Lessons Learned

Today seems to be a day of lessons-learned, so I thought I’d list them for you.  Hopefully this saves you the trouble of learning these things the hard way!

1.  Do not start picking your nail polish off late at night and then go to bed without taking it completely off.  If you don’t, you will end up at work with nails that look like this:


2.  Do not eat popcorn at 10:00pm the night before you are doing a speed workout.  Your stomach  absolutely will revolt.

3.  Do check the temperature outside before heading out for a run.  Not just the actual temperature, but the “feels like” temperature.  Otherwise, you will be under-dressed.


Just because it’s sunny does not mean it’s warm.

4.  Do wash your hands after you use dry shampoo and before you touch anything.  It leaves white residue. Everywhere.

5.  Do not hit the snooze button.  Your day will be so much better if you just get up.


So, as you may have gathered, it was bit of a rough morning!  A speed workout with a cramping stomach that I set out too late to fit in comfortably = a rushed morning and spinning head.  I’m going reread this post to myself tonight in hopes that I’ll remember the lessons in the morning!

Other things to check out:

  • This post on fannetastic food: it’s full of quinoa recipes to try.
  • This article on how you can help people in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Warby Parker’s new Winter Collection.  For every pair that is sold, a pair is distributed to a person in need.
  • This song (thanks LC!!)


Happy Hump Day!


How was your workout today?  Any lessons learned?  Digging any new artists or songs?


Weekend Fun

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a fun weekend.  I had a spectacular New York weekend with FW and friends.  I’ll take you back to Friday night…

We had a wonderful dinner with LC & WE at Tsampa where we devoured delicious Tibetan food.  I got a yummy noodle dish with chicken and vegetables.  It was so good I forgot to take a picture.

Saturday morning I pulled myself out of bed at 8:00am, threw on my running clothes and dashed out the door to go meet up with the Juice Press Running Group.  We met at their 92nd & Madison store location (they also had a group meeting at 72nd & Columbus) and headed to the park where the two groups met up.  My friend KJ, seen in the picture next to me, introduced me to the club.  I really enjoyed it.  Our coach for the day, Chris (pictured far right with yellow headband), gave us running form and training trips which was super helpful.  And since it was a small group, we really had a chance to ask questions and discuss.  Chris told us how we should have a cadence of about 180 steps/minute.  Everyone from elites to casual runners should have the same cadence; isn’t that wild to think about?

Here is our picture (note to self to pick up my feet!) that was posted on the Juice Press Facebook wall; check them out to get details about the group runs!

As a group we ran a total of 5.57 miles at around a 9:00 minute pace.  I ran home because I wanted to add a few more miles so I finished up with about 8 miles.  It was perfect.  We also got a free juice when we finished, which is no small treat because these babies cost $10.99.  I opted for Doctor Green which was awesomesauce.

green juice

After eating, showering and napping, FW and I headed to Central Park for Jazz & Colors.  It was SO fun.  It’s a totally legit event put on by the park featuring really talented jazz groups of all different styles.  We spend the afternoon walking through the park going from group to group.  There were a lot of people participating, but not so many that it was too crowded.  We were able to get right up front for most of the groups.  Here are a few shots from our favorites:

jazz 1 jazz 2 jazz 3

And us enjoying the day…

FW and AQ

Girlfriend needs some water; such squinty eyes!

Sunday morning was a rest day, and I took that very seriously. Ha.  I had a lazy Sunday morning of reading and napping with the kitty, then spent the afternoon cleaning/folding laundry.

Sunday morning

Um, also? I discovered “Real Life Mysteries”, a Dateline show, and it is fantastic.  Perfect way to distract me from the mountains of laundry I folded 🙂

What did you get up to this weekend?

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  We made it through another [great] week!  I don’t know about you, but I was SO cozy in bed this morning.  I actually considered not running, and then immediately got out of bed and put on my running clothes.  Skipping runs in the fall is just silly.  Besides, if I can’t do it now, then I’m screwed for the winter.  Agreed?

Now, on to Friday Favorites!

1.  Favorite Booties


Zara Booties from 2012 – Thanks CCJ!

2.  Favorite Read

New Yorker

I am devouring this week’s New Yorker.

3.  Favorite Hair Product

hair spray

It’s good one. Plus it comes in a red bottle, so double score.

4.  Favorite Way to Hydrate

Tri-berry Nuun

I’m crushing on this tri-berry flavor.

5.  Favorite Spirit

This woman is amazing.


Anyone have big plans for this weekend?  FW and I have a dinner date with LC & WE, then enjoying a quiet weekend in the city.  If you’re in NYC this weekend, check out the Jazz & Colors Festival in Central Park tomorrow.  They have 30 jazz bands scattered throughout the park all playing from the same set list.  And you know how pretty Central Park is right now. don’t you?


In case you forgot.

Have a good weekend everyone!

What a Weekend!

What a weekend!

Saturday started with a Girls on the Run Pre-Marathon Breakfast for the Sole Mates who were running on Sunday.  We offered bagels and coffee (kindly donated by Pick-A-Bagel on 77th & Lex) and words of encouragement! It was great to meet some of the Sole Mates and talk about all things running!

After the breakfast, I was off to the orchards!  Apple picking commenced at Lawrence Farm Orchards with LG and AN.  We were a tad late in the apple picking season so there weren’t thousands of apples to choose from, but we got a nice couple pounds of yellow delicious and empire apples.  We even got apple cider donuts and hot apple cider from their cute little store!  I’m pretty sure it’s a family run business and it completely delivered on the “let’s go pick apples and do fun fall things” idea.



When we returned to the city, we took over FW’s beautiful kitchen and made apple crisp, a delicious dinner, and applesauce.  It was an epic fall day, it really was.


Sunday morning FINALLY arrived and it was time for the New York City Marathon!  I went out in the morning by myself; I was feeling a bit emotional about being back in the running community and wanted some solo time to reflect.  I went out to First Ave (miles 17-18) and watched for a few hours as the wheel chair athletes and professional men and women passed by.  I was so inspired and in awe of these athletes.

IMG_1518 IMG_1521 IMG_1529 IMG_1531 IMG_1543 Those elite runners are so fast, it’s hard to capture them!.  Amazing.

I then proceeded to throw on a few more layers (it was WINDY as I’m sure the runners will say!) and headed to meet up with the Girls on the Run cheering squad.  There I watched more runners and cheered them on.  It’s so fun and inspiring to see everyone run by, with such looks of determination and dedication on their faces.  I love that most people put their names on the shirts now; it’s so fun to cheer for people by name and see them light up and smile when you do!  I know from experience that just one person telling you you’re doing great can make all the difference.


Sporting my GOTR t-shirt and sunglasses.


First Ave, miles 17-18.

I am loving reading everyone’s race recaps in the blog world!  Being there and feeling the excitement all around the city has made me want to run it again.  I’ve run 4 marathons, and it remains my absolute favorite.  And this morning, I ran around the park in honor of those who ran yesterday.  Congrats to all of you!

Did you spectate?  Did you run?  Tell me about it!

Friday Favorites

I am sorry for the one sided post that is about to happen here.  But these pictures of my two nephews (who live in Hawaii!) are my Friday Favorites:

Nephews Khiam3 Nephews2 Khiam4

How could I possibly find something I like better today than these pictures?  And I have to point out that my Mum made the little guy’s costume!  She didn’t make his Daddy’s though, that one’s real 🙂

Just a reminder that today is the beginning of Pile on the Miles so head over to RunEatRepeat and sign up!  And if you sign up, you can enter a give away for a box of Quest bars.  Double win!

Also, if you’re in NYC, get out there and cheer on the marathoners on Sunday!  I will be at the Girls on the Run station at 103rd & 1st.  Come by and say hi!

Happy Friday!

Anyone running on Sunday?

Good vs. Bad Runs

Today was probably the first day out of oh, I don’t know, ONE HUNDRED that I did not immediately check the weather & temp on my phone upon waking.  I threw on my capris and pink running jacket with thumb holes (I have GOT to get another one of these and change up the outfit)  and flew out the door.  As soon as I was out there, I saw a girl run by in shorts and a t-shirt and I knew I was screwed.  You guys, I had a terrible run.

I feel bad saying that! I really want to sit here and tell you that every run I go on is magical, filled with sparkles and butterflies.  But it’s not.  And today it was bad.  With a capital B.  I was SO hot, in that stuffy, overdressed kind of way, and I kept having to stop and take sips of water at the fountains.   My legs would not move.  I had set out to do 5, but instead I capped it at a little over 4.  Enough is enough.

I did take some pictures though:

West Side HighwayWater fountain

Most days, I have fantastic runs and I come home feeling refreshed and energized.  But every run can’t be a good one.  So I take the bad ones with a grain of salt; tomorrow is another chance to redeem myself.

On a totally different note, I signed up via RunEatRepeat for “Pile on the Miles”.  It’s an initiative to reach an exercise goal of your choosing during the month of November, to avoid the holiday slump.  There are weekly check-ins to track your progress.  I set a goal to run 100 miles.  You should join!  Head over to her blog to sign up!




Are you dressing up tonight?  FW and I are watching a scary movie while enjoying some candy 🙂

Morning vs. Afternoon Runs

I started my day today with a fantastic 5 miler around the Reservoir in Central Park.  The loop is just over 1.5 miles, the surface is packed down dirt, and it is beautiful.  I ran around twice, and I wasn’t bored. Not even for a second.

I had a little adventure on my way there – apparently the path I take into the park by the Met was closed.  I ran by a huge tractor but since I could fit through, I assumed it was temporarily parked.  Nope.  And the workers were not pleased to see me on the other side.  Nor did they endorse my decision to jump over the fence in order to get around the obstacle. Hey, I’m a runner: I do what I gotta do.

Recently, I have been doing mostly evening runs.  Partly because I’ve been a sleepyhead, partly because I’ve been going to the Run NYC group.  Evenings runs have a great way of clearing my head after a day at work.  But at my core, I’m a morning runner.  I love feeling the crisp, clean air on my face, busting out miles before some people are even out of bed.  It’s serene, and it’s good for me.  It amps up my energy for the day, and the natural appetite it creates makes it easier for me to eat lunch. 

It kind of depends on my social schedule for the week whether I run in the mornings or evenings.  It’s good to mix it up; keep it interesting!  But this week, I’m happy to have all morning runs scheduled in this beautiful weather.  I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune come winter.

I read somewhere that 4:00pm is the ultimate running time if you get up around 7:00am.  I beg differ.  I think it is a personal preference.  Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening runner?