Thursday, April 24, 2014

More/Fitness Half Marathon Recap

At this point I highly doubt you're shocked that this post is over a week late. But better late than never right? Once again, thanks to the Fitness and More Magazine PR team's for having me be a part of this fantastic event. 

On race day I did my usual routine then headed out to the subway which took forever and almost made me late. Since I was doing this race as a fun run I didn't stress it too much. Luckily I got there with about 15 minutes to spare. There were some announcements happening as I arrived but I was too busy getting situated to really pay attention.

As we began crossing the start line, host Hoda Kotb was all smiles as she waved at us. The start corrals were on the West side so we began running South. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many women practically up before the sun to run this race. Olympian Deena Kastor was there running as well! After the first miles I pretty much decided that I didn't want to be running a race anymore. Great time for that huh? 

But I made it to the Harlem Hill and sped my way up it. Right before that at mile 3 I took my first shot block. I usually refuel every 3 miles and use that as a countdown. I felt pretty strong going into mile 6 until I realized I still had to do another loop and a half of Central Park. I made sure to refuel and sip on my hand held as a prepared myself. 

I definitely slowed my pace down to something more comfortable but it was hot and I was cranky and I really felt like I was still pushing myself. The hills were for sure getting the best of me. Going up the Harlem Hill the second time was not nearly as easy as the first. I was struggling. I took my last shot block in the middle of the hill so I had enough fuel to finish. 

There were many runners in medical tents and ambulances the second time down the West Side so in fear of being one of those girls, I slowed my pace down. Once I passed the start corrals I knew it was basically over and it would be smooth sailing. I kept pace going into the finish area and naturally sprinted across the finish line. 

Something I never do is finish my hand held on such long runs but I did well before mile 13 and asked the first medic I saw for water. He was no such help and told me to keep going down the line. Um excuse me I could have been dehydrated sir!!! I got my medal, grabbed 2 cups of Gatorade and 2 cups of water, a bagel and went to go stretch my extremely tired legs out. 

While it was definitely an empowering and fun race, it was also VERY challenging. Luckily the energy on the course from spectators was amazing and kept me going. There were some pretty awesome signs that reminded me I get mimosas when I finished. 

Oh, I'm also very proud to say that my new "slow" pace is not that slow (at least not to me) at all. I ended up running 9:40 average miles which made me a very happy girl. 

A few other highlights:

  • Olympian Deena Kastor broke the event record with a 1:11:38.
  • Fitness Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong ran the race for the eighth consecutive year, finishing in a time of 2:07:00
  • 10,000 women from around the world participated in the race
  • Race participants ran to celebrate various initiatives, including 2014 charitable partners CARE and Girls on the Run NYC
Congrats to all finishers! See you again next year!


Monday, April 7, 2014

The More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon

*Disclaimer: I was reached out to by the Fitness/MORE PR team and was asked to cover and participate in this race. I received a comp'd entry however all opinions are my own. 

I am so excited to be running the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon next weekend. I still get excited for each race I do but being able to run with so many strong and empowering women is an honor. 

“The More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon is a celebration of active, inspirational and all-around extraordinary women,” said NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. “For more than a decade, thousands of women of all ages and abilities have gathered at this powerful event—encouraging each other and motivating others—to run, move, and make a meaningful commitment to their health and well-being.”

One of the organizations the race is partnered with is Girls On The Run, which is something I have been interested in being a part of for awhile. Last year I had to turn down a position due to my fantastic commute but I am hoping now that I've moved I can finally participate. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. It inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running and culminates in a 5K race.

Additionally, the Fitness/More team encourages you to donate to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that empowers women around the world to help end global poverty. Benefits from the More/Fitness Women’s Half-Marathon will serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. More information about CARE is available at

Before the race even kicks off there will be a 2-day expo at the Metropolitan Pavillion where on Saturday, April 12, Olympian Dara Torres and leading New York cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Doris Day will be leading back-to-back seminars. Both are brand ambassadors for AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care.

And to kick off the event on Sunday, April 13, with More magazine Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour and FITNESS magazine Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong is TODAY's Hoda Kotb. She will welcome  thousands of women to the race and will be honoring the winners of the first-ever Women Run the World™ Essay Contest, celebrating five women who shared their stories of triumph and accomplishment in the face of adversity.

Guess what? There are still spaces available if you didn't register! And I highly recommend you do. With all of the energy and empowerment you won't even realized you did 2 and a half loops of Central Park. So sign up now! 

Have you run the More/Fitness Half? What did you think? Are you running this year?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New 2014 Snack Roundup

If you didn't already know this, I love to eat. I'm constantly snacking at work so when these 2 snack brands reached out to me for a review, how could I resist? Here are 2 of my new favorite snacks for 2014. 

Seapoint Farms sent me their Lightly Salted, Salted and Berry Blend Dry Edamame snacks. Having never had Edamame dry before I wasn't sure what to expect but they were phenomenal! I little messy (the beans kept peeling) but the taste was perfect. The salted ones had a bit of flavor but weren't over powered, something that is very important. The Berry Blend was great- reminded of trail mix. Even though I'm not big on berries I really enjoyed that one. 

Seapoint also has an additional selection of dry edamame including Spicy Wasabi, Goji Blend and Sunshine Blend. Each bag is crunchy and sweet, low in calories, gluten-free, low cholesterol and non-GMO. I highly recommend giving these a try if you are into crunchy snacks like I am. 

When I was a camp counselor we used to give the kids freeze dried fruit as a treat every once in a while. Crispy Green sent me a variety of their dried fruit selection and I fell in LOVE with the apple one. They were crunchy (which I loved) and flavorful. There are 6 Crispy Green flavors that come in single-serving packages: Crispy Apple, Crispy Asian Pear, Crispy Banana, Crispy Cantaloupe, Crispy Mango, Crispy Tangerine and Crispy Pineapple.

Both snacks are great for work, travel, the beach, hiking, etc. You name it- bring them. Seapoint Farms dry edamame and Crispy Green's dried fruit are healthy, flavorful and the perfect addition to your pantry. 

What are your favorite snacks for 2014?


Monday, March 24, 2014

Classtivity Passport Classes 8 & 9

Yes, this is LONG overdue but I said I would post about every class and I'm staying true to that. However, this post is going to short and to the point because I have funner things to tell you about this week :)

My 8th Classtivity Passport class was at Broadway Bodies. It was titled GLEEful but it ended up being all boy bands. I could not complain about that. This is what Classtivity added to my calendar:

"If you are suffering from Couch Potato Syndrome and need a GLEEful attitude adjustment - Get Up and Out and join Broadway Bodies for our Glee TV show inspired dance workout. Find your inner Lea Michelle or Mathew Morrison and dance it out!"

The Broadway Bodies class wasn't so much a workout but something fun to do. If I was ever having a bad day and needed something to do this would be a good solution. It was a lot of fun and I recommend it for those who just want to dance with their friends. The choreographer was really nice and went over each move a few times then we put the whole dance together. 

The last class I took was Revolution in Motion. I think this was one of my favorites. I had to reschedule after being late due to Superbowl BLVD but I am so happy I chose to do the Slip n Slide class. Here's how Revolution In Motion's website described the class: 

"Oversized slide boards, booties and lots of action give you a full body, high intensity, low-impact workout. Great athleticism, flexibility, balance and coordination, and injury prevention are some of the benefits. A favorite of RevInMo trainers and fans."

This class was so awesome! It was entirely on the Plexiglas boards and worked every muscle in my body. We did legs, abs and arms. There were only 3 people so we essentially got one-on-one instruction. There was some partner work that focused on agility. I definitely fell once or twice but overall I highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone. No matter what your fitness level is you will find it fun and get a great workout. 

Have you been to either studios? What did you think?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NYC Half Recap

[Fav quote]
If you read my past posts about the NYC Half you know my excitement in December had diminished to just hoping I would finish. Tra'sining this winter was brutal and I almost didn't want to run. But I am SO happy I did! 

[Expo time!]
After a few great runs the past few weeks- both on my own and at run club- I was feeling much more confident. On race day morning I woke up a little too early and had some time to kill. I left my apartment and headed to the 59th/5 Ave subway stop because I was in the 3rd wave and that stop is where I was supposed to enter. I met up with my Twitter friend Jane and we walked over to our corral together. 

[Good luck from my mama]
I kind of threw my sweatshirt away a little too early but luckily everyone was huddled together so I stayed pretty warm. I also managed to start my watch a little early so my splits were off the WHOLE time. Jane and I ran together for about the first mile then I kind of got ahead. The race started up cat hill the winded through the park. We left the park right before the Harlem hill and did an out and back (SO pointless) and came back in the park to run the hill. 

Although my training runs took place in Central Park, this was the least strong part of my race. I also got my shot blocks stuck on tin foil so that must have been hilarious for people to watch me pick that off. As we neared 7th Ave (not 100% sure?) there were many more spectators. That is also the point where I did the complete opposite of what they said to do- speed up in the hype of Times Square. I kept looking for my friends but they were MIA. 

Once we turned onto 42nd St there was a bit of wind. I grabbed a gel from the table because I could not handle getting the tin foil off a 3rd shot block. During the stretch down Times Square I felt pretty good- much better than at the start. We went up the West Side Highway for a little, where we ran INTO the wind, then turned around it was a straight shot down. 

These last miles flew by and I felt super strong. When we got to Battery Park Tunnel (yes, no?) I thought we would just run through that and it was the end. I mean it looked like a long tunnel. So I used a lot of energy in there come to find out that was not in fact the end. But I did maintain my energy for the next few blocks. 

Once I saw the finish line I sprinted over it. Since my watch was off the entire time and lost satellite in the tunnel, I didn't trust the time and since I started 45 minutes after the race began and I was in no position to do math, I was just happy I finished. It wasn't until Allie and Emma texted me a screenshot of the app and I checked my own app that I found up that I had an unexpected PR!!

[Thumbs up!]
That's right. For a race that I barely wanted to do anymore I finished in 2:04:51. I was so proud of myself! Although I have to admit I didn't run very smart. My splits were all over the place. But I finished and I am so happy for that. 

Afterwards we headed to brunch where I ate all the food and drank off the mimosas. I'd say it was a pretty solid Sunday. 

[Brunchin' with some cool people] 
Congrats to all runners who ran on Sunday!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NYC Half Training

The NYC Half is exactly 3 weeks again! I wish I was excited as that sentence looks like I am but I'm just not. After being beyond thrilled that I made it in via the lottery, I've become extremely disappointed. If you know me in real life then you know the cold is not my friend. As someone who is naturally always freezing, these polar vortexes have not been my friend and training has gone down the drain. 

Last year I trained for the DC half during the winter, on the water and was perfectly fine. In the past 2 weeks I've tried to bring my mileage up too fast and ended up taking walk breaks and being really sore the next day. After being mentally prepped for 8 miles on Saturday (what a gorgeous day too!) I ended up only doing 7 with a few walk breaks. Moral of that story? I'm training hard but not smart. 

With that said, I don't care what happens during the race as long as I finish. Along with not being able to train (ps. don't say treadmill, I'm in a big tiff with NYSC) I have a few health issues that are NOT making training easy. Who knows if I'm even allowed to be running! 

My goal for the next 3 weeks? Slow and steady wins the race. I hope to end training on a high note with a 10 miler but if you remember when I trained for DC I only got up to 9 due to injury. So, who knows what March 16 has in store for me. I do know I will 100% be crossing that finish line. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Classtivity Passport Class 7: Your Movement Wellness Center

Yes I know I have not posted in a while. Between work and life, things got crazy! But I'm back and am excited to finish telling you about my Classtivity experience and how training is going (spoiler: not well). 

This class was called Whole Body Toning and it was only about 35-40 minutes long. It was over on the East side so I headed down after work. I got there a little early so hung out for a bit.Similar to Yoga Vida, Classtivity did NOT mention there was a fee for mats but they were nice enough to wave it after I told them that. 

The instructor had a lot of energy and seemed to enjoy what she did. The class lived up to its' name and we toned out whole bodies. We used resistance bands and weights throughout the class. 

The instructor had us start standing up to do a leg series. We did lunges, squats, pulsed moves out and more. Next was arms and abs. The class was split up pretty evenly which I liked and we even combined a few moves to target arms/abs, etc. We mostly used the weights for the arm series and a little for the abs. My arms were on fire during this section! We finished out with a nice stretching sequence. 

Here is the description Classtivity put in my calendar:

"Whole Body Toning is an aerobic strength training class with slight variations adapted from weight lifting and power lifting. The resistance training exercises help you to increase muscle tone and bone strength considerably. The root of strength training involves the altering of repetitions, exercises, tempo and sets, which will increase your strength on overloading of your muscle groups. The joints are very important in weight training and bear heavy loads, we help protect your joints by a steady increase of weight with respect to time!"

Overall it was a good class. I wouldn't say it was great or that I'd go back, but it was a good 40 minute workout after work. I really liked how up how upbeat the instructor was and how loud she had the music. Loud music is always motivating to me!

Have you ever been to Your Movement Wellness Center? What did you think?