Daily Archives: June 5, 2012

A Trip to the YMCA and Fleet Feet

Good evening, friends!  I hope you had a great Tuesday!  It was a busy day around these parts, so let’s get into it, shall we?

East Area YMCA

After eating breakfast and getting ready, my sister Margaret and I went to the East Area Family YMCA to get her summer gym membership.  We’ve both had student summer memberships in the past—I needed access to a basketball court and weight room, and she went to yoga and Pilates classes—and this summer, I’ve been taking advantage of spin classes.  Since I’ve been cycling solo for a few weeks now, I’m hoping Margaret will join me for a ride or two every week.  Fingers crossed!

Fleet Feet Syracuse

Here’s what happened the last time Margaret came with me to Fleet Feet:

This is what it looks like when a hipster walks into Fleet Feet.  Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of a joke?  Anyway, I got fitted for my running sneakers in April, and that was Margaret’s goal today.  The store even threw her a welcome back party. (Just look at all those shoes and gear!  I feel like I died and went to runnerd heaven!)

Totally kidding.  All this celebration hoopla was geared toward the first annual Runapalooza, a 5K race that’s a “festival of running and music.”  It sounds like a fun time, and I’m never one to turn down a local race, so I signed up online this afternoon.  And, Margaret is going to run it with me—her first official 5K—and I’m super excited!

While Margaret was talking about her running goals and getting her feet measured, I chatted with MaryBeth Romagnoli, an extended family member and running/triathlon guru extraordinaire.  She’s run marathons (including Boston), tackled triathlons (like Lake Placid), and even completed the Kona Ironman in Hawaii; needless to say she’s super legit. (And I snagged an interview with her for my Honors project.) Needless to say, she’s a great resource, and I talked to her today about my summer fitness goal—completing a triathlon. (Blog post coming soon!) MaryBeth recommended joining the CNY Triathlon Club, and I took the plunge and signed up this afternoon. (Hey, their membership fees will increase in two weeks.) And it wasn’t totally on a whim either; I’m in the process of buying a road bike, and I’m looking for a supportive and knowledgeable community to help me turn into a triathloner.  So this memberships grants me access to a bunch of organization-only activities like club meetings, open water swims, and their summer triathlon series.  This all sounds fabulous—and I will definitely take advantage of everything I can—but I’m a total tri rookie.  Before I zip up my wetsuit—or buy one for that matter—and charge into a body of water, I really need to study up on important information and develop the basic skillset.  Do any local readers know of a learn to tri program in the area?


Breakfast kept my tummy full, so I didn’t need a mid-morning snack today.  Once Margaret and I got home, I started getting lunch ready.

And “by getting ready,” I mean microwaving and toasting—homemade black bean soup and one slice of Ezekiel Low Sodium Bread.  Delicious!

I also had a handful of grapes for dessert.


I had a tempo run on the docket for today, but it didn’t quite happen.  Yesterday was dedicated to speedwork, and I definitely felt every 400m when I hopped on the dreadmill—er, treadmill—this afternoon.  After a quick warmup, I increased the speed to 8.5MPH, which equated to more of a sprint; twenty minutes later, I called uncle and moved onto a cool down jog.  All was not lost, though—I cranked out some light upper body work (standing dumbbell curls seated incline dumbbell press), stretched, and did some ab exercises.  I’m taking my running workouts easy this week because I’m doing the Nate Race on Saturday.


Following my less-than-stellar sweat session, I had a Chobani yogurt.

I snacked on a handful of (unpictured) carrot sticks as well.


Tonight’s dinner was a good one, friends.  Very good indeed.

Hooray for almond-crusted tilapia, roasted asparagus, and Wegmans Kansas Medley Rice Blend.  This tilapia is one of my go-to meals when I’m cooking for myself, but I can’t seem to make it like my mom.  I wasn’t crazy about the rice blend; its grainy and chewy texture was perfect, but it didn’t pack a lot of flavor.

Dessert shouldn’t be a big surprise.

A bowl of frozen grapes is the best way to end the day.

Whew, my first full day of blogging has been exhausting!  I hope my endurance and photography skills start improving soon.  Good night!

Life As a Blogger, Day One

Good morning, friends, and thanks for tuning in for my first official Fitness and Frozen Grapes blog post!  First thing’s first…


After sipping my standard two cups of coffee, I toasted two Kashi 7 Grain Waffles for today’s breakfast.  I served them up with a heaping dollop of Arrowhead Mills Creamy Peanut Butter and topped them with some banana slices.  Yummy!

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me filled with lots of fitness-related activities, including my workout.  Stay tuned!

Are you a breakfast person?  What did you eat for today’s morning meal?