I should probably start by saying that I'm actually not narcissistic at all. Although the above picture probably makes me look like a liar...
I'm a twenty-something, kind of newlywed, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, new runner, who wanted an outlet to document my upcoming marathon training (and to hold myself accountable). I thought creating a blog would be a fun way to share my training and my life in New York with my friends and family.
A couple of years ago I started reading food and health blogs to get inspiration for recipes and to kick start my own fitness regimen. Reading about others that have overcome obstacles to become a better, healthier, happier, self made me want to start setting my own goals (half-heartedly). Then in November 2010 my brother completed his first marathon. I should let you know that when my brother was training for his first marathon (and his second, third, fourth, and fifth) he was a surgical resident with a demanding schedule. He would run at 9pm or 10pm to get mileage in, and would go to work after running half marathons on weekends. Some would think this is masochistic. I thought it was inspirational.
I had always had "Run the NYC Marathon" on my life bucket list. I always thought I would do it "some day." But when my brother, and many others just like him, crossed the finish line in November 2010, I realized that I needed to stop making excuses. "Some day" needed to start now. If I wanted to achieve a goal, I needed to make it a priority.
Two years later, I'm happy to say I'm on the road to crossing "Run the NYC Marathon" off my bucket list.
The Whole Truth
I am NOT a health freak! I strive to make healthier choices, but I LOVE food. I'm not one to monitor my weight or measurements, count calories, or dissect nutrition labels (which sounds awful since I'm a health care professional). I believe in moderation and not restricting myself. I like to pay attention to how my body feels - it obviously feels like crap when I have too much McDonald's - and adjust my diet accordingly. So if you thought you would get some nuggets of health wisdom from a Nurse Practitioner, you're sh*t out of luck! ;)
That being said if you ever wanna run (slow) with me and get some bottomless brunch after, let me know! Or even if you just want to get some bottomless brunch... I'm cool with that too.
And just for fun... here's a promo Anand and I did for NYRR: