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!

Insane in the Membrane

Today has been INSANE.  INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE.  Within an hour of waking, I was overwhelmed and bogged down.  I have been drinking coffee all day trying to keep up!

Last night’s plans got changed all around. I got home late, could not find my sports bra (still cannot) so I wore one of those tanks with a “built in bra” and felt totally naked.  I arrived late to the gym and didn’t have the 25 minutes for my speed workout before the abs class started.  But I digress.

After much suspense on your part I’m sure, I will reveal that I choose speed workout #1!

Try and contain your emotions. You’re overwhelming me with your excitement.

I actually found that these speeds need to be adjusted for me (quite the shock!).  Also, I wanted to spend more time sprinting like a crazy person, so I did 6 of set #4 and 2 of sets #1-3.  I was too scared to try 10mph so I did 9.5mph.  I cannot believe that anyone runs that distance for more than 30 seconds.  Oh right, I also did them for 30 seconds each instead of 15.  See how scatterbrained I am today?


I was absolutely STARVING when I got home.  I have been starving all week actually.  So naturally I ate a huge ham and cheese sandwich in a pita pocket with lots of raw broccoli and carrots.  But I was still hungry.  (Name that book!) I went by myself to 16 Handles.  This might be a new low for me.  And everyone definitely looked at me like I was a freak.  Although then the man in front of me was just spooning all the toppings into his hand and eating them, so then he was the freak.


Peanut butter fro-yo topped with all things peanut butter. Naughty naughty.

Please tell me your day is going more smoothly than mine!  What was your workout today?  Any splurges last night to make me feel better about mine?!?

Treadmill Speed Workouts

Well, Jillian Michaels killed me last night during Yoga Meltdown.  My arms are SO weak, it is sad.  As I gymnast, I used to be able to do hundreds of pull-ups and push-ups; not the case anymore!  Seriously sad.  I’m pretty sure the people that could see into my apartment (I forgot to close the shades) were laughing at me.  It was that bad.

Tonight is my abs class (woo!) and a speed workout.  On Wednesdays, I run to the gym to warm up (0.5 miles), complete a quick 20-25 minute speed workout on the treadmill, take the 30 minute abs class, and then run home.  Tonight I will be adding a 3.5 mile run after the class to shakeout the legs and get some more pavement time in.

Since I normally do a fartlek type run on the treadmill with little to no plan, I decided to look some up.  Below are some of the plans I liked.  There are a lot out there, so if these don’t strike your fancy, there are more to choose from.



Fartlek Workout

Warm up 5 minutes – walk/slow jog at 3.5 MPH, at a 7% incline.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH, at a 1% incline.
Rest Set Slow it down to 5.0 MPH and run for 3 minutes.
Work Set Speed up to 6.8 MPH for 30 seconds.
Rest Set Go back to 5.0 MPH for 3 minutes.
Rest/Work Sets Keep repeating the 3 minute/30 seconds intervals until the clock reaches 25 minutes.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH for another mile.
Cool down Slowly jog for 5 minutes at 3.5 MPH at a slight incline (5% to 7%).

This last one can be adjusted to match your speeds.  Credit: http://running.about.com/od/treadmillrunning/a/fartlekworkout.htm

I’ll let you tomorrow which one I try…stay tuned!

What speed work do you do?  Do you run it outside or on the treadmill?

Oh, Hello Tuesday

Hello!  I hope you are all having a good Tuesday.  Tuesdays are good because it means we made it through Monday.  Although I had a pretty fab Monday this week!

It started out with 5 miles around the reservoir…

IMG_1547…and ended with another 3 miles and a delicious dinner, a la FW.  The man can cook.


Seafood pasta with spicy pepper tomato sauce. YUM.

This morning I ran a very sluggish three mile shakeout.  I need to give my muscles a tad more time to recover.  Running every 12 hours is super fun but tiring!  Tonight I am going to try out Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown.  Has anyone ever done it?  I need some serious stretching and some toning wouldn’t hurt either 🙂

What’s going on in your corner of the world?  Did you have a good workout today?

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!