Lots for a Monday

by ashleyd on December 20, 2011

I have lots of things to share with you all today including last night’s Cajun holiday party, today’s food, and finally a great program that Jack Rabbit Sports is hosting in January!

Last night, we went to our first party north of Central Park! Theodora, Bo, and I easily made our way up to Washington Heights via the A train, which runs express from Columbus Circle to 125th street!

015 Don’t worry, Theodora wasn’t drunk in this picture, I promise. In fact, we’d already run a breezy 3.25 miles together along the East River, showered, and were ready for an adventure.

Our friend Camille, last night’s hostess, epitomizes a Southern lady. She welcomed us into her home with a warm “hey y’all”, had a delicious spread set out for her guests, a signature drink ready to serve, and lots of friendly faces with whom to celebrate! In fact, people can’t help but flock to her smiling face!

Her apartment is adorable and each room is painted in a different color, but it’s no surprise that her entry way is a bold LSU purple. In true New Orleans fashion, she served all the drinks in Styrofoam “go cups” last night as they don’t “sweat” like solo cups when holding Milk Punch, her signature drink! How adorable are these cups, straight from the bayou?

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image The main course, gumbo and rice, were brewing on the stove when we arrived but smelled amazing!

018 020 The trick to delicious gumbo is a good roux as Camille taught us last night, requiring hours of patience and stirring.

022 It was a wonderful Washington Heights evening, complete with new and old friends and delicious food!

Today, after too little sleep, Bo and I made our way to the gym for a much needed rise and shine workout. On days when I’m dragging, nothing wakes me up like a workout. Due to some heel pain on my left foot, I clipped into the bike for a 40 minute workout, complete with a computerized plan that synched to my music! I really liked it and did 12.6 miles during the 40 minutes while also conquering some hills and sprints.

I focused on including healthy fats in each meal again today and making sure that I had healthy snacks around me at all times.

Breakfast: Oatmeal, banana, chia seeds, and 1 tsp peanut butter.

IMG_5199 (640x478) Lunch: Large chopped spinach salad from Pax with beets, red onions, grilled chicken, walnuts, mushrooms, tomato, balsamic, and a splash of olive oil. I also enjoyed a small vegetable soup on the side.

002 003 Afternoon snack: Strawberry 0% Chobani with Fiber One flakes sprinkled on top and a Clementine on the side.

004 Dinner: An easy dinner thanks to Pret takeout! We split two soups (Goulash and Butternut Squash) and each enjoyed one of their Cobb salads. I only ate half the avocado and half the walnuts but really loved the flavors in this salad.

006007 Last but not least, I want to let you all know about a great program Jack Rabbit Sports is hosting in January called Resolve 2012. I signed up earlier today and it appears that it’s free and that more information such as the schedule of events will be emailed soon. Based on my research, it appears that  Mizzfit, who is well known around the blogging and health world, is partnering with Jack Rabbit to bring locals this great program and series of events. Everyone who participates, receives a free Jack Rabbit technical tee and has the chance to win a personal shopping experience for a Winter running outfit!

image Let me know if you join, so we can hopefully setup some blogger and reader meetups around the Jack Rabbit events!

Have a wonderful rest of your evening!

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{ 11 comments }

Theodora December 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

No, tipsy Theodora has a much happier look on her face than tired Theodora :)

AmandaRunsNY December 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

I signed up…not sure what signing up means right now, but we’ll see. But I am curious to see what the program is all about.

Margaret @ Have a Good Run December 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

I just signed up! Looking forward to finding out what all it entails…

Stephanie December 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I love this Jack Rabbit thing. I want to sign up!! Do you have to be in the area all the time? I come to NY/NJ a lot because my family is there

dorre December 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

signed up.. curious how its gonna work .. would love to try a reader meetup.

Anne December 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Your party looks like a blast!! Can you believe I’ve never had gumbo before? Everyone tells me how delicious it is, but I’m still a little unsure…

Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) December 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Oooooh thanks for telling me about the program! I just signed up. Not sure what it involves, but it looks like it could be fun. And it’d be cool to connect with other bloggers who are doing it! :)

Allison December 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The earrings in your picture with Theodora are beautiful!!!

Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run December 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I’m in! :)

Maura December 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I signed up! I’m looking for a way to motivate for my first half marathon so this sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Tasha @Tashasdish December 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

Hi! I stumbled upon your blog for the first time tonight. I really enjoy reading about your mix of New York, good food, friends, and running! I will definitely be checking in every now and then. Cheers!

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