ING Class of 2012

When I last left you yesterday I had just ran 6 miles through Central Park and enjoyed a NY bagel. From there the day went non-stop until 1am!IMG_5148

For those of you that missed it, I was recently chosen to be part of the ING Class of 2012. I am one of 4 runners doing the ING New York City Marathon and acting as a representative for the organization. We all have very different running backgrounds / experience levels and will be sharing our views and tips on training online over the next few months.

The other runners are Steve from SoCal Running

Dave who’s blog is not up, but you can follow him on twitter at Clydesdalerunrr

and Jen Turner at Mad Cool Fitness (this site will be up next week!)IMG_5210

Nutshell: I was in New York Monday and Tuesday filming some webisodes. They will be available soon and I’ll keep ya posted.

Okay back to yesterday morning…

I had to report to the Hearst building to be in the background of the yoga scenes Steve was filming. IMG_5151

The Hearst Tower gym is nice and quiet. It’s not very big, but the views are HUGE!IMG_5157

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I kinda love that the gym had examples of healthy foods out. Focus on what you can eat, not what you shouldn’t. IMG_5163

We shot the yoga scenes in the group fitness room. Everything with production takes a long time because the camera crew needs to set up the shot, background and sound. IMG_5161

When I was done it was about lunch time and I grabbed another iced coffee to fuel me up for the rest of the day. I also grabbed another WF salad since I wasn’t sure if I would be eating at the next location.IMG_5170

I did a quick wardrobe change and put on way too much makeup for the next segment.

Five of my segments focus on food. I am doing a series called “Marathon Meals” where I talk about recipes to enjoy while training. We filmed this part in the Redbook Test Kitchen.IMG_5173

The recipes are from Redbook and the segments have me interviewing Babs Chernitz, food editor for the magazine. It was kinda intimidating at first, but you just have to roll with it!IMG_5182IMG_5178

Plus, the hardest part about it was taking a bite of food and then talking on camera without spitting it all out on the table and/or the editor of a major magazine! IMG_5185

I’ll be sharing the recipes as the segments come out, but here are some pictures.IMG_5177

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I’m kinda obsessed with the quinoa dish we did. Delicious. IMG_5181

After those segments were wrapped I had to wait around while the guys went to film a scene in Central Park. Even though I took a few bites of the recipes we made I was HUNGRY. Finally I was able to break into my salad. So glad I thought ahead and grabbed something!IMG_5189

A bit later the crew and guys were back and we did one more fun beer drinking scene in the test kitchens. Then, it was time to move to the final location – the Central Park reservoir. IMG_5200

The path was pretty busy with runners and walkers, but we set up camp and tried to shoot when there was a gap in the crowd.IMG_5202

It was a little weird because people would slow down and watch us shooting. Then, they would realize I wasn’t famous and walk off disappointed.IMG_5197IMG_5195 (Side note: I saw Will of Will & Grace while I was walking to the building earlier and was super excited! They were looking in the wrong place for famous people!)

After my hydration bit I had an apple while we waited for the next set up.IMG_5205

The last few shots were of the four of us running. We went back and forth on the path a few times with 3 cameras placed at different distances.

And the final shot was our sign off. It was appropriate that the “Good Luck!” shot was last, but it was also sad. We all worked so closely together for the last 48 hours I was sad for it to end. IMG_5213

We wrapped about 8:30pm and headed back to the hotel for a quick change.  Jen left us at this point so it was just me and the guys with their SOs. IMG_5192

Then, we headed to 3 Monkeys bar for celebratory drinks! I started with a vodka tonic. IMG_5220 (600x800)

But we also got free cards to try the new Malibu Red. IMG_5219 (800x600)

Yes please. IMG_5217 (600x800)

We also shared a bunch of appetizers. I was super hungry at this point and ordered the fish tacos and sweet potato puffs as part of the group order.IMG_5229 (800x600)IMG_5225 (800x600)

The fellow ING classmates are NOT food bloggers so it was nice to be around different people on this trip. But, they harassed my picture taking a little Winking smileIMG_5226 (800x600)

We also shared mussles and buffalo chicken spring rolls. IMG_5223 (800x600)

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I had high hopes for the gravy smothered fries, but they were just okay. IMG_5232 (800x600)

We lingered for a while talking over the events of the last two days and all the training we have ahead of us. Steve and I couldn’t stop talking running.

Finally the rest of the group shut us up by moving the party to a karaoke bar.IMG_5235 (800x600)

I stopped drinking at this point and just hung out. Finally I headed back to the hotel around 1am. Solo. The group was still going strong! But, I had a car coming for me at 5:15am and still needed to pack.

I crawled in bed around 2am and set my alarm for 5 – the last minute possible. Now I’m on the plane on my way back to SoCal.IMG_5242 (600x800)IMG_5241 (800x600)

The entire experience was completely amazing. I feel so so lucky to have been chosen for the ING Class of 2012. I want to thank the ING NY Marathon group for letting me be a part of this. I hope I can live up to the expectations!IMG_5120 (800x600)

I’m excited to train for New York and I’m excited to share my point of view with other runners. I’ll talk about training this week. But my laptop is dying and I kinda need a nap.

See you in California!

Comments

  1. says

    I am so excited for you. I would love to run NY one day but was to chicken to sign up this year. Now I can live vicariously through you. Can’t wait to see the episodes.

  2. Lindsay says

    How fun!! I know you had a blast. What a great way to meet new people, basically become famous (famous -er than you already are!), and be about something you love. Oh, and those sweet potato puffs look like they were worth the trip :-) Now take a nap and relax!

  3. says

    This is so amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures and see you on Staten Island on November 4th!

    So fun running into you yesterday!

  4. Robin says

    Great post, but honestly I was drooling over your DD iced coffees more than anything else. Every time I go to NYC or Boston I have two or three a day…size large…it’s an issue. I went to school in Boston and we actually had a DD on campus, which was just amazing. Did you hear they are opening one at Camp Pendleton?

  5. says

    Wow! I want to be in the ING class of 2013! So cool!

    And I’m sure they weren’t disappointed when they saw it wasn’t anyone famous filming…they probably just suddenly remembered that they had somewhere important to be!

  6. says

    WOW! What a full and cool experience…thanks for letting us in on it! Loved reading your recaps and while I don’t comment often, I always read – yours is one of the first blogs I hit in the mornings! ;) Way to soak that whole experience in, Monica – so cool. :D

  7. says

    such an awesome opportunity! thanks for sharing! can’t wait to see more from you 4. y’all are very inspiring to those of us on the fence to do the big 26.2 :)

  8. says

    So funny about the guys not being used to someone taking food photos. We readers get so used to seeing photos of food on the blogs we read that it almost seems weird (at least to me) that someone would find it unusual haha. Glad you had a good time! And, uhm, yes, that quinoa recipe needs to be shared. I can tell :)

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