the new york marathon

By November 15, 2015 Life, Travel


I’ve taken a big huge breather over here on the blog, but real-life busyness, work travel (which currently has me on a weeklong tour de Texas,) play travel, personal life, and the New York Marathon took over this past month, so I’m going to do a little catch up today and tiptoe back into blog world again. I admit that it’s been nice having some time away from here – but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Warning: verrrry long post ahead.

Backing up just a bit…

Exactly 2 weeks ago today I ran the New York Marathon. I’m still having trouble believing it it has come and gone, and it all really happened. Sunday November 1st 2015 will forever be one of my most favorite days to look back on. I ran the New York Marathon. I ran the New York Marathon! {For a little bit of background, I talked here about how + why + what motivated me to sign up for this wild experience.}

I was lucky enough to have 2 other friends decide to jump on board and also run with Team in Training, and raise funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. It made the whole experience even more memorable to have a couple pals by my side through it all. (And quite literally – my girlfriend and I ran the entire 26.2 miles together, and finished at the same second holding hands!)

Marathon day started with a dark, chilly 6 am bus ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, where we had a few hours to kill by walking around, trying to stay warm, and munching on bagels and coffee. With a start time of 10:40 am, it made for a few nerve-wracking hours – but looking back it really wasn’t that bad, and in fact it was kind of a cool part of the whole experience. There I was on Staten Island, surrounded by 50,000 people, multiple helicopters flying above us, and a jumbotron showing live ESPN coverage of the race! Almost half of the entire crowd was from somewhere other than the USA, so with every morning announcement being made in about 6 different languages, it made for a global, Olympics-sort of feel to it all!

As my start time approached, my group was funneled into the start area as New York, New York by Frank Sinatra blasted from the speakers. It was a surreal, completely giddy moment that was over too fast, and suddenly the shotgun start went off and we slowly shuffled our way onto the Verrazano Bridge and into our first mile of the marathon.

The first couple miles felt like a skip around the block, I felt weightless, full of energy, and was smiling ear to ear taking it all in. From the very start the spectators were everywhere. It was a never ending sea of spectators that lined almost every stretch of every mile, holding up signs, screaming peoples names, always willing to give you a smile, encouraging word, high five, water, gatorade, bananas, and more.


Knowing that over 1 million spectators come out to cheer on the marathon runners, I went into the race thinking there was no way I’d spot my mom, boyfriend, or other sweet friends that came out along the course to cheer me along – it literally would be a one in a million chance that I’d see anyone I knew! So when I came up on mile 6 and spotted my boyfriends smiling face, I lost it! I zipped over for a quick kiss + pic…a happy blur of a moment that happened so fast. My spectator luck continued with spotting him, my mom, and several other friends multiple times along the course! Seeing those familiar friendly faces carried me along more than I could ever describe, especially in the last few miles when things got a super intense.

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Side note: people joke that to be a spectator at the NY Marathon it’s as if you’re running a marathon of your own – but it really isn’t far from the truth. It’s completely amazing to think that one million people spend a good part of an entire day running around NYC – via taxis, subway, Uber, ferries, bikes – all to get to a spot where they hopefully see the person they’re cheering for – and if they’re lucky enough to spot them, it’s only for a few seconds! So to my personal cheer crew that came out to support me…you are the very best!


The last couple miles of the marathon wound us through Central Park and in those moments, I truly felt like it was never going to end. The last 2 miles felt as long as the first 12! Turning the last corner, emotions ran pretty high as I took those last few steps and hit the finish line. It was an unreal feeling, and one that has stuck with me since it all happened.

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After finishing – the first thing I wanted to do was sit!!!! (and cry, and lay down, and drink water, and eat, and celebrate, and be carried away!), but mostly I just wanted to get out of there! It took a crazy 45 minute shuffle to wind my way out of Central Park. That whole area of the city is so congested and crazy post-race that taxis are practically nonexistent. We decided that the subway was our best bet. Just as we were about to go down under to grab a ride, I spotted a Mr. Softee ice cream trunk (always a personal NYC favorite!) so I hobbled over to get a sprinkled cone before I slowly took the steps one at a time down to the subway, where a policeman was yelling out that all marathon runners were riding for free! It was just one of so many special only-in-New-York moments from the most incredible day that I’ll always love looking back on.


I cannot complete my recap of the NY Marathon without thanking all the people that helped me get there. So many friends, family, acquaintances, readers, and even strangers donated to my LLS fundraising page, which was the motivating reason behind running this race. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to help raise funds for a cause that has become so important to me, while at the same time tackling such a huge personally fulfilling experience.


Finally – to anyone who has ever thought for even a split second about running a marathon. Do it. Just do! While during a particularly intense hill around mile 16 I told my friend that if I ever talked about doing a marathon again, remind me of that very ugly painful moment. But as soon as it’s over you realize how temporary the pain is – it’s all over so fast! And the painful parts eventually fade, and the good ones remain. It’s a really amazing feeling to be done, look back, and know you’ve done something you dreamed of doing but never actually dreamed you’d do! I’ll carry that with me, always.


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By October 9, 2015 Style

Blue2 {pink stitch dress, banana republic sandals, clare vivier clutch, miansai reeve cuff, gifted dattado bracelet, karen walker sunglasses}

It officially feels like fall is here to stay, but we’ve been able to squeeze a few days of sunshine here and there. While summer weather is my all-time favorite, I am enjoying these cooler temps during my practice runs as I prepare for the upcoming NYC Marathon. (less than 4 weeks away!)

This dress was a go-to all summer long and while it’s now retired until next year, I picked it up in black and maroon (yea…I really really liked this dress!) both of which I can easily transition into fall with my trusty jean jacket + a scarf or by layering a sweater on top. The change in seasons has me in serious closet purge mode – which I plan to work on this weekend to help get me looking forward to the continually dropping temps ahead!




Photography by Justin Meyer

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travel diary : new york city

By September 27, 2015 Travel

IMG_2192 {oficina latina}


This past week I got back from a packed 6 day trip to NYC, and as always I’m in a bit of a post-NYC fog upon returning home. The energy and inspiration from the city get me going in a way that few other places can. With that said, there’s no place like home and I’ve enjoyed having a few low key days at home before heading out again.

With having the chance to travel so often lately, I’ve decided to start doing a better job of documenting my fave spots I visit, to both help me remember and to give better recommendations! A few of my bests from this trip:


For this trip I stayed at the Dazzler Brooklyn. It was fun to go on my morning run with the Manhattan skyline view just across the river. They also had a great morning breakfast every day which was included in the price, and I’ve never experienced that in NYC. Fresh coffee + bananas + oatmeal in a darling mason jar was my morning go-to.


Miansai Tea Bar – my favorite spot for kombucha on tap, Panatea matcha lattes, and warm comforting teas of every kind.

Maman – found this darling Soho spot and just the sweet scent that hits you when you walk in is enough to make you want to park there all day. The almond milk lattes (extra honey!) are just so good.

Oficina Latina – stopped by this Nolita joint after work one day with coworkers. I had an avocado margarita and it was as dreamy as it sounds. Lots of fresh juice filled cocktails + really great salsa and guac.

The Ship – really cool craft cocktail bar that makes you feel like you’re…on a ship! Even the ice cubes they use are cool. They have a small food menu (get the brussels sprouts!) but the drinks are their ‘thing’ – and they do them really, really well.

Boe – darling Brooklyn wine bar + great pick-your-own cheese plate in Williamsburg. All of their wines come from New York sourced grapes! My friend and I each did a wine flight so we could try as many as possible.


The Butcher’s Daughter – if I could eat here every day the rest of my life, that would be wonderful. Their ‘schtick’ is that they treat vegetables like meat, meaning they make them the star of the show. The avocado toast, the coconut yogurt parfaits, the spaghetti squash carbonara, the granola…Oh I could go on and on and on and on.

Epistrophy – fun little spot for a late night bite and wine. (Highly recommend the tuna tartare).

Morandi – fun and bustling Italian spot in the West Village. My group split a bit of everything – burrata and pici al limone with my favorites!

Chobani – Greek yogurt covered in whatever sweet or savory toppings you want. I decked mine out in coconut flakes, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, figs, and clover honey, and will be recreating it often at home.

Smile – try their vegan banana bread (which I loved so much I’m trying desperately to find a similar recipe!), salted chocolate chip cookies, and any of their lunch salads from the case.

Sweethaus – stopped here in Brooklyn as the lineup of candy jars drew me in, but they also have a full food menu that looked great.


Shadowbox NYC – I spent most of this trip working, but I did spend Sunday morning sweating it out at the newest workout spot to open in the city. It was intense but also pretty cool to sweat like crazy for 45 minutes while you’re beating up a giant boxing bag with the loudest beats ever playing in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – went on a nice cool morning run through here. Great skyline view of Manhattan.

The Folley – popped in here for an old school photobooth session with some friends.


IMG_2261 {with meghan, grace, and taylor}

IMG_2262 {sweethaus}

IMG_2272 {the butchers daughter}

IMG_2293 {maman}

IMG_2296 {miansai}

IMG_2242 {shadowbox}

IMG_2136 {morandi}

IMG_2051 {the butchers daughter}

IMG_2047 {the ship}

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By September 18, 2015 Style


JSM_8828 {old navy dress (fall version), converse shoes, gifted jord watch, lulu frost ring, sunglasses}

Suddenly we’re on the cusp of fall and I’m soaking up every single warm sunshine filled day we have left this year.  I’ve been spending as much time as possible outside to soak up the rays – whether it’s running the local trails, biking to grab drinks with the boyriend, working on my laptop outside from a sunny patio, or just taking a stroll around the block to grab a morning coffee. With working from home I don’t always need to get fully ‘ready’ every day but this simple watch + this easy dress have been a go-to’s lately and I’m thrilled there’s a similar looking fall version which I want in every jewel-toned color.




Photography by Justin Meyer

Watches Made From 100% Natural Wood by JORD

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