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Settling In

Hey, everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend!  My Saturday and Sunday were jam-packed—both literally and figuratively—with all things apartment-related.  With the minivan loaded to the brim, my dad and I drove five hours to the city.  Even though we got caught in some rain, a lucky omen greeted us.

Hopefully this rainbow means lots of luck in the Big Apple!  And speaking of omens, here’s something else that happened:  After arriving at our hotel, my dad and I went out to dinner, and as we chatted away, I realized my watch’s battery stopped working—it called it quits at the exact time I left home.

How weird is that?  Even stranger, I bought the watch in NYC two years ago.  Maybe things are coming full circle?  Or perhaps this means one era has drawn to a close, and I’m entering a new, exciting time.

Anyway, on Saturday morning, we started the daunting process of unloading and organizing.

So.  Much.  Stuff. (This isn’t everything, by the way.) These move-in gifts from the management were a pleasant surprise.

The apartment itself is still a work in progress, and I promise I’ll post pictures within the next few days.


Now back to regularly scheduled blogging.  For my first meal in my big-girl apartment, I made an old favorite—almond-crusted tilapia.

As you know, I’m obsessed with seafood, so this dish will make regular appearances on the blog.  For dessert, I had some frozen grapes my mom brought from home.

How sweet!

Workout – Running

I didn’t sleep that well last night, which was probably due to slew a new bed, a new room, etc., but I woke up a little after 6 a.m. for my first NYC run.  I headed over to the Hudson River Greenway for a 30-minute jog.  Holy cow, what a great place to workout!  It was great seeing so many people getting their sweat on—biking, running, and walking—and since the path itself mirrors the Hudson River, the view was beautiful. (I’ll have to take some pictures next time!) Plus, maybe because I had two rests days and/or because I’m used to hilly Central New York, I felt like I was flying this morning.  Speaking of CNY, I obviously needed to represent my favorite fitness people—Syracuse Bicycle, plus Fleet Feet Syracuse and their RUNapoolza 5-K.

Afterwards, I completed some upper-body strength training and ab exercises.


Another go-to made its first NYC appearance—overnight oats.

Technically, though, it’s a bowl of 20-minute oats with mashed banana, frozen strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, and a scoop of Justin’s plain peanut butter.  This was my first time trying Justin’s, and I’m a fan.

I ran some errands after breakfast, which included yet another trip to Bed Bath and Beyond, Trader Joe’s, and GNC (which was out of Jay Robb egg white protein powder—what?!).


I broke for lunch around 1:30 p.m. and threw together a salad.

It was only after I gobbled down the turkey I remembered it’s Meatless Monday.  Fail.  Guess I’ll just have to redeem myself at dinner–I’m planning on making homemade soup tonight because I’m a big girl!

Do you participate in Meatless Monday?  Are you a vegetarian?

Fleet Feet’s RUNapoolza Race Recap

Guess who won third place in her age group at Fleet Feet’s first annual RUNapoolza?

We’ll get to that shortly!


I arrived at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College around 8:30 a.m.

As I took in the surroundings, I couldn’t help but to reflect what happened here four years ago.  Anyway, since I picked up my tech t-shirt and race bib yesterday, I got to bypass the registration lines this morning.

Preceding the 5-K race, the kids’ fun run kicked off the day at 9 a.m.

One poor guy tossed his cookies literally 100m from the finish line.  I felt so bad!  After the kids completed their 1-mile run, it was time for RUNapoolza to begin!  Although not completely flat, this two-loop route was reasonable; the only tough spot was a 300m gradual hill.

I love loop/out-and-back runs.  During the first loop, you can warm-up, assess the terrain, and take note of any hills and inclines; the second time around, you can truly attack the course.  These types of routes are a strength for me—as opposed to a cross-country/off-road course—so I mentally prepared to run the first loop comfortably fast and lay down the hammer on lap two.  Ultimately, I though this would be a good time to go for a new PR.

As the nearly 1,200 runners toed the start line, the emcee encouraged everyone to have fun, follow their limits, and most importantly, not to try to PR because the temperature was climbing—shortly before 9:30 a.m., it was close to 80 degrees.  This suggestion took me aback.  Yes, the race marshals knew the course and took the weather conditions into consideration, but I felt loose and ready to push myself; I didn’t feel like a PR—or, at the very least, a sub-24-minute finish—was out of the question.  I weighed my options, and I knew I couldn’t ignore the fact that this wasn’t my only race this week—I’m running the Cazenovia 4th of July 10-miler, and I’m tackling the Boilermaker 15-K a mere four days later.  With this in mind, I settled on not going for a PR; I wanted to push myself and get in a quality 5-K run, but I didn’t want to run this “like a race.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures during the race, but the race organizers totally decked out the course.  In addition to the water stations, there were a handful of musicians sprinkled around the loop who provided a good soundtrack and words of encouragement.  Fleet Feet volunteers also manned the route, clapping and cheering for the runners.  My favorite part of the course décor included the inspirational phrases written on the pavement.  The colored chalk made exclamations like “you’re my hero!” and “to do today: drink, run, drink” pop.  There were also a handful of technique points like “heel strike” and “go into glide mode.”  These phrases were a nice touch and definitely helped me stay focused and mentally in the race.

For the first 1.5-mile loop, I maintained a steady pace (I’m guessing around 8:20) and assessed the terrain.  Taking a cue from my iPod mishap during the Nate Race, I ran “naked”—or sans music—and without these beats numbing my senses, I was better able to tune into my body:  My calves were a little tight, but nothing to be concerned about; I knew I could run through it.  After the first lap, I slowly picked up the pace (maybe close to 8:10) and cruised through the downhill.  At this point, I went into a “running coma” of sorts; I really don’t remember anything until I approached the final water station.  This is when my inner-competitor started talking:  Carrie, what are you doing?  Let’s pick up the speed!  Far from exhaustion—my effort level notched in at a seven out of 10—I decided to go for broke and pick up my speed for the final 400m.  At the very least, this was a good opportunity to practice my finishing kick.  However, I knew this surge came too late to hope for one of my better times.  During the final 200m, I picked off five or six people and crossed the finish line:  unofficial time was 24:34.

While chugging water and eating two bananas, I watched other runners finish, and it was great to see so many folks who completed Fleet Feet’s No Boundaries Beginner 5-K program.  For the past 10-weeks, these individuals have been learning how to run and training for their first-ever 5-K race, and RUNapoolza served as the spring session’s culmination.  Way to go, everyone!

Around 10:15 a.m., the race results were posted:  With an official time of 24:24, I took third place in my age group!  No medals, but I received something more practical—a RUNapoolza pint glass!

At the post-race party, Enter the Haggis—a Canadian Indie/Scottish/folk rock world-fusion band—took the stage and performed before the prize drawing.

I’ve never heard of them before, but there were a ton of devoted fans jumping and singing in the crowd.

Overall, RUNapoolza was a ton of fun!  It definitely wasn’t the best race (time-wise) I’ve run, but it was a gorgeous day, the volunteers were super friendly, and the vendors—think SOS, New Balance, and Muesli Fusion—distributed some great swag.  When can I sign up for next’s year race?

Working Runapoolza Packet Pickup

Happy Friday, friends!  What could be better than a warm and sunny Friday?  Any fun plans for the weekend?  Tomorrow is race-day for me—I’m running Fleet Feet’s first annual RUNapoolza 5-K.

MaryBeth asked if I could work packet pick up this afternoon, and since I’m not one to pass up a volunteer opportunity or a trip to Fleet Feet, I said absolutely.  Around 11:40 a.m., I arrived at the store to help distribute race bibs and tech t-shirts.

Tech t-shirts are where it’s at!  Compared to cotton, they are much more comfortable for running.  Plus, what runner who doesn’t like sweat wicking apparel?  I opted for a men’s cut, so the tee will fit looser around my bust and ribcage.  Don’t worry, I didn’t overlook my all-even number; a bib that lacks an odd number is unsettling, but one without a single odd digit?  I’m trying not to think about it.  Anyway, packet pick up spanned from 12-6 p.m., and I worked the 12-3 p.m. shift.  In addition to race gear pick up, there were also one-of-a-kind RUNapoolza pint glasses available for purchase.

I might treat myself to one if I PR.  Keyword being “if”—we’ll see!

During the early afternoon, I’d guess around 200 people came to get their race gear, and I’m hoping more showed up later. (The number of runners who preregistered is in the 900-1,200 ballpark.) From a volunteer’s perspective, the more runners who preregister and pick up packets ahead of time, the better; it makes for much smoother logistics on race-day.  This is the first time I’ve taken advantage of early packet pick up, and knowing how easy it is—for both the runner and the volunteers—I will try my best to do this for every future race.


Before going to Fleet Feet, I went on a short 2-mile run this morning; I want to keep my legs fresh for tomorrow’s race, so “shakeout” jog defined easy and leisurely.


Say hello to the best breakfast ever.

For this batch of overnight oats in a jar, I used strawberry Oikos organic Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup Quaker Oats, and 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk.  I also sprinkled some chia seeds on top.


Today’s midday meal was a little strange.  Since I worked packet pick up from 12-3 p.m., I ate lunch beforehand—around 11 a.m., which is super early for me.  I was pressed for time, so I didn’t take a picture, but I had a piece of last night’s leftover salmon, half of a banana, and some mini-pretzels dipped in almond butter.


Dinners on the grill are the best.  Tonight, we had Wegmans kabobs.

Yummy chicken kabob!  Have a great Friday night!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of June 24

Happy Sunday, friends!  I’m still recovering from helping out at the Syracuse 70.3 Ironman today, so this post will be short and sweet.  Don’t worry—I’ll have a full-fledged recap tomorrow.  Without further adieu, let’s get to Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I will post my week workout schedule, and I invited you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday — ~5mi. run; free weights; abs; swim at the YMCA (?)

Tuesday – swim at the YMCA; Women on Wheels

Wednesday – CNY Triathlon summer training series

Thursday – Women on Wheels

Friday – swim at the YMCA and/or spin at the YMCA; ~2mi. run.

Saturday – Raceday—Runapoolza 5-K

Sunday – swim at the YMCA; Cycle 60 at the YMCA

What’s on your workout schedule this week?