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.

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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!

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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). 🙂

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.

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mmmm-mmmm.

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

What I Love Wednesday (on Thursday)

Welp, certainly am a bit behind on my days this week. I actually thought yesterday was Thursday for a bit, until a co-worker knocked me off that daydream. My WILW post will be making a late entrance this week.

1. 44 & X. Um…this restaurant is fabulous. I really can’t believe I’ve lived a stone’s throw away from this place for almost two years and only set foot inside for the first time last night. It was classy, in a white-washed, upholstered bar stools, shabby-chic sort of way, and the food was phenomenal. They affectionately call themselves “a little bit of Heaven in Hell’s Kitchen,” with the staff even wearing shirts that say “Heaven” on the front and “Hell” on back (of course I am on a mission to get myself one), and they’re totally accurate. This place does everything right.

Cucumber Vodka deliciousness

Cucumber Vodka deliciousness

Mediterranean Chopped Salad & Lobster Taco

Mediterranean Chopped Salad & Lobster Taco

There was a halibut involved too, which was heavenly, but sadly went unphotographed. I think the salad was my favorite, but all three dishes were pretty perfect. I can’t wait to return…and often.

2. My strength sessions. I was pretty bummed about straining my calf last weekend and went easy on the running this week, only completing a 6-miler and a 4-miler so far (and hoping for a solid long run on Saturday at home = hills, here I come!). However, I found myself craving my strength & interval workouts even more this week, and had two really killer sessions with my trainer at the industrial, basic-but-efficient Mid-City Gym. Kettlebells and TRX really get my blood going, and I love feeling strong. It’s also a good mental shift for me, to keep me from getting too focused on thinking I have to be a crazy runner to be getting an amazing workout.

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gym dork.

post picking-things-up-and-putting-them-down.

3. Motivational fruit. I think ordinary things in life should always come with little notes. Well played, Chiquita. Well played. I also agree with this assertion — bananas are my post-workout fuel choice without fail.

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4. Skuttlebutt wine. So I’ve yet to try this line of wines, but I was instantly captivated by its adorably quirky name — which got even better after I read the definition. I thought maybe it was a silly nickname for someone (or maybe a dance move? jkjk). The website tells you just why this word was chosen, and what its origins mean:

“The word skuttlebutt has its origin in the antiquated, nautical term for the source of drinking water on sea-going vessels. It has evolved into the colloquial term for gossip, rumour and idle chatter. This transformation can be explained by the very nature of social gatherings. Crowding around the skuttlebutt to obtain a drink of water was part of everyday life and the opportunity for idle chatter amongst the crew was the inevitable outcome and so the word became synonymous.”

Well, that’s pretty darn perfect for a wine. And yes, I will absolutely choose things in my life based on words, a hundo p. I walked by a wine store last week and saw this bottle in the window, and I had to stop and snap a pic to remind myself to snag a bottle of this Shiraz-Merlot-Sangiovese rosé blend asap:

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5. Quest bars. What a find. I just tried them for the first time this week, and I already ordered a 12-pack sampler of the all-natural line from their site. I mean, these nutritional facts are tough to beat, and they’re rated as one of the healthiest protein and granola bars on the market.

quest

So far, I’ve tried the Cinnamon Roll (all-natural line), the Coconut Cashew (all-natural line), and the Chocolate Brownie (original line), and I liked them in that order. I’m a huge fan of anything “Autumn-flavored,” like cinnamon and nutmeg and appley and pumpkiny…you get the picture. I pretty much knew I’d like the Cinnamon Roll the best before I tried them. They’re definitely dense and chewy and are somewhat like a more flavorful, less tough, overall more enjoyable PowerBar, with way better nutritional facts. They certainly keep me full for hours — I had one for breakfast and lunch today. Big fan. 🙂

Questions: What was something great about your week? What’s your favorite granola/protein bar?