Adventure to Fire Island

Whew, what a weekend. I love summer and I’m certainly packing a lot into this one! Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for my requisite iced coffee and then I chowed down on a piece of pb & j toast. I had 9am running plans with some teammates and while the weather was humid and kind of yucky, it was nice to have company. I ran nice and easy for about 13 miles (1 hour, 52 minutes) with a Gatorade stop around mile 9. Nothing tastes better than iced cold Gatorade on a hot, summer day.

Immediately after I finished running, I met up with a blog reader visiting from our northern neighbor, Canada. We sipped on some DD iced coffees and chatted about all things blog and running related 🙂 Hi Alyson!

I was pretty hungry by the time I got home, so I whipped up a smoothie (greek yog, frozen peaches, banana, POM juice, and peanut butter) along with a cherry pie lara bar.

Later in the afternoon, my roomie treated me to a homemade lunch. She blanched some broccoli rabe and sauteed it along with tofu, garlic, pimenton, and plenty of olive oil. Served with cous-cous, shaved iberico cheese, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce. YUM.

I enjoyed some of my homemade coffee-chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.

After a brief nap (the legs were asking for it!), I ate a quick dinner of veggie pizza and then hit the town for a night of martinis and manicures with my lady friends.

One of my favorite bars in the city offers a special $10 for a cocktail AND a manicure. Yay! I ordered a fancy martini to start off and then stuck to vodka and club soda for the remainder of the night. I find that too much sugar along with my alcohol is no bueno.

When I got back to my apartment (quite late), I downed a bunch of water and a well-balanced snack of greek yog, pb, jam, and graham crackers.

My original plan for Sunday was to run an easy 4 miles or so…

But how could I resist a trip to the beach?? A few of my running buddies were planning a long run on Robert Moses beach on Fire Island and I couldn’t resist tagging along. It was a hot, sunny day and we didn’t start running until after 11am, but the ocean breeze kept us (sort of) cool. We traversed some pretty sandy terrain – in fact we ran on the packed, wet sand for a solid 3 miles or so and I ran barefoot for a large portion of that. My calves are definitely feeling the effects of all that sand running! I ended up running 10 miles in about 90 minutes and felt surprisingly good. I normally would not recommend two high mileage days in a row, but…I suppose I make exceptions for a beach trip. Plus I’ve been logging 8-10 mile midweek runs, so today’s mileage wasn’t too unusual.

My feet were a sandy, sandy mess after running on the beach!

Summer long runs + ice cream = heaven.

I’m headed to Albuquerque this week for a mini-vacation and my legs are looking forward to some rest days 🙂

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!! Give-Away Alert !!

Last, but not least – a friend of mine is completing her doctorate in psychology and needs your help. She’s hosting a short 10 minute survey on internet usage and needs input from blog readers. Here’s the deal – I’m giving away a prize pack of the NEW lara bar flavors (chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter chocolate chip, carrot cake, and chocolate chip brownie). To win – take the survey and then leave a comment 1) telling me you did so and 2) telling me your favorite flavor of lara bar. I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday night.

  • maren

    i took the survey. i can already tell that the carrot cake will be my new favorite!!!

  • Kerri

    I took the survey. My favorite flavor is pb&J but I cant wait to try the new ones!!!

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    I took the survey.
    My fave flava is the Coconut Cream Pie. But I am DYING to try Carrot Cake!

  • Crystal

    I took the survey. Those new flavors sound wonderful! My favorite flavor is peanut butter cookie.

  • Tina

    I took the survey. I haven’t met a LaraBar yet that I haven’t liked, but my favorite is the Ginger Snap. I’m new to your blog and am enjoying looking around!

  • Sounds like a great weekend! Enjoy NM!

  • Sher

    I took the survey! I am also a phd student and have just begun running to ease my mind off the worries of school! Im so glad i bumped onto your blog :)On …and My fave is the lemon bar!!!

  • I took the survey. Larabars are awesome. I’m also a fan of the Ginger Snap, but Carot Cake sounds delish. 🙂

  • Jenifer

    I took the survey. The best flavor is Cherry Pie because it is so tart and refreshing!

  • Toni

    I took the survey. Cherry pie is my favorite.

  • Mary

    Just finished the survey. My fave flav is definitely the PB&J!

  • I finished the survey – My favorite Larabar is peanut butter cookie. Glad to hear you had good training this last weekend!

  • Emily H

    I took the survey. Her thesis seems quite interesting. My favorite is the cashew cookie.

  • You’re putting in some good mileage! When is your next race? Founders? Club Champs?

    I took the survey as well=Jocolat Chocolate Larabar!!!

  • regan

    oh man… free lara bars, I was all over that survey. I never minding helping out others when it comes to research.

    I wish I could run on the beach… so jealous!

  • Jessica

    just finished the survey!

    i’ve been dying to try the new lara bars but the coconut cream pie is my current favorite.

  • I took the survey!

    Fave Lara bar is coconut cream pie, but I’ve heard very good things about PB&J!


  • Janine

    My favorite is pecan pie!

  • Christy

    i took survey! pb and j!

  • Claire

    That was one heck of a survey! I like PB&J lara bars, myself.

  • Rebecca Carle

    I took the survey:)
    My favorite Lara bar flavor in Peanut butter cookie.

  • Meghan

    I like that they specifically say that you cannot be “intoxicated” to take the survey!
    My fave larabar= pb cookie or chocolate coconut chew!!

  • Haylee

    I look the survey and my fav flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough.. YUM!

  • That was one long survey! I think it’s worth it though, I like to help people out with that sort of thing to help vary their participants.

  • My favorite larabar is cashew cookie. I love cashews! The new larabar flavors sound to die for and I cannot wait to try carrot cake and chocolate chip brownie!

  • Kelsey

    Took the survey!!!

  • Kelsey

    I really like the tropical fruit and peanut butter cookie bars!!

  • Blair

    Took the survey! I’ve been dying to try these new flavors, but can’t find them anywhere. I have no doubt I’ll love choc chip cookie dough

  • Katherine

    I just took the survey! My favorite flavor Larabar is Pecan Pie 🙂

  • Liz

    1) Took the survey.
    2) Apple pie!

  • Jealous of the beach running – looks lovely! Have a fun vaca in ABQ 🙂

  • Wish my roomies would make me lunch! I LOVE broccoli rabe.

    Sorry I couldn’t make it to Beauty Bar (I also love that place) but I’m glad your nails are pretty and you got a nice drink! There’s a mani/pedi place near me that, if you go M-Th, is $16 for the two. Plus neck rub. Yes please!

  • bar with manicures? It must be beauty bar around union square, right? Or is there another one I don’t know about??

  • Laura

    Have an amazing time in Albuqurque! I just got back from Santa Fe and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. We took the Turquoise Trail from Alb. to Santa Fe, and stopped in the tiny town of Madrid…adorable! I can also recommend lots of places in Santa Fe if you plan on going there. Omg have so much fun! I am soooooooooo jelly!!!!!

  • steph

    took the survey!
    chocolate chip brownie= yummy in my stummy

  • Dani Sturtz

    I tried to take the survey, but it says it says it’s closed 🙁 My favorite Larabar is Peanut butter cookie or PB & J. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sounds amazing! Have you ever tried the jocolat bars made by larabar? They are so good! My favorite flavor of that is chocolate mint 🙂

  • Kerry

    i tried to take the survey…it says its closed 🙁

  • Kerry

    buuuuut my favorite flavor lara bar is pb & j 🙂

  • Emily

    I tried to take the survey but it wouldn’t let me! Hope I’m not too late. I haven’t found a Lara Bar and ISN’T my fave 🙂 I love ’em all.

  • Vanessa

    Pretty interesting survey. I love taking surveys (I’m a dork). Anyways, I never have had a luna bar! I’d absolutely LOVE to eat a peanut butter and jelly!!

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