Nocturnal Megan

This has been a very odd week. I haven’t slept more than about 5 hours each night, so if this blog post seems a little off-the-wall, you’ll know why. In an ideal world, I would get 8 hours of sleep and wake up at the same time every day to knock out my planned mileage. You know how often that happens? About once a month.

My running is in a constant battle with work to-do lists, atrocious subway commutes, happy hours, dinner dates, hangovers, the snooze button, and sudden urges to bake cookies. Usually I can find a way to make running happen, but it’s not always what I had planned. Take this week’s runs for example –

Monday, December 5 – probably the most normal run of the week. After work, 60 minutes (7 miles-ish) with Jacqui in Central Park. It’s December and I wore shorts + tank top (?!?)

Tuesday, December 6 – 60 minutes in Prospect Park, left my apartment at 5:48am, it was completely dark for the entire run. I took a 12 minute nap when I got home. And then coffee. So much coffee.

Wednesday, December 7 Another 60 minute post-work run with Jacqui. This time it was cold and raining. I hadn’t planned on running outside and all I had to put on over my tank top and shorts was a flash dance-esque cut-off sweatshirt. I don’t need your fancy wicking, dri fit material!!

Hah, kidding. Soggy sweatshirts are not very comfortable.

Thursday, December 8 – Plan #1: run 6 miles before work, Plan #2: run 6 miles immediately after work. Both attempts were failures. By the time I actually got myself out the door, it was 9pm. But you know what? It was an AWESOME run. Night time runs can be tough to execute, but they’re usually the most enjoyable. It was dark and crisp, but I was running pretty fast so I warmed up nicely. 6 miles in about 47:00

Friday, December 9 – somewhat rushed 3 miles before work. Had planned on 4 miles, but didn’t leave my apartment until 8am and I needed to be showered, dressed, and walking to the subway by 8:48am. Thus, flexibility was required.

As of Friday, I’ve got 30 miles in the bag. If I can manage a 10-mile ish long run tomorrow (Saturday) and a few miles on Sunday, this week won’t be half-bad. The plan until mid-January is to just maintain 40 ish mile weeks. And then I suppose I’ll start training for that marathon I signed up for…

A few people asked me to post a photo of my Frye boots. I’m going to assume that you are actually interested in my winter fashion choices and not some creepy internet dudes with shoe fetishes.

Anyway. Here they are! The Melissa Button boots by Frye were way too expensive for my crappy salary, but I love them and wear them nearly every day. And if I ever get stranded in the wilderness (like, you know Staten Island or Flushing) at least I will have warm footwear. I’d rather not get frostbite.

So what do I eat after night time runs? Usually something that takes 5 minutes to put together. I really like buying groceries, but then I often forget about my purchases. In an effort to clean out the fridge and freezer, I made homemade pita pizza last night.

De-frosted pita bread (hey! look! it’s the same pita bread that’s been in the freezer since August) + roasted red peppers from the jar + roasted butternut squash + smoked mozzarella cheese. Baked at 400 F until pita is crisp and cheese is melted.

And then I made the (delicious) mistake of baking espresso chocolate shortbread cookies. Perhaps eating spoonfuls of espresso-laden dough at 11pm was a poor life choice.

The texture of these cookies is very light and they almost melt in your mouth. If you like coffee-flavored things (like coffee ice cream!!), you will like these. I followed the Smitten Kitchen recipe and per her suggestion used a toffee chocolate bar in place of chocolate chips. If for example, your week involved dancing to Rihanna until 1am on Tuesday, over-booking your weeknights, and attempting to hold down a full-time job, these cookies might be a good energy booster. All hypothetical of course. I certainly don’t know anyone who would do those things.

Happy weekends to all! You can find me in my bed. Sleeping. Hopefully.

  • Ali

    You look divine in that self-portrait. I dig the outfit. And I wish that one of your runs this week said something like, “I trekked to Central Park to run with Ali & the Sweat Squad” (sounds like a band, right?). I miss you. I like your blog. And your boots. And your emails.

  • RunTheLongRoad

    that’s not a bad week of running!  especially with a packed schedule.  love those boots too!  

  • Love them! Those boots are super cute. I adore Fryes. Eat Live Run also recently recommended these as she loves them.

  • I like your outfit! And the cookies look delicious! I only have regular coffee grounds at home so maybe I’ll attempt these as pumpkin spice chocolate chip shortbread cookies instead. 🙂 Can’t wait to start reading about your marathon training!

  • Dig the ipod earbuds in during self portrait — completes accurate picture of a New Yorker.

  • Anonymous

    Someone told me I look “angry and mean” when I’m walking on the street. That comment made my day. Tourists and pan handlers beware!!

  • I like your outfit! Definitely very New Yorkerish. Also, 40 miles a week is my dream goal mileage. I know everybody’s different, but you should remember that even your down-time weekly mileage is pretty substantial compared with most of the world!
    P.S. Smitten kitchen is my favorite food blog. I’ve actually made those exact same cookies before and they are delicious!

  • J (morning runner)

    Love the boots!!!  I have been on the hunt for some cute boots like those but man they are expensive! Maybe santa will bring them for Christmas!

  • Christy

    The cookies were delicious, both last night and at 11am when I ate the rest of them for breakfast…  So nice to meet you, I’m looking forward to a new running buddy!

  • The last couple of weeks have been crazy for me too and I’ve also been subsisting on very little sleep (and baking cookies at midnight). These cookies sound delicious!

  • Anonymous

    Those boots are AMAZING!!! 🙂

  • I have a pair of Frye boots also and I LOVE them! Also, my aunt who has lived in NYC for like 25 years has a really old pair that she keeps getting re-soled because they are so comfortable and great for city winter life! I bet whatever you paid / 25years isn’t too expensive in the scheme of things 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha, I love that you took a nap after your run before work. That’s actually kind of genius. I hope you make those cookies or something similarly delicious and bring them to share at our gift swap next weekend! Can’t wait to see you!

  • 1.) I love night time runs 2.) The Frye boots look awesome 3.) Have you ever tried cooking large meals on the weekend?  I cook several large meals on the weekend and parse it out into serving sizes for the week.  It saves me so much time!