Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RUN10FEED10 2014

It's almost that time again- to run 6.2 miles up and down the West Side Highway to give at least 10 meals to a family in the US. To kick it all off, Women's Health threw a party at the Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis Club. As a runner and Hampton's lover, how do you say no? Easy. You don't.

So after a whirlwind of a week (Momma Dickson you will be missed) I got my butt in the car and drove to the the private beach in Bridghampton. I was greeted by a few of the PR girls I talk to from the magazine and they told me how much they like my blog (I bet they say that to everyone :p). We chatted for a bit then I let them get back to work. 

What was this for again? The FEED Foundation.  The Feed Foundation was started by Lauren Bush Lauren in 2005 for those in need in other countries. Since founding the organization she had expanded her reach to the US. Today there are over 50 million American's who are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. 

For the past 2 years, she has hosted RUN10FEED10 in several major cities along with virtual runs. To participate you need to register then raise a minimum $100. That feeds 10 families in your hometown. 

Throughout the kickoff for the third RUN10FEED10 race, you could find a station with FEED merchandise, a silent auction (which had amazing things- if I wasn't moving this month I would have placed a bid on a few of the workout packages), a Ben & Jerry's popup, a temporary tattoo and hair station, a bonfire (complete with s'mores), tons of wine and snacks and a rockin DJ. 

I had the pleasure of being able to grab a picture and chat with Lauren Bush Lauren and Taryn Manning. Lauren got a chance to speak in the middle of the party and play a little highlight reel of the past 2 years. Unfortunately I didn't make it in (haha jk, I would have been mortified). 

In all seriousness, hunger is a big problem in the US and some really don't know when they are going to get their next meal. They are no rungry and know when they finish the race it's all burgers and beers. They might not eat for another week. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and start fundraising. Make a difference in someone's life. It could be you one day. 

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 AM
Where: Pier 84 at Hudson River Park

UPDATE: Use R10F10PR when you register at for a special $5 off discount!

A big big thank you to Lindsey and her team for the invite and putting on such a fantastic event. 



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kickboxing with a Live DJ

A little over a month ago I joined a website for young professionals that combines expert articles, a job board and mentorship with in-person networking. The second networking event I went to was a networkout (which is a workout class just for the women registered through Levo League). The class was called Beatbox Fitness. I have never taken a kickboxing class before but was dying to so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

According to the e-mail I got when I registered, this is what Beatbox Fitness is all about:

Beatbox Fitness brings you a full-body fat burning workout in just 50 minutes. Get ready to combine kickboxing moves, strengthening drills, and interval training to torch through calories in this fun, upbeat, and nonstop kickboxing class. Not only do you learn a new skill, but the kickboxing workout helps you feel empowered, courageous, and confident. Without the use of traditional kickboxing bags which can weigh up to 150 pounds and cause injury, Beatbox utilizes kickboxing moves in a cardio focused setting. The live DJ adds new, upbeat, and nonstop mixes to each class to really get you jabbing and crossing to your maximum potential. No gloves necessary :)

While I waited for class to start, I chatted with some of the other girls there. Once the DJ was done setting up and Ailin, the founder and instructor, was ready we got started. We started with some basic cardio and strength moves (jumping jax and squats) and Ailin let us know we would be starting with basic moves and adding on. 

We started with footwork and every so often added a new arm sequence. Ailin was verbal throughout the whole class and was so motivating. By the end of the class we had a whole sequence and I'm 105% confident I could kick some ass if need be. Just kidding, my arm strength is a joke. We ended the class with come cardio and abs for a full body workout. 

The music was awesome too! Each song was different and since I had never taken this class, I really had no idea what songs to expect. 

I highly recommend signing up for a Beatbox Fitness class. It's fun, you don't realize how good of a workout you're getting and you can brush up on your kickboxing skills. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

New Healthy Noms in Union Square

Usually when I receive restaurant pitches they are pretty off topic (as a PR girl I am also guilty of this) but when I got one perfectly on topic I had to jump at the opportunity to test it out. Cevich is a new healthy grab-and-go spot in Union Square. 21 E. 15th Street to be exact.  They opened on June 2 and the dishes are inspired by traditional Peruvian recipes along with a little bit of the owners own preferences. 

Co-owners Reina Laws and Lindsay Goldstein developed the idea while living in Miami Beach. Both have a love for seafood and savory sauces and knew this project would be the perfect fit. 

Before I got a chance to try a few of the delicious menu items, I got a chance to sit down with Lindsay. The former project manager thought a modern Ceviche spot would be perfect for NYC (spoiler: she was right. The place has been packed during lunchtime since opening) and knew healthy "fast-food" is hard to come by. With a healthy state of mind, Reina and Lindsay make sure all ingredients are fresh and in their most natural form (they are prepped in-house) and the dishes are filling, satisfying, gluten-free and pure protein. 

In her spare time, Lindsay loves to run, swim in the ocean, play sports and eat (a lot!). 

Cevich has something for everyone and each dish is customization. Here are a few of the dishes I got to sample: 

The Wild Tiger Ceviche is the traditional Peruvian citrus "Leche de Tigre" with white corn, red onion, and cilantro. They included white fish in this one for me. 

[Wild Tiger Ceviche]
Lime N Da Coconut Ceviche was my favorite! It had shrimp, Caribbean coconut ginger sauce, mango, carrots, red onion and cilantro. The coconut flavor wasn't over powering at all and I love shrimp so this was perfect!

[Lime N Da Coconut Ceviche]
The Parma-Viche Ceviche had the yummiest crunchy onions on top. They called this the Caesar salad of Ceviches. It had a creamy Parmesan sauce, radish, red onion and salmon. 

[Parma-Viche Ceviche]
The last Ceviche I tasted was the girls favorite- The Santorini. It was exactly like a Greek salad! They made this one with white fish and always in it is Kalamata Olive sauce, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. This is my second favorite for sure!

[Santorini Ceviche]
The last thing I tasted was the Miso Hungry Taco. It was shrimp tossed in a soy ginger sauce, coconut ride, carrot, cabbage, red pepper and Thai Basil. I really liked this because I liked shrimp but there was a bit too much cabbage for my personal preference and it had a bold flavor. I also liked the wrap was a blue corn tortilla. 

[Miso Hungry Taco]
I also got to have a small dish of the coconut rice and it is the BEST. I would go back solely to get a side of it. 

If you haven't been to Cevich in Union Square in NYC I highly suggest you make the trip. I promise you won't be disappointed!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Lole & FITiST Meet Up: ReXist360

Last Tuesday I went to Pier 25 for a large group fitness class hosted by active wear brand Lole, Hudson River Park and FITiST. Shay Kostabi was the instructor and the class was called ReExist360. Huh you ask?

According to the Facebook event listing, ReXist360 is a high-energy, high-intensity interval training class that combines the best of HIIT training with body sculpting and strength training using the patented ReXist360 training system. The hottest resistance bands on the market, designed to build, sculpt, tone muscles evenly in less time without the bulk. 

This is hands down one of the best resistance band workouts I have ever done. The ReXist bands are super comfortable. They strap on with Velcro and give you tons of space for movement and flexibility. We got 2 options in our pack, easy and medium. I chose easy since i had never done the workout before. 

Before class, I had tweeted Shay to see if there was going to be cardio involved (mainly because I ate everything and anything that day) and she assured me I was not to worry. Our warmup was without the bands but once we got them on, things heated up pretty quickly. From lunges to jumps to squats to running to abs, this class had it all. And I definitely felt it the next day. We also got to keep the bands so we could use them at home. Shay has a few online videos you could use to workout with them again. 

If you haven't tried these bands, I don't know what you're waiting for!