Taking a Bite Out of The Big Apple: 9/17-23 Weekly Wrap

It was a good training week, but man, was it busy and wacky and really not the best way to train! Fasting, travel, and some rough food choices, oh my!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share balancing training for Ocean City Half — which is in one week! — and traveling (for fun).


Workouts update

  • Monday: 4 easy miles, PB Strength Training (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: 6 miles cruise intervals (3 x 1 mile repeats with 2 min walk recovery), Dogwalk, PB Abs HIIT (12 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  4 miles with hilly 6 x 400s, travel to NYC
  • Friday:  Walking around NYC
  • Saturday: Walking around NYC, travel home
  • Sunday: 9 miles LSD, PB Abs HIIT (15 minutes)

Mileage: 23 (-4)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates


We always thought this dog was a puppy. But he’s got a white muzzle, turns out!

I wish I could get by without using the H word. I guess it was an okay run, but I felt a bit tired after Sunday’s long run sweatfest.

No, it’s not dirt. I was plastered with gnats. Disgusting!

I stupidly waited for Florence’s remnants to pass on by, but the humidity left behind was through the roof. Seriously, it may have only been 6 miles, but it may also have been the toughest 6 miles of the summer — which is saying quite a bit.

Didn’t meet the paces, but I tried hard and wasn’t too far off.

It was finally a nice, cool day. I was definitely tired after staying up far later than normal, plus fasting the previous day for Yom Kippur. But I ate a entire bagel (and another half!) to break the fast, and more.

We were at my sisters, and there’s a nice path by the golf course, except it’s super hilly. To say it made the 400s challenging would be an understatement. All things considered, it was a pretty good run, even getting below a 9mm for two of the 400 meters — two of the downhill ones, of course.

Another beautiful fall day. Absolutely perfect running weather. Would love this for my race next weekend, but alas, even the low isn’t going to be anywhere near today’s high.

Another progressive long run on tap — 9 miles, with each 3 miles at a 20 second faster pace than the previous 3 miles. The same workout I crashed and burned on last week when it was so hot (and also an 11 mile long run). I pretty much nailed it except for one rogue mile this time but man it was hard and I wanted to give up but I pushed through!

My (almost) Marilyn Monroe moment at the Statue of Liberty

Favorites of the week
So if you follow me on Instagram here, you already know that we spent a couple of days in NYC to celebrate Mr. Judy’s birthday. We also stopped by at my sister’s (picking up my parents on our way down) to break the fast for Yom Kippur. There were a couple of late nights for me, very little exercise aside from walking around NYC, but we ticked off all the things on Mr. Judy’s list:

Eating at a Deli (Kosher, no less)
Paul Simon’s Fairwell Tour
A visit to Ellis Island
We met up with his cousins at Cafe Grumpy (and I couldn’t resist that photo op)
Brief meetup with Cari @ Travelingwithcari

And I got to meet Cari @ Travelingwithcari very briefly. She was having a crazy busy work week and very sweetly swung by so we could chat just a little — with the inevitable blogger photo courtesy of Mr. Judy. She will be in my area for Thanksgiving, but alas, I do a different Turkey Trot and of course host Thanksgiving for my family so I’m not sure we’ll be able to get together then.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What would you do with a couple of days in the Big Apple?

Would you travel the week before a half marathon?

Have you been to the Statue of Liberty (it was my third time, but the first time since I was a kid)?

48 thoughts on “Taking a Bite Out of The Big Apple: 9/17-23 Weekly Wrap

  1. I loved all of your NYC photos looks like you had a really nice few days. I also feel like we are stuck in a vortex of heat and humidity that’s like ground hog day!

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  2. Oh…still crazy after all these years! I would love to see Paul Simon! It looks like a wonderful trip to NYC and what fun to be able to spend time with Cari even if it was brief. I’ve visited NYC twice and haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty. Seems it was closed once or maybe on both visits. You nailed your Marilyn pose. Thanks for linking.

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    1. It’s actually the second time we saw Paul Simon, because the first time was an outdoor concert & we got rained on the entire time.

      Mr. Judy wasn’t happy. Apparently Paul wasn’t super happy, either, because he was much more personable this time.


  3. Looks like quite a fun trip. My parents and I would go to Broadway maintees a lot and plan the trips around the shows. I never got out to Ellis Island, but did plenty of walking around Central Park, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center (in 2000), and Time Square.

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    1. NYC is probably the city I’ve visited the most; my parents grew up in the Bronx & we went in often. But not as much anymore, it’s almost 3 hours by train (and of course there were all the years in TX, when we only got there once).


  4. I’ve never been to Ellis Island. I visited NYC many years ago with my sister and we didn’t have time to take the ferry out there so we went to the top of the World Trade Center and viewed it from there. I still have my ticket for that. Wow.

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  5. Just followed you on Insta, somehow hadn’t prior even though I thought I picked up everyone when Darlene posted our selfie. That sandwich, drool! And happy belated to Mr. Judy, didn’t realize that was reason for your trip

    So glad we had a brief window. We will make it happen again.
    I haven’t gone up the Statue since before 9/11, not sure I could now. Did Ellis and Liberty Island a couple years ago when the new museum at Ellis opened. I’ll do that again when the Statue’s museum does.

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    1. I had been to the Statue of Liberty several times growing up, but Mr. Judy grew up in MA. He isn’t really a fan of NYC, but he’s actually enjoyed it ore since 9/11 (and he wanted to see Paul Simon, again, in a dry venue — being on his birthday was the cherry on top).


    1. I couldn’t begin to tell the the number of times I’ve been to NYC. We went multiple times a year growing up, although there was a really long drought while I lived in TX.

      I’m kind of shocked my parents never took me to Ellis Island, but they didn’t. All my grandparents, with the exception of my one grandfather who was born in the USA, came into the States that way.


    1. We still haven’t gotten to the 9/11 memorial. There’s only so much you can pack into a couple of days — although I’ve been to NYC many times, not as much since 9/11 since we lived far away for a long time, and it’s still quite the hike from here, really (not to mention expensive).

      There’s still always something new to do there, though!

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  6. I’ve only been to NYC once, when our oldest was a few months old. I’d love to go back and see all the touristy sights LOL I’d actually love to climb the steps of the Empire State Building…not sure if that’s even a possibility for the general public?

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  7. Great pics! I stupidly travelled to Cornwall and back a week before my first marathon. Wouldn’t recommend that! Sorry the h-word got you: I’m revelling in cool and clear weather now, such a relief, although I don’t know what to wear. And so glad you got to meet Cari. Also love you are doing different turkey trots – a race that we, of course, don’t get over here!

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    1. Well, it would be fun to do the other turkey trot, because most of my friends do it, but it just puts too much pressure on me.

      And I think it’s so cool that you got to meet Cari! We never know where life will take us.

      It’s actually quite cool here at the moment, too, which is much appreciated.

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  8. I love your Marilyn Monroe moment! What a lovely shot. It has always been a dream to visit New York. I’m so glad you also met up with Cari even if briefly. I love following her blog too so it was lovely to see a photo of you two together! What a great community the running/blogging world is 🙂

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  9. You know my answers. I travel all the time and do travel before a half marathon. Walking is great prep.

    I ran with Cari. She is sweet. We are doing a NYC race together I think and the Troy Turkey trot.

    Did you climb to the top of Statue? Not sure you still can but I did it as a kid and the day after my senior prom. I have gone there many many times but not in several years.

    The weather was perfect this weekend. Hope you have the same next weekend.

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    1. The Crown was already sold out. But I’m pretty sure Mr. Judy wouldn’t enjoy that anyway, and I did it at least a couple of times when I was a kid.

      Weather is looking good for this weekend so far. A little warmer than is optimal, but considering where it is & what time of year it is, pretty darn good. Hopefully it stays that way.


      1. It won’t be perfect like yours, but so far considering where it is, it’s looking pretty good. It would be nice to have some clouds & if it started like an hour and a half earlier, but still, there’s no hurricanes. 🙂


      2. No hurricanes is a good thing. Ours was close to perfect. Just a little chilly and a little windy. I deserved good weather after my last one.

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      3. Pretty sure mine won’t be chilly (it also starts at 8:30), but still, it’s looking as good as it probably gets for the area at this time of year so I’m happy. And looking forward to some ocean negative ions. 🙂


  10. Eww, the gnats! They are all over the place here lately too.

    I think a couple days in NYC sounds like just the right amount. I spent three days there a few days ago and was completely overwhelmed by the end! We saw the Statue of Liberty from a boat, but didn’t pay her a closer visit.

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    1. I had one run like that in the fall — covered in gnats — last year. Just one. My guess is they’re just dying around this time? I sure hope so cause I hate the buggers.

      I love NYC. I love both cities & country. My parents grew up in the Bronx, I had relatives on Long Island, so we used to go into the city all the time when I was growing up.


    1. I have been to NYC probably at least a hundred times, if not hundreds. And yet my parents oddly never took us there. Especially odd considering all my grandparents (except the one born in the states) came through there.


  11. It’s been decades since I’ve been to NYC! Driving through doesn’t count, especially since I didn’t stop. I’d love to go back and walk and see all the art and museums and eat all the food! 🙂

    Those gnats, though. Ugh.

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    1. But I’m impressed that you drove through NYC. I never have and hope I never have to! Although I did comment to Mr. Judy that I could probably drive through it if I didn’t have to park. 🙂

      I have driven through DC a few times (many years ago — like before we were married).


  12. I’m so jealous of you guys going to the Paul Simon concert …I’d love to see him! Also, I absolutely think the picture of you at the Statue of Liberty is the cutest I’ve seen in a long time! Good luck on your upcoming race… which one are you doing? (I’m so out of the loop and so far behind on my blogging!)


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