Man UP.

Hey party people!

Last week was pretty boring on the blog front because I didn’t do much except work, teach some Spin classes (NOT BORING!) and sleep. No running in like 8 days. And I don’t even care. This shitty, cold, exhausting winter has ruined me! I’m thinking I’m going to have to start using the treadmill even though it will take an hour to run 3 miles since I have to stop every 1/2 mile to stretch or my hips feel like they will break off. But this is a big year of races for me as I am now running the NYC Half March 16th (which means training needs to start THIS week or I’m toast), the Brooklyn Half May 17th, and then MARATHON training starts July 1st!!! I’ve said all along that I REALLY want to go into marathon training with a solid long distance base and stronger, so it’s time to man up and put this plan into motion. It’s obviously amazing that I have been teaching a lot of spin classes lately so I’m keeping my cardio up, but the only thing that will train you for running is running!

I was off from work this weekend but I got to teach a spin class Saturday morning and John came! It was so awesome to have him there to see me in my element. He has taken 2 spin classes with me a couple of years ago so he kinda knew what to expect, and it’s safe to say he still hates it 🙂 He did ask me if we could go back to yoga this Friday night though and I almost flat-lined. Making progress with him! I wasn’t feeling great yesterday so I basically did nothing but sleep and laundry but Saturday we ate some delicious food after spinning our butts off.

Brunch at North Square:

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One of the best brunches I’ve had in NYC. I had the brunch tasting which included 3 small pumpkin pecan pancakes, chicken apple sausage, potatoes, 2 eggs and a cheddar biscuit. I obviously couldn’t eat the biscuit because of the cheese but the rest of it was PERFECT. Seriously it was my dream food plate, a little serving of things I love all together. The sausage was really amazing and the pancakes were perfectly sized so I didn’t feel like I WAS a pancake after I ate them. John had the burger and it looked delicious and pretty big!

After some walking around and getting coffee, we had an early dinner at Umami Shoppu to warm up with some ramen. Ramen is such a perfect meal during the Polar Vortex that is upon us. I had the Spicy Butaniku ramen and it was just spicy enough. The ramen I get at Momofuku is actually TOO spicy and usually leaves me feeling sick. We also started with pork buns and they were delicious and so much less oily than Momofuku’s.

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I am making an emergency stop at Trader Joe’s tonight because I NEED to get some healthy food and meal prep a little. I say emergency because TJ’s on a Monday night is generally a mad house and going right after work may result in violence. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, I may need bail money 😉 I want to get a little more creative with my food so I will post whatever I’m eating the rest of the week!

Has this terrible winter restricted your running? Or are you a champion and pushed through?

What is your ideal brunch meal?

13 thoughts on “Man UP.”

  1. Yum your brunch looks fantastic! I am with you on the running…I keep telling myself that all the cardio will keep me in shape (same races! minus marathon haven’t picked a fall one yet) but umm I am dreading a long run. Longest last week was 5 miles. Oops.
    Good luck at TJ’s not only did I go at 6pm last Monday but then at 11am yesterday. Yup, glutton for punishment. But the stocked fridge is worth it!

  2. I will see you at the Brooklyn Half!! I just tried Pork Buns for the first time over the summer and I am in love!! I need to try Momofukus (or try this place you mentioned), I’ve been to the milk bar for crack pie and cereal milk but it has been on my list to try the restaurant.

    1. Woo hoooo but we must meet before May!! 🙂 We need to plan a sunday run followed by Momofuku to refuel!! Milk bar is ridiculous. There is one right by my work and it takes a lot of restraint to not get a cookie from there daily!!

  3. My running sucks. I cannot get to the gym early enough to get a treadmill and cannot (or will not) run outside after dark. So, I am rowing, biking or stair thingy at the gym to get my cardio in

    1. As long as you are getting some kind of cardio in, you’re doing great!! I got up just early enough to fit 1 mile in on the dreadmill before I taught spin today and it felt really good! I was happy to get off of it though 🙂

  4. Yeah there’s no way I’d be running in freezing temperatures and snow!

    omg pumpkin pecan pancakes and biscuits, yum! That would definitely be my perfect brunch! I start with the salty egg, potatoes, and meat and finish with the sweet pancake goodness 🙂

    1. I mix it all together with syrup all over everything because that’s my favorite way to eat food, all smashed up together! haha 😀

  5. Yeah there’s no way I’d be running in freezing temperatures and if there’s snow everywhere, that’s just an accident waiting to happen!

    omg pumpkin pecan pancakes and cheddar biscuit, yum! That would be my perfect brunch too. Love having the salty egg, potatoes, meat combo first and the pancakes last. I always have to have the sweet stuff last!

    1. You definitely should! I thought I wouldn’t like it and it isnt something I would eat often (lots of sodium) but its a fun food to throw in once in awhile!

  6. I love your blog. I even forwarded it to my daughter who is on her own weight loss journey. You are very inspirational. I too have been unable to run outside and it is killing me. I don’t have a treadmill, so I can’t run inside. Last night I finally went out for a quick 30 minute run just because I HAD TO. I feel terrible not getting a run in. I have determined that 23 degrees is my barometer in which I can run somewhat comfortably. It’s been about 2 weeks since we have seen that temperature. I dressed like I was going skiing, I probably looked pretty funny, with my reflective vest and blinking armband. Everything was warm except for my hands got a little tingly. I will never complain this Spring or Summer that it is too hot to run……I promise…..I think I promise, well probably not.

    1. Hi Marge!! Thank you for your sweet comment! So awesome that you said to hell with the cold and went out and ran in it! I really need to stop being such a baby 🙂 I too am saying to myself I will NEVER complain about it being hot again… but I literally say this every winter! LOL! 🙂

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