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Snapshot Friday and Saturday

Every time my family visits, I tell myself I’ll be a good blogger, take tons of pictures, and write a really detailed recap about our adventures.  And every time I fail miserably—ha!  This weekend, though, I managed to snap a few pics, so I’ll share those with you.


After rocking my wetsuit at Friday’s swim practice, I spent the day hanging out with my sister Margaret.  First, we ate lunch at Terri, an organic and vegetarian restaurant.


I ordered the “tuna” melt (aka chickpea salad) with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.


It tasted great and kept me full during our entire shopping trip, which included stops at Zara and Kate Spade.

Margaret trying on shoes—YOLO.


I took a class in college with Michele called “He Says, She Says,” so I found this iPhone cover oh so rhetorical.


Even though it was blizzarding in NYC, Margaret and I ordered our first iced coffees Americanos of the season.


Spring better be on the way!

My parents and sister Ellen arrived later that night and brought some goodies from my grandma—homemade sauce and meatballs for the win!


I cannot wait to break into this stash.


My weekend started with a Full Throttle Endurance swimming practice at Chelsea Piers and brunch at my teammate’s apartment. (Er, triathlete brunch, I guess; we ate around 9:30 a.m.—ha!) I didn’t want to be a creeper and whip out my iPhone, but the spread was impressive:  waffles and whipped cream made from scratch, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, plus bacon, Italian biscotti, and sparkling apple cider.  Holy moley, everything was so good!  I also enjoyed hanging out with my teammates outside of swimming, biking, and running.  Yes, we talked triathlons the entire time, but it was great to focus on the conversation without keeping an eye on the clock to time our rest and intervals.

Back at my apartment, my family and I watched the first half of the Syracuse basketball game (I don’t want to talk about the final result) before heading uptown to see Jersey Boys.


Absolutely incredible!


And get this—one of the “swing” cast members played Frankie Valli, and he totally killed it!  He even had his own friends and family cheering section.

Speaking of family …


Doing what we do best—goofing off!

Next, we wandered around Chelsea Market briefly, but it was a bit difficult navigation-wise with all five of us, so we didn’t stay very long.  I was also experiencing some stomach troubles and was so not in the mood to take pictures.

For dinner, we went to a Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant for dinner, and it was phenomenal!  Again, not pictures due to being girl-down, but we plan to go back.

How was your weekend?

Eight Updates

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Hump Day!


This is why I love waking up early—pajamas and coffee.  I’m also rocking glasses and Medusa-like curls, but no one needs to see that.

First, thanks for your thoughtful comments on Monday’s post.  Doing the indoor triathlon was so much fun, and I loved putting my training to the test.  Needless to say, I experienced an exercise high for the rest of the weekend.  Those endorphins are the best, right?

Anyway, I have lots of updates, so it’s list time:

1.  I received a package this past week from Boxtera, a healthy snack delivery service.


So many noms!  Even though I have virtually no willpower, I’ve been pacing myself and not housing everything in one sitting.  My review should go live next week.

2.  The Chobani fairy visited me too!


I’ve been dying to try the new pear and banana flavors, so the CHO team decided to help a fan out.  I still can’t figure out why the Whole Foods near me doesn’t stock those two options.

3.  At Monday’s Full Throttle Endurance practice, we had a two-mile time trial on the track.  Even though there are some speedsters in my group who clocked in at 11 minutes (crazy, right?), I’m happy with my time of 14:4X (7:2X/mile).  I ran with two teammates, and we took turns sharing the workload and setting the pace.  We went out too fast for the first lap (Andrew said it was a sub-six minutes!), so there was some suffering during the final 400m—but it was totally worth it to finish more than one minute faster than I did eight weeks ago.  It’s all about progress!

4.  Speaking of Monday’s practice, a photographer from New York Road Runners showed up—at 5:45 a.m. nonetheless—to take pictures.  The organization plans to write a feature story about FTE, so he snapped shots of Andrew coaching and us doing work.

5.  My internship is going well—I’ve interviewed some cool ladies and gone to a handful of fun fitness events—but I got word Monday that due to budget concerns my hours will be cut, which means I transition from full-time to part-time this week.  Womp, womp.

6.  On the subway ride home Monday, I saw one of my teammates (small world!) and told her about the cut in hours.  Being positive and supportive, she told me to look on the bright side:  That will give me lots of flexibility to train and travel for races!  It’s highly possible I thought the same thing.

7.  Speaking of training, I’m still in the process of developing a strategy for Thursday’s swim-run “race.”  It turns out I had the distances wrong:  it’s 100 yards in the pool, 0.25 mile on the track, 200 yards, 0.5 mile, 300 yards, 1 mile, 400 yards, 1.5 miles, 500 yards, and 1.75 miles (total of 1500 yards and 5 miles).  I talked to MB on Monday and sent Andrew an email yesterday, and both stressed the importance of pacing and not going out too fast.  One of the biggest challenges will be keeping my heart rate under control when I hop out of the pool and hit the track, and Andrew said the race gets really interesting at the 300-yard mark—that’s when the people who start too fast hit the wall.

8.  My family is visiting this weekend!  We plan to eat our way though Chelsea Market and see Jersey Boys on Broadway (and hopefully watch SU basketball win a game.  Sigh.)

How’s your week going?