NYC Sunset Running Tour – Self guided

Every time I travel I start with great intentions. I pack my running clothes and say I’m going to run far and wide every day. Then reality hits in and I either sleep in, or get busy sightseeing with my whomever I’m traveling with. Well this time is was different. I was on a work trip to NY recently and I decided to set my evening apart and go for a run.

This run turned into amazing 15 solo miles of sightseeing, farleks, photos and everything in between where I ended the night in an average 8:40 pace. Not to mention that I ran 20 miles the day before while visiting my parents. If nothing else, it served to remind me although I’m a little behind on my training, I will survive my two back to back marathons coming up.

But this is more just of a post to share some photos from my run. An update on running will come later, or just ask me and I am always excited to talk run shop.

NYC Run 2‘First no run is complete without a sight of the naked cowboy.

NYC Run 1

or cats… i saw these boys all over mailboxes, lightposts etc as my made my way west.

NYC Run 3

As I got on the hudson river park, I was instantly greeted with fellow runners, and walkers. The bikers had a separate bikepath/lane as well but the runners got first dibs on the sights.

NYC Run 10

NYC Run 8

I think the freedom tower is a pretty neat building.

NYC Run 5

Statue of liberty!

NYC Run 9

There were a ton of piers for me to run up and down which was really cool since usually at home I run my same paths, same sights. The sky also just opened up to an amazing spectrum of colors that my iphone would never be able to capture. Across the river is Jersey but I’m not sure which specific city I was looking at. I was mostly staring at the water and sky.

NYC Run 11

As the night grew dark, so did my run. I don’t like running in darkness and although I felt like I could go on forever, I decided to head back to the hotel and shower and rest up.

QOTD

Do you ever get long runs in on vacation? Ever do a sightseeing run?

NYC Marathon Race Recap

I didn’t have the race I wanted and expected but I guess that’s what makes me so infatuated with the marathon. I’ve done 9 marathons and 2 ultras since March 2012 and I can’t really say any of them have ever been similar. A lot can happen in 26.2 miles. For some things you can prepare (train, gear etc), other things, you rely on the luck of the draw (weather, stomach, etc). Luckily, I am somewhat of a racing addict so when one race goes bad, I know I have another one lined up for redemption.

After having a few days to reflect, I’d say I did enjoy the NYC marathon even if large events like these are no longer my style, it was exciting to run through the streets I grew up in and be part of something that big. However, there’s a lot of things I did not enjoy about the NYC marathon that I’ll get to as I recap, but for the most part if I didn’t think it was incredibly overpriced, I would run NYC again. Maybe in a decade or so, I’ll enter the lottery again and seek redemption on the same course that killed me this year. We’ll see.

So let’s start from the beginning. Luckily, since it was daylight savings time, I got an extra hour of sleep! I woke up bright and early at 5AM even though my alarm was set for 5:45. I made a few pita bread peanut butter sandwhiches to take with me. I was VERY concerned about getting hungry between waking up and starting the race at 9:45.

My dad dropped me and my very favorite marathon assistant at the ferry around 6:40.

NYC Marathon Ferry TL

We got on the 6:45 ferry. I was a little freaked out because according to the NYRR people and etc. they can’t guarantee you will start on time (9:45AM) if you take a later than 6AM ferry aka complete and utter bullshit to cover their asses. I decided the hell with my 5:45 AM ferry sticker (that NO ONE checked). Besides, worse case, I start in a later wave. I’m not exactly elite and my best marathon time is still from RnR USA marathon where I started 20 minutes late due to a broken train. I’m a pro at dodging people and toeing the line at the last second. Reflecting back, I could have probably taken the 7:15 ferry and still been okay but that wouldn’t leave much room for error since they stop letting you into your corral at 8:40 or so. 

Anyways the ferry ride is definitely the way to go for transportation.

NYC Marathon Photo Brooklyn Bridge

I think that might be a view of Brooklyn?

NYC Marathon Ferry Sunrise

NYRR basically take over all the Staten Island Ferries for the marathoners and leave the locals in the dust with no bridge, and no ferry to get them off the Island. Tony learned that in a mob of about 300 angry Staten Islanders who an hour later got a ferry.

Security was in full force starting with the ferries. National guard was on patrol. All bags were searched. FYI, you can have a friend or family member take the ferry with you with a backpack. They will however, search through it. Your family member and any other backpacks,etc. will not be allowed on the bus from the ferry to the village.

NYC Marathon Ferry Bridge

The bridge that looked so long and mean, seemed hardly that long when I ran on it at the starting line.

NYC Marathon Ferry

These are the views you will miss by not taking the ferry. There are other options to get to the village. You could take a bus from midtown, but I think that also gets you to the village around 8AM. I’m not sure why it takes them so long to drive over there since I can’t imagine there would be that much traffic at 7AM but who knows. My other option was getting dropped off at the village.

The Verrazano Bridge closes to traffic at 7:00AM “promptly” so I would have been chilling all by my lonesome self at 7AM. All my other friends were starting in later waves or were too busy being special in the ING bus ;). The bridge is 3 miles from my parents house, and was a much quicker drive than the drive to the ferry, but I decided if I’m going to experience the NYC marathon, I had to take the ferry with it.

Me in half the layers I had for the starting line.

As for the rest?

NYC Marathon Layers

Purple hoodie that I finally left behind, an old winter coat that finally got donated, long underwear, and a pair of sweats that were just too big and annoying for me to ever wear. Under it was my running outfit of sports bra, running shirt, long sleeve and capris. I also had a hat, gloves and an extra pair of socks. Needless to say, being cold, was not going to be a concern for me.

NYC Marathon Village

While the ferry ride took about 20 minutes, I think the bus ride from the ferry to the village was about 30 minutes. I thought the ferry was only a few miles from the village but maybe it was further than that. Expert on Staten Island, I am not.

To enter the village, I think every NYPD officer who wasn’t working on a different part of the race was at the village. They had metal detectors, dogs, and your number and bag were checked before you could walk in. We were only allowed an official clear athlete bag and one clear bag that you could check. Nothing more. No sleeping bags, no camelpaks. I saw a very nice pile of camelpaks and sleeping packs that could make someone a nice fortune if they resell. To be honest, I felt a little like I was entering a prison camp and not a marathon. Had there been a cavity check, I don’t think I would have been shocked. The whole experienced really saddened me about how to feel secure we had to do all this.

Now the athletes village is HUGE. Like you can seriously burn you legs out just trying to navigate around it. The bus conveniently dropped me off in the blue village. The NYC marathon is so big, it’s broken up in 4 waves and each wave has 3 colors, blue, orange and green that run slightly separate ways until they reunite at mile 8. I think over 50,000 people ran it this year, making it the world’s largest marathon.

I was going to meet a friend at the ING tent but when I asked a volunteer where it was, they mentioned having to walk far and then walk up a hill and it seemed like a journey. The Blue village is also conveniently where the corrals start so I decided to just chill around.

Dunkin Donuts earlier were giving out hats, but by 8AM they said they were all out. They also had some coffee. I heard there was hot chocolate in the village and almost came to tears when they said they didn’t have any. At about 8AM I ate my first peanut butter pita sandwich. I ate half of a plain pita at 6AM before leaving the house as well. I also drank about one bottle of water.

The village had plenty of portypotties but I felt like the line moved a lot slower than it did in Boston. I don’t know, maybe i stood on the wrong line.

At about 8:25 the corrals open up. At 8:45 I was told if I don’t get into the corral, I will have to start in the next wave. Meanwhile, I read somewhere that they were suppose to close at 8:55? Guess not. I’m freaking out and they tell me that the clear athlete’s bag I have for village is not allowed into the corrals that I’ll be waiting in for the next hour!

I’m getting pretty cranky as I try to shuffle my stuff out of the bag as they yell at me to hurry up because I will be locked out of the corrals. Anyways I grab my extra socks, my phone, sandwich, gels, and leave my bag and magazine behind.

Into the corral I went, kinda like down the rabbit hole. The corral did indeed have a ton of barely used bathrooms. However, at 8:55, we got kicked out of the corrals onto the bridge! O and by the way, any layer you wear to get on the bridge, won’t be donated? Yea, wtf! I’m suppose to freeze my ass off on the bridge, with no bathroom. It was worse than being on a delayed flight with the seatbelt light on. I ended up giving up my winter coat because I couldn’t bear not donating it. I kept the rest of my layers.

NYC Marathon Pace Group

I found the 3:15 pacer. There was a single pacer from what I saw for each time. Yup, this is how we stood for the next 50 minutes. I changed my socks, ate my second sandwich because I’m stupid, drank more water, until I pretty much was ready to pee my pants when the race started.

You know, they kept warning that peeing on the bridge is illegal, and will get you disqualified, yada, yada, but if I was a guy, I probably would have went for it too. Standing on the bridge, cold, with no bathrooms in the stink of anxiety and Bengay. I’m not gonna lie, I saw more than a fair share of men peeing on the bridge, and even more so, right after they got off the bridge.

Oh and by the way, while you wait those 50 minutes standing to start, they’re playing ads for sponsors the whole time, giving you a headache. A little music would have been nice? No?

Anyways my race is divided into two parts. Mile 1-15 where I stuck with the pacer and had a good time. And miles 16-26.2 after my disaster on the Queens-borough bridge.

NYC Marathon Liana

In case you’re wondering what I’m doing here. This is me trying to give my headphones to Tony after mile 8. The first 13 miles or so are in Brooklyn and I don’t mean to brag, but Brooklyn really is the best. The crowd support was amazing and the bands were around every half mile or so playing awesome songs and covers such as Ramones or Lit! I was having a ball in Brooklyn which is why I gave up my headphones to Tony.

NYC Marathon Brooklyn

Seriously, the first half in Brooklyn, probably makes the NYC marathon worth it alone. I had so much fun and I felt great! Everyone is dressed up from superheros, to their country flag, to random voodoo things that might be something spiritual? I’m not too sure, but I loved it all!

There’s about 2 miles or so in Queens before you hit the Queensborough bridge. Around mile 15.5 or so, I started to feel really sick to my stomach. I think it was the combination of eating too much and holding in my pee for too long and excitement and anxiety and everything in between. I usually run on just a piece of toast and peanut butter, so having 3 times that amount was not working out well after less than 2 hours of running. I also never really got a chance to go to the bathroom and do my business since I thought I would have time and then didn’t.

My life was going to flash before my eyes. I’ve heard that runners can have involuntary reactions while running and OMG I thought it would happen to me, on video, or camera or something. I started to walk, to try to calm my stomach and freaking out and panicking and that’s when I got nauseated as well. Luckily, that was a little easier to solve than my other potential problem. I walked to the side and threw up a little. Sorry, I like to share all the details. Bodily functions happen. I saw a few men peeing on this bridge as well! I don’t generally have penis envy, but during races I can’t help but be resentful. My stomach was still upset, and I’m not gonna lie, I contemplated my odds of hoping over the barrier to the other side of the bridge to do what had to be done. It’s times like this that I really miss the freedom of running on a trail! (Although I haven’t had to do that yet).

A lot of thoughts and prays went through my head and I think when I saw the bathroom at mile 16, I have never felt more relieved! It was also there that I might have shed more than a little bit of tears for the end of my race. My 7:25 average pace was dropped down to 8:10. When I tried to run, I could barely get above a 9 minute mile. The Queensborough bridge really took it all out of me.

Running through first avenue was still fun but not as great as Brooklyn. The next four miles were a blur where I went between nausea and sadness. I think my spirit broke afterwards, I went through another awful sick feeling at mile 19/20 on the bridge to the Bronx when I tried to eat a shotblock to get some food back in me and I just couldn’t swallow anything besides liquids. Someone mentioned it might be motion sickness since I only felt that awful mid-bridges?

Mile 20-24 were a blur as well. I remember entering Central Park and being so happy to be in the park and not on the hills of whatever Avenue we ran down. At mile 24, I saw my friend Michael cheer me on and that got me through mile 25 without a walk break. After that I saw Tony and that got me to mile 26 without a walk break! As for the final .2? I ran as hard as I could because I just wanted to be done so badly with this race!

NYC Marathon Final Mile

I’m not gonna lie, crossing the finish line did indeed feel magical, but then again, it always does for me.

As soon as you cross the line, you want to sit, take a break and catch your breath. But the volunteers won’t let you. It’s their job to get 50,000 tired, runners across the finish line and out of the park and they do their job well. You feel like a sheep, a cranky sheep as you try to regain the feeling you once had in your legs while being forced to walk another mile to exit.

About a quarter of the mile you get the space blanket and a little shortly after that you get a bag with water, a very tasty apple, and some other snacks I didn’t really look at because the last thing I wanted was food.

And then you keep walking, and walking, and you’re wondering will I ever be able to sit, will I ever get out of this park, am I doomed forever in this nightmare of no break?

Eventually, a long time, or what feels like forever, you exit the park and if you selected no baggage option, you get the most amazing, warm fleece lined poncho. Yea, it’s orange and won’t ever leave my house afterwards, but that thing really keeps you warm.

NYC Marathon Everyone

P.S. My friend to the right, ran NY in 3:13!

Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
10677 2008 415 7392

It’s not exactly the results I wanted, but I got to go home with my bling regardless! Luckily, I got RnR Nola in Feb & Georgia Marathon in March to attempt this all over again!

How do you handle a poor race? I sign up for many more!

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?

NYC Marathon Expo Tips and other eatings

So I made it from Boston to NY, got my number and all that. I think after trying out Greyhound, Megabus and Bolt bus, I highly recommend Bolt Bus over the others. Paying 10 bucks more is worth it. Although I still miss Fung Wah (may they rest in peace until they return, please return). While on the bus, I got their wifi to work and decided to play around with the ING app.

NYC Tracking

We made a 15 minute stop for lunch and bathroom.

NYC Expo Burger King Veggie burger

Sadly our stop was at a Burger King. I’m more of a McDonalds type of girl (they have more bathrooms, look cleaner and better food options), but I was hungry and didn’t feel like eating the healthy yogurt and fruit I dragged onto the bus with me. Instead I ordered the veggie burger which is the only edible thing off the BK’s menu in my opinion.

NYC Skyline

I don’t know what I did while I was on the bus besides a ton of fidgeting to the dismay of my window seat neighbor, but before I knew it, 4 hours later, I saw the skyline. My heart still skips a beat each time I see the skyline as I return home. That dreamy state ends when I get off the bus, see the crowds, trucks, and way too much general traffic. I guess it’s hard to be as romantic about NYC when you grew up here before it became the hipster paradise it is today.

My dad waited around the city for two hours for me! But then he waited some more as I walked over to the expo. Aren’t father’s the best? Who else will drive, wait and pick you up, just to take you home?

Luckily bolt bus drops you off about 3 blocks from the NYC Marathon expo. So if you’re coming from Boston, it’s one of the best options for the NYC Marathon expo.

Now, I’m no expert on the expo since I was there for just a little under an hour, but I did learn a bit.

Besides all else, like with everything else in NYC, pack your patience! There will be lines. They test your marathon skills with a marathon of queuing before all else. More lines than I’ve ever had at any other race expo. Although, the only other large marathon expo I can compare this to is Boston. But who knows how much queuing I’ll be doing in 2014 after the Boston Bombers have basically turned all runners, and their families into terrorist suspects for all future events.

You start with security –

NYC Expo Security

If you don’t bring a purse or bag with you, you can bypass through an express line but it will be hard to see because we’re not really all too great at queuing in an organized line. If you do have a bag don’t freak out, all the security guards want to do is see the bottom of your purse. They don’t care about our water bottle or tampons.

NYC Expo LInes

Next order of line after security is to enter the expo. If you’re not there to pick up a number, don’t get on it. You don’t need to and can just enter the expo where people are exiting. If you are picking up a number, you will need to have a registration card printed or PDF saved on your phone or email. You can do that by logging in to your NYRR account. If you forgot your password, don’t worry, they set it quickly.

If you don’t have your NYC registration card with your or on your phone. You will be directed after this line to a new line. They will sort it out for you, but it will be another wait you will have.

NYC Expo Languages

I loved seeing all the Welcome signs in all the different languages!

Now you have smaller lines to get your number. If you didn’t select your transportation, there’s a line for that too and they will give you a ferry sticker. I asked what happens if I miss my ferry, she said you could get on any of them, but if I get on a ferry later than 6AM she can’t guarantee I’ll get to start on time for 9:40 (In my head, I’m going are you fucking kidding me NYRR). I thanked her and moved onto my next line.

This line was to scan my number to go pick up my shirts. The scanning line was short. However, the shirt pick up line was a few minutes because everyone is trying on their shirt and switching sizes. The wait was similar to Boston.

Finally, you got your number, ferry time sticker, shirt and you are ready to explore the expo.

It will be packed no matter what time you go. This is NYC, everything is more packed anywhere, anytime.

I walked around quickly through the expo, because my dad was being a great dad and waiting for me. I wanted to pick up some NYC Marathon arm sleeves or gloves that I saw online. Until I saw them in person and realized that they’re not tech but cotton. Sorry Asics, I love some of your products, but I wasn’t impressed with your NYC Marathon accessory selection. I’m spoiled now and expect higher quality. If you are still looking for arm warmers, check out the Saucony area. There’s only cost a little extra and they’re tech, soft and nice!

I also wanted to look for a new handheld, since my current one is dying. However, it was packed and there were many baby carriages and I decided I rather do my shopping online.

One highlight was stopping by the Vega table. They gave me some awesome samples of their plant based protein products. I saw a couple of protein bar tastings but nothing you could take home with you.

Then again, I walked through all the exhibits in about 10 minutes so maybe I missed something good?

NYC Marathon Swag

These are the goods I left the expo with. Highlights are Vega Sport. I also got a nice race calendar book from Running USA. The chia shots are awesome if you’re traveling and want to have them in your oatmeal. Why Dove only gave out Men’s deodorant in my swag bag was a little meh. I don’t want to smell like a dude thank you very much! Somehow Tony always wins when it comes to my race day swag.

NYC Expo Dinner

And best part of my Friday?

Chinese take out from my local place where I used to live in Brooklyn.  It might have been half a decade since I’ve had good Chinese take out! Yum yum yum!

Do you like going to race expos?

Do you ever buy anything there?

What’s your favorite race expo?

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.

What mankind stole, nature took back until both learned to work together

This is what the High Line in NYC reminds me off. B I find the history and the creativity of this park one of my favorite parts of NYC or at least Manhattan. B Others, between locals and tourists agree as we all walk, sit and bask in the sun.

What is the high line? It is a 1-mile linear parkB on a 1.45-mileB section of the former elevated NYC subway tracks that ran along the lower west side.

Basically it went from this:

To this:

This is where my family and I spent a Sunday afternoon before my luxury Chinatown bus ride back to Boston.

But first Rocky and I had a walk once we both left the couch

We strolled for 1.5 miles before both our tongues were hanging from thirst.

B

We came prepared with snacks of course. B Walking 1.5 miles there and back is hard work.

We looks down upon the city

and forward

After conquering the 3 mile round trip walk, we made our way down to Chelsea Market. B I was originally set on finding Fro-Yo but got distracted by a bakery.

What started with a taste of the olive bread roll, ended with 4 more rolls including a rosemary yellow raisin fennel roll, a pumpernickel roll and a walnut oat roll. B I guess I started the carb-loading process a week early. B If you’re interested in more carb porn, I got the photo fromB this blog. B Needless to say I never found my froyo place.

A day of family and Azerbaijan food…

That was how I spent myB Saturday. However today was Monday and boy was that rough. B After a weekend of friends and family, sleep was hard to come by Sunday night. B I almost dosedB off at my desk today knocking my coffee over.

I’ve fully went into taper mode so no running today. B Instead after dragging my sleepy self off my desk, I did 10.5 Miles on the hands-less elliptical (crossramp?) for 55 minutes instead. B I was going to skip working out all together but I’ve become so used to this marathon training routine that not working out now feels foreign.

But back to Saturday. B We celebrated this guy’s birthday.

We went toB Caucasus Gadens, a AzerbaijanB restaurant. B Although a former member of the Soviet Union, the cuisine is closer to Middle Eastern/Turkish style than to eastern European.

We started with some salads.

Objor Salad – In case you’re curious beef tongue, carrots, horse radish with fried onions on top.

I passed on the beef tongue and opted for a Shepherd salad

Kharcho – Traditional Georgian soup made with pieces of lamb, rise, dill, garlic, tomatoes, and celery. B Tony and IB splitB the soup until he dripped some into my eyeball, I got cranky and that was the end of that.

The entrees came and we all got busy with eating of our own and each other’s plate.

My brother and his beefB stroganoff

I sat on the boys’ side of the table. My brother, me, some smelly kid I’m dating (JK) and my uncle.

Although we both live in Boston now, I don’t see this guy often enough <3.

I got the Lamb kabobs

Tony got the chicken kabobs and we had a glorious plan of sharing. B I then took all the leftovers and had a great second meal on the bus, but that’s a different story.

After our lunch we took a walk and played with the duckies in Prospect park. B It what cool New Yorkers do.

It was 60 degrees but my mom didn’t get the memo and I guess in her mind and jacket was still in Siberia.

I found some sleepy duckies that I later woke up

They were a little camera shy and ran away from me. However, Tony and I love photos!

We wrapped up family day by having some pastries from a random Italian bakery at my Grandmother’s house and coffee.

Yes the tiramisu cup was amazing. B However, the other pastries were nothing to write home about.

Overall a perfect day of Family dining, walking and more eating. B Afterwards Tony and I went out to visit some of my high school friends. B I found myself somehow staying up til 3AM which is way past my Boston/Marathon training bedtime but well worth it. B I am quite a lucky gal 🙂

How do you spend time with your family? B Do you live close to your parents? B Mine are a 5 hour drive away so I don’t see them often enough. B Tony’s are upstairs of our apartment and once we move to our new hour will be a mile away.