lake living: running & romping

hi friends! happy Monday. hope you all had lovely weekends.

i know i did! on this first weekend of completely wonderful Spring weather, this was my beautiful view for the weekend:

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not so bad. definitely looking forward to a looooot of this this Spring and Summer. thanks, parents.

i had some great 5-6 milers upstate this weekend. although it’s hilly no matter where i run from my parents’ house, i always love running in the country. i had a great 6-miler (stopped my app too soon, but finished just over 6) on Saturday:

photo 1splits were a bit slower to accommodate for the hills, but i’m not worried about it. to be expected, and i entirely enjoyed this run.

i managed to get in plenty of good cuddle seshes/yard romps with the Quinners this weekend as well:

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she’s one of the best things in my life right now. i can’t even take how obsessed i am with this girl. i helped Ryan give her a bath on Saturday, which was hilarious.  and then i encouraged her to roll around on the lawn pretty shortly after.

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that’s a real connection right there. i think we “get” each other because we are both such big goofballs at heart. 🙂

the weekend also included a fun night of dancing with some of the salsa crew, at what might be the sketchiest bar i’ve ever been to in my life. but hey, it’s the people who make the place, right? unless you have laser beams. then it’s definitely those.

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i’m always a bit bummed to leave home after a fabulous weekend, but i’m thankful i have such a great city and life to return to in the Big Apple. i woke up ready to start my Monday with another warm (but breezy) river run:

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photo 2my legs felt a bit sluggish but i was happy with this run, and it was an absolutely gorgeous morning. i’m so, so thrilled to be able to run in just tank tops outside again!

i also passed a really colorful, conspicuously cool art work structure on the running path south of Chelsea Piers:

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i honestly have no idea what it is and didn’t stop to read the little art sign (bad, i know), but it’s clearly a memorial of some sort because the whole structure is covered with lists of people’s names. i’ll have to pay closer attention next time. at first glance, i was just struck by the massive size and vibrant splashes of color it added to the river path. i love this about NYC, how exhibitions and pieces will pop up all over the place and catch you off guard. this is a city of surprises.

so it’s safe to say that i’m having a wonderful Monday, still riding on the coattails of a beautiful, fabulous weekend. i also just had my favorite lunch ever: Whole Foods salad bars. seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that for me. the Whole Foods in TriBeCa is a short walk from my office, so one of my friends and i love to make it our warm-weather lunch jaunt.

Photoi know i don’t post a whole lot about my food consumption, which is rare in the “healthy living” blog community, but i just don’t see it as a necessary focus for my blog. i generally eat really healthy 99% of the time, so i’m pretty sure that lots of pictures of salads, fruit & cottage cheese, and roasted Brussels sprouts won’t make anyone’s day. just sayin’.

this amazing lunch was a mixture of arugula, baked falafel, purple cauliflower, sweet potatoes, a little tabouleh and a little plain baked chicken. everything was delicious and i ate every last bite.

hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week, friends! this is a short week for me, as we have Good Friday off and i head back home on Thursday night. stoked for that!

Questions:
Weekend highlights? Did you get outside and do anything fun?
What’s your fave lunch option?

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