Happy Friday! (+YAY!)

Thank you guys so much for all the sweet comments on my Anniversary post! I’m glad you enjoyed the picture sequence and didn’t find my post too mushy πŸ˜‰

As you know since I work in retail, Friday’s don’t mean the end of a work week for me but I do have Sunday off so that is something to celebrate! John is going upstate tonight to spend the weekend with his mom for her birthday and I am so bummed I can’t go. But alas, I have to work tomorrow. So that means I will be spending this evening going to hot yoga again AND tomorrow evening too! I will be eating my weekend pizza alone and that’s sad, but it does mean I get to watch all the Kardashians I want without John trying to suffocate me πŸ™‚ Anywho, let’s go over some week highlights besides my lovely anniversary!

I actually forgot to post this but I had the best turkey burger of my life last Sunday night at Sullivan Bistro. It was topped with onions and blue cheese and the fries were unlike any I’ve had before. SUPER thin and crispy with sauteed onions throughout them. I have a serious love affair with onions and it’s probably why I don’t have many friends. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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I also received my new sneakers that I got for $15 on Amazon! That’s only because I traded in a textbook but so cool right? I actually had these last year but sent them back after not liking how much mesh there was but I REALLY have not been loving the Wave Precision 13’s I’ve been wearing at all. These are the Wave Elixir 8’s and they feel ALMOST as great as my precious 7’s.

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Yep, still wearing shorts on any day above 39 degrees. So far they feel really good but my left foot is still feeling really wonky and overall I am out of running shape. My pace has been faster than it was in the summer/fall but everything feels hard. So much for “staying in half marathon shape” after all my fall races!

So on my lovely anniversary date when we went to get coffee after dinner, I treated myself and ordered a chai tea latte instead of just a normal coffee. I COMPLETELY forgot to order it with soy milk and drank the whole thing without realizing my mistake. I was up most of the night Wednesday and in pain all day and night with some of the worst stomach pains of my life, thanks to the dairy milk and also partially from the sugar since I never drink things like that. I can’t believe how sensitive I am to it now!

Besides my stomach pain, I taught a great spin class last night and was so happy when one of the students told me she was brand new to the gym and it would be her first class. I can proudly say that I made her feel comfortable and she stuck through a little more than half of the class before leaving, which I told her she could do. I would have loved for her to stay on the bike even if she couldn’t keep pedaling, which I also told her she could do, but I also know that other students would have been looking at her wondering why she wasn’t pedaling so the option to leave really helped her. I smiled at her a bunch of times during class and I REALLY hope I made an impact on her to come back! I will truly never teach a class where I intimidate or call people out. What is the point? We’re all there for a purpose but the main thing needs to be to have fun! And to feel motivated without someone screaming orders at you. I think I really deliver that. Jeesh, I just want to teach all day!! πŸ™‚

Oh and my pre-workout fuel before spin was amazing. I watched the first two episodes of this season’s GIRLS (available for free here!) while chowing down on a bowl of banana oats with Biscoff, a splash of almond milk, and a tiny bit of crumbled carrot cake from my anniversary.

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Perrrfect. We ended up throwing the rest of the cake away because the frosting was just TOO much.

And I began my day with a very chilly 3.7 mile run in Central Park. I underdressed for the first time during a winter run and it’s NOT fun. My ears were so cold and my sinuses are going to bug me all day now. I also got back to the gym to no hot water, so I had to take a cold shower. It was pretty awful, but what can ya do?!

The cold sucks but this sunrise does not.
The cold sucks but this sunrise does not.

And to save the best for last…

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I GOT INTO THE NYC HALF MARATHON!!!!!!!! They reopened the lottery and I got in this round!!! It was completely a surprise because I had forgotten all about it, then I saw someone post about it on Instagram and quickly logged on to my NYRR account and boom! Boom to my credit card too, because I wasn’t ready for that expense πŸ˜‰ It’s the priciest race I’ve done so far ($117) but I am SO EXCITED!! Running through Times Square with no tourists around is going to be ahhhmazing.Β 

What has your week looked like?

Friday night plans?

Food + Race Rambles.

‘Twas another weekend full of food and racing, just the way I like it. If only I hadn’t had to work both days, it would have been the picture perfect weekend. A girl can dream, eh?

Let’s just dive right into the food. Regardless that my half marathon series is over until at least December but definitely January (I signed up for another 1/2 for the end of January, but have one on my mind for December) I am still carb-loading on Saturdays like it’s my job. Maybe one day it will be my job. Until then I will just have to use my own money to do so which is the not so fun part. ANYWAYS, the food.

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One of my very generous co-workers heard around the water coolers that I loved Biscoff so she brought me a jar. She is clearly an angel. I am proud to announce that it’s a few days after she gave it to me and there is still some left to last until at least tomorrow, and I also shared with John. YUP.

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Instead of eating it by the spoonful (okay I have 3 times) I’ve been putting it on my oatmeal and when it melts to form a pool my heart also melts. Those are FRENCH TOAST goldfish swimming on there. I love that I can add some sugary crunch to my oats for about 40 calories for 10 fishes. I am fully aware that this picture shows more than 10 fishies.

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Swooped into Whole Foods to get some soup and had to try a little piece of this grape, walnut & blue cheese pizza. It was really, really good but I picked off the walnuts. Didn’t like the crunch on a pizza. Love that you can get little samples or super small pieces at Whole Foods just to get a taste!

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John and I went to get pizza at Patsy’s Saturday night and he always gets an order of meatballs and I eat the sauce. I mean I dip my pizza in it too since I have to scrape off all the cheese, but I also eat the sauce with a fork. The chunks of tomato in it and the flavors are so good I can’t even describe it. YUM.

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Pumpkin pie froyo with fruity pebbles is life changing. John was gagging just looking at it. Do not ever trust his judgement.

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Pre-race Sunday morning. I am IN LOVE with this top. The brand is Mondetta and I got it at TJ Maxx. I’ll have to take a picture of it more close up but the details are so cute, especially on the back. It always feels good to run in something that’s cute πŸ™‚

This was the Poland Spring 5 Mile Marathon Kick-off race. So weird to think that I ran this last year too! I have now been racing long enough to be doing the same race twice. Crazy. That also means it’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy too. How does time go by so fast?

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Hills on hills on hills.

The race has the same finish line as the NYC Marathon which is so cool.

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I ran this pretty hard and felt strong and really good for the whole race, except my right hip flexor/groin area was killing me from mile 2 on. It was hard to even lift my right leg to run, so I had to ease up on the pace a few times when I really could have gone faster. SO frustrating. I am giving up on ever being fast.

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So that’s what my RunKeeper app recorded but my official time was 50:38 for a 10:08 pace, which is exactly one minute slower than last year. Can we please just go by my app time, thanks. πŸ™‚ I ran 1.5 miles to the race and 1.5 back for a total of 8 miles for the day.

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Yesterday was also my 1,000 day of logging my food on MyFitnessPal. I owe so much of my weight loss success to you, MFP! In all of these 1,000 days I have probably missed 3 days of full logging. Even on the bad binging days I used to have, every bite got recorded. Everyone has their own opinion of counting calories but it works for me πŸ™‚

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Sunday ended with $5 mussels & fries at Brindle Room.



And pumpkin pie + roasted apples custard at Shake Shack. All with my love Johnny, of course. We got this great (but fuzzy since I enlarged and screenshot it) picture of us from my friend’s wedding last month.

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I kinda love him a lot. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend? I wanna hear your workouts + delicious eats!

First Race & Fatty Crabs

Sunday morning was my first ever race! I ran Race to Deliver which was 4 miles in Central Park. I believe it was the “inner loop” which is known for it’s rolling hills. Running 10 miles Saturday and doing 30 Day Shred (6868 squats) the day before was likely not my best move, but I just wanted to sub-40 and I was just excited to be running a race in NYC!

I woke up earlier than I needed to with a stomach ache from nerves (or possibly the frozen yogurt & cupcake dinner I had Saturday night) so I didn’t want even a small breakfast. I don’t eat before a run anyways, but I had a few hours to go before the race and probably should have had toast or a banana. John and I headed to 72nd & Central Park West and made our way to the registration area where I met up with Kristen, a woman I ran with last weekend in my first group run. We were in the same pace group but she is definitely speedier than me, and amazing since she ran the marathon less than a month ago!

We headed to the start and my nerves were pretty calm by this point. It was only 4 miles after all, but the shorter the distance the faster you’re supposed to run. Small distances scare me because I don’t get into my groove until about 3 miles. Anyway, we jogged for about 6 minutes before our feet actually hit the starting line. The first mile flew by and the hills weren’t too bad. I’m pretty sure we were subbing 9 minutes and it felt fine at first. Mile 2 seemed like it took forever to come, and halfway through a hill I lost Kristen. I kept running which was my goal, I just had to slow my pace and my hamstrings were on fire! It was hard with no music, but so many volunteers were cheering us on and finally we hit mile 3. This mile had hills in the beginning, but the rest was downhill and then flat. Seeing the finish line was awesome, and I was scanning the surprisingly small crowd looking for John but the sun was super bright. Then I heard him yell “Tallman!” right before the finish line and he was able to get a video of me! It definitely was the hardest 4 miles I’ve ever ran because of the hills, but finishing the day after my longest run felt amazing! I met up with Kristen who finished a few minutes ahead of me.

My official time was 37:50! PR for me since it’s my first race πŸ™‚ We immediately jumped on the subway to get bagels at Pick-a-Bagel on 53rd & 8th, its one of my favorites.

Whole wheat everything bagel with bacon, egg, cheese and onion. Delicious Sunday indulgence.

John had to head into work so I did laundry and cleaned, then met up with Caitlin and Hunter for dinner at Blockheads. Bowl after bowl of salty chips and salsa, and a grilled chicken wrap with salad. Mmmmm

We walked to the Upper West Side to make a necessary 16 Handles stop. More pumpkin froyo because it’s probably the last time it will be available til next year! Pumpkin should be a year round flavor, just sayin.

We overate until we were all mutually sick and felt obese. We walked around for awhile laughing at how huge we felt, and dubbed ourselves “Fatty Crabs” after passing a restaurant with the name. I said I wanted no part of anything sugary or food related until Thanksgiving, but that was Sunday and somehow I still ate Monday and yesterday… naturally.

On the workout front however, I have been L A Z Y this week. I think those 14 miles this weekend really kicked my butt because I’ve been a walking zombie. There literally isn’t a day in my life in the last 6 months where I haven’t at least walked almost 5 miles, on top of running most days and strength training and when I was really crazy, adding kickboxing, zumba and swimming. I did want to work out EXTRA this week seeing as how it’s Thanksgiving week, but honestly I am burnt.out. I can always tell when it’s me being lazy or when I’m just fried, and I am really fried. Walking even feels like a chore right now, but at least I still got in my almost 5 miles of walking each day this week. I have high hopes of running tomorrow morning before the festivities start, but it’s the biggest night of the year to go out and Brenda and I are hardly ever home together, so I suppose tonight will consist of many bottles of wine, dancing in our old bars and catching up with old friends. It only happens once a year, so really I need to take a chill pill on possibly not being able to work out tomorrow. You only live once!
I love the idea of coming back from my mini vacation and having a new work out plan. I’m going to be trying a guest pass at Gold’s Gym so I can try out spinning and BODY PUMP! I had said last week I was feeling Β ready for two-a-days again, and I definitely am. I actually think this little break is just what I need to get motivated to be a machine again. I’d like to feel confident again by New Years. Totally doable πŸ™‚

I’m out of work early today to leave for upstate, and since I slept in and didn’t hit the gym this morning, I had time to make delicious protein pancakes. I topped them with Biscoff spread (do yourself a favor and don’t even buy this… it’s the only food you’ll ever want to eat again in your life) and sugar free pancake syrup. So. Good.

I will be blogging from upstate, but I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! It came so fast this year, and doesn’t even feel like that time of the year. I guess because it’s my first holiday season not living in my hometown. So bittersweet! I leave you with a few inspiring, beautiful pictures.