Is It Next Year Yet?

Watching the NYC Marathon on Sunday has made me SO excited for me to run it next year! However that excitement has not yet turned into motivation because it’s now day 9 of not working out and I still have NO desire to 😦 I feel like a huge blanket of exhaustion is just covering me and I want to do nothing but sleep and eat some soup. I’m guessing the reason I feel so exhausted is due to the lack of working out. Funny how that works, eh? Ugh, I need to stop over sleeping and get my ass up. Just to keep it real I have to admit this for both embarrassment reasons and also just because it’s kind of a good example, but I woke up late today and still hurried down to the gym to see what I could fit in. The trains were of course delayed big time so I didn’t get to the gym until 7:30, had a horrible stomach ache for 15 minutes so… yeah, then had just enough time to run 1 mile. Well I didn’t even GPS track it because I only had 10 minutes so it was probably more like 0.80 miles. Better than 0 I know but that is NOT what I call a comeback.

Movin’ on… some pictures from our spectating on Sunday.

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That was the crazy crowd on 1st Ave and 63rd St. The runner’s are passing mile 16 here I believe.

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One of my favorite spots to watch, where the runners come into Manhattan for the first time!

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Mile 25!

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The 1/2 mile left sign was giving me a stomach ache and anxiety. I HATE that part of any race so much. I am not good at pushing myself at the end of a race until I have about 25 feet til the finish line.

I definitely shed a tear when I saw Ali at mile 25. The fact that she has battled Crohn’s disease SO bad this year, was barely able to train and didn’t know for sure up til 2 days before if she would even be able to get to the start line and then still ran it sub-4. FREAKING amazing! I simply can’t wait for next year.

Since we were outside in the freezing cold for a few hours, we decided to head down to Soho and warm up with a cute little tea and scone date at Harney & Sons. We are so corny, we know.

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I had soy chai latte and John had something I just call soup in a cup. It tastes like grass, not a fan. The scones were just slightly flavored vanilla and I slathered them in that yummy jam.

In other news, I am full on obsessed with turkey chili. I haven’t made my own yet (read: so damn lazy) but I’ve been getting it at Fresh & Co for lunch and it’s SO FREAKING GOOD and pretty low calorie. I have a week off from work and besides going to Boston FINALLY to see my babes Mark and Lauren, we were too poor for a real vacation so my other fun will be making chili for the first time. I am a party animal.

Have you ever watched the NYC Marathon in person or on TV?

Have you ever made your own chili? If so what’s your favorite recipe? I like it super spicy and thick! (TWSS) 😉

I’m Alive!

Ugh, I sincerely apologize for being THE LAZIEST person ever last week in terms of updating the blog and I apologize to myself right now that I took an entire week off from working out and ate nothing but junk. My stomach is not happy with the amount of sugar I chomped down the last week, and a few days of a break from working out turned into a full week because once I start getting a ton of sleep instead of waking up at 4:30 AM it is SO HARD to start getting up. Add in the cold weather and I need a huge kick in my ass. Any takers?

Last week was fun though. John and I went to see an awesome comedy show/podcast recording with some of our favorite comedians. This is a horrible picture but we were in the front row and the lighting makes it impossible to get a clear picture with the iPhone camera.

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This was Todd Barry, Sarah Silverman and Natasha Lyonne from my favorite show, Orange is The New Black! They went on for almost 2 hours and it was only $15 a ticket. Suhweeeet.

We then went to the best chinese place ever near the venue, Michael & Ping’s. Their food is WAY healthier than your normal Chinese take-out and about 1000x better tasting, too. I got the “Main Mein Salad” which is cold sesame noodles with chicken and veggies with a spicy peanut sauce on it.

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Halloween was a super fun day starting with a little work party. Every year I want to dress up and be creative and every year I fail miserably by not having enough time to plan anything. I went with my go-to costume, a.k.a all of my own clothes and personal style, Rachel Zoe.

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After work I went to Brenda’s where we threw together a costume we had talked about dressing up as for almost a year. Again, we are the worst procrastinators ever. I think we nailed it minus the wigs?

Who we were supposed to be..
Who we were supposed to be..

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Either way, a shoulder-padded blazer and ugly sweater vest (sorry Eddie!!) are always funny.

My volunteering session at the NYC Marathon expo Saturday, held at the Javits center, was one of the best experiences of my life hands down. I got there at 8:00 AM and volunteered til 2:00 and I got to hand out the bibs to the runners. The amount of smiling, extremely excited and happy faces I got to talk to made me the happiest I’ve been in a long time. The organization of volunteering was on point and it could not have been easy to organize. Over 50,000 bibs were picked up from this expo over the course of 3 days. I probably waited on 200 myself! I CANNOT wait for it to be me picking up my bib next year! 🙂

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John met me after my shift and we walked around the expo for awhile. Of course I had to stop by the Mizuno booth and got the VIP treatment without actually being a VIP 😉

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After explaining to the very knowledgeable dude that I am losing sleep over Mizuno not making my beloved Wave Elixir 7’s anymore (yes I tried the 8’s and didn’t like them) he made me try on 4 different pairs until I found the right ones to replace them. I wasn’t going to buy but they were offering them for 20% off so I did. In a few weeks after I put some more miles on these, I will be wearing the Wave Inspire 9’s. They feel a lot like the Elixir so I pray they work out for me!

I didn’t get a chance to eat during my volunteering so John and I hit up 5 Napkin Burger for a late lunch. I usually get the veggie burger but decided to go for the special of the day which was a turkey burger stuffed with herbed goat cheese, cranberry ketchup and crispy shallots. MOUTH WATERING.

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This was promptly followed by a CANDIED YAM cookie.



This was then followed by falling asleep at 4:00 PM. I will recap the marathon tomorrow. I watched for a couple of hours and it was so freaking amazing. I just cannot wait for next year!

Have you ever volunteered at a race or expo?