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My 2016 Running and Triathloning Recap

As the final day of 2016 get crossed off in our planner (just me?), it’s time to recap the year in multisport.

Tailwind family photo at Rev3 Quassy; finishing the run at HITS Hudson Valley; hammering at Nationals in Omaha.

I’ve done this survey a few times, and I enjoy looking back on progress and highlights.

Best race experience

Comparing a triathlon to a swim meet is like setting an apple and an orange side by side: both are sweet, but you probably favor one over the other. (I’ll go for the apple every time.) I had a blast this year diversifying my race portfolio—triathlons, relay races, and swim meets—and while each event posed a unique set of challenges, I found joy through competing in everything.

NYC in Geneva, NY

Even with the apple and the orange comparison, one race experience was the sweetest:  the Seneca7. The present collided with the past when my NYC runner friends traveled to my college stomping grounds for a 77.7-mile relay around Seneca Lake, and we had the best time. The race itself was extremely well organized, the volunteers were friendly; race directors Jeff and Jackie and their entire team simply produce top-notch events. It should come as no surprise that we’re going back to Geneva in 2017.

Best swim

Because I avoided the pool after the 2015 season, swimming and I got off to a slow start in 2016; it took a few months to rediscover my connection with the water. Therefore, it makes sense that my best outing was at the end of the season at the Cazenovia Triathlon in August. In the sprint-distance race, I was the first female out of the water, and the distinction felt even sweeter because I actually raced a girl in the closing 200m.

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I also did two swim meets in 2016, and while the individual medley (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle) is challenging me big time, I now find even more comfort in the freestyle. Er, comfort with being uncomfortable. I swam a solid 200m free during October’s Bearcat Invitational. It wasn’t fast enough for an AG top three, but I was happy with how I executed: starting strong, building the effort throughout, and nearly eking out a heat win. Training for and competing at swim meets has been a refreshing change, and I’m pumped to continue diving off the blocks in 2017.

Best bike

Thanks to my lack of health insurance from February through May, I didn’t ride my bike outdoors until June. Aside from a leisurely morning spin, my first true outing of the year was at a race: Rev3 Quassy. That showing rattled me, and it took time to become friends with my bike again. Things improved as the season progressed, and I nailed workouts indoors and felt strong outside, but that elusive, perfectly executed ride never happened during a race.

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However, when I think of biking in 2016, I remember those brutally beautiful outings in Lake Placid during WorkLiveTri Camp.

Best run

The run will always be a work in progress, and it reached a turning point toward the end of the season. (Noticing a theme?) I had a good showing on the trails at July’s HITS Hudson Valley, and although my split at Nationals was not what I trained for, I ran a mentally sound 10-K in hot and humid conditions.

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That combination would’ve led to a meltdown—definitely figuratively, potentially literally a la NYC Triathlon—for the “old” me, but it did not happen in Omaha. I did not hit the wall or go into a dark place. Heck, I was passing people! The split will take care of itself, but this process of maturing mentally makes me excited for 2017 and beyond.

Best piece of new gear

Aside from a swimskin for Nationals, I didn’t make any exciting new gear purchases this year—just the normal goggles, running shoes, etc.

Best piece of running/triathloning advice you received

Trust the process. This is one of my coach’s fundamental philosophies, and my mindset has slowly shifted over the past year. With prior training groups, the immediate results—going faster now, getting on podiums now—were paramount but now, I’ve found joy in journey: what can I do today to become a better version of myself—tomorrow, three years from now, five years from now, etc.?

 If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

“Foundational” and groundbreaking

What are some of your highlights from 2016?

Would You Rather Running Style

Hey, friends—happy Tuesday!  Did Monday fly by for you too?  Even though it was a slow day at work—the combination of Monday and tons of rain kept people from shopping—I channeled my not-so-secret party warlord and spent some time finalizing details for our store’s New York City Marathon Cheer Zone.  If you’re doing the race on Nov. 3, then keep your eyes peeled for us on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th, which is right on the course.  And if you’re planning to spectate, then come join us for music, balloons, and a poster-making contest.  And all-day $3 drafts.

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Obviously, the bunny suit will make an appearance and no expense will be spared.

Speaking of running, this survey appeared on Cori’s blog a few weeks ago, and since it’s been a while since my last one, I figured I’d play along.

Would you rather … run with one of your ancestors or your role models?

Definitely run with an ancestor.  I’m extremely blessed because I grew up with both sets of grandparents, plus a bunch of great aunts and uncles, but I’d love to run with their parents or grandparents.  Long runs serve as opportunities for great conversations; they allow people to let their guard down, open up, and be honest.  Not to mention my grandparents, especially my grandfathers, were pretty athletic back in the day, so I’m sure the run would be a great workout too.

Would you rather …  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?

It depends on the race (road race or triathlon), distance of said race (5- or 10-K, sprint, Olympic, etc.), and time of year.  In April, for example, traveling to Florida for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon proved to be an involved process, but it was worth it because one, it was longer than a sprint, and two, there weren’t any local races.  That being said, though, one of the main selling points for Stamford included its proximity to New York City; it was a day-trip, so no overnight in a hotel required.

Would you rather … take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?

Ice bath, end of discussion.  Yes, I own a (nice) foam roller.  Yes, I know it’s an important recovery tool.  No, I don’t use it as much as I should.  But I also don’t take ice baths on a regular basis so …

Would you rather … have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?

Cori, what kind of question is this?!  Ha!  Luckily, I’ve never experienced black toenails (make sure you’re wearing sneakers that fit, friends!), and I’ve been fortunate in terms of chaffing too. (BodyGlide saves lives.  That is all.) Both would totally stink, but I think the black toenail wouldn’t be as bad; at least you could yank it off, call it a day, and wait for it to grow back, right?  Showering with a chaffed back sounds like cruel and unusual punishment.

Would you rather … spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?

Save it—for a tri bike.

Would you rather … be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?

To run the fastest marathon, you’d need speed and stamina, aka the best of both worlds.  Sign me up for that plan!

Would you rather … have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?

Option three:  Chrissie Wellington.  Which actually happened at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Would you rather … lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon or lick their foot after a marathon?

Cori, you’re killing me—ha!  I’ll pass on this one.

Feel free to play along in the comments!  Are you running the ING New York City Marathon?

Currently

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a busy day ahead of me—a long shift at the running store and shoe class tonight—so let’s keep it simple with a survey.  Sound like a plan?

Current Book(s):  Aside from my pre-bedtime magazine reading that includes Triathlete and LAVA magazines (#trigeek), I’m also working my way through Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful Life for book club!

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Most nights, I get through one chapter before falling asleep.

Current Music:  My most recent workouts have been sans music, but here three of my favorite high-energy jams.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Mackelmore

“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy

“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

Current Guilty Pleasure:  My Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.

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It may have disappeared in less than four days.  Just sayin’.

Current Nail Color:  No polish right now, but you better believe my nails will be red for the Mighty Montauk Triathlon!

Current Drink:  Water.  So exciting, I know.  My second cup of coffee will happen momentarily, though.

Current Food:  Post-ride (during which I got “called up” to ride with the ladies on the “racing team!”), I ate my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.  However, four Central Park loops (about 24 miles) means breakfast number two is only a matter of time.  It’s super humid today, so a smoothie sounds perfect.

Current Favorite Show:  Well, you know I’m obsessed with Dan Stevens, and I’m always down for some Downton Abbey.

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I also get sucked into Say Yes To The Dress and Sex and the City marathons.

Current Needs/Wish List/Indulgence:  I’m combining these three because they’re connected.  Since I only have one team cycling kit, I need another; therefore, it’s been on my wish list.  And the online team store reopened, and even though this may not qualify as a typical indulgence, I treated myself to some new pink gear.

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I even opted for the (unpictured) bib shorts—who would’ve thought?  Ha!

Current Blessing:  My supportive and loving (and goofy!) family.

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Hopefully they will visit again soon!

Current Outfit:  One thing I love about working at a running store?  A laid-back dress code.  I usually wear jeans and a race or JackRabbit t-shirt.  And sneakers of course.

Current Excitement:  My big-girl promotion still makes me giddy (I have my first conference call today–ahhh!), and I’m also counting down the days until Montauk.  Only 17 days until race day!

Please play along in the comments!

The Liebster Award

Hiya, friends—Happy Saturday!  I’ve been sitting on this post for a while—both Meghan and Haley nominated me for the Liebster Award—so since I’m shopping with my mom and sisters today, now is the perfect time to share the survey.

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First, I have to share 11 random facts.

1.  I have the best family ever.  My parents, sisters, and I are very close, and we see my mom’s side of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins—sees each other almost every weekend.

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On Sunday, there’s a huge Italian feast with pasta, pizza, homemade meatballs, all the classics.

2.  Twins definitely run in my family.  My younger sisters are twins, and so are my aunts. (Actually, one of my aunts married a twin!) Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of my sisters or I have twins.

3.  I’m always cold, and I have no idea why.

4.  My powers of persuasion are unparalleled.  As a high school senior, I essentially talked my way out of taking both math and physics, and as a first-year college student, I cut a deal with my Russian professor so I wouldn’t have to take the oral portion of the final exam.  Some of my best work occurred last year when I convinced my Economics prof to curve our midterm exam and make our final exam a take-home “essay.” (As a Writing and Rhetoric major, I do not consider a two-page response an essay.) Maybe this explains why I like rhetoric so much?  Ha!

5.  My morning routine includes turning on the coffee maker, brushing my teeth, and making my bed (in that exact order); I can’t function without making my bed.

6.  If you can make me laugh, then we’re going to be best friends.

7.  During 7th grade, my family lived with my grandparents for a year because we renovated our house.  The project was supposed to take a few months, but it ended up lasting nearly one year!  Even though it was tough making the 25-minute commute from their house to school (and to sports practices and games and …), it was definitely a year I’ll never forget.  How many people can say they lived with their grandparents?

8.  I can’t fall asleep without put on ChapStick and hand cream, specifically Crabtree and Evelyn’s Avocado, Olive and Basil.

9.  I had braces from the end of third grade until the middle of sixth, so I also wear a retainer every night.  So cool, I know.

10.  Two things you can always find on me include my water bottle and a banana/bag of almonds.  Never know when hunger will strike!

11.  Coffee cures everything.

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Next, I have to answer the questions Meghan and Haley asked.

1.  What was your favorite subject in school?  Your least favorite?

English, although I enjoyed French and Spanish, too.  Actually, I even received the foreign language award at graduation.

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And as you can tell from above, math was definitely my least favorite.

2.  What’s your dream job?

My immediate dream job would be writing and/or managing a diet and fitness publication (a la Lucy Danziger), and down the road, I can also see myself going to grad school, getting my masters and PhD, and becoming a college professor.  Talking about writing and rhetoric all day sounds pretty baller!

3.  Is there a time in your life you wish you could go back to?

Some days, I do miss playing high school basketball and hanging out at Camp Hoho going to college, but I wouldn’t go back.

4.  Where’s your favorite place to shop?

For “normal” clothes, my go-to stores include Gap, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and DSW Shoes.  For athletic apparel, I obviously love Fleet Feet and Syracuse Bicycle, and I also like JackRabbit Sports and Paragon Sports.

5.  If you could write a novel, what genre would you write?  Why?

Literary fiction—I’ve met a lot of interesting people who would make great “characters.”  And although it isn’t a novel, a memoir would be a lot of fun to write.

6.  Name three favorite foods.

Salmon, Greek yogurt, and (dark) chocolate.

7.  What’s one food you hated as a child that you now love?

Hmmm … I used to hate tomatoes; I don’t love them now, though, but I do tolerate them.  I’m also starting to appreciate sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash.

8. How many different places have you lived?

Cazenovia, NY (hometown); Canastota, NY (with my grandparents during our house renovation); Geneva, NY (during college); London, England (during my semester abroad); and now, New York, NY!

9. Who is your role model?

I’m very fortunate to have inspirational friends and family members, plus a couple college professors.  I think inspiration—and role models—can be found anywhere; you just have to look.

10.  Why do you blog?

Because it’s fun!  I love writing and interacting with likeminded people, so blogging about healthy living everyday can’t be beat.

11.  What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of from 2012?

Completing my Honors project and graduating from college. (Was that really this year?  It seems like ages ago!)

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(Although finishing my first triathlon would be a close number two.)

Your turn:  What was your favorite subject in school?  What are your three favorite foods?  And since the new year is quickly approaching, what 2012 accomplishment are you most proud of?

My Christmas Survey

Happy Christmas Eve Eve, friends!  Who’s excited for Santa?

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I’m spending the day baking more Christmas cookies and hanging out with the family, and I figured now would be a good time to share my responses to a survey Courtney shared last week.

1.  Favorite Christmas album/CD/song?

As I shared in a previous survey, I have a serious soft spot for Mannheim Steamroller and Bing Crosby.  In fact, my sister and I listened to both yesterday while we made cookies.  ‘Tis the season!

2.  Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

Hmmm, I’ve done both in the past.  During my collegiate basketball days, I would take the day off (mostly to spite my coaches–ha!), but I’m pretty sure I ran last year; I participated in the first Runner’s World Run Streak that challenged runners to tackle at least one mile everyday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, so I think I ran.

3.  What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

We always have a special breakfast—like baked French toast—on Christmas morning.  This year, we’ll have an egg bake and gingerbread pancakes.

4.  Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

After Thanksgiving, my family goes to Critz Farms to cut down our Christmas tree.

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Speaking of …

5.  Real tree, fake tree, or no tree?

I’ve grown up always having a real tree, but I have nothing against artificial ones.

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Any tree is better than no tree, right?

6.  Christmas pajamas … yay or nay?

Way back in the day, my mom used to sew Christmas jammies for my sisters and me.  Time for some throwbacks!

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She even made some for Ellen’s doll!  Mildly embarrassing, but whatever; I loved my Christmas jammies.

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Clearly, the late 90s were a tough era for me—ha!

7.  Where do you spend the holidays?

We usually host Christmas Eve dinner, and we head to my aunt and uncle’s house for Christmas Day festivities.

8.  Food that you always have during the holiday season?  Favorite Christmas food/treat?

My grandma’s crack!

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Er, homemade toffee!

9.  Open presents all at once or take turns?

My sisters and I open our stockings first, and we usually stagger present-opening a bit.  It’s fun to watch their reactions!

10.  Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?

Is it a copout if I say Elf?  It’s just so good!

Your turn:  What do you eat on Christmas morning?  Real or fake tree?  Do you love Elf as much as me?

The 11 Questions Survey

Hey, everyone!  I hope your Thursday is going well so far!  I’m running around and getting ready for my family’s arrival, so filling out a survey sounded perfect today.  Julie shared these questions a few weeks ago, so it was only a matter of time before I reposted it here.  Enjoy!

1.  In baseball, each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate.  Which song would you pick?

Tough question right off the bat! (Pun unintended.) As you know, I’m obsessed with Maroon 5, so my walk-up song would probably be one of their tunes—right now, I have “One More Night” on repeat.

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

I entered foodie heaven thanks to a tasty breakfast and delicious cupcakes.

3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

I’m a sucker for rom-coms, so I’d love to star in 27 Dresses, Made of Honor, you name it.  Also, if an opportunity to appear in Downton Abbey presented itself, I wouldn’t say no.  However, my athletic self would love to be in The Hunger Games or Remember the Titans.  Not sure what my role would be in the football flick, but I’d get to drool over work alongside Ryan Gosling!

4. What actor/actress would play you in a movie of your life?

Definitely Katherine Heigl.  She’s my celebrity doppelganger.

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5. What is your favorite fitness quotation?

I have a few.

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I have a ton pinned to my Motivation Board on Pinterest.

6. What was your first concert?

My first real concert was Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5 after senior year of high school.

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?

Gmail and Twitter.

8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

I’d be a hybrid of Doc and Happy, and I definitely have some Sleepy-like characteristics.

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

What a sad question!  I’d want to eat all my favorite foods:  salmon, roasted vegetables, Wegmans sushi, my grandma’s meatballs, and plenty of chocolate ice-cream/frozen yogurt and cake.

10. What is the background of your computer?

No judging.

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Did you know there’s such a thing as National Grammar Day?  March 4–write it on the calendar!

And since there were only 10 questions posed originally, here’s one I made up for number 11.

11.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Definitely somewhere exotic like Thailand or South Africa.  I’m also dying to visit Ireland and Italy.

Your turn:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Holiday Favorites Survey

Happy December, friends!  It’s officially the holiday season!  A few weeks ago, Meghan tagged me in this survey, and since the Christmas countdown has began, it’s time to share my answers.

1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

I have a soft spot for Mannheim Steamroller. (Link below is for Carol of the Bells.) I also love Bing Crosby; to me, he’s the voice of Christmas.  Oh, and Michael Bublé.

2. Have you ever gone shopping on Black Friday?

I have indeed!  It was during my freshman or sophomore year of college, and one of my friends wanted a new laptop.  We had a sleepover, set our alarms for the ungodly hour of 3 a.m., and went to Walmart shortly thereafter.  She scored a great deal, but unless I need a TV or a big-ticket item, I will never brave those crowds again.

3. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Any and all of the old school claymation films—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, The Year Without a Santa Claus.  The Heat Miser and Snow Miser are my favorites.

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I also love Elf and The Family Stone.

4. Who’s your favorite person to shop for on your list?

I have a lot of fun shopping for my sisters.  Most of the time, I’ll stumble upon items that seem “so them,” which means no true “shopping” is required.

5. Who’s your least favorite person to shop for?

Shopping for my dad is definitely the most challenging.  Speaking of–Dad, what do you want for Christmas?  Ha!

6. What’s your most memorable Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

One year, my sisters and I got a pink Barbie house.  It stood about three feet tall, and there were two floors, plus a rooftop deck.  We spent hours playing Barbies back in the day.

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[I’m not talking about this particular house, but we also had this one.  Source.]

7. What’s your most memorable Christmas gift you’ve ever given?

Hmmm, nothing is coming to mind.  However, I do remember when one of my sisters gave the other rocks as a joke.  Grandma didn’t like that at all!

8. Where’s your favorite place to go Christmas shopping?

I usually hit up local/one-of-a-kind shops for Christmas presents, but if those fail, then Target, Barnes & Noble, etc.

9. What was one of your favorite Christmas memories?

For Christmas Eve dinner one year, my grandparents, uncle, and his girlfriend came over for dinner, and right as the crescent rolls came out of the oven, we lost power.  Timing couldn’t have been better—ha!  We now call that night our “18th century Christmas celebration” because we ate dinner by candlelight.

10. Who’s your favorite Christmas shopping buddy?

My mom.  She’s also my favorite regular shopping buddy.

11. Do you decorate for the holidays and put up a tree?  When do you normally do it?

When I was home for Thanksgiving, we bought our tree, but I don’t think it’s been put up yet.  Hopefully, I’ll be home in time to help hang ornaments.

12. And fine, just one food-related question, what’s your favorite Christmas dessert?

Anything chocolate, obviously.  Or anything from our annual bake-off.

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Your turn:  favorite Christmas song and movie?  Favorite holiday memory?  What are you looking forward to the most about the holiday season?

Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m off trotting and then eating, but since I didn’t want to abandon the blog for a day, I thought it would be a good time to share some answers from a Thanksgiving survey Natalie originally posted.

1. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

My family usually has a special breakfast like pancakes and French toast, and we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2. List at least three dishes that are on your family’s table every year.

Green beans, roasted carrots, and my great aunt’s recipe for twice-baked potatoes–we call them Aunt Jeana’s Potatoes.  I’m so excited for AJPs!

3. Do you prefer pumpkin pie or pecan pie?

Honestly, neither; I’m an apple pie girl.

4. Will you watch football on Thanksgiving Day?

Um, sometimes.  I don’t follow football, so it’s not like I *need* to watch a game.  My cousins and I plan to watch Animal House, though.

5. Do you plan to exercise Thursday?

You bet—I’m doing the 3rd Annual F-M Turkey Trot to be exact.

6. Do you prefer ham or turkey?

Definitely turkey.

7. Will you shop on Black Friday?

I have in the past, but I will not be waking up at an ungodly hour to shop this year.  Although I do want to go to Syracuse Bicycle at some point; the shop is hosting a huge fall clearance sale!

8. Do you take a nap on Thanksgiving?

Not usually.  After eating, my family usually plays games—Catch Phrase and Apples to Apples are our favorites!

9. Share one dish that probably won’t be on anyone else’s table.

My aunt’s three-bean casserole.  It’s quite infamous.  I’ll be sure to take a picture.

10. What are you thankful for today?

My family, my health, and my blogger friends!

Have a great day!

Running Pop Quiz

Hiya, friends!  Happy Sunday!  Prior to Hurricane Sandy, I planned to run the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K this weekend, but the race–as well as the ING NYC Marathonwas canceled.

Even with a chip, race bib, and starting line, I’m putting my legs to good use this morning.  Along with other NYC marathon and local runners, I’m running and delivering aid to Staten Island; check out the Facebook page New York Runners in Support of Staten Island for more information.  Since I’m off running, I figured it would be a good time to post a running-related survey.  Mary shared her answers a while back, so this is long overdue.

1. Fuel:  GU, shot blocks, energy chews, candy, or other?

Although the world of nutrition is relatively new to me, I’ve fallen in love with GU energy gels.  Before a triathlon, I take Espresso Love, and during long runs, I slam Vanilla bean.

[Before a CNY Triathlon Club training event at Jamesville.  I was still testing different flavors.  Mint Chocolate tasted too strong to me.]

2. Race length: 5-K, 10-K, half-marathon, marathon, ultra, or other?

Tough one.  I have the most experience with 5-Ks, but I feel like it’s almost too short.  The Boilermaker 15-K epitomized fun, and the 35th Tromptown Run proved to be a disastrous first half-marathon.  I bet the 10-15-K range is my sweet spot, but I’ve never completed an official 10-K race.  I guess this needs to change!

3. Workout bottoms:  skirt, capris, pants, running shorts, or other?

I talked about this in my 10 Running Questions survey—Nike tempo shorts are my go-to, unless I’m racing or running long; those runs call for Nike Pro Dri Fit.  Since I hate covering up my legs when I run, I’ll wait until it’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit or so to rock Under Armour bottoms.

4. Sports drink:  Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, or stick to water when you run?

I stick to water.  My hydration strategy would obviously change for longer events—think marathon or half-Ironman—but since I don’t cover these distances yet, I down good ol’ H2O.

5. Running temperatures:  heat or cold?

Give me the cold!  When it’s freezing, my body can eventually warm up, but if it’s scorching, it’s difficult to get my core temperature down.

6. Running shoe brands:  Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or other?

Even though I’ve been an Asics girl since day one, my new sneaks are Mizunos, and I love them!

7. Pre-race meal:  oatmeal, bagel, banana, eggs, cereal, or other?

Two cups of coffee, one bowl of Kashi oatmeal, and plenty of water.

8. Rest days:  one per week, two or more per week, never ever, or other?

Usually one or two per week.

9. Music:  have to have it or go without it?

Since I can’t listen to music during triathlons, I’ve become more comfortable “running naked.”  I can usually last 40-50 minutes without needed an earbud boost, but I do prefer having my shuffle for longer outings.

10. Number one reason for running:  stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running, for social reasons or other?

All of the above!  I feel much happier, more confident, and more balanced when I run on a regular basis.

It’s your turn:  share one, a few, or all of your answers!

Alphabet Survey

Happy Saturday, all!  How’s your day going?  Since it looks like Hurricane Sandy will hit the New York City area within the next few days, I’m stocking up on emergency supplies.

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Today’s first order of business is buying a flashlight with lots of extra batteries.  Anyway, both Alex and Meghan posted this survey, so I’m following suit and doing the same.  Who doesn’t love a good survey, right?

A is for age:

I’m 22 years old, which means I’m, like, an adult.  Scary.

B is for breakfast today:

I’m craving eggs and almond butter, so it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

C is for currently craving: 

As you can tell from my previous answer, my cravings have been out in left field.  Last night, I found myself craving a hamburger and French fries; who am I?  Ha!

D is for dinner tonight:

Right now, I have no idea.  I can’t think about dinner until lunchtime.  That’s normal, right?

E is for favorite type of exercise: 

Swimming, biking, running, strength training, practicing yoga—any and all of the above, please!  Running is my favorite, though.

F is for an irrational fear:

Nothing out of the ordinary here, just snakes, spiders, etc.

G is for gross food:

Olives and onions.  Keep ‘em away!

H is for hometown:

Small-town alert:  Cazenovia, NY, which is about 30 minutes southeast of Syracuse. (Go Orange!)

I is for something important:

I’m pulling a friends and family combo.

J is for current favorite jam:

“Tea, a drink with jam and bread” or “this is beat is my jam”?  Since I don’t use jam, I’m going with the music variety.  Right now, I have Maroon 5’s “One More Night” on repeat. (Funny enough, I had in stuck in my head during the DeRuyter Lake Triathlon, but I changed the words to “One More Tri.”  I like to think it helped me hammer on the bike.)

K is for kids:

Someday.  That day is not today.  Or tomorrow.  Or any day within the next five to eight years.  Ha!

L is for current location:

New York City!

M is for the most recent way you spent money:

I went to Whole Foods last night to buy carrots, almond butter, and onion powder.  Exciting stuff, right?

N is for something you need:

Besides a full-time big-girl job, I would absolutely love some quality time with my college BFFs.  I miss everyone so much!

O is for occupation:

Um … let’s say blogger and freelance writer.

P is for pet peeve:

Giving less than 100 percent.  If you’re going to do something, then you might as well do it right and give it your all.  Pre (Steve Prefontaine) said it best.

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Q is for a quotation:

Besides that Pre quotation, I love this one from Dr. Seuss.

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R is for random fact about you:

I consider Sanibel, FL my home away from home.

My grandparents have a condo there, so I’ve been going since day one.

S is for favorite healthy snack:

This week, I’ve been noshing on Chobani and carrot sticks.  Weird combo, but it works.

T is for favorite treat:

Anything chocolate, although I’m still dreaming about that red velvet cupcake from Brooklyn Cupcake.

U is for something that makes you unique:

I’m a tad obsessed with grammar, and I find these pins incredibly funny and witty.

V is for favorite vegetable:

Raw carrots and red peppers; steamed asparagus; roasted broccoli and mushrooms.

W is for today’s workout:

It’s been 11 days since my last rest day (whoops!), so I’m recovering today.  Although I really, really want to run.

X is for X-rays you’ve had:

Oh boy.  I’ve had a ton on my ankles, plus I’ve had a few MRIs on my right knee when I tore my ACL and meniscus.  

Y is for yesterday’s highlight:

Definitely my biking breakthrough.

Z is for your time zone:

Eastern Standard, baby.

Your turn:  Pick a letter or two and share your responses.  Or repost the entire survey!