I feel like I am in Miami!

Hello Readers! (I tried to upload this post earlier but it didn’t work- is wordpress having problems?) It has been a minute. The week before a break is always crazy. Getting assessments/grading done, snowy days, parties, and children with Santa on the brain 🙂

The weather is insane. It snowed ALL day on Tuesday and today it is almost 60 degrees what is that about? I would LOVE for it to stay like this all winter. I am over the snow already. It was pretty for a minute but that is it.

So since it was snowy on Tuesday I ended up staying by my parents and made them a healthy meal:

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 Chicken sauteed in onions, white wine and mustard. Broccoli and quinoa with parmesan mixed in. YUM! My parents are not the healthiest of eaters so I try to encourage it as much as possible when I am home. 

After the snow cleared I was able to get in the gym on Wednesday and 3-4 mile runs on Thursday and Friday. I will get to my Saturday run in a minute 🙂

Here is a pic from my Friday night run:

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 A little blurry but pretty Empire State building in Christmas colors!

While doing some shopping this week I saw a GNC and decided to finally try some Quest Bars. They were buy 3 get one free and i think it came out to like 8ish bucks- expensive! Everyone on instagram and blogging talks about them so I figured I may as well try them for an after school snack. 

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 I have to say I am a pretty “clean eater.” Fresh, organic food is a staple in my life so these were “interesting.” They kinda taste fake however they definitely held me over for a long time because they have 20g of protein in them. I will eat the ones I bought but I’m not sure they are worth it to buy again. Oh well, I tried them. I think I will keep with my yummy Kashi Granola bars 🙂

Here was a dinner I made one night. Leftover BBQ lentil stew, kale, and homemade sweet potato fries. 

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Last night was homemade easy healthy raisin oatmeal cookies and milk and one of my fav Christmas movies ever- “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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 I am SO getting older, last year at this time I would be at Happy Hour consuming cheap vodka and feeling like death the next day. I really like where I am now- much healthier and happier. Now it would be nice to have someone to share those oatmeal cookies with on Friday night…. one day ::insert blushing emoji here::

This morning it was GORGEOUS out so I decided today would be long run Saturday in Central Park! I am following a half training plan and on my list for today was a 10 miler. I geared and fueled up with a quest bar (hey, I have them gotta eat them lol) and headed into the city. I decided to wear my capris, a tech t-shirt and my Target jacket because it has pockets so I could keep my keys and stuff in them. 

WELL at like .75 miles I was already dying of heat. As I continued to the 1st mile I rolled up my sleeves, then unzipped the jacket, then considered taking it off but that would have been a whole deal because I had my iPhone arm band on #firstworldproblems. So basically I sweat an insane amount the whole time. My ponytail was wet…I must have looked so attractive. 

I had a few starbursts along the run just to get some sugar in my body but I think I needed more. Has anyone ever tried those gel shot bloks things? I may need to try them for a long run. At mile 8 I was dying of thirst so I luckily had two bucks with me so I stopped at a cart and bought a water bottle. I have never had to really stop during run nor ever needed a drink. I have a feeling it was a combination of the warm weather and doing a long run on hills. Central Park is so hilly compared to Hoboken, so that long run was a LONG run. Afterwards I headed to Whole Foods in the Columbus Circle Mall. It was funny I was actually not very hungry but I made myself eat. I ate very slowly and just sat for awhile. Image

 PS my friend at work got me the Runner’s World magazine, how thoughtful right!!? I think I might subscribe to it! 

So now I am relaxing in my bed. But I want to take advantage of this weather! I think I might go get some fro-yo at 16 handles and do some local shopping to find a Christmas outfit. All my Christmas shopping is done so I feel ok spending some money on myself now 🙂

Updated: Since this post didn’t upload earlier. Found a really cute Christmas dress and here are my fro-yo pics! Soooooo good! They even had cute christmas tree chocolate covered pretzels!

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Totally had dessert before dinner. I have dinner plans at 9 so it only makes sense to have dessert first!

How are you enjoying this gorgeous weather?

How do you fuel during a long run?

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2 thoughts on “I feel like I am in Miami!

  1. artificiallybalanced

    I really liked Quest bars for awhile but gave them up when my IBS got really bad over the summer.. I had one just a few weeks ago and almost puked after 2 bites! I am impressed you ate on before a run! lol my stomach would have exploded. Central Park is verrrry hilly, right?! We have to run together sometime, if you dont mind running a little slower 🙂 I go to that WF all the time! And now you have me craving froyo!

    1. I totally was googling before I left: “can you eat quest bars before a run” and I didn’t see anything that said no so I tried it LOL Luckily by the time I got to Central Park I think it was pretty digested! We should definitely! I would love to have some company next time- plus I am def not a fast runner at all! I like my 10:55-11:00 pace especially on these long HILLY runs! 🙂

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