Real Life in New York

Last weekend I went to New York and Connecticut with my dad.  We were meeting with my brother Matt who attends the Merchant Marine Academy and an uncle.  My dad has two brothers and the other one was unable to attend due to a sudden medical issue with his wife.  We were all pretty bummed and hoping she makes a very safe and quick recovery.

Here is from last year

Here is from last year

Dad and I left for New York (not quite the city about 30 miles outside) on Friday morning.  We were lucky that we missed all bridge openings and train crossings (that is rare in Hampton Roads!) and made it up in around 9 hours.  I have never denied long drives are not my strong point.  In fact driving with me is probably some people’s worst nightmare.

Upon finally arriving in Terrytown, we ate at the El Dorado diner with my uncle (we have always ate here!) and I ended up getting the stuffed trout.  When they brought it out to me it was literally a deheaded fish (fin still attached).  I must say though it was some of the best fish I’ve ever had.  (Diners are seriously gems at life).


Saturday was quite the day.  In the afternoon dad Matt and I ended up walking around New York City.  First we took the subway to the Staten Island Ferry.  I am extremely UNCOMFORTABLE with the thought of riding the NYC subway by myself to the Staten Island Ferry to get to the marathon and since we were in town, dad walked me step by step to get to this.  I do feel a lot more comfortable now.

Sunday we went to Montauk Point so dad and my uncle could go diving.  While they were busy staring at lobsters and sea animals, Matt and I went for a beautiful run in Hither Woods State Park.  We didn’t even make a dent in the miles of trails after running 16+.  It was absolutely beautiful though and probably one of my best runs of the summer.  I often forget that trail running is a completely different world and always much more challenging.


Dad getting ready for his dive

running through the trails

running through the trails

The end of Montauk

The end of Montauk

Then Monday morning dad and I left bright and early but not without a stop to my parents second house and to see this lovely fellow.  If you are a new reader my parents own a donkey.  A living, breathing, kicking donkey.  The LOLZ blog wouldn’t be complete without him.


All in all it was a great minivacation.  I had a great time seeing relatives, becoming more comfortable with New York City and of course running.

Questions for you:

Do you have family reunions?

Are you good with public transit?

I know if I practiced and lived in a metro area I would be but  Upstate NY is quite different from NYC.  😉


Date with Legends Part 1

I’ve had a lot of dates in the past week and I fully plan to give each person the awesome dedication they deserve.  Susan is the first.  Suzi is awesome and I was so excited to able to meet her down in Syracuse, NY at a local restaurant called The Clam Bar.

First, Suzi is awesome.  Not only has she scheduled a huge Boston Run Tribute in Syracuse (which gathered over 1000 runners in Onondaga Lake Park) but she has had a lot of great accomplishments I could brag about for ages…. But anyways since saying we had an awesome time would be a huge understatement, I’ll just leave it at that.


We went to a nice restaurant called the Clam Bar and Grille located in Northern Syracuse.  You would never guess from the outside how delicious this place is going to be.  It’s an easily missed spot and even googling it didn’t provide a lot of results.  (Though they do have a website).   On a Friday night, it was jam packed with people though but not the type of people you would think for a Friday night bar scene.  Most of the people there were over the age of 60.  We actually waited for close to 30 minutes but that is typical on Friday’s which all our new found friends.

I decided to order the blue crab stuffed sole…because well…I had never had that before and wanted to switch it up from my typical Salmon.  The food came out pretty quickly and was amazing.  (I know great accurate foodie terms I have).  I absolutely would recommend it.


The other important factor that I personally take into account was how filling it was.  Obviously as a runner when you pay a lot of money for food that isn’t that filling…it stinks.  This was not the case though and I left feeling pretty full.  I won’t sit here telling you I like to eat expensive restaurants that I have to eat a second meal afterwords…ain’t nobody straight outta college  trying to pay race fees can afford that.

So do I recommend The Clam Bar in Syracuse?  Yes.  It’s a local scene with great seafood, the service was great and it’s more of my style of people (ie: the older crowd…literally).

My only sad part is that I really wish I was able to buy one of these adorable coffee mugs.  (Sell them Clam Bar!)


After our lovely date at The Clam Bar, we decided to head over to Chuckle Berries a cute little froyo place down the road.  I honestly can’t tell you the last time I had froyo (it has to have been at least 6 months).  Chuckle Berries had great selection of flavors including my personal favorite cake battle and I also tried the caramel crunch.  The froyo was great and the toppings were pretty typical of a froyo place (fruit, chocolate, ect).  They also had homemade whip cream which is always half my froyo stash anyways.

How ice cream should a side to my whip cream.

How ice cream should be…as a side to my whip cream.

Questions for you:

Favorite ice cream topping?

Cherries (I put at least 50) and whip cream.

What time do you normally eat dinner at?

WIAW with the Parents

I never really intend for my blog to be have very many whiney posts but it is realistic updates  of what is going on in my life, whether it’s pancakes, running or life in general.  There haven’t been a lot of life in general posts because quite frankly I haven’t had a lot to report.  I’m boring…sue me.  I don’t have a lot of friends…sue me.   I don’t go out binge drinking with undergradates that I’m trying to teach them alternatives to that culture…sue me.  What am I going to recap each weekend…hanging out and eating popcorn while gossiping on a Friday night with my housemate?  I know it probably thrills you.  I can’t say it’s completely being busys fault but I can say that I haven’t really made the biggest effort to stay busy

I just quite frankly don’t care and I don’t plan to stay in the arctic tundra for my entire life.  I really love my job (and educating students…that’s a post in itself) but outside of that…I don’t know.   Long story short, I’m in a bit of a funk.

So yes, this WIAW with my parents has kind of turned into a bit of a life update which I’m fine with.  As long as I attach a photo of ice cream, I’ll get everyone to just comment on how good ice cream is right?  Moving on, I think part of the reason that I’ve had a hard time here is that the town itself is not runner friendly.

My dad:  I don't want that specialty crap.  I just want plain vanilla ice cream...I'll be bold and go with a cone.

My dad: I don’t want that specialty crap. I just want plain vanilla ice cream…I’ll be bold and go with a cone.

Not runner friendly meaning the terrain and packed snow make it impossible to run outside.  There aren’t many people that run…in Syracuse sure but that is 45 minutes away and if I plan to never eat again I guess I could make that drive everyday.  Plus it’s obviously just a touch to cold to be outdoors anyways…Running isn’t my whole life though and that’s fine.  I can mindlessly watch TV.

We also split Red Velvet Cake

We also split Red Velvet Cake

While I’ve made great friends, most of my friends aren’t here.  Though I’m not really sure where they are.  Who exactly am I considering my friends that aren’t here, my family and Tim?  I mean I guess both technically are.

Greek food is the key to my heart

Greek food is the key to my heart

For me personally, I find February to be an overall funky month.  Last year at this time I was just recovering from a broken arm.  We did have a warmer winter last year (compared to the winter 2 years ago when it was -30 quite a few times (good thing my hair froze multiple times to and from swim practice) This year it’s much more snowy and winter like but at least not that cold.   Some people might enjoy the winter I’m not one of them…I just find February a month to get through.  Though it’s the shortest month, it sure feels like the longest.

hotel coffee

hotel coffee

hotel waffle

hotel waffle

Here is some food because I did title it a WIAW post with my parents:

Cat fish.

Cat fish.

Finally, I’m taking requests for more main girl videos so feel free to comment here, email or tweet me ideas.

Question for you:

What month is the hardest for you to get through?

Do you have a handful of closer friends or a bunch of good friends? 

WIAW or What I Take Photos Of

It’s Wednesday already?  Okay well, I feel I made an effort for taking some food photos from the last week rather then just throwing them all together and calling it a day.  Mostly because I like to instagram things. Though if you follow me on instagram you probably think I only have coffee. 

I haven’t been able to have salmon in a couple of weeks and boy did I miss it

Goat cheese salads are my favorite


Fish and green beans…what I had in my house before going grocery shopping.

chocolate waffle topped with peanut butter

hoarding gas station coffees…



Finally, as you guys know I’m having a GIVEAWAY.  So please check it out as I have less then 200 towards my goal.

Question for you:

How is your Wednesday going?

Do you like whip cream?

I like my whip cream with a side of coffee.

Fueling on the Road and for Races

I get a lot of questions of how I fuel myself for races.  I would certainly say it depends on the distance of the race and if it is a travel race or a race close to home. 

Well it all worked out perfectly because I went on a 6 hour travel race to Charlotte, North Carolina over break.   So please enjoy this long wordy rambling post about food.


It all started on Friday morning at roughly 6:30am.  I woke up and decided to make myself a few peanut flour pancakes before heading off on the road.  Thank goodness I wasn’t driving the entire way by myself.  I wouldn’t go, or I would go and get 1000 speeding tickets because I’m secretly a driver for Nascar.  My dad and brother Matt, were coming along too.

Well if you want to get technical-dad and I were going along with Matt. But anyways-we will get to that when I chat you up about the race in a later post. So thus after peanut flour pancakes, we set off, by we I mean the broski, daddykins, and friend of the broski who was carpooling with us. I haven’t created a good nickname for him but just wait…it will come. My brothers entire high school was carpooling in separate cars and needed a few extra people so they asked me and then Dad wanted to come too (because he doesn’t trust Matt and I driving together…). We stopped at Subway around 10:50 am because they were starving. Or Matt was starving because he always is and never packs anything in the car. It reminded me middle school when we used to eat lunch at 11:00am. I got a subway salad because I like them a lot. taking from my quality phone camera.

After driving another 3 hours and getting to the course at roughly 3pm, we jogged it out twice (because who doesn’t love a good bonus round 5k) and it really flushed out my legs from the previous day of racing.

For dinner, we went to Cracker Barrel.  I do not eat a heavy pasta dinner the night before any race.  I feel worse if I do and it just isn’t my style, so I had fish and a baked potato.  I actually have fish and potatoes before about 99% of my races if possible.  Surprisingly, the rainbow trout was really good.  I had never been to Cracker Barrel before but I loved it!

I figured the potato was the same as any other one so didn't include it in my photography...

Then we did some misc things and went to bed (passed out) pretty early.  We were after all getting up at 5:30am.  And my body hates me to run on anything less than 8 hours of sleep.

I had a Snickers Marathon Bar at 6:00 and 24 ounces of coffee when I awoke.  They are my favorite bar ever and prerace early morning snack.  Every single time.

I won’t give too many details of the race but it went pretty well.  🙂 I’ll save it for another post. 

I ended up eating hotel breakfast around 10:00 after the race.  They were just closing so I was only really able to snag some oatmeal.  They didn’t have anymore waffle stuff so I was sad for about 10 seconds.  Then I realized I was hella hungry so it didn’t matter.

Yummy oatmeal in a plastic bowl.

After breakfast and a shower, dad and I went back to the course and cheered on lots of people.  It was a great time but we ended up leaving around 2:00pm.  I was so hungry.   

Matt is so obsessed with chickfila.  So that is where we stopped for lunch.  Late lunch.  Linner.  Dunch.   I don’t know.  I got a grilled chicken sandwich and one of their normal sized fruit salads that I forgot to take a photo of.

Then we drove the 6 hours home.  Either way we just snacked all the way home on gold fish and I had 2 24 ounce gas station coffees anyways…

Question for you:

  1. 1.       What are some of your favorite prerace fuels? 
  2. 2.       What do you eat on travel days? 
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