If you’re still here reading about my half marathon training…thank you, we have 10 weeks left of these recaps. You can catch up on week 1 here. How is it possible that 10 weeks seems like forever but also way too soon to actually run 13.1 miles? I’m a wreck. Let’s recap the week!
Monday: I went to a gym to run my 3 miles… I walked in the door and they were serving pizza. FOR PIZZA MONDAYS. WTF IS THIS?! It took everything in my to get on that treadmill and run 3 miles and not eat pizza. I felt like not eating the pizza was accomplishment enough. I then STRUGGLED through those 3 miles while watching the treadmill time slowly tick by. When I got home I took my shoe off and my sock was totally bloody. I freaked, took a shower and went to inspect my exercise-induced wound. ONLY I COULDN’T FIND THE SOURCE. Mystery blood is no way to start off the week.
Tuesday: I went to a body pump class… at another gym. This time - no pizza. Only free weights…which made me feel like a bro. The workout was HARD, I was invited by my girlfriend and we rocked the weights to a lot of club music. I’m only doing yoga on my ‘stretch and strength’ days from now on.
Wednesday: Back to the Pizza Gym. I joined as a member - it’s $10 a month…. I’ll just have to avoid the pizza. This run was MUCH better. A tempo run that was a breeze. I drank a cup of coffee before hand and stared at hot models in a magazine… boom, motivation.
Thursday: I ran my 3 miles outside…because it warmed up to a balmy 34 degrees. JP came with me and I was excited for a fun couple run. .25 of a mile from our house I ate shit on a HUGE piece of black ice, sliding for what felt like forever. He told me I went down gracefully (duh). At least I ran the rest of the way home - freezing, looking like i peed my pants.
Friday: I had an early client meeting downtown and an after work event right at 6pm - and just like last Friday, I skipped my workout. WHOOPS. I promise I won’t do it again - but standing for 3 hours in heels is a work out too, you know?!
Saturday: Long run day success! 4 miles down, it was early enough before the snow that I had a chilly but picturesque run down to the Westside Market and through St. Ignatius’s campus. The dogs slept the rest of the day (win!)
Sunday: Rest day was amazing. I literally spent the whole day in bed with the dogs. I only ate pizza and watched the entire first season of The Carrie Diaries on Netflix (because I’m secretly 12 years old). BOOM!
Are you training? Tell me about your week.
Guys. It’s FAT TUESDAY (like I need an excuse) but if you do, get down and load up on all the calories your body can handle by making this outrageously heavenly dessert.
I told you I was making this on Sunday, and I spent my 3 hours doing so - don’t panic, it was worth it. So, back to Fat Tuesday - there are two entire sticks of butter in this heavenly creation. Who cares, throw caution to the wind - eat it all.
Anyway - it’s from Pastry Chef Jennifer Yee at Food & Wine and she blows it up. This was a recipe affectionately referred to as Millionaire’s Shortbread, but Chef Jenny knows it’s time to TURN UP and brought the billions.
So, the gist is this: homemade shortbread, homemade caramel (didn’t even know this was just burnt sugar, hello!), homemade dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt sprinkles.
*Also, my finished product is way uglier than the photos in Food & Wine..but whatever, it still tastes just as good.
Here are the full details:
- 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fine cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 9 ounces 70 percent dark chocolate
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Flaky sea salt, for garnish
I can’t believe it - but the house remodel is nearly complete! We’ve gutted the kitchen, installed new floors, and painted just about every wall or piece of trim in the entire universe.
If you’ve been following along, you know that JPC and I are took care of the reno ourselves…I’m not sure if you can call it DIY when you’re partner specializes in construction - but let’s go with it…since I cancel out just about any ounce of help with my klutziness. We started shopping and tearing up the place just after (or before?) Thanksgiving and completed everything just in time for me to host the ladies of my wine club (more on that later)!
I want to walk you through the updates room by room and figured I’d start with the most important room of the house - THE KITCHEN! First, let me say - I’m in love. One of my new year resolutions is to cook more for the people I love and this kitchen is the place where it’s all going to happen!
So, lets go! Let’s take a look at our ‘before photo' courtesy of the home listing before we purchased the house:
Alright people - WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. Holy cow, I can’t even believe it really looked like this. First off, I have to say we replaced the appliances the week we moved in: we bought a new stainless steel french door fridge as well as a new stainless stove/oven. Otherwise - this was our kitchen for a year. I can tell you this - galley kitchens are really really hard. I kind of hate them. I can also tell you that this kitchen killed my passion for cooking and baking. I hated spending time in it. I hated that I didn’t have a dishwasher even more.
BUT GUESS WHAT? With the renovation we got a dishwasher AND a microwave.
AND we got a beautiful set of cabinets, counters, a sink and facet from IKEA. JPC built out an additional wall so we could add some extra cabinets. WE LITERALLY TRIPLED OUR CABINET SPACE with this remodel.
Finally, every wonderful kitchen gadget we own has a place. Finally, I have enough counter space to prep all sorts of deliciousness. Finally, JPC and I enjoy having nights in to cook and enjoy ourselves in our home.
A close up of our sink and backsplash - we previously had a double-bowl and we opted for a single-bowl sink this time around. A few weeks in and I can tell you it was a great decision! I love how much room I have for cleaning and prep this way, I completely recommend it.
At the end of the kitchen closest to the dining room we put in a bar with a few stools. JPC built the bar for us, as I mentioned above, this is his specialty and his business. He’s an amazing craftsman that I’m so lucky to have (check out his website here). Previously, we had our dining room table crammed in this corner and used the space as an eat-in kitchen. It kind of sucked. I’ll be unveiling the new dining room in another post.
Above is the view of the same FREAKING FABULOUS kitchen from the other angle, as you can see the bar area is perfectly placed for quick meals or a cocktail while dinner is being prepped. Last but not least - can we talk about the floors?? The ‘before’ photo shows you the weird Floridian tile that was EVERYWHERE.
Seriously guys, I can’t get over this labor of love (mostly from JPC). I am so grateful that he took this on in addition to the rest of his work. Yes, I learned how to calk, paint, and grout…but if I’m being honest, mostly I just vacuumed. This would have never happened without him.
Petra can’t resist a photo op, ever.
So, the money shot - THE BEFORE AND AFTER COLLAGE, Apartment Therapy here I come:
Grey Walls: Essential Grey - Sherwin Williams
Purple Wall: Exclusive Plum - Sherwin Williams
Stools: Carlisle Metal Stools
Rug: Rugs USA
So, talk to me - what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Have you redone your kitchen or are you thinking about it? Talk to me. I want to know everything.
Alright guys - Week 1 is in the books and today is my ‘rest day’.
I figured I’d give a brief update on how training is going now that my life is consumed by running (and more running). Since Sunday is a rest day and I don’t have to run - I have no idea what to do with myself, so… I’ll blog!
Until May 18th - this is where you can expect to see a weekly update on my progress and thoughts. Again, I’m using the Hal Higdon method and I’m already 2 weeks behind, so it will be interesting on how I make up that missed mileage before the big day.
So, here’s what we’re working with:
Monday/Tuesday: ?? can’t remember if I ran 2.5 on Monday or on Tuesday. Either way, it was only one of the days. I was suppose to run 3 miles, but miscalculated my distance and ran a really difficult 2.5 miles. I realized just how difficult it was for me since I *thought* I ran 3 miles. It was cold and my body hated me. The dogs however, loved it.
Wednesday: It snowed and I ran my intervals (about 1.6 miles) on the snowy sidewalks. It was hard. Running in the snow is like running on sand - who knew? Also, I was called ‘a white girl with a dog sled team' and cheered on by a flavorful neighbor. Again, the dogs loved it.
Thursday: JPC and I woke up and hit a 45 minute spin class at 6am. SUCCESS. We did arm weights to Rod Stewart - can you ask for anything more awesome as a kick off to your day?
Friday: I was suppose to wake up and run 3 miles before work. It was 1 degree outside. Instead I went back to bed. WHOOPS. I guess I need to get that gym membership since winter JUST WON’T LET UP. I did not run my miles at all, bad half-marathon trainer.
Saturday: I got up and ran my 4 miles with a pretty decent hangover. The weather was a balmy 35 degrees, the sun was shining and the pups were pleased. We ran steady 10 minute miles. I kicked my hangover and finished feeling awesome - the dogs slept for the rest of the day.
Sunday: (today!) Rest day! Whoopie! I laid around and read food magazines and plan to make this:
Because hello - I need to replace all these lost calories somehow ;)
Guys. I’m two years until 30. In an effort to not squander what’s left of my youth, I’ve decided to take some serious measures. I’m going to run my first half marathon. I don’t even like to run all that much, and now I’m going to do it all the time. CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW CRAZY I AM?
I have about 80 days until the gun fires and I’m already behind my training schedule. Again, CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW CRAZY I AM?
I’m using the Hal Higdon training schedule, recommended by my coworkers who’ve handled the 13.1 miles before. Does anyone else have any training tips? If you’re in the CLE area, I’d love to link up and get a running buddy or two!
I’ll be recapping some workouts and my progress here. I hope you’ll help cheer me on! Honestly, this blog post is what finally forced me to commit. See you on the road ;)
My long NYC weekend was too good for just one post! If you missed it, you can catch up on part 1 here. Every time I’m in NYC I spend my days walking and walking with breaks only for eating and drinking. You know what they say, shopping IS cardio - so in the end I hope it all equals out.
Do: Soul Cycle
I walked over to the West Village studio and rode with my college roommate and bff, Julia. Denis, our instructor is a total babe. We were hungover from too many champagne cocktails, but as soon as the lights went out and the sweat started pouring I knew it was going to be a great day! We crushed the 45 minute class before heading to brunch. You know I’m a big fan of detox for a retox. It was an amazing post-birthday treat with an amazing lady (Thanks Jules!).
Eat: Laduree Masion de Macarons
Great news NYC friends and fans - Laduree just opened a new boutique/cafe on Broadway. We grabbed a few macarons to go and they sustained our shopping for hours. I freaking love this little place so much. The line for cafe seating wrapped around the store, but I’m sure it’s worth it.
Leave it to Nestle to create an entire cafe/restaurant just aimed to marketing/selling their latest instant coffee machine. As a passionate marketer I thought it was genius, but JP thought it was a little bit odd/cheesy. Perfectly located around all Soho prime shopping - we popped in for a doppio and back to the main event (SHOPPING) we went. It was just the boost I needed, plus there’s lunch if you need it.
Traveling is one of my favorite things I could ever imagine doing to celebrate any birthday. This year, for my 28th birthday JPC and I jetted off to NYC to spend time with friends, shop and of course - EAT.
We decided to go the Airbnb route for our stay. It’s much more affordable, and offers a real-life NYC experience. We rented a fab apartment in Greenwich Village - check it out here. It’s my favorite neighborhood, with beautiful town homes and fantastic little restaurants. Also helpful, it’s very close to the train and can zip you into Brooklyn in breeze.
Instead of heading to MOMA or some of the galleries that offer unbelievable exhibits, this time we decided to do something new. Specifically, the New Museum. We were able to visit 4 floors of unbelievable work from Polish artist Pawel Althamer.
His work spans across several mediums including video, metal work and sculpture.
The entire 4th floor included an interactive exhibit with a time-lapse recording taking place. Visitors were encouraged to create their own art in the space so Althamer could create a film from it later. While painting, drawing and coloring we were lucky enough to meet the artist himself. Naturally, he was lovely and I was quite starstruck.
Just down the street from the New Museum is the wall space dedicated for the ever-changing Bowery Mural. Just a week before we came to town, artist Maya Hayuk painted a stunning color explosion that was exactly what the city needed with the Polar Vortex crap we’ve been dealing with.
Of course, we spent most of our shopping time in Soho and the Meat Packing District. Scoop, Zara and Topshop are a few of my affordable favorites that we don’t have in Cleveland so I make sure to get some serious retail time here. I also love to check out Opening Ceremony and All Saints when we visit - they offer tons of trend foresight.
NYC ramen is top-notch. In the past we’ve enjoyed more than our own body-weight of Momofuko, but this time we made sure our first dinner came from Ippudo.
We lined up (in a blizzard) and waited with about 70 others for the doors to open. We were seated right away and I was able to slam some buns, noodles and sake all while jamming to 90’s hip hop. It was glorious and probably what Heaven actually looks like.
Stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll share more doing and well, more eating! What are your NYC faves? It’s one of my new year resolutions to visit the city more, and I’m always on the lookout for recommendations
Guys! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! In honor of the lovey-dovey holiday I thought I’d share some styles on the ultimate lovey-dovey accessory - ENGAGEMENT RINGS!
Below you’ll find details from myself and my two besties on what we’d like if we had a no-holds choice on engagement rings. We all have such different style - but I think our ring choices are actually quite similar.
Meet Lauryn - a 29 year old year old yoga teacher, foodie and workout enthusiast. She’s super trendy, artsy and loves describing her style as ‘whimsical’. So, what’s Lauryn looking for? In her own words, ‘I would want something that says you’re who I dream of, will you love me and spend the rest of your life with me, with this ring that I could afford right now. ;) Something simple but eye catching. Something that i could add to or change if I needed. Preferably his mother or grandmothers ring or diamond.’
Meet Jen - 28 year old event planner, type A GENIUS. If I’m ever in a pickle, Jen is the gal I want leading the charge. Her style is classic - she’s exactly the person I think of when I think of updated classic looks that are timeless. She knows what works for her and sticks to it. When I think of her style I think of clean lines and bold colors. She loves to jazz it up with something trendy. So, what’s she looking for in an engagement ring? In her own words, 'I feel like my style is timeless and traditional with a touch of trend. I like all things pretty and girly. Despite my classic style I would never want a cookie cutter ring.'
Last but not least, ME! Who am I? Well, I’m a 27 year old who happens to be turning 28 on Sunday. By day I work for a digital marketing agency, by night I run this blog. When I think of my style and who I am, I peg myself as someone who has urban style with a traditional edge. I love statement pieces that can be jazzed up with a downtown feel. In my own words, If I were to get engaged I’d want something timeless but with a story.
What do you think? If you had a say in the matter, what would you choose?