Life of Late ~ 5.12.17

As you read this I will be en route to start my 5th (or 6th since I can’t really remember) Ragnar Relay.  Back in high school and college I ran the annual Wasatch Back Relay with some friends in Utah.  Since that particular race happens in June, it was always a “fun” way to wrap up the school year.  I put that in quotes because most people would 1) call that insane and 2) it really is somewhat of a 24 hour suffer-fest.  My coworkers actually have started to just assume every PTO day I take or “vacation” is running related.  So far this year they aren’t wrong. 

Anyways, being a runner, I forgot what the pain was like and decided to do it again.  This time around has been a bit more intense since I’m actually helping the captains get ready for the race and let’s just say the universe was very against us running.  Between finding an additional 7 runners, runners dropping due to injury (total of 4 runners dropped), issues with driving insurance, and more injury, it’s been a fun time.  I don’t start until later this afternoon and then I will embark on a total of 22 miles (9 + 3 + 9).  Now if I don’t get kicked off the finish line (there’s a slight chance we may not make it based on timing…) it’ll be a grand success.  I’ll have to check back in next week to let you know the result.

As for now, sit back and enjoy this week’s edition of Life of Late.

Yes, a majority of my life is about running.  My dad hinted that I might need to cut back on working out so that I can enjoy some other parts of life.  I know there will be a time where exercise may not be #1 in my life but for now, it provides me with social opportunities, peace of mind, and energy to take on the day.   I don’t take it to extremes and it really doesn’t interfere too much with “normal life” since my workouts are always in the morning.

I probably should have taken more of a break following Paris but instead got caught up in the weekly schedule of workouts and continuing training for Ragnar.  My hips have been bugging me so I might have to take a step back in the next month or so.  The nagging pain probably has to do with the fact that I’ve been rooted on my butt from 8:30-6:30 most days at work but that’s a pretty petty excuse.  I really need to get back into stretching, strength, and foam rolling.  Alas, I’m only human.

It’s true I haven’t been to NP as much but still have my Tuesday track and Thursday stairs workout.  I do still love NP but have been feeling a bit out of it lately and need to reevaluate.  However, speaking of November Project, I re-connected with an old sorority sister through Instagram and start chatting about November Project. Turns out that she moved to Portland and has been one of the main members of the fitness pledge and THEY BECAME A TRIBE!!  How neat is that??  I will certainly have to visit.

Looking back at college I think I would have been even more satisfied or happier if I had a solid workout group like November Project.  Then again, hindsight is 20/20 and I was still figuring my way around and trying to figure out myself.  Heck, I’m still doing that.

Last week was my birthday and I think 26 is off to a very solid start.  I started the day with a run – actually crashed Ali’s event – in the park.  Our friends Jackie and Laura Ann were simply amazing and picked up balloons, necklaces that said Happy Birthday and birthday hats.  All of the above made running 6 humid miles around the park a bit difficult but it was so worth all the smiles and birthday greetings we received from people.  I mean, how can you glare at someone trying to maneuver a massive golden balloon as they run?

Later in the day after brunching at Blake Lane and grabbing a coffee from Joe, my friend Melissa and I held a joint birthday bash at a bar downtown.  I’m not the biggest bar person but when you are in NYC, that seems to be the big thing.  Well, for anyone looking for an awesome space, look no further than D.B.A., which allows dogs, food to be brought in (because of said dogs), and has an awesome covered outdoor space.  We stayed all afternoon long and had a blast!  I think what made me the happiest was that over the course of the day, I was able to see pretty much every person in New York City that I love.  That right there is the key to a good time!  Oh and possibly a few too many bottles of the Wolffer Cider.

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^^ Sunday brought some gloomy weather and somewhat of a hangover from the lovely Wolffer Cider.  Not the best hangover but certainly not the worst.  I had been gifted tickets to the NYCFC match up at Yankee Stadium and so despite the nasty forecast, I traveled up to the Bronx to watch some good ‘ol futbol.  I haven’t followed MLS of late but grew up watching the Galaxy so it was fun to reminisce and also to walk around the baseball stadium.

Fun Reads (because it makes me happy to share)

The Real Life RD ~ “Why You Should Take A Lunch Break” ~ When possible, I do try to go for a walk or even a quick gym class and it’s totally evident with my refreshed mind and body.  But the past two weeks have been tough to even get out of work on time.  Let’s just say working 8:30-6 or later with no break does nothing for my achey hips and back.

PureWow ~ “8 Hikes within 2 Hours of NYC” ~ Maybe now that I’m not training for any half or full marathons this fall I’ll have some more weekend time to hike and enjoy the beach!

NY Post ~ “Llama Weddings Are Real and as Bizarre as They Sound” ~ Goodness knows I’ve got time before I get married BUT OH MY GOSH HOW COOL! THEY HAVE LLAMAS!!! (also not sure where my obsession with llamas came from either…) November Project ~ “How My Body Healed When I Took Off My Watch” ~ Comparison is the thief of joy and I certainly need to remind myself of this DAILY.

Quartz Media ~ “Employee Burnout is Becoming a Huge Problem in the American Workforce” ~ If anything, there are times where I feel guilty for taking time off, but that shouldn’t be the case!

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  I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and wishing all the mother’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.  You are all rockstars.

Life of Late ~ 2.3.17

Looks like I’ve been doing an excellent job at keeping my blog updated. Not.  Maybe it’s a blogger burnout or a sugar crash that I’m experiencing right now maybe it’s too much screen time.  Really though, who wants to go home after sitting in front of a computer and under florescent lights for 8+ hours, and then stare at another screen?   Ok, to be honest, I actually go home and immediately have my nose in my phone while watching TV.  (This generation is certainly going to have eye/back/neck problems and carpal tunnel. )

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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.

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The Power of Water & Running for Another

Having grown up in Southern California, I’d like to say that I know something about drought and water conservation.  In reality, I know nothing at all.  Sure, my home state is mostly consists of an environment that suffers if it doesn’t receive the annual amount of rainwater to sustain its bodies of water.  Between global warming and human over-consumption, it has become a mega-problem. For some people, it’s a big deal and for others, it’s whatever (I’m making an assumption that some individuals that don’t care too much about this subject may use this fun phrase when referring to the drought).

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When doing a bit of web-search, I found that California has its own man-made circulation system with canals that carries in water from mountains to where the people are.  There are thousands of places to consume water without worrying about disease.

Did you know that the global water crisis takes away 3.4 millions live each and every year??? (*)  Because so many people don’t have access to clean water, water-related diseases kill 1 out of 5 children under the age of 5. (*)

So why am I writing about this?  What’s just another charity or organization?  Well, I have been looking to give back for some time and haven’t found something that matches my interests.  Ok, I have volunteered at some races and at the local soup kitchen through New York Cares but I wanted something that I am truly passionate about (very millennial thing to say).  In its own words, Janji is a running apparel brand that helps provide water for those in need.

All runners understand the importance of water in their daily lives.  There’s the daily routine of hydrating and of course the crucial pre/mid/post run and/or race refuel.  But what about the areas that aren’t so fortunate to have clean water as a basic necessity?  Well, proceeds from apparel purchases go towards organizations that help to end global water crisis.  I’m excited and fortunate enough to say that I will be able to support Janji for the next year and hopefully beyond, raising awareness and funding for this issue.

I’ve got a few ideas rotating around in my head and if you happen to be interested in helping out and actually made it to this part of the blog, please let me know 🙂 All fun things and minimal to no cost of course.

Janji Pop-Up Shop
~ About ~ Men’s Gear ~ Women’s Gear ~ How It Works ~
144 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Life of Late ~ 7.15.16

This week felt like it lasted an eternity.  I think it’s due to the fact that I’m leaving today for a two week vacation – a vacation that includes LOTS of outdoor activities and very minimal screen time.  Part of me is bummed that I’m not venturing up to Canada with a majority of November Project peeps for the annual NP_Summit, but come on, Alaska is pretty tough to pass up on.

In other news, next week officially begins the start of the 16-week training plan for the 2016 New York City Marathon.  I have been going through the plan that my Virtual Trainer set up and then inputting notes into a custom excel document.  #typeAproblems.  I have a goal in mind but I also want to take it one step at a time and reevaluate as necessary.  To be honest, those long runs look quite daunting when written in excel, but I know that with a little help from the running community (so basically all of my NP friends that are also running), we can get this done.

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^^  New York has started up Monday workouts with last Monday featuring Indiana Jones sprints across the Manhattan Bridge.  I’m not sure how many I can attend if I really want to stick to my training schedule, but it was an excellent workout and clutch for that NYC hill training.

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^^ Of course I do socialize with friends in other ways than working out. It may not appear that way on the blog but hey, here we are dressed up (well with the exception of makeup because I was just lazy)

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^^ NYC East Village’s Veselka ~ Ukranian food, famous pierogis, and bucket list check!

Digiday ~ “Pokemania Rages and Nintendo Brand Soars” ~ With Pokemon turning 20 years old, the Nintendo Franchise is celebrating with a BOOM.  That boom is called Pokemon Go and this augmented reality game is taking over like a storm.  In one way, it’s great that people are exploring their communities with this game (you search for Pokemon in various locations) buuut it has also led some users to not so tactful locations such as Holocaust Museum and Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial.  Yeah, not so cool.

Huffington Post ~ “For the Record” ~ You go Jennifer Aniston

Sometimes Always Never ~ “Friendships at 29 vs. 24” ~ While I’m only 25, I feel as though these posts speak to me more than others.  I am constantly meeting new people, experiencing life in different ways than I would have predicted and as a result, some of my friendships inherently ebb and flow.  Some friends go in and out of connection, drifting away from what originally brought us together, and yet there are others that resurface later in life.  “I’ve learned that it’s important that we create space for one another to grow.” (source)

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PureWow ~ “Things a Foodie Would Never Do” ~ Good to note. The chef probably did things for a reason.

Buzzfeed ~ “The Most Popular Ice Cream Shops By State” ~ Yes this is subjective but hey, Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.  So sure, a road trip to every national park is cool, but what if it was supplemented with a tour of all the best ice cream shops??  Do I need to remind you what Sunday is?  Get pumped.

Great Big Story ~ “Mikey Likes It Ice Cream” ~ Solid East Village, NYC pop-cultures inspired selection and good story (<2 min video)

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^^ A little bit of speedwork at Tuesday’s Party With Purpose 5K.  It was a fun race run in Hoboken, stacked with November Project folks, and some very attractive people.  Some of my friends were going to try to PR and win the $250 gift card from Tracksmith and spoiler – they did!

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It was a otherwise typical race for me where I thought about running an easy race, but actually jetted out like a bat out of hell.  Garmin clocked me around 22:34, which wasn’t good enough for a PR but still a solid effort.

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I’m going to be MIA around the blog for a few weeks as my goal for vacation is to go as technology-free as possible.  But, I am addicted to Instagram so that will most likely updated on the daily.  What can I say, I’m a millennial.

Enjoy the weekend!

Life of Late ~ 7.1.16

Schooooooool’s out for summer!  Well maybe that doesn’t really work but today feels like one of those last days of school where you really aren’t doing anything at all but have to show up just because.  Most of the agencies that we work with are closed today and I’m just catching up on emails from yesterday because our network decided to crash at 12pm.  That’s right, from 12pm onward we did not receive many external emails.  It’s safe to say there was a 2-4 hour delay in correspondence.  Cool.

A very happy first day of July, happy Canada day eh, and 4th of July weekend!  Two years ago I went down to the Jersey Shore, last year I was home sweet home in Mammoth Lakes, and here are some other favorite flashbacks from this patriotic holiday. Good times, good times.

This year I’m up to a hodge-podge of things – hiking tomorrow, swimming and maybe Smorgasburg on Sunday, and hopefully a picnic of sorts for the fireworks on Monday.  I decided against any big trip this weekend since I only have a couple of weeks in the city and then I’m off to Alaska/home for three weeks.  It’s going to feel so weird being away from New York for that long but I may luck out and miss most of the humidity.

I’m definitely going to miss my workout buddies but I’ll have a few running dates set up and might be able to swing a couple of NP_LAX workouts as well.  Have tribe will travel, right?

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^^ On the last Wednesday of every month, we meet at the Randall’s Island footbridge and run back and forth throughout the workout.  We include some form of strength work like burpees or pushups but man those bridges wear you down.  Starting on July 11th, we actually are going to be graced with Monday workouts, #bridgetheme.  That means we will be rotating around the city running on a variety of bridges.  The verdict is out on how much I can attend since I still need to work on strength and Monday is usually the day to do that.  Of course I could do this thing called “switching things up”.  Not a control freak at all.

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^^ Benefit of bridge day = tagging.  NEW GEAR!  Tie-dye compliments to Meghan and Madre. Turquoise tank by Old Navy and the very best color to wear.

Wired.com ~ “Fitness Isn’t A Lifestyle Anymore. Sometimes It’s a Cult” ~ Cult meaning tribe in only the BEST sort of way.  Hey hey, we all find what works for us.  For me, it’s fitness and friends that I find via fitness.  Also I really want to go to the SF and San Diego tribes because they just sound utterly amazing.  And I hear they have gorgeous people there…

People.com ~ “8th Grader Roasts Presidential Candidates” ~ Oh my goodness.  This kid is hilarious.  YOU NEED TO WATCH.  He has the impressions down and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on SNL during his lifetime.

Collective Evolution ~ “How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain Body” ~ Well, maybe less caffeine and less technology before bed will help me sleep past 5:45…

Ironman ~ “My Finish Line Road” ~ Goals. Maybe impossible goals but goals all the same.

NY Mag ~ “Dad Takes Out Dating Ad for Adult Son” ~ Please dear family DO NOT DO THIS TO ME.  Ok thanks.

Life Hacker ~ “How to Overcome Your Quarter-Life Crisis” ~ Definitely going to do a post on this one but it’s too good not to share now.  Not saying that I’m having a “crisis” but too many “OMG YES” moments.

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^^ Running with one of the best buddies.  Wednesday was tough.  Running today was tough.  I could definitely use some swimming.  But running together made it better for sure.

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^^ Yoga in Bryant Park ~ Seems relaxing but was really more of organized chaos.  I realized that I love working out in the morning and really do not enjoy it in the evening.  It also didn’t help that the girl in front of me kept hitting me in the face with her foot.  That and I had to use the bathroom.  But yay for Bryant Park!

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^^ This morning’s view en route to November Project in Washington Square Park.  I’ve decided that the only way I will go to NP on Fridays is if I run or bike there.  It just feels like more of a workout that way.  Although, jogging with a backpack – even the Lulu Run Pack – is still semi-difficult.

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^^ Ali and Laura Ann looking perfect as always.  My face not so much.  BUT we had the most patriotic of teams.  Winning.

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^^ Run to NP + NP workout + breakfast club = perfect start to a Friday.  This wasn’t nearly as tasty as my breakfast sandwich from Tilda All Day but it did the trick.  Now it’s back to “work” before starting a lovely three day weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?  Any fun 4th of July plans?

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(Quote found by Sarah)