Concrete Jungle.

This morning started out nice and early.  Perhaps a little too early?  We were on the subway by 7:15am, en route to meet our running partners in Central Park!

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This was my first time running in Central Park, and it was absolutely amazing.  SO MUCH snow, and it made for such a gorgeous backdrop.

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Laura, Casey, and I met up with Theodora and Ashley for our run.  I met both girls back in Chicago in the fall, and this was such a fun way to catch up with them while enjoying a run.

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There were SO many runners out in Central Park – it was amazing!  And holy hills, I was NOT expecting the loop to be so difficult.  We ended up just sticking with the six mile loop, and then walked the 2 miles back to our hotel to make it an even eight.  One of the best parts of blogging for me is that I truly feel like I have friends all over the country.  Many thanks to Ashley and Theodora for a fabulous run – and one I definitely wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have running buddies to get me out of bed.

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After we showered and got ready, we went off in search of the perfect NYC bagels.  We found them at Ess-a-Bagel!

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My friend Casey had told me they had tofu cream cheese, which sounded to good to be true.  Thankfully, she was correct!

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I got a giant crusty pumpernickel raisin bagel with raisin walnut cream cheese.

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Exactly what I hoped it would be.  I would like to eat about ten more of these.

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After breakfast, we headed south on foot to explore…

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We made our way to the Union Square Greenmarket – a farmer’s market I had heard was a good spot to check out.

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The market was really great!  So many vendors for this time of year, and some selling some really interesting things.

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You are beautiful.  :)

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The weather may be a bit cold, but the snow just makes everything soooo much more beautiful.

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I’m really glad we stopped by the market – very cool.  I can only imagine what it’s like in the summer!

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Lunch was kind of a FAIL.  The place we were planning to go to (Dirt Candy) turned out to only be open for dinner – WHOOPS.  So we improvied and ended up at a new vegetarian spot called Purume.  The food was kind of meh.  It was all nice and fresh, but not enough salt or flavor.

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Lots and lots of steamed veggies, and some scary seaweed that I didn’t end up eating – too fishy.

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We made up for lunch by finishing out our afternoon at Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery.

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Laura and I eat got a sampler of 3 mini cupcakes – they were so good!

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And Laura let me snag a few bites of her mint chocolate roulade cake.  Hard to believe it was all gluten-free!

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Mini cupcake of the day – chocolate with pistachio frosting.  Heaven.

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There may or may not have been a to-go box involved…

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The boots I brought with me for the trip gave me horrific blisters yesterday, so I bought a new emergency pair of rubber boots on today’s outing.  Definitely money well spent – there is slush and snow everywhere!!

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I couldn’t put my blistering boots back on this morning, and sadly I think my ballet flats may have walked their last journey.  Looking a little sad from all the slush.

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Now we are back at the hotel getting ready for our evening adventures.  Pure and Radio City tonight!