Friday Five

Five Fab things from this past week:

1. Spring! okay, so it’s totally snowing and freezing here in NYC — happy Spring Equinox, east coast — but still, it’s SPRING and that’s wonderful! and my favorite poet writes about Spring, so that’s even wonderful-er.


2. workouts have been good and consistent, and i’m at total peace about forgoing the Queens 13.1 tomorrow. my leg is actually acting up again and has been really sore — the one that kept me from running the marathon last fall — so i know i shouldn’t push it anyway. not to mention, see #1 above. SNOW.

recap of this week’s workouts:

Sunday afternoon: 8mile windy run outside along the Hudson
Monday morning: 35-40 minutes on the Arc trainer, followed by a bit of upper body strength & abs
Tuesday night: 4.5ish (didn’t map it) mile run outside. cold & windy.
Wednesday night: easy 3 miles on the treadmill & abs
Thursday morning: hard hour+ of circuit training (what i call my personal boot camp) –>felt amazing and hard and i knew i’d be feeling that one.
Friday: woke up early this morning TOTALLY feeling yesterday’s workout. like, every single muscle in my legs was SO SORE that getting out of bed was a feat. i still pushed myself and was on the Arc trainer (with a coffee — my apt building rocks and has free coffee in the mornings) by 6am for 35 mins, followed by some upper body and abs. and then much-needed stretching. OUCH.


a-da-mo-853. Google Feud. (this is just a Google-laden post, eh?) as if you needed another time-waster, please enjoy. you’re welcome. (am i late to this game?? it’s become an epidemic at my office!)

4. Kiabacca. this bar/pizza joint just opened right by my apartment, so one of the girls and i went to check it out last night. it’s a super chill spot with both beer and wine on tap, and happy hour wine was $6, so that was a score. given the relaxed vibe and the fact that it’s a stone’s throw from where i live, i think it’s a good neighborhood fixture.

also digging the name: kiabacca, which they define on their site (and on their wall) as “a rare type of wood found only in the rainforest of St. Croix,” and also “that warm, positive feeling you get when you are sharing drinks amongst friends and lovers.” awww. that’s a nice concept around which to build a place. i’m fortunate that Hell’s Kitchen has so many cute little spots, with new options springing up all the time. i definitely dig my ‘hood.

kiaand yes that is what a kiabacca leaf looks like. don’t go getting any unfounded ideas about the sort of establishments at which i hang out, now. ūüėČ

5. giiiiirls. how i feel when people go on a first date and “fall in love.” Team Elsa all the way here.


happy weekend, my loves!! enjoy the beginning of Spring (and hope it’s warmer and less snowy wherever you are than it is in New York!).


Something fabulous from your week?
Anything good going on this wknd?

fun facts Friday (10/11)

1. i’m¬†tired of this capital letter business. on my former blog, which was really just a lot of my ramblings and poetry, i¬†boycotted capitals — because they just aren’t my style. i¬†brought them back here on RTA when i¬†was trying to be more professional(ish), i¬†suppose, but i¬†think i¬†might drop¬†’em again. i¬†so prefer a little i¬†to a big I. it started somewhere in high school, where i¬†first began really toying with the idea of my own poetic voice and writer’s persona, and i¬†realized i¬†wanted my poetry to be predominantly in lower case (with some caps stratetically¬†placed when necessary). maybe it comes from my strong affinity for e.e. cummings… or maybe i¬†was 14 and thought i was being unique and artsy. maybe both.


2. i’m¬†totally hooked on physical therapy. i¬†could see this becoming a new habit. i mean, it hurts so good, and my calves obviously need a lot of TLC. i’ve¬†gone twice this week, and i’m¬†loving it.¬†i¬†had no idea it’d be an hour’s worth of massage¬†and stretching¬†exercises and icing and that e-stem current thing they hook up to my calf…it’s fabulous. i¬†had a 7am session this morning and the hour and a half just flew by. is this normal? i¬†don’t even care. these running legs are tired and i’m¬†praying PT works wonders for me. not to mention, the therapists are really great. and fun. and cute. and good at what they do. and now i kinda wanna be one. sigh. story of my life.

3. what would this blog be without some fun workout apple humor?hardcoreapple

i¬†need more apple love up in here here — gotta represent. if you see any cute apple pix/references, please swing ’em my way! i’ll give you my email.

4. ¬†it’s probably safe to say that i¬†might¬†drink more water than the average person/army/ultramarathoner¬†stranded¬†in a desert. although i¬†wouldn’t quiiiiite¬†call it a phobia, i¬†definitely have a quasi-irrational fear of being anywhere, at any given time, without a (full) bottle of water. some girls store food in their purses for emergencies; i hoard water bottles. i have bottles and glasses strewn all around my room and desk. a girl has to drink!


this H2O obsession caused a funny moment last night¬†at dinner with my girlfriend at the fabulous West Village spot¬†Market Table¬†(one of my current faves, for every reason). after pounding about 7 glasses of water and keeping the bartender’s pitcher-arm active, he joked, “you could run a marathon tomorrow, all this water you’re drinking.” why, how ironic that you mention that, mr bartender…which of course i countered with, “actually, it’s Sunday.”

you never know when your obsessively healthy habits might be noticed (or get you a free drink). ūüôā

5. unexpected gifts are such a fun part of life. it’s so nice to have someone think of you and give you something you totally love and can’t live without. so when i received a whole box of these today from my great trainer, it became a very happy Friday indeed.



time to go pound some more water and count down the minutes til my train ride home upstate this afternoon. happy happy Friday, friends. ‚̧