Saturday, March 26, 2011

NYC half marathon love AKA 1:41:59

Almost one week ago, I ran the  for the second year in a row.  It was amazing last year and I couldn't wait to come back again this year.  Race day I was ready after training pretty hard since the Disney Half marathon in January.  Woke up around 6:30 a.m. and jogged over to the starting line.  It was pretty crazy that it wasn't even light out and there were sooo many runners at the park.  We were all here for one reason (to get to battery park...DUH!).  Michelle and i said our goodbyes once we got to the park and we headed to our corrals.  I made one last pit stop to the porta potty and then ate my espresso luv gu as I entered the corral.  As the gun went off all I could think about was how much colder it was than last year.  The gun went off after what felt like 7 million years in the corral (it was less than 15...i exaggerate).  and we were off.  I felt pretty slow starting out with so many people but then got into a groove.  The loop around the park was beautiful and all  I could think was this is hard...I can do it!! I can do it!! My music led me around the loop and then finally out onto 57th street.  The rush that I feel after leaving the park is unbelieveable.  I took 2 clif shot blocks at mile 4 and mile 6 and then again at around 8 or 9 can't remember.  All i remember was seeing the Disney Store along the route and thinking I need to go there ASAP.  Heading out onto the West Side Highway was tough and i walked through a few water/gatorade stations.  I just kept chugging along.  Once we got closer to the finish (around 11) I was like 2 more miles Woohoo!! I crossed the finish line at 1:45 on the clock (I forgot my watch at the apartment and wasn't going back).  I figured it was about 2 minutes off and was happy with that time considering how hard it felt!! I later found out that I was 3 minutes off of the clock with a net time of 1:41:59.  I was so beyond happy with my time and completely surprised considering how hard it felt...but I guess that's what it takes to run hard!! All in all I had ana amazing race and for a few days after I felt beat up but I'm on the mend and getting ready for the next race.  My friends and I are running Run for the Wild in the Bronx Zoo on April 30th.  So excited.  This week has been a recuperate week for me.

I woke up Monday Am for and made it through the day hobbling.  Tuesday I ran 2 miles at the gym after work. Wednesday I went to  in the AM again Thursday I ran 3 miles outside in the frigid cold (really weather ...get the spring memo or what?)  Friday I woke up and went to Spin at 5:30.  Pearl Jam was played and I was a happy lady.  This morning I slept in a bit and went to .  Before pump I ran a mile on the treadmill and then hopped back on after pump for 1.2 miles.  I wish it was warmer out so i can pound some mileage outside.  We shall see.  It is supposed to be almost 40 tomorrow(aka heatwave here !) so I am hoping to get out there and make friends with the fresh air!!

Tonight is dinner with friends and I am in charge of making a salad.  Off to the store...

Kinda busy

It's been awhile and as my friends Lady Gaga and Beyonce say....I've been kinda busy...Let's recap shall we...

The last time I wrote I was about to settle down to watch the last episode of the Bachelor.  Since then, the bachelor has picked his lovely lady and my pick! Thank goodness I loved what Ryan used as an analogy for their "journey".  The bachelor is like a cruise with everything provided for you for 6 weeks and then after the 6 weeks are's like they put you in a lifeboat with no supplies and you are forced to work through it and decide your future! I am so team Ryan and Trista...they are so cute! Anywhoo....After the 3 hours of the Bachelor...I hopped into bed and made it to a 5:30 spin class.  I love this instructor and the music is soo good.  I worked all day and then headed back to the gym for a 3 mile run in preparation for NYC half.  The rest of the week looked like this: 

Wednesday-Body Pump in the AM before work and then 3.5 miles after work outside in the gorgeous weather.  

Thursday-4 mile speed workout out.  I am not going to lie...this was tough and i felt soo good getting through it!! 

Friday- After a long day of work I headed onto the beautiful blue with an amazing chicken salad sandwich (curry..Yum!) from .  The Jonesville Store is so delicious and in the cutest building sooo close to my house (score!)  After getting into Manhattan Michelle and I subwayed it up to the UWS and met her bro and SIL for a drink at Amsterdam Ale House where I feasted on a Guiness and espress vodka (my favorite!).  We hung out after the drink and watched the SU game (i.e. I fell asleep)


Saturday- Woke up and took this amazing Pup for a walk (or he took me for a run...details details).  We stopped at item9 where I picked up some bagels and some AMAZING tofu veggie spread (aka vegan cream cheese).  OK i'm the farthest from a vegetarian but i am in love with this stuff.  It tastes so much better than cream cheese and it has vegetables in it...SCORE!   After some bagels and preparation for the day, Michelle and I headed to pick up our race packets for the logo.  We also stopped at UNIQLO where I purchased the most fabulous basic if spring would just hurry up and get here...hint hint...We also meandered around Union Square and headed up to the UES to drop our bags off and grab lunch at on the UES and ate some amazing Pad Thai.  It was delish as was my  Thai Iced Tea.  YUM YUM!! After getting our fill of food we headed to  to get some lovin for our fingers (aka manicure).  When we walked in there was a little girls birthday party going on so they told us to come back after the party.  Luckily for us we were a block away from Central Park and so we wandered over to the Resevoir and walked around until we stumbled upon a bathroom right near my #1 chill spot in Manhattan The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 5,000 Years of Art.  We walked around and went to my favorite picture taking location 


The glass window room (Yes I am VERY technical) is my go to spot! We hung out for a bit then headed back to  and drank some coffee and chilled out some more.  After nail time we chilled out for a bit and had an amazing dinner with Ronny guy at Pio Pio.  It was delicious but not as delicious as . I was fortunate enough to have a Groupon for 16 handles and being the frozen yogurt fan (ok freak!) I tried a ton of flavors and fell in love with scooter crunch.  It was so amazing that we went back on Sunday!! After a 16 handles coma I headed to the haven known as the couch and dozed off only to be awoken a few hours later for the big day! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hello Monday!

Another Monday done (almost...not until the bachelor is over!)

So what's been happening...let's see!
After Snow day last Monday...I went to body pump and got my 6 mile speed workout run in (Only one more until the NYC 1/2 marathon!)

Tuesday I had CPR after working all day and was really craving the infamous Shamrock i stopped on my way home and got one before heading home.  I overslept on tuesday and only got to run 3 miles in the am(needed 6 for the day)...therefore after the Shamrock shake I hopped back to the gym and got in a few more miles( with a deficit of 1.25 miles due to the unhappy stomach due to said infamous shamrock shake).

Wednesday, Body pump in the AM and then ran the last 1.25 afterward to get the 6 i wanted to get in on tuesday!

Thurday, I went to 5:30 a.m. spin and i'm not kidding but it was AMAZING.  Music was great and it was a great start to the day!

Friday A.M. I got 5 in on the treadmill o'fun.  I went to happy hour after work then headed to Date night with my wonderful husband.  We headed to a bar/restaurant where we had gift cards then headed to my favorite store Book heaven a.k.a Barnes and Noble.  I sat, read People Magazine and then headed to Friendlys for a beautiful Reese's Piece's Sundae to share with said wonderful man.  It was delicious and such a great way to end the work week.

I slept in (Ok so in my terms that means 7:45 a.m.) then ran some errands (i.e.- Eyebrow wax! :-) ) then caught up with some friends on the phone for awhile and finally got my butt out the door for a run! I had 7 on tap for the run but the route I wanted to run was 7.52 so i got 7.52 on the books.  After running, I finished a shamrock shake(damn you shamrock it St. Patrick's day yet??) then took a nap for a hot minute before heading out the door to babysit for the evening!

Sunday was spend the day with the husband day! It was a complete workout free day and we had a great day.  Grocery shopping and preparing some Pork ( Pork...the other white meat = love! <3 <3) It was an amazing recipe from Can you stay for dinner = amazing recipes=yum!   It was great and loved just putting it in the crockpot and then getting things done around town.  We went and visited a new baby and then headed home for the rest of the day! I made cupcakes and cookies (brought them to the baby and baby mama).  I was starving when we got back to the house after baby visiting, I was starving and an amazing chocolate cheese quesadilla was presented to me from the husband.  I WAS going to share with him but it was just so good!

This morning, I made it out of bed only 10 minutes late to Body pump.  Went elipiticalling for 15 minutes and then got the day started.  Husband worked tonight so I was a bachelorette (while watching the bachelor..ha!) and made myself a tortilla bowl using leftover pork, black beans, salsa, cheese and plain non-fat yogurt and topped with Frank's.  It was delicious...
Which brings me to where I am today...watching the bachelor and waiting for him to pick the final lady...til next time...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Amazing Amazing Musical Montage

Ok so i will write more in a bit but I want to post this amazing video I saw on Healthy Tipping Point this morning.  You can watch the video here.  I am in awe of this man.

This week has been a week of MUCHO singing.  Thursday night I went to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  They were amazing and so trance-like!

I also went to a Musical Comedy in NYC for a friend's bachelorette. Girl Talk was a funny start to our evening out.

Sunday, The husband and I went to see   The Lion King.  It was soooo amazing...Which lead me to this amazing video:
Born this way love. The gentelman sings the entire song without accompaniment(Only his body) and incorporates an amazing message! Check it out!!