Monthly Archives: September 2011
As you all know by now, I love surveys. Maybe it’s the sixth-grade middle-schooler in me coming out, but I just can’t ever get enough of them. So to continue with tradition, I’m answering Caitlin’s third round of personal questions. Let’s get crackin’!
What’s the nicest random thing someone has done for you?
This isn’t super random, but I honestly think it’s the best thing someone has ever done for me in my entire life. After I tore my ACL and meniscus during my sophomore year of college, I had surgery to repair it. Fast forward about a month, when my physical therapy should be having more of an effect than it actually was. My leg was still in an incredible amount of pain and I could barely move out of bed, much less go through a full PT session. I hobbled into my therapist’s office anyway and hopped on the table for him to start stretching me out. One touch on my shin sent me reeling into pain and I nearly kicked him in the face. He immediately handed me a business card with science-y words written on them, told me to go to the hospital right away and give them this card. He was calling the hospital before I walked out the door. All I knew was that information, and the fact that he recommended someone take me instead of going alone.
With Dustin in class and baseball practice immediately after, I called my roommate, Meghan. She was in class too, but I didn’t know who else to call. Telling her all I knew, she walked right out of class, sprinted to our dorm room and drove me to the hospital.
At the hospital, I found out that I had seven blood clots in my left leg and that I was at a severe risk for a heart attack or stroke. Greeeeat. Oswego isn’t the best hospital, so I signed an AMA form and decided to go to University Hospital in Syracuse, which was 45 minutes away. My mom, a nurse, said I needed to get there immediately. Without another word, Meghan put me in the backseat, strapped on both of our seat belts, and drove like a bat out of hell. We made it there in 25 minutes.
It’s a long story, and I won’t give any more details to save time, but Meghan dropped everything for me. She forgot about all the plans she had that day and simply made me her number one priority. At times, I think she was more scared than I was. But she put on a brave face and did every little thing she could possibly think of to make sure I would be alright. I’ll never forget how amazing she was that day and how much she proved that she truly is an amazing friend.
What’s the worst thing about being your gender? What do you envy about the opposite sex?
The worst thing about being a girl is dealing with periods and pregnancy, in my opinion. I don’t have children, and I do want them some day, but man – girls’ bodies go through a lot just for being female! I once read a sticker that I think is perfect. It said, “Women are superheroes. They bleed for 3-7 days straight once every month, but they don’t die!” So true.
I envy that guys can just roll out of bed and be ready to leave for the day after tossing on pants and a shirt. Girls put in way more effort than guys do, and they do it on a daily basis. Well, almost a daily basis. 😉
Have you ever fainted?
Only once, after being dropped in a cheerleading stunt. That was fun…not.
Describe one of the most scandalous things you’ve done.
I went to a party one night that was BYOB, but I didn’t have any of the B. I didn’t know the people having the party, so I didn’t care too much about playing nice. After a while, everyone moved to a party down the street, but I didn’t know right away because I was in the bathroom (hey, sometimes ya just gotta go). When I walked out, the place was empty, but the people’s beer still remained. I high-jacked it, then went down the street. A few more hours passed and the people from the original party ran out of beer. Thinking it was time to make a profit, I sold them back the beer I took. Not super scandalous, but at least I’m a savvy business person 🙂
Do you ever want to contact someone from your past to say hello?
Honestly, not really. If someone isn’t in my life now, then I believe it’s happened for a reason. And if they wanted to contact me, they could. It’s really not difficult to find out my contact information, especially since I have this blog!
How did your hometown shape who you are today?
Growing up in the country really taught me about tight-knit communities and how to keep strong bonds with the people that matter. It taught me about the beauty of nature and taking the time to enjoy the little things in life, like the quiet lull of a moving stream or the sheer beauty of a summer thunderstorm. Most importantly, I learned how to appreciate the things in life that aren’t handed to you. I had to work for everything that I have today and growing up in my town motivated me to get out there and explore everything the world has to offer. I love being a city girl, but as the saying goes, “you can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”
What would you change about our political system/government?
I would invest more of our resources into our educational system. And I would focus more on the problems within the United States. I 100 percent support our troops, but I think our country’s leaders need to spend a little more time helping the people while we’re going through such tough times at home.
What’s currently in your purse or backpack?
Umm, a lot of crap. My sweaty spin clothes from today’s class, all of the beauty stuff I needed to get ready for work after spin, my tupperware container from the lunch I brought to work, my wallet, passport (random trip, maybe?), pens, a book and business cards.
What’s the most awkward pickup line you’ve ever received?
I was at a house party during my sophomore year of college and some guy that I’ve never met before randomly walked right up to me while I was hanging out with some of my friends and said, “You should be arrested.” Uhh, why? “You just stole my heart from across the room.” Everyone just looked at me and I had no idea what to do. I sheepishly said, “I’m sorry…I need to get another drink.” And walked away.
What’s your party trick? IE: Random talent that you can bust out to impress a crowd of strangers.
Wow, I’m super lame and have no talents. I make awesome jello shots. That’s about all I’ve got.
Your turn! Answer all or just one of the questions!
Seriously. As I listened to her from three rows away from the stage, Colbie Caillat’s beautiful voice rocked my socks in my little black booties last night. I was in heaven.
I’ve been a fan of Colbie ever since she started putting music on Myspace when I was in middle school. When “Bubbly” hit the radio, I was all over it. I downloaded all of her albums soon after they were released and often used her lyrics as away messages whenever I was logged onto AIM. Does anyone even use AIM anymore?
Back when I was a sophomore in college, I worked at the school newspaper as the sports editor. I was close friends with our entertainment editor, who casually mentioned that Jason Reeves was going to be playing a concert at Syracuse University in a few weeks and she was thinking about covering it. She kept going back and forth because she wasn’t really into that kind of music. Guess who immediately volunteered?
This girl 🙂
If you know Colbie Caillat’s history at all (which I realize you may not), Jason Reeves is a big part of it. Before either of their careers were big, Jason moved from Iowa to California and lived with Colbie for a while. As far as they’ll say, no funny business went on, but they did write some great music together. So once this opportunity arose to interview Jason and attend the concert, I pounced all over it.
Please don’t laugh at the nerdiness of that photo. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I had been listening to Jason’s music on repeat all day, whether I was in my room or in class. I didn’t have very much time to get ready beforehand, hence the slightly disheveled look, but I like to think that I made up for my lack of good looks with excitement and knowledge of the material.
That’s what I tell myself anyway.
The concert back then was phenomenal, and Jason was kind enough to sign a photo that I still have hanging in my room today.
Now that you have some back story, let’s go back to last night. As you all know, I work at FITNESS as a freelance editorial assistant. Well, Colbie was our May cover girl and her tour manager kindly offered anyone on staff two tickets to the show, along with backstage passes for a meet and greet beforehand. Score!
I snatched those up faster than you can say banana pancakes. I was so excited to finally see Colbie in person. Who was I going to bring? A light quickly dawned on me when I remembered that Libby is a big fan too 🙂
There were some mishaps with the meet and greet passes that I won’t get into, but it all ended up working out and we met Colbie about a half hour before she hit the stage. She was super-charming and very, very beautiful. Throughout the whole show I kept thinking, “Man, her legs are awesome!” You can tell she works out, and I like it!
The energy at last night’s show was great and I loved the ambiance. Her crew made the stage look more like a comfy coffee house, which was a nice touch and very fitting. I wish I could have snagged pictures, but the lighting was awful for photos most of the time. Plus I decided that I didn’t want to live behind my camera. I just wanted to enjoy the show!
Jason came out to play two songs with Colbie, which just took the show to a whole other level.
All in all, it was a great show. And it was over before 11p.m., which was perfect because the concert was on a Monday. A winning night, if you ask me!
Do you like Colbie Caillat? What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
P.S. Brooklyn Fit Chick featured me on her blog today! Head on over to check it out!
Three weeks of training in the bag! This week was a little difficult because I ended up being sick for most of the week, and ended up having to forgo all types of exercise on Thursday and Friday. Nonetheless, I still managed to get in a decent amount of mileage! Let’s see how it played out, shall we?
- 1 strength workout
- 1 yoga class
- 1 spin class
- Run 21 miles
- 7 planks
How I fared:
Monday: Run 4 miles
Tuesday: Run 2 miles + strength workout
I tested out a new barre class that just hit New York Sports Clubs, and it was a ton of fun! My legs were quivering from the wide variety of exercises, and I got a decent amount of cardio in the hour-long workout as well. Success all the way around!
Wednesday: Run 3 miles
I was supposed to run 5 miles this day, but was starting to feel icky. Plus I was running late, so I caved. I was hoping to make up the extra mileage at night, but I ended up feeling awful by the end of the day.
Saturday: Fifth Avenue Mile + 7-Mile Long Run
I had a blast running the Fifth Avenue Mile with my co-workers, and had a semi-successful long run afterward. Being bit by a dog is always fun…just kidding.
Miles run (this week): 17
Miles run (total): 46
Strength workouts: 1
Spin sessions: 0
Yoga classes: 0
Planks: Whatever I did in the barre class.
I’d still say this week was successful because I got a lot of exercise in despite being sick. And I was able to fit in my long run, which is really important. I’m going to be extra careful not to miss any workouts this week — I already did five miles today!
How did your workouts go for the week? Any fun stuff planned this week?
I know you all have been worried the last few days, wondering how I would fare in this extremely important one-mile race that occurred yesterday. 😉
Rest assured, my friends, all is well!
The race went really well and it was a ton of fun! My co-workers and I got together about a half-hour early before our heat began (we raced in the media heat) to do some dynamic stretching and just chat about stuff that didn’t revolve around work. Then we ventured down to the corrals, where we realized there were awards for best team outfits, etc! We had no idea! Unfortunately, we came unprepared for these fun categories, but we’re already prepping for next year. At least we had “Team Fitness” rockin’ on our sleeves. We looked pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.
I called out for advice on this race and basically a lot of people just told me to relax, have fun and run fast. Noted.
I also tried my best to follow this outline from Jess, which proved to be really helpful.
Going into the race, my plan was to run the:
- First 400 meters at 85% effort
- Second 400 meters at 75% effort to catch my breath
- Third 400 meters at 100% effort….just run.
- Final 400 meters at 110% effort…aka run like the wind, bullseye!
However, I didn’t follow the plan exactly. Oops.
Our heat was small because it was only the media organizations racing, and somehow I found myself at the very front toeing the starting line. I have never been able to actually toe the starting line before a race, making me one of the first people to pounce when the horn sounds. Standing on that line caused a lot of excitement and pressure. I wanted to run hard and I wanted to run fast. Soon, the horn blasted and I flew!
Before I knew it, we hit the quarter-mile mark and when I looked at my Garmin, I was pacing a 4:00-minute mile –woooooahhhhh Sam, simmer down. You cannot run that fast for very long. At all. So I reigned it in quite a bit until I was running at about a 7:00-minute mile. Phew.
Once I hit the half-way point, all bets were off. I kicked it up into high gear, tagging one of my teammates (who’s faster than me and actually does speed workouts) so I would forget about time and just run. The final quarter-mile arrived and I gave it everything I had. I angled my head down a little more, pumped my arms as much as I could, and sprinted. I planted my foot on the finish line at 7:19.
This race was a completely different experience for me, but it was so fun. My body kept trying to tell me to calm down so that I could run for a long time, but then my mind was screaming, “You’re almost done! Motivate yo booty!” So I think I landed somewhere in between, but closer to the motivate yo booty realm. After all, I haven’t ever run a mile that fast before. I think if I had followed the race plan closer, I would’ve run faster, but I’m not complaining 🙂
Running the race with all of my co-workers made it even more fun. We’re all passionate about fitness and well, we’re all just a lot of fun, so it was great hanging out with them for a little while outside of work. Yay for Team FITNESS!
I was supposed to high-tail it out of there right away to head upstate to my parent’s house, but Dustin ended up being called into work and knew he wouldn’t get out until at least 12:30. My race was over by 9:00a.m., so that meant more time for running! I decided to finish my long run, especially because I needed to log some miles after being sick for two days.
The first 4.5 miles went great. I maintained a steady 9:10 pace in Central Park and although my legs felt tight, they felt strong. Then I ventured out to see what was going on with the race, and it all went downhill from there. I was jogging on the cobblestone because the racers were on the pavement (not fun) and out of nowhere, a little dog pounced and latched onto my right thigh! I was shocked and screamed, but luckily the dog didn’t pierce my skin. There’s a lovely hole in my favorite capri pants though now. I was extremely irritated though because the dog’s owner, who watched it all happen, didn’t even ask me if I was alright! She saw me, yanked on the dog’s leash, and high-tailed it out of there. I find that to be incredibly rude and inconsiderate. Am I overreacting?
I ended up running back toward the Met, which makes me happy. I can’t help but think of Gossip Girl every time I see it. Does that show off my generation, or what? 🙂
Anyway, after the dog bite, my stomach went into crap-mode. Literally. (Sorry if I’m sharing too much) For the last 3.5 miles, I ended up stopping at three porta-potties, and running with an insanely painful side stitch. My pace slowed way down, but I was determined to finish. My splits weren’t fantastic, but at that point I didn’t care. I just wanted to be done.
I think my problems were with fueling, so I’ll be making some adjustments on the next long run to see how I fare. I’ve never had a bad long run before, so I’m glad that I now know I can power through it. I was also happy to know that I could immediately slurp down this delicious smoothie in a bowl.
Raspberries, cocoa powder, peanut butter and almond milk. Yum.
Did you run the Fifth Avenue Mile? How was it? And how do you deal with bad long runs?
Happy Friday! The weekend is officially here and I could not be more stoked. It was a really busy week at work and I was feeling a bit under the weather, which didn’t help matters. So now I am more than ready to kick back and relax with a
puzzle beer. Cold, cold beer. (Name that TV show!)
And since it’s Friday, that means it’s time for me to list some of the fabulous things that have made me feel good this week.
My new rain boots. I bought these boots when it was downpouring nearly every day in NYC a few weeks ago, but they didn’t arrive at my doorstep until the storms had passed through. Figures. So I was actually really excited when I looked up the weather this morning and saw it was going to rain all day. Only because that meant I finally got to don these puppies!
I think these boots are absolutely adorable. I love the pattern and well, rain boots always trigger my inner child. How can they not? They give you the perfect opportunity to go puddle jumping! But I’ll puddle jump even without rain boots…
That was from freshman year in college with my roommate at the time, Lizz. T’was a good night indeed. But yeah, the boots I have now are awesome and I got them at Target for a very reasonable price. No complaints here!
Pandora. I just love this site all the time. As I’m typing this, “Hey, Soul Sister” from Glee Cast is blasting. What a feel good song. I heart Blaine Anderson (I just had to Google the character’s last name because I automatically think “Blaine Warbler” all the time). In Glee news, did anyone see the premiere? I’m so happy that Blaine transferred schools. Kurt and Blaine make my heart smile.
Family. A lot of changes happened this year within my immediate family. My older brother started his second year of medical school, I moved to NYC permanently, my little brother started his first year of college, and my mom and step-dad are now in a house of just them and our pets. So. Weird. Luckily, all of us are coming home for a reunion this weekend and I could not BE more excited! Family game night, here I come!
Friends. I bet you think I’m talking about my real-life friends, don’t you? Or my blog friends? Wrong again! Although I love my “real-life” and blog friends, my TV friends have gotten me through this week and the illness I’ve been suffering through. Nothing like a little Ross and Rachel drama, Joey one-liners and Phoebe quirks to keep me feelin’ happy. I most recently watched “The One with All The Thanksgivings” and I die every single time Monica puts the turkey on her head!
Such an amazing show. If you don’t love it, I’m not sure we can be friends. If you do, I promise I’ll be there for you 🙂
Your turn! What’s made you feel good this week?
I know I’ve only officially participated in two races in my running career thus far, so maybe it’s still newbie-syndrome washing over me, but I get all giddy inside every single time I pick up a race bib.
I don’t know what it is, but every time I see my name attached to a race number, a cheesy grin instantly spreads across my face and I get super excited immediately.
I picked up my bib for the Fifth Avenue Mile race and it made me realize that I am legitimately racing one mile at 8:45am on Saturday.
What the eff?
This baffles me. I don’t even remember the last time I ran only one mile. It had to have been sometime in high school, when we had to run it timed for gym class. Because I really don’t think it’s happened since then. Even when I was recovering from my ACL reconstruction surgery, I did more than one mile at a time. I think my absolute minimum for the last five years has been 1.5 miles.
So what the heck am I doing? How am I going to race this correctly? I don’t do very much speed work (bad, I know), so I’m clueless here. When should I go steady? When should I run fast? When should I run so hard that I want to just fall on my face because that will hurt less than the pain in my legs? And how will I know if I’ve started to do that too soon? Will I actually fall on my face? Ouch. That would really hurt.
These are only a few of the thoughts racing (<–pun!) through my head about Saturday morning’s activities. I really want to do well because I’m racing it with a team of co-workers, so I don’t want them to be disappointed in my time. I also don’t want to be the last one to finish because, well, I’m competitive and being last stings.
So I’m calling out to you people. If you have any advice, any advice at all, please comment below and tell me how I can achieve my best possible time on this one-mile race. I promise I will read every single word carefully and take every snippet of wisdom into careful consideration.
Are you running the Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday? Or any race? I know a certain sweaty blogger, cough *Ali* cough, will be kicking major asphalt in the Hamptons this weekend.
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s had a fantastic day and is cruising through the week. Mine has been super-busy, but it makes the days fly by!
I thought we’d have a little fun over here today, mostly because I’m feeling nostalgic. I flipped through a bunch of my college photos from throughout the years and realized how much I miss my friends from Oswego. I’m hoping to reunite with a lot of them next month, fingers crossed!
Before we get to the super-fun stuff, let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Fun, right? I’m quickly realizing that what they all said was true: life is never the same after college. I’m already shocked at how my body survived so many 13-hour days, homework marathons and all-night study sessions with such ease. These days I’m pooped and ready for bed by 10:30. Does that make me lame? My friends still in school would give me a definitive yes, I’m sure.
So to bring us back to the college days, I thought we’d play a little game! Who remembers Never Have I Ever? Come on, I know you do! Here’s how we’ll work it: I’ll list some things I’ve never done, then you respond in the comments about how many fingers you had to put down. For every finger down, take a swig of something — doesn’t even have to be alcoholic — smoothie, Gatorade, milkshake, whatever. Or booze. Whichever you prefer.
Here we go!
Never Have I Ever…
Cooked salmon by myself. Although I really want to.
Never Have I Ever…
Gone white-water rafting. Again, I really want to.
Never Have I Ever…
Traveled outside of the United States and Canada. I was supposed to go to London during my junior year, but the class I signed up for got cancelled. Boo.
Never Have I Ever…
Worked out with my boyfriend/girlfriend. Dustin and I have gone to workout at the same time before, but never even in the same facility. I’m trying to convince him to sign up for a 5K with me!
Never Have I Ever…
Owned my own pet. Although I really want a dog. Or a cat. I miss our family dog, Cinnie Minnie (her real name is Cinnamon) and our cat, Maximillion (Max).
Post questions you want answered in the comments, too!
How did you fare in round one of Never Have I Ever? What was your favorite college-famous game?
Another week, come and gone! I don’t know about you, but time seems to be flying by faster and faster. We were hit with a cold front this week and I think it’s safe to say fall is officially here. Woohoo! Fall is my favorite season, by far. It’s so pretty, the temperatures are perfect, the fashion is fabulous and the surroundings just provide a ton of inspiration.
But I’m getting off topic…let’s get to the workouts of the week!
- 1 strength workout
- 1 yoga session
- 1 spin class
- Run 15 miles
- 7 planks
How I fared:
Monday: Ran 3 miles
Thursday: Ran 5 miles
I’m really proud of this run. I hadn’t gotten in this many miles before work yet, and my mind was constantly going back and forth about backing out of the last mile, but I told myself to suck it up and just do it. I did and it ended up being a great run!
Friday: Ran 4 miles + CoreFusion strength class
Funny story: I went through my whole work day thinking I was going to yoga in the evening with Libby. I walked through the door and the instructor looked at me funny, asking “why do you have a yoga mat?” Oops. Turns out Libby signed us up for a CoreFusion class, which incorporates components from yoga, but is mostly strength training with a lot of planks. Oh well, at least I got that workout out of the way.
Saturday: FITNESS Mind, Body, Spirit Games 4.1-mile run
I snagged a PR! It felt really good to get out in Central Park and face some more hills. I’m going to try to get one run in a week over there from now on.
Sunday: Yoga + Meeting Lance Armstrong
Tested out a new DVD at home and was pleasantly surprised! It’s great for beginners and I got a great stretch in. I still prefer going to a studio because of the atmosphere, but this is definitely handy for when I can’t make class.
Oh yeah, and I met Lance Armstrong. It was his birthday and he hosted a 4-mile run to celebrate that and his 15-year anniversary since his cancer diagnosis. I didn’t run for multiple reasons, but I went and met Lance and wished him a happy birthday. Unfortunately, it was crazy busy so no pictures were taken. He’s a really nice guy though, in case you all were wondering 😉
Miles run (this week): 16
Miles run (total): 29
Strength workouts: 1
Yoga sessions: 1
Spin classes: 1
Planks: Who knows (Only from CoreFusion..failed doing these on my own)
Celebrity meetings: 3 🙂
I call this week a success! I’m really happy with all of my workouts and my body is feeling it. Doing my best to pay attention to it and make sure I don’t injure myself. I see yoga happening more frequently in my future!
Oh, and I have some stuff in the works for a new race…when details are confirmed I’ll let you know!
How did your workouts go this week?
What better way is there to kick off a Saturday than with a race in Central Park?
How about hanging out with my co-workers at FITNESS, my Biggest Loser ladies, Hannah and Olivia (and her husband Ben!), and finally meeting my man, Bob Harper!
I’d say that’s a pretty awesome morning. We even snagged a shot of Bob laughing because some lady decided to cut right in front of us as a bunch of press people were taking our photo.
Isn’t he a cutie?! I sure think so. He’s even cuter in person than he is on the show.
So I hung out with them all morning, right up until 9:50 when my race was about to start! Then me and the fashion girls Marla and Argy scooted off to our corral, and editor Bethany met up with us too! After a few words from our fabulous editor-in-chief Betty Wong, we were off and running!
And run I did. I was determined to set a PR — well, it was impossible not to because I haven’t officially signed up for a 4-mile race before, just ran in them at school without signing up…shhh. But that’s beside the point. The point is that I ran my little heart out while professing my love for Ali and sweat.
Why this picture is now on the Internet at least twice, I don’t know. I should have smiled. But I guess this is my game face. Blech.
The first two miles flew by and I was clocking good speed (for me) on the trusty Garmin. The rolling hills came on mile three, but some good tunes and awesome spectators kept me groovin’ along. I had three people yell to me, “Nice shirt, we love Ali!” during mile three. Guess I’m not the only fan 😉
I kept my pace consistently between 8:45- and 9-minute miles, only dropping down to 9:15 once or twice on a hill. I’m proud of that because I usually maintain around 9:30. There’s just something about races that really keeps the legs pumping. The race was 4.1 miles long and I officially crossed the finish line at 36:41! Here are my splits according to Garmin:
- Mile 1 –> 9:07
- Mile 2 –> 8:58
- Mile 3 –> 9:06
- Mile 4 –> 8:55
- Mile 5 (.1) –> :42
Dustin met me after the race and we hung out with the gang some more, then headed down to Union Square to run a few errands. We picked up some goodies at the farmer’s market and I loved seeing all the fall stuff out for sale! Return of the pumpkins…
Libby is convinced she’s going to force me to like them. Stay tuned on that one.
Then I was starving, so Dustin and I found a new-to-us pub to grab some sandwiches. Once we were seated at Heartland Brewery, I knew exactly what I wanted.
The Cajun Crab Cake Sandwich was dee-li-cious ! Especially the sweet potato fries. Dustin doesn’t like them, so I don’t have them very often. Man, they were good. Dustin really liked the decor, and he had a perfect view of the Yankees game. That makes him a happy camper.
After a shower and cat nap, I’m ready to cook some more grub. Dustin’s currently at the grocery store getting stuff for us to cook meatloaf, and then we’ll settle in to watch the Syracuse football game. Go Orange!
Did anyone else run the MBS race this morning? Send me links to your recaps! And what celebrity have you always wanted to meet? Seriously, Bob was at the top of my list!