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Today has literally flew by! I can’t believe it is already 4 o’clock. I woke up late this morning, I didn’t get to bed until after 1 am last night. Got up and did some great Strength Training. It was one of the best sessions I’ve had in a long time. I felt strong and I feel like I really worked my muscles. I’ve decided that after my Half Marathon is over I want to focus a lot on strength training, well more than I have been. I want to aim to do it 3 times a week because I know it will help with my running and I long for awesome muscles!

I did some writing for a few hours, but ended up taking a break in the middle because I was REALLY craving falafel! I was actually writing an article on it and I couldn’t stand it anymore so I left and took a walk down to the street vendor, The King of Falafel. Ohhh it was soo good and satisfying! Sorry, no picture, I had to eat it on the go. The guy from the shop called me and told me my car was ready to be picked up. So I left from the falafel stand and headed over to auto place.

Yeah, um my oil change cost me $105!!! I’m pretty sure it’s because my car has a diesel engine so it’s way more expensive for the oil and it also takes more oil than an average car. Oh well, what’s good about diesel cars is that I don’t need another oil change now for another 10,000 miles.

I came home and wrote for another hour and now I am enjoying a little snack because it’s that time of the day where I definitely need a pick-me-up. A nice hot coffee and a delicious cupcake : )

Headed over to Kelly’s house in a little while for a fun girls night with her and Erin. Can’t stay out too late though, I have a long 9 miler planned for Central Park in the morning.

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I did not sleep well last night AT ALL! I woke up at like 4:30 with a stomach ache and I could not get back to sleep til like 6. I ended up sleeping later than I wanted to because I needed to catch up on the missed hour. I quickly got out of bed and brought my car to the shop for an oil change. I must admit though it was a nice walk home after I dropped the car off. It was a nice morning and it woke me up some.

I’ve been working on my new blog because I finally have my own domain name. It’s not quite ready yet, but things are coming along smoothly. I am excited about it.

I definitely needed a coffee today! Especially before I started writing.

I wrote three articles today for IRLF and Health Kicker and I was extra proud of those specific ones for some reason. I just thought they were some of the best articles I’ve written. I eventually got out for a run around 3 pm. I had a dreadful tempo run scheduled for today.

Scheduled was 2 miles easy, followed by 3 miles at short tempo pace (8:30), then 1 mile easy. I must say I had a surprisingly good run today. I feel improvement.
Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 6 Miles
  • Duration: 56:52
  • Pace: 9:28
  • Calories Burned: 609

Mile 1: 10:05

Mile 2: 10:11

Mile 3: 8:53

Mile 4: 8:40

Mile 5: 8:50

Mile 6: 10:11

I felt pretty strong by the time I finished Mile 5, two weeks ago when I did this same run, I was dying by mile 4.5. I am also very happy that the tempo miles were all under 9 minutes. I honestly believe that mile 3 and mile 5 were longer because of how many stop lights I had to stop at. I felt right on target today.  : )

I ate this when I got home. Some Bear Naked granola and some Chobani greek yogurt.

For dinner I made the most amazing egg sandwich ever! I don’t know why it was so good, but I did not want it to end. I could’ve eaten 3 of them!

A Ray’s bagel with butter and 1 egg with muenster cheese, mmmmm!

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I have less than 2 months to raise $1300, please HELP ME OUT!

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Woke up bright and early this morning around 8:45, yes that is bright and early for me. I did the cardio workout on my Shape Body Camp DVD. It felt great and I had a lot of energy so I’m sure I got the most out of it. I had a frozen NY Ray’s bagel for breakfast. It was just what I was craving. I love bagels and cream cheese!

I FINALLY made an appointment to get an oil change for my car. I have to bring it in tomorrow morning. I made sure to do some research on where to go and I found this great place a few minutes from my apartment. It got some great reviews and I feel confident going there.

Got one of my Mapcidy (dot) com articles done today. I wrote about the Blind Tiger and added it to my map.  I am writing another one later, but I’m not sure what about.

It was nice to eat lunch today at normal lunch time. I usually end up eating breakfast so late so my lunch is usually around 3 o’clock. In between breakfast and lunch, I enjoyed a delicious orange.

I ate lunch just a little while ago, while listening to Tina’s interview about her blog. It sounded great. I would be so nervous doing a radio interview, although it’s probably a lot easier than doing it in person.

Lunch was a turkey and muenster cheese sandwich with dijon mustard heated on a griddle. On the side I had a few carrots and peanut butter and a yummy pickle. I am  obsessed with pickles recently, they are so refreshing.

Ohh and I watched the first episode of True Blood last night and I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, but I wasn’t expecting it to be. I’ve heard it’s a great show and it gets better as the seasons progress. I definitely liked it enough to continue watching, especially since I bought it for Derek on Blu Ray.

Okay, time to go knock a few more things off my to do list!

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I’ve been thinking  A LOT lately! My mind is constantly running and focusing on many things at once. Every day is different than the next. I have really stressful days and I have days where I am very happy and carefree. Other days I am constantly struggling with what I want to do with my life. This move to NYC hasn’t only changed my physical location, but it’s changed my outlook on my future and what exactly I want to do with it.

I’ve always had a few things that I wouldn’t mind doing as a career, but never actually thought of pursuing anything but film. I moved to NYC to pursue my career in film production because I love making movies and it’s what I went to school for. I especially love special effects and I always want that to be part of my life in some way or another.

Over the past 5 months I have come to realize how many things I want to do in my life. I have developed so many new interests and I have become even more independent. I’m not going to lie, I feel like I’ve had a lot of alone time over these past few months and I’ve tried to make the best of them as much as I could. I had some pretty depressing days, because really it sucks to be stuck in your apartment alone every single day struggling to find a job! Those days are over though, I feel very strongly that there is something for me out there and it is coming soon!

I have developed a love for writing and my blog has progressed immensely within these past few months. I love my blog and I want it to continue to grow. I’m very excited to announce that I will soon have my very own domain name. It’s currently in the works and I thank my brother in law Scott very much for helping me out with it. I hope to have it officially complete by the end of the month. I also got into an internship program because of my blog and it is helping me advance as a writer. I am currently writing for I Really Like food (dot) com and Health Kicker (dot) com. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far and I look forward to what will come out of it.

I’m at the point where I REALLY NEED A JOB, my savings has come to a close. I’ve been finding opportunities every day and I continue to stay positive. I would absolutely love to get a job on the set of a film, as a makeup artist, or even office work in a production office. But, what I’ve come to realize is that film is not the only job that will make me happy. I just want to like what I do. There are many opportunities out there that I would be happy to do. I’ve got so many plans and goals in my future that I won’t let get away even if I end up working somewhere I hate.

I would love to work in a retail store that catered to my style, like lululemon or EMS. If I had a job like that right now I would still be able to write for my internship and shortly down the line I would open up a prosthetics / makeup effects online business. I have thought about doing this for such a long time. I would absolutely love to create my own masks and sell them online. I would be able to use my creativeness and love for effects towards creating an awesome  little side business.

I have no idea what kind of job I am going to end up getting. I am going to get something soon though, I know it. I have kept my spirits high and I have continued to work hard at my personal goals during all of my free time. I am signed up for my first Half Marathon and it’s very nice to have all this time to run.

I would absolutely love to become a NYC food critic. I am trying to research everything I can about what it takes to become one. There are also a few classes I am interested in taking. I found a few schools in the area that offer food writing courses and I also want to take a cooking class. They are obviously pricey, but I’m going to look into them some more and hopefully I can take them sometime in the near future.

If anyone is looking for a hard working writer/blogger/film maker/food critic/fitness enthusiast, then I’m your girl!

Thanks for listening.

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It’s so warm out today! Back in New Hampshire it is in the low thirties and snowing!

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I had a very successful run this morning. I felt very strong and stayed on target throughout most of it. I did track work this morning and ended up running 5.45 miles in 52:55. Scheduled for today was: 6 x 800 with 90 sec. rest intervals.
Here are my stats:
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Target 800 Meter pace: 3:50
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Warmup 1 mile: 10:05
1 x 800:  3:49
2 x 800:  3:48
3 x 800: 3:50
4 x 800: 3:50
5 x 800: 3:51
6 x 800: 3:58
Cooldown 1 Mile: 11:35
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I have a lot to do today:
  • Go to the bank
  • Write 2 more articles for Health Kicker and Mapcidy
  • Possibly some yoga
  • Update resume (again!)
  • Figure out a fundraising plan / strategy
  • Blog about career and life changes

I have a little less than two months to raise $1300. Please help save lives and donate to                      Team in Training.

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I had a wonderful weekend. I went to Central Park bright and early Saturday morning for a Team in Training group run. I had a 9 miler scheduled, but the groups were running 10-12 miles so I opted just to go ahead and do a 10 mile run instead. It was a beautiful day out and it ended up being a really great run. It was probably 38 or 39 degrees and sunny.

  • Distance: 10 Miles
  • Duration: 97:14
  • Pace: 9:43
  • Calories Burned: 1,029

I was STARVING by the time I got home and I could not wait to eat my breakfast cookie that I had prepared the night before. I didn’t eat enough before my run either and was pretty hungry during my whole run, which sucked A LOT! But, I’ve definitely learned my lesson and I need to make sure I eat before my long runs.

My sister and Scott arrived on Saturday afternoon. We left shortly after for the King of Falafel and enjoyed some of the best falafel around. We hit up a great bar just a few blocks over called Sunswick, which is at the corner of 35th ave and 35th street. They have a huge selection of draft beer and it’s one of the best bars in Astoria.

Saturday night we had a party, a pizza party to be exact. We had 3 or 4 different homemade pizzas that were all incredibly delicious. There was even a dessert pizza made by Megan.

This was the pizza I made, I was really craving a veggie loaded pizza. I will have to make it again though, I don’t think I really ate enough to appreciate it.

These were Kelly’s mini pizzas.

This was the BEST thing of the night! Seriously this was amazingly delicious. I can not express enough how good this was. It was the best pizza there in my opinion.

We went to this really great bar called the Blind Tiger yesterday. I just got done writing an article / review about it on I Really Like Food, so keep an eye out for it tomorrow.

Today we hit up Pronto Pizza in Times Square, then went for a cupcake at Magnolia and a beer at the Heartland Brewery. Overall it was a great weekend and I’m so glad that Kerri and Scott finally got a chance to come down. They are great company and I really do miss hanging out with them as much as we used to.

I have a goal / career oriented post coming up tomorrow. Things have really changed for me within these past couple months and I have a lot on my mind. I’m ready to display and act upon new directions in my life.

Stay tuned.

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