This weekend was so good. My mom came to visit me in the city for the weekend and we had the best time! Saturday I got up early to run 6 miles, but I stalled and by the time I got out for the run, I was starting to get super hungry and it was ridiculously hot out. I felt weak through most of the run, so I cut it short at 4 miles. It still felt great to get in at least some miles!
I ran some last summer, but this is my first real outdoor running summer and my pace slows down a little bit when it’s really hot out. I read a few blogs recently that said it’s best to not push it when the temperature is anywhere above 85 degrees, especially with how much humidity NY has. My muscles tend to feel better when it’s hot, but I am trying not to be too worried about my pace. I’ll take slower miles over no miles!
Pre-beach, I made an amazing batch of protein pancakes with this recipe:
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (chocolate peanut butter flavor for me)
- 1 tbsp peanut flour (totally optional)
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 3 egg whites
- splash of unsweetened almond milk
- cinnamon/splenda/sprinkle of sea salt
Mixed all together and made into 3 pancakes. I topped mine with sugar free syrup, coconut oil peanut butter, banana slices and blueberries. I love having time to make these when I don’t have to work!
My mom and I then headed out to Queens to meet up with her best friend Joyce and her daughter Sam, both of which I absolutely love! We spent a few hours on the beach where I got a little more sun than I intended to (overcast always tricks me!), relaxed to the fullest, and realized I am so lucky to live in NYC (a realization I have 893 times a day). Not only do I live right in the city, but I am an hour away from the ocean. My dream come true. After beaching it, we had dinner at Bungalow Bar which has an amazing deck that overlooks the water and the Manhattan skyline. At sunset, it was beautiful. We shared mussels at the table with garlic bread, and I had a salad and a crab cake with fries for dinner. With awesome company, we laughed all night and then too soon it was time to head back to the city. My mom and I took the LIRR which was 100 times more comfortable than the dirty subway 🙂
Sunday was spent with one of my favorite bagel sandwiches that I haven’t had in months, from Absolute Bagel. My mom is weird and hates breakfast, but she was happy to tag along to see one of the foods NYC is famous for.
We did some shopping in SoHo with Brenda, then headed back up to my neighborhood way uptown to have a quick dinner before my mom left. We are the most low-key people alive and ate at the tiny little diner in my neighborhood, which of course has amazing diner food for super cheap. I had the greek chicken salad, my diner staple, and stole most of my mom’s french fries.
We dropped my mom off at Port Authority, then walked about 1.5 miles to 16 Handles to continue Sunday cheat day. When you are a health and fitness freak like us, I feel like Sundays are most of our cheat days. It’s just the way it is.
We did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, then went back to my apartment to watch YouTube videos and eat more chocolate. Clearly we are 24 years old going on 15. Just the way we will always be! I ❤ NYC weekends.