Cold Weather Running – fashion

I love when it gets cold here in New York. I would much rather run in 25 degree weather then hot, humid weather. I’m always excited to see what new cold weather gear comes out each year, so when the Nordstrom catalogue arrived last night full of awesome cold weather running clothes I knew I had to investigate further on their web site.

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I’m obsessed with both of these outfits. Under Armour Cozy tights are where it’s at.

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And this Zella running jacket and tights… I love all of the textures!!! My Christmas list this year might just be all running clothes…

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My Birthday!

Yesterday was such a great day! At work my co-workers bought donut holes, gave me flowers, we went out for lunch (sushi!!) and had Baked by Melissa Cupcakes! The day flew by and before I knew it, it was time to get my haircut!
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I just got a trim  – nothing too crazy. I might get bangs next time…
image-4I met up with Ryan at Columbus Circle and we headed to Tommy Lasagna on the lower east side. The food was amazing and we left happy and full.
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Ryan gave me my gift at dinner! A Pandora bracelet. I’ve been wanting one for a few years now, so I was really excited! I love it!
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We got dessert to go since we were super full and headed home to open my presents from my parents! I got an awesome watch, jacket and some Eloise stuff from the Plaza Hotel. When I was little I loved the Eloise books. I have two Eloise Christmas Ornaments and I may have had a lunchbox too!
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My 27th Birthday was just perfect. It ended with me and Ryan eating chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and watching Modern Family. 
 
Saturday we’ll be going to the New York Junior League’s Fall Fete and I cannot wait! I’m saying it’s a birthday party too 🙂 Everyone gets all dressed up and dances the night away. So fun!

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How I Recover

You know you’re a runner when it’s the day after the marathon and you see other people running and you want to join them… Even though you’re super sore and you can hardly walk up and down stairs.
 
Though the New York City Marathon was a tough one for me I cannot wait to get back out there. Yesterday I signed up for another half marathon so now I have three races to look forward to in 2014. Two half marathons in Central Park and the Big Sur marathon in April.
 
In order to get back  out there and train, right now I need to focus on recovery. I’ve been wearing my awesome compression socks and shorts every night when I get home from work and I sleep in them too. I truly believe they help. I wear the cw-x Women’s Pro Shorts. Click here for the link! They are worth the money!
 
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I’m also downing water like it’s my job. That last thing I want to be is dehydrated. Drinking a lot of water also gets me walking – to the bathroom – so it helps my muscles too. In addition to drinking water Ryan and I have made an effort to really eat some healthy dinners. Last night we made steak, baked potatoes and spinach. My iron levels can get low so the steak and spinach really helps after a hard race. I also take one iron pill after dinner nightly.
 
The last thing for a good recovery is to stretch! It may hurt but it really does help. I stretch before bed so I can fall asleep easier. It helps with sore muscles.
 
What is your recovery plan after a race?
Oh ps! Today’s my birthday! I’m getting my haircut (should I get bangs???) and going out to dinner with Ryan!!! I can’t wait! 🙂

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NYC Marathon Race Re-Cap

Sunday was a long day. But first I want to say thank you to the New York Road Runners and the City of New York for putting on a great race! The crowds were amazing and I always felt safe. I also LOVED the bracelet I was given at the expo for coming back and running this year. I wore it proudly on race day.

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So here’s my New York City Marathon Race Recap!!!
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early at 4:30am. Ryan had to drive to the Forest Hills subway stop because the stop by our apartment wasn’t running to Manhattan…Thanks NY Transit…

I was lucky enough to be able to ride on my work’s marathon bus this year. I met up with a really cool girl and blogger named Sarah – aka SkinnyRunner – we hung out had some coffee and breakfast. It was nice to just relax before the race.
imageIt was really reassuring to see lots of police out. We loaded up into the buses around 6:30am and hit the road to Staten Island. We had a police escort! It was really cool!

We arrived at the start around 8am with about 20 minutes to get into our corrals. I said goodbye to Sarah and wished her luck and headed to my green camp – she was in the blue.
It was cool to see the different media outlets all around my “camp”. They had a huge stage with music and announcements, a morning news show and other reporters running around.

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I even spotted Bill Rancic. I LOVE him. He was running to raise money.
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Once my corral opened I headed inside and tried to keep warm. The wind was not fun.

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 What was fun was meeting nice people while waiting. I met two people from France and a German woman. The running community is so friendly and nice!

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We waited about 20 minutes and then we were off! The green group ran on the bottom of the bridge while the other two “colors” ran on the top. Because we were underneath the bridge my watch lost its satellite and it never had the correct amount of miles. When we were at mile three it said I had run one mile. After that I changed my Garmin over to the clock and never looked at it. I decided to run on how I felt and not worry about my time.
At mile 14, 17, 18 and 25 I saw my friends. I was SOOO happy and surprised. I knew Ryan and some friends would be at 17 but to have that much support along the course meant the world to me. 

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By mile 20 I had hit the wall. And I knew I was the only person to blame. Only running two 16 mile long runs is not enough for a marathon, let alone a hilly, windy one. The last six miles were like a death march for me. My right hip, which has never hurt before was killing me. I had to walk a bit and really find motivation to keep going. This race was the hardest race I have ever run.

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Though it was a hard race, I have to say the crowds were amazing. They really lifted you up and made you want to keep on going. There was no way I was going to give up! I was so happy to finish. Even if it was my slowest marathon time yet. 

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I’m so happy to add this medal to my collect. It was worth the wait!

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I do have to mention one thing. If you do plan to run the NYC Marathon really try to choose early exit. Even though I used the early exit I still had to walk about two miles back to my work to meet up with Ryan. The runners who chose the baggage option had to walk even farther. It took me an hour and a half to get back to my work. (we exited at West 77th and I had to go to 58th and 7th) It was the most miserable experience and I am sad to say kind of ruined the NYC Marathon experience for me. The last thing you want to do after you run a marathon is deal with large crowds, no bathrooms and a two mile walk.
I’ll admit it. I cried a little bit…

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NYC Marathon Weekend

This past weekend was FULL of marathon festivities. I had so much fun Friday night with Ryan and a bunch of other running nerds. First I stopped by my work’s marathon pasta dinner in hopes of meeting Shalane Flanagan. And I did! I tried to act really cool and be like… Oh you live in Oregon, right? Oh that’s so cool, I’m from there… She was really nice and she too looooves the West Coast. 

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Then Ryan and I headed to the Runner’s World magazine party. I went to the party two years ago and knew we had to go again this year.

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There are so many awesome people who go to the party and the food is amazing. The sushi might be the best part of the whole party. They also introduced The November Project which looked pretty awesome. One of the founders spoke and he was really funny. More info here.

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Saturday we hit up the expo. I always get really weird at expos. I’m not sure if it’s nerves or all of the people but I never stay long.

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There were some really cool booths. I always love what Brooks comes up with. Their fitting room was hilarious.

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I was also surprised to see some really high-tech running clothes at the expo. I have never seen a light up running jacket, have you??? I’m now kind of sad I didn’t buy it. I could have looked like an astronaut!

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I’m going to do a race recap tomorrow!

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Marathon Celebrations

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You guys it’s here… Two more days! Ahhhh! It’s finally here! I really hope running the NYC marathon is a wonderful experience. I’ve only heard good things, so I’m pretty it’s going to be a blast.

My weekend is filled with fun marathon celebrations.
Tonight my work is having a Marathon Pasta dinner and Shalane Flanagan is the guest speaker! I hope I get to meet her! I think she’s so awesome. And then I’m going to the Runners World magazine marathon party. I can’t wait! I’m such a running nerd.
Then, on Saturday Ryan and I are going to the expo to pick up my racing packet.
After that – relaxing and eating carbs. And lotsss of sleep.

Oh! And my bib number is 17720 if you want to follow me during the race!!!

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Living and Working in NYC

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I found this article and found it completely true about New York City. Though I do enjoy living and working in NYC sometimes you just feel beaten down and really can’t believe you just spent $4 on a cookie or that you’re used to seeing rats in the subway stations…

Here are somethings I do like:
1) Now that Ryan and I live in Queens my subway ride is between 35 – 40 minutes. Which means I get to read. I love reading before and after work, it really relaxes me.
2) You can get Chinese food any time of the day. You don’t even have to call. You just go online and use GrubHub. Laziness at it’s finest!
3) You can get great coffee for $1.50 from a guy in a cart. They’re everywhere in the City. I go every morning before work. I love it.
4) The people watching is amazing.
5) I LOVE running in Central Park. It might be my favorite thing.

Happy Halloween! Any one doing anything fun tonight??? I’m hoping we get some Trick-or-Treaters tonight!

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