Friday, April 15, 2011

5 for Friday

The NYRR YPC nutrition event Wednesday night was a huge success. Lauren Slayton, nutritionist and owner of Foodtrainers, was the speaker and provided some incredible nutrition tips that I can't wait to share with you. But, there's too much to share on the "Five for Friday" post, so I'll have to wait till next week! So, stay tuned for that!

Onto the regularly scheduled program.

1. If you're in the tri-state area and love to cook (or would love to learn how to cook), then head over to the James Beard House at 167 W. 12th St (at 7th Ave) on Saturday for a massive cookbook sale, with new & old books starting at just $3.00!! (No, that's not a typo. Three dollars) All proceeds go to the James Beard Foundation.

2. Back in 2002, the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival was held in lower Manhattan. Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff after the attack on the World Trade Center, was meant to bring people (and money) back to the area. "The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center." Since that first year, the festival has grown by leaps and bounds, with screenings all around the city and expanding beyond the April event. There are incredible films of all types. Woody and I like going to at least one film each year and have seen some really interesting ones over the years. Tickets are on sale for AmEx cardholders now and go on sale for the general public on the 18th. If you can, check it out.

3. The iconic (and tacky) Tavern on the Green in Central Park closed last year. Last I heard, control of the venue was still in limbo, but the Central Park Conservancy has found some gourmet food trucks to hang out at the site and sell delicious foods. To start the season off right, the four trucks: Ladle of Love, Pera Turkish Tacos, Rickshaw Dumplings and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, will be offering free samples from 2pm - 4pm on Saturday (rain date is Sunday). Sounds like a delicious way to spend the afternoon.

4. The other day Woody and I finally bought our plane tickets for our summer trips and I couldn't be more excited! It's official that we're heading to Raleigh, NC in June and Seattle in July! I can't wait to explore the Raleigh area and then run a women's only half marathon with incredible women like Mel (who's running Boston on Monday!!)! We love exploring new places and while our trip to Raleigh will be quick, we're going to get to know Seattle really well by the time our trip is over! Thank goodness for credit card points because we're getting 5 free nights at the W Hotel in Seattle with them!

5. If you haven't heard, Monday is Patriot's Day. Which really means, it's the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. Because I'm realistic about my abilities, I have never had any dreams about running Boston, but I do respect the tradition and excitement of the event. I know how the NYC Marathon takes over this city at start of November each year, so I can only imagine what Boston is like. While there has been quite a bit of controversy about this year's running, there are still over 26,000 people who have trained hard and sacrificed a lot to get ready for this one day and they deserve a ton of respect. I wish everyone running in Boston on Monday, London on Sunday, and any other race of any distance, tons of luck and lots of fun. That's what running should be about, right? Fun.

I see the doc this afternoon and learn my fate. I hope it involves the city of brotherly love and a street named Broad.
  • Do you have a favorite cookbook? What makes a great cookbook for you?
  • What's your favorite film genre? Favorite movie?
  • Are you running Boston on Monday? Have you run it or do you hope to one day?
Yesterday's workout -
50 minute elliptical
3x12 leg press
3x12 lateral arm raise
3x12 front arm raise
4x10 versa-loop side squats
100 crunches
1x25sec plank on stability ball
foam roller

Today's workout -
None. Rest day!


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Hoping for good news from the doctor!
Honestly, the cookbooks I love are ones with beautiful pictures!
Any movie is fine for me, minus horror/action flicks.
No Boston on Monday, would be great to one day but I won't get my hope up!

chris mcpeake said...

No boston for me. I will get over my sadness by running a slow 50 mile trail race instead

Anonymous said...

Ah, I went to the YPC event on Wednesday and *thought* I saw you but wasn't 100% sure and did't want to be silly if it wasn't you. I'm glad I spotted was my first time attending one of the events and thought it was great :)

I've never run Boston but hearing everyone talk about it makes me want to run (or spectate!) one day :)

KT80 (Running Like a Girl) said...

I want my next big race after the 1/2 to be a woman's only run!

Anonymous said...

Good luck at the docs! I hope everything goes well - sending positive vibes your way!

Karen said...

I hope you enjoy Seattle! We'll be there in August for an Alaskan cruise!! :0)

Lauren said...

Great post Lisa and thanks for your nice comments about the talk. I love the Tavern food trucks as our Foodtrainers offices are less than a block away. Thanks for your comment on our blog as well.