LIVE NYC

April 3, 2010

Morning!

I slept well at my hotel – although I kept waking up and thinking it was morning at all hours of the night!

I was wide awake at 7 and had an hour before I met Caronae for a run! We ran together in January and she was the only one on my NYC email list who wanted to run with me again! Made it simple though :)

I went down to get a swig of OJ from the breakfast area (score for a hotel with free breakfast!) and had a little of that with some water while I got dressed for my run. I pretended I live in a super swanky NYC apt full time!

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We set out to run up to Central Park and around at 8 and ran roughly 6 miles (maybe 5.5?) through the park and up and down 5th and 6th ave. So much fun!

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When I returned to the hotel I was totally ready for breakfast but I did not want to eat instant oats when I have a whole city of foods and better atmosphere to see!

I snacked on half an Alliebar to tide me over while I showered and checked out of the hotel.

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Plus a few swigs of my coconut elixir

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I set out on foot at 10AM in search of a quintessential NYC cozy coffee shop to get some coffee and breakfast and blog.

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I totally felt like a local walking around this city by myself!

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My bites held me over till breakfast really well – but I was getting hungry! I also had to lug my computer with me. So I didn’t get very far without finding anything that fit the bill. I settled on a Pret A Manger, which wasn’t a bad choice!  I can’t believe how healthy-friendly this city is! Organic, whole foods on every corner! Also, wifi! SCORE!

I’ve also noticed the calorie counts on the menus!!!! At first I was totally taken by surprise when I saw them in some of the fancy cafes. They just seemed out of place. But I have to say, they are totally, totally helpful and I think for a world that doesn’t understand calorie density, they will probably help more than they might harm. A loaded issue for sure though.

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I almost got a scone. And I also almost got oatmeal. But I settled on a yogurt + granola parfait when I saw the yogurt was low-fat, plain and LOCAL!

I chose the banana honey and left most of the goo on the bottom. The granola (which was likely homemade) was awesome!!! The portion was also just right too.

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Plus a cappuccino. I just love steamed milk! [Also noticed that they have Organic Valley butter here!!!]

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Hunger is now gone!

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About to pack up and set out by foot to do some SHOPPING before the KERF lunch at 12:30. My experience in NYC is always in 24 hour increments and I never have time for shopping or just leisure so I was thrilled to be able to "live" NYC this morning :)

Not sure if I’ll be able to blog at the airport, but I’ll see you soon!

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1 jaclyn@todays lady April 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m so jealous!! What a great way to start the day!!! Run in Central Park, breakie at a cool cafe….. So great!!!

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2 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

What a lovely place to run! It’s literally my dream, to run through NYC…and then go and get breakfast like a local, gosh you lucky woman!! I am INCREDIBLY jealous! I hope you have a fab lunch :)
And I love you call those bars ‘alliebars’ :p

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3 Diana April 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

Hmmm, that breakfast looks good! Love yogurt :)
Also, I think it’s awesome that there are calorie counts on the menus.
Ahhhhh New York..

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4 Lana April 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

Fun to live NYC through you!

Kath, I totally am with you on the foam rolling. I love it too and it helps my muscles so much. I also do “foot rolling” using a little wooden contraption, but a golf ball works just as well. You get a really, really great foot massage as you slowly add more pressure. My brother does it with frozen golf balls, but that is too much for me. Ever tried this method? I recommend it! : )

WARTS.
Off topic I know, but I think I picked one up from the gym. Does anyone know of a eco-friendly, toxin-free way to rid onself of warts?!! Please help!

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5 Kath April 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

LOL. I don’t have any wart solutions for you :(

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6 Jenny April 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

Haha, I love walking around up North – seems so fancy compared to down South:)

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7 Stacey April 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

I am moving to New York in the fall for school and reading your posts is getting me really excited! I can’t wait to be able to run in the park and get breakfast at a cute coffee shop, ahhh!

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8 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 3, 2010 at 10:03 am

I knew menu calorie counts were being discussed but I didn’t know they actually implemented it!

Enjoy NYC :D

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9 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

Sounds like an awesome day! I would LOVE to run through Central Park! One day…

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10 Jessie April 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

Today is the perfect day to be in NYC! We’re having some great weather up here :)

Glad you had a nice run – have fun shopping!

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11 melmo April 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

this yoghurt looks delicious. good choice! better than a scone :D Have fun in NYC.

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12 Gloria April 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

Thank you for pointing out all the reasons why my city is THE BEST!! Period.

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13 Coco April 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi Kath!
Looks like a great time in NYC!
I’m having trouble figuring out if you have a contact email on here, so I’ll just write in your comments section, hope that’s ok!
I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I just started up a blog of my own at http://operagirlcooks.com. I’d love to be on your blogroll.
Let me know, and thanks for your time!
Best,
Coco

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14 Kath April 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I’ll put you on :)

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15 jen trinque April 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

Wow, you sound like you’re having so much fun, which make your blog so great to read! I hope your shopping trip is all you dreamed of :)

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16 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

Sounds like you are having a blast!

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17 Emily April 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

Aww I would LOVE to meet up with you guys today! I live across the street from the Chelsea Market, but sadly, I work on Satudays. Have a great time and enjoy the market :)

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18 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Ahh have so much fun in NYC! I love it there!

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19 Hannah April 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I had a similar experipence with waking up in my hostel the night before last – except it turned out that it *was* morning and I’d forgotten to switch my alarm clock to “on” and my roommates were late-sleeper-in-ers! Whoops!

I wish you were staying in NY longer… so that I’d have more food recommendations, and also so that I could’ve met up with you like you suggested. Sadness!!

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20 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

i’ve never eaten at pret a manger but when i lived in nyc i used to always go there to pee!

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21 Janna April 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Glad you got to enjoy the city a bit. I would definitely have come for that run if I was back in time!

You always find these cute places in NYC that I would never think of going even though I live there! I think I have to explore my city more :)

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22 Amy April 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Kath-

How do you choose a hotel when going to NYC? I’m thinking about going on vacation in July and need a not-so-expensive hotel in Manhattan, but I don’t even know where to begin. The city is just SO big!

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23 Kath April 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I have no idea!! Open Sky booked this one for me. It was the Fairfield Inn + Suites on 37th and was teeny tiny but very nice.

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24 caronae April 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Had such fun on our run! And thanks for the link — I have more page views right now than I usually have in like, a month!

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25 Vicky April 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Next time you are in NYC you should try Joe Coffee…. it has the most amazing coffee and espresso drinks. You should also try running down by the Hudson River… you can run and then lay on the grass with the most amazing breeze from the river. You can email me… I have a great list of restaurants that only use local produce!!! Hope you come again soon.

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26 Kath April 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Got Joe Coffee on my list!

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27 Annie@stronghealthyfit April 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I visited my brother in NYC in January and noticed the calorie info. on menus too. I’ve since found out that NY made it a law to display certain nutrition info on menus in restaurants, and it will soon be happening nation-wide. I don’t know where I stand on the issue, there are so many pros and cons.

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28 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

MMmmm homemade granola would be yum!

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29 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

How neat to take an official NYC run! And that parfait looks AMAZING!

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30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I love NY! I love walking every where. It just feels so good! By the way, I made a version of your egg white oatmeal pancakes…so delicious! I used oat bran and whipped the egg whites to add some volume. Really gave that baby a lift! I also did an apple peanut butter compote on top, wow, I was in heaven! On a different note, I won some Crofters through a give away they had the other day and that stuff is so good! Thanks for turning me on to it!

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31 Kath April 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm
32 Lauren @ eater not a runner April 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I love strolling around New York, so fun!

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33 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

That’s so interesting to hear that calorie counts are being implemented!! I’m not sure if it will really make a huge difference (especially since calorie counts tend to be way off anyways,) but you never know! :D

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34 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm

mmmmmmmmm what a yummy breakfast :) so glad you’re having fun up there! hopefully you get some awesome stuff shopping!

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35 steph-exercise physiologist and artist! April 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I used to live in NYC!! I loved it there (although It was sooooo cold!!!) As a foodie and an artist I was in hog heaven!!
Hog… hmm funny i used that word since I was my heaviest when I lived there! I think I enjoyed the food too much!!

Awesome to see you there and having a blast!! you are awesome and a great inspiration to all of us who read!!
Thanks for that! :)

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36 sue April 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Try pain quotidian next time for breakfast ( or lunch) think its on 7th, not far from Central park. So envious of your trip- I only get there every 3 years!

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37 Cole April 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm

It looks like you had such a great time!

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38 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I wish all city’s were so health friendly.

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39 Ann April 4, 2010 at 6:14 am

Do you have the recipe for that granola bar?

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40 Kath April 4, 2010 at 8:30 am

Ask Allie – she made them not me!

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41 JenLo April 4, 2010 at 7:42 am

I ran the 13.1 NYC yesterday in Flushing Meadows Park! I would have waved to you if I’d known you’d be traveling there too ;)

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42 Lauren April 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Your pictures are making me swoon!! I love New York so much! Hope you had an amazing time.

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43 Simply Life April 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Looks like a great time in the city!

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