Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Tuesday & Training Update

What a week! After spending the week dog sitting I had a fabulous weekend that consisted of some outdoor time. Since I'm still not allowed to run, I went to my first Exceed class on Saturday morning. Even with tons of modifications so I wasn't jumping and what not that class kicked my ass! It's circuit based and we did a little bit of everything. We did kettle bells, TRX, push-ups, ab work, medicine balls, etc. 

On Sunday I walked around Central Park then hung out on the balcony with the dog because I was exhausted. 

Yesterday, I finally got the OK to run 6 miles on Saturday. Yay! And by I got the OK I mean I sort of told them I was doing it and no they weren't thrilled. But, the MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon is in 2 weeks and a girls gotta run!

I've also made the decision to drop all time goals for 2015. Yup, ms. competitive is running for fun. Reason being? I need to be able to actually finish all of my races in order to run the marathon and in order to do so I can't push, push, push. 

However, I've got a bunch of fun reviews coming up including ones from Fitness Glo and Liquido!

I'm excited to see what spring has in store for me. So far, it's been pretty good!


Monday, March 30, 2015

MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon Training

Happy Monday! So many things have been going on over here I don't even know where to start. Yesterday I went to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and had so much fun. It was interactive and modern and one of the few museums I actually enjoyed!

[From this picture you'd have no idea it was still snowing just 2 hours earlier and you couldn't see the course!]

As you know last weekend I ran the Michelob Ultra Half Marathon. I was hoping to write a full review of this race but decided against it because I had too many negative things to say about it. While I did take away my sub-2 goal (final time was 2:08- not even close to it) I also chose to run with no watch and I have to say, it was pretty liberating! It also made me realize I have no concept of pace and slowed down dramatically after the 10K. While I was waiting to get started I met a new running friend. Ashley and I hung out for about an hour before and in the corrals until we started (she's much faster than me!). Overall I had a good race and a great day but there were a lot of mishaps on the race organizers part. 

Before the race I had been having knee problems and it got worse during that run so I decided to see a PT. While I had a feeling this was going to happen, I knew it was the right decision to go. No running for 2 weeks. EEEEK! Doesn't he know I have to run 8 more races this year with 4 in the next 2,.5 months?! I'm still excited for the MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon that I'm running on behalf of Fitness so this is how I'm preparing:

1. YOGA YOGA YOGA. MY PT 100% cleared me for yoga so I'm doing a lot of it to keep my body strong. I'm testing out FitnessGlo so I'll be taking classes from there as well. I'll also be continuing to practice acro since it's still technically yoga :)

2. Strength. Planks, leg lifts, bridges, wall sits, you name it, I'm doing it. Along with keeping my body tight, I also need to strengthen the area around my knee. The PT gave me a few specific exercises to work on too. 

3. Occasionally spin. For cardio, I'm going to try and incorporate some spin. It was a compromise we made since he wanted me to cut out all cardio and I couldn't do that. We agreed that spin was OK because I'm not pounding pavement or jumping but should my knee bother me I have to stop.

Can't wait to see you out in Central Park on April 19th! If you haven't already signed up, do so now


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon 2015

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I'm happy to announce that on behalf of Fitness Magazine I will again be running the MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon on April 19, 2015. While 2.5 loops of Central Park isn't my favorite thing to do, I really love this race because it's mentally challenging and it's a great way for me to connect with myself. And the weather is perfect!

This is the 12th time the MORE/Fitness/Shape Half Marathon will be run and for the first time it will raise awareness on of the impact of climate change and the importance of sustainability. This year’s Women Run the World™ program will honor women whose work focuses on addressing climate change policy and improving the environment.

I actually just started working on a new client who is going to be a driving force in the sustainability movement so I think this is a wonderful addition to the race. 

2015's media partner is the TODAY show. Natalie Morale and Erica Hill will be co-hosting and running as part of TODAY's "Run for Today" series. Both are runners and Natalie ran the Boston Marathon last year. Races partnering with media personalities has been a trend, at least in NYC. Ginger Zee ran and hosted Lauren Bush Lauren's RUN10FEED10 last year. 

Aside from the TODAY partnerships, additional race sponsors include Healthfull® by Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat®, Hoka One One, MorningStar Farms and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that empowers women and girls around the world, is the Charity Partner and MORE/Fitness also paired with Athletes for a Fit Planet to enhance their efforts to produce an environmentally responsible event by taking their Pledge of Sustainability.

Registration is open now at http://morefitnesshalf.com/. Space is limited to 10,000 runners so sign up early. What are you waiting for?

Check back here for training updates throughout the next month along with a full race recap!


Monday, March 16, 2015

National Nutrition Month

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It's National Nutrition Month and I'm halfway done with my nutrition certification so it's only fitting I contribute a post. It took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to write about but I finally figured it out- experimenting. 

For this month (and forever) I want you to experiment with new veggies you normally wouldn't touch. A few weeks ago I became very interested in sweet potatoes and have been figuring out different ways to incorporate them into my meals.

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 Sweet potatoes are great carbs that keep you full and energized without added sugars or processed ingredients. Have one starch per meal to reap the benefits. 

A few other nutrient dense veggies to experiment with this month include:

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Eggplants: I've been roasting these to toss in salads and pasta. I even made a yogurt/eggplant mac and cheese! They can also be used for eggplant parm and a multitude of other things. Eggplants contain many vitamins and minerals our bodies need to thrive. 

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Asparagus: If you saw on my Instagram the other day, I made a delicious lemon chicken dinner with asparagus and whole grain rice. Not only can they be incorporated into meals in many different ways, since they are high in folate they can promote sleep and help fight anxiety. 

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Artichokes: While I typically don't eat artichokes, they are a great anti-inflammatory and can be eaten as an actual veggie, not just in dip. I plan on making a dish in the next month or two and will definitely share. 

What are you doing for National Nutrition Month? What are your favorite veggies?