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The HUGE {Ragnar Relay} Elephant in the Room

I haven’t posted about the Ragnar Relay (Adirondacks) that I am about to embark on this weekend because I have been trying to hide my fear of it.

Let me backtrack a bit. Many months ago I saw some random blogger (ahem, my now close friend Kara) tweet about needing other blogger runners for a Ragnar! New to the blogging world (and twitter), but desperately wanting to run a Ragnar, I sent her a message and a few emails later I was part of the team. As the months went by the team changed a bit and we ended up with 8 girls. I signed up to run 2 legs per each run (3 runs in total). When I signed up I was excited for this amount of mileage. I was going to be at the top of my game from NYCM training. Then I got hurt, didn’t run for 5 weeks, and completely ignored the fact that I had this HUGE 32 mile task in front of me (I think my teammates did as well). Luckily, I healed up right on schedule and got some runs in! However, I am STILL hoping for the best.

Here are the details:

Course: Saratoga to Lake Placid – 192.7 Miles (on a mountain)

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Team: Maids of Dishonor – Lora is getting married shortly after this relay. She is the bride. We are the bridesmaids. ONLY runners like to celebrate an upcoming nuptial by running 200 fucking miles.

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Runners:

Runner 1, 2 – Ashley

Runner 3, 4 – Erin

Runner 5 – Kara

Runner 6 – Laura

Runner 7, 8 – Lora (bride!)

Runner 9 – Annie

Runner 10 – Susan

Runner 11,12 – Dayna

My Legs:

Leg 1,2 – total: 11.5 mi

  • Leg 1 – 5.3 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of –97 ft.
  • Leg 2 –  6.2 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 28 ft

Leg 13, 14 – total: 11.9 mi (Climb begins)

  • Leg 13 – 4.1 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of 95 ft.
  • Leg 14 – 7.8 mi, Very Hard – Net elevation change of 151 ft.

Leg 25, 26 – total: 9.4 mi

  • Leg 25 – 5.5 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 292 ft
  • Leg 26 – 3.9 mi, Easy – Net elevation change of 91 ft

Total Mileage for me: 32.8. This will be the first time I am ever running that much in a 24 hour period so check back on Sunday to see if I have kneecaps or ankle bones left, or if I am still alive. I did a rough estimate of everyone’s paces and I will be running at 7:00 am (starting it out for everyone), 4:00 pm and 3:00 am. I’ll let you know how that goes as well (Samsonite – I was WAY off)!

Sponsors: We were 100% hooked up. We are going to be clothed, fed, fueled, refreshed and washed by some amazing products.

Big shout out and a huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Under Armour

PRO Compression

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Last but not least (but probably most appreciated by other teammates to get rid of stank odors)….

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Wish me luck guys. I will most certainly need it on this amazing adventure! I will be videotaping, taking pictures and hopefully everyone will be tweeting about our adventures 🙂

Please follow @MaidsofDishonor on twitter or #MaidsofDishonor and #RagnarADK for updates!!

Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay, or any relay race? I would LOVE to hear about it!

PLEASE leave some last minute tips/advice for me!

HLS 2012: Dining with Chobani

During the Healthy Living Summit, Chobani invited a group of bloggers to take part in a special dinner at EVOO in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA. I was honored to be invited and obviously excited to attend. Each item on the menu would be inspired by Chobani yogurt.

Side note: I never knew that creating this blog would allow me to participate in wonderful events with amazing companies. Chobani is one of those companies that supports and works closely with bloggers. They always seem to go above and beyond to make us feel appreciated. And I appreciate them in return!

Anyway, when we got to the restaurant, we were greeted by our wonderful hosts, Emily, Amy and Ashley (the lovely ladies of the Chobani community team). I previously met Emily and Amy at the Chobani Soho opening so I was happy to see them again! We grabbed a seat at the table, which was already set with delicious cheese and pickled pepper platters! There were also “icebreaker cards” placed on our tables which had many different questions that got us chatting even more.

The drink menu at EVOO was amazing. I decided on “My Blue Heaven,” which had Blueberry Vodka, Organic Lemonade and fresh blueberries. It was freaking delicious. Other people thought so too…

The staff at EVOO was very accommodating to any dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian)! Awesome.

The first course: Heirloom tomato salad with a yogurt gelee, spearmint, basil and EVOO. Mine was minus the gelatin and just the yogurt and it was amazing. I have never in my life had tomatoes that tasted so ripe!

The second course: lobster-vanilla yogurt succotash! Of course mine was minus the lobster! The succotash looked great and the I could immediately smell the vanilla Cho! I had never had this type of meal before and after going home and looking up what is actually was, I hope to make it on my own often!

The third (and main) course: Seared Yogurt & Spice Sous Vide Lamb Loin with Crisp Eggplant and Raita. I was served the dish sans Lamb with an extra eggplant. The yogurt sauce everything I’d hoped for, and the fried eggplant was coated just enough where the breading did not come close to over overpowering the vegetable’s taste.

While waiting for our final (and most anticipated course, dessert), we learned more from Emily about Chobani’s appreciation for bloggers and their network (and of course their love for Chobani). We learned that due to this type of networking, Chobani only recently incorporated traditional advertising methods (magazines and commercials). That is amazing.

Then it came. Dessert: Nectarine-Basil Crisp with Frozen Berry Yogurt. The frozen yogurt was Strawberry Chobani mixed with fresh blueberries. My favorite thing about this dessert was the contrasting temperatures. The cold frozen yogurt went so well with the warm topping and warm nectarines. I wish I could eat this every day.

During dessert, Chef Peter McCarthy came into our (private) dining room for a chance to chat about the experience of making the meals with Chobani. He let us know that the restaurant does use yogurt in some of the dishes on the menu so it as not too much of a stretch, but some of the concepts were definitely new to him (ahem, the vegetarian options for some of the girls were a last-minute loop). It was great to hear from him and we were able to ask him questions and most importantly, THANK HIM and COMPLIMENT HIM for the delicious dinner.

It was amazing to chat with new friends over delicious food. We ALL left feeling inspired (and probably somewhat drunk). THANK YOU to Chobani for continuously providing amazing experiences. Much love 🙂

Emily (Cho), Melissa, Me & Kristin

Photo Courtesy of Ashley

Go to Chobani Soho

Note: This is a big picture post, because it has to be, because it was that good.

As most of us are huge Chobani fans, if you haven’t been to Chobani Soho yet, I am sure you heard they opened a store in NYC. It is in the corner of West Broadway and Prince Street.

Prior to heading to greek yogurt heaven, I went to a non-air conditioned, sweat fest  Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Vida Stacy, who is equally sarcastic and hilarious as me (yes, I do think I am rather witty). After yoga, Stacy and I met up with Kristin and Beth and we had a glass of wine and chatted before the Chobani event!

I was so excited to go to the new Chobani store. They are amazing and kind for inviting so many bloggers to the store to taste test their creations!

We were greeted by Emily, who started off the night by explaining a bit about Chobani’s history and foundations.

Dar then took the floor for the remainder of the evening.

We learned of Hamdi, the founder of Chobani, who is a Turkish immigrant that wanted to change the way people looked at yogurt in the US.

I loved the store’s design. It went with the story of Chobani completely. From the founder to the farms in upstate New York, the wooden details evoked the feel of a modern farmhouse with Mediterranean influences.

Dar explained that Chobani focuses on the quality of the ingredients, which are wholesome and natural. The only ingredients in the yogurt are milk and cultures. They do not carry sugar in the store, the dishes are sweetened with honey or agave nectar. The yogurt is delivered fresh everyday and kept at 34 degrees. Each “Creation” has a focus on one or two main ingredient/s that drives the flavor and taste.

Over the course of the night, we were fortunately served all 9 homemade creations for tasting!

Top: Pistachio + Chocolate

Bottom: Plain Chobani + Cucumbers

Top: Blueberry + Power

Bottom: Seasonal Fruit + Granola

Top: Plain Chobani + Olive Oil

Bottom: Peanut Butter + Jelly

and my favorites……

Toasted Coconut + Pineapple  The shredded coconut was massive and paired so well with the hazelnuts! This creation literally made me feel like I was on vacation.

WINNER! Fig + Walnut – I love figs. They are so sweet and the texture is so unique! When paired with the walnuts and the yogurt, it was instantly satisfying. I snack on walnuts and yogurt often, so I will absolutely be adding figs to the mixture in the near future (like tomorrow, since I bought figs last night).

We definitely embarked on a flavor journey at Chobani Soho.

They also have a “Mediterranean Pantry” with a variety of Turkish nuts, honey and olive oil imported from Greece so you can make your own Chobani creations at home. Mine will never be as creative or as tasty but I will give it a shot.

I will start with the awesome Turkish Hazelnuts I received in the goodie bag they gave all of us.

Huge Chobani bonus:

They sell water and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which funds clean drinking water projects. I love charity.

You should go visit the store and try each creation. Every single one was splendid.

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