Category Archives: Long run

The Sunday Long Run that Wasn’t

My Sunday long run did not go so hot. I feel like I’m on the brink of getting a cold but I really wanted to get some miles in and I was all excited to test out my new Brooks running shoes and water bottle that I’ll be using for the marathon.


At first I didn’t like the color of the shoes but they’re starting to grow on me. The water bottle worked great and holds more than the other one I had. 


The weather was perfect – I’m hoping it’s like that on Sunday. fingers crossed. So I had a lot going for me but I made a dumb mistake. 


I didn’t wait long enough after I ate lunch…I had a stomach ache the whole 4.75 miles. It was NOT fun. Ryan’s leftover chicken parm isn’t the best lunch before a planned 10 mile run. What was I thinking?! haha

It’s good luck to have a bad last long run before a marathon, right??? That’s what I’m telling myself.


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The Best Waffle Around

This is the only photo I took this weekend.

It’s a waffle from Waffle and Dinges. Basically the best dessert waffles around. When/if you ever come to New York you have to try one. 

Saturday I ran 15 miles. One mile short of my plan. I just couldn’t get another mile out of my body. I ran the six mile loop (very hilly) in Central Park twice and then hit the gym for the last miles. Going from pavement to the treadmill is really hard. It’s such a different feeling.
Each week I’m feeling more and more ready for Eugene. I just want to get to my twenty mile training runs so I feel really ready, you know?


Filed under Long run, Waffles and Dinges, Weekend

Can You Freeze Soup?

Valentine’s Day with Ryan was so much fun. Super relaxed. Silver Linings Playbook was really good and I think everyone should see it such for the dance at the end. I laughed so hard! Then we enjoyed the chocolate dipped strawberries I had made the night before. I added peanut butter chips to some of them. I highly recommend doing it – super good.

Then it was the long weekend! Saturday I got my 16 miler in and it was the best long run! I ran 10 miles with a fellow NY Flyer and the other 6 by myself. I averaged an 8:40 pace. I have no idea where that came from, but I felt great the whole time. photo-1I’m feeling more and more confident about Eugene now that I got a solid long run in. 

Monday I added two new recipes to my recipe list. I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of cooking/baking 26 recipes this year.

The first recipe I made was White Bean Soup with Red Chard. There was A LOT of chopping involved – finely chopping two onions is not fun… 


But – I did it! I made my first ever homemade soup!!!


I then moved on to baking. This bad boy doesn’t look so pretty but it tastes really good! I made pear upside down cake. The hardest part was flipping the darn thing over on the cutting board.

Now I have a ton of soup and lots of cake… and there’s one of me. So yeah… I’ll be eating soup and cake for the rest of the week. Can you freeze soup?

NYCRuns Half-Marathon this Sunday in Central Park! I can’t wait to kick butt on another training run!


Filed under Baking, Cooking, Eugene Marathon, Long run, Races, Training, Valentine's Day, Weekend

What’s Going On

What’s going on in my life – 

This weekend was really fun and relaxing.

Friday night Ryan and I went to a fun event at the Junior League. I just recently graduated from a Provisional to an Active member. It was a theme party, of course. Apres Ski. Which is a lot harder to dress for than you’d think!


Saturday we went and got a massage, took a nap and then went to see Argo. I think what made the movie really good was the fact that it’s based on a true story. Looking back I’m not sure if the acting was that great… My mind couldn’t get over the fact that this actually happened!!

Sunday was spent doing errands (I got an iPhone! Don’t really know how to use it though…) and of course going to a Pure Barre class… No running… oops.

Tonight I’m going for a run and Saturday I made a run date with some friends so I know I’ll get my ten miles in.


Filed under Life, Long run

The Big One Before the BIG ONE

Yesterday was my last long run before the marathon! 20 miles!
For me, once I run my 20 mile long run I feel ready.

Sunday morning I woke up around 7:45am took my time, ate breakfast, read Elle magazine enjoyed some coffee and was ready to hit the road at 9am. 

Then I waited around for ten minutes… This is one of the major running downfalls of living  in New York. Your Garmin can never find a satellite! All those tall buildings…The only place my watch finds the satellites fast is  when I’m in Central Park.

There was a breast cancer walk in Central Park Sunday morning so I couldn’t run there. I decided to run by the East River (I think that’s what it’s called). I ran on 1st ave to 34th street and then turned left onto the walkway thing. Then ran all the way to Battery Park – basically to the West Side. Hit the ten mile mark and turned around.

It was a perfect day! No clouds at all. I thought I might even get a sunburn… Didn’t happen – I’m still super pale.

The last three miles were really difficult. I had a water bottle of Gatorade and water that got me through the first ten miles, then at mile 11/12 I took my first and only gel. I definitely needed one more around mile 16. Good to know! I’ll be ready for the marathon 🙂


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16 miles were completed last night!!!!

I ran the first 11 on my own and then met up with the Flyers Thursday night running group for the last five. Meeting up with them really helped and the last five miles went by fast. Talking with others while running really does distract you from what you’re doing 🙂

My pace for the first 11 miles was between an 8:40 – 9 minute pace and the last five miles were between a 9 – 9:05 minute pace. Nice and easy. And you know what, I’m really not that sore today!

Happy, happy Friday!!!

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I never go outside?

Staten Island Race photos…

Race photos always remind me that I need a tan. BAD. It looks like I never go outside…

Since my weekend is hectic I’m going to try to run as many miles as possible tonight after work… Am I setting myself up for failure??? I don’t know. Lets hope I run at least 15…

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He is just saving his for later

My weekend was full of fun! Friday night Ryan and I went to a theme party! The theme was The Great Gatsby. We didn’t know how dressed up people got so we played it safe. Well… we were with the small group of people who didn’t dress up like crazy!

The photo below – from when I was a flapper for Halloween is what most of the attendees were looked like. Minus the leggings… It was a great time and I can’t wait to go to more of these types of events!

Saturday was a lazy day with an early bedtime. I had to get ready for the Staten Island half! I had no idea so many people were going to be running it! The weather was perfect – 50 degrees at the start and the rain held off!

I ran this race as a training run since I was sick and hadn’t gotten a long run in for two weeks. I hardly looked at my Garmin while running and just ran on how I felt. The last three miles I kicked it into gear and actually beat my half marathon pr time! I ran this half in 1:41:31. A 23 second PR! And I didn’t really push it until mile 10 – I still can’t believe it!

One thing I loved about the race was the transportation to the start. To get there we had to take the Staten Island Ferry. The views were so pretty of the City!

I couldn’t help myself – I had to take a picture of this guy… We all got a bagel after the race. He is just saving his for later I guess.

Hope you all had a great weekend! 


Filed under Bagels, BF, Long run, Race Re-cap, Races, Staten Island half marathon, Weekend

It wasn’t awkward at all…

I never had a cat before I adopted Lexi so I really didn’t know what I was getting into… I find it so funny/weird that she sleeps with her arms straight out… Do cats normally sleep like that??? I’m going to take a photo and show you guys.

Last night I ran for the first time in a while! It was great! I watched the Kardashians and got three miles in. Tonight I’m headed to Pure Barre (just a little obsessed) and tomorrow I’ll be running again.
Sunday I’m running the Staten Island half marathon and I’m really excited for two reasons:
1) I’ve never been to Staten Island
2) I need a good long run!

Oh, and on my walk to work Monday I saw Blake Lively and Ed Westwick filming Gossip Girl. I think that makes me a little famous… Mr. Westwick and I shared a look. I’m VERY happy I had my sunglasses on. I was that person saying to themselves – “those people look familiar..” as I keep staring…”oh that guy is Ed Westwick”… “And we’re both looking at each other… maybe I should look away now??” It wasn’t awkward at all…


Filed under Awkward, Famous, Lexi, Long run, my walk to work, Pure Barre, Training

I’m in love!!! … with a water bottle

I bought this Brita water bottle on Saturday (during my 5 million errands) and it has not left my side. I’m in love with it. It filters tap water into clean delicious water. I’m obsessed. (Family – you’ll probably be getting one for Christmas)

Sunday was an AWESOME day. I woke up nice and early (5:15am) to lead the second NYRR Long Training Run. I had a blast! The 15 miles went by so fast. I have to say my group was the best. 8:30 pace Group 2! THE BEST. Everyone was so nice and we all basically talked and hung out – while running of course… 🙂

I have been wanting to go see the Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit for a long time and yesterday was the last day of the exhibit! After pace leading I showered, ate quickly and headed over to the Met. I did not want to sit for too long or I knew I would not get up… And I couldn’t miss it!

Surprisingly the museum wasn’t too busy. I get cranky very quickly when places are crowed
(ie the subway). The exhibit was awesome and I was sad they didn’t have more clothing to showcase. I also went to the modern art wing and the european artists wing. 

This was such a great weekend and honestly I’m not that upset that it’s Monday. I got so much done and accomplished this weekend that I’m ready to take on this week. Oh, and it probably also helps that my vacation begins next Wednesday!!!!

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