With days that turn into nights waaaaay too early, I found myself without running. My scheduled workouts fell by the wayside and I unintentionally missed runs. Night running is pretty much limited to one path (the only street in Encinitas with lighting). And sometimes incessant (week long) hunger makes dinner sound waaaay better than yoga.


Monday night Kendall and I attended the reveal of the Seasons 52 winter menu at a special blogger preview (review coming soon!).


Tuesday night I squeezed in a run with Kate before the girls and I gathered at London’s neighbor’s house for a homey, warm fall dinner — Cardiff Crack, grilled asparagus and Kendall’s vegan tomato soup :-)

Wednesday I suffered from an on-and-off eye twitch (which I’m pretty sure signifies my impending death :-P) all day. So when it came to get my eyelashes done, I COULD NOT RELAX. All I could think about was how much my eyeball must be moving under my eyelid, and how I could not control it or get it to stop. Afterwards I easily easily easily could have done nothing. Luckily I had Kate to coerce me into another week run, and then I was able to go over to Kendall’s where she fed me a nice salmon dinner she had already made #blessedwiththebest.

Thursday night Kendall and I planned to go to yoga. But lately, I’ve been having hunger issues. Like, can’t eat enough I’m legitimately hungry, to the point where I just want to be able to stop eating! So it didn’t take much convincing to get dinner instead of a workout (East Village Asian Diner again if you were wondering 😉 ).


Early Friday morning I stuffed 3 dozen balloons into my car  and then set up our Breast Cancer Walk cheering station for work. With a short day at work, I left late morning for an exciting photoshoot downtown with Fit Andy and Kate. Definitely felt paparazzi style, strolling downtown trying to look candid in our sporty chic attire. After a good number of hours shooting, snacking on goldfish, gummies and granola bars, Kate and I were ravenous (because, please feed the models!!!). We ended up staying downtown and chowing at The Neighborhood, devouring THE BEST burgers, and some unique one-offs of beer for the passing San Diego Beer Week.

Once the weekend hit, I realized that I failed to have any mornings to myself all week.  Every day was an earlier one, so on Saturday I tried to capitalize on getting just a little more sleep. Elisa and I met later (around 8:30am) for a run, but little did I know it would rise back up to 80+ degrees in late November – __ – After our run we baked these muffins. And then I spent the rest of my evening, having the most bizarre blogging environment/experience at Better Buzz until Jen and her daughter, Tyler, swooped me up for a dinner at Solace :-)


Sunday morning was BY FAR the best trail run out at Noble Canyon. You bet a full review is coming soon!!! Eventually, the 5+ hours of running this past weekend definitely caught up to me, and I snuck in a nap that I eventually woke up from just to go to sleep.

This new week I’m feeling especially thankful, I suppose just in time for Thanksgiving :)

Weekly Workout Recap (11/15-11/21):
Sun – Sandstone Peak Hike
Mon – Rest
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – 4 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – 12.5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5 mi
2015 miles: 1301.45 mi


On Saturday, after our 12.5 mile run, Elisa and I linked back up for an afternoon of baking. She — a pumpkin pie for her friends giving, and me — a recipe utilizing her overabundance of persimmons. We found this recipe for Ginger Persimmon bread. Although her persimmons were Fuyu and not Hachiya, and not the type recommended for baking, this recipe still turned out great. We decided to make these as muffins for portability and sharing reasons.


Persimmon Spice Muffins
Adapted from Joy The Baker
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 large Fuyu persimmons
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup water


  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin and set aside.
  3. Peel persimmons and puree in a food processor. Reserve 1/2 cup of this persimmon puree.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together flour and salt.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together persimmon puree and baking soda. This will thicken the
  6. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, spices, and water.
  7. Once well incorporated, whisk in the persimmon mixture.
  8. Pour the wet ingredients, all at once, into the dry ingredients. Fold to incorporate.
  9. Once no flour remains, evenly distribute into the muffin tins and place in the oven.
    Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the muffins comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve with butter or almond butter :-)



For the longest time I was anti-trail running. Varied terrain meant slower paces, more obstacles. However, in the past 6-9 months I would say that that mentality has changed. I realized after my race in SF that I would say 85% or more of my running is primarily trail-based. And I love it. Seriously caught the running bug with the perfect combo of running with friends on trails. And now, what do you know…I get to do it for 31 miles!

For the next couple of weeks leading up to my first 50k trail run, I will be sharing my favorite trail runs. This week we start off with San Elijo Lagoon, a definite staple in my weekly mileage. Whether it’s a traditional 6 mile run with Elisa, or a long run with several miles tacked on in the lagoon, I find myself doing a good portion of my miles here.

San Elijo Lagoon

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Entrance: The end of North Rios Ave in Solana Beach
Route: Head east on the trail, towards the freeway overpass. Follow the Solana Hills Trail and go under the overpass. Hop on the Dike/Levee Trail, until you reach La Orilla Trail, which you will follow until you hit the street at El Camino Real (Rancho Santa Fe). Turn around and follow back. Option to take the lower trail when you’re coming back west of the 5 fwy.
Miles: ~6 miles

For more info visit here.


This week started off HOT with some “Netflix and Commentary”…currently a favorite hobby of London and mine, especially when we’re watching How To Get Away with Murder (FRANKKKKKK!!!).


A serious goal of mine lately has been to make my own meals. I used to be SO good at this. Take a look back at a year plus ago (very sad) when a majority of my recipe posts were created. I’ve finally gotten back on the bandwagon of making myself breakfasts and lunch — an area where buying every meal at Whole Foods was leaving a serious dent in my wallet/bank account. And I’ve come to realize I’m not the best at making dinner for just myself (because I would be satisfied with eating pb&j, yogurt, or even just a smoothie… #singleissues). So this week it was nice to cook group meals at Kendall’s house both Tuesday and Wednesday.


Tuesday night we picked up the fixins for a sausage and sauerkraut dinner with oven roasted veggies. And on Wednesday, after hot yoga, we kept it super healthy with a salmon and Brussels Sprouts dinner.


Thursday night I met up with Kate for a night run, our pace always faster than we both anticipate. Lately the nights have been pretty chilly, but after a mile or so, we warmed up quickly. However, once we stopped and our sweat had a chance to sit, we were cold (and hungry, per usual) and found ourselves seated at East Village Asian Diner devouring the weather perfect Monk Pots (per usual).


Friday night London and I kept it super low-key with the excitement and anticipation of our upcoming camping trip. Out of the ordinary, we enjoyed a date night at Islands where we each devoured a large burger and an even larger beer. We followed this up with none other than a shopping trip to Walmart, where our bellies ached with laughter as I pushed a “go-back” cart for more than 5 minutes out of sheer oblivion and delirium (I’m calling this Friday night Walmart syndrome). No week would be complete without capping it off with some NETFLIX AND COMMENTARY!!!! as we got ourselves caught up with the latest episode of How To Get Away With Murder.


Saturday morning I pried myself from my warm bed to get up and get dressed for an early long run. Elisa picked me up and we met up with my group where we ran through the Batiquitos Lagoon and then along the coast in Carlsbad.

After our run I scrambled to get ready as fast as possible, before picking up London and continuing our camp errands from the night before. We finally managed to get on the road to Malibu, enduring a little extra traffic than usual. By the time we reached camp we had about an hour left before the sunset….

More to come :)

Weekly Workout Recap (11/8-11/14):
Sun – 10 mi run/hike Devil’s Punch Bowl
Mon – 4 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – Hot Yoga
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – 4 mi
Sat – 13 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 37 mi
2015 miles: 1278.95 mi



SURPRISE!  I signed up for my first 50k on December 12th — the Malibu Canyon 50k.  Piggybacking off the training and mileage I established for the NYC Marathon, I’m excited to embark on this new and fun adventure, with absolutely no expectations.  Although I originally signed up to do this with my (future) ultrarunning buddies who are no longer able to do the race, I’m still committed to filling up the next couple of weekends with long runs on Saturday (~2 hours) followed by longish trail runs on Sundays (2-3 hours).

This past weekend London and I visited Malibu Creek State Park for a quick overnight camping trip, with the intentions of checking out parts of the 50k trail.  While we didn’t actually end up surveying the route (damn Daylight Savings time making the sunset at 4:45pm…), we did come up with some good camp hacks, tips and recipes to share.

So stay tuned for a lot of trail running and a little camp vibes content coming soon!!



I might be a freak of nature because for some reason, post-marathon I wasn’t sore. However, I felt the repercussions with overly tired and twitching eyes for most of the week, with 6pm’s that feel like 9pm’s (especially due to the time change).

Wednesday night I went for a brisk jog with Kate, my first run back after the marathon. With 5 miles at an 8:25 pace, I was feeling good, although it was probably a little faster than I should’ve run.


The next day my back felt a little tweaked, like I had created an S shape in my spine. So I decided to take it easy and went to my first deep stretch class at Yoga Six. It was exactly what I needed and fit my mood perfectly — lazy and too tired to actually perform a physically intense workout.

Friday night London and I enjoyed the best Thai aroma massage from Pure Life Thai Spa in Cardiff. 2 hours for only $99! With knees in our butts and intense but needed pressure, it was definitely a relaxing way to cap off the week.



I’ve been craving getting outdoors and out of our immediate San Diego area.  So Saturday I woke up excited to venture somewhere new. I grabbed my adventure buddy and headed out for what we thought would be Devil’s Punch Bowl. However, Google Maps led us to a very familiar hike/entrance. One so familiar, we spent the entire time trying to convince ourselves it wasn’t Three Sisters but instead Devil’s Punch Bowl. However, as we entered the valley and saw the dried falls in the distance, encountered the rope climb and other distinct characteristics of the hike, we finally accepted we were on the wrong hike!!


As if one hike wasn’t enough for the weekend, on Sunday Elisa and I spent the afternoon running and hiking the real Devil’s Punch Bowl during the peak of the day. Since trails are the consistent theme lately, expect more on this run, and other trails soon!

Weekly Workout Recap (11/1-11/7):
Sun – 26.5 mi NYC Marathon
Mon – Rest
Tues – Rest
Wed – 5 mi
Thurs – Deep Stretch yoga
Fri – Rest
Sat – Three Sisters Hike (6 mi)
Total Weekly Mileage: 31.5 mi 
2015 miles: 1241.95 mi



Chafing sucks. And if anyone tells you they don’t chafe after a long run, they’re probably lying (or incredibly lucky). There are a myriad of reasons and factors that effect chafing. And I’m not ashamed to tell you mine occurs after a good number of miles of skin-to-skin and fabric-to-skin.

To avoid this during runs, I use Body Glide. It’s something I’ve learned to just add to the running pack. For training runs I’ll just apply it to my inner thighs. And for races I’ll apply it to anywhere I might rub (usually inner thighs, armpits, and back where my tank top hits). It helps to create a slicker layer so whatever normally chafes will glide instead of rub.

However, there are some times when you can’t stop the friction and you’ve got to react with some damage control. When I do chafe, I use Skinfix Rash Repair Balm to help with irritation. This helps to create a soothing and restorative layer for when I end up with inner thighs that look like a cat attacked them, or a burning sensation when I step in the shower. I like Skinfix because it’s made with natural ingredients, and free of steroids and parabens. It’s also good for other uses (e.g. razor burn and insect bites), so it’s a multi-functional product.

So there ya have it. My 2 ways to deal with chafing. Preventative: Body Glide. Reactive: Skinfix Rash Repair Balm.

How do you deal with chafing?



My Instagram post (which is the only paragraph caption I think I’ll ever write) basically sums up this race to the best of my ability — “Today I ran with no plan. After the summer off and only 2 months of training my goal was to make the ‪#‎tcsnycmarathon‬ as enjoyable as possible…and to have fun! I ran by feel, determination and some personal competition.  I stopped every time I felt like I needed to pee (3x) and filled my water bottle up at several stations.  The weather was perfect and the experience was unbeatable! I finished strong with an official time of 3:50:26 and I feel very lucky and inspired to have been able to run with ‪#‎teamCAF‬! *end paragraph*”

But if that’s not enough, here’s the full scoop:

The New York City Marathon is hard to describe. It’s something that should be on your bucket list one way or another (lottery, qualification or fundraising). The opportunity we had was unquantifiable. Jen and I fundraised and went as part of team CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation).

I was nervous about the late start (10am) because I am the type of person that wakes up, shoves a bar in my mouth, and heads out to line up for a race. I didn’t know how eating and pooping (to be completely honest) would work with such a lull in time. However, the delayed start also made the race seem like a long run without all of the anxiety and anticipation that comes when you have to wake up and immediately run.


CAF partners with FDNY and subsequently NYPD, and as part of our team perks, we received SUPER VIP treatment. Race morning we were instructed to meet in front of Park Central Hotel at 6am for the special shuttles that would take us over to Staten Island. Because Jen and I registered so late, normally we would have had to take the ferry over. Luckily we didn’t have to deal with any potential seasickness and were able to travel by land. The bus left around 7am and we arrived to Staten Island around 8am. At this time we thought we would be placed in the Charity Village, however, we were dropped off at a completely separate area reserved exclusively for Team FDNY/NYPD with heated tents, food, coffee and porta-potties.

Here’s how my wake up/eating schedule went down:
5:15 wake-up
5:30 eat buttermilk biscuit with strawberry peach jam and drink cup of coffee
5:50 walk over to Park Central
6:45 get on shuttle
7:00 depart for Staten Island
7:45 wake up from brief shuttle nap and eat larabar
8:00 arrive to Staten Island
8:15 drink cup of coffee
8:30 eat first half of almond butter & strawberry peach jam sandwich on a mini brioche loaf
9:10 eat second half of sandwich


The morning was warm for being New York in November. There was no wind (even compared to the day before) and I felt fine in my sexy Target throwaway sweats. I ended up wearing my race day outfit (tank, shorts and compression socks) layered with an old stained lululemon tech longsleeved top (to also be tossed), and sweatsuit, plus gloves if necessary.

Around 9:10am we left this staging area and walked towards where we would line up for our corrals. Even though my wave didn’t start until 10:15am, the wave 2 corrals opened at 9:15am and closed at 9:40am. I split up from the rest of the group as I headed towards blue start. I shed my sweatpants. Then slowly my other garments. I kept my gloves on just incase the bridge was exceptionally cold, and in that case at least my extremities would be warm and help make everything else feel ok.

The race is divided into 3 different colors — green, orange and blue. These 3 groups start in different areas, and merge together after mile 2. The difference is how the 3 groups run across the Verazzano Bridge. I was in blue and we crossed over the top. Jen was in green and ran underneath.

The first half mile I was seriously worried. My legs felt heavy and I was worried this was going to be the longest, slowest and most miserable race of my life. I was worried that, even though I tapered the week before, maybe I didn’t take it easy enough the week before (post half-marathon when I only took 1 day off from running).

After the Verazzano Bridge you enter Brooklyn from mile 2 to 12. I knew this going in and kind of just wanted to get out of Brooklyn ASAP because I knew it would take up a good portion of the race.  However, the crowds were robust and I found myself scanning the sidelines in the off chance I might recognize someone (haha).

It’s hard for me to write about the rest of the race because as much as I tried to pay attention, it now all seems like a blur. The second bridge, Pulaski Bridge brought us over to Queens where you spend miles 13 to 15 (I believe).

Mile 15 to 16 is supposed to be the hardest over Queensboro Bridge because it’s an incline and no crowds are allowed on the bridge.  However, I am weird and almost preferred running on the bridges, because it would knock out 1 to 2 mile sections at a time. For instance, I preferred the silence of Queensboro Bridge over First Avenue, even though First Ave was probably the most populated area next to Central Park. But I felt like it just went on and on and on into infinity.

After spending about 3.5 miles on First Ave, you cross Willis Ave Bridge into the Bronx, where you’re in and out within a mile and a half. I knew mile 21 we would enter back into Manhattan via 138th Street Bridge. We passed by one side of Central Park on Fifth Ave and my goal was to just keep moving. This drag lasted from 21 to 25 before you round the corner onto Central Park South, around Columbus Circle and back into the park.

I stopped for the bathroom at 4, 10 and 20. I also stopped for water, and at first I would just grab the cups and drink them, but it worked out better for me to stop off to the side for a couple seconds and refill my bottle. Because honestly I didn’t care about my time. I was also worried stopping in the later miles would make it hard to get going again, but I ended up feeling so much better and refreshed after every stop. My goal was to get to mile 10, to get to mile 18, and to get to mile 20. At 23 I knew just a 5k more, and at 24 I was ready to be done but knew I could make it 2 more miles. I started picking up the pace, bobbing and weaving and just flying by everyone. It felt pretty empowering and exhilarating!

I have read a good number of recaps that consider the bridges hills, but honestly, I can’t really remember any of them being “hills.”  They were more like ascents followed by descents (on which I told myself to stretch my legs out).  It’s not necessarily a hard course, just hard in terms of humanity and obstacles (water cups, banana peels, sticky gus, etc.) Because there were ALWAYS people. I would look ahead and think that it would come to a complete gridlock. But it also gave me chills and motivation to know that there were that many people running the race and “I CAN DO THIS TOO!”

I ran based on feel, but after running M2B significantly faster, I knew my threshold. The last two miles I really pumped it, dropping my pace down to 7:44, 7:38 and 7:23 for my last half mile. I’m glad we walked/ran the finish line area before because the finish line was kind of inconspicuous and I knew to expect that the downhill in Central Park would be followed by a subtle incline to the finish line (which I literally picked up my feet and felt like I was climbing with large strides).

After the finish line, rather than having to walk to 77th Street (where people who opted for ponchos got to exit) or 81st Street where the rest of humanity got to exit, we got to exit with team FDNY/NYPD at 69th Street. Afraid I was going to miss my exit, I asked the first policeman I encountered, and he told me I had 2 more blocks to go up, and that I still needed to get my medal. Oh yeah! That thing!

I grabbed my recovery bag and headed out. My question for everyone was “how do I get out of here?” I also walked past Marcus Samuelsson (from the Food Network) who I didn’t recognize or realize at the time besides the fact that his bib said “MARCUS” and I remembered seeing a sign during the race that said “Go Chef Marcus S” (I just assumed it was a local chef). Later, cross-checking on Instagram I confirmed it was him.


I headed towards the family reunion section “A” where I thought I was going to meet Jen’s daughter, Tyler. I was walking along with the walking dead until I got really tired of walking so slow. And being an annoying and crazy maniac I started to power walk and weave around everyone. I think this helped to keep the blood flowing in my legs… I mean I just ran 26.2 miles…I have no patience!! 😛 When I got to “A” it was around 2:11 and I projected that I would get there around 2:15. But I didn’t see Tyler and couldn’t remember if I was just supposed to meet her back at the hotel. So I kept moving and followed the crowd out of the family reunion section until I realized that it was heading back into Central Park and towards the race. Not seeing an exit that way, I found the next policeman (again, full of so many questions!!) and said “I just need to get to 54W St, how do I get out of here?” She looked at my bib and said, right this way, and let me walk through the center of Columbus Circle that was blocked off to all traffic and everyone else!!!! It was insane.

This race was FILLED with inspiration. I don’t think at any time I wasn’t surrounded by someone from a different country. There were people from Achilles running with guides which provided additional inspiration. It was a great way to experience the entire city of New York, and to see all of the boroughs, especially for my first time. It ended up making the run feel just like a long exploration of the city!

My official time was 3:50:26, but I stopped my watch every time I stopped for a bathroom, so my watch recorded 3:47:49.

All in all it was a great experience and I feel so fortunate to have been able to run the NYC Marathon!


Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (3:47:49):
1 – 8:46
2 – 8:06
3 – 8:27
4 – 8:28
5 – 8:27
6 – 8:35
7 – 8:32
8 – 8:41
9 – 8:53
10 – 8:37
11 – 8:42
12 – 8:40
13 – 8:58
14 – 8:45
15 – 8:46
16 – 9:57
17 – 8:40
18 – 8:36
19 – 8:47
20 – 8:44
21 – 8:54
22 – 8:30
23 – 8:39
24 – 8:39
25 – 7:44
26 – 7:38
Last .46 –3:23



Since this trip was primarily focused on the marathon, we stayed pretty close to the hotel/Central Park. Each day seemed to pass by quicker than the next and in the guise of saving our legs, we stayed pretty local. The only time we somewhat ventured out was for the expo at the Javitz Convention Center and concurrently Chelsea Market, and the CAF Luncheon (also located a couple blocks from the expo).

I have never been to New York before and had no concept of the city, what I wanted to do/see/eat. I received several recommendations from Evann but didn’t put together an official itinerary (are you surprised?!).

However, as we ran through the different Burroughs, specifically Brooklyn, I saw a lot of restaurants (including Sweet Chicks recommended by Evann) that would have been fun to visit if we were visiting for other than the marathon. This just leaves me wanting to come back to New York for another trip and for another reason.




Arriving on Thursday late afternoon and departing Monday after breakfast, we experienced 5 days and 4 nights in NYC. The first night I found Trattoria Dell’Arte where we would also end up spending dinner the night before the marathon and then night after. The first night we dined in the regular dining room, but the next 2 nights we sat at the Antipasto Bar, receiving special treatment (complimentary Prosecco, etc.) and entertainment from the waiters.  The night before the marathon we wanted to go with something we knew, and instead of chancing it at a different Italian restaurant, we decided to go back with something we knew worked (and was delicious!). Post-marathon I was ravenous (talk about finishing a marathon at an awkward time…think 2-3pmish) I was too hungry to think/pick a new restaurant, and while hesitant to spend another night where we had already visited two times before, we returned. What we ordered: Burrata & Prosciutto Di Parma, roasted halibut with polenta, salted broccolini and olive tapenade, grilled vegetables & pecorino cheese thin crust pizza (with sausage added), limoncello dessert and cannolis (with added ice cream lololol).


Post dinner night one, we went over to Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert (a familiar name from my baking/Tastespotting days of seeing the cornflake cookie and the compost cookie). I ended up getting a mixed soft serve with crack pie and cereal milk ice cream, with chocolate chips and crushed cornflake toppings. The ultimate breakfast for dessert flavor!


Ok, so now that I’ve covered night one and taken up 3 out of 4 nights/dinners, lets retrace our steps back to Friday morning. After a light jog around Central Park and to check out the finish line, we were all pretty hungry.  I found Blue Dog Kitchen — a small and communal style restaurant serving up homey but not greasy/diner-ish food. What we ordered: roasted avocado benedicts, DIY omelette with mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach and sausage.


After visiting the expo, we decided to walk down on the High Line down to Chelsea Market. We had planned to have high tea at the Plaza hotel, but adhering to an itinerary was not fitting with our non-schedule so we ended up canceling this. We ended up just grabbing a pick-me-up and snack inside Chelsea Market. My iced latte from Ninth Street Espresso was super smooth (and maybe consumed too late in the afternoon — but well worth it). At Sarahbeth’s we got buttermilk biscuits and raspberry/strawberry jam. These absolutely hit the spot, and Jen decided to get a couple biscuits and a jar of strawberry peach jam for our pre-race meal.

For dinner we took a tip from our Concierge at the Warwick Hotel who recommended Il Gattopardo. This was the only night we stepped away from Trattoria Dell’Arte but not from Italian Food. We had an amazing dinner, sharing a couple bottles of wine, Burrata (again), halibut (again) and beignet style desserts. Notice a trend? If it’s not broke don’t fix it!!


Saturday morning I slept in a little later than the others. We had a couple hours before our lunch, but not enough to have a decadent breakfast. We ended up just picking up some coffee and packaged to-go breakfasts from Le Pain Quotidien (which is like one of my favorite chain-style cafes) and headed over to Central Park. We sat atop a huge rock formation, which seemed so weird and surreal to actually exist in the middle of the city.

Soon it was time to get ready for the CAF Luncheon held at Clyde Fraizer’s Wine and Dine. After hearing inspiring talks from some of the athletes who have been helped and granted by CAF as well as some of the members of the board, we had a well catered lunch. I was surprised with how good the food was — mixed greens salad, grilled chicken sandwich and sorbet dessert.

After lunch we had a couple hours before we knew we wanted to get dinner to stay on track for an early night. So the hunt for the perfect pre-race breakfast was on. I think that was one of the weirdest things about the race — starting after 10am. I ended up getting a couple of bananas (which I didn’t end up eating), a mini brioche loaf from Bouchon Bakery (small enough to split it in half and make one sandwich) which I ended up covering with almond butter and some delicious Sarahbeth’s jam.


Dinner was at Trattoria Dell’Arte, and the next morning was race day! And since the race traversed the morning/afternoon, we ended up not eating out until dinner, which was once again at Trattoria Dell’Arte. Fast forward to the morning after the race where Jen and I indulged in breakfast at Sarahbeth’s Central Park South (the actual sit-down restaurant). We shared a mix of salty and sweet breakfast dishes, satisfying me to no end because I woke up feeling completely famished. What we ordered: lemon & ricotta pancakes, spinach & goat cheese omelette, pork & apricot sausage, and three-pepper home fries.

I didn’t take a whole lot of food pictures because I either 1. forgot because I was so hungry and dug in, or 2. didn’t feel like it was the time or place to had a food photoshoot.

Restaurant list:

Trattoria Dell’Arte — 4 stars $$$ Italian
900 7th Ave (between 56th St & 57th St)
Neighborhood: Midtown West

Momofuku Milk Bar — 3.5 stars $$ Bakeries, Coffee & Tea
15 W 56th St (between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
Neighborhood: Midtown West

Blue Dog Kitchen — 4 stars $$ Sandwiches, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
308 W 50th St (between 9th Ave & 8th Ave)
Neighborhood: Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West

Ninth Street Espresso — 4.5 stars $ Cafes, Coffee & Tea
75 9th Ave (between 9th & 10th Ave)
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District, Chelsea

Sarahbeth’s Bakery — 3 stars $$ Bakeries
75th 9th Ave (between 15th St & 16th St)
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District, Chelsea

Il Gattopardo — 4 stars $$$ Italian
13-15 W 54th St
Neighborhood: Midtown West

Le Pain Quotidien — 3.5 stars $$ Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
922 7th Ave (between Central Park & 58th St)
Neighborhood: Midtown West

Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine — 3.5 stars $$ American (New), Sports Bars
485 10th Ave (between 38th St & 37th St)
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West

Bouchon Bakery — 4 stars $$ Bakeries, Sandwiches, French
1 Rockefeller Plaza
Neighborhood: Midtown West

Sarahbeth’s Central Park South — 3.5 stars $$ Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)
40 Central Park S
Neighborhood: Midtown West





Ahh, the pre-marathon/taper week.  This week was cut short with Thursday having a 4:30am wake up call and being an all-day travel day.  That meant cramming in last minute errands, including attempting to shop for “winter clothes” (like this Patagonia jacket below that I successfully wore every day of my trip).  I still managed to catch a couple sunsets with friends and fill in a couple miles, even though Kate was adamant that I didn’t run too much (something I probably did a little too much the week before).


I think this is the first year I didn’t actually celebrate Halloween. And November kind of happened out of nowhere because I wasn’t really thinking tomorrow is the first of November, it was more like, tomorrow is the NYC Marathon and I can’t wait for this to be over!  Anyways, I’ve got lots of NYC stuff coming, including race recap and eats!

Weekly Workout Recap (10/25-10/31):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 4 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 4 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – 3.5 mi
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 11.5 mi
2015 miles: 1210.45 mi



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