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Our Honeymoon in Hawaii: 1st stop – Oahu.

Because our wedding was a whole long weekend extravaganza, we knew we wanted to give ourselves a few days before heading out on our honeymoon (I also needed to squeeze in a 20-mile training run). The day we left for Hawaii was one full week after our wedding and it was the perfect amount of time. We were able to stay in Saugerties a few days after the wedding and relax (there was no going back to work!), I was able to get in some solid marathon training runs (looking back, I really can’t believe I managed to train for a marathon during these months and peak the weeks of my wedding and honeymoon. What was I thinking?), and we had time to casually pack for 15 days of heaven.

FYI: Our entire honeymoon was booked with the help of Mindy at MyVacationLady. She’s also helping us with our anniversary trip to SF and the Big Island coming up in September. I cannot say enough good things about Mindy and I could dedicate an entire blog post to how easy and wonderful she makes everything. (Also, I get nothing for singing her praises, I just love her SO much and she’ll probably plan all our vacations from here on out.)


Landing in Honolulu

Our flight on Hawaiian Airlines left at 10am EST and we landed in Honolulu at about 2:30pm Hawaii time. The time difference going to Hawaii is FANTASTIC because you truly feel like you gain an extra day of vacation.


Day 1: Waikiki

When we landed, Mindy had a car waiting for us to take us to the Hyatt Regency on Waikiki Beach. The location was great because we were right on the beach and right in the middle of all the fun restaurants and shops of Waikiki. Our balcony had a view facing Diamond Head and it was EVERYTHING.

Since we were still operating on NYC time, we took it super easy and walked along the beach, had a nice dinner, and meandered through all the adorable little shops of Waikiki before calling it a night.

We had a busy day at Pearl Harbor ahead of us!

Day 2: Pearl Harbor

Since our internal clocks were still quite a few hours ahead, we woke up bright and early on Sunday and I was able to squeeze in a strength workout before we had our first Hawaiian breakfast and experienced my favorite juice ever, POG. It is a combination of passion fruit, orange, and guava juice and it is the best thing to have every morning alongside a cup of Hawaiian coffee (I don’t even like coffee but I had a cup every single morning of this trip whaaaat). 

Let me tell you, of all my memories of Hawaii, and taking into account the fact that I feel like I literally left a piece of my heart and soul on the Big Island (I struggle to talk about this island without tearing up), it is this feeling that I think about most often – the feeling of having breakfast outside overlooking Waikiki Beach, having a cup of coffee with my new husband, on our first full day in Hawaii. I wish I could have bottled that up.

Waiting to get picked up for Pearl Harbor!

We spent the entire day touring Oahu with E Noa Tours. Our tour guide was incredible and his passion for Hawaii and Oahu was so palpable. Not only did we spend the day at Pearl Harbor, our guide also made sure to drive us around and show us other areas of Oahu (where Obama was born, where Bruno Mars went to high school, Honolulu’s financial district, Iolani Palace).

Top to bottom: Honolulu, King Kamehameha statue, Iolani Palace, hospital where President Obama was born, Bruno Mars’ high school

When we first got to Pearl Harbor, we had time to walk around the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is extremely well done and we definitely could have spent more time walking through the displays and reading about the events before, during, and after the attacks.

After exploring there for a little while, we hopped on board a shuttle boat to the USS Arizona. The first thing that struck me when walking onto the memorial is that you can still smell the oil leaking from the ship. It’s unbelievable. I cannot think of the right words to adequately describe the feeling of being above the sunken USS Arizona but it’s not just an Oahu must-see, it’s a must-feel.

From there, we traveled over to the USS Oklahoma Memorial and went on board the USS Missouri. We got a tour while we were on the USS Missouri and it was so incredible to learn about the ship’s history while standing in the very same spot where these things happened (the Missouri is where Japan formally surrendered to the Allies).

From top to bottom: USS MIssouri, me getting excited about vegetables because I’m a weirdo, flag aboard ship and instrument of surrender, footprints marking where a Japanese kamikaze pilot’s body was commended to the sea, USS Oklahoma Memorial.

I can’t explain what happened to me at one particular spot while we were on the water of Pearl Harbor but I truly believe that my grandfather’s spirit is there. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor during WWII (one of the reasons Pearl Harbor was one of our non-negotiable destinations) and ya know, I don’t blame him, I’d hang out in Pearl Harbor over Maspeth, NY, too.

Day 3: Dole Plantation

With my (borderline unhealthy) obsession with pineapples, it makes sense we’d end up at the Dole Plantation. Mindy arranged for us to pick up a car so that we could travel to the other side of Oahu for the day.

The weather wasn’t the greatest but we were able to get in a bunch of the attractions (and a Dole Whip!) before the sky rained on our parade. Our original intention was to head out to the North Shore after the Dole Plantation but the weather had us changing our plans. The forecast for the North Shore was not so lovely and the the forecast in Waikiki Beach?


Sooo we forwent the North Shore and went back to Waikiki for a quick run to Diamond Head and some beach time.

Day 4: Diamond Head

Our flight to Kona wasn’t until early afternoon so we were able to sneak in a hike to the top of Diamond Head before heading over to the Big Island.

It didn’t take us too long to get to the top. The trail is very well maintained and as someone who doesn’t particularly like heights, I felt super safe the entire way up and down.

It was the perfect activity to end our days on Oahu. When we got back to the hotel, there was time for a quick shower and one last Oahu breakfast before making our way to the airport. I was so excited to continue our adventure knowing we still had the bulk of our trip ahead of us.

During our flight to Kona, I snapped the below photo with my phone of Diamond Head. ARE YOU SERIOUS, HAWAII?

Oahu –> Kona

Show off.


Next up on our Hawaiian adventure – the Big Island 🙂

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Proof that you can plan a wedding, train for a marathon, peak the weeks of your wedding and honeymoon, and then finish said marathon feeling fantastic.

If you’re just tuning in:

Actual NYC Marathon Workouts:

I stuck to the plan I laid out all those months ago pretty closely. I think the best thing I did for myself this training cycle was to not pay attention to pace for any of my runs. I threw a couple “speed” workouts in there but I did them because it felt like something fun to do that day. Even during those runs, I never looked at my watch.

Being able to let pace go and just think about this marathon as a fun run allowed all those long runs to not feel stressful. Instead of adding stress to my life like marathon training sometimes does, these runs relaxed me. It allowed me time to chat with a friend or listen to a podcast or just think about the wedding. If anything, marathon training kept me sane and more laid back all throughout the wedding planning process.

2017 NYCM “Training”

NYC Marathon Week

Marathon week is pretty much my favorite week to be in NYC. Everything is exciting – the subway ads, the obvious tourist runners, the crisp air that basically screams “marathon weather!”

The weather forecast for Sunday never looked particularly good. It was constantly changing between light rain in the morning to light rain in the evening or rain throughout the day or mist throughout the afternoon but it was always some combination of cloudy, rainy, and misty. I kept my fingers crossed that we’d have a dry race, mostly because I wanted needed fans along the course since I wasn’t planning on running this race particularly fast and I felt like rain would deter a lot of people from coming out to cheer.

NYC Marathon – Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday morning was perfect, no rain/mist, good temps in the 50s. I was very hopeful.

When we started out in Staten Island, I spoke to Alec next to me, “if it stays just like this, we’ll be fine.”


It started misting and light raining just a few miles in and continued throughout the entire marathon; however, my fear that this would deter crowds was completely off base because OMG the sidelines were unbelievable.

After the race, I did my best to describe the crowds on Instagram:

“NEW YORK CITY!!! Do you know what you did today?! You SHOWED UP with voices and signs and instruments and so much god damn spirit. You welcomed the world onto your streets. You lined 26.2 miles of pavement IN THE RAIN and you were larger and louder than any year I’ve run in perfect weather.

Tell me this isn’t the greatest city in the world and I’ll give you 2.5 million reasons why you’re wrong.”

My friends and family traveled throughout the city and I was able to see people I love in Brooklyn, on First Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, and at the finish line. Because we were taking it nice and easy and didn’t have any time goals, whenever we saw friends/family, we ran to the side and loaded up on hugs. At mile 8, our families were on different sides of the street and we split up. We completely lost each other after that and I ended up having to move over onto the side of the race, take out my phone and call Alec to figure out where she was. I waited for her right after the 8 mile marker and we continued on our way. Things are so much less stressful when you’re not worried about the time on the clock!

My body really started to ache in the later miles on Fifth Avenue (as expected) but I just kept feeding off the crowds. I thought about the rain, I thought about the terrorist attack on the Westside Highway earlier in the week, I thought about all the reasons New Yorkers could have stayed home that morning but instead stood outside to cheer on virtual strangers. I thought about the 50,000+ people running next to me and how any number of things could have prevented them from showing up on Staten Island that morning. And focusing on that – on how much I love this sport and how much I love this city –  kept me in good spirits to the finish (even when I asked Alec at Mile 24 if the stinky person I was smelling was me – it was not, btw).

We finished in 4:42:21 (and I had to look up that time just now because I genuinely had no clue beyond a general idea of what our finish time was until this moment).

After a warm shower and changing into sweats, I pulled on my finisher’s medal and we met up with Alec and her clan for dinner at Mel’s. It was a perfect night for the widowmaker 🙂

Thank you, NYC, for a fantastic party throughout my city. Congrats to all finishers!

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Brief NYCM training catch-up!

Heyyyy it’s been a while! I’m… married now. Eek!

September 23, 2017

I just wanted to pop in to say hey, I’m still here, I’ve been training, and I’m READY for the NYCM in two weeks 🙂

I made adjustments to my training months ago when I knew I’d have to work around the wedding and the honeymoon. I was somehow able to make it all happen and I completed an 18-miler before the wedding, a 20 before the honeymoon, and a 20 when I got back so now I am officially tapering for the marathon in two weeks!

NYCM Training – Wedding/Honeymoon Weeks:

When everything settles down after the race, I’ll be back to talk all about the marathon (obviously), wedding weekend, and my 2+ weeks in Hawaii!

Until then, see ya on Instagram 🙂


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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


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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