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One More Weekend, Contined

It was the Gavin baby pictures!! So exciting. We looked through them as soon as I got back. I’ll have to scan those later. But first, there are more daylight-required errands to scratch off the list.

I brought a huge bag of clothes to Salvation Army and returned a box of envelopes to Staples. (Those were the ones I was going to use for our invitations before I found the really cool blue ones at a different store.) After that I picked up my bib from New York Road Runner’s club for tomorrow’s Portugal Run. I made sure to get this one the day before instead of the day of because the Portugal race has good shirts and I really wanted a size small.

Then there were more stops along the way for other odds and ends. By the time I got home, my legs were done. Gavin was out shooting (preparing backgrounds for a shoot on Monday an Tuesday.) He asked me to come back out again but I couldn’t do it. My calves needed ice. I literally could not walk any more because they were too tired. (I later found out that this was because of the Vibrams and how they are known to strengthen the muscles you wouldn’t typically use when running.) I had run six miles that morning and walked 7-8 additional miles doing errands.

For dinner, I heated up some rice and seaweed with siraccha sauce (one of my favorite “comfort foods”) and got set up in the chair with a pillow for my legs and the laptop so that I could continue with the wedding prep online and through email. The next day is Father’s Day and we’re having another barbecue at my parent’s house so I wanted to get done as much as possible before we went up to visit the next morning.

One more thing:
I got my hair done (finally!) I went to Josh, who I’d first met more than four years ago through one of my friends in grad school.

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Sure, there are plenty of people in Manhattan I could’ve gone to but I wanted to go to someone I trust (especially since I’m just a little overwhelmed right now.) So I schlepped out to Brooklyn for a cut and color with my favorite hairdresser. I am sooooo excited about my hair. I hadn’t had it done in over six months and it was definitely starting to show.

This all happened before 10am.

I woke up early today for my Saturday morning marathon training. Madison was awake, too; working on her tan on the windowsill.

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The run this week included a mile on the track by the FDR. I ran a 7:31/mi. (What I really wish I could do is run that pace in an actual race but apparently this is only my sprinting pace. I am the tortoise; not the hare.) So now I’m officially in the fast group.

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The run was only 4 miles this week. I was glad that it ended in Union Square because the farmer’s market had just opened and I had wanted to stock up on some veggies.

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I only got a few things: spinach, sprouts and tomatoes. The strawberries were so tempting but I didn’t get them because we already have a bunch in our fridge.

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Since I hadn’t brought any water to the run – and I was both hungry and thirsty – I picked up a juice nearby at a nearby corner juice stand. Seeing the price of $5:50 for a small-sized juice made me remember what a fantastic investment we made in purchasing our juicer.

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After the farmer’s market, I walked across the street to whole foods where I picked up a few things that are hard to find in our grocery up in Harlem: unpastuerized apple vinegar and raw steel cut oats. I found a place nearby my work where I can get seaweed and some of my other food staples. But I still have to go to Whole Foods occasionally for other things.

Later on, Gavin and I are going to a Memorial Day barbecue – waaaay out in Brooklyn. I’m bringing homemade guacamole. Simple, delicious- and who doesn’t love guacamole?

Brooklyn Half Marathon

What a great way to kickoff the weekend! Kris and Amy let me spend the night at their new apartment so that I could get an early start (ahem, 5:30am) for the race this morning.

20120519-152856.jpg We each went to our respective corrals (Kris was, of course, in the first one with the elite runners. Pfft.)

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Kris and Amy ran in their Vibrams. I wore my Nikes since I hadn’t trained farther than 6 miles in the Vibrams yet. Maybe next race I’ll use those.

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One mile into the race, some dudes took a bathroom break. I was moderately impressed with my in-motion photography skills. Running while shooting- usually it’s Gavin who does that.

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Fast forward 13.1 miles… and I got me some BLING!!!

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Super psyched to hang this on the medal-holder that Amy got me last Christmas. (The one on the right is Gavin’s from the 2011 NYC Half.)

The best part, besides the fact that Gavin and my parents were waiting at the finish line with Gatorade, was that we ended the last portion of the race on the boardwalk at Coney Island!

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We skipped the cyclone and got some free chocolate milk from the Nestle Quik rabbit who apparently followed Amy, Kris and my parents from their escapades last week (see below photo I stole from Amy’s blog.)

Then we headed back to Kris & Amy’s apartment for a shower relay race before walking out to grab bagels and check out the nearby farmer’s market. Jim and Katie came down for the farmer’s market, too. I got massive quantities of spinach for juicing, a few sweet potatoes and a one small wheat grass plant.

Oh, and my mom FINALLY joined me on DrawFree (my new favorite game on the iPhone.) Hooray!! Only took like 4 weeks.

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Gavin and I had to leave around 1:30pm so that he could watch Chelsea in the Champion’s League Final. He loves Chelsea. I’m planning to rest my legs and not do anything for the rest of the day.