Bueller. Bueller.

Oh hey there, it’s been uh… 5 months. Eek. I needed the mental break though (insert shrug emoji here – it’s my favorite).

Anywho, let’s play quick catchup (but also, I’m super into Instastories so that’s the best place to follow me)…

Still Running

Did you think I wouldn’t be? I’m gonna be honest, throughout the winter I very rarely stepped outside to run. Instead, I signed up for an unlimited membership at Mile High Run Club and made sure I went 2-3 times each week (now that it’s warmer, I have a 5x/month membership). I also began taking 6am Soulcycle classes (my favorite instructor has a bunch of them and I’d rather be in his class at 6am than anyone else’s class at a normal hour). To balance all the cardio and running-related strength training, I began taking a yoga class 1-2 times each week. I’m lucky in that my office building provides FREE yoga classes Tuesday and Thursday at noon on an empty floor.

Justin and I will also be returning to the Brooklyn Half Marathon this May. While last year we tried (and succeeded) to beat Justin’s time from the year earlier, this year we’re just going out there and having fun. I’m super into this whole “just running for fun” thing and I honestly don’t know when I’ll get back to legitimately racing. I’m sure at some point I’ll get the itch but for now I’m happy just trotting along and chatting with people I love.

I Planned a Random Disney Trip

Justin and I decided to forgo our annual Disney trip in January/February this year since the larger family wasn’t planning to go. We figured we just took a super long honeymoon and we’d save some days. Well, that was all well and dandy until I got an email late December about annual passholder hotel rates for the end of January. I looked up how many Disney points I had on my Disney Visa and I sent Justin an e-mail…

Me: Disney? I have enough points that the hotel would be $1 for 3 nights. Thoughts?

Him: Up to you.

Me: Okay. Good because I already booked it.

So yea, within the next 3 days we had our flights, fastpasses, and restaurant reservations. #disneypros

I don’t know what made me think I could last through a winter without a Disney getaway since I’ve been going every winter for the last 9 years. This is one tradition that has to stay <3

I Got Wasted (Away Again) in Margaritaville

My father turned the big 6-0 this March and his one birthday request was that the family take a trip down south to Margaritaville.

We spent 4 full days at this amazing resort on Hollywood Beach and it was absolutely perfect. We laid by the pool and on the beach and we drank too many fruity cocktails and it was very, very good for our souls and our skin tones. We’re already plotting a trip for next year because the end of March in NY is still cold and sucky and you need some sunshine in order to stay sane. Birthdaycations are the best 🙂

We’re Heading BACK to My Favorite Place (Big Island, Hawaii)

Ever since coming home from Hawaii late last October, I’ve wanted to go back. Scratch that, the honest truth is I didn’t want to leave Hawaii in the first place. During our last breakfast I told Justin, completely seriously, “We can extend our trip a little more. We have money. We don’t have to leave.” Justin’s response was that he had to go back to work. I said, “No I don’t know that you heard me. I said, ‘we have moneyyy’.” 

Since I lost that argument and we left Hawaii as planned, I’ve been plotting to go back. When it came time to thinking about an anniversary trip, I proposed going back to Hawaii, which Justin promptly shut down because he wanted to go “somewhere new.” I said we could go to a different island. He laughed. A DIFFERENT ISLAND IS SOMEWHERE NEW, JUSTIN.

Anywho, I pushed Hawaii hard in the coming weeks. I bought dragon fruit (his favorite when we were there), I decorated Easter eggs as hula girls, I bought pineapple shoes and was all “hmm I wonder where I could wear these, Justin?” and so many other little things and each time he rolled his eyes at me. It looked like I wasn’t winning this one either.

UNTIL, I came up with the perfect compromise. I proposed the following to him – a few nights in San Francisco (somewhere new!) and then a week on the Big Island (hands down, our favorite) where we could stay in Volcanoes National Park for a few nights (new hotel and experiences on the Big Island!) and then spend the other nights back at the hotel from our honeymoon but do different excursions we didn’t do last time.

He stared at me while I smiled up at him. This was THE compromise! I just knew it. You could tell he wasn’t happy to admit but through gritted teeth he said, “that is a fantastic compromise.” Thirty minutes later he had a list of things he wanted to do/see while in SF and the Big Island. Three days later our travel agent had our flights and hotels booked. We move quick over here!

Yes, I know I haven’t recapped the honeymoon. Or the wedding. At some point I will. Or not. I don’t know. (shrugging emoji)

Mr Big Got a Baby Sister

And she’s perfect. Her name is Cookie and she’s the sweetest little snickerdoodle you ever did meet. She was about 10 weeks old when we adopted her and she’s been following Mr Big’s lead from the beginning. We’re all very smitten. #adoptdontshop

Puppies > therapy.

The Plan for This Space Over the Next Couple Months

Summer is busy for me – but not in a bad way – just in the way that I LOVE SUMMER AND BEING WARM and I want to do ALL THE SUMMER THINGS ALL THE TIME. With my brother’s wedding coming up in September, my cousin’s wedding in October, and my 10 year college reunion, summer is full of travel for bachelorettes, showers, and other fun with friends and family. The plan is to update here at least once every two weeks (hey, it’s a start!).

Anywho, thanks for checking in or stopping by since it’s been quite a while. Again, I update instastories the most so if you’re at all into posts about how I’m socially awkward, that’s your best bet. If you’re a resister, I’ll see you here.

See you somewhere 🙂

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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.”

WAY TO JINX IT, ANG.

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 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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