NYC Marathon Week 1 Update

Week 1 and done! Ok, so I decided to follow this "intermediate" runner's marathon training plan that I came across on Runner's World Mag. Let me tell you, it's A LOT of miles. I haven't really been running as much since April and going back into full training mode was quite a struggle. 

Day 1: Easy 5 miles

"Easy," they said. *rolls eyes* I forced myself to run before work since I promised myself that I would take this training 110%.

Day 2: 6 miles hills + strides

It down poured like a mother here in Boston, like torrential down pour, so i chickened out and didn't run. 

Day 3: Rest or XT

Since I took Tuesday off because of the rain, I decided to run just a mild 6miles at the crack of ass before work. I also took a rowing class at the Kimpton Hotel Marlowe with Community Rowing. Maybe I did too much on day 3 but I didn't feel over worked at all.

Day 4: Easy 5 miles

"Easy," they said. It was such a frickin' humid day this past Thursday. Somehow, I survived. I also got some color too. 

Day 5: Easy 4 miles

"Easy," they said. Again, it was such a hot day in Boston. A little struggle city running 4. The air was  heavy that I found myself dragging the last mile. I had a white top on and it stained from so much sweat. It's safe to say that I had to throw it out.

Day 6: 10 miles

My friend Liz is running NYC with me, so we decided to do the plan together and train together as much as we can. We started our run at 6:30am to beat the heat. We stopped a few times for photo opps but we kept each other accountable when wanted to take hella breaks. Dunkin' Donuts iced coffees were waiting for us at the end of our run.

Day 7: Rest

Sundays are for the hills with my sunDae bRUNch society. Liz is an honorary sunDae bRUNcher, so we both struggled running up the hills. We did enjoy cooking and vibing after our run with the gals over at Mary's, a sunDae bRUNcher. 

 

I may have to tweak our plan a little bit because that's a shit ton of running. I'll eventually also might have to not do hills on Sundays with the girls when I reach the peak of long runs on Saturdays. Anyway, that's just an update on my NYC training. Keep ya guys posted every week!

PS: I also need to stretch more!

Until next time!

influencer lunch at uni

Over the weekend, I was invited to an influencer lunch at Boston's contemporary and modern izakaya, UNI. I'm not going to lie, I had to Google was izakaya is and it's pretty much a Japanese gastropub for casual drinking after work. It was a private and intimate lunch with a few of Boston's influential foodies and I was very honored to have been a part of the group. 

UNI is found inside the Eliot Hotel on 370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 in the Back Bay, where Clio was formerly located.

UNI is found inside the Eliot Hotel on 370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 in the Back Bay, where Clio was formerly located.

It was an 8-course menu that surely hit every inch of my taste palette. Most of the dishes were hard to explain in words, therefore, it's really best for you to come in and check them out for yourselves.

Thank you so much to UNI and to Chef Tony Messina for hosting us and feeding us bites that are too beautiful to eat.

On the menu...

On the menu...

We started off with the Smoked UNI Spoon; osetra caviar, quail egg yolk, yuzu.

We started off with the Smoked UNI Spoon; osetra caviar, quail egg yolk, yuzu.

Lubina (Spanish Sea Bass) Sashimi; green chermoula, sultanas, preserved lemon gremolata

Lubina (Spanish Sea Bass) Sashimi; green chermoula, sultanas, preserved lemon gremolata

Tuna Tartar; mortadella with peanut satay and cherry

Tuna Tartar; mortadella with peanut satay and cherry

Spicy Tuna and Foie Gras Tataki; aji amarillo, strawberries and black walnut

Spicy Tuna and Foie Gras Tataki; aji amarillo, strawberries and black walnut

Chef's Selection of Nigiri; Hamachi Yellowtail with ponzu powder, pickled chili, Sake Salmon with beet, gochujang, and Roasted Carrot with vadouvan crème fraiche, sudachi

Chef's Selection of Nigiri; Hamachi Yellowtail with ponzu powder, pickled chili,
Sake Salmon with beet, gochujang, and Roasted Carrot with vadouvan crème fraiche, sudachi

Corn Cacio E Pepe Dumplings; huitlacoche, ricotta

Corn Cacio E Pepe Dumplings; huitlacoche, ricotta

Korean Ricecakes; kalbi oxtail, kimchee butter, gremolata

Korean Ricecakes; kalbi oxtail, kimchee butter, gremolata

Coconut Klondike; almond coconut jam, lime

Coconut Klondike; almond coconut jam, lime

#wellnesswednesday at the kimpton hotel marlowe

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of checking out one of the Kimpton Hotel Marlowe's Wellness Wednesday Workout Series. The Kimpton prioritizes not only their guests' wellness, but also the community, so when they piloted their Wellness Wednesday Workout Series Event this year they made it open it to the public.

They've partnered up with fitness experts as Cambridge Athletic Club, Community RowingYogaByCandace and Public Body - Boston. The classes are only $10 and 100% will go to the Charles River Conservancy. Not only are you getting a workout in, but you're also doing it for a cause. It's also way more affordable than any other workout classes out there!

Yesterday's workout? Rowing with Community Rowing! I was so excited when Greg, from the Kimpton, invited me to the event. I usually row for 10minutes at the gym to warm up but have never taken a class. 

Steph and Jasper were our coaches and they made the class fun! We started off with Steph teaching us the basics and form. The workout was as listed below. We did 4 different rounds, each being a total of 6 minutes per. Each round, we did 3 minutes on at the labeled "S/M" which means stroke per minute, found on either the bottom or top right of the pedometer. Then we went to 2 minutes on on a faster stroke and 1 minute on a faster, faster stroke and break! 

Following the class, we were treated with refreshments. The cocktail was perfect for the humid weather and really quenched my thirst after the workout. I may or may not have had 3 drinks!

I think after NYC Marathon, I'm going to try to get more into rowing. I fell in love after yesterday's class and will be checking out Community Rowing's studio in Watertown.

For more info and to sign up for any of the Kimpton Hotel Marlowe's remaining workout classes click here.