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Home For The 4th (and 5th) of July

Hiya, friends!  I hope your long holiday weekend is going great so far!  On Wednesday, I hopped on a flight home to Syracuse, and I’ve been fully enjoying Central New York.


A little different than New York City, right?

My first stop after the airport was Wegmans.  Obviously.


I have yet to find sushi that even comes close to this in NYC.

While home, I needed to complete a tempo run, so I signed up for my hometown’s 4th of July 5-K.


I debated whether or not I should write a race recap, but honestly, there isn’t too much to say.  I did a quick warm-up mile on the high school track, and excluding two big hills at mile one and two-ish where my pace creeped up to 8:1X, I hit and held my tempo pace.  Official finishing time was 23:36 (7:36), which I’ll take for not “racing.”  Shortly after, I took Zelda for a “recovery jog.”


Good news—the Mizuno Wave Sayonaras can withstand both road racing and greyhound walking!

Anyway, later that afternoon, my entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—came over for 4th of July festivities.


My uncle’s girlfriend’s mother made this patriotic fruit salad, and I had to try really, really hard not to put away the entire spread.  The fruit was delicious, but it was the dip that proved to be my demise: fluff and cream cheese.  Yum!


Other shenanigans ensued.

And yesterday, I completed a five-mile recovery run before hitting the pool.  I mean LAKE!


Words cannot begin to describe how much I missed open-water swimming here.


My 20-minute “workout” consisted of a 10-minute warm up and 10-minutes of intervals.  I swam steady to a predetermined point, then swam hard back, and repeated this cycle.  My mom and dad spotted me, and this was the first time since last year they’ve seen me swim, bike, or run—and they were floored.  They said I looked like a completely different swimmer.  Woohoo for progress!

The rest of my day consisted of napping outside and trying not to get sunburned.


My extended family eventually visited for round two of festivities.  No pictures, but I will say we polished off a bottle of limoncello and citrus-flavored vodka.

How did you celebrate the 4th of July?

My First Work Meeting

Hiya, friends!  Happy … Thursday?  Yikes, I’ve gone a long time without blogging.  It’s been a busy week filled with work (more on that in a second) and working out, and I’m happy to have today off on both fronts.  As per tradition, my morning began with Wegmans Cin-A-Nut coffee.


What, you don’t have spare goggles hanging around?

Weggies, please come to NYC.  Thanks.

Although I’m not scheduled to work today, I met with a local yoga company to discuss our partnership and other outreachy things.  Friends, this was my first solo big-girl meeting of my career!  And I wore “real” clothes (i.e. not running shorts and/or a race t-shirt)!


My coworkers commented on how cute I looked, so just humor me with this outfit of the day picture, OK?  I could’ve showed up to the meeting looking like this:



Yes, this happened at work on Wednesday.  No, this isn’t me.  This time.

Anyway, the meeting went well.  There was some miscommunication about the location, but once we sat down, the ideas started to flow. (Inadvertent yoga pun.) Exciting things on the horizon!  Right after, I recapped the main points with my manager and assistant manager, and they were really pleased.  By now, I should be used to this responsibility, but I still can’t believe how much they trust and believe in me—slash I’m still wrapping my head around doing somewhat big things at age 23.

I didn’t want to waste looking like a “real girl,” so I went shopping.  And not for groceries.  Although I did that later.  Success at Anthropologie!


Plus both the tank and pj bottoms were on sale.  Love it when that happens!

Back at my apartment, there was a package waiting for me.


Thanks for hooking me up, FitFluential and Kona Kase!  Review to come once I test these endurance nutrition samples.

Oh, and speaking of endurance, please start praying for me in regards to the Stamford bike course.


If it were easy, then everyone would do it, right?  Oh boy.

A Whole Lotta Updates

Hey, everyone—happy Thursday!  Geez, it that right?  This week has flown by.  Maybe it’s from coming off a race?


Thanks for your support, by the way.  I rode the post-race high through the wee hours of Sunday morning, which was fueled by way too much red wine and Endless Summer cocktails at The Surf Lodge in Montauk.  But doesn’t this recipe sound good?  Vanity Fair says it contains Belvedere vodka, red grapes, and chardonnay.

Anyway, I have a lot of updates to share on the triathlon and real-life front, so grab a cup of coffee and get comfy.

1.  A rest day means enjoying gourmet coffee, courtesy of Wegmans. (And in related news, I slept in until 7:45 a.m. this morning!)


Please tell me I’m not the only one who rations good coffee.  Chugging a cup of this before practice would be sacrilege; it needs to be savored.

2.  I’m settling into my new position at my big-girl job—and I’m officially official!


Ekkk!  Even though it’s been about two months since I started at JRab, I still can’t believe how lucky I am.  My coworkers are absolutely fantastic, and it goes without saying that we have a ton in common.  And our store’s manager and assistant manager have given me so much freedom and responsibility in terms of brainstorming, planning, and organizing events and truly want me to take this position and make it my own.

3.  Strength training made its post-taper resurgence to my workout schedule on Tuesday.  How Rinny doesn’t lift is beyond me, but if I could run 6:20’s off the bike during a half-Ironman, then I wouldn’t hit the weights either.

4.  Speaking of triathloning, the splits from Saturday’s race were posted online; my swim was faster than I thought (31:14) and my bike was slower (1:07:31).  It is comforting to know my swim was semi-decent, especially for not pushing, but the bike remains my Achilles heel.  My coach and I chatted yesterday about preparing for a certain August race, and there will be a new game plan moving forward.  I owe you a post, but it boils down to focusing on my “strengths” (in quotes because I don’t see myself as a super strong swimmer and runner) and minimizing my weakness, aka the bike.  My quest as a #wannabeswimmer continues!

5.  And on a completely unrelated note, this article from BuzzFeed had me laughing out loud; this is reason I lovingly refer to my alma mater as Camp Hoho.  Numbers 2, 5, 11, 12, 14, 29 are spot-on.  Thanks for the find, Michele!

Home Sw-EAT Home

Hello, hello from Upstate New York!


Even though spring has officially arrived, the lake remains frozen.  Before I left practice Wednesday, my teammates said I should drill a hole and hop in for some open-water swimming.  It sounded like a great idea to me, but my mom shot it down—ha!

Anyway, it feels so nice to be home!  My tiny hometown is basically the exact opposite of New York City, and although I love living there, I do like escaping the concrete jungle every now and then.  My train yesterday arrived almost an hour late—you’re killing me, Amtrak!—so lunch was on my mind. (Not that there’s ever a time when I’m not thinking about food, but you get my point.) Luckily, my mom had some Easter grocery shopping to do at Wegmans, so we went there for lunch.


Holy cow—I’ve missed Weggies so much!  I planned to get the citrus tofu roll, but it wasn’t available, so I went with a spicy tuna roll, plus a side of roasted mushrooms and asparagus.

For dinner, my family went to Circa, our favorite local restaurant.


Luckily, my sisters and I “like” Circa on Facebook, so we knew there wasn’t wine—and alerted my parents, so we came prepared!  Salad and turkey mole for dinner.



Breakfast after my swim this morning was my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich, and I enjoyed a delicious bowl of homemade black bean soup after my tempo run.


Black bean soup never photographs well, but trust me:  To.  Die.  For.  I also chased it with an orange.


Speaking of orange, Syracuse beat Indiana last night and advanced to the Elite Eight—woohoo!  I’m so happy the Cuse-Marquette matchup will start at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon; the past games have tipped off around 9:40 p.m., which is past my bedtime. (Seriously.)

I’m going shopping with my sister now—enjoy your Friday!

Do you certain meals or visit certain restaurants when you’re home?

Happy 2013!

Hi, friends!  Happy New Year!  Did you have fun celebrating last night?  We went to my aunt and uncle’s house for appetizers and soups.



So much food!  We hung out for a few hours before coming home to pop champagne with our immediate family.

Workout – Running

Did you do a resolution run (or workout) today?  I slept in and headed outside around 9 a.m. for snowy 45 minutes.  Nothing too exciting to report—expect some unplanned speedwork when a dog started chasing me!  Luckily, it was a small doggie that promptly returned to its owner when called.  Whew!


Since we were out of spinach this morning (the horror!), I added chopped red pepper to my egg-white sandwich.


Plus some Sriracha,.  My mom and I had some errands to run, so I also ate a sliced pear with PB.


Random, but delicious.

Our first two stops this afternoon included a visit to my grandparents’ house to pick up a sewing machine and a trip to Barnes and Noble so I could get a book for the train ride back to New York City.  Before I found a copy of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I stumbled upon this display.


And if being ambushed by Downton Abbey spinoffs weren’t enough, the section next to it included a ton of triathlon books.  Well played, B&N.  I almost bought Race Weight:  How to Get Lean for Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald, but I didn’t want to carry another book home.  Don’t worry—I added it to my Amazon.com shopping cart.

Next up, we went to Wegmans, aka the happiest place on earth.


Although I’ve become a fan of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, Wegmans will always be my favorite.


A trip to Wegmans meant my standard sushi and soup for lunch.


Citrus tofu roll and rotisserie chicken noodle soup for the win!

While at Wegmans, we also picked up a new toy for Zelda.  Besides some chew sticks and cookies from the Union Square Holiday Market, she didn’t get any real Christmas presents; Zelda tends to destroy new toys in minutes, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep buying her stuff she rips apart.  However, this squirrel’s package said it would be “long lasting,” so we figured what the heck.



Zelda’s been playing with the squirrel for 30 minutes now, and it’s still intact!




What did you do for NYE?  How did you spend your first day of 2013?

Apple Picking and the Arrival of Fall

Hi, everyone!  How was your Moan Monday?  It’s been a busy day over here, but first, here are some more pictures from Sunday’s apple-picking trip at Beak & Skiff.

We picked Cortland and Macouns yesterday, and the apples were really small.

Ellen and I attempted to make a human ladder.

Apple-picking fail.

Oh, well—we had a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to start baking some apple-based recipes.

Workout – Run

After two cups of coffee, plenty of water, and a GU energy gel, I hit the pavement for a 5.25-mile run this morning.  Although the run itself was uneventful—just an out-and-back loop with some fartleks sprinkled in for good measure—today’s apparel is worth noting:  long-sleeved Under Armour top and bottoms.

This means fall has arrived.  Following my run, I also did some upper-body strength training and ab exercises.


My morning meal came in the form of overnight oats in a jar.

This never gets old.  Today’s mixture contained frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon and chia seeds.  I love using frozen fruit because it thaws in the fridge and leaves tasty juice that the yogurt soaks up.


My mom asked me to go grocery shopping at Wegmans (more on this shortly), so I picked up soup and sushi for lunch.

I used to have this combo nearly every weekend in college, but it’s been a while since I enjoyed some S&S.  To start, I had spicy red lentil soup.

This was my first time having it, and I’m a fan.  Sriracha might make an appearance in the future—the spicer, the better!  After polishing off the soup, I dug into the spicy shrimp jalapeño roll.

I topped each piece with some Wasabi—delicious!

In other news, here’s what the eating area of the kitchen looked like earlier today.

And now.

Ah, the joys of window replacement.

Off to cook dinner–we’re trying a new recipe tonight, Paleo Pad Thai.

What’s your go-to lunch combo lately?

Happy 77th Birthday, Grandma!

Last night, we celebrated my grandma’s 77th birthday with dinner at Canal View and a delicious chocolate cake from Wegmans.

That’s our version of 77—“76 plus 1.”

What a great evening!

Workout – Bike-Run Brick Run

Originally, a bike-run brick workout was on the docket for today, but the weather had other ideas.  With showers all morning and afternoon plus a tornado watch beginning at 3 p.m., a ride wasn’t going to happen. (Note to self: Get bike trainer ASAP.) Instead, I swapped today’s multisport workout for Thursday’s 30-minute run; I’ll complete the brick tomorrow and bump my final pre-DeRuyter Lake Triathlon OWS to Thursday.  Anyway, I hopped on the treadmill for half an hour this morning, and it wasn’t bad.  Definitely not my best run ever, but far from the worst.


Soaking in sweat, I knew a cold morning meal would hit the spot; after rummaging around the fridge and freezer, I compiled a yogurt bowl.

Come to think of it, this mess looks more like a deconstructed parfait.

Banana slices and frozen blueberries lined the bottom, Greek yogurt comprised the middle layer, and Fiber One cereal, Seitenbacher muesli, and more banana slices topped the mixture.


My mom and I met my dad at Zabroso’s this afternoon.  I’ve been to this Spanish eatery once before—many, many years ago, and I loved it—so I had high hopes.  Unfortunately, though, lunch was a bust.

All three of us ordered the chicken and rice special, but it wasn’t good.  Chicken and I are acquaintances—I don’t love it, but I’ll eat it if no other health options and/or protein sources are available—but this dish didn’t exactly help our trying friendship.  There was barely any meat on the bones, and the chicken that was present lacked flavor.  I ate two pieces and half of the rice before throwing in the towel; it just wasn’t worth it.

Afternoon Snack

After a disappointing lunch, a more substantial snack was in order.

First, I sliced an apple and microwaved it for one minute.  Next, I added some cinnamon and 1/4 cup instant oats, 1/2 cup water, and zapped the combo for another minute.  Topped with a heaping spoonful of peanut butter, this hit the spot.

OK, so changing gears a bit, you know how I found a big-girl apartment in New York City this weekend? (Here are the recaps, part one and two.) So, I received more paperwork this morning via email, and one of the forms listed restricted dog breeds.

No joke.

Luckily, the building is greyhound friendly, which means Zelda can visit.

Do you have any pets?  Did you have any growing up?  Does your building allow pets? (Is this list normal for an NYC apartment?  Just curious.)

Take What The Defense Gives You

Loud, boisterous, and brutally honest, my high school basketball coach had a myriad of go-to expressions.

He’d yell, “finish strong, Red!” at least once every practice, and each syllable would reverberate off our crackerbox gym’s wooden bleachers and blue, gold, and white concrete walls. (For the non-basketball fanatics, “finish” means scoring the bucket or putting the ball in the basket.  And Red was my sports/basketball nickname.) He also refused to tolerate “street ball crap,” which took the form of one-handed passes or flashy plays.  Speaking of distributing the tock, if a player “passed from the holster” she would be benched immediately; chicken-winging a chest-pass was unacceptable. (This also indicated you were cheating in the weight room.) Another one of my favorite phrases?  “You’ve got to take what the defense gives you.”  Basically, if your defender is forcing you left because you’re right-handed, you need to take the left lane to the rim.  Although I haven’t picked up a basketball in two years, I did take what the defense gave me this afternoon.

A coupon for Wegmans sushi—yahtzee!


Wegmans sushi for the win!

I went with one of my favorites, the citrus tofu roll—absolutely delicious.  I rounded out the meal with some unpictured carrots sticks and a sliced banana with cinnamon and PB.

This banana-cinnamon-PB combo has been a go-to lately, both in solid food and smoothie forms.


When dinnertime rolled around, I continued to take what the defense gave me—leftovers.

We tried a new black bean enchilada recipe last night, and since it made 10 cheesy and vegetarian-friendly rollups, there were plenty of leftovers.

All on top of a bed of spinach.  A bowl of frozen grapes made an appearance, too.

Have a great night!

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!

Foodie Friday

You know that feeling when you prepare and eat a delicious meal?  That’s the best, right?  Well, if you multiple that by three—no numbers involved, I promise—that what I experienced today.  Talk about holy yum!

You saw my bowl of overnight oats, which set the tone for the day.  Shortly after, I went to Wegmans to pick up some produce, and I already knew I would be getting some sushi for lunch.  But not just my standard salmon roll.  This plan was in the cards since yesterday afternoon when I saw this billboard.


Firecracker sounds spicy, which is music to this Tabasco-loving girl’s ears.  Sold.  Well played, Weggies.  Well played.


One Wegmans firecracker roll.

Plus homemade carrot fries.

All together, now!

The firecracker roll tasted delicious, but it’s definitely a “special treat”—crispy fried tempura shrimp tossed in “firecracker” sauce with asparagus, roasted red pepper, and koshihikari rice rolled up in a pineapple-habanero wrap. (It packs 360 calories.) To up this meal’s nutrient profile, I coated carrot sticks with a little extra virgin olive oil and a few dashes of S&P and baked them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.


Dining at Circa was on the menu (pun unintended!), and I started off with a glass of New Age wine.

The family split two orders of Curry Mussels.

For my main dish, I ordered the sea bass.

Such a great day of eating!  Have a great night!