But, the benefit of getting sent a night early is that I was able to attend another November Project tribe’s workout.  Now, I know that I’m slightly biased by my home tribe, so I won’t say too much (but NP_NYC for the win) because they were quite welcoming and put on a great Wednesday workout.  It was a different kind of sunrise (a -16F sort of sunrise) and workout filled with running and deck of cards drills.

IMG_8461Please don’t assume I have gained 20 pounds of blubber this winter.  I swear that’s legitimately 6 shirts/jackets layered on top of one another.  Also notice the super red cheeks.  That’s what you get for running in -16 weather.  At least I can say that I’ve survived running in such cold weather. Ah throwback to the days where we though anything below 62 was chilly.  Yes, that’s California thinking for you.

Somehow I also happened to miss the workout where Bojan was coming to NYC. Ah well, I met both Bojan and Brogan when NP dominated #mile14 of the 2014 NYC Marathon.


You know, traveling out to Chicago made me realize how much I have grown to love New York between the people at work and at workouts to the things that I do and see on a daily basis.  I’m sure I would get the hang of things eventually (not that it will ever happen…no, not moving to Chicago), but it just wasn’t my home.

“Don’t let other people tell you what you want.” – Pat Riley

What are some of your weekend plans?

12 thoughts on “Friday Favorites ~ 2.20.15

  1. I always drink coffee before my workouts and love it! I do more like half a cup, most of the time and put the other half in the fridge for the next day. That was my best attempt at cutting back on caffeine. Also, the spit rule?? What a joke. Sometimes that crap just has to come out! Ha. Have a great weekend!

  2. It’s funny how traveling away from where our new “home” is makes us realize just how at home we feel! That’s exactly how I felt coming to NYC last weekend. I was like “but it isn’t baltimore. i love baltimore.” And you can always go on running dates with meeeeee 😉 SO GLAD/JEALOUS YOU GOT TO GO TO NP CHICAGO!

  3. Oh man, you picked (or, you know, got assigned) the absolute WORST time to come here. November Project doesn’t work particularly well with my schedule (as in, doesn’t really work at all with my schedule), so I’ve never been and can’t speak to that specifically, but I can say Chicago on the whole is a MUCH more enjoyable place when the wind chill is not -30 😉

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