Engagement Celebration & Marathon Training Begins!

So many fun things are happening lately I’ve barely had time to update you all. Firstly, I started a brand new job at a school with pre-school age children and younger. Still working as an occupational therapist, but I previously worked with adults so this is a big change for me. So far I am loving it and am super happy, and am very excited for the future in my new job!

Karl and I also hosted an engagement party for our immediate family to celebrate our recent happy news. We didn’t want a big thing so we ended up having the family to Serafina restaurant for lots of delicious food and drinks. We created our own menu filled with all our favorites.

Karl and I at dinner. So happy!

Karl and I at dinner. So happy!

Our special menu!

Our special menu!

The food was amazing, as expected. The appetizers alone filled us up, and included my favorite truffle pizza. Yumm I could eat that all night! And we also had unlimited wine and beer.. yes, it was a good night! As an entree I had a pasta trio, and there were also options for branzino or a filet. Everything was just so good!

Appetizers.. yumm.

Appetizers.. yumm.

I also had Magnolia cupcakes create engagement cupcakes for us and put them in individual boxes as favors. Magnolia is special to us, so this was my favorite part. And ohh so delicious!

Love my baby.

Love my baby.

My sisters and I at the engagement party.

My sisters and I at the engagement party.

With all the fun and deliciousness we had at the engagement party we can’t wait to start planning the wedding! We are actually going to start looking at wedding venues this weekend.. let the planning begin!

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Another exciting, and also pretty scary, thing happening right now is the beginning of training for the TCS 2014 NYC Marathon! I’ve been through so many injuries and ups and downs in my running career, so just to be able to begin training for this is super special to me. I had to defer my entry last year due to a femoral neck stress fracture, but this year I plan to stay healthy and injury free during all of training and will do everything in my power to keep it that way.

First training run.

First training run.

Training started with some runs over the Brooklyn Bridge and a run with the awesome people at Under Armour. Recently we did a run over both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on a sweaty morning that started at their new Soho UA store. It was great to run in a group and have the support of the other runners!

Running the Brooklyn Bridge!

Running the Brooklyn Bridge!

Plus before the run we got outfitted in some cute Under Armour gear, UA from head to toe which is just how I like it :) The only shirts I run in during the summer are from Under Armour and I was happy to be able to expand my wardrobe. We even had a private shopping event after the group run, so I picked up a few new shirts. I love me some Under Armour gear!

Cute Under Armour gear (I am in their changing room.. how cute?!)

Cute Under Armour gear (I am in their changing room.. how cute?!)

UA Speedform Apollo Running Shoes

UA Speedform Apollo Running Shoes

My sister is also running the NYC Marathon this year and, although she doesn’t live nearby, we decided to help each other training. So she created a training program for us to follow and we are keeping track of it together via Google Doc. Keeping each other accountable is super helpful and I am excited for lots of running this summer! Although it is daunting, my eyes are on the prize in November! I can’t wait to run 26.2 in November with thousands of friends :)

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PS. Happy 4th of July! And happy birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

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Are you training for any races?
Any fun summer plans?

 

 

 

 

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Buick Verano Turbo & ‘Runs Worth the Drive’ Challenge

 I was recently approached by the wonderful people at Buick and asked if I wanted to borrow a brand new Buick Verano Turbo for a week to go drive to find some new running routes. Of course I said yes immediately, being a Brooklyn girl and not having a car of my own, a car to me means FREEDOM! In this case, the freedom to run wherever my heart desired and to challenge myself in new ways. And challenge myself I did.

Buick Verano Turbo

Buick Verano Turbo

Running with my Verano!

Running with my Verano!

Buick is the first automaker to partner with MapMyFitness (an Under Armour Company by the way!) for a new challenge called ‘Runs Worth the Drive‘ which encourages runners to find new and exciting running routes and share with others! In a recent survey 71% of US users of MapMyFitness stated they began their runs in a zip code other than where they live (and 1.3 million runs in June 2013 alone!). This just shows what most runners know… we need variety and we often drive to new places to get it.

Runs Worth the Drive Challenge w/ MapMyFitness

Runs Worth the Drive Challenge w/ MapMyFitness

So in the spirit of the Buick challenge, I took the Verano to three new running routes. All short runs since at the time I was still in injury recovery mode, but they were amazing runs since they were all in very new places.

MapMyFitness routes!

MapMyFitness routes!

So where exactly did I take the Buick with my new-found freedom?

1. My first run took me to Bay Ridge, BK which is a super long commute on the subway but a very fast drive in the Buick Verano. I headed to the Shore Parkway running path which I’ve always wanted to try for its amazing views of the Verrazzano Bridge, Downtown Manhattan, and the boats on the harbor. I took it nice and easy to take in the scenery and stopped to document this awesome Run Worth the Drive.

Shore Parkway Path

Shore Parkway Path

2. My second run took me to upstate NY to the Storm King Art Center. Its really a large sculpture garden but I ran all along the HUGE grounds and even got to run on some trails. We went early enough where it wasn’t crowded so it was relaxing and incredibly scenic! I got to see so many of the sculptures during my run in half the time as everyone else :) There were so many trees and even a small lake, which is a huge difference from my normal NYC urban jungle. It was great to get to experience nature!

Through the Storm King trails.

Through the Storm King trails.

Storm King running path.

Storm King  path.

3. My last run was on the Jones Beach boardwalk on Long Island. It was Memorial Day weekend when I got to try the Buick so of course we had to go to the beach. I also LOVE running on boardwalks since they are easy on my joints and just allow me to run with the ocean breeze and views. It was a super sunny and warm day but I barely noticed because I was so happy to have fresh air and sunshine. This may have been my favorite run just because of the views.. there’s nothing quite like the ocean!

Jones Beach Boardwalk.

Jones Beach Boardwalk.

The MapMyFitness Buick Challenge:

In the spirit of challenging runners to experience new routes, starting in June 26th (tomorrow!) Buick and MapMyFitness are launching the Runs Worth the Drive’ Challenge! Participants in the challenge (like me, I already signed up) must log 5 miles of running per week via their MapMyFitness app for 6 weeks, with an ultimate goal of 30 running miles in 6 weeks. The challenge ends August 6th and there will also be a virtual leaderboard on MapMyFitness.com for some motivation.

AND there will be prizes! A weekly prize will be awarded at random to runners who run 5 miles per week in addition to the grand prize which includes entry to the Rock n Roll Marathon in Arizona in 2015, plus..

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Follow me on MapMyFitness as I work towards this challenge!

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The Car Itself:

 The Buick Verano Turbo itself was amazing, truly. It drove amazingly smooth (with excellent pick-up), had great control and handling, handled bumps in the road well (I felt like I was floating instead of driving!), and of course I loved the satellite radio! Since I had such an amazing time driving the car, I just wanted to share some info about the Buick Verano itself:

-Named 2013 most reliable compact luxury American car by Consumer reports
-2014 Consumer Guide Best Buy award for the premium compact car segment.
-First-ever luxury compact entry for Buick with premium refinement, comfort, performance and style
-More powerful and faster than Lexus IS250, Acura ILX and Audi A3.

Love this car. SO comfortable.

Love this car. SO comfortable.

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Buick Info.. Follow them!

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And here is my MapMyFitness page: Megan-Run Like a Grl MapMyFitness

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What is your favorite running route?
What is the best new place you’ve run recently?
Do you drive out of your zip code to run?

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Running Clearly: SportRx Prescription Sunglasses

Do you wear glasses or contacts? Are you an athlete? Then make sure you read this post! I am so excited about this post because I get to introduce you to my new favorite company: SportRx. I was lucky enough recently that SportRx helped me create my very own pair of super awesome Oakley prescription sunglasses… but these aren’t just your ordinary running glasses. They were specially made for me with my own eyeglasses prescription so I can actually SEE when I’m running, cycling, hiking, or doing anything active! And since they have all brands and styles to suite your personal preferences, you can look incredibly cool while enjoying your sport.

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Background:

As per the SportRx website: “SportRx is a SoCal-based company that was built by active opticians who ride their bikes, run their races, push their jogging strollers, and bomb down slopes. For nearly two decades, we have specialized in custom sunglasses for athletes in virtually every sport, and have mastered the art of prescription wrap around lenses.”

And they really do mean virtually every sport. SportRx creates prescription sunglasses for your every day life (for example, you can get your regular prescription in RayBan Wayfarer‘s!) and/or anything else you could possibly need them for including:

-Running (of course! hey, this IS a running blog)
-Skiing
-Baseball, Basketball, Football
-Scuba Diving
-Swimming
-Triathalon
-Cycling

Plus, they have more brands than you can imagine including: Oakley, Adidas, Nike, Ray Ban, Dragon, Under Armour, Julbo, etc. So rest assured you can pretty much find something for you that suits your style and needs.

My Oakley's!

My Oakley’s!

Getting Your Glasses:

First things first, SportRx is run by sports opticians who really, really love their job. Their passion for sports and athletes very much shines through, and makes for a unique experience. They understand the needs of an athlete and our crazy ways that others can’t quite grasp. And any runner/cyclist/triathlete knows thats crucial!

To choose my sunglasses, I was set up on a call with one of these opticians  who I discussed my vision issues with and sports I’m involved in. I explained that I am primarily a runner and cyclist and, although I need glasses for distance, I usually run without contacts/glasses (not a good idea) and I cycle with contacts. However, my contacts always dry out during cycling which has caused a problem for me with visibility. I start out okay on my rides but part way through my contacts start to get scratchy. So its almost like the people at SportRx KNEW I needed a solution to my problems!

They suggested for me a pair of Oakley RPM Edge sunglasses with red tinted lenses to adjust to glare and excessive light during those bright days on my bike or running on the pavement. The Edge frames also wrap around great to prevent excess light from sneaking in the sides and irritating my eyes. They also come in a hard case that protects the glasses well and I’m comfortable throwing them in my bag while they are in the case. I also think they just generally look really cool on my face.. they are pretty badass.

Oakley RPM Edge

Oakley RPM Edge

Once we finalized the style of the sunglasses, all that was left was for me to send them a copy of my eyeglasses prescription so they could create my masterpiece. Since I had just been to the eye doctor they emailed it to me and I jut forwarded it over to SportRx. Within two weeks of chatting with SportRx and sending my prescription, my Oakley’s arrived at my house and of course I was giddy with excitement! I put them on immediately and took them for a run.

My Experiences:

My biggest concern honestly was that the sunglasses would move around. I also envisioned them moving all over the place. Having never worn running/sport sunglasses before I wasn’t convinced that they could sit still on my face. But, alas, I was proven completely wrong (in a good way). I have run and cycled in these and they really do not budge.. its amazing. I have officially been converted to sunglasses while running.. I haven’t run without them since I got them! I LOVE them. Plus not only are they comfortable but they help me feel safe in the busy city. I can see clearly while being active and also protect my eyes in the harsh sunlight. Its a win-win.

First time wearing my new shades.

First time wearing my new shades.

I am so thrilled to have gotten these for the summer, they have really come in handy. I’ve run many times and in many places with these. Since I’m still in recovery mode my longest run in them was 4.5 miles but I had no problems the whole time. They didn’t even move during all those miles and with lots of sweat on a hot summer day. I barely knew I had them on!

Running around Brooklyn.

Running around Brooklyn.

Another great run.

Another great run.

Another great thing is that SportRx can send you a pair of frames to try on and, if you don’t like them, you just send them back before you buy (you get a full refund). If you like them, you send them back (free shipping!) and they can add your prescription lenses!

Final Thoughts:

As you can tell I really, really, really love my new Oakley sunglasses from SportRx. I am a convert and recommend them to everyone. I’m already planning to get myself prescription ski goggles next season! Check out the Sport Rx website to create your custom sunglasses online, they even have a live chat on their website, or you can call (888-831-5817) or email. Also since I’m a blogger, I’ll also share with you that they have a blog where you can catch up on all things prescription sunglasses!

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Do you run in prescription eyewear? Thoughts on it?
Do you run in a hat, sunglasses, or none of the above?

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