Great News and Miami!

I have some great news.

NO STRESS FRACTURE!! I am so relieved. SO relieved that I ran every single day while I was in Miami over the weekend. In the flaming heat and humidity. On the sand. It was the best.

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According to my doc, I have the beginnings of mild shin splints, which is what I thought but ALWAYS better safe than sorry. It is never, ever a good idea to run with a stress fracture. At least now I know that I can still run but I just have to take it easy for a little bit. Whew.

Other great news: I found a store that still had my Wave Rider 16s!!! I found a pair at RUN by Foot Locker. This is one store that I have never set foot in but pass on a regular basis. To be honest, I just didn’t think they would have a good selection of running shoes but I was wrong. They also have a very knowledgeable staff so I will definitely be going back there for my running shoe needs. I thought that the staff was more knowledgeable than these “specialty” running stores throughout the city. Good job, RUN.

Look at these beauties:

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I have been to Miami too many times to count and am always excited to go back because of this ONE restaurant: Puerto Sagua. It is the best Cuban food in the city. If you go to Miami, you must try it. Reasonably priced, big portions, and yummy. Another amazing place to try is Yardbird. Hands down some of the best fried chicken. The place is super cute and everything we got was delicious. My faves were the fried chicken and waffles and the fried green tomatoes. Not a very healthy weekend ha!

Chicken n’ Waffles:

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And now I am back to the daily grind- at least I can run!

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Anyone ever been to Miami? Favorite places to eat?

Who has had a stress fracture?

 

18 miles in….

You guessed it. MORE SNOW. However, I was able to get out this past Saturday and start my 18 miler before even more snow fell. The second picture below is when it started snowing again. It was actually pretty nice out and the paths in Central Park were all clear (the first pic below is of a trail, not the cement path). That is why I ran three loops around it – it’s really the only place to run in the city without risking a slip on ice. It was a pretty slow run done in about three hours. I only had one GU and no water. Again, NOT SMART. Part of it was because I didn’t want to stop in anywhere to buy water because I had to make it to Paradou for a triple birthday brunch at noon (get the poached eggs over foie gras and tater tots…because they are not really tater tots like you’ve ever had).

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I’ve mentioned before that I have issues with proper fueling. As in, I know what I need to do but I don’t always do it. My run on Saturday was a perfect example of just that. It is SO important to fuel about once an hour during a long run and to hydrate even when it’s cold. I definitely felt the effects of my lack of fueling after about 15 miles.

Sunday was a rest day which meant a LOT of eating in Flushing (where my family is). We went to Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao for soup dumplings- some of the best I’ve had. We also ordered the beef with tripe, scallion pancakes, and rice cakes with shredded beef. Go for the soup dumplings. Nothing else because there are better places in Flushing for other stuff. I refuse to go anywhere else for Chinese food. Can I tell you how much I hate these Asian fusion restaurants popping up charging $25 a plate for something I can get for $5, and that TASTES better, in Flushing? That is another post…

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How do you fuel during your runs? What kind of fuel do you use?

Any good runs lately??

Austin

This past weekend I surprised Phil with a trip to Austin for his birthday. A few of our friends also surprised him there. It was a great time consisting of a little running and a LOT of eating.

Running: On Saturday I did a 5 mile easy run @ 8:50 along the Colorado River. Austin has an abundance of trails/running paths along the water and through the city (even along the highway). This is definitely something I could get used to. I ended my run at one of the best brunch places I’ve been to in a while (see below).

Food/Drinks: We started Friday night at Craft Pride on Rainey St. All the beers and wine there are local. And there really is a huge selection. I had some honey beer that was pretty good. To top it off, there is a pizza truck in the back that serves “Detroit style” pizza. Having gone to school in Michigan, we told the guy we had never heard of such a thing but the pizza was still good. On Saturday I met Phil and friends after my run at South Congress Cafe. The special of the day was pulled pork grits, which we obvi ordered. Phil had veal meatloaf which was also amazing. Some of the best breakfast food I’ve had. Sunday: Gourdough’s Donuts (we got 5 huge donuts. The Mother Clucker was my favorite- fried chicken on top of a donut covered with honey butter), Mellow Johnny’s, chicken shit bingo (with free hot dogs), and Rudy’s BBQ. Enough said.

The donuts:

Everyone should go and visit Austin. This was my second time there and it’s only grown on me more.

I’m Obsessed…

I can’t stop. I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and finally decided to make this splurge. It was SO worth it. I have been eating a spoonful every day. I don’t even bother putting it on bread or anything. I was deciding between the cookie butter and the cookie butter/chocolate swirl. I decided to go with the original cookie butter and then come back next time for the swirl. It is amazing and you must go get a jar right now!

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 To offset my new cookie butter eating habit, I decided to make a vat of healthy chicken brown rice soup. I used this recipe and this is how it turned out (sorry about the fuzzy pic- the steam was fogging up my iPad lens!):

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I just had some for lunch. It is surprisingly filling and super healthy and easy to make.

Morning runs in the snow have become a norm. I can’t wait to run in DC this weekend where it will be in the 60s and 70s. Time to dig up my running shorts!!!

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What are your plans for the holidays?

Tell me if you have tried cookie butter before!!

Berlin!

Now that I’ve recovered from my poor performance in the marathon, I’m ready to share what we did (ate) besides running.

Needless to say, I love Berlin, more than I was expecting. Phil wants to move there..that’s how much he loved it. The people were so nice, the food was so good, and the city is so clean, modern, and full of art.

Where we stayed: Arcotel Velvet.
We picked this hotel primarily for its proximity to the marathon start (about 800m). It was a great location because we were able to walk to the start on race day. The hotel is located in the neighborhood Mitte, a trendy-ish part of the city, close enough to downtown but far enough so that you’re not in the middle of the hustle. There are tons of cute restaurants and the hotel was just down the block from the u-bahn and s–bahn. The hotel itself was decent. We got there early and so they only had a smoking room ready for us. I didn’t like staying in a smoking room so next time I’ll just wait til check-in.

Some restaurants (we tried to stick with mostly local food/dishes):
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-KaDeWe food court: this is a huge dept store and worth exploring but go to the 7th floor for amazing food stands, 8th for the buffet and glass dome. This is not your average dept store food! (sorry for the blurry pic)

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Weihenstephaner in the Heckeschen Market: cool beer hall with local Bavarian fare

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Backerei Ladewig: Family-run bakery. Had my first Berliner here!!

20131019-080017.jpgBurgermeister: REALLY REALLY good burgers and cheese fries

IMG_2347Fassbender & Rausch: Best chocolate shop in Berlin. They have huge chocolate sculptures on the first floor and a cafe on the 2nd. Definitely worth a visit. Get one of the cold chocolate drinks.

IMG_2307I would love to go back to Berlin and run the marathon/eat the food again….like, right now.

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Some sights:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • East Side Gallery
  • KaDeWe
  • Pergomon Museum/Museum Island
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Reichstag
  • Topography of Terror
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Tiergarten
  • Gendarmenmarkt

Berlin is a very walkable city so I would highly recommend trying to walk as much as you can to really take everything in. It’s so rich with history and beauty.

Stay tuned for Munich!

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Anyone been to Berlin? What was your favorite part??

Last Long Run

On Saturday, Phil and I finished our last 16 mile long run together. I am so glad we did because we got to eat lots of yummy bbq afterward plus Sunday was disgusting and hot. We set a pace and I think we did a pretty good job at sticking to it (minus the horrendous hills that I had to very, very slowly climb while Phil yelled at me for quitting). I am still kind of sore from our run, which means it was good.

I am very nervous for Berlin, as I usually am with any marathon I run. However, this time I am extra nervous because of this new training plan we are using. I just need to be confident that it will work. Even if I don’t hit my goal, I am hoping to PR at this race.

I also want to share with you guys a very special deal- buy one get one for 99 cents BLIZZARDS at Dairy Queen!! I got the mint oreo blizzard and Phil made his own with Reese’s. I just HAD to get one because sadly we don’t have a DQ in NYC :(

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Do you have a DQ near you?

What is your favorite Blizzard flavor??

Hydration

Yesterday I started my 2x3mi interval run at 12:30 p.m. I did not drink any water. The sun was blazing directly down on me the ENTIRE TIME. I have the ugliest and darkest tan line now. I almost threw up. I am an idiot.

Hydrating the hours before a run, especially if you are going to run at PEAK sun time, is really important. Like, REALLY important. I was so dehydrated I had to sit down at times because I thought I would throw up. That is the first time that’s ever happened to me during a run. I just wasn’t thinking yesterday. Now you can all learn from my mistakes!

On a brighter note, I was finally able to try UMAMI BURGER. It is delicious. I don’t care what the critics say. I NEED to go back! Tell me this does not look amazing. It is the Truffle Burger.

20130828-071948.jpgI did my second 16 mile run through Rock Creek again on Sunday. I just love that park. It’s really important to switch around your routes otherwise you will get bored. I celebrated my run with another burger (can you tell I’m going through a phase?) and fries from Good Stuff Eatery. I ate the burger before I had a chance to take any pictures :(

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4 more weeks til Berlin! I’m scurred.

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Where are your favorite burger joints??