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Awesome discovery + birthday picnic + open water race/beach day + weeks 4 & 5 of training

This weekend hit my happy spot 🙂

Friday

I ended the work week on a happy note, but was feeling antisocial. I originally planned to just stay in and have a lazy night, and so I tuned into watching the 2015 Cross Fit Games on Netflix…and then had a complete 180. I was SO inspired by these amazing athletes – they are so determined and mentally strong, and what I loved most was that they were completely relatable and raw…I completely empathized with the emotional rollercoaster from competing/training, and the show made me want to lace up my shoes and run! It was around 9:30pm and pitch black, and I just set off.

I would say that was the first time I TRULY enjoyed street running. There was hardly any traffic, and I weaved my way through Astoria/LIC, eventually crossing the Queensboro bridge and turning around – 7 miles total!! I totally did NOT expect to run that far (let alone run at all) on Friday…but your body knows what it wants 🙂 I was so happy to have some time just to myself – no phone or music, just me and my run.

The night ended with an amazing discovery – I HAVE A ROOF TOP!!! I couldn’t believe it. Could my apartment be ANY cooler?! I will be spending a lot of time up there from here on out ;).

Saturday

I got to sleep in Saturday since I technically got my long run out of the way the last night, but the relaxation didn’t last for long as I was scrambling to find a dish to bring to my friend’s birthday potluck picnic in Prospect Park. I asked a friend from work for recs and he suggested a quiche…at first I dismissed the idea thinking it was WAY out of my comfort zone, but after looking at some recipes it turned out to be super easy! I ended up improvising 2 ham/cheese/onion quiches Saturday morning, one for the picnic and one for Christine as a housewarming gift! (FYI, as a complete idiot I ended up leaving her quiche on the subway…I guess it’s the thought that counts?)

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The picnic was super lovely! I was beyond ecstatic to reunite with the Miami girls (one week was too long to be apart). Lots of yummy food, drink, and Ample Hills ice cream :)…plus my quiche was the hit of the ball! Automatic happiness joking around with this group of friends, and a plus spending some time outdoors.

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Afterward, I ventured my way to East Village to see Christine’s new apartment! Never gets old bumming around with her and her boyfriend (my favorite to third wheel!).

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The night ended with sleeping early for the open water race in the morning (I’m not even gonna try and pretend I’m cool).

Sunday

RACE DAY!!! I have so so SO much to say about it, so I will save it all for a separate race recap post :)…be on the look out.

Teaser – I got 3rd place overall female!!!!! I’m beyond humbled and stoked to have made it to the podium…I think the race ignited a love I put away and rediscovered again, swimming. I’ll definitely be seeking out more races/opportunities to swim!

Afterward, since I was already in the area, I spent some time beachin’ (surprise surprise…more beach). Christine and her boyfriend joined in the afternoon, and we had a blast drinking beers and joking around under the sun.

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Sushi + watching The Big Short for dinner. Life is good 🙂

Week 4 of Tri Training

Monday: 4 miles run

Tuesday: 4 miles run

Wednesday: 2500m swim + 4 mile bike

Thursday: REST

Friday: REST – MIAMI

Saturday: REST – MIAMI

Sunday: REST – MIAMI

Week 5 of Tri Training

Monday: REST – MIAMI (5 days of rest in a row…yikes)

Tuesday: 4 mile run

Wednesday: 2500m swim + 8 mile bike

Thursday: 3.5 mile run

Friday: 7 mile run

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 2 mile open water swim!

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