Soooooo, I’ve been off the blogging train lately. Not entirely sure why. Yes, there have been some later nights at work. Yes, I have oodles I could talk about. Yes, I have been addicted to watching Gilmore Girls nonstop. So there aren’t too many excuses other than maybe I need to just pop in and out every now and then. Anyways, a very applicable post by the lovely Margaret about “Blogging Break(s)“. I know Georgie and Christina have had posts about feeling burnt out, taking a little break from blogging, and then feeling oh so much better, thus coming back better than ever. So maybe that’s where I’m at. A little more living in the moment. Maybe I’ll just photo dump all my favorites from week to week because that’s what I really love to do. 🙂 For now, enjoy and happy Good Friday to those celebrating!
^^ I’m not a huge candy fan but this pop-up shop in the mall gets me every time.
The BEST way to spend a Saturday (or any day if possible) is running and then eating, hence my popular hashtag #runtoeat. I have discovered a delicious smoothie shop near the Brooklyn Lululemon that serves only the best acai bowls in Brooklyn (or so I’ve experienced). I think this little rendition of LuluRunClub + acai bowl may have to happen again tomorrow.
^^ Friends that run together stay together 😉 Me and my November Project buddies after one of the Saturday runs. We four are on a team for the upcoming North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain. Trail running really isn’t my expertise at the moment, so it may be more of a fun trek through the wilderness.
^^ Sampling out some fun products such as derma e‘s latest charcoal products. Because I live in one dirty city (the only “fresh air” I get is in Central Park), I tend to gravitate towards the more holistic skin products. I’ve heard lots of good things about charcoal and green tea (well duh) and have been using a couple of these products for the last few weeks. I definitely love the cleanser and how soft it makes my face feel. The Purifying Youth Serum wasn’t my top choice, simply due to the smell (I have a sensitive nose and stomach), but the charcoal mask and gel cleanser however are quite on point and luckily can be purchased at ULTA and Whole Foods, so I’m in luck!
So when I’m not sitting on my rear in the office, I am usually out and about working out. My friends and I tested out a tough 45-minute HIIT class at the fhitting room, thanks to this nifty free code. We went to the location on the UES (upper east side) and left sweating as you can see from our glamour shot above (ok not dripping in sweat but still). Since I have an Equinox membership, I’m not sure if I’d pay consistently for classes, but I did love the strength training and it’s on my bucket list to do more in preparation for the rest of my races this year.
Pure Wow ~ Baked Cheese Recipes ~ Everyone say CHEESE.
Pure Wow ~ “Summer Trips to Book Immediately” ~ Who else has the travel itch? I’m stuck between enjoying my routine and wanting to break free. Luckily I have a few trips coming up this month to satisfy that wanderlust craving (no, semi-planned trips aren’t exactly “wanderlust” but whatever…it’s travel so carpe diem)
NYMag.com ~ “Relying on Friends in a World Made for Couples” ~
C’est Christine ~ “This is Your Life” ~ Remember, you do you and you stay focused on you.
November Project ~ “2 Years 200 Workouts” ~ A absolutely lovely tribute to NYC’s 200th workout by fellow NP runner, inspiration, friend, and badass Sara Beaney.
Well + Good ~ “10 Most Exciting Healthy Books in 2016” ~ When you finish your latest show binge and don’t know what to do with your life. Not to mention this activity is PERFECT for this spring weather. Am I right?
Pure Wow ~ “NYC Secret Parks” ~ Who knew any of these locations existed?? I guess I have to up my exploring game.
In It 4 The Long Run ~ “20 Healthy Recipes You Can Make w/ Almond Butter” ~ Because who can’t say no to nut butter?
^^ Like I said, you can usually find me working out, running in the park, or at some cafe that serves avocado toast (aka Bluestone Lane for the win)
Or re-fueling with festive burrata + prosciutto for the Bachelor finale.
^^ Another Brooklyn Lululemon run club adventure in the books. This was to send of our fast and fearless leader Chloe as she moves to Berlin for her new job. With a quick 4 mile shakeout under our belts (this was the Saturday prior to the NYC Half), we arrived back to an ice cream cake and the manager telling us that we could each pick out a pair of shorts in Chloe’s honor.
^^ This would be my meal the day before the NYC Half Marathon. It was divine and I totally should have come here after the half to celebrate and replenish those calories. The biscuits. The sausage gravy. The biscuits. The epic Mary J Blige Pandora playstation they had going. So amazing.
Pies & Thighs has two lovely locations (Lower East Side and Williamsburg) and we selected the original local (Williamsburg) to dine. Waits aren’t terrible and if you put your name in, wander back down the street to grab a coffee while you wait.
^^ Almond milk latte and gooey chocolate chip cookies for extra measure. Didn’t want to feel faint on the course, that’s for sure. Oh and Califia Barista Blend is quite possibly the best thing to happen to coffee. Forget cream, forget coconut milk, go Califia or go home.
Right. This little race called the NYC Half Marathon, sponsored by United Airlines. Both Lindsay and I had entered our names in the lottery and both happened to luck out with bibs! We picked up our bibs on Friday afternoon, snapped a picture and then headed home for an early evening.
It was a VERY early morning Sunday – up at 5:15 to eat and prep, barely making it to the starting line by 7:10 (corrals closed around 7:15) and a swift start at 7:30. I had actually signed up for this race prior to Arizona and after running 1:40ish in Arizona, I considered taking it easy in NYC. But, I was feeling good in and around the park, cruised through Times Square, and shot out at the West Side Highway where I saw a few people that I knew and most importantly, the mile 9 NP_NYC cheer station.
^^ I may not have been smiling for this shot (by one of the NP peeps) but boy was I excited to see them. With a wave of the hand (shaka as always), I was off to the last part of the race. If you aren’t familiar with the course, let me fill you in. The whole West Side Highway is long and when you hit mile 12, you go through a tunnel and have to deal with two tight turns before the finish line. Those were NOT my favorite parts of the course. But, all in all an excellent morning and I ended up running even faster than Arizona with a solid 1:40 time!
^^ Like I said, friends that run together, stay together. We have goals to keep signing up and traveling for races – maybe a few epic destination ones one day.
^^ But for now, it’s back to training. I’ve got the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler next week and Brooklyn in just under 8 weeks. Here we are with a blurry Tuesday morning speedwork. I was just jogging behind the group as I was still sore but the sunrise and company is always worth it AND WE SAW MEB K!! Always worth the wakeup.
Who knows what this weekend will bring besides some workouts and exploration but that’s fine by me. Carpe Diem my friends and the happiest of Easters.
“It is better to travel well than to arrive” – Buddha