NYC, Here I Come

The wait is finally over. On Wednesday, through a very poorly managed “announcement” on the part of NYRR, I found out I got accepted for the NYC Marathon!!! As I am certainly not fast enough to qualify for guaranteed entry, I was stuck entering the lottery, and crossing my fingers. I heard this year’s entrants had a 6% of getting selected. I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to get a spot. But as I got closer to the announcement, I couldn’t help but think how badly I wanted to run this race, this year. Being part of a huge city race is a completely different feeling from any other marathon. And New York is the biggest and baddest of them all. While watching the live Marathon Opening Day webcast (which was supposed to be the announcement of lottery winners but ended up being an hour of fluff and interviews), I learned this race draws 2.5 million spectators! Nearly 50,000 runners will complete it this year, which is 20,000 larger than any race I’ve run. It’s the world’s largest single-day sporting event. I get chills just thinking about running through those streets in that huge of an event.  Continue reading

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My First Raw Food Experience

Since I last blogged, I’ve been very diligent in keeping up with a very strict and miserable diet to help me quickly lose a little bit of the weight I’ve put on during my forced running hiatus. It’s been very difficult eating basically the same thing for lunch and dinner every day. It’s fine to stick with it for a week or two in a pinch, but after a while I just need a change of pace. I figured a visit to Jar Bar for lunch yesterday would be a perfect way to have a healthy meal, but get out of the house to do it. Continue reading

The Ankle Saga Continues

Last time I wrote about my injury, I had just been diagnosed with a torn muscle in my ankle, ordered to wear a brace for one month, and told not to do any physical activity putting weight on my foot. It was a long month. I tried to follow the doctor’s orders as best I could. I didn’t run, aside from two 5ks and a Half Marathon since I had already signed up for those and I am stubborn. My foot has been feeling fine and I haven’t been wearing the brace the last week or so.

I finally had my follow-up appointment on Wednesday, and the news wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Dr. K basically discussed what I need to do moving forward. He wants me to get custom-fitted orthotics for my shoes, which I really want to avoid. I have also been ordered to do six weeks of physical therapy, three times a week. I am still not allowed to do physical activity and have to wear the brace, unless my physical therapists evaluate me and determine otherwise. Continue reading

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Dried Pineapple Flowers: Recipe & Tutorial

I made these beautiful pina colada cupcakes for a Tiki-themed cocktail party hosted by Jen and Jon, of the Hungry Runner and Home Speakeasy. The cupcakes tasted great and were super moist. They had a little bit of booze in them, to fit with the theme. I went with a very light whipped cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled them with some Hibiscus sugar I purchased in St. Martin. The dried pineapple flowers were really the stars of these cupcakes, and were so simple to make. These cupcakes definitely scream warm weather and would be the perfect addition to any Spring or Summer party menu.  Continue reading

4 days, 3 races, 3 states, 2 time zones, 1 ankle

I have a tendency to overschedule myself. I can’t say no to anything, and I pile on the commitments to my calendar until I feel tired just looking at it. Then when my hectic week arrives, I tell myself I will never overschedule again. And then I do it again anyway. It’s a cycle I can’t seem to break. So it’s really no shock that I signed myself up for 3 races in the span of 4 days, in 3 different states, while returning home from a week-long business trip, on the other side of the country. I’ve known this would be a rough couple of weeks for me since I planned it. But then I went and messed up my ankle, and I knew it would be even worse.  Continue reading