Will Run For…? & so many good S things

so i totallllly almost had a trifecta going on this week, as i was halfway through a post yesterday and just couldn’t get the thing done before quittin’ time…and then i went running last night in the warm December dark, ended the run at the bar, and the night got away from me after that…

because SHOCK TOP and shenanigans and sushi and sleep all happened. because so many good things start with S. and that reminds me of this:

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this is one of those images i keep in my phone for, um, every reason. also because “Shawna” clearly belongs on that list. and srunning. and swine. but not the oink kind, the (s)wine kind. right, you so get me.

so, let’s talk workouts. i’ve had two great runs so far this week: one on Monday morning to start December 1st off wonderfully (y’all saw that pic), and another last night after work. i’m loving the fact that it was 45 degrees at 6pm in December — makes running outside so much better. thankfully, the Hudson River bike/running path is fairly well-lit, so running in the dark isn’t an issue here.

wanna know something runnerd cool? i banged out this run with the exact same pace as Monday’s. that funny coincidence made me really happy. it’s the little things.

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please notice alllll the fun things going on in this collage, as it’s basically a documentation of happiness for me:

*my 2nd 8:18 pace this week (i like that they’re consistent, and i like that i’m running at this pace!)

*my new runhappy outfit: i was teased for looking like i was channeling a 90s fitness video in this getup, which makes me love it even more. that Bula headband is one of my fave accessories i’ve ever purchased (i’m a sucker for a good headband), and i’m totally loving this Women’s Cold Weather New Balance Hoodie i just got last week. it’s currently on sale for $17 (!!!), so if you’re in the market for some great workout clothes, i def suggest popping over to that site. that hoodie is perfect for both running and lounging: it’s soft, dry-wick, super comfy, and the perfect length and fun color. win win win. and even more of a win if you pair it with bright blue geometric patterned capris. promise. 🙂

*proof that “will run for wine” is actually a thing. and proof that i have the best friend, who refused to take “i have to go running” as an excuse to not meet them at the bar:

photoso that completely happened: almost 7 miles later, my 90s gym-clothes-clad self made it to the bar, where my amazing friend had a drink ready for me and i didn’t have to choose between running and a social life because a girl really can have it all.

and despite my exhaustion this morning, i forced myself up and out of bed and made it to the gym just after 6am for an hour of strength, plyo and abs, featuring these lovely babies:

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i’m so sosososo stoked that my building gym finally got kettlebells! (medicine balls, too, but those didn’t factor into today’s workout.) i’ve been praying for this day to arrive. i will be putting these guys to good use on the regular.

i’m psyched i got a good workout in this morning as tonight is our annual work holiday party, which i planned and help work (but of course get to enjoy as well), followed directly by The 1975 concert with my do-all-the-things friend who has wine waiting for me after i run (wildeyes.gypsyskies — you best be following us on Instagram!), so i knew i needed to nail that workout to prep me for a long and busy and fun day/night ahead! bam.

hope everyone is loving life today! xo

Finish the sentence: “I will run for ________.”
Kettlebells: yay or nay?
Tell me a reason one of your best friends is the best friend!

Whatta weekend (& lots of randomness)

Is there anything as magical as Autumn in NY? Seriously, September and October have been flawless gifts from the kindest God who decided we NYC dwellers deserved an amazing, Indian Summer Autumn before the chill sets in. I can’t get enough of these dazzling days.

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There’ve been a lot of happy things in my life this past week:

surprise marathon flowers

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a "feeling good" paced run along the river only 6 days after my marathon (woot!)

a “feeling good” paced run along the river only 6 days after my marathon (woot!)

several awesome strength training/boot camp sessions that left me just the right kind of sore and made me thankful I can push myself harder in this area again now that the marathon is behind me…

because I love me some good wall ball throw/squats

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and am crazy about these lil munchkins. Except my gyms totally missed the memo on investing in the neon versions. Rest assured that when I open my own gym one day, these babies will be on full display:

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That’s a gym gear crush right there.

In non-workout nerd news, I went to a couple of fantastic spots in Midtown on Saturday night. The first was Kimpton’s Ink 48 Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, a short little strut away from my apartment, which I totally dig. Dinner and drinks at Print., a fabulous, classy farm-to-table restaurant in the hotel, was an absolutely amazing way to start the evening.

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I highly recommend the kale salad and the seared branzino — delicious. And the sparkling rose was perfect.

A trip to the hotel’s incredible rooftop lounge, Press, ensued after dinner. This spot is undoubtedly one of my favorites in the city, both for atmosphere and view. It’s sophisticated and classy without being pretentious; it’s intimate and not party-rooftop sceney (at least the few times I’ve gone); it offers breath-taking views of both the Hudson River/Jersey skyline and of Manhattan. It’s an amazing spot for a date, a birthday shindig, or just a girls’ night out. I’m such a fan.

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Sunday consisted of an eclectic array of activities that kept me going all day long: a wonderful service at Hillsong NYC (with guest pastor Casey Treat from a mega church in Seattle), bopping around SoHo and Nolita and falling in love with that lower east side area all over again in the sunshine, some studying at a coffee shop, and an end-of-the-weekend paper-writing session. Busy girls are happy girls…isn’t that how it goes? Or maybe that’s just my phone cover talking…

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Right now, I’m currently very busy counting down the minutes til I can speedwalk my way back to SoHo after work and get my hands on these sweet digs that I’ve seriously been dreaming of all weekend, since seeing them in Burton’s display window on Friday afternoon:

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Must. have. immediately.

Questions, friends!
Best part of your weekend?
Something you’re dying to add to your wardrobe?