A Los Angeles Fall ~ 2017

So it may not be time for the “look back at 2017 and ahead to 2018” type of post but as we edge closer to the beginning of the 12th month and the close of 2017, I thought I would look back at what I had seen, experienced, and accomplished or at least in the last few months.  (*Being type-A, “accomplished” tends to be one of my favorite words).

Moving back to California has been a phenomenal change of pace – something that isn’t always guaranteed with a big move.  I had acquired a job back in July/August-ish and had an idea of some things I wanted to do when I got back.  I wanted to move closer to the west side of LA, I wanted to see what November Project was like out here, and I wanted to join my sister’s running club.  As you can see, I still seem to work and workout so some more “fun” might need to be added in.

Los Angeles isn’t entirely new since I grew up near Pasadena but it is entirely different when you are 26 versus 10 or even 18.  My job is much better for me in terms of environment and content.  I still encounter the daily stresses but it keeps me on my toes and I have a stand-up desk so some days I literally am on my toes.  For about 6 ish weeks, I was living at home and that meant driving 80-90 minutes each way day.  Traffic – the double edge sword of living in a car congested county like this.  Anyways, there was no way I was going to plop down and sit at a computer for even more time to detail out my (what I think is boring to read) day.  So then there was the question of if I blog on weekends.  Maybe?  But over the last few months I’ve been so busy that again, sitting down to take time to blog hasn’t been the first priority.

I started this blog as a way to fill my 2012 summer if I didn’t have an internship but it slowly melded to become my travel journal and a means of keeping in touch while living across the country.  I still see it as a creative outlet but as I’ve most definitely mentioned before, I am 100% focused/addicted/interested/obsessed/addicted (yes twice for emphasis) with Instagram.  It’s a quick picture/video and a few words and boom, you’ve got widespread media that people from all over will consume.

** some pictures of November Project shot by fellow tribe members (always important to share photo creds) 

For those of you who have followed me over the last few years, you’ll know how much November Project means to me.  Well, thank goodness for tribes located around the world (44 currently to be exact) because I was able to start showing up to workouts when I touched down in LA.  It’s true that I knew a few friendly faces from when I would #justshowup during the holidays but leaders had changed, people had moved away, and it was a pretty new start for me.  Somehow I decided to start working out at the 5:27 and 6:27 group to see more faces.  As in New York, each workout has a different vibe.  Both are amazing but it’s great to see the differences and get to know so many people.  This is tough remembering names since 4 workouts means 2x the number of people but thank goodness for Facebook and the ability to just re-ask (at least once or twice).

When you move to a new place, you have the ability to re-invent yourself in a way.  You can take the parts of yourself you want to change (not like in a superficial way, but then again this is Los Angeles…) and lean into the person you want to be.  No one is forcing you to act like you did in high school or even college.  Unless you were a nice person and then don’t ever stop being a nice person.

So re-inventing yourself.  For me, I wanted to be that strong and positive person I had grown to become in New York.  When I arrived in LA, I thought hm, most of my friends back east called me Kait and there’s already a girl at NP named Katelin and I wouldn’t want to make it confusing for people.  So I introduced myself at NP and my running club as Kait.  That really threw Meghan for a loop and even confuses a few people when they are on Facebook and see “Kaitlin”.  Basically, call me anything and I’ll answer.  I have no preference and it just felt really comfortable to be known at November Project as Kait because my best NP_NYC friends called me that.

Now of course I’ve begun to type a novel when I only meant to drop a few lines.  Who knows, maybe I’ll check in a bit more frequently in December or 2018 😉

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” ― Sheryl Sandberg

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NYC MARATHON WEEK!

Folks. It’s here.  This is my third fall in the city and I’ve finally caught the marathon running bug.  No, I’m not running the marathon (this year) but am going to every.single.event – or at least the November Project ones (which pretty much equates to all the marathon events)

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I helped kick off the festivities on Saturday with a 10 mile jaunt up and along the last part of the course.  I actually had never ran into the Bronx and thought it was a great way to explore the city, especially when I got to run with these gals.  Let’s just say I’m definitely not in the shape to run any further (hence why I’m NOT running the marathon any time soon) but am so inspired for anyone who is.  We ended over at Columbus Circle with some chocolate milk, free bananas + Kind bars, and then stumbled off to grab some Juice Press juices.

The rest of the weekend wasn’t too eventful. I stopped by Tompkin’s Square for the annual Halloween Dog Parade (yes that’s a thing and yes it was overwhelming with the amount of people that showed up), grabbed coffee/lunch with a friend in the east village, and cleaned the apartment.  So fun, I know.  Sunday turned out to be a GORGEOUS day after the rain cleared.  I had a little gym session with weights (probably looked more like an idiot than I had hoped), stopped by a new church with the roommates, grabbed Joe coffee with a blogger friend, and yoga in Central Park.  Once home, I attempted a mega Halloween cookie, and “whipped” up some pumpkin-apple-gruyere-sausage risotto with Lindsay. Quotes necessary because this was no short process.  We always forget how long risotto takes (close to an hour+) but is always worth it.  Ok, it may have turned out to be a busier weekend than originally planned, but that’s “Kaitlin” for you.

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^^ Last year’s water station in Queens #mile14.  This year, check us out at #mile7 BROOKLYN!

This NP_NYC Blog Post?  So excited. So so excited.  Side note – eac November Project tribe writes a blog after every workout, which is totally fun to read.  Also serves as an itinerary for a week like this week.  I mean, just reading through it gets you stoked right?

Feeling a little hyped up at the moment (maybe it’s the free coffee from the expo, the $0.25 coffee from Dunkin – thank you to the Giants for winning – or the fact that I’ve been up since 5:20 to run hills), so let’s hope this energy pushes me through the work week.

I decided to make the special NP pop up workout, which was at 67/west side of Central Park since it was close to work.  We ran hills for a half hour and stopped by the marathon finisher’s tent (don’t think it’s called the expo since that’s at the Javitts Center) to get some free swag – a few cups of Dunkin coffee, free photos, and yes, a photo and chat with THE Deena Kastor.  I may have started the conversation with “hi, we met back at a race in Mammoth Lakes, how is your dog and daughter?” (notice the order of words in that question).

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^^ We are totally pals.  

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This was from the Mammoth Lakes 10k a few years ago.  Meghan probably won her age group and I believe I “won” my age group, meaning I came in with a decent time, but they called my name and gave me the winner’s mug instead of the girl who actually won.  Funny story – that girl who should have received the mug was in the same grade as me and happened to be on the Santa Clara cross country team.

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 But really, I think she was a little willing to take a picture with us.  Or she is just a wonderful human being.

IMG_3097^^ We also are pretty much 2x her size.  We just have the muscles built for those hills 😉

Another funny story.  This morning as I was draining my phone battery going between Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and the camera, Deena Kastor came on to speak and one of the NP guys – Brian – asked (jokingly), “who’s that?”  To which I responded “gosh Brian, don’t you know? It’s THE Deena Kastor.”  He proceed to laugh.  Oh man, guess the jokes on me.  (This was also one of those stories where it was probably better if you were there or I could tell you in person.  All about the tone.)

IMG_3100^^ The reason I want to run a marathon? So I can spend my entire paycheck + more on buy myself and these goodies.  I mean who runs for food when you can run for Tiffany’s?

IMG_3099Maybe too much enthusiasm for a Monday.  Scratch that, never too much enthusiasm for a Monday.  Get pumped and get your New York on.  For all of you running the marathon – I’ll see you at #mile7

“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Life of Late ~ June Favorites

Quick.  Think fast.  How would you summarize the last 6 months?  How about the last month?  Exciting, adventurous, optimistic?  Maybe I should just pick up a dictionary and thesaurus at a bookstore to help improve my vocabulary.  Now if I could explain everything via songs or GIF files, that would be truly amazing.  Alas, I can’t (always) and so I turn to my other method of expression – pictures.  It’s crazy to think that just yesterday I was running over the Randall’s Island footbridge in 3-5 layers of clothes, just to celebrate the start of the new year with my November Project friends.  (Not that I’m really reminiscing over the cold…)

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But still, come Tuesday, we are finished with the first half of 2015!  That means that I have lived out on the east coast for just short of two years, I will be in the midst of my second humid summer (still not sure what’s worse – humidity or bitter cold), have made so many wonderful friends, and even more amazing memories.  The ups, the downs, the moments of pure boredom.  That’s life folks and I’m just another twenty-something learning how to function in this world.

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^^ flowers from one of my account executives for helping out with a million dollar idea 🙂 isn’t she sweet?  fingers, toes, and limbs crossed we can sell it through!  (PSA: the flowers are still on my desk…the daisies may have passed on, but those green objects are holding strong, a solid 3 weeks in! don’t worry mom, I’ll throw them out when they smell)

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^^ may not have bought into their juice cleanse (yet) but am loving all sorts of green juices and smoothies – especially in this humid weather!

IMG_0454^^ work event at Escape the Room (“Agency” Midtown…much harder apparently than the downtown location) – We did not escape 😦

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^^ when you are invited to dinner at a fancy schmancy restaurant like the STANDARD GRILL, you definitely experiment with the cocktail list.  this here was the SIMPLY(RED), which definitely falls on the sweeter side.  my advice is to go for the THE PROFESSOR & MARY ANN {Gin, Strawberry-Champagne Shrub, Lime, Prosecco} … extra points if you know where the name comes from (I grew up with it…the reruns that is)

IMG_0478^^ when NYRR uses your fastest time for your bib and it’s an all female race.  I don’t always snapchat, but when I do, it’s memorable.  sometimes.  ok, maybe I just think it’s funny.

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^^ was able to meet this gal – a fellow blogger and NP_SF member – all the way out from the west (best) coast!

IMG_0498^^ yes, we race hard but our cheer squad cheers even harder

IMG_0524^^ some of my favorite november project buddies and accountabilibuddies (in retrospect, I should have merged all of these photographs but I didn’t.  so there is that much more love and photographic evidence circulating on the internet) #nplove

IMG_0531^^ when your friends work for food companies or are just full-on foodies, you make homemade nutter butters and banana ice cream. oh, and this was in brooklyn.  how hipster can we get?

IMG_0564^^ (I realized that I may post too many pictures of myself. then again, it’s my blog sooooo sorrynotsorry? for the record, we have epic NP photo albums after EVERY workout.  it helps that we have some amazing photographers – professional and recreational) – fair warning, not all of them are attractive but hey, you win some, you lose some.

1966328_948893675133890_8800845930441453038_o^^ a new tag for this weekend’s PRIDE run (stewarded by the amazing Burke)

11221751_948895365133721_90525601569340533_o^^ the tribe is strong.  the tribe has pride.  here we are on Wednesday’s bridge day in FULL RAINBOW gear because dressing in all the colors definitely helps you work out harder. (the guys definitely won the prize here!) not that I coordinate my workout clothes on any other day…

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^^ my hometown has a mini-version (obviously mini since nothing compares to NYC), which I do love, but music in THE Central Park was a whole different ballgame.

IMG_0568my instinct is that every event is classical, which isn’t exactly my favorite, but going once made for a check on the bucket list

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^^ my kind of happy hour. I met up with a bunch of Thetas who are living in the city and since some of them are not 21, we settled on something sweet.  SNOWDAYS shaved cream is one of those blossoming trends and if you ever find yourself in the east village (10th & 1st), test it out.

also, apparently if you add a few half dozen hashtags to your instagram, you acquire a lot more (random) likes.  though, I still haven’t come close to hitting the numbers that my college-aged cousins hit.  how in the world do they do that?  kids these days.

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^^ that time I traveled to Hoboken for a workout.  yep, the lengths that we go to for our november project workouts.  I have to say, I do love that city, even with the fog and humidity settling down on it.

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^^ I can’t thank NP enough for the places that I have been able to visit and the people that I have been able to meet.  my world is that much larger and I consider myself more positive and that much better of an athlete because of it.  again, the tribe is inclusive and the tribe is strong.

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^^ a pizza place in Brooklyn (conveniently right off the L!)  I use the hashtag runtoeat for a reason…

Houdini
1563 Decatur St
Ridgewood NY, 11385

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^^ happy (belated) father’s day to this trail blazer 🙂 Looking forward to some solid hiking when I’m home!

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^^ 1) how cool is that globe?  it’s located out in Queens from the World Expo area and the location of last week’s race aka the MOST HUMID RACE EVER.  but really, it was gross.   my legs were so not feeling it and yet I was still somewhat happy with my time.  needless to say I’m a bit raced-out for the time being and will be taking some time off of “racing-everything”

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^^ my high school friend came down from Boston to run in the NYRR Queens 10K with me.  we managed to avoid the massive rain storm, but had quite a time dashing through Queens in the humidity.

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^^ nothing beats working out and replenishing with a fresh-blended acai bowl.  I’ve always been a huge fan of juice generation, probably because it’s the first juice shop I stumbled upon in the city.  the bowls average about $10 but are totally worth it.  those of you shaking your head at the prices let me explain – 1) I am attracted to all the health foods or “health” trends (acai…supposedly is great for you) 2) once you live in the city long enough, you lose track of what’s normal to pay for food.  it’s all absurd so might as well swipe the credit card and pray that you don’t bounce (just kidding dad – I’m very good about managing my money) #worktospend

now, if anyone is seeking food testers, I’m your gal! 🙂

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^^ less than 1 week and I get to see the Bodie man!

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Life of Late ~ 5.15.15

Spring, spring, spring.  One of the loveliest and often shortest seasons around the city.  I honestly am in love with the fact that when I wake up and walk out the door to work out, the sun is already starting to wake up the east coast.  Sure, it was great to see those picturesque sunrises at November Project but longer days are fine by me.

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Warm spring weekends call for walks through the city and stopping by one of my favorite locations – Union Square.  I probably meander through this area at least 4-5 times a week, mostly because it’s near my apartment and a very central subway station.  The farmer’s markets are clutch – at least for people watching, free samples here and there, and unique seasonal items.

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^^ getting ready for Advertising Sales “Upfront” week.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Upfronts”, it’s where advertising agencies and clients are briefed on publisher properties and why they should commit to a certain amount of money at the beginning of the year (different calendar time period).

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Most meetings start with a big presentation – ours was at Madison Square Garden.  Definitely the best part of the show was listening to the “Inside the NBA” cast {host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal}.  That or the [adultswim] sizzle reel.  Their bumps (end cards that act as transitions) and humor were on point.

While big wigs usually show up to the meetings (I was just about star-struck after seeing Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Conan O’Brien and Billy from Billy on the Street), it’s all about the after party.

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^^ Yes, Miley Cyrus was our form of entertainment at the [adultswim] party.  She even decided to light up so needless to say it was an intriguing event and comparison to her former Disney Hannah Montana persona.  Huuuuuuuge change, but you already knew that.

~ Random Reads ~

  • Interesting self-love tip from a trainer.  Think positive about your body.
  • Split Story” – Too often we get caught up in how everyone’s lives appear 10x better than our own via social media.  But remember the old saying “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”.  We make too many snap judgement about people, but rarely dive into deep relationships to understand why people act in certain ways or what makes them tick.  Take a moment to appreciate your life, your body, and the people around you.

But, on that last bullet, you know that whole concept of sleep as it relates to weight loss/maintenance, workouts, attitude, concentration, and well life?  True stuff.  I can noticeably see how getting such little sleep affects my day and pretty much all that was listed above.  On average I get about 7 hours (if I’m lucky) simply by going to bed between 10 and 10:30 and waking up between 5:30 and 6.  On the nights where I can’t make the 7 hours, next-day Kaitlin is not impressed.

Example from Wednesday night when I went to the [adultswim] upfront party and truTV after party and stayed out until 2 (waaaaay past my bedtime), Thursday was rough.  Sure, since I didn’t drink, I was fairing a LOT better than my colleagues.  I still managed to wake up, swim a little at the gym AND make it in a full hour before everyone (that last part was by accident), but my eating choices were way sub par.  The 5 hours of sleep led me to believe that chocolate-drizzled kettle corn + salted nut variety pack + green juice was an adequate snack/early lunch.  At least I had the green juice in there right?  I may have had to dump the rest of the kettle corn in the trash to avoid mindless munching.

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^^ Back on track for running along the east river.  I can’t believe it’s been almost four months since I last ran along this path.  I’ve been caught up in spinning, NP, and the lovely Central Park but forgot how clutch of a run this is, especially since it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from my apartment.

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^^ The course for Memorial Day weekend!!  People keep asking if I am running the Brooklyn Half Marathon (which is tomorrow) and while I’m bummed that I cannot partake in the NYRR fun and Coney Island festivities, I’m super excited to experience Sweden and its race course!

With all that being said, off to Denmark I go to explore with Megnan!  I’ll be back for a full photo dump and recap in a couple weeks and in the meantime, enjoy this glorious spring weather 🙂

How has your spring been?  Anything fun planned for the weekend?  What’s the farthest you have traveled for a race?

Life of Late ~ 5.8.15

It’s a May miracle and I have published four posts in one week. SHOCKER!  There was supposed to be another one on Philly yesterday buuuuut I’m saving finishing it for next week.

What’s new in this corner of the world wide web?  Well, there were some birthday celebrations, some awesome workouts, and some hard core work action.  Glad to say, presentation finished (and I may have sweated through my shirt…thank goodness for the bright JCrew sweater to hide everything) and it’s the home stretch to Scandinavia.

There will be a blogging hiatus but don’t fear, I will come back to bombard you with fantastic photos.   That and my Instagram feed should stay pretty up to date.  #hashtagsforlife  I’m not sure if Meghan realizes what she is in for 😉  So, while I may not be posting much abroad, my friend Alexis is dedicated enough to document her wonderful adventures to London and more here.  I’m going more for the digital detox and hopefully (super fingers crossed) more sleep on the trip.

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^^ waking up at 5am for double november project workouts for my birthday?  yep.  that happened.

Honestly this year has been a blur and too damn amazing.  I would be lying if I didn’t say I was obsessed with NP, the culture, the people. (but you probably already knew that)  I’m blessed to be able to call these gals my friends and role models.  For the first time, I have a whole bunch of older brothers and sisters to look up to 🙂

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^^ for those who don’t know, on wednesdays we wear pink.  of course it made it 100x better that there were 4 of us celebrating the SAME birthday.  Taurus love all around.

IMG_9478^^ hanging (bridging) with my buddies at Van Cordtlant Park.  we may have taken at least 10 pictures in order to perfect the bridge 🙂

Thanks to our friend Dan, we’ve been able to travel north of Manhattan (comfortably in a car) for a long-run change of scenery.  The track/forest loop up there is about 3 miles, so a simple 3×3 on the weekend makes for a nice Saturday morning.

IMG_9479^^ because this is what you need after crushing a long run.  breakfast oat bar + cold brew coffee

One of the real reasons I run  or continue to run (besides the feeling of accomplishment and other health benefits) is to eat.   And eat I do (everything in moderation…including moderation).

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What I have bookmarked on every computer is this list of “44 Frozen Treats You Need to Try in NYC this Summer“.  Done and done.   Will you be joining me?

photo (1) ^^ yes, this is exactly what the USDA meant by eat the “colors of the rainbow”

Many people like to run for fun and others for weight loss.  So what if I told you you could have your cake and eat it too?  As in chocolate cake for breakfast could help you lose weight?  Of course you can’t really take my full advice and probably should 1) read the entire article and 2) look further into the matter and 3) consult any type of dietician, etc.  But really, I’m game (even though I don’t like cake).

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 That’s right, another November Project team pre-race photo.  This one was from the Run As One 4-Miler in Central Park.  Good ‘ol Jason (the only boy) was a trooper and posed with all the lovely ladies of NP.

Sooooo, my buddies are going to Calle Ocho for unlimited sangria brunch.  This has been a place that I have wanted to go for a very long time because I absolutely love sangria.  That and prosecco and I’m a happy camper.  But, seeing as I have very little self control around sangria, am not drinking for a month (prepping for the next half), and actually have to pack for my trip to Scandinavia (hello laundry that hasn’t been done in weeks), I’ll have to pass.  But with flavors like this – “TROPICAL” (Mango, Pineapple, Lemon Grass, Passion Fruit, Rum), “PUNTA CANA” (Mamajuana Hispanola, Peaches, Oranges, Pineapple, Rum) and “HAVANA BANANA” (Coconut, Bananas, Lychees, Coconut Rum), I will certainly have to make a trip back.

IMG_9677 (1)^^ another birthday picture because it was so much fun.  I love these people.

Want a good reason to laugh out loud?  Read this entire Buzzfeed article about a dad that tried social media for a week.  I read it for the first time in my little office cubicle (during a work break! I swear!) and was dying.  Maybe it’s my type of humor but I couldn’t stop laughing.  It was so bad that I had to hold a sweatshirt over my face so I wouldn’t disturb anyone or  bring (too much) attention to myself.

photo (2) ^^ photo props to TFred.  The said Road ID with the incorrect phone numbers.  Good job Kaitlin.

Another reason to laugh (at me)?  I purchased a Road ID last week because there was a mega-sale going on.  Well the good news is that I purchased a super cute turquoise band simply because it’s the best color ever.  The bad news is that I decided to put my cell phone number instead of my mom’s cell phone number on the chip.  Blonde moment.

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^^ what I have been jamming out to on Pandora during my long runs.  Usually I try to run music-less, especially since that’s the plan for my half marathon.  But, sometimes I cave and then grace the island of Manhattan with my lovely voice and amazing dance moves.  Seriously – the bottom middle song gets me going like no other.  Good stuff.

Speaking of half marathons…mine is in two weeks. Yikes!  But after cruising down Broad Street and running one of the fastest long distance races in my life, I think everything should work out a-okay.  Let me just note that Megnan and I decided to sign up for one of the largest half marathons in the world.  This should be interesting.

“You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.” – George Lucas

Powering Through the Week

I know, my usual go-to hodge-podge of a post comes on Fridays.  Who knows, maybe I’ll have just enough energy and creativity to wow you with a back to back post.  Throwback to days where I posted 5 or even 7 days a week!  No, the 7 was only when I was abroad, but still.  Goodness knows what I even talked about 🙂  For now, let’s get the day rolling with some good links and facts about life.

In honor of the Masters Tournament starting today, here’s the latest ad staring Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.  Like McIlroy, I grew up watching Tiger.  He’s had upsa nd downs and from what I can see, he has it together.  Let’s see what happens this weekend.  I’m rooting for them both.

 After being involved with November Project for over eight months, I’ve picked up a bad case of FOMO.  I want to be involved in everything and that’s a bit unrealistic.  I love pushing myself and have to realize that sometimes sleep and rest trumps an early alarm clock.  I just barely missed Wednesday’s workout but thank goodness for double alarms and New York City taxis.

If you happen to follow November Project happenings, posts, blogs, and news, you would know that they have partnered with North Face (an epic company in itself and now it’s a beyond epic partnership).   NP members have been attending a number of the North Face Endurance challenges (last year’s summit in Madison) and have made the upcoming September Challenge in Utah, the NP Summit.  Boy oh boy would it be cool to attend.  I already missed the ball on the DC and New York challenge. Utah would be awesome, and so many cool people.  I also want to do a half marathon the weekend or so before with my friend and then have the Staten Island half the month after.  Let’s just say I work to spend money on races.  Let it also be known that I am not the best saver in my family.  That award goes to my sister.  We joke that when I move back, we can live together and she can help me save money 🙂

Speaking of saving.  We need to save water.  That is California needs to save water.  Here’s how races and race administrators are doing their part, but are you?  Buzzfeed featured an article a few weeks ago about the disaster that is starting to occur.  So sad.  So sad.

But, with global warming spring weather around the corner (or HERE!!) we can do much more of the following:

ice cream in hot weather.

Is it weird that I prefer eating ice cream in cold weather?  I don’t like it melting…

Get ready for a ramble.  I’m sure you’ve read how some bloggers go through phases with writing – loving it, hating it, sharing their life stories, and then despising how they feel trapped or obligated to post.  Well I won’t go into that right now but let’s just say my brain feels pretty darn fried right now.  From staring at a computer at work to the TV and computer at home and my phone in between (the latter totally my fault and self-imposed), it feels as though my ability to concentrate has plummeted and my creativity dipped.  What I really need is a full break from technology but I’m not quite sure where that will come from.  The constant desire to be in the know, included in get-togethers, setting up outings, or just making sure your voice is heard (texting, calling, IG, or other social media).  Oh technology.  It’s a blessing and a curse.

Piggybacking on the above concept, it can be tough to stay positive every single moment of the day and week.  That’s normal.  What I try to remind myself is that life is a blessing.  Hear me out – there are so many difficult situations in the world, so many things that people around us are going through.  Never judge a situation and never think that you aren’t loved.  I have to remind myself of this all the time because in a world that is constantly moving at a million miles a minute (ok maybe I’m over-aware because I live in the city that never sleeps), each one of us is valued.

IMG_3073~ feeling wanted works too ~

You may not be a Nobel Prize winner and you may not get a perfect score on your SATs.  Heck, you may never start your own company, but the value you bring to your friends, family, and job/school/activities is totally unique to you and that’s more powerful than anything.  The phrase of the year – “you do you.”

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