This is all I want – – just some room to breathe. I’m so sick of rushing through my days and being exhausted in my nights. Lately my workouts and managing my work with the boys’ schedules and family traveling has been mentally and physically exhausting. I’m so grateful for a full life. I know I will miss the craze-filled days and nights and, I tend to thrive in a fast-paced environment but these days, I just want some space.

THE RUNDOWN-3

My winter ski vacation came just in time to give me some much needed space and air and peace. I wasn’t being greedy, all I wanted was 15 minutes of quiet and to exchange the constant “Mom! Mommy! Mom! I need! I want! I need!” in my ears for rushing wind, as I race down the mountain, and my own screams of freedom.

This is how I breathe…

 

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15, 2016

RUNNING

My only regret is I was not able to run in Central Park while in NYC last week because it was – 20 degrees. For real. The dangerous cold only lasted the weekend and, by Tuesday we were deluged with rain and 50 degree temps. It’s insanity.

Overall this was a low mileage week since I was in NYC to start the week and then left for Vermont the following Thursday. #KeepBreathing

Channeling my inner Rocky for my ride and run last week.

Channeling my inner Rocky for my ride and run last week.

Monday: 20 minute recovery run after 1:30 bike

Tuesday: 7 miles with hill repeats

Wednesday: 4 miles after bike with some hills

Thursday: 7 miles with 4 at tempo (6:45) < – – this was a very hard effort since it was after a 2900 yard swim with speed work. I really had to ask “how bad do you want it,” and I guess the answer is “BADLY!” because my splits were 6:38, 6:50, 6:39, 6:42.

Total = 21 miles

SWIMMING

I feel like Goldilocks in the pool these days – – two weeks ago it was too cold and this past week it was too hot! I definitely prefer the cold because swimming in a warm pool is gross.

I had some quality workouts but I’m itching to get into open water. I should probably book a trip south!

Invoking the spirit of the bull before a particularly hard swim/run!

Invoking the spirit of the bull before a particularly hard swim/run!

Tuesday: 2400 yards, fist and paddle drills

Thursday: 2900 yards, speed sets < – – then 7 mile run with 4 @6:45. I nailed it! #BeTheBull

Total = 300 yards or 3 miles

CYCLING

I so wanted to take my bike out on the roads when the temps reached the 50s, however, there were torrential downpours and ice so…

Grinding out the miles in my basement. What you cannot see is Homeland streaming on my iPad!

Grinding out the miles in my basement. What you cannot see is Homeland streaming on my iPad!

Monday: 1:30 endurance ride

Wednesday: 5 x 4 big gear – 75 minutes

Total = 2 hours and 45 minutes

SNOWBOARDING

One of my most favorite trips is our annual ski trip to Jackson Gore in Ludlow, Vermont. The boys are getting better at skiing every year and I get to tear up the mountain all by myself. I’m a long distance runner at heart so it’s no wonder I love being alone on the mountain so much. Plus, I get to overhear the most ridiculous and interesting conversations on the lifts!

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Did I mention the on-mountain, hot waffles with infused maple syrup? I really should have.

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The only thing better then a run in the sun is a ride down the mountain.

GEAR

In addition the the Momentum Jewelry campaign to #SharetheSPARK, I received some new Betty Designs cycling gear in my mailbox this week!

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First things first – – I absolutely love the idea behind the Momentum Jewelry #sharethespark campaign. We were given four wrap bracelets, in the new blue color, with two different motivations:

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The instruction was simple – share the bracelets with family, friends, neighbors, strangers – anyone who needed a little spark in their life. Luckily, because I was traveling, I had plenty of opportunities to share but I started with my best friend who, coincidentally, is always saying to me : YOU GOT THIS!…well now sista, you do!

Also – during the campaign (now though March 14th) you can buy the new color and sayings for just $10! Come on people – share the spark!

This also was a spark sharing opportunity. I love my dentist…and not just because she is a runner.

I gave my awesome dentist some spark while I was there. She's a runner, after all and she gave me a cavity fill instead of a root canal. Love!

I gave my awesome dentist some spark while I was there. She’s a runner, after all and gave me a cavity fill instead of a root canal. Love!

FUEL

I have one name for you – Victor’s. It’s not a person (well, it is) but a Cuban restaurant in NYC serving the most fantastic food on the planet. My father has been a frequent guest at Victor’s for over 30 years. As soon as we sat down, they started making his tostones (fried bananas) and wine and other appetizers seemed to appear out of nowhere.

Doesn't Vaughn have the face of an angel?

Doesn’t Vaughn have the face of an angel? And, if you’re wondering what the hell happened to my hair, I was wearing a winter hat all.day.long!

We were probably there for three hours just gorging ourselves on a cultural feast of food and drink. I highly recommend the Mojitos made with Cuban rum!

After dinner, my dad and stepmom took the boys back to the hotel so my husband and I could listen to the music in the bar and indulge in one more cocktail.

The musicians corner with a little light, at the bar.

The musicians corner with a little light, at the bar.

We needed some room to breathe, and we deserved it after literally running around in the freezing cold of the city and enduring the hell that was Toy Fair*.

*more on that in ‘things I don’t love as much…

THINGS I LOVE

My nutritionist Bob Seebohar and learning more about metabolic efficiency! Now, before you think I’m jumping on some crazy bandwagon of low-carb, high protein and fat diet, please remember that I am a sane and logical individual who loves carbs. Like, really loves them.

The trick, as I am learning is the timing of the carbs vs protein and fats. My body is responding better and I’m getting back to thinking about what I’m putting in my mouth vs just grabbing and going. Although I have always been a healthy eater, I never really thought about the nutritional make-up of the food I was eating, nor the timing of it.

I also find it very comforting to know that Laura at Mommy, Run Fast is talking about this exact thing and even wrote a post, basically about Bob’s philosophy, of which he wrote a book:

What is Metabolic Efficiency for Runners?  < – – click the link and Laura will tell you!

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#GreatMinds

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH

I hate to say it but the Toy Fair in NYC was a huge disappointment. It was horribly organized, the toys just plain sucked and it was extremely overcrowded.

The issue is there were two events happening simultaneously, Toy Fair and Play Fair. Toy Fair is for the media and other industry professionals and Play Fair was for the dregs of society. Seriously. I had credentials for Toy Fair but wanted to go to Play Fair with my family first. Well, I never even made it to what I’m sure was a completely different event (Toy Fair) because I spent so much time and energy dragging my family around Play Fair hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

Oh look an old toy we already know about. The worst part? We couldn't even buy it!!!!! WTF Toy Fair?

Oh look an old toy we already know about. The worst part? We couldn’t even buy it!!!!! WTF Play Fair?

The boys were very disappointed but were over it pretty quickly. They did enjoy playing with Legos (although could have done that at home for free!) and, we went to the Hall of Science in Queens on Sunday which was fantastic.

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Not.even.cold Also notice Vaughn is not wearing gloves and it was about -10 degrees. I’m telling you, these kids are part animal.

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3D Robot movie? Yes please! And yes, THAT is the hat I basically wore for 48 hours.

TELEVISION

The Walking Dead, Homeland and Better Call Saul. I’m in TV heaven this week. The return of The Walking Dead was a complete zombie blood bath, which was obviously amazing. Homeland keeps getting better and better and Better Call Saul is just ridiculous but clever…very clever.

The one huge disappointment to me is X Files. After watching the first four (?) episodes, I have finally declared it unwatchable. I have zero interest in even watching the season finale. Total bummer because it started out with so much potential! Damn you Moulder! The truth is out there — your show sucks.

RANDOM QUOTE INSTAGRAM OF THE WEEK 

This guy is hilarious. If you’re not following him, you should!

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How was you week?

Did you get any new gear?

What do you do to breathe?

 

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