I was just going over my flight itinerary with my sister in law so she could make sure she was available to get me to and from the airport and watch the doodlebug while I’m in San Francisco for marathon weekend and while I had my calendar out I counted the days….36 left!


I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’ll be running either a half marathon or a full having practically no training. (I’ll basically have 3 weeks of training and 1 week of taper!) Here’s the plan I pulled out of my ass head that will start on 7/1 (plus i’ll be biking for the rest of June and “running” the Queens 10k tomorrow):

Week 1:     Tues – 3 miles easy • Thursday-5 miles tempo • Saturday-8 miles easy • Sunday – bike
Week 2:     Tues – 4 miles easy • Thursday – 6 miles tempo • Saturday 10 miles easy • Sunday -bike
Week 3:     Tues – 3 miles easy • Thursday 7 miles tempo • Saturday 12 miles easy • Sunday – bike
Week 4:     Tues – 3 miles easy • Thursday 3 miles easy • Friday – shakeout run • Sunday –  MARATHON!

This should be plenty to get me through an easy paced half…..and if i’m crazy enough to stick with the full I’ll let you know how that goes. =)

Yesterday I attended the International Franchise Expo here in New York City at the Javits Center (where the NYC Marathon expo is held) The ad agency I work for does their print advertising and on-site materials, so our team decided to take a field trip there and check it out.

getting ready to check it out

getting ready to check it out

I'm holding the show directory for which I designed the cover. Yeah I'm a total nerd!

I’m holding the show directory—I designed the cover. Yeah I’m a total nerd!

I often dream about just opening a Dunkin Donuts somewhere. There were hundreds of franchises exhibiting but we were on a mission to check out all the food franchise exhibitors first! We started with llaollao the BEST frozen yogurt I’ve ever had.

seriously delicious

seriously delicious

I approve!

I approve!

the mango sauce!

I had the mango sauce and my life is changed forever!


llaollao — the fastest growing european franchise in the fro yo market

Then we checked out House of Cupcakes. The couple that started this franchise were the season 2 winners of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.


sampled the merchandise

sampled the merchandise

There were beverage franchises too…

sodapop1 sodapop2This definitely gave me food for thought. (ha! get it?!) Do I want to be my own boss? Do I want to buy a franchise? Hmmmm!

my wonderful coworkers!

my wonderful coworkers!

This morning Duncan and I went down to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS. The team I joined to help support is a family very dear to me.

#defeatALS #findacure

#defeatALS #findacure

The team raised a total of $1,700, more than double their goal. It’s quite the reality-check when your friend tells you his mom was just diagnosed with ALS. It makes me really think twice about crying a river over some tendonitis. Life is so unpredictable and our days are not guaranteed. Someone once told me (or maybe I read it somewhere) that we are all terminal…..we are all going to die some day but we don’t know when. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of each day we have. I take these moments to remind myself of that.

After the walk I headed straight to my brother’s house for a family get together to celebrate a bunch of stuff. The only important thing you need to know is that I had 2 of these cupcakes made by a friend of my sister-in-laws

Irish Car Bombs!

Irish Car Bombs!

In addition to some booze in the batter there was a hidden nugget of chocolate ganáche in the center….to die for!

Well it’s getting late and i’ve got my alarm set for half past the cows ass (or 4:30am) since I’m running that 10K in Queens tomorrow. There will be some pickup of running peeps in Brooklyn at 6:30am and then we’ll head to the start. Race starts at 8am. But again, I’m just so excited to run with my peeps and allow my legs to enjoy a few more “preview” running miles!

Hope you’re having a super Saturday night (or Sunday if you’re in a different hemisphere =)


I’m almost done with my recap for the NJ Marathon but just waiting on a few pictures. I warn you now it’s a novel so be prepared =)

Yesterday I focused on recovery and hydration.


requirements for the day after a marathon…wear your finisher’s shirt and HYDRATE!

As I was thumbing through some of the pics we took I noticed how cool this one was that my new iphone case that says 26.2 shows through the clear pouch so nicely on my fuelbelt!

iphone case

cute pink iphone case makes the second best fashion accessory. The “necklace” is the best accessory =) Two HAPPY girls!

Since I’m not running today I took Duncan for a little play time at the park really early (as in BEFORE COFFEE EARLY!). We were on the baseball field and apparently he found himself a ball =)

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Since NJ is complete I pulled the trigger and registered for my next marathon. San Francisco here i come!!!

sf marathon

time to train for hills!

I hadn’t anticipated running more than one full marathon this year but I wanted to be there to support Lisa’s sister Valerie as she runs her first full. I have NO time goals for this one. I just want to take some great pictures and enjoy the journey. =)

Hoping to have that recap up tonight or tomorrow.

Question: do you like water? Are you a purist or do you add anything to it or go for flavored kinds?

My go-to stress reliever as you all know is running. I like to Sweat Out The Small Stuff. But I have other great ways to de-stress too…

1. My Dog. It’s been shown that pets help reduce stress


the face I wake up to every morning


This guy! My sunshine, my only sunshine….

2. De-clutter and beautify my office space. While I don’t normally buy flowers to keep on my desk at work, we spruced up the office to make a good impression on a new client who was coming in to the office earlier in the week. My co-worker saw that I was in a crapola mood and “re-arranged” the flowers so that one magically appeared in my cubicle. Thanks Joel! That of course sparked me to clean up my space. It’s just feels better now =) This can also be applied to the home environment!

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pretty stress-relieving tulips

3. Change of scenery. All too often I sit at my desk and work until it’s time to go home and my shoulders creep up higher and higher as I get tenser and tenser. It’s rare that I step away from my desk at lunch. I work in New York City. There is just SO MUCH to see in this city. Little nuggets of inspiration in random places. So today, I opted to take advantage of this gorgeous Spring day to run an errand at lunch. I walked up 6th Avenue and randomly turned right on 41st Street right by the big New York Public Library. They named the block Library Way and had these metal plaques placed in the concrete along the sidewalk to form “Library Walk”. Great quotes from books. I stopped to read each one (and snap pics of some).

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My 2 favorite…

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I stopped into the famous cigar shop on 42nd Street, Nat Sherman, and bought a birthday gift for my friend.

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unfortunately scaffolding didn’t allow me to take a photo from the front

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I bought him a pipe lighter. They gift wrapped it for me for stress free. =)

I couldn’t help but leave my work stress behind for the hour I stepped away. I’m really going to make it a point to take a break each day at lunch. Yes, Tuesdays will probably continue to be a run at the gym but the rest of the days I want to take advantage of all the history that is within NYC’s architecture and neighborhoods. And hello, I am just a mile from Central Park. Boom!

4. Eat something new! OK maybe this isn’t the recommended way to de-stress per-se, but changing up the same old same old lunch routine can bring something to the table I suppose. I stumbled upon a new (to me) turkish place and got the turkish version of a Greek gyro. It’s chicken, with lettuce, tomato, onion and some special sauces on warm turkish bread. I sat and ate it at my desk without multitasking. Correct, I did nothing but eat. For the first time in a long time I actually TASTED my meal. It’s too common for me to inhale meals when I’m working.

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5. Listen to music and stretch. Well this hasn’t happened yet but it’s my plan for tonight. Instead of turning the TV on I’m going to stretch and listen to some tunes first.

And tomorrow I’ll run!!!!! =)

OK, little secret. Looks like I might be running the San Francisco Marathon on July 27th. I’m just figuring a plan to afford travel and registration expenses without robbing a bank. I won’t have any major goals for this one other than to have fun and finish in the allotted 6 1/2 hour time limit =) It’s more of a “I don’t want to miss out” type situation because some of my running peeps are signed up including Valerie (sister of a peep) who will be running her first ever full marathon and Roger who is doing their special 52.4 ultra marathon!  So I need to be there to document it and blog about it for prosperity. =)

Question: Have you ever joined a trip with friends because you didn’t want to miss out even though you knew it would be a strain on the budget? Please say yes. =) Have you ever robbed a bank? Please say no. =)