Don’t Make Me Laugh.

I am in so much pain right now. A good pain, but a strong one. I worked out with Brenda on Saturday morning, meaning I let her train me and I have never been in so much pain DURING a workout or after. Even after 4+ hours of cycling last week, she beat me to a pulp. More on that later, but let’s discuss the delicious food I’ve had since we talked last!

Backtracking to last week, I was so exhausted from my 3 spin classes in 24 hours that I took Wednesday and Thursday off to rest. Wednesday night my brother came down to the city so we met up in Brooklyn for pizza and froyo/Shake Shack. Grimaldi’s for pizza of course, 2 pies for the 3 of us. Demolished.

Pie 1 of 2.
Pie 1 of 2.
My 2 favorite guys in the world!
My 2 favorite guys in the world!

On the way back to my brother’s car we passed Orange Leaf and since I was on an antibiotic last week, I figured I HAD to get my yogurt intake for the day. Right?!

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Sadly I barely made a dent into it. I wasn’t crazy full from the pizza but my appetite just isn’t as raging since I’ve been running less. Even tons of Spin doesn’t make me as hungry as running! Anyone else?! The boys got Shake Shack shakes and John literally ordered a double burger too. After 6 pieces of pizza. No words.

Friday I was off from job #1 but job #2 I had at 6:00 PM so I got to sleep in a little and then busted out 1 of my finals. My class Friday night was so great again! I am loving teaching cycling SO SO much and right now since I’m just subbing I have no classes scheduled this week and I’m so sad. Hoping someone will need a sub!

1.5 mile treadmill run first then class!
1.5 mile treadmill run first then class!

After class I went back home to finish another final and get to bed relatively early for my morning session with Brenda!

Saturday morning was so beautiful and I was so grateful to be off from work to enjoy it. Saturdays have a great feel to them when you don’t have to be stuck at a desk all day! I ran 3 miles first to warm-up and then Brenda put me through absolute torture. It looked like this:

  • 1500 meter row in 6 minutes. Broken into 500 meters in 2 mins, rest, then repeat 2 more times. I was almost in tears halfway through minute 1.
  • TRX squats (20), TRX bodyweight rows (10) , tuck jump to squat thrust x 15— repeat this circuit twice. The bodyweight rows were INSANELY hard!
  • Assisted pull-ups w/ a band. In a nutshell, I could basically not even do 1 WITH the band. Hardest thing ever, great thing to work towards!
  • 3 sets of 10 lat pulldowns w/ 72 pounds (random weight but on a machine)
  • Ab circuit: full sit up w/ legs on the ground (pilates move) on the way back bring your legs back and then reach up to touch toes x 15; feet in TRX strap, bring legs to chest then pike x5, feet in TRX strap, brings legs to chest then spread legs apart x10

Sorry if my descriptions are weird, not sure of proper names just yet! All I can say is that besides my shoulders/lats/forearms/every inch of my arms being insanely sore, my abs have NEVER felt sore from a workout before. I wanted to punch her in her face, naturally. It hurts so bad to laugh, cough and sit up. I will definitely be repeating this circuit on my own!! She is AMAZING at what she does. If you are in the NYC area and want her info to get training with her, let me know!!!!

No better way to start a weekend than sweating with your best friend. The rest of Saturday was spent brunching with John at Grey Dog, of course. Afterwards we got coffee and walked around for a few hours, before deciding to go home and just relax since it was pretty cold out. I got pretty wild and made a big bowl of chicken noodle soup and ate it in bed. Have you ever heard of such a wild Saturday night?!

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By the way, Progresso chicken noodle is really good.

I also had a few bites of a chocolate chip cookie dough Questbar after. After 3 bites I realized I could NOT bare the taste of it anymore. Over the summer I loved them, but I was also still using a lot of artificial sweeteners. Now that I eat mainly real food and only really use stevia in my coffee in the morning and that’s it, it tasted awful to me. It also upset my stomach within minutes. Not knocking but all in all they are a pretty fake food and I will not be ever buying them again!

Sunday morning I woke up planning to run 8-9 miles. I woke up exhausted, sore beyond words, and nothing in the world sounded better than going back to sleep and just spending the morning in bed with John. Something we never get to do! It felt amazing and I felt no regrets. I have 2 races this weekend and haven’t been running much at all, but I have no worries. I’m enjoying the rest of the year before I get serious again with training and it feels good! After snuggling for a few hours, we made our way to brunch at Brindle Room. A weekend with my 2 favorite brunch spots is THE BEST. We were ready to gnaw our arms off by the time we got there since it was 1:30 and we hadn’t eaten anything yet. He got his burger and fries, I had my favorite smoked pork hash and for “dessert” we split the banana challah french toast with nutella and fruit. YUM.

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my cute date
my cute date

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To avoid the food coma we were about to slip into, we walked around for quite awhile and did some shopping at Marshall’s. I got a new really big pot to make chili in, fleece lined leggings to run in, Nike training gloves (my hands get SO sweaty when I lift and hurt) and Nike dri-fit slight compression socks. I live and breathe for Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, dudes.

It started to snow around 4:30 so we made our way home and did a huge load of laundry. Our bag weighed probably 30 pounds and we have to lug it 2 blocks so we counted that as our workout. We worked up our appetite for dinner finally around 8:30 and got 2 human-sized pieces of pizza. $3 each. Can you seriously beat that?!

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(Don’t worry- I peeled off my cheese. Sigh 😦 )

Ha! So big
Ha! So big

Not the best pizza ever but good for being so cheap and huge.

And the weekend ended with setting up our first ever NYC Christmas tree that my roommate decorated so beautifully!

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So there ya have it. A solid week of workouts and not-so-healthy food. That’s what weekends are for!

Best Pizza Award.

Before we get into the seriousness of this post (yes, I take pizza VERY seriously) I’d just like to share some other food and fun things I’ve done this week! I love that it’s already Thursday. 1 more work day to go before I have a full week off!

After my 9 day hiatus (besides a ridiculous 10 min run that was awful Tuesday) I was back to the streets yesterday morning for an amazing 5 mile run. Fall in NYC doesn’t last very long, but the trees have finally changed in the park and it was beautiful.

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I had major right hip flexor pain like I did in my last 2 races. It hurts so bad that it’s difficult to even walk afterwards because of the up motion of your hips when raising your legs to walk. I foam rolled it and kept just lifting it while standing and it helped but it’s still lingering. Why is it always some kind of pain while running? Comes with the territory, I guess! However, I have been wearing my current sneakers for almost 5 months and I think they have reached their mileage capacity. I’m not a high mileage runner by any means, but I’ve put probably close to 400 miles on them plus walked around in them a lot. I’ve been clinging to them for dear life for too many weeks now, but finally made myself throw them out yesterday at the gym. I have 2 new pairs at home but they aren’t Elixir 7’s 😦 I guess I’ll have to get over it and see which ones I like better!

RIP sneaks. I loved you. Until you got a hole in my toe box.
RIP sneaks. I loved you. Until you got a hole in my toe box.

Besides being well rested, my run was well fueled from my Tuesday night dinner. I rarely get a craving for pasta but when I do, I need to quench it immediately or I get violent. Whole wheat pasta always kills my stomach, so I had John make me some plain spiral pasta. He cooked it ‘al dente’ ’cause he’s fancy like that (he told me this method makes you feel full longer?) and then after he drained it I sprayed it with coconut oil spray in place of butter, then drowned it in garlic powder and parm cheese. I added a jalapeno chicken sausage for some protein. One of the best dinners ever! 

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This is a really good soup I’ve been having for a fast and easy lunch since I’ve had negative zero motivation to meal prep.

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These were on sale and this was the only one that didn’t have any corn in it. It’s pretty good! Only 200 calories for the container so I usually pair it with some Popchips or something extra.

Okay, let’s get into this pizza business. Last night John and I ventured to Brooklyn to see one of our favorite comedians, Rob Delaney, for part of his book tour. It was free and just at a large independent bookstore which is so Brooklyn. Love it. He has been rated the funniest person on Twitter, and we love him because he’s so raunchy and inappropriate.

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Not bad on the eyes either 😉 We were only there for about 45 minutes and then we realized Grimaldi’s was about a 3 minute walk away. It’s one of the most famous pizza places in NYC and we have never been which is really shocking in itself. I can say now that it was well worth the wait and we lucked out with no actual wait line!

Grimaldi's was Frank Sinatras favorite pizza!
Grimaldi’s was Frank Sinatras favorite pizza!

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I heard angels sing when this appeared on the table.
I heard angels sing when this appeared on the table.

Our other favorite pizza is Patsy’s so we were comparing this to theirs and the only thing that bothered me is that this had a lot more cheese. If I handled cheese okay, this would be the #1 reason this pizza was better than Patsy’s, but since I can’t I had to pick off a lot more. Full disclosure is that I didn’t really care about the consequences and ate more bites of cheese than I should have. YOLO.

While Patsy’s sauce is more flavorful, this was just so freaking amazing. The crust was perfection. The perfect ratio of crispy while also being doughy. The cheese was salty and there were lots of herbs and cooked basil throughout the slices. Hello, lover.

So I can now say that if you are visiting NYC you must hit up at least 1 of the 2 best pizza places, either Grimaldi’s or Patsy’s. There is a Grimaldi’s in Manhattan that’s within a little shopping center (which happens to be in an old church that was also once a nightclub…?) so we are going to check them out and see if it’s as delicious as it’s original location in Brooklyn.

I literally live and run for pizza. Can someone design me a tattoo that incorporates something to do with running and pizza? Do it and I’ll get it.

What is your favorite pizza ever? 

If you’ve had NYC pizza, what is your favorite here?