! I've been trying to clean up my eating habits a bit, but it's hard because I'm always hungry! #marathontraininghunger !!!!
Breakfast – scrambled eggs with grated parmasean, an apple and an espresso
Lunch – raisin bran with skim milk, baby carrots and roasted red pepper hummus
Dinner – dinner at the meatball shop! I had a mini slider to start(chile relleno meatball with queso fresco and salsa verde) & chicken meatballs with spicy meat sauce over sautéed broccoli. The slider was phenomenal. It's a good thing it was a random special or I would go back every night!
At the beginning of the summer I made a list of stuff I wanted to accomplish. Yesterday was officially the last day of summer, so here's a look back at my summer bucket list…
Summer solstice yoga in Times Square – loved this!
Kayaking on the Hudson – never made it around to this.
Shakespeare in the Park – Made a solid attempt at this. I waited in line for tickets and went but I started raining so the show was cut off at intermission. Boo.
Go to the beach! – I made it to the beach SO many times. Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, Point Pleasant
Rain room at MoMa – this was easily my favorite thing I did this summer. My friend and I waited in line for three hours to see it but it was SO worth it.
Go for a trail run -giant fail
Swim laps outside – did this twice at John Jay park pool. Turns out I'm a horrible swimmer and I probably need lessons.
Broadway in Bryant Park – I think I forgot this existed?
See an outdoor movie – just poor planning on my part and I didn't get around to it
Run during summer streets – I'm actually really sad I didn't do this! Summer Streets happened three weekends and I was away every single one!
Visit the Statue of Liberty – didn't get around to it but I'm trying to organize a trip there this fall.
Train for the NYCM! Only 6 weeks to go!
Six out of 12 goals is kind of pathetic but I did a few other things that kept me busy and active this summer – camping, hiking, a few Yankees games and much more. It was an amazing summer and I'm really looking forward to everything fall has to offer – cooler weather, scarves, pumpkin flavored everything and the New York City Marathon!
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
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.
On Saturday the boyfriend and I ventured into New Jersey for a hike. I'm definitely not exactly the “outdoorsy” type. My version of an outdoor activity usually involves sitting on a patio and drinking a margarita – so let me tell you, this was WAY out of my comfort zone.
We drove over the GW Bridge and up the palisades parkway to the State Line Lookout in the Palisades Interstate Park.
“At 532 feet above the Hudson River, State Line Lookout sits atop the highest point on the New Jersey Palisades. The rock of the Palisades, called diabase, was formed underground by volcanic activity about 200 million years ago. Processes of erosion, including the glaciers of the Ice Ages, then uncovered the eastern edge of the buried diabase and shaped it into cliffs. (The name “Palisades” is from the resemblance of the vertical columns of diabase to a palisade-type fence made of upright posts.)”
The view was amazing!
From there we ventured down the cliff side, along the “Giant Stairs” and then back up to the top – a 520 foot ascent! The loop was a little over four miles and meant for experienced hikers, which obviously I am not. It ended up taking about 2.5 hours when it probably should have taken 2. We spent some time taking photos, eating snacks(grapes and vitamin water!), and sat for few minutes after I slipped and fell(and scared myself half to death because I almost went tumbling down the cliffside).
I had a really great time and I can't wait to try something like this again. I'm also super thankful that my boyfriend was willing to try something new(his version of outdoors involves golf clubs and beers), plus he was the navigator while we hiked. I would have probably gotten us lost in the woods forever.
I still can't believe I did this! Definitely the most exhilarating thing I've done in a long time.
And now I feel like a hungry, hungry hippo! I've been insatiable all day. I don't even know what's going to happen when I start running longer distances.
I feel like there's a good chance I'm going to put on a few pounds while I'm marathon training.
Right now I'm packing and then I'm off to the Jersey Shore for the next five days. My goal is to actually stay active on vacation. I want to run twice, swim and play tennis….very different than my usual sit-on-the-beach-and-drink style.
The true essentials: sneakers, flip flops, swim suits and booze!
Last night I was supposed to run a 5k in Prospect Park…..but then I was invited to this concert last minute, so I bailed on the race. There will be plenty of opportunities to run in the park all summer, but only one chance to attend Jameson Best Fest as a VIP with friends.
Instead, I decided to do my own little 5k along the East River after work, before the concert. My legs are STILL SORE from Saturday so it was slow but I'm happy I did it. Going for a run before the concert definitely alleviated some of the guilt over skipping the race.
Plus I got to wear my new Brooklyn Half race tee, which makes me happy. I'm a nerd. Whatever.
After a quick shower I was off to dinner and the concert.
As for the concert, it was really fun! I'm not a huge music person so I didn't know a lot of the people that performed – but I do know Norah Jones and the Black Keys, so it was awesome to see them!
I had never been to the Bowery Ballroom, so it was cool to see that, and we were in a special VIP balcony section with a great view and free Jameson drinks all night.