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Feel-Good Friday: Food and Friends

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a fabulous day and ready for the weekend celebrations. It’s been a rainy week here in NYC, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting my thankful on. Here are just a few things that have been making my feel extra fantastic this week.

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Cooking. That’s right, I’ve been doing it people. I’ve made three legit meals this week, which must be a new record. Dustin and I fell off of the cooking-at-home bandwagon with our crazy travel schedules, but we’re hopping back on now.

Kristin’s recipes have been a lifesaver, giving Dustin the not-healthy taste he wants with the nutrition boost we both need. Buffalo chicken quinoa was created one night and crock pot Santa Fe chicken another. Last night I made a turkey enchilada casserole following this recipe, and it tasted just as good today when it served as my lunch. YUM.

Physical therapy. I’ve been going religiously twice a week and it’s helped dramatically. I barely felt any knee pain during last weekend’s half, and the foot pain is getting better every day. After this week’s appointments, Ken says I should only need to come in for one more week before I can continue on my own. It’ll be a sad day, Ken, I know, but we can still be friends. I just don’t want to keep paying you to be my friend. 🙂

Cake. I wasn’t kidding when I titled this post with the word “food.” It’s FITNESS’ 20th anniversary this month (yay!) and we had a yummy cake in the office to celebrate. NYC friends, if you’re looking to quickly get a cake for a reasonable price, go with Buttercup Bake Shop. Super cute and super delicious.

Bloggers. There are so many of you out there, and I try to read as many as I can. You’ve given me some fantastic ideas for “what’s next,” especially because I’m not going to be hard-core running for a little bit. Stay tuned, folks, I promise you’ll find out soon.

Cinco de Mayo. I love Mexican food. It’s by far my favorite. I’m always in the mood for it. ALWAYS. Put a margarita next to it and I’m a happy girl. I even like to have it after I race half-marathons. But yeah, I’m celebrating this weekend. TBD which Mexican place will be hit up this weekend, so if you have suggestions, throw ’em at me.

Chocolate. I just have to talk about these delicious treats that Abby gave me as a post-race celebration. Holy yum. I don’t remember the name of them, though. Abby, help a girl out? I need to go buy some more.

Spinning. No, I can’t run right now (PT Ken says so), but I can still break a sweat. So my choice of cardio right now is Spinning. I actually just got done spinning, where I got my dance party on at SoulCycle with one of my fave instructors, Danny. And we can’t forget about the charity ride I’m doing tomorrow now, can we? It’s sure to be a sweat-tastic time, so if you’re in the concrete jungle, stop over at 3p.m. I’ll be nice and give you a sweat-filled hug. Pinky promise.

What’s been making you feel good this week?

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Fly For A Great Cause

Looking for a way to get your full dose of celebration on in honor of Cinco de Mayo, without quite as much guilt? I’m a big fan of Mexican food and we all know I love a tasty margarita, so I know for a fact I’ll be celebrating this weekend. But just like many others, I’ve been looking for an equally fantastic way to get my sweat on before I indulge, so the added calories don’t make as big of an impact. My ticket to the big show: Flywheel. And if you’re in New York City, you’re definitely going to want to get in on the action.

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As you all know, I’ve had a running coach for the past few months to get me through my spring training cycle. Even though she was originally hired (that sounds so weird, since she’s one of my friends, but it is what it is) to help me tackle a marathon, Abby modified my plans and stuck by me through all the craziness as I went after a half-marathon instead. My recap on Saturday’s race is coming your way tomorrow, but today I want to share a bit more about Abby and the awesomeness that surrounds her.

This is Abby. I stole this picture from her blog.

You see, Abby’s husband was deployed in the United States Marine Corp six years ago and she was by herself in the Big Apple. Looking for a way to to be productive, she signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon and decided to raise money for a military charity while doing it. The winning charity? Fisher House Foundation, a charity that builds houses near military hospitals so that families of injured soldiers can stay for free while their loved ones are recovering. It’s a great organization, and 97 percent of the proceeds go directly to those who need it, rather than to advertising and administrative costs.

Fast forward to present day, and Abby is now planning to run the same marathon, but this time it will be her 10th race of that epic distance (wowzers!).The best part?  She’s still running for Fisher House and her husband will be running alongside her. Pretty sweet, if you ask me.

But what does this all have to do with Cinco de Mayo and getting your sweat on? I’m so glad you asked. This Saturday at 3pm, Abby and hubby will be hosting a charity ride at Flywheel and they want to see you there. Seriously, she’s one of the nicest people you can meet, so just go and get your daily dose of happiness.

But if that isn’t enough, there are some pretty sweet prizes being raffled off. Think Lululemon, NY Yoga, Erica Sara Designs and more. And I hear there’s going to be a sweet, rather tasty refreshment after the ride…

Anyway, if you’re interested in getting your sweat on with Abby, myself and a ton of other really awesome people, come to Flywheel on Saturday at 3pm. The proceeds go directly to Abby’s fundraising efforts for Fisher House Foundation (DOUBLE CHECK) and bikes are going fast, so nab one here before they’re gone. And if you do decide to go after reading this, make sure you say hi! I love meeting new readers. Who knows, maybe we’ll all go sip on a margarita (or two) after.

Ole!