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2014 – Looking back and forward

And there goes another year. It was quite full of experiences. There were a lot of great things, lots of love, friends, big family visits, all exciting, but not all sunny and happy, of course. I think it was one of those years when you’re supposed to grow a lot. Running-wise, it was probably my worst year; I lost motivation and failed miserably (but with dignity!) in most races. I don’t see that as a particularly bad thing, it’s a learning process and we can’t always win them all. And off-the-track, it was amazing. We just can’t have it all, can we? 2013 had been a big year. BIG BIG and busy. I met Juan in January, he moved and we got married by September, I changed jobs, PRed at the Half and got a few AG Wins. Then I got an ulcer and it all went downhill, including my 5th NYCM in a row (a blah 3:49). 2014 started weak…


You can imagine how weak it started that I didn’t even had resolutions or goals. I wrote tips to run in the winter because I was having issues with it myself! I was signed up for the NYC Half and the Boston Marathon and barely run. The cold just got to me and I lost a lot of will. Then, I fell again for the 3rd time in 5 weeks. A mess. I started to fear running. COLD and SCARY: little running. Total Miles: 77

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Juan and I showed up in the Runners World feature: Valentine’s Day “Romance Found on the Run“, and I was Women’s Running Blogger on the Run. But, we moved out of my studio into the penthouse.  I felt like I spent all winter hiding from the cold. I trained little. Very little. Total Miles: 87

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I had a slooow NYC Half but it was quite photogenic, fun, and really well run, progressive-splits run all the way! I was still struggling with motivation and goals. I also had a fun trip to SoulcycleTotal Miles: 105

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I had an ok Scotland 10K, though I had no interest in racing. Soon enough, we shipped to do the Boston Marathon, here are the Saturday pictures, which are awesome, and the Sunday pics, also awesome. And then there was the race (race report here), slow (3:48) and painful but oh so inspiring and uplifting. Glad I was there for the race (not for my legs or ego!). Total Miles: 80

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By now things were looking awful, I hadn’t PRed in a YEAR. A YEAR. So depressing. And I kept struggling with motivation. I decided to stop running completely. I still showed up to the Brooklyn Half Marathon, not knowing if I’ll even run it, and ended up having a great (and slow) time, seems like it’s all about the context for me! Total Miles: 41

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This month was also quite running-free and my parents came to visit so I was pretty entertained and didn’t even notice. Still, I did my 100th race, the Mini 10K, as they wanted to see me race in Central Park. This was literally painfully slow. I did run it with 2 friends but it was so slow, I didn’t even run that slow years ago when I started running! And, a fun picture. I took my parents to Bear Mountain and Connecticut and run a bit there, and a bit in the Fort Lauderdale heat, so cute. Stuff gets bad fast when you don’t run, how do non-runners live like that? Total Miles: 30

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In July, I saw Daphne, an old friend, running, and basically latched onto her. For Dear Life. I started training again. Good, because I was signed up for a few halfs and the NYC Marathon. Total Miles: 111

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Did some wonderful running in the always great Summer Streets, worked and cheered at the NYC Triathlon, then Juan had an awful bike crash in Central Park, which messed up our lives for a couple of months, poor thing. I barely left his side, only to train or work. The running was going fantastic though, fast long runs… who would have thought? Total Miles: 152

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I cheered at the 5th avenue mile and took lots of pictures, here and the pros here. The running was going great until we left for our delayed honeymoon in St Croix, there was no running there (but lots of snorkeling!) Total Miles: 116

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and we came back straight to racing! First, the, Grete’s Great Gallop, in 1:44. Still, slooow, but getting here. The week after, I did the Staten Island Half, in 1:43 (it’s a bit flatter). Consistency and good predictors for the marathon in 3 weeks. Then the week before the marathon, I did a 5 mile race in Central Park, the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff, in 37:17, average pace of 7:28. Far from a PR. Still. By then it was a year and a half. But feeling GOOD. Total Miles: 132

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November was BUSY. I started it at the NYC Marathon Expo, which was all loads of crazy (even if smaller compared to previous years) and an Under Armour Party. Worked all week and then did the marathon, here is the race report of the #marathornado. I struggled to stay focused (in 3:49) so I just chilled, slowed down and tried to enjoy it. oh, whatever!!!! I ended up in the Asics  homepage, I tried one of those treadmill studios, I kept Juan company at the Rocky Balboa run and got many pictures, and I bought a million of really-cold weather running gear. And I raced some more!! I did the Race to Deliver 4 miler in Central Park, which I enjoyed, and then a 5K on Thanksgiving, where both Juan and I came first on our AG. Winning! November was rock solid! Total Miles: 88

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Seems like the year just picked up at the end! December was great too. I spent .0005 minutes detoxing from Thanksgiving and 2 weeks eating my way through Buenos Aires. Even though I was a bit overweight and slow, I did ok (21:04) in a hot 5K, where my 67 year old mom joined. What a thrill! As soon as I got back to NYC and got a reminder of what last year’s winter tasted like, I got a bit depressed. Somehow, I’ve been running quite a bit in December, even capping the year of with a holiday pictures themed run, and watching the year close with fireworks at the NYRR Midgnight RunTotal Miles: 87

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And there you have it. Though the running was QUITE blah, the rest was wonderful, so I’d say it’s a win! What awaits in 2015? I have no idea, not signed up for anything, thinking about not signing up for NYC Marathon this year, and maybe focusing on the half marathon. I am turning 40 in a few weeks and I am just trying not to push anything. Whatever will happen, WILL happen. Right?

Most Creative Wedding Present EVER

Well, so there was a lot of food at our Wedding Ceremony in Central Park. It was a picnic after all. And we didn’t bother with a cake so a lot of our friends brought us wedding macaroons, big big Crumbs Colossal Cupcakes, all sorts of delicious stuff that we ate over a whole week. You guys are the best!!!

Now check this out: my friend Stephanie baked the most delicious and cute cake ever (plus the brownies I inhaled in the spot!):


And Elaine… oh Elaine, you have to see this to believe it:


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Amazing right??? SO CUTE. SO SO CUTE.


thanks guys!!!

Our Central Park Wedding Ceremony

Posts before this one: A Running Engagement / Engagement Pictures / I get married today!!! / A PR Wedding!

Oh, sorry this took a bit. It’s been 3 weeks?!?! Time files! Anyway, I am assuming you’ll think there is a LOT of pictures here but you have no idea how much I (and our AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER RICHIE HILDEBRAND) struggled to select just a few. Seriously. He’s truly amazing. I have no idea how to get down to 100 or 200 pictures from 4 or 5 hours of pictures, which if you know me, was probably around 3 million pictures… Thanks Richie for the patience… you’re a SAINT.

Anyway, our ceremony would start around 4 pm in the Lake Pond in Central Park, where we’d meet our friends, so we took off around 2:30 for a picture-taking stroll through the park.

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At Engineer’s Gate. Ready to roll through the park and take some pictures…!

We met Richie at Engineer’s Gate, and Pablo and Ana came with us. Pablo is Juan’s best friend, the guy who introduced us a long time ago, and our wedding officiant, who had flown in from Buenos Aires for the occasion. Ana, my only sister, also flew in from Buenos Aires, and as her dress was matchy, she was my maid of honor. 😉

First we took some pictures where we got engaged, with Fred Lebow:

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Notice how the bouquet and everything matches in a purple kind of way?? Well, Juan got the tie first, because I insisted for weeks: I love purple and he hates it. But still, he made the first move (he’s SUCH a keeper!!!!). Then on Thursday when my sister arrived, I tried it all and she suggested my dress needed to belted. So, my dress thingy matched his purple thing, then I bought him the purple square, and then, that morning, Juan and Ana went to buy flowers and she made me the bouquet. Could we be any more low-key??

More Fred Lebow pictures with the whole gang. Click on the pics to make them bigger.

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Don’t my sister and I look alike? huh? We then started walking north, and took some random pictures all over!

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how do you pick just one?!??!? Richie!!!
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We then went up to the Reservoir, on the north side of course… It was so windy… I sent the boys in for a try out first 😉

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I think this is one of the most photogenic areas in the city… you tell me:

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We just can’t stop doing stooopid faces…I don’t know what’s wrong with us.

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It’s windy!! Then we did some by myself… not sure why, but they are nice!

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Before you say anything, I hate those shoes. I hate wedges. HATE them! But… we’d be doing the ceremony and everything else in the grass and I figured a stiletto would get stuck, then dirty. I was wrong, I should have tried it, but oh well.

We then headed to the bridge north of the reservoir, right in front of the Tennis courts… how do I NOT know the name of it?!?!

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I am SORRY, I can’t pick just one.. you have no idea how many I decided to put aside for the blog while I cried… but I am sure you haven’t seen wedding pics like these: GOOFBALL!

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We can’t seem to be able to walk together without holding hands.

I love this one so much:

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Maybe it’s because I tend to fall so much… and he’s good at catching me!

UP THE BRIDGE! (I love these ones too!!!!)

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And some more random pictures…

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Then, after everybody was ready to sit down, give up, and/or cry, we headed towards our wedding spot, as per our park permit! The Pool Lawn. The pool lawn is gorgeous, there is a little waterfall, an amazing arch, and a pond with marvelous willows. (Plus a dirt track and the steepest downhill to sprint in the park!)
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We then went down to the Arch and Waterfall. Soap-opera face:Juan & Elizabeth CP Wedding-100 Juan & Elizabeth CP Wedding-99 Juan & Elizabeth CP Wedding-107 Juan & Elizabeth CP Wedding-104 Juan & Elizabeth CP Wedding-108

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By then, we had walked like 2 miles in two hours in the sun, taking pics. So, everyone was tired, hot, hungry, it was 4 pm, so we walked the extra 300 meters to our spot! There was already a lot of people and we had to get the party started!!

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Christine, Sarah, and Juan

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Pablo, Sole, Katie, Juan, Martina, and.. Daniela!

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Sole, Katie, Daniela, and Martina

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Caroline, Jeff, and us

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well, Pablo is a magician… and we couldn’t stop him! 😉

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the family! my aunt in the middle and my cousins, Karina and Carlos!

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wait, wrong sister!!!

Time to start the ceremony… we only had a permit for 2 hours! (plus cleaning time of course!).

Pablo was officiating, and he had 4 pages of stories to share… Juan and I had written our own vows, five each, which we read, and it all went very fast. We have it all on video (ask me for the youtube link if you want to see it!!!) and it’s just 10 minutes, but it was fun, funny, and it really meant a lot to us to get to say that out loud, in front of a lot of people, and in the park. We had done our own vows before our City Hall/Sept 3rd wedding too, but it makes the commitment to each other so much more official…

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if you know me at all, you know I do this a lot

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Done! All SO FAST! Oh well.

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I am not sure how this happened… I think this was Richie’s idea… That’s Adam and Michelle who are getting married in a few months too!

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Kevin and Jill (plus Ned in blue)

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Steph (who also got married the same week as we!), me, Ana, and Lo!

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(Sky) Erik, Patricia, and baby! (Tom)

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Wedding Cake by Steph!

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Christine, Daniela, and Sole

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Of course I am eating, and Helen

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Sky, Martina, most amazingly creative gift ever, and me. PS: Sky came straight to the park right from her 6 hour race, which she WON. Jeez! Amazing

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Patchoux, my friend and training partner, and me! Plus baby Lillie!

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Martina being Martina

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matchy-matchy? Well, YES

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It’s never official until there is a jump shoot!

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Or this.

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Well, that was it. Soon it started to get dark, and we got cold and REALLY hungry. So we headed to a restaurant for food, and to relax. It was so much much fun. It all went so fast (proposal to this was 1 month exactly) but I am not sure I would have wanted to do anything differently or take more time. We have now the rest of our lives to do stuff (I don’t think I ever would have spent a month or a year planning a party…! EVER), figure stuff out, enjoy each other, get in trouble, and RUN!

Well, so, if you wanted more pictures, yes, there’s more, all in random order, from our guests!!

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to all of you who came: thank you guys!!! you made our day so special… we hope you had fun!!

In case you needed more links:
A Running Engagement
I get married today!!!
Engagement Pictures
A PR Wedding!
NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile – the Wedding Version

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MY Food Pyramid (this runner’s food pyramid)

The official Food Pyramid has five groups: grains, vegetables, milk, fruit, meat & beans…

MY food pyramid has three groups: sweets, meat*, and all the other stuff.

Of course by meat I mean BEEF. Don’t give me that chicken/turkey/fish lean-goodforyou story!

So, here are the main characters of my diet, in periodic table format, so you know what’s what:

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So… without further ado, this is what MY Food Pyramid looks like:

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And below you will find the explanation to what is in each category, as the first group (below) seems to have taken control over the whole pyramid:

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What is the little Me climbing the pyramid towards?? Quite possibly, sugar crash and crazy cholesterol…!
For now, my cholesterol is PERFFFECT, as my cardiologist loves to says. Go figure!!
*1- It would be very easy to say NO to these things, for very very obvious reasons, but  I am scared one day I will not be able to or, Pre forbid, won’t want to eat them. The horror! Got eat the stuff you like while you still want to!!!
Who’s hungry???

Nick. Symmonds.

hi ladies… you know what I am talking about, right? Right?

Saturday I was at Millrose and I will tell you all about it later, it was super fun, but the oh moment, for came, came after the best of the best of the night, which is always the Wanamaker Mile. I get so tense I was in threads, shaking and spent after the mile, as if I had run it myself, There is this big thing between Centro and Lagat and it’s always amazing to see them compete. But like I said, there was a lot to see that night and after the mile I was a tense mess.

We decide I need to get out and get food. We say goodbye to all our friends and start heading out, when… I spot Nick Symmonds!! You know how I feel about Nick Symmonds right? If not, hello:

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And, of course, he’s a tremendous runner.

Anyway, I spot Nick. Juan suggests we go and say hi, there’s a door we walk through, though we shouldn’t have and two seconds later I am talking to Nick. Symmonds.

I have no idea what he was saying. Pretty pathetic of me to get stoooopid like that. I really had no clue. He was super sweet and telling me tons of things. Some things about races and the Armory and NYC… no clue. I wanted to die, I don’t get flustered like that a lot. Or ever. Seriously, this is NYC and there’s celebrities and runners all over the place; it’s an every day thing… But this was Nick Symmonds. I felt like and idiot so I headed out soon. Got a picture first of course, but please don’t laugh at how stoopid I look, though it totally represents me on that moment:

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I am quite happy that, after all this time, some things (runners!) still throw me off as violently as that.

__More on Millrose soon! I promise!

My new favorite recovery drink (think nutella…)

I’ve tried it all. And I usually stuck to solids post workouts, nothing out of the ordinary, a banana, or toast with PB and nutella or dulce the leche, or oatmeal with chocolate and PB, or powebars or the occasional chocolate protein powder. Or whatever I had in the apartment, which is usually not much.

Then somehow this…

found it’s way into my hands… mixed with my chocolate protein…

It’s too good.

Of course I have no clue about the nutrition and the label, haven’t looked, might be great for me, might not. But I love it. It tastes great. It makes me want to run every day. And I’ve always been a 4-days-a-week girl! Hope you get to try it! 
PS: I also have no clue about protein powder so I don’t even know if that one is good or not, it’s all a mystery to me… as long as it tastes good, I am ok with it!

My new favorite recovery drink (think nutella…)


The day has come. No, besides Surf City Marathon. Or the Superbowl thingy. 

Today is  World Nutella Day. Today. Are you crying a little?

(more stuff online, or on Facebook or on twitter or in my tummy).

And just because it’s today, sit, grab a nutella jar, a spoon, and sit back:

I heard you like NUTELLA...


Better than Nutella. period.

I didn’t write that.I actually copied the title and the image below from this site.

And I concur.

Dulce de leche is the best thing on earth. But you can’t just eat any of them. I obviously grew up eating the one above in heaps. It’s what you do in Argentina. You eat cows and dulce the leche… it’s the perfect balance of carbs and protein right?

Better than Nutella. period.

I am trapped

Everyone knows of my substance abuse problems…

It really doesn’t help if the diner (open 24 hours!!!) in the corner, just a couple of doors from me, puts this up, RIGHT IN MY FACE:

Even if I can resist the 6 jars of Nutella in my pantry (you gotta be prepared!), I see this every time I go in or out of my apartment… 

This could be a problem.


I am trapped


Ray Bradbury is never wrong:

“I hate a Roman named Status Quo!” He said to me. “Stuff your eyes with wonder,” he said, “live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.  Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.  And if there where it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away.  To hell with that,” he said, ” shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”

Seize the Day. The Week. The Race.

For the next two days I am going to seize as much food as possible.

There’s a half empty jar of Nutella on my desk now. I am starting at the top of my pyramid (pyramid explanation is here).


In tomorrow’s episode: a condensed milk can. Or two. Plus everything else.

…the Bachelorette…

What do you know? Every-single-time I go to this supermarket, it’s like I’m in an episode of The Bachelorette! I am really not sure what’s going on there, it’s just surreal, there’s not one time that I have been there that I wasn’t hit on. But it’s two blocks from my apartment, and the closest place where I can find some brands I like…

And it’s a tiny place too, not one of those mega markets, but I think because the space is so limited it invites people to get close and make small talk. I have 4 supermarkets within a 3 block radio. This never happens in the other ones!

I understand my basket contents could be screaming “look at me!”, but still… The guy behind me in the line for the register looked like his head was going to explode… Here’s the receipt:

And in case you can’t see it…
Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk PB
Nutella Hazelnut Spread 13oz
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Nutella Hazelnut Spread 13oz
Bulgur Cracked Wheat
Bulgur Cracked Wheat

Is this even normal? Do people meet up while grocery shopping? Does what you’re shopping for make a difference? What if I needed TP (…Toilet paper, not trainig partner this time!…) or anything less glamorous?? What would be the regular supermarket pickup lines?