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Happy Tuesday, friends!

It’s gorgeous this week in NYC – I think 63 degree mornings are a runner’s idea of heaven at this time of year.

This morning I ran 8 miles, including a great set of mile repeats – probably the best this training cycle!

I’m definitely attributing part of how I’m feeling to last week’s cut-back in mileage. Here’s how it went down:

  • Monday: XT: 35 minutes spinning, 25 minutes elliptical, lifting, corework, stretching
  • Tuesday: 7.25 miles easy
  • Wednesday: 8.6 miles easy
  • Thursday: 7.3 miles (4 @ tempo pace)
  • Friday: XT: 28 minutes spinning, 30 minutes elliptical, lifting, corework, stretching
  • Saturday: 16 miles
  • Sunday: 6 miles very easy; 45 minutes easy yoga

Total: 45.15 miles

So really I just substituted an easy running day for a cross training day on Friday, but I could totally tell the difference during Saturday’s long run and know my legs definitely appreciated the break. So hooray for cutback weeks!

Confession: too many of my meals lately have been eaten at my desk, in front of my computer, at work.

I’ve been super busy, and eating while working is pretty much the norm. Sometimes the “work hard, play hard” mentality that rules the professional world in NYC can get to me.

Ok, for me maybe it’s more “work hard, work harder” as I’ve yet to master the whole “playing” thing. But in a city that’s always go go go, sometimes I feel like I’m not really cut out to handle it. Or like my head is going to explode.

I don’t really talk about my job that much on the blog, but let’s just say working at a New York PR firm is like nothing else. And I’m not going to lie, sometimes it makes me a hot, stressed out mess.

But ramblings aside, what makes it all worthwhile is the great people I work with.

And because we all deserved a break, we went out to Blue Smoke for a celebratory dinner.

Blue Smoke is all about BBQ and Southern cooking. It’s not my favorite cuisine, but when in Rome…

Eat fried things…

There is literally “fried bread” on the menu. The nutritionist in me was a little horrified. 🙂

We split a bunch of appetizers, and I had the veggie burger with quinoa, lentils and a tomato chutney with an arugula salad for my entree

It was delicious.

Even though it was only for an evening, taking some time to slow down and enjoy the company of my colleagues (and friends!) outside of the office was a great start to the week.

Back to the grind today!

Question: Tell me about your job – do you work long hours? What’s your schedule like? And/or, how often do you take cutback weeks?

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Saturday’s long run was one of those runs that I think can be defined as being “banged out.” There was no high point or low point, but pretty consistent splits throughout and I felt strong.

I ran my usual Central Park/Riverside Park loops, and even though it’s familiar to me and I love it, I am getting a little sick of its predictability. Sometimes running feels easier when I have no idea where I’m going or exploring a new place. Good thing next weekend’s long run will take place in the Bronx!

When I got home, I did the usual stretching, refueling: fresh peach, grapes, walnuts and honey over Greek yogurt

And ice bathing:

Since I’m far too cheap to buy bags of ice each week, I usually just fill the tub with cold water and ice from about 5 trays that I have.  It melts a little quicker, but I think it still does the trick. My legs felt a lot less sore all day and I was able to walk around NYC like a fully functional human being.

Recently, Meggie and I discovered our mutual love for gymnastics. We were both gymnasts for many years and keep up on the sport as much as we can, so we made grand plans to watch the national championships at my apartment on Saturday night.

But first…

We needed to get our 16 Handles fix. Obviously.

It was awesome to hang with someone that “got” gymnastics, and just watching it on TV brought back tons of old memories.

On my recovery run this morning, I was still thinking about the competition and how gymnastics was once a HUGE part of my life.

I never thought I would love any sport as much as I loved gymnastics.

I also thought I’d always be able to do a round-off, back handspring, double-full. HA.

But gymnastics isn’t a sport you can do forever. It basically beats the crap out of you.

It’s funny how cough eleven cough years can change things. Even though the sport taught me a lot and I have (mostly) great memories from it, sometimes I forget I ever was a gymnast.

And interestingly, sometimes it feels like I’ve always been a runner, and I can’t imagine loving a sport any more than I love running.

It’s a different kind of love, though. With gymnastics, I was good. My goal was always to be perfect and win. And I did. Part of my love for the sport came from the medals, trophies and success I had.

With running, I’m pretty sure I’ll never win. Or come close to winning. In fact, the only person that probably cares that I run at all is me.

And I kind of love that. I can run for enjoyment, I can run to PR in a race, I can train hard for a marathon.  I can run for whatever the hell reason I want. And I usually always want to run.

So even though running is something I’ll never technically “excel” at, it makes me feel awesome every day. And if winning against myself counts, then I do it multiple times per week 🙂

Question: Is running your first sport? Why do you run?

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Happy Thursday, friends!

This week my running has been either one extreme or the other. On Tuesday I could not for the life of me get in one speedy mile and bagged a planned speed workout. Even though it was just one run, I immediately started thinking negatively:

OMG, am I burnt out already? Am I running too many miles too soon in training? Am I on the brink of injury?

Bahh. Sometimes I cannot stop this annoying voice in my head. It was still going on Wednesday morning when I set out to meet Megan, Lindsay and Ali (part of the sweat squad!) for a run. I was totally worried I’d be unable to keep up with them and feel like a big wuss.

I dressed in confidence-building gear (my favorite new I ❤ sweat running shirt from Ali’s fundraiser last week!)

I do heart sweat.

And set out for a three mile warm-up before meeting the gals. Once we started running together I finally found a grove and settled into the comfortable pace we set. My legs came alive as we chatted away the miles, and by the time I headed home I was hitting a sub-8:00 minute/mile pace and felt fabulous.

The power of running buddies never ceases to amaze me, and I honestly don’t think I would have had a great run had it not been for the sweat squad. Thanks, ladies!

I tried to continue the momentum into this morning with some tempo miles, and was kind of all over the place with pace:

  • 3 mile warm-up
  • 1 mile @ half marathon pace
  • 1 mile @ 10K pace
  • 2 miles @ marathon pace
Total: 7.3 miles, 8:30/mile average pace. Not exactly where I want to be, but it’s good enough for today.

Breakfast – cinnamon raisin sprouted grain toast, peanut butter, cream cheese and berries

Why I have not tried cream cheese on toast before is beyond me. Delish.

Hopefully I’ve squashed whatever rut I was potentially falling into, but just to be sure, I’m tweaking my training plan a tiny bit more. In addition to implementing cutback weeks, I’ve signed up for a few half marathons in the next couple of months.

Even though I’m not going to be racing them (DO YOU HEAR THAT KELLY? YOU ARE NOT RACING THEM. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT), I love the atmosphere of races and want to change up my long run routes a bit. I think it’ll help break up the monotony of training a too.

First up – the Bronx Half next Sunday. I’m kind of excited to explore the borough, which I’ve only ever visited for Yankee games.

I have a weird track record with half marathons during marathon training, and always injure myself immediately after I run them (and then do not recover in time for the marathon I’m training for).

Case in point: after the Manhattan Half in January, I developed a gnarly case of Achilles tendonitis that plagued me until mid-April and prevented me from running the Eugene Marathon in May.

So not fun.

I repeat: I will not race the Bronx Half Marathon. I will run at my long run pace with a few marathon pace miles during the last half. Hold me accountable, readers. Gotta keep my eye on the prize!

Question: Do you race a lot during marathon training or other training cycles?

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It’s a rainy, rainy Sunday in NYC.

Even though I really love sun, sometimes a rainy day is just what I need to force me to relax.

But rewinding to Saturday, a.k.a. long run day. I was up even earlier than usual to bang out 18 miles before heading to New Jersey to see a few of my favorite people.

Confession: I’ve been wearing all black on my long runs because it makes me feel a kind of bad ass. And speedier.

My goal for this run was to not be as wiped as I was after last weekend’s 17 miler. I read a while back that Magdalena Lewy-Boulet started taking gels on every long run because she found they helped speed up her recovery and she could actually do things like play with her kids, run errands and feel like a functional human being during the day.

I’ve only taken Gatorade with me on all of my previous runs so far and usually save the gels for my 20 milers, but decided that Magda (an Olympic marathoner) probably knows a thing or two. So I grabbed a mint chocolate Gu (a new flavor for me – I’m partial to vanilla Power Gels) along with some watered down Gatorade to take on the road.


I took the Gu around mile 10 and a). it was delicious, b). it definitely gave me more energy during the last half of the run.

After getting the first couple of slower, junky miles out of my system, the run felt pretty good. I did notice a few niggles here and there, so I’m glad this coming week is a cut-back one!

Even though the Gu helped keep my energy up during the run, I was pretty pooped afterwards. But I had places to be – New Jersey, to be exact.

My friend Meghan (who got married last September), was having a baby shower for her sister Erin. I hadn’t seen either of them since the wedding and it was SO great to finally hang again.

And eat all of their food (kind of. But that tub of hummus was no match for me).

One of my favorite things about baby showers:

Cake. And pink things (Erin’s having a girl!).

It was refreshing to get out of the city and hang out at an actual house with a yard, a pool, a washer/dryer…

Meghan and I

Sometimes I forget how different Manhattan is from other areas. We have cabs, delivery of anything and everything, the best restaurants, culture and nightlife.

But forget owning your home, peace and quiet, having a backyard, driving a car or having an apartment that could even remotely be called “spacious.”

I guess there are always tradeoffs. Besides, I’m a disaster behind the wheel, get freaked out by total quiet and actually consider Central Park a pretty great backyard.

When I think of New York compared to other places, I’m always reminded of a quote from Sex and the City.

Miranda: Why do I think living in Manhattan is so fantastic?

Carrie: Because it is.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Question: City or suburbs? Why? And, any tips on how not to be totally wiped after long runs?

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Recently, Amazon.com got the best of me and I ordered a few new running books (because who ever buys just one thing when online shopping? Not this girl…).

I’ve been wanting to read RUN: The Mind Body Method of Running by Feel (by Matt Fitzgerald) for a long time – a lot of my running/blogging friends have found it to be pretty helpful towards their running and mindset.

I’m only 80 or so pages in, but am already digging what seem to be the overarching theme(s):

  • Running and training is extremely individualized (i.e., 100 miles/week works for some people, 50 works for others, etc.)
  • Runners can benefit from relying more on their intuition when deciding how far to run and how fast

It seems like a no brainer, but I for one am definitely someone who can get caught up in a training plan and set mileage or speedwork goals for the day or week. Sometimes I think it’s easier for me to ignore what my legs are trying to tell me and push until I’ve met whatever goal I have for the day.

Not that I think we shouldn’t push ourselves during workouts, but what I think Fitzgerald is trying to say is that sometimes our bodies intuitively know how fast or far they can go on a given day. We just need to hone in on that and listen to them more, and understand that deviating from a plan is ok.

Aside from the mumbo jumbo that may or may not be going around about “listening to our bodies,” I think he has a great point. When I set out for a run without any sort of pace in mind, I’m often surprised that my legs seem to get a little speedier as I go along and it doesn’t seem as hard as when I’m consciously trying to run at the same pace.

Has anyone else ever experienced this?

I’m definitely intrigued by this theory, so I decided to try it (somewhat) on this morning’s scheduled tempo run. Instead of following my plan exactly for four tempo miles, I’d run at whatever pace felt comfortably hard this morning.

Interesting… Usually I focus on 3-4 miles at a sub-8:00 min/mile pace, but on this run my legs were feeling a little beat up and there were a lot of hills in my route. I forced myself to not look at the Garmin so much, which was really hard! But I’m pleased with the run overall. I felt pretty strong during most of it, rather than wanting to die after my last tempo mile.

Not sure I’ll do this for every tempo run, but it was a good experiment!

Breakfast – Kashi Heart to Heart, strawberries, blueberries, almond milk

I’ll report back when I finish the rest of the book!

I’m excited to delve into the other one as well – Nancy Clark is a sports nutrition superstar and definitely someone I look up to (as in, I would like her career someday). I want to read this one before classes start in September to get me all excited for lots of nutrition-related studying.

Question: What are your thoughts on running by “intuition” rather than following a set plan? Do you/would you do it? Favorite running book you’ve read recently?

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Happy Tuesday!

Today was one of those mornings I wished I had a camera as I rounded the Central Park reservoir on the bridle path – the sky was a soft purply blue and the sunrise so perfect. 7.5 progression miles later, I’m still thinking about it.

From earlier this year:

Corny, but when my love for running isn’t enough to get me out of bed in the morning, the promise of seeing a great sunrise always does the trick.

Anyways, I’m really happy with my training last week and got in a lot of quality miles. Here are the deets:

  • Monday: 35 minutes spinning, 25 minutes elliptical; lifting
  • Tuesday: 2 miles w/u, 3×1 mile repeats (7:47, 7:37, 7:45) 3 miles cooldown (8 miles total)
    Wednesday: 8.65 miles
  • Thursday: 7.35 miles, 3 @ MP
  • Friday: 5.5 miles easy
  • Saturday: 17 miles, 5-ish miles @ MP
  • Sunday: 6 miles super easy

Total: 52.5 miles. This week I’ll bump up my long run to 18 miles and then scale it back the following week to 15-16 miles for a little break (heh, love that I’m already considering 16 miles a “break”. Oh, marathon training…).

When my mom was here last weekend, we talked a lot about food choices both at restaurants and while grocery shopping. See, she is making a huge effort to change her eating habits from a heavy cheese and red meat diet to one with more vegetables, lean meats and whole grains.

Sometimes I take for granted how much I know about nutrition, or at least forget that not everyone has been sitting in lectures and labs about nutrient structures, optimal carbohydrate/protein/fat ratios and vitamin/mineral absorption (etc., etc.) for the past bajillion few years.

My mom has no nutrition background, so for once it’s time for me to teach her a few things.

Since we’re basically starting from square one, here’s what we’ve done so far and how I’m going about it.

Slow and Steady
I think it’s important to implement change in patients like my mom gradually. Forcing them to give up everything they’re used to and totally overhaul their diets in one day is never something I would do.

Here are some of the small changes my mom is making now:

  • Cooking with lean ground turkey instead of red meat; limiting red meat to once per week
  • Limiting (but not removing) her cheese intake
  • Incorporating one additional serving of vegetables that her usual on most days
  • Drinking water instead of soda while at work (right, mom?)


  • Starting the day with a balanced breakfast – usually Kashi cereal, milk and a banana

My theory is that making changes is easier if you actually understand why you’re making them. So for each change she makes, I make sure to explain why. For example:

  • Cheese and red meat contain high amounts of saturated fat (in addition to lots of calories), and are likely one of the reasons why she has high cholesterol
  • Red meat may also be associated with a higher risk of some cancers (‘nuff said)
  • Vegetable intake is associated with a lower risk of some cancers, they pack tons of necessary vitamins and minerals and are low in calories


  • Soda is a pointless, nutrition-less beverage and I’m annoyed that it was ever invented (ok, I guess I’m a little opinionated on this one). Drinking lots of water flushes out toxins and keeps the body working properly
  • Eating a decent breakfast will help keep her satisfied until lunch and give her more energy at work. Kashi cereals pack good doses of fiber, which helps keep you full, and are low in sugar


Continuous Dialogue
My mom emails me what she eats on some days, and asks questions about cooking, recipes and her meals on a regular basis. This is important because it helps keep her nutrition goals top of mind, holds her accountable for food choices and decisions and I can give her feedback and answer her questions before she forgets them.

Since I want to make sure my mom keeps making progress, once she gets comfortable making the changes above we’ll revisit them and I’ll give her new goals. For example, eventually I’d like her to limit red meat intake to once per month (or even less) and branch out on the vegetables she eats.

I will also bother her until she does it strongly encourage her to start an exercise routine.

So far, so good (right, mom?). She’s a great patient, because in addition to wanting to make changes, she understands that it takes time to see and feel results. And she has me to help her stick with it 🙂

Now if only I could get her to quit smoking…

Question: Do you ever “teach” your parents anything? I love being able to help when I can, even if they don’t always listen (ahem, Dad with the never eating vegetables, ahem). I guess it’s payback time for my teen (uhh, and pre-teen) years…

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Happy Tuesday!

It’s a gorgeous morning in NYC, perfect for a confidence-building speed session on the reservoir (hooray!). But more about that in my next post.

Last week was also a great one running-wise – I cracked 50 miles for the first time this training cycle!

  • Monday: XT: 40 minutes spinning, 25 minutes elliptical, lifting and corework
  • Tuesday: 7.25 miles (3 @ tempo pace)
  • Wednesday: 8.05 easy miles
  • Thursday: 7.5 miles (3 @ MP)
  • Friday: 5.1 easy miles
  • Saturday: 16.05 miles
  • Sunday: 6.1 miles very easy

Total: 50.1 miles

So I’ve been thinking. A lot of my running friends ran track in high school, and/or kicked butt running in college. They’ve been runners for a whole lotta’ years, which sometimes makes me wish I had started running a bit earlier.

Instead I was busy doing this for ten years of my young life:

Sad to say, that’s about all the gymnastics I can do these days.

But back to running. I think everyone has a different reason or story about why they started running, and during one of my recent long runs I started to think of mine.

I parted ways with my gymnastics career when I went to college, and not having a sport to concentrate on was really strange at first. No, I didn’t replace gymnastics with running. But rather, ehm, partying? Boston is a fun place to go to school, that’s for sure. 🙂

I did go out for a random run here or there, but never more than 15 or 20 minutes at the most. It was something I enjoyed, but only as part of my exercise routine to help keep me in shape.

Fast forward a few years, and that all changed. I went through a pretty bad breakup that left me feeling really alone – all of a sudden something that had been such a big part of my life was gone. Gradually, I started running a little more. It made me feel good, and I still remember the huge boost I got when I ran 3 miles for the first time.

Pretty soon I woke up in the mornings not thinking of some douchebag him, but about how excited I was to get my run on. Not only did running give me something to focus on, but I loved it! Eventually I got up to 5 mile runs a few days per week around the Charles River, and thought I might like to try running in a race.

So I signed up for the Tufts 10K for Women in October 2004. I think it was the longest distance I had ever run, and I finished in about 56 minutes. The last part of the race was a little painful, but I was hooked! I liked this racing thing.

That summer, a friend of mine mentioned he was signing up for the BAA Half Marathon. “You should do it too!” he said.

At first, I was like, “thirteen miles?? There is no way I can ever run 13 miles. I don’t know if I even want to run that far!”

But I thought about it, and was intrigued. Enough so that I signed up for the race and started training for it. I ran 10 miles for the first time and still remember how euphoric I felt during the run, and how I got to explore different areas of Boston along the Charles that seemed so far away before. Running long was awesome!

So I ran my first half marathon in October 2005 and finished in 2:07:04, about 9:42/mile. And loved it, obviously.

A year later I moved to NYC, joined New York Road Runners, ran as many races as I could (42 to date, actually), got a bit speedier, and the rest is history.

After finishing the 2010 NYC Marathon

So I guess I’ve been running for about 7 years now, give or take a few months. And through these years, running has been my therapy, my savior, a source of joy, a source of disappointment, a social activity, and something that has taught me more about myself than any other activity or person could have ever done.

So that’s my story. Now you tell me – how/when/why did you start running?

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Last year, when training for the NYC Marathon, I remember my first 16 miler as being a huge step for me. It was a personal distance record, sounded really far (i.e., bragging rights: “I just ran 16 miles, yo”) and was only 10 miles short of the marathon distance.

I thought for the first time, “If I can run 16 that strong, then 26.2 is totally doable!”

16 miles is still one of my favorite distances, and I’m excited to be at the point in training when I get to crack it (and exceed it!). So I set out early on Saturday morning, which was a delightfully pleasant 75 degrees with low humidity at 6:00 a.m. – a picnic compared to last weekend’s slog fest.

I did my usual loop around Central Park and out to Riverside Park for another loop, and returned to CP to meet up with Ali for the last part of the run.

We chatted away the miles, and before I knew it the run was over (though I was totally tempted to keep going with Ali, who had an 18 miler on tap). We parted ways after taking a sweat-tastic photo.

I heat running with this lady!

I was pretty happy with my splits –  my goal for the run was to keep it fairly easy paced and hover around the 9:00 minute/mile range.


I usually do about half or a third of my long runs on the bridle path and the rest on the roads, and during the week I tend to stick to the bridle more often unless I’m tempo-ing. But a recent article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata (a runner who often writes about running. I heart her) debates whether running on soft surfaces is actually better for you.



According to Ms. Kolata, there are limited studies on actual runners and injury rate on soft surface vs. hard, and there’s no actual proof that soft surfaces can prevent injuries. Some can even cause them because of uneven surfaces increasing risk for things like rolled ankles or falls.

Still, I’m not completely sold. I’m pretty injury prone, and last year did a lot of my marathon training on the bridle and managed to stay healthy. I think that’s definitely worth something!

However, I do see the importance of running on the roads too – most races are on roads, so it’s important that our bodies are used to running on them. I guess like a lot of things, balance is key.

And of course, getting to the starting line healthy and in one piece.

On long run days I always crave pizza, and decided to make a super easy version with some whole wheat flatbread, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and tons of veggies.

It only took about 10 minutes in the oven – easiest dinner ever!


Of course it needed to be followed by 16 Handles

I promise there is froyo underneath the toppings and that I demolished every ounce of this massive creation.

Congrats to everyone who raced yesterday and good luck to everyone racing today!

Question: Hard surfaces, or soft? What’s your favorite distance to run?

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I was all ready to write about how exhausted I’ve been this week (which I guess is still kind of the case), but this morning’s run totally energized me. We had a big group this morning – Ali, Susan, Megan, Meggie, Maria and Tracy’s sister – and these ladies just invigorated me.

Pounding out the miles whilst chatting away, I forgot about the long week and overall fatigue I’d been feeling. Almost like it flew out of me as the miles passed, and by the time I waved goodbye to the gals I was so ready to take on the day. I heart running buddies 🙂

But seriously, this week has been dragging. Every day I’ve been all, “OMG it’s only Monday??” “OMG it’s only Tuesday???” and “OMG it’s only Wednesday????”

I also kind of think my butt may be partially glued to my chair at work. We’ve been super busy lately (aren’t summers supposed to be slow? I don’t think the PR world got that memo.), and that paired with a little thing called marathon training has made me exponentially wiped this week.

Usually when things get busy my routine gets pretty monotonous – run, eat, work, eat, work, eat, work/school, sleep. Repeat. Not because I’m that boring, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to do anything else. And sometimes routine is the only thing that keeps me sane.

Plus, making weekday plans is tiring. Carrying through with plans? Even more tiring. Catching up on the Real Housewives? Mind-numbingly perfect.

But monotony can also result in a pretty cranky (and yeah, boring) Kelly. Especially when LuAnne’s new single gets stuck in my head.

So I’ve been trying to balance chill nights with other activities, usually involving eating. Which is never a bad thing.

Tuesday night my friend Kelly and I met at Blossom, another awesome vegan spot in Chelsea.

Sweet Potato Rolls stuffed with shredded coconut, jicama, carrot, red and yellow peppers, scallions, and avocado, with an almond ginger dipping sauce

Blossom Greens mixed greens, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, jicama, carrots, tamari-toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a ginger teriyaki lime dressing

Vegetable Mezze Plate roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, sweet potato puree, sautéed kale, and tri-color cauliflower, accompanied by spiced quinoa

I was kind of bummed they didn’t have any carrot cake (because vegan carrot cake is my favorite!) but the Blossom Cheesecake was a decent alternative

The service was terrible, but Kelly and I had lots to catch up on so we didn’t mind that much. And it sure beat a night on my couch involving crazy Ramona mainlining pinot grigio.

Question: Do you consciously balance chilling out with other activities/plans? I’m a ridiculous planner, but sometimes I think I’m too anal about scheduling “chill time.”

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I never thought I would be so happy to see 70 degrees on the thermometer at 5:45 a.m., but it almost made me cry tears of joy this morning.

My legs didn’t feel quite as happy about it, but I made it through a 7.25 mile tempo run that was just a bit slower than I had wanted.

But let’s talk about last week – no groundbreaking workouts, just a whole ‘lotta sweaty miles.

  • Monday: rest, 50 minutes easy vinyasa yoga
  • Tuesday: 7.1 miles; 2×1 mile repeats (7:39, 7:43)
  • Wednesday: 7.75 miles easy
  • Thursday: 7.1 miles easy
  • Friday: 5 miles easy, 15 minutes elliptical, lifting
  • Saturday: 12.5 hot, sweaty miles
  • Sunday: 6.25 miles easy

Total: 45.7 miles. Meh, I’m happy it’s done and overwith. Onward and upward!

Corey tagged me in a 7 links game that’s going around the blog world, and I’m kind of a sucker for stuff like this. So here goes.


To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.


  1. Blogger is nominated to take part
  2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category
  3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part
  4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
  5. And so it goes on!
  6. They’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

Most Beautiful

This is kind of a weird category, no? I’d have to say my most beautiful post was also the one that made me the most sad to write.

 In June, my great-grandma (called Nonna) passed away, and it was devastating.

She was everything to my family – chef, matriarch, authority figure, teacher, mentor, and most importantly, the source of so many laughs and so much love. I miss her every day.

 Most Popular

Almost every day some visitors land on one of these three posts:

And it makes my heart happy, because the reason I wrote them is to help other people learn about the risks, symptoms and causes of serious blood clots through sharing my experience.

Pulmonary embolisms kill one in three people that get them. And since I was one of the lucky ones to survive, I’ve made it a mission to help anyone and everyone realize that both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism can indeed happen to anyone. Here’s a recent interview I did with FoxNews.com talking about my experience (I’m super famous…)

 Most Controversial

I’m not really very controversial on the bloggy, it turns out. I guess whenever I talk about nutrition-related things people have their own opinions, but I’ve never really felt that anything I’ve said has cause controversy, per say.

 Most Helpful

I like to think the posts I write about nutrition are helpful! I love sharing my thoughts and learnings with ya’ll, and think these posts in particular have gotten great feedback:

 Surprise Success

In February I wrote a post detailing out the foods I ate in one day.

I didn’t think it was going to be very exciting, but then the Fage peeps got ahold it (and my multiple mentions of massive Fage consumption), and posted it on their Facebook page that had about 100,000 fans.

And zoom went my readership for that day! Thanks, Fage. Can I have some free yogurt now?

Not Enough Attention

Even after a year of blogging, I’m still surprised you all actually read this thing 🙂 Any attention you pay to Meals for Miles at all, I love and thank you for it!

Most Proud

I didn’t even have to think about this one – my NYC Marathon recap from last year!

I had deferred from the marathon in 2008 and 2009 because of injury, and at times never thought I’d actually get to run the damn thing. But 2010 was my year, and it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.

Ryan Hall and I, just hangin’ out…

The best cheering squad ever!

I loved every second in every borough, and can’t wait to do it again this year!

This little exercise was actually fun – I liked thinking through what I’ve done and written about recently. It’s almost like looking back through a diary, but not all of the dirty details (some things are better left unsaid on the interwebz and therefore most of the free world, ya hear?).

Question: Do you go back and read your blog, journal or diary often? If you don’t have one, how do you keep your memories?

Also, I’m not tagging anyone here because I think a lot of ya’ll have done this already, but feel free to play along if you haven’t!

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