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Since I was neglectful in posting this past weekend I thought I’d do a catchup post.

I went running on Saturday morning. Now that I’m training for my half marathon Saturdays are going to be my long run days. Since this is the beginning of the process my “long” run was 4 miles. Here’s the breakdown:

Mile 1: 8:55
Mile 2: 9:06
Mile 3: 9:14
Mile 4: 8:19

For a total of 35:36. It was, for what it’s worth, way too fast. I need to slow down and focus on form and breathing. I don’t know why I’m having such issues with going too quickly lately.

Remember back when I ran my first 5k? Check out my time:

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That’s only one minute and 44 seconds faster than I ran 4 miles on Saturday. (Does that make sense?) If that’s not improvement I don’t know what is.

As I mentioned yesterday I went to Kath‘s blogger meet-up at the Brooklyn Brewery. I had never been to the Brooklyn Brewery, but I had always wanted to go. I certainly enjoy their beers, but I don’t know if I can say the same for the Brewery. When I’ve been on other Brewery tours it’s a rather lengthy tour followed by a few free samples.

Although I didn’t get to go on a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery (the line to get in was very long because they were over capacity) I heard it was less than 10 minutes and not really impressive. You don’t need to go on the tour to go into the Brewery, you can just go in and hang out and drink. And there were a lot of people hanging out and drinking. A sign said there was a 175 person capacity, but I would have guessed there were over 400 people inside. There were a few birthday celebrations and a bachelor party.

The system of getting beer was kind of annoying. You waited on one long line to buy tokens ($4 each or 6 for $20) and then waited on another long line to exchange the token for a beer.

But it was a fun time with Kath and the other bloggers and I could see myself going back to the Brooklyn Brewery.

Saturday was a gorgeous day here in NYC. After I left the Brewery it was still so warm even though it was around 6pm so I took the subway into Manhattan and walked down to Soho to get ice cream. And then I sat outside and ate my ice cream. It was pretty weird.

Sunday I woke up and immediately went to the gym. It was supposed to be a rest day, but I had already had two rest days so I thought I needed to fit some time in on the elliptical.

After showering I headed into the City to meet friends for brunch at Tartine.



Tartine is actually right down the street from where one of my good friends used to live, but I had never been before. After seeing the SF version featured on Jenna’s blog all the time and then finding out there was a NY outpost I knew I needed to go.

I had the French toast and it was AMAZING. The bread had the greatest consistency and flavor, the bacon it came with was delicious and perfectly cooked, and the home fries were delicious, even though they were covered with dreaded hollandaise (I scrapped most of it off). It was a fantastic meal and I would definitely go back. And we didn’t even have to wait that long!

After Tartine we caught a cab (it was pouring down rain) and went to see A Single Man. What a great movie! I’d definitely recommend it. It was intense and it wasn’t happy, but it also wasn’t as depressing as I expected.

And I discovered something shocking. About a Boy, the movie with Hugh Grant, is one of my favorite movies of all time. And I always thought the kid that plays Marcus was adorable and great in his own awkward way. No?

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Well that weird kid has grown up to be quite attractive!

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All credit goes to my friend Julia for realizing they were the same person.

I came home to watch the Golden Globes and tennis (the Australian Open started), but I was so bored by the Golden Globes that I just stuck with tennis.

When I woke up Monday morning (I had off from work!) I wanted to go running right away. It probably wasn’t a good idea. I was still really tight and I didn’t eat anything and the run was just miserable. I really wanted to stop, but it was only 3 miles so I kept going. I was happy I finished, but not happy with the experience overall.

Here’s the breakdown:

Mile 1: 8:33
Mile 2: 8:47
Mile 3: 9:00

Total: 26:21

It was just way too fast and I was so unhappy with it. If I want to run 4 miles on Thursday and 5 miles on Saturday, not to mention 13.1 in April, I need to slow the hell down.   

I came home and made a delicious scrambled egg sandwich and then watched tennis for the rest of the afternoon with a brief trip to two grocery stores. And I cleaned the kitchen between matches I didn’t care about 🙂

And now it’s Tuesday and back to work.


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Today I started training for my half marathon. I’ll get to that in a second though.

I had a great time out last night with my friends. We had dinner at Fiore an adorable restaurant in Williamsburg. I was a bit concerned at first because there were only a few people when we first went in, but it filled up quickly and the food was delicious.

We split the artichoke salad

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And they gave us a complimentary small serving of the Italian wedding soup, which was also delicious. There was a huge basket of bread and very tasty olive oil for dipping.

For dinner I had the bucatini amatriciana

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Guanciale, as I learned last night, is a pork product that’s a cross between bacon and sausage. And it’s also absolutely delicious.

And the three of us split a great bottle of red wine. Here’s how the decision making went:

Liz: Do we want red or white?
Maggie: Red because it’s not cold.
Liz: Do we want from northern, central, southern Italy, or the Islands?
Maggie: Islands.

And then she picked one. Well, actually the one she picked was sold out, so then she picked a second, a Chianti. The description doesn’t seem to be on the website, but it was very good.

After dinner we went back to my friend Liz’s apartment. We picked up a 6-pack of beer and then played board games all night. Yahtzee (I got a Yahtzee!), a card game called Palance, and then Catchphrase. It was very fun.

We left a little after 2 am and I got home right before 3 am.

I let myself sleep until 10:30 so I wouldn’t be a total monster and then forced myself to get up and eventually forced myself to do the No More Trouble Zones DVD. It was tough, but I got through it and felt great when I was done.

After showering I rushed off to meet my friend at the Brooklyn Museum. We went to see the Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibit. You might remember that I went to the opening of the exhibit back in October, but I didn’t get to see anything because it was so packed. It was nice to go back and, even though it was still crowded, get to actually look around.

We also spent some time looking at their period rooms, all of which were taken from real homes, which were really interesting.

It was about 5 pm when we left and I was starving. I had had a Green Monster and a British muffin with peanut butter for lunch around 1, but I was in major need of food.

We walked back towards my apartment and went to Bonnie’s Bar and Grill one of my favorite places to indulge. I’ve tried many different things there and the only ones I’ve ever liked were the buffalo wings and the French fries. Not at all healthy, but a great treat.

One of the best things about the entire day was all the walking I did. The museum is just over a mile away from my apartment so I walked there and back and stood and walked around the museum for about 3 hours.


I wore my sneakers, yes, I looked cool, and I really hope that’s what made the difference. If looking like a 1980s commuter is what means my ankle isn’t swollen and it’s pain-free and I can run then I will start a new trend!

Which brings me to…my first of my half marathon training!

Technically my plan has me starting tomorrow, January 11, but I have a work dinner on Tuesday night so I needed to move some things around. I moved the start up one day and then moved my strength training back to today, I’ll do the 3 mile run tomorrow, and then take Tuesday as my rest day.

I’m so excited to get started. I think my hope of doing 10 minute miles might be slightly unrealistic, but I’m going to work my hardest and see where I end up. 12 weeks until the race!

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The snow storm really got crazy last night. I ended up not going out to the birthday party in the city just because it was so crazy. I stayed in and watched Mad Men with my roommates. It was fun!

Here’s the view out my window around midnight.

And here’s the view out of our living room. You can really see how the snow is blowing around outside.

And here’s the view out of my window this morning

That was at about 10:30 this morning and, as you can see, they hadn’t really cleared the street next to our building.

I ventured out around noon to go to the gym. I was actually impressed by how cleared the sidewalks were. There was a lot of climbing over snow banks at intersections, but that’s expected.

The thing that really annoys me is when people (illegally) don’t clear the sidewalks in front of their buildings.

Like there.

The gym was great. There was no one there! I did the elliptical for 40 minutes. Usually I do some variation of the following:

1-2 level 5
2-5 level 8
5-10 level 12
10-20 level 16
20-25 level 12
25-35 level 16
35-37 level 12
37-39 level 8
39-40 level 5

I try to stick around 8.0 mph.

I’ve come to really like it and today I worked up a real sweat. But I think it was because the sun was shining directly on me through the window.

After the gym I headed over to get a bagel. They screwed up my order yet again. I don’t see why I continue to go to this bagel place when they screw up my order 3 out of 4 times. Oh yeah, because they have great bagels.

I’m waiting to meet my friend Liz for dinner and a little football. Hopefully the sidewalks won’t be too icy!

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Weekend Recap

I had a great weekend. A weekend filled with pretty much zero healthly eating or fitness so I’m sorry that this recap will do nothing to relate to my blog’s mission statement.

Friday night I had big plans to order delivery from here and watch

But I don’t live in the aforementioned restaurant’s delivery zone (even though I’m only a few blocks away) so I settled for hummus and pita and a lot of wine.


He won. Decisively.

I think my tennis addiction has gotten a bit out of hand.

I recently purchased, from Spain, this tee shirt:

And I bought this hat

Yes, despite the fact that I’m trying to save money.

Saturday I woke up early and watched

(Feliciano Lopez)


(Fernando Verdasco)

win their doubles match.

After that I headed into The City to meet up with a friend.

We went to Holiday Market at Union Square (fun, but overpriced stuff) and then the Greenfinds Eco Holiday Market (totally not worth going to).

Then we went to see

I highly recommend it. It’s not going to win any awards or anything, but it was very funny and the soundtrack is amazing.

After that we headed, in the rain/snow/high winds to my favorite Indian restaurant, Calcutta, for dinner. It did not disappoint. The naan was fantastic as was my Chicken Madras.

And my ghetto Pinot Grigio.

Then I headed home for a relatively early night so I could wake up at 6am and watch

Does anyone know how to say “obsessed” in Spanish???

But the feed from Spain went out around 6:40 and the match wasn’t that good so I just went back to bed.

I woke up around 10 and went to get a bagel and then otherwise I’ve pretty much been parked in bed all day watching TV on my computer: Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Glee, Top Chef.

It’s been a great day of nothingness.

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I hope you will forgive me for being a slacker tonight. I had a chaotic day at work. I’m trying to finish all of these things before going to Amarillo on Wednesday. Then I’m only in the office Friday-Wednesday the following week before I’m away for two separate day trips to NJ. And then a week off for Thanksgiving!

I worked like a man woman all day. And then met my friend Becca, the one I visited in DC in August, and her mom for really great Indian food in the East Village. Then I road uptown with them and we went to Red Mango. I got home at about 10:20 and all I want to do is crash.

Good night!

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I’m Back!

Sorry for the time in between posts. As I said the other day the World Series went so late on Wednesday that I didn’t have time to post and then things just got wacky. So, here’s the recap…


My roommates went to Urban Rebounding, but I didn’t want to go again because I wasn’t impressed after last week’s class. I didn’t want to run again because I had run two days in a row so I thought I’d do the elliptical. I HATE the elliptical, but then Wednesday morning I found a workout from Carrots ‘n’ Cake for the elliptical. A sign.

I went to the gym to do the workout and I was so disappointed. My heartrate never got over the 140’s and I just didn’t feel satisfied. I did it for 45 minutes and wasn’t happy. I did abs, stretched, and went home. Yesterday, when I was talking to my friend, she asked why I didn’t adjust the resistance. Apparently there are ellipticals where you can adjust the resistance. But, not being an elliptical user, I didn’t realize this. However, the elliptical I used at the gym definitely didn’t have resistance buttons (I pressed a lot of things in trying to figure it out) so I guess I have to investigate.

I had a broccoli pizza for dinner Wednesday night

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For some reason it was all soggy 😦 But it still tasted good.


I wanted to run on Thursday, but I remembered I had told my roommate Amy I’d go to a Punk Rope class with her. Punk Roping is, or I thought it was, jump roping it punk music, but it turned out to be so much more. It was kind of like gym class for adults. We stretched, we did some practice jump rope steps, we jump roped, we played catch, we jumped rope, we did laps around the gym, we jumped rope, we had relay raced, we jumped rope, we did abs, we stretched.

It was really fun! I can’t wait to go back. And it was a great workout without feeling like I wanted to die. I tweaked something in my foot, but I managed to run today so I think it’s ok.

I got a falafel wrap from a takeout place for dinner. It was delicious.


I had planned to do my Bikini Ready Fast DVD Friday night. But I ended up going shopping with a friend after work and didn’t get home until well after 9pm so I just had some white chocolate peanut butter (I bought more!) on an Arnold Sandwich Thin (not a huge fan of that combo) and went to bed.


I went to bed so early because I knew I wanted to wake up and run this morning. I didn’t end up getting up until 9am and even then I didn’t leave until 10:30 (it was 40* outside and I was waiting for it to warm up a little). But eventually I put on my winter running clothes

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(plus shoes, hat, and contacts instead of glasses) and headed out.

My goal was to do a 10k, only I forgot to see where a 10k ended in the park so then I thought I’d estimate and run at a comfortable place for as far as I could.


And I did it in 1:05:39!!

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That’s about 9:45 minute miles. I think I rocked it. I couldn’t have been happier. 10k here I come!

I’m a bit sore now, but not like last week. I had the same breakfast I had last week after my long run. Except they actually made my bagel correctly and gave me an everything and not a plain. And I had a quarter of a red Gatorade instead of an OJ.  And a banana.

I’m killing time now before I meet my friend for a burger, fries, and a beer at the Dram Shop. My favorite burger ever. I’ve been waiting for this all week. I couldn’t be more excited.

I’m wearing the new shirt I bought at Banana on Thursday

It took me several tries to get a good picture of my outfit

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Plus the other boot, and makeup, and contacts rather than glasses.

I also bought a grey skirt that I think might be too short for me

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And I bought this great brown skirt

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The best part is that it zippers all the way up (or down ;)) the back

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After dinner I’m meeting a different friend for drinks. I haven’t seen him in a while so I’m excited. And my social life has been kind of lame lately so two things in one night is exciting!

Happy Saturday Night!

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My Long Run

My long run didn’t start off well. I got up, drank some water, had Ezekial bread with almond butter, had some Emergen-C, and went on my way.

From when I started running it was just hard. I think I’ve become so used to running on the treadmill that I lost my ability to pace myself outside. I couldn’t tell if I was going fast or slow and I was just unhappy. I stopped about a mile and a half in to stretch because I felt tight and then I stopped again about half a mile later to stretch. I was almost to the top of the big hill, which is probably 2.5 miles or so in, and my body just wasn’t feeling it.

So I stopped and walked for a minute or two. I really wanted to just keep walking, but I decided I had to run at least once around the park. So I started running and I did it. I finished the loop around the park and I did it in 30:18

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which is about 3 minutes faster than my previous personal best and way, way too fast considering I wanted to do two loops around the park.

I then walked out the park, expecting to stop. I was exhausted, sore, angry, felt bloated, and just really unhappy. But I got some water, stretched, and decided I needed to go back in and do another loop. I decided not to time it and to just go slow and take my time. And I ran the opposite way which I thought would be a good change for my legs.

I ran another 1.75 miles or so and it felt great. I just let the pressure fade away and did it. Then I walked for a few minutes and ended with a .25 mile uphill.

In the end I was really happy. I was also really sweaty.

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It was 65* when I started out and 72* when I finished which is very unseasonably warm for NYC.

I ended up rewarding myself with a bagel for my hard work.

I asked for an everything bagel with a little bit of cream cheese and I got

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A plain bagel with a ton of cream cheese. So I Maggie-fied it

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I also had some pineapple Chobani, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and flax seed

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And an OJ

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Soon after I got home I iced my ankles

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And my knees

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But I am still massively sore. My legs are killing me. And I don’t feel so hot in general. I know yesterday I felt like I was coming down with a cold, but now I feel like I have a fever. Not good.

We’ll see how the night turns out!

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