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It’s (un)officially summer so stay comfy out there…

With Memorial Day Weekend behind us, it is unofficially summer in NYC!¬†Because I wanted to truly enjoy my entire long weekend upstate, I opted for a weeknight “long” run before we got on a train out of town Friday afternoon. It’s so nice to go upstate where I have an entire wardrobe and other essentials because my travel bag is almost non-existent. Yay vacation homes ūüôā

A few weeks ago I wrote about my favorite running shorts and you KNOW I’ve got two pairs upstate. These shorts are all sorts of amazing – they don’t ride up, they don’t chafe, and they have the¬†best¬†built-in base layer (tips on choosing a great base layer for running¬†can be found here).

Tommy John used my post (and advice from other fitness professionals) to create the below infographic with tips on staying comfortable while being active.

I love how they broke it down into 3 essential F’s: fabric, fit, and function. If you’ve got an active dad¬†in your life (Father’s Day is just around the corner!), Tommy John has a bunch of boxer briefs that match up perfectly with the above advice.

My brother isn’t a dad but he only likes gifts if he considers them practical and functional so I’m tagging their undershirts as possible future birthday and Christmas gifts. I swear, dude only wants socks and underwear. A few years ago he requested sweatpants…

While upstate, we ran everyday and kept our runs easy paced and short¬†at 2 miles a piece. It is¬†so¬†much easier to run while away when the mileage is nice and low. I can’t come up with an excuse not to run when I know it’ll only take us 20 minutes from start to finish.

Other than the post-breakfast jaunts, we spent our weekend stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, eating, drinking, and well, laying around. It was wonderful.

Summer already feels like it’s going too fast. Looking at our calendar, we have so many busy weekends coming up that it feels like I’m going to blink and it’s going to be wedding day.

In June alone, we’ve got Justin’s brother with us for a weekend, my cousin’s high school graduation (she’s heading up to BC in the fall just like her awesome big cousin *wink wink*), Justin’s lasik surgery, a weekend in the Hamptons, Father’s Day on Long Island, my bridal shower, and another trip upstate for the fourth of July weekend.

Busy (but fun!) times ahead. Stay tuned ūüôā

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Fall Foliage 5k.

A couple weeks¬†ago when my BC friends were in New York as a 30th birthday surprise, my ol’ roomy asked if there were any short races this fall near the house. I did some searching and found the Fall Foliage Half-Marathon and 5k in nearby Rhinebeck, NY. Even better, it fell on Garlic Festival weekend!

Even though the race was upstate, there was packet pickup on the UWS during the week so I was able to pick up our bibs and swag on my way home from work one day. I left JackRabbit with 4 bibs in 4 bags and somehow within the next 24 hours ended up with 3 bibs in 4 bags. As any runner who is only used to large races would, I freaked out. I called every place I visited in Manhattan to try and locate the “lost” bib and had no luck. I ended up tweeting and emailing the race organizers in a panic and was assured that all would be fine.

Yea, I didn’t believe them.

i-dont-believe-you

Friday night, we drove upstate with two of our friends (my work wife and her husband). After some rental car snafus, we were on our way and out of the rainy and dreary city. Once we got upstate and my beautiful Boston roomy got in, it was quick to bed. #werenotincollegeanymore #justrathersleep

Saturday morning came all too quickly and I was very thankful for a later start time (5k began at 10:20am). We had a quick breakfast and got in the car to the start line at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.

Fall Foliage 5k

Swag: Shirt (women’s cut, soft cotton, great design), water bottle, deodarent, flashlights, protein powder samples

Start Line

I rarely (read: almost never) run small races so this start line was such a treat for me. Parking was easy, there were indoor restrooms, and there was literally zero issue with the fact that i lost my friends bib (sorry, Fall Foliage email and twitter responders for not believing you).

sorry-anchorman

Course

Note: there is no timing mat at the start so if you’re going for time, you want to be as close to the start line as possible (this isn’t difficult to do since it’s such a small race field).

Fall Foliage 5k - Start Line

Fall Foliage 5k – Start Line

The 5k course is an out-and-back and doesn’t get far enough to run along the Hudson like the half-marathon (an argument for running the half one of these years).

The course was pretty and time ticked by as I admired the adorable little houses we passed and chatted with Jenny and Justin (Kudz ran ahead and ended up coming in 3rd overall female like the badass that she is). There was water and Gatorade twice during the 5k and I heard the announcer at the start line say there is water/Gatorade every 2 miles along the half-marathon course.

I wasn’t looking to do a particular pace (as I write this, I actually have zero idea of what our finishing time even was) so I just trotted comfortably alongside Jenny and behind Justin (I guess he was too cool to run next¬†to us).

Fall Foliage 5k - Finish Line

Fall Foliage 5k – Finish Line

As we soared trotted through the finish line, the announcer screamed something along the lines of, “here comes Jenny and Angela!” We¬†high-fived because we’re awesome and basically famous now. #PleaseEmailAnyAutographRequests

After grabbing some finish line cookies (so good!), we got back in the car to go home and get ready for the Garlic Festival ūüôā

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Last year was my first time experiencing the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival and I couldn’t wait to go back. The forecast was horrific for the entire week leading up to Saturday so I made sure to pack my poncho (and because I packed my poncho, the weather gods kept the rain away. Had I forgotten my poncho, there’d have been a hurricane).

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

We took advantage of the cloudy and perfectly fall temps and walked around the festival for almost 4 hours.

For lunch, I had a sampling of a few different things: garlic chowder, garlic knots, and garlic arancini. I also tried as many samples as possible and ended up purchasing the Tart Cherry Juice from Singer Farm (the best tart cherry juice I have ever tasted), three packages of garlic from Ireland Farms (two Asian Tempest packs and one Music pack), and a little chainsaw-carved black bear.

Me: Can you take a picture of me and my black bear? Justin: Go by the fire, it's more romantic.

Me: Can you take a picture of me and my black bear?
Justin: Go by the fire, it’s more romantic.

I named him Benny and he’s now in my living room dressed in a necklace my grandmother made and chillin’ with some pumpkins because #fall.

BENNY!

BENNY!

I  now randomly burst into song ala Elton John every time I walk by Benny, constantly reminding Justin how lucky he is to live with me.

So in summation: I will definitely be back next year for one of the Fall Foliage races, the Garlic Festival is always awesome, I have a black bear named Benny, and Justin gets a free concert every time I walk through our living room.

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Next up: Epcot Food & Wine Festival and Halloween in the Magic Kingdom. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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We were on a break.

Soooo I’ve been completely quiet on the blog front the past couple of weeks (not so much on Twitter where I basically live tweet every episode of Bachelor in Paradise #sorrynotsorry).

Anywho, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was thinking of taking a break from blogging and that’s exactly what ended up happening.

For the last few weeks, I didn’t think once about what I was going to write about come Monday and¬†I never added “blog post” to my list of to-do’s for the week… and it was wonderful.

on a break

I’m writing today not because it was on my list of things to do but rather because I genuinely want to write and communicate with all of you who continue to follow and check in.

Sooo what have I been doing the past couple weeks while the blog and I were on a break?

august 2015

  • I’ve gone to my upstate house… a lot.
  • Relaxed on my pizza floatie… a lot.
  • Drank¬†a beer (or two) in the middle of the day. #its5oclocksomewhere
  • Worked on my SUP skills. I continue to get more and more comfortable and have been trying to move quicker and further down the water each time I go out.
  • I turned 29. Eek.
  • I received so many Disney/Olaf-related birthday¬†gifts that I can’t help but laugh. 29 years old and there I am squealing over my new Olaf sweatshirt. #foreveryoung
  • Double-dated with my coworker and her husband at a¬†German festival¬†on Hunter Mountain. As much as I hate being cold, I do find myself looking forward to heading to Hunter Mountain for some snowtubing this winter. And hot cocoa. With booze, preferably.
  • Oh yea, I got a promotion. #doingbigthings
  • I went to a beer festival in Brooklyn and ran into one of my BCMB friends from college! Also, I found a new love: Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer. This stuff is dangerous because it tastes just like root beer but is something like 5.8% alcohol. Ruh roh, Angie.
  • Got monsooned on at the Prospect Park food truck rally.
  • Went hiking and explored¬†some of the trails in the Esopus Bend Preserve. Upstate is so damn prettty, I just¬†want to walk all of it.
  • Caught up on some more painting for the upstate house… and didn’t spill any! #improvement
  • Made plans for Philly Marathon weekend!
  • Celebrated my cousin’s 30th birthday.
  • Ran… ran so, so¬†much.

With the Newport half just a few weeks away, my coach has been increasing the mileage and intensity of my workouts. While it’s not marathon training mileage, it’s mileage I haven’t done in months and my body has definitely been going through an adjustment period. So far, I’ve completed a 12M run, a 13M run, and have another 13M run on the agenda for this Friday before heading upstate again for the long weekend.

By¬†Saturday morning mid-morning afternoon alright fine, mid-morning, I’ll be holding a beer and relaxing on my pizza floatie. #lifeisgood

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Happy (almost) Labor Day Weekend everyone! Enjoy and be safe ūüôā

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Active rest is the best… in summer.

First up, workouts from week 5 of Newport Half training:

week 5 newport half training

Summertime “resting”:

active rest

When incorporating rest into training, most people do some combination of “active” and “passive” rest (like the above photo in which I am relaxing on my pizza but also participating in the sport of water gunning).

active vs passive rest

(Remember when I wrote about the benefits of resting? No? Well, here you go.)

I realized this past weekend that my rest¬†days this summer have almost always been active rest days while my rest days over the winter are almost always passive rest days. I hate being cold so my motivation to do much of anything besides binge watch Netflix is low in the winter months. I’m hoping that with the upstate house this winter, I’ll have more motivation to stay active since I’ll be in close proximity¬†to ice skating, skiing, snowtubing, and all other sorts of fun winter activities. Who wants to learn how to ski or ice skate in my backyard? #completelyserious #justbuymepizza

I’ve¬†always¬†enjoyed rest days and I definitely think I’ve been rocking the active rest days this summer.

summer active rest activities

Is there any question why summer is my favorite season? Don’t you dare say anything along the lines of, “but if you’re cold you can always put layers on…” Especially if you’re a dude.

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I’ve got a 5K this week so stay tuned for a post about how much I hate 5Ks

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