Life of Late (Articles Galore)

What if share all the articles that I have resonated with me over the last two months?  Well, that’s exactly what I did so enjoy. 🙂

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Life of Late ~ 11.18.16

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!

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Life of Late ~ 6.3.16

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.

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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 🙂

Underwest Donuts
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)

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^^ 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.

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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.

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^^ 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.

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^^ 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.

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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

Salivating over >> Bondi Harvest ~ New Aussie restaurant in Santa Monica (+ amazing recipes here)

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.

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^^ 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.

The Muse ~ “Sheryl Sandberg Opens Up and Reminds Everyone About the Power of Resilience

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.

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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?

May Highlights ~ 5.27.16

Just as I was about to write my weekly (almost weekly) life of late post, I realized that this was the LAST FRIDAY OF MAY.  But really, how in the world have we already reached a full 5 months of 2016?  Spring has arrived and really before we know it, summer will be here – hot and humid in all of its glory.  You know, with a few days of heat already, I’m wishing I lived closer to a beach (or pool).  Thank goodness I sleep right under the air conditioner and oh spend 90% of my day inside underneath fluorescent lights (sarcasm people. all sarcasm). Hey, I can thank my lucky stars that my office has wonderful air conditioning.  I’m sure there are some that can’t say the same.

But onto what I have been doing the last few weeks.  Oh there is always a bit of running and eating going on, but some other fun things in between.  It may be the same ‘ol same ‘ol stuff that I post about but it’s what brings me joy.  Jordan from Balanced Blonde made an excellent point about the purpose of a blog.  There are many people who start a blog with one theme in mind – food, fashion, travel, etc and some people are able to monetize their content.  To those people I say well done.  Although I’d like to consider my own blog as a lifestyle blog since it pretty much documents my style of life.

It all comes down to what I am passionate about and that’s what I write here and share with you.  So sit tight because this is turning out to be a long one 🙂

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^^ Birthday run to brunch bash.  I organized a fun run around parts of the Brooklyn Half course and it just so happened to be the day after my birthday.  We then made our way to an epic hole in the wall joint that serves some of the best biscuits around.  Now I’m not an expert so we can call them the best biscuits around Prospect Park.

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^^ But really, I’m game to go back for a snack and maybe even a bloody mary.  I’m not usually a boozy bruncher but apparently those too are some of the best around.

Butter & Scotch
818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

IMG_6996^^ Still ever so grateful for the friendships I have made here in this city.  As Ali mentioned in her blog (I know I mention her a lot but she speaks words of wisdom and she shares my birthday so obviously I’m biased), finding November Project was a godsend.  I have learned to push myself, learned how to relax, and made genuine friends in this strange city.

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^^ As I always say, running with friends makes things 10x better.  This is me and my friend Annelise at November Project, just waking up the sun.  Now if you are curious to learn more about running, the ins and outs, why it sucks sometimes and how to make it better (LIKE MORE FUN!!!), check out my friend Ali’s new segments on the run section of the Fitness site.  Words upon words of clutch information right at your fingertips.

Oh and you get to know some of my cool friends from November Project 🙂 But really.  Check it out!

IMG_7220^^ When you need a snack and the dynamic duo come to your rescue.  Thank you Starbucks and Pinkberry.  It’s quite funny how my body reacts to sugar now that I don’t eat as much of it.  Sure, sure if you follow me on IG/Snapchat or this blog you may be rolling your eyes but what that really means is I used to eat a WHOLE bunch more.  Anyways, I’ve figured out a little trick where if I drink straight black coffee, I can stop slow some of the nasty side effects.  Ok mostly slowing the sugar crash.

IMG_7229^^ A new watch for my birthday with only the best and brightest blue wristband.  I also discovered that Mile Posts had created a Garmin interface with the runner movement phrase “I Run this Body”.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this, it’s a movement (trending with a hashtag and clothes to match) that celebrates runners of all types – all speeds, all body shapes, and all levels.

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^^ One AMAZING kale salad from Westville.  My first time dining at the east village location and boy was it love at first bite.  The kale was shredded and dressed and mixed with walnuts, blue cheese, and cranberries.

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IMG_8501 (1) ^^ Last weekend Lindsay’s family (at least the girls) came out to visit and I was lucky enough to tag along on Sunday.  We started up at the Boathouse with a truly delicious brunch (frittata for the WIN), some time spent wandering Central Park, and then down along 5th Avenue with a stop inside Tiffany’s.

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^^ Absolutely ADORING my birthday bouquet from my friend Liz.  She ordered some of my favorites – Gerber daisies – from a new company called Bouqs.  What’s great is that they are 1) eco friendly and 2) cut to order.  I swear, those flowers lasted longer than I have ever had a bouquet last.

IMG_7219^^ After my very quick trip to LA for Meghan’s graduation, I saw this at LAX.   Now remind me why I’m living in a concrete jungle and not by the beach? 😉  Thank goodness I’ll get my ocean fix this weekend when Lindsay and I go to check out not one but two seaside escapes.  We both agree that we are spoiled by our proximity to favorite Laguna Beach back in California but since that’s not an option, we must venture out and try new things.  At least for now.

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^^ Some excellent street tacos by Tacombi found in Nolita, Flatiron, and Bleeker Street.  Guacamole is highly recommended a non-negotiable.

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The sun may set on another day but have no fear as there is you have the whole world out there to explore tomorrow.

Life of Late ~ 5.4.16

Since I missed out on a week of life of late (sorry April), I figured I’d pop in today on a whim.  Ok, not really on a whim since this is already pre-scheduled and I have another idea for Friday’s blog post, but here we go and may the fourth be with you. 😉

I bailed on Sunday’s Met’s game in order to relax and do some organizing around my apartment.  The weather was a bit sucky and I didn’t really want to sit in the 40F temps + rain.  Now if the Mets were playing the Dodgers, it would have been a different story, but it was the Giants so there.  This week has been relatively low-key but I’m itching to change things up.  Luckily I’ve got a couple of adventures planned in the city this week/weekend and next weekend I’ll be heading back to sunny Southern California for my sister’s college graduation.  Not to pull this card, but it really does seem like just yesterday that I was leaving Santa Clara and graduating into the real world!

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^^ A little reminder notebook from my boss at SCU Athletic Department.  She’s one helluva woman and I only wish I had dedicated more time to working with the department to learn from her, but thankfully we keep in touch (her blog here) and keep one another inspired.

Eating >> avocado every.single.day.  I know that my family was a huge Tex-Mex fan, thanks to Lawry’s seasonings, but I don’t really recall being obsessed with avocado beyond the weekly addition of guacamole.  Oh how that has changed.

Wanting >> to see Zootopia.  I’ve heard excellent things and maybe I’ll gain some wisdom from the movie.  Those plot lines appear light-hearted but are often way deep.

Participating >> in Verywell’s (About.com’s new health site) Instagram promotion.  Who doesn’t love promotions and free goodies??  As evidenced by the two bags of coconut water I brought home from Bear Mountain, we all know I do.

Living, breathing, and working out >> in all things November Project, but what’s new?  I did a little Facebook stalk of myself (not weird at all…) just to see what other people would see if they stumbled on my profile and wow, it’s a little running/NP intense focused.  Not obsessed at all.  No fun.

Runner’s World ~ “The Motivating Power of November Project” ~ Still have yet to make it to Harvard and actually run the stadium

ESPN W ~ “The Happiest Workout Group You’ll Ever Join

Self.com ~ “12 Things Runners Should Never Apologize For” ~ Another by my friend Ali. Also, #8…story of this blog.

IMG_6693^^ Suns up buns up…IT’S SUNNY AT 6AM! Got to love the spring 🙂  Also loving workouts that keep you sweating and leave you tuckered out.

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^^ Sun was NOT out but still was fun to play in the puddles.  We fit the NYC stereotype of wearing all black.  Totally called one another to coordinate 😉

IMG_6721^^ So about that working out.  It’s not always pretty.  Running photos are not always pretty (hm, note the above) but it’s sure better with friends – especially those who keep you accountable and motivated to train hard.

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^^ Last Friday’s run crew.  A few of us have decided to meet up and make the run-commute to Friday’s destination deck.  This adds at least a few miles to our day and even if the workout ends up being short, we feel accomplished.  Boom!

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^^ When you do run those extra four miles (with a backpack) prior to the workout, it’s only necessary to celebrate with the breakfast club.  This beauty was from Plenty Cafe where apparently their biscuit sandwiches are ranked in the top 5 of the city.  I’d believe it.

A Cozy Kitchen ~ “Homemade Animal Cookies” ~ Oh, these are delish and dangerous.  Also probably better than the store bought ones – like the entire bag that was eaten freshman year in one sitting.  Good times.

NYTimes.com ~ “A Tiny Bronx Bakery Churns out Carrot Cake” ~ I have YET to make it to this shop and the three times that I was running at VCP Park in the Bronx, I meant to go.  Now with such a legacy and sweet story, I have to go.

Pure Wow ~ “10 Sins You Should Never Commit in NYC” ~ #5 and #10. So true. So true.

Contently ~ How Millennials, Gen-Xers, and Baby Boomers Consume Content Differently ~ Intriguing, right??

PureWow ~ “What Your Favorite Flavor Says About You” ~ Mmmm I could do citrus all day every day. Apparently I’m an energetic optimist and I do think that’s pretty darn accurate.

IMG_6947 “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun” – Katharine Hepburn

April Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend started off pretty slow but was soon filled with a number of workouts and sweet city finds.  But let’s back it up a notch.  Wednesday’s workout was tough tough tough. My legs felt fresher since I hadn’t run intervals on Tuesday, but I still seem to be tired from my last race.  I guess I need to load up on those turmeric pills and beet juice.  Anyways, we ran around the park in a T formation, adding in some burpees and step-ups to the mix.

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On Thursday I took a spin class with a couple of pals from work at the local Equinox gym.  One of my friends – Jess – happens to be a spin instructor and so she is an expert at spin, but had never tried an Equinox class!  I’m a terrible friend and haven’t even been to one of her classes (yet).

IMG_6726 ^^ When your work family becomes your fit family.  It was fun to do something other than eat lunch together and hey, when work offers a free spin class, you definitely say yes!

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Then came Friday’s workout, which was located at Chelsea Piers.  The theme happened to be Coach John’s Last Single Man Workout and was quite a hoot.  I was glad that I had ran to the workout (even if it was only 2.5 miles away) since we had a bit of a late start and it was only 20 minutes long.  Here’s the thing, even if it doesn’t seem like a “good” workout, it’s all about the effort you put into it.

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(source by November Project – NYC)

Our office has been pretty slow lately (watch me jinx myself…) and since Friday was no different, a coworker and I decided to catch up over lunch at The Smith.

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^^ Goodness gracious me oh my.  That tuna poke above was diiiiivine and the avocado toast was maybe not as good as Bluestone Lane (what could be better than that?) but hit the spot.  If I had to give some tips to the chef, I would add some red pepper flakes or some extra sea salt.  Other than that, well done 😉

IMG_6747^^ When you get out of work and have time before happy hour, a cone from Chloe’s is obviously the right choice.  Their soft serve fruit is made with pure ingredients, doesn’t leave you with a sugar crash, and paired with a pretzel cone is the ULTIMATE sweet treat for a warm day.  I may have gotten a cone two days in a row.  But who is counting?  Anyways, I’m definitely digging this warmer-but-not-humid-yet weather and the ability to throw a dress in my backpack for work.  Makes my life oodles easier and no mom, I’m not wearing Birkenstocks to work.

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^^ Saturday morning came around and it was time for a long run.  I haven’t been feeling 100% on my runs lately and I know that means I should take some time off.  But with Brooklyn on the horizon and my inability to relax, I keep pushing on.  I started off towards the West Side Highway, headed south around the tip of the island towards Battery Park, and then back to the East River Track.  Once I ran under the Brooklyn Bridge, I ran into my friend Sam and we were able to jog and chat for the next three miles.  Both of us are feeling a bit off running at the moment and so it was so unbelievably helpful to run into a familiar face.  When will it ever become easy?  When can we just pound out the miles in an effortless (and maybe speedy) fashion?

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^^ The reason I ended at the East River Track was for Coach John’s Last Single Mile.  I guess it’s a tradition between him and his friends for the groom-to-be to organize one last mile race on the day of the wedding.  Well, we like to say #justshowup and that we did.  Hey, I even made Matt Power’s snapchat feed in my goofy old fashion.

Next up…BREAKFAST! I was able to find a place that could seat some hungry runners and luck would have it, the wait was short and the food was fabulous.  But really, Cafe Orlin was beyond what we were looking for.  I went for the Malawach (two eggs any style with Yemenite fried dough, fresh tomato sauce, olives and green salad)

Cafe Orlin
41 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
b/t 1st Ave & 2nd Ave ~ East Village

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^^ We also ordered a set of pancakes for the table, which was a clutch move.  Then we could have our sweet and savory.   Hey, 10+ miles means breakfast earned, right?

Let’s just say I’m not very good with free time and so after brunch I decided that spontaneous spa trips were necessary – cue manicures, a cone from Chloe’s, and an impromptu hair cut.  I hadn’t planned to go out, but since I got my hair done, I guess I haaaad to go out.  Lindsay and I met up and went out to The Wren, an upscale pub on Bowery with a delicious set of cocktails.

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Sunday was a day of rest, although I still went to the gym for some treadmill walking and arms + abs.  I then met up with a friend for spray painting in preparation for next week’s race (um, I’m obsessed with spray painting now so send everything my way. please and thanks…and don’t worry, I won’t grafitti anything illegally), had a lovely afternoon in the sun with one of my new NP friends, a salad from Sweetgreen, and some nice food prep/movie marathons.  Here’s to another great week!

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West