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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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I am starving right now! I am waiting for my rice to cook on the stove before I can eat. I am having leftovers. A piece of Chipotle Pepper chicken with Cheddar and Broccoli rice.

I CLEANED ALL DAY TODAY! Seriously, I cleaned the whole apartment and it was quite satisfying actually. I also wrote my three articles, got in a great workout, applied for another job, and had time to play some Beatles rockband! It was so much fun and I did pretty well considering I haven’t played in quite some time.

This morning I made Double Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oats. They were delicious, but I couldn’t finish it! I couldn’t believe it. I always finish my oatmeal, but today it was just too much and I left a little bit in the bowl. Oh well.

My oatmeal contained:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • a splash of vanilla
  • spoonful of Teddy PB
  • 1/3 of a Pumpkin Scone crumbled on top

I’ve been satisfying my sandwich craving the last two days and today I had this. A turkey and muenster cheese grilled sandwich with an apple and a pickle. So good!

Ahh, sorry for the blurry picture! Okay, time to go eat now!

Wishful Thinking

I would love to wear this to my birthday celebration on Saturday night. Too bad this whole ensemble would cost over $1000!

A Wonderful Surprise

Last night I was just hanging out with the usual 46th street crowd, Derek, our roommate Matt and the two boys from downstairs, Dave and Ryan. Then all of a sudden cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery were all up in my face! Every cupcake had a lighted candle and I couldn’t have been more surprised. I was so happy and grateful, that was by far the best Birthday ‘cake’ I’ve ever received.

Yum! These are the BEST cupcakes ever! They are perfect and I had 12 to choose from! Chocolate, Vanilla, Red Velvet, and Banana Bread. There were three of each.

I chose the the chocolate one with chocolate jimmies. Ahhh it was soooo good! I obviously shared with everyone, but the rest are mine and Derek’s : )    So much for the cupcakes I bought at the store yesterday. Those will have to be saved for the party on Saturday.

Derek also gave me the sweetest card ever, I had to fight back some tears because it was so sappy, but very meaningful. It was a great 25th birthday!

This morning I did a scheduled Strength Training workout, but I felt very weak during the whole thing. It was very unfortunate. I feel really lazy and unmotivated to do much today. I need to get back to my To Do lists because I was doing so well with them before.

I am really craving a sandwich, I’m going to hit up the grocery store to pick up some lunch meat and all the other necessary ingredients.

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yes, it’s my birthday and I am having a way better day than yesterday. I woke up feeling pretty great : )    I had a 5 mile tempo run scheduled for today and wow was it hard! These tempo runs are definitely going to be the hardest part of my training. I look forward to seeing progress by the end though.

It was supposed to be 5 miles at mid tempo pace, which is 8:45 min/mile

Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 5 Miles
  • Duration: 46:20
  • Pace: 9:15
  • Calories Burned: 502

Miles Splits:

  1. 8:56
  2. 9:01
  3. 9:11
  4. 9:32
  5. 9:38

I could not wait to be done by mile 5! It was rough and I didn’t really do too well with staying even relatively close to 8:45. I think I was all over the place with my pacing in the first mile and I burnt myself out. I would rather start out slow and finish fast and strong. Oh well though, I’m still figuring out my pacing and there is always next week.

I got home and realized I was missing one of my gloves, I was so sad and couldn’t find it anywhere in my apartment. I was headed out to the Natural Market anyway so I figured I would retrace the last steps in my run. I went to the market, picked up my favorite sandwich, some chips, and a smoothie and continued walking to where I had just ran. I couldn’t believe it when I actually found it! I was so happy, I had just got those gloves for Christmas and I would’ve been really bummed if I lost one. I’m glad I went out and looked!

I got home and ate the best birthday lunch ever!

A Turkey and Cheese sandwich on Rosemary bread with a side of Kettle Salt and Pepper Chips and a Super Detox Smoothie. It was perfect and satisfying.

I came back and wrote a few articles for I Really Like Food and Health Kicker that were on Football Party Foods and In Season Produce. After that I took a little nap with my cat and then went grocery shopping. I’m currently marinating some chicken in the refrigerator that will be made once Derek gets home. We are having Chipotle Pepper seasoned chicken with roasted asparagus and peppers. I am starving and can not wait to eat. I also bought myself some cupcakes from the grocery store to enjoy for my birthday.

It’s been a good day and I look forward to my celebration on Saturday night with all my friends and I am super excited because my sister Kerri and my brother in law Scott are coming down to visit!

Blah!

I’m not feeling very good today. I made dinner last night and ever since I ate it I haven’t felt the same. I thought it was a food issue last night, but today I woke up feeling just as crappy. I’m not sure if I am sick with something, but I am taking it easy today.

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Oh and I didn’t get the job at lululemon : (

See ya guys tomorrow!

Key Workout #3

Man! I can not keep up with my blog lately, but what else is new right? This is 2 days late, but I still want to put it up.

I ran a scheduled 8 miles on Saturday and it went well, it wasn’t the easiest 8 miles I’ve ever run, but I still finished strong. Key Workout #3 is a long run. These long runs are done at a certain pace also. This run was 8 miles @ HMP + 20 sec/mile. HMP = Half Marathon Pace, which is 9:09, so I ran the 8 miles at a scheduled 9:29 pace (Well I tried to anyway). I think I did pretty well, I am finding it really hard to maintain one certain pace. I’m either going way too fast or way too slow. It should get easier along the way though.

A 9:29 pace really isn’t very fast and I was a little discouraged with how difficult the run felt. I know every run isn’t always the best or the fastest, so I am hoping next weeks long run will be better.

Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Duration: 76:36
  • Pace: 9:34
  • Calories Burned: 793

I guess I did good keeping an average pace of 9:30, but each mile counts for itself. I have finally figured out how to use the auto lap feature and was able to keep track of my mile splits.

  • Mile 1: 9:40
  • Mile 2: 9:35
  • Mile 3: 9:39
  • Mile 4: 9:39
  • Mile 5: 9:30
  • Mile 6: 9:33
  • Mile 7: 9:23
  • Mile 8: 9:33

Next Saturday is 9 miles and I’m excited for it. Long run days are my favorite, I always feel so good after! I definitely prefer endurance and distance over speed.

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