Ups & (Sorta) Downs

this is still a WILW post, but with a twist: some of what i love, and some of what i don’t really love so much lately but am still powering through. work with me, mmmmkay?

i’m happy to report that i have refused to cave in and submit to the treadmill so far this year. apparently i’ve lived in NYC long enough to get over any fears (silly or warranted) of running the Hudson River path solo in the dark, because i’m feeling just fine about it these days. if i run before work, it’s dark; if i run after work, it’s dark. so, dark and cold are now my friends. ish. or at least, i’m beating them. boom.

some shots from last night’s chilllllllyyyy windy run:

Empire State from Chelsea Piers - always a view to be found

Empire State from Chelsea Piers – always a view to be found

lastnightruni can’t stop won’t stop with that headband. it’s so much fun and colorful and comfy and totally hides the fact that i don’t wash my hair very often if i straighten it (hi, if i’m putting in that much effort, it’s staying for dayyyyys). it was a short & sweet run that felt good (despite the wind on the way back) after a few longerish ones lately. oh, and it ended at the bar (how is this becoming a thing?!), where two of my girlfriends desperately needed my wit & charm & gym attire to round out their happy hour. (peach bubbly as post-run hydration, anyone?) and you know i made it home for The Voice, my fave show. i can’t stand my mom up for our running-text-commentary as we watch from two different cities. we’re both totally team Matt McAndrew all the way. and yes, i like to do allllll the things in one evening, thankyouverymuch.

Down: so, i found out this morning via email that i didn’t get chosen by lottery to run the 2015 NYC Half Marathon. i’m pretty bummed, because i had such a fantastic experience running it last year and i’ve been feeling so strong with the running lately, but i’m sort of not-tooooo-bummed, because the big annual gala i love to attend for Big Brothers Big Sisters happens to be the night before it this year, soooo…looks like the decision between dressing up and drinking champagne with thousands of people and going to bed early to run a long, fun race was made for me. even though i was trying to convince myself i could do both…kinda like that time i ran a full marathon and then went to a good friend’s wedding immediately after. that was fun.


October 2013: one of the best days of my life

so, i’m not super thrilled, but hey — there will be other races. and at least i get to buy a new party dress now.

Up: tonight, i’m fiiiiinallllyyyy doing something i’ve been wanting to do since it became a thing people could do in NYC. (get that?) a lovely girlfriend and i are going to see this spectacular wonder of a Broadway show:

eeeeeee i’m so excitedddddd! i’m not quite sure how i managed to not see it before now, but all that matters is that i will tonight. i adored the movie (and sobbed my eyes out), will never ever grow sick of “Falling Softly” (Taylor killed it on The Voice this week, too — so good!), and am a sucker for anything related to music & love & the love of music. i cannot wait for this.

Down: i’m having issues waking up to workout this week, even though i’m going to bed early enough. usually this isn’t a prob for me at all, but for some reason i just cannot get up when my phone sings to me at 5:30am (yep of course my alarm is a 1975 song) and need to go back to sleep til 7. at least my workouts aren’t suffering, as i’m still running or working out every evening, but still. it’s weird. maybe the night workouts are making me want to sleep in? anyway, let’s hope i break this soon.

Up: i’m doing great with the Christmas shopping and have most people done already! thank God for online shopping. some of my go-to sites this year, in case you’re still looking for ideas:

*for, like, anything: Amazon
*amazing stuff (and great deals) for your runner/fitness lover: Joe’s New Balance
*preppy/trendy/all-American & great quality, made affordable: J. Crew Factory
*designer quality & fab holiday sales (and the perks of an awesome friend offering me her discount): Ralph Lauren

these totally nailed it for me this year. shopping with my feet up and coffee/wine in hand is my idea of shopping.

& no more downs because i have to end on an UP, duh. because because.


Give me some ups & downs, or just ups, from your life lately!
How we all doing on Christmas shopping? Any sites saving you this year?
Who has seen Once? Thoughts?