Enter Summer Fun

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s Workout: 4 Mile Run, 5 mile bike ride

What a lovely weekend. It was a whirlwind. I’m sad to see it winding down.

There were birthday celebrations…

A visit to Good Burger, a viewing of Bridesmaids, dinner at Pure Food & Wine and a fun girly afternoon on a roof deck.

This morning began with breakfast and a four mile run in Central Park. My training called for an easy run at a 9:58 minute mile pace. It was so hot and humid. Usually I am a huge fan of the heat and rave about it but it’s taking me some time to adjust to running in the heat this season.

After my run I showered and headed over to Long Island City to visit a friend. She has a roof deck so I happily accepted the invitation. It was just a nice afternoon with lots of girl chat, sunscreen, pitchers of water and magazines.

Upon seeing many people BBQ’ing, I knew I wanted something of the sort for dinner. Since I’m on a bit of a food budget right now I was able to whip up a meal from ingredients I have stocked in my kitchen.

I enjoyed a Brooklyn Summer Ale…

…with salad, a veggie burger and homemade fries.

I am currently watching the movie Country Strong (while crying) on Netflix and am about to dig in to leftover birthday cake and it wasn’t even my birthday! I made this cake for a special someone in my life, we’ll call him M, using this recipe. He is a chocoholic so I thought a Devil’s Food Cake was in order.

What did you do this holiday weekend? 

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Dear Swimming, Oh How I’ve Missed You

May 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s Workout: Swam 13 laps in a 25 yard pool, Jillian Michaels DVD

This morning a special breakfast was in order. I whipped up a batch of pancakes using Stonewall Kitchen’s Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix. It didn’t disappoint. I substituted almond milk for regular milk.

While the pancake creation was in process, I also brewed a pot of coffee. It’s one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. I enjoy my morning cup (or two) while getting the day under way.

And…the finished product topped with blueberries, Earth Balance spread and Stonewall Kitchen’s Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup.

After a little more relaxing, I was deciding what cross-training activity I wanted to conquer today. Swimming kept coming to mind. I haven’t swam in ages since I gave up my gym membership at Equinox last year. I adore swimming and even swam on a team when I was younger. I’ve been researching pools deciding what would work best for me. Asphalt Green and the 92nd Street Y were contenders. Rejoining Equinox won in the end. After reviewing many pros and cons, this was the best choice for me. Do I have a little buyers remorse? Maybe, due to the fact that I have been overspending these past few months but it’s nothing that cannot be balanced. I am taking away a few expenses from my budget in order for this expense to fit.

As soon as I decided to join, I was in my suit and ready to hit the water. It was a very short swim today as I want to start out nice and easy and build up my swim endurance.

Here is a photo of me from my first sprint triathlon in August 2009. I was in great shape at this point in my life. I look forward to getting back to this “feel great” weight.

I enjoyed the steam room after my swim. I also decided to step on the scale while there. I rarely step on a scale anymore at all. I don’t necessarily feel that people should obsess over numbers. It’s more about an overall healthy lifestyle and how you feel in your own skin, in my opinion. BUT, when I stepped on the scale today I was actually shocked. I know I have gained some weight over the past year but in my mind I was losing some of it these past few weeks. This is not what the scale read. Somewhere along the line I’ve gained over 15 lbs. Why I’m expressing this on the blog I’m not quite sure. I know I’m feeling a little uncomfortable and I know how I want to feel and visualize myself obtaining my goals. So, I’m not going to cry over a number on the scale. I still look in the mirror and love the person I am and I think I look good, but I know I will get to a place where I feel 100% happy inside and out. Well, maybe 98% happy as life isn’t perfect.

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

Run Like A Girl

May 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

Today’s Workout: 6 Mile run

On the training agenda for today was a 6 mile run at a 9:58 minute mile pace. I had trouble keeping this pace throughout my run. I would look down at my Garmin and find myself running a 9 minute mile. Or I would be climbing a hill in Central Park in the heat and the pace would be a 10:30 minute mile. Most times it’s easy breezy finding my groove and keeping a steady pace. I find it harder to do when the pace you are supposed to run is slower than your comfortable run pace.

I had a perfect, relaxing morning before heading out to run. I enjoyed making breakfast, coffee, good conversation, and finalizing plans for the remainder of the long weekend. When I finally headed out the door for Central Park, I was taking it all in and realizing how happy I am. It’s so nice to lead a life of fitness. I remember the days a few years ago where I would wake up hung over, sit indoors and chat with a friend about nothing in particular on the phone. It all seems so depressing. I’m not knocking any lifestyle choices, but I’m glad I found the balance and surround myself with healthy individuals.

My run felt tough today. My body felt heavy. At one point during the first mile I had to pull over on the side of the road to transform my ponytail into a bun. My long hair (which hasn’t been cut since November – note to self) was hitting my back making me more hot and uncomfortable. Also, I forgot to lather on my body glide pre-run. My running shorts kept bunching today. Sexy, I know. Such as life. Not every run is perfect. I still feel sore and achy as I write this post. Possibly my body needs to adjust to the heat.

My new running shoes are not so matchy-matchy with this outfit.

My apartment currently feels like Guam. I have my fan circulating and the window open. I try to hold off as much as possible before I have to turn my air-conditioner on. It felt so nice to take a cold shower when I returned from my run. Post-run fuel consisted of leftover “summer” salad which I made last evening.

The special ingredient in this mix was buckwheat which I substituted instead of pasta. Also included was organic spinach, feta cheese, heirloom tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and yellow squash, and a mix of balsamic vinaigrette and red wine and oil vinaigrette.

I wasn’t satisfied after this meal and had a hankering for chocolate peanut butter. I topped a Thomas’ Everything Bagel Thin with chocolate peanut butter and vegan carob chips.

Delish.

In other news, I’ve been reading the book Run Like a Girl by Mina Samuels.

I’m not quite half way through but I’m really enjoying the positive messages being stated throughout. They are resonating with me personally. Here are just a few that stand out:

“If we can ‘see’ and own our hopes, dreams and ambitions, then we are far more likely to achieve them.”

“It’s your life. Don’t miss it!”

“Yet to be strong in body and mind requires not only effort but also risk and the willingness to embrace a new mind-set.”

“In other words, if we say ‘I am a strong athlete,’ there’s a good chance that’s what we’ll be.”

I’m headed to see the movie Bridesmaids tonight. Possibly a Chipotle burrito will be on the menu later too.

Enjoy your evening!

And…I’m back.

May 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Friday through Today’s Workout: NOTHING. Yikes. I hate to admit this but I would like to be truthful and accountable on this blog. Wait, does dancing for hours at a wedding count?

The latter part of last week and the entire past weekend was filled with weddings, birthdays, rowing boats and entertaining. It was one of those weekends where you cannot believe how much fun you had and wish you could go back quickly, for just a few hours.

I’ve lived in New York City for a while now and never went out on a rowboat in Central Park. Saturday was a first for me.

Me enjoying a bellini at The Central Park Boathouse before attempted rowing began. “Rowing a boat is a piece of cake. I can just tell.”

“Ugh…not so much a piece of cake after all. Hold on, I’ll get the hang of this.”

“I think I’m getting it. But why is the boat moving so slowly. Is the boat moving at all?”

“Yeah. I need a break.”

In other news, I wanted to share a lovely recipe I concocted on Sunday evening. A light, summer pasta salad.

Ingredients included quinoa pasta, sautéed mushrooms and yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, fresh organic spinach, cucumber, feta cheese and red wine vinegar and oil dressing.

On the topic of training, I’ve been thinking about hiring a running coach. I know a few people who have a coach and it could also be fun for me. I’m sure it will only help me to reach my marathon goal time. I’ll continue to sit on this decision until I feel strongly one way or another on how to proceed.

Does anyone have a running coach and would you mind sharing your thoughts?

A Wedding is on the way…

May 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

Today’s Workout: 4 Mile Run

This morning was the day I decided to try out my new running shoes. I took them for a nice four mile run. So far, so good. I like them and I feel faster and lighter already. Maybe this is just my visualization talking but I’ll take it. I do feel that I’m getting speedier every week and that is my goal.

In other news, I am in Tarrytown now getting ready to partake in my cousin’s wedding festivities. I’m really excited to celebrate with her. This has been the day she has dreamt about her entire life. I couldn’t be happier!!!

Upon arrival to Grand Central Station, I stopped by the dining hall and ordered a smoothie from Dishes. I forgot to snap a photo until it was too late and the entire smoothie had vanished. I wanted to share the ingredients as I plan to make this at home one day – low-fat vanilla yogurt (I wouldn’t use low-fat but would substitute Greek yogurt,) banana, mango and ginger.

On the way to my destination I perused Elle Magazine, mainly to read the article on Rachel McAdams. I find her interesting, love her roles and especially like that she keeps a mystique about her.

I’m loving her hair in this photo shoot as well as her dress.

I must go and primp myself for the rehearsal dinner which is happening in about one hour!

Have a good Thursday evening.

All in the Name of Beauty

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s workout: Rest Day

This morning began with me waking up from my alarm, thinking about it for a second, and promptly hitting snooze. I felt like I was not well rested at all and could have used more sleep time. I generally work perfectly on eight hours of sleep. Anything less is dicey. I could have cross-trained or opted for a rest day today. I suppose you can guess which option won over. I’m glad it did as I listen to my body. I knew I had a long day ahead of me. I attended an offsite sales meeting for work (I work in beauty PR) and then went to a swanky dinner at the newly opened Beauty & Essex. I heard of this restaurant through a coworker who said the food was excellent and the atmosphere was buzzing. If you ever go there, I recommend the lobster tacos and the salt & vinegar fries. Everything seems to be hip on the lower east side these days.

In other news, I’ve been dreaming of the beach lately. Beach season is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. It’s my favorite time of year. I may have to make my first appearance over Memorial Day weekend.

Sorry to cut this short but since today was so long, I’m going to head to bed. Tomorrow calls for a speed workout!

From Asics to Adidas

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s Workout: 4 Mile run

I purchased a new pair of running shoes today. I always go with Asics but wasn’t the happiest with my latest pair GEL-Nimbus so decided on a new brand altogether. I tried on a few pairs including Asics and Brooks, but ended up with the Adidas adiZero Boston. They felt great from the moment I put them on.

I did a test run on the treadmill. They felt the most comfortable on my foot as well as the lightest. I tried on the Asics GT-2160 after the Adidas and they felt a little bulky. Now, I have nothing negative to say about Asics. I’ve been a loyal Asics fan since I began running. I may go back and purchase another pair in the future. I just needed a little change of pace. I found out that I have a slight overpronation and I strike midfoot. I can get away with wearing a neutral shoe. These particular shoes are lightweight neutral trainers built for speed. Perfect, since my plan is to build on my speed over the summer.

The best part about these shoes is the name. They include the word “Boston” so it is only fitting that I’m aiming to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

I really wanted to try out my new, pretty bad-ass sneakers tonight during my run but I decided to save them for a sunny day. Maybe a little dramatic, but true.