Category Archives: Friends

Fall Fete and Another Race!

This weekend was so much fun! Ryan and I had a blast at Fall Fete on Saturday night. We meet up with our friends Mallory and Matt, had some drinks, appetizers and looked over the auction items. 



I guess we’re all a little competitive and chose which items we had to have… Ryan really wanted one basket, so I could not lose. We won two baskets…We also won a Sprinkles Cupcakes gift certificate and a dinner for two at a restaurant (we only paid $45 in the silent auction!)


It was a great end to my birthday week. The party was at the Colony Club on Park Avenue which was really cool. It’s always fun to see new and interesting places. Mallory and I decided that the room would be perfect for a wedding. 🙂


Oh, and I joined a Ragner Relay team! Cape Cod! May 9th – 10th!!! Another race added to the books. I’m excited. My first relay!




Filed under BF, Colony Club, Friends, Ragner Relay, Silent Auction

Best Tuesday Ever

Yesterday was the BEST TUESDAY EVER.

First off. I have an awesome boss. I told him a friend of mine was coming into town for only one day and the only time I could see her was from 12pm – 5pm. HE LET ME TAKE A HALF DAY. Amazing.
So from 12pm – 5pm I got to hung out with Janae and she brought along another cool blogger – Anne. I get to hangout with Anne and some other bloggers when their back in town for the marathon. 

The three of us had an amazing time doing fun touristy stuff. I took them to FAO Schwartz, Dylan’s Candy Bar and we then just walked from the Upper East Side into Central Park and rounded out the tour at their hotel. We had a blast just talking and hanging out.
I had to take Janae and Anne to Pick-A-Bagel. My “old stomping grounds” . They have the BEST bagels. Trust me and go there.
I’m telling you, the running blogging community is pretty cool. Everyone I’ve met is so nice! I’m pretty sure it’s because everyone is healthy and happy on endorphins from running.
Janae and I decided that I need to come and visit her in Utah. This is going to happen. I love Janae and everyone says Utah is beautiful. So I need to visit!

PS – Thanks for the photos Janae!!


Filed under Best Friends, Candy, Central Park, Friends, Life

Costa Rica Trip

In June I checked something big off my 26 to do list. I went to Costa Rica!!! There was a total of 18 of us! We all had so much fun and I would love to go back someday.

We went zip lining, fishing, explored the area on atvs and just enjoyed the sun. Oh, and the food was amazing! Definitely a trip of a life time 🙂





There were lots of monkeys by the house we stayed in. It was so cool to be near wildlife.



Filed under Costa Rica, Friends, To-Do List, Vacation

Eugene Marathon

All I can say is that I love the Eugene Marathon. I had so much fun! The course was great, so pretty and for the most part – flat.


The expo wasn’t too big and we were able get through it pretty quick. I also put this awesome magnet for the fridge. I’m pretty sure Ryan is going to love it…


The morning of the race went really well. I had set my race outfit the night before so there was no stress.

imageI had my coffee, bagel, water and was ready to go at 6am.

photo-1I met up with my friend Chloe and we rode the shuttle bus together. 
My only complaint was the bathrooms at the start. It was pure chaos… Thankfully Chloe found a short line and we made it with 5 minutes before the start of the race! (great job Chloe!)

I finished the race in 3:40:59. I still can’t believe my average pace was 8:26 per mile. That is crazy to me! How’d I do that?! I had great support and was so happy to see family and friends along to course. The coolest thing to me is that I felt great after the race. I didn’t feel the need to take a nap – totally different from how I felt after the Portland Marathon.

After the race my parents and I went to the University of Oregon Museum and then an early dinner at the Excelsior Inn. 


And on Monday I received a surprise treat from Ryan!!! Edible Arrangements is really good.


Now on to – moving, the Brooklyn half-marathon, a wedding (yay Elena!) and then a trip to Costa Rica. So busy … all the time!


Filed under Eugene Marathon, Family, Friends, Oregon, Weekend


So the blizzard came to New York City and totally ruined my Saturday morning running plans. I was supposed to meet up with some NY Flyers for a 16 mile run but… as you can see running outside was not going to happen.

photoThe snow is pretty on the trees, but I really needed to get that run in… I headed to the gym to get some miles in but went at the complete wrong time. EVERYONE was there. I was only able to get 3.5 miles in because there was a line to use the treadmills and you get kicked off at 30 minutes… Totally lame…

photo-1 Moving on from that disaster of a long run I decided to do some organizing (Courtney’s idea!). I took everything out of my running drawers and figured out what I use and what I should toss. I also categorized my workout stuff for running and Pure Barre. Now it’ll be super easy to find stuff.

photo-3I continued to be productive and made peanut butter chocolate chip walnut cookies for the Girls Night Out I was going to later that night. They were really good.

photo-4 We had a  great time and the cookies were a hit! I also got an amazing nacho recipe from my friend Mary. Super easy and delicious. (and meatless!)


And on Sunday! I made spaghetti squash!!! I’m on a roll with this no meat thing. I got the recipe HERE. I used spicy tomato sauce and Boca meatless chicken burgers. I can’t wait to have the leftovers tonight!

photo-6 Pure Barre tonight – and crossing my fingers I get to the gym for a run tomorrow morning!!!


Filed under Cooking, Friends, snow, Weekend

Another Date

Like I said yesterday, I’m all about running dates to help me through my marathon training. Last night was the perfect example. I met up with my friend Heidi right after work and we headed for the park. She is about to move back to Finland so this was our last run together. The next time I see her will be before the New York City Marathon!

Right away she said she wanted to do a longer run. I was super tired from staying up late watching the Super Bowl but I said okay – let’s do the six mile loop! I would have never done that by myself. It was so much fun and the time flew by! It was one of the best six mile runs I’ve ever had. Running with friends is the best!
After the run Heidi wanted to stop by Juice Press. I’d walked by the store before but had never gone inside. Juice Press is a raw food and juice store. They also do juice cleanses.
I knew once I walked in I was in trouble. The place was awesome! All the food and juice looked so good and of course it’s all super healthy!

Heidi did warn me it was expensive. SHE WAS RIGHT. The juice I bought was $13.50… I didn’t see the price until after I paid. Oops.
Juice Press recommends that for beginners to start slow. Swap out one meal for a juice. This morning I had the $13.50 juice for breakfast. And NO COFFEE. This is a huge deal. Coffee is like my best friend.

I need to start eating more healthy and I think these baby steps will help!!!

I’m super excited to try some of the other juices and the food. They have a vegan cheesecake that is supposed to be amazing.

Pure Barre tonight!


Filed under Friends, Juice Press, Running Dates, Training

Saturday Full of Running

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to meet some friends of mine for a nice ten miler in Central Park. When we planned this I didn’t think it was going to be super cold. It was 20 degrees… I would have never gone by myself. I’ve come to realize that making running dates is the best way for me to get my long runs in this training cycle. When other people are counting on me there’s no way I won’t show up.

Of course after finishing it was coffee and bagel time. AND THEN NAP TIME. I had the best two hour nap. Naps after a long run are probably the best thing ever.

Once I woke up I had to start getting ready for the New York Flyers Awards Dinner. It was a formal dinner and I might have been a little under dressed… People went all out! I now know for next time.


Ryan and I weren’t planning on attending but a couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail saying I was up for an award… And guess what!?

I was one of the winners of the Rookie of the Year Award! 

It was a really fun dinner and it was good to see some of my running friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.


Ryan on the other hand… I think he got his fill of running talk for the year. At least the Super Bowl was the next day 🙂


Filed under BF, Friends, Life, New York Flyers, Running Dates, Training, Weekend

Do you like my hat?

Today is my Birthday!

I’m now 26! Now that I’m closer to 30 I feel waaaay more mature. haha
Do I look older and more worldly???

So far my day has been going great! And it’s not even 12pm!
Last night I opened some presents my parents sent me.

My friend Kristen, who ran the Portland Marathon sent me this awesome card:

I woke up this morning to a beautiful card and Lululemon giftcard from my roommate. And when I got to work my friend Ashley surprised me with Crumbs cupcakes (yes, I had some of one of the cupcake for breakfast…) and a Starbucks card!

Tonight Ryan and I are going to Discovering Columbus which is an art installation in Columbus Circle and then out to dinner. I would say the day is bound to get better and better 🙂


Filed under BF, Birthday, Family, Friends, Life

Ups and Downs

This weekend was full of ups and downs. I want to first say that I was never for or against having the marathon canceled. The hardest part for me was being bullied by the media and random people who were taking their frustrations about the storm out on the runners. I was actually relieved that the race was canceled because I was afraid to run the race. I did not want to be the focus of people’s anger towards Mayor Bloomberg. And I also feel as though I have to say (which I hate) – Yes. I did donate money and clothes to help the victims of the hurricane. I did not just cry about the marathon being canceled and run in the park.

So, in order to relieve all of the crap being said. I got out of my apartment and ran. With people who ‘get’ me. And who are all in the ‘same boat’…

Saturday night I headed to the park not knowing the all marathon stuff would be up. It was a really strange feeling there that night. Quiet, not a lot of people.

Here’s the finish line. I absolutely love that they fenced off the finish line. No one will cross it until 2013. For some reason that really resonated with me.

Fred Lebow statue. He was the “founder” of the first NYC Marathon.

Then Sunday morning came. Lish invited me to go for a run with her and her boyfriend. We met up and were blown away. It looked like the marathon was still going on! There were thousands of people running in the park.

It was an amazing, emotional feeling. All of us runners coming together. Not knowing what else to do. Needing to be with other runners.

Then then… At the finish line. I met Bill Cunningham. The amazing NYTimes photographer. I was a total dork when I met him.

It was just the morning I needed to get out of my funk. 

Thanks again to Lish for getting me out there! I will never forget that amazing impromptu”marathon” in the park.


Filed under Bill Cunningham, Friends, New York City Marathon, Weekend

I’m a Social Butterfly


In order to be social this past weekend I had to run my 16 miles on Thursday night (as you know).
Not having to worry about my long run over the weekend was really nice and was I actually able to be social. This is a big deal for me. I go to bed at 9pm…
Friday night I had a social and it was super fun to hang out and relax with a great group of girls. 

Ryan and I then hurried to catch the train to New Jersey because we had to be up at 5am to make it to Ithaca on time for his brother’s football. We went to bed at 1am on Friday and woke up at 5am on Saturday…

Even though our team lost it was a great day! Tailgating is really fun. Eating tons of food is always fun, right?

This is the face of four hours of sleep…

Go Bombers!

Sleeping has been my all time favorite past time since Sunday.
I’m hoping to get some good runs in this week and my last long run (20 miles) in on Sunday. I can’t believe the marathon is so close!!!

PS – I keep running into Ed Westwick on my way work… He really needs to stop following me…



Filed under Friends, Weekend