Monday, September 26, 2016

The Right... Bourbon Trail Adventures


Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I must say, I forgot how much I love spending time in the kitchen on Sundays.  Summer makes me much less motivated to meal prep and with all the traveling I've been doing lately, finding the time has been near impossible.  I finally had an afternoon in the kitchen yesterday and it was really exciting.  I also finally have a calm(er) week at work which means I can actually bring my lunch instead of eating out!


Speaking of all the traveling I've been doing, I'm finally catching my breath from all the weddings and finally have time to post more about our Bourbon Trail adventures from our trip to Lexington!  We had a goal to tackle three distilleries - Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve and Four Roses - and set out super early since it was a 1.5 hour drive to Maker's Mark.  I had no idea what to expect because I did minimal research leading up to the trip so luckily Jen did the Bourbon Trail planning for us.  We pulled up to Maker's and I was instantly drawn to the dark grey and red color scheme of all the buildings.  I also loved that it was nestled away in the hills and we later found out its because the water used in the distilling process comes straight from a lake nearby.  The whole distillery felt very homey and welcoming.  We learned a tremendous amount about the Maker's brand history and how the specific bourbon is made.  Unfortunately the plant was shut down for cleaning for the month so we didn't get to see the fermentation in action.  One of my favorite parts of the tour was in the rackhouse because you could literally smell the bourbon (call me crazy but bourbon is my liquor of choice and it smelled so amazing) - they call it "angels breath" and for good reason haha.

We were able to visit the bottling room where they were hand-dipping each bottle (yes, every bottle of Maker's Mark is hand dipped, making each seal unique).  During the tasting I discovered a new favorite: Maker's 46 - it was so much smoother than regular Maker's Mark!



At the end of the tour we went to the gift shop and dipped our own bottles of Maker's!  I went a little heavy on the wax on accident and it was more intimidating than I expected (notice my fully covered arms and apron - it's serious business)!





We then went to Woodford Reserve which was in the middle of the beautiful Kentucky horse farms and I could tell right off the bat it was a little more commercialized (definitely not in a bad way though).  The plant was fully operational so we were able to taste some of the sour mash in the fermentation room and it was definitely not as bad as I expected!  Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't make it to Four Roses but on the way back to Lexington we had the crazy idea to hop out of the car and take some photos in the middle of the country road.  Such a fun adventure (minus a few fast-driving cars) and also such a long day!  We finished the night with beers at a local brewery and BBQ - more on those places to come!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fitness Friday: Marathon Training Update

Hard to believe we're in week 10 of marathon training!  I'm currently on a bit of an unplanned break from training due to a mole removal (and the addition of 5 lovely stitches on my sternum) so I'm really interested to see how the rest of my training goes!  Luckily I have the NYRR Virtual Trainer coaches and my physical therapist to consult with (it truly takes a village sometimes) to get me back on my feet after I get my stitches out.  Until then, let's recap the last couple weeks, shall we?

Amazing sunset on an evening run
When I left you last I was getting ready to tackle a 13 mile run:
9/3/16 - 13.5 miles around Central Park @ 9:51 pace - this was a great LTR and the first taste of fall running weather which was amazing!
9/4/16 - respected the rest day and took it easy
9/5/16 - rest day in the running department but did a leg workout of squat jumps, curtsey lunges, side lunges and mountain climbers for good measure
9/6/16 - my first solo speed workout (and first intervals since high school!).  I did 6 x 1,000M repeats and with warm up and cool down clocked 6 miles @ 9:38 pace.  Intervals were all sub 4:40 which was awesome. I struggled with a side stitch through some of it which was annoying but was super proud of myself for getting out there even without a running buddy!
9/7/16 - rest day!
9/8/16 - 6.1 mile run at 9:18 pace
9/9/16 - SoulCycle!  Super important cross training but I was tired as hell and the class was hard!
9/10/16 - 15.2 mile run!  My friend Tricia and I ran up the West side to the Little Red Lighthouse under the GW Bridge.  It was so great to mix it up with scenery outside of Central Park.  It was humid as hell and I had no idea how much the weather took out of me until about 6 PM that night when I wanted to crash during NYFW events

All smiles after 15 miles!  And re-fueling with a Juice Press Vanilla Protein + Cold Brew shake - so good.
9/11/16 - rest day!  I'm slowly learning to love these
9/12/16 - 4 miles @ 10:11 pace.  I was really irritated that I felt so sluggish on this run but then Tricia pointed out that I was likely still recovering from the long run on Saturday which was probably true.  
9/13/16 - intervals!  I got up early and knocked out 5 x 800 repeats all under 3:45 which was incredible.  I had no idea I could run that fast but I was really focused on my cadence and it made such a difference.  Total was 6.6 miles at 8:56 pace.
9/14/16 - rest day!
9/15/16 - rest day due to travel (went to Santa Barbara for a friend's wedding!)
9/16/16 - despite getting a lot of sh*t from my friends for going to bed so early (hello jetlag), I was wide awake and ready for an LTR in Santa Barbara.  I knocked out 11.2 miles at 10:30 pace and I had a smile on my face the entire time because the scenery was just so beautiful.  Forget the elevation gain I had to endure to get from our house to the beach because once I saw the Pacific Ocean I couldn't get the pep out of my step.  

Not a bad view during the run!  Definitely not in Central Park anymore
9/17/16 - rest day (also bestie's wedding day!)
9/18/16 - rest day (and travel day)
9/19/16 - HIIT strength training class.  I had really wanted to get some miles in but I was so tired from traveling I knew it wouldn't happen.
9/20/16 - 6.1 miles @ 8:35 pace.  I was still super tired but went out for a run anyway since it had been so many days in between and I knew I was looking at about 2 weeks off.  I have no idea where my speed came from but I just kinda went and let my feet take me and I ended up having an amazingly fast run.  I was also starting to wonder if the speedwork has been helping a little!

And that brings us to today.  Wish me luck that I don't go totally stir crazy until I can run again.  Check back in a couple of weeks to see what I've done in my down time (the goal is to continue with mobility stuff and hip strength but we'll see how the healing is going) and what my plan of attack is going to be.  

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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Right... Weekend Exploring Look




I'm really excited to share my first outfit from our trip to Lexington!  I'm working on a full recap post (including our amazing Bourbon Trail adventures and alllll the great food we ate) but first up is what I wore for a morning of exploring the city.  I had an 11 mile run scheduled that weekend so while I did my grand tour around UK (literally loops and loops around the UK campus and the arboretum) Jackie, Jen and James found a new coffee shop and took blog pics near the super cute Gratz Park area.  And since they're such good friends, they took me back so I could snap my outfit before brunch (I was also secretly letting them scope it out first ;) ).  Gratz Park is a cute little area of town which reminded us a lot of Washington Square Park with the old architecture.  

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, Joe Fresh Navy Shorts, Nike Court Shoes, Yankees Baseball Cap, Gigi New York Crossbody (c/o)

I decided to rock my sneakers that morning because #LongTrainingRun and I have to admit, this outfit has me really excited to wear them more this fall.  Since I wear heels so much more during the week at work, I need to save my feet every chance I get (especially after pounding out double digit runs!). 

Get the Look:

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Right... Summer Sundress





I can't believe Labor Day Weekend is done and we're already cruising through September.  This sundress was by far one of my favorite purchases for the season and it was definitely my go-to on the weekends.  Something about the midi length and crochet details made it feel a little dressier than just a cotton sundress.  The weather is cooling off a bit and I can't help but think about my fall wardrobe updates, but before I dive fully into the season I may try to style this one more time!


ASOS Red Midi Dress, Brown Wedges (similar here), Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Bag
Get the Look:

Photos by Lisa Schiller

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Fitness Friday: NYC Marathon Update





The last time we did a Fitness Friday post I gave you all the deets on my first triathlon experience.  Since that post I started training for the New York City Marathon and I'm getting ready to wrap up week SEVEN of training.  I'm on the 16 week NYRR Virtual Trainer plan so the fact that I'm almost halfway there is just crazy talk.  But it's happening and I'm somehow just cruising right along.  I say somehow because if you've been following me long enough, you know I was working through a crazy ITBand injury from the 2014 NYC Marathon.  I just kinda limped along hoping it'd passively fix itself and it wasn't until February of this year that I decided to take control and overcome it.  Since then I've run the Brooklyn Half Marathon and completed my tri.  A few things I've done differently during this marathon training versus 2014: consistently warmed up and done dynamic stretches before (I can't stress how important that is if you sit at a desk most of the day), consistently gone to physical therapy (I swear my PT has turned into my actual therapist at this point), consistently done strength training (definitely once if not twice a week) and actively incorporated cross training to mix it up (SoulCycle has been my go-to for this!).

Also, can we talk about how AMAZING these shorts are?  They're Lululemon and have two side pockets (perfect for stashing my gummies, phone, keys and other essentials on a long run), they don't ride up and they're the perfect length.  If you're in the market for new running shorts I highly recommend them!


Running and training continues to amaze me because literally every run is different and sometimes I have bad days where I have pain, some days I'm sluggish and some days I pound out 4 miles at a 9 min/mile pace (fast for me considering I usually run a 9:45-10 min pace).  Will be sure to check in with you guys soon, in the meantime wish me luck on my 13 mile run this weekend...!

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