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. )
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.
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).
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.
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.
^^ 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.
^^ 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)
^^ 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)
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)
^^ 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!
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.
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!
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?
^^ 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.
^^ 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.
^^ 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.
^^ 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!
^^ 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.
^^ Ali and Laura Ann looking perfect as always. My face not so much. BUT we had the most patriotic of teams. Winning.
^^ 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?
(Quote found by Sarah)
It’s a well known fact that a weekend away or in a different environment does the mind and body good. I started off the weekend with a five mile race in Central Park, put on by the Front Runners in partnership with New York Road Runners. As I noted Friday, we had created our own November Project tag for the event and as you can see below, showed up in full force for the race. We had 64 finishers, the men’s team finished 11th overall and 2nd in our division, and the women finished 7th and 1st in our division!!! BOOM!
^^ Check out all those people ready to run and celebrate Pride weekend!
So I admit, I talk a big talk but never really follow my own advice. I swore that I was going in feeling sore and not even sure I wanted to “race”. I needed to take a break and not run or race for awhile and didn’t really follow that. I thought “sure it’s hot and humid and only 8:15 but five miles can’t be so bad, right? Harlem Hill isn’t that bad, right?” Well, turns out I was competitive with myself yet again and ended up running 38:07 (7:38 pace). I reallllllly need to work on actually training and not jetting out like a bat out of hell on race day.
^^ I couldn’t stay for the group photo this year but look at those hooligans. What a good looking and fierce group!
Immediately after finishing the race and consuming the popsicle that was handed out (yes…think ahead folks to next year – popsicles at the Pride Run = amazing), I ran back to Equinox to shower and meet Lindsay at Grand Central in order to travel up to Connecticut. Lindsay had found a half marathon in Fairfield and while I declined to officially sign up, I did agree to tag along and even run the last half with her.
^^ Yes. A beach day was EXACTLY what we needed. This beach (Jennings Beach) took us about 2.5 miles and an uber ride to find but was oh so worth it. The water was crystal clear – as clear as the
Atlantic Long Island Sound (thank you Lauren ❤ ) will get in Connecticut – and the sand was much cleaner than that of Rockaways or Long Beach. It also felt VERY much like a suburb beach. I don’t know why it felt that way, but I could definitely tell we were out of New York City.
In the end we only spent a few hours on the beach since we didn’t want to get too tuckered out from the sun. After after a few hours of sun and surf, we walked to dinner, ate with the early crowd, picked up some ice cream and headed back to our AirBNB. Shall I mention that we brought down the average age of the dinner crowd about 50 years? I mean, they really could have offered us an early bird special at that point.
^^ AND I MADE A FRIEND
Sunday morning we both woke up bright and early and started to prep for the day ahead. I have come to accept the fact that I just don’t “sleep in” and my body automatically wakes up between 5:30-6. Sounds find during the week but on those days that you want to just lay around. Wait, who am I kidding, I can’t even sit still long enough to do that.
Anyways, we were out of the door at 6:45 and off to the starting line (Jennings Beach). Again, transportation brought to you by uber. No this isn’t a sponsored post but I wouldn’t be opposed. Hint hint uber.
Lindsay picked up her bib and then I headed off to meet her around mile 4. It was quite refreshing to jog and not have to look at my watch, my pace, or even listen to music. I was more focused on the sights and taking pictures of all the fancy schmancy houses and people on Vespas that I saw.
Once I saw (and almost missed) Lindsay at mile 4, I ran out to mile 8 and once she came around we wound our way back along the course to the finish. Let me just say, mega props to runners to compete in such gnarly conditions because at only 75F, it was brutally hot for the runners. I can’t even imagine anything more than that. Thankfully a lot of the neighborhood had put out sprinklers and extra water stations for the runners. But, at least three runners were not so lucky and were being attended to within the last 3 miles.
^^ Perks of finishing by the ocean – automatic ice bath. Too bad I wasn’t wearing a bathing suit and didn’t have a towel with me. I would have totally been swimming all afternoon long. After stretching for a bit, we called an uber (yep, uber again), went back to the AirBNB to shower and hit up a brewery before going back to the city.
It was very sweet of our AirBNB host to drive us to the brewery, but turns out she dropped us off at the wrong one… Since that spot felt a bit sterile and didn’t serve food (both no-nos), we took an uber back to the one we had in mind – Two Roads Brewing Company. As you can see, it was quite an indulgence. Maybe not the best post-race food for one’s stomach but we hadn’t eaten much afterwards and I guess my mind said “GO BIG”. Cue “Assimilation fries” with a fried egg as well as an “eh” Cordon Bleu grilled cheese.
See I have this problem if I purchase something, I have the need to finish it – no waste. Well, I was able to power through my food but wasn’t able to finish the flight of beers. It was my fault for selecting the wrong brews or just not going with my gut instinct and ordering a regular size of the Lil Heaven IPA. Lesson learned. But, when we realized the remainder of the beers weren’t going to be consumed, we called an uber and made it to the train station JUST in time for the 2:51 Grand Central bound train.
Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
Hours: Tue-Fri: 12-9 ~ Sun: 12-7 ~ Mon: Closed
I swear, the minute we entered Grand Central, it was like a mad house and the peace and serene feeling of being in the suburbs had vanished. Nothing like pushing your way onto a crowded and humid subway platform to say welcome home. The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging and watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black as well as the Olympic Trials. Just 39 days until Rio!! And about 590 until South Korea…if you’re counting.
What were you up to this weekend? What sport (if any) are you looking forward to in the Olympics?
“Everything in moderation, including moderation” – Julia Child