Life of Late ~ July 2017

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.

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Current Workouts:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

Currently Watching:

  • 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.

Currently Reading:

  • 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.

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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”

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^^ 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.

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^^ 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

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^^ 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.

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^^ 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!

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“You are remembered for the rules you break” – Douglas MacArthur

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)

’14 Fourth Favorites

That time to link up with Blonder Side of Life and and Healthy Diva Eats share some holiday favorites from the weekend.  Hope you enjoyed your 3+ day vacation and welcome back to the grind 🙂

1. Flashbacks ~ Some holidays are the same year after year and others bring in brand new traditions.  Always a joy reminiscing. IMG_5162 2. Home-cooked food ~ Because the 4th isn’t truly the 4th without a few rounds of burgers and BBQ IMG_5232 3. Furry friends (silly and sneaky Wrigs decided to eat 8 hot dogs at our BBQ) IMG_5219 4. Celebration of red, white & blue (especially in the edible sense) IMG_5188 5. Walking the boardwalk ~ Since I have deducted the heel problem is plantar fasciitis, I was left to bounce in the waves and walk along the piers rather than run off my excess energy.  Not the same but what can I do.

6. Fresh summer produce IMG_5179 7. Picturesque sunsets ~ Although, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunset that was not stunning or memorable.  It’s really the times that I am on vacation or make it a point to slow down and watch the sun disappear that I am thankful for another gorgeous day IMG_5187 8. Stuffed French toast IMG_5229 9. Beach days ~ sun, waves, sand ~ what more could you ask for? IMG_5178 10. Game time ~ Thanks to the first hurricane of the season, we were stuck inside most of Friday.  But thanks to a handy round of “Salad Bowl” (take on Apples to Apples/“Things”/Charades) + Wimbledon, we were set to go. IMG_5171 11. Ocean City Classics ~ We didn’t get to hit all the good spots this trip, mostly because we were lucky to dine on homemade goodies, but the Mallon’s sticky buns did happen to make an appearance. IMG_5231 12. Happy Hour ~ That prime time for snacks, your beverage of choice, the occasional soccer match, and a good long chat on the front porch IMG_5233 13. Fireworks ~ What we saw at the beach on Saturday night (postponed due to the hurricane) was pretty neat but not nearly as spectacular as what I used to see skyrocket over Lake Crowley (California) when I was a kid. 14.  Friends, family, and a good time photo

How was your 4th of July?  Link up with Blonder Side of Life here and Healthy Diva Eats for more post-4th festivities!