Adventures in New York: MoMA, Greenwich, Central Park, Williamsburg and more!

On Tuesday we had MoMA, Central Park and the Natural History Museum. When I was 19 I was first introduced to Giorgio de Chirico at university. This sparked my love of modernist art and to be able to stand in front of three if his works at the MoMA was an amazing feeling and a bit emotive if truth be told!

Lunch in Central Park was a must, we found a great little deli on West 57th which had an awesome salad bar because we’ve definitely been a bit too good to ourselves this trip foodwise!

We spent the night in mid town running around Time Square in the rain!

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Wednesday we started out in Chelsea. An amazing breakfast in Friedman’s Chelsea Market followed by a journey along the highline were a great start to the day even if we did keep getting caught in showers!

The flat iron district and the Empire State building were next. I’ve been up before but the views are just as spectacular as they were 5 years ago. Back to Greenwich for a stroll and dinner. We found the best bar ever called Baker and Co. I’d recommend this one great food, drinks and friendly staff who had plenty of recommendations for our Williamsburg excursion later. I think Chris made a friend for life in our barman!

Williamsburg: Drinks at Northern Bell and then on to the Knitting Room for live comedy (and more drinks). Then finishing up the night with some fudge cake and Brooklyn lagers at Kelloggs Diner (like a real live diner from the movies!!!). Bucket list achievement right there!

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Adventures in New York Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Centre

We had an early start on this beautiful September day. The 9/11 memorial and museum was pretty sobering but an important part of the visit. For me having a 3rd cousin who had served for years on the San Francisco fire department and family living in New York it helped me to understand the events from a new perspective.

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Afterwards it was on to Battery Park for the ferry to Liberty Island and the lady herself! Although the invention of selfie sticks meant that getting a decent shot was pretty impossible! The immigration museum on Ellis Island was well worth the trip and after 4 hours exploring we made our way back to the mainland.

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A bite to eat and a pint later at The Open Bar on John Street in the company of my amazing godmother were warmly welcomed. Then we all took along the river to see the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge by night. Another amazing day in Gotham.

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Adventures in New York

New York is literally my favourite place in the world. Since I first visited 5 years ago I’ve been dying to go back and now I’m finally here!

Nowhere else in the world can you experience this pace and vibrancy. The juxtaposition of culture, commercialisation and genuineness makes New York beautiful and ugly and real and fantastical all at once.

Can you tell that I love it here?

So for my next couple of posts I’ll be doing a sort of photo vlog to share the places I’ve been.

I thought that this would be a good way to document my trip to look back on later, but hopefully looking at this might inspire you to visit the city or give you some ideas of what you’d like to see if you have a trip planned.

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Times Square

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The Rockefeller Centre

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30 Rock is one of my favourite shows!
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At the MetLife Stadium today...the Jets lost ūüė¶

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The view from Brooklyn

The Scottish Half Marathon

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It feels like a long time since I sat down to write. The past two weeks have been so busy with plans and work and getting ready to go on my holidays, it just feels as though this month has been a whirlwind!

Last Saturday I achieved something that I am proud of and I wanted to share it here. I completed the Scottish Half Marathon. The Scottish Half is my 4th half marathon so far but this one was a little bit different. It was the first half marathon that I was really pushing to improve my time in and it was also the first race that I’ve ever done completely alone. The race was out in Prestonpans on the East Coast of Scotland and finished up in Musselburgh Race course. It was worth the 6am start to get out there…just!

The day was beautiful. This year we’ve had a dire summer in Glasgow so the last thing that I was expecting in mid September was the cloudless blue sky that I was met with as I walked to the Meadowmills sports centre from Prestonpans Station. It was just stunning. In fact, everything about that race was perfect. From the spacious and brightly coloured starting points along the track at the sports centre, to the ample space for warming up (I mean, how many races do you get to run where there’s a whole field and a track to warm up on?!), to the gorgeous route along the coast with families and residents out to support the runners. We were really spoiled!

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Having said that, it was not an easy race by any stretch. It was a hot day and coming from a relatively cool summer I could see a lot of runners suffering. I was pretty worried about getting dehydrated even though they had water stations well placed and some of the locals were also out with drinks for the runners…and their garden hoses! I kept a steady pace through out the race and although I could feel my body cramping up toward the start of the 12th mile I pushed hard and finished on 2 hours 7 minutes. For some people that time is pretty crap but I’m very proud because that is a full 9 minutes faster than my last half marathon. We finished up in Musselburgh Race course and the atmosphere was like one big party, I could tell that people would be hanging around for a while in the gorgeous weather soaking up the sun and the achievement. Not for me though, after I collected my medal (my favourite so far, it’s a huge majestic lion so what’s not to love!), I was straight back to Glasgow so that I could head out for my friends birthday – well after getting a bit lost in Waverly station….

To be honest, it was a little bit lonely doing a race all by myself but I had lots of messages of support from my friends and family and my boyfriend. Although I’m no stranger to going it alone, it was liberating to do this by myself but it did reinforce how much fun it can be to have someone there to share the experience. After a little nap and some pampering Chris and I headed out for my friends birthday and I had a well earned and much appreciated pint of Guiness! It was a lovely evening and although we didn’t stay out too late it was a great end to the day and nice to be surrounded by people who congratulated me on my little run!

I recovered really well afterwards which I’ll put down to doing a Yoga With Adrienne video every day of the week before and on the Sunday morning too – sadly although the Guiness was great I somehow doubt that that was the miracle cure! Although I discovered some pretty bad sunburn on my back the next day! I did wear suncream but it was a lesson not to miss out on my back in future…d’oh!

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All in all it was another great race experience and I’m grateful for the day and the support. Sometimes you have to just give it your all even if there’s no one there to cheer you on!

What’cha Wearing? – My Tips for a Great Kit

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Hello Sunday readers! I’m sitting in my living room right now chilling out after a day at the gym and in the pool. I was thinking a bit about what I should write about today and seeing as next Saturday I’ll be running the Scottish Half Marathon, I thought that talking about my kit would be a good place to start!

When you’re exercising, it’s important to be prepared. I find that there are so many little things that I need to do before I go out on a run. I fill my water bottle, make sure my phone is charged, find hair clips for my unruly fringe…the list goes on!

Personally, I think that sometimes kits can get a little bit hierarchical. When I started running, I was working a part time job. I’ll be very honest with you, I couldn’t afford to buy expensive runners so I used my little sisters old Asics! I went out in my old leggings and a t-shirt. It probably wasn’t the fanciest thing and I was running with people who had much nicer gear. But I must say that it didn’t make me any less of a runner because I was running in a cotton t-shirt instead of a ¬£50 vest. In fact, I completed the hardest race I have ever done (a 15 mile trail race in Balmoral) wearing just a cotton longsleve and some Forever 21 shorts which cost less than a tenner!

Last year at Balmoral

Your kit should make you feel good. That includes keeping you safe and preventing injury, adding to your workout and making you look good too (so not much to ask then)! I’ve got some really high quality Under Armour gear for my winter runs. I find it fantastic but I’ve also found some brilliant budget running/gym wear that I absolutely love!

Here are some favorite budget items of mine that I’ve been wearing a lot lately:

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Cropped Vest from Primark – this is comfortable and cool for runs on a warm day/the gym. I wear this a lot for doing yoga videos at home too.
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Work Out Vests from Primark: These vests are so affordable, come in a range of colours and dry super quickly. They are also thick enough not to be see through while remaining nice and cool. Brilliant for…well, pretty much any workout you want to do.
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Running Shorts from H&M: I LOVE these! My friends put me on to them and they are an ¬†absolute staple for me right now. The material is light and breathable with built in under shorts for total confidence and modesty for the more intense work outs. I’ll be wearing them to the half marathon next week and to be honest, I just wear them around the house a lot too. Gold Star H&M!

Here are my tips for finding the right workout gear for you:

  1. Keep it Bright:I’m big into the safety aspect of working out and, whether you are out running in the street or in the gym, I recommend wearing clothes that make you stand out. I know that a lot of us work out to lose weight and maybe don’t ¬†want the attention, but when you are putting your body through it’s paces you always run the risk of injury. If you fall or hurt yourself you need to be seen so that you can get help. If you are wearing black even if you have a neon stripe or a brightly coloured headband, have something that will stand out.
  2. Invest:I’m all for budget buys but there are some items that you need to spend money on to get the quality. Again, this comes into a health and safety aspect but I believe that footwear is just not something that you should skimp on. Supportive footwear will protect your feet, ankles, shins, knees, hips and back.
  3. Wear what works for you:Always wear what feels comfortable. Some items may look great but if you are pulling your shorts down every five minutes or are worrying whether people are looking are your bared tummy, you won’t get the joy from your work out that you should.
  4. Focus On You:We all work out to improve and it’s inevitable that you will see people around you who have a nicer kit or just look better while working out. Remember why you are doing what you are doing and who it’s for. Because it isn’t for that nameless girl/guy! It’s just for you. When you’re working out you’re focused and determined and giving it your all. And that’s always a good look!

Do you have any tips/favorite workout items? Leave a comment and let me know!