Dec 152014

Well, I certainly had one very successful long weekend. Let’s talk about it!


On Friday morning, Fabio and I hopped on the bus that would take us to New York City.


We always like taking either the Tripper or Vamoose bus, since those two buses pick us up and drop us off just a few blocks from our apartment. The bus ride was pretty uneventful, and after a bit of napping (ha!) we finally arrived in the big apple in the early afternoon.


We kicked our weekend off with some pizza at our favorite place by Penn Station, Pizza Suprema. It was soooo good and tasted awesome after the long bus ride. Carb loading at its finest!


After pizza we walked around the city a bit, and made sure to stop by Rockefeller Center since they had all their Christmas decorations up.


Of course we had to see the giant Rockefeller tree! It was really beautiful, as always.


After that we watched the ice skaters for a while, and I got nostalgic thinking about the time Fabio took me ice skating there back in December of 2008 (!!!) as one of our first dates. It was so fun, even if the line to get down there took forever. I was pretty content just observing this time – I think ice skating in Rockefeller Center is one of those things you only need to do once. Haha!


Then we saw where the Today Show was filmed (where I got sooooo excited, as one does when they’re as obsessed with that show as I am) before heading uptown my aunt’s apartment to relax.

The rest of the afternoon looked a lot like this!


It was so nice to have the afternoon to rest and relax since I had the big race in the morning. We did venture out for some dinner (Italian food – I got rigatoni with meatballs!) and then picked up dessert from Magnolia Bakery.


Fabio and I shared one of their cream cheese brownies, and it was divine.

Then it was an early bedtime for me so I would be well-rested for the race!


Saturday morning started off with 13.1 freezing cold miles!!

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I have so much to tell you guys about the race, so I will write a full recap post later this week. Overall though, it went well! No PR, but that’s ok. I promise to give more details asap. 😉

After the race it was Santacon time!!!


If you’ve never heard of Santacon, it’s essentially a huge bar crawl all around New York City where people dress in ridiculous holiday gear. Although no one from our group had actual Santa suits on, I’d say we did a pretty good job getting festive.

We started off the afternoon casually drinking mimosas in our holiday gear, while I recovered from the run.


We made sure to get some good group photos of us before things got too crazy at the bar. I love how festive we all look!

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Then it was time to get our Santacon on! Some of the bars were absolutely packed with Santas, like 13th Step, shown below.


We weren’t feeling quite up to the task of navigating crowds at that level, so we soon moved to two bars that were more tame – Fools Gold and Hair of the Dog. These two bars were much more fun, and we were actually able to talk to one another, which was a plus 😉


Fabio and some of his friends joined us for the bar crawl as well, and since this group of girls includes almost all of my very best friends AND I had Fabio there, I think it’s safe to say I was in my happy place.


Plus with all the holiday decor and our fun outfits, how could you not have a big grin on your face?


I thought Hair of the Dog was a particularly fun bar (you may remember the last time we went there), and the DJ was killing it with his old school 90s and early 2000s songs. We all stood in a circle dancing for what felt like hours, and I probably could have stayed there all night.


It was just so much fun!!!

Later in the evening we went for some pizza, because what else are you going to eat after you’ve been drinking all day?


All in all it was just the perfect day – from the race in the morning (where my friends were there to cheer me on!) to an afternoon filled with holiday-themed shenanigans, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.



On Sunday morning our sleepy (read: hungover) group met up for some bagels, before Megan, Fabio and I headed back on our bus. It was a pretty uneventful trip, and we were back home by about 4:30 pm. From there Fabio and I didn’t do anything except order Chinese food and watch documentaries on Netflix.

Such a perfect weekend!

Question of the day: Do you have any fun holiday-themed events coming up, or did you attend any recently?

 Posted by on December 15, 2014

  6 Responses to “Holiday Half Marathon & Santacon in NYC!”

  1. I’ve been to NYC during the holiday season a couple of times — it’s so beautiful! Looks like you had a great time. I went to a couple of Christmas dinners/parties this weekend 🙂

  2. That sounds like an awesome weekend! Glad to hear the race went well…cant wait to hear more. We have TBOX in Chicago which I went to my first year of living here. It has gotten a little out of control now but I think Santacon would be awesome 🙂

  3. Sounds like fun! My husband would be so jealous of that NYC pizza. Since moving to Chicago he just keeps asking me where he can get NYC pizza haha. Glad your race went well and I look forward to hearing more about it 🙂

  4. I’ve been to NYC around New Year’s but never for Santacon. Looks like y’all had a fun time, though! I’ve had a few holiday parties this year, but nothing else holiday-themed until Christmas day 🙂

  5. Yay for the race 🙂 Looking forward to the recap.
    What a brilliant way to celebrate it – looks like such a fun time.

  6. Looks like an awesome weekend!! You always seem to have the best time in NYC! I can’t wait to hear about the recap of the race. Sorry that this was such a freezing weekend!!!

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