Five Things Friday

Just a few random Friday thoughts…

1. This is happening tomorrow and I'm super excited! I don't eat oysters but I do enjoy live music and day drinking outside.

2. Last weekend was my anniversary. I spent the morning running 18 miles because I'm the worst girlfriend ever. Boyfriend bought me flowers because he is the best.

3. I'm the least girly-girl ever but after 27 years I finally figured out how to curl my hair. I shouldn't be nearly as proud of myself as I am.

4. Found a random Asian store and bought so many snack: chocolate and strawberry poki, shishito peppers, hi chews, wasabi peas. I love snacks.

5. I've been reading this book all week. I'm about half way through and I'm loving it!

That's all for now. Happy Friday!

 

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NYCM Training: 9 & 8 Weeks Out!

9 weeks to go!

Monday – 4 miles

Tuesday – rest

Wednesday – 8 miles. I had 15 on my schedule but that just wasn't going to happen. Worked too late and I just didn't have the time or energy to keep going.

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – yoga

Saturday – NYRR Autism Speaks 4 miler. I PR-ed by over a minute! I know I'm still super, super slow but it's nice to see an improvement.

Sunday – post Atlantic City death. I laid on the couch all day and prayed for the hangover gods to just kill me off.

Total – 20 miles, 1 yoga session, 1 horrible hangover

 

8 weeks to go!

Monday – 4 miles

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – 3 miles

Friday – yoga

Saturday – another hangover. This needs to stop happening.

Sunday – 18 mile tune-up in Central Park on zero food or energy because I was so sick the day prior. I'm bad at life.

Total – 29 miles, 1 yoga session

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Things I learned in the past two weeks:

  • I cannot handle booze. I rarely go out anymore but when I do I am SO SICK the next day…..like head pounding/so dehydrated/hurts to be alive kind of sick. I think I need to quit drinking until the marathon is over.
  • People take their clif shot bloks out of the plastic wrapper and wrap each blok in tinfoil? I saw a girl doing this on the subway on the way to race and it blew my mind.
  • My stomach does not like Gatorade. I had to stop THREE times during my 18 miler. Enough said.
  • I need new shoes. My feet and knees hurt while I'm running, so I'm thinking that's the cause.

 

Five Things Friday

1. I got on the scale today and it was a disaster. I'm up almost 20 pounds from where I was in January. I know I've gained a little because I've been running/eating more, but I'm pretty sure most of it is due to alcohol. Whoops. Might be time to cut back a little.

2. I'm running a race tomorrow – the NYRR Autism Speaks 4 Miles of Hope. Last time I did a 4-miler I ran it in 42:38. I'd love to beat that, even by a few seconds, by I'm not expecting that to happen. Like I said, I'm almost 20 lbs heavier, which definitely does not translate to faster running times for me.

3. And then I'm going to AC! I'm spending the weekend there to celebrate a friends birthday and I'm pretty excited. So yeah….that cutting back on booze thing obviously can't start this weekend….

4. I ran out of GUs and shot blocks so I used gummy bears for my long run. Possibly one of the best decisions I have made lately.

5. I found my new favorite snack. I'm not a huge almond butter person but this Cocoa + Coconut Barney Butter is one of the best things to happen to me. I've been putting it everything – apples, bananas, toast, spoons….to die for.

That's all. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

WIAW: Red Hook Edition

Happy WIAW! I'm doing it a little different today. Instead of blogging a full day of food, I'm sharing a few different things I tried recently. So here we go…

On Saturday I decided to visit Red Hook, Brooklyn for a culinary adventure. There's a free ferry on the weekends from downtown so the boyfriend and I decided to take advantage and do a little exploring(and eating and drinking).

We got to Red Hook around 1:30 and we were starving so our first stop was Brooklyn Crab. It was adorable! There were a few floors with amazing views of the water and Manhattan, plus a few activities like mini golf and corn hole.

We knew we'd be stopping a few places so we decided to share something and then move on. We ordered the Wild Atlantic Cod with fries and coleslaw and a couple beers. So delicious! And I loved that it came on faux newspaper like fish and chips from England.

Our next stop was the Red Hook Winery. We were lucky enough to get an extensive tasting(12! too much!) and a private tour from Ben, the cellar master.
We learned all about the individual wine makers, where they source the grapes(Long Island and the Finger Lakes region) and we got to see where they make the wine and the barrel room, which was fun. The winery itself was super cute. It was right on the water and had a very cozy, rustic atmosphere. I think it would be a great spot for a private party or small wedding.
After copious amounts of wine, we(I) definitely needed more food so we headed to a popular brunch spot, home/made.

We split the truffled eggs and parm with potatoes and warm raisin-walnut bread. The bread was INCREDIBLE. I want to go back and eat a whole loaf. I also had a glass of prosecco because they were serving it from a tap, which I found bizarre. It was just okay – probably would have been fine in a mimosa, but I wouldn't drink it alone.

Our last stop for the day was for dessert – Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie. I cannot say enough good things about this place! It was adorable and the pie was so yummy!

We split a swingle – a mini key lime pie dipped in chocolate, served on a stick. Delicious!

It ended up being the perfect day! Everything was fantastic and I had a great time getting to know Red Hook.

 

NYCM Training: 10 Weeks To Go!

Monday: 3 miles along the East River

Tuesday: 5.5 miles in Central Park

Wednesday: rest!

Thursday: Yoga in the living room. I REALLY want to be one of those people that love yoga, I just can't seem to make it happen.

Friday: 14.5 miles around Manhattan. So hot and humid but I'm proud of myself for going out and getting it done.

Saturday & Sunday: drinking/adventuring/long-weekend-ing. I still can't figure out how to add exercise to my weekend plans.

Total: 3 days of running(23 miles) and one yoga session. Not bad considering I was kind of sick in the middle of the week.