Wahoo, it’s Thursday! So, so close to the weekend! :)
I first want to announce that I purchased my own domain so soon I will be moving the blog. So hello, upgrade! Keep an eye out for that! ;)
Last night I met up with the rest of my team members for the upcoming Ekiden relay race. After getting slightly lost, I met up with them at Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Holy yum! The place is huuuuge and they have so many flavors of gelato. I never had gelato until yesterday. I know, I know, epic culture fail. But anyway, with a medium you get to have 3 flavors. So I chose:
2. Dark Chocolate
3. Mexican Cinnamon
Of the three flavors, bourbon was my favorite. I am huge dark chocolate lover, but the bourbon was really mind blowing. They also had other flavors including avocado, pluoto, basil, pumpkin, etc. I want to go back and try other flavors. If you’re in NYC, check them out!
My teammates Megan, Alex, and her husband (he’s running the race too), are so wonderful and so nice. I met Megan before at the SweatPink meet up from over the summer. I really cannot wait for the relay on Sunday. The one downside is that it might rain – yuck. But the weather can change from here to then, so I am hoping it doesn’t. Is there a non-rain dance out there?
(credit to Alex for the pic!)
Today’s fitness is Upper Cut & Abs – I really wanted to go to bootcamp, as I really need the cardio, but the Long Island
Fail Rail Road was a disaster this morning and I was super late to work. My boss understood but it would not look great to show up to work almost 2 hours late and then take lunch. Hahaha. But I really like U&A and I will take all the toning I can get. I have a race in Florida to prepare for. I need to be a tight little package for the race and the beach! :)
Are you a gym-class junkie like I am? What are your favorite classes or exercises to tone up? Have you tried gelato? What are your fave flavors? Hit me up & share, I want to know!
Happy Wednesday a.k.a Hump Day!
And to help you all get through the hump, I am sharing a little video my husband found (kudos to you, sir) which certainly brought a smile to my face. I would tell you what it is, but that would ruin the surprise. So without further ado:
Hubs found it on The Washington Post via Sarah Kliff’s WonkBlog! You are most welcome world.
Lets give three big holiday cheers for penguins dressed like Santa!!
The cuteness! I just can’t even… :)
Today I am going to share with you what is on my Christmas list this year. It used to be things like shoes, jewelry, makeup (that stuff aint cheap!), iPod/iTunes giftcards and clothing. Now it’s been replaced by fitness apparel and accessories. My hubs was super awesome and got me a ton of fitness clothing for my birthday. But I am an addict and can never have enough!
So in no particular order, here are a few of things that is topping my wish list:
1. Rumble Roller
Physical therapists, trainers, and athletes use foam rollers to relieve muscular pain and tightness. Bloggers that I follow, especially running bloggers, swear by the benefits of foam rolling. I will admit, I don’t stretch as nearly as enough as I should and have terrible knots. I hope that this bad-boy will be under my tree and I can give my body some TLC!
Safety first! I think having a headlamp along with some reflective gear will help me feel more adequately prepared to train for my upcoming marathon as most of the training will be done in the winter mornings when it is still dark out. (The ones above are kiddie lamps, but they’re so bad-ass looking… I wonder if they make the designs in adult head sizes!?)
3. Lulu gift card
What fitness-fashionista would not want a lululemon gift card? I am super addicted to their line and that stuff aint cheap! Gift cards also make great gifts when you don’t know what to get someone. :)
4. Brooks Pure Grit
Aren’t these so pretty? But they are meant for pretty training! These are trail sneakers and are just what I need to ensure that I don’t bust my face – or my hip – during winter training. If anyone is reading this wants to them for me, I would need a size 9.5 please. :)
5. NYC Marathon Necklace
Granted, this would be an ahead-of-time gift (orrrr a gift in-time post November), but Erica-Sara’s race bling (and other bling in general) is so beautiful and wonderfully done. One can really appreciate her craftsmanship. Basically, I’d be happy with any kind of race-bling from her store. :)
What is on YOUR Christmas/holiday wish list this year? Any must-haves? Is there anything I should keep out an eye for and put on my list? I want to know!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
How is it that it’s Monday already? :( Yuck.
I hope everyone reading had a great weekend. My weekend went by incredibly fast. I was supposed to have raced not one, but two times this weekend. Did I? Nope. Ugh. Such a fail. I had all my gear ready to go for the races, but I just could not get out of bed. My husband tried getting me up both days long before race time and apparently all I did was mumble “I’m tired” and snuggle deep under my covers.
Eventually I did wake up and lace up my sneakers for runs in the neighborhood. I am not sure if it was a) that I was tired or b) frustrated that I missed both races, but my runs in themselves pretty much sucked. Sunday’s was way worse than Saturdays… just finishing in itself was a struggle and made me question my running capabilities.
All I could think was how am I going to train for a marathon if I could barely eek out 10 miles this weekend (and not even 10 consecutive miles?!). But I went out there and did my tried my best right? (I figure if I say this enough times, I will believe it).
For this week’s fitness line up, I have kickboxing, pi-yo, bootcamp, and personal training lined up. I am also partaking in the NYC Run’s Ekiden relay on the 9th with 2 other SweatPink Ambassadors.
Ekiden is a relay race, and the term originated in Japan. The first ekiden race was sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun in 1917, and was run over three days between the old Japanese capital of Kyoto and the modern capital of Tokyo, a distance of 508 km, to celebrate the anniversary of the moving of the capital to Tokyo. As written in Japanese, Ekiden combines the characters for “station” and “transmit.” The original concept of the race hearkens back to Japan’s old Tōkaidō communication and transportation system in which stations were posted at intervals along the road. In the race, each runner on a team runs the distance from one “station” to the next, and then hands off a cloth sash, or tasuki, to the next runner.
This ekiden will be comprised of four legs all starting and ending across from Tavern on the Green. I will be doing leg 2. The legs are:
Leg 1: Two lower loops of Central Park-3.4 miles
Leg 2: A five mile loop crossing the 102nd Street transverse
Leg 3: A full loop ofCentral Park – 6.1 miles
Leg 4: A sprint, one more lower loop of the park,1.7 miles.
As in a traditional Ekiden, the runners wear a sash that is passed from runner to runner. So after I cross the timing mat, I must hand the sash to the next runner. I am excited for this race and just hope I don’t fizzle on race day.
Speaking of upcoming races, I just heard about this race which will occur next year:
I am so in for this race! How fun! I have always wanted to do a zombie race. Now, to see if I can recruit anyone to join me?? Happy Monday (only how much more ’til the weekend?!)!
As you all know, I have been looking forward to the end of the week so badly… and it’s here, hooray! But there is still 5 hours or so between me and the weekend, grrrr. So I have decided to share with you what I have planned for this coming weekend which is filled with lots-o-races. I also have some running of my own set, so I will either finish my own mileage Saturday or Sunday, depending on how Saturday goes.
I am scheduled to run the Seaford Hot Chocolate 5K on Saturday morning. I have never done a hot chocolate run before (I will be doing another one in December with one of my blends (“blogger” + “friend” = “blend”; term not originated by me, but I have seen across Twitter and have decided to incorporate it into my vocab), Amanda. I have probably mentioned a thousand times how I love chocolate – if not, well, I do. Anyone who knows me I do and that I prefer dark chocolate (plus antioxidants, bonus!). White chocolate is not real chocolate. Don’t try to argue with me on this. So I am hoping to bust a PR, but we shall see. The hot chocolate is going to be my motivation.
Sunday I am scheduled to run the Join The Voices 5miler by the New York Road Runners. The only issue is that it is super early, so I may or may not run this race depending on how Saturday’s race goes (plus if I tack on the extra mileage). It’s for a good cause, so I probably will hike up to the city. I’ll keep you posted.
Now that December is upon us (WHAT?!), it’s becoming more cold. And it’s much easier to hit snooze and snuggle deeper under the warmth of one’s comforter. So with that, I present some tips I found on Runner’s World to keep YOU (and ME!) motivated to keep on pounding that pavement:
- GO EARLY. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper says that rather than putting off a run, she’ll head out even earlier than usual when she’s not in the mood to work out. “If I have that extra cup of coffee or I wait an extra half hour, it becomes too torturous,” she says.
- PAY YOURSELF. Set a price for attaining a certain weekly mileage goal. When you hit it, pay up. Keep your mileage money in a jar, and once it accumulates, buy yourself that new running jacket you’ve been ogling.
- REMEMBER that you almost always feel better after a run than before it.
- BRING HOME SOME HARDWARE. Okay, so
you’re not going toyou may not win the Chicago Marathon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t score a trophy. Find a few small local races where you might be able to compete for the top spots in your age group.
- DON’T EXPECT EVERY DAY TO BE BETTER than the last. Some days will be slower than others, and some days might even hurt a bit. But as long as you’re on the road, it’s a good day.
- IF YOU DON’T RUN ROAD RACES, where will you get all your T-shirts? #truth
- JUST START. If the thought of running your full workout is too much to bear, just suit up to run around the block. Chances are, once you’re outside, you’ll start to feel better and put in at least a few miles.
- THINK YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO RUN? You can probably make a list longer than this one of things you’re wasting time on today. Cut one of them out and get the run in.
- A HEALTHY RUNNER IS A HAPPY RUNNER. As soon as you feel like you might be coming down with something, pamper yourself: Eat more healthfully (think lots of fruits and veggies) and get extra rest. A little prevention today means you won’t be debating next week whether you’re too sick to run.
- LISTENING TO YOUR FEET crunch gravel for an hour can erase a day’s worth of stress.
- INVEST IN GOOD GEAR. For beginners, this may mean a good pair of running shoes to avoid injuries and technical clothes made of fabric that wicks away moisture and prevents chafing. For others, experimenting with the latest GPS unit or shoe pod can be a fun way to track training progress and stay motivated.
And my absolute favorite: RACE RESULTS STAY ON GOOGLE FOREVER
(*cough* Paul Ryan *cough*)
Enough rambles from me, lets have three cheers for the weekend! Happy running!
We’re inching closer and closer to the weekend, hooray! Today’s challenge for #Elf4Health was to wake up 15 minutes earlier and meditate. I tried doing that this morning, but I have bouts of insomnia and last night was one of those nights, and it was miracle that I woke up sort-of on time today.
… And then today ended up being one of those days where if anything could go wrong, it did. I started to really let it bring me down, when I remembered today’s challenge: to meditate. While I probably won’t have down time until I am home tonight (work and school keep me busy until late), I did want to share some stuff that I found online that is motivational/good for the soul to mediate on:
I hope these images help you center yourself as much as they did me.