NYCRUNS – Queens Half Marathon

by admin on January 23, 2015

Happy Friday!

Since my last post, I’ve graduated from Fordham University with my Master’s degree.  I’m so happy to be finished!  I wish I would have been able to get that elusive 4.0 but I’ll settle for the 3.91.  You win some, you lose some ;) !


It’s sort of unsettling when you finish something like a graduate program.  School really helped anchor me during a time I needed it.  And, it really gave me a personal goal and purpose (plus, I loved learning new things).  On the flip side, it took such a huge chunk of my free time.  From applications to completion, it’s been roughly two years which is quick… I suppose.  But, it really replaced cooking, blogging, working out.

I’m definitely the sort of personality that excels when I have a lot to keep me busy.  I also thrive when I have a task, a due date, and then the next task.  I don’t think I realized this until I was in school and working at the same time.  Now, I have the time off and I’ve sort of struggled to stay focused at work and at home.  I need other goals.

So, it’s time to really make this blog into what I want it to be.  In the last few months, I’ve been living a gluten free lifestyle.  It’s been challenging but has improved a lot of my symptoms which was caused by lymphocytic colitis.  And, I’m happy to say that I don’t have to take anti-inflammatories anymore.


For those out there who are struggling with various gastrointestinal issues and allergies, I can say that once you know what to avoid and how to make food more accessible it really is pretty easy to stick to certain elimination diets.  And, you’ll feel better doing it.  I swear it can be easy!

Working out has been harder for me to stick to.  Maybe, it’s because I see more immediate results when I eat something good or bad.  I’m not sure.  But, the goal of my own personal project is to really find a way to incorporate working out to be a real part of my day to day.  Not all or nothing.  Not all for a period of time.  I want this to be a manageable component for the rest of my life.

To kick start my efforts and in celebration of my move back to Queens, I signed up to run the NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon on April 12.  It’s two loops of Flushing Meadows Park.  It should be a great race and my fourth half marathon.  (I can’t think of a better way to embrace my 31st birthday either!)  Here’s the map of the race.

Queens NYC Half Map

That’s all for today.  I hope everyone has a great Friday and is ready for the snowstorm!

Take care,


Obsessed with Pineapple

by admin on August 19, 2014

Long Monday (and a very happy birthday to my Dad!).

It’s always tough to start right back up at work after having the weekend filled with school.  My finals and presentations went well.  I have a small take home test and paper due this week and then I’m home free!  Plus, I’m only four days away from the beach with two of my best friends.  Can’t wait!

Tonight, I did a 3 mile run from the Seaport to Battery Park. The weather was awesome! Run was good, relaxing. My Achilles is still tight but it’s getting there. So, I can’t complain.  It’ll take a few runs to feel my best.  I’ve been struggling with a sinus infection so I haven’t worked out too much in the last week and half.  But, I’m finally feeling better!  And, this run showed it! :)


I should never go grocery shopping hungry.  I get such random things.  But, I did find something good!  At Whole Foods, I found this brand of organic spices called Healthy Earth Seasonings. I figured it’s organic and gluten free so why not give it a go? I used the Maya Coffee Earth Blend on Filet Mignon beef skewers with pineapple. I baked them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then, I ate with some guacamole and corn salad. All in all, it was a success.  Very easy and quick.

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Hope everyone has a great start to the week!


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