NYC Marathon Final Taper and Final Eats

It wasn’t my best and not my favorite but crossing the finish line is always magical. Thank you all my friends and Tony my personal marathon assistant!

Photo: It wasn't my best and not my favorite but crossing the finish line is always magical. Thank you all my friends and Tony my marathon assistant! <3

I’ll post a race recap of what exactly went wrong later this week. It was one of my roughest races, but I made it to the finish line.

One thing, I know I did right was my taper. I didn’t exactly follow the plan, but I kept the mileage pre-race at about 20. After over analzying every detail on my bus ride back from NY, I decided, if I had to do it again, I would keep the same taper.

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 8 Miles 7:35 pace incline 2

Wednesday – 5 Miles 8:00 pace Incline 3

Thursday – 4 Miles 7:18 pace on Incline 2

Friday – 3 Miles 7:32 pace on Incline 3

Saturday – REST, a little bit of walking around

So in total 20 miles before Sunday

When I toed the line I felt great and I can sleep easy knowing at least I did something right.

Anyways food, might have been a bit questionable and part of the problem. However, I’ve never had stomach issues while running. Seriously, I’ve scarfed down 3 tacos and went for 15 milers during the summer without any problems.

Either way, I ate many tasty things, so why regret it?

Tony and I went with my parents to Nargis Cafe, an Uzbek style place in Brooklyn. We ate as always family style.

Nargis Cafe Chebureki

Chebureki – basically a minced meat pie. I didn’t really eat, but the parents and Tony liked.

Nargis Cafe Salad

My favorite thing in the world, a simple green salad with dill!

Nargis Cafe Sansa

A pumpkin and meat sansa. I got the pumpkin one, Tony went for the meat.

Nargis Cafe Pumpkin Sansa

It was really good.

Nargis Cafe Shurpa

I also got the Shurpa soap, basically a meat broth with veggies. Okay so maybe I went more heavier on the veggies than I should be a race.

Nargis Cafe Skewers

Chicken & beef skewers

Post Lunch Walk

Like all meals, we concluded it with a walk, because it was well over 60 degrees and gorgeous outside!

I also stopped by Papa Pasquale Ravioli after reading good things about their homemade pasta.

Papa Pasquale Ravoli Pasta Company

and you can only guess what I had for dinner?

Ravoli Dnner

And yes sadly my pumpkin ones are sitting in my parent’s freezer waiting for my return =(.

How was your weekend?

Brooklyn Eats – Sushi & Russian Food

So if you ever lived in Brooklyn, or know Russian people, you’d know we love our sushi.  The best part about visiting Brooklyn is access to get cheap sushi that’s half the price I would find at any place in Boston.  I had to go on a last minute trip to NY last weekend but before we left back for Boston, we hit up Mitoushi.  I haven’t been there before and was pleasantly surprised by the great service, and fresh rolls!

We started with a few basic rolls and this app called Spicy Tuna Bowl that I think wins pretty princess meal award.Sushi

A rainbow roll, which is my favorite!

Sushi 3

My parents got a chicken and salmon hibachi but I think their attention was on the sake

Sushi 2

I tried to get in on the action, but my mom closed her eyes in disappointment

Sushi 1

The other place we went to was a Russian restaurant   I don’t know the name, and the menu was all in Russian with a small short translation indicating whether the dish was beef, pork, lamb or chicken. Details? Well you didn’t really need to know them if you can’t read Russian.  The service was typical Russian service and by that… well I don’t know for someone who is basically American raised, every time I go to an authentic Russian style dining, it always seems like they don’t want the business… None the less the food looked and tasted good.

Russian food

A proper meal ALWAYS starts with a salad

Russian food 5

I made Tony order the beef stew

Russian food 1

I got chicken kebabs with side of cabbage and potatoes, two Russian staples.

Russian food 4

I think this was a beef dish?

Russian food 2

I think this was a chicken dish my brother

Russian food 3

Did you eat anything fun this week?

What’s your favorite sushi roll? Rainbow roll, or if I’m cheap a regular salmon roll is my fave.

Hiking at Minnewaska State Preserve

Saturday was our second day visiting my parents’B bungalowB in Monticello, NY. B After our bums (okay just mine) was a bit sore fromB pseudoB mountain biking we figured we should try hiking. B I picked the Minnewaska State Preserve as somewhere I once have been 10 years ago that provided long carriage roads of walking.

Our first goal after parking was to walk from Minnewaska Lake to Awosting Lake. B Something that was a simple 3 mile walk down a carriage walk… a three mile walk in 90 degrees but still seemed easy. B Then we got distracted by something called a “Blueberry trail”

Big bad bear….

We figured how long could something called a Blueberry path be…. Clearly we did not check our maps… B This bridge was made by a veryB ambitiousB group of girlB scoutsB or so the sign said.

In the end the Blueberry path was 2 mile hike that included moderate ascends and descends that were pretty easy had it not been 90 degrees. B At least we didn’t starve

Funny thing about this picture is that I have one from 10 years ago back when I was a chunky kid who hated the world and all that punk rock anarchy oi oi oi teen angst.

We did finally find an end to the veryB delusionalB blueberry path (or hike) that came with an amazing view!

These views were what made me want to return here!

We relaxed and snacked by the lake. B Some people were swimming but I’m a pansy who gets cold easily so I just watched and basked in the heat. B Afterwards we took an easy 3.5 mile walk around the Lake Awosting

I love daisies! B The 3 mile hike back to the car however was a little rough….

We continued onto the never ending path of return to our car! B 5 waterbottles and 11 miles later we were ready to go eat and rest…

Of course it’s been hours since our last McDonalds stop…

We start looking a little like this if we go too long without food

And there’s only so muchB granolaB & nuts you can eat… so a stop was required….

Dear aspiring chefs: Please go to upstate NY and open us businesses so next time I’m there I don’t have a diet of McDonalds!