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Running Pop Quiz!

A few years ago a few friends and I used to send quizzes and surveys back and forth to one another during work (it was a necessity to get through the work day, clearly). I was pumped to see Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl post this pop quiz gem last week (and she encouraged others to answer, and share it)! Survey heaven. Here we are:

1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

I used to use Gu and Gu Chomps, but they were too sweet for me to take down continuously over the course of a marathon and gave me awful stomach aches. Now I try to stick to natural food-based energy now, raisins or dried fruit. My favorite snack/fuel is Try Chips. Both work perfectly!

2. Race Length: 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

My favorite distance is probably the half marathon. The distance is tough, but it’s a perfect amount of time to still be able to give it your all!

3. Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants or Other?

I love shorts. During any weather. I wear the  Lululemon Run Speed Short. My favorite thing about them is the lining underneath has a perfect elastic. Your butt doesn’t shake too much and it doesn’t cut off your circulation like A LOT of other running shorts.

4. Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

I fuel with Nuun during all of my training runs. I don’t really like carrying a bottle during races so I will take the water/Gatorade.

5. Running Temperatures: HEAT or COLD?

As long as my hands are kept warm, I will be fine in the cold! Running in humidity is awful. I think it helps my training, but it is still awful.

6. Running Shoe Brands: Suacony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics or Other?

Mizuno. Always. After a 3 year run in the Wave Riders, an injury led me to switch to a stability shoe. I now wear Wave Inspires for longer runs and Wave Elixir for faster paced runs (and most likely all races).


7. Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

I am good with a bagel/english muffin with PB&J or Oatmeal with granola and PB.

8. Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x or more per week, never ever ever or Other?

I rest when my body calls for it. I do not over train (anymore) because I don’t ever want to be injured. It sucks. Generally I have 2 rest days week, more if I need them and more if I am being lazy.

9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?

Definitely use music if I am not running with someone, but I prefer a conversation 🙂

10. #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?

Running is my stress-reliever, a means to happiness, a way to build confidence, a way to meet new friends and a way to better my mind and body. I love how I feel when I am running. I wouldn’t trade it. Plus I want to eat bagels all the time. Running allows me to do that.

Answer the questions in the comments below! Or on your own blog, just leave me a link in the comments so I can check out everyone’s answers!! I love surveys.


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.

If you would like more information, visit them:

**Don’t forget to enter my PRO Compression sock giveaway! It ends Wednesday Aug 15!**

NYCM Training – Week 3 Recap

Monday 7/23:

Katherine and I went to Nike Training Club in Central Park. It is a free fitness class (boot camp style) offered each week. After some jogging and running drills up the hill into the park, the class was split into 5 groups and we did circuit training. And by circuit training I mean we did about 150 pushups and an hour of planks, on the cement. Ouch. and Sweaty.

Tuesday 7/24:

  • #TrackTimeTuesday – Speedwork

Goal for the intervals for speedwork:
1200m- 5:10 (6:55)
1000m- 4:16 (6:52)
800m- 3:23 (6:48)
600m- 2:31 (6:45)
400m- 1:39 (6:38)

Actual Results Per Garmin:

Because they are a little heard to read:

Lap 4 – 1200m- 5:17 (6:52) – I hit the lap button at 0.77 so a little too far, but right on pace!
Lap 6 – 1000m- 4:13 (6:49) – lap was 0.62mi
Lap 8 – 800m- 3:25 (6:47) – lap was 0.50mi
Lap 10 – 600m- 2:35 (6:44) – lap was 0.38
Lap 12 – 400m- 1:39 (6:21) – lap was 0.26

I am happy I hit my paces, but it was a rough workout. I was absolutely getting too confident about hitting the paces in the past two weeks and this workout brought me back down to earth. I am working on a very hard plan and the workouts are going to be very hard.

Wednesday 7/25:

I did a spin class at NYSC at lunchtime. The instructor was very upbeat and pretended the class was training for the Olympics. It was a great class for tired legs, nothing too hard but still a great workout! I will definitely go back next week (she said there will be medals).

Thursday 7/26:

  • #TempoTimeThursday

Thursday Tempo Goal:  7 mile tempo with 5 miles @ 8:05 pace

Actual Results (per my Garmin):

Total time for 5 mi tempo – 40:48

Average Heart Rate per mile: (1) 156 (2) 169 (3) 178 (4) 181 (5) 181 (6) 181 (7) 176

I ran with Abby and Laura in Central Park for the tempo. The humidity (as everyone else is saying) really does take a toll on you when trying to run at faster paces but we helped push one another through the miles! I appreciate the encouragement of friends during runs and the without the conversation flow I am not sure how I would have gotten the 7 miles done! I am very satisfied with the run, especially with the humidity.

  • Thursday night I ran the Sunset & Suds 5k (for Team in Training) with Kara in Riverside Park. The race started right as the sky looked like it was going to throw up on us. It was humid and windy and the leaves were blowing directly onto our faces at warp speed. It hurt. We chatted about our upcoming RAGNAR RELAY almost the entire race and when we crossed the finish line, it began to thunder, lightning and downpour. Afterwards, we enjoyed some free Bud Lights (basically in a cave, to avoid being injured by the weather).

5k Results (with a stellar positive split):

Average Heart Rate per mile: (1) 170, (2) 177, (3) 173 (4) 0.10 – 173

Friday 7/27:

I planned to do some type of cross-train or workout but I ended up taking a rest day. My legs were still sore from Thursday’s tempo this week. I was also being lazy.

Saturday 7/28:

Rest Day again. Let’s just say it was because I had to run 17 miles on Sunday, NOT because I am lazy and hit the snooze button on my alarm 182091 times.

Sunday 7/29:

  • Long Run

I moved my long run to Sunday (and from Central Park to Forked River, NJ).

I had a hard time leaving the house to do this run but I knew I had to. For the first 6 miles I was telling myself to turn around and run home and to cut the run short. I finally settled into a groove and warmed up. I decided to break up the run into three sections (6mi, 6mi and 5 mi) so it would be easier to get through (accomplish one mini-goal at a time)!

Goal: 17 mi @ 9:08 pace

Actual: 17mi @ 9:03 avg pace

Average Heart Rate per mile: (1) 142 (2) 154 (3) 159 (4) 157 (5) 157 (6) 157 (7) 154 (8) 161 (9) 160 (10) 163 (11) 165 (12) 166 (13) 168 (14) 171 (15) 171 (16) 174 (17) 172

During my last 2 long runs, I have decided to pick up the pace to somewhere around marathon goal pace (still unsure what that is). It is nice to know you still have some pep in your step after over 2 hours on your feet! I will definitely be doing this during every long run!

The route I ran!

#Seenonmyrun – Barnegat Bay (and lighthouse)!

SIDE NOTE: I decided to use a new fueling strategy. During the week, I saw this article about raisins being just as effective as sports chews for fueling workouts, posted by Josephine. For this marathon training cycle, I wanted to fuel with real food. I decided to start with the raisins. I used Wild Harvest Organic raisins, which I received when I signed up for the Healthy Living Summit (which is coming up in 3 weeks, and I am excited)! I fueled at mile 6 and mile 11 with this amount (I guessed, I had absolutely no idea how many to eat):

A handful?

I think it worked. I felt great the entire time (besides the usual “I am running 17 miles joint aches”). I will continue to use raisins as fuel to see how I perform!

I am very happy with this week’s training!

Weekly Goals

Running Mileage: 26

Actual Mileage: 32

Workout Minutes: 2 hr 30 min

Actual Workout Minutes:  1 hour 45 min