Travel Buddies

Nothing, and I mean nothing, can make or break your travel time more than your travel buddies. Whether it is friendly people you meet on the road to have a beer and share a laugh with, or the people that are with you from start to finish, the company you keep will make a journey epic… or miserable. As Jen was returning from her tour-de-dumplings in China, she had something crazy like 43 straight hours on the road and she was the first to say that it would have been unbearable without “the bears” (her cadre of “bad ideas” travel friends)…. Read more


Delicious Dumplings: Near and Far

Chinese dumplings have been a go-to cheap/delicious meal for me since I was a kid. My parents often took me to a restaurant in Brooklyn called China New Star, which has some of the biggest, most delicious fried pork dumplings I have ever tasted. I’d often eat the leftover dumplings, cold, right out of the refrigerator! When I started playing on a recreational soccer league in the lower east side a few years ago I got introduced to Vanessa’s Dumplings and it was definitely love at first bite. Five small but flavorful dumplings were just $1. It’s pretty easy to… Read more


Rest Days

If you ask my coach, I am the absolute last person on the planet to extoll the virtues of “rest” in an exercise program. He is constantly reminding me that a rest day means a rest day and yes that might even mean sitting on the couch all day eating potato chips and drinking beer and watching football. Despite my like of all those things — well maybe not potato chips but I can put a mean hurting on tortilla chips and guac — it is extremely difficult to imagine sloth and gluttony as beneficial to my training. I hate… Read more


Running Two Marathons in 30 Days

  I know your first question is not HOW did I run two marathons in 30 days but WHY did I run two marathons in 30 days. I understand your confusion, but chalk it up to my own Sicilian stubbornness. I was peer pressured to run the Charleston Marathon (January 17, 2014) by a friend. Athletic events are pretty much the only peer pressures I ever give into and she knew it was the perfect time to get me. I had been really bummed on November 3rd when it seemed like the world was running the NYC Marathon, but I… Read more


Carried Away in Mexico

“On a scale of 1 to beheaded, how unsafe to you feel right now?” I burst out laughing. This was day 3 of our 10Day, over the New Year, “Bad Idea” trip south of the border. We were walking back to our B&B from having an amazing meal in a converted monastery from the 1600s, and a kid on his trike just passed us on the street with a group of adults laughing in his wake. Yes, it was slightly insensitive joke. The idea that Mexico is unsafe is frankly quite laughable… if it wasn’t such a sad commentary on… Read more


The Real Scale

Muscle is more dense than fat. I’m going to say that again for myself and all my ladies: Muscle is more dense than fat. What that means is that if you put on muscle and lose fat, the numbers on the scale are going to go up. And up. And up. Thank you to Sophie and this article for saying it first and saying a number of other important things like “Think of all the potential that is thrown out the window when women deprive themselves of food on their quest to be thin.” My struggle, and the struggle of… Read more


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