i love new york

new york city, you stole my heart! i was told that the nyc marathon is a great course and the vibe's unreal. i am now a firm believer. i'm truly in love and want to run it again next year! who's entering the lottery with me?! anyway, despite it being so dirty and trash juice everywhere, my family, gu and i enjoyed ourselves in the city.

we stayed at the fabulous archer hotel on w 38th st, which is a fantastic location and so close to everything! literally restaurants and cafes at every corner. great view of the empire state building and their rooftop bar, spyglass, has even better views. their staff were beyond friendly and they had these to die for chocolate covered mints that i would take a handful of every time we stepped out of the hotel. it's definitely a must to stay whenev you're in the city!

back to the marathon. i barely trained, like i only got to 13mi during training kind of train, but i did it! i was able to raise more money for team unicef and put another marathon under my belt. the crowd was unreal and very supportive. there was even a point where i stopped to use the bathroom inside a random diner and this guy asked me if i wanted his french toast and bacon. i obvi took a piece of bacon! i was definitely hurting come mile 17 but i pushed through.

i ran into a few friends along the way where shit got emotional. i literally cried 4 times in 5 minutes since i saw friends back to back. running a marathon is definitely an accomplishment. i can't wait to run nyc again next year and this time, i will train my ass off and do better! 

spyglass inside archer hotel

spyglass inside archer hotel

got my bib!

got my bib!

but first, tacos!

but first, tacos!

los tacos no. 1 on west 46th

los tacos no. 1 on west 46th

time square

time square

here we go!

here we go!

that lady on the right was getting ready to pee.

that lady on the right was getting ready to pee.

shot by george grullo

shot by george grullo

earned my laduree :)

earned my laduree :)

archer hotel lobby

archer hotel lobby

view from our room on the 20th floor

view from our room on the 20th floor

morning after.

morning after.

cutest slippers at archer hotel

cutest slippers at archer hotel

my support team

my support team

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girls on the run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

What is Girls on the Run? Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that's been around since 1996 and founded in Charlotte North Carolina. The organization focuses on using running to help girls in 3rd to 8th grades live a lifelong, healthy lifestyle and inspire and motivate them to build confidence as well. "We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams." Girls on the Run International is the parent organization to 225 councils in 49 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 179,000 girls annually. They served its millionth girl in 2015 and celebrated its 20th birthday in 2016.

Their program is a 24-lesson curricula in which girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor girls. The 10-12 week program concludes with all participants walking or running in celebratory 5k event which gives them a sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. 

The program uses a whole-person approach to elevate emotional, social, mental and physical well-being. Lessons include topics to enable girls to effectively problem solve and remain strong during adolescence. Topics include dealing with self-image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. 

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

When the organization reached out to me and asked me to be a part of their Blogger Social Chair for their upcoming Gala in Boston, I was all about it. Being a runner myself, I didn't even have to think twice about joining on board. I think it's a fantastic organization and now, more than ever, women need to stick and work together and Girls on the Run is a great way to start them while they're young. 

On October 20th of this year, they will be having their 3rd annual Girls on the Run Greater (GOTR) Boston Gala which is held at the beautiful Boston College Club in Boston. All proceeds from the gala will go to the Girls on the Run and will provide scholarships to girls' families who couldn't afford to have their daughters in the program otherwise.

I've partnered up with GOTR to giveaway a pair of tickets to the gala, so please head over to my Instagram page and view the latest post for more details on how to enter. If you'd like to attend and purchase tickets and/or to donate, you may do so by CLICKING HERE.

For more information about Girls on the Run, check out their website at https://www.girlsontherun.org.

I hope to see a lot of you at the gala on October 20th!

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mondays at empire

From the restaurateur behind Red Lantern in the Back Bay and Shrine in Foxwoods comes Empire, another upscale Asian Restaurant and Lounge located in the Seaport District. The space is old-world China with a twist of modern and sleek decor that greets you from the moment you walk up to the door.  

Empire recently launched their new Kasai Monday Menu with mouthwatering bar bites. They also offer unlimited sushi on Mondays starting at 5pm. Of course, Gu and I were there to check it out.  

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Located in the Seaport District area, Empire also offers a lively night life on the weekends, with live dj and amazing cocktails to enjoy with friends.