An Official New York Road Runner

Good morning blog world! It’s Tuesday – we made it through Monday – yipee! I was pretty darn tired yesterday and was still wondering if I was actually going to get sick. I woke up yesterday feeling a little bit better and hoped it was just a nasty allergy attack.

For breakfast I had 1/2 cup of oats, tsp of pumpkin butter, handful of raisins and a splash of milk.

It was really tough to get moving and get out the door on time. I had to stop and grab a coffee to help keep me sane and awake. Monday mornings at work are typically pretty busy for me, so I knew the coffee would help.

I was surprised that the day actually moved along pretty quickly. I ate my morning granola bar at 11:00 and then the one or two new projects I started to work on kept me occupied and before I realized it, it was 1:45 and I hadn’t had lunch yet!

I trudged out in the rain and got a salad from across the street. The usual stuff: romaine lettuce, peas, carrots, cheddar cheese, walnuts and craisins.

My camera was a little off, so pics are looking blurry. :-/

After lunch, I went onto the New York Road Runners site and browsed some races. I decided I wanted to sign up for two in January. And then I just bit the bullet and became a member. It’s about time I started running races in NYC and not just upstate. I typically try to run all my races with my running buddy Lauren, but as my hubby said yesterday, “she’s not always going to be able to run with you.” Sadness. So I signed up for these two races:

NYRR Fred Lebow Classic (5M)
NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix: Manhattan

Lauren WILL be able to run the Half Marathon with me!! YAY!! I will tackle the Fred Lebow 5 miler on my own – just call me Miss Independent. Unless my hubby surprises me and decides to run it as well. 😉

Any other NYC bloggers planning on running either of these?

I am generally NOT a winter runner, but this will be my attempt to keep running strong throughout the winter. If you’re a runner, do you still race in the cold weather?

My co-worker tells me that she actually runs better in the cold. Not me.

Later on in the afternoon yesterday I had some Greek Yogurt with granola and oats and two clemetines (gotta get that vitamin C to stay healthy!).

BTW – today at noon you can sign-up for the NYC Half Marathon Lottery .  Can you tell that I have racing on the brain after my Turkey Trot? It’s an addiction.

I didn’t work out last night after work for a few reasons: 1) I was tired, 2) I’m going away on Wednesday morning for a business trip and needed to run some preparatory errands, 3) I haven’t actually hung out with Bill in a while, 4) I was tired.

So I left work, picked up some traveling necessities and headed home. I made this quick and easy dinner:

Here is my made-up recipe for it.

Asparagus Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup of diced onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-8 stems of fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesean cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the broth in a large skillet over medium-high heat with the garlic and onion. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and place in the skillet. Cook 15 minutes, until chicken is almost done.
  2. Place asparagus and red peppers  in skillet. Continue cooking 10 minutes until asparagus is tender. Place tomatoes in skillet during last 2 minutes of cook time. Sprinkle with vinegar. Top with parmesean cheese and serve.

It was yummy and the husband rated it as “pretty good.”

After dinner I had a small piece of the white cake with white frosting that Bill’s sister Christine made for his birthday and brought to Thanksgiving dinner. I was shocked that Bill was willing to share his cake. But then he told me that Christine made him promise to share with me – figures! It was great.

The rest of my night was quiet and I went to bed pretty early. However, Murphy decided to try to wake me up pretty much every two hours during the night, so I’m a bit tired again today.

I’m starting to get a little nervous about traveling tomorrow. I’m one of those people who is always afraid of missing a flight or forgetting something important or losing my luggage. Generally – just not a very relaxed traveler. Hence, I start prepping 2-3 days in advance.

Are you a good traveler – what are some of your helpful tips or tricks?

I AM excited about the possibility of running while we’re training in L.A. The weather there is looking nice and warm. I could certainly use a nice West-coast run. 🙂

Last note – I want to say congrats to my friend Becky for starting her new blog: Write On!! I’m so happy she is proactively seeking new creative outlets and will be able to share her passion and wonderful insights with others. Becky is one of the people in my life that I always “talk books” with. We typically like the same books and are ALWAYS asking each what the other is reading and for recommendations. Now I can just check out her blog and see that, as well as her feedback and reviews. I’m so excited – so be sure to check it out. She’s also on my Blogroll! 🙂 Love ya Becks!

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9 responses to “An Official New York Road Runner

  1. peanutbutterfingers

    white cake w/ frosting is so simple but SO delicious!

    i really don’t mind traveling. i actually enjoy the journey! i definitely prefer car trips to flying, but i don’t mind it all. i always pack a book, magazines and my ipod to keep me entertained.

  2. Congrats on joining the NYRR. I’m sure you’ll get used to running races on your own. I actually prefer it now and run better on my own, I think it is because I can speed up or slow down when I need to…. rather than trying to maintain the same pace as my partner.

    I have a love/hate relationship with winter running. The hardest part is getting out the door. Once I’m out there I love it, its just so hard to leave a nice warm house. But I run all winter…..below zero, snow, sleet, freezing rain… I’m there. We have lots of races here too… 16 miler, few half marathons, a 20 miler…. they are popular with people training for Boston or other early spring marathons. It definitely helps to have a few races during training, reminds you that you aren’t alone in your craziness.

    Happy packing. I always overpack. But definitely put together outfits as you pack. I throw stuff in my suitcase without really creating outfits and it results in me wearing the same few things despite having a bag full of clothes.

  3. Congrats on joining NYRR! I became a member last year when I moved to NYC, but haven’t run any races with them yet. I’d like to though so I might sign up for one of the ones you linked to!

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  5. I can’t believe Bill listened to me and shared cake with you! Too bad there wasn’t anymore of the chocolate-hazel nut torte left; that would have made a nice picture for your blog. I’ll have to make more!

  6. I am making more! I have decided to make it for this weekend’s festivities. You and Dawnie will have to fight over who eats the hazelnut torte. I have to make two desserts and I can’t think of what I want for the second. No white on white cake!! Sorry Bill.

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