June 1, 2011

Things That Make Me Go :)

I woke up at 5am this morning, headed to my kitchen with my eyes half shut and attempted to make coffee. Instead, I made the world's worst cup of brown water. Blech. So instead of attempting to make more coffee before I had caffeine running through my veins, I headed downstairs to the corner coffee shop for my morning fix. And it was beautiful outside. Truly beautiful. I decided to take a stroll around my block to soak up the beauty before heading back to my apartment to begin tackling my to do list. And I began to think of the past few days, all the things I'm happy about it... and another random Things That Make Me Go :) post was born...

1. Today is National Running Day! I'm not really sure what that means since every day should be running day in my book, with a rest day thrown in here and there, but if it gets the word out about the awesomeness of running then I'm all for it. In honor, I'll be running my miles on the way home from Refine Method this morning. I hope you get your run on too!

2. Speaking of running (surprise, surprise), I'm getting faster! It seems the speed fairies have sprinkled me with their dust and I'm finally beginning to run sub 9 minute miles with ease. I'll be running the NYRR Celebrate Israel 4 Mile Run this weekend and I can't wait to pick up my bib to see which corral I'm in after completing the Wall Street 3 mile run with an 8:42 minute pace (8:09 according to my watch due to an additional quarter mile run). It should be an interesting race since 1)I'm spending the day before hiking, 2)I'm spending the evening before at a BBQ and 3)I'm not really sure what my 4 mile pace should be. I'm planning on ignoring points 1 and 2 as best as I can, and based on a 9:02 pace for my last 10k and a 8:42 for the 3 miler, I'm thinking a sub 9 should be possible. But no pressure ;) Stay tuned...

3. I spent last weekend in gorgeous Carmel Valley, California for one of my oldest and dearest friend's weddings. Rachel, who you might remember from my Hamptons post, married Robbie on a ranch overlooking a vineyard on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. The day was perfect, full of intense love and emotion. Actually, the whole weekend was pretty incredible including Saturday night's bonfire on the beach. I'm so grateful to have Rachel and Robbie in my life as my friends and my family and wish them all the happiness and love in the world. May it only continue to get better from here.
California Sunset
Renee, Rachel & I at the bonfire
4. Men's Race Bling will finally be available at Erica Sara Designs today! Just in time for Father's Day, 26.2 cufflinks... and more styles will be added before the end of the week.

5. In more running news, I realized that I've run over 1,000 miles since joining Dailymile last year. I mean, that's a whole lot of miles! I'm hoping to run at least that many during 2011 and with NYC Marathon training quickly approaching, I doubt that will be a problem. Bring it on!

6. The NYC Smoking Ban in Parks is now in effect. Hooooooray!!! I can finally run through Central Park without having to breathe in cancer smoke. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fresh air.

7. So You Think You Can Dance is back. I rarely watch TV these days but this is one show I can't miss. Before I was a runner, I was a dancer practicing ballet for years. When I watch this show, it makes me want to dance again. The talent, the way their bodies move... breathtaking. I once read that "music is what feeling sounds like" and I'd have to agree and add on that dance is what feeling looks like. Click here for one of my favorite SYTYCD performances of all time. See what I mean? Will you be watching tonight?

8. And last, but certainly not least, my friend Baker swam a 1.6 mile race in the Hudson on Saturday and a bunch of us runnerds were there to surprise him and cheer him on. You can read Baker's recap on his blog here. It was an awesome morning and the perfect way to kick off the holiday weekend. Good friends supporting each other, great racing and of course, good coffee.

I hope your smile is just as big as mine today! What are some things that make you go :)?

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