What I Love Wednesday (10/30)

1. Something I love from today: A not-yet-too-chilly river run early in the morning before the sun came up…and realizing I don’t mind running in the dark as much as I’d anticipated. No kidnapping, no scary guys, no bears. Just me, a few other brave dark runners, and the gift of being able to watch a dark sky transform into a new day in the time it took me you to run off my sleepiness and begin anew with the dawn.

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We often forget that just awaking to another morning is a gift. And being able to run, or walk, or bike, or do yoga, or use our healthy bodies in ways to make us healthier…well, those are blessings indeed.

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2. Something that absolutely amazes me and of which I’m totally envious:

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Love the quote for sure, but toooootally envious of the craziness that this yoga chick can do. It’s amazing how so many of us stick with what we initially love and are good at (running, strength training), and don’t even try things that make us a bit nervous because we’re afraid we’ll totally suck (ah-hem, yoga). But at one point, we weren’t amazing at running or strength training either — we began at the bottom, and what made all the difference is that we stuck with it. And then we began kicking ass.

So basically what I’m saying is, I’m sure that if I start yoga, I’ll be able to do this in no time. Right. No sweat. But at least I can match my mat to my pants like she does, sooooo…we’re pretty much equals.

3. Something I’m looking forward to this week: Halloween party tomorrow night at my friends’ apartment! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big fan of dressing up, and I think I’ve had some pretty decent costumes in the past. The only problem is that I always wait til the last minute to determine my plans/costume, so I’ll be scrambling tonight and tomorrow to figure out what to wear. I’m dancing around a few ideas right now, so we shall see. I love me some dress-up holidays!

Apparently so does ProCompression, as they have a limited-edition Halloween compression sock available right now. Entirely appropo and I love to see fitness companies having some fun with their products! Just not sure how often I’d wear these babies the rest of the year…like, every day that isn’t in October. Still, they’re cute and festive and fun and the spider isn’t even a scary one, so that’s a plus.

 

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4. A food I’m liking this week: Quest bar’s Double Chocolate Chunk flavor (all-natural line). I feel like this flavor must be new, but if not, then it’s just new to me. It’s a good one. Not Cinnamon Roll good, but good. It has chunks of bittersweet chocolate in it, which is a nice addition to the chewy texture of these lil guys. And as always, can’t beat the protein (20 grams per 160 cals!).

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And finally…

5. Some inspiration. And words to live by. And a “To Do” list for the rest of the week. And every day. For the rest of our lives.

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Questions, friends! Tell me tell me:

What’s good in your life this week??
Halloween, yay or nay? Costumes?

 

 

 

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I went to Harlem and I sort of cooked.

TGIF! It’s starting to cool down here in NYC — September certainly seems to have gotten that memo — which has made for some beauteous morning runs this week. My legs are unfortunately still a bit sore (grrr) but the absence of humidity makes everything easier and I’m lovin’ these 60degree mornings.

photoYesterday’s run felt pretty good, but the one thing I’m realizing is that I think I’m coming out of the gate too quickly. I suppose it’s fine for my short runs but I definitely won’t be able to sustain this pace for a longer run, and I’m getting worried I might be tiring myself out. I think I’ll plan to slow it down a bit tomorrow on my longer run and see how I feel. My splits certainly attest to the fact that I think I’m running a one-mile race against myself or something when I start out, and then my body tries to recalibrate and hold me in check. Calm it down, girl. Nobody’s watching, and those cyclists will always hate runners be faster.

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I’ve been having a Quest Bar for breakfast almost every day lately, and I’m totally digging them. They keep me full for hours and I ordered their 12-pack of the All-Natural line as a way to try a bunch of flavors. I had the Chocolate Peanut butter this morning and liked it, but the Cinn Roll is totally holding strong as the front runner. Pretty sure that guy won’t be usurped. I have a longstanding habit of playing favorites and this is no exception.

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So last night I trekked up to Harlem after work to check out two hot spots: Red Rooster and a friend’s new sweet apartment (with his own backyard — totally clutch in NYC).

So Red Rooster — what a cool spot. You get off the 2-3 train and basically trip into the place, and it’s this fabulous neighborhood icon designed with the vision of embodying the heart and soul of Harlem’s culture and history. It has this true Americana feeling and eclectic Southern-style decor, and the place was hopping by 6pm. I only stayed for one glass of wine and didn’t try the food, but I want to return sometime to check out their jazz nights.

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The highlight for me was when this old black gentleman sat down next to me at the bar in a spiffy suit with little circle wire-rimmed glasses, sporting a red bow tie and a shiny cane, and calling everyone who worked there by name. He was obviously a regular and was in his glory, as though he ran the place and couldn’t imagine being more content anywhere else. I wanted to hug him but settled for just staring at home the whole time and hoping he’d want to be my friend. His presence there just solidified how cool this spot is.

So then we checked out my friend’s apartment (which gives a whole new meaning to the term “one-bedroom in NYC” — seriously, you get way more bang for your buck in Harlem) and I tried to remember how to cook. Okay, so I  cut up tomatoes and avocado and manned the Pandora with wine in hand while he grilled. Either way, we ended up with some pretty amazing fish tacos which we were able to enjoy outside on his patio. Success.

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I can’t say I’m ready to make the move to Harlem but having a huge apartment with an outdoor space is such a precious commodity in this city. I guess the next best thing to having it yourself is having generous friends who will let you invade at will.

On a fitness note: I’ve been thinking lately that I need to give yoga a whirl (like I haven’t been saying this for the past 5 years), mainly because all the muscles in my legs are so tight these days that sitting Indian-style is about as comfortable as getting my eyebrows threaded. The only problem is that when I try to motivate myself by looking at pretty yoga posing women, all I can think is “There’s no way in H my hips will move like that” and “I really love her tattoo.”

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So now I’m about as intereted in doing yoga as I am in getting a tattoo…but at least that’s a start in the right direction.

Hope your weekends start off wonderfully, loves! xoxo

Question: Do you do yoga? Do you have tattoos? Should I do both? 🙂