What’s new in your neck of the woods? Well, out in the good ‘ol NYC, we’ve had some solid fall weather – perfectly crisp (yes, some humidity in there), making me want to walk around the city or at least Central Park. I did decide last week to pick up a bib for the Grete’s Gallop 1/2 Marathon in Central Park, but two intense laps of the park isn’t quite nearly as relaxing as a lovely stroll.
^^ Here’s the crew that made it through. Those two gals on either side of me CRUSHED their race and BOTH qualified for the New York Marathon (meaning they ran sub 1:32ish). Amazing, right?
I admit that running after having the flu last week probably wasn’t my best idea buuuuut I bought the bib, wanted to have at least one killer Central Park 1/2 under my belt, had told people I was going to run, and well just because.
^^ Thank goodness for my Pandora stations to provide this little tune. If I could play it on repeat, I certainly would. There are some races that I try to run sans music, but lately it’s been the only thing to keep my legs moving along. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not forcing myself to run when I don’t want to, but my speedwork could always use a little party tunes. Also notice that the battery is at 41% at it’s only 9:30am? Granted I was using Pandora + Strava, so that might part of the problem.
^^ Dad (aka TFred) was in town this week for work and that meant catching up over dinner! We tested out NYY Steak up by Rockefeller Center and split a delicious meal of steak + salmon combo. We even splurged on a piece of NY Cheesecake, because when in New York, right? Magnolia banana pudding would have been another viable option, but we wanted to watch a tad bit more of the wild card game.
Speaking of Magnolias, here’s an announcement: Kate Spade has created a line as an homage to Magnolia Bakery. Because who wouldn’t feel dashing with a clutch that looks like banana pudding?
~ Weekly Link Love ~
Career Girl Daily ~ “6 Easy Habits When Your Work on Your Computer All Day” (strategy for walking – use a bathroom on another floor or set alarms in your calendar for stretch breaks…yes, this may be weird but hey, health is wealth)
Hello Natural ~ “Fight Inflammation with these 9 Foods” (Done, done, done x 3. As sad as I am to say bye-bye to peanut butter and coffee, I want to see if these methods will help reduce some leg pain. Worth a shot)
Career Daily ~ “7 Hard Truths About Life Nobody Likes to Admit” (#6 – the “right” time doesn’t exist…what are we waiting for then?)
Peanut Butter is My Boyfriend ~ “Are You That Girl?” (One of my friend’s blogs and an excellent perspective on comparison)
My Healthyish Life ~ “Keeping Perspective” (Been taking some things for granted and love how Emily listed this post out)
Full of Life ~ “Accepting Yourself” (Yes, comparison. I’ve been in one of those moods or funks and reading these have brought great perspective.)
Getting’ My Healthy On ~ “30 Easy Random Acts of Kindness”
Martha Stewart ~ “20 Signs You Are Totally the Martha Stewart of Your Friends” (I don’t have the chance to have people over often but have been known to bring in baked goods and been able to fix my friends clothes)
^^ Nothing like throwback pictures, especially during the holidays.
Tonight I’m meeting up with some girlfriends from November Project for a full pumpkin-filled-festive dinner. From pumpkin macaroni and cheese to a broiled butternut squash kale salad, we’ve got fall foods covered. On Saturday I’m volunteering the last long run for the New York Marathon and handing out water to some of my friends along the route. Maybe a trip to Chobani SOHO and maybe a little massage treat prior to running Sunday’s Staten Island Half Marathon.
There’s about 40 of us leaving Manhattan (and Brooklyn) for the 1/2 or 5k race and maybe some pumpkin or Oktoberfest festivities afterwards. One of my goals this year was to run a sub 1:40 half marathon and if I wasn’t able to make it happen in Sweden, I was hoping to do it this weekend. Well, Sweden was a success and my purposeful training fell by the wayside, so this weekend will be more of a fun jaunt 🙂
Other than that, it’s a whole lot of football and I LOVE IT! Oh, and shout out to all the peeps running Chicago Marathon Sunday!! We’ve got a few November Project New York folks who are going to just crush it!
What’s on tap for your weekend?