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Thursday Happenings!

6 Dec

Wahoo, it’s Thursday! So, so close to the weekend! ūüôā

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! ūüėČ

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:

1. Bourbon

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?

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(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! ūüôā

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!

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Weekend Race FAIL

3 Dec

How is it that it’s Monday already? ūüė¶ 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.

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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.

eikidenEkiden 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¬†TŇćkaidŇ欆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 ‚Äď 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:

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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?!)!

Run-Filled Weekend!

30 Nov

Happy Friday!!

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.

Saturday…

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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…

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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 to¬†you 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!

Back to the Grind!!

26 Nov

Happy Monday everyone!

I am hoping everyone had a fantastic weekend. The holiday break has come and gone (much faster than I would have liked).  After running 7 miles on Saturday, I set out to run 3 1/2 miles or so on Sunday. It was freezing out and my legs were so fatigued. I felt like I had cinder blocks on my legs. Ugh. Plus running into the wind again, was not fun. But I pushed through and accomplished my miles.

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In other news, some of you might have noticed that I am an #elf4health. What is an Elf for Health? Started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean and Ella of Nutritionella, Elf for Health is a six week challenge that will run from the Monday after Thanksgiving through the first week in January. There are daily tasks, daily winners, prizes, weekly newsletters, and a Facebook group for support.

As an Elf, I am expected to support my assigned buddy with their holiday health goals and the daily challenges.¬†Elves & buddies will be reassigned every 2 weeks. It’s a reciprocal relationship, I am an elf for my buddy and my buddy is my elf.

I’ve already reached out to my assigned buddy and got a jump start on the first challenge. I am super excited about this challenge and look forward to sharing more with you!

Finally, I am super excited to try this:

Celestial Seasoning’s Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. ¬†Tons of people have raved about this tea on Twitterverse and while I am not a big tea drinker, I decided to give it a whirl. Anything that tastes like cookies has to be great right? I also bought their Gingerbread Spice tea and am looking forward to trying that as well. I’ll keep you all posted on what I think soon! ūüôā¬†Have a great start to the week!

I’m a #Fitfluential Ambassador!!

20 Nov

I am so excited and so thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as a Fitfluential Ambassador! I applied back in September and have been anxiously awaiting their decision. I am excited to be even more part of this amazing community!

Some of you may wondering, what exactly is Fitfluential? [all of this is from their site, and isn’t mine]

FitFluential is a nationwide network of highly influential fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media platforms. Founded in April of 2011 by Kelly Olexa, FitFluential was designed to connect health and wellness brands with their ideal target market through customized, long-term experiential and contextual marketing campaigns.

And what is an Ambassador?

1. A diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary).

2. An authorized messenger or representative.

That sounds VERY official,¬†but what exactly IS a FitFluential Ambassador (“FFA”)?

In many ways, the definitions above accurately describe FFAs. We consider our Ambassadors to be the highest rank in our rapidly growing community of fitness fanatics. ¬†FitFluential Ambassadors are based on audience reach and content quality, but also on attitude and quality of content. ūüôā

So what does this mean for ME?

Great question! As an Ambassador, I will have opportunities to work with Fitfluential’s brand partners. That means when fitness brands want to partner with solid FitFluentials on product launches, social media campaigns or audition bloggers for long-term partnerships, ¬†Ambassadors are the first to be invited. ¬†At the end of the day, the goal of FitFluential is to successfully connect brands in the fitness space with highly influential fitness enthusiasts that are an ideal match for that brand.

I am so excited to begin this journey and share it with you! Thank you to everyone who follows me, reads my blog, checks out my page on Facebook, and then some. I wouldn’t be able to do this without YOU!!!

In the meantime you should check out Fitfluential’s site, check out their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter! ¬†FitFluential is open to anyone and everyone who is passionate about fitness,¬†not just bloggers. You may have a Twitter account and follow some of your favorite bloggers and vloggers, but you don‚Äôt consider yourself active in social media. You can still be a member of the FitFluential family. Click here to join as an Enthusiast! (Best of all, it’s free!!) ūüôā

Weekend Fun!!

18 Nov

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! My weekend was busy, busy, busy!  Saturday began with a 6 mile run.

I got my six mile run in at the park by my house. I figured I’d run the loop around the lake twice and with the to/from my house, it’d be 6 miles. Wrong. It was about 4 – I ran around that lake pretty quickly. But I had 6 miles to do, so I ran the loop once more and then headed home. I had to go by my house twice to get the full 6, but I did it, woot!

Afterwards, I felt really, really great! Running really helps clear my mind and find myself.  I enjoy running in the cold so much more than in the summer.  I am getting more comfortable running around my neighborhood more and more Рthere were other runners there, people walking their dogs, parents with their kids.  However, safety first and I asked my lovely #SweatPink Ambassadors for running safety tips and they happily shared their tips:

  • Brooke of Sweats and Sweets:¬†Have your music just loud enough, but low enough to hear if anyone is around you. Also, a SpiBelt is fantastic at holding small cans of mace, if you want to carry that. Always run with your phone if you need to call 911.
  • Steffi of Almost Healthy Life: ¬†Run in the daytime, always tell someone what time and where you are running, call that someone when you return home so they know you’re safe. Happy and Safe Running!!
  • Michelle of Push.Pump.Progress:¬†¬†i dont listen to music when i run alone, and if its dark i stick to busy well lit areas and i wear reflective gear and/OR i have a little light that i can pin to my jacket that flashes and have your phone on you. When i can i tell a friend and tell them approx when i should be done the run and text them once i am home.

(There are a ton more and I want to share them all in another post… stay tuned!)

On Saturday I was also supposed to go to NYRR HQ to hand out bibs/do registration, but I had such an itch to run, that I knew travel wise, there was no way I’d be able to get my run in, change, and head into the city. So at the last minute, I changed my plus 1 to volunteering at the kids races at the God’s Love – Race to Deliver 4 miler on Sunday. Volunteers were supposed to be at the race by 9, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do the run, plus check in by 9, since the race was at 8:30. So did all of the other volunteers I met at check-in.

Brrrr!!!

Turns out we could have – we weren’t needed until 10. So I/the other volunteers froze for little over an hour. There was coffee available and we happily drank it down to keep warm. Finally, it was 10 AM and we were off to the kids’ races. The kids’ corrals are divided by age group, with the youngest closest to the finish line. The age groups were 2 & under, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 6 to 7, 8 to 9, and 10 to 12. ¬†One of my tasks were to help line the children up, make sure their bibs were correct, and get them pumped. All of them were so, so cute, especially the 1 to 2 year olds! ¬†Before the races began, kids were running up and down the course, which had a slight incline. One of the volunteers joked that the kids were interval training, hahaha. ¬†The NYRR hired cheerleaders and when the cheerleaders began cheering, the 1 to 2 year olds took off and we had to run after them to get them back to the start line.

Omggg

Finish line!

I never get to see any celebrities despite having lived in the city so long. ¬†I met George Clooney on my 12th birthday and Sisqo (remember him?!) once after school, but that was pretty much it. However, I got to meet WPIX’s own (channel 11 for New York City/Long Island) weatherman, “Mr. G” – he looks good for his age!

Interviewing a 2 year old! Hehe!

After the race, we cleaned up, and checked out. I even got a free shirt for participating. I wanted to do 3 miles in the park before heading home but my phone kept pausing/resuming/pausing/resuming… and after a mile, I gave up due to frustration. So, I walked another half mile and then headed home. But still, I got my plus one for the NYRR 9 + 1, so you will see me at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon! Hooray!!!

What did you do this weekend? Tell me all about it!  Have you ever seen any celebrities in your neck of the woods?

Mother Nature Hates NYC

8 Nov

I was originally going to have this post up yesterday, but since it took me 3 hours to get home, it did not happen. First we had Hurricane Sandy, which we’re still feeling the effects of – especially those who are suffering from losing their homes and possessions, and now we had Nor’Easter Athena last night. Athena dumped snow all along the tri-state area from 2 inches to 8 inches! Yuck! And this weekend, rumor has it that we will be in the 60s which generates a huge¬†WHAT THE?!¬†from and others.

 

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But back to last night…¬†I got on the oh-so-reliable (note sarcasm) Long Island Rail Road and at one point the entire system shut-down and I got stuck at the station before mine. ¬†Husband came to the rescue and picked me up. By that time it was so late, the last thing I felt like doing was cooking. Take-out to the rescue! Options were limited and we ended up hitting the Taco Bell drive-through where I tried out their Cantina Bowl which is their take on the burrito bowl from Chipotle.

Wannabe Chipotle

It was fine for what it was and the situation. I am feeling the effects of that – sodium = bloat. I’m looking forward to working that off later at the gym. But the take away is that Chipotle is way better!

Shakeology update! Today is day 4 of the 10-day shakeology challenge and I am feeling good overall. I was going to experiment with a new recipe for my morning shake but I didn’t have time so I stuck to peanut butter, chocolate vegan shakeology, and almond milk. So, so good! It is super filling and I am amazed how it keeps me going up until lunch. I also feel more energized. And, I’ve gone down 2lbs so far – woo hoo! ūüôā I am looking forward to taking my measurements.

I purchased TurboFire and the package finally came yesterday. I love when my gym has Turbokick. ¬†So now I have no excuse to workout at home if I can’t make it to the gym, especially if the weather is crappy!

Finally, and this is an important one, Carlyn of JustKeepSweating and Jenn of FitAppetit are hosting a virtual run to support victims of Hurricane Sandy. It’s called Racing for Relief¬†and all of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross. ¬†You can register ($10.00 minimum donation) through November 30th via their blogs. You can run any distance you’d like – from a 5K to a full 26.2 miles and even print out a bib and order a race t-shirt (the proceeds also go to the Red Cross). Their goal is to raise $1,000.00 by the end of the month and they’ve already raised $300.00 and it’s only the first week in November! For those who care, I am doing a 5K and I ordered a shirt.

I am going to end this piece with a quote from Lululemon’s manifesto and I want you to think of how it fits your life:

“The world moves at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you two steps behind. Do it now, do it now, do it now!”