05. July 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: food, Injury, life

I spent my 4th of July hanging out with friends, drinking a few beers, eating a ton of food, and playing games.  It was a fun day and just what I wanted! I’m at work today, unfortunately, but I’m happy Derek will be home when I get back since he has today off as well!

We celebrated with Lil Bub. Good job Bub!

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Em also made these delicious America cupcakes!

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I have 4 days of workouts complete, so only 2 more to go! I know I say this every day, but seriously…I. Cannot. Wait. To. Run. Again! I just wish I knew the timeline of my foot, everything is so up in the air and everyone keeps asking me how long, how long? I don’t know, people, I don’t know!!!

My car is fixed, after spending a gazillion dollars, so lets hope it stays that way. Because seriously, if it breaks down again in 1 month, somebody will die. Probably Carmen. Yes, my car’s name is Carmen! Here she is in all her glory and how she likes to spend most of her time…

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…On a tow truck. This picture is from 3 years ago when my car started to go downhill and she hasn’t been the same ever since. I keep threatening to sell it, but I can’t figure out if that’s the right decision or not. I kind of use my car a lot, either traveling to NH to visit family or traveling to Vermont and Rehoboth Beach for races. I am really, really hoping that there aren’t anymore problems for a while, they just seem to never end.

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On a happier note, I have some really awesome friends!

As soon as Kristin heard about my foot, she immediately offered a baking request and I said anything with chocolate and caramel! That is my favorite combination, so it was a no-brainer. Well, after a few teases of possible baked goods, she delivered Tuesday night with some brownies that were filled with caramel and walnuts.

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The brownies were accompanied by this adorable card that made me smile! This girl knows how to make me feel better 🙂 Thanks Kristin, you are the best!!!

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She also brought me over a resistance band to borrow. I’m excited to create some new workouts with it!

Hope y’all have a good weekend!

This weekend consisted of running and eating, and that’s about it. I ran the Al Gordon Classic 4 mile race in Prospect Park on Saturday, it was my friend, Megan’s very first race and she killed it out there. I’m so proud of her! She’s already signed up for a 10k in April 🙂

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I woke up at 5:30 am on Saturday morning to run a 4 mile race, seems crazy, right? Well, traveling from Queens to Brooklyn is ridiculously tedious and it takes an hour train ride, but luckily we got there around 7:30 and had some time to check our bags, find Leticia and head into the corrals. I decided to to run this race sans Garmin, which I never do, so I figured why not try it out on a 4 mile race.

The race flew by! I pushed myself and missed a PR by 13 seconds. Oh well, it was a great race anyway and the best part was the delicious brunch we had after. It was a long, cold walk to Tom’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, but it was well worth it. The food was delicious and pretty damn cheap.

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Pancakes, scrambled eggs, and beef sausage

It was fun catching up with Amy, Carla, Leticia, Jenny, and Rebecca!

The rest of Saturday consisted of a nap, buying a new wireless router, and going out with my good friend,s Nick and Em to try some new Empire beers at Sunswick to kick off NYC beer week.

Due to a later start, I got 9 1/2 glorious hours of sleep going into Sunday. I met up with Carla at the Williamsburg Bridge at 10:30 so we could run long together. We intentionally picked a hilly ass route and I was really feeling it at the end. I was pretty happy with it, even though there were some really low moments. I did 16 miles and averaged a 9:43 pace.

Carla peaced out after 10 miles and those last 6 miles were filled with doubt, my pace slowed down a bunch, but I pushed through as much as I could. I did not want to give up. I’m trying to work on running my long runs a tiny bit faster than normal, but also still having some energy left at the end for maybe a few MGP miles.

Brunch on Sunday was more like lunch, since I didn’t get back from my run until 1:45, but I met up with my friends Em, and Megan and we went to Queens Comfort. Unfortunately we had to wait like 45 minutes to get seated and my stomach was ready to eat itself before I even got there. It was torture.

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I downed 2 cups of their strong, dark coffee and demolished this Thick Cut Brioche Custard French Toast with Cinnamon Sugar Butter, and Maple Syrup. It was perfect. Except for that big glob of excess butter that came with it.

It’s also time to retire my current pair of running shoes. I’m onto a new pair of the same brand and model; Mizuno Wave Rider 15s, but this time I got another yellow pair.

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Since my husband works night shift, I’ve been cooking dinner for one and most nights I make some sort of egg scramble, they are so quick and easy. Last night’s included 3 eggs, brussels sprouts and mushrooms, and then it was topped with sriracha sauce and avocado.

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I had a pretty good weekend, it was busy, yet relaxing at the same time. My good friend, Dave is making a short film and this was his last weekend of shooting, so I was at his place all weekend  helping out with makeup and craft services (food for the crew).

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Bongo met another Bongo this weekend and they instantly became best friends. 🙂 They were sad to say goodbye once the weekend was over. Big Bongo was headed back to Boston.

I was able to squeeze in my 12 miler on Sunday morning with Kristin. I’m so glad I had her to run with, otherwise I would’ve just retreated to the treadmill. I needed to get the run done early and stay as local as possible, so we started at 8:30 and ran around Astoria. The sidewalks weren’t terrible, but we definitely had to take it slow and walk during several icy patches. I did the 12 miles in a little over 2 hours and managed about a 10:15 pace. Slower than normal, but necessary since it was snowy and icy out there. It was a great run and I was happy to be back outside.

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I don’t really feel like I’m in the midst of marathon training yet. I think it’s mostly due to the fact that I have several other races coming up that I actually want to ‘race’. Also, I haven’t hit the super long runs, but that’s only a matter of a couple weeks, so this feeling will subside shortly.

This weekend, I have 14 miles on the schedule. Unfortunately the temperature for Saturday is a high of 30 degrees, but Friday is a high of 44! I wish it was going to stay warmer into the weekend, but no such luck.

Lent 2013 begins on Wednesday, February 13 and ends on Saturday, March 30.

Not that I ever follow the tradition or even care much about it, but I’ve decided that I’m going to give up fried foods for the duration of lent. I’m just using it as an excuse to try and be a little healthier. I haven’t been eating the best and I really want to make the effort to get my body into great shape. I’ve got the running down, but I know eating better overall and adding in a strength training routine will help shape up my body and mind, not only to look and feel better, but to run a faster marathon.

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Yum!

I feel like I eat french fries with everything, so it’s time to lay off of those for a while. That’s probably the only fried thing I really eat, so I’m just going to try and forget that they even exist. It sounds easier than it’s actually going to be.

You plan on giving anything up for Lent? Did you run outside in the snow over the weekend?