There were a few reasons I wanted to visit D.C. this past weekend but the #1 reason was to visit my good friend Maura – the one who ran the Paris Marathon with me. She recently moved and BOUGHT A HOUSE! My other friend Emma has been living there for the good part of last year and it was about time I went to visit them both. Four of us from NYC picked out a weekend and scheduled our various forms of transportation. Jackie and Jess were smart and snagged trains when they were around a decent price range, probably $100 each way if I remember correctly. I was in procrastination mode and waited until they got to $200 and refused to pay that much.
Let’s all have the mind-blowing realization that we are pretty much halfway through summer. The heat and humidity have rolled in full force and we are about 7 weeks away from the start of football season. For some reason football and fall are synonymous with one another, even if it doesn’t really cool out on the west coast. I can recall going from cross country meets or soccer matches to football games, sweating through every single item that I owned. Ah the good times. 😉
July has been a blast thus far filled with beach days, rainy days, and time spent in the park. This week has actually been the first week in a long time that I was in the office ALL 5 days. Between various summer Fridays and other PTO days, I’ve enjoyed my casual 4, 3, and even 2 day weeks! I’m gallivanting down to D.C. this weekend, entering the swamp, and expecting to sweat out half my body weight. Pretty much like the episode of “I Love Lucy” where she tries to steam down her weight. Yep, totally safe.
- Back on the November Project schedule. Maybe I’m not hitting up every workout but it’s good to see some friends in the morning and I really love the new co-leader’s enthusiasm.
- SPIN! After watching the triathlon last week I was inspired to get back on the bike. It’s definitely healthier to balance with running and so back to some Equinox classes and Soul Cylce I go.
- Water aerobics – Because when you don’t schedule any sort of trips on your three day weekends, you use Friday to attend water aerobics.
- Barre + Weight Training Classes #blessed – Not sure why I need that hashtag but thank goodness for the wide array of classes offered at Equinox. I’m trying to vary my workouts and increase those non-running muscles. Or rather I’m trying to strengthen those muscles so when I catch the running and racing bug again, I’ll be stronger than before (here’s to hoping…)
- Yoga and I JUST LEARNED CROW POSE! It’s taken me about 3+ years to get there and I’ve told myself my bottom half is too heavy and I don’t have enough arm strength but I did manage to balance for about 2 seconds. The excitement is real. Now comes the trick to balancing for longer.
The other day at track, I was thinking about what it means to feel normal. Sure there is the mental side of things like going day to day with no stress or too much stress? But then there is the physical side of things. What does it mean to run without feeling like you are running through a swamp? Or actually have boundless amounts of energy? What did my legs feel like last year prior to marathon training? Oh I could go on and on and on. Just some food for thought.
Currently Listening to…LOTS OF PODCASTS!:
- Gatorade + Gimlet “The Secret to Victory” – My friend Cait works at Gimlet and got me hooked on this. Using her own words because well, she works in marketing 😉
- The premiere episode of The Secret to Victory is live now! It’s Gimlet MediaGimlet Creative‘s first SPORTS POD with Gatorade. This week, we talk to Eli and Peyton Manning. But not about how Eli is still the only QB to beat Tom Brady in a Super Bowl (twice, sry), or how Peyton is considered by some to be one of the best QBs of all time (and pretty funny in those Papa John’s commercials). We talk to them, and even Archie about the disappointment of both of their rookie seasons with the NY Giants & Indianapolis Colts, and how it only fueled the fire that lead to greatness.
- Ali on the Run
- ESPN’s 30 for 30 – This might be a direct competitor of the above Gimlet production but still cool stories and I’m an ESPN girl through and through.
- Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield – Because we all need a little more of this in our lives.
- Mike & Mike on ESPN – These guys have been my morning go to for the last few years. Sometimes when I wake up and am running or getting to the gym, I just don’t care for music, so I turn to sport’s radio. Anyways, turns out these guys are calling it quits or moving in different directions this year and I’ll miss their banter.
- The Kennedy’s on Hulu and I AM FASCINATED! With every episode, I spend at least an hour diving into articles online, Wikipedia pages (don’t judge, they are millennial’s form of a basic encyclopedia…) and more. For some reason this part of time always draws me in. If you have any good books on the subject, PLEASE comment!
- Bring it On – Just a random movie I decided to watch this week. I’d actually never seen it.
- Seinfeld on Hulu. This is another classic show that I’m working my way from start to finish. The episodes are perfect for one or two before bed and more if I’m lazy. My mom would go to bed watching them every night so I’ve heard some of the jokes but having lived in the city, now I really GET the humor. Not only that but I picked up a ticket to go see Jerry Seinfeld next week! Very pumped about that.
- OJ Simpson Hearing – Yep, I was one of those people curious to hear what happened. Oh! I was also watching the OJ Simpson: Made in America series on Hulu. Wow I DEFINITELY think he is guilty and am also fascinated by these turn of events.
- The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football – Yeah…I like sports. It’s something I grew up around and something that brings me a lot of comfort. That being said, this book is intriguing. I didn’t realize the extent coaches and teams went to recruit and some of the behind the scenes action players got themselves into.
- My Not So Perfect Life – Beach read for sure but also funny to compare with today’s social media obsession.
- Stormy Weather – Not entirely what I was expecting but still a good historical read about Lena Horne, an American jazz and pop singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist.
Tasting Table ~ “Modern Tiki Trends” ~ I’m all about hosting summer events and creating a theme around it. Ok, maybe I’m just all about the IDEA of themed summer parties. I don’t exactly have the space to host or even prep but having these Tiki Themed tips is giving me ideas… If you don’t know already, I’m obsessed with anything Hawaiian, tropical, or Polynesian. Thank you Dole and Tasting Table for that.
C’est Christine ~ “Notes on Defining Success” ~ Broken record but Christine always puts it so eloquently. She referred to a quote that said “comparison is an addiction to losing”. We compare compare compare and while this can be good to get yourself moving, ready to take action and work towards your dreams, it can also cause a bit of anxiety and disappointment. People are always going to share their opinion with you – what you should do, where you should live, etc. It’s up to you to define what makes you happy and stand by that decision. I also loved how she ended the post, her goal to obtain “a more intentional type of success, a focus on thriving instead of just striving”
^^ This was year #2 celebrating the 4th of July in the city and I have to say, rooftop game was on point. I actually happened to have a 5-day weekend and really just bopped around town. Sure I had my fair share of FOMO, looking at people’s outdoor pictures (even those who I didn’t know…lovely social media) but made the most of the weekend in my own special way.
^^ On the hunt to sample all the classics in the city and this was a SUCCESS! I actually made a pitstop after cheering folks in Take the Bridge: Manhattan Bridge edition. We had gotten caught in an extreme downpour and while my friends decided to go home, I waltzed in and ordered a scoop of Taro while dripping water everywhere. #runtoeat #eattorun
^^ I tested out the talked about DAYBREAKER and have to say, I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe I’m not a rave gal and can’t go for that DJ music at 7am in the morning but it wasn’t my jam. I had woken up at 5:15 to make it for 6 am yoga (meh) and then packed as many snacks away to make up for the $35 fee. #sorrynotsorry In the end it was an experience and maybe would have been better if I had a huge group of friends there OR was completely solo and wanted to dance/jam out on my own.
^^ What a view at last week’s NYC Triathlon. I ran up with a friend, grabbed a bagel sandwich and cheered on some friends in the run portion of the race. This is one race I had/have no FOMO over. Swimming in the Hudson filled with dead bodies and sewage? No thank you. Even though I heard the 0.9-1 mi swim took people about 15 minutes to finish. If you aren’t familiar with timing of swims, it takes me about 30 minutes in the pool to swim a mile. Still, I don’t think I would commit to that water…
With these rambles complete, here’s to the weekend!
“You are remembered for the rules you break” – Douglas MacArthur
There is nothing like summer in the city and you can take this one of two ways. The first is much more enjoyable – the feeling of waking up to full daylight and walking outside until the sunsets after 8. The other is that when the humidity hits, man it hits hard. You are walking around hoping you don’t sweat through every single item and praying that the smell of the trash doesn’t seep through your clothes. I know I just painted a lovely picture and if you’ve experienced NYC during this season, you’ll know exactly what I’m writing about.
What if share all the articles that I have resonated with me over the last two months? Well, that’s exactly what I did so enjoy. 🙂