Summer: It Begins

It’s Memorial Day weekend, it’s 80 degrees and sunny, I’m eating ice cream non-stop. Summer 2011: It begins!! This is my favorite season and even though it makes running a little tough, I’ve promised not to complain about the heat. Instead I’m going to power through – wear as little as possible whilst running, refuel with popsicles, and hit up the treadmill when necessary. The last few days have been full of some solid running (and it’s a good thing considering all the yummy eats I’ve been partaking in…)

Running

Thursday – I felt like I was recovered enough from the Brooklyn Half-Marathon to run a workout. Time was limited (the man friend and I had a froyo date in an hour), so I hit the treamill for a tempo run-

  • 1 mile warm-up 8:50
  • 2 miles @ actual HM pace 7:19
  • 2 miles @ goal HM pace 7:03
  • Total: 5 miles in 37:34

Friday – Even at 7am, this run was sweaty and humid, but it did include a surprise concert featuring Lady Gaga (she was performing in Central Park as part of Good Morning America’s Summer concert series!) 6 miles, easy in ~54:00

Saturday – I have a busy week coming up (visiting my Mom in PA Sun through Wed and then visiting my Dad in the Appalachian Mountains Thurs-Sun), so I needed to get a long run done this morning. I mixed in some faster paced miles to turn the run into a mini tempo workout (and make the time go by quicker!)

  • Miles 1-3 (~8:40 pace)
  • Miles 2-5 (~8:30 pace)
  • Miles 6-7 (~7:30 pace)
  • Mile 8 (~8:40 pace)
  • Mile 9 (~8:30 pace)
  • Mile 10 (~8:00 pace)
  • Total – 10 miles in 1:23:30

Finished up feeling good! The weird piriformis/hamstring pain I was experiencing in my left leg has gone away (still don’t know what that was all about…) and I am getting excited about what’s on my racing schedule this summer. I promise to post about that soon.

Food!

The man-friend and I have been eating very well…On Friday we made it our mission to use up a collection of Groupons that we had accumulated.

First stop – Salty pimps from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck! We waited in line for an hour and I would do it all over again. Doug (the owner/operator of the truck) is a genius.

Next up an afternoon viewing of the movie Bridesmaids, followed by a visit to Bare Burger in Greenwich Village.

There was cold beer from Six Point Brewery…

Organic bison cheeseburgers!

Extra crispy french fries with chipotle mayo, curry ketchup, chipotle ketchup, and special sauce…

Andddd more ice cream from Emack & Bolio’s for dessert. My chocolate and heath bar covered waffle cone was filled with cosmic crunch ice cream.

At the end of the day, my leggies were tired from all the running and walking that we did and my belly was full of ice cream, burgers, and beer. A girl could get used to this!

What is the most amount of ice cream(s) you’ve had in one day? My record is 3 (including gelato) – Barcelona, Spain Spring Break 2006. That was a good day.

  • I need to get to NYC asap! I’ve heard so much about that damn ice cream truck I need to finally try it out! Happy Summer!

  • Haha when my sister and I were in Rome during our Eurotrip a couple of months ago, I was trying to figure out how we were possibly spending so much money on food.
    E: Maybe we should skip gelato tomorrow. We did have it twice today…
    C: What does that have to do with tomorrow?!

    Agreed on your plan to get through summer! I’m very thankful that I will have access to free treadmills both at work and at my new apartment complex once I start marathon training. And love refueling with popsicles. My current post-run pre-breakfast includes a tall glass of water, chocolate milk, and a popsicle. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Nicole

    omg, can’t believe you waited an hour for Big Gay Ice Cream Truck! I’m a fan of Doug and his use of Twitter-very authentic and not straight-up marketing. Is that a salty pimp you got from there? I bought that groupon too! Did you get the Sweet Action from Six point? Hah-this is more of a question session than a comment. One more-did you use the tenka deal for Emack and Bolio’s? Deals all around!

  • So jealous of your 7am Friday morning run in Central Park, I <3 Lady Gaga!!

  • Susan – Nurse on the Run

    Love this!! ย That workout sounds awesome…I like the idea of starting at your current goal pace and then dropping down.

    All that food looks AMAZING and I kind of want to recreate your day…

  • Susan – Nurse on the Run

    Love this!! ย That workout sounds awesome…I like the idea of starting at your current goal pace and then dropping down.

    All that food looks AMAZING and I kind of want to recreate your day…

  • Angelina Rob

    Mine was 2 and that was in Spain, too! ย  Barcelona had the best Ice cream I had EVER tasted!

  • Oooh, I love Bare Burger. I end up at the Astoria location pretty much every time I’m in New York.ย 

  • I think the most I’ve had in one day is 2. Weak, I know. But, I don’t go many days without having dessert (lately its been chocolate or chocolate chip cookies; today was cupcakes). Big Gay Ice Cream Truck looks like Mr. Softee but better! I love Mr. Softee. Never heard of bare burger; might have to try that one. I justify all of my burgers with “I need this iron!”

  • Yay for summer! We had ice cream yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! I could eat it many times a day, no problem at all! (well, except for all the calories!) Bare Burger is delicious! glad to see you’re having such a great weekend!

  • Ada

    Ooo I’ve been dying to try the Salty Pimp, I’m so excited that they’re opening up an east village ice cream store!!! You are definitely a girl after my own heart, one can never have too many ice creams in one day:) My record is, uh, 7 times in one day. No shame lol.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that was a six point sweet action (so excited Six Point is now
    selling their brews in cans!!). And I didn’t use a Tenka deal for Emack &
    Bolio’s – I need to get on that!! <3 deals ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RV Goddess

    Well, I do remember one day in Venice… three different gelatos… with three old University of Oregon runners: http://www.rvgoddess.com/POSTCARDS/2006/ITALY/092606.aspx

  • The Big Gay Icecream truck resides right outside my office most days… it’s dangerous and delicous all at once! Looks like you had the perfect NYC foodie day!

  • emack and bolio’s is the shit!! ahh!!

    uh, i hit my twice-in-one-day gelato max in barcelona, too! it’s just too damn good to say no… so funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ice cream… yessss…. My friend was sick and I wanted to get it for her, but she wasn’t craving it. I was a little disappointed because I sort of wanted some… :p

  • Aron Eichhorn

    I LOVE ICE CREAM!!!

    My goal for this summer is to no complain about the heat too –ย  but we will see how long that lasts ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • you can’t go wrong with ice cream! when my hubby and i vacationed in maine and boston last fall, we had 20 different flavors over 5 days. sick but true. we went a little crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ it. was. awesome.

  • Unfortunately I can’t have ice cream, but I’m a fro yo fanatic! Fro yo places are popping up all over the place in Philly and conveniently, one just opened up across the street from my work and I think I’ll swing by there during my lunch break ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  • wow, I totally want to try a salty pimp. I’m kind of excited to get back to NYC and see how warm it is! I’m kind of lame in the ice cream department, probably my record is, er, one…

  • Anonymous

    this summer, we will change that! 2 ice creams a day or bust ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Healthyeverythingtarian

    things to do before i die: eat ice cream from the big gay ice cream truck.

  • Anonymous

    omg, yes!! i waited in line for an hour and i would do it again in a
    heartbeat. the salty pimp is “one of the best things i ever ate” (as the
    Food Network would say).