Reaching My 5k Goal

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When I made it a goal on New Year’s Eve to run at least three 5k races this year, I didn’t anticipate crossing it off my list so quickly, nor did I think that I would get progressively faster with each run. In April’s Run for the Wild, I ran 3.1 miles in about 34 minutes. Earlier in May at the NYPD 13th Annual Memorial run, my time fell just under 30 minutes, at 29 minutes and 54 seconds. On Memorial Day at the NYCRuns Ice Cream Social on Roosevelt Island, I just barely beat my record: 29 minutes and 48 seconds. Continue reading

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Food Review: Summer Roll from Two Tablespoons

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My boyfriend and I spent the afternoon hours of Memorial Day wandering around Manhattan, surprisingly energetic after running a blazing hot 5k on Roosevelt Island. During our travels, we stumbled upon Mad. Sq. Eats, a collection of food vendors alongside Madison Square park. Because it ends this Friday, May 30, and doesn’t resume until September, we decided to sample some of the offerings before it was too late. Our first stop led to the discovery of my new favorite lunch food: a corn, coconut, and curry sauce summer roll from Two Tablespoons.

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Growing my Green Thumb: Learning about Purple Basil

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If I had a car, I would read the owner’s manual to determine how to keep it in good shape. If I had a pet, I’d buy books that teach how to keep it happy and healthy. So why shouldn’t I learn about each plant in my garden in order to help it thrive? First on the list: purple basil.

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Going Back to Disney World

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I don’t often do #TBT posts, but today I decided to share some pictures from my 2012 trip to Disney World! (Okay, okay, so 2012 isn’t really that long ago, but it’s still technically in the past ….) These pictures make me smile and get me excited to travel back to the “most magical place on Earth” with Todd this August. In a later post, I’ll fill you in on some details about our plans and preparations; for now, let’s just share in the memories that a photo can capture.

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Rising Up to the Challenge

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On Sunday I participated in the NYPD’s 13th Annual Memorial Run, which honors fallen police officers. It brought me one step closer to my goal of completing at least three 5k runs this year. My timing in the Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild averaged about 34 minutes in total, a pace of approximately 11.5 minutes per mile. This time, I wanted to complete the run in 32 minutes or less but didn’t know if I could.

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