Friday, October 22, 2010

5 For Friday

Am I the only one who is very happy that today is Friday? I doubt it! I've been feeling pretty good this week, with a lot of energy, and getting a little extra sleep (almost) each night, but I'm still very happy for two days of fun and relaxation.

Before I get to this week's list, a little piece of housekeeping. I would love it if you'd include your email address in your profile when you leave a comment so I can respond. I get great comments all the time, and it truly saddens me when I can't respond! I really do read and appreciate each comment left and I hope you keep writing!

1. My Grandma is in New York City! She and a friend of hers left from Michigan Wednesday, taking one of those group tours. They drove out and arrived here in the city on Thursday and will be touring the city and attending some Broadway shows. While they're here, Woody and I will get a chance to see them, bringing them to see where we live and then going out to dinner Saturday evening. I love that she's in her 80's and taking this trip and we look forward to showing her where we live since we've been out here for quite a while now.

2. If you're in New York, Saturday is the 2nd Annual NYC VegFest in Union Square. "NYC VegFest 2010 will include healthy living and vegan friendly exhibits, non profit exhibitors, and nationally known speakers" as well as free tai chi and yoga classes. I'm not certain how big this will be, but you can't go wrong visiting Union Square on Saturday's any way since it is also the site of my favorite GreenMarket.

3. I know I did a run down of interesting articles yesterday, but then I stumbled upon THIS one after I posted, on about fruit & veggie vending machines. It's pretty interesting, especially for those of us who would love to see healthier options in vending machines!

4. As we fly through October, and stores are starting to stock Christmas candy and decorations, I wonder where Halloween and Thanksgiving went! The Halloween stuff is getting pushed aside and Thanksgiving is no where to be seen! While there is a NYRR race in Central Park or another city park just about every weekend, one weekend when there isn't one is Thanksgiving, exactly when I want to run one! I've never run a Turkey Trot and would really like to one day. I found one in Prospect Park that we might run, but I'm wondering how many of you have an annual tradition of running a Turkey Trot or have done one in the past. I'd love to hear your stories!

5. Speaking of races, now that I'm starting to feel confident in my recovery and running I'm starting to look to the future and plan out my race schedule for next year. Last year I had the marathon, this year I had nothing (well, a few short races), and next year I hope to run a solid amount of half marathons. So far, I have three that I really want to do: 1. Broadstreet Run on May 1st (10 miles, not a half, but still a strong distance, I've heard great things about this race, and running would be a great way to celebrate my Birthday!), 2. Brooklyn Half Marathon (part of the NYRR Half Marathon Grand Prix series, in the Spring/Summer, and comes highly recommended by fellow bloggers), and 3. Detroit Half Marathon (which will be on my Dad's birthday next year and will also give us a reason to go home for an MSU football game and support the city of Detroit). I want to add another one or two half marathons to the schedule and really kick it up next year. I have THIS list of races that I'd like to do, but I'm not sure I'll get to any of these next year. Soon though, hopefully. What is your favorite race? Is there a half I should add to my list?

5.5 I had to add this last little thing. Take a look at my lunch for today that I'm taking to work! This is one serious salad! (mixed greens, cucumber, yellow squash, zuchini, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, chick peas and I have sunflower seeds to add just before I eat) I am definitely looking forward to lunch!

today's workout -
none. it's my rest day!


Silly Girl Running said...

That is what I call Lunch! :)

Gina; The Candid RD said...

That's so awesome that your grandma is still traveling and living life. Good for her!!

I want to come to NYC and check out the VegFest. Sounds like a great time. So many fun things happen in NYC! Nick and I hope to come for one NY eve, eventually.

I've been completely in love with butternut squash lately. It's so versatile. Your salad looks great.

Happy Friday!

Barbara said...

have a great weekend. I bet you 2 will be at Union Square before the MSU northwestern game.

Yes , Thelma Hansen is pretty amazing. 89 , I believe and doesn't look it all .Mrs. Sternberg has a killer sense of humor so dinner should be fun.

Go Green !

Tanya said...

I'm a race newbie, but so glad to see that someone else is planning next years race calendar already!

hbobier said...

That is one badass lunch you've got there. As for all the 1/2 marathons, would you mind sharing your running schedule with me?? I'm running my first 1/2 in May, and I need all the help I can get!

Molly said...

I run a 10k every Thanksgiving morning, its so much fun to be running on a holiday, then you get to eat with a bit less guilt after. Although I'm cooking this year so don't know if I'll be able to fit it in! Have fun with your Grandma!

chris mcpeake said...

Its never to early to plan out your races for next year. Good luck with the training

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Hi there!
yeah, october is flying by! dang

and we host our own Family Turkey Trot fun 5k on Thanksgiving morning. It's been growing bigger every year, last year we had ~50 runners, so don't know how big it'll be this year. The $ earned goes to our local Meals on Wheels. it's a blast;-)