Monday, April 14, 2014

Training recap week of 4/7 (Grandma's Week 8)

Another week of training, another week of traveling.  This past weekend included a trip to Philly to run the Yuengling Lager Jogger 5K (and some quality time with Kasey).  I've loved traveling and spending time with my friends, but I am super glad to be here this weekend.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.01 mi, 48:07, 9:37 pace

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 3.12 mi, 31:36, 10:08 pace

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.03 mi, 48:00, 9:32 pace

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: Lager Jogger 5K + 1 mile cooldown
Actual (race): 3.18 mi, 25:38, 8:03 pace + 1 mile cooldown

Scheduled: 10 miles long run
Actual: 10.13 mi, 1:39:30, 9:50 pace

Did this run while I was still in Philly along the waterfront.  It was a gorgeous day!

Total miles: 27.47
Total April miles: 62.06
Miles until goal (1,250): 892.6

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Club Friday: How to Eat A Cupcake

Hi all!  Sorry for the bit of radio silence this week, it's been one of those weeks - work was crazy, I took a day trip to Boston, running took precedence... you know how it goes.  I'm off again this weekend to run the Lager Jogger 5K (and visit Kasey).  I still need to do recaps of the Run The Bluegrass Expo and race (plus share some of our itinerary) and the Hot Chocolate 15K.  I swear I'll get them done soon.

But in the meantime, I'm back for another Book Club Friday!  This week I'm sharing How to Eat A Cupcake by Meg Donohue.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clairs' housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia's San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.

A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother's death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia's engagement to the man she loves. A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.

My thoughts:
This was cute book.  It was groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it.  It was a nice easy read and I basically read it over a weekend.  The plot wasn't very complex, but it did surprise me with a couple of twists I didn't see coming (but with a couple I did).  If you are looking for a light read for the beach, I think this one fits the bill!

I need some reco's - what should I read next?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2 on Tuesday

This month has been crazy and it's only April 8th.  I seem to have over scheduled myself this month and while I'm happy to see all my friends and get some races in, I miss having some weekends home.  I can't wait to not have to go anywhere for a weekend!

Winter may have been extra crappy and gone on way too long, but as long as Mother Nature keeps giving us nights like the one above, I think I'll be able to move on.  It's been so gorgeous (not all the time, but we are getting there) and the view on the reservoir always reminds me of how much I love NYC.

We are less than 4 weeks from Everest!  I am excited and can't wait to get my medal!  Not sure if I am going to dress in costume for this one (not sure I have the time to pull anything together), but still will be nice to be in Disney!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Training recap week of 3/31 (Grandma's Week 7)

This week went well.  A bunch of us headed to Philly this past weekend to run the Hot Chocolate 15K.  I'll have a full recap this week (I hope).  I still need to do a recap of the Run The Bluegrass Half... I'm a little behind.  They are coming I promise!

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 6.00 mi, 59:15, 9:52 pace

I switched this run with Thursday as I had plans that night and wanted to make sure I got in as many miles as possible.

Scheduled: Hill repeats - 7 x Harlem Hill at 10K pace (7:51 pace) with downhill recovery + 2 mi WU, 2 mi CD
Actual: 7.56 total miles (including warm up and cooldown)
Paces: 8:02, 7:57, 7:55, 7:53, 7:48, 7:46, 7:41

Scheduled: 6 miles easy
Actual: 2.56 mi, 25:49, 10:04 pace

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 6 miles easy
Actual: 6.05 mi, 58:32, 9:40 pace

Scheduled: 12 miles total - 3 easy, 6 @ marathon pace, 3 easy
Actual: 12.4 mi, 1:49:41, 8:50 pace
Paces: 8:24, 8:29, 8:30, 8:17, 8:24, 8:06

This run included the Hot Chocolate 15K.  I ran the whole thing faster then I should have, but it was a gorgeous day and the course was flat!

Total miles: 34.59
Total April miles: 34.59
Miles until goal (1,250): 920.66

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2 on Tuesday

YAY!  It's April.  March is finally over.  Man that month took for-ever.  Seriously forever.  Anyway, here's to warmer weather and no more snow!  I think we can all raise a glass to that, right?

It's been all over the internet and I've shared my feelings on the issue - Tutu Gate (yes, I made that up).  I was happy to read on Monday upon returning from Kentucky that Self owned up to the mistake and is discontinuing the BS Meter in the magazine.  The editor-in-chief also interviewed Monika and talked about her story and how we can support woman, not bullying them.  You can read the full article here and let's all #ChangeTheConversation and #KeepItPositive.

I am a big fan of Graeter's Ice Cream.  And while we can get it in the grocery store, it's pretty expensive and not the same as getting it in the shop.  We managed to go twice while in Kentucky this past weekend.  It was as amazing as I remembered.  Even more amazing?  Coozie's for your ice cream pint.  Solves the dilemma of the ice cream melting or the cardboard getting soggy.  Such a great idea.  Can't wait to use mine!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Training recap week of 3/24 (Grandma's Week 6)

I can't believe March is almost over!  Although, no one told Mother Nature apparently and it's still chilly here.

This week included checking another state off the list - Kentucky!  We had the best time there and I'm hoping to do some posts on what we did.  I'll definitely have a full recap of the race, but I will say the organizers put on a good time.

My schedule was to either take the whole race easy or do 7 easy and the last 6.1 at marathon pace.  It was my call depending on how I felt.  I was torn the first 7 miles of the race.  It was a pretty hilly course so I wasn't sure.  I decided I'd take it 1 mile at time and see how it went.  I'm happy to say I did all 6 at race pace and while hard with all the hills, I am pleased at how they went.  All this hard work looks to be paying off!

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 6 miles easy
Actual: 6.00 mi, 59:35, 9:45 pace

Scheduled: Speedwork - 5 x 0.5 mi at 10K pace (7:51 pace) with 0.5 mi recovery + 2 mi WU, 1 mi CD
Actual: 8.00 total miles (including warm up and cooldown)
Paces: 7:54, 7:51, 7:54, 7:44, 7:34

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 2-3 miles easy
Actual: Rest

Between traveling to KY and getting settled, no time to get this one in

Scheduled: Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon (First 7 mi easy, last 6.1 at marathon pace - 8:42)
Actual: 13.09 mi, 2:00:57, 9:15 pace
Paces (for those at marathon pace): 8:38, 8:36, 8:42, 8:40, 8:32, 8:26, 7:38 (.09)

Scheduled: 5 mile easy run
Actual: 5.00 mi, 50:56, 10:10 pace

Total miles: 32.20
Total March miles: 129.68
Miles until goal (1,250): 954.66

I am currently 23.63% to my goal so with a quarter of the year done, I'm right on track!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Shame on you, Self Magazine

Oh, Self magazine.  Shame on you.

If you haven't heard yet, Self magazine has gotten itself in a bit of hot water this week.  Every month they publish a "BS Meter".  I'm not 100% sure what makes them experts in what's BS and what's not, but let's ignore that fact.

This month's BS Meter included the below picture and the following caption on the lame side:

"A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC's Central Park, and it's all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it."

via Glam Runner facebook page

Since the magazine went on sale this week, it's come out that Monika (on the left, co-founder of Glam Runner who makes the tutu's) was dressed as Wonder Woman since she was running the LA Marathon during chemotherapy (for brain cancer) and it made her happy.  And, the skirts she and Tara (co-founder and Superwoman on the left) make raise funds for the San Diego chapter of Girls on the Run.

Now, clearly, the Self writer and fact checker didn't really do much research into the company (or look at the photo, Tara's bib clearly says 'Die Tumor Die!!').

Self editor-in-chief, Lucy Danziger, has since issued an apology to Monika, saying the following to USA Today:

"I am personally mortified.  I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. 
It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn't have run the item."

Here's the thing though.  Even if Monika hadn't been through cancer, why are running tutu's are "lame"?  Lucy's statement makes it sound like they are just sorry they made fun of someone with cancer (or that they got some bad press for it).  Maybe that's not how she meant it, but that's how it reads (to me).

Sure, okay.  Maybe tutu's aren't "your thing".  And that's fine.  They weren't my thing for a long time, but if wearing a tutu is what gets you through a race, then that's awesome.  We all know how hard it is to just get out there.  If wearing a tutu makes it easier for you to lace up your sneakers, go for it.  For a magazine who's motto is "Being fit, strong and active means feeling great, being happy and looking your most beautiful", why are they making fun of other women and tearing them down?  Are you not allowed to wear a tutu and feel those things?

How about this - let's support anyone (man or woman) for whatever they choose to run/race in.  I don't personally understand the barefoot runners in Central Park, but that's what they like do and that's totally their right.

In fact, I am making my way today to Lexington, KY to run the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon (checking KY off the list!) and packed in my suitcase is one of my own Sparkle Athletic skirts.  I plan on rocking it this weekend with PRIDE.  


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg

Following our trip to Rye, we headed over to the winter (i.e. indoor) location of the Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg.  During Spring, Summer and Fall, these are outside, but move inside for winter.  If you've never been, it's basically a big flea market and food vendor paradise.

We started off in the Flea side.  It was pretty crowded and our group of six kept getting separated (which was bound to happen).  We managed to regroup before heading to the Smorgasburg part.  I love the flea because it's part flea market/yard sale/etsy shops.  They have some really vintage kitschy stuff, unusual vintage items, custom furniture (handmade of course) and normal etsy items (think hand knitted hats, pillows, etc).

I almost bought a winter headband/earcover, but ended up not getting it.  I won't lie - I kinda wish I had, I keep thinking about it!

One of our favorite booths was towards the end, near the food side.  I have no idea what the vendor name was, but they made cool pictures and unique pendants out of vintage maps.  They were really unique and very cool.  One of the girls got some cute pictures for her soon-to-be nursery and Ally picked up a fun Paris pendant.  I really wanted an Athens (Greece) one, but couldn't find any.  They said they are constantly making new ones, so I'll have to go back and check (maybe once it's warm again!).

They even had fun scrabble tile pendants!

The flea is fun, but Smorgasburg is my favorite part!  They have some great vendors with some interesting items.  Since we had just come from brunch, we were pretty full and contained ourselves (for the most part).

I love all things pickle so this was right up my alley
These were apparently savory / stuffed muffins
I purchased this for later.  It's A-MAZ-ING.
Fun table decoration at Butter & Stotch's table
Even though we were full, I could not pass up a homemade onsite s'more from s'more BAKERY!  I got the salted caramel version and it was sooooo good.  Warm and gooey and freshly made.  Yum.  Everyone should get one if they go.  Yes, they were that good.

so. good.
Can't wait until it is warm again and I can make another visit to the outdoor Flea + Smorgasburg and try some more vendors!

Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
Location varies between winter and spring/summer/fall and on Saturday vs. Sunday
Check the website before you go!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rye Restaurant

A few weekends ago, I made the {long} trek to Brooklyn to spend the afternoon with my friend Ally and some of her friends who were visiting from Boston.  Despite the subway conspiring against me (which is always seems to do when I go to Brooklyn), it was wonderful afternoon.

We started the adventure with brunch at Rye.  No one had ever been there, but it got decent reviews and could accomodate our group of six on short notice.

If you go, make sure to get some coffee.  We all started with the coffee and it was delicious.  All of our coffees came in different tea cups which I loved.  I could have had many cups... but didn't want to be bouncing off the walls all afternoon.

We started with an order of the homemade cake donuts and buttermilk biscuits for the table.  Unfortunately, our order somehow got lost and we ended up with these for dessert.  They were good though!

I went with a different choice for me for the entree - the Croque Madame.  I usually get Eggs Benedict, but I decided to change it up this time and it did not disappoint!  It was perfectly good and the ingredients were quality.

If you are in Williamsburg and looking for a brunch place, try Rye!

Rye Restaurant
247 S 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2 on Tuesday

Logo via The Disney Blog

Well, that didn't take long!  The runDisney Avengers Half Marathon registration opened today at noon and by 1:57 PM had already sold out.  Holy cow!  I knew it would be popular, but that is still crazy fast.  As much as I love the Avengers and wanted to do this, it just wasn't in the cards for me this year.  I am already doing both ToT and W&D and just don't have the funds to do this (especially with it so close to W&D).  Hopefully in a future year I'll be able to do it!

Has anyone out there tried Stitch Fix yet?  If you haven't - you should!  It is my new favorite way to get clothing.  Here's the lowdown - you join, fill out a detailed style profile, provide a link to a Pinterest board (if you have one) of Fashion you like and for a $20 styling fee, a stylists hand picks 5 pieces for you.  They are FedEx'd to you, you try them on at home and have 3 days to decided what to keep.  You simply drop what you don't want to keep in the prepaid envelope and ship back.  The $20 styling fee comes off the total of the clothing you keep as well (if you decide not to keep anything, you forfeit the $20).  I just got my third fix and I am a big fan.  So far I've kept 2 necklackes, 1 faux leather jacket (which I get compliments on ALL THE TIME), 1 sweater, 1 chambray shirt and 1 pair of sorbet orange skinny jeans.  If you want to try it out, you can join via the following link (full disclosure, I do get a $25 referral reward once you get your first fix, but Stitch Fix is not sponsoring this, I just really like them and want to share!):