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Monthly Recap: June Edition

It’s hard to believe, but another month has come to an end and we are officially halfway through 2015! June hasn’t been as eventful for me as May. I’ve been occupied with things that are rather mundane but are pointing toward much loftier ends come July and beyond. Sandwiched between the month when I graduated law school and the month when I will take the bar exam (and also turn 24, which is just unbelievable because I can’t figure out for the life of me how time has flown so quickly), I’ve been in run-eat-repeat mode for most of the month. But I’ve managed to squeeze in some potentially exciting (and tasty!) stuff nonetheless.

 

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Weekly Workouts and the NYRR Pride Run

Happy Monday to one and all, and hope your weekends were sufficiently summery and filled with family, friends, fun, and food. Mine certainly was, from my volunteer shift at New York Road Runners on Friday afternoon, through my Saturday morning NYRR 5-Mile Pride Run race and a relaxing dinner with family back in Connecticut. But first, a recap of my weekly workouts!

 

Harlem Meer on my long run day
Harlem Meer on my long run day

 

Monday: Rest day (much needed after last week’s mileage)

Tuesday: 7 miles

Wednesday: 30 minutes of yoga + 5 mile walk (I typically mention walking as a workout only when it’s a dedicated walk like this, since I walk so much)

Thursday: 9 miles 

Friday: Rest day – NYRR Volunteer Shift

Saturday: 7 miles (5M race + 1 mile jog to and from)

Sunday: 4 miles 

 

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Five Things Friday: Fruity Fun and Sunny Runs

Hello everyone, and happy almost-weekend! It’s time for another round of Five Things Friday, which as usual will focus on running and eats – but jazzed up by summer sun and cravings.

1. Summer Fruits: Whether berries, melon, or stone fruits, I’m constantly craving fruit. I’ve always been big on fruit, but in the winter I mostly stick to apples and bananas because that’s what’s available locally, so I love it when juicy strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, perfectly ripe peaches and plums, and mouthwatering melons are in season. I happily eat all of these unadorned, but sometimes I’ll get inspired to whip up a recipe involving them, like an oatmeal cake or frozen parfait. Peaches n’ Cream or Strawberry Fields, anyone?

 

Watermelon

Fresh strawberries

Peaches

 

 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Nostalgia and a Summer Storm

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This Thursday, I’m thinking out loud about a random assortment of things. Some from running, others studying, and some brought on by the storm that flashed over the Northeast on Tuesday!

For starters, I got all nostalgic during some of my runs over the last week or two not because of any retro races, but because of all the graduation signs and balloons posted on front lawns around the town where I grew up. It’s been six years since I graduated high school, but sometimes it feels like just yesterday, whereas others it feels like a lifetime ago. Seeing these signs definitely brought out the latter! It is weird to think that a whole quarter of my life thus far has happened in between. Time really flies… My class always joked that we were ‘the last of the O’s’ because we were the class of 2009 – but pretty soon, kids who were BORN in the 2000s will be graduating and oh my goodness what has happened to make time go by so fast?

 

Ridgefield High School Graduation

 

 

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Turkey Cheddar Egg Waffle Sandwich

WIAW #16: Introducing My Gluten Free Waffle-wich

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Welcome to another WIAW! Let’s dive right into my day of eats. Yesterday ended up being a rest day, so I took a short stroll over to Oren’s Coffee Roasters around 7:30am to grab an iced coffee before making breakfast. I had a Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cake and some fresh strawberries to tide me over before heading to an 8am doctor’s appointment near my apartment in NYC, and then hopping on a 10am train home to Connecticut. I squeezed in some studying by flipping through flashcards on the train…all it did was make me realize how hungry I was getting! Even though I didn’t run yesterday, I’ve realized I do need to eat just as frequently on rest days because I am so active overall. I didn’t pack a train snack though, so I had to wait until I got home.

 

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cake

 

Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cake

 

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Peaches n’ Cream Oatmeal Cake

I hope everyone’s week is off to a smashing start! As for me, I’m getting in some early morning runs before the heat gets too high, and studying up a storm (in between my snacks). Honestly, I’m still reeling today because in yesterday’s lecture my world was rocked. I learned that in New York, there is no spousal privilege when testifying in a criminal case – meaning that Gossip Girl’s awesome series finale Chuck-and-Blair wedding would not actually have worked like it was supposed to… I was walking by Bethesda Fountain,where they filmed the scene, on my way home from a run listening to the lecture, and I was totally thrown!

 

Bethesda Fountain

 

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Weekly Workouts + Updates 6/15-6/21

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time to send some weekly workouts + updates your way. As of yesterday, it is officially summer. For me that means studying for the bar, yes, but also means that in just over a month, the bar exam will be over and I’ll have some late summer travel time that I’m really looking forward to. What makes it feel the most like summer though, is the knowledge that this is my last June when “school’s out” – at least when it’s me that is the one in school! My diploma arrived last week, making it all feel very official. Even though my high school Latin hasn’t stuck with me long enough, they even sent along a translation šŸ™‚

 

Law school diploma

 

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Raspberry Fudge Chunk

Five Things Friday: Frozen Treats

And we’re back with Five Things Friday! I haven’t done one of these in awhile, mostly because there’s been so much else to talk about here with you. But now that I’m in the thick of bar studying, it’s about time to share some of the the frozen treats that sweeten up my daily eats.You had to know this one was coming. Now that June is in full swing, it’s high season for ice cream and other such sweets. Whether it’s a few scoops of my favorite flavors at the local ice cream shop, making my own sundae at home, or trying out new frozen treats, I am taking full advantage.

 

1. Ice Cream Cones:

One of my favorite activities on a summer evening is taking a trip to the local ice cream shop for a scoop of one of my favorite flavors. At Ferris Acres I can even nab a gluten free cone! Wherever I go, I always top my treat with rainbow sprinkles for some extra pizzazz. I tend to choose my favorite flavors consistently – these include Moose Tracks and Strawberry at Emack & Bolio’s, Raspberry Fudge Swirl with a sweet cream base at Ferris Acres, Cherry Vanilla at Deborah Ann’s, and pretty much any berry-and-dark-chocolate-chunk combo you can think of anywhere. 

 

Raspberry Fudge Swirl at Deborah Anns
Raspberry Fudge Swirl
Cherry Vanilla Cone at Ferris Acres
Cherry Vanilla Cone at Ferris Acres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Strawberry Vanilla Heart Sundae

Life Lately: June Edition

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This Thursday, I’m thinking out loud in the style of the Currently posts that have been floating around the blogosphere lately. After seeing these posts from Julie, Amanda, Tina, and more, I decided to share my own current things, because that’s what thinking out loud is all about anyway. So here is my Life Lately: June Edition!

 

Current Book: Unfortunately, my stack of BarBri bad boys to prep for the New York bar exam in July. But I am always re-reading my favorite summer book before falling asleep. It’s called The Big House, and it’s about a family that built a grand summer home on Cape Cod at the turn of the last century, and all of the ways the family members’ lives became entwined with the house. I spent childhood summers down the Cape with my grandparents and have always loved any book to do with Cape history. Even though I won’t be back this summer, it’s a lovely reminder of the spirit of the place. 

 

The Big House

 

Current Music: My favorite summer mix including lots of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Matt Nathanson, and most recently Gloriana and Alex & Sierra. I have ‘Scarecrow’ on repeat a lot!

Current TV Show: I’ve been re-watching Hart of Dixie and Parks and Rec on Netflix later in the evenings after finishing up with studying for the day. It’s nice to unwind to something familiar and relatively upbeat.

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Chicken, brown rice, and veggie bowl

WIAW #15

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Well, here we go again – a WIAW featuring a day of bar study eats! My meals are pretty monotonous lately, since I’m basically in run-eat-study-repeat mode, but I continue to find ways to mix it up a bit. For example, my pre-run snack yesterday morning. I had a couple of rice cakes smeared with peanut butter and apple butter. I love PB&J, but this is definitely a new favorite combination. And when I pair it with some crisp apple slices? Pre-run snack perfection. I’ll have to add it to the roundup!

 

Peanut butter and apple butter

 

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