Another Year.

Well, I’m another year older and probably at least a little wiser 😉 Saturday was my 26th birthday and while it poured rain all weekend, I got to spend the weekend with my mom and my mom’s boyfriends daughter Amanda. I picked them up at Port Authority late Friday night and we went to grab food at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. I have always wanted to go to this place and if you aren’t familiar with it it’s a diner where all the staff are aspiring actors/actresses/performers, so they sing and dance on the tables! It was way cooler than I expected! photo 3(2)

We tried to ignore the rain as we walked around all day on Saturday and shopped our butts off! My poor John was so, so sick all weekend and his birthday was yesterday. He couldn’t even get out of bed let alone walk around in the rain all day. I was supposed to meet Brenda around 6:30 AM for a long run but I was actually scared to leave him alone he was coughing so terribly and in so much pain, so I stayed in bed with him until later in the morning. My heart rate monitor at least made me a cake!  photo 5(1)

Around noon we headed to brunch with Brenda and Eddie to the place we went to after the NYC half a few weekends ago, Philip Marie. I was so obsessed with our service and the atmosphere that I wanted to celebrate my birthday here! The food is also amazing but I think even if it weren’t I would still go there! I got eggs with toast and potatoes, super basic but delicious. That butter was NOT eaten.photo 1(1)  After brunch my mom, Amanda and I headed downtown to check out the 9/11 memorial. I was so glad they wanted to go because of course I’ve wanted to but it’s one of those things that when you live here you just keep putting it off because you take all of the things to do for granted. It was so beautiful and also sad to be there.  photo 3(1)  photo 2  We made our way back up to Times Square to hit up the gigantic Forever 21 and H&M. Let’s just say they have no idea how much I love them for me going to Times Square on a Saturday 😉 It actually was really fun to be a tourist for the day and we ended up getting some great things. I treated myself way too much this whole month, always telling myself it was a birthday present. I have more birthday presents from myself this year than ever in my life combined, haha! shop

Shopping was followed by a ton of pizza at Patsy’s and froyo afterwards. My perfect birthday dinner!

Amanda, mom, and me!
Amanda, mom, and me!

Once we got back to my apartment, we had our own karaoke session of singing old school Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, which was inspiration for this week’s spin playlist. I had one of the most amazing classes ever yesterday morning! Everyone was feelin’ every song and a woman came up to me after class and told me my classes and music gets her higher than heroin! haha Flattered yet also concerned 😉 Sorry I haven’t shared a playlist in awhile, but this one is too good to pass up.  photo  After I taught my Sunday morning class, I came back home with bagels and donuts for John and we napped and watched Arrested Development all day and night. Not the worst way to spend a birthday, but certainly not fun when you are super sick! We are going to have a re-do on our birthdays sometime this week.

How was your last birthday spent?

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 🙂

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. 🙂 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 🙂

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

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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. 🙂

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

Weekend Necessities (+PRO GIVEAWAY!)

Oh Sunday night… why must you come upon us so quickly? Another weekend in the books. I have a few weekend necessities that without, my weekends just don’t feel right. They include:

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Pizza. This was at Patsy’s, one of my favorites.

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Froyo. YOGURTLAND has opened in NYC! I alerted Janae of this on my Instagram because now she has even more reasons to come to NYC!

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At least 1 run. This one happened to be long (for me) and glorious.

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Bagels. This was at Brooklyn Bagel. So so good.

And most importantly, relaxing. I don’t really have a picture of me relaxing because I wouldn’t want to frighten you but it includes me with no makeup, wild hair, mismatched and way-too-big-for-me comfy clothes and best of all: compression socks.

Living in NYC, I walk all over every single day. I have a desk job, so sitting all day is bad for circulation and health in general. I do my part to stay active, eat healthy most of the time and compression socks help me with the other parts; comfort and circulation. I was beyond ecstatic when PRO Compression, aka the compression sock company you see all over blogs these days, sent me over a pair of their Marathon socks to try out. Hello, worn by Skinny Runner and STUFT Mama, my idols! I couldn’t wait to get them on, and I’ve been wearing them to bed every night for the last week.

please ignore my messy floor
please ignore my messy floor

Comfort barely begins to describe what they bring to me. These PRO Compression socks are crucial for me to wear after logging many running and walking miles. You can also wear PRO Compression socks DURING exercise! You can feel the difference in less fatigue and it’s amazing!

It’s kinda hard to describe what they feel like on. I remember thinking compression must be uncomfortably tight and I wouldn’t like them, but you really have to see for yourself and fall in love with them.

And 1 of you lucky readers will be able to! PRO has allowed me to give one of my beautiful readers a pair to put on their legs! Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite way to relax on the weekend is. For additional entries, please go to PRO’s Facebook page and like them, then leave me another comment telling me you did. You can also head on over to their Twitter, follow them and then tell me you did! You have until Thursday August 22nd at 11:00 AM EST to enter!

In the mean time, you can also purchase a pair at 40% off using my coupon code PCBLG. The code is good for the marathon socks and the calf sleeves!

Also: you do NOT have to be a blogger to enter any of my giveaways! So comment, comment, comment! 🙂