Best Things

Hello from packed boxes and moving land! I am taking exactly 8 minutes to blog and then I’ve gotta bounce.

The good news – I signed my lease, paid the rent, and have keys in hand for my new place. Yayy!!! I am a worrier, so of course I kept having nightmares of being scammed and not having anywhere to live at the last minute. Luckily, this does not appear to be the case.

Last night, the first thing I moved into my new place was a 6-pack of Brooklyn Lager and a some Six Point Sweet Action (now in cans!). I think I made a really good impression on the neighbors….

“Oh look, there goes apartment #4, bringing in the booze ASAP”.

I’ve got my priorities straight – hydration!

This week has been full of packing and also eating up all the perishable things in my fridge. Luckily, I’ve been able to scrounge up what I think are basically the best sandwiches ever. If I wasn’t worried about nutritional deficiencies and variety, I would eat these two things every single day –

Toasted whole grain bread slathered in mayonnaise (so delicious – if you’re a hater, I don’t want to hear it!!), topped with heirloom tomato, and salt & pepper.

And more toast, this time with peanut butter, raspberry jam, and a sliced banana. YUM.

Despite this week’s hectic schedule, I’ve been able to log decent mileage. Actually, running is probably the only thing keeping me sane right now. Here’s how things have shook out –

Monday, August 15 – 4 miles (picked it up for the last mile, ~7:00 pace)

Tuesday, August 16 – 8 miles, easy

Wednesday, August 17 – 9 miles, easy

Thursday, August 18 – 11 miles in 1:28:30 (8:02 pace) incl. 2.75 mi warm-up, 5+ mile tempo, 1k pick-up, 2.5 mile cool-down. I arrived at the team workout sort of late and had to jump right into the tempo (no time for stretching, strides, etc). The route was rolling hills, so my miles ranged from 6:49 pace to 7:22 pace. Not quite as fast as I’d like to be, but considering I’d been packing all day and wasn’t prepared for such a sudden start, it was a good effort. The 1k was supposed to mimic end of race fatigue and I just gutted it out. I don’t think it was very fast, maybe 7:30 pace? After I finished the tempo portion, I came very close to vomiting and/or passing out. The sign of a good workout, right?!

Tomorrow is going to be an OFF day from running, the only workout I have planned is schlepping my stuff up four flights of stairs. Huzzah. If all goes well, I have a 13-15 miler planned for Saturday or Sunday, bringing me to about 45-50 miles for the week. Right on target for mileage, now I just have to get my workout paces up to par.

Alright, I’m out, next time I blog it’ll be from BROOKLYN!

What’s the first thing you do in a new neighborhood? I already scouted out a nearby supermarket and laundromat, but I need to find a go-to coffee shop…. 

  • coffee, duane reade/cvs/similar place, laundry, grocery!

    yes, I think nearing vomiting is always the sign of a good work out/race.

    good luck with the move!

  • I can’t believe you are blogging after that workout.

    I can’t even put together a coherent comment. See? we3r832q5rni4nffsdfa

  • I’ve moved a bunch in the last few years and I ALWAYS feel like I’m going to get scammed right up until all my stuff has been moved in!  First thing I do is figure out where to run!

  • Ali

    Seeing you tonight was awesome/hilarious. I thought you looked great but I enjoyed you yelling to me “I WANT TO DIE!” You’re a rockstar. Teach me to be fast, please.

    GOOD LUCK with your move tomorrow! I promise to come drink/run with you in Brooklyn (um, I just invited myself I guess…) if you promise to still make your way to Central Park for some Sweat Squad lovin’.

  • AR

    Is the “if you’re a hater” part aimed at me? ;p

    heh

  • Grocery definitely. I was also excited to find Target down the street from the good grocery, too. Good luck with the move! Three months in, I love living alone. 🙂

  • Sarah

    Good luck with your move! I am also moving to a new apartment this weekend (in Boston) and have been doing the same thing as you…ate peanut but & jelly last night with a side of corn salad (no those two things don’t go together very well) and eggs with everything left in the vegetable drawer the night before! I have already scouted out the grocery stores situation…next on the list? liquor/wine store followed by a farmers market and then the bars and restaurants. And don’t worry, I’ve already mapped out some new great running routes. 

  • Yep – wanting to vomit after a workout is always a great sign. Awesome job after a full day of packing!

    Glad everything is all set with the new place. I’m always weirdly paranoid like that too.  Or I think I’m going to get into the apartment and suddenly notice something awful/broken that I didn’t pick up on when I originally looked at. Who knows where these crazy fears come from. Good luck with the move!

  • Good luck packing and moving today, friend! Heh, I almost feel like you’re moving across the country or something. Can’t wait to hear about the new place and ‘hood! 

    I definitely scope out grocery stores, drug stores, and definitely coffee, pizza and nearby sandwich places. Oh, and ice cream/froyo. You know, all of the essentials… 🙂 

  • Nice! Great mileage and awesome workout! The toast with PB/Jam and Bananas is probably in my top 5 favorite meals.
    Love that the first thing you moved is beer – definitely an essential for moving day. Best of luck with the move! You need to find a cafe, ice cream place, CVS, and liquor store stat! 

  • GREEN I$ THE NEW BLACK

    Haha, I am the SAME WAY! My BF and I are moving from Queens to Westchester next week (I’m going back to school up there) and I’ve been terrified I’m somehow getting scammed. However, I’ve got my lease in-hand and will be getting my keys next week when I move in!

    I LOVE the tomato on toast with mayo sandwich! You gave me the idea to try it and now I’m hooked. My BF’s greek grandma (yia-yai) grows her own tomatoes in her backyard in CT and they are un-freaking-believable on toast with kraft olive-oil mayo…mmmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It’s a great sandwich to have when you’re trying to limit dish-washing and food-prep garbage! Good luck with your move 🙂 

  • ok, i don’t know about the mayo, but i am all over tomatoes and olive oil on toast right now. i go through an intense heirloom tomato obsession every year, currently in progress.

    more importantly: yay yay yay and welcome to brooklyn, new neighbor!!  we’ll get you some more exciting food very soon.  hope the moving is going well so far!

    fyi on the coffee shop front, i am really liking sit and wonder on washington! it’s stumptown coffee and 12 oz is only $1.50.

  • Corey @ runner’s cookie

    Good luck with the move!! Keeping up with running and using up food you have are great accomplishments during the craziness of moving. First thing I usually do when I move is walk around and explore all the good restaurants and coffee shops.

  • The first thing I did when I moved here was find an ice cream place…Sedutto for the win!

    I definitely agree with loading the fridge with beer…you’ll be all set for when the sweat squad invades Brooklyn!

  • Grace @ Balancing Me

    Oh, I’m so happy I can comment on your blog postings again! For some reason, I can no longer comment on your blog from my work computer anymore (but my ability to comment on everyone else’s blog has been just fine). It’s so strange! Anyway, it works from home.

    Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on the new apartment and settling in! I hope you post apartment photos because I absolutely LOVE seeing home furnishing/decorations/etc. I’m an old lady. (I just got back home from browsing at the Container Store and West Elm.) Apartment hunting is the worst (I just blogged about lots of apartment woes) and it’s so wonderful that you found a new place!

    Sending hugs!

  • yay! i’m glad you can comment again 🙂 for some reason i can’t comment using disqus at work unless i use google chrome. maybe there’s some sort of plug in that’s blocked by internet explorer?

    anyway, the move is complete and now only packing remains. thank you for your well wishes 🙂 i definitely needed all the good vibes i could get this weekend!

  • Marciandjim

    Congrats on the new apartment!   So excited to see you love the tomato sandwich (w/ mayo of course) — really no food can compare, especially this time of the year!  I have eaten this every day for lunch for the last 7 days (and plan to have it again today).  Good running fuel!