My Recent Run in Washington DC

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I love exploring cities—familiar or new, sprawling or dense, frenetic or sleepy, abroad or close to home. I especially love wandering around on foot, even more so if I’m wearing my Asics sneakers and my Garmin watch. And that’s exactly what Todd and I did last weekend after driving four hours down to Washington DC. Though we’d both visited the city before, I wanted a refresher on all of the major sites I hadn’t seen since 2008, and running felt like the best way to get in some exercise and also make good progress visiting the monuments.

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Holiday Festivities: Jingle Bell Jog and Gingerbread House

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I love Christmastime! Everything is so festive and filled with such infectious good cheer. And I especially enjoy holiday-themed activities, so I’ve booked up my calendar with them—and plan to share with you as many as I can in effort to spread the peace and joy and warmth of the season. I’ll start with the Jingle Bell Jog that Todd and I participated in last weekend. Continue reading

A Halloween Treat: Fall Foliage and Spooky Snacks

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I have a tendency to overindulge in sweets, especially on Halloween—candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!—and especially when watching bad horror movies with my boyfriend and my best friend. This year I decided to prepare for the evening’s sugary feast by going for a four-mile morning jog in the New York Botanical Gardens. Continue reading

So About That Half Marathon…

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When I signed up for an October half marathon several months ago, I didn’t realize that I would somehow hurt my leg or that it would take weeks and weeks to heal, despite a clean MRI and this diagnosis from the doctor: “You probably just banged it. Ice it and rest.” But my idea of rest is an active one—I like to clear my mind and recharge my body through movement—so I’m ecstatic that I’m finally able to run again. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll try the half marathon; I’ll just take it day by day and see how I feel.

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Fueling Up Before and After a Nine-Mile Run

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Because a concrete goal seems to boost motivation, Todd and I signed up for the Staten Island Half Marathon in October of this year. To prepare, we’ve slowly been increasing our mileage, and now I can run five to seven miles at a decent (11- to 12-minute mile) pace without getting too exhausted. Each week we’re trying to dedicate time to at least one long run, and yesterday we tackled our farthest—and hardest—distance yet: nine miles. And because I try to eat mindfully, I wanted to make sure I gave my body the proper fuel that it needed, before and after the run. Continue reading

Recipe: Seven-Mile Tropical Smoothie

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Excitement over an unexpected job offer yesterday and delight in the gorgeous 82-degree day inspired me to not only lace up my Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9s and hit the pavement, but to run farther than I ever have before: seven miles! Although I won’t be winning any marathons at my pace—11:55/mile, and about 1 hour and 23 minutes in total—I didn’t feel too exhausted afterward. In fact, I had enough energy left to make a delicious cold beverage in honor of my new PR. I’m hopeful that its bright coral hue, fruity flavors, and white chia seeds will give me the oomph I need to start organizing collectibles in my new apartment after I finish this post.

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Getting Used to Autumn Running Again

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I love running outside in the summer, with the heat bearing down like thick molasses and sweat making my skin shine. There’s something about a blistering sun overhead and the smell of sunblock slathered all over my face that says freedom like nothing else. I also like winter running, bundled in extra socks, a hoodie, ear warmers, and mittens, when I sweat through all my layers as though it were summer again. Running during spring or autumn, especially autumn, is a much greater struggle.

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Jogging and Exploring at Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort

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Todd and I have been having a great couple of days at Disney World so far, even though we haven’t actually gone to any of the theme parks yet. On our first day, we had a really fresh dinner at Artist’s Point, and yesterday we spent some time strolling along the boardwalk, renting surrey bikes, and playing miniature golf. We also ate a couple of snacks, including a delicious (but slightly overwhelming in the Florida heat) peanut butter, bacon, and banana brownie bar.

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A New Running Record

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Sometimes it is such a struggle to go running. Today was one of those days: a long, tiring 8 hours at work, followed by an open-mouthed doze on the subway ride home. It took every ounce of energy I had to motivate myself to lace up my Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 sneakers, but in the end I was glad that I did because I earned a new Nike achievement.

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Overcoming My Fear of Biking

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I enjoy running in 5k races around the city, such as the NYPD Memorial Run or the Roosevelt Island Ice Cream Social. I also love jogging on my own or with a running buddy around the neighborhood, exploring little-known trails or picking a destination like the miniature golf course. It’s especially rewarding to reach new milestones: this past weekend, I managed to jog five miles! But running is easy: one foot in front of the other, slowly at first and then building up to a faster pace once you’ve trained enough to handle it, the comforting feel of the asphalt always beneath your feet. Running feels safe. Biking, on the other hand, is a whole different story.

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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