Hold up, wait a minute, we are past the middle of March and there seems to be no sign of spring in sight. We are flip-flopping outfits from day to day – one day dresses sans tights for it’s hitting the 60’s and then another we are bundled up with every last item of clothing to brave the single digit temps. So all around good times and good thing I didn’t actually put all of my winter clothes away a few weeks ago. That would have been stupid. (Just kidding, I actually did put all of my winter gear away only to drag it back out…)
Last week was my 3 year work anniversary!! Can you believe it? Or rather can I believe it since I’m not entirely sure who reads this or how many of you have been around since the beginning 😉 I am holding myself accountable for a few missing posts here – year #3 recap, a look at Halloweekend in Maine, and maybe a few others. All in due time (hopefully) and today I ramble. So enjoy!
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)
FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY. Sorry. I can’t think of any other way to open these posts any more. I think I’m still recovering from last weekend’s shenanigans and let’s just say that when you miss out on crucial sleep over the weekend, it just seems to add up during the week. But that’s what being young is all about. Or so I’m reminded 😉
Last Friday I ran over the Manhattan Bridge and out into Brooklyn for the November Project workout. I had been jogging over with my backpack when my speedy friend Jessica caught up with me. As our pace started to pick up, I told her to go on but she was sweet and stuck it out. About 6 miles later, we made it to Prospect Park with the rest of the crew.
^^ Dreamy breakfast found in Brooklyn and must be replicated AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I will even run into Brooklyn to find this very basic but delicious egg sandwich with bacon, egg, cheddar, and avocado and the best (no really…it’s true) almond iced latte that I have ever had.
Tilda All Day
930 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
M-F (7:30a-5p) & S/S (8a-5p)
^^ Of course there were other November Project workouts in between and it wouldn’t be a workout if you didn’t take a picture, right? All the BBG girls take them, so I’ll just upload mine here. Sure, not the same transformations but still a hell of a good time and if you put in the effort, a good workout.
Part of the fun of working out with semi-professional photographers. Many many thanks to the lovely Julia and Brian who wakeup at the crack of dawn and post these and many more for us to share on our own social media accounts. It’s also so much more fun than waiting around for race pictures, which let’s be honest – rarely turn out how you imagine.
^^ As we are in the middle of upfront season, our department has been treating us to lunches and dinners in the office. Cool free food. Boo for staying late. This was a little bit of a Thursday afternoon Italian Ice treat. I swear the scoops were the size of golf balls but packed a punch like an ice cream sundae. I took a shot of my friend’s rainbow scoop because if it’s not photographed, it didn’t happen. I actually selected coconut but plain ‘ol white doesn’t look nearly as good for the camera.
Did you know that you can find nature in the city? Yes, even this picture that LOOKS like we are outside of Manhattan, is not out of Manhattan. A couple of weeks ago I went biking with my friend Emma who is training for a half Ironman and wanted some cycling company. I was biking without gears and we got a bit lost a times but also realized that there is SO much more to this city and island than we realized. Cue summer adventures!!
I also ran in the women’s 10k last Saturday, planning to jog and just go with the flow. I had run 6+ with a backpack the day before and was/am still in a “non-racing/taking it easy month”. << That’s seriously a joke because I don’t know how to relax. I even struggle with napping or sitting still for too long.
^^ As my sister so perfectly put it ‘”I’m going to take it easy” are always the famous last words’ I guess I just get too competitive with myself. I did however successfully run sans headphones and sans music. Thank you thank you to the epic NP cheer squad as always.
^^ My friend Callie and I posing for a picture so that we can immediately upload it and then go hunting for Juice Press and free juice. (#willrunforjuice) Also apparently because it’s a woman’s race, that means we have to have everything pink themed. Well, I’m just not a pink kind of gal…but thanks?
^^ Of course right after the race, this group of girls 1) started having a dance party to the loudspeaker music (maybe we could have raced harder?) and 2) ever so politely asked to pose with MOLLY HUDDLE! who will be making her marathon debut this November at a little thing we call the New York City Marathon. See you there Molly!
^^ We always come out stacked. November Project ladies bringing our A game no matter the race.
^^ Racing was followed up by some green juice from Juice Press and an epic crab cake brunch. We may have gotten mimosas for the table and banana bread pudding for dessert later that day. Yeah, I’m not on the BBG diet nor whole30 diet at all.
^^ Saturday night I went out with some friends to a housewarming party and to celebrate a friend’s birthday. See I CAN dress up in people clothes and do other things besides run and go galivanting through the city.
I pulled one of those nights where supposedly I had to act my age, so that meant a very very late bedtime. But, despite the splitting headache the next morning, I was up at Central Park with some friends testing out our territory on two wheels.
^^ From biking to volunteering with a group of Santa Clara alums at the local soup kitchen. I have been volunteering here for a few weeks and really do find it to be meaningful work. You learn a lot about people and the struggles that they have to go through. Some folks are grateful for your help and others are quite pissed off at the world. It’s one of those life lessons that teaches you to give back but also appreciate what you have.
Last but certainly not least, we got an amazing addition to the November Project New York City leadership team this week. Our tribe added a third co-leader and her name is Jeanie and she is going to rock everyone’s socks off!!!! I got to know Jeanie a little bit last year and have to say she is one hell of a leader, even before she became an official leader. She has the charisma that anyone could kill for and damn that body 😉 We call it #bodiesbyjeanie. Oh, and if you so happen to have a birthday and she is there to sing and dance, well, then you’ve won the lottery. Here’s to a great new chapter in our tribe’s books and here’s to the WEEKEND!
Friday. Four day week. June 3rd. Better yet…NATIONAL DONUT DAY! Now even though I have a sweet tooth, I’m not always the biggest donut fan. If it were a showdown between Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbin’s ice cream, obviously a scoop of ice cream would win. Though I am a sucker for food holidays and November Project was located near a donut joint (Underwest) so I indulged. The verdict? Very pleasantly surprised and actually satisfied with my choice.
There are a few parts to this success. First – purchase donut from the source. None of this donuts from Whole Foods or even donuts to go. Second – partner up with someone so that you can sample multiple flavors. This is a #runtoeat and #eattorun sort of deal so we can’t go donut crazy and eat 1 of each flavor (cue sugar crash at work and hello witchy Kaitlin), but splitting them is definitely a viable solution. Thank you Rebecca for being my donut buddy 🙂
638 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
(Fun fact: this is located on the west side IN a car wash…yes it’s sanitary)
^^ Located right next to this big ‘ol boat named the Intrepid (location of today’s NP_NYC workout)
As I predicted, we have gotten into full swing of upfront season at work. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a time in ad sales where the publisher (where ads run) negotiates with agencies (who work for clients like State Farm and Geico and such) on prices and how much they are going to spend and where their ads are going to run. This means we wait after work for them to come back with their best deals and then we revise our options and submit proposals. It’s a lot of back and forth and some long nights but boy am I learning a ton. I also happen to be on a solid team where my Account Executive and Associate Account Executive are super helpful and are genuinely interested in helping me learn. Plus the company feeds us.
So my life goes back to the balance of working and working out – a combination that I am quite ok with. Yes, there are 100% days that I would like to sleep in but then I see the sky look like this and am always happy I made it out. The one recent instance where I wish I hadn’t worked out was yoga yesterday. Stretching = good. Bad teacher = bad practice. My friend Jackie and I arrived for our favorite class and soon learned that 1) water was shut off at this particular location (no showers no toilets) and 2) our favorite teacher was NOT teaching there anymore. We stuck it out but when the OM at the beginning of class sounded like a capella group out of tune, my immediate reaction was “ah hell no”. I stayed the entire class but it did nothing for me.
^^ Tested out a couple of classes via ClassPass and totally LOVED Throwback Fitness. One of the gals I met at 24 Hour Fitness back in the day has been working out here at least 1x if not 2x every day and is obsessed. I had been meaning to try it but didn’t want to interfere with training for Brooklyn. Ha – as if I was really trying hard to train. Best described below:
“We are gamifying fitness by harnessing the feelings of accomplishment, confidence, and camaraderie that come from being part of a team, and the excitement felt when working together to achieve a common goal. Our‘murderously fun’ workouts channel the nostalgia of adolescence by modeling our unique, competitive, partner- and team-based workouts after such childhood favorites as Dodgeball and Capture the Flag, or even dorm room-inspired games like Flip Cup.” (source)
So how fun does that sound? Test it out, see how much fun you have and then BOOK A BIRTHDAY PARTY! That’s right. How totally cool is that? You can have your birthday at a fun workout class. Because birthday parties are no longer for those under the age of 8.
^^ Another class that I took was a hip-hop class at Y7 – another successful discovery. I had taken it the Sunday after Brooklyn and entered the class with practically no flexibility and all the aches and pains. I wasn’t so good at the “flow on your own” parts but did leave limber and ever so sweaty.
I’m really going to have to kick up my yoga game soon. Maybe I’ll make it a part of my two-a-day program when marathon training starts. A little cardio/strength in the morning and some yoga stretching at night. Solid schedule don’t you think? Still have to test out the beloved Bethany at Lyon’s Den that Ali keeps talking about.
Reading >> The Lake House by Kate Morton
Watching >> The Barkely Marathon phenomenon/obsession via Netflix & Great Big Story ~ “The Man Behind The Most Grueling Footrace on Earth”
Cleaning >> My room and closet all.the.time. I don’t have to move apartments for another couple of months but want to have as little excess as possible. Seeing that I am either at work or on the go, I don’t need too much, right?
Drinking >> Iced coffee. Starbucks is even coming out with new options like sweet cream cold brew and nitro cold brew!
Hoping >> To find Hamilton tickets. I know they are hard to come by so don’t burst my bubble. I’m hoping that I can find a loophole somewhere or that people don’t try as hard when the original cast moves on…
Baking / Experimenting >> With BERRIES. ALL THE BERRIES! And this nut butter zucchini brownie recipe.
^^ Round #2 of single serving strawberry shortcake (homemade shortcake by the way…just call me Betty or Martha). Second time was definitely the charm.
PureWow ~ “The Best Burgers in NYC” ~ This is no time to be vegetarian or vegan. Let the games begin.
Meter Tracksmith ~ “No Rest for the Weary” ~ aka Badass.
PureWow ~ “11 Iconic Summer Moments” ~ GOING TO JERSEY FOR A POOL! Hope you are reading this my Jersey friends because it’s happening.
Shine.com ~ Daily Texts for self-fulfillment. No really – if you sign up, you will get daily texts and gifs to make your day so much better.
“Being Your True Self: Does Authenticity Matter in the Workplace?” ~ An interesting thought. There are too many articles that look at millennials in a bad way, but there may be something to this.
Weekend wise, we’ve got some rain in the forecast (yay summer storms), I’ve got a bike ride and festive outdoor fete, some running to Central Park to cheer the runners at the Retro 4M and the viewing of Me Before You. Let the games begin!
What are you up to this weekend? Are you a donut fan?