Why the F*#$ Would You Run a Marathon?

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My post-marathon ice bath.

There are so many sucky things about running a marathon.

Right off the bat, the training is immense, often overwhelming and eventually it prevents you from having a normal social life. (Once those long runs reach double digits definitely don’t plan any Friday night outings!)

Then there are all the aches and pains that come along with long-distance running. Granted, if you train smart you shouldn’t experience serious pain, but your body will definitely feel roughed up. Oh, and not to mention the potential chaffing, blisters and broken toenails you’ll likely have to deal with.

Oh and there’s the mental challenge of it all, too. As the training miles start to increase, your brain will begin to fight you Read More

Best Restaurants in New York City: Convivium Osteria in Brooklyn


Here’s a statement you’ll be shocked to hear: I love to eat.

You’re stunned to learn this, I know.

Due to this indisputable fact, I want to start talking more about my favorite New York City restaurants. This way, all my fellow New Yorkers can use my “Eat in New York Guide” to get a first-hand look at different restaurants, and all you non-New Yorkers will have personal restaurant recommendations for if you ever come to visit.

Sound cool? Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this as part of my blog. It won’t very frequent (maybe a new restaurant once or twice a month) and I’ll still be updating on all the usual things (like recipes and fitness and running) regularly!

Alright, so now… Let’s get to chatting about Convivium Osteria.

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Goodness Guide: The Best Spots to Run, Eat, Play and Relax in New York City + a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by goodness knows. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am blessed.

I’m blessed for many reasons, but one thing I’m especially grateful for and that I try my best not to take for granted is the fact that I get to live and work in New York City — also known as the greatest city in the world.

In case you didn’t already know, I’m originally from Long Island, New York. Ever since I learned about the city (probably from watching a movie like 13 Going on 30 or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) my sights were set on living in Manhattan one day. That dream became a reality in 2013 and I lived there for two years before transitioning to Brooklyn earlier this year. I still work in Manhattan, though, so I get to run, eat, play and relax in both boroughs on the regular.

Despite the fact that, like most New Yorkers, I complain about this city quite often, deep down I still love everything about it and the amazing energy it gives off every single day.

I’ve shared several different dining and workout suggestions here on Hungry Runner before, but today, with the help of goodness knows I’m creating a “Goodness Guide,” a list of five of my favorite places for running, working out, eating and more in New York City. Read More

Run Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon – Race Recap

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Ahhh guys! This is weird. This is my first race recap since the New York City Marathon almost a full year ago! I can’t believe it took me so long to get involved with another race after that one, but I definitely did need a nice break from racing after that and I’m glad that I took the time to get back into running at my own pace.

Enough reflecting, though. You’re obviously here to hear about my Run Rock n’ Roll experience, so let’s get right to it Read More

Running a Half Marathon with Type 1 Diabetes

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When my friend Anna – a type 1 diabetic — first told me she wanted to run a half marathon, I was thrilled beyond belief.

But I was also concerned. There was no doubt in my mind that she could do it, but obviously running a half marathon with type 1 diabetes is an entirely different challenge than running a half marathon (which we all know is an incredibly impressive challenge on its own) Read More

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