It’s Friday night and I’m having a wild evening of sipping on this, leafing through all of the September issues and watching the U.S. Open.

Earlier in the summer, I’d decided not to go away for Memorial Day and Labor Day and got bored and lonely and regretted those decisions, but I’m more than okay with being around this weekend. I woke up with a sore throat this morning, so I’m definitely coming down with something. After a few late nights this week (/month/summer), my body is telling me to slow the eff down. Duly noted, body, duly noted.

Let’s just do a little Friday chatting, eh?

Highlights of the Week:

- A random Tuesday night that found me happily sitting on my couch until a friend texted that she was at the Union League Club with my favorite wine, Babich. (Oh, and some cute guys.) Which turned into a trip to the Metropolitan Club. Which turned into a trip to a fancy bar that I can’t remember the name of. It’s not every day I go to private clubs and fancy bars, but when I do, it’s epic. And on nights when I should be in bed, clearly…

- Last night, going out to see Lacey’s wedding band, and dancing like we were 22.

- A midday run with my coworker, Tamara, yesterday.

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Necklace / Glasses / Shoes

- A damn good StitchFix box. (< referral link)

The dress and jacket are definite, definite keepers. (Photo bomber in the background = my coworker Joanna, who also moonlights as a stylist. Hey, remember when I had a stylist come in to my apt?)

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- Hitting a MAJOR goal at work this week. Our editorial site is just over a year old, and we’ve grown exponentially. It’s really exciting to be a part of that.

Looking Forward To:

- THE U.S. OPEN ON MONDAY NIGHT!!! I rarely pay attention to sale emails any more for the good of my credit card, but I happened to see a Gilt offer yesterday for U.S. Open tickets, and I was on it like white. on. rice.

- The NYJL year starting again. I have a much smaller role than I’ve had in four years, so I’m really excited and refreshed to teach our new volunteers all about the organization. Those poor, impressionable young women…

- Iron Girl Sandy Hook. I got a last-minute offer to get a bib, and I’m super excited for this short, fun race. Beach triathlon = one more beach weekend!

- Reach the Beach. It may never be as epic as 2012, but it should be damn good.

Not Looking Forward To

This girl moving.

Summer ending.


CoSchedule: it’s an editorial calendar tool I learned about through Katy, of course, and I really like it. As I’m hitting publish, I can just go in and schedule my social media posts for this post. As someone who does the social medias all day, not having to log in to one more site when I blog is nice. (At work, I use SproutSocial, which I really like, but this is just one click easier…)

Watching the U.S. Open. I canceled cable because I really don’t watch TV, and I’ve been attempting to stream it from my iPad to my TV with my AppleTV… I honestly can’t say the process has gone super smoothly but it’s cool that it’s an option.

Thinking About

Tri clubs! I want to get better/more comfortable triathlon-ing – and have fun! I’ve been emailing some different friends/online stalkees about their tri clubs and will probably give some teams’ workouts a try soon.

Biking. I worked on an article for work this week about biking, and I’m determined to get over my fears and also learn more of the stuff (i.e. basic bike repair) that makes me a total dumb blond on the bike. Which will also include taking a bike maintenance class at some point.

Labor Day Sales

While I may just freeze my credit card in a block of ice after probably contributing to the rosé shortage, looking is free, and there’s some awesome sales this weekend:

C. Wonder: 30% off site-wide, 50% off sale items! (Always a good time to stock up on my fave cardigan.)

Sephora: Up to 75% off certain items on site. (Sadly, this does not include the straightener I’ve had for 9 years that appears to be on its last legs.)

J. Crew: 40% off with code WEEKEND (40-60% off Factory!)

Madewell: 20% off dresses/boots; 30% off with code YESYES (best code ever or best code ever?)

Victoria’s Secret: 7 cute lace thongs for $27. I went to order these and the shipping is something like $11, but the deal is in-store, too.

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On Becoming a Morning Runner

When I started working out regularly about 5.5 years ago, I’d drag myself to pre-work training sessions with Joel, sometimes going back to sleep after.

To say I was not a morning person is an understatement.

If I had nighttime plans, I’d try really really hard to make it to the gym before work or for a run, but it wouldn’t always happen. Or, never.

A few years ago, I went to Vegas with Ashley. I realized she got to work way earlier than I did AND still worked out in the morning. So, um, what was my excuse? Right, none.

And then I was freelancing, and I could design my own schedule, and so running in the morning was easy and worked.

And…once I started a new job a few years ago — it stuck! Between staying later at work and having more events (personal, professional, volunteer), it was much easier to get it out of the way in the morning and have a little bit of peace before a chaotic day. 

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See, total morning runner.

Yesterday morning, I had plans to run with Jen, although neither of us have slept well lately so we both reserved the right to cancel. She canceled before I even woke up, and I woke up at 7 making every excuse in the world. My calves are tight. I’m tired. I don’t want to. I knew better. I knew if I just got out and did something, I’d feel better — less lethargic, less cranky. But my couch! It’s so comfy. And so I screwed around for nearly 1.5 hours doing quite honestly ABSOLUTELY nothing but trying to decide if I should work out / what I should do. 

I don’t have to be at work until 10, so just before 9, I decided to get my act together and at least be early for work and get a few errands done, which I did.

I got to work, and as much as I usually love my coworkers to death, I hoped nobody would talk to me and ask how I was. 

Thankfully, I work at a fitness company, and I asked if anyone would be willing to work out later in the afternoon. Of course the answer was yes, and we did a 50-minute kettlebell workout.

But I spent all day thinking and worrying about if I’d have enough time to work out, and just generally feeling out of sorts.

Morning workouts? I walk into work as happy and calm as I can be and know I checked my workout off my to-do list and the night is mine: for fun or working late. Glad I spent the first 6 years of my career being super crankypants in the morning.

Are you a morning exerciser? 

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