Week 3 of NYCM training and training with your pup!

NYCM Week 3 Training

It was definitely a better week of training than week 2 but OH MY GOD can we talk about how horrible that 12 mile run was? Friday morning had crazy thunderstorms that were moving through the area quickly. I wanted to be running by 7/7:30 but decided to wait out the storms. Well, this resulted in not starting until after 8:30, making the run way too hot and humid to even remotely be considered comfortable on what was supposed to be a “level 5” run.

Looking back, I probably should have started my run on the treadmill and then hopped off once the storms passed. By mile 9, the only way I was making it home was via run/walk. I ran 8 minutes and walked 2 until hitting mile 12 a block or so from my apartment. Good grief.

Training with your Dog

Every time we bring Mr Big to the vet for his annual, we are told he’s the epitome of health. “He’s in such great shape!” “We can’t believe he’s 9!” “He has so much energy!”

Yes – he is, us either, he does.

In addition to Big eating good food and being spoiled with an insane amount of love, he exercises… a lot.

But he recovers well too, don’t worry.

He’s such a country dog 🙂

Anywho, speaking of doggy fitness, PuppySpot, a service committed to placing healthy puppies into loving homes, created the below guide for how to include your four-legged friend in your workout.

When Mr Big isn’t chasing squirrels, birds, or the gopher at our upstate house, he loves to run alongside me for a few miles.

A few years ago, I posted some tips for running with your dog based on my experience running with Big and they all still apply. I’ve learned one more thing now that Big is a little older so I’d add one tip to that list – be mindful of pace!

If I let Big control the pace, he’d begin every run all out. If I let him do that (and it’s a pace that is okay for me), I’ll be dragging him back to the house after the turn-around point. Now, I only bring him on my recovery runs, which are anywhere between 2 and 4 miles, and always at a relaxed pace. I have to keep him back the first few miles because he wants to go-go-go but if I didn’t, he wouldn’t have the oomph to finish up strong and feeling good.

The last time I took Big on a 4 mile run, he came home, drank some water, and then spent the next 30 minutes chasing squirrels around the yard so I know our pace was just right (he spent the rest of the day on the couch snoozing though lol).

Luckily for Mr Big, we’ve got lots of running to do in the next few weeks – week 4 of marathon training is underway!


Wishing you and your pup lots of exercising fun 🙂

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A NYC Bachelorette.

Week 2 of NYC Marathon training:

It wasn’t my best week. I had lots of things going on and certain things (ahem strength training and yoga) took a back seat. It’s okay and I’m back on it for week 3!

My Bachelorette Party!

Up until late last week, I knew absolutely nothing about my bachelorette party aside from the date (much like my bridal shower). It wasn’t until Thursday/Friday that I was told a time to be ready and what to bring besides myself. I’m going to be honest – I’m not the easiest person to plan something like this for; I’m not into clubs or bars all that much, I have a 17 year-old cousin who I wanted at everything, and I’m just generally awkward when it comes to typical bachelorette situations. BUT my two cousins are absolute champs and planned the perfect day/night for me and the ladies I love most.

Part 1: Nails and Champagne in Chelsea

Getting my nails done is one of my favorite indulgences so starting my bachelorette in a nail salon was absolutely perfect. We got pampered and drank a little champagne and I had zero complaints 🙂

Part 2: Drinks & Games at the Gansevoort Hotel

My cousins got to the room early and spent time decorating the space with all sorts of goodies. There was confetti (omg so much confetti, I’m still finding it in odd places…), banners, booze, penis straws, TEAM BRIDE sunglasses and buttons, shirts for everyone, and of course, an inappropriate game.

I’m way too awkward and just couldn’t handle the thought of a penis drawing on my blog…

Before heading out for dinner, we set up our own photo booth and snapped some shots. Most of us were already a few drinks in by this point and it completely felt like I was back in college, getting ready and pre-gaming with my favorite ladies.

Part 3: Dinner at Carmine’s

Carmine’s is one of my favorite restaurants so it was very fitting that this is the place my cousins chose for dinner. One of my best friends from college couldn’t make the bachelorette but she sent a gift card for us to use at Carmine’s (I made sure not to open it until dinner so I didn’t ruin the surprise!).

I got right on ordering the frozen cosmo (the BEST – but also super strong so I was a drunko in no time).

There were 8 of us and we had a few things to consider (someone who doesn’t eat meat, someone with celiac, someone with seafood allergies) so our menu consisted of:

  • Misto salad
  • Chicken parm
  • Prime rib special (GF)
  • GF giardiniera pasta
  • Linguini pomodoro
  • Eggplant parm

As always as usual, everything was unbelievably delicious. With all the drinks flowing, conversation got quite inappropriate (#sorrynotsorry, neighboring tables) and before we knew it, it was time to rush off to the next activity.

Part 4: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

We got to the theater with just enough time to get inside, get our drinks, and get situated in our seats. We had a bachelorette package which included front row seats in the “wet zone” (splash zone? IDK), a drink for everyone, a bottle of champagne and flutes for the group, and a promise that I would get on stage during the performance.

After the show, we were invited on stage for a photo (apparently this is also included in the package) and I just felt so lucky to have all these amazing ladies with me for the evening.

The show was absolutely hilarious, the perfect amount of raunchy, and for some of us, legitimately informative (lol). We had such a fun time and enjoyed every minute; but even if the show wasn’t as great as it was, it’d have been worth it for the last 2 minutes alone (oh dear lordy, it would have been worth it…).

Part 5: Night Cap

When we got back to the hotel, some of the group headed home and the rest of us, still on a “Stefan-high,” headed out for one more drink.  It was the latest I have stayed out up in what could honestly be years. #worthit

Part 6: Girl Talk & Sleep

Is there anything better than laying in bed with the lights off and talking and giggling with your best girls? This happens less and less as we get older and have lives and families outside of our friends but god damnit it is so incredible and we all need more of it.

Sunday Surprise

Surprisingly enough, come Sunday morning, Justin and I were in decent enough shape that we didn’t need to spend the entire day in fetal position on our couch (his bachelor party was also Saturday night). We weren’t at our best but we did have things to do and we ended up at our upstate house to surprise my parents with a completely unannounced visit!

They were super shocked and happy to see us and we ended up staying for a nice lunch and a little sun and relaxation before heading back to the city for dinner.

And then? Then we needed a weekend from our weekend…


Next week: week 3 of marathon training and how I’m attempting to balance it all.

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Apartment Decorating with Modern Map Art.

Justin and I have been living in our UWS apartment for about a year and a half now (although I’ve been on the UWS, and on this very block actually, for much, much longer).  When we first moved in, we both agreed that we needed things on the walls to make the apartment feel like home; unfortunately, we weren’t always in agreement in terms of what went on the walls.

Both of us made at least one compromise but we ended up happy with a combination of pieces that came from our lives before each other and new things that we bought together. We’ve got lots of photos of us, a framed print of the restaurant we ate at after our engagement (River Cafe), and some other personal pieces.

My favorite is a gift I bought for Justin early on in our living together when we were still arguing over what to put on the walls. I told him I bought something for the entryway and that he had to trust me because I wouldn’t have bought something if I wasn’t 100% positive it was something he’d love.

One area in our apartment that was never a source of contention was the kitchen. We decided early on that we’d like all the art in the kitchen to be NYC-themed.

Even with all these in the kitchen, there was still one little wall next to the sink where I wanted to hang something but nothing we’d found seemed right… until Modern Map Art (affiliate link) reached out to me about one of their NYC prints.

Justin went out and bought a cheap frame from Michael’s and it just looks perfect on this little wall that had been bugging me for over a year. The print is extremely professional looking. It comes on nice paper and the ink is so dark that it’s unbelievably striking. I already have ideas for other maps I want to get for us or for friends/family as gifts.

Modern Map Art has a variety of prints – countries, cities, ski trails, skylines, and even an option to customize your map (this is a game-changer!). We have a few friends/family who are engaged and I’m thinking a map of the couple’s first home together might be a great engagement gift 🙂

The next few weeks are hopefully filled with less apartment updating (it does need a bit of spring summer cleaning though) as I begin training for the NYCM today! There’s also a wedding coming up in, oh, I don’t know, TWO MONTHS (gah!) and there’s still lots to do. Is it still considered wedding planning if everything is technically planned we just have to execute everything? And why does that take even more time?!?


Next up: How I plan to train for a marathon, plan a wedding, have a wedding and a honeymoon, and also not hate absolutely everything. 

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