Hi, I’m Alyssa, the Renaissance Runner Girl. I’m a writer and blogger who loves long early morning runs, breakfast foods all day long, and anything pink. If I’m not on the trail, you can find me in the kitchen whipping up gluten free treats, reading a history book like the nerd I am inside, or out at one of the many museums, performances, or restaurants that New York City has to offer.
My Running Story
When I was young, I wanted more than anything to join the New York City Ballet. Then I topped out around 5 feet tall and decided to become a coxswain instead. The energy of being in a crew, gliding down a river, knowing that you’re the brains of the operation – all good! But as a coxswain in college, I was not moving much. I started running with some of the crew to fix that, just a mile or so. When I finished college and went to law school, running became my “me time” when I could get out in the fresh air, clear my head, and forget the world for a little while. I was thrilled when I first ran three miles without stopping in March 2013. I finished my first half marathon, the New York City Half Marathon, in March 2014. In January 2015, I ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon as part of Team JDRF to cure Type 1 Diabetes, and in March 2015 I ran the New York City Half Marathon again on my second run-iversary and first half-marathon-iversary. I completed the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge at Disneyland in September 2015, and qualified for the New York City Marathon in 2016 via the New York Road Runners 9+1 Program. In 2016, I ran again at both the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the New York City Half Marathon where I set a PR. Now, my focus is on finishing my first full marathon in November.
How The Girl Who Couldn’t Boil Water Learned to Cook
Growing up, lifelong allergies limited my palate. I’m allergic to wheat, nuts, avocados, and several citrus fruits, which isn’t all that difficult – as long as you have access to all the right ingredients and someone to cook them for you! But when I arrived at the University of Oxford for college, I quickly found that the plethora of special prepared foods available in Manhattan or the Connecticut suburbs had not yet arrived in a small English city. My college dining hall dished up a LOT of bread and pasta. I scraped along, conquering the all-important skill of boiling water when my electric tea kettle broke and I had to do it the old-fashioned way. I made scrambled eggs and only set the smoke alarm off once, and even discovered a few new-to-me foods, like quinoa. When I moved back to New York City to attend Columbia Law School, I could easily have slipped into the Seamless habit, but found out that like running, cooking was a good distraction. It was also a huge part of my journey from struggling with food to embracing and enjoying it as fuel for a wonderful life. Soon, I started baking in addition to making myself dinner. I served up my first dessert at the family Thanksgiving table in 2014, and now you’ll find me in the kitchen creating new recipes all the time.
Life in the City
Although my new job as a lawyer at a big New York law firm keeps me busy, I try to make time to experience all that the city has to offer. I was a history major in college and love reading and learning about history to this day, and just walking around New York to look at the buildings keeps me interested. I indulge my love for at as a young member of the Metropolitan Museum. I give back to the community as a volunteer of the New York Junior League. And when I need a change to refresh and recharge, I escape to my Connecticut hometown or travel around the world with family, friends, or my boyfriend. You can read about some of my favorite things in this blog survey.
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