Friday, December 26, 2014

Minus 5 Ice Bar New York: Is it worth it?

minus 5 ice bar NYC
Yup - I wore my ugly sweater hat for our entire NYC day
Minus 5 ice bar is another theme bar with everything made of ice - Ice glasses, Ice sculpture, Ice chairs, and the actual Ice bar itself. After completing the Ugly Sweater Run in the morning with Brian and Larissa from The Traveling Mortician, and grabbing am amazing lunch, we decided to continue on with the winter/Christmas theme of the day and experience this Ice bar first hand. We were no strangers to the ice bar experience, having stayed at Hotel De Glace in Quebec earlier in the year and witnessing their amazing ice art first hand. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 - Year in Review

2014 was an interesting year, and my first year blogging! It got off to a good start with crossing off some major bucket list experiences in the winter and training for the NYC half through the Polar Vortex.

The "We" refers to the hubby, who was by my side for a majority of these events!

January saw us freezing for a reason with Larissa at the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics. 

Polar Bear plunge NJ Selfie
Probably the most epic selfie I have ever taken

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Ugly Sweater Run 5k Recap

The Ugly Sweater Run 5k was the perfect way to end Brian and I’s 2014 race season, which had some highs (finishing our first half marathon!!) and some lows ( busting my ass in the run the vineyards 5k and the subsequent worst time I have ever posted )

I had been looking forward to this event ever since I bought the race entries on Groupon back in October. We had bought our ugly sweaters about a month beforehand, and even the 36 degree windy New York morning was not going to stop us from enjoying this race. Larissa from The Traveling Mortician was nice enough to join us as a spectator and take some awesome photos!

We arrived at 10:20 for the 11pm start time and I have the say this race was one of the most organized theme runs I have ever participated in. Packet pick up was seamless and in less than 5 minutes time we had our bibs, swag bag, and our 21 and over bracelet for our free beer. 

the ugly sweater run swag bag and hat
Swag bag - one of the few times it is acceptable to wear race swag on the run!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Iceland - Top 5 adventures

Iceland - the tiny European country may be on the chilly side, but it's jam packed with amazing scenery and adventure around every corner. Just a short 5 hour flight away from the East Coast USA, this should definitely be on your must go list! Here is my personal list of the top 5 things to do in Iceland: Adventure Edition. Do one, or do them all!  Most can be done in just a long weekends time!

5. See the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) by boat

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