Archive for October, 2011


Happy Halloween!

As much as I love the fall, I don’t love Halloween. I’m not creative, even a little, so coming up with costume ideas is painful every year. Luckily, this year there was no dressing up. Much better plan. I should probably at least get candy in case kids show up, right?

20111031-110227.jpgmy favorite candy.

Luckily, they don’t sell them by themselves (that I’m aware of) and I have zero interest in the rest of the variety pack.

Halloween also means that October is over! Here’s where I came in on October goals.

1. 10K in under 60 minutes – Yes! I feel awesome about my time at the RnR 10K. 57:02 PR!

2. sleep – Check! October was must more balanced than Sept. love it.

3. make cider – Not yet, but determined to make it tonight.

4. break out the crock pot – fail. Totally meant to do this yesterday and just didn’t get there. maybe this weekend..

5. make something with pumpkin – Check! I made pumpkin muffins and they were delicious. Ok.. Maybe they came from a box mix, but they were still festive and that was the whole point. Now what to do with the multiple cans of pumpkin I still have..


Anyone else have a random favorite candy?  or doing anything special for Halloween?  


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happy birthday x2!

today is a very special day.

it’s the birthday of, not 1 but, 2 of my fabulous friends, Breen & Maria!!

I met these ladies freshman year of college. (How crazy that was 10 years ago?!)

Breen on the right, last weekend


Maria & I two years ago

We really need to get a more recent pic of us.

 Hope you both have a fantastic birthday! love you guys!
In other excitement, I’m heading to Lululemon after work today!  First timer, but I really need some cold weather running gear.  Everyone raves about how amazing their stuff is so I’m excited 🙂
 There are rumors of snow happening in the next 48 hours?!  As long as it waits until tomorrow afternoon, I won’t freak out.  First, I’m running 10 miles in the AM and if snow forces me onto the treadmill, it won’t be pretty. More importantly, Sara is running her first half marathon tomorrow morning!  yayyyy!!  Good Luck my dear!
Who else is racing this weekend? 
Favorite lulu gear? What should I be checking out?

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my amtrak travel tips

Sunday, I took the train back to Boston from NY and had probably the most pleasant travel experience possible. (we’ll ignore the fact the train was 20 min late)   During the 4 hours I spent on the train, I realize that Amtrak travel is something I have a lot of experience with. I’ve taken a LOT of trains, spent excessive amounts of time in Penn Station, & picked up a few tricks over the years.

So here are my tips on the best possible Amtrak trip:

1. Buy your tickets in advance – tickets are significantly cheaper 14 days in advance.

2. If it’s a high traffic weekend, pick up tickets in advance or get there real early – I’ve learned this the hard way. The last thing you want is to be waiting in line at the ticket machine if your train is about to pull away. The email printout does NOT get you on the train.

3. Go downstairs for the track announcement – my favorite tip for sure. When they announce the track number, everyone runs and creates a mob scene to get on the escalator. Instead of joining the crowd, go downstairs before they announce the track #. If you stand at the bottom of the main stairs, you can see the giant board & there are stairs to each track with NO people. This means stress free boarding and bonus – you’ll be one of the first people on train.


4. Take the Acela if your arrival is time sensitive – The Acela arrives on time significantly more frequently than the regional. I’ve only had a few trips that were drastically delayed but they were pretty miserable.

5. Wear layers – the temperature is pretty unpredictable. Sometimes it switches from hot to cold multiple times in one ride. Be ready for it.  Sunday, I wore short sleeves and had to dig a sweater out of the bottom of my suitcase mid-ride. That was really fun.

6. Find the quiet car – I love the quiet car & every train has one. I don’t want to listen to the guy having a conference call or the college freshman heading back to school recapping the weekend for her roommate. Unless I’m traveling with someone, I’m a headphones in, mind-my-own-business traveler.

7. Bring your own food & beverages – yes, the cafe car is a wonderful thing, but its wayyy cheaper and usually healthier to bring your own.  20111027-150825.jpgthere is now a Chickpea in Penn Station. makes me veryy happy. this was delic.


Any other tips? What are your preferred modes of travel?

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race fever

I love racing.

Its one of my favorite things to do on a weekend morning. I’m not sure how that happened, but it did. 

So obviously after the RnR 10K ended with me feeling like a rock star, all I can think about is racing.  In the past 3 days, I’ve spent hours on Runners World, Active.com, & Run Rock’ n’ Roll.  Looking for races is almost as much fun as running them. I want to do them ALL

My next race is a month away, which seems like foreverrrr.  It’s a good thing though because I’m not ready yet.  Over the next 3 weekends, I have to run 10, 11 &  12 miles. FUN right?  So racing is probably not the smartest move between now & then.

Instead, I’ll research races for every month of 2012… (Apparently I have lots of money to drop on race fees?!)   This is what I’m thinking..

January –
Feb 26 – Hyannis Half Marathon
March – 
April – BAA 5K
May 27- John Kelley Half Marathon or 7.25 Miler
June 17 – Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race 8K
July –
August – Providence Half Marathon & Falmouth Road Race

and while we’re talking about racing,  here are two of my race photos from Saturday.  One of these days, I’ll learn the art of getting good race photos or at least smiling like a normal human being.

I looove runninggg!!!!!
right!? what else could I have been thinking making this face?!

semi-normal or at least less crazy


Anyone else getting excited for 2012 races?!  Anyone know of fun January, March, July races? or Dec 2011 even?


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Yesterday, I scheduled my post to go up right before I would be heading to brunch. Little did I know that instead, I’d be researching urgent care clinics that were open on Sundays, in hopes of avoiding the ER. So much fun right?

I found CityMD online, gathered up all my stuff, in anticipation of spending the entire afternoon, and Chrissy & I trekked to the Upper East Side.

Somehow Chrissy managed to split her baby toe right in the crease. The doctor called it a deep separation between the toe and foot. It looked me more like someone tried to cut her toe off. Gross.

We saw 2 doctors who cleaned out her foot, prescribed some antibiotics, answered all her questions, kindly provided a delightful set of crutches & set us on our way. All in an hour and a half.


Chrissy is obviously thrilled to be at Duane Reade getting her prescription filled.

We got her meds & got back to her apartment just in time for me to head to Penn Station. Delightful way to spend a Sunday..

At the end of the day though, she’s okay and the whole experience wasn’t bad. If you’re ever in need of a doctor after hours or on the weekend. I absolutely recommend CityMD. They were friendly, efficient, thorough and even have a great (and clean) office. Urgent care clinics make me nervous. This place was excellent.


Now I’m back in Boston, back to normal.  I packed up my clothes this morning with every intention of going to spinning this afternoon. Time for class rolled around and I wasn’t feeling it. So I headed out for a run instead.

It’s gorgeous out.






Definitely wasn’t one of my best runs. Since I was planning on spinning, I brought an old pair of sneakers. My shins weren’t having it, so I had to walk half way through. Lesson learned. Old sneakers are a terrible plan. It was a perfect fall day though, so it was nice just to be out and running.


Who had a better Sunday than we did? Everyone I hope.

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After spending a few hours on the bus on Friday and picking up our race numbers, Breen, Chrissy, & I headed out to Brooklyn. We checked in to the hotel, scouted out the scene for breakfast & coffee. The hotel didn’t have a restaurant so realized that breakfast was going to be a challenge. (obviously I didn’t want to mess with the pre-race routine).

We walked over to Monte’s for dinner & hoped we’d find a breakfast solution on the way. No go.

The restaurant is a super cute neighborhood Italian place.

it may be the night before a race but we can have a glass, right?

I ❤ carbs. The bread was so so good – flavorful & moist
We split the Caprese salad. Chrissy & I both ordered the whole wheat penne in an almond pesto sauce and cherry tomatoes.


Breen went with the Paccheri (eggplant, fresh plum tomato and shaved ricotta salata)

Everything was fantastic!

We took a different route back to the hotel & spotted this!

yayyyyy!!! Glorious find.

we walked into this place at 10pm & asked for bagels with peanut butter on the side & to go. totally normal.

Then yesterday after the race, we met up with my aunt & uncle for brunch at the Spotted Pig. Its one of my favorite places in NY.

Net went with the Dutch Baby with House Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup

Breen got the Two Poached Eggs with Suckling Pig Hash

I really just can’t go without getting the burger: Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestrings


yayy Net & Frank!  so good to see you guys 🙂

One more fantastic meal before I catch the train back to Boston!

have a fabulous Sunday friends!

What’d you all do this weekend? 

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a nearly perfect race morning.

good morninggg Brooklyn.

standard bagel & peanut butter.

slight debacle with the coffee situation. Hotel says coffee starts at 6 in the lobby and there was none. They didn’t even offer to make any. Come on now.  Unhappy runners

Chrissy & Breen- little chillywe’re ready to runlining up in Corral 5

Course was a little hilly but pretty.  Hills felt surprisingly okay though. I never run hills but Philly will be hilly so I’m glad it wasn’t flat. I’m not usually a fan of running loops but it worked.

Semi-ridiculous that in the 4 years I lived in NY, I’d never been to Prospect Park

The miles went by fairly quickly. I felt pretty good, like I was going at a solid pace.

RunMeter says I ran 6.4 which cant be right & the splits came out at

mile 1: 9:25
mile 2: 9:13
mile 3: 8:51
mile 4: 9:06
mile 5: 8:50
mile 6: 8:34
mile 6.2: 9:46

(I find it really hard to believe that I slowed down like that at the end)

OFFICIAL TIME: 57:02  pace – 9:11

and we’re done!! 
I love pretty medals

SO SO excited that I broke 60 minutes.

It amazes me that 2 weeks ago I ran a 1:04:25 and this morning I ran 7 minutes faster.

dominated Brooklyn!

I’ll recap last night’s fantastic dinner and this morning’s post-race brunch tomorrow.

anyone else race this morning? or tomorrow? 


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