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(Sort of) Trending

Hey, hey—happy Monday!  And Happy Presidents’ Day!


Because everything comes back to chocolate, right?

Last night, Jen and I hosted our third #TriChat, and it went really well!  We welcomed ENERGYbits as a sponsor and guest host—which fit perfectly with our theme of pre-/during/post-workout nutrition and fueling strategies—and three lucky participants won samples.  The highpoint of the night occurred toward the end of the Q&A session when I glanced to the left of my newsfeed.


Trending for the win!  Technically, though, this is in terms of Twitter’s “tailored trend” algorithm. (For those unfamiliar with Twitter, its “tailored trend” shows hot topics based on your location and who you follow; its old system showed hashtags in reference to the wider-world of Twitter.) So even though #TriChat didn’t trend on a global scale (yet!), it still made its mark in triathlon and fitness circles.  Very cool!

Shameless plug:  Feel free to join us Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. EST for the next #TriChat!

Workout #1 – Running

Let week seven begin!  There were only 10 of us at our Full Throttle Endurance practice this morning (a bunch of guys went on a ski trip), which changed the group dynamic, but still lead to a great workout.  Like our previous sessions, we started with technique drills and barefoot running before doing tempo work on the track and tempo/hills on the treadmill.  On paper, this was the most challenging workout to date (our ‘mill incline values increased from 3.0 to 3.5 to 4.0), and it was also the strongest I’ve felt mentally and physically.  As you know, I read Chrissie Wellington’s book yesterday, and one idea that resonated with me was turning your brain on “autopilot,” which I did during this workout.  I’ll definitely talk about this concept more in the book review, but basically, even though it’s important to have a constant stream of assessment and feedback during training and races, it’s also crucial to know when to override your brain, shift into “autopilot,” and somewhat disconnect your head from your body.

Workout #2 – Swimming

Although tempted to call it a day after the running workout, I knew I needed to spend some quality time in the pool.  It was only 40 minutes, and nothing groundbreaking to report—except for the really cute (and obviously legit) guy wearing a TEAM USA swim cap.  Uh, what?!  He definitely wasn’t Vince Vaughn or Michael Phelps … I need to get to the bottom of this!


Breakfast started off with a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich, plus coffee.


And about an hour later, I also ate an unpictured banana with some PB.  Swimming revs my appetite big time!


I ran some errands this morning and heated up a piece of leftover pizza for lunch.


Yes, I totally impulse-bought whole-wheat pizza dough at Whole Foods yesterday.  They saw me coming!  I also had a peach for dessert.

Later this afternoon, I multitasked–doing laundry and baking.


Seeing as how I’ve eaten five of these banana “cookies” already, this recipe is a keeper—and coming your way later this week!

Are you guilty of impulse buying while grocery shopping?  What items typically find their way into your cart?

My Arms Might Fall Off

It’s here—happy Friday, friends!



Am I right?

Just a quick heads up for #TriChat tweeps—Jen and I will host the next Twitter conversation on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST to accommodate for that football game the Superbowl. (Hey, I’m a baseball and college basketball fan, what do you want?)


We’ll also welcome guest host USA Triathlon, and we’ll be chatting about everyone’s *favorite* part of the triathlon—the swim!  Speaking of …

Workout #1 – Swimming

Today’s Full Throttle Endurance swim marked our final tough workout of this training cycle—which meant Andrew was going to push us.  As soon as I hopped in the pool, I noticed my hamstrings felt tight (probably from yesterday’s class at Yoga Vida), but they thankfully loosened right up.  First, we cycled through tech drills and then began our main set:  6×50 alternating between easy and solid efforts, 6×50 alternating between kicking and swimming, and the final pull exercises—6×100 build.  Holy cow.  For the first three sets, I completed the build (slow, steady, moderate, and hard efforts) somewhat successfully, but my arms burned for the final tree—and now they fell like they might fall off!  What I found interesting about my fast-lane group (I know—what the what?!) was the girls killed the kicking drills while the boys kicked butt with the pulling.  This is probably because women usually store their strength in their lower bodies while men have more upper-body strength.  Anyway, after practice, Andrew suggested getting sports massages (or going to an acupuncturist) this weekend, so I’m open to recommendations, NYC peeps.

Workout #2 – Running

After a quick wardrobe change, I hit the ‘mill for a 40-minute progression run.  Although I’ll do almost anything to avoid the dreadmill, it was necessary this morning; I didn’t want to run outside with wet hair, and I didn’t trust myself to consistently increase my pace on the indoor track.  Surprisingly, it went well—even if I reeked of chlorine.


My coffee maker imploded this morning, so I stopped at Starbucks on my way back from practice and then refueled with my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.


With some mashed avocado for good measure.  I was still hungry about half an hour later, so I snacked on a piece of peanut butter banana bread.



Do you have a stronger upper or lower body?  Which do you prefer to strength train?

PS – I made my debut as a “fitness model!”

This or That? Health and Fitness Style

I’m a fan of surveys—remember The Simple Things A-Z?—so when I saw Courtney’s post, I knew I’d write this blog entry, too.

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

Central New York sees both relenting heat and foot upon foot of snow, and I’d rather battle the winter elements than summer’s humidity.  I’ll warm up a bit when I run in the cold, but there’s no cooling down when it’s hot.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

Hmmm, I’m going with combo here.  Flat abs look great, but definition shows you worked for ‘em!

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

The Doctors.  Hello, Dr. Travis!


4. Cardio or strength?

Hmmm, toughie.  It depends on my mood, but I usually aim for five or six days of cardio each week and three strength training sessions.

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Chocolate!  So carbs.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

I’m a huge Jillian fan, but I’d rather have Bob as my personal trainer.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Fro-yo as long as it’s chocolate.  I’d go for chocolate ice cream over vanilla frozen yogurt, though.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I default to upper body; I love sculpted arms and shoulders.

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Whole foods that pack protein are ideal, but I have been on a protein smoothie kick lately.

10. Lunges or squats?

Tough one.  During my basketball days, I was a squatting queen (I maxed out at 235 lbs.), but I actually haven’t squatted with weight since. (I sometimes do body-weight air squats.) So lunges by default.

11. Sweet or salty?

Chocolate!  So sweet.

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

I’m going to have to go with a combo answer here, too.  When cute and comfy collide, it’s a great thing.

13. Body Pump or heavy lifting?

Well, I’ve never taken Body Pump, but I don’t exactly lift heavy easier.  I’ll pass.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga, although I only practice when I’m in New York City; I love Yoga Vida.

15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike, hands-down.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

I absolutely hate the dreadmill treadmill.  Unless the weather’s unfavorable (thunderstorm, ungodly windchill, etc.) or if I have a tempo run, I’ll run outside.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Since Wegmans isn’t an option, then Whole Foods.  When I studied abroad in London, Whole Foods Kensington had “Thirsty Thursdays” where patrons paid five pounds and got to sample five appetizers and five wine pairings.  It was awesome!  Plus, I love the NYC Whole Foods stores, especially the Bowery location that included a shoutout to Geneva, NY.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Based on my unrelenting Olympic fever, Summer Games.

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Another combo answer:  When I’m cooking, I always steam veggies, but I love my mom’s roasted ones.

Your turn–share some of your answers!

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!