Friday, May 27, 2016

Fitness Friday: Brooklyn Half Marathon Recap

Happy Friday Friends!  I hope you're all having a great week and headed off somewhere fun for the long weekend.  I'll be in the city soaking up the extra day off and catching up with friends.    
Today I wanted to recap my Brooklyn Half Marathon experience.  Bare with me because it's a long one!  If you recall from last week's post the week leading up to the race was less than ideal so I was a little nervous going into the race.  I decided to stay focused on the fact that I was doing this for fun - no time goals but rather a goal to just finish and to finish happy.  I was in wave 2 with a 7:45 AM start time but I cabbed to BK with a friend who was in wave 1 (versus taking public transit which would have had me leaving my apartment at the crack of dawn) so I arrived at 6:00 AM which was ridiculously early for my wave.  I planted on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library, ate my breakfast of Justin's almond butter and whole wheat English muffin (ps - the little Justin's squeeze packets are LIFE SAVERS).  I had a banana when I left my apartment but purposefully put off eating breakfast so I wouldn't be starving during the race.  I found my NP start crew and we made our way to the corral.  I peed twice while waiting for the race to start and still had that nervous pee when we started - sorry for TMI!  I don't think I'll ever get over that feeling but if anyone has any ideas on how to overcome it, I'd love to hear!  My RBF and I had decided to pace each other through most of the race to make sure we didn't go out too fast and we stuck together for the first 9ish miles.
We started off quick on the downhill but kept everything scaled back for the next couple of miles.  By the time we entered Prospect Park I felt like that first 5k flew by even with a nice little hill mixed in.  When we started to climb the second hill and I tried to remind myself it would be no worse than the Harlem Hills in Central Park but by the time we reached the top we were both like "WTF was that!"  I guess it was a little unexpected because we were cruising along at a 9:43 pace (remember most of my long runs had been at a 10:00 pace) . We passed the NP cheer squad which was the best little push!  Coming out of the park I was feeling a little nervous about my knee because I was having some pains because of the hills and the pitch on the road.  So thankful to be out of the park we cruised down to Ocean Parkway and knew we were on the downhill/flat stretch until the end of the race.  I felt like I needed to get into my own groove so when Nina went for water I put my headphones in and just started to fall into a comfortable pace.  At mile 11 I started to get really excited and began to pick up the pace but tried to remember our team captain's pre-race email which told us to hold onto our kick until about the 20k mark (12.5 miles).  I rounded the corner for the last stretch before the boardwalk and an NP friend was cheering me on yelling "pick it up, only 400M to go!"  By the time I hit the ramp to the boardwalk my feet felt numb but I kicked it in until the end, despite the fact that I felt like I was going to vomit (I guess eating Stingers at mile 11.5 wasn't such a good idea after all...).  I ran THROUGH the finish, took a deep breath before I almost tripped over someone (my legs were jello) and grabbed my medal.  I looked at the time on my phone and had unofficially PR'd by 3 minutes (UPDATE: I PR'd by 4 minutes, running a 2:08 race.  My last half marathon before this in 2012 was a 2:12 finish so needless to say I was SO HAPPY!).   
Our NP team captain always stresses to run THROUGH the finish - I definitely had my eyes on the prize here!
From there it was off the pick up my bag, change my clothes and meet the NP crew for some beers, race stories and dancing.  My body really felt great and the congratulations I received from my NP friends meant the world to me.  Everyone knew how important this race was to me and knew I was coming off an injury so it made the celebrations that much better.  After a solid 3 hours and 48 oz of beer later, I made my way to Bareburger for a post race burger and vanilla shake (my go-to post race meal), followed by a solid 2 hour nap (my new weekend mantra is #runhard, #napharder) and Thai food.  TBH, I think one of my favorite things about running long races is the post-race grub and hot shower.  
Beers as big as my face.  I had one over the course of 3 hours and was done haha.

Now it's officially time to focus on triathlon training because we have 6 weeks and counting!  Check in next Friday to see what I've been up to for Tri training!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Right... Foldable Flats

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It's amazing what a small world this can be sometimes.  I was in jury duty last month and while 38 of us sat painfully through the interview process, I started to learn I was in a room of very fascinating people from all walks of life.  During one of the breaks I had a side conversation going with one of the girls near me and it turns out she's also a fashion blogger.  We were chatting and the guy behind us overheard and mentioned a friend of his from business school just launched a shoe company and he'd love to put us in touch with her.  I soon discovered Talaria Flats and the wonder they are.  I've definitely owned a pair of Yosi Samra flats in the past but I wore them out so quickly I couldn't justify spending another $100+ on a pair.  Talaria are a great price point and also amazing quality.
Banana Republic Long Cardigan
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We are truly in "busy season" at work and I feel like everything has been non-stop the last 6 weeks with no end in sight.  I have been going from meetings to events to my desk and when you're in a client facing role like I am, you have to make sure you're looking put together.  As my gal Ashley keeps putting it, I'm literally running in heels.  I love wearing heels but wearing them all around the city an entire day does not work well for my feet.  This is where my new love for Talaria Flats has blossomed as they've been a true lifesaver.  I highly recommend you check them out, especially if you're a city gal like myself ! 

Photography by myself and Lydia Hudgens
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Fitness Friday: Last Week of Brooklyn Half Training


Keeping it a little short and sweet today because this week has been a whirlwind!  The one week of all my training I'm supposed eat the best, get the most sleep, hydrate the most and instead my work and personal schedule was SO hectic it was quite the opposite.  I think by the time I sat down at my desk Wednesday morning I had been in the office a total of 9 hours between Monday and Tuesday.  Thank goodness for my RBF for helping me get my bib and reminding me to hydrate (although I went into a slight panic when I saw a chat from her on Tuesday afternoon reminding me to hydrate because, well, I just hadn't had much water at that point).  
Here's how the week went training wise:
Monday 4.16.16 - 4 mile run
Tuesday 4.17.16 - SoulCycle class
Wednesday 4.18.16 - Rest day
Thursday 4.19.16 - Rest day & PT visit!
Friday 4.20.16 - 2.2 mile shake out
Running Collage
Speaking of a shakeout run, I have to admit I've never done one before.  I usually don't run the day before a big race because I usually want to be sure to save my legs but this week I really wanted to get a second run in so I'm really interested in seeing how the race goes since I did this.  I know people who swear by it so we'll see!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Right... Khaki Shirt Dress





Do you ever find yourself wanting to buy everything you see on social media?  It's really hard to stay focused on what you need versus just what you want and get click happy and buy all the cute clothes, amiright? As much as I try not to impulse buy things when I see them on Instagram, I spotted this khaki shirt dress (which also happened to be an item on my current list of essentials) and because the price was so great, I felt just fine scooping it right up.  So far it's been perfect for spring although I think the verdict is still out about how office appropriate it is the way I styled it here (that side detail makes me a little nervous sometimes...).  But with a sunhat and my favorite Nike's for weekend adventures?  It's perfect. 


Diane von Furstenberg Leather Jacket (old - other options below), Joe Fresh Khaki Shirt Dress, Charles by Charles David Nude Pumps (c/o), GiGi New York Clutch (c/o)

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Fitness Friday: New Workouts and a Training Update

Photo by: Kathleen O'Neill Photography
Happy Friday loves!  So excited for this Fitness Friday post because I've had a lot going on (in the fitness department) this week.  If you caught Wednesday's post, I talked a little about my amazing run.  This piggy backs off the great long run I had last weekend - it was supposed to be 9 miles but my running buddy and I dialed it back because she was getting blisters and I didn't want to push myself too far.  Great decision because come Tuesday night I was  I had a ton of energy to channel and what was supposed to be a 35-40 minute run turned into a 47 minute (5 miles total) run that felt absolutely incredible.  I then hit up a Body Conceptions class that Ashley hosted, followed by a barre class at Physique 57 and a 3.2 mile run last night.  Whew, that seems like a lot...  Tomorrow is a 6 mile run and then we have a fairly restful week ahead while we prep for BROOKLYN!  

Saturday 5.7.16 long run stats
I do have something fun next Tuesday so stay tuned on Snapchat and Instagram or check in next Friday for my recap!  Have a great weekend!

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