I’m getting married this week.

But first, weeks 8 and 9 of NYCM training:

With those 18 miles yesterday, it is OFFICIALLY wedding week! Mentally, I needed those 18 miles behind me before I could really let myself get excited. People were texting me all day Saturday that they can’t believe the wedding is only one week away and how excited they were and all I could think about was OMG I HAVE TO RUN 18 MILES TOMORROW.

But it’s done… and now I can relax overwhelm myself with other things.

Wedding Week!

This week is rough because there’s so much to do but also not so much to do. In terms of the wedding, we’re done. There’s no more “planning” or even organizing that has to happen. On Thursday, I’ll stop by the florist for a final payment and walkthrough but that is literally our last pre-wedding related task. Everything else is being handled by our week-of planner and our vendors.

So then what am I overwhelmed by? The amount of things that I need to squeeze in the next 2.5 days before we head upstate: workouts, acupuncture, threading, waxing, a facial, a potential stop at the dermatologist if an injection is necessary, a manicure, packing, cleaning, trying to not make my fiance crazy, oh and a full-time job.

I’m doing my best to not get stressed by all that has to happen in the next few days but at the same time, it’s hard to look at the list of things that require time and movement throughout the city and not have my blood pressure raise just a little.

Once we hop in the car on Wednesday and head upstate, I know I can relax. Once we’re in that car, it is officially wedding weekend and there is nothing else for me to do but enjoy the time with Justin and our loved ones.

I won’t be updating here until after we get back from Hawaii (later in October) so if you want wedding and honeymoon updates, Instagram is your best bet. (And yes, I will be marathon training in Hawaii… because I obviously don’t understand the concept of going on vacation and not running…).

Thanks for tuning in these past few months for all the wedding-related adventures 🙂 

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I’m exhausted but I’m still training and planning a wedding…

Weeks 6 & 7 of NYCM training:

That cutback week was NICE! But I’m back at it and this weekend I’ll be running 16 wonderful miles through the streets of New York 🙂

Training is Ramping Up But It’s Fine Because It’s Not Like I’m Getting Married in 2 Weeks

Oh dear lord. I am so exhausted. I don’t even have anything to write here because my brain isn’t functioning properly (and I have a course to launch NEXT WEEK so this isn’t a good time to be losing my mind).

Anywho, it’s been busy. Like, super busy.

Our weekends upstate have been full of manual labor either getting the house ready for wedding guests or getting things together for the actual wedding (hotel room welcome bags, escort cards, seating charts, etc.). By the time I get home from work, I am completely demolished. BUT, I’ll still have a long list of things to do so by the time I actually sit down, it’s 8pm and we’re having dinner and then I want to go immediately to bed.

Most of my communication with Justin this week has been via text during the workday because I’m so tired at the end of the day that I don’t want to speak all that much and then I get in bed by 9pm and pass out within minutes. I’m looking forward to the weekend so we can actually have a real conversation and ya know, hang out a bit, since we’re getting married in two weeks and that’s kind of important in a relationship.

Since I’ve got nothing of importance to say, here’s some scenes from our weekends getting ready for the wedding.

The manual labor:

The Relaxing: 

Not gonna lie, my parents and Justin mostly manual labored and I mostly relaxed and took pictures. I took charge of all the crafting since that type of labor is fun for me. #ItsGoodToBeTheBride

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Next Up: Who knows. A random assortment of words that means it’s wedding week and I have to run 18 miles?

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Marathon and Wedding Skincare.

Week 5 of NYCM training is complete!

How am I already in week 6 of marathon training?! It is cuh-RAZ-y! This week is a nice little cutback week and I’ll be enjoying a leisurely 8 mile “long” run on Friday before heading upstate!

My Marathon and Wedding Skincare Routine

Sooooo let’s talk skincare. Keeping your skin clear during a NYC summer is hard enough – we’re dealing with humidity, air pollution, hot subway platforms, mysterious substances dripping from scaffolding, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Now, add on top of that hours of running outside each week and you’ve got yourself a disgusting recipe for disaster. I’ve learned this every year I’ve trained for the marathon and I STILL thought, “hey, let’s train for the NYCM and also get married! That’ll be fun!” #oyvey

As someone who has struggled with breakouts in the past (especially during marathon training), I knew I had to take the months leading up to the wedding seriously in terms of my skincare routine.

Skincare Treatments I Pay For

Laser Hair Removal

Over the winter, I began laser hair removal treatments along my jawline. I went off birth control over a year ago once acupuncture started to ease my period-related back pain. This was great because I no longer needed to control my pain through hormones and prescribed Vicodin but it was not so great for my skin, especially along my jawline where I started to get spots from thick dark hairs.

I wish I had considered this option sooner because it was a complete game changer for me. If anyone needs a recommendation for laser hair removal in NYC, let me know! I had a total of 10 treatments but started seeing results IMMEDIATELY 🙂

Monthly Facials

I don’t remember how I heard about Heyday but OMG if you live in NYC and you aren’t going to Heyday for facials, you are doing it WRONG!

Heyday and my skincare therapist have done, by far, the most for my skin, including any dermatologist I’ve seen. My skin has completely transformed and for the first time in years, I can leave the house without any concealer and/or makeup.

I have alternated the 75 minute facial and the 50 minute facial with added microdermabrasion to exfoliate and lighten hyperpigmented spots. I’m also a fan of the blue and red light treatment. After each appointment, my therapist e-mails with exactly what she did during the treatment, follow-up care, recommendations for the month ahead, and what she suggests for the next month’s treatment.

Usually in salons, they start pushing all their products on you immediately. Instead, my therapist suggested a routine consisting of products I already used and products in the store and gave me a bunch of samples to try out and see how I liked/reacted to them. I have spent the past few months slowly adding her suggestions into my everyday skincare routine and WOW what a difference it has made!

(TIP: If you go to Heyday and use my name, you and I both get 10$ off!)

My Everyday Skincare Routine

Ursa Major Facewash – Morning and Night

I LOVE this face wash – it foams really nicely, smells great, and leaves my skin feeling clean. It also helps to fade hyperpigmented spots which is a huge win in my book.

Vitamin C Serum – Morning

This might be my favorite item that I use everyday. I use it either under the below sunscreen/moisturizer or alone as a moisturizer and it is so refreshing.

Image Sunscreen & Moisturizer

Sunscreen on your face is THE WORST, am I right? Especially if you have oily skin or are acne prone. This stuff is matte and absorbs so quickly and omg it is the best facial sunscreen on the planet.

Ageless Retinol Cream – Night

A little goes a long way here. The tiniest bit of this before I go to bed at night delivers vitamin A to my entire face while I sleep.

Running Skincare

Clearasil Cleansing Pads – During Long Runs

I throw a few of these in a ziplock bag before I head out on my long run and use them to wipe my face off every few miles. A coworker/friend/marathoner told me to do this and I cannot believe this never occurred to me before. Absolutely brilliant.

BeautyCounter No 3 Balancing Face Mask – After Sweaty Runs/Spot Treatment

This mask is my most prized skincare possession. I use it after every post-run shower for 10-15 minutes and as a spot treatment at night. Pure magic in a tube right here.

Cosrx Master Patch – Spot Treatment

These little patches are legit! I use them overnight on clogged pores or picked spots and, I kid you not, the spot is gone in the morning. Unfreakingbelievable.

So there you have it! Not gonna lie, I’m super lazy so I was worried when my skincare therapist at Heyday kept suggesting different items but this routine is SO manageable. Like I said, this is the first time in YEARS that I’ve been comfortable leaving the house sans makeup or some sort of concealer over spots.

My skin is still a work in progress (and will most definitely continue to be as long as it’s still hot and humid and I’m still running around this crazy city) and I’m not 100% confident that I’m not going to wake up on the morning of September 23rd with a giant spot that was non-existent at 10pm on September 22nd but hey, that’s what makeup is for, right?

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Next up: No idea… probably why cutback weeks are the absolute best things ever. 

Don’t forget! Use my name at Heyday and we both get $10 off our services 🙂

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How I’m managing life, marathon training, and planning a wedding.

Week 4 of marathon training complete!

Balancing Life, Marathon Training, and Planning a Wedding

Let me just say – it’s not easy. This is not a post about how I’m balancing it all perfectly and I’m not stressed at all and blah blah blah. It’s hard. There have been freak outs and lengthy text messages to my parents and frustrated phone calls to Justin and wanting to burst into tears on the subway because I’M JUST SO TIRED AND OMG HOW COME WE AREN’T MOVING AND I JUST WANT TO BE HOME AND EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IS ANNOYING.

I didn’t plan on this – I received guaranteed entry to the NYC Marathon prior to getting engaged. Once I knew that running the marathon would also include planning a wedding, having a wedding, and going on a honeymoon, I sat down and listed the pros and cons of attempting to do it all vs. deferring to next year. Obviously, I decided on doing ALL THE THINGS… so here’s how I’m attempting to make it all work.

I Adjusted My Schedule

I’ve actually adjusted two schedules – my training schedule and my work schedule.

In terms of the training schedule, I took what I did for the NYCM back in 2014 and used it as a framework.

I decreased mileage where I could and adjusted some of the speed workouts since I’m most definitely not gunning for a PR this time around. I don’t want to be stressed about hitting certain times the day of the marathon or during training. I’m incorporating speed workouts but only going by feel and not by the number on my watch (I actually haven’t recorded a single pace in my records and don’t plan on doing so at any point during training).

I moved workouts around my wedding weekend and during my honeymoon to make training more manageable (I’ve got a 20 mile run between the wedding and honeymoon, two 10-mile runs during the honeymoon, and a final 20 miler when we get back to NY).

I’ve been doing the majority of my long runs on Friday morning to keep my weekends empty and stress-free. To do this, I’ve been working Friday afternoons only. I get my long run done in the morning, relax a bit at home, get to work by 12, and then leave work by 4. As my runs get longer, I have a few Fridays scheduled to be completely off. This has been a HUGE help in keeping me sane. I’m extremely lucky that I have the flexibility at work to do this, especially when I have an entire month(!) off for the wedding and honeymoon.

Another thing I’ve been doing much more frequently than ever before is working out before work Monday-Thursday. Usually I get to work by 8am and leave around 4. Lately, I’ve been running or doing another workout in the morning, getting to work between 9 and 9:30, and then leaving between 5 and 5:30. This frees up my afternoons so I can work on things with Justin, go to my dress fittings/alteration appointments, etc. It’s not my preferred time of day to work out but it’s been necessary this training cycle and I’m making it work.

I Keep Insanely Detailed Lists and Delegate Tasks

Lists, lists, and more lists! Google Docs up the whazoo!

We have a document/spreadsheet for:

  • All invitations sent, who has RSVPed, and addresses
  • All “yes” RSVPs
  • All “to-do’s” before the wedding categorized by vendor and type of task
  • A checklist of absolutely everything, no matter how small, that has to get done wedding weekend (Wednesday – Monday)
  • All expenses for the wedding and all monetary gifts
  • All expenses for the honeymoon and all honeyfund gifts/monetary gifts we are putting towards the honeymoon
  • All thank you cards already sent and thank you’s that will need to be sent

I have folders in my gmail for absolutely everything wedding-related (photography, music, hair/makeup, venue, hotels, honeymoon, gifts, rehearsal dinner, etc.) and have never deleted a single one. Each e-mail gets filed in the appropriate folder so it can be referred to at a later date.

At first, I was struggling with all these “lists,” especially since Justin and I have very different ideas on what document format makes sense, but I’ve got it all under control now. Phew!

Another thing I’m getting better at doing is delegating certain tasks to other people – my parents, Justin, our week-of wedding planner (who has graciously offered to help even before that week!). It is OKAY to ask for help. It will be TOTALLY FINE if someone else puts the pictures in my bouquet charms or assembles the restroom baskets or calls the hotel to confirm who has already booked.

There are certain things I feel more comfortable doing myself (like our scrapbook), but I went through the list of to-do’s and marked off things that could be delegated to others and OMG it alleviated so much stress. People want to help – let them.

I Cut Myself Some Slack

Planning a wedding is hard. Marathon training is hard. Work is hard. Life is hard. IT’S ALL SO HARD. #whydidieverwanttobeanadult

But that is why I’m doing my best to cut myself some slack. It’s okay if I have to adjust a workout because I’m too tired for what is scheduled or I don’t have time for 5 miles before work and can only squeeze in 3. It’s okay if I have to make a cup of coffee before work instead of my usual decaf tea. It’s okay if I fall asleep at 8:30pm on my birthday. It’s okay if I want to go into a murderous rage when someone who fell asleep before me, woke up after me, worked the same number of hours, and didn’t run, tells me they’re tired (coughcoughJustincoughcough).

It’s all okay. I’m one person. The wedding will be here in 5 weeks and it won’t matter whose handwriting is on the escort cards or if every welcome bag is exactly the same. The wedding will be perfect because at the end of it, I’ll be married to Justin. The marathon will be great because, while I might be a little biased, NYC is the best marathon in the world and it’ll be my celebratory 26.2-mile party at the end of all this craziness.

I’ve got this.

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If anyone has any other tips for how to handle these last few weeks of wedding planning – please send them my way!

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