Half Marathon & Updates

Hi All!  Wow, it feels like it’s been so long since I’ve written a post.  Last weekend the day finally came… I ran my half marathon!  I was so nervous the week before because my training schedule was really sporadic.  Between winter and busy weekends I really didn’t run as much as I wanted to.  I didn’t feel very prepared and set a very loose goal for myself of 2:30.

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The marathon was about an hour south from me and started at 8:30 am.  Luckily, we had great weather.  I was so nervous before we started, I must have went to the bathroom a million times haha.   The adrenaline definitely kicked in right as we started…

The run itself started out great; I felt good and was able to pace myself and breathe right.  It was so nice running with the ocean view and not to mention all of the large beach houses. Around mile 9 the pain started kicking in.  My back and hip both started hurting.  I pushed through it and did walk a little bit.  It was hard, like really hard, but I tried to run almost all of it and ended up finishing about a minute before my goal.   I think running 13.1 miles is one of the toughest things I’ve accomplished.

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Over 4,000 people registered

After it was over it was a huuuuuge weight lifted off my shoulders.  Months of mentally (and physically) preparing was finally done.  Before running it, I thought I might want to sign up for more, but after actually doing it I’m not so sure.   After the run was over, I was ready to celebrate… Don’t judge me. 😉

Yes, burgers and beer!  We went to lunch and scarfed down.  Then I went home to sleep… I was so tired and definitely had a weird limp going on after.   The rest of the weekend I really just spent relaxing and eating!

Later that week, Brian and I ended up going to a Yankees game!  My boss got free tickets from one of our vendors and luckily we were both able to attend.

Again, we got lucky with some really nice weather!  Dare I say summer is almost here? Even though the Yankees lost, we still had a fun night and got to enjoy the game from pretty good seats.

I hope everyone is having a good week!  We are getting ready to prepare for our trip to Chicago, which I will be writing about of course. 🙂

Wine Weekend!

Did everyone have a good weekend?  Mine was excellent!  A perfect combination of being productive and also relaxing.

Saturday morning I woke up early to get one last long run in before my half marathon this weekend.  Sadly, it was raining outside so I was forced to run indoors on the treadmill.  I used to really like running on a treadmill (to keep my pace), but since I’ve been training I enjoy the outdoors more.  Send me your positive vibes for the run this weekend, I’ll need it.

After my run, Brian and I decided to go to Brotherhood winery, America’s oldest winery!  We normally go to breweries and wanted to mix it up a bit.

 

We got there around 3pm as the rain was ending and signed up to do a tasting and tour.   For only $10 you get a full tour and five sample tasting.  Great deal right?  While we waited for the tour to start we explored for a bit.  This winery is gorgeous and has a full tasting room, chapel, gift shop, cafe, outdoor space for weddings, and a mansion also used for weddings.

The tour itself was about an hour long and went underground through the old cellars.  Our tour guide was so funny and sweet.  She kept saying how she drinks every day, maybe that’s the secret to staying young! 😉

This is considered the oldest winery because it stayed open during the prohibition.  The catholic church needed to get their wine from somewhere!

We ended up sampling three whites and two reds…. The reds were my favorite!  If you like sweet wines (I don’t) then you will definitely like this winery.

After the winery we decided to get sushi for dinner.  You’re probably thinking sushi and wine?  Yes I know they don’t normally pair well together, but Brian and I always talk about how we’ve never gone to sushi together so we finally decided to go.

We went to Okaeri, which is right near his house and got good reviews.  I actually don’t like sushi, but I do LOVE veggie rolls.  In addition to sushi, they also had a huge menu of chicken and beef items for people like me who don’t want seafood.  I ordered the veggie roll and sweet potato roll… both were delicious!  And a beer of course. 🙂

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Sunday morning we woke up and went for a 4 mile walk on a trail near his house.  We worked up an appetite to go to this new bakery, Dottie’s.  This bakery is heavenly- they have a unique assortment of sandwiches, salads, breakfast items, and desserts.

I ordered the curry chicken sandwich which was paired on this home made cranberry bread.  It seems like an odd combination, but it was super tasty.  We couldn’t leave the bakery without sharing a few cookies too!

After lunch we just relaxed and ran errands! Here is Brian’s dog, Riley, trying to give me a kiss!

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I hope everyone had a fun and productive weekend!  Before I end this, I just wanted to show you guys the little plant I’m growing!  My co worker gave me this little poppy a few weeks ago.  I’ve been watering it and watching it (quickly) grow… Haha I feel like it’s my baby! In a few weeks I will transfer it to a larger pot.  I can’t wait to actually see some flowers on here!

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Weekend update

Hi friends! How was everyone’s weekend?

Mine was busy, busy, and busy! This was the type of weekend that went by way too quickly (don’t they all ;))

Lets rewind to Friday. Normally I just relax at home after work, but this Friday I met up with my friends Lisa & Laura in Hoboken. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Hoboken, NJ is right across the Hudson from Manhattan. It’s just a quick train ride from the city. We needed up eating at this restaurant called Blue Eyes, which is this cute little Italian spot right on the water. It has a nice intimate ambiance and great views of the Manhattan skyline.

We got there right as the sun was setting, look at that view of the Empire State Building!

We ended up sharing a bottle of Pinot noir and each getting our own pizza. We must have been starving because we finished the majority of it. My pizza came with broccoli rabe, sausage, and mozzarella. We were too full for dessert but Laura and I ordered espresso and Lisa ordered Nutella cappuccino.. She let us steal and few sips and it was tasty!

 

Saturday mornings I usually wake up pretty early so I can meet up with Lisa to go running. We are running our first half marathon in April (separate blog post later) and like to do our long runs Saturday mornings.  My intention was to run but I just got so distracted and time got away from me. In the morning I laid in bed and drank coffee.. I don’t know what it is about laying in bed and drinking coffee, but it’s so relaxing to me. I’m always on the go, so Saturday mornings is my time to unwind.

After relaxing with my coffee and writing my last blog post I decided to do a face mask and then do a quick p90x workout to burn off last nights dinner! I never really do face masks but my friend gave me a skin brightening one as a gift, my skin did feel a tad bit brighter afterwards! Sometimes when I’m short on time (or don’t feel like working out) I’ll pop in a Jillian Michaels or P90x dvd and do a workout at home. Something is better than nothing!

Yes I got the mask all over my shirt 😦

After working out and showering, I got ready to head to Brian’s house for the rest of the weekend. We actually bought kayaks online because they were on sale and needed to go pick them up.

These are the ones we got (photo taken from Dicks sporting goods website.)

I ordered a roof rack but we were limited on time and unsure about putting it together so we rented a Uhaul to go pick them up instead.

That thing had some power to it!

After finally getting the kayaks home we relaxed and watched an episode of jeopardy. Yes we are major nerds and love that show! Brian also had made me a cake in the morning so I had a piece of that. Cake you say? Well he had lost a bet and that’s what the wager was! Mmmm chocolate Nutella :p  The cake itself was really moist, but the frosting was a tad on the sweet side and I couldn’t really taste the Nutella flavor.  I give him an A for effort though!

Later on in the night we ended up going to our friends house to watch the UFC fight. I didn’t take any pictures because I was pretty much falling asleep on their couch. The fights didn’t even start until 10pm! I did manage to stay awake and the fights were pretty good, did any one watch them?

 

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My shameless car selfie on the way to watch the fights.  My mascara was on point! 🙂

Sunday morning we slept in and then had coffee and breakfast. We baked eggs inside avocados and ate them with wheat English muffins, they were healthy and delicious.  It took some work, but I got Brian hooked on my coffee in bed tradition.

Don’t let Riley’s cute face fool you, he’s a trouble maker!

In the afternoon we met up with a few friends and went to Magnify brewing in Fairfield, NJ. We both like beer, and it was fun checking out this new place! I loved the decor and the beers were tasty, we split a few flights so I ended up being able to sample most of them.

After the brewery we just ate dinner with Brian’s family and hung out.. After that long weekend we fell asleep early!

What did you do over the weekend?

I hope everyone has a good day and enjoys this warm weather!

Boston

 

My first real weekend trip since living in the east coast was Boston, and it was almost a year and a half after I moved here.

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And no, I’m not counting a quick trip to Atlantic City with the girls as really traveling.   Believe it or not, it’s difficult to find people to travel with!  You’d think something as simple as two nights in Boston, only a 3 hour drive, would be easier to plan among friends but it’s not.  Surprisingly, travel is not a priority for everyone.

In June 2015 I met my boyfriend, Brian, and immediately declared how much I wanted to travel.  Luckily, he had the travel bug as well and two months later he took me to Boston for my 28th birthday.   Let me just say Boston is BEAUTIFUL!  So different than New York, it was like NYC’s classier older brother.  It had a level of cleanliness and sophistication that really surprised me.

We began the drive early Friday and got to Boston in the afternoon.  We stayed at one of those weekend rentals in the middle of Copley square.  It was a prime location and we were able to walk pretty much everywhere!

We started exploring and ended up at the Boston Public Garden, which is absolutely beautiful.

 

We saw Acorn Street (how cool are those cobblestones though?) and the famous Cheers Bar…

 

I highly recommend going to the infamous Fenway Park.  Even if you don’t see a game, it’s a must to tour the park!

Of course, we had to explore and see the freedom trail!  It’s a total of a 3 mile walk but I think we only followed it for about a mile.

Downtown Boston is a really fun area and has a great night life.  There were street performers, tons of people walking around, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.   If you like seafood, stop by Ye Old Oyster House.  It’s the oldest restaurant in Boston!  After dinner, we stopped by Ghirardelli to share an ice cream sundae.

My boyfriend and I both love beer, so we knew we had to do at least one beer tour.  Sam Adams is the one that everyone knows about, but we decided to take a different route and go with Harpoon.  We were not let down!  This tour was fantastic.  It was only $5 and you not only get a tour of the facility, but you get several samples.  It’s vacation, time to let loose and have a brewski. 🙂  After the tour we sat at the bar and tried the UFO sampler, they really do have great beer.

We did so much in just two days!  On our last day, we needed to be super tourist-y and go on the Duck Tours.  This was fun, but it was more for little kids.  For those of you who don’t know, Duck tours are half land half water tours.  If you’ve traveled anywhere, you’ve probably have seen a duck tours “car” driving around with tourists quacking.

 

If you want to get a good feel of the city, just walk around and explore! I like planning some things, but walking around and finding spontaneous things to do is also a must.   Boston is an amazing city full of history and I’d definitely love to go back one day soon (hopefully for my next birthday!)