These boots were made for walkin’

Despite a 2am bedtime, my internal clock woke me up before 8 on Sunday, bah! After I realized I wasn’t going to fall back asleep, I walked over to Starbucks (only 2 blocks away…dangerous!) and ordered my new favorite drink: the eggnog misto.

I’m all for holiday indulgences, but I think you have to be careful when it comes to beverages. Even a small Starbucks eggnog latte made with skim milk clocks in at almost 400 calories! Solution? Instead, order a tall skim misto and ask for a splash of eggnog. You get some sweet and creamy eggnog taste  for 1/4 of the calories. Plus a misto costs about $2 whereas a latte will set you back $4.

Along with my misto, I sliced up an apple and added a spoonful of peanut butter.

egg nog misto

And then a clif z bar as I was running out the door.

clif z bar

After what seemed like the longest subway wait/ride EVER, Alma and I finally made it to Van Cortlandt Park to do a little cross-country race spectating and running. I ended up running for about 50 minutes or about 5.5 miles. I couldn’t believe the weather – it’s mid-November and I was sweaty in my shorts and t shirt!

I arrived home to see my Mom and Sister waiting for me in my apartment building’s lobby. I left my cell phone at home, so they navigated the subways and streets of Harlem all by themselves. They arrived in one piece, thank goodness.

Next up: Homemade Waffles! I used a cooking light recipe for banana cinnamon waffles and they were filled with all sorts of good ingredients like whole wheat flour, oat bran, mashed banana, organic eggs, and lowfat milk.

I topped my waffles with sliced banana, a bit of butter, and maple syrup. With a glass of milk on the side.  Perfect post-run fuel 🙂


Our original plan involved a museum visit, but the nice weather just called for us to be outside. I led my mom and sis to Central Park where we enjoyed the fall foliage and stopped by the Conservatory Gardens.

Central Park

Harlem Meer

Conservatory Garden

After a few miles of walking, we were parched. Luckily, a Dunkin’ Donuts iced latte saved the day. Remember when I gave up coffee? Hah, yeah, me neither.

Dunkin' Donuts

I took my family all over town – Harlem, East Side, Midtown, the Village, etc. and they were really good sports about all the walking! We did a fair amount of shopping and then headed to a little gem called Marrakesh for dinner. The prices were reasonable, the service was attentive, and I LOVED my hummus-babaganoush plate.

My dinner included homemade hummus, babaganoush, salad with pickled vegetables and tahini dressing, and whole wheat pita bread.

Hummus and Baba Ghannoush plate

whole wheat bread

And then the three of us split a piece of cheesecake! It was pretty good, but it was a tad too cold in the middle. I think it had been frozen and defrosted. But that didn’t stop us from eating it all! 🙂

cheesecake from Marrakesh

Happy Birthday Rachel! My b-day present to her: Tickets to go see Wicked in January


 After a bit more walking around, I said goodbye to my fam. It was fun being a tourguide for the day!

Mom and Megan

My ~5 hours of sleep were really catching up with me and unfortunately I wasn’t as productive last night as I would have liked…but I did make time for a snack (all that walking made me tired and hungrrryy!).

Vanilla oikos (on sale for $1 each at Whole Foods!) mixed with some pretzel nuggets and chocolate chips.


Now it’s Monday and I am procrastinating working like crazy. Back to the grind…

Check out these healthy, veggie side dishes. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

And Matt wrote a great article on Running Shorts today – no matter what age you start running, you can expect 10 years of improvement. Check it out!

Question: If you’re a runner, at what age did you begin?

  • I began at 17.
    I never order from Starbucks, but now if I feel the compulsion I know exactly what to try! So long as I remember how to say tall misto haha

  • I’ve only been running for the past 3 years or so, but plan to keep it up from now on!!

  • I began this year at the ripe old age of 25! Your mediterranean plate looks amazing! Perfect after a long day of shopping and walking 🙂

  • I ran in cross country in high school but I was no way serious about it, or enjoyed it. It wasn’t until the past year that I really began to enjoy running. Hopefully I’ll see a lot of improvement in the next 10 years!

  • Jessica

    I started running at age 20. 6 years later I am really starting to see improvement. My endurance is so far beyond what it was in the beginning!

  • 18… I still am no good lol It’s better then it was though!

    I want to see Wicked, but haven’t had a chance to yet! Need to come to NY!

  • Jess

    My dad used to make me run EVERY morning since I was young (at least 5 years old). I used to hate it so much! But I ran track and cross country in junior high and in high school. After a couple years of hiatus, I am back running and I love it so much. Now I wake up in the morning and willing go for a run. 🙂

  • pen

    What a wonderful question!
    I ran my first road race at 8. But, I didn’t really start running until I was a freshman in high school at 14.

    Though I’m passed the “10 year” improvement range from that 14yo start date, I’m going to choose to believe that I will continue to improve well into my 30s! 🙂

  • I started running a few years ago and LOVE it! I just ran my first 1/2 marathon this summer and cant wait for the next. When I was younger I loved to sprint but hated any kind of distance running- so glad that has changed!

  • so much fun with your mom and sister, who is literally the blond haired version of you! i want to eat at marrakech when i come visit, kapeesh?

    i think i started running at age 19 for real. have a wonderful night dear, and don’t stay up until 2 am again 🙂

  • Despite going into Starbucks at least once a week, my mind never ceases to be blown at their insane prices. Today, I ordered a Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte and a small cup of milk for the little lad I babysit, and the total was $7.42. Ludicrous!

    Your waffles look scrumptious!

    I began running just last summer right before I turned 23. It’s been well over a year, and despite shin splits, calf strain, and other minor ailments…I’m hooked for life.

    Can’t wait until dinner tomorrow!

  • what a wonderful day spent with the ladies! I hope to make it to NYC someday!

    I started really running only about a good year ago, but i’ve always ran so i would have to say 17 or 18 or so!

  • I started running around 19 or 20. It just keeps getting better… 🙂

  • Your Mid-Eastern dinner looks delicious! Such a great combo of flavors there!

    I started running steady about 3 weeks ago… I’ve never been much of a runner (I was born on hockey skates) but have started to enjoy it and am already seeing improvements!

  • I started following your blog from Matt’s. I absolutely love Marrakesh … it is my favorite lunch place to go from work. One time we asked the guy if one of the dishes we ordered is served cold, he said no, offered to change redo it (we said no as we didn’t have time), so he refused to charge us for the whole meal despite us insisting. Oh I started running at 27 … ran for 9 months and then stopped. Started again last year and have run 2 marathons – last being Philly 3 weeks ago. Hoping to BQ in the next 2 years. Maybe I’ll see you in central park one of these days.